Just when we thought the Phillies’ offense couldn’t get any hotter, they decided to play the Washington Nationals again.
With Kyle Kendrick getting off to his second straight rough start, it was clear that it would be up to the offense to earn this win. Kendrick gave up 3 runs in the first inning and 3 more before he could get out of the second inning.
Thankfully, the offense decided to bring their bats to the game tonight. Even without Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth, the Phillies exploded for 14 runs on 14 hits, notching yet another 10 hit game.
Chase Utley went 2-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Shane Victorino, batting leadofff in place of Rollins, went 4-5 with a 2 run HR and a bases clearing triple in the 7th.
Everybody seemed to get in on the action. Ryan Howard had 2 RBI and Greg Dobbs, Placido Polanco, and Raul Ibanez each chipped in one.
Games like this one just epitomize how lethal this Phillies team is. Juan Castro and Greg Dobbs stepped into the starting lineup tonight and the team didn’t miss a beat. Ross Gload and Ben Francisco go some valuable playing time early in the season. Hell, even Mets castoff Nelson Figueroa pitched 3 1/3 solid innings in relief to pick up the win to go along with his 2 hits.
Ruben Amaro set out this past offseason to upgrade the bench and he definitely accomplished that. Rollins will be missed (Werth as well, but for a lesser amount of time), but with talented veterans on the bench, they should be able to keep the offense clicking.
When an offense loses two starters and can still pound out 14 runs the next game, it’s very impressive, even against the Nationals. This Phillies team is drawing comparisons to the 1993 version that won the National League and those comparisons are well deserved. That was a solid team with a tremendous offense and great pitching. Through the first week, the Phillies have all of those traits.
Jimmy Rollins is a vital part of this Phillies team, but no need to rush him back. The offense will still be clicking when he gets back.