June 2009

The Phils salvaged a win with a six-run rally in the seventh inning against the Red Sox, avoiding being swept.

After coming home from a 7-3 road trip, which included seeing the Phils take two out of three games from the Mets at Citi Field, the Phillies come home and went on to lose the first two games of a three games series with the Boston Red Sox as Interleague Play resumes. The Phillies then won the final game of the series, after coming from behind to take the lead in the fifth before taking the game for good with a six-run seventh, as the Phils defeated the American League East leading Red Sox, 11-6, thus avoiding the sweep, while leaving themselves at 3-3 in Interleague Play.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead, while Howard went on to second. The Red Sox would come back in the second as Rocco Baldelli started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his third home run of the second, tying the game up at one. The next batter game the Bosox the lead as Nick Green hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making the score, 2-1 Red Sox. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Bosox increased their lead to 3-1 as Jacoby Ellsbury hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in George Kottaras, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Julio Lugo’s single. After a walk to Kevin Youkilis moved Lugo up to second base, Jason Bay would bring Lugo home with a single, giving Boston a 4-1 lead, while sending Youkilis up to second. The score would stay 4-1 Boston until the fifth inning. Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single, before moving up to second base on a Chris Coste single. Phils’ starter J.A. Happ would move both men up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, putting both man in scoring position. With runners on second and third and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz from third, and making it a 4-2 Red Sox’s lead, while sending Coste over to third. Shane Victorino then made it a 4-3 ballgame with an RBI single, knocking in Coste. Utley followed with an infield single, sending Victorino up to second base, who would then go on to third on the throwing error committed on the play by Red Sox’s third baseman Mike Lowell, while Utley would move up to second, putting two runners once again into scoring position. Howard then gave the Phils a 5-4 lead with a two-run double, knocking in both Victorino and Utley. The Bosox would tie the game up at five-all in the sixth as Red Sox starter Josh Beckett started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Phillies then took full control in the seventh. Rollins started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and still nobody out, the Phils would increase their lead to 7-5, as Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second, scored on a force play-throwing error on a Howard grounder to first, 3-6, forcing out Utley, who had earlier walked, at second, while Red Sox’s shortstop Lugo threw the ball past the first baseman, allowing Howard to reach first base. Three batters later, with runners in scoring position and now two men out, Feliz hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, who had went to third on Werth’s double, and Werth, who had just doubled, making it 9-5 Phils. After Coste is intentionally walked, and then Chan Ho Park is walked to load the bases, Rollins is hit by the pitch, forcing in Feliz, to give the Phils a 10-5 lead, while Coste and Park both moved up a base, as the Phils battered around. Victorino followed with a walk, bringing in Coste, and making it an 11-5 Phils’ lead, with Park and Rollins moving up a base. The inning would finally end with an Utley strike out. The Red Sox would get a run back in the eighth as, with runners on first and third, and nobody out, Lugo hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kottaras, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on an Eric Bruntlett fielding error when he tried to pick up the ball after it had dropped in between him and Victorino, making it an 11-6 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth.

J.A. Happ got a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out three. Chan Ho Park got the win as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out three. His record is now 3-1 with a 6.08 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just two hits. Josh Beckett took the lost, as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eleven hits, as he struck out five. His record is 7-3 with a 4.15 ERA. Daniel Bard pitched two-thirds of an innings, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter. Justin Masterson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phillies collected fourteen hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits, knocking in two runs, as he increased his average to .318. He was followed by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who each collected two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste had the other three hits. Besides Feliz, Rollins brought home three runs, Howard and Victorino each knocked in two runs and Werth had one RBI.

The first place Phillies (36-25), have the day-off today, as they lead the Mets by four games. Their next game will be tomorrow night at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Apologies….

Sorry about the last of posts for the last week plus, but I’d decided to take some time off. But, I am back, starting now.

Ah, it’s good to be back, especially when my time seems to be pulling away. :)

Phillies’ bats come out in support of rookie Antonio Bastardo, as they crush the Padres, 10-5.

The Phillies’ offense, lead by Raul Ibanez as he celebrates his 37th birthday, crush the Padres, 10-5, giving runs support to rookie starter Antonio Bastardo in his first career start. 

The Phillies took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. One batter later, the Phis made it 3-0 as birthday boy Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Howard. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and still one man out, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ibanez, who had moved to third on Jayson Werth’s single, making it 4-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead to 6-0 in the third as, with a man on, and nobody out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils made it 7-0 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Victorino, who had earlier tripled. In the fifth, the Phils would make it 8-0 as, with two outs, Dobbs hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Padres would finally score a run in the sixth as, with one man out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run of his owm, his twenty-second home run of the year, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. In the seventh, the Phils made it 10-1 as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits his second two-run home run of the night, his nineteenth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked. The Padres tried to come back into the ballgame in their half of the seventh. With the bases loaded, via singles to Brian Giles and Henry Blanco and a walk to Tony Gwynn Junior, and two men out, pinch hitter Edgar Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Giles, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Blanco and Gwynn up a base. Edgar’s brother, A. Gonzalez, then received a walk, forcing in Blanco, and moving up a base Gwynn and E. Gonzalez, while cutting the Phils’ lead down to 10-3. The next batter, Chase Headley made it a 10-5 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run single, scoring both Gwynn and E. Gonzalez, while sending A. Gonzalez up to third. The inning would finally end with Kevin Kouzmanoff striking out, swinging. The Phillies bullpen would then shut down the Padres for the final two innings, preserving the victory for the rookie.

Antonio Bastardo got the win, as he pitched a good game, going six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. His record is now 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning in relief, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson pitched a third of an inning, recording his second save of the year as he got out the only man he would face. Jake Peavy took the lost, as he lasted only an inning (being taken out of the game because he was feeling sick), giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 4.10. Josh Geer pitched an inning plus three batters of relief, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Luis Perdomo pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out three. Joe Thatcher pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks, as he also struck out three. Cla Meredith pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits.

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with the birthday boy, Raul Ibanez, leading the way as he got three hits, including two two-run home runs and a double, knocking in five of the Phillies’ ten runs. Shane Victorino followed with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Eric Bruntlett had the other six Phillies’ hits. Of the eleven hits, six would be for extra-bases (2B (2), 3B (1), HR (3)). Besides Ibanez’s five RBIs, Howard and Dobbs would both knock in two runs, while Utley would knock in one. Unlike Monday, the Phillies were able to knock in runs when they needed to.

The Phillies (30-20, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Padres (25-27, 3rd National League West) with another night game at PETCO Park. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (3-0, 3.00), who will be making his third start since being put into the starting rotation. He is coming off a win against the Nats on May 29, where he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out five in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He win be going for his second straight win as a starter, as he tries to give the Phils a series sweep. The Padres will counter with Chris Young (4-3, 4.45), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on May 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and six walks, while he struck out two, in the Padres’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Phils from sweeping the Padres. The Phillies, with another road series win, will be going for a sweep, to start off their long road trip on a positive note, while the team’s bullpen welcomes back J.C. Romero from his fifty games suspension. Despite not having his services for 50 games, the Phils lead the NL East, having the second best record in the National League, behind the Dodgers, two and a half games ahead of the Mets, who are trying to avoid being swept by the lowly Pirates.

Phillies continues their winning way on the road as they defeat the Padres, 5-3.

Back-to-back dingers from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard help to support a strong effort by ‘Kentucky Joe’ Blanton as the Phils defeated the Padres, 5-3.

The Padres took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Kevin Kouzmanoff hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Brian Giles, who had earlier singled, while scoring on the play Scott Hairston, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Giles’ single, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino on to second, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils made it 3-1 in the fifth as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year. One batter later, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Padres would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Hairston, followed with a solo shot of his own, his eighth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tacked on an insurance run in the eighth as, with a man on and two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ lined out to right, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Padres’ off the scoreboard in the final two innings, with Brad Lidge recording his fourth save in four straight games and his thirteenth save of the season.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched a strong seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 4-3 with a 5.86 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched an inning plus one batter, recording his tenth hold, as he gave up no runs on no hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth as he nailed down his thirteenth save of the year. Kevin Correia took the lost as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-4 with a 5.37 ERA. Cla Meredith pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, with a strikeout. Joe Thatcher pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Luke Gregerson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out one. Greg Burke pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had a total of twelve hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez each led the way with two hits each, with one of Utley’s hits being  a solo home run. Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other four Phils’ hits, with Howard’s being a home run. Utley and Victorino each knocked in two runs, while Howard knocked in one. Half of the Phils’ hits were for extra-bases (2Bs (4), HRs (2)). The Phils left eleven men on base, which they will need to improve on if they expect to have a good road trip.

The Phillies (29-20, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Padres (25-26, 3rd National League West), with a night game tonight at PETCO Park. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be rookie Antonio Bastardo (0-0, -.–), who is making his major league debut, taking the place, in the Phils’ starting rotation, of the injured Brett Myers. He will be going after his first major league win. The Padres will counter with their ace Jake Peavy (5-5, 3.67), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 27, as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to give a lot of run support to Bastardo in his first start in the big leagues.

Jamie Moyer finally notched career win number 250 as the Phillies defeat the Nationals, 4-2, sweeping the three-games series.

The sixth time is the charm for Jamie Moyer as he finally gets his 250th career victory of his long career, as the Phils hold on to defeat the luckless Nationals, 4-2, completing the sweep of the three-games home stand.

In the first, with one man on, and two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with two men out, Chris Coste hits a solo home run, his second home of the season, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. The Nats would cut the lead in half in the fourth as, with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 2-1 Phillies’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and one man out, Pedro Feliz would hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, at second base, as the Nats’ second baseman, Anderson Hernandez, is unable to get the ball out of his glove to throw to first, allowing Feliz to be safe there, while also allowing Raul Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, to score, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the lead again in the seventh, as Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the botttom of the inning as, with a man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would together pitch two scoreless frames, with Lidge collecting his twelfth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer got the win, his 250th carrer victory, as he went six strong innings, only giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. His record is now 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched an inning, recording his fifth hold of the season, as he gave up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. Ryan Madson recorded his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Brad Lidge recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. John Lannan took the lost as he pitched just five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven Phils. His record is now 2-5 with an ERA of 4.21. Jason Bergmann, Joe Beimel and Joel Hanrahan combined to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, (Beimel (1), Hanrahan (2)) and two walks (Bergmann and Beimel one each), while striking out three (Bergmann (1), Hanrahan (2)).

The Phillies had seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Chris Coste leading the team with two hits apiece, with one of Coste’s hits being a home run, while one of Utley’s was a double. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, and Pedro Feliz got the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Howard’s hits being triples. Beside Coste, Howard, Utley and Feliz each knocked in a run.

The Phillies (28-20, 1st) starts a long road trip by going to San Diego to face the Padres (25-25, 3rd National League West). The game will start at 10:05 pm Easten and will be played at PETCO Park. The Phillies starter will be Joe Blanton (3-3, 6.14), who is coming off his best start of the year against the Marliins on May 26, as he went eight strong innings, giving up no runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a season-high eleven batters, in the Phillies’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the season. He will be opposed by Kevin Correia (1-3, 5.11), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on May 26, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 6-5 lost. He will be going for his second win of the year. The Phillies will be going on a long road trip, as they try to increase their lead in the NL East.

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