The Phils win their first series of the second half of the season as they defeat the Cubs in a laughter, 12-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI infield single, scoring Darin Ruf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Cody Asche’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Asche, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as Nate Schierholtz hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI bunt single, knocking in Martinez, who had started the inning off with a single, had reached second base on Ethan Martin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then reached third base as he beat Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardija’s throw to third on Kevin Frandsen’s fielder choice’s grounder to the pitcher, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 lead as Dom Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Ruiz and Utley. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead two batters later as, with a man on, and now with two men out, Asche hits a two-run home run, his first career home run, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out four. Zack Minor, Cesar Jimenez and Raul Valdes combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Jimenez) and a walk (Minor) between them, while striking out four (Minor (2), Jimenez (1), Valdes (1)). Jeff Samardija (6-11, 4.23) took the lost as he lasted only three and a third innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits, while striking out three. Eduardo Sanchez pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.
The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, a single, a double and a two-run home run, the first of his career, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Doubles, RBI), Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), and Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and John McDonald (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ruf and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz) and one sacrifice bunt (Ethan Martin) in the game.
The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (54-60, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (3-4, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 3, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to give his old team fits. The Nats will counter with Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14) who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 3, as he went seven innings, giving up four scattered hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to pitch well against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start their present series on a good note.