It's the month of Michael Martinez! Well maybe not quite, but the Rule 5 pick did come up huge again Tuesday night as the Phillies rallied past the Cubs 4-2.
Martinez ended June batting .188 on the season with four RBIs in 64 at-bats. This month, he is already 11-for-35 (.314) with ... wait for it ... 11 RBIs in 37 at-bats. He singled and scored in the eighth - with the help of some terrific baserunning on his part - before his bloop double to right plated the decisive runs in the ninth.
The pitching: Cliff Lee did not have his best stuff, though he was able to limit the Cubs to two runs in six innings. He gave up eight hits, five of which were for extra bases (including a two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the first inning). Lee avoided major damage by working out of further trouble in the first, second and fifth. Michael Stutes worked around baserunners in the seventh before Charlie Manuel showed confidence in Stutes (or maybe a lack of confidence in Juan Perez) by sticking with the righty throughout the eighth inning. Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the ninth to complete one of the Phillies' gutsiest wins of the season.
The offense: Through seven, the Phillies had managed just three hits against Matt Garza. They tied it at 2-2 in the eighth on a single by Jimmy Rollins (which chased Garza) followed by a base hit by Martinez and a two-run double by Chase Utley, both of which came against Sean Marshall. Two-out hits by Ben Francisco and Rollins preceded Martinez's winning hit against Marshall in the ninth.
Next up: The Phillies and Cubs conclude their series Wednesday afternoon, first pitch at 2:20 p.m. Vance Worley goes for the Phils against Ryan Dempster.