The Phils’ offense produced the hits when they needed them as they supported Jamie Moyer as he becomes the first Phils’ starter to get ten wins this season as the Phils defeated the D-backs, 6-2. The Phils increased their lead in the NL East to seven games as both the Braves and the Marlins took yesterday off.
Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer pitched himself out of trouble early in the ballgame. In the bottom of the second, after the D-backs loaded the bases with three straight singles by Chris Young, Gerardo Parra and Josh Whitesell, with nobody out, Moyer got out of the inning by first striking out the D-backs’ starter Jon Garland swinging for the first out of the inning, then getting Stephen Drew to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Parra at second base. The D-back then threathen again in the third, as they put two men on base via a single to Ryan Roberts and a walk to Justin Upton, with noone out. Moyer then got out of that jam by getting Mark Reynolds to strike out swinging for the first out, then got Miguel Montero to foul out, 2, for out number two, and Young to pop out, 4, to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Garland’s throwing error on a pick off attempt, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then broke the game open in the sixth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Roberts’ fielding error of a Howard ground ball, making it 4-0 Phils, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils then loaded the bases as Jayson Werth is hit by the pitch. Feliz then hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Werth at second base for the first out of the inning, as Howard scored, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez moved to third, putting runners on the corner. Then Paul Bako came up and also hit into a force out, this time 6-4, wiping out Feliz for the second out, while Ibanez scored, making it 6-0 Phils. Meantime, after making a slight adjustment, Moyer proceeded to muzzle the D-backs for his last three and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only two hits and a walk, after having given them four hits and three walks in the first three innings. In the eighth, the D-back would finally get on the board as Reynolds would hit a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Five batters, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Parra, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Whitesell’s walk, while Whitesell moved up to third. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up six hits and four walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.32 ERA, as he won his 256th career victory. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks. His record is now 5-10 with a 4.42 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez, Clay Zavada and Leo Rosales combined for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Zavada) and one walk (Zavada), while striking out four (Vasquez (1), Zavada (2), Rosales (1)).
The Phils had only six hits in the game, making them all count, with Ibanez leading the way with two hits, raising his average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run home run. Besides Howard’s two RBIs, Rollins, Ibanez, Feliz and Paul Bako each brought home a run.
The Phillies (57-40, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the D-backs (43-57, 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 Cole Hamels (6-5, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 23, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to continue his resurgance, as he try for his fourth quailty start in five tries. The D-backs will counter with Dan Haren (10-5, 2.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 11-4 win. He will be trying for his eleventh win of the season, while planning to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be going for a series win tonight, while hoping that Hamels has finally rounded the corner and is headed for his October form.