It was a gorgeous weekend in Philadelphia, one that concluded with the Phillies looking like the Phillies of old.
All weekend, the team that had the best record in baseball last year decided to show up. Just like they have done since the trade deadline.
Friday, Kyle Kendrick pitched beautifully. (Yes, I said that.) Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard came through with some big hits. The bullpen pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. (Ok, so Charlie Manuel completely went Tony LaRussa on the bullpen by using 6 pitchers, but it worked, so whatever.)
For the first time, in a long time, they looked like a relaxed team that would win.
Saturday, it was Roy Halladay’s turn to dazzle on the mound. This game, Halladay looked like Halladay. It was the third time in four games that Doc pitched magnificently and it was amazing to see. When he is on, watching him pitch is a thing of beauty.
John Mayberry Jr came up with a big homerun in the 6th off of Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez knew it was gone as soon as Mayberry hit it and didn’t even look behind him, but quickly asked for a new ball.
Chase Utley had the most Utley game ever. He singled in the first to plate the first run of the game. In the 8th, Utley was hit by a pitch. He then preceded to steal second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mayberry. The only thing that would have made this perfect was if he hit a homerun somewhere during the game.