Phillies 4, Padres 2 (11 Innings)
Game 20 - Saturday Night, April 23rd in San Diego
One Sentence Summary: Ryan Howard, who had struck out in each of his previous four at-bats, doubled home the decisive runs in the 11th inning to deliver the victory for the Phillies.
What It Means: The offense is sagging for the Phillies, but fortunately the Padres' offense is sagging further. The win raises the team's record to 14-6 with a game and a half lead over the Marlins.
What Went Right: Joe Blanton pitched well, scattering eight hits and two runs over his seven innings of work. (Unfortunately, he'd end up on the disabled list a few days later with elbow issues.) Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the ninth to send the game into extras, and Ryan Madson recorded his second save in as many days.
What Went Wrong: Raul Ibanez is struggling. After this game, he's now 0 for his last 18 and his average has dipped down to .187.
Featured Card: I'm trying to put together a Topps Heritage master Phillies team set this year, and this card, featuring a piece of a Ryan Howard game-used bat, got me a little closer. (My 2011 Phillies Wantlist can be found here.)
Disney Report: We arrived safe and sound at Disney World this afternoon, and we decided to jump right on into the Magic Kingdom. It was Ben's first airplane ride and Disney visit, so big brother Doug helped to show the new guy the ropes.