The Power of the Ring!

New Phillie Raul Ibanez smashes a two-run home run.  (Photo: AP)

New Phillie Raul Ibanez smashes a two-run home run. (Photo: AP)

PHILADELPHIA– On the emotional day that the Phillies received their World Series rings, they also received their first win of the season, defeating the Atlanta Braves 12-11, in come-back fashion at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies won the game on a huge seventh inning that could only be described as ridiculous. The Phils scored eight runs in that very special seventh, with four of those runs scoring on bases-loaded walks.

“I couldn’t keep up with it, really,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told Todd Zolecki after the game.

Bobby Cox, Atlanta’s manager, shared those sentiments.  “I’ve never seen that,” Cox said. “I’ve seen a couple of walk-ins, but nothing like that all in one inning.  We got a quick out and [Chase] Utley hit one off the end of the bat, blooper to left.  Then we end up hitting [Ryan] Howard and all hell broke loose.  We couldn’t throw a strike.”

Brad “Lights Out” Lidge, who came in to try to record his 45th consecutive save in the ninth wasn’t surprised with the Phillies offensive outburst.  “When we do the things we’re capable of and don’t try to do much more than that, we’re capable of a lot,” he said.

The Phillies can sleep easy now, after recording their first win of the year and some will be sleeping with something a little different.  Lidge says he’ll wear his newest piece of jewelry to bed.

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Take a look at this, a FanGraph win probability graph from today’s game:

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The Phils are off tomorrow, but are right back at it Friday, in Colorado, where Cole Hamels is scheduled to make his first start of the season.  You can watch the Game on The Comcast Network or listen on 1210 WPHT-AM.

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