Independent Philly was at Citizen’s Bank Park on Tuesday Night as the Phillies took on the Florida Marlins. The Fightins trailed the Atlanta Braves by just half a game at the start of the game and had a chance (with a win and a Braves loss) to take over first place in the NL East for the first time since May 30th. They also had the opportunity to become the first team in the National League to reach 80 wins.
With Joe Blanton on the mound for Philadelphia, the Phils bats came alive against Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad to the tune of five runs in the first five innings.
The Braves tied the game in the 8th inning scoring three runs off of the Phillies bullpen (J.C. Romero & Ryan Madsen). In the bottom of the 8th, Shane Victorino got on base, stole second, and was driven home by Placido Polanco.
Madsen returned to pitch in the ninth inning and the Phillies won the game 8-7. With the Braves losing 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies now own a half a game lead over the Braves in the NL East and the best record in the National League.
Polanco and Raul Ibanez led the way with three hits each (Ibanez also led the team in RBI with three). Jimmy Rollins added two hits and two RBI and Shane Victorino had two hits including a homerun. Ryan Howard and Ibanez also homered for the Phillies.
The Phillies finish their series with the Marlins tomorrow as they send Cole Hamels to the mound. They are off on Thursday before starting a series with the Mets at Citi Field this Friday.