By Justin Adkins:
It was the Roy and Raul show last night as the Phillies cruised to a 7-3 victory, sweeping the hapless Washington Nationals right out of Citizens Bank Park.
The Ginger Express struck out 10 in seven innings, while Raul Ibanez continued to rebound from his recent 0-35 slump with a homer and three RBIs.
The Phillies have won 11 of 14 and are now tied with Cleveland for the best record in baseball at 21-9. Most of the credit belongs to Halladay and the rest of the rotation, and now that Ibanez has remembered how to play it’s possible the offense will start contributing regularly as well. And that should be a scary thought for the rest of the National League.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is obviously pleased with Ibanez’ turnaround.
“He’s got a shorter swing, quicker bat, he’s staying on the ball, being selective,” Manuel said. “The biggest thing is he’s getting hits.”
Jimmy Rollins led off the third with a single, setting off six-run barrage, puncuated by a Shane Victorino homerun down the left fied line. Placido kept the momentum going with a single, followed by a Ryan Howard walk and a John Mayberry Jr. RBI double. Ibanez then yanked a ball down the right field line for a two-run double, followed by a Wilson Valdez RBI single to make it 6-0.
Halladay pitched well overall, allowing only two runs, with both coming in the 4th inning. He went on to retired the next 11 hitters he faced.
It was a great night of baseball for the 45,316 announced fans in attendance, the 153rd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
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