Phils Take Series in Toronto

It took 15 games, five series, and 17 days for the Phillies to finally take a series from an American League team during this stretch of inter league play. After dropping the first game to Toronto, the Phillies piled on two big victories to win consecutive games for the first time since the beginning of June.

It started out rocky like the previous four but the Phillies took control in the second game and sparked their offense when they needed it in the rubber match. After a terrible debut in the first game, Brad Lidge notched his first save since June 1. He is 14-20 now.

Friday: It was just one of those days. Hamels got whacked around a bit and then ejected, Chan Ho Park left with a right knee contusion, and the offense had to break up a no hitter in the seventh and couldn’t score until the ninth off Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly. Lidge made his return, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in 1/3 inning pitched. The Phillies lost this one 6-1.

Saturday: Happy birthday to me as JA Happ earned a complete game shut out, only allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out four. Werth ripped two homers, going 4-4 with three runs and three RBI’s. Pedro Feliz also added a homer and two RBI’s and Ryan Howard had three hits. Phillies won 10-0.

Sunday: Toronto jumped out to a 4-1 lead but in the fourth, the Phillies piled on four runs to take the permanent lead, 5-4, and wound up winning on that same score. Chase Utley had a double and triple, driving in two runs. Utley’s triple in the fourth drove in the tying and go ahead runs.

Before I cap off the series recap, I want to know where Jimmy Rollins is. I think he has been punished enough for sucking. It’s time to put him back in the line up in the sixth spot. Rollins was benched after his June 24 start and hasn’t played in four games. I think Charlie Manuel let him know that he needs to find himself and I hope that when he makes his return, he’ll be a smarter hitter.

Series MVP’s:
PHI: Jayson Werth: 6-8, 4 runs, double, 2 home runs, 4 RBI’s, 5 walks , .846 OBP
PHI: JA Happ : 9 IP, 0 runs, 5 hits, 0 BB, 4 K’s
TOR: Aaron Hill: 4-14, 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBI’s

Next Series: Philadelphia Phillies (39-34; 26-12 on road) @ Atlanta Braves (35-40; 18-21 at home)

The Phillies will continue their road trip after their Monday off as they travel to Atlanta. The are going into July, the month they usually heat up. With a 2 1/2 game lead on the Mets, this is when the Phillies will hopefully pull ahead for good. After the Braves series, they come home for 10 games that start versus the Mets.

Atlanta leads the season series 4-2 but the Braves have been struggling as of late. The Phillies hopefully seemed to have found their niche for a bit. The offense is still a bit inconsistent but they have always figured out how to put up runs in bunches on a regular basis.

Pitching Probables:
6/30: Blanton (4-4, 5.06), Lowe, D (7-6, 4.53)
7/1: Hamels (4-4, 4.44), Jurrjens (5-6, 2.93)
7/2: Carrasco (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Vazquez (5-7, 3.04 ERA)

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