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(60-76)
Phillies 4 - Mets 2
9/05/04

with Carter & Kirsten Cheskey & Bev
Section 136, Row 19, Seats 15 & 16
(between 3rd base and left-field) 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9     R H E
NYM 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0     2 3 0
PHI 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X     4 7 0

WP: B. Myers (8-9)
LP: S. Trachsel (10-13)
S: T. Worrell (17)

(68-68)

Mets drop ninth game in a row
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brett Myers shook his head while he talked about his uneven season.

Obnoxious Phillies FansHe hopes more performances like Sunday's against the New York Mets will get him back to the form that helped him win 14 games last year.

Myers threw three-hit ball over seven innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies sweep New York and send the Mets to their ninth straight loss with a 4-2 win.

"I really felt comfortable out there and it just felt like I could throw it anywhere I wanted to," Myers said. "I had a lot of confidence in what pitch I wanted."

Mike Lieberthal and Jimmy Rollins homered for the Phillies, who moved back to .500 -- at 68-68 -- for the first time since Aug. 29. Philadelphia has won six of nine, but is 6 games behind idle Chicago in the NL wild-card race.

Myers (8-9) followed impressive outings from Gavin Floyd and Cory Lidle, who combined to allow only one run earned run in 16 innings. Myers matched their efforts in his first win since Aug. 8, walking one and striking out two.

"It's been a learning experience for me," Myers said. "I've been struggling and fighting my mechanics all year. I've been trying to find the comfort which I had on the mound last year."

And Myers had some help when he needed it.

Billy Wagner, the Phillies' oft-injured closer, made a triumphant return for the Phillies as a setup man after missing more than a month with a strained left rotator cuff. In his first appearance since July 21, Wagner pitched a perfect eighth inning.

"It was fun to get out there in a meaningful game and be able to do your job," Wagner said.

Tim Worrell got three outs in the ninth for his 17th save in 25 chances.

The losing streak is the Mets' longest since they dropped 12 in a row from Aug. 10-22, 2002. New York had just three runs -- all on solo homers -- and 10 hits in the series.

"We'll just keep trying, go back out and work at it," Mets manager Art Howe said.

The Phillies backed Myers with a four-run fourth inning off Steve Trachsel (10-13).

Pat Burrell led off with a hard single off the glove of third baseman David Wright, then Lieberthal hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot into the front row of the left-field seats.

Myers hit a double and Rollins followed with his 10th homer of the season, and second in two days, to right for a 4-0 lead.

Trachsel gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three in seven innings for New York, which has lost 14 of 15.

"I made a couple of mistakes and that was it," Trachsel said.

Myers relied heavily on his curve and pitched no-hit ball through four innings before allowing Wright's leadoff homer -- his 10th -- in the fifth. Gerald Williams followed with a double, but Myers then retired nine straight before allowing Jason Phillips' leadoff homer in the eighth.

Wilson Delgado walked and Myers was pulled for Wagner. Pinch-hitter Mike Piazza struck out against Wagner, Jeff Keppinger popped up and Todd Zeile flied out to right.

Wagner entered to Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and received a standing ovation. He said he'd be back closing soon.

"The biggest thing was I just didn't want to embarrass myself," Wagner said. "I just wanted to throw a couple of strikes to ease the nerves. As the inning went on, it got better."

Myers lasted only five innings in his last start against the Chicago White Sox and gave up the longest homer in the 14-year history of U.S. Celluar Field, a 504-foot shot by Joe Borchard.

Inconsistent release points and a lack of command led to an early season slump that threatened Myers' spot in the rotation. Manager Larry Bowa said Myers had the stuff to be a future ace, but needed to work on his location and harness his emotions.

"It's taken me until now to really figure that out," Myers said.

Game notes
Phillies RF Bobby Abreu made a leaping catch against the scoreboard in the first inning to rob Zeile of a hit. Then, Abreu was caught stealing in the first. ... Rollins reached double figures in doubles, triples and homers for the third time in his career. Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson and Detroit's Carlos Guillen, also shortstops, have the same triple-double this year. ... The Phillies also set the record for most homers at home, breaking the record of 101 set in 1977. ... A crowd of 43,628 gave the Phillies 42 sellouts in 71 games at their new park.

NY METS Today Season
  AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
J Keppinger 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .229
T Zeile 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
C Floyd LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
R Hidalgo RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .253
D Wright 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .294
G Williams CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .241
J Phillips C 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 .203
W Delgado SS 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .286
S Trachsel P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176
a-E Valent PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280
b-M Piazza PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .263
B Looper P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 2 3 2 1 4 9  
Batting
2B: G Williams (8, B Myers)
HR: D Wright (10, 5th inning off B Myers 0 on, 0 Out); J Phillips (7, 8th inning off B Myers 0 on, 0 Out)
RBI: D Wright (26), J Phillips (29)
S: S Trachsel
GIDP: R Hidalgo 1
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out- S Trachsel 1, J Keppinger 1
Team LOB: 3
Fielding
DP: 2 (S Trachsel-T Zeile, W Delgado-J Keppinger-T Zeile).

PHILADELPHIA Today Season
  AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
J Rollins SS 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .280
J Michaels CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .262
B Abreu RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .294
J Thome 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .276
D Bell 3B 3 0 1 0 1 1 3 .291
C Utley 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .267
P Burrell LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .265
M Lieberthal C 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .255
B Myers P 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .178
B Wagner P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
R Cormier P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
T Worrell P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 4 7 4 4 3 7  
Batting
2B: B Myers (4, S Trachsel); J Michaels (6, S Trachsel)
HR: M Lieberthal (14, 3rd inning off S Trachsel 1 on, 0 Out); J Rollins (10, 3rd inning off S Trachsel 1 on, 0 Out)
RBI: M Lieberthal 2 (49), J Rollins 2 (56)
GIDP: B Myers 1
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out- D Bell 2
Team LOB: 4
Baserunning
CS: B Abreu (4, 2nd base by S Trachsel/J Phillips)

Fielding
DP: 1 (J Rollins-C Utley-J Thome).
NY METS Today Season
  IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
S Trachsel (L, 10-13) 7 6 4 4 3 3 2 108-57 4.13
B Looper 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 18-10 2.04
PHILADELPHIA Today Season
  IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
B Myers (W, 8-9) 7 3 2 2 1 2 2 89-57 5.28
B Wagner (H, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 19-11 3.03
R Cormier (H, 22) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2-0 3.75
T Worrell (S, 17) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5-5 3.91

HBP - J Phillips (By B Myers), C Floyd (By R Cormier)
Batters faced - S Trachsel 27; B Looper 5; B Myers 26; B Wagner 3; R Cormier 1; T Worrell 2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S Trachsel 9-7; B Looper 3-0; B Myers 9-10; B Wagner 0-2; R Cormier 0-0; T Worrell 2-0
Umpires: HP - Tony Randazzo,  1B - Adam Dowdy,  2B - Fieldin Culbreth,  3B - Tim Mcclelland
Time: 2:23
Att: 43,628
Weather: 71 degrees, overcast
Wind: 15 mph
Game Scores: S Trachsel 49, B Myers 64
 
 

Thursday, 8/02/04
Philadelphia Eagles
Training Camp
at Lehigh University
(2nd day of practice for full squad)

WOOOOOO! That was the reaction time and time again on Monday as Jevon Kearse put on a show. He put his hand down, the ball was snapped and, wow, he was gone. Almost untouched. At least three times.

At least enough times to get you really excited about what the Eagles have at defensive end.

They've got to have a pass rush this season. There's no other way to look at it. If they have a forceful pass rush and Jim Johnson can mix and match his coverages, the defense can return to a premier level in the NFL.

And for that to happen, Kearse must lead the way. He was incredible on Monday, blowing past offensive tackles, using that length in his arms to create leverage, using that speed to beat anything in his path.

It was the first "real" showing of Kearse, who felt the heat on Sunday and battled through that afternoon practice.

On Monday, the "Freak" was something else.

But he wasn't the only one. The Eagles, shorthanded without Jerome McDougle practicing at the moment, got a boost in the day's practices with Kearse, with another encouraging outing from Derrick Burgess, with N.D. Kalu playing excellent, instinctive football and with Jamaal Green and Ron Johnson battling it out for a roster spot.

The fact of the matter is that the Eagles managed just 38 1/2 sacks last season and their takeaway number was down and Johnson, while his group didn't allow too many points, wanted a more dynamic group than what he had.

Injuries played a large part, of course. The Eagles sat down after the '03 season and decided they wanted to, needed to, had to find a way to add a premier defensive end.

A bunch of Benjamins later, they got Kearse. So far, he's been great. The guy just has a natural talent to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Reggie White was a combination of speed and power. He was incredible, the best ever.

Hugh Douglas had good speed and good strength and was a high-motor guy and a warrior.

Kearse is something totally different. He's got a unique reach and, while his body is more power forward than power rusher, he's got deceiving strength in his hands and arms.

Should things pan out as planned, Kearse will have a lot of help this year. Burgess looks outstanding and he's challenging Kalu for that starting right end spot. Green looks much improved over last year. Johnson is bigger and stronger and quicker.

The X-factor in this whole thing is McDougle, who is still not participating in full-scale drills because of his recovery from shoulder surgery. He'll be out on the field, hopefully, in a matter of days. Then we'll know just how good the defensive ends will be.

Right now, it's all promising. It's a tease. And what we're seeing is Jevon Kearse show why he's a top-shelf defensive end. He's truly a Freak.

Dave Spadaro Observations From Two Days Of Practices

 Jeremiah Trotter I can't remember a rookie who has made as impressive a showing early in his career as Shawn Andrews is making. The kid is dominating out there, folks. He finishes off plays, he's a pile driver in run blocking and he's got great, great feet. His pass blocking has been very, very solid. Plus, his demeanor is so mature and understanding. He's been signing autographs after every afternoon practice and the fans love it.

  Jeremiah Trotter played strong, impact football during the team's 9-on-7 run drills on Monday. He was physical and shed blockers well.

  Brian Westbrook is better than ever. He's one of the quickest backs I've ever seen.

  Lito Sheppard made the play of the day on Monday afternoon, beating Terrell Owens and making an interception, which the crowd definitly noticed and loved.

  Nate Wayne was a star in the morning, setting the tone with a big hit to start the 11-on-11 drills. He looks physical and much more confident in the system. Nate and Spads

  Other rookie observations: Trey Darilek has been up and down. Both Matt Ware and Dexter Wynn are playing well, but these new no-contact rules will make it difficult for them. Thomas Tapeh dropped one pass on Tuesday but still looks good. J.R. Reed just makes plays everywhere. Andy Hall has been OK, but he needs to let it rip more. The offensive linemen ... I need more time.

REFS HERE AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT
A group of officials spent Monday at practice throwing flags left and right and making themselves very noticeable. The reason they're here is to make the players aware that the new 5-yard penalty -- there's no contact allowed after that 5-yard cushion -- will be strictly enforced.

"You pretty much can't do anything," said cornerback Lito Sheppard. "Receivers can push you, but you can't take touch them. That's the way it is. The NFL wants to see points on the scoreboard."

PHILLY INQUIRER NOTES
 With Correll Buckhalter (laceration above the eye) still sitting out, Reno Mahe was called upon to try to run inside quite a bit during yesterday morning's "live'' session. Though he has bulked up a bit, Mahe is very generously listed at 5-10, 212. He probably does not have a future as a short-yardage back.

 Linebacker Nate Wayne closed quickly and put a nice hit on Billy McMullen after a short-yardage catch.

 The crowd gasped in disbelief when Terrell Owens flubbed a hard, short Donovan McNabb pass over the middle.

 McNabb and Freddie Mitchell hooked up for a nice bomb down the right side, against Sheldon Brown.

 Jeff Blake completed a similar pass to Carlos Perez, over Dexter Wynn.

Fred-Ex

Todd Pinkston

Freddie "4th-and-26" Mitchell

TO

Dirk Johnson signed my photo from last training camp.

First-Down Freddie

Friendliest guy at training camp - at least where I was sitting

David Akers

RB Brian Westbrook

I seemed to have taken a lot of pictures of Freddie Mitchell

Owens had 3 TDs in the Eagles first game.  Last year the Eagles WR caught 5 TDs the entire season.


(32-37)

Reading 7 - Harrisburg 6, 6/21/04
(I only saw 4 innings before I had to leave.)

Rory Pfeifer was also at this game.


(24-46)

By Tony Zonca

For eight innings it wasn't the Phillies' night Monday.  Even getting a rehab start from Philadelphia lefty Randy Wolf didn't seem enough to extend the winning streak to seven games.

Harrisburg Senators lefty Mike Hinckley, the No. 2 prospect in the Montreal organization, was mowing down the home team with regularity, and the team with the worst record in the Eastern League was making it look easy against their arch-rivals.

But the Phillies, who had stranded five runners in the seventh and eighth innings, finally caught a break when reliever Donnie Bridges lost the plate in the ninth.  He walked the first two batters, struck out the next two, then walked Kevin Barker to load the bases.

When league RBI leader Ryan Howard lashed a 2-2 fastball to right, the lead was down to a run.  When Carlos Ruiz continued his hot hitting with a tying RBI single over the head of leaping 5-7 shortstop -- good thing he isn't 5-10 -- Josh Labandeira it was tied.

And when Brian Hitchcox laced Ryan Douglass' second pitch to left-center it was a 7-6 victory, a madcap celebration at the plate, and, yes, the streak was at seven.

The Phillies were outhit 13-9, they struck out 13 times and their pitchers surrendered home runs to Josh McKinley and and former Phillie Juan Camilo, but it was the Phillies who walked off winners.

NOTABLE: Randy Wolf threw 51 pitches -- 36 for strikes -- over four innings.  He allowed a run and five hits, with four strikeouts and a walk. . . . Harrisburg starter Mike Hinckley was equal to the task.   He allowed two runs on five hits, with 10 strikeouts and a walk over seven innings, and displayed a devastating curveball.  He is 30-11 as a pro. . . . Kevin Barker hit his eighth home run, a solo shot in the first. . . . Carlos Ruiz was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  He is hitting .347 (17-for-49) in June. . . . The Phillies are 5-0 since Brian Hitchcox joined the team Friday.  He is 6-for-15 with seven runs scored. . . . Harrisburg dropped to 9-26 on the road.. . . Ryan Howard, who has an RBI in five straight games, is leading the league with 62.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Harrisburg 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 6 13 0
Reading 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 9 0
W:J.Jimenez(3-1) L:D.Bridges(0-1)
HR: HRB- J.McKinley (2), J.Camilo (4) REA- K.Barker (8)
Harrisburg AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG
Alejandro Machado 2b 5 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 .257
Josh Labandeira ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .261
Josh McKinley c 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 .213
Larry Broadway 1b 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .247
Rich Lane lf 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .306
Jason Belcher rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .340
Juan Camilo cf 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .233
Melvin Dorta 3b 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Michael Hinckley p 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
  GJ Raymundo ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  David Maust p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Donnie Bridges p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .114
  Ryan Douglass p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 6 13 3 1 2 6 2 9  
 
Reading AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG
Chris Cosbey cf/lf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Danny Gonzalez ss 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .256
Kevin Barker rf 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .254
Ryan Howard 1b 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 .292
Carlos Ruiz c 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .268
Brian Hitchcox 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .400
Kurt Keene lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275
  Jason Jimenez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jeff Phelps 3b 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Randy Wolf p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Kevin Dougherty p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
  John Castellano ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .366
  Felix Villegas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ryan Fleming cf 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .198
Totals 34 7 9 0 0 1 6 7 13  

LOB: Harrisburg 8, Reading 9.
2B: R. Lane (17), M. Dorta (9), M. Hinckley (1).
3B: A. Machado (3).
HR: J. McKinley (2) off K. Dougherty, J. Camilo (4) off F. Villegas, K. Barker (8) off M. Hinckley.
RBI: A. Machado (7), J. Labandeira (13), J. McKinley 2 (6), J. Camilo (23), M. Hinckley (1), K. Barker (25), R. Howard 2 (62), C. Ruiz 2 (19), B. Hitchcox (3).
SF: M. Hinckley.
S: M. Hinckley.
SB: J. Labandeira (6).
GIDP: R. Lane, J. Phelps.
DP: Harrisburg 1, Reading 1.
 

Harrisburg IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Michael Hinckley 7.0 5 2 2 1 10 1 1.95
David Maust 0.2 1 1 1 3 1 0 5.79
Donnie Bridges (L 0-1) 1.0 1 4 4 3 2 0 9.00
Ryan Douglass 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.99
 
Reading IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Randy Wolf 4.0 5 1 1 0 4 0 2.25
Kevin Dougherty 3.0 7 4 4 2 3 1 3.15
Felix Villegas 1.2 1 1 1 0 2 1 5.40
Jason Jimenez (W 3-1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60

HBP: by M. Hinckley (R. Howard), by F. Villegas (J. Labandeira).
BK: D. Bridges.
WP: D. Maust.
T: 2:57.
A: 8202.

 

 

 

 

This is one of my favorite pictures that I've done.

 

 

Randy Wolf

 

 

 


(24-33)

Akron 7 - Reading 6, 6/09/04
(I only saw about 4-1/2 innings of this game
since we had Jolie and had to leave at 8:30PM)

with Bev and Jolie
Section E, Row 3
(directly behind firstbase)

Scott Winterburn and family, Joe & Sherry Deane and family and Dave Engle and his son Matthew were also at this game.


(27-31)

Reading, PA (Sports Network) - Nate Grindell roped an RBI single in the top of the tenth inning that scored Franklin Gutierrez with the winning run as the Akron Aeros scored six runs in the final three innings to edge the Reading Phillies 7-6 Wednesday. Gutierrez smoked a leadoff double to set up Grindell's clutch hit.

Grindell went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Akron offense. Gutierrez went 2-for-5 with a double and scored one run.

Lee Gronkiewicz (1-1) earned the win in relief after he tossed 1 1/3rd innings and gave up one earned run. He allowed two hits and walked two batters in his outing. Jose Vargas pitched a scoreless tenth inning to record his second save.

Jason Jimenez (1-1) was tagged with the loss after he gave up the run in the extra frame. In one inning of work, Jimenez surrendered one earned run on three hits.

Jason Cooper chipped in two doubles and scored one run in the win for Akron.

Ryan Howard went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI to lead Reading at the plate. Danny Gonzalez doubled, tripled, knocked in a run, and scored two runs for the Phillies.

Akron (27-31) has won two straight and sit eight games behind first place Erie in the Southern Division. Reading (24-33) has lost two in a row and fall 10 1/2 games behind Erie.

Final(10) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Akron 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1 7 11 1
Reading 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 6 10 3
W: L.Gronkiewicz(1-1) L: J.Jimenez(1-1) S: J.Vargas (2)
HR: AKR- None REA- None
Akron AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG
Scott Pratt 3b/ss 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .299
Tyler Minges rf 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .248
  Rodney Choy Foo 3b/2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .193
Franklin Gutierrez dh 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Nate Grindell 1b/rf 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .250
Jason Cooper lf 5 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Ben Francisco cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Oscar Salazar ss/1b 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .230
Joe Inglett 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Corey Smith ph/3b 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .219
Armando Camacaro c 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .143
Totals 39 7 11 5 0 0 4 4 5  
 
Reading AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG
Ryan Fleming cf 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
Scott Youngbauer 2b 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .259
John Castellano dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .400
Ryan Howard 1b 3 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 .272
Kevin Barker rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .255
Kurt Keene 3b 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
Danny Gonzalez ss 5 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 .243
Miguel Quintana lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .226
  Jim Deschaine ph/lf 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .335
Russ Jacobson c 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .138
Totals 37 6 10 4 1 0 6 5 5  

Errors: J. Inglett, R. Howard, D. Gonzalez, R. Jacobson.
Left on Base: Akron 6, Reading 9.
Doubles: T. Minges (6), F. Gutierrez (19), N. Grindell (10), J. Cooper 2 (15), S. Youngbauer (10), R. Howard (11), D. Gonzalez (9), R. Jacobson (5).
Triples: D. Gonzalez (1).
RBI: T. Minges (10), N. Grindell 2 (36), A. Camacaro (5), R. Howard 3 (48), D. Gonzalez (16), J. Deschaine (26), R. Jacobson (8). SF_R. Howard. S_S. Youngbauer.
SB: F. Gutierrez (5).
GIDP: B. Francisco, J. Inglett, R. Jacobson.
DP: Akron 2, Reading 2.
 
Akron IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andrew Brown 5.0 4 3 3 2 3 0 3.26
Carl Sadler 2.2 3 2 2 1 1 0 3.33
Lee Gronkiewicz (W 1-1) 1.1 2 1 1 2 0 0 4.85
Jose Vargas (S 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.32
 
Reading IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gavin Floyd 8.0 6 2 1 2 5 0 2.42
Eude Brito 1.0 2 4 1 2 0 0 4.75
Jason Jimenez (L 1-1) 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 2.70

Passed Balls: A. Camacaro.
Hit-by-Pitch: by C. Sadler (R. Howard).
Wild Pitch: A. Brown, C. Sadler.
Time: 3:17.
Attendance: 6359.

Gavin Floyd

 

Ryan Howard

 

Jolie at the 2nd Reading Phillies of her life.

 

Gavin Floyd, former first round pick

 

Floyd was promoted to AAA two months later

 

Jolie's favorite part of the baseball experience...the ice cream.

 

Ryan Howard was promoted to AAA Scranton about two months later

 

(2-10)
 
 Phillies 5 - Expos 4, 4/18/04
with my Dad (and Jeff & Derek Petersen)
Section 136, Row 19, Seats 15 & 16
(between 3rd base and left-field) 

(5-6)
 
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E  
MONTREAL 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 0
PHILADELPHIA 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
Glanville's homer lifts Phils
Philadelphia native's longball seals sweep
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Doug Glanville barely finished his warm-up tosses in center field when the ball screamed at him in the top of the seventh inning. Powerfully driven, the ball twisted and turned before reaching the base of the outfield wall.

Glanville got there at the same time, and the ball glanced off his glove and then against the wall, before rolling back to the center of the outfield -- the end result was a triple for the Expos' Brian Schneider. The Philadelphia fans booed, then booed again when Schneider scored to tie the game on the next play.

"Get a defensive replacement for the defensive replacement," said Glanville, recalling one of the barbs he endured.

The love for Glanville returned when the defensive replacement won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off homer off Rocky Biddle (0-1). It capped a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over Montreal, and lifted the Phillies to their fourth straight win.

Suddenly, the Phillies, who started the season 1-6, are 5-6 and playing well. And Glanville, who spent last season toiling in Texas, then just missing the World Series with the Cubs, learned about two Philadelphia customs.

First, he was mobbed at home plate during a Battle Royale celebration -- something that started last year when a Phillie records a walk-off hit. Former Phillie Nick Punto had warned him, especially about Todd Pratt, who was the first one there.

"It's a medieval assault," Glanville said. "I knew it was coming. Next time I may slide in and take a leg out."

Then, during his post-game interview, he became the first Phillie of the season to receive a shaving cream pie, courtesy of Tomas Perez. He didn't feel honored.

"It's terrible," he said. "I can still taste it. My nose is still full of shaving cream. It's awful. I told him to get Cool Whip next time."

Dessert toppings aside, the Phillies have recovered from a sour start, in which they had showed little offense. That changed once they opened Citizens Bank Park, which appears to be very generous for hitters. The book on it should read that a ball hit in the air has a good chance of leaving.

The trend that began Thursday continued. The Expos smacked two homers in the first inning -- by Orlando Cabrera and Brad Wilkerson -- to build a 3-0 lead. Wilkerson's homer went to straightaway center field, over the fence and to the deepest part of the grassy knoll, just before the brick wall.

Philadelphia smacked two, bringing its total to 10 in the four wins at the new park.

The Phillies pulled within one by scoring runs in the second and fourth innings. In the fourth, Philadelphia took advantage of a wild Claudio Vargas, but couldn't break the game open. In that inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs on two hits and a walk, and David Bell walked on a close pitch to force in a run. Randy Wolf struck out to end the threat.

Following a shaky first inning, Wolf settled into a groove and blanked the Expos over the next five innings, retiring 14 of the next 19 batters. He left after the sixth, despite throwing only 86 pitches, as part of a double switch that brought in Glanville.

"I'm always surprised," said Wolf. "That's (manager Larry Bowa's) decision and I'm sure there was a reason behind it. I like to pitch and stay out there as long as I can. It's Larry's job to decide when you're out there and when you're not going to be out there. I don't think it's a decision that any starting pitcher should like."

Bowa said taking out Wolf wasn't a difficult decision.

"He was right around 90 (pitches)," Bowa said. "He struggled in the first, but he battled. Randy really hasn't had his A-1 stuff yet and he's kept us in all the games, really. He might give up three, then he shuts it down."

Rheal Cormier relieved Wolf and surrendered the triple to Schneider to lead off the seventh -- the play that saw Glanville get booed. Despite the fact that Glanville hauling in that ball would have been spectacular, Cormier applauded the effort, considering he thought the game was about to be tied.

"When he hit it, I thought it was way out, like over the brick wall," Cormier said. "Then it died. If we learned one thing about the park, it's to never give up on a ball until we figure out how this park plays. The wind changes every three innings."

Glanville learned that much. Of course he would have preferred an easy fly ball, but that's not the way his season has started. In the eighth inning on Friday, he was greeted with a similar challenge, but hauled that one in.

The homer served as a pleasant redemption to the lifelong Phillies fan who wanted to come back -- for this reason. Accepting a reserve role is never easy, but moments like this make it easier.

"I know the situation, and I recognize that I'll get some opportunities," said Glanville. "I'm getting on the field and it feels good to contribute. It's still an adjustment. In the fifth inning, I have to get ready. It's not an easy job. It takes a lot of mental work, rather than physical. I have to be ready for everything."

"He's one of those guys who you root for, because of who he is," Wolf said of Glanville.

Billy Wagner (1-0) saw action in his fourth straight game. He tossed a scoreless ninth and got the win. Rocky Biddle (0-1) took the loss.

Bowa said he didn't hesitate to use Wagner after the reliever said he could pitch an inning.

"If I couldn't go, I wouldn't," Wagner said. "If I can't pitch, I'm not going to hurt the team."

Game notes
Philadelphia RF Bobby Abreu lost a popup in the sun, then found it and stretched out his arm to make the catch. The top part of the ball stuck out of the very top of his glove. ... Rollins tripled with two outs in the fourth -- Philadelphia's first triple of the season. Rollins was stranded. ... Thome hit career homer No. 383 moving past Jim Rice and Frank Howard and into 45th place on the career list.
MONTREAL TODAY SEASON
  AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
P Bergeron CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 .214
T Sledge LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J Vidro 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .250
O Cabrera SS 4 1 1 2 0 0 .250
T Batista 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .162
B Wilkerson LF-CF 4 1 2 1 0 1 .229
J Rivera RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .238
L Lopez 1B 4 0 1 0 0 3 .222
B Schneider C 3 1 1 0 1 0 .167
C Vargas P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
J Fikac P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-R Calloway PH 1 0 0 1 0 0 .077
L Ayala P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
b-M Cepicky PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200
R Biddle P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 9 4 2 6  

Batting

2B: J Rivera (2, R Wolf)
HR: O Cabrera (2, 1st inning off R Wolf 1 on, 1 Out); B Wilkerson (1, 1st inning off R Wolf 0 on, 2 Out)
3B: B Schneider (1, R Cormier)
RBI: O Cabrera 2 (4), B Wilkerson (2), R Calloway (1)
2-out RBI: B Wilkerson
Gidp: J Vidro 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out- C Vargas 2, L Lopez 1
Team LOB: 5
 

Baserunning

SB: B Wilkerson (1, 2nd base off R Wolf/M Lieberthal)

Fielding

DP: 1 (O Cabrera-J Vidro-L Lopez).
 

 

PHILADELPHIA TODAY SEASON
  AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
J Rollins SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 .139
P Polanco 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .289
B Abreu RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .111
J Thome 1B 4 2 2 2 0 1 .372
P Burrell LF 3 1 1 0 1 2 .350
M Lieberthal C 4 0 1 0 0 1 .139
M Byrd CF 2 0 0 0 1 0 .216
R Cormier P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
T Worrell P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-R Ledee PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .286
B Wagner P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
D Bell 3B 3 0 0 1 1 1 .250
R Wolf P 2 0 0 0 0 2 .400
D Glanville CF 2 1 1 1 0 0 .250
Totals 31 5 8 4 5 8  

Batting

2B: J Thome (6, C Vargas); M Lieberthal (1, C Vargas)
HR: J Thome (2, 5th inning off J Fikac 1 on, 2 Out); D Glanville (1, 9th inning off R Biddle 0 on, 0 Out)
3B: J Rollins (1, C Vargas)
RBI: D Bell (6), J Thome 2 (3), D Glanville (2)
2-out RBI: D Bell, J Thome
Gidp: M Lieberthal 1
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out- J Thome 1, P Polanco 1, R Wolf 2
Team LOB: 7
 

Baserunning

SB: P Polanco (1, 2nd base off L Ayala/B Schneider)

Fielding

DP: 2 (D Bell-P Polanco-J Thome, R Cormier-J Rollins-J Thome).
 

 

MONTREAL TODAY SEASON
  IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
C Vargas 4 4 3 3 4 3 0 84-51 3.37
J Fikac 2 1 1 1 0 4 1 33-18 4.50
L Ayala 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 30-21 5.40
R Biddle (L, 0-1) 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5-2 2.25
PHILADELPHIA TODAY SEASON
  IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
R Wolf 6 6 3 3 2 5 2 86-58 5.51
R Cormier 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 13-9 6.00
T Worrell 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 15-8 0.00
B Wagner (W, 1-0) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9-7 0.00

WP - C Vargas
IBB - B Schneider (By R Wolf)
Batters faced - C Vargas 19; J Fikac 7; L Ayala 9; R Biddle 1; R Wolf 25; R Cormier 4; T Worrell 3; B Wagner 4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C Vargas 4-5; J Fikac 1-1; L Ayala 3-2; R Biddle 0-0; R Wolf 6-7; R Cormier 3-0; T Worrell 1-1; B Wagner 1-2
Umpires: HP - Charlie Reliford,  1B - Jeff Kellogg,  2B - Doug Eddings,  3B - Dan Iassogna
Time: 2:55
Att: 43,791
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny
Wind: 1 mph
Game Scores: C Vargas 41, R Wolf 51

The Mighty Vet

 

 

 

 

Jim Thome...that balls outta here!

 

 

 

 

My first home plate view of Citizen's Bank Park

 

 

 

 

Jeff and Derek Petersen had the seats next to us

 

 

 

 

Doug Glanville graduated from Penn the same year I graduated from Drexel

 

 

 

 

Dad and a stadium

 

 

 

 

Lieberthal hits better than he does Toyota commercials

 

 

 

 

Scoreboard and half of a field

 
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