Cue Billy Zane. It's a walk-off.
After 8 innings of pitchers dueling in Florida, Tom Gordon entered the game with a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth, walked two (including Wes Helms on four pitches), mixed in a hit, and then gave up a bomb to a free-swinging Dan Uggla. After it bounced around awhile, some Marlins fans moseyed over and picked it up.
Game. Uggla just tossed his tighty whities at us.
Cole Hamels and Andrew Miller were both dialed in tonight, with Cole
striking out 13 and allowing only three hits. Unfortunately, two were by Jorge Cantu, who put them both over the fence. He had the
fastball/change-up filth going tonight though, with a lot of strikes
coming on check swings, corkscrews, and even a launched bat.
Neither starter got any support, and there were some frustrating
moments on the basepaths, including a rare mental lapse by Chase Utley
that ended a rally in the making. We'll let him slide, but hopefully
when we do, he'll stay on the bag. Another questionable play was the
2-out bunt by Jayson Werth with the bases loaded, which ended the
Phillies half of the ninth after the they'd tied the game and had
reliever Kevin Gregg on the ropes.
It's easy to crucify Tom Gordon too, especially after the display
Hamels put on, but Flash's actually been decent this year (after Opening Day...) and was due for
a horrid outing. Bullpens are going to blow leads, and we've been
downright lucky at how few the Phils' have sharted away. If it makes you feel any
better, Billy Wagner coughed up a save tonight. (I bet that helps a little, doesn't
The bats have been curiously silent this series, letting the Fish creep back toward the top of the division. They'd better pick it up tomorrow to avoid the embarrassment of being swept in front of all those Florida fans.