Friday, June 12, 2009

Phillies take series from Mets at Citi

Ibanez nickname?: Wheaties


Raul Ibanez – who was born in New York, NY beats Mets with HR last night

The Phillies played well enough to stay within reach of the NY Mets last night. Every night it seems like it’s a different player stepping up to make the big play needed to win ballgames.

Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins each played a part in last night’s victory. Rollins sacrifice fly was crucial enough to give the Phillies an extra run needed to keep pace with the Mets, I can’t tell you how many times runners get stranded without scoring at times, but the Phils were able to get Feliz home on that sacrifice fly last night.

Raul Ibanez went from having a bad night at the plate, up to the point where he hit the homerun to put the Phillies ahead in the 10th, he was 0-4 with two strikeouts. That’s the funny thing about baseball, you can have a real bad game and then turn up as the hero with a game winning hit. Maybe Ibanez should get a Wheaties commercial after all of the flap about the comparisons with how well he is doing and the possible explanation that there is something extra helping him do it that has been introduced in the past couple of days.

Once again the two starting pitchers that started the game didn’t get a decision. Jamie Moyer went 6.0 innings and gave up 8 hits with 3 ER and 3 strikeouts. Moyer’s ERA stands at 6.11. It was Scott Eyre who earned the win after only pitching .1 winning and Madson got his fourth save of the year to close out the game for the Fightins.

The Phillies had a terrific road trip, and now they come back home…

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