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The Phillies defeat the Mets in 13 innings after being put into a 7-0 hole, 8-7, as they regain first place.

The 13th inning becomes a nightmare inning for the Mets as the Phillies would finish coming from behind to defeat the Mets, 8-7. The ballgame would appear to fall into three acts. Act one would involves the Mets knocking out of the box Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer. The first sign of trouble would appear at the very start of the ballgame as the Mets’ lead off man, Jose Reyes, would start the game off with a triple. Damion Easley would then follow by knocking him in with a RBI single, making the score 1-0 Mets. David Wright would then hit a single, putting Mets’ runners on first and second. Three batters later, after Moyer loads up the bases by hitting Carlos Delgado, and with one out, Fernando Tatis would make it a 2-0 game with a RBI single, scoring Easley and leaving the bases loaded. Moyer would finally end the inning by getting Ryan Church to pop up to him under the Infield Fly Rule and Ramon Castro to ground out. The Phils would try to answer back in their half of the first, as Jimmy Rollins would get a double off of Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez, who would then hit Chase Utley with the pitch, thus putting runners on first and second base with no one out. After Pat Burrell flies out to right, Rollins and Utley would steal third and second on a double steal, putting both men in scoring position. But, that would be where they would stay, as Martinez would get both Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino to strike out. The Mets would then add a run in the second, as, with two men out, Easley would hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, that would make it 4-0 Mets. The Mets would then increase their lead in the third to 6-0, when, with one swing of the bat, Tatis would hit his eleventh home run of the year, a three-run shot that would score Carlos Beltran and Delgado, who have both gotten on base with singles. Moyer would finally get out of the inning as he gives up only one more hit, a single to Martinez, adding insult to his very bad night. Moyer would then be lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third, as Martinez would put the Phillies down for the second straight inning, although giving up another hit to Rollins. The fourth would bring up Clay Condrey in relief of Moyer, who would then give up the seventh and, what no one at the time knew, would be the final Mets’ run, as, with a man on third, Wright would hit a ground out, second to first, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled. After Condrey gets out the next two batters, that would bring down the curtain on the first act, with the Phillies trailing 7-0 and the game looking like a laugher for the Mets.

But, the curtain would then rise on the second act and the Phillies’ would surprisingly come back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies would score their first run, when, with one out, Pedro Feliz would knock in Victorino, who has reached base on a force out of Howard, who has walked, stole second and then went to third on Jayson Werth’s single, on a sacrifice fly, making it 7-1 Mets. Then in the fifth, the Phillies would close the gap as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Condrey, who has earlier doubled, making it 7-3 Mets. Three batters later, with a man on first and one out, Howard would hit a two-run home run of his own, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has earlier walked, to make it a 7-5 Mets’ lead. The Mets would try to increase their lead in the sixth, as they load the bases via two singles (Reyes and Easley) and a hit batter (Beltran), with only one out. But Condrey would dig in his heels and end the threat by getting Delgado to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The Phillies would have their own threat in the sixth, as, with two out, Rollins and Utley would both reach base on singles, with Rollins going to third on Utley’s hit. But, sadly, the inning would end with Burrell, who would end up leaving eighteen men on base in two straight games, striking out. The Phillies would make it closer in the eighth, as, with two men on, and one out, Rollins would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, and sending Chis Coste, who has also singled, to third. Utley would then strike out for the inning’s second out. After Rollins steals second to put two men in scoring position, Burrell would end the inning by flying out to left. Then, in the ninth, after Brad Lidge puts down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, the Phillies would go to work on Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala, who the Mets were using as their closer in placed of the injured Billy Wagner. The inning would start off with Howard flying out to center field for out number one. Victorino would then ground out, short to first, for out number two. Werth would then get on base with a single. Pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett would then follow with a pinch hit double, scoring Werth, and tying the game up at 7 all, to the surprise of the Mets, who are probably now seeing the return of the nightmare of last September in their dreams. Ayala would finally end the inning by getting Ruiz to ground out, short to first, with a throw from Reyes that barely beat out Ruiz, which could’ve otherwise ended the game right there as Weth was running non-stop from second base with the potential winning run. The game would now go into its third act, extra-innings.

After Ryan Madson puts down the Mets in the top of the tenth, the Phillies would try to win the game in their half of the tenth. Coste would lead off the inning with a double. Instead of walking Rollins, who at this point has been five for five on the night, eight for his last eight, and been on base tenth straight times, Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman would get him to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Utley is then intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Burrell would then come to the plate, and strike out looking for the inning’s second out. Howard would then end the threat by grounding out to first. In the eleventh, the Phillies would threaten again on Heilman. With one out, Werth would work a walk. Bruntlett would then single, putting two men on base with still one out. Pinch hitter Cole Hamels would then strike out for the second out. Coste would then single, loading up the bases. But Heilman would end this threat by getting Rollins to pop up to third. Neither team would be able to do anything in the twelfth inning. Then, in the thirteenth, with the Phillies down to their last relief pitcher and with tonight’s starter Kyle Kendrick warming up in the pen if needed, Rudy Seanez would put down the Mets’ 1-2-3. Then they would go to work on the last Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis. Victorino would greet him with a triple to right. Schoeneweis would then intentionally walk both Werth and Bruntlett to load the bases, to face Seanez. Instead, pitcher Brett Myers would be sent out as a pinch hitter, with what turns out to be orders not to swing. Which he did, as he almost worked out a walk but would be instead called out on strikes on a 3-2 fastball on the inside corner. This would bring up Coste. After taking a ball, Coste, with both the infield and outfield in to try and prevent the winning run from scoring, would loft a fly ball deep to center, that would go past center fielder Beltran, who has already given up the chase, and drop in for a single in front of the warning track, scoring Victorino with the winning run, as the Phillies would finish the ballgame with a very dramatic, come from behind 8-7 win over a stunned New York ballclub, as they regain first place in the East.

Jamie Moyer would get a no-decision as his record of good outings end at fourteen straight, as he is only able to go three innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a hit batter. Clay Condrey would pitch two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero would all combine for six and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, as they shut down the Mets’ offense, giving up only two hits (Madson), three walks (Durbin (2), Romero (1)) and striking out four (Eyre (1), Lidge (2), Romero (1)). Rudy Seanez would get the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Pedro Martinez would also receive a no-decison as he goes five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Brian Stokes would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out two. Duaner Sanchez would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Pedro Feliciano would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits, with a strike out. Joe Smith would also go a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Luis Ayala would receive his fifth blown save of the year, as he gives up an earned run on two hits. Aaron Heilman would pitch three tough scoreless innings, giving up three hits and walking two while striking out four. Scott Schoeneweis would get the lost as he goes a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one. His record is now 2-3 with a ERA of 3.10.

The Phillies’ offense, after being put in a deep 7-0 hole would come back, slow chipping away at the Mets’ lead before finally winning it in the thirteenth, while the bullpen would combine to keep the Mets from scoring another run after David Wright’s ground out RBI scoring Damion Easley in the fourth. The offense, in its comback, would get nineteen hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with five hits, missing the cycle for the second straight night as he has three singles, a double and a home run, scoring a run and knocking in three. Chris Coste would be next, as he was 4 for 4 after coming off the bench, getting three singles, including the game winner, and a double, followed by Jason Werth, as he went 3 for 5, along with two walks, as he scored a run. All of the starters would contribute at least one hit, except for Pedro Feliz, who would go 0 for 2 with a sac fly before being replaced by Greg Dobbs in the sixth in a double switch, and Pat Burrell who went 0 for 7, leaving ten men on base and eighteen runners in two days. Of their nineteen hits, seven would be for extra-bases (2B (4), 3B (1), HR (2)), with one of them being a double by pitcher Clay Condrey, which would start off the rally in the fifth inning. The Phillies would also steal six bases, with Rollins leading the way there with three. The Phillies seems to have regain their swagger from last year, and it would seem that they have finally found their leader: Shane Victorino, based on his reaction to getting his triple at the start of the thirteenth inning.

The now first place Phillies (73-59), back in first place, and for the first time fourteen games over .500, will faced the now second place Mets (73-60), looking to see if they can sweep the now stunned New Yorkers and end the very successful home stand at 8-1. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm  Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87), who is coming off a victory against the Dodgers on August 22, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Phillies’ 8-1 win. In his last start against the Mets on July 6, he received a no-decision, as he gave up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. Careerwise, he is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts against the Mets. His mission will be two fold, to get through as many innings as he can to give the bullpen a sorely needed rest after last night’s game and to keep the Mets’ offense as silent as possible so that the resurgent Phillies’ offense can work over the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64), who is coming off a win over the Astros on August 22, where he went seven innings, giving up no runs on eight hits, in the Mets’ 3-0 win. He has won his last three starts. In his last two starts against the Phillies, he has thrown two no-decisions, as the Mets’ bullpen would lose both games, as he would go a combine sixteen innings, giving up only four earned runs on fourteen hits. Santana’s mission will be trying to keep the Phillies’ bats quiet while hoping the Mets’ will score enough runs so that the bullpen won’t be able to blow it this time.

The once again first place Phillies lead the presently shocked Mets by half a game, as they won their fifth game in a row, and the ninth in their last eleven games since being swept by the Dodgers. The Marlins trail the Phillies by six as they lost to the Braves. The Phillies will be trying to increase their lead over the Mets before they head off to Chicago to meet the Major League leading Cubs for four games.

It’s time to beat the Mets as New York come to Philly for the last time this season.

The Phillies (72-59) will face the first place Mets (73-59) in an important two games series for first place in the National League East. The first game of this short series will be played in Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 21, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up just an earned run on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. His last two starts against the Mets were a pair of no-decisions, both of which would eventually be lost by the Phils, as he would go a combined thirteen and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. In four quality starts against the Mets this year, he is 1-1 with two no-decisions, giving up only eight earned runs on twenty hits. Lifetime against the Mets, he is 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA in eighteen starts. He will be looking to pitch his fifteenth straight good start, as he goes for his second straight win, while trying to pitch the Phillies back into first place. The Mets will counter with Pedro Martinez (4-3, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Mets’ 5-4 win. In his last start against the Phillies on July 7, he would get the win as he pitches five and one thirds inning, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Mets’ 10-9 win. He will be trying to keep the Mets in first place in the East against a resurgent Phillies’ offense, hoping that they won’t be able to take advantage of his recent return from the disabled list.

The Phillies will be trying to retake the lead or stay real close to the Mets, hoping for a sweep, while being happy with a split, as they hope to end a so far very successful home stand with, hopefully, two more wins. The offense will be trying to see if it can hurt both Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana enough in the series so that it can then get at a now Billy Wagner-less Mets’ bullpen, so that they can light it up in the late innings, while hoping that its own suddenly better pitching staff will keep the Mets’ batters from getting on base and scoring runs. They will be hoping, now more than ever, for important contributions from the first four men in the line-up.

The Phillies trail the visiting Mets by a half game as they start a two games series. The Marlins are five games in back of the Phillies as they head to Atlanta to play the woeful Braves. The Phillies hope to come up well in this short series before they head off to Chicago for a four games series with the Major League leading Cubs.

Phillies prepare for another fish fry, to put some distance between themselves and the Marlins.

The Phillies (61-50) will be starting a two series, six games home stand with a three games series against the second place Marlins (59-53). The first game of the series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the 45 years young veteran Jamie Moyer (10-6, 3.79), who has pitched a win against the Nationals on July 30, and has pitched his tenth straight good outing, as he goes six innings, going up only three earned runs, all given up in the first inning, on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-5 win. Career wise he has been a major thorn in the Marlins’ side, going 10-0 in ten starts with a ERA of 3.03, including three wins recorded so far this season, where he has pitched twenty-one total innings, giving up only seven earned runs on thirteen hits to the fish. Moyer will be trying to continue his dominance over the Marlins’ while trying to set the tone for the present home stand. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (1-0, 4.18), who is coming off his first victory in four starts since coming off the disabled list and doing it against the Mets on July 30, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Marlins’ 7-5 win. He has faced the Phils once so far this season, getting a no-decision on July 20, pitching six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Marlins’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start against the Phillies while trying to keep the Marlins close against the divisional leader.

The Phillies will be coming home after having a winning road trip which saw them sweep the Nationals and then take the series from the Cardinals, despite the offense being kept quiet during the series, especially their 1-3 hitters. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley will have to do better than they did in St. Louis, where they went a combined 5 for 33, with three walks, if they plan to help the team score the runs needed to beat the fish. At the same time, the starters will have to keep from giving up the long ball to the young turks of the Marlins, since that is really the only way to help stop their offense. If they can get this young team swinging at either bad pitches or at junk, the Phillies should have an easier time winning the series. Otherwise, this is going to be a very hard fought series. Hopefully, Moyer, Kyle Kendrick and Cole Hamels can help lead the way to a series victory against Florida.

The Phillies will enter tonight’s game with a two and a half game lead over the Marlins, while their lead over the Mets is at three game, as the Mets prepare to face the Padres at New York, and doing it without the services of a hurting Billy Wagner. The Braves now trail the Phillies by ten and a half games after a lost last night to the Giants. Unless they can spark a late run, the Braves are all but out of the pennant race. The Phillies will be trying to put some serious distance between themselves and the Marlins and the Mets, to take full control of the division, starting tonight.

Phillies fall into second place as the offense goes puff, losing to the Mets, 3-1.

The Phillies lose another series to the Mets and in the process drop out of first place as its offense seem to have vanished into thin air as it waste a very good effort by starter Jamie Moyer. Moyer, who two hit the Mets, would give up only one run, a RBI single by David Wright in the third, scoring Jose Reyes, who has earlier walked and then stole second. The Phillies would then tie it in the seventh on a solo home run by Jayson Werth, his thirteenth home run of the year. The Phillies would threathen to take the lead in the top of the eighth, when, with one out, Eric Bruntlett would hit a deep fly ball to left field that would just miss going out of the park, instead ending up on second with a double. After Mets’ starter Oliver Perez strikes out Chase Utley for the second out of the inning, he would put Pat Burrell on first with an intentional walk. Ryan Howard is then hit by the pitch, loading the bases. Perez is then taken out of the game, replaced by Aaron Heilman. Heilmann would proceed to get Werth to end the inning by flying out. In the bottom of the eight, the Mets would regain the lead as, with two men on, and two outs, Carlos Delgado would hit a two-run double, scoring Robinson Cancel, who has gotten on base earlier with a pinch hit single, and Wright, who has just been intentionally walked. But Delgado would be thrown out trying to go to third base, Burrell to Bruntlett to Chris Coste to Pedro Feliz, to finally end the inning, but after the damage has already been done. Billy Wagner would then come in the ninth to record his twenty-sixth save of the year, as the offense goes down without a fight.

Jamie Moyer would pitch seven strong innings, keeping the Mets under control as he gives up only one earned run on two hits while striking out six, as he receives a no-decision. J.C. Romero is tagged with the lost, as he pitches an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Oliver Perez would also get a no-decision as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up only an earned run on six hits while striking out twelve. Aaron Heilman will get the win, pitching just a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. His record is now 1-2 with a ERA of 4.75. Billy Wagner will record his twenty-six save of the season, giving up only a hit.

The Phillies have now dropped into second place as the offense has allowed another great performance by Jamie Moyer to go down the tube because of their lousy performances at the plate. To say that at this moment the batters might as well just phone in their at bats is an understatement. This is just not acceptable. Where in the world has happen to the passion, the desire, the drive to want to win the Eastern Division for the second straight year, among the players, that they had around this same time last year? I mean, its looking more and more like these guys should be getting ready to join the federal witness protection program so that they can escape the wrath of the angry mob of Phillies fans who are soon going to be booing their sorry ***** out of Citizens Bank Park if they continue with this lackluster playing, instead of being the team that is suppose to be the run producing nightmare of starters for other major league teams. This is just pathetic, just dreadfully pathetic!!! It is especially pathetic with the way that the batters seems to be making even the worst pitcher look like he’s the second coming of Cy Young as he pitched against them. Hitting season? I’m beginning to wonder if Charlie Manuel was speaking a bit too soon when he made that comment back in May. To quote the old professor, Casey Stengel, “Can’t anybody out there play this game?” AAGGGGRRRHHHHH. Will some one please pass me the Alka Seltzer?

The now second place Phillies (54-48) will come home for a three games series with the Braves (48-53). The first game will be played tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Kyle Kendrick (8-4, 4.87) will get the start, coming off of an awful performance against the Marlins on July 19, where he would only last four and one-third innings, giving up seven earned runs on ten hits, in the Phillies’ 9-5 lost. He will be facing the Braves for the third time this year, with a 2-0 record plus a no-decision, which the Phillies also won, as he would pitch a combined total of seventeen and one-third innings, giving up only eight earned runs on seventeen hits. Lifetime against the Braves, he is 3-0 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts. He will be trying to record his ninth win, while trying to get the Phils back on track. The Braves’ starter will be Jair Jurrjens (9-5, 3.22), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on July 19, where he would pitch six and a third inning, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Braves’ 8-2 lost. He has already pitched a game against the Phillies so far this year, losing to them on July 3, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season while seeing if he has better luck this time against the Phillies’ batters.

The Phillies now trail the first place Mets by a game. They are presently a half-game ahead of the Marlins, who are getting ready to play the Cubs later today. The Braves trails the Phillies by five and a half games, as they have the day off today, before coming into Philly for a three games weekend series. The Phillies will be trying to regroup this weekend, trying to prove that they are indeed a second half team, although their first two series of the second half would seem to say otherwise.

The Phillies’ offense vanishes again as they lose to the Mets, 6-3.

The Phillies’ offense would perform its usual vanishing act as they fall to the Mets, 6-3, once again ending up being tied with the Mets for first place in the East. The Phillies’ returning starter Brett Myers would start out with his familiar first inning problems. After getting Jose Reyes to ground out, second to first, Myers would give up three straight walks to Endy Chavez, David Wright and Carlos Delgado to load the bases. He would then give up his fourth straight pass to Carlos Beltran, forcing in Chavez, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, while leaving the bases still loaded. Marlon Anderson would then make it 2-0 Mets, as he would hit a ground ball that would get pass Ryan Howard, but would be grabbed by Chase Utley, who would throw it over to Myers for the second out, while Wright scores and Delgado and Beltran both move up a base. Myers would finally get out of the inning on a ground out by Damion Easley, third to first. The Phillies would then tie the game in the second when Shane Victorino and Geoff Jenkins would hit back-to-back home runs off of Mets’ starter John Maine. Victornio’s home run would be his seventh home run of the year while Jenkins’ would be his ninth home run of the year. The Mets would retake the lead in the third as another walk would get Myers into trouble. After getting Chavez to ground out, second to first, Myers would give up his fifth and final walk to Wright. He would then hit Delgado, after getting ahead of him, to put two men on base. Beltran would then get a single, the first Mets’ hit of the game, to load the bases. Myers would then get Anderson to strike out for the inning’s second out. But he would then give up a single to Easley, which would knock in Wright to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Brian Schneider would then ground out, second to first, to end the inning. The Phillies would retie the game in the fifth, as Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled. The Mets would then take the lead for good in the sixth inning as Reyes would hit a three-run home run off of Ryan Madson, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Easley and Schneider, who have both gotten on base with singles, to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would come in the ninth to record his twenty-fifth save of the year.

Brett Myers would get a no-decision as he pitches a somewhat awful five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, while walking five batters and hitting another, three of whom would later score. Ryan Madson would take the lost, as he pitches an inning, giving up three earned runs on four hits. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on three hits. John Maine would get the win, going seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.20 ERA. Scott Schoeneweis would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Joe Smith would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Billy Wagner would come in in the ninth and record his twenty-fifth save of the year as he would go an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

Once again the inconsistent Phillies’ offense, after performing a spectular come from behind victory on Tuesday night, would do almost nothing on Wednesday night, as they lose to the Mets. Once again, someone need to come out and act like a team leader and start telling the others what they need to do if they are going to win the division again. Otherwise, they are going to go nowhere when the post-season comes around.

The three games series between the Phillies (54-47) and the Mets (54-47) will conclude this afternoon from Shea Stadium. The game will begin at 12:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 3.90), who is coming off an excellent start against the Marlins on July 18, going six innings, giving up only two earned runs on four hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 win. Moyer has won his last two starts, giving up two earned runs or less in both starts. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year while trying to put the Phillies back into sole possession of first place. The Mets will counter with Oliver Perez (6-6, 4.36), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on July 19, going six innings as well, while giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, in the Mets’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to record his seventh win of the year while trying to give the Mets the lead in the East.

The Phillies are once again tied for first place with the Mets while they prepare to face the Mets in the rubber game of their three games series. The Marlins continue to trail by a game as they’d lost to the Braves. They will now start a four games series against the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs at Chicago. The Braves are now traling the Phils and the Mets by six games as they take the day off, before they meet the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for a three games weekend series. The Phillies will be trying to gain their first series win of the second half while trying to regain sole control of first place in the East before going back home to meet the Braves.

Continuing their series in New York, still battling for first place.

The Phillies (54-46) will continue their three games series with the Mets (53-47) tonight at Shea Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound Brett Myers (3-9, 5.84), who is coming back from a month-long minor league stint to recover both his fast ball and his confidence. His last start was back on June 27, involved in a no-decision against the Rangers, where he would only pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. The Phillies will be hoping that his stint in the minor league has actually brought back both his fast ball and his confidence. The Mets will be countering with John Maine (8-7, 4.22), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on July 18, as he would go four and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on five hits, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his ninth win of the year while trying to help the Mets forget about the previous night’s shocking lost.

The Phillies will be going for a series win tonight, trying to build momentum from last night’s surprising come from behind while also trying to win their second straight games in a series. Although it is only July, this series could be end up being the turning point of the entire season, especially with the way they game back to win against a Mets’ bullpen that did not have the services of the team closer Billy Wagner, who presently have shoulders problem. Although listed as day-to-day, he claimed that he be willing to pitch if needed. Well, the Mets certainly needed him last night to help stop the Phillies’ late eruption. The fact that he did not appear last night makes me curious as to how bad his shoulder actually is, in spite of the MRI that was taken of his shoulder turning negative. Guess we’ll all find out if he will be able to pitch for the Mets tonight if a save opportunity looms.

The Phillies have a one game lead over both the second place Mets and Marlins, while their lead over the Braves is now at seven. The Marlins and the Braves will conclude their three games series in Miami, before the Marlins go on to start a four games series with the National League best Chicago Cubs (Can you say posiible fish food for bears? :)) and the Braves have a day off before they come to Philadelphia to start a three games weekend series with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will be looking to increase their lead against the Mets during the rest of the series, and stay in first place, before seeing if they can bury the Braves real deep in fourth place in the NL East this upcoming weekend. 

Phillies rally to score six runs in the ninth off of a Wagner-less Mets’ bullpen to beat the Mets, 8-6.

The Phillies rally to score six runs in the top of the ninth inning off of a Billy Wagner-less Mets’ bullpen while new Phil Joe Blanton is unable to contain the Mets in his first start as a Phil as the Phillies defeat the Mets, 8-6. The Phillies would take a quick lead in the first as Jayson Werth would hit a two out RBI single off of Mets’ starter Johan Santana, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. That would remain the score until the bottom of the third when Phillies’ starter Blanton would give up a RBI double to David Wright, knocking in Jose Reyes, who has earlier walked, to tie the game at one all. But Endy Chavez, who has singled earlier, would try to score on the play, but is instead thrown out at home plate, Burrell to Jimmy Rollins to Carlos Ruiz, who would put the tag on Chavez for the first out of the inning. Two batters later, with Wright still on second base, and with two outs, Carlos Delgado would hit his nineteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot that would give the Mets a 3-1 lead. In between the third and fourth innings, Charlie Manuel would be ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the third base umpire as the Phillies believed that Delgado had struck out on an 0-2 pitch while the umpire claimed that he had checked his swing. The Mets would increase their lead in the sixth, when, with a runner on first, Marlon Anderson, via a walk, and with two outs, Ramon Castro would hit his fifth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. In the meantime, Santana would keep the Phillies off the scoreboard, until the seventh, when Shane Victorino would hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, that would cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. The Mets would try to break the game wide open in their half of the seventh as Rudy Seanez replaces Blanton on the mound. Seanez would give up a lead-off double to Chavez. Chavez would then attempt to score on a single to right by Wright. But, for the second time in the game, he would be thrown out at the plate, this time from Werth to Coste, who tagged him out for the first out of the inning. On the throw home, Wright would move to second. Seanez would then intentionally walk Carlos Beltran, putting runners on first and second. The Phillies would then replace Seanez with J.C. Romero. Romero would get Delgado to fly out to center for the second out. But he would then hit Damion Easley to load the bases. Romero would then get out of the inning as he would get pinch hitter Fernando Tatis to line out to Chase Utley. In the ninth inning, the Mets would replace Santana with Duaner Sanchez, thinking that the game was over. The Phillies would soon make them think otherwise. Werth would greet Sanchez with a single. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs would follow with a single, sending Werth to second. Victorino would follow with a single, loading the bases. The Mets would then replace Sanchez with Joe Smith, as they hope that Ruiz would hit into a rally-killing double play. Ruiz would hit a ground ball  to shortstop Reyes, but Reyes would somehow miss the second base bag as a hostling Victornio would reach second on the fielder’s choice ground ball. The bases thus remain loaded as Werth scores to make it a 5-3 game. The Phils would then send out Geoff Jenkins as a pinch hitter, but he would never reach the plate as the Mets would replace Smith with Pedro Feliciano, while the Phillies would counter with So Taguchi, who was so far 0-for-16 as a pinch hitter. Taguchi would this time connect as he would hit a two-run double, scoring both Dobbs and Victorino and sending Ruiz to third, as the game was now tied at five all. Rollins would then follow with a two-run double of his own, scoring both Ruiz and Taguchi, to give the Phillies a 7-5 Phillies. Utley would then ground out to first for the first out of the inning, moving Rollins over to third. Burrell is then intentionally walked, putting runners on the corners, and setting up the double play. Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball straight to Feliciano, who would then drop the ball, before picking it up and throwing out Howard, as Rollins scores to make it 8-5 Phillies, while Burrell would go to second. Aaron Heilman is then sent into the game to replace Feliciano. Heilman would walk Werth, the man who has started the inning off, putting runners on first and second, with two outs. Heliman would then get Dobbs to pop up to Reyes to end the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies would send out their closer Brad Lidge to end the game. He starts the inning off by walking Chavez. Chavez would then go to second on defensive indifference. Lidge would then strike out Wright for the inning’s first out. Chavez would then go to third on a Lidge’s wild pitch before finally scoring on a ground out to first by Beltran, for the second out, making the score 8-6 Phillies. That would be the final score as Lidge would get Delgado to ground out, third to first for the final out, as he records his twenty-second straight save, tying the team’s record for most consecutive saves in a row set a few years earlier by Billy Wagner.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision, as he pitches six innings in his first start as a Phil, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would get the victory as he goes an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 1.78. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-second save, as he goes an inning, giving up an earned run on no hits. Johan Santana would also get a no-decision, going eight innings, giving up only two runs on eight scattered hits. The Mets bullpen would then take over and implode as the team’s closer, Billy Wagner, would be unavailable to pitch. Duaner Sanchez would face three batters, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Joe Smith would take the loss as he face only one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. His record is now 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano would get his second blown save, as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Aaron Heilman would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies have won the game by doing something that they haven’t been able to do too much of since May, come back from behind in the ninth inning to win a game while trailing by several runs. Of course, they did it after the Mets have taken out their starter, Johan Santana, who for the third time this season has pitched a quality start against the Phillies. The Phillies would be able to produce a rally in the ninth inning, because of the use of small ball, hustling on the part of Shane Victorino on Carlos Ruiz’s ground ball, luck (Jose Reyes missing second base on Ruiz’s grounder, and Pedro Feliciano’s bobbling of Howard’s ground ball to him with the chance for an inning ending double play), some situational hitting by Chase Utley to move Jimmy Rollins over to third, and, lastly, So Taguchi finally getting a pinch hit when the Phillies needed it the most. Whether this will be the turning point of the season, or just a temporary blip on the radar screen will be found out during the next two games of the series.

The Phillies (54-46) will continue their three games series with the Mets (53-47) tomorrow night at Shea Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be Brett Myers (3-9, 5.84), who is coming back from a minor league stint to recover both his fast ball and his confidence. His last start was back on June 27 in a no-decision against the Rangers, where he would only pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. The Phillies will be hoping that his stint in the minor league has actually brought back both his fast ball and his confidence. The Mets will send to the mound John Maine (8-7, 4.22), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on July 18, as he goes four and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on five hits, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his ninth win of the year while trying to help the Mets get over their previous night’s lost.

The Phillies, with their win, have regain sole control of first place, while they now lead both the Mets and the Marlins by one game and the Braves by seven, thanks to the Braves’ lost to the fish last night. The Phillies will now try to build momentum from their come from behind win as they attempt for either a series sweep or a series win before heading back home to meet the Braves at Citizens Bank Park for a three games weekend series.