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.)
Thanks to a Jayson Werth single in the bottom of the twelfth, the Phillies have now won their third straight game as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings, 6-5.
The Phillies would take a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-eighth home run of the year, a solo shot off of the D-backs’ starter, Doug Davis. The score would remain 1-0 for the next several innings, as Davis, and Phillies’ starter, Kyle Kendrick, would be involved in a pitchers’ duel until the top of the sixth, when, with two outs and a runner on third, Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who has earlier singled, stole second and has went to third on a ground out, tying the score at one all. The Phillies would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Pedro Feliz, who has earlier reached base with a walk, and has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s double, would score on a wild pitch by Davis, making it 2-1 Phillies, while Victornio would go to third. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, he would attempt to steal second with Kendrick batting. While Ruiz is caught off second, Victornio would break for home, and would score during the rundown, to make it 3-1 Phillies, before Ruiz is finally tagged out, Miguel Montero (catcher) to Stephen Drew (shortstop) to Tracy (first baseman), for the final out of the inning. In the seventh, Kendrick would get knocked out of the box as he is unable to keep the Diamondbacks from scoring, as the first three men that he would face in the inning would get on base: Montero would start the inning off with a single, then go to third on a Alex Romero double, putting runners on second and third. Pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio would then double, scoring both Montero and Romero, making it three all. Augie Ojeda would then move Bonifacio over to third with a sacrifice bunt, for the first out. Charlie Manuel would then take out Kendrick, replacing him with R.J. Swindle. Drew would greet Swindle with a RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, making it 4-3 D-backs. Swindle is then replaced by Chad Durbin, who would get out the two men that he would face via a swinging strike out (Hudson) and a pop out to the catcher (Conor Jackson). The D-backs would make it 5-3 in the eighth, when Romero would hit a RBI double, while being robbed of a possible home run by an almost great catch by Victorino, which would score Montero, but Romero would be thrown out at third base when he tried to turn it into a triple, Victorino to Jimmy Rollins to Feliz. In the Phillies’ half of the eighth, Howard would start the inning off with a walk. He would then move to second on a single by Pat Burrell. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Burrell, Feliz would then bunt both him and Howard over a base. Victornio would then follow with a two-run triple, scoring both Howard and Bruntlett, tying the score at five all. The Phillies would then threaten to score the winning run from the ninth inning on, but would be unable to score until the twelfth, while the bullpen would shut down the Diamondbacks. So Taguchi would start the inning off with a single. He would be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Coste, for the first out. Rollins would then be intentionally walk. Jayson Werth would then follow with a single, that would score Taguchi, giving the Phillies the win.
Kyle Kendrick would receive a no-decision, pitching six and a third innings before finally being knocked out of the box by the D-backs, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. R.J. Swindle would face only one batter, giving up one hit. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brad Lidge, Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero would combine to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit between them. Rudy Seanez would get the victory as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA. Doug Davis would also get a no-decision as he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Chad Qualls would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Doug Slaten would face just one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. Tony Pena would get a blown save, his third of the year, as he would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Leo Rosales would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits. Connor Robertson would take the lost, going one and a third inning, giving up one earned runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA.
The Phillies (51-43) will continue their three games series with the Diamondbacks (46-47, 1st Natiomal League West) tomorrow afternoon with the second of their three games from Citizens Bank Park. The game would start at 3:55 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20), who is coming off an awful start against the Mets on July 7, where he would only go two and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Phillies’ 10-9 lost. Lifetime against the D-backs he is 3-5 in 14 startes with a 4.23 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to keep the Phillies ahead of the other teams in the East. The D-backs will counter with Randy Johnson, (5-7, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 6, as he would go six and one third innings, giving up only one run on three hits, in the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win. Johnson will be trying for his second straight victory while hoping to be able to dominate the Phillies as he has done in the past.
The Phillies’ lead over both the Marlins and the Mets is still a game and a half as they have both won their games while their lead over the Braves have increased to seven and a half games with their lost to the Padres. The Phillies will try to continue their present winning streak while hoping to put some distance between themselves and their nearest rivals.