The Phils reach eighty victories, despite having to wait over two hours for the rain to subside first, as they defeat the D-backs, 4-1.
The Phils, after having to wait over two hours for the rain to leave, win their eightieth game, as they beat the D-backs, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two me out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez. who had earlier doubled, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just walked, on to third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. After the end of the inning, the ground crew put the tarp onto the infield, just moments before it started to rain, at times coming down in buckets, delaying the game for over two hours before play finally resumed. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The D-backs got on the board in the eighth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his twenty-third save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched three strong innings, before the two-hour plus rain delay, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. David Herndon (1-2, 3.79) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings after the deluge, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Michael Stutes pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson received his twenty-third save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (15-4, 3.22) took the lost as he also pitched only three innings, thanks to the long rain delay, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Micah Owings also pitched three innings after the rain had stopped, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Bryan Shaw, Joe Paterson and David Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shaw), while striking out a batter (Shaw) between them.
The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with both Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Doubles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Wilson Valdez (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. This would be the first game, since the trade, in which Hunter Pence would not get a hit, and the Phils would end up winning the game.
The Phils (80-42, 1st) will now begin a short three-game road trip with the Nats (59-63, 4th), starting tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 rout. He will be going for his second straight win since coming off the DL. The Nats will counter with Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21), who is coming off a win against the Phils on August 12, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 4-2 win. He hopes to once again stifle the Phils’ offense. The Phils plan to increase their present winning streak at the Nats expense.