Seven runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings, including a career first grand-slam home run by pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz, gives the Phils a 10-2 win over the Braves.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino who had started the game off with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, after Brandon Beachy had moved Freeman up to second base with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, the Braves took the lead as Martin Prado hits a single to right, which Francisco misfielded for an error, allowing Freeman to score, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two man out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Braves then tried to regain the lead in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a single by Chipper Jones, and walks to Brian McCann and Dan Uggla, with two men out. But Roy Oswalt got out of the inning by getting Jason Heyward to pop up to the third baseman for the inning’s final out. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Ibanez, a pinch hit single by pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. sending Ibanez over to third base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving Mayberry, Jr. up to second base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a pinch hit grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, knocking in Ibanez, Mayberry, Jr. and Vadez, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. Three batters later, with a man on second, and with two men out, the Phils made it an 8-2 lead as Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then made it a 9-2 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled. The Phils then took a 10-2 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. That would be the final score, as J.C. Romero and Danys Baez would pitch a pair of scoreless innings.
Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five runs and two walks, while he struck out only two batters. David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out one (Baez). Brandon Beachy (0-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched six innings plus one batter, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. George Sherrill pitched to two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Scott Linebrink pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits,while also striking out two.
The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in a run, while scoring two, lifting his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Grand-Slam Home Run, Double, 5 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Double), Brian Schneider (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Roy Oswalt (Single), pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch hitter Michael Martinez (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils offense went back to where they had left off on Thursday, while their pinch hitters went three for three, knocking in four runs, all on Carlos Ruiz’s first career grand-slam home run.
The Phils (6-2, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Braves (4-5, 3rd) tomorrow with an afternoon game at Turner Field. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25), who is coming off a horrible start against the Mets on April 5, as he went only two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only three batters, in the Phils’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that lost. Derek Lowe (1-1, 0.77), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on April 5, as he pitched six innings, giving a run on five hits and three walks, while he struck out seven, in the Braves’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to give the Braves the series win. The Phils will be going for their third series win, while looking to see if Hamels will bounce back from his previous start.