Archive for April, 2011

Vance to give it a Worley

The Phillies have put Joe Blanton on the DL with a problem with his right elbow.

Righty Vance Worley will start tonight’s game against righty Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23) and the Mets.

Worley, who will turn 24 in September, made five appearances, two of which were starts, for the Phillies in 2010. He pitched very well, throwing to a 1.38 ERA and an 0.92 ratio over 13 innings. In each of his starts he went five innings, allowing two run in ten innings combined. He has made four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley so far in 2011, throwing to a 2.78 ERA with a 1.10 ratio while striking out 25 in 22 innings. His last start came on Sunday, so he’ll be pitching on regular rest. He went five innings and threw 89 pitches in that start.

Pelfrey has been awful this year, but the best of the five starts he’s made came his last time out when he held the Diamondbacks to a run on five hits and two walks over seven innings. Opponents are hitting 333/405/529 against him for the season. He hasn’t fared well against lefties in his career — they’ve put up a 295/367/442 line against him over 1,620 plate appearances. He started against the Phils on April 6 and was pounded, charged with seven runs in two innings. Blanton had trouble holding a 7-0 lead in that game, but after the Mets tied the game at 7-7 in the fifth the Phils put three more runs on the board to win 10-7.

The article linked in the top paragraph says that Ruiz will be rest for a few days. This says that Dane Sardinha is headed to Philadelphia, but Blanton to the DL and Worley activated is the only transaction showing on the Phillies web site so far.


Eight is enough to make you wonder who these guys are and what they’ve done with the Phillies

After 14 straight games in which the Phillies failed to score more than four runs, they’ve now done it twice in two days. Yesterday afternoon they put eight runs on the board, hitting three home runs as they topped Arizona 8-4 to salvage a game in the three-game set.

Jimmy Rollins put together his best game of the season yesterday. Coming into the game having hit 224/297/284 over his previous 74 plate appearances and with just two RBI for the year, Rollins went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three runs batted in.

Carlos Ruiz started the game for the Phils behind the plate and flew to left in the first inning, but left with a stiff back and was replaced by Schneider in the bottom of the first. Ruiz will see the team doctor today.

The Phillies are 16-8 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 yesterday afternoon. Arizona wins the series two games to one. The Phils have now won five of the series they have played, lost two (Milwaukee and Arizona) and split a two-game set with Florida.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits he allowed went for extra-bases — two doubles, a triple and a home run. He struck out eight.

He started the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead and set Arizona down in order. Chris Young popped to Valdez, Kelly Johnson grounded to Hamels and Justin Upton struck out swinging.

Hamels started the second with a 4-0 lead and walked Stephen Drew on a 3-2 pitch. He got Ryan Roberts to pop to third for the first out and Xavier Nady on a fly ball to right for the second, but Melvin Mora followed them and doubled to left, scoring Drew to cut the lead to 4-1. Henry Blanco struck out looking to end the inning.

Things often don’t work out well when you walk the leadoff man.

Hamels got pitcher Joe Saunders on a pop to Rollins for the first out in the third. He struck out Young and Johnson behind him.

He set Arizona down in order in the fourth as well. Upton grounded to third, Drew struck out and Roberts flew to center.

He had thrown 64 pitches through four innings.

Up 6-1 he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Miranda started the sixth with a triple to right. Young was next and he jumped on the first pitch from Hamels, hitting it out to left to cut the lead to 6-3. Hamels got the next three Diamondbacks in order.

That’s the first home run allowed by Hamels on the year.

He had a 7-3 lead when he started the seventh. Mora doubled with two outs, but Hamels struck Blanco out swinging at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Bastardo pitched the eighth. Pitcher Josh Collmenter was due to lead off for Arizona and righty Josh Wilson hit for him. Bastardo struck him out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Young was next, though, and he homered again, this time on an 0-2 pitch to make the score 7-4. Bastardo got Johnson on a ground ball to first then struck out Upton for the third out.

That’s the first run that has been charged to Bastardo this season. In 10 1/3 innings he’s struck out 16 and allowed four hits and four walks.

Madson stared the ninth with an 8-4 lead and walked the leadoff man Drew on a 3-2 pitch. He struck Roberts out swinging 1-2 before Nady sent Drew to third with a single to right. Madson struck Mora out for the second out and lefty Miguel Montero hit for the righty Blanco. Montero grounded to second for the third out.

Madson threw 22 pitches in the game and Bastardo 15. The bullpen should be well-rested after the off-day today.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Joe Saunders went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Mayberry plays left with the slumping lefty Ibanez on the bench for the Phils. Ruiz left the game before playing defense — Schneider took over after Ruiz hit in the top of the first.

Victorino and Polanco started the game with back-to-back singles to left, putting men on first and second for Rollins. Rollins ripped a double down the third base line, scoring Victorino to make it 1-0 and moving Polanco to third. Howard struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out, but Francisco belted a ball into the left field corner that landed and hopped the wall for a two-run ground-rule double. 3-0 with Francisco on second and one out. Mayberry struck out and Ruiz flew to left.

Francisco comes through with less than two outs and a man on third after failing to do so twice the night before. Howard doesn’t put the ball in play for the first out with a man on third.

Valdez grounded to second and Hamels struck out looking to start the second. Victorino got ahead 3-0 and hit a 3-1 pitch just out to left center, putting the Phils ahead 4-0. Polanco was next and hit a ball that fell in between Young and Drew for a single. Rollins hit a ball in foul territory that Nady made a nifty over-the-shoulder catch on for the third out.

Howard struck out to start the third. Francisco was next and was robbed of extra-bases on a diving catch by Upton in right center for the second out. Mayberry hit a ball to short that Drew back-handed, but Mayberry was safe at first with an infield single. Blanco threw him out trying to steal second to set the Phillies down.

Two strikeouts in two at-bats for Howard. Twice Francisco hit the ball well. Two career caught stealings for Mayberry now. He has yet to steal a bag in the majors, although he stole 20 and was caught just three times last year at Triple-A.

The Phils went in order in the fourth. Schneider struck out looking, Valdez tried to bunt for a hit but was thrown out by Saunders and Hamels struck out swinging.

Polanco doubled with one out in the fifth and Rollins followed that with his first homer of the year, putting the Phillies up 6-1. Howard and Francisco both grounded out behind him.

Mayberry started the sixth with a walk. Schneider flew to center for the first out and Valdez struck out swinging for the second. Hamels hit for himself and moved Mayberry to second with an infield single, but Victorino grounded to second to leave them both stranded.

Polanco started the seventh with a single and Rollins followed with a ground ball to first. Nady got the out at first with Polanco moving up to second. Howard followed that with a walk and Francisco was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out. Righty Juan Gutierrez struck Mayberry out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Schneider walked on five pitches, scoring Polanco to put the Phils up 7-3. Valdez grounded to second to leave the bases loaded.

Glad the Phils managed a run, but Mayberry can’t put the ball in play with one out and the bases loaded.

The Phils went in order in the eighth.

Their lead was cut to 7-4 when they hit in the ninth. Rollins flew to left for the first out, but Howard hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, putting the Phils up 8-4. Francisco flew to left for the second out before Mayberry walked. Schneider flew to center to leave Mayberry stranded.

Second walk in the game for Mayberry, who’s on-basing .429 through 28 plate appearances to start the season. That’s the first time he’s ever walked twice in a game.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with his fourth home run of the year in the game. 4-for-14 with a triple and a home run in the series. No walks in his last 24 plate appearances. He’s hitting 289/343/505 on the year.

Polanco 4-for-5 with a double. 7-for-13 with two doubles and a walk in the set. 389/448/516 on the year.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. 5-for-14 in the series. He’s hitting 271/346/354 for the season.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and his fourth home run. 4-for-11 with a double, a home run and two walks in the series. That’s his first home run since April 12 — since April 12 has hit 245/317/396 over 60 plate appearances and struck out 19 times. He’s been much better recently, though, 9-for-his-last-24 with four extra-base hits and two walks. The bleak spot was April 13 to 21 where he hit 138/235/172 over an eight-game stretch and struck out in 11 of 34 plate appearances. He’s at 293/352/522 for the year.

Francisco was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 261/327/455 for the season.

Mayberry was 1-for-3 and walked twice with a big strikeout in the game. 1-for-4 with two walks in the series. 333/429/417 on 28 plate appearances for the year. Ibanez was 0-for-1 with a strikeout yesterday and went 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. He’s 0-for-his-last-23 and hitting 169/250/229 for the year.

Ruiz was 0-for-1 yesterday and 0-for-4 in the series. 226/310/371 for the year. He’s 0-for-his-last-21. Schneider 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI yesterday. 0-for-7 in the series. 2-for-23 with two homers and a walk on the year.

Valdez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left four men on base. 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in the series. 2-for-his-last-27 and hitting 234/279/281 for the year. Orr was 1-for-4 in the series and is 8-for-25 with a walk and a double on the season. It sure seems like he should be playing second against righties more often, but he doesn’t exactly have fantastic career numbers against righties, either. 267/290/342 for his career against righties.

No game today. Mets tomorrow night.

The Phillies have explained that Oswalt’s departure from the team is related to severe weather in Mississippi.


Phils still unimpressed with scoring more than four runs, wonder if it might be easier for everyone if Halladay just struck out 14 every game

Sigh. Now we’ll never get them to do it again.

The Phils scored more than four runs for the first time in 15 games last night. Didn’t matter. Oswalt had an ugly start, left after three innings and the Phils lost 7-5.

The game wasn’t really that close. Francisco homered with two outs n the ninth to get the Phils within two.

The big question coming out of the game is just how healthy Roy Oswalt actually is. He didn’t have much at all last night in his second start since a back problem forced him from a game on April 15. Big answer is we’re going to have to wait and see — it’s just not clear how long.

The Phillies are 15-8 on the year after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 last night. They have lost two in a row for the second time this season and the loss ensures they will lose their second series.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He didn’t strike out any batters. In 17 starts with the Phils going back to last year, that’s the shortest outing for Oswalt. He went less than six innings in only one of the other 17, which was a September 28 start against the Nats at the end of the regular season in 2010 when things were pretty well wrapped up for the Phils.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead and set Arizona down in order, getting Chris Young on a pop to second, Kelly Johnson on a ground ball to short and Justin Upton to foul out to Schneider.

Stephen Drew lined to Rollins to start the second. Miguel Montero singled to right before Ryan Roberts lined out to right for the second out. Oswalt walked Juan Miranda on a 3-2 pitch and it brought Gerardo Parra to the plate with men on first and second and two down. Parra singled into right. Francisco came home, but his throw arrived late as Montero scored to tie the game at 1-1. Miranda went to third and Parra took second on the throw to the plate. It brought the pitcher Dan Hudson to the plate and Hudson hit a ball into right-center that rolled all the way to the wall and cleared the bases. 3-1. Young popped to second for the third out.

Huge two-out double by the pitcher Hudson gets the Snakes two runs.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Oswalt started the third. Johnson led off with a single to right and stole second. Upton moved him to third with a ground out before Drew lined a single into center that brought him home and extended the Arizona lead to 4-2. Montero was next and hit a ground ball back up the middle, but Rollins made a great play, sliding to field the ball to the right of second base and throwing to first for the second out. Drew took second on the play and moved up to third on a wild pitch from Oswalt before Roberts plated him with a single to right that extended the Arizona lead to 5-2. Miranda flew to Ibanez in foul territory for the third out.

Great play by Rollins kept things from getting worse.

Kendrick took over in the fourth and set Arizona down in order.

He came back to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Two perfect innings for Kendrick, who has allowed just five hits in ten innings so far but has walked six. He has struck out just one batter on the year, but hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk over four innings in his last three appearances.

It was 5-3 when Zagurski started the sixth. He struck Montero out for the first out, but Roberts was next and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left to push the lead to 6-3. Zagurski got the next two.

Second appearance on the year for Zagurski, who hasn’t been real impressive yet.

Herndon started the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Xavier Nady, but got Young to hit into a double-play behind him. Johnson reached on an infield single, stole second and took third on a wild pitch by Herndon before coming home on a single by Upton. 7-3. Schneider threw Upton out trying to steal second for the third out.

Herndon was back for the eighth and walked the leadoff man Drew, but Schneider threw him out trying to steal second for the first out. Montero and Roberts both flew out behind Drew.

Herndon gets a lot of help from Schneider as two of the six outs he gets come on the bases. He’s got some ugly numbers on the year so far — he’s thrown to a 7.45 ERA and a 1.86, having allowed 12 hits and six walks in 9 2/3 innings over ten appearances. He has walked too much of everyone and righties are hitting 391/423/565 against him in the early going.

The pen allows two runs in five innings. It’s the first time the relievers have been charged with a run in the last seven games — coming into the game they had thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings in the last six games, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out 12.

Herndon threw 28 pitches, Kendrick 21 and Zagurski 20. Nobody has thrown more than one day in a row and the off day tomorrow will help rest the pen.

The Phillies lineup against righty Dan Hudson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Orr (8) Schneider. With the lefty going in today’s day game, Manuel puts the lefties Orr and Schneider into his lineup against the righty. I still think it’s a good idea.

Victorino led off the game with a triple to center and scored when Polanco followed with a single to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Rollins flew to left for the first out before a double by Howard moved Polanco up to third. It brought Francisco to the plate with one out and men on second and third and he struck out swinging 1-2. Ibanez flew to left for the third out.

Francisco can’t put the ball in play with one out and a man on third.

The Phils went in order in the second.

They were down 3-1 when they hit in the third. Victorino led off with a single. Polanco was next and grounded to short, with Victorino forced at second for the first out. Rollins followed with a single that moved Polanco to second before Howard singled to right, scoring Polanco (3-2) and moving Rollins to third. It gave Francisco another chance with a man on third and one out, but he popped to Roberts at third and the runners held. Ibanez was next and he popped a foul ball down the third base line. Roberts made an outstanding catch, reaching over the railing and snaring the ball as he fell to the ground for the third out.

Great play by Roberts. Victorino does his best to spur a Phillie rally for the second time in three innings. Again Francisco comes up empty with less than two outs and a man on third.

They were down 5-2 when they went in order in the fourth.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth, but Howard flew to right behind him.

Francisco singled to center to start the sixth. Ibanez flew out behind him, but Orr reached on an infield single that put men on first and second. Schneider struck out swinging for the second out. With the righty Hudson still on the mound for Arizona, Gload hit for Kendrick and singled to center. Francisco scored, 5-3, and Orr took second. Victorino struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.

Apparently the key for Francisco is not to hit with men on third and less than two outs.

It was 6-3 when the Phils hit in the seventh against righty Sam Demel. Polanco led off with a walk and after Rollins flew to left for the first out, Howard walked, too. It put men on first and second for Francisco and he struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Patterson came in and walked Ibanez, loading the bases for Orr’s spot. Mayberry hit for Orr and righty Esmerling Vazquez came in to pitch to him. Mayberry flew to right to leave the bases loaded.

Unusual decision by Manuel to use Gload pretty early in the game, the sixth, means that Gload isn’t there to give the Phils the option of hitting him for Mayberry. No problem with using Gload in the sixth, it’s just not the way that Manuel normally does it.

Down 7-3, the Phils went in order in the eighth.

Righty David Hernandez set down Polanco and Rollins to start the ninth before Howard singled to right. It brought Francisco to the plate and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center, cutting the lead to 7-5. Ibanez flew to right to end the game.

That’s the first home run of the four on the year for Francisco that hasn’t come with two strikes in the count. That’s probably just a big old coincidence, but I’d sure feel better about it without the early strikeouts with one out and men on third.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout. He’s on pace to strike out 113 times, which would top his previous career high of 79.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He has at least one hit in 20 of the last 22 games.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two singles and a snazzy defensive play in the third. He’s on pace to slug .308 for the season with seven RBI over 718 plate appearances.

Howard went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Francisco had one of the less impressive games you’ll see in which a hitter went 2-for-5 with a home run. 2-for-5 with two big strikeouts and six men left on base. He’s 6-for-his-last-16.

Ibanez was 0-for-4 with a walk and five men left on base, dropping his line for the season to 171/253/232. He’s 0-for-his-last-22.

Orr was 1-for-3. He’s 8-for-25 on the year.

Schneider was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but caught two runners on the bases. He’s 2-for-20 on the year.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92) faces lefty Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98) this afternoon. Saunders has a 1.75 ratio through his first four starts of the year. Righties have hit 339/452/542 against him. He had his best start of the four his last time out, holding the Mets to a run over six innings. Hamels still hasn’t allowed a home run on the season. After getting hit hard in his first start of the season, he’s 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA and an 0.95 ratio over his last three with 23 strikeouts in 22 innings.

This suggests the Phils expect Contreras to miss three to four weeks.

Update: Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons.


Things getting worse in Arizona as Phils can’t score Ian one run

The Phils had no answer for Ian Kennedy last night in Arizona. Kennedy struck out ten in a complete game shutout as the Snakes topped the Phils 4-0.

Cliff Lee struck out 12 over seven innings for the Phils, his third time in five starts this season that he has struck out at least 11 in a game. Chris Young connected for a two-run homer off of him in the third and Gerardo Parra a solo shot in the fifth. A leadoff double by Justin Upton in the sixth was led to a fourth run for the Diamondbacks.

The Phillies are 9-5 over their last 14 games, but have been outscored 40-39 in those games. Charlie Manuel recently explained the Phillies fantastic record early in the season by saying, “I’d say good pitching, timely hits, or enough hits, and lucky as hell.” No argument here. Not to be lost in all of that is that allowing 40 runs in 14 games is rather fantastic — that’s about 2.86 runs per game. That will get the job done almost all of the time, unless you’re scoring about 2.79 runs per game. If you’re scoring 2.79 runs per game and allowing 2.86 runs per game you better figure out how to be lucky as hell if you want to go 9-5.

The Phillies are 15-7 on the year after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 last night.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out 12.

He threw a 1-2-3 first, getting Chris Young on a popup to second, Kelly Johnson on a fly ball to center and striking Justin Upton out looking.

He struck out Steven Drew and Xavier Nady to start the second. Miguel Montero grounded to third for the third out.

Ryan Roberts started the third with a single to left and stole second. Lee struck out Gerardo Parra for the first out and pitcher Ian Kennedy for the second. Once through the order, Lee had five strikeouts. It brought Young to the plate for a second chance with two down and Roberts on second. Young blasted the first pitch he saw from Lee out to left-center, putting the Snakes up 2-0. Johnson lined a ball to right, but Francisco made a fantastic diving play to catch it for the third out.

Upton started the fourth with a double to center, but Lee struck out Drew, Nady and Montero behind him to leave him at second.

He got Roberts on a fly ball to right to start the fifth. It brought the lefty Parra to the plate and he sliced the first pitch of his at-bat the other way and out to left-center. 3-0. Kennedy grounded to short and Young struck out behind him.

Second time in five innings the Diamondbacks homered off of Lee on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Lee walked Upton with one out in the sixth and Upton stole second before Lee struck out Drew for the second out. Nady was next and he singled into left, scoring Upton without a play at the plate to make it 4-0. Montero grounded to Lee for the third out.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Parra tried to bunt for a hit, but popped it up to Polanco for the second out.

Stutes, who just took Romero’s place on the roster, pitched the eighth and fared very well. He got the righty Young on a fly ball to left, struck the lefty Johnson out swinging 2-2 for the second out and got the righty Upton on a popup to Howard.

Stutes threw nine pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ian Kennedy went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez.

Polanco doubled to right with one out in the first, but Rollins and Howard both struck out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the second and the third.

Down 2-0, Rollins reached on an infield single with one out. Howard was next and lined a 2-1 pitch to right center, but Upton made a nice diving play to snare it for the out. Francisco grounded to short for the third out.

Nice play by Upton stops a mini-rally for the Phils.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

They were down 3-0 when they hit in the sixth. Polanco reached on a single to left with two outs and took second on a balk. Rollins grounded to second to leave him there.

They went in order in the seventh with the Arizona lead at 4-0.

Kennedy set them down in order in the eighth, too. Orr hit for Valdez and fouled out to the third baseman Roberts for the second out. Gload hit for Lee and struck out swinging for the third.

Victorino started the ninth with a ball back up the middle and off the glove of Kennedy, but it deflected to the second baseman Johnson and he threw to first in time to get Victorino. Polanco flew to right and Rollins struck out swinging to end the game.

Victorino was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 2-for-his-last-19.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phils. He’s hitting 372/432/500 for the year and has struck out four times in 95 plate appearances.

Rollins was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 210/290/274 over his last 69 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Over the last five games he’s gotten 21 plate appearances in which he has struck out ten times and walked none.

Francisco went 0-for-3 with a great diving catch in right. He was 4-for-his-last-8 coming into last night’s game, but has just six hits in his last 31 plate appearances (214/258/393 since April 18).

Ibanez was 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop his line on the year to 179/256/244. His OPS is under .500 for the first time since he went 0-for-4 on opening day. He’s 0-for-his-last-18 with seven strikeouts.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 0-for-20 in his last seven games.

Valdez was 0-for-2. He’s 2-for-his-last-22.

Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) faces righty Dan Hudson (0-4, 5.92) tonight in game two of the series. Hudson’s a lot better than his 5.92 ERA. He has struck out 26 in 24 1/3 innings so far this year and opponents have hit just .227 against him. He has walked way too many lefties — lefties are hitting just .233 against him but on-basing .368. Oswalt has gone six innings in each of his four starts, allowing two runs three times and shutting the Padres out for six frames his last time out. He has allowed five hits in his last two starts combined. Opponents are hitting .179 against him for the season.

Charlie Manuel thinks that Contreras was not overused before he was hurt. I agree. Manuel did call on him to pitch five times in the seven days from April 15 to April 21 and Contreras threw more than 20 pitches in two of those outings, but I don’t think he had an unusual workload as the team’s closer. It does seem he was an odd choice to be the closer in the first place.


San Dieg

The Phils won the last three games in San Diego to complete the sweep. They didn’t score a whole lot in the series, but won with fantastic pitching that held the Padres to three runs over four games.

The Phillies might not be scoring a whole lot of runs these days, but they aren’t allowing a lot, either. Over their last 16 games they have allowed a total of 44 runs. That’s 2.75 runs per game. Twenty-eight of those runs scored in four of the 16 games. — the other 12 games they’ve allowed a total of 16 runs.

Whether you like their formula for winning or not, the Phils are 15-6 and have the best record in baseball.

Jose Contreras didn’t pitch after the first game in the series and has hit the DL with a strained right flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. Michael Stutes, who had a fantastic spring training with the Phils, has been called up to take his place on the roster. The Phils fared pretty well without Contreras in the final three games of the set — Madson nailed down a save in games two and three and Bastardo only needed one pitch to get his first career save yesterday afternoon.

Hamels was fantastic in game two and the Phils won 2-0. Hamels went eight shutout innings and Madson worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the year. Howard drove in both of the Phillie runs with a two-run triple in the third.

Blanton was less fantastic in game three of the series, but did manage to hold San Diego to two runs over seven innings. The game went to extra-innings locked at 2-2 until Howard broke the tie with a two-run double in the eleventh. Madson worked the bottom of the eleventh and got his second save in two days. It capped an impressive game for the pen, which went four scoreless innings in relief of Blanton and allowed just one hit (a single) and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies are 15-6 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 3-1 yesterday. The Phils sweep the four-game series.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 8 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. All five of the hits were singles and he struck out 14.

He struck Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett both out swinging for the first two outs in the bottom of the first. Chase Headley was next and drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, but Halladay got Ryan Ludwick to pop to Howard in foul territory to leave Headley stranded.

Halladay got two strikeouts swinging to start the second as well, getting Will Venable and Brad Hawpe to set the first two men down. Rob Johnson followed and reached on an infield single, but Eric Patterson grounded to Howard for the third out.

Pitcher Wade LeBlanc led off the third and flew to center for the first out. Halladay struck Maybin out behind him for the second time the game, but Bartlett lined a single to right. Headley popped to Rollins to leave Bartlett at first.

Third straight inning that Halladay got the first two batters and the third reached base.

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

The Phillies were up 2-0 when Halladay started the sixth. Maybin tried to bunt for a single, but Ruiz fielded and threw him out at first. Halladay struck out Bartlett and Headley behind Maybin.

Up 3-0, Halladay struck out Ludwick, Venable and Hawpe.

Twelve strikeouts for Halladay through seven innings.

Johnson struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch to start the eighth. It was outside, but whatever. Halladay had struck out six straight hitters. Patterson bounced to first for the second out and righty Jorge Cantu hit for the pitcher LeBlanc. Halladay struck Cantu out swinging 3-2 to end the inning.

Fourteen strikeouts for Halladay. He had thrown 113 pitches.

Maybin started the ninth and lined a single to left. Bartlett was next and dribbled a ball in front of the plate. Ruiz jumped on it and threw to second to force Maybin for the first out. Bartlett beat Rollins’s relay to first, bringing Headley to the plate with one out and a man on first. Headley moved Bartlett to second with a single and the righty Ludwick came to the plate as the tying run. Ludwick crushed the ball, but Victorino tracked it down after a long run for the second out and Bartlett moved to third. That brought the lefty Venable to the plate with men on first and third. Halladay had thrown 128 pitches in the game, but stayed in to pitch to Venable. Venable singled up the middle and Bartlett scored, cutting the lead to 3-1. With two outs and men on first and second, Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Hawpe. Righty Nick Hundley hit for Hawpe and swung at the first pitch he saw from Bastardo, flying to right to end the game.

Hundley against Bastardo as the winning run isn’t really what you’re looking for there. Worked out okay. Bastardo threw one pitch in the game and got his first career save. He has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Wade LeBlanc went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Ibanez on the bench against the lefty with the Phillies having won the first three games of the four-game series. Francisco in right and Mayberry in left. Martinez starts at second with Valdez on the bench.

Polanco and Rollins walked back-to-back with one out in the first. Howard flew to center for the second out with Polanco moving to third and Rollins holding first. Francisco grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

The Phils went in order in the second and again in the third.

Howard singled with one out in the fourth and Francisco walked behind him. Mayberry struck out for the second out and Ruiz flew to left, leaving both runners stranded.

Martinez started the fifth with a single and Halladay bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino flew to right for the second out. Polanco was next and hit a ball back through the middle, but LeBlanc made a fantastic play, falling to the ground and backhanding the ball, and threw to first for the third out.

Rollins and Howard singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and third with nobody out for Francisco. Francisco lined a ball into left center that should have been caught by a diving Ludwick, but the ball went off his glove and Francisco was given a single. Polanco scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second. Mayberry followed and he doubled into the left field corner. Rollins scored to make it 2-0 with men on second and third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases for Martinez. Martinez swung at the first pitch and hit a ground ball to short that Bartlett fielded. Bartlett came home and Mayberry was forced for the first out. Halladay grounded into a double-play behind him.

No more for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. Martinez can’t bring the runner home from third with nobody out. Ludwick should have caught the ball that Francisco hit.

Victorino led off the seventh and hit a ball well to right center. Venable dove for the ball and deflected it. It went off his glove and rolled towards center field, away from Maybin who was moving towards right. Victorino tore around the bases and slid into home plate head first, just ahead of the relay for an inside-the-park home run. 3-0 Phillies. Polanco followed that with a single, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him. Howard grounded to Patterson for the third out.

Francisco started the eighth with an infield single, but Mayberry hit into a double-play behind him. Ruiz flew to center for the third out.

Righty Ernesto Frieri set the Phils down in order in the ninth. Halladay hit for himself having thrown 113 pitches and struck out for the second out.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run yesterday. 2-for-15 with three walks in the four-game series. He’s hitting 289/352/482 on the year.

Polanco was 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 5-for-11 with five singles and three walks in the series. 366/429/488 for the year.

Rollins went 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 3-for-13 with three singles and five walks in the series. He also drove in a run in game three of the series, giving him two for the year. He’s on pace to drive in 15 for the year and hitting 256/344/305. He has four extra-base hits for the year, all four of which are doubles.

Howard was 2-for-4 yesterday and 5-for-18 with a double, a triple and four RBI in the series. He had huge hits in games two and three and didn’t walk or strike out in any of the four games. He’s hitting 284/337/494 for the year.

Francisco 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 5-for-14 with two walks, a triple a home run and four RBI in the series. 263/329/434 for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 2-for-5 in the series. He’s 7-for-20 with two doubles on the season. Ibanez was 0-for-11 with two walks in the series, dropping his line for the year to 187/265/253.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 241/328/397 for the season and is 1-for-his-last-21. Schneider was 1-for-8 with a home run in the series and is 2-for-16 on the year with two home runs.

Martinez was 1-for-4 with a single yesterday and is 3-for-15 with three singles on the year. Valdez went 1-for-8 in the series to drop his line on the year to 263/311/316.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91) faces righty Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64) tonight in Arizona. Kennedy has been pretty good in three of his four starts but allowed nine runs in three innings in the other, which will hurt your ERA. Lee has allowed two earned runs in 15 innings over his last two starts.


Back story

Roy Oswalt came into last night’s outing having been forced from his previous start by a tight back. How is back is actually doing is something we might never know, but he had more than enough to mow down the Padres. He allowed just one hit through six shutout innings before a high pitch count forced him from the game. The Phils scored three early runs with the help of homers from Francisco and Schneider and the bullpen held after Oswalt departed as the Phils earned a win in the first of their four-game set with the Padres.

The Phils have now hit four home runs in their last two games, which have driven in six of the seven runs the team has scored. The offense continues to scuffle, having scored 30 runs in the last ten games. Howard, Ibanez and Rollins continue to struggle in the heart of the order for the Phils — last night they combined to go 1-for-12 with six strikeouts, three walks and 11 men left on base.

The Phillies are 12-6 on the year after beating the Padres 3-0 last night in San Diego.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies allowed one hit and two walks over six shutout innings. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.88. After four starts he has an 0.88 ratio for the season — in 24 innings he’s allowed 15 hits and six walks.

The Phillies have seven quality starts in their last eight games.

He walked Jason Bartlett 3-2 to start the bottom of the first. Oswalt got Orlando Hudson looking for the first out and Jorge Cantu on a fly ball to center for the second before Bartlett stole second. Oswalt got Chase Headley to fly to left to end the inning.

He started the second with a 2-0 lead and got Ryan Ludwick to fly to right for the first out. Nick Hundley was next and Oswalt walked him on another 3-2 pitch. Cameron Maybin flew to right and Chris Denorfia struck out to leave Hundley at first.

Oswalt struck the pitcher Mat Latos out to start the third with the Phils up 3-0. Bartlett and Hudson both grounded out behind Latos.

It took 14 pitches and nine foul balls, but Oswalt got Cantu swinging to start the fourth. Headley struck out behind him and Ludwick lined to third.

He got the first two Padres to start the fifth before Denorfia lined a single to right. Pitcher Cory Luebke, who took over for Latos in the fifth, was next and he struck out swinging to leave Denorfia stranded.

Oswalt threw a 1-2-3 sixth. He ended the inning having thrown 106 pitches.

Herndon took over in the seventh with the Phils still up 3-0. He got the first two before Hundley lined a single to center. Maybin walked behind him, putting two men on and bringing Denorfia to the plate as the tying run. Lefty Will Venable hit for the righty Denorfia and Bastardo came in to pitch to him. Bastardo got ahead of Venable 1-2, but threw three straight balls to walk him and the bases were loaded for the pitcher’s spot in the order. Righty Alberto Gonzalez hit for Luebke and flew to right to leave the bases loaded.

Herndon wasn’t charged with any runs there, but it still wasn’t a real impressive outing as he lowered his ERA to 8.22.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth and Bartlett led off with a single to left. Hudson struck out and Cantu flew to left for the first two outs. Lefty Eric Patterson hit for the pitcher and struck out looking to end the inning.

In seven appearances, Bastardo has now thrown eight scoreless innings in which he’s struck out 11. He’s allowed three hits and four walks.

Contreras started the ninth and got the first two before Maybin doubled to left. The lefty Venable walked on five pitches, bringing Gonzalez to the plate as the tying run. Lefty Brad Hawpe hit for the righty Gonzalez and Contreras struck him out looking 3-2 to end the game.

Three scoreless innings for the pen preserves the shutout, but they allowed three hits and three walks. Contreras threw 26 pitches, Bastardo 23 and Herndon 15.

The bullpen for the Phils is walking too many batters. They have now walked 27 in 51 innings (about 4.76 per nine innings).

The Phillies lineup against righty Mat Latos went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Orr (8) Schneider. Lefties Orr and Schneider in the lineup against the righty. Ibanez hits fifth with Francisco sixth, so Francisco breaks up the four left-handed hitters.

Polanco reached on an error by the pitcher Latos with one out in the first and stole second. Rollins was next and looped a ball that fell in left. The throw went to third, but Polanco was safe there and the play allowed Rollins to take second. It put men on second and third with one out, but Howard struck out swinging 2-2 and Ibanez struck out swinging 3-2.

Nothing for the Phils, who get to send their left-handed four and five hitters to the plate against a righty. Howard can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Ibanez continues to strike out at a worrisome rate — including last night’s game he has struck out in 25.3% of his plate appearances so far this season. For his career he has struck out in about 15.7% of his plate appearances.

Francisco hit an 0-2 pitch out to center to start the second. 1-0. Orr flew to center for the first out before Schneider hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center. Oswalt and Victorino both struck out.

Francisco has three home runs on the year. Two of them have now come on an 0-2 count and the other also came with two strikes (a 2-2 pitch from Blaine Boyer on April 6). For Francisco, it was his first extra-base hit since April 8. Including last night he’s gone 6-for-36 with a home run and four walks since April 8.

Polanco singled to start the third and moved to second on a walk by Rollins. Howard struck out for the first out before a walk to Ibanez loaded the bases for Francisco. Francisco hit a ball to right that Denorfia didn’t handle for the second San Diego error in 2 1/3 innings. Everyone moved up a base and Polanco scored, making it 3-0 with one out and the bases still loaded. Orr popped up to second on the infield fly rule and Schneider grounded out to second, leaving the runners stranded.

Again Polanco and Rollins get on base to do what they can to rally the Phils. Again Howard strikes out. Francisco’s ball would have scored Polanco even if Denorfia had caught it, but Orr comes up empty in a big spot with less than two outs.

Victorino and Polanco walked back-to-back with one out in the fourth. Rollins struck out for the second out before the Phils pulled off a double-steal. It put men on second and third for Howard, but he struck out again to leave both men stranded.

Polanco on base again. Howard strikes out again with men on base. Through four innings, Howard was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and six men left on base. The only inning in which he hadn’t struck out with two men on base was the second.

Francisco walked with one out in the fifth and apparently five walks through 4 1/3 was enough for the Padres to pull Latos. Lefty Cory Luebke took over and struck out lefties Orr and Schneider to set the Phils down.

Polanco singled to left with two outs in the sixth, but Rollins lined to third behind him.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Orr singled to left off of righty Pat Neshak to start the eighth. Schneider flew to center for the first out before Mayberry, who was double-switched into the game in the bottom of the seventh, moved Orr to second with a single to left. A walk to Victorino loaded the bases, but Polanco hit into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

Ibanez walked with two outs in the ninth. With righty Chad Qualls pitching for San Diego, Gload hit for Bastardo and flew to left for the third out.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with two walks. He has at least one hit in six of his last eight, but his line overall in those eight games isn’t so impressive — 233/361/433. Two walks last night puts him on pace to walk 63 times this year, which would be a career high. He’s walked in about 9.0% of his plate appearances so far this year. 8.2% last year and 7.5% for his career.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk. 360/415/493 for the year.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk, dropping his average to .260. He’s slugging .315 for the season with one RBI, which puts him on pace to drive in nine runs. He needs to hit with more power or move out of three-hole.

Howard was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and six men left on base. He’s 4-for-his-last-29 with a double, three walks and 11 strikeouts (138/235/172). In the first nine games of the season he hit 361/390/639 and struck out seven times in 41 plate appearances. Over the last nine games he has hit 156/263/281 and struck out 12 times in 38 plate appearances.

Ibanez was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He’s 4-for-his-last-28 with ten strikeouts.

Francisco 1-for-2 with a home run, a sac fly and a walk. Nice to see him have a big game with his long struggles. He’s not striking out, he’s just not getting hits. Over his last 36 plate appearances he’s struck out just twice but put up a 161/250/258 line (5-for-31 with a home run and four walks).

Orr was 1-for-4 with a big popup in the third. He’s 6-for-16 (.375) with a walk and six singles on the year.

Schneider was 1-for-4 with a home run and five men left on base. 2-for-12 with two home runs on the year gives him the highest slugging percentage on the team at .667.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.32) faces lefty Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50) tonight in game two of the set. Richard has made four starts this season, but one of them was only an inning long before the game was delayed by rain. Two of the other three have been good, but his last time out he was hit hard by the Astros, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Hamels got hammered by the Mets in his first start of the year, but has been very good his last two times out, allowing two runs over 14 innings while striking out 15. He hasn’t given up a home run yet this year.


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