Phillies 9, Orioles 6
Game 60 - Friday Night, June 8th in Baltimore
Record - 29-31, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies ended their six-game skid as a result of big nights at the plate from Shane Victorino and Jim Thome.
What It Means: The optimist in me wants to believe this is the start of a much-needed winning streak. Now if the Sox could just string together a little winning streak of their own and take care of the Nationals and Marlins, I'd really be happy.
What Went Right: The Phillies put up a six-spot in the second inning, batting around and tallying a single, three doubles, a triple from Juan Pierre and a two-run home from Mike Fontenot. Victorino finished the night with five RBIs and a triple short of the cycle. Thome had three hits, including two doubles, playing his preferred position at this point in his career - designated hitter.
Pierre scored the 1,000th run of his career, joining teammates Thome (1,568) and Jimmy Rollins (1,109) on the list of 27 active Major Leaguers with at least 1,000 runs scored.
Jonathan Papelbon closed out the ninth inning for his 16th save in 16 opportunities.
Featured Card: Topps Series 2 is now on the shelves, but I'm still digesting the Topps Archives release. As further proof of what a down year this has been for the entire line-up (with the exception of Carlos Ruiz), this is the first time this season I've featured one of Victorino's cards in a game summary post. Victorino's three-hit night raised his season average to .258 and he was quoted following the four-game sweep by the Dodgers as saying the woeful series would serve as a "gut check" for the team. If this "gut check" equates to more wins, I'll take it.
Victorino gets the 1984 Topps treatment on his Archives release.