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Park, Ibanez, Werth Lead Phillies Past Manny-less Dodgers

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       Jayson Werth    Chan Ho Park    Raul Ibanez

Phillies starter, former Dodger Chan Ho Park provided another quality outing going six innings allowing 2 runs. Leftfielder Raul Ibanez capped a 3 run Phillies fourth inning rally off of lefthander Clayton Kershaw by ripping a 2 run double to centerfield and rightfielder Jayson Werth put himself in the franchise record-books with 4 steals in the game, including a seventh inning steal of home to lead the Phillies past the Manny-less Dodgers by a 5-3 score on Tuesday.

With the win, the Phils remained 1 game behind the Mets who split their Monday and Tuesday games with Atlanta.

Park struggled through a first inning which saw him give up 2 doubles and a single but, thankfully only 1 run.  Then he retired the next 6 Dodgers in a row while the Phils managed a 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base pickle for Kershaw who walked the 1st 2 Phillies hitters in the third inning.  Park helped out his own cause sacrificing both runners into scoring position with 1 out.  Centerfielder Shane Victorino, batting lead-off as manager Manuel juggled his lineup, then grounded out to shortstop scoring 3rd baseman Pedro Feliz as the Phils knotted the score at 1-1.

The Dodgers took a short-lived 2-1 lead off of Park in the fourth on 3 singles, the last of which being a 2 out RBI single to left centerfield by centerfielder Matt Kemp.

But the Phils took the lead for good in their fourth inning.  Werth, batting 3rd, led off with a single to centerfield.  Kershaw then walked 1st baseman  Ryan Howard.  Werth and Howard worked a double-steal to put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, demoted to the 5th spot in manager Manuel’s lineup juggling, solved Kershaw singling to rightfield scoring Werth and moving Howard to 3rd base.  Ibanez followed doubling to right-centerfield to score Howard and Rollins to put the Phils up by 4-2.  Feliz was then walked and it looked like the Phils were not done yet in the inning.  After Kershaw got catcher Carlos Ruiz on a line to centerfield and struck out Park, Victorino reached on a fielding error to load the sacks.  But Kershaw struck out 2nd baseman Chase Utley to evade further damage.

Meanwhile Kershaw singled through the 2nd base/shortstop hole to lead off the fifth.  But Park retired the next 6 Dodger hitters as the Phils led 4-2 after six innings.

Kershaw, who suffered his 3rd loss of the season, left the game after five innings having thown 98 pitches and having given up 4 runs on 4 hits while surrendering a crucial 4 walks, 3 of them leading to Phillies runs.

Winning pitcher Park evened his season record to 1-1 with his 2nd straight excellent performance throwing 101 pitches through six innings while giving up 2 runs on 7 hits walking none and striking out 3.

Relievers Chad Durbin and lefthander Scott Eyre took over for Park in the seventh making short work of the Dodgers and bringing us to Werth’s base-stealing exploits in the Phillies seventh.

AP sports writer Dan Gelston describes Werth’s seventh inning stolen bases for Yahoo sports;

Werth stole home in the seventh inning and tied a team record with four steals in one game.

He had a one-out single in the seventh, then stole second and third. He stole third base in the fourth.

Werth surprised the Dodgers when he took off on a slow toss from catcher  Russell Martin to reliever Ronald Belisario. Werth’s steal of home gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Werth’s four steals in a game tied a club record set by Sherry Magee on July 12 and Aug. 31 in 1906, and Garry Maddox on May 29, 1978.

Utley led off the seventh by flying out to center.  Werth followed singling to leftfield.  Werth stole 2nd on a 3rd strike to Ryan Howard.  Lefthanded reliever Will Ohman intentionally walked Rollins — a huge mistake as Martin and reliever Belisario later found out.  Werth and Rollins worked a double-steal as Ohman was walking Ibanez loading the bases.  When Werth spotted Russell’s slow return toss to the pitcher who was in process of walking Feliz, he broke for home and made it safely.

Inquirer staff writer Andy Martino adds more color to Werth’s steal of home;

Werth’s final steal of the evening, a seventh-inning swipe of home with Pedro Feliz batting, underscored the team’s impressive performance. Werth said that first-base coach Davey Lopes had recently spoken to him about more aggressively seeking base-stealing opportunities. Noting the suggestion, he stood on third and watched catcher Russell Martin ignore him after the first pitch of the at-bat.

“On the first pitch, he didn’t look at me,” said Werth. “So I figured if we got to two strikes and he didn’t look at me, I was going to go.”

When that situation arrived, Martin remained on his knees and threw the ball casualty back to pitcher Ronald Belisario. Werth dashed toward home, beating the throw and drawing visceral cheers from surprised teammates and fans, who cheered until he made a curtain call.

“Jayson timed him down,” said a smiling Charlie Manuel. “I was just as surprised as you were. I saw him going and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ . . . I guess he was feeling frisky and had a lot of energy, so he wanted to run.”

He became the first Phillie to swipe home since, yes, Carlos Ruiz on June 26, 2007.

Reliever Ryan Madson set the Dodgers down in the eighth allowing only a harmless 2 out single.

The game was turned over in the ninth to closer Brad Lidge who recorded his 5th save of the season, but it was quite dicey as Lidge gave up 3 singles in between recording 2 outs.  The 3rd single drove in the Dodgers’ 3rd run.  But Lidge got leadoff hitter leftfielder Juan Pierre, subbing for 50 game suspended Manny Ramirez, to fly out to center to end the game.

For all of the results of Monday’s and Tuesday’s games, click here and  here.

Wednesday’s game is a battle of lefthanders as veteran Jamie Moyer looks to regain his 2008 form.  He is opposed by former Phil Randy Wolf who has been solid in his last 3 starts.

For all of Wednesday’s games, click here.

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