The Phillies pummeled Hiroki Kuroda in the first and second innings enroute to a decisive romp at Citizens Bank park. The onslaught was so quick and powerful that Kuroda bowed out
before retiring 6 batters. He was hammered. Even the balls that were eventually caught were lambasted.
With all the pre-game discussion about the cold weather having an impact on the hitting, I can only say those prognasticators were … half-right. Cliff Lee was astounding again. He could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, wherever he wanted all night long. And while he was tossing up zeros. . . The thunder rolled.
Up by a 6-0 margin by the end of the second it was just a matter of piling on for the Phillies. Their lineup is solid from the top to the bottom. They had doubles by Jimmy Rollins and Dodger killer Carlos Ruiz. Triples by Howard and Pedro Feliz and Home Runs by Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino. Big Thunder.
With that incredibly lopsided final score of 11-0 you might expect to find one guy that just raked out the hits and RBIs. But, true to the Phillies team makeup… the thunder was rolling through the entire lineup. It started at the top.
After a Rollins fly out, Shane Victorino singled and stole second. Utley followed with a single of his own before the big thunder came to the plate. Ryan Howard’s line drive into the right field corner was the lightning strike the Phillies needed. He chugged his way around the basepaths and his head first slide into third ignited the crowd. Two runs were in.
Moments later the Thunder boomed off of Jayson Werth’s bat. A deep laser like shot that landed well into the batter’s eye in center field. 4 runs were in.
Ryan Howard’s triple and 2 RBIs set a Major League Record for consecutve post season games with a Run Batted In – 7. My bet is he’ll add to that. Ryan is seeing it and hitting it like the former hit king that proceeded him in Philadelphia – Pete Rose.
But, the nod for YH has to go to the spark that created all of that thunder and lightning… Shane Victorino. He singled in the first, stole second and just created havoc on the basepaths all night long. He had two walks and a punishing finishing touch 3 Run Home Run in the eighth.
Congratulations Shane Victorino – You are Yesterday’s Hitter!