Tonight at Citi Field in New York City, the flood gates officially opened for the Philadelphia Phillies. In an amazing first inning, the Phillies would put up eight runs and bat around the lineup. As they would score those eight runs in a variation of ways such as hitting singles, getting walks, and getting hit by a pitch.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner did not have it tonight as he would not record an out in the first inning. He would give up six hits, seven earned runs, and one walk. The Phillies’ hitters definitely socked it to Hefner and gave Tyler Cloyd, a very comfortable lead to pitch with. Cloyd did what he to do and kept the Phils 8-0 lead. He would only give up one run tonight and that was off a Mike Baxter solo home run in the fifth inning.
The Phillies and Cloyd were cruising along in the game and added on some more runs as Chase Utley would get an RBI single giving them a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning. Then in the ninth inning, the Phillies offense would explode one more time as they would score seven runs. Most of those seven runs came off a monstrous grand slam hit by Ryan Howard. Howard hit the grand slam off of pitcher Josh Edgin. Edgin was the same pitcher last night that gave up the game winning two run home run to guess who Ryan Howard.
Ryan Howard finished this game with two hits and five RBIs, Juan Pierre had five hits, and Chase Utley would finish the game with four hits and four RBIs. Finally, in this game you cannot forget about the masterful pitching of Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd would pitch eight innings, give up three hits, one earned run, and struck out six Mets hitters.
What else can you say but great pitching by the youngster. The Phillies are now 76-74 on the season and are still in the National League Wild Card hunt. They are four games behind the Cardinals who hold the last wild card spot. For the Phillies to make the playoffs they will have to go 11-2 and the Cardinals will have to go 7-6 in the last 13 games (including tonight’s games). Mark it down, one win for the Phillies, 10 more to go!
The Phillies take on the Braves in a crucial three game series starting tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. On the mound for the Phillies, it will be Kyle Kendrick and on the mound for the Braves, it will be Tommy Hanson. Regardless the Phillies need to sweep this series from the Braves but it will not be easy!
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball. Follow me on twitter @Jovan10 for Sixers, College Basketball, NFL, MLB, and all sports updates.