2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Lose Series to O’s in Extras

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies lost the rubber match of their three game set with the Orioles on Sunday, 5-4. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Adam Jones reached base on an error by Ty Wigginton and scored the game winning run on a walk-off double by Matt Weiters. Here are some notes:

STARTING PITCHING

Cliff Lee: 6.0 IP / 7 H /4 R /4 ER / 2 BB/ 8 K

Jason Hammel: 6.0 IP/ 6 H/ 4 R/ 4 ER/ 5 BB/  4K

Hammel was in and out of trouble all day, but the Phillies couldn’t capitalize as much as they wanted to against him. Lee pitched well except for the home run given up to Steve Tolleson. The pitch before looked to be strike three, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale didn’t call it.

WASTED OPPORTUNITY IN FIRST INNING, MADE UP FOR IN SECOND INNING

In the first inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out when Juan Pierre walked, Hunter Pence singled, and Jim Thome was hit by a pitch. However, Shane Victorino popped out, Carlos Ruiz struck out, and the Phils missed a golden opportunity for runs as they left the bases loaded.

In the 2nd inning, the Phils made up for it, as they put three runs on the board on singles by Hunter Pence and Jim Thome.

THOME STAYS HOT, SO DOES PENCE

In the first two games of the Baltimore series, Jim Thome was 5-9 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI. He continued his hot streak on Sunday with an RBI single in the 2nd inning.

Hunter Pence was also 5-9 coming into the last game of the series, but all five of his hits were singles, and he didn’t have any RBI. On Sunday, he collected two hits, a walk, and two RBI.

THREE SCORELESS FOR SCHWIMER

Michael Schwimer pitched three scoreless innings to keep the game tied. He gave up just one hit and one walk over those three innings.

GAME NOTES:

The Phillies left ten men on base on Sunday. They reached base just twice after the fourth inning, where they scored their last run.

Juan Pierre demonstrated outstanding baserunning in the fourth inning when he scored on a wild pitch.

The Phillies head up to Minnesota Monday at 8:10 PM EST for a three game set with the Twins. Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44 ERA), Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93 ERA), and Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40 ERA) are schedule to pitch for the Phils, and Nick Blackburn (2-4, 7.75 ERA), P.J. Walters (2-1, 4.42 ERA), and Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61 ERA) are scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

This will be the Phillies first visit to Target Field.

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