The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on catcher Buster Posey’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, up to second base. The Giants would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Ehire Adrianza hits an RBI single, knocking in Gregor Blanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching base on left fielder Michael Morse’s fielding error of his fly ball, before ending up on second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Blanco to lined out to left for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out ten. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out six. Javier Lopez and Jean Machi combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Lopez) between them, while striking out one (Machi).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) and Wil Nieves (Single, Double) all leading the club with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Darin Ruf (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Utley, Grady Sizemore) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere, 3).
The Phils (44-58, 5th East) will start a weekend series at home against the Diamondbacks (44-58, 4th West) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 20, as he went just five innings, giving up six runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two games losing streak. The D-backs will counter with Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out seven, in the D-backs, 9-3 rout. He’ll be going for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be trying to start a new winning streak.
The National League wins its third straight All-Star Game as it blanked the American League, 8-0.
The National League jumped into the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double, knocking in the Giants Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, giving the National League a 1-0 lead. The NL then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltan, moving Braun up to second base, and to the Giants’ Buster Posey, moving both Braun and Beltran up a base, and with two men out, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a three-run triple, clearing the bases. The NL then increased their lead as the Braves’ Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, giving the NL a 5-0 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, the Cardinals’ pinch hitter Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in fellow Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who had just tripled, giving the NL a 6-0 lead. The NL then took an 8-0 lead as Cabrera (who was later made the All-Star Game’s MVP) hits a two-run home run, knocking in Holliday. That would end up being the final as the Phils’ Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shut out by getting the Orioles’ Matt Wieters to fly out to right for the final out.
The Giants’ Matt Cain (1-0, 0.0) gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), R.A. Dickey (Mets), Cole Hamels (Phils), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) and Jonathan Papelbon (Phils) would combine for seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (2), Dickey (1), Miley (1)) and three walks (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (1), Chapman (1)) between them, while striking out seven (Cain (1), Gonzalez (1), Dickey (1), Kimbrel (2), Chapman (1), Hanrahan (1)). The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (0-1, 45.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Nathan (Rangers) and David Price (Rays) combined for a pair of 1-2-3 innings. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Jered Weaver (Angels), Chris Sale (White Sox), Ryan Cook (Athletics), Jim Johnson (Orioles) and Fernando Rodney (Rays) would combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Sale) and a walk (Weaver) between them, while striking out four (Sale (1), Cook (2), Johnson (1)).
The National League squad had ten hits in the game, with Melky Cabrera of the Giants (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Braun of the Brewers (Double, Triple, RBI) leading the squad with two hits apiece. Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (Triple, 3 RBIs), Dan Uggla of the Braves (Single, RBI), Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals (Triple), pinch hitter Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Chipper Jones of the Braves (Single) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (Single) had the other six NL hits. The NL also had three walks. The American League squad had only six hits in the game, all singles, by Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Robinson Cano of the Yankees, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Mike Napoli of the Rangers, Mike Trout of the Angels and Joe Mauer of the Twins. The AL also had three walks, a stolen base (Trout) and a hit batter (Paul Konerko of the White Sox).
Among the Phils representatives, Carlos Ruiz came into game in the sixth inning, making one plate appearance, flying out to left. Cole Hamels pitched the seventh inning, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched to one batter, getting the game’s final out on a fly out to right.
With the win, the NL will have home field advantage during the 2012 World Series.