|Team||W-L||R||R/G||NL Rank R||OPS (NL)||SB||CS|
|Team||W-L||RA||RA/G||NL Rank RA||Starter ERA||Pen ERA|
|CIN||28-29||280||4.91||14||4.72 (12)||4.00 (9)|
|PHI||33-25||252||4.34||6||4.71 (11)||2.71 (1)|
I went with Joe Borchard first, but given the news that he’s got to have Tommy John surgery it seemed like too low a blow. Read all about Mike Stodolka, a former pitcher now converted to first base, here. 2000 draft here.
There is more than one thing that has gone right for the Phils in their recent tear that started in mid-May and has carried over to the first week in June. But having the best player in the league sure has helped a lot.
The Phillies won again last night. Utley was 3-for-4 with his 21st home run of the year. In his last eight games he is 13-for-31 (.419) with seven home runs and 19 RBI. Last night he added a pair of sparkling defensive plays, including a diving snare of Joey Votto’s line drive to end the game.
It’s hard to see through all the Utley, but there is a long list of Phillies’ players playing well. Feliz hit a key two-run bomb last night in a game the Phillies won by a run. Chris Coste added a solo shot of his own. Shane Victorino is hitting .400 (24-for-60) since May 18. The Phillies have just about the inarguably the best bullpen in the league — last night they gave the Phils 3 2/3 more scoreless innings.
The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 34-25 on the season. They are nine games above .500 for the first time this year. 11-11 in one-run games.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. Two of the runs he was charged with scored on a double by Adam Dunn off of Durbin. Kendrick didn’t walk or strike out a batter.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
He started the second up 2-0. Brandon Phillips led off with a single and moved to second when Adam Dunn followed with a ground out to second. Edwin Encarnacion hit one back to the mound for the second out and Phillips went to third. Joey Votto flew to right for the third out.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 third. Feliz made a nice play on a line drive hit by Hairston for the third out.
With one out in the fourth, Jay Bruce hit a 1-1 pitch on the outside part of the plate out to left field, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Kendrick got the next two.
The Phils were up 5-1 in the fifth. Encarnacion led off with a home run. 5-2. Kendrick got the next three.
Jerry Hairston started the sixth with a single. Ryan Freel was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard threw to second to force Hairston for the first out. Bruce singled to left and Freel moved to second. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Phillips and got Phillips on a fly ball to right for the second out. Freel tagged and went to third. Dunn was next and he hit a ball to right center that landed on the warning track for a double. Both runners scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 5-4. Durbin struck out Encarnacion to end the frame.
Dunn’s double against Durbin turned Kendrick’s line around.
Durbin returned for the seventh. With two outs, pinch-hitter Andy Phillips singled. Hairston grounded back to Durbin for the third out. Utley made a snazzy diving play on a line drive back up the middle to take a hit away from Votto for the first out of the inning.
Gordon started the eighth after throwing 17 pitches in Sunday’s game. Thought that was a pretty bad idea at the time and I still do, but Gordon cruised through a 1-2-3 frame. He got two fly balls and struck Encarnacion out swinging. First time this season Gordon has pitched on back-to-back days after throwing more than 15 pitches in the first game.
Lidge came on in the ninth to protect a one run lead. He struck out Dunn and Encarnacion to start the inning. Votto hammered a line drive on the first pitch of his at-bat, but Utley made another diving play to snare it and end the game.
The bullpen goes 3 2/3 scoreless innings, although Durbin did allow the double to Dunn with the runs charged to Kendrick. Durbin threw 30 pitches, Gordon 14 and Lidge 14. Didn’t expect to see Gordon in this game, but it worked out great for the Phils.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches despite the righty on the mound, which may or may not have to do with Ruiz’s bruised left hand.
Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley was next and got ahead 3-0 before he lined one just out to right. 2-0. Howard struck out before Burrell singled, but Jenkins popped to short for the third out.
Feliz walked to start the second. Coste popped to second before Kendrick bunted Feliz to second. Rollins fouled out to the catcher to end the inning. Nice job by Kendrick to move the runner along.
Utley singled with one out in the third. Howard was next and he roped a 1-0 pitch into right-center. The ball didn’t make it to the wall or even the warning track, but Utley tried to score from first and was thrown out. The ball beat him by a lot. He did plow into David Ross, the catcher, but Ross held the ball. Second and third with one out would have been better. Burrell struck out to leave Howard stranded.
Jenkins started the fourth with a double. Feliz was next and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 3-2. Coste followed with a home run of his own to left-center. 4-2. Kendrick, Rollins and Victorino went in order behind him.
Utley started the fifth with an infield single. Howard struck out before Burrell moved Utley to second with a single. Jenkins walked to load the bases for Feliz and Feliz hit a ground ball to Encarnacion at third. Instead of stopping between second and third, Burrell continued to run and was tagged by Encarnacion as he tried to duck around the tag. Encarnacion threw to first to complete the double-play, so the run that Utley scored didn’t count. Shouldn’t have been a double-play and the odd base-running by Burrell cost the Phils a run.
Rollins singled with two outs in the sixth, but Victorino flew to left for the third out.
Burrell walked with two outs in the seventh and Taguchi ran for him at first base. Hate that. Jenkins walked, moving Taguchi to second. Righty David Weathers came in to pitch to Feliz and Feliz dribilled a 2-2 pitch out in front of the plate. Ross threw him out at first to end the inning with both runners stranded.
With one out in the eighth, Dobbs hit for Gordon and singled. Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Rollins was 1-for-5. He’s 2-for-his-last-21.
Utley 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
Howard 1-for-4 with a double.
Burrell 2-for-3 and walked twice.
Jenkins 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
Feliz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. Left five men on base.
Coste 1-for-4 with a home run.
Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99) faces righty Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81) tonight. Over his last three appearances Harang has gone just 13 1/3 innings and allowed 11 earned runs (7.43 ERA) on 22 hits. One of those appearances was four innings of relief. Opponents are hitting .269 against Harang this season, but he has walked just 19 in 82 2/3 innings for the season. Harang faced the Phils on April 5 and allowed two runs in seven innings. Eaton was really good his last time out, getting his only win of the season as he held the Rockies to a run on four hits over six innings. He faced Harang in the April 5 game and had his longest outing of the season, allowing three runs over 7 2/3 innings.