Coming off just about the ugliest start you can imagine, Jamie Moyer bounced back last night to hold the Yankees to a pair of runs on three hits over eight innings as the Phils got a much-needed win in New York.
As bad as things have been, though, it’s going to take more than that to convince most fans the Phils have found a way out of their long, miserable funk. More than the home runs by Werth and Howard, more than the three-run triple by Victorino. A lot more. After an early outburst in last night’s game plated them six runs before the end of the third inning, the Phils didn’t manage a base-runner in the last five innings of the game.
The Phillies are 33-30 on the season after a 6-3 win over the Yankees last night.
Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both solo homers. He struck out five.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
The Phils were up 4-0 when he started the second. Robison Cano hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to cut the lead to 4-1. Moyer got the next two.
He threw a 1-2-3 third with a 6-1 lead and set New York down in order again in the fourth.
Jorge Posada homered to left with one out in the fifth to make it 6-2. Moyer got Curtis Granderson and Kevin Russo behind him.
He threw a 1-2-3 in the sixth, getting a nice play from Werth in right on the second out on a sinking liner hit to right.
Moyer walked Alex Rodriguez with one out in the seventh, but got Cano to hit into a double-play behind him.
Russo reached on an infield single with two outs in the eighth. Moyer got Gardner on a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Lidge entered to start the ninth with a 6-2 lead. He struck out Jeter and Swisher to start the inning before Teixeira drew a walk. Teixeira took second without a throw before A-Rod lined a double into left, scoring Teixeira to make it 6-3. Cano followed that with a single that moved Rodriguez to third and it brought Posada to the plate as the tying run. Lidge struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.
Lidge threw 31 pitches in the game. It’s the second time in ten appearances on the year that he’s been charged with a run and the first time since April 30.
The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Dobbs (8) Schneider (9) Valdez. Dobbs at DH with Schneider catching and Valdez at short. Polanco back hitting second with Utley third after they were flipped in the first game of the series.
Utley was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second and took second on a wild pitch, but Howard grounded to second for the third out.
Ibanez walked with one out in the second and stole second with Dobbs at the plate. Dobbs singled to right and Ibanez scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Schneider walked and there were men on first and second for Valdez. Valdez hit a ground ball back up the middle that went off the foot of Burnett and rolled back towards the plate. Valdez was safe with a single and the bases were loaded. Victorino drove a 3-2 pitch in to the gap in right center, clearing the bases as Victorino slid into third just safe with the Phils up 4-0. Polanco struck out and Utley grounded to first to end the frame.
Great job by Victorino to stretch for a triple with one out. Polanco strikes out with one out and a man on third to keep the Phillies from getting more.
The lead was cut to 4-1 when the Phillies hit in the third. Howard led off and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center. 5-1. Werth was next and quickly got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to make it 6-1. Burnett got the next two before walking Schneider. Valdez struck out to leave Schneider stranded at first.
Victorino walked to start the fourth and stole second. Polanco flew to right for the first out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that Teixeira fielded, but Burnett failed to cover first and Utley was safe with a single as Victorino moved to third. Lefty Boone Logan took over for Burnett. Utley stole second before Logan struck out Howard for the second out and the righty Werth was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ibanez grounded to second to leave the runners stranded. Ruiz was out of the lineup with a sore left ankle.
Polanco can’t move the runner up from second with nobody out. Howard strikes out with a man on third and one out.
The Phillies went in order in the fifth. With the lefty Logan still on the mound for New York, Francisco hit for Dobbs to start the inning and grounded back to Logan.
The Phils went in order in the sixth.
Chad Gaudin pitched the last three innings of the game for New York, setting down nine Phillies in order.
Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk, a triple and three RBI in the game.
Polanco 0-for-5 and struck out twice. It ends a nine-game hitting streak for Polanco. Including last night he’s hit 333/364/381 over his last ten games.
Utley was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Howard 1-for-4 with a home run and struck out twice. He’s on pace to hit 28 home runs this year.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Also on pace to hit 28 home runs this year. His doubles pace is down to 62.
Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his average on the year to .246.
Dobbs 1-for-2 with an RBI. He’s hitting .154 for the season.
Schneider 0-for-2 with two walks. He’s hitting .278 with a .395 on-base percentage all of the sudden. 7-for-his-last-15 with four walks and two doubles.
Valdez was 1-for-4 and struck out three times. He’s on-basing .250 for the season and has 106 plate appearances.
Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80) faces lefty Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46) tonight. Kendrick was in a nice groove, throwing to a 2.79 ERA over his last six starts before getting hammered by the Marlins on June 8. He allowed six runs in five innings in that game. Lefties are still hitting 316/383/530 against him for the year. Pettitte hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts and just twice in 12 outings on the season. Lefties are hitting 171/192/237 against him for the season.
The article linked above about Ruiz’s sore ankle says that Rollins could return to the active roster on Saturday.