The Phils took two of three against the Mets this weekend, winning the first two games of the set before dropping a memorable game three last night. With the score tied late in last night’s game, news of the death of Osama bin Laden spread through the crowd, which erupted in chants of U-S-A. The exuberance wasn’t enough to wake the sleeping bats of the Phils — their last 11 hitters went down without reaching base and the Phils lost 2-1 in fourteen innings.
Vance Worley was fantastic in the series opener, throwing six shutout innings as the Phils rolled to a 10-3 win. Worley walked four in his first start of the year, but allowed just two singles and struck out five. Howard had two home runs in the game including a sixth-inning grand slam, driving in six runs in the game. The Phils took a 10-0 lead into the ninth inning and Herndon struggled again, he was charged with three runs to raise his ERA on the year to 9.28.
Halladay carried the team to a 2-1 win in game two of the set, throwing a complete game and allowing a run on seven hits and a walk. Mayberry started in left with lefty Jon Niese on the mound for the Mets and hit a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Victorino all reached after that and Valdez scored on a sac fly by Polanco to put the Phils up to stay. Sardinha took Zagurski’s spot on the roster before Friday night’s game.
Cliff Lee started last night’s game and pitched well, holding the Mets to a run over seven innings. The Phils tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, but New York went ahead with a run in the top of the fourteenth and held on to take a game in the series.
The Phils had to play 14 innings in the game with a short bench. Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz were both unavailable.
The ten runs in game one of the series marked the end of a nice little run for the offense in which the Phils had plated 23 runs in three games. The Phillies have followed that up with a quick return to their worrisome offensive ways, scoring three runs over the last two games.
The Phillies are 18-9 on the year after losing to the Mets 2-1 in fourteen innings last night. The Phils take the series two games to one.
Lee got the start 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 five.
Jose Reyes doubled to left to start the game and Justin Turner walked behind him. Lee struck David Wright out looking for the first out and got Carlos Beltran to fly to left for the second. He got ahead of Jason Bay 0-2, but walked him to load the bases for Ike Davis. Davis grounded to second to leave them loaded.
Lee threw 34 pitches in the inning.
Ronny Paulino singled to center to start the second. Lee got Scott Hairston fouling out to Schneider for the first out before the pitcher Young bunted Paulino to second with the second out. Reyes flew to left to leave Paulino stranded.
Wright singled with one out in the third, but Lee got Beltran on a fly ball to right and Bay to ground to short to turn New York away.
Hairston reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. Rollins didn’t do a great job of playing the ball, staying back on it, then backhanding and throwing low to first a little too late. Lee struck Young out behind him to leave him at first.
Infield single by Hairston keeps Young from leading off the fifth.
Reyes and Turner both went down on ground outs for the first two outs of the fifth before Wright hit a ball over the head of Ibanez in left for a long single. Beltran was next and he ripped a double into right-center that rolled to the wall. Victorino got to it and picked it up, but his throw short-hopped Orr and Orr didn’t handle it. Victorino was charged with an error that allowed Wright to take third as Wright scored to put New York up 1-0. Bay flew to right to leave Beltran at third.
Lee had thrown 88 pitches through five innings.
Paulino reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth, but Lee got Hairston of a fly ball to center for the second out. Young was next and popped a ball up in foul territory behind first and Howard made a nice running over-the-shoulder catch for the third out.
Reyes started the seventh with an infield single and stole second after Lee struck out Turner. Wright moved Reyes to third with a ground out, but Lee got Beltran on a fly ball to left to leave him there.
Manuel was ejected arguing that Schneider didn’t go around on strike three when he struck out to end the bottom of the seventh. He did.
Stutes started the eighth and got Bay on a popup to second for the first out. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Davis and walked him. The righty Paulino was next and moved Davis to second with a single. Bastardo struck out Jason Pridie, who had taken over for Hairston in center in the bottom of the seventh, for the second out. Righty Chin-lung Hu hit for the pitcher Young and Bastardo got him swinging to leave both runners stranded.
Madson started the ninth with the game tied at 1-1 and got the first two before walking Wright. Wright stole second with Beltran at the plate and Madson walked the switch-hitter Beltran to get to the righty Bay behind him. Bay flew to center to leave both men stranded.
Baez started the tenth and got Davis on a fly ball to center for the first out. Paulino followed with a single before Pridie grounded to first with Paulino forced at second for the second out. Lefty Willie Harris hit for the pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. Pridie stole second before Harris struck out swinging to leave Pridie stranded.
Baez came back for the eleventh and set Reyes, Murphy and Wright down in order.
Two scoreless innings for Baez, who lowered his ERA on the year to 1.46 with the outing. He isn’t pitching regularly, he’s made just four appearances since allowing a run on two hits while getting just two outs on April 15, but in those four outings he’s thrown six scoreless innings in which he’s allowed just one hit and one walk.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 twelfth.
He was back for the thirteenth and allowed a one-out double to Pridie. Lefty Josh Thole hit for the pitcher Pedro Beato and flew to right for the second out with Pridie tagging and moving up to third. Kendrick got behind Reyes 3-0 and then put him on base intentionally. Reyes stole second before Kendrick got the lefty Murphy to ground to second and leave both men stranded.
Wright started the fourteenth with a single before Beltran popped to Rollins for the first out. Bay moved Wright to second with a single to center before Davis flew to center for the second out, allowing Wright to tag and move up to third. It brought Paulino to the plate and he doubled to left, scoring Wright to put New York up 2-1 and sending Bay to third. Kendrick walked Pridie intentionally with the pitcher behind him and the Mets out of bench players. Taylor Buchholz grounded to Kendrick to leave the bases loaded.
Three innings for Kendrick, who threw 46 pitches in the game. Baez threw 24, Bastardo 22 and Madson 22. Stutes two. Overall the pen allowed a run on six hits and five walks over seven innings.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Orr (8) Schneider. Ibanez in left against the righty with the lefty Orr getting the start at second.
Victorino and Polanco went down to start the bottom of the first before Rollins drew a walk. Rollins was caught off of first and thrown out at second to end the inning.
Gotta run against Young. Don’t gotta get picked off.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Brian Schneider lined a double into the right field corner with one out in the third. Lee hit the ball well, but right at Beltran in right for the second out. Victorino grounded to short with Davis making a nice play to scoop the throw from Reyes for the third out.
Polanco singled to left to start the fourth, but Rollins and Howard both flew out before Francisco struck out swinging to leave him stranded.
Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.
Lee, Victorino and Polanco went in order in the sixth.
Howard walked with one out in the seventh and moved to second when Francisco was hit by a pitch behind him. Ibanez got ahead 2-0, but struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Orr walked to load the bases for Schneider, but Schneider struck out trying to check his swing 2-2 and Manuel was ejected arguing the call.
Mayberry walked to start the eighth and Victorino bunted him to second with the first out. Polanco popped to short, but Rollins followed that with a walk that put men on first and second with two down for Howard and Howard singled to left, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 1-1 with men on first and second. Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch for New York and a wild pitch allowed Howard to move up to second before Francisco walked to load the bases for Ibanez. Ibanez grounded to second to end the inning.
Schneider singled with one out in the ninth and Martinez ran for him at first. Mayberry struck out swinging before Victorino moved Martinez to second with an infield single. Polanco flew to right to leave both runners stranded.
Francisco singled to right with two outs in the tenth and was caught stealing with Sardinha at the plate for the third out.
Orr singled to center with one out in the eleventh. Valdez hit for Baez and struck out swinging for the second out. Mayberry popped to second to leave Orr at first.
Victorino, Polanco and Rollins went down on three fly balls in the twelfth.
Howard, Francisco and Sardinha went in order in the thirteenth.
The Phils trailed 2-1 when they hit in the fourteenth. Orr popped to short for the first out. Hamels hit for Kendrick and grounded to second for the second. Mayberry struck out swinging 0-2 to end the game.
Victorino was 1-for-5 in the game and 3-for-12 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 284/345/477 for the season.
Polanco was 1-for-6. 5-for-14 with a double and three RBI in the set.
Rollins was 0-for-4 and walked twice. 3-for-11 with four walks in the series. 323/447/452 over his last 38 plate appearances.
Howard 1-for-5 with a walk and an RBI. He had a monster game with two home runs and six RBI in the opener, but went 1-for-9 with a walk in the last two games of the set. 3-for-13 with two home runs, a walk and seven RBI overall in the series. 286/350/543 for the year.
Francisco was 1-for-4 with a walk yesterday and 3-for-10 with three walks and two RBI in the set. He was also hit by two pitches. 265/354/439 on the season.
Ibanez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and five men left on base yesterday. 0-for-8 with a walk and three strikeouts in the series. He’s 0-for-his-last-31 with 11 strikeouts. 154/238/209 for the season. 11-for-69 with a double against right-handed pitching, which is good for a .159 average and a .179 slugging percentage. Among the 140 players in either league that have 100 plate appearances to far, his .446 OPS is 140th.
Mayberry was 0-for-3 with a walk last night and 2-for-8 with a walk and a home run in the series. 313/405/469 for the season.
Orr was 1-for-5 with a walk in the game and 1-for-9 with a walk and a hit by pitch in the series. 265/324/294 in 37 plate appearances for the season. Valdez was 0-for-1 with a strikeout last night and 1-for-4 in the series. 235/278/279 on the season. He’s 3-for-his-last-31 with three singles.
Schneider 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. 2-for-7 with a double and two walks in the series. 4-for-30 (.133) on the season with a single, a double and two home runs. Sardinha was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts yesterday and 0-for-3 with two walks in the series in his first action of the year.
The Phillies don’t play today. Nats tomorrow night. Phils should enjoy these off days while they can — May 13 through June 1 they are scheduled to play 20 days in a row.