Tag: Adam Eaton

Gleeful Amaro may finally be willing to reveal secret Even Ultimater Zone Rating data showing Burrell’s glove as a full-time DH will cost the Rays 17 runs in 2009

Compared to other full-time DHs, of course.

Pat Burrell signed with the Rays. But the show must go on.

In 2008, Phillies starting pitchers threw 966 2/3 innings and were charged with 489 runs.

For each of the seven starting pitchers the Phils used, here’s how many innings they threw as a starter, how many runs they allowed, the percentage of the innings that they threw for all Phillies starters, the percentage of the runs they allowed for all Phillies starters and the difference between the percentage of the innings they pitched and the runs they allowed:

Player IP RA % IP % RA Diff
Hamels 227.3 89 23.5 18.2 5.3
Moyer 196.3 85 20.3 17.4 2.9
Myers 190 103 19.7 21.1 -1.4
Blanton 70.7 36 7.3 7.4 -0.1
Kendrick 154.7 102 16.0 20.9 -4.9
Eaton 104 68 10.8 13.9 -3.1
Happ 23.7 6 2.4 1.2 1.2

If you order those guys from best difference to worst, the list looks like this: Hamels, Moyer, Happ, Blanton, Myers, Eaton, Kendrick.

The Phillies signed 30-year-old right-handed hitting second baseman Marcus Giles to a minor league deal, which will give him a chance to renew his friendship with Carlos Ruiz. On August 24, 2007, Ruiz’s absurd slide into Giles at second base touched off a bench-clearing incident between the Phils and Padres. That’s a great signing for the Phils, who have had a bad couple of weeks. Giles has a career 277/353/429 line in about 3,000 at-bats in the major leagues.

This article suggests that the Phillies were unaware of at least some of what was happening with Romero and his hearings regarding banned substances.

The Chan Ho Park signing was completed. Amaro says that Park will compete for a spot in the rotation.

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Short shelling

I’m not holding back on you, I genuinely have no idea what Kyle Kendrick needs to do to get left-handed hitters out. But I know it’s something different. Through four innings and one batter yesterday, lefties had driven in five runs against him on a pair of home runs and an RBI single.

Lefties are hitting 326/394/530 against Kendrick this season and 324/384/539 against him for his career.

Condrey and Seanez followed up Kendrick with weak outings yesterday, but despite a pair of home runs and a double from Burrell the Phils never did manage to overcome Kendrick’s short, miserable start.

Also of note yesterday was that Eaton did not pitch after Kendrick left after just 4 1/3 innings. If he’s not a starter, not a reliever, not a position player and not So Taguchi you have to kind of wonder what his role is at this point. Two would be too many guys to have on a 25-man roster that you never use (while on the subject, Mike Cervenak isn’t really seeing what you’d call regular time, either). Eaton’s last appearance came on July 12.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, falling 9-5 to drop to 53-45 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three home runs and a triple. He struck out two. His ERA is up to 4.87 on the season. It was the first time in his career he had allowed three home runs in a start.

With two outs in the first, Jorge Cantu singled and Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch, moving Cantu to second. Kendrick struck out Dan Uggla to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second up 1-0 and hit Mike Jacobs to start the inning. Cody Ross moved Jacobs to second with a single before lefty John Baker hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to right, making it 3-1. The pitcher Scott Olsen was next and he singled on a ball deflected by Rollins. Hanley Ramirez followed with a ground ball to third and Olsen was forced at second for the first out. Jeremy Hermida grounded to second and Ramirez was forced at second for the second out. Hermida stole second before Cantu singled into left. Hermida tried to score from second, but Burrell threw him out at the plate to end the inning.

Kendrick again gets hurt by the lefty, giving up the three-run homer to Baker.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

Ross led off the fourth with the score tied at 3-3 and hit a fly ball to right that Werth couldn’t track down. Ross wound up on third — it was originally called an error but changed to give Ross a triple. Baker followed and singled into center. Ross scored to make it 4-3, but Baker went for second and was thrown out by Victorino for the first out of the inning. Kendrick got the next two.

Hermida led off the fifth and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right. It put Florida up 5-4 with all five runs having been driven in by Marlins’ lefties. Willingham singled with one out and Uggla came up and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left to make it 7-4. Kendrick walked Jacobs on five pitches and Condrey came in to pitch to the righty Ross. Ross moved Jacobs to third with a double and Condrey walked Baker to load the bases with one out. Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Olsen and hit into a double-play to avoid further damage.

Condrey returned for the sixth. Hermida walked with one out and moved to third on a double by Cantu. Willingham was walked intentionally to load the bases again, but Condrey struck out Uggla and got Jacobs to pop to third to end the inning.

Seanez started the seventh. Baker walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wes Helms flew to center for the second out before Seanez walked Ramirez and Hermida back-to-back to load the bases yet again. Cantu blasted a ball off the wall in left and Baker and Ramirez both scored. 9-4. Willingham grounded to third for the third out.

Madson pitched the eighth. With one out Alfredo Amezaga hit for pitcher Doug Waechter and hit a fly ball to right that went over Jenkins’ head — he either misjudged it or didn’t see it, but it was the second bad defensive play in right for the Phils in the game. Amezaga got a double and Madson got the next two to leave him stranded.

Condrey and Seanez were both bad in the game, although Condrey wasn’t charged with any runs. As a group the pen went 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks. Condrey threw 31 pitches and Seanez 34, so you would think neither would be available today. Madson threw 13.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in righty against the lefty and Coste catching.

Rollins led off the first with a walk, but Victorino hit into a double-play and Utley flew to right.

Howard led off the second with a single and moved to third when Burrell followed with a double. Werth hit a ground ball to third and Howard was thrown out at home for the first out with Burrell moving to third. Feliz followed and he hit a ground ball to third. Cantu fielded and was going to throw home, but lost the ball taking it out of his glove. Burrell scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Cantu picked the ball up and threw to first, but his throw was bad for a second error on the play. Feliz wound up at second and Werth at third with one out. Coste hit yet another ground ball to third and Werth was thrown out at home. Kendrick walked to load the bases, but Rollins grounded to third to end the frame.

That’s a lot of grounding to third. Phils put men on second and third with no outs and different men on second and third with one out and score one run in the frame.

Utley doubled to right with one out in the third, but Howard and Burrell went down behind him.

Feliz tripled with one out in the fourth. Coste was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for a double. Feliz scored to cut the Florida lead to 3-2. Kendrick grounded to short with Coste holding second for the second out. Rollins singled into right center and Coste scored to tie the game at 3-3. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit a 1-2 pitch out to left to tie the game at 4-4. Werth singled before Feliz popped to second to set the Phillies down.

1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Burrell led off the eighth and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left. 9-5 Florida. Burrell’s second home run of the day hitting with two strikes. The Phils went in order behind him. Dobbs hit for Seanez and flew to center for the first out.

Jenkins walked to start the ninth with the Phils down 9-5. Rollins struck out for the first out before Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back, loading the bases for Howard. Howard struck out and Burrell grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double.

Howard 1-for-5.

Burrell 3-for-5 with two home runs and a double.

Werth 1-for-3.

Feliz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Coste 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.15) faces righty Josh Johnson (0-0, 5.40) this afternoon. Coming off Tommy John surgery the 24-year-old Johnson has made just one appearance this season. It came on July 10 against the Dodgers and allowed three runs over five innings. Johnson finished fourth in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2006 after going 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.30 ratio for the Fish. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and has a 1.99 ERA in those appearances. Hanley Ramirez (8-for-18 with five doubles) has hit him hard over his career.


Philadelphia movers vie for the chance to haul Blanton’s ERA cross country

The Phillies acquired 27-year-old right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton from the A’s for Josh Outman, Matthew Spencer and Adrian Cardenas. This article suggests that Blanton could take Eaton’s spot in the rotation with Eaton going to the pen.

Blanton has had a weak season pitching in a great pitcher’s park so far in 2008. He’s thrown to a 4.96 ERA with a 1.47 ratio. Righties are pounding him this year, on-basing .382 against him with a .496 slugging percentage. He has curiously shut down lefties, they’re on-basing .285 with a .384 slugging percentage.

Blanton has pitched for Oakland his entire career and has a 4.78 ERA with 1.43 ratio in the 60 games he has appeared in away from home.

On the plus side, Blanton is a highly-touted former first round pick that the A’s took with the 26th pick of the 2002 draft. He won’t turn 28 until December and has already put up two outstanding seasons, one in 2005 and one in 2007, in which he threw to an ERA under four with a 1.22 ratio. In 2005, at age 24, he threw 201 1/3 innings and was arguably the best starter in an Oakland rotation that saw Rich Harden, Barry Zito (the old Barry Zito) and Dan Haren all get at least 19 starts. Harden was better than him, but Blanton made 14 more starts and threw 73 more innings.

Back on the stuff to worry about front, here’s what right-handed batters have done against him over the past four seasons, remembering that 2005 and 2007 were the seasons he was really good:


Year

AVG

OBP

SLG
2005 246 316 437
2006 304 353 453
2007 248 275 372
2008 328 382 496

I don’t understand why those numbers would fluctuate so badly. Where they are right now is just bad, and moving to Citizens Bank Park doesn’t seem likely to be the cure. Blanton has been solid against lefties for a while now — they hit 291/328/386 against him in ’07 and 247/285/384 against him so far this season.

Overall, if forced to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the deal for the Phils I would go thumbs up, simply because of the outstanding seasons from Blanton in the past, the Phillies’ current needs and the chance to keep him through 2010. I’m all for the Phillies trying to win right now and this is a right now move. I don’t have a problem with the Phillies trading Outman and Cardenas for the best pitcher they can get, but I’m a little surprised that the best pitcher they could get was a guy with a five ERA in Oakland. I think Oakland more clearly made a good deal than the Phillies did — I see it as riskier for the Phils but a risk worth taking if you are trying to win right now.

It does ensure that there is more Brett Myers to the pen talk coming. Hopefully the Phillies squash it quickly.

Finally, it’s hard not to consider this deal in the context of Kyle Lohse. If the Phillies had an opportunity to sign Lohse at $4.25 million this season and did not do it and instead had to trade away Outman and Cardenas to get Blanton they made a mistake. I don’t think there’s any argument that right now you’d rather have Lohse, Cardenas, Outman and Spencer instead of Blanton for the next two and a half seasons even given that you would have to pay Lohse more than you’ll have to pay Blanton in 2008.

The Phils are back in action tonight, tied with the Mets for first place in the NL East. Jamie Moyer (8-6, 3.95) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (10-4, 3.70) in Florida. Nolasco has allowed two or fewer runs in four consecutive starts, throwing to a 1.86 ERA his last four times out. The Marlins have won seven straight games that he has started. Over his last seven starts he hasn’t walked more than one hitter in any appearance. Right-handed batters have hit two home runs against him this season. Moyer hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last seven starts, but the Phils are just 1-4 in his last five times out. Righties are hitting .308 against him for the year compared to just .208 for lefties. In his nine starts away from Citizens Bank Park he has thrown to a 3.13 ERA.


Phils head into break curious to see how many games the Mets can win before Thursday

The Phillies started July 6 with a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL East. With a dramatic win yesterday they go into the All-Star break with a half game lead despite winning four of their last five games. The hard-charging Mets have won nine in a row and trail the Phils by just half a game.

Yesterday’s game featured a fantastic pitching matchup between Cole Hamels and Brandon Webb. Both pitched well and the Phillies hit in the bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at 2-2 before non-All-Star Pat Burrell punched a three-run homer out to left to put the Phils on top to stay.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, winning 6-3. The take the series two games to one and go into the All-Star break at 52-44.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.

He set Arizona down 1-2-3 in the first. Had to throw some extra pitches thanks to Howard, who dropped a foul popup for his 11th error of the season.

With one out in the second, Chad Tracy hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Chris Burke singled with two outs, but Hamels got Robby Hammock swinging to end the frame.

Conor Jackson doubled with two outs in the third. Orlando Hudson flew to center for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Chris Young and Burke singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Hammock and Hammock blooped a single in front of Burrell. Young scored despite a nice throw home from Burrell and it was 2-0. The pitcher Brandon Webb struck out to set Arizona down.

Stephen Drew led off the fifth with a single. Conor Jackson was next and smashed a line drive to third that Feliz caught. He threw high to first but Howard made a nice play to catch the ball and come down on the bag to double-off Drew. Nice plays by Feliz and Howard. Hudson flew to left for the third out.

Mark Reynolds led off the sixth with a walk and Tracy moved him to second with a single. Hamels struck out Young and Burke before he got Hammock to fly to right for the third out.

Webb led off the seventh with a single. Drew was next and hit a ground ball in-between first and second. Howard came off the bag and deflected it out of the reach of Utley. Drew had an infield single and Webb went to second. Jackson bunted but way too hard — Feliz tagged the bag and threw to first nearly in time to get Jackson. With men on first and second and one down, Hudson drove a ball to right that Jenkins missed up against the wall. Jenkins threw to Utley who threw to Coste, but there was no runner coming home. Hudson had gone too far towards second and was eventually tagged out there because Jackson was already at second with Drew holding third. Hamels struck out Reynolds to leave both men stranded.

Jenkins injured his left elbow on the play near the wall — he left the game in the top of the eighth.

Madson pitched the eighth. He gave up a two-out single to Burke but struck out Hammock for the third out.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 but not scheduled to play again till Friday. Pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and took second as Drew struck out for the first out. Jackson grounded to short for the second out and the runner went to third. Hudson singled into right and Bonifacio scored to make it 6-3, but Lidge struck Reynolds out swinging to end the game.

Two innings for the pen. They allow a run on three hits and no walks.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches Hamels, which is unusual. Coming into yesterday’s game Ruiz had started 17 of Hamels’ 19 starts.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino and Utley both struck out before Rollins went to third on a wild pitch. Howard grounded to first for the third out.

Feliz singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded to third for the third out.

Victorino doubled with two outs in the third. Utley grounded back to Webb for the third out.

1-2-3 fourth.

The Phils started the fifth down 2-0. Feliz led off with a single and Coste struck out behind him. Hamels was next and he got the Phillies on the board, slamming an 0-1 pitch into right-center for a double. Feliz scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Rollins was hit by a pitch but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Coste singled to right with one out in the seventh. With Webb still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Hamels and hit a ball in the hole between first and second. Hudson made a nice play to nip Dobbs at first with Coste moving to second. Ruiz ran for Coste at second and Rollins ripped an 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Ruiz scored from second to tie the game at 2-2. Rollins stole third before Victorino flew to center.

With the game still tied at 2-2 in the eighth, righty Chad Qualls entered the game with Utley and Howard were due to lead off the inning. Utley and Howard both singled, putting men on first and second. Burrell was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center. 5-2. Werth, who had entered in the top of the inning when Jenkins left with an injured elbow, grounded to short before Feliz homered to left to make it 6-2. Ruiz struck out for the second out. Bruntlett hit for Madson and popped to first.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 5-for-12 with two walks in the series. 274/340/438 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in the series. He’s hitting 279/350/408 for the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-10 in the series. 291/372/582.

Howard 1-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 234/324/508.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 2-for-12 in the set. 275/404/575 for the season.

Jenkins 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 237/289/379 for the year. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 271/357/477 for the year.

Feliz was 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the year. 4-for-11 with a home run and two walks in the series. 270/320/442. He’s never ended a season with an on-base percentage as high as his current .320.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a single. 1-for-6 in the series. 279/333/479 for the year. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 202/303/269 for the season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit since June 13 and is slugging .095 in 21 at-bats in July.

On Saturday the Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks 10-4 to drop to 51-44 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Just two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Second horrid outing in a row for Eaton. Over his last two outings he’s gone 6 1/3 innings and allowed 16 runs on 17 hits.

Drew and Jackson led off the first with singles to put men on first and third before Hudson struck out for the first out. Tracy followed with a single to right and Drew scored to put Arizona up 1-0 with Jackson moving to second. Reynolds was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz went to second for the second out but Reynolds beat the relay to avoid the double-play. Jackson scored to make it 2-0. Eaton struck out Young for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.

Hudson singled with two outs in the third, but Eaton got Tracy to fly to right for the third out.

Eaton started the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. The Snakes scored eight times. Eaton got the first two in the inning before Romero singled and Robby Hammock drew a walk. The pitcher Randy Johnson was next and belted a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and it was 4-2. Drew walked to put men on first and second. Jackson doubled into the left field corner and Johnson scored (5-2) with Drew holding third. Switch-hitter Orlando Hudson was walked intentionally and Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Tracy with the bases loaded. Tracy blooped a single into center and Drew and Jackson both scored. 7-2 with men on first and third. Swindle got ahead of the righty Reynolds before Reynolds hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. 10-2. Young singled to center before Romero flew to center for the third out.

Miserable inning for both Eaton and Swindle and they’re the only two guys who pitched. After getting the first two men in the inning, six hitters in a row reach against Eaton. The double that Johnson hit was huge. After giving up a hit to the only man he faced the night before, a lefty, Swindle again can’t get the lefty. Tracy’s hit was weak, but Swindle faced four batters — he got one out and allowed two singles and a three-run homer.

Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He came back for the sixth, too, and walked Jackson to start the inning. He got Hudson on a fly ball to center for the first out before Tracy moved Jackson to second with a single. Seanez came in to pitch to Reynolds and struck him out for the second out. Young popped to third to end the frame.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He returned for the eighth. Drew led off with a single, but Jackson struck out and Hudson hit into a double-play.

Condrey threw the ninth. He hit Reynolds with one out but got the next two.

The pen goes another 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Swindle was terrible, everyone else good. Two days in a row for Swindle, who threw 40 pitches. Seanez 30, Condrey 10.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Utley on the bench with Bruntlett at second. After the big night on Friday Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty. Ruiz catches. I would never, ever hit Rollins third because he’s a really bad hitter when he does.

Victorino led off the first with a single and was picked off. Werth struck out before Rollins singled to right. Howard struck out to end the inning.

1-2-3 in the second.

Ruiz led off the third with a walk. Eaton bunted him to second before Victorino popped an 0-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Werth and Rollins went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Bruntlett led off the fifth with a double. Ruiz moved him to third with a ground ball. Swindle, who had already thrown 1 1/3 innings for a weary pen, hit for himself with the Phils down 10-2 and grounded to second. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-3. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left again. 10-4. Werth grounded out for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. With righty Micah Owings on the mound for Arizona, Dobbs hit for Seanez and grounded to first. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Howard, Burrell and Feliz went in order in the ninth.

Victorino 3-for-3 with two home runs and a walk. He drove in three of the four Phillies’ runs.

Werth 0-for-3.

Rollins 1-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Bruntlett 1-for-3 with a double.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Phillies next game is Friday.

This says that the injury to Jenkins’ left elbow is not serious.


Eaton junk has Phils ill

After the bullpen threw 12 2/3 innings in the first three games of the series with the Mets, 2 2/3 innings out of Eaton’s start wasn’t exactly what the Phillies needed. It was what they got, though.

The Phillies found themselves down 8-0 in the third and 10-1 in the bottom of the sixth. They did put together a valiant comeback, bringing Howard, Burrell, Feliz and Werth to the plate in the bottom of the ninth as the tying run. Never did tie the game up, though.

The pen has now thrown 19 innings over the Phillies’ last four games.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, falling 10-9. They lose the series three games to one and are 48-42 on the season. They have lost three in a row and have lost seven of the last eight series they have played.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on ten hits. Only six of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He walked one and struck out one.

Jose Reyes led off the first with a single and stole second. Endy Chavez bunted for a single that moved Reyes to third. David Wright was next and looped a ground ball to second. Utley tried to tag Chavez but missed and threw Wright out at first for the first out as Reyes scored to put the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran grounded to first and Chavez moved to third. Damion Easley was next and he singled into right, scoring Chavez to make it 2-0. Carlos Delgado grounded to second for the third out.

Fernando Tatis singled off the glove of Dobbs to start the second. Brian Schneider followed with a ground ball to second. Utley made a nice diving play to force Tatis at second. The pitcher Pedro Martinez tried to bunt Schneider to second but struck out for the second out. Eaton walked Reyes to put men on first and second. Chavez was next and singled into right center, scoring Schneider to make it 3-0 with Reyes going to third. Wright blasted a 2-2 pitch down the left field line for a bases clearing double. 5-0. Eaton got Beltran to pop to third to end the inning.

Delgado doubled with one out in the third and moved to third when Tatis followed with a single. Schneider hit a slow ground ball to short and Rollins threw him out at first as Delgado scored to make it 6-0. Pedro hit a hard ground ball to third through Dobbs for an error. Tatis scored from second and it was 7-0. Reyes moved Pedro to second with a single. Chavez hit a 3-2 pitch back through the middle and Pedro scored. 8-0. Condrey relieved Eaton and got Wright to fly to center for the third out.

Eaton needed 68 pitches to get eight outs.

Condrey pitched the fourth, throwing for the third straight day. With one out he allowed back-to-back singles to Easley and Delgado, but got Tatis and Schneider on ground outs to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth to drop his ERA on the season to 3.93.

RJ Swindle made his major league debut in the sixth. Wright was the first man to face him and hit a 3-2 pitch just out down the left field line to put New York up 9-1. Beltran and Easley followed with singles that put men on first and second before Swindle struck out Delgado to get his very own ERA. He walked Tatis to load the bases before Schneider popped to short for the second out. Pedro ripped a single back through the middle. Beltran scored to make it 10-1 but Victorino threw Easley out at the plate for the third out.

Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth.

Romero started the ninth, pitching for the third straight day, and gave up a leadoff single to Tatis. Tatis went for two and Burrell threw him out for the first out. Tatis was safe, but the ball beat him by a lot and the Phillies got the call. Romero got the next two.

The pen goes 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Condrey and Romero were both really good. Swindle was solid after a shaky start. Condrey threw 37 pitches, pitching for the third day in a row. Swindle 53 pitches, Romero nine.

Romero and Condrey should not be allowed to pitch four days in a row. I would say there’s close to zero chance Condrey pitches after throwing 37 last night, but Manuel may be tempted to use Romero. Swindle is no doubt unavailable after 53 and Romero is the only other lefty in the pen. On the plus side, Hamels is the one guy in the rotation who can give you a long outing. That issue is complicated as Hamels threw 125 pitches his last time out.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Pedro Martinez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Coste. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the bench. Dobbs at third with Feliz on the bench. Coste catches.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard started the second with a single. Burrell and Dobbs struck out behind him before Werth walked. Coste grounded to first.

1-2-3 third.

Utley led off the fourth and hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to cut the New York lead to 8-1. Howard drew a walk but Burrell and Dobbs both grounded out before Werth drew another walk. With men on first and second and two down, Coste struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

Taguchi hit for Condrey to start the fifth and struck out. Rollins singled to center before Victorino flew to center for the second out. Rollins stole second, but was left there when Utley struck out looking to end the inning.

Burrell homered with one out in the sixth. 10-2. Dobbs followed with a double, but Werth and Coste both struck out to leave Dobbs stranded.

With one out in the seventh, Rollins singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Victorino doubled to right and Rollins scored to make it 10-3. Bruntlett, who replaced Utley in the top of the inning, moved Victorino to third with a ground out. Howard was next and he hit the first pitch of his at-bat deep to right where it was touched by a fan who reached over the railing. Howard was given a home run that made it 10-5. Should have been a double. Jerry Manuel was ejected arguing. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Werth singled with one out in the eighth. Coste struck out for the second out. Jenkins hit for Swindle with the righty Aaron Heilman on the mound and hit the first pitch he saw way out for a home run that made it 10-7. First home run since June 7 for Jenkins. Rollins struck out looking to end the inning.

With the Phils still down 10-7, Victorino led off the ninth against Billy Wagner and doubled down the third base line. Bruntlett drew a walk and it brought Howard up as the tying run. Howard struck out swinging for the first out before Burrell flew to right. Feliz was next, hitting for Dobbs against the lefty, and got behind 0-2 before he singled into center. Victorino scored to make it 10-8 and Beltran’s throw went to third base and got away from Wright. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-9 and Feliz went to second. It brought up Werth with the tying run on second. He got ahead 1-0 but flew to right to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game. 4-for-18 with a walk and one run scored in the four-game set. 272/337/437 for the season.

Victorino 2-for-5 with two doubles. 6-for-17 in the series. 270/341/375 for the year. He had five extra-base hits in June and two last night.

Utley was 1-for-3 with his 25th home run. 3-for-16 with a walk in the series. 294/378/601. He has three walks in his last 52 at-bats.

Howard 2-for-4 with his 24th home run. 6-for-17 with two home runs in the series. 226/317/484. There are a lot of people who will tell you that Howard is having a good season, but most of them turn out to work for the Phillies. His .317 on-base percentage is 114th of the 155 NL players with 150 plate appearances this year.

Burrell was 1-for-5 with his 22nd home run. 4-for-15 in the series. 277/409/586 for the year.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-5 in the series. 322/358/443 for the year.

Werth 1-for-3 with two walks in the game. 3-for-8 with a home run and four walks in the series. 277/369/503. Jenkins was 1-for-1 with a home run in the game and 1-for-6 with three strikeouts in the series. The Phils need his bat. 237/287/384 in a miserable season so far.

Coste was 0-for-4, struck out three times and left six men on base. That’s not so much what you’re looking for in a game you lose by a run. 0-for-12 in the series. 292/349/506. Ruiz was 1-for-6 in the series and is 1-for-his-last-23 overall. 207/298/277 overall. That is really bad. Among the 155 NL players with 150 or more plate appearances, Ruiz’s .277 slugging percentage is 152nd.

Cole Hamels (9-5, 3.22) faces righty Joel Pinero (2-4, 4.52) tonight. Pinero has walked just 17 in 75 2/3 innings this season. He’s been hit hard his last two times out, allowing 11 runs on 21 hits over 12 2/3 innings. The Cards have lost six of the last seven games he has started. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in six straight starts and the Phils have won three of the last four he’s started. Hamels threw 125 pitches against the Braves in his last start, which is too many and his high for the season.

The exercise to determine whether more people live in New York or Philadelphia continues. You can still vote for Burrell until 5 PM on Thursday.


We need to score some more runs or something

Good thing Shane Victorino showed up or that could have been embarrassing.

Rich Harden pitched great for the A’s yesterday afternoon, holding the Phils to a pair of singles by Victorino over eight innings while striking out 11. Sadly it doesn’t take great pitching to beat the Phillies these days, they lost for the seventh time in eight games. Over those eight games the Phillies have scored 15 runs.

Tom Gordon continues to struggle with shoulder soreness and the-other-team-hits-it-really-hard-and-far-itis. You have to wonder if the Phils are going to have to act in some way to deal with the problem soon.

Yesterday’s game did help produce the best Charlie Manuel quote in a long time: “We need to be more focused or something.” I do love that. Almost makes the whole thing worth it. Maybe we need to get more focused or maybe we need to order some pizza. Either way.

The Phillies lost to the Oakland A’s yesterday, falling 5-0. After dropping the series two games to one the Phils are 43-37 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out six.

Mark Ellis led off the first and walked on four pitches. Ryan Sweeney was next and he blasted an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a double that scored Ellis and put Oakland up 1-0. Jack Cust was next and he singled into right. Victorino charged and made a strong throw home, but not in time to get Sweeney. The A’s led 2-0. Eric Chavez struck out swinging for the first out. Eaton got Bobby Crosby on a fly ball to right and Jack Hannahan on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third. Dobbs made a nice play for the second out in the third, charging and bare-handing a Rajai Davis bunt and making a strong throw to first.

With one out in the fourth Crosby doubled to left and Hannahan followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Carlos Gonzalez and Gonzalez hit a ground ball to second. Hannahan was forced at second for the second out and Crosby moved to third. Daric Barton flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Rob Bowen led off the fifth with a double. Ellis followed and lined to second for the first out before Davis reached on an infield single. With men on first and second, Cust walked to load the bases. Eaton struck out Chavez for the second out before he got Crosby to pop to Howard to leave the bases loaded.

With one out in the sixth, Gonzalez lined the first pitch of hit at-bat out to left to make it 3-0. Eaton got the next two.

Ellis reached on an error by Rollins to start the seventh. Davis grounded back to Eaton and Ellis was forced at second for the first out. Eaton struck out Cust for the second out before Davis was gunned down by Ruiz trying to steal second on a pitchout to end the inning.

Gordon started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Chavez. Crosby flew to right for the first out before Hannahan doubled to center and Chavez scored to make it 4-0. Gonzalez was next and again hit the first pitch of his at-bat, lining it into center for a single. Victorino charged but didn’t handle the ball. It bounced off his side and Chavez came in to score. Gonzalez went for second, but Victorino picked up the ball and threw Gonzalez out at second for the second out of the inning with the A’s up 5-0. Flash struck out Barton to set the A’s down.

Two hits and a walk in the inning for Gordon. In his last three appearances Gordon has allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in two innings. Rest apparently wasn’t the cure — before yesterday’s appearance he hadn’t pitched since June 15. He threw 18 pitches, but you have to think the Phillies are thinking about what to do with him at this point.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Rich Harden went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Dobbs (6) Victorino (7) Werth (8) Jenkins (9) Ruiz. Still not back to normal. Victorino again finds himself moved down in the order, even against the righty. Utley up to two and Burrell up to three again. The lefty Dobbs gets the start at third and hits fifth. Werth in right with Jenkins the DH.

Rollins and Utley struck out in a 1-2-3 first.

1-2-3 in the second.

Werth and Jenkins struck out in a 1-2-3 third.

1-2-3 fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Victorino singled to center. Werth went down swinging for the third out.

Ruiz walked with one out in the sixth. Rollins struck out and Utley popped to third.

1-2-3 seventh.

Victorino started the eighth with an infield single with the Phils down 3-0. Werth struck out and Jenkins struck out before Victorino stole second. Then Ruiz struck out.

With two outs in the ninth, Burrell crushed a ball high off the scoreboard in left and then rolled about half way back to short with Emil Brown chasing behind it. Burrell had a triple and was left stranded when Howard grounded to second to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 271/336/436 for the year.

Utley was 0-for-4 in the game. 4-for-11 with a double and a triple in the game. 293/382/600 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a triple in the game. 3-for-10 with a home run in the series. 272/408/508.

I had assumed that the Phillies were going to exploded out of this collective slump, but it looks a little like they might sludge out of it slowly. Utley and Burrell might be starting to hit a little bit better.

Howard was 0-for-4. 1-for-13 in the set. 213/307/457 for the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-3 in his only action in the series. He’s hitting 337/376/465 for the year. Feliz was 3-for-9 with a triple in the series and is hitting 263/313/420 for the year.

Victorino was 2-for-3 in the game and 5-for-10 in the series. 280/351/382 for the year.

Werth was 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 1-for-9 with three walks and five strikeouts in the set. 257/349/479.

Jenkins 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Wow. 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the series. 2-for-his-last-41. 239/289/378. I have no idea what the Phillies should do with Jenkins. They need him to hit.

Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk yesterday and 0-for-5 with a walk in the series. 219/305/296 for the season. Your slugging percentage is one of those things you’d like to see higher than your on-base percentage. Coste was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series. 315/375/531. Needs to play a lot more.

Brett Myers (3-9, 5.51) faces lefty Kason Gabbard (2-3, 4.96) tonight in Texas. The 26-year-old Gabbard has made 11 starts this season and walked 34 in 52 2/3 innings. He rarely gives up the long ball, he’s allowed just three on the year. Righties are hitting .309 against him, lefties .231. He has a 6.75 ERA over his last seven starts. The Phils have lost nine of the last ten games that Myers has started. Over his last three starts he’s allowed eight home runs in 19 innings. In each of his last three and six of his last nine starts he’s allowed at least four runs.


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