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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Game 108: Phils complete comeback, and take series vs. Arizona (49-59)

Despite Cliff Lee allowing 3 runs in the 2nd inning on Sunday afternoon, Lee settled down enough to keep the Phillies in the game.  Utley was able to tie the game up in the bottom of the 5th, but lost the lead in the top of the 6th when lee surrendered his 3rd homer of the game.

Jonathon Papelbon was used in the top of the 9th due to the impossibility of a save situation, and he somehow managed to get the game to the bottom of the inning with the score tied.  After Juan Pierre reached on a single, Manuel had Nate Schierholtz sacrifice Pierre to second.  This move does increase the Phillies chances of scoring 1 run in the inning.  Since it only takes one run to win, this is a good strategy.  With the bases loaded and 1 out, Ryan Howard hit a walk-off single to give the Phillies the win in the game and the series.

I didn't see the end of the game, but I was told that Howard's fly ball should have been caught had Upton not been playing exceptionally deep.  While I cannot confirm that he was deep, I had noticed earlier in the series that Upton seems to play deep all the time, so it's not hard to believe.


hk said...

Upton was playing so deep that, if he had caught a fly ball where he was standing, there would have been no chance that he would have thrown out Pierre at the plate.

hk said...

I don't know what's worse, that RAJ gave KK $7.5M for 2 years, that Cholly is running KK out there every 5th day now that Blanton is gone, that I just saw KK unintentionally intentionally walk .195 hitting Paul Janish or that Chris Wheeler agreed that the unintentional intentional walk was the right move. Ineptitude is flowing from the GM, through the manager, through the players to the broadcast booth. All I can say is, at least TMac has not spent 10 minutes discussing what kind of ice cream everyone is eating tonight like he did last night.

Robby Bonfire said...

"There's a base hit to shallow right field, and it's gonna be, I believe - THE PHILLIES WIN THE SERIES! THE PHILLIES WIN THE SERIES! THE PHILLIES WIN THE SERIE! THE PHILLIES WIN THE SERIES1 Ryan Howard just stroked a base hit to shallow right field. And they're going crazy, they're going crazy - I do not believe it.!"