The Phils’ first win of the season started ugly but ended well. Jamie Moyer got absolutely shelled, battered for six runs and unable to get out of the fourth inning. The Phils, who made four errors in the game, played miserable defense behind him and the combination didn’t make for a pretty first inning — the Phils found themselves down 5-0 before they had a chance to hit.
Led by an outstanding performance from a much-maligned bullpen, though, the Phils stormed back to win the game in extra-innings. Chris Coste got the offense started in the third by hitting the first pitch he saw on the season out for a home run. The sixth inning saw nine straight Phils reach on eight singles and a hit batter as the Phils scored six runs and take a 7-6 lead. The Nats came back to tie it up at 7-7, but Jimmy Rollins took things into his own hands in the bottom of the tenth, leading off with a single and then going to third on a sacrifice bunt.
The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, winning 8-7 in ten innings to improve to 1-2 on the season. The Phils lose the three-game set two games to won.
Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned, but if you think that means that Moyer pitched well, think again. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.
Christian Guzman led off the first with a double over the head of Jenkins in right. Lastings Milledge was next and hit a ball in between short and third. Rollins fielded and threw to first, where Howard dropped it. Milledge, who was given a hit that was later changed to an error on Howard, was safe at first and Guzman safe at second. Ryan Zimmerman was next and hit a double-play ball to third. Feliz went to second for the first out, but Utley’s throw to first was wide for his second error in two games. Guzman scored to put the Nats up 1-0. Austin Kearns was next and Moyer didn’t want much of the big righty, walking him on four pitches to put men on first and second. Aaron Boone followed with a single up the middle. Zimmerman scored and it was 2-0 with men on first and second for Ronnie Belliard. Belliard laced a ball into left that made it to the wall for a two-run double. 4-0. Moyer got Felipe Lopez on a ball popped into right for the second out. Jesus Flores followed and he doubled down the line in left to score Belliard and make it 5-0. The pitcher Bergmann was next and Moyer struck him out to end the frame.
Two miserable defensive plays in the inning, one by Howard and the other by Utley.
Guzman started the second with his second double in as many innings, this one to left. Milledge followed with a slow roller to short. Rollins gloved and threw to first and again Howard dropped the ball. This time Milledge would have been safe anyway so there was no error, but ya can’t go wrong with catching the ball. Zimmerman was next and hit a ball back to Moyer, who was looking Guzman back to third and didn’t handle it cleanly. Moyer couldn’t recover in time to get Zimmerman and was charged with an error, the third in the game for the Phils. It loaded the bases for Kearns with nobody out. Kearns hit a ground ball back to Moyer, who came home for one and Coste threw to first to complete the double-play. It brought up Boone with two down and men on second and third. Moyer struck him out to end the inning.
Flores doubled into the corner in left with two outs in the third. Bergmann grounded to short for the third out.
Guzman started the fourth with a ground ball to third that Feliz knocked down but didn’t field cleanly. Guzman was safe and it was an error, and the fielding problems at that point officially had spread to the entire infield. Milledge followed with a single into left that moved Guzman to second with nobody out. Zimmerman flew to center for the first out and both runners had to hold. With the count 2-2 on Kearns, Milledge and Guzman took off but they left too early. Moyer stepped off the mound and got Guzman at third for the second out and Milledge went to second. The count went full on Kearns before he singled into right. Jenkins threw home but Milledge was safe to make the score 6-1 with Kearns going to second on the throw home. Manuel gave Moyer the hook and Durbin came in to pitch to Boone, appearing in his third straight game. Boone dribbled one in front of the plate and Durbin pounced on it and threw to first for the third out.
Durbin returned to start the fifth and, after getting Belliard to foul out to Howard for the first out, gave up a one-out single to Lopez. Flores followed and hit one back to Durbin, who started the double-play that ended the frame.
Rudy Seanez started the sixth with the Phils still down 6-1. Bergmann led off and lined a ball to right and Jenkins made a fantastic diving catch for the first out of the inning. Guzman was next and hit a dribbler out in front of the plate that Coste pounced on and threw to first. With the help of a nice stretch from Howard, Guzman was called out (he was safe). Seanez got Milledge on a soft grounder to first for the third out.
Madson started the seventh with a 7-6 lead and set the Nats down 1-2-3.
Madson came back for the eighth still protecting a one-run lead and gave up a leadoff walk to Belliard on four pitches. Lopez flew to center for the first out. Flores was next and he blooped a ball into left-center for a single that sent Belliard to second. Rob Mackowiack was announced as the pinch-hitter for the pitcher Joel Hanrahan and JC Romero came in to pitch to the lefty. Paul LoDuca hit for Mackowiack with one down and men on first and second. Madson got behind LoDuca 3-1 before LoDuca popped a 3-2 pitch into center field for the second out. Guzman hit a ground ball in between second and third that went off the tip of Feliz’s glove, then off of Rollins and into left field. Belliard scored and the game was tied at 7-7 with men on first and second and two down for Milledge. Milledge hit a ball hard to third where Feliz made a dive to stop the ball. He threw to first, but not in time to get Milledge and the bases were loaded. Nice play by Feliz, though, keeping the ball in the infield. Zimmerman grounded to short for the third out.
Gordon started the ninth with the game tied at 7-7. Kearns struck out trying to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Flash got ahead of Nick Johnson 0-2 before Johnson singled into right off the glove of a diving Utley on a 3-2 pitch. Belliard was next and Gordon walked him to put men on first and second. Lopez flew to left for the second out before Flores walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Willie Harris hit for Luis Ayala and grounded to first to end the frame.
Condrey came in to pitch the tenth with the score knotted at 7-7. He got Guzman on a fly ball to center and struck out Milledge and Zimmerman to set the Nats down.
After allowing five extra-base hits through three innings, Phils’ pitchers didn’t allow any after the third.
Overall a great day for the pen as they hold the Nats to a single run over 6 1/3 innings after the early exit by Moyer. Durbin, Seanez and Condrey all had a nice day. Romero and Gordon both got hit a little but managed to avoid major damage, although there still wasn’t much to suggest there should be a whole lot of confidence in Gordon. Madson allows a run after giving up the big home run to Milledge in game one of the series, so a little bit of a rocky start to the season for him.
Tough combination for the Phils as the series starts tonight in Cincy as they have a worn out pen and a starter who probably won’t go real deep in the game. Durbin is almost surely unavailable having pitched in each of the Phils first three games. Romero has also pitched in all three games, but my guess is that Manuel would be more willing to use him three days in a row than Durbin (the Phils had an off-day Tuesday after their first game). Gordon threw 34 pitches on Thursday so you’d have to guess he’s not available, we’ll see if he closes if it comes to that tonight. Madson threw 23 pitches but didn’t appear on Wednesday, so I think it’s more likely he’d be available tonight.
The infield defense was horrid and has been so far this season. Howard, Utley and Rollins had all been really bad. Feliz had an error on Thursday but has been much better overall.
The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Bergmann went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins plays right and hits sixth. Feliz stays in the seven-hole against the righty. Coste gets his first start of the year in the day game after a night game.
The Phillies started the first down 5-0 and went 1-2-3.
Jenkins dumped a single into right with two outs in the second. Feliz followed and lined one into left, but Lopez tracked it down to end the inning.
Coste led off the third and hit the first pitch he saw on the season out to left. 5-1. Moyer struck out swinging and Rollins fouled out to the catcher for the second out before Victorino drew a two-out walk. Utley flew to left for the third out.
Howard started the fourth and tried to bunt the 1-0 pitch against the massive shift and fouled it off. He struck out swinging for the first out. Burrell was next and he got ahead 2-0 before striking out swinging at a 3-2 pitch. Jenkins went down swinging too, missing a 2-2 offering from Bergmann. Bergmann had five strikeouts through four innings.
Feliz started the fifth with a line drive to Lopez in left that a regular left fielder might have handled. Lopez didn’t and Feliz had a single. Coste flew to Milledge in left-center for the first out. Durbin was due to hit next and the righty Taguchi hit for him. Taguchi struck out for the second out. Dobbs was the other guy Manuel could have used there, but Manuel must have wanted to save him for later in the game despite the runner on first base. Rollins flew to left for the third out.
With one out in the sixth, Utley singled into right on a sharply hit ball that wasn’t played well by Belliard at second. Howard was next and he smashed a single into right, moving Utley to second. Burrell followed hit it down the line past third. Utley scored from second to make it 6-2 with men on first and third for Jenkins. After three straight batters had hit the ball hard against Bergmann I was pretty surprised he stayed in to face Jenkins. But he did. Jenkins singled into right and Howard scored to make it 6-3 with men on first and second. Righty Saul Rivera came in to pitch to Pedro Feliz and his first offering was a wild pitch off the shin guard of Flores that allowed the runners to move to second and third. Feliz singled up the middle and both runners scored to make it 6-5. Coste was next and he singled into right, moving Feliz to second. Seanez was due to hit next and now Manuel did call on Dobbs with Nats’ lefty Ray King warming but apparently not ready to enter the game. Dobbs gave the Phils their seventh straight single, this one into left. Feliz scored to tie the game at 6-6 with Coste going to second. Ray King entered and hit Rollins with his first pitch, loading the bases with one down for Victorino. Victorino singled into right and everyone moved up another base. Coste scored and the Phils had the lead at 7-6 with the bases still loaded with one down. Utley hit a ball to first. Boone came home for the first out and Flores threw to first to complete the double-play.
Fantastic inning for the Phils but the use of King was pretty odd by the Nats. I thought it was a mistake to leave Bergmann in to pitch to Jenkins. Dobbs also got to hit against the righty Seanez. It must be a tough position for an opposing manager with just one lefty in their pen — you want to save the single lefty to pitch to Utley and Howard, but there are other lefty hitters you need to get out as well. We’ll have to watch and see how often Jenkins and Dobbs get to hit against righties but I wonder if it might prove to be more often than you would expect.
Howard started the seventh and singled into right off of King. Righty Joel Hanrahan came in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell lined one into right and past Kearns for a double. Howard was held at third and Adam Eaton ran for Burrell at second. Really he did. That’s a bad decision to take Burrell out of the game. Jenkins struck out for the first out. Feliz grounded to third for the second out and the runners had to hold at second and third. Coste grounded out to short to end the inning.
Miserable. Is Eaton even faster than Burrell? Maybe a little. The Eaton/Burrell run isn’t the one that ties the game or puts you up by one — it’s the one that puts you up by three. In the seventh. Burrell is the guy you want in the game when it’s close. Beyond the decision to take Burrell out of the game, the Phils got nothing out of men on second and third with nobody out. Jenkins striking out against the righty was particularly unhelpful, but not to be forgotten is that Jenkins was fantastic in the game with his bat and his glove. The Phils also didn’t get to let Werth hit in the pitcher’s spot, so Werth played left in the top of the eighth and the Phils had the pitcher’s spot lead off the bottom of the eighth with Werth, the best hitter that started the game on the bench for the Phils, unavailable to pinch-hit because he’s in the game.
Bruntlett had to pinch-hit for Romero to start the bottom of the eighth and singled off the heel of the glove of Zimmerman. Rollins followed with a 13-pitch at-bat that ended with him grounding to second on a 3-2 pitch. The full count allowed Bruntlett to take off with the pitch, so he moved up to second. Victorino flew to center for the second out and, with no lefty available in the Nats’ pen after the departure of King, the righty Ayala walked Utley intentionally to pitch to Ryan Howard. The first pitch to Howard was off the glove of Flores and the runners moved to second and third, so Howard was walked intentionally to load the bases with two down for Werth. Werth grounded to short to end the inning.
Switching out Burrell didn’t prove to be a disaster for the Phils, but it wasn’t good. Bruntlett’s pinch-hit single bailed Manuel out a little, and he still got a good hitter, Werth up there in the fifth spot. Would have been better to have Burrell up there, who is undeniably a better hitter against right-handed pitchers than Werth.
Jenkins led off the ninth and ripped a double into the right field corner off of Jesus Colome. Big hit for Jenkins after striking out in the seventh with men on second and third and nobody out. Feliz popped to short for the first out and Coste followed with a walk that put men on first and second with one out and set up the double-play. Ruiz hit for Gordon and hit into a double-play. The double-play by Ruiz is obviously bad, but so is Feliz being unable to move the runner to third with nobody out.
Rollins led off the tenth with an infield single. Victorino followed and put down a beautiful bunt. Zimmerman fielded and threw to first, but Rollins didn’t stop at second and busted it all the way to third base. The fantastic base running by Rollins to go from first to third on a sacrifice bunt was the play of the game for the Phils. Zimmerman charged and threw to first to get Rollins, but nobody (Flores’ mistake) covered third for the Nats and the first baseman Johnson wound up taking Belliard’s not-in-time throw from first. The righty Colome walked Utley and Howard intentionally, loading the bases with one down for Werth. Colome walked Werth on four pitches to force in Rollins and give the Phils an 8-7 win.
Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game and 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series.
Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-11 in the series.
Utley was 1-for-4 with two walks. 3-for-10 with a home run in the series.
Howard was 2-for-4 with two walks. 3-for-10 in the series.
Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game and 3-for-10 with a walk in the series.
Jenkins was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the set. He had a fantastic game yesterday.
Feliz was 2-for-5 with two RBI in the game. 3-for-12 in the series.
Coste was 2-for-4 with a home run in his only action of the series.
Ruiz was 0-for-1 on the day and 1-for-8 in the series coming off a strong spring training with the bat.
Werth was 0-for-1 with a walk that won the game and 1-for-4 with a double in the series.
Jamie Moyer’s starts appear in red in the Start Log.
Kyle Kendrick faces Josh Fogg tonight in Cincinnati. Fogg was 10-9 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.53 ratio in 165 2/3 innings for the Rockies last season. He didn’t face the Phils. Jenkins has seen him a ton and kills him — 17-for-31 with four doubles and four home runs (a 548/600/1.065 line). Kendrick made one start against the Reds last season, on June 26, and didn’t pitch well but it didn’t matter cause the Phils bombed Homer Bailey.
Brad Lidge, eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, didn’t exactly wow-em in a tune-up last night with Single-A Clearwater. Lidge threw one inning and allowed a run on two hits, including a home run, while striking out two (box score here — nice outing for Savery, by the way, but that’s a whole different web site). I would be surprised if Lidge is able to both come off the DL tomorrow and pitches well for the Phillies over the next few days.
The article linked in the paragraph above also laments Jimmy Rollins’ decision not to talk to some members of the media yesterday. Multiple reports over the last two games have included complaints about Phillies being unavailable after games.