For the fourth time in as many start, Cliff Lee dominates the opposing batters, this time by pitching a complete game two-hitter, as he allowed in only an unearned run, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 8-1. They increase their lead over the Marlins to five-and-a-half games as the fish lose to the Astros.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring ahead of him Shane Victorino, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The D-backs would cut the Phils’ lead in half in the fourth as, with a man on third base, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz fielding error as he misplayed the ball, going to second on the error, then reaching third on Augie Ojeda’s ground out, 4-3, making it 2-1 Phils. That would turn out to be as much offense as the D-backs will be able to mustard. In the fifth, the Phils would bust the game wide open as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hit a three-run bomb into left center field, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier double, and had gone to third on Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it 6-1 as Jayson Werth followed Howard with a solo home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season. In the top of the sixth, with one man out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy got on base with a pinch hit single, ending Lee’s no-hit bit at five and a third innings, before being stranded at first as the next two D-back hitters flew out to right (Roberts) and struck out looking (Ojeda). The Phils would increase their lead to 7-1 in the bottom half of the inning as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then went to second on a wild pitch. In the seventh,the Phils added another run as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second of the night and his twenty-seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. That would be more than enough for Lee, as he would only allow two more base runners after giving up the single, a hit batter in the top of the seventh (Rusty Ryal) and a single in the eighth (Alex Romero), mowing down the D-backs in the ninth inning with a fly out to right (Josh Whitesell), a fly out to left (Drew) and a strike out swinging (Mark Reynolds), as he recorded a two-hitter, and his fourth straight victory since becoming a Phil and his seventh straight win in his last seven starts.
Cliff Lee picked up the win as he pitched a complete game, his second since joining the Phils, as he gave up an unearned run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eleven batters, tying a career high. His record is now 11-9 (4-0) with an ERA of 2.72 (0.82). Dan Haren took the lost as he lasted only five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-8 with a 2.74 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched one and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Juan Gutierrez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Blaine Boyer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, with two of his hits being solo home runs, raising his average to .267. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and yes, Cliff Lee, followed with two hits apiece, with one of Shane’s hits being an RBI double, while one of Utley’s hits was a two-run home run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Paul Boko had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a double, and Howard’s being a three-run bomb which broke the game wide open. All but one of the Phils’ run came via the long ball, something the Phils do very well, but they will need to rely on less if they hope to win their second straight league title and world series championship.
The Phillies (68-49, 1st National League East) will conclude their short home stand with the Diamondbacks (54-67, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 14, where he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his first win in about a month, while also going for the series sweep. He will be opposed by Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Dodgers on August 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to prevent the sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the short home stand on a positive note, before going onto the road to face the hurting Mets for four games, and then the lowly Pirates for three, with a good chance to increase their lead in the East over the Marlins by the time they come back home.
Thanks to a Jayson Werth single in the bottom of the twelfth, the Phillies have now won their third straight game as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings, 6-5.
The Phillies would take a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-eighth home run of the year, a solo shot off of the D-backs’ starter, Doug Davis. The score would remain 1-0 for the next several innings, as Davis, and Phillies’ starter, Kyle Kendrick, would be involved in a pitchers’ duel until the top of the sixth, when, with two outs and a runner on third, Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who has earlier singled, stole second and has went to third on a ground out, tying the score at one all. The Phillies would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Pedro Feliz, who has earlier reached base with a walk, and has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s double, would score on a wild pitch by Davis, making it 2-1 Phillies, while Victornio would go to third. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, he would attempt to steal second with Kendrick batting. While Ruiz is caught off second, Victornio would break for home, and would score during the rundown, to make it 3-1 Phillies, before Ruiz is finally tagged out, Miguel Montero (catcher) to Stephen Drew (shortstop) to Tracy (first baseman), for the final out of the inning. In the seventh, Kendrick would get knocked out of the box as he is unable to keep the Diamondbacks from scoring, as the first three men that he would face in the inning would get on base: Montero would start the inning off with a single, then go to third on a Alex Romero double, putting runners on second and third. Pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio would then double, scoring both Montero and Romero, making it three all. Augie Ojeda would then move Bonifacio over to third with a sacrifice bunt, for the first out. Charlie Manuel would then take out Kendrick, replacing him with R.J. Swindle. Drew would greet Swindle with a RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, making it 4-3 D-backs. Swindle is then replaced by Chad Durbin, who would get out the two men that he would face via a swinging strike out (Hudson) and a pop out to the catcher (Conor Jackson). The D-backs would make it 5-3 in the eighth, when Romero would hit a RBI double, while being robbed of a possible home run by an almost great catch by Victorino, which would score Montero, but Romero would be thrown out at third base when he tried to turn it into a triple, Victorino to Jimmy Rollins to Feliz. In the Phillies’ half of the eighth, Howard would start the inning off with a walk. He would then move to second on a single by Pat Burrell. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Burrell, Feliz would then bunt both him and Howard over a base. Victornio would then follow with a two-run triple, scoring both Howard and Bruntlett, tying the score at five all. The Phillies would then threaten to score the winning run from the ninth inning on, but would be unable to score until the twelfth, while the bullpen would shut down the Diamondbacks. So Taguchi would start the inning off with a single. He would be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Coste, for the first out. Rollins would then be intentionally walk. Jayson Werth would then follow with a single, that would score Taguchi, giving the Phillies the win.
Kyle Kendrick would receive a no-decision, pitching six and a third innings before finally being knocked out of the box by the D-backs, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. R.J. Swindle would face only one batter, giving up one hit. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brad Lidge, Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero would combine to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit between them. Rudy Seanez would get the victory as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA. Doug Davis would also get a no-decision as he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Chad Qualls would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Doug Slaten would face just one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. Tony Pena would get a blown save, his third of the year, as he would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Leo Rosales would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits. Connor Robertson would take the lost, going one and a third inning, giving up one earned runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA.
The Phillies (51-43) will continue their three games series with the Diamondbacks (46-47, 1st Natiomal League West) tomorrow afternoon with the second of their three games from Citizens Bank Park. The game would start at 3:55 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20), who is coming off an awful start against the Mets on July 7, where he would only go two and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Phillies’ 10-9 lost. Lifetime against the D-backs he is 3-5 in 14 startes with a 4.23 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to keep the Phillies ahead of the other teams in the East. The D-backs will counter with Randy Johnson, (5-7, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 6, as he would go six and one third innings, giving up only one run on three hits, in the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win. Johnson will be trying for his second straight victory while hoping to be able to dominate the Phillies as he has done in the past.
The Phillies’ lead over both the Marlins and the Mets is still a game and a half as they have both won their games while their lead over the Braves have increased to seven and a half games with their lost to the Padres. The Phillies will try to continue their present winning streak while hoping to put some distance between themselves and their nearest rivals.
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.
The Phillies stay tied for first place with the Marlins as they come from behind to defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-4. The D-backs would score first in the first inning as Stephen Drew singles in Augie Ojeda, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Arizona. The Phils would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled. The Diamondbacks would retake the lead in the fifth as Chris Young hits a solo shot off of Kyle Kendrick, his seventh of the season, making it 2-0 Arizona. Conor Jackson would increase the lead on a groundout as he knocks in Ojeda, who has gotten on base earlier with a triple. The Phils would tie the score again on a two-run home run by Pedro Feliz, his fifth of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The D-backs would retake the lead once again in their half of the seventh, as Jackson hits a double off of Kendrick’s replacement, Ryan Madson, knocking in Eric Brynes, who has earlier singled and stole a base. The Phils would then tie the game again in the top of the eighth as Eric Bruntlett hits a double off of Chad Qualls, who was pitching in relief of D-backs’ starter, Micah Owings, scoring Victorino, who has earlier reached base via a strikeout-passball. The Phils then took the lead for the first time as Chase Utley singles in Bruntlett. After Tom Gordon keep the D-backs off the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils’ starter, Kendrick, would pitch his second no-decision in a row, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits. Madson would pitch one-third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero, the game winner, would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, as his record goes to 3-0 and his ERA drops to 0.63. Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. And Lidge would also go one inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he records his eighth save of the season. The Diamondbacks’ starter, Micah Owings would also record a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Chad Qualls would take the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits, as his record drops to 0-3 and his ERA climbs to 0.93. Juan Cruz pitched one-third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Brandon Medders would pitch one inning for Arizona, giving up no runs on one hit.
The final game of the Phils’ trip to Phoenix will be played at Chase Field at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who will be trying to continue against the Diamondbacks what he had recently done against the Giants. The D-backs will counter with Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), who will be looking for his eighth victory of the year as he pitched the D-backs to victory over the Mets on May 3, 10-4. The Phils will then go to San Francisco to continue their road trip with a three-games series against the Giants at AT&T Park. As the Phillies go to San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins should be reactivated from the disabled list.
With the win, the Phillies (20-15) are still tied for first place with the Marlins, who are leading the Phils now by .005 percentage points, as the fish defeated the Brewers at home. The Phils and the Marlins are both still leading the third place Mets and Braves by 1.5 games, as both teams have also won their games.