This was the type of game that the Phillies’ offense has been looking for.
Behind 14 hits, the Phillies routed the Cincinnati Reds 10-3, snapping a nine-game run of scoring three runs or less. When scoring at least four runs, the Phils are 18-2.
It was a monumental night in Philadelphia. The announced crowd of 45,841 was the largest crowd in the history of CBP in the regular season.
The game also marked the return of Chase Utley which had the ballpark absolutely buzzing. Surprisingly Utley was the only starter not to register a hit as he went 0-for-5.
Utley did hit the ball hard to deep center field twice. He just needs a little time to find his swing.
Jimmy Rollins led the Phillies, going two-for-four with a three-run home run. The home run was part of a seven run third inning for the team that ended Reds starter Bronson Arroyo’s night much earlier than he wanted.
Rollins led off the game with a single and Placido Polanco connected on a home run to left field to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.
In the monstrous third inning, Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry, Cole Hamels and Rollins all had RBI hits for the Phillies.
Hamels pitched six innings and gave up three runs on five hits with four strikes. The three runs were courtesy of a three-run home run to left field by Jay Bruce.
The Reds only mustered five hits on the night and couldn’t dig themselves out of an early hole.
It was good to see the offense have a breakout game. It could be just what the doctor ordered and hopefully is the start of a winning streak.
2B: Brown (1), Howards (10). HR: Polanco (3), Rollins (3), Ibanez (5).
WP: Hamels (6-2). LP: Arroyo (3-5).