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See-Saw Battle Ends In A Phillies Win; Phils Lead Series 3-1

The Phillies started this game off right, with J-Roll hitting a lead-off single and Jayson Werth following with another.  Chase Utley stepped to the plate next and whacked a double, which scored Rollins.  Ryan Howard hit a ball to 2nd base for an out, but it scored Werth.  Pat Burrell walked and then with one out, Shane Victorino followed up by hitting into a double play to end the threat.  The Phillies could have had at least one more run if Shane could have gotten the ball out of the infield, but he’d make up for it later on.

Joe Blanton, after pitching 4 innings of one-run baseball, nearly blew it in the 5th inning.  He walked Rafael Furcal to start the inning and then Andre Ethier singles to bring up Manny Ramirez.  And as expected, Ramirez came up with the big hit to score the tying run.  Russell Martin grounded out, but it scored another run.  The inning ended on a double play, but the damage was done.  The Phillies were then down 3-2.  Blanton’s ERA on the night was 5.40 on 7 hits and 4 walks through 5 innings.

The next inning, the Phillies had an opportunity to get back into the game:  Howard walked, Burrell singled, Victorino bunted them over and then, for some unknown reason, Charlie Manuel decides to pull Greg Dobbs and bat Pedro Feliz???  Ok, I know he was thinking pitching match-ups, but the Dodgers are perfectly capable of switching pitchers, which they did.  Result:  Feliz pops out, no runs score!  Dobbs is a much better hitter, regardless of pitcher, and would have been much more likely to drive a ball deep for a sac fly or, even better, get a hit.  This was a mistake if you ask me.  But, pitcher Chan Ho Park threw a wild pitch to Carlos Ruiz which allowed Howard to score anyway, tying up the game again.  Thanks, Mr. Park!  Then another fun move by Manuel – he announces lefty Geoff Jenkins as the pinch hitter after Ruiz walks, which again, prompted another pitching change.  Then, Manuel feels the need to burn another bench player by using So Taguchi in place of Jenkins.  Result: Taguchi flies out to end the inning.  Now, I am no psychic, but I could have told you that was going to happen.  Taguchi has been useless all season.  Why would the post-season be any different?

And that brings us to the bottom of the 6th where Chad Durbin takes over.  First batter – home run.  Second batter hits a double, and then Durbin walks the third.  At this point, Phillies fans everywhere are screaming at their TV’s.  Durbin was pulled for Scott Eyre: Furcal bunts; Howard fields it and then throws the ball away trying to get him out at first!  Another run scores and the runners move up to 2nd & 3rd – still NO outs.  Howard has done nothing with his bat this series and NOW he is driving us all nuts with his defense, which was consistently awful all year.  Back to this nerve-wracking inning: Eyre got the next batter to line out and then gave the intentional walk to Ramirez.  Ryan Madson came in to face Martin with the bases loaded and luckily, on a sharply hit line drive, Utley caught it and was able to pull off an amazing solo double play as he caught Furcal wandering too far off 2nd base.  The score after 6 innings was 5-3, Dodgers.

Are you freaking out yet?  Well, thank you Shane Victorino 
PA024989 Victorino.jpg for putting us all out of our misery!  Shane whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th inning to tie up the game.  You gotta love the Flyin’ Hawaiian!  But wait, there’s more…with 2 outs, Carlos Ruiz singles and then Matt Stairs comes on to pinch hit.  Joe Torre decides to put in Jonathan Broxton to pitch to Stairs with Ruiz on base.  Broxton had not surrendered a home run since July 2006.  So, what does Stairs do?  Hits a 2-run homer off him!  And just like that, the Phillies are back in the lead, 7-5 after possibly, the biggest pinch hit of the year.

On to the bottom of the 8th: JC Romero gets the first 2 outs and then, in a move that, honestly, I did not particularly agree with, Manuel brings in Brad Lidge to pitch to Ramirez.  All I kept thinking was, if Ramirez gets a hit or a home run, you do not want Ramirez to become the new Albert Pujols in the mind of Lidge.  Not to mention, Lidge has not pitched more than one inning all year and will have to pitch the 9th as well.  Anyway, as I predicted, Ramirez hits a double off Lidge, extending the inning.  The adventure continued as Martin struck out swinging, but it was a wild pitch that went far past Ruiz and Russell is safe at 1st while Ramirez moves up to 3rd.  James Loney batted next and luckily, he flied out to left to end the near-disaster.  Now, Lidge has already tossed 15 pitches going into the 9th with your only other option being Clay Condrey or JA Happ (maybe, as he pitched 3 innings yesterday) if Lidge gets into trouble.

The Phillies went down easily in the bottom of the 9th, despite a lead-off hit by Utley, who wound up going 3 for 5 in the game with 1 RBI.  So, on to the bottom half with Lidge coming out to try and save the game.  And despite my reservations, Lidge did not disappoint.  He knocked the Dodgers down in order and the Phillies won, 7-5.  The Phillies are now 85-0 when leading after the 8th inning, including the post-season (79-0, regular season).  The Phils are now up in the series 3-1 and need only 1 more win over 3 possible games to go to the World Series!  Day off tomorrow; Game 5 on Weds. At 8:22pm.  Go Phillies!  ONE MORE GAME!!!!!!!!!! J

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Bad Behavior – Phillies Lose Game 3

Jamie Moyer lasted only 1 1/3 innings and surrendered 6 earned runs on 6 hits, one of which was a solo home run.  Moyer clearly did not have it tonight and the Dodgers looked confident against him, which did not help.  Clay Condrey was brought in to finish the 2nd inning and did so without allowing another run.  After that, JA Happ was called on to give the Phillies some innings.  Happ went 3 innings and allowed one run.  The bullpen handled the rest and did not surrender a run, but the offense could not catch up and the Phils went down 7-2.

Things got really interesting in the 3rd inning when the Dodgers pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda, threw a pitch right at Shane Victorino’s 
PA024924 Victorino.jpg head.  Luckily, he missed and warnings were issued, but Shane was really upset.  He began yelling at the pitcher, the catcher and everyone on the Dodgers bench to throw at his ribs and not at his head.  And who can blame him.  The benches cleared and Manny Ramirez tried to go after JC Romero, but was held back by his teammates.  All this seems to be a carry-over from Friday when Brett Myers threw a ball behind Ramirez.  He said the ball slipped and because of how far off target he was and how wild Myers is to begin with, it’s believable.  And earlier tonight, Moyer hit Russell Martin on the knee and in his next at bat, Condrey got too close for his taste as a pitch sailed under his chin.  First of all, Moyer does NOT hit people on purpose.  He was just trying to go inside, same as Condrey was.  Perhaps the Phillies feel Martin can’t hit the inside pitch?  And what made it all even more amusing was that Chad Durbin also wound up hitting Martin in the 7th trying to go in on him.  The umpire saw that it was a breaking ball and therefore, not intentional, so he did not eject Durbin. But the Dodgers, it seems, prefer to take it all personally and act like children, instead of like adults.  You get pitched inside – that’s baseball.  Get over it.

The Phillies threatened to rally in the 7th with three hits in a row from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell, which scored one run with no outs.  But, with 2 men still on base, Jayson Werth struck out, Pedro Feliz flew out to center and Greg Dobbs hit a ball right up the middle, which is usually a hit, but the short stop was playing near the bag and threw Dobbs out to end the inning.  After that, the Phils offense just fizzled.  Maybe they were a bit star-struck, playing in LA.  Tiger Woods, Henry Winkler, Matt Dillon, Pat Sajak, Jon Lovitz, Danny DeVito and Ryan Seacrest were all amongst the attendees at tonight’s game.  I know Ryan Seacrest makes me nervous; I believe that, in secret, he is an evil overlord who can suck the life force out of any human being.  Just look at how he has hypnotized thousands of TV-addicted teens!  And tonight, he sucked the life right out of the Phillies.  It’s a tragedy of grand proportions.

Luckily, the Phillies are still ahead in the series, 2-1.  If Joe Blanton can pitch again like he did in his last outing, and if we can keep Seacrest out of the stadium, I think the Phils stand a good chance at taking Game 4.  Game time is 8:22pm tomorrow.  Seacrest, OUT. (literally) J 

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Myers Dazzles With The Bat As Phils Take 2-0 Series Lead

It wasn’t his arm that impressed Phillies fan’s tonight – Brett Myers

myers (2).jpg  got it done with the bat.  In fact, his pitching was not really great and he was wild through 5 innings.  Myers allowed 5 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks.  3 of those runs came off a Manny Ramirez home run, after which Ramirez, in child-like fashion, yelled insults out to Myers about his pitching.  Ramirez had better watch who he angers; this team is poised to pounce and if he was thinking like an adult, he’d know not to add fuel to the fire.  Besides that, Myers out-hit everyone in today’s game, including Ramirez.  Myers’ 3 hits and 3 RBI’s out-produced even his own teammates.  He also scored 2 runs and looked like he needed oxygen at one point after rounding the bases.  And those 3 RBI’s of his turned out to be the difference in the 8-5 win over the Dodgers.

Greg Dobbs was added to the line-up again today for his offense and as usual, he came up big.  Dobbs went 2 for 3 with 1 walk and scored 2 runs as well.  Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI; the only other Phillie who basically matched the bat of Myers.  Chase Utley walked 4 times!  Apparently, the Dodgers really didn’t want to pitch to him.  Whatever it was, we’ll take it.  Ryan Howard however, continues to struggle and he has had only 2 hits the entire post-season so far.  The Phillies are going to need him to snap out of it quickly if they are going to continue to win.  Right now, the rest of the team, the bottom half of the line-up in particular, are making up for his lack of hit support.

Charlie Manuel’s presence at the start of the series in LA is up in the air right now as his mother passed away early this morning.  My sincere condolences go out to Charlie and his family.  This is very sad news and, even though this team will always need him, I do hope he takes any time that is necessary to honor the memory of his mother and visit with his family.

The Phillies are now up by 2 games to none in the NCLS.  How big is this?  HUGE.  The Phillies need only 2 more wins in 5 tries.  That means they can play less than .500 baseball and still win the series.  They will have to continue to put the pressure on the Dodgers though and not take anything for granted.  It starts again in LA on Sunday.

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