The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.
On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.
Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.
In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.