Tony Bastard – I like you so far, dude. Great start to your career in the big leagues. Here’s the line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 5 K, 1 BB. You gave up a homer to Adrian Gonzalez, but let’s be realistic – who hasn’t this season?
Peavy left the game after the 1st with a stomach bug, but the damage was already done. He had given up 4 runs to give the rookie a nice cushion to sit on before he even stepped on the mound. And he never lacked run support, even as he mowed the opposition down. The Phillies offense combined for 8 runs in the first 5 innings, building a lead that could only be threatened by the incompetence of a recently signed and subsequently demoted pitcher. Luckily for the Padres, the Phillies have just such a man. I won’t mention names, but I will say only that his name sort of rhymes with ‘Mango Shark.’ In some circles he is known as ‘The Geoff Geary of Korea.’
This current 5-game winning streak pushes the Phillies to 10 games over .500, and with the Mets’ 3-1 loss to the Bucs earlier in the evening, the Fightins now have a 2.5-game lead in the NL East, their highest mark for 2009 so far. It also further establishes their dominance on the road, as they improve that (sub-)record to 18-6.
Happy 37th birthday, Raul Ibanez, treat yourself to a couple of home runs and some of the finest trim southern California can provide. Just make sure you make the ugliest one call you ‘Tug.’ Just once. Thanks.
Before I let you go, I’d like to share with you a humorous screencap from Howard’s HBP in the top of the eighth (via MLB.com):
Good night everybody, and thanks again to all who participated in the live game chat. There are too many to mention right now. I’m going to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and fall asleep now.