Pedro Feliz drove in Shane Victorino twice, once to tie it with two outs in the ninth and again on a two-out, walk-off homer in the 11th, to lead the Phillies past the Dodgers 5-2.
After two lopsided wins, the Phillies scratched and clawed their way to victory, and now the positives are piling up in innumerable ways in what's become a well-rounded 5-1 homestand. Credit Victorino, Feliz and the pitching staff for making Los Angeles pay for leaving this one on the table. The Dodgers squandered a number of golden opportunities, including a bases-loaded, no-out chance in the 10th. Somehow, Phillies' pitching wriggled out of jams and kept it close long enough for the offense to make something happen in the home half of the 11th. Cue Manny Ramirez, whose nonchalance in left allowed Victorino to reach second on a fairly routine base hit, putting immediate pressure on the Dodgers. Besides Victorino and Feliz, the offense couldn’t mount much of an attack, while the Dodgers seemed to be threatening all night.
Victorino, who’s been their best hitter since the All-Star break, continued to ignite the offense and pester the opposition. Here's a guy who was supposed to start only 125-135 games in center just to keep him fresh. Today, he's the one guy who absolutely must be on the field. Feliz delivered the big blows after starting the game on the bench. On a night where the heart of the order was taken out of the equation, they needed someone like Feliz to step up. The gloves were outstanding. The Phils received a workman-like start from Joe Blanton, who survived a shaky first inning to pitch six innings, allowing one run. The relievers outlasted the Dodgers pen before giving way to "Last Call" Condrey.