The Phils lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL yesterday, but came out swinging last night against the Mets, scoring eight runs charged to Dillon Gee in the first four innings on their way to a 10-0 win. Mayberry and Pence both hit two-run homers in the game. Mayberry’s came off the righty starter after a groin problem forced Ibanez from the lineup.
Lee threw seven shutout innings in the game and was backed by two scoreless frames from Herndon. Again, Lee allowed one run in 42 innings in June and had an off month in July in which he threw to a 4.91 ERA in five starts. In his four starts so far in August, he has allowed two runs in 31 innings.
Since July 6, Herndon has allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings over 11 appearances.
The Phillies are 82-44 on the year after beating the New York Mets 10-0 last night. Thirty-eight games above .500 equals their best mark for the season — they were also 38 games over .500 after beating the Nats 5-0 on Saturday. They remain in first place in the NL East and are 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves. Atlanta has won five in a row and seven of eight and leads the Wild Card race by 8 1/2 games over the Giants.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing three singles and three walks. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.71.
He got Angel Pagan on a fly ball to center to start the game before Justin Turner hit a ball to short that Valdez didn’t handle for an error. Lee struck David Wright out looking for the second out and got Jason Bay to fly to center to leave Turner at first.
Not a great start to Valdez’s stint at short with Rollins hitting the DL.
Lucas Duda singled to right to start the second, but Lee got Scott Hairston to line to third and Ronny Paulino to bounce into a double-play to keep the Mets off the board.
Lee started the third up 3-0. Ruben Tejada led off with a single to left and pitcher Dillon Gee bunted him to second with the first out. Pagan struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out and Lee got Turner to ground to short to set New York down.
Up 5-0, Lee walked Bay with one out in the fourth. He struck Duda out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got Hairston to pop to Howard on a sliding over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to leave Bay stranded.
He pitched the fifth up 8-0. Nick Evans, double-switched into the game in the fourth, walked with two outs. Pagan grounded to second for the third out.
Lee hit Turner with a pitch to start the sixth, but struck out Wright and Bay behind him and got Duda on a ground ball to second for the third out.
Up 10-0, Lee walked Ronny Paulino with one out in the seventh. Tejada moved Paulino to second with a single, but Lee struck Evans out looking for the second out and got Jason Pridie on a popup to leave both runners stranded.
Herndon took over for Lee in the eighth. Wright singled with one out, but Herndon got Bay to hit into a double-play behind him.
Herndon was back for the ninth. Duda led off with a single to right, but Herndon got Willie Harris to hit into a double-play behind him. Paulino struck out looking 2-2 to end the game.
After four scoreless appearances to end July, Herndon has now thrown eight scoreless innings in August. After allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning to the Fish on July 6, he had a 5.14 ERA for the season. He threw 21 pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Dillon Gee went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Polanco returns from the DL and starts at third. Rollins hits the DL with a strained groin with Valdez playing short. With Rollins sidelined, Victorino leads off and Polanco hits second. Ibanez was a scratch in left with a sore groin and Mayberry got the start against the righty.
Polanco singled to right with one out in the bottom of the first, but was left there when Utley flew out to center and Howard struck out swinging.
After Polanco singled and Utley flew out in the first, both were hitting .277 for the year.
Pence started the second with a single into center. Mayberry popped to short behind him for the first out and Ruiz flew to center for the second before Pence took second on a wild pitch with Valdez at the plate. Valdez singled into right and Pence scored, putting the Phils up 1-0. Lee followed that with another single into right, putting men on first and second with two down for Victorino. Victorino got ahead 3-0 then tripled into the right field corner on a 3-2 pitch, scoring both runners and extending the lead to 3-0. Polanco flew to center to leave Victorino at third.
It looks like the Phils were going to need the help of a wild pitch to score even one run, but Lee follows Valdez’s two-out single with his own two-out single and Victorino clears the bases with a triple.
Pence walked with two outs in the third. Mayberry was next and got behind, but hit a 1-2 pitch out to left to make it 5-0. Ruiz followed that with a double to center. Valdez got ahead 3-0 and was walked intentionally, bringing Lee to the plate with men on first and second. He grounded to second to end the inning.
Mayberry gets behind in the count, but delivers the long ball against a righty. It was home run number eleven on the year for him and his sixth that came with two strikes. Six home runs with two strikes put him into the team lead — he came into the game tied with Victorino and Rollins for the team lead with five two strike home runs.
Tejada made the best defensive play of the game on a foul ball hit by Utley for the first out, making a long run from short and sliding into the tarp to make the catch.
Victorino walked to start the bottom of the fourth and stole second before Polanco walked. Utley was next and he smashed a line drive that Duda caught at first for the first out. Howard struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Pence walked in a nine pitch plate appearance, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry walked on four pitches, forcing in Victorino to make it 6-0, and that was finally it for Gee. Righty Ryota Igarashi came in to pitch with the bases still loaded and Ruiz greeted him with a sharp single to center. Polanco and Pence both scored (8-0) with Mayberry moving up to third. Valdez grounded to short for the third out.
Polanco singled to right with two outs in the fifth, but was left stranded when Utley grounded back to the mound.
Howard singled to center to start the sixth and Pence hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center behind him. 10-0. Mayberry, Ruiz and Valdez went in order behind Pence.
The Phils went in order in the seventh.
They went in order again in the eighth. Gload, who took over for Howard at first in the seventh, popped to third for the first out. Martinez, who took over at second for Utley in the seventh, struck out swinging 1-2 for the second.
Gload is 3-for-his-last-33 and hitting 229/247/277 for the season. Martinez 5-for-his-last-38.
Victorino was 1-for-4 in the game with a walk, a triple and two RBI. He’s hitting 362/436/623 so far in August. He hit his 13th triple of the year in the game, which ties his career high from 2009.
Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk in his first action since August 6.
Utley 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-16.
Howard 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts. Made a nice sliding catch in foul territory in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-13. 242/307/492 since the All-Star break.
Pence 2-for-3 with two walks and a two-run homer. He scored four runs. 321/409/564 in 21 games with the Phillies.
Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run homer and three RBI. 318/348/682 since the All-Star break with six home runs in 66 at-bats.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-15.
Valdez 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He’s played six straight days now, going 5-for-20 with two doubles, a triple and three walks.
Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) faces lefty Jon Niese (11-10, 4.05) tonight. Opponents have hit .315 against Niese over his last five starts as he’s thrown to a 5.14 ERA. He’s made four starts against the Phillies this year and the last three have been very good. The Phils hit him hard on April 7, scoring six runs in four innings. In his three starts against the Phils since, Niese has allowed three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings, throwing to a 1.37 ERA with a 1.22 ratio. Rain forced Worley from his most recent start, August 18 against the Snakes, after three shutout innings. Two of Worley’s last four starts haven’t been real good, but his numbers for the season are still outstanding. He’s been especially good against lefties, who have hit just 198/273/302 against him for the season. He has given up more home runs recently. After allowing just two over his first 62 1/3 innings on the year, he has allowed four over his last 29 innings.