Jul 092011
The Phillies celebrate Ibanez' 10th inning walkoff blast

The Phillies celebrate Ibanez' 10th inning walkoff blast

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Ibanez blasts walk-off homer to give Phillies win

July 9 CSN Philly

If you waited out the rain at Citizens Bank Park, or if you were dry at home and able to keep your eyes open until almost midnight, count yourself among the lucky ones. You saw a very entertaining ballgame Friday night.  The Phillies began their most important series of the season with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Raul Ibanez won it when he crushed a 2-0 fastball from right-hander Scott Proctor into the rightfield seats with one out in the bottom 10th inning.

In spite of rain, Halladay delivers

July 9 Camden Courier-Post columnist Kevin Callahan

The first pitch was slated for 8:35 Friday night, the kind of late start usually reserved for postseason games.  The Phillies were sending Roy Halladay to the mound in the first game of this significant three-game series against Atlanta, making it seem even more like a playoff game besides the later start.  But, rain not TV ratings was the culprit for the unusually late start time.  And, the rain forced the umpire crew to order the ground crew to rollout the tarp on the infield once again, further delaying the start.

Victorino on the DL; Polanco has bulging disc

July 9 CSN Philly

Shane Victorino still plans to fly to Phoenix for the All-Star Game, and he still plans to participate in all the pre-game festivities, and he still plans to sit in the National League dugout and cheer on his teammates.  He just won’t be able to play.  “Definitely going to go,” Victorino said Friday afternoon. “I don’t want to [waste] everybody’s efforts and not go. Definitely thank everybody again, the fans. Being the first guy ever selected twice by the final ballot, it’s definitely an honor. Definitely want to go out there and put my Phillies uniform on and represent the Phillies at the All-Star Game. But unfortunately, won’t be playing.”

Cole Hamels suffering from poison oak

July 9 Foxsports.com columnist Ken Rosenthal

For a guy in extreme discomfort, Phillies All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels pitched pretty well while suffering from poison oak on both his legs.  Hamels told FOXSports.com Friday night that he contracted poison oak while fishing on teammate Roy Oswalt’s property in Unionville, Mo., during an off-day on June 20.  He made two starts in pain against the Athletics and Red Sox before his condition finally eased prior to his most recent start against the Marlins.

Perez makes history on the mound in Phils’ win

July 9 CSN Philly

Juan Perez did two things Friday night he had never done in 14 seasons of professional baseball.  Strike out the side on nine pitches. And win a major-league baseball game.  Perez, a 32-year-old journeyman pitching in just his third game as a Phillie, was the improbable winning pitcher Friday night in the Phillies’ 10-inning 3-2 win over the Braves in Game 1 of their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

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