Williams surprises in win
Aug 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams (31) hands the ball over to manager Ryne Sandberg (23) as he is relieved in the eight inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Some were surprised when the Phillies made a move to acquire Jerome Williams, a notoriously mediocre pitcher.
Monday night, however, Williams surprised going seven innings and allowing just one run on three hits. The right-hander picked up his first win in a Phillies uniform as his new team won 4-1.
Robinson Cano, who has gotten the best of Williams in his career, went 0-for-3 against him Monday night and saw just nine pitches in the game.
With the slumping Jimmy Rollins on the bench, the Phillies got quite a boost from his fill-in. Andres Blanco extended the Phillies lead to 4-o in the fifth inning with his three-run home run, just the fourth of his career.
Marlon Byrd was the first to put the Phillies on the board with his RBI double that scored Carlos Ruiz. Byrd has exactly one RBI in seven of his last ten games.
Ruiz was put in the two hole of the Phillies lineup and he reached base three times via base on balls.
Darin Ruf got a start in left field. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored on Blanco’s round tripper. The two-hit effort was Ruf’s third in three straight games and he has doubled in each of his last two games.
The set-up and close duo of Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon backed Williams’ gem well. Giles allowed two hits, including a double that scored a run. Williams was charged with that run and Giles retired the side with three strikeouts, including Robinson Cano. Papelbon picked up his 29th save of the season. Both relievers got the job done, but needed over 20 pitches to complete an inning each.
Mariners starter Roenis Elias went four innings and threw 90 pitches to move to 9-10 in his rookie season.