In case your local newspaper went into print before the game was over, the Phillies won 5-4 and took a 2-1 series lead. The game started an hour and a half late due to mother nature, and wrapped up somewhere around 2 am. I'm glad I had the sense to take an afternoon nap, otherwise I had been asleep because that's way past my bedtime. Also past the elderly Jamie Moyer's bedtime too, at least that's impression Fox put me under. I believe I counted his age referenced 37 times during the telecast. They made it seem that he needed a bedpan under the dugout bench between innings for crying out loud. Side note, I almost pissed myself in the 9th inning, so it sounds like I'm the one who needs the bedpan.
Game 3 Checklist:
*Blown call that could have cost the Phils the game (Crawford was out at 1st base, ended up being 2 extra runs for the Rays).
*Back-to-back bombs by Utley and Howard.
*Applause to the Philly Phans for mocking stud rookie Evan Longoria with the "Eva" chants. I wish Eva was playing 3rd for the Rays, she's got a much better ass.
*Dumbass baserunning from Jayson Werth.
*Vintage Grand Pappy Moyer.
*Carlos Ruiz continued transformation from Wiki Gonzalez into Pudge Rodriguez.
*Masterful relief appearance by JC Romero.
*5 infielders for Tampa Bay- 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, shortstop, 3rd baseman, and stand-directly-behind-the-pitcher-on-top-of-2nd-base fielder.
*Critical E-2's (1 by Ruiz, 1 by Navarro).
*More fruitlessness with men in scoring position.
*Hits for J-Roll, still no hits for Burrell.
*Production from unexpected source- Eric Bruntlett.
Cliche alert...a win is a win. However, that win was freakin' awesome! The Phillies are now just 2 wins shy of being World Series champions. Hold up, let me reverse it, and play it backwards like Judas Priest first did- snoipmahc seireS dlroW. Yeah, that's right, party time is inching closer.
Joe Blanton takes the ball for the Phils tonight against Andy Sonnastine and the Rays. Today is a huge day in Philly, Eagles game at the Linc at 1, the Who concert in the Spectrum around 7:30, and the Phils game at the Brick Cit House at 8:30. Needless to say, the atmosphere will be electric.