Thursday, April 26, 2007
-Ryan Howard hit his third home run of the season and Jimmy Rollins hit his eighth.
-Some speed being displayed: Michael Bourn hit a pinch-hit triple and Jimmy Rollins stole his third base of the season.
-Chase Utley exploded, hitting a pair of doubles in the game, going five-for-five with a run scored and three RBIs. The middle of the Phillies order (Utley, Howard and Burrell) went seven-for-ten, with four walks and scored three runs with five RBIs. The big guys produced like they should and the Phillies cashed in.
-Jon Lieber pitched the sort of outing that you’d hope he would: six solid innings of work and he surrendered just two runs on five hits, didn’t give up a walk, and got five strikeouts. 64 of Lieber’s 86 pitches were for strikes.
-The bullpen (Matt Smith, Geoff Geary, Brett Myers and Francisco Rosario) surrendered just a single run in three innings of mop-up duty. Not too shabby.
Today at three the Phillies go for six in a row against the Nats. Shawn Hill v. Cole Hamels. I guess it is too much to expect Hamels to K another 15 guys, but it would be nice. Hill, meanwhile, is actually having a very nice season, so this won’t be a walk in the park like many think it will. I am predicting a 4-1 Phillies victory.
Short post today. See everyone tomorrow!