The Phillies won a game ugly yesterday, but given how badly they’ve been playing this is no time to quibble. Madson and Lidge were both a little shaky at the back of the pen, but good enough to hold on and get the Phils a much-needed series win as the team finally gets a break from interleague play.
They could use it. They are 6-12 against the AL this year after going 4-11 against them in 2008. In Toronto, though, they managed to take two games with the help of a monster series from Werth, who went 6-for-8 and walked five times, and an impressive complete-game shutout from Happ in the middle game that helped the bullpen get some needed rest.
The Phillies are 39-34 on the year after taking two of three from the Blue Jays in Toronto over the weekend. They are in first place in the NL East, 2 1/2 games above the second-place Mets. The Mets are now at .500. The Phils have won two in a row for the first time since June 10-11. They are 4-11 in their last 15 games.
The Phillies lost game one of the series 6-1. Hamels didn’t pitch well and didn’t make it through the fifth. The Phils didn’t get a hit off of Toronto starter Ricky Romero till the seventh and managed just three singles and two walks in the game. A sac fly from Werth scored Victorino in the ninth for the only Phillies run.
Happ threw a complete game shutout in game two and the Phils rolled to a 10-0 win. The Phils jumped out to a big lead early with four runs in the first. Werth had a huge day, going 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. Happ was fantastic, throwing the first complete game of his career and holding the Blue Jays to four singles and a double without walking a batter.
The Phils pulled out a 5-4 yesterday in the final game of the set. Moyer gave up two homers early to put the Phillies down 3-0 before they scored a run in the top of the third. Moyer allowed another homer in the bottom of the third, the second of the game by Aaron Hill. A two-run triple by Utley keyed a four-run fourth that put the Phils up 5-4. Moyer only went five, but the pen gave the Phils four innings of scoreless relief including a shaky one from Lidge to earn his first save since returning from the DL.
The Phillies pitched well in the series. In 26 innings they threw to a 3.46 ERA and a 1.19 ratio. The only home runs they allowed were the three that Moyer gave up yesterday.
Hamels and Moyer didn’t have good starts, but Happ made the numbers for the starting pitchers good overall. As a group the three pitched to a 3.86 ERA and a 1.18 ratio over 18 2/3 innings.
Hamels started game one and allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings on eight hits and two walks. He was ejected from the game as he walked off the mound with two outs in the fifth and men on first and third.
Happ was fantastic in the second game. Complete game, five hits, no walks, four strikeouts and needed just 100 pitches to do it. Just a great outing, but it’s especially nice to see him not walking anyone after issuing ten walks over 11 2/3 innings in his two previous starts.
Moyer allowed four runs over five innings in game three. All four of the runs scored on the three homers he gave up in the game. He has a 6.05 ERA after 15 starts.
The relievers threw 7 1/3 innings in the series, throwing to a 2.45 ERA and a 1.23 ratio. They didn’t allow a home run. They gave up just four hits but walked five, which is too many. Both of the runs they allowed were charged to Lidge in game one.
Romero came into the bottom of the eighth in game one with the bases loaded, the Phils down 5-0 and one out. He walked the first man he faced, forcing in a run, but got Aaron Hill to hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Taschner did not pitch in the series.
Durbin did not pitch in the series.
Park came into game one in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, men on first and third and the Phils down 4-0. Alex Rios was the first man he faced and Rios smashed a ball back and off the knee of Park. Park threw the ball to first to end the inning, but then collapsed in pain. Walker started the sixth.
He was able to go again in game three. He entered to start the bottom of the sixth with a 5-4 lead and threw two perfect innings.
He has allowed just one home run since the end of April and none on the season while pitching in relief (14 appearances).
Walker started the sixth inning of game one with the Phillies down 4-0. He pitched a perfect sixth and a perfect seventh.
Madson started the eighth inning yesterday with a 5-4 lead. He allowed a one-out single that was followed by a Bruntlett error that put men on first and second. He got the next hitter on a ground out that moved the runners to second and third, then walked Lyle Overbay intentionally to load the bases. He got Russ Adams to pop out to the infield to end the inning.
Lidge started the eighth inning of game one with the Phils down 4-0, making his first appearance since June 6. The first four men he faced reached base on a double, two walks and a single. He left with one out and the bases loaded, the Phillies down 5-0.
He got the save yesterday with a little help from some terrible base-running by Toronto. He started the bottom of the ninth with a 5-4 lead and gave up a single and a walk to start the inning. He got a popup for the first out. With one out and men on first and second, John McDonald was then picked off of second and throw out at third for the second out. Wells grounded to short for the third out.
Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row, thanks to Happ’s outing in game two, and the Phils don’t play today. So the pen should be well-rested for Atlanta.
The Phillies scored 16 runs in the three-game set.
Victorino was 2-for-11 with two singles in the series. He walked twice and struck out five times. He’s hitting 296/363/446 on the season. Just two home runs in his 210 at-bats since the end of April.
Utley was 4-for-11 with a double, a triple and three walks in the series. 302/433/558 for the season.
Werth was 6-for-8 with a double, two home runs and five walks in the series to raise his line for the year to 271/364/494.
Howard was 4-for-13 with four singles and a walk in the series. 256/330/540 for the season. He’s hitting .237 and on-basing .312 for the month.
Mayberry started in left in all three games and went 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts. He’s at 216/256/514 for the year.
Feliz is hitting 287/331/407 on the year after going 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. He also drew a walk in yesterday’s game. It was his second walk in June.
Coste was the DH in all three games. 3-for-8 with two walks. 253/351/394.
Bruntlett started at short in all three games in the series. He made a big error in the eighth inning of game three, but Madson pitched around it. He went 1-for-11 with a single, dropping his line on the year to an ugly 136/211/197.
Ruiz was 3-for-11 with three RBI in the set. He’s hitting 250/357/389 for the year and will probably enjoy the day off today after catching six games in a row.
Rollins did not play in the series and is having an atrocious year. He is outhitting Bruntlett pretty significantly, though.
Stairs didn’t see much action with Toronto throwing three lefties in the series. He went 1-for-2 with a single and is hitting 296/433/500 for the year.
Dobbs was 0-for-1 and is at 230/284/419 on the season.
Bako is a pretty bad use of a roster spot if you’re going to let Ruiz catch six days in a row. He has been with the team since June 9 and has gotten three at-bats in which he’s gone 1-for-3. I’d guess he’ll lose his roster spot soon with the Phillies mercifully not needing to use Coste as their DH.
This says JC Romero was involved in an incident with a fan in Florida.
This says Carlos Carrasco may pitch Thursday in Atlanta.
Scott Eyre was eligible to come off of the DL on Saturday. Didn’t.