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Don’t blame it on the rain

The final game of the three-game set with the Blue Jays was long and wet and didn’t have the outcome you might have hoped. After rain forced starter Kyle Kendrick out of the game early the pen was called on to throw most of the contest. For the second straight day a bad inning by one of the guys in the pen that has been so good this year cost the Phils. A day after Tom Gordon’s bad inning hurt the Phils, this time it was three runs charged to Rudy Seanez in the sixth that did the Phillies in.

The Phils also struggled terribly to get the big hit they needed. Time after time they failed to score after they put a runner on third with one out. In the third inning, with Rollins on third and one down, Utley grounded out and Howard followed with a ground out to first. In the fourth, with one out and men on second and third, Durbin hit for himself and grounded out to short. The Phils were turned away when Werth flew to right after Rollins was walked to load the bases. In the fifth, with one out and men on second and third, Feliz popped out and Ruiz grounded to second behind him.

They lost by one run.

The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, falling 6-5. After losing two out of three to Toronto, the Phils are 24-21 on the year.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went just one perfect inning before being forced out of the game by a long rain delay. He dropped his ERA on the year to 4.76.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

After the bottom of the first inning the game was delayed by rain for more than two hours. Chad Durbin came in to pitch the second and set Toronto down 1-2-3.

Durbin walked Marcus Scutaro with one out in the third and Shawn Camp, the new Toronto pitcher, bunted him to second with the second out. Brad Wilkerson lined to third to set the Blue Jays down.

The Phils helped Durbin out with two nice defensive plays in a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a fantastic play on a ball up the middle for the second out, taking a hit away from Alex Rios. Werth tracked a ball hit by Scott Rolen down in right center after a long run to end the frame.

Durbin started the fifth up 3-0. He got the first two before Rod Barajas doubled to right-center. Scutaro walked to put men on first and second with two down. Lyle Overbay hit for the pitcher Shawn Camp and smashed a ball into the upper deck in right, tying the game at 3-3. Wilkerson grounded to short to end the frame.

Seanez started the sixth, pitching for the second straight day. Hill led off with a double. Seanez got the next two on fly balls before he walked Stairs intentionally. Shannon Stewart cleared the bases with double to right-center, putting the Blue Jays up 5-3. Barajas followed with a single that scored Stewart. 6-3. Seanez struck out Scutaro for the third out.

Romero pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Condrey started the eighth and got the first two before Stairs doubled to right. Stewart was walked intentionally to get to Halladay. Halladay hit for himself and grounded to third to end the frame.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Long day for the bullpen. As a group they allowed six runs on six hits and four walks over eight innings. Seanez got shelled and Durbin gave up the big home run to Overbay after having two outs and nobody on. No day off for the team until May 29, so all the innings they had to give may be something that’s going to linger. Durbin threw 66 pitches, so you won’t see him for a while. Seanez 25, Condrey 13, Lidge and Romero 12 each. Kendrick could potentially give some innings out of the pen after making just 12 pitches in his start.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Shaun Marcum went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Ruiz returns to the lineup. Victorino on the bench for the second straight day with Werth in center and Jenkins in right.

Rollins singled to start the first and stole second as Werth struck out for the first out. Utley was next and struck out, but Howard hit a ball out to center to put the Phils up 2-0. Burrell walked before Jenkins struck out to end the inning.

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

Rollins doubled to right to start the third. Werth moved Rollins to third with a ground out. With the infield in, Utley grounded to second for the second out and Rollins had to hold third. Howard grounded to first to end the inning with Rollins stranded.

Jenkins and Feliz singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth. Ruiz was next and lined a ball just over the glove of the second baseman and into right. Jenkins scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Ruiz went to second when the throw from the outfield came in to third. With men on second and third, Durbin hit for himself and grounded to short for the second out. Rollins was walked intentionally to load the bases so the righty Camp could pitch to Werth. Werth flew to right for the third out.

With one out in the fifth, Howard, Burrell and Jenkins all singled in a row to load the bases. Feliz popped to second for the second out and Ruiz grounded to second to end the inning. Manuel lets Feliz hit for himself against righty Jason Frasor with Dobbs available and Feliz pops out with one out and the bases loaded.

Rollins walked with one out in the sixth. Werth struck out for the second out before Utley doubled to right and Rollins scored, cutting the Toronto lead to 6-4. Howard drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to put the tying run on base and the game was again delayed by rain. Roy Halladay was on the mound for Toronto when the game resumed. Burrell got ahead 2-0 but then popped to second to end the inning with both runners stranded.

Halladay set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Dobbs, who had entered the game in the top of the inning, started the eighth with a single. Rollins hit into a double-play and Werth struck out to end the inning.

Halladay gives the Blue Jays 2 1/3 innings in scoreless relief and it may have been the difference in the game. I found it difficult to watch Halladay’s performance without thinking about Cole Hamels saying last year that he wouldn’t pitch in relief in the playoffs. Cy Young winner Roy Halladay can do if for a team under .500 in a game in the middle of May and Hamels won’t do it in the playoffs? I don’t really have that big a problem with Hamels not wanting to pitch in relief. Talking to the press about it seems like a really bad idea, though.

BJ Ryan came in to pitch the ninth with a 6-4 lead. He got the first two before Burrell hammered a 3-2 pitch out to the upper deck in left. 6-5. Coste hit for Jenkins against the lefty and got behind 0-2 before he doubled into left. Taguchi ran for Coste at second as the tying run. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and lined two balls just foul down the third base line before striking out on a 2-2 pitch out of the strike zone high to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in the game. 7-for-12 with four doubles in the series. He’s hitting 342/381/570 for the season.

Werth was 0-for-5, struck out three times and left six men on base. 3-for-11 with three home runs in the series. 272/348/544 on the year.

Utley was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 2-for-12 with a double in the series. 306/388/636.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI. 3-for-11 in the set. 191/296/414.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 2-for-10 with three walks in the series. 292/432/583.

Jenkins 2-for-4. 3-for-7 with three singles in the series. 265/298/350. He has one extra-base hit in his last 62 at-bats.

Feliz 1-for-4. 1-for-9 in the series. 233/277/411. Dobbs was 1-for-1 in the game and 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI in the series. 351/387/509.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with an RBI in his only action of the series. 235/306/306. Coste was 1-for-1 with a double. 2-for-9 with two doubles in the series. 324/400/549.

Brett Myers (2-4, 5.91) faces righty Tim Redding (5-3, 3.55) tonight as the Phils open a set with the Nationals. Opponents are hitting just .201 against Redding this season, righties just .195. In three of his last four starts he’s allowed two runs or fewer. He has gone seven innings just once in his nine starts this year, and that outing came in his lone appearance of the season against the Phillies. On April 2 Redding held the Phils to one hit over seven innings as the Nats beat the Phils 1-0. Myers has allowed 15 runs on 18 hits over 9 1/3 innings over his last two starts.


Saturday night the Blue Jays let their ramRod rock

The Phils couldn’t do much against Toronto starter AJ Burnett last night, so two home runs and five RBI from former Phil Rod Barajas proved to be too many. Barajas hit a grand slam in the first and added a solo shot in the ninth while the Phils managed just three runs on six hits in the game.

Adam Eaton had another short appearance for the Phillies. He gave them just five innings. Tom Gordon was hit hard in the ninth, ending a string of 12 appearances without a run charged.

The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, falling 6-3 to drop to 24-20 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a grand slam by Rod Barajas and a double. He struck out three.

Joe Inglett singled with one out in the first. Alex Rios flew to right for the second out before Scott Rolen doubled down the third base line and into the left field corner. Inglett tried to score but Rollins’ relay from Burrell was fantastic and Coste tagged him out to end the inning.

Eaton hit Matt Stairs to start the second. Lyle Overbay and Marco Scutaro followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases with nobody out. Barajas hit a 2-1 pitch from Eaton out the opposite way to right field to put the Blue Jays up 4-0. Eaton got the next three.

Utley made a nice diving play to rob Rios of a hit on a live drive back up the middle to start the third. Rolen followed with a walk, but Eaton got the next two to end the frame.

Scutaro walked to start the fourth. Barajas popped to second for the first out before the pitcher AJ Burnett bunted Scutaro to second. Brad Wilkerson was next. He hit a ground ball between first and second. Howard dove for it and it went off his glove. Scutaro tried to score as the Utley picked up the ball and threw home. Coste missed the tag, but Scutaro slid passed home. The home plate ump oddly signaled him safe despite the fact that he hadn’t touch the plate. Scutaro lunged for the plate and Coste tagged him out to end the inning. Nice throw by Utley and the second time in four innings the Phillies threw a runner out at the plate for the third out of the inning.

Rolen and Stairs singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth. Eaton got Overbay on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Eaton was due to lead off the bottom of the fifth and the Phils hit for him down 4-1. He had thrown 90 pitches in the game. Madson started the sixth and gave up a leadoff walk to Scutaro. Barajas was next and flew to the warning track in center. Scutaro tagged and tried to go to second, but Werth threw him out. Burnett grounded to short for the third out.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down 4-1. Shannon Stewart doubled to left with one out and Overbay moved him to third with a ground ball to short. Gordon came in to pitch to the righty Scutaro and got him to ground to second for the third out.

Manuel brought Gordon back for the ninth with the Phils now down 4-3. Didn’t work. Barajas led off the inning with a home run to left. 5-3. Hill singled and stole second before Wilkerson popped out for the first out. Hector Luna hit for the pitcher Scott Downs and hit a ground ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Hill scored to put Toronto up 6-3. Rios moved Luna to second with a single. That was it for Gordon and Seanez came in to pitch to Rolen. Rolen flew to center for the second out and Luna went to third. With Stewart at the plate on men on first and third, the Blue Jays tried a double steal before Seanez had come home with the pitch. Seanez looked Luna back and threw to second. Utley moved in front of the bag and made a strong throw home to get Luna and end the frame.

Miserable base-running in the game for the Blue Jays.

Two strong innings out of the pen for Madson, who has his ERA down to 4.22. Gordon allowed two runs on four hits and got just two outs. Twenty pitches for Madson, 18 for Gordon, nine for Romero and four for Seanez.

The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Jenkins returns to right as the Phils finally see a righty after five straight lefties. Victorino on the bench and Werth in center and hitting second. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Coste catches again, Ruiz has missed time with a stomach flu.

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

Eaton walked with two outs in the third and the Phils down 4-0. Rollins moved him to third with a single and stole second before Werth walked to load the bases. Utley grounded to third to end the inning.

With two outs in the fourth, Jenkins singled and scored when Dobbs followed with a double to center. It cut the Blue Jay lead to 4-1. Coste struck out for the third out.

With two outs in the fifth, Werth walked and stole second. Utley struck out for the third out. Taguchi hit for Eaton to start the inning, which is early given that Eaton had just allowed four runs. The Phillies’ pen was well-rested. Eaton wasn’t pitching well, but all the runs he had allowed came on one swing of the bat.

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

Dobbs singled to start the seventh before Coste popped out for the first out. Victorino hit for Madson and Dobbs stole second. Victorino walked. Rollins hit the first pitch of his at-bat into right for a double. Both runners scored and the Phils were within one at 4-3. Rollins went to third on a passed ball, but Werth struck out for the second out of the inning. Utley was hit by a pitch to put two men on for Howard, but Howard flew to right to end the inning.

Unfortunate strikeout for Werth with one out and a man on third in a one run game.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Jenkins with lefty Scott Downs on the mound and fouled out for the second out. Bruntlett’s career slugging percentage against lefties is .401 — down a run I think I would have let Jenkins hit. Dobbs struck out for the third out.

Down 6-3 in the ninth, Rollins doubled with two outs and took third on defensive indifference. Feliz hit for Rudy Seanez and struck out to end the game.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Werth was 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts.

Utley 0-for-3 and left four men on base.

Howard 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.

Jenkins 1-for-3.

Dobbs 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Coste 0-for-4.

Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.87) faces righty Shaun Marcum (4-2, 2.22) this afternoon. Opponents are hitting just .151 against Marcum in his eight starts and he’s struck out 49 in 56 2/3 innings. Marcum started against the Phils on May 19 of last season and allowed two runs over six innings. Kendrick has made five quality starts in his last six appearances. The Phils are 5-0 in the last five games he’s started.


Jayson doing his best to make Interleague play seem Werthwhile

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
TOR 21-22 162 3.77 X 692 (x) 28 13
PHI 23-19 201 4.67 5 766 (6) 24 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
TOR 21-22 163 3.79 X 3.69 (x) 3.18 (x)
PHI 23-19 187 4.35 T-8 4.69 (T-11) 2.63 (1)

There are a lot of fans having trouble getting excited about the return of Interleague play, but Jayson Werth did his best to inject his own brand of excitement into a rain-soaked game last night. Werth hit a three-run homer and a grand slam in his first two at-bats and added a solo shot in the fifth. His eight RBI paced the Phils to an easy win in the first game of their set against the Blue Jays.

The Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays last night, winning 10-3 to improve to 24-19 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Alex Rios singled with two outs in the first, but Burrell threw him out trying to stretch it into a double.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth up 8-0. Aaron Hill singled with one out and came around to score when Rios followed with a double to left-center. 8-1. Scott Rolen brought Rios in with a single to center to make it 8-2 before Matt Stairs struck out for the second out. Shannon Stewart singled to right and Rolen went to second. Lyle Overbay grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rolen walked with two outs in the sixth, but Stairs struck out behind him.

Overbay singled with one out in the seventh and went to second on a passed ball. Greg Zaun walked and lefty Brad Wilkerson hit for the pitcher Jesse Litsch. Wilkerson flew to right for the second out before Marcus Scutaro singled to right. Overbay scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 10-3. With men on first and third and two down, Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Hill and got him to foul out to Coste to end the frame.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Condrey pitched the ninth. Overbay singled with one out and was forced out at second when Zaun followed and grounded out to first. Joe Inglett hit for the pitcher Brian Tallet and singled, moving Zaun to second. Scutaro grounded to short to end the game.

The pen throws another 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Durbin saves Moyer’s line by getting Hill in the eighth and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.42. Condrey and Durbin both threw 18 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty David Purcey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Victorino in right, Werth in center. Coste catches again, getting his third straight start behind the plate.

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

Howard and Burrell walked to start the second before Werth smashed an 0-1 pitch out to the opposite field. 3-0. Feliz, Coste and Moyer went down behind him.

Rollins started the third with a bunt single and moved to second when Victorino followed with a walk. First walk in 38 at-bats for Victorino. Rollins faked a steal of third and Victorino took off for second, but Rollins was still there. Victorino was tagged out for the first out with Rollins holding second. Utley singled and moved Rollins to third. Howard hit the first pitch of his at-bat into right for a single. Rollins scored and it was 4-0. Utley went to third on the single. Burrell walked to load the bases for Werth. Werth hit a 3-1 pitch this time, out to right again and nearly in the same place but a little more toward center. 8-0. Feliz grounded to third and Coste flew to left on a nice play by Kevin Mench as he caught the ball running into the wall. Mench hurt his knee on the play and the Blue Jays hit for him in the top of the fourth.

Victorino singled with two outs in the fourth, but Utley flew to center to end the inning.

With two outs in the fifth, Werth hit a 2-1 pitch out to left center to put the Phils up 9-3. Feliz struck out for the third out. Eight RBI through five innings for Werth.

Coste doubled to start the sixth but was doubled off of second when Moyer followed and hit a ball into left that was caught by Stewart. Rollins and Victorino doubled back-to-back. Rollins scored on the double by Victorino to put the Phils up 10-2. Utley struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Werth popped a 3-2 pitch up to first in his bid for a four homer game.

1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Durbin with two outs and popped to second.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double.

Victorino 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.

Werth 3-for-4 with three home runs and eight RBI. He now has nine home runs on the year. He hit eight in 255 at-bats last year.

Feliz was 0-for-4.

Coste 1-for-4 with a double.

Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40) faces righty AJ Burnett (3-4, 4.94) tonight. The Phils finally get a righty after facing five left-handed starting pitchers in a row. Burnett has appeared in nine games for the Blue Jays, eight of which have been starts. In five starts away from home he’s 2-2 with a 3.15. At home he’s thrown to an 8.64 ERA. In each of the last four seasons he’s made at least 19 starts and thrown to an ERA under 4.00. Eaton has gotten an out in the sixth inning just once in his last five starts. His last time out was one of his better outings of the season as he held the Giants to two runs over five innings. He’s walking too many batters. Over his last two starts he’s thrown nine innings and allowed eight walks.


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