The Phils scored early and often as the bats produced ten runs behind Cole Hamels’ shut out pitching as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 10-6. Their lead in the East remains at half a game as the Braves avoided a sweep at the hands of the Pirates.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third as the lead man in a double steal, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, and stole second as the back end of the double steal, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before going on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Raul Ibanez, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, and then a throwing error by Wes Helm as he tried to throw out Phils’ starter Cole Hamels on a sacrifice bunt attempt, as both Ibanez and Ruiz moved up a base, and with nobody out, Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Ibanez, while both Ruiz and Hamels would move up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils busted the game wide open in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to left, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, who had both singled, with Polanco stopping at second base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead. The Phils then made it 9-0 in the fifth as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single to Hamels, a double to Victorino, his second in the game, with Hamels stopping at third, and a walk to Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Hamels and Victorino, while sending Polanco up to second base. They added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, for his sixth RBI of the game, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to second when Utley was hit by the pitch, making it a 10-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, to second base. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels had pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and a walk to the fish, while striking out five. The Phils’ bullpen then came unglued in the eighth, as Nate Robertson took the mound in relief of Hamels. After striking out the lead-off batter, Mike Rivera, swinging, Robertson then gives up a single to Emilio Bonifacio, who then went to second on a Robertson wild pitch. Logan Morrison then followed with a walk, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gaby Sanchez, then puts the Marlins’ on the scoreboard as he hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in both Bonifacio and Morrison, making it a 10-3 Phils’ lead. Dan Uggla then walks. Mike Stanton then follows by striking out, swinging, for the inning’s second out. The next batter, Wes Helms, then gets on base with an infield single, as he beats Utley’s throw to first, while Uggla would move up to second base. The Marlins then cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-5 as Cameron Maybin hits a two-run double, scoring both Uggla and Helms, with Helms scoring as Paul Hoover is unable to hold onto Ibanez’s throw to the plate, for an error, as he allows Maybin to reach third on the throw. The Phils then made a pitching change, replacing Robertson with David Herndon, who is then greeted by pinch hitter Scott Cousins, who hits an RBI double, scoring Maybin, to make it a 10-6 Phils’ lead. Herndon then finally ended the inning by getting Rivera, who had started the inning as the Marlins had batted around, to ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson would end the game by striking out Uggla, swinging.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 10-10 with a reduced ERA of 3.06. Nate Robertson pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up six runs on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out two. David Herndon pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson also pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strike out. Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitches four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while he strikes out five. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA. Chris Leroux pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits. Jay Buente and Burke Badenhop combine for a scoreless one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each).
The Phils pounded out eighteen hits in the game, with every regular getting at least one hit. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard both lead the team with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being two doubles and a single, as he knocked in a run, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a three-run bomb, knocking in six runs. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins (before he was taken out of the game because of tightness in his right quad) and Raul Ibanez next follow with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being both singles, knocking in two runs, Rollins hits being a single and a double and Ibanez’s hits being also a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Werth, Ruiz, Hamels and Valdez’s hits being singles, with Ruiz knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a double. In the game, the Phils had six extra-base hits (2B (5), HR (1)). The bats came out to pound the fish in support of Hamels, giving him plenty of runs support.
The Phils (81-60 1st) have the day off today, before they begin a three-game series with the Mets this weekend (69-71, 4th). The Phils will be hoping that they will be in New York with a full game lead in the East, as the Braves tonight start a four-games series with the Cardinals in Atlanta.
Jamie Moyer pitched six plus strong innings while Phillies’ batters batted around twice as the Phillies defeated the struggling Brewers, 11-4.
Milwaukee took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Ryan Braun hits a two-out, solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phillies then went to work on Manny Parra in their half of the first. With the bases loaded via a walk (Shane Victorino), a single (Chase Utley) and a second walk (Ryan Howard), the Phillies took a 2-1 lead as Jayson Werth’s hits an RBI double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as Howard stopped at third. The Phillies made it 3-1 as Raul Ibanez knocked in Howard with an RBI single, while sending Werth on to third. Pedro Feliz made it 4-1 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Werth, while Ibanez stopped at second base. The Phils made it 5-1 in the third as Feliz hits a two-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Brewers cut the Phils lead to 5-3 in the fifth as Braun hits a two-out, two-run home run, his second home run of the game and his third home run of the year, knocking in Casey McGehee, who had earlier singled. The Phillies came back in their half of the fifth, scoring five runs. With runners on first and third and one man out, Chris Coste hits an RBI ground out on a slow grounder to third base, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, stole second and had gone to third on a wild pitch, making it 6-3 Phillies, and sending Feliz, who had also walked, over to second base. After Jamie Moyer had gotten on base with a walk, and Jimmy Rollins has singled to right to load the bases, sending the runners over to third and second, respectively, Victorino made it 7-3 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Moyer over to third and Rollins to second, leaving the bases loaded. Utley made it 8-3 Phillies with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Moyer and moving up a base both Rollins and Victorino. With Howard batting, the Phillies made it 10-3, as R.J. Swindle threw a wild pitch, scoring Rollins from third, as catcher Jason Kendall threw the ball past Swindle, who was covering home plate, for a throwing error, allowing Victorino to score and for Utley to reach third base. Swindle finally ended the inning by striking out Howard. Feliz made it 11-3 Phillies in the sixth as he hits an infield single to the second baseman, which was deflected off of Swindle, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled and had move over to third base on Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3. The Brewers made it 11-4 Phillies as Braun hits a two-out, RBI single, scoring Kendall, who had gotten on base earlier with a walk, had moved over to second base on pinch hitter Mike Rivera’s single and had gone on to third on Corey Hart’s ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Brewers from scoring in the last two innings.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched sixth innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Clay Condrey pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, while striking out two. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk. Manny Parra took the lost for the Brewers, as he went just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 0-3 with a high ERA of 8.16. Jorge Julio pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. R.J. Swindle pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Seth McClung pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit and a walk.
The Phillies collected thirteen hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in three runs and scoring two, as he increased his batting average to .359. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Chris Coste were next with two hits apiece, with both Werth and Coste’s two hits being doubles. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits. Besides Feliz, Werth would knock in two runs, while Victorino, Utley, Ibanez and Coste would each knock in a run. Despite the offensive display, the pitching staff is still giving up too many home runs, as Moyer was the victim of two home runs at the hands of Ryan Braun, who knocked in all four of the Brewers’ runs.
The Phillies (6-6, 2nd) continued their three games series with the Brewers (4-9, 6th National League Central) with another night game from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00), who in his last start, on April 16 in Washington, lost his first start as a Phil, as he went six innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost to the Nationals. He will be trying for his first win in 2009, while trying to bring his ERA down even more. The Brewers will oppose him with Braden Looper (1-0, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Cincinnati Reds on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 9-3 win. He will be going for his second straight win. The Phillies will be trying for their first series win at home, while trying to increase their winning streak to three games.