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Bats FINALLY Wake Up vs Reds!!!!!!!!!!

12 runs Saturday night. . . 8 runs yesterday afternoon!!!  Yeeeeeahhhhhh!!!!!  THOSE are games I like to watch!!! Don’t we all??

WE know they can hit, right???  Howard, Utley, Bryd, Brown, Ruiz, etc?  That IS a fearful lineup when clicking on all cylinders.  It’s a lineup that NO pitcher would want to face when they are hot.  And that is exactly what happened this weekend

On Saturday, Cole Hamels was going for win #100 of his career – and he was set up perfectly for that.  A 6 run 4th inning sparked by Cody Asche’s 2 run double and wrapped up by the first career Home Run by Cesar Hernandez.  Phila chased Reds starter Homer Bailey in the 4th – as he gave up 6 runs and 7 hits in 3 and 2/3.  

D. Brown has a 5 RBI game that included his 2nd home run.  It would be REALLY good to get Brown going here in May.  He has dropped from 5th to 7th in the lineup since last year and to get his bat going would present Sandberg with some nice lineup options.

Hamels was brilliant in his milestone victory going 7 and surrendering only 3 hits and whiffing 10.  That is a great outing, considering he just threw 133 pitches a few days ago.  The Phillies won Saturday’s game in dominating fashion by the score of 12-1.

Coming back for the series finale the next day, the Phillies bats picked right up where they left off – getting 2 in the first off the back to back HR’s 1-2 combination of Rollins and Sunday Catcher Will Nieves.

The Phillies went yard 4 times. . . FOUR TIMES, on Sunday!!!  After the back to back jobs in the first inning, Byrd and Asche also went deep – Asche basically breaking the game open with his 3 run HR that gave the Phillies an insurmountable 8-2 lead.

Starter Cliff Lee was generous with the hits giving up 9 safely, but was able to keep Cin from ever closing the gap and only surrendering the 2 runs in the first.  Adams and Bastardo came in to close out the game.

The bullpen was hardly stressed as they were brought into the game with large leads and had plenty of wiggle room to work with – and they got the job done closing out the Reds 8-3

The Phillies start a 3 game set in Miami tomorrow, before they return home for a HUGE 11 game homestand to close out May.

Taking a look at the standings, the Phillies are still a woeful 3 under .500.  But they are only 3.5 games back in the standings.  With 11 of their next 14 games at home – there is no reason to believe that that gap cannot be closed by the end of May.

Yes, it takes some hoping – but hey, we are relatively healthy.  Lee and Hamels are both 100% or close.  There are no major injuries in this lineup – and there is little excuse when they play poorly.  This team goes through frustrating and inexplicable bouts of “dead bats” as I call it – that makes games brutal to watch.  And the games where we only score 2-3-4 runs, we have to count on the bullpen to keep it close.  And that has also been a pain point.

If we can keep the run average up and give the pen some breathing room – and continue to get quality starts from our starting rotation – I think we can still be hopeful going into June. 

It will likely be this coming homestand, that will start the determining factor as to whether we will be “buyers or sellers” come the end of July.