Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the year as the Phils defeat the Cubs, 6-4.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a bunt single, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after Ty Wigginton had stuck out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and Laynce Nix had walked to load up the base, as Victorino and Pence both moved up a base, and with two men out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Pence, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base, before Orr would move up to second base on catcher Geovany Soto’s missed catch error on right fielder David DeJesus’ throw to the plate. The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Alfonso Soriano, a walk by Ian Stewart and a single by Blake DeWitt, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Soto hits into a 5-3 doubleplay, wiping out at third base Stewart for the inning’s first out, as Polanco touches the bag, before throwing on to first base, as Soriano scores, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Campana, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Cubs then tied the game up at four-all as Bryan LeHair hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Castro. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Campana, looking, to end the ballgame.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he had struck out five. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Chad Qualls blew his first save opportunity of the year before collecting the win (1-0, 3.24) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out four. Shawn Camp pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Maine (0-1, 1.59) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rafael Dolis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Pete Orr (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense had a pair of clutch two-outs hits, one early in the game, and one late.
The Phils (11-12, 4th) will now go on the road to begin a three-game series with the Braves (14-9, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to continue his dominance of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 25, as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to help the Braves start the series off with a win. The Phils will be trying to get back into the divisional race, by trying to go for a win in the opener of the series.