The bad news for the Phils is that they’ve yet to win a game this season when they score less than seven runs. The worse news is that last night they scored seven and couldn’t win anyway as they let a 7-1 lead slip away.
Any list of the worst teams in the NL before the start of the ’09 season would have had to include the Nationals and the Padres. The Phillies have lost to them both in the past two games. In those games the bullpen has allowed eight runs in five innings.
Cole Hamels was the other big part of the story last night. His second start was a lot better than his first, but San Diego got back into the game by scoring a pair of runs off of him in both the fifth and the sixth last night, getting them close enough to take advantage of the Phillies’ pen and a weak outing by Ryan Madson.
The Phillies lost to the San Diego Padres last night, falling 8-7 to drop to 4-5 on the year.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three home runs. He struck out four.
Scott Hairston led off the top of the first with a double. David Eckstein followed and bunted Hairston to third for the first out. Brian Giles was next and he flew to center, but not deep enough to score Hairston. Adrian Gonzalez flew to left to set the Padres down.
Hamels started the second with a 5-0 lead. He set Chase Headley, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Nick Hundley down in order.
Luis Gonzalez led off the third and popped an 0-1 pitch out down the left field line to make it 5-1. Hamels got the next three.
Up 6-1, Hamels gave up a two-out single to Headley in the fourth, but struck Kouzmanoff out swinging 1-2 to leave Headley stranded.
Up 7-1, Hamels walked Hundley to start the fifth. Rodriguez was next and hit a ground ball to third. Hundley was forced at second for the first out of the inning. The pitcher Luis Perdomo was next and tried to bunt Rodriguez to second, but popped the bunt up to Howard for the second out. Hamels was almost out of it, but Hairston hit a 1-1 pitch out to left to make it 7-3. Eckstein and Giles followed with back-to-back singles, but Hamels struck Gonzalez out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.
Kouzmanoff singled with one out in the sixth. Hundley was next and Hamels quickly got ahead of him 0-2, but Hundley hit a 1-2 pitch out to left and the lead was cut to two at 7-5. Hamels got the next two.
Condrey started the seventh with the Phils up two runs. He got Hairston for the first out, but Eckstein followed with a single into center. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Giles and Giles hit a ground ball to Howard. Howard threw to Rollins at second to force Eckstein for the second out. Eyre struck out the lefty Gonzalez to set the Padres down.
Madson started the eighth still up 7-5. Headley led off with a single and Kouzmanoff followed with a ground out to Howard that moved Headley to second. Madson got Hundley on a fly ball to left for the second out. Rodriguez was next and Madson quickly got behind him 3-0 before he delivered two straight called strikes to run the count full. The 3-2 pitch was a changeup that was very close, but called a ball. It put men on first and second with two down for the pitcher’s slot. Lefty Jody Gerut hit for the pitcher Cla Meredith and singled to right. Headley beat Werth’s throw home and the lead was cut to 7-6 with men on first and third. Hairston doubled into left, clearing the bases and putting San Diego up for the first time in the game at 8-7. Eckstein grounded to third for the third out.
Tough call on the 3-2 pitch to Rodriguez and it changed the game.
Lidge started the ninth with the Phils still down a run and gave up three straight singles to Giles, Gonzalez and Headley to load the bases with nobody out. Kouzmanoff was next and looped a foul ball down the first base line. Howard made a great play, chasing the ball down, making an over-the-shoulder basket catch and getting the ball back in to hold Giles at third. Lidge struck out Hundley and got Gonzalez on a ground ball to second to work out of the jam.
Great play by Howard. The strikeout of Hundley by Lidge was big in a situation where the Padres can score a run with a better out.
Three innings for the pen in which they allow three runs and can’t protect a two-run lead. Madson is the only guy who allowed runs, but Lidge struggled as well. Lidge threw 32 pitches in a non-save situation. Madson 20, Eyre 13 and Condrey six.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. With no lefties in the San Diego bullpen, Ibanez moves up to hit fifth with Werth dropped to sixth. Feliz plays third against the righty with Dobbs on the bench. Coste catches with Marson back on the bench.
The Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the first. Rollins and Victorino started the inning with back-to-back singles. Victorino stole second, putting men on second and third for Utley. Utley blasted a 1-0 pitch out to left to make it 3-0. Howard struck out for the first out, but Ibanez followed with a walk. Werth flew to right for the second out and Ibanez stole second before Feliz drew a walk. It put men on first and second with two down for Coste and Coste cleared the bases with a double to left. 5-0. Hamels flew to center for the third out.
They went 1-2-3 in the second.
With one out in the third, Ibanez hit a ball to left that Headley misplayed badly and let fall on the warning track. Ibanez was running all the way and wound up with a triple. Werth popped to second for the first out, but Feliz looped a single to left and Ibanez scored to put the Phillies up 6-1. Coste doubled to left again, moving Feliz to third, but Hamels flew to center for the third out.
Victorino singled with one out in the fourth and again stole second. Utley moved him to third with a ground ball to first for the second out Howard delivered an RBI-double to right and the Phils led 7-1. The righty Perdomo relieved Young and walked Ibanez to put men on first and second. Werth followed with a walk of his own to load the bases for Feliz, but Feliz flew to center to end the inning.
1-2-3 in the fifth and again in the sixth.
The Phils were up 7-5 when Ibanez led off the seventh with a single. Werth was next and hit into a double-play. Feliz singled into center, but Coste grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.
Down 8-7 and facing righty Duaner Sanchez, Dobbs hit for Madson to start the eighth and delivered a single to left. Rollins bunted Dobbs to second for the first out. Victorino was next and he fouled out for the second out with Dobbs holding second. Utley delivered a single into left, but Headley’s throw home beat Dobbs to the plate and Hundley blocked the plate nicely. Dobbs was out and the inning was over.
Manuel didn’t pinch-run for Dobbs at second. He didn’t have great options, but Bruntlett and Cairo, who never, ever, ever plays, probably were better choices than Dobbs to represent the tying run at second.
Rollins bunting was the other interesting thing that happened in the inning, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Rollins was hitting well.
Heath Bell struck of Howard to start the ninth. Ibanez was next and he delivered a single into center, putting him on base for the fifth time in the game. Werth flew to right for the second out and Stairs hit for Feliz against the righty Bell. Stairs got ahead 3-0 and two took pitches, the second of which should have been ball four, before striking out looking to end the game.
Rollins was 1-for-4.
Victorino 2-for-5 and stole two bases.
Utley 2-for-5 with a three-run homer.
Howard 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He struck out four times.
Ibanez 3-for-3 with a triple and two walks.
Werth 0-for-4 with a walk and four men left on base.
Feliz 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Coste 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Brett Myers (1-1, 5.54) faces righty Shawn Hill (1-0, 3.60) tonight in game two of the set. Myers has allowed six home runs in 13 innings in his first two starts. He’s allowed just 12 hits, but nine of them have gone for extra-bases. He isn’t walking anyone, either, so he has a 1.08 ratio to go with his 5.54 ERA. He didn’t face the Padres in 2008. Hill has made one start with the Padres, allowing two runs to the Giants over five innings on April 10. Hill has had a ton of arm problems and there will be a question of how many pitches he can throw in the game. Around 70 might be a good guess. The Phils didn’t face Hill in 2008, but he started three games for the Nationals against them in 2007, going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and an 0.91 ratio. ON August 14, 2007, Hill held them to a one hit, a single by Aaron Rowand, and a walk over six innings.