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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-28

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-28
--1B Ryan Howard hit a grand slam in the fifth inning Monday night. It brought the Phillies back from a 6-2 deficit and was the sixth bases-loaded homer of Howard's career, tying him with Bobby Abreu, Willie Jones, Chuck Klein and Cy Williams for the second-most in franchise history. Mike Schmidt holds the franchise record with seven grand slams. "With this team, we're never out of it," Howard said of the Phillies' comeback ability (they have come from behind in nine of their 10 wins). "We have the type of hitters, from top to bottom in our lineup, who can produce. We're never out of a game."

--LF Raul Ibanez has inspired a new chant at Citizens Bank Park: "Ra-uuuuuul!" Ibanez, who signed with the Phillies as a free agent last winter, already had endeared himself to the local fans with his hot start. He added to it Monday night with an eighth-inning grand slam that sparked another come-from-behind victory, 13-11 over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series. Ibanez leads the Phillies with six homers and ranks second with 16 RBIs. "I knew I hit it far, and I was just hoping it wouldn't hook (foul)," Ibanez said. "I feel really blessed to be a part of this club. It's easily the most resilient club I've ever been a part of. We have no quit in us. We work well together."

--LHP Jamie Moyer didn't allow a home run Sunday. Neither did relievers Chad Durbin or J.A. Happ. Thus, the Phillies' streak of allowing home runs in every game this season came to a close. "Wooo-hooo!" Moyer said. "Now I'll sleep tonight." By allowing a home run in 16 consecutive games to open the season, Phillies pitchers set a major league record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

--LHP Jamie Moyer earned his 249th career victory Sunday, tying him with Vic Willis for 44th on the all-time list. He also left an impression on Florida Marlins 24-year-old LHP Graham Taylor, who walked six, allowed four runs and threw 98 pitches in 3-2/3 innings Sunday in his major-league debut. "Jamie Moyer is the type of guy I look up to," Taylor said. "Hopefully that's someone I can develop into. I'm a little like him, a strike thrower, try to keep the ball down with movement. It was nice to go head-to-head against him and actually see him in person. Definitely I will learn from that."

BY THE NUMBERS: 40 -- Through Sunday, runs scored by the Phillies in the seventh inning or later, most in the majors.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We'll be all right. We're a team that hangs around and hangs around, and when it's time to kick it in gear, we do. That's what we've done the past two years. I'm not saying that's the right way to do it, but it's definitely an excuse for right now." -- RF Jayson Werth last week after the Phillies' record fell to 6-8

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