Inching Closer

16 Sep

Another day, another win, oh yeah, I mean two wins!

Magic Numbers

To Win the East:  2

For Home Field Throughout:  3

For The Real Prize:  14  (add 11 Post-Season wins.  Thanks, Phil!)

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As the Phillies inch ever closer to their goal, here are some random thoughts from a wild and windy day at the Bank:

Ninth inning, two outs, two strikes.  Need I say more?  That’s baseball I guess.  Did anyone see Cliff Lee on the post game show with Sarge?  He still looked shell-shocked.  To tell you the truth I was impressed he even agreed to go on and he said all the right things.  By the way, that’s the first time I ever heard someone call Ryan Howard, “Howie.”  (Twice!)

Speaking of “Howie,” I think Ryan Howard might have needed that game-winner more than Cliff Lee needed ‘just another’ shut-out.  I’m serious.  Come on, he already has 6!

It was nice to see Chase Utley get a pinch base hit in his first at bat coming back from the concussion.  And that was quite a warm standing ovation to give to such a  “mean” guy.  (If you don’t know what I “mean” just Google SI.com’s  list of mean baseball players.)

Am I the only one staring to worry about the Phillies bullpen?  Some of those less-experienced arms have thrown a lot of innings.  And now they can’t even seem to get through one!

How about that glove work by 39-year-old Raul Ibanez?  First he saves Game 1 with a perfect throw from left to gun down Omar Infante at the plate.  Then he saves Game 2 (and at the time Lee‘s shut-out) with a spectacular diving catch to get the second out in the ninth inning.  Not to mention he was 2-4 in Game 1 including what turned out to be a game-winning RBI double.  Not bad for the old guy who many (and you know who you are, Hal) have been disparaging all year.

Hunter Pence has been nothing short of amazing since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline.  Since then, he has 54 hits including 13 in his last nine games.  He’s hitting .375 in that span including seven extra-base hits.

Did you notice  Michael Schwimer leaping out of the dugout last night to be the first to congratulate Ryan Howard after his walk-off hit?  Why was the young reliever so excited?  After pitching a perfect 10th, he had just notched his first Major League win.

So let’s see, a veteran ace loses with one strike to go, a nice Jewish boy gets his first win, Howie, riding an 0-15 slump, gets the game-winning hit and it was so windy the fans thought they were in Candlestick (I mean AT &  T) Park.

Just another ho-hum night at the Bank.

Just another night that brought the Phillies ever closer to their goal.

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