But Not Last Night

12 Sep

It was the kind of game that the Phillies would have lost a couple of months ago.

The kind of game which had you reaching for the Tums and the Tylenol PM.

The kind of game that made you realize for the umpteenth time that this just wasn’t going to be their year.

 But not last night.

 A couple of months age, Jimmy Rollins’ foul popup would have been caught by Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly and that would have been that.

 But not last night.

“I usually make an out right after that,” Rollins said. “I’ve definitely had some popups dropped. It usually ends up with a broken-bat ground ball to the shortstop or second baseman.”

But not last night.

J-Roll made the most of his second chance crushing Chris Hatcher’s next pitch over the wall for a two-run home run giving the Phillies an 8-3 lead.  But the Marlins slowly but surely chipped away and after closing the gap to 8-7 in the seventh, you just knew in your gut what was coming.  And it wasn’t good.

But not last night.

With Roy Halladay not at his best and a bullpen looking like the very hittable pen of old, you just knew that somehow this team was going to do something they’ve done far too often this year, find a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

But not last night.

And when Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the ninth, don’t tell me you weren’t watching with your hands over your eyes, just waiting for disaster to strike.

But not last night.

No, last night the Phillies held on to get a 9-7 win.  It was their sixth win in a row and they are now 14-4 since Aug. 22, which is the best record in baseball during that span.

That’s what happened last night!

Rollins finished the night 2-for-3 with one walk, one home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.  Juan Pierre and Chase Utley each had three hits.  And young reliever Phillippe Aumont got some huge outs in the eighth when after putting two runners on base he struck out Justin Ruggiano and Jose Reyes to end the threat and the inning.

That’s what happened last night!

The Phillies finally reached that elusive .500 mark improving their record to 71-71, the first time they have been at .500 since June 4.

“Being .500 has never made so much noise around here,” Rollins said. “I’m glad that it can.”

Well, get used to it Jimmy because with the Cardinals losing again their lead over the Phillies for that second Wild Card spot is down to four, and if we’re lucky, it’s likely to get a lot noisier!

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4 Responses to “But Not Last Night”

  1. Rodd Bender September 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Great to see kids like Aumont contributing along with the old guys!

  2. gerrifash@comcast.net September 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    As Harry the K would sing, “We have high hopes!”

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