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Howard Blasts Past Mets

The closer it gets to October, the hotter Ryan Howard gets.  In August and September, Howard takes hitting to a whole new level.  He showed his power with two monster home runs to help the Phillies win their third straight game.

Yesterday, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each hit three-run home runs in the first inning.  Today, it was Howard’s turn.  Howard smoked a 2-2 pitch the opposite way, over the 16 foot tall left field wall.  The Phillies quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead.

On Sunday, Angel Pagan led off with an inside the park home run.  In Pagan’s first at-bat today, Cliff Lee jammed him, and it was an easy play for Chase Utley.  Utley settled under it, but in his best Luis Castillo impression, dropped the ball.  Utley fired to second, but the ball scooted to left field.  Angel Pagan took advantage of the two errors and circled the bases.  It was the first time in Utley’s career that he made two errors in one game, let alone during the same play.

Fernando Tatis’ sacrifice fly made it a 3-2 game, but both runs were unearned for Lee.  The defense was not pretty– for either side.  There were a total of five errors before the fourth inning.

Howard wasn’t finished with Bobby Parnell.  He already took him deep to the opposite field, now it was time to pull the ball.  Howard clobbered the 3-2 offering to the upper-deck porch in right field.  The two-run shot gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead. 

With the home runs, Howard surpassed the 100-RBI mark (104) for the fourth straight time in his career.  He joins Chuck Klein as the second player in franchise history to have four consecutive 100-RBI, 30-home run (34) seasons.

The run support was plenty for Lee.  Lee gave up more runs than he has in any other start in a Phillies uniform: two, both in which were unearned in his seven innings of work.  He gave up six hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter.

Raul Ibanez added a RBI double in the ninth inning.  With the 6-2 victory over the Mets, the Phillies won the series three games to one.  The Phillies now have a 16.5 game lead over the fourth place Metropolitans.  The dog days of summer are quickly coming to a close, and the Phillies have a hot hand in Lee, and a hot bat in Howard.  They’re just getting started.

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  1. Dan

    August 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Always feels good to get a W. Howard is killin em right now. I was hopin for the GS though. (I know that’s bein greedy).

    Anyway, finally Raul gets an RBI. Good thing we’ve been doin so well its minimized his struggles at the plate recently. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’ll be fine if we make the playoffs, but he’s been a different guy since the all-star game.

    & Cliff Lee is The MAN.

  2. Jeff

    August 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Now hopefully we can have some breathing room. We have the Braves coming up at home and we can put a knife into there hearts. Pirates should be a sweep.

  3. Repeat!

    August 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Cliff Lee’s era 2.63(2.625 but who’s counting) and 0.67 as a Phillie. RA, you may be the new Theo(Redsox GM);especially if the brass doesn’t start getting cheap on us.

  4. cas

    August 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Where are the Mets fans on this blog now?

  5. Manny

    August 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Santana scratched due to elbow issues…. are you freaking kidding me? wow

  6. Manny

    August 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Not only did RAUUUUUUUL get an RBI, but he went 2-5… hopefully he’ll heat up in September too! With Johnny Wacko and a hot Ibañez behind Howard, you can expect Big Brown to deliver big time!

  7. Phillies fan

    August 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    While I am a Phillies fan and do USUALLY agree with what is written on this blog, I find it quite tasteless and hypocritical that you discuss Utley doing his best Castillo impression. If you really meant what you wrote a few days ago about returning the fun and sportsmanship to the rivalry, you wouldn’t make borderline moronic comments like the one above.

  8. Repeat!

    August 24, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Come on phillies fan, that was a Cast like play. Easy pop up dropped by a 2nd basemen;lead to 2 unearned runs… It rattled Lee and he wasn’t as sharp the entire game. The only diff is that it didn’t cost us the game. It’s the truth….

  9. Repeat!

    August 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Red Sox have rejected Wagner’s trade demands. I have a strange feeling that RA may be up to something w/Wags….

  10. Brian of CO

    August 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “borderline moronic comments” LOL. Oh please. First off, that article was written by Tim, this article was written by Amanda, two people two different view points. The other thing is that article had to do with fights, punches, hostility and beer, not “playful banter”. I honestly must say that finding it “quite tasteless and hypocritical” is, well, “borderline moronic”. Saying a 2nd basemen drops a routine flyball that is almost NEVER dropped then drops it will create thoughts of that Mets Loss to that. Its called “Playful Banter”. I can’t believe someone on here can be so thin skinned that these two articles actually offends them. Thats REALLY SAD. I MIGHT be able to understand your comments if Amanda flat out bashed Castillo saying his sucks, and should go back to the Minor Leagues, or hes an idiot and classless and everything else. Amanda did a SUPERB job with this article, employing “playful banter” never stooping to a lower level. So honestly, the only “bordeline moronoc comments” on here are those who dont understand the difference between “playful banter” and being outright rude, dis-repsectful and idiotic…i.e throwing punches, kicking people when they are down or possible pouring beer on someone else. But honestly, if someone poured beer on me, I really dont think my first reaction would be to throw punches (i.e mets fan in retaliation of the Phillies fan pouring beer on them). I would be EXTREMELY PISSED, and scream and yell, but thrown punches? THAT is what Tim was talking about in the other article, NOT making remarks about errors made by the Mets which have now become “borderline” infamous. TO AMANDA…Well done! Good article. In fact I believe this article was written rather tastefully while yet employing good ole fashion rivalry! Keep it up!

  11. Howard

    August 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Utley didn’t have a great game, but the rest of the TEAM picked him up. This group DEFINES a team. No attitudes, No “ME” statements, no one pointing fingers at another. Bruntlett could’ve been the goat yesterday, and look what happened. (Yes, I was calling for Chase to come into the game to replace him when he booted the 2nd hit). The Mutts have considered themselves WS contenders EVERY year since 2000. Where are they now? The golf course before the season ends. Chase caught some heat calling them the “chokers”. They’ll claim injuries, but I respond to say – It’s all apart of the game. Our concerns lie with the Braves & the Fish. Bring it on!

  12. Leon-Deon-VA.Tech

    August 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Utley seems to be a johnny cum lately guy…when he wants to play he plays….he just has that look like I’d rather be fishing!…Sorta like Werth as well…both really good but air-heads….Ryan, Lee, Blanton, Vic, Raul,Jimmy, and others.better keep it up cause its only gonna get harder down the stretch ….ya only got 2 ….pitchers you can count on ..well 3 actually if ya throw in Happster…General Lee…and Mr. I come to play everyday Blanton….Captain Air Head Hamels….not much faith in him or Brad blow on my fingers Ledge…I mean Lidge…they want to REPEAT…its gotta be done on every pitch…every play…

  13. Brian of CO

    August 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    So whos your favorite team Leon-Deon? Or should I ask how many games back are they now. If the Phillies are a bunch of “air-heads” what does that make your favorite team? LOL

  14. Keith E

    August 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Werth=NL player of the week!
    That Jeltz award was way out of line.
    GO PHILS!!!

  15. George

    August 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I suppose Utley is an airhead, because he only drives in 100 runs per season, and Werth because he’s only managed his best season ever, and hasn’t won the Player-Of-The-Week award every single week. And of course Hamels and Lidge are airheads because they’re having some problems. after good seasons.

    While we’re at it, let’s throw in Hall-Of-Famer Steve Carlton, too, because he managed to lose twenty games the season after winning twenty-seven. Or how about Mike Schmidt for his one season with a batting average below the Mendoza line?

    Gosh, and lets not forget all the others who’ve struck out, made errors, and given up home runs. Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Honus Wagner… Yep, airheads, every one of ’em!

  16. Brian of CO

    August 24, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Well said Georgie. And funny to boot. However I may want to respectfully correct something you said. “And of course Hamels and Lidge are airheads because they’re having some problems. after good seasons.” I believe you mean GREAT season, not good. 🙂

  17. maxhole

    August 25, 2009 at 12:38 am

    below average. really, step it up

  18. Chris.I

    August 25, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Does anyone know why this Sundays game (aug 30) was rescheduled from 1:05 to 8:05?

  19. Db

    August 25, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Because it was picked up by espn for the nationaly aired sunday night game

  20. Petey Pablo

    August 25, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Leon…yeah, Utley = johnny come lately…google (or is your friend. Sorry the best 2B in baseball doesn’t play for your team, but he’s ours.

    I’ll also take Cole and his NLCS and WS MVP’s…you and the rest of the Mets fans can enjoy watching him in the playoffs.


  21. Brooks

    August 25, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Anyone with some flashback’s to the 93 magic here?
    Or is this team better? This team does provide some awesome displays of power and dominance – I think on a different level.
    Any thoughts?

  22. klaidi

    August 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

    What are you guys talking about!?!?!?! U r questioning Chase Utley??? For 1 error?? I think you should see the highlights of last years playoffs and frankly all seasons Chase has played with us!!! He is the best player on the team! Chase Utley is the MAN!! WFC!!!

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