Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Phillies rally late to beat Mets; Rollins Injured

The Phillies continued their recent dominance of the Mets by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the late innings to win 5-2. The Phillies nearly wasted a good pitching performance by Jamie Moyer, who pitched six innings and gave up only two runs. Oliver Perez started for the Mets and pitched great, allowing no runs to score, but lasted only 5 2/3 innings. As soon as the Phillies got to the Mets bullpen, their offense came alive. They scored 3 runs in the 7th inning off Scott Schoeneweis, and tagged Aaron Heilman for two more in the 8th. The game winning RBI single came off the bat of Jayson Werth in the 7th inning.

It wasn't all good news for the Phillies, as Jimmy Rollins sprained his left ankle while sliding back into second on a pickoff attempt in the 8th inning. Phillies fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because although Rollins had to leave the game today, he believes the injury is minor and he will be ready to play tomorrow. Rollins has made 230 consecutive starts, so he has played through minor nicks and injuries like this before, so expect him to be ready for tomorrow's nationally televised game. If he isn't available, Eric Bruntlett will start at shortstop.

One game down in the battle with the Mets, and the Phillies still seem to have their number. While the Phillies were down for most of the game, there was a sense of inevitability that they would make a comeback at some point. By the way, I know it's early, but the loss puts the Mets in last place in the National League East. It means nothing right now, but it still looks good.

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