On April 26 the Phillies beat the Pirates 8-4 to improve to 14-11 on the year. Since that game they are 25-16. Eight of the 16 games they have lost have been started by Brett Myers (the Phils are 1-8 in his last nine starts), so they are 24-8 in their last 32 games not started by Myers.
In four of those nine starts, Myers pitched at least pretty well.
Last night wasn’t one of the ones where he pitched pretty well. He allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three home runs, two of which were absolutely blasted on the first pitch of a Fish at-bat.
The Phils never did come back from the early 3-0 hole Myers put them in, but they did make the game close. Burrell had a double and a home run. Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, which was the only hit in the game for a top four in the order that ended the night 1-for-17. Down a run in the ninth, Werth led off with a single and was bunted to second. It gave Rollins and Victorino a chance to tie the game with a runner in scoring position, but Rollins flew to left, Victorino hit it hard but right at someone and the Phillies lost for the first time in five games.
The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 5-4 to drop to 39-27 on the season.
Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out five.
Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left to put the Fish up 1-0. Myers got ahead of Jeremy Hermida 0-1 before he threw him four straight balls. Jorge Cantu hammered the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Myers got the next two before Luis Gonzalez walked. Mike Rabelo struck out for the third out.
With one out in the second, pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled to center and Ramirez followed with a walk. Myers got Hermida and Cantu on fly balls to leave the runners stranded.
Myers walked Gonzalez again with two outs in the third. Utley made a nice sliding play to take a hit away from Rabelo in short right field with Myers covering first for the third out.
With two outs in the fourth, Ramirez singled and stole second. Myers got Hermida swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.
The Phils got within one in the top of the fifth. Cantu blasted the first pitch of his at-bat again, this time for a double to left. Mike Jacobs was next and he liked the first pitch he saw from Myers, too. He hit it really far, out to right for a two-run home run. 5-2. Myers got the next three, but with a couple of balls hammered. Dan Uggla smashed a line drive to left for the first out and Gonzalez ripped a ball down the right field line but just foul before grounding to Utley for the second.
With one out in the sixth, Cody Ross pinch-hit for Nolasco and lined a ball into left that Burrell misplayed into a double. It was a hit, but if Burrell had stayed back and played it on a hop he would have held him to one base. Just about any other outfielder in the league has the range to catch that ball in the air. Condrey relieved Myers to pitch to the righty Ramirez. Ramirez grounded to third and Ross went to third.
Condrey threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.
Another great job by the bullpen. They went 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Condrey threw 17 pitches, Romero 14.
Condrey has a 2.87 ERA in his ten appearances since May 5. He’s been charged with five runs in 15 2/3 innings on 13 hits and just one walk. His rate of walks per nine inning (2.49) is the second best on the team behind only Moyer (2.16).
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Second straight start at third for Dobbs against a righty. Jenkins plays right with a righty on the mound. Coste continues to take Ruiz’s time against right-handed pitchers.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.
Down 3-0 in the second, Burrell doubled with one out. Jenkins grounded to first for the second out and Burrell moved to third. Dobbs struck out to leave Burrell stranded.
Coste doubled to start the third. Myers, terrible at bunting, tried to bunt him along but popped it up for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino popped to first and Utley flew to center to leave the runners stranded.
1-2-3 in the fourth.
With two outs in the fifth, Myers hit a ball slowly back through the middle. Ramirez fielded, but his throw to first was wild and Myers was safe on the error. Rollins got ahead 2-0 and then socked one just out to right-center, butting the Fish lead to 3-2. Victorino popped out again for the third out.
Down 5-2 in the sixth, Utley and Howard went down to start the inning. Burrell hit a line drive to left that Gonzalez may have lost in the lights. It went off Gonzalez’s glove for an error with Burrell safe at first. Jenkins was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dobbs. Dobbs singled into center and Burrell scored. 5-3. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.
Ruiz, who entered the game with Condrey in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh with a walk. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Victorino was next and he smashed a line drive, but right at Jacobs at first. Jacobs caught it and doubled Ruiz off of first to end the frame.
Righty Joe Nelson struck out Utley and Howard to start the eighth before Burrell blasted an 0-1 pitch out to left to cut the Florida lead to 5-4. Jenkins drew a walk and Bruntlett ran for him at first. Righty closer Kevin Gregg came into the game and struck out Dobbs to end the frame.
Werth hit for Romero to start the ninth and singled into left. Ruiz was next and bunted Werth to second. Rollins flew to left for the third out. Victorino was next and hit it hard to first base, but Cantu took it there and went to the bag for the third out.
Feliz ends the game without coming to the plate.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, just his fifth of the year. He’s on pace to hit 12 this season after hitting 30 last year and 25 in 2006.
Victorino was 0-for-5 and left four men on base. Twice hit the ball well, though.
Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Burrell 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.
Jenkins was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Dobbs 1-for-4 with an RBI and three strikeouts.
Coste 1-for-3 with a double.
Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65) tonight. Miller faced the Phils on June 1 and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in any of his last three outings and the Marlins are 1-4 in the last five games he started. Hamels faced Florida on May 31 and was pounded for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has made one start since, which was a complete game three-hit shutout of the Reds.