Phils Win in 10; End Season on High Note

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 04, 2009 05:29 PM | Comments: 53
2009 Recaps, Posts

Well that’s all she wrote.  The Philadelphia Phillies 2009 regular season has come to a close, and as a team they’ve dealt with the ups and downs that come with a 162-game schedule.

In the finale, the regulars were strapped to the pine for the most part, as all of the starters, save Jayson Werth, sat down.  In what was clearly a meaningless game to both teams, the Phillies and Marlins decided to extend the already lengthy season by just one more inning.  With the two men on and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Paul Hoover singled in John Mayberry Jr. to give the Phillies a 7-6 victory.

J.A. Happ began the game but threw just 39 pitches over two innings as Charlie Manuel gives him some rest to prepare for the postseason.  Seven other pitchers combined to finish off the game for the Phillies, with Chad Durbin getting the win.

The Phillies finish the 2009 campaign with a 93-69 record, the most wins for the franchise since 1993 when the won 97 games.  They jump into the postseason with a victory, however insignificant that may be.  Now all that is left to do is set the postseason roster and start the run back to the World Series.

In the NLDS, the Phillies will face off against the Colorado Rockies, the same team that swept the Phils in the opening round in 2007.  The Rox started the season off with a dud, causing them to fire manager Clint Hurdle.  Jim Tracy took over and the Rockies never looked back, going 74-41 since his promotion.  Two seasons ago, Colorado was hot going into the postseason and used that to catapult them into the World Series, where they were swept by the Red Sox.

It was a hell of a year for the Phillies, as they again eclipsed the 90-win plateau.  But now, with a World Championship already in the bag, the expectations are higher than they have ever been.  Anything less than another title will be considered somewhat of a disappointment for fans who long to see a dynasty built in Philadelphia.  The second season starts Wednesday here in Philly.  You have two days to rest, and then the fun begins once again.

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  • Posts: 0 Bonezy

    As I sit here at work reading these blogs and thinking of good things ahead, one thought popped into my mind. Do you how nice it was all year not having to listen to those clown from New York getting on this site running their mouths all of the time. Good things happens when the Muts fail so badly!

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    The Rockies are by all accounts the most favorable match-up the Phils could have drawn. Colorado has an all righty starting rotation now without De La Rosa, their only lefty option and arguably hottest pitcher before his groin injury. Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, and Ibanez should fare well in this series.

    Meanwhile the Hamels, Lee, and Happ have shown that they can dominate the Rockie’s lefty lineup.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    First, I have been loving my crow since the Phillies remembered how to win, and the Braves officially Choked. The Phillies won the games they needed to to officially win the division without the Braves losing any, but the Braves lost out on the Wild Card because they choked as bad as the mets. LOL. As you can see in my screen name, I currently live in Colorado. For the record I HATE the Rockies. and this stupid idiotice “Rocktober” thing makes me SICK AS HELL. I would LOVE to see the Phillies ROCK the rockies. I am trying to get tickets to game 3 in hopes that the Phillies sweep the Rockies and I can be AT Rockies Stadium for it! Some may ask why “Rocktober” makes me SICK AS HELL. Well obviously first and foremost I am a DIEHARD PHILLIES PHAN! 2nd, these “supposed” Rockies fans. LOL. Come to Colorado, and it is next to impossible ro actually find a Rockies fan ANYWHERE, until they actually make the playoffs, then all of a sudden, EVERYONE jumps the stupid bandwagon. PATHETIC. LETS GO PHILLIES!

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