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Top Moment No. 18: Pedro Outduels Lincecum

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, December 21, 2009 01:41 PM | Comments: 5
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Throughout the month, Phillies Nation will be counting down the Top 25 Phillies Moments of 2009.

Top Moment #18: September 3, 2009 – Pedro Martinez outduels Tim Lincecum in 2-1 victory

Entering September, it appeared the move to pick up Pedro Martinez was pure genius. His addition alongside the newly acquired Cliff Lee more than made up for the minor offensive slump the Phillies were experiencing late in the season.  This home game was Pedro’s fifth start with the team which had won his first four. He was facing the Giants young phenom, Tim Lincecum.  It was a much anticipated match up of the Old Goat versus the Freak.

As an archetypal competitor, Pedro was up to the challenge…well maybe, not at first.  The Giants opened the scoring when left fielder Eugenio Velez smashed the first pitch of the game over the wall for a leadoff home run. Pedro later said the hit was a wake up call.  He was able to recover and escape the inning then soon settled in for another impressive performance.

After Jayson Werth tied the game with an upper deck homer to left field in the second inning, Martinez and Lincecum went on auto pilot.  Then with two outs in the sixth, the Giants righty drilled Chase Utley with a fastball to the upper back. Ryan Howard made Lincecum pay by smacking a double to score Utley and give the Phillies the lead.

Pedro exited the game after seven innings and finished with five hits and one run allowed with nine strikeouts and no walks. Madson breezed through the eighth and Lidge overcame a stressful ninth to close it out for the Phillies’ 77th win of the season. Tim Lincecum’s eleven strikeouts helped to end the pitchers’ duel in just 2 hours and 8 minutes.  It also helped to send the Phillies offense deeper into a slump as Raul Ibanez struck out three times with Ultey and Howard each recording two.

Nonetheless, Pedro went on to finish the regular season 5-1, with the team going 8-1 when he pitched.  Unfortunately he came up short in the World Series with two losses; but no matter his future with the Phillies, he can point to this game as proof that the Old Goat has still got it.

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    YES!!! I made the highlights from the gameday comments…I can finally die feeling as though I have accomplished something.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    This was big because this was at the epicenter of the ESPN/SF Giants love-fest. They were all over Lincecum and Cain’s junk… after Happ loses to Brad Penny in game 2, the series seemed all but over but the goat came through in a big way. I remember that there was speculation that Lee would pitch on short rest (setting up the Lee/Lincecum matchup) but he did not (thankfully, he gave up 6 ER the following day). We win this game and the series… the Giants lose 5 series’ in September and fail to earn a playoff berth… in retrospect, the importance of this game is that it killed any momentum that the the Giants thought they had.

     
  • Posts: 0 shawn qwartz

    It was great to see Pedro perform his magic that day. I hope he comes back to the Phils for one more encore.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I was there…AWESOME GAME!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I do not know where to post this so I am putting it here. I am planning my vacation around the Phillies west coast swing in May. I know you can not get any tickets yet, but I am going to AZ for the Sunday game, and SF for the Tuesday game, it would be cool if any of you will be there to get tickets in the same section. So as the date gets closer anyone who is going to be out there e mail me
    shagmec13@msn.com

     
 
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