Phillies’ Seanez becomes free agent
Club wants to keep veterans Moyer, Eyre in fold for 2009
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Okay, now this is a real surprise.
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies reliever Rudy Seanez on Monday became the second member of the World Series champions to file for free agency.
Seanez appeared in 42 games for the Phillies in 2008, allowing 17 earned runs, 38 hits and 25 walks in 43 1/3 innings. He notched 30 strikeouts.
Seanez was left off the 25-man roster for all three rounds of the playoffs, but the 40-year-old intends to pitch in 2009.
Philadelphia had seven free agents. They have already announced they won’t exercise the 2009 options on outfielder So Taguchi and right-hander Tom Gordon, and Gordon filed on Saturday.
That leaves left fielder Pat Burrell, left-handers Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre and infielder Tadahito Iguchi.
On his first day as general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team had spoken to the agents of Moyer and Eyre and would like to keep both players. (H/T Phillies.com)
As I’d said at the top, I was not expecting this situation, mostly because no one at any point during the season talking about Rudy possibly becoming a free agent after the regular season was over. With that said, although I hope the Phils can keep him in the fold. If they can’t, I wish Rudy luck if someone picks him up during the off-season. I also like the fact that Moyer and Eyre’s agents are being talked with. I hope the Phillies will soon be signing the two to new contracts. I also hope they’ll go after Tadahito Iguchi. Never can have too many good infielders.
The Phillies, behind a bunch of rookies and bench players, defeated the Nationals, 8-3, ending the 2008 regular season on a high note. They will now be facing the Brewers in the National League Divisional Series starting this coming Wednesday afternoon.
The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base and one out, Eric Bruntlett, who has earlier singled and then moved to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s double, would cross the plate on Nationals’ starter Odalis Perez’s wild pitch, while Iguchi would move up to third. The Nationals would tie the game in the third, as the Phillies’ surprise starter Kyle Kendrick would give up a lead-off home run to Luke Montz, his first career home run. The Nationals would then take the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second and no one out, Kory Casto would hit a RBI double, scoring Anderson Hernandez, who has earlier doubled, to make it 2-1 Nationals. Two batters later, with Casto now on third, after moving up on Ryan Langerhans’ ground out, 4-3, he would score on Alberto Gonzalez’s RBI single, making it 3-1 Nationals. The Phillies would strike back in their half of the fourth, as, with runners on second and third and two outs, So Taguchi would hit a two-run single, scoring Lou Marson, who has earlier singled, his first hit in the majors, and would move up to third on pinch hitter Jayson Werth’s single, who would later steal second, tying the game up at three all. Eric Bruntlett would then follow with a RBI double, knocking in Taguchi and giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Phillies would add to their lead in the sixth, when, with a runner on first and two outs, Taguchi would hit a RBI triple, knocking in pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled to the left of the shift that most major league teams would put up against him, making it 5-3 Phillies. Then in the eighth, the Phillies would put the game away, when, with a runner on first and two outs, Marson would hit a monster two-run home run to left, his first career home run, scoring Greg Golson, who was earlier safe at first on a force play, which has wiped out Mike Cervenak, who has earlier reached base on a fielding error by Nationals’ shortstop Hernandez, giving the Phillies a 7-3 lead. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs would then follow with a solo home run to right, his thirteen home run of the year, to give the Phillies an 8-3 lead. That would be the ballgame as Clay Condrey would come in to pitch a scoreless ninth, although he would give up a walk and then a single before recording the final out of the Phillies’ 2008 regular season by getting Emilio Bonifacio to ground out, 3-1.
Kyle Kendrick, the surprise starter, would get a no-decision as he pitches four innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Kendrick, who is not on the Phils’ post-season roster, will now be sent down to the Florida Instructional League to rebuild his confidence in his pitches as well as being taught two more pitches to help compliment his slider, before he comes back to join the team for spring training 2009. Les Walrond would get the win as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits as he struck out four. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA. J.A. Happ would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits as he struck out three. Rudy Seanez would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk. Odalis Perez would get the lost, as he is only able to pitch three and two-thirds inning, leaving the game early because of a possible injury and with the Nats not taking any chances with his career, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits while striking out five. His record is now 7-12 with an ERA of 4.34. Shairon Martis would pitch two innings and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits while striking out three. Marco Estrada would pitch two innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits.
The Phillies (92-70) would end the year with a sweep of the Nationals, winning the third game of the series with rookies and bench players, although two of the regulars, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard would both come up to bat as pinch hitters, both getting singles and both scoring. Among the bench players, So Taguchi would lead the way by going 3 for 5, getting a triple, knocking in three runs while scoring one. Eric Bruntlett and Tadahito Iguchi would be next as they each went two for five, with Bruntlett knocking in a run and scoring one. Geoff Jenkins would be the other bench player who would get a hit. The only one among the rookies with a good day would be Lou Marson, who would go 2 for 4, getting his first major league career hit, a single, score his first run, knock in his first RBI and hit his first home run of his career, all in the same game. He also threw out his first base stealer of his career, as he caught the Nationals’ Emilio Bonifacio when he overslid second base on a steal attempt, tagged out by Iguchi when he tried to put his foot back on the bag. Also, all three pinch hitters that the Phillies would send up to the plate would hit safely as Matt Stairs would add a solo home run to Werth and Ryan’s singles. The victory gives the Phillies the second best record in the National League, beind the Central Division Champions Chicago Cubs, and the fifth in the majors, behind the American League Western Division Chmpions Los Angeles Angles, the American League Eastern Division Champions Tampa Bay Rays and the American League Wild Card Winner and Current World Champions Boston Red Sox.
The Phillies ended the season in first place in the National League Eastern Division, with a record of 92-70 for a winning percentage of .568, ending twelve wins over .500. They ended up being three games ahead of the Mets, who ended up with a record of 89-73 .559, seven and a half games ahead of the Marlins, who ended up with a record of 84-77 .522, twenty games ahead of the Braves, who ended up with a record of 72-90 .444 and thirty-two and a half games ahead of the Nationals, who ended up with a record of 59-102 .366.
The Phillies will now have today and tomorrow to rest up before they get ready to face the Wild Card Winner Milwaukee Brewers for a five games National League Divisional Series, which will start in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The Phillies, behind Joe Blanton and the bullpen, would hold on in a heart stopper to defeat the Marlins, 3-2. The win and the Mets’ lost to the Braves would put the Phillies back into first place in the Eastern Division pennant race. The Phillies would take the lead in the third as, with two men on and one out, Chase Utley would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has gotten on base earlier on Marlins’ third baseman Jorge Cantu’s throwing error, and would then go to second on Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, who would in turn be safe on first on Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez’s own throwing error, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would then strike back in their half of the third, when, with two men on and one out, John Baker would hit a two-run double, scoring Alfredo Amezaga, who has earlier singled and would move on to second on Cameron Maybin’s single, and Maybin, who has singled, to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Phillies would tie the game up in the fourth as, with one out, Shane Victorino would hit a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phillies would then retake the lead in the sixth, as with two men on and two out, Greg Dobbs would hit a bloop single to left, scoring Ryan Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead, and sending Pat Burrell, who has also walked, to second. After throwing two balls to Ruiz, Sanchez would be taken out of the game because of cramps to his right leg. The Marlins’ relief pitcher, Logan Kensing, would then throw two balls to Ruiz, walking him and loading the bases, although the walk would be charged to Sanchez. Kensing would then be taken out for Mark Hendrickson, who would get pinch hitter Tadahito Iguchi, who was pinch hitting for the originally announced pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins, who was pinch hitting for Blanton, to fly out to end the inning. The Phillies bullpen would then spend the next four innings turning back the Marlins. Sixth: Chad Durbin would get the first two batters out but would then give up a walk to Josh Willingham. But with the count 2-1 on Cody Ross, Ruiz would pick Willingham off first base, with Howard applying the tag, to end the inning. Seventh: After getting out the first batter, Durbin would give up a single to Amegaza. Charlie Manuel would then come out of the dugout, and replace Durbin with J.C. Romero. Romero would then walk pinch hitter Paul Lo Duca, sending Amegaza to second. After Brett Carroll goes to first base to pinch run for Lo Duca, Romero would proceed to strike out Maybin for the inning’s second out, and then strike out Baker to end the inning. Eighth: With Ryan Madson on the mound, he would give up a single to Cantu and then a double to Mike Jacobs, putting runners on second and third, with no one out, thanks to Jayson Werth’s playing of the ball after it drops in. After Jacobs is replaced by pinch runner Robert Andino, Dan Uggla would hit a slow roller to third. After getting the ball, Phillies’ third baseman Greg Dobbs would throw home, cutting down Andino, who would be tagged out by Ruiz, although instant replay would show that he might have beaten the tag, for the inning’s first out, while Jacobs would stay at second as Uggla would reach first on the fielder’s choice. Willingham would then hit into a force out, 6-4, cutting down Uggla at second, while Jacobs would go on to third, putting runners on the corners with two out. Madson would then end the inning by striking out Ross. Ninth: The ball is then handed over to Phillies’ closer Brad Liddge. Lidge would start the inning off by walking the pesky Amegaza. He would then strike out pinch hitter Dallas McPherson swinging for the inning’s first out, while Amegaza would steal second on the third strike. Lidge would then strike out Maybin swinging for the inning’s second out before he finally ends the ball game by striking out Baker, also swinging, for his thirty-ninth save in thirty-nine tries.
Joe Blanton would get the win, his third win as a Phil, as he would pitch five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 8-12, 3-0 as a Phil, while his ERA is now 4.79. Chad Durbin would pitch one and a third innings, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no hits while striking out two. Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless inning, as he gives up two hits and strikes out one as he pitched his way out of a two on, no outs jam. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth as he struck out the side swinging while also walking one, as he recorded his thirty-ninth save of the year. Anibal Sanchez would get the lost, as he goes five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits, as he struck out eight while also walking three. His record is now 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA. Logan Kensing would pitch to one batter, walking him, but having it charged to Sanchez, because of the 2-0 count thanks to Sanchez’s injury. Mark Hendrickson would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs on no hits. Kevin Gregg and Joe Nelson would both pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit (Nelson) while striking out three batters between them (Gregg (2) and Nelson (1)).
Blanton would pitch five strong innings, being able to keep the fish off-balanced enough that they would only get four hits off of him while getting nine of the Marlins to strike out. The bullpen would then take over and pitch four shut out innings, refusing to give the Marlins’ batters that clutch hit, especially in the eighth inning, when they had runners on second and third with no outs, thus ending the Marlins’ winning streak at nine games, and bringing a little bit closer the ending of the Marlins’ hopes for a playoff berth.
The once again first place Phillies (87-68) will play the final game of their series with the third place Marlins (81-73) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the Marlins’ nemesis Jamie Moyer (14-7, 3.86), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 16, where he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 win. His last start against the Marlins on August 5 was a lost as he was only able to go five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. Lifeteime, his record against the Marlins is 10-1. He will be trying to regain his dominance over the young Marlins’ batters while gunning for his fifteenth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with rookie Chris Volstad (5-3, 3.07), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 16, where he went eight innings, giving up an earned run on four hits, in the Marlins’ 5-1 win. He has faced the Phillies twice already this year, being 1-0 with a no-decision, as he would pitch a combine total of nine innings, giving up an earned run on five hits. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to hurt the Phillies’ pennant chances.
The Phillies are once again leading the Mets by half a game as they lost to the Braves. Their lead over the Marlins is now back to five and a half games thanks to their win over the fish. In the Wild Card chase, the Mets lead the Brewers by two and a half games as the Brewers lost to the Reds. The Mets lead both the Marlins and the Astros by five games, as the Astros lost to the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying for a series win while also hoping to increase their lead over the Mets in the Eastern Division.
He’s expected to join the Phillies before Saturday’s game against the Mets, though he’s ineligible to appear in the postseason.
Iguchi appeared in 77 games at San Diego this season, batting .231 with two homers and 24 RBIs. He was released by the Padres to make room for top prospect Matt Antonelli.
The right-handed batter was first acquired by the Phillies on July 27, 2007, for Minor League pitcher Michael Dubee. He batted .301 in 27 games as a starter, and .304 overall.
The Phillies pursued Iguchi this winter, offering him the chance to play third base, but he signed to San Diego for two reasons: to be closer to Japan, and to play second base.
The Los Angeles Times, citing Iguchi’s agent, Rocky Hall, reported on Friday that the Dodgers and Phillies had inquired about Iguchi. He’ll be used as a pinch-hitter. (H/T Phillies.com)
All I’m going to say about Tad’s return to the team is this. He’s has to be a better pinch hitter than So Taguchi is. He just has to be.
Kyle Kendrick is unable to get out of the fourth inning for his second straight start as he loses control of his pitches as the Padres defeat the Phillies, 8-3.
The Phillies would take a quick lead in the first inning off of rookie starter Chad Reineke, as, with runners on first and third, and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. After tagging first base for the second out of the inning, Gonzalez would throw home to try and get out Jayson Werth, who has earlier got on base with a walk and has gone to third on a single by Chase Utley, for a possible double play. Gonzalez’s throw would not be in time as Werth would be able to get pass the catcher, Nick Hundley, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while Utley would be safe at second. Two batters later, with two men on base, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Utley, to make it 2-0 Phillies. The Padres would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the third, when Brian Giles would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jody Gerut, who has earlier doubled and has went to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s ground out, second to first. In the fourth, the Phillies would increase their lead to 3-1 as Greg Dobbs would hit a RBI double, scoring Victorino, who has earlier got on base with a single. Then, in the Padres’ half of the fourth, Kendrick would be unable to get out of the inning as his control would leave him. After walking Chase Headley to lead off the inning, he would get Hundley to ground out, third to first, which would send Headley to second. He would then get Sean Kazmar to also ground out, also third to first, for the inning’s second out, which would keep Headley at second. But, while pitching to Reineke, Kendrick would throw a wild pitch, which would send Headley over to third. Kendrick would then get the count full to Reineke before finally committing a cardinal sin among pitchers, giving up a hit to another pitcher, a single, on an excuse me swing by Reineke, that would knock in Headley, to make it 3-2 Phillies. The hit would be Reineke’s first hit in the majors while he would also drive in his first major league RBI. Gerut would then hit a pop up that would drop into left field for a single, sending Reineke to second. Kendrick would then walk Iguchi, loading the bases, despite an earlier visit from pitching coach Rich Dubee to get him to concentrate on getting him out. Kendrick would then give up a RBI double to Giles, that would clear the bases and give the Padres a 5-3 lead. After intentionally walking Gonzalez, Charlie Manuel would come out to replace Kendrick with Clay Condrey. While Dubee is in the clubhouse giving a stern lecture to Kendrick about what have went wrong during the inning, Condrey would give up a RBI single to Kevin Kouzmanoff, scoring Giles, to make it 6-3 Padres. But, the Phils would finally get out of the inning as they would trap Gonzalez between second and third before he is finally tagged out by Dobbs. The Phillies would then get shut down between the fifth and eighth innings, as they would only get a single and two walks during those four innings. The Padres would then extend their lead in the eighth, as, with two men on and two men outs, Gerut would hit a two-run double, scoring Headley, who has earlier singled, and Gonzalez, who has walked, making it 8-3 Padres. The Phillies would then be put down in the ninth by Brian Falkenborg, as they lose the fifth game of their seven games road trip.
Kyle Kendrick would take the loss, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.01 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit. Scott Eyre would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Les Walrond would pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Chad Reineke would get his first career win as he goes five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-0 with a ERA of 5.40. Mike Adams, Clay Hensley, Heath Bell and Brian Falkenborg would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Falkenborg) between them.
The Phillies’ bat would once again go silent in the middle innings after getting three runs off of the rookie Chad Reineke, allowing him to survive a bad first inning to win the game. In fact, the Phillies have not koed a pitcher in a long while, whether a starter or a reliever. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick now have has two straight bad starts, not getting out of the fourth inning both time, as he lost control of his pitches, not being able to get them to go where he needed them to go. And to make things worst, both of his bad outings were seen by his father. Talk about embarrassing. Anyway, after being talken out of the game, he was shown being given a stern talking to by Rich Dubee, who obviously did not like what he was seeing from Kendrick. Hopefully, while he was sitting there listening, whatever Dubee was telling him has gotten into his head. Now that Dubee has done his bad cop bit, who is going to be the good cop? Maybe Jamie Moyer should start thinking about being a future pitching coach now by helping Kendrick with his pitching approach? It certainly couldn’t hurt.
The Phillies (65-58) will play the final game of their three games series with the Padres (48-75, 5th National League West) later tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (5:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. Hamels will for his eighth straight start be trying for his tenth win of the year, hoping that he will finally get it done this time. The Padres will counter with Cha Seung Baek (4-7, 5.20), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Padres’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record at the Phillies’ expense.
The Phillies now trail the Mets by two games while being a game and a half ahead of the Marlins. The Phillies hope to win their first series on the West Coast before coming home for a nine games home stand starting on Tuesday.
Lastly, today is my birthday. I am presently 47 years old. I’m hoping that the Phillies will give me a present of a win against the Padres. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Jamie Moyer would pitch seven scoreless inning of three hit ball while the bullpen trio of Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge would give the Padres only one more hit, while Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run off of Padres’ starter Greg Maddux to give the Phillies a 1-0 victory. The game for the first six innings would be a pitchers’ duel between two veteran pitchers, Moyer and Maddux, two of the three veteran pitchers still left from the Draft Class of 1984. Maddux would get himself out of a two men on, one men out, Phils’ threat in the top of the second by getting Eric Bruntlett to pop out and Carlos Ruiz to fly out. Moyer would get himself out of a jam of his own in the Padres’ sixth, when, with runners on first and third, and two outs, he would get Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out, first baseman to the pitcher, for the final out. Then in the seventh, Pat Burrell would knock in the game’s only run as he would hit his third career home run off of Maddux, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, to give the Philles a 1-0 lead. In the Padres’ seventh, after giving up a lead-off single to Andrian Gonzalez, Moyer would get Chase Headley to line out to third, Tadahito Iguchi to line out to right and Nick Hundley to pop out to third, to end the inning and his night on the mound. The Phillies would then threathen to add to their lead in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they would be turned away in both innings by the Padres’ bullpen. The Padres would, in the meantime, get a runner on base with two outs in their own half of the eighth, but J.C. Romero, pitching in relief of Ryan Madson, who, in turrn, has been pitching in relief of Moyer, would end the inning by getting Brian Giles to ground out to Ryan Howard, who would just beat Giles to the bag for the final out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth and would record a 1-2-3 inning, to end the ballgame with his twenty-ninth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would get the victory as he would pitch seven strong innings of shutout ball, giving up only three hits and walking only two batters as he constantly got ahead of the hitters. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-ninth save in twenty-nine attempts as he would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, strking out two. Greg Maddux would get the lost, as he also pitched seven innings, giving up an earned run, Pat Burrell’s solo home run, on five hits. His record is now 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA. Justin Hampson would face only one batter who would get on base on a throwing error. Mike Adams would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Wilfredo Ledezma would pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out the side.
The Phillies’ offense, in spite of Pat Burrell’s home run, is still not scoring runs when they need to. If not for Jamie Moyer’s pitching and some spectacular plays that were made in the field by both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, the Phillies would probably be trying to avoid six loses in a row instead of trying for a series win this upcoming Saturday night.
The Phillies (65-57) will continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a thirds innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter, although announced, has not yet been listed, as the original starter, Chris Young, has just been placed on the disabled list by the Padres.
The Phillies are still trailing the Mets by a game, as they defeated the Pirates. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games, as they’d lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be trying to get a series win while still waiting for the offense to finally wake up.
The Phillies took over first place as they defeated the San Diego Padres, 3-2, in a close game. The Phils starter Adam Eaton was once again involved in a no decision as he gave up two earned runs on five hits, as he went six full innings. The two runs he gave up came in the first inning on a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez, his sixth of the season, as he knocked in Tadahito Iguchi who had earlier single. But that was all the Pads would be able to do against Eaton as he would shut them down for the next five innings. Meanwhile, the Padres’ starter Randy Wolf would also get a no decision as he went six innings against the Fightin’s, also giving up only two earned runs to his former team on six hits while striking out nine Phils. The Phillies runs would come in the third on an RBI double by Ryan Howard as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who had earlier double. Howard would then score on an RBI double by Pat Burrell. After Eaton and Wolf were taken out for pinch hitters, the game would be left in the hands of the two teams’ respective bullpens. Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and the eventual winner, Tom Gordon, would combine to pitch the seventh and eighth innings, giving up no runs or hits and walking only one batter, while striking out one batter each. The Padres would counter with Cla Meredith, who would pitch 2/3rd of an inning without giving up a run, and Joe Thatcher, the eventual loser, who, in the bottom of the eighth inning, would give up a massive home run to Ryan Howard for his six of the year. Brad Lidge would then come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his seventh save of the year.
The winning pitcher for the Phils is Gordon, upping his record to 3-2 and lowering his ERA to 5.56 as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The loser for the Padres, Thatcher, watch his record drop to 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA, as he gave up only one hit in 1 and 1/3 innings of work, but it would be a killer, as it was Howard’s home run.
Seems like Howard’s mom knew what she was talking about when she said that her son was slow in April as he went 2-4 in the game, with a double, a home run and 2 RBIs. Hopefully this is a harbinger of things to come.
With the win, the Phils take over first place in the National League East, .5 games ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.
The homestand continues tonight at 7:05 in Citizens Bank Park as the NL East leading Phils (16-13) now face the National League West third place San Francisco Giants (13-16). The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13). His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00). As the Phils meet the Giants for the first time this season, the Mets (14-12) will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-8, 1st NLW) in Arizona while the Marlins (15-13) will be playing the Padres (11-18) in Florida.