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Hernandez Shines as Phils Win

The Philadelphia Phillies might just be the most interesting team in Major League Baseball. For the simple fact that one really never does know what team will show up on a given night. They had a great road trip against the likes of Atlanta and St. Louis, then they got swept by the Braves a few weeks later. Then they go and get swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh, then roll into Milwaukee to play the team with the league’s best record, and win three straight.

Who is this team?

Lately they’ve been an offensive juggernaut, scoring 12 runs in their last two games. They rebounded from an early 5-1 deficit last night with five runs of their own in the second inning. All of a sudden, they’re scoring. The Phillies have finally made the most of excellent pitching of late, excluding Kyle Kendrick’s performance last night of course.

Tonight the Phils took the lead in the first on a solo home run by Chase Utley, his second home run of the series. After the Brewers tied the game in the second, the Phillies took the lead again in the sixth. Catcher Cameron Rupp led off with a single and would score three batters later on a two run shot by Jimmy Rollins. Rupp would knock in the Phils’ fourth run in the seventh with an RBI single that plated Marlon Byrd.

Impressive offense aside, the real star of tonight’s game was the starting pitcher, Roberto Hernandez.

“Fausto” as it were, went eight innings and allowed just the one run on three hits. He did have two walks, but made easy work of the Brewers as he threw only 84 pitches, 57 for strikes. Jonathan Papelbon worked his third straight 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 21st save, and lower his earned run average to 1.24.

Hernandez improved his record to 4-8 with his impressive performance, lowering his ERA to 4.22 in the process. The bullpen has been consistent all season, but never more than in this series. The Phillie relievers have gone 5.1 innings shutout innings thus far in Milwaukee.

The Phils will look to sweep the Brewers tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park. David Buchanan goes for the Phillies against Matt Garza for the Brewers.

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