The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, a walk by Freddy Galvis, moving Revere up to second base, a ground out by Chase Utley, 3-unassisted, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Revere, Galvis and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, scoring Revere, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Flaherty hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Chris Davis, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Cruz, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the fourth as, with men on second and third, and with nobody out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a single, then would stop at third base on Bobby Abreu’s double, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as Revere hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Abreu. The Orioles would cut the Phils’ lead down in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Nolan Reimold hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Steve Clevenger, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Michael Almanzar, who had started the inning off with a walk. But that would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez recorded his first save of the spring by getting Xavier Paul to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.
A.J. Burnett (1-2, 10.o0) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Phillippe Aumont collected his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Munson received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Cesar Jimenez collected his first save of the spring as he went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Eduardo Rodriguez threw two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson and Kelvin De La Cruz combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and four walks (O’Day (1), Johnson (1), De La Cruz (2), while striking out three (O’Day (1), De La Cruz (2)) between them.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game with Ben Revere (Single, Triple, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Triple, 3 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Single), Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Tyson Gillies (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Revere, Galvis, Howard, Darin Ruf, Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, Clete Thomas) and a sacrifice fly (Revere), while the defense performed three doubleplays.
The Phils (3-10-2) play their next Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees (7-5). The game is to start at 1:05 pm. The Phils’ starter is still to be determined, while the Yanks plan to start Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40). The Phils will be trying for their first two-game winning streak of the spring.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Jim Thome’s infield single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Thome, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mike Fontenot hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice ground out as Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a double, is thrown out at third base, 6-5, for the inning’s first out, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Thome hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier tripled, while sending Pence, who had just been hit by the pitch, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead as Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in both Pence and Thome. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino. The Orioles got on the scoreboard in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Chris Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Wieters, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 four batters later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Robert Andino hits a two-run double, knocking in Davis, who had moved up to second base on Mark Reynolds’ walk, and Reynolds, who had earlier walked. The Phils increased their lead again in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Thome, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the fourth as Davis hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. The Orioles would make it a 9-6 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, J.J. Hardy hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Endy Chavez, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon received his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, getting Hardy to popped out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.
Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimmer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Arietta (2-8, 6.32) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits, while striking out five. Dana Eveland, Kevin Gregg and Luis Ayala threw five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gregg) between them, while striking out six (Eveland (4), Ayala (2)).
The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jim Thome (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, Home Run, 5 RBIs) leading the Phils with three hits each. Juan Pierre (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Mayberry) in the game.
The Phils (29-31, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Orioles (32-26, 3rd AL East) with an afternoon game later today. The game will start at 4:05 pm EDT and will be played at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-2, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 4, as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his first win since coming off the disabled list. The Orioles will counter with Tommy Hunter (2-3, 5.59), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on May 28, as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, in the Orioles’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to expand on their win yesterday to start a new winning streak.
The Phils’ spring training record even up at four-four as they lose 1-0 to the Orioles on a solo home run.
In the fourth, Chris Davis breaks up a 0-0 tie with a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the only score as neither team would be able to mount up much of an offense.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched three strong innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Scott Elarton (0-1, 1.50) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out four. Raul Valdes and Joe Savery combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Valdes) between them. Brian Matusz (1-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out four. Alfredo Simon picked up his first hold of the spring as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while he struck out three. Oscar Villarreal also picked up his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Miguel Socolovich picked up his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.
The Phils had six hits in the game, with Tuffy Gosewisch (Single, Double), leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Double) and Laynce Nix (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the team was unable to mustard up an offense. The Phils also had a stolen base (Scott Podsednik) in the game.
The Phils (4-4) next grapefruit league game will be a pair of split squad games, one against the Tigers at Bright House Field in Clearwater, and the other against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Both games will start at 1:05 pm EDT.
The Phillies have lost their sixth straight series as they waste another good start by Jamie Moyer as they lose to the Rangers, 5-1. The Rangers would take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Michael Young would hit a RBI ground out, short to first, scoring Ian Kinsler, who has earlier tripled. They would add a second run in the second, as rookie Chris Davis would hit his second career home run, to make it 2-0 Rangers. In the third, the Rangers would increase their lead to 3-0, as Josh Hamilton would single in Young, who has earlier doubled. While Moyer would keep the Rangers off of the scoreboard after that inning, the Rangers’ starter, rookie Eric Hurley, would keep the Phillies’ offense silent, despite some of the batters actually getting some deep counts against him. The Phillies would finally get a run on the board as Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled, to make it 3-1 Rangers. The Rangers would then put the game away in the eight, as Ramon Vazquez would get an RBI single, scoring Marlon Byrd, who has earlier doubled, to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead. The Rangers would score their final run on a ground out by Young, scoring Max Ramirez, who has earlier been hit by the pitch. C.J. Wilson would then come in the ninth for a quick 1-2-3 inning to end the ballgame.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost in spite of keeping the Phillies in the game, as he goes five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and striking out six batters. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.13 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two and one third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Eric Hurley would get his first career victory, as he would also go five and two-thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits. His record is now 1-1 with a ERA of 3.57. Jamey Wright, Eddie Guardado and C.J. Wilson would combine for three and one third innings of hitless ball.
The Phillies’ offense, after a short revival, would go back to sleep, in spite of an early attempt to stay patient inside the batter’s box against the rookie Hurley. Gary Matthews, the ex-Phil, and a present-day Phillies’ Announcer, would offer one of the reasons for the batters’ present slump. The players are presently hitting the ball with the end of the bat, instead of the bat’s sweet spot, near the middle, which is leading to weak outs. Maybe, maybe not. What I do know is that it is really starting to get on my nerves that the batters’ are not doing anything to help correct the problem. Sounds to me like Charlie Manuel may need to take these guys behind close doors and read them the riot act to get them thinking about what they are doing wrong. Well, one can only hope, right? *Sigh*
The Phillies (44-39) have finally finished their involvement in interleague play, with a 4-11 record, losing all five series. They will now have the day off, which they will hopefully use to get their heads screwed back on before they begin a three games series with the Braves in Hot-lanta, and then come home for a four games Independence Day weekend series with the Mets.
With the lost, the Phillies’ lead in the East drop down once again to one full game as the Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks. The Mets are now back in third place, trailing the floundering Phillies by three games as they defeat the Yankees. The Braves now trail the Phillies by four games as they lose to the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Phillies will now try to regroup and get back on the winning track.
The Phillies have now lost two games in a row as Brett Myers pitches himself out of the starting rotation after being unable to get anyone out in the bottom of the third inning as the Phillies lose to the lowly Rangers, 8-7. The Rangers would take the lead in the first as Ian Kinsler hits a solo home run off of Myers’ second pitch, his thirteenth home run of the season, to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Myers would seem to have settle down after that, while the Phillies were able to score some runs off of Rangers’ starter, Kason Gabber, in the top of the third. The inning would begin with Gabber being unable to find the strike zone, as he walks Eric Bruntlett. Jayson Werth would then get on base via a fielding error by Gabber, which would send Bruntlett to second base. Chase Utley would then get the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. Jimmy Rollins then follows with a ground out, shortstop to first, which would score Bruntlett, tying the ballgame at one apiece, while moving both Werth and Utley up a base. Pat Burrell is then intentionally walked by Gabber to reload the bases for him to face Ryan Howard. Howard would go down swinging for out number two. Pedro Feliz would then pick him out by hitting a grand slammer off of Gabber, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Utley and Burrell, while giving the Phillies what should have been a lights out 5-1 lead. The Phillies’ inning would then end with Shane Victorino grounding out. After being given such a big lead, most pitchers would then buckle down and go after the hitters. But that did not happen with Brett “I don’t like leads” Myers, as he would proceed to have a melt down on the mound in the bottom half of the third. Kinsler would greet him with a double, soon to be followed by an infield single for Michael Young. Josh Hamilton would then get an infield single off of Myers’ glove, loading the bases, with nobody out. Myers would then proceed to walk Milton Bradley, scoring Kinsler, and cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. A second straight walk to David Murphy, which would score Hamilton with the Rangers’ third run of the night, would be enough for Charlie Manuel to watch as he comes out to replace a struggling Myers with Clay Condrey, and leave the bases loaded, as the Phillies now lead 5-3. Condrey would get Marlon Byrd to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to get two quick outs, while Hamilton scores on the play, to cut the lead down to 5-4 Phillies, with a runner on third, giving the Phils a chance to get out of the inning with the lead. But it was not to be, as Condrey would give up a two-run home run to rookie Chris Davis, the first home run of his career, to give the lead back to the Rangers, 6-5. The inning would finally end with Jarrod Saltalamacchia lining out to left. In the fourth, the Phillies would tie the game, as Chris Coste hits a lead off home run, his seventh of the year. The Rangers would retake the lead in the fifth, when, with one out, Bradley would hit a home run off of the foul pole for his sixteenth home run of the year. At this point, both teams’ bullpens would keep the game close until the bottom of the eighth, when, with Rudy Seanez pitching in relief of J.C. Romero, he would give up a RBI sacrifice fly to Hamilton, scoring Kinsler, who has earlier walked, and has moved to third on Young’s double, giving the Rangers an 8-6 lead. That would be the different, as, with the Rangers’ closer C.J. Wilson pitching in the ninth, he would give up a solo home run to Werth, leading off the inning, to make it an 8-7 Rangers’ lead. After getting the next two Phils’ batters out, Wilson would give up a double to Burrell and then a single to Howard, which moved pinch runner Geoff Jenkins to third, who was held there by the third base coach, instead of taking a chance of sending him home, since the ball has rolled off of shortstop Young’s glove, to tie the game. Instead, Wilson would finally end the game by getting Greg Dobbs to ground out, recording his seventeenth save of the year.
Brett Myers gets a no-decision as he self-destructs on the mound after pitching only two innings plus five batters, giving up five earned runs on five hits and walking two batters, which would end up being costly. This performance would appear to have finally taken Myers out of the starting rotation as Manuel has finally lost his patience with him. The questions now are, what are the Phillies going to do with Myers and how will this affect both the rotation and the bullpen? Clay Condrey would take the lost as he pitches two and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-1 with a ERA of 4.36. Ryan Madson would go an inning and a third, giving up only one hit. J.C. Romero woud follow him with a scoreless, hitting inning. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Kason Gabbard would also pitch a no-decision, as he pitches only three and a third inning, giving up six runs, only one of which would be earned, on only four hits. Josh Rupe would get the win as he goes two and a third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Frank Francisco would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning and a third. Eddie Guardado would pitch a hittless, scoreless inning as well. C.J. Wilson would pitch the ninth, giving up a run on three hits, recording his seventeenth save of the year.
The Phillies’ offense, inspite of actually scoring some runs, is still mired in its collective slump, as almost all of their runs would come in via the long ball, as the batters are still swinging at the pitcher’s junk, thus getting themselves out. To this problem is now added the confusion that will be caused by Myers’ final meltdown on the mound in the third inning after being given a four run lead thanks to Feliz’s earlier grand slam. No one at this point knows what is going on inside Myers’ head, as Manuel will now have to decide who to use in place of Myers for his upcoming start against the Braves in Atlanta next week, as well as for him to determine what to do now with both the rotation and the bullpen in general since it is obvious that unless the Phillies can bring up someone from within their farm system, the replacement starter will have to come from the bullpen (probably Chad Durbin), and no one knows if Myers will be working from within the bullpen, and how that will affect the rest of the National League leading bullpen. Thank you Brett Myers for creating this situation. I hope that you are proud of yourself.
The final interleague series between the Phillies (43-38) and the Rangers (41-40, 3rd American League West) will continue in Arlington, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The game will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will be sending to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.27) to end their present slide. He is coming off a recent lost against the Angels on June 22, as he would pitch seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying once again for his eighth victory while trying to avoid getting hit in this hitters’ friendly park. He will be counter by former-Phil Vicente Padilla (10-3, 3.74), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Rangers’ 5-3 win. This will be his first start against his former team. He will be trying to defeat his former ballclub, while hoping that last night’s game was not a possible precurser to a Phillies’ batting resurgence.
With the lost, the Phillies’ lead drop to a game over the Marlins as the fish defeated the Diamondbacks. The Braves are now trailing the Phillies by three game, back in a tie for third place, as they defeated the Blue Jays. The Mets are also three games behind the Phillies, as they spilt their doubleheader with the Yankees, dropping the night cap at Shea Stadium. The Phillies will once again try to break out of their collective team hitting slump and try to put some distance between them and the rest of the East before their day off on Monday.