There’s nothing like inviting the New York Mets to town to cure the pain of a weekend series loss to the Nats. The Phillies wiped away any signs of a hangover Monday night en route to a 10-0 pounding of the ailing Muts. The Phillies picked up their 82nd victory of the year putting up crooked numbers vs. their most despised division rival. It was a game long in the waiting after struggling to put away the Nationals in the previous series.
On a beautiful Monday night at Citizens Bank Park Cliff Lee was his dominant, aggressive self. Lee’s curveball was on target and he went to it often. With tonight’s win Lee has already set a career high in strikeouts in a season with 191. The victory gives Lee five straight decisions. Lee is currently 14-7 on the season with a 2.71 era and five shutouts to go along with it. It seems clear that an NL Cy Young will come out of Philly but from which ace?
“His command is the thing; he controls and commands the game,” Charlie Manuel said. “He’s putting pressure on the hitters.”
John Mayberry Jr. has undoubtedly played his way onto this team and continues to play his way into greatly deserved playing time. Mayberry hit a two-run homer in the third. With Raul Ibanez sidelined due to a sore left groin Mayberry got the nod in left. Since his latest call up on July 5, Mayberry is hitting .318 (27-for-85) with eight doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 26 RBIs. Of his last 31 hits, 20 have gone for extra bases. Right now it is clear that Mayberry is outplaying Ibanez and it is downright ridiculous for Charlie to keep J-May on the bench.
The Phillies continue to prove that they are not a one-man team. As starter after starter visits the DL the Phightin’ Phils continue to press on and play great baseball. On a night when J-Roll was sent to the DL, Raul sat, and Polanco re-joined the team the guys ready to play did just that, they played and played well.
We’ve been hittin’ the ball really good,” Charlie said post game. “And so has Pence since we got him”
Hunter Pence continues his Phillies pheast going 2 for 3 Monday night with a homerun, two RBI’s, and four runs scored. The boys in red seemed ready to go eat by the 4th inning. #letsgoeat. Not to be left out Cliff Lee joined in on the phun with a single of his own in the 2nd inning and then coming around home from first to score on a Shane Victorino triple. Proving that there is no “I” in team Wilson Valdez filling in for J-Roll at short provided an RBI as well.
“It’s the winning attitude that takes you a long way and the fight and desire to play”
Thos words alone from our fearless skipper describe exactly what this team is all about. They know how to win, what it takes to win, and the phight to get it done.