05/10/22 – Phillies@M’s

Pregame

I was a nervous wreck before the game! Bryce Harper signed the night before at the dugout, right when the gates opened. Perhaps lightning would strike twice! When to leave the house, how much for parking, what if I get there super early or super late, which spot at the dugout to run to, what color shirt should I wear…. On and on, anxiously overthinking it when I just needed to prepare, show up, ask, wait, and receive any gifts from The Universe. 🙂

(In case you’re wondering, left around 3:15, parked around 3:45, was super duper early, peed at Waji’s, SBux was closed, hung out in the Silver Cloud lobby reading the book Drive by Daniel Pink and watching a disturbing episode of Law and Order, went to the Team Store security entry around 5:00, peed again, lined up on the stairs, got in shortly after 5:10 and went straight to the Phils’ dugout. Harper has already gone in by the time the masses rushed in from the gates. Bummer, but I’m glad for all the crazies that got his auto yesterday!)

Basically there wasn’t that much going on autograph wise. Two guys signed a bunch at the dugout. Rhys Hoskins signed a card for me very nicely, and stuff for many other people of all ages. Didi Gregorious signed a card for me — with a ball point pen? Anyway, it’s nice. Thanks Rhys and Didi!

Just before the game, I stayed on the Phillies side waiting for Alec Bohm or one of the other dudes, but they did not come by. Oh well. By the way, Ty France and JRod signed on the M’s side. The choices we make when we just don’t know lol.


The Game

Well, after being drubbed 9-0 last night, I was looking for the M’s to bounce back against Aaron Nola (certainly a challenging task). The M’s scored 2 in the 1st and 1 in the second to go up 3-0. Also, Joe Girardi got kicked out after arguing about a close play at first. Robby Ray was pitching very well for the M’s btw. 🙂

So yeah…. In the top of the 5th, while I went to pee and get some food, somebody broke up Ray’s no-no with a homer, and somebody else scored on a wild pitch. Bottom of the 5th, M’s 3 – Phillies 2.

The M’s were wearing the dark blue “Seattle” unis. Haven’t seen those at home in a long time!

Robbie Ray pitched 5 2/3 innings striking out 10 while giving up two runs on 105 or so pitches. His last batter, Bryce Harper doubled. Andres Munoz came in to face the dangerous Nick Castellanos. He walked him and Harper also stole third. Uh oh. Then J.T. Realmuto grounded out and the M’s kept the lead!

Aaron Nola entered the bottom of the 6th at 78 pitches trailing 3-2. He walked Jarred Kelenic, and threw over several times, but the last throw was mishandled by Rhys Hoskins and Kelenic got to second after all. Luis Torrens singled and Kelenic advanced to third. That was it for Mr. Nola. Brad Hand came in for the Phils and walked Adam Frazier to load ‘em up. He hit Ty France to score Kelenic. JP Crawford flew out to center and scored Torrens. Eugenio Suarez ran out an infield single. Finally, Jesse Winker struck out, but the damage was already done. After six innings, M’s 5 – Phillies 2.

Erik Swanson came in for the top of the 7th, and surrendered a homer to nice guy Rhys Hoskins just over the left field fence. Then he struck out Johan Carmargo and Odubel Herrera. Something happened before all that cause Herrera was third out lol. M’s 5 – Phillies 3.

Top 8th Misiewicz cane in. Bryce Harper laced a two out double to center. In came Paul Sewald. Nick Castellanos flew out to retire the side.

I had to leave a little early, but the M’s held on for a nice win.

Final Score – Mariners 5, Phillies 4


Postscript: Re: Rhys Hoskins

The next day, the Phillies won 4-2.

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