Phillies 14, Braves 1
Game 91 - Sunday Afternoon, July 10th in Philadelphia
One Sentence Summary: The Phils unloaded on the Braves with 20 hits and 14 runs, backing Cole Hamels on his way to his 11th win.
What It Means: What a nice way to head into a four-day break. The Phillies enter the symbolic second half of the season with a 57-34 record, 23 games over .500, and with a 3 1/2 game lead over the Braves. The 57 wins ties the 1993 Phillies club for most franchise wins before the All-Star break.
What Went Right: Micheal Martinez had a career-high four hits and he scored twice. Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry, Jr. each enjoyed three-hit days with Mayberry hitting three doubles and driving in four. Raul Ibanez had two hits and six RBIs, including a 3-run home run in the eighth.
Hamels (11-4) pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six. The eleven wins represent his highest career first half win total.
Featured Card: This super-shiny card arrived recently in a package from Section 36. We've gotten into the habit of setting aside cards for each other and every month or so, I'll ship my Sox cards up north and a nice envelope of Phillies cards arrives from Red Sox Nation. I think it's interesting that Topps has featured Ibanez making diving catches on both his 2010 and 2011 base cards. He's not really known for his defense, although he did make a nice leaping grab against the wall this afternoon to end the eighth inning.
Other Stuff: Posting will slow down over the next few days as we head into the All-Star break. I was extremely relieved when Ryan Howard wasn't chosen for this year's Home Run Derby, since now I have absolutely no reason to actually tune in to the thing.