Despite the woeful hitting so far in 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies established an April record on the last day of the month by winning their 18th game.
With their 18-8 mark, the Phillies conclude April with the best record in the major leagues. The Phillies’ previous high for wins in the month of April was the ’93 season, when the team went 17-5. That year, the Phillies went on to play in the World Series.
Today’s 2-1 win over the New York Mets came courtesy of Roy Halladay’s 60th career complete game and late-inning hitting by John Mayberry, Jr. and Placido Polanco.
The Phillies lead the NL East by one game over the Florida Marlins (16-8). The Phillies lead both the Colorado Rockies (16-8) and Marlins by one game in all of the National League, and the 17-8 Cleveland Indians are one-half a game back for the best record in baseball.