Well, Pedro showed he can still pitch, and the offense can still hit, and last night we found out that Cubs fans can still be the most ruthless fans in the game. During the 5th inning with the bases loaded, Jake Fox hit a fly ball, can of corn to center field where Shane Victorino was measuring it up. Just as he caught the ball, a fan dumped a cup of beer on him. Luckily, Victorino caught the ball, talk about the Flyin’ Hawaiin, what a night. More on that later. Hey beer guy, you should go to jail and never come back to watch another baseball game ever, anywhere.
After the game, when Victorino was asked about the beer being poured on him he jokingly said, “nice timing.” Well the timing wasn’t good enough because Shane was still able to hold onto the ball, and the Phillies got out of the inning unharmed. Shane, what a game, 2-5 with a homer and a triple, and made the infamous “beer catch.” I salute you Shane, as you are the igniter in this Phils’ offense.
Pedro told us he could still pitch, but we all answered as, “We will believe it when we see it.” Well we saw ‘it’ in last nights’ game as Pedro went 5 strong giving up 7 hits, 3 earned and struck out 5. As I watched I noticed that he kept his composure, and kept throwing the changeup to hitters which really messed them up! In the second inning, Alfonso Soriano was down 0-2, (a count he sees all the time) and Pedro threw him a nasty circle change which dove right down and made Alfonso look silly. Pedro also hit 93 on the gun in the 5th inning, which shows shades of the early days in which he was a power pitcher, not finesse. But all in one, Pedro had a great game, and looks to build off of that.
“This is my first game coming back,” Martinez said. “If you look at me, I’m totally different. Attitude. Aggressiveness. Physically. I look better than the previous two years in New York. I just feel so healthy. I’m just coming back. I’m not 100 percent yet. And I still feel like I can compete with those guys. I hope I can do that for a little longer with a little more consistency.” It was a great game and one that looks to keep Pedro on track.
Young Jeff Samardzija, getting his first ever MLB start, got rocked by the Phillies offense, as it all started when Shane Victorino tripled in the first, followed by a Chase Utley doubled, topped with a Ryan Howard triple. It was 2-0 after the first inning, and the Phillies didn’t stop scoring, as they scored two in the 3rd, (Shane’s two run bomb), and 8 in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins went deep for a three run shot, followed later in the inning with a Raul Ibanez three run shot, in which Jimmy helped him out on. After Jimmy’s shot, he came in and told Ibanez to keep his head down on the curveball, since he was facing a lefty and to take his hands right to the ball, not out and around. Ibanez found a good curve and took it yard to left field to add on to the mammoth lead.
There’s nothing like teammates teaching each other new things! The offense had it last night and the intensity, it was there, the fire, it was burning. Hey, the Phillies can hit, and they can pitch, and the fielding, who can’t? Watch out!
“Hey, we are a baseball team!”