The Florida Marlins were knocked out by the Phillies last night by a score of 4-0 in the first game back after the All-Star break. If you thought the Phillies would be rusty after some time-off, think again.
Raul Ibanez – we missed you! Without skipping a beat after a long stint on the DL, Ibanez is back firing on all cylinders. In his first two at-bats last night, he knocked the ball out of the park; a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning and a solo shot in the 4th gave the Phillies all the momentum they needed. Ibanez continues to make a case for MVP as he slings this team onto his shoulders and carries them towards the promise land…
Ryan Howard now holds the record for the fastest time to reach 200 home runs in major league history. He hit #200 last night deep into the seats beyond right field. Howard’s homer in his 658th career game surpassed the previously held record by 48 games, set by Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner. And that home run gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the 6th inning.
Jamie Moyer keeps getting younger and younger. In his longest outing of the year, Moyer pitched 7 full innings and allowed only 1 hit, which did not come until the 5th inning. And at the plate, he went 1 for 2 with a single to add to his dominance. Moyer leads the Phillies pitching staff with 9 wins. Who saw that coming at the beginning of the season? I am betting Moyer did.
The Phillies continue the 4-game series with the Fish tonight; game time is 7:10pm and Cole Hamels will try to reclaim his spot as the staff ace. Best of luck to him!
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