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Swept, away

The Phillies still can’t score and now they can’t win. It was bound to happen sooner or later. They’ve scored 31 runs in their last 13 games and scored ten times in four games against the Astros. They lost all four, dropping each of the last three by a single run.

The Phils have scored 13 runs in September, which is 30th of the 30 teams in baseball.

If you’re looking for a bright spot in the series it’s that Brett Myers returned and looks like he’s going to be able to contribute at the back of the Phillies pen. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how that plays out, but it sure looks like the Phillies will be able to use the help. Madson was one of a large group of Phillies regulars that missed at least part of the Astros series with an injury — Victorino, Utley, Happ and Madson all have been battling what we’ll have to hope are minor injuries. Lidge continues to be a huge problem, he allowed a pair of runs to blow the save in game two and has a 7.15 ERA for the season.

The Phillies are 77-58 on the year after being swept by the Astros in a four-game set in Houston. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Marlins by six games. The Phils have lost five of six.

Cliff Lee got hit hard for the second straight outing and the Phils lost game one 7-0. Coming off a start where he allowed six runs over five innings to the Braves, the Astros scored four runs off of Lee in the second and two more in the third. Moyer relieved Lee in the fourth and allowed a run on three innings on a solo homer by Carlos Lee. Again the Phillies offense did almost nothing. They had seven singles and a double by Victorino in the game. They didn’t draw a walk.

The Phillies dropped game two 5-4 as Houston scored two runs off of Lidge in the bottom of the ninth. The Astros scored got three early runs off of Blanton and took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but the Phils pulled ahead with two runs in the seventh and another two in the eighth. Lidge got the leadoff man to start the bottom of the ninth before Houston loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Michael Bourn chopped a ball to first with the infield in and Howard forced the runner at home for the second out, but Kaz Matsui delivered a two-run single that gave Houston the win.

The Phillies lost game three 4-3. Rollins started the game with a home run that put the Phillies up 1-0. Bourn led off the third with a single off of Hamels and came around to score and tie the game at 1-1. A solo shot from Francisco in the fourth put the Phillies up 2-1, but the Astros scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to go back on top at 4-2. Werth hit a solo homer in the eighth to get the Phillies within one, but that was how it ended.

Houston completed the sweep with a 4-3 win yesterday. Moyer got the start despite throwing 38 pitches in game one after Happ was scratched with an oblique strain. Again the Phillies went up with a run in the first inning, this time when Howard knocked in Victorino with an RBI-single. Pence connected for a two-run homer off of Moyer in the bottom of the second to put Houston up 2-1. Howard and Ibanez went back-to-back in the top of the fourth and the Phillies led 3-2. Park took over for Moyer in the seventh and things did not go well. The Astros greeted him with back-to-back doubles that tied the game at 3-3. After getting a fly ball for the first out of the inning, Park walked the lefty Darin Erstad to set up the double play, but then walked the next two batters. The second walk forced in a run to put Houston ahead to stay.

The pitching was terrible for the Phillies in the series. Overall the pitchers threw 32 2/3 innings with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.47 ratio.

The starters were worse than the relievers. Moyer allowed two runs over six innings yesterday, but that was the best start for the group. Lee lasted just three innings in game one. Overall they pitched to a 6.43 ERA and a 1.43 ratio in 21 innings, allowing 26 hits including three home runs. They walked just four and none of the four walked more than two in a start.

Lee got hammered in game one. He went three innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks. He’s allowed 12 runs in eight innings over his last two starts.

Blanton went six innings in game one, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. He’s been charged with more than three runs in a start once in 17 outings since the end of May.

Hamels took the loss in game three, allowing four runs over six innings on eight hits and two walks. He has thrown at least 114 pitches in each of his last three starts.

Moyer started game four, making the start for Happ. He went six innings and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four. He has a 3.58 ERA and a 1.24 ratio over his last 70 1/3 innings.

The bullpen threw 11 2/3 innings in the series with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.54 ratio. Lidge struggled badly in game two and Park in game four. The pen issued nine walks in 11 2/3 innings overall, which is too many.

Eyre entered in the bottom of the seventh yesterday with one out, the bases loaded and the Phillies down 4-3. He struck out Kaz Matsui and then got Berkman on a fly ball to leave the bases loaded.

Moyer took over for Lee in the fourth inning of game one, entering with the Phils down 6-0. He threw a 1-2-3 fourth, allowed a solo homer to Lee and a walk in the fifth and hit a batter in a scoreless sixth. In three appearances in long relief he had allowed two runs in 13 1/3 innings on seven hits and one walk. That’s a 1.35 ERA and an 0.60 ratio.

Nice outing in game one for Moyer helped to save the bullpen.

Taschner entered game one with two outs in the eighth, the Phils down 7-0 and a man on first. He allowed a single to Michael Bourn that put men on first and second. Kaz Matsui followed with another single, but Victorino threw Bourn out at home to end the inning.

Durbin took over for Hamels in game three, starting the seventh with the Phillies down 4-2. He threw a 1-2-3 seventh. He came back to pitch the eighth and the first two batters reached on a single and a walk, but Durbin struck out Blum for the first out and got JR Towles to hit into a double-play to end the inning. That’s two good outings in a row for Durbin in which he’s thrown a total of four scoreless innings.

Park pitched the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies down 3-2. He allowed a two-out single but kept the Astros off the board.

He also started the seventh inning yesterday in game four, entering to start the seventh with the Phillies up 3-2. Tejada and Pence greeted him with back-to-back doubles, tying the game at 3-3. Park got Blum on a fly ball for the first out and then walked the lefty Erstad intentionally to set up the double-play. He didn’t get it. Instead he walked the next two batters he faced, first walking Michaels to load the bases and then Bourn to force in the run that put Houston up 4-3. Eyre came in to pitch to switch-hitter Kaz Matsui.

Walker started the seventh inning in game one with the Phillies down 7-0 and set the Astros down in order. He came back to start the eighth and got the first two batter before hitting Aaron Boone. Taschner came in to pitch to the lefty Bourn.

Madson did not pitch in the series. He has been unavailable and hopefully will be able to pitch soon.

Myers pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phillies up 4-3. Myers was making his first appearance since May 27 and walked the first batter he faced, Lance Berkman. Myers got Carlos Lee on a fly ball to right for the first out and Berkman was thrown out trying to steal second for the second. Miguel Tejada flew to left to end the inning. That’s a pretty bad time to get caught stealing if you’re the Astros, but it worked out great for the Phils. Myers got three outs in the inning on a caught stealing and two line drives hit well to the outfield.

He also pitched the bottom of the eighth yesterday, entering the game to start the inning with the Phillies down 4-3. He walked Pence with two outs but got Blum to fly to left to leave the runner stranded.

Lidge started the ninth inning of game two with a 4-3 lead. He struck out Hunter Pence to start the inning, then walked Geoff Blum, gave up a single to Chris Coste and walked Jason Michaels to load the bases. The Phillies brought the infield in and Bourn chopped a ball to first. Howard made a nice play to throw home and force the runner at the plate. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Matsui lined a two-run single into center and the Astros won the game 5-4.

Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Park threw 23 pitches yesterday.

The Phillies scored ten runs in the four game series.

Rollins was 4-for-18 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s on-basing .258 in September after on-basing .294 in August.

Victorino was on the bench for game three with a bruised knee. He was 2-for-14 with a double in the series to drop his line on the year to 295/363/449 on the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-30 and has not drawn a walk since August 24.

Utley did not start game two after fouling a ball of his right foot in game one. 2-for-11 in the series. 295/414/533 on the year. He’s 2-for-21 with two singles in September.

Howard 5-for-15 with a triple and a homer. 277/353/573 on the season.

Werth was 3-for-14 with a double and a homer in the series. 269/373/521 for the year. He’s 8-for-his-last-37.

Ibanez was on the bench for game one against the lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Francisco played left. Ibanez was 4-for-11 with a home run in the set. 274/345/554 on the year.

Feliz was 2-for-15 with two singles and is hitting 268/314/379 for the year. He’s 3-for-24 with three singles in September.

Ruiz was 5-for-13 with a double in the series to raise his line on the year to 252/345/416 on the year.

Bako started game two behind the plate and was 1-for-2 in the series. 208/278/333.

Bruntlett didn’t have an at-bat in the series and is hitting 167/224/240 for the year.

Francisco started in left in game one and right in game three. 3-for-10 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 231/268/481 in 52 at-bats with the Phillies.

Cairo started at second in game two. 3-for-7 with a double in the series. 192/222/231 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-1 with two walks in the series. 191/357/348.

Charlie Manuel is mad the Phillies never win.

Happ hopes his oblique strain will not force him to miss another start.


Pat the who?

Pat Burrell may be a fan favorite, but Raul Ibanez is doing his best to make us all forget. Ibanez delivered a three-run blast to right-center last night to help give the Phillies their second-straight win in extra innings and is on pace to hit 59 home runs with 162 RBI this season. The Phils remain atop the NL East after taking two of three against the rival Mets in New York.

The series featured Ryan Madson filling in for DL’ed closer Brad Lidge. Madson was more than up to the task, coming through twice to nail down two saves. After a fantastic season in which Madson shined in the post-season he now has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in 2009. He has struck out 32 in 30 1/3 innings. He wasn’t the only Phillies reliever pitching well out of the pen in New York. The Phillies’ relievers struggled in game one, giving up the lead, but came back to throw ten scoreless innings in games two and three of the set as the Phils won twice in extra-innings.

The Phillies are 35-23 on the year after taking two of three from the Mets. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games. The Dodgers are the only team in either league with a better winning percentage.

New York took the first game of the set 6-5. The Mets jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a pair of home runs off of JA Happ — Wright hit a solo shot and Beltran a two-run homer. Howard and Ibanez went back-to-back off of Santana in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 and a two-run homer by Rollins in the sixth put the Phillies on top at 4-3. Happ and Condrey faltered in the bottom of the sixth as New York scored a pair of runs to take the lead for good. The Mets padded their lead with a run off of Durbin in the seventh. Utley hit another home run off of Santana in the eighth, the fourth of the game for the Phils, but it was only good enough to get the Phillies within one and the Mets pen shut them down from then on.

The Phillies won the middle game 5-4 in eleven innings. The Mets took a 1-0 lead with a run off of Hamels in the bottom of the third, but Utley tied things up with a solo shot off of Pelfrey in the top of the fourth. New York got five singles and a walk in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 4-1. The Phils tied the score at 4-4 in the seventh with three runs on four singles and an error by Wright. Hamels left after five innings and the bullpen went six scoreless innings after that. Utley won it with his second home run of the day, a solo shot in the top of the eleventh after Werth had made a fantastic diving catch to end the tenth and keep the game alive.

Last night Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the top of the tenth and Madson closed it for the second-straight day. Moyer allowed three runs over six innings. A big double by Coste put men on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh and Stairs tied the game at 3-3 with a pinch-hit RBI ground out. After going six scoreless frames in game two, the bullpen allowed one hit and didn’t walk a batter in four scoreless innings last night.

Overall the Phillies threw 29 innings in the series, pitching to a 4.03 ERA and a 1.55 ratio.

The starting pitching wasn’t good. Happ struggled in game one, allowing four walks and a pair of homers. Hamels went just five. Moyer had the best start of the three. As a group they threw to a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings with a 1.90 ratio.

Happ started game one and allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings on six hits and four walks. It was the worst of Happ’s four starts on the year and also the first time he allowed more than one home run in a game — he had allowed three on the season coming into the start.

Hamels went just five innings in game two, allowing four runs on ten singles, a double and two walks. Two of his last three starts have been bad with a gem against the Dodgers in the middle.

Moyer was the starter for game three. He allowed three runs over six innings on eight hits and didn’t walk a batter. Over his last three starts he has a 2.84 ERA and has allowed 15 hits and no walks in 19 innings (0.79 ratio).

As a group the bullpen threw to a 1.42 with a 1.11 ratio.

Eyre came in to face Daniel Murphy with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh in game two. He struck Murphy out swinging to end the inning.

He also pitched in game three, entering in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to face Fernando Martinez. Eyre got Martinez on a soft liner to third, but injured his calf during the at-bat. In the linked article Manuel suggests that Eyre may be out for a while.

On April 27 Eyre allowed four runs against the Nationals. He has allowed one run since, which was unearned, over 17 appearances and 10 2/3 innings. So, yeah, the Phillies are going to miss him.

Taschner took over for Hamels in game two. He threw a perfect sixth with the Phillies down 4-1.

Romero threw a perfect eighth in game one with the Phillies down 6-5.

He also pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed a single and a walk to the first three men he faced, but got the next two to leave both runners stranded.

He’s allowed one run in five appearances with the Phillies this season. The run was unearned.

Park entered game two in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but got Luis Castillo on a ground ball back to the mound to send the game to extra innings.

He came back to pitch the tenth inning in game two. He allowed a one-out single. With the winning run on first, Wright hit a line drive to the gap in right-center that may have ended the game if Werth had not made a diving catch.

Park dropped his ERA to 6.50 for the season with the outing. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last two appearances.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with the Phils down a run. He faced four batters, getting three outs and allowing a solo home run to Ryan Church. It was the fifth home run he had allowed on the year after allowing five all of last season.

He also started the seventh inning of game two. With the score tied at 4-4 he faced five hitters and allowed a single and two walks, one of which was intentional. After New York loaded the bases with one out, Durbin got a critical second out when Omir Santos popped to second. Durbin left with the bases loaded and two outs when the Mets called on lefty Daniel Murphy to pinch-hit.

Durbin started the ninth inning of game three with the score tied at 3-3. He faced two batters and got them both before Eyre came in to pitch to lefty Fernando Martinez.

Condrey relieved Happ with one out in the bottom of the sixth in game one. There was one out and a man on first with the Phillies up 4-3. It didn’t go well. The first batter he faced moved the runner on first to second with a single before Santana pulled back his bunt and slapped a double into the right field corner. It put men on second and third with the score tied at 4-4. Condrey got a popup for the second out before Alex Cora delivered an RBI single into center that made it 5-4 with men on first and third. Condrey walked Beltran intentionally and struck Sheffield out to end the inning.

Bad outing for Condrey. One of the runs he allowed was charged to Happ. Santana’s double hurt a lot.

He entered game three in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 3-3. He pitched the seventh and the eighth, facing six batters and setting down all six. He’s allowed two runs over 12 2/3 innings in his last 11 appearances.

Madson got the chance for the save in game two with Lidge on the DL. He entered in the bottom of the eleventh with a 5-4 lead and set the Mets down in order on three ground balls.

Great job by Madson — would have been a bummer to lose that one in extra-innings as he debuts as closer.

Great job again in game three. Madson entered in the bottom of the tenth with the Phils up 6-3. He allowed a leadoff single but set down the next three.

The Phillies scored 16 runs in the three-game series.

Victorino led off in game one and hit second for the other two. He had a big hit in the top of the tenth last night, getting a single to start the rally that ended with the Ibanez home run. He was 2-for-13 with two singles and a walk in the series and is hitting 288/336/450 for the year.

Utley had a monster game in game two of the series, hitting a pair of solo home runs. Mike Pelfrey would apparently prefer he not step out of the batter’s box as well. He was 5-for-13 with a double and three home runs in the series. 302/438/588 for the season.

Werth made a fantastic catch on a ball hit in the right-center gap with two outs in the bottom of the tenth in game two. He was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 263/391/425 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in June. He hit third in game one and dropped to sixth after Rollins returned to the leadoff spot.

Howard was 2-for-13 with a home run in the series. 253/331/567. He’s hitting .195 with a .292 on-base percentage in June.

Ibanez made a great play in game one, fielding a double off the wall by Sheffield on a hop and throwing Sheffield out at second. He also threw Wright out at second in last night’s game. 3-for-14 with two home runs in the series. 322/377/674 for the year. If he slugs .674 for the whole season it would be a career high. Just one walk in his last 54 at-bats. He’s on-basing .298 in June.

Rollins had a big day in the first game of the set, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. In the top of the ninth inning he absolutely blew up Alex Cora at second base to ruin what should have been a double-play and keep the game alive. He hit sixth in the first game of the series and led off the other two. 4-for-13 with a home run in the series, 1-for-9 after game one. 226/262/333 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 59 at-bats.

Feliz was 5-for-13 with a double in the set. 312/362/427 for the year. He has two home runs on the year, the last of which came on April 28. He has walked once in his last 65 at-bats.

Ruiz started the first two games of the set and went 0-for-7. 287/410/475 for the year.

Coste caught game three. He was 3-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 253/356/440 for the year.

Bruntlett drew a walk in game one, his only plate appearance of the series. He’s hitting 152/226/239 for the season. 4-for-his-last-29 with four singles.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a single. 196/276/353 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-2 with an RBI. Big at-bat last night to tie the game with a ground out. 306/479/583.

Bako was 0-for-1 in the series and is 0-for-1 with the Phils.

Pablo Ozuna was suspended 50 games.

The Phillies reached an agreement with Kelly Dugan, their top pick of the 2009 draft.

Update: Eyre to DL, Kendrick called up. Kendrick has made 12 starts at Triple-A, throwing to a 4.03 ERA with a 1.36 ratio. Still has some problems with lefties, who are hitting .315 against him in the minors this year and have hit four of the five home runs he has allowed.


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