I’m supposed to wake up in less than a handful of hours but there’s no way I’m sleeping after that game. I feel like walking out to Cottman and Frankford and climbing on a car. After the Phillies and Brett Myers dominated the Mets for seven innings, they were forced to steal the game back with a walk-off dribbler by Bobby Abreu. All game Scott Graham and LA noted the playoff-like atmosphere at CBP and I could feel the intensity all the way across the Atlantic. It was a well played and fun to watch game to say the least.
Tom Gordon blew his first save of the season in devastating fashion, meaning the Phillies lineup was forced to battle through the bottom of the ninth. Although David Bell and Carlos Ruiz were useless, Dellucci tripled, Rollins was hit by a pitch, and Utley walked setting the stage for Bobby Abreu – in all his clutchness. Abreu probably should’ve let the third pitch of the at bat hit him (ala Roger Dorn); but instead he nubbed the next one back to Mets pitcher Aaron Heilman who was unable to nail Abreu who was hustling down the line (in fact, he threw it away but it appeared Abreu beat the throw anyway).
It might be overlooked after the nail-biting finish, but a crucial play also came in the bottom of the eighth. Shane Victorino, playing his normal position of Pat Burell’s personal late-inning baserunner, scored from first on a double by Ryan Howard. Not only did he score, he completely steamrolled Paul LoDuca thus could not handle the relay. The Phils really punched the Mets on the chin with that play, but to their credit the Amazins’ fought back. Luckily the Phils finished the job with a weak but fatal kick in the groin.
Now with a nine-game winning steak the Phils will have to go out tomorrow and do it all over again. Go Phils!