It feels real good, is this what victories feel like? I wouldn’t know it has seemed like forever since I heard high hopes in the background and see the Phillies players patting each other on the ass. Yes I had to put that image in your mind.
I’m really glad the lovely San Diego Padres who are awful were able to come into town this weekend so we can hopefully pick up some victories. This is the perfect team to try to regroup after a brutal sweep from the New York Mets.
Now I did not watch the game very closely because I had some other matters to attend to but it seemed like it was a comfortable win, the bullpen came out there and did their job thankfully for once. Antonio Bastardo still looks a little shaky, he was able to pitch two scoreless innings but the part a saw was him throwing a lot of pitches out of the strike zone. These pitches were wild and not even close to the zone, thankfully we are facing the minor league San Diego Padres and they were hacking at these pitches out of the zone. What has happen to Bastardo? Last year he just did not seem like he had this wild problem, maybe this is just me.
The offense continued to push across runs, Carlos Ruiz continues to be the MVP of this ball club. Ruiz hit his sixth big fly of the year. John Mayberry Jr. is finally making great contact at the plate, he belted his first home run of the season tonight.
Slowly but surely everything on the offensive side of the ball is beginning to click, is this just because they are playing the pathetic San Diego Padres? It probably is but hopefully they can continue to have these hot bats when they face great pitching and elite teams. Maybe gain some offensive momentum while playing these less elite ball clubs.
In the past four games the offense is showing great consistency, even getting swept by the Mets the offense was still doing very well in the series, the bullpen a different story. But the bullpen tonight was exceptional.
Chad Qualls who I have despised the most out of the bullpen pitched a clean inning tonight to my delight. I still cringed when he took the mound.
Vance Worley was able to pick up his third win of the season tonight at Citizens Bank Park, he was hit around a little and his ERA shot up to 3.07 by the end of his outing but the offense was able to back their comrade up. Something the offense has not be able to do earlier in the season.
Phillies look to take the first two games of this series tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST.
These chain of events happened after today’s game.