Sunday, July 5, 2009

Phils take first two from Mets, Moyer dominant

What a game! Jamie Moyer was outstanding, the Phillies put on a clinic in the field and the Mets showed, once again, just how bad they are.

Moyer was pitching to the corners and keeping hitters off balance throughout his dominant six and one third innings. The only run he'd allow, coming on a bloop RBI single by opposing starter Fernando Nieve. If Moyer can emulate this start and turn in consistent good outings the rest of the way, the Phillies will receive a major boost to the rotation.

There were numerous outstanding plays in the field in the game. From Pedro Feliz's barehanded grab and tremendous throw to first and his snag of Gary Sheffield's blast of a line drive, Chase Utley catching David Wright's bullet and doubling Alex Cora up at first, Jimmy Rollins' backhanded stop and throw right on the money or Ryan Howard's stop and diving effort to the bag ahead of the runner, the team backed Moyer up in a big way.

The Mets, on the other hand, looked terrible defensively. David Wright allowed Paul Bako's at bat to continue when he misread a foul pop-up. Alex Cora should have called him off and made the play, but once again, the Mets can't work as a team and blew the play. Bako would end up reaching base with a one out walk. A few batters later, Shane Victorino popped up with two on and two out. Omir Santos had plenty of room in front of the Phillies' dugout, but didn't use two hands and dropped the ball, making Luis Castillo proud. Victorino, and the Phillies, once again took advantage. Shane singled up the middle, scoring Bako, and giving the Phils another insurance run.

Rollins continued along the comeback trail, reaching base three times and delivering the biggest hit of the game, a two-run double in the fourth. He looks better at the plate and needs to continue that trend today against Johan Santana. The Phillies need contributions from any and all right handed batters today with Santana on the mound.

I was in the Bubba Burger row at Citizen's Bank Park yesterday. I've never even seen them given away anywhere near my section before, nor have I been near the Citizen's Seven. I was starting to think they were fake! We received a Bubba Burger t-shirt and a coupon for a free box of burgers, and got on the big screen holding up the boxes.

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