Knocking in three runs with his bat, while gunning down a runner at home with his glove, Dom Brown help leads the Phils to a 7-2 win over the Marlins, for the Phils first road win since they took two of three from the Yankees back in June.
After an almost hour long rain delay, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Anibal Sanchez’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with two men still on base, and with still two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Gload to third, while Brown would move up to second on the unsuccessful throw to the plate. The Marlins tried to get back into the game in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, via singles to Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, with G. Sanchez’s single sending Morrison to third, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a fly ball to right, which was not deep. Morrison, after Brown had caught the ball for the inning’s second out, decided not to test Brown’s arm, which was a smart move as Brown threw a one bounce strike to home, which was caught by Carlos Ruiz. Kyle Kendrick then got out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to hit into a force out, 5-4, forcing out G. Sanchez at second base. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the second as Mike Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tried to tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with G. Sanchez on second, via a double, and with two men out, Uggla hits a single to right. Brown, after picking up the ball, threw a one bounce strike to the plate, throwing out G. Sanchez, as Ruiz blocks the plate, before applying the tag, ending the inning with the Phils’ still leading 2-1. The Phils then proceeded to add to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Polanco to second, before he would move up to third on the late throw to the plate, while Ibanez would move up to second. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with the bases now loaded, as Gload is intentionally walked, and now with one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco. The Marlins would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, G. Sanchez hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second base on Morrison’s single, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Morrison, who had earlier singled, to third, before moving up to second on the throw home. Kendrick then got out of the inning as Rollins robbed Uggla of a hit by catching his line drive for the inning’s final out. The Phils then got that run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Kendrick, a walk to Rollins and a walk to Polanco, moving both Kendrick and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kendrick, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Rollins up to third base. The Phils then put the game out of reach in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits a grounder to Uggla, who threw to second, trying to force out Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on a single, but the ball went into left center field, allowing Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Werth’s single, then reached third on Gload’s fly out, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while allowing Werth to reach third, while Brown was safe at first on the throwing error. One batter later, the Phils made it 7-2 as Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Brown up to second base. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out five. His record is now 7-4 with a 4.37 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson receives his second hold as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, a wild pitch and three walks. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA. Taylor Tankersley pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men whom he would face. Brian Sanches pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks. Will Ohman and Clay Hensley combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Hensley), while striking out two (Ohman), between them. Leo Nunez pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Ibanez knocking in two runs, while both Polanco and Ibanez each scored two runs, while Rollins scored a run. Jayson Werth, Ross Gload, Dom Brown, Carlos Ruiz and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Kendrick’s hit being the team’s only double. Gload and Ruiz both knocked in a run, while Brown knocked in three, one on a sac fly and the other on a throwing error. The bats, or at least most of them, are presently taking up the slack while Ryan Howard is on the disabled list. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way after he’s back.
The Phils (59-48, 2nd) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (53-54, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (0-1 (6-13), 6.00 (3.53)), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on July 30, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-1 lost. In his last three starts as both an Astro and a Phil, he is 0-3, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-three hits and three walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying for his first win as a Phil and his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (5-8, 4.71), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 30, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Marlins’ 4-2 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fourteen innings, giving up ten runs on seventeen hits and nine walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep tonight, hoping to cut the Braves’ lead in the East to a game and a half, as the Braves are off tonight.
The Phils’ offense continue to refuse crossing the plate as they are blanked for the fifth time in eight games, as they lose to the Marlins, 1-0.
The game is a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jamie Moyer until the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single that gets past the diving Ryan Howard into right field, allowing Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, to score, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Dan Uggla, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils’ offense continue to be unable to get anything going, before going down 1-2-3 to Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez in the top of the ninth, as Nunez records his tenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer receives the lost as he pitches six strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA. David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Anibal Sanchez gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.89. Taylor Tankersley records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley records his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Leo Nunez records his tenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters.
The Phils had only four hits in the game. Shane Victorino led the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley and Brian Schneider had the team’s other two hits, both singles, as the rest of the offense continues being unable to hit, or to hit with runners in scoring position as the team went 0 for 6, leaving eight men on base.
The batters are obviously trying to do too much right now. They need to relax and stop putting pressure on themselves, else this slump is going to last throughout the summer, and will extend to the pitchers, who, at the moment are pitching well, keeping the team in most of their games during this rotten stretch. Some of these guys need to calm down, swing at their pitches, and stop swinging at the opposing pitchers’ junk. I’m talking to you, Jayson!!!! Four strikeouts in one day? Come on, Jayson, you’re better than that. God, will I be glad when Jimmy finally comes back.
After being held scoreless during the Mets’ series, the Phils finally end their thirty straight innings without scoring a run with a run in the fourth, before going on to defeat the fish, 3-2.
The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick committed a two-base throwing error on a Hanley Ramirez ground ball back to him, as his errant throw gets past the outstretched arm of first baseman Ryan Howard, allowing both Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gaby Sanchez’s single, and Sanchez, who had just singled, to score, while allowing Ramirez to reach second base. What, at first, looks like the start of another bad night for the slumping Phils would instead turn around in the fourth. In that inning, with a man on first and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, the first Phil RBI since Ross Gload’s pinch hit home run against the Bosox on Sunday, as the ball shoot pass Cameron Maybin in center field, scoring Howard, who had just singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh, their first lead in a week, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe on first on a force out, 4-6, as pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, was forced out at second, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then stole third as part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Valdez, who had earlier singled, and was the back half of the double steal, went to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras records his third save of the season, as he got out of a two on, one out jam, by first striking out Cody Ross and then getting Ronny Paulino to fly out to center.
Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 5.04. Chad Durbin records his seventh hold as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez receives his fifth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jose Contreras records his third save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad took the lost as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 4.31. Taylor Tankersley and Jorge Sosa combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, getting out the eight men that they would face.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Howard knocking in a run, while also scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Gload and Ruiz’s hits were singles. Chase Utley knocks in the other Phil run with a ground out.
The Phils (27-20, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (24-25, 5th) with a night game. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22), who is coming off a lost to the Bosox on May 23, when he pitched only five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He’ll be looking for his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with their ace Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Chisox on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, in the Marlins’ 13-0 win. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to build a new winning streak, while trying to give Doc some much needed offense.
The Phillies’ bat, after being silent last night, come back alive late in the ballgame, as Jamie Moyer pitches well enough to win, as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 7-5, to retake the lead in the National League East. The Phillies, like last night, would score first in their half of the first as Chase Utley, after getting on base with a single, and then steal second, would score on Ryan Howard’s RBI single, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would then tie the game in the second inning, as Mike Jacobs launches a home run off of Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who came into the game with a 7-0 record against the fish, for his twelfth home run of the year. The Marlins would then take the lead in the third. With two out, and two men on, Jorge Cantu would hit a RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has gotten on base with an infield single, making the score 2-1 Marlins. The Marlins would then increase their lead to 5-1, as Jacobs hits a 3-run shot, his second home run of the game off of Moyer and his thirteenth home run of the year, scoring Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier been hit by the pitch and Cantu. The Phils would then start a comeback in their half of the fourth when Utley hits his twentieth home run of the year, a two-run shot that knocks in Jimmy Rollins, who has reached base earlier on Cantu’s throwing error to first base, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-3. After neither team is able to score in the fourth and fifth innings, and after Moyer puts down the fish in the sixth, the Phils would tie the score in their half of the sixth as pitch hitter Geoff Jenkins hits a two-run home run, his fifth of the year, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. Then in the seventh, as they were getting ready to take out Moyer, the Phillies would rally to take the lead. With two men on and two out, Burrell would hit a two-run double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled, and Howard, who has been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. That would be the game as Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the last two innings and get six of the seven men that they would face, with Lidge recording his thirteenth save of the year in thirteen tries.
Jamie Moyer is the winner, going seven innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 6-3 with a ERA of 4.65, while his career record against the Marlins is now a perfect 8-0. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and one walk. Brad Lidge would pitch a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two batters as he gets his thirteen save of the year. Andrew Miller would go five innings for the Marlins, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. Doug Waechter would take the lost, while also being credited with a blown save, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Taylor Tankersley would pitch one third of an inning, giving up an earned run on no hits, as Ryan Howard’s run in the seventh is charged to him. Logan Kensing would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit, Pat Burrell’s game winning double.
The Phillies’ offense, although not as potent as it was during the first four games of the ten games home stand, was potent enough to win the weekend series from the fish, 2 games to 1, and sends the Marlins packing, as they dropped back to second place. The win makes the Phils so far 1-0 for June, after coming off a 17-12 May and a 15-12 April. The Phillies now wait for the arrival of Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Cincinnati Reds (28-29, 4th National League Central), who have just finished sweeping the Braves, for the final four games of their so far very successful home stand. Junior is just one home run away from reaching a milestone in home runs, as he now have a career total of 599 of them. He will be hoping to accomplish the deed at Citizens Bank Park, while the Phillies’ pitching staff will be doing everything they can to not become the victim of such a major event, while at the same time cool down the Reds, while also hoping that the bats of the offense will become hot once again.
The first game of the Phillies’ four game series with the Reds will be a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 27. In that game, he would pitch seven and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on seven scattered hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He hopes to pitch well enough for another win, while giving the Phillies’ offense a chance to rebound from their last two games and return to their double digits run productions. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29), who is coming off his second straight victory, as he would defeat the Pirates on May 28, going six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 drubbing of the Bucos. He will be trying to improve his record and give the Reds a four games winning streak, while trying to be the third straight starter to quiet down the Phillies’ recently hot bats.
The once again first place Phillies (33-25) are leading the Marlins (31-24) by half a game, as the fish go on to Atlanta for a four game set with the struggling Braves. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three and a half game, as they go back to Atlanta to meet the Marlins, after being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Phils lead the Mets by four games, as they prepare to face the Dodgers tonight for the final game of their four games series, before getting ready for a three games series in San Francisco with the Giants.
Edit: It wasn’t until I’d looked at the boxscores for all three games that I’d discovered one of the main reasons that the Phillies were able to fry the fish this weekend. They kept Dan Uggla’s very potent bat real quiet during the series, as he would go only one for twelve with a single, while striking out four times. I really hope that the pitchers are able to do the same thing to Junior’s bat this week.
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.