Tuesday, July 7, 2009


The Phillies handed Cincinnati their worst loss in the history of the Reds on Monday night...a 21 run clubbing. The Phillies chased Reds starter, 23 year old Johnny Cueto, before he could finish one inning. Cueto was charged with 9 earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Three homers and ten runs in the first frame got the team going before many phans found their seats, and the Phillies never looked back. Cole Hamels got his first win since June 4th, evening his record at 5-5. The 22 runs scored in the game by the Phillies was a record for Citizens Bank Park. The previous high was 20 runs by the Phils on May 26, 2008 against Colorado. Charlie Manuel likes to call this weather "hitting season". Hitting season is open in south Philadelphia, pholks!

The story of the night, that no one seems to be speaking about, might be the left field ball girl, Kelli, who fielded Shane Victorino's fair ball hit that rolled toward the stands in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Picking up that ball in play makes the hit an automatic ground rule double. If the ball bounces off the fencing in front of the stands, it is likely that Victorino, with his speed, gets a triple there. Shane also had another double, a homer and a single. Kelli the ballgirl may have cost Shane "the cycle", the immense recognition that would come with it and an almost guaranteed run through the all star final fan vote.

There are endless noteworthy facts and details from Monday night's victory against the Reds. The Good Phight, PhilliesNation and We Should Be GM's have plenty more for everybody.

Taking a look at more team stats...

John Mayberry Jr. has seen his own batting average fall from .320 to .205 in his last 10 games played.

The Phillies' record when Jimmy Rollins plays and scores at least one run has improved to 31-7 (.816 winning percentage).

The Phillies' record when both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino play and score at least one run each is 20-4 (.833 winning percentage).

Shane Victorino against the Reds this season- 4 games (7-for-16), .438 avg., 1.375 OPS, 4 doubles, 1 homer, 4 RBI, 1 SB. Add in Shane's 2 games played against St. Louis, and he's hitting .462 (12-for-26) against the NL Central this season. In 8 games last season against the Reds, Shane had a .167 batting avg. (5-for-30).

With four very good starts on this home stand, the starting pitchers' ERA over the last 4 days is 1.33 (27 innings pitched, 4 earned runs allowed).

BallHype: hype it up!

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