After taking the night off yesterday, the Phillies offense got it going early and often today against the Toronto Blue Jays in the series finale of what was a road series in their home ballpark at Citizens Bank beating the Jays 11-2.
Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco each had three hits apiece for the Phils who have been on a scoring tear for the past four series. They are averaging almost six runs a game while playing the Yankees, Twins, Indians and now Toronto winning 8 of 12. They scored all their runs today without help from the long ball, which should be a good sign their offense is clicking.
Jaime Moyer broke Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts’ record of home runs allowed in a career. Moyer gave up number 506 to Vernon Wells in the third inning but by then it was already too late. Philly bats chased Toronto’s starter Brett Cecil in the fifth inning after he allowed seven runs and threw 97 pitches. Phillies starters were showing patience at the plate, seeing almost four pitches per at bat. Another sign they are seeing the ball really well.
Record breaking jitters aside, it was business as usual for Moyer. Other than the homer to Wells, Moyer only allowed five hits and struck out seven before finishing out the seventh inning. He is now tied for the team lead in wins with Roy Halladay at nine. Over his last three starts, Moyer has thrown 23 innings and only allowed five earned runs while striking out 17. The Phillies, not surprisingly, are 3-0 in those games.
The Phillies were without Placido Polanco for a second straight game after he said he aggravated his elbow making a play in Friday’s game. He is scheduled to receive another cortisone shot today which will likely keep him out until Tuesday at the earliest.
The only Phils starters without a hit were Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez. They both went 0-5.
Worth mentioning: Rollins, Francisco and catcher Dane Sardinha each had two RBIs. I know all of you started him in fantasy. Right?
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