Ryan Howard headed down the hallway toward the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon when it was mentioned that his team had led the National League in scoring in each of the last two seasons.
"I didn't know that," he said.
He just knew they scored a lot.
The Phils do score a lot, but lately it has been a little ridiculous. They beat the Colorado Rockies, 7-4, tonight and made history in the process when they tied the modern-day franchise record with 42 runs in in three games.
The Phillies beat the Houston Astros on Sunday at Minute Maid Park, 15-6, and the Rockies on Monday, 20-5.
The Phils scored 42 runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates from July 30 to Aug. 2, 1932, at Baker Bowl, where they beat the Pirates, 13-3, 18-5 and 11-6. The Phillies also scored 42 runs against the Pirates and Chicago Cubs from July 1 to 3, 1999. They lost to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, 12-7, before they beat the Cubs at Veterans Stadium, 14-1, and 21-8.
The Phillies scored an all-time franchise record 60 runs in three games against the Louisville Colonels at Baker Bowl from Aug. 15 to 17, 1894, when they beat the Colonels by 14-4, 17-3 and 29-4.
But this latest run has been nothing short of impressive. Consider for a second that the Phillies scored just one run in two games early last week against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Since then they have been swinging the bats much better. They have scored 67 runs in the last seven games (9.6 runs per game). They have hit .344 (93 for 270) in that span. In the last three games, they have hit .390 (46 for 118).
The Phillies scored four runs in the first inning and three runs in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz each knocked in two runs. Chase Utley, Geoff Jenkins and Howard also knocked in runs.
Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick could have been lost in the shuffle, but he allowed just two runs in a career-high 71/3 innings, making it one of the best starts of his career.
But as well as Kendrick pitched, the offense has been the story lately. Adam Eaton wouldn't mind if that story continued Wednesday.