Phillies Rally Against the Giantsby Erin
Despite a slow start in their series against the Giants this week, the Philadelphia Phillies would not fall easily, fighting to earn a win. In what was expected to be an exciting series between two of the National League’s best, the Phillies seemed to be overwhelmed with San Francisco in their first two games. The Phillies struggled on both side of the ball as they tallied only three runs, while they allowed San Francisco 11 runs in games 1 and 2.
Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay began the series facing off against the Giant’s Jonathan Sanchez. Halladay recorded his first loss of the season as he was tapped for five runs in seven innings of work, while the team struggled on the offensive end, going 4-31 from the batters box.
Tuesday’s game was a similar story. 47 year old Jamie Moyer took the mound lasting 6.0 innings and allowing only four runs, but Moyer suffered the same fate as he lacked run support. First baseman Ryan Howard was 2-4, but his effort was for not, as the rest of the team went 3-23, falling 6-2.
Wednesday, was a different story. The Phillies faced their most difficult task yet, in San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, who entered the game 4-0 with a 1.0 ERA. Philadelphia was unable to get to the right hander, who only allowed four base runners in 8.1 innings on the mound, but as soon as he departed, their offense stepped up.
With Shane Victorino on first, and two outs, Chase Utley kept the game alive singling, which followed by a Ryan Howard walk loaded the bases. Jayson Werth was the real hero, doubling to score three runs and tie the game at 4. The Phillies would fight back recording a run in the 10th and two more in the 11th to take the hard earned win.
While the first 20 innings of baseball were not exactly pretty, the Phillies should be proud of their fight in the last three. The win put Philadelphia at 12-9 and in good postion to take back the NL East lead, as they face the Mets this weekend.