Tonight was a beautiful evening for baseball and the Phillies bounced back from their poor showing last night to beat the Mets 8-4. CBP didn't seem as crowded as the previous night, people must really love having those 6 inch figurines on their mantle, but it appeared to be another sellout. For the second straight night there were Piazza jerseys all over the place, but tonight, they kept their mouths shut for most of the evening.
Jim Thome came out of a funk to hit a solo shot deep to right field which put the Phillies up 2-1 after five. Big time props to Robinson Tejeda for another great outing. You couldn't have really asked much more from this guy so far. He went six solid innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run.
The Mets tied the game in the top of the seventh when Madson got into some trouble, but the Phillies got out of a jam and took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh. Everyone's favorite Phillie came up with the go ahead single, scoring Thome, and the runs kept coming. (short video clip I took of Thome scoring after the jump.)
Lieberthal actually knocked in a runner in scoring position and after a few walks Kenny Lofton came up with the bases loaded.
I like this picture because you can see Lofton running out of the batters box and the 3 Phillies on the bases on the move. All 3 would eventually score and Lofton would have a double. He has been playing very well lately and I'd like to give him some props.
Ugueth looked shaky giving up another longball and Wagner completed the game. It never seems he can have a low pitch inning though.
This picture features the Dirty "The Camera Loves Me" Bird Man giving the thumbs up after Lofton cleared the bases. In a post game interview the DBM was quoted as saying, "You better tell everyone on your site that my record is now 10-1 at Phillies games this season." These facts could nither be proven nor disproven.
My season total is now at 7-3 (I believe) after last night's loss and tonight's win. In a phone interview with the loyal Mets fanatic, Bryan from Garden City Park when asked about his thoughts on the Mets loss tonight responded, "Mets need to play better."
Here is the promised video of Utley knocking in the go ahead run. Right click and "Save As." Notice the person who jumps in front of the camera. Download MOV00822.MPG
PITTSBURGH --- Utility infielder Andres Blanco suffered a fractured left index finger in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Blanco was injured when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slid into his hand during a play at third base. Blanco was making his second straight start at third in place of Maikel Franco, who was out with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch Friday from Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Franco took over at third for Blanco, who hit a solo home run off Pirates rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon in the first inning. Blanco is hitting .271 with four homers in 75 games this season.
Meanwhile, catcher Cameron Rupp was not in the lineup after being hit in the left ear flap of his batting helmet on Saturday by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Carlos Ruiz started behind the plate.
Rupp passed Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol both Saturday and Sunday.
"If you get hit in the head, you probably want to take a little bit more precaution than if it was another part of your body,” Rupp said.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.
Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.
Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.
A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.
Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.
In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.