The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.
Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.
The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. 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 A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.