The Phillies got their catcher and their shortstop back last night and it looked like they had never been gone. The Phils pounded Charlie Morton and the Pirates, scoring a dozen runs as the Phils won for the twelfth time in fifteen May games.
Rollins had two hits and a walk in his return and Werth and Howard combined to drive in ten runs. Kyle Kendrick pitched very well. He still has ugly numbers for the season, but has now been very good in two of his last three starts.
The Phillies are 24-13 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 last night.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out four.
Delwyn Young hit Kendrick’s fourth pitch of the game out to right to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Kendrick got the next two before Garrett Jones singled to right. Ryan Church popped to short for the third out.
It was 1-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Ryan Doumit to start the inning, but then got the next three to leave him stranded.
He set the top of the Pittsburgh order down 1-2-3 in the third.
He struck out Jones and Church to start the fourth before Doumit singled. Kendrick got Jeff Clement to ground to Howard to end the frame.
He had a 6-1 lead when he started the fifth. Ronny Cedeno led off with a double to left and lefty Akinori Iwamura hit for the pitcher Charlie Morton. Iwamura hit a soft ground ball back to the mound. Cedeno went to third as Kendrick took the first out at first. Young followed with a ground ball to second and Cedeno scored to make it 6-2. Andy LaRoche grounded to short for the third out.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
He allowed a leadoff single to Doumit to start the seventh with a 7-2 lead, but got Jeff Clement to hit into a double-play behind Doumit. Cedeno grounded to second for the third out.
Young reached on a fielding error by Kendrick with one out in the eighth. Kendrick got LaRoche to fly to center for the second out before Young stole second. Andrew McCutchen flew to center to leave him stranded.
Bastardo, who took Lidge’s roster spot, pitched the ninth inning with a ten-run lead and set the Pirates down in order.
Twelve pitches in the game for Bastardo. He has now allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in eight appearances for the year.
The Phillies lineup against righty Charlie Morton went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Utley was out with the flu, so Polanco played second and Dobbs third. Rollins was back in the lineup for the first time since injuring himself before the start of the game on April 12. Ruiz back behind the plate after missing the series in Milwaukee. Victorino stays in the leadoff spot with Rollins back in the lineup.
The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Victorino singled, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Polanco. Rollins hit a ball to first for the second out and Victorino scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard flew to left for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Ruiz started the third with an infield single. Kendrick tried to bunt him to second, but popped the bunt up to the pitcher for the first out. Victorino was hit by a pitch and Polanco followed with a single that loaded the bases. Rollins popped to the shortstop Cedeno in shallow left and everybody held. Howard was next and he chopped a single into left. Ruiz and Victorino scored (3-1) and Polanco went to third. Werth lined a 3-2 pitch out to right for a three-run homer that made it 6-1 before Ibanez flew to right to end the inning.
No RBI for Rollins with one out and the bases loaded.
Dobbs started the fourth with a single and stole second after Ruiz struck out for the first out. Kendrick tried to bunt and again couldn’t do it, striking out for the second out. Victorino lined to first for the third out.
Second time in the game that Kendrick couldn’t bunt.
It was 6-2 when the Phillies hit in the fifth. Rollins singled with one out, but Howard struck out behind him and Werth flew to left.
Ibanez started the sixth with a single and moved to second when Dobbs followed with a ground out. Ruiz grounded to short for the second out with Ibanez holding second. Kendrick hit for himself and hit a ball to center. McCutchen charged and lined it up, but the ball went off his glove for an error. Ibanez scored to put the Phillies up 7-2. Victorino again lined to first to end the inning.
Nice hustle by Ibanez, running all the way on the ball that should have been caught.
Rollins doubled to right with one out in the seventh. Lefty and former Phil Jack Taschner came in to pitch to Howard and Howard singled, sending Rollins to third. Werth got to hit against the lefty, too, and he blasted a ball almost out to center that went off the wall for a double. Rollins scored to make it 8-2 with men on second and third and one out. Ibanez and Dobbs both grounded to first to leave both men stranded.
No RBI for Ibanez with one out and a man on third.
Ruiz lined to left to start the eighth. With the lefty Taschner still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Francisco hit for Kendrick and grounded to short for the second out. The Phillies then loaded the bases on a single by Victorino and walks to Polanco and Rollins. Howard hit a 2-1 pitch from Taschner out to center for a grand slam, putting the Phils ahead 12-2. Werth flew to left for the third out.
They sure let Taschner pitch a long time. He went 1 2/3 innings in the game and allowed four hits and two walks.
Victorino was 2-for-4 in the game and scored three runs. He’s 10-for-his-last-19 and hitting 343/397/701 in May. He leads the team with 32 RBI. How? I have no idea. I think it’s a fine question, though. He’s second on the team in total bases behind Werth.
Polanco was 1-for-4 with a walk. He’s 7-for-his-last-15.
Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in his return to the lineup. He’s 11-for-27 (.407) on the year.
Howard was 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI. He’s 11-for-his-last-28.
Werth was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. He’s on pace to drive in 136 runs with 35 homers and 88 doubles. That would be an unusually high number of doubles for a player to hit in a season.
Ibanez was 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-his-last-23.
Dobbs 1-for-4 to raise his average on the year to .182.
Ruiz was 1-for-4.
Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59) faces lefty Zach Duke (2-4, 5.56) tonight in game two. Halladay comes off of a 121-pitch outing in Colorado. Duke has allowed 27 runs in 26 1/3 innings over his last five starts. Opponents are hitting .358 against him in those outings and .319 for the year.