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Ibanez big part of Phillies' collective surge

Ibanez big part of Phillies' collective surge

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Ibanez big part of Phillies' collective surge
DENVER -- The Phillies offense has started its 10-game road trip on the right foot by receiving production from nearly every spot in the lineup while taking the first two games from the Rockies.

Left fielder Raul Ibanez has been one of those contributors, as he laced an RBI double in Philadelphia's 4-3 win over the Rockies on Monday. It was nothing new for Ibanez, who has driven in 26 runs in the Phillies' last 23 games.

After hitting .211 in June, Ibanez batted .284 in July and he has begun August in similar fashion. But the outfielder isn't taking much time to reflect on his own surge at the plate.

"I don't really talk about my own stuff, but I will tell you about our team, and I think collectively we've been getting guys on base and driving guys in when we need to," he said. "For me, it's just see it, hit it, basic stuff."

Ibanez, hitting .333 with two home runs over his last 10 games, likes what he has seen from the Phillies offense, a unit that appears to be refreshed by the addition of Hunter Pence.

"We've been swinging the bats well as a group," he said. "Hopefully that can continue."

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