A NOTE TO ANY Broad Street Run participants who had their rhythm disrupted by a familiar face with a briefcase darting across the race route: Yes, that was Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies manager was one of several city residents who spent part of their afternoon snarled in traffic in South Philly, a tradition unlike any other for those who have somewhere to be on the Sunday of the annual event.
Sandberg, utilizing a popular car service, ended up taking a tour of South Philly as the driver meandered his way toward the ballpark.
"Before you know it, I was about a mile west of the stadium," Sandberg said, "and it was a parking lot. Wasn't too happy about it, so I jumped out and walked about a mile."
When he arrived at Broad Street, the course was thick with runners.
"It was full strength runners at that point with no gaps," Sandberg said. "I talked to the policeman, said I have to get to the stadium. I've got my briefcase and everything. He says, 'Well, if you want to risk it, you can go and get with the runners and get across.' So I actually ran about 50 feet with the runners and made my way across."
He did not collect a medal.
Mike Adams retired Jayson Werth on a ground ball with one out and the tying run on second base in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 1-0 win over the Nationals yesterday. It was his third straight day pitching, the first time he has done that since returning from offseason shoulder surgery.
"I felt all right," Adams said. "Luckily I kept the pitch count down the past 2 days. I'm kind of glad it was only one hitter today. I was hanging a little bit, especially after I got done I could feel it, kind of all the adrenaline left and I could feel my arm hanging a little bit, but it all worked out good. We got the 'W' and pitched like what our bullpen is capable of doing."
On Friday night, Adams allowed all three hitters he faced to reach base, and all three eventually scored in the Phillies' 5-3 loss. On Saturday, he retired all three batters he faced, two via strikeout.
By the time Ben Revere stepped to the plate in the third inning, he had gone 72 plate appearances since his last extra-base hit, a triple on April 8 against the Brewers. That streak ended when the centerfielder snuck a ground ball inside first base and into the leftfield corner for a triple. Revere entered the day with one extra-base hit in 105 plate appearances this season. He also tracked down a well-hit fly ball by Ian Desmond on a dead sprint in the left-center alley that would have given the Nationals a leadoff baserunner in scoring position.
Ryne Sandberg challenged a bang-bang play at first base in the second inning. Replays seemed inconclusive, and the ruling that Ian Desmond was safe at first was upheld. The delay was 2 minutes, 42 seconds . . . Ryan Howard snapped a streak of 28 consecutive home games reaching base. Chase Utley has reached base in 12 straight games. He has reached base safely in 24 of his 26 games this season . . . Sandberg said Cole Hamels is feeling better and should make his start tomorrow after being scratched yesterday with the flu . . . Jimmy Rollins was spotted motioning to his core muscle area and consulting with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan late in the game. "He felt a little something, but he was fine at that point," Sandberg said.