The Phillies defeated the Pirates today, 6-3, after outlasting both an one hour and forty-seven minutes rain delay, and the usual lack of offense. The Pirates would score the game’s first run in the second when Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer would give up a RBI double to Doug Mientkiewicz, who knocked in Brandon Moss, who had doubled earlier, making it 1-0 Pirates. The Phillies would tie the score in the third in one of the wierdest plays that I have ever seen in my life. With no one out, and with Carlos Ruiz on first via a walk, Moyer would push a sacrifice bunt towards first that would be fielded by Pirates’ starter Jason Davis. But, when Davis attempted to throw to first for the out, he would get bumped by Ryan Doumit, the Pirates’ catcher, which would cause Davis to throw the ball wildly past first base for the play’s first error. Ruiz, after going to second on the bunt, would go to third on the error and then go home to tie the game at one all, while Moyer would head for second. He would then go on to third as Pirates’ right fielder Jason Michaels would threw the ball past second into left center field for the play’s second error, allowing Moyer to reach third. Moyer would then score on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Rollins to center field, to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. The Phils would then try to take a commanding lead in the fifth, as they load the bases with only one out, via a single (Ruiz), error (left fielder Moss dropping Rollins’ fly ball onto the left field foul line) and a walk (Shane Victorino). But Davis would get out of the inning when Chase Utley would hit a ground ball to the second basemen that would end up being a 6-4-3 double play. Then in the sixth, the Pirates would take the lead when, with two men on and two outs, Michaels would hit a two-run double off of Moyer, who threw a pitch that stayed in the strike zone, scoring Nate McLouth and Doumit, both of whom have singled earlier, to give the Pirates the lead at 3-2. The Phillies would tie the game up in the seventh, as Greg Dobbs hits a pinch hit RBI double, his record setting twenty-first pinch hit, scoring Ruiz, who has doubled earlier. Then two batters later, with Dobbs on third via a wild pitch by Pirates’ reliever Tyler Yates, Chase Utley would give the Phillies the lead as he would hit a two-run home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, and his only hit in the weekend series, to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. The Phillies would then add their final run in the eighth inning in as wierd a manner as when they had scored the first run. After Jayson Werth have received a lead off walk, he would move on to second as he ran on a ground out by Geoff Jenkins on a three-two pitch for the inning’s first out. He would then move to third on a Craig Hansen’s wild pitch to Eric Bruntlett. After Bruntlett would ground out, third to first, for the second out, Jenkins would score on a pass ball committed by Doumit, to make it 6-3 Phillies. Ryan Madson would then come in to pitch the ninth, in place of Brad Lidge, who has an ailing shoulder, and proceeded to pitch a 1-2-3 inning, to record his first save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would receive a no-decision as he went six strong innings, throwing a large number of first pitch strikes, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Clay Condrey would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit and a walk. Scott Eyre would get the win, as he gets out the only batter he would face. His record is now 3-0, with his first win as a Phil, with a ERA of 6.94. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless inning, with no hits and a strikeout. Ryan Madson would get his first save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jason Davis would also get a no-decision as he went sixth inning, giving up two runs, both unearned, on four hits. Tyler Yates, would get the lost as he also receive his fourth blown save, as he went an inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA. Craig Hansen would pitch an inning, giving up a run, which was unearned, on no hits.
The Phillies’ offense almost did itself in today by not being able to get a clutch hit when they needed it until Utley’s home run. But I’d noticed something today. It would seems that the players are starting to realize when they are messing up. I’d noticed it originally when Moyer was mad at himself when he was unable to get a bunt down. I didn’t think much about it when the broadcast team said it has probably occurred because Moyer was such a perfectionist. But, I then noticed Utley being mad at himself when he hit into the twin-killing in the fifth. But I’d only really noticed it when Rollins was unable to score Dobbs from third when he hit a sharp ground ball to first base. I saw Rollins inside the Phillies’ dugout being mad at himself for not getting the runner home. After seeing that, I began to think that maybe the players are finally starting to notice that they are not getting the job done when they are trying to perform some situational hitting. Maybe, just maybe, the fire is starting to be lit under this team’s behind after all and maybe the players are finally trying to get it done. Well, if it is, is couldn’t be occurring at a better time, since they’re going out to the West Coast to face the Dodgers and the Padres before they come back home for a home stand against the Nationals, the Dodgers and the Mets.
The Phillies (64-53) will meet the Dodgers (58-59, 2nd National League West) for the first time this season for a four games series. The first game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-5, 4.37), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 6, where he went six scoreless innings, giving up only four hits in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. His lifetime record against the Dodgers is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts. He will be trying for his eleventh victory of the year while hoping that the offense will continue to support him. The Dodgers will oppose him with Derek Lowe (8-10, 4.10), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on August 6, where he would only go three and a third innings as he got bombed for eight earned runs on thirteen hits, in the Dodgers’ 9-6 lost. Career wise, he is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA against the Phillies. He will be trying to improve his record while hoping to muzzle the Phillies’ offense.
The Phillie are now leading the Mets by two games and the Marlins by two and a half as the Marlins were finally able to defeat the Mets. The Braves now trail the Phillies by nine and a half games as they lost to the Diamondbacks. The Phillies will now be traveling to the west coast, hoping to be able to increase their lead in the East.