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Sandberg Secures First Career Big League Win

Casper Wells scored the game winner for the Phils on Sunday.

After two atrocious showings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, major league baseball’s hottest team, the Phillies were able to salvage today’s matinee.

Interim manager and major league Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg earned his first career win as manager at the big league level, after taking over managerial responsibilities from Charlie Manuel.

The Phils sent their ace to the mound today in the person of Cole Hamels, seeking just his sixth win of the season. He turned in seven strong innings of seven hit, two run ball and struck out eight.

Hamels did fall behind early however, allowing a solo shot to Andre Ethier in the top of the second. Ethier would score again in the fourth inning, scoring from second on a single by Jerry Hairston.

That would be all from the Dodgers, and Darin Ruf cut the 2-0 in half with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the fourth.

The Phillies would even the score in the bottom of the sixth, though they should have had more. After a Kevin Frandsen ground out, Chase Utley stepped up and was hit by a pitched ball. Domonic Brown followed with a single and then Ruf walked to load the bases.

Cody Asche would hit next, and reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Utley to score and the game was tied at 2-2.

It remained that way into the bottom of the ninth inning, where with one out, Casper Wells grounded sharply to Hanley Ramirez at short. His throw to first bounced short of first and Wells was safe on the error.

Carlos Ruiz then roped a double in the gap in right center that was cut off well by Yasiel Puig. Wells would have scored had Puig not cut the ball off. Jimmy Rollins then pinch hit for Jonathan Papelbon, and was intentionally walked.

The next batter was Michael Young, and he would ground hard to Ramirez. This time Ramirez couldn’t handle the ball cleanly, allowing Young to reach first and Wells to score the winning run.

The Phils had more hits today than they did in their last two games combined. They also had the same amount of errors yesterday as they did hits.

Not good.

The Phils’ homestand continues tomorrow when they welcome the Colorado Rockies to the Bank. Ethan Martin gets the call for the Phillies against Jeff Manship for Colorado.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com

Photo Courtesy of Phillies.MLB.com