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Terrible two

The Phils couldn’t figure out Giant pitching again last night, dropping their second straight and the series to San Francisco. After losing 4-1 last night, the Phils have lost two in a row for the first time since June 4. In their last two games, the Phils have scored two runs, both of which are unearned.

Kendrick pitched pretty well in the game and was backed by 2 2/3 strong innings from the bullpen. In the seventh, some weak defense from Martinez and Howard helped turn a 2-0 lead for the Giants into a 4-0 lead. The offense didn’t do much of anything against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco pen, struggling with runners in scoring position and plating the lone run they did score with the help of a two-out error by reliever Ramon Martinez in the seventh.

The Phillies are 65-39 on the year after losing to the San Francisco Giants 4-1 last night. The Giants take two of three in the series. The Phils remain in first place in the NL East, five games ahead of the Braves.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out four.

He set the Giants down in order in the first.

Pablo Sandoval led off the bottom of the first and hit a 1-0 pitch out to the opposite field, tight down the left field line, to put the Giants up 1-0. Aubrey Huff followed that with a walk, but Kendrick got the next three hitters behind him.

Kendrick struggles against lefties and the switch-hitter Sandoval takes him out of the yard for the first run of the game. Lefties are hitting 266/372/516 against Kendrick for the year. The Giants started three lefties and three switch-hitters in the game.

Andres Torres reached on a bunt single that was deflected by Kendrick with one out in the third. Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second before Jeff Keppinger grounded to third to end the frame.

Aubrey Huff doubled to right with two outs in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz was next and he singled to right-center, scoring Huff to make it 2-0. Brandon Crawford grounded to short to leave Schierholtz stranded.

Pitcher Tim Lincecum singled on a ball deflected by Kendrick with one out in the fifth. Kendrick struck Torres out looking for the second out and got Keppinger on a fly ball to center for the third.

He struck out Carlos Beltran and Sandoval in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He walked Schierholtz on four pitches to start the seventh. Crawford popped to Rollins at short for the first out before catcher Chris Stewart singled to left, moving Schierholtz to third. Rowand hit for Lincecum and chopped a ball to third that Martinez didn’t handle cleanly. He picked it up and threw high to first, where the ball went off of Howard’s glove. Howard went after that ball, but not particularly quickly. Schierholtz had scored easily on the play and Stewart raced around third trying to score as well. Howard finally got to the ball and threw home, but Stewart slid in safely to make it 4-0 with Rowand on second and one out. Perez came into the game and got Torres to pop to Utley for the second out. Lidge came in to pitch to the righty Keppinger and got Keppinger on a ground ball to third on a nice diving play and a strong throw by Martinez to end the frame.

Awful defense from Martinez and Howard on the ground ball by Rowand. Martinez may not have gotten two even if he had fielded the ball cleanly, but Howard could have handled the high throw when it came and was very slow going after the ball when it got away from him. Good base-running by Stewart to score from first on a ground ball to third.

First time on the year that Lidge had appeared in back-to-back games.

Kendrick got some bad defense in the inning, but you don’t want to walk the leadoff batter.

Stutes set the Giants down in order in the eighth with the lead cut to 4-1.

That’s two good outings for Stutes in a row in which he’s gone three scoreless frames, coming off of a stretch where he allowed runs in three of four appearances.

Herndon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The pen goes 2 2/3 innings in which they don’t allow a hit or a walk. Perez and Lidge get two outs in the seventh with one out and a man on second, preventing the Giants from getting more in the inning. Herndon threw 14 pitches in the game, everyone else was under ten. Lidge has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz.

Rollins doubled to right to start the bottom of the first. Martinez bunted him to third with the first out, but Utley popped to short and Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.

Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Kendrick singled to right with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. It put men on first and second with one out for Martinez and he flew to left for the second out with Kendrick tagging and moving up to third. Utley struck out looking to leave runners on first and third.

Three men left on base for Utley through three innings. Kendrick is 4-for-16 at the plate with four singles and a walk (his .294 on-base percentage is better than Ibanez, Martinez or Valdez).

Down 2-0 in the fourth, Victorino drew a one-out walk but was left at first when Ibanez and Brown both popped out behind him.

Ruiz started the fifth with a walk, but Kendrick struck out trying to bunt him to second. Rollins flew to right on a nice sliding catch by Beltran for the second out before Martinez pushed Ruiz to second with another walk. Utley struck out swinging, leaving both runners stranded.

Two more left stranded gave Utley five through five innings.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth, but Ibanez and Brown both flew out behind him.

Down 4-0, Ruiz started the seventh with a double to center. With righty Ramon Ramirez on the mound, Mayberry hit for Lidge and struck out swinging for the first out. Rollins flew to left for the second out before Martinez reached on an error by the pitcher, putting men on first and third with two down. Lefty Jeremy Affeldt came in to face Utley and Utley doubled into the left field corner, scoring Ruiz (4-1) and moving Martinez to third. Howard grounded back to the pitcher to leave the runners at second and third.

Mayberry hits against the righty and strikes out for the first out. I assume Manuel didn’t use Gload cause the Phils were down by four runs and a homer only gets them within two.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With the lefty Affeldt still on the mound after getting Ibanez to ground to the pitcher for the second out, Francisco hit for Brown. Righty Sergio Romo came into the game and got Francisco to fly to left to end the inning.

Righty Brian Wilson struck Ruiz out to start the bottom of the ninth. Gload hit for Herndon and doubled to right. Rollins was next and flew to right for the second out, with Gload tagging and moving up to third. Martinez struck out swinging to end the game.

Nice to see Gload running well enough to go from second to third on any fly ball.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. 1-for-12 in the three-game set. He’s hitting 263/333/392 for the year. 2-for-his-last-28.

Martinez 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 218/264/316 on the year, which really means you shouldn’t be starting that many games at third base or hitting second that often for a team trying to win the World Series.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and five men left on base. 3-for-12 with a double and a homer in the set. 281/374/478 for the year.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 2-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 246/338/459 on the year.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. 258/361/387 in 37 plate appearances since his return. 299/374/510 for the year.

Ibanez 0-for-4 and left two men on base. 2-for-11 with a home run in the series. 245/287/418 for the year.

Brown 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-5 with a walk in the series. 247/338/399 for the year. Mayberry was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the set. 255/321/458 on the year.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-6 in the series. 265/370/373 for the season.

Halladay (12-4, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (11-8, 4.38) tonight. Correia had a 2.91 ERA after his first eight starts of the season, but has thrown to 5.22 ERA over his last 14 starts while opponents have hit .294 against him. Two of his last three starts have been real bad. Both of them came at home — on the road this year he’s 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.08 ratio. The Phillies have won 11 of the last 12 games that Halladay has started.

Polanco may be activated for Saturday’s game.


Still unable

On October 19, 2010, Matt Cain went seven strong innings against the Phils, backed up by a scoreless eighth from Javier Lopez and a scoreless ninth from Brian Wilson as the Giants topped the Phils 3-0 in game three of the NLCS. It was more of the same last night as San Francisco topped the Phils 2-1 behind more good pitching from Cain, Lopez and Wilson.

Hamels was great in the game for the Phils, pitching into the eighth and holding the Giants to just two runs. Less great was the offense, who managed just one extra-base hit, a double by Martinez, and scored one run, which came with the help of a dropped popup and a bad hop ground ball to first. The top of the order has struggled over the last six games — Rollins and Martinez have combined to go 5-for-48 (.104) with four walks.

Last night the defense wasn’t real good, either. Domonic Brown has produced offensively in recent games, but has been miserable in right. In last night’s game, the Giants led 1-0 in the seventh with runners on first and second and nobody out when Nate Schierholtz lined a ball to right. Brown misplayed it, overrunning it and then diving back the other direction and missing. The ball rolled past him, Schierholtz was given a double and the runner scored from second, giving the Giants their second run of the game on a night they would only need two.

The Phillies are 65-38 on the year after falling to the San Francisco Giants 2-1 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

He set the Giants down in order in the first.

Aubrey Huff led off the second and put a pretty bunt down the first base line. Hamels ran over, scooped the ball with his glove to Howard and Howard bare-handed the ball for the first out. Fantastic plays by both Hamels and Howard on a very good bunt by Huff. Hamels struck Jeff Keppinger and Cody Ross out behind Huff.

Eli Whiteside singled with one out in the third. The pitcher Matt Cain was next and tried to bunt him to second, but struck out trying for the first out. Aaron Rowand hammered a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner with Whiteside racing around to score and put the Giants up 1-0. Rowand took third as Utley cut Brown’s throw from right and went home and was given a triple. Mike Fontenot grounded to second to leave Rowand at third.

Hamels set San Francisco down in order in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Schierholtz hit a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Hamels struck Whiteside out behind him for the second out and got Cain to ground to short to end the frame.

Pablo Sandoval singled to left with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Huff to fly to center for the third out.

Keppinger doubled to center to start the seventh and Ross walked behind him. Schierholtz was next and lined a ball into right that eluded a diving Brown and rolled past him, scoring Keppinger to make it 2-0 and moving Ross to third. Hamels hit Whiteside and the bases were loaded. The pitcher Cain popped to Utley with the runners holding for the first out. Hamels got Rowand to ground into a double-play to keep the Giants from getting any more.

Brown is a butcher out there. Good job by Hamels — that could have been a whole lot worse after the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out.

It was 2-1 when Hamels started the eighth. He got the first two before Huff doubled to right. Lidge took over for Hamels and Brandon Belt ran for Huff at first. Lidge walked Keppinger on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt, putting men on first and second. He got Ross swinging at a high 2-2 pitch to leave the runners stranded.

Lidge wasn’t throwing real hard and didn’t look real good, but he kept San Francisco off the board.

Bastardo struck out Schierholtz and Whiteside as he set the Giants down in order in the ninth.

Second good outing in a row for Bastardo after getting hit hard by the Padres on Saturday.

The pen goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Twelve pitches for Bastardo and 11 for Lidge.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Tim Lincecum again doesn’t start the game with the flu, replaced this time with Cain. Mayberry on the bench against the righty despite two extra-base hits in game one of the series and a 313/340/667 line in 50 plate appearances in July. I think it was the right decision, I just think it’s unfortunate there’s not a good way to get him at-bats against righties.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Ibanez singled softly to left with two outs in the second and moved to second when Brown followed with a walk. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the third. Martinez doubled to left with two outs, but Utley flew to right to leave him stranded.

Only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils.

Victorino singled with one out in the fourth. Ibanez was next and grounded to second with Victorino moving up to second. Brown struck out swinging 3-2 to leave Victorino stranded.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

They were down 2-0 when Victorino led off the seventh with a popup out in front of the plate. Whiteside and Cain both tried to catch the ball with Whiteside knocking it out of Cain’s glove for an error. Victorino had stopped running at first and the ball rolled way away from Cain and Whiteside, but Victorino could only take second. Ibanez popped to short for the first out before Brown hit a ground ball to first that took a bad hop and went off Huff’s glove and into right field for a single. Victorino scored and it was 2-1. Ruiz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Way to make the most of a popup out in front of the plate and a ground ball to first.

With Gload still on the mound, Gload hit for Hamels to start the eighth and reached on catcher’s interference. Valdez ran for him at first and lefty Javier Lopez came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins bunted, but Lopez fielded and threw to second where Valdez was forced for the first out. Martinez flew to right before Rollins stole second. Utley flew to center to leave Rollins at second.

Good idea to bring in a lefty to face Rollins. He came into the game hitting 229/268/314 against lefties for the season.

Brian Wilson got Howard, Victorino and Ibanez in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and is 1-for-his-last-24.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a double. 2-for-his-last-16 and on-basing .264 for the season. I don’t see him as an ideal two-hitter. He’s on-basing .175 against lefties for the year.

Utley 0-for-4. 286/400/619 in 50 plate appearances since the All-Star break.

Howard 0-for-4. He went 2-for-25 in his first 28 plate appearances after the break, but is 6-for-his-last-18 with four extra-base hits (333/333/778 over 18 plate appearances).

Victorino 1-for-4. 359/457/564 in 47 plate appearances in July. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series so far.

Ibanez 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-15. He has two walks in 81 plate appearances in July. For the year, he’s walked 22 times in 390 plate appearances, which is about 5.6%. His walk rate for his career is about 8.6%.

Brown 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 7-for-his-last-18 with five walks. He’s really scary out in right.

Ruiz was 0-for-3. 333/433/491 so far in July.

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) faces righty Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) tonight. Lincecum has allowed one run or less in five or his last six starts, throwing to a 1.66 ERA with a 1.13 ratio over those six outings. Kendrick is 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in his nine starts on the year.


And if Madson can just steer clear of any other chairs with malicious intent, the back of the pen might be okay

Just as long as he doesn’t have a problem with pitching like three innings a game.

The biggest worry for many Phillies fans as we head into the NLCS seems to be that the offense either just won’t show up or won’t be able to handle the San Francisco pitching. I sure hope that doesn’t happen, but there seems to be a whole lot of evidence that the Philly offense can hit just about anyone. Instead of worrying about the areas where we know the Phils are better than the Giants, I wonder if we should take some time to worry about the areas where we know San Francisco is better than the Phillies.

By that, of course, I mean the bullpens.

There is no argument to be made that the Phililes had a better bullpen that the Giants this year. The Phillies relief corps was in the middle of the pack in the NL while San Francisco was perhaps a tick less dominant that the Padres, but still at least the second-best bullpen in the league. Phillies relievers threw to a 4.02 ERA (tenth-best in the NL) and a 1.39 ratio (tenth-best), the Giants bullpen had a 2.99 ERA (second-best) and a 1.31 ratio (sixth).

It’s not really very close. There was one area where the Phillies had an advantage, though, and might still in the series. Here’s the NL rank for runs allowed per batter faced in innings six through nine for each team (the numbers include results for all pitchers for each team, not just relievers):

Inning SF PHI
6 1 4
7 1 12
8 9 1
9 3 12

So, you shouldn’t be hoping to put up a whole lot of runs against the Giants in the sixth, seventh or ninth, but you also shouldn’t be looking to do much against the Phils in the eighth.

If you’re a Phillies fan, you’re almost surely guessing that we have Ryan Madson to thank for his dominance in the eighth inning. And you’re right. But Madson wasn’t the only reliever who shined for the Phils in that role. Contreras was also fantastic in the eighth inning and got a lot of chances there, thanks to the toe incident that sidelined Madson early in the season. Madson wound up facing 114 batters in the eighth inning for the season and Contreras 111. As good as Madson was, Contreras pitched just about as much as Madson did in the eighth and was nearly as effective. Here’s what the duo did in the eighth for the season:

Player IP
ERA Ratio K
Madson 29 2/3 1.52 0.81 32
Contreras 27 1/3 1.65 1.17 24

While it’s nifty that Contreras threw so well in the eighth over the course of the year, you have to wonder a little about how relevant that is going to be in the series. Contreras threw to a 5.63 ERA over his last eight appearances in the season. He had an 0.56 ERA in his first 18 appearances of 2010, but since June 1 he’s thrown 40 2/3 innings with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.40 ratio. If you see him pitching in the eighth in the NLCS it’s probably going to mean that Madson is hurt or the Phils are up or down by a lot of runs.

If there’s not a ton of reasons to have confidence in what Contreras might do at the back of the pen in the series, it sure seems like there is a lot of reason for confidence in Madson. Madson threw to a 1.04 ERA and an 0.89 ratio over his last 36 appearances to end the regular season, striking out 44 in 34 2/3 innings.

There’s more, though. The Phillies haven’t just been dominant in the eighth inning. The Giants have oddly also been ineffective, slipping into the bottom half in the NL in runs allowed per batter faced. They also floundered in the eighth inning in the NLDS against the Braves. Here are the numbers for their three relievers who have faced the most batters in the eighth inning, righties Sergio Romo and Guillermo Mota and lefty Jeremy Affedlt:

Player IP
ERA Ratio K
S Romo 30 2/3 1.47 0.72 34
G Mota 22 1/3 6.45 1.30 15
J Affeldt 19 2/3 4.12 1.63 19

There’s not a lot of mystery about who was helping and hurting the Giants in the eighth during the regular season — Romo was really good and Mota and Affeldt, especially Mota, were less good. Romo didn’t have a good NLDS, allowing hits to both men he faced in game two and allowing a run while getting two outs in game three. He ended the set with a 40.50 ERA and a 4.50 ratio for the post-season. The Giants let righty Santiago Casilla and lefty Javier Lopez handle the eighth with a one-run lead in game four. Casilla threw to a 1.95 ERA with the Giants and struck out 56 in 55 1/3 innings, but he pitched more in both the sixth and seventh innings than he did the eighth this season.

The ninth inning has been a different story, of course. Brian Wilson has been perhaps the best closer in the league after Billy Wagner, leading the NL with 48 saves while throwing to a 1.81 ERA and an 1.18 ratio for the season.

Here’s what the two guys that faced the most batters in the ninth for each team did in the inning:

Player IP
ERA Ratio K
B Wilson 54 2/3 1.81 1.10 69
J Affeldt 15 2/3 3.45 1.47 15
B Lidge 37 2/3 3.58 1.27 43
R Madson 18 1/3 4.42 1.31 25

No contest there between Wilson and Lidge. Neither Madson or Affeldt impressed with their chances in the ninth, but Wilson and Lidge are going to be the guys looking to convert save opportunities in the series. Opponents hit for about the same average against Wilson and Lidge, .207 against Lidge and .210 for Wilson, but Wilson threw 17 more innings in the ninth and allowed fewer homer runs (three for Wilson and five for Lidge) and walked fewer hitters (17 for Wilson and 19 for Lidge).


Cain able

The Phils got three hits last night and even against the weak-hitting Giants it wasn’t enough. Rudy Seanez, offering a demo of why Manuel wants to pitch guys three and four days in a row rather than use his whole bullpen, allowed a run on four hits in the top of the tenth. A day after the Phils beat San Francisco closer Brian Wilson in extra-innings they went quietly against him in the bottom of the inning.

Brett Myers pitched well for the Phillies, but he needed 121 pitches to get through seven innings. Win or lose, it’s a mistake to let Myers throw that many pitches when the season isn’t on the line, just like it was a mistake to let Hamels go that many last month in Milwaukee. The Phillies lost both of those games.

Finally, reports of life in the bat of Ryan Howard have been greatly exaggerated. Despite opening May with a huge day, Howard has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in his last two games.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants last night, falling 3-2 in ten innings to drop to 17-14 on the season.

Myers got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out a season-high ten.

Myers walked Fred Lewis to start the first. With Eugenio Velez at the plate, Lewis stole second. Coste’s throw beat Lewis, but Bruntlett didn’t get the tag down and didn’t tag Lewis out when Lewis slid past the bag. Velez grounded to short for the first out and Lewis went to third. Randy Winn singled to center and Lewis scored to put the Giants up 1-0. Bengie Molina moved Winn to third with another singled and Aaron Rowand walked to load the bases with one out. Myers got out of it without further damage by striking out John Bowker and Rich Aurillia.

Myers threw 29 pitches in the first inning. The Phils could have prevented a critical run if they had gotten Lewis stealing second.

Pitcher Matt Cain singled to left with one out in the second, but Myers got the next two.

Rowand single with two outs in the third, but Myers picked him off and Rowand was tagged out as Howard threw to Bruntlett to end the frame.

Myers struck out Bowker and Aurillia in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with the game tied at 1-1. With one out Lewis lined a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting San Francisco up 2-1. Velez walked and stole second, but Myers struck out Winn for the second out. Molina hit a ball back to the mound that Myers deflected but didn’t field. Molina had an infield single and Velez went to third. Rowand grounded to third to set the Giants down.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Myers started the sixth. He struck out Bowker and Brian Bocock in a 1-2-3 frame.

He came back with a 1-2-3 seventh.

Durbin started the eighth after 121 pitches for Myers. He got the first two before Rowand drew a walk. Bowker was next and hit a ground ball to Utley’s right. Utley dove towards second to make the play and threw to first. Howard made a nice stretch at first and Bowker was out to end the frame.

Lidge started the ninth inning, pitching for the third straight day and for the second straight day in a non-save situation. Aurillia grounded to short for the first out. Ray Durham hit for Bocock and reached on an infield single up the middle. Utley fielded going towards second base but Durham just beat it out. Durham stole second with Emmanuel Burriss, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Tyler Walker, at the plate. Burriss hit a soft ground ball to third for the second out and Durham moved to third. Lewis grounded softly to first to end the frame.

Seanez started the tenth and got the first out before Winn singled. Winn stole second before Molina hit a ball to left that rolled to the wall for a long single. Winn scored to put the Giants up 3-2. Rowand struck out looking for the second out before Bowker and Aurillia loaded the bases with back-to-back singles. Molina is absurdly slow not to be able to 1) get to second on his single to the wall or 2) score from second on the single into left by Aurillia with two outs. Jose Castillo hit for the pitcher and grounded to short for the third out.

Three innings for the pen in which they allowed a run on five hits, all singles and four allowed by Seanez, and a walk. Lidge threw 14 pitches but was throwing for his third day in a row. Durbin 19, Seanez 21.

Condrey still doesn’t get into the game. The Phillies need to use their whole bullpen even if it means losing a game. Tonight they used Myers too much and Lidge too much and they lost anyway.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Werth on the bench with Jenkins in right and Victorino in center. Dobbs plays third and hits second, putting lefties 2-3-4 in the order for the Phils. Second start in two games for Coste behind the plate.

With two outs in the first, Utley singled and moved to second on a balk. Howard struck out for the third out.

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

Dobbs struck out to start the fourth. Utley was next and drove a 2-1 pitch out to left-center to tie the game at 1-1. Howard and Burrell struck out behind him.

Jenkins started the fifth and hit the first pitch he saw just out down the line in right. It tied the game at 2-2. Coste and Bruntlett struck out and Myers popped to second to end the inning. Five strikeouts and two home runs allowed in the fourth and fifth for Cain.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Coste walked to start the eighth and Ruiz ran for him at first. Cain left the game with a problem with his right hamstring before Bruntlett bunted Ruiz to second against righty Tyler Walker. Werth hit for Durbin and grounded to third for the second out. Victorino flew to Rowand in left-center to end the inning with Ruiz stranded.

Feliz started the ninth and walked on a 3-2 pitch. Utley lined a ball back through the middle, but the pitcher Traschner got a glove on it, deflecting it and slowing it down. Velez took it at second and started a double-play. Howard struck out for the third time in the game.

Brian Wilson was back on the job in the bottom of the tenth to protect a 3-2. Burrell led off and drew a walk. Eaton ran for him. Jenkins hit a double-play ball to short but the Giants only got one. Eaton did a nice job sliding into Velez at second and the relay to first was bad. Ruiz struck out and Bruntlett grounded softly to short on a nice play by Burriss to end the game.

Three hits and two walks in the game for the Phillies.

Victorino was 0-for-4.

Dobbs 0-for-3. The guys who start the game in the one and two spots, Victorino/Werth on Friday and Victorino/Dobbs on Saturday, are 2-for-17 in the last two games.

Utley 2-for-4 with a home run, one of two extra-base hits for the Phils.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jenkins 1-for-4 with a home run, his first extra-base hit since April 17.

Coste was 0-for-2 with a walk. The Giants stole four bases in the game, three with Coste behind the plate.

Bruntlett 0-for-3.

Cole Hamels (3-3, 2.70) faces righty Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.73) this afternoon. Lincecum has allowed more than two runs in just one of his six appearances on the season, five of which have been starts. Lefties are hitting .290 against him, righties .238. He’s allowed 15 walks in 36 1/3 innings, which is too many, but just one home run. He made two starts against the Phils last year and was hit hard in both of them. May 6 and June 3. Hamels has given the Phillies at least seven innings in each of his six starts on the season. Righties are hitting .197 against him, lefties .216. He was 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in two starts against the Giants last season. He started the May 6 game against Lincecum and also pitched on June 2.


Burrell gets around round round on Brian Wilson

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
SF 13-16 93 3.21 16 676 (14) 33 10
PHI 16-13 136 4.69 4 780 (4) 12 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
SF 13-16 131 4.52 T-8 4.17 (9) 4.10 (9)
PHI 16-13 124 4.28 T-6 4.32 (10) 2.56 (1)

The pitchers, relievers in particular, have carried more than their share of the load in the early going for the Phils. More than once they’ve helped the team come out with a win in a game where the performance of the offense was lack-luster. Last night the bats returned the favor.

After the Giants came back from down 4-1 to force extra-innings and then pulled ahead with a run in the top of the tenth off of the overused JC Romero, San Francisco closer Brian Wilson came on to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the tenth. He threw fastball after fastball past the heart of the Phillies order. Utley managed to loop a single into right-center field, but Werth and Howard both struck out. The Phils were down to their last strike when Pat Burrell blasted a 3-2 pitch out to left to win the game.

The Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants last night, winning 6-5 in ten innings to improve to 17-13 on the season. They are four games above .500 for the first time on the season.

Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six.

Randy Winn singled to left with two outs in the first, but Kendrick got cleanup hitter Bengie Molina on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

He started the second up 2-0. John Bowker singled to center with one out, but Kendrick got the next two to leave him stranded.

Kendrick struck out Fred Lewis and Ray Durham in a 1-2-3 third.

Winn singled to start the fourth, but Molina followed and hit into a double-play. Aaron Rowand was next and he doubled into left. Bowker was next he lined a single to center. Rowand held third, but Jose Castillo followed with a single into right-center. Rowand scored to cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 and Bowker went to second. Emmanuel Burriss grounded to short for the third out to leave both runners stranded.

Kendrick started the fifth with a 4-1 lead. Dan Ortmeier hit for the pitcher Pat Misch to start the inning and was hit by a pitch. Kendrick set down the next three, striking out Lewis and getting Ray Durham on a fly ball to left before he struck out Winn to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Castillo and Burriss started the seventh with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second with nobody out for the pitcher’s spot and switch-hitter Eugenio Velez hit for reliever Keiichi Yabu. Madson came in to pitch to him and Velez singled into center to load the bases. Madson struck Lewis out swinging at a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Durham singled into right and Castillo and Burriss both scored to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. Velez went to second. Winn singled off the glove of Feliz and into left, loading the bases for Molina with one out. Madson got ahead of Molina 0-2 before Molina reached out for a pitch way low and outside and hit a slow grounder to short. Bruntlett had to go to first for the second out as Velez scored to tie the game at 4-4. With men on second and third and two, Madson struck Rowand out to end the frame.

Gordon started the eighth. Bowker led off with a single and went to second on a curve ball in the dirt that Coste couldn’t find with Castillo at the plate. Gordon was charged with a wild pitch. With Castillo still at the plate Coste couldn’t handle another pitch from Gordon, this one low and outside, and Bowker went to third with nobody out. Gordon struck Castillo out for the first out. Burriss was next and hit a ground ball back to Gordon. Gordon did a great job, chasing Bowker back to third and then tossing to Feliz who tagged him out. Flash hurt something on the play, but stayed in the game. Velez grounded to short to end the frame.

Miserable inning for Coste, but Gordon worked around it.

Lidge started the ninth for the Phils with the game tied at 4-4 after having pitched an inning the night before. He got ahead of Lewis 0-2 before Lewis singled into right. Brian Bocock hit for the pitcher Tyler Walker and bunted Lewis to second. Winn hit a slow ground ball to first for the second out and Lewis went to third. Molina flew to right to set the Giants down.

I was surprised to see Lidge enter in a tie game. Other choices were Durbin, who threw 36 pitches on Wednesday and probably wasn’t available, Seanez, who threw eight and probably was, and JC Romero who would have been pitching in his fourth game in four days.

Romero came on to pitch the tenth. Rowand hit his first pitch out to center to put the Giants up 5-4. Bowker followed with a single, but Castillo hit into a double-play. Burriss singled and stole second before Velez walked to put men on first and second with two down. Romero struck out Lewis to end the frame.

Manuel didn’t have a good game and Burrell bailed him out. Romero pitching for the fourth day in a row and giving up the go-ahead home run in the tenth to a righty isn’t what you’re looking for. Unless they were not available I think you have to let Seanez or even Condrey pitch.

The Phillies should stop using Romero in the way they have been. The risk of injury seems high and his loss would be a huge problem given the lack of lefties. If you hear them say anything like, “Romero is a big, strong kid and we really know his arm” it’s time to head for the hills.

Bad day for the pen. Phils’ relievers went four innings and allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk. Madson threw 19 pitches, Gordon 22, Romero 20, Lidge 14. Romero cannot pitch five days in a row. Gordon was pitching for the second straight day, so he’s probably out tonight even if he is not injured from the play on the comebacker. Lidge would be going three days in a row if he goes tonight. Phils need a long outing from Myers.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Jenkins on the bench against the lefty with Victorino in center and Werth in right. Coste catches Kendrick. Interesting decision tonight for Manuel in center and right with a righy on the mound for the Giants. I assume Jenkins will play right, but I think we might see Victorino in center with Werth on the bench. Werth is 2-for-his-last-20.

Werth singled with one out in the first and stole second before Utley homered down the line in right, putting the Phils up 2-0. Howard and Burrell went down to end the inning.

Feliz started the second with a single and Coste struck out behind him for the first out. Bruntlett drew a walk, moving Feliz to second. Kendrick tried to bunt and failed, striking out for the second out. Victorino flew to right to end the inning.

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

Burrell walked to start the fourth and Feliz followed and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out down the line in right, putting the Phils up 4-1. Coste flew to left for the first out before Bruntlett bunted for a single. Madson bunted him to second for the second out, but Victorino popped to third to end the inning.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth, but Howard and Burrell went down behind him.

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

With the score tied at 4-4 in the seventh, Dobbs hit for Madson to start the inning and flew to right. Victorino followed with a single and stole second with Werth at the plate. Werth flew to right for the second out, deep enough for Victorino to go to third. Utley was walked intentionally and lefty Jack Traschner came in to pitch to Howard and struck him out to end the inning. San Francisco would still rather pitch to Howard than Utley even after Howard beat them the night before.

After Howard’s strikeout he was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Had me wondering if I was a little premature with yesterday’s headline.

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

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Jenkins hit for Lidge against the righty Merkin Valdez and flew to center for the second out.

Werth led off the tenth against Giants’ closer Brian Wilson. Werth got ahead 3-0 but Wilson threw three straight fastballs and struck him out swinging. Utley looped the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center field, bringing up Howard as the winning run. Howard struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch and was ejected as he walked away from the plate complaining. The pitch that Howard struck out on was most definitely a strike. Burrell got ahead 3-0 and Wilson threw two fastballs past him. He didn’t throw three. The 3-2 pitch was a little outside, but Burrell hammered it out to left to give the Phils a 6-4 win.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a stolen base.

Werth 1-for-5 with a stolen base.

Utley 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks.

Howard 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a walk and a game-winning homer.

Feliz 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against his former team.

Coste 0-for-4 and a bad night behind the plate.

Bruntlett 1-for-3 with a walk.

Brett Myers (2-2, 5.11) faces righty Matt Cain (1-2, 4.41) tonight. Cain got bombed by the Cardinals for nine runs in 3 2/3 innings on April 18. In his two starts since he’s allowed one run on nine hits in 12 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .248 against him for the year, righties .233. He has walked way too many, 23 in 32 2/3 innings. The Phillies scored seven runs in three innings against him the only time they faces him last year, which was on May 3. Myers has allowed ten runs in 12 innings over his last two starts. Over his last five starts he’s allowed ten home runs in 32 innings. He didn’t make a start against the Giants last year but threw two scoreless innings in relief.


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