The Phils won for the tenth time in 11 games last night, scoring three early runs and holding on for a 5-3 win. The bullpen was a bit shaky in the eighth in relief of Halladay as Stutes and Lidge combined to allow a pair of runs that got the Dodgers within one. But Victorino homered in the top of the ninth to give the Phils a two-run cushion and Madson kept the Dodgers off the board in the bottom of the inning for his twentieth save.
Victorino had a big game for the Phils, pounding out a pair of doubles and a home run and scoring three of the five runs plated by the Phils.
It’s been a remarkable road trip that has seen the Phils go 7-1 with two games left to go. The Phils have outscored their opponents 37-18 so far on the trip and have allowed more than three runs just once in the eight games. The Phillies have also played for 18 straight days without an off-day, going 14-4 in those games.
The Phillies are 75-40 on the year after beating the LA Dodgers 5-3 last night. The Phils have won ten of their last eleven and lead the NL East by 8 1/2 games.
Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing a run on nine hits and two walks. All nine of the hits were singles and he struck out four.
He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Casey Blake and Andre Ethier singled back-to-back with one out, putting men on first and second for Matt Kemp. Halladay got Kemp to hit into a double-play to keep LA off the board.
James Loney singled to center with one out in the second and the Phils up 3-0. Halladay got Rod Barajas to pop to Utley for the second out and Jamey Carroll on a ground ball to short to end the inning.
Halladay walked Blake on five pitches with two outs in the third. Ethier followed with a single on a ball deflected by Howard, putting men on first and second with two down. Halladay got Kemp on a popup to Utley for the third out.
Second time in three innings Halladay comes up big against Kemp with men on base.
Halladay set LA down in order in the fourth.
Carroll and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda started the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second. Tony Gwynn bunted the runners to second and third with the first out. Blake followed with a ground ball to short, with Rollins throwing to first for the second out and Carroll scoring from third to cut the Phillies lead to 3-1. Halladay struck Andre Ethier out swinging 3-2 to leave Kuroda at second.
Kemp and Miles singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Loney. Loney lined a ball to right, but Pence charged and made a diving catch for the first out with the runners holding. Barajas flew to left for the second out and Halladay struck Carroll out looking to leave both men stranded.
Halladay started the seventh up 4-1. Gwynn singled with one out and moved to second when Blake followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for the lefty Ethier. Halladay had thrown 111 pitches in the game. Manuel called on Bastardo to pitch to Ethier and Ethier got ahead 3-0 but grounded into a double-play on a 3-1 pitch to turn LA away.
Stutes started the eighth. Kemp led off with a single and stole second. Miles followed that with a single to left that scored Kemp and cut the Phillie lead to 4-2. Stutes threw the ball away trying to pick Miles off of first, allowing Miles to move up to second. Loney flew to center for the first out with Miles moving up to third. Lidge took over to face the righty Barajas and walked him on five pitches, putting men on first and third with one down. Righty Juan Rivera hit for the pitcher Matt Guerrier and Eugenio Velez ran for Barajas at first. Rivera singled to left, scoring Miles (4-3) and sending Velez to second. Dee Gordon was the next hitter and he hit a ball slowly to second. Utley charged and waited for it in the basepath, where Rivera plowed him over. Rivera was called out for the second out, Velez went back to second and Gordon was safe at first. Velez and Gordon moved up to second and third on a passed ball with Gwynn at the plate. Gwynn tried to bunt for a base hit and put down a nice bunt on the first base side. Lidge made a nice play to end the inning, though, getting to the ball, gloving and flipping with his glove hand to get Gwynn and end the inning.
Miserable inning for Stutes, who allowed two singles, a steal and made a throwing error while getting one out. After throwing to a 2.08 ERA over his first 23 appearances on the year, Stutes has now pitched to a 4.87 ERA over his last 18 appearances. Lidge fared a little better, allowing a walk, a single and a wild pitch while getting two outs. In his seven appearances for the year he has allowed just two hits in 5 1/3 innings, but walked five.
Madson pitched the ninth with a two-run lead. He gave up a leadoff single to Blake, but got Ethier on a foul ball to Martinez for the first out and struck Kemp out swinging 0-2 for the second. Miles chopped a ball out in front of the plate, but Ruiz jumped on it and threw to first in time to end the game.
Nice job by Madson setting down Ethier and Kemp without a peep as the tying runs. He has allowed one run in 11 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances.
Lidge and Stutes have both pitched two days in a row. Lidge threw 14 pitches in the game and Stutes 12. Bastardo five and Madson 17.
The Phillies lineup against righty Hiroki Kuroda went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Martinez starts again at third with Polanco getting MRIed in Philadelphia.
Victorino doubled to center with one out in the first. Utley followed with a ground out to second that moved him up to third with one out. Howard was next and he squibbed a ball that went over the pitcher’s head and spun towards third. Blake threw to first, but not in time to get Howard. Howard had a single, Victorino scored and the Phils led 1-0. Pence moved Howard to second with a single, but Ibanez fouled out to Loney at first to leave both men stranded.
Ruiz led off the second with a single and moved to third when Martinez reached on a throwing error by Loney. Halladay bunted Martinez to second with the first out. Rollins was next and cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center, putting the Phils on top 3-0. Victorino moved Rollins to third with a ground out, but Utley flew to right to leave him there.
Pence singled with one out in the third, but Ibanez hit into a double-play behind him.
Martinez singled with one out in the fourth and Halladay bunted him to second with the second out. Rollins followed with a walk, but Victorino struck out looking to leave both men stranded.
Utley led off the fifth with a single and stole second, but Howard and Pence both struck out and Ibanez grounded to second.
The lead was cut to 3-0 when the Phils went in order in the sixth.
Victorino doubled to right with one out in the seventh. Lefty Scott Elbert took over for Kuroda and got Utley on a fly ball to center for the second out. Howard ripped a 3-2 pitch into right center and the ball rolled to the wall for a double. Victorino scored and the Phils led 4-1. The lefty Elbert walked Pence intentionally, putting men on first and second for Ibanez, but Elbert struck Ibanez out swinging 1-2 to leave the runners stranded.
The Phils went in order in the eighth. With two outs, nobody on and righty Matt Guerrier pitching for the Dodgers, Gload hit for Bastardo and lined to second.
Gload is 3-for-his-last-24.
The Phils were up 4-2 when they hit in the ninth. Rollins flew to left for the first out, but Victorino was next and he lined a 1-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 5-2. Utley and Howard went down behind him.
For Victorino, it was his fifth home run of the year with two strikes. That ties him for the team lead with Rollins and Mayberry.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the game. 6-for-32 (.188) so far in August.
Victorino 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. 333/425/600 in 88 plate appearances since returning from the DL.
Utley 1-for-5. 343/418/614 over his last 79 plate appearances.
Howard 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-17 with ten strikeouts. He did deliver a big double against the lefty Elbert in the seventh, helping him raise his line against lefties on the year to 246/303/358.
Pence 2-for-3 with a walk. 444/467/741 in 30 plate appearances over his last seven games.
Ibanez was 0-for-4 and left six men on base. He’s 0-for-his-last-12 and hitting 143/200/214 so far in August.
Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-his-last-8 and 3-for-his-last-14. 318/408/471 over his last 100 plate appearances.
Cliff Lee (11-7, 2.96) faces lefty Ted Lilly (7-1, 4.86) tonight. Righties are hitting 275/322/504 against Lilly for the year with 21 home runs. If you’re wondering if 21 is a lot of home runs to have allowed to right-handed batters at this point in the season, it really, really is. Lee threw a complete game shutout against the Giants in his last start. He faced the Dodgers on June 6 in Philadelphia and struck out ten in seven shutout innings.
Polanco has a sports hernia and may need surgery that could sideline him for a month. Of the 176 NL players with at least 150 plate appearances this season, Martinez’s .265 on-base percentage is 169th and Valdez’s .284 on-base percentage is 157th.
The article linked above says that Mathieson was sent back to Triple-A after clearing waivers.