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Sweep for a Sweep, Philly Sweeps L.A. at Home

The Phillies had some revenge on their mind when they returned to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park. Out on the West Coast was a different story as the Dodgers swept the four game series at Chavez Ravine and came back on the Phillies twice. Well in this series there were no comebacks for the Dodgers, they led in one of the games and blew it early as the Phillies swept the Dodgers at home and are now a half game behind the New York Mets for first place in the division with the wild card a little out of reach and the Florida Marlins fading away. The Phillies finally managed to get that sputtering offense back on track at home and the pitching was phenomenal as well. Now the Phillies look like a team who can win this division this year.

Philadelphia Phillies merchandise In the first game of the series the Dodgers sent newly acquired Greg Maddux to the hill to take on Kyle Kendrick. Maddux shut down the Phillies last week as a member of the Padres but he still took the loss because he gave up a home run to Pat Burrell in the 1-0 loss, however on this occasion the Phillies knew what was coming and they countered hard. Chris Coste homered and drove in four and Ryan Howard also hit a two run shot in the game to lead the Phillies to an 8-1 victory. Kyle Kendrick had been struggling here of late, but he settled down well back at home going five and two thirds innings giving up three hits and only one run which was a homer to Andre Ethier and he struck out three while improving his record to 11-7 on the year. Greg Maddux on the other hand gave up seven earned on nine hits in five and two thirds innings and failed in tying Roger Clemens for 8 th on the all time list in wins.

The second game of the series was shown on Fox Saturday afternoon with Cole Hamels opposing Clayton Kershaw. Cole Hamels once again pitched brilliantly and Pat Burrell drove in five to lead the Phils to a 9-2 win. The Phillies jumped on Kershaw early with Pat Burrell hitting a line drive homer down the left field line and that was all Cole Hamels would need to pick up his 11th win of the year and improve to 11-8. Hamels pitched seven strong innings giving up two earned off five hits and never got into major trouble in the game. Kershaw looked inconsistent in this game, after giving up the home run to Burrell he settled down nicely striking out five, but then Burrell doubled in another run and Ryan Howard followed with a double of his own which knocked Kershaw out of the game. He gave up six earned through four innings while dropping to 2-4. Good news for Dodger fans as Russell Martin broke out of his slump with a two run shot in the game. Manny Ramirez went 1-4 for the Dodgers as well. Chase Utley went 2-3 with three runs scored to lead the Phillies.

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The third game of the series was shown on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and an exciting game it was. A couple of rbi singles gave the Dodgers a slim lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning. All they had to do was have Jonathan Broxton come in and shut the door and the Dodgers would have won the game, but they could not do it. Shane Victorino singled to lead off the inning, Bruntlett sacrificed him over to 2 nd and then an unlikely player came off the bench to pinch hit, Pedro Feliz. This was Pedro Feliz’s night though as he drove in Victorino with a bloop single to center field and then he drove a 2-2 pitch from Josh Johnson over the wall in left field for a three run walk off that gave the Phillies a dramatic win. Feliz drove in four of the Phillies runs from off the bench as they won 5-2. The Dodgers had their opportunities against Joe Blanton as they pounded out 13 hits but could only score two runs. Blanton gave up one run in six innings and he struck out four in the no decision. Kuroda also pitched well for L.A. as he went six innngs and gave up only two hits and one run in his no decision. The bullpen continues to haunt the Dodgers with their closer Saito on the DL, they will need to find a way to stop the bleeding if they expect to make a run for the division this year.

The final game of the series was on ESPN2 and the Phillies ran with this one from the beginning. Jimmy Rollins was a home run away from the cycle as he went 3-3 with two runs driven in and a walk in leading the Phillies to a 5-0 shutout win over the Dodgers Monday night. The Phillies did not need dramatics to complete the sweep as Rollins got them going and Chase Utley had two hits in the game and he walked twice. Brett Myers pitched phenomenally as he escaped jam after jam throughout the game. Myers pitched seven shoutout innings and he struck out eight including Manny Ramirez with two runners on. Myers looks like one of the hottest pitchers in baseball right now as he improved to 7-10 on the year.

Next up the Phillies have a two game series with the division leading Mets. This is a golden opportunity to take the lead in the division and hold the Mets down. The Mets have been winning a lot recently as well even though they just dropped a three game set to Houston but do not let that fool you. This team can still play and it will be a great 2 game series. The pitching probables are as follows:

  • P. Martinez (4-3) vs. J. Moyer (11-7)
  • J. Santana (12-7) vs. K. Kendrick (11-7)

 

By Andrew Nuscis
Philadelphia Phillies & Tampa Bay Rays Correspondent


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