Four wins in a row for the Phillies. When the Phillies put up 12 or 15 or 20 runs in a game there’s really not a whole lot of explanation required to understand what’s going right. Ditto for when Cole Hamels throws a complete game shutout or Adam Eaton gives the team his fourth quality start in a row. Or when the bullpen is just about untouchable game after game.
That’s a pretty long list, but it’s not a complete one. There’s something else there, too. With so many different things going right, all of the sudden the Phillies play like they think they deserve to win and find a way to make it happen in just about every game. In all three of the games this weekend in Atlanta the Braves started the eighth inning either ahead in the game or tied and in all three the Phillies came out on top. In the series the Phillies outscored the Braves 10-1 after the seventh inning.
If the Phils weren’t 15-4 in their last 19 games you’d have to think it was something wrong with the Braves. But the fact that they are makes it seem a little more likely that it’s something, more than one thing, right with the Phillies.
The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves yesterday afternoon, winning 6-3 to improve to 39-26 on the season. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are 13 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two.
He started the first up 2-0 and got the first two before Yunel Escobar doubled and Mark Teixeira followed with a long home run to center. 2-2. Kelly Johnson grounded to first for the third out.
Jeff Francoeur led off the second with a single and Omar Infante followed with a walk. Eaton struck out Corky Miller for the first out before pitcher Jorge Campillo bunted the runners to second and third. Josh Anderson grounded to first for the third out.
Eaton started the third up 3-2. He hit Gregor Blanco to start the inning. Escobar moved Blanco to second with a single before Teixeira grounded to first, moving the runners to second and third. Eaton walked Johnson to load the bases, but Teixeira hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Infante singled to start the fourth and moved to second when Miller followed with a ball back to Eaton for the first out. Campillo singled and Infante moved to third. Eaton got ahead of Anderson 1-2 but Anderson dumped a single in front of Victorino. Infante scored to tie the game at 3-3 and Campillo went to second. Blanco moved the runners to second and third with a ground ball to first, but Eaton struck out Escobar to leave both runners stranded.
Teixeira started the fifth with a singled, but Eaton got the next three behind him.
Eaton threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Durbin started the seventh with the game still tied at 3-3. Just 99 pitches for Eaton, but it was a very hot (93 degrees) day. Durbin walked Blanco to start the inning before he struck out Escobar for the first out. Teixeira moved Blanco to second with a single before Durbin struck out Johnson for the second out. Francoeur grounded to third for the third out.
Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Brian McCann hit for pitcher Will Ohman and singled. Durbin got Anderson on a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Lidge entered the game to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth, pitching for the third straight day. He got two ground balls and a fly ball in a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.
Three more scoreless innings from the pen. In the three-game set the bullpen went 11 1/3 innings and allowed one run (0.79 ERA). Durbin threw 41 pitches, Lidge seven. Even with the off-day today, Durbin is likely not available for Tuesday.
Romero was not available for the game after injuring his groin in Saturday’s game.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jorge Campillo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Dobbs gets a start against the righty with Feliz entering the game 3-for-his-last-28. Coste catches.
Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first, putting men on first and second. Howard laced a 1-0 pitch into right for a double. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Utley went to third. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jenkins ripped a 3-2 pitch down the first base line, but Teixeira made a nice play to rob him of a double and force him at first. Utley scored to make it 2-0 and the runners moved to second and third with two outs. Dobbs flew to center for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.
Victorino led off the third with a bunt single and stole second. Utley flew to center for the first out, but Howard sliced the first pitch of his at-bat down the left field line and just fair for another double. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. With Burrell at the plate the ball got away from the catcher Miller and Howard tried to go to third but was thrown out. Burrell struck out for the third out.
Dobbs and Coste singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Eaton who couldn’t bunt and then struck out. Victorino flew to right for the third out.
1-2-3 in the fifth.
With one out in the sixth, Dobbs walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Coste grounded to short and Dobbs moved to third. With the game tied at 3-3, Eaton hit for himself and drew a walk. Rollins struck out for the third out.
Eaton only went one more inning, but I thought it was a good idea to let him hit for himself despite the man on third given how much the pen has worked lately.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh and in order again in the eighth. With lefty Will Ohman on the mound for his second inning in the eighth, Werth hit for Jenkins and grounded out for the second out. Feliz hit for Dobbs and struck out for the third.
With one out in the ninth, Bruntlett hit for Durbin and singled. With Bruntlett running, Rollins singled to right. Bruntlett should have gone to third but slid into second base and had to stay there. Victorino singled into center and Bruntlett scored easily to put the Phils up 4-3. Victorino went to second on the throw home, putting men on second and third with one out for Utley. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases for Howard. Howard again hit the first pitch of hit at-bat into left field, this time much harder. Howard looked like he thought he had hit it out and watched for about half a second. The ball went off the wall in left for a double. Rollins and Victorino both scored to put the Phils up 6-3. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. Werth hit a line drive to second that was caught and Howard was doubled-off to end the frame.
Bruntlett’s pinch-hit single starts the rally. The Phillies hadn’t had a hit since the fourth inning.
Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-12 with a home run in the three-game series. He’s hitting 280/333/445 for the season.
Victorino 3-for-5 with an RBI and 5-for-12 with two triples in the set. 291/365/408 for the year.
Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 4-for-12 with a double and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 316/403/660 for the year.
Howard 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. The three doubles were the only extra-base hits of the game for the Phillies. 5-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 214/317/458 for the season and has struck out just nine times in 34 at-bats so far in June after striking out 40 times in 105 at-bats in May.
Burrell 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and three walks in the series. 277/419/578 for the year.
Jenkins 0-for-3 with an RBI and robbed of an extra-base hit. 1-for-6 with a double in the series. 281/324/444 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 in the series. 263/338/511.
Dobbs 1-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-4 in the series. 358/391/519 for the year. Feliz was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-7 in the series. He’s hitting 248/295/410.
Coste 1-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-8 in the series. 313/374/545 for the season. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a home run in the series and is hitting 226/303/307 for the year. Coste has 19 at-bats this month, Ruiz ten.
On Saturday night the Phils beat the Braves 6-2 to improve to 38-26 on the season.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out three.
Yunel Escobar led off the first with a ground ball to first. Howard’s throw to Kendrick covering was bad. Escobar was safe on the error, but was caught stealing for the first out before Kelly Johnson walked. Johnson stole second as Chipper Jones struck out for the second out. Kendrick walked Mark Teixeira, but Brian McCann grounded to second for the third out.
With one out in the second, Gregor Blanco drew a walk and moved to second when Josh Anderson followed with a single to left. The pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes hit into a double-play to end the inning.
With two outs in the third, Chipper walked and stole second. Teixeira flew to left for the third out.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.
Johnson led off the sixth with a single with the Phils up 2-0. Chipper hit a 3-2 pitch out to center to tie the game at 2-2. Kendrick got Teixeira on a fly ball to center for the first out, but walked McCann and gave up a single to Jeff Francoeur that moved McCann to second. With the lefty Blanco at the plate, Manuel called on Madson. Blanco grounded to Rollins for the second out and the runners moved to second and third. Anderson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Reyes and Reyes grounded to first for the third out.
Madson got Escobar to start the seventh. Romero relieved Madson and got the lefty Johnson with the help of a great play from Utley for the second out. Chipper grounded to short for the third out.
Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 4-2 after throwing 23 pitches the night before. He struck out Teixeira and McCann to start the inning before Francoeur singled. Gordon walked Blanco, but struck out Anderson to leave both runners stranded.
Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 and struck out the side.
The pen gives the Phils 3 2/3 scoreless innings in which they allow a hit and walk while striking out six. Gordon threw 20 more pitches. Madson, Romero and Lidge were all under 15.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth comes off the DL and takes Snelling’s spot on the roster. He starts in right against the lefty. Ruiz starts at catcher against the lefty, which had primarily been Coste’s role lately.
1-2-3 in the first.
Burrell doubled with one out in the second, but Werth struck out Feliz flew out to leave him stranded.
Kendrick walked with one out in the third, but Rollins and Victorino went down behind him.
Utley was hit by a pitch to start the fourth. Howard and Burrell struck out behind him before Werth moved him to third with a single. Feliz lined to right for the third out.
Ruiz led off the fifth and hit an 0-1 pitch out down the left field line to put the Phils up 1-0. Manuel may have given him the start against the lefty to try and get him going. If so, he pushed the right button. The Phillies went in order behind him.
Utley singled to start the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him. Burrell hit a 1-0 pitch out to center and the Phils led 2-0. Werth struck out for the third out.
Feliz singled to start the seventh and Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him. With two outs and the game tied at 2-2, Madson hit for himself and struck out. Madson pitched to the righty Escobar in the bottom of the seventh, but I still think I would have hit for Madson and let Seanez (or even Condrey) pitch to Escobar in the bottom of the inning.
Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. Utley got behind before he laced a triple into the right field corner. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Howard singled to right and Utley scored to put the Phils up 4-2. Burrell struck out for the second out before Werth moved Howard to second with a single. Feliz grounded to third for the third out.
Ruiz walked to start the ninth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out, but Rollins followed with a two-run blast out to right. 6-2. Victorino flew out for the second out before Utley was again hit by a pitch. Howard popped to short for the third out.
Rollins was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.
Utley 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.
Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run, his second of the year, and a walk.
No game today. The Phillies play the Marlins in Florida on Tuesday.