Funny how 3 runs scored one night equals a loss and a complete turd of a game, and the next night the same run total equals a win and a well played game. Thanks to Final Vote hopeful Shane Victorino, the Phils took the game in the bottom of the 9th with his rbi single and remained 2 games up in the standings on the Marlins. Vic may not have the best numbers out of the 5 player group (Matt Kemp, Mark Reynolds, Christian Guzman, and Pablo Sandoval), but he sure is fun to watch. Go vote for him now, no questions asked (T-shirt by Birdland/The Fightins).
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Lopez left after 5 innings with discomfort in his pitching shoulder. This sucks. He was actually doing a decent job, but now it would seem he's DL bound. Myers DL, Bastardo DL, now possibly RoLo DL. Luckily the Phils don't need an extra starter until after the All-Star break, so they time to figure out what to do. Call up Andrew Carpenter and his 8-2 record with a 2.85 ERA? Nah. Trade for Roy Halladay? Hell yes!
Series finale tonight with Grand Pappy Moyer looking to continue his recent string of solid starts against slugger Micah Owings. I drool over the thought of acquiring Owings as a 5th starter/longman and letting him be the primary righthanded bat off the bench. He's 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA, but is also batting .262/.874 with 3 homeruns on the season (Career- .304/.898 with 8 hr in 158 ab). Dammit, Eric Bruntlett is unbelievably pathetic!
For a smile- Ollie Perez may have picked up the win last night, but he did so while walking 7 batters in 5 innings. That brings his season total to 28 bases on balls issued in only 26.2 innings. For a bigger smile- ESPN.com poll asks, "Will the Mets make the playoffs?" 88% of the vote said "No", even the state of New York.