The Push for October


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If you don’t care about baseball, then just skip this post… thaanks!
So, I’m glad the LA contingent kept the trash talking to a minimum last week after the Phils were swept out of Dodgers Stadium by a total of 6 runs in 4 games as they were swept right out of Philadelphia this past week by a total of 22 runs in 4 games.  The Phils are a different team when the bats get going..   With the Dodgers series a wash (4 out of 8 games won by each), the Phils played arguably the best baseball game of the season last night winning 8-7 over the Mucking Fets (New York Mets to the layperson). 
 In case you missed it, let me just give you a little recap of what transpired so you realize I’m not just saying this was one of the best games of 2008 just because the Phils were involved.  Jamie Moyer was the starter for the Phils and was shelled, giving up 6 earned runs in less than three innings and was pulled in the inning.  It was looking even more grim as Clay Condrey came in and gave up another solo shot to Easley in the 4th making it 7-0 Mets.  Feliz hit a sac fly for the good guys in the bottom of the 4th and finally the Phils were on the board.  The 5th was a thing of beauty, as the Phils reliever Clay Condrey started the rally with a double down the line.  Rollins belted a homer to right making it now 7-3 Mets.  After an Utley walk and a Burrell strikeout, Howard blasted an opposite field homerun and the Phils were back in business only down 2 runs.  Pedro eventually got the Mets out of the inning, but was finished for the night after the Phils got to him in the 5th.  The bullpen held strong and the 8th and 9th innings made Charlie Manuel actually seem as if he actually knew how to manage.  The 8th started off with some bum from AAA popping out like the goober that he is and brought Carlos Ruiz to the plate.  Ruiz singled to center field and Charlie Manuel decided to pinch hit for Dobbs by using Chris Coste.  Ruiz and Coste are both catchers, and the Phillies only had one available position player left on the bench in Eric Bruntlett.  So with Coste on 1st and Ruiz on 2nd, Rollins drove in a run in the 8th to pull the Phillies within 1.  Because the pitchers spot was due up 4th in the bottom of the 9th, Manuel decided to leave Coste in as catcher, and Ruiz at 3rd base so he could use Bruntlett in a pitch hit situation if it presented itself in the bottom of the 9th.  This was the first and last time you will ever see Ruiz at third base as he is no better than me at fielding that position.  Brad Lidge pitched a 1,2,3 top of the 9th and the Phils were down to their final 3 outs.  In the bottom of the 9th neither Howard or Victorino reached base and the Phils were down to their final out.  Werth then singled to right bringing up the pitchers spot and because Manuel left Ruiz in to play third in the 9th, Bruntlett was available off the bench to pinch hit.  2-2 count, bottom 9, 2 down, Bruntlett hit what could turn out to be the biggest hit for the Phils all season.  He found the gap allowing Werth to score from first to tie the game.   Since there are too many ridiculous details to this game, the Phillies bullpen cruised along not giving much of anything, and now I’ll fast-forward to the bottom of the 13th.   Shane Victorino led off the inning with a triple..  With nobody out, the Mets had no choice but to load up the bases and of course, that just happened to bring up the pitchers spot again for the Phils.  Manuel instructed Brett Myers (a Phillies starting pitcher)  to stand in the box and look as if he was going to hit, but not to swing the bat to make sure to stay out of the double play.   Myers got the count full, but of course, since he wasn’t up to hit, struck out looking.  Chris Coste, who was brought in to pinch hit in the 8th, was up with the bases loaded.  He promptly hit one over Beltrans head in center field and the celebration was on.. a 4-4 night at the plate after coming in during the 8th inning.  The celebration was on, the Phils are back in first and that was the most ridiculous 5 plus hours of baseball I have ever watched.  One more game against the Mets and then a big series against the Cubbies.  I love baseball..   

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. M+T
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 17:04:45

    So who are the Halos playing in World Series, Phils or Cubs?

  2. don frickerigno
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 14:53:57

    Thats a big long paragraph there Health. Too much words for those who second language is ingles, holmes.

  3. letters
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 10:12:15

    saw the highlights last night. that was pretty effing incredible.
    too bad derrek lee, aramis ramirez, alfonzo soriano and mark derosa will fart in your general direction later this week.