Tom Gordon had said that his Opening Day appearance against the Nationals haunted him for a while.
He allowed five runs in 1/3 inning in an 11-6 loss to the Nationals on March 31. It gave him a 135.00 ERA. It gave him an earful from Phillies fans. But it seems he has exorcised the demons. Since that disastrous appearance, Gordon is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA. In those 11 appearances, he has allowed five hits and five walks in 10 innings. He has struck out 12. Opponents have hit just .139 against him.
He has helped make the back end of the Phillies' bullpen one of the most formidable in baseball.
He came up huge in last night's 7-4 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park.
Gordon entered with the bases loaded and one out and the Phillies holding a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning. He got two groundball outs to end the inning to maintain a 3-2 lead.
It was a great job.
It was the game.
Last night's victory assured the Phillies will enter May with their first winning record since 2003.
So no more slow start talk? What will we do with ourselves?
In the Phillies Notebook, Charlie Manuel is uncertain how he will use Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, Charlie Manuel thinks Brett Myers needs to condition himself better, Jimmy Rollins' ankle continues to improve, Tadahito Iguchi returns to Citizens Bank Park after helping the Phillies make the playoffs last year and more.