The Phillies really got their offense kick started in the fourth inning tonight off of a two run opposite field home run shot off of Hunter Pence’s bat, what happen to that hurting shoulder? Three batters later Laynce Nix crushed a ball to right field for a two runs big fly. That would push the Phillies to the early 4-0 lead.
In the last two nights the Phillies have hit two home runs in the same inning.
The Phillies would chalk up some much-needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when Pete Orr cleared the bases with a three run triple.
The Phillies were able to muster up 12 hits tonight and then Vance Worley did his thing out there on the mound.
The Phillies really needed starter Vance Worley to go deep into this game because they really did not have a ton of options out of the bullpen tonight. He did just that by pitching six strong innings on his way to his second win of the season, Worley only gave up one run tonight off of five hits, he also struck out six Arizona batters.
Then Charlie Manuel went to the Phillies bullpen and it really was not pretty, over the course of the next three innings the Phillies used Contreras, Bastardo, Qualls, and Jonathan Papelbon out of the bullpen. Contreras allowed three runs and just did not seem like his command was quite there, Qualls allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning but would snap right back and strike out the side to set it up for closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon would come into the game in the ninth inning and shut it down for his sixth save of the season.
If the Phillies can win tomorrow they would go .500 on this west coast trip, a couple of days ago that looked impossible.
Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon at 3:40 Pm EST, Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies before they head back home to Citizens Bank Park where there start a three game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Some roster moves right after the game tonight, RHP Mike Stutes was placed on the DL (right shoulder inflammation). RHP Mike Schwimer was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take his place.
Some Other Notes From Arizona
Chase Utley is with the team this three game series, but once the Phillies conclude this three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks he will remain in Arizona for some rehabbing.
Ryan Howard’s wound still hasn’t fully healed, his baseball activities have been limited this week, the wound is healing but right now it is very small and still there, so there is still a problemo.
Hunter Pence was back in the lineup tonight, I was pretty shocked when I saw him penciled into the lineup this evening. Pence did not play yesterday because his left arm was bothering him, he injured that left arm on Sunday against the San Diego Padres and had a MRI today. Obviously the results from that were good or at least good enough to play. Hunter Pence said he woke up this morning feel fine.
Cliff Lee has thrown the past couple days, says his strained left oblique is getting better.
Phillies were shorthanded tonight out of the bullpen due to Kyle Kendrick’s three inning clunker yesterday.