The Phils once again give their ace no runs support while just barely escaping being no-hit as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. They are now once again trailing the Braves by three games in the NL East race.
The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, James Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Andre Ethier’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, before Ethier, who had earlier singled, was thrown out, 9-5, trying to reach third base, to end the inning. The Dodgers increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rod Barajas hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second James Carroll, who had just singled, while scoring from third Casey Blake, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Carroll’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it 3-0 in the fifth as Barajas hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be all the runs that Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would need, as he would no-hit the Phils for seven and one-third innings, striking out six, while allowing two walks (Carlos Ruiz in the sixth, Jayson Werth in the eighth) and a hit batter (Werth in the second) to reach base, before, with a runner on first (Raul Ibanez, after hitting into a force out, 6-4, as Werth, who had just walked, takes out second baseman Theriot with a take-out slide to stop the doubleplay attempt) and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets a single, breaking up the no-hit bid, while sending Ibanez up to second base. But the Phils would be denied a change to score as Kuroda strikes out Ruiz, swinging, for his seventh strike out of the game, before Hong-Chih Kuo is brought in, getting pinch hitter Mike Sweeney to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, to end the inning. The Phils would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, with Placido Polanco ending the game by lining out to Loney.
Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven inning, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 16-10 with an ERA of 2.27. David Herndon and J.C. Romero combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Romero), while striking out a batter (Romero). Hiroki Kuroda gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds shut out inning, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-11 with a 3.39 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo pitches an inning and a third, recording his seventh save of the year.
The Phils had only one hit, a single by Victorino in the eighth, as they once again just avoid being no-hit, as the bats were a bit too aggressive at the plate for their own good.
The Phils (73-58, 2nd East) continue their three-game series with the Dodgers (68-64, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on August 26, when he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to end his personal two game losing streak, while hoping that the bats will finally wake up and do some real damage. The Dodgers will counter with Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 26, when he went four and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win. In his last three appearances on the mound, two of which were starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched ten and a third innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even up his record against a cold Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying to break out of their present slump, so that they can stay close to the Braves while continuing to hold their present lead in the wild card chase.
The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.
On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.
Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.
The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.
On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.
The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.
In a very close game that started out as a pitchers’ duel between a shut out (Roy Halladay) and a no-hit bid (Travis Wood), the game ended as an extra-inning Phils win as Jimmy Rollins hits a two out single in the bottom of the eleventh to defeat the Reds for their third straight extra-inning walk-off win, 1-0. The three straight walk-off wins have occurred for the first time in the club’s history.
For the first seven innings the game developed into a classic pitchers’ duel between veteran Roy Halladay and rookie Travis Wood, in which Halladay would give up three hits and a walk, helped by two doubleplays, as he struck out six, whle Wood got out the first twenty-one men that he would face, thanks mostly to the batters chasing his high fastball, as he struck out eight batters. In the eight, the Reds threathen to take the lead as Miguel Cairo got on base with a lead-off double off of Ryan Howard’s glove. The next batter, Drew Stubbs moved Cairo up to third base on a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the first out. But Halladay got out of the inning by getting strike outs numbers seven and eight by getting Ryan Hanigan swinging for out number two and then Travis Wood swinging for the final out. After Wood set down batters twenty-two to twenty-four in the Phils’ half of the eighth, Halladay also put down the Reds in the top of the ninth, striking out victim number nine, although giving up his fifth and final hit of the game. In the Phils’ half of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz broke up Wood’s no-hit bid with a lead-off double to center. The next batter, pinch hitter Wilson Valdez then messes up a bunt attempt by popping up to the third baseman for the first out. The following hitter, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez flied out to center field for the inning’s second out, sending Ruiz to third, which might have won the game if Valdez had done his job. Jimmy Rollins then ended the inning by popping out to the first baseman, sending the game into extra-innings for the third straight game. The Reds then tried to take the lead against Brad Lidge in the tenth as Jay Bruce started the inning off with a lead-off double. Cairo followed with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Bruce on to third with one man out. After Lidge had walked Stubbs to put runners on the corners, Stubbs then stole second base to put runners on second and third, with one man out. Hanigan then followed by striking out swinging for out number two. The next batter, pinch hitter Laynce Nix is then intentionally walked to load up the bases, bringing up Brandon Phillips, who then flied out to center to end the inning. The Phils then went down in the tenth, making no real threat against first Nick Masset, then Bill Bray, although getting one hit in the inning. In the top of the eleventh, Jose Contreras puts down the Reds 1-2-3, striking out two batters. Then in the Phils’ half of the eleventh, they made their second major threat of the game as, after Cody Ransom strikes out for the inning’s first out, Ruiz hit his second double of the ballgame, this time to left. Valdez is then intentionally walked to put two men on with one out. Pinch hitter Ross Gload then flies out to right for the inning’s second out. Bray is then replaced on the mound by Logan Ondrusek, to face Rollins. On an 1-0 fastball, Rollins hits it near the right field line, scoring Ruiz from second, winning the game 1-0, on a walk-off single.
Roy Halladay receives a no-decision as he pitches nine strong innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out two. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Travis Wood also receives a no-decision as he pitches nine shut out innings as well, giving up just one hit, while striking out eight. Nick Masset pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Bill Bray took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Logan Ondrusek pitches to one batter, giving up a hit which ends the game.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both doubles, scoring the game’s only run. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Rollins’ single knocking in the game’s only run.
The Phils (46-40, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (49-40, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading. The Phils will be trying to enter the all-star break with a series sweep.
A single by Juan Castro in the bottom of the eight, with two men out, breaks up a no-hit bid by Daisuke Matsuaka, before the Phils fall to the Bosox, 5-0.
The Bosox took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Jeremy Hermida hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in David Ortiz, who had earlier been safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out J.D. Drew at second, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Adrian Beltre’s double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox then broke it open in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Marco Scutaro, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Daisuke Matsuaka’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Bosox a 2-0 lead, while sending Jacoby Ellsbury, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with still two men out, Ortiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ellsbury, giving the Bosox a 3-0 lead, while sending Drew on to third. One batter later, and still with two men out, Beltre hits a two-run double, scoring both Drew and Ortiz, making it a 5-0 Bosox lead. That would be all the scoring as Matsuaka would shut down the Phils, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the eighth, when, with two out, Juan Casto got a two out single, breaking up the no-hit bid, before Daniel Bard came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, Nelson Figueroa and David Herndon pitches a combine four and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Figueroa) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out four (3 (Bastardo), 1 (Figueroa)). Daisuke Matsuaka gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just one hit and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.76 ERA. Daniel Bard pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phils had only one hit, a single by Juan Castro, as he breaks up Matsuaka’s no-hitter.
The Phils (26-16, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Red Sox (23-21, 4th AL East) with an afternoon game, already in progress.
After losing a close one, the Phils lose badly while avoiding the added embarrassment of also being no-hitted, as they lose to the Braves, 11-1.
The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and one man out, Martin Prado hits a two-run double, scoring Braves’ starter Jair Jurrjens, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Gregor Blanco’s single off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ leg, and Blanco, who had just singled, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead. One batter later, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Prado, making it 3-0 Braves. The Phils got a run back in the fourth, where, with a runner on third and two men out, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and then went all the way to third on Jurrjens’ throwing error when he tried to pick him off, making it a 3-1 Braves’ lead. From there, it would be all Atlanta. In the fifth, with two men on, and nobody out, Jones hits another two-run double, sending home Blanco, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Prado’s single, making it a 5-1 Braves’ lead. Brain McCann then made it 6-1 with a RBI single, knocking in Jones. That would be it for Cole Hamels, as Charlie Manuel would come out of the dugout and replace him with Tyler Walker. Matt Diaz proceeded to greet Walker with a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the game, scoring McCann, and giving Atlanta a commanding 8-1 lead. Three batters later, now with two men out, Diory Hernandez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, making it 9-1 Braves. Meanwhile, Jurrjens was going through the Phils’ line-up, not giving up a hit until the seventh when, with two men out, Paul Bako broke up the no-hitter attempt with a single. In the eighth, the Braves would increase their lead as, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Yunel Escobar hits an RBI single, scoring Hernandez, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz’s fielding error, and then moved up to second on a Blanco’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Braves a 10-1 lead, while sending Prado, who had earlier walked, over to third. McCann then followed with an RBI single, scoring Prado, giving Atlanta an 11-1 lead, while sending Escobar to second. That would be the final score as the Phils would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost, as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while he struck out only one. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 4.98. Tyler Walker pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jair Jurrgens picked up the win as he pitched a strong game, giving up only a run on a hit and four walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 6-6 with an ERA of 2.73. Kris Medlen and Manny Acosta each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Medlen), while striking out one (Acosta) between them.
The Phillies only had two hits in the game, both singles. One was by Paul Bako, who broke up Jurrjens’ no-hitter attempt, and the other was by Shane Victorino. Greg Dobbs knocked in the Phils’ only run, bringing in Jayson Werth via a sacrifice fly, without a hit, thanks to a two-base throwing error by Jurrjens when he tried to pick-off Werth at first base after walking him. The Phillies’ offense seems to have hit the skids, while starting pitching isn’t pitching very deep into games, with the bullpen it hurting as a result. Something have got to give soon, although I have to agree with one of the announcers during last night’s game saying that dropping out of first place might be the best thing for the Phils at the moment, as it would give them something to shoot for again.
The Phils (39-36, 1st) will conclude their losing road trip with one final game with the Braves (37-40, 4th). The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:00 pm Eastern time. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (5-0, 3.00) who is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Blue Jays on June 27, where he gave up only 5 hits while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-0 blow out win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, his fourth since being put into the rotation, while trying to avoid a series sweep for the Phils. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (5-7, 3.04), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up only a run on six hits and three walks, as he struck out eight, in the Braves’ 1-0 lost. He will be hoping to get some runs support from the Braves, while hoping to add to the Phils’ offensive woes. The Phils’ lead in the National League East is now down to a half-game over the Marlins.