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.