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Phillies Take 2 of 3 From Mets Ibanez’s 10th Inning Homer

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    Pedro Feliz    Clay Condrey   Raul Ibanez

46 year old veteran Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer pitched a typical effective Moyer game giving up 3 run and keeping the Phillies close.  The offense picked at Mets starter Tim Redding with single runs in the third and sixth innings before tying the game in the seventh.  Moyer and the bullpen allowed only 2 Mets to reach from the sixth inning on until a single and a walk put 2 Phillies on with 1 out and rightfielder Raul Ibanez at bat in the tenth inning.  Ibanez’s 10th inning 3 run homer on a 1-1 pitch was the game-winner as the Phillies took 2 of 3 From Mets winning the final by a 6-3 score on Thursday.

Ibanez’s homer over the wall in right-centerfield was his 21st of the season, 1 behind MLB homer leader San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez.  His MLB lead in RBIs stands at 58.  With the win and series victory over the Mets, the Phillies NL East lead now stands at 4 games.

The Phils completed a highly successful road trip, first sweeping the Padres in 3 games followed by spliting a 4 game series from the L.A. Dodgers who possess the MLB-best record followed by taking a best 2 of 3 from their NL East rivals.  The Phillies’ MLB-best road record now stands at 23-9 as they return home to begin Inter-league play on Friday.

AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen recaps the game for Yahoo sports; 

The Phillies rallied to win for the second straight game and 20th time this season, tying the New York Yankees for most in the majors.

Shane Victorino sparked the big 10th inning with a one-out single off [losing pitcher] Bobby Parnell (2-2). After Chase Utley walked, Ken Takahashi came in and struck out Ryan Howard as the crowd at a misty Citi Field roared. But Ibanez followed with a drive over the wall in right-center for his 21st homer.

“I was aware of his hitting abilities,” Takahashi said through an interpreter. “He’s a great hitter and I gave it my best but that was the result.”

Scott Eyre (1-1) recorded the last out of the ninth to earn the win, throwing just two pitches. Ryan Madson worked the 10th for his fourth save in five opportunities and second in two days.

Parnell also got the loss Wednesday night, giving up Utley’s winning homer in the 11th inning of Philadelphia’s 5-4 victory.

“They’ve got a little power and the longer you play with that fire the more risk there is,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Jamie Moyer pitched six effective innings and Pedro Feliz had three hits for Philadelphia….  Jimmy Rollins, Utley and  Matt Stairs each drove in a run.

Carlos Beltran drove in Luis Castillo three times and Tim Redding pitched a season-high seven innings for New York, which dropped to 18-11 at its new home and will make the short drive to the Bronx to open the Subway Series on Friday night against the New York Yankees.

“They proved today that it’s not going to be easy playing in this division,” Beltran said.

Redding was in line for his first victory with New York before the Phillies rallied in the seventh. Feliz singled with one out and Chris Coste followed with a double to left to put runners on second and third. Stairs, hitting for Moyer, then grounded out to second, tying it at 3. Rollins then flied out to center to end the inning.

Castillo doubled in the first, singled in the third and doubled in the fifth.  Alex Cora moved him up each time, twice with sacrifices, and Beltran took care of the rest. He had a run-scoring groundout, an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

Rollins, who returned to his customary leadoff spot Wednesday night after two games batting sixth, drove in Philly’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the third. He also singled and scored on Utley’s one-out double into the right-field corner in the sixth, cutting New York’s lead to 3-2.

Charlie Manuel sounded like a proud father after the Philadelphia Phillies’ latest dramatic win.

“My team always comes back,” the manager said. “That’s what’s good about them.”

One cannot complete writing about this game without noting that not nearly enough credit is given to the Phillies bullpen 2009 circa.   Phillies Nation’s Tim Malcolm sums up:

Ryan Madson’s smooth four-batter save — ended a classic game that ended a classic series. With the fog positioned over Citi Field all evening and a ready rain mixing with an unseasonable chill, the game even felt like October. Couldn’t you see it? A National League Championship Series preview? And the Phillies were playoff tested, from Madson to the clutch two innings of relief patched together by Clay Condrey. Not to mention the second-straight night of tag-team work by righty Chad Durbin and lefty Scott Eyre, who grabbed the win. In all, that bullpen surrendered just one hit in four frames.

Along these lines, we mustn’t forget Chan Ho Park and lefthanded relievers J.C. Romero and Jack Taschner — all of whom have been mostly lights out recently.

In related news, Phillies Nation’s Tim Malcolm cites’s David Murphy as reporting that reliever Scott Eyre, who was credited with Thursday’s win by recording the final out in the ninth on 2 pitchers, apparently suffered an apparent calf injury during the game according to manager Charlie Manuel.  The Phils can ill-afford to see their bullpen depleted by the loss of one of their cogs to injury.  Murphy cites Manuel as saying that Eyre “could be out for awhile.”  The report notes that more should be known after a Friday exam in Philadelphia.

For all of the scores of Thursday’s games, click here.

The Phillies return home on Friday to begin inter-league play with a 3 game weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.   Joe Blanton will be opposed by lefthander Jon Lester in Friday’s series opener.

In Saturday’s game 2, young lefthander Antonio Bastardo, who has looked so good in winning his first 2 MLB starts, is opposed by Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka.

For all of Friday’s and Saturday’s games, click here and here.

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