New York’s RA Dickey is the latest hurler to stump the Phils. Dickey tossed six shutout innings last night as the Mets pounded the Phils 8-0. In their last three games the Phillies have been shut out twice and nearly no-hit once. In the other game they were shut out through eight innings before scoring three in the bottom of the ninth to turn a blowout into a five-run loss.
Moyer didn’t pitch well in last night’s game, failing to go six innings for the first time this year. The bullpen allowed four runs in three innings. The Phils had plenty of chances to score, but let them all slip away. Most notably, they loaded the bases with nobody out in the second and came away empty. In the seventh, Utley and Howard struck out back-to-back with a man on third and less than two outs.
The Phils have lost five of seven and scored 15 runs over those seven games. In four of the seven they scored one run or zero runs. They’re 26-18 on the season with the loss. They are three games ahead of the second-place Marlins in the division, but just four ahead of the Nats and Mets, who have the same record at the bottom of the division.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He didn’t strike out a batter.
Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a single and Luis Castillo bunted him to second. Reyes stole third and came in to score on a ground out by Jason Bay, putting the Mets up 1-0. Ike Davis flew to center for the third out.
Moyer got David Wright to start the second, but Angel Pagan and Rod Barajas singled back-to-back behind him. It put men on first and third for Jeff Francoeur and Francoeur singled to left, scoring Pagan to put the Mets up 2-0. The pitcher RA Dickey was next and bunted the runners to second and third with two outs. Reyes grounded to third for the third out.
Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third.
Wright led off the fourth and hit a ball into shallow center that Victorino didn’t see. It dropped and Wright had a double. Pagan walked to put men on first and second for Barajas. Barajas flew to center deep enough for Wright to go to third. Francoeur was next and he delivered a sac fly too, this one to left. Wright scored and it was 3-0. Dickey flew to right for the third out.
Reyes started the fifth with a pretty bunt single and stole second. Castillo moved him to third with a ground out before Bay singled to left to bring him in and put the Mets up 4-0. Bay stole second and Davis walked. It put men on first and second with one out, but Moyer got Wright on a fly ball to left and Pagan on a fly to center.
Herndon started the sixth after the Phils hit for Moyer in the top of the inning. He allowed a one-out double to Francoeur. Lefty Chris Carter hit for the pitcher Dickey and singled into center, scoring Francoeur to making it 5-0. Herndon got Reyes and Castillo to end the inning.
Herndon came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh. Opponents are hitting .373 against him for the year.
Figueroa started the eighth with the Phils down 5-0. Barajas singled with one out before Francoeur lined to left for the second out. The pitcher Raul Valdes was next and he doubled just out of the reach of Werth. Barajas scored and it was 6-0. Reyes was next and tripled just out of the reach of Werth. 7-0. Castillo singled to left. 8-0. Bay grounded to third to finally end the inning.
Werth was playing really shallow with Valdes at the plate. A little too shallow apparently. That would have been a nice out to have. Figueroa’s ERA for the year is up to 5.09 for the year. He’s allowed runs in two of his last three appearances, giving up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Herndon threw 30 pitches in the game, Figueroa 29.
The Phillies lineup against righty RA Dickey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Castro. Castro plays short with Rollins on the DL, hitting eighth with Ruiz seventh.
The Phils went in order in the first.
They hit in the top of the second down 1-0. Howard led off and smashed a ball off the arm of Dickey for a single. Dickey stayed in the game and Werth singled as well, sending Howard to second. Ibanez singled to left and the bases were loaded for Ruiz. Ruiz hit a ball back to the mound. Dickey fielded and threw home to start the double-play with Barajas going to first for the second out. Castro walked to load the bases again, but Moyer struck out swinging to turn the Phillies away.
No run in the inning on three hits and a walk. That’s tough to do.
Victorino started the third with a walk with the Phillies down 2-0. Polanco hit a ground ball to second and Victorino was forced for the first out. Utley struck out before Howard sent Polanco to second with a single. Werth walked to load the bases yet again, but Ibanez lined to short to leave them all stranded.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
They were losing 3-0 when they hit in the fifth. Polanco singled with one out. Utley followed and grounded to second with Polanco forced for the second out. Howard flew to center to set the Phillies down.
It was 4-0 in the sixth. Ibanez and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and second for Castro and he lined to Davis at first for the second out. With the righty Dickey still pitching for the Mets, Dobbs hit for Moyer and struck out swinging 1-2.
Lefty Raul Valdes started the seventh with a 5-0 lead. Victorino led off with a walk and moved to third when Polanco followed with a double. Utley struck out and Howard struck out. Werth got to hit against the lefty and hit a ground ball in the hole between third and short. Wright made a nice play to field the ball diving to his left and threw Werth out at first to end the frame.
That’s awful. No run for the Phils when Utley and Howard both strike out with a man on third and less than two outs.
Castro walked with two outs in the eighth. With the lefty Valdes still on the mound for the Mets, Francisco hit for Herndon and popped to Reyes to leave Castro stranded.
Polanco singled off of Valdes with one out in the ninth, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.
Victorino was 0-for-3 with two walks in the game. It’s tempting to blame the offensive woes on the .310 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot, but Victorino is hitting 280/356/548 so far in May.
Polanco was 3-for-5 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phils in the game.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk.
Ibanez 2-for-4. He’s hitting 214/283/357 against lefties this season.
Ruiz 1-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-17.
Castro was 0-for-2 with two walks, giving him four for the season.
Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.06) faces lefty Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 2.53) tonight in game two of the series. Blanton has been very good early in the game this year and very bad late. So far the results are bad overall. Takahashi has made 15 relief appearances and one start on the season. The start came on Saturday against the Yankees and he threw six shutout innings. He does walk a lot of righties, though. They are hitting 241/347/373 against him for the season.
Some words about Brad Lidge and how good he feels here. The article suggests he could be activated next week.