Wednesday, July 23, 2008

'Miracle' at Shea - You gotta believe!

8-6 Phils come back and take First!

Last nights game looked like a certain loss, the Mets were up 5-2 and the Phils were down to their last three outs and it certainly looked bleak. I was just going to bed for the night, I decided to leave the game on the tv on, I would be so glad that I made that decision! What happened next is one for the books, this is why baseball is so interesting, a team can score six runs in their last at bats, and come back and win a game that looked out of reach just moments ago.

The Phillies have done something last night that they haven't been able to do in a long time. Load the bases and then start scoring runners. So Taguchi looked like Pete Rose up at the plate, all odds said he would be an out as he was 0-16 as a pinch hitter this year. He choked up on the bat and promptly hit it over the right fielders head and the fun was just starting as the Phillies would tie the score 5-5 and then courtesy of Jimmy Rollins go ahead and take the lead with Rollins wickedly placed double down the left field line. This game became what they call an 'instant classic' - it doesn't get much better than this.

Joe Blanton looked pretty solid for the most part, a couple of pitches he threw ended up being homeruns, but overall I think he did fairly well considering the circumstances. His pitches were well located for the most part, though a couple did hang up there and they were the ones that went over the fence for the Mets. I would give Blanton a C+ for the effort though, and hope his reputation as a 'ground ball' pitcher comes through a bit better in his next start.

Rich Baxter - Fightin Phillies

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