Another Extra Inning Game. This Time, Phils Win

The Phillies and Padres must being enjoying playing against one another because for the second night in a row, nine innings weren't enough. Saturday night, the Phillies got the best of the extra inning affair, with a 5-4 win to match Friday night's score that went in favor of the Padres. It was déjà vu all over again, only different. This time, Jose Mesa retired the Pad's in the bottom of the tenth to notch his eighth save.

Brett Myers pitched well again, lowering his ERA to 2.09 with six innings of work in which he allowed just one earned run. It wasn't exactly an easy outing for the young right-hander, who allowed five walks and five hits, but it was good enough to keep the Phils in the game that they would eventually win. Myers threw 56 strikes and 40 balls, not a good ratio, but relied on some solid defense to erase his mistakes.

Myers only real blemish came in the second inning when he gave up a two-out single to Brian Lawrence, the opposing pitcher. Ramon Vazquez quickly followed that with an RBI double to score Lawrence and put the Padres up 1-0.

Lawrence himself was working his way through the Phillies lineup with little problem until the fourth inning when his defense let him down. Vazquez booted a groundball by Bobby Abreu that put runners on first and third with one out. Xavier Nady then misplayed a flyball by the next batter, Mike Lieberthal, that tied the game 1-1. After an intentional walk to Jim Thome to load the bases, the San Diego defense rebounded with a double-play to end the inning.

The Phils used some solid fundamental baseball to go up 2-1 in the fifth inning. Ricky Ledee reached on an infield single and went to second on a sacrifice by Myers before he scored on an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins. Rollins went to second on a throw to the plate, but was stranded there when Placido Polanco lined-out to second base.

Both starting pitchers exited after six innings and the bullpens worked scoreless seventh innings before falling apart in the eighth. Rollins led off the eighth with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice by Polanco and after an intentional walk to hot hitting Abreu, both runners moved up on a wild pitch by Luther Hackman. Mike Lieberthal further ruined the strategy with a two-run double to put the Phillies up 4-1. After another intentional walk to Thome, the Padres defense again fell apart when Mark Kotsay dropped a flyball that would have loaded the bases, but Thome strayed too far past second and was thrown out for the second out of the inning. Pat Burrell then struck out with runners at first and third to end the inning.

Terry Adams came on in relief in the bottom of the eighth and promptly gave up singles to Nady and Sean Burroughs, who won Friday night's game with a two-run single in the bottom of the tenth. Adams got pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart to fly-out but Shane Victorino ended Adams night with an RBI double, pulling the Padres to a two-run deficit at 4-2. Turk Wendell relieved Adams and got pinch-hitter Rondell White to hit a groundball to David Bell, who threw wildly to first, allowing Burroughs to score, making it a 4-3 game. White was picked off of first for the second out of the inning, but Vazquez again hurt the Phils, this time with an infield single to score Victorino with the tying run. Wendell then got Mark Loretta to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The bullpens again took control in the ninth before the Phillies went to work on reliever Jaret Wright in the tenth. A leadoff walk to Abreu, followed by a single by Lieberthal put runners on first and second with nobody out. Jesse Orosco came on to face Thome and got him to hit into a fielder's choice for the first out of the inning. Matt Herges relieved Orosco and Bell greeted him with a sacrifice fly to score Abreu. Burrell stepped to the plate and again struck out to end the inning with the Phillies leading 5-4.

As the Phillies held their breath, Jose Mesa came on to pitch the tenth. Mesa blew his second save of the season in Friday night's game and took the loss, but Saturday was a different night. Mesa had no problems in the tenth, retiring the side in order for his eighth save of the season in a 5-4 Phillies win. Carlos Silva (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get the win for the Phillies.

Sunday's matchup will feature Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.86) against former Phillies farm-hand Adam Eaton (1-2, 3.50).


Philly Baseball Insider Top Stories