The bats continued their torrid hitting in a 12-3 shellacking of Florida. After allowing three runs in the first, Brett Myers pitched a total of eight innings with a season-high 11 Ks.
It’s been a charmed run for your Phillies. Yes it has. Sixty runs in five games. When they play this way, they’re humbling. Chase “Pinch Me He's Ours Forever” Utley is in that familiar zone. The baseball looks like a beach ball to Chase, who took over the league lead in homers (18) and RBIs (48). The hitting has been infectious. Your backup catcher, Chris Coste, is hitting .455 with runners in scoring position and provided the key hit in last night’s contest. In next week’s draft, teams won’t give a guy like Coste the time of day. The big innings have been made possible by more base runners, made possible by patient at bats from Shane Victorino. Vic has scored 11 runs in six games and has shown excellent patience – yet another case of a player rising to the challenge, in this case, when Jayson Werth went down.
After one inning, I bailed on Brett Myers, but that’s okay, because so did the Phillies. They started warming up Rudy Seanez. Then Myers went to his breaking ball ... and his split ... and his change, and was locating all of them. Eighty-nine on the gun, which is where it could be frozen forever, didn’t matter. What mattered was that he was throwing his fastball inside for strikes and putting guys away. That’s how he handled the young, aggressive Marlins. It’s how he should handle everyone.
The Phillies, winners of five in a row, climbed to first in the East and hold the third-best record in the National League (32-24). They’re red-hot, fun to watch and appear primed for the long summer haul.