The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return to the starting line-up with a ten-run offensive outburst, as they crush the Reds, 10-3.
The Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Howard to third base, and Ibanez up to second base, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 5-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr., hits a two-run single, knocking in both Howard and Ibanez, while sending Ruiz up to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Cole Hamels hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead as Rollins hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring both Mayberry and Hamels. The Reds then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Scott Rolen’s single, and Rolen, who had just singled. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. That would be the final score, as Hamels, and the trio of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez, would shut the Reds down for the final five innings, with the three relievers throwing three 1-2-3 innings.
Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez would combine for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out three (Stutes (2), Baez (1)) between them. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 5.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Maloney pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Logan Ondrusek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a Phil.
The Phils exploded for fourteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .241. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Domonic Brown (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. All of the starters, except for a returning Chase Utley, who went 0 for 5, had a hit in the ballgame, as the offense resurfaced. Hopefully, this is the start of some good things, and not a tease.
The Phils (29-18, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (25-23, 2nd Central) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13), who has been called back up from Lehigh Valley to take the injured Joe Blanton’s spot in the rotation. He last pitched on May 13, in a relief appearence against the Braves, as he pitched an inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. He will be trying to continue his success as a starter in the majors. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 19, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying for their fifth win on the home stand, while hoping that the bats are truly back, and what happen last night was not a mirage.