If Cole Hamels decides to sue for non-support he may want to start his case with this: In each of his last two starts he’s broken up the opposition’s no-hitter with a single with two outs in the fifth. Don’t know when the last time that happened was, but I’m betting there were fewer people going out to eat in flip-flops and sweatpants.
Hamels pitched well yesterday. Coming off back-to-back bad worrisome starts, he pitched into the seventh and was changed with two earned runs.
It’s tough to win when you don’t score, though, and the Marlins’ Chris Volstad saw to that. He gave the Fish six shutout innings. The Florida pen backed him up with three scoreless innings in which they allowed a hit and two walks.
After the game Jimmy Rollins, who apparently has forsaken offense this season and instead is focused on seeing how bizarre he can get the quotes in the newspaper that appear next to his name to be, suggested that Volstad was “nothing special.” What really has been nothing special lately, though, is the Phillies’ offense. The Phils scored seven runs in the three-game series, two of which came on a home run that was foul.
The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, falling 3-0 to drop to 62-52 on the year. The Marlins win the series two games to one.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.
Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a double to left. Hamels got the next two hitters before Ramirez stole third, but Josh Willingham popped to Howard for the third out.
Cody Ross doubled with two outs in the second, hitting the ball past Bruntlett, who probably should have made the play. Matt Treanor was next and he singled into right. Jenkins threw home, but wasn’t close to getting Ross whose run put the Fish up 1-0. Treanor took second when the throw came home and was safe on a pretty close play as Ruiz nearly got him after taking Jenkins’ throw. Hamels struck out pitcher Chris Volstad to end the frame.
Ramirez led off the third with a walk, but Hamels got Jeremy Hermida to hit into a double-play behind him and struck out Jorge Cantu for the third out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth. He struck out Treanor and Volstad in a 1-2-3 fifth.
With one out in the sixth, Hermida singled and stole second. Cantu popped to third for the second out. Willingham was next and hit a ball into the left-field corner for a double. Hermida scored easily and it was 2-0. Dan Uggla flew to center for the third out.
Wes Helms and Ross started the seventh with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Treanor and Treanor hit a ground ball to third. Bruntlett should have had a double-play but bobbled the ball and then tagged out Helms for the first out of the inning. Lefty Mike Jacobs hit for the pitcher Volstad and hit a ball to Howard. Howard threw to second, but his throw was bad for his 14th error of the season. A nice play by Rollins kept it out of the outfield. It loaded the bases for Ramirez and Madson came in to pitch to him. Ramirez hit a ground ball to short and Rollins had to take the out at first as Ross scored to make it 3-0. With men on second and third, Madson walked the lefty Hermida intentionally to load the bases and got Cantu to line to Utley for the third out.
Condrey threw a 1-2-3 eighth.
Lidge started the ninth with the Phils down 3-0. He got the first two, getting the second out with the help of a diving catch by Jenkins. Lefty Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Matt Lindstrom and singled and moved to second when Ramirez followed with a walk. Hermida singled into right, but Jenkins threw Gonzalez out at home to turn the Fish away.
The pen threw 2 2/3 innings without being charged with a run. Madson helped save Hamels’ line in the seventh, although Hamels is not to be blamed completely for the mess due to bad plays by Howard and Bruntlett in the frame. Madson pitched in all three games of the series and threw 11 pitches yesterday. Lidge 28 and Condrey 11.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Bruntlett again at third against a righty. Jenkins in right with Ruiz catching. Too much Bruntlett at third against righties with Dobbs on the bench.
Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard grounded out to Uggla in shallow right for the third out.
Burrell walked to start the second and moved to second on a soft ground ball to second by Jenkins. Bruntlett popped to short and Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.
Rollins walked with one out in the third and moved to second when Victorino followed with a ground out to first. Utley grounded to first for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.
Hamels singled with two outs in the fifth. Rollins followed with a walk that moved him to second. Victorino flew to right for the third out.
Second straight start for Hamels that he’s gotten the team’s first hit of the game and it came with two outs in the fifth.
Utley singled to start the sixth. Howard was next and he drove a ball into right-center that Ross made a diving catch on for the first out. Burrell popped to second for the second out before Jenkins moved Utley to second with a softly hit single to left. Bruntlett grounded to first for the third out.
Ruiz led off the seventh with the Phils down 3-0 and drew a walk. With righty Joe Nelson on the mound, Dobbs hit for Madson and the righty stayed in and struck out Dobbs for the first out. Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Victorino led off the eighth with a double off of lefty Arthur Rhodes, but Rhodes got Utley on a fly ball and Howard on a ground ball before righty Matt Lindstrom walked Burrell to put men on first and second. It brought Jenkins up as the tying run against the righty, but Jenkins got behind 0-2 and then grounded to first.
Coste hit for Lidge to start the ninth and grounded to short. Werth hit for Ruiz and hit a fly ball to shallow right. Uggla and Hermida collided and failed to catch it and Werth wound up at second. Dobbs and Rollins both grounded to second to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-3 with two walks. 4-for-11 with a double in the series. 266/337/431 for the year.
Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double in the game, the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the set. 284/349/447.
Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a double and two walks in the series. 292/374/571.
Howard was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Ross took a hit away from him in the sixth. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. 241/327/503 for the season.
Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks in the game. 1-for-9 with a double and three walks in the series. He’s 3-for-19 in July (.158).
Jenkins was 1-for-4 in the game and 1-for-8 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 242/301/396. He could have an on-base percentage that starts with a three and a slugging percentage that starts with a four before too long if he’s not careful. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-2 in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-15 and hitting 264/349/476 for the year.
Bruntlett was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game and 2-for-8 with a double and a walk in the series. 227/313/313. Dobbs was 0-for-2 yesterday and 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the set. 297/335/441. He’s 2-for-his-last-15.
Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game and 1-for-5 with two walks in the series. 214/310/275 for the season. Coste was 0-for-1 yesterday and 1-for-5 with a double in the series. 276/326/472.
Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.94) faces lefty Paul Maholm (7-7, 3.95) tonight. Two of Maholm’s last four starts have been good — he allowed one run and went at least seven in each of them. In the other two he went six innings he time and allowed five runs. Lefties are hitting .178 against him with two home runs for the year. On April 27 he held the Phillies to a run on two hits while throwing a complete game. The good news is that he was probably nothing special. Blanton is 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in three starts for the Phils. He was fantastic in St Louis his last time out. On Saturday he held the Cards to a run on four hits over seven innings. Righties are still hitting .315 against him for the season.
The Phillies traded Single-A right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter to the Cubs for left-handed reliever Scott Eyre. Eyre had a 7.19 ERA in 19 appearances for the Cubs this season, but threw just 11 1/3 innings. He was great in 2005, throwing to a 2.63 ERA with a 1.08 ratio in 68 1/3 innings for the Giants and solid in ’06 and ’07 for the Cubs.
The next update to Philliesflow will be on August 17.