The Phils present winning streak ends at nine-game as they are unable to defeat Lincecum as they drop the finale to the Giants, 3-1.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Oswalt, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, beating out first baseman’s Aubrey Huff”s throw to second base, after he had tagged first base, beating out Rollins to the bag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval, a pop single by Huff, with Sandoval staying at second base, and a single by Nate Schierholtz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Chris Stewart hits an RBI single, knocking in Sandoval, while moving both Huff and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Giants then tried to take the lead as Tim Linececum attempted a sucide squeeze sacrifice bunt, which dropped in front of home plate. But the attempt backfired as Carlos Ruiz grabbed the ball with his bare hand and then tagged out Huff before he could cross home plate for the inning’s second out, 2-unassisted, while Schierholtz and Stewart both moved up a base, and Lincecum was safe at first on the force out. The Giants tried to take the lead again in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jeff Keppinger, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Carlos Beltran’s single, tried to score on Sandoval’s grounder to Ryan Howard, who threw the ball home, which was caught by Ruiz, who was soon forcing Keppinger back to third base, before tagging him out for the inning’s first out on the fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2, while Beltran would stop at second base, and Sandoval would be safe at first. Two batters later, after Huff had walked, moving both Beltran and Sandoval up a base, to load the bases, Orlando Carbera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Beltran, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Keppinger hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Stewart, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third on Andres Torres’ single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits, tying a career high, and two walks, while striking out four. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes) and two walks (Lidge), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Tim Lincecum (10-9, 2.69) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Javier Lopez recorded his seventeenth hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.
The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with both Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Utley knocking in the lone Phil run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) and Roy Oswalt (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to adjust to Lincecum.
The Phils (74-40, 1st East) will conclude their ten-game road trip with a three-game series against the Dodgers (52-61, 4th West), starting tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send their ace Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 3, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to become the NL’s first fifteen game winner, while also trying to do better than his last start. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to continue being a pain to the Phils. The Phils will be out to start a new winning streak.