The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, James Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Andre Ethier, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Adam Kennedy’s double, while sending Kennedy, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Dodgers then took the lead one batter later as Luis Cruz hits an RBI single, scoring Kennedy, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Loney up to second base. The Phils tried to tied the game up in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walk, then reached second base on pitcher Steven Fife’s wild pitch, tried to score on Hunter Pence’s single to center field, but is gun down at the plate by a strong throw by center fielder Matt Kemp, as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the tag, keeping it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils would retake the lead in the eight as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, Howard being hit by a pitch, moving Utley up to second base, before he is pinch run for by John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz also being hit by a pitch, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Mayberry, with the later crossing the plate before Ruiz is thrown out trying to move up to third base by Kemp, as third baseman Kennedy applies the tag, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils take a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst combined for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Stephen Fife, who was the Dodgers’ last minute starter, also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ronald Belisario collected his thirteenth hold of the season, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.18), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and two hit batters. Kensley Jansen was handed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit.
The Phils had five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Juan Pierre (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as well as two hit batters (Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz).
The Phils (41-51, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (48-44, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, that is just starting, as they try to end a very successful road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits into a double play, 5-4-3, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on first baseman Howard’s missed catch error of second baseman’s Chase Utley throw to first of Mark Ellis’ grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ellis, who had reached first base on Howard’s error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Dodgers then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Juan Rivera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on James Loney’s single, then stopped at third base on Luis Cruz’s force out, 1-6, as Loney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Cruz reaches first base, would score on pitcher’s Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, while Cruz, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twentieth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.
Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three Phils. Shawn Tolleson, Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a run (Elbert) and a walk (Elbert) between them, while striking out six (Tolleson (3), Belisario (3)).
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.
The Phils (40-51, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (48-43, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is supposed to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-5. 3.98), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was on May 27 against the Cardinals, where he had received a lost, going just two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He hopes that he will have improved over the way he was pitching before the injury. The Dodgers, as of the present moment, have not announced their starter. The Phils will be looking to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping that Halladay will have returned to form.
The Phils come back in their half of the ninth to take a 4-3 lead, only to watch it disappear in the bottom of the ninth as Brad Lidge commits his league leading ninth blown save of the year as the Phils lose to lowly Pirates, 6-4. Their lead in the NL East remains at seven games as the Braves lost, while the Marlins win.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins lead-off the game by hitting the first pitch into right center field for a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Pirates would tie it up at one-all in the second as Ryan Doumit hits a lead-off home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils regain the lead in the third as, Rollins hits his second lead-off home run of the night, also off the first pitch, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. In the sixth, the Pirates took the lead as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Steve Pearce hits a two-run home run, knocking in Doumit, who had earlier walked, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. In the ninth, the Phils would tie the game up at three-all as, with one man on, and with one out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Francisco, and giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phils gave the ball to their closer Brad Lidge, who was pitching for the fourth straight game, to end the game. Sadly, that did not happen. Luis Cruz started the inning off with a single. Cruz would then move up to second on a wild pitch. Pinch runner Brian Bixler then replaces Cruz at second base. Pinch hitter Brandon Moss then hits an RBI single to right, that Jayson Werth at first had a problem handling, before he threw it to the plate, too late to get Bixler, who, at one point, had a late start, before scoring the tying run, making it a four-four ballgame, as Lidge blew his ninth save of the season. On the play, Moss would move up to second base on Werth’s error. Andrew McCutchen then came to the plate, before he hit a 1-0 pitch into the center field seats, his eighth home run of the season, as he gave the Pirates the 6-4 walk-off win, as he scored Moss before him.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he had another quality start, as he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out seven, in six innings of work. Tyler Walker pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two walks, as he struck out two. Brad Lidge took the lost as he blew his ninth save of the season, as he faced three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch. His record is now 0-6 with an ERA of 7.33. Ross Ohlendorf also received a no-decision, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, as he struck out six. Joel Hanrahan converted his eighth hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Phil Dumatrait recorded his first hold, as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jesse Chavez pitched a third of an inning as he recorded his eleventh hold, striking out a batter. Matt Chapps blew his fourth save of the year before getting the win as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. His record is now 3-7 with an ERA of 6.38.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley leading the team with two hits each, with both of Rollins’ hits being solo home runs and one of Utley’s being a double. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Eric Bruntlett and Ben Francisco had the Phils’ other five hits, with Victorino’s hits being a triple, knocking in a run, while Howard, Ruiz, Bruntlett and Francisco’s hits were all doubles, with Francisco knocking in a run. All but one of the Phils hits last night were for extra-bases, although the Phils did not get a key hit until the top of ninth, when they got two doubles and a triple to knock in what was thought to be the winning run, until Brad Lidge came in and lost the ballgame on six pitches. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, when are you going to pull the trigger on Lidge? Yes, he helped the team win the World Series last season, but he is a disaster this year, and he could become a major detriment to the team’s chances of going deep into the playoffs this season, if something isn’t done.
The Phillies (72-51, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the Pirates (52-71, 6th National League Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at PNC Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.78), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 21, where he went only five innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. The Phils are hoping that he can come around against the Bucos. The Pirates will counter with Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.74), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 19, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to improve his overall record. The Phillies plan to put what happened to them last night behind them, while hoping that Hamels can regain his stuff while pitching against the Pirates.