Good news, bad news for the Phils this week. The good news is the Phillies finally found the formula to snap their eight-game losing streak. The bad news is that it’s giving Roy Halladay a nine-run lead in the fourth inning.
On the bad news front, the Phils lost two of three, Ryan Howard had to be pinch-run for in the fourth inning of yesterday’s game and Bastardo still can’t get anyone out.
The Phillies are 99-60 on the year after losing two of three to the Mets this weekend.
The Phils lost twice on Saturday after Friday night’s game was cancelled due to weather.
In the first game of the double-header, RA Dickey took a no-hitter into the seventh and the Phils fell 2-1. Hamels pitched great, too, and the game was scoreless when Victorino broke up the no-no with a one-out double in the top of the seventh. He came around to score on a single by Howard, putting the Phils up 1-0. In the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Val Pascucci tied the game at 1-1 with a solo shot to left. Lidge took over for Hamels in the bottom of the eighth and allowed the other New York run. Ruben Tejada singled with one out, stole second and scored on a double by Wright.
After allowing a run on two hits in the game, Lidge’s ERA was the same as his ratio for the year (1.56).
The Phils lost the second game on Saturday 6-3 to extend their losing streak to eight. RBI-singles by Valdez and Rollins gave starter Joe Blanton a 2-0 lead in the second. Gload knocked in Pence with a double in the third to extend the lead to 3-0. Herndon was on in relief to start the third, which turned out to be a nightmare for the Phils in which New York scored five times. With two outs and men on first and second, Willie Harris hit a fly ball that Pence dropped for an error that allowed both runners to score. 3-2 with a man on third. Herndon walked Wright before Kendrick relieved him. Nick Evans doubled to left. 3-3 with men on second and third. Josh Thole followed that by blooping a single to center that scored two more runs and made it 5-3. Jason Pridie started the bottom of the fourth with a double off of Kendrick that led to the sixth run for the Mets.
Rollins went a very welcome 3-for-5 in the game for the Phils.
Kendrick allowed two runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings for the Phils. He has a 2.58 ERA 59 1/3 innings over his last 13 appearances. Lefties are hitting just 237/330/441 against him after hitting 312/367/535 against him in 2010.
Yesterday the Phils won 9-4. Pence hit a two-run homer in the first to put them up 2-0 and Ibanez added a sac fly later in the inning to extend the lead to 3-0. Utley knocked Ruiz in from second with a two-out single in the second to make it 4-0. Polanco doubled home Ibanez in the fourth, 5-0, and the Phils extended the lead to 9-0 in the fourth with help of RBI-singles by Pence and Howard and a two-run single from Ruiz. It was still 9-0 when Bastardo started the seventh. He struck out Justin Turner for the first out, but things got worse after that. Walk, two-run homer by Ronny Paulino, triple, single, wild pitch, walk, pulled for Worley. Worley got the last two outs of the inning with the lead cut to 8-3. Worley came back to start the eight and allowed another run when a leadoff single by Evans was followed by a double by Turner.
Remember when we were wondering if Bastardo was going to set the single-season record for batting average against? That’s less the focus at this point. Now it’s more about wondering if distributing protective headgear to the batter, catcher, home plate ump, base coaches and John Olerud is going to be enough to make people feel safe. Bastardo got one out in the game and was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks, raising his ERA for the year to 2.68. In nine appearances in September, Bastardo has thrown to a 12.79 ERA with a 2.53 ratio. Opponents have hit .346 against him in his 6 1/3 September innings. He has had seven bad appearances in a row since throwing 2 2/3 scoreless frames in two good outings to start the month.
Worley made his third relief appearance of the year in the game. He has thrown to a 3.18 ERA and a 1.41 ratio over 5 2/3 innings in relief.
Madson allowed two hits in a scoreless inning. He hasn’t allowed a run in 11 appearances in September, throwing 11 scoreless innings and striking out nine.
Halladay has a 1.70 ERA and a 1.05 ratio in his five starts in September.
The Phillies scored 13 runs in the three-game set, nine of which came in yesterday’s win.
Rollins was 3-for-4 yesterday and 6-for-12 in the series with a walk and six singles.
Utley 1-for-5 with a single and a walk yesterday. 2-for-8 with two walks and a double in the series.
Pence 3-for-5 with a walk, a triple and a home run yesterday. 3-for-10 with a triple and a home run in the series.
Howard 2-for-3 with an RBI yesterday and did not run the bases well yesterday before being pinch-run for in the fourth. Howard says that he would have stayed in the game if it were the post-season. He was 3-for-7 with three singles in the game.
Victorino was 1-for-6 with a double yesterday and left eight men on base. Leaving eight men on base is tough to do, especially when you don’t leave any on base in your first two at-bats. He struck out with men on first and second in the fourth (2). Grounded out with men on first and second in the fifth (4). Popped out with men on first and second in the sixth (6). Flew out with men on first and third in the eighth (8). 3-for-13 with two doubles in the series. He’s hitting 171/243/286 in September.
Ibanez 1-for-3 yesterday. 3-for-8 in the series. He’s on-basing .222 against left-handed pitching for the season.
Polanco 1-for-5 with a double yesterday and 1-for-9 in the set. 280/362/354 in September, but his numbers for the year are going to have trouble making up for the 220/278/265 he hit in 249 plate appearances from the start of May to the end of July.
Ruiz 4-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 5-for-8 in the series with five singles. 343/425/414 in September.
Mayberry ran for Howard yesterday and went 2-for-2 with a walk in the game. 2-for-9 with two walks in the series. 304/353/594 since the All-Star break.
Gload started the second game of Saturday’s double-header and went 2-for-3 with two doubles. He’s 6-for-his-last-19 with a walk and three doubles.
Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) faces righty Randall Delgado (1-1, 2.70) tonight in Atlanta.