After a disastrous weekend in Houston, the Phillies managed to crawl back to the .500 mark after a 3-1 win over the Mets on Monday night. Cliff Lee pitched extremely well, allowing only 1 run over 8 innings. His strong performance kept the Phillies in the game against tough knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey.
For the offense, Jimmy Rollins is on a serious hot streak. It seems lately that even when he slips up, luck is on his side. He struck out in the 1st inning last night to start the game, but wound up being safe at first base anyway on a passed ball. He eventually scored on a Chase Utley sac fly. Rollins ended the game with 2 runs scored, a home run and a walk.
The home run was interesting; the ball snuck over the right field wall but appeared for a moment to have dribbled off the glove of outfielder Scott Hairston. Then without prompting, the umpires decided to review the play and correctly called it a home run. That is the first time I have seen any MLB umpire voluntarily review a play without first being harassed by a manager. It is about time.
Domonic Brown provided the other run with a solo shot in the 7th to give the Phillies a little more breathing room. Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the save in the 9th.
This win was a nice lift for the Phillies who remain 3.5 games out of the Wild Card race with 15 games to play. Realistically, the horrendous Houston weekend probably killed any shot they had at the postseason this year. So while it is great to see this team playing well, as far as the playoffs, don’t hold your breath.
Game 2 with the Mets is tonight at 7:10pm.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography