The Phillies end May having benefited hugely from beating up on the Washington Nationals. After sweeping a four-game set in Washington in the middle of the month, the Phils ended May by winning three straight against them in Philly. Over their last 21 games the Phils are 7-0 against Washington and 6-8 against everyone else.
In addition to three big wins the Phillies got outstanding performances from Brad Lidge and Jamie Moyer this weekend. The Phils need both of those guys badly and both had struggled. Moyer earned his 250th career win yesterday with a great outing. Lidge saved three games in three days. The entire pen was very good over the three game series, but Lidge and Madson stood out as they combined to make six appearances and throw six scoreless innings.
The Phillies are 28-20 after sweeping the Nationals in a three-game set this weekend. Eight games above .500 is their best mark for the season. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by a half game.
The Phillies took game one 5-4. Happ pitched five strong innings but left in the top of the sixth with two men on base and both came around to score when Durbin relieved him. Victorino had four hits in the game and two RBI from Ibanez helped stake the Phils to an early 5-1 lead. Lidge looked solid earning the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phils overcame a weak outing by Hamels to win game two 9-6. Howard stole the show with two long home runs, a solo shot in the second and a grand slam one inning later. Lidge again closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Yesterday Jamie Moyer earned career win number 250 as the Phils topped the Nats 4-2. The Phillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on an RBI-double by Utley in the first and a solo homer by Coste in the second. Josh Willingham cut the lead to 2-1 with a solo shot in the fourth, but it was the only run that Washington would get off of Moyer. Willingham hit another solo homer in the seventh, this one off Condrey, which cut the lead to 3-2. An RBI-triple by Howard in the bottom of the frame put the Phils up by two again and Madson and Lidge held the Nationals off again in the eighth and ninth.
The pitching was good for the Phils in the series. Overall they threw 27 innings with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.04 ratio.
The starters pitched to a 5.19 ERA and a 1.04 ratio in 17 1/3 innings. All three of the starters, Happ, Hamels and Moyer, allowed a home run.
Happ got the start in game one and pitched better than his line. He allowed two men to reach in the top of the sixth and both of them came around to score after Durbin relieved him. Happ allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings on three hits and three walks.
Hamels started game two and did not pitch well. He allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. After nine starts he has a 5.21 ERA for the season. The Phillies need him to pitch better and longer into games. He’s gotten an out in the seventh in just one of his nine outings.
Moyer was fantastic in game three, allowing a single run on three hits over six innings. He allowed two singles and a solo homer and didn’t walk a batter.
The bullpen pitched very well in the series. Over 9 2/3 innings they allowed just one run, a home run by Willingham off of Condrey in game three. 0.93 ERA with a 1.03 ratio. They struck out 11 in 9 2/3 innings.
Eyre pitched the top of the seventh in game one with the Phils up 5-4 and set the Nats down in order.
He started the seventh inning in game two with the Phillies up 9-6. He faced three hitters. Two of them singled and he got one out. Condrey relieved him with one out and men on first and second with the righty Josh Willingham at the plate.
Taschner did not pitch in the series.
Park did not pitch in the series. In game three Manuel chose to bring in Condrey on back-to-back days with a three-run lead in the seventh rather than Park.
Durbin entered game one in the top of the sixth. He relieved Happ with one out, men on first and second and the Phillies up 5-1. Both of the runners would score when the first man Durbin faced, Josh Bard, doubled and Anderson Hernandez followed with a single. Durbin wasn’t charged with a run in the outing, but he didn’t pitch well.
He has allowed runs in four of his last six appearances (and five of his last eight).
Condrey entered game two with one out in the top of the seventh, the Phils up 9-6 with men on first and second. He got righties Willingham and Kearns to leave both men stranded.
He came back to pitch the seventh inning of game three with the Phils up 3-1. Willingham led off the inning with a home run before he got the next three hitters.
Madson pitched the eighth inning of game one with a one-run lead. He allowed a hit and a walk but kept the Nationals off the board.
He got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth in game two with the Phils up 9-6.
He also pitched the eighth inning of game three, this time with a 4-2 lead. Two of the first three men he faced reached on a single and a walk, but he got the next two to leave both men stranded.
He hasn’t allowed a home run in 25 appearances on the season and dropped his ERA for the year to 2.49. He has 28 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth in game one with the Phils up 5-4.
He entered game two in the ninth with the Phils up 9-6. He allowed a leadoff single, but got Nick Johnson to hit into a double-play and then struck out Ryan Zimmerman to end the game.
Pitching for the third straight day, Lidge set the Nationals down in order in the ninth with a 4-2 lead in game three.
Madson and Lidge have both pitched three days in a row.
The Phillies scored 18 runs in the three-game set.
Rollins was 4-for-15 with two doubles in the series. He’s hitting 226/270/337 for the season.
Victorino hit second in all three games and went 6-for-12 with two walks and a double. 293/342/449 for the year.
Utley was 4-for-11 with two doubles and two walks. 294/430/550 for the year.
Howard went 4-for-13 with a double, a triple, two home runs and six RBI. 266/340/573.
Ibanez was 3-for-13 with a triple and two RBI. 332/394/684 for the year. If he slugs .684 for the entire season it would be a career high.
Werth made an error that cost the Phillies a run in game one. He went 3-for-13 with a double and a walk in the series. 253/342/460 for the season.
Feliz was 3-for-12 with a triple and three RBI. 302/365/432.
Ruiz started the first two games of the series and went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two walks and an RBI. 304/427/506 for the year. He’s hitting 309/440/529 in May.
Coste started game three of the set and went 2-for-2 with a home run and two walks. 254/356/460 for the year. Phillies’ catchers combined to go 5-for-7 with four walks, three doubles and a home run in the series.
Bruntlett did not get an at-bat in the series.
Mayberry had a big at-bat in game one. He hit with one out and the bases loaded with the Phils up 5-4 and struck out. He was 0-for-1 in the series and is 2-for-9 since joining the Phils.
Dobbs was 0-for-1 with a walk in the set. 132/250/211 for the year.
Stairs was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, dropping his line on the season to 281/465/594.
23-year-old lefty Antonio Bastardo will make Myers’ start on Tuesday.