The Phils react to the criticism from both their manager and general manager, and changes in their roster, by defeating the lowly Padres, 7-3.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, the presently hot John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Padres cut down the Phils’ lead to 2-1 in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Yonder Alonso hits an RBI single, knocking in Will Venable, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Headley’s walk, while sending Headley, who had just walked, up to second base. The Padres then tied the game up at two-all as Jesus Guzman hits an RBI single, scoring Headley, while sending Alonso up to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, a still hot Ruiz hits a two-run home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Padres would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man out, Alonso hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had earlier reached first base on a 5-4 force out, wiping out at second base Ruiz, who had begun the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier walked, then went all the way to third on Miles Mikolas’ wild pitch, as he walked Wigginton, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had walked for the second time in the ballgame, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-3 lead as Mayberry hits an RBI single, scoring Wigginton, before Ruiz, who was trying to move on to third base, is thrown out, 7-5-4, for the inning’s third out. That would end up being the final score as Chad Qualls threw a scoreless ninth, getting Orlando Hudson to end the game with a fly out to center for the final out.
Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) got the win as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Chad Qualls threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Brad Brach pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Miles Mikolas pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Josh Spench pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits each, followed by Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both following with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as they try to react positively to the chewing out given them by both Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro, Jr.
The Phils (15-18, 5th East) continue their weekend series with the Padres (11-22, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.28) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 7, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying, for the fourth time this season, to get his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a two-game winning streak, after getting swept by the Mets. The Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (1-2, 2.98), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 7, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to help the Padres tie up the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be out to build on last night’s win.