The Phillies lineup came alive on Wednesday to pummel Arizona Diamondbacks’ starter Joe Saunders as Cole Hamels had far the better of things in the match-up of the 2 lefthanders. The Phils tagged Saunders for 3 first inning runs on 4 hits before Saunders was able to notch the 2nd out of the inning. The first six hitters in the Phils lineup, and Hamels too collected all 12 hits, each getting at least 1 hit with 3rd baseman Placido Polanco going 4 for 5 and scoring 3 runs. Centerfielder Shane Victorino, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and 1st baseman Ryan Howard all homered as the Phils staked Hamels to a 6-1 lead and he left the game after seven full innings with a 7-3 lead. D-Backs centerfielder Chris Young slammed 2 homers, the 2nd one a solo shot off of eighth inning reliever Antonio Bastardo — the only hit Bastardo gave up while striking out 2. Young drove in 3 of Arizona’s 4 runs, but Bastardo and closing committee member Ryan Madson made the lead stand up as Phillies bats came alive to pound 3 homers to beat the D-Backs by 8-4 to salvage the series final.
Hamels, staked to a 4-1 lead early, cruised through the the 1st 5 innings despite the loss of catcher Carlos Ruiz who left the game with lower back pain after flying out in the first inning. The PhilliesNation blog notes on Ruiz’s injury:
Chooch left the game with lower back pain, which he felt after his first inning at-bat. Ruiz told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he is worried about… the ailment. Team physicians will examine him in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Brian Schneider replaced Ruiz going 0-3 with an RBI on a walk which forced in the Phils’ 7th run.
Rollins had a big bat in this one making his 2 hits count; a first inning RBI double and his fifth inning 2 run homer. Polanco went 4 for 5 and missed hitting for the cycle for lack of a homer. Rightfielder Ben Francisco went 1 for 4 hitting a first inning double which drove in 2 of the inning’s 3 runs. Victorino slammed a 2 out second inning solo shot. Howard poked a 1 out ninth inning solo shot off of Arizona’s closer J.J. Putz to cap the Phils’ scoring.
Hamels, though not dominant as we have seen him previously, cruised throwing 108 pitches notch his 3rd win and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 1, striking out 8 and coughing up the 1st of Chris Young’s 2 homers. Losing pitcher Sauders was plastered for 6 runs on 10 hits through 5 2/3 innings while striking out 8, walking 1 and giving up 2 of the Phils’ homers.
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The Phils have an off-day on Thursday as a travel day returning from their 7 day road trip to entertain the Mets for 3 games from Friday through Sunday. Joe Blanton is opposed by Mike Pelfrey for the Mets in Friday’s series opener.