Victorino Leads-Off Power Surge

Many were worried that Jimmy Rollins’ absence from the lead-off spot would affect the Phillies’ offense. Well Shane Victorino quelled those fears with his four-hit, five-RBI game in the Phillies’ 14-7 win over Washington Wednesday night.

Victorino was 4-for-5 with a triple and homer and five RBI’s. Three of the runs he drove in came on a three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh. Chase Utley had a nice game of his own as he went 2-for-four with a pair of homers and four RBI’s.

Kyle Kendrick was absolutely terrible, lasting on 1.2 innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, striking out one. But Nelson Figueroa (1-1) pitched 3.1 masterful innings in relief to earn the win, allowing only a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. He even went 2-for2 with a double and run scored.

Kendrick hit Nyjer Morgan to lead off the game but got Willie Harris to ground into a double play. It got ugly from there as he gave up a hit and a couple walks before Adam Kennedy hit a three-run double.

But the Phillies answered with four runs in the bottom half. The Nationals weren’t done with Kendrick just yet as they got three more runs in the top of the second. The Phillies wouldn’t just lie down as they put up three more if their own to make it 7-6. Washington then added a run in the top of the third to tie it up but Victorino’s two-run homer in the fifth gave the Phillies the 9-7 lead, which they held permanently.

Doubles: Dobbs (1), Polanco (4), Figueroa (1). Triples: Victorino (1). HR: Utley 2 (4), Victorino (2).

WP: Figuero (1-1). LP: Bergman (0-1).

Boxscore.

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