For the first time in six games, the Philadelphia Phillies could celebrate the feeling of victory after they beat down the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-1.
The performance that the Phillies put into the game showed that they want to win, and showed what can happen when all systems are go. For once the Phillies starting pitching put in a good outing, the bullpen did not blow a lead, and the bats scored enough runs to give the pitchers some breathing room.
The scoring started early for the Phils. What started with an error by Evan Longoria turned into a 6-0 lead for Jamie Moyer before he even threw a single pitch.
With Jimmy Rollins on 2nd and Shane Victorino on 1st after a walk, Chase Utley doubled to left center to score both. Ryan Howard then doubled to left to score Utley, and increase the lead to 3-0. Jayson Werth singled to left to put Howard on 3rd, and Werth on 1st for John Mayberry. Mayberry homered to left to push the lead to 6-0 at the end of the inning.
The scoring then stopped until the top of the 4th inning. With Mayberry and Chris Coste on 2nd and 3rd, Carlos Ruiz grounded out to the shortstop to score Mayberry and move Coste to 3rd. Victorino then singled to right to score Coste, and Utley followed with a 2-run homer to make the score now 10-0 in favor of Philadelphia.
The Rays did retaliate though with an RBI single to left to score Carlos Pena.
The scoring ended there though. The rest of the game was a pitchers duel with both bullpens shutting down the opposing batters.
In what was a rematch of the 2008 World Series, the final result was the same, the Phillies dominating the Rays.
This was the game that the Phillies needed. This was the game that should give them the confidence ti get back on track. This is the game to show them that they still can play despite all of the injuries that they have suffered. Confidence is what the Phils need right now, and if they can carry that confidence over into the todays game, and the game after that, and into next week, and until they get both Brad Lidge, and Raul Ibanez back, then they will be fine, and will still be atop the NL East.