As a great Phillies announcer once said “this is a goofy game.” Behind a Carlos Lee home run and Brett Myers stellar pitching performance, the 50 win Houston Astros defeated the Phillies 5-1 last night. Myers went 8 innings, allowing just a run to pick up his 5th win of the season. Roy Oswalt continued his seesaw season, giving up five runs and 11 hits in seven innings in the loss. Hunter Pence had two hits in his return to Houston and that was about all that went right for the Phillies offensively. J.D. Martinez had three hits for the Astros while Carlos Lee had two hits including a home run. The Astros and Phillies continue their series with Cole Hamels taking on JA Happ tonight.
Pete Orr quickly gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single. They would have another scoring chance in the third when Pence singled with two out and stole second. However, Raul Ibanez couldn’t get his line drive over the head of Astros’ left fielder JD Martinez, thus ending the threat. Oswalt was pitching pretty well until it all fell part for him in the fourth and fifth innings. Jimmy Paredes’ RBI single tied the game at 1. Two batters later, Humberto Quintero doubled to right that gave the Astros a lead that they would never give up. Carlos Lee put the dagger in the Phillies’ back with a two run home run in the fifth and that was basically all she wrote. The Astros would tack on one more run in the seventh inning. Joe Blanton made his first appearance off the DL, recording a scoreless inning. All was not lost for the Phillies though as the Cardinals and Braves lost making the magic number to clinch the division 5 and the magic number to clinch a playoff spot 1.
-It would be interesting to see if Blanton could provide another bullpen arm for the last few weeks.
-Good to see Rollins back in the lineup.
-Not good to see Shane Victorino’s average continue to take a nose dive.
-Nice outing out of Raul, 1-2 with a pair of walks. Perhaps this platoon can work out.
-Interesting pitching matchup tonight with Happ and Hamels. Theres were a lot of people after Hamels’ struggles in 2009 that wanted him traded and wanted to keep Happ. It’s worked out for the Phillies.