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Phillies Climb Out of Cellar With Howard Walk-Off

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00)
LP – Josh Colmentor (4-3, 4.23)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are in first place in the NL East.

A Ryan Howard RBI single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Phillies a comeback 5-4 walk-off win.

Juan Pierre led off the 9th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Laynce Nix pinch-hit, dropping a single in front of right fielder Justin Upton to put runners on the corners.

After walking Chase Utley to load the bases, Howard ripped a line drive into right to win the game.

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Series Preview: @ Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 15-6, 1st in NL East; ARI: 8-12, 4th in NL West

When: April 25-27
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91) vs Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64)
Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) vs Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92)
Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92) vs Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, CSN

Tuesday, 9:40, TCN
Wednesday, 3:40, TCN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchSS Stephen Drew: Not gonna lie, you know your offense stinks when Stephen Drew is tied for your team lead in RBIs.

But Drew isn’t a terrible player. In fact, he’s very dangerous to get on base, posting a .344 average and .394 OBP in his first 16 games. His 14 RBIs is tied for a team high.

Overview: The Diamondbacks are heading into this series facing a very strong Phillies squad, who despite not scoring more than four runs in their last 13 games are 9-4 in that span and winners of five straight.

Arizona has some speed on the base paths with Drew, stolen base leader (7) Willie Bloomquist and Josh Upton. They also can get some good offense from outfielder Chris Young.

But with the potential for a decent offense showing looming, the potential to stave the Phillies offense any longer isn’t going to happen. The Phillies are about due for an all-out offensive display in Arizona, facing a team whose starter with the lowest ERA in this series is 4.98.

Raul Ibanez is one of those struggling Phillies, hitting an 0-for-19 dry spell that has dropped his average to a dismal .189. Carlos Ruiz isn’t doing well either as he’s seen his .357 average drop to .255 with his latest 0-for-16 run.

On another side note, tonight’s starter Cliff Lee has only faced the Diamondbacks once in his career, a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts back in 2009.

Phils Rattle Snakes

Struggling slugger Jayson Werth homers in the fifth inning. It snapped a 101-AB homerless drought that dated back to June 23. (John Russo/TTB)

The ball was carrying out of Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night. With the breeze to a minimum and the humidity almost non-existent, the cool night allowed for the Diamondbacks and Phils to hit four homers combined. But the Phils’ long balls packed more punch as they kept Arizona in check, winning 9-5.

Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Cody Ransom each hit two-run homers. Howard wound up driving in three runs, the last two coming on his sixth-inning homer that gave the Phillies the lead for good. Werth’s homer in the fifth was his first of the month. The last time he went deep was June 23, a span of 101 at-bats.

Cole Hamels wasn’t his best but neither was Rodrigo Lopez. Both pitchers only lasted five innings due to pitch counts. Home plate umpire Tim McClelland was brutal on both pitchers, who combined for nine walks. Hamels allowed three runs in his five innings on six hits and four walks while striking out eight and Lopez allowed four runs off of seven hits and five walks while striking out four.

Hamels left the game with 4-3 lead but lost the winning decision when David Herndon gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds. But the Phillies got the runs back and Herndon the win with Raul Ibanez’s RBI single to tie it and Howard’s two run bomb to give them the lead. Ransom’s shot next inning gave the Phillies the 9-5 lead and eventual final score.

The Phillies got a huge scare in the seventh. After making a running catch on a fly ball hit by Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino left the game. It was said he strained his left oblique and will be evaluated again tomorrow to see if it has any long-term damage (let the Domonic Brown talks commence). This comes a day after Jimmy Rollins bruised his foot when fouling a ball off. The short stop arrived to the stadium today on crutches and did not play.

The win for the Phillies was their sixth straight and ninth straight at home. With Atlanta’s loss, the Phils moved to within 3.5 games of the Braves, who are facing a weak Washington squad. With two more against the D’Backs and a three-game series to follow versus the Nats, the Phillies could land themselves within striking distance if they continue this tear.

2B: Polanco (17). HR: Werth (14), Howard (23), Ransom (2).

WP: Herndon (1-2). LP: Norberto (0-1).


Pitching Non-Existent in Loss

Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez, or David Herndon: take your pick on who was the goat in the Phillies 8-6 loss to Arizona, ultimately losing the series in the desert. Kendrick lasted five innings in the no-decision, allowing five runs on eight hits, four walks, and striking out four.

Kendrick started pitching very well through the first four innings, holding a 3-0 lead. But in a matter of minutes, the game quickly turned into the Diamondbacks’ favor. Pitcher Rodrigo Lopez led off with a single and Kelly Johnson, who killed the Phillies all series, ripped a two-run homer to left field. It wasn’t over yet as Stephen Drew then tripled and Justin Upton walked. Mark Reynolds then hit a three-run bomb that gave Arizona the 5-3 lead.

The Phillies answered rather quickly in the top of the sixth. With Chase Utley on third, Jayson Werth hit a no-out sacrifice fly to score him to make it a 5-4 game. Raul Ibanez followed that up with a double that put runners on second and third. After a Wilson Valdez ground out, Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run single to give the Phillies the 6-5 lead.

But then Baez surrendered the lead in the seventh thanks to John Hester’s RBI double. Arizona then took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with two runs off of Drew Herndon.

The odd line up for the Phillies produced some offense. Ross Gload led-off and had a pair of hits. Greg Dobbs hit second and homered. Utley, Ryan Howard, Werth, and Ibanez made up the 3-through-6. Wilson Valdez got the start at short and had a pair of hits and a spectacular defensive game where he turned a double play and made a great throw at the plate. Ruiz had two hits as well.

Doubles: Ibanez (5). HR: Dobbs (1)

WP: Rosales (2-0). LP: Herndon (0-1). S: Qualls (4).


Series Preview: Diamondbacks

Phillies (10-5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (6-9)


Where: Chase Field

Pitching Probables
 Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.86) vs. Kris Benson (0-1, 3.00)
Sat: Nelson Gigueroa (1-1, 2.45) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-1, 5.65)
Sun: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.24) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.50)

Fri: 9:40, CSN
Sat: 8:10, MyPHL17
Sun: 4:10, MyPHL17

Hot (last 7 games) – Juan Castro: .423 (11-for-26), 2 R, 6 RBIs
Not (last 7 games) – Ryan Howard: .194 (6-for-31), 0 HR, 5 K, 1 BB

Player to watch: Stephen Drew. Though he isn’t the best player on the team, he’s been the best this year so far. Mark Reynolds is a threat to hit home runs but he strikes out. Josh Upton has had a shockingly terribly season thus far batting .186. Drew brings a few different tools to the D’backs. He’s a very solid fielder and a good hitter. Many think he can have a break-out season this year. He gets on base (.383 OBP) but the rest of his team doesn’t. Shutting him down will make for a very easy series.

Series overview: This should be a very easy series for the Phillies. The Diamonbacks aren’t offering any scary pitchers at all and the Phillies offense is still firing without Jimmy Rollins… Kendrick will look to make his second straight quality start on Sunday… Castro has been phenomenal for the Phillies in place of Rollins… Howard needs a good series. He hasn’t homered in 10 games (45 at-bats)… Phillies will sweep.