Worth a try. Probably won’t hurt and I actually can’t think of that many better ideas.
It was more of the same again last night as the Phils’ surging sluggers put on yet another show. After finding themselves down 3-0 after half an inning, the unfazed offense put up seven in the second and cruised to a 12-3 win behind three-run homers from Coste and Howard and a two-run shot from Utley.
The Phillies have scored 60 runs in their last five games.
It may have been the umpteenth time this season we’ve seen the bats shine after the Phils found themselves in an early hole, but it was the first time in recent memory that Brett Myers turned a rocky start into a brilliant outing. After allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in the first, Myers tossed seven shutout frames in which he allowed three singles and a walk and struck 11.
The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 12-3 to improve to 32-24 on the season. They are in first place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the Fish. They are eight games over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row.
Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. All six of the hits went singles. After he allowed three runs in the top of the first inning he was absolutely awesome. He struck out 11 in the game.
Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ first pitch of the game into center for a single. Jeremy Hermida moved him to second with a walk before Jorge Cantu ripped a 1-0 pitch into left. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 1-0. Hermida went to third on the single. Neither Rollins or Feliz cut off Burrell’s throw, which allowed Cantu to go to second. Mike Jacobs walked to load the bases before Dan Uggla popped up for the first out of the game. Luis Gonzalez singled to left on a ball that Burrell misjudged on the warning track, Hermida and Cantu both scored. 3-0 with men on first and second and one out. Matt Treanor and Jacque Jones both popped up on the infield to end the frame.
Three hits and two walks in the inning against Myers.
Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.
He started the third up 7-3. Uggla singled with two outs and Gonzalez moved him to second with another single, but Myers got Treanor looking at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.
Myers struck out the side (Jones, pitcher Mark Hendrickson and Ramirez) in a 1-2-3 fourth and followed it up with a 1-2-3 fifth.
With the Phils up 11-3 in the sixth, Myers walked Gonzalez with one out. Treanor popped to second before Jones moved Gonzalez to second with a single. Righty Cody Ross hit for pitcher Burke Badenhop and flew to center, leaving both runners stranded.
Myers got two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh.
He struck out Jacobs, Uggla and Gonzalez in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Condrey threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Wes Helms to end the game.
Condrey threw 13 pitches. He has a 3.60 ERA with a 1.20 ratio in 15 May innings. He’s been pitching garbage time innings, but the fact that he has been effective has allowed the other guys in the bullpen to rest.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Mark Hendrickson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste continues to catch nearly all the time against left-handed pitchers. Taguchi plays right against the lefty with Werth on the DL. Taguchi has been great in his starts in right, but I’d like to see Jenkins get some chances against lefties with Werth out.
Down 3-0, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.
Howard walked to start the second and moved to second when Burrell followed with a ball dribbled back to the pitcher. Feliz reached on an infield single bobbled and then thrown away by Uggla, Howard went to third. Coste got ahead 2-0 and hit one just out to left-center, tying the game at 3-3. Taguchi singled. Myers wanted to bunt, but Hendrickson walked him anyway, putting men on first and second. Rollins lined to third for the second out. Victorino sliced a double into left-center and Taguchi and Myers both scored to make it 5-3. Nice hustle by Myers on the play to score from first. Utley got behind 1-2 and hit a ball just out to right. 7-3. Howard struck out for the third out.
1-2-3 in the third.
Taguchi walked to start the fourth. Myers bunted in front of the plate and was tagged by Treanor for the first out. Treanor threw to second and his throw went into center field, allowing Taguchi to go to third. Rollins singled to left and Taguchi scored to put the Phils up 8-3. Victorino smashed a ball off the glove of Ramirez. Ramirez was able to flip to second to force Rollins for the second out, but appeared to injure his thumb on the play. He stayed in the game but would be replaced defensively in the bottom of the fifth. Utley singled and Victorino went to third. Righty Burke Badenhop came in to pitch to Howard. Bringing in the righty to pitch to Howard is a non-traditional approach. In this case it didn’t work. Howard got behind 0-1 but homered down the left field line and off the pole, putting the Phils up 11-3. Burrell grounded to third for the third out.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth and the sixth.
Howard walked with one out in the seventh. Righty Justin Miller came into the game to pitch to Burrell and struck him out. Feliz followed with a single and Coste walked, loading the bases. Taguchi followed with a walk of his own, forcing in Howard and putting the Phils up 12-3. Myers hit for himself having thrown 105 pitches and struck out. Myers struck out the side in the top of the eighth and ended the game having thrown 117 pitches — I think you need to pinch-hit for him there. He’s thrown more than 105 pitches in each of his last three starts and threw 121 on May 3 against the Giants. Too many pitches.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Rollins and struck out for the first out.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Victorino 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
Utley 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.
Howard was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and two walks.
Burrell 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-11.
Coste was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk.
Taguchi 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.
Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70) tonight. Nolasco has made 11 appearances for the Marlins this season, nine of which have been starts. He had a 6.10 ERA for the season after allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres on May 3, but has thrown to a 2.78 ERA in 22 2/3 innings over his last four appearances. Righties hit .350 against him last year; so far this season they are hitting just .226 against him. Lefties are hitting .320. After two straight fantastic starts, Hamels was hit hard on Sunday against the Astros. He allowed six runs in just four innings and didn’t strike out a batter in what was his worst start of the season. Opponents are hitting .214 against him for the season and he’s allowed just one home run in his last four starts. The Phillies have won the last six games he’s started.
The Grammarphile, a Phillies fan and lover of all things grammar, writes the grammar-infatuated Red Pen, Inc blog. She really, really doesn’t like it when imperfection in writing and the Phillies find themselves in the same sentence. She especially doesn’t like it when your sentence messes with Cole Hamels. Also knows the great joke about using ‘ph’ to make an ‘f’ sound.
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