Tuesday, July 7, 2009

22-1?!

The Phillies handed Cincinnati their worst loss in the history of the Reds on Monday night...a 21 run clubbing. The Phillies chased Reds starter, 23 year old Johnny Cueto, before he could finish one inning. Cueto was charged with 9 earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Three homers and ten runs in the first frame got the team going before many phans found their seats, and the Phillies never looked back. Cole Hamels got his first win since June 4th, evening his record at 5-5. The 22 runs scored in the game by the Phillies was a record for Citizens Bank Park. The previous high was 20 runs by the Phils on May 26, 2008 against Colorado. Charlie Manuel likes to call this weather "hitting season". Hitting season is open in south Philadelphia, pholks!

The story of the night, that no one seems to be speaking about, might be the left field ball girl, Kelli, who fielded Shane Victorino's fair ball hit that rolled toward the stands in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Picking up that ball in play makes the hit an automatic ground rule double. If the ball bounces off the fencing in front of the stands, it is likely that Victorino, with his speed, gets a triple there. Shane also had another double, a homer and a single. Kelli the ballgirl may have cost Shane "the cycle", the immense recognition that would come with it and an almost guaranteed run through the all star final fan vote.

There are endless noteworthy facts and details from Monday night's victory against the Reds. The Good Phight, PhilliesNation and We Should Be GM's have plenty more for everybody.

Taking a look at more team stats...

John Mayberry Jr. has seen his own batting average fall from .320 to .205 in his last 10 games played.

The Phillies' record when Jimmy Rollins plays and scores at least one run has improved to 31-7 (.816 winning percentage).

The Phillies' record when both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino play and score at least one run each is 20-4 (.833 winning percentage).

Shane Victorino against the Reds this season- 4 games (7-for-16), .438 avg., 1.375 OPS, 4 doubles, 1 homer, 4 RBI, 1 SB. Add in Shane's 2 games played against St. Louis, and he's hitting .462 (12-for-26) against the NL Central this season. In 8 games last season against the Reds, Shane had a .167 batting avg. (5-for-30).

With four very good starts on this home stand, the starting pitchers' ERA over the last 4 days is 1.33 (27 innings pitched, 4 earned runs allowed).

BallHype: hype it up!

5 comments:

mvr joe said...

Glad to see Cole get some run support this time out, bats finally woke up to back him up.

Anonymous said...

That ballgirl should be pelted with day old philly pretzels and mustard packets!!

NN

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

Please get over yourself. I have been teammates and friends with that ballgirl for over 7 years and she is an amazing person. But the fact is that she is human and makes mistakes. Deal with it and please stop slandering a 22 year old woman. She has gotten a position that hundreds of girls vie for and it is certainly not easy. If Victorino is meant to make the All-Star selection he will. End of story.

Jay Ballz said...

I am rather sure the comment left here was a joke.

PhoulBallz.com goes for humor, mostly. Certainly not for the proverbial jugular...so I think the readers go with that vibe. I wish Kelli the best and a projectile-free remainder of the season.

Anonymous said...

It is very nice of you to defend your friend, however, did you really think anyone was going to pelt her with day old pretzels? It was a joke. Maybe you should be going on senseofhumor.com while on the computer and put your time to better use. Honestly, I think you need to get over yourself...nobody really cares that much about the ball girls, trust me...LOL Have a nice day!!

NN