Wednesday, June 9, 2010

That's more like it: Phillies offense awakens

Watch out, National League, the sleeping giant appears to have awoken. For the first time since May 17th, the Phillies scored double-digit runs in a 10-8 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. Sure, the defense (2 errors) and the pitching weren't exactly on point, but it sure was nice to see the Phillies swing the bats like we know they can.

With the struggling Jayson Werth taking the day off, the Phillies got offense from all over the lineup as everyone but Carlos Ruiz managed at least a hit and either a run or an RBI. Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino were the big boppers as each hit a home run and Raul Ibanez, who some believe the Phillies should show the door, added 4 hits.

The Phillies needed all the offense they could get as Kyle Kendrick had a pretty terrible start, giving up 6 runs in 5 innings. While the defense didn't do him any favors, Kendrick took a definite step back after two fine performances in his last two starts.

Don't get too comfortable in first place, Atlanta. Despite how miserable the last few weeks have been, the Phillies are still just 2 games out of first place in a weak NL East. If the Phils can get the hitting going and continue to have solid pitching performances on most nights I would expect them to be back atop the division within a few short weeks.

It's funny how quickly your confidence in the Phillies can come back, huh?

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