Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of the 2011 season, as the Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Nats, as the Phils win, 3-2.
The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had reached first base on Ian Desmond’s fielding error, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s slow ground out, 5-3, then was given third on Desmond’s interference error as Rollins and Desmond bump into each other as Rollins was heading towards third base, since no one was covering third, thanks to the shift on Howard. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s fail bunt attempt,1-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Valdez’s walk, was out at third, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out, scored, while sending Halladay, who was safe at first on his failed bunt attempt, stopped at second base. Two batters later, after Rollins had loaded the bases with a single, moving up both Halladay and Polanco, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Howard was hit by the pitch, forcing in Halladay, while moving up a base both Polanco and Rollins. That would remain as the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Nats finally put together a rally. With runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Jayson Werth’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1, while sending Werth, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Nats then cut it down to a 3-2 Phils’ lead, as Danny Espinosa hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Nix on to second base. But that would be the final score, as Halladay would buckle down and get the last two outs, by first striking out pinch hitter Matt Stairs for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, both on called third strikes.
Roy Halladay (2-0, 1,23) got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he had struck out nine. John Lannan (1-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, striking out three. Chad Gaudin, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Guadin), while striking out two batters (Guadin and Slaten one batter each), between them. Halladay performed the Phils’ staff first complete game, as he missed pitching a shut out by giving up the first of two runs in the ninth, before striking out the last two batters to end the ballgame.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ RBI, Francisco via a ground out and Howard as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The Phils’ offense did not have many hits in the game, but they were able to score enouigh run to win behind Halladay.
The Phils (8-3, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nationals (5-6, 3rd) later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84), will pitch for the Phils as he is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 8, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lee will be trying to come back from his previous bad start against the Braves, while trying to give the Phils their fourth series win. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Mets, as he lasted five and one thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while also trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be trying to come back to Philly with a winning record.
Behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer, who won his 265 career win, and his first in the new Yankee Stadium, the Phils’ bat struck long enough to defeat the World Champions Yankees, 6-3.
The Phils’ bat erupted for four runs in the second inning to take the lead. The Phils scored their first run, taking a 1-0 lead as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Brian Schneider, sending Dobbs to second, and an infield single to Wilson Valdez, moving both Dobbs and Schneider up a base, and with still one man out, Shane Victorino hits a three-run triple, scoring Dobbs, Schneider and Valdez, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Yankees got a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Robinson Cano hits a solo home run, his fourteen home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The next batter, Jayson Werth, made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Phils’ their first back-to-back home run display of the season. The Phils threathen to add to their lead in the fourth as they loaded the bases, via a walk to Victorino, who then stole second base, a Chase Utley single, sending Vitctorino to third, and an intentional walk to Werth, with two men out, but they were turned back as Ibanez grounded out, 4-3. That would be the last time that the Phils’ offense would do anything that night, as Yankees’ relief pitching would shut them down for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, the Yanks would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-2 as, with one man out in the fifth, Jorge Posada hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer would only give up a walk to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, who is then wiped out at second as Cano hits into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play, and one more hit, an infield single to Kevin Russo in the eighth. The Yankess then tried to get back into the game in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rodriguez his an RBI double, knocking in Mark Teixeira, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners as Russo followed Rodriguez with a single, moving A-Rod to third, and still with two men out, Brad Lidge finally ended the game by striking out Posada swinging.
Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 265th of his career, tying him for 38th place on the all-time wins list with Jim McCormick, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out five, as he recovers from the shelling that he had received in Boston the previous Friday night. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.76 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he strikes out three. A.J. Burnett took the lost as he pitches only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out only three. His record is now 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA. Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin combine for five and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Logan), while striking out six Phils (three each).
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Wilson Valdez each getting a hit. Victorino’s hit was a triple, knocking in three runs. Howard and Werth’s hits were solo home runs. Utley, Dobbs and Valdez’s hits were singles, with Dobbs’ hit knocking in a run, while Valdez’s was an infield single. While the Phils’ offense appears to be breaking out of its slump, it is still not putting together the sustain attack that it was putting on the field in April and early May. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before that feared attack finally returns to make the rest of the NL squirm.
The Phils (33-30, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Yankees (41-24, 1st-T AL East) with a night game at the new Yankee Stadium. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80), who last pitched on June 11 in a relief appearance against the Red Sox, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost to the BoSox. He will be trying for his first win since his six innings performance against the Marlins on May 28, in the Phils’ 3-2 win over the fish. He will be trying to build on his good relief appearance, after having pitched two straight no-decisions, one good, one bad. The Yankees with counter will Andy Pettittee (8-1, 2.46), who is coming off a win against the Astros on June 11, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Yanks’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to repeat his world series performance against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to win the series, while hoping for a measure of revenge against Pettitte for the two world series’ defeats.
The Phillies let another game slip out of their hands as they blow another lead, losing to the Cubs, 3-2. And, to add insult to injury, a bad umpire’s call may have hurt them this time. Like yesterday, the Phillies would score first, as, with two men on and two outs, Pat Burrell would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has been hit by the pitch, and then would move up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between two former A’s teammates, Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Cubs’ starter Rich Harden. As the Phillies’ batter would be patient at the plate, causing Harden’s pitch count to rise, Blanton would breeze quickly through the first four innings, giving up only a lead-off walk and a hit. The Phillies would finally get their second run off of Harden when, with a runner on first and two outs, Howard would hit a single to right, with Utley, who has gotten on first with a single, would go to third on the hit. Cubs’ right fielder Kosuke Fukudome would then commit a throwing error, which would allow Utley to score, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1, as, with runners on the corners on and one out, Daryle Ward would hit a ground ball to Utley. Utley would throw to Jimmy Rollins for the inning’s second out, removing Henry Blanco, who has earlier singled, but he would then make an errant throw to first, which would pull Howard off the first base bag, because of Blanco’s slide which would force Rollins to make a quick throw when he actually have time to throw out Ward, which would not be recorded as an error. The blunder would allow Mark DeRose, who has earlier walked, stole second and has moved to third on Blanco’s single, to score the Cubs’ first run. Blanton would then end the inning by getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out. Blanton would then melt down on the mound in the sixth, as he proceed to walk first Ryan Theriot and then Derrick Lee. After getting out the next two batters, with the runners both moving up a base on the second out, he would then walk DeRosa to load the bases. That was enough for Charlie Manuel, as he would come out to take out Blanton and replace him with Scott Eyre. Eyre would, unfortunatley, walk Fukudome on five pitches, forcing in Theriot, and tying the game at two all, while leaving the bases loaded. Eyre would end the inning by striking out Blanco. In the seventh, the Phillies would try to retake the lead, with runners on the corners and two out, Howard would hit a ball at Cubs’ first baseman Lee, who would proceed to boot the ball, but would somehow be able to throw it in time to pitcher Jeff Samardzija, to get out Howard. This would lead to an argument between Howard, Manuel, Davey Lopes and first base umpire Chris Guccione, while, according to the Phillies’ announcers, Howard, Lopes and Manuel had a point as Howard would actually beat Lee’s throw to first, which would have given the Phillies the lead with Rollins, who was safe on a force out, moved to second on Shane Victorino’s walk and has gone to third during another force out, coming across the plate during the play. Third base coach Steve Smith would eventually be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Bill Welke for still arguing the call. This would turn out to be huge, as, in the Cubs’ half of the seventh, with one out, Clay Condrey would give up a solo home run to Soriano, his twenty-third home run of the year, to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. This would be the final score, as the Phillies would be unable to score in the eighth inning, and after turning back the Cubs in their half of the eighth, would be unable to get anything done in the ninth, as Carlos Marmol would record his seventh save of the season.
Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on two hits and five very costly walks. Scott Eyre would get his second blown save of the season, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up only one walk, which sadly brought in the tying run, and one strikeout. Clay Condrey would get the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Rudy Seanez would also pitch an inning, as he gives up no run on one hit. Rich Harden would also receive a no-decision as he would only last five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Chad Gaudin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Jeff Samardzija would get the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on two hits. Carlos Marmol would get his seventh save of the year as he pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up no hits while striking out three.
Multiply factors would kill the Phillies today. First, Blanton’s five walks. Four of those walks would lead to the two runs that he would give up, especially the three walks that he would give up in the sixth inning, loading the bases. Although it would be Scott Eyre who would walk home the tying run, it would never have happened if Blanton had been able to throw strikes when he needed to, especially after getting ahead of the hitters. Secondly, the offense. Although they would force Rich Harden to leave the game early by getting him to work long pitch counts, they would be unable to get a key hit when they needed it when they threaten to score in the early innings. Business as usual for the offense. Third, Jimmy Rollins’ blunder in the fifth, when he could’ve taken his time to throw to first for the third out on Daryle Ward’s grounder to Utley, but instead would rush his throw because of Harry Blanco coming at him to break up the double play. Instead of the score staying 2-0 Phils, it became 2-1 Phillies because he would force Ryan Howard off of the bag to keep it from going past him. And lastly, the umpire’s call in the seventh inning on Howard’s grounder to first that would bounce off of Derrick Lee’s glove. According to instant reply, Howard has actually beaten Samardzija to the bag, but first base umpire Chris Guccione would call Howard out. The broadcasters think that this is the result of the same umpire earlier calling Utley safe on the previous play when he might’ve been beaten by the throw. If it is, it really stinks! as it kept the Phillies from retaking the lead. Oh man, how much more of this do we Phillies’ fan have to suffer through before we all go mad? Or when will all of this buzzard luck finally start to go our boys’ way?
The Phillies (73-62) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (85-50, 1st National League Central), now trying for a split in the series. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports and will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central) in Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 25, as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up nine scattered hits while striking out eight, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be trying to pitch his six straight quality start since returning from the minors and improving his record to 5-1 in his last eight starts, while trying to stop the Phillies’ present slide at three games. The Cubs’ starter will be Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on August 25, as he went seven innings, giving up only three earned run on seven hits while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 12-3 rout. He will be trying to see if he can continue the Cubs’ seven game winning streak and continue the Phillies’ current losing streak.
With the lost, the Phillies are presently trailing the Mets by two game and lead the Marlins by five games, as the Mets defeated the Marlins. The Phillies will be trying to regroup so that they can come back and split the series before continuing their long road trip.
Behind the four hit, shutout pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies are able to finally end their longest losing streak of the season at six games as they defeat the A’s, 4-0. The Phillies would score their first run in the top of first, when, with two men on base, and one out, Pat Burrell would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who first got on base with a walk, moved to second on Chase Utley’s bloop single and then was part of a double steal which got him to third, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth when Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI triple off of both the left field wall and the back of A’s left fielder Jack Cust, which would score Burrell, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Feliz would then score on a sacrifice fly by Chris Coste, making it 3-0 Phillies. The Phillies would score their final run in the sixth, when with two outs and a runner on first, Coste would hit a RBI single on a ball that was misplayed by A’s center fielder Carlos Gonzalez, allowing Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, to score, giving the Phillies a 4-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough runs for Kyle Kendrick to work with, as he would go eight innings, giving up only four scattered hits to the A’s, and only getting into trouble in the eighth inning, after the Phillies have earlier blown a bases loaded, no body out, situation that could’ve blown the game wide open, in their half of the inning. After giving up a single to Kurt Suzuki and then getting Gonzalez to fly out to center, Kendrick would give up a single to Daric Barton, putting runners on first and second with one out. After a conference with Charlie Manuel, Kendrick would stay in the game, and unlike Moyer on Tuesday night, Kendrick would get out of the jam by striking out Mark Ellis on a called third strike and then getting Ryan Sweeney to ground out pitcher to first. J.C. Romero would then come in the ninth to redeem himself as he would quickly dispose of the A’s to end the ballgame.
Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he pitches a brilliant game, going eight innings for the first time in his career, giving up no runs on four hits, striking out four and walking only one A. His record is now 7-3 with a 4.59 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits. Greg Smith would get the lost as he is only able to go five and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 4-6 with an ERA of 3.69. Chad Gaudin would go one and a third shut out innings, giving up two hits. Santiago Casilla would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Andrew Brown would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits.
Speaking of Kendrick’s performance, Phillies Phollowers has noted in her post yesterday that Kyle Kendrick has been seen working on his pitches with the 45-years old veteran Jamie Moyer, who yesterday had the A’s stymied for most of the game until he finally ran out of gas in the seventh. Could it be possible that the old vet has given Kendrick some pitching tips and that Kendrick actually listened to him? If that does turn out to be the case, maybe Kendrick should start listening to him more. Heck, maybe Moyer should start talking to Myers? It certainly couldn’t hurt at this point.
The Phils’ offense was finally able to score more than two runs in a game for the first time since June 18. But they still blew several scoring opportunities when they could have scored even more runs, the biggest one coming in the eighth inning. With Casilla pitching in relief, Feliz would greet him with a single, his second hit of the night. Victorino would then get on base via a fielding error by shortstop Bobby Crosby, who threw away the ball as he attempted to force out Feliz, who would end up on third, giving the Phillies runners on the corners with nobody out. Victornio, with Coste batting, would then steal second, his nineteenth of the season, to give the Phillies two runners in scoring position. Coste then hits a grounder to the pitcher Casilla. After looking over to third and seeing that Feliz wasn’t going anywhere, Casilla would turn around to get ready to throw to first, only to see that Coste was already there, loading the bases. But, the Phillies would soon run themselves out of a possible big inning, as Eric Bruntlett would hit a grounder to the shortstop Crosby. This time, Crosby would be able to throw Feliz out at home, with Suzuki touching home plate, as Feliz did not immediately move towards home upon contact, while the others would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The next batter, Werth, would then strike out swinging. Utley would then step up to the plate, the bases still loaded and two outs, already having a four hits night, breaking out of his personal slump with two singles, a double and a triple. But, he is still in a slump with runners in scoring position, as, on a 2-1 count, he lines out to Crosby, leaving the bases loaded. The Phillies’ offense still seem to have a problem bringing in men in scoring position, although some aggressive base running in the first would get their first run home as Werth would score on Burrell’s short sac fly, as his running for home would force center fielder Gonzalez to make an offline throw to home plate, thus allowing Werth to score. In the third, with two outs and with Utley on second via a double, his second hit of the night, Utley would be sent home on Jimmy Rollins’ single to right. A strike to home plate by Sweeney would keep Utley from scoring what would have been the Phillies’ second run as he is tagged out by Suzuki. The Phillies are being a bit more aggressive in the field, but the batters still need to discipline themselves if they are either going to get runners home with less than two outs, or with two men out, if they are going to stay in front in the East.
The final game of this three games interleague play series will be an afternoon game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 3:35 pm Eastern (12:35 pm Pacific). The Phillies (45-36) will send to the mound Adam Eaton (2-5, 4.94), who is coming off an awful start against the Angels on June 20, where he would only go five innings, getting roughed up for six runs on twelve hits in the Phillies’ 7-1 lost. Before that, he have had five straight quality starts, although going 2-2 with a no-decision, which was won by the Phillies, during that stretch. Lifetime against the A’s he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He will be trying to get his third victory while trying to continue the recent strings of good starts by the Phillies’ starters. The Athletics (42-35, 2nd American League West) will counter with Rich Harden (4-0, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against Florida on June 20, where he would go five and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, in the A’s 7-6 win. He has won his previous start against the Giants on June 14, going six scoreless innings, while giving up only one hit, in the A’s 4-0 win. He will be trying to get his fifth win, while hoping that he can keep the Phillies from regaining their potentcy.
The win puts the Phillies’ lead back to two games as the Marlins had earlier been crushed by the Rays, and keep their leads over the Mets and the Braves at four and four and half games respectively, as both teams have won their games. The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row, as the offense tries to see if they can finally start driving in men in scoring position, before they head on to Texas to meet the Rangers for a weekend series.