The Phils’ bats came out smoking as they salvage a win against the D-backs, 8-4.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run ground-rule double, knocking in both Polanco and Rollins. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the second as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year. The D-backs got on the board in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Melvin Mora hits an RBI double, scoring Stephen Drew, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier doubled. The D-backs got those two runs back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with no one out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring pinch hitter Juan Miranda, who had just tripled, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get one of those runs back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Polanco, who then moved up to second on Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, a walk by Ryan Howard, and Francisco being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Howard up a base, and with two men out, Brian Schneider, who was in the game because Carlos Ruiz was having back issues, forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Polanco, while moving up both Howard and Francisco, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The D-backs made it a 7-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Young hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year and his second home run of the game. In the ninth, the Phils added another run as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch out of a runners on the corners, one out jam by striking out Mora swinging for the second out, and then getting pinch hitter Miguel Montero to ground out, 4-3, to end the ballgame.
Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (0-3, 5.93) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Sam Demel pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Juan Gutierrez pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks, and a hit batter, striking out a batter. Josh Collmenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. J.J. Putz pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Hamels came in and pitched well, especially after being given a big lead by the offense.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Jimmy Rollins (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Ben Francisco (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cole Hamel (Single), had the other four Phils’ hit, as the offense came out smoking early. Brian Schneider had the other Phils’ RBI, via a bases loaded walk.
The Phils (16-8, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they start a three-game series with the Mets (10-13, 5th) on friday night in Philadelphia.
Shane Victorino’s patient at home plate with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win for the Phillies over their main rival in the East, the Mets, in extra-innings, 6-5, leaving them just a game behind the 1st place Marlins.
The Phillies took a quick lead in the first inning, as, with a runner on third, and no one out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with two men on base, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it 2-0 Phillies, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second base. In the second, the Mets cut the lead to 2-1 Phils, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gary Sheffield, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, and had gone over to third on Fernando Tatis grounder to Rollins, who threw over to second, forcing out Wright, 6-4. The Phils got the run back in their half of the second, making it 3-1 Phillies, as with a runner on second, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Mets cut the lead once again, this time making it 3-2 Phils, as, with two men on and one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly to Howard in foul territory, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and had moved over to third on Sheffield’s double. The Phillies got that run back in the bottom of the third, making it 4-2 Phillies, as, with the bases loaded via walks to Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, who had been reactivated by the Phils, and one man out, Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer received an RBI walk, scoring Rollins, while Bruntlett and Ruiz would both move up a base. That would be the game for Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who was replaced by reliever rookie Ken Takahashi. Takahashi ended the inning by getting Victorino to hit into a very wierd double play, as the ball stopped in front of the mound, which Takahashi picked up and threw home. Catcher Ramon Castro touched home plate in front of Bruntlett for the inning’s second out, then threw the ball to second base upon seeing that Moyer hasn’t yet reached second. The throw would beat Moyer to the bag, as shortstop Jose Reyes touched second for the inning’s final out for a 1-2-6 double play. The score would stay 4-2 Phils until the sixth, when, with two men out, Murphy hits a solo home run to right, his third home run of the season, making it 4-3 Phils. The next batter, Castro, tied the game up at four-all as he hits a solo home run to center, his second home run of the year. After Moyer gives up a triple to pinch hitter Alex Cora, Moyer is replaced by Scott Eyre. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Eyre gave up a walk to Reyes, Castillo gave the Mets the lead, 5-4, with an RBI single, scoring Cora, and sending Reyes over to third. Eyre then loaded up the bases by hitting Carlos Beltran. Eyre was then replaced with Clay Condrey, who ended the inning by getting Sheffield to ground out, 4-3. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all, as, with one out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain 5-5 for the next three innings, although the Mets threathen to score in the eighth. With runners on first and second, with pinch runner Omir Santos on second, after replacing Castro, who had gotten to first base with a walk, while Santos had moved on to second on a Cora sacrifice bunt, and pinch hitter Carlos Delgado walk, who in turn was replaced on first by pinch runner John Maine, and two men out, Santos tried to score on a single to right by Beltran. Right fielder Werth made a good throw to the plate, which was caught by Ruiz, who then tagged out a sliding Santos for the inning’s final out. In the tenth, the Phils loaded up the bases, with two outs, via a single by Pedro Feliz, Matt Stairs being hit by the pitch, and a walk to pinch hitter Chris Coste. Victorino took the count up to 3-2 before taking a sinker low for ball four, scoring Feliz and giving the Phils a walk-off 6-5 win in extra-innings.
Jamie Moyer received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Scott Eyre faced three batters, getting none out, as he gave up a hit a walk and hit a batter. Clay Codrey pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Jack Taschner got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA. Oliver Perez also got a no-decision as he pitched only two and one-third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, striking out only two. Ken Takahashi followed, pitching two and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Pedro Feliciano blew the save as he gave up one run on one hit, while he struck out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. J.J. Putz pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while he struck out two. Sean Green took the lost, as he only pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.76 ERA.
The Phillies had nine hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz lead the team with two hits each. Victorino’s hits were a double and a triple, Ibanez’s hits were a home run and a double, while Feliz had two singles. Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had the other three hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Ibanez had two RBIs in the game, while Victorino, Werth, Rollins and Jamie Moyer had the other four RBIs.
The Phillies’ (12-10, 2nd) game with the Mets (10-13, 4th), scheduled for this afternoon, has just been postponed because of rain. The Phillies’ next game will be against the Cardinals in St. Louis tomorrow night.