Phillies 1, Mets 0 (Game 2)
It was an absolute pleasure to watch Pedro Martinez pitch tonight. The future Hall of Famer pitched 8 shutout innings while throwing 130 pitches - the most pitches he's thrown in a game since May 1, 2001. He struck out seven while walking only two and allowing six hits. When Pedro was signed by the Phils back on July 15th, no one could have predicted his Phillies tenure would be this successful to this point. Pedro improved his record to 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA, and the team is now 7-0 in the games Pedro has started.
The Phils manufactured their lone run in the 1st inning when Jimmy Rollins scored on a Chase Utley single. Jimmy had walked to start the game and he advanced to second on a Shane Victorino single. In the 9th, manager Charlie Manuel spun the closer wheel and Ryan Madson's name came up. Fortunately, Madson was able to shut down the Mets for his 8th save of the season.
With the victory resulting from Pedro's masterpiece, the magic number to clinch the division drops to 14, and the Mets have been officially eliminated from the NL East. The Phils' lead is back to 6½ games over the Marlins. It was a very, very good day.