Phillies Win in Luau

Friday, June 6, 2008 ·

With 2 outs in the Top of the ninth and Eric Bruntlet on second and Pedro Feliz on first, Chris Coste popped up what looked like the final out. All second baseman Kelly Johnson had to do was get under the ball and squeeze it with 2 hands. But his little league mistake allowed him to drop the ball, scoring Bruntlett. Feliz was thrown out at the plate by a mile but the Phillies tied the game at 2.

Chris Snelling lead off the 10th with a double into the gap. Rollins bunted him to third and Shane Victorino followed by driving in the go ahead run on a 1 out triple in the top of the 10th to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. Chase Utley added a RBI double to cushion the lead as the Phillies went on to win 4-3.

The bottom of the 10th wasn't a pushover either. Brad Lidge got into early trouble and was bailed out by the best arm in the outfield. With 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Yunel Escobar had what looked like the game tying hit. With 1 runner in, Gregor Blanco followed suit. Victorino, who was playing shallow, scooped up the ball and in one motion threw out Blanco with Coste applying the tag a split second before Blanco's foot crossed the plate. A furious Bobby Cox yelled and screamed but to no avail.

Victorino finished the night 2-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Both hits were triples. Chase Utley went 1-5 with 2 RBIs, one off the tenth inning double and another in the 1st inning when the Phillies took the 1-0 lead. Geoff Jenkins and Chris Snelling also doubled.

Tim Hudson got the start for the Braves and pitched very well enough to win. Unfortunately for him, Johnson's blunder ruined the outing. Hudson 7.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks. He also struck out 3. For the Phillies, Jamie Moyer started, pitching 5.1 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. He gave up a long ball to Brian McCann. Brad Lidge earned his 16th save.

The Phillies have been red hot as of late, winning 8 of their last 10 games. The Phillies also extend their lead in the NL East by 3.5 games on the Marlins and 4.5 on Atlanta. Tomorrow, Kyle Kendrick (5-2; 5.00) will look to earn his 6th win as he faces Jo Jo Reyes (2-3; 4.78).


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