It seems like just yesterday that fans were calling for Raul Ibanez to be released. Now the 38 year old is playing some of the best baseball of his career. Ibanez continued his superb play this afternoon, blasting a three-run home run in the third inning that propeled the Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets.
With the Phillies trailing 2-1 in the third inning, the offense hadn’t shown much promise aside from Jayson Werth’s solo home run to center field. Roy Halladay lined out to lead off the inning. Jimmy Rollins hit a one out double to shallow left field then Placido Polanco reached due to a fielding error by Reyes. The stage was set for Ibanez to stake his claim on the game and he did not disappoint. Ibanez whacked a three-run home run to dead center field to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Additionally this helped extend Ibanez’s career-best hitting streak to 16 games.
Roy Halladay wasn’t great on the mound today but still managed to get the win due to the run support. Halladay gave up five runs on nine hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings this afternoon. Granted Halladay didn’t have his best start of the season and did get behind in the first inning. Reyes lead off the game with a double down the left field line. When the speedy Reyes gets into scoring position, he is very dangerous. He scored on an RBI single by Angel Pagan. Later in the inning, Pagan was brought home by a single courtesy of Ike Davis.
The bullpen was able to hold the one run lead in two innings of work. Ryan Madson threw a scoreless eighth inning and didn’t allow a base hit. Brad Lidge came in and shut the door for the Phillies to record his 14th save of the season. Lidge has been pitching well since his debacle in Washington last weekend. In addition he is four-for-four in save opportunities and has only allowed two hits in that time frame. It’s clearly not time to say Lidge is back because we’ve been teased like this time and time again. But it is encouraging to see Lidge pitch well in the closing role recently.
2B: Rollins (11), Werth (38). HR: Werth (16), Ibanez (11)
WP: Halladay (14-8). LP: Dickey (7-5). S: Lidge (14)
After the game John Mayberry Jr. was sent down to Lehigh Valley. There is no word yet on who will replace Mayberry Jr. on the roster. It is likely a pitcher that will make his way onto the roster. Antonio Bastardo and Scott Mathieson look like the most viable candidates. The Phillies have a day off on Monday and the decision will likely be announced on Tuesday before the Phillies host the Los Angeles Dodgers.