The Phils’ series in Seattle marks the team’s first visit to the Emerald City since June 2005. In case you’re sick of having (yawn) Cy Young Award winners like Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and (ho hum) postseason heroes such as Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, let’s take a trip back in time.
June 14, 2005 – The Phillies lost 3-1 in a game where they managed just three hits – all singles – against Gil Meche and Eddie Guardado. Jon Lieber allowed three runs in eight innings. The Phils scored their only run when Bobby Abreu walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Jim Thome. Among the hitting stars for Seattle that day was Raul Ibanez, who went 2-for-4 with a double.
June 15, 2005 – Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a single against Aaron Sele, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Abreu. But that was it for the Phillies’ offense as they suffered a 5-1 defeat. Vicente Padilla allowed home runs to noted sluggers Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Winn. Ryan Madson put the game out of reach when he gave up a two-run shot to Michael Morse. Abreu had three hits for the Phils, while Chase Utley (batting sixth) had two hits in a losing effort.
June 16, 2005 – The Phillies won 3-2 in 13 innings on a sacrifice fly by Tomas Perez. Brett Myers worked 6 1/3 solid innings before giving way to Rheal Cormier, who allowed the tying homer to Ibanez in the eighth. Ugueth Urbina, Madson and Geoff Geary then came on before Billy Wagner worked the 13th for the save. Rollins had a career-high five hits in six at-bats, including a double and a triple. David Bell went 0-for-4 to conclude an 0-for-11 series. Sounds about right. For Seattle, Richie Sexson went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. Sounds about right.
What has changed: Well, pretty much everything. The only constants with the Phillies have been Rollins, Utley, Madson and Ryan Howard. Oh, and the fact that Beerleaguer still writes some mean recaps. Check out this one from Phillies-Mariners 2005, when BL was just a toddler learning to walk. That story got just two comments. These days, Beerleaguer gets more comments than that every time Charlie Manuel looks in the direction of Michael Martinez.