Thursday, April 29, 2010

Phils win strange finale of strange series

That was a bizarre series, capped off by a bizarre game. Looking at the series in advance, one might like the Phillies' chances in games one and two. The 4-0 Roy Halladay was pitching the first game, and the Phils were opposing Todd Wellemeyer. They've hit Wellemeyer well in the past, including one of those 20 run outburst games. But Halladay lost his first game as a Fightin, and Wellemeyer dominated the Phils struggling lineup.

The series finale is the game one may have handed the Giants, with Tim Lincecum on the mound. He was nasty, fanning 11 batters in 8.1 innings. That's when the fun began. Lincecum was pulled after allowing his first walk of the game, the Phillies loaded the bases and Jayson Werth's bloop double cleared the bases and tied the game.

Ryan Madson blew a save in the 10th, the Phils scored two more in the 11th and Nelson Figueroa picked up his first career save in a strange and stressful inning.

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