A strong outing by both Roy Oswalt and the offense led to a sweep of the Astros, the first time the Phils open the season with three wins at home since 1970, as they defeat the Astros, 7-3.
The Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and the first this year for the Phils, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked and stopped at second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, would stop at third. The Astros got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-1. The Astros then made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Carlos Lee, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out Pence, who had earlier singled, at second base, then stopped at third base on Bill Hall’s double, while sending Hall, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils made it a 6-2 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, then moved up to third on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 6-4, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sac bunt, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 7-2 lead as rookie Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, his first career hit and his first career RBI, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Astros would make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Humberto Quintero hits into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Chris Johnson, who had just singled, while Wallace, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Johnson’s single, scored. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get Jason Michaels to fly out to right for the final out.
Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He is now 10-0 at Citizens Bank Park. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Bud Norris (0-1,11.25) took the lost as he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Aneury Rodriguez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Mark Melancon and Jeff Fulchino combine for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Melancon (2), Fulchino (1)) and two walks (Fulchino), while striking out one (Fulchino), between them.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (2 Singles, Home Run, 1 RBI) lead the team with three hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and Jimmy Rollins (Singles) followed with two hits each. Michaels Martinez (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single) and pinch hitter Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The offense, in the first three games, have had a total of thirty-seven hits, only eight of which were extra-base hits (6 2Bs, 2 HRs), as they scored a total of twenty-one runs, mostly through singles.
Shane Victorino, after being taken out of the game, pinch hit for Roy Oswalt in the sixth, before playing center field for the last three innings. Hopefully this will mean that things are not as bad with his legs as it sounded last night. We shall see.
The Phils (3-0, 1st) will continue their home stand with three games against the New York Mets (2-1, T-2nd), starting Tuesday night at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 12-11 2010, with a 3.06 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a 4-0 start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 2-0, 0.90 ERA 2010 season with the Padres.