A John Buck grand slam was the difference maker as the Florida Marlins held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. Along with Buck’s grand slam, Former Phil Greg Dobbs had four hits and two RBIs to lead the way. Clay Hensley went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs to pick up his second win as a starter. Roy Oswalt was terrible, giving up 12 hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work to take the loss. Steven Cishek picked up the save for the Marlins, but didn’t look all that great doing it, allowing a run, but got Placido Polanco to ground out to end the game. There is no doubleheader tomorrow. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed because of Hurricane Irene. The day game at 1:05 PM is still on track, but who knows if the game finishes.
Emilio Bonifacio continued his solid season by leading off the game with a single. He would then proceed to steal second and advance to third on Wilson Valdez’s throwing error. Bonifacio broke for third on the Omar Infante ground ball to short and Valdez tried to throw him out at third, but instead hit Bonifacio as he reached the base. Logan Morrison’s double play would score Bonifacio, giving the Marlins the early 1-0 lead. One would think with Clay Hensley not being very good, the Phillies would crush him, but such was not the case. Wilson Valdez’ solo home run in the third inning was the only hit the Phillies had off of him until the sixth inning. The Marlins tacked on another run in the fourth inning on a Greg Dobbs RBI double. Dobbs, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat last year, had four hits in five at bats. In the top half of the sixth inning, John Buck hit a grand slam off of Oswalt with no outs to make it 6-1. Oswalt left the game in that inning after he gave up a two out double to Omar Infante. Roy took a step back from his last start, mostly because of his drop in velocity. The Phillies got right back in the game in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Polanco singled and Utley doubled off of Hensley. Marlins manager, Jack McKeon would bring in his lefty reliever Mike Dunn to face Ryan Howard. Howard proceeded to homer to right, making it 6-4. The Phillies would have another chance in the eight inning when John Mayberry came up with runners on first and third with two out, but struck out looking. In their last at bat, pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez singled to right with one out. His pinch-runner Cliff Lee would come around to score on a Michael Martinez double. However, Shane Victorino flew out to left and Placido Polanco grounded out to short to end the game.
-Mike O didn’t want to do this recap. Jerk.
-Interesting note from David Hale, Oswalt’s fastball average was 92.6 in Washington and got 10 swing and misses. Tonight’s Oswalt’s fastball averaged at 90.7 and got no swing and misses.
-Clay Hensley came in with a 6.30 ERA as a starter. The Phillies had one hit off of him through five innings.
-I’d like to welcome Greg Dobbs to the Ex-Phillie killer club. Four hits for this clown.
-Ladies and Gentlemen, I present John Buck and his .230 average….
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