Things to do during a nail-biting Phillies game in late September:
- Try to read a magazine
- Update a few wantlists
- Watch The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland with Doug on his portable DVD player (his little TV)
- Take a walk with the family
I tried each of the four things listed above, none of which helped to alleviate the anxiety caused by a struggling Phillies bullpen and a lead of less than 15 runs. In the end, the Phillies (and the bullpen) held on to their precarious lead and Ryan Madson recorded a 4-out save for the victory. The magic number to clinch the NL East is now down to 3.
Jimmy Rollins started the scoring early with a lead-off home run in the 1st inning. Ryan Howard added an RBI double in the 1st inning and Shane Victorino followed with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. After a 2-run single from Pedro Feliz in the 5th inning, the Phils were done scoring for the day. As it turned out, the team would need all 6 runs for the victory, and Pedro's hit proved to be huge.
Following a less-than-stellar performance by starter Joe Blanton, relievers Sergio Escalona, Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson held the Brewers scoreless through the final 3+ innings of the game.
Road Warriors: The win was the Phillies' 48th road win of the year, tying a franchise mark for road victories set in 1976.
Happy 60th: Happy birthday to Michael Jack Schmidt, born today in Dayton, Ohio in 1949.