The Padres took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded via walks to Yonder Alonso, Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay uncharacteristically misses the plate with his pitches, and with one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, as second baseman Freddy Galvis makes a great play to keep the ball from going into right field for a base hit, bringing in Alonso, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Maybin to third base and Bartlett up to second base. The Padres added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Alonso hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Nick Hundley’s single, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, on to third. The Padres increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI double, knocking in Maybin, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Padres then took a 4-0 lead as Hudson hits an RBI triple, scoring Bartlett. The Padres then made it a 5-0 lead as pinch hitter Jesus Guzman hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson. The Phils would finally get on the board in the ninth as, with a man on third and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to first second, and then to third on defensive indifference, making it a 5-1 Padres’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Hudson Street ended the game by striking out Galvis, swinging, for the game’s final out.
Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Cory Luebke (2-1, 2.52) got the win as he went eight strong scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Hudson Street pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two.
The Phils had only three hits in the ballgame, singles by Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay and an RBI double by Ty Wigginton, as the team continue not being patient with opposing starters. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (7-8, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Padres (4-12, 5th West) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 17, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. Blanton will be trying to recover from his last start, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the series win. The Padres will counter with Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to see if he can lead to Padres to a series split. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road, and their second of the young season.
A Shane Victorino homer in the top of the tenth lead the Phils to their second straight extra-inning victory as they defeat the Rockies, 4-3.
The Rockies took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Seth Smith hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Rox a 2-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a ball deep to right field which just missed being a home run, and instead hit against the wall for a double, as Shane Victorino, who was on first. after being safe on a force out, 1-6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, was wiped out as second base as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made a barehanded catch on a ball deflected by Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin, before throwing to second base, for the inning’s second out, did not get a good jump from first as he thought that the ball was going to leave the park, before being sent home, and was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Smith to second baseman Mark Ellis, who then threw the ball home to catcher Chris Iannetta, who then tagged out Victorino for the inning’s final out, 9-4-2. The Phils finally got on the board in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just singled, cutting the Rockies’ lead down to 2-1. The Rockies got the run back in their half of the seventh as Iannetta hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Rox a 3-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a pinch hit two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his first pinch hit home run of his career, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the tenth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his nineteenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth, getting Tulowitzki to pop out to Utley for the final out.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo (5-0, 1.31) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson recorded his nineteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth. Jhoulys Chacin also received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Matt Reynolds recorded his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Rafael Betancourt recorded his nineteenth hold of the year as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Hudson Street blew his third save opportunity of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out one. Rex Brothers (1-2, 3.74) to0k the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while he struck out two.
The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) all leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.
The Phils (69-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Rockies (51-58, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and will start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will be out to end his possible final start of the season on a high note before going back to the bullpen as Roy Oswalt prepare to return to the starting rotation. The Rockies will counter with Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 27, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up just six hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Rockies’ 3-1 win. He will be out to even the series. The Phils will be out to win their latest series.
The Phillies wasted a good effort by Jamie Moyer as the offense once again let the team down as they lost their sixth straight game. For the first six innings of the game, Moyer and A’s starter Joe Blanton would be involved in a pitchers’ duel, with Moyer only giving up one hit during that time, a lead-off single in the first inning to Kurt Suzuki, who would later by wiped out in a 3-6-3 double play by Ryan Sweeney, and striking out nine A’s, striking out the side twice, while Blanton would give up only two hits, one of which was Pat Burrell’s nineteenth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, which gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things would change in the seventh when the Phillies would get their first two men on base, Burrell via a walk and Jayson Werth via a single. But, things would then go flat as Geoff Jenkins would fly out to left, swinging on the first pitch, for the first out of the inning. Pedro Feliz would then single to right, but the third base coach, not taking a chance on getting Burrell thrown out at the plate, holds him up at third base to load the bases. This move would soon come back to haunt the Phillies as Carlos Ruiz, with a 2-1 count, would hit into a twin killing, third to first, with the third baseman touching third base first before throwing to first. The Phillies being unable to capitalize in their half of the inning would turn out to be a momentum changer, as, with Moyer still pitching, Sweeney would start off the A’s half of the seventh with a single. One out later, Bobby Crosby would get a pop single, on a ball that was misplayed by Shane Victorino and would drop in front of him, moving Sweeney to second. After Charlie Manuel decides to leave Moyer in the game, despite the fact that Chad Durbin was ready to go, Moyer would give up a three-run home run to Emil Brown, his sixth home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney and Crosby, and giving the A’s the lead, 3-1. After getting the second out and then giving up a ground rule double, which might have ended up being worst if it has not bounced into the stands, to Carlos Gonzalez, Manuel would come out and finally replace an out of gas Moyer with Durbin, who would then strike out Donnie Murphy to end the inning. In the eighth, the Phils would come back to cut the lead to 3-2, as, with Victorino on second, after getting on base with a single and then stealing second, he would score on a RBI single by Ryan Howard. Although Howard would later get to second base on a pass ball charged to Suzuki, Burrell would leave him there as he strikes out. The A’s would then deliver the coup de grace in the bottom of the inning, as with two out, J.C. Romero would walk Sweeney and then give up a two-run home run to Jack Cust, Cust’s twelfth home run of the year, to make it 5-2 A’s. That would be it as Huston Street would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to record his fourteenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost, although pitching a very good game until the disasterous seventh. He would go six and two-thirds inning, giving up only three runs on five hits, while striking out nine A’s. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.09 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning in relief, striking out the only man he would face. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up two earned runs on only one hit, while walking one and striking out one. Ryan Madson would go a third of an inning, striking out the only A that he would face. Joe Blanton would get the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits. His record is now 4-10 with an ERA of 4.58. Alan Embree would pitch an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits. Huston Street would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth as he get his fourteenth save of the season.
It is now official, the offense presently stinks, and even they are starting to realize it, as they would acknowledge in an article posted on Phillies.com about the game. Even the manager seems to be noticing that the guys are right now doing everything wrong at the plate, and those things includes, “…guys not hitting, swinging bad, swinging at balls in the dirt, chasing balls over their heads, it looks like they’ve never seen a baseball….” and those things are going to keep hurting this team until the batters finally get it into their thick skulls that they should be trying to meet the ball, and not trying to hit home runs everytime they get up to the plate, with the situations that occurred in the first and seventh innings being perfect examples of what is presently wrong with this team. Especially the seventh, when Jenkins, who should have been up there trying to move the runners over into scoring position, which might have required him taking a pitch or two until he saw something which he was sure he could hit towards the right side of the infield and get Burrell and Werth over to third and second, instead swings at the first pitch and flies out, moving no one. This would come back to hurt the Phils, as I am sure that Feliz’s single would’ve scored both Burrell and Werth from second and third, and would instead load the bases, as the Phils’ third base coach refuses to send Burrell home, afraid that he might have been cut down at home by a throw from Sweeney. Me, I’d made the attempt. Why? To shake things up a bit. There’s a difference between being aggressive and being passive. Stopping Burrell at third was being passive, and is part of the reason that the Phils are mired in their present slide. If the third base coach had been aggressive, it would have taken a real good throw to home to get Burrell thrown out. Sure, Burrell isn’t as fast as Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino, his running towards home would’ve still forced Sweeney to have to throw an almost perfect strike to get him out at home, and who know what would’ve happened if the throw was anything but a perfect strike. But, since he didn’t send Burrell home, it’s all a very moot point. Hopefully, the players’ own realization that they are stinking up the place might just get them to do something to reverse it before the situation can get any worst.
The series between the Phillies (42-36) and the Athletics (42-34, 2nd American League West) continues with a night game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send up Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06) to see if he can stop their slide before it can get any worst. He is coming off an awful start against the BoSox on June 18, where he would only pitch three innings, as he gave up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to return to his winning ways, while, as mentioned earlier, trying to put a stop to the Phils’ swoon. The A’s will counter with Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on June 19, where he would only go five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits, in the A’s 2-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while at the same time seeing if he can adds to the Phillies’ present offensive woes.
The Phillies are still leading by one, four and four and a half games over the Marlins, Mets and Braves respectively, as all three teams lost their games while the Phils were unable to take advantage of it. The Phillies will be trying to end their present slump, which is a team effort, and stop wasting some good efforts that they have recently been getting from their starters.