Playing their twentieth game in twenty days and the tenth game of a ten-game road trip, the Phils found themselves down 5-0 after an inning in Los Angeles yesterday. After three innings it was 6-0 and it seemed like it might be about time to call it a day, appreciate what a great trip it had been and get ready for the Nationals on Friday night.
Turned out it was time to remember that the Phillies are the best team in baseball.
Hunter Pence got the comeback started with a two-run homer in the fourth. Two defensive miscues in the middle innings by LA helped the Phils score three unearned runs and cut the lead to 6-5 by the time the Phils were done hitting in the fifth. Kendrick allowed a run on a single and a double in the bottom of the fifth to extend the LA lead to 7-5, but the Phils roared back again, getting four runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Utley in front of a two-run shot by Howard that put them on top at 9-7. Madson allowed a run in the ninth, but hung on to get the save and the Phils won 9-8.
The Phillies are 77-40 on the year after beating the LA Dodgers 9-8 yesterday. With the win the Phils complete the three-game sweep and end their ten-game road trip with a 9-1 mark. The game also was the end of a stretch in which the Phils played 20 games in 20 days. They went 16-4 in those games and will be off today and Monday with a three-game set with the Nats in-between the two off-days.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles, a triple and a home run. He struck out six and his ERA puffed to 2.85. Worley has scuffled in two of his last three starts, allowing 12 runs in 17 innings while opponents have hit .313 and slugged .567 against him. After allowing two home runs in 62 1/3 innings to start the season, Worley has now given up a home run in each of his last four starts, allowing four over 26 innings.
He struck Aaron Miles out looking 0-2 to start the bottom of the first, but things went downhill from there. Worley walked Casey Blake and Andre Ethier back-to-back before Matt Kemp singled into left, scoring Blake to make it 1-0 and moving Ethier to second. Juan Rivera was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left-center for a three-run homer, putting the Dodgers up 4-0. James Loney walked behind Rivera and Dioner Navarro followed that with a double to right. Loney scored and it was 5-0, but Navarro was caught up between second and third and finally tagged out for the second out. Jamey Carroll was next and tripled to left, but was left stranded at third when Worley struck out pitcher Chad Billingsley to end the inning.
Righties came into the game slugging just .270 against Worley for the year, but Rivera takes him deep for a three-run homer, the switch-hitter Navarro doubles and the righty Carroll adds a triple. Navarro making an out on the bases saves the Phils a run when he doesn’t score on the triple by Carroll.
Worley struck out Blake and Ethier in a 1-2-3 second.
Kemp started the third with a double to left and moved to third when Rivera followed with a single to right. Worley struck out Loney for the first out, but Navarro was next and he flew to left, deep enough for Kemp to tag and score and extend the lead to 6-0. Carroll flew to right for the third out.
Miles doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Blake popped to Rollins and Ethier flew to center to leave him stranded.
Five extra-base hits allowed by Worley in four innings.
Kendrick started the fifth for the Phils with the LA lead cut to 6-5. He struck Kemp out swinging for the first out, but Rivera followed and reached on an infield single. The lefty Loney was next doubled to right, scoring Rivera to make it 7-5. Kendrick struck Navarro out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got Carroll to fly to right to leave Loney at second.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Kendrick has some problems with left-handed hitters. They came into the game hitting 248/350/475 against him. Hitting .248 against him is fine — on-basing .350 and slugging .475 is less great. 311/378/524 against Kendrick for his career coming into the game compared to 258/301/391 for righties.
Herndon set the Dodgers down in order in the sixth.
He dropped his ERA to 4.10 on the year with the 1-2-3 frame. After throwing to a 9.28 ERA in 11 appearances in April, Herndon has pitched to a 2.03 ERA 1.01 ratio in 26 2/3 innings over 21 appearances since.
Lidge started the seventh and struck out Ethier for the first out. Kemp followed with an infield single and stole second before Lidge walked Rivera on four pitches. Bastardo came in to face the left Loney and got him on a fly ball to left for the second out. He struck Navarro out swinging to leave both runners stranded.
Bastardo bails out Lidge, coming into the game with runners on first and second and one out. Lidge hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his last three appearances, but six of the 12 batters he has faced have reached base on two singles and four walks.
Bastardo was back to shut the Dodgers down in order in the eighth.
After throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the game, Bastardo has now allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings over his last eight appearances. Over those eight appearances he hasn’t walked any of the 25 batters he faced and opponents have hit .125 against him.
Madson started the ninth with a two-run lead. Blake led off with a single to left.
Ethier was next and smashed a ball to left, but Ibanez tracked it down after a long run for the first out. Kemp moved Blake to third with another single to third, putting the tying run on base and bringing Rivera to the plate. Rivera hit a ground ball to second. Utley went to Rollins for the second out as Blake scored to cut the lead to 9-8. Righty Rod Barajas hit for the pitcher Javy Guerra and Trent Oeltjen ran for Rivera at first. Barajas hit a ball well to center, but Victorino took it on the edge of the track to end the game.
Not a real impressive outing for Madson, who got the job done but gave up two hits and got outs on balls hit hard by Ethier and Barajas in the inning. He was pitching for the third straight day and has allowed a run on two hits in an inning in each of his last two appearances.
Madson threw 18 pitches in the game. Kendrick 22, Bastardo 16, Lidge 11 and Herndon five. Madson is the only guy in the pen who has pitched more than one day in a row and the Phils are off today.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Martinez. Schneider catches the day game with the righty on the mound for LA. Martinez at third with Valdez on the bench and Polanco sidelined.
Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to left for the second out before Howard walked, putting men on first and second for Pence. Pence popped to Carroll to leave both runners stranded.
Down 5-0, Ibanez singled to right to start the second. Schneider followed and grounded into a double-play. Martinez flew to left for the third out.
Rollins singled to right with one out in the third. Victorino followed that with a ground-rule double to left that moved Rollins to third. Utley was next and he flew to center. Rollins tried to tag and score, but Loney took the throw from Kemp, threw home and Rollins and was called out to set the Phillies down.
Close play at the plate and it looked like Rollins might have gotten his hand in. Manuel came out to discuss, but with no success.
The Phils were down 6-0 when they hit in the fourth. Howard led off and walked on four pitches. Pence was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to center, getting the Phils on the board at 6-2. Ibanez flew to left for the first out and Schneider grounded to short for the second. Martinez was next and hit a ball through Loney at first. Martinez wound up at second with Loney charged with a two-base error. Worley was next and hit for himself, singling into center. Martinez scored and it was 6-3 with two down and Worley on first. Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.
No play by Loney on the ball hit by Martinez helps the Phils get a run. Worley hits for himself despite having allowed six runs in three innings and comes through. I was expecting a pinch-hitter with the runner in scoring position, especially given the off-day today for the Phils and another coming on Monday.
Victorino led off the fifth and walked on five pitches. Utley flew to left before Howard moved Victorino to second with a single. Pence was next and hit a ball to third that Blake didn’t handle for an error, allowing Victorino to score (6-4) with Howard going to third and Pence winding up at second. Lefty Hong-Chih Kuo took over for Billingsley and Ibanez grounded to first for the second out, but Howard scored from third to cut the lead to 6-5 and Pence moved up to third. Kuo struck Schneider out swinging to leave Pence at third.
Two more unearned runs in the inning for the Phils thanks to the error by Blake at third, which gave them three unearned runs in the last two innings.
The Phils trailed 7-5 when they hit in the sixth. Martinez flew to center for the first out. With the lefty Kuo still on the mound for the Dodgers, Francisco hit for Kendrick and walked on five pitches. Righty Blake Hawksworth came in to pitch to Rollins and Rollins singled to right, moving Francisco up to third. Rollins stole second, but Victorino struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Utley picked him up, though, lining a single to left that scored both runners and tied the game at 7-7. Howard was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch out to left for a two-run homer that put the Phils on top at 9-7. Matt Guerrier took over for Hawksworth and struck out Pence to end the inning.
Looked like a huge strikeout for Victorino with one out and men on second and third, but Utley picks him up with the single and Howard delivers another long ball against a right-handed pitcher.
Schneider singled to right with one out in the seventh. Martinez flew to left for the second out. With the righty Guerrier still pitching for the Dodgers, Mayberry hit for Herndon and struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.
Coming off a stretch where he hit four home runs in 16 at-bats, Mayberry is 0-for-his-last-6.
The Phils went in order in the eighth.
Pence walked with one out in the ninth, but Ibanez and Schneider went down behind him to leave Pence at first.
Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 5-for-12 with two walks and two doubles in the three-game set. He’s hitting 267/341/401 for the year. 298/403/474 over his last 67 plate appearances.
Victorino 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 6-for-12 with three doubles and a home run in the series. 312/391/542 for the season.
Utley 1-for-5 with two RBI. 2-for-14 with two RBI in the set. 7-for-his-last-33 with seven singles. He’s hitting 280/368/461 for the year.
Howard was 2-for-3 in the game with two walks and a two-run homer. 4-for-12 with a double and a home run in the game. He’s hit 24 home runs against righties for the year and one against lefties. 252/341/489 for the year.
Pence 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 4-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. 347/389/592 in 49 plate appearances with the Phils so far. 313/360/484 for the season overall. The Phillies are 11-1 since he joined the team.
Ibanez 1-for-5 with an RBI. 1-for-9 in the series. 1-for-his-last-17. 240/286/416 for the year.
Schneider was 1-for-5 in the game in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 180/253/292 for the year. Ruiz was 1-for-8 in the series and is hitting 261/360/367 for the season.
Martinez 0-for-4 to drop his average on the year to .216. He was 1-for-8 in the series. 4-for-his-last-30 with a walk and a double. 216/258/304 for the year. Valdez didn’t play but was 1-for-4 in the series and is hitting 236/283/298 on the season.
The Phillies don’t play today. They start a three-game set with the Nationals at home tomorrow.
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