Ahh, Phillies victories. It's been days since we've gotten to experience one of those. Unlike last season, when the Phillies stumbled into the second half after the All-Star break, the Phillies wasted no time getting back to where they left off last week. They rode the fine play of Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry, and the solid pitching of Worley and the pen to beat the Mets 7-2. As they should.
The Phils got to Dickey early, putting up 3 runs in the second inning. Raul Ibanez started things off with a single to left. Sports Illustrated cover boy Carlos Ruiz smacked a single up the middle and then Domonic Brown worked a base on balls to load the bases. John Mayberry Jr. smacked a single up the middle to put the Phils up 2-0 and Charlie then gave Vance Worley a green line which paid off. Worley weakly grounded out to third, but Brown was either running all the way from third or got a great read on the ball and scored without a play. Jimmy popped out to end the inning, but the Phils were up 3-0 and never looked back.
After making an impressive diving grab out in left field in the bottom of the fifth, Rauuuuuul did it at the dish in the top half of the following inning, bashing a homer out towards Utley's corner that put the Phillies up 4-0. It was Ibanez's 13th homer of the season.
Vanimal Earns the Win
Vance Worley was okay in his first start back from his short stint with Lehigh Valley. He managed to avoid any real trouble until the bottom of the sixth. A walk to Carlos Beltran, a single to David Murphy, and another walk to Jason Bay loaded the bases with one out and Charlie had seen enough from Vance. Manuel went with 9-pitch-inning-is-this-guy-for-real Juan Perez whose effectively wild style came back to bite the Phillies just a bit. Perez threw a wild pitch that allowed the Mets to get one on the board. He almost threw another one away to the following batter, but Chooch miraculously kept it in front of him. Perez finally forced a groundout to Martinez to end the inning with only minimal damage done.
Madson to Stutes to Bastardo
Needing three innings from the pen, Charlie had the luxury of using Ryan Madson in the seventh, easing him back into major league action. Madson looked sharp in his first game back from the DL, hitting 95 on the gun, and striking out Ruben Tejada and Jason Pridie (who?) before forcing Angel Pagan to pop out to center. Not a bad seventh inning guy, eh?
Michael Stutes hiccuped a blast of a homer to Carlos Beltran and had to really work to limit the Mets to only one run in the eighth.
Despite having a five run lead, Antonio Bastardo was called on to pitch the ninth. And he did it well (1-2-3). Finishing off the Mets and completing the Phillies win to kick off the second half on the right foot.
Per the broadcast this evening, Antonio Bastardo has held opponents to one hit in their last 48 at-bats.
LOLMets & Big John
After Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada screwed up a routine groundball that would have ended the eighth inning, Mayberry ripped a bases-loaded double that scored 'em all. 7-2 Phils. Game over. [watch the double here]
Big John continues to swing a hot bat, finishing the day 2-4 with 5 RBIs.
Eye On the Enemy
The Braves kept pace with the Phillies by beating the Nationals 11-1 in Atlanta. [box]