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Phils Down Fish 3-1, Win Seventh Straight

Lee pitched seven strong innings to pick up his fifth win in the shadows. Photo: AP

It was a pitchers’ duel in the afternoon shadows at the Bank. Chris Wheeler described today as a “Mr. Magoo game”, compounding the difficulty for hitters to hit off of aces Cliff Lee and Josh Johnson. Both aces pitched seven strong innings, but the Phillies emerged victorious on the back of clutch hitting, including a two-out, two-run seventh inning Jimmy Rollins home run. The Phils’ 3-1 win puts them above .500 for the first time since June 3, is their seventh straight, completes a sweep against the Marlins, and a 6-0 homestand.

UnbeLEEvable Second Half

Entering the game, Lee sported a second-half 2.90 ERA, with 70 Ks in 77.2 IP in 11 starts. Lee delivered again in the second half, going seven with six Ks, throwing 107 pitches, with an unearned run. Lee left with the game tied for the sixth time this season and picked up his fifth win. Lee’s ERA has dropped to 3.36 in the victory. Remember when the talk radio stations were criticizing Lee for his won/loss mark? Yikes.

Missed Opportunity Early

John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown led off the second with consecutive walks. Erik Kratz, Michael Martinez, and Cliff Lee were unable to drive them home. With Johnson’s early dominance, it looked like this may have been the Phils’ only opportunity.

Errors Nearly Haunt Lee

The Marlins capitalized on a bobbled ball by Jimmy Rollins in the sixth, followed in the next play by an errant throw to the second base bag by Lee. With two on and one out, Carlos Lee drove in Donovan Solano to plate their only run.

Phils Finally Hit Johnson in Sixth, Deliver With Two Outs

Rollins broke up Josh Johnson’s no-hit bid when he led off the sixth for the Phils. Js hnson had retired 12 in a row and 15 of 18 before Rollins hit a hard ground ball between Miami first baseman Lee and second baseman Solano. Rollins was pushed over to second on a Juan Pierre sacrifice bunt. Mayberry brought home J-Rol on a hard hit line drive to center off of Johnson. Mayberry is now hitting .293/.367/.489 since assuming the role of every-day center fielder on August 1.

Orr Starts Rally in Seventh, Young James Finishes It… With Two Outs

Clutch hitting won the Phillies this game. Pete Orr pinch hit for Lee with two outs in the seventh and singled to nearly the exact same spot as Rollins did just an inning prior. Orr stole second. Rollins continued his hot streak with his 19th home run, smashing a Johnson fastball that was right over the plate to right field. Rollins entered the game hitting .304/.352/.532, with six doubles and four HRs in the Phils’ last 20. Not coincidentally, the Phils’ were 14-6 in their last 20 – contributions from Rollins and Mayberry have certainly been a major factor.

Bullpen Shuts the Door

What more can be said about Phillippe Aumont? In nine appearances, Aumont now has 9 Ks in 8.1 IP. Aumont struck out slugger Mike Stanton with Jose Reyes at first and seems to have ice in his veins on the mound. Aumont was locating his secondary pitch, his late breaking curve, and was not afraid to use his dangerous change-up. He has been as advertised and has helped to stabilize a shaky ‘pen. Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth by hitting Austin Kearns on the forearm, but then downed John Buck and Greg Dobbs swinging. Papelbon walked Bryan Petersen before striking out Gorkys Hernandez to lower his ERA to 2.45 and rack up his 34th save.

The Phillies are now over .500 for the first time since June 3. They head to Houston to start a four game set with the Astros with their Wild Card hopes now brighter than ever. Pending the outcome of the Padres/Cardinals game, the Phillies are now just 3.5 games back. The Phillies can make up major ground this weekend as the Cardinals will play the Dodgers, who the Phils now sit 2.5 games behind.

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  1. DCmikey

    September 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Let’s go Phillies!!!

    Cloyd tomorrow!! C’mon Tyler we need you. And some of our bullpen arms to step up in case Tyler cannot go past the 5th.

    We can all recall the dominance Houston has out over us the past few seasons. They have absolutely zero to play for, so they would just love to play spoilers for us. Let’s NOT take Thursday (and the series) lightly.

  2. The Original Chuck P

    September 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    As soon as you count this team out, this is what they do… They have done it year after year and this is why we love them. They have the heart of a champion- the mentality of a fighter. There is blood in the water and they are going in for the kill.

    Not going to pounce on the haters – we need to come together. Flood the stadiums everywhere and get behind these guys. These are our guys… Embrace the race and be the tenth man- lets will these guys over the hump. LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      September 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Yea OCP

      At the parade after Ken buys me a shot and a beer and Chuck A. gets me a beer you can get me beer or a shot. Your choice.

      Holler!

      • The Original Chuck P

        September 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

        If we can will this team to another parade, I’ll gladly buy you a beer, AFW. Like I said, we all need to get behind these guys. It doesn’t matter where you came from and what you said out of frustration two months ago as long as we end up at the same spot – in the stands, waving the rally towels (who would have thought we would be saying that) and cheering on our team.

        LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!

  3. Ken Bland

    September 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Clayton Richard rolls through the 4th, including Holliday and Craig, as the Pads nurse a 1-zip lead at Petco.

  4. Lefty

    September 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Great Job Cliff and Jimmy and the rest of the guys. Over .500 feels really good.

    Jimmy did not hit a home run in April when he was batting third, in fact he didn’t hit one until May 13th, and now he leads the team.

    Go Phils

  5. Ken Bland

    September 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Pads double the lead, but leave Maybin on 3rd, head to the 6th up 2 zip.

    Talk about games blown, and focussing on individual games too much, here’s a look back where you have to wonder if there’s any regret.

    Course the jury’s still out on Cloyd, with 1 very good start, but questions remaining, but what if Vance hadn’t been kept in the rotation so long. Maybe he was well enough to stick with as long as they did, or maybe they should have taken action with him a month before, which meant 5-6 games they might have had a better shot at winning.

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    September 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Clutch hitting and pitching today. All cylinders are firing! C’mon Padres!

  7. DavidE

    September 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Aumont has really made a huge difference. The hitting wasn’t that great during the homestand. There were 4 games where the Phillies were held to 3 runs. But the Phillies won because they got good starting pitching in 4 of those games and Aumont and Papelbon were solid in the pen.

    Hopefully, the Phillies won’t have a letdown against Houston.

  8. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    September 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    No negative energy please!!! Positive Energy ONLY!!!

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Padres up 3-2 in 9th

    Somehow Pads manager using Gregerson again after a 5 out save last night.

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Touchdown
    San Diego!

    We do want the Braves to beat Brewers so you all know who to root for in that one.

    I am going to watch the Dodgers at 9 40

    Disregard the Pirates.

    3 games out when they were 10 2 weeks ago.

    This is great.

  11. MikeinDC

    September 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Only down 3 games baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Ryne Duren

    September 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    GO PHIGHTENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    D Backs beating the Dodgers 3-2 in the 7th.

    a triple header today for AFW

    This is great stuff

    Pirates lost too.

    Amazing stuff.

  14. artemis

    September 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Being a proud Phillies Phan is the best feeling in the world right now! Heart busting proud to be for the most amazing team in MLB! Go Phil’s! Keep on showing the world who you are!

  15. DCmikey

    September 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

    @The Original Chuck P, I love your message!!!!!!!! Re-write it please!!! Ha ha. Love it man

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

    The Dodgers lose.

    Matt Kemp is not even close to 100%

    Dodgers Pirates Cards and Braves all lose.

    While the Phillies win again.

    While all of you guys are out with your wives or girlfriends. Or at the bar with your buddies.

    Old AFW is watching every meaningful game.
    And has been calling this for 2 weeks when it was a 10 game defecit.

    You are all welcomed.
    It has been a pleasure.

    I look forward to your replies to this post thanking me for all I have done and continue to do for the PN.

    3 games behind the Cards
    2 behind theDodgers
    .5 behind the Pirates.

    Talking about making it.

    And I mean playoffs ( insert Jim Mora voice)

  17. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 13, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Including a game that ended at 3 05 AM a week ago.
    When the bandwagon was still just AFW.

  18. Dave P

    September 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Yes Andrew, you were the only one here posting and rooting for the phils. 🙂

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      September 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Dave it means alot to me.
      I am looking forward to similar sentiments from Shenkman, Donald M. Wheeler, about 8 different Chucks, Brooks, Lefty, Ed “Niagra falls” Delahenty, Michael Baumann, The Dipsy, The Pope, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Charlie Manuel, and the Phillie Fanatic ET.AL.

      But this is a good start.
      Thank you for the support.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      September 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

      “Eight different Chucks”

      Finally me and something Andrew agree on – Why are there so many Chucks?!

      • Chuck A.

        September 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

        I think there are really only 2 Chucks. Myself and OCP.

  19. Betasigmadeltashag

    September 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Betasigmadeltashag
    4 mins ago
    I am liking AFW saying how he likes the JRoll signing what a crack head. And now he is all mr positive. This last month the Phil’s are playing with heart and swagger. They have always thrived being underdogs and are showing it again loving the pen also. Where ate all the people who thought the guys we got for Cliff would Aumont to nothing.

    • LouisianaPhan

      September 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I see what you did there.

  20. Lefty

    September 13, 2012 at 6:39 am

    This is the final line of an article that that I liked.

    “I truly don’t know what the Phillies are capable of accomplishing by the end of the season, or how the other teams in this race will perform. What I do know is that I’ve reaffirmed my respect for the desire that obviously still exists across Philadelphia’s dugout.” Sean Obrien Yahoo Sports

    “Respect for the desire”, that’s what this run is about for me. Sorry folks, anyone that knows me long enough knows I’m not a hater, just a realist. They can’t win this and even if they do, all they win is the right to play a “play-in game” at Turner Field anyway, a one day crapshoot. But I certainly have a healthy respect for the desire, that brings me a ton of satisfaction with my favorite team for 50 years.

  21. Chuck A.

    September 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Anybody that thinks that tonight’s game vs. Houston is gonna be a cakewalk you’d better be prepared for the possibility of a loss. Game 1 of a road trip is always hard, there will be a letdown after all those home wins at CBP and the Astros are gonna be out to do MAJOR damage. And the jury’s still out on Cloyd. We’ll see…

    Keep the mantra: One. Game. At. A. Time.

  22. betasigmadeltashag

    September 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Chuck that is a great post. This is a great run and you have to respect for this run they have put together, and even if they do not make the improbable run to the wild card, it was still a great run and we should all enjoy it. Even when they were not playing well I still DVRd all the games and watched them when I got home from work. And those posters that will bitch and moan if they lose two the Stros, and say they should have never been that bad in June and July I say it is baseball and they have showed that they do have heart, and will be back next year. And maybe some of the holes they had this year maybe be able to be filled with some of the young guns. Even if it is a five man platoon outfield. I belive in the young guns in the pen, and though I have not been a Dom Brown fan I think he may be becoming a full time guy. I really only see a solid 3rd basemen as the only real need.

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