Another unbelievable game between the Phillies and Mets last night and again the Phils figure out a way to come out the winners. Down 7-0 in the fourth, the Phils scored eight unanswered runs to win in thirteen innings. After Jamie Moyer was hit hard and left early, the bullpen held New York to a run on five hits over ten innings.
Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth and trailing by a run, pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett lined a double to right-center that scored Jayson Werth from second. Shane Victorino led off the bottom of the thirteenth with a triple. Four batters later Chris Coste hit the ball over Carlos Beltran’s head in center, making Coste’s fourth hit of the day the game-winner for the Phils.
Just a fantastic effort for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel deserves credit as well — he took a huge chance and it turned out great. Manuel put catcher Carlos Ruiz at third base in the ninth inning. The move saved the weak bat of Bruntlett for the bottom of the ninth inning when the pitcher’s spot came up — Bruntlett delivered and the Phils went on to win.
The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 8-7 in thirteen innings to improve to 73-59 on the year. The Phillies have won five in a row. With the win the Phils lead the Mets by a half game in the NL East.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out three and didn’t walk a hitter.
Jose Reyes tripled on Myers’ second pitch of the game. Damion Easley was next and ripped a 2-2 pitch into left field. Reyes scored to put the Mets up 1-0. David Wright moved Easley to second with a single before Carlos Beltran flew to left for the first out. Moyer hit Carlos Delgado with a 1-1 pitch to load the bases for Fernando Tatis. Tatis singled into center and everyone moved up a base. 2-0. Moyer got out of the inning without further damage, getting Ryan Church on a popup in the infield and Ramon Castro to ground to first.
With two outs in the second, Easley hit a ball out to center to put New York up 3-0. Moyer struck David Wright out for the third out.
Beltran and Delgado led off the third with back-to-back singles. Beltran stole third, but it didn’t matter cause Tatis blasted a 2-2 pitch out to left to make it 6-0. Moyer got the next two before pitcher Pedro Martinez singled to left. Reyes grounded to second for the third out.
Condrey started the fourth after the Phils hit for Moyer in the bottom of the third. Damion Easley greeted him with a triple to center. Wright was next and hit a ground ball to second. Easley was running on contact and scored to make it 7-0. Beltran and Delgado went down to end the frame.
Condrey returned for the fifth and got the first two before Castro hit a ground ball to third. Feliz’s throw to first was fine, but Howard didn’t catch it and was charged with his 15th error of the season. Castro pulled up limping on the play and Brian Schneider ran for him at first. Condrey struck out Pedro for the third out.
With the Phils up 7-5, Reyes and Easley started the sixth with back-to-back infield singles. Wright flew to right for the first out before Eyre relieved Condrey to pitch to Beltran. Reyes stole third as Ruiz dropped the ball, putting men on first and third with one out. Eyre hit Beltran with a pitch to load the bases, but Delgado was next and hit a slow ground ball to short that Rollins and Utley did a fantastic job on to turn a double-play and end the frame.
Eyre threw a 1-2-3 seventh. He maintains his 0.00 ERA with the Phils. In six appearances he’s allowed two hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings while striking out six.
Durbin started the eighth. Reyes walked with one out and stole second. Easley walked to put men on first and second for Wright, but Durbin got Wright to hit into a double-play.
Lidge struck out Delgado and Tatis in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phillies down 7-6.
Madson started the tenth. Schneider singled to left with one out. Argenis Reyes hit for the pitcher Ayala and hit into another double-play. It was the third time in five innings the Mets had their at-bat end by hitting into a double-play.
He came back for the eleventh. Wright singled to right with two down, but Werth threw him out as he tried to stretch it into a double.
Romero pitched the twelfth. Tatis walked with two outs. Church was next and hit it hard, but Howard took it for the third out.
Seanez threw a 1-2-3 thirteenth.
Just an amazing job by the bullpen. Ten innings in which they allow a run on five hits, four singles and a double, and three walks. They got big double-plays in the sixth, eighth and tenth.
Condrey is likely unavailable tonight after throwing 46 pitches. The 2 1/3 innings he gave the Phils were particularly impressive coming off of 22 pitches on Monday against the Dodgers. Romero threw 25 pitches on Monday before throwing 22 last night and has thrown for three straight days. Madson threw 27 pitches last night after going an inning and a third on Sunday. Durbin (19 pitches last night) went two innings on Sunday. Eyre (23) and Seanez (13) are a little better rested.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Pedro Martinez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still hitting fifth with the big bats one through four in the order.
Rollins led off the first with a double to right. Utley was next and was hit on the foot. Burrell flew out for the second out. Rollins and Utley pulled off a double-steal as Howard went down swinging. Victorino got ahead 3-0 but Pedro came back to strike him out swinging.
1-2-3 in the second.
Taguchi hit for Moyer to start the third with the Phils down 6-0 and struck out. Rollins singled to center and stole second, but Utley flew to center and Burrell struck out looking. Pedro made Burrell look bad all night. Burrell is 1-for-26 with 11 strikeouts against Martinez in his career.
Howard walked to start the fourth. Victorino followed with a ground ball to second. Howard was forced at second with Victorino safe at first. Victorino stole second and went to third on a single by Werth. Feliz hit a fly ball to center for the second out. Victorino scored from third to but the New York lead to 7-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.
Condrey hit for himself to start the fifth and squirted a double down the third base line past Wright. Rollins was next and lined a 2-1 pitch out to right to make it 7-3. Utley walked before Martinez struck Burrell out again, but Howard hit one out to left. 7-5. Victorino struck out for the second out before Werth singled and stole second. Feliz struck out to leave him stranded.
The Phillies stole six bases in the game without being caught. Five of the bases they stole came in the five innings that Martinez was in the game. I think they thought they could run on him.
Rollins and Utley singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth. It put men on first and third for Burrell, and this time it was righty Brian Stokes who struck him out.
Still down 7-5, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.
With righty Duaner Sanchez on the bump, Andy Tracy hit for Durbin to start the eighth and flew to left. Ruiz singled into left, bringing up Dobbs, who had entered as part of a double-switch in the sixth, as the tying run. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to him and Manuel called on Coste to hit for Dobbs. Coste delivered a single to left and Ruiz moved to second. Rollins was next and he singled to right, scoring Ruiz to make it 7-6 as Coste went to third. With one out and men on first and third, Feliciano struck Utley out swinging for the second out. Righty Joe Smith came in to pitch to Burrell. Rollins stole second to put men on second and third before Burrell flew to left for the third out.
At the time, Utley’s strikeout with a man on third and one out looked huge.
Something nearly unbelievable happened after the eighth. Manuel moved Ruiz, who had never played third base in majors or in the minors, from catcher to third base. In the ninth inning of a one run game. And he did it, you have to believe, so that Eric Bruntlett, who was hitting 214/297/291 at the time, could pinch-hit for the pitcher’s spot in the bottom of the inning if a runner got on base.
Manuel did know he had Beltran and Delgado facing Lidge to start the ninth and that both of them would be hitting left-handed. The righty Tatis wouldn’t be, though.
The whole thing is curious to me, but one thing that seems odd is that Ruiz played third and Coste caught despite the fact that Coste has significant minor league experience playing third. May just have been that Ruiz was worn out after catching eight innings.
Howard and Victorino went down to start the ninth, but Werth singled into center. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and lined a double into the gap in right. Werth scored to tie the game at 7-7. The third baseman Ruiz grounded out to send the game to extra-innings.
Coste led off the tenth with a double. Rollins flew out for the first out before the righty Heilman walked Utley intentionally. Burrell struck out and Howard hit the ball hard, but Delgado made the play at first to end the inning.
With one out in the eleventh, Werth walked and moved to second when Bruntlett followed with a single to left. Hamels hit for Madson and struck out. Coste was next and he reached on an infield single to third, loading the bases for Rollins. Rollins fouled out to Wright to leave the runners stranded.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the twelfth.
Scott Schoeneweis got ahead of Victorino 0-1 to start the thirteenth before Victorino lined a triple down the right field line. Werth and Bruntlett were both walked intentionally to load the bases for Seanez. Myers was called on to pinch-hit for Seanez with strict instructions not to swing. And swing he didn’t, bailing out on most pitches before striking out looking 3-2 for the first out. Coste was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch to center, over the head of the playing-in Beltran for a single that scored Victorino and gave the Phils an 8-7 win.
Rollins was 5-for-7 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-10 with a walk and four extra-base hits.
Utley was 1-for-4 with two walks. Bad result in the eighth.
Burrell. Goodness. 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and ten men left on base. Over the last two games he’s 0-for-12 with 18 men left on base.
Howard 1-for-6 with a walk and a two-run homer.
Victorino 1-for-7 with a huge triple.
Werth 3-for-5 with two walks. 4-for-his-last-7 with four walks.
Feliz 0-for-2 with an RBI.
Bruntlett 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Coste 4-for-4 with a double and the game winning single.
Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87) faces lefty Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64) tonight. Santana hasn’t allowed a run in either of his last two starts. In 16 innings he’s allowed 11 hits and walked one. He’s made three starts against the Phils this year and gone 1-0 with a 2.74 ERA and an 0.78 ratio. In 23 innings he hasn’t walked a Phillies’ hitter. Kendrick had been pounded two straight starts before he held the Dodgers to a run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings on Friday. In his two starts against the Mets this season he’s allowed eight runs in 8 1/3 innings (only two of the runs were earned). In 8 1/3 innings against New York he’s allowed 12 hits and nine walks.
I updated the Start Log to include the Phillies’ record by runs scored and runs allowed.