This game was closer than it should have been, as the Phillies poured on 16 hits, but scored only 5 runs, leaving 13 men on base over eight innings. But a win is a win, as the saying goes, and that’s what we needed.
Happ pitched well enough for the win tonight, and the bullpen held it together to give him his first win as a starter and his 3rd of the season, putting him at 3-0. He got a little shaky and they’re still stretching him out after his stint as a reliever, so the books won’t read “quality start,” but you and I know better.
The bullpen finished the remaining 3.2 innings for the kid, with Durbin, Eyre, Madson and Lidge giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 base on balls and combining to strike out 4. Happ left runners at 1st and 2nd for Durbin, who allowed 2 of those runs to score and count against Happ. Werth bobbled a single to allow the 4th Nats run of the game to score (unearned). The best part of this bullpen performance, of course, is Brad Lidge striking out 2 of those 4 in a one-two-three top of the ninth, getting his 10th save of the year and postponing the rapid development of Chris’s ulcer for at least a day.
Carlos Ruiz continues to swing well, going 2 for 2 with a walk and a game-tying RBI double in the 2nd. He was the only hitter on the squad that did not contribute to the left-on-base-a-palooza tonight, and his 2009 batting average currently stands at .299, and I would have to say his performance of late is very deserving of some ice cream.
And I have one thing to say about a certain 2-RBI single in the 3rd: RAAAUUUUUUUUUUUL! He’s leading the NL in RBIs right now with 46 total in 46 games. Make sure you vote your silly little ass off. I’ve voted 50 times already, and yes, it’s tedious, but it’s worth the effort. And Ibanez would do it for you – don’t even think he wouldn’t.
King Cole is on the mound tomorrow, and the Phillies continue to hit well against these feckless bottom-feeders, so if we can get those hits when guys are on, well, I think it goes without saying…
And lest you think I’m glossing over some recent bad news with a deceptively weak win over a blatantly weak team, Brett Myers, blahblah, surgery, blahblahblah it sucks. Go to philly.com and read about it. I’m not a baseball expert or a doctor. But I will say this about it: calling up a prospect is the right thing to do. Trading this early is not. You can blame it on my stodgy dislike of change, but the two guys I like have no-trade clauses. Some other options will pop up later as we approach the deadline and faltering teams start unloading players. We aren’t sinking, folks, so let’s not launch the lifeboats like we’re some kind of shitty team from a shitty town full of shitty people.
I’m going to be at the game, so if you’re there, maybe I’ll bump into you and you can buy me a Turkey Hill Lemonade Tea. Section 315. See you there.