Ibanez's Birthday Present to Philly — A Win

"It's your birthday, it's not your birthday, I've had 37 of them. They tend to be less of a big deal," Ibanez said of his performance. 

But what was a big deal was how Ibanez celebrated his birthday -- with one hell of a game -- he had two homers and drove in five runs obviously playing a major part in the Phils 10-5 win over the Padres and in the Major League debut of Antonio Bastardo.

"It's great we won, first and foremost, and the kid threw a great game," Ibanez said. "He did a phenomenal job."

The Phils' 23-year-old left-hander took the mound with a 4-0 lead thanks to Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, who was suffering from upper respiratory infection and left the game after the first inning.

And it was all down hill from there, the Phillies kept piling it on kept piling it on after Peavy was gone. Ibanez, in his first season with Philadelphia, hit his 200th and 201st career homers -- both two-run shots -- and Greg Dobbs also connected for Philadelphia, which won its fifth straight game. Ibanez has 19 homers this season.

Bastardo, on the otherhand, held the Padres to one run and four hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one -- his only mistake was allowing Adrian Gonzalez's major league-leading 22nd homer.

"As the game progressed I felt better, more relaxed, more confidence from the third inning on," Bastardo said.

Bastardo (1-0) was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and takes Brett Myers' spot in the rotation. Myers will have hip surgery on Thursday that likely will end his season.

"His adrenaline was going," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He was in a rush. You couldn't have slowed him down if you wanted to. But he did one thing real good -- he was aggressive and he wasn't afraid to throw the ball."

Manuel said Bastardo has a good changeup and breaking ball, but was gripping them too tight.

"His fastball, he threw enough strikes and everything," Manuel said. "He did a super job, but he did it with one pitch."

Ryan Madson came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth and got Kevin Kouzmanoff to hit into a force, earning his second save in as many chances.

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