The Phils end the first half of the regular season on a high note as they sweep the 1st place Reds behind the six-hit pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds, 1-0.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was safe on second on a ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference as a fan in the left center field seats touched the ball while it was still in play, which was confirmed when the umpires reviewed the call, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds tried to come back in the fourth, as they loaded the bases, via a single to Paul Janish and walks to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen, and with nobody out, when Jonny Gomes hit into a force out, 5-2, wiping out Janish at home as Ruiz touches the plate for the inning’s first out, while both Votto and Rolen would move up a base, and Gomes would be safe at first. The Phils then got out of the inning as Jay Bruce lined out to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would catch the ball before it could hit the ground, then throw over to second for a 1-6 doubleplay, doubling up Votto, to end the inning, with the Phils still in the lead. The Phils then tried to increase their lead in their half of the fourth, as they loaded the bases via a ground-rule double for Jayson Werth, as another fan interfered with a ball in play, this time preventing what could have been either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, depending on how the ball would’ve hit the wall in center field, by catching it, a call that was once again confirmed by a review by the umpires, Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, and a walk to Ruiz, moving both Werth and Howard up a base, and with two men out. Reds starter Matt Maloney would turn the Phils’ away by getting Wilson Valdez to hit into a force out at third, 6-5, wiping out Howard for the inning’s final out. Neither team would make another serious threat during the game as both starters would keep the bats under control. The game would end as a Phils win as the Reds would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth as J.C. Romero would strike out Bruce swinging for the inning’s first out, then Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season by first striking out Drew Stubbs swinging and then getting pitch hitter Miguel Cairo to pop out to right for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, giving up six scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a third of an innings, walking a batter. J.C. Romero also pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face, collecting his fourth hold of the season. Brad Lidge collects his sixth save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Matt Maloney took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA. Nick Masset and Arthur Rhodes pitches for two shut out innings, giving up just one walk (Masset) and a hit batter (Rhodes) between them, while striking out three (Masset).
The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in the only run of the game, for the second game in a row. Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both ground-rule doubles, thanks to fan interference in both cases, with the second one, on Werth’s hit, being the more costly, as it might have ended up being either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, based on where the ball might have hit the wall and with Reds’ center fielder Drew Stubbs being positioned almost against the wall in center, that ball would have been going places, but, since the fan caught it, we may never know. Guys, let the ball alone unless you are quite sure it will be leaving the ballpark. You may never know what might be the results.
The Phils (47-40, 3rd NL East) will be off for the next three days (except for Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, who will both be at the All-Star Game), trying to recharge their batteries before they start the second half with a four-game set against the Cubs (39-50, 4th NL Central) in Chicago at Wrigley Field.
After entering the bottom of the ninth trailing the Reds 7-1, the Phils rally to tie the game at seven-all before winning it in the tenth on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run, his fourth walk-off home run in his career, to gives the Phils an unbelieveable 9-7 come-from-behind win.
In the first, the Reds took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Jonny Gomes hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier reached base on a Jimmy Rollins fielding error and then went to second on a Johnny Votto single, and Votto, who had earlier singled. The Reds increased their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Corky Miller and Reds’ starter Mike Leake, sending Miller to second, and a walk to Votto, moving both Miller and Leake up a base, and with two men out, Gomes gets an infield RBI single off of Greg Dobbs’ glove, scoring Miller, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead, while moving Leake to third and Votto to second. The Phils made it 4-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, who was gunned down, 9-6, at second base, trying to stretched it into a double. The Reds then added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Miguel Cairo hits a two-run double, knocking in Gomes, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Jay Bruce’s single, and Bruce, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Reds’ lead, before Cairo was thrown out at third, 8-6-5, trying to stretch his double into a triple. The Reds would make it 7-1 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Leake hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Heisey, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second when Miller was hit by the pitch, while Miller moved up to second. The Phils came into their half of the ninth looking dead, before coming to life. With one man on, and with one out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Werth got on base with a single, sending Howard to second, and with still one man out, Dobbs hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 7-5. Three batters later, with pinch hitter Ben Francisco on first via a walk, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Francisco, tying the game up at seven-all. In the tenth, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Howard hits a two-run walk-off home run, his seventeeth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a walk-off come-from-behind 9-7 win.
Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out seven. David Herndon and Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon) and two walks (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Ryan Madson gets the victory as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 6.55. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision, as he pitches eight and one-third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out three. Francisco Cordero blew his sixth save of the year, as he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to two batters, getting neither out, as he gave up two runs on two hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 1.56 ERA.
The Phils had twelve hits, with both Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits each. Ibanez’s hits were a single and two doubles, scoring two runs, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jayson Werth followed with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run via a sac fly. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Cody Ransom had the other four Phils’ hit. Rollins’ hit was a single, Victorino’s hit was a double, scoring a run, Dobbs’ hit was a three-run home run, while pinch hitter Ransom’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet for most of the ballgame before erupting for eight runs in the ninth and tenth innings. Hopefully, they can carry the momentum of their last two wins into Roy Halladay’s start tomorrow.
The Phils (45-40, 3rd NL East) continue their series with the Reds (49-39, 1st NL Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Braves on July 5, as he gave up one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, in which he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up five runs on twenty-four hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to get his eleventh win of the season and give the Phils the series win, before heading to the All-Star game. The Reds will counter with Rookie Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a non-decision against the Mets on July 5, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Reds’ 8-6 win. In his first two career starts, he is 0-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched eleven and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He hopes to win his first career start. The Phils will be trying for the series win, while hoping to give some real runs support to Halladay.