September 2012

Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils beat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry,  Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 4-unassisted, as Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, is tagged out for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the third as Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, as the ball hit the foul pole. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Laynce Nix and Kevin Frandsen, with Nix stopping at second base, and an infield single by Erik Kratz, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by taking an RBI walk, forcing in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while moving up a base both Frandsen and Kratz. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead two batters later as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, knocking in Frandsen, as Lee is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, while Kratz would move up to third base. The Braves would finally get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while striking out five. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three. Luis Avilan, Peter Moylan and Miguel Batista combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista) and a walk (Batista) between them, while striking out a batter (Batista).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in a run. Juan Pierre (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other seven hits. Cliff Lee brought in a run on a bases loaded walk, while pinch hitter Ty Wigginton brought in the final Phils’ run on a force out. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Rollins, 25) in the game. 

The Phils (64-69, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (74-59, 2nd) with a late afternoon game. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is to start at 5:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on August 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings win. He will again be trying for his fifteenth win of the year. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on August 27, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep.

The Phils win the battle of the long ball as they defeat the Braves in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils outlast the Braves as they win the game in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Mike Minor, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then added to their lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, scoring Chipper Jones, who had just walked, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead. The Phils got two runs back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Frandsen, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a bunt single by Chase Utley, with Rollins moving up to third base and with Frandsen stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Frandsen, making it a 4-3 Braves’ lead, while sending Utley on to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all as Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley. The Braves then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 5-4 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the ninth as Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Christian Martinez’s balk, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 3-1, and Howard, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Philippe Aumont combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo (2), Aumont (1)). Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Mike Minor also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus four batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters collected his seventeenth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Craig Kimbrel blew his third save opportunity this season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a balk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Erik Kratz (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Kevin Frandsen (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ty Wigginton (RBI), and pinch hitter Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (63-69, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (74-58, 2nd) with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox, in a game now in progress .

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