Kevin McAlpin covers the Phillies for 97.5 The Fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter(@KevinMcAlpin)
Jamie Moyer continues to climb the Major League career win list. Last night, he joined Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey for 35th place with 266 W's. Moyer's latest victim, the lowly Cleveland Indians. Over eight innings, the Tribe hit ground ball after ground ball as Moyer gave up just one run on two hits. The lone run for the Indians came off the bat of former Phillie Russell Branyan, who ripped a solo home run in to the second deck in right. For Moyer, it was the 505th he's allowed, tying him with former Phillie (and Hall of Famer) Robin Roberts. "With my style of pitching, you're going to give up home runs" Moyer remarked. "Some of them go really far, and some of them don't."
Jimmy Rollins was 0-4 at the plate, however he made some nice defensive plays at short. "He did pretty good," said skipper Charlie Manuel. "He made a couple good plays at shortstop and he put the bat on the ball." Rollins had missed the previous 26 games with a right calf injury, and in his absence, the Phillies offense sputtered. After the game, Rollins sat with reporters and said "Mentally, I think I was better prepared because I guess I'm more repaired."
With a one run lead in the ninth, JC romero was called on and NOT Brad Lidge. Romero let two on with one out, however Lidge struck out the last two batters to record his 200th career save. Charlie Manuel reiterated after the game that Brad Lidge is still his closer.
Roster Moves: Yesterday, the Phillies designated Greg Dobbs for assignment. Dobbs was just 1-25 as a pinch hitter this season. Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was a "difficult decision", adding he hopes Dobbs clears waivers and will accept an assignment to Triple-A. Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 15 day DL with a mild concussion after being hit in the head by a broken bat Friday. Mike Zagurski was recalled from Triple-A, and Scott Mathieson was optioned to the Iron Pigs.
Hmm? If you read my entry in my MLB blog today you would find that our entries are similiar in writing. Very cool. Great minds think alike they say. The stats on Moyer are astounding. What we are seeing in him is nothing short of phenomonal. Isn’t he the “silver lining” in the Phils dark clouds these days? Don’t get me wrong though. The Phils are on the brink of doing something great with the rest of the season. I believe that and believe in them.
“Manuel reiterated after the game that Brad Lidge is still his closer.”
Yet somehow I get the feeling that if Manuel wasn’t ejected, that he would have kept Romero on the mound.
Can he do us a favor and get ejected every game? Preferably before the first out.
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