The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.
The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.
The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.
Shane Victorino ends the evening being a single short of the cycle as he leads the Phils to a win over the Mariners, 5-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Felix Hernandez’s wild pitch, and then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s force out, 1-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, is forced out at second base, while Utley would beat the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. The Mariners tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Smoak hits a double to left that bounces off of the left field wall. Raul Ibanez played the ball off the wall perfectly, before throwing it back into the infield, holding the runner, Adam Kennedy, who had earlier singled, at third, preventing him from scoring. Phils’ starter Vance Worley then ended the ending by getting Miguel Olivo to ground out, 1-3. The Mariners then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with one man out Dustin Ackley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Mariners then threaten to take the lead later in the inning, as the next two batters, Mike Carp, via a walk, later moving up to second on a wild pitch by Worley, and Greg Halman, via a single, with Carp stopping at third, and with still one man out, when Ichiro Suzuki hits a sharp grounder to Utley, who threw the ball home, catching Carp between home and third. Carlos Ruiz then ran Carp back to third, before throwing the ball to Placido Polanco, who then tagged out Carp for the inning’s second out on the fielder’s choice, 4-2-5, while keeping Halman, who had moved up to second base on the grounder, at second, while keeping Suzuki at first. Worley then ended the inning by striking out Brendan Ryan, swinging. The game would stay tied until the seventh inning when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ross Gload, a double by Dom Brown, with Gload stopping at third base, and Rollins with a walk, and with two men out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Gload and Brown, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Rollins to third. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had just singled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless ninth.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes (1-0, 2.08) got his first career victory as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two walks, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched one and a third scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a single, while striking out a batter. Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. David Pauley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jamey Wright pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter.
The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Double, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) lead the team with three hits apiece, with Victorino being a single short of reaching the cycle. Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Singles) both followed with two hits each. Ross Gload (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits as the offense seems to have adjusted to playing in Safeco Field.
The Phils (45-27, 1st NL East) will conclude their three-game interleague play series with the Mariners (36-35, 2nd AL West) with an afternoon game at Safeco Field. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 14, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his tenth win of the season, while trying to give the Phils their second series win in interleague play. The Mariners will try to counter with Jason Vargas (4-4, 4.13), who is coming off a lost to the Angels on June 13, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be going for their second series win in interleague play, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the year.
The Phillies have lost their sixth straight series as they waste another good start by Jamie Moyer as they lose to the Rangers, 5-1. The Rangers would take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Michael Young would hit a RBI ground out, short to first, scoring Ian Kinsler, who has earlier tripled. They would add a second run in the second, as rookie Chris Davis would hit his second career home run, to make it 2-0 Rangers. In the third, the Rangers would increase their lead to 3-0, as Josh Hamilton would single in Young, who has earlier doubled. While Moyer would keep the Rangers off of the scoreboard after that inning, the Rangers’ starter, rookie Eric Hurley, would keep the Phillies’ offense silent, despite some of the batters actually getting some deep counts against him. The Phillies would finally get a run on the board as Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled, to make it 3-1 Rangers. The Rangers would then put the game away in the eight, as Ramon Vazquez would get an RBI single, scoring Marlon Byrd, who has earlier doubled, to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead. The Rangers would score their final run on a ground out by Young, scoring Max Ramirez, who has earlier been hit by the pitch. C.J. Wilson would then come in the ninth for a quick 1-2-3 inning to end the ballgame.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost in spite of keeping the Phillies in the game, as he goes five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and striking out six batters. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.13 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two and one third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Eric Hurley would get his first career victory, as he would also go five and two-thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits. His record is now 1-1 with a ERA of 3.57. Jamey Wright, Eddie Guardado and C.J. Wilson would combine for three and one third innings of hitless ball.
The Phillies’ offense, after a short revival, would go back to sleep, in spite of an early attempt to stay patient inside the batter’s box against the rookie Hurley. Gary Matthews, the ex-Phil, and a present-day Phillies’ Announcer, would offer one of the reasons for the batters’ present slump. The players are presently hitting the ball with the end of the bat, instead of the bat’s sweet spot, near the middle, which is leading to weak outs. Maybe, maybe not. What I do know is that it is really starting to get on my nerves that the batters’ are not doing anything to help correct the problem. Sounds to me like Charlie Manuel may need to take these guys behind close doors and read them the riot act to get them thinking about what they are doing wrong. Well, one can only hope, right? *Sigh*
The Phillies (44-39) have finally finished their involvement in interleague play, with a 4-11 record, losing all five series. They will now have the day off, which they will hopefully use to get their heads screwed back on before they begin a three games series with the Braves in Hot-lanta, and then come home for a four games Independence Day weekend series with the Mets.
With the lost, the Phillies’ lead in the East drop down once again to one full game as the Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks. The Mets are now back in third place, trailing the floundering Phillies by three games as they defeat the Yankees. The Braves now trail the Phillies by four games as they lose to the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Phillies will now try to regroup and get back on the winning track.