The final game of the three-game set with the Blue Jays was long and wet and didn’t have the outcome you might have hoped. After rain forced starter Kyle Kendrick out of the game early the pen was called on to throw most of the contest. For the second straight day a bad inning by one of the guys in the pen that has been so good this year cost the Phils. A day after Tom Gordon’s bad inning hurt the Phils, this time it was three runs charged to Rudy Seanez in the sixth that did the Phillies in.
The Phils also struggled terribly to get the big hit they needed. Time after time they failed to score after they put a runner on third with one out. In the third inning, with Rollins on third and one down, Utley grounded out and Howard followed with a ground out to first. In the fourth, with one out and men on second and third, Durbin hit for himself and grounded out to short. The Phils were turned away when Werth flew to right after Rollins was walked to load the bases. In the fifth, with one out and men on second and third, Feliz popped out and Ruiz grounded to second behind him.
They lost by one run.
The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, falling 6-5. After losing two out of three to Toronto, the Phils are 24-21 on the year.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went just one perfect inning before being forced out of the game by a long rain delay. He dropped his ERA on the year to 4.76.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
After the bottom of the first inning the game was delayed by rain for more than two hours. Chad Durbin came in to pitch the second and set Toronto down 1-2-3.
Durbin walked Marcus Scutaro with one out in the third and Shawn Camp, the new Toronto pitcher, bunted him to second with the second out. Brad Wilkerson lined to third to set the Blue Jays down.
The Phils helped Durbin out with two nice defensive plays in a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a fantastic play on a ball up the middle for the second out, taking a hit away from Alex Rios. Werth tracked a ball hit by Scott Rolen down in right center after a long run to end the frame.
Durbin started the fifth up 3-0. He got the first two before Rod Barajas doubled to right-center. Scutaro walked to put men on first and second with two down. Lyle Overbay hit for the pitcher Shawn Camp and smashed a ball into the upper deck in right, tying the game at 3-3. Wilkerson grounded to short to end the frame.
Seanez started the sixth, pitching for the second straight day. Hill led off with a double. Seanez got the next two on fly balls before he walked Stairs intentionally. Shannon Stewart cleared the bases with double to right-center, putting the Blue Jays up 5-3. Barajas followed with a single that scored Stewart. 6-3. Seanez struck out Scutaro for the third out.
Romero pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
Condrey started the eighth and got the first two before Stairs doubled to right. Stewart was walked intentionally to get to Halladay. Halladay hit for himself and grounded to third to end the frame.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Long day for the bullpen. As a group they allowed six runs on six hits and four walks over eight innings. Seanez got shelled and Durbin gave up the big home run to Overbay after having two outs and nobody on. No day off for the team until May 29, so all the innings they had to give may be something that’s going to linger. Durbin threw 66 pitches, so you won’t see him for a while. Seanez 25, Condrey 13, Lidge and Romero 12 each. Kendrick could potentially give some innings out of the pen after making just 12 pitches in his start.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Shaun Marcum went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Ruiz returns to the lineup. Victorino on the bench for the second straight day with Werth in center and Jenkins in right.
Rollins singled to start the first and stole second as Werth struck out for the first out. Utley was next and struck out, but Howard hit a ball out to center to put the Phils up 2-0. Burrell walked before Jenkins struck out to end the inning.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.
Rollins doubled to right to start the third. Werth moved Rollins to third with a ground out. With the infield in, Utley grounded to second for the second out and Rollins had to hold third. Howard grounded to first to end the inning with Rollins stranded.
Jenkins and Feliz singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth. Ruiz was next and lined a ball just over the glove of the second baseman and into right. Jenkins scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Ruiz went to second when the throw from the outfield came in to third. With men on second and third, Durbin hit for himself and grounded to short for the second out. Rollins was walked intentionally to load the bases so the righty Camp could pitch to Werth. Werth flew to right for the third out.
With one out in the fifth, Howard, Burrell and Jenkins all singled in a row to load the bases. Feliz popped to second for the second out and Ruiz grounded to second to end the inning. Manuel lets Feliz hit for himself against righty Jason Frasor with Dobbs available and Feliz pops out with one out and the bases loaded.
Rollins walked with one out in the sixth. Werth struck out for the second out before Utley doubled to right and Rollins scored, cutting the Toronto lead to 6-4. Howard drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to put the tying run on base and the game was again delayed by rain. Roy Halladay was on the mound for Toronto when the game resumed. Burrell got ahead 2-0 but then popped to second to end the inning with both runners stranded.
Halladay set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Dobbs, who had entered the game in the top of the inning, started the eighth with a single. Rollins hit into a double-play and Werth struck out to end the inning.
Halladay gives the Blue Jays 2 1/3 innings in scoreless relief and it may have been the difference in the game. I found it difficult to watch Halladay’s performance without thinking about Cole Hamels saying last year that he wouldn’t pitch in relief in the playoffs. Cy Young winner Roy Halladay can do if for a team under .500 in a game in the middle of May and Hamels won’t do it in the playoffs? I don’t really have that big a problem with Hamels not wanting to pitch in relief. Talking to the press about it seems like a really bad idea, though.
BJ Ryan came in to pitch the ninth with a 6-4 lead. He got the first two before Burrell hammered a 3-2 pitch out to the upper deck in left. 6-5. Coste hit for Jenkins against the lefty and got behind 0-2 before he doubled into left. Taguchi ran for Coste at second as the tying run. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and lined two balls just foul down the third base line before striking out on a 2-2 pitch out of the strike zone high to end the game.
Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in the game. 7-for-12 with four doubles in the series. He’s hitting 342/381/570 for the season.
Werth was 0-for-5, struck out three times and left six men on base. 3-for-11 with three home runs in the series. 272/348/544 on the year.
Utley was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 2-for-12 with a double in the series. 306/388/636.
Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI. 3-for-11 in the set. 191/296/414.
Burrell was 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 2-for-10 with three walks in the series. 292/432/583.
Jenkins 2-for-4. 3-for-7 with three singles in the series. 265/298/350. He has one extra-base hit in his last 62 at-bats.
Feliz 1-for-4. 1-for-9 in the series. 233/277/411. Dobbs was 1-for-1 in the game and 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI in the series. 351/387/509.
Ruiz was 1-for-4 with an RBI in his only action of the series. 235/306/306. Coste was 1-for-1 with a double. 2-for-9 with two doubles in the series. 324/400/549.
Brett Myers (2-4, 5.91) faces righty Tim Redding (5-3, 3.55) tonight as the Phils open a set with the Nationals. Opponents are hitting just .201 against Redding this season, righties just .195. In three of his last four starts he’s allowed two runs or fewer. He has gone seven innings just once in his nine starts this year, and that outing came in his lone appearance of the season against the Phillies. On April 2 Redding held the Phils to one hit over seven innings as the Nats beat the Phils 1-0. Myers has allowed 15 runs on 18 hits over 9 1/3 innings over his last two starts.