Phillies pound Morton, crush the Pirates 10-3

     The Phillies pounded out eight runs in the first two innings against Charlie Morton as they coasted to a 10-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morton gave up six earned runs in four innings of work while falling to 8-6 on the season. His counter part Roy Halladay was outstanding, giving up just one hit in seven innings, as he picked up his National League leading 13th win of the season.  Chase Utley lead the way offensively for the Phillies going 3-5  with four RBIs, falling a double short of the cycle. Six of the Phillies’ nine starters had at least one hit while the Pirates only had four hits the entire night.  Dom Brown started and played the entire game in right field, going 1-5 with two runs scored. The only reason I mention this is because during the game the Phillies finalized a trade for Houston Astros’ outfielder Hunter Pence.  Pence is hitting .309 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs.  The Phillies gave up prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zield, and a player to be named later.  Cosart and Singleton are currently ranked 38th and 39th in Baseball’s America top 40 prospects. 
      After a Dom Brown single to short was too hot for Brandon Wood to handle, Chase Utley hit a screamer to right that hit half way up the wall, allowing Brown to score and Utley to scamper into third. Right fielder Garrett Jones got all sorts of turned round and probably could have caught the ball if he was in a better position.  Of course the next batter, Ryan Howard hit a fly ball to right field, which Jones dove and missed, giving Howard an RBI double.  Following a Shane Victorino single that advanced Howard to third,  Raul Ibanez’s RBI single gave Roy Halladay a three run lead as he stepped to the mound in the second inning.  Any chance of a Pirates’ comeback was put to rest in the bottom of the second when the Phillies put a five spot. Wilson Valdez led off with a strikeout, but advanced to first on a Charlie Morton wild pitch. Two batters later, a Jimmy Rollins single set up a first and third with one out situation for Domonic Brown.  Dom hit what looked like a routine double play ball to Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, but Walker booted it which scored Valdez.  After Brown’s at bat, Utley hit a line drive to left that just barely got over the fence for a three run home run. Several batters later, Wilson Valdez picked up the easiest RBI in the book when Morton walked him with the bases loaded.  With an 8-0 lead and Roy Halladay on the mound, the game settled down as the rain picked up.  The Pirates picked up their first hit in the fourth inning on a Xavier Paul single and not much else went right for them.  Jimmy Rollins hit a Bobby Abreu like home run in the seventh inning, making the score 10-0.  Drew Carpenter replaced Roy Halladay in the 8th inning and as expected gave up multiple runs.  A two run double by Pedro Ciriaco and a Xavier Paul RBI single in the inning are just more evidence on why Drew Carpenter has no business being on a Major League roster.  The series continues on Saturday night as Cliff Lee takes on James McDonald with Hunter Pence expected to be in the lineup.

Notes:

-With the win, the Phillies improve to a 10-9 record in games attended by me. Two game winning streak!

-Garrett Jones is a terrible outfielder.

-While Morton got pounded in the first two innings, his defense didn’t help matters much.

– I thought the Neil Walker’ error should have been ruled a hit.

-While Halladay’s numbers were very good tonight, I did notice he fell behind a lot of hitters. (Just nitpicking)

– To the gentlemen who parked next to Mike O’s car, thanks for the burgers.

-Rumors after the game have said that Dom Brown will be sent down to make room for Pence. Bad call.  If it were my choice, Dom would play in left (the easiest OF position to play) and Pence would start in right.  However since Charlie is stubborn and refuses to give up on his veterans, I understand the move to give Brown every day at bats in AAA.

-Hell of a day to be a Philadelphia sports fan.

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