[to top of second column]
The Phillies' bullpen was perfect in the first two games, retiring 21 straight batters. J.A. Happ walked the second batter he faced in relief of Blanton and Schafer followed with a two-run shot that made it 9-3. Chad Durbin walked in Atlanta's 10th run in the seventh.
The Phillies spent the past few days celebrating the franchise's second World Series title. They raised the championship banner on Sunday night and capped the party with the ring presentation before this game.
Led by a motorcycle police escort, the rings arrived in a white van that circled around the warning track. Former general manager Pat Gillick, who retired after last season, was the first to receive his ring. An emotional Gillick cried after team president David Montgomery handed him his ring.
Manager Charlie Manuel came next, and he was greeted by chants of "Charlie! Charlie" by the sellout crowd of 44,939 at Citizens Bank Park.
Former Phillies Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins and Adam Eaton took part in the ceremony. Burrell got a rousing ovation before heading off to Boston to play a night game for Tampa Bay. Eaton, who was left off the postseason roster, was booed.
Notes: Jones expects to play in Atlanta's home opener on Friday against Washington. ... Anderson came up as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out to end the game. ... Cole Hamels, the World Series and NLCS MVP, is expected to start for the Phillies at Colorado on Friday. Hamels was supposed to pitch the opener, but was pushed back because of minor elbow problems.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor