The Phils start their new home stand with a win, powered by Andres Blanco three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Andres Blanco hits a three-run home run to right, his first home run of the season, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, and Cody Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would get on the board in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dustin Ackley hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Taylor, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Endy Chavez’s single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Chavez, who had earlier singled, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Brad Miller to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.
Jerome Williams, whom the Phils have recently picked up off the waiver wire, (3-5, 5.91), got the win as he pitched seven, plus one batter, strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Dominic Leone pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)) between them, while striking out two (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)).
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Cody Asche (Single) and Andres Blanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Carlos Ruiz (3), Howard (2), Ruf (1), Asche (1)), a stolen base (Revere (36)) and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game, while the defense performed a double play, and caught a runner trying to steal a base.
The Phils (55-70, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Mariners (67-57, 3rd AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-13, 4.35), who is coming off a lost against the Angels on August 13, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win, while trying to bounce back from the lost. The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on August 13, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mariners’ 2-0 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.