The Phils win their third game in a row as they hang on to win a squeaker in LA, beating the Dodgers, 3-2.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits into a double play, 5-4-3, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on first baseman Howard’s missed catch error of second baseman’s Chase Utley throw to first of Mark Ellis’ grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ellis, who had reached first base on Howard’s error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Dodgers then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Juan Rivera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on James Loney’s single, then stopped at third base on Luis Cruz’s force out, 1-6, as Loney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Cruz reaches first base, would score on pitcher’s Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, while Cruz, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twentieth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.
Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three Phils. Shawn Tolleson, Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a run (Elbert) and a walk (Elbert) between them, while striking out six (Tolleson (3), Belisario (3)).
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.
The Phils (40-51, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (48-43, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is supposed to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-5. 3.98), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was on May 27 against the Cardinals, where he had received a lost, going just two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He hopes that he will have improved over the way he was pitching before the injury. The Dodgers, as of the present moment, have not announced their starter. The Phils will be looking to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping that Halladay will have returned to form.