The Phils’ offense erupt for seven runs in the late innings, as they beat the D-backs, 9-2.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jimmy Rollins started off the game for the Phils by launching the first pitch into the left center field seats for a home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. The D-backs then took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Chirs Young, who had lead off the inning with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a double. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who only gave up only two more hits after the homer to Goldschmidt, and one more walk after the walk to Young, for the next five innings, while striking out a total of seven batters, and D-backs’ starter Joe Saunders, who would give up no more hits during the next four innings that he’d pitched, while walking a total of three Phils, as he struck out three. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run double, scoring Pence, who had earlier walked, then went to third base on Mayberry’s single, and Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as, with a runner now on third, as Valdez moved up a base on Brian Schneider’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, scored from second base on Mayberry’s infield single, as third baseman Cody Ransom committed a throwing error, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while Pence, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Two batters later, after a force attempt throwing error by relief pitcher Brad Ziegler on a Valdez grounder loaded up the bases, as Pence beat out Ziegler’s throw to third, while Mayberry would stop at second base, and Valdez would be safe at first, Schneider made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, while both Mayberry and Valdez would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. Two more batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, while sending Schneider on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson easily handled the D-backs in the ninth.
Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.83) got the win, becoming the third Phils starter to reach thirteen wins, as he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo received his twelfth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Saunders (8-10, 3.91) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three. Joe Paterson pitched an inning, giving up two hits. Brad Ziegler pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up fours runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk. Zach Duke pitched an inning, giving up two hits.
The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with most of their hits coming in their last two at-bats. John Mayberry, Jr. lead the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, Double, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Ben Francisco knocked in one run with a sac fly, while another run (Howard) scored on Cody Ransom’s throwing error.
The Phils (79-42, 1st East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (69-54, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 10, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-8 comback win. He will be trying to come back from that bad start. The D-backs will counter with their ace Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August12, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win in a row. The Phils will be going for another series win, while trying to end Kennedy’s winning streak.