Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins as his scoreless streak ends at twenty-five and a third innings, as the Phils defeat the fish, 2-1. With the Braves lost to the Nationals, the Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to two games.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, knocking in Logan Morrison, who was safe at first when Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second, 3-6, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s single, ending Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ scoreless streak at twenty-five and a third innings, while Ramirez, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Hamels and Marlins’ starter Adalberto Mendez, with both pitchers pitching themselves out of trouble in innings two-four, as neither were sharp. The Phils would then regain the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Victorino, a walk by Polanco, moving Victorino up to second base, a double steal by Victorino and Polanco, after Chase Utley had flown out to right, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, with Wes Helms only having a play at first, allowing Victorino to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move up a base. That would end up being the final score as Hamels would kept the Marlins down for six and two-thirds innings, striking out a season high thirteen batters, before handing the ball over to the bullpen, who kept the Marlins quiet for the final two and one-thirds innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth by Brad Lidge, who recorded his twenty-second save of the season by getting Morrison to fly out to center for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen. His record is now 11-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fourteenth hold of the year by pitching a third of an inning. Ryan Madson receives his twelfth hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-second save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Adalberto Mendez takes the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Burke Badenhop, Jose Veras, Leo Nunez and Clay Hensley combines for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Badenhop) and five walks (Badenhop (2), Nunez (1), Hensley (2)), while striking out four (Badenhop (1), Veras (2), Hensley (1)) between them.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a ground-rule double, scoring both Phils’ runs. Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Valdez and Hamels’ hits were singles. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil run with an RBI ground out with the bases loaded. The offense left too many men on base, but was able to get in two runs, allowing the pitching staff to do the rest.
The Phils (85-61, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (73-71, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 10, when he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and three walks, while he has struck out fifteen. He will be going for win no. nineteen, while hoping to cut down on the home runs, which has been hurting him lately. The Marlins will counter with Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82), who is making a spot start. In his last three appearances, his record is 0-0, as he pitched five innings, all against the Phils, as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He hopes that he’ll be able to handle the Phils for more than two innings. The Phils will be out to end a good road trip with a sweep of the Marlins, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves, who are right now trying to stay two games behind the Phils.
The Phils scored early and often as the bats produced ten runs behind Cole Hamels’ shut out pitching as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 10-6. Their lead in the East remains at half a game as the Braves avoided a sweep at the hands of the Pirates.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third as the lead man in a double steal, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, and stole second as the back end of the double steal, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before going on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Raul Ibanez, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, and then a throwing error by Wes Helm as he tried to throw out Phils’ starter Cole Hamels on a sacrifice bunt attempt, as both Ibanez and Ruiz moved up a base, and with nobody out, Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Ibanez, while both Ruiz and Hamels would move up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils busted the game wide open in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to left, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, who had both singled, with Polanco stopping at second base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead. The Phils then made it 9-0 in the fifth as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single to Hamels, a double to Victorino, his second in the game, with Hamels stopping at third, and a walk to Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Hamels and Victorino, while sending Polanco up to second base. They added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, for his sixth RBI of the game, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to second when Utley was hit by the pitch, making it a 10-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, to second base. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels had pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and a walk to the fish, while striking out five. The Phils’ bullpen then came unglued in the eighth, as Nate Robertson took the mound in relief of Hamels. After striking out the lead-off batter, Mike Rivera, swinging, Robertson then gives up a single to Emilio Bonifacio, who then went to second on a Robertson wild pitch. Logan Morrison then followed with a walk, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gaby Sanchez, then puts the Marlins’ on the scoreboard as he hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in both Bonifacio and Morrison, making it a 10-3 Phils’ lead. Dan Uggla then walks. Mike Stanton then follows by striking out, swinging, for the inning’s second out. The next batter, Wes Helms, then gets on base with an infield single, as he beats Utley’s throw to first, while Uggla would move up to second base. The Marlins then cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-5 as Cameron Maybin hits a two-run double, scoring both Uggla and Helms, with Helms scoring as Paul Hoover is unable to hold onto Ibanez’s throw to the plate, for an error, as he allows Maybin to reach third on the throw. The Phils then made a pitching change, replacing Robertson with David Herndon, who is then greeted by pinch hitter Scott Cousins, who hits an RBI double, scoring Maybin, to make it a 10-6 Phils’ lead. Herndon then finally ended the inning by getting Rivera, who had started the inning as the Marlins had batted around, to ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson would end the game by striking out Uggla, swinging.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 10-10 with a reduced ERA of 3.06. Nate Robertson pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up six runs on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out two. David Herndon pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson also pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strike out. Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitches four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while he strikes out five. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA. Chris Leroux pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits. Jay Buente and Burke Badenhop combine for a scoreless one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each).
The Phils pounded out eighteen hits in the game, with every regular getting at least one hit. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard both lead the team with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being two doubles and a single, as he knocked in a run, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a three-run bomb, knocking in six runs. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins (before he was taken out of the game because of tightness in his right quad) and Raul Ibanez next follow with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being both singles, knocking in two runs, Rollins hits being a single and a double and Ibanez’s hits being also a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Werth, Ruiz, Hamels and Valdez’s hits being singles, with Ruiz knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a double. In the game, the Phils had six extra-base hits (2B (5), HR (1)). The bats came out to pound the fish in support of Hamels, giving him plenty of runs support.
The Phils (81-60 1st) have the day off today, before they begin a three-game series with the Mets this weekend (69-71, 4th). The Phils will be hoping that they will be in New York with a full game lead in the East, as the Braves tonight start a four-games series with the Cardinals in Atlanta.
A stellar pitching performance for six innings by Joe Blanton, helped by a late innings grand slam by Jayson Werth, led the Phils to a 6-1 win over the last place Nationals, 6-1. The win reduced the Phils’ magic number over both the Marlins and the Braves to 11.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runner on the corners, and with Raul Ibanez at the plate, with two men out, Chase Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, stole home plate at the back end of a double steal as Howard first stole second. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who in six innings would give up only five hits and four walks, but no runs, and Nationals’ starter Livan Hernandez, who in his first five innings would give up a run on five hits. The Phils would then increase their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz would hit a grounder to Nats’ shortstop Cristian Guzman. Guzman threw the ball to second baseman Ian Desmond to force out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out. But, Desmond then threw the ball away at first when he tried to double up Feliz. The throwing error would allow Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Werth’s walk, to head for home, after having reached third at the start of the play, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Feliz was safe on the error. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via Utley being hit by the pitch, Howard being intentionally walked after Utley had stolen second base, his second steal of the night, and then a walk to Ibanez, which would move both Utley and Howard up a base, with two men out, Werth hits a grand-slam home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, scoring Utley, Howard and Ibanez. In the ninth, the Nats would finally score a run as, with a runner on second, and with two men out. Willie Harris hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Maxwell, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, ending the Phils’ pitching staff’s 26 straight innings scoreless streak. That would be the final score as Tyler Walker would get the next batter, Guzman, to pop out to Utley to end the game.
Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his thirteenth hold, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning as well, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Livan Hernandez took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 8-11 with a 5.22 ERA. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits and a hit batter. Sean Burnett pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out as he walked both of them, giving up two runs. Jason Bergmann pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Zack Segovia pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, including his grand-slam home run, knocking in four of the Phils’ run, while he raised his batting average to .272. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the Phils other six hits, all singles. During the game, the Phils lost Chan Ho Park, as he injured his right hamstring while throwing a pitch to the mound. It is not, as of yet, known how long he may be out.
The Phils (84-60, 1st) will continue their home stand tonight with a night game against the Nats (50-95, 5th). The game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter will be Cole Hamel (9-9, 4.21), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched a sharp six and two-thirds innings, giving up only a run on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be shooting for his tenth win, while trying to continue his recent string of good starts to get back to his playoff form. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (0-5, 6.17), who last pitched in relief on September 12 against the Marlins, pitching two shut out innings, giving up only two walks, in the Nats’ 11-3 win. He will be trying to help the Nats avoid the sweep. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row, with a series sweep, while trying to both increase their lead in the East and reduce their magic number even further.