The Hits Just Kept On Coming

21 Sep

The Phillies had more hits last night than the Bee Gees

They scored more runs in the first inning alone than Cliff Lee has seen… well, ever.

The Phils actually had this game won while most of the Mets fans were still waiting in line for burgers at the Shake Shack.

In fact, they had this game won before I reached my son’s second class, Trigonometry, at back-to-school night.

Juan Pierre (5 hits) and Chase Utley (4) each had more hits than the entire Mets team (3) on the night.

Actually , Utley and Pierre had more hits in the first inning (they each had 2) than the Mets had all night.

And Ryan Howard topped it all off in the ninth.  After not having a home run all month he got his second in as many games with a grand slam, against a lefty!

OK, I’m having a little fun with this one but give me a break.  There haven’t been many games like this to write about this season.

The Phillies had 21 hits ( a season high,) 19 of them singles!  The only extra base hits were a double by Chase Utley in the sixth and Howard’s slam in the ninth.

The only bad news of the night was that the Cardinals did what the Phillies could not.  They took care of business sweeping their three game series against the Houston Astros, keeping the Phillies four games back in the wild card chase.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was a strong start by rookie pitcher Tyler Cloyd who went eight solid innings, giving up only run on three hits while striking out six. Sure, he had a big lead to work with but he did what he was supposed to do, throw strikes and get outs.

The Phillies have gone 13-5 this month of September and one big reasons has been the performance of shortstop Jimmy RollinsJ-Roll leads the league in runs scored for the month with 17 and is tied for the lead in home runs with 7.  A great month to be sure but a great game or even a great month do not a season make and it is likely that in the end it may all come down to too little, too late.

But at least for one night, there were plenty of runs and they came early and late.

But about all those runs, allow me to end on a personal note.  As the Phillies kept adding on to their lead last night my son looked at me and said:

“I bet Bubby’s saying, they should save some for tomorrow.” 

Boy does that kid know his grandmother.

You see when I was a kid and the Phillies would win by a large margin (admittedly a rare occurrence in those days) my Mom would always bemoan the fact that they wouldn’t have any runs left for the next day’s game.  It was an oft-repeated refrain in our household and I know my Mom will be proud to hear her grandson singing her tune.

Let’s all hope they did save a few for those Atlanta Braves!

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