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Burrell, Bullpen Boost Phils Over Brewers

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, April 24, 2008 07:59 PM | Comments: 15
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Pat Burrell hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning to grab the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and the bullpen held onto it for a win over the Brewers today.

Burrell’s Major League-leading 24th and 25th RBIs brought home Greg Dobbs and Chase Utley. The latter went 3-for-4 and scored a run, bringing his average to .385. Burrell is hitting .355. After Burrell’s double, a combination of JC Romero and Ryan Madson kept the Brewers at bay in the eighth, and Brad Lidge had a pretty simple save, his fifth of the year.

The high drama in the game, aside from Burrell’s double, came when Jamie Moyer surrendered a double and a single to lead off the home seventh. With no outs, Tom Gordon came in for Moyer. Strikeout. Walk. Strikeout. Groundout. Gordon was superb, capping a day where the Crew had many chances to put away Moyer and the Phils, but never taking advantage. Moyer went six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and three walks.

Jayson Werth added a solo homer in the sixth.

The Brewers had plenty of chances to strike Moyer early, but bad plays ended their threats; meanwhile, though the Phils couldn’t convert against Brewers starter Jeff Suppan, they made no mistakes and remained in the game until Werth’s homer tied it. At that point it became a battle of the bullpens, and the Phils’ brand shut the door on the Brewers. Give a big hand to Gordon (especially Gordon), Romero, Madson and Lidge. The back end was dynamite.

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  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    One other dynamite performance that I was reminded of while watching “Baseball Tonight”: Jayson Werth’s mom is hot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    Indeed a very dynamite performance by Jayson Werth’s hot mom.

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve

    Middle relief is definitely where Tom Gordon belongs, it’s not as much of a pressure situation as closing the games out, and Flash seems much more comfortable in the 7th or 8th inning than in the 9th. All of a sudden, a bullpen of Romero, Flash, Madson, and Lidge doesn’t look half bad (as long as they all stay healthy). Also, Werth’s mom is definitely hotter than any of the Mets’ wives.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    Is Werth’s mom single?

    TO ALL THE MOYER BASHERS: The guy pitched the last game of the year last year — you remember, the must-win, high-voltage game that the entire season came down to — and he pitched really well. He’s consistently given us 5-6 innings and an ERA of the mid 4s. That’s another way of saying that he eats as many innings as the fourth/fifth starter is supposed to eat, and he keeps us in games.

    No team has five aces. No team has two aces and three No. 3 pitchers. Everyone has guys at the bottom of the rotation who are slow, old, quirky, junkballlers, schizophrenics — whatever. Every team has a guy at the bottom of the rotation (think Wakefield) who will keep you in the game most of the time, who will finish the year with a .500 record, and who will blow up once in a while and lose it for you.

    All that said, I’ll take Moyer any day. He’s a seasoned veteran. Even when he melts down performance-wise, he’s experienced enough to let it not bother him for his next start. His slow and slower pitches are actually fun to watch (I’m reminded of that Bugs Bunny episode “One-two-three strikes. You’re out!”). I can’t understand why people bash Jamie Moyer when he gives you exactly what a bottom of the rotation starter should: 5-6 innings, a mid-4s ERA, a .500 record, a chance to win most of the time.

    Back off the dude.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gnomicide

    I don’t understand any Moyer hate. He does a good job and is a class act. I love the guy. I like him around too just to be an influence as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    “No team has two aces and three No. 3 pitchers.”

    False.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have two aces, and three guys who would be a number 3 on several teams:

    1. Brandon Webb
    1. Dan Haren
    3. Randy Johnson
    3. Michah Owings
    3. Edgar Gonzalez

     
  • Posts: 0 Jesse

    Mike, don’t major on the minors. What these guys are saying is that our pitching isn’t really that bad this year. Yes, there may be a couple games where we get blown out of the water. Jamie Moyer might get hit around a couple of times when he isn’t getting his pitches called. But all you can ask from the bottom half of our rotation is to win as many games as they lose.

    The big picture is that we are over .500 at the end of April and in a better position than last year with a team that on paper should be better than the team from last year. We got depth, some hope with guys in the minors and a little more experience now. The BEST thing about this year so far is that we never lost that never die attitude from the last half of last year. How many come from behind wins do we have already?? Don’t turn off the TV in the ninth or you just might miss the best part of the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T

    Jesse: First, I know what everyone is trying to say, I’m not an idiot. Second, I don’t care what we did last year – it wasn’t enough. Was it fun? Yes. Was it great beating the shit out of the Mets? Of course. But was it satisfying enough to make the NLDS only to get swept by the Rockies? Absolutely not. I haven’t seen enough from this team. The Phillies are decent, and nothing more. Everyone on this board needs to stop it with the, “look at us now compared to last year” argument. That’s stupid. 12-11 is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a better position than you were a year ago. Sure, our MVP is out – but you’re telling me every time Rollins is out of the lineup we’re going to be a .500 team? Are you kidding me?!? Injuries are not an excuse. Yes, our pitching has been pretty solid so far – but that’s even more of a reason for us to have a better record.

    Stop comparing this years start to last years start – it’s annoying and has no validity.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    People aren’t comparing this year to last for any reason other than to try to get you to stop being so negative… in the past two days, you must have said at least 20 times how “unwatchable” the Phillies are…and how bad of a team they are…how they just blew another game, etc…

    There are currently 6 teams in the NL with a better win% than the Phillies… including the Cubs (who we beat 2 of 3), the Marlins, Mets, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Brewers… of those teams, it looks like the Cubs, Mets, and Dbacks are serious contenders… but who else in the NL even scares you a little bit?

    The argument is that the Phillies (espc Howard, Jenkins, Madson, Myers) usually don’t start out too hot. Even with that, they have managed to win upwards of 85 games the past few years… so the thinking is that not starting yourself in a hole, and then getting hot-as-usual when the year goes on, could maybe get you 90 plus wins this season… Or 90 plus comments from people bitching about how bad they are (while Howard hits below 200, and you “table-setters” on offense are both on the DL with leg injuries)

    If all you can do is complain about the Phillies, then why aren’t you a host on 610wip??

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    1. It seems my expectations are higher than most of the people on this blog.

    2. Other NL teams that “scare me a little bit”: I began to type a list of several other teams that I wouldn’t want to face in the middle of a playoff race – and it was basically every team in the NL except San Francisco and Washington. The Pirates you ask? Well, they beat us 2 out of 3 in Pittsburgh last year, right in the middle of that tight playoff race.

    I don’t know why everyone gives me so much crap on here. It’s Philadelphia of all places – what do you want from me?

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I think we just like to see if you could balance your predictable negativity by acknowledging and crediting a player/team performance when they WIN. :-)

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I would certaintly say that I respoect moyer, beacuse i have a lot of respect for him. hes clearly a class act and clearly should be a coach someday because he can get that respect out of players. my argument is that they shouldnt need to rely on him as much as they do. hes a 3 on their team, he should be a 5. i think hes done, but hey hes still hangin in there and somehow making it through 4 or 5 innings each time. he would be a 5 on the diamondbacks if hes even in their rotation at all. he would be a 5 on the padres as well probably unless im overrating one of their starters or missing somebody. theres a lot of slop, junk pitching out there so he wouldnt be a 5 on every team but tahts because there are a lot of bad teams. i get carried away sometimes when i watch him pitch and say that he shouldnt be pithcing anymore because its painful to watch when hes out there. the reality is that he should be done but hes still going because baseball has a SERIOUS shortage of steady pithcing in btoh leagues so theres no one to take his slot from him at this point in time. i will say the he continually blows my mind as to how he doesnt get absolutely smoked everytime out there. totally amazing. im still going to be hard on the phillies for relying on him too much though. but ill give him credit for his start the other day and for his work in the playoffs where he did a very nice job. when he gets squeezed by the umps though, look out…thats why hes a 5 not a 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    when it comes to the phillies, im hard on them because theyre so close and mlb has no salary cap. im tired of going over that self imposed issue because they dotn need that much more therefore they dotn have to spend much more. just a few guys away tahts all. the eagles were close for a llong time but they failed to go the extra mile every single time except the year they went to the superbowl. the flyers actually built a nice team this season. great scoring balance, nice work by holmgren. im not a big basketball fan so ill exclude the sixers. so its up to the phillies now. theyre the closest team in my view. the flyers can beat montreal but not the pens (though i could be wrong but hockey is my area of expertise in sports). so now we must expect our phillies to make the right adjustments and go the extra mile to get to the world series. and it seems like they have always either misspent their money or copped out and gone for a cheap scrapheap guy. i know theyre good enough to get to the playoffs if they just tweal a few things, and when they dont do that its maddening, thats all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff A.

    I am a rookie as far as the blogging world is concerned(thanks Jess), so like in radio, “first time writer, long time fan!” I gotta say that I like what I see so far. Do I believe the Phils should have several more wins right now? Sure. They could also have a few more losses save a few late game heroics. I too at times am very down on the Phils. I liken them to the kids that I don’t have. I expect the best from them and when they don’t come through I feel let down. As far as comparing this team to last year and where they are now compared to then is what it is and not really any consolation. If you look at the East now the Marlins are leading and aside from the Nats it’s close. We all know the Marlins won’t last. So as long as they stay close early and nobody jumps too far out ahead, our Phils will be able to do some damage, especially at the rate they are smacking homers! If you look at some of the teams that have won the world series in recent years they haven’t always been the best team all year or without criticism. Prime example being the Cardinals. We are hard on our Phils because we are pasionate fans.
    It’s true injuries are not a good excuse but when we get that speed back at the top on the lineup this team should be fun to watch and play above .500 baseball from then on out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jesse

    The Phillies got a lot of energy, emotion and heart. I’ll take that any day versus trying to buy a team.

     
 
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