The Phils come from behind to win their second straight series at home, and the sixth game in a so far very successful home stand, as they defeat the Reds, 9-6.
The Reds took an early lead in the second as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run triple, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Jonny Gomes’ single, and Gomes, who had just singled, to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and one man out, Reds’ starter Micah Owings hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Encarnacion, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. The Phils gets two of the runs back in the third. With two men out, Chase Utley hits an inside-the-park solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, cutting the Reds’ lead to 3-1. Two batters later, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-2 Reds. The Reds made it 4-2 in the fourth, as, with two men out, Encarnacion hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game at four-all in their half of the fourth, as, with two men on, and two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single off of the glove of Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Reds regained the lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and two men out, Phillips redeemed himself by hitting a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second as Joey Votto struck out swinging, making it a 6-4 Reds lead. The Phils would then come back in their half of the fifth. With two men on, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI bloop single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Greg Dobbs’ walk, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Dobbs over to third base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then walked, loading the bases as Feliz moved up to second base. Pinch hitter Paul Bako then hits a grounder to first. The Reds’ first baseman Votto threw to second base, forcing out Stairs for the inning’s second out, 3-6. But, Bako beats out Reds’ shortstop Paul Janish throw back to first, while allowed Dobbs to score the tying run, making it a six-six ballgame, while Feliz moved up to third. The Phils then took the lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Bako on to third base. Victorino followed with a walk, reloading the bases as Rollins moved up to second. With Utley batting, Reds’ reliever Daniel Ray Herrera uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bako to score, making it an 8-6 Phils’ lead, while Rollins went to third, and Victorino moved up to second base. The Phils would add an insurance run in the sixth as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and his fourth home run of the series, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his seventeenth save as he put down the Reds in the ninth.
Jamie Moyer received the victory as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only two. His record is now 8-6, as he recorded his 254th career win, tying him for 41st place on the all-time wins list with Hall of Famer Red Faber and Jack Morris, and putting him pass Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, with an ERA of 5.99. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless inning, recording his sixth hold, as he gave up only a walk, while striking out four. Brad Lidge recorded his seventeenth save, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Micah Owens took the lost, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-9 with a 4.94 ERA. Josh Roenicke pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Robert Manuel, making his major league debut, pitched an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while he struck out one.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz each collecting two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being an inside-the-park home run, while Werth’s hits were a double and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chan Ho Park got the other four Phils’ hits. Beside Werth’s two RBIs and Utley’s one, Victornio knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Feliz, and Bako knocked in a run each. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue knocking in runs as they face one of the worst teams in the National League, the Pirates.
The Phillies (45-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their successful home stand with a three-games weekend series with the Pirates (38-47, 5th National League Central), as they prepare for the All-Star break. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (5-4, 4.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 5, as he outpitched Johan Santana, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five in seven and a third innings of shut out ball, in the Phils 2-0 win. He will be trying for his sixth win of the year, while hoping to pitched his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Pirates will counter with Zach Duke (8-7, 3.28), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to end his personal two-game losing streak while trying to see if he can slow down the presently red hot Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win, while trying to increase their lead in the National League East.
For only the third time this season, the Phils have won a series at home, as they defeated the Mets on the nation’s birthday, 4-1. Jamie Moyer, pitching in the 600th start of his long career, won his 253rd career win, tying himself with Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for 42nd place on the career wins list.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded and one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and then stopped at third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils would increase their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Paul Bako’s walk, and had gone to third on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, and Bako, who had earlier walked and had moved up to second on Moyer’s bunt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Mets would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Mets’s starter Fernando Nieve hits a bloop RBI single, knocking in Nick Evans, who had earlier singled and then went up to second on Omir Santos’ single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Santos up to second. The Phils would get that run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Bako, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Moyer’s second sac bunt of the game, after being at first undecided upon whether to score or not on the hit, before finally scoring as the throw from Mets’ center fielder Ryan Church goes wide, as Rollins, who had just walked, moved up to third, and Victorino moved on to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would shut down the Mets for the last two and two-thirds innings of the game, with Lidge recording his fifteenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 253rd of his career, as he pitched six and one-third strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 7-6, the team’s first seven game winner, with an ERA of 5.72. Chad Durbin, J. C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, recording their sixth (Durbin), fourth (Romero) and fifteenth (Madson) holds, as they give up only one hit among them (Romero), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Romero (1)). Brad Lidge recorded his fiftteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Fernando Nieve took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and six walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 2.73. Pat Misch pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Pedro Feliciano pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had collected nine hits in the game, with both Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits a piece, with Victorino knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako had the other three hits, with Rollins’ hit being a two-run double. Jayson Werth would knock in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. With the victory, the Phillies have won their first series at home that was not against the Nationals, and they will be going for the series sweep, but trying to do it with Johan Santana on the mound for the Mets.
The Phillies (41-37, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Mets (39-41, 3rd-T), as they go for the series sweep. The game will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his fifth win of the season while trying to help the Phils sweep their main rival in the National League East. The Mets will put onto the mound Phils’ killer Johan Santana (9-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 30, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be going for his tenth win of the year while hoping to both avoid the series sweep and a repeat of his last start against the Phils on June 9, in which he gave up five runs to them, in spite of getting the win.
The Phillies (57-49) three games series with the last place Nationals (38-68) will continue tonight with a night game from Nationals Park. The game will began at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (9-6, 3.76), who is coming off a well pitched game that ended up as a no-decision against the Mets on July 24, as he pitched his ninth straight quality start, going seven inning, giving up only one earned run on two hits, in the Phillies’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying once again for his tenth win of the year while also going for his tenth straight quality start. Moyer has faced the Nationals already twice this year, with a 1-0 record, and a no-decision that the Phillies would win in extra-innings, as he pitch a combined total of nine and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs, three of which were earned, on sixteen hits. The Nationals will counter by sending to the mound Tim Redding (7-5, 3.98), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 24, where he went eight innings, giving up an earned run on seven hits, in the Nationals’ 1-0 lost. He has already faced the Phillies twice this year, with a 2-0 record, keeping the Phils scoreless in thirteen and a third innings on eight hits. He will be aiming for his third win against the Phillies this season, while trying to keep them scoreless.
The Phillies’ offense tonight will be trying to figure out how they can best defeat Tim Redding, who has so far this year have shut them out in over thirteen innings of work, especially after yesterday’s performance in which they did almost nothing against the rookie hurler, Collin Balester. The Phillies have better figure him out quickly, since it would appear that with the way the Nationals are playing right now, the veteran Jamie Moyer should have almost no problem dominating them tonight, unless he throws up a real harmful mistake or two. The offense, if it have a game plan to defeat Redding tonight, I would highly recommend that they follow it and try not to improvise. Otherwise, they are going to be in for a long and frustrating night tonight. After all, Redding is beatable, else he would not have had five loses this year. So, just figure out what Redding has done wrong in those five loses and use that knowledge against him. But remember, above all, one very important thing: He’s not Cy Young, he’s not Walter Johnson, he’s not Carl Hubbell, he’s not Dizzy Dean, he’s not Whitey Ford, he’s not Bob Gibson, he’s not Steve Carlton and he certainly is not Tom Glavine. Now get in there and beat the pants off of him.
The Phillies go into tonight’s game trailing the Mets by half a game and ahead of the Marlins by a game and a half, as the two teams prepare for the final game of their three games series in Miami. The fourth place Braves trail the Phillies by seven and a half games as they prepare to face St. Louis for the third game of their four games set. The Phillies will be hoping that the pesky fish will defeat the Mets tonight while they try to regain first place in the National League East, while at the same time hoping that the Braves, especially after their trade of Mark Teixeira to the Angels, will start fading from the pennant picture.
Edit: Looking at Beerleaguer.com, I’d just learned that against the Phillies, Tim Redding is 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in eight career starts. Which shows that the Phillies has been able to beat him in the past. The offense will need to remember how they have done it in the past if they want to continue today and in the future.