Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez have been carrying the Phillies offense so far in 2009, so appropriately, the rest of the guys contributed Tuesday. The offense combined for 13 hits as the Phils routed the Brewers in a windy, rainy contest, 11-4.
Brewers starter Manny Parra had no chance early, as the Phils tagged him for five runs and seven hits in four innings. Six consecutive Phillies reached base in the first inning, resulting in a four spot that was punctuated by RBI hits from Jayson Werth, Ibanez and Pedro Feliz. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a home run — he is quietly hitting .359 with nine RBI in 2009.
After Parra, the Phils continued their slugging. Shane Victorino entered the fray with an RBI hit, ending 2-for-4. Then the Phils benefited from ex-teammate RJ Swindle’s wild pitch (and subsequent error by Jason Kendall) with two additional runs, ending with a five spot in the fifth. A sixth-inning run via a Feliz single ended the scoring.
Jamie Moyer did enough to garner a well-deserved win. He surrendered four runs (three via Ryan Braun’s two longballs) off seven hits in six innings. Mop-up work went to Chad Durbin (0.1 inning), Clay Condrey (1.2 inning after the rain delay) and Jack Taschner (1 inning).
The Phillies are back at .500.