The only thing missing in tonight’s game was 45,000+ Phillies fans chanting “CHOOOOCH,” as Carlos Ruiz’s 10th inning home run sailed over the left field wall down in Miami. Chooch’s homer gave the Phillies the deciding run in their 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins tonight, completing the three-game road sweep.
Lost in all of the excitement of an extra innings ball game was Roy Oswalt’s second start as a Phillie. Oswalt was much more impressive in this outing than he was last week in his first start, in which he took a loss to the Washington Nationals after giving up five runs in six innings.
Roy’s line tonight: 6.1 innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 walks, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts on 109 pitches thrown.
Oswalt left the game in the seventh inning, with the Phillies leading 2-0, after allowing two men on base and one out. J.C. Romero relieved Oswalt, and promptly gave up an RBI ground-rule double to pinch hitter Donnie Murphy, and walked a second run in with the bases loaded. Jose Contreras was then called upon to try and preserve the 2-2 tie, however, he gave up a bases loaded, two RBI single to Marlins’ first baseman Gaby Sanchez which gave Florida a 4-2 lead after seven innings.
After a scoreless eighth inning for both teams, the Phillies bats came alive in the top of the 9th. After Placido Polanco reached first base on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Ross Gload singled to center to put the first two Phillies’ batters on base. Raul Ibanez, another red-hot Philly batter, then blasted a double off of the left field wall to score Polanco, and move Gload to third. Ibanez is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak.
There was a Jayson Werth sighting, as he singled in Gload to tie the game at 4-4, and move Raul over to third. After a fielder’s choice grounder by rookie Domonic Brown (Ibanez was thrown out at home), the Phils had men on 1st and second with one out. Two baserunning blunders, Werth was picked off leading off at second, and Brown was caught trying to steal second, spoiled what could have been a more productive inning.
Ryan Madson came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, and with a little luck was able to hold the Marlins off after allowing two men to reach base (Cody Ross hit what appeared to be a fair ball down the third base line with a man on second base, however, the third base umpire ruled it a foul ball).
After the aforementioned home run by Senior Chooch, Brad Lidge slammed the door on the Fish to get the save after allowing a lead off single to rookie Michael Stanton. It was Lidge’s second straight solid inning after blowing a save last Saturday versus the Nationals.
The Phillies are coming back home on a roll, after winning four straight, to face a familiar foe: the New York Mets. Joltin’ Joe Blanton is slated to face Mets’ starter Jonathan Niese to kick off the series tomorrow night.
With the Braves winning over the San Francisco Giants tonight, the Phillies remain at 2 games back in the division.