Wolf Devours Snakes In 4-0 Phillies Win

Randy Wolf is officially on track. In his last two outings, Wolf has been unbelievable. Friday night, he followed up his complete game shutout against Montreal with seven shutout innings against Arizona as the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks 4-0 at Citizens Bank Park. Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome provided the muscle and Rheal Cormier continued where Wolf left off as the Phillies won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

Randy Wolf is finding his stride.

Wolf pitched seven strong innings to extend his scoreless streak to 21 innings and combined with Rheal Cormier on a five-hitter as the Phillies blanked Arizona 4-0.

Wolf (2-1) was winless in his first three starts of the season and did not last into the seventh inning in any of those outings. The lefthander bounced back to toss a four-hit shutout against Montreal last Sunday and was just as good in this outing, allowing five hits, walking one and striking out five.

"I feel pretty good out there," said Wolf, who had struggled two starts ago against Montreal. "It all stems back to that Montreal game where I was horrible that first inning. I didn't lose confidence from that. The main thing I wanted to do was hit my spots and be aggressive in the zone."

After a 13-inning game Thursday in St. Louis, the Phillies were hoping for a long outing from Wolf, whose brother Jim, was the umpire at third base on Friday.

"That's two outstanding outings in a row and we needed that tonight," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "The bullpen was spent."

Cormier retired all six batters he faced to complete the win.

Arizona starter Elmer Dessens (1-3) allowed all four runs in the third.

Wolf had a one out bloop single to left field and went to second on a base hit by Marlon Byrd. Placido Polanco barely beat out a double-play grounder - although replays showed that he may have been out - to keep the inning alive and Abreu followed with his fifth homer of the season to right field to make it 3-0.

"It was an up-and-in fastball and I was trying get it there," explained Abreu, who was just 2-for-13 with two outs and runners in scoring position. "I am struggling with runners in scoring position and I am just trying to put the ball in play."

Thome followed with his seventh homer of the season and second in as many games to complete the scoring.

Dessens allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

One of the few bright spots for Arizona was Danny Batista, who singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

Rob Hammock had a pair of hits for the Diamondbacks. Hammock's second hit, an infield punch shot past a diving Wolf, loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh. Wolf then struck out pinch hitter Bobby Estalella to get out of the jam.


ARIZONA (0) VS PHILADELPHIA (4) - FINAL ARIZONA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg M Kata 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .313 A Cintron ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272 L Gonzalez lf 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .294 G Colbrunn 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100 S Finley cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .225 D Bautista rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .376 C Tracy 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .419 R Hammock c 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .321 E Dessens p 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .125 a-S Hillenbrand ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .184 R Choate p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 O Villarreal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-B Estalella ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .154 S Randolph p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 32 0 5 0 1 7 7 a-struck out swinging for E Dessens in the 5th; b-struck out looking for O Villarreal in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - L Gonzalez (7, R Wolf). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Finley 1, B Estalella 2. Team LOB - 6. FIELDING: E - C Tracy (2, throw). PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg M Byrd cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .221 P Polanco 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .241 B Abreu rf 3 1 1 3 1 1 0 .256 J Thome 1b 4 1 1 1 0 3 2 .364 P Burrell lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .289 M Lieberthal c 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .174 D Bell 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .227 J Rollins ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .183 R Wolf p 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .455 a-S Wooten ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 31 4 6 4 1 9 6 a-grounded to shortstop for R Wolf in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - P Polanco (5, E Dessens). HR - B Abreu (5, 3rd inning off E Dessens 2 on, 2 Out), J Thome (7, 3rd inning off E Dessens 0 on, 2 Out). RBI - B Abreu 3 (13), J Thome (13). 2-out RBI - B Abreu 3, J Thome. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Byrd 1, J Thome 1. Team LOB - 4. ---------------------------------------------------- ARIZONA - 000 000 000 -- 0 PHILADELPHIA - 004 000 00x -- 4 ---------------------------------------------------- ARIZONA ip h r er bb so hr era E Dessens (L, 1-3) 4 6 4 4 0 3 2 7.66 R Choate 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 8.31 O Villarreal 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.57 S Randolph 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.93 PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era R Wolf (W, 2-1) 7 5 0 0 1 5 0 2.78 R Cormier 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 5.56 WP - E Dessens. Pitches-strikes: E Dessens 76-47; R Choate 13-9; O Villarreal 10-7; S Randolph 24-12; R Wolf 106-65; R Cormier 25-16. Ground balls-fly balls: E Dessens 6-3; R Choate 0-0; O Villarreal 0-2; S Randolph 1-3; R Wolf 6-10; R Cormier 3-1. Batters faced: E Dessens 19; R Choate 3; O Villarreal 3; S Randolph 7; R Wolf 27; R Cormier 6. UMPIRES: HP--Fieldin Culbreth. 1B--Tony Randazzo. 2B--Kevin Kelley. 3B--Jim Wolf. T--2:22. Att--43,721. Weather: 76 degrees, clear. Wind: 17 mph, left to right.


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