Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 17, 2012 01:19 AM Comments: 55
The Phillies beat the Dodgers, 3-2, on Monday night for their third straight win. It’s the Phillies’ first three-game winning streak since May 23-26, when they won four in a row.
-Joe Blanton pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs. He struck out seven batters without a walk, improving his gaudy K/BB numbers to 102 and 16, respectively.
-Blanton broke a personal streak of 11 straight starts surrendering a home run. He was one away from tying Randy Wolf (2000) for the longest stretch in Phillies history.
-Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season, an opposite-field solo shot after he narrowly missed hitting one out to the same spot an at-bat earlier. It was the 287th homer of Howard’s career.
-Jimmy Rollins went deep for the ninth time.
-Carlos Ruiz continues his torrid season. Chooch doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by Juan Pierre, who is also somewhat-quietly having a really nice year.
-Shane Victorino tripled for the third straight game. He had two in his previous 87 games. Victorino is the first player to triple in three straight games since… Shane Victorino, in 2011.
-It was great to see “The Big Piece” trot back after a long layoff, and the swing also looked pretty decent. Howard held the hands back and went to the opposite field. When he’s on, that’s the direction he goes in. In the second inning, he narrowly missed one, too.