In the second Shane Victorino earned a two-out 6-pitch walk, was balked to second, stole third, and Chooch Ruiz worked a 7-pitch free pass from an 0-2 count. Hunter Pence lined a one-out fourth-inning single up the middle, and Carlos Lee homered a changeup into the leftfield stands for a 2-0 lead. J-Dub Werth stroked a two-out left-center single, I-Bomb Ibanez sixth-inning RBI doubled down the leftfield line, and Vic produced an infield single, putting runners on the corners in the 2-1 game. Bud Norris worked 6 full on 108 bullets, allowing 5 hits and 1 run (earned) with 3 BB to 4 strikeouts. J-Roll entertained a one-out 3-1 free pass, Polly Polanco waited out a 7-pitch base on balls, but Rollins was caught stealing 3rd on a perfect seventh-frame throw by a whisker.
Hamels hurled 7 powerful frames on 101 fireballs, scattering 5 hits and 2 both-earned runs with 1 walk to 8 K’ed. J.C Romero got an eighth-inning punch out, and gave up a bullet single at Chase Utley. Chad Durbin threw a double-play ball with the assistance of a diving and flipping effort from J-Roll. Ibanez two-out scalded a right-centerfield gap double, and went to 3rd on a home-eighth fielding boot (E8). Durbin threw 1.2 scoreless, giving up 1 free pass and a hit by pitch to finish the ninth. Down to their final out, Rollins crushed a game-tying bomb deep into the right-field faithful’s hands. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect tenth with 2 punch outs. Big Truck Contreras got a running-on-the-play hump-back-liner double dip with triple-play potential, ending the eleventh.
Mad Dog Madson escaped a two-singles twelfth with 1 K. Danys Baez pitched a clean 13th with 2 back-to-the-mound dribblers and 1 K. Polanco laced a one-out right-field single, Utley earned a fourteenth-frame 3-2 walk, and both runners moved up on a two-out wild pitch. Howard was called out on the third-base Ump’s second checked-swing strike. The Ump’s stare after the first called strike indicated hard feelings, and the questionable call led to a quick hook for Ryno, sparking a volcanic eruption from the big piece. The Phils were out of position players, which put Ibanez at first and Oswalt in leftfield. The crowd roared on the first-out fly to Oswalt, and Ibanez made a diving-to-the-bag play, nipping Bourne for out three.
In the16th Pence chopped a one-out infield single, Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch, and a wild pitch led to an intentional walk of Jason Michaels. Chris Johnson got an infield-hit RBI with close plays at second and first, a groundout RBI on a dropped double-play throw by 1B Ibanez, and the pitcher was retired after an intentional walk to reload the bags in the 4-2 final. After 2 scoreless innings, Herndon finished with 3 complete, giving up 3 hits and 2 both-earned runs with 2 BB to 2 strikeouts. In the last of the sixteenth, Polanco waited out a 7-pitch two-out free pass, Utley was intentionally walked to get to Oswalt, who worked a 2-2 count before the 48th out by the hometown 25.
The Second Coming:
J.C. Romero worked 0.1 innings with a K, allowing an infield single, and for the 4th straight outing, he had no control problems. J.C. has recorded 28 full, allowing 21 hits, 14 runs (12 earned), and 22 bases on balls to 20 punch outs for a 3.86 ERA. He has a 4.09 ERA in 19 meaningful appearances for 11 total, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs (all earned) with 10 BB to 8 strikeouts. Romero has 6 holds in 8 chances, and 3 saves in 4 opportunities.
Brad Lidge hurled another 1-2-3 frame with 2 swinging punch outs. Lidge has 17 saves in 21 opportunities (27 important games) for 24.1 innings with a 4.44 ERA, giving up 21 hits and 12 runs (all earned) with 13 BB to 31 K‘ed. He is pitching more consistently–10 August performances–appearing in 10 of the last 21 games, and his control has been decent to excellent, depending on enough work. He has 7 saves in as many chances for 7.1 scoreless August innings, scattering 3 hits without a BB to 8 punch outs with a 0.00 ERA. He has recorded 30.1 total, allowing 24 hits, 13 runs (all earned), and 14 bases on balls to 38 punch outs for a 3.86 ERA.
Mad Dog’s Bite:
Ryan Madson escaped a two-out, two-on jam of 2 singles with 1 punch out. Mad Dog has a 2.76 ERA with 7 holds in 9 chances (16 important games) for 16.1 total, parting with 13 hits and 5 runs (all earned) plus 3 BB to 24 retired on strikes since returning. He has 25 performances since exiting the DL, and is 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA for 24.2 innings, allowing 19 hits and 6 all-earned runs with 33 punch outs to 3 free passes. Madson has a 3.48 ERA for 33.2 frames in 34 appearances, giving up 32 hits, 13 runs (all earned), and 5 walks to 43 in the K zone for the season. He has 4 saves in 6 opportunities with a 7.20 ERA for 5 full, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs (all earned) with 1 base on balls to 5 strikeouts.
The Dandy Man:
Danys Baez fired a clean frame with 1 K. He has a 4.60 ERA for 15.2 meaningful frames with 6 holds in 8 opportunities, allowing 15 hits, 8 runs (all earned), and 8 free passes to 8 in the K zone. He has a 5.14 ERA in 44 outings for 42 total, giving up 50 hits and 26 runs (24 earned) with 21 bases on balls to 23 punch outs.
There was more to the Werth pickoff than was revealed on Monday night. Brett Myers stuck his tongue out at him, got him laughing, and unknowingly obscured his view. Nate Robertson was signed to a minor-league contract, will join Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and the lefty may be called up in September for a spot start with one extra game scheduled: 19 games in the next 18 days.