Trailing a seemingly insurmountable 7-0 to the NL East leading Mets despair sets in. Phillies should be wearing a dog collar with Mets Bitch stitched on it.
A miraculous comeback finds the Phils victorious after 13 innings with an 8-7 win. Phillies may be dogs, but they're the NL East front-running dogs now. Life lesson- never give up!
*Ryan Howard was showcasing all of his abilities: the strikeout (2 of them to up his total to 174), the error (15th miscue of the season), and the homerun (NL leading #35).
*Relief pitcher Clay Condrey ignited the comeback with a double, his first hit since 2003.
*Pat Burrell was 0-7 with 10 runners left on base.
*Catcher Carlos Ruiz made an appearance at 3rd base. Maybe Charlie Manuel saw Joe Torre do it with Russell Martin and figured Chooch could pick it at the hot corner too.
*Jimmy Rollins is trying to be the team MVP for the stretch run. He had 3 hits Monday night and had 5 hits last night. Over the past 2 games he's 8-10 with 2 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun, 5 rbi, and 3 stolen bases.
*Pitchers Cole Hamels and Brett Myers were pinch hitters, each struck out.
*Chris Coste was 4-4 with the game-winning single and didn't even start the game.
*The Phillies stole 6 bases. On the season they've stolen 105 and only been caught 20 times for a MLB leading 84% success rate. Thank you Davey Lopes.
*Jamie Moyer was just plain awful last night, but every pitcher is entitled to a bad outing once in awhile. He's still the staff Grand Pappy with knowledge beyond any pitching coach in the game today and with more gumption than Colonel Patton.
*Even after allowing 7 runs to the scumbag Mets, the Phils still have the 7th best era (3.84) in the Majors. Heading into the season, I would have never expected to be signing the praises of the pitching staff, yet be perplexed and enraged by the offensive ineptitude.
*Kyle Kendrick toes the rubber for the Phightins tonight against some no-name Johan Santana dude. Gotta say this pitching match-up heavily favors the Phils; this Johan Whatshisname doesn't impress me much. Mets must be desperate for starting pitching if they're sending someone of his stature to the mound. Time for the Phils to short-sweep the Mets butts outta here.