Phillies 7, Giants 3
Game 106 - Tuesday Night, July 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 50-56, 3rd Place, 11 1/2 games behind the Braves
Another Massive, Post-Vacation, Why Do I Even Bother Catch-Up, Part 3 of 8
One Sentence Summary: Behind the pitching of John Lannan and home runs from Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young, the Phillies snapped their eight game losing streak and defeated the Giants, 7-3.
What It Means: This was a nice win in the midst of a horrible streak of baseball for the Phillies.
What Went Right: Lannan pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Ruiz hit his first home run of the year in the fourth and Young hit his eighth in the sixth inning. Cody Asche, the team's third baseman of the future, made his Major League debut in the seventh when he pinch-hit for Lannan. He popped up to second in the at-bat.
Featured Card: I thought for sure this would be Young's final game in a Phillies uniform, as he was the player most rumored to be leaving town prior to Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. However, General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. decided not to trade away available veterans for prospects.
There's still a good chance Young could be dealt at some point in August.