Phils Sweep LA to Finish off Road Trip
The Phillies finished off the sweep of the Dodgers today by coming back down 6-0 to beat LA 9-8. The Phils go 9-1 on the road trip as well to improve their record to 77-40. It didn't look like we'd be talking about another sweep today though early on as Vance Worley struggled by only going 4 innings and allowing 6 runs, 5 of them coming in the first. Then the bats came to life as Hunter Pence hit a homer in the 4th followed by Worley helping his own cause with an RBI single. Then Pence drove in another run in the 5th after Casey Blake botched one at 3rd, and Raul Ibanez drove in a run on a groundout to first to make it 6-5 Dodgers. James Loney would answer though by driving in a run on an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning. The Phils would not be denied though as Chase Utley drove in the trying runs with a 2 run opposite field double. Ryan Howard gave them the lead with a 2 run shot, putting him over 90 RBI's on the year. Ryan Madson would pick up his 22nd save on the year completing the comeback and the sweep of LA.
The Phillies return home on Friday to face the Washington Nationals, we'll be sending Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Roy Halladay out to the mound to face those pesky Nats as the Phils try to keep their hot streak going and extend their lead in NL East which is now at 9 games over the Atlanta Braves. This is maybe the best the Phils have looked all year, the offense has been great lately, the pitching has been phenomonal as usual, and they have that fire to win which, it seemed like, was lacking last year. One thing that is of small concern is the injury prone Placido Polanco. Polanco is this year's version of Jimmy Rollins, back for a few games, gone for a few weeks. The good thing though is that Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez have done a great job subbing in for Polly and the offense hasn't skipped a beat.
The next few opponents for the Phils, on paper, look like easy series' for the most part, but as a Phillies fan, you should know no series is easy. The Phils face the Nats, D-Backs, the Nats again, Mets, Marlins, and then the Reds to finish off the month of August. The D-Backs are still fighting for the NL West crown, and they have one of the best offenses in the leauge, so they'll be a tough team to beat, the Mets and Marlins always serve as threats, and the Reds, despite struggling this year, they still have a pretty good team in genral. They're offense is still one of the better ones in the league. So Phillies fans, don't get overconfident here just because these series look like kinda easy wins for the Phils because of how this team is playing right now . LET'S GO PHILS!