Notes: Phillies using trio to close

Notes: Phillies using trio to close

CHICAGO -- Arthur Rhodes plus Ryan Madson and Geoff Geary equals three saves in three games for the Phillies.

Such has been life for the Phillies bullpen while closer Tom Gordon recovers from right shoulder inflammation.

Rhodes began the three-headed parade when he saved Monday's game, though he allowed two runs in the process. Madson threw a scoreless frame to save Tuesday's game for Jamie Moyer, and Geoff Geary came on with a ball of adrenaline to preserve Wednesday's contest.

It marked the first time in three years that the Phillies have had three different pitchers record a save on three straight days. Dan Plesac, Jose Mesa and Mike Williams turned the trick from Aug. 15-17 in a sweep of St. Louis.

"It's a different adrenaline," Geary said. "It's not your normal adrenaline. It takes a special person to do that."

Geary was still shaking enough after Wednesday's game that he said he didn't eat that night and stayed pumped up until falling asleep around 1:30 a.m. CT.

"We're just all picking each other up right now," he said.

"We have a lot of different guys that we can throw out there," said manager Charlie Manuel. "All three can get the job done."

Enjoy it while it lasts: Catcher Chris Coste often jokes that his dream of playing in the big leagues has lasted well into its 15th minute.

Coste may need a new watch at this rate, as his notoriety ticks toward the half-hour point.

Coste's tale of perseverence through the independent and Minor Leagues has been told often this season, and he has recently been getting national attention. He's been featured in The New York Times and on "This Week in Baseball," and he's scheduled to be a guest on ESPN's "Cold Pizza" on Friday morning.

"I want to take advantage of it as much as I can, because I know how finite this whole situation is," Coste said.

"Hopefully, I can be a part of this for the next five or six years, but I also know that it can end like that," he added, snapping his fingers. "I've joked on many occasions that I thought I wouldn't get there until I was 35, just in time to make 'The Rookie, Part II.'"

Coste admitted that he has gotten greedy. His original goal was to play one day in the Majors, but he's shot past that. He's played at Fenway Park, and now Wrigley Field.

What more can happen for a kid from Fargo, N.D.?

"On a certain level, it's not something I ever expected to happen, but I'm used to a different kind of fame," Coste said. "When I go to Mexico [for winter ball], I feel like the most famous guy in Mexico. I walk downtown and I'm mobbed like Michael Jordan. I'm used to it, in a way. This is totally different, but I'm prepared for it. I'm not overwhelmed. I'm excited, because I want to last as long as I can.

"I also feel like I'm representing myself, my family, Fargo and maybe providing motivation to other guys who are in the Minor Leagues, hoping for their shot," Coste added.

Quotable: "He's very easy to catch, except for the 10 different signs. He's got four pitches on every side of the plate. It's even tougher when there's a runner on base." -- Mike Lieberthal, on catching the soft-tossing Moyer

Moyer's response: "He'll get used to it."

Philling in: Left-hander Fabio Castro tossed three scoreless innings on Thursday, and he still hasn't allowed a run in 17 1/3 innings as a Phillie, spanning 10 appearances. ... Joe Thurston started in left field and threw out Juan Pierre, who was trying to score from second base in the second. "I thought his throw kept us in the game, but then things happened," Manuel said. ... The four homers allowed by Phillies pitchers on Thursday tied their season high for most allowed in a game. ... Left fielder Pat Burrell didn't start against Carlos Zambrano, marking the 10th time since July 18 that he wasn't in the starting lineup. He was 1-for-9 with four strikeouts in his career vs. Zambrano.

Coming up: The Phillies will open a three-game set with the Mets on Friday night, sending Randy Wolf (2-0, 5.61 ERA) against righty Orlando Hernandez (9-9, 5.29 ERA) at 7:10 ET. Wolf, now 2-0 in five starts since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, did just barely what he needed to do last time out against the Nationals. Staked to a 10-1 lead, Wolf allowed five more runs as the Nationals attempted a comeback that fell short. Wolf, like many of the Phillies pitchers, has been bitten by the home run bug lately, giving up two in each of his last two starts. Friday will be the left-hander's third start in five against the Mets. Wolf got the victory in his last start against New York, giving up two runs -- both on homers -- on Aug. 15. His other was a four-inning no-decision on Aug. 4.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.