Rheal Cormier and Ryan Madson allowed the Marlins to get close in the eighth, Billy Wagner surrendered the tying run in the ninth, and Amaury Telemaco and Aaron Fultz relinquished the game in the 10th as the Marlins beat the Phillies 4-3 in a heartbreaker.
A night of champions ... and Phillies
There were plenty of main events last night on the TV dial: Phillies vs. Marlins; Myers vs. Beckett; Underwood vs. Bice (“American Idol”); Mora vs. Manfredo (“The Contender”); Nash vs. Parker (NBA Western Conference Finals); and don’t forget reality-TV celebs Rob and Amber (“Rob and Amber Get Married”).
The Phils and Marlins stood toe-to-toe with all of them until Aaron Fultz vs. Carlos Delgado proved too much for the Phightins, as the slugging first baseman laced a double into the gap in left-center, driving in the winning run from first.
The bullpen squandered another brilliant performance by Brett Myers, who lasted seven sweat-soaked shutout innings and lowered his season ERA to 1.69. The former amateur boxer outpunched his opponent Josh Beckett, but earned a no decision.
Folks … this was one the Phils really needed. They fall to 7.5 back of the division leaders. I have a feeling that when the season ends, we’ll look back at this game with some importance.
I’m interested to know your thoughts on the loss, on Charlie Manuel’s decision to insert Cormier and not Madson into the eighth inning, on Jim Thome, who was hitless again tonight, and what you watched last night on the tube. Here’s how I prioritized:
2. The Contender
4. American Idol
5. Rob & Amber (or as Boston Rob would say, Rob and Amba)