Cole Hamels lost control of the ballgame as he gave up six runs in two innings after having had the Giants under control for two plus innings, as the Phils lose to the Giants, 7-3. The Phils have lost their first series since being swept by the Braves in early July. Their lead is now down to five games in the NL East as the Marlins have won their game.
The Giants took the lead in the second as, with a man on base, and with nobody out, Aaron Rowand hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ryan Garko, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the fourth as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. Four batters later, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an infield single on a ground ball to Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who made a bad throw to first base for an error, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and then stole second to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Werth moved up to second on the throw. The Phils made it 3-1 in the fifth as, with a runner on base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Bruntlett, who had earlier doubled. The Giants then came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Sanchez hits a two-run double, scoring Giants’ starter Barry Zito, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Eugenio Velez’s blooped single, and Velez, who had earlier singled. The next batter, Pablo Sandoval, then hit a grounder to first that was scooped up by Ryan Howard that could’ve been an easy out, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels had beaten Sandoval to the bag, if Howard had given Hamels a low toss. Sadly, Howard made a high toss that went passed Hamels, and allowed Sanchez to score, giving the Giants a 4-3 lead, while Sandoval, who is credited with an infield single, would move on to second on the throwing error. The Giants would then break it open in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and nobody out, Randy Winn hits an RBI single, scoring Rowand, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Edgar Renteria’s double, making it a 5-3 Giants’ lead, while sending Renteria on to third. Three batters later, after Winn steals second base, Eli Whiteside is intentionally walked to load the bases, Hamels is replaced on the mound by Chan Ho Park, and pinch hitter Bengie Molina flies out to left for the inning’s first out, Velez makes it a 7-3 Giants’ lead wtih a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Winn, while sending Whiteside to third base. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to recover, going down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitched five innings plus four batters, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out only two. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.68 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson and Scott Eyre together pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit (Eyre) and a walk (Madson). Barry Zito got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, while he struck out five. His record is now 7-10 with an ERA of 4.47. Sergio Romo, Brandon Medders, Jeremy Affeldt, who recorded his twenty-third hold and Bob Howry, recorded three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (Romo (1), Medders (2)), while striking out a batter (Affeldt).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ two hits being a solo home run. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz had the Phils’ other five hits, with Ruiz knocking in the only other Phils run. The Phils hit themselves out of big innings during the entire road trip, mainly by either striking out or hitting the pitcher’s pitch. Hopefully they can correct that during the home stand, which will start tomorrow night against the Rockies, as they have the day off today.
Cliff Lee showed with his glove and bat, as well as his pitching, that he was worth the trade as he four hit the Giants while pitching a complete game as the Phils defeat the Giants, 5-1.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-second home run of the year. The Phils would then squander several scoring opportunites, unable to get that key hit. In the meantime, Phils’ starter Cliff Lee kept the Giants off-balanced, not giving up a hit until the sixth inning with one man out, allowing before then only one man on base with a walk to Ryan Garko in the second inning, who was later wiped out at second base on a 4-6-3 double play on a grounder to Chase Utley by Aaron Rowand. Lee then stranded Juan Uribe, who had hit a double, by first striking out pinch hitter Jesus Guzman on strikes, and then getting Ryan Winn to softly ground out, 4-3, for the final out. The Phils then finally increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via walks to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, a double steal by both Rollins and Utley, and then Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, with one man out, Raul Ibanez took a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while both Utley and Howard would move up a base. The following batter, Werth, made it 4-0 Phils, as he hits a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Ben Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Lee, who had earlier doubled, and had moved over to third on Rollins’ single, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. The Giants would finally score in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Uribe hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rowand, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Edgar Renteria’s ground out, 1-3, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be all, as Lee went on to end the game with little trouble, as he pitched a complete game, his third complete game in his last four starts.
Cliff Lee got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six Giants. His record with the Phils is now 1-0 and his overall record is now 8-9 with an ERA of 3.02. Ryan Sadowski took the lost, as he pitched just four innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three batters. His record is now 2-4 with an ERA of 4.45. Merken Valdez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, as he struck out one. Brandon Medders pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks. Jeremy Affeldt pitched to three batters, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Bob Howry pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.
The Phillies had eight hits, with Jayson Werth and, surprise, Cliff Lee leading the team with two hits each, with one of Werth’s hits being a solo home run, while he knocked in three runs, while Lee had a single and a double, scoring a run as he helped his own effort. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Francisco’s hit being a double. Beside Werth’s three RBIs, Raul Ibanez brought in a run via a bases loaded walk, and Francisco knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense was finally able to bring in runs with runners in scoring position, as they won 20 games in July for the first time since the 1960s.
The Phillies (59-42, 1st National League East) continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-47, 2nd National League West) with an night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 9:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-4, 4.11), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 26, as he went eight innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can keep the Phils in the game. The Giants will send to the mound their ace Tim Lincecum (11-3, 2.30), who is coming off a completed game win against the Pirates on July 27, where he gave up just two runs, both unearned, on four hits and three walks, while he struck out fifteen batters, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can overpower the Phils’ potent offense. The Phils will be trying to see if they can win today against last year’s NL Cy Young Award Winner.