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Everybody Hits…Finally!

The offense awoke from their slumber tonight – if just for one night – as the Phillies pummeled the Pirates by a score of 12-4. Kyle Kendrick returned to form and hung in there for a complete game.

The lineup was led by the team’s sparkplug Jimmy Rollins, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored including a home run. JRoll started the game off with a single and crossed the plate thanks to a Shane Victorino triple to deep center. The Phils continued to pour on the runs going 5-16 with runners in scoring position on the night. Ryan Howard earned his keep with three RBIs (2-3 with RISP) as all the Phillies starters recorded a hit.

Both starting pitchers finished the game allowing 10 hits, only the Pirates’ Paul Maholm allowed his before recording an out in the fourth inning. The inning prior though is when the Phillies did the most damage – by putting up a 5-spot in the third. That’s all Kyle Kendrick would need as he settled in to record the first complete game of his career and improved to 4-0 lifetime versus the Buccos.

It would be an understatement to say the Phillies needed this win. They needed this offensive explosion too, and they especially needed their healthy superstars to come through and carry the team. Rollins, Victorino and Howard were a combined 8-for-14 with 7 RBIs and 6 runs scored. The role players contributed as well with Cody Ransom going 2-5 in his debut despite dropping a popup in the eighth. BenFran hit his first homer of the season as Raul Ibanez had the night off.

All-in-all tonight’s game afforded fans some semblance of reality – something to hang their hats on as the All-Star break approaches. Joe Blanton will try to salvage the series with an Independence Day showdown tomorrow afternoon. Oh yea, and it’s worth noting the Phillies have 2 more wins than they did at this point last season.

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Brooks

    July 4, 2010 at 12:10 am

    The most encouraging thing is the regulars hitting and scoring.

    Keeping Raul on the bench would be nice!

  2. Papa Thompson

    July 4, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Tonight’s game showed me that as long as 1-3 find some way to get on base, singles from Howard work just fine. I’ll be interested to see if Charlie sticks with Ben Fran tomorrow — if he won’t after an HR performance, when will he?

  3. Sean

    July 4, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Phillies start to lose and everyone looks for an excuse. Just let time decide, we still have a better record at this point than we did last year. If we win tomorrow and take 2 of 3 from Atlanta we are fine.

  4. psujoe

    July 4, 2010 at 12:33 am

    At a minimum Ben Fran needs to start against lefties. His average is about 70 points higher than Ibanez against lefties. It’s a no brainer. If Ibby can start hitting righties then they can mix him back in against lefties, maybe.

  5. QU Sam

    July 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

    idk about you guys, but think about this…the mets, who had a ton of injuries this time last year, were way out of it by this time last year. in contrast, our phillies, with all their injuries, are only 5 games out, and 2 behind the mets. that says a lot about the guys who do play every day, even if we don’t like the inconsistency with the team.
    also, at least we’re not mets fans…

  6. Brooks

    July 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Manuel is on the right track, he needs to keep Raul out of the lineup for a bit.
    Raul has nothing to do with 1 through 4 hitting but, at least his replacement did hit.

    Keep it up Cholly!

  7. Nyphilfan

    July 4, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Has anyone looked at the Wildcard standings? Such an open race. Might be nice to see the Phils go for their first Wildcard title….

  8. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 4, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Ibanez and Dobbs not killing all hope is a big factor.

  9. Glutenous

    July 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Before the game I felt a lot better about the lineup with ransom and ben fran than dobbs and ibanez, and I guess it was for good reason. It was only one game but charlie needs to go with what works. Give it a try again tomorrow. Ben needs to see more playing time regardless. He has got some talent and is much younger than ibanez. I see potential in him.

  10. Jeff of Nova

    July 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

    If anything they should bring out the same lineup, a convincing win like last night should make this group give it a go again

  11. Kate

    July 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m not sure that Raul should be dropped entirely (I’d rather see him out there than Dobbs), but Ben Francisco’s starting to make as good a case for himself as Wilson Valdez did earlier in the season.

    Raul’s been making contact, at least. He can be warm, hot, or cold (mostly warm). Werth has been either red-hot or freezing cold (mostly freezing cold).

    Francisco needs to stick around, though. If it’s between him and Raul, I say bench Raul, but don’t get rid of him entirely.

  12. Papa Thompson

    July 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

    If Victorino’s going to hold down the 2-hole, and hit like he did last night, this team’s going to keep scoring in bunches. Assuming BenFran starts today, and that’s a big assumption at this point, I’d rather he hit 3rd and Werth 5th. While Werth nearly homered last night, he looked pretty bad on most of his swings.

  13. jeff

    July 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

    They should release Raul already. Bring up Brown and you can play him and Ben. Need to see this kid already. Raul did stop taking the steroids. When my friend said he was taking them before the Phillies I laughed. Now it does look like he did. You just dont stop hitting homers after a half of season.

  14. NickFromGermantown

    July 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Jimmy Rollins is the man.

    I definitely think they need to mix it up here and admit defeat on Raul Ibanez. I really hope they are not too proud because Ben Francisco should be a good replacement given the playing time. As psujoe said, mix him in at the very least.

    Time for Cheeseburger Joe to step up in a big way tonight…

  15. knowsall

    July 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Look, the team is a mess.

    No power. No consistent offense anywhere in the lineup now that Polanco is out.
    A 7 million dollar man who hits singles and is an automatic out against any pitcher with decent breaking stuff.
    Average staff , average bullpen, average defense.

  16. phillyboy

    July 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

    i think the last sentence said it all this team as bad as it as been playing is still 2 games better then last year!!!that says alot!!look where we ended up!!there is still hope!!

  17. knowsall

    July 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Jeff, what’s your take on Howard and Utley?
    You think maybe they did roids?

  18. teejvee

    July 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Howard YES, Utley NO. Wake me up when Howards hit another homer. Now the Phillies are looking to bring back Lee. Can we finally admit that was a HUGE mistake. Should of kept him and paid him the 9 million. My god he will be on the all star team and not Doc.

  19. The Dipsy

    July 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I had a beloved cat named Corson. About two months ago he started sneezing and losing a little weight. He had never been sick before. I sensed the worst. I took him to the vet and they gave me some pills to give him for his thyroid. He got a little better for two weeks but not all the way and then he had a stroke in the middle of the night and died. Everyone told me he would be OK but I knew. Thats the same way I feel about the Phils right now. By the way, I replaced Corson with three kittens and live goes on.

    And so it goes.

    The Dipsy

  20. mikemike

    July 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    omg someone tell me how Jason Heyward is a all star?????

  21. mikemike

    July 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    nick from germantown stop kidding around. ben francisco couldnt start for your softball team.

  22. mikemike

    July 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    utley is my favorite player but he didnt deserve to make the team, howard either, or halladay.polanco maybe

  23. Eddie Sullivan

    July 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Butterbean Blanton starts off as expected. He should be trade bait.

  24. phillyboy

    July 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    nice job by exxon though!!!

  25. bostonkate

    July 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    The dipsy, I seriously love everything you post.

  26. Free Optimizer

    July 5, 2010 at 3:04 am

    The effect is very good

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