Game 102 - Thursday Night, July 29th in Philadelphia
On the day the Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt for the Postseason run (and beyond!), the team swept the last-place Diamondbacks out of town. It took a few extra innings, but Cody Ransom scored the winning run in the 11th thanks to an RBI-single from Wilson Valdez. It was Valdez' third hit of the night and he also dazzled in the field, turning two crucial inning-ending double plays. Unfortunately for Valdez, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs opted to omit him from their team set, so Ransom's IronPig baseball card gets featured instead. (Sorry, Wilson.)
Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco both enjoyed multi-hit games and the hot-hitting Raul Ibañez contributed a solo home run in the 6th. Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 7th, allowing just a run on 4 hits, but Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combined to blow the team's 1-run lead in the 9th, erasing Kendrick's win. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect 10th - making the decision not to use him in the 9th a little curious.
The Phils could have easy phoned it in during this in-between game, as it came the day after the thrilling Domonic Brown debut and the day before Roy Story 2 is set to begin in Washington tomorrow night. But they pulled out the win, their 8th in a row and their 11th straight win at home. I have a good feeling about this.