Oh Happy Night! Feliz Leads Phils To Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, August 25, 2008 01:06 AM | Comments: 94

Pedro Feliz singled in the ninth inning to tie it. Then he stepped up in the 11th with two men on. One swing later, and all three were home. The Phillies won off Feliz’s home run, taking game three of the four-game set with the Dodgers 5-2.

Feliz came into the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, yet scored four RBI and proved to be the team’s big clutch hitter. Just as important as Feliz’s execution was the setup by Shane Victorino. He singled to lead off the ninth, scoring the tying run on Feliz’s single. Then he singled to left field to open the eleventh, but turned it up while watching Manny Ramirez lazily toss the ball back in, sliding into second with a huge double. He would score the winning run.

Watching Victorino brings up two crucial points.

One: The difference between Vic and Ramirez. The Dodgers obviously will benefit from Ramirez’s offensive prowess, but his ho-hum throw and lazy effort getting thrown out in a clutch double play show he’s still a pretty annoying ballplayer that won’t do everything to win. Meanwhile, Vic hustles to second because he knows he can.

Two: The difference between Vic and Jimmy Rollins. Is Vic becoming the team leader? He hustles, yells and hollers, makes huge plays all the time, sets up big innings. Meanwhile, Rollins is doing more with his mouth than his legs, can’t come up big anytime, and is now hitting a horrendous .255. A far cry from MVP.

Back to the game — Feliz also made a huge play in the 10th. Chad Durbin loaded the bases with nobody out, but induced a chopper that Feliz immediately turned into a textbook 5-2 double play. A fly out ended the threat and inning. Credit Feliz for the big play, but also credit Durbin for seeing his way out of the mess.

A Chase Utley single scored the Phils’ first run, but they had trouble again against Hiroki Kuroda, scoring just two hits off him. Joe Blanton pitched just as well, going six and striking out four while giving up six hits. The Phils bullpen gave up the Dodgers’ go-ahead run, with JC Romero and Ryan Madson combining to do the deed. Brad Lidge kept the Dodgers at bay in the ninth.

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  • Posts: 0 R.Mac

    Hot Teacher: Pedro?!

    Johnny Moxon: Pedro.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I was at work during the game, and I kept sneaking off to check my phone for the score. I watched the game on my phone(I have something like mlb gameday on my phone but even more ghetto.) I got so excited when Feliz tied it up in the bottom of the 9th and I screamed out WELCOME BACK PETE HAPPY! All of these people were looking at me on 2nd and Spruce. It was weird. haha I watched the game the whole way home on the bus and was getting all pissy. Right as I was walked in the door I turned the game on to come back from a commercial and showing Victorino’s double. It was awesome to come home and watch Pedro get that big walk-off home run. I think we woulda won a few more games during that horrid August if he was in the line-up. He’s a much better 7 hole hitter than Bruntlett. WELCOME BACK PEDRO!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Put the goat label on Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers will soon learn why Boston finally let him go.

    As for the Phils, shall we get out the brooms and sweep them into 1st place? Let’s see which Brett Myers shows up!

  • Posts: 0 Bear Mike

    Great game last night! Jeeze, I am sleep deprived this morning, but it was well werth it. It’s nice to see the Phillies playing so well. Beater on the Bump tonight. A sweep would awesome at this point going into the mini mets series. Hey, I like that………..mini mets :^)

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 MA Phanatic

    I think Vic 2008 could be exactly what Rollins was last year for us down the stretch run.

  • Posts: 0 Buffalophilsfan


    He is the catalist to this offense right now. Drop JRoll in the order in the 5th or 6th spot. We need Vic on base for the big dogs. Nice to have Pedro back. Clutch when we need it and great D at 3rd. Plus it allows Cholly to have another bullet in the gun with Dobbs coming off the bench. Still can’t understant his subbing for Burrell late when there is a chance for him to hit again. He was taken out as the tying run at 1st base in the 8th?????? So in the middle of the order would not strike fear into the minds of those LL kids from Hawaii much less the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite Cholly’s misguidedness, this team keeps plugging. Brett tonight gets the sweep. Bring on the Muts!!!!

  • Posts: 0 jay

    buffalo… if i recall the muts own you guys you might wanna pray if you think u gonna win buddy

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    I don’t see how Charlie can deny Vic the lead-off spot any longer! Vic should be in the lead-off spot tonight. I was saying that during the entire game last night. Especially now that Pat is in his proper 3-hole spot breaking up Chase and Ryan. Tonight’s lineup should be:

    Vic, Utley, Burrell, Howard, Werth, Rollins, Pete Happy, Ruiz/Coste, pitcher

    “Great game last night! Jeeze, I am sleep deprived this morning, but it was well werth it.” – Ditto!

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I actually understand why he pulled Burrell. If for some reason Howard came up clutch which we all knew he wouldn’t and he hit a double Taguchi could have scored from 1st. Burrell is so slow that said double could have been a single. haha The only time I ever agree with pulling Burrell is in a close game and we need a fast base runner for a potential tie.

  • Posts: 0 Buffalophilsfan

    Jay you are right. The Muts own us just like they owned us last Sept. up by 7 with 17 to play. The Phills have the Muts right where they want them. The heat will be turned up again. Their pen is a joke and can implode at any minute. Reyes and his tired act will wear down and Tatis will suddenly remember he is Fernando Tatis. I will give them Santana as an ace, but the rest of those chokers will gag it up again just like last year.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Now now buffalo…maybe the Muts will get Moises Alou back and he can save the day.

  • Posts: 0 Jim D.

    Moises Alou is still alive?

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Maine is all but done for the season. Mets can’t close a game just like they can’t close out on a season. Phils pitching and hitting are finally starting to click. This is historically when the Phils play there best ball. The Biggest test will be the 4 games @ the Cubs.. Could be a NLCS Preview

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    yeah, Maine is just not healthy. That’s a big loss for them. I’m hoping for a win today and a split against the Muts (since they have Johan going and we don’t have Hamels going).

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Listen we cannot just give up on J-Roll, as much as I love Vic and as much as I can’t stand J-Roll right now, if he can’t turn things around to be his normal self, we either don’t make the playoffs, or are outin the first round. He is the catalyst of this team. Vic is hot right now, but when does he cool? We need J-Roll back, we can’t just boo him out of the city.

  • Posts: 0 Buffalophilsfan

    I totally agree that we need J-Roll and he should not be boo’d out of town. But he needs to check himself and get right. Dropping him in the order might take some pressure off him and allow him to loosten up a bit. He is gripping it right now and trying too hard. Sometimes a self-check can re-energize guys (ala Myers to the minors). Vic is hot right now and should be at the top of the lineup until J-Roll finds his stroke. Right now he is squeezing that bat handle so tight I think it is going to splinter in his hands.

  • Posts: 585 Brian Michael

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    There have been many times recently that I’ve considered Victorino for the Ashburn Award. But I always gave it to the guy with the game-winning hit (like last night). I just wanted everyone to know that it’s killing me not to give Vic the award, so consider this comment a tribute to his smart baseball and hard-work over the past couple weeks. He has been awesome.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    I’m thinking about taking the rest of the day off, and heading up to Queens to see if I can join the Mets bullpen. I can’t see myself doing any worse than what they are throwing out there.

  • Posts: 0 Julie

    Was Ruiz wearing a rally cap last night? Don’t look now, but this team is showing signs of personality. I like the excitement by Victorino, I like the hustle plays by Howard, and I like the clutch hitting…it’s going to be an exciting rest of the season!

  • Posts: 0 Gabriel

    i love the sunday pack… sleep deprivation is totally worth stickin out the extra innings
    the electricity in the park is startin to come back (reminds of the stretch last year). the fans are finally startin to cheer at the appropriate times… lets get it goin phils

  • Posts: 0 Asphincter

    Yeah after Vic scored in the ninth and Jimmy came up with two outs, Vic was standing on the steps in the dugout, ready to run onto the field in the case of a walk-off. He just wants to win so badly.

    Things that killed me last night: Blanton’s first inning. Though relatively harmless, that was just painful to watch.

    So Taguchi. Yeah, I know why Charlie did it. But that one came back to bite.

    Jimmy’s 9th Inning AB. He easily could have put the past two weeks behind him with a single.

    Howard’s Baserunning. He knew he was the winning run. Rule #1 if you’re the winning run with two outs and you’re not that fast- just don’t get picked off.

  • Posts: 0 Asphincter

    Things that didn’t kill me last night: Clutch hits. Despite the very small amount of baserunners, we got three clutch hits when we needed them.

    Clutch pitching. Despite plenty of baserunners, the Dodgers didn’t get the clutch hits they needed.

    Howard’s D. I had no idea the big man could flash that kind of leather.

    Shane Victorino.

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    What a weekend.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    NLCS?? whoooooa there. lets just get them into the playoffs and get past the first round. anything after that is an added bonus. im thinkin about throwin down on some playoff tix if theyre not too expensive. and yknow, theyre not sold out. id like to see them retake the lead this week though.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Shane Victorino is the fucking man. I would love to see him be our 3rd MVP in a row and then Utley win it next year for #4. If Victorino continues this torrid path down the stretch maybe he can do it for us. Let’s go to CBP and start the MVP chants for Shane.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Shane needs a 4-5 year contract extension pronto.

  • Posts: 0 Fran

    Feliz na vi da

  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    wasn’t less than a month ago most of us wanted victorino shipped out of town on the first flight for manny or holliday? how quickly some of us change our tunes when a player proves his worth in crunch time. victorino is a pillar to build around, not a chip to be traded.

    it’s nice and all to be beating the dodgers and be scoring runs, but I’m not going to be dreaming of the postseason just yet. first, let’s get the monkey off our backs and finally win a series over the mets. then let’s extend a divisional lead to 4-5 games. THEN i’ll start thinking about the postseason. as for now, there’s still too many things that can go wrong to be talking trash and punching our playoff tickets.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I really hope we can win the next 3. That’ll really put us in good shape considering we’re going to Wrigley for 4.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Darling I don’t know why I go to EXTREMES… too high or too low.. there ain’t no in-betweens.

    ….. at least we’re all on a positive note now.. its nice to see

  • Posts: 0 Fran

    I never wanted shane to leave i still got his hawaiian figurine on my dashboard. No one on this team has more heart then him. This was the excat kind of win this team needed. Even Ruiz was rocking the rally cap

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    He kind of did look lost earlier in the season. He wasnt getting on base at all. He looked like a trade chip in may/part of june. but charlie fixed him and since then hes been their most dangerous offensive player on the basepads. hes the hardest worker they have out there. you cant get rid of someone like that. he wasnt close to that earlier in the season but hes back to beyond what hes been at any point in his career in terms of being dangerous and dynamic.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I agree, he was horrible in April. Now he’s just the man and probably our best all around player this year. If he could develop a little more pop in his bat he could be an incredible 5 tools player. He is extraordinary at 3 of the 5(speed, defense, and arm) and pretty good at hitting for average. If he can get 20 homers slug for .500% and hit for .300 he could be in the top 5 best 5 tool players in the game.

  • Posts: 0 NateB

    vote for pedro

  • Posts: 0 Evan

    Victorino reminds me of how key Rowand was both offensively and defensively last year. He makes it click in important spots. Feliz did that last night too!

    I think its obviously that the Phils can’t count on their stars to really make that clutch play the way they could last year. Howard and Utley are on as much as they are off and Rollins is just hard to watch. The pitching and the bottom of the order is gonna have to carry more weight down the stetch.

    Also, how good was it to see Blanton keep it together in the first? He could’ve easily given up 2-3 runs but he kept it to 1 and really minimized the damage. He did a good job with Manny after the first inning when Manny was batting over .600 (ridiculous) against him.

    I was pleased with this game, a little disappointed in Rollins and Howard hitting so poorly, but both really showed up defensively.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Can anyone explain to me why in a 2-1 game, in the 8TH inning, charlie pulls burrell, knowing he has used all of his bullets, which leaves taguchi as our goddamn three hitter. It has to stop!! It has to stop!! It has to stop!! He is our most clutch hitter throughout the entire year, he is not that much slower or that much more of a liability in left field than taguchi is. Charlie really worries me with his decision making, it is common sense to bunt in that last inning, I know we won anyway and it will get brushed under the rug, and the pitcher’s spot was coming up, but he had Hamels pinch hitting anyway, I have confidence that he can get the ball out of the infield. Everyone will just let it go because we won anyway, but if Feliz does not get a clutch two out hit there, Charlie wastes a double by victorino to start an inning in extras at home. It is ridiculous that we cannot as a team play small ball, when we need to.

    All in all I am thrilled with the character and recent play we have shown recently, it just aggravates me to see Charlie be Charlie. Especially when the game is on the line!!

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Off topic: Team report on Phil’s top prospects in the Olympics…

    “SS Jason Donald, one of the Phillies’ top prospects, belted a two-run homer Saturday to help lead Team USA to a bronze medal-clinching 8-4 victory over Japan in the Olympics in Beijing. But although the Phillies were pleased with the performances of Donald and C Lou Marson, assistant GM Mike Arbuckle said it’s uncertain if either will receive a September call-up to the majors. “I think it will come down to need,” Arbuckle said. “We don’t want a guy to come here, then sit on the bench for a month when playing time is more beneficial. But both guys are making significant progress and have put themselves in consideration to be here at some point.” Donald was Team USA’s leading hitter, batting .381 (8-for-21) with one homer and five RBIs in eight Olympic games. Marson batted .308 (4-for-13) for Team USA.”

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Don M. – Did you have a great time at Saturday’s game or what? We had a great time at an enjoyable relaxing game. We sat in row 1 of section 208. First time we ever sat in that section and we really liked those seats even better than our normal RF or LF 100 level seats.

    It was good to see Cole get some early run support too.

    I hope we are starting to see glimmers of the offense getting it back together (knock on wood). I still think Jimmy needs to be dropped to the 6th spot to take some pressure off and get his bat going.

    Last night’s game was a momentum changer especially given the losses by the Mets the last 2 days and their potential loss of Maine for the remainder of the season.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Maine is going to get shut down the rest of the year says reports, and Omar Minaya does another splendid job this year. Giving away all of his quality pitching prospects for Santana (although he is having a good year, he will hurt them at the end of the contract). Not getting another arm like Byrd or washburn at the deadline, or even addressing the fact that their bullpen is comparable to Batting Practice.

    The New York MESS!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    I pity all of you who counted this team out about 5 days ago.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Hey, Brian I know you addressed it already with posting the comment, but I think we could have had a co-Ashburn Award today for Victorino. Like a Feliz/Victorino. No biggie though. 4 clutch RBIs in about three innings warrants the award.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Yea Saturday was great.. I was in 104, the sun wasn’t too bad… cold beer helps

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    2 things Richie.

    1. With the tying run on 1st and 2 outs is the only time I agree with pulling Burrell. He is the slowest guy on the team. Taguchi is actually kind of fast. They were probably hoping he could steal 2nd if they got the right pitch and then hope for a single by Howard.

    2. They didn’t bunt because it woulda been a waste of an out. If Coste bunted and got Vic to 3rd they woulda walked Werth with a man on 1st and 3rd 1 out for the pitcher. Then you have to be nervous about a double play ball. It was a good strategy actually.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    the bad part is TJ.. that I said last week the team will win 8 or 9 of 10 at one point, and everyone will be all hyped again.. BUT.. they could just as easily lose 4-5 in a row, and have everyone ready to jump off the bridge (or the bandwagon) again… People just need to realize that they have a pretty good team. Not the best in the league, but when they are playing up to their potential, they can beat anybody in baseball..

    Dodgers are SO stacked with talent, but can’t put it all together.. the Marlins are starting to fade.. the Mets have NO bullpen and need Wagner back if they want to win it.. the Cubs and Diamonbacks should scare everyone.. especially in a short-series… BUT… our rotation has been great over the past month or so

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I thought they did a nice job exposing kershaw on saturday. he was rattled the whole time after pats 3 run HR in the first inning. they easily disposed of a good, but young and inexperienced starter. left-handers give them problems, but with burrell splitting up howard and utley that makes a HUGE difference. thats what charlie did down the stretch last year and it worked well so i think they need to stick with that down the stretch.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    baseball is a LOOONNNNNGGGGG season, so that is why I get so frustrated when everyone is ready to BLOW THE WHOLE TEAM UP if they lose a few games… but everyone is ready to BLOW THE WHOLE TEAM when they win..

    They are going to finish the season with somewhere around 90-wins.. maybe 92, maybe 88… who knows… I really think that support at the ballpark is going to help them, give them a home field advantage when you go down to the park!!

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    But Phil I understand it if there is a guy like werth or jenkins to then replace taguchi, but when you are out of bullets, and your goal is to tie the game, that means inorder to win that game you have So Taguchi between Howard and Utley.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Its starting to feel like the excitement at the end of last year…This is great I am psyched…I can tell from these posts that everybody is starting to feel it…
    TJ I feel the same way..I hate the naysayers.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I was just glad they were able to get that 5-6 runs off of Kershaw, i’ll take our bullpen vs. just about any other team in a close game.. but its nice to see them take a game in the early innings, and get some rest for Hamels, after getting him that run support

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    the mets are about to be in trouble. they added ayala and al reyes, both of them trash, to an already bad bullpen. no wagner. maine, philile killer that he is, probably out of the year, and now their little 2.5 game cushion is gone just in time for a 2-game showdown that both teams desperately need to sweep.

    TJ…this team is so bizaare that people get frustrated with them a lot. when they lose, they dont really give it a good effort but come up just short. when they lose, they look like the worst team ever in baseball at the plate and no one remembers how to hit. when theyre on their game theyre a good team but they havetn done it consistently enough to run away from anybody. theyre more frustrating then when they were bad actually.

    when they were bad they had like no talent and you didnt expect anything out of them. but this team has a lot of talent and when that talent goes out there and stinks it up its really puzzling that all of those once-.300 hitters can go up there and swing at the first pitch and get themselves out against bad or mediocre ptiching.

    they legitimately need to address that in the offseason. keep burrell, utley victorino and werth and perhaps move rollins for good prospects and howard but only for good pitching. the rest of them need to be retrained to become .300 contact hitters except burrell who makes up the power. maybe you can get another power hitting along the way somewhere, but a team that singles you to death is probably more dangerous then an all or nothing HR team.

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