For the second straight game, the Phils are unable to get a key hit as they hit themselves out of runs as they lose to the Giants, 7-2. Their lead in the NL East remains at six games as the Marlins are defeated by the Braves.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Giants quickly tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and nobody out, Eugenio Velez hits an RBI double, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, and then stole second base, while Velez would move up to third on Jayson Werth’s fielding error on the ball. The Giants then took the lead as Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Velez, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one out, Sandoval hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Giants’ lead. The Giants then broke the game wide open in the fourth. With the bases loaded, via a single by Edgar Renteria, a Pedro Feliz throwing error to second base on a grounder hit to him by Juan Uribe, which had Renteria going to third and Uribe stopping at second base, and a walk to Randy Winn, and two men out, Velez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Uribe, making it a 5-1 Giants’ lead, while sending Winn up to second base. Sandoval then made it a 7-1 Giants’ lead as he hits an RBI double, scoring both Winn and Velez. The Phils made it 7-2 in the sixth, as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year. But, that would be the final score, as neither team would be able to score again as both bullpens shut down the other team’s offense.
Rodrigo Lopez took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 3.62. This was more than likely his last start in the Phils’ starting rotation. Kyle Kendrick pitched two shut out innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Tyler Walker also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk, as he struck out three Giants. Jonathan Sanchez got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds inning, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, as he struck out seven batters. His record is now 4-9 with an ERA of 4.81. Justin Miller, Merken Valdez and Bob Howry combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Miller and Valdez one hit each), as they struck out two Phils (Valdez and Howry one each).
The Phils had only five hits in yesterday’s game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco (playing for the hurt Shane Victorino) each recording a hit, with Howard’s hit being an RBI double, while Utley’s was a solo home run, knocking in the two Phils’ runs. The Phillies over agrressiveness did them in once again, as they are unable to stay patient enough to bring in the runs they needed to score via a clutch hit. They will try to break their losing streak tonight.
The Phillies (58-42, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-46, 2nd National League West), with a night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Cliff Lee (7-9, 3.14), who they had just acquired from the Indians in a trade. He has won his last three starts for the Indians, with his last one coming on July 26 against the Mariners, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out four, in the Indians’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to continue his personal dominance of the Giants while trying to contribute to his new team. His opponent will be Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, as he struck out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to continue the Phillies’ present offense problems. The Phils’ offense will be trying to give support to their new addition, while hoping that Lee will quickly prove his worth to the ballclub.
It was bound to happen. The fish were finally able to defeat their nemesis, Jamie Moyer, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 8-2. The Marlins would score their first run of the game in the second innings, when, with the bases loaded, and two out, Jeremy Hermida would get a RBI walk, forcing in Dan Uggla, who has earlier doubled, to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, the Marlins would increase their lead to 2-0, when, with runners on first and third, Josh Willingham would hit into a force out, third to second, beating out the throw to first, allowing Hanley Ramirez, who has singled, moved to second when Hermida was hit by the pitch, and stole third, to score on the play. The Marlins would make it a 4-0 game in the seventh, when, once again with the bases loaded, and with two outs, Alfedo Amezaga would hit a two-run single that would drop in behind third baseman Greg Dobbs, scoring Jorge Cantu, who has gotten on base with a single, and Uggla, who has walked. In the bottom half of the inning, the Phillies would get on the board, on a two-run home run by Shane Victorino, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has singled, making it a 4-2 Marlins’ lead. The play is considered controversial, as instant reply would show that the ball was actually a foul ball, but the umpires refused to change the call after holding a conference. In the eighth, the Marlins would get one of the runs back, as Hermida would hit a RBI single, scoring Ramirez, who has walked and reached second on a wild pitch, giving the Marlins a 5-2 lead. The fish would put the game out of reach in the ninth inning, as, once again with the bases loaded and this time with one out, Ramirez would hit a sacrifice fly for the second out, scoring John Baker, who has earlier walked, to make it a 6-2 lead, while the runners would each move up to second and third. The next batter, Hermida, would follow with a two-run single, scoring Amezaga and Cody Ross, who have both singled earlier, to make it 8-2 Marlins. That would end up being the final score, as Matt Lindstrom would put down the Phillies in the bottom half of the ninth.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost as he loses for the first time to the fish, as he goes five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and three walks. His record is now 10-7 with a ERA of 3.78. Clay Condrey would go one and a third innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Les Walrond, making his first appearance as a Phil, would go a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit and two walks. Ryan Madson would pitch a third of an inning, giving up neither a run or a hit. J.A. Happ would make his first relief appearance as a Phil, going two innings as he gives up four earned runs on four hits and two walks. Walks would especially hurt Phillies’ pitching in last night’s game. Josh Johnson would get the win, as he went six innings, giving up no runs on five scattered hits. His record is now 2-0 with a ERA of 3.34. Justin Miller would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Renyel Pinto would pitch a third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Joe Nelson would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Arthur Rhodes would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Matt Lindstrom would pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits while walking the lead off man.
The Phillies’ offense hurt itself in last night’s game by hitting into several double plays, thus preventing the possibility of any kind of an inning being developed, especially late in the game, when they did had a change to rally from behind when it was still a close game. Also, the Phillies’ bullpen had another ineffective night, although it would be because a pair of newcomers could not get the job done. Les Walrond, as he makes his first start as a Phil, would strike out the first man he’d faced, but would then walk the next two batters, to load the bases, followed by a two-run single. His performance would force the Phils to bring in Ryan Madson in the seventh. It’s even worst when you factor in that he started out ahead of the first batter he would walk. And then there’s J.A. Happ. According to the Phillies’ broadcastors, it would seem that the local press has been calling for him to be used out of the bullpen, although the consensus from some of my fellow bloggers has been to not use him out of the ‘pen, since he doesn’t have the mentality to be coming out of the ‘pen. Well, we all know now that Charlies Manuel have seem to have given in to the local sports press and have finally used Happ out of the ‘pen last night, and we have all seen the final results. To which I say to the local sports media, ARE YOU GUYS HAPP-Y NOW??? Now, let Charlie decides when to actually use him again, and hopefully not in an important spot like last night when the Phillies needed to be close to their opponent to try and win the game, although the bats weren’t able to get anything going last night.
The Philles (61-51) continue their important three games series with the Marlins (60-53) tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-5, 4.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 31, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to rebound from his last start against the Marlins on July 19, where he got rocked for seven runs on ten hits in four and one third innings, in the Philles’ 9-5 lost. Lifetime against the fish, he is 1-1 with a ERA of 5.40 in three starts. He will be trying for his tenth win, while trying to end the Phillies’ present losing streak at one game. His opponent will be Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 3.18), who is coming off a victory over the Rockies on July 31, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up just two earned runs on six hits, in the Marlins’ 12-2 win. He will be trying to make it two wins in a row after coming off the disabled list, while trying to get the Marlins even closer to the Phils in the East.
With the lost, the Phils now lead the fish by a game and a half, while they lead the Mets by two as they get ready to face the Padres for the second game of their series. The Braves now trail by nine and a half games after their win over the Giants last time. They will be preparing to play the last game of their three games series with the Giants tonight. The Phillies will be trying to even their series with the Marlins tonight, and then try to go for a series win tomorrow afternoon, as they hope that Kendrick will be able to finally find a way to get past the Marlins’ left handed batters tonight.
A grand slam home run by Dan Uggla in the bottom of the ninth would help the Marlins to defeat the Phillies, 6-2. The Marlins would score the first run of the game as Jorge Cantu hit his thirteenth home run of the year off of Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels, making it a 1-0 Marlins’ lead. The game would then becomes a pitchers’ duel between Hamels and the Marlins’ starter Andrew Miller, until the Phils would tie the game in the seventh as Chase Utley would single in Shane Victorino, who has earlier doubled. The Marlins would retake the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Cantu would hit his second home run of the night off of Hamels, his fourteenth home run of the year, to make it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would retie the game in the ninth, when Utley grounds into a force out, second to short, scoring pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, who was running for pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who has earlier singled. In the bottom of the ninth, with Tom Gordon pitching in relief of Hamels, Dan Uggla, with the bases loaded and one out, would hit a grand slam home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, to win the game for the Marlins, 6-2, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier walked, Cantu, who has singled, and Wes Helm, who has also walked.
Cole Hamels would get a no-decision as he would go eight innings, giving up two earned runs, both on Jorge Cantu solo home runs, on just three hits while striking out thirteen Marlins. Tom Gordon would take the lost as he goes only one third of an inning, as he gives up four earned runs on two hits, one of them Dan Uggla’s grand slam home run, and two walks. His record is now 5-3 with an ERA of 5.19. Andrew Miller would also receive a no-decision as he pitches seven innings plus one batter, giving up only one earned run on four scattered hits while striking out seven Phils. Justin Miller would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Kevin Gregg would get the win, after blowing a save opportunity for the fourth time this season, as he goes one inning, giving up a run on one hit. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.48.
The lost decreases the Phillies’ (39-28) lead over the Marlins (36-29) to two games. The third place Braves were once again unable to take advantage of the Phillies’ lost as they remain six and a half game behind thanks to their own lost to the Cubs. The Mets now trailed the Phils by six and a half games, a percentage point behind the Braves, as they were able to defeat the Diamondbacks. The Phils will now try to leave Miami with at least one victory before heading on to St. Louis for a weekend series with the Cardinals.
The Phillies regain first place from the Marlins, as their very potent offense crushes the fish in the first game of a three games weekend series between the two rivals, 12-3. The Marlins would score first though, when, in the first inning, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up a RBI single to Jorge Cantu, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier singled, to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier walked, and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Myers would finally get out of the innings, and he would then pitch a 1-2-3 second. In the Phillies half of the inning, the Phillies would pound Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson. Ryan Howard would start the inning off with a walk. Pat Burrell would then ground out, pitcher to first, moving Howard to second base. After Pedro Feliz singles Howard over to third, Chris Coste would tie the game by hitting his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-3 ballgame. Three batters later, with two men on base and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run double, scoring So Taguchi, who has earlier singled, and Brett Myers, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-3 lead. Chase Utley would then follow with his major league leading eighteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot, making it 7-3 Phillies. The Phillies would add four more runs in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins would single in Taguchi, who has earlier walked, to make it 8-3 Phillies. Two batters later, with runners on first and third, and two outs, Howard would hit a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, off of Burke Badenhop, who was pitching in relief of the knocked around Hendrickson, scoring Victorino, who was safe on a force out, and Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 11-3 lead. Meanwhile, something seems to have clicked with Myers, as he seems to have returned to his earlier form, as he would give up only three more hits to the Marlins after the first inning, while stirking out eleven. The Phillies would score just one more run, in the seventh inning, as Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, would score with the base loaded, as Taguchi is walked by Taylor Tankersley, making it 12-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then take over in the ninth for Myers, putting down the shocked Marlins for a 1-2-3 inning.
Brett Myers is the winning pitcher, winning his first ballgame since April 17, when he defeated the Astros. He did it by going eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking one eleven Marlins. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.52. Clay Condrey would pitch one shut out inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Mark Hendrickson would suffer the lost as he gets pounded by the Phillies’ bats in three and a third innings of work, giving up ten earned runs on seven hits, while walking three. His record is now 7-3 as his ERA rises to 5.26. Burke Badenhop would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Taylor Tankersley would also pitch an inning and a third, also giving up an earned run on no hits. Justin Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Joe Nelson would go an inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies regain first place, as they ride on their first five games winning streak of the season. The Phillies are also a season best eight games over .500. During their winning streak, the Phils have scored sixty runs, averaging twelve runs per game. During that span, they have also gotten sixty-one hits, of which 26 has been extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B) , 10 (HR)). In their last nine games, starting with the last game of their three games series with the Nationals, the Phillies have scored eighty-five runs, averaging about 9.45 runs a game, while getting 108 total hits, of which forty-five were extra-base hits (26 (2B), 1 (3B) and 18 (HR)). It is indeed hitting season. At the same time, Phillies’ starting pitching, during the five game winning streak, has given up only sixteen runs, which average out to 3.2 runs a game, while the relief staff has allowed only three runs, which average out to 0.60 runs a game. In their last nine games, the starters have given up twenty-eight total runs, for an average of 3.11 runs per game, while the relief core have given up only six runs, which average out to 0.67 runs per ballgame. As the offense is racking up the runs and hits, the pitching staff is giving up to their opponents very few runs in return. During those nine games, the defense has been almost flawless, committing only three errors, all occurring during the Rockies’ series, against seven for their opponents. It would appear that all aspects of the Phillies game are starting to come together at the same time, which might be a cause of alarm for the rest of the National League East.
The three games series between the now first place Phillies (32-24) and the second place Marlins (20-23) will continue tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision, as he pitched poorly in his last start against the Astros on May 25, where he would only pitch four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 15-6 crushing of Houston. Hamels has won three of his last six starts, with the other three being no-decisions, all won by the Phils, as he has gone a total of forty and a thirds innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, which includes a period when he would give up no runs for nineteen and two-thirds innings, on thirty-three hits. His career numbers against the Marlins is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts. He will be trying to get his first win in three starts, while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the National League East. The Marlins will be opposing him with Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off a win, his second in a row, and third in his last four starts, against the Mets on May 26. He would go five innings in that game, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ hitting juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The now first place Phillies lead the Marlins by half a game after their victory over the fish. They are leading the Braves by two and a half games, as the Braves lost their game with the Reds in extra-innings. The Phils are leading the Mets by four and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phils will be trying to increase their respective leads over the other teams in their division, as they try to win their sixth game in a row and their ninth in their last eleven games.