Phillies get pitching & win, but lose two outfielders…

There’s so much going on with the Phillies right now that even Dugan, my sister’s 5 month old Golden Retriever, is wiped out.

But that could also be the humidity. Hard to say.

Last night in Chicago versus the Cubs, the Mighty Cole Hamels pitched 8 innings of 3 hit ball to shut down one of the league’s hottest teams. The Fightin’ Phils won 4-1, also aided by Aaron Rowand and newly acquired 2nd baseman, Tadahito Iguchi homeruns. Fresh of the Disabled List, Brett Myers came in to close the game.

Yet as with most ups with the Phils, there are downs. Both Speedy Shane Victorino and Speedier Michael Bourne went down with injuries, prompting GM Pat Gillick to get back on the phone, only hours after completeing a deal for Reds’ pitcher Kyle Lohse, to find himself a new outfielder.

But all in all, things are good on the home front. The Phils have won 9 out of 10 games and are now in second place in the NL East, trailing the Mets by only 1 1/2 games.

The Braves, now in third place, made a big move yesterday when they traded for Rangers’ first baseman, Mark Texiera. Yet as far as we now, Texiera can’t pitch and therefore will do absolutely nothing to help the battered Braves bullpen.

The Phils are in Chicago both tonight and tomorrow, with Lohse scheduled to make his first start tomorrow night. Lohse is kind of an enigma. His record is 6-12 and he has an ERA almost touching 5.00, but he also had the 3rd worse run support in the National League.

Only time will tell.

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