Pat Burrell may be a fan favorite, but Raul Ibanez is doing his best to make us all forget. Ibanez delivered a three-run blast to right-center last night to help give the Phillies their second-straight win in extra innings and is on pace to hit 59 home runs with 162 RBI this season. The Phils remain atop the NL East after taking two of three against the rival Mets in New York.
The series featured Ryan Madson filling in for DL’ed closer Brad Lidge. Madson was more than up to the task, coming through twice to nail down two saves. After a fantastic season in which Madson shined in the post-season he now has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in 2009. He has struck out 32 in 30 1/3 innings. He wasn’t the only Phillies reliever pitching well out of the pen in New York. The Phillies’ relievers struggled in game one, giving up the lead, but came back to throw ten scoreless innings in games two and three of the set as the Phils won twice in extra-innings.
The Phillies are 35-23 on the year after taking two of three from the Mets. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games. The Dodgers are the only team in either league with a better winning percentage.
New York took the first game of the set 6-5. The Mets jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a pair of home runs off of JA Happ — Wright hit a solo shot and Beltran a two-run homer. Howard and Ibanez went back-to-back off of Santana in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 and a two-run homer by Rollins in the sixth put the Phillies on top at 4-3. Happ and Condrey faltered in the bottom of the sixth as New York scored a pair of runs to take the lead for good. The Mets padded their lead with a run off of Durbin in the seventh. Utley hit another home run off of Santana in the eighth, the fourth of the game for the Phils, but it was only good enough to get the Phillies within one and the Mets pen shut them down from then on.
The Phillies won the middle game 5-4 in eleven innings. The Mets took a 1-0 lead with a run off of Hamels in the bottom of the third, but Utley tied things up with a solo shot off of Pelfrey in the top of the fourth. New York got five singles and a walk in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 4-1. The Phils tied the score at 4-4 in the seventh with three runs on four singles and an error by Wright. Hamels left after five innings and the bullpen went six scoreless innings after that. Utley won it with his second home run of the day, a solo shot in the top of the eleventh after Werth had made a fantastic diving catch to end the tenth and keep the game alive.
Last night Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the top of the tenth and Madson closed it for the second-straight day. Moyer allowed three runs over six innings. A big double by Coste put men on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh and Stairs tied the game at 3-3 with a pinch-hit RBI ground out. After going six scoreless frames in game two, the bullpen allowed one hit and didn’t walk a batter in four scoreless innings last night.
Overall the Phillies threw 29 innings in the series, pitching to a 4.03 ERA and a 1.55 ratio.
The starting pitching wasn’t good. Happ struggled in game one, allowing four walks and a pair of homers. Hamels went just five. Moyer had the best start of the three. As a group they threw to a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings with a 1.90 ratio.
Happ started game one and allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings on six hits and four walks. It was the worst of Happ’s four starts on the year and also the first time he allowed more than one home run in a game — he had allowed three on the season coming into the start.
Hamels went just five innings in game two, allowing four runs on ten singles, a double and two walks. Two of his last three starts have been bad with a gem against the Dodgers in the middle.
Moyer was the starter for game three. He allowed three runs over six innings on eight hits and didn’t walk a batter. Over his last three starts he has a 2.84 ERA and has allowed 15 hits and no walks in 19 innings (0.79 ratio).
As a group the bullpen threw to a 1.42 with a 1.11 ratio.
Eyre came in to face Daniel Murphy with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh in game two. He struck Murphy out swinging to end the inning.
He also pitched in game three, entering in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to face Fernando Martinez. Eyre got Martinez on a soft liner to third, but injured his calf during the at-bat. In the linked article Manuel suggests that Eyre may be out for a while.
On April 27 Eyre allowed four runs against the Nationals. He has allowed one run since, which was unearned, over 17 appearances and 10 2/3 innings. So, yeah, the Phillies are going to miss him.
Taschner took over for Hamels in game two. He threw a perfect sixth with the Phillies down 4-1.
Romero threw a perfect eighth in game one with the Phillies down 6-5.
He also pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed a single and a walk to the first three men he faced, but got the next two to leave both runners stranded.
He’s allowed one run in five appearances with the Phillies this season. The run was unearned.
Park entered game two in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but got Luis Castillo on a ground ball back to the mound to send the game to extra innings.
He came back to pitch the tenth inning in game two. He allowed a one-out single. With the winning run on first, Wright hit a line drive to the gap in right-center that may have ended the game if Werth had not made a diving catch.
Park dropped his ERA to 6.50 for the season with the outing. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last two appearances.
Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with the Phils down a run. He faced four batters, getting three outs and allowing a solo home run to Ryan Church. It was the fifth home run he had allowed on the year after allowing five all of last season.
He also started the seventh inning of game two. With the score tied at 4-4 he faced five hitters and allowed a single and two walks, one of which was intentional. After New York loaded the bases with one out, Durbin got a critical second out when Omir Santos popped to second. Durbin left with the bases loaded and two outs when the Mets called on lefty Daniel Murphy to pinch-hit.
Durbin started the ninth inning of game three with the score tied at 3-3. He faced two batters and got them both before Eyre came in to pitch to lefty Fernando Martinez.
Condrey relieved Happ with one out in the bottom of the sixth in game one. There was one out and a man on first with the Phillies up 4-3. It didn’t go well. The first batter he faced moved the runner on first to second with a single before Santana pulled back his bunt and slapped a double into the right field corner. It put men on second and third with the score tied at 4-4. Condrey got a popup for the second out before Alex Cora delivered an RBI single into center that made it 5-4 with men on first and third. Condrey walked Beltran intentionally and struck Sheffield out to end the inning.
Bad outing for Condrey. One of the runs he allowed was charged to Happ. Santana’s double hurt a lot.
He entered game three in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 3-3. He pitched the seventh and the eighth, facing six batters and setting down all six. He’s allowed two runs over 12 2/3 innings in his last 11 appearances.
Madson got the chance for the save in game two with Lidge on the DL. He entered in the bottom of the eleventh with a 5-4 lead and set the Mets down in order on three ground balls.
Great job by Madson — would have been a bummer to lose that one in extra-innings as he debuts as closer.
Great job again in game three. Madson entered in the bottom of the tenth with the Phils up 6-3. He allowed a leadoff single but set down the next three.
The Phillies scored 16 runs in the three-game series.
Victorino led off in game one and hit second for the other two. He had a big hit in the top of the tenth last night, getting a single to start the rally that ended with the Ibanez home run. He was 2-for-13 with two singles and a walk in the series and is hitting 288/336/450 for the year.
Utley had a monster game in game two of the series, hitting a pair of solo home runs. Mike Pelfrey would apparently prefer he not step out of the batter’s box as well. He was 5-for-13 with a double and three home runs in the series. 302/438/588 for the season.
Werth made a fantastic catch on a ball hit in the right-center gap with two outs in the bottom of the tenth in game two. He was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 263/391/425 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in June. He hit third in game one and dropped to sixth after Rollins returned to the leadoff spot.
Howard was 2-for-13 with a home run in the series. 253/331/567. He’s hitting .195 with a .292 on-base percentage in June.
Ibanez made a great play in game one, fielding a double off the wall by Sheffield on a hop and throwing Sheffield out at second. He also threw Wright out at second in last night’s game. 3-for-14 with two home runs in the series. 322/377/674 for the year. If he slugs .674 for the whole season it would be a career high. Just one walk in his last 54 at-bats. He’s on-basing .298 in June.
Rollins had a big day in the first game of the set, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. In the top of the ninth inning he absolutely blew up Alex Cora at second base to ruin what should have been a double-play and keep the game alive. He hit sixth in the first game of the series and led off the other two. 4-for-13 with a home run in the series, 1-for-9 after game one. 226/262/333 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 59 at-bats.
Feliz was 5-for-13 with a double in the set. 312/362/427 for the year. He has two home runs on the year, the last of which came on April 28. He has walked once in his last 65 at-bats.
Ruiz started the first two games of the set and went 0-for-7. 287/410/475 for the year.
Coste caught game three. He was 3-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 253/356/440 for the year.
Bruntlett drew a walk in game one, his only plate appearance of the series. He’s hitting 152/226/239 for the season. 4-for-his-last-29 with four singles.
Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a single. 196/276/353 for the year.
Stairs was 0-for-2 with an RBI. Big at-bat last night to tie the game with a ground out. 306/479/583.
Bako was 0-for-1 in the series and is 0-for-1 with the Phils.
Pablo Ozuna was suspended 50 games.
The Phillies reached an agreement with Kelly Dugan, their top pick of the 2009 draft.
Update: Eyre to DL, Kendrick called up. Kendrick has made 12 starts at Triple-A, throwing to a 4.03 ERA with a 1.36 ratio. Still has some problems with lefties, who are hitting .315 against him in the minors this year and have hit four of the five home runs he has allowed.