Finger's Instant Replay: Rays 3, Phillies 2
The matchup between potential future lefty Cy Young Award winners
lived up to its billing as the Phillies’ Cole Hamels and the Rays’ David
Price were stingy in allowing runs and hits on Sunday afternoon at
Citizens Bank Park.
Both pitchers lasted seven efficient innings, allowing seven hits
and one lonely run between them. However, in line for his 11th win of
the season, Hamels could not get the support from the Phillies’ bullpen
in the Rays’ 3-2 victory.
Antonio Bastardo came on in the eighth inning and gave up a pair of
walks and a three-run homer to lefty Carlos Pena while recording just
one out. As a result, the Phillies fell to 34-39 to remain 8½ games
behind the first-place Washington Nationals in
the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed three hits and three walks on 111 pitches. He
retired the first nine hitters he faced and 10 of the first 11 before
allowing a hit. He also got seven strikeouts in his seven innings to
move him into a tie with Jim Bunning for sixth place
on the Phillies’ all-time strikeout list. Hamels and Bunning both have
1,197 whiffs with the Phillies, including 106 in 104 innings this season
for the 28-year-old lefty.
Price threw 112 pitches in his seven innings and scattered four
hits with three walks. The only run he allowed came on a solo home run
by Jimmy Rollins to lead off the sixth inning. After Hunter Pence legged
out a double with two outs in the first inning,
Price retired 11 straight hitters.
The victory improves Price’s record to 10-4.
The one-out, three-run blast by Pena off Bastardo was all the
offense the Rays needed on Sunday. After walking the first hitter he
faced, Bastardo recorded an out before walking B.J. Upton on four
pitches. His first pitch to Pena was blasted into the seats
in right field.
Chad Qualls recorded the final two outs in the eighth while Michael Schwimer pitched a perfect ninth.
For the Rays, righthander Burke Badenhop held the lead in the
eighth before turning it over to Fernando Rodney in the ninth for his
21st save of the season.
At the plate
Jimmy Rollins slugged a homer for the third straight game, marking
the third time in his career that he performed the feat. The solo shot
was Rollins’ eighth homer of the year.
Rollins also singled in the ninth as well as in the first inning,
but was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Had he made it
safely, he likely would have scored on a bloop double by Hunter Pence,
who added another double and scored on a single
by Ty Wigginton in the eighth inning.
Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) goes for his first win in his 12th start of
the season in the nightcap of the day-night doubleheader. Lee is the
second Cy Young Award winner to go winless through his first 11 starts
of a season. In 1983, Vida Blue went 0-5 in his
first 19 starts of the season for Kansas City
Lee is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 career regular-season starts
against the Rays. However, Lee beat the Rays twice during the 2010 ALDS
as a member of the Rangers, posting a 1.13 ERA while allowing just 11
hits and notching 21 strikeouts in 16 innings.
The Phillies continue the homestand on Monday when the Pirates come
to town for four games. In the opener, Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04) faces
lefty Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13). In five career appearances against the
Pirates Blanton is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and has
27 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. He faced the Pirates in a relief role
this season allowing a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. E-mail John R. Finger at email@example.com