Three’s the Charm

17 Jul

Don’t look now but the Phillies have their first three game win streak since May 19th.  And they won last night’s game the old-fashioned way:  good starting pitching, just enough offense to get the job done and a scoreless ninth from Jonathan Papelbon.

Now that’s not so hard, is it?

Let’s hope not because the Phillies will need a lot more games like that one to keep this team intact as the Trade Deadline approaches.

And it wasn’t Lee, Halladay or Hamels providing that good starting pitching last night but Joe Blanton who allowed six hits, two runs, no walks and struck out seven in eight innings to improve to 8-8.  He looked in control from the start, which seems to be the key for Big Joe.  In fact, he pitched five scoreless innings before allowing a run.

Another great sight to see was Ryan Howard hitting his first home run.  In his first at bat it looked like he might have one but it was just a deep fly ball to the track but the next time he left no doubt with an opposite field blast that turned out to be the winning run as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 3-2.

Does this mean the Phillies are back?

With Roy Halladay taking the mound tonight will the win streak continue?

Will Ryan Howard now go on a late-season tear like he used to?

Who the heck knows?

There will be no great predictions from me.  All I can say is that it’s nice to watch some winning baseball for a change (or listen to it while I’m pretending to try to sleep) and I’m just going to enjoy that for as long as it lasts.

Tonight, the “Doc-” tor is in the house!

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