Oh, Baby! Phillies Stun Mets In 13

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, August 27, 2008 01:11 AM | Comments: 63

Game of the year. And what a win.

Chris Coste deposited a Scott Schoeneweis pitch into deep center field, securing a Shane Victorino run and a wild, ridiculous 8-7 win over the Mets in 13 innings.

The build to the winning moment is first-rate material. First there’s Jamie Moyer’s collapse — coming off a four-game sweep of the Dodgers, with all the hype surrounding the series, a Moyer breakdown seemed in the cards from the onset. And the deck was stacked tenfold once Jose Reyes smoked one of his pitches for a triple to open the game. Moyer never solved the Mets, going only three innings and giving up six runs.

The Mets would score once more. As they’ve done all season, the Phillies bullpen shut down an offense, this time for nine scoreless frames. And it was the whole bullpen — Clay Condrey for 2.1, Scott Eyre for 1.2, Chad Durbin for one, Brad Lidge for one, Ryan Madson for two, JC Romero for one, Rudy Seanez for one. The full line: 10 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K. Sparkling.

The bullpen allowed a Phillies comeback. They started off Pedro Martinez, who pitched well, but is no longer reliable to win games. Pedro Feliz knocked home Shane Victorino with a sacrifice fly. An inning later, unlikely hero Clay Condrey led off with a double, and Jimmy Rollins smoked a two-run home run into right field. 7-3. Then Chase Utley walked, and two batters later, Ryan Howard launched a left-field homer. 7-5. We had a game.

Brian Stokes held the Phillies during the middle innings, but the Phils met a few of their best friends starting in the eighth. First: Duaner Sanchez. A Carlos Ruiz single and change to lefties took him out for Pedro Feliciano. Lefty Greg Dobbs was pulled for Chris Coste, who promptly singled (he went 4-for-4 after his entrance), leading to a Rollins single to make it 7-6. Rollins had five straight hits to open the game, finishing 5-for-7 with 3 RBI and a run. Welcome back, Young James.

The Phillies were erased in the eighth (thanks Pat Burrell, 0-for-7), and it was Luis Ayala’s turn to stop the Phils and end the game. It seemed certain with two quick outs, but Jayson Werth kept it alive with a single. In came Eric Bruntlett, the most unlikely candidate to bring home a run from first base. But he did — double in the gap, scoring Werth (with thanks to a bad reception by Brian Schneider). 7-7.

To recap everything else would be too time-consuming, and anyway, you all remember what happened. The Phils had multiple chances to win the game. Tenth inning: Burrell and Ryan Howard couldn’t score a leadoff double by Chris Coste. Eleventh inning: Rollins popped up with the bases loaded and two outs. Twelfth inning: The heart of the order went down easily to Aaron Heilman, who played Houdini throughout his three-inning ride.

On the other side, the Phils came up big when the Mets threatened. In the eleventh, Werth gunned David Wright, who was trying to stretch a single into a double with two outs. In the twelfth, Howard robbed Ryan Church of a hit.

All of it set up the 13th, led off by the burgeoning leader, Victorino. His hustle triple forced the Mets to load the bases with no outs. Brett Myers, the eager pinch hitter, played dummy and almost won the game by walking in a genius call by Charlie Manuel. With one down, up stepped Coste, and the game finally ended.

This game had everything — great pitching, great offense, great defense, controversial calls, big plays, big numbers. When Cole Hamels and Myers pinch hit, you have something great on your hands. Manuel played Carlos Ruiz at third base in the ninth inning because he didn’t want to waste Bruntlett’s bat — what a call. He also kept the infield back, letting Damion Easley score in the fourth off a David Wright groundout. That worked too. While Moyer put the Phils out of the game at first, great managing, clutch pitching and timely hitting saved the day.

It was 2007 all over again at the Bank — the clear-cut game of the year, and a huge, huge win to start off this final run toward the pennant. Too much to write, and more to write later, but for now, relish this one.

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  • Posts: 0 Lavelle

    Outstanding win. It seems Rollins has regained his confidence at the plate.


    I have some serious beef with Comcast – this game wasn’t on in the Northeast (Scranton). I heard last year that Phils vs Mets games are blacked-out on Comcast due to a dispute with the MSG network. Any other Philly fans run into this? And what a game to miss, it’s really grinding my gears!

  • Posts: 0 R.Mac

    ok so will everyone get of j-rolls dick now?

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I am too pumped to sleep right now after this game.

  • Posts: 0 Joe

    I took my Mets fan friend to the game tonight at CBP. When Bruntlet came up to pinch hit with two outs in bottom of the 9th, I told him this was going to end well for his team.

    “Well, there’s the little matter of the fat lady singing,” he replied.

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Theres NO WONDER Mets starters like Santana and Pelfrey are looking for complete games,This “Poison Pen” STINKS and now everybody knows that including them.Also if Aaron Heilman is looking towards Free Agency and thinks he’s a starter…..ANY TEAM That signs him to start is a FOOL.That said,If you Phillies fans even think the Mets OR the Marlins are going to go quietly into the night,you BETTER think again.All 3 teams are going to be bloodied and battered and whoever wins this NL East is going to deserve it….NOW if The Phils or Marlins win,I’ll tip my cap to the victor….I sure hope you guys have the class and courtesy to do the same IF the Mets or Marlins win.

  • Posts: 0 Pete

    What does Howard Eskin have to say now about Charlie? That dumb ass “know it all” is biting his tongue somewhere and I love it. Charlie’s gutsy decisions won the Phils this very important game and at the end of this year I think Phils fans will look back on this huge W!

  • Posts: 0 Whisky Priest

    Had never been to McGillin’s before tonight… what a great place to catch this game! I loved the notch in the W column, but stranding that many runners is absolutely unforgivable.

    I think that, in the end, the Ashburn Award truly belongs to Uncle Chuck. What a game!

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    BTW,Is Larry Anderson still complaining about the Umpires or does he even care.Listening to this guy is like listening to Ron Santo….PAINFUL!

  • Posts: 0 Asphincter

    I was at the game in right field. How bad was the blown runner interference call? And the double down the right field line that looked foul?

  • Posts: 0 Asphincter

    Oh, and by the way, I hate how David Wright wears an orange shirt under his jersey every game. Dont know why. It just pisses me off.

  • Posts: 0 PhillyFriar

    @ Grrrumpy Miner: didn’t hear L.A.’s broadcast, but the botched call preceding the Tatis homer was just awful. Beltran was pretty clearly in fair territory, and the resultant DP would have taken 3 Mets runs off the board. In the end, it was obviously no harm, no foul — but for awhile, it looked like the Phils would lose by 1 run, and that (lack of a) call CERTAINLY would have been a huge turning point.

    Anyway, great win for the Phils, especially given the pitching matchup tomorrow. I’ll gladly take a Kendrickian start and hope to chase Johan from the game before the 8th inning — but it’ll be tough, so tonight’s win was big with the trip to Wrigley looming.

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Never going to happen! The mets will have 5 runs by the 4th and pray they came have johan pitch a complete game!

  • Posts: 0 Rich the Mets Fan

    Well, I’ll hand it to the Phils. They found the way to win. Funny, though, that I thought the game would be well over by the time I got out of work, which was close to 10.

    Anywho, there’s always tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 Mets

    Rich the Mets Fan Says: Anywho, there’s always tomorrow.

    You mean today! Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Nationals#1

    Oh my god, best game i’ve ever been to… the bank was out of control, it was like we’d just won the world series

  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    Nationals#1, that’s the sad part.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Why is that sad Tyler? Is it sad that our fans were going crazy to support the team?

  • Posts: 0 phillesfan451123

    this team is defintley not a contending team,once we get into the playoffs were done.the emts bullpen fukin blows and we can even score a run off of heilman!

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Great report Tim! This team was clutch last evening. Taking another today would be super. It’s like I’ve been saying, the Mets ‘pen is a walking disaster. The Phils’ ‘pen has been nothing short of incredible, Unbelievable.

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  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Sad this one wasn’t televisied where I am so missed it… Wonder why Charlie put Ruiz at third and Coste behind the plate when Ruiz is the better catcher and Coste can play third… Must be something behind that, any ideas?

  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    To the Mets Trolls ~

    How are you still even still at a computer? lets think about the life you do not have – You root for the Mets, You type on their blog, and then you talk trash on a Phillies blog —- and then your team blows another lead! Either way, you suck last year and this year looks like more of the same. And now after I post this you will say we have Santana tonight, our rotation is better… bah bah bah bah. YOU LOST LAST NIGHT AFTER BEING UP 7!


    PS What a great game plan by Charlie tonight

  • Posts: 0 kattapilla

    Now that was the J-Roll I’ve been wonder why we weren’t seeing this season. I’ve been alternately upset with him for not playing up to his potential, and worried that the aftermath of his injury was worse than anybody was letting on (which the Phils are prone to do, as we know). With him and Vic firing on all cylinders, this team will definitely get pumped up.
    My concern now is that Burrell is falling into a slump–we need all the offense we can get or the pen is going to be way overworked.
    BTW, does anyone else think it’s getting ridiculous the way teams put in a different reliever for every batter? What happened to the days when guys were expected to be able to pitch to both lefty AND righty hitters?

  • Posts: 0 kattapilla

    Lavelle, I got the game on Comcast channel 14 last night (west of Lancaster), but a friend of mine who lives about 5 miles closer to Lancaster couldn’t get it. We have the triple play package and we get every game, either on Comcast Sports or the CW. I’m not sure why I got the game and my buddy didn’t, but if you have the triple play you should’ve been able to see it.

  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    I NEED to see a video of Brett Myers’ AB stat! Someone has to get this online. From all accounts, it is legend.

  • Posts: 0 OZ

    bring on Santana….Momentum boys ‘n’ girl, momentum…

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    That was positively bizaare. What a great win. Both teams showed their weaknesses at key times. the mets bullpen, in patented, systematic fashion, completely hacked up the lead for another blown save. Then the phillies went through 3 extra innings with terrible situational hitting and prolonged the game. but watching brett myers go up there and bluff an at bat was CLASSIC. that was so damned funny. he almost walked home the winning run! victorinos triple forced jerry manuel to load the bases – ok i get the point behind it, but the phillies are a bad situational hitting team. pitching to them might not have been such a bad idea….

    that was classic for sure. the mets totally fell apart and blew a 7-run lead like it was their job. M – azing.

  • Posts: 0 Joe

    The Mets were up by 7 with 17 outs left to play.

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    OZ…..be careful what you wish for

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    another great thing about this win: we get our blog back until gametime. that should keep the trolls away until someone from the mets gets on base…then..out they come.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Nah Geoff, they’ll be here telling us our team sucks pretty soon.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    They’ll be telling us that our their bullpen is “about as good as the Phillies”…

    Yo.. how about Rollins, the bench..!!… the bullpen!!… what a GREAT TEAM WIN.. best win all year, well either this or the other comeback vs. the Mets at Shea

  • Posts: 0 Darryl18

    Congrats Phillies fans. You are up 1/2 game. A week ago everyone on this blog wanted to shoot Rollins and now you love him? Yesterday afternoon, Burrell was a hero. After having a rough night he was booed and I heard someone clearly call him a “pussy.” Keep being classy, Philadelphia. I’ll give you the one game and I’ll agree that the Mets bullpen is pathetic- but one thing I will always do is stand behind my team- win or lose. Rollins could not have been more right. Don’t all you college kids have more beers to drink and fights to get in?

  • Posts: 0 rollinsright!!

    well as much as it hurts….you guys fought back and deserved it. I guess i ate my words from yesterday. Great comeback!!

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Told you Geoff.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Meanwhile.. nerds like Darryl18 was calling for Carlos Delgado’s head… mad at Reyes for not being mature enough… etc..

    about 50% of the people on here were pissed at Rollins.. some guys still want him traded.. but considering that New Yorkers do the SAME EXACT THING with their guys. why even bring it up?

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Because they just want to start trouble and make us look bad.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Easily one of the best games ever. This was beyond a vintage Phillies comeback. This was truly something special. You can not count this team out! They will dissapoint us and they will be damn frustrating but you can’t count them out until it’s over.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Last night my gf said to me, “You’re a masochist, I cant’ believe you want to keep watching this.” My response to her was that It’s still early and they have been playing with a lot of heart lately. I have a good feeling about this one. I refused to come on this board because of the trolls. I just watched and enjoyed the come back.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Ruiz rocking the bat… Coste.. Bruntlett.. Feliz.. they are starting to get contributions from the lesser guys.. those “puzzle pieces” that every team needs, and every GM tries to make work on their roster.

    Now that we see what this is capable of doing.. give a little credit to those folks who put it together, because this is what they had in mind in Spring Training.

    Burrell left 10 runners on base last night!! No wonder people were giving him hell in LF.. Utley and Burrell with Strikeouts in big situations, but when the stars couldn’t do it, the jigsaw guys picked them up!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    If my girlfriend called me that….. I would go get a dictionary

    I went to bed after Rollins grounded out in the Dodgers game.. figuring if they lost id be pissed, but if i woke up and saw that they won, it would be a great way to start the day…. last night, I stayed up for it cause it just had the feeling.. there was a great crowd down there..(any fights or BS like that??) but fans of both teams were on their feet form the 7th inning on

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yeah once the trolls came out I switched off the laptop and just watched the game. I cant enjoy posting during a game when the trolls are out because you refresh the page and there are 1,000 new posts and 999 of them are from trolls. So im instituting the “no posting when mets trolls are out of the woodwork” policy for myself.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I just hate posting during the game because people forget how long a game is and how the tides can turn very easily.. i like posting here at work while im waiting for stuff to come up on the computer

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I knew the phillies would come back and win last night as well, i just didnt want to stay on here and argue with the trolls. no lead is safe with that bullpen. aaron heilman actually looked like he pitched well for once and they couldnt turn that into a win.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Agreed Geoff. They are really fucking annoying.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    im going to try to ignore them during the day here, but im just not going to post when theyre all over the blog during the game. wasting tims server space with useless comments.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    These trolls blow my mind. I don’t understand the rationale for them to come over here and talk shit like they just beat us in the NLCS(eventhough we lost last night.) They truly have no lives.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Glad to see that you guys are riding the postive-waves the past few days… Phillies have now won like 9-of-11… so I want to make sure everyone stays with this team even if they hit like a 5-game losing streak at some point… because its baseball and crazy things happen.

    But we know the kind of team we have.. and we know that we can beat anyone at any time. This Cubs series will seperate the men from the boys though… a split-or-better in this 4 game series will do wonders for how we see this team. If they go into Chicago and win that series, well then you can print those playoff tickets

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Honestly, in some ways I’m glad we have Hamels in that Cubs series. If he was in this Mets series we’d be in bad shape for that Cubs series.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    There isnt much to talk about in terms of roster moves. even if they pickup a bench bat thats all there really is except callups. the roster basically is what it is. i hope they win with it and if they dont then ill certaintly have plenty of ideas as to how to improve it in the offseason. i might also share them at random intervals here and there. i wont talk about offseason stuff during the playoffs though if they make it.

    im waiting for one of the trolls to say “oh, well youre not our big rivals anyway.” someone will say that if the phllies win tonight. they always do.

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