Denorfia runs wild as Padres hold off Phillies

 Chris Denorfia had two hits, two runs scored, and two stolen bases including a steal of home to help the Padres defeat the Phillies 5-4.  Cliff Lee was pounded for five runs and ten hits in four innings of work to take the loss while Aaron Harang picked up the win.  Brad Lidge made his season debut for the Phillies, throwing a perfect inning.  Mike Adams and Heath Bell both made their first appearances in the series under the watchful eye of the Phillies faithful, shutting the door on the Phillies in the last two innings. Bell picked up his 29th save of the season.  The Phillies had the tying run at second base in the 9th inning with one out, but Ross Gload struck out and Jimmy Rollins flew out to end the game.  The Phillies welcome the San Francisco Giants to town while the Padres head home to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After the Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Shane Victorino RBI double, the Padres got their revenge by putting up a  four spot in the second inning.  Rob Johnson doubled home Jesus Guzman and a few batters later, a Chris Denforia single scored Johnson.  Denorfia advanced to second on the throw home and then stole third base.  With Chase Headley at the plate, Cliff Lee threw a pick-off attempt to first base and Denorfia took off for the plate beating the Ryan Howard throw home, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead.  Several pitches later,  Chase Headley hit a double off over Shane Victorino’s head scoring Jason Bartlett.  After the Padres tacked on another run in the fourth inning, the Phillies fought back by cutting the deficit to two. With one out, Raul Ibanez doubled and the next batter, Dom Brown hit a fly ball that scooted by a diving Chris Denforia and Ryan Ludwick which allowed Ibanez to score and Brown to get all the way to third base. Carlos Ruiz would then single home Brown and the Phillies seemed to be back in the game only down 5-3.  After an Ibanez RBI single in the 6th inning, Brad Lidge made his first appearance of the year. He threw 11 pitches, seven strikes, and 9 sliders.  He had a perfect inning and struck out one batter.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Padres brought in Chad Qualls, who was absolutely awful on Saturday.  Qualls gave up a lead off single, but after Jimmy Rollins was caught stealing second, Qualls escaped any trouble.  The Phillies had the tying run in scoring position in the eight and ninth innings, but Mike Adams and Heath Bell got the necessary outs and the Padres escaped Philadelphia with a win.

Notes:

-Aaron Harang is 6’7. I had no idea he was that tall.

– In the 9th inning, why did Carlos Ruiz bunt? He’s on a 11 game hitting streak so why would you take the bat out of his hand?

-Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley are very good players, it’s a shame they play for the Padres.

-Hell of a play by Michael  Stutes in the 9th inning.

-Job well done by the Phillies bullpen, giving up only one hit.

– How bad is Juan Samuel as a third base coach?

-San Francisco will be in town. I hate the Giants. I hate Cody Ross. I hate the beard. Yes, I’m still bitter.

 

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