Thursday, September 24, 2009

2009 Topps Phillies #PHI5 Jimmy Rollins

Phillies 9, Brewers 4

I was almost starting to forget what it was like when the Phillies score a bunch of runs and make things look easy. Fortunately, the offense came alive tonight and the Phils defeated the Brewers, 9-4. The magic number to clinch the division is now 4. Jimmy Rollins paced the offense and his 3-run home run capped the team's 6-run 5th inning. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz both enjoyed 3-hit games in the winning effort.

J.A. Happ pitched into the 6th inning for his 11th win of the season. It was just Happ's third start in September and although he pitched well, his performance tonight won't be enough to bump Pedro Martinez from the Postseason rotation. And the bullpen struggles continued . . .

The defensive play of the game came courtesy of catcher Paul Bako, who masterfully blocked the plate and hung onto the ball after being run over by the Brewers' Corey Hart in the 6th.

Played with the Brewers and the Phillies: Per Baseball, 71 players have played for both the Brewers (formerly the Seattle Pilots) and the Phillies, including - David Bell, Johnny Briggs, Wes Helms, Larry Hisle, Geoff Jenkins, Deron Johnson, Randy Lerch, Sixto Lezcano, Don Money, Dan Plesac, Bruce Ruffin and Dale Sveum. (This tidbit was unintentionally omitted from the series preview post from earlier today.)

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