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Phillies Notes: Offense comes to life during road trip
Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013, 3:01 AM
PITTSBURGH - The offense showed up during the Phillies road trip that ended with a 6-4 win Thursday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Over a 10-game stretch, the Phillies averaged 5.5 runs per game and hit .306 as a team. They also reached double-digit runs in a game for the first time this season during their only win in Los Angeles.
Predictably, manager Charlie Manuel was not entirely satisfied.
I think it was misleading because that game we had 16 runs, we had 21 hits, Manuel said. Weve been hitting better and scoring more runs, but we still have chances to knock in runs . More coveragePoll: Is Ryan Howard becoming a part-time player?Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!Forum: Will the Phillies make the playoffs?Latest Phillies videos Special section: Top 25 Phillies prospects Is Ryan Howard becoming a part-time player? Yes. His knee will keep getting worse.No. He’ll be an everyday player again soon. View results
What upset the manager most Thursday was when Chase Utley led off with a triple in the eighth inning and was left stranded there by Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and John Mayberry Jr.
When we have a man on third with nobody out, we have to score, Manuel said. I dont care what the score is. If were winning a hundred to nothing we still have to score.
With two more hits Thursday, Delmon Young had the best individual road trip, hitting .486 (17 for 35) with a home run and nine RBIs. He raised his overall average from .220 to .273.
I feel like I always did, he said. Things just arent going right to the second baseman, shortstop, or centerfielder, so Im excited for that. I think Im more tired because Im on the bases more instead of resting up in the dugout.
Manuel said he thinks Young is starting to fit in.
Hes just getting his timing down, Manuel said. Hes getting to play. Hes getting sharper. He feels more relaxed. He feels at home on our team. I like Delmon Young. I like his makeup. I can really kid with him. I can get on him. I want him to hit.
Ben Revere, 3 for 5 with two RBIs Thursday, also had a strong trip, hitting .394 (13 for 33) and raising his overall average to .290.
Aumonts struggles
Despite his struggles to throw strikes and get people out, reliever Phillippe Aumont will continue to get a chance to pitch in the big leagues, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday.
Pitching is confidence, Amaro said. Right now, he is probably feeling like he is not performing at the level of success he thinks he should have. Right now, hes going to continue to get the opportunity to pitch, but he has to perform or hes not going to keep getting that opportunity.
Aumont, 24, pitched well in 18 games for the Phillies last season, but has had command issues this year that continued when he was demoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley in late May. A rash of injuries in the bullpen brought him back to the big leagues, but he has continued to struggle.
After being charged with two runs and getting one out in Wednesday nights loss to the Pirates, Aumont talked about being tired, a strange explanation for a relief pitcher.
I had a little biceps , he said. Just really tired and dehydrated. The heat got to me a little bit. I warmed up good, then when I got out there I hit a wall - started sweating more than usual. It was a tough night.
The general manager has said he is looking for outside bullpen help, but he will also consider bringing up bullpen arms from triple-A Lehigh Valley regardless of what role theyve had for the IronPigs.
Some guys there have thrown OK, he said. Cesar Jimenez, Zach Miner. Weve been sliding guys into different roles just to see what they can do.
Miner and B.J. Rosenberg have been moved out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen.
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