The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Patrick Corbin helps his own case by hitting an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Martin Prado, who had started the inning off with a single, moved to second base on Gerardo Parra’s single, then moved up to third on Cliff Pennington’s ground out, 1-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while sending Parra, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pennington’s ground out, on to third base. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Parra hits a bunt ground out, 3-4, scoring Cody Ross, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Prado’s force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Miguel Montero, who had just walked, for the inning’s first one, as Prado was safe at first, while moving Prado up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delmon Young, who is then forced out on a ground ball by Dom Brown, 3-6, a single by Carlos Ruiz, moving Brown up to second base, and a bloop single by John Mayberry, Jr., moving up a base both Brown and Ruiz, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits into force out, 9-6, as Mayberry committed a base runner blunder by not moving fast enough to reach second base, thus denying Frandsen of a single, as Brown scores, making it a 2-1 D-backs’ lead, while Ruiz would move up to third base, and Frandsen would be safe at first. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) received the lost as he threw another quality start as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) and three walks (Aumont (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out one (Horst). Patrick Corbin (5-0, 1.75) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Matt Reynolds collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. David Hernandez received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had six hits in the game, with Delmon Young (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The only Phil run came in on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, thanks to Mayberry’s base running blunder. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley, Young) in the game.
The Phils (16-20, 3rd East) continue their series with the D-backs (20-15, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 9:40 EDT (6:40 PDT) and will be played at Chase Field. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.-) who will be pitching in place of Roy Halladay, who was earlier this week placed on the DL with an elbow injury. Cloyd will be out to make to keep the Phils in the game. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) who is coming off a loss against the Padres on May 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He’s hoping to bounce back from that lost. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping to find their bats in the Arizona heat.
The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Bryan LaHair hits an RBI double, knocking in Starlin Castro, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Hunter Pence, a Jim Thome walk, then a force out by Shane Victorino, 4-6, as Thome is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Pence would move up to third, then Victorino would steal second base, and a Laynce Nix walk, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Pence and Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils three batters later took a 4-1 lead as they reloaded the bases via a walk to Joe Blanton, moving up both runners, and now with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Nix and Ruiz, while sending Blanton on to third base. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the sixth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year. The Cubs got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Castro hits an RBI forced out, 4-6, knocking in pinch hitter Tony Campana, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Blanton’s wild pitch, before stopping at third base on Darwin Barney’s single, as Barney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, with Reed Johnson ending the game by trying to bunt himself on base which instead became a 1-3 out.
Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81) got the win as he went seven and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight scattered hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out eight. Chad Qualls collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Randy Wells (0-1, 6.23) took the lost as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Michael Bowden pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out three. Shawn Camp and Scott Maine combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Camp), while striking out three (Camp (1), Maine (2)) between them.
The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the ballclub with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Shane Victorino (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Victorino (7)) in the game.
The Phils (10-11, 4th East) will continue their series with the Cubs (7-14, 6th Central) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39), who is coming off an awful start against the D-backs on April 23, as he pitched only three innings plus, as he gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out only one batter, in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. He will be out to recover from that fiasco. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 23, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Cubs’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his second win of the year. The Phils will be out to even up their record.
Pat Burrell’s three-run home run will help keep the Phillies in first place in the East before the All-Star break as the Phillies defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-3. The D-backs would score the game’s first run in the top of the second as Cole Hamels would throw a fastball on a 1-2 pitch that Chad Tracy would hit out of the park for a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs would increase their lead in the fourth as Hamels would give up a two out RBI single to Robby Hammock, scoring Chris Young, who has gotten on base earlier with a bunt single, and has gone to second on a Chris Burke infield single, to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Normally, that would be the ballgame, as the D-backs’ starter, Brendon Webb was getting the Phillies’ batters out with a nasty changeup, which he was throwing in conjunction with his curveball. But, it wouldn’t be so today, as the Phillies would refuse to go down easily. In the fifth, the Phillies would cut the D-backs lead to 2-1, as with one out, Hamels would hit a RBI double, which would score Pedro Feliz, who has earlier singled, all the way from first base as the ball went into the gap in left center field. Hamels would then keep the score at 2-1 as he stopped two attempts by the D-backs to break the game open. In the sixth, after Mark Reynolds would get on base with the only walk that Hamels would give up and then goes to second on Tracy’s single, Hamels would end the threat by first striking out Young and Burke, and then getting Hammock to fly out to right. Then in the seventh, Webb would lead off the inning with a single, and then move to second on Stephen Drew’s single. But, the Phillies would get the first out as Conor Jackson pushes a hard bunt down the third base line that would be picked up by Feliz, who would then touch third base, getting Webb out, but is unable to double up Jackson, while Drew goes to second on the play. The next batter, Orlando Hudson, would then get a single deep to right, which would hit the wall in front of Geoff Jenkins. This would turn out to be good luck for the Phillies, as the D-backs’ third base coach, unable to tell whether Jenkins has caught the ball or not, would stop Drew at third base, which in turn would force Jackson to stop at second, as Chase Utley would relay Jenkins’ throw to catcher Chris Coste. As soon as he has caught it, Coste would see Hudson, who has thought that he was going to get a double on his hit, trapped near second base, since Johnson was still standing on the bag. After looking over at Drew, he threw the ball to Ryan Howard. Howard, while also keeping an eye on Drew, to make sure thst he wouldn’t score during the rundown, forced Hudson back towards second. When Hudson tried to run out of the basepath to keep from being tagged by Howard, he was automatically called out by the umpire, for the second out of the inning, with men on second and third. Hamels would then end the threat by striking out Reynolds for his eighth strike out of the game. In the Phillies’ half of the seventh, with two outs and a man on second, Jimmy Rollins would get a RBI double off of Webb, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was pinch running for Coste, who has earlier singled, that would tie the game at two all. After Ryan Madson would put down the D-backs in the top of the eighth, the Phillies went to work on the D-backs’ reliever Chad Qualls. Utley would start the inning off with a single to center, then would go to second on Howard’s single to left. With two men on, Qualls would throw a 2-2 slider to Pat Burrell which Burrell would hit to left, into the flower garden, for a three-run homer, for his twenty-third home run of the season, to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Two batters later, with one out, Feliz would hit a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead. In the ninth inning, with Brad Lidge pitching, Hudson would hit a RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who has earlier singled, to make it 6-3 Phillies. But that would be it as Lidge would end the game by striking out Reynolda.
Cole Hamels would get a no-decision, pitching seven innings, as he gives up only two earned runs on eleven scattered hits, while striking out eight D-backs. Ryan Madson would get the win, as he pitched a shut out inning while giving up one hit. His record is now 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brandon Webb would also get a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while he struck out six. Chad Qualls would take the lost as he goes only a third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on four hits. His record is now 2-7 with a ERA of 3.89. Connor Robertson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies will stay in first place in the National League East, no matter what either the Marlins or the Mets will do tonight. The Phillies’ players will now spend the next four days, except for Chase Utley and Brad Lidge who will both be in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night for the All-Star Game, trying to relax and get refresh, before they play their first series of the second half against the Marlins in Miami on July 18.
The Phillies (52-44), with the win, remain in first place as the 30 major league teams head into the All-Star break. They presently lead the Mets by a game as the Mets prepare to play the Rockies later tonight. The Phillies now lead the Marlins by a game and a half as they lost to the Dodgers. The Braves remain six and a half games behind the Phillies after their win against the Padres today.
Edit: The Phils’ lead over the Mets stay at half as the Mets’ defeated the Rockies with ease. (I need to start drinking more caffeine if I want to avoid making such factual errors late at night.)