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I modified the Start Log to include the number of runs the team has scored by pitcher that started the game.

Here’s a look at how many games have been started by pitcher, the team’s record in those games, the number of runs the Phillies scored in those games and the runs scored per start for each of the pitchers:


Pitcher

Starts

Team record

Runs Scored

RS/G
Hamels 31 18-13 (.581) 146 4.71
Moyer 30 19-11 (.633) 155 5.17
Kendrick 29 17-12 (.586) 170 5.86
Myers 28 12-16 (.429) 118 4.21
Eaton 19 8-11 (.421) 75 3.95
Blanton 11 7-4 (.636) 62 5.64
Happ 2 2-0 (1.000) 7 3.50

Overall for the year, the Phils have scored 733 runs in 150 games. That’s about 4.89 runs per game.

The Phils are 17-12 in the 29 games started by Kendrick, but that’s got a lot to do with how many runs they’ve scored with him on the mound. They did score 20 against the Cards on June 13 with Kendrick starting, but even if you take that game out of the equation they still scored 150 runs in 28 starts or about 5.36 runs per game.

Blanton has also enjoyed tremendous offensive support when he’s been on the mound.

Myers and Eaton, not so much.


And the rest, or lack thereof, is history

The Phillies needed to come up big against the Brewers to get themselves back in the thick of the playoff hunt and they did exactly that, sweeping Milwaukee in a four-game set to pull even in the chase for the wild card with 12 games left on their schedule.

With the sweep they trail the Mets by one in the NL East.

Brett Myers was last night’s hero, throwing a complete game on three days rest while holding the Brewers to two hits. In the day game of the day-night double-header, Joe Blanton finally went deep into a contest. Blanton gave the Phils seven strong innings, going seven for the first time in his last seven starts, and the Phils pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phils won two of the games in the series using starting pitchers who were throwing on three days rest. Moyer went 5 2/3 innings in game one and allowed three runs.

The offense is suddenly alive. The Phils scored at least six runs in each of the four games and got big and much-needed contributions from Burrell, Victorino and Rollins, especially in the last two games of the set. Burrell was 2-for-7 with a home run and two RBI in the last two games and put the Phils on top to stay with a late single in the first game yesterday. Victorino blew that game open with a three-run homer in the eighth and followed that up by going 4-for-4 in the night game. Rollins went 2-for-2 in the night game last night, walking three times and driving in a pair of runs.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 6-1 to improve to 83-67 on the season. Sixteen games over .500 is their best mark of the season. They have won four in a row.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game two-hitter. He allowed two hits, a single and a solo homer, and walked one. He struck out four and threw just 95 pitches.

Myers has thrown to a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in his 11 starts since the All-Star break.

Myers got the first six men he faced without getting a strikeout. He started the third up 4-0 and walked Craig Counsell to leadoff the inning. Jason Kendall hit into a double-play behind Counsell. The pitcher Jeff Suppan grounded to short for the third out.

Ray Durham singled with two outs in the fourth. Lefty Prince Fielder was next and Myers struck him out swinging 2-2 for the third out. It was the first strikeout of the game for Myers.

He got two popups and a ground out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 6-0.

He got the first two in the seventh before Fielder lined a 3-2 pitch out to right to get Milwaukee on the board at 6-1. Braun grounded to short for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth and a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils didn’t need to use the pen, so I guess it didn’t matter much who they used in the two previous games with four and five run leads. Manuel musta known Myers was going to throw a complete game two-hitter on three days rest.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeff Suppan went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth again hits second against the righty with Victorino sixth. Feliz plays third against the righty after Dobbs started the day game against a righty. Coste catches after Ruiz caught the first game.

Rollins led off the first with a double and went to third when Werth followed with a single. Utley hit into a double-play that scored Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard struck out for the third out.

Burrell led off the second with a walk and moved to second when Victorino followed with an infield single to third. Feliz was next and hit into a double-play with Burrell moving to third with two down. Coste was walked intentionally to pitch to Myers, but Myers singled into right and Burrell scored to make it 2-0 with men on first and second. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Rollins lined a single into center. Both runners scored, with Myers just sliding in ahead of the tag on a close play at the plate to put the Phils up 4-0. Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge hit for Myers after it looked like the double-play by Feliz had killed the inning.

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

Burrell led off the fourth with a long home run down the left field line. 5-0. Victorino followed with a double and moved to third when Feliz followed and flew to center. Coste was hit by a pitch and Myers bunted Coste to second for the second out. With two men out, Suppan walked Rollins intentionally to load the bases and pitch to Werth. Werth was walked unintentionally, forcing in Victorino and making it 6-0. Utley popped to third to leave the bases loaded.

Rollins already had two big hits against Suppan in the game, but walking him intentionally there doesn’t make a lot of sense and cost the Brewers a run.

Victorino singled with two outs in the fifth. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins walked with two outs in the sixth, but Werth grounded to short behind him.

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

Victorino led off the eighth with a single with the Phils up 6-1. Feliz struck out before Coste moved Victorino to second with a single. Myers hit for himself and bunted back to the pitcher, Todd Coffey, who threw to second to force Coste for the second out. With two down and men on first and third, Rollins walked to load the bases. Werth popped to first for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-2 with a double and three walks in the game. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and four walks in the series. He’s hitting 279/347/443 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-14 with a triple in the series. He’s hitting 276/373/508 for the year but just 234/333/362 in September.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. He’s hitting 290/378/535 for the season.

Howard was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 5-for-13 in the series with a

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. 3-for-14 with two walks in the series. 253/370/511 for the year.

Victorino was 4-for-4 with a double in the game. 7-for-14 with a double and a home run in the set, which were his first extra-base hits since August 26. 282/345/427.

Feliz 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 4-for-12 with a double in the series. 254/301/407. Dobbs was 1-for-5 in the series and is hitting 292/324/467 for the year.

Coste was 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and in the series. 269/328/436 for the year. Ruiz was 1-for-9 with a double in the series. 226/321/301 for the year.

The Phillies won the first game of the double-header, 7-3, to improve to 82-67 on the season.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and two home runs. He struck out four.

Blanton got ahead of Hart 0-2 before Hart tripled to start the first. Hardy popped to second for the first out, but Durham was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to put the Brewers up 2-0. Blanton got the next two.

He hit Cameron to start the second, but Counsell hit into a double-play behind him. Kendall popped to short for the third out.

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

He started the fifth down 2-1. Cameron led off and hit the first pitch of the inning way out to left to put Milwaukee up 3-1. Craig Counsell followed with a double and Kendall walked behind him. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Blanton got pitcher Dave Bush to pop up a bunt for the first out and Hart hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Fielder singled with two outs in the sixth, but Blanton got Braun swinging for the third out.

He walked Counsell with one out in the seventh, but got Kendall to fly to center for the second out and pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr to fly to left.

Madson started the eighth with the game tied at 3-3. He got the two men he faced and Eyre came in to pitch the switch-hitter Durham. Eyre struck Durham out swinging on a foul tip — it looked like Ruiz may not have caught the ball, but the Phillies got the call.

The two outs that Madson got both came on ground balls to third, where they were fielded by Dobbs. Odd to see Dobbs in the game at third in the eighth inning of a tie game — not sure if that means Manuel is more confident in Dobbs these days or less in Feliz. Maybe a little of both.

Up 7-3 in the ninth, Eyre returned and got Fielder to start the inning. Lidge came in and got the next two to end the game.

Phils are off today, but Manuel uses Lidge for the second-straight day in a non-save situation.

Great game for the pen. Madson, Eyre and Lidge all got two outs without allowing a hit or a walk. Madson threw 11 pitches, which was the high for the group.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Dave Bush went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Werth hits second against the righty. Victorino sixth. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Ruiz catching.

Down 2-0, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell singled with one out in the second and a walk by Victorino moved him to second. Dobbs popped to third and Ruiz flew to center to leave them stranded.

1-2-3 in the third.

Utley started the fourth with a double to right and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Burrell hit into a double-play that scored Utley and got the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

Dobbs started the fifth with a single. Ruiz was next and blooped a ball into right. Dobbs had to watch and was thrown out at second for the first out. Blanton bunted Ruiz to second for the second out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Werth flew to right to end the inning.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth. Howard was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left for his 44th homer of the year, tying the game at 3-3. Burrell, Victorino and Dobbs went in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Stairs hit for Blanton with one out and righty Guillermo Mota on the mound and flew to center.

The game was still tied at 3-3 when the Phils hit in the eighth. Werth led off with a single to left off of Mota and the lefty Brian Shouse came in to pitch to Utley and Howard. Utley bunted against the lefty-killer Shouse, moving Werth to second with one down. Howard was walked intentionally with first base open, setting up the double-play. Shouse stayed in to pitch to Burrell and Burrell delivered a single into left. Braun’s throw home was strong but a little up the first base line — Werth slid in just safe on a close play to put the Phils up 4-3. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it was an amazing slide by Werth. As Kendall fielded the ball up the first base line, Werth slid in with his right (outside) leg and just got in. Had he slid in leading with his inside leg, I think he would have been out. Victorino was next and pumped a 1-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that broke the game open at 7-3. With Shouse still in, Feliz hit for Dobbs and singled. Eric Gagne got Ruiz to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice to see Burrell get a big hit and Victorino an even bigger one. Crazy decision to leave Shouse in to pitch to Burrell. Pretty surprising to see Utley bunt against anyone in any situation.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 1-for-4.

Utley 1-for-2.

Howard 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI.

Burrell 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer.

Dobbs 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base.

No game today.


Strange brew

Cole Hamels pitched well this afternoon — the Phils jumped all over Manny Parra and cruised to a mostly easy victory. The Phillies seems to have picked things up, but perhaps just as important to their post-season hopes is that the Brewers look just miserable. Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in six games and the Phils moved to within two in the hunt for the wild card.

Rollins and Utley hit one-two atop the Phillies order today and got the job done. They combined to go 5-for-9 with five runs scored and three driven in.

Everything went pretty well for the Phils today, but I think you have to wonder about the way Charlie Manuel used his bullpen. The day before a double-header, Manuel called on three of his key guys, Durbin, Romero and Lidge to pitch. All three pitched with either a four-run lead or a five-run lead.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, winning 7-3 to improve to 81-67 on the year. Fourteen games above .500 ties their best mark for the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs, both of which scored on a fly ball to left that Burrell should have caught but went for a double. He allowed six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

JJ Hardy doubled to right with one out in the first. Ryan Braun flew out with Hardy holding before Prince Fielder drew a walk. Corey Hart grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second with a 3-0 lead and set the Brewers down in order.

With the Phils up 5-0, Hamels walked Rickie Weeks with one out in the third. Weeks stole second before Hamels struck out Hardy for the second out. Braun grounded to second to end the frame.

Fielder led off the fourth with a single to left, but Hart hit into a double-play behind him. Mike Cameron walked and Bill Hall followed with a single that moved him to second. Jason Kendall was next and Hamels got ahead of him 0-2 before Kendall hit a 1-2 pitch to left. Burrell misplayed it badly and the ball went over his head for a double that scored both runners and cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-2. Hamels pouted mid-play on his way to cover home. Joe Dillon hit for the pitcher and grounded out to leave Kendall stranded.

Weeks doubled to start the fifth, but Hamels got the next three Brewers in order.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

With the Phils up 7-2 in the seventh, Alcides Escobar hit for the pitcher Carlos Villanueva with one out and singled. Durbin came in to pitch to Weeks and struck him out. Hardy grounded to short for the third out.

Durbin pitching with a five-run lead in the seventh makes very little sense to me.

Durbin started the eighth. Braun led off and hit a 1-2 pitch out to center to make it 7-3. Fielder followed with a double, but Durbin got Cameron and Hart on a pair of fly balls for the first two outs with Fielder holding second. Switch-hitter Ray Durham hit for Hall and Romero came in to pitch to him. Durham walked, putting men on first and second, but Kendall flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Durbin coming back to start a second inning with a five-run lead also makes very little sense to me.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies up 7-3. He walked Weeks with one out and Weeks took second without a throw. Hardy grounded to short and Rollins looked briefly to third for reasons unknown, but threw to first for the second out as Weeks moved up a base. Braun flew to left to end the game.

Not a fan of the way Manuel used his bullpen in this game. The Phils had a rested pen coming off a day when they didn’t play due to the rainout. They play a double-header tomorrow. I don’t think they needed to pitch Durbin with a five-run lead at all and they certainly didn’t need to bring him back to do it for a second inning. Also not a fan of using Lidge with a four-run lead with so many other options and two games coming up the next day.

Hopefully they don’t pay for it tomorrow.

The pen went 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. They struck out one. Durbin threw 22 pitches, Lidge 15 and Romero seven.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Manny Parra went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth hitting third against the lefty with Utley moving up to two. Victorino sixth. Feliz at third against the lefty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and scored when Utley followed with a double. Fielder didn’t handle the relay from Weeks and Weeks was charged with an error that allowed Rollins to go to third with the Phils up 1-0. Werth followed with a single to right. Utley scored and it was 2-0. Werth went to second on a wild pitch before Howard walked. Burrell struck out for the first out, but Victorino singled into left and Werth scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Another wild pitch by Parra moved the runners to second and third, but Feliz struck out for the second out. Ruiz was walked intentionally, but Hamels struck out to end the inning.

I would never walk Ruiz intentionally in the first inning. Feliz can’t bring the runner in from third with one out. Burrell is playing terribly.

Rollins led off the second with a double and Utley followed and reached on an infield single. A walk to Werth loaded the bases for Howard and Howard singled into center. Rollins and Utley both scored, making it 5-0, but Werth was thrown out at third for the first out. Burrell hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Burrell walked with two outs in the fifth. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Feliz singled to start the sixth. Ruiz struck out before Hamels bunted him to second. Rollins hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for his 11th home run of the year, putting the Phils up 7-2. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Werth walked to start the seventh. Howard grounded out behind him with Werth forced at second. Burrell flew to right for the second out before Victorino drew a walk. Feliz popped to first to leave both men stranded.

Ruiz started the eighth with a ground ball to short that Hardy didn’t handle for an error. Dobbs hit for Romero and grounded into a double-play. Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Werth 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

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

Feliz 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk.

Joe Blanton (7-12, 4.86) faces righty Dave Bush (9-10, 4.23) tomorrow in the first game of the day-night double-header. Bush has been tough on righties this year — after hitting .324 against him in 2007 they are hitting .234 with a 1.06 ratio this season. He has given up a lot of home runs, though, surrendering 26 in 166 innings. Blanton is 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA in ten starts with the Phillies. Over his last six starts he’s gone six innings just once while throwing to a 5.58 ERA. Righties are hitting .305 against him for the season.

Brett Myers (9-11, 4.22) faces righty Jeff Suppan (10-8, 4.63) in the other game. Suppan has allowed 26 homers in 167 innings this season. Righties are hitting .307 against him. Myers is 6-2 with a 1.90 ERA and a 1.08 ratio in his last ten starts.


More Moyer proves to be the key for Phils

When a pitcher allows three runs over 5 2/3 innings whether or not you think he pitched well or not might depend on how much you like the pitcher. I like Jamie Moyer a lot. It’s pretty hard for a Phillies fan not to like the 45-year-old as he sprints off the mound in pursuit of balls that have already gone foul and comes up big for his team time after time. Last night, pitching on short rest, Moyer gave up a pair of home runs but threw well enough to help the Phillies get a much-needed win.

He pitched well enough for the Phillies to win in large part due to the massive contribution of Ryan Howard. Howard drove in three of the six runs the Phillies scored and homered for the sixth time in the last eight games. After a mostly disappointing season, Howard has driven in runs in each of his last five games. He’s hitting 368/415/1.000 in September.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 6-3 to improve to 80-67 on the season. They trail the Mets by three games in the NL East. They are tied with the Astros in the Wild Card race, both teams trail the Brewers by three games.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits he allowed went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. All three of the runs he gave up came on homers. He struck out five.

Moyer’s 3.68 ERA is 17th-best in the NL.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 2-0. He hit Prince Fielder to start the inning and Fielder moved to second on a wild pitch before Corey Hart drew a walk. Moyer struck out Mike Cameron and Bill Hall before he got Jason Kendall to ground to third to leave both runners stranded.

With two outs in the third, JJ Hardy hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to cut the lead to 2-1. Moyer got Ryan Braun to line to first for the third out.

Corey Hart doubled with one out in the fourth. Cameron was next and struck out swinging as Hart was caught stealing third to end the frame.

Up 4-1, he set the Brewers down in order in the fifth.

Rickie Weeks led off the sixth with a double. Hardy was next and hit the ball hard, but Feliz took the grounder for the second out with Weeks holding second. Braun flew to center for the second out. Fielder was next and pounded the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Madson came in and got Hart on a ground out to short for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh up 5-3. Hall singled to left with one out, but Kendall followed and lined to short for the second. Lefty Mike Lamb hit for the pitcher Ben Sheets and grounded to second for the third out.

He came back for the eighth, too. Weeks led off with a soft infield single in front of the plate, but Madson struck out Hardy and Braun. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Fielder and walked him on a 3-2 pitch, putting the tying run on base. With runners on first and second, Durbin entered the game and got Hart to ground to third.

Lidge started the ninth with a 6-3 lead and set the Brewers down 1-2-3.

The pen went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two singles and a walk while striking out three. Madson threw 29 pitches — he had thrown three days in a row before getting a day off on Wednesday. Lidge threw 15 pitches, Eyre 8 and Durbin 1.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ben Sheets went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth stays in the two-hole against the righty with Victorino sixth, but it’s Feliz at third this time. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and was running as Werth grounded out to third, allowing him to move to second with one out. Utley struck out for the second out, but Howard came up with another big swing. He drove the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Burrell flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.

Utley started the fourth with a single and came around to score when Howard followed with a double to center. It put the Phils up 3-1 with nobody out and a man on second for Burrell. Burrell grounded to short for the first out before Victorino’s ground out to first pushed Howard to third. Feliz delivered a double to right and Howard scored. 4-1. Ruiz drew a walk before Moyer grounded to first to end the inning.

Rollins blooped a single into left to start the fifth but was thrown out going for second. It cost the Phils a run, cause Werth was next and he tripled to right. Utley popped to first for the second out and Sheets walked Howard intentionally to pitch to Burrell. Burrell flew to center to leave both men stranded.

Utley doesn’t bring the man in from third with one out.

Feliz singled with one out in the sixth and came around to score when Ruiz followed and ripped a double into left. It put the Phils up 5-3. Madson hit for himself with one out and a man on second and struck out. A walk to Rollins put men on first and second, but Werth grounded to third to set the Phils down.

Madson had faced one batter with the bases empty in the top of the sixth.

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

Victorino led off the eighth with a single and moved to second when pitcher Carlos Villanueva tried to pick him off and threw the ball away. Feliz bunted Victorino to third and with Ruiz at the plate the Phillies executed the squeeze — Ruiz got the bunt down in front of the plate as Victorino stormed home to put the Phillies up 6-3. Dobbs hit for Durbin and struck out to end the inning.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Utley 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He has one extra-base hit in his last 48 at-bats.

Howard 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run home run and three RBI.

Burrell 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Victorino 1-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-2 with two RBI. He drove in as many runs last night as he did in all of August — Ruiz had one RBI in July and two in August.

Cole Hamels (12-9, 3.12) faces lefty Manny Parra (10-7, 4.03) tonight. Parra has been hit hard by righties, they’re hitting .280 against him for the season compared to .217 for lefties. Parra has allowed 11 runs in ten innings over his last two starts, but only five of the runs have been earned. The Brewers have lost four of the last five games that he’s started. Hamels was hit hard by the Mets on Sunday, allowing four runs over five innings. He’s already thrown 208 innings on the season, which is too many what with the 24-edness and all.


If wishes were fishes we’d have a bunch of happy wishes out there right about now

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.

Ruiz 1-for-2.

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.


Evidently where Joe is goin’ with that gun in his hand is to the showers after five innings

If Joe Blanton was supposed to be the force that stabilized the Phillies’ rotation he certainly hasn’t done that so far. The Phils won the game last night, but without much help from Blanton. The Phils gave him a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and Blanton gave back both runs in the top of the second. The Phillies scored three more times in the bottom of the second, but ended the top of the third clinging to a 5-4 lead.

Blanton exited after five innings, leaving four frames for the bullpen to throw. Werth looked like he had blown the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh that put the Phils up four. Things got close when Romero yielded a two-run homer in the eighth — Lidge bent but didn’t break in the ninth.

Blanton hasn’t gotten an out in the seventh inning in any of his last six starts. He has gone six innings in just one of those starts while allowing 19 earned runs in 30 2/3 innings (5.58 ERA).

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 8-6 to improve to 79-65 on the season. They have won three of their last four and trail the Mets by a game and a half in the NL East.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out one.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 2-0. He walked Mike Jacobs and Dan Uggla back-to-back to start the inning. Josh Willingham was next and blooped a single to left, loading the bases with nobody out. John Baker flew to center for the first out. Jacobs scored to make it 2-1 and Uggla went to third. Alfredo Amezaga was next and he grounded to first, scoring Uggla to tie the game at 2-2. The pitcher Anibal Sanchez flew to right for the third out.

He walked Hanley Ramirez to start the third after the Phillies scored three in the bottom of the second to give him a 5-2 lead. He got the next two before Jacobs lined a 2-1 pitch out to right-center, cutting the lead to 5-4. Uggla flew to right for the third out.

Just an awful job by Blanton to walk the leadoff man two innings in a row.

Amezaga singled with two outs in the fourth, but Blanton got pitcher Mark Hendrickson to ground out behind him.

Ramirez started the fifth with a single, but Hermida hit into a double-play behind him. Jorge Cantu was next and singled to right, but Blanton got Jacobs to ground to first to end the frame.

Durbin started the sixth with the Phils up 5-4. He hit Willingham with a 2-2 pitch with one out. Baker was next and he hit a hard ground ball between first and second, but Howard made a nice play to field and throw to second to start a nifty double-play and set the Marlins down.

More good defense from Howard, who has been outstanding over the past couple of days.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero started the eighth with an 8-4 lead. He walked Cantu on four pitches with one out and Cody Ross hit for Mike Jacobs. Ross got ahead 2-0 and then hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 8-6. Madson came in and struck out Uggla before Willingham doubled to left. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Baker and got him on a fly ball to left, leaving Willingham stranded.

With a four-run lead, Romero stays in to pitch to a righty and the righty hurts him and the Phils have to bring Madson in one batter later anyway.

Lidge started the ninth up 8-6. Amezaga led off and hit a ground ball to second. Utley fielded and tossed softly to first, nearly too softly as the throw just beat the speedy Amezaga. Lefty Dallas McPherson hit for the pitcher Joe Nelson and doubled to right. Ramirez was next and he hit a ground ball in the hole between short and third. Rollins tried to backhand the ball and didn’t field it cleanly. McPherson was going for third, so Rollins picked up the ball and threw to third. Feliz caught it, but way too far off the bag, and the tag was late. With one out and men on first and third, Wes Helms came to the plate as the go-ahead run. Lidge struck him out on three pitches. Cantu was next and Lidge struck him out in three pitches to end the game.

The pen went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Romero got one out, walked a hitter and gave up a two-run homer.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anibal Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Stairs (8) Ruiz. Slumping Burrell on the bench. Werth in left and Stairs in right. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Rollins stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher Baker. Utley singled to right and Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard was next and split the gap in right-center with a double. Utley scored from first and it was 2-0. Werth struck out and Dobbs grounded to third to leave him stranded.

With the game tied at 2-2, Stairs walked to start the second and went to third when Ruiz followed with a double. Blanton hit a fly ball to left for the first out. The throw home wasn’t cut off, and Ruiz did a nice job of going to third as Stairs scored to make it 3-2. Rollins singled into right and Ruiz scored (4-2). Rollins stole second before Victorino struck out for the second out. Utley drew a walk and it put men on first and second with two down for Howard. Howard singled into center and Rollins scored, extending the lead to 5-2. Werth flew to center for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Rollins singled with one out in the fourth and went to second when Victorino grounded out for the second out. Rollins stole third before Utley struck out to end the inning.

Three stolen bases in the first four innings of the game for Rollins.

Howard and Werth struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth. With lefty Mark Hendrickson on the mound for Florida, Bruntlett hit for Stairs. The Fish brought in righty Logan Kensing and Kensing got Bruntlett to pop to first.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino walked and Utley was hit by a pitch. Howard was next and hit a double-play ball to second. Uggla fielded and threw to Ramirez at second for the force. His throw was low and outside, though, and Utley went hard into the bag. The Fish couldn’t double up Howard and it proved to be critical. It brought Werth to the plate with two outs and he blasted the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, putting the Phils up 8-4. Andy Tracy hit for Durbin and struck out to end the inning.

Feliz walked with two outs in the eighth, but Rollins flew to left for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three stolen bases.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Utley was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Werth 1-for-4 with three RBI.

Dobbs 0-for-3.

Stairs 0-for-1 with a walk.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double.

Kyle Kendrick (11-8, 5.06) faces righty Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.32) tonight. The 21-year-old Volstad has appeared in 11 games for the Marlins this season, ten of which have been starts. He’s allowed just two home runs in 62 1/3 innings, both of which have been hit by righties. He started against the Phils on August 7 and allowed three hits and three walks over six shutout innings. Kendrick hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last five starts. Over those five starts he’s struck out seven in 21 2/3 innings and allowed 22 earned runs.


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