Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Werth Delivers 10th Straight Win

        Jayson Werth finally ended a thrilling game for the Phils as they beat the Cubs 4-1.  Werth hit a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the 13th... Quite a way to keep the Phillies winning streak alive at ten.

        The game up until the bottom of the 13th was a pitchers duel between Joe Blanton and Rich Harden.  Jimmy Rollins epic shot in the third inning gave the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Cubs then pushed a run across in the 4th.  For the next 9 innings the game would be scoreless.

        The Phils made some remarkable plays in the field late in the game.  In the ninth, a hard grounder by Kosuke Fukudome was kicked up by Brad Lidge.  The deflection went right to Jimmy Rollins at second.  Jimmy was already positioned there because Aramis Ramirez was stealing second... a terrific double play.

        The second great defensive play was made by Raul Ibanez in left.  He made a diving catch in extra innings which would have been a double if Pat the Bat was still in left field.  A potential game-saving catch.

        The Phillies bullpen didn't allow a run in 6 innings.  Chan Ho Park deserves credit for pitching a scoreless 10th, 11th, and 12th.  Park has been great since moving to the bullpen. 

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