Thursday, August 20, 2009

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter National Pride #NP47 Ryan Howard

Phillies 12, Diamondbacks 3

I think it's safe to say things are clicking on all cylinders for the Phillies. With tonight's exciting win, the team is 20 games over .500, having completed the 3-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. (Who are these guys by the way? There were four names in their starting line-up tonight I've never heard of before.)

Joe Blanton pitched another effective game, going eight innings while allowing three runs on ten hits. Not to be outdone by Cliff Lee at the plate, Joe added two hits of his own.

"Crooked numbers" was the phrase of the night however, at least from the Phillies' TV broadcast team. A 5-spot in the sixth inning was capped by Ryan Howard's 3-run blast into the Diamondbacks' bullpen off the hairiest pitcher in the league, Daniel Schlereth. It was Ryan's 32nd home run of the year and his four RBIs for the night left him two short of the century mark with 98. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz also homered in the winning effort.

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