The Phillies end Interleague Play on a high note as they leave Toronto with a series win and a two-game winning streak, as they defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4. The win, the 252nd in Jamie Moyer’s long career, pushes him into 43rd place on the all-time wins list, going past Hall of Famer Bob Gibson. But it was not easy.
The Blue Jays took a quick lead in the first as, with one man out, Aaron Hill hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, making it 1-0 Blue Jays. Toronto increased their lead in the second, as, with one man on, and two men out, Jose Bautista hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had just walked, to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. In the third, the Phils made it 3-1 Blue Jays, as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved over to second on Jayson Werth’s walk, and then went to third when Chase Utley struck out, but the ball got passed Blue Jays’s catcher Raul Chavez for a passed ball, while sending Werth, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on the pass ball, would go on to third base. It then became a 4-1 Blue Jays’ lead as Hill hits a lead-off home run, his ninteenth home run of the year, and his second of the game. Later in the inning, the Blue Jays threathen to add more runs to their lead, as they had two men on base, Scott Rolen via a double, and Adam Lind via a walk, with only one out. But Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer would get out of the jam by striking out first Alex Rios, and then Overbay, with both man swinging. The Phils would then take over the lead in the fourth. The Phils would load the bases on a Pedro Feliz single, a Chris Coste walk, which would move Feliz up to second base, and then a bunt single by Eric Bruntlett, which moved both Feliz and Coste up a base, with nobody out. Carlos Ruiz then hits a grounder to Blue Jays’ third baseman, Rolen, which could have been a doubleplay ball, if the play wasn’t broken up by Bruntlett’s slide, knocking down Blue Jays’ second baseman, Hill. The play instead becomes a force out, 5-4, allowing Feliz to score from third, making the score 4-2 Blue Jays, while Coste would move to third, and Ruiz would be safe first, with only one out. Victorino then followed with a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, scoring Coste from third, making it a 4-3 Blue Jays’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, and still two men out, Utley hits a two-run triple, knocking in Ruiz, who had gone to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, to give the Phils’ a 5-4 lead. That would be the score until the ninth, as Moyer would handle the Blue Jays for the fourth-fifth innings, Chan Ho Park would shut them down for two innings, and Ryan Madson would keep the Blue Jays in check in the eighth inning. In the ninth, the Phils would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge, back from the 15-games disabled list, to record the save. At first, he ran into trouble, as he allowed two men on base, a single to Chavez and a walk to Marco Scutaro, moving John McDonald, who was pinch running for Chavez, to second base with the tying run. After getting Hill to pop out to Utley, with the Infield Fly Rule in effect, for the first out, Lidge would pick McDonald off of second base. After missing McDonald, he threw the ball to Feliz, who would eventually tag McDonald out, 1-5-6-5, for the inning’s second out, killing the threat as the batter, Vernon Wells, then proceeded to ground out 6-3, for the final out.
Jamie Moyer won the game, pitching five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking four. His record for the year is now 6-6, the Phils’ first six game winner, with an ERA of 6.05. Chan Ho Park recorded his fourth hold as he pitched two scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his fourteenth hold of the season, as he gave up only a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge recorded his fourteenth save of the year, as he gave up only a hit and a walk. Brian Tallet got the lost, as he pitched six inning, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on eight hits and six walks, while striking out six. His record is now 5-5 with a 4.47 ERA. Brandon League, Jeremy Accardo and Jason Frasor combined for three shut out innings, giving up only two hits (League (1), Frasor (1)) and three walks (Accardo (2) Frasor (1)) between them, while they stuck out only three batters (League (2), Accardo (1)).
The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a double and a triple, knocking in two runs, as he raised his average to .302. Shane Victornio, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste, Eric Bruntlett, Carlos Ruiz and Matt Stairs got the other eight Phils’ hits, all singles, with Stairs’ being a pinch hit single. Besides Utley’s two RBIs, Howard, Victorino and Ruiz each knocked in a run, with Victorino’s being a sacrifice fly. With Interleague Play now behind them, as well as a series win, the Phils will resume playing fellow National League teams, as they hope to increase their lead in the NL East.
The Phillies (39-34, 1st) have the day off today. They will resume play tomorrow night with their first visit to Atlanta as they face the Braves, hoping to continue their road winning ways as they at the moment stand at .500 for the present road trip. They are presently leading the Mets by two and a half games, as they were swept this weekend by the Yankees.
The Phils are unable to avoid being swept at home as the tired bullpen is unable to stop the Blue Jays as the Phils lose a see-saw battle with Toronto, 8-7.
The Blue Jays took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and two men outs, Raul Chavez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Adam Lind, who had earlier singled. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second, as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year, cutting Toronto’s early lead down to 2-1. In the third, the Blue Jays would increase their lead, as, with one man on, and one man out, Vernon Wells hits an RBI double, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, to make it 3-1 Blue Jays. The Phils would make it 3-2 Blue Jays in their half of the second as with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had reached first on a force out, 5-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second base, had moved to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and had then moved up to third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and two men outs, Rollins hits a two-run home run, knocking in Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead to 5-3 in the fifth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Toronto would get a run back in the sixth as Lind lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-4. The Blue Jays tied the game up at five-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had earlier doubled. The Blue Jays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Wells hits an RBI single, scoring Scutaro, who had reached base with a single, and had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s error of an Aaron Hill grounder, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead, while sending Hill on to second. One batter later, the Blue Jays increased their lead to 7-5 as Rolen hits an RBI double, scoring Hill, while sending Wells on to third base. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the eighth as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, with one man out, hits a solo pinch hit home run, his third home run of the year, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to 7-6. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, tying the game up at seven-all. The Blue Jays would take the lead for good in the ninth, as, with one swing of the bat, Rod Barajas hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it 8-7 Toronto, which ended up being the final score as the Phils could get nothing together in their half of the ninth.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, recording his second hold, as he gave up just a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out three. J.C. Romero recorded his first blown save of the season, as he gave up no runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Clay Condrey got hurt as he pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson took the lost as he gave up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Brad Mills also received a no-decision as the rookie only lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Dirk Hayhurst pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Jayson Carlson also pitched an inning, striking out the side. Brandon League pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out three. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the season before receiving the win, as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA. B.J. Ryan recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Accardo recorded his first save of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a hit.
The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, including a double and a home run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, as he raised his average up to .225. Shane Victorino and John Mayberry, Jr., both followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth and Dobbs’ hits being home runs, along with one of Mayberry’s two hits. Besides Rollins’ two RBIs, Werth also knocked in two runs, while Mayberry, Dobbs and Victorino each knocked in a run. The Phillies’ offense, with Raul Ibanez out for at least fourteen more days, will have to find ways to score runs so that they can give the pitching staff a chance to win some easy games.
The Phillies (36-28, 1st National League East) with conclude their home stand with a three-game weekend series with the lowly Orioles (29-37, 5th American League East) in some more interleague play. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will start Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 5.25), who is coming off a bad start against the Red Sox on June 13, where he only pitched an inning, thanks to the rain delay, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that bad performance before the home crowd. The Orioles will counter with Rich Hill (2-1, 5.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 13, where he only pitched four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Orioles’ 8-4 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to take their interleague play and losing at home woes out on the Orioles while trying to see about adding some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East, especially the hurting Mets.
The Phils’ pitching staff played with fire once too many times as Ryan Madson blew a save opportunity with a bases loaded walk in the ninth, before Clay Condrey is bombed for five runs in the tenth as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 8-3, as the World Champs are still unable to win victories at home.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, beating the throw to the plate from the center fielder, which allowed Utley to move up to second base. In the fourth, the Blue Jays would tie the score at one-all as, with one out, Adam Lind hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. Two batters later, the Blue Jays would take the lead as, with a runner on first and still one man out, Kevin Millar hits an RBI double, scoring Alex Rios, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Blue Jays. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the sixth, after their ace, Cole Hamels, had pitched himself out of a bases loaded, nobody out, jam in the top half of the inning. With a man on second and nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked and then stole second, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would remain the lead as both Chad Durbin and J.C. Romero held off the Blue Jays, with the latter pitching himself out of a three-walks, bases loaded jam in the eighth, thanks to some confusion on the Blue Jays part as Rios did not tag third base and score on a long fly out to left by Marco Scutaro for the inning’s second out. But, in the ninth, with Ryan Madson pitching for the save, the Blue Jays would once again load the bases, via a single to Vernon Wells, a single to ex-Phil Scott Rolen, which would send Wells over to third, beating the throw, allowing Rolen to move up to second, and an intentional walk to Lind. After Madson strikes out Rios for the inning’s first out, he walks Lyle Overbay, forcing in Wells from third, tying up the score at three-all. Madson would then get out of the inning by getting Rod Barajas to pop out to Rollins under the infield fly rule for the second out, and then striking out pinch hitter John McDonald. After the Phils go down 1-2-3 in their half of the ninth, everything would fall apart in the tenth. After Clay Condrey retires the lead-off batter with a ground out, 6-3, he gives up a single to Aaron Hill. Wells followed him with a single, sending Hill on to second base. Rolen then followed with an RBI single, scoring Hill, and giving the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead, while sending Wells to second. Lind was then walked, loading up the bases once again, as Wells and Rolen both moved up a base. Rios then in turn walked, scoring Wells, while moving both Rolen and Lind up a base, leaving the loaded, as the Blue Jays increased their lead to 5-3. That would be all for Condrey, as he was replaced by Rookie Tyler Walker. Walker then gave up a sacrifice fly to Overbay, the second out of the inning, as Rolen crossed the plate, making it a 6-3 Blue Jays’ lead, while Lind would move up to third, putting runners on the corners. Barajas then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Lind and Rios, making it an 8-3 Blue Jays’ lead. Walker would then end the inning by getting Scott Downs to ground out, 6-3. That would end up being the final score as the Phils could not put together a rally in their half of the tenth.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out six, while getting himself out of a few jams. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning as he collected his fifth hold, as he walked only one, while striking out two. J.C. Romero also pitched a scoreless frame as he recorded his third hold, giving up three walks before pitching out of trouble. Ryan Madson blew his second save of the season, as he gave up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Clay Condrey took the lost as he got hit around for five runs on three hits and two walks, in only a third of an inning of work. His record now is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.44. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on a hit. Ricky Romero also got a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Shawn Camp pitched a third of an inning, getting out the man he would face. B.J. Ryan also pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jason Frasor pitched a third of an inning, taking care of the only man he would face. Scott Downs got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA. Jesse Carlson pitched a scoreless tenth, giving up just one hit.
The Phils only had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the attack with three hits, raising his batting average to .313. Jimmy Rollins followed with two hits, while Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino collected the other three hits. Utley knocked in one of the Phils’ run, while Werth would knock in the other two with his two-run home run. The Phils are still trying to figure out how to win more games at home, while also wondering how to restart their offense, so that it would be more consistent as starting pitching is starting to get better.
The Phillies (36-26, 1st National League East) continue their Interleague Play three-games set with the Blue Jays (35-31, 3rd-T American League East). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, depending on the weather. The game is to start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be the veteran Jamie Moyer (4-5, 6.11), who is coming off a good start against the Mets on June 11, where he received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 extra-inning win. He will be trying to even his record, while recording victory no. 251 in his long career. The Blue Jays will counter with Scott Richmond (4-3, 3.90), who had previously pitched on June 12 in relief against the Marlins, going three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch a good start against the World Champs, while the Phils’ bats will be trying to crush him.
Two rain delays, and the Blue Jays’ excellent use of their bullpen, help to defeat the Phils’ in the final game of their three games interleague play series, 6-5. The lost put the Phillies in a tie for second place with the New York Mets, both teams now a full game behind the Florida Marlins, as the Mets would win their game with the New York Yankees. The Phils start the game off by taking a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, off of Blue Jays’ starter, Shaun Marcum, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, while Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 first inning on twelve pitches. The two teams would then go through a rain delay which would last over two hours before resuming play. When it does, both starters would be remove by their teams, with the Phils using Chad Durbin in place of Kendrick, while the Blue Jays would counter with Shawn Camp. Both teams are then kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Phils’ score their third run of the ballgame on a RBI single by Carlos Ruiz, scoring Geoff Jenkins, who has also singled. But the Phils would then miss an opportunity to break the game wide open, as, with the bases loaded and two outs, Camp would get out of the inning by getting Jayson Werth to fly out. Then things would go from bad to worst, as Durbin, with two on and two outs, would give up a pitch hit, three-runs home run to Lyle Overbay, his second home run of the year, scoring Rod Barajas, who has earlier doubled, the Blue Jays’ first hit of the game, and Marco Scutaro, who has walked, tying the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phils would threaten to retake the lead, as they loaded up the bases again, this time with one out, against Blue Jays’ reliever Brian Tallet. Tallet is replaced by Jason Frasor, who is able to end the Phils’ threat by getting Pedro Feliz to pop up and Ruiz to ground out. In the top of the fifth, the Blue Jays’ would take the lead, as they score three runs off of Rudy Seanez. The first two runs are knocked in on a RBI double by Shannon Stewart, scoring Aaron Hills, who has also doubled, and Matt Stairs, who has just been intenionally walked, giving the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead. Barajas would then single in Stewart, making it 6-3 Blue Jays. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the sixth, as Chase Utley doubles in Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk. After Howard walks, the game is once again delayed by rain. After play resumes again, the Blue Jays would replace Jesse Carlson, who has just replaced Frasor, with Cy Young award winner Ray Halladay, to face Pat Burrell. Halladay would end the threat by getting Burrell to pop up, leaving the score, 6-4 Blue Jays. The Phils would threathen for one last time in the ninth, when, with two outs, Pat Burrell would hit his tenth home run of the year, a solo shot off of B.J. Ryan, making it a 6-5 ballgame. Chris Coste would then double, putting the tying run in scoring position, as Eric Bruntlett comes up to pitch hit. Unfortunately, after fouling off several pitches, Ryan would get Bruntlett to strike out swinging, ending the ballgame, as he records his ninth save.
Kyle Kendrick, the Phils’ starter, would only go one inning because of the two hours plus rain delay, facing only three hitters as he gives up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would go four innings, giving up three earned runs on two hits, one of which was a pitch hit home run. Rudy Seanez, the Phils’ losing pitcher, would go one inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. His record is now 2-3, while his ERA rises up to 2.89. J.C. Romero would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Clay Condrey would also go an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Blue Jays’s starter, Shaun Marcum, like Kendrick, would only go one inning because of the long rain delay, giving up two earned runs on two hits, one of which was Ryan Howard’s home run. Shawn Camp would then pitch three innings, giving up an earned run on four hits. Brian Tallet would only go a third of an inning, giving up no runs on three hits. Jason Frasor, the Blue Jays’ winning pitcher, would go an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on no hits. Jesse Carlson would face just two batters, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk. Roy Halladay would pitch two and one-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hits. B.J. Ryan would go an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits, as he records his ninth save of the years.
The Phils’ offense, although out hitting the Blue Jays’ thirteen hits to six, would twice leave the bases loaded, once with less than two men outs, whereby one hit at either time could’ve help them put the game out of reach. Instead, momentum shifted over to the Blue Jays, who would get to both Durbin and Seanez for their six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, thus ballooning both relievers ERAs in the process.
With the lost of their Interleague play series with the Blue Jays (23-23, 4th American League East), the Phillies (24-21) split their six games home stand, 3-3. They will now travel to Washington, D.C. to start a two cities, seven games, road trip to Washington and Houston. Their first game will be played tonight in D.C. in the Nationals’ (19-26) new ballpark, Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-4, 5.91), who is coming off of his worst outing of the season, as he would go only four and one-thirds innings against the Braves on May 14, giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits, in the Phils’ 8-6 lost. He will be looking to regain his stuff as he faces the Nationals for the 28th time in his long career. In his 27 previous starts against them, including when the Nationals were the Montreal Expos, he is 7-7 lifetime, with a 4.91 ERA. The Nationals will oppose him with Tim Reddings (5-3. 3.55), who is coming off a win against the Mets on May 14, where he pitched six solid innings, giving up only an earned run on two hits, in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season.
In spite of the lost, the Phillies are still trailing the Marlins by a game, as the fish lost their game to the Kansas City Royals, 9-3. The Phils are once again in a technical tie for second place with the New York Mets, .004 percentage points behind them, as the Mets once again defeated the New York Yankees, 11-2. They are a game ahead of the Braves, who have beaten the Oakland Athletics, 5-2. While the Phils play the last place Nationals tonight, the Marlins, the Mets and the Braves will all have the day off, giving the Phils a chance to gain a half game on the Marlins with a victory tonight, if Myers can get his act together and if the offense can get a hit when its needed.