Game 1 - Pat Burrell had a HUGE single in the eighth that put the Phils ahead and was followed by a three run homer by Shane Victorino that put the game away. But don't overlook the significant contribution of Ned Yost's stupidity. He brought in Brian Shouse to face Utley and Howard with Werth already on first. It was a good move because Shouse sports a 0.65 WHIP against lefties. Utley bunted Werth to second and then Yost intentionally walked the hot hitting Howard. But then he inexplicably left Shouse in to face Burrell. I understand that Burrell is struggling big time, but Shouse has a 1.61 WHIP against righties. Burrell singles in the game winning run and Yost leaves Shouse in to face another right handed hitting batter, Victorino, who takes Shouse deep. Game over. Thanks Ned.
Reader Bloodstripes also pointed out that Yost put Corey Hart in the leadoff spot for both games despite his recent struggles. Hart went 1-8 and hit into a key 4-3 double play in the first game.
Oh yeah, and Manuel brought Brad Lidge into the game with 1 out, nobody on, and a 4 run lead in the 9th, despite having another game 3 hours later. Thank goodness they didn't need him in the series closer.
Game 2 -Brett Myers continued his second half Superman act. He became the first pitcher since Andy Pettitte in 2000 to pitch a complete came on only three days rest.
NL East - I don't think Billy Wagner is the only person crying in New York about their former closer's bum elbow. Luis Ayala and Pedro Feliciano combined for 5 runs in the ninth helping the Mets lose a two run lead.
Wild Card - The Astros played nine innings and had zero hits, which makes it tough to win. Carlso Zambrano picked up the no-no, and the Phils picked up a game and a half on the 'stros.
Here are the updated standings:
Today's games of interest:
2:05 - Astros (B. Moehler) v. Cubs (T. Lilly)
7:10 - Mets (P. Martinez) v. Gnats (J. Lannan)