We can all breathe a small sigh of relief. The Phillies won the afternoon game with the Mets 6-2, putting them within 1 game of first place. If they can sweep the series tonight, they will be tied. Jamie Moyer, just as I predicted, stepped it up and was awesome through 7 innings. He allowed only 2 hits and did not surrender a run. I swear the man gets better with age! Whatever he’s got keeping him so young, he ought to bottle it and sell it…I’ll be first in line to buy it!
For the offense, Greg Dobbs was terrific at 3rd base! He made some very difficult plays on defense and also went 2 for 4 including a 3-run homer to break the game open for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel decided to start Dobbs over Pedro Feliz in the day game because he had “a feeling” about him and Dobbs did not let him down. I have said this before, but I really think switching back and forth between Dobbs & Feliz is the way to go. Dobbs is certainly great as a pinch hitter, but as a starter, he has also consistently produced and his defense has greatly improved.
Carlos Ruiz appeared to emerge from his funk today. He went 3 for 4 with one RBI and scored a run. Matt Stairs made his first contribution to his new team by picking up an RBI on a sac fly in the 2nd inning. And Greg Golson got his first at bat as a major leaguer, but he went down swinging. His second time up, he flied out to center and he also had one error in the outfield. Probably not how he imagined his debut, but he’ll get the hang of it soon. J
Final game of the series tonight at 8:05pm on ESPN! Cole Hamels vs. Johan Santana – ought to be a tight game so it is nice that we did not have to use Brad Lidge in the first game. We may need him tonight….we hope! Go Phillies!
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