Phils Crush Cards

Ryan Howard watches his three-run home run in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.

So, yeah, the Phillies still can hit.

They struggled this week in Florida to put runs on the board, but had no such problems last night in a 20-2 victory over the Cardinals. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, just the seventh time in Phillies history that has happened.

The others:

  • Sept. 30, 1977, vs. Montreal, second inning, Greg Luzinski, Richie Hebner, Garry Maddox.
  • Aug. 17, 1985, vs. Chicago, seventh inning. Juan Samuel, Glenn Wilson, Mike Schmidt.
  • July 26, 1987, vs. Atlanta, eighth inning. Milt Thompson, Von Hayes, Schmidt.
  • April 28, 1999, vs. Cincinnati, first inning. Scott Rolen, Rico Brogna, Ron Gant.
  • May 4, 2004, vs. St. Louis, fifth inning, Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome, Burrell.
  • May 18, 2004, vs. Los Angeles, fourth inning, Abreu, Burrell, Thome.

Strange that hadn't happened before 1977.


Keep your eyes open this weekend. Cardinals reliever Russ Springer hit Howard with a pitch in the eighth inning and was ejected by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. Charlie Manuel hinted that he believed that Springer threw at Howard intentionally.

"Ryan stands way off the plate," he said. "That's all I've got to say."


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