The Mets took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Chase Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, Frandsen and Utley, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Lucas Duda, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would tie the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tejada, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, as a fan interfered with the ball, then went to third on Murphy’s single. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets retied the game at five-all in the eighth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Kelly Shoppach hits an RBI double, scoring Wright, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would take the lead in the tenth as, with a man on base, and with one man out, Ike Davis hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 6-5 lead. The Mets then took a 7-5 lead as Duda hits an RBI single, scoring Davis, before moving up to second base on the late throw. The Mets then made it a 9-5 lead as Shoppach hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Duda. That would end up being the final score as Bobby Parnell threw a scoreless inning.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, as he struck out four. Raul Valdes piched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom received his nineteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo committed his four blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. B.J. Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he also lasted just four and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, and Jon Rauch combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Edgin) and two walks (Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)) between them, while striking out three batters (Carson (1), Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)). Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two.
The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Maybery, Jr. (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, as Mets’ pitching, especially the bullpen, kept them in check. The Phils also had five walks in the game.
The Phils (61-68, 3rd), will continue their three-game series with the Mets (60-69, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first major league start as he’ll be pitching in place of Cole Hamels, who is sick. He will be out to prove that he’s ready to become part of the Phils’ plans for 2013. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 22, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.
The Phils are unable to avoid being swept at home as the tired bullpen is unable to stop the Blue Jays as the Phils lose a see-saw battle with Toronto, 8-7.
The Blue Jays took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and two men outs, Raul Chavez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Adam Lind, who had earlier singled. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second, as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year, cutting Toronto’s early lead down to 2-1. In the third, the Blue Jays would increase their lead, as, with one man on, and one man out, Vernon Wells hits an RBI double, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, to make it 3-1 Blue Jays. The Phils would make it 3-2 Blue Jays in their half of the second as with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had reached first on a force out, 5-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second base, had moved to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and had then moved up to third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and two men outs, Rollins hits a two-run home run, knocking in Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead to 5-3 in the fifth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Toronto would get a run back in the sixth as Lind lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-4. The Blue Jays tied the game up at five-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had earlier doubled. The Blue Jays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Wells hits an RBI single, scoring Scutaro, who had reached base with a single, and had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s error of an Aaron Hill grounder, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead, while sending Hill on to second. One batter later, the Blue Jays increased their lead to 7-5 as Rolen hits an RBI double, scoring Hill, while sending Wells on to third base. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the eighth as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, with one man out, hits a solo pinch hit home run, his third home run of the year, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to 7-6. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, tying the game up at seven-all. The Blue Jays would take the lead for good in the ninth, as, with one swing of the bat, Rod Barajas hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it 8-7 Toronto, which ended up being the final score as the Phils could get nothing together in their half of the ninth.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, recording his second hold, as he gave up just a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out three. J.C. Romero recorded his first blown save of the season, as he gave up no runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Clay Condrey got hurt as he pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson took the lost as he gave up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Brad Mills also received a no-decision as the rookie only lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Dirk Hayhurst pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Jayson Carlson also pitched an inning, striking out the side. Brandon League pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out three. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the season before receiving the win, as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA. B.J. Ryan recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Accardo recorded his first save of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a hit.
The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, including a double and a home run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, as he raised his average up to .225. Shane Victorino and John Mayberry, Jr., both followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth and Dobbs’ hits being home runs, along with one of Mayberry’s two hits. Besides Rollins’ two RBIs, Werth also knocked in two runs, while Mayberry, Dobbs and Victorino each knocked in a run. The Phillies’ offense, with Raul Ibanez out for at least fourteen more days, will have to find ways to score runs so that they can give the pitching staff a chance to win some easy games.
The Phillies (36-28, 1st National League East) with conclude their home stand with a three-game weekend series with the lowly Orioles (29-37, 5th American League East) in some more interleague play. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will start Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 5.25), who is coming off a bad start against the Red Sox on June 13, where he only pitched an inning, thanks to the rain delay, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that bad performance before the home crowd. The Orioles will counter with Rich Hill (2-1, 5.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 13, where he only pitched four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Orioles’ 8-4 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to take their interleague play and losing at home woes out on the Orioles while trying to see about adding some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East, especially the hurting Mets.
As 1888 dawns, Harry Wright was starting his fifth year as the Phillies’ manager, leading a team that hoped to use their momentum from the previous season where they went 17-0-1 in their last 18 games, lead by their pitcher-second baseman Charlie Ferguson, to finally win the organization’s first pennant.
The 1888 National League would contain no changes among its membership. The Phillies’ opponents for the season would still be the Beaneaters, the Giants and the Nationals in the east and the Alleghenys, the Wolverines, the Hoosiers and the White Stockings in the west. The Phillies would continue to play their home games in the Philadelphia Base Ball Grounds.
But, before the season would officially start, the Phillies’ pennant chances would be struck a major blow, as their star player, Charlie Ferguson, would be struck down by tyhoid fever in spring training, and would die in late April, after the start of the 1888 season. The Phillies would spend the rest of the season wearing a black crepe upon their left shoulders in honor of their fallen comrade, as would their east coast opponents, the Giants, the Nationals and the Beaneaters. Ferguson’s place on the team would eventually be taken by future Hall of Famer, Ed Delahanty, who would be the oldest of five brothers who would all play the game professionally by the end of the 19th Century.
(For more information on Charlie Ferguson, go here: Philadelphia Phillies – The Players: Charlie Ferguson, the Phillies’ unknown first star.)
The Phillies, without Ferguson, would begin the 1888 season on April 20 at home with a four-games series against the Beaneaters, which would see the Phils being swept by Boston by scores of 4-3, 9-3, 3-1 and 7-1, with the Phils’ opening day pitcher being rookie pitcher Kid Gleason, who would later be the manager of the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox. The Phils would then go to New York for four games with the Giants. After winning the first game 5-3, they would lose the next three, ending their short road trip, 1-3. They would then come back home for another short four-games series, this time with the Nationals, for the last day of April and the beginning of May. The Phillies would begin the series by winning the first game by the score of 3-1, ending April with a record of 2-7.
The Phils would begin May by continuing their short home stand with the Nationals. They would win the next two games, giving them a three games winning streak, before losing the final game in the home stand, giving them a 3-1 series win. The Phillies would then go west for a ten-games western road trip, playing against the Alleghenys for two games, the Wolverines for three, the Hoosiers for one and then their main western rival, the White Stockings, for four games, before going on to Boston for three more games for a thirteen-game road trip. Their two games series with their cross-state rival would end up being a two-games series win. The Phils would then move on to Detroit, where they would win the first game with the Wolverines, before losing the next two games, losing the series 1-2. They would then go into Indianapolis, losing the only game in that short series, before going on to Chicago, where they would lose the first game in their four-games series. The Phillies would then win the next two games, including the May 22 game which would feature the major league debut of Ferguson’s replacement, Ed Delahanty, thus breaking their four games losing streak, before losing the away game in their series, splitting their series with the White Stockings, 2-2. The Phils would then go to Boston, where they would sweep the three-games series from the Beaneaters, ending their road trip with a record of 8-5. The Phillies would then go home for a fifteen-games home stand for the last day of May and most of June, against the Wolverines (3), the White Stockings (4), the Alleghenys (4) and the Hoosiers (4). The Phillies would begin the home stand by playing a doubleheader with the Wolverines, which they would split, losing the opener by the score of 6-2 and then winning the ‘nightcap’ by the score of 5-4, thus ending May with a winning record of 11-7 and an overall win-lost record of 13-14.
The Phillies would then lose the final game of their series with the Wolverines, winning the series, 2-1. They would win the first game of their four-games series with the White Stockings, before being swept by them for three straight games, losing the series, 1-3. They would then win the next six games, sweeping their series with the Alleghenys, then winning the first two games with the Hoosiers, before splitting the final two games in the series, winning the series, 3-1, and the home stand, 10-5. The Phillies would then go to Washington for a four-games road trip, which they would lose to the Nationals, 1-3. They would then come back home for a two teams, seven-games, home stand with the Giants (4) and the Beaneaters (3) for the last days of June and the first day of July. The Phils would split their four-games series with the Giants, before winning the first two games of their series with Boston, ending the month with a winning record of 13-10, and an overall record of 26-24.
The Phillies would start July off by winning the final game of their series with Boston, sweeping the Beaneaters, and winning the home stand, 5-2. The Phils would then go on another western road trip, this time for twelve-games, for four three-games series with the White Stockings, the Hoosiers, the Wolverines and the Alleghenys, until the middle of the month. They would start the road trip off with a July 4 doubleheader with the White Stockings, losing the first game by the score of 10-8, ending their four-games winning streak, then winning the second game by the score of 6-5. They would then lose the away game, thus losing the series, 1-2. They would then go to Indianapolis to face the Hoosiers, losing that series, 1-2. They next went to Detroit, where they would end up being swept by the Wolverines, before going on to Pittsburgh, where they would sweep the Alleghenys, thus end the road trip with a record of 5-7. They would then return to Philadelphia for a six-games home stand of two three-games series with the Giants and the Nationals. After defeating the Giants in the opening game of their series, the Phillies would be defeated in the next five games, losing two in a row to the Giants and then being swept by the Nationals, ending the home stand with a 1-5 record. The Phillies would then go on an east coast road trip to face the Giants (3), the Beaneaters (3) and the Nationals (3), for the end of July and the beginning of August. The Phillies would start off the road trip by being swept by the Giants, with their losing streak going up to eight games, before finally ending the month by defeating the Beaneaters for the first two games of their series, thus snapping their losing streak, while ending the month with a losing record of 9-15 and an overall win-lost record of 35-39.
The Phillies would begin August by winning the final games of their series with the Beaneaters, thus sweeping the series. They would then go on to Washington, where they would lose the first game of the series, then win the next two games, winning the series, 2-1 and ending the road trip with a 5-4 record. They would then go back to Philadelphia for a sixteen-games home stand, which would include a two-games series with the White Stockings, three straight three-games series with the Wolverines, the Hoosiers and the Alleghenys, a two-games series with Boston and a three-games series with the Giants. The Phils would begin the home stand by splitting their series with the White Stockings, before sweeping their series with the Wolverines and the Hoosiers. The Phillies would then lose their series with the Alleghenys, 1-2, before being swept by the Beaneaters in their short two-games series. They then ended the home stand by losing their series with the Giants, after winning the first games in the series, 1-2, thus ending the home stand with a 9-7 record. The Phillies would then end the month by playing four of their next five games with the Nationals, two games in Washington and three more in Philadelphia. The Phillies would start things off by winning the two-games series in Washington, then winning the first game played in Philadelphia before having their three-games winning streak snapped by losing the final game to be played that month, thus ending the month of August with a 15-9 record and having a win-lost record of 50-48.
The Phillies would start off September by ending their road-home series with Washington, beating the Nationals, winning the series, 4-1. They would then go onto the road for twenty-one games for most of the month, facing the Giants (3), the Alleghenys (4), the Wolverines (4), the White Stockings (3), the Hoosiers (3) and the Beaneaters (4), They would start off their road trip by playing the Giants to an 0-0 tie, then losing the next two games for an 0-2-1 losing record. The Phillies would then split their series with the Alleghenys, before losing their series with the Wolverines, 1-3. They would then sweep their two three-games series, first with the White Stockings, including the September 18 game where their starter Ben Sanders would miss throwing a perfect game as he would give up a single in the ninth inning to Chicago pitcher Gus Krock in a 6-0 shut out, and then the Hoosiers, before losing their series with Boston, 1-3, ending the long road trip with a record of 10-10-1. The Phillies would then spend the rest of their season at home, facing the Alleghenys for two games in September and two more in October, followed by a three-games series with the Hoosiers, then two two-games series with the Wolverines and the White Stockings. The Phillies would end the month, and start the home stand, by losing the first two-games of their four games series to Pittsburgh, ending the month with an 11-12-1 record and with an overall record of 61-60-1.
The Phillies would then rebound and win their next two games with the Alleghenys, splitting the series. The Phillies would then sweep the Hoosiers, before splitting their series with the Wolverines and then ending the season with a sweep of their main western rivals, the White Stockings, with the last game being won via forfeit. The final home stand would end up a winning record of 8-3 and an overall season record of 69-61-1 for a .531 winning percentage, landing the Phillies back into third place, five and a half games behind second place Chicago and fourteen and a half game behind the league champ, the New York Giants.
The Phillies would play a total of 131 games, with a home-road record of 37-29 at home and 32-32-1 on the road. The Phillies had winning records against all but two of their opponents, with their best record being a 14-6 record against the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, followed by a 13-4 one with the Hoosiers. Their two losing records would be against the league champion Giants (5-14-1) and the Wolverines (7-11). The Phillies were 16-8 in shut outs, 28-16 in 1-run games and 19-17 in blowouts. The Phillies’ home attendence for 1888 would be 151,804 patrons.
The Phillies’ offense would in 1888 be ranked among the bottom of the league, being fourth in doubles (151), fifth in walks (268), sixth in runs scored (535), strikeouts (485), on-base percentage (.269) and slugging percentage (.290), seventh in hits (1021), triples (46), home runs (16), batting average (.225) and stolen bases (246) and eighth in at-bats (4528), as well as having 418 RBIs and having 51 hit batsmen. The Phillies’ pitchers would end the season being number one in saves (3), second in ERA (2.38), shut outs (16), hits allowed (1072), runs allowed (509), home runs allowed (26) and walks (196), fourth in strike outs (519), seventh in complete games (125) and eighth in innings pitched (1167), as well as finishing seven games, giving up 309 earned runs, throwing 50 wild pitches, hitting 25 batters and throwing 2 balks.
Among the team’s batting leaders, Jack Clements would lead the team in batting average, hitting .245. Jim Fogarty would lead the team in on-base percentage (.325), walks (53), strike outs (66) and stolen bases (58). George Wood would lead in slugging percentage (.342) and home runs (6). Sid Farrar would lead in games played (131), total bases (165), doubles (24), triples (7), RBIs (53) extra-base hits (32) and hit by the pitch (13), while being tied with Ed Andrews for the team’s lead in total plate appearances with 552. Andrews would also lead the team in at-bats (528), runs scored (75), hits (126), and singles (105). Among the team’s leader in pitching, Ben Sanders would lead the team in ERA (1.90), win-loss percentage (.655), and shut outs (8), also being tied for first in the league lead in that category with Tim Keefe of the Giants, as well as being tied with George Wood for the team’s lead in games finished with two. Wood would lead the team in saves with 2, also being the league leader in that category. Charlie Buffinton would lead the team in wins with 28, being the team’s only 20-game winner, games pitched and started (46), innings pitched (400.3), strikeouts (199), complete games (43), walks (59), hits allowed (324), wild pitches (15) and batters faced (1586). Rookie Kid Gleason would lead in home runs allowed (11) and hit batters (12). Dan Casey would lead the team in losses with 18 and earned runs allowed with 100.
The Phillies would end the season still among the league’s elite teams while still looking for their first team pennant. Meanwhile, the Giants would face the American Association winner, the St. Louis Browns, in a post-season series, which the Giants would win 6 games to four.
Sources: Wikipedia, Baseball Almanac.com, Baseball-reference.com
Brett Myers gives up nine hits and no runs to the Nationals as he pitches his first complete game shutout since May 20, 2004, as the Phils defeat the Nationals, 4-0. Myers got saved in the first inning, when, with two men on and two outs, Ryan Zimmerman, who has reached base on a Greg Dobbs’ throwing error and have gone to second on a walk to Lastings Milledge, would try to score on a Ronnie Belliard single to left. He would be cut down at the plate by a good throw by Pat Burrell, as Chris Coste supplies the tag, which would end the inning. The Phillies would take a 1-0 lead in the third, when, with two men on and one out, Coste, who has been hit by the pitch, and would reach second on a fielder’s choice ground out on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Myers, would score on a throwing error by rookie shortstop Anderson Hernandez, when he tried to double up Jimmy Rollins, and instead threw the ball past the glove of first baseman Belliard. The Nationals would threaten to tie the score in the fifth as they get Emilio Bonifacio to third on an infield single, a stolen base and a ground out, second to first. Myers would end the threat by striking out Zimmerman, one of nine strike out victims. The Phillies would then increase their lead in the bottom half of the inning, as Dobbs would hit a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, to make it a 3-0 Phillies’ lead. Later in the inning, with a runner on third, and two outs, Jayson Werth would hit a RBI double, scoring Coste, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as Myers would dominate the Nats for the final four innings, giving up four singles, one in each of the last four innings, but refusing to give in as only one runner would even reach second base.
Brett Myers would get the win as he pitched nine innings of shut out ball, giving up nine scattered hits and striking out nine and walking only one batter. His record is now 6-10 with a 4.71 ERA. Since his return from the minors, in six starts, Myers has given up three earned runs or less in all six starts, while pitching six innings or more in all but one of his starts. His record since his return is 3-1, with two no-decisions, in which the Phillies are 1-1, with an ERA of 1.94. He has gone a total of forty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up only ten runs, nine of which were earned, on thirty hits. Myers is back and it is about time in my opinion. Collin Balester would get the lost as he goes six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits. His record is now 2-6 with a 4.99 ERA. The rookie Marco Estrada would pitch two scoreless innings in relief, giving up only two hits.
The Phillies’ offense did better last night, as they got nine hits, although they wouldn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning on a single by Chase Utley. The hits would be spread more evenly between the top and bottom of the order, with Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell being the only starters without a hit. Is the offense getting ready to bust out? You guess is as good as mines, but I’m praying that it finally is getting ready to burst open, and I hate to be the first ballclub that they’ll take out their frustrations on.
The Phillies (68-58) will conclude their three games home stand with the luckless Nationals (44-83) as they look to sweep the Nats. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Their starter will be 45 years old veteran Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.64), who is coming off a gem of a start against the Padres on August 15 as he outduel fellow 1984 Draftie Greg Maddux, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only three hits, in the Phillies’ 1-0 win. In his last start against the Nationals on July 30, he would get the win as he pitched six innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his twelfth win, while also going for his fourteenth straight start where he has given up three runs or less. The Nationals will counter with Tim Redding (8-8, 4.66), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on August 15, where he went six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. In his last start against the Phillies on July 30, the Phillies would finally get to him, as they knocked in seven earned runs on ten hits as he would only be able to go four innings plus five batters. He will be trying to stop a personal two games losing streak while trying to stop the Nationals’ team losing streak at twelve games.
The Phillies still trail the Mets by one and a half games as they defeated the fastly fading Braves. The Phillies are now ahead of the equally fading Marlins by three and a half games as they lost a squeaker to the Giants. The Phillies will be looking for a sweep of the Nationals so that they can stay close to the Mets, before preparing for a four games weekend series with the Dodgers, and a bit of revenge for their previous week fiasco in LA.
The Phillies’ bullpen lose their second straight game as Chad Durbin gives up a two-run home run to Fernando Tatis in extra-innings, as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-2. The game would be a pitchers’ duel for most of the day, as both Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick and Mets’ starter Oliver Perez would constantly pitch themselves out of trouble. The only run that would be scored off of either pitcher would be a solo home run off of Kendrick in the third inning by Carlos Beltran, his thirteen home run of the year, that would give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would be the score until the top of the ninth, when, with Jose Reyes on third, after getting on base with a single, steal second and then move on to third on Endy Chavez’s sacrifice bunt, would score on Beltran’s RBI single off of Brad Lidge, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, with Mets’ closer Billy Wagner on the mound, Jayson Werth, with a runner on first, and two outs, would tie the ballgame with his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single. The game would go into extra-innings. In the twelfth inning, with Carlos Delgado on second, via a walk and a sacrifice bunt, Tatis would hit a two-run home run off of Durbin for his second home run of the year, and give the Mets a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the twelfth, the Phils would be unable to get anything going after an single by Jimmy Rollins, as Mets’ reliever, Joe Smith would put down the next three hitters, preserving the win.
Kyle Kendrick will get a no-decision, as he pitched a good game, giving up only one earned on eight hits, as he would go six innings. Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero would then follow with a pair of scoreless innings, giving up one hit between them. Brad Lidge would go an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Ryan Madson would follow with a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Chad Durbin would take the lost, as he goes two innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA. Oliver Perez would get a no-decision, as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits. Duaner Sanchez, Pedro Feliciano and Aaron Heilman would each pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Billy Wagner would received his sixth blown save of the year, as his gives up two runs on three hits in one inning of work. Scott Schoeneweis pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Joe Smith would get the win, pitching two and a third innings, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA.
The Phillies’ offense once again stranded a large number of runners on base, although only doing so rather late in the ballgame as they were unable to do anything with Perez early in the game. Being unable to get a clutch hit hurt them, especially after the three hours plus rain delay help to ruin an attempt to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Meanwhile the bullpen will be reorganized for a while as Tom Gordon is placed on the fifteen-days disabled list because of a sore shoulder. They will have to find someone to perform the eighth inning set-up role with him out.
The Phillies (48-41) will tonight conclude their four games series with the Mets (44-44), trying for a series split. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (3-6, 4.79), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 2, where he went five plus innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 7-3 win. He will be trying for his second straight victory while trying to end the Phillies’ present two games losing streak. His opponent will be Pedro Martinez (2-2, 7.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on July 2, as he would go only five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Mets’ 8-7 lost. He has lost his two starts before that one, giving up twelve earned runs on fifteen hits. He will be trying to win his third game of the year, while trying to help the Mets defeat the Phillies for the third straight time in this series.
The Phillies’ lead against the Marlins is now two and a half games as they’d won their game with the Rockies. The Mets, with the win, now trails the Phillies by three and a half games. The Braves trail by six games after their win over the Astros. As the Phillies and the Mets prepare to end their series, the Marlins prepare to start a three games series with the Pardes in San Diego, while the Braves prepare to start a three games series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Phillies will be trying to regroup and attempt to rebuild their lead against their opponents in the East with tonight’s game.