Pitching decisions and plain old bad pitching were the story as the Phils lost the last two games of their three-game series with the Marlins. The losses put the Phillies in a big hole — they have 16 games left to play and trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games.
In yesterday’s game, Brett Myers hit for himself with two outs and nobody on in the seventh in a tie game with two lefties expected to hit in the top of the eighth for Florida. He had thrown 104 pitches. He got just one out in the eighth. Both of the lefties he faced got hits and one of them scored the run that would prove to be the game-winner.
The go-ahead run came on a big double off of Chad Durbin. Durbin continues to struggle miserably down the stretch after being outstanding for most of the year. After throwing to a 1.89 ERA in the first half of the season, Durbin been charged with six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings over his last three appearances.
The only decision that the Phillies couldn’t overcome on Tuesday was the one to start Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was charged with seven runs in the game and got four outs. Despite being down 9-1 in the fourth, the Phils did mount a comeback. They fell short and dropped the game 10-8. The Phils are 1-5 in Kendrick’s last six starts. In those outings he hasn’t gone six innings once and has thrown to an 11.35 ERA.
The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 7-3 to drop to 79-67 on the season. They trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games in the NL East.
Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a walk. He struck out nine.
He allowed a pair of doubles in the first, but kept Florida off the board. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double but was thrown out when he tried to go to third on a ground ball to short. After Dan Uggla doubled, Myers struck out both Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham to leave him stranded.
The threw a 1-2-3 second and the Phils gave him a 1-0 lead to start the third. Ramirez walked with one out before Luis Gonzalez blasted a 2-0 pitch out to right to put Florida up 2-1.
In the fourth the Marlins extended their lead to 3-1. Dallas McPherson led off with a double. Myers got the next two before the pitcher Ricky Nolasco drove him in with a single to left.
Myers didn’t allow a base-runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh, which probably influenced Manuel’s decision to let him come back and start the eighth having thrown 104 pitches to face a couple lefties. He faced three hitters in the eighth. Gonzalez led off with a single, Myers struck out Uggla and a single by Jacobs moved Gonzalez to third. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Willingham. Willingham got ahead 3-0 and then chopped a 3-1 pitch down the third base line. The umpires called fan interference, although it appeared that the fan in question did not touch the ball. One run scored and Robert Andino, who ran for Jacobs, went to third. Durbin walked the left McPherson, loading the bases and setting up the double-play, which he got from Paul Lo Duca to end the frame.
Durbin returned for the ninth with the Phils down 4-3. He gave up a leadoff single to Alfredo Amezaga and Amezaga was bunted to second for the first out. He walked Hanley Ramirez intentionally to put men on first and second. Lefty Jeremy Hermida pinch-hit and Romero came in to pitch to him. Cody Ross hit for Hermida and Romero got him on a fly ball to right for the second out. With two down and men on first and second, Uggla delivered a two-run double that put Florida up 6-3. Condrey came in to pitch to Wes Helms and Helms singled into center, scoring Uggla and making it 7-3. Willingham flew to left for the third out.
Romero gives up the big double to Uggla an inning after two hits by lefties against Myers set up a run for Florida.
The pen went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. All three relievers that appeared, Durbin, Romero and Condrey, gave up big hits. Durbin threw 17 pitches, Condrey and Romero each six or less. Durbin has thrown to a 6.10 ERA since the end of July. Romero a 4.76 ERA since the end of July. Condrey was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with an earned run this month.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Again Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino dropped to sixth. Dobbs at third with Feliz on the bench and Coste behind the plate.
Howard put the Phils up 1-0 with a home run to start the second.
Myers doubled over the head of Amezaga in center to start the third with the Phils down 2-1. He went to third on a ground out by Rollins, but was left stranded when Werth struck out and Utley lined to short.
Werth can’t bring the runner in from third with one out.
Nolasco struck out Howard, Burrell and Victorino in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Down 3-1 in the fifth the Phils scored a pair of runs to tie the game at 3-3. Dobbs led off with a single and scored when Coste followed with a double. Myers bunted Coste to third for the first out before Rollins popped to short. Werth delivered a two-out single, scoring Coste to tie the game and picking up Rollins after Rollins failed to bring the runner in from third with less than two outs.
The Phillies only base-runner in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth was a one-out walk by Burrell in the sixth. Victorino hit into a double-play behind him.
With two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Myers hit for himself and struck out. With the righty Nolasco on the mound, Stairs would have been the likely choice to hit for Myers.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 5-for-13 with a walk in the series. 273/337/431 for the season. He’s slugging .410 in September after slugging .398 in August.
Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 275/371/511. He’s hitting .212 in September.
Utley 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 289/378/535 for the year. 219/316/281 so far this month.
Howard 1-for-4 with his 42nd home run. 5-for-13 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 241/328/517. He has five home runs in his last 27 at-bats.
Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a triple and two walks in the series. 254/372/513 for the year. The triple is his only extra-base hits in his last 40 at-bats.
Victorino 0-for-4. 1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 276/339/417. Hitting .176 in September.
Dobbs 1-for-3 in the game. 2-for-10 with a double in the series. 295/327/473 for the year. No walks in his last 37 at-bats. Feliz was 1-for-2 in the series and is hitting 251/300/407 for the year.
Coste 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 1-for-6 in the series. 267/322/435 for the year. He’s 1-for-his-last-20. Ruiz was 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 230/320/304 for the year.
Stairs went 1-for-2 with a walk in the series. He’s 3-for-7 with the Phillies.
On Tuesday the Phillies lost 10-8 to drop to 79-66 on the season.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one. His ERA was 4.37 after he got the win against the Marlins on August 6 — it’s 5.44 now, six starts later.
The Fish were all over Kendrick. They scored three times in the first, getting three singles, a walk and a sac fly. Uggla had the biggest hit, a two-run single to right with the bases loaded. Four more runs in the second put the Marlins up 7-1. They got a pair of doubles, a walk and a three-run homer from Jorge Cantu that chased Kendrick.
Happ followed Kendrick, getting the last two outs of the second. Happ kept them off the board in the third, but yielded two more runs in the fourth. Cantu singled with one out and Jacobs hit a two-run shot that put the Marlins up 9-1.
The Phils cut it to 9-4 in the bottom of the fourth, but Happ gave up another homer, this one a solo shot, to Cody Ross in the fifth. 10-4. He got the next two before Condrey came out to retire Ramirez and end the frame.
Condrey threw a scoreless sixth. Seanez and Eyre combined to keep the Marlins off the board in the seventh. Madson pitched a scoreless eighth and Lidge, with the Phils down 10-8, turned them away in the ninth.
Long day for the pen as they went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. All three of the runs were allowed by Happ, who saw his ERA rise to 5.71 by giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Happ threw 66 pitches in the game, Lidge 17. Everyone else was 15 or less.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino sixth. Dobbs at third and Ruiz catching.
With one out in the first, Werth singled, stole second, stole third and scored on a ground out by Utley to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-1.
Down 7-1 in the second they went in order. Ruiz singled to start the third and Happ bunted him to second, but Rollins and Werth left him stranded.
Down 9-1 in the fourth, Utley singled and was driven in by a two-run homer by Howard. Burrell tripled and scored on a ground out by Victorino. The Phils ended the inning down 9-4.
It was 10-4 when they started the sixth. Victorino singled in Howard to make it 10-5 and a two-run double by Dobbs cut it to 10-7. With Dobbs on second and nobody out, Stairs hit for Condrey and singled Dobbs in. 10-8. Coste flew to right for the first out before Rollins moved Stairs to third and then stole second. It put men on second and third with one down, but Werth flew to right and the runners held and Utley popped to short, leaving the tying runs stranded.
They went in order in the ninth.
Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
Werth 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left six men on base. With one out and a man on third in the eighth he couldn’t bring the runner in.
Utley 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Howard 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
Burrell 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk.
Victorino 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Dobbs 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64) faces righty Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82) tonight. Sheets hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last three starts, giving up 12 hits and four walks in 20 innings. On the year he’s allowed just 14 home runs in 188 innings. The Phillies have won five of the last six games that Moyer has started. He’s been much better away from Citizens Bank Park than at it this year — 9-3 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 ratio away and 4-4 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.54 ratio at home. Moyer will be throwing on short rest after pitching Sunday against the Mets.