The Phillies started July 6 with a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL East. With a dramatic win yesterday they go into the All-Star break with a half game lead despite winning four of their last five games. The hard-charging Mets have won nine in a row and trail the Phils by just half a game.
Yesterday’s game featured a fantastic pitching matchup between Cole Hamels and Brandon Webb. Both pitched well and the Phillies hit in the bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at 2-2 before non-All-Star Pat Burrell punched a three-run homer out to left to put the Phils on top to stay.
The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, winning 6-3. The take the series two games to one and go into the All-Star break at 52-44.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.
He set Arizona down 1-2-3 in the first. Had to throw some extra pitches thanks to Howard, who dropped a foul popup for his 11th error of the season.
With one out in the second, Chad Tracy hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Chris Burke singled with two outs, but Hamels got Robby Hammock swinging to end the frame.
Conor Jackson doubled with two outs in the third. Orlando Hudson flew to center for the third out.
With two outs in the fourth, Chris Young and Burke singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Hammock and Hammock blooped a single in front of Burrell. Young scored despite a nice throw home from Burrell and it was 2-0. The pitcher Brandon Webb struck out to set Arizona down.
Stephen Drew led off the fifth with a single. Conor Jackson was next and smashed a line drive to third that Feliz caught. He threw high to first but Howard made a nice play to catch the ball and come down on the bag to double-off Drew. Nice plays by Feliz and Howard. Hudson flew to left for the third out.
Mark Reynolds led off the sixth with a walk and Tracy moved him to second with a single. Hamels struck out Young and Burke before he got Hammock to fly to right for the third out.
Webb led off the seventh with a single. Drew was next and hit a ground ball in-between first and second. Howard came off the bag and deflected it out of the reach of Utley. Drew had an infield single and Webb went to second. Jackson bunted but way too hard — Feliz tagged the bag and threw to first nearly in time to get Jackson. With men on first and second and one down, Hudson drove a ball to right that Jenkins missed up against the wall. Jenkins threw to Utley who threw to Coste, but there was no runner coming home. Hudson had gone too far towards second and was eventually tagged out there because Jackson was already at second with Drew holding third. Hamels struck out Reynolds to leave both men stranded.
Jenkins injured his left elbow on the play near the wall — he left the game in the top of the eighth.
Madson pitched the eighth. He gave up a two-out single to Burke but struck out Hammock for the third out.
Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 but not scheduled to play again till Friday. Pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and took second as Drew struck out for the first out. Jackson grounded to short for the second out and the runner went to third. Hudson singled into right and Bonifacio scored to make it 6-3, but Lidge struck Reynolds out swinging to end the game.
Two innings for the pen. They allow a run on three hits and no walks.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches Hamels, which is unusual. Coming into yesterday’s game Ruiz had started 17 of Hamels’ 19 starts.
Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino and Utley both struck out before Rollins went to third on a wild pitch. Howard grounded to first for the third out.
Feliz singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded to third for the third out.
Victorino doubled with two outs in the third. Utley grounded back to Webb for the third out.
The Phils started the fifth down 2-0. Feliz led off with a single and Coste struck out behind him. Hamels was next and he got the Phillies on the board, slamming an 0-1 pitch into right-center for a double. Feliz scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Rollins was hit by a pitch but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.
Coste singled to right with one out in the seventh. With Webb still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Hamels and hit a ball in the hole between first and second. Hudson made a nice play to nip Dobbs at first with Coste moving to second. Ruiz ran for Coste at second and Rollins ripped an 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Ruiz scored from second to tie the game at 2-2. Rollins stole third before Victorino flew to center.
With the game still tied at 2-2 in the eighth, righty Chad Qualls entered the game with Utley and Howard were due to lead off the inning. Utley and Howard both singled, putting men on first and second. Burrell was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center. 5-2. Werth, who had entered in the top of the inning when Jenkins left with an injured elbow, grounded to short before Feliz homered to left to make it 6-2. Ruiz struck out for the second out. Bruntlett hit for Madson and popped to first.
Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 5-for-12 with two walks in the series. 274/340/438 for the season.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in the series. He’s hitting 279/350/408 for the year.
Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-10 in the series. 291/372/582.
Howard 1-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 234/324/508.
Burrell 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 2-for-12 in the set. 275/404/575 for the season.
Jenkins 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 237/289/379 for the year. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 271/357/477 for the year.
Feliz was 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the year. 4-for-11 with a home run and two walks in the series. 270/320/442. He’s never ended a season with an on-base percentage as high as his current .320.
Coste was 1-for-3 with a single. 1-for-6 in the series. 279/333/479 for the year. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 202/303/269 for the season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit since June 13 and is slugging .095 in 21 at-bats in July.
On Saturday the Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks 10-4 to drop to 51-44 on the season.
Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Just two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.
Second horrid outing in a row for Eaton. Over his last two outings he’s gone 6 1/3 innings and allowed 16 runs on 17 hits.
Drew and Jackson led off the first with singles to put men on first and third before Hudson struck out for the first out. Tracy followed with a single to right and Drew scored to put Arizona up 1-0 with Jackson moving to second. Reynolds was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz went to second for the second out but Reynolds beat the relay to avoid the double-play. Jackson scored to make it 2-0. Eaton struck out Young for the third out.
Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.
Hudson singled with two outs in the third, but Eaton got Tracy to fly to right for the third out.
Eaton started the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. The Snakes scored eight times. Eaton got the first two in the inning before Romero singled and Robby Hammock drew a walk. The pitcher Randy Johnson was next and belted a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and it was 4-2. Drew walked to put men on first and second. Jackson doubled into the left field corner and Johnson scored (5-2) with Drew holding third. Switch-hitter Orlando Hudson was walked intentionally and Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Tracy with the bases loaded. Tracy blooped a single into center and Drew and Jackson both scored. 7-2 with men on first and third. Swindle got ahead of the righty Reynolds before Reynolds hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. 10-2. Young singled to center before Romero flew to center for the third out.
Miserable inning for both Eaton and Swindle and they’re the only two guys who pitched. After getting the first two men in the inning, six hitters in a row reach against Eaton. The double that Johnson hit was huge. After giving up a hit to the only man he faced the night before, a lefty, Swindle again can’t get the lefty. Tracy’s hit was weak, but Swindle faced four batters — he got one out and allowed two singles and a three-run homer.
Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.
He came back for the sixth, too, and walked Jackson to start the inning. He got Hudson on a fly ball to center for the first out before Tracy moved Jackson to second with a single. Seanez came in to pitch to Reynolds and struck him out for the second out. Young popped to third to end the frame.
Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
He returned for the eighth. Drew led off with a single, but Jackson struck out and Hudson hit into a double-play.
Condrey threw the ninth. He hit Reynolds with one out but got the next two.
The pen goes another 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Swindle was terrible, everyone else good. Two days in a row for Swindle, who threw 40 pitches. Seanez 30, Condrey 10.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Utley on the bench with Bruntlett at second. After the big night on Friday Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty. Ruiz catches. I would never, ever hit Rollins third because he’s a really bad hitter when he does.
Victorino led off the first with a single and was picked off. Werth struck out before Rollins singled to right. Howard struck out to end the inning.
1-2-3 in the second.
Ruiz led off the third with a walk. Eaton bunted him to second before Victorino popped an 0-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Werth and Rollins went down behind him.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.
Bruntlett led off the fifth with a double. Ruiz moved him to third with a ground ball. Swindle, who had already thrown 1 1/3 innings for a weary pen, hit for himself with the Phils down 10-2 and grounded to second. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-3. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left again. 10-4. Werth grounded out for the third out.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.
Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. With righty Micah Owings on the mound for Arizona, Dobbs hit for Seanez and grounded to first. Rollins flew to center for the third out.
Howard, Burrell and Feliz went in order in the ninth.
Victorino 3-for-3 with two home runs and a walk. He drove in three of the four Phillies’ runs.
Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Burrell 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Bruntlett 1-for-3 with a double.
Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Phillies next game is Friday.
This says that the injury to Jenkins’ left elbow is not serious.