Beerleaguer reflects on a high-character victory by the Phillies.
“This was a victory right out of '07. They would get on a starter early only to have their crummy bullpen cough up the lead, yet find a way to storm right back. That’s really been missing this season. Best win of the season so far.” – MG
“Forget about the Brad Lidge thing for a moment. On a night where we said that other guys would need to pick up the slack we get: Blanton giving you 7 2-3 of 3 ER ball; Schneider going 3-for-4 including a three-run homer; Valdez going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer; Howard, Werth, and Ibanez all come up big in the 10th. Also, Howard and Werth both drew walks ahead of the Schneider home run and Werth singled ahead of Valdez's. Most importantly, when the team had every reason to be deflated and fold up shop- that middle of the line-up had some great at bats against a guy who has been the best reliever in baseball (arguably) so far this season.” – The Truth Injection
Beerleaguer: The clutch hitting in the 10th stands out, with Ryan Howard leading off the inning by staying on an Arthur Rhodes fastball and taking it the other way for a double. Nice hitting; Howard has really come on strong. Werth's contribution wasn't so much his walk, but his base running. ... Pretty amazing at bat by Ibanez to drive an 0-2 fastball deep after Charlie Manuel shouted at C.B. Bucknor for five minutes. ... If Drew Stubbs is an half-step quicker on Ibanez's double, who knows what happens this game, but it turned out to be the turning point. ... Going back a bit, Lidge lost his cool when he didn't get the call on a very good 3-1 pitch that came back over the plate. And as we've seen, once he has base runners, he loses it. It's a crying shame, too, because he looked dominant for two outs. ... Finally, Valdez put on quite a show in place of Utley, with the two-run shot, a sac bunt for insurance in the 10th and fluid defense around the bag. And the Scheider homer reminded me of how he used to crush balls during his days with Montreal and Washington.
Giving Dubee his due: Three quality starts since Rich Dubee spotted Joe Blanton's mechanical flaw.