Monday, August 25, 2008
Shane Victorino had a big part in the win, too. He hit a would-be single to left field but turned on the jets and made it to second base, beating out a weak throw by Manny Ramirez. Victorino finished 2 for 4 in the game, and scored the game-tying and game-winning runs.
Ryan Howard was a dud at the plate, going 0 for 4, but he had one of the best catches I have ever seen him make in the 6th inning. Russell Martin of the Dodgers hit a foul ball along the right field line and Howard hustled and dove to make a spectacular catch. I will post highlights if I can find them.
Not to be lost in the dramatic ending of the game, Joe Blanton pitched well for the Phils. He had some early trouble, but only gave up one run in 6 innings in a quality start. He allowed way too many base runners, but he pitched out of most jams, and didn't give up a run after the first inning. If the Phillies could have gotten anything going offensively, Blanton would have easily eanred a win.
The Phillies look to complete their sweep revenge tomorrow against the Dodgers. After losing 4 times to the Dodgers last week, the Phillies can return the favor tomorrow with possibly their best pitcher right now, Brett Myers, taking the mound. Let's hope the Phillies can score some early runs so they won't need late heroics to beat the Dodgers again.