Sunday, July 27, 2008

High Drama in Philadelpha

Well, it was an exciting weekend for this Phillies fan. The Phils were hosting the Braves. The Braves have been struggling, and the Mets have been on a tear, so as the weekend began, the Phillies were one game behind the Mets in the NL East.

Friday night the Phils lost to the Braves in a bad way. I turned on the game in the 5th inning and the Braves were ahead 1-0 due to a McCann HR. In the top of the 9th, the Braves loaded the bases with no outs and McCann hit another homer, a grand slam. As the inning continued it got to be 8 or 9 to nothing. I lost track and stopped watching. BTW of the last 6 grand slams hit by the Braves, 5 of them were hit by McCann.

I had the weekend off, which meant I got to watch all 3 games. On Saturday I got home from poker to find the Braves had scored 9 runs in a single inning to take a 9-3 lead. The Phillies returned fire with a 7 run inning, giving them a 10-9 lead that they held until the end of the game. For the Braves, it is sad that you can score 9 runs in a single inning and still not win the game.

Today was another explosive game. The Braves opened with a 2-0 lead before a 2 hour rain delay stopped play. When play resumed, the Braves extended their lead to 5-0. The Phillies, always big on offense responded with a 5 run inning. The then took the lead and padded it to a 12 to 5 lead with a string of 5-1-5-1 run innings through the 7th. The Braves responded with 5 runs in the 8th, but the Phillies held on to win it 12-10.

I like my team, but this was a bit too dramatic even for my taste. Also in today's game, McCann was taken out of the game injured after a collision at the plate with Shane Victorino.

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