Thursday, August 19, 2010

As Goes Jimmy....

The Phillies have spotted San Francisco an opening inning lead on two successive nights and then stormed back to win in convincing fashion. In doing so they've opened a two game margin over the Giants in the Wild Card race. The Braves continue to win as well, maintaining a 2.5 game lead over the Phils.

For the second consecutive night the groans were audible as on Tuesday Roy Oswalt and on Wednesday Joe Blanton served up long home runs in the first frame. With Blanton the sounds were accompanied by more than a few "here we go again" ( know I said it aloud a few times), but like his new teammate, Kentucky Joe settled down and pitched well.

Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Jimmy Rollins and a rehabilitated Chase Utley, happy to be combining up the middle again, led the Phils offensively. They weren't alone. Chooch, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez also played key roles. Jimmy, however, was the star, nearly hitting for the cycle, running wild and shining in the spotlight like only Jimmy can.

After the game, several players uttered the now customary "as goes Jimmy so go the Phillies" line.


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