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The Phils end the first half of the regular season on a high note as they sweep the 1st place Reds behind the six-hit pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds, 1-0.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was safe on second on a ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference as a fan in the left center field seats touched the ball while it was still in play, which was confirmed when the umpires reviewed the call, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds tried to come back in the fourth, as they loaded the bases, via a single to Paul Janish and walks to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen, and with nobody out, when Jonny Gomes hit into a force out, 5-2, wiping out Janish at home as Ruiz touches the plate for the inning’s first out, while both Votto and Rolen would move up a base, and Gomes would be safe at first. The Phils then got out of the inning as Jay Bruce lined out to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would catch the ball before it could hit the ground, then throw over to second for a 1-6 doubleplay, doubling up Votto, to end the inning, with the Phils still in the lead. The Phils then tried to increase their lead in their half of the fourth, as they loaded the bases via a ground-rule double for Jayson Werth, as another fan interfered with a ball in play, this time preventing what could have been either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, depending on how the ball would’ve hit the wall in center field, by catching it, a call that was once again confirmed by a review by the umpires, Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, and a walk to Ruiz, moving both Werth and Howard up a base, and with two men out. Reds starter Matt Maloney would turn the Phils’ away by getting Wilson Valdez to hit into a force out at third, 6-5, wiping out Howard for the inning’s final out. Neither team would make another serious threat during the game as both starters would keep the bats under control. The game would end as a Phils win as the Reds would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth as J.C. Romero would strike out Bruce swinging for the inning’s first out, then Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season by first striking out Drew Stubbs swinging and then getting pitch hitter Miguel Cairo to pop out to right for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, giving up six scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a third of an innings, walking a batter. J.C. Romero also pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face, collecting his fourth hold of the season. Brad Lidge collects his sixth save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Matt Maloney took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA. Nick Masset and Arthur Rhodes pitches for two shut out innings, giving up just one walk (Masset) and a hit batter (Rhodes) between them, while striking out three (Masset).
The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in the only run of the game, for the second game in a row. Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both ground-rule doubles, thanks to fan interference in both cases, with the second one, on Werth’s hit, being the more costly, as it might have ended up being either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, based on where the ball might have hit the wall and with Reds’ center fielder Drew Stubbs being positioned almost against the wall in center, that ball would have been going places, but, since the fan caught it, we may never know. Guys, let the ball alone unless you are quite sure it will be leaving the ballpark. You may never know what might be the results.
The Phils (47-40, 3rd NL East) will be off for the next three days (except for Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, who will both be at the All-Star Game), trying to recharge their batteries before they start the second half with a four-game set against the Cubs (39-50, 4th NL Central) in Chicago at Wrigley Field.
The Phils win their third straight extra-inning walk-off win on a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins as the Phils defeat the Reds, 1-0.
In a very close game that started out as a pitchers’ duel between a shut out (Roy Halladay) and a no-hit bid (Travis Wood), the game ended as an extra-inning Phils win as Jimmy Rollins hits a two out single in the bottom of the eleventh to defeat the Reds for their third straight extra-inning walk-off win, 1-0. The three straight walk-off wins have occurred for the first time in the club’s history.
For the first seven innings the game developed into a classic pitchers’ duel between veteran Roy Halladay and rookie Travis Wood, in which Halladay would give up three hits and a walk, helped by two doubleplays, as he struck out six, whle Wood got out the first twenty-one men that he would face, thanks mostly to the batters chasing his high fastball, as he struck out eight batters. In the eight, the Reds threathen to take the lead as Miguel Cairo got on base with a lead-off double off of Ryan Howard’s glove. The next batter, Drew Stubbs moved Cairo up to third base on a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the first out. But Halladay got out of the inning by getting strike outs numbers seven and eight by getting Ryan Hanigan swinging for out number two and then Travis Wood swinging for the final out. After Wood set down batters twenty-two to twenty-four in the Phils’ half of the eighth, Halladay also put down the Reds in the top of the ninth, striking out victim number nine, although giving up his fifth and final hit of the game. In the Phils’ half of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz broke up Wood’s no-hit bid with a lead-off double to center. The next batter, pinch hitter Wilson Valdez then messes up a bunt attempt by popping up to the third baseman for the first out. The following hitter, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez flied out to center field for the inning’s second out, sending Ruiz to third, which might have won the game if Valdez had done his job. Jimmy Rollins then ended the inning by popping out to the first baseman, sending the game into extra-innings for the third straight game. The Reds then tried to take the lead against Brad Lidge in the tenth as Jay Bruce started the inning off with a lead-off double. Cairo followed with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Bruce on to third with one man out. After Lidge had walked Stubbs to put runners on the corners, Stubbs then stole second base to put runners on second and third, with one man out. Hanigan then followed by striking out swinging for out number two. The next batter, pinch hitter Laynce Nix is then intentionally walked to load up the bases, bringing up Brandon Phillips, who then flied out to center to end the inning. The Phils then went down in the tenth, making no real threat against first Nick Masset, then Bill Bray, although getting one hit in the inning. In the top of the eleventh, Jose Contreras puts down the Reds 1-2-3, striking out two batters. Then in the Phils’ half of the eleventh, they made their second major threat of the game as, after Cody Ransom strikes out for the inning’s first out, Ruiz hit his second double of the ballgame, this time to left. Valdez is then intentionally walked to put two men on with one out. Pinch hitter Ross Gload then flies out to right for the inning’s second out. Bray is then replaced on the mound by Logan Ondrusek, to face Rollins. On an 1-0 fastball, Rollins hits it near the right field line, scoring Ruiz from second, winning the game 1-0, on a walk-off single.
Roy Halladay receives a no-decision as he pitches nine strong innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out two. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Travis Wood also receives a no-decision as he pitches nine shut out innings as well, giving up just one hit, while striking out eight. Nick Masset pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Bill Bray took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Logan Ondrusek pitches to one batter, giving up a hit which ends the game.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both doubles, scoring the game’s only run. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Rollins’ single knocking in the game’s only run.
The Phils (46-40, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (49-40, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading. The Phils will be trying to enter the all-star break with a series sweep.
The third straight good pitching performance by the starters is wasted as the batters once again refuse to hit as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 2-0.
Jamie Moyer’s most recent good performance is ruined as the offense is once again acting cold as the Phils lose for the second straight time to the Pirates, 2-0.
The Pirates took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Andrew McCutchen, an infield single by Ryan Doumit, sending McCutchen up to second base, and a walk to Bobby Crosby, moving both McCutchen and Doumit up a base, and with two men out, Andy LaRoche hits an infield single to Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, who then threw it wide of first, allowing both McCutcheon and Doumit to score, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead, while Crosby would stop at third and LaRoche end up at second. The Phils threathen to score in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to third on a Ross Ohlendorf wild pitch and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Ben Francisco was rubbed of a hit as Lastings Milledge made a sliding catch of his falling fly ball for the final out. That would be it, as the Phils would make no more threats during the night, with Octavio Dotel putting them down, 1-2-3 in the ninth for his eighteenth save of the season.
Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.13 ERA. David Herndon and J.C. Romero pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters, one batter each. Ross Ohlendorf gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs on five hits and one walk, striking out eight. His record is now 1-6 with a 4.39 ERA. Joel Hanrahan records his twelfth hold, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Octavio Dotel records his eighteenth save of the season as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils, for the second straight game, had only five hits, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Dane Sardinha had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double and Howard and Sardinha’s hits being singles, as the Phils are shut out for the eighth time this season. Guys, please, start playing some small ball, else this is going to be a long couple of months until Chase Utley gets back. You guy can do it, I know you can, you guys just don’t want to do it. Swallow your blasted prides and do it!!!
The Phils (41-37, 3rd NL East) continue their long death mar…uhm, I mean, four-game series with the Pirates (29-51, 5th NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 4.88), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. He will be trying to overcome his last two bad starts. The Pirates will counter with Paul Maholm (5-6, 3.98), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 28, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out two, in the Pirates’ 2-1 win. In his last three starts, he went 1-2, as he pitched fifteen and two-thirds innings, giving up twelve runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and six walks, while he struck out seven. He hopes to make it four loses in a row for the Phils. The Phils’ bats hope to come alive to avoid losing the weekend series to the last place Pirates.
The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings, after Brad Lidge blows the save with two outs in the ninth, 9-6.
Brad Lidge blows his second save opportunity in the ninth, with two men out, but the Phils’ offense rallies by scoring three runs in the top of the tenth inning to defeat the Reds, 9-6.
The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Orlando Cabrera hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, to gives the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who have both walked, and then moved up a base, Howard’s on Raul Ibanez’s fly out to center and Werth on shortstop’s Cabrera missed error of center fielder’s Chris Heisey’s throw, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, once again, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a three-run home run of his own, his third home run of the season, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Schneider’s single, and Schneider, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Reds would cut the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two outs, Ramon Hernandez hits a two-run double, scoring Miguel Cairo, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Heisey’s walk, and Heisey, who had just walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Reds tied it up at six-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Joey Votto hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in Phillips, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, then stopped at third on Cabrera’s single, and Cabrera, who had just singled. The Phils would regain the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils made it 8-6 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco had an RBI single, knocking in Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third base. One batter later, with runners once again on the corners, and with still nobody out, Valdez reaches first base on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Ibanez, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero collects his third save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, ending the game by striking out Laynce Nix swinging.
Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras receives his sixth hold of the year by getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge blew his second save opportunity of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA. J.C. Romero records his third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out four. Daniel Ray Herrera, Bill Bray, and Jordan Smith combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Smith) and three walks (Herrera (2), Smith (1)), while striking out four (Herrera (2), Smith (2)). Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 1.13. Nick Masset pitches a scoreless inning, getting out all three men whom he would face.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits, two singles and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a three-run home run, as he knocks in four runs. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phil’s hits, with Victorino, Rollins, Werth and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Francisco knocking in a run, while Howard and Ibanez’s hits were doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run. Just when you thought you had this team thought out, they surprise you. You think they would feel crushed by the double lost of both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco to the disabled list, Schneider and Valdez hits three-runs home runs, and just when you thought they would be deflated by Lidge blowing the save, they hit the Reds with a three spot in the tenth. I guess this team is the literal descendents of the 1980 team that wouldn’t die. Keep it up guys, let make the Mets and Braves sweat about when all of the pieces decide to stay at the same time.
The Phils (41-34, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Reds (43-35, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress.
The offense remains awol as a follow-up gem by Jamie Moyer is wasted by no run productions as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 1-0.
The Phils’ offense continue to refuse crossing the plate as they are blanked for the fifth time in eight games, as they lose to the Marlins, 1-0.
The game is a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jamie Moyer until the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single that gets past the diving Ryan Howard into right field, allowing Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, to score, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Dan Uggla, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils’ offense continue to be unable to get anything going, before going down 1-2-3 to Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez in the top of the ninth, as Nunez records his tenth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer receives the lost as he pitches six strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA. David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Anibal Sanchez gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.89. Taylor Tankersley records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley records his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Leo Nunez records his tenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters.
The Phils had only four hits in the game. Shane Victorino led the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley and Brian Schneider had the team’s other two hits, both singles, as the rest of the offense continues being unable to hit, or to hit with runners in scoring position as the team went 0 for 6, leaving eight men on base.
The batters are obviously trying to do too much right now. They need to relax and stop putting pressure on themselves, else this slump is going to last throughout the summer, and will extend to the pitchers, who, at the moment are pitching well, keeping the team in most of their games during this rotten stretch. Some of these guys need to calm down, swing at their pitches, and stop swinging at the opposing pitchers’ junk. I’m talking to you, Jayson!!!! Four strikeouts in one day? Come on, Jayson, you’re better than that. God, will I be glad when Jimmy finally comes back.
Jamie Moyer and the bullpen four hit the Padres as Pat Burrell hit a solo run that would give the Phillies a 1-0 win.
Jamie Moyer would pitch seven scoreless inning of three hit ball while the bullpen trio of Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge would give the Padres only one more hit, while Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run off of Padres’ starter Greg Maddux to give the Phillies a 1-0 victory. The game for the first six innings would be a pitchers’ duel between two veteran pitchers, Moyer and Maddux, two of the three veteran pitchers still left from the Draft Class of 1984. Maddux would get himself out of a two men on, one men out, Phils’ threat in the top of the second by getting Eric Bruntlett to pop out and Carlos Ruiz to fly out. Moyer would get himself out of a jam of his own in the Padres’ sixth, when, with runners on first and third, and two outs, he would get Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out, first baseman to the pitcher, for the final out. Then in the seventh, Pat Burrell would knock in the game’s only run as he would hit his third career home run off of Maddux, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, to give the Philles a 1-0 lead. In the Padres’ seventh, after giving up a lead-off single to Andrian Gonzalez, Moyer would get Chase Headley to line out to third, Tadahito Iguchi to line out to right and Nick Hundley to pop out to third, to end the inning and his night on the mound. The Phillies would then threathen to add to their lead in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they would be turned away in both innings by the Padres’ bullpen. The Padres would, in the meantime, get a runner on base with two outs in their own half of the eighth, but J.C. Romero, pitching in relief of Ryan Madson, who, in turrn, has been pitching in relief of Moyer, would end the inning by getting Brian Giles to ground out to Ryan Howard, who would just beat Giles to the bag for the final out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth and would record a 1-2-3 inning, to end the ballgame with his twenty-ninth save of the year.
Jamie Moyer would get the victory as he would pitch seven strong innings of shutout ball, giving up only three hits and walking only two batters as he constantly got ahead of the hitters. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-ninth save in twenty-nine attempts as he would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, strking out two. Greg Maddux would get the lost, as he also pitched seven innings, giving up an earned run, Pat Burrell’s solo home run, on five hits. His record is now 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA. Justin Hampson would face only one batter who would get on base on a throwing error. Mike Adams would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Wilfredo Ledezma would pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out the side.
The Phillies’ offense, in spite of Pat Burrell’s home run, is still not scoring runs when they need to. If not for Jamie Moyer’s pitching and some spectacular plays that were made in the field by both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, the Phillies would probably be trying to avoid six loses in a row instead of trying for a series win this upcoming Saturday night.
The Phillies (65-57) will continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a thirds innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter, although announced, has not yet been listed, as the original starter, Chris Young, has just been placed on the disabled list by the Padres.
The Phillies are still trailing the Mets by a game, as they defeated the Pirates. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games, as they’d lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be trying to get a series win while still waiting for the offense to finally wake up.
For the second straight game, the Phillies were involved in a shut out. Only this time, they were the ones to come out on top, but just barely, as they defeated the Nationals 1-0. Cole Hamels would pitch seven strong innings, as he gives up no runs to the Nats, on four hits, while striking out eleven batters. Hamels has now pitched nineteen straight scoreless innings, going back to the last three innings of his May 9 start against the Giants. The Phils’ offense has been kept from scoring for just as many innings, not scoring a run for seventeen and two-thirds innings, as it continues, until the top of the ninth, to leave men on base, in this case nine runners, with four of them in scoring position, in the first eight innings, as Tom Bergmann and Saul Rivera would both find ways to keep them from scoring. The Phillies would finally get a run across in the ninth inning, when, with the Nats’ closer Jon Rauch pitching, Pedro Feliz would start the inning off with a double. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Feliz, Carlos Ruiz would sacrifice him over to third, putting the winning run on third base with one out. Greg Dobbs would then come out to pitch hit for Tom Gordon, who has kept the Nationals from scoring in their half of the eighth, keeping the game scoreless. With the count 2-0, Dobbs would hit a blooping single to center field, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. After Jimmy Rollins flies out, Shane Victorino would hit a double to center field. But, Dobbs would be tagged out at home plate, thanks to a strong throw from Lastings Milledge to shortstop Cristian Guzman to catcher Jesus Flores, who would block the plate, thus keeping Dobbs from scoring. This would keep the score 1-0 Phils. Brad Lidge would pitch the bottom of the ninth in relief of Gordon. After striking out the first two batters he faced, he would walk Elijah Dukes with the count full. Dukes would then proceed to steal second and third, before Lidge would walk pitch hitter Rob Mackowiak, also on a full count, giving the Nationals runners on the corners, with the winning run on first. Then on the first pitch to Felipe Lopez, Lopez would hit a grounder to Chase Utley. Utley would bobble the ball before finally throwing out a slow moving Lopez to end the game and preserve the victory for the Phillies as Lidge records his eleventh save in as many tries.
Cole Hamels, with his seven innings of shut out ball, would get a no-decision while dropping his ERA to 2.61. Tom Gordon, pitching an inning of relief, would get the win as he gives up no runs on one hit. His record is now 4-2, with an ERA of 4.26. Brad Lidge records his eleventh save of the year as he goes one full innings, giving up no runs on no hits, striking out two while also walking two. Tom Bergmann would also get a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs while scattering five hits. Saul Rivera would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Jon Rauch would take the lost, giving up an earned run on three hits. His record is now 2-1, with a 2.78 ERA.
The Phils’ offense, expected to be the best run producer in the National League this year, is scoring less runs than expected, while the batters have suddenly stopped getting the key hit. Maybe having the offense play some small ball for a few games might be what the doctor ordered, else the starters will soon find themselves in for a lot of long games without offensive support. And, considering how some of them are pitching right now (I’m talking to you Myers and Eaton), that might end up meaning a bullpen weaken from overwork by September.
The Phillies (25-22) will conclude their trip to the nation’s capitol with a night game tonight from Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (3-3, 4.89), who is coming off of a good outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 10-3 victory. He hopes to improve his record while trying to help the Phils win the series as he pitches in the 46th ballpark in his 22 years career. The Nationals (20-27) will counter with Matt Chico (0-5, 6.07), who they are using in place of Shawn Hill, who has an ailing right elbow. Chico is coming out of the bullpen, where he was demoted after losing five of his six starts earlier this season. Coming out of the bullpen, he would appear in three games, where he would pitch six and one third innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, as his ERA drops from 6.87 to 6.07. He hopes to win his first start of the year while adding to the Phils’ offensive problems, while the Phils hopes to final break out the bats and start scoring runs.
The Phils’ victory keeps them a game of a half behind the Florida Marlins, who won their game against the Diamondbacks, 3-2. The Phils are technically still tied for second place, but now they are a .001 percentage point behind the Atlanta Braves, who have swept a double header from the New York Mets, by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. The losts put the Mets in fourth place, a game behind both the Phils and the Braves. The Phils hopes to get a win tonight, to keep pace with both the Marlins and the Braves and stay ahead of the Mets in the tight National League East.
And Cole Hamels has just completed a 1-2-3 first inning with one strikeout. In the Phils half of the first, Greg Maddux walks Eric Bruntlett after one out. Bruntlett then stole and would later score on a Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. The innings ends with the Phils leading San Diego, 1-0.