Phillies Take Series Lead 2-1

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Mon, October 12, 2009 02:57 AM | Comments: 71
2009 Recaps, Posts

Exhale Philadelphia. You may now take a deep breath and sleep well. At 2:14 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, your Fightin’ Phils beat the Rockies 6-5, in a game for the ages, a thriller in the Mile-High City. They now hold a two games to one lead over the Rox in the best of five series.

Chase Utley got the party started in the top half of the first with a solo-shot to right-center, to give the Phillies the early lead. But the Rockies would certainly answer back in the bottom half of the frame with two runs of Phillies starter J.A. Happ.

Happ never looked comfortable in the cold, as he went just three innings, giving up three earned runs on five Rockies hits. He walked two. Joe Blanton would enter the game in the fourth inning and gave up one run to the Rockies in 2.2 innings.

Colorado led the Phillies 3-1 in the fourth and starter Jason Hammel had shut the Phillies down with the exception of Utley’s long-ball. Shane Victorino led the inning off with a walk and Utley followed with a single to right field. Ryan Howard followed Utley’s hit with a single of his own, scoring Victorino. After Jayson Werth walked to load the bases, Raul Ibanez drew his first walk of the evening, scoring Utley to tie the game at three.

After a Pedro Feliz double-play, with no outs, Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies the lead with a single through the hole at short.

The Rockies would fight back and tie the game off of Blanton before Ruiz played hero again with a single up the middle to score Raul Ibanez.

The Rockies would get the equalizer in the bottom half of the seventh off of Ryan Madson courtesy of a sacrifice fly. The run was charged to Scott Eyre who left the game after injuring what appeared to be his ankle while fielding a bunt from the Rockies Dexter Fowler. There has been no word on the severity of the injury, however, Eyre was able to walk off on his own.

The game remained knotted at five until the top of the ninth. Jimmy Rollins, who had been 0-4 up to that point, worked a lead-off single. After being sacrificed to second on a Victorino bunt, Utley moved him to third on a swinging bunt single up the first base line. Replays later showed that the ball hit Utley in the batters box and should have been ruled a foul ball, however, Utley reached safely.

Ryan Howard then hit a long fly ball to center-field, scoring Rollins, giving the Phillies the 6-5 lead off of Rockies closer Houston Street.

Brad Lidge entered the game in the ninth and got the lead-off batter to ground out to second. The next batter Carlos Gonzalez then walked and swiped second base, putting the tying run in scoring position. Jason Giambi followed with a pop out to third and then Todd Helton drew the walk to put the winning run on base with superstar short stop Troy Tulowitzki at the plate.

While those still awake in the Delaware Valley were chewing on copious amounts of antacids, Brad Lidge put the stomach acids at ease, forcing Tulowitzki to pop out to Ben Francisco to end the game.

The Phillies will look to clinch the series and move onto the NLCS tomorrow when they take on Colorado in game four. That game is scheduled to start a 5:30 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time.

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Jason Bintliff is a Phillies season ticket holder and avid fan for 28 years. He was a former free lance writer and contributor to various baseball blogs. He is also the proud son of the owner of Lena Blackburns Baseball Rubbing Mud.

  • Posts: 0 roundoff

    man how good were raul’s at bats last night. he is looking at every pitch as if he’s in a 0-2 hole and the last batter at the plate in the 9th of ws game 7. love to see his great work ethic pay off and look like its the first half of the year again.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Never let yourself get into that reclining position… at that point, it’s a done deal.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I was reclining….but it was on an uncomfortable couch. And it was kind of chilly so I didn’t get all toasty and sluggish. Otherwise………..

  • Posts: 0 Karen

    This whole scheduling thing is crazy. It was close to 2/2:30 am eastern time when the game ended. That is certainly not fair to the phillies fans

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Karen – no kidding. Do think Selig and his cronies care? It’s all about $$$ from the networks.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    If the Phillies pick up a legitimate leadoff hitter this winter moving Rollins to the seventh slot would not be ridiculous at all. Now’s not the time to do it though.

  • Posts: 0 np

    brad lidge in the 9th is still very scary…i understand they didnt have many options at that point last night but i hope charlie will just stick with madson in some upcoming situations

    plus, lidge’s numbers are so much worse on the road…only 1 blown save at home which came at the very beginning of the year, so IF brad lidge is put into a save situation, it should only be at home

  • Posts: 0 cas

    Lesson learned from last night: Never, and I mean NEVER, take an allergy tablet when there’s a late Phillies game on, no matter how much you are sneezing or how itchy your eyes are. I missed most of the best stuff!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Greg F.

    To say the Phils are being openly disrespected on the national stage would be an understatement. I mean, this team is not even on the radar screen of baseball writers and pundits openly rooting for a Yankees-Dodgers or Yankees-Cards matchup in the WS. The defending champs are barely being noticed, and merely as a curiosity or an afterthought when they finally get around to them.

    But what you saw last night was a team of hardnosed professional ballplayers gutting out a clutch win in horrible conditions imposed upon them by the networks and the league. No question, the Phils are poised to spoil the national party. There is no way the Dodgers could pull off a win like last night under those conditions. Which is why I have never stopped believing the Phils are the class of the NL.

    If we can close this out tonight, we will whip the pretty boy Dodgers like a rented mule and blow the finely crafted leads of every sportswriter in America.

    Finally, TBS has absolutely no business whatsoever covering baseball. I have never seen camera coverage this incompetent in all my years of watching TV baseball. Public access TV is more competent. TBS, can you please just follow the ball!

  • Posts: 0 Bobby Abreau Lives

    Please tell that assinine Fop Howard Eskin that I am still around and still driving in 100 runs a year. Also, that I am still better than any of the current Phils outfielders. But mostly, tell that Fop Eskin that he is full of crap and couldn’t earn a dime outside the Philly market. I made millions in New York and now in Los Angeles. I really hate and resent that little Fop.

  • Posts: 0 Bobby Abreau Lives

    Tell Fop Eskin that I plan to call him up on his shitty talk show and give him the devil. He makes me sick. He is probably too much of a coward to take my call.

  • Posts: 0 Amanda Orr

    Jason– great job on the recap. Major props for doing it at 2:57 AM!!

    Huge win. Let’s get ‘em again tonight.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Hey Bobby… if given the option to choose between you and any of our current OF’s, I would choose them… any of them. I don’t care what the numbers say because you are a bad defender, you come up small when it matters and the team is better without you. No offense and thanks for your time but there’s a reason you’re on the west coast now.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The phillies got good the moment Abreau was dealt. I feel the same about dealing Thome.
    The phils get no respect from ANYONE and I like it that way.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I’ve got nothing but love for Thome… he brought energy to the new ballpark. Fair or not, that’s how I feel.

    Abreu represents that late 90′s group; guys like Brogna, Glanville and Relaford weren’t very good… the organization had no clear direction and no desire to be committed to winning and guys like Abreu paid the price because they were never held accountable to win. The culture was always, “No worries, we’ll get em next year.” If Abreu was brought up now, he would understand that the expectations are very high. The expectation is to win… he was a good player that played for a bad organization.

  • Posts: 0 joe

    some of you guys are stupid.

    move jimmy to the #7 hole?

    ummm… what did he do in the top of the 9th?

    debate over.
    hes your lead off hitter.

    shut up

  • Posts: 0 Doug

    I like how this review of the game fails to mention how Utley was out at first too. Fair and balanced like Fox News up in here.

  • Posts: 0 Tim Rich

    Doug, keep your politics out of here

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    You’re right, the Phillies are getting absolutely no respect. But that’s alright, we dont need respect, just the Ws!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    if Abreu’s career ended today, according to the “Hall of Fame Career Standards Test” which is metric deveolped by Bill James that Baseball Reference .com took from in his book “The Politics of Glory” Abreu is 1 point more than the average HOF. The test is a rating scale from 0 to 100 where 20 is the minium for any consideration. The only player to exceed 100 is Babe Ruth because of the additional points he gained from pitching. The average HOF has 50 points, so abreu is 1 point higher for a total of 51. There is also a “Hall of Fame Monitor” also by James which “to assess how likely (not how deserving) an active player is to make the Hall of Fame” I didn’t have time to calculate this but the only stat. on this list that could have a negative affect is (BA). That is, any future season will only add to the totals of the stats used to develop the rating scale. His career BA however could be affected by suffcient discrepancy between the number of hits to At Bats. If this happens and his career BA dipps below .300, the loss of the few points will have little effect on his overall number.
    Two All-Star appearances, 1 gold glove , partcipating in 3 post seasons does not a HOFer necessarily make, but his 51 score on the Career Standard Test does. Is this enough to sway votes if his favor, if he ‘s
    ever under consideration, i don’t know. I also read,

    “He [Abreu] is the only player in Major League History with these numbers:
    .300 BA, 200 HR, 300 SB, .400 OBP.
    The only other players who were close were Willie Mays, Rickie Henderson and Barry Bonds.”
    “there is only 1 instance of a player putting up these numbers in a season, ever:
    30 HR, 40 SB, 40 2B, 100 BB
    It was Bobby Abreu in 2004, who finished 23rd in the MVP voting on a 2nd place Phillies team.”
    Will these things make a differnce? I doubt but i hope people are not fallaciously asserting that the Phillies success can be attributable to the departure of one player. It’s questionable cause unless you prove it. Otherwise all that can be said is that its coincidence.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    Rollins hit .250 with a .296 OBP. He’s not a leadoff hitter. A leadoff hitter’s sole responsibility is to get on base. Jimmy can’t work the count and swings at way too many bad pitches. He swings for the fences when he should be worried about just getting on base. Nobody’s saying that Rollins isn’t a good player – he’s just not a leadoff hitter.

    Ricky Henderson had a career OBP over .400. He was a leadoff hitter.

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