Howard’s 10th Inning Bomb Foils Bucco Comeback

Paul Maholm and Cole Hamels were each effective over a long stretch. Maholm yielded a solo homer to Chase Utley in the first inning and was otherwise unscored upon in seven innings. He struck out four and gave up five hits. Hamels whiffed seven and allowed seven hits in eight shut out innings.

But the bullpen woes continued for the visitors. Ryan Madson gave up a pinch hit game tying solo dinger to Brandon Moss in the bottom of the 9th.

However, the Pirates bullpen faltered immediately. Steven Jackson started the 10th, but was pulled after allowing the first two runners to reach. Phil Dumatrait relieved and gave up a three run homer to Ryan Howard. Madson held the Pirates at Bay in the 10th and picked up the blown save, win.

The Good

A comeback

Maholm was good.

The Bad

The offense.

Allowing Hamels maybe to find his mojo.

The Rest

Hamels only win against the Pirates in three tries came back in 2006.

Maholm has allowed just two earned runs in his last 23 IP (dating back to 2008) against Philly.

Howard came into the game with just one homer in 55 career ABs at PNC.

Moss homered four times in July, but had not homered in over a month (July 22).

 

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Capps Torched in 9th as Phils Stage Comeback

Mark this one down as devastating. Carrying a 7-3 lead heading into the 9th, Matt Capps was summoned from the bullpen to finish out the game. One out later, Paul Bako delivered a walk off single to end the game. Prior to that former Bucco Matt Stairs had hit a solo homer leading off the inning and Ryan Howard clubbed a game tying three run shot.

The Pirates had gotten to Cole Hamels early, leading 5-0 after two innings. Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young and Andrew McCutchen each homered and drove in two in support of Ross Ohlendorf.

The Bucs starter was cruising, allowing just two hits through five innings. But the Phillies scored three times on four safeties in the sixth, knocking Ohlendorf from the game.

Ohlendorf allowed three runs in 5-2/3 IP. He gave up four walks and five hits while whiffing five. Hamels gave up five runs in six innings, striking out six and walking none. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless 9th for the win.

The Good

 Bucs cranked three homers and collected 10 hits.

The Bad

The Phillies stole five bases off of Ryan Doumit.

The Rest

This was the third time in 2009 that the Phillies swiped five or more bags.

Hamels won his only other career appearance against the Pirates, back on 7/9/06.

That was just Howard’s second career homer against Pittsburgh. He has three or more against every other NL team.

Matt Stairs ranks among the top 40 in career OPS+ at 119. He’s ahead of Tony Clark, Sean Casey, Paul Konerko and even Carlos Lee.

This was the second time this year and just the third time in his career that Capps allowed four or more runs in an inning. Five runs is a career worst for runs allowed in a single frame.

In the 7th Jack Wilson made a highlight reel catch, sliding with his back to the plate and making an over the shoulder catch of a blooper from Shane Victorino. Wilson jumped to his feet and doubled Jimmy Rollins off first.

This was the Pirates fourth game in 2009 in which they hit three dingers.

This was the second time in July that the Pirates reached double digits in hits.