Thursday, May 13, 2010

Miguel Olivo's five hit lifts Rox

Miguel Olivo is the next Phillie killer apparently. Where in the world did a 5-5 game, including an extra inning walk-off home run, come from? Especially with Roy Halladay starting the game.

The night cap was washed out by rain and snow, ending the series in a 1-1 tie for now. The Phils took the opener in another close game, 9-5, which featured a Ross Gload pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth as the Phillies went on to take the series opener.

Roy Halladay was pitching in the seventh with a 3-1 lead yesterday when some shoddy defense and a Brad Hawpe triple tied the score. Halladay was removed after 6.1, his shortest outing as a Phillie.

Carlos Ruiz was removed from the game as he labored around the bases after a Wilson Valdez double. Ruiz is listed as day-to-day with a right knee injury. His contributions behind the dish go without saying, especially with Brian Schneider on the shelf as well, but Ruiz has been consistently producing with the bat as well. As the eight-hole hitter, Ruiz has been much more patient and led the league in on base percentage. After Juan Castro's injury propelled Chooch to the seven hole, he produced. Batting .345 with an on base percentage of .472, he's also drawn 21 walks and knocked in 11 runs. Hopefully he returns to the lineup quickly.

After an off-day today, Jamie Moyer will pitch the opener against Milwaukee and Randy Wolf on Friday.

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