Roy Halladay blanked the Rockies for eight innings, while the offense found the golden touch in its first game under the watchful eye of hitting coach Greg Gross, as the Phillies christened the homestand with a 6-0 victory.
Beerleaguer: Good win that yielded several encouraging performances as the Phillies try to get something going here at home. Raul Ibanez went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and as Chris Wheeler mentioned in the broadcast, he stayed on the ball and took it the opposite way, something he hasn't done a whole lot this season and one of the reasons why he was so successful early in 2009. Don't look now, but just when you're about to stick a fork in a guy, Raul starts hitting again; he's up to .254/.335/.398 and is posting a .333/.404/.452 in his 10 games out of the three-hole. I was also relieved to see Shane Victorino, who has been puttering along without any real gain for the offense, get the night off in favor of Ross Gload, who rewarded Charlie Manuel with a 2-for-2 including a two-run bomb. Jimmy Rollins also hit the ball hard and looked sharp in other areas. It was a good night without even mentioning how Doc bounced back after Sunday's downer in Chicago. I think the Phils are running into a road-weary Rockies team at exactly the right time, too, so I look for a big series here.