The text I received from Mike O after the seventh inning summed up Chad Qualls’ day very well. “Padres should have dealt him yesterday.” After the Phillies blew a lead, Qualls gave it right back allowing three home runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning, giving the Phillies an 8-6 win. After what looked like a pitchers’ duel through five innings, five home runs were hit from the sixth inning on. Ryan Howard, pinch-hitting for John Mayberry, hit the first home run off of Qualls, tying the game. Michael Martinez (yes, him again) hit a three run home run, and Chase Utley homered for a second time in the game to cap off Qualls’ day. San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer probably wasn’t thrilled with the outing considering Qualls is one of the few Padres pitchers available at the trading deadline. Michael Stutes, who was in line for a loss before Chad Qualls got bombed, picked up the win. Ryan Madson picked up the save and the Phillies moved to 63-36. The Braves got torched by the Cincinnati Reds 11-2 which now means the Phillies’ lead in the NL East is five games. Tomorrow, it’s Roy Halladay vs. Tim Stauffer for a 1:35 start time.
Jimmy Rollins lead off the game with a double to right and two batters later, Shane Victorino walked. Chase Utley would then wack a 2-0 pitch from Mat Latos over the left field wall (oppo bobbo as one great announcer use to say) and the Phils quickly had a 3-0 lead. Of course, Phillies fan knew that with Kyle Kendrick no lead is safe. Kendrick allowed the first Padres’ batters of the fourth and fifth innings to reach, but then had them erased on double play balls. However in the sixth inning, it all fell apart for Kyle. After giving up a lead-off single to the pitcher Mat Latos, Cameron Maybin (perhaps he’s finally turned a corner?) hit a line drive home run to left, cutting the deficit to one. Two batters later, Chase Headley tied the game on an opposite field home run to left. Michael Stutes finished off the inning and Kendrick’s line finished like this: 5 and 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. (You should retire Rob Johnson.) After the Phillies put the first two runners on in their half of the sixth inning and didn’t score, the Padres took the lead for the first time in the seventh. Logan Forsthye led off with a triple to right center and eventually scored on a Cameron Maybin single. Stutes almost got out of the jam when he got two outs after allowing the triple, but Maybin hit a rocket that Rollins couldn’t handle.
With a lead, the Padres went to their bullpen after their starter Mat Latos gave them six solid innings, striking out seven, allowing five hits and the three run home run to Chase Utley. Howard, who didn’t start because he was 0-8 against Latos with 8 strikeouts, hit the first pitch he saw from Chad Qualls over the fence in left center. The next batter, Ross Gload doubled and Rollins followed with a walk. Michael Martinez, who failed trying to bunt his first time up, quickly failed again, but with two strikes and the bunt sign off, hit his second home run of the season. (That’s another reason Chad Qualls stinks) Two batters later, Chase got into the act, homering to right, capping off the Phillies’ scoring. The Padres added two more in the 8th when Antonio Bastardo had his worst outing of the year. San Diego had the tying run come to the plate in the 9th inning, but Madson struck out Kyle Blanks to end the game.
-With the win, the Phillies move to 8-9 in games attended by me. They are 55-27 in games not attended by me. I know, I should stop going.
– It was hot, but I didn’t think it was unbearable.
– The guy in front of me had a Mike Lieberthal jersey. haha
– Why would you propose to your girlfriend during a Kyle Kendrick start?
– According to ESPN, Chad Qualls became just the fifth reliever since 1920 to give up 5 earned runs and 3 home runs in 1/3 of an inning.
– In an 8-5 game, the Padres had the bases loaded, two out, and Charlie Manuel brought in David Herndon. Herndon walked a run in and then was allowed to face Cameron Maybin, the Padres’ best hitter currently. Despite the fact that Herndon got Maybin out, it was an idiotic move on Charlie’s part. First off, David Herndon stinks. Second, you just activated Brad Lidge. It seemed like the perfect spot to use him. Third, why couldn’t you just pull a double switch and bring in Madson? (the pitchers’ spot was due up third in the bottom of the inning) I love Charlie, but you can’t deny his X and O side as a manager leaves much to be desired.
– If you strike out vs. Kyle Kendrick, you should be forced to retire.
-The Phillies are 27 games over .500. That’s crazy.