Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Last night is what this offense is capable of doing. The Phillies went out and eclipsed their previous highest total of runs scored which was 11 way back in April and put up 14 last night down in Florida. A lot of that was courtesy of a 6 run inning in the top of the 9th inning that produced a Raul Ibanez homerun as Raullllll even got in on the action. The final tally was 14-2 with the Phillies 55th win on the season. See the full box score here.
This game went a long way to bolster the offensive spirit on the club, and chase away those game when the Phillies could only scored 1 to 3 runs during a game. In 46 of 87 games so far this season, the Phillies have scored from 0 to 3 runs in a game. In all of those games the Phillies record is 18-28, so it was great to see the bats come out swinging last night at Sun Life Field in Miami.
Cole Hamels won his 10th game of the year, and that in itself is a historic moment even though Cliff Lee is very close to making his 10th win of the season happen. The Elias Sports bureau came up with this stat about Cole’s 10th win:
From Elias: Cole Hamels earned his tenth win of the season, joining teammate Roy Halladay in the Double-Digit Win Club. It's the seventh time in team history that the Phillies have more than one pitcher with at least 10 wins at the All-Star break, but the first time since 2003, when Kevin Millwood and Randy Wolf were admitted to membership.
That is how this season is shaping up, a lot of records are being broken and I suspect a large majority of the 2012 Press Media Guide will be with fresh new records in the pitching department.
Trivia: What is the highest total of wins from a Phillies pitcher (since 1950)
Answer: Steve Carlton with 27 wins in 1972 –
(all time wins in a season belongs to Grover Alexander with 33 done in 1916)
The Marlins series wraps up tonight at 7:10 PM with Kyle Kendrick (4-4) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-2). Sanchez has 2 CG so far this season, but is coming off of his worst start of the season that occurred against the Texas Rangers on July 1st. Sanchez still has a 3.30 ERA on the year though.