As Joe Blanton pitched another quality start, the Phils’ bats performed a home run clinic as four different batters each hit a two-run home run, in the Phillies’ 9-2 rout of the Cardinals.
The Cardinals took a quick lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Matt Holiday hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, while Pujols, who had just singled, tagged up to second base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, while Utley, who had earlier singled, moved up to second. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and one man out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Cards would get a run back in the fifth as, with one man out, Mark DeRosa hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phillies then preceeded to perform their home run clinic. In the Phils’ half of the fifth, with a runner on, and one man out, Howard hits a two-run bomb to center that bounce off the wall, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. In the sixth, with a man on, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins slugged a two-run home run to right, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had reached base on a throwing error by Cards’ shortstop Lugo, and then went to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, making it 7-2 Phils. The Phils then made it 9-2 in the seventh, as, with one man on, and one out, Raul Ibanez joined the home run show by hitting a two-run shot of his own to left, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Howrad, who had earlier singled. While the Phils’ bats were crushing the redbirds, Blanton was pitching another quality start as he went eight innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, along with the two runs, as he struck out six Cardinals. Brad Lidge then came in to shut down the Cardinals in the ninth.
Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk as he struck out six. His record is now 7-4 with an ERA of 4.11. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit as he struck out a batter. Todd Wellemeyer took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Blake Hawksworth pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out two.
The Phils pounded out thirteen hits in the game, with both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits each, with both batters hitting a two-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits a piece, while Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako got the other three hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being two-run home runs. The Phils once again out hit their opponent, as they won the home stand.
The Phillies (56-40, 1st National League East) start a week-long road trip by starting a three-games series with the Diamondbacks (43-56, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (9-7, 5.65), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on July 22, as he was only able to pitch five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-5 lost. He will once again be trying for his tenth win of the seaon. The D-backs will counter with Jon Garland (5-9, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while seeing if he can survive the Phils. The Phillies will be trying for another series win, before they go on to meet the Giants in San Francisco.