The Phillies’ bat, after being silent last night, come back alive late in the ballgame, as Jamie Moyer pitches well enough to win, as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 7-5, to retake the lead in the National League East. The Phillies, like last night, would score first in their half of the first as Chase Utley, after getting on base with a single, and then steal second, would score on Ryan Howard’s RBI single, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would then tie the game in the second inning, as Mike Jacobs launches a home run off of Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who came into the game with a 7-0 record against the fish, for his twelfth home run of the year. The Marlins would then take the lead in the third. With two out, and two men on, Jorge Cantu would hit a RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has gotten on base with an infield single, making the score 2-1 Marlins. The Marlins would then increase their lead to 5-1, as Jacobs hits a 3-run shot, his second home run of the game off of Moyer and his thirteenth home run of the year, scoring Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier been hit by the pitch and Cantu. The Phils would then start a comeback in their half of the fourth when Utley hits his twentieth home run of the year, a two-run shot that knocks in Jimmy Rollins, who has reached base earlier on Cantu’s throwing error to first base, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-3. After neither team is able to score in the fourth and fifth innings, and after Moyer puts down the fish in the sixth, the Phils would tie the score in their half of the sixth as pitch hitter Geoff Jenkins hits a two-run home run, his fifth of the year, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. Then in the seventh, as they were getting ready to take out Moyer, the Phillies would rally to take the lead. With two men on and two out, Burrell would hit a two-run double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled, and Howard, who has been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. That would be the game as Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the last two innings and get six of the seven men that they would face, with Lidge recording his thirteenth save of the year in thirteen tries.
Jamie Moyer is the winner, going seven innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 6-3 with a ERA of 4.65, while his career record against the Marlins is now a perfect 8-0. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and one walk. Brad Lidge would pitch a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two batters as he gets his thirteen save of the year. Andrew Miller would go five innings for the Marlins, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. Doug Waechter would take the lost, while also being credited with a blown save, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Taylor Tankersley would pitch one third of an inning, giving up an earned run on no hits, as Ryan Howard’s run in the seventh is charged to him. Logan Kensing would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit, Pat Burrell’s game winning double.
The Phillies’ offense, although not as potent as it was during the first four games of the ten games home stand, was potent enough to win the weekend series from the fish, 2 games to 1, and sends the Marlins packing, as they dropped back to second place. The win makes the Phils so far 1-0 for June, after coming off a 17-12 May and a 15-12 April. The Phillies now wait for the arrival of Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Cincinnati Reds (28-29, 4th National League Central), who have just finished sweeping the Braves, for the final four games of their so far very successful home stand. Junior is just one home run away from reaching a milestone in home runs, as he now have a career total of 599 of them. He will be hoping to accomplish the deed at Citizens Bank Park, while the Phillies’ pitching staff will be doing everything they can to not become the victim of such a major event, while at the same time cool down the Reds, while also hoping that the bats of the offense will become hot once again.
The first game of the Phillies’ four game series with the Reds will be a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 27. In that game, he would pitch seven and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on seven scattered hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He hopes to pitch well enough for another win, while giving the Phillies’ offense a chance to rebound from their last two games and return to their double digits run productions. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29), who is coming off his second straight victory, as he would defeat the Pirates on May 28, going six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 drubbing of the Bucos. He will be trying to improve his record and give the Reds a four games winning streak, while trying to be the third straight starter to quiet down the Phillies’ recently hot bats.
The once again first place Phillies (33-25) are leading the Marlins (31-24) by half a game, as the fish go on to Atlanta for a four game set with the struggling Braves. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three and a half game, as they go back to Atlanta to meet the Marlins, after being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Phils lead the Mets by four games, as they prepare to face the Dodgers tonight for the final game of their four games series, before getting ready for a three games series in San Francisco with the Giants.
Edit: It wasn’t until I’d looked at the boxscores for all three games that I’d discovered one of the main reasons that the Phillies were able to fry the fish this weekend. They kept Dan Uggla’s very potent bat real quiet during the series, as he would go only one for twelve with a single, while striking out four times. I really hope that the pitchers are able to do the same thing to Junior’s bat this week.
The now first place Phillies (32-24) continue their three games series with the second place Marlins (30-23) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first of the two weekend games will be played tonight, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound their young ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a bad outing against the Astros on May 25, where he would last only four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, while not be able to record a strikeout, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 15-6 thrasing of Houston. He has won three of his last six starts, while receiving three no decisions, all won by the Phils, in which he would go forty and a third innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, including a spell where he would go nineteen and two-thirds innings without giving up a run, on thirty-three scattered hits. Lifetime against the Marlins, he is 2-2 in four starts with an ERA of 4.13. He will be looking for his first victory in three starts, while trying to help increase the Phillies’ first place lead and increase the Phils’ winning streak to six games in a row. He will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off of a victory against his major nemesis, the Mets, on May 26, where he would pitch five innings, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He is presently riding a two games winning streak, which he hopes to extend to three while trying to slow down the Phillies’ offense juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The final game of the three games home stand will be played at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow afternoon, at 1:35 pm Eastern time. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45), who is coming off an excellent outing against the Rockies on May 26, where he would go seven innings, giving up only four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven, in the Phillies’ 20-5 rout. He has won four of his last five starts, getting a lot of run support from the offense in his wins. He hopes to win his fourth start in a row while keeping the Marlins on the ropes. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53), who is coming off a recent lost to the Mets on May 27, where he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Marlins’ 5-3 lost. He hopes to improve his record while trying to see if he can quiet down the Phillies’ offensive machine.
The Phillies’ offense has been very potent during their last nine games, and hope to continue during the rest of the weekend series as they expect to receive good pitching performances from both Hamels and Moyer to help derail the Marlins so that they can increase their present lead over the Marlins by trying to end the weekend with a sweep, giving themselves a seven games winning streak, and putting themselves ten games over .500 for the season.
The first place Phils lead the Marlins by half a game, while they lead the third place Braves by two and a half game, although the Braves are presently leading the Reds in their game, and lead the fourth place Mets by four and a half games, although they are presently losing their game with the Dodgers. The Phils hope to end the weekend with at least a half game lead over the fish while increasing their leads over both the Braves and the Mets.
After the Marlins leave town, the Phils will complete their ten games home stand with a four games series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Edit: The Mets have come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2. So they are at the moment trailing the Phillies by four games.
Edit 2: The Reds have just defeated the Braves in 10 innings, 8-7. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three games.
Edit 3: The Phils are presently leading the Marlins, 1-0, in the middle of the 3rd inning.
The Phillies regain first place from the Marlins, as their very potent offense crushes the fish in the first game of a three games weekend series between the two rivals, 12-3. The Marlins would score first though, when, in the first inning, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up a RBI single to Jorge Cantu, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier singled, to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier walked, and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Myers would finally get out of the innings, and he would then pitch a 1-2-3 second. In the Phillies half of the inning, the Phillies would pound Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson. Ryan Howard would start the inning off with a walk. Pat Burrell would then ground out, pitcher to first, moving Howard to second base. After Pedro Feliz singles Howard over to third, Chris Coste would tie the game by hitting his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-3 ballgame. Three batters later, with two men on base and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run double, scoring So Taguchi, who has earlier singled, and Brett Myers, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-3 lead. Chase Utley would then follow with his major league leading eighteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot, making it 7-3 Phillies. The Phillies would add four more runs in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins would single in Taguchi, who has earlier walked, to make it 8-3 Phillies. Two batters later, with runners on first and third, and two outs, Howard would hit a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, off of Burke Badenhop, who was pitching in relief of the knocked around Hendrickson, scoring Victorino, who was safe on a force out, and Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 11-3 lead. Meanwhile, something seems to have clicked with Myers, as he seems to have returned to his earlier form, as he would give up only three more hits to the Marlins after the first inning, while stirking out eleven. The Phillies would score just one more run, in the seventh inning, as Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, would score with the base loaded, as Taguchi is walked by Taylor Tankersley, making it 12-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then take over in the ninth for Myers, putting down the shocked Marlins for a 1-2-3 inning.
Brett Myers is the winning pitcher, winning his first ballgame since April 17, when he defeated the Astros. He did it by going eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking one eleven Marlins. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.52. Clay Condrey would pitch one shut out inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Mark Hendrickson would suffer the lost as he gets pounded by the Phillies’ bats in three and a third innings of work, giving up ten earned runs on seven hits, while walking three. His record is now 7-3 as his ERA rises to 5.26. Burke Badenhop would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Taylor Tankersley would also pitch an inning and a third, also giving up an earned run on no hits. Justin Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Joe Nelson would go an inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies regain first place, as they ride on their first five games winning streak of the season. The Phillies are also a season best eight games over .500. During their winning streak, the Phils have scored sixty runs, averaging twelve runs per game. During that span, they have also gotten sixty-one hits, of which 26 has been extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B) , 10 (HR)). In their last nine games, starting with the last game of their three games series with the Nationals, the Phillies have scored eighty-five runs, averaging about 9.45 runs a game, while getting 108 total hits, of which forty-five were extra-base hits (26 (2B), 1 (3B) and 18 (HR)). It is indeed hitting season. At the same time, Phillies’ starting pitching, during the five game winning streak, has given up only sixteen runs, which average out to 3.2 runs a game, while the relief staff has allowed only three runs, which average out to 0.60 runs a game. In their last nine games, the starters have given up twenty-eight total runs, for an average of 3.11 runs per game, while the relief core have given up only six runs, which average out to 0.67 runs per ballgame. As the offense is racking up the runs and hits, the pitching staff is giving up to their opponents very few runs in return. During those nine games, the defense has been almost flawless, committing only three errors, all occurring during the Rockies’ series, against seven for their opponents. It would appear that all aspects of the Phillies game are starting to come together at the same time, which might be a cause of alarm for the rest of the National League East.
The three games series between the now first place Phillies (32-24) and the second place Marlins (20-23) will continue tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision, as he pitched poorly in his last start against the Astros on May 25, where he would only pitch four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 15-6 crushing of Houston. Hamels has won three of his last six starts, with the other three being no-decisions, all won by the Phils, as he has gone a total of forty and a thirds innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, which includes a period when he would give up no runs for nineteen and two-thirds innings, on thirty-three hits. His career numbers against the Marlins is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts. He will be trying to get his first win in three starts, while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the National League East. The Marlins will be opposing him with Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off a win, his second in a row, and third in his last four starts, against the Mets on May 26. He would go five innings in that game, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ hitting juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The now first place Phillies lead the Marlins by half a game after their victory over the fish. They are leading the Braves by two and a half games, as the Braves lost their game with the Reds in extra-innings. The Phils are leading the Mets by four and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phils will be trying to increase their respective leads over the other teams in their division, as they try to win their sixth game in a row and their ninth in their last eleven games.
The Phillies (20-15) will be playing the final game of their four games series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (22-12) this afternoon at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Their starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who is coming off of his May 3 outing against the San Francisco Giants where he seems to have regain the speed of his fastball as he goes seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 3-2, 10 innings lost. His opponent will be Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), presently one of the best pitchers in the National League. His last outing was a victory as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits in the D-backs’ 10-4 win over the Mets on May 3. He’ll be looking to make his season record 8-0.
After the game, the Phils will continue their road trip as they go on the San Francisco to meet the Giants for a three games weekend series. They will then come back home to start a six games home stand on Tuesday, with three games against the Atlanta Braves, and then a three games weekend Interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins will be rejoining the club, after finishing up his rehab assignment.
The Phillies are hoping to at least split the series with the Diamondbacks, if not leave Arizona with another series win. They also hope to either remain tied for first with the Florida Marlins or to be leading the National League East all by themselves, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves and/or the Mets. Of the later two teams, the Mets have the day off.
Adam Eaton has finally received his first decision of the season. Unfortunatley, it is a lost, as the Phils lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-4. And Eaton would be the main reason for the lost as he would give up three walks, two extra-base hits, including a three run home runs, and five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which Eaton himself would acknowledge later in a post-game interview. The Diamondbacks would score first in the first inning as Conor Jackson hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who has doubled earlier. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the third as Eric Bruntlett hit his second home run of the season off of Randy Johnson, scoring Eaton, who has earlier doubled. Then came the disasterous fourth inning. After giving up two walks and a single, and then getting a fly out, Eaton would walk Johnson, scoring Justin Upton, who has earlier walked. Mark Reynolds, who has singled, would then score on a Young force out, giving the Diamondbacks back the lead at 3-2. Stephen Drew would then followed that up with a three run home run, his fourth of the season, scoring Miguel Monteo, who has walked, and Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Eaton would be taken out of the game for a pitch hitter, as he gives up six earned runs on just five hits. The Phils’ bullpen of Rudy Seanez, Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin would then pitch the next four innings as they together kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet, while giving up only two hits between them. The Phils’ batters would then slowly start chipping away at Johnson, scoring one run in the fifth on a Bruntlett double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier gotten on base via a walk, and then scoring another run in the sixth on a Jayson Werth home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 6-4 Diamondbacks. But that would be how the game would end, as the Diamondbacks’ own bullpen of Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon would pitch the last three innings, giving up no runs on three hits, saving the game for Randy Johnson.
With the lost, Eaton is still looking for his first win as his record falls to 0-1, with an ERA of 5.63. Johnson, with the victory, increases his record to 2-1, with an ERA of 5.06, as he gives up four earned runs on six hits. Lyon would record his tenth save of the season.
With the lost, the Phils are now tied with the Marlins for first place, trailing the fish by .004 percentage points as the Marlins won their game against the Brewers. The two teams are both leading the Braves and the Mets by 1.5 games as the Braves defeated the Padres, winning their fourth game in a row, while the Mets lost once again to the Dodgers, losing their second straight.
The Phils (19-15) will played the third game of their four games set against the Diamondbacks (22-11) tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies will be starting Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01) who will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time. His last start, against the Giants on May 2, ended in a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 6-5, 10-innings win. He’ll be looking for his third win of the year. He will be opposed by Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) who is coming off of a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamonbacks’ 7-2 lost. He’ll be looking to recover from the lost.
The Phils will be looking to once again have first place all to themselves, while the Marlins will be playing the second game of their series with the Brewers, the Mets will be playing the final game of their series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the streaking Braves will be playing the second of their three games with the Padres in Atlanta.
The Phillies took over first place as they defeated the San Diego Padres, 3-2, in a close game. The Phils starter Adam Eaton was once again involved in a no decision as he gave up two earned runs on five hits, as he went six full innings. The two runs he gave up came in the first inning on a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez, his sixth of the season, as he knocked in Tadahito Iguchi who had earlier single. But that was all the Pads would be able to do against Eaton as he would shut them down for the next five innings. Meanwhile, the Padres’ starter Randy Wolf would also get a no decision as he went six innings against the Fightin’s, also giving up only two earned runs to his former team on six hits while striking out nine Phils. The Phillies runs would come in the third on an RBI double by Ryan Howard as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who had earlier double. Howard would then score on an RBI double by Pat Burrell. After Eaton and Wolf were taken out for pinch hitters, the game would be left in the hands of the two teams’ respective bullpens. Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and the eventual winner, Tom Gordon, would combine to pitch the seventh and eighth innings, giving up no runs or hits and walking only one batter, while striking out one batter each. The Padres would counter with Cla Meredith, who would pitch 2/3rd of an inning without giving up a run, and Joe Thatcher, the eventual loser, who, in the bottom of the eighth inning, would give up a massive home run to Ryan Howard for his six of the year. Brad Lidge would then come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his seventh save of the year.
The winning pitcher for the Phils is Gordon, upping his record to 3-2 and lowering his ERA to 5.56 as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The loser for the Padres, Thatcher, watch his record drop to 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA, as he gave up only one hit in 1 and 1/3 innings of work, but it would be a killer, as it was Howard’s home run.
Seems like Howard’s mom knew what she was talking about when she said that her son was slow in April as he went 2-4 in the game, with a double, a home run and 2 RBIs. Hopefully this is a harbinger of things to come.
With the win, the Phils take over first place in the National League East, .5 games ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.
The homestand continues tonight at 7:05 in Citizens Bank Park as the NL East leading Phils (16-13) now face the National League West third place San Francisco Giants (13-16). The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13). His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00). As the Phils meet the Giants for the first time this season, the Mets (14-12) will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-8, 1st NLW) in Arizona while the Marlins (15-13) will be playing the Padres (11-18) in Florida.