Monday, August 29, 2011

Florida takes single game, Phils in Cincy

For the first time this season, the Florida Marlins took a series from the Phillies. Well, kind of.

Hurricane Irene forced the final two games of the series to be postponed until September 15, when the Phils and Fish will square off in a day-night doubleheader.

The Marlins took Friday's game, 6-5.

Roy Oswalt took his eighth loss of the year, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits, one walk and two strikeouts. John Buck had the big blast of the game, hitting a sixth inning grand slam off Oswalt.

The Phils started to battle back in the bottom of the sixth, when Ryan Howard crushed a three-run homer which cut the deficit to 6-4.

With one out in the ninth, Cliff Lee came on to pinch run for Raul Ibanez who'd come up with a big pinch hit single. Michael Martinez doubled Lee home all the way from first, cutting the Marlins' lead to one and putting the tying run in scoring position.

That's where he'd stay, as Shane Victorino flied out, and Placido Polanco grounded out to end the ballgame.

The rescheduled doubleheader puts the Phils at a major disadvantage. They no longer have an off day in September. They'll also have to play two doubleheaders in a six game span.

Fortunately, rosters expand this week for September call-ups. The Phils will almost surely pitch someone from Triple-A in one game of each doubleheader.

The team arrived safely in Cincinnati on Saturday, flying out just about as soon as Game One was rained out. They'll open a three-game set with the Reds tonight, as Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) comes off the DL to face Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.44)

Hamels was on the mound when the Phils eliminated the Reds from last year's postseason, after he pitched a complete game shut-out to secure Game Three. He beat the Reds back on May 23, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.

In his career against Cincinnati, he's a remarkable 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA.

Bailey took a no-decision against the Phils on May 26. He allowed four runs on five hits over four innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He's 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three starts, and is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA over 18 innings in his career against Philly.

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