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Monday, May 04, 2009
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.