The Phillies leave Florida with whatever momentum they had gained last week sapped dry. After taking the first game of the three-game set, the Phillies allowed 19 runs in the last two. Yesterday the Phils' starting pitcher couldn't get an out and the Fish scored seven times in the first inning. Today the hurlers couldn't hold a 5-0 lead.
There's still time for the Phils this season, but they can't afford to lose many more. Every game they don't win against a team as bad as Florida puts them in a position where they have to play better against everybody else. And they're already going to have to play really well to make the post-season.
The contrast between what the Phils and Mets have done coming off the Phillies' sweep of New York in the four-game set earlier this week doesn't make you feel all warm and fuzzy. The Mets sweep the Braves while the Phils lose two out of three to the miserable Marlins.
The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins this afternoon, falling 7-6 to drop to 72-64 on the season. The Marlins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in second place in the NL East, four games behind the Mets. The Padres and Diamondbacks both lost today, so the Phils stay three games behind both teams in the Wild Card. Arizona and San Diego are both on pace to win 89 games. For the Phillies to win 90 games they would have to go 18-8 in their remaining 26 games.
Adam Eaton got the start and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three home runs. He walked one and struck out five.
Eaton allowed just one hit through the first three innings, a single to Miguel Cabrera. It came with one out in the first, just after Eaton had hit Jeremy Hermida with a pitch. With men on first and second and two down, Eaton got Mike Jacobs to fly to center. He didn't allow a runner in the second or third.
He took a 5-0 lead into the fourth. After getting the first hitter he gave up a home run to Cabrera, a double to Jacobs and a homer to Cody Ross. It cut the Phils lead to 5-3. He got the next two to end the inning.
Pitcher Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit for pitcher Daniel Barone to start the fifth and doubled. Willis was bunted to third and scored on a slow roller Dan Uggla hit to first that Howard couldn't handle. Howard was charged with an error and it made the score 5-4. With Uggla at second on the error, Eaton struck out Hermida for the second out before he walked Cabrera to put men on first and second. He got Jacobs to fly to right to end the inning.
Ross started the sixth with his second home run of the day off of Eaton. It tied the game at 5-5. Eaton got the next three.
Kane Davis started the seventh after throwing 25 pitches on Friday night. The first two men he faced, Hanley Ramirez and Uggla, both homered to make it 7-5. Davis got the next two before the Marlins loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an error by Dobbs, but Davis got Alejandro De Aza on a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Rosario, who had thrown 39 pitches yesterday, started the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Matt Treanor. Treanor was bunted to third and the lefty Romero came in to pitch to the righty Uggla. Romero walked Uggla. Hermida was next and, with the infield in, Hermida hit a ground ball to third. Dobbs threw home and Ruiz made a nice play to hold the ball as Treanor collided with him. Cabrera walked to load the bases, but Rosario got Jacobs to ground to second to end the inning.
Rosario starting the inning after 39 pitches yesterday was something of an unusual decision, as was Davis after he threw two innings two days before. Gordon last pitched on Thursday and threw 11 pitches. Myers hadn't pitched since Tuesday.
Rosario was really good yesterday, striking out four in two scoreless innings. Calling on him again today after 39 pitches with two guys rested in the pen, no matter who they are, is tough.
If you were hoping that roster expansion was the key for the Phillies' pen, the early returns aren't good. In the two games since rosters expanded, the pen has allowed seven earned runs in ten innings.
The Phillies' lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Iguchi (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Helms (8) Ruiz. Iguchi plays second against the lefty with Utley on the bench. Iguchi's been fabulous, but Utley should play every day he's healthy the rest of the way. Utley is hitting 357/460/539 against lefties this season. Werth stays in right and moves up to sixth against the lefty. Helms at third and Ruiz catches.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first. In the second they loaded the bases with two down for Eaton, but Eaton flew to center to end the frame.
Rollins started the third with a triple. Iguchi popped out for the first out before Burrell walked. A single by Howard scored Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0 and Burrell moved to second. Rowand doubled, making it 2-0 with men on second and third. Werth cleared the bases with another double. 4-0. He was left stranded when Helms and Ruiz both struck out.
Eaton homered to start the fourth, putting the Phils up 5-0. Iguchi singled with one out, but Burrell and Howard went down behind him.
Rowand walked with one out in the fifth, but Helms flew to center behind him. Ruiz was walked intentionally and Eaton struck out to end the frame.
Burrell walked with two outs in the sixth, but Howard struck out behind him.
Rowand singled to start the seventh, but Werth struck out and Rowand was caught stealing on the pitch that Dobbs struck out on to end the frame.
The Phils had one hit in innings five, six and seven, and that runner was erased on a caught stealing.
Down 7-5 in the eighth, the Phils put men on second and third with a two-out walk by Rollins followed by a double by Iguchi. Burrell popped out to end the inning.
Rowand singled with one out in the ninth and went to second on a wild pitch. Werth struck out for the second out. Dobbs walked, putting men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz lined a single into right-center. Rowand scored to make it 7-6 and Dobbs went to third. Utley walked to load the bases. Rollins got ahead 3-1 before he flew to center on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
The Phils had some problems with the home plate umpire, Rob Drake, in the inning. Werth was called out looking on a 3-2 pitch he thought was outside. Maybe, but it was very close. Rollins thought one of the pitches he took was high and turned around to look at the ump and complain, which he never does. It was high. He didn't like the called strike two that ran the count full. That pitch looked better to me.
Rollins was 1-for-5 with a triple and a walk. 8-for-14 in the series with a double, a triple and a home run. 299/350/536 on the year.
Iguchi was 2-for-5 with a double in his only action in the series. 315/370/460 in 124 at-bats with the Phillies. Utley was 0-for-1 with a walk today and 2-for-9 in the series. 336/415/577 on the year.
Burrell was 0-for-3 with two walks today and 0-for-11 in the series. 262/401/504.
Howard was 2-for-5 with an RBI. 3-for-14 with a double and one RBI in the series. 272/387/571. Phils three and four hitters combine to go 3-for-25 with a double and one RBI in the series.
Rowand was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 5-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in the set. 312/381/522.
Werth was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBI today. 5-for-10 with three walks in the series. 326/424/489.
Helms was 0-for-3 in his only action of the series. 246/299/367. Dobbs was 0-for-1 with a walk. 3-for-7 with three singles in the series. Took a big walk in the ninth today. 283/332/465.
Ruiz was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks, both of which were intentional. 2-for-6 in the series. 262/337/401. Nice job to tag out Treanor in the eighth. Coste was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the series. 311/336/456 on the year.
Yesterday the Phillies lost 12-6 to drop to 72-63.
JD Durbin got the start and was charged with seven runs without getting an out. He gave up five hits and a walk. All five of the hits were singles. He also hit a batter.
Durbin started the first up 1-0. Hanley Ramirez singled and Durbin hit Dan Uggla, drawing warnings to both benches. Jeremy Hermida, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Jacobs singled back-to-back-back. Todd Linden walked and Matt Treanor singled. With the bases loaded and the score 4-1, Condrey relieved Durbin. A wild pitch from Condrey moved everybody up a base and made it 5-1 with men on second and third. Condrey got Alfredo Amezaga to hit a sac fly that scored the runner from third and made it 6-1. He got the pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim on a ground ball back to the pitcher for the second out. Ramirez brought in Treanor with another single that made it 7-1 before Condrey got Uggla to fly to right to end the inning.
Condrey pitched the second and the third, allowing just one base runner. He hit Amezaga with two outs in the third but Kim grounded to short for the third out.
Mesa pitched the fourth and the fifth. He shut the Fish down 1-2-3 in the fourth. In the fifth he allowed two runs on two singles, a double and a walk.
Rosario followed Mesa and kept the Marlins off the board in the sixth and the seventh. He struck out four and allowed just one hit, a single, and a walk.
Alfonseca started the eighth with the Phils back within three at 9-6. He gave up a double, an RBI single and a two-run homer to Cody Ross before getting out of the inning with the Phils down 12-6.
The Phillies' lineup against righty Byung-Hyun Kim went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Coste. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Werth stays in right even though Kim is tough on righties. Coste catches Durbin.
Rollins put the Phils up 1-0 with a leadoff home run.
After the Marlins scored seven runs in the bottom of the first, the Phils bounced back with three in the second. Rowand hit a home run to lead off the inning, making it 7-2. Dobbs singled and went to third on a double by Werth. Coste singled and Dobbs scored to make it 7-3 with men on first and third. Condrey struck out for the first out, but Rollins singled to make it 7-4 with men on first and second. The runners went to second and third on a wild pitch, but Utley struck out and Burrell flew to left.
The Phils didn't score in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh. Howard doubled to start the third, but couldn't go to third on a one-out infield single by Dobbs. Both runners were left stranded when Werth struck out and Coste flew to center.
Barajas started the fourth with a pinch-hit single but was erased two batters later when Utley hit into a double-play.
They put men on first and second in the fifth, but Werth grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.
Rollins singled with two outs in the sixth, but Utley flew to left for the third out. They didn't put the ball in play as Lee Gardner and Taylor Tankersley combined to strike out Burrell, Howard and Rowand.
Dobbs and Werth walked to start the eighth and moved to second and third on a ground out by Coste. Victorino pinch-hit for Rosario and grounded to first. Dobbs scored to cut the lead to 9-5 as Werth went to third. Rollins singled in Werth to make it 9-6. Rollins stole second but Utley popped to third to end the frame.
They went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Rollins was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Utley 0-for-5 and left five men on base.
Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Rowand 1-for-5 with his 23rd home run.
Dobbs 3-for-3 with three singles.
Werth 1-for-3 with a double.
Coste was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Jamie Moyer (12-10, 5.08) faces righty Lance Cormier (1-4, 7.59) tomorrow afternoon. Moyer pitched well against the Mets on Wednesday coming off of two awful starts. He's 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves this season. He faced them on May 25 and August 12. Cormier has been much better of late after being hit hard early this season. Over his last three outings he's allowed eight earned runs in 19 1/3 innings (3.72 ERA). He started against the Phils on August 11 and allowed four runs in four innings. Rollins homered off of him in that game.