Howard Homers the Phils into First!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 ·

Do you remember the post about Mr. September? Ryan Howard did it again. First in the top of the 7th, he tripled in a run to make the game 7-5 and scored on a 2-out RBI single by Shane Victorino. In the top of the eighth, Howard went yard for a 2-run home run to give the Phillies a 8-7 lead.

After Ryan Madson pitched a perfect bottom of the 8th, Lidge found himself in some trouble. After walking the bases loaded, Brad Lidge got Gregor Blanco to strike out to end the game. The Phillies now hold a half-game lead over the Mets (same amount of losses) and possibly a full game lead over the Brewers for the Wildcard.

Starter Jamie Moyer struggled with his control as he walked 4 and hit a batter. I think pitching on short rest got to him, but hopefully he is rested enough to pitch in Florida on Sunday. Howard knocked in 3 runs on the night and Jayson Werth also hit is 23rd home run on the year. The Phillies had an early 3-0 lead, but lost it in the third. Carlos Ruiz gave the Phils a 4-3 lead in the fourth with a homer, but the Braves scored 4 in the 6 to take the 7-4 lead. The rest of the game was all Howard related and he was a double short of the cycle.

Everything about this game could help continue the momentum to aid the final push toward the playoffs. The Braves are not going down without a fight and the Phillies will face Jair Jurrjens tomorrow. Jurrjens has pitched well against the Phillies, only allowing 3 runs in 15 innings of work (2 starts). JA Happ will make his fourth start for the Phillies.

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