Thanks to a Jayson Werth single in the bottom of the twelfth, the Phillies have now won their third straight game as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings, 6-5.
The Phillies would take a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-eighth home run of the year, a solo shot off of the D-backs’ starter, Doug Davis. The score would remain 1-0 for the next several innings, as Davis, and Phillies’ starter, Kyle Kendrick, would be involved in a pitchers’ duel until the top of the sixth, when, with two outs and a runner on third, Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who has earlier singled, stole second and has went to third on a ground out, tying the score at one all. The Phillies would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Pedro Feliz, who has earlier reached base with a walk, and has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s double, would score on a wild pitch by Davis, making it 2-1 Phillies, while Victornio would go to third. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, he would attempt to steal second with Kendrick batting. While Ruiz is caught off second, Victornio would break for home, and would score during the rundown, to make it 3-1 Phillies, before Ruiz is finally tagged out, Miguel Montero (catcher) to Stephen Drew (shortstop) to Tracy (first baseman), for the final out of the inning. In the seventh, Kendrick would get knocked out of the box as he is unable to keep the Diamondbacks from scoring, as the first three men that he would face in the inning would get on base: Montero would start the inning off with a single, then go to third on a Alex Romero double, putting runners on second and third. Pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio would then double, scoring both Montero and Romero, making it three all. Augie Ojeda would then move Bonifacio over to third with a sacrifice bunt, for the first out. Charlie Manuel would then take out Kendrick, replacing him with R.J. Swindle. Drew would greet Swindle with a RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, making it 4-3 D-backs. Swindle is then replaced by Chad Durbin, who would get out the two men that he would face via a swinging strike out (Hudson) and a pop out to the catcher (Conor Jackson). The D-backs would make it 5-3 in the eighth, when Romero would hit a RBI double, while being robbed of a possible home run by an almost great catch by Victorino, which would score Montero, but Romero would be thrown out at third base when he tried to turn it into a triple, Victorino to Jimmy Rollins to Feliz. In the Phillies’ half of the eighth, Howard would start the inning off with a walk. He would then move to second on a single by Pat Burrell. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Burrell, Feliz would then bunt both him and Howard over a base. Victornio would then follow with a two-run triple, scoring both Howard and Bruntlett, tying the score at five all. The Phillies would then threaten to score the winning run from the ninth inning on, but would be unable to score until the twelfth, while the bullpen would shut down the Diamondbacks. So Taguchi would start the inning off with a single. He would be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Coste, for the first out. Rollins would then be intentionally walk. Jayson Werth would then follow with a single, that would score Taguchi, giving the Phillies the win.
Kyle Kendrick would receive a no-decision, pitching six and a third innings before finally being knocked out of the box by the D-backs, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. R.J. Swindle would face only one batter, giving up one hit. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brad Lidge, Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero would combine to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit between them. Rudy Seanez would get the victory as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA. Doug Davis would also get a no-decision as he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Chad Qualls would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Doug Slaten would face just one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. Tony Pena would get a blown save, his third of the year, as he would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Leo Rosales would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits. Connor Robertson would take the lost, going one and a third inning, giving up one earned runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA.
The Phillies (51-43) will continue their three games series with the Diamondbacks (46-47, 1st Natiomal League West) tomorrow afternoon with the second of their three games from Citizens Bank Park. The game would start at 3:55 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20), who is coming off an awful start against the Mets on July 7, where he would only go two and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Phillies’ 10-9 lost. Lifetime against the D-backs he is 3-5 in 14 startes with a 4.23 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to keep the Phillies ahead of the other teams in the East. The D-backs will counter with Randy Johnson, (5-7, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 6, as he would go six and one third innings, giving up only one run on three hits, in the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win. Johnson will be trying for his second straight victory while hoping to be able to dominate the Phillies as he has done in the past.
The Phillies’ lead over both the Marlins and the Mets is still a game and a half as they have both won their games while their lead over the Braves have increased to seven and a half games with their lost to the Padres. The Phillies will try to continue their present winning streak while hoping to put some distance between themselves and their nearest rivals.
For the second time this season the Phillies’ offense would knock in twenty runs as they routed the Cardinals, 20-2. The Phillies would start their scoring in the first inning, when, with two outs, Chase Utley would hit a solo shot off of Cardinals’ starter Todd Wellemeyer, his twenty-second home run of the year, to give the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Ryan Howard would follow with a solo shot of his own for his sixteenth home run of the season to make it 2-0 Phillies. Pat Burrell would then follow with his seventeenth home run of the year, another solo shot, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, as the middle of the lineup hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. The Phils would then add to their lead in the second as Carlos Ruiz would hit a RBI double, scoring Pedro Feliz who has singled earlier, making it 4-0 Phils. The Cardinals would get a run back in the third as Skip Schumaker hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot, to make it 4-1 Phillies. The Phils would then bust the game wide open as they send fifteen men to the plate to score nine runs while sending Wellemeyer to the showers. After Ruiz starts the inning off by grounding out, Kyle Kendrick would get on base with a ground-rule double. Jimmy Rollins would then walk. Shane Victorino would then follow with a single, loading the bases. Utley would then follow him with a RBI single, scoring both Kendrick and Rollins and sending Victorino to second, as the Phillies now lead 6-1. That would be it for Wellemeyer as he would be replaced by Ron Villone. Howard would welcome Villone with a RBI single, scoring Victornio, to give the Phillies a 7-1 lead, while sending Utley over to second. Burrell would then walk, reloading the bases. Geoff Jenkins would then hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning, scoring Utley, to make it 8-1 Phils, with Utley becoming the last run to be charged to Wellemeyer. Feliz would then walk to reload the bases. Ruiz, who has started the inning, would continue it by hitting a double, scoring both Howard and Burrell while sending Feliz to third, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. Kendrick would come up and get his second hit of the inning, a RBI single, scoring both Feliz and Ruiz to make the score 12-1 Phillies. Kendrick would meanwhile go to second on Rick Ankiel’s throwing error to cut down Ruiz. Rollins would then follow with his second walk of the inning. Victorino would follow him with his second hit of the inning, a double, which would score Kendrick, to make it a 13-1 Phillies lead, and move Rollins to third. After giving up a walk to Utley to yet again reload the bases, Villone would finally stop the slaughter by striking out Howard. The Phillies would score another run in the fifth on a RBI double by Feliz, scoring Burrell, who has earlier walked to make it 14-1 Phils. Three more Phillies’ runs would score in the sixth on Howard’s three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, scoring Victorino and pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett, who has both singled, to give the Phils a 17-1 lead. The Cardinals would score their second and last run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as Troy Glaus singles in Ryan Ludwick, who has earlier reached base on a fielding error by Feliz, making it 17-2 Phillies. The Phillies would then score the game’s final runs in the eighth, as, with two outs, Ryan Howard is hit by the pitch, going to first. After Cardinals’ pitcher Russ Springer and Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa are both ejected by the home plate umpire for intentionally hitting Howard and for arguing about the ejection respectively, So Taguchi would single, moving Howard to second. Jenkins would follow with a double, scoring both Howard and Taguchi, making it 19-2 Phils. After a Feliz’s single moves Jenkins to third, he would score on a single by Ruiz, making it 20-2 Phillies. That would be how the game would end as first Rudy Seanez and then Clay Condrey would pitch the final two innings, keeping the Cardinals off of the scoreboard.
Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he goes seven strong innings, giving up only two runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits. His record is now 6-2 with a 4.54 ERA. Rudy Seanez and Clay Condrey would both pitch an inning, each giving up no runs on one hits. Todd Wellemeyer would get the lost, as he would get rock for eight earned runs on eight hits while going only three and one third innings. Ron Villone would pitch an inning and a third, getting crush for six earned runs on five hits and five walks. Mark Worrell would pitch two innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Russ Springer would pitch only a third of an inning, as he would be thrown out of the game for intentionally hitting Ryan Howard, giving up an earned run on no hits. Ryan Franklin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Aaron Miles, normally a second baseman, was the only Cardinal not to give up a run to the Phils, as he goes an inning, giving up no run on no hits.
For the second time this season, the Phillies’ offense would score twenty runs, while also getting twenty-one hits. Every Phillies’ starter, except for Jimmy Rollins, would get at least one hit, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way as he would go four for six. Next would be Shane Victorino who would hit three for seven, followed by Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz, who both went three for five. Even Kyle Kendrick would get into the act as he would go two for five. Of their twenty-one hits, ten would be for extra-base hits (6 (2B), 4 (HR)). The win gives the Phillies a winning road trip. The back-to-back-to-back home runs hit in the first inning was the seventh time that it has occurred in Phillies’ history.
The Philles (41-28) will continue their series against the Cardinals (40-29 2nd National League Central) tomorrow afternoon at the new Busch Stadium, as one of the games to be shown on Fox Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. The game will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (2-3, 4.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 8, where he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. His career record against the Cardinals isn’t very good, as he is 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA. Eaton plans to improve his record while helping to improve the team’s record on the road. Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.92), will be send to the mound by the Cardinals. He is coming off a win against the Astros on June 8, where he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Cardinals’ 5-4 win. He has won his last four starts, going a combined twenty-three innings, giving up five earned runs on twenty hits. He will be trying to improve on his record while trying to stop the explosive Phillies’ offense.
The first place Phillies lead increased to four games with the Marlins’ lost to the Rays. The Braves and the Mets are both still seven and a half games behind the Phils as they both won their games. The Phillies hope that their offense will still be as potent for the rest of their weekend series in St. Louis before going back home to Philadelphia.
The Phillies regain first place from the Marlins, as their very potent offense crushes the fish in the first game of a three games weekend series between the two rivals, 12-3. The Marlins would score first though, when, in the first inning, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up a RBI single to Jorge Cantu, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier singled, to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier walked, and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Myers would finally get out of the innings, and he would then pitch a 1-2-3 second. In the Phillies half of the inning, the Phillies would pound Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson. Ryan Howard would start the inning off with a walk. Pat Burrell would then ground out, pitcher to first, moving Howard to second base. After Pedro Feliz singles Howard over to third, Chris Coste would tie the game by hitting his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-3 ballgame. Three batters later, with two men on base and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run double, scoring So Taguchi, who has earlier singled, and Brett Myers, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-3 lead. Chase Utley would then follow with his major league leading eighteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot, making it 7-3 Phillies. The Phillies would add four more runs in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins would single in Taguchi, who has earlier walked, to make it 8-3 Phillies. Two batters later, with runners on first and third, and two outs, Howard would hit a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, off of Burke Badenhop, who was pitching in relief of the knocked around Hendrickson, scoring Victorino, who was safe on a force out, and Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 11-3 lead. Meanwhile, something seems to have clicked with Myers, as he seems to have returned to his earlier form, as he would give up only three more hits to the Marlins after the first inning, while stirking out eleven. The Phillies would score just one more run, in the seventh inning, as Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, would score with the base loaded, as Taguchi is walked by Taylor Tankersley, making it 12-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then take over in the ninth for Myers, putting down the shocked Marlins for a 1-2-3 inning.
Brett Myers is the winning pitcher, winning his first ballgame since April 17, when he defeated the Astros. He did it by going eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking one eleven Marlins. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.52. Clay Condrey would pitch one shut out inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Mark Hendrickson would suffer the lost as he gets pounded by the Phillies’ bats in three and a third innings of work, giving up ten earned runs on seven hits, while walking three. His record is now 7-3 as his ERA rises to 5.26. Burke Badenhop would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Taylor Tankersley would also pitch an inning and a third, also giving up an earned run on no hits. Justin Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Joe Nelson would go an inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies regain first place, as they ride on their first five games winning streak of the season. The Phillies are also a season best eight games over .500. During their winning streak, the Phils have scored sixty runs, averaging twelve runs per game. During that span, they have also gotten sixty-one hits, of which 26 has been extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B) , 10 (HR)). In their last nine games, starting with the last game of their three games series with the Nationals, the Phillies have scored eighty-five runs, averaging about 9.45 runs a game, while getting 108 total hits, of which forty-five were extra-base hits (26 (2B), 1 (3B) and 18 (HR)). It is indeed hitting season. At the same time, Phillies’ starting pitching, during the five game winning streak, has given up only sixteen runs, which average out to 3.2 runs a game, while the relief staff has allowed only three runs, which average out to 0.60 runs a game. In their last nine games, the starters have given up twenty-eight total runs, for an average of 3.11 runs per game, while the relief core have given up only six runs, which average out to 0.67 runs per ballgame. As the offense is racking up the runs and hits, the pitching staff is giving up to their opponents very few runs in return. During those nine games, the defense has been almost flawless, committing only three errors, all occurring during the Rockies’ series, against seven for their opponents. It would appear that all aspects of the Phillies game are starting to come together at the same time, which might be a cause of alarm for the rest of the National League East.
The three games series between the now first place Phillies (32-24) and the second place Marlins (20-23) will continue tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision, as he pitched poorly in his last start against the Astros on May 25, where he would only pitch four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 15-6 crushing of Houston. Hamels has won three of his last six starts, with the other three being no-decisions, all won by the Phils, as he has gone a total of forty and a thirds innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, which includes a period when he would give up no runs for nineteen and two-thirds innings, on thirty-three hits. His career numbers against the Marlins is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts. He will be trying to get his first win in three starts, while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the National League East. The Marlins will be opposing him with Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off a win, his second in a row, and third in his last four starts, against the Mets on May 26. He would go five innings in that game, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ hitting juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The now first place Phillies lead the Marlins by half a game after their victory over the fish. They are leading the Braves by two and a half games, as the Braves lost their game with the Reds in extra-innings. The Phils are leading the Mets by four and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phils will be trying to increase their respective leads over the other teams in their division, as they try to win their sixth game in a row and their ninth in their last eleven games.
The Phillies’ offense takes advantage of Jorge DeLaRosa’s wildness and the Rockies’ middle relievers while veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer takes advantage of their ‘youthful’ lineup as the Phils’ crushed the Rockies, 20-5. The Rockies would score the game’s first runs in the top of the first, when, with one out, Ryan Spilborghs would hit his second home run of the year on a 1-1 pitch, knocking in Willy Taveras, who has singled earlier, and Todd Helton, who has walked, giving Colorado a 3-0 lead. The Phillies would tie the game in their half of the first, when Chase Utley hits his sixteenth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who have both walked. The Rockies would retake the lead in the top of the third, when Hilton, who has singled and moved to third on Ryan Spilborghs’ double, would score from third on Jeff Baker’s sacrifice fly. From that moment on, it would be all Phils. The Phillies would start it off by re-tying the game in their half of the third on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who has earlier walked, for the second time in the ballgame, off of Rockies’ starter DeLaRosa. The Phillies would then bust the game wide open in the fourth. Pedro Feliz would start the inning off with a double. He would then score on a ground rule double by Chris Coste, thanks to fan’s interference, making the score 5-4 Phillies. So Taguchi would then follow with a double of his own, scoring Coste, and giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. After Moyer bunts Taguchi over to third, DeLaRosa would be taken out of the game for Jason Grilli. Grilli would be greeted by a single from Rollins, scoring Taguchi, and increasing the Phils’ lead to 7-4. Victorino then singles, moving Rollins to third base. Utley then grounds out to the first baseman, scoring Rollins, and moving Victorino to second, as the Phillies now lead it 8-4. After Howard and Pat Burrell both walk to load the bases, Feliz would come up for the second time in the inning, and singles, scoring both Victorino and Howard, and moving Burrell to second, making the score 10-4 Phils. Coste would then end the inning by flying out to right. The Phillies would then increase their lead in the sixth inning. The new Rockies pitcher, Josh Newman, who is pitching in relief of Grilli, would start the inning off by walking Howard. After striking out Burrell, Feliz would single, moving Howard to second base. Coste would then follow by hitting his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Feliz, while increasing the Phillies’ lead to 13-4. Taguchi then gets on base with a single. After Moyer walks, moving Taguchi to second, Rollins lines out to left for the second out of the inning. Victorino, with the count 0-2, is hit by the pitch, loading the bases. Utley then singles, scoring Taguchi, and moving up both Moyer and Victorino, keeping the bases loaded, as the Phillies increased their lead to 14-4. Newman is then replaced by Alberto Arias. He is soon greeted by a single by Howard, scoring both Moyer and Victorino, and sending Utley to third, while giving the Phils a 16-4 lead. After a wild pitch moves Ryan to second base, Burrell grounds out to end the inning. While the Phillies’ batters were unloading on Rockies’ pitching, Moyer was moving along, taking advantage of the youthful impatient of the Rockies’ batters, a result of the many injuries that are now plaguing the Rockies, giving up only two singles since Baker’s sacrifice fly. He would be replaced by Clay Condrey who would pitch a 1-2-3 eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies’ bat would continue to create havoc. With Matt Herges now replacing Arias, Greg Dobbs would reach base with a double. He would go to third on Eric Bruntlett’s single. After Victorino pops up for out number one, Utley would get a single, knocking in Dobbs for his sixth RBI of the night, a career best, and moving Bruntlett to second, with the score now 17-4 Phillies. Howard then walks, once again loading the bases. T.J. Bohn then hits a infield single under the pitcher’s glove, scoring Bruntlett and keeping the bases loaded, as the Phils now lead its 18-4. Feliz then hits a single, scoring Utley and Howard, and sending Bohn to second, while making the score now 20-4 Phils. Coste would get a single, reloading the bases, but that would be it, as Manuel Corpas, now in relief of Herges, would get Condrey and Dobbs to both strike out to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, with two out, Condrey would give up a RBI single to Cory Sullivan, scoring Omar Quintanilla, who has earlier doubled, making it a 20-5 Phillies’ lead. But that would be it as Condrey would get the next batter to hit into a force out, short to second to end the game.
The 20 runs that the Phils’ offense have scored were the most run that they have scored in one game so far this season, and are the most runs that they have scored in a game since July 3, 1999. They are also the most runs that they have scored so far in the present century. Their 19 hits are the most hits they have gotten this season. Everyone in the starting line up, except for Pat Burrell, have had at least one hit in the game. Pedro Feliz leads the way with his four hits in six at bats, which includes a double, as he knocks in four RBIs while scoring two runs. His batting average is now at .271. Chase Utley went three for six, which includes his three runs blast, as he knocks in a career high six RBIs while scoring two. Chris Coste also went three for six, hitting a double and a home run, knocking in four runs while scoring two. The offense also got eight walks, while batting around three times, sending up eleven batters to the plate twice. In two days, the Phils’ offense has knocked in thirty-five runs on thirty-five hits. The other starting pitchers will certaining be hoping that the bats will remain hot for a while, especially during their upcoming series with the Marlins.
Jamie Moyer was the winning pitcher, as he goes seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, while striking out seven and only walking one, as he dominated the Rockies’ batters in the middle innings. His record is now 5-3 with a ERA of 4.45. Clay Condrey would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Jorge DeLaRosa would take the lost for the Rockies, as he is only able to go three and one third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on four hits, while walking three. His record has dropped to 1-3 while his ERA rises to 9.00. Jason Grilli would pitch one and two-thirds innings in relief, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Josh Newman would last only two-thirds of an inning, getting nailed for six earned runs on four hits. Alberto Arias would go one and a third innings, giving up no runs on one hit. Matt Herges would pitch only a third of an inning, giving up four runs on six hits. Manuel Corpas would go two-thirds of an innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies (29-24) will continue their three games series with the Rockies (20-31, 3rd National League West), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on May 22, where he would only go five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. He has been involved in four no-decisions in his last five starts, with the other one being a win. He hopes to improve his record, while hoping that the Phillies will be able to supply him with some runs support. The Rockies will be sending to the mound Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision in which he would go seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost to the Giants on May 21. In his previous start, he would take the lost, as he would pitch seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Rockies’ 4-2 lost to the Minnesota Twins on May 16.
The Phils are still trailing the Marlins by two and a half games, as the Marlins would come from behind to win their doubleheader with the Giants and then would defeat the Mets in New York on Monday. The Phillies are still .002 percentage points behind the Braves, who defeated the Diamonbacks in an Monday afternoon game. The Mets, with their lost to the Marlins, are now trailing both the Phillies and the Braves by four games. As the Phillies continue their series with the Rockies, the Marlins continue their three games series with the Mets, before coming to Philadelphia for a weekend series. The Braves will now start a three games series with the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Phils hope to stay pace with the Marlins, while hoping that the Braves will continue to be a bad team on the road.
The Phillies end up with a series spilt in Houston as they crush the Astros in the final game of their four games series, 15-6. Houston would start the scoring off in the bottom of the first, when, with two outs, Carlos Lee hits a three-runs home run off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, for his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Miguel Tejada and Lance Berkman, who have both gotten on base with singles, making it 3-0 Astros. These would be the first earned runs given up by Hamels in nineteen and two-thirds innings. The Phils would cut the lead down to 3-2 in the second on Geoff Jenkins two-runs home run, his third of the season, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. The Phillies would tie the game up in the third on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley, scoring Hamels, who has earlier singled. The Astros would retake the lead in their half of the third as Berkman hits a RBI single off of Hamels, scoring Michael Bourn, who has earlier reached base on a walk. The Astros then increased their lead to 5-3, when Tejada, who was safe on a force out, would score on a Carlos Lee ground out, short to first. The Phils would then get a run back in the fourth when Hamels singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier doubled. Houston would then make it 6-4 in their half of the fourth as Ty Wigginton, who has doubled earlier, would score on a Bourn force out. After both starters are taken out by the top of the sixth inning, the Phillies would then open up the flood gates to score eleven runs in two straight innings. First, in the sixth, Burrell would get the ball rolling by hitting a solo home run off of Fernando Nieve, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 6-5 Astros’ lead. Jenkins and Pedro Feliz would then follow with a single and a double, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Ruiz would then follow with a single, scoring Jenkins and moving Feliz to third, tying the score at six all. After Wesley Wright would come in to pitch in relief of Nieve, he would walk pitch hitter Eric Bruntlett to load the bases with Phils. Jimmy Rollins then hits a ground out, second to first, which would score Feliz, giving the Phils the lead at 7-6, while moving Ruiz to third, and Bruntlett to second, whose smart base running would enable him to get to second base safely. Now with one out, Shane Victorino would hit a double to left field, scoring both Ruiz and Bruntlett, increasing the Phils’ lead to 9-6. That would be how the inning would end as Wright would get Utley to ground out and Ryan Howard to fly out. After J.C. Romero, who was pitching in relief of Rudy Seanez, puts down the Astros in their half of the sixth, the Phillies would continue their scoring in the seventh. Burrell would start things off by hitting a double off of Dave Borkowski, who was pitching in relief of Wright. Jenkins would follow with a single, moving Burrell to third. After So Taguchi pinch runs for Burrell, Feliz would single him home, making the score 10-6 Phils, while moving Jenkins up to second base. Ruiz would then strike out trying to bunt the runners up a base. Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Romero, would hit a triple, scoring both Jenkins and Feliz, making it 12-6 Phils. After Rollins grounds out, Victorino would hit a RBI single, knocking in Dobbs. Utley would then follow with his fifteenth home run of the year, a two-runs blast that would make the score 15-6 Phillies. Howard would then end the inning by striking out. After that massive two innings barrage, the Phillies bullpen would take over, as Ryan Madson would pitch two innings and Clay Condrey would pitch one, and between them give up no runs on one hit, preserving the win.
Cole Hamels would get a no-decision as he would be hit hard by the Astros, lasting only four innings as he gives up all six of Houston’s runs, all earned, on seven hits. Rudy Seanez would get the win, as he goes one full inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on one hit. Clay Condrey would go one inning, giving no runs on no hits. Astros’ starter Chris Sampson would also get a no-decision, as he goes five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits. Fernando Nieve would take the lost, as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, while giving up four earned runs on four hits. Wesley Wright would go one inning, giving up one run on one hit. Dave Borkowski would also pitch an inning, as he would be lighted up for six runs on six hits. Oscar Villarreal would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies will now leave Houston with a split series (2-2) and a winning road trip (4-3), with the offense punishing the ball in three of their games on the road, and missing out on victories in their middle games with Houston, while the starters in this series would seem to have run into various kinds of pitching trouble. The Phillies (28-24) will now come home for a ten games home stand, which will start tomorrow night with the first of three games against the 2007 National League Champions Colorado Rockies (20-30, 3rd National League West). The game will start at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (4-3, 4.37), who is coming off of a win against the Nationals on May 21, where he went six innings, giving up no runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 12-2 blow out of the Nationals. Moyer has won his last two starts, and hopes to improve his record, while trying to give the bullpen a rest. The Rockies will oppose him with Jorge DeLaRosa (1-2, 7.78), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants on May 19, where he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits, in the Rockies’ 4-3 win. DeLaRosa has not have a good year so far this season, as he has given up four or more earned runs in his two loses. He hopes to even his record, while the Phillies’ batters hope to take advantage of his wildness.
The Phils are presently two games behind the Marlins, who have earlier defeated the Giants in the first game of their doubleheader, and are at the moment trailing the Giants 4-2 in the second game. They are now trailing the Braves by .002 percentage points as the Braves have lost their game with the Diamondbacks. The Braves and the Phils are once again leading the Mets by two games as the Mets have just lost their game with the Rockies.
Jimmy Roland returns to the Phils’ starting lineup last night, and with his bat help lead the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants, keeping them a game behind the Marlins, who also won. Rollins would go 3-5 in his first game back, with a single, a double, and a home run and three RBIs.
The Phils would score first in the second inning as Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI single off of Pat Misch, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, taking a 1-0 lead. The Giants would tie it in the bottom of the third, as Fred Lewis gets a RBI single off of Cole Hamels, knocking in Emmanuel Burriss, who has earlier singled. The Giants would then take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and two out, Hamels would give up a RBI infield single off of Rollins’ glove to Eugenio Velez, scoring Randy Winn, who has earlier doubled. Burriss would follow up with a RBI triple, driving in Rich Aurilia, who has earlier been intentionally walked, and Velez. After giving up a walk to Misch, Hamels would get the final out, ending the inning. The Phils would then strike back in the top of the fifth as Rollins hits a two-run home run off of Misch, his third home run of the year, knocking in Hamels, who has earlier reached base on a pop fly single, making it 4-3 Giants. The Phils would then tie it in the sixth as Pedro Feliz hits a RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled. Then in the eighth, the Fightin’s would erupt for three runs off of Giants’ reliever Tyler Walker to take the lead. With one out and with runners on second and third, So Taguchi, who has earlier come into the game as a pinch runner for Burrell, who has walked earlier, would score on a fielder choice ground ball hit by Ruiz, crossing the plate as the throw comes in late. Then Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Hamels, would hit a RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who has singled earlier. Rollins would then hit a RBI double, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Tom Gordon would then hold off the Giants in the bottom of the eighth, and Brad Lidge would come in to pitched the ninth to record his ninth save of the year, striking out three of the four Giants he would face.
The Phils’ winning pitcher would be Cole Hamels, who would pitch seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out seven Giants. His record is now 4-3, with an ERA of 3.36. Tom Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking two. Brad Lidge would also pitch one inning as he records his ninth save, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out the side. The Giants’ starter, Pat Misch, would receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Jack Taschner would pitch one inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Tyler Walker would take the lost, as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record drops to 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA. Keiichi Yabu would pitch the last one and two third innings for the Giants, giving up no runs on one hit.
The second place Phils (21-16) continues their series at AT&T Park against the Giants (14-22) this afternoon at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15), who last pitched on May 5, winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching seven innings, as he give up two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. His opponent will be Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who received a no-decision in his last start against the Phils back on May 4. He pitched six innings, giving up four run, none earned, on six hits in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils.
The Phils hope to stay pace with the first place Marlins, who defeated the Nationals, and stay a game and a half ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Reds was postponed due to rain, and the Braves, whose six game winning streak was snapped by a lost to the Pirates.
Cole Hamels went seven and 1/3 innings, striking out six while giving up only two earned runs on five hits as he even his record at 3-3, while Greg Maddux is for the third straight time denied his 350th career victory as he goes six and 1/3 innings while giving up three earned runs and eight hits.
After scoring a run in the first to make it 1-0, the Phils score again in the third as Eric Bruntlett hits an RBI single off of Maddux, scoring Jayson Werth to make the score 2-0. The Padres would cut the lead to 2-1 when Scott Hairston hit a solo home run off of Hamels in the top of the fifth inning, his third of the year. The game then settle down into a pitcher duel until the seventh, when the Phils added a run on a sacrifice fly to center by Werth, which scored Carlos Ruiz, making the score 3-1, while Maddux was taken out of the game, replaced by Cla Meredith. Hamels would in turn be taken out in the top of the eighth, replaced by J.C. Romero, as the Padres scored their second run of the evening as Hairston scores on a bases loaded ground out by ex-Phils Tadahito Iguchi. Romero would then be replaced by Tom Gordon who would end the inning by getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out to Chase Utley with the bases loaded. The Phils would then explode for four runs in the bottom of the eighth, making the score 7-2 on a RBI single by Pedro Feliz, knocking in Utley, an RBI double from Ruiz, scoring So Taguchi, who was pinch running for the intentionally walked Pat Burrell, and Feliz, and finally, another RBI double, this time by Greg Dobbs, scoring Ruiz. Two of the run were charged to Glendon Rusch, who have come in to pitch the eighth in place of Meredith, and two to Kevin Cameron, who came in to relieve Rusch. In the ninth, the Padres would get two more runs, on a two-run home run by Hairston, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez, for his fourth homer of the season, hiting it off of Ryan Madson with two outs, before Madson finally ended the game by stricking out Josh Bard.
With the win, Hamels has lowered his ERA to 2.70, as he raised his record to 3-3. Maddux’s record is now 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA as he takes the lost. The Phils, now at 15-12, are still in third place, but are now .5 games behind the Marlins as Florida lost to the Dodgers, 7-6, and .004 percentage points behind the Mets, who defeated the Pirates in 11 innings, 5-4. The next Phils game against the Padres, starting tonight at 7:05 pm, have Jamie Moyer (1-1, 4.05) going against Chris Young (1-2, 3.77) for the Pads.
Shane Victorino made a pinch hitting appearance in the eighth inning, batting for Geoff Jenkins, flying out to Justin Huber, the left fielder, before staying in the ninth to play center field while Werth was moved to right.