Five Games, Five Days, Five Parks - Day Two Phillies Slide Continues

It is only a three hour drive north but myworld has never been to the Phillies new park. Back when the team was winning and the Phillies had sellouts every day there was no motivation. The last couple years there just has not been time on the schedule. We went, we saw the park and we were not impressed.

It is off 95 taking exit 17 or 19, like a box put in the middle of some ex-industrial zone with the Eagles football park and the 76ers and Flyers sports arena next door along with a number of warehouse facilities. They have no downtown activity and there is one building with a collection of restaurants where you can eat at. That is not myworld’s idea of a festive atmosphere. So it gets an F for its location, kind of like the team it puts on the field now.

Inside the park the biggest noise was created by the singing lemon chill gal who did a pretty good business along the third base line. She seemed to have a perky smile on her face throughout the game, despite the murky demeanor surrounding the team. There is not a lot to cheer for if you are a Phillies fan. They had a small flirtation at the top of the standings to begin the season, but they have settled to the bottom like a rock now that the season is close to the All Star break. Only the hot Braves sit below them in the standings.

When you are batting utility infielder Andres Blanco as your cleanup hitter you are not going to score a lot of runs. That was the task for Shelby Miller as he faced this punch and judy offense his first day off the disabled list with his ERA above 7. He allowed a run in the second inning after giving up a leadoff double to Andres Blanco, proving his cleanup spot was deserved, and a two out double to Tyler Goeddel that went over the head of the late breaking Socrates Brito in center field. After the second double Miller did not give up another hit until the seventh inning. The manager is frustrated with the lack of professional at bats.

Jeremy Hellickson got the start for the Phillies and he looked as if he was heading for an early exit after almost giving up the cycle to the first four hitters he faced. Jean Segura opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Phil Gosselin drove him in with a single past a diving Freddy Galvis at short. Jake Lamb pumped one deep into the right field bleachers for a two run homerun to make it 3-0. Rickie Weeks could not complete the cycle, doubling down the left field line, his wide girth preventing him from scrambling to third, something he may have been able to do earlier in his career when he had some speed.

Hellickson settled down after that. He retired the next three hitters and then gave up just two hits in the next six innings, retiring the last 10 hitters he faced. Of course, the Diamondback lineup lacked a bit of explosiveness with Rickie Weeks as their cleanup hitter. Paul Goldschmidt was taking the day off.

The Phillies did put up a little rally with back to back two out singles by Cameron Rupp and Tyler Goeddel off Shelby Miller in the seventh. The D-backs went to Tyler Clippard and the Phillies responded with pinchhitter Jimmy Paredes, who flied out to centerfield to end the threat.

The Phillies again tried to rally in the ninth, getting a leadoff single from Odubel Herrera and an error by Nick Ahmed put runners on first and second with no one out off Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler. Tommy Joseph, who was clobbering homeruns early in the season, spoiled the mood by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play and Cameron Rupp struck out to end the game.

The Diamondbacks offense sputtered through the rest of the game, satisfied with their three runs and four hits in the first inning. They collected three hits the rest of the day, one of them being erased on a double play and the other on a caught stealing when Segura tried to steal but found himself too far from second base when the ball was caught by the second baseman and tried to return to first.

Game Notes/Stadium Thoughts: Myworld had a tasty cheese steak at Tony Lukes, which is located in left centerfield. Not a lot of different choices of food selections at the park with only two Philly cheese steak offerings. If Mexican is your thing they have a Mexican stand near the left field foul pole, otherwise it is hot dogs and chicken tenders…Parking is $18 at the stadium. Myworld parked at the Holiday Inn location for $15 but there was $10 parking at Pattison and Darien…There was a statue of Joe Frazier in front of the collection of restaurants. Smokin Joe lived his early years in Philly, ironic since the movie Rocky was based on a young white boxer going against Apollo Creed, the Ali of his time. There is also a statue of Robin Roberts in his sparkling white uniform by the ticket window and a bronze statue of Mike Schmidt…The bullpen has two layers, with the visiting team taking the upper layer and the Phillies taking the lower layer. I’m assuming the visiting team has to travel up and down the stairs to get to the field. The bullpen is located in the centerfield area…The scoreboard with the huge video screen is on the left field side of the field. You are blocked from seeing the full video screen if you sit on the third base side, but that is also the shady side if you are going to an afternoon game. There is a smaller video screen in right field above the scoreboard fence that mimes the large scoreboard. There were no games being played so the scoreboard only listed the night games for what was not a complete schedule…There is ivy growing up the brick wall in centerfield near the bullpen area, along with green bushes, a little contrast to the brick and mortar of the stadium environment…The centerfield area has a cracked bell, which probably looks more illuminated in the evening and probably does something if the Phillies hit a homerun, but myworld did not see any of that today. Underneath the bell are some bleacher seats, but no one was sitting in them on this warm afternoon game…The attendance was announced as 22,218 but it appeared smaller…The Diamondbacks wear these ugly gray uniforms, with some players wearing the teal colored cleats. The uniform color appears like a light gray which has turned dark gray because of the sweat that has accumulated from the day. The dark gray uniforms looked even darker after the sweating from the players in the high 80 degree heat…Socrates Brito was called up today and broke late on a ball hit over his head in centerfield. He went 0 for 3 with two whiffs…Peter O’Brien has hit a couple homeruns, but with a batting average of .138 he does not look ready. He struck out on three pitches in the ninth inning…The Philly Phanatic drove out in his dune buggy and shot out hot dogs to fans in the lower level of the stands in the sixth inning. If you are in the upper levels don’t expect to see any flying dogs coming your way…Traffic getting to Reading was a challenge. A one hour 30 minute drive turned to four because of heavy traffic and rush hour trying to get through Philly. Myworld is now in Reading and will see a night game tonight.

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