The Phils can’t win at home and can’t beat the AL, so we probably should have guessed there would be some hide-your-eyes-ugly moments when the Blue Jays came to town. There were. Maybe even a few more than expected.
There are a whole lot of things going wrong for the Phillies even besides their problems at home and against the AL. Ibanez is on the DL. Condrey can’t get anyone out, almost literally. Madson, who the Phils are counting on to close with Lidge on the DL, has faltered late in the game in two straight appearances. Three of the five starting pitchers in the rotation have very little chance to pitch deep into games. The bullpen pitches badly and way too much — over the last 11 games the starting pitchers have gotten an out in the seventh inning once.
The Phillies are 36-28 after being swept by the Blue Jays. They are in first place in the NL East and three games ahead of the second-place Mets. The Phils are 13-19 at home on the year and 7-17 against the AL in the regular season since the start of 2008.
The bullpen imploded late in game one and Toronto won 8-3 in ten innings. Hamels left after six with a 3-2 lead thanks to a two-run homer from Werth in the bottom of the inning. The lead held till the ninth when Madson came on to try and nail down the save, but the Blue Jays quickly loaded the bases on two singles and an intentional walk before Madson walked Lyle Overbay to force in the tying run. Madson managed to get the next two hitters to leave the bases loaded, but Condrey was charged with five runs in the top of the tenth with some help from Tyler Walker.
Jamie Moyer was hit hard in game two, which was unfortunate given that the Phillies scored one run. Werth hit a solo shot in the fourth to get the Phils within 4-1, but Moyer left down 6-1 with nobody out in the seventh. Toronto added a run off of Durbin in the seventh and won the game 7-1.
The Phillies lost game three 8-7. Mayberry, Rollins and Werth all hit early home runs to help give the Phils a 5-3 lead when Blanton started the sixth. But Blanton didn’t pitch well, allowing his second home run of the game and getting just one out in the sixth. Blanton left with the Phils still on top at 5-4, but Toronto got a run off of Park in the top of the seventh to tie things up. Condrey was miserable in the eighth with the help of a big error from Feliz. Condrey didn’t get an out and was charged with two runs that put the Blue Jays up 7-5. The Phillies tied it up at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth with the help of a pinch-hit home run from Dobbs, but Rod Barajas started the ninth with a home run off of Madson that would prove to be the game-winner.
The Phillies got miserable pitching in the series. The team threw 28 innings and posted a 7.07 ERA and a 2.14 ratio. They allowed seven home runs, walked 19 and gave up 41 hits. They didn’t hit well, but even if they had they would have had a lot of trouble winning with pitching like that.
Their starting pitching was a little better than the relief pitching, but still very bad. The worse news is that the Phillies started their three pitchers that they need to be able to rely on with the two young guys, Happ and Bastardo, not throwing. In the three starts, Hamels, Moyer and Blanton combined to put up a 6.23 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. None of the group got an out in the seventh inning. In the 17 1/3 innings they allowed five home runs and 26 hits but walked just five.
Hamels allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in game one. Back-to-back uninspiring starts from the Phils’ ace. He hasn’t walked more than two hitters in a game this season.
Moyer was hit hard in game two, allowing six runs over six innings on ten hits and two walks. He has a 6.35 ERA for the season. He allowed two home runs and two walks in the start after allowing one homer and no walks in his previous three starts combined.
Blanton went just 5 1/3 in game three and was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk. He had made four straight starts without being charged with more than three runs in a start. His ERA for the year is up to 5.28.
The overworked bullpen was atrocious in the series. 8.44 ERA. 2.72 ratio. In 10 2/3 innings they allowed 15 hits and 14 walks. 14 walks in 10 2/3 innings is more than you should allow. Romero walked four in 1 2/3 innings. Madson three in two innings. Condrey walked three and got just one out in his two appearances.
Taschner pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phils down 7-1. He allowed a one-out walk but got the next two hitters. He’s pitched just three innings in June, which is not enough given the circumstances.
Romero started the eighth inning of game one with the Phils up 3-2. He walked the bases loaded but got Scutaro and Hill to leave all three men stranded.
He came into game three in the top of the seventh with the Phils up 5-4 with one out and a man on second. The first three men he faced reached on two singles and a walk. The first single scored the runner from second and tied the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Romero got the next two to keep the game tied.
Lots of walks for Romero, who has now walked ten in nine innings.
Walker made his first appearance for the Phillies in game one, He entered in the tenth with one out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 5-3. The first man he faced hit a sac fly. 6-3. Rod Barajas was next and he cleared the bases with a double to make it 8-3. Walker got the pitcher to set Toronto down. Walker’s line for the game — 2/3 inning, one hit, no runs — looks a lot better than his actual contribution.
He also pitched in game two. He entered in the top of the ninth with the Phils down 7-1. He gave up a leadoff single but got the next three.
Pitched in game three, too. He entered in the top of the eighth with nobody out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 7-5. The first batter he faced flew to right and Mayberry made a fantastic throw to nail Vernon Wells at home as he tagged and tried to score. He walked the next batter to load the bases again, but got Raul Chavez on a ground ball back to the mound to leave the runners stranded.
Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He allowed a two-out walk before striking out Adam Lind to end the frame.
He also pitched in game two, coming in for Moyer in the top of the seventh with the Phils down 6-1 and nobody out. He faced four hitters in the inning and allowed a run on a solo homer to Rolen.
Park took over for Blanton in game three, entering with one out in the sixth, the Phillies up 5-4 and men on first and second. He struck out the first man he faced, walked the second to load the bases and then struck out Hill to end the frame.
Park came back to start the seventh. He got the first man he faced before Scott Rolen doubled to right. Romero relieved him to pitch to Lind.
Condrey started the tenth inning of game one with the score knotted at 3-3 and got mauled. He got the first hitter before allowing back-to-back singles. Rolen was next and put Toronto up 4-3 with a single to right. Condrey walked Lind to load the bases and then walked Rios to force in a run and make it 5-3. Tyler Walker took over for Condrey with the bases loaded and one down — all three runners would come around to score.
He started the eighth inning of game three with the score tied at 5-5. He was charged with two runs in the inning and didn’t get an out. He allowed two singles and a double, walked one batter and another reached on an error by Feliz. He left with nobody out and the bases loaded, the Phils down 7-5.
You’ve got to be worried about Condrey. The Feliz error hurt a lot, but that doesn’t account for six hits and three walks over 1/3 of an inning. He hasn’t made a ton of appearances in June, just seven, but pitched three days in a row June 11, 12 and 13 including multiple innings on June 11 and you have to wonder just how sore his sore back is.
Madson started the ninth inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and, with men on second and third, walked Lind intentionally to load the bases. He struck Alex Rios out for the first out before walking Overbay to force in the run that tied the game at 3-3. He got the next two hitters with the bases loaded to get out of the frame.
He came into game three in the top of the ninth with the game scored at 7-7. Barajas led off with a home run to put Toronto up 8-7. Madson walked the next hit before getting a strikeout and a double-play.
First home run of the year allowed by Madson.
Despite all the use of the pen, Walker is the only reliever who has pitched more than one day in a row. He has pitched three days in a row and is almost surely not available tonight.
The Phillies scored 11 runs in the three-game series, seven of which were scored yesterday.
Rollins was 5-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in the series. He draw walk yesterday, which was his first walk in June. He’s hitting 225/263/350 for the season.
Utley was 4-for-11 with three walks an RBI in the series. Three of the hits came in game one. 308/441/567 for the year. He’s hitting 344/468/609 in June but with just one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 25 at-bats.
Werth hit third in game one with lefty Ricky Romero on the mound, then sixth in game two and fifth in game three after Ibanez went on the DL. He hit a home run in every game of the series, going 3-for-13 with three homers and five RBI. He’s hitting 261/350/466 for the year.
Howard was 3-for-12 with two walks and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/331/552. After on-basing .320 in May he’s on-basing .308 in June. His strikeout rate has gone up every month of the season so far — he struck out in about 22.2% of his plate appearances in March and April, about 30.4% of his plate appearances in May and about 34.6% of his plate appearances so far in June.
Ibanez went on the DL after the second game of the series and Mayberry took his roster spot. He was 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. 312/371/656 for the season. If he slugs .656 for the whole year it would be a career high. He has hit just .254 in June with a .299 on-base percentage, but thanks to five doubles and five home runs he’s slugging .571.
Victorino hit sixth in game one and second in the other two games. He was 5-for-10 with five singles and three walks in the set. 295/351/451 for the year.
Feliz was 2-for-13 with two singles in the series. He has walked once in his last 90 at-bats. 308/354/419 for the year.
Ruiz caught games one and three of the series. 0-for-6 with a walk in the series. 270/391/435 for the year. He’s hitting .194 with one extra-base hit in June.
Coste started game two and was 1-for-4 in the series. 253/354/422 for the year.
Bruntlett was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 163/259/245 for the year.
Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a home run in the series. 186/258/373 for the season.
Stairs was 0-for-1 in the set and is at 282/451/538 for the year.
Bako did not play. He never plays. 0-for-1 since joining the Phils.
Mayberry was on the roster for game three and started in right. He made a great throw to nail a runner at the plate and hit a home run. 2-for-5 with a homer in the game. 4-for-14 with a double and two home runs with the Phils this season.