It was hot, really hot, but lucky for the Phillies, so are Delmon Young and Ben Revere. Yes, you read it right. Delmon Young and Ben Revere.
Revere had a two-out two-run triple in the fourth inning yesterday to give the Phllies a 4-0 lead. He finished the day batting .295. After a dreadful start that had Phils’ fans questioning the trade that brought Revere to Philadelphia and pining for the days of the Flyin’ Hawaiin, Revere has gone on a hot streak. In fact, since May 1st, the speedy center fielder is batting 336.
As for Young, he had an RBI single in yesterday’s game making him 20-44 in his last 12 games with three doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs. He is batting a torrid .444 during that stretch.
And we can’t forget newly named All-Star Domonic Brown who hit his 23rd home run and drove in another run with a triple in the first inning giving him 62 RBIs for the season. Brown, Revere and Young were the key offensive players in yesterday’s 7-3 win over the Atlanta Braves giving the Phillies a critical series win over the Eastern Division leaders.
The Phils still trail the Braves by 7 1/2 games but a loss yesterday would have dropped them to 9 1/2 back, an almost insurmountable deficit. As it stands they will live to fight another day but it’s who’s doing the fighting for the Fightins’ that is surprising.
When the season started the prevailing wisdom was that this team would go as far as Roy Halladay’s arm and Ryan Howard’s bat would carry them. With Halladay’s early season surgery and Howard’s injury woes, that has certainly not been the case.
If the Phillies are to make a run in the next month and keep their veteran core together, ironically it will be the new young Phils that will be leading the way.
So as the heat wave continues here in the East, the Phillies will start a series with the red hot Washington Nationals, winners of four straight. The Phils’ young bats will need to continue to generate their own heat if this team is really going to make a run.
As for the fans, we’ll just have to keep on ‘sweating it out’ one inning at a time.