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September 14 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
NYM 83-62 706 4.87 7 772 (7) 184 39
PHI 77-69 802 5.49 1  816 (1) 123 18


  W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
NYM 83-62 635 4.38 5 4.19 (3) 3.80 (6)
PHI 77-69 757 5.18 14 4.99 (13) 4.69 (15)

The Phillies pitched just a little bit better than the Mets tonight.  And that's saying something, cause the Mets pitched pretty well. 

Jamie Moyer gave the Phils a desperately-needed good start, matching Tom Glavine pitch-for-pitch.  Chase Utley socked a two-run shot in the sixth that tied the game at 2-2.  The back of the Phillies' bullpen was fantastic.  Romero and Gordon combined to pitch their way out of first and third with one out in the eighth with the game still tied.  Myers nailed down the save with a 1-2-3 tenth after the Phils scratched out a run in the top of the inning.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets tonight for the fifth time in five tries, winning 3-2 in ten innings to improve to 78-69 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run.  He walked two and struck out two.

David Wright homered to left with two outs in the first, putting the Mets up 1-0.  Moyer got Carlos Beltran on a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third. 

Luis Castillo walked to start the fourth.  Wright flew to center for the first out before Castillo stole second and then third.  Beltran walked, putting men on first and third.  Moises Alou singled to left and Castillo scored to make the score 2-0.  Beltran went to second.  Jeff Conine was next and hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Lastings Milledge doubled with one out in the fifth, but Moyer got pitcher Tom Glavine and Jose Reyes to leave Milledge stranded.

Castillo started the sixth with a single but Wright followed and hit into double-play.  Beltran flew to right to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the help of two nice plays from the infield.  Rollins got Conine on an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out and Utley made a nice play on a ground ball hit by Lo Duca for the third.

Romero started the eighth after throwing 23 pitches last night.  He hit the righty Milledge to start the inning and righty Carlos Gomez hit for the pitcher Pedro Feliciano.  Gomez bunted in front of the plate and Ruiz threw Milledge out at second.  Gomez stole second and went to third on an infield single to second by Reyes.  It put men on first and third with one down for Castillo.  Manuel left Romero in to pitch to the switch-hitter Castillo, who has been better against righties than lefties this season.  Romero struck him out for the second out.  Gordon came in to pitch the the righty Wright and hit him to load the bases.  Gordon struck out Beltran to end the inning.

Huge spot in the game.  Romero's strikeout of Castillo was huge and Gordon looked wicked against Beltran.  I never would have left Romero in to pitch to Castillo after Romero had thrown last night, righty/lefty or not.  Even with two outs I would have brought Myers in to pitch to Wright then Beltran.  Manuel's way worked great (I still don't think you need to let Moyer hit for himself when he's not going to pitch the next inning, though.  Just saying).

Gordon's must have gone to the super vitamin-fortified Wheaties, cause he looked better than he has in a long time.

Gordon came back to pitch the ninth and threw a 1-2-3 inning.  He got two strikeouts.  Lo Duca was called out for the third out and was ejected for arguing the call.

Myers came in to pitch the tenth and set the Mets down 1-2-3 on a ground ball and two strikeouts.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Tom Glavine went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Ruiz (8) Nunez.  Nunez plays third with Moyer on the mound.  Ruiz catches and hits seventh with Nunez in the lineup.  Werth in right with Victorino on the bench.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

In the second, Rowand doubled with one out.  Werth was next and smashed a ball to short that Reyes couldn't handle.  Werth was given a hit, his second in two days on a ball hit hard to short, and Rowand held second.  Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third, fourth and fifth. 

Nunez walked to start the sixth and Moyer bunted him to second.  Rollins flew to left for the second out, but Utley was next and hit one out to right to tie the game at 2-2.  Burrell followed with a walk, but Howard grounded to second for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Nunez started the eighth with a single.  Moyer hit for himself and popped a bunt up towards third.  Wright made a diving play, catching the ball and throwing to first to double Nunez off.  Rollins followed with a single and stole second, but Utley grounded to short for the third out.  Moyer hit for himself and bunted despite the fact that he didn't come back and pitch the eighth.  That's a bad play if it works and it really didn't in this case.  Coste or Helms could have hit against the lefty Glavine.

Billy Wagner struck out Burrell, Howard and Rowand in the ninth.

Werth started the tenth with a single to left.  Ruiz tried to bunt and popped the first pitch up behind the plate.  Mike DiFelice, who entered the game after Lo Duca was ejected, dropped the spinning ball.  Ruiz bunted back to the pitcher and Aaron Heilman fielded and threw to second, but his throw was not handled cleanly and Werth was safe with Ruiz safe at first.  Nunez bunted the runners to second and third with one out.  Dobbs hit for Gordon against the righty Heilman and drove a ball to center for the second out.  Werth scored easily to put the Phils up 3-2.  Ruiz went to third.  Rollins lined softly to second to end the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-5.

Utley was 1-for-4 with his 20th home run of the season.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard was 0-for-4.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a double.

Werth was 2-for-4 and scored the winning run after starting the tenth with a single.

Ruiz was 0-for-3.

Nunez was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Kyle Lohse (8-12, 4.47) faces righty Pedro Martinez (2-0, 1.80) tomorrow afternoon.  Lohse is 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA in eight starts with the Phils.  He faced the Mets on August 30 and exited early, charged with three runs in 3 2/3 innings.  Despite pitching in two hitter's parks with the Reds and Phils, he's been way better at home than on the road this season, going 5-3 with a 3.05 ERA at home and 3-9 with a 5.82 ERA on the road.  Pedro has made two starts this season after missing most of the year coming off of rotator cuff surgery last October.  He's been really good in both of his starts, but hasn't gone more than five innings in either of them.  Burrell is 0-for-17 against Pedro in his career with seven strikeouts.

September 14 2007

After two miserable games in which the Phillies' bats did nearly nothing against some no-namers, they sprang to life last night.  JD Durbin got bombed in another short outing, unable to get an out in the second inning for the second time in three starts, and the Phils found themselves down 3-0 before they even got a chance to hit in the bottom of the first.  For a team that had scored two runs in the last two games it looked like a daunting task.  But they flipped that mystery switch they have somewhere and pounded Rockies' ace Jeff Francis, who would end the day charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The bad news is there is no such switch for the Phillies' pitching.  When the hitters aren't hitting you know they're bound to break out of it any day.  When the pitchers are getting bombed you know they aren't.

Things got testy in the game.  Utley and Werth were both hit by pitches.  Werth, especially, was drilled.  With two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Alfonseca's first offering to Todd Helton was a screaming fastball at the first baseman's head.  Helton took the ball off the arm and not the head and Alfonseca was ejected.  It was perhaps the best control Alfonseca has demonstrated all season long, but an ugly moment.  Regardless of what had happened earlier, Alfonseca can't throw at anybody's head and it's not in the best interest of anybody on the Phillies for him to do so.

The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 12-4 to improve to 77-69 on the season.  The teams split the four-game series two games apiece.  The Phillies trail the Mets by 6 1/2 games in the NL East.  The Dodgers beat the Padres last night, so the Phils and Dodgers are both 1 1/2 games behind San Diego for the Wild Card.

Durbin got the start for the Phillies and went one inning, allowing three runs on five hits.  All five hits were singles.  He struck out the three hitters he got out and walked three.

With the possible return of Cole Hamels on Tuesday, that may be the last start of the year for Durbin.

Phillies starting pitchers have made two quality starts in the last 12 games.  Both of them were made by Lohse.

Durbin walked Cory Sullivan to start the first.  With the runner moving, Troy Tulowitski singled to left.  Burrell bobbled the ball for an error and Sullivan scored to make it 1-0.  Matt Holliday walked before Durbin struck out Todd Helton for the first out.  Garrett Atkins singled to left and Tulowitski scored.  2-0 with men on first and second.  Brad Hawpe struck out for the second out before Chris Iannetta walked to load the bases.  Omar Quintanilla singled to left and Holliday scored to make it 3-0.  Durbin struck out pitcher Jeff Francis to end the frame.

Durbin started the second and gave up back-to-back singles to Sullivan and Tulowitski.  Geary came in to pitch to Holliday and Holliday hit into a double play.  With Sullivan on third, Helton flew to center for the third out.

Geary threw a 1-2-3 third and returned for the fourth.  Quintanilla led off with a single and Francis bunted him to second.  Sullivan was next and he hit a ball back to Geary.  Geary threw to second to try to get Quintanilla.  A bad play by Geary cause Quintanilla was safe.  Rollins bailed him out with one of the most outstanding plays I've seen.  Rollins put a tag on Quintanilla, then snapped a throw to first, avoiding the second base umpire who had moved into the baseline to make the call at second, and nipped the speedy Sullivan at first for the second out.  Amazing play (Sullivan was probably safe, but still).  Tulowitski walked before before Holliday flew to right to set the Rockies down.  The Rollins play turns first and second with one out into two down and a man on second.

Condrey pitched the fifth and gave up a one out homer to Atkins that cut the Phillies' lead to 8-4.

Kane Davis came on to pitch the sixth with an 11-4 lead and set the Rockies down 1-2-3.

Alfonseca started the seventh and got the first two hitters.  His first pitch to Helton was at Helton's head.  The ball did hit Helton, but on his arm, not his head.  Alfonseca was ejected.  Helton missed getting hit in the head by inches.  Looked very bad after Werth had been drilled in the sixth and Utley hit earlier in the game.  Romero came into the game and struck out Atkins to end the frame.

Romero returned and threw a 1-2-3 eighth.  It was surprising to me that Manuel would leave Romero in to throw 23 pitches with an eight run lead the night before the Phils start a series with the Mets.  Romero is one of the very few pitchers who has been effective in relief for the Phils.   Castro, Rosario and Ennis were the guys in the pen other than Gordon and Myers he didn't use last night.  Gordon or Myers don't make any sense and Rosario or Castro would have been pitching for the third straight day.  Ennis had thrown 26 pitches the night before, but I think I would have given him a try with the eight-run lead.  Or let Mesa try to go two innings.

Mesa threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Geary, who has been mostly miserable this year, was the pitching hero of the game for the Phillies.  He gave them three scoreless frames after Durbin exited early.  Geary wasn't with the team for much of August, but in his last 11 appearances he's thrown to a 2.08 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.

The Phils have to call on their pen to go eight innings the night before they start a big series with the Mets.  Geary needed just 26 pitches to throw his three innings, but he's almost surely unavailable tonight.  I would guess there's a chance that Manuel could call on Romero or Davis tonight in a close game even after they pitched last night -- Romero threw 23 pitches and Davis 13.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Jeff Francis went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  Helms plays third against the lefty.  Ruiz catches.

The Phillies started the first down 3-0.  Rollins singled and Utley followed with a ground ball to second.  Rollins was forced at second for the first out with Utley safe at first.  Burrell struck out for the second out, but Howard singled, sending Utley to third.  With Rowand at the plate, Utley scored and Howard went to second on a passed ball.  3-1.  Rowand singled to center and Howard scored.  3-2 with Rowand going to second on the throw home.  Werth walked, putting men on first and second for Helms.  Helms smashed a ball high off the wall in right.  Both runners scored and the Phillies led 4-3.  Ruiz was walked intentionally and Durbin grounded to first to end the inning.

Utley was hit by a pitch with one out in the second.  Burrell was next and flew to center.  Howard walked, but Rowand grounded to short to end the inning.

Ruiz singled with two outs in the third, but Geary struck out behind him.  Nice job by Ruiz to turn over the lineup. 

Rollins singled to start the fourth.  Francis picked Rollins off first, but Helton dropped the ball and Rollins was safe at second with a stolen base.  Utley followed with a home run that made it 6-3, so the Helton drop costs the Rockies a run.  Burrell singled before Howard flew to center for the first out.  Rowand walked to put men on first and second.  Werth absolutely laced a ground ball to short that Tulowitski couldn't handle.  It was called a hit.  Burrell scored and Rowand went to third.  7-3.  Dobbs hit for Helms against the righty Taylor Buchholz and Werth stole second.  Dobbs was walked intentionally to load the bases.  Ruiz hit a grounder to third and was thrown out at first as Rowand scored to make it 8-3.  Laforest hit for Geary and flew to left.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth and went to second on a single to second.  A balk moved them to second and third before Howard walked to load the bases.  Rowand singled and everyone moved up a base.  9-4.  Werth was drilled by a pitch and glared out at Ramon Ortiz.  Burrell scored and it was 10-4.  Dobbs followed and hit a ball deep enough to left to score Howard and make it 11-4.  Ruiz grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.  Rollins ripped the ball to center for the second out, but Sullivan made a diving catch to rob him of extra-bases.  Replays seemed to suggest that Sullivan dropped the ball, but that didn't help Rollins any.

Burrell started the seventh with a walk and Bourn ran for him at first.  Howard struck out and Rowand flew to right.  Werth doubled into the corner in right, Bourn scored to make the score 12-4.  Dobbs grounded to second to end the inning.

Iguchi hit for Romero with one out in the eighth and walked.  Rollins moved him to second with a single, but Utley struck out and Bourn grounded to third to end the inning.

Rollins was 3-for-6 yesterday and 5-for-18 in the series with a home run and four stolen bases.  He's at 296/347/530 for the season.  He made an amazing play in the fourth inning last night.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk.  5-for-15 in the series.  338/414/567.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a walk.  5-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series.  268/410/525 on the year.  After slugging .768 in July and .650 in August he's slugging .625 in September.

Howard was 1-for-3 and walked twice.  3-for-15 with a double and a home run in the series.  263/379/555.

Rowand was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  2-for-15 in the series and 311/377/512 on the year.

Werth was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.  4-for-9 in the series.  325/426/471 on the year.  He's hitting .388 (47-for-121) since the start of August.

Helms was 1-for-2 with two RBI.  2-for-6 in the series.  249/300/374.  Dobbs was 0-for-1 with a walk yesterday and 1-for-8 in the series.  281/338/472.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.  1-for-10 in the series.  260/335/407.  Coste was 1-for-4 in the series and is hitting 304/333/461 this year.

Victorino didn't play yesterday and was 1-for-4 in the series.  284/352/425.

Jamie Moyer (13-11, 5.23) faces lefty Tom Glavine (13-6, 3.95) tonight as the Phillies play the first of three with the Mets.  Over his last 13 starts Moyer has thrown to a 6.72 ERA, allowing 55 earned runs in 73 2/3 innings.  In three starts against the Mets this year he's 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA.  The only start of the last five that he's made in which he allowed less than four earned runs came against the Mets.  On August 29 he held the Mets to two runs over six innings and got the win.  In four of Glavine's last five starts he has allowed one run or fewer.  Over his last three starts he's allowed two earned runs in 20 innings (0.90 ERA).  In four starts against the Phillies this season he's 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, he last faced them on August 28 and tossed seven scoreless innings. 

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