Ibanez and Phils Walk Off With Game 1
RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! That's what the sold out crowd at a rainy Citizens Bank Park last night were chanting when Raul Ibanez delivered his biggest hit of the season so far with a walk off homerun in the 10th inning. Raul has struggled this season, but let's just forget about that for now and focus on this great win. It took a while for this great game to start though, rain swept through Philly and moved the game back to around 8:00. The delay didn't stop Roy Halladay, Doc was on his game last night as he only allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits through 7 innings while striking out 7. The Phils offense struggled though and were only able to get 2 runs off of Brandon Beachy of the Braves. Freddie Freeman started the scoring in the second inning with a single to center, then Wilson Valdez got a sac fly to bring in Raul to tie the game. Dan Uggla singled in the 2nd and last run of the game for the Braves in the 4th. Carlos Ruiz knotted up the score with a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning. The Phils and Braves bullpen would hold down the score. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and Juan Perez shut down the Braves for 3 innings. Perez picked up his first big leauge win at the age of 32 while striking out the side on 9 pitches.
This series is the biggest of the year for the Phils and there isn't a better way to start it, all this momentum after a walk off win could really help going into today's game. The most important thing about the win last night though is, the Phillies will go into the All-Star Break with the lead in the NL East. Now not saying I don't want us to win the next two games, because of course I do, we need the biggest lead we can get with the way the Braves can catch fire, but it sure helps your nerves as a Phillies fan to know that we will be the division leaders going into the break. Cliff Lee will go for the Phils today against one of Atlanta's best pitchers, Tommy Hanson. Hanson is 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA while Lee is 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA. Although, Lee's numbers would be better if it wasn't for his last start in Toronto in which I think the Phils let him in way too long. Hopefully Cliff can get another run going and the Phils can get a HUUUUGEEE series win against the Bravos. TIME TO TOMAHAWK CHOP THE BRAVES! LET'S GO PHILS!