Who would have thought that the cure for the Phillies to hit multiple homeruns during a game would be to play away from Citizen’s Bank Park?
Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs (!) and Carlos Ruiz each hit homers tonight to jump start the scoring for the Phillies on their way to an 11-4 victory over starter Andrew Miller and the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami tonight.
Utley, Dobbs, and Werth’s dingers were solo shots, while Ruiz’s was a two-run job. Dobbs’ came in the top of the 7th off of reliever Jose Ceda, while the other three homers scored the first four runs of the game for the Phillies, and they led 4-0 after four innings of play. The Phils would score three more runs off of Miller, who gave up seven runs (six earned) in five innings.
The Phillies added three more runs off of Marlins’ reliever Jay Buentes in the top of the sixth. The Phillies scored their remaining 6 runs with some small ball, and ended up with 15 hits for the game. Ruiz (4), Werth (2), Utley (1), Dobbs (1), Placido Polanco (1), and Ryan Howard (1) all had RBIs tonight. Howard’s RBI gives him the century mark for the season, and brings his consecutive seasons with 100 RBIs to five.
Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton pitched a very solid game tonight, although he only lasted six innings. Blanton allowed only one run, a solo homerun to Marlins’ left fielder Logan Morrison in the bottom of the sixth, on five hits total. He struck out eight batters along the way. It was Big Joe’s second quality start in a row after getting shelled in Colorado a week and a half ago. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless seventh, while David Herndon gave up a 2-run homerun to Dan Uggla, his 30th of the season, and an RBI single to Chad Tracy in the eighth inning. Danys Baez, back from the disabled list, closed the game out with a scoreless ninth.
The Phillies will send Cole Hamels to the mound tomorrow, throwing against Marlins’ starter Adalberto Mendez. Mendez’s first career start came on September 6th versus the Phillies, and resulted in a 7-1 win for the Fish.
The Phillies were again unable to gain any ground on the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the Washington Nationals 4-0 in Atlanta tonight. The Phils remain one game up on the Braves for first place in the National League East division. The Braves will send Jair Jurrjens (7-5, 4.53 ERA) to the mound tomorrow night against Washington’s Livan Hernandez (9-11, 3.82 ERA).
Jimmy Rollins returned to Philadelphia for an MRI on his strained hamstring today. Luckily, it showed only a very mild strain, and Jimmy will rejoin the team in Miami tomorrow. Manager Charlie Manuel indicated Rollins may be available to pinch hit from the left side of the plate as soon as Tuesday. No word yet on when he will return to the starting lineup.