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Lucky Number Three- Pitchers, Home Runs Turn Tables On Padres

By Ian Sontag

Relief pitching was something us Phillies fans took for granted last season. Knowing after eight innings of play, if we were leading, we were winning. That was changed over the last two games by the San Diego Padres.

The Phillies have let leads slip away and in turn lost both of the first two games in gut wretching fashion.

Well fans, I'm happy to say it actually looks like the demons are gone and we have resumed great relief pitching as of yesterday's (Sunday's) game. We got four solid shutout innings from our bullpen.

This time the Padres had the lead 4-2 in the eight inning surely sending the Phils and fans home with their fourth straight defeat-including three at home.

But that didn't happen. The Phillies, who were down again (4-0-including another homerun given up) through five innings, took out starter Chan Ho Park and began to mount their comeback, starting with a homerun of their own as Chase Utley hit a 2-run shot off San Diego starter Josh Geer.

Phils' long reliever came in and kept the game right where the Phightins needed it to be-at four runs for the opposition. Happ gave up three hits and walked one. Clay Condrey came in for a scorelees ninth and picked up his second victory of the season (2-0).

As for the Phils' comeback, well they trailed 4-2 in the eighth when Jimmy Rollins batted for Happ. Needing baserunners, the Phils had hoped he would get on. He did. Rollins got on all four bases with his first homerun this season, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Hoping to save the game for Geer, Edwin Moreno entered in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Howard led off with his third hit of the game. Three pitches later Raul Ibanez sent the fans home happy in a sun-soaked afternoon, with his fifth homer of the season-this one being deposited into right field.

Even though the Phils move closer to .500 on the season (5-6), they currently sit fourth, 5.5 games behind the 11-1 Florida Marlins.

Tonight's finale of the wraparound series with the Padres was just cancelled, so you will see either Jamie Moyer or Joe Blanton against the Milwaukee Brewers and starting pitcher Manny Parra at Citizens Bank Park.


  1. Ian,
    Your saga continues...There's at least one mistake in every paragraph or whatever you're calling those things!
    It's a blessing when the Phils get rained on so I don't have to read your nonsense

    Boss Man

  2. I agree with boss man, this feeble attempt at what you consider "writing" is laughable. I hope youre not getting paid for this shiz. I mean in times of economic turmoil, you should be the first, maybe second to go.

    SGM Spring Garden Mafia