The Phillies lose the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader as Johan Santana gets the better of Cole Hamels as the Mets defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The lost would push the Phillies back to being two games behind the Mets with 19 games left to go. The Phillies would strike first in the first inning, as with two men on and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has earlier singled and has gone to second on Jayson Werth’s walk, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth to second. But Mets’ starter Johan Santana would get out of the inning by first striking out the heavily slumping Pat Burrell and then getting Shane Victorino to fly out. The Mets would strike back in their half of the first. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels would get the first batter out, he would give up a single to Ryan Church. David Wright would then reach base on catcher’s interference, putting runners on first and second, while leading into a long argument over the call between Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals, before Meals finally ejects Manuel for arguing the call. After Manuel finally leaves, Carlos Beltron would hit the first pitch thrown to him into left field for a single, scoring Church, and tying the score at one all. Wright would try to go to third on the play and would be called safe at third by the second base umpire Paul Emmel, although ESPN’s instant replay would show that not only was he tagged out before he has touched the bag with his hands, but he was also tagged out when he has slid off the bag, thus missing the play twice. In the meantime, Beltron would move up to second, putting Mets’ runners on second and third with still one out. Carlos Delgado would then follow with a RBI single, scoring both Wright and Beltran, to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. After getting Fernando Tatis to hit into a force out, 6 to 4, wiping out Delgado, for the inning’s second out, Hamels would finally get out of the inning by striking out Damion Easley. The Phillies would cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2 in the third as Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run, his fortieth home run of the year, and setting a Phillies’ record as he becomes the first Phillies to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the third as Delgado would hit a lead-off home run, his thirty-second home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Mets. Two innings later, Delgado would strike again as he would hit his thirty-third home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead, helping to further ruin Hamels’ night. Santana, in the meantime, was ruining the Phillies’ batters’ night, as he kept them off-balance, in spite of being a bit wild in the early innings, as he got the batters once again swinging early in the pitch count, before finally being taken out in the top of the eighth inning. After keeping the Phillies off of the scoreboard in the top of the eighth, the Mets would add one more run in their half of the eighth, as, with a runner on third and no one out, Brian Schneider would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled, to give the Mets a 6-2 lead. The Phillies would get a run back in the ninth, when, with runners on the corners and one out, Andy Tracy would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino who has earlier reached base on an infield single, has gone to second on Schneider’s throwing error, and has gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, making it 6-3 Mets. But that would be the final score as Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala would strike out Jimmy Rollins to end the game.
Cole Hamels would take the lose, as he pitches five ineffective innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 12-9 with a 3.12 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Rudy Seanez would go two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. Johan Santana would get the win as he goes seven and one third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 13-7 with a 2.70 ERA. Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes would both pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Luis Ayala would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits.
The Phillies’ offense would do itself in once again by not being patient enough against Mets’ starter Johan Santana, as Santana, who would give up three walks in the game, was somewhat wild in the early innings. After being unable to bust the game open in the first thanks to a heavily slumping Pat Burrell, Santana would find a way to keep the Phillies under control before taking full control in the middle innings. Cole Hamels, on the other hand, would be unable to take control of the Mets’ thanks to a pair of long arguments; one between Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals over whether Chris Coste’s glove actually did interfere with David Wright’s bat on what would have been strike three, which would end with Manuel being ejected from the game, and then one between third baseman Pedro Feliz and second base umpire Paul Emmel on whether Feliz has tagged out Wright at third before he has reached the bag when Wright tried to go to third on Carlos Beltron’s RBI single, which the instant replay would show that not only did Feliz tag Wright before he has reached the bag, but he has tagged him out when he has slid past the bag, both of which would be missed by Emmel. Both arguments would help to disrupt Hamels’ rhythm and lead to the Mets taking first the lead and then the ballgame. End result, Hamels would not stay calm enough to push back the Mets and allow the Phillies to sweep their way back into a first place tie.
The Phillies (78-65) will start an important three games series with the Marlins (72-71) tonight. The first games of the three game set will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.79), who is coming off yet another no-decision, this time against the Nationals on September 3, where he went only four innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 9-7 lost. Blanton has never faced the Marlins. He will once again try to win his second start as a Phil, while trying to do better than his last start. The Marlins’ starter will be Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 5.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 2, where he went only three innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Marlins’ 16-14 lost. In his previous start against the Phillies on August 6, he took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Marlins’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further back in the pennant race.
The Phillies trail the Mets by two games as the Mets take the day off. They are ahead of the Marlins by six games. The Phillies prepare to gain some ground on the Mets at the Marlins’ expense. In the wild card race, they are four games behind the slumping Brewers, as the Brew Crew prepare for a three games home stand with the Reds. The Phillies are a game ahead of the Cardinals, as the redbirds take the day off, while they are two games ahead of the Astros as they start a three games series with the Pirates. The Phillies hope to gain ground in both the Eastern Division and in the Wild Card chase, although at the moment they are more concerned with winning their division, although the Brewers will soon be coming into Philadelphia for four games.
Kyle Kendrick once again can not get past the fourth inning as he would give up four runs in that inning to a presently red-hot Nationals squad as the Phillies lose once more to Tim Redding, 7-4. The Phillies’ batters, who acted a bit more patiently at the plate than they normally would with Redding, would start the game off by putting two men on base (Jimmy Rollins (Walk) and Chase Utley (Hit by the Pitch)) with one man out in the first inning, before the pair would both move up a base on a Redding’s throwing error, as he tried to pick off Rollins at second. Sadly, that would be as far as they would get as Redding would get out of the inning by striking out Ryan Howard and then getting Jayson Werth to fly out. The same can not be said of Kyle Kendrick, as, with runners on second and third and one out, he would give up a two-run single to Lastings Milledge, scoring Cristian Guzman, who was safe at first on a force out, and Ryan Zimmerman, who has walked, and have both moved up a base on a Kendrick’s wild pitch, to make it 2-0 Nationals. As the Phillies’ batters continue to be patient, thus raising Redding’s pitch count, but be unable to get a hit off of him, Kendrick would continue to have control problems, until finally, in the bottom of the third, he would throw two piches to the inside of Zimmerman, the first Nats’ batter of the inning, which would both almost hit him, especially with the second one, as it would almost hit him in the head. This would cause the home plate umpire to give him a warning that the next man he would throw out would lead to an ejection. That would later hurt Kendrick as he would now no longer throw to the inside of right handed batters. Kendrick would then get hurt in the fourth. He would start the inning off by giving up singles to both Jesus Flores and Emilio Bonifacio, giving the Nationals runners on first and second. Redding would then attempt to bunt the pair over, but Kendrick would throw out Flores at third for the inning’s first out, as Greg Dobbs would beat him to the bag, while Bonifacio would be safe at second as Redding would be safe at first on the force out. Kendrick would then pick off Bonifacio, throwing to third base where he is tagged out by Dobbs for the second out of the inning. Now seeing a chance to get out of the inning, Kendrick would instead get bombed by the next three batters. First, Willie Harris would hit a long, high, fly ball to right that new Phil Matt Stairs would lose sight of for a while so that when the ball finally hit off of the wall, it would bounce over his head, allowing Harris to reach third with a triple as Redding scored to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead. Guzman would then follow with a double, knocking in Harris, to make it 4-0 Nats. Zimmerman would come up next and hit a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, scoring Guzman, to make it 6-0 Nationals. The Phillies would finally get to Redding in the sixth, as, with a runner on third and two outs, Howard would hit a RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has hit an infield single, the Phillies’ first hit of the game, would steal second and then go to third on Nationals’ catcher’s Flores’ throwing error, to make it 6-1 Nationals. After walking Werth to put two men on base, Redding would be taken out of the game and replaced by Charlie Manning. Manning would proceed to walk pinch hitter Pedro Feliz to load the bases. Manning is then taken out of the game and is replaced by Marco Estrada. Estrada would then walk pinch hitter Pat Burrell, scoring Howard, to make the score 6-2 Nats. Chris Coste would then get hit by the pitch, forcing in Feliz, to make it 6-3 Nats. Estrada would finally get out of the inning as pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz would ground out, third to first. The Nats would get one of the runs back in the seventh, as, with a runner on second and two men outs, Flores would hit a RBI double, scoring Elijah Dukes, would has earlier reached base with an infield single and would go to second on Rollins’ throwing error, to make it 7-3 Nationals. Then in the ninth, with two men out, Rollins would hit a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year, to make it 7-4 Nats. But, that would be it as Victorino would follow with a grounder to the first baseman for the game’s final out.
Kyle Kendrick would take the lost as he would once more be unable to pitch past the fourth inning, as he goes four innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks. His record is now 11-8 with a 5.06 ERA. J.A. Happ would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit while striking out two. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits, while also striking out two. Rudy Seanez would also pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Tim Redding would get the win, as he would go five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record is now 10-8 with an ERA of 4.55. Charlie Manning would face only one batter, walking him. Marco Estrada would pitch a third of an inning, walking a batter. Saul Rivera would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Steven Shell would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Jesus Colome would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit while striking out two hitters.
And once again, Kyle Kendrick’s recent fears of getting hit by the opposing batters has done him in, as he once again doesn’t challenge the hitters. It would appear that whatever advice that he has gotten from Greg Maddux several days back has been quickly forgotten. Maybe having Kendrick miss a start and having Rich Dubee and Jamie Moyer both talk to him in the meantime might be in order if he is going to help the team recapture the pennant. Otherwise, the Phillies are in trouble.
The Phillies (75-63) will continue their three games series with the Nationals (53-85) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on August 28 as he would pitch seven innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 6-4 lost. Lifetime against the Nats, he is 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA in eleven starts. He will be trying for his third straight win and his fourth straight quality start while trying to stop the Nats’ present winning streak at seven. The Nationals’ starter will be John Lannan (8-12, 3.92), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 28, where he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Nationals’ 11-2 win. He will be trying to improve his record while continuing the Nationals’ winning streak.
With the lost, the Phillies now trail the Mets by two games as they came from behind to defeat the Brewers. The Phllies are ahead of the Marlins by five games as they defeated the Braves. The Phillies will be trying to recover from this afternoon’s lost and try to stop the Nationals’ attempt to be a spolier.
The Phillies let another game slip out of their hands as they blow another lead, losing to the Cubs, 3-2. And, to add insult to injury, a bad umpire’s call may have hurt them this time. Like yesterday, the Phillies would score first, as, with two men on and two outs, Pat Burrell would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has been hit by the pitch, and then would move up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between two former A’s teammates, Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Cubs’ starter Rich Harden. As the Phillies’ batter would be patient at the plate, causing Harden’s pitch count to rise, Blanton would breeze quickly through the first four innings, giving up only a lead-off walk and a hit. The Phillies would finally get their second run off of Harden when, with a runner on first and two outs, Howard would hit a single to right, with Utley, who has gotten on first with a single, would go to third on the hit. Cubs’ right fielder Kosuke Fukudome would then commit a throwing error, which would allow Utley to score, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1, as, with runners on the corners on and one out, Daryle Ward would hit a ground ball to Utley. Utley would throw to Jimmy Rollins for the inning’s second out, removing Henry Blanco, who has earlier singled, but he would then make an errant throw to first, which would pull Howard off the first base bag, because of Blanco’s slide which would force Rollins to make a quick throw when he actually have time to throw out Ward, which would not be recorded as an error. The blunder would allow Mark DeRose, who has earlier walked, stole second and has moved to third on Blanco’s single, to score the Cubs’ first run. Blanton would then end the inning by getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out. Blanton would then melt down on the mound in the sixth, as he proceed to walk first Ryan Theriot and then Derrick Lee. After getting out the next two batters, with the runners both moving up a base on the second out, he would then walk DeRosa to load the bases. That was enough for Charlie Manuel, as he would come out to take out Blanton and replace him with Scott Eyre. Eyre would, unfortunatley, walk Fukudome on five pitches, forcing in Theriot, and tying the game at two all, while leaving the bases loaded. Eyre would end the inning by striking out Blanco. In the seventh, the Phillies would try to retake the lead, with runners on the corners and two out, Howard would hit a ball at Cubs’ first baseman Lee, who would proceed to boot the ball, but would somehow be able to throw it in time to pitcher Jeff Samardzija, to get out Howard. This would lead to an argument between Howard, Manuel, Davey Lopes and first base umpire Chris Guccione, while, according to the Phillies’ announcers, Howard, Lopes and Manuel had a point as Howard would actually beat Lee’s throw to first, which would have given the Phillies the lead with Rollins, who was safe on a force out, moved to second on Shane Victorino’s walk and has gone to third during another force out, coming across the plate during the play. Third base coach Steve Smith would eventually be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Bill Welke for still arguing the call. This would turn out to be huge, as, in the Cubs’ half of the seventh, with one out, Clay Condrey would give up a solo home run to Soriano, his twenty-third home run of the year, to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. This would be the final score, as the Phillies would be unable to score in the eighth inning, and after turning back the Cubs in their half of the eighth, would be unable to get anything done in the ninth, as Carlos Marmol would record his seventh save of the season.
Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on two hits and five very costly walks. Scott Eyre would get his second blown save of the season, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up only one walk, which sadly brought in the tying run, and one strikeout. Clay Condrey would get the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Rudy Seanez would also pitch an inning, as he gives up no run on one hit. Rich Harden would also receive a no-decision as he would only last five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Chad Gaudin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Jeff Samardzija would get the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on two hits. Carlos Marmol would get his seventh save of the year as he pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up no hits while striking out three.
Multiply factors would kill the Phillies today. First, Blanton’s five walks. Four of those walks would lead to the two runs that he would give up, especially the three walks that he would give up in the sixth inning, loading the bases. Although it would be Scott Eyre who would walk home the tying run, it would never have happened if Blanton had been able to throw strikes when he needed to, especially after getting ahead of the hitters. Secondly, the offense. Although they would force Rich Harden to leave the game early by getting him to work long pitch counts, they would be unable to get a key hit when they needed it when they threaten to score in the early innings. Business as usual for the offense. Third, Jimmy Rollins’ blunder in the fifth, when he could’ve taken his time to throw to first for the third out on Daryle Ward’s grounder to Utley, but instead would rush his throw because of Harry Blanco coming at him to break up the double play. Instead of the score staying 2-0 Phils, it became 2-1 Phillies because he would force Ryan Howard off of the bag to keep it from going past him. And lastly, the umpire’s call in the seventh inning on Howard’s grounder to first that would bounce off of Derrick Lee’s glove. According to instant reply, Howard has actually beaten Samardzija to the bag, but first base umpire Chris Guccione would call Howard out. The broadcasters think that this is the result of the same umpire earlier calling Utley safe on the previous play when he might’ve been beaten by the throw. If it is, it really stinks! as it kept the Phillies from retaking the lead. Oh man, how much more of this do we Phillies’ fan have to suffer through before we all go mad? Or when will all of this buzzard luck finally start to go our boys’ way?
The Phillies (73-62) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (85-50, 1st National League Central), now trying for a split in the series. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports and will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central) in Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 25, as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up nine scattered hits while striking out eight, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be trying to pitch his six straight quality start since returning from the minors and improving his record to 5-1 in his last eight starts, while trying to stop the Phillies’ present slide at three games. The Cubs’ starter will be Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on August 25, as he went seven innings, giving up only three earned run on seven hits while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 12-3 rout. He will be trying to see if he can continue the Cubs’ seven game winning streak and continue the Phillies’ current losing streak.
With the lost, the Phillies are presently trailing the Mets by two game and lead the Marlins by five games, as the Mets defeated the Marlins. The Phillies will be trying to regroup so that they can come back and split the series before continuing their long road trip.
The Phillies would spend less than a full day back in first place as the Mets rally past the Phillies’ bullpen to defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The Mets would get the game’s first run in the first, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Carlos Delgado would hit a RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who has earlier singled and has gone to second on a ground out, to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would take the lead in their half of the first, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit a two-run home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled and then stole second, to make it 2-1 Phils. The Phillies would increase their lead in the second, as Jayson Werth would hit a lead off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. That would remain the score until the sixth, when Delgado would hit a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, to make it a 3-2 Phillies’ lead. After a Carlos Beltran single, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would be taken out of the game, and the game would be handed over to the Phillies’ bullpen. Scott Eyre would take care of the five men that he would face in two innings of work, which would include a double play ball that would erase Beltran. At the same time, the Phillies’ offense would squander opportunities to score some more runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. That would soon come back to haunt them, as Rudy Seanez would come in to pitch the top of the eighth. Seanez would quickly take care of the first two batters, but with Delgado coming up, Rich Dubee would come out to the mound to talk with Seanez about how to pitch to him. That might have turned out to be a big mistake, as the talk might have either disrupted Seanez’s rhythm, or made him think too much about Delgado, who had already hit two career home runs off of him, as with a 1-0 count, Delgado would hit his second solo home run of the game, his thirtieth home run of the year, tying the game at three all. After that, the wheels would come off for the Phils. Beltran would get on base with an infield single to third. Seanez would then be replaced with Brad Lidge, who would be brought out to try and keep the game at three all. Sadly, he would be unable to do so. Beltran would steal second, getting into scoring position. Lidge would then intentionally walk Ryan Church, putting two men on base. Daniel Murphy would then follow with a single, scoring Beltran, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead, and sending Church to third. Brian Schneider would then hit a two-run single over the head of the third basemen, scoring both Church and Murphy, making it 6-3 Mets. Lidge would finally get out of the inning by getting Damion Easley to hit into a force out, 4-6, but by then the damage has already been done. The Phillies would this night be unable to rally in the last two innings as the Mets’ bullpen would get out the last six Phillies’ batter, as Luis Ayala would this time be able to get the save, his second of the year.
Kyle Kendrick would get a no-decision, as he pitches five innings plus two batters, giving up two earned runs on eight hits. Scott Eyre would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up no hits while striking out three. Rudy Seanez would get the lost, while also blowing his first save of the year, as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 5-4 with a 3.82 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch a third of an inning, giving up two runs on on two hits and a walk. Andrew Carpenter would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Johan Santana would also get a no-decision, as he goes six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Brian Stokes would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Pedro Feliciano (2/3) and Joe Smith (1/3) would combine for a scoreless inning, with neither man giving up a hit. Luis Ayala would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits as he records his second save of the year.
The Phillies’ offense would once again do in the Phils as they would be uable to score a run in either the fifth, sixth or seventh innings, a situation that is sadly all too familiar this year. Because of it, they would be unable to sweep the Mets and thereby increase their lead to a game and a half. Instead, they will be heading off to Chicago, a half game behind the Mets. But the bigger problem last night was the reasoning behind sending out Rich Dubee to talk to Rudy Seanez, after Seanez has very easily taken care of the first two Mets batters in the eighth. If the Phillies were so concerned about the possibility of Carlos Delgado hitting a home run off of Seanez, they should’ve just gone ahead and replaced him with a warm-uped Brad Lidge. Otherwise, leave the man alone, since he was obviously in the zone, and probably not even worrying about Delgado doing any damage against him. Sadly, Dubee would talk to Seanez, slowing down his rhythm, let Lidge stay in the pen, and then watch Delgado tie the ballgame with a home run. Sigh, some times you just have to wonder about the thinking behind some of these moves by Charlie Manuel.
The Phillies (73-60) will now go to Chicago to face the major league leading Cubs (83-50, 1st National League Central) for the first of four games. The first game will be played tonight at Wrigley Field and will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central).The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.20), who is coming off his second straight gem before a nationally televised audience, as he defeated the Dodgers on August 23, going seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 9-3 win. Lifetime against the Cubs, he is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts. He will be going for his twelfth win of the year while trying to keep the Phils close to the Mets. The Cubs’ starter will be Ryan Dempster (15-5, 2.85), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 23, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up only an earned run on eight hits, in the Cubs’ 9-2 win. Dempster has won his last three starts. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the year, while trying to put the Phillies’ bats back to sleep.
The Phillies are now back in second place, trailing the Mets by half a game, who will have tomorrow off. They are five games ahead of the Marlins who had won their game with the Braves, planning to end their series with the Braves before heading back to Miami to face the Mets. The Phillies will be trying to retake first place, starting with trying to win tonight’s game so that they can end up being tied with the Mets for first place.
The 13th inning becomes a nightmare inning for the Mets as the Phillies would finish coming from behind to defeat the Mets, 8-7. The ballgame would appear to fall into three acts. Act one would involves the Mets knocking out of the box Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer. The first sign of trouble would appear at the very start of the ballgame as the Mets’ lead off man, Jose Reyes, would start the game off with a triple. Damion Easley would then follow by knocking him in with a RBI single, making the score 1-0 Mets. David Wright would then hit a single, putting Mets’ runners on first and second. Three batters later, after Moyer loads up the bases by hitting Carlos Delgado, and with one out, Fernando Tatis would make it a 2-0 game with a RBI single, scoring Easley and leaving the bases loaded. Moyer would finally end the inning by getting Ryan Church to pop up to him under the Infield Fly Rule and Ramon Castro to ground out. The Phils would try to answer back in their half of the first, as Jimmy Rollins would get a double off of Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez, who would then hit Chase Utley with the pitch, thus putting runners on first and second base with no one out. After Pat Burrell flies out to right, Rollins and Utley would steal third and second on a double steal, putting both men in scoring position. But, that would be where they would stay, as Martinez would get both Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino to strike out. The Mets would then add a run in the second, as, with two men out, Easley would hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, that would make it 4-0 Mets. The Mets would then increase their lead in the third to 6-0, when, with one swing of the bat, Tatis would hit his eleventh home run of the year, a three-run shot that would score Carlos Beltran and Delgado, who have both gotten on base with singles. Moyer would finally get out of the inning as he gives up only one more hit, a single to Martinez, adding insult to his very bad night. Moyer would then be lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third, as Martinez would put the Phillies down for the second straight inning, although giving up another hit to Rollins. The fourth would bring up Clay Condrey in relief of Moyer, who would then give up the seventh and, what no one at the time knew, would be the final Mets’ run, as, with a man on third, Wright would hit a ground out, second to first, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled. After Condrey gets out the next two batters, that would bring down the curtain on the first act, with the Phillies trailing 7-0 and the game looking like a laugher for the Mets.
But, the curtain would then rise on the second act and the Phillies’ would surprisingly come back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies would score their first run, when, with one out, Pedro Feliz would knock in Victorino, who has reached base on a force out of Howard, who has walked, stole second and then went to third on Jayson Werth’s single, on a sacrifice fly, making it 7-1 Mets. Then in the fifth, the Phillies would close the gap as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Condrey, who has earlier doubled, making it 7-3 Mets. Three batters later, with a man on first and one out, Howard would hit a two-run home run of his own, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has earlier walked, to make it a 7-5 Mets’ lead. The Mets would try to increase their lead in the sixth, as they load the bases via two singles (Reyes and Easley) and a hit batter (Beltran), with only one out. But Condrey would dig in his heels and end the threat by getting Delgado to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The Phillies would have their own threat in the sixth, as, with two out, Rollins and Utley would both reach base on singles, with Rollins going to third on Utley’s hit. But, sadly, the inning would end with Burrell, who would end up leaving eighteen men on base in two straight games, striking out. The Phillies would make it closer in the eighth, as, with two men on, and one out, Rollins would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, and sending Chis Coste, who has also singled, to third. Utley would then strike out for the inning’s second out. After Rollins steals second to put two men in scoring position, Burrell would end the inning by flying out to left. Then, in the ninth, after Brad Lidge puts down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, the Phillies would go to work on Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala, who the Mets were using as their closer in placed of the injured Billy Wagner. The inning would start off with Howard flying out to center field for out number one. Victorino would then ground out, short to first, for out number two. Werth would then get on base with a single. Pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett would then follow with a pinch hit double, scoring Werth, and tying the game up at 7 all, to the surprise of the Mets, who are probably now seeing the return of the nightmare of last September in their dreams. Ayala would finally end the inning by getting Ruiz to ground out, short to first, with a throw from Reyes that barely beat out Ruiz, which could’ve otherwise ended the game right there as Weth was running non-stop from second base with the potential winning run. The game would now go into its third act, extra-innings.
After Ryan Madson puts down the Mets in the top of the tenth, the Phillies would try to win the game in their half of the tenth. Coste would lead off the inning with a double. Instead of walking Rollins, who at this point has been five for five on the night, eight for his last eight, and been on base tenth straight times, Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman would get him to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Utley is then intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Burrell would then come to the plate, and strike out looking for the inning’s second out. Howard would then end the threat by grounding out to first. In the eleventh, the Phillies would threaten again on Heilman. With one out, Werth would work a walk. Bruntlett would then single, putting two men on base with still one out. Pinch hitter Cole Hamels would then strike out for the second out. Coste would then single, loading up the bases. But Heilman would end this threat by getting Rollins to pop up to third. Neither team would be able to do anything in the twelfth inning. Then, in the thirteenth, with the Phillies down to their last relief pitcher and with tonight’s starter Kyle Kendrick warming up in the pen if needed, Rudy Seanez would put down the Mets’ 1-2-3. Then they would go to work on the last Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis. Victorino would greet him with a triple to right. Schoeneweis would then intentionally walk both Werth and Bruntlett to load the bases, to face Seanez. Instead, pitcher Brett Myers would be sent out as a pinch hitter, with what turns out to be orders not to swing. Which he did, as he almost worked out a walk but would be instead called out on strikes on a 3-2 fastball on the inside corner. This would bring up Coste. After taking a ball, Coste, with both the infield and outfield in to try and prevent the winning run from scoring, would loft a fly ball deep to center, that would go past center fielder Beltran, who has already given up the chase, and drop in for a single in front of the warning track, scoring Victorino with the winning run, as the Phillies would finish the ballgame with a very dramatic, come from behind 8-7 win over a stunned New York ballclub, as they regain first place in the East.
Jamie Moyer would get a no-decision as his record of good outings end at fourteen straight, as he is only able to go three innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a hit batter. Clay Condrey would pitch two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero would all combine for six and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, as they shut down the Mets’ offense, giving up only two hits (Madson), three walks (Durbin (2), Romero (1)) and striking out four (Eyre (1), Lidge (2), Romero (1)). Rudy Seanez would get the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Pedro Martinez would also receive a no-decison as he goes five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Brian Stokes would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out two. Duaner Sanchez would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Pedro Feliciano would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits, with a strike out. Joe Smith would also go a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Luis Ayala would receive his fifth blown save of the year, as he gives up an earned run on two hits. Aaron Heilman would pitch three tough scoreless innings, giving up three hits and walking two while striking out four. Scott Schoeneweis would get the lost as he goes a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one. His record is now 2-3 with a ERA of 3.10.
The Phillies’ offense, after being put in a deep 7-0 hole would come back, slow chipping away at the Mets’ lead before finally winning it in the thirteenth, while the bullpen would combine to keep the Mets from scoring another run after David Wright’s ground out RBI scoring Damion Easley in the fourth. The offense, in its comback, would get nineteen hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with five hits, missing the cycle for the second straight night as he has three singles, a double and a home run, scoring a run and knocking in three. Chris Coste would be next, as he was 4 for 4 after coming off the bench, getting three singles, including the game winner, and a double, followed by Jason Werth, as he went 3 for 5, along with two walks, as he scored a run. All of the starters would contribute at least one hit, except for Pedro Feliz, who would go 0 for 2 with a sac fly before being replaced by Greg Dobbs in the sixth in a double switch, and Pat Burrell who went 0 for 7, leaving ten men on base and eighteen runners in two days. Of their nineteen hits, seven would be for extra-bases (2B (4), 3B (1), HR (2)), with one of them being a double by pitcher Clay Condrey, which would start off the rally in the fifth inning. The Phillies would also steal six bases, with Rollins leading the way there with three. The Phillies seems to have regain their swagger from last year, and it would seem that they have finally found their leader: Shane Victorino, based on his reaction to getting his triple at the start of the thirteenth inning.
The now first place Phillies (73-59), back in first place, and for the first time fourteen games over .500, will faced the now second place Mets (73-60), looking to see if they can sweep the now stunned New Yorkers and end the very successful home stand at 8-1. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87), who is coming off a victory against the Dodgers on August 22, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Phillies’ 8-1 win. In his last start against the Mets on July 6, he received a no-decision, as he gave up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. Careerwise, he is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts against the Mets. His mission will be two fold, to get through as many innings as he can to give the bullpen a sorely needed rest after last night’s game and to keep the Mets’ offense as silent as possible so that the resurgent Phillies’ offense can work over the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64), who is coming off a win over the Astros on August 22, where he went seven innings, giving up no runs on eight hits, in the Mets’ 3-0 win. He has won his last three starts. In his last two starts against the Phillies, he has thrown two no-decisions, as the Mets’ bullpen would lose both games, as he would go a combine sixteen innings, giving up only four earned runs on fourteen hits. Santana’s mission will be trying to keep the Phillies’ bats quiet while hoping the Mets’ will score enough runs so that the bullpen won’t be able to blow it this time.
The once again first place Phillies lead the presently shocked Mets by half a game, as they won their fifth game in a row, and the ninth in their last eleven games since being swept by the Dodgers. The Marlins trail the Phillies by six as they lost to the Braves. The Phillies will be trying to increase their lead over the Mets before they head off to Chicago to meet the Major League leading Cubs for four games.
The Phillies’ offense would knock out of the box not one, but two Dodgers’ pitchers, as they would score nine runs, while Cole Hamels would pitch his second straight pitching gem in front of a national audience, as the Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 9-2. After Hamels put down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the first, the Phillies would take a quick 3-0 lead in their half of the inning as Pat Burrell would hit a three-run home run off of Dodgers’ starter, Clayton Kershaw, his thirtieth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has been hit by the pitch, and Chase Utley, who has gotten on base with a single. The Dodgers would cut the lead down to 3-2 in the third when Russell Martin would hit a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring James Loney, who has earlier doubled. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fifth inning. Rollins would start the inning off with a single. Utley would follow with a walk, sending Rollins to second. Burrell would then hit a fly ball to center that should have been the inning’s first out. Instead, it would end up being a double as center fielder Matt Kemp would somehow lose sight of the ball, which would then drop in behind him for a hit. Rollins would score to make it 4-2 Phillies, while Utley would go on to third base. Ryan Howard would then follow with a two-run double of his own, scoring both Utley and Burrell, to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead, and knocking out Kershaw, who would be replaced by Jason Johnson, who would finally end the Phillies’ threat. The Phillies would then break the game open in the sixth, as Hamels would start the inning off by being hit by the pitch. After a Rollins’ ground out, second to first, sends Hamels over to second, Utley would send him home with a RBI single, making it 7-1 Phillies. Burrell would follow with a single, sending Utley to second. Burrell’s hit would knock out Johnson, who would be replaced on the mound with Joe Beimel. Howard would greet him with a walk, loading up the bases. Victorino would then follow him with a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Burrell and sending Howard to third, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. Beimel would finally end the inning by striking out both Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz. That would be how the ball game would end as Hamels, Scott Eyre and Rudy Seanez would together put down the last nine Dodgers’ batters with ease.
Cole Hamels would get the win as he pitched his second straight gem in front of a national audience, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five. His record is now 11-8 as his ERA drops to 3.20. Scott Eyre and Rudy Seanez would each pitch a scoreless inning, with neither man giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw would get the lost, as he lasts only four innings plus four batters, giving up six earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and hitting a batter. His record is now 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA. Jason Johnson would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up three earned runs on two hits and also hitting a batter. Joe Beimel would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, giving up a hit. Ramon Troncoso would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.
For the second straight game, the Phillies’ offense would score more than three runs in a game, while also getting ten hits for their second straight game. And they would also knock out an opposing starter for their second straight game, as well as a reliver for good measure, in their nine runs eruption. Every starter would get at least a hit, except for Chris Coste, who took the collar. Pat Burrell would lead the attack with three hits, while also driving in five runs, tying his career high, followed by Chase Utley with two. And they did it in part via situational hitting and smart baserunning. Although it would appear that the offense is back, I won’t believe it is until I see what they do against the Mets this coming week.
The Phillies (70-59) will continue their four games series with the Dodgers (65-64, 2nd National League West) tomorrow night, with their second straight nationally televised game, this time to be shown on ESPN. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.87), who is coming off his second straight so-so outing, this one against the Nationals on August 19, as he would go five innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, in the Phillies’ 5-4 win. He has pitched against the Dodgers the previous week, on August 13, in his previous so-so outing, only going five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to get back to the way he was pitching before his two starts slide, while hoping that the offense will continue its present attack. The Dodgers will be sending to the mound Hiroki Kuroda (7-9, 3.97), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on August 19, where he went six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Dodgers’ 8-3 lost. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, a victory on August 14, where he went seven innings, giving up only one earned run on two hits, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ offense while trying to improve his record.
The Phillies are once again trailing the Mets by a game and a half, as the Mets have lost to the Astros. They are ahead of the Marlins by four and a half games, as the D-backs beat the fish. The Phillies will try to see if they can sweep the Dodgers in front of a national audience while hoping to get even closer to the Mets before their two games series next week.
The Phillies (65-57) continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. In his only career start against the Padres, he would give up only one run in six innings of work. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter will be rookie Chad Reineke (0-0, -.–), making his major league debut, as he comes in to pitch in place of the original starter, Chris Young, who has just been placed on the disabled list. He is coming up from Triple-A Portland, where he has gone 5-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 22 games (21 starts), but, in his last three starts, he is 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA. He will be gunning for his first major league win, while trying to see what mischief he can cause the Phils.
The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row while trying to stay close to the Mets after the disaster in Los Angeles. The Phillies have just gotten back Rudy Seanez, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino from injuries while Brad Lidge has claimed to have done some work on his mechanics during his enforced rest, and they wait for Pedro Feliz to return from his back injuries. Even with the good news, the Phillies are still waiting for their offense to finally wake up and show itself to be the monster of its pre-season press releases. Of course, that may only happen if the players start to take care of the little things instead of just thinking about hitting home runs and only home runs. But hey, I’m becoming that broken record again. I better stop before I start to stratch the record.
The Phillies are trailing the Mets by a game while they are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games. They will be trying to see if they can win the series with the Padres with a victory tonight, before trying for a sweep, and end the road trip with a better record than they would’ve expected after getting out of L.A.