J-Dub Werth entertained a leadoff walk, one-out stole 2nd easily, and Wilson Valdez drew a second-inning pitched-around free pass in the 8 hole. Marlon Byrd was hit by a pitch, and Geovany Soto hit a first-row right-field wind-aided homerun for a 2-0 lead. Tom Gorzelanny lined a two-out right-field single, Tyler Colvin lined a centerfield single, and Starlin Castro grounded an RBI right-field single with a play at the plate on the pitcher. Castro stole second, and on a dropped throw (E2) Colvin scored for a 4-0 lead after 2. Colvin made a sliding back-handed catch of a low liner to end the fourth. Doc entertained a 5-pitch walk, Shane Victorino shot a ground double into the leftfield corner, and Polly produced a runner-moved-over RBI groundout. J-Roll Rollins reached first on a run-scoring error (E5), and stole 2nd uncontested in the 4-2 fifth-frame game.
Byrd was hit by a pitch again in the sixth, and Alfonso Soriano lined a 2-run homerun into the leftfield bleachers for a 6-2 advantage. Polly entertained a one-out walk, J-Roll lined a single down the leftfield line, Rollins advanced to second on the throw, and Rynosaur produced a sacrifice-fly RBI for a 6-3 tally in the next inning. Gorzelanny lasted 6.2 innings on 113 pitches, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) with 5 free passes to 5 K’ed. J-Dub grabbed a 6-pitch walk, and J-Roll no-throw stole third off reliever Andrew Cashner. Doc went 6 total on 87 bullets, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) without a BB to 3 strikeouts.
J.C. Romero (2 batters) was greeted by an infield single (Jeff Baker) and a ground single (Colvin) to right field. David Herndon booted a comeback bunt to no-out load the bases, and Derrek Lee split the left-centerfield gap with a 3-run double. Byrd entertained a one-out walk, Soriano dropped a shallow RBI right-field single, but J-Dub couldn’t throw Byrd out at second. Soto grounded an RBI leftfield single with an over-the-cutoff-man throw, but Chooch Ruiz gunned down Soriano at third with the pitcher on deck in the 11-3 affair after seven. Dobbs one-out stroked a right-centerfield eighth-inning bomb in the 11-4 contest. Danys Baez worked a scoreless eighth, allowing 2 hits without a BB to 1 K. Rynosaur planted one into the first row of the leftfield faithful, and Ben Francisco homered into the leftfield seats to complete the scoring in the ninth.
The Second Coming:
Romero has recorded 18.2 frames, allowing 15 hits, 7 runs (all earned), and 15 bases on balls to 12 punch outs for a 3.38 ERA. He has a 3.24 ERA in 14 meaningful appearances for 8.2 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs (all earned) with 5 free passes to 6 strikeouts.
He has a 4.46 ERA in 36 outings for 34.1 innings, giving up 39 hits and 19 runs (17 earned) with 18 bases on balls to 20 punch outs. He has a 5.27 ERA for 13.2 meaningful frames with 5 holds in 7 opportunities, allowing 15 hits, 8 runs (all earned), and 8 free passes to 7 in the K zone.
In June’s 6 ballgames (5 starts), he was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA for 31.1 innings, parting with 31 hits and 19 runs (16 earned) plus 8 walks to 18 in the K zone. Without the relief stint in June, he has a 4.91 ERA in that month. He had five May contests, and was 3-1 with an 3.13 ERA for 31.2 frames, giving up 32 hits and 13 runs (11 earned) with 7 free passes to 11 strikeouts. In five April games he was 0-1 with a 7.61 ERA for 23.2 innings, allowing 29 hits, 20 runs (all earned), and 10 bases on balls to 12 K zones.
Blake Hawksworth is 3-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 26 appearances (5 starts) for 53.1 innings, giving up 70 hits and 33 runs (28 earned) with 22 walks to 37 retired on strikes. He has completed 6 frames in 1 of his 5 scheduled efforts. In those 5 games he is 2-2 with a 5.18 ERA for 24.1 innings, surviving 28 hits, 15 runs (14 earned), and 12 free passes to 20 K’ed. His last outing was a 95-pitch, 5.1-frame affair, allowing 7 hits and 2 both-earned runs with 3 BB to 2 strikeouts.
He faced The Phillies in early May out of the ‘pen twice (0-1, 6.75 ERA) for 2.2 innings on 43 bullets, surrendering 3 hits, 2 both-earned runs, and 2 K zones without a base on balls. This month in 3 performances, he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA for 16.1 frames, parting with 21 hits and 7 all-earned runs plus 8 free passes to 14 punch outs. In June’s 2 contests he went 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA for 9 total, coughing up 9 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), and 4 walks to 6 out on strikes.
Game 4: LHP Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.63 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (14-5, 2.02 ERA) on Thursday Afternoon