Cole Hamels finally receive his tenth win of the season as the bats go wild on the Marlins as the Phils end up routing Florida, 14-2.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, and sending Howard on to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as, after Carlos Ruiz had reloaded the bases with a single, moving Howard to third base and sending Ibanez up to second base, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Ibanez and Ruiz, while sending Brown on to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins would get onto the scoreboard in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Mike Stanton, who had just tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI infield single, beating out second baseman Omar Infante’s throw to pitcher Jose Ceda, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then proceeded to put the game out of reach in the ninth. Brown started the inning off with a single. After Valdez lined out to center for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco put men on second and third with a pinch hit double, as Brown stopped at third. Rollins is then intentionally walked to load the bases. This move backfired as Martinez hits a three-run triple, knocking in Brown, Francisco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. After John Mayberry, Jr. strikeouts, swinging, for the inning’s second out, Howard give the Phils a 12-2 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Martinez. Ibanez then ended the Phils’ scoring as he hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 14-2 lead. That would be the final score as Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless ninth, although loading the bases via singles to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Bryan Pattersen, sending Dobbs to third, and hitting Infante with a pitch, sending Patterson up to second base, and with two men out, by getting Gaby Sanches to pop out to Rollins for the final out.
Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40) gets the win by pitching eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and hit a batter, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (4-8, 5.46) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Ceda pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitched three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out one.
The Phils exploded for eighteen hits, the most hits for the season, so far, with Jimmy Rollins (3 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with four hits each. Raul Ibanez (2 Singles, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with three hits, while Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) had two hits. Michael Martinez (Triple, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense produced 12 singles, three doubles, a triple and two home runs against Marlins’ pitching.
The Phils (55-32, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (38-48, 5th) with a night game tonight at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-6 come from behind win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to a series sweep against the fish. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.30), who is coming off a lost to the Rangers on July 1, as he pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 15-5 lost. He will be trying to help the fish avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Marlins before heading back to Philadelphia.