The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Evan Gattis hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with nobody out, Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Dan Uggla followed with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Brave then made it a 5-1 lead as Andrelton Simmons followed with a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then came back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Tony Gwynn, Jr., a single by Jimmy Rollins, with Gwynn stopping at second base, and a single by the still-red hot Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, scoring both Gwynn and Rollins, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 5-3, while sending Utley up to second base. One batter later, after Utley has moved up to third base on pitcher Luis Avilan’s wild pitch, the Phils took the lead as Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley and Byrd. The Braves would retake the lead in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to B.J. Upton, Freeman reaching base on a fielder’s choice ground ball, as Upton’s beat Utley’s throw to second base, and a walk to Justin Upton, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Uggla hits a grand-slam home run, his second home run of the season, and of the game, giving the Braves a 9-6 lead, scoring B.J. Upton, Freeman and J. Upton. That would end up being the final score as David Carpenter collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to ground out, 3-unassisted, to end the game.
Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to three batters, getting no one out, as he gave up three runs on three hits, all home runs. Luis Garcia pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (1-1, 8.59) as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ervin Santana also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. Ian Thomas received his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Anthony Varvaro would also receive his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Luis Avilan (3-1, 13.50) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter received his first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Double, Single, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Home Run, 3RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Gwynn, Rollins, Brown, Carlos Ruiz) and a sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Ruiz) and performed a doubleplay.
The Phils (6-7, T-3) continue their series with the Braves (9-4, 1st) with a ballgame tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50), who is coming off a start against the Brewers on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a win over the Braves. The Braves will counter with David Hale (0-0, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 10, as he went four and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 6-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win. The Phils will be out to recover from last night’s hard to swallow lost.
For the second time this season the Phillies have lost their third game in a row as they are beaten up by the Angels, 7-1. The Angels would take a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Adam Eaton, after getting two quick outs, would give up a two-run home run to Vladimir Guerrero, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Garret Anderson, who has earlier doubled. The Angels would increase their lead to 3-0 in the second when Anderson hit a RBI single, scoring Chone Figgins, who has singled earlier. The game would then settle down until the top of the sixth, when the Angels would finally knock out Eaton. After giving up singles to both Maicer Izturis and Anderson, Guerrero would hit a RBI single, scoring Izturis, to make it 4-0 Angels. Eaton was then be taken out for Ryan Madson. After getting one out, Madson would give up a RBI single to Casy Kotchman, scoring Anderson and sending Guerrero to third, as the Angels now leads it 5-0. Madson then gives up a RBI ground rule double to Howie Kendrick, as the ball gets stuck beneath the fence in center field, allowing only Guerrero to score, as Kotchman is sent back to third, to make the score 6-0 Angels. All three runs would be charged to Eaton. The Phillies would finally score in the bottom of the sixth when Jimmy Rollins, who got on first on a fielding error by first baseman Kotchman, and then stole second and went to third on catcher’s Jeff Mathis’ throwing error, would score on Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly, making it 6-1 Angels. The Angels would add their final run in the eighth, when Mathis would hit a RBI double, scoring Kotchman, who has earlier doubled. That would be it as the Phillies’ offense was for the most part handcuffed tonight by Angels’ starter Erwin Santana and relievers Jose Arredondo and Justin Speier, getting only two hits the whole night.
Adam Eaton took the lost as he would only pitch five innings plus three batters, giving up six earned runs on twelve hits. His record is now 2-5 with a 4.94 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings, giving up no runs, although all three runners that he would inherit would score, on two hits. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on three hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning. Ervin Santana would get the win, pitching seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and nine strikeouts. His record is now 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA. Jose Arredondo and Justin Speier would both pitch a scoreless, hitless inning in relief.
Adam Eaton’s string of quality starts ends at five while the Phillies’ batters were only able to get two hits, both off of Angels’ starter Ervin Santana. Chase Utley is now 0-23, although he would knock in the Phils only run with a sacrifice fly. The Phillies have now lost three games in a row, doing so for only the second time this season. Hopefully the offense will solve their present problems during tomorrow night’s game.
The weekend series between the Phillies (42-33) and the Angels (44-30, 1st American League West) will continue tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on June 15, where he would only go six innings, while giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. Myers has been mostly ineffective this year, being unable to keep the Phils in games that he would start. The Phillies are hoping that he can solve whatever problems he is having so that they can have a chance to avoid losing their fourth game in a row. The Angels will counter with Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06), who is coming off a victory against the Braves on June 15, where he would go seven and one third scoreless innings, giving up only six hits in the Angels’ 2-0 win. He will be looking to keep the normally explosive Phillies’ bats quiet for another game.
The lost would keep the Phillies two games ahead of the Marlins, who have just lost their game with the Athletics in extra-innings. The Mets are presently trailing the Phillies by four and a half games as they have defeated the Rockies. The Braves are still trailing by six games as they have lost their game with the Mariners. The Phillies will be trying to win their weekend series while hoping to increase their lead over the rest of the division.
The first place Phillies (42-32) will be facing Gary Matthews, Jr and the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim (43-30, 1st American League West) at Citizens Bank Park for a three games weekend series. The first game of the home stand will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound Adam Eaton (2-4, 4.57), who is coming off his fifth straight quality start, although losing to the Cardinals on June 14, as he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 3-2 lost. In those five starts, he is 2-1 with a no-decision, which the Phils won, pitching a combined total of thirty-two and a third innings, giving up eleven earned runs on thirty-two hits. Eaton will be trying for his sixth straight quality start while trying to get his third win of the season to help the Phillies to once again put some distance between them and their opponents in the National League East. The Angels will counter with Ervin Santana (8-3, 3.40), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on June 14, where would only go five and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits, in the Angels’ 9-4 lost. He will once again be looking for his ninth win while trying to dominate the Phils’ bats.
This will be the first time that Sarge’s son will make an appearance at Citizens Bank Park, where he will be watched by his father from the broadcast booth. The Phillies’ offense will be trying to get back on the winning track, hopefully with the batters being a bit more patient at the plate and being a lot more consistant in runs production. Also, Chase Utley will be trying to break out of his present 0-20 slump which has caused his batting average to dip under .300 (.294), twenty-fourth best in the NL. Although he is still leading the league in home runs with twenty-two, he is now third in RBIs with sixty-two, fourth in runs scored with fifty-six, eleventh in hits with eighty-three and sixth in slugging percentage (.606). The Phils will need him to get back to being able to get hits and knock in runs for the offense to get going again.
The Phillies’ lead in the National League East is now at two games as the second place Marlins head to Oakland for a three games series with the Athletics. They are presently leading the now third place Mets by five and a half games as they go to Denver for a three games weekend series with the Rockies. The now fourth place Braves, thanks to their lost to the Angels yesterday afternoon, trail the Phillies by six games as they get ready to play host to the Seattle Mariners for a three game series. The Phillies, as they try to win their first series since their sweep of the Braves, hope that the rest of their division will do poorly against their opponents this weekend.