Notes From The Phillies’ 4-1 Win Over MilwaukeeBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Thursday, July 10th, 2014
- Roberto Hernandez turned in his strongest performance of the year, tossing eight innings and allowing just one run on three hits and two walks.
- Hernandez won his fourth game of the year, and lowered his ERA to 4.22.
- Chase Utley stayed hot, going 2-4 and hitting a solo home run in the first inning to give the Phils an early lead.
- Jimmy Rollins broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer.
- Cameron Rupp went 2-3 with an RBI in the seventh inning.
- Ryan Howard went 0-4, dropping his average to .226.
- Marlon Byrd, Cody Asche, and Domonic Brown went a combined 0-12.
- Jonathan Papelbon earned his 22nd save of the season.
A couple of big, timely hits from Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins proved to be difference in this game.
Other than those two big swings from the Phillies’ veterans, the club managed to get only six runners in scoring position.
Jonathan Papelbon has pitched much better than anyone could have hoped for this year. Back in Spring Training, the fear was that Papelbon was starting to break down but the veteran has been rock solid for almost the entire season with only two blown saves and a 1.24 ERA. Hopefully the team will be able to parlay his success into some kind of deal before the deadline.
Ridding themselves of Papelbon is a key to whatever chance they may have at turning things around next year. By unloading Papelbon, they can remove one of the club’s most toxic personalities, clear the way for Ken Giles to become the team’s closer, and free up some payroll that they can use to help improve this offense.
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