The Phils couldn’t figure out Chris Young last year and they couldn’t figure him out last night, either. It’s probably just for the best that he pitches in a whole different division.
After holding the Phillies to two hits in seven shutout innings as he beat Cole Hamels 1-0 last year, Young was too much for the Phils to handle again last night. Chase Utley connected for a two-run home run in the first, but it would prove to be the team’s only extra-base hit in the contest.
The Phillies got more nice work from their bullpen, who contributed another 3 2/3 scoreless innings after Moyer left after allowing four runs through 5 1/3 innings. The Phils didn’t score another run after Utley’s early blast.
The Phillies lost to the San Diego Padres last night, falling 4-2 to drop to 15-13 on the season. Despite all of the excitement about how well the Phils are playing without Rollins, on the first day of May they are on pace to go 87-75 for the season. That’s not going to be good enough.
Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out one. Moyer has now made six starts on the season and, using game score as the measure, has been worse than his opponent in each of the six starts.
Moyer got Brian Giles on a ground ball to second to start the first inning. Tad Iguchi was next and he hit a ground ball up the middle. Bruntlett fielded, but his throw was in the dirt and Iguchi had an infield single. Adrian Gonzalez got ahead 2-0 and hit one out to right to put the Padres up 2-0. Kevin Kouzmanoff followed with a ground ball to short. Again Bruntlett’s throw to first was in the dirt. Howard couldn’t scoop it and Bruntlett was given the error. Howard should have made the play. Khalil Greene was next and he hit a soft line drive into center. Werth got to the ball, but it went off his glove for another error. Kouzmanoff went to second, but Moyer got the next two to leave both runners stranded.
Three bad defensive plays in the field for the Phils in the inning. Two bad throws by Bruntlett, but a better defensive first baseman would have helped. Werth just missed the ball.
Moyer started the second with the game tied at 2-2. Giles and Iguchi singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and third for Gonzalez. Gonzalez grounded to third to end the frame.
Kouzmanoff started the third with a home run to left that put San Diego up 3-2. Greene followed with a single, but Moyer got the next three.
Giles hit a fan interference ground-rule double with one out in the fourth, but Moyer got the next two.
Kouzmanoff singled to start the fifth, but Moyer got the next three to leave him stranded.
Josh Bard started the sixth with a double and the pitcher Chris Young bunted him to third. Moyer walked the lefty Giles to put men on first and third with one out for the righty Iguchi. After 98 pitches for Moyer, Manuel called on Durbin to pitch to Iguchi. Iguchi singled back up the middle. Bard scored to extend the San Diego lead to 4-2 and Giles went to second. Durbin got Gonzalez to pop to third for the second out before Kouzmanoff grounded to second to set San Diego down.
Durbin returned for the seventh. With one out Scott Hairston reached on an infield single to short. Bruntlett played it deep and Hairston just beat it out. Durbin got Edmonds on a ground ball to first for the second out, Hairston moved to second. Bard walked and Tony Clark hit for the pitcher. Durbin got Clark on a ground ball to second to end the frame.
Romero started the eighth. Iguchi singled with one out before Gonzalez flew to center for the second out. Romero hit Kouzmanoff with a 1-1 pitch and then walked Greene on five pitches to load the bases with two outs for Hairston. Romero got the righty Hairston looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the frame. I was a little surprised Manuel thought Romero was his best option trying to get Hairston after Romero loaded the bases, but it worked out for the Phils.
Seanez threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Another 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the pen. Durbin, Romero and Seanez combined to allow three hits and two walks. Second appearance in two days for Romero, so he may be unavailable tonight after throwing 23 pitches (although he threw just six on Thursday). Durbin threw 36, so he probably can’t pitch tonight. I would guess Seanez is available after throwing just eight.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Werth (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in center with Victorino on the bench again. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste gets a start behind the plate. Bruntlett is a really bad two-hitter.
That said, the suddenly hottish Bruntlett singled with one out in the first and Utley followed with his eleventh home run of the year, tying the game at 2-2. Howard walked, but Burrell hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Jenkins singled to start the second. Feliz followed and hit into a double-play. Coste fouled out to the catcher for the third out.
Moyer singled to start the third, but Young struck out Werth, Bruntlett and Utley behind him.
With one out in the fourth, Burrell walked and Jenkins moved him to second. Feliz hit into another double-play.
With two outs in the fifth, Werth walked and stole second. Bruntlett struck out to end the inning.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.
Coste singled with two outs in the seventh and Victorino hit for Durbin. He hit an 0-1 pitch out but a few feet foul before popping out to first to end the inning.
Bruntlett walked with one out in the eighth, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.
Trevor Hoffman came on to protect the 4-2 Padres’ lead in the ninth. Jenkins singled with one out. Feliz was due up next and Dobbs hit for him as the tying run with the righty Hoffman on the mound. Hoffman struck Dobbs out for the second out. Coste fouled out to the catcher to end the game.
Werth was 0-for-3 with a walk and an error. With the lefty on the mound tonight I assume it’s Werth in right and Victorino in center.
Bruntlett was 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Utley was 1-for-4 with his eleventh homer, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phils in the game.
Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk but hit the ball well.
Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-13.
Feliz 0-for-3 and hit into two double-plays. I have to wonder if he would have gotten the call at third against the tough righty Young if it hadn’t been ground baller Moyer on the mound for the Phils.
Adam Eaton (0-0, 5.08) faces lefty Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.68) tonight. It’s safe to say Randy Wolf is not a favorite of Phillies’ GM Pat Gillick after Wolf decided to sign with San Diego this off-season. Wolf had a 1.42 ERA after his first three starts of the season. In his last two outings he’s allowed nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings (7.84 ERA). Overall on the season opponents are hitting just .221 against him with a 1.06 ratio and he’s struck out 28 in 29 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Phillies. Eaton didn’t make it out of the fourth inning his last time out, on Friday against the Pirates. He has been much better at preventing home runs this year — he’s allowed just two on the season in 28 1/3 innings after giving up 30 in 161 2/3 innings in 2007. Lefties are hitting .306 against him, righties just .233. He made one start against the Padres last year, on July 20.