Wolf Sent Packin’

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hits a two-run homer in the first. AP Photo.

The Phillies beat up on former Phillie Randy Wolf as they went on to win _ on retro night at Miller Park. The Phils wore the old powder-blues and the Brewers wore their throw-backs as well.

Moyer had another one of his typical starts. After the Phillies took an early 3-0 lead, he gave up three homers in the second to tie it. He finished the night going 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, three walks, and three strike outs.

Raul Ibanez had himself a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run. Shane Victorino added three hits himself and Wilson Valdez hit his first triple of the season. Chase Utley also homered in the ninth.

The Phillies got the scoring going right away with two runs in the first thanks to a two-run blast by Ryan Howard, his sixth of the season.

With the game tied at three in the fourth, Ibanez led off with a solo homer and a few batters later, Victorino hit a two-run triple to make it 6-3 in favor of the Phillies.

Moyer was cruising after his rough second until he got into a lot of trouble in the seventh. Leaving with the bases loaded, David Herndon got Rickie Weeks to hit a ground ball to short but Utley’s throw was off towards first. The Phillies only got one out and two runs scored on the error. Both runs were added to Moyer’s line. Herndon then got Corey Hart to strike out to end the threat.

Herndon looked really good on the mound in his tough inning of relief. As a ground ball pitcher, he did his job to ultimately get the Phillies out of the inning with minimal damage. It’s stuff like that which will give a young pitcher confidence and also earn him more opportunities to pitch in big-time situations.

Doubles: Ibanez (7), Valdez (4). Triples: Victorino (5), Valdez (1). HR: Howard (6), Ibanez (3), Utley (9).

WP: Moyer (5-2). LP: Wolf (3-3).


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