Usually when an opposing team has scored at least eight runs on the Phillies, it was a wrap. But that wasn’t the case Tuesday night as the Phillies beat Florida 10-8 to snap a two-game skid and hopefully a span of low-scoring efforts.
Pitching was not a factor at all in this game for either team, who used a combined 10 pitchers. Brad Lidge was a little rocky in the ninth inning but got himself the save, his third on the year and second after return from his second trip on the DL.
Raul Ibanez had a four-hit game, driving in two runs. Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino both homered and Chase Utley had two hits.Gaby Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez each homered for the Fish, who jumped out to an early 4-0 and then 6-3 lead before the Phillies surged back.
But the big hit came from Ben Francisco in the eight with the Phillies trailing 8-7. Francisco lined a two-out single into left field that scored two to give the Phillies a 9-8 lead. They tacked on one more in the inning.
The night also featured a tailgate before and after the game with myself along with Dan MacNeal of Liberty Bell Sports, a few people from another blog, and a few other friends.
HR: Howard (10), Victorino (10).
WP: Contreras (3-2). LP: Hensley (1-3). S: Lidge (3).