Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter #165 Chase Utley

Phillies 4, Mets 1

Since the beginning of August, after J.A. Happ wasn't traded for Cliff Lee, both pitchers are a combined 8-0 for the Phillies. The front runner for the NL Rookie of the Year honors, J.A. won his 10th game of the year while allowing eight hits and only one earned run over seven innings against the Mets. Which brings me to my weekly thanking of Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. Thank you Ruben.

The Phillies finally started scoring in the 6th inning, following the departure of Mets starting pitcher Tim Redding. After a walk to Shane Victorino, Chase Utley greeted new Mets pitcher Pat Misch with his 26th home run of the season. The Phils added insurance runs on a Pedro Feliz RBI-double in the 6th and a Carlos Ruiz sac fly in the 8th.

The back end of the bullpen performed according to plan, with Ryan Madson pitching a perfect eighth and Brad Lidge pitching a 1-2-3 ninth for his 24th save. Most importantly, Brad threw eleven pitches in the inning and eight of the pitches were strikes.

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