The sizzling Young spearheaded the Phillies’ most prolific output of the season — by a landslide — as Charlie Manuel’s club throttled the Dodgers on Friday, 16-1.
Prior to the outbreak, the Phillies (39-42) hadn’t scored double-digit runs in a game all season. They also racked up a season-best 21 hits.
Young’s meteoric rise of late continued as the Phillies’ rightfielder went 3 for 6 and knocked in six runs. Young is 9 for his last 14 (.643) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. In three days, Young’s batting average has ballooned from .222 to .259.
Despite a sluggish start, the 27-year-old is hitting .306 with runners in scoring position and .429 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
And to the delight of many, this recent stretch could be a sign of Young breaking loose.
In April and May combined, Young is a career .248 hitter.
In June and July combined? .319.
To cap off another big night, Young gunned out the Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke at home plate to end the sixth inning. Young’s throw reached Ruiz in the air and was as accurate as you get.
The other Young, Michael Young, set the table for the Phillies. The 36-year-old was back in the leadoff spot on Friday and went 4 for 6, hit his fifth homer and scored three runs. When batting atop the Phillies’ order, Young is hitting .467 (14 for 30) with a .484 on-base percentage and six runs scored in seven games.
Friday was one of those onslaughts in which everyone played a part.
Heck, even John Lannan went 3 for 4. The Phils’ left-hander also pitched well (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R) with 15 runs of support.
Think about that. 15 runs of support. The Phillies have scored 16 runs in Cole Hamels’ last 37 innings pitched — that’s over a span of six starts.
The Phillies improved to 3-2 on their 10-game road trip and could very much be 5-0 if not for a couple of blown leads in the late innings.
Question is, did the Phillies save any runs for Saturday?
Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) takes on and Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85), another lefty.
Things are not looking up for Carlos Zambrano. He left his start on Friday with Triple A Lehigh Valley after two innings because of a shoulder injury.
According to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Zambrano was in “serious pain.”
If the Phillies do not promote Zambrano to the big-league club by Monday, he can opt out of his minor-league contract.