Cliff Lee awful second inning ends the latest Phils chance at a sweep as they lose to the Padres, 5-4.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then go on to third on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Howard, who had just singled, is thrown out at the plate, 9-4-2, ending the inning, on a play that likely ended up deciding the game’s outcome. The Padres tied it up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rob Johnson hits an RBI double, scoring Jesus Guzman, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Orlando Hudson’s ground out, 4-3. Two batters later, with the runner still on second base, and now with two men out, Chris Denorfia gave the Padres the lead with an RBI single, scoring Johnson, who beat the thrown home, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead, while Denorfia would move up to second base on the throw home. Three batters later, after Denorfia stole third base, and then Jason Bartlett walked to put runner on the corners, as Cliff Lee threw a soft toss to first to keep Bartlett there, Denorfia took off from third base and stole home, beating Howard’s throw to the plate, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Padres then made it a 4-1 lead as Chase Headley hits an RBI double, scoring Bartlett. The Padres added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Ludwick hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Denorfia, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Bartlett’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stopped at third base on Headley single, before he moved up to second base when Victorino tried to throw out Denorfia at third, giving the Padres a 5-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple on a fly ball misplayed by Ludwick, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just doubled, making it a 5-2 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-3 Padres’ lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Padres’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell would record his twenty-ninth save of the season by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right for the final out.
Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out five. Drew Carpenter, Brad Lidge (making his first apppearance of the season) and Michael Stutes combined for five scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Carpenter), while striking out five (Carpenter (2), Lidge (1), Stutes (2)) between them. Aaron Harang (9-2, 3.45) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chad Qualls collected his tenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Mike Adams recorded his twenty-second hold of the year as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Heath Bell received his twenty-ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two doubles and a triple, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .302. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.
The Phils (64-37, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Giants (59-43, 1st West), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He hopes to give the Phils a chance to win tonight. The Giants will send to the mound their ace Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on July 20, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Giants’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost. The Phils will be trying to see if they can get to Lincecum, so that they can start off the series with a win.