Friday, September 24, 2010

2010 Topps 206 #8 Shane Victorino

Phillies 3, Mets 2
Game 154 - Friday Night, September 24th in Philadelphia

The game's easy, Harry.  With their win tonight, the Phillies:

- Won their 11th game in a row, their longest winning streak since 1991.
- Improved their record to 19-3 in September.
- Dropped their Magic Number to clinch the NL East to 3.
- Made it even more realistic that I'd get to use the Playoff tickets that arrived in a UPS envelope this afternoon on our front step.

The Phillies got yet another dominant pitching performance tonight, this time from #4 starter Joe Blanton.  Blanton won his 8th game of the year, throwing just 74 pitches in his seven innings of work while striking out six and allowing just two runs.  His one mistake came on a 1-0 changeup to Angel Pagan in the 4th, which resulted in a 2-run home run and the Mets' only runs of the night.  Ryan Madson pitched another perfect 8th and Brad Lidge saved his fourth game in four days.

Shane Victorino led off the game with his first career lead-off home run, and he added an RBI double in the 2nd to score Wilson Valdez.  After Pagan's homer tied it in the top of the 4th, the Phils quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Ruiz drove home Raul Ibañez with an RBI-single.

And with the Braves currently losing in Washington, the Magic Number could soon drop to two, giving the Phils a chance to wrap up the division tomorrow night.  Go Phils!

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