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Red-hot Phillies beat Marlins to get back to .500

Sep 11, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins AP

Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre and Chase Utley combined to go 8-for-10 with five RBI and four walks from the first three spots in the order as the Phillies beat the Marlins 9-7 on Tuesday to claw their way back to .500 at 71-71.

The Phillies last saw .500 on June 4. They’ve won 14 of their last 18 games to even up their record.

Philadelphia won tonight even though Roy Halladay surrendered five runs in 6 1/3 innings. The team has won each of his last five starts, even though he’s turned in quality starts just twice in that span.

Halladay was 6-7 with a 3.80 ERA on Aug. 15. He’s now 10-7 with a 4.01 ERA.

The Phillies have made their run minus both Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino after trading them to NL West contenders prior to the July 31 deadline. They’ll end the night four or five games back of the Cardinals for the second wild card, depending on whether the Padres can top St. Louis for the second night in a row.



  1. cmdrsmooth - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Typical Philadelphia tease the fans enough to make them fall in love again, before breaking their hearts.

    • 12strikes - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      Yea… Because a team that has won the division 5 times, been to 3 NLCS’s , been to 2 World Series and won one has just been teasing the fans.

  2. ddjesus - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Hmm, how about red hot brewers get to .500 by beating the actual playoff team in the braves???

    • prionogenic - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      Don’t hate. Phillies are better right now. Who knows where they will be in 3 weeks (probably at home) but right now the Phillies fans are hopeful in the city of brotherly love

  3. dannomac21 - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    red hot brewers*!

  4. birdzflyinhigh - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    They need help, but can you imagine if the phillies got in the playoffs? That’s probably the one team in either league nobody wants to play against. If they get in playoffs as this years “hot” team, with that staff they can win the WS.

    • Marty - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Giant and Cardinal fans would love to pass through “hot

      • greymares - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        actually IF Philly makes it the Cardinals wont.

    • mgflolox - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      I can tell you that as a Giants fan, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to see that team in a short series.

    • chadjones27 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      Two words: Kyle Kendrick….


  5. illad3lph1a - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Cmdrsmooth, we won 5 straight div titles… We have been the best team in September in all of baseball for the past 5 yrs as well look it up. You don’t know what ur talking about.

    • foolmaker - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Being the best team in September doesn’t mean much when you fall apart in October.

      • xmatt0926x - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:53 AM

        You’re kidding me, right foolmaker? Fall apart in October? Have you seen too many teams repeating year after year? The Phillies have had as successful a run as can be expected from any team. There’s a reason nobody has repeated in years and years. It’s hard to get through several short series year after year and catch enough breaks and get the right bounces which are needed to win it all. Outside of the 2009 Yankees, I don’t think anyone would say the best team has won the World Series in a while. Ask Texas how hard it is to win it all. Stop hating.

  6. Chris Reighley - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Ahh… The Phillies sweep the Nationals, should have sweep the Braves and took 2 out of 3 from the Reds. Pretty much thinking that is beating actual playoff teams. Check your facts before posting….

  7. icanspeel - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I have to admit, the 2nd playoff team is making things more interesting. With the Cardinals and Dodgers losing at the time of this post I wouldn’t be surprised if a team like Philadelphia sneaks in.

  8. redishus - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM


  9. theaxmancometh - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Red hot Brew Crew! What is this, ESPN? Damn east coast bias

  10. redishus - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I guess Philadelphia is the only one that made it back to .500 again…

    • somekat - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:33 AM

      no doubt the brew crew are also hot, but they aren’t especially scary to anyone. The Phils are the team that nobody in the playoffs want to make it. They can pitch Halladay/Hamels for the wildcard game, and with the day off, and then travel day, can still go the other game 1, Lee game 2, and back to the wildcard pitcher for game 3. Plus with Howard and Utley back healthy, they are as dangerous as anyone in baseball right now.

      There is still a while to go, and it is going to be tough to catch St. Louis, and keep ahead of the brewers. But I think Pittsburgh is going to fade, as well as the Dodgers (remaining games are just too tough), and I don’t think the dbacks can keep up. St Louis has a pretty tough go the rest of the way outside of the 6 Houston games, but Philly plays them 4 times too (3 for the Brew), so that is mitigated. Besides that, the only team they have left that isn’t in the hunt is Chicago, but it’s in Chicago, which is always interesting for the Cards. But they also get washington, cincy and 4 at LA. It won’t be easy going, but it is possible for either the Brew or the Phils to catch them.

      But out of the Phils and the Brew, taking out matching games, the Brewers have 3 with Pitt, San Diego, and Cincy, the Phils have Washington, Miami, and the Mets (This is not including the current series, where the Phils have 2 with mia, and Brew 2 with atl). But by the time they play the Nats, they should have long ago locked up the best record in the league, and will probably have their foot off the gas a bit. There is one extra game for each team, 1 extra washington game for the Brewers (much earlier) and 1 extra Houston game for Philly. I’m not saying it will be done, it is still a long shot for the Phils or Brewers to get in to that last spot at this point (lets face it, they both went on a tear, and are still 4 games out with 20 to go), but it is possible. Looking at both teams, especially on the mound, I know which team I would want to be backing in September

      • areyesrn - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        haven’t the Braves and Mets owned us…or rather the Phillies…this year? They’ll pretty much have to go 4 or 5 out of 6 in those games to have a chance…

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        @arey – yes on the Mets, but the Phillies have been okay against the Braves. It was really those two series they had that that were busts – MAJOR busts, but then again, who weren’t they losing to at that point?

        I’ll give the Braves all the credit for that come from behind win, but losing the first 2 and then trailing 7-3 in th 9th of the last one AT HOME isn’t exactly what they had in mind for that series. And the Phillies nearly swept them in May in Atlanta as well

        The Phillies have there work cut out, no question.

  11. xmatt0926x - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    The Brew Crew should have been mentioned as well but lets all face reality. A story on the Brew Crew doesn’t generate the hits that a Phillies story does, whether it’s from the many Phillies fans on this site or the many Phillies haters. These guys aren’t stupid. There’s about 5 or 6 teams where a story on them about the 2nd baseman picking their nose will generate hits and comments more so than the rest of the teams stories.

    • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      I agree that the Brewers are as hot, and yes, the media market not being as large, they don’t get the coverage they otherwise would.

      But on a side note – how large do those 3 come from behind 7-6 wins the Phillies had over the Brewers look right now? Down 6-3, 6-1, and 6-5…….

      • madnova - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Unless it comes down to a 3 way tie, I don’t think they loom large at all. If the Phillies and Brewers end up tied at season end for the final Wild Card berth, they’d be facing each other in a one game playoff.

        A better question would be how large those many leads heading into the 9th that the Brewers blew look right now? Save half those games and they are the Wild Card leaders, with one of the top two offenses in the league.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        To clarify – they look large seeing as had the Brewers won all 3 (or at least the two that were easy leads), they would be either 4 or 6 games ahead of the Phillies

  12. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Bad time to be a Phillies hater… all know who you are.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      There’s never a bad time to be a Phillies H8R. Never.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Oh….’cause I thought you maybe liked it better when they were losing….

  13. badmamainphilliesjamas - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I read that Vin Scully said last night that the Phils are “in the race.” Therefore, it is true. :)

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