A 9th inning rally to tie the game then an extra inning win...nice! Last night's game was filled with good, bad, and crazy. First up, the bad.
*Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley trying to turn a double play. I've witnessed too many botched exchanges at 2nd base now in what should be the middle part of a double play. These two together just seem out of sync.
*Ryan Howard getting picked off. First off, he shouldn't have a lead that's bigger than his body. Therefore, instead of diving back, he would just have to flop back to 1st base if a pitcher attempted to pick him off.
*Ryan Howard swinging on a 3-0 count. Take a walk big man, it's way better than an out; and an out is exactly what you made by hitting a weak grounder on that 3-0 pitch.
*Jimmy Rollins bat. J-Roll went 0-5 last night and is mired in a slump so huge that even his own momma started booing him.
*Ryan Madson lowering his era while upping JC Romero's. Last night was classic Madson, in that he didn't allow any runs for himself, rather permitted the runner on base when he came in to score. Madson's stats can be deceiving, because on the surface they look good, but he seems to have the knack for giving up the "big" hit.
*Shane Victorino's defense. I honestly think Vic should get heavy consideration for a Gold Glove. The man tracks down balls and has a rifle for an arm. He's like a trained assassin out there centerfield.
*Pedro Feliz's stick. Feliz, which means happy in Spanish, made the crowd just that with a hit to tie the game in the 9th, then a 3-run walk-off jack in the 11th for the victory which pulled the Phils to .5 back of the Mets in the NL East.
*Ryan Howard's diving catch on a foul ball. I bust on Howard's defense routinely, and deservedly so, but last night he shocked and excited me with that play he made close to the 1st base stands and over his shoulder. Great play!
*Chad Durbin pitching. He now has 5 wins and a 1.98 era in relief work. He has been a terrific addition to the Phils bullpen.
*Joe Blanton's outing. He darted in and out of trouble all night, but the bottom line is he only allowed 1 run in 6 innings, and I'll take that any day.
*Andre Ethier's walk. Ethier had a 5-ball walk in the 1st inning. Blanton was confused, the home plate umpire was lost, Ethier hadn't a clue, and I'm still amazed it was allowed to happen. Never, and I mean never, should that happen between the 4 umpires on the field, the opposing team's dugout, and the batter himself someone should have said something.
*Brett Myers and the Phils go for the rare 4 game sweep against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers tonight. It will be the Phils third straight nationally televised game (Saturday Fox, Sunday ESPN, tonight ESPN 2).
*On this date in 1995 pitcher Jeff Juden hit a grand slam off of Hideo Nomo and Gregg Jefferies hit for the cycle as the Phils beat the Dodgers.
*Carlos Carrasco had a bounce back performance in Triple A yesterday, going 6.1 innings with 8 k's and allowing no earned runs. In 5 starts he has pitched 30 innings, stuck out 37, and has a 2.10 era for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.