Phils Can’t Hold Lead; Lose in 10th

The Phillies squandered a 5-3 lead and then lost in the tenth inning to a score of 6-5, snapping their two-game winning streak.

Joe Blanton once again was bad, only going five innings and allowing five runs on 11 hits, striking out three. The Padres homered twice off of Blanton, a two-run shot by Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a solo shot by Nick Hundley in the fifth that tied the game up at five runs apiece.

Placido Polanco had himself a 3-for-5 day with two RBIs and Brian Schneider reached base three times, doubling once. Gonzalez had a monster day for San Diego, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.

The Phillies had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth with the score at 5-5. After Schneider walked with two outs, Ben Francisco pinch-hit and looped a single just out of the read of second baseman David Eckstein to put runners on the corners. Carlos Ruiz then pinch-hit with runners on second and third (pinch-runner Wilson Valdez got to second on defensive indifference) but grounded out to end the threat.

The in the top of the 10th, Chase Headley led-off with a base hit. He then reached second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground out. After intentionally walking Tony Gwynn, Jr., Danys Baez gave up an RBI infield single to Oscar Salazar to make it a 6-5 Padres lead.

With one out in the bottom half, Polanco walked to set-up Chase Utley. Utley hit a blooper into centerfield. Polanco rounded second and headed towards third but Gwynn, Jr. threw Polanco out for the second out, leaving Utley on first. Ryan Howard followed-up with a base-hit to set-up runners on the corners again with two outs. Jayson Werth stepped up to the plate and struck out swinging to end the game.

Doubles: Schneider (1).

WP: M. Adams (1-1). LP: Baez (2-2). S: H. Bell (15).



1 thought on “Phils Can’t Hold Lead; Lose in 10th

  1. philsfaninnewyork

    Werth was dreadful as he went 0-5 and 3 Ks.

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