Philadelphia Phillies’ Arms, Bats Wake Up to Claim Stake to NL East Crown

Posted: 30th September 2009 by Scott Eisenlohr in MLB
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He sure doesn't look like Superman, but Ryan Madson sure is pitching like him. With a fastball reaching 97 to 98 mph in the ninth inning, Madson pitched a two-inning save to preserve the Phillies 7-4 victory Tuesday over the Houston Astros. Phillies rookie left-hander J.A. Happ improved to 12-4 with the win. Coupled with the Florida Marlins' 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies' magic number dropped from three to one. A victory tonight and the Phillies will capture their third-straight NL East crown. A closed-door meeting called by manager Charlie Manuel rallied the troops to an important win. After Sunday's loss to Milwaukee and the loss Monday, I feared the worst could happen. I read Rich Hoffman's blog Tuesday afternoon on the Phillies being tired and read the comments. In ...

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