The Phillies have one extra-base hit, a double by Jimmy Rollins, over 64 at-bats in their last two games. If you’re going to hit like that you better pitch pretty well and the Phillies haven’t. After Jamie Moyer struggled on Tuesday, Kyle Kendrick lasted just three miserable innings yesterday afternoon. The bullpen pitched well behind him, but if the bullpen is the only part of your team playing well it isn’t not going to be enough.
It wasn’t yesterday.
The Phils have lofty goals for this season and with good reason. They aren’t hitting right now, but that’s a temporary problem that’s sure to solve itself. To make the playoff run that Phillies’ fans are looking for, though, the Phils are going to need a consistency from their starting pitching that they haven’t been getting and that the current rotation looks like it may be unable to provide. Jamie Moyer has been fantastic in some big starts for the Phils, but Cole Hamels is still the only guy in the rotation that most fans wouldn’t be surprised to see come up big in a big game against a good offense. Before the season is over the Phillies will hopefully be playing a lot of big games against big offenses all in a row. Cole Hamels won’t be pitching all of them.
The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 to drop to 42-32 on the season. The Phils lose the series two games to one. They have lost three series in a row.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out four.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia started the first with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for JD Drew and Drew hammered an 0-1 pitch out to right-center. 3-0. Mike Lowell was next he got ahead 2-1 before he smoked one out to left. 4-0. Kendrick got the next three.
Kendrick struck out the side in the second, setting down Julio Lugo, the pitcher Justin Masterson and Ellsbury in order.
Drew doubled to right with one out in the third. Lowell was grazed by a pitch to put men on first and second before Sean Casey lined to Utley for the second out. Jason Varitek walked to load the bases. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for Coco Crisp and lined a single into center. Drew and Lowell both scored, putting the Sox up 6-1, and Varitek went to third. Kendrick walked Lugo to load the bases but struck out Masterson again to the frame.
Condrey started the fourth after having thrown an inning the night before. Pedroia doubled to left with one out. Drew was next and singled to right-center. Pedroia scored easily and the Boston lead was 7-1. Howard made an over-the-shoulder catch on a popup by Lowell along the right field foul line for the second out before Casey moved Drew to second with a single. Varitek flew to center to leave both men stranded.
Lugo doubled with one out in the fifth. Condrey struck out Masterson and Ellsbury to leave him stranded.
Thank goodness for Masterson. The Red Sox might have scored 40.
Chad Durbin started the sixth with the Phillies down 7-2. Drew singled with one out before Durbin struck out Lowell for the second. Casey doubled into left and Drew went to third, but Durbin struck out Varitek to leave both runners stranded.
Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Romero pitched the eighth. Pedroia singled with one out and Drew moved him to second with the second. Romero walked the righty Lowell intentionally to get to the lefty Casey. Casey grounded to short for the third out.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth to drop his ERA on the year to 0.90.
The Phils burned through their pen the day before an off-day. Phils’ relievers allowed one run in six innings while striking out eight. Pitching for his second day in a row, Condrey threw 30 pitches. Durbin 19, Romero 18, Seanez 12 and Lidge 14.
Drew was 4-for-5 with four RBI in the game.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Justin Masterson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. The slumping Jenkins in right against the righty. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.
Down 4-0 in the first, Victorino walked with one out. Utley grounded to second for the second out and Victorino moved to second. Howard singled into right and Victorino scored to get the Phils on the board at 4-1. Burrell flew to center for the third out.
Jenkins started the second with a walk. Dobbs was next and hit a ground ball to second. Jenkins was forced at second for the first out. Ruiz was hit by a pitch to put men on first and second. Kendrick was next and bunting, but he popped it up. Casey caught it and threw to second to double-off Dobbs and end the inning.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the third.
And the fourth.
Dobbs and Ruiz singled back-to-back to start the fifth. It put men on first and third and Werth hit for Condrey. Werth chopped a ball to short and Ruiz was forced at second for the first out. Werth beat out the relay and Dobbs scored to cut the Boston lead to 7-2. Utley grounded to first to end the inning with Werth stranded.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth.
With lefty Javier Lopez on the mound, Bruntlett hit for Dobbs to start the seventh. Righty Craig Hansen came in to pitch to him and Bruntlett reached on an infield single. Bruntlett stole second before Ruiz walked and Feliz hit for Seanez. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Feliz reached out and hit a 3-2 pitch into center for a single. Both runners scored and the Boston lead was cut to 7-4. Rollins moved Feliz to second with a walk. Victorino got behind 0-2 and then popped to second for the first out. Utley lined an 0-2 pitch to left for the second. Howard went down swinging 1-2 to end the inning.
Despite sending 2-3-4 in their order to the plate, the Phils can’t get any more after putting men on first and second with nobody out.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Coste hit for Romero with two outs and struck out looking.
Ruiz, Feliz and Rollins went in order in the ninth. Ruiz got a tough call on a pitch out of the strike zone to strike out to start the inning.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 289/353/468 for the year.
Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 3-for-11 with a double in the set. 278/347/389 for the year.
Utley was 0-for-4 in the game and left five men on base. 0-for-13 with zero walks in the series. 0-for-his-last-20. 294/385/606.
Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple and two home runs in the series. 221/319/486.
Burrell was 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-10 with a triple in the series. 280/421/593 for the year.
Jenkins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-7 in the series and 2-for-his-last-27. 256/305/405. Werth was 0-for-1 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-5 in the set. 268/351/490.
Dobbs was 1-for-2 in the game in his only action in the series. 362/396/500 for the year. Feliz 1-for-2 with two RBI in the game. 3-for-8 in the series. 262/316/418.
Ruiz 1-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-9 in the series. 230/311/311 on the season. Coste 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-2 in the series. He’s hitting 306/364/529 for the year and 214/241/357 in June.
No game today. Angels tomorrow.
Dan Gattuso, who used to pen the blog Phoglights, is back in the blogging saddle with the Phillies Sports Blog, which you can check out here.