Just how long did it take the Philadelphia Phillies to flex its offensive muscle Sunday.
A half-inning did the trick.
Philadelphia rallied from a four-run deficit against Florida Sunday by playing home run derby in the third inning.
First, Jimmy Rollins smashed a two-run home run. Chase Utley followed two batters later with another two-run shot to tie the game. Chris Coste followed later in the inning with a tie-breaking three run home run. Just like that Philadelphia took the lead and held on for a 10-7 victory in a game that featured nine home runs including five from the Phillies.
Utley smashed two home runs on the day to keep the Phils atop the NL Wild Card race ahead of Los Angeles, which defeated Arizona 5-1 on Nomar Garciaparra’s grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.
Utley had an awesome series going 10 for 14 with three home runs giving him 31 with 98 RBI.
Philly’s offense is scary right now. Rollins has provided pop at the leadoff spot with 24 home runs. Chase Utley has been strong all year batting second or third. Ryan Howard…..need we discuss. Guys like Jeff Conine and Coste have been huge to the Phils, especially Coste who is batting .324. Pat Burrell needs to hit better from the No. 5 hole although he did add two hits including his 27th home run Sunday.
From what I’ve seen, Abraham Nunez has been keeping it cool at the hot corner. His defense was sharp Sunday turned a nice
double play and making a couple other nice grabs. Any offense from Nunez is a bonus.
Credit Jamie Moyer for rebounding after such a horrible starting. Moyer gave up a 4-spot in the first behind home runs from Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross. Josh Willingham missed a home run by inches settling for a triple. Moyer seemed to go a little more with the changeup in that innings. After the rough first inning, Moyer used his cut fastball and breaking balls a bit more and finished with six innings of work. Moyer’s outings have provided an extra bit of boost for the bullpen which seemed to have been used non-stop earlier in the season. Moyer went six innings for the seventh time in a Phillies uniform.
No disrespect to the Padres and Dodgers fans but I’m pulling for the Phillies to make the wild card. I’ve seen the Padres and Dodgers and they would be just as worthy of a playoff berth. But the Phils have come so close the past couple of years and they’ve really played their hearts out this second half to get to where they are. I don’t think their fans could handle another heartbreak. Momentum is on Philadelphia’s side as Sunday’s win was its 10th in 12 games.
Regardless of which team makes the playoffs, the final week of the season should be a fun one!