If you were wondering how long it would take the Phils to find their form again after Saturday’s loss, the answer turns out to be not very. Yesterday they found themselves down 5-1 in the third, but as they have so many times of late they stormed back behind their bats and a strong performance from the bullpen. Jenkins delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth and Burrell doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh to put the Phils ahead to stay.
Chase Utley is on fire. Having already had a stretch between April 17 and April 23 this season where he hit seven home runs in seven days, he has now homered six times in the last seven games.
The Phillies have won six of their last seven and nine of their last 12.
The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins yesterday, winning 7-5 to improve to 33-25 on the season. With the win they reclaim first place in the NL East by a half game over the Fish. The Phils take the three-game set two games to one.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs off the bat of Mike Jacobs. Moyer didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.
Hanley Ramirez singled to left to start the first, but Moyer got Jeremy Hermida to pop to short and Jorge Cantu to hit into a double-play.
He started the second with a 1-0 lead. Jacobs led off and hit the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Moyer got the next three hitters on ground balls.
He got the first two in the third before Ramirez hit a soft ground ball to second and just beat out Utley’s flip to Howard. Hermida was grazed by a pitch, putting men on first and second, before Jorge Cantu singled. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 2-1 with men on first and second. Jacobs was next and again the lefty blasted the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, putting Florida up 5-1. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame.
He threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth. Utley made a nice play to end the top of the fifth. Hermida hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley ranged to his right and made a strong throw to nip Hermida at first for the third out.
Cantu singled to start the sixth with the Phils down 5-3. Again Jacobs hammered the first pitch of his at-bat, but this time it was a line drive right at Howard. Howard caught it and stepped on first to double off Cantu. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame. He might want to go somewhere else with his first pitch the next time he faces Jacobs. Roll it to the plate, maybe?
The game was tied at 5-5 in the seventh. Cody Ross led off with a single, but Jacque Jones bunted and popped it up towards first. Howard made a nice diving play to catch the ball for the first out. Mike Rabelo hit into a double-play behind Jones.
Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 7-5 and walked Luis Gonzalez on five pitches to start the inning, but got the next three behind him to keep the Fish off the board. Nice bounce-back performance from Gordon after he was hit hard in his previous outing against the Rockies. After Gordon walked Gonzalez he got behind Ramirez 2-0 and Rollins came in for a pep talk. It apparently helped. The Inquirer thought the chat was a pretty big deal, complete with a headline in bazillion point. Must have been quite a talk.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Jacobs, getting Uggla on a fly ball to left and striking out Ross.
Two scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow one walk after Moyer goes seven. Gordon threw 17 pitches, Lidge 14. Gordon may be questionable for tonight’s game against the Reds.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste catches against the lefty again. Taguchi in right with Werth out. Taguchi hits eighth and Feliz and the catcher’s spot move up one place in the order. Would still try Jenkins in right even against the lefty with Werth out.
With two outs in the first, Utley walked and stole second. Howard got behind 1-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch back through the middle for a single. Utley scored and the Phils led 1-0. More good hitting with two strikes from Howard after he drove in Victorino on Saturday night with a ground ball out with two strikes. Burrell flew to right for the third out.
Taguchi walked with two outs in the second, but Moyer struck out behind him.
Down 5-1 in the third, Rollins led off and hit a ground ball to third. Cantu threw it away, however, and Rollins was safe on the error. Victorino was next and flew to center. Rollins went to third and then made a move towards home. Miller threw to third but his throw got away for another error. Rollins scored to cut the lead to 5-2. Utley blasted a 1-1 pitch out to right for his 20th home run and the score was 5-3. He’s on pace to hit 56 home runs this season. Howard flew out for the second out before Burrell walked. Feliz hit an 0-1 pitch into left center, but was robbed of a hit by a diving catch by Ross to end the inning.
Phils get a run thanks to Cantu’s error.
Coste singled to start the fourth. Taguchi flew to right for the first out before Moyer bunted Coste to second. Rollins popped to first for the third out. Another sacrifice for Moyer, who has been very good at getting his bunts down.
Victorino put down a pretty bunt to start the fifth, but Miller made a great play to field it and throw Victorino out at first with his momentum carrying him towards the first base line. Utley walked, but Howard hit into a double-play.
Burrell walked to start the sixth with the Phils still down 5-3. Feliz flew to left and Coste struck out, bringing up Taguchi’s spot with the righty Doug Waechter on the mound for Florida. Jenkins hit for Taguchi and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, tying the game at 5-5. Moyer hit for himself and struck out to end the inning. There are some that seem blown away with the brilliance of pinch-hitting for Taguchi with Jenkins there — seems like the pretty clear choice to me.
Victorino singled with one out in the seventh. Utley popped to second for the second out before Howard was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second and righty Logan Kensing came in to pitch to Burrell. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Burrell hit a 2-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and the Phillies led 7-5. Like Howard, Burrell gets it done with two strikes. That’s just a great job of hitting with two strikes from the strikeout kings Burell and Howard — hitting with two strikes the pair combined to knock in three of the seven runs the Phillies scored in the game. Bohn ran for Burrell at second and Feliz struck out for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out for the third out.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-12 with a single in the series. He is hitting 292/340/460 for the season.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a single. 4-for-13 in the series with three doubles. He’s hitting 292/356/404 for the season. His on-base percentage is higher than Rollins’.
Utley was 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks. 4-for-11 with three home runs in the series. Six home runs in seven days. He is hitting 312/398/665 for the year. Uggla was 1-for-12 with a single in the series and is hitting 294/371/632 for the year.
Howard was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-8 with a home run and five RBI in the series. 208/324/469 for the season.
Burrell was 1-for-2 with two walks, a game-winning double and two RBI. 3-for-9 with three walks in the series. 280/422/582 for the year.
Feliz was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 2-for-12 in the series. 259/297/423 for the year.
Coste was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-9 with a home run in the set. 330/393/567. Ruiz was 0-for-2 in the series. He has six extra-base hits in 127 at-bats this season and is hitting 228/300/291 for the year. Not counting yesterday’s games, of the 128 NL players with at least 125 plate appearances this season only six have a worse slugging percentage than Ruiz’s .291.
Taguchi was 0-for-1 with a walk. 1-for-3 with three walks in the series. 203/288/271 for the year, which isn’t really what you’re looking for from your starting right fielder. Jenkins was 1-for-2 with a monster two-run homer, his fifth of the year. He was 1-for-6 in the series. 285/321/430 for the season.
Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with the Reds. Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts. In those starts he struck out 15 in 12 1/3 innings. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. He faced the Phils on April 7 and gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .345 against Kendrick, but the Phillies have won seven of the last eight games he has started. His first start of the season came against the Reds. On April 4 he allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings.