Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino delivered five hits apiece, Ryan Howard homered twice and pitcher J.D. Durbin added three hits of his own while picking up his first major league win, as the Phils routed the Dodgers 15-3 last night.
The Phillies may soon forget what it’s like to play in tight ballgames. Since the All-Star break, each game has been decided by six runs or more, all of them decided early in the contest.
Working Joes back East probably closed their eyes around the same time; for me it was the bottom of the second with the Phils up 3-0, having watched Durbin nearly walk the pitcher. With the television off, the game became a rout minutes later. The Phillies battered Hendrickson and reliever Eric Stults for 11 runs and 19 hits by the fifth inning. It was a vulgar display of offense, almost too rich to repeat. We're talking a pair of career nights from Rowand and Victorino. Pat Burrell also went two-for-four with a home run. As Beerleaguer reader, Carson, reported earlier, Burrell is hitting .444 with 10 runs, three homers and 10 RBIs this month.
I don’t know that I’ve ever witnessed a better Phillies team at hitting the gaps, and Dodgers Stadium is the perfect place to showcase their abilities. The night saw six doubles and a triple. Led by Chase Utley’s league-leading 39 doubles, including the two he hit last night, the Phillies have an NL-best 201.
Readers are already taking bets on whether Durbin can top yesterday’s six-inning, one run performance, but as long as he's pitching in front of this crew, he has a chance. On the bullpen front, Flash Gordon returned from the disabled list to pitch a scoreless ninth.