Werth Drives Phils To Big Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, August 30, 2008 08:04 PM | Comments: 26

It came down to the eighth inning yet again, but JC Romero was fearless, backing Jayson Werth’s big game and Brett Myers’ stellar performance in a 5-2 win over the Cubs.

The win snapped the team’s three-game losing streak and the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak. They can grab a huge series split tomorrow afternoon.

Myers was stellar in limiting the Cubs from scoring. He gave up 11 hits — a common thread for his starts — but didn’t let the Cubs get one extra-base hit, the key to his victory. He got his outs when he needed them, eight for strikeouts. It mirrored his last start against the Dodgers, and really, most of his starts since returning. If the swagger is there, he’s a great pitcher. His ERA is now at 4.40, better than the league average for the first time this season.

Jayson Werth fueled the offense with two home runs and an RBI single (4 RBI). His presence in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher (especially with a struggling Pat Burrell) is of huge importance. Ryan Howard added to the scoring with a bomb to straight center field, his league-leading 38th, and two runs scored. Jimmy Rollins also had three hits, but none made a dent in the scoring.

Arguably the clutch performance in the game was JC Romero’s. Actually, forget arguments, it was. The eighth inning had plagued the Phillies lately, and when Brett Myers surrendered three hits (including a run) to start the inning, recent fears immediately surfaced. Romero was brought in to put out the fire against Jim Edmonds, but he was taken out for right-handed pinch hitter Reed Johnson. And despite Romero’s bad splits against righties, he struck him out. Then he struck out righty Ronny Cedeno. After walking lefty Kosuke Fukudome, he struck out righty Geovany Soto. Crazy jubilant celebration justified.

Brad Lidge closed the door for the 32nd time in as many chances. The win keeps the heat on the Mets, facing Florida tonight. Tomorrow a split is almost absolutely necessary.

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  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Rollins want to bitch about Reyes, look at Romero.

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Usain Bolt anyone? haha. I dont have a problem with celebrating because it usually means you did something to deserve to but doing something overly excessive like Chad Johnson does when he scores a touchdown makes me lose respect for the guy.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    What exactly did Romero do? Just start yelling and pumping his fists and shit?

  • Posts: 0 chris

    hopefully the mets lose tonight

  • Posts: 0 Fred

    Who cares about Romero’s antics. Who’s cares about Reyes’ antics. Who cares what Rollins thinks. ‘Phillies Suck’ stop getting your panties in a knot over things that really don’t matter. The only thing that really matters is the outcome. Right now your Mets have the upper hand but every dog has his day.

  • Posts: 0 Fran

    Romero was just showing emotion. He got out of a huge situation. He was letting all his energy show

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    if romero had gone back to the dugout and done some 3rd grade, secret treehouse high five/handshake bullshit with clay condrey, i would have been pissed. just showing emotion isn’t a problem with me, hot dogging and showboating are. for example i don’t like how werth constantly does the “safe” sign towards the ump when he runs out a close play. but i do like when he hits two homeruns in a game.

    the mets lost so the phils are now one game back, correct? also they released benson.

  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    mets bullpen showed up again thank god and i love how j-manuel sticks with heilman after he chokes game after game its worse then c-manuel.

  • Posts: 0 GPR

    I’m a Mets fan, and I like to read the comments/post here, you know, keep your enemies close. I don’t post, and I see how dumb some of the Mets fans who post are, but bringing Heilman in WAS the right move. He had thrown 12 scoreless innings vs. the Marlins this year and most of there players has pathetic numbers against him, and he didn’t even allow a hit. He decided since that they can’t hit him he’s just going to walk everybody in.

  • Posts: 0 GPR

    and I don’t have a problem with Romero celebrating, but if you don’t and do have problems with Reyes, thats just the definition of bias. and for the guy who said he doesn’t like how they do the hand shakes, its a better way to celebrate than throwing it in the opposition’s face on the field.

  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    You’re a Met fan and you’re telling me that you do not enjoy Reyes being Reyes.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Way to go Myers, Werth and Romero!

  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    Maybe Romero’s fiery emotional display will light a fire under some of the Phillies who have been struggling at the plate like Burrell, Utley, Feliz and Howard.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    GPR, i don’t care where a player celebrates as long as it’s sincere. the reyes/tatis stuff makes them look like primadonnas. that’s my problem with it.

  • [...] Phillies nation’s Tim Malcolm summed up the game; It came down to the eighth inning yet again, but JC Romero was fearless, backing Jayson Werth’s big game and Brett Myers’ stellar performance. [...]

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Who cares about the celebration, really? It doesnt change the score, its not cheating, who cares. If its that excesive then let the managers or MLB handle it. The real story here is that we won, and are now one behind the Mets. Making something out of nothing with this. I wouldnt give a shit if Reyes did cartwheels around the bases. If the opposing pitchers have a problem with it, dont allow him to get in a position to do it. If the opposing players have a problem with it then out do him, just make sure you can cartwheel as fast as you can run because I would have a problem with it if it slowed the game down but it doesnt.

  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    The celebration thing is ridiculous. There’s a reason I never commented on Jose Reyes or Fernando Tatis — they have the liberty to celebrate their good work wherever they are. If they want to face “consequences” (fan vitriol, talk-radio fodder) then so be it.

    The discussion is nonsense.

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    JC was just showing that he has heart and cares that much about winning. The biggger problem is that taguchi is still on this team.. He’s hitting like .202 and who’s gonna step up and do something about utley getting hit every game. Give soriano some chin music and stand up for your best player

  • Posts: 0 KM

    well, as many of us have said on here, it is either longball or nothing with this club.

    They have runners on first and second with no outs in the first inning, Utley just worked a 5 pitch walks, then Burrell swings at the first pitch. From there is was all downhill in the first inning. The fact that they can’t score a run, or even advance the runner to third in that situation is appalling to me. The Anaheim Angels would have scored at least 2 runs that inning.

    Like I have said before, this team might make the playoffs, but they better pray for Sabathia’s arm to fall off for them to have a chance of beating the brew-crew in the first round.

  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    I hate when guys show up he other team. Yesterday I was watching the michigan game and the coach’s rule is that after a touchdown, You hand the ball to the referee. Great rule love the sportmanship of coach rod. And I am a penn state fan.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Just bought MLB.tv for this final month and the first thing I did was go and watch Brett Myers’ at bat against the Mets. Absolutely priceless.

  • Posts: 0 Matt Kwasiborski

    How solid has Werth been this year? He is the one carrying the team right now offensively. Another solid if unspectacular move made by Gillick. Gillick gets alot of heat for not being able to land the big time players during the season but he has made some pretty stealth moves that have improved our team alot. You have Werth, Romero, Lidge, Rowand (at the time), Dobbs, Moyer, etc. Sure he has had his faliures as any GM has but these moves have been solid. And you have to love Stairs’s comments about coming to Philly for a 40 yr old guy who is at the end of his career and will be a PH here.

    Let’s get the split today boys.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    actually werth has been pretty inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s usually on big time. hopefully he can deliver more performances like that if he wants to prove he’s an everyday player.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    great news for the phillies today, zambrano is going to miss his start due to having a dead arm, sean marshall is in instead.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    christopher, that’s great news. Here’s to a “W”, a series split, and a Mets loss!

  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    With Big Z being scratched from the start today,the Phils gotta go out and get the W today.

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