Phillies’ Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt wrote an inspirational letter to Charlie Manuel. He had asked Charlie to post it on locker room door for all of the players to read prior to the game against the Mets. I have it posted below:
One pitch, one at-bat, one play, one situation, think ‘small’ and ‘big’ things result. Tough at-bats, stay up the middle with men on base, whatever it takes to keep the line moving. Hot offense. 27 outs on defense. The Mets know you’re better than they are. They remember last year. You guys are never out of the game. Welcome the challenge that confronts you this weekend. You guys are the best.
The Phightins took the 1st game of the series last night with Brett Myers shutting down the Mets’ offense. Myers pitched a full 8 innings while allowing 3 hits and 2 walks and no earned runs. Myers was dominating on the mound by striking out 10 hitters by having excellent control with his fastball and knockout punch of the curveball. Brad Lidge entered in the 9th inning accruing his 34th consecutive save with a less than smooth outing.
Offensively the Phillies were stagnant against Mike Pelfrey after the 1st inning. Then clutch hitter Greg Dobbs came up to the plate in the 7th inning. Dobbs smoked a pitch off of Pelfrey into right field with Ryan Church just missing a snow cone catch as the ball continued over the outfield wall for a 2 run homer.
The game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to Tropical Storm Hanna coming to town. The Phillies will play a day / night double header on Sunday with the 1st game beginning at 2:15pm E.T. and the 2nd game starting at 8:05 pm E.T. being televised on ESPN.