The Phils did it again last night, winning in extra-innings for the second straight day to take their fourth in a row. Down to their last strike with two outs in the ninth, pinch-hitter John Mayberry launched a two-run homer off of right-handed closer Huston Street that sent the game into extra-innings. Victorino led off the tenth with a solo home run that proved to be the game-winner as the Phils took the first of three in Colorado, 4-3.
Madson and Bastardo continue to shine at the back of the pen for the Phils, throwing two shutout innings in last night’s game. They have each now pitched three days in a row — over those three games they have combined to allow two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and the Phils have won two one-run games. For the year, Bastardo and Madson have combined to throw 80 innings in which they’ve pitched to a 1.58 ERA with an 0.93 ratio and struck out 90.
The Phillies are 69-39 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in ten innings last night. They have won four games in a row and are 30 games over .500 for the first time on the year. They are in first place in the NL East, seven games ahead of the Braves. Seven games is their biggest lead in the division on the year.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run homer. He struck out five.
He set the Rockies down in order in the bottom of the first.
Ty Wigginton singled with one out in the second and stole second before Chris Nelson struck out for the second out. It brought Seth Smith to the plate and the lefty hit a 2-1 pitch out to center, putting the Rockies up 2-0. Chris Iannetta grounded to third for the third out.
Hamels has been fantastic at preventing home runs this year, cutting his home run rate about in half compared to his career numbers. Lefties have fared better against him than righties for the season — they came into the game hitting 237/272/381 against Hamels while righties had hit 200/248/292.
He threw a 1-2-3 third. Rollins made a very nice play on a ball hit up the middle by Eric Young for the second out, fielding deep near second base, spinning and throwing to first in time to get the speedy Young.
Wigginton and Nelson singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, putting men on first and third for Smith. Hamels got him this time, getting Smith on a ground ball to first to leave both runners stranded.
The pitcher Jhoulys Chacin singled with one out in the fifth and moved to second when Young singled behind him. Hamels walked Dexter Fowler on five pitches and the bases were loaded. He got out of it, though, striking Mark Ellis out on three pitches and Troy Tulowitzki swinging 3-2.
Five men left on base for the Rockies in the fourth and fifth. Two big strikeouts for Hamels in the fifth keeps Colorado off the board after loading the bases with one out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
The Colorado lead was cut to 2-1 when Stutes started the seventh. Iannetta led off and the righty hit a 1-0 pitch out to left center, making it 3-1. Stutes got the next two before walking Fowler, but Ruiz threw Fowler out trying to steal second to end the inning.
Stutes was back to pitch the eighth. He walked Tulowitzki with one out, but got Wigginton and Nelson on a pair of fly balls to leave him at first.
Stutes has allowed at least one run in four of his last seven appearances, throwing to a 5.23 ERA with a 1.35 ratio.
Bastardo started the ninth with the game tied at 3-3. Smith led off with a single to left and Iannetta bunted him to second with the first out. Switch-hitter Jonathan Herrera hit for the pitcher Huston Street and grounded to short with Smith moving to third and two down. Ryan Spilborghs grounded to short to leave Smith at third.
The single by Smith is the only hit or walk that Bastardo has allowed in his last five appearances.
Madson started the tenth with a 4-3 lead. He set Colorado down in order, getting Fowler on a fly ball to center, Ellis on a ground ball to short and Tulowitzki on a popup to second.
Madson has now made eight appearances since returning from the DL in mid-July, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk.
Stutes threw 39 pitches in the game. Bastardo 18 and Madson eight. Madson and Bastardo have each thrown three days in a row.
The Phillies lineup against righty Jhoulys Chacin went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Polanco (8) Ruiz. Victorino continues to hit second with Pence fifth. Polanco back in the lineup and hitting seventh.
Utley walked with two outs in the top of the first, but Howard flew to left to leave him stranded.
Ibanez walked with one out in the second and moved to second when Polanco followed with a single to left center. Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the threat.
Down 2-0, Rollins was hit by a pitch with one out in the third. Victorino was next and hit a ball back up the middle that was deflected by Chacin and went to Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki made a nice play, picking the ball and flipping to second for the second out. Utley was next and he doubled to right. Smith played it nicely off the wall in right, though, and Ellis cut his throw and made a strong throw home where Victorino was tagged out on a close play to end the frame.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Ruiz doubled with one out in the fifth, but Hamels and Rollins both struck out behind him.
The Phils went in order in the sixth.
Pence led off the seventh with a single. Ibanez was next and hit a high fly ball to deep center field. Fowler seemed to lose track of it and the ball fell on the track for a double. Pence scored, cutting the lead to 2-1. Polanco grounded to short and Ruiz popped to the pitcher for the first two outs. With the righty Chacin still pitching for Colorado, Gload hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the third out.
The Phils can’t bring Ibanez home from second with nobody out. Polanco doesn’t move him to third with the first out of the inning.
Down 3-1, Victorino singled with one out in the eighth. Lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to Utley and Utley singled to left, moving Victorino up to second. Howard grounded to second for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Righty Rafael Betancourt took over for Reynolds and struck out Pence to leave the runners at second and third.
Huston Street was on in the ninth with a two-run lead. He struck out Ibanez for the first out and got Polanco to fly to center for the second. Ruiz was next and he doubled to left. Mayberry hit for Stutes. He got behind 1-2, then worked the count full and fouled off two pitches before hitting a ball out to left center, tying the game at 3-3. Rollins flew to center for the third out.
Domonic Brown, the would-be second legitimate lefty power threat off the bench behind Gload, is in Triple-A, so Mayberry has to hit against the righty. Worked out pretty well.
Victorino led off the ninth and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left off of lefty Rex Brothers, putting the Phils up 4-3. Utley and Howard both struck out behind him before Pence popped to short.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. 7-for-his-last-21 with three walks.
Victorino 2-for-5 with home run. His .528 slugging percentage is the best on the team. 367/457/633 in 71 plate appearances since the beginning of July.
Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 8-for-his-last-22 with four extra-base hits.
Howard 0-for-5. 1-for-10 since going 4-for-4 on Saturday.
Pence 1-for-5. 3-for-14 with a double for the Phillies so far.
Ibanez 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. He’s 11-for-his-last-34 with four doubles and three home runs. 277/314/507 over his last 312 plate appearances after hitting 154/238/209 in his first 101 plate appearances on the year.
Polanco 1-for-4 and couldn’t move Ibanez to third with the first out of the seventh. He’s a Polancoish 3-for-9 with three singles and no walks since returning from the DL.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with two doubles. 343/450/537 in 82 plate appearances since July 2.
Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) faces righty Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05) tonight. Cook didn’t pitch until June this year, recovering from a broken finger. In the nine starts he’s made he’s been hit hard, allowing 68 hits and 21 walks in 51 2/3 innings. His best start of the year came his last time out when he threw seven shutout innings against the Dodgers. Kendrick still can’t get lefties out — they’re hitting 266/372/516 against him for the year compared to 263/292/366 for righties.
Oswalt allowed two runs in six innings for the IronPigs last night. He is expected return this weekend to start against the Giants.