The Phillies split the first two games of their set with the New York Mets, winning one game thanks to a tremendous performance by their bullpen and losing the second due to its dismal failure.
Last night’s game was blown open late by the Mets as New York’s left-handed hitters pounded away at a Phils’ pen that featured a single, and last night at least, ineffective lefty. The first game of the set served as a reminder to all of one of the big differences between Brett Myers and JA Happ — even when Happ pitches well it’s reasonable to expect that he’s only going to go 4 2/3 innings. That leaves a lot of innings for the pen to throw.
After two long days, the Phillies’ relievers could sure use a break. The sad fact of the matter is the new Phillies’ rotation looks like it has only one guy who should be counted on to give it to them — and he’s not pitching today.
The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, falling 9-4 to fall to 48-40 on the season.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.
In the first he gave up singles to Jose Reyes and Ryan Church that put men on first and third for David Wright. Moyer got Wright to hit into the double-play, but Reyes scored to make it 1-0. Carlos Beltran popped to Coste for the third out.
With one out in the fourth Wright doubled and stole third. Beltran walked to put men on first and third. Moyer picked Beltran off of first, but Howard’s throw to second went into left field for an error. Wright scored to put New York up 2-0. Damion Easley followed with a single into center that scored Beltran from second and made it 3-0. Moyer got the next two to leave him stranded.
The game was tied at 3-3 when Moyer started the seventh. Chris Aguila singled with one out and moved to third when Reyes hit a two-out double. Ryan Church was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Madson came in to pitch to the righty Wright and got him on a ground ball to short to end the frame.
The bullpen blew up in the eighth. Romero started the inning and gave up one out singles to Easley and Carlos Delgado. It put men on first and third for righty Ramon Castro and Gordon came in to pitch to him. Lefty Marlon Anderson hit for Castro and Gordon walked him to load the bases, but not before a wild pitch from Gordon scored Easley to tie the game at 4-4 and sent Delgado to second. Lefty Endy Chavez hit for Aguila and moved the runners to second and third with a ground ball for the second out. Lefty Brian Schneider hit for Feliciano and ripped a double to right center, clearing the bases and putting the Mets up 6-4. Reyes flew to left for the third out.
Yuck. The Phillies only lefty in the pen leaves the game so Gordon has to face three lefties in a row. Anderson walked, Chavez grounded out and Schneider killed him with the double. Swindle, who is at least a second lefty in the pen if not the one the Phillies need, was sent down on Thursday so Happ could be called up.
The Mets blew the game open with three more runs against Seanez in the ninth. Fernando Tatis led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Wright. Beltran hit a ball pretty hard back to the mound that Seanez didn’t handle for a tough error. Tatis scored and it was 7-4. Easley moved Beltran to second with a single and Delgado followed with another single that loaded the bases. Anderson grounded to second and Beltran scored as Delgado was forced at second for the second out. 8-4. Chavez singled to right and Easley scored to make it 9-4. Condrey came in and got Schneider on a ground ball to short for the third out.
Again the Phillies can’t get the lefties out as hits by Delgado and Chavez help the Mets score three.
Long, bad day for the pen after Happ went just 4 2/3 the day before. They go 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk. Seanez and Gordon were the only two of the five Phillies relievers to throw more than ten pitches. Seanez threw 23 and Gordon 16. Phils could use a long outing by Kendrick this afternoon.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty John Maine went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Jenkins (8) Coste. Coste starts again. Jenkins in the lineup against the righty but dropped to seventh below Feliz. Rollins and Victorino back at the top of the order.
The Phillies didn’t have a man on base in the first three innings.
They started the fourth down 3-0. Victorino was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second before Utley walked. Howard was next and he smoked a 2-1 pitch out the opposite way to tie the game at 3-3. Burrell struck out and Feliz grounded to short to end the inning.
The game was still tied at 3-3 in the seventh. Burrell led off with a single and Bruntlett ran for him at first. Feliz bunted Bruntlett to second and righty Joe Smith walked Jenkins intentionally to put men on first and second. Coste flew to left for the second out. Dobbs hit for Madson and lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to Dobbs. Werth hit for Dobbs and hit a 3-2 pitch into left for a single. Bruntlett scored to put the Phils up 4-3. Werth went for second when the throw came home, but Castro threw him out to end the inning.
The Phils put men on first and second with two outs in the eighth. Ruiz hit for Gordon and grounded to short.
They went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.
Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. The home run was the only extra-base hit in the game for the Phils. They have two extra-base hits in the first two games of the series.
Jenkins 0-for-3 with a walk.
Friday night the Phillies beat the Mets 3-2 on a single by Victorino with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It was the fourth straight win for the Phils. They improved to 48-39 on the season.
JA Happ made his first start of the year for the Phillies. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.
Happ was really good through four, allowing just a walk and a single. He got a nice diving play from Werth in left to end the second with Castro, who had singled, on first base.
He started the fifth with the game tied at 0-0. Easley led off with a single and moved to third when Castro followed with a double. Chris Aguila walked to load the bases. The pitcher Johan Santana popped to Coste for the first out before Reyes hit a ground ball to second. Utley threw to Rollins but Reyes just beat the relay to first. Easley scored to make it 1-0 Mets. Happ walked Chavez to load the bases. It looked like he had Wright struck out on an 0-2 pitch, but didn’t get the call. Wright went on to walk and Castro scored to make it 2-0. Durbin came in to pitch to Beltran and struck him out swinging at a 3-2 pitch to end the frame.
Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out five of the six men he faced.
Madson threw a scoreless eighth, giving up a leadoff single to Chavez but getting the next three.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Durbin was simply brilliant after Happ fell apart quickly. Overall the pen went 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, a single, and no walks. Durbin threw 35 pitches, Madson 14 and Lidge just five.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Werth (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Coste. Werth in right hitting leadoff. Rollins moves to third. Victorino drops to seventh. Coste catches. I think I’d just hit Rollins leadoff.
Singles by Werth and Howard were the Phillies only two base runners of the first five innings.
They started the sixth down 2-0. Werth and Utley singled back-to-back after Durbin hit for himself and struck out to start the inning. It put men on first and second for Rollins and Rollins flew to center for the second out. Howard swung at the first pitch of his at-bat and hit a ground ball to where the shortstop would have been playing without the shift. Nobody was there and it went for a single that scored Werth and cut the lead to 2-1. Burrell was next with men on first and second and lined a single to left that scored Utley and made it 2-2. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh and the eighth.
Howard and Burrell struck out to start the ninth before Feliz doubled to left. Victorino was next and he got behind in the count before he lined a 1-2 pitch into left that scored Feliz to give the Phils a 3-2 win.
Werth was 2-for-4.
Rollins 0-for-4 with three men left on base.
Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Burrell 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Feliz 1-for-4 with a double, the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a game-winning single.
On Thursday the Phillies beat the Braves 4-1 to improve to 47-39.
Hamels got the start for the Phils and went 8 2/3 innings, coming one pitch short of a complete game. He allowed five hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.
Yunel Escobar doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels got the next two behind him.
In the second he gave up a leadoff single to Omar Infante. He walked the next batter, Brian McCann, but got the next three.
He only allowed one more base runner before the eighth. He walked pitcher Jair Jurrjens with two outs in the fifth, but got Gregor Blanco bunting for a hit behind him to end the inning.
Blanco doubled with two outs in the eight before Escobar popped to second.
Hamels started the ninth up 4-0. Chipper Jones doubled to start the inning and scored when McCann doubled with two outs. 4-1. Gordon came in and made one pitch to Jeff Francoeur. Franceour flew to left to end the game.
The Phillies’ lineup against Jair Jurrjens went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in righty against the righty. Ruiz catches.
The Phillies scored all four of their runs against Jurrjens, three of which came on home runs.
Utley put the Phils up 1-0 with a solo shot in the first.
Rollins started the third with a triple, but Victorino grounded to first, Utley struck out and Howard grounded to the pitcher.
Burrell doubled to start the fourth. Feliz brought him in with a one out single to make it 2-0.
Howard homered with one out in the sixth. Feliz hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to start the seventh.
Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple.
Utley 1-for-4 with his 24th home run.
Howard 1-for-4 with his 22nd.
Burrell 2-for-4 with a double.
Jenkins 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Feliz 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
The Phillies and Brad Lidge have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $37.5 million.