Roy Halladay had an off day Sunday as he got crushed by his old AL nemesis the Red Sox, as the Phils lost to the Red Sox, 8-3.
The Bosox took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, J.D. Drew hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, scoring Kevin Youkilis, who had earlier tripled, giving the Bosox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victor Martinez, a walk to Youkilis, moving Martinez up to second base, and a single to Drew, moving both Martinez and Youkilis up a base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs committed a fielding error on an Adrian Beltre grounder that went through his legs, allowing both Martin and Youkilis to score, making it a 3-0 Bosox’s lead, while allowing Drew to reach second and Beltre to be safe at first. The Bosox would then break the game wide open in the sixth. Youkilis made it a 4-0 Bosox’s lead as he hit a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Drew, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Beltre’s single, giving the Bosox a 5-0 lead, while sending Beltre up to second base. Two batters later, the Bosox made it 7-0 as, now with runners on second and third, thanks to a Tim Wakefield sacrifice bunt moving both Beltre and Scutaro up a base, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run infield single, knocking in both Beltre and Scutaro, with the later running home as Juan Castro, who had fielded the ground ball, threw to third base in the hopes of catching Scutaro coming back to third. The Bosox made it 8-0 in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Dustin Pedroia, a double to Martinez, sending Pedroia to third, and Pedroia being safe at third on a fielder’s choice grounder to Dobbs, who threw home to Paul Hoover, catching Pedroia in a run down, and a throwing error by Hoover, whose throw hit Pedroia, allowing pinch hitter Darnell McDonald to be safe at first, and with one man out, Beltre hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pedroia. In the meantime, Bosox’s starter Wakefield and his knuckleball kept the Phils off the scoreball through eight innings, as he gave up only five hits and two walks. The Phils finally scored in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-1 Bosox’s lead. Three batters later, with a man still on base, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, making it 8-3 Bosox. That would be the final score as Ramon Ramirez finally ended the game by getting Shane Victorino to fly out to center.
Roy Halladay took the lost as he went only five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-3 with a 2.22 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Tim Wakefield got the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being an infield single and a triple, while Werth hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Ibanez and Castro’s hits being doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Gload’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run.
The Phils (26-17, 1st) after taking yesterday off, start a nine-game road trip with a three-game series against the Mets (22-23, 5th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.30), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on May 19, where he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will try to record his sixth win of the season, while hoping to continue the Mets’ present woes. The Mets will send to the mound R.A. Dickey (0-0. 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 19, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ problems with knuckleballers. The Phils will be trying to start their road trip off with a good series against the Mets.
A single by Juan Castro in the bottom of the eight, with two men out, breaks up a no-hit bid by Daisuke Matsuaka, before the Phils fall to the Bosox, 5-0.
The Bosox took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Jeremy Hermida hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in David Ortiz, who had earlier been safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out J.D. Drew at second, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Adrian Beltre’s double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox then broke it open in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Marco Scutaro, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Daisuke Matsuaka’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Bosox a 2-0 lead, while sending Jacoby Ellsbury, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with still two men out, Ortiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ellsbury, giving the Bosox a 3-0 lead, while sending Drew on to third. One batter later, and still with two men out, Beltre hits a two-run double, scoring both Drew and Ortiz, making it a 5-0 Bosox lead. That would be all the scoring as Matsuaka would shut down the Phils, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the eighth, when, with two out, Juan Casto got a two out single, breaking up the no-hit bid, before Daniel Bard came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, Nelson Figueroa and David Herndon pitches a combine four and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Figueroa) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out four (3 (Bastardo), 1 (Figueroa)). Daisuke Matsuaka gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just one hit and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.76 ERA. Daniel Bard pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phils had only one hit, a single by Juan Castro, as he breaks up Matsuaka’s no-hitter.
The Phils (26-16, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Red Sox (23-21, 4th AL East) with an afternoon game, already in progress.
A strong seven innings, three-hit effort from Cole Hamels and two home runs from Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth help lead the Phils to a victory over the Red Sox, 5-1.
The Red Sox took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Victor Martinez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Bosox a 1-0 lead. But, it would be all that the Bosox would be able to get as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would give up just two more hits, a lead-off single in the third to Darnell McDonald, before he is left stranded on second, and a double to Adrian Beltre, with two outs in the seventh, before he ends the inning by getting Bill Hall to fly out to right. Only one other Bosox would get on base against Hamels, a walk to J.D. Drew in the fourth, while he strikes out eight. Meanwhile, the Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Shane Victorino give the Phils the lead with an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hit a two-run bomb to left, his nine home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would add another run in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Castro, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, as he had reinjured his calf muscle, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would get out of a bases loaded, two out, jam, by getting pinch hitter David Ortiz to fly out to center for the final out, recording his second save of the season.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His record is now 5-2 with a 3.92 ERA. David Herndon pitches a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. J.C. Romero records his second save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. John Lackey took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. His record is now 4-3 with an ERA of 5.07. Joe Nelson pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Manny Delcarmen pitches a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both leading the team with two hits each, with Howard’s hits being a solo home run and a single, knocking in two runs, while Werth’s hits were a double and a home run, also knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, before leaving the game with an injury, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels, had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double and the rest being singles. Victorino knocks in the other Phil run.
The Phils (26-15, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (22-21, 4th AL East) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. This will be a nationally televised game and will be shown on Fox. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on May 17, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phil’s 12-2 rout. He will be going for his third straight win, and his second straight good start. The Red Sox will counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Yankees on May 17, as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three in the Bosox’s 11-9 lost. He will be trying to regain his form. The Phils will be trying to win the series tonight, before handing the ball over to their ace tomorrow afternoon.
There are several things that are rear to do in Baseball. One is to pitch a no-hitter, whether its ends up being a perfect game or not. The other is hitting for the cycle. Of the two feats, hitting for the cycle is a very rare thing to do while being a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, as it has been accomplished only eight times by a Phil, with one player actually doing it twice.
For those of you who might not know what hitting for the cycle is, hitting for the cycle means that in one game, you have hit a single, a double, a triple and a home run, in at least four official at-bats. To date, hitting for the cycle has occurred only 248 times in Major League History. Players playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates have done it the most times with 23, while no players have so far done it for either the San Diego Padres, the Florida Marlins or the Tampa Bay Rays. The last major leaguer to have hit for the cycle has been Adrián Beltré of the Seattle Mariners, who had accomplished the feat on September 1, 2008, just hours after Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks had done it.
Among the Phillies, the first one to hit for the cycle would be Lave Cross, who would perform the feat on April 24, 1894, in a 4-1 win over the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (now the Los Angeles Dodgers). Several months later, on August 17, Sam Thompson would become the second Phillie player to accomplish the feat, doing it during a 29-4 rout of the Louisville Colonels (Yes, Louisville, Kentucky, actually had a major league franchise before the start of the 20th Century.). It would be 33 years before the third Phillie to hit for the cycle, Cy Williams, who would win the National League home run title that same year, would do the deed, performing it on August 5, 1927, in a 9-7 victory over the Pirates. The fourth Phillie to hit for the cycle, Chuck Klein, would perform it on July 1, 1931, in a 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. Less than two years later, Klein would become the only Phillie player to perform the deed twice, as he would hit for the cycle again on May 26, 1933, during the year he would win the NL triple crown (batting average, home runs, RBIs), doing it in a 5-4 lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. The sixth Phil to join the club would be Johnny Callison, who would accomplish the deed on June 27, 1963, over 30 years after Klein’s second performance, doing it in a 13-4 rout of the Pirates. It would be another 32 years before the next Phil, Greg Jefferies, would hit for the cycle, doing it on August 24, 1995, during a 7-6 win over the Dodgers. The most recent Phillie player to do it, David Bell, would did it on June 28, 2004, in a 14-6 victory over the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Senators).
In the eight times that a Phil has hit for the cycle, the Phillies have won all but one of those games. The team that the cycle has been done against the most has been the Dodgers and the Pirates, who have both been on the wrong end twice, while the Louisville Colonels, the Cubs, the Cardinals (the only team to win when a Phil hit for the cycle) and the Nationals (as the Expos), have been the other four. Two Hall of Famers, Sam Thompson and Chuck Klein (who did it twice) have both hit for the cycle while being a Phil.
When will another Phil hit for the cycle? Your guess is as good as mines.
Sources: Wikipedia, Baseball Almanac.com