The Phils’ offense gets hot in the Chicago heat as they pound the Cubs into submission, 9-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier hit an infield single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Utley, while Howard would move up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as. with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI double, knocking in Worley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins. After Martinez stole second base, his second steal of the game, he scored on an RBI double by Utley, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just walked. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, scoring Rollins, who had earlier reached first base on Carlos Pena’s fielding error before going to second on Pena’s throwing error to first. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Rollins hit a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then tried to increase their lead in the seventh as they loaded up the bases, via singles by Raul Ibanez and Brown, with Ibanez stopping at second base, and a walk to Schneider, moving both runners up a base, with two men out, before Worley ended the inning by grounding out, 3-1. The Cubs finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as they loaded up the bases, via a double by Aramis Ramirez, a walk by Pena, and a single by Marlon Byrd, sending Ramirez to third, and Pena up to second base, with no one out, as Geovany Soto hits into an RBI force out, 5-6-4, wiping out Byrd at second base for the inning’s first out, as Ramirez scored, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead, while Pena would be safe at third, as Soto reached first base. Worley would then end the inning by getting Alfonso Soriano to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Soto at second base. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, as he hit the ball righthanded, after having earlier hit a home run from the left side, the second time that he has done it in his career (against the Reds, August 12, 2006) and the third Phil to do it (Steve Jeltz (1989), Tomas Perez (2001)), giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, as he struck out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Dempster (7-7, 5.00) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. Ramos Ortiz pitched three innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits, as he struck out three. John Grabow went two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, a double and two home runs, one hit from both side of the plate, as he knocked in three runs, as he raised his average to .277. Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) and Chase Utley (Doubles, 2 RBIs) both followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Brian Schneider (Double, RBI) and Vance Worley (Double) had the other five Phils’ hit. Shane Victorino knocked in the last Phil run with a ground out.
The Phils (61-36, 1st East) will have tomorrow off, before they come home for a ten-game home stand, starting with four against the Padres (42-55, T-4 West) this upcoming weekend.
Jimmy Rollins’ flare for the dramatic reappear as the Phils’ spark plug hits a dramatic walk-off two-run home run to right to give the Phils a 7-6 win over the Indians.
The Indians took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Shin-Soo Choo hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Trevor Crowe, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Indians’ lead to 2-1 as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into a 3-6 doubleplay, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Chase Utley’s single, crossing home plate before Indians’ shortstop Jason Donald was able to tag out Utley, who had earlier singled, at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Indians regained the lead in the third as, with a runner on third and with one man out, Carlos Santana hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Crowe, who had earlier doubled, his second double of the game, and then went to third on Choo’s fly out to center, giving the Indians a 3-2 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Werth’s double, and Werth, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Indians took the lead back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Choo hits a two-run home run, his second of the game, and his tenth home run of the season, scoring Crowe, who had earler reached base on an Utley fielding error, giving the Indians a 5-4 lead. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in the seventh as Brian Schneider hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Indians retook the lead in the ninth as, with two men on and with one man out, Santana scored Crowe, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third when Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, and had gone to third on Crowe’s single, was caught in a run down between third and home on Choo’s fielder’s choice grounder, before finally being tagged out, 1-5-2, at home, while Crowe went to third on the play and Choo went to second, on a grounder to Jimmy Rollins, who then threw wide to the plate for a throwing error, allowing Crowe to score, while Choo went to third on Rollins’ error, making it a 6-5 Indians’ lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phils won the game as, with one man on and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run walk-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his first walk-off home run in his career, scoring Schneider, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-6 victory.
Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches a not so hot game as he went only four innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and two walks. David Herndon, Mike Zagurski and Danys Baez combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Herndon) and one walk (Zagurski) between them, while striking out two (Herndon (1), Zagurski (1)). Chad Durbin pitches an inning plus one batter, being taken out of the game after suffering an injury while trying to field a ball, gives up a run on two hits. J.C. Romero gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 2.51. Jake Westbrook also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tony Sipp records his seventh hold as he throws a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Frank Herrmann records his first blown save of the year as he gives up a run on one hit. Rafael Perez, Joe Smith (who pitches to only one batter) and Chris Perez combine for a scoreless inning, giving up just two walks (R. Perez (1), Smith (1)). Kerry Wood receives his third blown save of the year as he took the lost, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-3 with a 7.98 ERA.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, being a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he knocks in a run. Ryan Howard follows with two hits, both singles, while he knocks in a run on a double play ball, not receiving an RBI. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Utley and Victorino’s hits being singles, Ibanez hit being a double, knocking in two runs, Schneider’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in one run and Rollins’ hit being a two-run walk-off home run, his first hit since coming off the disabled list.
The Phils (37-32, 3rd NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Indians (26-44, 5th AL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils go for the series sweep, as they presently have a 9-2 lead in the sixth inning.
The Phillies’ bullpen would blow yet another game in the eighth inning as Chad Durbin gives up a grand slam home run to Aramis Ramirez, as the Phillies lose the opener of their four games series with the Major League leading Cubs, 6-4. The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning, as, with runners on the corners and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, and sending Ryan Howard, who has walked, to third. After Jayson Werth worked a walk off of Cubs’ starter Ryan Dempster to load the bases, Dempster would end the inning by getting Pedro Feliz to strike out swinging. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Dempster, as Hamels would refuse to give up hits to the Cubs while Dempster would get out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. In the Cubs’ half of the fifth, they would tie the game at one all, as, with one out, Mark DeRosa would hit a RBI triple, scoring Kosuke Fukudome, who has gotten on base with an infield single. Hamels would then end the threat by first striking out Dempster for out number two, and then getting Alfonso Soriano to pop up to the shortstop for the inning’s final out. The Phillies would then regain the lead in the sixth. Werth would start the inning off with a double. Feliz would then walk, putting runners on first and second. Carlos Ruiz would then hit a RBI single, scoring Werth, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead, while sending Feliz to second. Hamels would then sacrifice the runners over to third and second, respectively, for the inning’s first out. Jimmy Rollins would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, to make it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending Ruiz to third. The Cubs then decided to pitch to Utley, instead of going after a slumping Pat Burrell, and Utley would make them pay for it as he would hit a RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead. Burrell would end the inning by flying out to left. Hamels would then proceed to keep the Cubs silent in both the sixth and seventh innings, before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Unfortunatley, the bullpen would not be able to preserve the win in the eighth. Ryan Madson would give up a lead-off pinch hit home run to pinch hitter Mike Fontenot, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Phillies’ lead down to 4-2. Soriano would follow with a double. Ryan Theriot would then single, sending Soriano to third, with no one out. Charlie Manuel would immediately take out Madson and replace him with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then walk Derrick Lee, loading up the bases. Then, on a 1-0 fastball, Aramis Ramirez would hit a grand slam home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Soriano, Theriot and Lee, giving the Cubs a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phillies would be turned back in the ninth, with Kerry Wood recording his twenty-eight save of the year.
Cole Hamels would get another no-decision, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and striking out six. Ryan Madson would face only three batters, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Chad Durbin would get the lost as he received his fifth blown save of the year, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits and a walk. His record is now 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Ryan Dempster would also get a no-decision as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Sean Marshall would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Bob Howry would get the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. His record is now 6-4 with a 5.31 ERA. Kerry Wood would get the save, his twenty-eighth of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit.
For the second straight night, the Phillies’ bullpen would blow a lead in the eighth inning, now showing itself to maybe getting overworked. It would seem that one or two of the starter(s) might have to go eight full innings if they want to avoid any more eight innings blow ups like in the last two games. Either that, or Charlie Manuel is going to have to find someone who is fresh enough to act as the eighth inning bridge to Brad Lidge. Scott Eyre maybe? Just a suggestion, Chuck.
The Phillies (73-61) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (84-50, 1st National League Central). The game will be played in Wrigley Field and will start at 2:20 pm Eastern (1:20 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 24, as he went six innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, in the Phillies’ 5-2 extra-inning win. He has never pitched against the Cubs and will be trying to pitched his fourth quality start since his trade to the Phils and his second win, while trying to end the Phillies’ present two games slide. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (9-2 (4-1), 2.00), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 24, as he went seven innings, giving up only an earned run on two hits and striking out eleven, in the Cubs’ 6-1 win. He has faced the Phillies once before on June 26 as a member of the A’s, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out eleven in eight innings of work, in the A’s 5-0 win. He will be trying for his tenth win, while hoping to once again defeat the Phils.
With the lost, the Phillies trail the Mets by a full game, and are ahead of the Marlins by five games, as the Mets prepare to meet the Marlins for three games in Miami. The Phillies will be trying to recover from their last two loses while trying to see if they can regain first place during the series between the Mets and the Marlins.