Philadelpia Phillies: Howard, Werth Assist in Phillies Win over Houston Astros

Dan Pennwyn@@WeBleedingGreenCorrespondent IApril 11, 2010

 

For the third consecutive game in the four game Phillies-Astros series, the Philadelphia Phillies once again were triumphant in the end with the help of a few key players.

Up through the first two innings the Phillies held a one point lead over the Astros when Jason Werth hit a sacrafice pop up to center field, bringing in Ryan Howard to take the lead.

Then a spark in the top of the third after Astros pitcher Brandon Lyon walked Ryan Howard, which moved[Jimmy Rollins to home plate, Placido Polanco to third and Chase Utley to second.

The next batter up was Jayson "worth the cost of admission" Werth, who doubled with a ground ball to center field that brought in Polanco and Utley and just like that it's 4-0 Phillies.

The Phillies and fans went into the bottom of the third feeling pretty good. Well that all changed real quick!

Moyer struggled in the bottom third allowing two home runs, as Jason Michaels hit a two-run shot, bringing in Felipo Paulino and then Hunter Pierce smacked one to left field, which also was a two run shot bringing in Jeff Keppinger.

Lastly in the third inning, Tom Manzella hit a ground ball single which brought home Carlos Lee and just like that it's 5-4 Astros.

Was anyone else looking for their remote to throw?

Fast forwarding to the seventh inning, as nothing happened in between the fourth through sixth innings, the Phillies have two outs with Chase Utley on base and none other than Phillies slugger Ryan Howard at the plate.

The next thing I heard was a familiar and beautiful sound which erupted from Howards bat as he hit his third home run of the season, as Chase Utley came home to score and the Phillies once again hold the upper hand leading the Astros 6-5.

Later in the top of the seventh Shane Victorino hit a ground ball single to left field, Jayson Werth is brought to home and Raul Ibanez moves on to second—all this and there are two out!

Fast forwarding again to the top of the ninth and Shane Victorino again shows the city of brotherly love some love by hitting a two-run homer (Werth scores) and now the Phils lead 9-5 with half an inning to play.

The Astros got their sixth run of the game when Jason Michaels hit a single on a line drive to left fielder Raul Ibanez which brought home Michael Bourn.

The final game of the series is held tomorrow and it is also the Phillies home opener. The game will begin at 2:05 ET.

Can the Phillies sweep the Astros? I believe they can!

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