You knew it was going to happen sooner or later and after four tries the Phils finally got a win in a game started by Brett Myers or Cole Hamels. Hamels pitched very well for his second straight outing and Rollins got things going by leading off the game with a home run. So far this season Rollins is 5-for-7 with a double and a home run in his at-bats leading off the first inning.
Pat the Bat continues to be just that. Burrell came into the game with a 1.259 OPS for the season and drove in three runs with a pair of homers. Burrell’s blasts accounted for half of the home runs the Phillies hit on the day.
The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon, winning 5-3 to improve to 3-4 on the season. The Phils and Reds split the four game series.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.
Hamels started the first with a 3-0 lead and gave up a leadoff double to Ryan Freel. Juan Castro followed with a walk and, with Brandon Phillips at the plate, the runners took off on a double-steal. Feliz didn’t handle the throw at third and both runners were safe. Feliz was charged with an error, his second of the season. Phillips grounded to third and Freel scored to get the Reds on the board at 3-1 with one out. Adam Dunn fouled out to Ruiz for the second out before Jeff Keppinger singled, scoring Castro to make it 3-2. Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third to end the inning.
Hamels walked the pitcher Bronson Arroyo with two outs in the second, but got Freel to end the inning.
He started the third up 5-2 and with one out Phillips singled and stole second. Hamels struck out Dunn and got Keppinger to turn the Reds away.
Paul Bako doubled with two outs in the fourth, but Hamels got Arroyo for the third out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.
Keppinger walked with one out in the sixth. Hamels got Encarnacion on a fly ball to left for the second out before Norris Hopper moved Keppinger to second with a single. Bako grounded to first to end the inning.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Tom Gordon started the eighth for the Phils after Hamels had been pinch-hit for in the top of the inning. He set the Reds down 1-2-3. Great inning for Flash, who got two fly balls and caught the lefty Dunn looking.
Lidge got his first save opportunity with the Phils in the ninth entering the game with a 5-2 lead after throwing 20 pitches on Sunday. Lidge got Encarnacion on a long fly ball to left for the first out and got Hopper to ground to third for the second. Bako drew a two out walk before Patterson popped one into shallow left. Taguchi made a long run and tried to make a basket catch, but the ball went in and out of his glove for an error. Lidge got behind Griffey 3-0 and then walked him intentionally to load the bases. Javier Valentin hit for Castro. Lidge’s 1-2 was in the dirt and Ruiz was unable to block it. Bako scored to make it 5-3 and the runners went to second and third with two down. Lidge’s next pitch was also in the dirt and Ruiz was unable to block it, but it didn’t trickle far enough away for Patterson to score from third. Valentin fouled one off before Lidge struck Valentin out looking at a pitch that seemed to be a little high and outside.
Don’t know if we’re ever going to see Gordon pitch on back-to-back days this season, but if we are tomorrow may be the day. He only needed nine pitches to set the Reds down in the eighth. Lidge threw 24 pitches and has now gone back-to-back days in which he threw at least 20 pitches.
The Phillies lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Ruiz catches Hamels and Jenkins plays right against the righty.
Rollins led off the first and hit a 3-2 pitch out to right to put the Phils up 1-0. Victorino and Utley went down before Howard delivered a two-out double and Burrell followed and hit one out to left to make it 3-0. Jenkins popped out to end the frame.
With two outs in the second, Hamels and Rollins singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Victorino, who struck out for the third out.
With two outs in the third, Burrell homered to left to extend the Phillies’ lead to 4-2. Jenkins was next and he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to the opposite field for his first Phillies home run, making the score 5-2. Feliz flew to center for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.
Victorino started the fifth with a single. Utley was next and he grounded out to second with the help of a nice play from Phillips, who threw Utley out while lying on his side. Victorino went to second. Howard and Burrell both struck out to end the frame and leave Victorino stranded.
Feliz doubled with one out in the sixth. Ruiz was next and was hit by a pitch. Hamels bunted them to second and third and the lefty Jeremy Affeldt came in to pitch to Rollins and Rollins drew a walk to load the bases. Victorino grounded to third.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Feliz singled with one out in the eighth. Ruiz grounded to short for the second out and Feliz moved to second. Dobbs hit for Hamels and grounded out to the pitcher.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run in the game. 6-for-17 in the four-game set. He’s hitting 300/344/567 on the year.
Victorino is struggling badly to start the season. He was 1-for-5 with a single, two strikeouts and five men left on base today. 3-for-17 with six strikeouts in the series. 143/172/214.
Utley was 0-for-5 in the game and 6-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 346/438/769.
Howard is off to a slow start after hitting .221 with three home runs last April. He was 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts today. 2-for-14 with a home run and seven strikeouts in the series. 208/333/375 on the season.
Burrell is on fire. 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI today. 7-for-13 with three homers, two doubles and seven RBI in the set. 435/519/957.
Jenkins was 1-for-4 with a home run today. 3-for-15 in the series. 261/320/435. His .320 on-base percentage leads the bottom three of the Phils order of Jenkins/Feliz/Ruiz. Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz may struggle to get on base all season.
Feliz was 2-for-4 with a double today and 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 261/292/304.
Ruiz 0-for-3 today and 2-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s at 158/200/263. Coste didn’t play today and was 0-for-4 in the series and is just 2-for-8 on the year.
Werth is the guy I wish was getting a lot more time than he is. He was just 0-for-1 in the series as the Reds threw four righties. He’s 1-for-5 on the year. The Phillies need to figure out a way to get him more time. If Victorino doesn’t turn it around soon, the Phils are going to have to act in some way, either by moving him down in the order or giving Taguchi or Werth (or, less likely, Bruntlett) some starts in center. I’m hoping that giving Werth a few tries in center if the first choice. Werth will no doubt be in right tomorrow against the lefty Perez.
Taguchi was 1-for-1 with a double in the series and is 1-for-3 on the year.
Bruntlett is still on the team but you’ll just have to take my word for it. 0-for-1 in the series and 1-for-2 on the year.
Jamie Moyer (0-0, 7.36) faces lefty Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00) tomorrow in New York as the Phils play their first of three against the Mets. Moyer was terrible in his first start of the year against Washington, allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings (only three of the runs were earned). Moyer made four starts against the Mets in 2007 and was really good. He went 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.35 ratio. He faced them on April 12, June 5, August 29 (the Marlon Anderson slide game) and September 14. Perez made his first start of the season against the Fish on Wednesday and went six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Perez made three starts against the Phils in ’07, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.25 ratio. The Phils hit just .240 against him but he walked 18 in 13 1/3 innings. He faced the Phils on April 11, August 29 and September 16 of last year.
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