The Phils come up short as they lose their second straight game to the D-backs, 7-5.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a triple. The D-backs tied it up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gerardo Parra hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Juan Miranda’s walk, while sending Miranda, who had just walked, to third base. The D-backs then took a 3-1 lead as Daniel Hudson hits a two-run double, knocking in both Miranda and Parra. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had been safe on a force out, 6-unassisted, as Shane Victorino, who had just singled, was wiped out at second base, then went to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 3-2, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to third base. The D-backs got the run back in their half of the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Justin Upton’s ground out, 5-3, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. The D-backs then made it a 5-2 lead as with Drew now on third base, after going to second on Montero’s ground out, 6-3, and then going to third on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch, and with two men out, he would score on Ryan Roberts’ RBI single. The Phils then cut the lead to 5-3 D-backs in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Pete Orr’s single. The D-backs got that run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Roberts hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 6-3 D-backs’ lead. The D-backs made it 7-3 in the seventh as, with man on, and with two men out, Uption hits an RBI single, scoring Johnson, who earlier had an infield single, thanks to David Herndon not covering first base on his grounder to Howard, stealing second base, then reaching third on Herndon’s wild pitch. The Phils then cut the D-backs’ lead to 7-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just singled. But that would be it as David Hernandez ended the game by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to right.
Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) took the lost as he pitched only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. Kyle Kendrick followed with two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Zagurski then pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a wild pitch and a walk. Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64) got the win as he pitch six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. Sam Demel recieved his second hold of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Joe Paterson pitched to one batter, walking him. Esmerling Vasquez collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. David Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out one. Oswalt was taken out of the game early when it was seen that he just did not have his best stuff.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Triple, Single), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The offense had their first ten+ hits game in a while, but they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it, spoiling a lot of scoring opportunities, with Francisco and Raul Ibanez being the main culprits.
The Phils (15-8, 2nd East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (10-12, 4th West) with an afternoon game at Chase Field. The game will start at 3:40 pm EDT (12:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 22, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up only four hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying to avoid the sweep, while hoping that last night’s game was an indication that the offense was waking up. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 4-1 lost. He is still loking for his first win of the year. The Phils hope to leave Phoenix with a win, while hoping that last night’s game will be a start of an offensive eruption.