Monday, August 25, 2008

Feliz the hero in Phils win

(AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)
Pedro Feliz didn't even enter the game until the 7th inning, but he ended up being the hero of the game, getting game-tying and game-winning hits for the Phillies on Sunday night as they beat the Dodgers for the third time in a row, 5-2. Greg Dobbs started the game for the Phils at third, but Feliz came into the game in a double switch in the 7th, and from there he was Mr. Clutch. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and the Phillies down 2-1, Feliz hit a single to score Shane Victorino from second base and send the game into extra innings. Later, in the 11th inning, with the score still tied at 2, Feliz hit a 3-run homer to win the game. In all, Feliz had 4 RBI and carried the Phillies to victory.

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.

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