A couple of good guys had good nights, including Freddy Galvis, Carlos Ruiz, Joe Blanton and Placido Polanco, who finally squared his 2,000th career hit by drilling his first home run of the season, in the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Astros Monday night.
Beerleaguer: Polanco's improvement is one of the main reason the offense has stabilized lately. John Mayberry Jr., who was likewise nonexistent in April, is also starting to hit. The bottom of the lineup, Ruiz, Polanco, Mayberry and Freddy Galvis, collected eight hits tonight, including three hits and a pair of RBIs from Galvis. It took a little while for the Phils to solve Lucas Harrell's hard sinker, but they waited him out and he eventually fell apart. Meanwhile, Joe Blanton continued his run of strong outings. He pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run, overmatching the Astros' horrid lineup. Blanton is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last four turns.
The Braves lost and the Nationals won, but as Chris Wheeler said during the broadcast, the Phils can only worry about themselves right now and hope to put together a win streak. Tuesday's Game 2 is a great opportunity to extend it to three.