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Phils get no relief from line drives or their bullpen

The Phils got more scoreless innings from Hamels yesterday, just not enough of them. He had to leave the game after the fourth after Adrian Gonzalez smashed a line drive off of his right hand. The pen didn’t exactly shine after his exit as Herndon and Carpenter combined to allow five runs in the next four innings, turning a scoreless game into a 5-0 lead for Boston. Howard blasted a two-run homer in the ninth, his 17th of the year and his 17th against right-handed pitching, but it wasn’t enough and the Red Sox held on to salvage a game in the set.

If the names of the guys appearing for the Phils in relief these days are starting to concern you, the results should as well. The bullpen was a huge strength of the team in the early going, but they’ve run into trouble lately and been terrible in three of the last five games they’ve been called on to pitch. In the first 75 games of the season, the bullpen combined to pitch to a 2.80 ERA with a 1.31 ratio. In the last seven games they’ve thrown to a 7.94 ERA with a 1.82 ratio. They didn’t pitch at all in two of those seven games thanks to complete games by Halladay and Lee. In three of the last five games they have pitched they’ve allowed runs — in two of the three, including yesterday’s, they were hit real hard. The Start Log tracks bullpen performance by game and starting pitcher.

The Phillies are 51-31 on the year after losing to the Boston Red Sox 5-2 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. They are in first place in the NL East, four games ahead of the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four scoreless innings before leaving the game after taking a line drive off his non-pitching hand. He allowed two singles and two walks in the game and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.41.

This article from the Phillies web site says he could miss his next start, which would bring the rotation down to two of its original members (Halladay and Lee).

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and he hit a ball slowly towards short. Rollins charged and threw to first, but Ellsbury beat it out for a single. Darnell McDonald was next and Hamels got him to hit a double-play ball to third, clearing the bases. Hamels struck Adrian Gonzalez out swinging 3-2 for the third out.

After the strikeout, Gonzalez was 1-for-8 in the series.

Josh Reddick singled to center with two outs in the second. Hamels got Drew Sutton to ground to short for the third out.

Hamels set the Red Sox down in order in the third, making a nice play to snag a line drive by Marco Scutaro for the first out.

He got McDonald on a fly ball to left to start the fourth. Gonzalez was next and he hit a line drive off of the palm of Hamels’s glove hand. Hamels picked up the ball and threw to first to get Gonzalez for the second out, but was obviously hurting from the ball hit off of his hand. He stayed in to get Pedroia on a ground ball to third for the third out.

Herndon started the fifth and got Varitek on a ground ball to short for the first out before Reddick hit a ball to right that got passed Francisco and to the wall for a triple. Drew Sutton was next and he singled to right, scoring Reddick to put Boston up 1-0. Scutaro followed that with another single, which moved Sutton to third. Herndon struck the pitcher Lester out swinging for the second out, but Ellsbury delivered a two-out single into left. Sutton scored, 2-0, and Scutaro took second. McDonald grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Herndon was back for the sixth. He got Gonzalez and Pedroia on a pair of ground balls for the first two outs, but Varitek was next and hit a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting Boston on top 3-0. Reddick grounded to second for the third out.

Herndon hadn’t been charged with a run in seven June appearances coming into the game, but that didn’t go well. He gave up three runs on five hits in two innings.

Didn’t go well for Carpenter, either. He made his first appearance of the year for the Phils when he started the seventh. Sutton and Scutaro started the inning with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and third for Lester. Lester tried to bunt Scutaro to second, but struck out fouling off strike three for the first out. Carpenter struck Ellsbury out looking 2-2 for the second out and lefty JD Drew hit for McDonald and lined to center to leave both runners stranded.

Carpenter struck Gonzalez out to start the eighth and things were looking just ducky. But. Pedroia hit an 0-2 pitch out to right. 4-0. Varitek was next and he hit his second homer of the day, hitting a 2-0 pitch out to right to make it 5-0. Carpenter got Reddick on a fly ball to right and struck out Sutton to end the frame.

Mathieson pitched the ninth with the Phils still down five runs. He got the first two before Ellsbury and Drew singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third for Gonzalez and Mathieson walked him on four pitches to load the bases. Mathieson kept the Red Sox off the board, getting Pedroia to pop to Utley on a 3-2 pitch to leave the runners stranded.

Third outing of the year for Mathieson. He hasn’t been charged with a run, but has allowed seven hits and four walks in three innings.

Herndon threw 46 pitches in the game. Carpenter 39 and Mathieson 26.

Five innings from the pen on the day before Kendrick’s start probably wasn’t what the Phillies were looking for.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Francisco (7) Ibanez (8) Ruiz. Brown on the bench with the righty Francisco in right. Francisco came into the game hitting 209/329/328 against lefties for the season. Ruiz catches the day game with the lefty Lester pitching after the lefty Schneider started on Wednesday night with the righty Lackey on the mound for Boston. Ruiz also had terrible numbers against lefties for the season coming into the game — 196/328/235 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 61 plate appearances.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard started the second with a walk. Victorino flew to left for the first out before Francisco grounded to third for the second with Howard moving up to second. Ibanez struck out swinging to leave him there.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley singled with one out in the fourth and stoles second. Howard flew to left and Victorino flew to center to leave him there.

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Down 3-0 they went in order in the sixth. Martinez hit for Herndon and fouled out to Gonzalez for the first out.

Howard singled to center with one out in the seventh and moved to second when Victorino followed with a walk. Francisco flew to center for the second out and Ibanez struck out again, leaving both runners stranded.

The Phils were down 5-0 when Daniel Bard set them down in order in the eighth. Gload hit for Carpenter and the righty Bard got him on a ground ball to first for the second out.

Polanco singled off of righty Bobby Jenks to start the ninth. Utley popped to third for the first out, but Howard was next and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right, getting the Phils on the board at 5-2. Victorino walked on five pitches behind Howard and righty Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch to Francisco. Victorino stole second before moving to third when Francisco grounded to second for the second out. Ibanez struck out looking to end the game and top off a day where he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and left four men on base.

Seventeen homers for Howard, all of which have come against righties. Francisco stays in to hit against the righty Papelbon with the lefty Brown presumably available.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-11 in the three-game set. He’s 5-for-his-last-28 and has gone 0-fer in five of the last seven games. 254/327/368 on the year. He’s on-basing .259 against lefties for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-12 with three singles in the series. 288/339/363 on the year. 232/284/281 since the end of April. He has 15 extra-base hits in 340 plate appearances for the year, which is about 4.4% and the worst mark for his career.

Utley 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-10 with a triple and a walk in the series. 280/381/449 for the year. 325/424/532 over his last 93 plate appearances.

Howard 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 254/354/488 for the year. 260/330/354 against lefties for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-9 with a double, a homer and two walks in the series. He’s been the best hitter for the Phils so far this year with a 289/359/504 line. His OPS against lefties for the year dropped below 1.200, though. He’s at 1.170 now.

Francisco was 0-for-4, left four men on base and didn’t look real good in the outfield in his only action of the series. 220/336/351 on the year. I’d keep giving him some starts against lefties, but his numbers against lefties are worse than his numbers against righties for the season — 200/317/314 against left-handed pitching for the season. Brown did not play yesterday, but was 2-for-6 with a double and a home run in the series. 214/294/411 for the year. 165/258/354 in 89 plate appearances in June. After hitting .210 in 77 plate appearances in 2010, he’s hitting 214 in his first 126 plate appearances in 2011.

Ibanez 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and four men left on base in stark contrast to his game two heroics. 3-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 235/285/393 for the year. The .636 OPS for Phillies left fielders for the year is 14th-best of the 16 NL teams. The .292 on-base percentage is 16th of 16.

Ruiz 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. He’s 1-for-his-last-14 and hitting 243/348/333 for the year. I still like the Schneider against the righty and Ruiz against the lefty in the day/night game thing, but Ruiz is now hitting 189/317/226 against lefties for the year with two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 63 plate appearances.

Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23) faces lefty Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74) today. Romero has a 1.95 ERA and a 1.08 ratio over his last nine starts. Lefties have had more luck against him than righties for the season — righties are hitting just 208/273/336 against him. Kendrick will be making his sixth start of the season and has thrown just 23 innings in his first five starts (4.6 innings per start). He’s 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA as a starter this season. Lefties are hitting just .234 against him for the year, but slugging .468. Ten of the 18 hits that Kendrick has allowed to left-handed batters this year have gone for extra-base hits, five doubles, two triples and three home runs.

This says that Oswalt will see a spine surgeon today for a second opinion on his back and that he could return by August. It also says that Madson may not be ready to return on Monday.


Ibanez leaves the Phils hopeful he’s willing to meet them halfway

Raul Ibanez celebrated the halfway point of what’s been a miserable season for him by driving in all the Phillie runs last night. Ibanez knocked Victorino in from second with a single early and broke a 1-1 tie with a solo homer in the seventh as the Phils topped Boston 2-1.

Vance Worley handled the pitching for the Phils, with a big assist to the new back of the bullpen. Worley went seven strong frames before the Phils got a perfect eighth from Stutes and a perfect ninth from Bastardo.

The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five and have allowed a total of six runs in those five games. Four of those runs were allowed in Saturday’s game against Oakland. In eight of their last ten games they have allowed less than three runs.

The Phillies are 51-30 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 2-1 last night. They still haven’t buried the Braves, who keep on winning as well. Atlanta is 8-2 in their last ten and remain 4 1/2 games behind the Phils in second place in the NL East. The Mets are in third place, two games over .500 and 9 1/2 games behind the Phillies.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.57. The Phils are now 5-2 in the games Worley has started for the year — that’s a better winning percentage than they have with any other starter except Halladay (14-3 in Halladay’s starts).

Worley set Boston down in order in the first. He knocked Dustin Pedroia down before striking him out on a pitch on the outside part of the plate for the second out.

Pitching with a 1-0 lead, he struck out David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in a 1-2-3 second.

Josh Reddick started the third with a single to left, but Worley got the next three behind him to leave Reddick at first. Pitcher John Lackey tried to bunt him to second with the second out, but got behind 0-2 and struck out looking.

Pedroia started the fourth with a single, but Worley got Adrian Gonzalez to hit into a double-play behind him. Worley walked Kevin Youkilis in an eleven-pitch at-bat, but got Ortiz on a fly ball to right to leave Youkilis at first.

Reddick singled again with one out in the fifth. Worley got Marco Scutaro to fly to center for the second out. He got ahead of Lackey 0-2, but Lackey doubled to left-center on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Scutaro to tie the game at 1-1. Jacoby Ellsbury flew to center to leave Lackey at second.

Lackey came into the game 3-for-35 (.086) at the plate for his career. He smashed that ball, though.

Gonzalez singled to center with one out in the sixth. Youkilis was next and hit a ground ball to third, which Polanco fielded and went to second with to force Gonzalez for the second out. Ortiz flew to left to end the frame.

Worley walked Salty to start the seventh, but got the next three hitters behind him. With two outs and Reddick on first, Lackey hit for himself and grounded to third for the third out.

Stutes pitched the eighth with the Phils up 2-1 and set Boston down in order. He got Ellsbury on a fly ball to right, Pedroia on popup that Polanco handled in foul territory and Gonzalez on a ground ball to second.

Golly. Stutes bounces back nicely against some good hitters after being charged with a pair of runs in an inning against the A’s in his last time out on Saturday.

Bastardo came on for the save in the ninth. Youkilis led off with a popup into shallow right-center, which turned into an adventure with Brown and Victorino both playing very deep. Utley handled it for the first out, though. Ortiz popped to Rollins in shallow left for the second out and Salty fouled out to Polanco to end the game.

For Bastardo it was his 13th straight appearance in which he was not charged with a run. In those outings he’s thrown 11 innings, allowing one hit and five walks.

Stutes threw 12 pitches and Bastardo ten. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Schneider. The Phils play a day game against a lefty today. The lefty Schneider hits against the righty in this game and Ruiz, I assume, will start today against the lefty.

Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first, putting men on first and second for Howard. Howard hit into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

Eighth double-play that Howard has hit into for the season. Last year he hit into a career-high 14.

Victorino led off the second with a double the opposite way into left and came in to score when Ibanez followed with a single, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez stole second as Brown struck out looking for the first out. Schneider fouled out to Youkilis at third for the second out and Worley grounded to third to leave Ibanez stranded.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Ibanez doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left stranded at second when Brown grounded to first.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Utley walked with one out in the sixth and stole second. Howard struck out for the second out and Victorino grounded to second.

Ibanez led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch from Lackey out to right, putting the Phils up 2-1. Brown and Schneider went down behind him before Ruiz hit for Worley and flew to center to end the inning.

Rollins started the eighth with a single, but Polanco hit into a double-play behind him. Utley hit Lackey’s first pitch high off the wall in right for a triple. Lefty Franklin Morales took over for Lackey and got Howard on a fly ball to center to leave Utley at third.

Fourth man left on base in the game for Howard.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. He’s 1-for-7 in the series so far.

Polanco 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Third triple for Utley in the season in just 136 plate appearances. His career high is six, but that came in 2005 when he got 628 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left four men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-16.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a double. His .508 slugging percentage leads the team. The Phillies only have four players slugging .400 or better for the year — Howard at .476, Utley .456 and Brown .411. Their .375 slugging percentage for the team is tenth-best in the NL.

Ibanez 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and drove in both of the runs that the Phillies scored. First home run in June for Ibanez.

Brown was 0-for-3 and struck out twice, dropping his line on the year to 214/294/411.

Schneider 0-for-3 in his second start since returning from the DL. He’s gone 0-for-7 in those games and is hitting 153/194/288 for the season.

Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) faces lefty Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66) this afternoon. Lester has thrown to a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. He’s been tough on lefties, who are hitting 218/277/299 against him, but righties have fared better with a 255/342/437 line. Hamels has a 2.06 ERA in his last 15 outings.

This says that Lidge could start a rehab assignment at Double-A or Triple-A next week.


Lights out, outer and outest

The Phils cruised to a 5-0 win last night behind the fifth straight outstanding start by Cliff Lee. Lee threw a complete-game shutout, holding the Red Sox to two hits and two walks, and was backed by two-run homers from Brown and Victorino.

It continues an amazing run for Lee. After his third consecutive complete-game shutout, he has now thrown 32 scoreless innings in a row. In five starts in June, he’s allowed one run on 21 hits and eight walks in 42 innings (0.21 ERA and an 0.69 ratio).

Lee is the first Phillie to throw three consecutive shutouts since 1950. Grover Cleveland Alexander holds the team record for consecutive scoreless innings — he threw 41 2/3 in 1911.

The Phillies are 50-30 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 last night. They lead the NL East, 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game, allowing two hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Lee has thrown an average of 117 pitches over his last five starts. In his last nine starts he’s been over 110 pitches eight times and over 120 three times.

He set Boston down in order in the first.

He walked Kevin Youkilis to start the second, but left him stranded there. He struck Darnell McDonald out looking, got Jason Varitek on a fly ball to center and then got Mike Cameron looking.

Lee started the third up 2-0 and set Boston down in order.

In the fourth he got Dustin Pedroia on a fly ball to right, Adrian Gonzalez on a popup to second and Youkilis looking.

He got McDonald, Varitek and Cameron in the fifth.

The Phils led 3-0 when Lee started the sixth. Marco Scutaro led off and lined a single to left. Beckett was next and was looking to bunt. Having just finished screaming at the home plate ump about balls and strikes from the bench after the end of the bottom of the fifth, Beckett took strike one and fouled off strike two. He swung away 1-2 and hit a double-play ball to Rollins. Jacoby Ellsbury was next and smashed a ball to first, but Howard handled it and took it to first himself for the third out.

Up 5-0, Lee walked Pedroia to start the seventh. Adrian Gonzalez flew to center for the first out and Youkilis to hit into a double-play behind him.

Seems like this is the place where one should mention that you shouldn’t walk the leadoff hitter up 5-0, but the 30 scoreless innings in a row at this point thing is compelling.

McDonald lined a double to left to start the eighth. Varitek was next and smashed a ball towards short, but Rollins took it on one hop and Howard scooped the ball at first for the first out with McDonald holding. Lee struck Cameron out looking for the second out and Scutaro grounded to third for the third.

Switch-hitter Drew Sutton hit for pitcher Bobby Jenks and struck out to start the ninth. Ellsbury grounded to third for the second out and Pedroia lined to third to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Beckett went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Victorino hits fifth with Polanco second, which makes a lot more sense to me.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard started the second with a single to center. Victorino was next and grounded to short with Howard forced at second for the first out. Beckett threw the ball away trying to pick Victorino off of first, allowing Victorino to move up to second. Brown hit a 2-2 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the third and stole second. Polanco and Utley both flew to center to leave him there.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Brown doubled to left to start the fifth. He went to third on a deep fly ball by Ruiz and scored when Lee followed that with a fly ball to left for the second out. 3-0. Rollins grounded to first to end the inning.

Polanco started the sixth with a single and Utley bunted him to second. Howard got ahead 3-0, but flew to right for the second out. Victorino hit a 3-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 5-0. Ibanez grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Hope we don’t see Utley bunting the runners along that much.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Utley reached on an infield single with two outs in the eighth. Howard was next and walked 3-2, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch that looked outside to me. I think he thought so too.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. He’s 4-for-his-last-17. All four of the hits came on Sunday against Oakland.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 3-for-8 with a double over the last two games, but hitting 231/286/282 in 218 plate appearances since the end of April. He’s on pace to walk a career-high 53 times.

Utley was 1-for-3. He’s 7-for-his-last-20 with seven singles. His last extra-base hit came on June 15.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-12 with four walks.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 342/405/605 over his last 85 plate appearances. Didn’t happen last night, but he is pounding left-handed pitching this year to the tune of 353/459/745. He’s been better against lefties for a while now, but doesn’t usually put up a 1.200 OPS against them.

Ibanez 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-his-last-22 and has awful numbers for the year against both righties and lefties. His home/road splits are dramatic, though: 278/324/468 at home and 167/227/258 on the road.

Brown was 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer. He’s 4-for-his-last-9 and 5-for-his-last-26.

Ruiz 0-for-3. He’s 2-for-his-last-14. Again, not a factor last night, but he’s hitting 196/328/235 against lefties for the year.

Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83) faces righty John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) tonight in game two of the series. Lackey threw to an 8.01 ERA in his first seven starts of the season and hit the DL in mid-May with a right elbow strain. He returned in June and was at least a little better, throwing to a 5.03 ERA in his next three starts before allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Padres in his most recent start. He’s been bad all over — at home and away, against righties and lefties. For the year he’s allowing hits and walks both a career high levels and striking out just 5.5 batters per nine innings, which is the worst mark for his career. Worley will be making his seventh start with the Phils this year. The Phils have gone 4-2 in his starts so far and all but one, a May 29 mess he pitched against the Mets, have been pretty good. He pitched well against Oakland in his most recent start, holding the A’s to one hit and four walks over six shutout innings. He’s walked ten of the 83 left-handed batters he’s faced this season.


Good news for Phillies fans as Howard’s lease on 0-for-4 with two strikeouts appears to have been month-to-month

The bad news would be if he had decided to sublet to Pat Burrell, but the early results are encouraging.

Ryan Howard had a miserable April, but April is over. Last night after driving in the Phils’ first run with an RBI-double in the third, Howard blasted a mammoth shot out to right in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be the game winner for the Phils.

The Phillies only scored three runs on the night, but thanks to a nice outing by Eaton and three hitless, shutout innings from the amazing Phillies bullpen, three was enough.

The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres last night, winning 3-2 to improve to 16-13 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one. For the second time in seven games the Phils get a win in a game where they scored three runs, so a word of thanks to the pitching, and the bullpen especially, is in order. Last year the Phils were 4-16 in games when they scored three runs and 4-41 in games where they scored less than four runs. So far this year they’re 2-2 in games where they score three runs and 2-9 in games where they score less than four.

The Phillies start the day in first place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the Marlins and the Mets.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies against his former team and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out two. Eaton was hit hard early but pitched better as the game went on.

Tad Iguchi singled to left with one out in the first and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a home run to right. 2-0. Eaton got the next two.

Jim Edmonds singled with one out in the second. Josh Bard smashed a line drive to third for the second out. Pitcher Randy Wolf hammered a ball to deep right, but Werth caught it with a jump on the warning track to end the frame.

Brian Giles started the third with a walk and Iguchi moved him to second with a single. Gonzalez hit a line drive to second that Utley caught and glove-hand flipped to second to double Giles off. Kevin Kouzmanoff followed with a single that sent Iguchi to second with two outs. Khalil Greene swung at a 3-2 pitch low and outside and lined to first on a nice jumping play by Howard to leave both runners stranded.

Edmonds walked with one out in the fourth and the game tied at 2-2, but Eaton got the next two.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth. Nice play by Bruntlett to take a hit away from Giles on a ball up the middle for the first out of the fifth.

Madson started the seventh and got the first two before lefty Paul McAnulty hit for Wolf. McAnulty walked on four pitches and Manuel called on Romero to pitch to the lefty Giles. Third straight day for Romero after throwing 23 pitches on Wednesday. He struck Giles out swinging at a 3-2 pitch.

Gordon pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lidge started the ninth up 3-2 in his first appearance since Sunday. He got Greene on a fly ball to center, struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark and got Edmonds on a ground ball to short to end the game.

Three scoreless innings, one walk for the bullpen. Madson threw 13 pitches, Romero seven, Gordon nine, Lidge 12. Phils should try hard to keep Romero out of tonight’s game. The pen allowed two runs in the three-game set, which came on a home run against Madson with the Phils up 7-2 in the ninth in game one of the series.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Randy Wolf went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Victorino gets the start in center. He should start again tonight with another lefty on the mound of the Giants and Jenkins, presumably, again on the bench. Ruiz catches Eaton.

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

Burrell singled with one out in the second. Feliz popped to short for the second out before Bruntlett moved Burrell to second with a single. Ruiz walked to load the bases, but Eaton struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch.

Victorino doubled to start the third, but Werth and Utley both struck out behind him. Howard doubled to left-center to score Victorino, getting the Phils on the board at 2-1. Burrell followed with another double and Howard scored. 2-2. Feliz flew to left for the third out.

Ruiz walked with one out in the fourth. Eaton tried to bunt him to second, but Bard took the bunt and threw to second to force Ruiz for the second out with Eaton safe at first. Victorino walked before Werth struck out again, ending the inning.

Utley singled to start the fifth, but Howard, Burrell and Feliz struck out behind him.

With two outs in the sixth Taguchi hit for Eaton and was robbed of yet another hit by a fantastic defensive play, this one by Greene at short. Taguchi has been victimized by a ton of great defense and he’s got a .205 batting average to prove it.

Victorino walked to start the seventh and was running on the pitch as Werth lined to center. Victorino couldn’t get back in time and was doubled-off. Utley struck out for the third out.

Howard led off the eighth and got ahead 2-0 before he hit a long home run to right, putting the Phils up 3-2. Burrell, Feliz and Bruntlett went down behind him.

Victorino was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. He was 1-for-4 in the series and is hitting 235/316/294.

Werth was 0-for-4, struck out twice and left four men on base. 1-for-11 with a triple in the series and 0-for-his-last-7 with five strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-15 has him at 265/354/530 on the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 and struck out three times. 4-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 357/424/748.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. 3-for-11 in the series and 184/303/388 on the year.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double. 2-for-10 in the series. 333/454/677.

Feliz was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 2-for-11 with a double in the series. 200/255/347.

Bruntlett was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 228/282/278.

Ruiz 0-for-1 and walked twice. 2-for-5 with a big double in the series. 203/276/261.

Jenkins was 4-for-7 in the series. 265/307/349.

Taguchi was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 205/244/256 on the season.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a double in the series. 333/400/556.

Coste was 1-for-4 in the series. He’s hitting 350/435/600.

Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.15) faces lefty Patrick Misch (0-0, 3.00) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with San Francisco. Misch appeared in 18 games for the Giants last season, including four starts. Overall in ’07 he went 0-4 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.46 ratio. Righties hit .316 against him and lefties just .238. He’s made just one appearance in ’08 for the Giants, which came in long relief against the Reds on Sunday. After Zito got bombed and exited after just three innings, Misch came on to toss six innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. Kendrick’s numbers are pretty bad on the year and he’s actually pitched worse than his numbers look at first glance as seven of the 22 runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Lefties are hitting .356 against him after hitting .321 against him last year. He didn’t face the Giants last season.


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