Jamie Moyer picks up his eleventh win of the season after pitching six shut out innings for his first win in relief since pitching in relief for the Red Sox on May 15, 1996, as he took over for Pedro Martinez, who was taken out of the game after pitching only three innings because of a sixty-six minutes rain delay, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 5-1.
The D-backs took the lead in the first as their lead-off man, Stephen Drew, hits a 3-2 changeup into right field for his eleventh home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. After Ryan Roberts followed with a single, Pedro Martinez buckled down, and then got the next eight batters out, starting with a double play ball, 1-6-3, off of the bat of Gerardo Parra, wiping out Roberts at second base. The Phillies, meantime, blew opportunities to score runs in the first two innings against D-backs’ starter Jon Garland. Then in the bottom of the third, the rains came down in buckets, delaying the ballgame for sixty-six minutes. When play resumed, the Phillies’ offense went to work. With a man on base, and with two men out, Jayson Werth tied the ballgame up at one-all with an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. Then two batters later, the Phils took the lead on a Pedro Feliz RBI single, scoring Werth, making it 2-1 Phils, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier been intentionally walked, over to third, before Feliz would move on up to second on D-backs’ left fielder’s Roberts throwing error. Carlos Ruiz then made it 3-1 Phils as he hits an RBI single to right, scoring Ibanez. But, Feliz, who was following Ibanez, was tagged out at the plate, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. In the top of the fourth, the Phils sent out Jamie Moyer in relief of Martinez. After giving up a single to Garland, Moyer would proceed to get out the next eleven batters before giving up another hit. In the meantime, the Phils would add to their lead. In the fifth, the Phils made it 4-1 as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his career high twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Phils then made it 5-1 in the sixth as Carlos Ruiz started the inning off by hitting a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. That, and later singles to Moyer, his second hit of the night, and to Shane Victorino, with one man out, would lead to Garland’s exit, and his replacement by Daniel Schlereth. Schlereth proceeded to throw a wild pitch that would move Moyer up to third and Victorino up to second base. After Utley is walked to load the bases, Schlereth is able to get out of the inning by first striking out Ryan Howard, and then getting Werth to ground out, 5-3. In the seventh, Moyer would give up his second hit of the night, a two-out single to Miguel Montero. But he then gets out the next seven batters, ending the game as Parra lined out to Werth for the final out, recording the win.
Pedro Martinez received a no-decision, as he pitched only three innings, being taken out after the rain delay, as he gave up only a run on two hits, as he struck out three. Jamie Moyer picked up the win in relief, as he went six strong innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out five. His record is now 11-9 with a 5.22 ERA. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits, a hit batter and two walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 6-11 with a 4.42 ERA. David Schlereth, Leo Rosales and Jon Rauch combined for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just one hit (Rauch) and two walks (Schlereth and Rosales with a walk each), while they struck out three (one batter for each pitcher).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits, one of which was a solo home run, scoring two RBIs, as he raised his batting average to .235. He was followed by Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and, of all people, Jamie Moyer, with two hits each, with Werth’s two hits being a double and a solo home run, also knocking in two RBIs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz each followed with a hit, with Feliz knocking in the final Phils’ run. Although scoring several runs last night, the Phils are still having problems scoring runners in scoring position, as they left the bases loaded in both the first and sixth innings.
The Phils (67-49, 1st National League East) continue their short home stand tonight with the Diamondbacks (54-66, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their new ace Cliff Lee (10-9 (3-0), 2.86 (1.13)), who is coming off a strong start against the Cubs on August 13, as he pitched eight innings, giving up only one run on six hits and three walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 6-1 win. He will try to make it four straight wins since joining the Phils from the Indians, while giving the Phils a series win at home. The D-backs will try to counter with Dan Haren (12-7, 2.50), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 14, where he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to see if he can derail the Lee’ Express. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some more run support while Lee will be seeing if he can continue his dominance of National League hitters.
Cole Hamels appears to have returned to his dominate form as he four hits the D-backs as the Phils’ offense score enough runs to defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3.
The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Ryan Roberts hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as the D-backs took a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the third as, with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Hamels, who had earlier doubled, and gone to third on D-back shortstop Stephen Drew’s fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins ground ball, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins, who was earlier safe on an error, moved up to third. The Phils would then take a 3-1 lead as Chase Utley hits a fielder’s choice ground ball to D-back’s first baseman Chad Tracy, who threw the ball away while trying to get Rollins out at home plate, allowing Rollins to score and Victorino to reach third, while Utley was safe at first. The Phils made it 4-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victorino, Utley being hit by the pitch, moving Victorino up to second, a double steal to third and second by Victorino and Utley, and a walk to Raul Ibanez, and one man out, Jayson Werth hit into a force out, 6-4, forcing out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, as Victorino scored and Utley moved up to third. Meantime, Hamels would dominate the D-backs, giving up only three more hits, as he struck out nine D-backs, in eight strong innings of work. The D-backs cut it close in the ninth as, with a man on, and nobody out, Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, making it 4-3 Phils. But that would be it as Brad Lidge would buckle down, and get out the next three batters for his twentieth save of the season.
Hamels got the win as he pitched eight quality innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 4.42. Brad Lidge recorded his twentieth save as he pitched one inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Dan Haren received the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, His record is now 10-6 with a 2.19 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a walk. Scott Schoeneweis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Juan Gutierrez pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out one.
The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Shane Victornio having three hits, as he was a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he raised his batting average to .319, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, with Hamels’ hit being a double. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phils’ run with a force out. The Phils have won another road series, as their lead in the NL East stay at seven games as the Marlins defeat the Braves.
The Phillies (58-40, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the D-backs (43-58, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be play at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’s starter will be J.A. Happ (7-1, 2.97), who is coming off his first career lost against the Cardinals on July 24, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to get back on the horse while trying to help the Phils sweep the D-backs. The D-backs will counter with Yusmeiro Petit (0-5, 7.68), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 24, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He will be trying to help the D-backs avoid a sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the series in Phoenix with a sweep before heading on to San Francisco for four games with the Giants.
The Phils’ offense produced the hits when they needed them as they supported Jamie Moyer as he becomes the first Phils’ starter to get ten wins this season as the Phils defeated the D-backs, 6-2. The Phils increased their lead in the NL East to seven games as both the Braves and the Marlins took yesterday off.
Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer pitched himself out of trouble early in the ballgame. In the bottom of the second, after the D-backs loaded the bases with three straight singles by Chris Young, Gerardo Parra and Josh Whitesell, with nobody out, Moyer got out of the inning by first striking out the D-backs’ starter Jon Garland swinging for the first out of the inning, then getting Stephen Drew to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Parra at second base. The D-back then threathen again in the third, as they put two men on base via a single to Ryan Roberts and a walk to Justin Upton, with noone out. Moyer then got out of that jam by getting Mark Reynolds to strike out swinging for the first out, then got Miguel Montero to foul out, 2, for out number two, and Young to pop out, 4, to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Garland’s throwing error on a pick off attempt, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then broke the game open in the sixth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Roberts’ fielding error of a Howard ground ball, making it 4-0 Phils, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils then loaded the bases as Jayson Werth is hit by the pitch. Feliz then hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Werth at second base for the first out of the inning, as Howard scored, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez moved to third, putting runners on the corner. Then Paul Bako came up and also hit into a force out, this time 6-4, wiping out Feliz for the second out, while Ibanez scored, making it 6-0 Phils. Meantime, after making a slight adjustment, Moyer proceeded to muzzle the D-backs for his last three and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only two hits and a walk, after having given them four hits and three walks in the first three innings. In the eighth, the D-back would finally get on the board as Reynolds would hit a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Five batters, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Parra, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Whitesell’s walk, while Whitesell moved up to third. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up six hits and four walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.32 ERA, as he won his 256th career victory. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks. His record is now 5-10 with a 4.42 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez, Clay Zavada and Leo Rosales combined for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Zavada) and one walk (Zavada), while striking out four (Vasquez (1), Zavada (2), Rosales (1)).
The Phils had only six hits in the game, making them all count, with Ibanez leading the way with two hits, raising his average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run home run. Besides Howard’s two RBIs, Rollins, Ibanez, Feliz and Paul Bako each brought home a run.
The Phillies (57-40, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the D-backs (43-57, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-5, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 23, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to continue his resurgance, as he try for his fourth quailty start in five tries. The D-backs will counter with Dan Haren (10-5, 2.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 11-4 win. He will be trying for his eleventh win of the season, while planning to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be going for a series win tonight, while hoping that Hamels has finally rounded the corner and is headed for his October form.
There are several things that are rear to do in Baseball. One is to pitch a no-hitter, whether its ends up being a perfect game or not. The other is hitting for the cycle. Of the two feats, hitting for the cycle is a very rare thing to do while being a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, as it has been accomplished only eight times by a Phil, with one player actually doing it twice.
For those of you who might not know what hitting for the cycle is, hitting for the cycle means that in one game, you have hit a single, a double, a triple and a home run, in at least four official at-bats. To date, hitting for the cycle has occurred only 248 times in Major League History. Players playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates have done it the most times with 23, while no players have so far done it for either the San Diego Padres, the Florida Marlins or the Tampa Bay Rays. The last major leaguer to have hit for the cycle has been Adrián Beltré of the Seattle Mariners, who had accomplished the feat on September 1, 2008, just hours after Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks had done it.
Among the Phillies, the first one to hit for the cycle would be Lave Cross, who would perform the feat on April 24, 1894, in a 4-1 win over the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (now the Los Angeles Dodgers). Several months later, on August 17, Sam Thompson would become the second Phillie player to accomplish the feat, doing it during a 29-4 rout of the Louisville Colonels (Yes, Louisville, Kentucky, actually had a major league franchise before the start of the 20th Century.). It would be 33 years before the third Phillie to hit for the cycle, Cy Williams, who would win the National League home run title that same year, would do the deed, performing it on August 5, 1927, in a 9-7 victory over the Pirates. The fourth Phillie to hit for the cycle, Chuck Klein, would perform it on July 1, 1931, in a 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. Less than two years later, Klein would become the only Phillie player to perform the deed twice, as he would hit for the cycle again on May 26, 1933, during the year he would win the NL triple crown (batting average, home runs, RBIs), doing it in a 5-4 lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. The sixth Phil to join the club would be Johnny Callison, who would accomplish the deed on June 27, 1963, over 30 years after Klein’s second performance, doing it in a 13-4 rout of the Pirates. It would be another 32 years before the next Phil, Greg Jefferies, would hit for the cycle, doing it on August 24, 1995, during a 7-6 win over the Dodgers. The most recent Phillie player to do it, David Bell, would did it on June 28, 2004, in a 14-6 victory over the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Senators).
In the eight times that a Phil has hit for the cycle, the Phillies have won all but one of those games. The team that the cycle has been done against the most has been the Dodgers and the Pirates, who have both been on the wrong end twice, while the Louisville Colonels, the Cubs, the Cardinals (the only team to win when a Phil hit for the cycle) and the Nationals (as the Expos), have been the other four. Two Hall of Famers, Sam Thompson and Chuck Klein (who did it twice) have both hit for the cycle while being a Phil.
When will another Phil hit for the cycle? Your guess is as good as mines.
Sources: Wikipedia, Baseball Almanac.com
Pat Burrell’s three-run home run will help keep the Phillies in first place in the East before the All-Star break as the Phillies defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-3. The D-backs would score the game’s first run in the top of the second as Cole Hamels would throw a fastball on a 1-2 pitch that Chad Tracy would hit out of the park for a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs would increase their lead in the fourth as Hamels would give up a two out RBI single to Robby Hammock, scoring Chris Young, who has gotten on base earlier with a bunt single, and has gone to second on a Chris Burke infield single, to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Normally, that would be the ballgame, as the D-backs’ starter, Brendon Webb was getting the Phillies’ batters out with a nasty changeup, which he was throwing in conjunction with his curveball. But, it wouldn’t be so today, as the Phillies would refuse to go down easily. In the fifth, the Phillies would cut the D-backs lead to 2-1, as with one out, Hamels would hit a RBI double, which would score Pedro Feliz, who has earlier singled, all the way from first base as the ball went into the gap in left center field. Hamels would then keep the score at 2-1 as he stopped two attempts by the D-backs to break the game open. In the sixth, after Mark Reynolds would get on base with the only walk that Hamels would give up and then goes to second on Tracy’s single, Hamels would end the threat by first striking out Young and Burke, and then getting Hammock to fly out to right. Then in the seventh, Webb would lead off the inning with a single, and then move to second on Stephen Drew’s single. But, the Phillies would get the first out as Conor Jackson pushes a hard bunt down the third base line that would be picked up by Feliz, who would then touch third base, getting Webb out, but is unable to double up Jackson, while Drew goes to second on the play. The next batter, Orlando Hudson, would then get a single deep to right, which would hit the wall in front of Geoff Jenkins. This would turn out to be good luck for the Phillies, as the D-backs’ third base coach, unable to tell whether Jenkins has caught the ball or not, would stop Drew at third base, which in turn would force Jackson to stop at second, as Chase Utley would relay Jenkins’ throw to catcher Chris Coste. As soon as he has caught it, Coste would see Hudson, who has thought that he was going to get a double on his hit, trapped near second base, since Johnson was still standing on the bag. After looking over at Drew, he threw the ball to Ryan Howard. Howard, while also keeping an eye on Drew, to make sure thst he wouldn’t score during the rundown, forced Hudson back towards second. When Hudson tried to run out of the basepath to keep from being tagged by Howard, he was automatically called out by the umpire, for the second out of the inning, with men on second and third. Hamels would then end the threat by striking out Reynolds for his eighth strike out of the game. In the Phillies’ half of the seventh, with two outs and a man on second, Jimmy Rollins would get a RBI double off of Webb, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was pinch running for Coste, who has earlier singled, that would tie the game at two all. After Ryan Madson would put down the D-backs in the top of the eighth, the Phillies went to work on the D-backs’ reliever Chad Qualls. Utley would start the inning off with a single to center, then would go to second on Howard’s single to left. With two men on, Qualls would throw a 2-2 slider to Pat Burrell which Burrell would hit to left, into the flower garden, for a three-run homer, for his twenty-third home run of the season, to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Two batters later, with one out, Feliz would hit a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead. In the ninth inning, with Brad Lidge pitching, Hudson would hit a RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who has earlier singled, to make it 6-3 Phillies. But that would be it as Lidge would end the game by striking out Reynolda.
Cole Hamels would get a no-decision, pitching seven innings, as he gives up only two earned runs on eleven scattered hits, while striking out eight D-backs. Ryan Madson would get the win, as he pitched a shut out inning while giving up one hit. His record is now 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brandon Webb would also get a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while he struck out six. Chad Qualls would take the lost as he goes only a third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on four hits. His record is now 2-7 with a ERA of 3.89. Connor Robertson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies will stay in first place in the National League East, no matter what either the Marlins or the Mets will do tonight. The Phillies’ players will now spend the next four days, except for Chase Utley and Brad Lidge who will both be in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night for the All-Star Game, trying to relax and get refresh, before they play their first series of the second half against the Marlins in Miami on July 18.
The Phillies (52-44), with the win, remain in first place as the 30 major league teams head into the All-Star break. They presently lead the Mets by a game as the Mets prepare to play the Rockies later tonight. The Phillies now lead the Marlins by a game and a half as they lost to the Dodgers. The Braves remain six and a half games behind the Phillies after their win against the Padres today.
Edit: The Phils’ lead over the Mets stay at half as the Mets’ defeated the Rockies with ease. (I need to start drinking more caffeine if I want to avoid making such factual errors late at night.)
The old Adam Eaton of late ’07 might have returned as the Phillies have lost to the Diamondbacks, 10-4. The D-backs would score first as Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, knocking in Stephen Drew, who has earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Mark Reynolds then hit into a force out, third to second, scoring Conor Jackson, who has earlier singled, to make it 2-0 Arizona. The Phillies would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino hit his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot off of D-backs’ starter, Randy Johnson, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier walked. But then the old Adam Eaton would reappear in the top of the fourth. After easily getting out the first two batters, Eaton would give up a single to Alex Romero. Robby Hammock would follow with a walk, moving Romero to second. Johnson would then come to the plate, and after getting the count to go to 3-2, after trailing 1-2, would hit a two-run double to left, scoring both Romero and Hammock, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-2 lead. Drew then walks. Jackson would then follow with his own double to left, scoring Johnson to make it 5-2 D-backs, while moving Drew to third. Eaton then intentionally walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases. He would also be the last batter he would face, as Charlie Manuel replaces him with R.J. Swindle. Swindle is greeted by a single from Tracy, scoring both Drew and Jackson, making it 7-2 D-backs, while sending Hudson to third. The next batter, Reynolds, who has started the inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Swindle, his nineteenth home run of the year, to give the D-backs a commanding 10-2 lead. After giving up a single to Chris Young, Swindle would finally end the inning by getting Romero to fly out. In the fifth, the Phillies would shorten the lead as Swindle gets his first career RBI by grounding out to the right side of the infield, second to first, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third on a Ruiz ground out, making it 10-3, D-backs. Victorino then follows with his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, also off of Johnson, making it 10-4 D-backs. And that would be the game as both team would not be able to score any more runs, with the game ending in a D-backs’ victory as Micah Owings would get the Phillies to go down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Adam Eaton took the lost, as it appears that the Eaton of late ’07 has returned. He would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 3-8 with an ERA of 5.71. R.J. Swindle pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Rudy Seanez would go two and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hits. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning. Randy Johnson would get the win as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 6-7 with a 5.23 ERA. Leo Rosales would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning while Micah Owings would pitch two shut out innings.
The Phillies’ offense was for the most part unable to handle Randy Johnson, as usual, while Adam Eaton got nailed in the fourth inning, after the Phillies were able to tie the score in the third inning. It seems that with the last two starts that the Adam Eaton who was pitching in the last few months of ’07 has returned, especially as Eaton allowed himself to not get out of the inning after giving up a hit to Alex Romero, instead of just going after the following batter. Giving up the double to Randy Johnson, after getting ahead made it worst as he appear to fool around with Johnson before he threw the pitch that Johnson drilled to left for a double, knocking in two runs. If the late ’07 Eaton has returned, the Phillies are going to be in a lot of trouble while he’s on the mound. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m starting to think that someone needs to nip this in the bud before that happens.
The Phillies (51-44) will play the final game of their three games set with the Diamondbacks (47-47, 1st National League West) tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on July 8, where he would go seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on only three hits, in the Phillies’ 2-0 lost. He will for the second time be trying to get his tenth win of the year, while also trying to end the first half for the Phillies on a winning note. He will be countered by Brandon Webb (13-4, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 8, where he went six innings, giving up no runs on six hits, in the D-backs’ 2-0 victory. This will be his second start against the Phils, having defeated them in his previous start on May 8, having gone all nine innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, in the D-backs’ 8-3 win. He will be trying to increase his major leaague lead in wins, while trying to end the Diamondbacks’ first half on a winning note.
The Phillies’ lead, thanks to the lost, has now shrunk to half a game as the Mets has won their eighth game in a row while the Phillies were losing to the D-backs. The Marlins are now trailing by a game, as they prepare for their game with the Dodgers, while the Phillies’ lead against the Braves is now seven games as they prepare to meet the Padres. The Phillies hope to end the first half of the season on a high note while keeping their lead in the National League East before they begin the second half with a three games series against the Marlins in Miami.