While I am not sure whether or not Charlie Manuel took advantage of my suggestions to wake this Phillies team up, they did still manage to steal a win today in strange fashion against the Brewers. Joe Blanton had a horrible game; he gave up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings with 7 hits and 4 walks. Then, while the Phillies offense jumped all over the Brew Crew in the first 2 innings, they went back to sleep after that and watched a 6-1 lead become 6-5.
The Phils left the bases loaded 3 times without scoring and had 14 runners left on base total. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had 2 RBI a piece in one at-bat each, but struggled the rest of the game. Feliz even hit into an inning ending double play with 2 runners on at one point. Jimmy Rollins had 3 hits in the game, including a lead-off homer, the 33rd of his career. But Rollins only scored that one time as no one could knock him in after that.
But for a change, the bullpen held the small lead down and the Phillies won the game. Ryan Madson got a 4-out save and it looks like he will officially replace Brad Lidge in that spot. This team has to be relieved to be heading back home to Philly where they now need 3 wins out of 7 remaining games to win the NL East for the 3rd year in a row.
Cole Hamels will take the mound for the first of a 4-game series against the Astros tomorrow night at 7:05pm. The Phils were swept by the Astros in Texas earlier this year, so this will be a tough series for them.
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