The Phillies scored 20 runs in their three-game set with the Padres, so they didn’t really need great starting pitching. They got it anyway, though, as Blanton, Bastardo and Happ were outstanding for a team that has gotten by with starting pitching that has been unimpressive just about all season long.
After the three great starts the Phillies’ starters no longer have the worst ERA in baseball. With their 5.58 they’ve slipped ahead of the Nationals and their 5.63.
Bad starting pitching or not, the Phillies are on a monster role. They’ve won six straight and continue to put distance between themselves and the second-place Mets. After sweeping their second straight series the Phils are 31-20 on the season. Eleven games over .500 is their best mark for the season. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the injury-riddled Mets by three games.
The Phils won game one of the set 5-3 behind a solid start from Blanton. The Padres jumped out to a 1-0 lead on two singles and a ground out in the bottom of the second, but the Phils scored two in the second and got homers from Utley and Howard in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1. Scott Hairston and Adrian Gonzalez went back-to-back in the sixth to get San Diego within one at 4-3. But Eyre and Lidge were solid in relief, Lidge got his fourth save in four days, and doubles by Dobbs and Victorino in the top of the eighth gave the Phils an insurance run.
Antonio Bastardo made his debut in game two and was electric. Bastardo held the Padres to a run over six innings and the Phils took the game 10-5. The Phils jumped out to a 4-0 lead off of Jake Peavy in the top of the first and never looked back. Ibanez had two home runs and five RBI on his 37th birthday. Park got hit hard for four runs in the bottom of the seventh after Bastardo left the game, but the Phils started the frame with a 10-1 lead.
The Phils won 5-1 last night behind seven shutout innings from JA Happ. Howard hit a two-run homer to give the Phils the lead in the first and they never looked back. JC Romero made his season debut with the team and threw 1 1/3 innings.
Overall the Phillies got very good pitching in the series. They threw 27 innings to a 2.67 ERA and a 1.15 ratio.
The starters were fantastic. They went 20 innings and threw to a 1.80 ERA with an 0.90 ratio. They gave up four runs, three of which came on home runs. Blanton gave up two home runs and Bastardo gave up one.
Blanton pitched well in the first game of the series, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. It makes it two good starts in a row for Blanton, who has dropped his ERA from 7.11 to 5.86 over his last two outings. In his last two starts he’s given up three runs in 14 innings on just 11 hits and three walks.
Bastardo allowed three singles and a solo home run over six innings in his major league debut. He walked just one.
Happ was fantastic in game three as well. He allowed three singles, a double and a walk over seven shutout innings. He’s 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and an 0.87 ratio in his three starts on the year.
The relief pitching for the Phils wasn’t outstanding in the series, although the numbers look bad mostly because Park got hammered in game two pitching with a 10-1 lead. As a group the relievers threw to a 5.14 ERA with a 1.86 ratio. They allowed five runs, only four of which were earned. All four of the earned runs were charged to Park.
Eyre started the eighth inning of game one with a 5-3 lead and set the Padres down in order. He has made 22 appearances on the year and allowed runs in just two of them. Four of the five runs he’s been charged with on the year were given up in a single appearance against the Nationals on April 27.
Escalona was sent back to the minors to make room on the roster for JC Romero.
Taschner did not pitch in the series. He has not pitched since May 27. Three is especially a lot of lefties to have in your pen if you’re never going to use one of them.
Romero started the eighth inning of game three with a 5-0 lead and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Probably would have been worse except Kevin Kouzmanoff lined into a double-play with two men on to end the inning. Romero came back to start the ninth and got the only batter he faced.
Park relieved Bastardo in the seventh inning of game one with a 10-1 lead. Didn’t go well. He allowed four runs on four singles and two walks. He had gone a week without pitching, so it wasn’t like he wasn’t rested. He’s allowed ten earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his last four appearances.
Durbin threw a 1-2-3 eighth in game two with a 10-5 lead. He came back to pitch the ninth and San Diego loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Madson relieved him to get the final out of the game.
Nice job by Manuel not to automatically use Madson in the eighth inning just cause it was the eighth inning.
Condrey did not pitch in the series.
Madson got the last out of game two, coming in to face Kevin Kouzmanoff with two down, the bases loaded and the Phils up 10-5. Kouzmanoff grounded to third to end the game.
He also came into game three, entering with a 5-1 lead with one out in the ninth. He got the only two men he faced. Madson hasn’t been charged with a run since May 16. He’s thrown 8 2/3 scoreless innings in ten appearances since, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out ten.
Lidge got his fourth save in four games in the first game of the set, allowing just one walk. It was his fifth straight appearance without allowing a run.
Madson is the only guy who has thrown more than one day in a row and he’s thrown six pitches or less in each outing.
The Phillies scored 20 runs in the three-game set.
Rollins was 4-for-15 with a double. He’s hitting 229/270/336 for the season. He has one walk in last 43 at-bats.
Victorino was 5-for-12 with two doubles and a triple. 300/349/465 for the season. 30-for-his-last-86 (.349).
Utley was 4-for-11 with a home run. 298/437/556 for the year.
Howard was 3-for-11 with a double, two home runs and five RBI. He also walked three times. 266/348/591 for the year.
Ibanez went 6-for-15 with two doubles and two home runs. He’s hitting 337/395/703 for the year. If he slugged .703 for the whole season it would be a career high. He’s on pace to hit 60 home runs with 165 RBI.
Werth did not start the third game of the series with Dobbs playing right against right-hander Chris Young. He went 2-for-9 with three walks and an RBI in the series. 251/346/448 on the year. After going 2-for-4 with a home run against the Yankees on May 22 he was hitting 279/378/521. 7-for-43 (.163) since. He did play some center field last night, taking over for Victorino, which is nice to see. Also glad to see Dobbs get a chance in the outfield.
Feliz was 2-for-9 with three strikeouts in the series. 298/356/421 for the year.
Ruiz caught the first two games of the series and went 1-for-7 with two walks. He’s hitting 291/419/477 for the season.
Coste caught game three. 0-for-2 with two walks in the series. 246/364/446.
Bruntlett was 1-for-3 in the series and is hitting 135/190/243 for the year.
Dobbs started in right field with righty Chris Young on the mound for the Padres in game three. He was 4-for-7 in the series with two doubles and a home run. He’s up to 200/288/378 on the year. I don’t think he’s a good defensive corner outfielder, but I’d like to see him get more time in the outfield for the Phils.
Stairs was 1-for-1 with a single in the series and is hitting 303/477/606 for the year.