|1||Tue May 14||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||at 12--Diamondbacks||W||9||3|
PHILLIES WIN OPENER, 9-3 OVER DIAMONDBACKS
The weather cooperated with the nicest night of the spring thus far and the new look Philles--four new players in the line up--responded with a solid all around game. The biggest difference in the two teams was the wildness of the Diamondback pitchers, who gave up 7 walks and 5 HbPs. These free passes accounted for 7 of the Philles' 9 runs. Ben S was the hitting hero with 2 of the Phillies' 6 hits, including a double, a single, a sac fly, and 3 RBIs. On the mound, Chad Gromek (I still wonder if he's related to Steve) turned in a solid opening day start with 5 complete innings, 9 Ks and 0 walks (1 HbP), 4 hits, and only 1 of 3 runs being earned. Will Bromley closed out the game with two solid innings, fanning three, walking only one, and giving up zero hits.
|2||Thu May 16||6:00 PM||Bicentennial Park||1--Bloomfield A's||W||3||2|
PHILLIES EDGE A's 3-2 TO STAY UNDEFEATED
Will Bromley hit long single to right to score Chad Gromek, running for Wilfred Cabrera, with the go ahead run in the bottom of the 5th and Mike Homant retired the A's in order in the 6th and 7th to make it stand up. Indeed, after the A's Spillane was gunned down at second by a strong throw from Gromek in the 4th, Homant retired the last 10 A's in order, 6 on strikeouts. Homant had a total of 12 strikeouts for the game, giving up 5 hits early in the game for the A's two runs, one earned. Indeed, the key play of the game came in the 1st inning with no one out. After walking the leadoff man Homant gave up a sharp single to right, putting runners on 1st and 3rd. The runner on first promptly stole second and was standing safely on the bag with no throw. Suddently he started to jog back to first and was easily tagged out by Homant. The explanation proved to be that our shortstop was telling him to stay up because there was no throw and the runner thought he was being told that the ball had been fouled off. Homant fanned the three and four hitters to leave the leadoff man stranded at third. In the meantime, Najor pitched a stong game for the A's, striking out 6 with a steady diet of fastballs. Three of the six hits he gave up were of the scratchy variety. If there are any A's reading this, know that we are aware that this was not your A team (pun intended) that we faced, and that you'll have some reinforcements when next we meet. As far as this game went, no excuses were offered and a play here or there could easily have reversed the outcome.
|3||Tue May 21||6:00 PM||Bicentennial Park||at 4--Dodgers||L||6||2|
|4||Thu May 23||8:15 PM||Bicentennial Park||7--Cubs||P|
|5||Wed May 29||8:15 PM||Bicentennial Park||11--Nationals||P|
|6||Fri May 31||6:00 PM||Bicentennial Park||4--Dodgers||P|
|7||Wed Jun 05||8:15 PM||Capitol Park||at 3--Giants||P|
|8||Sat Jun 08||12:15 PM||Bishop Foley||at 9--Expos||W||8||0|
PHILLIES DEFEAT WEATHER, PLAY BALLGAME
The Phillies Sunday ended a four-game postponement streak in 70 degree weather on a field (Foley) that actually drained. The field also had a much needed batting cage to warm up Philly bats after the two-week plus layoff. At first it did not seem to help as Expo pitcher Barrett cruised throuhg the first 3 innings. But he ran into control problems in the fourth, walking 4 around three timely Phillies hits. The Phillies did not let up after that, going on to amass 12 hits, including several long doubles. Five Phillies garnered 2-hit games: Homant, Witkowski, Zepeda, Epple, and Monticello. Meanwhile, Chad Gromek, who could easily have gotten two hits the plate, got fis two hitter on the mound, allowing one W while fanning 11and walking only one.
|9||Tue Jun 11||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||at 10--Brewers||W||9||3|
PHILLIES MOVE INTO FIRST WITH WIN OVER BREWERS
Hector Zepeda earned the win in his first career MSBL start for the Phillies. Hector scattered 4 hits over 4 2/3 innings, fanning 5 and holding the Brewers to 3 runs. Four walks and 3 hit-batters kept him in trouble much of the game, but two DPs choked off Brewer rallies. Will Bromley came on in the 5th with the tying runs aboard to rack up a K and end that threat. With the help of some solid defense Bromley shut out the Brewers over the final two innings. In the meantime, the Phillies mounted a 14-hit attack that was good for 9 runs. Even with that, the Phillies might easily have scored more as a "sure" home run by Clay Stephens hit the very top of the left field fence, bounced up at an 89 1/2 degree angle, did a cartwheel in the air that had it hovering beyond the fence, and then somehow fell in play in left center field, the only question being whether Clay would make it to 3rd base. The answer was no, and certainly that hit deserved the admiration Clay gave it as he stood in awe at first base. (Just wanted to see in anyone reads these things.) The other missing runs were more mundane: a runner wiping out between third and home, a hard hit double play that just nipped our man at first (but then both sides had some of these). Will led the hitting attack with three line drive hits, one a triple. Big Ben was 2 for 2 with his usual double along with a single, a HbP, and 2 RBIs. Max chipped a double and a single and John and Chuck each plated 2 RBIs with line singles to right. The win put the Phillies at 4-1, just a few percentage points ahead of the 4-1-1Dodgers, in a "virtual" four-way tie for first along with the Mets and the A's.
|10||Thu Jun 13||8:15 PM||Ford Field||at 13--Tigers||P|
|11||Mon Jun 17||8:15 PM||Capitol Park||at 7--Cubs||W||3||2|
|12||Wed Jun 19||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||2--Mets|
|13||Wed Jun 26||8:15 PM||Bicentennial Park||5--Team USA|
|14||Thu Jun 27||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||6--Blue Jays|
|15||Sun Jun 30||10:00 AM||Hazel Park||12--Diamondbacks|
|16||Tue Jul 09||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||at 5--Team USA|
|17||Sun Jul 14||10:00 AM||Cranbrook||at 6--Blue Jays|
|18||Tue Jul 16||6:00 PM||Bicentennial Park||at 11--Nationals|
|19||Thu Jul 18||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||at 1--Bloomfield A's|
|20||Sat Jul 20||10:00 AM||Fraser||at 2--Mets|
|21||Mon Jul 22||6:00 PM||Capitol Park||9--Expos|
|22||Wed Jul 24||6:00 PM||Bicentennial Park||3--Giants|
|23||Sun Jul 28||1:00 PM||Bishop Foley||13--Tigers|
|24||Wed Jul 31||8:15 PM||Hazel Park||10--Brewers|