Payback: Part I

70's retro night at the ballpark and the Phillies did what they did a lot in the 1970's: win.

The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 in game one of this 4 game series.

The Phillies have had some offensive struggles, so Charlie Manuel moved Utley up to the number two spot. Burrell moved up to the number three spot. Would a new lineup and approach pay off?

The Dodgers swept the Phillies at Dodger Stadium last week, and the Phillies will seek revenge this week.

The Phillies were able to start that revenge tonight by scoring 7 runs off Greg Maddux.

Greg Maddux last faced the Phillies last week when he was with the Padres, before he got traded. In that game, he allowed just 1 run in 7 innings. Tonight was a whole new ballgame.

In 5.2 innings, Maddux allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 4.

Kyle Kendrick, who wasn't even alive in the 1970's, got the start for the Phillies. He lasted 5.2 innings, and gave up just 1 ER on just 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3.

The Dodgers took an early lead in the first inning on an Andre Eithier solo homerun.

Maddux was cruising along until the 4th inning. A 10 pitch at bat to Pat Burrell changed the rest of the game. Burrell drew the walk. Ryan Howard followed with a 2 run homerun to give the Phillies the lead.

The Phillies didn't look back. The Phillies finally managed a game where the offense and pitcing delivered.

Chris Coste went 2-4 including a 3 run homerun in the 6th inning. It was his 9th of the year. Coste also had an RBI single.

Chase Utley hit his 31st homerun of the year, a solo shot in the 7th inning.

Every win from now on is huge for the Phillies, and this was no different. The Phillies will try and take game 2 of the series with Cole Hamels on the mound tommorrow.


Anonymous said...

nice site. have been a phillies fan since 1950.. yeah yeah im an old guy and have suffered year after year with this ballclub. although not commenting on payback part one, keep blogging and hoping for this team. a lot of times they leave you heartsick and sometimes like that 13 inning game you are totally thrilled. if you know, why did manuel bring in and keep in seanez instead of another reliever during the game the other night against the mets. as i live in the mets ( mutts) area geographically i dont get all the updates or reasons for the games. keep up the good work and go phils... big

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