The Phillies started out the week by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 on Sunday. The victory also gave the Phils a series victory. Chase Utley led the Phillies on the offensive side in the win as he went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. The real story of this victory for the Phils was A.J. Burnett’s monster performance on the mound. Burnett recorded his 1st win of the season in 8 innings of work while only giving up 5 hits, and striking out 8 batters. Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his 8th save and the victory for the Phillies. Although the Phillies were off on Monday they still were in the news as Carlos Ruiz was named NL Player of the Week. Ruiz was deserving of this as he got 11 hits and driving in 7 RBIs over the past week.
The Phillies came home but did not play great as they lost 6-1 against the New York Mets on Tuesday. Ryan Howard had a solid offensive performance as he went 2 for 4 but also struck out twice. Marlon Byrd went 1 for 4 and hit the home run. Cole Hamels did not pitch up to par in his home debut as he went 4 2/3 innings while giving up 8 hits, 6 earned runs, striking out 3, and walking an awful 5 batters. Hamels is now 0-2 on the season. The Phillies game against the Mets on Wednesday was postponed because of rain and was moved to June 2nd. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. commented on moving up fireballer Ken Giles, “If we were to move him we’d probably move him to Triple-A and give him a chance to make adjustments against more mature hitters. When he’s ready, when he’s commanding his fastball and slider, he’ll go.”
The Phillies fell to the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Friday. Marlon Byrd had the best offensive performance for the Phillies as he went 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 3 RBIs, and hitting a home run. Cliff Lee, as he always is, was solid in the loss as he went 7 innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs scored, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The biggest reason for the Phillies loss was yet again the “trusty” old bullpen as Mike Adams didn’t record an out as he gave up 3 hits and 3 runs. Another interesting thing happened in the game as Cliff Lee and Nationals outfielder Denard Span were jarring back and forth which resulted in the benches clearing but no physical confrontation ever happened. Cole Hamels will miss his Sunday start due to the flu and Roberto Hernandez will be taking his start.
The Phillies defeated the Nationals 7-2 on Saturday night. The game was delayed for a little because of an unexpected downpoor. The Phillies had an offensive explosion as J-Roll was the catalyst as he went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 but his one hit got the momentum rolling on the Phillies side as he hit a three run homer. A.J. Burnett was solid for a second straight start as he picked up his 3rd win in 6 innings of work while giving up 3 hits, 1 run, walking 2, and striking out 7.