The Phils honor the late Robin Roberts by defeating their rival the Cardinals, 7-2. They increase their present winning streak to three games, while increasing their lead in the East to two games over both the Mets and the Nationals.
After honoring the late Robin Roberts before the game, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth, who is from Roberts’ hometown of Springfield, Ill., hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had walked, moving Utley up to second base. The Cards got a run back in the second as, with a runner on third, via a Werth three-base fielding error of a David Freese fly ball, and with one man out, Freese scored on a Wilson Valdez throwing error of a Jason LaRue grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing LaRue to move up to second on the bad throw. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who reached first base on a Tyler Greene throwing error, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, and went to third on Skip Schumaker’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-2, while sending Schumaker, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with two runners on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin and Danys Baez pitch two scoreless innings.
Roy Halladay got the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and three walks, while he strikes out nine. His record is now 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, hitting two batters. Danys Baez pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Kyle Lohse took the lose as he pitches only four innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. Blake Hawksworth pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Trever Miller pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Dennys Reyes pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter.
The Phils had fourteen hits, with Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits each, with Werth’s hits being a three-run home run and two doubles, knocking in three runs while scoring two runs, while Ruiz had two singles and a double, knocking in a run. They were followed by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez who had two hits apiece, with Howard having two singles, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hit, with Victorino and Valdez both having doubles and Polanco and Utley both having singles.
The Phils (17-11, 1st) will conclude their home stand with a three-game series against the Braves (12-16, 5th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-2, 5.70), who is coming off a win against the Mets on May 2, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 11-5 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils good home stand while trying to lower his ERA. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (4-2, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Astros on May 2, as he went five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Braves’ 7-1 win. He will try to even his record against the Phils, while trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to four games, while increasing their lead in the division.
The Phillies end their four game losing streak, thanks to a good pitching effort by J.A. Happ, and two solo home runs in the eighth inning from Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 4-2. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Happ and Cardinals’ reliever Brad Thompson, who was pitching in relief of Mark Mulder, who had left the game in the first inning after hurting his elbow. This would end in the fifth, when, with one out and a runner on first, Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI triple, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. But Rollins would then be thrown out at the plate on a Shane Victorino fielder’s choice ground ball, shortstop Cesar Izturis to catcher Jason LaRue. Chase Utley would then hit a single, sending Victorino to second base. Ryan Howard would then follow with a single, scoring Victorino, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, as Happ stayed in the game to try and give the bullpen a rest, started the inning by getting Brendan Ryan to fly out for the first out. Itzuris would then get on base with a single. The next batter, Skip Schumaker, would follow with a ground-rule double, after Victorino tells the umpires that the ball had gotten stuck in the panneling, forcing Itzuris to go back to third. That would be it for Happ, as he is taken out of the ballgame by Charlie Manuel, to a standing ovation from the fans. Manuel replaces Happ with Chad Durbin. Durbin would walk Ryan Ludwick to load the bases. Albert Pujols would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Itzuris, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Troy Glaus would then follow with a RBI single, scoring Schumaker, making it two all, while Ludwick and Glaus would both move up a base on the throw to the place. After intenionally walking Rick Ankiel, Durbin would finally end the inning by striking out Joe Mather for the third out. In the eighth, Howard would give the lead back to the Phillies as he would hit his twenty-fifth home run of the year, tying Chase Utley for the major league lead in home runs, a solo shot off of Cardinals’ reliever Kyle McClellan, making it 3-2 Phillies. Three batters later, with two men out, and Chris Perez now pitching for the Cardinals, Pedro Feliz would hit a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Phillies. In the ninth inning, Brad Lidge would be sent out to save the game, which he would do, in spite of a attempt to tie the game by the Cardinals, as he would strike out Ankiel with two men on and two outs, to record his twentieth save of the year in twenty tires.
J.A. Happ would pitch an excellent game, although only receiving a no-decision as he goes six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out five. Chad Durbin would receive his second blown of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Clay Condrey would get the win as he pitches a scoreless, hitless inning as he strikes out the side. His record is now 2-1 with a ERA of 3.82. Brad Lidge would also go one inning, as he gives up no runs on no hits, walking two and striking out two. Mark Mulder would pitch only one third of an inning, walking two hitters and striking out one, before being taken out because of a bad elbow. Brad Thmpson would pitch four and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, getting a no-decision. Russ Springer would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Jason Isringhausen would pitch an inning, also giving up no runs or hits. Kyle McClellan would take the lost, pitching an inning plus one batter, while giving up only one earned run on one hit, Ryan Howard’s solo shot. His record is now 1-4 with a 2.74 ERA. Chris Perez would also pitch an inning, also giving up an earned run on one hit, Pedro Feliz’s solo home run.
J.A. Happ has obviously been taking advice from Jamie Moyer, otherwise how else do you explain how he well he was able to keep the redbirds off-balanced until the seventh inning. It’s too bad that Durbin was unable to shut down the Cardinals after being called in to relieve Happ, especially since the Phillies plan to send him back to Lehigh Valley after the All-Star break to bring back Brett Myers. I for one will not be looking forward to that if the youngster continues pitching like a stud. Anyone out there have an idea on how to persuade the powers that be that it would be better for the team to keep the kid in the bigs after this performance? Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense is still not scoring runs, even if Ryan Howard has just broke a team record of the most RBIs knocked in by a team player before the All-Star break, breaking Greg Luzinski’s old record with his eightieth RBI of the year. The offense really needs to knock in runs with man in scoring positions. Seriously.
The three games series between the Phillies (49-43) and the Cardinals (51-41, 2nd National League Central) will conclude tomorrow afternoon with a Business Person’s Special. The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.12), who is coming off a good start against the Mets on July 5, getting a no-decision as he goes six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 9-4 lost. He will once again be trying for his eighth victory of the year, while hoping to help the Phillies win their first series at home since the series against the Reds. Braden Looper (9-6, 4.15), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 4, where he would go seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying once again for his tenth win of the season, while trying to stop the Phillies’ batters.
The Phillies’ victory will keep their lead over both the Marlins and the Mets at a game and a half as they both won their game. The Braves trail the Phillies by six games, as they lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phillies hope to keep their lead over the rest of the Eastern division, while trying to win the last two series on their home stand.