The Braves were better than the Phillies over the weekend, and all of the sudden it isn’t the starting pitching that’s to blame for the Phils. After scoring ten runs in the series opener, the Phillies managed just four in the next two games. There’s more than one cause to the Phillies’ slump with the bats, but a big part of the problem is the lack offense they’re getting atop their order. Rollins has struggled all year, dropping his season average to .195 with an 0-for-5 yesterday, but he has now been joined by Victorino. Between the two of them they went 1-for-27 in the three-game set.
The Phillies have lost four of their last five and are 15-14 on the season after dropping two of three to the Braves over the weekend.
The Phils won the opener 10-6. It was really a blowout — the Braves scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to make it look close. Hamels finally avoided injury and pitched well all in the same day and earned his first win of the year.
The Phils couldn’t figure out Javier Vazquez in game two as Atlanta topped them 6-2. Vazquez held the Phils to two runs on solo homers by Utley and Ibanez over 7 2/3 innings. Blanton went eight innings, but allowed six runs in the game.
Yesterday the Phils dropped game three 4-2. Myers pitched very well. Taschner took over for him in the top of the seventh and allowed a pair of runs to give Atlanta the lead. The Braves added an insurance run off of Lidge in the top of the ninth.
Overall, Phillies’ pitching threw to a 5.33 ERA with a 1.30 ratio in the series.
Hamels and Myers both made good starts, but Blanton’s was awful. As a group they put up a 4.05 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. They allowed just 16 hits and five walks over 20 innings — Blanton allowed eight of the hits. Myers and Hamels did not allow a home run. Blanton allowed two.
Hamels went six innings in game one, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven. Best start of the year for Hamels.
Blanton got the game two start and went into the top of the fifth with the scored tied at 1-1. Javier Vazquez hit a one-out double that ignited an Atlanta rally and the Braves scored three runs in the frame. Chipper hit a two-run homer off of Blanton in the eighth. Blanton went eight innings in the game, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. His ERA for the year is 6.82.
Myers pitched very well in game three, holding the Braves to a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. His ERA for the season is 4.81. He remains the only pitcher in the Phillies starting rotation with an ERA under six.
The pen struggled in the series, pitching to a 9.00 ERA with a 2.00 ratio in seven innings. Taschner’s weak outing was a big factor in yesterday’s game. Condrey and Lidge both allowed home runs.
Happ did not pitch in the series.
Eyre pitched the ninth inning in game two, entering the game with the Phils down 6-2. He allowed a hit and a walk, but kept Atlanta off the board.
Taschner started the top of the seventh in game one with the Phils up 8-2. He allowed a walk, but kept the Braves off the board.
He started the seventh inning of game three with a 2-1 lead. Atlanta loaded the bases against him on two singles and a walk before Kotchman delivered a two-run single. Durbin took over for him with two outs and two on in the seventh and prevented further damage.
Durbin got the last out of the seventh with two men on in game three with the Phils down 3-2. He came back for the eighth and kept Atlanta off the board, dropping his ERA for the year to 3.57.
Condrey came in to pitch the eighth in game one with an 8-2 lead and allowed a solo home run to Omar Infante before retiring the next three.
Madson did not pitch in the series and has not pitched since May 5.
Lidge started the ninth inning of game one with a 10-3 lead. He gave up a walk and a double to the first two men he faced before Casey Kotchman hit one just out to left to make it 10-6. Lidge got the next three. It was bad, but not quite as bad as it sounds. The double was blooped to left and the home run Kotchman hit really just barely squeaked out.
He entered game three in the ninth with the Phils down 3-2 and allowed a run on a walk and a double. He has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances. He has an 11.25 ERA and a 2.00 ratio in four May appearances.
Everyone in the pen should be well-rested by the time the Phils play tomorrow.
The Phillies scored 14 runs in the three-game set.
Rollins is hitting 195/231/268 after going 1-for-14 with a double in the series. He’s hitting .171 in May after hitting .207 in April.
Victorino went 0-for-13 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 272/319/464 on the year. Not outslugging Howard any more.
Utley went 3-for-12 with a double and two home runs in the series. He struck out six times. He’s hitting 309/437/639 for the year. Just .208 in May.
Howard was 3-for-12 with three doubles in the set. 287/364/539 for the season.
Werth was on the bench to start game three with Stairs starting in right. He went 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run. 287/392/564 for the year.
Ibanez went 2-for-11 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 327/386/655 for the year. If he slugs .655 for the whole season, it would be a career high. Hitting just .257 so far in May without a walk.
Feliz was 2-for-9 with a double and two RBI in the series. 303/355/424.
Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk in the series. 173/273/207 for the year with one extra-base hit in 29 at-bats. Coste caught the first two games of the series with Ruiz behind the plate yesterday.
Coste started game one of the series for the Phils and delivered a fourth-inning home run, his first of the year. He also started game two. He went 2-for-5 in the series with a double, a home run and two walks. He’s hitting 204/316/367 for the year.
Bruntlett did not get an at-bat in the series and is hitting 143/231/286 for the year.
Dobbs got the start at third in game two with Vazquez on the mound. 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI in the series. 148/207/148 for the year in 27 at-bats (4-for-27 with four singles and two walks).
Stairs got the start in right field in game three. 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two walks in the series. 353/522/765 in 17 at-bats.
Cairo was 1-for-2 in the series and 2-for-15 with two singles on the year.