A 3-9 stretch against AL teams seems to suggest that the Phillies can’t play with the American League, but not to be forgotten is that prior to miserable stretch against the AL they had dropped back-to-back sets against the Marlins and the Cardinals.
The way the Phillies have been playing, they aren’t going to be able to beat much of anyone, regardless of what league they’re in.
Yesterday the Phillies managed a run on five hits. It wasn’t enough, and with the latest loss they have dropped six series in a row.
The Phillies lost to the Texas Rangers yesterday. With the 5-1 loss they drop the series two games to one and fall to 44-39 on the year.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out six.
Ian Kinsler led off the first with a triple into the right field corner. With the infield back, Michael Young brought in Kinsler with a ground ball to short to put the Rangers up 1-0. Josh Hamilton followed with a walk, but Moyer struck out Milton Bradley and got David Murphy to ground to second to end the inning.
Chris Davis hit a 3-2 pitch out to center with one out in the second, making it 2-0. Max Ramirez grounded to short before Ramon Vazquez singled to left. Moyer got Kinsler on a fly ball to center for the third out.
Young started the third with a double off the glove of Victorino and came around to score when Hamilton followed with a single. 3-0. Bradley flew to center for the first out before Moyer picked Hamilton off of first but Hamilton beat the throw down to second and had a stolen base. Hamilton moved to third on a ground out to second and was left stranded there when Marlon Byrd popped to Rollins.
Davis started the fourth with a walk. Moyer set down Ramirez and Vazquez behind him before Kinsler moved him to second with a single. Young flew to left for the third out.
Kinsler was 9-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the three-game set.
Hamilton started the fifth with a single, but Moyer got the next three behind him.
Moyer walked Ramirez with one out in the sixth. He struck Vazquez out for the second out, but then walked Kinsler to put men on first and second. Manuel brought in Madson to pitch to the righty Young and Young grounded to short to end the inning with both men stranded.
Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
He returned for the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Byrd. Davis moved Byrd to third with a ground ball to second for the first out. Madson hit Ramirez to put men on first and third with one out. With the Phils down 3-1 the infield came in and Vazquez blooped a ball just over Utley for a single. Byrd scored and Ramirez went to second with the Rangers up 4-1. Kinsler bunted for a single to load the bases with one down. Young chopped a ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle cleanly. He caught a break and he picked it up right at the bag. After tagging third for the first out he threw to first in the dirt and Howard couldn’t scoop it. If he had Young would have been doubled up, but Young was safe and Ramirez scored to make it 5-1. Hamilton flew to right for the third out.
No idea why Manuel would bring Madson back for a third inning the day before an off-day or why he would leave him in after four of the first five men reached in the eighth. Whatever the reason it didn’t work. Two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings for Madson. Madson threw 23 pitches.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Eric Hurley went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Burrell (5) Howard (6) Dobbs (7) Feliz (8) Werth (9) Ruiz. Werth again plays right against the righty. Burrell again hits fourth with Howard fifth. Dobbs at DH and Ruiz at catcher. I do not understand why you would not use Burrell as your DH, although in this game at least he played the whole game.
Victorino walked with one out in the first. Utley popped to short for the second out before Victorino was caught stealing to end the frame.
Burrell walked to start the second, but the Phils went in order behind him.
Rollins doubled to right with two outs in the third, but Victorino flew to right for the third out.
Burrell singled with one out in the fourth and the Phils down 3-0. Howard flew to center for the second out before Burrell went to second on a wild pitch. Dobbs struck out looking to leave him stranded.
Werth doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Ruiz fouled out and Rollins lined to second.
Utley doubled to right with one out in the sixth. Burrell struck out for the first out, but Howard followed and lined a 1-1 pitch into left center for a single. Utley scored to cut the Texas lead to 3-1. Dobbs grounded to short for the third out.
1-2-3 in the seventh. Bradley made a nice diving catch in right to take a hit away from Feliz for the first out.
Victorino reached on an error by Kinsler with one out in the eighth. Utley struck out and Burrell flew to right.
Howard and Coste, who hit for Dobbs against the lefty CJ Wilson, struck out in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Rollins was 1-for-14 with a double in the game. 2-for-14 with a double and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 264/326/431 for the season and 217/297/377 in June.
Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-11 in the series. 272/346/370 for the year.
Utley 1-for-4 with a double in the game. 5-for-13 with three doubles and a home run in the series. 297/384/610.
Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-9 with a double and four walks in the series. 271/410/571 for the year.
Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-11 with a home run and three RBI in the set. 215/310/460 for the year.
Dobbs was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and three men left on base. 1-for-8 in the series. 321/359/440 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last 42 at-bats. One RBI since May 27.
Feliz 0-for-4. 2-for-11 with a home run in the series. 260/311/421 for the year.
Werth 1-for-3. 4-for-11 with a double and a home run. 264/353/494. Jenkins did not get an at-bat in the series and is hitting 239/289/378 for the year.
Ruiz was 0-for-3 in the game in his only action of the series. 215/301/291 for the year. He’s hitting 178/302/289 in June. Coste was 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 312/373/543 for the year.
No game today.