Phillies Find Runs in Arizona
After 3 straight ugly losses, the Phillies finally found some runs in the Arizona desert against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Like a dying man searching for water, each player drug his tired body to the plate and kept trying until they succeeded.
The offensive outburst included 8 runs with 3 home runs, a double and a triple. That is a far cry from the pitiful one-run or no run games the Phillies have been producing lately. But the question now is, was this run explosion the real deal or just a desert mirage?
A quick look at the stats show the Phillies are not out of trouble just yet. For example, Jimmy Rollins went hitless…again. And half of the Phillies hits and 5 of 8 RBI’s were collected by bench players. Laynce Nix had a huge night with 2 hits and 3 RBI, including a home run; and Pete Orr went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
But some of the regulars stepped up as well. Hunter Pence missed the last game with a sore shoulder. But on Tuesday night, he smashed a 2-run homer. Maybe he should hurt his shoulder more often? Ok, maybe not…
As for the pitching, Vance Worley was spectacular again. He went 6 innings allowing only 1 run. The bullpen, on the other hand, had some issues. Jose Contreras bombed in the 7th, allowing 3 runs right after the Phillies had a 3-run inning. That is the equivalent of a mortal sin in bullpen terms.
Then in the 8th, Chad Qualls committed the same sin, allowing one run after the Phillies had just scored one in the top of the inning. It was the first run Qualls has allowed so far this year, so he is forgiven ;o)
Regardless, a win is a win and this one was HUGE for a struggling team that is trying to dig themselves out of a hole early in the season. Game 3 with the D-Backs is early today; 3:40pm. Cole Hamels will pitch.
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