The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, James Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Andre Ethier, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Adam Kennedy’s double, while sending Kennedy, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Dodgers then took the lead one batter later as Luis Cruz hits an RBI single, scoring Kennedy, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Loney up to second base. The Phils tried to tied the game up in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walk, then reached second base on pitcher Steven Fife’s wild pitch, tried to score on Hunter Pence’s single to center field, but is gun down at the plate by a strong throw by center fielder Matt Kemp, as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the tag, keeping it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils would retake the lead in the eight as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, Howard being hit by a pitch, moving Utley up to second base, before he is pinch run for by John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz also being hit by a pitch, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Mayberry, with the later crossing the plate before Ruiz is thrown out trying to move up to third base by Kemp, as third baseman Kennedy applies the tag, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils take a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst combined for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Stephen Fife, who was the Dodgers’ last minute starter, also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ronald Belisario collected his thirteenth hold of the season, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.18), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and two hit batters. Kensley Jansen was handed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit.
The Phils had five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Juan Pierre (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as well as two hit batters (Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz).
The Phils (41-51, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (48-44, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, that is just starting, as they try to end a very successful road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers.
The Mets took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had just tripled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the second as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead for good in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a Lucas Duda walk, leading off the inning, and singles by Andres Torres and Josh Thole, and with one man out, Jon Niese helped his own cause with a two-run single, knocking in Duda and Torres, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead, before Thole is thrown out at third base, 8-5, as he tried to move up to third base, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later as, now with two men on, after Ruben Tejada had gotten on base with a single, sending Niese up to second base, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI double, scoring Niese, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead, before Tejada is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-6-2, ending the inning. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Tejada hits an RBI single, knocking in Thole, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Niese’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead, while Tejada would move up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Mets then made it a 6-1 lead as Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Tejada. The Mets increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wright hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Niese, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Tejada’s single, and Tejada, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 9-1 lead. The Mets then made it an 11-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Murphy hits a two-run double, knocking in Thole, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on third baseman’s Placido Polanco’s force attempt throwing error, and pinch hitter Justin Turner, who had reached first base on Polanco’s error. That would end up being the final score as Jon Rauch threw a scoreless ninth.
Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three. Raul Valdes pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two Mets. Brian Sanches pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits, as he struck out two. Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.
The Phils had only three hits in the game, a home run by Carlos Ruiz, knocking in a run, a single by Hunter Pence and a single by Ty Wigginton. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter in the game, as Jon Niese smothered the offense for eight innings, while the pitching staff got blown up for eleven runs in the lost
For the third season in a row Phils’ centerfielder Shane Victorino has been awarded the Gold Glove Award, winning it for the third year in a row. He is the first Phil outfielder to do so since Garry Maddox won the award from 1975-82. This year, Victorino was tied for the league’s lead in outfield assists with eleven, while finishing fifth in fielding percentage (.995) and range factor per game (2.59). This year he would be the only Phil to win a Gold Glove. Congratulations on winning the award again, Shane.