Pat Burrell hit his 30th home run and matched a career high with five RBIs, while Cole Hamels (11-8), pitched seven solid innings, as the Phils turned in another lopsided win over the Dodgers.
Summary: If you missed the first inning as I did, you missed the best part. Burrell continued his solid overall season in an encouraging afternoon for the offense. Charlie Manuel lined up Chase Utley, Burrell and Howard 2-3-4 for the second time with good results. The win marked the Phillies fifth in six tries to pull to within 1 1-2 games of the Mets in the NL East. Before the game, the Phillies placed right-fielder Geoff Jenkins on the 15-day DL with a right hip flexor. To replace Jenkins, the Phillies recalled first baseman Andy Tracy, 34, from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Tracy, who bats from the left side, was having a nice season for the IronPigs, hitting .288/ .377/.516 with 21 home runs and was twice named International League player of the week. A veteran of 13 minor league seasons including a little time in Japan, he last surfaced in the Majors in a 2004 game with Colorado. Although he has very limited experience in the outfield, the move makes sense in that he’s a lefty bat with some power. His splits this season are fairly even. The Phillies have several reserves, including Eric Bruntlett and Greg Dobbs, who could man the corners in a pinch, and with ready minor-league outfield depth at its usual low, Tracy is not a surprising move. (I would have put money on it). Jayson Werth, who had taken over the lion’s share of starts in right field anyway, figures to assume a full-time role.