Down to their last out, the Phillies looked destined for another frustrating defeat. But Placido Polanco came through with the game-tying RBI single. Polanco was just activated off the disabled list before this afternoon’s game. The Phillies were able to get to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning to rack up four runs on their way to a 4-1 victory.
Marmol was very wild in this game. He walked five Phillies batters in the ninth inning, which allowed the Phillies many chances to take the lead. After Polanco’s RBI game-tying single, Ross Gload scored on a Marmol wild pitch to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. They added two more insurance runs courtesy of an RBI infield single by Raul Ibanez and a bases loaded walk by Jayson Werth.
Cole Hamels turned in yet another phenomial outing. Hamels threw seven innings surrendering one run on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The earned run came on a suicide squeeze by Ryan Theriot that allowed Starlin Castro to score from third base. It’s really remarkable how well Hamels has pitched this season and still doesn’t have the support of the fanbase. Once again, he received no offensive support in his seven innings and ended up with a no decision. Hamels was able to lower his earned-run average to 3.63.
Sure the Phillies came back and got a much needed victory this afternoon. But there is one statistic that is simply troubling. The Phillies struck out eight times today, three of them looking. That is simply inexcusable. When you’re struggling like the Phillies offense has been, you have to lift the bat off your shoulders and swing away. One player that has been frustrating to watch recently is Werth. Werth struck out twice again today and his RBI walk was meaningless. He goes down looking on strikes more than anybody I’ve seen this season. He currently leads the TTB Backwards K fine list with $25,000 owed so far this season. Since he’s in a contract year, he really should be swinging for the fences and not settling for taking pitches. Werth really needs to step it up in the second half if he wants that big payday.