Behind the pitching of Roy Halladay and the bullpen, especially a recently returning Brad Lidge, the Phils squeak out a victory as they defeat the Padres, 3-2, snapping their four game losing streak.
The Padres scored first in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Hairston, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Nick Hundley’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Hundley, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Padres tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Will Venable, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on David Eckstein’s single. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Victorino, an infield single by Placido Polanco, sending Victorino to third, and Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, sending Polanco up to second base, and with two men out, Jayson Werth forces in a run with a walk, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Polanco and Utley up a base. That would be the final score, as Phils’ starter Halladay kept the Padres from adding any more runs, while reliever J.C. Romero in the eighth, with the bases loaded via Hundley being hit by a pitch, and walks to Gwynn, Jr. and to pinch hitter Oscar Salazar, and with one man out, got out of the jam by getting Chris Denorfia to hit into a doubleplay, 5-3, with Gwynn, Jr. being out at third for the second out of the inning. Brad Lidge then picked up his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 8-3 with a 2.03 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk and a hit batter. J.C. Romero receives his first hold of the season as he pitches two thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Brad Lidge gets his second save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Mat Latos gets the lost as he pitches just five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA. Edward Mujica, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Thatcher (1), Gregerson (1)) and one walk (Thatcher), while striking out five (Mujica (3), Thatcher (1), Gregerson (1)).
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a two-run home run and a double, knocking in two runs, while scoring two. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Jayson Werth had the other Phil RBI via a bases loaded walk.
The Phils (29-24, 2nd East) continues their four-game series with the Padres (32-22, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 7:05 pm and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (5-5, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 30, as he pitched six innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to end his three game losing streak. The Padres will counter with Jon Garland (6-2, 2.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 30, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Padres’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win their second straight game at home while hoping that the offense will finally erupt and blow someone out.
Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels and the offense, the Phils continue their recent winning ways at home as they defeat the Padres in a make up game for an earlier rain out, 9-4. They increase their lead in the NL East to six and a half games over both the Braves and the Marlins.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with one man on and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Phils’ starter Cole Hamel, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 2-6, of his sacrifice bunt attempt to move Carlos Ruiz to second, who had earlier hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Feliz at second base, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Shane Victorino is hit by the pitch, Chase Utley would make it 3-0 Phils as he hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while moving Victorino up to second base. The Phils would make it 4-0 in the third as Feliz hits a single, which Padres’ second baseman Oscar Salazar threw away, allowing Werth, who had earlier doubled, to score on the throwing error. The Padres would then try to make a come back in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Chase Headley hits an RBI double, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. One batter later, Kyle Blanks cut the lead to 4-3 as he hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils then went back to add to their lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second and then move to third on Victorino’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to second base. Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Utley and Howard, to make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. With their RBIs, both Howard and Ibanez reached 70 RBIs, tying themselves for the team lead in that category. The Phils would then take an 8-3 lead as Werth would hit an RBI single, bringing home Ibanez. The score would become 9-3 Phils in the seventh as, Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Padres would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and one out, Everth Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chan Ho Park would pitch a quick 1-2-3 ninth.
Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out six. His record is now 6-5 with an ERA of 4.66. Andrew Carpenter pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and walk. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning and a half of scoreless ball, striking out one. Kevin Correia took the lost as he went three and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 6-8 with an ERA of 4.84. Mike Ekstrom pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Edward Mujica pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Joe Thatcher pitched an inning and a third, striking out three.
The Phillies’ offense had fourteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz leading the way by each collecting three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino with two hits each. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz got the other four Phils’ hit, with Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Ruiz’s RBI, Ibanez knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Utley, Howard, Werth and Feliz each knocked in a run. The Phils had their second straight ten-plus hits games after being kept silent on Tuesday night, as Howard and Ibanez both knocked in their 70th RBI of the year, while Utley missed out on joining them when he hits into a force out with two men on base in the seventh.
The Phillies (54-39, 1st National League East) will continue their so far successful home stand with a three-games series with the Cardinals (52-46, 1st National League Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (7-0, 2.68), who is coming off of a win against the Marlins on July 19, where he went seven shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, and struck out one, in the Phils’ 5-0 win. He will be going for his eight win of the year while putting up his name as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals will counter with Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up on one run on five hits, as he struck out three, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Phillies’ offense quiet. The Phillies will be going for another series win as their try to improve their winning record at home before going once more onto the road.
The Phils are swept for the second straight home series as they lose their third game in a row to the last place Orioles in a pitchers’ duel, losing 2-1. They will leave Philliy having been involved in one of the worst home stands in the club’s history, having won only one game in a nine-game home stand.
The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as Greg Dobbs hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ ace Cole Hamels, who would eventually strike out ten Orioles in his eight innings of work, and the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie, who would only give up three hits to the Phils during his seven innings of work. The Orioles were finally able to tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with a runner on third and two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Brian Roberts, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third. The Orioles then took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and one out, Roberts hits an RBI single, bringing home Robert Antonio, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on pinch hitter Oscar Salazar’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. That would be the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost in spite of pitching eight strong innings, giving up only two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten. His record is now 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Guthrie got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 5-7 with an ERA of 5.09. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his eleventh hold, giving up only one hit. George Sherrill recorded his fifteenth save as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Phils would get only four hits in the game, with Shane Victorino getting two of them. Greg Dobbs and Matt Stairs got the other two hits, with Dobbs knocking in the team’s only run with his solo home run. The Phils will now try to regroup, hoping that they can return to winning once they are back on the road.
The Phillies (36-31, 1st National League East) have the day off today. They will resume play tomorrow in Tampa Bay, as they continue their involvement in Interleague Play, trying to both end their six-game slide and their inability to do well in Interleague Play.