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Victory! RBI Single Beats Mets

Shane Victorino laced a single to right field, scoring Pedro Feliz with two outs in the ninth to beat the Mets 3-2. It was the Phils fourth straight win.

Vic’s single came after Feliz doubled with two outs in the ninth. It capped a game dominated by fine pitching and jerky offense.

The player of this game was clearly Chad “Dim the Lights” Durbin, who struck out six of the seven batters he faced in 2.1 innings. He struck out Carlos Beltran to end a bases loaded threat, then shut down the Mets for two more innings. To be blunt — Durbin was sensational. After the game I pondered whether Durbin was the most essential acquisition of the Phils offseason. So far I have no doubts.

Durbin saved the game for JA (James) Happ, who was pretty good in his 4.2 innings of work. He walked four, but a couple of those were debatable, especially the gift ball David Wright received in that crucial fifth inning. Besides that Happ worked his changeup effectively, wasn’t afraid to throw his fastball high and strong (hitting 91 and 92 when rearing back) and mixed his pitches well. He induced a lot of weak fly balls and strong grounders, not the best indicator of success, but outs are outs. He struck out three. He clearly deserves another start to show us more (I really think we’ll see some difference when he doesn’t face the Mets), and I look forward to it.

The Phils got two runs off Johan Santana in the sixth through singles. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell nailed RBI singles, scoring Jayson Werth and Chase Utley with their hits. Once the Phils tied it the game became a battle of wits. Mets Manager Jerry Manuel decided to pull Santana after eight; bad move — Duaner Sanchez couldn’t get the job done. Meanwhile, Happ received wonderful backup from Durbin, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge, who got the win. Yet again the Phils bullpen did its job.

A great win, to be sure. And it was the one we never thought they’d win. Kudos to the Phils. Though they looked like they were handing Santana the win early, they fought and made sure they won.

With the win the Phils are now a cool 3.5 games up on the NL East. Why? Because the Colorado Rockies made some history tonight.

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  1. marissa

    July 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

    wearing the victorino shirt tomorrowww haha and durbin is phenomenal

  2. NateB

    July 5, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Wow think of how the Mets feel after starting their ace against our rookie and losing. That was the off-season acquisition that was supposed to make them a better team than the Phils. He did fine, but it did nothing for their team. I think they lost all hope after tonight, and the Phils should take advantage of that and just sweep the Mets out of any hope for contention.

  3. harry

    July 5, 2008 at 4:02 am

    It shows you can have one of the best pitchers in the game and if you don’t score runs you still lose.

  4. NJ

    July 5, 2008 at 7:41 am

    The most important thing last night is giving the Mets back that bittter taste from last year after stealing the game from them and there will have been one nasty arguement in the Mets clubhouse if history is anything to go by. Was hoping (Jerry) Manuel was going to send Wagner in for the bottom of the ninth as you could smell the blood in the we water and would have been even sweeter to knock him off is pedestal.

    Happ hung in there and the bullpen again was nothing short of phenomonal, just shows how different a team can be when it’s bullpen is pitching at an elite level and Chad Durbin is going to break the bank somewhere this off-season as a reliever.

  5. Phil

    July 5, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Is Chad Durbin a free agent?

  6. Phil

    July 5, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Wait, just saw…yes he is. They better pay him what Romero is getting paid and keep him here. They are the best righty/lefty combo in baseball.

  7. Steve

    July 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I think it’s hilarious that Santana needs to get a win in his next start to avoid being at or below .500 at the all-star break. Didn’t he leave the Twins to go to a contender? Right now the Twins are 1 GB from 1st place in the AL Central while the Mets are 5.5 GB from us.

  8. Phil

    July 5, 2008 at 8:10 am

    He left the twins to get a payday not go to a contender per say.

  9. scot

    July 5, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Listening to WFAN after the game up here in CT was nothing short of glorious. There is much gnashing of teeth after this loss, it’s a lot of fun. Just a great win. Howard and Burrell with some clutch hitting, which seems to happen over and over against the Mets.

    Last year our bullpen was much better than the Mets, maybe the difference in the division, and it’s only gotten better this year.

    And Shane, fantastic. Man oh man. Yeah, I think I’d take Shane over Arroyo and Corey Patterson for this team.

  10. Brian Michael

    July 5, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Clutch hitting and not clutch hitting. Both Howard and Burrell struck out in the ninth.

  11. NJ

    July 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    The Mets are a contendor which is why being ahead of them on merit is so sweet. It’s going to be tought to keep Durbin who will be in line for Romero/Riske money as Howard, Hamels, Vic, Lidge, Werth will all be getting noticable raises and though we will finally be free of the pay-off for Thome re-signing Burrell will not leave much to make any major moves.

    I’d love to see Durbin as a mainstay in this pen but his success shows when your aggressive in the FA market with the swing guys you can land a very effective guy, St. Louis have done it with Franklin. We have to get some young pitching up into that pen otherwise we will have this yearly crapshoot in the FA market for relievers.

    Credit to Vic, he’s cementing himself as the leader of the outfield both in the clubhouse and on the diamond.

  12. Lewisauce

    July 5, 2008 at 9:17 am

    NJ, I agree completely. The best part is that we made the Mets feel like Ivan Drago in Round 10 of the Christmas Day fight of Rocky IV. They threw their best guy at us, we threw our completely unproven AAA callup at ’em, and we still won the game. Santana, despite pitching pretty well all year, is floundering near .500. Well, he got what he wanted: a big paycheck. All his teammates are getting big checks, but no one has any real heart. When they bother to stop thinking about their own individual vainglorious selves, and pause to think about the NL East standings, they have to be thinking “What do we have to do to beat these guys?”

    I love the soul-crushing wins at home against rivals. Makes me giddy (if you couldn’t tell already.)

  13. Lewisauce

    July 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I say pay Durbin whatever his market value is, which should be at least Romero money. The guy’s ERA is 1.5, for chrissake. I know relief guys can go either way from year to year, but as long as he’s healthy, we have to keep him. This team would be staring up at Florida if not for the bullpen.

    Thome’s money is off the books. Burrell is my favorite Phillie, but there’s a good chance they won’t keep him. Make Werth an everyday guy, hope he gets better against righties, and look around for a fourth outfielder who can platoon with Jenkins. That will save some money. Also, there’s a possibility that ownership, after two seasons in the playoffs (and a possible playoff round win this year), will up the payroll a bit. They’re tightwad assholes and I hate them, but if the playoff success is there, the revenue will be there as well.

  14. Bear Mike

    July 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Great game boys! I was there last night (15th game this season). Sell out crowd was very quiet for the most part. I don’t get it? Happ had a very good outing IMO. Durbin/Lidge……phenomenal! Pat Burrell should definently be an All Star! Can’t believe the Rockies game. 3.5 up in first place now. Where are all of the naysayers who, 4 games ago, were talking about trading away many of our top players???? What a joke! Remember, it’s a very long season and we are only just past the mid way point. GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!

  15. NJ

    July 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Even if we loose tonight and drop the rubber game we took the win away from the guy the Muts are relying on to set the tone and thats going ot really hurt them.

    The payrolls going up like it did this year but most of that will have to go towards salary increases. Durbin came here to raise his stock and if he keeps pitching this way will get somewhere around the $4m per year for a minimum of 3 and we won’t be able to afford that and add a frontline starter as well as keeping Lidge. I hope we do find a way to keep him but it’s very unlikely we’ll be able to afford the raises but if Gordon were to retire that picture may look a little different.

    As for Burrell he’ll remain a Phil if the incoming FO really want him, Durbin although valuable will be less of a priority. Anyone heard anything on Maitheson’s status?

  16. danny

    July 5, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I had to work last night and missed the game- but how awesome was Howard’s single with the scrore at 2-0 Mets? Opposite field, little baby grounder. Great play by Howard.

  17. NEPA

    July 5, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Yea, those 2 RBI singles with 2 outs were so clutch vs. a pitcher like Santana. It looked as if we were on our way to like a 2-0 loss, I really wasn’t expecting those singles at all.

  18. nate br. (not nate b.)

    July 5, 2008 at 11:31 am

    i was there last night, and i thought the crowd was pretty hot, especially around the time when happ was trying to get out of that inning, and reyes beat out the double play and wright got that shady walk. happ got a nice ovation when he left too. the noise when howard was up in the 9th was deafening. i saw at least two groups of unruly mets fans get escorted out, and was sitting in front of some completely trashed mets chick who kept screaming at the top of her lungs. i was suprised she didn’t hear it from the rest of the section. I did see a pretty brutal fight on the way out, with some mets fan throwing a guy in a howard jersey over two rows of chairs in the second deck, and a decent sized melee broke out, with security nowhere to be found.

  19. NJ

    July 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Here’s something to make you guys laugh… Someone on the teams website message boad put a post up suggesting a trade for Rich Harden where we give up Werth, Madson and prospects Marson, Donald and Fabio Castro…

    I know it’s unrelated to last nights game but thought that would make you guys laugh.

  20. Don M

    July 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I thought Happ pitched great… and I was glad to see that Muts, as usual, did not get any run support for Santana.

  21. hoey

    July 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    i still have my spot reserved on broad street for the victory parade for the phillies second ws win this october.
    im taking bob michael and getting him drunk. the man deserves it!!
    he worked in the philadelphia school district for over 35 years!

  22. Don M

    July 5, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The funny thing is, thats really what it would take to get Harden.. its def not worth it in my opinion.

    I think Werth is very good, and could start for most teams, Madson is quietly having a very very good year in the bullpen… Donald and Castro i’d be OK with trading since Donald has nowhere to play on the roster, and Castro hasn’t yet panned out

  23. Phil

    July 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    NJ Gordon comes off our books next year. Gordon makes a lot of money. Pay Durbin Gordon’s old salary or less. They’ll resign Durbin, and he really likes it here. I’m sure he won’t even make it to free agency.

  24. Bruce

    July 5, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    To Brian Michael~ Sounds like nitpicking. “Clutch” hitting for me is getting RBIs with RISP. Howard (with NL leading 73 RBIs) has the best record on the team with RISP.

  25. Geoff

    July 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    this is where pat gillick is a bad general manager. yes, you got chad durbin in here and hes doing a good job. he has become a key element to the bullpen. relievers usually dont get more than 4 years unless theyre K-Rod or Mariano Rivera. ok, so why let an issue linger until the offseason when theres a lot more to dela with. just go to chad and offer him an extension similar to what jc romero got. boom. done. now you can use those guys as a combo for a few years now.

  26. Geoff

    July 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    just get it out of the way and get it done now.

    same with lidge, lock it up now.

    why do you have a policy of waiting until the player can see the market and want to test it so they will leave? as a GM, you dont want them to see the market that awaits them. once they see that, then youll have to cough up more money or you wont get them back. just get it done

  27. Bruce

    July 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    After Happ’s outing, Charlie Manuel said he saw improvement compared to last year’s only start vs Mets. He had a “Better fastball” and more command. Manuel went on to say he could “use a little more seasoning”.

    It will interesting to see if Happ can continue to make progress (or be “hapless”; couldn’t resist it).

    On the subject of starters, latest report on Benson:

    “RHP Kris Benson was roughed up in his second start for Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Benson, attempting to return to the majors after shoulder surgery in March 2007, allowed six runs on nine hits, walked two and fanned two over five innings against Pawtucket on Friday night. In four minor-league starts between Lehigh Valley and Class A Clearwater, Benson has allowed 15 runs on 24 hits in 15-2/3 innings for an 8.62 ERA.”

    I’m beginning to have doubts about his chance of being call up when the roster expands to 40 on September 1st.

  28. Bear Mike

    July 5, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I was at the game last night. A Mets fan was taking a piss in a stall in a Men’s bathroom. A drunk Phillies fan kicked the door open and threw a full plastic beer bottle at him – nailed him square in the back – beer everywhere. When the Mets fan came out of the stall, the Phillies fan pushed him to the ground. Mets fan was scared to death being in that situation with a room filled with Phillies fans. I don’t think the scuffle was provoked. Stories like this sicken me. Other than that, I only saw some playful verbal exchanges between opposing fans.

  29. NJ

    July 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Good point Phil, with Gordon flirting with the DL at all times it’s far fetched to think if he plays next year that the Phils will offer much more than a moderate salary. If we can extend Durbin for another 2 years right now that’s a great move but this is a guy who’s stock will be high enough to write his own ticket some clubs like the Brewers will be happy to overpay for as an elite set-up man or give him that starters gig.

    It’s tough to get those deals done prior to the end of the year as the player has the power of free agency and driving up the price and current market value is set. Just look at Lohse, we offered him the best deal but he waited to see what the market value was and it backfired on him.

    Would be really nice to see the Phils come out and annouce the re-signing of Burrell or Lidge (would deflect some attention off the rumors swirling over starting pitching)

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  31. Phil

    July 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I’d rather the Phils resign Durbin over Burrell. The only reason Durbin might leave is because he wants to go test free agency to be a starter, but I think he’s starting to like his role on the team and is beginning to accept it. He knows he’s an elite bullpen piece, probably the best overall bullpen guy in the game right now, and I’m sure he realizes he’s stuck in that position. The Brewers won’t have the money to overpay for him. They’re a small market club. We’ll resign him, I’m positive of it.

  32. Fran

    July 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I’m glad you used my “Dim the Lights” Durbin nickname. It’s the best one for him

  33. Matt Kwasiborski

    July 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I think it is awesome that the Mets cannot get Santana any run support! I mean, he is their ace, the guy paid to put him over the top and the Mets are treating him like Adam Eaton. Santana is usually lights out in the 2nd half but his stuff this 1st half is much better then in his previous years.

    I think if middle relievers got a chance to make the All-star team, Durbin would be a shoe in. As far as giving him an extension, well, let’s see how he pitches in September first. If he can pitch us into the postseason give him the same contract as Gordon when he comes off the books.

    The Phils do need to re-sign Lidge though. Seriously, he has found his game again and there is no reason he cannot dominate for another 3-5 years. Then if Happ can become like Kendrick, then include Myers in the Sabathia package. And I wouldn’t care if CC only stays through the WS victory!

  34. Joshua

    July 5, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    well, now the mets win the next 3..i bet everything on that.

  35. Mark

    July 5, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Good show for Happ’s first 2008 MLB outing, but that bullpen — simply awesome. Great clutch hitting by Feliz and Victorino. Manuel made all the right moves.

  36. Mark

    July 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Joshua, you may just lose it all!!

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