With 4 more homeruns today the Phillies are tops in the NL with 56. Raul Ibanez leads the way with 15; while Chase Utley (11) and Ryan Howard (10) form the only NL trio with double digit homerun totals. Raul Ibanez has already matched my predicted homerun total for him and is 3 away from Corey's estimation (yes, even we make mistakes). In fact, Ibanez is tied for the MLB lead in homeruns with San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez and is on pace for 62.
Rest of the Game:
*J-Roll had a bit of an offensive awakening at the plate today, collecting 4 hits in 6 at bats.
*Blanton had one horrible inning, but ended up with the win despite allowing 5 in 5.
*The Reds used 6 pitchers and the Phils scored at least 1 run off of 5 of them.
*Ho Parkinglot pitched a scoreless inning of relief, which is where he should have been from the start.
*Escalona remains unscored upon as a big leaguer. His time may be up on the roster though, because he's the 13th pitcher and the Phils need an extra righthanded bat heading into interleague play with the DH available.
*Phils are 22-17 and retain 1st place; heading to NY to face Yankees.