Phillies 8, Red Sox 2: Cole Hamels emerged victorious on a night when tater tots were flying out of the yard with great frequency. Revitalized slugger Ryan Howard had two of the tots as a side dish for his husky triple, while shortstop Jimmy Rollins collected his 28th career leadoff homer in the first.The Red Sox hit back to back solo ding-dongs in the fifth by Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew but Hamels' six other innings pitched were scoreless.
You know, Ryan Howard is tied for second in the NL with 19 homers and tied for first in RBIs with 63. Poor Pat Burrell has no RBI opportunities anymore because RyHo is knocking in all the runners and then clogging them with his girth. Since May 9th, when his batting average was .167 and his OPS was a measly .608, Howard has 11 tater tots, 41 RBI, and has raised his OPS almost 200 points.