Let’s hope they stay a while.
Everyone showed up last night and the Phils mashed the Marlins, winning 9-1. Howard, Utley, Brown and Rollins combined to hit five home runs that drove in eight runs. Brown hit two solo home runs in the first multi-homer game of his career.
Over the last three games, Utley and Howard have combined to go 11-for-21 with five walks, four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
In his last 13 starts, Hamels has thrown to a 1.99 ERA with an 0.85 ratio and struck out 94 in 95 innings.
The Phillies are 41-26 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 9-1 last night. They have won four in a row and lead the NL East by 3 1/2 games over the second-place Braves. They’ve scored 27 runs in their current four-game winning streak.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on three singles and a walk. He struck out six and lowered his ERA on the year to 2.49.
Hanley Ramirez was the first batter of the game and flew to center for the first out. Emilio Bonifacio was next and singled to center. Logan Morrison moved him to third with a single before Gaby Sanchez grounded. Howard took it to first for the second out as Bonifacio scored to make it 1-0 and Morrison took second. Mike Stanton grounded to third for the third out.
The Phils were up 2-1 when Hamels set Florida down in order in the second. He got John Buck on a fly ball to right, Omar Infante on a ground ball to third and Wes Helms on a ground ball to short.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third, getting pitcher Chris Volstad on a ground ball to second, Ramirez swinging and Bonifacio on a ground ball to short.
Up 4-1, he set the Marlins down in order again in the fourth.
It was 5-1 when he threw a 1-2-3 fifth. He had thrown 61 pitches through five innings.
6-1 when he threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
He started the seventh up 8-1. Morrison led off and hit a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Sanchez moved Morrison to second with a single to right. Stanton hit a ground ball to third and Sanchez was forced at second for the first out, with Morrison moving up to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Hamels struck Buck out looking 2-2 for the second out and Infante out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.
Hamels had retired 17 straight before Morrison reached on Howard’s error.
Hamels started the eighth with a 9-1 lead. He walked Helms to start the inning and righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher Edward Mujica. Herndon took over for Hamels and struck Martinez out for the first out and Ramirez for the second. Bonifacio moved Helms to third with a single, but Herndon got Morrison on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.
Stanton and Buck singled back-to-back with one out in the ninth and Herndon still pitching for the Phils. It brought Infante to the plate with runners on first and second and he grounded to short with Buck forced at second for the second out and Stanton moving to third. Helms grounded to Polanco to end the game.
Herndon threw 33 pitches in the game. He may be sent down on Saturday when Worley is called up. He’s allowed just one run, which was unearned, over ten innings in his last six appearances.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Polanco (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Polanco hits fifth for the third time this year, with Victorino second behind Rollins. Doesn’t seem like a great choice, what with two lefties right behind him in Ibanez and Brown. Polanco came into the game having hit 248/296/301 in 170 plate appearances since the end of April.
The Phils were down 1-0 when Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single to center. Victorino struck out looking behind for the first out and Utley flew to left for the second, but Howard hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 2-1. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.
Ibanez, Brown and Ruiz went in order in the second.
Victorino singled with two outs in the third. It brought Utley to the plate and he hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 4-1. Howard walked before Polanco flew to right to end the inning.
Ibanez grounded to first to start the fourth. Brown was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right for his third homer of the year, putting the Phils up 5-1. Ruiz and Hamels went in order behind him.
Victorino singled with one out in the fifth and moved to third when Utley followed with a double to right. Howard was walked intentionally to load the bases for Polanco. Polanco hit a fly ball to right that wasn’t that deep, but Victorino tagged and slid in just safe ahead of the throw from Stanton, which was on line but came in on a couple of hops. Utley moved up to third with Howard holding first, so it brought Ibanez to the plate with two down, men on the corners and the Phils up 6-1. Ibanez flew to Bonifacio in left-center to leave the runners stranded.
Two extra-base hits for Utley in three innings.
Ruiz singled with one out in the sixth. Hamels tried to bunt him to second, but fouled two pitches off and then struck out swinging. Rollins picked him up, though, hitting a 1-0 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 8-1. Victorino followed that with a double and Utley walked behind him, but Howard grounded to the pitcher to end the inning with both men stranded.
With two outs in the seventh, Brown hit an 0-2 pitch out to right. 9-1. Ruiz lined back to the mound on a nice play by Mujica for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the eighth. Herndon hit for himself and struck out for the first out.
Rollins was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.
Victorino 3-for-5 with a double. He’s 10-for-his-last-23 with two doubles and a triple. He’s now at 302/412/395 in 52 plate appearances since returning from the DL.
Utley was 2-for-3 with walk and a two-run homer. 6-for-his-last-11 with two walks, three doubles, two home runs and six RBI.
Howard 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run homer. 5-for-his-last-10 with three walks, a double, a homer and six RBI.
Polanco 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting 242/291/297 in 142 plate appearances since the end of the day on May 8.
Ibanez was 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-12.
Brown was 2-for-4 with two solo homers. He’s 3-for-his-last-22 with three homers and four walks.
Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-his-last-14.
The Phils play a day/night double-header with the Marlins today. Kendrick (3-4, 3.47) will start the day game for the Phils against righty Elih Villanueva. Villanueva will be making his major league debut. Halladay (9-3, 2.39) will face righty Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06) tonight.
Hamels had a problem with his back at the end of last night’s start, but in this article says he thinks he’ll make his next start.