Ryan Howard’s walk-off, two-run homer sealed the deal as the Phillies snatched victory from the jaws of defeat 4-2 at Citizens Bank Park.
Summary: After Tom Glavine held the Phillies scoreless through seven innings, Jimmy Rollins greeted reliever Pedro Feliciano with a solo homer, making it 2-1 Mets. Feliciano would eventually walk Pat Burrell, who was lifted for pinch runner Shane Victorino. Vic would soon deliver a sequence straight from the Pinch Run Community College promotional video. One out later, Feliciano was replaced by Aaron Heilman to set up right-right with Aaron Rowand. Victorino immediately stole second and moved to third when Paul Lo Duca’s throw went into center. Rowand then tapped the ball 30 feet down the left-field line. David Wright waited for it to roll foul. It didn’t. By then, Victorino had already scooted past Wright and scored the tying run.
Howard stood tall in the game's final act, but the much-maligned Phillies’ bullpen was named Chevrolet Players of the Game. Geoff Geary, J.C. Romero and Brett Myers (W, 3-5) combined for 4 1-3 shutout frames. Myers pitched perfect 9th and 10th innings. Romero struck out the side in the 8th.
The Mets blew a strong outing by Glavine. Adam Eaton allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 5 2-3 innings. The Mets scored their only runs on a second-deck, two-run shot by Carlos Delgado. Howard’s game-winner came off Guillermo Mota (L, 1-1, 6.36), who kept feeding the big man change-ups, got ahead in the count 1-2, then left one out over the plate for Howard’s 35th of the season.
Beerleaguer take: They showed lots of fight tonight. The Phils have not rescued many low-scoring games like these by outlasting the opposing bullpen. I did not see the middle frames, but it looked as though the Phillies were striking the ball pretty well off Glavine but had nothing to show for it. Howard is killing the ball so far this series, drilling another topspin shot to right that missed by only a few feet, the second time that’s happened in as many nights.
Let’s talk about Rollins now. He’s at 23 homers, 73 RBIs, 113 runs and 27 stolen bases. Wrap your head around that for a second. He’s talked the talk and walked the walk, especially against the Mets. Guys like Rollins and Howard weren't built to spend Octobers at home.
Tonight's attendance: 761 comments, a new single-entry record, breaking the old mark of 602 set Sept. 27, 2006 (Phils avoid choke in 14th and win 6-4 in Washington).