Phillies come in this game looking to go a season high 23 games above five hundred. Happ is looking to become the phillies first rookie pitcher to win 11 games in 29 years. The phils bats would help early. In the top of the first bases loaded Ryan Howard grounded into a fielders choice and Rollins came into score on the play. Happ would give the game right back giving up a leadoff home run to Andrew McCutchen. Bako next inning would hit a solo shot to give the phils a one run lead. That would be it for the phillies bats. The rookie Happ was pitching lights out. He was pitching guys inside, outside, high, low, and kept them off balance. Until the 8th. Two outs runner on first two outs Garret Jones is the batter and then Garret Jones is the hero. He went yard and that would be the game winner. Phillies lose the game 2-3 and lose the series 1-2. Another dissapointing series against the pirates. There is only one good positive you can get out of this game and that is Lidge or Madson did not blow a save this game. Phillies are going to head home for a three game series with the Braves. If the phillies sweep the braves they will be 10 games ahead of them in the East. So a big series for the phils. Pedro will start the first game of the series. Martinez is 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA. He was roughed up a bit his last start going 6 innings allowing 4 ER. The Braves will send their rookie sensation Tommy Hanson to the mound. Hanson is 9-2 with a 3.12 ERA. His last start he went 7 innings allowing 3 runs.
Side Notes: Clay Condrey pitched a simulated game Thursday. Myers is expected to come back the first week of September.