The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Galvis, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Nats tried to get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa, who had just doubled, tried to score on Bryce Harper’s single to right, but is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out on a strong throw by right fielder Pence, as he is tagged out by Ruiz. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would score on Juan Pierre’s excellently executed suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Nats would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would end the ballgame by getting Xavier Nady to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) got the win, becoming the majors’ first seven-game winner, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Edwin Jackson took the lost (1-2, 3.38), as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.
The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he lifted his batting average to .357. He was followed by Shane Victorino (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other Phil hit. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI, performing a successful suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (22-23, 5th East) will now go on the road to start a four-game series with the 2011 World Champions Cardinals (25-19, 1st Central), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III), and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox on May 19, as he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that awful start. The World Champs will counter with Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.21), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on May 19, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cardinals’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their present road trip with a victory, while hoping that Blanton will recover from his bad start.
The Phils are once again snakebit in Phoenix as they are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0.
The D-backs took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Gerardo Parra hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The D-backs then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Xavier Nady hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, then stole second, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be all that D-backs starter Ian Kennedy would need as he threw a complete game, three-hit shut out on the Phils, ending the game by striking out Jimmy Rollins.
Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. Michael Stutes made his major league debut as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02) got the win as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits, while striking out ten.
The Phils offense only had three hits in the game, two hits by Placido Polanco, a double and a single, and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense is doing nothing right now, as they are not even attempting to take walks, and swinging at bad pitches at the worst possible time, while either not swinging or fouling off ‘good’ pitches. This has got to change guys. This is suppose to be one of the worst pitching staffs in the NL. Act accordingly. PLEASE!!!
The Phils (15-7, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (9-12, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 21, as he went six strong shut out innings, giving up only a hit and two walks, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to even the series in Phoenix. The D-backs will counter with Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 21, as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up 5 runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out only three, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year, while hoping that the Phils’ bat won’t decide to erupt on him. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while trying to get the bats out of their present funk.
The Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol had a melt down in the top of the ninth, allowing the Phils to come back to win the game, as the Phils defeated the Cubs, 4-1.
The game for the first six and a half innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who in six scoreless innings would give up six hits and two walks, while striking out six Cubbies, while Cubs’ starter Randy Wells would pitch seven shut out innings, giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. The Cubs would finally take the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Stalin Castro, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on pinch hitter Xavier Nady’s ground out, 6-3, would score on Ryan Theriot’s bunt single on a grounder to Hamels, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. After neither team scored in the eighth, the Cubs sent their closer, Carlos Marmol, to the mound to wrap up the game. Instead, he had a melt down on the mound. After getting out the lead-off batter, he walks pinch hitter Brian Schneider. He then walks pinch hitter Ross Gload, sending Schneider up to second. After getting Shane Victorino to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, the just returned Placido Polanco followed by hitting an RBI single, scoring Schneider, who crossed the plate sliding head first as the Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto is unable to hold onto the throw from the left fielder, tying the game up at one-all, while Gload would go to third on the throw, while Polanco moved up to second. One batter later, Marmol would walk his third batter of the inning, Jimmy Rollins, loading the bases, but Soto allowed ball four to get past him and go to the backstop, allowing Gload to score on the wild pitch, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Polanco would move up to third, putting runners on the corners. After Rollins steals second base, Ryan Howard is intentionally walked, to load the bases. Jayson Werth then follows with the fifth walk of the inning, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Rollins and Howard both moved up a base. That would be it for Marmol, as he is taken out of the game and replaced by James Russell. Raul Ibanez welcome Russell by hitting an infield single to first baseman Derek Lee, as he had no one to throw to at first, scoring Rollins from third, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. After pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ibanez to end the inning, the Phils handed the ball to their closer Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to record his seventh save of the year, by getting Theriot to fly out to right for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while he strikes out six. Chad Durbin gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Brad Lidge records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out one. Randy Wells also receives a no-decision, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Sean Marshall records his twelfth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Marmol blew his fourth save attempt, before taking the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on one hit and five walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA. James Russell pitches to just one batter, giving up a hit. Andrew Cashner pitches a third of an inning, giving out the only man that he would face.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino and Ibanez each having two hits, all singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Werth had a single and a double, knocking in a run on a bases loaded walk. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and Wilson Valdez had the other three Phil’s hits, all singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, as the Phil’s other run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense is still trying to break out of its scoring and hitting slump, as they did not get a key hit until the ninth during Marmol’s melt down.
The Phillies (48-42, 2nd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Cubs (41-51, 4th NL Central) with a night game tonight, trying to end the series with a series split. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.19), who is coming off a nine innings no-decision against the Reds on July 10, as he gave up only five hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 1-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he went 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-six innings, giving up five runs on twenty-three hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-six batters. He will be trying to collect his eleventh win of the year, while hoping the bats will give him some real runs support. The Cubs will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-5, 3,16), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 7-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on fifteen hits and ten walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to end the four game series with a split before going on to St. Louis to meet the Cardinals for four.
The Phils’ offense continues to snooze as another good starting efoort, this time by Jamie Moyer, is wasted, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 4-1.
The Cubs took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single off the glove of third baseman Placido Polanco, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would make it 2-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and once again with two outs, Jeff Baker hits a sharp RBI single off the glove of Polanco, scoring Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Cubs lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 1-3, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Utley’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while moving Utley, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Cubs would get a pair of insurance runs in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Derrick Lee, Marlon Byrd being hit by the pitch, sending Lee to second, and a walk to Soriano, moving both Lee and Byrd up a base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Xavier Nady hits a two-run pinch hit single, knocking in Lee and Byrd, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead, while sending Soriano up to second base. That would be the final score as a Phils’ rally in the bottom of the ninth goes nowhere as Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the season by striking out Shane Victorino with two men on base.
Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-3 with an ERA of 4.30. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he is knock out of the box by a line drive in the seventh, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-4 with a 3.09 ERA. John Grabow receives his six hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Carlos Zambrano records his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out two.
The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a double by Placido Polanco, and singles by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, with Howard having the only RBI on a ground out.
The Phils (24-15, 1st East) play the Cubs (19-22, 3rd Central) in the final game of the two game set in an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils, behind Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49), are presently leading the Cubs, behind Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49), 1-0, in the top of the fifth. The Phils are trying for a series spilt.
is going to pitch himself into a victory?
After jumping to a 2-0 lead, the Phils offense would double it to 4-0 in the third inning with a home run by Jayson Werth, his 5th of the season, and Chris Coste’s third RBI of the game with a single knocking in Pat Burrell who had earlier double. Two more runs would be added in the fourth with a double by Brad Harmon knocking in Eric Bruntlett and later scoring on a single by Werth for his second RBI of the night.
But then, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Eaton loses it. After one out, he gives up a home run to Jason Bay, his fifth of the year, shortly followed by back to back doubles to Ryan Doumit and Xavier Nady, which cut the lead to 6-2. Later, with two outs, Doug Mientkiewicz doubles in Nady, cutting the lead further to 6-3. After a passed ball got Mientkiewicz to third, that was it for Eaton as Charlie Manuel gave him the hook, replacing him with Chad Durbin who finally ended the inning. Durbin would then have problems of his own in the 5th as he gives up a two run single to Nady, which cut the lead even further to 6-5. But, he would then keep things quiet in the 6th. He would then be followed by Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero, who would each pitch a scoreless inning. Brad Lidge would then come in the ninth and record his sixth save as the game ends up as a 6-5 Phillies victory. The game winner would be Gordon, improving his record to 2-2 while Zach Duke, the Pirates’ starter, would end up the loser, dropping his record to 0-2.
Shakes head. Man, what is it with Eaton? The offensive finally gives him a big lead and boom, he gives half of it back. Come on man, get it together. You want to contribute to the Phils season, right? Well, get you head on straight and stop giving up runs at the wrong time.
Anyway, the Phils are now 13-11, with a two game winning streak and having a 4-1 record during the present road trip. Also, they’d moved up to second place in the National League East, 1.5 games behind the Marlins. Hopefully the fish are hearing the ominous footsteps behind them.