The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, a triple that was challenged by the Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia, but was upheld after being reviewed by the umpires. The Phils added to their lead one batter later as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Angels got a run back in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Collin Cowgill, who then went to third base as Albert Pujols reached first base on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error, and a walk to Howie Kendrick, moving Pujols up a base, and with one man out, Cowgill would score on Asche’s throwing error to the plate of Chris Iannetta’s grounder to third on a force attempt at the plate, as the throw pulled catcher Carlos Ruiz off of the plate, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, a call that would be confirmed after a challenged was made by Phils’ manager Ryne Sandberg, while Pujols and Kendrick would both move up a base and Iannetta would be safe at first, leaving the bases loaded. The Angels then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Grant Green hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pujols, while moving Kendrick up to third base. The Angels then took a 4-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Luis Jimenez hits a two-run double, knocking in Kendrick and Ianenetta. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 4-3 Angels’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ernesto Frieri collected his fifth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to hit into a double play to end the ballgame.
Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.23) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four unearned runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Adams and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Adams) and a walk (Diekman) between them. Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 3.86) got the win as he threw five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Kohn received his third hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and a hit batter. Fernando Salas collected his third hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Joe Smith received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ernesto Frieri received his fifth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a triple by Chase Utley (RBI), a single by Ryan Howard (RBI) and a triple by Dom Brown. The final Phil run came in on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Ruiz. The Phils also had three walks (Howard, Brown, Ruiz) and a hit batter (Utley) in the game, while the defense committed three errors, all by Cody Asche.
The Phils (17-20, 5th NL East) conclude their two-game series with the Angels (20-18, 2nd AL West), with a game already in progress.
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.