It’s a miracle! The Phillies have won 5 consecutive games! So I learned many things at today’s Phillies game. First, this team can actually win games. Next, Jonathan Papelbon has a tramp stamp and Odubel Herrera can fly.
And finally, getting hit in the face with a ball hurts. Sean O’Sullivan does not recommend it. Perhaps next time, catcher Cameron Rupp will wait to toss the ball until someone is actually paying attention? Just a thought.
Aside from that little once every several decades incident, O’Sullivan had a great day. He pitched 6 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win since the 2011 season. And he was finally healthy; until, of course, Rupp whacked him in the face. But he seemed to be okay afterwards.
Ben Revere led the offense with 3 hits, a walk and an RBI; he is starting to look like the guy who almost won a batting title last year. And Maikel Franco has certainly added some excitement the Phillies line-up. In addition to a triple, he hit his first major league home run today. Darin Ruf also homered and had 2 hits. And even Ryan Howard helped out with a pinch-hit single in the 7th.
Obviously, this team needed a spark and maybe Franco is that guy. Although, I still think Cody Asche got a raw deal being sent to the minors to “learn” left field. He could have done that just as easily here. That brings us to the most awkward part of the day; the Asche whiffle ball and bat set that was handed out to kids entering the gates today. Too bad Cody had to miss it.
And now for the O-M-G moment of the day: After the game, Chad Billingsley was put on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. So after two elbow surgeries and only 3 starts with the Phillies, Billingsley could well be done. Hector Neris has been recalled to take his place on the roster.
Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.