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Day three of the Phils’ big bullpen blowout keeps the magic alive better than organizers had dared to dream

For the third straight game the story was the same for the Phillies. Only the names have changed — this time is was Clay Condrey who gave up the big blow in a close game. Condrey surrendered a solo shot to Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-2 game and it proved to be the difference in the contest.

Over the last three games, Seanez, Lidge, Madson, Durbin and now Condrey have had miserable moments out of the Phils’ pen. That doesn’t even count Scott Eyre, who walked in a run with the bases loaded yesterday.

A ninth-inning grand slam by Beltran helped earn the Mets a dramatic win in Florida last night, putting the Phils two games back in the NL East. The Phils clearly understand the urgency of the situation — you can see it in their play. But that’s both the good news and the bad news. While the struggling offense is sure to come around sooner or later, you have to wonder if the same is true about the bullpen that has been so good, and maybe a little better than anyone had a right to expect, all year long.

The Phillies also didn’t get a critical call in yesterday’s game. With two outs and men on first and third in the seventh, Howard hit a ground ball to first and was called out on a play where he was probably safe. The runner from third didn’t score, the game stayed tied, and the Phils went on to lose by a run.

The Phillies lost to the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, falling 3-2 to drop to 73-62 on the season. They have lost three in a row.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks. Both of the hits were singles and he struck out four.

He started the first with a 1-0 lead and got ahead of Alfonso Soriano 0-2 before Soriano drew a walk. Ryan Theriot flew to center before Soriano stole second. Derrek Lee flew to right and Aramis Ramirez grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out Theriot to start the fourth. Lee was next and hit a ball hard, but Utley took it at second for the second out. Ramirez followed with a single into center, the first hit of game for the Cubs, but Blanton got Edmonds to pop to Rollins for the third out.

Blanton walked DeRosa to start the fifth. DeRosa stole second as Fukudome struck out for the first out. Henry Blanco was next and he reached on an infield single to Dobbs, moving DeRosa to third. Darlye Ward hit for the pitcher Harden and hit a ground ball to second. Utley threw to second to force Blanco, but Ward was safe and DeRosa scored to cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Soriano popped to second for the third out.

Blanton walked Theriot and Lee back-to-back to start the sixth. Ramirez flew to center before Edmonds moved the runners to second and third with a ground out to third. A walk to DeRosa loaded the bases for the lefty Fukudome and Eyre came in to pitch to him. Eyre got ahead of Fukudome 0-1 before he delivered four straight balls to force in Theriot and tie the game at 2-2. Blanco struck out looking for the third out.

Condrey started the seventh with the game tied at 2-2. With one out, Soriano blasted a 2-0 pitch out to left-center, putting the Cubs up 3-2. Condrey got the next two.

Soriano’s home run off of Condrey was the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.

Seanez pitched the eighth. Ramirez led off with a walk and moved to second on a single by Edmonds. DeRosa bunted the runners to second and third, but Seanez got out of the jam by striking Ronny Cedeno out and getting Blanco on a ground ball to third.

The pen goes 2 1/3, allowing a run on two hits and two walks while striking out two. Seanez threw 20 pitches, Eyre and Condrey were both under ten.

Eyre walking in a run in the sixth proved to be critical in the game as well.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Rich Harden went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Victorino returns to the two-spot with Burrell back hitting fifth. Werth in right. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Ruiz catches. I wonder if the Phils might at some point go with this against righties and Rollins-Utley-Burrell-Howard-Werth at the top against lefties. I think it would be a good idea.

With two outs in the first, Utley was hit by a pitch and Howard followed and drew a walk. Burrell was next and he singled into left on a 3-2 pitch. Utley scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard went to second. Werth struck out to leave both runners stranded.

Ruiz walked with one out in the second and Blanton bunted him to second for the second out. Rollins drew a walk, but Victorino struck out to leave both runners stranded.

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

Werth walked to start the fourth, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Utley blooped a single into center with two outs in the fifth. Howard singled into right and the ball bounced around the Phillies’ pen. Nice hustle had Utley at third, but Fukudome’s throw in from right hit Howard and Utley came in to score to put the Phils up 2-0. Burrell lined to third for the third out.

Dobbs singled with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him.

Coste led off the seventh with a single. Rollins followed with a ground ball to first. Coste was forced at second for the first out. Victorino walked, pushing Rollins to second, before Utley grounded to second. Victorino was forced as second with Rollins moving to third. With two outs and men on first and third, Howard hit a hard ground ball to first. It went off of Lee’s body and rolled towards second base. Howard busted it down the line, but Lee scurried to the ball and tossed to the pitcher Jeff Samardzija covering. Howard was called out, ending the frame with no run for the Phils. It was a huge play in the game and Howard appeared to have been safe.

Down 3-2 in the eighth, Burrell led off with a single and Taguchi ran for him at first. Werth moved Taguchi to second with a walk. Dobbs got to hit against the righty Samardzija, but flew to left for the first out. Righty Carlos Marmol came in to pitch with Condrey’s spot due to hit. Feliz hit for Condrey and struck out. Coste struck out to set the Phillies down with both runners stranded.

Miserable inning for the Phils, failing to score in a one-run game after putting their first two men on. Dobbs unable to move the runners up against the righty hurt a lot. Having to call on Feliz against the righty in a huge situation says a lot about the state of the Phillies’ bench.

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

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-19 over the last four games.

Utley 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Werth 0-for-2 with two walks.

Dobbs 1-for-4.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk.

Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49) faces lefty Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23) this afternoon. Lefties have hit .314 with a 1.82 ratio against Lilly this season, righties just .230 with a 1.17 ratio. Over his career, righties and lefties have done about the same against Lilly. Lilly faced the Phils on April 12 and allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings. Myers hasn’t allowed a run in either of his last two starts, allowing 18 hits and four walks over 16 scoreless innings. The Phillies have won five of the last six games that he has started.


Kinda makes you wonder how bad it could be if they weren’t rested

For the second game in a row the eighth inning didn’t go real well for the Phillies. After the pen entered the eighth on Wednesday with a 3-2 lead and gave up four, last night the Phils led 4-1 going into the eighth and gave up five. There was a big difference between the two games, though: On Wednesday, the Phils tried to piece their pen together a day after the bullpen had tossed ten innings. Last night they got to use the guys they wanted to use and Madson and Durbin didn’t get the job done.

Madson threw seven pitches in the game, didn’t get an out and was charged with three runs. Durbin faced four hitters. They went walk, grand slam, fly out, single. The duo of Madson and Durbin, along with Romero and Lidge, who was hit hard on Wednesday, are the guys in the pen the Phils aren’t going to be able to do without down the stretch.

Four runs from the offense. The hitters do have a legitimate gripe, getting Santana, Dempster, Harden and Zambrano over a five-game stretch. They can gripe if they want, but what they need to do is hit. Not to be forgotten is that despite recent signs of life from the offense, they haven’t done much this month against even weaker pitchers. The Phils are tenth in the NL in runs scored for August.

One guy they especially need to hit is new three-hitter Pat Burrell. 1-for-his-last-21 and hitting 174/280/359 for the month.

The Phillies lost to the Chicago Cubs last night, falling 6-4 to drop to 73-61 on the year. They have lost two in a row and drop to a full game behind the Mets in the NL East.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Derrek Lee singled with two outs in the first, but Hamels got Aramis Ramirez to pop to second for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

Lee singled again with one out in the fourth with the game still tied at zero. Ramirez flew to right for the second out. Hamels struck Geovany Soto for the third out.

Hamels started the fifth up 1-0. Kosuke Fukudomo reached on an infield single with one out. Mark DeRosa hit a ball into the right field corner. Werth wrestled with the ivy and DeRosa wound up with a triple. Fukudome scored to tie the game at 1-1. With a man on third and one out, Hamels struck the pitcher Ryan Dempster out on three pitches. Alfonso Soriano popped to Rollins for the third out.

Up 4-1 in the sixth he set the Cubs down on three fly balls.

Soto led off the seventh with a single, but Hamels got the next three hitters behind him.

Madson started the eighth up 4-1. Lefty Mike Fontentot hit for pitcher Bob Howry and hit a 1-0 pitch out to center. 4-2. Soriano followed with a double to center and moved to third when Theriot followed with a single to right. Durbin relieved Madson and walked Lee on five pitches to load the bases. Ramirez blasted a 1-0 pitch way out to center, Victorino didn’t even watch, for a grand slam that put Chicago up to stay at 6-4. Soto flew to center for the first out before Reed Johnson singled to left. Romero relieved Johnson and walked Fukudome. It put men on first and second for DeRosa, but Johnson was caught off second and Romero threw to Feliz to apply the tag for the second out. DeRosa struck out to end the inning.

One inning, five runs for the bullpen. Five hits and two walks. Madson and Durbin were both terrible, Romero okay. None of them threw more than 11 pitches.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with Jenkins on the DL. Feliz at third against the righty with Dobbs on the bench.

Utley doubled with one out in the second and went to third on a ground out by Burrell. Howard walked to put men on first and third and Victorino delivered a two-out hit, a single into center. Utley scored to put the Phillies up 1-0. Werth followed with a walk before Feliz struck out to end the frame.

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

Utley started the third with a ground ball to third that DeRosa didn’t handle for an error, but Burrell hit into a double-play behind him. Howard went down swinging.

Werth doubled with one out in the fourth. Feliz popped to second for the second out before Ruiz walked. Hamels struck out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Utley singled with one out in the fifth. Burrell struck out behind him. Howard followed with a double to right, but a strikeout by Victorino left both men stranded.

Werth doubled again to start the sixth. Feliz followed with a walk. Ruiz was next and he pulled a 1-1 pitch into left. Werth scored from second to put the Phillies up 2-1 with Feliz holding at second. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third for the first out. Rollins hit a fly ball to left deep enough to advance each of the runners a base. Feliz scored and it was 3-1 with two down and Ruiz on third. Utley singled to left and Ruiz scored. 4-1. Burrell flew to left to end the frame.

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

And 1-2-3 in the eighth. Dobbs hit for Hamels with two outs and nobody on and grounded to first.

Down 6-4 in the ninth, Rollins led off with a single to left. It brought the tying run to the plate three times, but Utley and Burrell both flew to center and Howard popped to third.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Utley 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Burrell 0-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-21 over the last four games.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with an RBI. Among the 69 NL players with 25 plate appearances as a five-hitter, Victorino’s .591 OPS (233/258/333) is 62nd-best.

Werth 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. He’s 7-for-his-last-14 and hitting 288/413/521 in August.

Feliz 0-for-3 with a walk.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.75) faces righty Rich Harden (9-2, 2.00) this afternoon. Harden is 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA and an 0.86 ratio in eight starts since joining the Cubs. Overall, opponents are hitting .189 against him on the season. He faced the Phillies on June 26 of this year while with Oakland and held the Phils to two hits in eight shutout innings while striking out 11. The game was well worth it for inspiring a gem of a Manuel quote: “We need to be more focused or something.” Blanton is 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA in seven starts for the Phillies. Righties are still hitting him hard for the season (.310).

The Phils appear to have acquired Matt Stairs. The 40-year-old left-handed batter Stairs hit 250/342/394 in 320 at-bats for the Blue Jays this season. His .394 slugging percentage is his worst mark for any season in which he’s had more than 30 at-bats. He has not played the outfield a lot this season, making just nine appearances in left and six in right. Against righties, his 251/350/394 line for the season is worse than Werth’s 266/379/427.

I will be curious to see how the Phils use Stairs — if they put him in the outfield or just use him as a bat off the bench. I would guess he’s a really miserable defensive outfielder at this point. He’s still a good guy to have around, especially given how weak the Phillies’ bench has been of late. Werth has been fantastic of late, but he’s about to pass his career high in plate appearances and I think you have to be careful about the possibility of him wearing down if he’s used everyday the rest of the way. I would love to see the Phils use Dobbs in right sometimes against righties — we’ll see if the addition of Stairs to the bench might make them more willing to do that. Assuming Jenkins does come back and gets regular starts in right, the Stairs addition still strengthens the bench.


Close, but no Santana

The task facing the Phillies last night was a bit daunting — try to beat the Mets with Kyle Kendrick facing Johan Santana coming off a game where the Phils had called on their pen to thrown ten innings. They almost pulled it off. They led 3-2 with two outs and nobody on in the eighth, but after Eyre had already pitched two innings in the game and Romero had thrown three days straight, Manuel left Seanez in to face the lefty Delgado. Delgado ripped a ball out the opposite way and the floodgates opened after that as the Mets scored four runs in the frame and held on for the win.

It was a tough loss for a Phillies’ fan and it’s hard not to play what-if. Couldn’t Romero have come in just to face one batter (Delgado)? But the core of the pen for the Phils, Madson, Durbin, Romero and Lidge, are going to be key down the stretch. You need those guys rested and you can’t have it both ways — they can’t both rested and pitching every day. Durbin and Madson are both in the top ten in all of baseball in innings pitched as a reliever. It’s hard to know how tired and hurting any of that group are and nobody who knows is going to tell you. Lidge did make an appearance last night and his results were a bit worrisome. He faced four hitters and allowed a double, a single and a walk and needed a nice play from Utley to get the one out he recorded.

The Phillies got two big swings against Santana, a home run from Howard and one from Werth. But, overall, the offense missed some opportunities as the Phils put their leadoff man on base four innings in a row in the middle of the game and failed to score in any of them.

The Phillies fell to the New York Mets last night, losing 6-3 to drop to 73-60 on the year. They fall into second place in the NL East, a half game behind New York. The Phils have won eight of their last ten.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out one.

Kendrick pitched okay last night, but the Phils need more from him. He hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last four starts.

Jose Reyes led off the first with a single to right. Luis Castillo flew to left for the first out before David Wright grounded out to third with Reyes moving to second. Carlos Delgado singled into right and Reyes scored, putting the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran grounded to short to end the frame.

Ryan Church dumped a single into left-center to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. Kendrick got behind Daniel Murphy 3-0, but came back to strike him out in the ninth pitch of the at-bat for the first out. Brian Schneider grounded to second for the second out with Church moving to third. The pitcher Johan Santana went down on a ground ball to Utley to leave Church at third.

Kendrick had thrown 42 pitches through two innings.

Reyes led off the third with a single. Castillo looped a ball into shallow left-center that Victorino caught after a long run. Reyes was way around second and was doubled off easily. Wright popped to Howard for the third out. Seventeen more pitches for Kendrick, though. He got behind Reyes 2-0, Castillo 2-0 and Wright 3-0.

With one out in the fourth, Beltran singled to center and Church followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Murphy and Murphy flew to center for the second out. Schneider grounded to first for the third out.

Castillo singled to right with two outs in the fifth. Wright popped to second for the third out.

Delgado led off the sixth and lined a 2-2 pitch out to right, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. Beltran followed with a single and Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Church. Eyre struck out Church and got Murphy to hit into a double-play behind him.

Eyre returned for the seventh and struck out Schneider and Nick Evans, hitting for Santana, as he set the Mets down in order.

Seanez started the eighth. He got Castillo and Wright. Romero had thrown three days in a row, so Seanez stayed in to pitch to Delgado and Delgado smoked a 1-0 pitch out to left. 3-3. Beltran hit a soft ground ball to third that Feliz charged and tried to barehand, but he dropped the ball and Beltran was safe with an infield single. With the lefty Church at the plate, Lidge came into the game. Beltran stole second without a throw and Lidge put Church on intentionally. Murphy pounded a double into right and Beltran scored from second, putting the Mets up 4-3 with two outs and men on second and third. Schneider was next and he blooped a ball over Feliz’s head and just fair. Both runners scored and it was 6-3. Damion Easley hit for pitcher Brian Stokes and hit a ball back up the middle. Utley made a diving play to knock it down and flip to Rollins for the third out.

Four runs after the Phils had two outs and the bases empty. Murphy and Delgado smoked the ball. Beltran and Schneider didn’t. Still, Lidge wasn’t exactly lights out. Murphy smoked a double, Schneider singled and Easley would have had a hit without the nice play by Utley.

23-year-old righty Andrew Carpenter made his major league debut in the ninth. Carpenter was called up before the game with Andy Tracy designated for assignment. Reyes led off with a single to left and Castillo bunted him to second. Wright struck out on a ball in the dirt that Coste blocked. Coste threw to first to get Wright for the second out as Reyes moved to third. Beltran flew to left for the third out.

Tough night for the pen. They went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Seanez was given a tough job, trying to go through Castillo, Wright and especially Delgado. Eyre was fantastic again. Carpenter threw 19 pitches, Eyre 18, Seanez and Lidge 12 each.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. I think you need to hit Werth fifth against a lefty with those guys in the lineup and Rollins-Utley-Burrell-Howard hitting one through four. Werth is a better hitter than Victorino against lefties and would break up three righties in a row six-seven-eight. Coste catches.

The Phillies’ bench, last night consisting of Taguchi, Bruntlett, Ruiz and Dobbs, probably isn’t inspiring a lot of fear in much of anyone these days. The Phillies could show ‘em the tape of Bruntlett from Tuesday night, but I don’t think that’s going to work as a long-term solution.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the first with the Phils down 1-0. Utley flew to right and Burrell struck out before Rollins stole second. Howard got behind 1-2 before he hit the eighth pitch of his at-bat out to left, putting the Phils up 2-1. Victorino struck out for the third out.

Werth led off the second and got behind 0-2, but Santana threw a 1-2 fastball over the middle of the plate and Werth hammered it out to left. 3-1 Phils. Feliz grounded to short, Coste grounded to first and Kendrick struck out to end the inning.

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

Howard led off the fourth with a walk, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him and Werth flew to left.

Feliz singled to start the fifth. Coste flew to left. Kendrick hit for himself and tried to bunt and struck out for the second out. A walk to Rollins put men on first and second, but Utley grounded to second to leave both men stranded.

After hitting for himself in the bottom of the fifth, Kendrick faced two batters in the top of the sixth. Delgado homered and Beltran singled. The Phils had a short bench for the game after replacing Tracy with Carpenter on the roster.

Burrell doubled to left to start the sixth and Howard walked behind him. Victorino struck out, Werth popped to first and Feliz struck out.

Coste started the seventh with a single. With righty Brian Stokes on the mound for the Mets, Dobbs hit for Eyre and hit into a double-play. Rollins walked and stole second, leaving first base open for Stokes to walk the lefty Utley intentionally to pitch to Burrell. Burrell grounded to third to end the inning.

For the Phillies it was the fourth straight inning they had gotten their leadoff man on base but failed to score.

Down 6-3, they went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

And 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases in the game. 6-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. He stole five bases in the two-game set. 269/337/436 for the year. 9-for-his-last-12 with four extra-base hits.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-7 with three walks in the set. 287/376/552.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. 261/381/539. 184/294/379 for August.

Howard was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. 2-for-8 with two home runs and three walks in the series. 228/320/483 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-4 and struck out twice last night. 1-for-11 with a triple in the series. 286/350/443. He’s hitting 231/259/346 in 26 at-bats as a five-hitter.

Werth was 1-for-4 with his 18th home run. 4-for-9 with two walks in the series. 271/367/490.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-6 in the series. 258/303/425.

Coste 1-for-4. 5-for-8 with a double in the series. 9-for-his-last-23. 283/333/463. Ruiz was 1-for-5 in the series but did not play last night. He’s hitting 221/319/291 for the year.

Bruntlett didn’t play last night but helped the Phils win the first game of the series. He was 2-for-2 with a double in the set and is hitting 222/306/303 for the season.

Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.20) faces righty Ryan Dempster (15-5, 2.85) tonight in Chicago. Dempster has allowed two runs or fewer in seven straight starts. In seven starts since the All-Star break he’s 5-1 with a 1.76 ERA and a 1.13 ratio. He’s allowed just three home runs to right-handed hitters this year. Hamels has allowed two runs or fewer in his last three starts. He has walked just four batters in 34 1/3 innings over his last five starts.


Seriously, though, if I mentioned the third baseman’s name, who did I say is playing third?

Another unbelievable game between the Phillies and Mets last night and again the Phils figure out a way to come out the winners. Down 7-0 in the fourth, the Phils scored eight unanswered runs to win in thirteen innings. After Jamie Moyer was hit hard and left early, the bullpen held New York to a run on five hits over ten innings.

Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth and trailing by a run, pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett lined a double to right-center that scored Jayson Werth from second. Shane Victorino led off the bottom of the thirteenth with a triple. Four batters later Chris Coste hit the ball over Carlos Beltran’s head in center, making Coste’s fourth hit of the day the game-winner for the Phils.

Just a fantastic effort for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel deserves credit as well — he took a huge chance and it turned out great. Manuel put catcher Carlos Ruiz at third base in the ninth inning. The move saved the weak bat of Bruntlett for the bottom of the ninth inning when the pitcher’s spot came up — Bruntlett delivered and the Phils went on to win.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 8-7 in thirteen innings to improve to 73-59 on the year. The Phillies have won five in a row. With the win the Phils lead the Mets by a half game in the NL East.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out three and didn’t walk a hitter.

Jose Reyes tripled on Myers’ second pitch of the game. Damion Easley was next and ripped a 2-2 pitch into left field. Reyes scored to put the Mets up 1-0. David Wright moved Easley to second with a single before Carlos Beltran flew to left for the first out. Moyer hit Carlos Delgado with a 1-1 pitch to load the bases for Fernando Tatis. Tatis singled into center and everyone moved up a base. 2-0. Moyer got out of the inning without further damage, getting Ryan Church on a popup in the infield and Ramon Castro to ground to first.

With two outs in the second, Easley hit a ball out to center to put New York up 3-0. Moyer struck David Wright out for the third out.

Beltran and Delgado led off the third with back-to-back singles. Beltran stole third, but it didn’t matter cause Tatis blasted a 2-2 pitch out to left to make it 6-0. Moyer got the next two before pitcher Pedro Martinez singled to left. Reyes grounded to second for the third out.

Condrey started the fourth after the Phils hit for Moyer in the bottom of the third. Damion Easley greeted him with a triple to center. Wright was next and hit a ground ball to second. Easley was running on contact and scored to make it 7-0. Beltran and Delgado went down to end the frame.

Condrey returned for the fifth and got the first two before Castro hit a ground ball to third. Feliz’s throw to first was fine, but Howard didn’t catch it and was charged with his 15th error of the season. Castro pulled up limping on the play and Brian Schneider ran for him at first. Condrey struck out Pedro for the third out.

With the Phils up 7-5, Reyes and Easley started the sixth with back-to-back infield singles. Wright flew to right for the first out before Eyre relieved Condrey to pitch to Beltran. Reyes stole third as Ruiz dropped the ball, putting men on first and third with one out. Eyre hit Beltran with a pitch to load the bases, but Delgado was next and hit a slow ground ball to short that Rollins and Utley did a fantastic job on to turn a double-play and end the frame.

Eyre threw a 1-2-3 seventh. He maintains his 0.00 ERA with the Phils. In six appearances he’s allowed two hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings while striking out six.

Durbin started the eighth. Reyes walked with one out and stole second. Easley walked to put men on first and second for Wright, but Durbin got Wright to hit into a double-play.

Lidge struck out Delgado and Tatis in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phillies down 7-6.

Madson started the tenth. Schneider singled to left with one out. Argenis Reyes hit for the pitcher Ayala and hit into another double-play. It was the third time in five innings the Mets had their at-bat end by hitting into a double-play.

He came back for the eleventh. Wright singled to right with two down, but Werth threw him out as he tried to stretch it into a double.

Romero pitched the twelfth. Tatis walked with two outs. Church was next and hit it hard, but Howard took it for the third out.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 thirteenth.

Just an amazing job by the bullpen. Ten innings in which they allow a run on five hits, four singles and a double, and three walks. They got big double-plays in the sixth, eighth and tenth.

Condrey is likely unavailable tonight after throwing 46 pitches. The 2 1/3 innings he gave the Phils were particularly impressive coming off of 22 pitches on Monday against the Dodgers. Romero threw 25 pitches on Monday before throwing 22 last night and has thrown for three straight days. Madson threw 27 pitches last night after going an inning and a third on Sunday. Durbin (19 pitches last night) went two innings on Sunday. Eyre (23) and Seanez (13) are a little better rested.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Pedro Martinez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still hitting fifth with the big bats one through four in the order.

Rollins led off the first with a double to right. Utley was next and was hit on the foot. Burrell flew out for the second out. Rollins and Utley pulled off a double-steal as Howard went down swinging. Victorino got ahead 3-0 but Pedro came back to strike him out swinging.

1-2-3 in the second.

Taguchi hit for Moyer to start the third with the Phils down 6-0 and struck out. Rollins singled to center and stole second, but Utley flew to center and Burrell struck out looking. Pedro made Burrell look bad all night. Burrell is 1-for-26 with 11 strikeouts against Martinez in his career.

Howard walked to start the fourth. Victorino followed with a ground ball to second. Howard was forced at second with Victorino safe at first. Victorino stole second and went to third on a single by Werth. Feliz hit a fly ball to center for the second out. Victorino scored from third to but the New York lead to 7-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Condrey hit for himself to start the fifth and squirted a double down the third base line past Wright. Rollins was next and lined a 2-1 pitch out to right to make it 7-3. Utley walked before Martinez struck Burrell out again, but Howard hit one out to left. 7-5. Victorino struck out for the second out before Werth singled and stole second. Feliz struck out to leave him stranded.

The Phillies stole six bases in the game without being caught. Five of the bases they stole came in the five innings that Martinez was in the game. I think they thought they could run on him.

Rollins and Utley singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth. It put men on first and third for Burrell, and this time it was righty Brian Stokes who struck him out.

Still down 7-5, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

With righty Duaner Sanchez on the bump, Andy Tracy hit for Durbin to start the eighth and flew to left. Ruiz singled into left, bringing up Dobbs, who had entered as part of a double-switch in the sixth, as the tying run. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to him and Manuel called on Coste to hit for Dobbs. Coste delivered a single to left and Ruiz moved to second. Rollins was next and he singled to right, scoring Ruiz to make it 7-6 as Coste went to third. With one out and men on first and third, Feliciano struck Utley out swinging for the second out. Righty Joe Smith came in to pitch to Burrell. Rollins stole second to put men on second and third before Burrell flew to left for the third out.

At the time, Utley’s strikeout with a man on third and one out looked huge.

Something nearly unbelievable happened after the eighth. Manuel moved Ruiz, who had never played third base in majors or in the minors, from catcher to third base. In the ninth inning of a one run game. And he did it, you have to believe, so that Eric Bruntlett, who was hitting 214/297/291 at the time, could pinch-hit for the pitcher’s spot in the bottom of the inning if a runner got on base.

Manuel did know he had Beltran and Delgado facing Lidge to start the ninth and that both of them would be hitting left-handed. The righty Tatis wouldn’t be, though.

The whole thing is curious to me, but one thing that seems odd is that Ruiz played third and Coste caught despite the fact that Coste has significant minor league experience playing third. May just have been that Ruiz was worn out after catching eight innings.

Howard and Victorino went down to start the ninth, but Werth singled into center. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and lined a double into the gap in right. Werth scored to tie the game at 7-7. The third baseman Ruiz grounded out to send the game to extra-innings.

Coste led off the tenth with a double. Rollins flew out for the first out before the righty Heilman walked Utley intentionally. Burrell struck out and Howard hit the ball hard, but Delgado made the play at first to end the inning.

With one out in the eleventh, Werth walked and moved to second when Bruntlett followed with a single to left. Hamels hit for Madson and struck out. Coste was next and he reached on an infield single to third, loading the bases for Rollins. Rollins fouled out to Wright to leave the runners stranded.

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

Scott Schoeneweis got ahead of Victorino 0-1 to start the thirteenth before Victorino lined a triple down the right field line. Werth and Bruntlett were both walked intentionally to load the bases for Seanez. Myers was called on to pinch-hit for Seanez with strict instructions not to swing. And swing he didn’t, bailing out on most pitches before striking out looking 3-2 for the first out. Coste was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch to center, over the head of the playing-in Beltran for a single that scored Victorino and gave the Phils an 8-7 win.

Rollins was 5-for-7 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-10 with a walk and four extra-base hits.

Utley was 1-for-4 with two walks. Bad result in the eighth.

Burrell. Goodness. 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and ten men left on base. Over the last two games he’s 0-for-12 with 18 men left on base.

Howard 1-for-6 with a walk and a two-run homer.

Victorino 1-for-7 with a huge triple.

Werth 3-for-5 with two walks. 4-for-his-last-7 with four walks.

Feliz 0-for-2 with an RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-5.

Bruntlett 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Coste 4-for-4 with a double and the game winning single.

Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87) faces lefty Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64) tonight. Santana hasn’t allowed a run in either of his last two starts. In 16 innings he’s allowed 11 hits and walked one. He’s made three starts against the Phils this year and gone 1-0 with a 2.74 ERA and an 0.78 ratio. In 23 innings he hasn’t walked a Phillies’ hitter. Kendrick had been pounded two straight starts before he held the Dodgers to a run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings on Friday. In his two starts against the Mets this season he’s allowed eight runs in 8 1/3 innings (only two of the runs were earned). In 8 1/3 innings against New York he’s allowed 12 hits and nine walks.

I updated the Start Log to include the Phillies’ record by runs scored and runs allowed.


And if someone can just locate Ryan Howard they should be all set

The Phillies came in to their four-game set with the Dodgers winners of three of their last four but scuffling to put runs on the board. Their big hitters, Rollins, Utley, Burrell and Howard, all weren’t hitting and the rest of the offense seemed to be following their lead. They had scored 19 runs in their past seven games.

And then they blew the doors off the Dodgers as they swept the series. It wasn’t just that one guy hit — it was that so many of them did. Chris Coste blew game one open with a huge three-run homer in the sixth. After struggling all month, Burrell drove in five runs in game two. In game three it was Pedro Feliz’s turn to wear the cape. Just off the DL, Feliz came off the bench to tie the game with a single in the ninth and hit a three-run walkoff bomb in the bottom of the eleventh. And yesterday they just may have gotten Jimmy Rollins back. Rollins came into the game 4-for-his-last-46, but went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and two RBI.

Oh, and the pitchers held the Dodgers to five runs over four games. The Phils outscored LA 27-5.

The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning 5-0 to improve to 72-59 on the year. The Phils sweep the four-game series and enter tonight’s game with the Mets a half game behind New York in the NL East.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing nine hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles by Matt Kemp. He struck out eight.

In his last two starts he hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings while striking out 17. In seven starts since being sent down he’s 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA and a 1.07 ratio. In his 17 starts before being sent down he allowed 24 home runs in 101 2/3 innings. Since his return he has allowed two in 48 2/3.

Matt Kemp led off the first for the Dodger and got ahead 2-0 in the count before he doubled to left. Myers struck out Andre Ethier for the first out and got Kent on a ground ball to short that moved Kemp to third. Manny Ramirez walked before Myers struck James Loney out to leave both runners stranded.

Angel Berroa singled with two outs in the second and Myers walked the pitcher Chad Billingsley behind Berroa. A wild pitch let Berroa move to third before Kemp struck out looking to end the frame.

Kent singled with one out in the third, but Manny hit into a double-play behind him.

Russell Martin singled with one out in the fourth. Casey Blake popped to Rollins for the second out before Berroa moved Martin to second with a single. Myers struck out Billingsley to leave two more runners stranded.

Kemp led off the fifth with the Phils up 2-0 and doubled again. A ground out by Ethier moved him to third with one out, but Myers struck out Kent and got Ramirez on a fly ball to right.

Martin singled to left with one out in the sixth. Blake was next and hit it hard, but Feliz picked it nicely and started a double-play to set LA down.

With one out in the seventh, Mark Sweeney hit for the pitcher Billingsley and hit a ball back up the middle and off the leg of Myers. It rolled to third and Sweeney had a single. Myers walked Kemp to put men on first and second. Ethier was next and he singled on a ball just of the reach of a diving Rollins, loading the bases. Myers got ahead of Kent 0-2 and didn’t get the call on two straight pitches but got him swinging for the second out of the inning. He stayed in to pitch to Manny as the go-ahead run and got him on a line drive to right that Werth took on the edge of the warning track.

Romero started the eighth with the Phils up 5-0. Loney and Martin started the inning with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Blake, but Romero struck the righty out for the first out of the inning. Nomar Garciaparra hit for Angel Berroa and grounded to short for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Juan Pierre hit for the pitcher Chan Ho Park and grounded back to Romero to end the frame with both runners stranded.

Condrey started the ninth and gave up back-to-back singles to Kemp and Ethier. Lidge started to warm in the pen, but Condrey stayed in to face Kent and Kent hit a ground ball to second. Ethier was forced at second for the first out with Kemp moving to third. Condrey struck out Ramirez, who went 0-for-4 with seven men left on base in the game, and then got Loney to ground to short to end the game.

Romero and Condrey both had to work out of trouble, but the pen went two scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two. Romero threw 25 pitches and Condrey 22.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still in the five-hole. Coste catches.

Rollins quickly got behind 0-2 to start the first before he was hit with a 1-2 pitch. Utley moved him to third with a single. Burrell flew to left and the throw went home. Rollins held third with Utley moving to second with one out. Howard struck out and Victorino grounded to first.

The Phils get nothing out of first and third with nobody out. Burrell and Howard both can’t bring the runner home with less than two down.

Werth led off the second with a walk and moved to second on a single by Feliz. Coste hit it hard but right at Blake and Blake caught it for the first out. Myers bunted the runners to second and third for the second out. Rollins dumped a 2-1 pitch into left-center for a two-run single that put the Phils up 2-0. Rollins went to second on a passed ball and when the count went 3-0 on Utley the Dodgers put him on intentionally. It put men on first and second for Burrell and Burrell popped out to short.

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

Rollins doubled to right to start the fifth and went to third on a single by Utley. Burrell hit into a double-play with Rollins scoring to put the Phils up 3-0. Howard walked, Victorino singled and Werth walked to load the bases for Feliz, but Feliz grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins hustled out a triple down the left field line with two outs in the sixth. Utley was walked intentionally and Burrell flew to right, stranding two more runners.

Through six innings Burrell was 0-for-4 and had left seven men on base.

Howard led off the seventh with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Victorino. Werth lined a single into right and Howard scored to put the Phils up 4-0. Feliz singled, putting men on first and second for Coste. With Werth running on the pitch, Coste hit a slow ground ball to second. Kent fielded and threw to first, but Werth kept running, allowing him to score on the play and put the Phils up 5-0 with Feliz on second and two outs. Fantastic job on the bases by Werth, scoring from second on a ground out. Dobbs hit for Myers, who had thrown 110 pitches, and grounded to first to end the inning.

Rollins walked to start the eighth, but Utley, Burrell and Howard went down behind him.

Rollins was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and two RBI. He was 4-for-16 in the four-game series. He’s hitting 260/328/422 for the year.

Utley was 2-for-3 with two walks. 6-for-15 with a home run in the series and 10-for-his-last-22. 289/374/558 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-5 and left eight men on base. 5-for-16 with a double and a home run in the set. 197/319/408 in August and 265/388/548 for the year.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk and a double in the game. 3-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and three walks in the series. 169/286/361 for August and 227/317/475 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-33.

Victorino was 1-for-4. 5-for-15 with a double in the series. 291/356/447 for the season.

Werth was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. 3-for-10 with four walks in the series. 266/362/482 for the season.

Feliz was 2-for-4 in the game and 5-for-12 with a home run in the series. 260/306/429 for the year. Dobbs 0-for-1 in the game and 2-for-7 in the series. 303/340/466 for the year.

Coste was 0-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 2-for-12 with a home run and five RBI in the series. 272/324/453. The three-run homer he hit against Maddux in the sixth inning of the first game of the series was huge, blowing the game open for a team that was having enormous trouble scoring runs. Ruiz was 1-for-3 in the series and is hitting 221/321/292 for the year.

Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.54) faces righty Pedro Martinez (4-3, 4.97) tonight. Martinez has thrown to a 3.16 ERA with a 1.21 ratio in five August starts. Pedro has been hit hard away from Shea this year — in eight starts away from New York he has thrown to a 6.15 ERA and a 1.63 ERA. Utley has hit Martinez well in his career. He’s 7-for-21 with three home runs against him. Moyer has not allowed more than three runs in a start in any of his last 14 outings. In eight of his last night starts he hasn’t allowed a home run. Delgado (30-for-77 with eight home runs and a 1.252 career OPS against him) kills him. Beltran (10-for-49, 204/328/265) does not.


Phils walk away Feliz

Coming into the season there was a lot of hope that a move to Philadelphia could mean big changes for Pedro Feliz. A new lineup and a new park, many thought, couldn’t hurt and might help. For the fans who felt that way, Feliz’s season has been mostly disappointing. Feliz has given the Phils what he’s given his teams for most of his career — excellent defense, occasional pop and a whole lot of outs. Most of the way through the season it looks like there’s a good chance that a move to Philadelphia isn’t going to change the kind of player that Pedro Feliz is and has been over his career. We might just have to be satisfied with last night.

Last night Feliz tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth and started a nifty double-play with nobody out and the bases loaded in the tenth. He saved the best for last, though. With two outs and two men on in the bottom of the eleventh, Feliz lifted Jason Johnson’s first pitch to him out to left to give the Phils a 5-2 win.

The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning 5-2 in eleven innings. With the win the Phils improve to 71-59 on the season. They have won three in a row.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four. It will be lost with Feliz’s heroics, but Blanton pitched well.

Blanton walked Andre Ethier with one out in the first. Jeff Kent was next and ripped a ball down the third base line. It would have been a double, but the ball bounced off the stands and Kent held first with Ethier going to third. Blanton hit Manny Ramirez with an 0-1 pitch to load the bases for James Loney. Loney slapped a single past a diving Howard and into right for a single. Ethier scored and the Dodgers led 1-0. Nomar Garciaparra was next and flew to Werth just behind first for the second out. Blanton struck out Casey Blake to leave the bases loaded.

Blanton needed 30 pitches to get out of the first inning.

Matt Kemp doubled over Burrell with two outs in the second. With Ethier at the plate, Ruiz tried to pick Kemp off second. As the throw went to second, Kemp took off for third and was safe with a stolen base. Ethier flew to center for the third out.

Kent led off the third with an infield single off the glove of Blanton. Blanton struck Ramirez out swinging 1-2 and got Loney to hit into a double-play to end the frame. After a long first inning, Blanton had thrown 51 pitches through three.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda led off the fifth with a single. Kemp moved him to second with a walk. Ethier hit a ground ball to second and Kemp was forced at second for the first out. Ethier beat out the relay from Rollins to avoid the double-play as Kuroda went to third. Kent hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Nomar singled with two outs in the sixth and moved to second when Blake followed with a walk. Russell Martin fouled out to Howard on a nice diving play for the third out. Victorino also made a nice play on a ball driven to center by Loney for the second out.

Romero started the seventh with the game tied at 1-1. Blanton had thrown 102 pitches. Juan Pierre led off with a pinch-hit single, but Romero picked him off and Howard made a solid throw to Rollins covering second to tag him out for the first out. Romero struck out Kemp for the second out before Ethier walked. Madson came into pitch to the righty Kent and his wild pitch moved Ethier to second. Kent delivered a single into left and Ethier scored to put LA up 2-1. Manny grounded to short for the third out.

That’s a lot of confidence to show in Madson, bringing him in to pitch to Kent and Ramirez. The pickoff of Pierre was critical in the inning and the game — nice to see Howard make the throw given how much he’s struggled with that play this season.

Madson returned for the eighth with the Phils still down 2-1. He got the first two before Blake singled. Madson got Martin to ground to second for the third out.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils trailing by a run. Ethier singled with two outs two outs, but Kent flew to Taguchi in left to leave him stranded. Lidge shows up in a non-save situation, but hasn’t see much action of late. He was pitching for the first time since August 19.

Durbin started the tenth with the game tied at 2-2. Ramirez and Loney singled back-to-back to start the inning, putting men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot. Lefty Mark Sweeney was called on to pinch-hit and drew a walk that loaded the bases. Blake was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz fielded, tagged the base and threw home where Coste applied the tag on Ramirez to complete the critical double-play. Martin flew to right to leave runners stranded on first and second.

Angel Berroa led off the eleventh with a single, but Durbin set the next three Dodgers down in order.

Madson had a big wild pitch in the seventh before he allowed Kent’s single, but the bullpen had a great game overall. Durbin managed to work out of bases loaded and nobody out in the tenth with the help of Feliz’s fine play. Overall the pen went five innings and was charged with one run on seven hits and two walks. Durbin threw 29 pitches, Madson 21, Romero 20 and Lidge 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Hiroki Kuroda went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Ruiz. Manuel keeps the big bats at the top of the order. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still hitting fifth. Dobbs at third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a slow ground ball to short that Nomar didn’t handle for an error. Utley struck out before Burrell grounded to third for the second out with Rollins moving to third. Howard grounded to Kent to end the inning.

Victorino led off the second with a walk. Dobbs grounded back to the pitcher for the first out with Victorino moving to second. Werth was hit by a pitch up and in on the first pitch of his at-bat. Just about the same place that Manny was hit in the first. It put men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz popped to right for the second out before Blanton went down swinging to end the inning.

Burrell walked with two outs in the third. Howard grounded to Kent again, ending the inning.

1-2-3 in the fourth. Ramirez made a long run into left-center to track down a line drive from Dobbs for the second out.

Ruiz led off the fifth with a single and Blanton bunted him to second. Rollins struck out before Utley singled into center and Ruiz scored to tie the game at 1-1. Burrell flew to left for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Burrell singled with two outs in the eight. Taguchi ran for him at first with the Phils down 2-1. Howard grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino led off the ninth with a single with the Phils still down a run. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and bunted Victorino to second. Werth struck out for the second out. It brought up Ruiz’s spot with two down and a man on second and the righty Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Dodgers. Lefty Andy Tracy hit for Ruiz and drew a four-pitch walk. Kendrick ran for Tracy at first and Feliz, who had entered with Madson in the seventh, got ahead in the count 2-0 and then lined a single into right. Victorino scored from second to tie the game at 2-2 with Kendrick going to second. Rollins grounded to first to leave him stranded.

With two outs in the tenth, lefty Joe Beimel got behind Howard 3-1 and put him on intentionally. Howard was picked off to end the inning.

Victorino led off the eleventh with a hit into left, but when Ramirez tossed the ball into the infield softly took off for second and was safe with a double. Righty Jason Johnson came in to pitch to Coste and walked him. It put men on first and second for Werth and Werth moved the runners to second and third with a ground out to second. Hamels hit for Durbin and popped out to second for the second out. Feliz pounded Johnson’s first pitch out to left-center, giving the Phils a 5-2 win.

Great job by Victorino taking two to start the inning. Also nicely done by Werth to move the runners to second and third with his ground out.

Rollins was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. He’s hitting 191/270/281 in August. No extra-base hits in his last 46 at-bats.

Utley was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a walk. He led off both the ninth and the eleventh with critical hits.

Dobbs was 0-for-3. Feliz was 2-for-3 with his 13th home run and four RBI.

Werth 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 250/285/375 for the month.

Brett Myers (6-10, 4.71) faces righty Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.10) tonight. Billingsley hasn’t faced the Phillies this season. The former first-round draft pick has been tough on righties, they’ve hit .220 with a 1.07 ratio against him. The 24-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, he’s been better since the All-Star break (2.72 with a 1.23 ratio) than he was before it (3.25, 1.30). Myers has been outstanding since returning from the minors and comes off a complete game shutout against the Nats on Wednesday in which he struck out nine.


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