The Phillies scored seven runs in their last two at bats as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 tonight. The Phillies had four starters with multiple hits as the team moved to 79-42 on the year. Cliff Lee pitched seven innings and dominated after giving up a second inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt. He struck out seven in route to his 13th win of the season. Arizona starter Joe Saunders gave up five runs in seven innings and took the loss, but his line doesn’t do him justice. The Phillies went from the second inning to seventh without a hit. The Giants defeated the Braves which pushed the Phillies’ division lead back to 8.5 games. The Phillies and Diamondbacks continue the series tomorrow with the rubber match of Ian Kennedy vs. Vance Worley.
Jimmy Rollins started the scoring with his 37th career lead off home run. Paul Goldschmidt gave the Diamondbacks a brief 2-1 lead in the second inning on a two run home run. After Hunter Pence led off with a double in the bottom of the second, John Mayberry singled him home to tie it at 2. For some reason, Pence slid into third despite his third base coach, Juan Samuel, waving him home. From the third through the top of the seventh inning, each team combined for just two hits as Joe Saunders and Cliff Lee really settled in. In the bottom of the seventh, it all fell apart for the Diamondbacks. Pence led off with a walk and then a John Mayberry single. Wilson Valdez then hit a double over Arizona center fielder Chris Young’s head that scored the two. Brian Schneider sacrificed Valdez to third and was followed by a pinch-hit sac fly by Ben Francisco. In the eight inning, Pence and Ryan Howard led off with singles. Mayberry would follow with a single to third baseman Cody Ransom, who threw it away and thus allowed Howard to score. Two batters later, Schneider got into the act with an RBI single. Rollins would hit a sac fly later in the inning. The next batter, Shane Victorino doubled to left scoring Wilson Valdez to wrap up the scoring.
-I was stunned after the Phillies were baffled by Joe Saunders for a few innings. Saunders isn’t very good, but they finally got to him in the seventh inning.
– I thought Howard got a hold of one but he was robbed by Colin Cowgill.
-Pence said after the game that he thought the shortstop had the ball, explaining why he slid into third on the base hit by Mayberry. Dude just look at your third base coach in a spot like that.
-Great laugh by Wheels when he saw that play…just kidding, it was super creepy.
-I wouldn’t have been upset if Cliff Lee was batting 7th.