Phils Win, Leapfrog Braves for First in NL East

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 07, 2010 11:23 PM | Comments: 0
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

Citizens Bank Park –

During the middle of a seemingly normal at-bat, fans began to cheer. All in attendance were well aware of what was happening across the turnpike in Pittsburgh. The Atlanta Braves were losing, the Phillies were winning, and all was right with the world again.

Wait, you thought it would be that easy? Wrong.

With the game tied at seven in the eighth, Shane Victorino slapped a two-out, bloop single to center field. He then took second base on an aggressive attempt that Charlie Manuel said was his own doing. Placido Polanco followed that up by going to right field, scoring Victorino, and giving the Phillies an 8-7 lead, which they would not relinquish. Polanco was one of many heroes to step forward.

The rallying began for the Phillies in the fourth inning, down 3-1. The fun picked up as Raul Ibanez went yard to the opposite field to take on another run. Ibanez had been previously been mired in a power drought –  it was his first homer since August 24. The real fireworks came in the fifth inning, just as Joe Blanton was settling in.

Shane Victorino led off with a home run to right field to tie the game at three. Later in the inning, with one on and two out, Ryan Howard unloaded one into the left-center field seats to make it 4-3 Phillies. A 4-3 lead became 7-4 by the seventh inning, as the crooked numbers were scattered across the board. The two run inning was made possible by a Jimmy Rollins sac fly on a 3-0 count and a huge Raul Ibanez triple scoring Ryan Howard.

Blanton was, at times, erratic. He was also, at times, on point. Blanton pitched into the seventh, giving up four runs (two earned) while striking out five and walking two. Just another day at work for Blanton who has bent, a lot, but hasn’t quite broken over his past few starts (excluding Colorado).

Marlins starter Chris Volstad was shaky as well, giving up three homers. All told, the big righty gave up five earned over five frames.

Florida’s offense nearly kept pace. Mike Stanton continued to terrorize the good people of left field as he smashed his third homer in two days off of Jose Contreras in the seventh. Logan Morrison is also on a tear, which didn’t stop tonight. He went 2-for-4 and has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games. The late Marlin comeback, however, wasn’t enough. It couldn’t stand up to the offensive fireworks, which were needed tonight. Nearly every Phillie in the lineup made their presence known.

Defensively, Jayson Werth provided the lowlight of the evening in the eighth with his errant throw behind the runner at third base. Werth, who was a late insertion into the order, was then pulled by Manuel later that inning on a double-switch, solidifying his spot as the goat for the night. The bullpen tried to trump him, but fell just short.

Ugly appearances by Bastardo, Romero, and Contreras stood out from the bullpen. Luckily, Chad Durbin and winning pitcher Ryan Madson were there to douse the flames and send the faithful home happy, knowing that first place has a new, old tenant.

NOTES: Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a tender right elbow. He said after the game that he would “definitely” be ready for Friday’s game against the Mets. Charlie Manuel somewhat reiterated that thought in his press conference.

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    Lidge said he hyper-extended it 2 app. ago………HOW LONG DOES THIS TAKE TO HEAL??????ANDREW,MIKE,ANYONE..LOL

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    What a crazy game the Phils overcame adversity errors and sloppy bullpen work. This is what Championship caliber teams do. However we have to play better even the best of teams cant overcome to many Blunders. We Phinally caught the Braves…..WooHooo!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I believe him that he will be back by friday.
    Best record in the national league and home field for every series. i like the sound of that.
    Braves elimination number is 23

    Beware Sf and Colorado. Both are playing super.
    Will be tough for the Braves to survive and make it. Thier 4 games with st louis will have alot to say about it.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    The Phillies tried their darnest to give the game away with so many errant plays especially Werth’s stupid decision to throw behind the runner at THIRD BASE in the 8th inning!! Manuel eventually pulled Werth off the field in a double switch. Werth heard an earful from the jeering crowd. It was a downright sloppy performance by the defense but the offense led by Polanco (3 hits including the RBI single that made the difference) saved the game for a crucial win and really.. that’s all that matters at this point of the season.

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    He should be ok philly , they HAVE to rest it though. Todays trainers know theyre $hit and will get him right. I’m a little concerned moving forward though. If he throws a pitch with improper mechanics he could aggrivate it. Were gonna have to watch this they’ll treat the hell out of that elbow in whirlpools etc. ——- better yet , andrew will get all the religious artifacts out and pray that elbow back to health

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Sure is great to see the Braves finally leading the wild card race. Nothing – well, almost nothing – would make me happier than to see the Braves make it as the wild card team.

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    They might not keep it though / I think the giants or rockies are gonna get wildcard. Phillies will not relent the division now the rest of the way.
    Cardinals also not out of W.C and the braves play them 4 times.

  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Phils in first! Phils in first! Aaaahhhhyooooo!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    ha mike
    whered you come up with that?
    I was seen as insane a few weeks ago lol
    Need that best record in NL it will be huge if get it

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  • Posts: 0 jason in burbank

    so great to see the phils atop the NL East. Just wondering…why on earth the ESPN standings has in the Percent Chance of Making the Playoffs category – Phils 74.7% and Braves 82.6%

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I assumed loupossehl was a braves fan , and nobody said you were crazy that i can remember at least i know i didn’t. I still think the braves have as good a chance as anyone to make the playoffs. Don’t forget we play them 6 more times. Theres enough games left that anything can happen. Pickin the Braves to not make it did go against the grain a little especially a month ago when they were playing well. I still don’t think theyre completely done . The rest of sept they have 10 home and 10 away games. They better win tomorrow. The 4 home games after tomorrow with the CARDS are HUGE for both teams.Then they stay home for 3 against NATIONALS then go on 9 game road trip 3 mets 3 phils 3 nationals . Then finish with the PESKY fish for 3 and phils for 3 to end season at home.—- They have 23 games left i say they go 13 n 10 to finish with 92 wins. Phils get 95 wins. —— And andrew predicts ?
    What , braves finish 10 and 13 ?

  • Posts: 0 Land Shark

    Phuck yea!

  • Posts: 0 PhillyPhanaticLookAlike

    Your right miked63, the Fish are pesky. I think we have a good shot with those six games against the Braves, we excel against good teams, not so much with the lousy ones. I was lucky enough to watch tonight’s game from a skybox in the hall of fame section. My Dad was entertaining clients there and had an extra ticket. Damn, now I’m spoiled, I’m used to standing room, not free drinks and food!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    SD won again tonight. They may have righted themselves. I think 2 teams come out of the west. Colorado has the swagger but they have a lot of ground to make up. If they had 4 vs the braves Id pick them.
    St louis needs to sweep the braves in that 4 gamer.
    I think there are only 2 NL teams that can beat the AL team in the series. The phils and the Rockies.

    Nice to goto bed in first place. Please score 7 for cole tonight.

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Mike63 -

    I’ve been a Phillies fan since 1947 – check out the name “Lou Possehl.” (That makes me the old guy around here, I think.) No, I most definitely am not a Braves fan – I didn’t even like them when they were the BOSTON Braves. But if the Braves win the wild card, that means they lost 1st place in their division … and, barring some wildly improbable event (Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt leave baseball for “Dancing with the Stars”?), who is that team that would ace them out?

    That’s why, when it comes to winning the wild card in the NL East, I’m the Braves’ biggest fan.

    Another reason, by the way, is that if the Phillies and Braves come out of the NL East, and assuming it’s Cincy in the NL Central and the Cardinals are out of it, that leaves one team to come out of the NL West. If the Padres can pull it together, then only they emerge from the West, and Colorado and San Fran are eliminated. The Rockies have made a habit of getting ridiculously hot at the end of the season, and the Giants are dangerous. So if those two are eliminated it’s a very good thing, and I really like the Phillies’ chances in an NLCS of Phillies – Braves – Cincy – San Diego.

    Go you Braves – just enough to make the playoffs, that is.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Lou that’s pretty funny stuff there. Dancing with the starters…
    And you know what? I kind of like your idea of the WC coming out of the East now. I posted from the start of the season that the WC would probably come out of the West but, your point has some favor to it. The Braves would have to face either the Reds or the winner of the West (after a 10 game losing streak, I don’t have much confidence in SD and, Lincecum was more himself last night along with Huff & Burrell hitting hrs in a SF win). Whoever the Braves face in the NLDS will end their season.

    Tonight’s win is crucial for the Phils. Hamels needs at least 3, maybe 4 runs to work with for his record to even out at 10-10.

    Uh oh – I watched the replay of Ibanez’s triple and saw that Ryan was not running that well. Any news about that?

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Brooks, Ryan’s foot still hurts from the ankle injury he had.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Thanks G -

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Hey Chuck, can we get a “No way Duke beats Lowe tonight?”.

    Atl has Prado, Infante, Heyward, and pitching. Not much else. The starters are worn down – era has crept up through the month of Aug, continuous to do so in Sept. I’d love to see them win the wild card, but think the adrenaline has worn off – they may be done.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Nice write up Pat, but missed one guy – Polanco. I really think he is the MVP of the team. Every time up, I expect him to do the right thing – get a hit, move the runner, work the count,…. Feliz is a better defensive 3rd baseman (PP isn’t bad, just not as good), more power, but just imagine where we’d be if you swapped the 2 – it wouldn’t be 1st place. Not sure you can say that about any other starter. Another surprising game by Vic, swung at good pitches, took a few balls, swung for the fences on the right pitches. I hope this version of Vic sticks around through October.

    Hope Cole can go at least 7, the offense keeps it up tonight, gives Durbin (what a game) and Madson a rest.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Forgot McCann on Atl. Think they go 0.500 at best through Sept, lose the WC spot to the Rockies (hope I’m wrong, would rather see Atl or SF in the playoffs, though still think the Phils are better than CO).

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Wow!! I STILL can’t believe that the Pirates beat Hudson!! This kid McDonald either threw some kind of game or the Braves had a case of something the Phillies have been all-too-familiar with….”offense-itis”

    Just to recap…yesterday at 5:31 PM I said:

    “No way we see 1st place tonight. Hudson vs. the Pirates?”

    And before that, at 3:35 PM I also said:

    “No way the Pirates beat Hudson tonight. I’d be willing to bet whatever on that.”

    Good thing nobody challenged me to that bet!!!

    Can Duke beat Lowe?? Who knows. I guess anything is possible. I’ll tell you though, if the Pirates manage to SWEEP the Braves, you’d have to think that it would be a fairly damaging blow. Especially if the Phillies win tonight.

    The Braves would then have to face the Cardinals and all their pitching, while the Phillies would be playing the Mets.

    Stay tuned……

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Polanco has been the backbone of the offense. And guess what…he might win the Gold Glove.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Bacardipr05

    I hope that Lidge doesnt need another Cortizone shot. Not at this stage we never know since they both like to downplay injuries. If so do it now dont BS around for 2 weeks then say he needs a shot and rest.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    It’s hard to figure someone with only 40 plus rbi, who started the season with 6 in the first game as being team MVP. I get it, he has been amazing and probably the most reliable hitter we’ve had but probably best for moving runners, getting them into position rather than scoring himself or knocking in runs. Of course an rbi is more valuable in a “W/L” atmosphere but moving the runners into position is so important too.

    Who would you give the team MVP to? Chooch and Poly are the 2 perhaps more sentimental favorites but I think I’d look to maybe Doc or even Cole -

    Hey Chuck, who would want to challenge you on those statements? Who would have guessed that the Braves would sally up to the Bucs?

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO.

    SSSWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! Lets keep it though. I have a feeling the Phils and Braves will continue to leap frog, back and forth, but I hope they will take it again. I thought it was bad to get swept by the Astros, but then again looking at the 2nd half play, the Astros are a few games above .500, Pirates are probably arguably the worst team in baseball, and could very well be worse than most if not any of the worst Philly teams in our history, and that is REALLY sad. to get shut out though? Laughable. I hope they dont get so pissed by being embarrassed that they wake up (similar to the Phillies waking up a bit after being swept by the Astros actually). The Phils control their own destiny now. They needed help, got it, but now its all on them. If they dont win the division now, they can look at no one else but themselves.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Brooks, that’s why I felt comfortable making that statement yesterday. I KNEW that nobody in their right mind would bet against me on that.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m hoping that the Padres somehow hold on and win their division and that someone (Braves, maybe..) keeps the Rockies and Giants out of the Wild Card spot.

    I think the Rockies are the most dangerous team since they appear to be the most balanced… Giants are a little less scary because their offense is pretty bad and their starters haven’t been as sharp as expected… Padres are good as well but the Phillies have a lot of success against them. I’d rather face them than the Rockies or Giants.

    Sorry for the tangent… first things first! WIN THE NL EAST.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    That’s ok, Manny. Nothing wrong with planning ahead!

    And, yeah….I don’t think I want to face the Rockies, either. We saw what they did in ’07 and last year they fought hard in the first round. They definitely would be playing with a chip on their shoulder if they faced the Phils.

    Right now it feels so good to say, “The first place Phillies.” (even if it is only Sept 8)

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    meant to say Sept 8…and without the smiley. But maybe he’s there for a reason!

  • Posts: 0 Manny


  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Heard last night that Manuel had penciled in D-Brown to start and Werth talked him out of it. All of a sudden D-Brown pulls up a little lame.

    Don’t know if it’s true but they need to get DB a little more playing time. And only batting him against righties doesn’t do him any good.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Be careful what you wish for in the playoffs. Braves are deadly at home. I’m hoping we’re three up before that last series at Turner rolls around

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I would agree to get D Brown more playing time, sit Werth more.
    And like someone was saying yesterday, dont worry about what the Braves are doing – just take care of our own.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I’m a HUGE Werth fan…but last night’s antics by Jayson still have me baffled. Why on God’s green earth was he throwing BEHIND the runner?? Am I missing something?

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Chuck – You are not missing anything. Werth is a space cadet.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I have cut Jayson slack all year. Through the slumps. Through the lack of clutch hittting. Through the incident with the fan down the right field line. Even through the bonehead mental lapse when he go picked off second on the intentional walk.

    But last night I lost it. That whole inning was a mess, but throwing behind the runner?? WTF!!!

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Don’t tell me Charlie was not sending a message to Werth when he pulled him. Werth is already gone. He has been aweful for this season. Good luck with that big contract. Getting picked off at second by a catcher. Throwing the ball last night. Screaming at a fan. The hair and beard. Looks like a pig. He cant hit with runners in scoring postion. Worst average ever. I think we got everything from Werth for a few seasons. Let the Sox over pay with his agent. Just another Bay contract.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Jeff, a little harsh perhaps but Cholly did stir it up some when he pulled Werth last night and, I cannot wait to see someone else there in RF -
    Its time for him to get what he really is playing for, more money.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Werth will get a contract. He will be like Aaron Rowand in that he will sign a big contract and head downhill quickly. How big a contract he will get remains to be seen.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I don’t know if Werth was sulking because he wasn’t originally in the starting line-up, or if he was trying to overcompensate for a bad day at the plate. While he was throwing behind the runner, the guy (I forgot who it was) took a big turn around 3rd, a good throw from Werth would have got him. A big risk to take in a close game, though, but I understand what he was doing.

    I had a ten year tour of duty in MA in the mid 90s to the mid 2000s. The internet wasn’t as prevalent (or I wasn’t adept at using it), Phils news and games were hard to come by, but the Sox were everywhere. While I am a Phils fan 1st, through most of that period (through 2004), I followed the Sox more. They were competitive, entertaining, and accessible. One of the things I didn’t like about the Red Sox org and media is that whenever it came around to contract time or trades, all the contributions made by that player were ignored, and the guy became a bum. From Clemens (who deserved it), Mo Vaughn, Nomar, and Johnny Damon, guys who were worshipped suddenly became scat (Pedro was one of the few who escaped the wrath). While the media regularly characterizes Phils fans poorly, we typically treat ex-Phils a lot better (Burrell, Thome, Rowand, Schilling, Wild Thing,…).

    Werth has games (like last night) where he looks bad, and will probably be overpaid in his next contract, but the guy is still one of the better rh outfielders in the league. While he shouldn’t get a free pass on the boneheaded mistakes, don’t forget the contributions either.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    @brooks. I dont think Im being harsh. I thought Werth was harsh when he took of the fans head in front of his kids. I do not care it was in the heat of the moment. He is a pro and act like it. These fans are paying your salary.

    I’m just gonna throw this out there, because someone has to say it…

    Isn’t Jayson Werth just a lil bit overrated?

    I mean seriously, we’re talking about a career .271/.366/.478 hitter with overrated speed and declining defense who is going to be 32 next season.

    His offensive “explosion” went hand-in-hand with moving to a bandbox of a ballpark and landing in a lineup full of great hitters. Take him out of that lineup and park and you can expect those numbers to decline.

    Anyone who thinks he’s a better value than Carl Crawford this offseason is a fool. Period

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    jeff, I understand your emotion. I really do.

    But….worst average ever?? Werth’s hitting like .295. It’s just the lack of CLUTCH hitting that sucks.

    I can live with the hair and beard. I can live with some mental mistakes….all players make them from time to time. They’re human.

    But throwing BEHIND the runner?? Wheeler said he committed one of the cardinal sins of baseball….and he’s right.

    I agree, too that Cholly was sending a message to Jayson. It just so happened that he wanted to double switch which was very convenient.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Jayson Werth isn’t even in the same league as Carl Crawford.

  • Posts: 0 jeff


    he is batting something like .157 with runners in scoring postion. Like 9 for 116. Thats a disgrace. I dont care if his batting average is .300. All that means is he is hitting with nobody in scoring postion. You want money you need to produce. Lack of clutch hitting. I wish that were so. There is NO HTTING with runners on. None at all.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    just like a pitcher who has 15 wins but his era his over 4. wins do not matter. look at moyer. a product of a good offense. if he were playing for the pirates he would have very few wins and a very high era.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I do not understand how can anyone seriously buy the “Werth sucks with RISP” argument. It’s not like he’s only played professional baseball in 2010. Sure, he sucks THIS year.. but don’t you think that’s an anomaly more than a cold hard fact about Werth’s ability to drive runners in?

    Just look at his 2007-2009 numbers:

    With no runners on, he hit .270 AVG, with OPS .865
    With RISP, AVG .298, OPS .926
    With RISP and 2 out, AVG .279, OPS .925

    I really think he’s pressing because this is a contract year… but for those who think that he’s gonna go somewhere else and he’s gonna be Mr. Anti-Clutch there too, well, you’re gonna be wrong… He’ll rake, at least during his prime and late-prime years.

  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    I can’t view the comments section from my iPhone 4 anymore. I’ve sent an email, no response. Maybe someone can contact me, admins? I like reading the comments here but not being able to read and contribute is frustrating as hell.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Manny, I agree. And I am one that wants him to stay. I have said on here that when/if he’s gone….everyone’s gonna be moaning because his bat will be missed.

    This year he sucks with RISP…and maybe that’s because he’s pressing, yes. But, OVERALL, he’s been very clutch.

    I’m just pissed about him throwing behind the runner last night. I still love the guy and want him to stay, however. I’m afraid, though, that he’s probably gone.

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