This is a recap of the last three games against the San Francisco Giants.
GAME 2: Phillies 5, Giants 1
Reigning Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee made his Phillies debut against the San Francisco Giants. Man oh man was he superb.
Lee took a Perfect Game into the third, which ended with a walk. The No-Hitter though, went to the sixth. Lee had 2 hits as well. His first career extra-base hit came in his second at bat, a ball which was inches away from a home run, but hit the very top of the wall instead. If he had hit that ball in Citizens Bank Park, it would’ve gone into the seats.
Lee pitched a full 9 Innings, walked two, gave up four hits, with one-earned run, and struck out 6.
Jayson Werth was the offensive hero, with 1 HR and 3 RBI.
GAME 3: Phillies 0, Giants 2
Tim Lincecum didn’t win the Cy Young award for nothing. Lincecum pitched 8 Innings of brilliant ball, allowing 7 hits, striking out 8, and allowed no runners to cross the plate.
Joe Blanton allowed sven hits as well, but 2 runs crossed the plate. Blanton stuck out 5 in Seven Innings.
Juan Uribe hit two sacrifice flies, which proved to be the difference.
GAME 4: Phillies 3, Giants 7
The Phillies took an early 3-1 lead, thanks to RBI hits by Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, along with a homer by J-Roll, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Giants, who rallied for an additional 6 Runs.
Hamels went 5 innings, allowing 10 hits, and seven runs, six of which were earned.
Barry Zito went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, two earned, and struck out 5, compared to Hamels’ Two Ks.
Freddy Sanchez went 2-4 with 2 RBI, while Eugenio Valez went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI.
The Phillies start their homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Jason Hammel (5-6) will try and take down the oldest active player in baseball, Jamie Moyer (10-7).
J.A. Happ was 7-0. Two Starts Later, he’s 7-2. Though Happ hasn’t been that bad. His first loss against the Cards was plagued with bloopers that was barely out of the reach of fielders’ gloves.
Today, Happ made one mistake. One pitch in the first inning, that Juston Upton crushed for a 2-Run Homer. The D-Backs never looked back.
Little more news on the rotation situation.
Both GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pitching Coach Rich Dubee said Pedro Martinez would be a starter. They also said Moyer isn’t a bullpen kind of pitcher.
Hamels, Lee, and Blanton are most likely safe. Amaro or Dubee didn’t say that, but it’s quite obvious.
Which means the rotation will be: Hamels-Lee-Blanton-Martinez-Happ/Moyer.
Seeing as if they said Moyer wasn’t a bullpen guy, it looks like the Rookie of the Year Candidate might return to the bullpen, where he is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA.
Don’t forget to check out tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Rodrigo Lopez (3-0), most likely making his last, or next to last start for the Phils, will pitch against the Giants’ Johnathan Sanchez (3-9), most known for pitching a No-Hitter earlier this year. Game time is 10:15 PM ET.