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Long Ball Powers Phils Over Mets

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run.  And, well, Ryan Howard finished it with one.

The Phillies were trailing the Mets 2-1 in the top of the ninth when Howard hit a two run shot that gave the Phillies the lead for good.  Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 36th save as the Phils tried to keep pace in the Wild Card hunt with the 3-2 victory.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels struck out 10 in six innings of work and allowed just the two runs.  Hamels has for the most part done his job at keeping the Phillies in the game.  More times than not, however, the Phils have failed to return the favor in a sense.

Matt Harvey confused Phillies hitters all night.  After Rollins homered in the first, Harvey didn’t allow another hit going seven innings.  The righty also struck out seven in his last start for the season.

It would be Josh Edgin who gave up the home run to Howard.  The Pennsylvania native suffered his first loss tonight in his young career.

There wasn’t much to this game.  With this win, the Phillies stay in the hunt.  A sweep tomorrow would be even better.

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  1. Manny

    September 20, 2012 at 6:41 am

    HUGE WIN! We’re hanging in there. Cards and Brewers need to start losing.

  2. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2012 at 6:43 am

    From the NYT game story…

    The Mets have lost eight straight games at Citi Field and have a 4-23 record at home since the All-Star break. Their second-half home winning percentage dropped to .148, and they remained on track to set a record for the lowest home winning percentage in the second half of a season since 1933, the first year of the All-Star Game. The Mets hold baseball’s low mark after producing a .158 winning percentage in the second half of the 1979 season at Shea Stadium.

  3. Brooks

    September 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I still haven’t made a move on the Post season package.
    13 games left, 4 behind in the WC standings..

    Analyze, speculate…
    Milwaukee has won 4 in a row. The Brewers have 14 games left, today vs Pirates (absolute must win for the Buccos), then they face the Nats and the Reds away for 7 games. This could knock them down a bit but they also wind up at home vs the Astros then Padres. Speculate – perhaps a 3-5 record for the next 8 and maybe 5-1 for the final 6. So, 8 more wins puts them at an 84-78 record. Reasonable?

    Dodgers are next. 13 games left, currently 2 ahead of the Phils. The Dodgers have 4 tough road games vs the Nats today then 3 more at Cincy – the Reds are in. 11 games up on the Cards, how hard do they have to play? So lets just say the Dodgers go 2-2 then they have a rare day of rest in late September before facing the Padres away for 3, then coming home to face the Rox for 3.. I’d give them 5 out of that 6. The Dodgers end the season vs the Giants at home which seems to be looking like a great matchup. The Dodgers are 6-9 vs the Giants this year. Give them 2 wins in a must situation. Dodgers go 9-4 in their last 13 putting them at 86-76 for the season. Reasonable? Generous!

    Now for the stinking Cards – sorry, bitter taste still. 13 games left on the season. They play the next 7 games vs the Astros at home then on the road vs the Cubs and doh, lets just throw in the stinking Astros again for 3.. home for the last 6 vs the Nats and the Reds. Nats and Reds will both have sewn up their divisions but they wont roll over. How about another 9-4 for the final few? Puts their record at 88-74.

    So, where does that leave our Phils? The Phils already have 74 losses and would probably need to win out the remainder of the season to finish up with 88 wins.

    Which includes 6 games vs the Nats (remember, Davey Johnson will NOT roll over) and 3 vs the Braves. Throw in 4 games left vs the Muts and the Fish. All these games are in the division. The Phils are 27-32 vs division foes (mostly because of the 5-10 record vs the Braves and 7-10 vs the Muts). 9 very difficult games coming up out of 13. Realistically? It’s possible but …
    OK considering it still (what a homer!)

    • Morris Buttermaker

      September 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

      The Reds are a half game behind the Nationals for the best record in the NL. The top team gets a huge advantage this year. The Reds have plenty to play for. Looking at what you typed up, I would say it is between the Cardinals and Phillies for the most part. But Milwaukee is one of them teams that can really go on a run. They also can go ice cold at the drop of a dime as well. That damn Houston series might really come back to haunt the Phillies.

      The races in both leagues are great right now. I am enjoying the heck out of it.

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  5. JMills

    September 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Harvey imo did not confuse the phils, he overpowered them. What an arm, still throwing 97 in his last inning. Pierre can not return and should only pinch hit from here on out. I like him but he cannot throw, he cost them a run last night with his beyond weak arm.

    • smitty

      September 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I was at the game and when I saw the ball hit to Pierre I knew there was no way he would throw him out. A typical OF arm would have gotten him easily.

      • George

        September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Pierre has never had an arm. I’m surprised he was ever a center fielder. But his bat is valuable. He gets on base.

        Hunter Pence, Raul Ibanez, and Pat Burrell also had good bats but cost the team more runs than Pierre would ever cost as a platoon guy. I don’t think his weak arm has led to any more runs than his bat has helped to generate, so he’s still a plus player. He’s also consistently replaced defensively late in the game.

  6. Craig

    September 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Manny baby its over. Get with it

    Now go eat a nice taco.

    • George

      September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      It ain’t over until the fat lady sings, or whatever.

      I’ll admit she’s in the final verse, though.

  7. betasigmadeltashag

    September 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I think the biggest problem with the Phillies overcoming their poor first half and taking the second WC is that there are just too many teams in it. If they were just behind the Card it would be one thing but to have the Brewers and Dodgers both lose more games, But in the words of the late Great Jerry Garcia “At least I am enjoying the ride”
    On Pierre, I have to agree that his bat and speed make up for a week arm, and I do not think it cost that many runs. Even the best arms have to have a few things to take place to get an outfield assist. Accuracy, the catcher catching the ball the tag being applied and then holding on to the ball, So a weak armed LF is not the end of the world if he can hit .320 and stile 25 basses and score from second on a base hit

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