The Phils start their home stand with the bats returning as they crush the Marlins, 7-2.
The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Donovan Solano, who had just singled, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the game off with a walk, moved up to second base on Solano’s single, then stole third base, the 600th steal of his career, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right field, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard, after a frustrating two days in Cleveland where his monster shots would die between the warning track and the wall, hits a solo bomb of his own to left field, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Erik Kratz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third base on second baseman Solano’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils two batters later, after Michael Young’s single sent Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, would add to their lead as Rollins would score on catcher Rob Brantley’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the sixth as Justin Ruggiano hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Nix, who had just walked, over to third base. Two batters later, after Brown had moved up to second base on John Mayberry Jr’s ground out, 1-3, and now with one man out, the Phils made it a 6-2 lead as Nix scored on pitcher Tom Koehler’s wild pitch, while Brown would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-2 lead as Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) got the win as he threw another quality start as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and two walks, while striking out five. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Alex Sanabia (2-4, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a passed ball, while he struck out four. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler pitched two innings as he gave up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Dom Brown (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) with two. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The other three Phils’ runs came in on a sacrifice fly, a passed ball and a wild pitch. The Phils also had five walks (Howard (2), Laynce Nix (1), John Mayberry, Jr. (1), Kratz (1)) in the ballgame.
The Phils (13-16, 4th) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (8-21, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is supposed to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 27, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-4 rout. Pettibone will be looking for his third straight quality start and his second straight win. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 24, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be going for his third straight win. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game.