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I’m back, baby! Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5

What a game last night!

It began with the high-drama of a back-and-forth contest for the first six innings. Cole Hamels, who threw 108 pitches in five innings, loaded the bases three times and managed to give up just two runs in those instances. (A third run came from a Mark Reynolds home run in the fifth.)

Jayson trots the bases for the first time since June 23. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr)

Jayson Werth and his glorious goatee rounded the bases for the first time in 105 at bats with his fifth inning, two-run homer off of former Phillies pitcher Rodrigo Lopez that went into the bushes in straight-away center. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom also hit two-run dingers off of a woeful Diamondbacks bullpen. The D-backs pitching staff has given up a MLB-high 136 home runs so far this season.

The Phillies bullpen combination of David Herndon, Danys Baez, Jose Contreras, and Ryan Madson kept the Diamondbacks offense in check for the most part. Herndon gave up two runs (one earned) in the sixth, partly because of a Ryan Howard throwing error to second. Baez had a 1-2-3 inning (!) in the seventh, and Contreras allowed a hit and a walk but no runs in the eighth. Madson, who filled the closer’s role because Brad Lidge was unavailable, treated the fans to a stress-free, lights out ninth inning to end the game, which included strikeouts of Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew.

However, all was not well at Citizens Bank Park, as Shane Victorino suffered an oblique strain and left the game in the seventh. No word on how serious the injury is yet, but it should keep Werth in red pinstripes this season and may force the call up of phenom Domonic Brown from AAA.

The Phils go for the series win today behind the arm of ace Roy Halladay (11-8, 2.28 ERA, eleventy-billion faces broken). He faces Edwin Jackson (6-9, 5.01 ERA, no websites devoted to him going to the zoo) at 7:05 pm.

Phils by the Numbers:

2.5-Number of games behind the wild-card leading San Francisco Giants.

3.5-Number of games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

6-Phils current winning streak.

9-Phils current at-home winning streak.

.382-Raul Ibanez’s batting average from July 17-July 27.

Too many to count-Number of heart attacks induced by Brad Lidge during the ninth inning of Sunday’s and Monday’s game.

Phillies Doll by the Numbers:

4-Number of celebratory naked cannonballs into my pool.

57-Number of Tweets welcoming me back to Twitter.

∞-How much I missed everyone during my Twitter hiatus. Best. Followers. Ever.

Seriously, I am contantly amazed at how awesome all of you are. I am humbled by your warm welcome back into the fold and by the number of new followers I’ve gained despite being absent from Twitter since July 8. Youse guys are the best!

Finally, does anyone know this dude? Did he lose a bet, or has he always wanted to be an Oscar Mayer wiener?

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