Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Two On The Road

Shane Victorino failed to hustle in the third inning on a double by Chase Utley and was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. In the tenth inning he made amends, hitting a game-winning solo home run as the Phils beat Colorado 4-3 in the opener of a ten-game road trip.

Victorino's redemption wouldn't have been possible if John Mayberry, down to his and the Phillies' last strike in the top of the ninth trailing 3-1 hadn't homered with a man on to tie the score and set the stage for the extra inning heroics.

Just further reminders that Shane is a very good player who could be even better were it not for his occasional mental lapses and that Mayberry is a seldom-used part-timer who should be given more chances. His manager could start by platooning Mayberry with Raul Ibanez.

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