Archive for May, 2011

Phils looking for whoever it was that forget to invite Chase Utley to his own coming out party

Chase Utley returned to the Phillies lineup last night and the lineup returned to 2009 form, pounding out ten runs as the Phils topped the Reds 10-3. Utley himself was the only one who didn’t seem to join in on the fun — he went 0-for-5 with a strikeout and was the only Phil in the starting lineup not to get a hit.

Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies had scored ten runs in their seven previous games combined.

The Phillies are 29-18 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 last night. They have the best record in the National League and lead the Florida Marlins by two games in the NL East.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer by Jay Bruce that accounted for all the runs charged to Hamels in the game. He struck out four.

He threw a 1-2-3 first, striking out Drew Stubbs for the first out, getting Paul Janish on a ground ball to third for the second and Joey Votto on a fly ball to left for the third.

He started the second up 2-0 and got Brandon Phillips on a fly ball to right for the first out. Scott Rolen struck out looking for the second before Jay Bruce reached on an infield single. Fred Lewis followed with a ground ball to third with Polanco throwing to second to force Bruce for the third out.

Hamels walked Ryan Hanigan on four pitches to start the third. Arroyo bunted, but Hamels fielded and threw to second to force Hanigan for the first out. Hamels struck Stubbs out swinging again for the second out. Janish grounded to third with Polanco again going to Utley to set the Reds down.

He started the fourth with a 9-0 lead and got Votto on a fly ball to center for the first out before Phillips and Rolen singled back-to-back, bringing Bruce to the plate with men on first and second. Bruce hit a 1-2 pitch out to right, cutting the lead to 9-3. Lewis lined to short before Hanigan drew a walk. Hamels balked him to second, but pitcher Matt Maloney hit for himself and grounded to short to end leave him there.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the Phils up 10-3.

He hit Rolen with a pitch with one out in the sixth and Bruce moved Rolen to second with a single to left. Hamels struck out Lewis and got Hanigan on a ground ball to short to keep the Reds from scoring.

Stutes struck out Todd Frazier and Stubbs in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Stutes has now made 11 appearances for the Phils this season and been charged with one or more runs in just one of them. Righties are 1-for-16 against him for the season with five strikeouts and no walks.

Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.10. In 16 1/3 innings, he’s allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out 23.

Baez threw a 1-2-3 ninth, dropping his ERA on the year to 4.19. Opponents are hitting .291 against him for the season.

Three perfect innings for the pen in which they strike out three without allowing a hit or a walk. Nobody in the pen has appeared more than one day in a row. Baez threw 15 pitches, Stutes 13 and Bastardo 12.

The Phillies lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Ruiz (7) Brown (8) Mayberry. Utley makes his 2011 debut in the second spot in the order. Ruiz catches and hits sixth, which is too high. Brown in right against the right with Mayberry in center and Martinez on the bench. Whether you like the order they hit in or not, the names sure look a whole lot better.

Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single to right. Utley flew to center for the first out before Polanco hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 2-0. Howard struck out looking for the second out and Ibanez grounded to first to end the inning.

Ruiz started the second with a single and moved to third when Brown followed with a double to right. Mayberry struck out swinging for the first out. Hamels was next and chopped a ball to first base. Ruiz tried to score from first, but Votto charged and threw home and Hanigan applied the tag for the second out. Brown took third with Hamels safe at first. Rollins flew to center to leave them both stranded.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Mayberry can’t put the ball in play for the first out.

Utley grounded to the pitcher Arroyo for the first out in the third, but Polanco and Howard followed with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second for Ibanez. Ibanez singled to left, scoring Polanco (3-0) and moving Howard to second. Ruiz walked, loading the bases for Brown and Brown lined to left. Lewis made a sliding catch in left for the second out and Howard should have scored, but read it wrong, had to go back to third and then held there. Mayberry was next and he blooped a single into shallow left-center, scoring Howard and Ibanez (5-0) and moving Ruiz to third. Hamels followed and lined a ball towards second that Philips should have caught but missed. Hamels had a single, Ruiz scored and the lead was 6-0 with men on first and second. Rollins was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch way out to right for his third homer of the year, putting the Phillies up 9-0. Lefty Matt Maloney took over for Arroyo and Utley struck out swinging 3-2 to end the inning.

It was 9-3 when the Phils hit in the fourth. Polanco led off with the walk and tried to steal second on a ball in the dirt, but Hanigan threw him out for the first out. Howard flew to a leaping Stubbs on the warning track in left-center for the second out before Ibanez drove a ball out to center, putting the Phils up 10-3. Ruiz followed that with a double to right before Brown popped to Phillips to end the inning.

The caught stealing by Polanco costs the Phils a run.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Howard doubled with two outs in the sixth, but Ibanez grounded to first behind him.

Ruiz started the seventh with a single. Brown struck out behind him for the first out and Mayberry popped to first for the second. With righty Jose Arredondo on the mound for the Reds, Gload hit for Stutes and grounded to second to end the inning.

Gload still doesn’t have a walk or an extra-base hit on the season — he’s hitting 294/294/294 through 34 plate appearances. He’s 2-for-his-last-12.

Rollins, Utley and Polanco went in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. He has slugged .372 in 606 plate appearances since the end of the 2009 season. In the five years from 2004 through 2008 he slugged .468 over 3,618 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-5 with a strikeout in his first action of the season.

Polanco was 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI. That’s his first extra-base hit since May 11, but he has hit in five straight games now, going 8-for-his-last-20.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a double and another well-hit ball that Stubbs handled at the wall. He’s 5-for-his-last-12.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a home run. 353/380/618 over his last 71 plate appearances starting May 3.

Ruiz was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk hitting sixth. That’s the first time he has had three hits in a game this season. He came into last night’s game 4-for-his-last-43.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a double and five men left on base. He’s 1-for-8 with a double on the season.

Mayberry was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and two RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-30 and hitting 150/261/250 in 46 plate appearances in May.

Worley (2-0, 1.13) faces righty Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45) tonight. Cueto has only made three starts on the year after missing all of April with a triceps injury. Righties are hitting just .150 against him in his three starts so far this year. Worley will be making his third start and fifth appearance of the year. He’s been good in all of them, striking out 15 batters in 16 innings while allowing just nine hits.

Contreras has his rehab appearance rained out last night. He is expected to pitch tonight and could be back later this week. The same article suggests that Victorino could be activated on June 3.

Philliesflow won’t be updated again until around Tuesday, May 31.


Texas two-of-three step

The Phils scored five runs in their three-game series with Texas, but thanks to some outstanding pitching from Halladay and Lee it was enough to take two of the three games. Oswalt was fantastic in game three, but nobody is good enough to help you win when you don’t score. The Phils fell 2-0 in game three of the set, which featured Ryan Howard trying to bunt for a hit in the ninth inning with the Phils down a pair of runs.

Domonic Brown joined the Phils for the series, but didn’t get a lot of chances as the Rangers started lefties in games one and three. He started the second game of the series and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving five men on base.

The Phils won the series opener 3-2. Texas pulled ahead 1-0 when Elvis Andrus stole home in the top of the first, but Francisco hit a two-run homer in the second and Ibanez added a solo shot in the fourth. Halladay went eight strong innings, but allowed a second run in the top of the eighth on a leadoff double that was followed by a pair of ground outs. Madson kept Texas off the board in the ninth to earn his eighth save.

The Phils took game two of the set 2-0 behind eight shutout innings from Cliff Lee. Howard put the Phillies ahead 1-0 with a solo homer in the second. Ibanez and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the sixth and Ibanez came in to score on a single by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 2-0. Madson again shut the Rangers down in the ninth.

Yesterday the Phils lost to Texas Rangers, falling 2-0 to drop to 28-18 on the year. They remain in first place in the NL East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Marlins.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies in yesterday’s game and went seven innings, allowing a run on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Elvis Andrus led off the game and ground out to second. David Murphy followed with a double to left and Oswalt hit Ian Kinsler with a pitch behind him, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Young hit a ground ball back to Oswalt and Oswalt started the double-play to set Texas down.

Adrian Beltre started the second with a single, but Oswalt got Mitch Moreland on a fly ball to left for the first out and Mike Napoli lined to Rollins for the second. Craig Gentry moved Beltre to second with a single, but Oswalt got the pitcher Matt Harrison looking to leave both men stranded.

Murphy singled to center with one out in the third. Oswalt got Kinsler looking for the second out and Young on a ground ball to third with Polanco going to Valdez at second for the third.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Ibanez made a nice sliding catch on a ball hit by Napoli for the third out.

He got Gentry and Harrison on ground balls to start the fifth before Andrus reached on an infield single. Andrus stole second and took third on a passed ball before Murphy walked, putting men on first and third for Kinsler. Kinsler grounded to short to turn Texas away.

Young started the sixth with a single and moved up to second when Beltre hit a ball out in front of the plate that Ruiz handled for the first out. Moreland was next and he doubled off the wall in left, scoring Young to put the Rangers ahead 1-0. Oswalt struck out Napoli for the second out and then walked the righty Gentry intentionally to get to the pitcher Harrison behind him. Harrison grounded to short on a great play by Rollins in the hole. Rollins made a strong throw to leave both men stranded.

Really not a fan of walking Gentry, who came into the game having hit .175 in 89 career plate appearances, intentionally. Worked out okay, but I think you need to try to get him out and have the pitcher lead off the next inning.

Andrus started the seventh with a single and moved to second on a ground out by Murphy. Kinsler was hit by a pitch behind him, but Oswalt got Young to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down a run and gave up a leadoff double to Beltre. Moreland moved Beltre to third with a ground out to second. Herndon took over for Romero and hit Napoli with a pitch, putting men on first and third. Gentry was next and put down an amazing bunt with the squeeze play on. With Beltre breaking for home, Herndon’s pitch was right at Gentry, who somehow got the bunt down. Beltre scored to make it 2-0, Gentry was out at first for the second out and Napoli took second. Herndon struck Harrison out to leave Napoli at second.

Herndon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Impressive outing for Herndon in his first appearance since being recalled in which he threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, hitting a batter but not allowing a hit or a walk. He took Mathieson’s roster spot on Friday.

Herndon threw 23 pitches in the game and Romero six. Neither has appeared more than one day in a row.

Madson was not available in the game after being hit with a ball on his right hand in Friday’s game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Matt Harrison went (1) Rollins (2) Valdez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Mayberry (8) Sardinha. Valdez at second with the lefty Orr on the bench. Mayberry in center with Martinez on the bench. Brown on the bench against the lefty with Francisco in right. Sardinha catches the day game.

Polanco singled with two outs in the first and took second on an error when Gentry mishandled the ball in center. Howard popped to Andrus for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the second.

Sardinha walked to start the bottom of the third and Oswalt bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins popped to first for the second out, but Valdez singled into right. Sardinha held third, though, and didn’t score on the wild pitch that allowed Valdez to move up to second, either. Polanco went down on a ground ball handled by Harrison to leave both men stranded.

Ibanez singled to left with two outs in the fourth, but was left there when Mayberry followed and flew to right.

Sardinha singled to start the fifth and again Oswalt bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins flew to right for the second out on a nice sliding play by Moreland in right before Sardinha took third on another wild pitch. Valdez grounded to second to leave him there.

Second time in three innings that Sardinha led off an inning by getting on base and Oswalt bunted him along. Second time the Phillies didn’t score in the inning. Rollins didn’t do much either time.

Howard singled with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 1-0. Francisco hit into a double-play behind him.

Sardinha walked with two outs in the seventh. Ruiz hit for Oswalt and flew to right to leave him stranded.

Third time Sardinha had been on base in the game.

Down 2-0, Rollins, Valdez and Polanco went in order in the eighth.

Francisco walked with one out in the ninth after Howard attempted to bunt for a hit then struck out swinging 0-2. Ibanez followed and grounded to first with Francisco forced at second for the second out. With righty Neftali Feliz on the mound for Texas, Gload hit for Mayberry and flew to left to end the game.

Manuel picks Gload over Brown to hit for Mayberry as the tying run.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-10 in the series. He’s hitting 262/343/350 for the season.

Valdez was 1-for-4 in the game and 1-for-10 in the series. 234/261/290.

Polanco 1-for-4 in the game and 4-for-12 with four singles in the series. He’s on-basing .272 in May and hitting 335/374/420 on the season.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk in the set. 243/320/480 for the year. 178/277/370 for the year.

Francisco was 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average on the year to .216. 1-for-5 with a home run and two walks in the series. 216/329/360 on the year. 5-for-45 in May. Brown didn’t play yesterday, but was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the series in his first action on the season.

Ibanez 1-for-4. 2-for-9 with a home run and two walks in the set. 232/292/361 for the year.

Mayberry was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .231. 1-for-9 in the series. 231/333/369 for the season. Martinez didn’t play in the series and is hitting 194/237/194.

Sardinha 1-for-1 with two walks in the game. He’s 4-for-18 with four walks on the season. Ruiz was 0-for-1, dropping his average on the year to .214. 1-for-6 with a walk in the set. 214/316/321 on the year.

Hamels (5-2, 2.92) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11) tonight. Arroyo was hit hard in his last start, allowing five runs to the Pirates over seven innings. Lefties are hitting 316/383/568 against him for the season, righties 238/259/438. Hamels had been fantastic since his first start of the season, throwing to a 2.19 ERA and averaging more than seven runs a start.

The Phillies activated Utley and sent Pete Orr to Triple-A. The linked article suggests that Utley will hit third tonight.


Nobody versus Jason

A lot of folks didn’t show up for the Phillies last night, and in some cases the no-shows were more literal than others. The starting pitcher Blanton was a late scratch, forcing Kendrick, who has been pitching out of the pen, into an unexpected start. Jason Giambi went nuts in the game, homering three times in the first five innings and driving in seven runs. The Phils, meanwhile, could muster nearly nothing offensively and fell 7-1, getting the one run they did score with the help of a four-out inning.

The Phils have now scored seven runs in their last five games.

The Phillies are 26-17 on the year after losing to the Colorado Rockies 2-1 last night. The team’s split the two-game series, but the Phils have lost five of their last six.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out two.

Dexter Fowler led off the game with a single to center. Jonathan Herrera tried to bunt him to second, but popped it up to Ruiz for the first out. Carlos Gonzalez fouled out to Rollins for the second out before Tulowitzki singled into center, sending Fowler to third. That brought Giambi to the plate and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, putting Colorado on top 3-0. Seth Smith followed that with a walk before Jose Lopez grounded to second for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second, striking out Chris Iannetta, getting the pitcher Jhoulys Chacin on a ground ball to third and Dexter Fowler on a ball hit out in front of the plate.

Gonzalez doubled with one out in the third, but Kendrick got Tulowitzki on a fly ball to left behind him. Giambi was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 5-0. Smith and Lopez followed with back-to-back singles, but Kendrick struck out Iannetta to leave them both stranded.

Baez pitched a 1-2-3 fourth.

He was back for the fifth with the lead cut to 5-1 and got Ryan Spilborghs on a ground ball to short for the first out. Tulowitzki was next and he hit a ground ball to third that Polanco didn’t handle for an error. It brought Giambi to the plate again and again he homered, this time hitting a 1-1 pitch out to right. 7-1. Smith singled behind him and went to third on a double by Lopez, but Baez struck Iannetta out swinging for the second out and got the pitcher Chacin to pop to Howard.

Mathieson pitched the sixth. Herrera singled with one out and moved up to second when Spilborghs followed and was hit by a pitch, but Tulowitzki flew to center for the second out and they finally got Giambi out, striking him out to leave both men stranded.

Smith singled to start the seventh with Mathieson still on the hill, but was thrown out by Gload trying to stretch it into a double. Lopez reached on an infield single, but Iannetta struck out again for the second and Chacin popped to Orr at second.

Mathieson allows three hits, but goes two scoreless innings. Smith trying to stretch his single and the throw by Gload helped him out a lot.

Stutes pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single to Herrera, but struck Spilborghs out behind him and got Tulowitzki on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Romero struck out Giambi and Smith to start the ninth before Lopez doubled. Iannetta flew to right for the third out.

Six innings for the pen in which they allow two runs, only one of which is earned, on eight hits and no walks. Plus they started Kendrick in the game, a guy who was in the pen to begin with. That’s not what the Phillies needed given they don’t have an off-day till June 2.

Kendrick threw 73 pitches in the game. Baez 40, Mathieson 40. Romero 19 and Stutes 18.

That’s all bad. Don’t know what the Phillies are going to do. But they’re going to have to do something. Halladay tonight helps, but they’ll need more. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row, but you shouldn’t be looking for Kendrick, Baez or Mathieson in relief soon.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jhoulys Chacin went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Gload (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Gload starts in right against the righty with Mayberry and Francisco on the bench. He’s not an outfielder, but why not? Orr at second with the righty Valdez on the bench. Martinez in center again. For entertainment purposes, I really think they should have considered a third non-outfielder in left. Maybe Oswalt again.

Down 3-0, the Phillies went in order in the first and again in the second.

Ruiz blooped a single to left to start the third with the Phils down 5-0. Carlos Gonzalez strained his groin chasing after the ball and had to leave the game. He was replaced by Spilborghs. Orr followed that with a ground ball to first with Ruiz forced at second for the first out. Lee hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins struck out to leave Orr at first.

No problem for me using Lee to pinch-hit there.

Polanco singled on a ball deflected by Chacin with one out in the fourth. Howard struck out swinging for the second out. Gload was next and he struck out swinging, too, but on a wild pitch from Chacin that allowed him to take first. Ibanez was next and delivered a ground-rule double to right-center with Polanco scoring from second to put the Phils on the board at 5-1 and Gload taking third. Ruiz popped to second to leave both runners stranded.

Again the Phils need help from the defense to put a run on the board.

Orr flew to center to start the fifth with the Phils down 7-1. Gload hit for Baez and grounded to first for the second out. Rollins followed with a walk and Martinez struck out swinging.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Ibanez started the seventh with a single to right. Ruiz followed with a ground out to first that moved Ibanez to second. Orr struck out swinging for the second out and, with Chacin still on the mound for Colorado, Mayberry hit for Mathieson and struck out to leave Ruiz at second.

Polanco singled with two outs in the eighth and took second without a throw. Howard grounded out to leave him there.

Gload started the ninth with a single to right, but Ibanez flew out behind him and Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the game.

One extra-base hit in the game for the Phils, the double by Ibanez. One walk (Rollins in the fifth).

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 1-for-6 in the two-game set. He’s hitting 266/344/358 on the season. 184/200/263 over the last eight games.

Martinez was 0-for-4 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. He’s hitting 194/237/194 for the year.

Polanco 2-for-4 in the game and 2-for-7 in the series. 335/337/427 for the year.

Howard was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. 0-for-7 in the series, dropping his line on the year to 241/319/475. 132/233/340 over his last 60 plate appearances.

Gload was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. He’s 2-for-his-last-10 and hitting 313/313/313 for the year (10-for-32 with ten singles and no walks).

Ibanez was 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 3-for-7 in the series. 339/350/542 in May and 233/287/349 on the season.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-6 in the series and 218/319/333 for the season. He was hitting 351/415/568 after going 2-for-4 against the Nats on April 14. He has hit 098/240/122 in 50 plate appearances since.

Orr 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his only action of the series. 230/299/279 on the season. 9-for-his-last-50. Valdez was 2-for-3 with a double in the series and is hitting 244/277/309 on the year.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.21) faces lefty CJ Wilson (4-2, 3.38) tonight as the Phils host the Rangers. Lefties are hitting just .212 against Wilson with two extra-base hits, both doubles, for the year. The Phillies are 0-2 in the last two games that Halladay has started. He has thrown a complete game in both of them. Righties are hitting .190 against him for the year.

The Phils put both Blanton and Victorino on the DL. The linked article suggests that Worley will likely replace Blanton but that Domonic Brown is not likely to replace Victorino.

Update: Brown was called up to replace Victorino.


Yuck

The Phils have now scored nine runs over their last five games, which seems unusual even for this year’s team. It is. The table below shows the result for each game the Phils have played this season, the number of runs the team has scored in their last five games at the end of that day, the number of runs the team has scored in their last ten games at the end of that day and the average number of runs per game the team has scored for the season through that day’s game.

Date Opponent Result Runs scored
last five games
Runs scored
last ten games
Average runs
per game for season
4/1/11
4/2/11
4/3/11
4/5/11
4/6/11
4/7/11
4/8/11
4/9/11
4/10/11
4/12/11
4/13/11
4/14/11
4/15/11
4/17/11
4/18/11
4/19/11
4/20/11
4/21/11
4/22/11
4/23/11
4/24/11
4/25/11
4/26/11
4/27/11
4/29/11
4/30/11
5/1/11
5/3/11
5/4/11
5/5/11
5/6/11
5/7/11
5/8/11
5/9/11
5/10/11
5/11/11
5/13/11
5/14/11
5/15/11
5/16/11
5/17/11
5/18/11
HOU
HOU
HOU
NYM
NYM
NYM
at ATL
at ATL
at ATL
at WAS
at WAS
at WAS
FLA
FLA
MIL
MIL
MIL
at SD
at SD
at SD
at SD
at ARI
at ARI
at ARI
NYM
NYM
NYM
WAS
WAS
WAS
ATL
ATL
ATL
at FLA
at FLA
at FLA
at ATL
at ATL
at ATL
at STL
at STL
COL
W5-4
W9-4
W7-3
L7-1
W10-7
W11-0
L6-3
W10-2
W3-0
L7-4
W3-2
W4-0
L4-3
W3-2
L6-3
L9-0
W4-3
W3-0
W2-0
W4-2
W3-1
L4-0
L7-5
W8-4
W10-3
W2-1
L2-1
W4-1
W7-4
W7-3
L5-0
W3-0
L5-2
W6-4
L2-1
W5-3
W5-4
L5-3
L3-2
L3-1
L2-1
W2-1
-
-
-
-
32
38
32
35
37
31
23
24
17
17
16
13
13
13
12
13
16
12
14
20
26
25
26
25
24
21
19
21
19
18
12
17
19
20
16
16
12
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
63
61
56
52
54
47
36
37
30
29
29
29
25
27
32
39
41
38
39
44
47
44
47
44
42
33
36
40
39
34
28
29
28
5
7
7
5.5
6.4
7.17
6.57
7
6.56
6.3
6
5.83
5.62
5.43
5.27
4.94
4.88
4.78
4.63
4.6
4.52
4.32
4.35
4.5
4.72
4.62
4.48
4.46
4.55
4.63
4.48
4.44
4.36
4.41
4.31
4.33
4.35
4.32
4.26
4.18
4.1
4.05

Not much good news about the offense there. The table shows, for example, that after the first ten games of the season, the Phils had scored 31 runs in their last five games, 63 runs in their last ten and were scoring an average of 6.3 runs per game for the year. After last night’s game, they had scored nine runs over their last five games, 28 over their last ten and 4.05 per game for the year.

In the limited good news category, even if the nine runs is the team’s worst mark for a five-game stretch for the year, 28 runs (or 2.8 runs per game) over a ten-game stretch hasn’t been the worst mark for the Phils this season. In the ten games that ended on 4/25, the Phillies scored 25 runs.

Finally, the Phils are now tenth in the NL in runs scored per game. That number would be worse it it weren’t for the hot start by the offense, which scored more than five runs a game (5.27) through the first 15 games of the season.


Fans starting to wonder if the Phillie brain trust might be better off spending less time wondering if Madson can close and more wondering if anyone on the team can hit

The Phils might not be able to hit in 2011, but they sure can pitch. Last night Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson made the most of the two runs the offense provided. Hamels spun eight fantastic innings and Madson shut down the Rockies in the ninth, converting his seventh save in seven tries and dropping his ERA on the year to 0.53.

Hamels lowered his ERA on the year to 2.92 with another outstanding outing. Over his last eight starts he’s pitched to a 2.19 ERA with an 0.90 ratio and thrown 59 innings — that’s an average of more than 7 1/3 innings per start.

Wilson Valdez was as close as the Phils could come to an offensive hero. Valdez went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, driving in the first run for the Phils and scoring the second.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game. They are slugging .338 in May, which is 14th-best in the NL. They are 14th in batting average and 15th in on-base percentage for the month.

The Phillies are 26-16 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 2-1 last night.

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

Dexter Fowler grounded to short to start the game, but Hamels walked Alfredo Amezaga on four pitches behind him. Carlos Gonzalez followed that with a single to right. Amezaga tried to take third, but Mayberry threw him out at third for the second out. Troy Tulowitzki flew to center to leave Gonzalez at first.

Nice throw by Mayberry changes the inning.

Todd Helton grounded to second to start the second. Jose Lopez was next and he singled into center, but was forced at second when Ryan Spilborghs followed with a ground ball to short. Spilborghs was thrown out trying to steal second to set Colorado down.

Hamels had gotten six outs in the game and two of them came on the bases.

He threw a 1-2-3 third, getting Chris Iannetta on a ground ball to third, the pitcher Jorge De La Rosa swinging 0-2 and Fowler on a ground ball to third.

Hamels struck out Gonzalez and Tulowitzki in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He struck Helton out for the first out of the fifth. Lopez and Spilborghs went down on ground balls behind Helton.

Struck out Iannetta and De La Rosa in a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 1-0.

Gonzalez doubled off the wall in left-center with one out in the seventh. Tulowitzki grounded to third for the second out with Gonzalez holding second, but Helton was next and he doubled to right, scoring Gonzalez to tie the game at 1-1. Lopez flew to center to leave Helton at second.

Spilborghs led off the eighth with a single. Iannetta lined to left for the first out and De La Rosa stayed in the game and bunted Spilborghs to second with the second. Hamels struck Fowler out swinging 2-2 to leave Spilborghs stranded.

Madson started the ninth with a 2-1 lead. Lefty Seth Smith hit for the pitcher Alfredo Amezaga and doubled into the left field corner. Madson struck out Gonzalez and Tulowitzki behind Smith and then put the lefty Helton on intentionally after pitching around him and getting behind 3-0. Lefty Jason Giambi hit for righty Jose Lopez. Madson got behind Giambi 2-0, but struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Gonzalez and Tulowitzki are impressive fellows to strike out with the tying run on second base. Madson threw 24 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Martinez plays center for the second straight day with Victorino sidelined with a hamstring problem. Francisco on the bench against the lefty with the lefty Ibanez in left and the righty Mayberry in right. Apparently back-to-back lefties was enough to get Ibanez into the lineup. The righty Valdez plays second.

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

Ruiz led off the third with a single and moved up to second on a ground out by Valdez, but Hamels struck out looking for the second out and Rollins grounded to third to leave him stranded.

Martinez, Polanco and Howard went in order in the fourth.

Ibanez singled to right with one out in the fifth and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind hm. The runners moved up to second and third before Valdez singled into left, scoring Ibanez to put the Phils up 1-0 with one out and men on first and third. Hamels grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Hamels swings away and it doesn’t work out for the Phils.

Rollins started the sixth with a single to left and Martinez bunted him to second. Polanco flew to right for the second out before Rollins stole third, but Howard flew to left to leave him there.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phils hit in the seventh. Ibanez and Ruiz both struck out as the Phils went in order.

Valdez led off the eighth with a single to left. Victorino hit for Hamels and bunted him to second. Valdez took third on a wild pitch before Rollins hit a fly ball to right for the second out, deep enough for Valdez to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-1. Martinez grounded to short for the third out.

Valdez starts the rally that puts the Phils ahead after driving in the first run of the game in the fifth. In both innings the Phillies scored they get helped by a passed ball or wild pitch.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Martinez was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 7-for-32 with seven singles and a 219/265/219 line for the year.

Polanco was 0-for-3. He’s hitting 211/246/246 in May.

Howard 0-for-3. 161/268/339 over his last 71 plate appearances.

Mayberry was 0-for-3 with a nice throw to get Amezaga at third. 205/326/410 over his last 46 plate appearances.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He hasn’t been any worse against lefties than righties this year. A little better, actually. 222/282/389 against lefties and 226/281/321 against righties. As bad as he’s been, I think Francisco needs to be starting against lefties given the current roster and production of Ibanez.

Ruiz was 1-for-2. He’s 3-for-his-last-37.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) faces righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89) tonight. Opponents are hitting just .211 against Chacin for the year, but he’s walked 12 in 19 innings over his last three starts. Blanton’s elbow saga continues. He hasn’t gone more than five innings in either of his last two starts.

This article suggests that Utley could be back before the end of the homestand and Brown within a couple of weeks.


Phils whip up a little something for the how-are-they-ever-going-to-go-on-a-losing-streak-with-that-rotation crowd

Seven runs in four games should do it. Four runs in three games is even better.

Still no sign of the offense as the Phils dropped their fourth straight last night. Oswalt made his return to the rotation and looked pretty good in the five innings he was able to go. The Phils went into the eighth down 1-0 and got a gift run with the help of a dropped popup to tie things up, but Baez started the ninth and allowed hits to the first three men he faced and St Louis pushed a run across on a walkoff single to win 2-1.

The Phils are 25-16 on the year after losing to the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 last night. They have lost four games in a row for the first time on the season and are 7-8 in May.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on seven hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

He got Ryan Theriot to line to Rollins for the first out in the bottom of the first. Then he struck Jon Jay out swinging 2-2 for the second out and Albert Pujols out looking 3-2 to end the inning.

Matt Holliday fouled out to Howard for the first out in the second. Lance Berkman was next and he singled to center but was forced at second for the second out when Allen Craig followed and grounded to short. Yadier Molina moved Craig to second with a single to right, but Oswalt got Daniel Descalso to pop to Rollins in foul territory to leave both men stranded.

Pitcher Jaime Garcia led off the St Louis third and grounded to Oswalt. Theriot and Jay followed with back-to-back singles, with Jay’s sending Theriot to third. Oswalt got Pujols to hit a double-play ball to Rollins to keep St Louis off the board.

Oswalt walked Berkman with one out in the fourth and Craig moved him to second with a single to center. Molina was next and he singled to left. Berkman tried to score and looked like he didn’t have much of a chance, but the throw from Mayberry came in on a hop and a little up the third base line. The ball and Berkman arrived about the same time with Berkman sliding in to avoid Sardinha’s tag and the Cards led 1-0. It brought Descalso to the plate with men on first and second and he grounded to Valdez with Molina forced at second for the second out. Oswalt struck Garcia out for the third out, leaving runners at the corners.

Mayberry didn’t make a great throw, but Sardinha still had a chance to get Berkman and missed the tag.

Pujols doubled to right with two outs in the fifth, but Oswalt got Holliday on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Stutes started the sixth and made just three pitches before hurting his back and exited for Kendrick. Kendrick walked Berkman and Berkman moved up to second on a ground out by Craig and then third when Molina was retired on a ball handled by Kendrick. Kendrick walked Descalso intentionally, putting men on first and third for the pitcher Garcia. Garcia grounded to third to end the inning.

Another intentional walk for Kendrick, who has walked five intentionally in 21 2/3 innings.

Kendrick allowed a two-out single to Pujols in the seventh, but Holliday lined to Francisco to leave Pujols stranded.

Two scoreless frames in the game for Kendrick. He has a 1.15 ERA and a 1.09 ratio over 15 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances (one of which was a start).

Bastardo started the eighth with the game tied at 1-1. He got Berkman and Tyler Greene to start the inning before Molina doubled. Bastardo walked Descalso behind Molina and switch-hitter Nick Punto hit for the pitcher Garcia with two men on base. Bastardo struck him out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Baez started the ninth. Theriot led off with an infield single. Jay moved him to second with a real single and Pujols blooped a ball that fell in right for another single, loading the bases. Holliday was next and he hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and threw home to force Theriot for the first out. Berkman was next and Romero came in to face him, forcing the switch-hitter Berkman to hit right-handed. Berkman hit the ball over the head of Martinez, who was playing shallow in center, to plate Jay and give St Louis a 2-1 win.

Berkman is hammering both lefties and righties this season. Over his career he’s been better against righties (308/424/590 against righties and 261/365/418 against lefties). So no argument with Romero.

I think you can have an argument about no Madson in the ninth. Baez’s line looks awful, but one of the singles he allowed was an infield hit and another a softly hit ball by Pujols.

Over his last four appearances, Baez has allowed six runs on ten hits and two walks over four innings (13.50 ERA and a 3.00 ratio). Last year with the Phils he threw to a 5.48 ERA and a 1.64 ratio.

Stutes and Romero were both pitching for the second day in a row, but I’m going to be surprised if we see Stutes any time soon. Kendrick threw 24 pitches in the game, Bastardo 21, Baez 13, Stutes three and Romero one.

Stutes will see a doctor today.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jaime Garcia went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Francisco (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Polanco returns to the lineup and the three-hole. Martinez in center with Mayberry in left, Francisco in right and Ibanez on the bench against the lefty. Valdez plays second against the lefty with the lefty Orr on the bench. Sardinha catches with Ruiz on the bench.

Martinez singled to center with one out in the first and moved to second on a ground out by Polanco. Howard flew to center to leave him at second.

Descalso made a very nice play at third and a strong throw to first on a ball hit down the line by Polanco for the second out.

Mayberry led off the second with a single and stole second, but was left there when Francisco flew to center, Valdez popped to Theriot and Sardinha lined to third.

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

With the Phils down 1-0, Valdez hit a ball just over Descalso and down the line for a double with one out in the fifth. Sardinha followed that with a walk and Oswalt bunted the runners to second and third with the second out. Rollins flew to Jay in left-center to leave both runners stranded.

Polanco singled with one out in the sixth. Howard struck out behind him and Mayberry grounded to third.

The Phillies went in order in the seventh.

With one out in the eighth, Rollins popped a ball up on the infield that Tyler Greene just dropped for an error. Martinez moved him to third with a single before Polanco flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1 with two outs and Martinez at first. Howard struck out swinging to leave Martinez stranded.

The Phillies went in order in the ninth. With righty Fernando Salas on the mound for St Louis, Orr hit for Valdez and struck out looking for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Martinez had a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a big single in the eighth to help the Phils score their run. He’s 7-for-29 on the year with seven singles and two walks. Glad to see him have a nice game, but it seems pretty hard to argue that he’s a good use of a roster spot.

Polanco was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 222/258/259 in May.

Howard was 0-for-4 and struck out three times. If you want to make a ranked list of the problems with the Phillies offense, you need to put the fact that Howard has hit 208/300/431 over his last 150 plate appearances way higher than who the offensive players filling out the roster are.

Mayberry was 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-his-last-23.

Francisco 0-for-4. 218/327/346 for the season. Having a starting right fielder who has hit 218/327/346 on the year should go pretty high on the list, too.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit in the game for the Phillies. The Phils are slugging .345 as a team in May. Valdez is on-basing .265 this season and .297 over the 463 plate appearances the Phillies have given him over the last two years.

Sardinha 0-for-2 with a walk. Unfortunate he wasn’t able to tag Berkman out and prevent the first St Louis run of the game. 3-for-17 on the year.

Ibanez didn’t play in the game, but it feels like he needs to be included in order to help fill out the list of things that are more important to the offense than the players filling out the roster. He’s hitting 223/280/338 for the year.

Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19) faces lefty Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70) tonight. De la Rosa had his worst start of the year his last time out, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Padres. In his eight starts, lefties have hit .107 against him with no extra-base hits. Hamels has thrown to a 2.29 ERA and an 0.92 ratio since his first start of the season.


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