Monday, August 9, 2010

Phils take series from Mets, half game out of Wild Card

The red hot Phillies took an important series from the New York Mets at Citizen's Bank Park over the weekend with a win in the series finale on Sunday.

The team is firing on all cylinders and could easily have swept the series. An impressive rally in the eighth inning on Friday led to a 7-5 come from behind victory. If not for Johan Santana's gem on Saturday, the Phillies would have cruised to victory behind Cole Hamels' dominant performance. Instead, Santana was slightly better, beating the Phils 1-0.

Yesterday, Raul Ibanez hit a three-run blast in the third inning , putting the Phillies up for good and extending his career hit hit streak to 16-games. Ibanez has been on fire during that stretch, hitting .407 with four doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.

Roy Halladay didn't have his best stuff yesterday, but he battled against the Mets' lineup all day and barely held on to the lead as the Phils won 6-5.

On the other hand, the Phillies became the first team to solve New York's R.A. Dickey this season, getting to him for six runs in the first three innings. Dickey and Hamels will both be looking for redemption against each-other on Friday in the series opener at New York.

The Phillies remain two games behind the Braves in the division, but have crept to a 0.5 out of the wild card lead. A Cubs victory over the Giants tonight would put the Phillies into a wild card tie.

The Phillies have a tough series on tap against the Dodgers who will throw Vincente Padilla, Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw against the Phils. Kendrick will battle Padilla tomorrow night,

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