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A Win’s a Win

Wow, where did that win come from? It wasn’t a brand new Phillie that provided the spark as I thought, but it was another amazing finish. Jayson Werth’s 3-run blast into the upper deck of left field to bring the Phils within one run was certainly reminiscent of the Russell Branyan shot. More impressive though was the Phillies bullpen which salvaged Kyle Lohse’s pitiful two inning performance as Durbin, Davis, Condrey, Romero (W), Gordon, and Myers (S) combined for seven scoreless. The Phillies now have 47th come-from-behind wins. That is the most in the majors and with 83 wins overall, that means the Phils come-from-behind in more than half their games (57%).

Elsewhere in the National League, the Marlins held off a Met rally to escape with a win in ten innings. As fans were walking out of RFK last night, the concourses erupted when we found out the Fish had tied it in the ninth.  I expect there to be even more fans at the stadium this weekend – you can’t beat $5 tickets.  Unfortunately the Padres won as the tend to do. Yet the biggest news outside the Phillies big win was the hiring of Ed Wade by Houston to act as their General Manager.  Go Phils!

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  1. Greg

    September 21, 2007 at 8:33 am

    awesome game last night. its nice when the bullpen keeps us close. If the Phils can find a way to win tonights pitching matchup…
    Adam Eaton v. Shawn Hill.

  2. bobby

    September 21, 2007 at 10:08 am

    It was there last night. Admit it. That sinking feeling that the season was slipping away. It’s a familiar feeling; one we’ve felt before. As in last year, and the year before, and the year before. Ryan Howard’s 2-run homer in the top of the 1st had you feeling pretty good, but then the unexpected happened, as it always seems to. Previously reliable starter Kyle Lohse (who seemed to have come from out of the blue midseason) imploded. He was serving up pitches that TV commentator Gary Matthews accurately described as “batting practice” quality.

    Before you could say “How about that Ed Wade getting hired?”, the Phils were on the ugly end of a 6-2 score. And then it got very quiet. You could feel the postseason chances slipping away, especially when it was reported that the Mets had rallied for 4 runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-4 lead over Florida. This was it. The ship was slipping under the water. Time to take a long last breath and accept the inevitable.

    Then something magical happened. A single. A walk. Then a mammoth homer off the bat of… Jayson Werth? (Who IS this guy, anyway??) Instantly, the sinking feeling was gone. Instantly you just KNEW the Phils were indeed Fightin’ and would pull this one out. And sure enough, those dueling MVP’s, Chase and Jimmy, did what they do so well (aided by a perfect bunt from Shane Victorino), and the Phillies had the lead. Bullpen worries? Bah! Meyers closed it out by freezing the unlucky Nat who was standing at the plate for the game-ending KO.

    But the magic wasn’t over quite yet. In one of the more exciting and enjoyable instances of scoreboard watching (get used to it) in recent memory, we learned that the motley Mets had coughed up the lead in Florida, and in fact, given the game away in the 10th to suffer another brutal loss.

    That sinking feeling was gone. Replaced by another feeling, this one not so familiar. This was a feeling that the Phillies can actually do this. Not only make the playoffs, but (gulp)… win the division! And in the process, eliminate the Mets (the team to beat?) from the postseason altogether!

    Ah, that’s a good feeling.

  3. Chris.I

    September 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I’m glad to see the site back up, and running! Looks great!

    Lastnight’s win was great! Going into 11 games left into the season, being 1 1/2 game out, to be honest…It’s going to be tough. We have to win atleast 9 out of 11 and hope the Mets continue to go on a losing streak, or pray Arizona folds. I just think the Mets have alot more to prove right now, but let’s hope they fold too.

  4. bobby

    September 21, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Chris, there are only 9 games left for the Phils. 3 Nats, 3 Braves, and 3 more Nats.

  5. jim

    September 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    As a Met fan I wish you guys congrats for hanging in there and showing the fight I only wish my Mets would show.

  6. Mark

    September 21, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Anyone else going to the final game at RFK Sunday? I’m going to TiVo the Eagles and hopefully avoid the score. However, with the combination of last Monday night and the Birds wearing throwback Blue and Yellow unis, I haven’t been less excited for a game in a while. That didn’t stop fans at the game tonight from doing the EAGLES chant. Unfortunately, Deadskin fans are the ones laughing.
    On a positive note, let’s bring out the broom this weekend!

  7. hoey

    September 22, 2007 at 8:39 am

    im already staking out a spot on broad street for the victory parade when they win the WS— any excuse for day drinking

  8. Big Daddy

    September 22, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I’ll be right next to you. The Phils are a bunch of “overachievers” in most cases.
    The city will go nuts if they make the playoffs. Who cares about the Eagles?

    Nice web site Brian, Go Phils!

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