The Phillies have a whole lot of things going for them in 2009, but they oddly can’t get going at home. Their 23-9 mark on the road this season is the best mark in baseball, but they are a meager 13-16 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phils didn’t pitch well at all against Boston this weekend in Philadelphia. Bastardo and Happ both made miserable starts. A rain delay in the middle game didn’t help matters much at all, forcing Bastardo from the contest after just one awful inning. Coming into the series having played back-to-back extra-inning games, the pen had to throw 17 1/3 innings over the three games. Their defense also abandoned them as they have now made five errors in their last two games.
The offense, however, keeps plugging along. The Phils scored 19 runs in the series and got two dramatic home runs. Howard sent the game to extra-innings with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth in game one, but the Phils fell in the thirteenth. The slumping Jimmy Rollins homered off of Josh Beckett in the bottom of the seventh yesterday to start a six-run rally that helped get the Phils their only win of the set.
The Phillies are 36-25 on the season after dropping two of three to the Red Sox. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games.
Game one was a fantastic game that didn’t end well as the Phils played their third straight extra-inning contest. Blanton got the start and was very good, allowing two runs on two solo homers over seven innings. The Phils got a run in the second on hits by Victorino and Ibanez and a ground out by Feliz, but went into the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1 without a hit since the second inning. Howard tied the game at 2-2 with a home run off of Ramon Ramirez to send it to extra-innings. Boston scored three runs off of Kyle Kendrick in the top of the thirteenth and won the game 5-2.
The Phillies made three errors in the top of the first in game two and Bastardo allowed five runs. A rain delay before the second inning forced Bastardo from the game and Durbin came on to pitch three innings in relief. The Phils had gotten to within 5-4 when the Red Sox hit in the top of the fifth, but Taschner gave up five hits and a walk in the frame and Boston pulled ahead 8-4. Sergio Escalona allowed another two runs in the seventh and the game ended 11-6.
Game three had the same 11-6 score, but the Phillies coming out on top. Happ’s start wasn’t good — Boston hit two home runs off of him in the fourth and pulled out to a 4-1 lead. Four runs for the Phils put them ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Happ gave up another homer in the top of the sixth, this one to pitcher Josh Beckett, tying the game at 5-5. The Phils pulled ahead to stay with a six-run seventh that started with a Rollins homer and featured a two-run double by Feliz.
Overall, Phillies pitchers threw 31 innings in the series. They posted a 5.81 ERA and a 1.84 ratio.
Blanton was very good in game one, but Bastardo and Happ both struggled. The three starting pitchers combined to throw to a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 ratio in 13 2/3 innings. They allowed six home runs and walked 11 over 13 2/3.
Blanton was fantastic in game one. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. Both of the runs came on solo homers, one from Drew and the other from Youkilis. He struck out seven. Hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last four starts.
Bastardo was awful in game two. He went just one inning, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks. The Phillies were terrible behind him, making three errors, but he didn’t pitch well.
Happ allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in game three. He gave up seven hits, including three homers, and walked six. Ew. That’s two bad starts in a row for Happ in which he’s allowed a total of nine runs over eleven innings and walked ten. His ERA has gone from 2.48 to 3.53 over his last two starts.
The relievers will enjoy a day off today after a long series. They combined to toss 17 1/3 innings. They weren’t very good, either, pitching to a 4.67 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. Kendrick got mashed in game one. Escalona and Taschner combined to allow five runs in three innings in game two. Park and Madson were very good in yesterday’s game.
Taschner started the fifth inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-4. He got hit hard, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He had allowed a run over 7 2/3 innings in his last five appearances coming into the game.
Romero entered game one with two outs and a man on first to pitch to lefty Mark Kotsay. Kotsay singled, but Romero got Jason Varitek to set the side down. He came back for the ninth and allowed a two-out walk but got the next hitter to turn the Red Sox away.
He pitched the top of the ninth in game two with the Phillies down 10-6. Jacoby Ellsbury lead off the inning with a home run and Romero walked two in the frame, but avoided further damage by getting Nick Green to hit into a double-play.
First run of the year charged to Romero, but he has walked six in his 7 1/3 innings.
Escalona, who took Kendrick’s spot on the roster after game one, started the sixth inning of game two with the Phillies down 8-5. He kept Boston off the board in the sixth, but allowed a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on two hits, two walks and a hit batter.
Escalona was sent back to the IronPigs yesterday and Tyler Walker called up to fill his roster spot.
Park started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 2-1. He got the first two men he faced before Jason Bay singled. Romero came in to pitch to the left Kotsay.
Park came into game three in relief of Happ in the sixth with two outs and the bases empty and the score tied at 5-5. He got the only hitter he faced. He came back to throw a scoreless seventh. In the eighth he allowed a leadoff double and the runner came around to score, but the run was unearned due to an error by Bruntlett in left.
He’s allowed just one run (unearned) over the last eight innings he’s pitched.
Kendrick made his first appearance of the year for the Phils in game one. Didn’t go well. He set the Red Sox down in order in the twelfth, but the thirteenth was a problem. Boston loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Ellsbury singled to right to put the Red Sox up 3-2. A sac fly and another single followed before Kendrick ended the frame with the Phils down 5-2.
Durbin was great in game two. After Bastardo left after a rain delay having throwing just one inning, Durbin threw three scoreless frames. He allowed just one single and three walks and lowered his ERA on the year to 3.86.
Condrey pitched the eleventh inning of game one with the score tied at 2-2. He set Boston down in order on three ground balls.
He pitched the eighth in game two. He walked JD Drew with two outs, but got the next hitter to ground out to turn Boston away.
Madson struck out the side in the top of the tenth in game one with the score tied at 2-2. He hit Youkilis with one out, but left him stranded by getting the next two hitters.
He pitched the ninth inning of game three with an 11-6 lead. He allowed two singles but kept Boston off the board. He hasn’t allowed a run in his eight appearances in June.
The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game series.
Rollins has just one hit in the series, the home run yesterday. 1-for-15 with a home run. He’s hitting 217/254/330 on the season. Hasn’t drawn a walk in June and is hitting .186 for the month.
Victorino made a fantastic catch to take a hit away from Drew in game one. He was 4-for-14 with two doubles in the series and is hitting 287/338/449 for the year.
Utley was 5-for-14 with a double in the series. 305/438/577 for the season.
Howard had a dramatic home run in game one to send the game to extra-innings. 5-for-16 with a double, a home run and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/330/566 for the year.
Ibanez started the first two games of the series with Dobbs starting in left yesterday. 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. 322/380/678 for the year. If he slugged .678 for the whole season it would be a career high.
Werth hit third in the first game of the series with Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox, sixth in the second game and fifth in the third. He was 5-for-13 in the series with a double and a home run. 262/358/440 on the year. His home run in game two was his first extra-base hit of the month.
Feliz was 5-for-12 with a double, a home run and five RBI. 318/365/445 for the year.
Ruiz started the first two games and was 2-for-8 with two singles and walk in the series. 284/405/459 for the season.
Coste started game three and went 1-for-4 in the series. He’s hitting 253/359/430 for the year.
Bruntlett made an error in left in yesterday’s game that helped Boston score a run. He was 1-for-2 and hit by two pitches in the series. He’s at 167/263/250 for the year.
Dobbs hit what was nearly a critical home run in game one on a ball down the right field line and over the foul pole. The ball was called foul. He started in left field in yesterday’s game. 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in the set. 175/250/316 for the year.
Stairs was 0-for-2 in the set and is hitting 289/460/553 for the year.
Bako did not play in the series and has one at-bat since the Phillies called him up from Reading on June 9.