Monday, May 3, 2010

Phillies Pound Santana

Johan Santana by Keith Allison.

The Phillies bats are awake. After Saturday's 10-0 win and last night's 11-5 win, they are more than awake. The Phillies knocked around Mets ace Johan Santana for 10 earned runs, 9 in the 4th inning. The Phillies handed Santana his worst start of his career.

The night started off bad for the Phils. Moyer gave up a 3-run homer to Met 3rd baseman David Wright. It looked like one of those nights for Moyer. The Phils counter punched with two home runs of their own in the bottom of the first, hit by Placido Polcanco and Ryan Howard.

The bottom of the 4th inning last night was one of the best innings for the Phillies' batters that I've ever seen. With 2 outs in the inning, the Phillies promptly batted around. Raul Ibanez singled in Utley for the first run of the inning. With the bases loaded, in stepped Jamie Moyer (47-year old). Santana looked like he was out of the inning. Santana threw two straight balls. That got the crowd into it. Santana looked flustered as he walked Moyer, which forced in a run.

Shane Victorino was next. He knocked a one over the wall for a grand slam. One swing of the bat, and the score goes from 5-4 Mets to 8-5 Phillies. The Phils weren't done there. Polanco singled. Chase Utley then launched a mammoth blast (422 feet). Howard then singled. Werth doubled him home... 10-5 Phillies.

Jamie Moyer got lucky last night. Had the Phillies not exploded on Johan, Moyer would have been the goat today. He needs to stop giving up homers early in the game. He allowed two homers before the 4th inning yesterday. After that, he did pitch two scoreless innings, but he needs to avoid giving up the long ball.

The Cardinals visit the bank tonight. The game is scheduled for 7:05pm, but that may be delayed and/or canceled because of major storms in the Philadelphia area. Either way, the Phillies are back in first place and it feels good

Go Flyers!

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