Pat Burrell hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning to grab the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and the bullpen held onto it for a win over the Brewers today.
Burrell’s Major League-leading 24th and 25th RBIs brought home Greg Dobbs and Chase Utley. The latter went 3-for-4 and scored a run, bringing his average to .385. Burrell is hitting .355. After Burrell’s double, a combination of JC Romero and Ryan Madson kept the Brewers at bay in the eighth, and Brad Lidge had a pretty simple save, his fifth of the year.
The high drama in the game, aside from Burrell’s double, came when Jamie Moyer surrendered a double and a single to lead off the home seventh. With no outs, Tom Gordon came in for Moyer. Strikeout. Walk. Strikeout. Groundout. Gordon was superb, capping a day where the Crew had many chances to put away Moyer and the Phils, but never taking advantage. Moyer went six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and three walks.
Jayson Werth added a solo homer in the sixth.
The Brewers had plenty of chances to strike Moyer early, but bad plays ended their threats; meanwhile, though the Phils couldn’t convert against Brewers starter Jeff Suppan, they made no mistakes and remained in the game until Werth’s homer tied it. At that point it became a battle of the bullpens, and the Phils’ brand shut the door on the Brewers. Give a big hand to Gordon (especially Gordon), Romero, Madson and Lidge. The back end was dynamite.