When the Summer Olympics came to a close Sunday night, it was supposed to be the end of the late nights and early mornings of my eyes being glued to the television. With the international spectacle coming once every other year, the three to four hours of sleep a night are worth the sacrifice. A strong cup of morning coffee or two would help get me through the work day and the exciting primetime live coverage of beach volleyball and swimming.
But Tuesday night, I once again found myself bracing for another sports marathon, this time a thrilling pennant chase for the National League East title. When the Phillies were trailing 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning I figured it would be an early night. J The Mets seem to have the Phillies number, winning nine of the first 13 meeting this season. Yet, a Philadelphia win would give them first-place all to themselves by a half game.
I just so happened to get a score update around 11 p.m. and saw that the two rivals were deadlocked 7-7. Had did this happen?
For one, Jimmy Rollins decided to finally let his bat do the talking, going 5-for-7 at the plate with 3 RBI. So how, I managed to stay wide awake for the bottom of the 13th frame when Shane Victorino led off with a triple, which was followed by back-to-back free passes to get to the pitchers spot. Out of bench players, Brett Myers got the call to pretty much stand out the plate. A walk would score the winning run, while a strike out would still give the Phillies two more chances at victory. A genius move to avoid the double play.
Sure enough, following a Myers strikeout, Chris Coste stepped to the plate and smacked a single for the game-winning RBI. completing a 4-for-4 night.
Like myself, the Phillies are probably dragging a little today. At the same time, they can’t sit back and be satisfied with the win. They need to come right back and sweep the two-game series before heading to Chicago for the holiday weekend.
Consistency is key the rest of the way.