It was a pitching duel tonight in the bay area at AT&T park, both Cliff Lee and Matt Cain pitched a full nine innings scoreless, both were working extremely fast, If you went to the bathroom you would have missed the whole inning because both of these pitchers were working so fast.
The Phillies had only two hits through the first nine innings, the Giants only had five hits through the first nine innings. I was wondering with these two offenses at one point if either of these offense was ever going to push across a run.
Cliff Lee had only thrown 91 pitches in the game when he faced the second batter of the bottom of the tenth inning.
Matt Cain exited after pitching nine innings and only allowing four hits, he struck out four in a great performance that lived up to that big contract the Giants gave him earlier this season. Cain retired the last 13 batters he faced on the night.
The first team to one run won the game and that team was unfortunately the Giants tonight, the Phillies took out Cliff Lee for Jim Thome who pinch hit in the top of the eleventh inning with Carlos Ruiz at in scoring postion at third base, the Phillies would not get a run out of the opportunity. Charlie Manuel brought in Antonio Bastardo for the bottom of the eleventh inning and he would allow the winning run home on a RBI single, the Phillies may have gotten out of the inning if third basemen Ty Wigginton could have controlled the ball cleanly and throw it to second to start a double play but instead the ball played him and the Phillies were unable to get any outs on the play, next batter was Melky Cabrera and he hit the RBI single to win the game for the Giants.
The only positive on offense tonight for the Phillies was Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to eight games in the top of the third.
With this loss the Phillies fall to 5-7 and sit alone in last place in the National League East Standings, this is the first time since April 21st of 2007 the Phillies are in last place.
This game really sucks because Cliff Lee pitched a phenomenal ball game tonight but had no offense to back him up and again he leaves the ballpark searching for his first win of the season. It was a great pitching duel all night long but this loss really sucks.
This was the fastest eleven inning game I ever witnessed in my short life of being a baseball fan.
The Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 10:05 Pm EST in San Diego California, the Padres have a beautiful ballpark down there and tomorrow morning I will be heading out to San Diego for the weekend to go to all four games of the Phillies series. If you’re a Phillies fan and you live near San Diego or you live back in Philly, San Diego is the perfect place to go see the Fightin Phils play, the weather is always wonderful and Petco Park is right downtown in the gaslamp district where there is a ton of restaurants and bars. Plus there is always a ton of Phillies fans that come out to the game.
Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies tomorrow night in Southern California.
Me After the game