The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Kalish hits an RBI triple, knocking in Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Anthony Rizzo had walked, putting runners on the corners, with still nobody out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kalish, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Rizzo up to second base. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead two batters later, after Luis Valbuena had walked, putting runners on second and first, and with one man out, as Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Rizzo, and sending Valbuena up to third base. The Cubs then increased their lead as Ryan Sweeney hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valbuena, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown, with Byrd stopping at second base, and with both runners moving up a base on shortstop Castros’ force attempt fielding error of Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw out Byrd at home plate, as catcher John Baker touched the plate for the inning’s second out, while Brown and Ruiz both moved up a base, and Asche reached first base, leaving the bases loaded, before A.J. Burnett ended the threat by flying to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils would finally score in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a grounder up the middle which looked like it had a chance to be a base hit, but would be deflected off of pitcher Villanueva’s glove to the shortstop Castro, who then threw out Utley, 1-6-3, for the inning’s first out, while Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, before going on to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, as Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would be forced to stay at second base because of the deflection, before Phils’ manager Ryne Sandburg would come out to dispute the call, asking for a review. The umpires would review the play, before upholding the call, leaving the Phils with a man on second, and with one man out. The inning would then end as Ryan Howard hits a sharp line drive that would be caught by Bonifacio, who then threw to second base to double up Rollins in a 4-6 doubleplay. The Cubs would get the run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected by pitcher Burnett, allowing Sweeney, who had reached third base on a three base fielding error by center fielder Revere, to score, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead, while sending Baker, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, to reach second base. The Cubs then made it a 7-1 lead as Kalish followed with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Bonifacio. After the Phils had replaced Burnett with Brad Lincoln, the Cubs made it an 8-1 lead as Rizzo hits an RBI single, knocking in Kalish. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr., a wild pitch by pitcher Jose Veras, moving up both runners, and a walk to Revere, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Asche, making it an 8-2 Cubs’ lead, as Gwynn is forced out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Revere moved up to second base. After Utley had walked to reload the bases, as Revere and Rollins both moved up a base, and Pedro Strop replaces Veras on the mound, the Phils made it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead as Strop threw a wild pitch, allowing Revere to score, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base. That would end up being the final score as Howard would line out to left field for the game’s final out.
A. J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brian Schlitter collected his second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Hector Rondon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Pedro Strop pitched a third of an inning, as he threw a wild pitch, before finally getting out the only batter whom he would face.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Byrd (Single) and Cody Asche (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Revere, Utley, Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Revere (4), Rollins (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere) and picked a runner off first (Burnett).
The Phils (3-3, 4th East) are off today as their home opener against the Brewers (4-2, T-1st Central) was called off yesterday because of the possibility of rain in today’s forecast. Instead, it will be played tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, to start at 4:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.29) who is coming off a no-decision against the Rangers on April 2, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to the win on opening day. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his first victory of the season, while trying to silent the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to start off their first home stand of the year on a good note.
In Saturday’s game, the Red Sox took the lead in the first as Mike Aviles started the game off with a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Red Sox’s a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jarrod Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a single, and then stopped at third base on Ryan Sweeney’s double, would score on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s missed catch error on a throw to first by second baseman Freddy Galvis on Daniel Nava’s ground ball, giving the BoSox a 2-0 lead, while sending Sweeney, who had earlier doubled, up to third base, while Nava would be safe at first on the error. The Red Sox then made it a 3-0 lead as Jon Lester hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Nava at second base for the inning’s first out, while Sweeney would score. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had just singled, making it a 3-1 Red Sox’s lead. The Red Sox then increased their lead in the fourth as Will Middlebrooks started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the BoSox a 4-1 lead. The Red Sox then made it a 5-1 lead as Saltalmacchia followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Ty Wigginton’s ground out, 5-3, making it a 5-2 Red Sox’s lead. The Phils would cut the Red Sox’s lead down to 5-4 a batter later as Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring Luna. The Red Sox would increase their lead again in the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, David Ortiz hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Dustin Pedroia, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the BoSox a 7-4 lead. The Phils would cut the lead down to 7-5 in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI infield single, scoring Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Luna’s single, then moved up to third on Galvis’ fly out to center, while sending Luna, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Galvis’ fly out, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Alfredo Aceves would pitch a four-out save, his ninth save of the season.
Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) took the lost as he went four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four. Raul Valdes, Joe Savery and Jose Contreras would combine for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Valdes (1), Savery (1)) between them, while striking out four (Valdes (2), Savery (1), Contreras (1)). Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Vicente Padilla recorded his seven hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Rich Hill recorded his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Alfredo Aceves recorded his ninth save of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, getting most of them late in the ballgame, but being unable to get that must needed key hit. John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), Shane Victorino (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Hector Luna (Singles, RBI) all lead the ballclub with three hits each. Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Rollins (9)) in the game.
In Sunday’s game, the Red Sox took a quick 1-0 lead as Mike Aviles started the game off with a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season. The BoSox then took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Aviles hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Josh Beckett’s bunt force out, 1-5, wiping out at third base Daniel Nava, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Byrd’s single, while sending Beckett, who had just bunted into a force out, up to second base. The Red Sox then made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jarrod Saltalmacchia hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Adrian Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then would stop at third base on Will Middlebrooks’ double, and Middlebrooks, who had just doubled. The Phils would finally get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Juan Pierre hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch hitter Pete Orr, who has earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, making it a 5-1 Red Sox lead. That would end up being the final score as Alfredo Aceves would throw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) took the lost as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman and Chad Qualls would throw a pair of 1-2-3 innings, striking out four batters (Diekman (3), Qualls (1)) between them. Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Vicente Padilla collected his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Alfredo Aceves pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single), Cliff Lee (Double) and pinch hitter Pete Orr (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, which would include several infield singles. Juan Pierre would knock in the Phil’s only run with a sacrifice fly, as the Phils would for the second straight game squander a number of scoring opportunities to get back into the ballgame. The Phils’ offense also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (13)) in the ballgame.
The Phils (21-21, 5th) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (24-17, 2nd), with the first game being played tonight, weather permitting. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on May 16, as he went six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his first win as a starter. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on May 16, as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Nats’ 7-4 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to rebound from their bad weekend.
The Phils are unable to produce any offense as they are shutout by the Red Sox, 6-0.
The BoSox took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring. The Red Sox added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had started the inning off with a single, and then went to third on Ryan Sweeney’s single, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ force attempt throwing error to second base as he tried to force out Sweeney on Jose Iglesias’ grounder, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while allowing Sweeney, who had earlier singled, to be safe at second base, while Iglesias would be safe at first on the error. The BoSox then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, David Ortiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Lars Anderson, who had earlier doubled. The Red Sox then took a commanding 5-0 lead as Cody Ross hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Red Sox then made it a 6-0 lead in the ninth as Mauro Gomez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf got Hector Luna to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Pete Orr, who had just singled, at second base, to end the ballgame.
Joe Blanton (0-1, 4.80) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Hector Neris and Chad Qualls combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Neris) and a walk (Neris), while striking out three (Neris (2), Qualls (1)) between them. Tyson Brummett pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. Lisalverto Bonilla pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jon Lester (2-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out ten. Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ohlendorf), while striking out a batter (Albers) between them.
The Phils had just three hits in the game, a single by Pete Orr, a single by Lou Montanez and a double by Freddy Galvis, as they were kept off balanced by starter Jon Lester for seven innings, before he gave the ball to the BoSox’s bullpen.
The Phils (10-13) next spring training game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Pirates (8-13). The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.
Roy Halladay wins his 63rd career complete game start, becoming the second National League starter to reach ten wins, as the Phils defeat the A’s, 3-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Placido Polanco’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just doubled, on to third base. One batter later, now with runners on the corners, Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Victorino for the inning’s first out, as Polanco scored from third, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The A’s would cut the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Sweeney hits an RBI single as Rollins was unable to catch his pop out to short center field, than to Wilson Valdez not giving him enough room to attempt a catch, knocking in Coco Crisp, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hideki Matsui’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Polanco, with Rollins stopping at third, a walk by Howard, sending Polanco on to second base, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI infield single towards third base, that A’s starter Josh Outman picked up, and then looked towards third, where there was no one near the bag, before throwing to first, as Francisco beat the throw, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The A’s tried to rally in the seventh as, with one man out, they put runners on second and third on a Scott Sizemore double, who sent Conor Jackson, who had started the inning off with a lead-off single, to third. But Halladay got out of the inning by first getting Landon Powell to pop out to second for the inning’s second out. He then ended the inning by striking out pinch hitter David DeJesus with a called third strike. That would be the A’s only major threat as Halladay finished the game with Sweeney hitting into a 6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second Jackson, who had earlier singled with one man out.
Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40) received the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on eight hits, while striking out four. Josh Outman (3-2, 3.10) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Brad Ziegler pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, raising his average to .260. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run when he hit into a doubleplay, receiving no RBI.
The Phils (49-30, 1st NL East) will take tomorrow off, before facing the Red Sox (45-32, 2nd AL East?) for a three game interleague play series, starting Tuesday night.
Behind the four hit, shutout pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies are able to finally end their longest losing streak of the season at six games as they defeat the A’s, 4-0. The Phillies would score their first run in the top of first, when, with two men on base, and one out, Pat Burrell would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who first got on base with a walk, moved to second on Chase Utley’s bloop single and then was part of a double steal which got him to third, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth when Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI triple off of both the left field wall and the back of A’s left fielder Jack Cust, which would score Burrell, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Feliz would then score on a sacrifice fly by Chris Coste, making it 3-0 Phillies. The Phillies would score their final run in the sixth, when with two outs and a runner on first, Coste would hit a RBI single on a ball that was misplayed by A’s center fielder Carlos Gonzalez, allowing Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, to score, giving the Phillies a 4-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough runs for Kyle Kendrick to work with, as he would go eight innings, giving up only four scattered hits to the A’s, and only getting into trouble in the eighth inning, after the Phillies have earlier blown a bases loaded, no body out, situation that could’ve blown the game wide open, in their half of the inning. After giving up a single to Kurt Suzuki and then getting Gonzalez to fly out to center, Kendrick would give up a single to Daric Barton, putting runners on first and second with one out. After a conference with Charlie Manuel, Kendrick would stay in the game, and unlike Moyer on Tuesday night, Kendrick would get out of the jam by striking out Mark Ellis on a called third strike and then getting Ryan Sweeney to ground out pitcher to first. J.C. Romero would then come in the ninth to redeem himself as he would quickly dispose of the A’s to end the ballgame.
Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he pitches a brilliant game, going eight innings for the first time in his career, giving up no runs on four hits, striking out four and walking only one A. His record is now 7-3 with a 4.59 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits. Greg Smith would get the lost as he is only able to go five and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 4-6 with an ERA of 3.69. Chad Gaudin would go one and a third shut out innings, giving up two hits. Santiago Casilla would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Andrew Brown would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits.
Speaking of Kendrick’s performance, Phillies Phollowers has noted in her post yesterday that Kyle Kendrick has been seen working on his pitches with the 45-years old veteran Jamie Moyer, who yesterday had the A’s stymied for most of the game until he finally ran out of gas in the seventh. Could it be possible that the old vet has given Kendrick some pitching tips and that Kendrick actually listened to him? If that does turn out to be the case, maybe Kendrick should start listening to him more. Heck, maybe Moyer should start talking to Myers? It certainly couldn’t hurt at this point.
The Phils’ offense was finally able to score more than two runs in a game for the first time since June 18. But they still blew several scoring opportunities when they could have scored even more runs, the biggest one coming in the eighth inning. With Casilla pitching in relief, Feliz would greet him with a single, his second hit of the night. Victorino would then get on base via a fielding error by shortstop Bobby Crosby, who threw away the ball as he attempted to force out Feliz, who would end up on third, giving the Phillies runners on the corners with nobody out. Victornio, with Coste batting, would then steal second, his nineteenth of the season, to give the Phillies two runners in scoring position. Coste then hits a grounder to the pitcher Casilla. After looking over to third and seeing that Feliz wasn’t going anywhere, Casilla would turn around to get ready to throw to first, only to see that Coste was already there, loading the bases. But, the Phillies would soon run themselves out of a possible big inning, as Eric Bruntlett would hit a grounder to the shortstop Crosby. This time, Crosby would be able to throw Feliz out at home, with Suzuki touching home plate, as Feliz did not immediately move towards home upon contact, while the others would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The next batter, Werth, would then strike out swinging. Utley would then step up to the plate, the bases still loaded and two outs, already having a four hits night, breaking out of his personal slump with two singles, a double and a triple. But, he is still in a slump with runners in scoring position, as, on a 2-1 count, he lines out to Crosby, leaving the bases loaded. The Phillies’ offense still seem to have a problem bringing in men in scoring position, although some aggressive base running in the first would get their first run home as Werth would score on Burrell’s short sac fly, as his running for home would force center fielder Gonzalez to make an offline throw to home plate, thus allowing Werth to score. In the third, with two outs and with Utley on second via a double, his second hit of the night, Utley would be sent home on Jimmy Rollins’ single to right. A strike to home plate by Sweeney would keep Utley from scoring what would have been the Phillies’ second run as he is tagged out by Suzuki. The Phillies are being a bit more aggressive in the field, but the batters still need to discipline themselves if they are either going to get runners home with less than two outs, or with two men out, if they are going to stay in front in the East.
The final game of this three games interleague play series will be an afternoon game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 3:35 pm Eastern (12:35 pm Pacific). The Phillies (45-36) will send to the mound Adam Eaton (2-5, 4.94), who is coming off an awful start against the Angels on June 20, where he would only go five innings, getting roughed up for six runs on twelve hits in the Phillies’ 7-1 lost. Before that, he have had five straight quality starts, although going 2-2 with a no-decision, which was won by the Phillies, during that stretch. Lifetime against the A’s he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He will be trying to get his third victory while trying to continue the recent strings of good starts by the Phillies’ starters. The Athletics (42-35, 2nd American League West) will counter with Rich Harden (4-0, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against Florida on June 20, where he would go five and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, in the A’s 7-6 win. He has won his previous start against the Giants on June 14, going six scoreless innings, while giving up only one hit, in the A’s 4-0 win. He will be trying to get his fifth win, while hoping that he can keep the Phillies from regaining their potentcy.
The win puts the Phillies’ lead back to two games as the Marlins had earlier been crushed by the Rays, and keep their leads over the Mets and the Braves at four and four and half games respectively, as both teams have won their games. The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row, as the offense tries to see if they can finally start driving in men in scoring position, before they head on to Texas to meet the Rangers for a weekend series.
Just hours after shutting down the A’s, the Phillies’ offense is in turn shut down by the combine pitching of A’s starter Rich Harden and reliever Alan Embree, who together would give up only three hits and a walk, while striking out eleven, as they are shutout, 5-0. The A’s would take the lead in the first inning as Adam Eaton would give up a RBI double to Ryan Sweeney, scoring Mark Ellis, who has earlier walked, making it 1-0 A’s. A batter later, Sweeney would score on a RBI single to Jack Cust, just beating Carlos Ruiz’s tag, after having slid past home plate, giving the A’s a 2-0 lead. Sweeney would be taken out of the game because of a possible injury caused by the slide. The game would then becomes a pitchers’ duel between Eaton and Harden for the next six innings, as Eaton would give up only one more run, on Carlos Gonzalez’s second home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, which would make it 3-0 A’s, while Harden would flirt with a no-hitter until the fifth, when Shane Victorino would get a two-out single and would later get a second single off of Harden in the eighth, but the Phils would otherwise be unable to get anything started against him. The A’s would then put it away in the eighth as they score two runs off of Phils’ reliever Tom Gordon. The first run would come in on a RBI double by Jack Hannahan, knocking in Eric Chavez, who has earlier walked, to make it 4-0 A’s. The final run would come in on a RBI single by Gonzalez, who would score Hannahan, as Victornio would commit a fielding error as he tries to bare hand the ball so that he could make a throw to the plate to try and nail Hannahan. But Victorino would then redeem himself as he throws out Gonzalez as he tries to move up to second on the error, tagged out by Chase Utley. The Phillies would attempt to score in the ninth, as, with two outs, Pat Burrell would get to third base with a triple. But it would be all for naught as Ryan Howard would then ground out to first for the game’s final out.
Adam Eaton took the lost in spite of performing a quality start, going seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. His record is now 2-6 with a 4.86 ERA. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning of relief, giving up two runs on two hits. Rich Harden would get the win as he shut down the Phillies for eight innings, giving up only two hits while striking out eleven. His record is now 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA. Alan Embree would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit.
The Phillies’ offense went right back to where they’d left off on Tuesday night, not doing anything right, only this time being worst as they didn’t really give themselves any time to wear down the A’s starter, as they constantly went after either his first, second or third offering. This seriously has got to stop, because it’s making the batters look stupid and it is allowing the opposing team’s pitchers to throw them whatever junk they want to, just as long at they know that the Phillies’ batters will swing at it. Come on guys, start practicing patience while standing inside the batter’s box again. SERIOUSLY!!!!
The Phillies (43-37) will now go to Arlington Texas, for a three games weekend series with the Texas Rangers (40-39, 3rd American League West). The first game of the three games set will be played in Rangers Park in Arlington, with a start time of 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-9, 5.51), who is coming off a recent lost to the Angels on June 21, as he is once again hurt by the long ball as he would go seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 lost. Myers will be trying to see if he can pitch another good game while not giving up any more gopher balls, while hoping that the offense’s bats will finaly wake up in the Texas heat. His opponent will be Kason Gabbard (2-3, 4.96), who is coming off his second win of the year against the Nationals on Jnne 21, as he goes five and one third innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Rangers’ 13-3 win. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping that the Phillies’ bats will continue to stay cold.
The first place Phillies are still leading the East by two games, as the Marlins were swept by the Rays, losing 6-1. Their leads over the Mets and the Braves are now three and a half and four games respectively thanks to their lost to the A’s. As they go to Texas to face the Rangers, the Marlins will begin a three games series with the Diamondbacks in Miami, while the Mets will face the New York Yankees, at Yankee Stadium for one game and Shea Stadium for three, for a four games series, including a day/night doubleheader at both stadiums tomorrow night, and the Braves will be meeting the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Canada for a three games series. The Phillies will be hoping that they can bounce back and take out their present frustrations on the Rangers, before they take the day off on Monday, and then start a three games set with the Braves in Hot-lanta.
The Phillies wasted a good effort by Jamie Moyer as the offense once again let the team down as they lost their sixth straight game. For the first six innings of the game, Moyer and A’s starter Joe Blanton would be involved in a pitchers’ duel, with Moyer only giving up one hit during that time, a lead-off single in the first inning to Kurt Suzuki, who would later by wiped out in a 3-6-3 double play by Ryan Sweeney, and striking out nine A’s, striking out the side twice, while Blanton would give up only two hits, one of which was Pat Burrell’s nineteenth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, which gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things would change in the seventh when the Phillies would get their first two men on base, Burrell via a walk and Jayson Werth via a single. But, things would then go flat as Geoff Jenkins would fly out to left, swinging on the first pitch, for the first out of the inning. Pedro Feliz would then single to right, but the third base coach, not taking a chance on getting Burrell thrown out at the plate, holds him up at third base to load the bases. This move would soon come back to haunt the Phillies as Carlos Ruiz, with a 2-1 count, would hit into a twin killing, third to first, with the third baseman touching third base first before throwing to first. The Phillies being unable to capitalize in their half of the inning would turn out to be a momentum changer, as, with Moyer still pitching, Sweeney would start off the A’s half of the seventh with a single. One out later, Bobby Crosby would get a pop single, on a ball that was misplayed by Shane Victorino and would drop in front of him, moving Sweeney to second. After Charlie Manuel decides to leave Moyer in the game, despite the fact that Chad Durbin was ready to go, Moyer would give up a three-run home run to Emil Brown, his sixth home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney and Crosby, and giving the A’s the lead, 3-1. After getting the second out and then giving up a ground rule double, which might have ended up being worst if it has not bounced into the stands, to Carlos Gonzalez, Manuel would come out and finally replace an out of gas Moyer with Durbin, who would then strike out Donnie Murphy to end the inning. In the eighth, the Phils would come back to cut the lead to 3-2, as, with Victorino on second, after getting on base with a single and then stealing second, he would score on a RBI single by Ryan Howard. Although Howard would later get to second base on a pass ball charged to Suzuki, Burrell would leave him there as he strikes out. The A’s would then deliver the coup de grace in the bottom of the inning, as with two out, J.C. Romero would walk Sweeney and then give up a two-run home run to Jack Cust, Cust’s twelfth home run of the year, to make it 5-2 A’s. That would be it as Huston Street would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to record his fourteenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would take the lost, although pitching a very good game until the disasterous seventh. He would go six and two-thirds inning, giving up only three runs on five hits, while striking out nine A’s. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.09 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning in relief, striking out the only man he would face. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up two earned runs on only one hit, while walking one and striking out one. Ryan Madson would go a third of an inning, striking out the only A that he would face. Joe Blanton would get the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits. His record is now 4-10 with an ERA of 4.58. Alan Embree would pitch an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits. Huston Street would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth as he get his fourteenth save of the season.
It is now official, the offense presently stinks, and even they are starting to realize it, as they would acknowledge in an article posted on Phillies.com about the game. Even the manager seems to be noticing that the guys are right now doing everything wrong at the plate, and those things includes, “…guys not hitting, swinging bad, swinging at balls in the dirt, chasing balls over their heads, it looks like they’ve never seen a baseball….” and those things are going to keep hurting this team until the batters finally get it into their thick skulls that they should be trying to meet the ball, and not trying to hit home runs everytime they get up to the plate, with the situations that occurred in the first and seventh innings being perfect examples of what is presently wrong with this team. Especially the seventh, when Jenkins, who should have been up there trying to move the runners over into scoring position, which might have required him taking a pitch or two until he saw something which he was sure he could hit towards the right side of the infield and get Burrell and Werth over to third and second, instead swings at the first pitch and flies out, moving no one. This would come back to hurt the Phils, as I am sure that Feliz’s single would’ve scored both Burrell and Werth from second and third, and would instead load the bases, as the Phils’ third base coach refuses to send Burrell home, afraid that he might have been cut down at home by a throw from Sweeney. Me, I’d made the attempt. Why? To shake things up a bit. There’s a difference between being aggressive and being passive. Stopping Burrell at third was being passive, and is part of the reason that the Phils are mired in their present slide. If the third base coach had been aggressive, it would have taken a real good throw to home to get Burrell thrown out. Sure, Burrell isn’t as fast as Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino, his running towards home would’ve still forced Sweeney to have to throw an almost perfect strike to get him out at home, and who know what would’ve happened if the throw was anything but a perfect strike. But, since he didn’t send Burrell home, it’s all a very moot point. Hopefully, the players’ own realization that they are stinking up the place might just get them to do something to reverse it before the situation can get any worst.
The series between the Phillies (42-36) and the Athletics (42-34, 2nd American League West) continues with a night game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send up Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06) to see if he can stop their slide before it can get any worst. He is coming off an awful start against the BoSox on June 18, where he would only pitch three innings, as he gave up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to return to his winning ways, while, as mentioned earlier, trying to put a stop to the Phils’ swoon. The A’s will counter with Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on June 19, where he would only go five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits, in the A’s 2-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while at the same time seeing if he can adds to the Phillies’ present offensive woes.
The Phillies are still leading by one, four and four and a half games over the Marlins, Mets and Braves respectively, as all three teams lost their games while the Phils were unable to take advantage of it. The Phillies will be trying to end their present slump, which is a team effort, and stop wasting some good efforts that they have recently been getting from their starters.