OK – a month ago, the Phillies had a ridiculous comeback win against the Mets that looked like it might be the game that got us out of our funk. Well, it didn’t work, so the Phillies are tried again tonight. Instead of getting into the negatives (Moyer’s worst outing, Burrell and Howard stinking in the clutch, Wheeler not shutting up about how Kyle Kendrick pitching tonight will screw us up until 2011) let’s keep this an entirely positive post (but feel free to vent in the comments).
Heroes of the Night
- Chris Coste – People usually don’t go 4 for 4 after coming in in the 8th inning. Coste got the hit that several before him couldn’t, and looked calm and collected doing it.
- Jimmy Rollins – 5 for 7, 3 RBI, 3 SB. You’d think with that line he would have had more than 1 run. If he’s back (after these last 2 games, he’s batting 7 points higher than Pat Burrell for the season), this team WILL make a run, and WILL make the playoffs. IF he’s back.
- The Bullpen – Condrey, Eyre, Durbin, Lidge, Madson, Romero and Seanez. 10 IP, 5 H, 1 ER. Can a bullpen carry a team? I don’t know, but I can say that this squad would be well out of the playoff race without these guys.
- Jayson Werth – Scored the game-tying run in the 9th from first with a ball hit to Ryan Church, who has a good arm. Also, made the defensive play of the game, gunning down David Wright at 2nd in the 11th.
- The Mets – They had as many, if not more, chances to hold on to this game, and then win it. Fernando Tatis gets more clutch hits than Beltran and Reyes combined, and when things start to go bad, the whole team crumbles. I think this team lacks solid leadership, they kind of remind me of the Abreu/Burrell led Phillies squads of years past. David Wright is their Utley, but they don’t have a Rollins.
Well, that’s it. You know it was an amazing game when the guy who got the game-tying hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth (Poseidon himself, Eric Bruntlett) doesn’t even make the list of the 5 heroes of the game.
I’m very happy with this win, but I’m holding back my enthusiasm. We absolutely needed this game, it was the most important game of the year. Had we lost, and then got shut down by Santana, you could see the season taking a dive as we travel for four at Wrigley while 2 1/2 back.
But at least I will be happy for the next 18 hours. For now, I need some damn sleep.