Carlos Ruiz's two-out double down the left-field line scored Chase Utley from second, capping a series win the Phillies had rightfully earned twice in 24 hours before a pair of Brad Lidge blown saves.
Today's blown save actually did fans a favor: it extended the most entertaining series of the year and set the stage for an encore by the game's biggest hero. The Phillies' pint-sized backstop towered over the pinstriped giants at the plate and behind it. Ruiz, who's gone from a .161 hitter on May 12 to a .302 hitter after today, went 3-for-4 with a walk and the game's big hit, complimenting a textbook game behind the plate, including a run-saving block of home and gunning down two runners attempting to steal. Ruiz was also there to receive the final pitch from the game's second late-inning hero. After using a double play to work out of a jam in the 10th, "Everyday" Clay Condrey pitched a clean 11th to save it, sending the Phillies home with a spectacular 8-2 mark on the road trip.
Advertised as a barn-burner between two offensive giants, it turned into a well-balanced, well-pitched series, all except the ninth. Although doubt has clearly crept into the Phillies' final frame, to Lidge's defense, the Yankees used a pair of seeing-eye hits to tie it up today. Nevertheless, questions remain about the Phillies' struggling closer, whose confidence must be shattered.
But these are questions for another day. Looking at the big picture - from Happ to Myers, to Ruiz and Ibanez - this was an excellent weekend by the fire-hot Phightins.
Notes: Afterward, Charlie Manuel told reporters that John Mayberry will be kept.