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.
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 two cities, seven games road trip, will conclude this weekend as the Phils (22-16) will play two straight afternoon games with the Giants (14-22) at AT&T Park, both at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific).
The first of the two will be played this afteroon. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15). Moyer is coming off a victory against the Diamondbacks on May 5, where he went seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. He’ll be looking to improve on his record. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who last start was on May 4 against these same Phils. He pitched a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, none earned, on six hits, in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils. He will be looking for his fifth win of the year.
The second game will be on Sunday afternoon, which will be the final game of the Phils’ present road trip. The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.63), who is coming off of his first lost of the season. He was the Phils’ losing pitcher on May 6, as he gave up six earned runs on five hits as he pitched only four innings against the Diamondbacks in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. Eaton will now be looking to record his first win of the year. He will be opposed by Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74). He is coming off of a lost against the Pirates on May 6, where he went four and one-third innings, giving up seven earned runs on six hits in the Giants’ 12-6 lost to the Bucos. He will also be looking to improve his record.
The Phils will be looking to either win or sweep the present series against the Giants so that they can end the road trip on a positive note before coming back home to start a new home stand. Starting Tuesday, they will be involved in two three games series, the first one with the Atlanta Braves, who will be coming to Citizens Bank Park for the first time this season, and then a weekend Interleague play series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Phillies hope that they will either stay in second place or once again be tied with the Marlins for first place, or even be back in first place, by the time they leave the bay area on Sunday.
Jimmy Roland returns to the Phils’ starting lineup last night, and with his bat help lead the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants, keeping them a game behind the Marlins, who also won. Rollins would go 3-5 in his first game back, with a single, a double, and a home run and three RBIs.
The Phils would score first in the second inning as Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI single off of Pat Misch, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, taking a 1-0 lead. The Giants would tie it in the bottom of the third, as Fred Lewis gets a RBI single off of Cole Hamels, knocking in Emmanuel Burriss, who has earlier singled. The Giants would then take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and two out, Hamels would give up a RBI infield single off of Rollins’ glove to Eugenio Velez, scoring Randy Winn, who has earlier doubled. Burriss would follow up with a RBI triple, driving in Rich Aurilia, who has earlier been intentionally walked, and Velez. After giving up a walk to Misch, Hamels would get the final out, ending the inning. The Phils would then strike back in the top of the fifth as Rollins hits a two-run home run off of Misch, his third home run of the year, knocking in Hamels, who has earlier reached base on a pop fly single, making it 4-3 Giants. The Phils would then tie it in the sixth as Pedro Feliz hits a RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled. Then in the eighth, the Fightin’s would erupt for three runs off of Giants’ reliever Tyler Walker to take the lead. With one out and with runners on second and third, So Taguchi, who has earlier come into the game as a pinch runner for Burrell, who has walked earlier, would score on a fielder choice ground ball hit by Ruiz, crossing the plate as the throw comes in late. Then Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Hamels, would hit a RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who has singled earlier. Rollins would then hit a RBI double, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Tom Gordon would then hold off the Giants in the bottom of the eighth, and Brad Lidge would come in to pitched the ninth to record his ninth save of the year, striking out three of the four Giants he would face.
The Phils’ winning pitcher would be Cole Hamels, who would pitch seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out seven Giants. His record is now 4-3, with an ERA of 3.36. Tom Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking two. Brad Lidge would also pitch one inning as he records his ninth save, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out the side. The Giants’ starter, Pat Misch, would receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Jack Taschner would pitch one inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Tyler Walker would take the lost, as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record drops to 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA. Keiichi Yabu would pitch the last one and two third innings for the Giants, giving up no runs on one hit.
The second place Phils (21-16) continues their series at AT&T Park against the Giants (14-22) this afternoon at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15), who last pitched on May 5, winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching seven innings, as he give up two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. His opponent will be Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who received a no-decision in his last start against the Phils back on May 4. He pitched six innings, giving up four run, none earned, on six hits in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils.
The Phils hope to stay pace with the first place Marlins, who defeated the Nationals, and stay a game and a half ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Reds was postponed due to rain, and the Braves, whose six game winning streak was snapped by a lost to the Pirates.
The now second place Phils (20-16) continue their two cities, seven games road trip by starting a three games weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (14-21) in AT&T Park. Tonight’s game starts at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils will be sending their ace, Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10), to the mound. Hamels is coming off a no-decision against these same Giants back on May 4 where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic ninth inning 6-5 win. Lifetime against the Giants, he is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts. Hamels is looking to get his fourth win. His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40), who is still looking for his first major league win. His previous start on May 2 saw him get rough up by the Phils as he pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Giants’ 6-5 10 innings lost to the Phils.
Jimmy Rollins will rejoin the ballclub in San Francisco and should come off the disable list.
The Phils will be looking to regain a tie for first place in the National League East with the Florida Marlins (20-14) who defeated the Brewers last night, 7-2, to retake complete control of first place from the Fightin’s. The Marlins will be starting a three games series against the last place Washington Nationals (15-20) in Washington. The Phils are presently .5 games ahead of the third place Atlanta Braves (18-15), who are presently riding a six games winning streak. The Braves will be travelling to Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates. The fourth place Mets (17-15) will be facing the Cincinnati Reds at home.
In the final game of their four games series with the D-backs, the Phils get spanked, 8-3. The Phils would draw first blood, as Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly off of Brandon Webb, scoring Shane Victornio, who has singled, moved to second on a ground out and then stole third. The D-backs would come back in the bottom of the inning, as Chris Young hits a two-run home run off of Brett Myers, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Augie Ojeda, who has earlier single, making the score 2-1 D-backs. That would be the score until the bottom of the fourth when the Diamondbacks exploded for four runs off of losing pitcher Myers. After giving up two straight walks and a single, Myers gives up a double to Chris Snyder, which scores Justin Upton and Stephen Drew, both of whom have gotten on base via walks. Chris Burke would then single in Mark Reynolds, who has singled earlier, making the score 5-1 Arizona. Then, with one out, and two men on base, Ojedo would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Snyder, and increasing the D-backs lead to 6-1. In the fifth, Arizona would increase their lead to 7-1, as Reynolds hit a single, knocking in Drew, who has tripled earlier. After Myers is taken out for a pitch hitter, he is replaced by Clay Condrey. After giving up no runs in the sixth, Condrey gives up a home run to Upton in the seventh, his sixth of the year, giving the D-backs a 8-1 lead. He would then pitch a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, with Webb still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Eric Bruntlett would single in Victorino, who has earlier single and stole second, his second steal of the game, making the score 8-2 D-backs. Ryan Howard would then single in Bruntlett, who has reached second on a ground out, making the score 8-3. And that would be where the game ends, as Webb gets the next batter to hit into a double play.
The Phils’ losing pitcher is Myers, who went six innings, getting rocked for seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 2-3 while his ERA is now at 5.33. Condrey would pitch three innings of relief, giving up only one earned run on one hit, the Upton solo home run. Webb would go the distance for the D-backs, increasing his record to 8-0, as he gives up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, as his ERA dips to 2.41.
The Phils (20-16) leave Phoenix (23-12) with a spilt as they continue their road trip with a weekend visit to San Francisco (14-21) with the Giants for three game. Their first game, which will start at 10:15 Eastern (7:15 Pacific) tomorrow at AT&T Park, will have Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10) facing Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40). Hamels is coming off a May 4 games against these same Giants, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits while receiving a no-decision in the Phils’ dramatic 9th inning win against the Giants, 6-5. Hamels will be looking for his fourth win of the year. Misch’s last start was against the Phils on May 2, where he gave up four earned runs on five hits in the Giants’ 6-5 ten innings lost. He will be looking for his first major league victory.
As the Phils leave for San Francisco, they presently trail the Marlins by .5 games, as the Marlins wait to play their game with the Brewers. Meanwhile, they are presently .5 games ahead of the Braves, who have just finished sweeping the Padres for their sixth straight win, 5-4. The Phils will be hoping for the Brewers to defeat the fish, but whether the Marlins win or lose, they will be .5 games ahead of the streaking Braves.