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The Phils lollygag the ball around the infield. You know what that makes them?


How did we ever win 64?

Cliff Lee didn’t have it yesterday as the Phils fell to the Padres 5-4. Lee was pounded in the game, allowing five runs on ten hits in four innings. In the top of the second, with runners on first and third, he made a soft pickoff throw to first and Chris Denorfia raced home from third, stealing a run for San Diego in a game they would win by just one.

On the other hand, the batter doubled anyway and I like Denorfia’s chances of scoring from third on a two-out double.

After an amazing June, two of Lee’s four starts in July have been ugly. In his four July starts he’s 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA and opponents are hitting .292 against him.

There was good news for the Phils yesterday and it’s that the bullpen was outstanding. After Lee’s early exit, the pen went five scoreless frames. Carpenter and Stutes, who have each struggled recently, combined to throw four scoreless innings in which they allowed one hit. Brad Lidge made his first appearance of the season and was truly lights out, needing just 11 pitches to set the side down in order in his inning.

Four innings from Lee wasn’t really what the Phils were looking for — yesterday’s game was the fourth in a stretch where they will play 20 games in 20 days. Their next scheduled off day is August 11.

The Phillies are 64-37 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 5-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series three games to one and remain in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the second-place Braves. Atlanta has lost three in a row and five of seven.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five.

He got the first two hitters of the game before Chase Headley and Ryan Ludwick singled back-to-back. It brought Kyle Blanks to the plate with men on first and second and Blanks grounded to short to end the frame.

Lee started the second with a 1-0 lead. Jesus Guzman led off with a double to center and moved to third when Orlando Hudson followed with a ground out to second. Rob Johnson was next and he lined a ball into right-center that eluded a diving Brown for a double. The play was backed-up nicely by Victorino, but Guzman scored easily and the game was tied at 1-1. Lee struck the pitcher Aaron Harang out for the second out before Chris Denorfia singled to left. Ibanez threw home, but Johnson scored easily (2-1) and Denorfia took second on the throw to the plate. Denorfia stole third before Jason Bartlett drew a walk, putting runners on first and third for Chase Headley. With Headley at the plate, Lee threw to first and Denorfia took off from third, sliding in ahead of the throw from Howard to put San Diego on top 3-1. Headley doubled off the wall in center, scoring Bartlett. 4-1. Ludwick grounded to third to leave Headley at second.

Well that was ugly. You want to try and avoid letting the guy on third steal home on a throw to first. Brown, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t big on catching the ball in right. Lee allows three doubles, a single and a walk in the inning.

Hudson and Johnson singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, but Lee struck Harang out to leave the runners stranded at first and second.

Denorfia singled to center to start the fourth. He moved to second on a ground out by Bartlett before Headley singled to center. Victorino threw to third, where Denorfia was safe, allowing Headley to move up to second. Ludwick was next and he flew to center deep enough for Denorfia to tag and score, putting the Padres up 5-1. Lee struck Blanks out to leave Headley at second.

Carpenter started the fifth with the San Diego lead cut to 5-3. Hudson doubled with one out, but was left at second when Johnson popped to short and Harang grounded to second.

It’s fortunate the Phils were able to get Harang out in the game or things could have been worse. The pitcher had left four men on base through five innings.

Carpenter struck out Denorfia and Headley while setting San Diego down in order in the sixth.

Two scoreless innings in the game for Carpenter, who has been miserable so far this year. Coming into the game he had made four appearances for the season and had been charged with runs in three of them.

Lidge started the seventh with the Phils down 5-4, making his first appearance of the season. He set San Diego down in order, getting Will Venable to ground to first, striking out Blanks and getting Guzman on a ground ball to third.

Surprised to see the Phils bring Lidge into a one-run game there. Worked out well.

Stutes pitched the eighth with the Phils still down a run. He got the first two before righty Logan Forsythe hit for the pitcher Chad Qualls. Stutes hit Forsythe with a pitch, but Ruiz threw Forsythe out trying to steal second to set the Padres down.

Stutes was back for the ninth and set the Padres down in order.

Nifty outing for Stutes, who came into the game having allowed a run or more in three of his last four appearances, including Saturday’s game in which the Padres hit him up for a run over an inning and a third.

Five scoreless innings for the pen. Carpenter threw 35 pitches in the game and Stutes 26. Lidge 11. None of those guys has thrown for more than one day in a row.

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

Utley walked with two outs in the first and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Victorino was next and he doubled off the wall in right. Utley scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard tried to score from second, but Ludwick’s throw was cut by Hudson and Hudson threw home in time to nail a sliding Howard and end the inning.

Down 4-1, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Rollins walked with one out in the third. Martinez flew to center behind him for the second out before Utley singled to right, moving Rollins to third. Utley stole second before Howard flew to center, leaving both runners stranded.

Ibanez doubled to left with one out in the fourth and the Phils down 5-1. Brown was next and he lined a ball into right-center. Denorfia and Ludwick converged on the ball with diving efforts, but it was deflected by Ludwick and went for a triple that scored Utley and cut the lead to 5-2. Ruiz followed that with a single into center and Brown scored. 5-3. With one out and a man on first, Francisco hit for Lee and grounded into a double-play.

Francisco is 2-for-his-last-13 after going 0-for-5 in the series. Lee wasn’t thrilled about being pinch-hit for in the fourth.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Victorino doubled softly to left with one out in the sixth and came around to score when Ibanez followed with a single to right, cutting the lead to 5-4. Brown and Ruiz both popped out to leave Ibanez at first.

Mayberry hit for Lidge to start the seventh and singled into center. Rollins followed him and grounded to second, with Mayberry forced at second for the first out. Rollins was thrown out trying to steal second before Martinez flew to center to end the inning.

Utley and Howard both struck out to start the eighth before Victorino tripled to right. Ibanez grounded to third to leave him stranded.

Righty Heath Bell was on to nail down the save in the ninth. Brown led off and walked 3-2. Ruiz bunted him to second with the first out and Gload hit for Stutes. Bell struck him out swinging 1-2 for the second out and Rollins flew to right to end the game.

Two big chances for the Phils in the last two innings, but Ibanez grounds out to end the eighth with Victorino on third and Gload and Rollins go down with Victorino on third in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 1-for-16 with a double and three walks in the four-game series. 268/338/398 for the season.

Martinez 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-16 with a walk and a home run in the set. He’s hitting 230/273/328 for the year.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-13 with three walks, a double and two home runs in the series. 283/381/471 on the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. 249/343/457 on the year. 227/293/333 so far in July.

Victorino was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and an RBI. 6-for-13 with two walks in the series. 302/376/521 for the year, all three of which are career highs. His career slugging percentage is .437. His isolated power for the year is .219 (.521 slugging minus .302 average), which is 15th best in the NL and best on the Phillies. Howard is second with .209.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 246/290/417 for the season. He’s hitting .292 in July and slugging .514, but has walked just twice in 72 at-bats.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. 3-for-11 with a double, a triple and a walk in the series. He’s hitting 249/338/405 for the year. 311/417/393 in July.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-10 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 267/372/374 on the year. 352/453/519 so far in July.

Worley (6-1, 2.02) 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. Worley has been rather good in his last six starts, too, throwing to an 0.94 ERA with an 0.97 ratio. The Phils have won all six games.

Feeling hot, hot, hot

It’s been hot in Philadelphia for the past few days, but the Phils are pretty hot themselves. After taking the first three games of a four-game set with the Padres, the Phils have won five in a row to extend their lead in the NL East to six games over the second-place Braves.

The Phils won the series opener 3-1 on Friday. Hamels started the game and pitched very well, holding San Diego to a run on three hits and a walk over eight innings. Ruiz doubled Victorino home in the second to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. A single by Victorino, a walk by Ruiz, a balk and a double by Martinez helped the Phils score two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0. In the fifth, Cameron Maybin singled, stole second and scored on a ground out to get San Diego on the board at 3-1. Mason set them down in order in the ninth for his 16th save.

The Phillies scored five run in the seventh inning to get an 8-6 win in game two. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a three-run homer by Utley, who was 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBI in the game. Kendrick kept the Padres off the board until the sixth when they tied the game at 3-3 on a two-run homer by Maybin and a solo shot by Chase Headley. Logan Forsythe started the seventh with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Maybin, putting San Diego up 4-3. The Phils got five in the bottom of the seventh on a pinch-hit homer from Howard (Mayberry started the game at first), a three-run shot from Martinez and a solo blast by Utley. They led 8-4, but San Diego came back with two more in the eighth with the runs changed to Bastardo, who allowed two singles, two walks and a wild pitch in the frame before being pulled for Herndon. Madson pitched the ninth again with an 8-6 lead and again got the save. He allowed a two-out double to Ryan Ludwick off the glove of Ibanez, but struck out Kyle Blanks as the tying run to end the game.

The Phils won yesterday’s game 5-3 behind eight strong innings from Halladay.

The Phillies are 64-36 on the year after taking the first three from the Padres in the four-game set. They’re 28 games over .500 for the first time on the season and in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the Braves. Since pulling to within 2 1/2 games of the Phils, the Braves have lost four of six.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. All eight hits he allowed were singles and he struck out eight.

Maybin was the first batter of the game and singled to center. He stole second before Will Venable struck out swinging, but came around to score when Headley singled to right, putting San Diego up 1-0. Brown’s throw home was terrible, way up the third base line, and Headley took second. Headley went to third when Ludwick flew to center for the second out and was left stranded when Halladay struck Blanks out swinging to end the frame.

Terrible throw by Brown, but it doesn’t cost the Phils this time.

Halladay pitched the second up 2-1. Alberto Gonzalez singled with two outs, but Halladay struck pitcher Tim Stauffer out swinging to leave Gonzalez stranded

Venable singled with one out in the third, but Halladay got the next two to leave him stranded.

Halladay was up 5-1 when he started the fourth. Blanks led off with a single before Forsythe struck out for the first out. Kyle Phillips was next and hit a ball to Howard, who threw it away for his fifth error of the season. It put men on first and second for Gonzalez and he singled to right, scoring Blanks (5-2) and moving Phillips to third. Stauffer got down a bunt and Phillips scored, making it 5-3, as Howard fielded and went to first for the second out. Maybin reached on an infield single that sent Gonzalez from second to third, but Venable grounded to first to leave both runners stranded.

Big error by Howard helps the Padres score an unearned run.

Blanks walked with two outs in the fifth. Forsythe followed that with a single that moved Blanks to third, with Forsythe taking second on the throw to third. Halladay struck Phillips out looking 3-2 to leave both men stranded.

Halladay didn’t allow a runner to reach base after that. He set the Padres down in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Bastardo took over in the ninth after Madson got saves in the first two games of the set. Bastardo was coming off a weak outing in game two of the series in which he had allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning. He set San Diego down in order, getting Gonzalez on a fly ball to left, pinch-hitter Orlando Hudson on a fly ball to right before striking Chris Denorfia out looking 2-2 to end the game.

Eighth save on the year for Bastardo. He threw 17 pitches in the game and has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Stauffer went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Ruiz catches the day game against the righty after Schneider started the night before against the righty Latos.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the first. Utley walked with two outs and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Victorino was next and he singled into center, scoring Utley (1-1) and moving Howard to second. Ibanez got behind 0-2, but doubled off the wall in right. Howard scored to put the Phils up 2-1 with men on second and third. Brown flew to left to leave them there.

Ruiz walked to start the second and Halladay bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins moved him to third with a ground out before Martinez walked, putting men first and third for Utley. Utley struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.

Howard doubled to start the third and Victorino bunted him to third with the first out. Ibanez followed with a single to right that scored Howard, putting the Phils up 3-1. Brown singled to right and Ibanez took second before Ruiz cleared the bases with a double. 5-1. Halladay struck out and Rollins grounded to second to leave Brown at second.

Up 5-3, the Phils went in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Halladay walked on five pitches with one out in the sixth. Rollins flew to center before Martinez moved Halladay to second with a single. Lefty Josh Spence took over for Stauffer and got Utley to fly to center to leave both runners stranded.

Halladay draws a walk after getting the bunt down in the second.

Victorino walked with one out in the seventh, but Ibanez and Brown went down behind him to leave him at first. Ibanez was robbed of a two-run homer by Denorfia, blasting a ball that Denorfia went over the center field wall running hard to catch for the second out.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. Gload hit for Halladay and struck out for the second out.

Gload got a hit in game two of the set, but is now 2-for-his-last-16.

Rollins was 0-for-5 in the game. He’s 1-for-12 in the series so far.

Martinez 1-for-3 with a walk and a single. 296/350/463 in 54 at-bats in July.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-10 with a double and two homers in the series so far.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double and an error. 5-for-31 (.161) since the All-Star break.

Victorino 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 3-for-9 with two weeks in the series.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Denorfia took a two-run homer away from him with a fantastic catch in the seventh.

Brown 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 5-for-his-last-13.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI. 353/459/529 in 51 at-bats in July.

Lee (9-6, 2.83) faces righty Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29) this afternoon. Harang had a 5.05 ERA for the year after his first eight starts on the season. Over his last eight starts he’s thrown to a 1.73 ERA with a 1.17 ratio and has allowed more than two runs in a start once. Lee has been even better in his last eight starts, throwing to a 1.42 ERA with an 0.82 ratio.

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