The Phillies’ offense scored seen runs in the first three innings, helping to ease Rodrigo Lopez’s return to the major leagues as he pitched six shut out innings against the Mets as the Phils defeat their main rival in the East, 7-2. The win puts them in sole control of first place, a full game ahead of the Marlins who had lost to the Pirates.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then went on to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, would move on to third base. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ryan Howard, which moved Utley up to second, and one out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while moving Howard up to second. The Phils would make it 4-0 in the second as, with a runner on third, and one out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who had earlier tripled. The Phils would bust the game open in the third as Jayson Werth started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on second and third, and two men out, Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Paul Bako’s double, and Bako, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the last run to be scored by the Phils, as the Mets’ starter, Livan Hernandez, would be taking out in the fourth after loading up the bases, and the Mets’ bullpen would not give up a hit to the Phils until the eighth inning. In the meantime, the Phils’ starter, Rodrigo Lopez, making his first major league start since 2007, was having his way with the Mets, shutting them out for the first six innings, giving up only three hits and a walk before the seventh inning. In that inning, the Mets would finally get on the board as, with one man on, and one man out, Nick Evans hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Church, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Brian Schneider hits an RBI ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference, scoring Evans from second base, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Lopez with Chan Ho Parks, as Lopez left to an obvation from the fans. Park proceeded to end the Mets’ threat with two straight strikeouts, before pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Ryan Madson then came in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, helped by a catch of Schneider’s liner to left by John Mayberry, Jr. for the inning’s second out.
Rodrigo Lopez got the win, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. His record is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez took the lost, as he went three innings plus three batters, giving up all seven runs on ten hits and four walks, while only striking out two. His record is now 5-4 with a 4.56 ERA. Pat Misch, Bobby Parnell and Elmer Dessens pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Misch), while striking out four batters (Misch (3), Parnell (1)) between them.
The Phils’ bats had eleven hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, raising his batting average to .299. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins (who appears to be getting his grove back) and Chase Utley, with both men having two hits, as they both knocked in two runs. Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Paul Bako had the other four Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run. Greg Dobbs knocked in the other two Phils’ runs. After being keep in check by the Braves’ pitching staff, the Phils’ bats erupted for ten hits and seven runs in the first four innings before they were finally stopped by the Mets’ bullpen. Hopefully they can do the same to tonight’s Mets’ starter.
The Phillies (40-37, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Mets (39-40, 3rd) today with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 4:05 pm and it will be nationally televised by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (6-6, 6.05) who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 28, pitching five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win, as he won his 252nd career victory in his long career. He will be trying to become the Phils’ first seven game winner. The Mets will oppose him with Fernando Nieve (3-1, 2.25), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 28, as he pitched only three and one-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and one walk, while striking out only one batter, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to get back on the winning track. The Phils will be going for their first home series win against a team that is not named the Nationals, while doing so before a national audience.