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Phils Look to Park for First Quality Start

4/12/2009
by Christine Cartafalsa

The Phillies have seemed to finally come together with their 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies last night.

The team, which had been 7-40 with two outs in their first four games entering last night's game, answered all questions lingering about their lack of hitting. They went 10-19 including a bases clearing double by Ryan Howard in the 3rd to get things going for the offense.

And they weren't done yet.

The bats were on fire all night and the Phils went 3-8 with runners in scoring position - a drastic improvement over their first games where they sat at 0-12.

Raul Ibanez went 2-5 at the plate with a double and a home run. He now has gone yard twice for the Phillies, representing two of the three home runs knocked in so far. Jason Werth belted a triple in the fifth inning, scoring Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Utley brought Shane Victorino home with a two out single in the 8th.

And, yes, they did it all with two outs. The Phillies repeatedly came through in clutch situations and finally managed to play like champions.

Brett Myers tossed a solid game for the Phillies, allowing only four runs on four hits with one walk and six strike outs in seven innings. Three of those four hits would be home runs, although they were spread out this time (2nd, 4th and 5th innings). In his two starts, Myers has allowed six home runs and needs stop that number from growing in future games. Myers' command was on track, though, and retired the final nine batters that he faced following a solo shot to Clint Barnes in the fifth.

Chan Ho Park will be making his debut as a starter with the Phillies today (he pitched relief on April 7th against the Braves) and all eyes on on him now for the club's first quality start in 2009. Park pitched a hitless inning on April 7th, demonstrating his unquestionable value as a reliever. Park has struggled as a starter in the past. Hopefully he will be able to put that past behind him and show us why he was the better choice over J.A. Happ for the fifth spot in the rotation. It was a goal that Park had coveted upon his arrival in Clearwater, turning down the opportunity to play for Korea in the World Baseball Classic so he could focus on the task at hand. Park's drive rewarded him with the position and should be enough to carry him into success this Sunday.

Christine Cartafalsa can be contacted via e-mail at sideways1976@hotmail.com or at her My Space page at www.myspace.com/unrehearsed76.