Phillies Offense Comes Alive Against the Reds
After a very long dry spell where the Phillies were shut-out in 4 out of 10 games, the Phillies offense finally woke up this weekend against the Reds. On Saturday, they pounded the Reds by a score of 12-1 and Cole Hamels finally got win #100 of his career. Then on Sunday, it was an 8-3 win that sent fans home happy.
Cliff Lee had an interesting outing, ultimately pitching 6.2 innings and allowing 2 runs. After he walked the first batter of the game and gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning, it was obvious we were in for a battle.
But immediately, the Phillies got those 2 runs back. Jimmy Rollins and Will Nieves went deep with back-to-back homers to start the game in the Phillies half of the 1st.
The game remained tied until the 5th inning when Lee took matters into his own hands offensively, leading off the inning with a single. Rollins moved him over the second after Todd Frazier bobbled the ball at third and failed to throw Lee out. Then Nieves dropped a sac bunt to move them over and Chase Utley knocked in Lee with a ground out to first.
And the hits kept coming. Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer in the 6th and then Cody Asche smacked a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Phillies ample breathing room with an 8-2 lead. Byrd, Asche and Nieves each had 2 hits in the game and Rollins and Ryan Howard each walked twice. It was a full team effort at the plate.
It was also the Phanatic’s annual birthday bash on Sunday, which added to the festive vibe with the powered-up offense, 4 home runs and 2 wins in a row! Add a bunch of silly mascots, the Zooperstars and some dude who paints with his hands, and it was a real party.
The Phillies are off tomorrow for the Phillies Phestival. After that, they travel to Miami for a short 3-game series and then back home again.
In the meantime, here is the full Photo Album from the game and birthday celebration.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography