Last night started off in typical Phillies fashion, getting no-hit by a pitcher (David Bush) with a +5 ERA through the first 3 2/3 innings. Jamie Moyer was getting battered around, but was pitching well enough to keep the score close. Then Utley shot a single into rightfield followed by a Pat Burrell blast to centerfield in the 4th, Phils now leading 2-1. Momentum swing- Grand Pappy Moyer couldn't continue to fool NL homerun leader J.J. Hardy as he launched a 3-run bomb in the top of the 5th, Phils now losing again 4-2. Things continued to worsen in the top of the 7th as Moyer got himself into some trouble and Gas-Can Geary came in and ignited the fire and allowed one of Moyer's runners to score along with one of his own, score- 6-2 Brew Crew. Milwaukee is 21-0 in 2007 when leading after 7 innings. Game over right? Not quite- lefty Brian Shouse gave up back-to-back base knocks in the bottom of the 8th and then Derrick Turnbow was summoned from the bullpen, he of a sparkling 1.76 ERA. What happened next still surprises me...the Phils went Yahtzee, scoring 6 runs to claim the lead 8-6, with almost everyone contributing. Chapter 9- Brett "the Hitman" Myers comes in and locks down for his 4th save in 4 attempts. Phils record now at 18-20...c'mon .500!
Is it just me, or does Turnbow look like Boober from Fraggle Rock?
The Buccos had some 8th inning heroics of their own last night, as they scored 5 against Florida to give some cushioning for Tom Gorzelanny and company. Gorze went 7 inning without giving up a run, dropping his ERA down to a tidy 2.36, upping his wins to 5 on the season, and collecting his first MLB hit. Matt "Pocket full of Fat" Capps and Salomon Torres came into seal the deal for a 7 to nothing Pittsburgh shutout, improving their record to 17-20.