Raul Ibanez stroked the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 triumphant sweep of The Nats. Roy Halladay provided an average-for-him performance of 7 solid innings with 10 punch outs.
Wilson Valdez two-out singled in the second, Dane Sardinha followed suit, and it set the tone for Jimmy Rollins’ next-frame knock to leadoff. Doc would be the final out for John Lannan, as The Phillies smelled blood in the water. 3 one-baggers, 2 doubles, 1 free pass to the big bopper and a homerun equaled 6 runs, basically ending the contest.
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Cholley knows hitting, the game, and is successful: He has the players’ backs. Time and again it’s Cholley knows best. It is no accident that The Phillies without the potent middle of the order are 21-9 and were 9-5 (.643) with cold bats. They finished with the best MLB record of 97-65 last summer, not due to but despite the injury bug. The regulars understand how valuable it is to not be 1 slump away from losing their job. This method pays bigger dividends than any strategic genius could amass.
Reports of his demise were overstated, ignoring in Cholley we trust. He has 3 consecutive multi-knock productions (8 for 12), including 2 blasts, 3 two-baggers, 4 R and 5 RBI. He has raised a .154 average to .214 over those 3 appearances.
He has returned in the 1 hole with a bang, upping his average to .292 as a benefit. He has three 2-hit efforts (6 for 13) with 2 walks, 2 R, 2 SB, and the club has scored 18 runs in those 3 triumphs. J-Roll is a red-light player and a big series is on the table before heading to Miami. He is on record as wanting to put distance between The Phils and their direct competition: The Braves represent the biggest threat, and The Fish are within hailing range at 2 back.
Cliff Lee vs. Derek Lowe
Lee and Lowe were both losers in Atlanta, where Lee was trounced and Lowe was out performed by Cole Hamels. Since then, Lowe has scuffled with 2 poor returns in 3 recent chances. The General has only the blemish against The Braves on his resume, and will be gunning for revenge tonight. Factoring in the match-ups is the end result, which is that The Phillies will be 1.5 to 7.5 games ahead of The Braves on Monday. Atlanta has won 4 in a row, while The Phils have 3 straight victories plus 6 of the last 7.
Lee is 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA, reaching seven innings or more in 4 of 6 outings. He has hurled 39.1 total, managing 38 hits, 17 runs (16 earned) and 6 BB to 44 punched out. In his 113-dart start, he went 7 full last time out, negotiating around 8 hits, 1 run (earned) and 2 free tickets to 5 out on strikes. His dismal result was in Atlanta for 3.1 frames, getting clobbered with 10 hits, 6 all-earned runs and 1 walked to 3 K’ed on 73 misfired projectiles. Without the clunker, Cliff sports a 2.50 ERA for 36 complete, maneuvering through 28 hits, 11 runs (10 earned) and 5 bases on balls to 41 fanned.
Game 1: LHP Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66 ERA) vs. RHP Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72 ERA) on Friday Night
Lowe is 2-3 with an 3.72 ERA but he has finished 7 innings in only 1 of 7 attempts. He has worked 38.2 total, allowing 40 hits, 16 all-earned runs and 13 BB to 37 whiffs. In his last offering he toiled for 5 frames with 91 pitches, coughing up 6 hits, 4 all-earned runs and 2 passed to 5 retired on strikes. Lowe lost to The Phils at home in 7 full, parting with 7 hits, 2 both-earned runs and no walks plus 2 K’s on 99 tosses. He has struggled with a 7.07 ERA in his last 3 showings of 14 complete, surrendering 20 hits, 11 all-earned runs and 6 bases on balls to 18 strikeouts.
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Game 2: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33 ERA) vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52 ERA) on Saturday Night
Game 3: LHP Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66 ERA) vs. TBD on Sunday Night (ESPN)
The Apocalyptic Horsemen:
The Doctor removed the final opportunity from and for the patient to avoid a sweep. He provided 7 sterling innings on 110 bullets, permitting only 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs and 0 BB to 10 punch outs. Halladay has a 1.35 non-clunker ERA for 46.2 total, dealing out only 35 hits, 7 all-earned runs and 5 free passes to 54 fanned.
|Total||14||5||2.86||7.0+||15 of 24||4||1||5 of 6|
|Halladay||05||1||2.19||7.0+||06 of 07||2||0||1 of 1|
|Lee||02||2||3.66||7.0+||04 of 06||1||1||0 of 0|
|Oswalt||03||1||3.33||6.1+||00 of 05||0||0||1 of 2|
|Hamels||04||1||2.66||7.0+||05 of 06||1||0||3 of 3|
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