Charlie Manuel calls late May to Sept. 1 "Hittin' Season." Right on schedule, the Phillies offense explodes for 35 runs in two games with a 20-5 dismantling of the Rockies.
Chris Wheeler mentioned Manuel's "hittin' season" quip as the camera caught the Phillies skipper basking in the glow of another high-scoring affair. Cholly loves hittin' like a helping of mountain trout and cornbread. Their 20 runs eclipsed their previous season high of 15, set Sunday, and it was the most by a Major League team this season. Chase Utley knocked in a career-high six. Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste both plated four. The Phils had one hit through three innings and would finish with a season-high 19.
It was the best the offense looked all season, but it was also the worst showing by an opposing team in ages. Decimated by injuries, the Rockies’s lineup and pitching staff is filled with holes. It’s a shame; they’re nothing close to the team that swept the Phils in the NLDS.
The hubbub surrounding the game masks what was otherwise a so-so showing by Jamie Moyer, who was hittable and terrible before the Phils spotted him all those runs. After that, he picked apart the young, impatient Colorado lineup and finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Watch these averages soar. Feliz is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has his marks up to .271/.313/.448. So Taguchi earned a rare start and made the most of it, going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .204. Coste keeps hitting (3-for-6, .341), Dobbs keeps hitting (1-for-2, .358). Howard and Victorino appear to be heating up. And Utley never slumps for very long, lifting his OPS back over 1.000 (1.016, 16 HR, 42 RBI).