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2011 Moments: #2 A record-breaking season

102 wins.

Just reading it summarizes the dominance of the Phillies 2011 regular season. But despite breaking a franchise record that stood for over four years, the season ended in disappointment.

Many questions were raised towards the end of the season and soon following the Phillies elimination in the Game 5 of the NLDS to the eventual champion Cardinals. Is this the greatest Phillies team of all time, even without a championship? Is this the most disappointing Phillies season to date?

It’s the second straight season the Phillies boasted the best record in all of baseball (won 97 games in 2010). It was also the second straight season the Phillies failed to win the National League pennant after back-to-back trips in 2008 and 2009 that ended in one World Series title.

In fact, since winning in 2008, the Phillies have failed to match or exceed the previous season’s feats, leading to those wondering if next season – a season that could be without Ryan Howard for much of the season as well potentially losing some key players – would continue the trend and see the Phils miss the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

But what does this all have to do with winning 102 games?

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Switch. Flipped: Phils offense explodes in Atlanta

Phils RF Hunter Pence winds up his swing against the Braves. He homered in the 5th. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

That magical switch that I talked about yesterday is officially on.

And hopefully, no one goes near the damn thing for another month.

The Phils blasted the Atlanta Braves, who are clinging onto a second straight Wild Card berth by only one game, in a 7-1 route.  Their 101st win tied the franchise record set in 1976 and 1977. A win tomorrow and this team stands alone.

Charlie Manueal also tied Gene Mauch’s Phillies franchise record of 645 wins. He will easily beat that record either tomorrow or very early next season. Mauch reached that number in 1,331 games. Manuel did it in 1,133.

Roy Oswalt was on his best stuff in a very long time. The right-hander, who will be the Phillies number 4 starter in the post season, pitched six shut out innings. He allowed only three hits and a walk, and struck out four batters in his final start of the regular season.

Oswalt’s fastball was hitting it’s usual 93-94 MPH. His final pitch, a swinging strike out to Dan Uggla to end the 6th, was 95 MPH of fury.

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Shut Out By Committee

Kyle Kendrick silences the haters in his start Saturday. He pitched five shut out innings as the Phillies beat Atlanta, 3-0. (AP Photo/Barbara Johnston)

You have all heard about “closer by committee.” You know, the thing where a different member of the bull pen will be thrust into the closer’s role depending on match-ups, rest days and other in-game factors.

But have you heard of “Shut out by committee?”

Well you have now. Kyle Kendrick, who has been pretty much converted to a reliever on a Phillies team loaded with aces this off season, making a start. Then the rest of his fellow pen-mates help shut out the Braves, resulting in a 3-0 win for the Phillies.

Kendrick, who has taken a lot of crap this season for absolutely no reason, did a good job to hopefully quiet the haters for a short period of time.

Even the Phillie Phanatic got into the act before the game. When Kendrick’s name was announced in the pregame line ups, he began to pray. Read more of this post

Lee dominant but Phils bats fall silent

It was a career night for Cliff Lee, who still couldn’t come away with the win.

The Phillies bats were bested by Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves shut out the Phillies, 5-0, evening the season series up.

Lee struck out a career high 16 batters, shattering his old mark of 13 that was recently matched earlier this season. It was the most strike outs by a Phillies pitcher since Curt Schilling’s 16 in 1997. Read more of this post

6 for 6: Howard’s big game crushes Mets

It was a record-breaking night for the Phillies.

Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco both set Phillies records for the month of April as they played key roles in the Phillies 10-3 drubbing of the Mets Friday night.

Ryan Howard rips a two-run homer to the second deck in right field. It was the first of two homers. Howard also drove in six RBIs. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Howard hit two home runs and drove in six RBIs. Polanco had two hits and drove in two runs as well. The offensive surge overshadowed the fact Vance Worley was making his first start of 2011 in place of the injured Joe Blanton (will get to that later).

The Phils broke the scoreless tie in the 4th inning when Howard sent Mets starter Mike Pelfrey’s offering into the right field upper deck. Two innings later, Howard cleared the bases the only way he knows best, hitting his 10th career grand slam off reliever Dillon Gee.

Worley was everything plus more the Phillies wanted from the young righty, making an emergency start in place of Blanton. He was strong through six, allowing four walks and two hits while striking out five.

The same could not be said for Pelfrey, who got pummeled for the second time this season against Philadelphia. He lasted only 4 1/3 while giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk.

A pair of records were broken tonight by Howard and Polanco. Howard’s 27 RBIs this month are a new club record for April, shattering Pat Burrell’s 24 in 2008 with one game to go. Polanco also hit his 39th hit, a record for April. Polanco his hitting .390, second in the majors.

The 3-4-5 for the Phillies have finally heated back up. Jimmy Rollins’ two-hit night brought his average up to a .282. Howard’s two hits brought him above .300 and Ben Francisco’s two hits got him up to .272. In their last three games, the trio is a combined 17-for-40 (.425) with three doubles, five homers, and 17 RBIs.

HR: Howard 2 (6).

WP: Worley (1-0). LP: Pelfrey (1-3).


INJURY UPDATES — In a series of three Tweets by Todd Zolecki, he updated us on the Phillies injury situation as released by Ruben Amaro earlier today (tweets read bottom to top):