The Padres broke up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jesus Guzman hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had started off the inning with a triple, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton, and then a bunt single by Freddy Galvis, as he was making a sacrifice bunt attempt, which allowed both Victorino and Wigginton to move up a base, and with nobody out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while sending Wigginton to third base, and Galvis up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took the lead as Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, scoring both Wigginton and Galvis, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Orlando Hudson, looking, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Contreras gets his first hold of the season, as he made his first official appearance after rejoining the ballclub on Monday, as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Chad Qualls collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Edinson Volquez (0-2, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Andrew Cashner blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Spence pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Joe Thatcher pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits.
The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and Cole Hamels (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits, as this time the team was able to get the key hits they needed in their three-run seventh. The Phils also had three walks.
The Phils (7-7, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-12, 5th West) with a game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 8:35 pm EDT (5:35 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17), who is coming off a victory against the Giants on April 16, as he went eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory, while trying to help pitch the Phils to their fourteenth straight win at Petco Park. The Padres will try to counter with Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 16, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Padres’ 7-1 blowout. He will be trying to stop the Padres present losing streak. The Phils will be out to win their fourteenth straight game at Petco Park, while trying to make Doc a four game winner.
The Phils finally tie the club’s mark in wins in a season, as the offense romps over the falling Braves, 7-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt hit, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Oswalt, who was safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, would move up to second base. Two batters later, after Oswalt had moved up to third base on Utley’s fly out to center, and Rollins had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Oswalt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, and his eleventh home run as a Phil, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on catcher Brian McCann’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. The Braves would get on the scoreboard in the ninth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get out the next three batters, striking out Freddie Freeman, looking, to end the ballgame.
Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69) got the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (9-17, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched four innings, plus a batter, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out two. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Julio Teheran pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly.
The Phils (101-60, 1st) will conclude their regular season as they play the last game of their three-games series with the now desperate Braves (89-72, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field and it will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on September 24, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch his way onto the playoff roster. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 23, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Braves’ 7-4. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ hopes of winning the Wild Card alive. The Phils will be going out to break the team’s franchise record in wins, while trying to add to their present momentum going into the playoffs.