Chalk tonight's win to another spectacular performance by Carlos Ruiz, who has come through in the clutch several times this week for the Phillies. He did very well again tonight as the Phillies rallied in the eighth inning by scoring six runs to come back on the New York Mets and hold on for the win 7-5.
Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings but did not end up with a win tonight. The win went to Chad Durbin after the Phillies scored six times in the eighth inning to storm back into this game. JC Romero looked shaky again as he gave up a right-field home run, off the bat he thought was catchable as he was pointing to the sky like it was a catchable ball in the 9th inning. Two of the three runs of the home run were credited to Danys Baez, with only 1 run being charged to Romero though it was Romero who gave up the home run ball.
The Phillies did have plenty of opportunity in this game and converted 6-11 for RISP when it was all over. The Mets starting pitcher, Jon Niese, pitched a great game with seven strikeouts over seven innings and only allowing one run. He was victimized by his bullpen who let the Mets down again.
Brad Lidge got his 13th save of the season, as he got the final out in the ninth inning after Romero gave up a three-run home run.
The Mets star players, David Wright and Carlos Beltran were non-factors in this game as they had a combined 1-8 on the night. Jeff Francoeur is a certified Phillies killer, he had 3 hits and scored two runs on the night and he usually always seems to get hits and hurt the Phillies.
The two teams lock horns again tomorrow night at CBP, for Game 2 of the series with the Mets. it will be the marquee pitching matchup of the series, with Cole Hamels going against Johan Santana. Johan is approaching Hall of Fame numbers according to the 'Hall of Fame' monitor on Baseball-Reference, he doesn't do well against the Phillies though generally. Here is the list of Phillies players who hit Santana the best: