The Phils won two of three against the Yankees in an exciting series in New York this weekend. The series was notable because the Phillies did so many things well that they haven’t all year. They got fantastic starting pitching, won when they didn’t score a lot of runs and got outstanding production from Carlos Ruiz.
All the things they did well help shine an even brighter light on what they didn’t. 2009′s Brad Lidge isn’t 2008′s Brad Lidge and as the season continues it gets harder and harder to ignore. Lidge had two chances to save games in the series and couldn’t get the job done either time. Lidge deserves to get the save opportunities as long as he’s healthy and on the roster — as long as he’s a Phillie I’m pretty sure he’s going to get them. But he’s not currently the Phillies’ best pitcher out of the pen and not the guy whose appearance in the game gives the team the best chance to win. It’s hard not to wonder if the Phillies would be better off giving whatever’s wrong with him a name and putting him on the DL with it.
The Phillies are 24-18 on the year after taking two of three from the Yankees. Six games above .500 is their best mark for the year — they reached it for the first time on the season after winning game one of the set.
The Phils took game one 7-3. Myers gave them eight strong innings, allowing three runs on three solo homers. Rollins took AJ Burnett out of the yard on the first pitch of the game and the Phillies hitters followed his example. The Phils scored all seven of their runs in the game on home runs, hit by Rollins, Ruiz, Werth and Ibanez.
On Saturday the Yankees scored three runs off of Lidge in the bottom of the ninth to win game two 5-4. Happ pitched very well for the Phils in his first start of the season and John Mayberry, playing in his first major league game, put the Phillies up 4-1 with a three-run homer in the fifth. Jeter hit a home run off of Happ in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. Lidge started the ninth with a two-run lead. He got one out, allowing a two-run homer to A-Rod that was followed by a single, a stolen base and a game-winning single by Melky Cabrera.
Game three was a fantastic pitching matchup between Hamels and CC Sabathia that the Phils won 4-3 in eleven innings. Teixeira hit a solo shot off of Hamels in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Phillies lead to 3-2. Lidge came on in the ninth with another chance for a save and again couldn’t get it done. He allowed a single, a stolen base and a game-tying RBI-single before getting the next three. Condrey put up two scoreless frames after that, though, and Ruiz put the Phils on top to stay with an RBI-double with two outs in the top of the eleventh.
The Phillies got fantastic starting pitching in the series. Their three starters combined to go 20 innings with a 3.15 ERA and did not walk a batter.
Myers went eight innings in game one and allowed three runs, all of which came on solo homers. He didn’t walk a batter. After walking 15 hitters in his first five starts of the year he has walked four in his four starts in May.
Happ was fantastic in his first start of the year in game two. He held the Yankees to two runs on four hits and no walks over six innings.
Hamels allowed two runs over six innings in game three. He gave up eight hits and struck out five. He has a 2.88 ERA in four May starts and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game in any of his last six outings.
Lidge is the only member of the Phillies pen that was charged with a run in the series.
Eyre started the eighth inning of game three with a 3-2 lead and retired Johnny Damon, the only man he faced, on a fly ball to center.
He hasn’t allowed an earned run in ten appearances in May.
Taschner did not pitch in the series.
Escalona was active for game one and did not pitch. Mayberry was called up to take his roster spot on Saturday.
Park did not pitch in the series.
Durbin started the seventh inning of game two with a 4-2 lead and threw a perfect inning.
He came back for game three, entering again in the seventh inning. This time he had a 3-2 lead. He allowed a single but kept New York off the board.
Condrey pitched the tenth and eleventh innings of game three. He did not allow a run but was charged with two hits, both of which came in the bottom of the tenth. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the tenth he got Teixeira to hit into a critical double-play before walking A-Rod intentionally and then getting Ramiro Pena to fly to center. He sent the Yanks down in order in the eleventh.
Fantastic job by Condrey.
Madson pitched the ninth inning of game one. Entering with a 7-3 lead, he set the Yankees down in order.
He pitched the eighth inning of game two with a 4-2 lead. He gave up a one-out pinch double to Brett Gardner, but struck out the next two men he faced.
He entered with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the Phillies up 3-2. He got the two men he faced.
Three days in a row for Madson. He has been scored on in one of his last 15 appearances.
Lidge entered game two in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-2 lead. Johnny Damon led off with a walk and stole second before Lidge struck Mark Teixeira out for the first out. A-Rod followed and tied the game with a two-run homer to right. Robinson Cano singled and stole second before Cabrera’s single to center won the game for New York.
Two stolen bases against Lidge and Coste in the inning.
He started the bottom of the ninth in game three with a 3-2 lead. He gave up a leadoff single to Robinson Cano. Ramiro Pena ran for Cano and stole second before Cabrera drove Pena in with a single to center to tie the game at 3-3. Lidge got the next three.
Lidge has pitched for two days in a row. Madson has pitched for three days in a row, although he only threw five pitches in game three. Condrey threw 33 pitches in game three, which probably means he can’t pitch in the first game against Florida.
The Phillies scored 15 runs in the three games of the series.
Rollins went 3-for-13 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 233/280/344 for the season.
Utley didn’t start game three with Sabathia pitching, but entered in the top of the ninth and wound up scoring the winning run. He drew a two-out walk in the top of the eleventh, stole second and scored on Ruiz’s double. He was 3-for-9 with three singles and a walk in the series. 297/434/580 for the year.
Ibanez was at DH for games two and three of the series. 5-for-13 with a double and two home runs in the set. 352/412/739 for the year. If he slugs .739 for the whole season it would be a career high. He has hit ten home runs in May.
Howard was 2-for-14 in the series and is hitting 256/333/512 for the year.
Werth moved to left field for games two and three with Mayberry in right and Ibanez at DH. 2-for-13 with a home run. 262/358/490.
Victorino was hitting second in game three after hitting sixth for the first two games. 6-for-15 with a triple. 269/313/429 for the year.
Feliz went 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 295/367/410.
Ruiz had a monster day in game three, going 3-for-4 with a walk and the game-winning double. He also held on to the ball to nail Damon on a play at the plate early in the game and gunned down two men on the bases. 6-for-8 with a double, a walk and a home run in the series. He was hitting 235/371/314 after going 0-for-4 against the Reds on May 19. He is now hitting 302/421/444 for the season.
Mayberry was called up on Saturday and played right field in games two and three. He delivered a monster blow in game two, connecting for a three-run homer to put the Phils up 4-1. He was 2-for-8 with a double and a home run.
Stairs was the DH for game one. 1-for-5 with a single in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 286/474/536 for the year.
Dobbs did not see any action in the series and is hitting 143/250/229 for the season.
Bruntlett started at second base in game three. He went 0-for-3. 118/179/235 for the year.
Coste caught game two. He went 0-for-3, dropping his line on the season to 230/319/393.