Thursday, September 03, 2009

Phillies offense still in neutral but win series vs Giants

It was not supposed to be a night where the Phillies came out with bats blazing and running up the score. Yes, we were not surprised again, it's been a tough two weeks or more of little to no regular hits and scoring base runners for the Phils. Give Pedro a lot of credit for this start tonight, I didn't think he would last as long as he did or pitch as well as he did. Pedro gave up only 5 hits and gave up one run, which was a home run from the first Giants batter of the evening. Martinez with the win stands at 3-0 with a 3.52 era in his 5th start for the Phillies. The tough win of 2-1 saw the Phillies only score 3 runs over the course of the three game series with the Giants.

Tim Lincecum was the pitcher on the mound for the Giants tonight, and the Phils lost to him in San Fran earlier in the month of August on the 1st by a score of 2-0. The team that night scattered 7 hits but didn't score any runs against Lincecum and only walked 1 batter that night.

If there is something to be thankful for, the Giants are furiously competing for a playoff spot this season, and the Phillies stayed with them and held them off tonight. Despite the fact they still can't get it going offensively. The Giants went into tonight's game just a half game back of the Colorado Rockies for the Wild Card. They went 0-8 with runners in scoring position tonight.

I listened to a lot of this game on the Giants radio flagship KNBR, the great Jon Miller is the Giants broadcaster when he doesn't do the ESPN games. He is an entertaining broadcaster that is for sure. When I heard him describing all of the times Brad Lidge has blown saves this year, it seemed as if it may happen again as Giants base runners got on base in the 9th, but just couldn't score.

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