Phillies Win 94th in 10 Innings as Sweep Draws Near

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, September 10, 2011 10:51 PM | Comments: 18
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Hunter Pence gave them an early lead (PHOTO: AP)

Yeah, Cliff Lee gave up runs. No, it wasn’t the prettiest game you’ve ever seen. But, a win is a win, and the Phillies just keep on keepin’ on.

Behind seven strong from Cliff Lee, the Phillies stretched their lead in the National League to a ridiculous 11.5 games over both the Brewers and Diamondbacks following a 3-2, 10 inning victory over Milwaukee.

Prior to this series, the Brewers were the best team at home in the major leagues. Three games into this series, the Phillies are showing them who’s boss. What a spectacular showing by a resilient team on the road. Remember the Braves? They’re a mere 12 games back in the league/division. Twelve friggin’ games!

Hunter Pence and Placido Polanco helped Lee out with the offense, each hitting a solo homer. Each also tallied three hits on the night in the Phillies 94th victory of the season.

Lee struck out seven over seven, giving up six hits and walking two.

Tomorrow, they go for a four game sweep over the team that was now supposed to be the second best team in the NL.

Just keep enjoying what you’re seeing, folks. You may not EVER see this kind of baseball again.

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  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    We are not worthy!

  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Its great, sad but true… this is amazing baseball that very few fans EVER get to witness and that we may never get to be part of again.

    There is no premier offensive threat this year – Having 2 former MVP’s in the lineup, a player that was at one time considered a potential MVP, a player in his prime who is having one of his best years (VIC) and a rising superstar in Pence makes the lineup formidable for sure but, we have seen lapses in their production. Not to fret.

    This team is destined for the grail led by the best starting 4 in all of baseball. Who else can boast 4 starters with over 11 wins all with an ERA under 3 and an outstanding combined WHIP. It was great to see Stutes looking strong and Madson keeping pace.

    • Posts: 0 Ryan H

      I was with you all the way up until you said Pence was a rising superstar. sorry . he’s a nice player but superstar? not even close.

    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Not to mention 5 starters with an ERA below 4. Oswalt has had a down year, and injured, but I believe he has pitched better than his record indicates. Sure he is not pitching like he did last year for us, and has a losing record, but really, can we complain about a Starting Pitcher with a sub 4 ERA who is NOT and was not supposed to be out “Ace of Aces”, or even the number 2? Even a number 3 starter which is what most thought he was going to be having a 3.72 ERA is pretty darn nice to “complain” about honestly. Honestly though, most of us had a feeling Hamels would have a very good year, but did anyone honestly expect Hamels to have this GREAT of a year? Seriously, Hamels still has the best WHIP in the NL, and the best BAA in the NL, even better than Kershaw (probably going to win the Cy Young honestly) Halladay and Lee. Insane.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I really only think one team can beat the Phils. Thats the Giants and they arent making it.
    Texas is a marginal threat.
    Yankees no pitching and Red sox are floundering.

    I just am trying to find flaws etc etc. And there arent any.

    If they get this Ryan Howard for 162 next year team will win 120.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I agree with your sentiments Brooks. Although we have stars(pos players) on our teams right now there isnt really any Superstar heading the way. It’s a team effort an that’s fine as well. Previous Howard carried the team or Werth will go on a tear or perhaps Utley had one of his runs. There is no one play right now that is carrying this team per say its a team effort this year. I didnt watch the game but as i predicted i knew this would be the most exciting game of the series. Im just glad an cross my fingers that Ruiz is ok after that collision. McGhee is a pretty big dude an i saw ruiz head bounce a few times never a good thing. I say sit him an let Schneider play an call up Kratz(when available). We need to start resting an protecting our starters

    • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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      Pretty much my point too – hey, like AFW has said, with Howard hitting this team is one for the ages (they are for us!) but they really have not needed someone to carry them like what has happened (and needed) in the past.

      Yes, Ryan H, I think Pence has only started to tap his potential.

      Andrew, nobody really in the NL gives me much to be concerned about – only the Phils can hurt themselves via the “offensive shutdown”. The AL, I dont know. Boston does have 8 players with double digit HR’s, 4 players with over 80 rbi.

      Or the Yanks with 8 players with double digit HRs, 2 players that are going to reach 40 HRs, 3 players with over 100 rbi – good grief!

      But niether team has what the Phils can boast: the numbers 1-3 starters that are definitely considered #1 starters anywhere else and a #4 starter that we cannot qualify yet (Worley) because he’s too young – time will tell. Regardless, he is a winner. No mention of Roy Oswalt – his competitiveness and skills & the negative with his injuries have earned him a spot on the roster but as the emergency “go-to” – which when you think about it in years past was Cheeseburger, Kendrick or even Jamie Moyer (or Pedro at one time) – I feel a lot more at ease knowing that if one of our starters is flat, we can call in Roy2 who can settle things in a hurry.

      I dont want to give predictions this early, really – who wants to be the one with the kaybash… but it sure feels good for 2011!

  • Posts: 542 Bruce

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    What no complaints about the team? (chuckles) Picture this…the Phillies are on a such a roll (latest win streak at 6) that they need just 8 wins of their remaining 20 games to estabish a team record for most wins in a season at 102 ! Got to love it!

    Watched Rollins came in late in the game and appeared to have no problem hitting and playing his position at SS (although he didn’t have any opportunity to make a play in the field). He came in for Valdez who apparently tweaked his hamstring. Rollins likely will be monitored and given time off when necessary as the Phillies comes closer to clinching the division title (magic number is now 8). The same precaution will be given to Utley as he will not rejoin the team till after the Houston series (if all goes well with his recovery).

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    No complaints Bruce…lol…Other than Valdez is hurt, Rollins is hurting, Howard is hurting, Utley still asking if he got hit in the head with a baseball, I saw Polly grab his back for one instant during his Home Run jog…Chooch got tackled by a 6,1 230lb bald headed linebacker that plays baseball…

    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Bicardi, I usually agree with you, but I believe you are making a mountain out of a mole hill honestly. Just relax. Rollins is getting better, and with the rest, will be fine for the Post Season, Utley got good news from his ImPACT test, and will back early lat this week (doubt we need him). Does anyone really know how Valdez is feeling? He “tweaked his hamstring”. Chooch is no small boy himself. Sure he is short, but he is a stout little dude honestly. Adn Polly? If he can still make the plays, hit Home Runs, and hit like he did last night, is he really hurting that badly? It seems to me, with a Magic Number of 7 with 20 games remaining, I am pretty confident that the Phillies can rest Howard, Utley, Rollins, Polly and Ibanez (though he is on a hot streak) and still win the division, and the best record in the NL. Basically the ONLY way for the Braves to catch the Phillies is for the Braves to win the remainder of there games, and the Phillies to lose the remainder of theres. Seriously, with most of the normal starters out, the Phillies still beat the Brewer AT HOME! The Brewers were supposed to be “The hottest team in baseball”, and had the best record at home in MLB.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Ryan h you are wrong. Pence is becoming a superstar. He is only behind Howard on this team. Better then utley. Average, power and de.

    • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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      So, then, you’re the Jeff that we’ve all come to love on here??…..even if you can be negative and gruff as hell.

  • Posts: 87 Dr. Dave

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    The amazing thing is that we’re winning games against our best competition without Utley, Rollins, and Howard in the lineup. Today, Martinez will be at short and Orr at 2nd. It just shows how important is starting pitching. Today we go with our #7 starter (at the start of the season) who is 10-1.

    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      I am surprised it someone this long to actually say that we are winning with out backups. Lets not forget Raul. Sure he is streaky, and at times SUCKS! Still though, he is swinging a hot bat right now with an AVG above .300 for the last 15 games (ish). Even with that, we have been able to win games with Rollins, Utley, Howard and Ibanez all out. Mini Mart had a hot bat for a short while, but is back to sucking it up. Much of this could be because of Pence, (the non “upcoming superstar”? LOL, come on. he is only getting better). The Vanimal has been awesome (11-1)! Hopefully he makes it 12-1 today. The remainder of the regular season is of little concern with the cushion we have built against the rest of the National League. My concern right now is how the offense hold up in the postseason.

  • Posts: 0 BobS

    A lot of credit should go to Cholly, IMO. He must be saying things in the clubhouse that are really resonating with all the players because how alse can you explain the subs taking over and doing so well. Not highlight heroics, just playing sound baseball and coming up clutch in the small ball game. They are playing within their abilities and at a high level of professionalism, knowing they will go back to the bench when the regulars get healthy in a week or two.

    I think the 5 man rotation has worked out pretty well over the last month. The extra day seems to have helped Lee and Worley , and probably with Roy2 getting back into game shape. Maybe not so much for Doc in the short term as I see it. He has been good, just not that overpowering dominant blow you away for 9 innings that we believe he is consistently capable of. I guess his body is just used to pitching in a 4 man rotation over the season, but the extra rest now should benefit him in the post season when they can all go with guns blazing 3-4-4

  • Posts: 5232 Lefty

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    I’m enjoying the hell out of this. Hope we rest all our guys with nagging injuries. I know Chooch will be okay, I’m sure he woke up a bit sore. It’s good that it’s Worley/Schneider going today.

    So if I have this right, any combination of a St Louis loss and a Phils win today, and we are guaranteed a playoff spot with 19 games left. That doesn’t happen very often! Even if it takes a couple more days, to be in that position with 15 or 16 games left is remarkable.

    The other two magic numbers are 7 over the Braves for the division, and 8 to secure Home Field throughout the postseason. Yeah Pat, I’m enjoying this, never imagined a September so relaxing.

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