The Phils split the final two games of the three-game set with the Cubs. On Saturday they cruised behind yet another brilliant start by Cole Hamels. Hamels gave the Phils seven shutout innings of one-hit ball and the offense backed him with seven runs. Yesterday the Phils had a chance for the sweep and took a 5-4 lead into the eighth, but Gordon gave up a run in the eighth and the Phils fell in extra-innings with the help of yet another error by Chase Utley.
Utley’s error hurt, but the Phils had a lot of chances in the game. They couldn’t get the big hit early. Late in the game they twice asked an unlikely guy to bunt and twice it didn’t work out. Jamie Moyer gave them another weak start, his second in three outings on the year.
The Phillies lost to the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, falling 6-5 in ten innings to drop to 6-7 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one, winning a series for the first time this season.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two. Over his first three starts, Moyer has allowed 22 hits in 14 2/3 innings.
Moyer set the Cubs down 1-2-3 in the first.
In the second, Kosuke Fukudome singled with one out, but Moyer set down the next three.
Henry Blanco started the third with a single. The pitcher Jason Marquis tried to bunt him along but popped up to Coste for the first out. Soriano moved him to second with a single and Reed Johnson followed with another single that scored Blanco and moved Soriano to second with the game tied at 1-1. Derrek Lee was next and he doubled over the head of Werth in center. Both runners scored and the Cubs led 3-1. Moyer got the next two to leave Lee stranded.
Blanco singled again with two outs in the fourth, but Marquis went down behind him.
With two outs in the fifth, Lee hit a ball back to Moyer that went off his glove. Moyer recovered and threw to first, but not well. Howard couldn’t catch it and Lee went to second on the error by Moyer. Moyer walked the righty Aramis Ramirez intentionally and then got the lefty Fukudome on a fly ball to deep right.
Moyer started the sixth with the Phils trailing 3-2. Mark DeRosa led off for the Cubs and hit a 1-1 pitch down the left field line and out of the park for a home run. Replays showed clearly that the ball was foul. Burrell came in to point this out and Manuel came out to argue and was ejected. 4-2 Cubs. Ryan Theriot was next and he singled into center and that was all for Moyer. Chad Durbin came in to pitch and Ruiz came in to catch as part of the double-switch. The Phils pitched out and Ruiz gunned Theriot down trying to steal for the first out and Durbin set down the next two behind him.
Durbin returned for the seventh with a 5-4 lead. Derrek Lee singled with two outs, but Durbin struck out Ramirez behind him to set the Cubs down.
Gordon came in to pitch the eighth and walked DeRosa with one out. Ronny Cedeno ran for DeRosa at first and moved to second when Theriot singled to left. Lefty Felix Pie hit for the catcher Blanco, and JC Romero came in to pitch for the Phils. Righty Geovany Soto hit for Pie and Cedeno stole third before Soto delivered a check-swing bloop into right field. Cedeno scored to tie the game at 5-5 and Theriot went to second. Lefty Daryle Ward hit for the pitcher Carlos Marmol and struck out for the second out before Soriano flew to left to end the frame.
Lidge pitched the ninth with the score tied at 5-5. He walked Ramirez with two outs, but got Fukudome on a fly ball to left to set the Cubs down.
Rudy Seanez started the tenth and gave up a leadoff walk to Cedeno. Theriot bunted Cedeno to second before Cedeno walked Soto. It put men on first and second for pitcher Kerry Wood. The Cubs were out of position players, so Carlos Zambrano hit for Wood. Zambrano hit a double-play ball to short. Bruntlett tossed to second, but Utley’s relay to first was miserable. Instead of an inning-ending double-play, Cedeno scored from third and the Cubs led 6-5. Soriano flew to right for the third out.
Miserable play by Utley, his fourth error on the season. After 13 games he’s on pace to make 50 errors. He’s also made several bad plays on which he wasn’t charged with an error. Seanez was victimized by the error, but the leadoff walk to Cedeno wasn’t fantastic either.
With the off day today, the Phils bullpen should be in good shape. Lidge needed 21 pitches to get through the ninth, but everyone else, including Durbin, who threw two innings, threw less than 20. Durbin threw 17.
Durbin continues to be fabulous for the Phils, giving them two more good innings to drop his ERA on the season to 0.90.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Jenkins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Werth gets the start in center with Victorino on the DL — very nice to see him start there instead of Taguchi cause the Phils need his bat. Jenkins in right and hitting leadoff, which is not the way to go. Bruntlett plays short with Rollins hopefully out with his ankle for the last time. The Phils have three lefties in their lineup but still manage to put four righties in a row five through eight in their order. I think you go Werth-Utley-Howard-Burrell-Jenkins-Feliz-Coste-Bruntlett if those are the players in your lineup (chances are good we won’t see those eight players in lineup at the start of the game again this season).
With one out in the first Werth was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Utley. Werth and Utley pulled off a double-steal, putting men on second and third for Howard and Howard was walked intentionally. Burrell was next and flew out to the warning track in left. Werth scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz flew to left for the third out.
Coste started the second with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Bruntlett moved him to third with an infield single. Moyer bunted Bruntlett to second, putting men on second and third with one out for Jenkins. Jenkins popped to short for the second out. Werth walked to load the bases, but Utley flew to left to end the inning.
Phils leave five runners stranded in the first two innings, getting one run after loading the bases with one out in the first and putting men on first and third with nobody out in the second.
Down 3-1 in the third, the Phils went 1-2-3.
Bruntlett singled with one out in the fourth and again Moyer bunted him to second. Jenkins lined to second to end the inning.
Werth led off the fifth and smashed a 2-0 pitch out to left-center, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Utley flew to center for the first out before Howard walked. Burrell struck out swinging for the second. With Feliz at the plate, Howard went to second on a wild pitch. Feliz walked, putting men on first and second for Coste, but Coste grounded out to short.
Bruntlett led off the sixth with the Phils down 4-2 and hit one out to left. 4-3. Ruiz and Jenkins singled back-to-back, putting men on first and third with nobody out for Werth. Werth singled to right, scoring Ruiz and moving Jenkins to third with the score tied at 4-4. Utley hit a fly ball to right for the first out and Jenkins came home, putting the Phils up 5-4. Howard flew to center for the second out before Werth stole second. Burrell walked, putting men on first and second with two down, but Feliz was caught looking to end the inning.
Just called up Chris Snelling hit for Durbin to start the seventh and popped to third. Bruntlett and Ruiz went down behind him.
Jenkins led off the eighth with a single with the game tied at 5-5. Werth tried to bunt him along, but popped it up for the first out. Bunting with Werth there is a bad idea if it works. Utley flew to center and Howard grounded to the shortstop, playing to the right of second.
Phils waste the leadoff single.
Burrell led off the ninth with a walk and Taguchi ran for him at first. Feliz bunted back to the pitcher and Taguchi was forced at second with Feliz safe at first. Dobbs hit for Lidge and was hit by a pitch, moving Feliz to second. With one out and men on first and second, Bruntlett, who had three hits on the day, struck out. Ruiz grounded to first for the third out. You have to wonder if Bruntlett hitting for himself really means that Rollins wasn’t ready to play in the field. On the other hand he did have three hits on the day. Second inning in a row the Phils get the leadoff man on and get nothing. Second inning in a row they give away an out trying to bunt leadoff men to second. Feliz and Werth should combined to bunt approximately never. Twice in two innings?
Down 6-5 in the tenth, Jenkins and Werth went down for the first two outs before Utley doubled to right. Howard was walked intentionally with Taguchi behind him, and Taguchi grounded to second to end the game. I’d walk Howard intentionally a lot when the game is on the line and Taguchi is hitting behind him.
Phils can’t break through in the early innings. In the eighth and ninth they gave some outs away trying to bunt.
Jenkins was 2-for-6 in the game. 2-for-11 in the series. 256/304/372 on the year. Phillies will hopefully either get Rollins back or find a top of the order hitter by process of elimination soon. .304 isn’t really what you’re looking for.
Werth is amazing. 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI. 4-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 421/593/684 on the year.
Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. His fielding has been absurdly bad so far this season. 5-for-14 with two doubles and a triple in the set. 333/419/667.
Howard 0-for-3 with three walks. 2-for-10 with a double, a home run four walks in the series. 191/339/426.
Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 359/500/769.
Feliz was 0-for-4 with a walk and left five men on base. 2-for-9 with a home run in the series. 200/265/356 on the year, so look for him to lead off any day now.
Coste was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game in his only action of the series. 267/389/600. Ruiz was 1-for-3 on the day and 3-for-11 with three singles in the series. 211/250/263. He has one extra-base hit in April.
Bruntlett was 3-for-5 with a home run. 3-for-12 in the series. 208/240/333.
Dobbs was hit by a pitch in his plate appearance today. 2-for-3 with a double in the series. 231/286/308. Nice to see him get a start in the series — hopefully we’ll see him get a lot of starts against lefties, especially when the Phils have a fly ball pitcher on the mound.
Taguchi was 0-for-1. 1-for-2 with a double in the series. 222/222/444 in nine at-bats on the season. I’m not saying there’s no situation in which you shouldn’t pinch-run for Pat Burrell, but the Phils would be a better team overall if they instituted a rule that they would not run for Burrell under any circumstances.
Victorino was 4-for-7 with a walk in the series before hitting the DL. 234/294/277. He has one extra-base hit on the year.
On Saturday the Phils beat the Cubs 7-1.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went seven shutout innings, allowing one hit, a double, and two walks. He struck out five and dropped his ERA to 0.82 after three starts.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second. The third out of the second inning came on a nice play by Victorino. Mark DeRosa hammered a ball to left-center and Victorino made the catch while crashing into the wall to end the frame.
In the third, Ryan Theriot drew a one out walk and pitcher Ted Lilly bunted him to second. Alfonso Soriano flew to right to leave Theriot stranded.
Derrek Lee doubled with one out in the fourth, but Hamels got the next two to leave him stranded.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth and got three fly ball in a 1-2-3 sixth. Through six innings Hamels had allowed one hit and one walk and thrown 86 pitches.
He walked Lee to start the seventh, but struck out Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto behind him and got DeRosa on a popup to the pitcher for the third out.
Ryan Madson came in to pitch the eighth. Hamels leaves with a one-hitter having thrown 111 pitches. Another inning for Hamels would have been too much, especially with the well-rested pen coming off of Myers’ long outing on Friday. Madson walked pinch-hitter Fukudome to start the inning, which isn’t so much what you’re looking for with a five-run lead. Theriot was next and blooped a ball that fell in front of Jenkins in right. Fukudome didn’t read it right, though, and Jenkins threw to second and got the force for the first out. Mike Fontenot was next and grounded to second. Utley threw to first for the second out as Theriot moved to second. Soriano singled into right and Theriot scored, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. Madson struck Reed Johnson out on three pitches to set the Cubs down.
Madson got a huge boost in the inning from the base-running mistake by Fukudome.
Condrey started the ninth with a 7-1 lead. He gave up a one out single to Aramis Ramirez, but got the next two to end the game.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Ted Lilly went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. Werth plays right against the lefty and hits second. Bruntlett at short with Rollins still out with his ankle problem.
Werth singled with one in the first, but Utley and Howard both struck out behind him.
Burrell led off the second with a walk and Feliz followed and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Ruiz and Bruntlett went down behind him before Hamels doubled. Victorino was next and moved him to third with a single. Werth walked to load the bases, but Utley popped out to end the inning.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third and again in the fourth.
Victorino led off the fifth with a single. Werth popped to Lee at first for the first out, but Utley doubled into right. Victorino held at third. With Howard at the plate a wild pitch from Lilly brought Victorino home to extend the Phillies’ lead to 3-0. Utley went to third, but it didn’t matter cause Howard muscled one just out to right-center. 5-0. Burrell drew a walk and Feliz hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Ruiz led off the sixth with a ground ball to third that went off the heel of Ramirez’s glove. Ruiz was hustling all the way and just beat the throw to first (he was out). Bruntlett, Hamels and Victorino all grounded out behind him. Victorino appeared to pull up a little with some type of leg problem while running to first on the final out. He was out of the game in the top of the seventh with a strain of the right calf.
Utley tripled off the wall in right-center with one out in the seventh. Howard followed with a walk before Burrell struck out for the first out. Feliz grounded to short to turn the Phillies away. Burrell’s been great so far this year, but his strikeout with a runner on third and one down wasn’t fantastic.
Ruiz led off the eighth with a single. Bruntlett popped to first for the first out before Taguchi doubled to right, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 6-1. Jenkins flew to center for the second out before Werth doubled, scoring Taguchi to make it 7-1. Utley grounded to second for the third out.
Victorino was 2-for-4 and was put on the DL after the game.
Werth 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Utley 2-for-5 with a double and a triple.
Howard 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season.
Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.
Feliz 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.
No game today. The Phils start a three-game series with the Astros tomorrow.