Notes From Phillies’ 6-4 Victory Over BostonBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Friday, May 18th, 2012
- Major League Baseball couldn’t ask for a more dramatic start to the series, a tight game featuring a save opportunity for Jonathan Papelbon against his former ballclub.
- Although Papelbon got a little help from a blown call, he still finished off his former teammates to earn his 12th save of the season.
- Another fine start by Cole Hamels. The lefthander went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out nine. The only downside to his outing was that he did give up two homeruns.
- Give it up for Carlos Ruiz. Ever since he’s been moved the five-hole, the offense has been much more effective. Chooch drove in two more runs tonight, giving him a total of six RBI’s and eight hits in the last three games.
- If Ruiz keeps producing in the five-hole, would the Phillies consider keeping him there even after Ryan Howard and Chase Utley return? It isn’t ridiculous to picture the team batting Jimmy Rollins first, Utley second, Hunter Pence third, Howard fourth, and Ruiz fifth.
- It’s time to stop handing the ball to Chad Qualls in the eighth inning. He’s a better pitcher than what he’s shown in the last few weeks, but right now his confidence is shot, and he just doesn’t have a lot to offer. The reliever allowed Boston to pull within one run by giving up a solo homer to the first batter he faced.
- The good news out of the bullpen (other than Papelbon) was Antonio Bastardo, who recorded to final out of the eighth inning. He now has not allowed a run in his last 10 performances, and is slowly recapturing his effectiveness from a year ago. The Phillies need him to step up, and establish a firm hold as the primary setup man.
- Give credit to Rollins and Shane Victorino tonight. Both showed rare discipline at the plate tonight, working out a total of four walks, including two in the first inning, which helped set up a two-run single by Ruiz.
- Cody Ross is just one of those guys that seems to be a lock to cause the Phillies some kind of problem anytime he faces them. The outfielder, notorious for his strong series against the team in the 2010 NLCS, hit a solo homerun tonight.
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