The Florida Marlins quickly jumped on top of the NL East to start 2009, but there’s a couple of things they might want to iron out before anybody writes them into the World Series. Twice in the first two games of the three-game set the Marlins took a lead into the ninth inning. Twice they couldn’t get anyone to sign on the line which is dotted. With the Phillies down to their last out on Friday night, Victorino blasted a grand slam out to right to put the Phils on top. A day later the Phils again came from behind late, scoring one in the top of the ninth to tie the game and getting two more in the top of the tenth.
They won game three in a laugher, scoring four in the seventh and five in the eighth to bust it open.
The Phillies swept a three-game series with the Marlins in Florida over the weekend. They are 9-8 and have won three in a row.
Friday the Phillies beat the Marlins 7-3.
Coming off a long game for the bullpen that saw Hamels leave in the fourth inning, Myers had a rough first inning in which the Marlins jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a three-run homer by Dan Uggla. Myers needed 40 pitches to get out of the first inning.
Despite the long first inning, Myers managed to keep the Phillies in the game. He kept Florida off the board for the next five innings. He got some a whole lot of help from his defense in the fifth. Ibanez made a long run to track down a ball Ross Gload drove to the gap in left-center with nobody out and a man on first. Marson caught Hanley Ramirez stealing for the second out. With two outs and the bases loaded, Cameron Maybin smashed a ball to the right of Rollins. Rollins made a fantastic sliding play to field the ball and a quick throw to second to force the runner and end the inning.
Down 3-0 to start the ninth, the Phillies scored seven runs. After they cut the lead to 3-2 with two outs and the bases loaded, Victorino hit a grand slam off Matt Lindstrom and Utley followed with a solo homer of his own.
Saturday, in game two, the Phillies got one in the ninth and two in the tenth to win 6-4.
Park took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, but gave up a three-run homer to Jorge Cantu. Uggla followed that with a solo shot.
Down 4-3 in the top of the ninth, the Phillies put men on first and third with nobody out. Dobbs struck out, but Bruntlett was at least able to make contract, dribbling to third for the second out to tie the game. In the top of the tenth, Victorino, Utley, Werth and Howard all singled in a row with one out. Utley drove in Victorino (who had stolen second) and Werth’s single scored Utley.
Lidge needed 34 pitches to do it, but held on for a shaky save in the bottom of the tenth. He struck Cody Ross out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Yesterday the Phillies won in a rout, topping Florida 13-2.
Moyer went six strong innings and held Florida to one run to earn his 249th career win. The Phillies took a 4-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but put up four in the seventh and five in the eighth.
The Phillies got good pitching in the series. Overall, Phillies pitchers allowed nine runs in 28 innings, throwing to a 2.89 ERA and a 1.36 ratio.
The starters allowed three home runs (two by Park and one by Myers) in 19 innings, but pitched to a 3.79 ERA and a 1.47 ratio.
Myers had a miserable first inning in game one and ended up with an ugly line, having allowed eight hits and six walks over six innings while throwing 119 pitches. He did a fantastic job to keep the Fish off the board after the first. He needed a lot of help in the fifth, getting two great defensive plays and a caught stealing.
Despite just going six innings, Myers threw 119 pitches in the game (which is a high for a starter for the season). Again he was hurt by the home run. Myers has thrown 25 2/3 innings on the year and allowed eight home runs.
Like Myers, Park gave up one big inning in his start, a four-run fourth. Park allowed just five hits and a walk in his seven innings — three hits and a walk came in the fourth. He also hit Cameron Maybin ahead of the pitcher with two outs and nobody on in the inning, presumably knowing that he would bat third in the top of the fifth. Chris Volstad threw a pitch behind him and both benches were warned.
Moyer became the first Phillies starting pitcher not to allow a home run. The one run he did allow scored with the help of a poor decision from Coste, who should have taken an out at first on a bunt but instead threw to second to try and force a runner. He didn’t and the runner, Ross, would come around to score the only run that Moyer allowed in the game.
For Moyer it was his first outing of the season in which he did not allow four runs.
The Phillies used six relievers in the series (not Taschner). As a group, Phillies relief pitchers combined to strike out 13 in nine innings while throwing to a 1.00 ERA with a 1.11 ratio. The bullpen did not give up a home run.
Madson and Lidge combined to throw three scoreless innings in which they struck out eight.
In game one, Condrey and Madson combined to throw three scoreless innings to keep the Phils in the game. They allowed a hit and two walks.
In game two, the pen again was not charged with a run in three innings. They allowed three hits and walked two. Lidge had a long bottom of the tenth. With a two-run lead he got the first two before allowing a double and two walks to load the bases. He struck out Cody Ross to end the game.
With two outs in the eighth in game two and the Phils down 4-3, Manuel brought in Eyre to pitch to lefty Jeremy Hermida. The Fish hit righty Wes Helms for Hermida, but Eyre struck him out with two men on to end the inning.
Eyre still has not allowed a hit or a walk in seven appearances this season.
Up 8-1 in the bottom of the seventh in game three, Manuel called on Durbin to pitch for the second straight day rather than use Taschner. Happ finished off the last two frames with the Phils up big. He struck out three but allowed the only run the pen would yield in the series.
In his last two appearances Happ has allowed four runs over 3 2/3 innings on four hits and three walks.
Everyone should be available tonight. Durbin has appeared in two straight games, but threw just 14 pitches yesterday.
The Phillies scored 26 runs in three games.
Rollins got the day off yesterday with Bruntlett starting at short. He went 1-for-9 with a walk and an RBI in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-16 and hitting 162/205/235 for the season. He made a fantastic defensive play in the fifth inning of game one to help Myers keep Florida off the board.
Victorino had a monster series. 5-for-15 with a double, a triple, a grand slam and eight RBI. He’s hitting 268/333/437 for the year. He played a huge part in each of the ninth-inning rallies. He had a two-out grand slam in the first game to put the Phillies ahead. In the second game he started the rally with a single and a stolen base.
Utley 3-for-12 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 317/434/571. He was charged with an error on a bad-hop grounder with one out in the fifth in game two, but Park got the next two hitters so it didn’t cost the Phillies.
Howard was 5-for-15 with a double and a home run in the series, coming off an 0-for-10 against the Brewers. He’s hitting 290/364/522 for the season.
Werth was 3-for-10 with a double, six walks and five strikeouts. 290/397/500.
Ibanez 3-for-13 with two walks. 324/390/632. He made several notable defensive plays in the series. He made a fantastic diving play for the third out of the first inning yesterday. In game one of the series he tracked down a ball in the gap in right-center to help Myers keep Florida off the board in the fifth.
Feliz started all three games at third and went 3-for-11. He came into yesterday’s game 0-for-his-last-13 and went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Coste started yesterday’s game with Marson starting the first two. Coste was 0-for-5 in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-15 and hitting 182/270/303 for the year. He made an awful decision in the fifth inning yesterday, throwing to second to try and force Ross after the bunt by the pitcher. It helped Florida score the only run they would get against Moyer.
Marson was 1-for-5 in the series and is hitting 286/375/357 for the year.
Dobbs was 0-for-2 with a walk in the series. He had a terrible at-bat in game two, striking out with nobody out in the ninth and men on first and third and the Phillies down a run. He’s 1-for-15 on the season.
Bruntlett picked Dobbs up in game two, dribbling into an out to tie the game in the ninth. He had a big strikeout in game one. With one out in the ninth, the bases loaded and the Phillies down 3-1, Bruntlett struck out. Rollins followed with a walk and then Victorino put the Phillies ahead to stay with a grand slam. Bruntlett was 1-for-6 with a double in the series. 1-for-his-last-10 and hitting 188/211/375.
Stairs was 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBI in the series. 364/462/909 for the season.
Cairo 0-for-2 in the series and 0-for-7 as a Phillie.
The Phillies are home to play the first of three against the Nationals tonight.