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Monday, September 28, 2009

Game 155: Madson shuts down 9th in win (90-65)

The Phils beat the Brewers yesterday by a score of 6-5, as Ryan Madson earned the save while allowing only one baserunner. Joe Blanton pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits. Chad Durbin pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Madson appeared in the 8th inning with two outs, completing the 4-out save without surrendering any runs.

Despite RHP Dave Bush starting for Milwaukee, manager Charlie Manuel batted Jayson Werth 5th ahead of lefty Raul Ibanez. Though somewhat surprised, I am glad he seems to have Werth locked into the 5th spot heading into the postseason.

The Phils' magic number to clinch the NL East is now 3, and they are only 2.5 games behind LA for the top spot in the NL. Also, Atlanta is only 2.5 games behind Colorado for the NL Wild Card spot. If Atlanta wins the wild card, the Phillies would likely play the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round; whereas, if Colorado takes the wild card, the Phils would open against the Rockies. With the Cards' starting rotation (and their much-improved lineup), the Phils should definitely root for the Rockies to take the 4th playoff spot.

The Phils open a 4-game set against Houston tonight at CBP when LHP Cole Hamels faces RHP Yorman Bazardo at 7:05 pm.

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