Archive for May, 2010

Scoring runs still not in the cards for St Louis

Just about everyone is pitching well for the Phillies these days, so it was going to be a big surprise if Halladay came out yesterday afternoon and laid an egg. He didn’t. Halladay was fantastic again, holding the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings. After seven starts Halladay has a 6-1 record, a 1.45 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.

In other encouraging news for the pitching staff, Danys Baez has now given the Phillies three perfect innings in relief his last three times out coming off an ugly start to the season.

The Phillies are 17-11 after beating the St Louis Cardinals 7-2 yesterday afternoon. The Phils took three of four in the set. The Phillies have won five of six and three in a row. They’ve allowed three runs in their last three games. In four of their last six they have allowed two runs or less. They have extended their lead in the NL East to two games with the Mets and Nationals tied for second place.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. Only one of the runs was earned and all seven hits were singles. He struck out nine.

He gave up back-to-back singles to Skip Schumaker and Nick Stavinoha to start the first. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Albert Pujols. Halladay got Pujols to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Big at-bat early in the game.

With the Phillies up 3-0, David Freese started the second with a fly ball to right that went off Werth’s glove after he lost it in the sun for a three-base error. Colby Rasmus popped to Utley for the first out. Jason LaRue was next and he hit a ball to Valdez at short. Valdez fielded and then threw it away for a two-base error. Freese scored to make it 3-1 with one out and a man on second. The pitcher Kyle Lohse lined to right for the second out and Tyler Greene grounded to short to end the frame.

Two errors in the inning for the Phils. The ball that Werth did not catch was originally ruled a hit. The scoring was changed after the game was over. They got it right. This says that Werth called the press box to say the ball had hit his glove and it should have been called an error.

The Phils were up 5-1 when Halladay set St Louis down in order in the third.

Holliday started the fourth with a single into center. Halladay struck out Freese and Rasmus behind him and got LaRue to ground to third.

Greene singled to right with one out in the fifth and Schumaker followed with a walk. Halladay stuck out Stavinoha before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Pujols drew a walk to load the bases, but Halladay struck Holliday out swinging 3-2 to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies led 6-1 when Halladay started the sixth. Freese led off with a walk, but Halladay struck Rasmus out and got LaRue to hit into a double-play.

Lefty Jon Jay hit for pitcher Trever Miller and singled to start the seventh. Greene struck out before Schumaker moved Jay to third with a single. Halladay struck out Stavinoha for the second out, but Pujols singled to left and Jay scored to cut the lead to 6-2. With men on first and second, Halladay got Holliday to ground to Utley to leave both men stranded.

Durbin started the eighth with the Phils up 7-2. With one out he grazed Rasmus with a pitch. LaRue was next and Durbin drilled him, putting men on first and second with one down. Jay was next and he hit a ball to first base. Howard fielded and threw to Valdez at second for the first out. Durbin took the throw from Valdez to complete the double-play.

Always nice to see a throw from Howard that doesn’t wind up in left field.

Baez threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a five-run lead. He was throwing on back-to-back days for just the second time on the season after a scoreless frame in game three. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in three appearances in May.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez plays short with Rollins on the DL and Castro sidelined with a hamstring problem. Ruiz moves from eighth in the lineup up to seventh.

With two outs in the first, Utley singled and Howard followed with a walk. Werth hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to put the Phils up 3-0. Ibanez singled and moved to third when Ruiz doubled to right, but they were both left stranded when Valdez grounded to third.

Halladay led off the second with the lead cut to 3-1 and reached on a throwing error by Greene. Victorino followed that with a double to center, putting men on second and third for Polanco. Polanco struck out for the first out. Utley flew to left with the runners holding for the second. Howard picked them up, though, delivering a single into center that scored both runners and put the Phils up 5-1. Werth lined a double to left that put men on second and third again, but Ibanez flew to right for the third out.

Big hit for Howard after Polanco and Utley both go down with men on second and third and less than two outs.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Polanco singled with one out in the fourth and was forced at second when Utley followed with a ground ball to short. Howard sent Utley to third with a single, but a Werth strikeout left both of them stranded.

Ibanez led off the fifth with a home run that put the Phillies up 6-1. Ruiz singled to left, but Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Halladay struck out swinging.

Greene’s second throwing error of the game allowed Utley to reach with two outs in the sixth. Lefty Trever Miller came into the game to pitch to Howard and Utley was caught stealing to end the inning.

Utley gets caught stealing close to never. In 2009 he stole 23 bases and was caught zero times.

It was 6-2 when the Phillies hit in the seventh. Werth doubled with one out and Ibanez was walked intentionally. Ruiz lined a single to right. Werth scored to put the Phils up 7-2 and Ibanez was thrown out at third for the second out. Valdez doubled and Ruiz went to third. With righty Jason Motte on the mound for the Cards, Dobbs hit for Halladay and grounded to second.

That was the fourth time in the game a runner from first didn’t score on a double. Third time the runner from first didn’t score on a double with two outs. Ibanez didn’t score on Ruiz’s two-out double in the first. Halladay didn’t score on Victorino’s double in the second with no outs. Howard didn’t score on Werth’s two-out double later the same inning. In the seventh, Ruiz doesn’t score on the Valdez double with two down.

Utley walked with two outs in the eighth, but Howard grounded out behind him.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double in the game. 5-for-17 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 250/278/476 for the year. He hasn’t walked in the last seven games. He no longer has more home runs than Werth and Ibanez combined after both Werth and Ibanez homer in the game to pull ahead seven to six.

Polanco was 1-for-5 yesterday and 2-for-16 with a walk and a home run in the set. 274/306/425. He’s walked three times this season.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 3-for-14 with a home run and three walks in the series. 288/426/587 for the year.

Howard was 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-15 with two walks in the series. 280/320/483.

Werth was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run yesterday. 6-for-15 with three doubles, two home runs in the series. 354/417/657 on the year. He’s on pace to hit 87 doubles.

Castro played in the first three games of the series and went 1-for-9 to drop his line on the year to 258/271/303. Valdez was 1-for-4 with a double yesterday and is 4-for-18 on the year.

Ruiz started games one, two and four of the series. He was 3-for-4 with a double yesterday and 5-for-8 with two doubles and a home run in the series. He also walked twice. He came into the series hitting 274/423/323 and is now at 314/449/429. He’s on pace to walk 104 times this year.

Schneider started game three of the set and was 0-for-3. He’s 2-for-17 on the season.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a double in the series and is hitting .217 for the year.

Francisco’s last at-bat came on April 27.


Phils move to limit the use of tasers, offense on their field

The Phillies have won four of five to start the month of May and they have their pitching to thank. In three of the five games the Phils have held their opponent to a run or less. There’s every reason to expect the excellence to continue as they send Roy Halladay to the mound this afternoon.

Kyle Kendrick was the latest Phillies pitcher to twirl a gem. He went seven shutout innings last night as the Phils banked the Cards.

The Phillies are 16-11 after a 4-0 win against the St Louis Cardinals last night. The Phils have won two of three so far in the four-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three. Fantastic outing for Kendrick. Lefties are still pounding him for the year overall, though, to the tune of 333/415/614. Righties are hitting just .250 and on-basing .300, but with a .531 slugging percentage as four of the 70 righties he has faced have homered. He’s made two great starts in which he’s thrown 15 scoreless innings. In his other four starts he’s allowed 20 runs in 15 2/3 innings.

He walked Albert Pujols with two outs in the first, but Matt Holliday lined to Victorino behind him.

Colby Rasmus doubled to right to start the second. David Freese followed with a ground out to Castro for the first out with Rasmus holding second. With Yadier Molina batting, Rasmus was caught stealing third on a close play for the second out. It cost the Cards a run, too, cause Molina doubled to left and was left stranded when the pitcher Brad Penny grounded to short for the third out.

Rasmus was probably safe.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the third. Brendan Ryan led off with a ground ball to second. Utley made a very nice play and got the call as Ryan slid into first head first.

Ryan was definitely safe.

Pujols started the fourth with a single. Kendrick struck Holliday out swinging for the first out. Rasmus followed and he grounded out to second with Pujols moving to second. A balk by Kendrick moved Pujols to third before David Freese drew a walk. It put men on first and third for Molina and Molina lined to Werth in right to leave both men stranded.

Schumaker singled with two outs in the fifth, but Rasmus grounded to third for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Freese started the seventh with a single. Molina flew out to right behind him. Lefty Jon Jay hit for Penny and hit a ball out in front of the plate. Schneider got to it, but threw the ball away for an error that put men on first and third with one out for Ryan. Kendrick got Ryan to hit into a double-play to turn St Louis away.

Ryan is having a rather brutal series, called out when he was safe in the second and hitting into a key double-play in the seventh after Lidge struck him out in a key spot late in game two.

Baez threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 4-0 after Dobbs hit for Kendrick in the bottom of the seventh and drove in a run with a double.

That’s two good outings in a row for Baez over which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in two innings.

Contreras pitched the ninth and looked fantastic yet again, setting Holliday, Rasmus and Freese down in order. He has a 1.04 ERA through ten appearances and still hasn’t walked a batter this season. He’s struck out 14 in 8 2/3 innings.

Contreras was pitching for the second day in a row. He threw 17 pitches after throwing 16 on Tuesday. Baez threw 15 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Brad Penny went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Castro (8) Schneider. The lefty Schneider gets a start behind the plate with a righty on the mound for St Louis.

The Phillies didn’t have a base runner in the first three innings. Polanco hit the ball well in the first, but Schumaker made the play at second to turn him away.

Victorino had the first hit of the game for the Phils, a soft line drive into center to start the fourth. Polanco was next and after Penny made a couple of throws to first he hit Penny’s first pitch to him out to left center to put the Phillies up 2-0. After Utley flew to right for the first out, Howard reached on an infield single. He was left stranded when Werth struck out and Ibanez flew to right.

You have to wonder how much Penny was worried about Victorino on first when Polanco hit his ball out. It was Polanco’s fourth home run of the season, putting him on pace to hit 24. He has hit 15 home runs or more in a season only once — in 2004 he hit 17 for the Phillies.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Victorino led off the sixth with a home run to left, putting the Phils up 3-0. Utley singled with one out, but Howard and Werth struck out behind him.

Victorino is on pace to hit 36 home runs this year. He has more home runs than Howard (5) and more than Werth (4) and Ibanez (1) combined.

With one out in the seventh, Castro hit a ground ball to short and hurt his left hamstring running to first. He was safe with a single, but had to leave the game. Wilson Valdez ran for him at first. Schneider flew to left for the second out and with the righty Mitchell Boggs on the mound for St Louis, Dobbs hit for Kendrick. Dobbs delivered a RBI-double with Valdez scoring to put the Phillies on top 4-0. Victorino lined to right to end the inning.

Utley walked with one out in the eighth, but Howard hit into a double-play behind him.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a home run.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. Top two in the order drive in three of the four Phillies runs.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Werth 0-for-3 and struck out three times, dropping his average on the year to .337.

Ibanez 0-for-3.

Castro was 1-for-3 and replaced by Valdez at short.

Schneider 0-for-3 with an error. He’s 2-for-17 on the season.

Halladay (5-1, 1.47) and former Phil Kyle Lohse (0-1, 5.28) this afternoon in the final game of the four-game set.

Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts died this morning at age 83. Roberts was an All-Star for the Phillies seven years in a row from 1950 to 1956. He allowed two runs in 11 innings in the 1950 World Series as the Yanks topped the Phils four games to none. In 1952 he finished second in voting for NL MVP, nipped by Cubs outfielder Hank Sauer. Roberts went 28-7 with a 2.59 ERA that year, which was the third best ERA mark in the league.

The Phillies have reviewed their approach to dealing with fans running on the field in the wake of the use of a taser on a fan earlier this week.


Phils find strong signs of life among the ruins of their World Series heroes

If you’ve been confused by Cole Hamels over the past couple of years, last night’s outing probably isn’t going to help much. Hamels was awesome, throwing hard and deep into the game. It was his second start of the season that was absolutely fantastic — in his other four outings he’s thrown to a 6.35 ERA and allowed 28 hits and ten walks in 22 2/3 innings.

He took a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth last night. The Cards did tie the game up, but Ruiz sent the Phillies fans home happy when he hammered a Blake Hawksworth offering in the tenth out to left to give the Phils a 2-1 win. Ruiz drove in both of the Phillies runs in the game.

Hamels wasn’t the only Phillies pitcher who has struggled recently that came up big last night. The game also featured an impressive outing by Brad Lidge. Lidge entered in the ninth inning with nobody out and a man on second and got out of it, blowing away Brendan Ryan with one out and men on first and third before getting a fly ball to center to end the threat. It wasn’t quite striking out Eric Hinske to win the World Series and end a post-season that saw him allow one run in 9 1/3 innings while striking out 13, but now is not the time to quibble.

The Phillies are 15-11 on the season after beating the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 in ten innings last night.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out eight.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He struck out Matt Holliday and David Freese to start the second before Yadier Molina singled to left. Joe Mather grounded to short to end the frame.

He set the Cards down in order in the third.

Hamels walked Ryan Ludwick on five pitches to start the fourth. Albert Pujols was next and flew to Ibanez in shallow left for the first out. Hamels struck out Matt Holliday for the second out before Freese moved Ludwick to second with a single to left. Molina hit a ball back up the middle, but Castro made a nice play to get the Phils out of the frame. He fielded behind second and made a strong throw to get Molina for the third out.

Very nice play by Castro, who has been solid defensively filling in for Rollins.

Joe Mather singled to start the fifth. The pitcher Wainwright tried to bunt him to second but struck out for the first out. Brendan Ryan hit a ground ball to short with Mather forced at second for the second out. A Tyler Greene single to center moved Ryan to third and Ludwick walked to load the bases for Pujols. Pujols popped to Utley on the first pitch from Hamels for the third out.

Holliday singled to start the sixth, but Freese grounded into a double-play behind him. Yadier Molina singled and stole second, but Mather struck out to leave him stranded.

Hamels mowed the Cards down in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

He started the ninth up 1-0. Freese led off and lined a double to center. Molina was next and he doubled into to right field corner, scoring Freese and tying the game at 1-1. Manuel brought in Lidge to face the righty Mather. Lefty Skip Schumaker hit for Mather and moved Molina to third with a ground out to Howard. Lefty Colby Rasmus hit for the pitcher Wainwright and Lidge walked him intentionally. It brought up Ryan with one out and men on first and third and Lidge struck him out swinging at three pitches in a row. Lefty Jon Jay flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Lidge comes up huge in a big spot for the Phils, entering a tie game in the ninth with a man on second and nobody out and keeping him from scoring. Striking out Ryan with one out and men on first and third was enormous.

Contreras pitched the tenth. He allowed a one out double to Pujols, but struck Holliday out behind him and got Freese to pop to first to end the frame.

Contreras threw 16 pitches in the game and Lidge 12. That’s two good outings in a row for Lidge, who has struck out three in two innings over his last two times out. Contreras has now struck out 14 in 7 2/3 innings for the year and allowed one run. Opponents are hitting .185 against him and he hasn’t walked a batter.

The Phillies lineup against righty Adam Wainwright went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Castro (8) Ruiz. Nothing new there with Castro at short and Victorino hitting leadoff with Rollins on the DL.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Ibanez walked with two outs in the second, but Castro struck out behind him.

Ruiz chopped a double down the third base line and into the left field corner to start the third. Hamels bunted right in front of the plate. Molina pounced on the ball and threw to third. Freese put down a high tag on Ruiz, but Ruiz was called out for the first out. Victorino followed with a single to left that moved Hamels to second. Polanco hit a double-play ball to short, but Tyler Greene’s relay to first was in the first and Pujols didn’t pick it cleanly. It put men on first and third with two down for Utley, but Utley flew to center.

Molina made a nice play on Hamels bunt, but the pitchers need to do a better job with the bunts or stop bunting. Blanton bunted into two double-plays in Monday night’s game.

Werth singled to center with one out in the fourth and Ibanez walked behind him. Castro hit into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Polanco hit a ball to third that Freese didn’t handle to start the sixth. Polanco wound up on second on the two-base error. Utley moved him to third with a ground ball to second. Howard was next and hit a ball hard on the ground to first, but Pujols took it and beat Howard to first for the second out with Polanco holding third. Werth grounded softly to third on a nice play by Freese to leave Polanco stranded.

No run for the Phils with one out and a man on third. Howard hit the ball hard, just right to Pujols. He’s on pace to drive in 112 runs this year, which would be his lowest mark for a season in which he got 350 plate appearances.

Ibanez tripled to right center to start the seventh. Castro grounded to short with Ibanez holding for the first out. Ruiz was next, though, and he hit a fly ball to right deep enough to score Ibanez and put the Phils up 1-0. Hamels hit for himself and struck out for the third out.

No RBI for Castro with one out and a man on third.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when they hit in the ninth with lefty Dennys Reyes on in relief for Wainwright. Reyes walked Howard and righty Blake Hawksworth came in to pitch to Werth. Werth struck out for the first out. Ibanez got to hit against the righty, but he flew to center for the second out. Castro grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz faced Hawksworth in the tenth. He hit a laser on the first pitch he saw, way out to left but foul. He got ahead 2-1 and then straightened it out, popping one over the fence in left to give the Phils a 2-1 win.

Victorino was 1-for-4.

Polanco 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 3-for-his-last-21.

Utley 0-for-4 and left three men on base.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Ibanez was 1-for-2 with a huge triple and a pair of walks. 293/400/512 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Castro was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .254. He left five men on base.

Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. He drove in both of the runs that the Phillies scored.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.61) faces righty Brad Penny (3-1, 1.56) tonight. Kendrick has made five starts — one was great and the other four were very bad. Penny hasn’t allowed a home run in his five starts. Righties are hitting .197 against him for the year.

Ryan Madson will be out for at least eight weeks. That’s atrocious.

Shane Victorino and Nelson Figueroa share their opinions on the use of a taser against a fan during Monday’s game in this article.

I added a section to the Start Log that shows the pace the Phillies are on for runs scored and runs allowed.


Freese pop

Joe Blanton was back on the field for the Phils last night. The good news is that he looked good. The bad news is the Phillies lost. Blanton pitched better than his line and started the seventh with the game tied at 1-1. Things fell apart for him in the seventh as he allowed a leadoff home run and a couple of singles. David Freese broke the game open later in the inning off of Figueroa when he blasted a three-run double off the wall in right to put the Cards ahead to stay at 5-1.

Despite the loss, Blanton’s outing was encouraging and there’s every reason to hope that he can bring some stability to a rotation that has seen Kendrick, Moyer and Hamels struggle in the early season. He may want to work on his bunting, though. In last night’s game he had bunted into rally-killing double-plays twice before the end of the fifth inning.

The Phillies are 14-11 on the season after losing to the St Louis Cardinals 6-3 last night.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on ten hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out four. He threw 94 pitches in the game.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Matt Holliday doubled to center to start the second. He went to third on a ground out by David Freese and came in to score when Colby Rasmus flew to center, putting the Cards up 1-0. Yadier Molina followed with a single on a ball deflected by Blanton before the pitcher Jamie Garcia grounded to Utley for the third out.

Brendan Ryan started the third with a single, but was left stranded when the next three hitters went in order behind him.

Rasmus doubled to right with two outs in the fourth. Blanton walked Molina intentionally, putting two men on and letting Blanton face the pitcher Garcia. Garcia grounded to second again.

Ryan started the fifth with a double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, Werth-to-Utley-to-Polanco. Blanton got the next two hitters behind him.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Blanton started the sixth. Freese and Rasmus singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and third. Molina grounded out on a by Ruiz handled out in front of the plate to leave both men stranded and the game tied.

Things went bad for Blanton in the seventh. Nick Stavinoha hit for the pitcher Garcia to start the inning and homered to left to put St Louis ahead 2-1. Blanton got Ryan on a fly ball to center for the first out before Skip Schumaker singled to center. Ryan Ludwick flew to center for the second out. Albert Pujols was next and he singled to center, putting men on first and second. Figueroa came in to pitch to the righty Matt Holliday and uncorked a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. With Halladay ahead in the count 3-1 the Phils put him on intentionally to load the bases for Freese. Freese blasted Figueroa’s 0-1 pitch off the wall in right for a double, clearing the bases and putting St Louis up 5-1. Rasmus followed and blooped a single to left, scoring Blanton. 6-1. Ruiz threw Rasmus out trying to steal second.

Ugly. Blanton leaves with two outs and two on and Figueroa gives up the big blow to Freese.

Figueroa was back for the eighth with the St Louis lead cut to 6-2. He gave up a leadoff single to Molina, but got the next three.

Lidge pitched the top of the ninth with the Phils down 6-2. Holliday doubled into the left field corner with two outs, but Lidge struck Freese out swinging to leave him stranded.

Figueroa threw 23 pitches in the game. Lidge 17.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jamie Garcia went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Castro (8) Ruiz. Castro at short with Rollins on the DL. Victorino continues to leadoff.

Victorino led off the first with a single, but was caught stealing second and Polanco and Utley went down behind him. There was a six minute delay to figure out whether or not Utley’s drive down the right field line was fair or foul. They came up with foul and Utley flew to right to end the inning.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Ruiz walked with one out in the third. Blanton tried to move him to second, but bunted into a double-play.

Utley walked with two outs in the fourth. Howard grounded to second behind him.

Werth doubled to start the fifth and Ibanez followed with a single that moved him to third. Castro was next and hit a fly ball to right. Werth tagged and scored, tying the game at 1-1. Ruiz followed with a walk, putting men on first and second with one out. Blanton again bunted into a double-play, ending the inning.

Twice is a lot of times to bunt into a double-play in five innings.

Polanco walked with one out in the sixth. Utley and Howard struck out behind him.

Any inning in which Polanco walks has to be considered a success, no matter how many people strike out behind him.

The Phillies were down 6-1 when they hit in the seventh. Werth led off with a home run to center, cutting the lead to 6-2. Ibanez, Castro and Ruiz went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With righty Kyle McClellan on the mound for St Louis, Gload hit for Figueroa and flew to right for the first out.

Utley homered off of lefty Trever Miller to start the ninth, cutting the St Louis lead to 6-3. Howard, Werth and Ibanez all struck out behind him to end the game.

Victorino was 1-for-4 in the game. He’s 5-for-his-last-14.

Polanco 0-for-3 with walk. He’s on pace for 19 this season.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his eighth of the year. He’s on pace to hit 52 but drive in just 117 runs. Victorino’s .274 on-base percentage and Polanco’s .324 ahead of him aren’t helping the Phillies score runs. He’s 6-for-his-last-13 with five extra-base hits.

Howard was 0-for-4 and struck out three times. He’s on-basing .313 for the year and on pace to walk 32 times.

Werth was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. He’s 8-for-his-last-15. He’s still on pace for 84 doubles, which would shatter the single season record of 67.

Ibanez was 1-for-4. After walking a lot to start the season he now has walked once in his last 30 at-bats.

Castro 0-for-2 with an RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-20.

Ruiz was 0-for-1 and walked twice. He’s on pace for 117 walks.

Cole Hamels (2-2, 5.28) faces righty Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.13) tonight in game two of the four game set. Wainwright has an 0.90 ratio for the season. Opponents are hitting .203 against him for the year. Hamels has had one good start in five outings. Righties are hitting 341/376/602 against him and lefties 128/244/308.

A 17-year-old fan was tasered after running on to the field last night.

This suggests that we should not expect to see Madson in the near future. That is a big problem.


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