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Still in First.

After a wild night, the Phillies would remain in first place in the National League East thanks to a two-outs, two-runs, walk off home run by Pat Burrell, which would give the Phils the victory in 10 innings against the visiting Giants, 6-5. Pat’s home run would be the third walk off home run of his career and his first since 2003. In fact, all six of the Phils run would come on two-runs homers. The first one would be hit in the bottom of the first by Chase Utley, off of Giants’ starter Pat Misch, as he hit his league leading twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled. The Giants’ first run of the game would come in the top of the fourth as Jose Castillo gets an RBI single off of Kyle Kendrick, knocking in Aaron Rowand, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then increase their lead in their half of the fourth as Pedro Feliz hits his fourth roundtripper of the year, the second one of the game off of Misch, knocking in Burrell, who had earlier walked, making it 4-1 Phils. Misch would be taken out for a pitch hitter in the fifth, as he gives up four earned runs to the Fightin’s on five hits in four innings of work. In the meantime, Kendrick would keep the Giants under control until the top of the seventh, when he would give up two straight singles. Charlie Manuel would quickly replace Kendrick with Ryan Madson in an effort to end the Giants’ threat. Unfortunately, Madson would be unable to keep the Giants off the scoreboard as they would score three runs in the innings, with two of the runs being charged to Kendrick, and the other one to Madson. The Giants’ three runs would come in on an RBI single by Ray Durham, knocking in Castillo and Emmanuel Burriss, both of whom have earlier singled, and a Bengie Molina ground out, scoring Eugenio Velez, who had earlier singled. Kendrick would thus receive a no decision, as he pitched six innings and two batters, while giving up three earned runs on eighth hits, while Madson would be credited with giving up an earned run on three hits. This would also take Misch, the Giants’ starter, off the hook. Thus, for the second night in a row, the Phils would be involved in a game that would be decided by both teams’ bullpens. The Giants’ relief core of Keiichi Yabu, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, Tyler Walker and Merkin Valdez would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for five innings, giving up only one hit. Meanwhile, the Phils would counter with Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge, who would keep the Giants off the scoreboard in the eighth and ninth innings, although the Giants would come close to scoring in their top of the eighth when, with one out, and John Bowker on third, Burriss would hit a ball straight back to Gordon, with Bowker running towards home. Bowker would be caught in a run down and tagged out going back to third, while Burriss would go to second base during the run down. Gordon would then appear to have gotten hurt during the play, but he would stay in the ballgame long enough to get Velez to ground out to Eric Bruntlett to end the inning. Lidge would give up a lead off single to Fred Lewis in the ninth but would then leave him stranded. With J.C. Romero pitching for the Phils in the top of the tenth, Rowand would give the Giants the lead for the first time with one swing of the bat as he connected on the first pitch thrown by Romero, sending it into the center field seats for his third home run of the season, making the score Giants 5, Phillies 4, before Romero would end a later Giants’ threat to add a few more runs. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with Brian Wilson pitching for the Giants, Utley would get on base on with a single with one out. After Ryan Howard is called out on strikes and is then ejected from the game for arguing the call, Burrell would step in. After getting the count to 3-2, he would slug the next pitch into the left field seats, giving the Phils the victory.

 J.C. Romero would be the winning pitcher, going one inning, giving up one earned run on three hits, upping his record to 2-0. Brian Wilson took the lost, blowing his second save opportunity, as he gives up two earned runs on two hits, while his record drops to 0-1.

In his return to Philadelphia, Rowand would go 2-5 with a double and a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI, while also striking out twice.

The next Phils’ game will be tonight at 7:05 Eastern from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ (17-13) starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 5.11) who the Phils hope will soon regain the speed on his pitches. The Giants (13-17) will counter with Matt Cain (1-2, 4.41), who has won his last start.

The victory keeps the Phils .5 games in front of both the Marlins and Mets in the National League East as both teams have won their respective games.

As of last night, the Phils are in First Place.

The Phillies took over first place as they defeated the San Diego Padres, 3-2, in a close game. The Phils starter Adam Eaton was once again involved in a no decision as he gave up two earned runs on five hits, as he went six full innings. The two runs he gave up came in the first inning on a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez, his sixth of the season, as he knocked in Tadahito Iguchi who had earlier single. But that was all the Pads would be able to do against Eaton as he would shut them down for the next five innings. Meanwhile, the Padres’ starter Randy Wolf would also get a no decision as he went six innings against the Fightin’s, also giving up only two earned runs to his former team on six hits while striking out nine Phils. The Phillies runs would come in the third on an RBI double by Ryan Howard as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who had earlier double. Howard would then score on an RBI double by Pat Burrell. After Eaton and Wolf were taken out for pinch hitters, the game would be left in the hands of the two teams’ respective bullpens. Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and the eventual winner, Tom Gordon, would combine to pitch the seventh and eighth innings, giving up no runs or hits and walking only one batter, while striking out one batter each. The Padres would counter with Cla Meredith, who would pitch 2/3rd of an inning without giving up a run, and Joe Thatcher, the eventual loser, who, in the bottom of the eighth inning, would give up a massive home run to Ryan Howard for his six of the year. Brad Lidge would then come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his seventh save of the year.

The winning pitcher for the Phils is Gordon, upping his record to 3-2 and lowering his ERA to 5.56 as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The loser for the Padres, Thatcher, watch his record drop to 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA, as he gave up only one hit in 1 and 1/3 innings of work, but it would be a killer, as it was Howard’s home run.

Seems like Howard’s mom knew what she was talking about when she said that her son was slow in April as he went 2-4 in the game, with a double, a home run and 2 RBIs. Hopefully this is a harbinger of things to come.

With the win, the Phils take over first place in the National League East, .5 games ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.

The homestand continues tonight at 7:05 in Citizens Bank Park as the NL East leading Phils (16-13) now face the National League West third place San Francisco Giants (13-16). The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13). His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00). As the Phils meet the Giants for the first time this season, the Mets (14-12) will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-8, 1st NLW) in Arizona while the Marlins (15-13) will be playing the Padres (11-18) in Florida.

Phillies denied Maddux his 350th victory.

Cole Hamels went seven and 1/3 innings, striking out six while giving up only two earned runs on five hits as he even his record at 3-3, while Greg Maddux is for the third straight time denied his 350th career victory as he goes six and 1/3 innings while giving up three earned runs and eight hits.

After scoring a run in the first to make it 1-0, the Phils score again in the third as Eric Bruntlett hits an RBI single off of Maddux, scoring Jayson Werth to make the score 2-0. The Padres would cut the lead to 2-1 when Scott Hairston hit a solo home run off of Hamels in the top of the fifth inning, his third of the year. The game then settle down into a pitcher duel until the seventh, when the Phils added a run on a sacrifice fly to center by Werth, which scored Carlos Ruiz, making the score 3-1, while Maddux was taken out of the game, replaced by Cla Meredith. Hamels would in turn be taken out in the top of the eighth, replaced by J.C. Romero, as the Padres scored their second run of the evening as Hairston scores on a bases loaded ground out by ex-Phils Tadahito Iguchi. Romero would then be replaced by Tom Gordon who would end the inning by getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out to Chase Utley with the bases loaded. The Phils would then explode for four runs in the bottom of the eighth, making the score 7-2 on a RBI single by Pedro Feliz, knocking in Utley, an RBI double from Ruiz, scoring So Taguchi, who was pinch running for the intentionally walked Pat Burrell, and Feliz, and finally, another RBI double, this time by Greg Dobbs, scoring Ruiz. Two of the run were charged to Glendon Rusch, who have come in to pitch the eighth in place of Meredith, and two to Kevin Cameron, who came in to relieve Rusch. In the ninth, the Padres would get two more runs, on a two-run home run by Hairston, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez, for his fourth homer of the season, hiting it off of Ryan Madson with two outs, before Madson finally ended the game by stricking out Josh Bard.

With the win, Hamels has lowered his ERA to 2.70, as he raised his record to 3-3. Maddux’s record is now 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA as he takes the lost. The Phils, now at 15-12, are still in third place, but are now .5 games behind the Marlins as Florida lost to the Dodgers, 7-6, and .004 percentage points behind the Mets, who defeated the Pirates in 11 innings, 5-4. The next Phils game against the Padres, starting tonight at 7:05 pm, have Jamie Moyer (1-1, 4.05) going against Chris Young (1-2, 3.77) for the Pads.

Shane Victorino made a pinch hitting appearance in the eighth inning, batting for Geoff Jenkins, flying out to Justin Huber, the left fielder, before staying in the ninth to play center field while Werth was moved to right.

Could someone please tell me when Adam Eaton…

is going to pitch himself into a victory?

After jumping to a 2-0 lead, the Phils offense would double it to 4-0 in the third inning with a home run by Jayson Werth, his 5th of the season, and Chris Coste’s third RBI of the game with a single knocking in Pat Burrell who had earlier double. Two more runs would be added in the fourth with a double by Brad Harmon knocking in Eric Bruntlett and later scoring on a single by Werth for his second RBI of the night.

But then, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Eaton loses it. After one out, he gives up a home run to Jason Bay, his fifth of the year, shortly followed by back to back doubles to Ryan Doumit and Xavier Nady, which cut the lead to 6-2. Later, with two outs, Doug Mientkiewicz doubles in Nady, cutting the lead further to 6-3. After a passed ball got Mientkiewicz to third, that was it for Eaton as Charlie Manuel gave him the hook, replacing him with Chad Durbin who finally ended the inning. Durbin would then have problems of his own in the 5th as he gives up a two run single to Nady, which cut the lead even further to 6-5. But, he would then keep things quiet in the 6th. He would then be followed by Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero, who would each pitch a scoreless inning. Brad Lidge would then come in the ninth and record his sixth save as the game ends up as a 6-5 Phillies victory. The game winner would be Gordon, improving his record to 2-2 while Zach Duke, the Pirates’ starter, would end up the loser, dropping his record to 0-2.

Shakes head. Man, what is it with Eaton? The offensive finally gives him a big lead and boom, he gives half of it back. Come on man, get it together. You want to contribute to the Phils season, right? Well, get you head on straight and stop giving up runs at the wrong time.

Anyway, the Phils are now 13-11, with a two game winning streak and having a 4-1 record during the present road trip. Also, they’d moved up to second place in the National League East, 1.5 games behind the Marlins. Hopefully the fish are hearing the ominous footsteps behind them.

Live Journal: Went to the Ballpark today…

Originally posted April 29, 2007:

I left my apartment late this morning, around about 11:50, to get to Citizens Bank Park to see the Marlins-Phillies game. I went to 46th and Market St. to catch the elevated train to go east. Luckily for me, an el train was siiting on the track, waiting for passegers, so I got on it. I sat down in a seat and waited for it to start. It did so after a while and I stayed on it until it reached the 15th Street stop. I then got up, got out of the train and walked down the corridor to catch a Broad Street Subway train heading south. I waited for the train to arrive along with several other people. After the train finally appeared, I got on it and sat down as it headed south towards Pattison Avenue and the South Philly Sports Complex.

A few minutes and several stops later, the train arrived at the Pattison Avenue stop. I got off it and walk to the stairs which led back to the street. As I reached the top step I saw a clock with gave the time of my arrival: 12:23 pm, which meant that I got there before our agreed upon 12:30 meeting time.

After exiting the train stop, I’d walked along Pattison Avenue towards Citizens Bank Park, along with everyone else who was obviously headed towards the game. As I’d walked, I saw Pattison Avenue to my right, with a parking lot placed to my left. While I continued walking, I quickly noticed that I was soon passing a statue. The statue featured a football player who was obviously a defensive player getting ready to tackle a runner, which quickly reminded me that at one time there was another ballpark in the area where the parking lot was now, old Veterans Stadium, where not only the Phillies played, but also the Philadelphia Eagles, who were now playing in Lincoln Financial Field which was across the street from Citizens Bank Park. As I continued walking, I soon approached a Memorial Block which gave a short history of the late Veterans Stadium and the reason for why it was given its name: it was in honor of those who had fallen defending this country by the time the old stadium had opened in April 1971. Almost as soon as I’d walked past it, I’d saw, across Pattison Avenue, the Wachovia Spectrum, where the Sixers and Flyers used to played their games. I’d soon noticed that there was a banner above the entrance which explained that the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus was presently there. Interesting, I thought. The Circus was in town. Anyway, as I continued walking, I approached another marker, this one giving information on when the Vet opened and who were the city’s Mayor and the state’s Governor at the time of its opening. Soon after that, I’d reached another marker, this one set up by the city’s Historical Commission which gave a short history of the Stadium. A little bit further, and I walked before an old friend from the days of the Vet: A statue which showed an infielder about to catch a baseball as a runner slid into base. Not too long after that, I saw across the street the present home of the Sixers and Flyers, The Wachovia Center and near to that, Lincoln Financial Field. A short time after that I’d walked past the entrance to the parking lot and then soon crossed the street. As I did so, my final destination was finally in my sight: Citizen’s Bank Park.

As I looked at the outside of the park, I’d quickly noticed that I was near the third base side of the park. Since I was told during a phone call last night that we were to meet at the Studio and Club entrance – Home Plate (which was along Pattison Avenue), I’d continued walking on. After a while I’d finally arrived at the entrance. But, I didn’t see my brother, Scott, (who had earlier gone to South Street to trade in his Game Cube and a couple of games he was no longer player for the new Nintendo Wii) or our friend Philip and his family. So, I’d decided to wait for them near the entrance. After a while, I went looking for a pay phone, to call my friend Philip on his cellphone to find out if they might be late. I soon found one and placed .50 into it. After dialing the number, which was set for the Lehigh Valley area, the coins came back. After taking back the change and hearing a greeting (recorded, of course) from Verizon, I was told to deposit .90. At that time, I’d balked, since I needed all of the change I had at the moment. Well, I went back to the entrance and waited again. I was soon joined by my brother, who’d showed up with his new Wii. He’d told me that he’d been waiting for about an hour (he’d left the apartment around 10:30 so that he could get to South Street to go to the store, which opened at 11:00, so that he could get the Wii as it was first comes, first serve.) at the park’s third base side. I told him that we were suppose to be at the home plate side and I then told him that Philip and his family haven’t arrived yet. We waited for a bit, then I told him that I would go to a pay phone and call Philip to find out where he and his family were, which I did. This time, I made the call, and after about two rings, he picked up. Philip told me that they were now in the parking lot and would arrive soon. I’d told him that we would be waiting for them at the agreed place. So, I hung up the phone and rejoined my brother. I told him that Philip and family would be joining us soon. A short time later, Philip and his family arrived: Philip, his father, his mother and his brother. After introductions were made, we were shown our tickets, given them and then we headed for the home plate entrance. As we entered the park, we each had a sticker wrapped around our left wrist, which said on them: Diamond Club * April 29, 2007 * Diamond Club, along with a number. My number was 19230. We then continued on, going into the diamond club to eat lunch.

After ordering our lunch, we were each given a ticket to pick up our meal. I then went and picked up my lunch. Lunch for me consisted of a very thick hamburger, to which I added a piece of lettuce and some ketchup and a sliced pickle, and a cup of Sprite. I later got a second cup of Sprite after I’d finished eating my hamburger and pickle slice, and before we headed out to the stand to go to our seats, along with my brother and Philip.

After we’d asked one of the staffer to tell us where our seats were located, we walked over to our seats which were placed on the third base side of home plate on ground level. Hhhhmmm, smell that real live grass, not like the artificial surface of old Vet Stadium. We then sat down. My seat was seat #4, in the six row of section B. After we’d arrive, we saw the last part of the Phanatic’s birthday celebration. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that this was the Phanatic’s birthday? Well, it is. :) Anyway, we then rosed for a moment of silent as we were informed of the death of former Phillies’ and present (late) St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher, Josh Hancock, who was killed earlier today in a car accident in St. Louis as well as informing us that tonight’s Cubs-Cardinals game was being cancelled in his honor. After that, the national anthem was sung. We were soon joined by Philip’s parents and brother, and started to watch the game. Not too long after that, the game started, with Jamie Moyer (2-1) starting for the Phils.

Moyer ended the inning quickly, getting the Marlins to go down one-two-three. The Phils half of the 1st had them facing the Marlin’s starter, Wes Obermueller (1-0). The first Phils batter he faced, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a single. He then stole second base, the first of four for the Phils, after Shane Victorino had flied out to right. After the steal, Chase Utley stroked a single, which scored Rollins, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitcher’s duel, with Moyer only getting into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, where he walked Hanley Ramirez on four pitches. I’d thought that was going to lead into trouble. Instead, Dan Uggla, the next Marlins’ batter, grounded into a fielder’s choice while removed Ramirez. Then I saw what have to be one of the most boneheaded running plays that I have ever watched since I’d stated watching baseball late in 1969. The batter, Miguel Cabrera hit a deep fly ball into left field, with Uggla running hard as soon as the ball was hit, obviously expecting it to drop in for a hit. Instead, the Phils left fielder, Jayson Werth, caught the ball, then threw the ball to the shortstop, Rollins, who then threw it to Ryan Howard to double up Uggla. And where was Uggla during all of this? Stuck between second and third, realizing that he’d messed up, which happily help get Moyer out of the inning. In the meantime, Obermueller gave up only one more hit to the Phils until he started the bottom of the sixth.

The Phils half of the sixth started off with Rollins getting another single. Victorino then foul out. A short time after that, Rollins stole second. The Marlins’ catcher, Matt Treanor, after catching Obermueller’s pitch on one hop, got up and threw the ball to second. The throw short hop under the glove of the Marlin’s fielder covering second and went into center field. Rollins went to third on the catcher’s error. This was then followed by Utley getting a walk. Unfortunately, Ryan Howard then struck out for the second out of the inning. The next player, Aaron Rowand was then hit on the shoulder, loading up the bases for Werth. Werth got up and hit a single, which scored both Rollins and Utley, and had Rowand ending up on second. The next batter, Abraham Nunez, was then walked, reloading the bases. That was enough for Florida’s manager, Fredi Gonzalez, who came out and took out Obermueller, replacing him with Kevin Gregg. The first batter Gregg met, Carlos Ruiz, then flied out to center, ending the inning, but the Phils gave Moyer a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the 7th, Moyer had a no hitter going, and continued it by getting out Ramirez and Uggla, but the next batter, Cabrera hit a double, thus ending Moyer’s no-hitter attempt. After the hit, me and most of the other fans stood up and gave Moyer a standing ovation for his efforts. With the no-hitter gone, Moyer got the next batter, Josh Willingham, to lined out, ending the inning.

During the bottom of the seventh, Philip’s father suggested that I get myself a new cap to replace the dirty one that I’d owned for several years, soon giving me one of the tickets. Before I continue tghe story, I need to explain this. Each of the tickets, which costs $100, have a voucher of $30, so that you can buy anything with it until you hit the full $30. Anyway, I asked where the concession stand was located. After being told, off I went, going back into the Diamond Club. After I’d reached the stand, I had a short talk with the person who was running the stand at the time, a very nice lady, who pointed out what each of the caps they were selling cost. I told her that I wanted a full cap, which cost $28. But, when she scanned the voucher, it was quickly discovered that it had only over $15 left on it. So, I went to see if I could get one of the other tickets to see if there was enough left on any of them so that I can get the cap. Well, on the way back, I was met by my brother and Philip, who were carrying with them two or three of the other tickets. After explaining the situation to them, we went back to the concession stand, and after she was down with another customer, we gave her two of the tickets. Turns out there was enough on the second one for me to get the hat. So, I got it, took back the two tickets and the receipt and quickly threw away the old hat. But, before we left, my brother decided to get one of the adjustable $15 caps from, and we found out that there was enough on that second ticket and on the third one to get it for him. We three then went back to our seats, where I thanked Philip’s dad for the suggestion and then we all went back to watching the game.

Anyway, after sitting back down, we watched the rest of the Phils’ seventh inning and then watched the Marlins half of the eighth. Moyer unfortunately started it off by walking Aaron Boone. He then struck out Cody Ross, but then gave up a single to Joe Borchard, with Aaron stopping at second. The Phils’ manager, Charlie Manuel, then came out, relieving Moyer with Brett Myers. Moyer was then given another standing ovation from the fans. After Myers had finished warming up, he proceeded to strike out, Miguel Olivo and Mike Jacobs, both of them pinch hitters.

Now, in the Phils half of the 8th, it started out with Howard getting a single. Rowand followed it by fouling out, and then Werth struck out swinging but then Nunez got a single, which moved Howard to second. Ruiz then followed that with a walk, loading the bases. Greg Dobbs then came up to pinch hit for Myers. He soon stroke a double to deep center field, which cleared the bases, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. Rollins then came up, and stroke out, ending the inning.
Antonio Alfonseca came in to pitch the ninth, since the Phils’ eruption in the 8th ended a possible save opportunity for the team’s closer, Tom ‘Flash’ Gordon. Alfonseca then gave up a double to Ramirez. He then got Uggla to fly out, but Ramirez went to third on the play. The next batter, Cabrera struck out, but Willingham then got a double, scoring Ramirez, and giving the Marlins a run, making the score 6-1, ending the shut out. But Boone followed it with a fly out to center ending the game with a 6-1 Phillies win. The game’s winner, Moyer is now 3-1 while the loser, Obermueller fell to 1-1. Attendence for the day was 45,107, the highest this season and the fifth highest since the park opened a few years ago. The Phils are now tied for third with the Marlins, trailing the Braves and Mets who were both tied for first place in the Eastern Division of the National League.

After watching the player’s celebration for a while, we all went back into the Diamond Club. In the Club, Philip told us he had a video tape to give to Scott. We left the park and then followed him to the parking lot, needing to cross another street, to get to his father’s car and the tape. After getting the tape, we thank Philip’s father for the ticket and after saying goodbye to them, we headed back to get to the Broad Street Subway entrance. On the way back, going along Pattison Avenue, I saw the statue that had been dedicated to Mike Schmidt, Hall of Famer and one of the best players in Phillies’ history.

After passing all of the statues and markers that I’d saw earlier, we went back to the subway and caught a waiting train. We got off it at Walnut-Locust and then got out near Walnut Street. We walked over to Walnut Street and waited for the 21 bus to appear to take us back to our apartment. After a while, we got a 21, and took it down Walnut until it stop at 47th Street. We got out of the bus, crossed the street, went into out apartment building and into then our room, happy.

The main reason for this is because the first time we had gone to Veterans Stadium, with our dad when we were little kids, it didn’t end as well. Our first game at a ballpark, which was on June 4, 1972, the Phils fell to the then Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds, 2-0. The Reds winning pitcher was Jack Billingham (3-6), while Bill Champion (3-3) lost the game, with Clay Carroll getting his tenth save at that time. 

Live Journal: The Phils season opener is over…

Originally posted April 2, 2007:

And they lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in 10 innings. I’m pissed. No, I’m not poed over the fact that they’d lost their opening game, something that they’d seems to enjoy doing over the last decade or so. And no, it’s not because they wasted a good effort by their starter, Brett Myers, even if he did give up a home run in the top of the 8th that tied the game after the starters had fought their way against John Smoltz to take over the lead, who in most cases appear to be hitting the ball good right now (a good sign that they’re going to break a few games wide open later in the season). And it’s not because they blew an opportunity to break the game open while leading 3-2 with runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the 7th, or that they blew an opportunity with runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the 9th to win it. No, I’m pissed because Ryan Madson, who came in to pitch the top of the 10th in relief of ‘Flash’ Gordon, gave up a two run home run to lose the game. I mean, what is up with him? It seems when the relief corps blows a game, he seems to be the one leading the way. Well, it at least seems that way to me since last year. And with his previous year’s ERA of giving up over 5 runs a game doesn’t instill a lot of confident that this year he won’t continue blowing it when he’s given the ball.

From what I see right now, it looks like the relief corps will determine how far the Phils will go this season. And, if Madson continues to go on the pitcher’s mound and blow up the game just like he did today, the Phils aren’t going into the playoffs.

I’m hoping that I’ll be proven wrong, but he’s going to have to go out there and show me that he can go in there and not give up runs!

The Phils are over .500 again.

The Phils have gone over .500 for the second time this season, lifting their record to 12-11, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee (13-9), 3-1. The Phils starter, Jamie Moyer, although getting a no decision, went 6 full innings and faced two further batters in the bottom of the 7th, giving up only one run on a two out single to Ryan Braun in the 3rd. The Phillies would tie the game in the 6th on a Jayson Werth hormer to center field, his fourth of the young season, off of Milwaukee starter, Jeff Suppan. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the 8th on a two-run double by Pat Burrell off of losing pitcher David Riske who had earlier replaced Suppan, who had pitched seven innings. The Phillies bullpen shut down Milwaukee, pitching four innings of shut out ball while giving up only one hit to the Brew Crew, with Brad Lidge pitching the ninth inning and recording his fifth save of the season. The winning pitcher for the Phils was Tom Gordon, who had relieved Moyer in the seventh, raising his record to 1-2, and the losing pitcher was David Riske, whose record is now 0-1.

The Phils will now go to Pittsburgh for a three game set against their cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12). The Phils starter for the first game of the series will be Adam Eaton, who is still looking for his first win (0-0, 4.74). His opponent will be Zach Duke, who is also looking for his first win of the season (0-1, 4.37). Game time is 7:05 pm ET. On the present road trip, the Phils have, so far, won 3 games and lost only 1.

If anything, this season is a bit better than the previous two seasons as the Phils haven’t gotten out the box finding themselves deep in a hole that they would have to spend most of the season digging themselves out of. Now if only Ryan Howard, who was sat down before the start of today’s game, will get himself out of his present batting funk, and Rollins, after he returns from the disable list (along with Victorino), continues what he was doing before he got injured in New York, this team would really be dangerous.

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