The Phillies have completed their sweep of the last place Nationals as Kyle Kendrick goes six and two-thirds innings to record his ninth win of the year as the Phillies defeated the Nats, 8-4. The Phillies would take the lead in the second inning as Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI ground ball, third to first, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, making it 2-0 Phillies. The next batter, Shane Victorino, would also hit a ground ball to the third baseman, but Ryan Zimmerman would this time throw the ball away trying to get the out at first, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, to score on the throwing error, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, and allowing Victorino to reach second base. In the bottom of the second, Kory Casto would score the Nationals’ first run on a Kyle Kendrick wild pitch, after getting on base with a double, and going to third on a ground out, short to first, to make it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead. The Nationals would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Jesus Flores would hit a RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who has reached base earlier after being hit by a pitched ball. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth to 5-2 as Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Kendrick, who has earlier reached first base on catcher Jesus Flores’ throwing error to first after Kendrick has struck out on a pitch that Flores has to block in the dirt. Then in the sixth, with a runner on second, and two outs, Victorino would get a single on a hard grounder to the third baseman, reaching first safely on Ronnie Belliard’s throwing error, while Rollins, who has doubled earlier, would score on the error, to make it 6-2 Phillies. Ryan Howard would two batters later get a RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phillies a 7-2 lead. Pat Burrell would follow with a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies an 8-2 lead. In the ninth, with Rudy Seanez on the mound, the Nationals tried to create a very late rally. Pete Orr would start the inning off with a single. Pinch hitter Felipe Lopez would follow with a double, putting Orr on third. Willie Harris would then hit a RBI ground ball to first base for the inning’s first out, scoring Orr, while moving Lopez to third, making it an 8-3 Phillies’ lead. Lasting Milledge would then hit a slow ball towards first, that Seanez would grab before he tags out Milledge for the second out of the inning, while Lopez scores, giving the Phillies an 8-4 lead. After a walk to Ryan Langerhans, Charlie Manuel would come out and replace Seanez with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then end the game by getting Austin Kearns to fly out to left.
Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings of strong ball, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 9-5 with a 4.59 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Chad Durbin would pitch to only one batter, getting him to fly out. John Lannan would get the lost, lasting five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. His record would fall to 6-11 with a ERA of 3.61. Chris Manning would pitch to one batter, giving up a hit. Garrett Mock would pitch an inning and a third, giving up a hit and no runs. Jesus Colome would go two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies have completed their first sweep of the second half, while winning their fifth straight game. This is the fourth game during their winning streak that the Phillies’ offense have knocked in eight runs or more, while getting three extra-bases hits (1 (2B), 2 (HR)). This is also the first time in a while that the Phillies have been ten games over .500 since Interleague play. The Phillies would end July with a 15-10 record. The Phillies hope that their rejuvenated offense will continue in St. Louis, the city where their dangerous offense would begin to disappear back in mid-June.
The Phillies (59-49) will now go on to St. Louis to play the Cardinals (61-50, 2nd-T National League Central) in a three games weekend series. The first game of the series will be played in the new Busch Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.27), who is coming off a bad outing against the Braves on July 26, where he would get a no-decision as he would only last three and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, only four of which would be earned, in the Phillies’ 10-9 win. He has already faced the Cardinals once before this year on July 8, losing that game as he went seven innings, giving up just two earned runs on three hits, in the Phillies’ 2-0 lost. He will for his fifth straight start try for his tenth win of the year, while trying to increase the Phillies’ present winning streak to six games. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (12-3, 3.68), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on July 27, pitching five innings as he gave up seven earned runs on eleven hits, in the Cardinals’ 9-1 lost. He has already faced the Phils once before back on June 14, winning the game as he goes eight innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to silence the Phillies’ bats.
With the win, the Phillies’ lead over the Mets is now a game, as the Mets gets ready to play the Astros for a three games series in Houston. The Phillies’ lead over the Marlins is now at one and a half games, as they continue their four games series with the Rockies. Their lead over the Braves stay at nine games, as they start a three games series with the Brew Crew. The Phillies will be trying to increase their lead in the East while increasing their winning streak to six wins in a row.
Jamie Moyer records his tenth win of the year and the 240th victory in his long career, while leading the Phillies back into first place over the Mets as the Phillies defeat the woeful Nationals, 8-5. The Phillies would finally score some runs off of their nemesis Tim Redding as Pat Burrell would hit a two-run single, knocking in both Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, who have both singled earlier, to give the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. In the Nationals’ half of the first, they would take the lead. Willie Harris would score the Nats’ first run as he hit Moyer’s first pitch out of the park for his eighth home run of the year, to cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Three batters later, wirh a runner on second, and with one out, Jesus Flores would hit a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Austin Kearns, who has doubled earlier, to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. The next three innings would see a pitchers’ duel between the veteran and the youngster, that would keep the score at 3-2 until the top of the fifth when the Phillies would get to Redding again. Carlos Ruiz would start the inning off with a single. Ruiz would then go to second on a walk to Moyer, as Redding would be unable to throw a strike as Moyer has originally gone up to the plate to put down a sacrifice bunt. Jimmy Rollins would follow with a double, scoring Ruiz to tie the game at three all, while sending Moyer over to third. The Phils would then retake the lead as Victorino would hit a two-run RBI single, scoring both Moyer and Rollins to make it 5-3 Phillies. Utley would then end the scoring as he would hit a two-run shot, for his twenty-seventh home run of the year, to make it 7-3 Phillies. After the home run, Redding would be taken out of the ballgame. The Phillies would add one more run in the seventh, as Victorino would hit a solo shot for his ninth home run of the year, to make it an 8-3 Phillies’ lead. In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on second and third and one man out, Lastings Milledge, would hit a RBI ground out, short to first, for the second out of the inning, scoring Pete Orr, who has gotten on base earlier via a force out, to make it an 8-4 Phillies’ lead. Roy Zimmerman would then follow with a RBI ground rule double that was misplayed by Jayson Werth, who would fall down when trying to make the play, scoring Harris, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies an 8-5 lead. That would be how the game would end as Brad Lidge would come into his fifth straight game (in six days) and records his twenty-sixth save of the years in as many tries.
Jamie Moyer would get the win, as he pitches another quality start, as he goes six inning, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits. His record is now 10-6 with an ERA of 3.79. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Chad Durbin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, recording his twenty-sixth straight save, as he pitched a scoreless inning, while giving up just one hit. Tim Redding would take the lost as he would go only four innings plus five batters as he would get hammered for seven earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA. Steven Shell would pitch three innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. Luis Ayala would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up one hit. Jesus Colome would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.
The Phillies’ offense would finally unload on Tim Redding, knocking in seven runs on ten hits, with only two of them being for extra-bases, a double and a home run, before they finally knocked him out of the box in the fifth. For the fourth time in as many games, the Phils would score five or more runs in an inning. It would seem that the offense is finally back, and if it is, I feel sorry for the rest of the league. Now, if they would just become more consistent with their runs production. Meanwhile, with the win, Jamie Moyer become the Phillies’ first ten games winner for 2008. He has also won his 240th career victory, while needing just ten more wins to reach 250. He has also pitched another quality start, giving up no runs for five innings after giving up three runs on a pair of home runs in the first, being helped by a couple of double play balls.
The once more first place Phillies (58-49) will conclude their three games series with the woeful Nationals (38-69) later tonight. The game will be played in Nationals Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.70), who would pitch a quality start in a game that would end up being a lost against the Braves on July 25, as he would go six innings, giving up only an earned run on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying for his ninth win while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the East. The Nationals’ starter will be John Lannan (6-10, 3.33), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on July 25, going seven innings as he gives up three earned runs on six hits, in the Nationals’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to stop the Nationals’ present losing streak.
The Phillies now lead the Mets by a half game and the Marlins by one and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Marlins. The Braves now trails the Phils by nine games as they’d lose again to the Cardinals, their fifth lost in a row. As the Phillies try for their fifth straight win, the Mets will take the day off, the Marlins will face the Rockies for the first of four games in Miami and the Braves will end their four game series with the redbirds. The Phillies will be going for their fifth straight victory and their first sweep of the second half, while also trying to increase the lead on the Mets.
After being quiet for the last three days, the Phillies’ offense would finally come alive as the Phillies crush the Nationals in the series finale at Nationals Park, 12-2. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz would lead the charge as they each would go 3 for 5. The Phils’ offense would hit a total of eight extra base hits, four doubles and four home runs, with Ryan Howard getting two homers, his first two home runs game of the year. Howard would also get four RBIs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Chris Coste would each get two hits in the game, as the Phillies’ offense would have fifteen hits and bat around for one inning.
The Phils would start their scoring off in the first inning, with Ryan Howard getting a RBI double off of Nationals’ starter, and losing pitcher, Matt Chico, knocking in Shane Victorino, who has earlier doubled, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. The Phils would make it 2-0 in the second as Pedro Feliz hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phillies would increase their lead to 4-0 in the fifth, on a pair of solo home runs by Victorino, hitting his second home run of the year, and Howard, hitting his eleventh. The Phils would then bust the game wide open in the sixth. The inning would start with Jesus Colome, who was relieving Chico, striking out Jayson Werth. Feliz and Chris Coste would then get on base with a pair of singles, and after they both moved up a base after a Colome’s wild pitch, Jamie Moyer would walk, loading the bases. Jimmy Rollins then hits a RBI single, scoring Feliz, making it 5-0 Phils, as the bases remain loaded. Victorino would then hit a RBI single to right, knocking in Coste, Moyer and Rollins, giving the Phils a 8-0 lead, while he goes to third base on Dmitri Young’s catching error. Chase Utley would then hit a double, scoring Victorino, increasing the Phillies lead to 9-0. That would be it for Colome, as the Nationals would replace him with Chris schroder. Howard would immediately greet Schroder with a first pitch home run to right center field, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 11-0 lead. After Pat Burrell flies out to right for the second out of the inning, Werth would come up for the second time in the inning, this time getting on base with a walk. Feliz would then follow with a single, his third hit of the night, moving Werth up to second base. Coste would then follow Feliz with his second single of the inning, scoring Werth to make it 12-0 Phils, while moving Feliz up to third. Moyer would finally end the inning by striking out. In the inning, the Phils would send thirteen men to the plate, scoring eight runs, their most runs for the year since April 3, when they scored six runs, also coming against the Nationals. Meanwhile, as the Phils’ bats were erupting, Jamie Moyer was keeping the Nationals off the scoreboard, as he pitched himself out of several jams during the six innings that he pitched. He would be relieved by Clay Condrey in the seventh, who, with two outs and runners on second and thrid, would give up a RBI single to Ryan Zimmerman, on a ball which glances off his glove, scoring Rob Mackowiak, who has earlier singled, and moving Felipe Lopez, who has earlier doubled, to third. Lopez would then score on a RBI single by Young. Condrey would finally get out of the inning, and then pitch the eighth and ninth innings, giving up only one more hit to the Nats, as he records his first save of the year, as the Phils win 12-2.
Jamie Moyer would get the win, going six innings, as he gives up no runs on seven hits. His record is now 4-3 as his ERA drops to 4.37. Clay Condrey gets the save as he goes three innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. Matt Chico would take the lost for the Nationals, going five innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record drops to 0-6 while his ERA rises to 6.19. Jesus Colome would go only one third of an inning, giving up six earned runs on five hits. Chris Schroder would pitch an inning, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Joel Hanrahan would pitch the last two and two-thirds innings for the Nationals, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies (26-22), will now go to Houston to meet the Astros (27-21, 3rd National League Central) to start a four game series in Minute Maid Park. The first game of the four game set will start tonight at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will start Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.76), moving him up a day after having pitch only one inning on May 18 against the Toronto Blue Jays because of the two plus hours rain delay. In that inning, he gave up no hits or runs. His previous outing was a victory against the Braves on May 13, where he pitched six innings, giving up only three earned runs, all given up in the first inning, on six hits, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He hopes to better his record while continuing to lower his ERA. The Astros will send Roy Oswalt (4-4, 5.43) to the mound, who is coming off a lost to the Texas Rangers on May 17, where he went six innings, giving up six earned runs on eleven hits, in the Astros’ 6-2 lost. His previous outing was a win over the Giants on May 12, where he had gone eight innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Astros’ 7-3 win. He hopes to beat the Phils for the second time this season, after having defeated the Figthin’s back on April 16, where he went seven innings, giving up one earned run on five hits, in the Astros’ 2-1 victory over the Phils, which was also Kendrick only career start against the Astros, as he gave up only two earned runs on four hits while also pitching seven innings. Hopefully, while they’re in Houston, the bats will stay awake in the Texas heat.
With the win, the Phillies remain technically tied for second place with the Braves, a game and a half behind the Marlins, who won their game last night with the Diamondbacks. The Phillies are .001 percentage points behind the Braves, who defeated the New York Mets last night, putting both them and the Phils two games ahead of the New Yorkers. As the Phils head for Houston, the Marlins will end their series with the Diamondbacks, while the Mets and Braves will finish their series in Atlanta.