Cole Hamels was great last night. Must be a little lonely.
He gave the Phils seven strong innings and Madson and Lidge finished off the game with a pair of scoreless frames. The Phils scored zero runs on six hits, failing most notably to score in the second after putting men on second and third with nobody out.
Some kind of intervention is in order around Carlos Ruiz, who hit into one of the three double-plays the Phils served up.
If losing all the time is starting to seem a little blase and you’re looking for something new to worry about, here ya go: After 19 starts, Cole Hamels leads the NL in innings pitched and is second in pitches thrown. He is 24.
For the fourth time in five games the Phillies had a single extra-base hit in the contest. The Phils have scored four or fewer runs in five of their last six.
The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals last night, falling 2-0. They have lost four in a row and are 48-43 on the season. A loss tonight would put them four games over .500 for the first time since May 25.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
He didn’t allow a base runner till the third. He struck out the first two in the third before Cesar Izturis singled to center and stole second. Hamels struck out Adam Kennedy for the third out.
He set the Cards down 1-2-3 in the fourth.
Rick Ankiel led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to center to put St Louis up 1-0. Hamels got the next three.
With two outs in the sixth Hamels got ahead of Ryan Ludwick 0-2 but Ludwick pounded a ball out to center to make it 2-0. Albert Pujols grounded to third for the third out.
He threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Madson started the eighth with the Phils down 2-0. Nice job by Manuel to get Hamels out of the game after 100 pitches coming off an outing in Atlanta where he threw 125. Chris Duncan led off with a single and pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker bunted him to second. Madson balked Duncan to third before Izturis hit a fly ball to right. Werth took it for the second out as Duncan tagged and came home. Werth’s throw beat Duncan by a lot but was on the first base side of the plate. Coste took it and Duncan hammered him, knocking off his mask. Coste held the ball and Duncan was out to end the frame.
Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils still down two. Kennedy led off with a double before Ludwick grounded to Howard. Lidge walked Pujols intentionally and got Troy Glaus to hit a double-play ball back to the mound to set St Louis down.
Two scoreless innings for the pen. Madson threw nine pitches, Lidge 13.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Joel Pineiro went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth again in righty against the righty and up to sixth in the lineup. Ruiz catches Hamels.
Victorino reached on an error by Pujols with one out in the first but was picked off. Utley struck out swinging for the third out.
Howard led off the second with a walk and went to third when Burrell doubled to right center. Werth struck out swinging for the first out before Feliz walked to load the bases. Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Bad strikeout for Werth, playing against the righty with Jenkins on the bench. Ruiz hitting into a double-play probably didn’t surprise a lot of people.
1-2-3 in the third.
Burrell and Werth singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Feliz and Feliz flew to center.
Utley singled with one out in the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him.
Burrell walked to start the seventh. Werth was next and hit a ground ball to third. Burrell was forced at second for the first out. Feliz moved Werth to second with a single. With Ruiz due to hit into another double-play, Dobbs hit for Ruiz with the righty Pineiro still on the mound. Lefty Ron Villone came in to pitch to Dobbs and Coste hit for Dobbs and hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Nice job by Manuel. Didn’t work.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Madson to start the inning and hit a ball in front of the plate for the first out.
Ryan Franklin pitched the ninth with the Cards up 2-0. Utley flew to center for the first out. Howard tried to bunt an 0-1 pitch before he singled up the middle on a ball Izturis should have fielded. It brought up Burrell as the tying run, but Burrell flew to center and Werth popped to shallow right to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4.
Victorino 0-for-4 and was picked off of first in the first.
Burrell 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies.
Werth 1-for-4 with a bad at-bat in the second and four men left on base.
Feliz 1-for-2 with a walk.
Ruiz 0-for-2 and left three men on base. He is 1-for-his-last-25.
I thought Manuel had a nice game. Werth for Jenkins didn’t work out for him, but I thought he did a good job to get Hamels out early and pinch-hit for Ruiz in the seventh.
JA Happ (0-0, 3.86) faces lefty Mark Mulder (0-0, 13.50) tonight. Mulder has pitched 12 1/3 innings since 2006. He’s made two appearances in relief this season and gotten four outs while allowing four hits. Happ makes his second start of the year. On Friday against the Mets he was solid through four before getting hit hard in the fifth.