Carlos Ruiz's go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eight came after a Marlins error, proving once again that if you want to beat the Phillies, you must play airtight defense.
Beerleaguer rarely treads into the sabermetric minefield of defensive metrics, and is even more reluctant based on a 14-game sample size. So I'll stick with a simpleton's stat like "errors," and observe that the Phillies have committed only five of them, tied for the fewest in the league with the team coming to town tonight, Milwaukee. Compare that with the Phils' first victim, the Astros, who've booted a National League-high 17. The Phils will continue to exploit a fair share of butchers the rest of the way, including the Mets, Nationals and Marlins; the Braves are nothing to write home about, either.
At this point, the Phillies could be characterized as a sure-handed, but plodding bunch. They'll make crisp throws, turn plays, hit the cutoff man, make clean exchanges, scoop balls out of the dirt and generally work in sync with one another. They rarely make the kind of deflating, back-breaking mistakes that other teams seem to make against them.
That said, time to step into the minefield and mention that after 14 games, the Phils rank near the bottom in RngR (range runs), or, the number of runs above or below average a fielder is, determined by how the fielder is able to get to balls hit in his vicinity. Go easy on me.
The long and short of it: lob grenades at the flat-footed Phils all you want, using UZR and other stuff as amunition, but at the end of the day, the defense is still a strength based on its extreme consistency and guile.