After entering the bottom of the ninth trailing the Reds 7-1, the Phils rally to tie the game at seven-all before winning it in the tenth on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run, his fourth walk-off home run in his career, to gives the Phils an unbelieveable 9-7 come-from-behind win.
In the first, the Reds took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Jonny Gomes hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier reached base on a Jimmy Rollins fielding error and then went to second on a Johnny Votto single, and Votto, who had earlier singled. The Reds increased their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Corky Miller and Reds’ starter Mike Leake, sending Miller to second, and a walk to Votto, moving both Miller and Leake up a base, and with two men out, Gomes gets an infield RBI single off of Greg Dobbs’ glove, scoring Miller, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead, while moving Leake to third and Votto to second. The Phils made it 4-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, who was gunned down, 9-6, at second base, trying to stretched it into a double. The Reds then added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Miguel Cairo hits a two-run double, knocking in Gomes, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Jay Bruce’s single, and Bruce, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Reds’ lead, before Cairo was thrown out at third, 8-6-5, trying to stretch his double into a triple. The Reds would make it 7-1 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Leake hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Heisey, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second when Miller was hit by the pitch, while Miller moved up to second. The Phils came into their half of the ninth looking dead, before coming to life. With one man on, and with one out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Werth got on base with a single, sending Howard to second, and with still one man out, Dobbs hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 7-5. Three batters later, with pinch hitter Ben Francisco on first via a walk, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Francisco, tying the game up at seven-all. In the tenth, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Howard hits a two-run walk-off home run, his seventeeth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a walk-off come-from-behind 9-7 win.
Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out seven. David Herndon and Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon) and two walks (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Ryan Madson gets the victory as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 6.55. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision, as he pitches eight and one-third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out three. Francisco Cordero blew his sixth save of the year, as he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to two batters, getting neither out, as he gave up two runs on two hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 1.56 ERA.
The Phils had twelve hits, with both Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits each. Ibanez’s hits were a single and two doubles, scoring two runs, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jayson Werth followed with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run via a sac fly. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Cody Ransom had the other four Phils’ hit. Rollins’ hit was a single, Victorino’s hit was a double, scoring a run, Dobbs’ hit was a three-run home run, while pinch hitter Ransom’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet for most of the ballgame before erupting for eight runs in the ninth and tenth innings. Hopefully, they can carry the momentum of their last two wins into Roy Halladay’s start tomorrow.
The Phils (45-40, 3rd NL East) continue their series with the Reds (49-39, 1st NL Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Braves on July 5, as he gave up one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, in which he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up five runs on twenty-four hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to get his eleventh win of the season and give the Phils the series win, before heading to the All-Star game. The Reds will counter with Rookie Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a non-decision against the Mets on July 5, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Reds’ 8-6 win. In his first two career starts, he is 0-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched eleven and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He hopes to win his first career start. The Phils will be trying for the series win, while hoping to give some real runs support to Halladay.
The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.
The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.
Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win.
The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him.
The Phillies would use a combination of the long ball and situational hitting to come from behind again to defeat the Braves as they win their first series of the second half, 12-10. It didn’t look that way at the start as the Braves would score two runs in the top of the first off of Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton. With two men on and one out, Brian McCann would hit a RBI single, scoring Yunel Escobar, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Braves. Mark Kotsay would follow with a RBI double, scoring Mark Teixeira, who has earlier walked, to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, with Eric Bruntlett batting, the rain would come down, delaying the game for over two hours. The long rain delay would force the removal of both teams’ starters, Blanton and Jorge Campillo. The Braves would increase their lead in the top of the fourth off of Adam Eaton. With a runner on second and one out, Eaton would give up a two-run home run to Kelly Johnson, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Kotsay, who has earlier singled, to make it 4-0 Braves. Omar Infante would follow with a solo shot, his second home run of the year, to give the Braves a 5-0 lead. The Phillies would then come back in their half of the fourth. With two men out, and a runner on first, Chris Coste would hit a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier walked, cutting the Braves’ lead to 5-2. The next batter, pinch hitter So Taguchi would then get on base with a pinch single. Jimmy Rollins would follow by working a walk. Shane Victorino would then hit a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Taguchi and Rollins, tying the game at five all. In the fifth, the Phillies will take the lead as Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, making it 6-5 Phillies. The Phils would then break the game wide open in the sixth. With Royce Ring now on the mound, he would be greeted by pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz with a pinch double. Ruiz would then go to third on a single by Rollins. Victorino would follow with a RBI single, scoring Ruiz, and sending Rollins to second to make the score 7-5 Phillies. Chase Utley would then strike out, making the first out of the inning. With Ryan Howard at the plate, Rollins and Victorino would perform a double steal, with Victorino just beating McCann’s throw from behind home plate. Howard would then hit a RBI single with the infield pulled in, scoring Rollins easily, and then scoring Victorino, as he knocks over McCann, as McCann tries to catch left fielder Jeff Francoeur’s throw from left on one hop, and then tries to turn around quickly to tag out Victorino, making it 9-5 Phillies. McCann would then lay on the ground for the next several minutes, with Victorino and Rollins, among others, looking to see if he was alright, before he is finally taken out of the game, and replaced by Corky Miller. Meanwhile, Royce is replaced on the mound by Blaine Boyer. Burrell would then fly out for the second out of the inning. Werth would then follow with a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run, to give the Phillies an 11-5 lead. Bruntlett would then end the inning by flying out. In the seventh, Rollins would increase the Phillies’ lead by hitting a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Phils a 12-5 lead. The Braves would then make it close in the eighth. With Rudy Seanez on the mound, Kotsay would start the inning off with a single. After Francoeur pops up for the first out of the inning, Johnson would get on base with a walk, sending Kotsay to second. Infante would follow with a RBI double, scoring Kotsay and sending Johnson to third, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 12-6. Greg Norton would then load the bases as Seanez commits an error on his ground ball. Ryan Madson is then brought in to relieve Seanez. Gregor Blanco would then walk, scoring Johnson, while leaving the bases loaded as the Phillies now lead 12-7. Escobar would then pop out to Bruntlett in foul territory for the second out of the inning. Pinch hitter Martin Prado would then hit a double that a diving Werth would be unable to catch, scoring Infante, Norton and Blanco after it gets past Werth, making it a 12-10 Phillies’ lead. Madson would finally end the inning by getting Miller to ground out, third to first. In the ninth, Brad Lidge would proceed to nail down his twenty-fourth save of the year to finally end the ballgame.
Joe Blanton would get a no-decision thanks to the rain delay, as he pitches two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Adam Eaton would also pitch two innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Clay Condrey would get the win as he pitches two innings, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA. J.C. Romero would go an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Rudy Seanez would go one-third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on two hits. Ryan Madson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch an inning, as he records his twenty-fourth save of the year, giving up no runs on no hits. Jorge Campillo would also pitch a no-decision because of the rain delay, going one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on two hits. Jo-Jo Reyes would go two and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits. Julian Tavarez would take the lost as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA.Royce Ring would pitch a third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on four hits. Blaine Boyer would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on one hit. Buddy Carlyle would pitch an inning, giving up one run on one hit. Will Ohman would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.
The Phillies (56-49) have finally won their first series of the second half as well as the short home stand, while also starting a two game winning streak. For the second straight game the Phillies’ offense would score ten or more runs, this time with them doing it with a combination of the long ball and situational hitting. Does this mean that the offense is back? I’m going to wait until after the next several series before saying yes or no. The next Phillies’ game will be played on Tuesday as they meet the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
With the win, the Phillies continue to trail the Mets by a game, as they won their game against the Cardinals. The Marlins would drop to third place, a game behind the Phillies, as they lost to the Cubs. The Braves now trail the Phillies by six and a half games. As the Phillies take the day off before starting their series with the Nationals in D.C., the Mets go to Miami to start a three games series with the Marlins, while the Braves prepare for a four games series with the Cardinals.