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A few things from last night’s 8-0 victory over the Astros:
- Asked what Ted Williams might have said about the top four hitters in the Phillies’ lineup hitting .400 or better four games into the season, Charlie Manuel replied, “I think Ted would say, ‘Hey, wait until we play 162. Let’s see if they can hit .407.’ I think that’s what he would say. He’d probably say, ‘Hey, Bush, I was the last guy to do that.’”
- The Phillies have 10 or more hits in their first four games for the first time since 1926, when they had 10 or more hits in their first five games.
- They have 10 or more his in five consecutive games, dating to their final game last season, for the first time since Sept. 13-17, 2005.
- J.A. Happ threw five scoreless innings. He is 9-2 with a 1.77 ERA on the road.
- Jimmy Rollins (.467), Placido Polanco (.579), Chase Utley (.438) and Ryan Howard (.400) are hitting a combined .471 (33 for 70) with 10 doubles, one triple, four homers, 21 RBIs, 12 walks and 21 runs scored.
- Raul Ibanez, who entered the game hitting just .091 (1 for 11), went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs. He even hit the ball hard during his sixth inning at-bat when he hit into a double play. “He was relaxed,” Manuel said. “He was very relaxed. He was taking some deep breaths and really concentrating on what he was doing. When Raul is not hitting, believe me, he tries hard and he’s his own worst enemy. He wants to (hit) so much. That’s the kind of guy he is. But that’s what drives him, too.”
- Carlos Lee is impressed: “That lineup, one through nine, it’s guys that can be All-Stars at every position. They probably could have their own All-Star team play against the American League. They’re really good hitters.”
- Manuel is told that they haven’t faced any Bob Fellers. He replied, “There’s not too many Bob Fellers anymore.” True.