Raul Ibanez Ends The Phillies's 30-Inning Scoreless Streak

Lauren HerroldContributor IMay 29, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 2: Left fielder Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a ground ball to first base during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on May 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 11-5. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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It’s finally over.

After 30 innings and 38 innings against starting pitchers, the Phillies finally ended their slump and put numbers on the board.

In Friday night’s game against the Marlins the Phillies came back to end their no run streak as well as their 5 game losing streak, beating the Marlins 3-2.

Raul Ibanez knocked in Ryan Howard on a triple to right-centerfield. This successfully ended the slump that they’ve been in since the ninth inning of last Sunday’s game against the Red Sox. Without the runs off of Boston’s Ramon Ramirez in the ninth, they would have been scoreless 50 innings in a row.

Their 30 innings without a run stretch is the longest since the Braves had 31 innings in a row back in June of 2007. Somehow the Phils managed 119 plate appearances without a single player crossing home plate.

They say a team that plays together, stays together. I guess the same holds true for a team that doesn’t play well offensively.  The Phillies just need a spark from one player to get the whole team connecting again offensively.  They just need one player to drag them out of their slump.

When the Phillies are down offensively it seems to affect their play overall. Moral goes down.  They just need to find a balance and keep their heads up.

“We’re going to score runs,” Manuel said. “Especially when we get Jimmy back and we get that balance down through our lineup and get some guys going. We’ll score some runs. We’re definitely built to score runs, and we will.”

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