Phillies Rip the Sox

Monday, June 16, 2008 ·

The Phillies sent Red Sox nation home upset tonight after blew out the Red Sox 8-2 at The Bank. The big man, Ryan Howard, had a great game, going 3-5 with 2 home runs, a triple, and 4 RBIs. Jimmy Rollins also went 3-5 with 3 RBIs and a lead-off home run. Pat Burrell even added a triple himself.

Cole Hamels pitched well for 7+ innings allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs (back-to-back solo home runs), and struck out 5. Chad Durbin pitched allowed only 1 hit over the final two innings and struck out 2.

Ryan Howard is starting to creep closer and closer to a respectable overall batting average, but his production has been insanely underrated, even by myself. Howard now has 19 home runs on the year and 62 RBIs, tying him with Chase Utley. They are both now tied for the National League lead. He still struggles against left-handed pitching as he continues to pull his front hip and shoulder out, but he starting to hit balls consistently hard off of right-handed pitching. Another positive sign is that both of home runs tonight happened because he went with the outside pitch and drove the ball to left field. His triple was a blast to dead center on another outside pitch.

Cole Hamels is becoming everything you could ask for in an ace. In his last 26 innings pitches, he's allowed only 4 earned runs and all of those runs came off solo home runs. He is now 7-4 on the season and gives the ball to 7-3 Jamie Moyer tomorrow.


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