So I guess we are only going to win games when JA Happ pitches? Well, let’s hope not. But we’ll certainly take the much needed win tonight! And another great start from the rookie Happ was a nice shot in the arm for the still struggling Phillies. Happ went 6.1 innings with 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 5 strikeouts. During tonight’s TV broadcast, analyst Gary “Sarge” Matthews so eloquently put it that this team was in need of a “rumble in the clubhouse to get the juices flowing” or that perhaps the players needed some “slaps upside the head.” Well, like I said yesterday, they certainly need a wake-up call. I do think that tonight’s win and solid outing by Happ will be a good start to that.
Still a little slow offensively, but scoring 4 runs is better than what they have been putting up lately – zero! So, again, progress is good!
Ryan Howard had a great night, going 2 for 3 with a homer and a walk – his 2 RBI’s on the night gave him the Phillies record for the most RBI’s of any Phillies player in history before the All-Star break, passing Greg Luzinski; Pedro Feliz also homered; Jimmy Rollins hit a triple; Pat Burrell, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz also had hits tonight. And All-Star Brad Lidge added on to his save record, notching #20 tonight.
And one more time…VOTE FOR PAT! Time is running out! We have until tomorrow at 5pm…here are a few people that have come out in support of Pat recently (thanks to Larry Shenk at Phillies Insider for the info!):
“He’s the most deserving among the group of National Leaguers on the Final Vote ballot,” Jayson Stark, ESPN.com.
“Here’s the case for Pat to be elected….he’s the only player in the league’s top 10 in slugging percentage not already on the roster,” Paul White, USA Today.
“Pat is the most notable omission on the team,” Buster Olney, ESPN.com.
So, get those votes in! Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice. Go Phillies and VOTE PAT!