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Sunday, September 28th, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 28th

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And then there were two…

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, who with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, clinched their second consecutive National League East title. That leaves the Mets and the Brewers, both with identical records, fighting for the NL Wildcard.

Recap of Saturday’s Action:

The excitement was in the air at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies entered play one win away from winning the NL East. The scoring started in the fourth when Chase Utley and Ryan Howard started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Utley came around to score on a Pat Burrell sacrifice fly, and Howard followed on a Carlos Ruiz sac fly, giving the Phillies and early 2-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Nationals cut the lead in half when Anderson Hernandez’s two-out double scored Roger Bernadina. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to respond as Jayson Werth hit his 24th home run of the season (a shot barely clearing the right field wall), …

Santana Saves the Day

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Earlier in the season Johan Santana was criticized for not demanding to stay in and finish games, for not throwing much more than 100 pitches and basically for not winning games single-handedly. After begging Jerry Manuel to let him pitch yesterday, he came through with one of the greatest clutch performances in Mets history, leading the team to a 2-0 victory.

With the whole season on the line, he twirled a complete-game three-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking three. Pitching on three days rest, he followed up his career-high 125-pitch victorious effort on Tuesday night with a 117-pitch gem yesterday afternoon. He just seems to get better with every game. He’s the true definition of an ace, a stopper, whatever else you want to call it. Has he earned every cent of his contract so far? You bet. I’m just surprised he didn’t hit the game-winning home run as well.

Manuel shook up his lineup trying to jump-start his offense. They didn’t do a lot but it was …

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