Hamels went eight strong innings, only surrendering a 2-run homer to John Buck in the 4th. It was good to finally see some offensive support for Hamels. Let’s just hope they saved some for later.
“Getting that many runs is nice, but sometimes it breaks up your rhythm. It felt like the game was in slow motion,” said Hamels. “In between innings it was really long, but selfishly from a pitching standpoint you want to get a good rhythm going and shut them down as soon as possible.”
It was a great night for the offense, too. The Phillies scored 14 runs on 18 hits including home runs from Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez. Howard and Jimmy Rollins both had 4-hit nights.
It wasn’t pretty for the Marlins and their starter Chris Volstad. The Phillies have touched up Volstad in the past, and Tuesday was the same story. Going into the game Ryan Howard was 12-25, with 7 homers against Volstad, and he added to that with another 2-run homer.
The Marlins were basically in the toilet when the Phillies saw them back in June, but they have been playing better baseball as of late, including their 1-0 loss to the Phils on Monday.
The Phils had a six run lead going into the 9th inning, but then tacked on six more, including a 2-run homer for Raul Ibanez.
Side Notes -
Michael Martinez – Martinez showed off his glove making a great catch in center field while filling in for Shane Victorino. He also hit a bases loaded triple.
Ryan Howard – Ryan is having a great season so far this year. He had 4 hits and 4 RBI on Tuesday. His power numbers are down, but he’s driving in tons of runs. Ryan is on pace for his fifth season with 130 RBIs. Only three MLB players have ever had five 130-RBI seasons: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.