If Cole Hamels survives the shock everything will be just fine. After scoring a total of eight runs in his previous four starts, the Phils put nine on the board as they topped the Dodgers yesterday afternoon. Pat Burrell led the offense with five RBI.
Coming into the game Burrell had four RBI over his last 60 at-bats.
A week after being swept in a four-game set by the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Phils have scored 17 runs while taking the first two games of the four-game set in Philadelphia. The slumping core of the Phillies’ offense has left their mark on the series so far — Rollins, Utley, Burrell and Howard have combined to go 9-for-31 with three homers, four walks and a pair of doubles. They have driven in ten runs over the last two games. In yesterday’s game they scored eight of the nine runs put up by the Phils.
The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon, winning 9-2 to improve to 70-59 on the season. With a loss by the Mets the Phils trail New York by 1 1/2 games in the NL East.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
He started the second with a 3-0 lead and set the Dodgers down in order again.
James Loney led off the third with a double. Russell Martin was next and he hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. The only two extra-base hits that Hamels would allow in the game came on back-to-back pitches. He got the next three.
Manny Ramirez singled to center with one out in the fourth. Hamels struck Normar Garciaparra out swinging for the second out before Casey Blake singled to left and Manny moved to second. Hamels got Loney to ground back to the mound for the third out.
The pitcher Clayton Kershaw singled with one out in the fifth. Matt Kemp lined softly to second and Andre Ethier flew to right to end the frame.
He threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 6-2.
And a 1-2-3 seventh up 9-2.
Eyre pitched the eighth after the Phillies hit for Hamels in the bottom of the seventh. Hamels had thrown 97 pitches. Juan Pierre led off with a ground ball to second that Utley didn’t handle for an error, but Eyre got the next three. He struck out Ethier and Jeff Kent after getting Kemp to ground to third.
Eyre has a 0.00 ERA in his five appearances with the Phils. In four innings he has allowed two hits and a walk.
Seanez needed four pitches to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with a 9-2 lead.
Glad to see Manuel use the bottom of his pen this time. Also glad to see him take Hamels out after seven. Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they didn’t allow a hit or a walk and struck out two. Eyre threw 15 pitches after throwing 13 pitches the night before.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Clayton Kershaw went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins went on the DL with a right hip problem after last night’s game (and Andy Tracy was called up from Triple-A), but Werth would have been in right against the lefty anyway. Feliz back at third against the lefty. Coste catches after the big game on Friday. Again it’s the Phillies’ four best hitters 1-2-3-4 with Victorino hitting fifth. Love the top of the new lineup, but I think I would hit Werth fifth against a lefty.
Rollins was hit by a pitch to start the first and moved to second on a single by Utley. Burrell hit an 0-1 pitch out to left for his 30th home run of the season, putting the Phils up 3-0. Howard struck out and Victorino grounded out before Werth reached on an infield single, but Feliz flew to center to leave him stranded.
1-2-3 in the second.
Utley led off the third with a walk, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
Feliz singled with one out in the fourth, but Coste and Hamels both struck out.
Up 3-2 in the fifth, Rollins led off with a single and a walk by Utley put men on first and second. Burrell hit a high fly ball to center. Kemp must have lost it in the sun, because he came in too far and the ball was over his head. Burrell was given a double and Rollins scored from second to make it 4-2. Howard followed with a double to center that scored Burrell and Utley and made it 6-2. Victorino bunted Howard to third for the first out. Werth drew a walk, but Feliz struck out and Coste grounded to second for the third out.
Feliz can’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs.
Hamels was hit in the leg by a 1-2 pitch to start the sixth. A ground out by Rollins moved him to second before Utley singled to right. It put men on first and third for Burrell and Burrell singled to center. Hamels scored to make it 7-2 and Utley went to second. A walk to Howard loaded the bases for Victorino. Victorino singled to right, scoring Utley and Burrell. 9-2. With men on first and third and one out, Werth and Feliz both struck out.
This time it was Werth who didn’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Taguchi hit for Hamels with one out and flew to center. The bench sure looks a little meek with Jenkins out — Taguchi, Dobbs, Bruntlett, Andy Tracy and Ruiz in this game. The lefty Tracy had solid numbers at Triple-A this season, 288/377/516 with 21 homers in 417 at-bats. He turns 35 in December and has a career 224/302/418 line in 263 at-bats in the majors. He hit 11 home runs in 192 at-bats for the Expos in 2000.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.
Rollins was 1-for-4 and scored two runs.
Utley 2-for-3 with two walks.
Burrell 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI.
Howard 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Victorino 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Feliz 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and five men left on base.
Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.87) faces righty Hiroki Kuroda (7-9, 3.97) tonight in game three of the four-game set. In three of his last four starts Kuroda has gone at least seven innings and allowed just one run. He’s pitched much better at home than away this season, going 5-2 with a 3.32 and an 0.95 ratio in 12 starts at home and 2-7 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.54 ratio away. He faced the Phils on August 14 and got the win as he allowed a run on two hits over seven innings while striking out seven. He didn’t walk a batter in that game. Utley and Werth had the hits against him, both doubles. Blanton is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.41 ratio in six starts for the Phillies. Overall for the season righties are hitting .311 against him and lefties just .252.
(Note: this post previously suggested the current series between the Phils and Dodgers was three games. It’s not. Game four is Monday).