The Phils are swept for the second straight home series as they lose their third game in a row to the last place Orioles in a pitchers’ duel, losing 2-1. They will leave Philliy having been involved in one of the worst home stands in the club’s history, having won only one game in a nine-game home stand.
The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as Greg Dobbs hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ ace Cole Hamels, who would eventually strike out ten Orioles in his eight innings of work, and the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie, who would only give up three hits to the Phils during his seven innings of work. The Orioles were finally able to tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with a runner on third and two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Brian Roberts, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third. The Orioles then took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and one out, Roberts hits an RBI single, bringing home Robert Antonio, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on pinch hitter Oscar Salazar’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. That would be the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost in spite of pitching eight strong innings, giving up only two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten. His record is now 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Guthrie got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 5-7 with an ERA of 5.09. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his eleventh hold, giving up only one hit. George Sherrill recorded his fifteenth save as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Phils would get only four hits in the game, with Shane Victorino getting two of them. Greg Dobbs and Matt Stairs got the other two hits, with Dobbs knocking in the team’s only run with his solo home run. The Phils will now try to regroup, hoping that they can return to winning once they are back on the road.
The Phillies (36-31, 1st National League East) have the day off today. They will resume play tomorrow in Tampa Bay, as they continue their involvement in Interleague Play, trying to both end their six-game slide and their inability to do well in Interleague Play.