Cliff Lee showed with his glove and bat, as well as his pitching, that he was worth the trade as he four hit the Giants while pitching a complete game as the Phils defeat the Giants, 5-1.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-second home run of the year. The Phils would then squander several scoring opportunites, unable to get that key hit. In the meantime, Phils’ starter Cliff Lee kept the Giants off-balanced, not giving up a hit until the sixth inning with one man out, allowing before then only one man on base with a walk to Ryan Garko in the second inning, who was later wiped out at second base on a 4-6-3 double play on a grounder to Chase Utley by Aaron Rowand. Lee then stranded Juan Uribe, who had hit a double, by first striking out pinch hitter Jesus Guzman on strikes, and then getting Ryan Winn to softly ground out, 4-3, for the final out. The Phils then finally increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via walks to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, a double steal by both Rollins and Utley, and then Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, with one man out, Raul Ibanez took a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while both Utley and Howard would move up a base. The following batter, Werth, made it 4-0 Phils, as he hits a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Ben Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Lee, who had earlier doubled, and had moved over to third on Rollins’ single, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. The Giants would finally score in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Uribe hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rowand, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Edgar Renteria’s ground out, 1-3, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be all, as Lee went on to end the game with little trouble, as he pitched a complete game, his third complete game in his last four starts.
Cliff Lee got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six Giants. His record with the Phils is now 1-0 and his overall record is now 8-9 with an ERA of 3.02. Ryan Sadowski took the lost, as he pitched just four innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three batters. His record is now 2-4 with an ERA of 4.45. Merken Valdez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, as he struck out one. Brandon Medders pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks. Jeremy Affeldt pitched to three batters, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Bob Howry pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.
The Phillies had eight hits, with Jayson Werth and, surprise, Cliff Lee leading the team with two hits each, with one of Werth’s hits being a solo home run, while he knocked in three runs, while Lee had a single and a double, scoring a run as he helped his own effort. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Francisco’s hit being a double. Beside Werth’s three RBIs, Raul Ibanez brought in a run via a bases loaded walk, and Francisco knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense was finally able to bring in runs with runners in scoring position, as they won 20 games in July for the first time since the 1960s.
The Phillies (59-42, 1st National League East) continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-47, 2nd National League West) with an night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 9:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-4, 4.11), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 26, as he went eight innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can keep the Phils in the game. The Giants will send to the mound their ace Tim Lincecum (11-3, 2.30), who is coming off a completed game win against the Pirates on July 27, where he gave up just two runs, both unearned, on four hits and three walks, while he struck out fifteen batters, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can overpower the Phils’ potent offense. The Phils will be trying to see if they can win today against last year’s NL Cy Young Award Winner.
News has just come in from Phillies.com announcing that Phillies’ centerfielder and 2008 post-season star, Shane Victorino, has just signed a one-year deal with the Phillies for $3.125 million dollars, thus becoming the fourth member of the arbitration eighth among the World Series Champions Phils to avoid the prospect of going to arbitration. Victorino, who became the Phillies’ everyday centerfielder, after Aaron Rowand has left the team, via free agency, to join the San Francisco Giants, hit .293 last season, becoming the team’s batting leader, while also having a .447 slugging percentage and a .352 on-base percentage, as he got 167 total hits, including 30 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 14 HRs, and knocking in 58 RBIs while scoring 102 times, as well as stealing 36 bases. Career-wise, in four seasons with the Phils, he has a .281 batting average, a .421 slugging percentage and a .342 on-base percentage, the Flyin’ Hawaiian has also collected 430 hits, including 74 2Bs, 19 3Bs and 34 HRs, as well as knocking in 162 RBIs, while crossing the plate 263 times, and stealing 84 bases.
With Victorino’s signing, the Phils now have only four more players left to sign: Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. Congrats front office, keep knocking them down.
Jamie Moyer gets knocked around by the Giants as the Phillies lose yesterday afternoon, 8-2, tying the weekend series at 1 victory apiece. For the third game in a row the Phillies would score first as Ryan Howard hits a solo home run off of Giants’ starter, Tim Lincecum, his seven of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants would strike back in the bottom of the second, as Aaron Rowand ties the game by hitting a solo home run of his own off Moyer, his fourth home run of the season. Lincecum would then help his own cause with a RBI single off of Moyer, knocking in Jose Castillo, who has earlier doubled. Moyer, who was unable to get batters out after getting ahead in the count, as well as not pitching inside against hitters, got knocked around in the third as he gave up three runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Moyer gives up a sacrifice fly to Emmanuel Burriss, scoring Randy Winn, who has got on base earlier with a single. Then with two outs, Daniel Ortmeier doubles, scoring Rowand and Castillo, both of whom has gotten on base with singles, making it a 5-1 Giants’ lead. Finally, in the fourth, Moyer would give up a solo home run to Winn, his first of the year, giving the Giants a 6-1 lead. Moyer would be taken out for a pitch hitter in the fifth as he would give up six earned runs to the Giants on nine hits. Meanwhile, Lincecum would have things his way through most of the game as he stifled the Phils’ bats. The Giants would increase their lead by adding a run in the fifth on a fielding error by Chris Coste, who, after tagging the plate to erase Rowand on a Lincecum ground ball to Howard for the second out of the inning, would commit a throwing error to first trying to get out Lincecum, scoring Castillo, who has singled earlier. The Giants would then make it an 8-1 lead in the sixth inning as Castillo singles in Omar Vizquel, who has earlier singled. Coste would hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off of Lincecum, his third of the year, making it an 8-2 Giants’ lead. But that would be it, as Brian Wilson would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Jamie Moyer took the lost, seeing his record drop to 2-3 and his ERA rise to 5.02, as he pitches only four innings. Rudy Seanez would pitch two innings of relief, giving up two runs, only one of which were earned, on five hits. Ryan Madson would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on no hits, and Clay Condrey would also pitch one inning of relief, as he gave up no runs on one hit. Tim Lincecum was the winning pitcher for the Giants, giving up two earned runs on four hits as he kept the Phils’ bats quiet for most of the game. His record is now 5-1 as his ERA drops to 1.61. Brian Wilson would pitch one inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.
The lost put the second place Phils (21-17) two games behind the Marlins, as the fish won their game with the Nationals, while they stay a game ahead of the Mets, who split a day-night doubleheader with the Reds, and a game and a half ahead of the Braves, who were beaten for the second game in a row by the lowly Pirates.
In the final game of the series and of their road trip, the Phils will send Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.63), who is still looking for his first victory as he lost his last start against the Diamondbacks back on May 6. Eaton would go four innings, giving up six earned runs on five hits in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. He’ll be looking to pick up his first win of the season. His opponent will be Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74), who is coming off a hard lost against the Pirates, also on May 6. Sanchez would give up seven earned runs on six hits while going four and one-third innings in the Giants’ 12-6 lost. He will be trying to get his third victory of the year. The game starts at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific) at AT&T Park.
The road trip has been hard for the Phils, as their hot hitters, Chase Utley and Pat Burrell, have both cool down, with Burrell actually batting under .300 for the first time since the start of the season. The Phils hope that the two will catch fire again, while Howard starts to get hot, if they hope to stay in contention for the National League East as they head back to Philadelphia for the start of their next home stand.
The Phils have avoided going into their third straight extra-innings game as they defeated the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth with two out on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s throwing error, 6-5. The Phils would score the game’s first runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run double by Pat Burrell, off of Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier reached base on a Emmanuel Burriss error, and Eric Bruntlett, who has singled. The Giants would tie it up in the fourth off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, on a RBI single by Jose Castillo, which scored Burriss, who has earlier singled, and then a RBI double by Rich Aurilia, scoring Burriss. The Fightin’s would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth off of Lincecum. The first one would come off of a wild pitch by Lincecum, which scores Victorino, who has earlier singled. The Phils second run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins sacrifice fly, scoring Bruntlett, who has reached base on a Castillo throwing error when he tried to force out Victorino at second base earlier in the inning. The Giants would respond by scoring two more runs of their own off of Hamels as Aurilia hits a two-run home run, his third of the season, with Aaron Rowand aboard, who has earlier singled. Both teams starters would then be taken out of the ballgame for pitch hitters, with both getting a no-decision. Hamels would give up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out five, while Giants’ starter Lincecum would also give up four runs, none earned, on six hits while also striking out five. The Phils now find themselves involved in their four straight game which would be decided by each sides’ bullpens. The Phils would first send out Chad Durbin for two innings. After having an easy seventh inning, Durbin would give up a run in the eighth. After getting two out, he would give up a single to Rowand, and then a RBI triple to Castillo, which scores Rowand, before he finally ends the inning with a fly out, after intentionally walking a batter. The Giants would counter with Jack Taschner for one-third of an inning, and then Vinnie Chulk for one and two-third innings, with Chulk giving up a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz, his first home run of the year, which would tie the game once again, this time at 5-5. The Phils would then send their closer Brad Lidge to pitch the ninth. Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning. The Giants would send in Keiichi Yabu to pitch their half of the ninth. After getting the first two Phillies’ batters out, he would walk first Ryan Howard and then Burrell. He would then get Jenkins to hit a grounder to Velez, but Velez would misplay the ball, letting it go under his glove, thus allowing Howard to score the winning run, giving the Phillies a 6-5 win.
The Phils’ (18-14) winning pitcher is Lidge, who went one inning, giving up no hits and no run. His record is now 1-0, with his ERA still at 0.00. The Giants’ (14-18) losing pitcher is Yabu, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits, as his record falls to 2-2, with his ERA still at 2.95.
The victory was Charlie Manuel’s 500th as a Manager.
The Phils finished the homestand winning both series, with a combined record of 4-2. They are still leading the National League East by .5 games over the Marlins, who have earlier won their game, and at the moment by a full game over the Mets, who are presently winning their game.
The Phillies next game is on the road, where they will play the National League Western Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks (21-9) who presently have the best record in baseball. Their next game will be played tomorrow at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona at 9:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.50) who is still looking for his second win of the year. He will be facing Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00) who is pitching in his second major league game and will be making his first career start.
Brett Myers goes seven innings for the Phils last night, giving up two earned on six hits while striking out ten Giants in a no-decision. Myers seems to have gotten the zip back in his fastball, as he effectively used it and the rest of his arsenal to keep San Francisco off of the scoreboard for most of the game. The Giants would take a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Randy Winn, scoring Fred Lewis who has started the game off with a walk and then later stole second, the first of four for the Giants, which would have dire consequences later in the ballgame for the Phillies. The Phils would tie the game up in the fourth inning on a solo home-run by Chase Utley, his league leading thirteenth of the season, off of Giants’ starter, Matt Cain. The Giants would retake the lead in the top of the fifth, when Lewis hits a solo shot of his own off of Myers, his third of the year. The Phils would then retie it in their half of the fifth, as Geoff Jenkins hits his second home run of the year off of Cain, who would eventually pitch seven full innings, giving up two earned runs, both on solo home runs, on three hits, while striking out eight Phils, as he also ended up receiving a no decision. After that, the game would remain tied, with both Myers and Cain being lifted for pitch hitters, as the Phils would be involved in their third straight game where the game would be decided by the opposing bullpens, as well as their second straight extra-innings affair. Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge would each pitch an inning for the Phils, giving up only one hit, while the Giants would counter with Tyler Walker and Jack Taschner, who both kept the Phils hitless, thus sending the game into extra innings. In the top half of the tenth, Rudy Seanez, who was now pitching for the Phils, got into trouble as, with one out, he gives up a single to Winn, who would then steal second. Bengie Molina would then drive in Winn with an RBI single. After striking out Aaron Rowand, Seanez would give up singles to John Bowker and Rich Aurilia to load the bases. Seanez would get out of the inning with no further damage by getting Jose Costillo to hit into a force out. Brian Wilson would be given the ball by the Ginats with Pat Burrell, the previous night’s hero, being the first person to face him. Burrell was able to work a walk, but that would be the best the Phils would be able to do against Wilson as he would get a force play, a strike out and a ground out to end the game and record his league leading tenth save of the year.
The Phils waste a good outing by Brett Myers as San Francisco pitching kept the Phils’ bats quiet by giving up only three hits in ten innings, while striking out ten Phils. The Phils’ losing pitcher is Seanez who is now 2-2 with a 1.64 ERA. The winning pitcher for the Giants is Jack Taschner who’s record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA.
Despite the lost, the Phils are still leading both the Mets and the Marlins by .5 games in the National League East standings as both teams have also lost last night.
After a wild night, the Phillies would remain in first place in the National League East thanks to a two-outs, two-runs, walk off home run by Pat Burrell, which would give the Phils the victory in 10 innings against the visiting Giants, 6-5. Pat’s home run would be the third walk off home run of his career and his first since 2003. In fact, all six of the Phils run would come on two-runs homers. The first one would be hit in the bottom of the first by Chase Utley, off of Giants’ starter Pat Misch, as he hit his league leading twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled. The Giants’ first run of the game would come in the top of the fourth as Jose Castillo gets an RBI single off of Kyle Kendrick, knocking in Aaron Rowand, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then increase their lead in their half of the fourth as Pedro Feliz hits his fourth roundtripper of the year, the second one of the game off of Misch, knocking in Burrell, who had earlier walked, making it 4-1 Phils. Misch would be taken out for a pitch hitter in the fifth, as he gives up four earned runs to the Fightin’s on five hits in four innings of work. In the meantime, Kendrick would keep the Giants under control until the top of the seventh, when he would give up two straight singles. Charlie Manuel would quickly replace Kendrick with Ryan Madson in an effort to end the Giants’ threat. Unfortunately, Madson would be unable to keep the Giants off the scoreboard as they would score three runs in the innings, with two of the runs being charged to Kendrick, and the other one to Madson. The Giants’ three runs would come in on an RBI single by Ray Durham, knocking in Castillo and Emmanuel Burriss, both of whom have earlier singled, and a Bengie Molina ground out, scoring Eugenio Velez, who had earlier singled. Kendrick would thus receive a no decision, as he pitched six innings and two batters, while giving up three earned runs on eighth hits, while Madson would be credited with giving up an earned run on three hits. This would also take Misch, the Giants’ starter, off the hook. Thus, for the second night in a row, the Phils would be involved in a game that would be decided by both teams’ bullpens. The Giants’ relief core of Keiichi Yabu, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, Tyler Walker and Merkin Valdez would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for five innings, giving up only one hit. Meanwhile, the Phils would counter with Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge, who would keep the Giants off the scoreboard in the eighth and ninth innings, although the Giants would come close to scoring in their top of the eighth when, with one out, and John Bowker on third, Burriss would hit a ball straight back to Gordon, with Bowker running towards home. Bowker would be caught in a run down and tagged out going back to third, while Burriss would go to second base during the run down. Gordon would then appear to have gotten hurt during the play, but he would stay in the ballgame long enough to get Velez to ground out to Eric Bruntlett to end the inning. Lidge would give up a lead off single to Fred Lewis in the ninth but would then leave him stranded. With J.C. Romero pitching for the Phils in the top of the tenth, Rowand would give the Giants the lead for the first time with one swing of the bat as he connected on the first pitch thrown by Romero, sending it into the center field seats for his third home run of the season, making the score Giants 5, Phillies 4, before Romero would end a later Giants’ threat to add a few more runs. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with Brian Wilson pitching for the Giants, Utley would get on base on with a single with one out. After Ryan Howard is called out on strikes and is then ejected from the game for arguing the call, Burrell would step in. After getting the count to 3-2, he would slug the next pitch into the left field seats, giving the Phils the victory.
J.C. Romero would be the winning pitcher, going one inning, giving up one earned run on three hits, upping his record to 2-0. Brian Wilson took the lost, blowing his second save opportunity, as he gives up two earned runs on two hits, while his record drops to 0-1.
In his return to Philadelphia, Rowand would go 2-5 with a double and a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI, while also striking out twice.
The next Phils’ game will be tonight at 7:05 Eastern from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ (17-13) starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 5.11) who the Phils hope will soon regain the speed on his pitches. The Giants (13-17) will counter with Matt Cain (1-2, 4.41), who has won his last start.
The victory keeps the Phils .5 games in front of both the Marlins and Mets in the National League East as both teams have won their respective games.
The NL East first place Phillies (16-13) will begin the last three games of their six games home stand against the Barry Bond-less San Francisco Giants (13-16). Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 pm Eastern time at Citizens Bank Park. Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13) will be the Phillies’ starter, facing the Giants for the first time in his young career. Kendrick is coming off a victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates back on April 26, where he went seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits in the Phils 8-4 victory. He will be trying to improve his record tonight. His opponent, Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00) will be starting a game for the first time this season. His previous appearance, on April 27, was in relief against the Cincinnati Reds where he pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits in the Giants 10-1 lost to the Reds, after being called up from Triple-A Fresno in place of the injured Kevin Correia.
As with Randy Wolf last night, another ex-Phils will be returning to Citizens Bank for this series in the person of Aaron Rowand.
The Phils hope to put some distance between themselves and the second place Mets and the third place Marlins starting with tonight’s game.