Hurricane Irene tore through the region over the weekend, leaving a path of destruction a wiping out two of the three games the Phillies were scheduled to play with the Marlins. The Phils and Florida will play a makeup double-header on September 15.
The Phils lost the one game the teams did play, getting a weak start from Oswalt and falling 6-5. Oswalt was coming off of a fantastic start against Washington in which he had struck out nine in eight shutout innings, but looked a lot worse on Friday, allowing six runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Phillies are 83-46 on the year after losing to the Marlins 6-5 on Friday. They are in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the Braves.
Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and a walk. Only five of the runs was earned. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a grand slam by John Buck. Oswalt struck out two.
Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with a single to right and stole second. Infante was next and hit a ball that Valdez fielded at short, but Valdez threw the ball away for an error that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Logan Morrison was next and he grounded into a double-play, with Bonifacio scoring to put the Marlins up 1-0. Oswalt struck Mike Stanton out swinging to end the frame.
Greg Dobbs started the second with a single. Oswalt got the next two batters before Buck moved Dobbs to third with a single to right. Oswalt got the pitcher Clay Hensley to pop to Utley in foul territory to leave the runners stranded at the corners.
Oswalt set the Marlins down in order in the third.
He started the fourth with the score tied at 1-1. Stanton led off with a double and Dobbs followed with a ball past a diving Howard and down the first base line for another double, scoring Stanton to put Florida up 2-1. Oswalt retired Gaby Sanchez on a popup to Valdez for the first out and got Mike Cameron to fly to left for the second. He walked Buck intentionally to pitch to Hensley and the runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Hensley grounded to third to set the Marlins down.
Not a fan of the intentional walk to Buck there, but the grand slam off of Oswalt two innings later is a compelling argument.
Bonifacio singled to center to start the fifth, but Oswalt got Infante to ground into a double-play behind him. Morrison followed that with a double to right, but Oswalt got Stanton to ground to third to leave Morrison stranded.
The Marlins loaded the bases to start the sixth on singles by Dobbs, Sanchez and Cameron. It brought Buck to the plate and he hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right for a grand slam that put the Fish up 6-1. Oswalt got Hensley and Bonifacio on a pair of fly balls before Infante doubled to left. Herndon took over to pitch to Morrison and got him to fly to right to leave Infante stranded.
Herndon was back for the seventh with the lead cut to 6-4. He struck Stanton out swinging for the first out before Dobbs doubled again to right. Herndon got Sanchez on a fly ball to left and struck Cameron out looking to leave Dobbs at second.
Herndon has not allowed a run in 13 innings over his last 11 appearances.
Stutes started the eighth and struck Buck out looking for the first out. Lefty Bryan Petersen hit for the pitcher Ryan Webb and doubled to right, but Stutes struck out Infante and Bonifacio both swinging to leave Petersen at second.
Nice outing for Stutes, who has had a rough August in which he has thrown to a 5.56 ERA and had four bad outings in nine appearances.
Madson pitched the ninth and set the Marlins down in order on two ground balls and a fly ball to left.
Madson has now thrown two scoreless innings in two appearances since allowing six runs in 2/3 of an inning against the Nats on August 19.
The bullpen will be well-rested after not playing any games on Saturday or Sunday.
The Phillies lineup against righty Clay Hensley went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez at short with Rollins on the DL. Mayberry starts in left against a righty with Ibanez sidelined by his sore groin.
The Phillies were losing 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Polanco walked with one out, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Valdez led off the bottom of the third and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for his first home run of the year, tying the game at 1-1. The Phillies went in order behind him.
Down 2-1, Utley, Howard and Pence went in order in the fourth.
Mayberry, Ruiz and Valdez went in order in the fifth.
They were losing 6-1 when Martinez, double-switched into the game in the top of the inning, flew to center for the first out of the sixth. Victorino grounded to second for the second out before Polanco singled to center and moved to third when Utley followed with a double to left. It put men on second and third for Howard and lefty Michael Dunn took over for Hensley to pitch to Howard. Howard hit a 1-0 pitch out right center for a three-run homer that got the Phils back in the game at 6-4. Righty Ryan Webb took over for Dunn and Pence reached on an infield single. Mayberry followed that with a double to center, moving Pence to third. Ruiz flew to right to leave both runners stranded.
Third home run of the year for Howard against a left-handed pitcher.
The Phils went in order in the seventh. With the righty Webb still pitching for Florida, Orr hit for Herndon and lined to right for the first out.
Righty Edward Mujica started the eighth and Polanco hit a ground ball to third. Dobbs fielded it, but his throw to first was high and Polanco was safe on the error. Utley popped to short for the first out and Mujica struck Howard out looking for the second. Pence moved Polanco to third with a single, but Mayberry struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.
Utley and Howard both get to hit against the righty as they tying run after Polanco reaches on an error, but can’t do anything against Mujica.
Righty Steve Cishek struck Ruiz out swinging for the first out of the ninth. Ibanez hit for Madson and singled to right. Lee ran for Ibanez at first and Martinez doubled to the gap in left center, scoring Lee to make it 6-5. Victorino got to hit with the tying run in scoring position, but flew to left for the second out. Polanco grounded to short to end the game.
First at-bat for Ibanez since August 21 against the Nationals.
Victorino was 0-for-5 in the game. He’s 1-for-his-last-10.
Polanco 1-for-4 with a walk and a single. 233/294/271 in his last 266 plate appearances.
Utley 1-for-4 with a double.
Howard 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 240/296/380 against lefties for the year.
Pence 2-for-4 with two singles. He’s hitting .330 with the Phillies.
Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-8 in his last two starts.
Ruiz 0-for-4. 12-for-his-last-31 (.387).
Valdez 1-for-2 with a home run. Six career home runs in 978 plate appearances, four of which came last year with the Phillies.
Hamels (13-7, 2.62) faces righty Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.44) tonight. Bailey faced the Phils on May 26, allowing four runs in four innings in a game the Phils won 10-4. Ibanez hit a three-run homer off of Bailey that day. Hamels comes off the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder to make the start. He’s been outstanding against righties this year, holding them to a 202/244/288 line. Righties have hit 238/286/389 against him for his career. Hamels has allowed just six home runs to right-handed batters in 2011 — in 2010 he allowed 21 to righties and in 2009 he allowed 17.