All of that offensive worry the Phillies fans had going into tonight quickly vanished in the bottom of the third inning after each and every hit in the inning, the Phillies had a total of six hits in the inning and scored a whopping five runs. I was actually shocked and stunned when I was seeing it unfold in front of me. The third inning began with a Juan Pierre single and then a steal of second by Pierre, the hits would just keep coming in the inning after that. Polanco had a RBI single, Rollins had a RBI double and advanced to second on the throw, Pence would have a RBI single, Victorino would have a single, and finally Freddy Galvis finished the run fest with a double that scored two runs. Yes folks that all happened in the bottom of the third inning to basically give the Phillies the victory.
Roy Halladay pitched tonight for the Phillies and got into some trouble in the top of the first inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Doc would get out of the inning without allowing a run. The only run the Miami Marlins would score off of Roy Halladay tonight was in the top of the second inning off of ground out RBI from the pitcher, the infield was playing back and that’s what allowed the run. But once you give the great pitchers a gigantic lead and the opposition doesn’t capitalise on early opportunities the fat lady starts singing, that was the case tonight with the Marlins. Marlins had chances to chalk up some runs on the board early in the ball game but could not get it done and once the Phillies had the offensive outburst of runs it was smooth sailing for Halladay in front of a sold out crowd at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.
Roy Halladay pitched seven innings tonight and only allowed one run off of five hits, struck out five. A lot of the outs tonight for Halladay were ground outs and little bloop pop flys. Halladay now has a record of 2-0 on this young season.
Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes both came out of the bullpen in relief tonight for the Phillies and both pitched scoreless innings to end the night happy for the Phillies faithful on a little bit of a chilly night in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Josh Johnson the ace of the staff for the Miami Marlins in his second start of the year again unraveled, Johnson only could get through 3.2 innings tonight and allowed 6 runs off of eleven Phillies hits. Johnson falls to (0-2) on the season and his ERA is through the roof.
It sure was not an expected sight to see this offensive explosion in the bottom of the third inning but it was sure fun to watch, hopefully we can have some more game like this. Phillies improve to (2-3) on the season. Phillies really needed this win badly and they accomplished it thank goodness, I was about to have a heart attack over here guys.
The Phillies fans were chanting “Freddy” Freddy” when he came up to bat in the third and he sure delivered for them, ”That’s the first time I’ve heard that many people yell my name. I was like, ‘Alright, I have to do something.’” That is what Freddy Galvis had to say about it after the game. Galvis had one hit tonight that scored two, so each of his first two hits of his major league career have both scored two runs each.
Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the Miami Marlins, this game is at 7:05 Pm Eastern Time at Citizens Bank Park. Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phils.
Some Injury notes
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke to the media today about some updates on Utley’s and Howard’s injuries before todays game.
Chase Utley is still in Arizona rehabbing his knees, we will know a lot more on his injuries when the Phillies head out west for there 10 game road trip next week. Hopefully they give Chase Utley some new knees out there in Arizona.
Ryan Howard is seeing a wound specialist tomorrow, the Phillies will know a lot more about the healing of his wound after tomorrows visit to the specialist.
Just Another Phillies Victory