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Phillies fighting back thanks to some porous defense

Oct 8, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

We’ve got ourselves a ballgame, folks.

The Phillies just scored a pair on a bases-loaded single by Chase Utley, narrowing the gap to 4-2 through five innings. Just don’t blame Bronson Arroyo here. The normally sure-handed Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen set up the two-run single by committing consecutive errors with two outs during the frame. Arroyo was able to escape further damage by striking out Ryan Howard swinging.

Roy Oswalt is done for the night. He gave up four runs — three of them earned — on four hits while walking one and fanning five. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce each hit solo homers. Excluding his final two outings of the season, this was his shortest start since July 24, which also was against the Reds.

By the way, Phillips is currently 3-for-3 with two runs scored and sits a triple away from the first ever postseason cycle.

  1. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    some would call it poor-ass defense…

  2. D.J. Short - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Ha. Touche.

  3. nps6724 - Oct 8, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    I’ve never seen a luckier team than the Phillies. Not lucky to win, just things falling their way all the time. They’re a damn good team but their opponents just give and give and give. Philly doesn’t need help from the opposition to win but I guess their opponents haven’t figured it out.

  4. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Reds and Phillies players ranked by UZR:
    Bruce: 19.9
    Rolen: 10.7
    Utley: 9.9
    Phillips: 9.5

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