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Nothing like a cold Brewer

Here’s a look at 20 offensive players who could impact the upcoming series between the Phils and Brewers, what they’ve done for the year and what they’ve done since (and including) September 20:

     

Hot
Chase Utley
292/380/353
10-for-27 (.370, 3 2B, 2 HR, 2
BB) 1.137 OPS
Rickie Weeks
234/342/398
5-for-18, (.278, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4
BB) 1.131 OPS
Ryan Howard

251/339/543
8-for-26 (.308; 1 2B, 1 3B, 2
HR, 2 BB) 1.054 OPS
Shane Victorino
293/352/447
11-for-28 (.393, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1
HR) 1.036 OPS
Prince Fielder
276/372/507
10-for-32 (.313, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3
BB) .965 OPS
Tweener    
Pat Burrell
250/367/507
5-for-20 (.250, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5
BB) .957 OPS
Ryan Braun
285/335/553
8-for-32 (.250, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2
HR, 3 BB) .896 OPS
Pedro Feliz
249/302/402
4-for-15 (.267, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2
BB) .886 OPS
Greg Dobbs
301/333/491
4-for-12 (.333, 2 2B, 0 BB) .833
OPS
Craig Counsell
226/355/302
3-for-13 (.231, 1 2B, 6 BB, 2
HBP) .832 OPS
Ray Durham
289/380/432
3-for-12 (.250, 2 2B, 2 BB) .774
OPS
     
     

Not
   
Jimmy Rollins
277/349/437
6-for-27 (.222, 4 2B, 5 BB) .714
OPS
JJ Hardy
283/343/478
7-for-27 (.259, 2 2B, 1 3B) .707
OPS
Mike Cameron
243/331/477
8-for-32 (.250, 2 2B, 3 BB) .646
OPS
Jason Kendall
246/327/324
7-for-28 (.250, 2 2B, 1 BB) .597
OPS
Bill Hall
225/293/396
3-for-13 (.231, 1 2B, 1 BB) .594
OPS
Chris Coste
263/325/423
0-for-6 (.000, 1 BB)  .541
OPS
Jayson Werth
273/363/498
5-for-31 (.161, 1 HR, 10 K) .419
OPS
Carlos Ruiz
219/320/300
1-for-19 (.053, 5 BB) .293 OPS
Corey Hart
268/300/459
4-for-28 (.143, 0 XBH, 0 BB)
.272 OPS

All those guys should be healthy for the Brewers, Durham has a minor issue with his hamstring and Hardy a minor issue with his thumb.

Corey Hart isn’t just cold over the last few days. He hit 173/192/245 in September. Hall a little better, 182/250/250 this month. Cameron has also struggled, 176/257/253 in September. Kendall (202/295/298) and Hardy (255/300/451) haven’t been as bad.

The Phils sent Fabio Castro to the Jays to complete the deal for Stairs. I still think Castro has a chance to be really good. Nice to have Stairs, too, though — it’s unfortunate that Jenkins struggled so badly this season (and was injured) and the Phils had to bring in Stairs.


And the rest, or lack thereof, is history

The Phillies needed to come up big against the Brewers to get themselves back in the thick of the playoff hunt and they did exactly that, sweeping Milwaukee in a four-game set to pull even in the chase for the wild card with 12 games left on their schedule.

With the sweep they trail the Mets by one in the NL East.

Brett Myers was last night’s hero, throwing a complete game on three days rest while holding the Brewers to two hits. In the day game of the day-night double-header, Joe Blanton finally went deep into a contest. Blanton gave the Phils seven strong innings, going seven for the first time in his last seven starts, and the Phils pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phils won two of the games in the series using starting pitchers who were throwing on three days rest. Moyer went 5 2/3 innings in game one and allowed three runs.

The offense is suddenly alive. The Phils scored at least six runs in each of the four games and got big and much-needed contributions from Burrell, Victorino and Rollins, especially in the last two games of the set. Burrell was 2-for-7 with a home run and two RBI in the last two games and put the Phils on top to stay with a late single in the first game yesterday. Victorino blew that game open with a three-run homer in the eighth and followed that up by going 4-for-4 in the night game. Rollins went 2-for-2 in the night game last night, walking three times and driving in a pair of runs.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 6-1 to improve to 83-67 on the season. Sixteen games over .500 is their best mark of the season. They have won four in a row.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game two-hitter. He allowed two hits, a single and a solo homer, and walked one. He struck out four and threw just 95 pitches.

Myers has thrown to a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in his 11 starts since the All-Star break.

Myers got the first six men he faced without getting a strikeout. He started the third up 4-0 and walked Craig Counsell to leadoff the inning. Jason Kendall hit into a double-play behind Counsell. The pitcher Jeff Suppan grounded to short for the third out.

Ray Durham singled with two outs in the fourth. Lefty Prince Fielder was next and Myers struck him out swinging 2-2 for the third out. It was the first strikeout of the game for Myers.

He got two popups and a ground out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 6-0.

He got the first two in the seventh before Fielder lined a 3-2 pitch out to right to get Milwaukee on the board at 6-1. Braun grounded to short for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth and a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils didn’t need to use the pen, so I guess it didn’t matter much who they used in the two previous games with four and five run leads. Manuel musta known Myers was going to throw a complete game two-hitter on three days rest.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeff Suppan went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth again hits second against the righty with Victorino sixth. Feliz plays third against the righty after Dobbs started the day game against a righty. Coste catches after Ruiz caught the first game.

Rollins led off the first with a double and went to third when Werth followed with a single. Utley hit into a double-play that scored Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard struck out for the third out.

Burrell led off the second with a walk and moved to second when Victorino followed with an infield single to third. Feliz was next and hit into a double-play with Burrell moving to third with two down. Coste was walked intentionally to pitch to Myers, but Myers singled into right and Burrell scored to make it 2-0 with men on first and second. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Rollins lined a single into center. Both runners scored, with Myers just sliding in ahead of the tag on a close play at the plate to put the Phils up 4-0. Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge hit for Myers after it looked like the double-play by Feliz had killed the inning.

Utley singled with one out in the third, but Howard hit into a double-play behind him.

Burrell led off the fourth with a long home run down the left field line. 5-0. Victorino followed with a double and moved to third when Feliz followed and flew to center. Coste was hit by a pitch and Myers bunted Coste to second for the second out. With two men out, Suppan walked Rollins intentionally to load the bases and pitch to Werth. Werth was walked unintentionally, forcing in Victorino and making it 6-0. Utley popped to third to leave the bases loaded.

Rollins already had two big hits against Suppan in the game, but walking him intentionally there doesn’t make a lot of sense and cost the Brewers a run.

Victorino singled with two outs in the fifth. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins walked with two outs in the sixth, but Werth grounded to short behind him.

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

Victorino led off the eighth with a single with the Phils up 6-1. Feliz struck out before Coste moved Victorino to second with a single. Myers hit for himself and bunted back to the pitcher, Todd Coffey, who threw to second to force Coste for the second out. With two down and men on first and third, Rollins walked to load the bases. Werth popped to first for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-2 with a double and three walks in the game. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and four walks in the series. He’s hitting 279/347/443 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-14 with a triple in the series. He’s hitting 276/373/508 for the year but just 234/333/362 in September.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. He’s hitting 290/378/535 for the season.

Howard was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 5-for-13 in the series with a

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. 3-for-14 with two walks in the series. 253/370/511 for the year.

Victorino was 4-for-4 with a double in the game. 7-for-14 with a double and a home run in the set, which were his first extra-base hits since August 26. 282/345/427.

Feliz 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 4-for-12 with a double in the series. 254/301/407. Dobbs was 1-for-5 in the series and is hitting 292/324/467 for the year.

Coste was 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and in the series. 269/328/436 for the year. Ruiz was 1-for-9 with a double in the series. 226/321/301 for the year.

The Phillies won the first game of the double-header, 7-3, to improve to 82-67 on the season.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and two home runs. He struck out four.

Blanton got ahead of Hart 0-2 before Hart tripled to start the first. Hardy popped to second for the first out, but Durham was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to put the Brewers up 2-0. Blanton got the next two.

He hit Cameron to start the second, but Counsell hit into a double-play behind him. Kendall popped to short for the third out.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth down 2-1. Cameron led off and hit the first pitch of the inning way out to left to put Milwaukee up 3-1. Craig Counsell followed with a double and Kendall walked behind him. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Blanton got pitcher Dave Bush to pop up a bunt for the first out and Hart hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Fielder singled with two outs in the sixth, but Blanton got Braun swinging for the third out.

He walked Counsell with one out in the seventh, but got Kendall to fly to center for the second out and pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr to fly to left.

Madson started the eighth with the game tied at 3-3. He got the two men he faced and Eyre came in to pitch the switch-hitter Durham. Eyre struck Durham out swinging on a foul tip — it looked like Ruiz may not have caught the ball, but the Phillies got the call.

The two outs that Madson got both came on ground balls to third, where they were fielded by Dobbs. Odd to see Dobbs in the game at third in the eighth inning of a tie game — not sure if that means Manuel is more confident in Dobbs these days or less in Feliz. Maybe a little of both.

Up 7-3 in the ninth, Eyre returned and got Fielder to start the inning. Lidge came in and got the next two to end the game.

Phils are off today, but Manuel uses Lidge for the second-straight day in a non-save situation.

Great game for the pen. Madson, Eyre and Lidge all got two outs without allowing a hit or a walk. Madson threw 11 pitches, which was the high for the group.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Dave Bush went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Werth hits second against the righty. Victorino sixth. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Ruiz catching.

Down 2-0, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell singled with one out in the second and a walk by Victorino moved him to second. Dobbs popped to third and Ruiz flew to center to leave them stranded.

1-2-3 in the third.

Utley started the fourth with a double to right and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Burrell hit into a double-play that scored Utley and got the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

Dobbs started the fifth with a single. Ruiz was next and blooped a ball into right. Dobbs had to watch and was thrown out at second for the first out. Blanton bunted Ruiz to second for the second out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Werth flew to right to end the inning.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth. Howard was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left for his 44th homer of the year, tying the game at 3-3. Burrell, Victorino and Dobbs went in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Stairs hit for Blanton with one out and righty Guillermo Mota on the mound and flew to center.

The game was still tied at 3-3 when the Phils hit in the eighth. Werth led off with a single to left off of Mota and the lefty Brian Shouse came in to pitch to Utley and Howard. Utley bunted against the lefty-killer Shouse, moving Werth to second with one down. Howard was walked intentionally with first base open, setting up the double-play. Shouse stayed in to pitch to Burrell and Burrell delivered a single into left. Braun’s throw home was strong but a little up the first base line — Werth slid in just safe on a close play to put the Phils up 4-3. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it was an amazing slide by Werth. As Kendall fielded the ball up the first base line, Werth slid in with his right (outside) leg and just got in. Had he slid in leading with his inside leg, I think he would have been out. Victorino was next and pumped a 1-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that broke the game open at 7-3. With Shouse still in, Feliz hit for Dobbs and singled. Eric Gagne got Ruiz to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice to see Burrell get a big hit and Victorino an even bigger one. Crazy decision to leave Shouse in to pitch to Burrell. Pretty surprising to see Utley bunt against anyone in any situation.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 1-for-4.

Utley 1-for-2.

Howard 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI.

Burrell 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer.

Dobbs 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base.

No game today.


Strange brew

Cole Hamels pitched well this afternoon — the Phils jumped all over Manny Parra and cruised to a mostly easy victory. The Phillies seems to have picked things up, but perhaps just as important to their post-season hopes is that the Brewers look just miserable. Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in six games and the Phils moved to within two in the hunt for the wild card.

Rollins and Utley hit one-two atop the Phillies order today and got the job done. They combined to go 5-for-9 with five runs scored and three driven in.

Everything went pretty well for the Phils today, but I think you have to wonder about the way Charlie Manuel used his bullpen. The day before a double-header, Manuel called on three of his key guys, Durbin, Romero and Lidge to pitch. All three pitched with either a four-run lead or a five-run lead.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, winning 7-3 to improve to 81-67 on the year. Fourteen games above .500 ties their best mark for the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs, both of which scored on a fly ball to left that Burrell should have caught but went for a double. He allowed six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

JJ Hardy doubled to right with one out in the first. Ryan Braun flew out with Hardy holding before Prince Fielder drew a walk. Corey Hart grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second with a 3-0 lead and set the Brewers down in order.

With the Phils up 5-0, Hamels walked Rickie Weeks with one out in the third. Weeks stole second before Hamels struck out Hardy for the second out. Braun grounded to second to end the frame.

Fielder led off the fourth with a single to left, but Hart hit into a double-play behind him. Mike Cameron walked and Bill Hall followed with a single that moved him to second. Jason Kendall was next and Hamels got ahead of him 0-2 before Kendall hit a 1-2 pitch to left. Burrell misplayed it badly and the ball went over his head for a double that scored both runners and cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-2. Hamels pouted mid-play on his way to cover home. Joe Dillon hit for the pitcher and grounded out to leave Kendall stranded.

Weeks doubled to start the fifth, but Hamels got the next three Brewers in order.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

With the Phils up 7-2 in the seventh, Alcides Escobar hit for the pitcher Carlos Villanueva with one out and singled. Durbin came in to pitch to Weeks and struck him out. Hardy grounded to short for the third out.

Durbin pitching with a five-run lead in the seventh makes very little sense to me.

Durbin started the eighth. Braun led off and hit a 1-2 pitch out to center to make it 7-3. Fielder followed with a double, but Durbin got Cameron and Hart on a pair of fly balls for the first two outs with Fielder holding second. Switch-hitter Ray Durham hit for Hall and Romero came in to pitch to him. Durham walked, putting men on first and second, but Kendall flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Durbin coming back to start a second inning with a five-run lead also makes very little sense to me.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies up 7-3. He walked Weeks with one out and Weeks took second without a throw. Hardy grounded to short and Rollins looked briefly to third for reasons unknown, but threw to first for the second out as Weeks moved up a base. Braun flew to left to end the game.

Not a fan of the way Manuel used his bullpen in this game. The Phils had a rested pen coming off a day when they didn’t play due to the rainout. They play a double-header tomorrow. I don’t think they needed to pitch Durbin with a five-run lead at all and they certainly didn’t need to bring him back to do it for a second inning. Also not a fan of using Lidge with a four-run lead with so many other options and two games coming up the next day.

Hopefully they don’t pay for it tomorrow.

The pen went 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. They struck out one. Durbin threw 22 pitches, Lidge 15 and Romero seven.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Manny Parra went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth hitting third against the lefty with Utley moving up to two. Victorino sixth. Feliz at third against the lefty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and scored when Utley followed with a double. Fielder didn’t handle the relay from Weeks and Weeks was charged with an error that allowed Rollins to go to third with the Phils up 1-0. Werth followed with a single to right. Utley scored and it was 2-0. Werth went to second on a wild pitch before Howard walked. Burrell struck out for the first out, but Victorino singled into left and Werth scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Another wild pitch by Parra moved the runners to second and third, but Feliz struck out for the second out. Ruiz was walked intentionally, but Hamels struck out to end the inning.

I would never walk Ruiz intentionally in the first inning. Feliz can’t bring the runner in from third with one out. Burrell is playing terribly.

Rollins led off the second with a double and Utley followed and reached on an infield single. A walk to Werth loaded the bases for Howard and Howard singled into center. Rollins and Utley both scored, making it 5-0, but Werth was thrown out at third for the first out. Burrell hit into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third and the fourth.

Burrell walked with two outs in the fifth. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Feliz singled to start the sixth. Ruiz struck out before Hamels bunted him to second. Rollins hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for his 11th home run of the year, putting the Phils up 7-2. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Werth walked to start the seventh. Howard grounded out behind him with Werth forced at second. Burrell flew to right for the second out before Victorino drew a walk. Feliz popped to first to leave both men stranded.

Ruiz started the eighth with a ground ball to short that Hardy didn’t handle for an error. Dobbs hit for Romero and grounded into a double-play. Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Werth 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

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

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

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

Feliz 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk.

Joe Blanton (7-12, 4.86) faces righty Dave Bush (9-10, 4.23) tomorrow in the first game of the day-night double-header. Bush has been tough on righties this year — after hitting .324 against him in 2007 they are hitting .234 with a 1.06 ratio this season. He has given up a lot of home runs, though, surrendering 26 in 166 innings. Blanton is 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA in ten starts with the Phillies. Over his last six starts he’s gone six innings just once while throwing to a 5.58 ERA. Righties are hitting .305 against him for the season.

Brett Myers (9-11, 4.22) faces righty Jeff Suppan (10-8, 4.63) in the other game. Suppan has allowed 26 homers in 167 innings this season. Righties are hitting .307 against him. Myers is 6-2 with a 1.90 ERA and a 1.08 ratio in his last ten starts.


More Moyer proves to be the key for Phils

When a pitcher allows three runs over 5 2/3 innings whether or not you think he pitched well or not might depend on how much you like the pitcher. I like Jamie Moyer a lot. It’s pretty hard for a Phillies fan not to like the 45-year-old as he sprints off the mound in pursuit of balls that have already gone foul and comes up big for his team time after time. Last night, pitching on short rest, Moyer gave up a pair of home runs but threw well enough to help the Phillies get a much-needed win.

He pitched well enough for the Phillies to win in large part due to the massive contribution of Ryan Howard. Howard drove in three of the six runs the Phillies scored and homered for the sixth time in the last eight games. After a mostly disappointing season, Howard has driven in runs in each of his last five games. He’s hitting 368/415/1.000 in September.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 6-3 to improve to 80-67 on the season. They trail the Mets by three games in the NL East. They are tied with the Astros in the Wild Card race, both teams trail the Brewers by three games.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits he allowed went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. All three of the runs he gave up came on homers. He struck out five.

Moyer’s 3.68 ERA is 17th-best in the NL.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 2-0. He hit Prince Fielder to start the inning and Fielder moved to second on a wild pitch before Corey Hart drew a walk. Moyer struck out Mike Cameron and Bill Hall before he got Jason Kendall to ground to third to leave both runners stranded.

With two outs in the third, JJ Hardy hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to cut the lead to 2-1. Moyer got Ryan Braun to line to first for the third out.

Corey Hart doubled with one out in the fourth. Cameron was next and struck out swinging as Hart was caught stealing third to end the frame.

Up 4-1, he set the Brewers down in order in the fifth.

Rickie Weeks led off the sixth with a double. Hardy was next and hit the ball hard, but Feliz took the grounder for the second out with Weeks holding second. Braun flew to center for the second out. Fielder was next and pounded the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Madson came in and got Hart on a ground out to short for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh up 5-3. Hall singled to left with one out, but Kendall followed and lined to short for the second. Lefty Mike Lamb hit for the pitcher Ben Sheets and grounded to second for the third out.

He came back for the eighth, too. Weeks led off with a soft infield single in front of the plate, but Madson struck out Hardy and Braun. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Fielder and walked him on a 3-2 pitch, putting the tying run on base. With runners on first and second, Durbin entered the game and got Hart to ground to third.

Lidge started the ninth with a 6-3 lead and set the Brewers down 1-2-3.

The pen went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two singles and a walk while striking out three. Madson threw 29 pitches — he had thrown three days in a row before getting a day off on Wednesday. Lidge threw 15 pitches, Eyre 8 and Durbin 1.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ben Sheets went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth stays in the two-hole against the righty with Victorino sixth, but it’s Feliz at third this time. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and was running as Werth grounded out to third, allowing him to move to second with one out. Utley struck out for the second out, but Howard came up with another big swing. He drove the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Burrell flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.

Utley started the fourth with a single and came around to score when Howard followed with a double to center. It put the Phils up 3-1 with nobody out and a man on second for Burrell. Burrell grounded to short for the first out before Victorino’s ground out to first pushed Howard to third. Feliz delivered a double to right and Howard scored. 4-1. Ruiz drew a walk before Moyer grounded to first to end the inning.

Rollins blooped a single into left to start the fifth but was thrown out going for second. It cost the Phils a run, cause Werth was next and he tripled to right. Utley popped to first for the second out and Sheets walked Howard intentionally to pitch to Burrell. Burrell flew to center to leave both men stranded.

Utley doesn’t bring the man in from third with one out.

Feliz singled with one out in the sixth and came around to score when Ruiz followed and ripped a double into left. It put the Phils up 5-3. Madson hit for himself with one out and a man on second and struck out. A walk to Rollins put men on first and second, but Werth grounded to third to set the Phils down.

Madson had faced one batter with the bases empty in the top of the sixth.

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

Victorino led off the eighth with a single and moved to second when pitcher Carlos Villanueva tried to pick him off and threw the ball away. Feliz bunted Victorino to third and with Ruiz at the plate the Phillies executed the squeeze — Ruiz got the bunt down in front of the plate as Victorino stormed home to put the Phillies up 6-3. Dobbs hit for Durbin and struck out to end the inning.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Utley 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He has one extra-base hit in his last 48 at-bats.

Howard 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run home run and three RBI.

Burrell 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Victorino 1-for-4.

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

Ruiz 1-for-2 with two RBI. He drove in as many runs last night as he did in all of August — Ruiz had one RBI in July and two in August.

Cole Hamels (12-9, 3.12) faces lefty Manny Parra (10-7, 4.03) tonight. Parra has been hit hard by righties, they’re hitting .280 against him for the season compared to .217 for lefties. Parra has allowed 11 runs in ten innings over his last two starts, but only five of the runs have been earned. The Brewers have lost four of the last five games that he’s started. Hamels was hit hard by the Mets on Sunday, allowing four runs over five innings. He’s already thrown 208 innings on the season, which is too many what with the 24-edness and all.


Phils consult village elders for wisdom on how to win when you score three runs

Jamie Moyer and Tom Gordon are old. Really old. Someday soon they’re going to be too old to play or at least too old to help a major league team. It might even be today. I don’t know. But I do know it wasn’t yesterday.

Moyer gave the Phils his second strong start in his last two outings. Gordon came on in the seventh with runners on first and third and nobody out and worked a near miracle to keep the Brewers off the board. It kept the game close enough that Burrell’s latest heroics, a two-run double in the eighth, made the Phillies winners for the fourth time in their last five games.

It’s tempting to say that everything is going well for the Phils. But the impressive thing is that it isn’t. The team misses Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Howard looks terrible at the plate and the results are just as bad. Every day the Phils put a whole crew of hitters on the field that just can’t get on base. Somehow the Phils are fighting through, though, with a list of things that are going well that’s a lot shorter than the list of things going wrong. The pen, Utley and Burrell are just out of this world. In addition to what Utley is doing with the bat, after a start to the season where he struggled to make the routine plays at second base it now seems like not a day passes without a brilliant defensive contribution.

Jayson Werth also deserves mention on the short list of Phillies’ hitters that are playing well. Werth bounced back from a wretched game on Wednesday yesterday, hammering ball out to center for one of his two hits. He also made a fantastic play in center, backing up Burrell and helping the Phils throw out a runner trying to stretch a leadoff double into a triple.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, winning 3-1 to improve to 12-11 on the year. The teams split the two-game set.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on eight hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four. He’s allowed three runs over 12 innings over his last two starts and his ERA is down to 4.05.

Rickie Weeks led off the first and drew a walk, but Moyer picked him off and he was tagged out after a throw down to Bruntlett for the first out. Moyer struck out Gabe Kapler for the first out before Ryan Braun hit a long fly ball to left that went off the glove of Burrell for a double. Braun stole third, but Moyer got Prince Fielder to fly to center for the third out.

Bill Hall singled with one out in the second, but Moyer got the next two.

Weeks walked with one out in the third. Kapler followed with a ground out to third that moved Weeks to second and Braun followed and singled into center. Weeks scored to put the Brewers up 1-0. Fielder popped to third for the third out.

Corey Hart led off the fourth and ripped a double into left field. Burrell misplayed it and it rolled to the wall, but Werth backed it up brilliantly. Hart tried to go to third but was nailed for the first out of the inning. Bad idea by Hart and it cost the Brewers a run cause Hall followed with a single into center. Hall was picked off of first by Moyer with Dobbs again throwing to Bruntlett to apply the tag. Moyer had gotten 11 outs at this point, two on pickoffs and one on Hart trying to stretch a double into a triple. JJ Hardy walked with two outs, turning over the lineup, but Suppan struck out to end the inning.

Jason Kendall led off the fifth with a line drive snared by a diving Utley for the first out. Moyer got Weeks and Kapler behind him to end the inning.

Moyer started the sixth with the score tied at 1-1. Ryan Braun led off with a single. Fielder hit a high foul ball near the third base dugout and Feliz made a nice play leaning over the railing for the first out. Hart hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Hall started the seventh with a double and moved to third when Hardy followed with a single to left. It put men on first and third with nobody out for the pitcher’s spot and, with a short bench, it looked like the Brewers were going to let Suppan hit for himself. Gordon relieved Moyer and lefty Tony Gwynn Jr hit for Suppan. Gordon struck him out on three pitches for the first out. Kendall was next and he walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Weeks was caught looking at a 1-2 pitch for the second out. Kapler grounded to short to end the inning.

Just a fantastic job by Gordon to work out of first and third with nobody out.

JC Romero started the eighth with a 3-1 lead. He got Braun and Fielder to start the inning before Madson came in to pitch to the righty Hart. Hart has killed lefties this season, but I was still surprised to see Manuel make the change mid-inning with a two-run lead. All that said, I think it was a good move. Hart grounded to second to end the inning.

Lidge came on in the ninth to protect the two-run lead. He got Hall and Hardy on popups before lefty Craig Counsell hit for the pitcher’s spot and singled. It brought Kendall to the plate as the tying run. Kendall got ahead 2-0 before he flew to Bohn in shallow left to end the game.

Three more scoreless innings for the pen as they allow one hit and one walk. That makes it 15 innings in a row without being charged a run. Fifth save for Lidge, who keeps his ERA at 0.00.

Gordon and Lidge both threw 15 pitches. Romero eight and Madson six.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jeff Suppan went (1) Werth (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Burrell (5) Jenkins (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench after 0-for-his-last-8 is the story here. Dobbs plays first with Feliz at third. Werth plays center and leads off while Bruntlett moves ahead of Ruiz and into the seven spot. Coste still can’t get into the game. Burrell moves into the cleanup spot with Howard out of the game. This says that Howard won’t be in the lineup tonight against lefty Zach Duke in Pittsburgh.

Werth singled to start the first, but Dobbs grounded into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right for the third out.

Burrell walked to start the second. Jenkins struck out behind him before Feliz hit into a double-play.

Bruntlett led off the third and singled into center. Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play, the third the Phils had hit into in 2 2/3 innings. Moyer struck out looking for the third out.

Dobbs walked with one out in the fourth and Utley moved him to second with an infield single with an assist to Weeks. Burrell flew to right and Jenkins grounded to second.

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

Werth hit an 0-1 pitch out to center with one out in the sixth, tying the game at 1-1. Dobbs grounded to second for the second out before Utley singled. Burrell moved Utley to second with a walk, but Jenkins flew to left to end the frame with both runners stranded. Four men left on base in three innings for Jenkins.

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

Howard hit for Gordon to start the eighth with righty David Riske on the mound. Howard struck out and Werth followed with another strikeout before Dobbs drew a walk. Utley was next and he singled to left, moving Dobbs to second. Burrell followed and doubled to left, both runners scored to put the Phils up 3-1. It gave Burrell 24 RBI in April, which is a new team record. Bohn ran for Burrell at second. Jenkins grounded to second for the third out with lefty Brian Shouse on the mound for Milwaukee. The Brewers let lefties Dobbs and Utley hit against the righty Riske and they hurt him. They did bring in Shouse to pitch to Jenkins, but it was a little late. Interesting that they left him in with Burrell hitting fourth — if Howard had been in the four hole they almost certainly would have brought Shouse in earlier with three lefties in a row.

Bruntlett singled with one out in the ninth. Ruiz followed and was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Howard. Howard had a miserable at-bat, striking out again, this time on four pitches. Werth grounded to third for the third out.

Werth was 2-for-5 with his fourth home run yesterday. 3-for-10 with a double in the series and 8-for-his-last-24 with two doubles and three home runs. 300/391/567 on the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-2 and walked twice after coming into the game without a walk on the season. 2-for-5 with a home run in the series. He has raised his average from .200 to .355 by going 8-for-his-last-16. 355/412/581.

Utley was 3-for-4. 5-for-7 with a home run in the series. 385/453/835 on the year.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with two walks and a double. 2-for-6 with a home run in the series. 355/474/750 on the year.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left six men on base. 0-for-7 in the series and 225/276/324 on the year. He could really give the Phils a boost with Rollins out, but he’s been struggling. 1-for-his-last-10 with a single and four strikeouts.

Ditto Feliz, who was 0-for-4 yesterday. 0-for-6 in the series. 213/280/373.

Bruntlett was 2-for-4 yesterday. 3-for-8 in the set and 207/258/276 for the season.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 yesterday and 1-for-7 in the series. 194/242/242 on the year. Coste did not get an at-bat in the series and is hitting 370/469/704 on the year.

Howard was 0-for-2 and struck out twice. 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the series. 176/297/341.

Taguchi walked in his only plate appearance of the series and is hitting 241/290/310 for the year.

Five Phillies regulars are on-basing under .300 for the season: Jenkins, Howard, Bruntlett, Ruiz and Feliz. So is Taguchi.

Given the large numbers of Phillies struggling to hit, I think they need to find a way to keep Dobbs’ bat in the lineup despite the weak defense. I don’t think giving Howard another night off tonight against the lefty is a bad idea. Howard is sure to get hot and when he does he isn’t going to carry the team for a few days, he can carry it for a month. But right now he looks awful. I’m surprised how much time Coste is spending on the bench with so few Phils hitting.

Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.74) faces lefty Zach Duke (0-1, 4.37) tonight in Pittsburgh. Duke was hit hard by the Cubs in his last outing, which came in Chicago on Sunday. In that start he allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings. Opponents are hitting .347 against him, although he hasn’t walked many, just six in 22 2/3 innings. He has struck out only seven batters on the year but hasn’t allowed a home run. He didn’t face the Phils last year. Eaton has been really good this season coming off a miserable 2007. Opponents are hitting just .267 against him after hitting .301 last season. In ’07 he good killed by the long ball, giving up 30 in 161 2/3 innings — he comes into tonight’s start having allowed just one in his first 24 2/3 innings. Eaton didn’t face the Pirates last year.


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