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And you thought it was tiring just to watch

Things were looking really good through most of the first two games of this weekend’s series between the Phillies and the Twins. The Phils scored nine runs in game one as they rolled to a 9-5 win. They were on the brink of another victory in game two when things took a dramatic turn for the worse, though, and the Twins wound up taking two of three as the Phils fell 5 1/2 games out of first in the NL East.

The Phils led game two 9-4 going into the ninth inning. Contreras started the ninth and allowed a two-run homer to Jim Thome and then walked Nick Punto before Brad Lidge came on to try to close it out for the Phils with a 9-6 lead and a man on first. Punto took second on defensive indifference and third on a wild pitch before Denard Span delivered an RBI-single with one out that cut the lead to 9-7. Lidge struck out Orlando Hudson for the second out and was one out away from ending the game before Joe Mauer tied it up at 9-9 with a home run to center.

For Lidge it was another big hit he allowed with two outs. Lidge has been a whole lot better earlier in the innings than he has near the end of innings this year. Here’s what opponents are hitting against him for the season with zero or one outs and what they are hitting against him with two outs:

  PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
0 or 1 out 25 .167 .200 .292 .492
2 outs 19 .353 .421 .647 1.068

Not a lot of plate appearances, but batters have fared a lot better against him this year with two outs than they did earlier in the inning.

Here’s how batters have fared against him for his career with zero or one outs compared to what they have done against him with two outs:

  PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
0 or 1 out 1520 .223 .305 .357 .662
2 outs 783 .221 .332 .368 .700

Batters have been a little better against Lidge with two outs over his career, but there isn’t nearly the same gap as there has been this season.

Whether Lidge is getting tired or not, despite the tiny number of batters that he’s faced this season I think it is good news that he’s actually been better against hitters with less than two outs this year than he has over his career.

It’s important to note, too, that getting hammered with two outs wasn’t Lidge’s problem in 2009. If you look at his splits from ’09, he was miserable all around, but by OPS allowed he was actually better with two outs than he was with zero or one. In ’09, opposing hitters put up an .894 OPS against him for the year with two down compared to a .933 OPS with nobody out and a .907 OPS with one out.

This article suggests that Rollins will be back sometime in the series with the Indians, Ruiz should be back sometime this week and that Happ will make his fourth rehab start on Wednesday.


Two from the road

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.


True disbeliever

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.


Halladay mixes things up by not pitching well in latest loss for the Phils

Coming off several recent starts in which he pitched well and the Phillies lost anyway, Halladay flipped the script a bit last night by not pitching well in a loss. The Yankees were all over him in New York, hitting three home runs as they scored six times in six innings. The Phils are 2-5 in the last seven games that Halladay has started.

The offense was still terrible, mind you. The Phillies have scored 51 runs over their last 21 games, or about 2.43 runs per game. That makes it just about impossible to win and the Phils aren’t winning.

The starting pitching has also been atrocious of late. Over the last four games, the starting pitching has thrown just 18 innings and been charged with 22 earned runs. That includes a fantastic start from Hamels in Boston in which he allowed a run over seven innings. In the other three starts, Moyer, Blanton and Halladay combined to allowed 21 earned runs in 11 innings.

The Phillies are 32-30 on the season after an 8-3 loss to the Yankees last night. The Phils have lost four of their last five and are 4-8 in June. They remain in third place in the NL East, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and three home runs. He struck out five.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Nick Swisher singled to center with one out in the second. Jorge Posada was next and drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Brett Gardner. Gardner cleared the bases by lining a triple to center, putting New York up 2-0. Halladay struck out Francisco Cervelli for the second out before hitting Ramiro Pena with a pitch to put men on first and third. Derek Jeter grounded to third to end the inning and leave both men stranded.

Big strikeout of Cervelli with one out and Gardner on third for the second out.

Curtis Granderson started the third with a home run to right that put New York up 3-0. Halladay got Mark Teixeira to fly to right for the first out before Robinson Cano doubled to center. Swisher was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to right. 5-0. Halladay got the next two.

The Phillies had cut the lead to 5-3 when Halladay set the Yankees down in order in the fourth.

Teixeira homered down the right field line with one out in the fifth to put New York up 6-3. Cano was next and hit a ball hard to third, but Polanco made a nice diving play to field the ball and threw to Howard for the second out. Halladay struck out Swisher to end the inning.

Posada and Gardner singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and second for Cervelli, who bunted them to second and third with the first out. Pena was next and he lined to Howard for the second out. Jeter walked on a close 3-2 pitch that was outside to load the bases for Granderson, but Halladay got Granderson to fly to Ibanez to leave the bases loaded.

Halladay got a break on the ball Pena hit that would have broken the game open. Pena hit it hard, but right at Howard to give the Phillies an out instead of giving the Yankees two more runs.

Bastardo started the seventh and hit Teixeira with a 2-2 pitch. Cano was next and hit a double-play ball, but the Phillies didn’t get a double-play because Utley didn’t handle it cleanly. Utley did recover in time to get Cano at first, with Teixeira safe at second and one out. Swisher flew to center for the second out. Bastardo hit Posada on the foot with a pitch to put men on first and second. Bastardo got behind the lefty Gardner 3-0 and walked him on a 3-1 pitch to load the bases. David Herndon came in to pitch to the righty Cervelli. Cervelli hit a ball in between short and third that went under the glove of Castro and into left for a two-run single. 8-3. Pena again hit the ball well, but Ibanez made a diving catch moving towards center to end the inning.

Castro should have made the play on Cervelli’s ball. It’s not a sure thing he would have been able to get Cervelli at first, but even if he didn’t it would have saved the Phils a run by keeping it in the infield. Bastardo was miserable in the inning, hitting two switch hitters and walking the lefty. Opponents are now hitting .358 against Herndon for the year.

Baez pitched the eighth. Jeter led off with a walk and moved to second when Granderson followed with a single. Baez struck Teixeira out for the first out before Cano hit a ground ball to first. Howard threw to second for the second out with Jeter going to third. With two outs and men on first and third, Baez got Swisher to ground to second on a nice play by Utley to end the inning.

For Baez it was the only time in his last five appearances that he hasn’t been charged with a run.

Baez threw 20 pitches in the game, Bastardo 18 and Herndon three.

The Phillies lineup against lefty CC Sabathia went (1) Victorino (2) Utley (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Francisco (8) Castro (9) Ruiz. Flipping Utley and Polanco is Manuel’s latest effort to get the offense going. Francisco is the DH with Castro playing short and hitting ahead of Ruiz.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

Ibanez walked with two outs in the second. Francisco flew to center to leave him stranded.

The Phils were down 2-0 when they hit in the third. Sabathia struck out Castro and Victorino as he set the Phils down in order.

It was 5-0 when they hit in the fourth. Utley led off and hit a ball back up the middle that went off of Sabathia’s pitching hand for an infield single. Polanco followed with a single that moved Utley to third and Howard was hit on the arm by a pitch to load the bases. Werth singled to left and everyone moved up a base. 5-1. Ibanez singled to right. 5-2 with the bases still loaded. Francisco hit a ground ball to Teixeira between first and second. Teixeira fielded and threw to second for the first out, but Sabathia didn’t cover first so there was nobody there to take the relay (that never came). Howard scored on the play, so it was 5-3 with one out and men on first and third for Castro. Francisco stole second before Castro struck out for the second out. Ruiz grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

Lots of hits for the Phillies, but not the extra-base hit they need. Castro strikes out with a man on third and less than two outs.

Utley singled with one out in the fifth. Polanco was next and hit a ground ball to short. Utley was forced at second for the second out with Polanco safe at first. Howard walked to put men on first and second and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch with Werth at the plate. The lefty Sabathia walked the righty Werth intentionally to load the bases and got Ibanez to ground to second to end the frame and leave all three runners stranded.

Down 6-3, the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Sabathia set them down in order again in the seventh.

Righty David Robertson pitched the eighth for New York. He walked Ibanez with two outs, but got Francisco to fly to left to leave him stranded.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. He’s 1-for-his-last-17 and on-basing .312 for the season.

Utley was 2-for-4 hitting second in the lineup. He’s hitting 159/253/188 over his last 59 plate appearances.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a single. Again the Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game. He’s hitting .378 in June. He’s not a good three hitter, but Polanco hitting third isn’t near the top of the list of Phillies problems.

Howard was 0-for-2 with a walk. He’s hitting 289/360/511 this month.

Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two strikeouts. Over his last 96 plate appearances he’s hitting 198/281/372 with 30 strikeouts.

Ibanez 1-for-2 with two walks. 10-for-his-last-25 with a double and a homer.

Francisco 0-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base. He’s 6-for-his-last-20.

Castro was 0-for-3, struck out twice and really should have at least kept the ball that Cervelli hit in the infield. He’s on-basing .246 for the season and .185 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Ruiz was 0-for-3, dropping his average on the year to .267. He’s 0-for-his-last-20.

Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03) faces righty AJ Burnett (6-4, 3.86) tonight. Jamie allowed nine earned runs in an inning against Boston his last time out. Burnett was rolling on this year until running into some trouble in his last two starts. He had a 3.28 ERA for the year going into his May 30 start against Baltimore, but has allowed ten runs in 12 2/3 innings his last two times out. He’s been better against lefties than righties this season, holding lefties to a 244/321/384 line while righties have hit 289/356/458 against him.

Happ says he didn’t throw well in a bullpen session last night in this article. I believe him.

Rollins was 0-for-3 in rehab with the Single-A Clearwater last night.


Is it too late to get Eric Bruntlett back?

How about Chase Utley?

The Phils are on pace to go 85-77 this season and finish third in the NL East. If they continue to score and allow runs at the pace they have through the first 61 games of the season, they will score 722, almost a hundred runs fewer than they did in 2009, and allow 672, which is 37 fewer than they did in 2009.

So, as you know, their offense has been a lot worse while their pitching has been better. Overall, they’re worse off, on pace to cut the difference between the runs they allow and score more than in half. In 2009 they scored 111 more runs than they allowed. They are on pace to score 50 more runs than they allowed in 2010.

The Phils have been better in keeping up with their 2009 pace at home than they have on the road. Here’s the runs they have scored and allowed per plate appearance for each of the past two seasons:

 
2010

2009
 
  PA R R per PA PA R R per PA  
Home 1066 138 .12946 3096 408 .13178 101.8%
Away 1264 134 .10601 3242 412 .12708 119.9%

So, in 2009, the Phillies scored about 120% of the runs per plate appearance on the road than they have scored in 2010, but just about 102% of the runs per plate appearance at home compared to 2010.

In ’09, the Phils scored almost the same number of runs per game at home and on the road, scoring 5.09 runs per game away and 5.04 per game at home. The difference is much bigger this year as they’ve scored 4.76 runs per game at home and 4.19 away.

In the same way, they are much closer to their 2009 pace against righties than they are against lefties:

 
2010

2009
 
  PA R R per PA PA R R per PA  
Left 582 64 .10997 1745 244 .13983 127.2%
Right 1748 208 .11899 4593 576 .12541 105.4%

In 2009 they scored about 127% of the runs per plate appearance against lefties they have scored in 2010. Against righties it was about 105%.

So, overall, the Phils are way off their ’09 pace and especially having problems against lefties and on the road when you compare their offense in 2010 to their offense in 2009. The worst news of all, though, is that things aren’t getting better. Here’s the runs per game that the Phillies have scored by month so far this season:

Month Runs
scored per game
April/March 5.23
May 4.25
June 3.45

It’s really tough to win when you score three and a half runs per game. It sure seems like there’s no place to go but up, but if you’ve been watching the Phils recently you’ve probably been thinking that for a while now.

Halladay (8-4, 1.96) faces lefty CC Sabathia (6-3, 4.01) tonight. The Phillies have lost four of the last six games that Halladay has started. Over those six games he has a 2.60 ERA and a 1.11 ratio and has allowed two earned runs or less in his start five times. Sabathia had a rough May but has pitched better in his two outings to start June, going 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and striking out 15 in 14 innings. Lefties have hit him well this year, posting a 284/360/493 line, which is a lot better than the 237/296/360 they have put up against Sabathia for his career.


As you were

The ten runs the Phillies scored against Florida Tuesday night sure looked like a sign they were about to come out of their long, miserable offensive funk. Maybe they are, but last night they looked just as bad as they did scoring three runs or less in 13 of 15 games.

Josh Johnson baffled the Phils again. Johnson has faced them twice since May 29 and has held them to an unearned run over 15 innings. The Phillies have been shut out six times since the end of the day on May 21.

Last night they wasted a great start by Halladay in the process. Halladay held the Marlins to a run over eight strong innings. The Phillies have lost four of the last six games he’s started — over those games he’s thrown to a 2.60 ERA with a 1.11 ratio.

The Phils are 31-27 on the season after falling to the Marlins 2-0 last night. The teams split two games in the series with the middle game postponed by rain.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk. All six hits were singles and he struck out eight. His ERA for the year is down to 1.96.

The Marlins loaded the bases in the top of the first on back-to-back singles by Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez and a walk to Hanley Ramirez. Jorge Cantu was next and he hit a fly ball to right deep enough for Coghlan to tag and score and put Florida up 1-0. Sanchez also tagged and went to third on the play. Ramirez stole second and Halladay struck out Uggla for the second out. Cody Ross grounded to short to end the frame.

Ronny Paulino singled with one out in the second, but Halladay grounded back to the pitcher for the second out with Paulino moving to second and Coghlan grounded to Utley to leave him stranded.

Cantu singled with two outs and in the third and went to second on a wild pitch by Halladay, but Halladay got Uggla to fly to right for the third out.

Ross singled to start the fourth. Halladay struck out Mike Stanton, Paulino and the pitcher Josh Johnson behind him.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth.

Johnson singled with two outs in the seventh. Johnson stayed in the game and flew to center.

Halladay struck out Ramirez and Cantu in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Baez started the ninth. He got ahead of Uggla 1-2, but couldn’t put him away. Uggla hit the twelfth pitch of his at-bat out to right to make it 2-0. Baez set down the next three hitters.

Baez has been charged with runs in each of his last four appearances.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Ruiz. More Valdez at short with Castro on the bench. Valdez hits ahead of Ruiz. Werth returns to the lineup.

Utley walked with two outs in the first and the Phils down 1-0 and moved to third when Howard followed with a soft double to left. Werth struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.

Big chance early in the game for the slumping Werth.

Ibanez singled to start the second, but Valdez followed and hit into a double-play. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Victorino doubled with one out in the third. Polanco flew to right for the second out. Utley hit the ball well, but Uggla fielded at second and threw to first to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth. Johnson struck out Howard and Werth in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Valdez and Ruiz went down to start the eighth. With the righty Johnson still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Halladay and grounded to third to drop his line on the year to 138/206/241. It’s enough to make you miss Bruntlett’s 171/224/238 line from last year.

Righty Leo Nunez pitched the ninth with a 2-0 lead. Polanco doubled with one out. Utley moved him to third with a ground out to first before Howard struck out to end the game.

Utley and Howard both get a chance as the tying run against a righty, but no luck.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .172 in June (5-for-29 with a double and three walks).

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice. He has hit in every game this month — 333/389/606 in June.

Werth was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-his-last-41 (.073) with 19 strikeouts. No longer on pace to shatter the single-season record for doubles (64 is his current pace).

Ibanez 1-for-3. He’s 6-for-his-last-11.

Valdez 0-for-3. After hitting into a double-play last night, he’s now hit into nine for the season. He leads the team with Ibanez and Polanco tied for second with five each. Eight players on the team have more plate appearances this season than he does and six have at least twice as many as he does.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 2-for-his-last-17.

Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98) faces righty John Lackey (6-3, 4.72) tonight in Boston. Moyer has a 2.76 ERA and an 0.90 ratio over his past six starts. In his last start he threw a complete game and held the Padres to two runs on seven hits and a walk. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last four starts. Lackey faced the Phils on May 21 and allowed four runs over five innings. His rates for allowing hits per nine innings and walks per nine innings are higher than for any other year of his career.


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