Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Phillies score 4 in the 9th to shock Astros

Adam Eaton put together a pretty good start, but it looked like it was going to go to waste until the Phillies bats came alive in the 9th inning. Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Phillies, led by homers by Chris Snelling and Mr. Clutch Pat Burrell, forged out 4 runs off of Astros closer Jose Valverde to secure a 4-3 victory. Snelling led off the inning with a homer, and then Burrell knocked in Chase Utley with a 2-run blast. Pedro Feliz then won the game on a double to left, driving in Geoff Jenkins who was on base after reaching on a dropped third strike.

Eaton pitched about as well as we can expect from him, going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs. Normally, with an offense like the Phils, that would be enough, but the bats were silent for most of the night. The Phillies managed 7 hits, with 3 of them coming in the 9th inning rally.

The bullpen locked things down again tonight, with Chad Durbin and Rudy Seanez shutting out the Astros in 3 innings of work. The bullpen has been a pleasant surprise this season, although Seanez looked shaky in walking two batters in his one inning of work.

It was a big night for Philadelphia sports, which has been down lately due to bad officiating. The Flyers won an exciting contest to grab a lead in their playoff series, and the Phillies charged back to get a thrilling come-from-behind win. Hopefully the good times continue tomorrow for the Phils, who send out shaky Kyle Kendrick against Astros ace Roy Oswalt. They are going to need all the help they can get to win that match-up.

Highlights of the Phillies win via Comcast SportsNet:

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