The Phils make a statement at the end of the first half of the season as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Phils end the first half of the 2011 season as they make a fourteen-run, twenty-hit statement as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Julio Lugo received an RBI as Ryan Howard commited a missed catch error as he misplayed Jimmy Rollins’ throw of Lugo’s grounder, as Dan Uggla, who had lead-off the inning with a double, and then went to third on Jason Heyward’s ground out, 4-3, scored, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Braves would get as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would only allow them three hits during the entire game, while the Phils’ offense would proceed to get to Braves’ starter and Phils’ nemesis Derek Lowe. The Phils first tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry hits an RBI double, the first of three for him in the ballgame, scoring Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with on man out, Howard redeemed himself for his earlier error by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, the second of four hits for him, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, up to third base. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead a batter later as Uggla made a force attempt fielding error on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, allowing Utley to score, and Howard to reach second base, while Ibanez would be safe at first. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Rollins would hit an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, Utley then stealing second base, his second steal of the game, and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Howard on to second base. After a wild pitch by Cory Gearrin moved both runners up a base, and Carlos Ruiz then reloaded the bases with a walk, the Phils then took an 8-1 lead as Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Howard and Ibanez, with Ibanez just beating the throw to the plate, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead as Mayberry hits an RBI double of his own, scoring both Ruiz and Brown. The Phils then made it a 13-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, scoring Martinez and Howard, who had both reachd base with singles, with Martinez stopping at second base on Howard’s single. Three batters later, the Phils would make it a 14-1 lead as Mayberry hits into an RBI force out, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brown’s single, as Brown is wiped out at second base, 5-4, as Mayberry beat the throw to first base. That would end up being the final score as Kyle  Kendrick would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 2.32) gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (5-7, 4.30) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out one batter. Cory Gearrin pitched a third of an inning, as he got pounded for six runs on four hits and two walks. Scott Proctor also got pounded as he went an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had twenty hits in the ballgame, the most hits for the team so far this season, with Michael Martinez leading the team with a career high four hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .229. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Dom Brown (Singles, 2 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Doubles, 4 RBIs), all followed with three hits each, being career highs in hits for both Brown and Mayberry. Chase Utley (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 6 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz had the twentieth Phil hit, a double. 

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 57-34 record, presently the best record in baseball. They will resume play on Friday.

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