The Phils win a close one as Brad Lidge records his second straight save with the bases loaded as the Phils sweep the Rockies, 5-4.
The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jason Giambi hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Heerera, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Carlos Gonzalez’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, on to second base. Ryan Spilborghs made it 2-0 Rockies with an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez, while sending Giambi to second. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run triple, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Greg Dobbs’ double, and Dobbs, who had just doubled. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had reached first on a miss catch error committed by first baseman Giambi, and with still one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grounder to Giambi, who then committed his second error of the inning, this one a throwing error to second base, allowing Blanton to reach second, and Rollins to reach first, while Schneider scores, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Schneider’s walk, then went to third on pinch hitter Cody Ransom’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Ransom’s sac bunt, to third base. The Phils then made it 5-2 Phils as Raul Ibanez follows with an RBI single, scoring Schneider, while sending Polanco up to second base. In the ninth, the Rockies made it a close game as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Seth Smith hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Miguel Olivo, who had earlier doubled, to make it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. The Rockies then loaded up the bases on a Herrera walk, a Gonzalez single, sending Herrera to second, a Brad Lidge wild pitch, sending the runners to second and third, and an intentional walk to Giambi, with still two men out, before Brad Lidge recorded his tenth save by getting Spilborghs to ground out, 1-3, for the final out.
Joe Blanton gets the win as he goes six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 5.85 ERA. Chad Durbin gets his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero collects his sixth hold of the season as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge receives his tenth save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Jason Hammel took the lost as he pitches only five and a third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA. Randy Flores and Taylor Buchholz combines for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Flores) and a walk (Buchholz), while striking out three (Flores (1), Buchholz (2)) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a double, scoring two runs. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez, Gload and Victorino’s hits being singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Schneider’s hit was a two-run double. Jimmy Rollins knocked in the other Phil’s run on a throwing error. The offense had enough hits yesterday to squeak out the win.
The Phils (53-46, 2nd NL East) continue their home stand with a three-game set against the Diamondbacks (37-62, 5th NL West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.40), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on July 22, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he had gone 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched twenty-two and two-thirds innings, giving up just one run on fifteen hits and six walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be going for his eighth win, while trying to pitch his four straight game of giving up one run or less to his opponents. The D-backs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (5-9, 4.58), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 3-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on sixteen hits and four walks, while he had struck out thirteen. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be going for their sixth win in a row and their ninth straight win at home, while hoping to feast on the last place D-backs.