Game 57 - Tuesday Night, June 8th in Philadelphia
The Phillies scored 10 runs on 13 hits to defeat the Marlins tonight as they finally remembered how to use their bats. It was the most runs the team had scored in a game since their May 17th victory against the Pirates. Ben Francisco, starting in place of Jayson Werth, hit a key 2-run single in the 8th to give the Phils the lead and Raul Ibañez went 4 for 5 while knocking in a pair. Up until the 8th inning, Francisco had had a rough night, grounding into two double plays and misplaying a few balls in right. But he redeemed himself with his big go-ahead hit.
Ryan Howard hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd (his 10th) and Shane Victorino hit a solo shot in the 4th (also his 10th). Chase Utley enjoyed his first multi-hit game in what seems like weeks.
Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick got knocked around, giving up 6 runs in his 5 innings of work. Brad Lidge loaded the bases in the 9th before closing out the game and earning his 3rd save of the year.
The Next Generation: Per the Phillies' Twitter feed, three former Phillies' sons have been drafted so far in the First Year Players' Draft - Dickie Thon, Jr., Cam Bedrosian and Chance Ruffin. In related news, I'm getting old.