According to David Pinto’s Day by Day Database, which goes back to 1957, the Phillies' 14 hits against Houston starter Chris Sampson ties Scott Sanders as the only other pitcher to allow that many hits in so few innings. [Link]
The biggest hit of the night came off the bat of Chase Utley, a 460-foot tape measure job into dead-away center field. Utley’s last-minute blast meant everyone got a hit – woo-hoo! Jimmy Rollins, who went 4-for-5 on the night with a home run, was a double away from the cycle. Shane Victorino went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Pat Burrell roped three hits, including an inside-out double, before he was lifted for Michael Bourn in the 6th. Aaron Rowand’s .368 BA is fourth in the NL after a 2-for-4 night at the plate. The center fielder is riding an 11-game hitting streak. The Phils have scored 20 runs in the last two games with 32 hits as the weather and bats are finally starting to heat up.
It looks that way, but it also looks like opposing pitchers are following a blueprint by getting him to chase low breaking balls. Rick "Weird Beard" White used a perfect pitch sequence to sit him down in the bottom of the 6th. Then in the 8th, Dave Borkowski set up Howard with two good pitches and got him to chase the inside breaking ball. Howard uncharacteristically smashed his bat and winged his helmet toward the dugout. The reigning NL MVP, hitting just .218 with 2 homers, is still searching for his mojo.