The Phillies’ offense has finally done something that it hasn”t done in a long time: knock a starter out of a ball game that they’d turned into a laugher, as they defeated Greg Maddux for the third time this year, while defeating the Dodgers, 8-1. The Dodgers wuld score their only run of the game in the first inning as Andre Ethier would give the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead with a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phillies would take the lead in the fourth, when, with a man on first and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit his thirty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Pat Burrell, who has gotten on base with a walk, to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. They would increase their lead in the fifth as Chris Coste would hit a RBI single, knocking in Greg Dobbs, who has earlier singled, went to second on Russell Martin’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and would go to third on Jayson Werth’s single, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. In the meantime, Kyle Kendrick would settle down against the Dodgers, after throwing up a large number of pitches in the first two innings, ending up giving up only three hits, two walks and a hit batter, before being lifted in the sixth with runners on first and second and two outs. Chad Durbin would then end the inning by getting Martin to fly out. The Phillies would then break the game wide open in their half of the sixth. Burrell would start the inning off with a single. One out later, he would go to second on Shane Victorino’s single. Dobbs would follow with the third single of the inning, loading up the bases. Normally, that would be it for the Phils, as the next batter or two would make outs, ending the inning with no runs scored. But not last night as Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Burrell, to make it 4-1 Phillies, leaving runners on the corners with two outs as Victorino would move up to third on the late throw home. Coste would then break the game wide open as he would hit a three-run shot off of Dodgers’ starter Greg Maddux, who has originally coasted along in the first three and two-thirds innings, his ninth home run of the year, scoring both Victorino and Dobbs, to give the Phillies a 7-1 lead. And that would be it for Maddux, as he would be taken out of the game by Joe Torre for Tanyon Sturtze, who would end the inning by getting a pop out. The Phils would then add one more run in the seventh as Chase Utley would hit his thirty-first home run of the year, a solo shot, to make it an 8-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the ball game, as Durbin, Ryan Madson and Scott Eyre would together shut the Dodgers down for the last three innings, giving up only two hits (Durbin and Eyre one hit each.) between them.
Kyle Kendrick would get the win as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up only an earned run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 11-7 with a 4.87 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch one and a third innings of scoreless ball, giving up only one hit. Ryan Madson and Scott Eyre would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit between them (Eyre). Greg Maddux would take the lost as he also pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 6-10, with three of those loses coming at the hand of the Phillies, with a 4.25 ERA. Tanyon Sturtze would pitch one third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Ramon Troncoso would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit, Chase Utley’s home run.
The Phillies’ bat would come out to play, busting loose on Greg Maddux, after spending the first three and two-thirds innings swinging at either the first or second pitch that he would throw at each batter. Except for the returning Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins, each of the starters would collect at least one hit, with Greg Dobbs and Chris Coste leading the way with two hits each. The offense would get ten hits total, including three home runs, their first ten hit game since early in the month. Is the offense finally here? I’m going to wait before saying yes or no. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick, after throwing long pitch counts in the first two innings, would finally settle down to pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up only three hits to the Dodgers, before being lifted in the sixth inning. The bullpen would then come in to shut the Dodgers down, giving up only two hits in the last three and a third innings. And, ironically, the person to thank for this isn’t Jamie Moyer, its the man that he defeated last night, Greg Maddux, who Moyer suggested that he talk to after his fiasco last Saturday night, which he did before last Sunday’s game. Hey, Maddux, if you did give the kid a lot of advice on how to pitch, thank you for doing so, even if it did come back to bite you. 🙂
The Phillies (69-59) will continue their four games series with the Dodgers (65-63, 2nd National League West) this afternoon, in a game being televised on Fox Sports. The game will be played in Citizens Bank Park and will start at 3:55 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (10-8, 3.22), who is coming off a brilliant win against the Padres on August 17, where he went eight innings, giving up only one earned run on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 8-3 win. He has already faced the Dodgers this year, on August 12, as he received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for win number eleven, while hoping that the bats are indeed back and that the bullpen won’t blow the save this time. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.59), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, this one against the Brewers, on August 17, as he went six innings, giving up just an earned run on eight hits, in the Dodgers’ 7-5 win. He faced the Phillies once already this season, getting a no-decision on August 12, as he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win. He hopes to even his record while trying to put the Phillies’ bats back to sleep.
The Phillies are still two and a half games behind the Mets as they defeated the Astros last night. They are still three and a half games ahead of the Marlins as the fish beat the D-backs last night. The Phillies will be trying to stay even with the Mets, hoping to gain some ground this weekend before their visit during the week.