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September 17 2007

The one thing I can't figure out is how the Phils would be able to get super-secret cameras installed at Shea.  The Phils are nefarious, but that seems like a hard one to pull off.  Maybe they have some kind of super-secret satellite that cruises up and down the East Coast emanating rays that make Marlon Anderson slide into shortstop and Carlos Beltran misplay fly balls.  If that's the case, it's just not right.  It does seem like a lot to ask of technology in an era where it still takes 20 minutes to open a CD.

Over the past few weeks the Mets have accused the Phillies of cheating and not having any class.  After that phase they went through a thing where they were sure it was all about the home plate umpires.  It's not.  After making six errors and issuing 11 walks yesterday, you have to think that they would be just about ready to take a look in the mirror.

The Phillies beat the Mets for the eighth straight time yesterday, earning a sweep in the most recent  three-game series between the teams.  While the Phillies may have had more than their share of luck in the four-game set in Philly, they simply outplayed the Mets in New York.  They hit better, fielded better, ran the bases better and pitched better.  The Mets didn't make that real hard to do.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets yesterday afternoon, winning 10-6 to improve to 80-69 on the year.  The Phils sweep the three-game set and are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.  They are 3 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East.  They trail the Padres by 1 1/2 games for the Wild Card, but San Diego is just two games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West. 

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.  Only four of the runs were earned.  One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run home run by Carlos Beltran.   He walked two and struck out one.

David Wright walked with two outs in the first and was caught stealing for the third out.  Fourth time in two games the Mets have had a runner caught stealing. 

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.

With the Phils up 3-0 in the third, Endy Chavez singled with one out and pitcher Oliver Perez bunted back to the pitcher.  Eaton bobbled it and both runners were safe.  Reyes walked to load the bases with one out.  Luis Castillo was next and he grounded to Rollins.  Rollins got one out at second but Castillo beat the relay to first on a close play.  Chavez scored to make it 3-1.  Wright flew to center for the third out.

Beltran and Moises Alou started the fourth with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and third with nobody out.  Shawn Green popped to the catcher for the first out.  Paul Lo Duca was next and he hit a fly ball to right.  Beltran scored from third to make the score 4-2.  Chavez grounded to second for the third out.

Eaton started the fifth up 5-2.  With one out, Jose Reyes and Castillo singled back-to-back.  It put men on first and second for David Wright.  Wright flew to left for the second out, but Beltran followed with a three-run homer to right that tied the game at 5-5.  Moises Alou followed with a single and Geary came in for Eaton to pitch to Green.  Green grounded to second to end the inning.

Geary returned for the sixth.  Chavez reached on a error by Rollins with one out, but Geary got Jeff Conine and Reyes behind Chavez to set the Mets down.

Geary started the seventh and got the leadoff man before Wright homered to right to cut the Phillies' lead to 10-6.   He struck Beltran out for the second out before Alou singled.  Switch-hitter Ruben Gotay hit for the pitcher Joe Smith and JC Romero came in to pitch for the Phils and make Gotay hit right-handed.  Romero was pitching for the fourth straight day.  He got Gotay with the help on a nice play from Utley at second.

It sure is a lot of work for Romero.  I was surprised to see Geary start the seventh after throwing 1 1/3 innings already and the Phils up by five runs.  Geary threw 43 pitches on the day, which was just unnecessary. 

Gordon threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 10-6. Gordon pitches for the third straight day for the second time this season.

As if on cue, Gordon did something to his back yesterday.  This article says his status is unknown.  You may remember that things didn't work out that well the other time this season that Gordon pitched on three days rest.  Probably just a coincidence.

Myers pitched the ninth in a non-save situation, setting the Mets down 1-2-3.  He was also pitching for the third straight day. 

More good work from the Phillies' bullpen, which allowed just one run in 11 1/3 innings in the series.  There's a lot of criticisms about Manuel out there that I just don't agree with.  But in this game, as he so often does, he managed a game with a five-run lead and then a four-run lead the same way he would have managed a game with a one-run lead.  Two of guys he used were pitching for the third straight day and one was pitching for the fourth straight day.  He needs to use his other guys, cause he really is going to need Myers, Gordon and Romero in a tight game soon and they're going to be worn out.

In the three-game set the Mets' pen was charged with ten runs in 9 2/3 innings.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Oliver Perez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  Helms plays third against the lefty with Ruiz catching.

Rollins walked to start the first and Utley struck out behind him.  Rollins stole second and went to third on an error by Lo Duca, but Burrell and Howard both struck out to leave him stranded.

Rowand singled to start the second.  Werth flew to center and Helms struck out before Ruiz moved him to second with a single.  Eaton walked to load the bases.  Rollins hit a ground ball to short that Reyes didn't handle and then threw away.  Two runs scored and the Phils led 2-0 with men on first and second.  Utley flew to left for the third out.

Burrell started the third with a single and Howard followed with a walk.  Rowand flew to right for the first out before Werth walked to load the bases.  Helms flew to center and everyone moved up a base.  Burrell scored to put the Phils up 3-0.  Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases for Eaton and Eaton popped to second for the third out.

Rollins started the fourth with a fly ball to left that Alou didn't handle for an error.  Utley followed with a double and Rollins scored to put the Phils up 4-1.  Burrell moved Utely to third with a ground ball to second, but Howard struck out and Rowand flew to center.  Nice job by Burrell to move the runner over to third with the first out.

Werth walked to start the fifth and Helms moved him to second with a single.  Ruiz flew to right and Werth went to third.  Eaton struck out for the second out before Rollins doubled.  Werth scored to make it 5-2 and Helms went to third.  Utley grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The game was tied at 5-5 to start the sixth.  Burrell walked and Howard reached on an error by Castillo.  Rowand walked to load the bases with nobody out.  Werth walked, forcing in Burrell to put the Phils up 6-5.  With the righty Jorge Sosa on the mound, Dobbs hit for Helms and delivered the swing of the game, a grand slam out to right that made the score 10-5.  Ruiz, Geary and Rollins all went down to end the frame.  Geary hits for himself with the Phillies up by five runs and an army of arms in the pen.

Utley walked to start the seventh and Howard walked with one out to put men on first and second.  Rowand was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Werth struck out and Nunez grounded to first to turn the Phillies away.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Howard reached on a two-out error by Conine at first in the ninth, but Rowand grounded to second behind him.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and a walk.  He was 4-for-15 with a double and a triple in the series.  296/346/529 on the season.

Utley was 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and an RBI.  3-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series.  334/414/565.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk.  1-for-11 with two walks and four strikeouts in the series.  264/406/514.

Howard was 0-for-4 with two walks.  2-for-13 with a double and four strikeouts in the series.   260/376/546.  The Phils sweep the series with their three and four hitters combining to go 3-for-24 with eight strikeouts and no RBI.  The last time either Burrell or Howard had an RBI was September 10.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a walk.  5-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in the series.  313/379/518.

Werth was 0-for-2 with an RBI and three walks.  2-for-10 in the series.  319/424/458.

Helms was 1-for-2 with an RBI.  1-for-2 in the series.  251/302/375.  Dobbs was 1-for-4 with a grand slam yesterday.  1-for-4 in the series.  281/335/479.

Nunez was 0-for-1 yesterday and 1-for-3 in the series.  239/320/290 on the year.  Among 169  NL players with 200 plate appearances, the .290 slugging percentage that Nunez has posted is tied for last  (Adam Kennedy is also slugging .290).  There's not enough defense in the world to make up for that.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with a walk.  1-for-7 in the series.  257/333/401 on the year. 

Coste was 1-for-4 in the series.  303/331/454 on the year.  He was not good defensively in his start behind the plate on Saturday.

Victorino does not have an at-bat since September 11.

Kyle Kendrick (8-4, 4.02) faces righty Brad Thompson (6-5, 5.05) tonight in St Lous as the Phils play the first of three with the Cards.  Kendrick had to leave his last start against the Rockies after taking a line drive off of his right knee.  Lefties are hitting .340 against him, righties .227.  He faced the Cardinals on July 13 in Philly and held them to a run over seven innings.  Thompson has appeared in 41 games for St Louis this season and will be making his 15th start.  He has allowed 144 hits in 114 innings but walked just 34.  Lefties are hitting .352 against him and righties .275.  He's allowed 21 home runs in his 114 innings, which is really a lot.  In two relief appearances against the Phils this year he's allowed seven runs on ten hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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