The Phils’ offense, helped by some sloppy play by the Indians’ defense, routed the last place Indians, as they sweep the interleague series between the two teams, 12-3.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez, and with nobody out, catcher Carlos Santana committed a missed catch error of third baseman Andy Marte’s force attempt throw on a Dane Sardinha ground ball, as it tipped off of Santana’s glove as he tried to get out of the way, allowing Werth and Ibanez to score, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Valdez up to third, as Sardinha stopped at second on the error. Two batters later, with the bases once again loaded as Joe Blanton is hit by the pitch, and still with nobody out, Victorino hit into an RBI ground out, 1-3, for the first out of the inning, scoring Valdez, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Sardinha up to third and Blanton to second base. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, while sending Blanton on to third. The Phils then made it 5-0 as, once again with two men and with still one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Blanton. The Indians cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the fifth as, with one man on and with one man out, Jason Donald hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Luis Valbuena, who was earlier safe on a force out, 4-6, as Shelley Ducan, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second. The Phils would get the runs back in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard reaches first on a fielder’s choice grounder to first baseman Russell Branyan, allowing Polanco, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Utley’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while Utley, who had earlier singled, would be safe at second base. One batter later, with two men on base, and with still two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, making it 7-2 Phils, while Howard would stop at second. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the sixth as Sardinha started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his first of his major league career and the season, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with one man on and with one out, Polanco would hit an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via an infield single to Utley, sending Polanco to third, and a walk to Howard, sending Utley to third, and with still one man out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco, making it 10-2 Phils, while sending Utley to third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded again as Ibanez walks, moving Howard up to second, and now with two men out, Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 12-2 lead, while Ibanez stops at third. The Indians then added a run in the eighth as, with one man on and with one man out, Trevor Crowe hits an RBI double, knocking in Donald, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-3 Phils’ lead. After Blanton got Anderson Hernandez to strikeout swinging, the rains came down in a deluge. The rains would last for over an hour before play resume, with Nelson Figueroa, who has been called up from Lehigh Valley just hours earlier, took the mound in relief of Blanton. Figueroa would proceed to get out the four men whom he would face, leaving the game as a 12-3 Phils’ win.
Joe Blaton gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, before being taken out because of the deluge, giving up three runs on six hits, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 3-5 with an ERA of 6.53. Nelson Figueroa pitches a scoreless inning and one-third, striking out a batter. Fausto Carmona took the lost as he went only four innings, plus four batters, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 6-6 with 3.64 ERA. Hector Ambriz pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. Jensen Lewis and Joe Smith combine for two and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lewis), while striking out two (one each).
The Phils burst out with fifteen hits, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, as he had three singles and a double, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth follows with three hits apiece, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, while Werth scored two runs. Wilson Valdez is next with two hits, both singles, as he knocks in two runs. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha had the other three Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Sardinha’s hit was his first career home run, a solo shot. Ryan Howard also knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice ground ball, while the other two runs came in on an error.
The Phillies (38-32, 3rd NL East) will finish Interleague Play with a three-game series against the Blue Jays (39-34, 4th AL East) with the Phils as the away team, although playing the series in Philadelphia, thanks to the security worries of the G20 Summit that is being held this weekend in Toronto, Canada. The Phils presently have an 8-0 lead after five innings.
After an explosive start, the Phils watch the game slip out of their hands, and see another pitcher go down, as they lose to the Rays, 10-4, their first road series lost in a while.
The Phillies took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils made it 3-0 as Matt Stairs followed with a double, knocking in Howard. It then became 4-0 Phils as Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs. The Rays would come back in their half of the first, as, with one man on and two outs, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Ben Zobrist then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, scoring Pena. The Rays would tie the game up at four-all in the second, as Willy Aybar hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Rays took the lead as Carl Crawford hits an RBI double, scoring Gabe Kapler, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Dioner Navarro’s single, giving the Rays a 5-4 lead, while sending Navarro, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, Burrell would hit into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Navarro from third to make it 6-4 Rays, while sending Crawford on to third. In the fourth, the Rays tried to add to their lead, with two men on, Kapler and Crawford via walks, and two men out, as the Phillies took their starter Antonio Bastardo out of the game because of a strained left shoulder. The Phils replaced him with Chad Durbin, who then proceeded to end the threat by striking out Burrell. The Phils then threathen to score in the sixth, as they had runners on the corners, Stairs on third, after getting on base by being hit by the pitch, and then going to third on Feliz’s infield single and a throwing error by Rays’ shortstop Jason Bartlett, after originally being unable to handle the ball, with one man out, as Eric Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, which would’ve been deep enough to score Stairs, and make it a 6-5 Rays’ lead. But, in a baserunning blunder, Feliz had run up to second base, and was thus doubled up when Rays’ centerfielder B.J. Upton’s throw beat him back to first, 8-3, before Stairs could cross the plate, denying the Phils a run, and leaving the score at 6-4 Rays. The Rays then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded via a Crawford double, later going to third on a Durbin wild pitch, and then walks to both Burrell and Zobrist, and two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI single, scoring Crawford, making it 7-4 Rays, while both Burrell and Zobrist moved up a base, leaving them loaded. Aybar then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Burrell and Zobrist, giving the Rays a 9-4 lead, and sending Bartlett to third, before Aybar is thrown out trying to go to second, 8-4, ending the inning. The Rays made it 10-4 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners and one man out, Crawford hits into a RBI force out, scoring Upton, who had earlier tripled, as Gabe Gross, who had earlier walked, was thrown out at second, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offensive would be unable to mount any attack during the last two innings.
Antonio Bastardo took the lost, pitching only three and two-thirds innings because of an injury to his left shoulder, as he gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 6.75. Chad Durbin pitched two innings of relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Tyler Walker pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson also pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Andy Sonnanstine got the win, as he pitched five and one third innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, and striking out seven. His record is now 6-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Grant Balfour pitched one and two-thirds innings, recording his ten hold of the year, as he give up a hit, while he struck out two. Randy Choate pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Dan Wheeler also pitched an inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz both leading the team with two hits a piece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other four hits, as the Phils got shut down after such a promising start in the first inning. Howard knocked in two of the Phils’ runs, while Stairs and Feliz both knocked in a run.
The Phillies (37-33, 1st National League East) will conclude Interleague Play this weekend with a three-games series against the Blue Jays (40-34, 3rd American League East). The game will start at 7:07 pm Eastern time, and will be played in Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Phils starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (4-3. 4.24), who is coming off a lost to the Orioles on June 21, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. In a previous start against the Blue Jays, on June 16, he pitched a no-decision, as he went six innings, also giving up just two runs, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the year, while trying to start the series on a very positive note for the Phils. He will be opposed by Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 21, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win. In a previous start against the Phils, also on June 16, he also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Blue Jays’ 8-3 win. He will also be looking for his fifth win of the season, while trying to continue the Phils’ Interleague Play woes.