Archive for June, 2008

Lester’s luster flusters Phils

Jon Lester baffled the Phils last night, holding them to six singles in seven shutout innings. The Phillies have scored three runs or less in four of their last seven games.

Jamie Moyer held the Red Sox to a pair of runs over five innings, but wasn’t as sharp as he’s been for much of the year. He walked five batters, which is as many as he walked in his five starts in June combined.

Boston also ran wild on the Phils. They stole six bases with Ruiz behind the plate. You would think a lot of this could be blamed on the slow-throwing Moyer, but only two of the six came with Moyer on the mound.

The Phils failed to do just about anything offensively. Howard’s recent surge was sidelined as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Utley and Burrell were also both 0-for-4. With an 0-for-his-last-16, Utley has his batting average at .299. Yesterday was is the first time since June 2, 2007 that Utley has ended a day with a batting average under .300.

The Phils should consider extreme measures to ensure that Ruiz never gets to bat with a runner on first base.

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. With the 3-0 loss they are 42-31 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and will be decided this afternoon.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run home run by Coco Crisp. Moyer struck out four.

He walked Julio Lugo to start the game. Dustin Pedroia flew to left for the first out before JD Drew moved Lugo to second with a ground ball that went off the glove of Howard and to Utley. Manny Ramirez reached on an infield single, moving Lugo to third, before Moyer got Mike Lowell to ground to third for the third out.

Moyer walked Jason Varitek to start the second. Sean Casey hit a ground ball to second and Varitek was forced at second for the first out. Coco Crisp hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left and the Red Sox led 2-0. Moyer got the pitcher Jon Lester to ground to second for the second out before Lugo and Pedroia walked back-to-back. Lugo stole third before Drew struck out to end the frame.

Moyer walked Lowell with one out in the third. Varitek followed and Moyer struck him out for the second out before Casey moved Lowell to second with a single. Crisp grounded to second for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a nice play on a ground ball Lester hit back up the middle for the first out.

Lowell singled with two outs in the fifth, but Moyer struck out Varitek to leave him stranded.

Madson started the sixth. Crisp singled with one out and stole second with Lester showing bunt. Lester struck out swinging for the second out and Crisp stole third. Lugo hit a 3-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left for a double. Crisp scored and Boston led 3-0. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Drew, but he got the next three hitters to end the frame.

Seanez started the eighth with the Phils down 3-0. Casey walked to start the inning, but Seanez struck out Crisp for the first out. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for the pitcher Lester and Casey stole second as Seanez struck Lester out. Lugo went down swinging to end the frame and leave Casey stranded.

Condrey started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia. Drew flew to left for the first out. Ellsbury hit a ground ball to second and Pedroia was forced at second for the second out. With Lowell at the plate, Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame. Not a good play to get caught stealing to end the inning when you’re in scoring position.

Condrey’s role appears to have evolved to the point where he’s pitching in games that are not out of reach. One run in four innings for the bullpen. Madson threw 41 pitches, so he’s out for a while. Seanez 23, Condrey 17.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with the lefty on the mound. Ruiz catches.

Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Victorino stole second, but Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

Werth and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Ruiz got ahead 2-0 and then hit a hard ground ball to third. Lowell took it and started an inning-ending double-play. The game was delayed for a brief ceremony to honor the Red Sox for getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into the one millionth double-play of his career and Jon Lester was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Applebee’s (that didn’t really happen — Ruiz has hit into eight double-plays in 159 at-bats this season and 28 for his career. He probably won’t pass the million mark till 2010 or so).

Rollins singled with one out in the third. Victorino hit a ground ball to short and Rollins was forced at second for the second out. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and the fifth. Taguchi hit for Moyer with two outs in the fifth and lined to third on another nice play by Lowell.

Rollins led off the sixth with a walk. Victorino was next and lined to third and Lowell doubled Rollins off of first. Utley popped to first for the third out.

With two outs in the seventh, Werth and Feliz again singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Victorino flew to right and Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. He struck Howard out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Burrell struck out on three pitches and Werth struck out on three pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base and left three men on base.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 3-4-5 in the lineup go 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and left four men on base.

Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) faces 23-year-old righty Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) this afternoon. Masterson has made five starts for the Red Sox and gone at least six innings in all of them. Opponents are hitting just .168 against him, righties .130 and lefties .208. His walk rate and his home run rates are both high — in 31 innings he has walked 15 and allowed five home runs. The Phillies have won nine of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties still pound him, they’re hitting .331 against him for the year. He has oddly been much better at home (3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.10 ratio in six starts) than on the road (3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.76 ratio in eight starts).


Flyin’ Ryan

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
BOS 44-28 371 5.15 X 806 (x) 64 12
PHI 41-30 381 5.37 2 795 (2) 48 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
BOS 44-28 301 4.18 X 3.77 (x) 3.95 (x)
PHI 41-30 291 4.10 3 4.40 (8) 2.62 (1)

Ryan Howard is going to have to hit for a while to get some of his numbers for the season up to where everyone expects them to be. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem. Howard’s 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI paced the Phillies to a win against the Red Sox last night. He’s 9-for-his-last-18 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Despite his .224 average, Howard is tied for the league lead in RBI and tied for second in home runs.

The talk of a possible World Series matchup is way premature, but it doesn’t change the fact that last night’s game also saw Cole Hamels shut down one of the better offenses in baseball. Hamels held Boston to two runs over seven innings and the Phillies won for the eighth time in the last ten games he has started.

The Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox last night, winning 8-2 to improve to 42-30 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels struck out JD Drew and Manny Ramirez to leave him stranded.

Sean Casey doubled to right with one out in the second and Julio Lugo followed with a walk. Hamels struck out pitcher Bartolo Colon for the third out.

Pedroia singled with one out in the third, but Hamels got Drew to pop to short and Manny on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Casey singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Lugo followed with a double. Hamels again struck out Colon to end the frame.

With one out in the fifth, Pedroia got ahead 3-1 and hit one way out to left to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Drew followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. Hamels got Ramirez and Mike Lowell on ground balls to set Boston down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.

Hamels started the eighth up 8-2 having thrown 102 pitches. He got ahead of Drew 0-2 before throwing four straight balls. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Manny and got him to hit into a double-play. Lowell popped to short for the third out.

Durbin returned for the ninth and gave up a two-out double to Brandon Moss, but struck out Alex Cora to end the game.

Durbin seemed like an odd choice with a six-run lead after he threw an inning on Sunday. Condrey or Seanez would have been my guess. Durbin threw 17 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the year with two scoreless innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bartolo Colon went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Rollins led off the first and got ahead 1-0 before he ripped a ball down the right field line. 1-0. Victorino followed with a double before Utley struck out for the first out. Howard got ahead 1-0 and then he hit one out to the opposite field. 3-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins grounded out and Feliz struck out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the second and Rollins moved him to second with a walk. Utley popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

Howard started the first and pounded one out to left-center to put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell followed with a single, but Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz all went down behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice diving play in center to take a hit away from Ruiz for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit one high off the wall in center. The ball rolled a long way — long enough for Burrell to wind up at third with his first triple since August 11, 2006. Jenkins struck out to leave him stranded.

Feliz walked to start the sixth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third. Rollins ripped a single into right-center and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 6-2. Victorino singled and Rollins went to third. Utley was next and he hit a check swing ground ball to short. It wasn’t hit hard enough for Boston to turn two. Rollins scored and it was 7-2 with Utley on first and two down. Howard hammered the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center. Ellsbury dove for it at the warning track and the ball went off his glove. Howard had a triple and Utley scored to put the Phils up 8-2. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him. Jenkins grounded out for the third out.

If you thought that Howard and Burrell were both going to triple in the game you could have gotten some pretty nice odds.

Hamels singled with two outs in the seventh, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Just his sixth of the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Burrell 2-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 0-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-28.

Feliz 0-for-3.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Jamie Moyer (7-3, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Lester (5-3, 3.43) tonight. Lester hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. Lefties and righties are hitting about the same against him (.253 for righties and .240 for lefties), but his walk rate for righties is much higher. Righties are on-basing .338 against him this season compared to .301 for lefties. Moyer comes off of eight shutout innings against the Marlins in which he allowed two hits. The Phillies have won the last six games he has started.


Phillies demo why they don’t quite feel comfortable if they only score 19

The Phillies outscored the Cardinals 28-12 in a three-game set this weekend yet managed to lose the series. Yesterday they lost their second straight one run game, this time with the help of two errors that came with two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the tenth. It all ended when, with two outs and men on first and second, Chris Duncan chopped a ball to second — Tom Gordon covered first and simply failed to catch Utley’s throw, allowing the winning run to score from second.

Gordon’s missed catch was the third error on the day for the Phils. They left the bases loaded four times. In the ninth, Eric Bruntlett should have scored from second on a single by Victorino to put the Phillies ahead. The biggest issue of all for the Phils, though, was Brett Myers. Myers was battered again and the Phillies lost for the ninth time in his last ten starts. Over his last two outings Myers has allowed 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings.

The Phils are 1-4 in their last five games in which they didn’t score more than 19 runs.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday afternoon, falling 7-6 in ten innings. They lose the series two games to one and drop to 41-30 on the season.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles, a triple and a home run. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. Righties are slugging .575 against him for the season.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a double and moved to third when Aaron Miles followed with a ground out to second. Ryan Ludwick doubled and Schumaker scored to tie the game at 1-1. Rick Ankiel doubled and Ludwick scored, putting the Cards up 2-1. Troy Glaus and Chris Duncan both grounded out to leave Ankiel stranded.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

Schumaker led off the third with a home run to right that put the Cards up 3-1. Miles followed with a single, but Myers got the next two before Glaus homered to right center. 5-1. Duncan flew to left for the third out.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

He started the sixth down 5-4. Ankiel led off with a triple. Glaus fouled out for the first out. Duncan was next and hit a ground ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Ankiel scored and it was 6-4. Myers got Molina to pop out for the second out before Bradon Looper hit for pitcher Kyle McClellan and singled. Cesar Izturis grounded to first for the third out.

Madson struck out the side in the seventh.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Durbin pitched the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Izturis. Schumaker grounded back to Durbin for the third out.

Gordon got the first two in the tenth before Ankiel hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the inning. Utley’s throw to first was bad and Ankiel was safe. Glaus moved him to second with a single before Duncan hit another ground ball to second. Utley’s throw to Gordon was much better this time, maybe a little behind the pitcher, but Gordon didn’t catch it. The error was on Gordon this time and Ankiel scored to give the Cardinals a 7-6 win.

Bizarre way to end the game. The pen allows one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings. Madson was the only reliever to throw more than 15 pitches — he threw 18. Gordon takes his second loss in two appearances.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Mitchell Boggs went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Werth plays center with Victorino on the bench. Jenkins in right against the righty and Dobbs at third. Coste catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Werth grounded back to the pitcher and Utley flew out before Howard doubled to right. Rollins scored and the Phils led 1-0. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Jenkins started the second with a single. Dobbs flew out before Coste moved Jenkins to second with another single. Myers tried to bunt and struck out for the second out. Rollins walked to load the bases, but Werth grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the third and again in the fourth.

Myers started the fifth with a single. Rollins grounded out and Myers was forced at second for the first out before Werth walked. Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Howard singled to right and Rollins and Werth both scored to cut the St Louis lead to 5-3 with men on first and third for Burrell. Burrell smashed a single through short and Utley scored to make it 5-4 with Howard going to second. Jenkins struck out before Dobbs walked to load the bases, but Coste struck out swinging at a bad pitch that was low and outside to end the frame.

Werth singled with two outs in the sixth, but Utley struck out for the third out.

Howard walked to start the seventh and stole second after Burrell struck out for the first out. Jenkins flew to left for the second out and Dobbs struck out to leave Howard stranded.

With two outs in the eighth, Rollins tripled. Werth, Utley, Howard and Burrell all walked in a row. Howard’s walk forced in Rollins and Burrell’s forced in Werth, tying the game at 6-6. Taguchi ran for Burrell at first in a tie game and Jenkins struck out for the third out.

Poor idea to run for Burrell there.

Dobbs started the ninth with a single and Coste bunted him to second. Bruntlett ran for Dobbs and Victorino, who had hit for Madson in the eighth and stayed in to play center, moved Bruntlett to third with a single. Bruntlett should have scored on the play. Rollins hit a ground ball to first and Duncan threw home. Bruntlett crashed into Molina and was called out although it was unclear if Molina actually applied a tag on the play. Molina stayed down after the collision and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases yet again, but Utley flew to left for the third out.

Fourth time in the game the Phillies left the bases loaded.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the tenth. Feliz hit for Durbin and grounded to short for the second out of the inning.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a triple and a walk in the game. 2-for-13 in the series. He’s hitting 275/338/444 for the year and .218 in June.

Werth was 1-for-3 with two walks in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 264/349/493 for the year. Victorino was 1-for-2 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 278/346/390.

Utley 0-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-10 with a home run in the set. 309/401/636 for the year.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI. 6-for-13 with a double, two home runs and nine RBI in the series. He’s hitting 217/319/464 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 3-for-9 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 283/425/602 for the year.

Jenkins was 1-for-6 with two strikeouts. 2-for-15 with a double in the series. 266/312/420 for the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. 1-for-5 in the series. 359/394/500. Feliz was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-8 with a double in the series. 258/311/419.

Coste was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his only action of the series. 311/369/538. He’s hitting .231 in June. Ruiz was 4-for-9 with two doubles and four RBI in the series. 230/308/316.

Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.27) faces righty Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.41) tonight in Boston. Colon has made five starts for Boston this season. Opponents are hitting .270 against him and he hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run to a right-handed batter this season. Hamels has allowed two runs in 17 innings over his last two starts while striking out 17.


They took all the hits and put ‘em in a hit museum and they charged a people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em

A day after scoring 20 runs the Phillies managed just two hits yesterday that didn’t come from their starting pitcher. Adam Eaton and JC Romero did a nice job on the mound, but former Phils Kyle Lohse and Ryan Franklin were just a little bit better.

Pat Burrell continues to swing a hot bat — his two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense the Phillies could muster on the day

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday, falling 3-2. They are 41-29 on the season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out two.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a single off the glove of Rollins. Adam Kennedy was next and he hit a 1-2 pitch out down the right field line. 2-0 Cards on Kennedy’s first home run of the season. Eaton got the next three.

Chris Duncan singled to start the second, but Eaton got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play behind him. Pitcher Kyle Lohse popped to Howard for the third out.

Cesar Izturis led off the third with a single. Schumaker hit a ground ball to short and Izturis was forced at second for the first out with Schumaker safe at first. Kennedy singled to right and Schumaker moved to third. Ryan Ludwick was left and he singled into left-center. Schumaker scored to put the Cards up 3-0, but Burrell threw Ludwick out at second for the second out. Rick Ankiel popped to short for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth with the Phils down 3-2.

In the fifth, Schumaker singled with two outs, but Kennedy tried to bunt for a hit behind him and Eaton threw him out at first to end the inning.

Ludwick started the sixth with a walk, but Eaton got the next three.

Molina led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. Lohse hit for himself and bunted back to Eaton and Eaton made a nice play to throw Molina out at third. Lohse was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out before Izturis hit a stand up triple. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Schumaker and struck him out to end the inning.

Cardinals don’t score in an inning where they get a double and a triple. That’s hard to do.

Romero got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another 1 1/3 perfect innings from the pen. Romero has been charged with one run in 9 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. He needed just 12 pitches to get four outs.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches after the big game on Friday night.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out swinging behind him to end the frame.

Feliz walked with two outs in the second, but Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Eaton led off the third with a double and Rollins moved him to third with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Victorino popped to second for the second out and Utley flew to left to leave him stranded.

Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one out.

Howard led off the fourth with a single. Burrell got ahead 1-0 and then drove a ball out to left-center to cut the St Louis lead to 3-2. Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz went in order behind him.

Eaton led off the fifth with a single but was left stranded when the Phils went down in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth with the help of two nice plays from the St Louis defense. Kennedy made a nice play in shallow right on a ball hit by Howard for the first out. Burrell ripped a ball down the third base line, but Glaus made a nice play to pick it and throw Burrell out at first for the second.

1-2-3 in the seventh. Eaton hit for himself with two outs and nobody on and the Phils down by a run. He flew to left for the third out. He got hit hard in the bottom of the inning before Romero relieved him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Still down a run in the ninth, Howard and Burrell went down to start the inning. Jenkins was next and lined a ball into right-center that Ludwick made a diving catch on to end the game. Replays clear showed that that ball was trapped, but the game was over.

Four hits for the Phils, two of which came from Eaton.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4. Could have used a better results from him in the third.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He’s slugging .738 in June after Glaus took a double away from him in this game.

Jenkins 0-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.34) faces 24-year-old righty Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.86) this afternoon. Boggs has made two career appearances, one of which was a start against the Reds on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs in five innings. He was 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts in the PCL this season. He doesn’t strike anyone out, but righties were hitting .193 against him and he had allowed just three home runs in 71 1/3 innings. Myers was absolutely terrible in his last outing, allowing five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins. The Phillies are 1-8 in the last nine games he has started.


The beast with two to-backs

The Phillies struggled to score runs in Florida, but they’re not in Florida anymore. In game one of a three-game set in St Louis last night, Utley, Howard and Burrell homered back-to-back-to-back in the first inning and the rout was on. With the help of a nine-run fourth inning the Phils scored 20 runs for the second time in their last 17 games.

Playing in his home town, Ryan Howard led the way with a pair of home runs and five RBI. Carlos Ruiz, struggling through a miserable season, helped carry the load with his best offensive night of the season. Ruiz was 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.

If the offensive explosion is something new after a brief hiatus, it was more of the same for the starting pitching. Kyle Kendrick gave the Phils another strong start. Over their last ten games, the Phillies’ starting pitcher has allowed more than three runs just once. Over the last three games, Phillies’ starters have allowed three earned runs in 23 innings (1.17 ERA).

The Phillies beat the St Louis Cardinals last night, winning 20-2 to improve to 41-28 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Only one of the runs was earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out one.

He started the first up 3-0. Adam Kennedy singled with one out, but Ryan Ludwick grounded into to a double-play to end the inning.

With the Phils up 4-0 in the second, Troy Glaus and Chris Duncan singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Yadier Molina. Molina flew to left for the second out and pitcher Todd Wellemeyer grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

With one out in the third, Skip Schumaker hit an 0-1 pitch out to right. It cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Kendrick got the next two.

The Phillies led 13-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. Rick Ankiel led off with a double to center, but Kendrick got the next three to leave him stranded at second.

Schumaker singled with two outs in the fifth, but Kendrick got Kennedy on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Kendrick started the sixth up 17-1. Ryan Ludwick led off with a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Ankiel walked and Ludwick went to second. Glaus chopped a ball in-between short and third for a single and Ludwick scored to make it 17-2. Duncan flew to center for the first out before Molina reached on a single off the glove of Feliz to load the bases. Kendrick got out of it by getting Brendan Ryan to pop to Howard in foul territory and getting pitcher Mark Worrell to fly to right.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Seanez started the eighth with a 20-2 lead. Joe Mather singled with one out, but Seanez struck Duncan out behind him. Jason LaRue drew a walk to put men on first and second. After Howard had been hit in the top of the inning, Seanez threw a pitch behind Ryan and St Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo was ejected arguing when Seanez was not ejected. Ryan popped to short for the third out.

Condrey started the ninth. Aaron Miles reached on an error by Bruntlett at second and Schumaker moved him to second with a single. Kennedy grounded to second and Miles moved to third, but Condrey struck out Ludwick and got Ankiel on a fly ball to left to end the game.

Two scoreless innings from the bullpen in which they allow a walk and two hits. Seanez threw 19 pitches, Condrey 15.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Todd Wellemeyer went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Kendrick.

Rollins and Victorino went down to start the first before Utley hit a 2-2 pitch just out to right to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch just out down the left field line and just inside the foul pole. 2-0. Burrell hit a 3-1 pitch just out to left. 3-0. Jenkins popped to second for the third out.

Feliz led off the second with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ruiz banged a double into left and Feliz scored to put the Phillies up 4-0. Kendrick tried to bunt but struck out for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino grounded out and Utley flew to right for the third out.

Burrell walked with one out in the third, but Jenkins and Feliz went down behind him.

The fourth took a while. With one out Kendrick hit a ground rule double into the left field corner. Rollins walked and Victorino followed with a single to load the bases. Utley blooped a single into center and Kendrick and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 6-1. With men on first and second Howard singled back up the middle. Victorino scored to make it 7-1 and Utley went to second. Burrell walked to load the bases again. Jenkins hit a fly ball to left center deep enough to score Utley and make it 8-1. Feliz walked to load the bases. Ruiz drove a ball into right for a ground-rule double. Howard and Burrell scored and it was 10-1. Kendrick singled up the middle and Feliz scored to make it 11-1. Ankiel in center charged and threw it really hard in between third and home. An odd choice, and when the pitcher Ron Villone backing up the plate didn’t handle it Ruiz came in to score too. 12-1. Kendrick went to second on Ankiel’s error. Rollins walked to put men on first and second and Victorino hit one high off the wall in left for a double. Kendrick scored (13-1) and Rollins went to third. Utley walked to load the bases yet again, but Howard struck out for the third out.

Nine runs in the inning for the Phils without a home run. They send 15 men to the plate, drawing five walks and hitting three doubles and four singles. After Jenkins flew to left for the second out, six straight hitters reached base in a row.

Burrell started the fifth with a walk. Jenkins popped out for the first out before Feliz doubled in Burrell to make it 14-1. Ruiz grounded out and Kendrick struck out to leave Feliz stranded.

Victorino singled with one out in the sixth and Bruntlett hit for Utley. Bruntlett singled and Victorino went to second. Howard hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 17-1. Taguchi hit for Burrell and popped out. Jenkins popped to second.

Ruiz singled to center with one out in the seventh, but Kendrick and Rollins both struck out to leave him stranded.

With two outs in the eighth, Russ Springer hit Ryan Howard in the leg with a pitch and was ejected. La Russa argued and was also ejected. Taguchi moved Howard to second with a single before Jenkins blasted a ball to left-center for a double that scored both runners and put the Phils up 19-2. An infield single by Feliz moved Jenkins to third. Ruiz singled into center and Jenkins scored to make it 20-2. Dobbs hit for Kendrick and flew to center for the third out.

Second baseman Aaron Miles set Rollins, Victorino and Bruntlett down in order in the ninth. The only 1-2-3 frame of the game for the Cards.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with three walks. He’s 10-for-his-last-51.

Victorino was 3-for-7 with a double.

Utley was 2-for-3 with a walk and his 22nd home run of the year. Three RBI give him 61.

Howard 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI.

Burrell 1-for-1 with a home run and three walks. 5-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs.

Jenkins was 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

Feliz was 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Ruiz 4-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI in his best day with the bat this year. Seven and eight in the order combined to 7-for-11 with three doubles and five RBI.

Adam Eaton (2-3, 4.62) faces righty Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.92) this afternoon. The Cards have won the last five games that the former Phil Lohse has started. Lohse has thrown to a 2.17 ERA in those games, but he’s only gotten an out in the seventh once in his last ten starts. Lohse has allowed just one home run to a right-handed batter this season (Carlos Lee). Eaton is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last three starts. Over his last six starts he’s walked just six batters.


Jamie gives Moyer, but Hamels finally finds something he Cantu

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.

Burrell 0-for-3.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.

Feliz 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and hit into two big double-plays.


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