Game three of the set with the Marlins didn’t have a lot to recommend it, but the guy who played the Carlos Zambrano character sure looked good. Zambrano held the Phils to a run on four hits and two walks over 7 2/3 innings as the Marlins won 5-1 to take the game and the series.
If Zambrano is looking a little out of character these days with his 2.81 ERA for the year, Joe Blanton has become uncomfortably consistent in his recent starts. Blanton was good early yesterday, allowing two runs on a pair of solo homers through six innings, but was charged with three runs in the top of the seventh as the Marlins pulled away.
Over his last four starts, Blanton has thrown to a 10.98 ERA and allowed 38 hits, including ten home runs, over 19 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .389 against him in those games.
The Phillies are 28-27 on the year after falling to the Miami Marlins 5-1 yesterday. The Marlins take the series two games to one. The Phillies have lost three of their last five, but are also 7-4 over their last 11 games. After winning game one of the series, the Phillies were three games over .500 for the first time this season.
Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out six.
He set the Marlins down in order in top of the first.
Greg Dobbs reached on an infield singled on a ball deflected by Blanton with one out in the second. Blanton struck out Logan Morrison and John Buck to leave him at first.
Pitcher Carlos Zambrano hit the first pitch from Blanton out to left center with one out in the third, putting Miami up 1-0. Blanton got the next two hitters behind him.
Hanley Ramirez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left to start the fourth, making it 2-0. Blanton got Giancarlo Stanton on a ground ball to second before Dobbs singled to left, but Blanton got the next two hitters behind Dobbs to turn the Fish away.
Jose Reyes and Omar Infante singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on first and third for Ramirez. Blanton struck him out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Blanton set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.
Things went bad in the seventh. He walked the leadoff man Buck on a 3-2 pitch and Chris Coghlan singled behind Buck, putting men on first and second. Zambrano bunted, but the Phils didn’t get an out and the bases were loaded for Reyes. Reyes doubled to the gap in right center, scoring Buck and Coghlan and putting Miami up 4-0 with runners on second and third and nobody out. Qualls came in to pitch to the righty Infante and got him on a ground ball to second with the runners holding for the first out. It brought Ramirez to the plate and Zambrano scored from third on a wild pitch (5-0) and Reyes moved up to third before Ramirez hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and came home where Reyes was tagged out by Schneider for the second out. Stanton moved Ramirez up to second with a single, putting men on first and second with two down. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Dobbs. Righty Justin Ruggiano hit for Dobbs and flew to left to leave both runners stranded.
Qualls appeared in all three games in the three-game set, allowing a hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings to drop his ERA on the year to 4.43. He has thrown three days in a row, but faced a total of just five batters.
Buck and Coghlan singled back-to-back off of Diekman with one out in the eighth, putting runners on first and second for Zambrano. Zambrano hit for himself and bunted again, this time popping up into an out on a ball handled by Schneider in foul territory. Reyes grounded to second for the third out.
Diekman pitched in games one and three of the set, allowing four hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one. He has 13 strikeouts in eight innings for the season.
Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phillies trailing 5-1. Pence made a nice play to take a hit away from Ramirez for the second out.
Schwimer appeared in games two and three of the set and has thrown two days in a row. Four of his first five appearances with the team were awful. The other two were his two outings in this series and he allowed a walk over 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Overall, the pen went three scoreless innings in the game, allowing three hits without a walk or a strikeout. Diekman threw 19 pitches in the game. Schwimer threw nine pitches and has pitched two days in a row. Qualls has pitched three straight days and threw 14 pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Carlos Zambrano went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Luna (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Luna at first and Schneider behind the plate.
Pierre singled to left with one out in the bottom of the first and took second on a wild pitch before Pence grounded to the pitcher Zambrano for the second out. Luna drew a walk, but Victorino grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.
Polanco walked to start the second. Galvis bunted, but popped it up for the first out. Schneider hit a ball hard, but Morrison took it at first and flipped to Zambrano for the second. Blanton struck out to end the inning.
Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the third.
Down 2-0, they went in order in the fourth.
Schneider and Blanton both struck out as they went in order in the fifth.
Pierre’s bunt found left field for a one-out double in the sixth, but Pence and Luna both struck out to leave him at second.
Down 5-0, the Phillies went in order in the seventh.
Schneider reached on an infield single to start the eighth. Fontenot hit for Diekman with the righty Zambrano still on the mound for the Marlins and Schneider took second on a wild pitch before Fontenot struck out. Rollins flew to center for the second out before Pierre singled into center, scoring Schneider to get the Phils on the board at 5-1. Righty Steve Cishek took over for Zambrano and struck out Pence to leave Pierre at first.
Cishek got Luna on a fly ball to left to start the ninth before Victorino and Polanco singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Galvis. Righty Heath Bell came in to pitch to Galvis and Galvis grounded to second with Polanco forced at second for the second out. Galvis took second on defensive indifference before Schneider grounded to first to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. 3-for-14 with a triple in the three-game set. He’s hitting 237/289/312 for the year.
Pierre was 3-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-8 with a double and a walk in the game. He’s hitting 340/378/386 for the year.
Pence was 0-for-4 with a great catch in right. 4-for-10 with a walk and two home runs in the series. 269/338/505 for the year. 280/366/584 in 145 plate appearances since the end of April.
Luna was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. He also started game one of the series in left field, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. 9-for-27 with the Phils with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI. Mayberry didn’t play yesterday and was 0-for-4 in the series. Wigginton didn’t play yesterday and was 1-for-7 with a walk in the set.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a strikeout yesterday and 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. Mayberry played center for most of game one. Victorino is 4-for-his-last-30 and hitting 251/319/405 for the year.
Polanco 1-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 290/319/361 for the season.
Galvis 0-for-4 and left three men on base yesterday and 2-for-11 with two doubles in the series. 227/255/370 for the year.
Schneider was 1-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-5 in the series. He’s hitting 276/300/431 for the year. 333/351/583 in 38 plate appearances since May 9.
Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) comes off the DL to face lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42) tonight as the Phils start a series with the Dodgers at home. Worley had a 1.97 ERA for the year through his first five starts then allowed eight runs in 12 innings over his next two before hitting the DL. Kershaw allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start, which came at home against the Brewers. He had a 1.16 ERA in his four starts previous to that outing.