Apparently what he can’t do is get out Jorge.
The Phillies split the final two games of the set with the Marlins, getting brilliant starting pitching in both games but seeing their bats go silent. The Phils scored five runs in the final two games combined, two of which scored on a wild pitch.
Moyer and Hamels combined to allow five hits and two walks in 16 innings in the pair, but in the first game Jorge Cantu hit two home runs off of Hamels and Gordon surrendered a walkoff grand slam to Dan Uggla in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 3-0 to improve to 40-28 on the season. The Marlins win the three-game set two games to one.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing two singles and a walk. He struck out three and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.12.
He threw three ground balls in a 1-2-3 first and followed it up with a 1-2-3 second.
He set the Marlins down 1-2-3 again in the third. Jeremy Hermida walked with one out in the fourth and stole second before Jorge Cantu flew to center for the second out. Mike Jacobs grounded to short for the third out.
After a 1-2-3 fifth, Moyer started the sixth with a 2-0 lead. With one out pitcher Scott Olsen singled off the glove of a jumping Utley. Moyer got Hanley Ramirez and Hermida on popups to end the inning.
Cody Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. Moyer got ahead of Luis Gonzalez 0-2 before Gonzalez popped to short for the third out.
Moyer set the Marlins down in order in the eighth.
Lidge started the ninth up 3-0. He struck out Ramirez for the first out before Hermida singled to right. Cantu was next and he roped a ball to third, but Feliz made a nice play for the second out. Lidge struck out Mike Jacobs to end the game.
The well-rested Lidge threw 20 pitches and dropped his ERA to 0.93 on the season.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty with Feliz at third and Ruiz behind the plate.
Utley singled with two outs in the first, but Howard lined to third for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the second, third and fourth.
Feliz singled with two down in the fifth, but Ruiz followed and grounded to third.
Moyer and Rollins started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball back to the pitcher that went off the glove of Olsen and rolled towards third. Ramirez made a nice play to change directions and throw to third to force Moyer for the first out. Utley grounded to second for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Howard got behind 0-2 before Olsen delivered one in the dirt. Treanor blocked it, but the ball bounded away. Rollins stormed home to score as Treanor threw to Olsen covering the plate, but the throw was high and Olsen stumbled on his knees as he reached home. The ball got away, Treanor was charged with an error and Victorino scored. 2-0 Phils. Howard struck out for the third out.
Burrell led off the seventh with a single. Werth got ahead 3-0 but struck out for the first out. Feliz doubled to left and Burrell moved to third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Moyer hit for himself and struck out and Rollins flew to left to leave the bases loaded.
Utley singled with one out in the eighth, but Howard popped out behind him. Burrell moved Utley to third with a single and Taguchi ran for Burrell at first. Werth laced a single back through the middle and Utley scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Feliz walked to load the bases, but Ruiz struck out to end the frame.
Dobbs hit for Moyer to start the ninth and singled. Rollins moved him to third with a single and then stole second. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley was walked to load the bases, but Howard hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away again.
Phillies leave the bases loaded in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-12 with a home run and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 284/337/455 for the year.
Victorino 0-for-5 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-14 with a double in the series, although he hit the ball a little better than that. 276/348/390.
Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 in the series. 313/399/641 for the year.
Howard 0-for-5 and left five men on base. 0-for-12 with four strikeouts in the series. He’s hitting 196/229/283 in June and 204/306/436 for the year.
Burrell was 2-for-4 in the game and 4-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 281/419/585 for the year.
Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-8 in the series. 262/337/497 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last 27 at-bats. Jenkins was 0-for-2 in the series and is hitting 277/328/439 for the year.
Feliz was 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit for the Phils, and a walk. 3-for-6 in the series. 254/303/417 for the year. Dobbs was 1-for-1 in the game and 3-for-6 in the series. 368/398/517 for the season.
Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 217/300/294 for the year. Coste was 1-for-3 with a double in the series and is hitting 313/373/548 for the year.
On Wednesday the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eighth innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out 13.
Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a single. Jeremy Hermida followed and hit a ground ball to Howard. Howard started a pretty double-play with a strong throw to second. Rollins relayed to Hamels covering first to get Hermida. Nice play and it mattered cause Jorge Cantu hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 1-0 Florida. Hamels struck out Wes Helms for the third out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second. He struck out the side in the third.
Two fly balls and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fourth.
After a 1-2-3 fifth he struck out Matt Treanor, pitcher Andrew Miller and Ramirez in a 1-2-3 sixth.
With one out in the seventh, Hamels got ahead of Cantu 1-2 before Cantu hit one just out to left, putting the Marlins up 2-1. Hamels struck out Helms and Uggla to end the inning.
The Cantu home run broke a string of 17 in a row set down by Hamels.
Hamels started the eighth down 2-1 having thrown 102 pitches. Luis Gonzalez led off with a walk and Alfredo Amezaga ran for him at first. Cody Ross lined to short for the first out. Amezaga stole second as Treanor struck out for the second out. Lefty Mike Jacobs hit for the pitcher Miller and grounded to second to end the inning. Lefties Jacobs, Jacque Jones and switchy catcher Mike Rabelo were the pinch-hitting choices, which is why Jacobs hit against Hamels.
Gordon started the ninth with the game tied at 2-2 and walked Ramirez on four pitches. Hermida bunted, but popped it up foul to Feliz for the first out. Cantu was next and he singled to left, moving Ramirez to second. Helms walked on four pitches to load the bases for Uggla. Uggla got up 3-1 before he hit a long grand slam to left to end the game.
Gordon threw 20 pitches. A lot of them weren’t that good.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty. Ruiz gets another start against a lefty in a role-reversal with Coste. Presumably Manuel is trying to get him going by giving him some chances to see lefties.
Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino lined a 3-2 pitch to second. Uggla caught it and threw to second to double off Rollins. Utley struck out for the third out.
The Phillies didn’t have a base runner in the second, third, fourth or fifth.
Feliz singled to right-center with one out in the sixth. Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play. Hamels grounded to third for the third out.
With one out in the seventh, Victorino doubled to left-center. Utley got up 3-1 and roped a single into center. Victorino scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard was next and he hit a ground ball that Ramirez fielded and flipped to Cantu covering second with the nutty shift on. Utley beat the ball to the bag but apparently didn’t know what was going on — he didn’t hold the bag and was out for the second out. Burrell struck out for the third out.
Werth started the eighth with a walk. Righty Justin Miller came in and got Feliz on a popup to short. Ruiz hit into another double-play, but at least this one wasn’t your generic short to second to first variety. Ruiz hit the ball pretty hard to first where Cantu fielded, threw to second and then took the relay from Ramirez to end the frame.
Dobbs hit for Hamels to start the ninth and hit a ground ball to deep second base that Uggla stopped with a slide, but Dobbs beat it out for a single. Bruntlett ran for Dobbs and moved to second when Rollins followed with a walk. With Victorino showing bunt and Helms in at third, Bruntlett stole third as the count went 0-2 on Victorino. Close play at third, but very aggressive base-running by Bruntlett. Victorino struck out looking for the first out with men on first and third. Victorino argued, but the pitch was pretty good. If it was outside it was just by a tiny bit. Utley got down 1-2 before he hit a double-play ball to second on a 2-2 pitch. Uggla fielded and threw to Ramirez, who was way off the bag when he took the ball and then couldn’t quite get the ball out of his glove on his first effort. By the time he did Utley had beat out the throw and Bruntlett scored from third to tie the game at 2-2. Howard was walked intentionally to put men on first and Kevin Gregg absolutely drilled Burrell with the first pitch of Burrell’s at-bat to load the bases. Werth bunted for a hit on the first pitch he saw, but Gregg fielded and threw him out at first for the third out. I don’t have any problem with Werth bunting for a hit there, he just got the ball too close to the pitcher.
Bruntlett’s stolen base gets the Phillies a run.
Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a double.
Utley 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.
Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.
Ruiz 0-for-3 and hit into two big double-plays.