The Phils dropped two of three to the Mariners in Seattle this weekend. After splitting the first two games, Jason Vargas flummoxed the Phils yesterday, holding them to three singles and a pair of walks while throwing a complete game shutout.
The offense has clearly slowed for the Phils over the past four games. They’ve gone 2-2 in those games, but scored just ten runs. Polanco didn’t start yesterday’s game and is hitting 233/279/285 since the end of April. Francisco and Ibanez were the corner outfielders for the Phils on Opening Day — Ibanez leads that duo with a .402 slugging percentage and there aren’t a whole lot of signs yet that Domonic Brown is going to bail the Phillies out in right. After going 1-for-8 in the series and 5-for-his-last-41, Brown is hitting 220/294/418 for the year in 102 plate appearances.
The Phillies lost the series opener 4-2, ending their win streak at seven. Michael Pineda took a no-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the sixth. Victorino broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single that sent Rollins, who had walked, to third. Utley followed that with another single, which scored Rollins and cut the lead to 3-1. The Mariners extended the lead to 4-1 with a double and a single off of the Phils’ starter Oswalt in the seventh. Victorino homered in the eighth to make it 4-2, but that’s as close as the Phillies would get.
On Saturday the Phils got good pitching and a huge day from Shane Victorino to win 5-1. Worley started the game for the Phils and allowed just one run over five innings. He was backed by Stutes, Bastardo and Madson, who combined to throw four scoreless innings in relief. Felix Hernandez started the seventh with a 1-0 lead, but the Phils scored a pair of runs on a two-run double by Victorino to take the lead. Victorino added a two-run homer off of Jamey Wright in the ninth to make it 4-1, capping a day where he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple a home run, a walk and four RBI.
Seattle won yesterday’s game 2-0 behind a great start by Vargas.
The Phillies are 45-28 on the year after losing 2-0 to the Seattle Mariners yesterday afternoon. Seattle take the three-game set two games to one. The Phils remain in first place in the NL East. They lead the second place Braves by five games.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Hamels allowed just two base-runners in the first five innings of the game. Justin Smoak singled to left with two outs in the first, but was left at first when Miguel Olivo followed and grounded to Utley. Franklin Gutierrez singled to left with two outs in the second, but Hamels struck Mike Carp out behind him to leave him at first.
Seattle didn’t put a runner on base in the third, fourth or fifth.
In the fourth inning, Hamels struck Olivo out swinging 0-2 for the 1,000th strikeout of his career.
The game was still scoreless when Hamels started the sixth. He got Chone Figgins on a ground ball to short for the first out. Ichiro was next and hit a ball to first that Howard deflected on a bad hop, but didn’t handle. Ichiro was safe with a single and moved to second when Brendan Ryan followed and grounded to short for the second out. It brought Smoak to the plate and he hit a 1-0 pitch to left, which dropped between Martinez and Rollins for a single. Ichiro scored and Seattle led 1-0. Olivo moved Smoak to second with a single, but Hamels got Greg Halman on a ground ball to third for the third out.
Dustin Ackley started the seventh with a triple to right. Gutierrez grounded to short with Ackley holding for the first out, but lefty Adam Kennedy hit for the lefty Carp and blooped a single to left. Ackley scored and Seattle led 2-0. Contreras took over for Hamels and got Figgins to hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Herndon pitched the eighth. He gave up a leadoff single to Ichiro and Ryan bunted him to second with the first out. Herndon walked the switch-hitter Smoak intentionally and got Olivo to hit into a double-play behind him.
Neither Herndon or Contreras has pitched more than one day in a row. Herndon threw 16 pitches, Contreras five.
The Phillies lineup against left Jason Vargas went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ruiz (7) Ibanez (8) Valdez (9) Martinez. Francisco in right with Brown on the bench. Ibanez is the DH. Valdez plays third with Polanco on the bench. Martinez in left with Ibanez DHing. Martinez should never, ever start a game in left unless a whole bunch of people are hurt. Interleague play DH games don’t do much for the case of having Martinez on the team.
Utley struck out with two outs on the first, but reached base when strike three wasn’t handled. Howard moved him to second with a single to left and they both moved up on a wild pitch, putting men on second and third for Francisco. Francisco hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Halman made a sliding catch to leave both runners stranded.
Valdez walked with two outs in the second, but Martinez struck out behind him
The Phils went in order in the third.
Francisco singled to left with one out in the fourth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a walk. Ibanez was next and hit a soft liner to third for the second out. Ruiz was oddly way off first and doubled-off to end the frame.
Vargas set the Phils down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.
The Phils were down 1-0 when he set Francisco, Ruiz and Ibanez down in order in the seventh.
They were down 2-0 when he set Valdez, Martinez and Rollins down in order in the eighth.
Howard singled to center with two outs in the ninth. It brought Francisco to the plate as the tying run, but he flew to center to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. 3-for-11 with two walks in the series. 258/332/373 on the season.
Victorino 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 5-for-12 with a double, a triple, two home runs and five RBI in the series. 299/364/513 on the year. 408/463/694 over his last 55 plate appearances.
Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-11 in the set. 253/364/451 for the year.
Howard 2-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-11 with a double and a walk in the series. 256/348/493 on the year.
Francisco 1-for-4 and left three men on base. 2-for-7 with a walk in the set. 218/341/362 on the year. Brown didn’t play yesterday but was 1-for-8 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 220/294/418 for the year.
Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-9 with a walk in the series. 238/354/323 on the year.
Ibanez 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-11 with three singles in the series. 243/292/402 for the year.
Valdez 0-for-2 with a walk in his only action of the series. 250/292/316 on the year. Polanco was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in the series. 233/279/285 since the end of April. 2-for-his-last-20 and hitting 295/342/375 for the year.
Martinez 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s hitting 195/214/242 on the year. Of the 218 NL players with 50 plate appearances, his .457 OPS is 213th and his .215 on-base percentage is 214th.
No game today. At St Louis tomorrow.
Brian Schneider has gone 4-for-10 in three rehab games at Reading. He is hoping to be active for Friday’s game.