Once again it took a Doc to cure the Phillies of whatever was ailing them. Oh and the offense wasn’t bad either! In fact they had a total 19 hits and had scored nine runs by the fourth inning.
I was hanging at my parents’ house flipping back and forth between the Phillies/Mets and Eagles/Giants. And let me just say, being a Philadelphia sports fan can be both rewarding and frustrating at the same time.
Anyway, the nine runs the Phillies got were plenty enough to win, although I could swear there was a point where they tried to blow it. The moment reliever Antonio Bastardo was brought into the seventh to replace Roy Halladay, and gave up a 2-run homer to Ronny Paulino, the feeling of dread started to emerge.
I don’t think I could have handled a sweeping by the Mets.
So thankfully the Phillies hung on, won 9-4 and got out of New York via airplane, not a broom!!!
Halladay recorded his 19th win in Sunday’s win over the Mets.
Manager Charlie Manuel was pleased with yesterday’s effort.
“We had some real good things happen in the game, but the most important is we got us a win,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
“You can see the difference,” Manuel said. “When we’ve got all of our guys in there we’ve got a pretty good lineup. I like our lineup when we’ve got everybody here, but when you’ve got two or three of them missing we become a different team. It’s very important we keep our guys in there.” – Phillies.com
The Phillies finish out the season with a 3-game series in Atlanta against a struggling Braves team who are only holding the Wild Card lead by one game. Which is shocking because a couple weeks ago the Braves had a comfortable lead over the St. Louis Cardinals but are now very close to imploding and watching their postseason bid fade away.
So the Phillies are either going to be the Braves’ worst nightmare or dream come true. In the words of my dad, “Depends on WHICH Phillies team decides to show up.” Ain’t that the truth!
Check out tonight’s game preview after the jump…
Monday’s Game Preview
Phillies (99 – 60) vs Braves (89 – 70)
Game Time: 7:10 pm EDT
Turner Field – Atlanta
TV: CSN – Philadelphia, MLBN
Radio: WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480
Weather at Game Time: 78, possible t-storms
Philadelphia: LHP Cliff Lee (16-8) ERA 2.38
Atlanta: RHP Randall Delgado (1-1) ERA 2.70
Lee, a National League Cy Young Award candidate, lost Tuesday for just the first time since July 25 against the Padres. He was hit around by the Nationals, allowing 11 hits, but minimized the damage to just two earned runs.
Delgado notched his first Major League victory with five scoreless innings against the Marlins Tuesday night. The 21-year-old right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer over five innings in three consecutive starts. – Phillies.com