Phils Move Past Jays with Utley’s Clutch Triple

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 28, 2009 05:50 PM | Comments: 32
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The Phillies won their first series since early June with Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies were trailing 4-1 after Jamie Moyer gave up two home runs to Aaron Hill and a two-run shot to Jose Bautista. Moyer gave up five hits over five innings, however the long ball hurt him.

Eric Bruntlett had been hit-less since filling in for Jimmy Rollins, who was benched for the fourth straight day. With two men on base and no outs, Bruntlett laid down a perfect bunt and beat out the throw. With the bases loaded, Carlos Ruiz hit a grounder to third baseman Scott Rolen, who threw to second hoping to turn a double play, however Bruntlett’s hard slide avoided the twin killing. A run scored, and Shane Victorino’s sacrifice fly brought in another run.

The Phillies were within one until Chase Utley smoked a triple off the right center field wall bring in the tying and go-ahead runs. With their power, the Phillies aren’t known to play small ball, but used it in the fourth inning putting together a big inning.

Chan Ho Park and Ryan Madson were able to hold the Blue Jays and Brad Lidge closed it out with his fourteenth save of the year. With the win, Jamie Moyer passed Bob Gibson for 43rd on the all time wins list with 252.

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  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I cannot say Jamie Moyer would ever be in the HOF, but he made a good case now. Either way, I know he didn’t pitch great, but he kept us in the game and Utley took over. Great job Jamie and Chase!

  • Posts: 0 Miles

    Once again, Chan Ho comes up big. And I must say that the only reason I have been tolerating Bruntlett on this team is because he has the best beard on the team, but Chan Ho is starting to really challenge him on the beard front.

    A very important win for this team today.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Lets see…..Bob Gibson. Jamie Moyer. Jamie Moyer. Bob Gibson. Hmmmmm. Sorta sounds silly, doesn’t hit?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Good to see that Chan Ho wasn’t really injured!! This was a really nice win… with a 2008 vibe.

  • Posts: 0 Caleb

    Lidge had me terrified at the end, but nice win overall.

  • Posts: 0 Miles

    Today is just another example of why wins is a dumb stat. I’m glad Jamie got another win today, but he certainly didn’t deserve it. The pen pitches 4 innings and doesn’t give up a run and yet Jamie pitches 5 and gives up 4 and gets a W.

    He extends his team lead in wins to 6. I was very pleased to see us respond and score some runs for Jamie because prior to his last start in Tampa we had not been doing that.

    I really understand everyone’s frustration with Jamie but I think if everyone just takes a moment and realizes what our pitching situation is then you should realize that we need him in there right now because we have no other options. Great series win!

  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Miles, Can only partially agree. We need Jamie’s leadership. I think he does more for the young guys than credited. I still think he pitched well enough because he kept us in the game. Yes, the pen did outstanding, but the starting picther’s secondary job when giving up runs is to simply keep the offense in the game.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    This just in…the Phillies are trying to make a deal for Gil Meche. He’s not the #2 starter we need, but he would be a solid #3. Too bad we can’t get Greinke lol.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Wins can be overrated but this year Jamie’s taken more losses that should have been wins than the opposite like today.

  • Posts: 0 Bob

    Miles, I completely agree about the wins–Jamie got a lot of help and didn’t really pitch all that well. Kinda the inverse of Hamels last year–pitched well all year but only had 14 wins to show for it because of poor run support. Like it or not, quality starts might be a better stat than wins (Steve Carlton, anyone?).

    And props to Chan Ho, who has been pitching very very well for the last month or so and doesn’t get the respect he has been deserving. Hopefully he keeps it up the rest of the year.

    Lidge on the other hand looked sharper with most of his pitches, especially throwing sliders for strikes, but he still looked like he was fighting his fastball. An almost heart-attack at the end, for sure.

  • Posts: 0 4daysrest.com

    I understand that Jamie is a good leader for the young guys, but he’s not immune to being poisoned by their shortsightedness.

    A few days ago after the Phillies got stomped by the Rays, somebody was interviewing Jamie Moyer and asking about the recent tailspin. He sounded like one of the young guys when he responded by shrugging his shoulders and saying “Look, we’re still in first place so who cares.”

    That’s the opposite viewpoint of what the Phillies needed in that spot.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Park has been good since settling into the pen – which is what I thought his role would be originally anyway.

    I think Gil Meche would be solid. Hes notch below guys like Lee of course, but it really wouldne be a bad get. He logs a lot of innings.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    I think that Happ should be the honorary player of the game for today. I don’t think the bullpen can pull off what it did today if he did not give them a day off yesterday.

    Jamie had a tough start but I was impressed on how he bounced back and gut us the shut down innings we needed to keep the lead then gave the ball to the bullpen. It was not pretty but, thanks to Utley’s clutch hitting, it did the job.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I agree Geoff, if they get Meche AND someone else that is a #2-#3 type starter I think we’ll be fine. Meche alone won’t get it done. Bastardo needs out of the rotation. Moyer does as well.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Dude, you know thats not going to happen..Id LOVE if they improved over MOyer but they wont do that during the season unless he tanks hardcore.

  • Posts: 0 Miles

    Geoff is definitely right about Moyer staying in the rotation. That’s why I try not to waste a lot of breath on his place in the rotation because he’s not going anywhere (unless he starts giving up 7 runs every time out there).

    People always talk about a pitcher “keeping his team in the game.” I think it can work in reverse as well. Today, the Phillies responded early and they really reversed the situation and kept Jamie in the game. The 4 run 4th settled him down big time. When this team puts up runs with Jamie on the mound, he usually responds very positively. It was nice to see today.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Meche was supposed to be the Royals No.1
    He’d be a fine No.2 here with the Phils…even though I don’t know much about the guy

  • Posts: 0 Mike N

    I’m on board with Meche, depending on what we have to give up. Hopefully Carrasco wows us all and pushes Jamie out of the rotation by the end of the year. Or if he sucks, hopefully we deal him for Meche lol. Put Bastardo in the bullpen, he’s a JC clone (which is a good thing).

  • Posts: 0 Chase

    Gil Meche only averages 5.75 innings per start.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Look at his career numbers. Hes not an ace, but hes a decent option if they cant afford better guys. A Blanton type, but a bit better for his career.

  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    Lets go Yankees

  • Posts: 0 Chase

    2-3 Yanks in the bottom of the fourth

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    When the Phils were down 4-1 in the 3rd inning, I didn’t see this a win coming. Props to them and now it’s onto Atlanta where the Phillies won’t see two of the hottest pitchers in the league, Javy Vasquez and Tommy Hanson.

  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    Griff, on phillies.com Vasquez is the probable for Thursday…

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    He…. walked….. Rivera!! *Rolls on the floor laughing.*

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    God we need Tim back. This Amanda is horrible. Like the bad news bears. Boys I want you to meet your new pitcher…Amanda. Tanner… Je..sp..ni…and now a girl..LOL…

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I know no one is left I just watched the game on dvr, didn’t see a thing about it all day at work.
    I know alot of you hate Jamie because he is not a great pitcher, but you can not have 5 great pitchers. I am getting tired of saying it but he usually keeps this team in games, if the two other starters can consistanly go 7 or 8, and two can ocasionaly (sp) can go that far then Jamie is a really good # 5 he gave up a couple of dingers early but settled down enough to keep them in the game. And what pitcher out there does not pitch better with a lead, knowing his team will score him some runs. The pen was great hopefully a sign of things to come, Madson to Lidge for a close.
    Madson should have been out of the 8th no problem, but it was nice to see him pick up Bruntlett like that.
    As for Lidge a bunt single a strike out that was not called. But settled down and got the outs he needed, IMO he looked the best he has all year

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Jeff, what is so bad about Amanda?

  • Posts: 0 M.P. aka A.J. #54

    Amanda is cool, WTH?

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    man I love reading the game day post the day after.
    Take Lidge out, no confidence in Lidge to close the game out going into the 9th. And of the course Geoff, and the Dipster’s hate feast against Moyer. Moyer has had worse starts and also has had a lot better starts. The thing is he never gets his head out of the game. If he gives up one run or 6 he can go the next inning or two and shut a team down. Yea he gave up two HRs to the same guy, but then came back and struck him out in a key situation.
    IMO Lidge looked better he got the slider over for strikes more often, and he spotted his fastball a bit better, the one guy he walked, he throw a fastball on the inside of the plate that was called strike all night until he throw that pitch. So he walked a guy that he really should have gotten the called third strike.
    Even if he did not pick that guy of second, and he threw the same pitch the last out could have been a DP anyway.
    good job phils now lets destroy the Braves, 3 -5 runs a game should be able to beat this braves team IMO
    I like Amanda too, I think she is HOT

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    The thing with Moyer is that he USUALLY does a nice job of keeping you in the game … I said last week that I trusted Moyer a lot more than Bastardo .. who CLEARLY is not a big league starting pitcher … maybe somewhere down the line he will be?

    Park in the bullpen is a great thing.. and it was a signing that really got bashed when it happened, but its working out so far..

    Lets keep this momentum going.. Try to continue our solid-play in Atlanta

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Tommy Hanson is the real deal… glad we won’t see him in this series.

    Chipper Jones said a long time ago that Hanson should be in their rotation.. and Chipper is one of the best hitters in the game.. so he knows whats poppin.

    Is Carrasco a definite to start on Thursday?

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