Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 5/18/12

Carlos Ruiz is further making a case to be an All-Star this season. He's certainly been the Phillies' MVP so far in the absence of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. He ranks 3rd in the NL with a .363 batting average and is swinging one of the hottest bats in baseball this month.

Again tonight, Chooch carried the offensive load for the Phils. He finished with 4 hits and 3 RBI's to lead the Phillies to their 5th straight win (their longest streak of the season).

The 8-7 win over the Cubs brings the team to a 20-19 record. It's their first time being over .500 since opening day.

Roy Halladay pitched yet another impressive outing and got the win to improve his own record to 4-3 on the year.

In 8 innings pitched, he struck out 4 while allowing 7 hits and 3 ER. It seemed as though the 8-3 lead his team had heading into the 9th would all but guarantee his 4th win of the season.

But what would Phillies baseball be this year without a little scare, right? When hitting was the issue, everything else seemed to be clicking.

As of late, during this recent resurgence of offense, it's been the bullpen that's been the glaring weakness for the team.

If it weren't for Jonathan Papelbon coming in to bail out rookie Jake Diekman for his 11th save of the year, the outcome could have been different.

Diekman struggled through two thirds of the 9th, allowing 4 runs to almost squander the lead for the Phils.

But more importantly, Philadelphia finally has a winning baseball team again heading into a big weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.

The first pitch at Citizens Bank Park is set for 7:05pm tomorrow night.


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