After a non-existent offense last night, the Phillies cleaned up their act today and scored big in a 12-5 win over the Reds to cap off the series win. Raul Ibanez continued his All-Star bid by whacking home run #15 and now has 40 RBI on the year, which leads the league.
Jimmy Rollins cleaned-up as well, swiping stolen base #300 for his career. Rollins has woken up of late and brought his batting average up .034 points to .234 since the start of the Nationals series last week. He had 4 hits today alone. And Chase Utley is still on tear; he was just a triple short of the cycle today with 3 hits and 4 RBI.
4 home runs in the game helped, including homers from Utley, Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs, getting a rare start. Dobbs had a base running blunder early in the game when he was picked off 1st base as he somehow mistook the first baseman’s ankle for the base. Whoops! But all was forgiven when he nailed the solo shot in the 3rd.
Joe Blanton pitched well for 4 innings, but fell apart in the 5th and gave up 5 runs. If he could just duplicate the first 4 innings for say 6 or 7 innings, that would be great. Obviously, he still has work to do, but those 4 innings were a step in the right direction. The bullpen, including Chan Ho Park in his first Phillies relief appearance since losing the starting job, held down the Reds for 4 more innings. Park was a bit shaky and had 2 base runners, but he settled in and got out of the jam. Everyone is hoping he can turn his season around by given the Phillies some solid innings out of the pen.
It is now on to New York to face the Yankees for a 3-game Memorial Day weekend series. Tomorrow night, Brett Myers will face AJ Burnett in what should be quite a showdown with the run the Yankees have been on lately. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 7 games and the Yanks are on an 8-game win streak. Add a brand new stadium into the mix and this should be a good one. My 2 favorite teams going at it – always a treat!
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