In their second game against the Diamondbacks, the Phillies spent seven innings embroiled in another tight pitching battle. Cliff Lee was outstanding through seven, allowing only three hits, although one was a two-run homer. After the home run though, the D-Backs could not get to Lee at all.
The game was tied 2-2 after a Jimmy Rollins lead-off homer and a John Mayberry Jr. RBI single. But in the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies suddenly began smacking around the D-Backs pitching staff.
The Phils scored three runs in that half inning, with the big hit coming from third baseman Wilson Valdez. With two men on base, Valdez hit a long, 2-run double that went all the way to the centerfield wall, giving the Phillies a two-run lead.
Valdez has not gotten much playing time lately. Michael Martinez was on a good streak for a while and did most of the filling-in for the injured Placido Polanco at third. So in case you have forgotten who Valdez is, here is a quick breakdown by the various types of “Wilson’s” you may know:
Valdez was once asked by a reporter why he did not have gloves with his name on them like the other players. He said he did not need to get any specially made because his name was already on the glove; yes, his name is “Wilson.”
After Valdez put the team ahead, the runs kept on coming. Rollins ended the day with two hits, two RBI and a walk. Hunter Pence went 2-for-2 with two walks. And Mayberry, another player who has not gotten a lot of playing time, had an outstanding day at the ballpark. He led the team with three hits and an RBI.
Lee was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh so the bullpen finally got some work. Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively. By the time Madson pitched, he had a 9-2 lead to work with. The game was over quickly at that point.
Before the game today, Polanco was put on the DL with a groin strain, retroactive to August 7th. RHP Michael Schwimer was called up to take his roster spot. Schwimer has been amazing in Triple-A action, posting a 9-1 record with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA. He did not get into the game today, but with any luck, we may get a look at him soon.
Carlos Ruiz sat out today as well after getting hit with a ball in the groin yesterday. The official report says he has a “Left Testicular Contusion.” Ouch! Poor Chooch…he is day to day.
Game 3 with the D-Backs is Thursday night at 7:05pm; Vance Worley and his fabulous red spectacles will be pitching.
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