The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Andres Blanco hits a three-run home run to right, his first home run of the season, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, and Cody Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would get on the board in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dustin Ackley hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Taylor, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Endy Chavez’s single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Chavez, who had earlier singled, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Brad Miller to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.
Jerome Williams, whom the Phils have recently picked up off the waiver wire, (3-5, 5.91), got the win as he pitched seven, plus one batter, strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Dominic Leone pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)) between them, while striking out two (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)).
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Cody Asche (Single) and Andres Blanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Carlos Ruiz (3), Howard (2), Ruf (1), Asche (1)), a stolen base (Revere (36)) and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game, while the defense performed a double play, and caught a runner trying to steal a base.
The Phils (55-70, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Mariners (67-57, 3rd AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-13, 4.35), who is coming off a lost against the Angels on August 13, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win, while trying to bounce back from the lost. The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on August 13, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mariners’ 2-0 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.
The National League wins its third straight All-Star Game as it blanked the American League, 8-0.
The National League jumped into the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double, knocking in the Giants Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, giving the National League a 1-0 lead. The NL then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltan, moving Braun up to second base, and to the Giants’ Buster Posey, moving both Braun and Beltran up a base, and with two men out, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a three-run triple, clearing the bases. The NL then increased their lead as the Braves’ Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, giving the NL a 5-0 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, the Cardinals’ pinch hitter Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in fellow Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who had just tripled, giving the NL a 6-0 lead. The NL then took an 8-0 lead as Cabrera (who was later made the All-Star Game’s MVP) hits a two-run home run, knocking in Holliday. That would end up being the final as the Phils’ Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shut out by getting the Orioles’ Matt Wieters to fly out to right for the final out.
The Giants’ Matt Cain (1-0, 0.0) gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), R.A. Dickey (Mets), Cole Hamels (Phils), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) and Jonathan Papelbon (Phils) would combine for seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (2), Dickey (1), Miley (1)) and three walks (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (1), Chapman (1)) between them, while striking out seven (Cain (1), Gonzalez (1), Dickey (1), Kimbrel (2), Chapman (1), Hanrahan (1)). The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (0-1, 45.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Nathan (Rangers) and David Price (Rays) combined for a pair of 1-2-3 innings. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Jered Weaver (Angels), Chris Sale (White Sox), Ryan Cook (Athletics), Jim Johnson (Orioles) and Fernando Rodney (Rays) would combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Sale) and a walk (Weaver) between them, while striking out four (Sale (1), Cook (2), Johnson (1)).
The National League squad had ten hits in the game, with Melky Cabrera of the Giants (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Braun of the Brewers (Double, Triple, RBI) leading the squad with two hits apiece. Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (Triple, 3 RBIs), Dan Uggla of the Braves (Single, RBI), Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals (Triple), pinch hitter Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Chipper Jones of the Braves (Single) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (Single) had the other six NL hits. The NL also had three walks. The American League squad had only six hits in the game, all singles, by Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Robinson Cano of the Yankees, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Mike Napoli of the Rangers, Mike Trout of the Angels and Joe Mauer of the Twins. The AL also had three walks, a stolen base (Trout) and a hit batter (Paul Konerko of the White Sox).
Among the Phils representatives, Carlos Ruiz came into game in the sixth inning, making one plate appearance, flying out to left. Cole Hamels pitched the seventh inning, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched to one batter, getting the game’s final out on a fly out to right.
With the win, the NL will have home field advantage during the 2012 World Series.