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Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

What we learned in recent games is something we all should have known already — the Phillies aren’t as good as the Red Sox or the Angels. That’s not a problem. The problem is that trying to prove they were got them so tight they couldn’t play. But to be as good as the elite teams in baseball the Phillies are going to have to get better, not play harder.

There’s no way that all the Phillies’ hitters developed some kind of physical problem at the same time that made them unable to hit. Despite the excellent pitching the Red Sox and Angels threw, the Phils’ hitters are just too good for that. The task now for the Phils is to work themselves out of the collective frenzy they managed to slip into so easily — some games against the long list of teams the Phillies are better than should help. Immediately.

It’s not time to worry unless it doesn’t.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesterday, falling 3-2 to drop to 42-35. The Angels swept the three-game set. The Phillies have lost five in a row and scored nine runs in their last five games.

A day after losing four games in a row for the first time this season the Phillies have now lost five in a row for the first time this season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Vladimir Guerrero singled to start the second. Torii Hunter moved him to second with a ground ball to first. Gary Matthews Jr was next and lined a 1-2 pitch into right-center for a single that scored Guerrero and put Anaheim up 1-0. Lefty Casey Kotchman was next and hammered a 1-0 pitch out way out to right. 3-0. Hamels got the next two.

Chone Figgins led off the third with a bunt single. Erick Aybar was next and he bunted a ball that Hamels fielded. Hamels threw to second to force Figgins for the first out. Howie Kendrick flew to right for the second out and Ruiz picked Aybar off with a snap throw to first with Vlad at the plate to end the inning.

Hunter singled with one out in the fourth, but Matthews grounded into a double-play behind him.

1-2-3 fifth.

Aybar singled with one out in the sixth. Kendrick moved Aybar to second with a ground out to first before Hamels struck Guerrero out swinging at an 0-2 pitch to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh. He had thrown 94 pitches through seven.

Madson started the eighth. With one out Reggie Willits and Figgins singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Aybar. Aybar flew to right and Willits went to third. Madson got Kendrick on a ground ball to second to leave both men stranded.

Madson’s ERA is down to 3.03 on the year. He has a 1.80 ERA in 20 appearances since the end of April.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies down a run. Hunter doubled with one out and Garrett Anderson hit for pitcher Scott Shields and moved Hunter to third with a ground ball that Lidge fielded. Lidge walked the lefty Kotchman intentionally and the righty Mike Napoli unintentionally on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, but Willits struck out swinging at a 1-2 pitch for the third out.

Both Madson and Lidge were shaky, but they combined to throw two scoreless innings the day before an off-day. Lidge needed 24 pitches, Madson 14.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jared Weaver went (1) Rollins (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Jenkins (8) Ruiz. Dobbs plays third against the righty and hits second, putting three lefties in a row 2-3-4 for the Phils. Victorino, who came into the game 2-for-his-last-14, moves down to sixth in the order. Jenkins plays right against the righty. Ruiz catches. Utley returns to the lineup after a day off.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Dobbs walked, putting men on first and second with nobody out before Utley flew to left. With Howard at the plate Rollins and Dobbs pulled off a double-steal, but Howard struck out and Burrell struck out to leave them both stranded.

Howard strikes out with a man on third and one out. The Phils got a hit, a walk and three stolen bases in the frame but cannot score.

Victorino started the second with a walk but the next three Phils went in order behind him.

With two outs in the third, Utley put an end to an 0-for-24 with a double to right-center. Howard followed with a single to right and the Phils were on the board at 3-1. Burrell popped to third for the third out.

Jenkins walked with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz grounded to short and Hamels struck out.

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

Howard led off the sixth with a single. Weaver struck out Burrell for the first out and lefty Darren Oliver came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino his hitting. 218 against lefties and .301 against righties. Oliver got Victorino to hit a ground ball to second and Howard was forced at second for the first out. Werth hit for Jenkins and the lefty Oliver stayed in to pitch to him and got Werth on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning. Brave move to leave Oliver in to face Werth and it worked for Anaheim.

Ruiz led off the seventh with a walk. With Oliver still on the mound, Feliz hit for Hamels and grounded to third. Figgins threw Feliz out at first with Ruiz going to second. Rollins was next and he ripped a double down the third base line and just barely off the tip of Figgins’ glove. Ruiz scored and it was 3-2. Coste hit for Dobbs and Anaheim brought in righty Scott Shields. Shields struck out Coste and Utley to end the inning.

Even without the benefit of hindsight I would have rather had Dobbs against Oliver with Shields on the bench. Bringing in Shields to pitch to Coste meant Utley got the righty, too, but that didn’t seem to be a problem for Shields.

1-2-3 in the eighth. Willits made a nice diving play on a line drive by Burrell for the second out.

Werth led off the ninth with a ball down the third base line. Figgins made a nice play to pick and Kotchman made a nice scoop to nip Werth for the first out. Ruiz grounded to short for the second out before Feliz singled to left. Bruntlett ran for Feliz and stole second. It put the tying run in scoring position for Rollins and Rollins was walked intentionally with Lidge due to hit behind him. Taguchi hit for Lidge with the winning run on base. He got ahead 2-0 before he fouled out to third on a pitch out of the strike zone to end the game.

That could have worked out better with Utley due to hit behind Taguchi.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two stolen bases. 2-for-12 in the series. He’s hitting 282/346/455 for the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-2 with a walk. 0-for-4 in the series. 347/387/480 for the year. Feliz was 1-for-2 in the game and 2-for-9 with a double in the series. 261/313/415 for the season.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. 1-for-7 with a double in the set. 291/379/599 for the season.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-11 in the series. He’s hitting 220/316/474 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base. 1-for-11 with a walk and five strikeouts in the series. 271/411/571 for the year. 1-for-his-last-19.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-10 in the series. 270/343/377 on the year. He’s hitting .221 in June.

Jenkins 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-6 in the set. He’s 1-for-his-last-23. 249/300/393. Werth was 0-for-2 in the game and 1-for-5 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 266/350/500.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk in his only action of the series. 226/310/305 for the year with nine extra-base hits. Coste was 0-for-1 yesterday and 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 307/371/528.

No game today.


Now if we can just get someone to write a column calling the 13 hitters wimps we should be all set

Coming off a miserable string of starts, Brett Myers was much better last night. The Phils didn’t win or anything, let’s not get nuts, but he pitched deep into the eighth inning before the game changed on a two-run homer he surrendered to Erick Aybar.

Myers’ line doesn’t look particularly fantastic — he allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings. But he pitched better than his line. Myers started the eighth with the game tied 2-2, having allowed three hits and a walk in the contest.

The Phillies have lost six of seven and four in a row. Over their last four games they have scored a total of seven runs.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night, falling 6-2 to drop to 42-34 on the year.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three home runs. He struck out seven.

With one out in the first, Myers walked Maicer Izturis. Izturis stole second, but Myers got Garrett Anderson to ground to second and Vladimir Guerrero to pop to first to end the frame.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

With two outs in the third, Chone Figgins bunted for a single. Erick Aybar pinch-hit for Izturis, who left the game with a tight right hamstring, and grounded to short.

With one out in the fourth, Vlad pounded an 0-1 pitch out to left to put the Angels up 1-0. Myers got the next two.

He struck out Gary Matthews Jr, Jeff Mathis and pitcher Joe Saunders in the fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Guerrero led off the seventh and again was swinging early in the count. He belted the first pitch he saw out to left to put Anaheim up 2-0. Myers got the next three behind him.

Myers started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2 having thrown just 88 pitches. He got the first two before Figgins singled. He got ahead of the switch-hitter Aybar 0-1 before Aybar drove one down right field line and just out to put the Angels up 4-2. Anderson followed with a double and Myers stayed in to walk Vlad to put men on first and second. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Kotchman and got him to ground to second.

Myers had allowed three hits going into the eighth. Given the low pitch count I don’t think you can argue with letting him start the inning.

Third career home run for Aybar.

Durbin started the ninth. He hit Matthews with one out and Matthews stole second. Mathis hit a fly ball to left that Taguchi, who had run for Burrell in the bottom of the eighth, misplayed for a two-base error that allowed Matthews to go to third. Righty Juan Rivera hit for pitcher Scott Shields and the Phillies brought the infield in. Rivera chopped a ball slowly up the middle. Bruntlett fielded and threw home, but Matthews slid in safely. 5-2. With men on first and third, Figgins blooped a ball between Rollins and Taguchi for a single. Mathis scored and it was 6-2. With men on first and second, Durbin struck out Aybar and got Anderson on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Two runs in 1 1/3 innings for the pen, but both were unearned. Durbin was charged with both runs, but pitched well and allowed just one hit, which was a bloop single. Durbin hasn’t been charged with an earned run in 13 1/3 innings over his last ten games. He threw 27 pitches, so he’s probably out today. Romero threw just seven.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Joe Saunders went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Coste (7) Feliz (8) Bruntlett. The slumping Utley on the bench against the lefty. Bruntlett plays second and hits eighth. Burrell moves up to third in the lineup. Coste catches and moves up to sixth in the lineup.

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

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

1-2-3 in the third.

Burrell singled with one out in the fourth. Howard followed and struck out on three pitches. Werth flew to left for the third out.

They went 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Myers led off the sixth with a walk. Rollins popped to short and Victorino hit into a double-play.

With two outs in the seventh Werth hit a high fly ball to center that went off the top of the wall and out for a home run that cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1. Tenth home run on the year for Werth. Coste followed with a walk and Feliz reached out and hit a 2-2 pitch into left-center for a double. Coste scored from first with two outs to tie the score at 2-2. Play of the game was next. Bruntlett lined the first pitch of his at-bat into center. Matthews charged and threw home but the first baseman Kotchman made a brilliant play. He cut the ball, then looked towards home, whirled and threw to second to nail Bruntlett to end the inning. Bad base-running from Bruntlett, but a better play by Kotchman.

Dobbs hit for Romero to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins went down swinging for the second out before Victorino struck out swinging on a pitch that Mathis didn’t handle and Victorino took first. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him at first with the Phils down 4-2. Shields struck Howard out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Down 6-2 in the ninth, Werth and Coste started the inning with back-to-back walks before Feliz hit into a double-play. With righty Francisco Rodriguez on the mound, Jenkins hit for Bruntlett and popped to third to end the game with Werth stranded at third.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-15.

Werth 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Coste 1-for-2 with two walks.

Feliz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Bruntlett 1-for-3.

Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.23) faces righty Jared Weaver (6-7, 4.73) this afternoon. Weaver has allowed 17 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings (6.56 ERA) over his last four starts. Righties are hitting .282 against him on the year but have hit just two of the 12 home runs he has allowed. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts. Over those starts he has allowed four runs which came on four solo home runs.


We’re no Angels

Ugly. Outhit 17-2, the Phils lost again last night. They have lost five of their last six.

It’s not like Anaheim was playing pristine baseball, either. The Angels made four errors, but Adam Eaton was pounded for six runs on 12 hits over just five innings and the Phils did nothing with the bats.

Chase Utley is the poster-boy for the Phillies’ offensive struggles, but the problem, although surely temporary, is far deeper than that. Over their last three games the Phillies have two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 94 at-bats. Utley is so good that no matter how badly he’s struggling I’m sure every time he comes to the plate he’s about to get a hit. I’m wrong a lot, though. With an 0-for-3 last night he’s 0-for-his-last-23.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. With the 7-1 loss they are 42-33 on the year.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out one.

With two outs in the first, Garrett Anderson doubled to right. Vladimir Guerrero was next and he blasted the first pitch he saw out to left to put the Angels up 2-0. Torii Hunter followed with a double to left and Casey Kotchman walked behind him. Eaton got Howie Kendrick swinging at a 2-2 pitch to leave both men stranded.

Chone Figgins singled with two outs in the second and Macier Izturis walked behind him. Anderson singled to left and Figgins scored to make it 3-0 with Izturis going to third. Vlad flew to center for the third out.

Hunter started the third and hit a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Kotchman flew to center for the first out before Kendrick doubled, sending Hunter to third. Eaton walked Jeff Mathis intentionally to set up the double-play, and pitcher Ervin Santana hit into one to end the frame.

With two outs in the fourth, Eaton hit Anderson with a pitch and Guerrero moved him to third with a single. Hunter went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Kendrick and Mathis singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put men on first and second for Santana and Santana grounded to second. Mathis was forced at second for the second out and Kendrick went to third. Figgins grounded to second for the third out.

Izturis and Anderson singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Guerrero and Guerrero singled into center. Izturis scored and it was 4-0. With the righty Hunter at the plate Madson came in to pitch and struck Hunter out for the first out. Kotchman singled to right and Anderson scored to make it 5-0 as Guerrero went to third. Kendrick hit a ball to left-center that got stuck under the wall. Kendrick had to settle for a double. Guerrero scored (6-0) and Kotchman had to hold third. Mathis was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Madson struck out Santana and got Figgins on a fly ball to center to avoid further damage.

Madson allows two hits in the inning that score two runs charged to Eaton.

He returned for the seventh and allowed a one-out walk to Anderson, but Guerrero hit into a double-play behind him.

Condrey started the eighth. Kotchman doubled with one out and moved to third when Kendrick singled to right. Mathis doubled to left and Kotchman scored to put Anaheim up 7-1. Switch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr hit for Santana with men on second and third and was walked intentionally to load the bases. Condrey got Figgins to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Romero threw the ninth and walked Guerrero with two outs. He struck Hunter out for the third out.

Four innings for the pen. They were charged with a run on five hits, including three doubles. Madson made Eaton’s mess in the sixth worse. Madson threw 28 pitches, Condrey 19 and Romero 14.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ervin Santana 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.

With one out in the first, Victorino singled, stole second and went to third when Mathis threw the ball into center field. Utley struck out before Howard walked to put men on first and third. Burrell flew to left to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for the scuffling Utley with one out and a man on third.

Santana threw 32 pitches in the first inning and 73 over the next six.

Coste doubled with two outs in the second, but Eaton flew to center behind him.

1-2-3 third.

Santana struck out Howard, Burrell and Jenkins in the fourth.

Two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rollins led off the sixth and reached on an error by Kotchman at first. He stole second and went to third on another throwing error by Mathis. Victorino walked to put men on first and third and Utley flew to center deep enough to score Rollins and make it 6-1. Victorino stole second, but Howard and Burrell both struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the seventh.

Dobbs hit for Condrey to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins grounded to second for the second out before Victorino reached on another error by Kotchman. Utley flew to center to end the inning.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-3.

Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Jenkins 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-30.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) faces lefty Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) tonight. Saunders was great in his last start, allowing six hits while throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Braves on Sunday. Saunders has allowed 11 home runs in 94 innings this season, ten of which have been hit by righties. In six starts away from home he’s 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 1.11 ratio. The Phillies are 1-9 in Myers’ last ten starts. Over his last two starts he’s allowed 11 runs on 15 hits, including five home runs, five doubles and a triple, in 11 1/3 innings.


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