Wilton Lopez made a huge mistake by hanging a slider to Pedro Feliz. Feliz took advantage and sent the pitch into the left field seats. The salami and Ryan Madson’s six-out save led the Phillies to a 7-4 victory.
J.A Happ pitched better than his line indicated. In 5.2 innings, he allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out six. Happ became the first Phillies rookie to win 12 games since 1959. Happ made two mistakes: a down and in fastball to Lance Berkman and a middle-in fastball to Kaz Matsui. Both pitches resulted in home runs.
Jimmy Rollins’ 42nd double of the season put the Phillies on the board, but it was Feliz who provided the big blow. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Feliz jumped on the first pitch and took it for a ride. The grand slam put the Phillies ahead, 5-1. It was Feliz’s second grand slam of the year, and it extended the franchise record for most grand slams in a season (11). The rally towels proudly waved and it was loud for the rest of the night.
In the fifth inning, Jayson Werth added insurance with a two-run home run. The runs proved to be key since the ninth inning is always nerve-racking.
Jamie Moyer ate 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. However, on the last pitch he threw, he fell to the ground with a groin injury.
Ryan Madson threw nine pitches in the eighth inning, and returned to the mound in the ninth to a standing ovation. Madson allowed two singles, but struck out Hunter Pence to end the game. Madson did a perfect job of mixing his pitches and locating them in the right spots.
The Florida Marlins took care of business in Atlanta, beating the Braves 5-4. This means that the magic number is down to one.