Getting Back That Championship Drive

More than the weather was heating up this weekend

Lost in the shuffle this weekend as the Flyers tanked, The Sixers split and the Eagles drafted were the Phillies.

The Fightin Phils swam into Miami Friday below .500 -- 4.5 games behind the Marlins and scuffling through another April. They left Sunday after sweeping the Fish above .500 -- just 1.5 games back in the NL East.

Yes, it's only April but seeing the Phils win big games early in this season is a great sign that this team still has that championship drive.

The greatest feat for the Phils is that they won each game against the Marlins in a different way.

Friday Brett Myers quickly gave up three runs before settling in and the offense didn't dent the scoreboard. Entering the ninth inning the Phils looked finished.

But, with one swing of Shane Victorino's bat a deficit became a lead -- Phils come from behind to hook the Fish 7-3.

Saturday the Phils and Marlins battled into the ninth again. The Phils needed one and got one to tie the game before taking down the Marlins in extra innings.

The Phils then blew the Fish out of the water Sunday. Jamie Moyer continued his mastery of the Marlins' young lineup and the offense erupting on the way to a 13-2 rout.

It got so bad for the Marlins Sunday that they used outfielder Cody Ross to pitch the ninth inning.

Everything isn't perfect, though, in red pinstripes.

The Phils still have plenty of problems like Jimmy Rollins' slump, Cole Hamels' slow start and Brad Lidge's sudden shakiness, to name a few. But, this team showed this weekend in Florida that they are the World F'in Champions -- that they could take any team's best shot.

So, savor this win streak and just enjoy the ride. These Phillies might not repeat, but they sure will try.

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