Bucs and Phils

What's faster? 45 year old Jamie Moyer's fastball, or 45 year old Jamie Moyer running the bases? Either way, both speeds helped the Phillies win today.

It must be a tradition. Sunday baseball games in Philadelphia aren't always so sunny. It seems like every Sunday, rain delays a game. After a 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay, the game finally got underway. Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Doug Mientkiewicz RBI double.

But, in the bottom of the third, things got interesting. Jamie Moyer attempted to sacrifice Carlos Ruiz over to second base. He successfully got the bunt down. Catcher Ryan Doumit called for the ball, but pitcher Jason Davis picked up the ball, bumped into Doumit, and threw the ball away. Jamie Moyer, already safe on first, ran to second. He would hit a bump on the way to second... a big bump. He ran over the first base umpire, who fell to the ground. Moyer kept on running as the throw came into second base. However, the ball was thrown away again! Moyer would go to third base. His teammates got a huge kick out of it, especially Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick who were rolling on the bench with laughter.

Moyer would come into score on a Jimmy Rollins sac fly. He just beat the throw, ran into the dugout, and before he could receive congratulations from his teammates, Moyer was on the bench trying to catch a breather. The Phillies took a 2-1 lead.

Jason Michaels would hit a 2 run double in the 6th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead. Moyer would leave the game after 6 innings. He allowed 3 earned runs on 7 hits, and 2 walks. He struck out 5.

The Phillies would tie the game in the 7th. Greg Dobbs hit his 22nd pinch hit of the year to drive in Carlos Ruiz. His 22nd pinch hit set a Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season.

Chase Utley has had an extremely poor homestead. In fact, his struggles go all the way back to June, when he broke his favorite batting practice bat. He started off having a tremendous April, but since then, he really hasn't been back to that form. When he shows signs of coming out of, it just goes back down. Inconsistent.

However, today, he got a huge hit. Already upset about grounding into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded earlier, Utley had another chance. This time he wouldn't fail. He hit is 29th homerun of the season to break the tie and give the Phillies a 5-3 lead.

In the 8th, Jayson Werth worked a walk. After two passed balls by Doumit, he scored to give the Phillies a 6-3 lead. Doumit, already shaken up by a foul tip, gave no effort what-so-ever to go after the passed ball.

Ryan Madson was the closer of the day. Brad Lidge was unavailable to due some tightness in his right shoulder. He's day tot day and just be back soon. Madson closed the doors as the Phillies won 6-3, on a wet and wild day Sunday.


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