The Phillies dropped to 6-8 on the season as they lose another game, one in which they were almost no-hit by the Brewers, while their ace was taken out of the game after being hit on the shoulder by a line-drive hit by Prince Fielder.
The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Dave Bush for the first three innings, in which Hamels gave up only a single (Corey Hart) while striking out six of the first nine batter that he had so far faced, while Bush had allowed only one Phil batter to reach base, via a hit batsman (Jimmy Rollins). That all changed in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run to left, his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the series, as he knocked in Hart, who had earlier singled, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Prince Fielder, then hit a first pitch line drive up the middle, which hit Hamels’ on his left shoulder, as he was finishing his delivery. The Phillies, not taking any chances with their ace, decided to take Hamels out of the game, for what was later revealed to be a bruise on his shoulder. The Phils replaced him with J.A. Happ who then ended the inning with no further damage. The Brewers then added to their lead in the fifth, as Fielder hits a two-outs, based-loaded double, scoring Bush, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Rickie Weeks’ single, and had gone to third on Braun’s walk, Weeks, who had singled and had moved up to second base on Braun’s walk, and Braun, who had walked, giving the Brew Crew a 5-0 lead. The Brewers then made it 6-0 in the eighth as Bill Hall hits a one-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. As the Brewers were piling it on, Bush was no-hitting the Phils, having allowed only four more man to reach base (three walks and a hit batter), by the time Matt Stairs came up to pinch hit with one out. With the count 3-1, Stairs broke up both the no-hitter and the shut out, as he hit a pinch hit home run to right, his second home run of the year, both as a pinch hitter, making it 6-1 Milwaukee. After Shane Victorino got the Phils’ second hit, a single, Bush was taken out of the game and replaced with Mitch Stetter, who would end the inning by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3. Stetter would then end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost, in spite of pitching a good game before being taken out because of a bruised left shoulder. He pitched three and one third innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA. Hamels thinks that he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation. We’ll see. J.A. Happ pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three. Jack Taschner followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up one run on on a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Dave Bush got the win, as he gave up only one run on two hits, three walks and two hit batters, as he struck out four, in eighth and two-third innings. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits.
The Phils got only two hits yesterday, Matt Stairs’ pinch hit home run and Shane Victorino’s single, as Bush no-hit them for the first seven and a third innings before Stairs finally broke it up with his home run. Before the home run, the Phils got only five men on base, via two hit batsmen (Jimmy Rollins and Victorino) and three walks (Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste). After their eleven run explosion on Monday, the Phils have scored just two runs. This has got to stop.
The Phillies (6-8, 3rd) now go on the road to face the Florida Marlins (11-4, 1st), who are presently mired in a three games losing streak, for a three-games series at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 18, where he pitched a strong six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 8-5 lost. He will be shooting for his second straight win. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91), who is also coming off a no-decision, with his coming against the Nationals on April 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 9-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies hope to improve their record at the expense of the fish.
The Phillies are unable to capitalize on a quality start by Joe Blanton as they were unable to light up their usual victim Braden Looper, as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.
The game’s first four innings involved a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Brewers’ starter Braden Looper, as the former gave up just four singles to the Brew Crew, while the latter gave up only three singles and a walk to the Phils, with each pitcher being in just one major jam during those four innings. Things then changed in the fifth, when, with one man out, J.J. Hardy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the sixth, when, with two men on base, and two men out, Mike Cameron hits a two-run double, scoring both Corey Hart, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Braun’s walk, and Braun, making it 3-0 Brewers. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the ninth when, with one out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, putting the Phils finally on the board as he made it a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Raul Ibanez then followed with a single, bringing the tying run to the plate. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, then hits into a force out, 5-4, as Ibanez is cut down at second base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then came to the plate, looking to tie the score with one swing of the bat. Instead, he hits a single, putting runners on first and third, as Feliz moved over to third, with still two men out. As Eric Bruntlett went to first base to pinch run for Stairs, Chris Coste came out to pinch hit. Coste ended the ballgame by striking out, swinging, and being thrown out at first, 2-3, when the ball is dropped by Brewers’ catcher Jason Kendall, as Todd Coffey was finally able to record his second save of the year.
Joe Blanton took the lost inspite of throwing a quality start, as he went six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning in relief, giving up no hits as he struck out one. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on a walk, striking out two. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batting while striking out one. Braden Looper got the win as he threw six shut out innings, giving up just five scattered hits and walking two. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Mark DiFelice pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, while holding the lead, giving up no hits. Todd Coffey got the save, his second of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while he struck out two.
The Phillies had only eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, for the team’s only RBI. Werth’s two hits raised his average to .306. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs and Joe Blanton got the other six hits, all singles, as the Phillies were unable to put together an offensive attack during the ballgame until it was too late to have any effect.
The Phillies (6-7) conclude their three-games set with the Brewers (5-9) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is presently in progress. The Phils send to the mound their ace Cole Hamles (0-1, 11.17), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. He will be looking for his first win while looking to improve on both his control and ball speed. His opponent will be Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, although pitching better in his April 11 start against the Cubs, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 6-5 lost. He will also be trying for his first win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first series at home.
Jamie Moyer pitched six plus strong innings while Phillies’ batters batted around twice as the Phillies defeated the struggling Brewers, 11-4.
Milwaukee took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Ryan Braun hits a two-out, solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phillies then went to work on Manny Parra in their half of the first. With the bases loaded via a walk (Shane Victorino), a single (Chase Utley) and a second walk (Ryan Howard), the Phillies took a 2-1 lead as Jayson Werth’s hits an RBI double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as Howard stopped at third. The Phillies made it 3-1 as Raul Ibanez knocked in Howard with an RBI single, while sending Werth on to third. Pedro Feliz made it 4-1 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Werth, while Ibanez stopped at second base. The Phils made it 5-1 in the third as Feliz hits a two-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Brewers cut the Phils lead to 5-3 in the fifth as Braun hits a two-out, two-run home run, his second home run of the game and his third home run of the year, knocking in Casey McGehee, who had earlier singled. The Phillies came back in their half of the fifth, scoring five runs. With runners on first and third and one man out, Chris Coste hits an RBI ground out on a slow grounder to third base, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, stole second and had gone to third on a wild pitch, making it 6-3 Phillies, and sending Feliz, who had also walked, over to second base. After Jamie Moyer had gotten on base with a walk, and Jimmy Rollins has singled to right to load the bases, sending the runners over to third and second, respectively, Victorino made it 7-3 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Moyer over to third and Rollins to second, leaving the bases loaded. Utley made it 8-3 Phillies with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Moyer and moving up a base both Rollins and Victorino. With Howard batting, the Phillies made it 10-3, as R.J. Swindle threw a wild pitch, scoring Rollins from third, as catcher Jason Kendall threw the ball past Swindle, who was covering home plate, for a throwing error, allowing Victorino to score and for Utley to reach third base. Swindle finally ended the inning by striking out Howard. Feliz made it 11-3 Phillies in the sixth as he hits an infield single to the second baseman, which was deflected off of Swindle, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled and had move over to third base on Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3. The Brewers made it 11-4 Phillies as Braun hits a two-out, RBI single, scoring Kendall, who had gotten on base earlier with a walk, had moved over to second base on pinch hitter Mike Rivera’s single and had gone on to third on Corey Hart’s ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Brewers from scoring in the last two innings.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched sixth innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Clay Condrey pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, while striking out two. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk. Manny Parra took the lost for the Brewers, as he went just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 0-3 with a high ERA of 8.16. Jorge Julio pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. R.J. Swindle pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Seth McClung pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit and a walk.
The Phillies collected thirteen hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in three runs and scoring two, as he increased his batting average to .359. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Chris Coste were next with two hits apiece, with both Werth and Coste’s two hits being doubles. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits. Besides Feliz, Werth would knock in two runs, while Victorino, Utley, Ibanez and Coste would each knock in a run. Despite the offensive display, the pitching staff is still giving up too many home runs, as Moyer was the victim of two home runs at the hands of Ryan Braun, who knocked in all four of the Brewers’ runs.
The Phillies (6-6, 2nd) continued their three games series with the Brewers (4-9, 6th National League Central) with another night game from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00), who in his last start, on April 16 in Washington, lost his first start as a Phil, as he went six innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost to the Nationals. He will be trying for his first win in 2009, while trying to bring his ERA down even more. The Brewers will oppose him with Braden Looper (1-0, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Cincinnati Reds on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 9-3 win. He will be going for his second straight win. The Phillies will be trying for their first series win at home, while trying to increase their winning streak to three games.
The Phillies’ offense would leave several runners in scoring position as they are unable to get a key hit as the Phillies lose to the Brewers, 4-1, losing an opportunity to end the series with a sweep. The Brewers, being a bit more patient at the plate as they faced Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, would score first in the first inning, as, with runners on second and third, and one out, Prince Fielder would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Mike Cameron, who has earlier walked, moved to second on Bill Hall’s walk and would both move up a base on Moyer’s wild pitch, giving the Brewers a quick 1-0 lead. The Brewers would then take a 2-0 lead as, now with a runner on third, and two outs, J.J. Hardy would hit a RBI single, scoring Hall, who has moved up to third base on Fielder’s sacrifice fly. The score would remain 2-0 Brewers through the next four and a half innings, as Moyer would settle in while the Phillies’ batters would leave runners in scoring position in the second through fourth innings, and a runner on first in the fifth, as they are unable to get a key hit off of Brewers’ starter Dave Bush. The Brewers would increase their lead in the bottom of the fifth, as, with runners on the corners and no one out, Ryan Braun would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cameron, would was earlier hit by the pitch, and would move up to third on Hall’s single, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead. The Phillies would get a run back in the sixth, as, with a runner on third and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier tripled on a ball that Brewers’ right fielder Corey Hart could not hold on to, making it 3-1 Brewers. The Brewers would get the run back in the seventh, as, with runners on first and third and one out, Jason Kendall would hit a RBI single, scoring Hardy, who has earlier singled, moved to second on Hart’s sacrifice bunt and would then move to third on Craig Counsell’s single, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead. In the Phillies’ ninth, they would make one last threat to tie the game. They would proceed to load the bases on Brewers’ closer Salomom Torres via three straight singles by Howard, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, would then ground into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Victorino at second, while scoring Howard, to make it a 4-2 Brewers’ lead, while moving Dobbs up to third. Or so everyone thought at first, as the umpires were soon having a conference among themselves, before they declared that Howard and Dobbs needed to go back to third and second respectively as Victorino appeared to have interferred with the play as he attempted to disrupt Brewers’ second baseman Counsell’s throw to first. The next batter, Carlos Ruiz, would then follow with a ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the divisional series.
Jamie Moyer will take the lost, going only four innings as he gives up two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. His post-season record is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning in relief, giving up an earned run on a hit, a hit batter and two walks, while striking out one. Chad Durbin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out one. Scott Eyre would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on three hits, while striking out one. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits and striking out two. Dave Bush would get the win as he pitches five and one third innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, while striking out three. His post-season record is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Mitch Stetter would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs or hits. Eric Gagne would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. Salomon Torres would get the save as he pitches a scorless inning, giving up three hits.
The Phillies’ offense would do the Phillies in yesterday, getting a bit too aggressive against Dave Bush as they tried to knock him out early, to put the series away in three games. Sadly, Bush would find ways to constantly dodge the bullet in the five and one third innings that he would pitch, as the Phillies would end up stranding seven men on base, all but two of whom would be in scoring position. Meanwhile, the Brewers would be a bit more patient batting against Jamie Moyer, who was not helped by getting pinched on the corners by the home plate umpire. Although he would eventually settle down, he would only last four innings because of his high pitch count.
The fourth game of the divisional series is presently in progress. The Phillies are sending Joe Blanton to the mound against the Brewers’ Jeff Suppan. The Phillies are presently leading 5-0 after five innings, with Suppan already being taken out of the game and replaced by Yovani Gallardo. Unless something happens in the final four innings, it looks like the Phillies will clinch this afternoon in Milwaukee.
The Phillies show to the rest of the league that C.C. Sabathia is as human as the rest of us by scoring five runs off of him in the second inning before running him out of the game in the fourth as the Phillies’ ride Brett Myers’ two-hit pitching and Shane Victorino’s grand slam to a 5-1 victory over the Brew Crew. Things didn’t start out so brightly in the first inning, as the Brewers, after Mike Cameron started the game off by striking out on three pitches, would load the bases on Phillies’ starter Brett Myers via a walk to Ray Durham on four pitches, a double to Ryan Braun, which would send Durham to third, and an intentional walk to Prince Fielder. J.J. Hardy would then follow with a walk of his own, forcing in Durham with the game’s first run, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. But Myers would then get out of the inning as the next batter, Corey Hart, would hit the first pitch thrown to him directly to Myers. Myers would throw home for the second out of the inning as Carlos Ruiz would touch home plate before Braun can cross it. Ruiz would then throw over to first, beating out Hart, for the inning’s final out. That would turn out to be the first key moment of the game, as Myers would then settle down after the first inning. Meanwhile, the Phillies would try to strike back in their half of the first, as they would have a runner on third, via a Shane Victorino double and a stolen base, and one man out, when Brewers’ starter Sabathia would end the inning by striking out both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard swinging, and doing it by throwing only seventeen pitches. But, after Myers pitches a 1-2-3 second, the Phillies would go back to work on Sabathia. After Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a fly out to left, Jayson Werth would get on base with a double. Pedro Feliz would follow him with a RBI double, knocking in Werth, and tying the game at 1-1. After a Ruiz ground out to first would put Feliz on third, Myers would come up to bat. Myers would battle with Sabathia until on the ninth pitch thrown to him, he would get a walk, putting runners on the corners. That would be the second key moment of the game, as Sabathia’s pitch count starts to rise and he is beginning to miss the plate. Jimmy Rollins would follow Myers with a four pitch walk, loading the bases, as Myers would move up to second, bringing up to the plate Victorino. Trailing in the count, 1-2, Victorino would belt a slider into the left field seats for a grand slam home run, the first one ever hit by a Phillie in the playoffs, scoring Feliz, Myers and Rollins, and giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Sabathia would finally end the inning by getting Utley to once again strike out swinging, but by then the damage has already been done, as Sabathia’s pitch count was now up to fifty-one pitches. In the third, Myers would pitch another 1-2-3 inning, while Sabathia would only let one batter get on base, Werth via his second double of the game, but Sabathia’s pitch count was still rising as he has now thrown seventy-two pitches in three innings. In the fourth, after Myers would breeze through another inning, even though he would hit Hart with a pitch with two men out, Sabathia would finally get knocked out of the box by the Phils. They would start their half of the fourth off with a one pitch ground out, 1-3, by Ruiz. Myers would then battle Sabathia again, getting him mad in the process, as he would get the count up to 3-2 on nine pitches, before finally flying out to center on pitch number 10. Rollins would then follow with a double, the fifth double, and the sixth extra-base hit, that the Phillies would get off of Sabathia. After intentionally walking Victorino, the Phils would get a double steal as Rollins and Victorino would both move up a base, with Utley batting. These would be the third and fourth stolen bases that the Phils would get off of Sabathia. Utley would then get a walk, loading up the bases, and leading to the removal of Sabathia by Brewers’ manager Dale Sveum. At that point, Sabathia’s pitch count has risen to ninety-eight pitches. Sveum would then bring in reliever Mitch Stetter to face Howard. Stetter would get the Brewers out of the inning by striking out Howard, leaving the bases loaded. In the fifth, the Phillies would reload the bases, with two outs, via two walks (Burrell and Ruiz) and a single (Myers), but the Brewers would get out of that jam as Rollins would line out to Fielder who made a great catch on a ball that would have broken the game wide open if it has gotten through. The Phillies would threaten again in the sixth as they would put runners on second and first, with one out, via a double (Victorino) and an intentional walk (Howard), but the Brewers would get out of the inning as Seth McClung, pitching in his second inning in relief of Stetter, would strike out Burrell for the second out of the inning and then get Werth to fly out. In the seventh, the Brewers would get a run back as Craig Counsell would ground out, 4-3, scoring Hardy, who has reached base earlier with a double, only the second hit given up by Myers, and would then move to third on Hart’s fly out to right, making it a 5-2 Phillies’ lead. The Phillies half of the seventh would see the Phils go down 1-2-3 for the only time yesterday. In the Brewers’ eighth, Myers would be taken out of the game and replaced by Ryan Madson. The inning would start with a fielding error by Rollins of pinch hitter Rickie Weeks’ grounder. Madson would then get Cameron to pop (foul) out to the third baseman for the inning’s first out. Durham would then hit into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Weeks, while Durham would beat out Rollins’ throw to first. Braun would then follow with a single, moving Durham up to second base with still two men out. Madson is then taken out of the game by Charlie Manuel and replaced by J.C. Romero, to face Fielder. On Romero’s first pitch, Fielder would hit a slow grounder towards Utley, who would shovel the ball over to Howard for the inning’s final out, ending the short-lived Brewers’ threat. In the ninth, Lidge would be given the ball for the save. Unlike Tuesday’s game, Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning, ending the game with a fly out to center, giving the Phillies a 5-2 win and a 2-0 lead in the series, as the two teams now head for Milwaukee for the third game of the series.
Brett Myers would get the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His post-season record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face on one pitch. Brad Lidge would get his second post season save and his forty-third save in forty three tries, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. C.C. Sabathia would get the lost as he is only able to go three and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits, walking four batters, while striking out five. His post-season record is now 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. Mitch Stetter, Seth McClung, Eric Gagne and Salomon Torres would pitch a combined total of four and one-thirds innings of shut out ball, giving up just three hits (McClung (2), Torres (1)) and walking three (McClung), with each one striking out a batter for a total of four strike outs.
The victory gives the Phillies a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they show that C.C. Sabathia is indeed human. This is mainly because most of the batters remained patient, with Brett Myers’ two at-bats against Sabathia being the key at-bats, especially the first one, as Sabathia would lose his composure after each one, leading to Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the second and Sabathia’s removal with the bases loaded, after throwing 98 pitches, in the fourth. It would seem that pitching Sabathia with only three days rest for the fourth straight game has come back to haunt the Brewers as they are now backed into a corner with the wily veteran Jamie Moyer up next to attempt to seal the deal for the Phillies. The Brewers’ ace was hit hard by the Phillies as all six of the hits off of him would be for extra-bases (5 (2B), 1 (HR)) while they also ran wild on him, stealing four bases, with Victorino leading the way with two steals. Meanwhile, Myers, after starting out a little wild and maybe being a little pinched by the home plate umpire, would gain control of the game after Corey Hart’s 1-2-3 double play ball ending the first inning, ending the Brewers best, and as it would turn out, only chance to get control of this game. After that inning, the Brewers would not be able to handle Myers’ pitches, especially after he starts to throw at them more than just his fastball. It would appear that the Myers of the second half is back, and if he is, thank god for that.
The five games National League Divisional Series will now move to Milwaukee. The third game of the series will be played in Miller Park on Saturday and will start at 6:30 pm Eastern (5:30 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be veteran Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on September 27, as he went six innings, giving up only an earned run on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 win. He has last faced the Brewers on September 11, defeating them in the game that would lead to a four game swept of the Brew Crew, as he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Moyer will be trying to, like he did last Saturday, pitch the Phillies deeper into the playoff with a win. His opponent will be Dave Bush (9-10, 4.18), who is coming off his fifth straight no-decision, this time against the Cubs on September 27, as he would pitch three innings in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while walking a batter and striking out one, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost. His last start would be on September 23 against the Pirates, also a no-decision, as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-5 win. His last start against the Phillies would be on September 14, as he pitched a no-decision, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. Bush will be trying to prevent a sweep of the Brewers.
The Phillies will be trying to end the series early, handing the ball over to Jamie Moyer to do it. And, with the Brewers now trying to keep from getting swept, Moyer should be the right person for the job, as he’ll be trying to use the Brewers’ aggressiveness against them.
Behind Cole Hamels’ eight innings of shut out ball, the Phillies would take a 1-0 lead over the Brewers in their National League Divisional Series. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo would both pitch two straight shut out innings, Hamels would pitch a 1-2-3 third, striking out four of the first nine men that he would face. Gallardo wouldn’t be so lucky, as he would give up a lead-off single to Carlos Ruiz, the first hit of the ballgame. Hamels would then come to bat and laid down a sacrifice bunt that would become a catch error by the Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks. Both men would then be safe on the play, with Ruiz reaching second and Hamels being safe on first. Jimmy Rollins would then fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Jayson Werth would then follow by striking out swinging, for the second out of the inning. Chase Utley would then come up, and on a 2-2 pitch, hit a double to center that would not be caught by Brewers’ center fielder Mike Cameron, scoring both Ruiz and Hamels and giving the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. The Phillies would then load up the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard and a walk to Pat Burrell. The next batter, Shane Victorino would also get a walk, forcing in Utley and giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, and leaving the bases loaded as Howard and Burrell would both move up a base. With a chance to break the game wide open early, Pedro Feliz, the ninth batter of the inning, would instead end it by flying out to center. Now with a lead, Cole Hamels would then proceed to breeze through the Brewers’ lineup, giving up only two hits, while striking out nine Brewers. He had only one troublesome inning, the sixth. After striking out Jason Kendall, he would give up a single to Craig Counsell and then would walk Cameron, which would put Counsell on second. But Hamels would get out of the inning by first getting Bill Hall to strike out swinging for the second out of the inning, and then, on one pitch, he would get Ryan Braun to pop up to Jimmy Rollins, for the inning’s final out. Meanwhile, the Brewers’ bullpen would keep the Phillies’ bats pretty much muzzled until the bottom of the eight, when they would threaten to add on to their lead. After Utley would ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, Howard would reach base with a walk. Eric Bruntlett, a defensive replacement for Burrell, would get a single off of Brewers’ shortstop J.J. Hardy, putting runners on first and second, as Howard would reach second base, with one out. The next batter, Victornio would then hit into a force out, 4-6, as Bruntlett is wiped out at second, while he would beat the throw to first base. In the meantime, Howard would reach third, putting runners on the corner. After Guillermo Mota is sent to the mound in place of Manny Parra, Victorino would steal second, putting both runners in scoring position. Sadly, Feliz would be unable to knock them in as he pops up on a ball that Counsell would just be able to catch in the outfield, ending the inning. Brad Lidge would then be given the ball to nail it down for the Phillies. After getting Cameron out on a called third strike, Lidge would give up a single to pinch hitter Ray Durham. Braun would follow him with a double to right, scoring Cameron, thanks in part to a catch error by Utley, preventing him from making a possible play at the plate, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Lidge would then get Prince Fielder to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out. Hardy would then get on base with a walk, putting runners on first and second. With Corey Hart batting, Lidge would uncork a wild pitch, putting Braun on third and Hardy on second with the tying run and two outs. Lidge would then, on a 2-2 pitch, strike out Hart swinging on a high fastball, to end the game, striking out the side, and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the series.
Cole Hamels will get the win, as he pitch eight shut out innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He is now 1-0 in the post-season with a 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would get the save, his forty-second save in forty two tries, and his first for the post season, as he gives up an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yovani Gallardo would get the lost as he pitches only four innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits and five walks, while striking out three. He is now 0-1 in the post-season with an ERA of 0.00. Mitch Stetter, Carlos Villanueva, Manny Parra and Guillermo Moto would combine for four shut innings, giving up only one hit (Parra) and a walk (also by Parra), while striking out four (Stetter (1), Villanueva (3)).
With the win, the Phillies has started the series off on a good foot as they have won their first post season game since they have won game five in the 1993 World Series. They will now try for a sweep at home, but they will have to bat better than they did in today’s game against the hard to hit C.C. Sabathia. If they don’t, they’ll be heading to Milwaukee with a spilt. They will also need a good start from Brett Myers, who has gotten bombed in his last two starts after being almost unhittable since his return from his minor league assignement.
Game 2 of the NLDS will be played tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 6 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send out Brett Myers (10-13, 4.55), who is coming off his second straight bad performance, after going 7-2 in his previous eleven starts. In his last two starts, he would only go a combined total of eight and a third innings, giving up fourteen earned runs on ninteen hits. He will be trying to recover from those two starts and prove that he can help the Phillies get further along in the playoffs. His opponent will be the Brewers’ ace of the second half, C.C. Sabathia (17-10, 1.65), who is coming off his third straight game of pitching with three days rest, and winning his second straight start, as he pitched nine inning against the Cubs on September 28, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Brewers’ 3-1, which would help get them into the post season. He will once again be pitching with three days rest. The Phillies should be able to defeat him if he start to show any fatigue from pitching so many games with less rest than he would normally get, and if the Phillies’ batters show some patient while batting against him. Sabathia will be trying to even the series.
The Phillies will be trying to go to Milwaukee with a 2-0 lead in this short series, if they can get past Sabathia. Otherwise, they will be trying to win both games in Milwaukee.
The Phillies come from behind to defeat the slumping Brew Crew, using the eighth inning to their advantage for a change. The Brewers would jump to a quick 2-0 lead as, with a runner on third and one man out, Ray Durham would hit a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Corey Hart, who has earlier tripled. The Phillies would cut the lead in the fourth, as, with runners on the corners and no one out, Pat Burrell would hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Ryan Howard at second, who has earlier singled, while scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled and has gone to third on Howard’s single, making it 2-1 Brewers. The Brewers would get the run back in the fifth as Mike Cameron would hit a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, to make it 3-1 Brewers. The Phillies would tie up the game in the sixth, when, with a runner on first and no one out, Howard would hit a massive two-run home run, his league leading forty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has gotten on base earlier after being hit by the pitch. Then the Phillies turned the recently disastrous eighth to their favor for once. After taking out Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton for a pinch hitter in the seventh, Ryan Madson would get out the two batters that he would face via ground outs, both being 6-3 (Hart and J.J. Hardy) before Charlie Manuel would come out to replace him with Scott Eyre. Eyre would end the inning by striking out Durham on a foul tip. Durham would claim that the ball would hit the ground, but Carlos Ruiz, Manuel and Eyre would get home plate umpire Mark Wegner to double check with first base umpire Scott Barry. Barry would say that Ruiz did indeed catch the ball, as would be shown by instant reply on television, thus ending the inning. Then in the Phillies’ half of the eighth, they would break the game open. With Guillermo Mota still on the mound for his second inning of work, Jayson Werth would start off the inning with a single. Ned Yost would then come to the mound and replace Mota with Brian Shouse, who is soon greeted by a surprising sacrifice bunt by Utley, which would move Werth over to second as Utley is thrown out, 1 to 3, for the inning’s first out. Howard is then intentionally walked to get to Burrell, while putting men on first and second with still one out. But Burrell would ruin the Brewers’ strategy by hitting a RBI single, scoring Werth, and giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Howard to second. After Eric Bruntlett is sent out to first as a pinch runner for Burrell, Shane Victorino would hit a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring both Howard and Bruntlett, making it a 7-3 Phillies’ lead. In the ninth, Eyre would start off the inning by getting Prince Fielder out on a great play by Utley who would throw Fielder out 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Eyre would then be replaced by Brad Lidge, who would then proceed to get Ryan Braun to ground out 4-3 before he gets Cameron to end the game by striking out.
Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Scott Eyre would get the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, also giving up no runs or hits. His record is now 4-0 with an ERA 4.43. Brad Lidge would also go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and striking out one. Dave Bush would also receive a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Guillermo Mota would get the lost as he pitches an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 5-6 with an ERA of 4.10. Brian Shouse would pitch a third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Eric Gagne would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits.
Joe Blanton would this afternoon performed as originally advertised, pitching deep into a game, although having problems in the first few innings. After giving up a two-run home run in the first, thanks to a floating curveball to Ray Durham, he would calm down enough to get through seven innings, keeping the Phils in the game so that they can first tie up the game and then take the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
The second game of the Day/Night doubleheader is being played right now, with the Phillies leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, with Brett Myers pitching a two-hitter with the second hiting a solo home run to Prince Fielder while the Phillies have knocked out of the game Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan in the fourth, heading for both a possible doubleheader sweep and a possible series sweep.
With the win, the Phillies are now trailing the Mets by a game and a half as they lose to the Braves. They are still five games ahead of the Marlins as they defeated the Nationals. In the Wild Card chase, the Phillies are now a game behind the Brewers, as they try to sweep them in the nightcap. They are at the moment a game ahead of the Astros, who are presently losing to the Cubs, while they are four games ahead of the Cardinals as they lose once again to the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying to sweep the Brew Crew in the second game of their doubleheader to tie for the lead in the Wild Card race while placing themselves a game behind the Mets in the East.