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July 13 2007

 

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
STL 40-45 368 4.33 13 722 (11) 24 17
PHI 44-44 456 5.18 1 791 (1) 70 11

 

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
STL 40-45 432 5.08 10 5.31 (16) 3.69 (7)
PHI 44-44 463 5.26 16 4.99 (14) 4.75 (13)

The Phillies came out of the All-Star break firing on all cylinders and the Cardinals came out firing on none.   Led by Chase Utley's 4-for-5 effort, the Phils pounded out 23 hits and rolled to a 13-3 win. 

The Phils got deep into the Cardinals bullpen in the first game of the three-game set.  They chased Kip Wells in the second and St Louis had to call on five relievers to get through the game.

The Phillies beat the St Louis Cardinals tonight, winning 13-3 to improve to 45-44 on the year. 

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and was fantastic.  He went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles.  He struck out four in the best of his six impressive starts with the Phils since coming up from Double-A.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Chris Duncan started the second with a double to center.  Kendrick got the next two before walking Adam Kennedy.  It put men on first and second for Yadier Molina.  Kendrick hit Molina, bringing up the pitcher Kip Wells with two down and the bases loaded.  Kendrick struck out Wells to end the frame.

The got the Cards 1-2-3 in the third. 

In the fourth, he got the first two before Juan Encarnacion and Kennedy singled back-to-back.  It put men on first and second for Molina, but Kendrick struck him out for the third out.

With a 9-0 lead in the fifth, Kendrick gave up a leadoff double to left by Skip Schumaker.  Aaron Miles moved Schumaker to third with a ground ball to second, and Ryan Ludwick followed with a ground ball to first that scored Schumaker and made the score 9-1.  Kendrick struck out Albert Pujols for the third out.

Duncan singled to start the sixth but was erased when Scott Rolen followed and hit into a double-play.  Encarnacion grounded to third to set the Cardinals down.

Kennedy started the seventh with a fly ball to left off the glove of Burrell for an error.  Kennedy wound up at second.  Molina lined to short for the first out before Schumaker blooped a single into center that moved Kennedy to third.   Miles followed and hit a double-play ball to second that ended the frame.  Nice job by Kendrick to pitch around the two-base error to start the inning. 

JC Romero started the eighth with the Phils up 11-1.  Would have been a really nice time to see never-used Anderson Garcia, but we didn't.  Pujos hit a long home run to center with one out.  11-2.  Romero walked the lefty Duncan and Mesa came in to pitch to the righty Rolen.  Mesa got Rolen to fly to center for the second out.  Pitcher Brad Thompson hit for himself and grounded to third for the third out.  I think it was a mistake to use those guys there -- yes, they are rested but they're the guys Manuel is going to be using in a game soon that's close.  Garcia is not.

JD Durbin started the ninth up 13-2.  He hit Kennedy to start the inning and then got Gary Bennett to fly to Victorino in foul territory.  He walked three in a row, forcing in Kennedy to make the score 13-3.  With, really, Alfonseca warming in the pen, Pujols hit into a double-play to end the inning.  Durbin looked awful.

Tony La Russa was clearly unhappy in the St Louis dugout when Kennedy was hit to start the ninth.  You could tell by the screaming.  Something to keep an eye on over the next two games.  Hitting Molina in the second to pitch to Wells couldn't have pleased him either.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Kip Wells went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz.  Dobbs at third with Burrell in left.

Rollins started the first with a bloop into left that bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.  Victorino bunted and Wells threw wildly to first.  Rollins scored and Victorino went to third as the ball went up the right-field line.  1-0.  Utley singled to center.  2-0.  Howard moved Utley to third with a double to left.  Rowand followed with a bloop into right that scored Utley and Howard, putting the Phils up 4-0 as Rowand was thrown out going to second.  Burrell and Dobbs singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second with one down for Ruiz.  Ruiz struck out, the first out the Phils hadn't given away after the bunt and Rowand being thrown out at second.  Kendrick was next and he singled into center.  Burrell scored and Dobbs went to second.  5-0.  Rollins grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Victorino walked to start the second and took off for second with Utley at the plate.  Molina's throw was off the glove of Miles for an error and Victorino went to third.  Error on Molina but it should have gone to Miles.  Utley singled to center and Victorino scored.  6-0.  Howard hit into a double-play before Rowand reached on a two-out single.  Burrell followed with a walk, but Dobbs struck out to end the inning.

Ruiz smashed a ball to left to start the third, but Duncan made a nice catch banging into the wall.  The Phillies loaded the bases on a single by Kendrick, a walk by Rollins and a single to right from Victorino.  Utley hit a ground ball to first and Pujols came home.  His throw was perfect but Molina dropped the ball.  Kendrick scored to put the Phils up 7-0.  Howard struck out for the second out and Rowand flew to left to end the inning.  Phils get one run out of bases loaded and one out.

In the fourth, the Phillies loaded the bases on a walk by Burrell, a single by Dobbs and a hit batsman that sent Ruiz to first.   Kendrick hit a fly ball to center for the first out, but Burrell scored and Dobbs went to third as the Phils upped their lead to 8-0.  Rollins singled to right.  Dobbs scored and it was 9-0.  Victorino was next and hit into a double-play.

Utley singled to start the fifth and went to second on a wild pitch.  Howard blooped a single into right.  Utley tried to score and was thrown out easily.  Rowand flew to right and Burrell struck out to set the Phillies down.

Dobbs led off the sixth with a single, but Ruiz and Kendrick struck out and Rollins flew to left. 

Utley homered off the pole in left with one out in the seventh, putting the Phils up 10-1.  Howard followed with a single and moved to third on a double by Rowand.  Burrell hit a fly ball to center for the second out, Howard scored and it was 11-1.  Dobbs followed with a single that moved Rowand to third before Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.

Bourn, who had entered the game in the top of the inning, led off the eighth with a ground ball to Miles at short.  Miles, not a shortstop, bobbled and Bourn was safe at first.  Miles was charged with an error, which should have been his second of the game after Molina's throw to try and get Victorino stealing second in the second went off of his glove.  Rollins smoked a two-run homer to right and it was 13-2.  The Phillies loaded the bases again on singles by Victorino and Nunez and a walk to Howard.  Rowand struck out for the first out.  Helms hit for Mesa and grounded into a double-play.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with his 28th stolen base.

Utley was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a double.

Rowand was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.

Dobbs was 4-for-5.

Ruiz was 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base.  He hit it hard in the third but Duncan made a nice play against the wall.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.72) faces lefty Mike Maroth (5-3, 4.90) tomorrow.  Hamels has allowed more than three runs just once in his last eight starts.  He's been better at home than on the road this season, going 5-2 with a 3.25 ERA in eight starts at Citizens Bank Park.  Maroth has made three starts with St Louis since coming over from Detroit, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA.  Opponents are hitting .305 against him on the year and he's allowed 18 home runs in 93 2/3 innings.  Only four pitchers in all of baseball have allowed more home runs.  Rowand is the Phil who has faced him the most, he's 9-for-17 against him.


July 13 2007

Here's a look at how often the Phillies have walked, scored runs and hit homers by month so far this season:

 

Month G Wins BB BB/G R R/G HR HR/G
April 25 11 114 4.56 123 4.92 25 1.00
May 28 15 100 3.57 151 5.39 31 1.11
June 28 15 98 3.50 143 5.11 38 1.36
July 7 3 15 2.14 39 5.57 12 1.71

As the season has progressed, the Phillies have hit more home runs and walked less often.  They have scored more runs in every month since April, the month when they walked the most.

In April, the Phillies led the National League in walks.  So far in July they are 15th in the league in walks, getting nearly two and a half fewer per game than they did in April.  And they have been scoring significantly more runs -- up more than half a run a game from their April of a million stranded base runners. 

The April walk pace for the Phillies was ridiculously high.  If they had walked at that rate over 162 games they would have walked 739 times in the season.  In 2006 they led the NL with 626 walks, about 3.84 per game.   

The number of walks in July is too low and is sure to go up as the Phils play more games with month.  It's an unsustainable fluke that the team has scored as many runs as it has in the seven games this month with so few walks.  The Phils were fourth in the NL in walks in June and second in May.

You have to believe, however,  that the dramatic difference in the number of walks that the team has taken since April reflects a shift in the approach of Phillies' hitters.

The Phils are back in action tonight at home against the Cardinals as Kyle Kendrick (3-0, 4.40) faces righty Kip Wells (3-11, 5.92).  Kendrick will be making his sixth career start.  He's been tough on righties so far this season, they are hitting .246 with a 1.11 ratio against him.  Lefties are hitting .311 with a 1.70 ratio.  Three of his starts has come in Philadelphia and he's pitched pretty well at home, going 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA, but has allowed three home runs in 18 2/3 innings.  The Phillies faced Wells on June 24 in St Louis and were held to a run on three hits over five innings as the Cards rolled to a 5-1 win.  Wells has been outstanding of late, allowing two earned runs on 12 hits and five walks in his last 16 innings (1.13 ERA).  He last allowed a home run on June 2.  Three of his last five appearances have come in relief. 

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