Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Phightin's sweep Spos at Vet

8/14 - 8/16 - Veterans Stadium
Phillies 9, Expos 3
Steve Rogers vs Curt Simmons

Bases clearing double
Philly jumped out to a huge 6-0 lead by the 4th on the heels of a 4 run outburst in the 2nd. A bases clearing double by Mike Schmidt drove in 3 runs with one swing. Juan Samuel’s triple came one batter later. Richie Ashburn’s 2 run single in the 4th sealed Rogers’ fate. Montreal would make a game of it with 3 runs in the 6th, but Philly answered right back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to put it away. The only black spot in the Phightin’s world was the elbow injury suffered by Simmons with 1 out in the 8th. Philly docs think he’ll miss one week at the most before returning to the rotation.

Phillies 2, Expos 1
Bryn Smith vs Robin Roberts
Bryn Smith
pitched the game of his life only to see his heart broken by a 2 run shot

Lost shutout and game in 7th
by Mike Schmidt in the bottom of the 8th. Smith to that point did a fantastic job trying to make Montreal’s solo run scored in the top of the 1st hold up. With one out in the opening stanza Delino DeShields singled ans stole second, then scored on Warren Cromartie’s RBI single. From that point on Robin Roberts and Smith would be locked in a scoreless duel until Schmitty homered in the 7th. The 1980 combo of Ron Reed setting up for Tug McGraw worked like a charm over the final 2 innings with the "Tugger" notching his 3rd save of the season.

Phillies 9, Expos 3
Dennis Martinez vs Steve Carlton

2 HR’s & 5 RBI
The Phightin’s impeached "El Presidente" in the fourth inning by battering him from pillar to post to the tune of 9 runs (8 earned). Steve Carlton would be the winner in this one, but he was purely the beneficiary of a fantastic offensive outburst. John Kruk would pace the Philly offense by going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. Kruk did most of the damage with his two homers. Jim Konstanty was given a save based on his 4 scoreless inning of relief to finish the game. Both Andre Dawson and Andres Galarraga hit their respective first homers of the season as the Expos were swept right out of the city of Brotherly Love.

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