Disaster was averted more than once in the eighth and ninth innings, as a four-run fourth, capped by Chase Utley's two-run triple, propelled the Phillies to the series win in Toronto.
Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge have been their own worst enemies lately and the last thing they needed was for their own teammates to contribute to their undoing. If not for a few lucky breaks, including John McDonald getting caught in a ninth-inning rundown, the Phils would have blown another one. Once the Phillies took the lead, there were several opportunities for big insurance runs that never materialized. Then, as if they needed any more reason to dump Eric Bruntlett, the guy commits a critical throwing error that leads to a bases loaded jam, which Madson escaped. Then, already iced, Lidge walked the tightrope in the ninth, allowing the first two batters aboard, but got the breaks and notched his first save since June 1.
Let's talk about Jamie Moyer. Burned by a couple breaking balls out over the plate, the second-half of his five-inning, four-run outing was as good as he gets, taking something off and dropping them in perfect spots. He showed a lot of guts today, but that's vintage Moyer. I'd take Moyer's afternoon over that of Brian Tallet, a generic left-hander the Phillies let off the hook.
Two wins following the closed-door meeting. The Phils will hope to get Raul Ibanez back this weekend and reinsert Jimmy Rollins back into the lineup Tuesday. In addition, I'd like to see the Phils make one or two roster adjustments before the Atlanta series.