Brett Myers is the latest Phil to give the team a fantastic start. Including his outing yesterday afternoon, the rotation has provided eight quality starts in the last ten games. Over those ten games, their starting pitchers have thrown 61 1/3 innings and been charged with 20 earned runs while allowing 49 hits and 21 walks. That’s a 2.93 ERA and a 1.14 ratio. The Phils went 6-4 in those ten games — their record would have been much better if they had been able to put some runs on the board.
Yesterday the Phillies cleared off their bench and finally got some hitting to go with the pitching. Taguchi, Dobbs and Coste all got starts and combined to go 8-for-15, score four runs and drive in three.
The Phils jumped out early and were up 6-1 by the end of the fourth inning. They cruised to a win behind seven strong innings from Brett Myers.
Each of the last two games the Phils have won they have gotten a contribution from their bench. On Tuesday Chris Snelling started the ninth with a pinch-hit home run before the Phils added three more in the inning to get a 4-3 win.
The Phillies beat the Houston Astros yesterday, winning 10-2 to improve to 8-8 on the season. The Phils win the three-game set two games to one. It’s the second straight series win for the Phillies after taking two of three from the Cubs earlier this week.
Brett Myers got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight, which is the most he has struck out in a start since opening day last year against the Braves.
Myers threw a 1-2-3 first.
In the second, Carlos Lee and Miguel Tejada started the inning with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Geoff Blum and Blum lined a ball to short. Bruntlett made a nice play to get the first out. Myers struck out Darrin Erstad for the second out before Humberto Quintero singled to right. Jenkins was on the ball quickly and threw home. Not a great throw, and up the first base line a little, but Lee was out easily trying to score to end the inning.
Michael Bourn walked with one out in the third. Myers struck out Mark Loretta for the second out before Bourn stole second. Myers got Lance Berkman swinging at a 2-2 pitch to set the Astros down.
Tejada homered to right with one out in the fourth, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Myers struck out Blum and got Erstad to fly to left to end the frame. Myers had six strikeouts through four innings.
Quintero doubled to start the fifth, but Myers got the next three to set the Astros down.
Myers threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh. Nine in a row.
Gordon came in to pitch the eighth, replacing Myers, who had thrown 112 pitches. Tomas Perez led off the inning with a pinch-hit single, but Gordon got the next three to end the frame.
Condrey started the ninth with the Phils up 10-1, seeing his first action since Saturday. Lee led off and got ahead 2-1 before he homered to center. 10-2. Tejada followed with a single to left. Condrey struck out Blum and got Erstad on a ground ball back to the mound. With two outs and Tejada on first, Quintero grounded to short to end the game.
Condrey threw 17 pitches, Gordon 13. Both came into the game well-rested and should be able to go today if it comes to that.
The Phillies lineup against righty Brandon Backe went (1) Taguchi (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. The Phils clear the bench, putting Taguchi in center, Dobbs at third and Coste behind the plate. Bruntlett plays short with Rollins out with the ankle problem (he was actually unavailable for this game after the death of his uncle).
Taguchi and Dobbs singled back-to-back to start the first. Utley struck out for the first out before Howard singled to right. Taguchi scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Dobbs went to third. Burrell was next and hit a ground ball to deep short. Tejada fielded and threw to first, but wide. Dobbs scored to make it 2-0 and Burrell had his second infield single in two days as Howard went to second. Jenkins followed with a double to center. Howard scored to make it 3-0, but Tejada’s relay from center nailed Burrell for at the plate for the second out of the inning. Coste hit it hard to third and Blum couldn’t handle it. Coste was safe on the error and Jenkins went to third. Bruntlett lined to first to leave them both stranded.
Myers walked on four pitches to start the second and Taguchi moved him to second with a single. Dobbs was next and he hammered Backe’s first pitch out but foul before flying out to left for the first out. Utley pounded a ball off the wall in right and Myers did a terrible job of reading it. Myers had to stay at third and Utley had a long single to load the bases. Howard hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Awful base-running by Myers on the ball that Utley hit costs the Phils a run.
Burrell walked to start the third and Jenkins followed and hit a ground ball to third. Blum fielded and threw to second, but his throw was bad for his second error of the game and everybody was safe. Coste was next and doubled off the wall in left. Burrell scored and Jenkins moved to third with the Phils up 4-0. Bruntlett struck out with nobody out and men on second and third. Myers followed and grounded softly to second. The runners had to hold. Taguchi grounded to third. Blum made another bad throw, but Berkman dug it out to end the inning.
Phils score a run but can’t get more after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Bruntlett’s strikeout hurt.
Dobbs started the fourth with a single and Utley followed and homered to right-center field. It put the Phillies up 6-1. Righty Dave Borowski came in to pitch for Houston and walked Howard. Burrell was next and hit a double-play ball to third, but Blum bobbled and had to throw to first to get an out. Howard was safe at second. Fourth bad play by Blum through 3 1/3 innings. Borowski walked the lefty Jenkins intentionally to set up the double-play, but Coste blooped a single into right to load the bases for Bruntlett. Bruntlett struck out swinging at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. Hamels has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings in his three starts.
Second really bad at-bat in two innings for Bruntlett, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and seven men left on base through four innings.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth.
Howard started the sixth with a home run to right that put the Phils up 7-1. Burrell was next and he hit one just barely out to left. 8-1. Jenkins went down on strikes before Coste singled to left, but Bruntlett and Myers went down behind Coste to end the inning.
Former Phil Geoff Geary set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the seventh to drop his ERA on the season to 2.84.
Jenkins doubled to left with two outs in the eighth. Coste followed with a two-run blast to center to put the Phils up 10-1. Bruntlett grounded to third to end the inning.
Taguchi was 2-for-5 in the game and 2-for-5 in the series. He’s hitting 286/286/429 on the season.
Dobbs was 2-for-5 and just missed a home run. 2-for-7 in the series. 250/286/300 on the year.
Utley was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 317/400/651.
Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk. 3-for-10 with three walks in the series. 211/361/456 on the year.
Burrell was 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 5-for-12 with two home runs in the series, including a two-run shot in the ninth on Tuesday to tie the game. 373/492/804.
Jenkins was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Hopefully that breaks him out of the mini-slump. 2-for-12 in the set. 236/288/364.
Coste was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his only action in the series. 400/478/850.
Bruntlett was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and eight men left on base yesterday. It was forgotten by the huge offensive output, but that was just a miserable game for him. He did make a nice play on the line drive in the second to help out Myers. 1-for-10 in the series. 176/222/265 on the year.
Feliz was 3-for-8 in the series with a ninth-inning double that won the first game. 226/281/377.
Ruiz was 1-for-5 with a walk in the series. A hide-your-eyes 186/239/233 on the year.
Werth was 2-for-8 in the series and is hitting 370/514/556 for the year.
Cole Hamels (2-1, 0.82) faces lefty Johan Santana (1-2, 3.05) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with the Mets. Santana has made three starts for the Mets and comes into the game with an 0.97 ratio. Opponents are hitting .211 against him and he’s walked just four in 20 2/3 innings. He has allowed four home runs, all of which have been hit by righties. Hamels has been fantastic. Opponents are hitting .143 against him and he’s walked just seven. He made three starts against the Mets in ’07, going 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.67 ratio. He faced them on April 9, June 7 and June 29.