Just a short 12 hours after a stunning 19-inning victory, the Phillies won again, making it two wins in one day. The 10-4 victory today gave the Phils a 3-1 series win over the Reds.
The Phillies hoped that starting pitcher Cliff Lee could go deep into the game as nearly the entire bullpen was worked hard in the previous game. Lee did not disappoint, going eight innings. He did allow four runs on 10 hits and a walk, but he kept his team in the game in more ways than one.
Lee himself accounted for two of the Phillies 13 hits and he drove in three runs, two on a double and one more later on a single. There have been a number of role reversals in the past two days. Lee was the big slugger today and infielder Wilson Valdez was the winning pitcher in the game before.
Not so backwards was a three-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the third inning. Chase Utley also hit his first home run of the year today. Utley has now doubled and homered since coming off the DL on Monday and all is right with the world again.
Utley did appear to twist his right ankle / leg on a play today, which was a bit scary. However, he kept playing and it looks like we all have to wait until tomorrow to see if Utley bounces back okay.
As for the rest of the offense, some of the younger players are starting to hit, which is a good sign. The Reds starter Homer Bailey only lasted five innings and then rookie Daryl Thompson took over, making his major league debut. However, Domonic Brown and Michael Martinez each had a hit off Bailey, so it was not like they were just abusing the rookie. They hit a solid, veteran pitcher as well.
If the younger guys can keep stringing hits together like this, things may soon look-up for the Phillies offense.
And if injured players keep returning, like Jose Contreras did today, that is another big positive. Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth inning today and looks like he is ready to pick up where he left off, although Ryan Madson will remain the closer. And David Herndon was sent back to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
The Phillies will embark on a 9-game road trip next. They play the Mets in New York Friday night at 7:10pm; Roy Oswalt will pitch.
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