The Phillies own the best record and run differential in the league, and are succeeding through a rash of injuries. So do yourself a favor: get out and enjoy the nice weather.
You know things are going well for the Phillies when the top gripes include not enough playing time for Ben Francisco and Nelson Figueroa. Yesterday, the Phillies put their stamp on another series win against the NL Central with a 10-6 clubbing of the Brewers. Shane Victorino led the charge and trails only Triple Crown candidate Andre Ethier in RBIs. Paul Hoover and Wilson Valdez contributed another productive game from the bottom of the lineup. Joe Blanton came unglued late, but not before devouring seven mostly sharp innings. If David Herndon and Jose Contreras hadn't pussyfooted around in the ninth with a 10-5 lead and just thrown strikes, the Brewers wouldn't have made it interesting. Pitching coach Rich Dubee must have said as much to Contreras because after the a mound conference, the 38-year-old replacement closer dared the Brewers with 95 mph heat, and they couldn't touch him.
Meanwhile, the natives are restless in Milwaukee, where they were expecting a serious contender. Their bullpen might be the worst the Phillies have seen this season. The Claudio Vargas inning must have been total torture.