The Phils end their most recent losing streak as they hold on to defeat the Giants, 2-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on catcher Buster Posey’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, up to second base. The Giants would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Ehire Adrianza hits an RBI single, knocking in Gregor Blanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching base on left fielder Michael Morse’s fielding error of his fly ball, before ending up on second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Blanco to lined out to left for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out ten. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out six. Javier Lopez and Jean Machi combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Lopez) between them, while striking out one (Machi).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) and Wil Nieves (Single, Double) all leading the club with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Darin Ruf (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Utley, Grady Sizemore) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere, 3).
The Phils (44-58, 5th East) will start a weekend series at home against the Diamondbacks (44-58, 4th West) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 20, as he went just five innings, giving up six runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two games losing streak. The D-backs will counter with Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out seven, in the D-backs, 9-3 rout. He’ll be going for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be trying to start a new winning streak.