Tag: Ben Franciscio

Seventh wonder

The Phils came into last night’s game having scored a total of one run in the last three games Cliff Lee had started, so there was reason for concern when they rolled into the seventh trailing 3-0. The offense did show up, though, as the Phils mounted a nifty rally, scoring five times after the sixth inning to get a 5-3 win and take the series two games to one.

Doubles by Ibanez and Orr and an error by the Fish helped the Phils get two runs in the seventh, Victorino tied the game at 3-3 with a home run in the seventh and J-Roll delivered a two-out single in the ninth that plated two runs and put the Phils ahead to stay.

The Phils aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball these days, they’ve gone 3-3 in their last six games and scored 17 runs, which is about 2.8 runs per game. The are fifth in the NL in runs scored per game and second in runs allowed behind the Braves.

The Phillies are 24-12 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 5-3 last night. They have the best record in baseball and lead the second-place Marlins by three games in the NL East.

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

He got Chris Coghlan to ground to second for the first out in the bottom of the first. Emilio Bonifacio struck out looking for the second out, but Hanley Ramirez was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center, putting Florida up 1-0. Gaby Sanchez grounded to second for the third out.

John Buck flew to right for the first out of the second and Mike Stanton flew to center behind him. Wes Helms singled to right before Omar Infante flew to right to leave him at first.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 third, striking out pitcher Ricky Nolasco for the first out and getting Coghlan and Bonifacio on ground balls behind him.

He got Ramirez, Sanchez and Buck in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Stanton singled to start the fifth. Helms struck out swinging behind him for the first out before Infante grounded to third. Stanton was forced at second for the second out with Infante safe at first. Nolasco struck out swinging to leave Infante at first.

Coghlan grounded out to start the sixth, but Bonifacio reached on an infield single behind him and Ramirez followed that with a single into center on a ball that was deflected by Valdez. It put men on first and second for Sanchez and he singled to center, loading the bases for Buck. Buck lined a single into left, moving everyone up a base and extending the lead to 2-0. Stanton was next and he lined a ball to center for the second out, deep enough for Ramirez to tag and score. 3-0. Helms grounded to third and Buck was forced at second to end the inning.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Romero started the seventh. Infante flew to right for the first out. Righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher Ryan Webb and smoked a ball into right-center, but Francisco made a nice play, tracking the ball down on a run just in front of the track for the second out. Coghlan grounded to first for the third out.

Kendrick started the eighth with the score tied at 3-3 and walked Bonifacio on five pitches. Ramirez flew to right for the first out before Sanchez moved Bonifacio to second with a single. Buck grounded to third and the Phils turned the double-play to end the inning.

I confess to not having a lot of confidence in Kendrick there, especially after he walked Bonifacio on five pitches to get things started. Worked out well.

Madson started the ninth with a 5-3 lead. He struck Stanton out for the first out and lefty Brian Petersen, hitting for Helms, out for the second. Infante flew to left for the third out.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow a single and a walk. Madson threw 16 pitches in the game, Kendrick 12 and Romero eight. Nobody has thrown more than one day in a row and the pen will be well-rested for Friday thanks to the complete game by Halladay in game two of the set and today’s off-day.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Schneider catches against the righty with the righty Sardinha on the bench. Valdez starts against the righty with the lefty Orr on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard walked to start the second with the Phils down 1-0, but Ibanez hit into a double-play behind him. Francisco flew to center for the third out.

Lee walked with two outs in the third, but Rollins flew to center behind him.

Polanco doubled with one out on in the fourth on a ball deflected by Stanton. Howard and Ibanez both struck out to leave him stranded.

Schneider doubled to center with one out in the fifth. Lee was next and hit a line drive that was deflected by Infante but made it in to center field. Schneider would have scored easily, but pulled a hamstring and had to hobble back to third. Sardinha ran for him at third, Rollins grounded to second to leave Lee and Sardinha both stranded.

Victorino, Polanco and Howard went in order in the sixth.

They started the seventh down 3-0 and Ibanez doubled to right. Francisco flew to left for the first out before Sardinha hit a ball to first that Sanchez didn’t handle for an error. It put men on first and third for Valdez and with the righty Nolasco still pitching for Florida, Orr hit for Valdez and lined a double to right. Ibanez scored to cut the lead to 3-1 and Sardinha went to third. Lee was eager to hit for himself, but Manuel called on Gload to replace him and righty Ryan Webb came in to pitch to Gload. Gload hit a ground ball to first that Sanchez took and tossed to Webb covering first for the second out, but Sardinha scored from third to make the score 3-2. Rollins grounded back to the pitcher to leave Orr at third.

Gload gets to hit against the righty Webb as the Fish choose Webb to face Gload and then bring Dunn in to pitch the eighth. If Manuel wanted Orr to hit against Nolasco instead of Valdez it seems a little odd he didn’t start him. The error by Sanchez helps the Phils score an unearned run at a time they need all the help they can get.

Victorino led off the eighth and homered to left on a 2-1 pitch to tie the game at 3-3. Polanco, Howard and Ibanez went in order behind him.

Sardinha singled to left with one out in the ninth and moved to third when Orr followed and ripped a double to right. With righty Leo Nunez on the mound for the Marlins, Mayberry hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Rollins picked him up, though, lining a 1-0 pitch into right to score both runners and put the Phils up 5-3. Rollins took second as the throw came home to try to get Orr, but was left there when Victorino fouled out to third.

Again Manuel uses Gload early in the game and it means that Mayberry is forced to hit against a righty. Bad at-bat for Mayberry, striking out with one out and a huge runner on third.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with a huge two-run single. He was 4-for-15 with a home run and three RBI in the game and is hitting 283/370/372 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-5 with his sixth home run. He’s on pace to hit 27. 3-for-14 with a walk, a triple and a home run in the series. 286/348/517 on the year. 300/364/600 over his last 67 plate appearances.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double. 2-for-12 with a double in the series. 350/390/455 for the season, but he’s hitting just 225/244/275 in May.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out three times. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and two walks in the series. He’s 5-for-18 with three walks and two homers in his last five games. 268/342/514 for the year. He has struck out 13 times in his last 29 plate appearances, which is too many.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 232/289/360 for the season. 441/441/765 over his last 34 plate appearances. 395/395/684 in May without a walk.

Francisco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout last night and 1-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-26 with two singles, eight walks and three hit by pitch. 229/343/373 on the season. Mayberry was 0-for-1 with a big strikeout last night and 1-for-2 with a walk in the series. 300/404/450 on the year.

Schneider was 1-for-2 in the game and could be headed to the DL. 1-for-6 with a double in the series and 173/218/327. Sardinha was miserable in game two of the series, but in the middle of things last night. He went 1-for-2 with a single and two runs scored last night. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 3-for-13 with three walks on the year.

Valdez 0-for-2 with a strikeout last night and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game. 238/273/286 on the season. 149/184/170 over his last 50 plate appearances. Orr had a huge night, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. 2-for-8 with a walk in the series. 265/333/327 on the year — he came into the game last night with one extra-base hit on the season.

The Phils don’t play today and will face Atlanta in Atlanta on Friday.

It’s the last scheduled off-day for the Phils in a while. Starting on Friday they will play 20 games in 20 days.

The Phillies don’t seem to be getting much offense from the second base or catching positions. Possible exception to that would be the two key doubles Orr hit last night to help them win the game, but, you know, in general.

Ruiz will catch Oswalt in Clearwater tonight with Utley expected to play as well.

PS — Comcast SportsNet wants you to know that they will air tonight’s Threshers game at 7 PM.

Could we have a volunteer, please?

There’s a whole lot of opportunity at the back of the Phillies bullpen these days. What’s missing is guys who are pitching well. There are three main candidates to be closing for the team in the post-season, Lidge, Madson and Myers, and a dark horse in Tyler Walker. All three of Lidge, Madson and Myers were awful against the Mets, even as the Phils took three out of four.

The Mets scored 16 runs in the four-game series. Ten of those runs were scored in the eighth or ninth inning. Eight of the 16 were charged to Myers, Madson or Lidge and the three combined to pitch just 5 1/3 innings in the set.

The Phillies are 82-60 on the season after taking three of four from the Mets. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Marlins by 6 1/2 games.

The Phillies won the first game of the series 4-2. The Phils scored a run in the second and another in the third. Hamels kept New York off the board till the seventh, when the Mets scored a run on two singles, a bunt and a sac fly to make it 2-1. A Ruiz sac fly in the bottom of the seventh brought in Werth to extend the lead to 3-1 and an RBI-double by Utley in the eighth made it 4-1. Madson came on for the save in the ninth, but gave up a leadoff double that lead to a run. He got a big double-play with one out and men on first and third and was able to hold the Mets to a single run.

Game two was a little tough to take. The Phils went into the eighth up 9-5 and lost the game 10-9. The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Moyer in the first. Carlos Beltran connected for a two-run homer in the inning. Feliz hit a two-run homer in the second. 4-2. Utley hit a solo shot in the third and Ibanez delivered a two-run blast. The Phils led 5-4 after three and extended the lead to 6-4 with another run in the fourth. Two more in the sixth had the Phils up 8-4. Daniel Murphy doubled off of Moyer with one out in the seventh, stole third and came in to score on a ground out. 8-5. Utley started the seventh with a double and came in to score on a single by Ibanez to make it 9-5. Myers started the eighth and got hit hard. A double followed by a David Wright homer made it 9-7. Beltran followed with a single and Park replaced Moyer, but he allowed Beltran to score on two more singles before the inning was over. 9-8. Madson got the first two in the ninth before he allowed a single to Fernando Tatis that was followed by Wright’s second two-run homer in two innings. The Phils went in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Kendrick got his first of the year in the day game of yesterday’s double-header, which the Phillies won 5-4. Kendrick pitched very well. A solo homer by Francisco and a two-run shot from Victorino helped Kendrick go into the top of the eighth with a 4-0 lead. Kendrick got the first batter before allowing a single to Angel Pagan that was followed by a two-run home run by Anderson Hernandez. Walker finished off the eighth for Kendrick. In the bottom of the inning the Phils added another run, getting a two-out double from Stairs followed by an RBI-single from Tracy. Lidge came on in the ninth to protect a 5-2 lead and allowed two runs on three singles, but struck out Pagan to end the game.

Pedro Martinez threw eight shutout innings last night as the Phils won 1-0. Utley drove in Rollins with an RBI-single in the bottom of the first and that was all of the scoring for the game. Pedro gave up four singles, two doubles and walked two while striking out seven. Madson got the save opportunity this time. He allowed a one-out single in the ninth but got the next two hitters.

Phillies pitchers overall threw 36 innings in the series with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.25 ratio.

The starting pitching was much better than the bullpen. The Phils got three good starts from Hamels, Kendrick and Martinez and a bad one from Moyer in game two. Overall the starters threw to a 2.48 ERA and a 1.07 ratio. They walked just four in 29 innings.

Hamels allowed a run on seven hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings in game one. In three of his last four starts he’s thrown into the seventh and allowed one run or less in the game.

Moyer allowed five runs in seven innings in game two. He gave up seven hits and didn’t walk a batter.

Kendrick went 7 1/3 innings in game three, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. He took a 4-0 lead into the eighth before allowing a two-run homer to Anderson Hernandez. He has a 3.55 ERA in his five appearances on the year for the Phils. After allowing three runs in two innings in his first appearance his last four have been good.

Martinez went eight shutout innings in the second game of yesterday’s double-header. He allowed six hits and two walks and struck out seven. He’s 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.09 ratio in seven starts for the Phils.

The bullpen was awful. In seven innings they pitched to a 10.29 ERA and a 2.00 ratio. They didn’t walk a batter but allowed 14 hits in seven innings. Madson allowed a run in game one. Myers, Park and Madson were all awful in game two. Lidge allowed two runs in the ninth inning of game three.

Park took over for Hamels in the seventh inning of game one with two outs, a man on second and the Phils up 2-1. He got Wright on a ground ball to short to set the Mets down.

He also pitched in the eighth inning of game two, entering in the eighth inning with two down, a man on first and the Phils up 9-7. He got a fly ball for the second out before allowing back-to-back singles to Santos and Murphy. Murphy’s single scored Beltran from second and made it 9-8. Park got the pinch-hitter Sullivan to end the inning.

Park has a 2.70 ratio in five appearances this month.

Myers started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies up 3-1 and set the Mets down in order.

He also started the eighth inning in game two with the Phillies up 9-5. He got the first hitter before allowing a double to Tatis and a homer to Wright. Beltran followed with a single and Park relieved Myers.

Walker entered game three with one out in the eighth and the Phillies up 4-2. He got the two hitters he faced to end the frame.

Madson started the ninth inning of game one with a 4-1 lead. He gave up a leadoff double to Omir Santos and pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed followed with a single that moved Santos to third. Cory Sullivan was next and Madson got him to hit into a double-play with Santos scoring from third to make it 4-2. Angel Pagan grounded to second to end the game.

He started the ninth inning of game two with a 9-8 lead. He got the first two hitters before Tatis singled and Wright followed with a two-run homer to put the Mets up 10-9. Beltran singled before Madson got Francoeur on a popup to end the frame.

He pitched the ninth inning in game four with a 1-0 lead. Brian Schneider singled with one out, but Madson struck out Francoeur and got Pagan on a line drive to third to end the game.

Madson has walked four batters since the end of June.

Lidge started the ninth inning of game three with a 5-2 lead. He gave up a leadoff single to Jeff Francoeur and Francoeur took second on defensive indifference. Beltran grounded to deep short on a nine play by Rollins for the first out, but Josh Thole was next and he blasted a ball off the wall in right for a long single. Francoeur scored and the lead was cut to 5-3. Lidge struck Luis Castillo out for the second out of the inning before Thole took second again without a throw. Jeremy Reed was next and singled into center. Thole scored and it was 5-4, but Lidge struck Pagan out to end the game.

Game two, the game that the Phillies lost, Madson, Park and Myers all pitched for the second straight day and all three were awful. Madson has pitched three days in a row and five of the last six days.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the four-game series.

Rollins was 5-for-17 with a triple in the series and is hitting 244/289/409 on the season. He also walked twice, giving him seven walks since the end of July.

Victorino was 6-for-15 with three doubles, three walks and a home run. 300/367/460 for the year. He’s on-basing .293 in September after on-basing .336 in August.

Utley was 5-for-13 with two doubles, three walks and a home run. 296/414/542 on the year.

Howard was 3-for-14 with a double and two walks. 272/350/556 on the year. One home run in his last 59 at-bats.

Werth didn’t play in game three of the series with Francisco in right. 1-for-11 with two strikeouts in the series. 266/369/519. He’s hitting .222 this month.

Ibanez was 5-for-17 with a double and a home run. 278/344/566. 341/357/707 in his last 42 plate appearances. He has just a .314 on-base percentage for the month, though, with just two walks.

Feliz was 5-for-16 with three doubles and a home run. 270/315/393 on the year. He’s hitting .216 in September with a .245 on-base percentage.

Ruiz started games one, two and four in the series. 2-for-7 with a double and walk. 255/354/426 for the year.

Bako started game three. He was 0-for-3 and is hitting 195/271/312 in 77 at-bats for the year.

Bruntlett pinch-ran yesterday, but didn’t get an at-bat in the series. 167/224/240.

Francisco started in right in game three. 2-for-5 with a home run in the series. 246/279/526 with the Phils in 57 at-bats.

Stairs was 1-for-3 with a double in the series. 202/359/394 for the year.

Tracy had a huge hit in game three, driving in a run with a pinch-hit single in a game the Phils won by one. 1-for-1 in the series and 1-for-3 on the year.

This suggests that Condrey does not understand why he hasn’t been activated.

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