The Phils score the winning run in the eighth with small ball as they score a series split with the Marlins, as they win 3-2.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then increased their lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second base on a delayed steal, then went to third on catcher John Buck’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, to second base. The Marlins cut the lead in half in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mike Stanton hits an RBI single, scoring Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 6-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all two batters later, as, with runners on the corners, thanks to Gaby Sanchez’s single sending Stanton to third, and with still one man out, Logan Morrison hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton. The Phils then regain the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, who had reached first base on a fielding error by Morrison, stopped at second base on Ben Francisco’s single, then went to third on Ibanez’s force out, 6-4, as Francisco, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base, while upsetting second baseman Infante enough to delay the throw to first, allowing Ibanez to reach first, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his third save of the year, as he got Infante, with runners on second and third, to ground out, 6-3, to end the game.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jose Contreras picked up his third save of the season, as he gave up two walks. Anibal Sanchez also got a no-decision as he gave up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. Ryan Webb (0-2, 2.79) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on two hits. Hamels pitched well enough to win, but got a no-decision because the offense early got too eager against the Marlins’ starter Sanchez.
The Phils’ offense had eight hits today, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. He was followed by Ben Francisco, who had two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hit. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The offense appeared to have start slowing down, but they have once again gotten enough runs to win the game.
The Phils (10-4, 1st NL East) will now begin a three-game series with the Brewers (7-7, T-3rd NL Central) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on April 12, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while giving the Phils their first series opening win since opening day. The Brewers will counter with Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Brewers’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to get his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start this series off with a win.