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.)
In the final game of their four games series with the D-backs, the Phils get spanked, 8-3. The Phils would draw first blood, as Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly off of Brandon Webb, scoring Shane Victornio, who has singled, moved to second on a ground out and then stole third. The D-backs would come back in the bottom of the inning, as Chris Young hits a two-run home run off of Brett Myers, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Augie Ojeda, who has earlier single, making the score 2-1 D-backs. That would be the score until the bottom of the fourth when the Diamondbacks exploded for four runs off of losing pitcher Myers. After giving up two straight walks and a single, Myers gives up a double to Chris Snyder, which scores Justin Upton and Stephen Drew, both of whom have gotten on base via walks. Chris Burke would then single in Mark Reynolds, who has singled earlier, making the score 5-1 Arizona. Then, with one out, and two men on base, Ojedo would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Snyder, and increasing the D-backs lead to 6-1. In the fifth, Arizona would increase their lead to 7-1, as Reynolds hit a single, knocking in Drew, who has tripled earlier. After Myers is taken out for a pitch hitter, he is replaced by Clay Condrey. After giving up no runs in the sixth, Condrey gives up a home run to Upton in the seventh, his sixth of the year, giving the D-backs a 8-1 lead. He would then pitch a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, with Webb still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Eric Bruntlett would single in Victorino, who has earlier single and stole second, his second steal of the game, making the score 8-2 D-backs. Ryan Howard would then single in Bruntlett, who has reached second on a ground out, making the score 8-3. And that would be where the game ends, as Webb gets the next batter to hit into a double play.
The Phils’ losing pitcher is Myers, who went six innings, getting rocked for seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 2-3 while his ERA is now at 5.33. Condrey would pitch three innings of relief, giving up only one earned run on one hit, the Upton solo home run. Webb would go the distance for the D-backs, increasing his record to 8-0, as he gives up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, as his ERA dips to 2.41.
The Phils (20-16) leave Phoenix (23-12) with a spilt as they continue their road trip with a weekend visit to San Francisco (14-21) with the Giants for three game. Their first game, which will start at 10:15 Eastern (7:15 Pacific) tomorrow at AT&T Park, will have Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10) facing Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40). Hamels is coming off a May 4 games against these same Giants, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits while receiving a no-decision in the Phils’ dramatic 9th inning win against the Giants, 6-5. Hamels will be looking for his fourth win of the year. Misch’s last start was against the Phils on May 2, where he gave up four earned runs on five hits in the Giants’ 6-5 ten innings lost. He will be looking for his first major league victory.
As the Phils leave for San Francisco, they presently trail the Marlins by .5 games, as the Marlins wait to play their game with the Brewers. Meanwhile, they are presently .5 games ahead of the Braves, who have just finished sweeping the Padres for their sixth straight win, 5-4. The Phils will be hoping for the Brewers to defeat the fish, but whether the Marlins win or lose, they will be .5 games ahead of the streaking Braves.
The Phillies increased their National League East lead to a full game over the Marlins as their bats wake up in the Phoenix heat as they crush the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-4. Moyer, who pitched an excellent game, would go seven innings against the Diamondbacks, giving up only two earned runs on six hits and striking out five, as he evened his record to 2-2. The Phils scored first in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard off of Diamondbacks’ starter, and loser, Max Scherzer, scoring Shane Victorino, who has started the game off with a double. The Diamondbacks would tie the game in the second on a triple by Stephen Drew, who knocked in Chris Snyder, who has reached base while he hit into a force out. The Phils would then explode for four runs in the third, batting around for the first of two times that night. The first Philles run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled. Howard would score the Phils second run on a Drew error of a Pedro Feliz groundball. Jenkins would next score the third run of the inning by coming in on a Carloz Ruiz single. Moyer would then help his own cause by hitting a RBI double off of Scherzer, knocking in Feliz, making the score at the time, Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 1. The Phils would add four more runs in the seventh inning, as they batted around for the second time. The first three runs would score on a Eric Bruntlett triple, scoring Jenkins and Ruiz, who have both singled, and Victorino, who has walked. Bruntlett would then scored the Phils fourth run of the inning off of a Howard single, making the score 9-1 Phils. All four Phils runs were off of Edgar Gonzalez, who was pitching his third inning of relief for Scherzer, soon ending up giving up four earned runs on seven hits. The Diamondbacks would answer with one run of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Moyer gives up a solo home run to Snyder, his second of the year. The Phils would then add single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, with their tenth run of the game coming on a Greg Dobbs sacrifice fly off of Brandon Medders, scoring Feliz, who has doubled earlier, and the eleventh and final run coming on a Mark Reynolds fielding error, which would score Utley, who has doubled earlier in the inning. The Diamondbacks would score their final two runs in their half of the ninth off of Clay Condrey. The first would come on a Reynolds single, scoring Miguel Montero, who has earlier singled, with no one out, and the second on a Chris Burke ground out, bringing in Reynolds, now with two outs. Condrey would then end the inning and the game with a ground outs, giving the Phillies a 11-4 victory.
The Phils’ winning pitcher, Moyer, increased his record to 2-2 as he lowered his ERA to 4.15. Ryan Madson would pitch the eighth, giving up no runs on one hit, while Condrey pitched the ninth, giving up two earned runs on four hits. The Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher, Scherzer, would take the lost, watching his record go to 0-1 and his ERA climb to 2.16, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits. After Gonzalez, Medders and Doug Slaten would each pitch an inning, with Medders giving up an earned run on two hits and Slaten an unearned run on one hit.
The Phils bats would come alive with Jenkins leading the charge as he goes 3 for 6, followed by Ruiz, who went 3 for 5, then Victorino, Bruntlett and Feliz, who all went 2 for 5, and Utley, who went 2 for 4, with Victorino and Feliz both hitting doubles, Utley hitting two doubles, and Bruntlett hitting a triple. Even Moyer got into the act, going 2 for 3 with a double. The Phils also received four walks. Also, the Phils would win the ballgame without hitting a home run. The only member of the starting eight not to get a hit or to get on base with a walk was Pat Burrell, who went 0 for 5.
With the victory, the Phils increased their lead in the National League East to 1 game over the Florida Marlins, who had the day off last night, and 1.5 games ahead of the Mets, who has lost to the Dodgers, 5-1.
The Phils continue their four game set with the Diamondbacks tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix as they send out Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.72), who is still looking for his first victory of the season after six tries. His opponent will be Randy Johnson (1-1, 4.79), who is also coming off of a no-decision, as he pitched four innings against the Houston Astros on April 30, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in the Diamondbacks’ 8-7 win.