It was bound to happen sooner or later and the Phillies finally lost one last night. Utley hit yet another home run, but the offense was largely silent and the Phils lost for the first time in six games.
Not much to worry about for the Phillies with the possible exception of Cole Hamels. Hamels made his second straight bad start last night. He allowed three home runs in 5 2/3 innings. Even Hamels can have a bad start or even two in a row, but there has to be a little concern when you consider the recent results in conjunction with some high pitch counts since late April. In two of his last eight starts Hamels has thrown at least 120 pitches. That’s too many.
The other bad news of the game was that Carlos Ruiz was hit in the left hand by a pitch and left early.
The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 7-3 to drop to 32-25 on the season.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out four. Over his last two starts Hamels has gone 9 2/3 innings, allowing 13 earned runs (12.10 ERA) while striking out just four.
Jeremy Hermida singled with one out in the first. Jorge Cantu ripped a ball down the third base line, but Feliz made a nice play to start a double-play to end the frame.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.
He started the fourth up 2-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double to left and moved to third when Hermida followed with a single. Cantu flew to right for the first out, but former Phil Wes Helms doubled to Burrell’s side of left-center and both runners scored with the helped of a dropped relay by Rollins. 2-2. Dan Uggla flew to left for the second out before Luis Gonzalez hit a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting the Fish up 4-2. Cody Ross walked and stole second before Matt Treanor grounded to third for the third out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.
Cantu started the sixth with a home run to left. 5-2. Hamels got the next two before Gonzalez singled to right. Ross was next and he jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat, hitting it just out to left to make it 7-2. Seanez came in and got the righty Treanor to end the frame.
Seanez returned for the seventh. Ramirez singled with one out, but Seanez struck out Hermida and got Gonzalez on a ground ball to third to set the Marlins down.
Madson started the eighth down 7-2. Helms grounded out for the first out. Madson’s first pitch to Uggla was way up and in after Ruiz had been hit in the bottom of the seventh. Uggla struck out trying to check his swing on a bad 3-2 pitch for the second out. Gonzalez struck out looking for the third out.
Seanez threw 28 pitches, Madson 26.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches against the righty despite the big night from Coste on Friday.
Victorino doubled with one out in the first and went to third on a balk. Utley popped to first for the second out and Howard was walked intentionally to pitch to the righty Burrell. Burrell delivered a single into right. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard went to second. Jenkins struck out to leave both runners stranded.
Burrell’s single picks up Utley after Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Wouldn’t have walked Howard there.
Hamels singled with two outs in the second. Rollins was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center. Hermida made a nice play, diving to make the catch and end the inning.
Victorino started the third with a double and moved to third on a fly ball to right from Utley. Howard grounded to second on a 3-2 pitch and Victorino scored to put the Phils up 2-0. Nice job by Howard to avoid the strikeout with the man on third. Burrell flew to center for the third out.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fourth. Helms made a nice play on a ball hit by Ruiz and flipped to Nolasco at first to get the third out on a close play.
1-2-3 in the fifth. Hamels hit for himself to start the inning and grounded out on the first pitch of his at-bat.
Down 7-2 in the sixth, Burrell walked with two outs. Jenkins struck out behind him. Uggla made a nice play on a ground ball hit by Howard for the second out.
Third really nice defensive play by the Marlins in six innings — one by Uggla, one by Hermida and one by Helms.
With one out in the seventh, Ruiz was hit by a fastball on his left hand. He stayed in the game to run, but Coste came in to catch in the eighth. Coste hit for Seanez and Nolasco balked Ruiz to second. Coste hit it well, but Hermida tracked his fly ball down near the line in right for the second out. Rollins flew to center for the third out.
Utley homered with one out in the eighth, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 7-3. Burrell singled with two outs, but Jenkins grounded to first to end the inning.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Madson and popped to second for the second out.
Rollins was 0-for-4.
Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.
Utley 1-for-4 with his 19th home run. He has five home runs in the last six games.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.
Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Jenkins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.
Feliz 0-for-4. 3-for-his-last-16.
Ruiz 0-for-2 and Coste 0-for-2. X-rays on Ruiz’s hand were negative. He probably wouldn’t have played against the lefty today anyway.
Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53) this afternoon. Miller just turned 23 and was hit hard early in the season. Over his last five starts he’s allowed eight earned runs in 29 2/3 innings (2.43 ERA). Opponents are hitting .313 against him for the season, but he has allowed just four home runs in 55 1/3 innings this year. He’s surrendered just one home run in his last six starts. Moyer is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his last three starts. Righties have hit .340 against him this season, lefties .233. Home runs were a problem for him early in the season, but he’s allowed just one in his last three starts.