On the day Roy Halladay told the world he would need shoulder surgery, the Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants. It was the first of three straight defeats. Things haven't necessarily gotten any easier lately. Carlos Ruiz also was placed on the disabled list and could be out for another month. Ryan Howard needed an MRI for a pesky left knee injury and Chase Utley will get his own MRI today on a rib cage injury that may punch him a ticket for a trip to the DL. Despite the sky falling around them in the last 2 weeks, the Phillies, remarkably, have come to life. Delmon Young launched his second home run in as many games and Cliff Lee threw his first shutout since 2011 as the Phils rolled to a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins last night. Since the aforementioned three-game skid, the Phillies have won 7 of their last 10 games. The Phils (23-24) also moved to within a game of the .500 mark for the first time since April 15, when they were 6-7. "Our record will get good if we keep winning," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Our pitching has been holding us together," said Delmon Young, who went 2-for-4. "Things haven't gone the way we've wanted this year, but we're playing better. If the pitching wasn't there from the start, we could really have a bad record right now. When you have good pitching, you always have a chance to be in ballgames and it doesn't require a high-octane offense." But it does require some offense, which Young has helped provide in leading the Phils to back-to-back wins to take the series in Miami. "I've been feeling better and putting good wood on the ball," Young said. Young's bat looked slow in the first 3 weeks since he was activated off the disabled list and he was on the wrong side of the Mendoza Line after going hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts on Monday. But Young, who was hitting .192 entering play on Tuesday, went 4-for-8 with three RBI in the last two games. In addition to hitting his second, no-doubt-about-it home run of the series last night - and the fourth or fifth ball he crushed during the series in the Marlins' spacious ballpark - Young also legged out an infield single that proved to be just as pivotal. With two outs and no one on base in the sixth inning, Young bounced a ball just to the left of Marlins pitcher Wade LeBlanc and got to first base before second baseman Derek Dietrich could make a play. Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis followed with hits as the Phils tacked on two more runs to what had been a 1-0 lead. "I'd prefer to get a clean hit so I wouldn't have to run so hard," Young joked of the hit that began the rally. "It takes a toll on the body to run sprints like that."
Delmon Young right on track
Philly.com | May 23