Jayson Werth went yard twice, including the
game-winner in the ninth, as the Phillies outlasted Arizona 3-2. Raul Ibanez also went deep for the first time this season.
Beerleaguer: This was the Jayson Werth game, not only for the two home runs, but for a couple great plays in the field. Werth is making better contact than anyone in the lineup right now, slugging .633 and staying consistent basically since the opening whistle. Nelson Figueroa earns second-star honors for an effective emergency start: five innings, two runs, laboring at times, but performing about as well as one could realistically expect. However, one could make a good argument that the game was decided by four wicked innings by Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson, highlighted by Contreras striking out the side in the eighth. It would appear the Phillies have hit the mark with the Contreras experiment.
If I were to make one more observation, it would be that the Phillies clearly miss the added threat of Jimmy Rollins. Juan Castro, who left the game for precautionary reasons with a tight hammy, has done a nice job filling in, but Rollins has the ability to carry the offense on his back the way Werth did last night. They definitely miss him; their run production has dipped ever since he's gone on the DL. Shane Victorino looks shockingly out of place the way he's selecting pitches. He looks like a seven-hole hitter frankly. Maybe it's time for Charlie Manuel to try something different.
Notes: Wilson Valdez is expected to start at short today. Castro's injury is not considered serious.