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The Phillies did just about everything right this weekend against the Mets. They got brilliant pitching, got Jimmy Rollins back sparking their offense at the top of the order and played error-free baseball. And when it was over it was hard to have any reaction at all except man-the-Mets-sure-are-looking-awful.
The Phils came into the series with New York 4-14 over their last 18 games. There’s no question that they’re going to snap out of it — the only question is when. They have played badly enough for long enough, though, that one great weekend against the Mets, a team missing three of its four best hitters, isn’t going to get the confidence ball rolling again with a whole lot of steam. Their problems, mostly the fact that there is no reason the rest of the division should be nearly as close to them as they are, took more than one weekend to make and they’re going to take more than one weekend to put behind them.
The Phillies are 42-37 on the year after sweeping the Mets in a three-game series in Philadelphia. They’re a game ahead of the second-place Marlins. The Mets and Braves are tied for third place in the division four games behind the Phils.
Rodrigo Lopez made his debut as a Phillie in game one, which the Phillies won 7-2. Coming off of three straight losses in Atlanta, the Phillies exploded for seven runs in the first three innings as they jumped out to a big early lead. Lopez cruised into the seventh, when the Mets finally got to him for a pair of runs. Park and Madson came on to offer 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Phillies pitching held the Mets down again in game two as Moyer led the way to a 4-1 win. Moyer held New York to a single run and pitched into the seventh. Rollins drove in a pair of runs and four Phillies relievers combined to throw 2 1/3 innings of nearly perfect relief to protect a three-run lead. Lidge struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fifteenth save on the year.
Blanton dueled Johan Santana in game three and the Phils came out with a 2-0 win. Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Utley put the Phils ahead 2-0 with another homer in the bottom of the sixth. Blanton was fantastic, pitching into the eighth and allowing just four singles and three walks without giving up a run. Park got a huge double-play in the eighth and Lidge earned his second save in two days by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phillies got outstanding pitching in the series, allowing just three runs in three games. Their pitchers posted a 1.00 ERA and an 0.89 ratio. They didn’t allow a home run and struck out 20 in 27 innings.
The starting pitchers combined to throw 20 innings with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio. Lopez, Moyer and Blanton all made good starts.
Lopez was very good in game one, allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings in his first start since 2007. He allowed six hits, three singles and three doubles, and walked one.
Moyer also went 6 1/3 in game two. He allowed one run on five singles and a walk. He allowed at least one home run in nine of his first ten starts on the season. After not allowing one in game two he has now not allowed one in four of his last six starts.
Blanton threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in game three, allowing four singles and three walks. He left with one out and a man on first in the eighth. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start once in his last eight outings — he allowed four runs against the Blue Jays on June 18. His ERA has dropped from 7.11 to 4.69.
The relievers were also outstanding in the series. They allowed three hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings over the three games. They struck out ten.
Romero entered game two in the seventh with two outs, a man on first and the Phillies up 4-1. He struck Daniel Murphy out to end the inning. He came back to start the eighth and got the leadoff man before Alex Cora singled to left. Madson came on to face righty David Wright.
He also pitched in game three, entering in the top of the eighth with one out, a man on first and the Phillies up 2-0 to pitch to lefty Alex Cora. He hit Cora with a pitch to put the tying run on base and Park came in to pitch to the righty Tatis.
Escalona didn’t pitch in the series. Eyre took his roster spot yesterday.
Walker did not pitch in the series.
Park entered game one in the bottom of the seventh with one out, a man on second and the Phils up 7-2. He struck out the two men he faced to end the inning. He returned for the eighth. He allowed a leadoff single to Gary Sheffield, but got Wright to hit into a double-play behind him. A single and a walk followed, but Park got out of it by getting Tatis on a fly ball to Werth to set New York down.
He also pitched yesterday in game three, entering in the eighth with one out, men on first and second and the Phils up 2-0. He got the only man he faced, Tatis, to hit into a big double-play.
Durbin relieved Moyer in game two with one out, nobody on and the Phils up 4-1 in the seventh. He got the first man he faced before hitting Omir Santos with a pitch. Romero came on to face lefty Daniel Murphy.
Madson pitched the ninth inning of game one with a 7-2 lead. He set the Mets down in order. Madson isn’t the guy to use to start an inning up by five runs.
He entered game two in the eighth with the Phils up 4-1, one out and Wright at the plate. He got Wright to pop to Utley for the second out and Gary Sheffield on a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Lidge struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth in game two with the Phils up 4-1. It was the first time he had thrown a perfect inning since June 1.
He also pitched yesterday. He entered in the ninth with a 2-0 lead and struck out the side.
Romero and Lidge have both pitched two days in a row. Romero threw just two pitches yesterday. Lidge 14 yesterday after throwing 13 in game two.
The Phillies scored 13 runs in the three game series.
Rollins was 5-for-11 with three doubles, three walks and a home run in the three-game set. He’s hitting 217/266/345 on the season. He was also 2-for-4 in the last game in Atlanta, so he’s 7-for-his-last-15.
Victorino was 6-for-14 with a triple in the series. 300/363/447 on the year.
Utley was 3-for-9 with two walks, a home run and three RBI. 301/426/559 on the season.
Howard was 1-for-9 in the series but made two nice defensive plays yesterday. 252/326/519.
Werth went 1-for-7 with three walks and a home run. 261/365/482.
Dobbs started in left in games one and two. He went 2-for-8 with two singles and two RBI. He’s at 244/293/433 for the season. He still has walked just once since May 30 (53 at-bats).
Feliz was 4-for-9 with four singles. 292/340/415 on the year.
Bako got the start behind the plate in each of the first two games and went 1-for-6 with a double and two walks. He’s 3-for-14 with the Phillies. I don’t think it makes sense to have Ruiz, Coste and Bako all on the team at the same time, but if they are going to all be on the team at the same time it’s nice to see Bako play.
Ruiz started yesterday’s game and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s hitting 234/337/364 for the season. He was hitting 304/427/529 at the end of May.
Coste was 0-for-1 in the series. 248/345/386.
Bruntlett did not play in the series. One at-bat in the last six games. 134/208/194 for the year.
Mayberry started in left yesterday. 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the series. 209/244/535 for the year.
Stairs was 0-for-1 in the series and is at 276/408/466 for the year.
On Thursday the Phillies lost their third straight, falling to the Braves 5-2. Happ pitched very well in the game, holding Atlanta to two runs over seven innings and the teams went into the bottom of the eighth tied at 2-2. Madson got hit hard in the inning, allowing three runs on three hits including a two-run homer by Garret Anderson.
Shane Victorino is one of six vote-in candidates to make the All-Star team.
Eyre up, Escalona down. Jack Taschner was designated for assignment when Lopez was activated to start on Friday.
Ibanez will play for Reading today and may be back before the All-Star break.
Rodrigo Lopez’s starts are purple in the Start Log.