Monday, May 04, 2009

Phillies slam Lohse and take Game 1 in St. Louis tonight









The Phillies came out to play tonight with the extra day of rest with Sunday's rainout at home. The Phils batted St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Kyle Lohse, for 7 hits and 6 runs on Monday night. The Phillies kept one of the hottest teams in baseball in check for most of the game and led 6-1 right into the late innings.

Ryan Howard seems to play very well in his home town of St. Louis. He has tied Mike Schmidt for Phillies career grand slams with a grand slam in the 5th inning against St. Louis, that makes 7 grand slams for Howard as a Phillie. Howard's mother and family was in attendance for the game.


Joe Blanton will get his much deserved first win of the season. His start tonight was a win but 2 of his previous 4 starts has been a quality start. The Phillies are now 12-6 in 18 career starts by Blanton, Blanton didn't always get the wins in those games but his win/loss record as a Phillies pitcher improves to 5-2 since the Phillies acquired him on July 17th 2008 for three minor leaguers from the Phillies farm system.


Brett Myers will get the ball for Game 2 vs. the Cards and he looks to improve upon his 1-2 record this year so far. Myers last start against the Cardinals was 8/3/08, the Phillies won that game 5-4 but Myers did not get that win as he left when the Phils trailed 2-1 after 6.0 innings. Myers career against the Cardinals, he is 3-2 in 12 games with a 5.19 era.


The longest winning streak for the Fightins so far this year is 5 games, the longest losing streak is 3 games in a row 4/16 - 4/18. top home attendance is 45,266 vs San Diego on 4/19. Shane Victorino has a 13 game hitting streak.

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