The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a single into center field, sending Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, on to third base, before he goes on to score, as center fielder Leonys Martin commits a fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rangers tried to tie the game up in their half of the first as they put runners on second and third, via a Shin-Soo Choo lead-off single, and a single by Elvis Andrus, sending Choo to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown commits a throwing error, allowing Andrus to reach second base, and with nobody out, before Kyle Kendrick is able to get out of trouble as Prince Fielder strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then Adrian Beltre reaches base on a fielding error by Kenrdick, before Kendrick picks up the ball and throws it to third base, leading to Choo being put in a run down, 1-5-2-4, before finally being tagged out by Utley for the inning’s second out, as Andrus moved over to third base, and Beltre moved up to second base on the run down, and then finally gets out of the inning as Alex Rios flies out to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pitcher Robbie Ross, Jr.’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Mitch Moreland, who had earlier tripled, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Rangers would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Moreland’s double, while sending Moreland, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Rangers then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Moreland, while sending Adduci on to third base. Two batters later, after Martin has moved up to second base on defensive indifference, and Donnie Murphy was walked, loading the bases, and with still one man out, Choo received an RBI walk, forcing in Adduci with the winning run, as Martin and Murphy both moved up a base, giving the Rangers a 4-3 walk-off win.
Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mario Hollands collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 20.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Robbie Ross, Jr. also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Shawn Tolleson and Pedro Figueroa would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tolleson) and a walk (Figueroa) between them. Seth Rosin (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Cody Asche (Single) and Jayson Nix (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz, Utley, Mayberry) in the game, while the defense committed three errors (Brown, Kyle Kendrick, Nix) and performed a doubleplay.
The Phils (1-2, 4th) are off today, before playing their next game tomorrow against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Phils reduce their magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title to three games, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Anibal Sanchez’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then may it a 2-0 lead as, now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, a walk by Michael Martinez, sending Schneider up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Chase Utley, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Schneider, while moving both Martinez and Utley up a base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Marlins threaten to score a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left, but is cut down at the plate by a strong throw from left fielder Ibanez, as Schneider tagged him out, for the inning’s second out, while pinch hitter Mike Stanton, who had just walked, would stop at second base. After Morrison loads up the bases with a walk, Brad Lodge gets out of the inning by striking out Joe Buck, swinging. The Marlins threaten again in the ninth as the first two batters, Bryan Pattersen and Donnie Murphy, both got on base via singles, with Pattersen stopping at second base, before moving up to third and second base, respectively, on pinch hitter John Baker’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. But Ryan Madson would record his thirty-first save of the season by first striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by getting Infante to foul out to the catcher.
Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on two hits. while he struck out six. Michael Stutes received his eleventh hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge received his sixth hold of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 3.62) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Hatcher pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combine for a scoreless inning, giving up three hits (Dunn), while striking out a batter (Dunn) between them.
The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.
The Phils (96-51, 1st) will conclude their short make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-82, 5th) with the night half of the day/night doublebill. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. He will be out to cut the magic number down to 2. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (0-0,0.00), who will be making his first start of 2011, after pitching an inning of relief against the Pirates on September 9, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. He hopes to be to stay even with Lee. The Phils will be out to cut down their magic number to win the East to two games.
A blast by Carlos Ruiz in the top of the tenth, after the Phils should had lost it in the bottom half of a real weird ninth because of an ump’s bad call, leads the Phils to an extra-innings win, and a sweep of the free falling Marlins, 5-4.
The game for the first five innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad, with both man getting out of bases loaded jams, Volstad in the top of the first, Oswalt in the bottom of the second. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Donnie Murphy hits a pinch hit ground-rule double, knocking in Wes Helms, who had earlier singled, and was safe on second when Ronnie Paulino sacrifice bunted into a force out at third, forcing out Mike Stanton, 1-5, to make it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Paulino, who was safe at first on the fail sacrifice bunt attempt, stopped at third. Two batters later, after Paulino is replaced at third by pinch runner Brett Hayes and Hanley Ramirez is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Marlins tied the game at two-all as Logan Morrison walks, forcing in Hayes with the tying run, while moving both Murphy and Ramirez up a base. The Marlins then took a 4-2 lead as Gaby Sanchez hits a two-run single, scoring both Murphy and Ramirez. The Phils then come back in the ninth. They begin the inning with Placido Polanco reaching base on a throwing error by Ramirez. Ross Gload then follows with a single, sending Polanco to second. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then follows with a double, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Gload to third base, with nobody out. Jayson Werth then tie the game at four-all with an RBI single, knocking in Gload, while sending Ibanez to third. Then the inning starts to get weird. Brown hits a sharp grounder to first, which is caught by Sanchez, who then throws home, catching Ibanez, who was trying to score from third on contact. Ibanez is then run back to third, before being tagged out for the inning’s first out, 3-2-5, while Werth would be safe at second, and Brown at first. Then, with Ruiz batting, Werth is picked off second, before being tagged out, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. Then, with the count 0-2 on Ruiz, the Marlins pitch out, before throwing out Brown on a steal attempt, 2-4, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils run themselves out of an inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tries to win the game as their lead-off man, Ramirez, gets on base by being hit by the pitch, then steals second as Morrison strikes out swinging, putting him in scoring position with one out. The next batter, Sanchez, then hits a grounder down the third base line that is declared a foul ball by the third base umpire, while instant reply shows that it had actually been fair, denying the Marlins the chance of a walk-off win, as Sanchez then strikes out swinging for the second out. After Dan Uggla is intentionally walked, Cody Ross ends the inning by also striking out, swinging. In the tenth, the Phils regain the lead as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Brad Lidge collects his twelfth save of the season by getting Emilio Bonifacio to end the game by flying out to right.
Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitches to three batters as he collects his third blown save, as he gives up two runs on a hit and two walks. Jose Contreras pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he strikes out two. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out the side. His record is now 4-1 with a 4.37 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twelfth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision, as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley collects his eighteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out a batter. Leo Nunez blew his sixth save attempt of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Will Ohman took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
The Phils had fourteen hits, with Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being singles, as he scored a run, while Ibanez’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocked in a run and Ruiz’s hits were two doubles and a solo home run, once again being a triple short of the cycle, as he knocks in three runs. They were followed by Jayson Werth, who had two hits, both singles, as he knocks in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload and Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as both Gload and Brown scored a run. Newcomer Mike Sweeney went to the plate in the eighth as a pinch hitter, receiving a walk. The Phils’ offense outhit the Marlins, although it took a bit of luck in the late innings for them to leave Miami with a series sweep.
The Phils (60-48, 2nd) come home to start a home stand, playing a three-game weekend series with the fading Mets (54-54, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start the series with Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on July 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 7-5 walk-off lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to start off the home stand on a winning note, while trying to stop giving up first inning runs. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (7-5, 3.78), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 1, as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 14-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to keep the Mets afloat. The Phils will be trying to increase their home winning streak to twelve games and their recent winning streak to five games, while trying to help sink the Mets chances even more.
Without the services of their big piece, Ryan Howard, for at least two weeks, Carlos Ruiz takes up the slack for at least one night as the Phils, behind Ruiz’s bat and Roy Halladay’s pitching, defeat the fish, 6-1, cutting the Braves lead in the NL East to two games.
The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. One pitch later, Carlos Ruiz gave the Phils a 2-0 lead as he hits a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. In the bottom of the second, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in half as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Francisco, a double by Ruiz, sending Francisco to third base, and an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits a two-run single down the third base line, knocking in both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Valdez to second base. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Uggla’s force attempt error on a Placido Polanco grounder, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Uggla’s fielding error, would move up to second base. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as, with the bases loaded again, via singles to Polanco and Francisco, with both men moving up a base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, and an intentional walk to pinch hitter Ross Gload, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an infield single, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 6-1 lead, while moving both Francisco and Gload up a base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitches two scoreless inning, striking out Donnie Murphy for the final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out nine. His record is now 13-8 with a 2.17 ERA. Chad Durbin threw two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out four. Sean West took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Burke Badenhop pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brian Sanches and Jose Veras combine for two scoreless innings, giving one hit (Veras) and a walk (Sanches), while striking out two (one batter each).
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team as he went four for five, being a triple short of the cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, as he raised his average to .294. Ben Francisco followed with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez was next with two singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double, while Polanco, Ibaanez and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Halladay knocking in two runs.The Phils’ offense took the lost of Ryan Howard by going on an offensive display, with Ruiz leading the charge. The question is will they be able to continue it tonight.
The Phils (58-48, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Marlins (53-53, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 4.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on July 29, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and one-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on seventeen hits and seven walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to for his third straight strong outing after coming back from Lehigh Valley. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 29, as he gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up four runs on fourteen hits and six walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road since they’d took two of three from the Yankees back in June, and get closer to the Braves in the race for the East.
The Phillies wasted a good effort by Jamie Moyer as the offense once again let the team down as they lost their sixth straight game. For the first six innings of the game, Moyer and A’s starter Joe Blanton would be involved in a pitchers’ duel, with Moyer only giving up one hit during that time, a lead-off single in the first inning to Kurt Suzuki, who would later by wiped out in a 3-6-3 double play by Ryan Sweeney, and striking out nine A’s, striking out the side twice, while Blanton would give up only two hits, one of which was Pat Burrell’s nineteenth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, which gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things would change in the seventh when the Phillies would get their first two men on base, Burrell via a walk and Jayson Werth via a single. But, things would then go flat as Geoff Jenkins would fly out to left, swinging on the first pitch, for the first out of the inning. Pedro Feliz would then single to right, but the third base coach, not taking a chance on getting Burrell thrown out at the plate, holds him up at third base to load the bases. This move would soon come back to haunt the Phillies as Carlos Ruiz, with a 2-1 count, would hit into a twin killing, third to first, with the third baseman touching third base first before throwing to first. The Phillies being unable to capitalize in their half of the inning would turn out to be a momentum changer, as, with Moyer still pitching, Sweeney would start off the A’s half of the seventh with a single. One out later, Bobby Crosby would get a pop single, on a ball that was misplayed by Shane Victorino and would drop in front of him, moving Sweeney to second. After Charlie Manuel decides to leave Moyer in the game, despite the fact that Chad Durbin was ready to go, Moyer would give up a three-run home run to Emil Brown, his sixth home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney and Crosby, and giving the A’s the lead, 3-1. After getting the second out and then giving up a ground rule double, which might have ended up being worst if it has not bounced into the stands, to Carlos Gonzalez, Manuel would come out and finally replace an out of gas Moyer with Durbin, who would then strike out Donnie Murphy to end the inning. In the eighth, the Phils would come back to cut the lead to 3-2, as, with Victorino on second, after getting on base with a single and then stealing second, he would score on a RBI single by Ryan Howard. Although Howard would later get to second base on a pass ball charged to Suzuki, Burrell would leave him there as he strikes out. The A’s would then deliver the coup de grace in the bottom of the inning, as with two out, J.C. Romero would walk Sweeney and then give up a two-run home run to Jack Cust, Cust’s twelfth home run of the year, to make it 5-2 A’s. That would be it as Huston Street would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to record his fourteenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost, although pitching a very good game until the disasterous seventh. He would go six and two-thirds inning, giving up only three runs on five hits, while striking out nine A’s. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.09 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning in relief, striking out the only man he would face. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up two earned runs on only one hit, while walking one and striking out one. Ryan Madson would go a third of an inning, striking out the only A that he would face. Joe Blanton would get the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits. His record is now 4-10 with an ERA of 4.58. Alan Embree would pitch an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits. Huston Street would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth as he get his fourteenth save of the season.
It is now official, the offense presently stinks, and even they are starting to realize it, as they would acknowledge in an article posted on Phillies.com about the game. Even the manager seems to be noticing that the guys are right now doing everything wrong at the plate, and those things includes, “…guys not hitting, swinging bad, swinging at balls in the dirt, chasing balls over their heads, it looks like they’ve never seen a baseball….” and those things are going to keep hurting this team until the batters finally get it into their thick skulls that they should be trying to meet the ball, and not trying to hit home runs everytime they get up to the plate, with the situations that occurred in the first and seventh innings being perfect examples of what is presently wrong with this team. Especially the seventh, when Jenkins, who should have been up there trying to move the runners over into scoring position, which might have required him taking a pitch or two until he saw something which he was sure he could hit towards the right side of the infield and get Burrell and Werth over to third and second, instead swings at the first pitch and flies out, moving no one. This would come back to hurt the Phils, as I am sure that Feliz’s single would’ve scored both Burrell and Werth from second and third, and would instead load the bases, as the Phils’ third base coach refuses to send Burrell home, afraid that he might have been cut down at home by a throw from Sweeney. Me, I’d made the attempt. Why? To shake things up a bit. There’s a difference between being aggressive and being passive. Stopping Burrell at third was being passive, and is part of the reason that the Phils are mired in their present slide. If the third base coach had been aggressive, it would have taken a real good throw to home to get Burrell thrown out. Sure, Burrell isn’t as fast as Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino, his running towards home would’ve still forced Sweeney to have to throw an almost perfect strike to get him out at home, and who know what would’ve happened if the throw was anything but a perfect strike. But, since he didn’t send Burrell home, it’s all a very moot point. Hopefully, the players’ own realization that they are stinking up the place might just get them to do something to reverse it before the situation can get any worst.
The series between the Phillies (42-36) and the Athletics (42-34, 2nd American League West) continues with a night game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send up Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06) to see if he can stop their slide before it can get any worst. He is coming off an awful start against the BoSox on June 18, where he would only pitch three innings, as he gave up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to return to his winning ways, while, as mentioned earlier, trying to put a stop to the Phils’ swoon. The A’s will counter with Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on June 19, where he would only go five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits, in the A’s 2-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while at the same time seeing if he can adds to the Phillies’ present offensive woes.
The Phillies are still leading by one, four and four and a half games over the Marlins, Mets and Braves respectively, as all three teams lost their games while the Phils were unable to take advantage of it. The Phillies will be trying to end their present slump, which is a team effort, and stop wasting some good efforts that they have recently been getting from their starters.