The Phils lose their second straight game to the Astros, this time in extra-innings, 4-2, as another strong effort by Cole Hamels is wasted.
The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits a two-run home run, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Phils would cut the lead down to 2-1 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, as he scored the first run in four starts that the Phils had scored while Hamels was on the mound. In the ninth, the Phils tied it up at two-all as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, sending the game into extra innings. The game would go on, with neither team being able to do anything, before the top of the sixteenth, when, with the bases loaded, thanks to a high chop single over the head of David Herndon by Pence, Brett Wallace being hit by the pitch, moving Pence to second base, a wild pitch by Herndon, sending Pence and Wallace to third and second respectively, and an intentional walk to Jason Michaels, and with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a grounder that is stopped by Placido Polanco, who, after a slight bobble, throws to second, with Michaels thus being able to beat the throw to Rollins, who then tried to throw out Johnson at first, who beat the throw, leaving the bases loaded as Pence crosses the plate to give the Astros a 3-2 lead, while Wallace reached third, as Johnson is credited with an RBI infield single. The Astros then made it 4-2 as the next batter, Tommy Manzella hits a grounder to short, which leads to a 6-4 force out, wiping out Johnson at second for the inning’s second out, before Manzella reaches first safely as Ibanez, who had taken over first base for the earlier ejected Ryan Howard, closed his glove too soon, thus being unable to catch the ball, allowing Wallace to score, while Michaels would reach third on the play. That would end up being the final score as, in the bottom of the sixteenth, with two men on base, Polanco on second with a walk, and Chase Utley on first with an intentional walk, and with two men out, Roy Oswalt, who was also in the game because of Howard’s earlier ejection, grounded out to third, 5-3, for the final out.
Cole Hamels got a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out eight. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits (Romero (1), Contreras (2), Madson (2)) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out five (Romero (1), Lidge (2), Madson (1), Baez (1)). David Herndon took the lost, as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA. Bud Norris also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Tim Byrdak collects his seventh hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Gustavo Chacin collects his third hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez records his second blown save of the year as he gives up a run on one hit. Fernando Abad and Mark Melancon combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Melancon (2)) and two walks (Melancon) between them, while striking out six (three batters each). Jeff Fulchino gets the win as he pitches two shut out innings, giving up just three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-0 with a 6.18 ERA.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Polano, Utley and Werth’s hits all being singles, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a solo home run, and with Victorino’s hit being a single. The Phils seems to be having their offensive troubles again.
The Phils (70-55, 2nd East) continue their series with the Astros (56-69, 4th Central) 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 their ace Roy Halladay (16-8, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 20, as he went seven innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts his record is 3-0, where he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-two. He will be trying for his seventh straight win, while seeing if he can add to his sixteen innings scoreless streak. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil J.A. Happ (3-2, 3.54), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on August 20, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 9-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and ten walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to defeat his old ballclub. The Phils will see if they can do better against Happ than they did against Brett Myers on Monday.