The Phils’ bullpen worked out of jams in the seventh, eighth and ninth to preserve the win for Joe Blanton in a 3-2 victory over Florida. Coupled with losses by the Mets and Brewers, the Phils are in the driver’s seat for playoff return.
Guests of the Littman/Mintz wedding held at the Radnor Valley Country Club huddled around those with Internet access on their cell phones as if they were watching a ballgame at Chickie's and Pete's. That’s how I watched yesterday’s game, joining a chorus of cheers as Brad Lidge recorded the final out, recreated on a cell phone with dots and numbers. While the party roared, with drinks flowing and the band going, fans with the Phils on their minds felt even more liberated after that. Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy” never sounded so good.
"Mazel tov" to the Phillies, and to Brett and Monica. After backing themselves into a corner, the Phils have gotten hot while the Brewers, a pathetic 4-15 in September, have fallen off. After sweeping Milwaukee, the Phils have built a three-game lead over them in the Wild Card while jockeying back and forth with the Mets for the division lead. Truth be told, both the Mets and Phils are on solid footing for a final playoff push.
Watching the highlights, I saw some excellent glovework, including bang-bang plays by Greg Dobbs and a textbook block by Carlos Ruiz. Readers confirmed the quality of Chooch’s night:
“not for nothin, but ruiz was in total control quarterbacking in tight spots all night.” - redbeard
“Redbeard is spot about Ruiz, he is my MVP in tonight's game. The way he slowed down the Marlin's hitters with coming to mound and talking over the pitches was briliant. This kid has made leaps and bounds in a short time. Not to mention that fastball by Madson was sick, pure adrenalin.” – vegas
“A Phils win (today) combined with the tough schedule for the Mets would greatly increase chances for a second straight division title. Final thought: Moyer is a big game pitcher.” -- clout