Losing Streak Ends as Phillies Avenge Eagles

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sun, September 25, 2011 05:28 PM | Comments: 7
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The Phillies, fresh off an eight-game losing streak, won comfortably in the last game of their three-game series with the Mets, jumping all over Met starter Mike Pelfrey to salvage a split with today’s installment of the Philadelphia/New York rivalry.

Roy Halladay, pitching for the last time this regular season, was typically surgical in six innings of work, allowing no runs, four hits, and a walk while striking out three. Halladay threw only 77 pitches and faced one over the minimum through five, before pitching himself into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Meanwhile, the Phillies scored in each of their first four innings, chasing Pelfrey after three innings and five runs before adding four more off D.J. Carrasco. Every Phillies starter, including Halladay, had at least one base hit, led by Hunter Pence, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Jimmy Rollins had three singles and a stolen base, and scored twice, and John Mayberry, who pinch-ran for Ryan Howard in the fourth and stayed in to play first, reached base all three times he batted. Carlos Ruiz also had a great day, reaching base on all five plate appearances and driving in two runs.

The bullpen was something of a worry. Antonio Bastardo (who is almost certainly injured or fatigued) faced six batters, of whom only one was retired and three scored, and worked up a FIP just north of 54 in his 27-pitch outing, and Ryan Madson, who hadn’t pitched since Tuesday, entered in the ninth with a five-run lead and put two men on before working out of the jam to end the game.

The season-ending series begins tomorrow at Turner Field, as the Braves will try to hang on to their playoff spot. Today’s win was the 99th of the season, which means that the franchise record for wins is still in play, in spite of the eight-game losing streak. The Phillies need two more wins to tie the record and can break it with a sweep.

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Wow they won geez Thank God. The talk show last night where getting pretty bad. First caller was some joker laughing that we are choking. If i was Cholly i would just play the starters one more full game then take them out. Start subbing people as much as possible. Besides the offense this bullpen is in total array. No one but Madson is reliable and even him to an extent cant have a 1-2-3 inning. Seems like our bullpen was over performing for a good portion off the season then everything burst at the seems.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Would it be a good thing to sweep the Braves and let the Cardinals into the Wild Card? I just do not know. Anyway, it was great to win today.

    • Posts: 5391 Lefty

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      I was thinking the same thing Bart. We could really screw ourselves for sure. But I guess you just try to win, and then play the hand you’re dealt.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Good point Bart the Braves are a hobbled team right now. The Cards have our number and to be honest i think they will take us.

  • Posts: 2896 Chuck A.

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    No. Gotta play strong. I believe that the lineup needs to be in there for each game against the Braves…at least to start. If we end up sweeping or winning 2 of 3 and the Cards get in…..well then that’s who we play. But we can’t lay down just to possibly screw the Cards. That’s just stupid. Can’t worry about this opponent or that opponent. Whoever gets to the postseason is good enough to win a five game series. So the Phillies could play the D-Backs or the Brewers and have just as hard or easy a time.

  • Posts: 0 Jay in WV

    Bastardo is definitely gassed. Something is off and I am starting to cringe when he takes the mound now….

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    The Cardinals are hot. The Braves are not. Much better to face the team that, for weeks, has been just limping along.

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