The Phillies seven games winning streak is snapped as they dropped a wild one to the presently hot Marlins, 14-8. With the Mets’ win over the Braves, the Phils are now a half game out of first in the National League East. Their lead in the Wild Card is now two games as the Brewers lose to the Reds.
The Phillies took a quick one run lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a sharp ground ball towards first that Marlins’ first baseman Mike Jacobs would be unable to play, becoming a fielding error, which would allow Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk and then went to second on Jayson Werth’s single, to score all the way from second, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead, and for Werth to go on to third. Werth would then make it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead as he would score on Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson’s wild pitch. The Marlins would then strike back on Phillies’ starter Brett Myers in their half of the first. Cameron Maybin, starting in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez, would start the inning off with an infield single. After Maybin steals second, John Baker would knock him with a RBI single, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Jorge Cantu would follow with a single, sending Baker to second. Jacobs would then follow with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. Dan Uggla would then hit a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, scoring Jacobs, making it 5-2 Marlins. Myers would then get out of the inning by striking out Luis Gonzalez, getting Cody Ross to fly out to left and then getting Alfredo Amezaga to ground out, 4-3. The Phillies would cut the Marlins’ lead in the second as Greg Dobbs would start off the inning by hitting a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, to make it 5-3 Marlins. Later, with two men on, and one out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Chris Coste, who has earlier singled, went to second on Myers’ sacrifice bunt and then would go the third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-4. Then in the fifth, the Phillies would retake the lead as Howard would hit a two-run slam to right, his major league leading forty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has earlier singled, making it 6-5 Phillies. Myers would try to put down the Marlins in the bottom of the fifth. Sadly, he would be unable to. After getting ahead of Maybin, 0-2, Howard would be unable to make the put out on a foul ball. The next pitch, a fastball, which the announcers thought was the wrong pitch to throw at the kid since he has a hard time with off-speed stuff, like the ball that he’d just pop up, would be hit into right for a single. Maybin would then steal second for his second steal of the night. Baker would then follow with a walk, putting runners on first and second. Cantu would follow him with a RBI double, scoring Maybin to tie the game at 6-6 and sending Baker to third. Myers would then intentionally walk Jacobs to load the bases. The next batter, Uggla, would then single to left, scoring Baker, to give the Marlins a 7-6 lead, while moving both Cantu and Jacobs up a base, as the bases remain loaded. That would be it for Myers as Charlie Manuel would come out of the dugout and replace him with Rudy Seanez. Seanez would get Gonzalez to hit into a force out, cutting down Uggla at second, while allowing Cantu to score, making it 8-6 Marlins, while Jacobs would move up to third. Ross would then pop up to Howard for the inning’s second out. It would seem that the Phillies would get out of the inning with manageable damage, but it was not to be as Amezaga would hit a surprising three-run home run to right, his third home run of the year, scoring both Jacobs and Gonzalez to give the Marlins an 11-6 lead. The inning would finally end when pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez, batting for Johnson, would ground out, 6-3. The Marlins would add to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jacobs would hit a two-run single to right, scoring Maybin, who has earlier singled, his fourth hit of the night, moved to second on Baker’s walk and then moved to third on Les Walrond’s wild pitch, and Baker, who has walked and has moved up to second on the wild pitch, making it 13-6 Marlins. But Jacobs would then be thrown out by Werth when he tried to make it a double, being tagged by Rollins for the inning’s second out. The Phillies would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men on and one out, Howard would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins who has earlier singled, would move to second on Utley’s single and was the lead runner on a double steal with Utley as Werth strke out for the inning’s first out, making it 13-7 Marlins. The Phillies would cut it down further in the eighth as Shane Victronio would hit a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, cutting the Marlins’ lead down to 13-8. But the Marlins would get that run back as, with two men out, Cantu would hit a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, making it 14-8 Marlins. That would end up being the final score as Joe Nelson would put the Phillies down in the ninth.
Brett Myers would take the lost, being able to go only four innings, plus five batters, as he would give up ten earned runs on nine hits and two walks while strking out only three. His record has now dropped to 10-12, while his ERA went up to 4.46. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Les Walrond would go two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, walking a batter while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick, pitching in his first game since his blow up against these same Marlins last week, would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Josh Johnson would get the win, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits, as he struck out six. His record is now 6-1 with an ERA of 3.65. Mark Hendrickson would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Andrew Miller would pitch an inning, plus one batter, giving up two earned runs on one hit, walking two while striking out one. Logan Kensing would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up just one hit. Arthur Rhodes would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Joe Nelson would pitch a scorless ninth inning, giving up no hits, while walking a batter and striking out the side.
Brett Myers ran into the buzzsaw of the Marlins’ bat, getting hit hard in both the first and fifth inning, as he would give up hits to the first five Marlins’ batters in the first, ending with Dan Uggla’s two-run home run, and then being unable to get anyone out in the fifth, giving up two singles, a double and two walks, one of which was intentional, before being taken out. Myers didn’t seem to have it last night, although he might not have gotten bombed in the fifth if he has thrown off-speed pitches to Cameron Maybin, instead of the fastball that the rookie would hit off of him to right for a single, as the rookie seems to like hitting fastballs and not off-speed stuff. Whether it was Myers’ idea, or catcher Chris Coste’s, to throw it in that 0-2 situation, I have no idea, but it would end up leading into a lot of trouble right after the Phillies have just regained the lead. Sigh. Anyway, the team needs to forget about this game and just get back to doing what they have been doing during their seven games winning streak: scoring early, scoring often and keeping the opposition from doing the same to them. This means that both Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer will have to do their best to make sure that the young Marlins’ bats don’t become their usual pesky selves, if for no other reason than to make Dan Uggla eat his words about the Marlins planning to take other teams with them if they don’t make the playoff. This team need to be kept from becoming the Colorado Rockies of ’08.
The now second place Phillies (86-68) will continue their three games series with the third place Marlins (81-72) with a night game tonight. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (7-12 (2-0), 4.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 14 in the day half of the day/night doubleheader, as he would go seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 7-3 win. This was only his third start in which he would go more than five innings, but it would come at a good time for the Phils. He has faced the Marlins once before, recording his second win as a Phil since the trade, as he would defeat them on September 8, going five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He will be going for his second straight long start while trying to improve on his previous start against the fish, while trying to snap their nine games winning streak. His opponent will be Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 5.87), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 14, as he went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Marlins’ 8-7 win. He has faced the Phillies twice before, losing both starts, as he would go a combine total of only six and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on ten hits. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to finally defeat the Phils.
The second place Phils now trail the Mets by a half game, as they defeated the Braves to regain the lead in the East. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by four and a half games thanks to the lost. In the Wild Card chase, the Phillies are still leading the Brewers by two games as they lost to the Reds last night. They are ahead of both the Marlins and the Astros by four and a half games as the Astros defeated the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying to regain the lead in the East while trying to push back the challenge of the now hot Marlins while trying to bury the still slumping Brewers.
Brett Myers talked himself into pitching the eighth inning, and this time he was unable to get through the danger zone inning as the Phillies lose another game to the pesky Marlins, 7-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning hitting a solo home run, his forty-second home run of the year, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would take the lead in the third, as, with a man on first and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a two-run home run, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier walked, to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins would add to their lead in the fourth, as, with a runner on third and two outs, Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco would help his own cause by hitting a RBI single, scoring Dallas McPherson, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third on Alfredo Amezaga’s ground out to first for the inning’s second out, to make it 3-1 Marlins. The Phillies would come back in the fifth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Chris Coste would hit a RBI double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who has earlier singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. Two outs later, Coste, after being moved to third by a Brett Myers’ sacrifice bunt, would score on a Jayson Werth single, tying the ballgame. Neither team would score in both the sixth and seventh innings, as Nolasco and Myers would take control of the game. Myers, although having already thrown 104 pitches by the start of the eighth inning, would talk Charlie Manuel into letting him start the inning. Manuel would give him the ball, obviously hoping that he could get the team through the presently nightmarish inning. Sadly, it was not to be as Gonzalez would start the inning off with a single. After Brett Carroll would come in to pitch run for Gonzalez, Myers would proceed to strike out Dan Uggla for the first out of the inning. Mike Jacobs would then follow with a single, sending Carroll to third. As the Marlins sent out Robert Andino to pinch run for Jacobs, Manuel would come out and replace Myers with Chad Durbin to try and put out the fire. Sadly, that didn’t work as Durbin would give up a ground rule double to Josh Willingham, scoring Carroll, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Andino to third, because of fan’s interference with the ball, that didn’t seem to have occurred according to instant replay. Durbin would then intentionally walk McPherson to load the bases. That move would work as the next batter, Paul Lo Duca, would hit into a 5-4-3 double play, ending the inning. After the Phillies go 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, the Marlins would break the game wide open in the ninth. Amezaga would start the inning off with a single. After Matt Treanor moves Amezaga to second with a sacrifice bunt for the inning’s first out, Durbin would intentionally walk Ramirez. After Durbin is replaced by J.C. Romero, he would get pinch hitter Cody Ross to fly out for the second out of the inning. But Romero would be unable to get out of the inning as Uggla would follow with a RBI double, scoring both Amezaga and Ramirez, giving the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Romero is then replaced by Clay Condrey. Wes Helm would greet Condrey with a single, scoring Uggla, making it a 7-3 Marlins’ lead. Condrey would finally end the disaster by getting Willingham to line out to left. Matt Lindstrom would then come in the pitch an easy 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Brett Myers took the hard lost as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-11 with a 4.22 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning of relief, giving up two earned runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Clay Condrey would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up only a hit. Ricky Nolasco would get the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. His record is now 14-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Arthur Rhodes would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Matt Lindstrom would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.
Brett Myers gave it a good try, but he would simply run out of gas thanks to a high pitch count, while the offense would decide to quit hitting after tying up the game in the fifth inning, getting only one man on base, on a walk to Pat Burrell in the sixth, after Jayson Werth’s RBI single. Myers might not have been sent out to pitch the eighth if the Phillies’ bullpen has been doing well, but of late it has been having a hard time getting through the eight inning. Charlie Manuel’s decision to let Myers go back up out, even with his high count, could have been a good move if Myers had gotten through the inning quickly. Sadly, he would throw thirteen pitches to the three men that he would face in the inning, getting out only one of them. And, of the two that would get on, one would eventually score the game winning run. Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense went back to it old trick of stopping everything after a certain point, in this case after they have scored the tying run. You folks already know what I think about the offense, so I won’t say much more about it other than this: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Somebody please wake me up from this recurring nightmare!!!!!
The Phillies (79-67) will now start an important four games series with the Brewers (83-63, 2nd National League Central, 1st N.L. Wild Card). The first games of the series will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 7, where he threw seven innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 win. Moyer is coming off of just three days rest, something he hasn’t done in over two seasons with the Phillies, as the Phils hope that he will give them another quality start while putting them back on the winning track. The Brewers will start Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a victory against the Padres on September 6, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only five hits, in the Brewers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying for his fourteenth win of the year while trying to put a nail into the coffin of the Phils’ chances to reach the playoffs.
The Phillies are now trailing the Mets by three and a half games in the East as they defeated the Nationals last night. The Mets have the day off today. The Marlins now trail the Phillies by five games as they also take the day off. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by four games, as the two teams face off at Citizens Bank Park, while they are tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card race as the Astros defeated the Pirates yesterday, who they will be facing tonight, while the two teams are a half-game ahead of the Cardinals who lost to the Cubs last night, who they will be facing tonight. The Phillies will be doing whatever they can to get back into the Eastern Division pennant race, as well as putting as much pressure as they can on the Brew Crew in the wild card chase with sixteen games left in the season.
Brett Myers’ main nemesis this year, the long ball, has struck again with a vengence as he gives up three home runs that were to end up being the difference as the Phillies would lose to the Marlins, 5-4. The damage would begin in the very first inning, in fact with the very first Marlins’ batter, as Hanley Ramirez would hit Myers’ first pitch out of the ballpark for his fifteenth home run of the season to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would increase their lead two batters later, as, with Jeremy Hermida on first via a walk, Jorge Cantu would hit a two-run home run for his twelfth home run of the year, to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead. The game would then settle down to become a pitchers’ duel between Myers and Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco until the top of the fifth, when, with Myers on first via a Ramirez throwing error, Jimmy Rollins would hit his own two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, to make it 3-2 Marlins. Unfortunatley for Myers, he would give those two runs right back, as he gives up his second two-run home run of the night, this time to Mike Jacobs, hitting his fifteenth home run of the season, scoring Cantu, who has earlier doubled, to make the score 5-2 Marlins. The Phillies would get a run back in the sixth, as Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Pat Burrell, who has reached base earlier on a Luis Gonzalez fielding error, to make it a 5-3 ballgame. Two innings later, in the eighth, Burrell would make it a 5-4 game as he hit a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils would be unable to develop an effective rally in the ninth as Kevin Gregg records his twelfth save of the year.
Brett Myers would take the lost as he got hurt once again by the long ball, as he would be able to go only five and one third innings, giving up all five earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 3-8 with a ERA of 5.34. Clay Condrey would pitch one and two thirds innings of relief, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would go a full inning, also giving up no runs on no hits. Ricky Nolasco would accept the victory as he defeats the Phils for the second time this year, as he would pitch six innings, giving up three runs, none of which were earned thanks to a couple of errors, on four hits. His record is now 6-4 with an ERA of 4.63. Doug Waechter would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Joe Nelson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, gving up one run on one hit. Kevin Gregg would pitch one and one third innings, getting his twelfth save, as he gives up no runs on one hit.
The first place Phillies (39-27) lost their first game in five tries, thanks to being unable this time to come back from starting off trailing their opponent. They will continue their three games series with the second place Marlins (35-29) with another night game at Dolphin Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36), who is coming off his second complete game victory as he defeated the Reds on June 5, as he pitched all nine innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Phils’ 5-0 win. His career record against the fish is 2-3 with a ERA of 5.46 in five starts, which would include his recent lost to them on May 31, where he would only eight innings as he got rocked by the fish for seven earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. He hopes to get even for his earlier lost while continuing his most recent scoreless string by keeping the fish off the board this time. His opponent will be Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65), who is coming off of a lost to the Reds on June 6, where he would only pitch three and one third innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Marlins’ 11-3 lost. He has already pitched one game against the Phils this year, pitching a no-decision on June 1, pitching only five innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits in the Marlins’ 7-5 lost. He hope to do as well as he did in his previous outing, while trying to keep from giving the Phils a chance to crush him.
The lost leaves the Phils now leading the Marlins by three full games. They are presently still leading the Braves by six and a half games as they have just lost to the Cubs, 10-5. The Mets are trailing them by seven games, although they are presently trailing the Diamondbacks in the top of the ninth. The Phillies plan to rebound from the lost and try to win the series so that they can leave Florida with a five games lead over the Marlins.
Edit: The Mets have just lost to the Diamondbacks, so they are still trailing the Phillies by seven and a half games.
Cole Hamels gets rocked for seven runs while the Phillies’ bats are cooled off as the once again first place Marlins defeat the Fightin’s, 7-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the bottom of the first when Pat Burrell gets a RBI single off of Marlins’ starter, Ricky Nolasco, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead to 2-0 in the third when Ryan Howard grounds out, second to first, scoring Victorino, who has earlier doubled for the second time that night. Then in the fourth inning, the roof would cave in on Hamels, who has given up only one hit in his first three innings of work. The Marlins would score their first run when Wes Helm hits a two-run double, tying the game, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has also doubled, and Jeremy Hermida, who has singled. Then, with two out, Hamels would give up a two-run home run to Luis Gonzalez, his fourth home run of the year, as the Marlins take a 4-2 lead. Then in the sixth, as the Phillies batters were having their problems trying to get on base, the Marlins would lit up Hamels for three more runs, with all three runs coming in ;on two home runs. The first one would be hit by Jorge Cantu, who was leading off the inning, hitting his eighth home run of the season, and giving the Marlins a 5-2 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on first and two outs, Cody Ross would hit a two-run shot, his tenth home run of the year, scoring Gonzalez, who has gotten on base with a single, to give the Marlins a 7-2 lead. That would be it for Hamels, as he would be replaced by Rudy Seanez, who would finally end the inning with a ground out. The Phillies would get a run back in the eighth as Chase Utley would hit his league leading nineteen home run of the year, a solo shot that would make it 7-3 game. But that would be it fro the Phils as Kevin Gregg would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Cole Hamels would take the lost, as he would last for only five and two-thirds innings, being pounded for all seven earned runs on eight hits, while giving up three home runs. His record is now 5-4 as his ERA rises to 3.73. Rudy Seanez would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no earned runs on one hit. Ryan Madson would pitch the final two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Ricky Nolasco would get the win as he cool down the Phillies’ hot bats, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on four hits. Renyel Pinto would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit, Chase Utley’s nineteenth home run of the year. Matt Lindstrom would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Kevin Gregg would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies’ offensive barrage was finally stopped, at least for one game, as they were only able to score three runs in last night’s game on six hits, as Ricky Nolasco was able to keep them quiet during his six and two-third innings of work. At the same time, the Phillies’ ace, Cole Hamels was hit hard for the second game in the row, inspite of having kept the fish batters quiet for the first three innings. He was hit hard in both the fourth and sixth innings, giving up seven of the Marlins’ hits off of him in those two innings, with five of them being for extra base-hits, for two doubles and three home runs. It would seems that the Astros and the Marlins have rediscovered Hamels’ achillies heel in his last two starts, the long ball.
With the lost, the Phillies (32-25) are now once again trailing the Marlins (31-23) by a half game, as they enter into this afternoon’s rubber match of their three games series. They are ahead of the third place Braves by two and a half game and are three and a half games ahead of the fourth place Mets. Presently, they are leading the Marlins, 7-5, going into the top of the eighth inning.