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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-09-23


Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-09-23
--OF Greg Golson is in the majors because of his track-star speed. He entered Monday night's game as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning and blazed to third base on an errant pickoff throw by Braves reliever Jeff Bennett. Two batters later, he slid into home plate ahead of 3B Martin Prado's throw to score the go-ahead run in the Phillies' 6-2 win. "You can't really think about doing the wrong thing," Golson said, "but you definitely have to try to control yourself. With my speed, a lot of times, I can try to beat it without knocking the (catcher) over. I'll definitely remember this for a long time."

--3B Greg Dobbs didn't start because of the lingering effects of a cramp in his right calf, but it didn't stop him from lacing a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning that led to the go-ahead run. Dobbs recorded his 22nd pinch-hit, extending his franchise record. Dobbs is tied with Lenny Harris and Daryle Ward for third place on the list of most pinch-hits in a season in this decade. Mark Sweeney had 24 in 2007, and Greg Norton had 23 in 2003. "I'll do whatever I can to manage it," Dobbs said of his calf injury. "I just want to let it calm down so it feels as close to 100 percent as possible." Dobbs, who starts primarily against right-handed pitchers, likely will get a rest Tuesday and Wednesday against Braves lefties Mike Hampton and Jo-Jo Reyes.

--2B Chase Utley recorded his 100th RBI of the season with a first-inning double and became the eighth player this season with 100 or more runs and 100 or more RBI, joining Mark Teixeira, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Ludwick, Lance Berkman, Jason Bay and Alex Rodriguez. It also marked Utley's fourth consecutive season with 100 or more RBI.

--LHP J.A. Happ faced the Braves for a second consecutive start. And, for the second consecutive start, he mowed them down. Happ, a rookie who earned his first major league victory against Atlanta five nights earlier, allowed only an infield single through four innings and two hits through five before serving up a two-run homer to Kelly Johnson in the sixth. Happ didn't get the decision in the Phillies' 6-2 victory, but he continued to earn his teammates' respect. "I felt good for him," reliever Scott Eyre said. "He got sent down when I got here (in an August trade), so I felt bad for him. It's good to see him pitching well."

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Victories for the Phillies in their first nine games this season at Turner Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Phillies are the first team to win nine consecutive road games in Atlanta in a single season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "How can you really argue with the guy for not playing you? You don't really have much bargaining power." -- Phillies LF Pat Burrell, who went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts Sept. 16 in Atlanta and said he wouldn't have argued if manager Charlie Manuel had decided to bench him the following night. (Manuel didn't.)


Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 23, 2008

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