22-1, that was a the score of last night's game in favor of the good guys. The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff was atrocious and their pitching coach as Tom McCarthy put it, "Dick Pole can only scratch his head." T-Mac probably didn't understand the innuendo he was making at the time, but because of that line he earned respect points in my book.
*Cole Hamels finally pitched a game that is ace worthy, going 7 innings while giving up only 1 run. If not for the blowout, he could have been left in for the 8th and possibly gone for the complete game if need be as he threw only 92 pitches.
*The top two batters in the Phils lineup (Rollins & Vic) were 7-9, with 3 walks, 9 runs scored, and 5 rbi. Martha Stewart couldn't set the table better than that.
*Scott Eyre returned from the DL with a scoreless inning pitched.
*Tyler Walker continues to be serviceable out of the bullpen, dropping his ERA to 1.80 and WHIP to 1.00 with a perfect 8th last night.
*Raul Ibanez finally began his rehab assignment, and went 0-2 with a walk and a run scored for the Reading Phillies. With the R-Phils heading outta town, it's likely Raul will continue his minor league tuneup with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
*Because of the 10-run 1st inning, 9 of which were charged to Reds starter Johnny Cueto, he saw his ERA jump from 2.69 to 3.45.
*Same time, same place, same teams tonight with pitchers JA Happ and Aaron Harang tossing.
*In case you live in a cardboard box and haven't heard yet, Shane Victorino is up for the Final Vote as the NL's 33rd player. Vote for him until you get blisters, no 25 vote limit on this folks.