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September 13 2007

Or maybe cricket.  I read here England took Zimbabwe 188-9 in recent Twenty20 action.  I don't really know what "Pietersen smashed 79 from just 37 balls" means, but it sounds pretty good.  I know I usually need at least 42 balls when I smash 79.  Whatever it means, it sounds better than Howard goes down swinging, Rowand pops to the catcher and Dobbs flies to left to end the inning, that's for sure.  If we can get a decent wicket-keeper for him it's a no-brainer.

Able to hit Franklin Morales and Denny Bautista or not, the Phils are still, to the surprise of nearly everyone, on pace to score more runs than they did last season.  After 145 games they have scored 790 runs, about 5.45 runs per game.  They are on pace to score 883 runs after scoring 865 in 2006.

Not all the Phillies starting pitchers have benefited equally.  Here's a look at the run support some of the Phils starters have received this season (for Durbin and Lohse, the numbers include their time with the Snakes and Reds):

 

Pitcher Run Support
Durbin 8.50
Kendrick 7.43
Hamels 6.08
Moyer 6.05
Eaton 5.41
Garcia 4.66
Lieber 4.38
Lohse 4.16

Durbin and Kendrick have enjoyed the most support, but the most surprising to me is Lohse.  Despite playing for the Reds and the Phils, two of the NL's top scoring teams, Lohse remains at the bottom of the list.  The Phils have averaged 5.45 runs per game for the season -- in the 11 games that Lohse has started for the Phillies they've scored 48 runs, about 4.36 per game.  Of the 68 NL pitchers who have thrown 100 or more innings, 52 have gotten more run support.  The Reds are mostly to blame.  In his first 17 starts of the season the Reds scored 56 runs, about 3.29 runs per game.


September 13 2007

The Phillies have been outscored 20-2 in their last two games, scoring a pair of runs in games started by Franklin Morales and reliever Denny Bautista.  They managed four hits last night, all singles, and lost 12-0.

The game started with a ball that blooped in between a pair of confused-looking Phillies' outfielders and went downhill from there.  The Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first and didn't score a run.  Kyle Kendrick had to leave after he had a line drive smashed off his knee.  Matt Holliday hit a three-run bomb.  He's 6-for-11 with a double, four home runs and eight RBI in the first three games of the series. 

The Phils turned a triple-play in the first inning, their second triple-play of the season.

With the loss, the Phillies drop to 76-69 on the year.  They are seven games behind the Mets and remain 2 1/2 behind the Padres for the Wild Card.  The Dodgers and the Rockies are both also 2 1/2 games back, all three teams have the same 76-69 record.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run.  He struck out three and walked one.  He left after being hit on the right knee by a line drive in the fourth.  His ERA is 4.02.

Cory Sullivan started the first with high fly ball to left center that fell pitifully between Rowand and Burrell.  They couldn't decided who should catch the ball and went with nobody.  Troy Tulowitski followed with a single, putting men on first and second.  Matt Holliday was next and he smashed a ball to third.  Dobbs caught it in the air and threw to second.  Utley caught it with his foot on the bag to get Sullivan for the second out and ran towards first to tag out Tulowitski to complete the triple-play.

Todd Helton started the second with a double, but Kendrick got the next three.

With two outs in the third, Sullivan singled and Tulowitski walked before Holliday homered to left.  3-0.  Helton followed with a single, but Burrell threw him out trying for two.

Garrett Atkins started the fourth and smashed a line drive off Kendrick's right knee for a single.  Kendrick had to leave the game and was replaced by John Ennis.  Ennis walked Brad Hawpe before Chris Iannetta flew to left for the first out.  Omar Quintanilla singled to center and Atkins scored to make it 4-0, the runners went to second and third on the throw home.  Pitcher Mike Redmond struck out for the second out before Sullivan walked to load the bases.  Tulowitski singled to left and two more runs scored to make it 6-0.  Holliday walked to load the bases.  Condrey came in to pitch to, of course, the lefty Helton.  Helton doubled to center and three more runs scored.  9-0.  Atkins popped to first to end the frame. 

Ennis gets two outs and is charged with five runs, three of which came with the righty Condrey pitching to the lefty Helton.  How 'bout Castro?

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rosario pitched the sixth and gave up a one out home run to Sullivan to make the score 10-0.  He got the next two.

He came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Mesa started the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Iannetta.  Quintanilla struck out for the first out before pinch-hitter Ian Stewart doubled, scoring Iannetta to make it 11-0.  Mesa got the next two to end the frame.

The bullpen put together by the Phils' front office is a miserable failure and has been for a while.  Mesa's ERA with the Phils is now 6.21.  He's now allowed 14 earned runs in his last six innings.  Myers sits in the pen while the starting pitchers fail almost daily.  Manuel's goal is to get into a position where Gordon can pitch the eighth with a lead and Gordon has a 6.04 ERA.

Castro started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Spilborghs.  He got the next two before walking Brad Hawpe.  Iannetta followed with a single that scored Spilborghs to make the score 12-0.  Castro struck out Quintanilla for the third out. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Denny Bautista went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Coste.  Werth plays right with Victorino on the bench.  Dobbs at third against the righty.  Coste catches.

The Phils loaded the bases in the first on walks by Rollins and Burrell and a single by Utley.  Howard struck out, Rowand popped out to the catcher in foul territory and Dobbs flew to left.  Nothing out of bases loaded and nobody out.

Werth started the second with a single and, after Coste flew to left, Kendrick bunted him to second.  Rollins flew to center to end the inning.

The Phils had one base runner in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth.  In the fourth, Dobbs singled with one out.  Werth struck out behind him and Coste flew to center to end the inning.

Coste singled with two outs in the seventh, but Helms hit for Rosario and flew to left.

They went 1-2-3 in the eighth and 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Four hits in the game for the Phils, all singles.  They drew two walks in the game, both of which came in the first inning.

Rollins was 0-for-2 with a walk.  He stole his 31st base of the season in the first before Utley moved him to third with an infield single. 

Utley 1-for-3.

Burrell 0-for-2 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Rowand 0-for-3.

Dobbs 1-for-4.

Werth 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Coste was 1-for-3. 

JD Durbin (6-5, 6.12) faces lefty Jeff Francis (15-7, 4.05) tonight.  Second time in four games the Phils will start a pitcher who has thrown more than 50 innings this season with an ERA over six.  Durbin has allowed 12 runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.  Only nine of the runs have been earned, but if that makes you feel much-better, well, congratulations, you're the glass-fuller of the year.  In eight appearances at Citizens Bank Park this season, including five starts, he's 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA.  Francis hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts and has allowed more than two just once (he allowed three earned runs against the Giants on September 3).  Righties are hitting .286 with a 1.41 ratio against him, lefties just .247 with a 1.16 ratio.  He has faced the Phils once this season.  On July 6 the Phillies hit him hard, scoring six runs charged to Francis in five innings.

Hamels may start Tuesday in St Louis.

Kendrick doesn't think he will miss a start.

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