John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer and the Phillies' pitching staff pieced together a three-hitter as the Phils became the first team to 80 wins with a 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The overview: This won’t go down as one of the Phillies’ five best wins of the season. It won’t even be remembered as one of their 10 or 15 best wins of the season. But it is a sneaky great victory for the Phils, who didn’t have Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard or Carlos Ruiz in the lineup against Arizona ace Ian Kennedy. They didn’t have Vance Worley for more than 30 pitches due to a lengthy rain delay. And they didn’t have Kyle Kendrick available to work after the delay because he’s starting on Saturday.
The pitching: Prior to the delay, Worley tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one single. David Herndon took over after the storm, pitching three scoreless frames of his own and giving up just a double. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo bridged the gap to Ryan Madson, who had no problems in the ninth.
The offense: Mayberry hit a two-run homer – his 10th of the season – off the left field foul pole in the third inning. The Phils also got RBI doubles from Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez finished with two hits apiece as the Phillies took the rubber game from the NL West leaders.
Next up: The Phillies open a series in Washington on Friday. The matchup is Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) vs. Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21). Oswalt just defeated the Nationals last Saturday, yielding three runs over seven innings.