Cole Hamels appears to have returned to his dominate form as he four hits the D-backs as the Phils’ offense score enough runs to defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3.
The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Ryan Roberts hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as the D-backs took a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the third as, with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Hamels, who had earlier doubled, and gone to third on D-back shortstop Stephen Drew’s fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins ground ball, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins, who was earlier safe on an error, moved up to third. The Phils would then take a 3-1 lead as Chase Utley hits a fielder’s choice ground ball to D-back’s first baseman Chad Tracy, who threw the ball away while trying to get Rollins out at home plate, allowing Rollins to score and Victorino to reach third, while Utley was safe at first. The Phils made it 4-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victorino, Utley being hit by the pitch, moving Victorino up to second, a double steal to third and second by Victorino and Utley, and a walk to Raul Ibanez, and one man out, Jayson Werth hit into a force out, 6-4, forcing out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, as Victorino scored and Utley moved up to third. Meantime, Hamels would dominate the D-backs, giving up only three more hits, as he struck out nine D-backs, in eight strong innings of work. The D-backs cut it close in the ninth as, with a man on, and nobody out, Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, making it 4-3 Phils. But that would be it as Brad Lidge would buckle down, and get out the next three batters for his twentieth save of the season.
Hamels got the win as he pitched eight quality innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 4.42. Brad Lidge recorded his twentieth save as he pitched one inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Dan Haren received the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, His record is now 10-6 with a 2.19 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a walk. Scott Schoeneweis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Juan Gutierrez pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out one.
The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Shane Victornio having three hits, as he was a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he raised his batting average to .319, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, with Hamels’ hit being a double. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phils’ run with a force out. The Phils have won another road series, as their lead in the NL East stay at seven games as the Marlins defeat the Braves.
The Phillies (58-40, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the D-backs (43-58, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be play at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’s starter will be J.A. Happ (7-1, 2.97), who is coming off his first career lost against the Cardinals on July 24, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to get back on the horse while trying to help the Phils sweep the D-backs. The D-backs will counter with Yusmeiro Petit (0-5, 7.68), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 24, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He will be trying to help the D-backs avoid a sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the series in Phoenix with a sweep before heading on to San Francisco for four games with the Giants.
As Joe Blanton pitched another quality start, the Phils’ bats performed a home run clinic as four different batters each hit a two-run home run, in the Phillies’ 9-2 rout of the Cardinals.
The Cardinals took a quick lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Matt Holiday hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, while Pujols, who had just singled, tagged up to second base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, while Utley, who had earlier singled, moved up to second. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and one man out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Cards would get a run back in the fifth as, with one man out, Mark DeRosa hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phillies then preceeded to perform their home run clinic. In the Phils’ half of the fifth, with a runner on, and one man out, Howard hits a two-run bomb to center that bounce off the wall, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. In the sixth, with a man on, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins slugged a two-run home run to right, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had reached base on a throwing error by Cards’ shortstop Lugo, and then went to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, making it 7-2 Phils. The Phils then made it 9-2 in the seventh, as, with one man on, and one out, Raul Ibanez joined the home run show by hitting a two-run shot of his own to left, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Howrad, who had earlier singled. While the Phils’ bats were crushing the redbirds, Blanton was pitching another quality start as he went eight innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, along with the two runs, as he struck out six Cardinals. Brad Lidge then came in to shut down the Cardinals in the ninth.
Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk as he struck out six. His record is now 7-4 with an ERA of 4.11. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit as he struck out a batter. Todd Wellemeyer took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Blake Hawksworth pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out two.
The Phils pounded out thirteen hits in the game, with both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits each, with both batters hitting a two-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits a piece, while Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako got the other three hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being two-run home runs. The Phils once again out hit their opponent, as they won the home stand.
The Phillies (56-40, 1st National League East) start a week-long road trip by starting a three-games series with the Diamondbacks (43-56, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (9-7, 5.65), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on July 22, as he was only able to pitch five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-5 lost. He will once again be trying for his tenth win of the seaon. The D-backs will counter with Jon Garland (5-9, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while seeing if he can survive the Phils. The Phillies will be trying for another series win, before they go on to meet the Giants in San Francisco.
Utley unstoppable in NL All-Star voting
Second baseman’s slump hasn’t affected his popularity
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley’s recent slump hasn’t made a dent in his popularity with All-Star Game voters.
Another week of voting has widened Utley’s already-sizable lead on Chicago’s Mark DeRosa, and he remains the National League’s leading vote-getter, period. All other second basemen will have to be named by NL manager Clint Hurdle to attend the Midsummer Classic.
Utley has more votes than the Astros’ Lance Berkman, the Yankees’ Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, the Red Sox’s David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez and the Braves’ Chipper Jones.
Utley has been stuck on 22 home runs since victimizing St. Louis’ Todd Wellemeyer on June 13. Still, he’s had two stretches in which he’s homered in five straight games. Utley started the 2007 All-Star Game, going 0-for-2 in San Francisco at AT&T Park, and he played in the 2006 contest, going 1-for-2 in Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
His slump notwithstanding, the Phillies superstar is in line to make his second straight All-Star start. This would be Utley’s first career appearance at Yankee Stadium, and it would come in the final season of the historic ballpark.
Teammate Jimmy Rollins, the reigning NL Most Valuable Player, climbed to fourth among shortstops, behind Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, Houston’s Miguel Tejada and Chicago’s Ryan Theriot.
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, ’60 and ’77; the Polo Grounds held the game in ’34 and ’42; Ebbets Field was the site in ’49; and Shea Stadium hosted the ’64 tilt.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.
The voting doesn’t end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
Ryan Howard, who has struggled this season, has slipped to fifth place among first baseman, behind Berkman, Chicago’s Derrek Lee, St. Louis’ Albert Pujols and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder.
Looks like it’ll only be Utley who’ll be representing the Phillies as a starter. Now the question is, who else might be representing the Phillies? Looks like Brad Lidge is at least a lock with what he has done so far as the team’s closer.
The Phillies (20-15) will be playing the final game of their four games series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (22-12) this afternoon at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Their starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who is coming off of his May 3 outing against the San Francisco Giants where he seems to have regain the speed of his fastball as he goes seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 3-2, 10 innings lost. His opponent will be Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), presently one of the best pitchers in the National League. His last outing was a victory as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits in the D-backs’ 10-4 win over the Mets on May 3. He’ll be looking to make his season record 8-0.
After the game, the Phils will continue their road trip as they go on the San Francisco to meet the Giants for a three games weekend series. They will then come back home to start a six games home stand on Tuesday, with three games against the Atlanta Braves, and then a three games weekend Interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins will be rejoining the club, after finishing up his rehab assignment.
The Phillies are hoping to at least split the series with the Diamondbacks, if not leave Arizona with another series win. They also hope to either remain tied for first with the Florida Marlins or to be leading the National League East all by themselves, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves and/or the Mets. Of the later two teams, the Mets have the day off.
The Phillies stay tied for first place with the Marlins as they come from behind to defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-4. The D-backs would score first in the first inning as Stephen Drew singles in Augie Ojeda, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Arizona. The Phils would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled. The Diamondbacks would retake the lead in the fifth as Chris Young hits a solo shot off of Kyle Kendrick, his seventh of the season, making it 2-0 Arizona. Conor Jackson would increase the lead on a groundout as he knocks in Ojeda, who has gotten on base earlier with a triple. The Phils would tie the score again on a two-run home run by Pedro Feliz, his fifth of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The D-backs would retake the lead once again in their half of the seventh, as Jackson hits a double off of Kendrick’s replacement, Ryan Madson, knocking in Eric Brynes, who has earlier singled and stole a base. The Phils would then tie the game again in the top of the eighth as Eric Bruntlett hits a double off of Chad Qualls, who was pitching in relief of D-backs’ starter, Micah Owings, scoring Victorino, who has earlier reached base via a strikeout-passball. The Phils then took the lead for the first time as Chase Utley singles in Bruntlett. After Tom Gordon keep the D-backs off the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils’ starter, Kendrick, would pitch his second no-decision in a row, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits. Madson would pitch one-third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero, the game winner, would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, as his record goes to 3-0 and his ERA drops to 0.63. Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. And Lidge would also go one inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he records his eighth save of the season. The Diamondbacks’ starter, Micah Owings would also record a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Chad Qualls would take the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits, as his record drops to 0-3 and his ERA climbs to 0.93. Juan Cruz pitched one-third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Brandon Medders would pitch one inning for Arizona, giving up no runs on one hit.
The final game of the Phils’ trip to Phoenix will be played at Chase Field at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who will be trying to continue against the Diamondbacks what he had recently done against the Giants. The D-backs will counter with Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), who will be looking for his eighth victory of the year as he pitched the D-backs to victory over the Mets on May 3, 10-4. The Phils will then go to San Francisco to continue their road trip with a three-games series against the Giants at AT&T Park. As the Phillies go to San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins should be reactivated from the disabled list.
With the win, the Phillies (20-15) are still tied for first place with the Marlins, who are leading the Phils now by .005 percentage points, as the fish defeated the Brewers at home. The Phils and the Marlins are both still leading the third place Mets and Braves by 1.5 games, as both teams have also won their games.
The Phillies’ (19-15) trip to Phoenix continues tonight as they play the Diamondbacks (22-11) for the third game of their four games visit to the Arizona desert. The game will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01). He is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants back on May 2, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic 10 innings, 6-5 victory. In his previous start, on April 26 against the Pirates, he got his second win of the year as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, in the Phils’ 8-4 victory. He will be once again looking for his third win of the season. His opponent for the Diamondbacks is Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he pitched five and 2/3 innings, giving up all seven Mets’ runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamondbacks’ 10-4 lost. Before that lost, he had won four of his previous five starts, giving up only three earned runs or less in his first four starts. But in his last two starts, he had given up five runs or more. He’ll be trying to regain his early April form.
The Phils hope to regain sole possession of first place with a victory against the Diamondbacks and a Marlins lost to the Brewers, while increasing their 1.5 games lead over the Braves and/or Mets if either or both of those teams loses their respective games.
Edit: The Mets have just crushed the Dodgers in their game in Los Angeles, 12-1, to avoid the sweep. So, they are presently trailing both the Phils and the Marlins by a full game. The Mets’ next game will be this coming friday against the Reds in New York.
Adam Eaton has finally received his first decision of the season. Unfortunatley, it is a lost, as the Phils lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-4. And Eaton would be the main reason for the lost as he would give up three walks, two extra-base hits, including a three run home runs, and five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which Eaton himself would acknowledge later in a post-game interview. The Diamondbacks would score first in the first inning as Conor Jackson hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who has doubled earlier. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the third as Eric Bruntlett hit his second home run of the season off of Randy Johnson, scoring Eaton, who has earlier doubled. Then came the disasterous fourth inning. After giving up two walks and a single, and then getting a fly out, Eaton would walk Johnson, scoring Justin Upton, who has earlier walked. Mark Reynolds, who has singled, would then score on a Young force out, giving the Diamondbacks back the lead at 3-2. Stephen Drew would then followed that up with a three run home run, his fourth of the season, scoring Miguel Monteo, who has walked, and Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Eaton would be taken out of the game for a pitch hitter, as he gives up six earned runs on just five hits. The Phils’ bullpen of Rudy Seanez, Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin would then pitch the next four innings as they together kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet, while giving up only two hits between them. The Phils’ batters would then slowly start chipping away at Johnson, scoring one run in the fifth on a Bruntlett double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier gotten on base via a walk, and then scoring another run in the sixth on a Jayson Werth home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 6-4 Diamondbacks. But that would be how the game would end, as the Diamondbacks’ own bullpen of Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon would pitch the last three innings, giving up no runs on three hits, saving the game for Randy Johnson.
With the lost, Eaton is still looking for his first win as his record falls to 0-1, with an ERA of 5.63. Johnson, with the victory, increases his record to 2-1, with an ERA of 5.06, as he gives up four earned runs on six hits. Lyon would record his tenth save of the season.
With the lost, the Phils are now tied with the Marlins for first place, trailing the fish by .004 percentage points as the Marlins won their game against the Brewers. The two teams are both leading the Braves and the Mets by 1.5 games as the Braves defeated the Padres, winning their fourth game in a row, while the Mets lost once again to the Dodgers, losing their second straight.
The Phils (19-15) will played the third game of their four games set against the Diamondbacks (22-11) tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies will be starting Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01) who will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time. His last start, against the Giants on May 2, ended in a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 6-5, 10-innings win. He’ll be looking for his third win of the year. He will be opposed by Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) who is coming off of a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamonbacks’ 7-2 lost. He’ll be looking to recover from the lost.
The Phils will be looking to once again have first place all to themselves, while the Marlins will be playing the second game of their series with the Brewers, the Mets will be playing the final game of their series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the streaking Braves will be playing the second of their three games with the Padres in Atlanta.