Improbable Comeback Stuns Reds

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, July 09, 2010 11:46 PM | Comments: 61
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

Baseball is such an unpredictable sport. One team can have all the momentum, but in the blink of an eye, it can switch over to the other side. That’s what makes the game great. Just when it can’t get any worse for the Phillies, Greg Dobbs shines a light of hope. The Phillies pulled off an improbable 9-7 comeback on an evening with a huge turn of events. These are the comeback kids that the fans love. It’s amazing how quickly boos turn to cheers.

There were several misplays on both sides during Thursday’s game. The errors carried over immediately on Friday as Jimmy Rollins botched the very first play of the game.  Several batters later, Johnny Gomes sent Joe Blanton’s offering into the left field seats.  Blanton never settled in.

Blanton got knocked around in 5.1 innings.  He surrendered six runs, five earned, on a whopping twelve hits and two walks.  The Reds were hitting shots off him; he never found a groove.  Lately, Charlie Manuel has been critizied for leaving his starters in too long.  If there was ever a good time to lift Blanton, it was in the bottom of the fifth.  Instead, Manuel let Blanton hit for himself.  Blanton allowed a few base runners in the top of the sixth before Manuel pulled him.  Blanton tipped his cap to an upset crowd, and headed for the showers.  Luckily, David Herdon avoided further damage.

In the meantime, Mike Leake cruised.  The rookie who skipped the minor leagues looked like a long time veteran retiring batter after batter.  At one point, Herdon’s pitch count in a little over an inning matched Leake’s through five.  Leake dominated.  He even went 3-for-4, having a much better night at the plate than most Phillies.

It looked like the game was over, and the Reds had an easy victory.  Not so fast.  All the trouble came in the ninth.  Leake went out for the complete game, but ran into trouble: the return of the Phillies offense.  Shane Victorino led off with a double, and Leake could not finish the game off.  Ryan Howard drove in Victorino with a single, but the big momentum shift came off the bat of Dobbs.  Since being designated for assignment, Dobbs has had a fire under his belt.  He’s starting to hit again, and boy did he get ahold of one.  Dobbs smoked a three-run shot off the foul pole, putting the Phillies down 7-5.  The damage was far from over.

Leake failed to close out the game, so Dusty Baker brought in closer Francisco Cordero.  He didn’t exactly get the job done either.  Ben Francisco drew a huge two-out walk, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Then, Cody Ransom earned his pinstripes.  Cordero threw him an outside fastball, and he hit the ball where it was pitched; he sent it in the first row of the opposite field.  The crowd turned electric as the score became even.

The Phillies were unable to score another in the ninth, but the six-run inning was plenty, sending the game into extra innings for the second straight night.  Ryan Madson tossed a 1-2-3 tenth, striking out two, with his changeup looking better than ever.

In the bottom of the tenth, a lead-off double once again started a rally.  Raul Ibanez greeted Arthur Rhodes with a double, but Howard topped that with an opposite field blast.  Another day, another walk-off home run.  Arthur Rhodes sure must hate facing the Phillies.  He has given up six runs all year; five to the Phillies (revenge for 2006?).

As Howard rounded the bases, all sorts of excitement and emotion were released.  This is the team that the fans want to see more of.  This is the team that the city fell in love with.  Perhaps these are the types of games that can turn a season around for the better.

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  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Whats with the wild card talk? The phils are not out of the division by any means. The Phils have been cold the Braves and Mets have been hot. It will balance out in the near future. The Braves ad Mets will hit a little bump i the road, the phils will surge.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I’ll be brief and give one thought not mentioned here by others. I’m most impressed with Reds’ rookie pitcher, Mike Leake. Not only can he pitch but oh my, can he hit (for a pitcher). 4 times on base including 3 hits and RBI. A serious candidate for Rookie of Year if he continues to do well.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    If it wasn’t for Ibanez, we wouldn’t have won the game last night. In fact, there are plenty of games we wouldn’t have won if the guy hadn’t gotten to base. He’s finally adjusting to the fact that he may never regain the sort of power he used to have and is starting to adapt his offensive play accordingly.

    I still have hope when every one of these guys step to the plate.

    These past two game have been comeback confidence builders. Maybe they’re starting to get back to the place where they don’t need to hit early, hit fast. Baseball is a marathon game, not a sprint, and these guys are finally taking it all the way to the twenty-seventh out and beyond.

    We’re still in the hunt.

    Most of these guys will always be folk heroes to me, no matter what happened last year, what happens this year, and what will happen in the future.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    @Chuck: prepare yourself against a possible letdown when Polanco returns and to make room on the roster, the aging journeyman, Ransom will most likely be heading back to the minors.

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    I’d keep ramsome and do something with Castro. Valdez has won the utility job IMO.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think until Polly gets back, they’ll go Ransom vs. LHP, Dobbs vs RHP

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Castro has something though that Ransom and Valdez don’t have….

    A LOT more experience. Unless he flat out falters big-time….or Dobbs or Ransom turns out to be a total bust….I think Castro is here to stay.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ^What I meant to say was ….”or if Dobbs or Ransom turns out to be a total savior”

    (Thinking one thing and typing something else!)

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The more I think about the Werth incident the more I like it and the more I like Werth. I was waiting for someone to get mad and throw something in the dug out or something of that ilk. Also the old man did have a team meeting before the first game. Now must win roys start tonight.


  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The guy that Werth had the “run-in” with told Mike Missanelli yesterday on Mike’s show that he was just trying to protect his son by catching the ball.

    It looked to me like he was just trying to catch the ball to give to his son…which is cool.

    But if you’re along the fence like that as a fan you have a responsibility to be aware of what’s going on in the game in case something like that happens.

    It all happened so fast that I don’t think the fan was aware of what he was about to do. He just reacted.

    Werth reacted…rightfully so…as well. He probably shouldn’t have said “Get the f*ck out of my way” like he did….but again….HE reacted as well in the moment. Werth wasn’ t thinking that there was a 10-year old boy that would be affected somehow.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    I agree w/Chuck. I stayed out of the talk surrounding this Fri. I was bothered at the neg responses against Werth & the writers frenzy. Writers love to whip this kind of thing up, making it more than it actually is. They weren’t done until they’d called Werth’s future into question, which is insane. The incident was akin to a “car wreck”: it was fast and neither adult had time to think or evaluate before acting. Personally I don’t believe the guy saying he was trying to “protect his son.” But it sure is a convenient & sweet out. Bottomline, he was trying to catch a foul ball and he didn’t think what he did was bad judgement until he heard the fans boo. I think most parents trying to protect their kids throw their own bodies across their children. I’ve had each of my parents in different situations do that to “protect” me. That guy was catching a foul ball — good catch, btw. Werth has his own little boy & if in a do-over he prob wouldn’t use that language. I doubt, however, that he’d take back telling the guy to get out of the way. I think he should’ve gotten out of the way. This is the same Werth who 2 wks ago bought his HS coach a new truck & had the entire team put their name on it (not just his alone). I also think Werth had a ton riding his shoulders that inning. He’d just made a great catch. Not that he isn’t good in RF but I’m sure he’s been trying to make up for not hitting. This foul ball would’ve been a final out. God knows the team needed to end the inning and move on to try and get a win on the board.

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