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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Game 97: Phils survive several bad calls, dropped balls and take first from Brewers (43-54)

After the Brewers tacked on two runs against Roy Halladay in the 1st inning on Monday night, the Phillies chances certainly didn't look good.  However, Utley and Howard provided back-to-back homers in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game.  Howard's home run was ruled in play at first despite the fact that from my seat in the 300-level, I could tell that it went over the fence and bounced back.  The umpires quickly overturned the call after looking at replays.  The Phillies potentially were robbed of a run in the first after Shane Victorino was hit with a pitch.  With a 3-2 count, Victorino clearly checked his swing (again visible from the 300-level), but was ruled to have swung and missed resulting in a strikeout.

Carlos Gomez really got on my nerves Monday night as he behaves quite similarly to Jose Reyes; slapping his helmet while rounding the bases after a home run, and attempting to show up the pitcher while on the base paths.  With 1 out in the top of the 7th inning, Michael Schwimer walked Gomez.  After a series of pick off attempts from Schwimer that were dropped by Howard (3 to be exact with 2 certainly resulting in outs if Howard could catch the ball), Gomez took off for second and thankfully was thrown out by Carlos Ruiz.

In the bottom of the 7th, with the Phillies threatening after 3 consecutive walks to Rollins, Pierre, and Utley, Ryan Howard came to the plate.  With the count 3-1, a passed ball that was ruled a strike ("looking" according to ESPN although I thought it was called on the "swing" at the game, neither of which I believe to be the right call) resulted in a run for the Phillies.  A pitch later, Howard was called out looking.

In the top of the 8th, Jake Diekman was used to pitch to 3 RHBs that are significantly better against LHPs than RHPs.  I don't understand why Schwimer wasn't double switched into the game considering his spot in the lineup was due up 1st the following inning.

Joe Savery pitched the 9th inning down three runs, which is acceptable.  The Phillies then mounted a huge come back in the bottom of the 9th that was sparked by 3 key walks.  I wonder what the manager thinks about that - players showing patience to get on base and win the game.

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