Victorino is the Most Hated Man in California

   Shane Victorino had three extra base hits including a home run as the Phillies held off the Dodgers 5-3.  The Phillies were up 4-1 heading into the eight inning before Michael Stutes decided to make it interesting.  Victorino’s home run in the ninth inning provided an extra insurance run as Ryan Madson shut the door for the save. Roy Halladay pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just one run, picking up his 15th win of the season. Hiroki Kuroda gave up three earned runs in 6 and 1/3 innings of work to take the loss. The Phillies look to take another series win tonight as Cliff Lee will take on Ted Lilly.

  The Phillies were staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Ryan Howard hit an infield single to short that was deflected by Kuroda and allowed Victorino to score. They would add two more runs in the second on a Jimmy Rollins two run double. With Halladay on the mound and a 3-0 lead, the Phillies seemed to be well on their way.  The Dodgers got on the board in the 5th inning  on a Casey Blake RBI ground out to short. After Jamey Carroll singled to lead off the inning, Kuroda tried to sacrifice him to second, but when he bunted it down the first base line, Ryan Howard waited…waited..and waited for a ball that never went foul. Then Tony Gwynn Jr. bunted both runners over allowing the next batter, Casey Blake, to have his RBI opportunity.  In the seventh, Ryan Howard hit an RBI double off of Dodgers lefty reliever, Scott Elbert, to make it 4-1.  Mike Stutes allowed Matt Kemp to lead off the eight inning with a single and then steal second.  Kemp would come around to score on an Aaron Miles RBI single.  Stutes would compound the problem by throwing away a pick-off attempt on Miles, letting Aaron reach second with none out.  After Stutes got James Loney to fly out to center and Miles advanced to third, Brad Lidge was summoned from the bullpen.  This is where things got interesting. Lidge walked Rod Barajas which probably isn’t a bad thing considering how that clown destroys Phillies pitching.  A pinch hit RBI single from Juan Rivera would follow cutting the Phillies lead to one.  Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon (Flash’s son) would then a hit a slow grounder to Chase Utley, but Juan Rivera ran into Utley. Immediately the second base umpire Laz Diaz called interference.  Rivera was out, Gordon was rewarded first base and pinch-runner Eugenio Velez was told to go back to second.  Gordon would advance to second and Velez would advance to third on a Brad Lidge wild pitch.  Tony Gwynn would then try to reach base on a bunt, but his bunt went right to Lidge who threw to Howard to end the threat.  Ryan Madson would allow the first Dodger to reach in the ninth, but retired the next three batters with ease to pick up his 20th save of the year.

Notes:

-I watched most of the game at this bar called General Davis. FREE wings on Monday. That’s right FREE wings on Monday. Pretty good wings as well.

-Juan Rivera is an idiot.

-I like Mike Stutes, but I don’t really trust him in a big spot.

– I don’t trust Lidge in a big spot either.

-Victorino’s three hits raised his average to .310. With ease, the offensive MVP of the Phillies.

– Victorino will likely drop his appeal on the three game suspension for the Nationals series starting Friday. With that being said, I’m not that upset with the suspension because that means more at bats for a hot Mayberry.

– News came out that Placido Polanco has a sports hernia. Ruben Amaro said his season isn’t over, I’ll believe that when I see it.

-Prepare yourself for Michael Martinez as your starting third baseman come playoff time.

-Raul Ibanez is hitting .154 in August. The alternating good and bad Raul is annoying.

– With the lefty Lilly pitching for the Dodgers, hopefully that means we see John Mayberry in left.

Looks like the Dodgers let one slip away.... Oops.

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