Audio on mute again, I managed to watch the 9th inning tonight out of the corner of my eye. Thankfully, Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 27th save, and the Phils hung on to win the game, 3-2. The magic number to clinch the division is now down to 26.
The offensive star was Carlos Ruiz. Chooch went 3 for 3, and his 2-run double in the 7th inning was the difference in the game. (The double was originally scored a sacrifice fly and an error on Garret Anderson, but a scoring change awarded Carlos the double.) Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings, allowing only three hits (but uncharacteristically walking four) while striking out seven. The win was his 9th of the year.
But the star of the game was reliever Scott Eyre. Pitching for the first time since August 16th, Scott entered the game in the 8th inning with runners on first and second, no one out, and the Phils clinging to a one-run lead. (The runners were inherited from Ryan Madson, who did not get the job done tonight.) Scott pitched out of the jam, inducing an impressive double play ground-out and an inning-ending ground out to preserve the lead.