Pirates 2, Phillies 1(12)
All season, the Philadelphia Phillies have waited to have their
entire everyday lineup available.
Friday, they finally got it. What it didn’t get was any
Cole Hamels allowed only one hit in eight innings, but the
Phillies managed only six hits in a 2-1, 12-inning loss to the
”We didn’t hit,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
”We need to score some runs. Hamels pitched very good. The bullpen
was good. We went five innings where we didn’t square a ball up. We
went 15 outs and didn’t hit a ball on the nose.”
Jose Tabata hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 12th
inning as the Phillies lost their third consecutive game for only
the second time this season.
Philadelphia has scored only four runs in those three games.
”I think this lineup is going to hit,” Manuel said. ”It has
to hit. I’ve got confidence in those guys hitting. I’ve seen those
guys hit for four or five years, some of those guys for six or
seven years. I don’t see any reason why we won’t hit. We can get
started any time we want, though. That’s how I look at it. I like
Outfielder Shane Victorino was activated from the disabled list
Friday; he, Chase Utley, Ruiz and Domonic Brown had all missed
parts of the season thus far with injury.
But having all their regulars available did little to help an
offense that ranks a pedestrian 18th in the majors in runs.
”It’s good to have everyone together,” Hamels said. ”Now we
need to try to keep guys healthy, go out and play to the best of
our ability and try to get on a positive roll.”
Tabata smacked a sinking liner off of Danys Baez (1-3) toward
the hole on the right side that a lunging Utley got a glove on but
could not handle. Right fielder Ben Francisco’s throw was not in
time, giving Tabata his second RBI of the game when Xavier Paul
scored from second. Paul had singled with two outs and stole a
Pittsburgh won for the third time in four games.
Hamels and Jeff Karstens had dueling one-hitters going through
”I really felt fortunate to get out of it by giving up only one
run,” Hamels said. ”I wasn’t happy about how I executed my
pitches. A lot of guys hit balls hard but they were right at guys.
We played good defense and that saved me.”
Daniel Moskos (1-0) earned his first major league win for
Moskos worked a perfect top of the 12th – surviving a Carlos
Ruiz fly to the warning track in right-center.
The crowd of 33,861 was the Pirates’ third-largest of the season
– heavily aided by several thousand Phillies fans who had made the
Jimmy Rollins led of the game with an infield single, but
Karstens retired 15 of the next 16 he faced.
After Karstens hit Ryan Howard with a pitch later in the first,
the Phillies didn’t have another baserunner until the sixth. They
had two on and none out with the heart of their order coming up,
prompting the sea of red in the stands to start chanting ”Let’s go
Placido Polanco lined into a double play, but Rollins stole
second, and Utley drove him in when he softly lined a single that
found its way through the right side of the infield.
The Pirates tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the inning
without a hit.
Cedeno led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by
Karstens. A wild pitch got him to third and he scored when Tabata
flew out to deep right.
Karstens, who had two strikeouts and did not walk a batter,
continued a recent stretch of good Pirates starting pitching. Paul
Maholm allowed six earned runs in Pittsburgh’s previous game
Thursday, snapping a streak of 13 games in which starters allowed
two earned runs or less.
”We know what their starting staff is like, and we know what
our job is: Try to go out there and keep pace with Cole and give
our team a chance to win,” Karstens said. ”It took a little
longer than we wanted but we eventually got the big hit in the
”It was a fun game,” Karstens said.
Hamels pitched well enough to win what would have been his
fourth consecutive start for the third time in his career and tie
Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia for the majors’ lead in victories with
eight. He has allowed only 20 earned runs over his past 11
”He was really sharp, Hamels,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle
said. ”There wasn’t a lot of hittable balls for us.”
NOTES: The walkoff hit was Tabata’s second of the season, the
other coming April 8 against Colorado. … Victorino, out since May
18 with a strained right hamstring, went 0 for 5. … The Pirates
are 21-12 against the Phillies at 10-year-old PNC Park. …
Philadelphia has lost nine of its past 14 road games. … The only
other time Philadelphia lost as many as three in a row was a
four-game skid May 14-17. … .. Rollins stole two bases, extending
the Phillies’ streak to 11 consecutive successful steals and 23 out