As the lack of run support curse for Cliff Lee and other pitchers continues, the Phillies are somehow still winning games. Wednesday night, the beat the Marlins by a score of 5-3 and lee wound up with a no-decision.
Through six innings, Lee allowed three runs, although a few of those may have been due to defense and field positioning. At the plate, Lee smacked a single that should have scored Brian Schneider. But as he rounded third base, Schneider grabbed his leg and limped back to third base.
Adding to already long list of Phillies injuries, Schneider was lifted from the game and may end up on the DL. The good news is that Carlos Ruiz should be coming off the DL and the two can swap places on Friday before the Braves series.
The Phillies were down 3-0 going into the seventh inning. But a the Phillies bench came to the rescue just in time. Pete Orr was the star, hitting two doubles, one in the seventh and one in the ninth. A home run by Shane Victorino tied the game in the eighth and also extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
As Jimmy Rollins stepped to the plate in the ninth with two outs and two men in scoring position, I held my breath. Rollins had come to the plate three times with two outs in this game already and made the last out each time, leaving men stranded on base all three times as well.
In this case, the fourth time was the charm. J-Roll singled, which scored two runs and gave the Phillies the 5-3 lead. Ryan Madson closed the game out and is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities.
The Phillies are off on Thursday as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves Friday night at 7:35pm.
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