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Phils give up big inning, lose 5-2

What could have been a champagne drenched locker room turned into just another post game interview spot.  The Phillies woke up Saturday morning with hopes of wrapping up the NL East division for a fourth straight year.  The Braves blanked the Nationals 5-0 in a day game canceling all hopes of clinching tonight against the Mets.  And then the seventh inning happened to the Phillies.  Magic number is still at two after losing tonight 5-2.

So let’s recap.  The win steak is over.  The playoff push is on pause; for now.  The Phillies could not figure out Mets’ rookie Dillon Gee, managing only five hits and two runs.  Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ryan Howard is responsible for all the Phillies’ scoring for the night.  With two hits in the first inning, the Phils looked to continue their September slugfest against the Mets.

However, after the second inning, the offense went to sleep collecting only three more hits and none after the seventh.  Kyle Kendrick kept the offense in the game through six innings allowing only three hits and no runs.  But after allowing a run in the seventh and loading the bases, Kendrick was pulled for Chad Durbin.  Durbin allowed a three run double to Lucas Duda and another RBI double to Joaquin Arias.

The Phillies went into the seventh inning winning 2-0 and left trailing 5-2.

The Phillies can still clinch the division tomorrow with a win paired with a Braves loss.  If not, they will have to do it on the road in Washington or Atlanta.

Keep the champagne on ice and plastic rolled up.  But don’t put it away.  The Phillies will still need it.  Cole Hamels goes tomorrow for the Phils against Pat Misch.



  1. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 2:01 am

    The bats really did make good contact but they were just missing with these sharply hit ground balls. It happens and its over with. Hamels is in to finish these stinkin Muts.

    I’m thinking the Braves are all so happy to see Mr. Hernadez again. The Braves start the Beachboy Beachem. Should make for a fun day, the two games on, remember how we watched that in 07 as the Mess faded – now that was a clincher. It would be ‘special’ to see King Cole keep the Mess at bay and the boys to keep hitting the ball that hard, just a little over to the left…

    Tomorrow will be a gas, be there if you can!

  2. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Yes, Jenkins. My buddy watched from his hotel in Austin probably on ESPN (didnt say) but good ole Geoff Jenkins – my friend used to call him Cookie Head Jenkins

    What a weird choice. Why not have the Bull or Mike Schmidt? Someone with an interest. Jenkins past success will always be that. I think the Phils actually got him to split time with Victorino? Fail…

  3. bacardipr05

    September 26, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Kyle did an excellent job. I think he should of been pulled as soon as he got into a little bit of trouble. Nothing against my man Kendrick but that time they where starting to get a feel for him. Durbin hasnt been as dependable as he was in the 1st half. Cant win them all it was a fab win streak to get to where we at now. its no secret phils struggle against rookie pitchers…

  4. bacardipr05

    September 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

    perhaps they need better scouting reports..

  5. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I think they are at a point where they can handle anybody. They hit the ball hard, Kendrick was awesome – the 7th inning is unknown territory for KK – but Durbin – and Romero – ugh.. lets see, we pitch anyone not named Lights Out or Maddog, we lose.

    If they continue to hit the ball hard they will find the wholes again – over with – lets finish this with a W today. I’m looking forward to todays game.

  6. biz

    September 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

    What exactly did Romero do that was so bad? I’ve seen numerous posts referencing him, but I didn’t recall anything. I went back and checked the line. He had a walk. Is that what the problem was, a walk?

  7. QU Sam

    September 26, 2010 at 4:05 am

    too bad the Phils lost, but it happens. My only concern was that, if the Phillies don’t wrap up the title tomorrow, Charlie will be tempted to make Halladay pitch 7+ innings Monday, as opposed to 5-6 innings (likely) if they already won the division.

  8. bacardipr05

    September 26, 2010 at 4:31 am

    i was only hearing the game and i turn it off for a bit i know Jc was in there but after durbin gave up that double i switched it off then turn back on…our bullpen is the weakness and we not the exact same offense we had in 08 and 09 we have to rely more on our 3 ace starters…

  9. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

    The big difference bacardi is that we also have H2O. Which is really key for a 7 game series especially. No way we lose a series, a game or 2 perhaps but not a series with these guys.

    The backend of our pen has been tremendous in the second half, especially in the last few months. Remember that we had a negative at the backend last year – the anti-Lidge. No reason to believe these guys wont be able to give it a few more weeks – the dynamic duo has been shutting some doors!

    You’re sentiments understood – when Cholly took out Kyle that was it.

  10. mikemike

    September 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

    howard catches the grounder the next ball is right at utley,cause he is playing back,wasnt really kenrick fault

  11. Kate

    September 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    While there have been plenty of times this season where the vast majority of the blame could be placed on Kyle Kendrick, last night isn’t one of those times.

    Howard should have caught that ball and then Durbin should have done what he’s paid to do, what he’s done before, and shut the Mets right down.

    The playoff push isn’t even on pause, though I do understand and appreciate the process behind those thoughts. It’s just the Phillies making things exciting once again.

    Cole’s on the mound today. No worries.


    September 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Like You Didn’t Know: Victorino 8, Polanco 5, Utley 4, Howard 3, Werth 9, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 6, Hamels 1

  13. Chuck

    September 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Yeah, Durbin sh*t the bed.

  14. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Rain ugh


    September 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

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    September 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm


  17. Brooks

    September 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Yesterday the forecast was more promising – this rain is not supposed to stop.


    September 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm


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