One day after seeing J.A. Happ lose his first game because of a lack of offense, the Phils’ bats had a late innings uprising as the Phils crush the redbirds, 14-6, winning the season series and evening the present series at one win apiece. The Phils increased their lead to six and a half games over both the Marlins and Braves as both teams lose their games.
The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, over to third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, as Jayson Werth was walked, moving Ibanez up to second base, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Ibanez, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Cardinals then began to chip away at the lead. In the second, Ryan Ludwick made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead by hitting a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Cards would then make it 3-2 in the fourth as, with runners on the corners and nobody out, Rick Ankiel hits a grounder to first for the inning’s first out, 3-unassisted. After he had looked Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Ludwick’s single, back, Ryan Howard tried to throw to Jimmy Rollins so that he could double up Ludwick with a tag. Unfortunately, because of how Ludwick was running on the inside of the base path, Howard threw it too far to avoid hitting him, thus committing a throwing error, allowing Ludwick to be safe at second and Holliday to score. The Cardinals then tied the score up at three-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Julio Lugo hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier doubled. In the sixth, the Cardinals took the lead as, with one man out, Ankiel hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it 4-3 Cardinals. The Phils then struck back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Werth, a single by Feliz, moving Werth up to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, moving up a base both Werth and Feliz, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grand slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Feliz and Dobbs before him, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Victorino followed him with a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. The Cardinals would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and two men out, Holliday hits an RBI double, knocking in Schumaker, who had reached base earlier on Howard’s second error of the game, and then moved up to second on Albert Pujols’ single, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Pujols, who had singled earlier, over to third. The Phils then proceeded to put the game away in their half of the seventh. With two men on, and one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second as Feliz was hit by the pitch, and then stole third, making it 9-5 Phils, while Feliz moved up to second. Two batters later, now with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Feliz, who had gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ force out, 4-6, wiping out Ruiz at second, giving the Phillies a 10-5 lead, while sending Stairs on to third. Victorino followed with a two-run single, scoring both Stairs and Rollins, making it a 12-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Utley got on base with a walk, moving Victorino up to second, Howard joined the hit parade by hitting a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as the Phils batted around. The Cardinals scored one last run in the ninth as, with a runner on third and noone out, Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Lugo, who had earlier tripled. That would be the final score as Steven Register finally ended the game by getting Mark DeRosa to pop out to Rollins with runners on the corners and two men out.
Rodrigo Lopez got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out only two batters. His record is now 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only two hits, while he struck out two. Steven Register pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Kyle Lohse pitched a no-decision, as he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in only four innings of work. Trever Miller pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jason Motte committed his third blown save of the year as he took the lost, as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. His record is now 3-4 with an ERA of 5.70. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Josh Kinney pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Thompson pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit.
The Phillies’ bats erupted for fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, with one of them being a solo home run, as he knocked in three runs, raising his batting average to .318. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits apiece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a double, while another was a grand slam home run, as he knocked in five runs, his career high, while Ibanez plated an RBI, and Feliz knocked in two. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each had a hit, as Howard’s hit was a double, knocking in two runs. Ruiz knocked in the Phils’ other run, as the offense erupted for eleven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. They will now be going for the series win this afternoon.
The Phillies (55-40, 1st National League East), will conclude their home stand with an afternoon game against the Cardinals (53-47, 1st National League Central). The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up only one run on five hits, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his seventh win while trying to end the present home stand on a winning note. The Cards will counter with Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on July 21, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to keep the Cardinals in first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be going for the series win, and end a successful home stand on a high note before they head out west.