Ibanez and Mayberry lead as Phillies crush Braves.

    The Phillies scored ten runs in their last two at bats leading to a dominating 14-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.  Raul Ibanez, channeling his 2009 pre All-Star self, hit a home run and had 6 RBIs, while John Mayberry had 3 doubles and 4 RBIs.  Every Phillies starter except Cole Hamels had at least 1 hit in the rout.  Cole Hamels was very good as usual, going 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and a run, while picking up his 11th win.  With the win, the Phillies tied a franchise record with 57 wins before the All-Star break.

  The Braves actually had a lead, scoring the first run in the second inning. Julio Lugo reached when Ryan Howard squeezed the glove a little too early, allowing Dan Uggla to score.  In the bottom half of the inning, A John Mayberry double scored Domonic Brown tying the score at 1. One inning later, Ryan Howard came up with runners at the corners and one out. In the first inning, in the same situation, Howard grounded into a double play, however this time he singled to center plating Michael Martinez.  One batter later, a Dan Uggla fielding error (not shocking, but to his defense, Raul hit a bullet) would tack on another run for the Phillies.  With a 4-1 lead, the Phillies blew things wide open in the 7th.  Two run singles by Raul and Dom were followed by a 2 run double for John Mayberry, his third double of the day.  Raul would add three more to his RBI total in the 8th when he took Scott Proctor deep into the right field seats. Mayberry would also add to his RBI total a few batters later on a fielders’ choice.  Kyle Kendrick wrapped up the game, pitching a scoreless 9th.  With the All-Star break now upon us, the Phillies will send 5 representatives to the Phoenix, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, and Placido Polanco. Only Halladay and Lee will be likely play because Polanco and Victorino are hurt  while Hamels is ineligible since he pitched today. After the All-Star game, the Phillies will return to action  next Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.  Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Vance Worley will start the Friday game and  Cole Hamels is likely to start the Saturday game.


-Scott Proctor stinks.

– Corey Gearrin might be worse.

– 20 hits? woah.  Considering the Phillies only run yesterday came via a Cliff Lee home run, one must love the consistency of the offense.

-Michael Martinez had as many hits as the entire Braves team. LOL.

-Speaking of Michael Martinez, I have ripped him a lot and will likely continue to rip him, but job well done today Mr.Martinez.  Sometimes you have to give credit where it is due and he was very good today. Also, hell of a play in the 3rd inning on the Freeman pop up in foul terrority.

– If one was to tell me Michael Martinez would lead the team in hits and they would win by 13, I’d probably laugh in your face.

-Dom Brown up to .252. Slowly coming around, now about that defense and baserunning…

-The “mock” Tomahawk Chop by the Phillies fans was hilarious.

-Completely off-topic, but congrats to US Women’s soccer team on beating Brazil. Whether you like women’s sports or not, the drama in that game was crazy and would make any sports fan excited.  That was a hell of a comeback.


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