After winning the opener in their series in Baltimore, the Phillies dropped the next two, both in extra-innings, to lose the series.
Yesterday they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead with Cliff Lee on the mound and fell 5-4 in ten innings.
The defense was absolutely terrible in the set. The Phillies made five errors and have made eight over their last four games. In yesterday’s game, a Wigginton error in the bottom of the tenth put Adam Jones on base and Jones scored the game-winning run when the next batter, Matt Wieters, doubled off the wall in right.
Wigginton has made four errors over the last four games.
With the loss, the Phillies are eight games out of first place. They have lost ten more games than the first place Nationals.
The Phillies are 29-33 on the year after losing to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in ten innings yesterday afternoon. Baltimore wins the series two games to one.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.
Adam Jones and Matt Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners for Ronny Paulino. Paulino singled into left, scoring Jones to put Baltimore up 1-0 with men on first and second. Lee struck Mark Reynolds out looking to leave the runners stranded.
The ball hit by Wieters took a bad hop on Wigginton, who deflected the ball. Would have been a nice one to have.
Up 3-1, Lee set the O’s down in order in the second.
He struck out the side in the third, getting Robert Andino swinging, JJ Hardy looking and Jones swinging.
He started the fourth with a 4-1 lead. Wieters led off with a walk, but, thanks to a nice scoop by Luna at first, Lee got Paulino to hit into a double-play behind him. Reynolds followed that with a walk and moved to third when Steve Pearce doubled to left. Steve Tolleson hit a 1-2 pitch from Lee out to left for a three-run homer, tying the game at 4-4. Endy Chavez flew to right for the third out.
Big blow of the game comes from Tolleson, who delivers career home run number three way behind Lee in the count.
Jones and Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, but Lee struck Paulino out looking to leave them on the corners.
Lee struck out Pearce in a 1-2-3 sixth.
Schwimer started the seventh. Andino singled with one out. Hardy flew to center for the second out and Jones struck out swinging to leave him at first.
Schwimer was back for the eighth, striking Paulino and Reynolds both out looking while setting Baltimore down in order.
He pitched the ninth, too, walking Chavez with two outs but getting Paulino to pop to Luna to end the inning.
Fantastic job by Schwimer, who goes three shutout innings to drop his ERA on the year to 5.56. After being charged with runs in four of his first five appearances on the season, it was his fifth appearance in June and he’s allowed a run on two hits and two walks over five innings this month. Three innings ties him for the longest outing of his career. He also went three innings on August 21, 2011 in his first appearance with the Phils.
Savery started the tenth and got Hardy to pop to Rollins for the first out. Jones was next and reached on an error by Wigginton at third, putting a runner on first for Wieters. Wieters hit an 0-2 pitch high off the wall in right for a double, scoring Jones to give Baltimore a 5-4 win.
Savery goes just a third of an inning in the game with the run he allowed unearned due to the Wigginton error. It would have been better if Wieters hadn’t hit the ball off the wall, though. Savery came into the game having thrown 5 1/3 innings without been charged with a run over his last three outings.
Overall the pen went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Schwimer threw 42 pitches in the game and Savery 12.
The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Hammel went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Thome (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Wigginton (8) Luna (9) Martinez. Pierre in left against the righty with Thome at DH. Wigginton at third, Luna at first. The lefty Fontenot on the bench with the switch-hitter Martinez at second.
Pierre walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second when Pierre followed with a single. Thome was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Victorino, but Victorino popped out to third for the second out. Ruiz struck out swinging to leave the bases loaded.
No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out as Victorino pops out and Ruiz strikes out. Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one down.
The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Luna singled with one out, but Martinez flew to center behind him for the second. Rollins walked and Pierre singled on a softly hit ball deflected by the pitcher Hammel, loading the bases for Pence. Pence singled into center, scoring Luna and Rollins and moving Pierre up to second with the Phils on top 2-1. Thome followed that with a single the other way into left. Pierre scored and it was 3-1 with two down and men on first and second. Victorino walked, loading the bases again for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to short to leave them loaded.
Again Ruiz goes down with the bases loaded to end the inning. Six men left on base through two innings.
The Phillies went in order in the third.
Pierre singled with one out in the fourth and stole second before Pence walked. Thome hit a ball softly that Hammel handled, throwing to first for the first out while the runners moved up to second and third. Victorino walked again and again they were loaded for Ruiz. Pierre came home on a wild pitch, putting the Phils up 4-1, before Ruiz struck out to end the frame.
Great base running by Pierre to score on the wild pitch, which came with the count 0-2 on Ruiz. Close play at the plate. Again Ruiz can’t deliver the big hit with the bases loaded and two outs.
The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phillies went in order in the fifth.
Hammel set them down in order in the sixth, too. Tolleson made a nice play diving to his right to field a ball hit by Pence and then a strong throw to nail Pence at first for the third out.
Lefty Troy Patton started the seventh for Baltimore. He got the first two before Ruiz singled to left. Wigginton grounded to short for the third out.
Timing, Carlos. Timing.
Martinez singled off of Patton with one out in the eighth. Rollins was next and grounded to third for the second out with Martinez moving up to second. Pierre flew to left to leave Martinez there.
Righty Jim Johnson set the Phillies down in the ninth.
Righty Darren O’Day started the tenth and hit Ruiz to start the inning. Wigginton moved Ruiz up to second with a ground out before Luna flew to right for the second out. Fontenot hit for Martinez and flew to right to leave Pierre at second.
The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game and 1-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the three-game series. He’s on-basing .219 against left-handed pitching for the season. 240/291/341 on the year. He came into the series on-basing .301 for the year, which was the first time his on-base percentage had been above .300 since mid-April.
Pierre was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game and 5-for-14 with a walk and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 322/359/372 for the season. 377/400/472 over his last 56 plate appearances.
Pence was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 7-for-13 with a walk and seven singled in the series. 281/346/488 for the year. 375/409/525 so far in June.
Thome 1-for-4 with an RBI. He finally contributes in the series, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a home run. 242/324/394 on the year in 37 plate appearances. Coming into the series he was 2-for-20 with two singles for the season.
Victorino 0-for-3 with two walks. 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBI in the first game of the season. 1-for-8 with two walks in the last two games. 253/325/419 on the season. Rollins can’t hit lefties this year and Victorino can’t hit righties — Victorino is at 236/310/340 against right-handed pitching for the season.
Ruiz 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He left eight men on base in the game. 2-for-10 with an RBI in the series. 347/399/555 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-26 (.154) with four singles.
Wigginton was 0-for-5 and left two men on base. He made an error in the ninth that led to the unearned run that won the game for Baltimore. He has made four errors in the last four games. 2-for-14 with a double in the series. 262/332/407 on the year. 230/308/372 in 130 plate appearances since the start of May.
Luna was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. 3-for-9 with a walk and a home run in the series. 308/372/513 in 43 plate appearances so far this year.
Martinez was 1-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the series in his first action of the year with the Phils. We’ll be seeing him at third base before long if Wigginton doesn’t start to catch the ball.
The Phillies don’t play today.