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.
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.
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.
The Phillies increased their National League East lead to a full game over the Marlins as their bats wake up in the Phoenix heat as they crush the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-4. Moyer, who pitched an excellent game, would go seven innings against the Diamondbacks, giving up only two earned runs on six hits and striking out five, as he evened his record to 2-2. The Phils scored first in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard off of Diamondbacks’ starter, and loser, Max Scherzer, scoring Shane Victorino, who has started the game off with a double. The Diamondbacks would tie the game in the second on a triple by Stephen Drew, who knocked in Chris Snyder, who has reached base while he hit into a force out. The Phils would then explode for four runs in the third, batting around for the first of two times that night. The first Philles run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled. Howard would score the Phils second run on a Drew error of a Pedro Feliz groundball. Jenkins would next score the third run of the inning by coming in on a Carloz Ruiz single. Moyer would then help his own cause by hitting a RBI double off of Scherzer, knocking in Feliz, making the score at the time, Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 1. The Phils would add four more runs in the seventh inning, as they batted around for the second time. The first three runs would score on a Eric Bruntlett triple, scoring Jenkins and Ruiz, who have both singled, and Victorino, who has walked. Bruntlett would then scored the Phils fourth run of the inning off of a Howard single, making the score 9-1 Phils. All four Phils runs were off of Edgar Gonzalez, who was pitching his third inning of relief for Scherzer, soon ending up giving up four earned runs on seven hits. The Diamondbacks would answer with one run of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Moyer gives up a solo home run to Snyder, his second of the year. The Phils would then add single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, with their tenth run of the game coming on a Greg Dobbs sacrifice fly off of Brandon Medders, scoring Feliz, who has doubled earlier, and the eleventh and final run coming on a Mark Reynolds fielding error, which would score Utley, who has doubled earlier in the inning. The Diamondbacks would score their final two runs in their half of the ninth off of Clay Condrey. The first would come on a Reynolds single, scoring Miguel Montero, who has earlier singled, with no one out, and the second on a Chris Burke ground out, bringing in Reynolds, now with two outs. Condrey would then end the inning and the game with a ground outs, giving the Phillies a 11-4 victory.
The Phils’ winning pitcher, Moyer, increased his record to 2-2 as he lowered his ERA to 4.15. Ryan Madson would pitch the eighth, giving up no runs on one hit, while Condrey pitched the ninth, giving up two earned runs on four hits. The Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher, Scherzer, would take the lost, watching his record go to 0-1 and his ERA climb to 2.16, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits. After Gonzalez, Medders and Doug Slaten would each pitch an inning, with Medders giving up an earned run on two hits and Slaten an unearned run on one hit.
The Phils bats would come alive with Jenkins leading the charge as he goes 3 for 6, followed by Ruiz, who went 3 for 5, then Victorino, Bruntlett and Feliz, who all went 2 for 5, and Utley, who went 2 for 4, with Victorino and Feliz both hitting doubles, Utley hitting two doubles, and Bruntlett hitting a triple. Even Moyer got into the act, going 2 for 3 with a double. The Phils also received four walks. Also, the Phils would win the ballgame without hitting a home run. The only member of the starting eight not to get a hit or to get on base with a walk was Pat Burrell, who went 0 for 5.
With the victory, the Phils increased their lead in the National League East to 1 game over the Florida Marlins, who had the day off last night, and 1.5 games ahead of the Mets, who has lost to the Dodgers, 5-1.
The Phils continue their four game set with the Diamondbacks tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix as they send out Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.72), who is still looking for his first victory of the season after six tries. His opponent will be Randy Johnson (1-1, 4.79), who is also coming off of a no-decision, as he pitched four innings against the Houston Astros on April 30, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in the Diamondbacks’ 8-7 win.