Strange Brew

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While I am not sure whether or not Charlie Manuel took advantage of my suggestions to wake this Phillies team up, they did still manage to steal a win today in strange fashion against the Brewers.  Joe Blanton had a horrible game; he gave up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings with 7 hits and 4 walks.  Then, while the Phillies offense jumped all over the Brew Crew in the first 2 innings, they went back to sleep after that and watched a 6-1 lead become 6-5.

The Phils left the bases loaded 3 times without scoring and had 14 runners left on base total.  Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had 2 RBI a piece in one at-bat each, but struggled the rest of the game.  Feliz even hit into an inning ending double play with 2 runners on at one point.  Jimmy Rollins had 3 hits in the game, including a lead-off homer, the 33rd of his career.  But Rollins only scored that one time as no one could knock him in after that.

But for a change, the bullpen held the small lead down and the Phillies won the game.  Ryan Madson got a 4-out save and it looks like he will officially replace Brad Lidge in that spot.  This team has to be relieved to be heading back home to Philly where they now need 3 wins out of 7 remaining games to win the NL East for the 3rd year in a row.

Cole Hamels will take the mound for the first of a 4-game series against the Astros tomorrow night at 7:05pm.  The Phils were swept by the Astros in Texas earlier this year, so this will be a tough series for them.

Photo by Jenn

 

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9 comments

  1. devilabrit

    Jenn – I know my beer intake has increased as the season end draws closer…I think Charlie wants to see what Romero has this week and will probably use him and Madson for match up preferences to close out a few games, but it scary not having a solid closer….
    ~peter
    Outside the Phillies Looking In
    http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

  2. raysrenegade

    Jenn,
    You do not need to shake up a team when you got someone like Blanton that is a grinder and can get you a win when the weather darkens at your clubhouse door.
    He might have been the best medicine at the right time for the team.
    Not flashy, but effective to post a win and get some positive vibes running through their veins again.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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