Sunday, September 19, 2010

In The Zone

Man, oh, man, this team is in the charmed zone. Down 6-3 in the ninth inning to Washington and looking like they had about as much chance of pulling this one out as Christine O'Donnell does of renouncing her membership in the Halloween Party, the Phils mounted a furious comeback in which four players came to the plate and all four scored, the last one Jayson Werth on the tail end of his walk-off, two run blast.

With the win the Phils swept the Nationals in a weekend series to maintain their three-game lead over Atlanta and set the stage for what should be a dramatic series with the Bravos beginning tomorrow night at the Bank.

Joe Blanton was cruising along with a 3-1 lead until the Nationals scored three in the top of the sixth to take the lead. The Phils then went into a mini meltdown including watching Shane Victorino get tossed by Angel Hernandez on a questionable appeal on a check swing. Hernandez has always had a rocky relationship with the Phillies and looks like a guy itching for a chance to hoist his thumb whenever the two get together.

But Destiny with a Capital D is clearly smiling on these Phillies right now and by the end of the day Werth's home run to the deepest part of the yard was all they needed to clinch the victory and set up the series with Atlanta.

Speaking of setting up the series, the Phils worked their rotation over the last seven days to set up their big three -- Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt -- to face the Braves. It doesn't get any better than this. Wait, yes it does; they win the series.

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