Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, April 28, 2012 09:46 PM Comments: 14
Shortly after learning that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are moving closer to game action, the Phillies took to the field and dispatched of the Chicago Cubs in a clean 5-2 victory.
After an aggravating game last night in which they failed to take advantage of another good start by their pitcher, the Phillies bats showed up in this one, backing up Joe Blanton’s excellent performance on the mound.
New Look Lineup Proves Effective:
- Charlie Manuel shuffled his lineup before the game, moving Jimmy Rollins into the leadoff spot, Hunter Pence to the three-hole (both players’ rightful spots in the order), and starting Jim Thome at first, Pete Orr at second, and Laynce Nix in left. It was the seventeenth different lineup Manuel has drawn up this season, but this one seemed to sacrifice defense in the name of getting some hits. The move worked as the Phillies plated five runs.
- In the fourth, the Phillies took a 2-1 lead with a Carlos Ruiz one-out, two-run single. It was a clutch hit from a guy who we’ve come to expect big hits from. Chooch would also hit a solo home run in the sixth, giving him a three RBI game for the first time this season. He has been one of the few reliable bats in the Phillies lineup early on. He’s currently hitting .311 and leads the team with seven extra base hits.
- In an attempt to get J-Roll going–Rollins came into the game hitting just .091 over his last ten games–Manuel hit him leadoff. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Rollins helped the offense when he sent a two-out bloop double down the right field line with the bases loaded to score two runs, make it 4-1 and chase Randy Wells from the game. It had to feel good for J-Roll, as he was hitless in his previous thirteen at-bats before the double. Hopefully the hit will be the spark Rollins needs to get rolling at the plate again. He would strikeout in the sixth inning to finish the night 1-for-4. Continue reading Blanton Dazzles, Chooch Drives In Three As Phils Defeat Cubs