Two in a row for the struggling Phils, who suddenly look sharp. Two great starts in two games from Moyer and Kendrick, but even more than that it was the defense that offered some hope we may be about to get the Philadelphia Phillies back. Polanco had the most spectacular play, battling the tarp in the sixth inning to catch Nick Swisher’s foul ball with two men on base, but he wasn’t the only Phil flashing the leather. Werth, Howard and Contreras all came up big with glove in the game and Polanco made another play in the seventh that was nearly as spectacular as what he did in the sixth.
The Phillies hit, too, plating seven runs to give them 13 in the past two games. That’s good news for a team that has scored three runs or less in eight of 14 games in June.
The Phillies are 34-30 on the season after a 7-1 win against the New York Yankees last night. The Phils take the three-game series two games to one.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. All four of the hits were singles and he struck out three.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
Robinson Cano singled with one out in the second and Nick Swisher walked behind him. Kendrick got Brett Gardner to fly to left and Francisco Cervelli on a ground ball to third to end the inning.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 third.
He started the fourth up 1-0 and set Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Cano down in order.
They Phils were up 3-0 in the fifth. Cervelli singled to center with two outs, but Ramiro Pena fouled out to Polanco for the third out.
Teixeira walked with two outs in the sixth and moved to second when A-Rod followed with a single. Cano was next and he singled to right, scoring Teixeira to make it 3-1. Swisher was next with men on first and third and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Polanco made a great play to catch it battling the tarp to end the inning.
Kendrick was back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh. He got another nice play from Polanco to get the second out on a ball hit hard by Cervelli.
Contreras pitched the eighth and set the Yankees down in order. He made a great play for the second out, fielding Curtis Granderson’s grounded behind his back and tossing to first.
Contreras was back to start the ninth with a 7-1 lead and got A-Rod to fly to center for the first out. Romero took over after that, getting the lefty Cano on a ball hit out in front of the plate that Ruiz handled and the switch-hitter Swisher to pop to Utley to end the game.
Not sure you need Contreras to come back and start a second inning there with a six-run lead.
Contreras threw 17 pitches in the game, Romero four.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Andy Pettitte went (1) Victorino (2) Utley (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Francisco (8) Ruiz (9) Valdez. Francisco at DH. For the second time in three games, Utley moves up to second in the order with Polanco dropped to third with a lefty on the mound for New York.
The Phils didn’t have a base-runner in the first three innings.
Victorino started the fourth with a single off of Pettitte. Utley popped out behind him for the first out. Howard was next and he hit a ball to third that Pena didn’t handle for an error that put men on first and second for Howard. Howard singled into right with Victorino scoring to put the Phillies up 1-0. With one down and men on first and second, Werth flew to center and Ibanez struck out.
Ruiz walked with one out in the fifth and moved to second when Valdez followed with a ground out. Victorino hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 3-0. Utley popped to first to end the frame.
Polanco started the sixth with a single. Werth struck out for the first out before a single by Howard moved Polanco to second. Ibanez struck out and Francisco struck out, leaving both men stranded.
Ruiz doubled to start the seventh with the Phils up 3-1 and Valdez bunted him to third with the first out. Pettitte walked Victorino intentionally and Utley unintentionally, loading the bases for Polanco. Polanco hit a ground ball to first. Teixeira fielded and threw home to force Ruiz for the second out of the inning. With the bases still loaded, Howard struck out to leave all the runners stranded.
No run for the Phils after loading the bases with one out.
David Robertson set the Phils down in order in the eighth.
Joba Chamberlain started the ninth for the Yankees. Ruiz led off with a double and Valdez followed with a single to left that brought him in and put the Phils up 4-1. Valdez stole second before Victorino walked. Lefty Damaso Marte came in to pitch to Utley and walked him to load the bases again for the Phils. Polanco hit a fly ball to center for the first out, deep enough for Valdez to score (5-1) and Victorino to go to third. Howard hit a fly ball to right and Victorino scored. 6-1. Utley stole second before Werth walked. Righty Chan Ho Park took over for the lefty Marte to pitch to the lefty Ibanez and Ibanez doubled to right, scoring Utley and moving Werth to third with the Phils up 7-1. Francisco was next and he hit a ball in-between second and third that hit Ibanez on the bases for an out that set the Phillies down.
Victorino was 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks in the series. He scored three of the seven runs for the Phils — he had scored two runs in the previous eight games he had played in. 3-for-12 with a triple, a home run and three walks in the series. He’s hitting 255/322/471 for the season.
Utley was 0-for-3 with two walks in the game. 3-for-11 in the series. 257/377/451 for the year.
Polanco 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-13 in the series. 310/343/432 on the year.
Howard 1-for-4 with two RBI. 2-for-10 with a walk, a home run and five strikeouts in the set. 282/341/463 on the season.
Werth 1-for-4 with a walk last night. 3-for-10 with a home run and three walks in the series. 281/369/544 for the year.
Ibanez 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 2-for-10 with a double, two RBI and three walks in the series. 245/337/389 for the year. 240/304/340 so far in June.
Francisco was 1-for-5 and struck out twice. He was 1-for-11 in the series and is hitting 231/301/292 for the year. .292? He has four extra-base hits on the season, all doubles. Dobbs was 1-for-2 with an RBI in the series and is hitting 154/214/246 for the season.
Ruiz was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk last night. 2-for-6 with two doubles a walk in the series. 275/401/369 for the year. Schneider was 0-for-3 with two walks in the series and is at 278/395/333 for the year. It helps your team if you have two catchers that are on-basing .395 or better.
Valdez 1-for-3 with an RBI yesterday. 2-for-7 in the series. He has a 245/252/330 line for the year. He hasn’t walked since May 27 and has had 49 at-bats since. Castro was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the series and has a 222/246/269 line on the year.
Joe Blanton (1-5, 7.28) faces righty Nick Blackburn (6-3, 4.96) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with Minnesota. Blanton has allowed 25 runs in 20 1/3 innings over his last four starts. Opponents are hitting .328 overall against Blackburn. He’s been a lot better at home than on the road — he has a 3.19 ERA pitching in Minnesota and a 7.31 ERA on the road.
Scott Mathieson has taken Bastardo’s roster spot with Bastardo going to the DL.
This suggests that Manuel hopes Rollins could play for the Phils on Sunday.
Update: Chase Utley either does or doesn’t have a knee problem, depending on if you ask Davey Lopes or Ruben Amaro.