First Feels Great!

8 Sep

_sept71.jpgThere sure where a lot of Pittsburgh Pirates fans in attendance as the Phillies fought their way into first place tonight at Citizens Bank Park.  Fans watched the out of town scoreboard and roared louder and louder as the Brave’s chances of a win slipped away.  The 5-0 loss for the Braves combined with the 8-7 victory for the Phillies meant that the boys in red pinstripes were going to go to sleep tonight in first place in the N.L. East, a spot that had eluded them since May 30th.

That’s 71 games and 100 days, if you’re counting.

“It’s always good to be in first place,” Manuel said after the game. “That’s the only way to live.”

It wasn’t an easy win as the Florida Marlins would not go quietly, regaining the lead in the third and then knotting it up in the eighth. 

The Phillies offense, though streaky at times knows when to turn it on. 

After blowing the lead in the eighth inning the Phillies did what they do best.  They came back.  Shane Victorino, who homered in the fifth, had a two-out single and stolen base in the eighth, and then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Placido Polanco.  Ryan Madson, who Charlie Manuel was trying to avoid using, came back out in the ninth to lock down the win.

Closer Brad Lidge was unavailable as he is nursing a sore elbow that the Phillies are downplaying saying that he is “Definitely” going to be available by Friday.

Raul Ibanez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and drove in three runs, while
Shane and Howard also added solo shots for the Phillies, who have taken
seven of their last nine overall. 

“It’s only a half-game, and Atlanta’s not going anywhere,” starter Joe
Blanton said. “We just have to keep playing as hard as we have been.”

Side Notes –

Cole Hamels (9-10) will go for the Phillies tonight against the Fish, and for the series win.

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