The Phils finally end their three-game losing streak by defeating the Giants in a rather wild extra-innings ballgame, 7-6.
The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied up the game at 1-1 in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Andres Torres hits an RBI double, scoring Nate Schierholtz, who had earlier singled, and went up to second on Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4. The Giants took the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a Bengie Molina single, a Matt Downs double, then sent Molina over to third base, and an intentional walk to Schierholtz, and with two men out, Torres receives an RBI walk, forcing in Molina, and moving both Downs and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants made it 4-1 as Edgar Renteria hits an RBI single, scoring both Downs and Schierholtz, while sending Torres over to third. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Shane Victorino, a single to Chase Utley, the 1000th hit of his career, sending Victorino over to third, and a walk to Howard, which moved Utley up to second, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Howard. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, had moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then went to third on Victorino’s single, and with one man out, scored on Jeremy Affeldt’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants retied the game at five-all in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Torres hits an RBI single, knocking in Shierholtz, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on Eugenio Velez’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. One batter later, the Phils increased their lead to 7-5 as Velez committed a fielding error as Victorino’s fly ball bounced off his glove, allowing Valdez to score, as Victorino stopped at second base. The Giants tried to come back in their half of the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schneider hits an RBI double, knocking in Eli Whiteside, who was pitch running for Molina, who had singled, and then went to third on pinch hitter Juan Uribe’s single and Howard’s throwing error, while sending Uribe on to third, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-6. Nelson Figueroa then ended the game by first getting Velez to hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice, as Uribe is tagged out at home plate for the second out, and then getting Torres to ground out, 4-3, to end the game, giving Figueroa his first save of the season.
Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten. Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and David Herndon combines for three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (one hit each) and one walk (Herndon), while striking out two batters (Contreras (1), Herndon (1)). Ryan Madson blew his second save of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 7.00 ERA. Nelson Figueroa records his first save of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Lincecum also pitches a no-decision as he goes eight and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Brian Wilson records his first blown save of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Affeldt pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch, as he strikes out a batter. Sergio Romo receives the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.
The Phils collected eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a home run and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley (who collected his 1000 career hit), Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez each collected a hit, with both Werth and Valdez’s hits being doubles. Werth knocked in three of the Phils’ runs while Valdez knocked in a run. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and a fielding error.
The Phils (12-9, 2nd) will start a long home stand with a three-game series with the Mets (13-9, 1st). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71), who is still looking for his first win as he comes off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he pitched five inning, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to get his first win, while trying to avoid getting into another one inning meltdown. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (0-1, 3.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 24, as he went five and a third inning, giving up a run on five hits and five walks, while striking out six batters, in the Mets’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to give the Mets a chance to increase their lead over the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start off the homestand on a winning note, while trying to end the Mets’ seven games winning streak.
Cole Hamels lost control of the ballgame as he gave up six runs in two innings after having had the Giants under control for two plus innings, as the Phils lose to the Giants, 7-3. The Phils have lost their first series since being swept by the Braves in early July. Their lead is now down to five games in the NL East as the Marlins have won their game.
The Giants took the lead in the second as, with a man on base, and with nobody out, Aaron Rowand hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ryan Garko, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the fourth as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. Four batters later, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an infield single on a ground ball to Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who made a bad throw to first base for an error, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and then stole second to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Werth moved up to second on the throw. The Phils made it 3-1 in the fifth as, with a runner on base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Bruntlett, who had earlier doubled. The Giants then came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Sanchez hits a two-run double, scoring Giants’ starter Barry Zito, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Eugenio Velez’s blooped single, and Velez, who had earlier singled. The next batter, Pablo Sandoval, then hit a grounder to first that was scooped up by Ryan Howard that could’ve been an easy out, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels had beaten Sandoval to the bag, if Howard had given Hamels a low toss. Sadly, Howard made a high toss that went passed Hamels, and allowed Sanchez to score, giving the Giants a 4-3 lead, while Sandoval, who is credited with an infield single, would move on to second on the throwing error. The Giants would then break it open in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and nobody out, Randy Winn hits an RBI single, scoring Rowand, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Edgar Renteria’s double, making it a 5-3 Giants’ lead, while sending Renteria on to third. Three batters later, after Winn steals second base, Eli Whiteside is intentionally walked to load the bases, Hamels is replaced on the mound by Chan Ho Park, and pinch hitter Bengie Molina flies out to left for the inning’s first out, Velez makes it a 7-3 Giants’ lead wtih a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Winn, while sending Whiteside to third base. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to recover, going down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitched five innings plus four batters, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out only two. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.68 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson and Scott Eyre together pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit (Eyre) and a walk (Madson). Barry Zito got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, while he struck out five. His record is now 7-10 with an ERA of 4.47. Sergio Romo, Brandon Medders, Jeremy Affeldt, who recorded his twenty-third hold and Bob Howry, recorded three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (Romo (1), Medders (2)), while striking out a batter (Affeldt).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ two hits being a solo home run. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz had the Phils’ other five hits, with Ruiz knocking in the only other Phils run. The Phils hit themselves out of big innings during the entire road trip, mainly by either striking out or hitting the pitcher’s pitch. Hopefully they can correct that during the home stand, which will start tomorrow night against the Rockies, as they have the day off today.
The Phillies leave San Francisco on a low note as they lose to the Giants, 4-3, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead. The Giants score first in the second inning as Phils’ starter Adam Eaton gives up a RBI single to John Bowker, knocking in Bengie Molina, who has singled earlier. The Phillies would tie it in the top of the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Eaton by Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. The Giants would regain the lead on a double play ground ball by Jose Castillo, scoring Molina, who has earlier doubled. The Phils would then tie the game in the top of the fifth on a Ryan Howard RBI triple, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier walked. The Giants would then take out Sanchez and replace him with Billy Sadler. Burrell would hit a sacrifice fly off of Sadler, scoring Howard and giving the Fightin’ a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth the Giants would threathen with two hit batmens, and a double, before Chad Durbin, who has replaced Eaton, would get out of the inning with a line drive double play ball, and after an intentional walk, striking out Ray Durham. Then in the seventh, the Giants would retake the lead for good as J.C. Romero, with two outs, gives up a two-run home run to Steve Holm, his first of the year, knocking in Randy Winn, who has earlier reached base on a single. That would be how the game ends, as Giants’ closer Brian Wilson would get a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording save number eleven.
Phils’ starter Adam Eaton would receive yet another no-decision, his seventh of the year, as he goes five innings and two batters, giving up two earned runs on five hits, while hitting a batter. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning, giving up no runs and no hits, while also hitting a batter. J.C. Romero, the losing pitcher, would go one inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 3-1, as his ERA goes up to 1.76. Tom Gordon would also pitched an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez would only go four and one-third inning, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Billy Sadler would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on no hit. Jack Taschner is the Giants’ winning pitcher, as he goes one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 2-0, with a 3.86 ERA. Tyler Walker would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hit. Brian Wilson would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, giving up no runs or hits, as he records his eleventh save of the year.
The Phils comes back home, with a 3-4 road trip and once again in third place in the National League East, three games behind the Marlins, who earlier had defeated the Nationals, and trailing the New York Mets by .005 percentage points, as they had also won. The Phils are a game ahead of the Braves, as their game with the Pirates was postponed because of rain.
The now third place Phillies (21-18) will have the day off tomorrow as they prepare to face for the first time this season the fourth place Atlanta Braves (18-17) at Citizens Bank Park for a three game set. The first game of the series will be played Tuesday night at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 4.93), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on May 7, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. Kendrick will be looking to improve his record. He will be opposed by Jo-Jo Reyes (1-0, 2.25). Reyes was taken out of his last game against the Padres on May 8, with a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand. He had pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. In his previous start, he defeated the Cincinnati Reds on May 3, giving up one earned run on four hits in five and one-third innings of work in the Braves’ 9-1 win. He will be looking for his second win of the season. The Phils will be looking to regain their winning ways against the once streaking Braves.
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.