Chase Utley's one-out single off closer Billy Wagner scored the winning run in a thrilling, 11-10 roller-coaster victory at Citizens Bank Park.
Trailing 10-8 in the 8th, Met-killer Pat Burrell, who homered earlier in the contest, belted a solo shot off archenemy Wagner to pull the Phillies to within one. Then in the 9th off Wags, Jayson Werth led off the inning with a single to left, stole second and third with one out before scoring on Tadahito Iguchi's single to left. Iguchi then stole second and Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked before Utley hit the game-winner.
Wow! The Mets, who led the NL East by six games before the series, now cling to a two-game advantage over the opportunistic Phils. Aaron Rowand and Ryan Howard each homered in a game the Phils once led 5-0, and later 8-5. Clay Condrey and Tom Gordon represented the good from the pitching staff, J.C. Romero and Jose Mesa (just because) the bad, Kyle Lohse, Geoff Geary and Antonio Alfonseca the ugly.
Beerleaguer: Words can only imitate the drama of games like these, but today’s discussion thread comes close. Readers shattered the previous Beerleaguer mark by over 600 comments with a total of 1,366 emotionally draining entries. Like the Phillies, everyone pitched in this series. Time to relax and savor the moment, before the Phillies continue their chase of the Mets tomorrow night.