The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.
The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.
Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.
The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.
The Phils’ offense capitalize on several Reds miscues while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense as the Phils come from behind to win, 7-4. The victory gives the Phils a 2-0 lead in the divisional series.
The Reds took the lead right at the start of the game as Brandon Phillips hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season, as the Reds take a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Laynce Nix, who was earlier safe at first on a Chase Utley throwing error, then moved up to second on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch, scored on Utley’s second throwing error of the inning, as he threw away the ball as he attempted to double up Ryan Hanigan at first, after forcing out Drew Stubbs, who had earlier walked, at second base, 6-4, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead, while Hanigan, who was safe at first, went to second on the errant throw. The Reds then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season. The Reds then made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Phillips, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Paul Janish’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils then began their comeback, while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense for the next four innings. In their half of the fifth, they cut the Reds’ lead in half as, with the bases loaded, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Dom Brown, who was earlier safe at first on a 6-4 force out as Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, reached second on Phillip’s fielding error of Shane Victorino’s grounder, then stopped at third on Scott Rolen’s fielding error of Placido Polanco’s grounder, and Victorino, who was safe at first on Phillip’s error, then reached second on Rolen’s error of Polanco’s grounder, making it a 4-2 Reds’ lead, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Rolen’s error, stopped at third. The Phils then made it a 4-3 Reds’ lead in the sixth as, once again with the bases loaded, this time via a walk to Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, sending Werth up to second base, and pinch hitter Ben Francisco also being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both Werth and Ruiz, and with two men out, Victorino forces in a run with a walk, forcing in Werth, while Ruiz and Francisco both moved up a base. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins reached base on a Bruce fielding error as he missed the ball in the right field lights (or among the rally towels), allowing Utley, who had got on base earlier as he was hit by the pitch (although it is possible that he might not had been hit by the ball) and was then safe at second on Rolen’s force out attempt on Werth’s grounder (he might have been out, but it is inconclusive), followed by Werth, who was safe at first on a force out attempt, thanks to Phillips’ missed catch error of the throw back into the infield, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while Rollins would stop at second base. Two batters latter, with a runner on third, as Rollins’ went to third on Ibanez’s single, Ruiz hits an RBI grounder, as he hit into a 6-4 force out, wiping out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, while Rollins scores, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils would add an insurance run in the eighth as, with two men on and with one man out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, would move up to second. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge threw a scoreless ninth, getting his first save of the post-season, as he gets Chris Heisey to end the game by grounding out, 5-3.
Roy Oswalt gets a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero and Chad Durbin combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk between them. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson get his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikeouts a batter. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Bronson Arroyo also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks. Arthur Rhodes collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out one. Logan Ondrusek also collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, also hitting a batter and walking a batter. Aroldis Chapman records his first blown save of the post-season before getting the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA. Nick Masset pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Utley knocking in two runs, while Werth knocked in a run. Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz both had an RBI, Victorino’s via a bases loaded walk and Ruiz’s via a force out. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a pair of errors on the same play. The Phils’ offense took advantage, once again, of another team’s mistakes.
The Phils (2-0) have the day off today, before meeting the Reds (0-2) on Sunday in Cincinnati for the third game of the best of five divisional series, looking for a sweep.
Roy Halladay had pitches the second post-season no-hitter, the first since Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in 1956, the first in Phils’ history, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 4-0. Halladay has also become the first Phil pitcher to pitch two no-hitters in the same season.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, two men on, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits an RBI single to help his own cause, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Valdez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, after Jimmy Rollins walked to load the bases, sending Halladay to second base, Victorino give the Phils a 4-0 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Valdez and Halladay, while sending Rollins to second base. That would turned out to be all that Halladay would need as he would proceed to pitch a no-hitter against the Reds, allowing only one man on base, Jay Bruce, via a two-out walk in the fifth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out by Drew Stubbs. Halladay was in complete command all game, as he struck out eight Reds, while getting twelve of them to ground out and six more to either fly or pop out, as he threw only 104 pitches, 79 of which went for strikes.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete-game no-hitter, walking a batter, while striking out eight. His record is now 1-0 for the divisional series with a 0.00 ERA. Edinson Valquez took the lost as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. His record for the divisional series is now 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. Travis Wood, Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray combine for six and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wood) and a walk (Wood), while striking out four (Wood (3), Bray (1)) between them.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in two runs. Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Halladay had the other three Phils’ hit, with Ibanez’s hit being a double, and with both Valdez and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run. Chase Utley knocked in the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Reds’ bullpen shut down the Phils’ offense but, with the way that Halladay was pitching, it didn’t matter.
The Phils (1-0) take the lead in the best of five divisional series with the Reds (0-1). The series will continue Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, with game time being 6:07 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.76 (1.74)) during the regular season, who is a career 23-3 (2.81) against the Reds, although being 0-2 against them this year, while pitching for the Astros. In his last game, he pitched an inning of relief against the Braves on October 3, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits and four walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to put the Phils up 2-0 in the series. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (17-10, 3.88), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 30, where he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 9-1 win. In his last three regular season starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to even the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be out to win the second home game of the series to put the Reds in an early hole before heading to Cincinnati.
Without worrying about Ken Griffey’s Jr.’s bat being in the Reds’ lineup as Junior was taking the day off because of soreness from participating in Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves, the Phils would hang on to defeat the Reds, 5-4. The Phillies would take a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Chase Utley’s major league leading twenty-first home run of the year off of Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single. Utley has now homered in five straight games, tying a franchise record, which has been earlier accomplished by Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The Red would get a run back in the top of the fourth when Jay Bruce would hit his third home run of the year off of Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, making the score 2-1 Phils. In the Phillies’ half of the inning, they would increase their lead as Pedro Feliz would hit his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Phillies. Chis Coste would then follow him with a solo shot of his own off of Arroyo, his sixth home run of the year, to make it a 5-1 Phillies’ lead. Edwin Encarnacion would then cut the Phillies’ lead down to 5-2 when he hits a lead off home run off of Kendrick in the fifth, for his ninth home run of the season. One inning later, the Reds would shorten the lead to 5-4 Phillies when, with two out and two men on, Adam Dunn would hit a two-run double off of Chad Durbin, who was pitching in relief of Kendrick, scoring Ryan Freel, who got on base earlier by being safe on a force out, and Bruce, who has earlier singled. Durbin would then get out of the inning with a strike out. That would be it for the Reds as Durbin, Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would only give up a single among them in the last three innings, with Lidge recording his fourteenth save of the year.
Kyle Kendrck would get the win, as he would pitch five and one-third innings, giving up all four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 5.00. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up no earned runs on two hits. Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would each pitch a 1-2-3 inning, both giving up no runs on no hits, while Lidge would record his fourteenth save of the year. Bronson Arroyo would get the lost, as he would go only four and a third innings, giving up all five earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 5.61. Gary Majewski would pitch one and two-third innings in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Bill Bray would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits while walking two. David Weathers would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up no runs on one hit.
The Phillies’ offense continue its attack as it get twelve hits in the game, including five extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)), as they lit up the ERA of yet another opposing starter. In spite of Chad Durbin allowing two runs to score, which would both be charged to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies’ bullpen would have yet another successful outing, as they slammed the door shut on the Reds. The Phillies are now nine games above .500 for the first time this season.
The Phillies-Reds four games series will continue tomorrow night from Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ (34-25) will be starting Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who is coming off of his first victory of the season against the Rockies on May 28, when he would go six innings, giving up only an earned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking just one batter, in the Phillies’ 6-1 win. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with an ERA of 4.19 in six starts, which includes his earlier start this year against the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) on April 5, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while hoping that the bats will once again gives him some runs. His opponent will be Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Pirates on May 29, where he would pitch only four innings, as he gives up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies, also versus Eaton, on April 5, where he would get a no-decision while pitching seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, with six strikeouts. He will be trying to get his third win of the season while trying to avoid being involved in another bad start.
With their win, the Phillies are now a game and a half ahead of the second place Marlins, who have lost their game against the Braves in extra-innings. Their win against the Marlin will keep the Braves in third place, still trailing the Phils by three and a half games. The Mets’ lost to the Giants put them back into fourth place, four and a half games behind the Phillies. The Phillies hope to continue winning at home while increasing their lead against their rivals in the division.
The first place Phillies (33-25) are set to host the Reds (28-29, 5th National League Central) for the last four games of a so far very successful ten games home stand (5-1). The first game of the four games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starting pitcher will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off of a win against the Rockies on May 27, where he would pitch seven and a third effective innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits, while striking out five Rockies, in the Phils’ 7-4 victory. Lifetime against the Reds he is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts. He hope to continue pitching well, while trying to help the Phillies increase their lead in the East with a win. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4. 5.29), who is coming off of two straight wins, his most recent being against the luckless Pirates on May 28. In that game, he would go six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 rout. He will be trying to help the Reds make it four wins in a row, after sweeping the Braves during the weekend, while hoping that he will be the third straight starter to cool down the Phillies’ hot bats.
During the Reds’ visit, Ken Griffey, Jr. will be aiming for his 600th career home run of his long career, planning to become the sixth man in major league history to accomplish it. The Phllies’ pitching staff will do everything that they can to keep Junior from doing it in Citizens Bank Pank. Which of the two will be more successful, Junior or the Phillies’ pitchers? We’ll know for certain by the end of Thursday night’s game.
Edit: Ken Griffey, Jr. did not play in tonight’s game because of soreness from Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves. He should be able to play in tomorrow night’s game. .
The Phillies’ bats have cooled down a bit after their eruption on Friday night. In the last two games of the Marlins’ series, the offense would only get twelve hits, although they would score twelve runs, thanks to two key home runs in the final game of their three games series which helped put them back into first place. Of those twelve hits, five of them would be extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). The offense is pose for another eruption, which Reds’ pitching hope won’t come at their expense. One of the pluses of the recent outburst is that the bullpen has been well rested and should be ready for this series.
The Phils have a half game lead over the second place Marlins, who are starting a four games with the Braves, who are now tied for third place with the Mets, thanks to their being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Braves, who will be hosting the Marlins for four, and the Mets are both trailing the Phillies by three and a half game. Although both teams have the same percentage point, the Mets have played two games less than the Braves, while they have at the same time lost one game less. After defeating the Dodgers for the second straight time last night, they will be going to San Francisco to start a three games series with the Giants. The Phillies will be trying to do very well in their present series so that they can increase their respective leads against each team, before they head out to Atlanta to begin a three games weekend series with the Braves.
The Phillies’ bat, after being silent last night, come back alive late in the ballgame, as Jamie Moyer pitches well enough to win, as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 7-5, to retake the lead in the National League East. The Phillies, like last night, would score first in their half of the first as Chase Utley, after getting on base with a single, and then steal second, would score on Ryan Howard’s RBI single, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would then tie the game in the second inning, as Mike Jacobs launches a home run off of Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who came into the game with a 7-0 record against the fish, for his twelfth home run of the year. The Marlins would then take the lead in the third. With two out, and two men on, Jorge Cantu would hit a RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has gotten on base with an infield single, making the score 2-1 Marlins. The Marlins would then increase their lead to 5-1, as Jacobs hits a 3-run shot, his second home run of the game off of Moyer and his thirteenth home run of the year, scoring Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier been hit by the pitch and Cantu. The Phils would then start a comeback in their half of the fourth when Utley hits his twentieth home run of the year, a two-run shot that knocks in Jimmy Rollins, who has reached base earlier on Cantu’s throwing error to first base, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-3. After neither team is able to score in the fourth and fifth innings, and after Moyer puts down the fish in the sixth, the Phils would tie the score in their half of the sixth as pitch hitter Geoff Jenkins hits a two-run home run, his fifth of the year, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. Then in the seventh, as they were getting ready to take out Moyer, the Phillies would rally to take the lead. With two men on and two out, Burrell would hit a two-run double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled, and Howard, who has been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. That would be the game as Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the last two innings and get six of the seven men that they would face, with Lidge recording his thirteenth save of the year in thirteen tries.
Jamie Moyer is the winner, going seven innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 6-3 with a ERA of 4.65, while his career record against the Marlins is now a perfect 8-0. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and one walk. Brad Lidge would pitch a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two batters as he gets his thirteen save of the year. Andrew Miller would go five innings for the Marlins, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. Doug Waechter would take the lost, while also being credited with a blown save, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Taylor Tankersley would pitch one third of an inning, giving up an earned run on no hits, as Ryan Howard’s run in the seventh is charged to him. Logan Kensing would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit, Pat Burrell’s game winning double.
The Phillies’ offense, although not as potent as it was during the first four games of the ten games home stand, was potent enough to win the weekend series from the fish, 2 games to 1, and sends the Marlins packing, as they dropped back to second place. The win makes the Phils so far 1-0 for June, after coming off a 17-12 May and a 15-12 April. The Phillies now wait for the arrival of Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Cincinnati Reds (28-29, 4th National League Central), who have just finished sweeping the Braves, for the final four games of their so far very successful home stand. Junior is just one home run away from reaching a milestone in home runs, as he now have a career total of 599 of them. He will be hoping to accomplish the deed at Citizens Bank Park, while the Phillies’ pitching staff will be doing everything they can to not become the victim of such a major event, while at the same time cool down the Reds, while also hoping that the bats of the offense will become hot once again.
The first game of the Phillies’ four game series with the Reds will be a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 27. In that game, he would pitch seven and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on seven scattered hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He hopes to pitch well enough for another win, while giving the Phillies’ offense a chance to rebound from their last two games and return to their double digits run productions. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29), who is coming off his second straight victory, as he would defeat the Pirates on May 28, going six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 drubbing of the Bucos. He will be trying to improve his record and give the Reds a four games winning streak, while trying to be the third straight starter to quiet down the Phillies’ recently hot bats.
The once again first place Phillies (33-25) are leading the Marlins (31-24) by half a game, as the fish go on to Atlanta for a four game set with the struggling Braves. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three and a half game, as they go back to Atlanta to meet the Marlins, after being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Phils lead the Mets by four games, as they prepare to face the Dodgers tonight for the final game of their four games series, before getting ready for a three games series in San Francisco with the Giants.
Edit: It wasn’t until I’d looked at the boxscores for all three games that I’d discovered one of the main reasons that the Phillies were able to fry the fish this weekend. They kept Dan Uggla’s very potent bat real quiet during the series, as he would go only one for twelve with a single, while striking out four times. I really hope that the pitchers are able to do the same thing to Junior’s bat this week.