The old goat still has some fight left in him, that's for sure. Pedro Martinez pitched eight shutout innings, throwing a hefty 130 pitches en route to a 1-0 Phillies win. Martinez's pitch count was climbing after the seventh and most thought his night was over at that point. Pedro came back out for the eighth and was still throwing heat. After allowing a double to Daniel Murphy, Uncle Cholly trotted out to the mound, seemingly putting an end to Pedro's day. But after a brief chat with Martinez, Manuel headed back to the dugout to an eruption of cheers from the Citizens Bank Park faithful. Just three pitches later, Daniel Murphy made a base running blunder and Chooch nailed him at third. CBP was electric.
Ryan Madson pitched a fairly uneventful ninth, only allowing one base runner en route to the save.
The Phillies bats were silent for much of the day, but a nice piece of hitting on a single in the first to score Rollins proved to be just enough for Pedro.
Wow. What a cap on a crazy, busy day in Philadelphia sports. Three for three. That Phillies crowd had a somewhat playoff intensity feel to it in the eighth.
"I got caught up in it because it reminded me a lot of Boston
especially when they started chanting, 'Pay-dro, Pay-dro,'" Martinez
said. Quote via Scott Lauber.
Oh, and Pedro's win officially eliminated the Mets from the playoffs. Sleep easy tonight, Philly fans.