Still in First.
After a wild night, the Phillies would remain in first place in the National League East thanks to a two-outs, two-runs, walk off home run by Pat Burrell, which would give the Phils the victory in 10 innings against the visiting Giants, 6-5. Pat’s home run would be the third walk off home run of his career and his first since 2003. In fact, all six of the Phils run would come on two-runs homers. The first one would be hit in the bottom of the first by Chase Utley, off of Giants’ starter Pat Misch, as he hit his league leading twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled. The Giants’ first run of the game would come in the top of the fourth as Jose Castillo gets an RBI single off of Kyle Kendrick, knocking in Aaron Rowand, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then increase their lead in their half of the fourth as Pedro Feliz hits his fourth roundtripper of the year, the second one of the game off of Misch, knocking in Burrell, who had earlier walked, making it 4-1 Phils. Misch would be taken out for a pitch hitter in the fifth, as he gives up four earned runs to the Fightin’s on five hits in four innings of work. In the meantime, Kendrick would keep the Giants under control until the top of the seventh, when he would give up two straight singles. Charlie Manuel would quickly replace Kendrick with Ryan Madson in an effort to end the Giants’ threat. Unfortunately, Madson would be unable to keep the Giants off the scoreboard as they would score three runs in the innings, with two of the runs being charged to Kendrick, and the other one to Madson. The Giants’ three runs would come in on an RBI single by Ray Durham, knocking in Castillo and Emmanuel Burriss, both of whom have earlier singled, and a Bengie Molina ground out, scoring Eugenio Velez, who had earlier singled. Kendrick would thus receive a no decision, as he pitched six innings and two batters, while giving up three earned runs on eighth hits, while Madson would be credited with giving up an earned run on three hits. This would also take Misch, the Giants’ starter, off the hook. Thus, for the second night in a row, the Phils would be involved in a game that would be decided by both teams’ bullpens. The Giants’ relief core of Keiichi Yabu, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, Tyler Walker and Merkin Valdez would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for five innings, giving up only one hit. Meanwhile, the Phils would counter with Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge, who would keep the Giants off the scoreboard in the eighth and ninth innings, although the Giants would come close to scoring in their top of the eighth when, with one out, and John Bowker on third, Burriss would hit a ball straight back to Gordon, with Bowker running towards home. Bowker would be caught in a run down and tagged out going back to third, while Burriss would go to second base during the run down. Gordon would then appear to have gotten hurt during the play, but he would stay in the ballgame long enough to get Velez to ground out to Eric Bruntlett to end the inning. Lidge would give up a lead off single to Fred Lewis in the ninth but would then leave him stranded. With J.C. Romero pitching for the Phils in the top of the tenth, Rowand would give the Giants the lead for the first time with one swing of the bat as he connected on the first pitch thrown by Romero, sending it into the center field seats for his third home run of the season, making the score Giants 5, Phillies 4, before Romero would end a later Giants’ threat to add a few more runs. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with Brian Wilson pitching for the Giants, Utley would get on base on with a single with one out. After Ryan Howard is called out on strikes and is then ejected from the game for arguing the call, Burrell would step in. After getting the count to 3-2, he would slug the next pitch into the left field seats, giving the Phils the victory.
J.C. Romero would be the winning pitcher, going one inning, giving up one earned run on three hits, upping his record to 2-0. Brian Wilson took the lost, blowing his second save opportunity, as he gives up two earned runs on two hits, while his record drops to 0-1.
In his return to Philadelphia, Rowand would go 2-5 with a double and a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI, while also striking out twice.
The next Phils’ game will be tonight at 7:05 Eastern from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ (17-13) starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 5.11) who the Phils hope will soon regain the speed on his pitches. The Giants (13-17) will counter with Matt Cain (1-2, 4.41), who has won his last start.
The victory keeps the Phils .5 games in front of both the Marlins and Mets in the National League East as both teams have won their respective games.