Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Play at the Plate 26: Jon Lieber vs. Mike Cameron

It's been a long, long time since my last play at the plate post. You have to go all the way back to September 18th of last year to find one. I think it's time to end the drought.

2007 Upper Deck Jon Lieber

July 19, 2006 Philadelphia Phillies @ San Diego Padres

The Phillies are in sunny San Diego hoping to avoid a sweep in game 3 of the series. Jon Lieber is on the hill for the Phils and is already down 3-1 with the Padres coming to bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Mike Cameron leads off with a double to deep center. Lieber manages to strike out the next batter, Brian Giles. Padres catcher Josh Bard follows Giles by grounding out to shortstop Khalil Greene, with Cameron taking third on the play. The first pitch to the next batter, Adrian Gonzalez, gets away from Phils catcher Chris Coste. Mike Cameron takes off for the plate. Hustling to cover home, Jon Lieber takes the throw from Coste and the result of the play is...

Cameron is OUT!! Saving that run would prove to be a huge play later in the game.

Christ Coste hit a solo shot in the 4th inning and then tied the game with a run scoring double in the 6th. Bobby Abreu drove in two in the top of the 9th off Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, giving the Phillies the 5-4 win.

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