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Offense ensures the latest efforts by Halladay are a complete waste

Roy Halladay threw his second complete game in two starts yesterday, but for the second straight start it wasn’t enough to get the Phillies a win. After plating just two runs in a 3-2 loss yesterday, the Phils have now scored three runs in his last two starts.

With yesterday’s loss the Phils dropped the series with Atlanta two games to one.

The Phils won the opener of the series 5-4. Ryan Howard gave the Phils an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Atlanta got a run in the bottom of the first and tied it up with two more off of Hamels in the bottom of the fifth. A single, a double and a wild pitch by Hamels got Atlanta a run and a 4-3 lead in the sixth. A two-out double by Rollins in the seventh was followed by an RBI-single by Victorino, tying the game at 4-4. Howard led off the eighth with a double and came in to score on a one-out single by Ibanez. Five Phillie relievers combined to go three shutout innings after six innings from Hamels and Madson worked the ninth to earn his sixth save of the year.

Blanton only went five innings in game two and Kendrick and Romero followed that up by combining to allow three runs in the sixth. It left the Phils down 5-1 after six innings. They managed a pair of runs in an eighth inning that included an RBI-double by Valdez, but didn’t get anything more and lost 5-3.

Yesterday Halladay threw a complete game, but the Phils managed just four hits and fell 3-2. Mayberry drove in both the Phillie runs with a two-run homer in the sixth, but the slumping Dan Uggla went nuts for the Braves, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and scoring all three Atlanta runs.

The Phillies are 25-14 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 3-2 yesterday afternoon. The Braves take the series two games to one. The Phils are in first place in the NL East, two games ahead of the second-place Marlins

Halladay got the start for the Phillies in yesterday’s game and went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo homer. He struck out seven.

Martin Prado led off the bottom of the first with a single. Nate McLouth bunted, but popped the bunt up to Howard for the first out. Brian McCann popped to third for the second out and Halladay struck Dan Uggla out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

You probably don’t bunt with your two-hitter in the first inning if you think you’re going to score a lot of runs in the game.

Eric Hinske flew to center for the first out of the second. Alex Gonzalez popped to Rollins for the second and Halladay struck Freddie Freeman out swinging 2-2 for the third.

Brooks Conrad fouled out to Polanco for the first out of the third, but the pitcher Tim Hudson followed with a single into center. Prado followed with a ground ball that Rollins handled, forcing Hudson at second for the second out. McLouth hit a ball ticketed for right. Orr made a nice sliding play on the outfield grass, but didn’t have a play on McLouth at second. McLouth had an infield single and Prado moved up to second. McCann flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Uggla and Hinske singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting men on the corners with nobody out. Halladay struck Gonzalez out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Freeman was next and hit a ball up the middle that Rollins likely would have fielded and turned into an inning-ending double-play, but the ball was deflected by Halladay and rolled towards short. Rollins didn’t have a chance to get an out, Freeman had an infield single and Uggla scored to put Atlanta up 1-0 with one out and men on first and second. Conrad popped to Rollins in short left for the second out and Hudson popped to Orr to leave both men stranded.

The Braves use some good fortune to grab the lead. Both of the hits by Uggla and Hinske were of the bloop variety and the deflection by Halladay gets Freeman an RBI-single.

Halladay had thrown 62 pitches through five innings.

He started the sixth with a 2-1 lead and walked Uggla on five pitches. Hinske moved Uggla to third with a single before Halladay struck out Gonzalez for the first out. Freeman was next and flew to left for the second out, deep enough for Uggla to tag and score, tying the game at 2-2. Conrad flew to right on a nice running catch by Mayberry for the third out.

Walking the leadoff hitter doesn’t usually work out for the best. Second time in three innings that Halladay struck out Gonzalez with nobody out and a man on third.

Halladay got righty Diory Hernandez, hitting for the pitcher Hudson, on a ground ball to first for the first out of the seventh. Prado walked behind him and McLouth followed that with a ground ball to first. Howard looked like the thought about going to second, but took the ball to first for the second out with Prado taking second. McCann grounded to first to end the inning.

If Howard doesn’t feel comfortable about throwing to second base, there’s good reason for that.

Uggla led off the eighth and hit a 3-2 pitch just barely out to left center, putting Atlanta ahead 3-2. Halladay got the next three hitters behind him.

At least now we know what’s worse than walking Uggla to lead off the inning.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Mayberry (7) Orr (8) Ruiz. Victorino on the bench after hurting his hamstring trying to beat out a hit in game two of the series. This suggests Victorino could miss the next two games and try to return Wednesday at home. We’ll see. Martinez starts for him in center, making his second start there for the season. The other time he started was on April 3 — Victorino was banged up that day as well, having collided with Francisco the game before. Martinez was an odd choice for a roster spot to start the season and hasn’t done a whole lot since being given one. Mayberry in right with Francisco on the bench. Orr at second against the righty with Valdez on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Mayberry walked with two outs in the second, but was left stranded when Orr grounded to short behind him.

Ruiz led off the third with a single, but Halladay struck out trying to bunt him to second behind him. Rollins flew to right for the second out before Martinez sent Ruiz to third with a single. Polanco grounded to short for the first out.

Halladay isn’t a good hitter, but he’s been especially bad this year. He came into the game 1-for-19 for the season with 11 strikeouts and 0-for-his-last-8 with six strikeouts.

Mayberry walked with two outs and stole second. He was nearly picked off of second base by Hudson, but Gonzalez dropped the ball as he tried to apply the tag and Mayberry was safe. Orr walked, putting men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Mayberry got pretty lucky not to be picked off.

The Phils trailed 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Halladay, Rollins and Martinez went in order.

Polanco walked to start the sixth. Howard flew to center behind him for the first out and Ibanez popped to short for the second. That brought Mayberry to the plate and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 2-1. Orr followed with a single to right and stole second. Ruiz was walked intentionally to put two on base for Halladay. Halladay lined to second to leave both men stranded.

Rollins, Martinez and Polanco went in order in the seventh.

Lefty Jonny Venters set Howard, Ibanez and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

Francisco hit for Orr to start the ninth and the righty Craig Kimbrel took over for Venters on the mound. Francisco drew a walk before Ruiz flew to Jason Heyward in right for the first out. Gload hit for Halladay and struck out missing an 0-2 slider by a whole lot for the second out. Rollins got behind and a 1-2 pitch in the dirt got away from McCann, allowing Francisco to move up to second. Rollins flew to left 2-2 to end the game.

Nice job by Francisco to get on base against the righty to start the inning, but the Phils can’t do anything with Kimbrel after that.

Rollins was 0-for-5 in the game and 2-for-14 with two doubles in the series. 270/352/365 for the year.

Martinez was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-5 in the series. 5-for-25 with five singles on the year. Victorino was 2-for-8 in the series and is hitting 284/343/503 for the season.

Polanco 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 2-for-10 with two singles and two walks in the series. 340/386/438 for the year and 220/263/260 in May.

Howard was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 2-for-12 with a double and a home run in the game. 260/329/513 for the year. 185/267/389 with 19 strikeouts over his last 60 plate appearances.

Ibanez was 0-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-10 with two singles, a walk and an RBI in the series. 230/288/348 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run homer, which was the only extra-base hit in yesterday’s game for the Phils. 1-for-4 in the series. 295/415/500 for the year. Francisco walked in his only plate appearance yesterday and was 1-for-8 with a walk in the set to drop his line on the year to 222/336/357. He’s 3-for-32 (.091) with three singles and eight walks in May. His numbers for the year are bad all over, but he’s hitting 206/289/265 (7-for-32 with two walks and two doubles) against lefties for the season.

Orr was 1-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-5 with a walk in the series. 259/333/315 in 54 at-bats for the year. Valdez didn’t play yesterday but was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 239/272/295 on the year.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday. 1-for-6 with two walks in the series in his first action since returning from the DL. Both of the walks were intentional. He’s hitting 221/325/353 for the year. Sardinha started game two and went 0-for-2. He’s 3-for-15 on the year.

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.78) faces righty Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92) tonight in St Louis. Westbrook hasn’t allowed a ton of home runs this year, just three in 39 innings, but way too many hits (51) and too many walks (20). He had put together three nice starts in a row, but got blasted his last time out, allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Cubs. Lee has allowed three runs or less in six of his eight starts and struck out 64 in 52 1/3 innings.

This says that Contreras could begin a rehab assignment by the middle of the week and that Lidge thinks he might be able to join the pen by the end of June.

Utley was 0-for-4 with Clearwater on Sunday and is 4-for-14 with a double and a home run with them so far.


As you were

The ten runs the Phillies scored against Florida Tuesday night sure looked like a sign they were about to come out of their long, miserable offensive funk. Maybe they are, but last night they looked just as bad as they did scoring three runs or less in 13 of 15 games.

Josh Johnson baffled the Phils again. Johnson has faced them twice since May 29 and has held them to an unearned run over 15 innings. The Phillies have been shut out six times since the end of the day on May 21.

Last night they wasted a great start by Halladay in the process. Halladay held the Marlins to a run over eight strong innings. The Phillies have lost four of the last six games he’s started — over those games he’s thrown to a 2.60 ERA with a 1.11 ratio.

The Phils are 31-27 on the season after falling to the Marlins 2-0 last night. The teams split two games in the series with the middle game postponed by rain.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk. All six hits were singles and he struck out eight. His ERA for the year is down to 1.96.

The Marlins loaded the bases in the top of the first on back-to-back singles by Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez and a walk to Hanley Ramirez. Jorge Cantu was next and he hit a fly ball to right deep enough for Coghlan to tag and score and put Florida up 1-0. Sanchez also tagged and went to third on the play. Ramirez stole second and Halladay struck out Uggla for the second out. Cody Ross grounded to short to end the frame.

Ronny Paulino singled with one out in the second, but Halladay grounded back to the pitcher for the second out with Paulino moving to second and Coghlan grounded to Utley to leave him stranded.

Cantu singled with two outs and in the third and went to second on a wild pitch by Halladay, but Halladay got Uggla to fly to right for the third out.

Ross singled to start the fourth. Halladay struck out Mike Stanton, Paulino and the pitcher Josh Johnson behind him.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth.

Johnson singled with two outs in the seventh. Johnson stayed in the game and flew to center.

Halladay struck out Ramirez and Cantu in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Baez started the ninth. He got ahead of Uggla 1-2, but couldn’t put him away. Uggla hit the twelfth pitch of his at-bat out to right to make it 2-0. Baez set down the next three hitters.

Baez has been charged with runs in each of his last four appearances.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Ruiz. More Valdez at short with Castro on the bench. Valdez hits ahead of Ruiz. Werth returns to the lineup.

Utley walked with two outs in the first and the Phils down 1-0 and moved to third when Howard followed with a soft double to left. Werth struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.

Big chance early in the game for the slumping Werth.

Ibanez singled to start the second, but Valdez followed and hit into a double-play. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Victorino doubled with one out in the third. Polanco flew to right for the second out. Utley hit the ball well, but Uggla fielded at second and threw to first to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth. Johnson struck out Howard and Werth in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Valdez and Ruiz went down to start the eighth. With the righty Johnson still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Halladay and grounded to third to drop his line on the year to 138/206/241. It’s enough to make you miss Bruntlett’s 171/224/238 line from last year.

Righty Leo Nunez pitched the ninth with a 2-0 lead. Polanco doubled with one out. Utley moved him to third with a ground out to first before Howard struck out to end the game.

Utley and Howard both get a chance as the tying run against a righty, but no luck.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .172 in June (5-for-29 with a double and three walks).

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice. He has hit in every game this month — 333/389/606 in June.

Werth was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-his-last-41 (.073) with 19 strikeouts. No longer on pace to shatter the single-season record for doubles (64 is his current pace).

Ibanez 1-for-3. He’s 6-for-his-last-11.

Valdez 0-for-3. After hitting into a double-play last night, he’s now hit into nine for the season. He leads the team with Ibanez and Polanco tied for second with five each. Eight players on the team have more plate appearances this season than he does and six have at least twice as many as he does.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 2-for-his-last-17.

Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98) faces righty John Lackey (6-3, 4.72) tonight in Boston. Moyer has a 2.76 ERA and an 0.90 ratio over his past six starts. In his last start he threw a complete game and held the Padres to two runs on seven hits and a walk. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last four starts. Lackey faced the Phils on May 21 and allowed four runs over five innings. His rates for allowing hits per nine innings and walks per nine innings are higher than for any other year of his career.


Evidently where Joe is goin’ with that gun in his hand is to the showers after five innings

If Joe Blanton was supposed to be the force that stabilized the Phillies’ rotation he certainly hasn’t done that so far. The Phils won the game last night, but without much help from Blanton. The Phils gave him a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and Blanton gave back both runs in the top of the second. The Phillies scored three more times in the bottom of the second, but ended the top of the third clinging to a 5-4 lead.

Blanton exited after five innings, leaving four frames for the bullpen to throw. Werth looked like he had blown the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh that put the Phils up four. Things got close when Romero yielded a two-run homer in the eighth — Lidge bent but didn’t break in the ninth.

Blanton hasn’t gotten an out in the seventh inning in any of his last six starts. He has gone six innings in just one of those starts while allowing 19 earned runs in 30 2/3 innings (5.58 ERA).

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 8-6 to improve to 79-65 on the season. They have won three of their last four and trail the Mets by a game and a half in the NL East.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out one.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 2-0. He walked Mike Jacobs and Dan Uggla back-to-back to start the inning. Josh Willingham was next and blooped a single to left, loading the bases with nobody out. John Baker flew to center for the first out. Jacobs scored to make it 2-1 and Uggla went to third. Alfredo Amezaga was next and he grounded to first, scoring Uggla to tie the game at 2-2. The pitcher Anibal Sanchez flew to right for the third out.

He walked Hanley Ramirez to start the third after the Phillies scored three in the bottom of the second to give him a 5-2 lead. He got the next two before Jacobs lined a 2-1 pitch out to right-center, cutting the lead to 5-4. Uggla flew to right for the third out.

Just an awful job by Blanton to walk the leadoff man two innings in a row.

Amezaga singled with two outs in the fourth, but Blanton got pitcher Mark Hendrickson to ground out behind him.

Ramirez started the fifth with a single, but Hermida hit into a double-play behind him. Jorge Cantu was next and singled to right, but Blanton got Jacobs to ground to first to end the frame.

Durbin started the sixth with the Phils up 5-4. He hit Willingham with a 2-2 pitch with one out. Baker was next and he hit a hard ground ball between first and second, but Howard made a nice play to field and throw to second to start a nifty double-play and set the Marlins down.

More good defense from Howard, who has been outstanding over the past couple of days.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero started the eighth with an 8-4 lead. He walked Cantu on four pitches with one out and Cody Ross hit for Mike Jacobs. Ross got ahead 2-0 and then hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 8-6. Madson came in and struck out Uggla before Willingham doubled to left. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Baker and got him on a fly ball to left, leaving Willingham stranded.

With a four-run lead, Romero stays in to pitch to a righty and the righty hurts him and the Phils have to bring Madson in one batter later anyway.

Lidge started the ninth up 8-6. Amezaga led off and hit a ground ball to second. Utley fielded and tossed softly to first, nearly too softly as the throw just beat the speedy Amezaga. Lefty Dallas McPherson hit for the pitcher Joe Nelson and doubled to right. Ramirez was next and he hit a ground ball in the hole between short and third. Rollins tried to backhand the ball and didn’t field it cleanly. McPherson was going for third, so Rollins picked up the ball and threw to third. Feliz caught it, but way too far off the bag, and the tag was late. With one out and men on first and third, Wes Helms came to the plate as the go-ahead run. Lidge struck him out on three pitches. Cantu was next and Lidge struck him out in three pitches to end the game.

The pen went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Romero got one out, walked a hitter and gave up a two-run homer.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anibal Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Stairs (8) Ruiz. Slumping Burrell on the bench. Werth in left and Stairs in right. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Rollins stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher Baker. Utley singled to right and Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard was next and split the gap in right-center with a double. Utley scored from first and it was 2-0. Werth struck out and Dobbs grounded to third to leave him stranded.

With the game tied at 2-2, Stairs walked to start the second and went to third when Ruiz followed with a double. Blanton hit a fly ball to left for the first out. The throw home wasn’t cut off, and Ruiz did a nice job of going to third as Stairs scored to make it 3-2. Rollins singled into right and Ruiz scored (4-2). Rollins stole second before Victorino struck out for the second out. Utley drew a walk and it put men on first and second with two down for Howard. Howard singled into center and Rollins scored, extending the lead to 5-2. Werth flew to center for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Rollins singled with one out in the fourth and went to second when Victorino grounded out for the second out. Rollins stole third before Utley struck out to end the inning.

Three stolen bases in the first four innings of the game for Rollins.

Howard and Werth struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth. With lefty Mark Hendrickson on the mound for Florida, Bruntlett hit for Stairs. The Fish brought in righty Logan Kensing and Kensing got Bruntlett to pop to first.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino walked and Utley was hit by a pitch. Howard was next and hit a double-play ball to second. Uggla fielded and threw to Ramirez at second for the force. His throw was low and outside, though, and Utley went hard into the bag. The Fish couldn’t double up Howard and it proved to be critical. It brought Werth to the plate with two outs and he blasted the first pitch of his at-bat out to center, putting the Phils up 8-4. Andy Tracy hit for Durbin and struck out to end the inning.

Feliz walked with two outs in the eighth, but Rollins flew to left for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three stolen bases.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Utley was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Werth 1-for-4 with three RBI.

Dobbs 0-for-3.

Stairs 0-for-1 with a walk.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double.

Kyle Kendrick (11-8, 5.06) faces righty Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.32) tonight. The 21-year-old Volstad has appeared in 11 games for the Marlins this season, ten of which have been starts. He’s allowed just two home runs in 62 1/3 innings, both of which have been hit by righties. He started against the Phils on August 7 and allowed three hits and three walks over six shutout innings. Kendrick hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last five starts. Over those five starts he’s struck out seven in 21 2/3 innings and allowed 22 earned runs.


Jamie gives Moyer, but Hamels finally finds something he Cantu

Apparently what he can’t do is get out Jorge.

The Phillies split the final two games of the set with the Marlins, getting brilliant starting pitching in both games but seeing their bats go silent. The Phils scored five runs in the final two games combined, two of which scored on a wild pitch.

Moyer and Hamels combined to allow five hits and two walks in 16 innings in the pair, but in the first game Jorge Cantu hit two home runs off of Hamels and Gordon surrendered a walkoff grand slam to Dan Uggla in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 3-0 to improve to 40-28 on the season. The Marlins win the three-game set two games to one.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing two singles and a walk. He struck out three and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.12.

He threw three ground balls in a 1-2-3 first and followed it up with a 1-2-3 second.

He set the Marlins down 1-2-3 again in the third. Jeremy Hermida walked with one out in the fourth and stole second before Jorge Cantu flew to center for the second out. Mike Jacobs grounded to short for the third out.

After a 1-2-3 fifth, Moyer started the sixth with a 2-0 lead. With one out pitcher Scott Olsen singled off the glove of a jumping Utley. Moyer got Hanley Ramirez and Hermida on popups to end the inning.

Cody Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. Moyer got ahead of Luis Gonzalez 0-2 before Gonzalez popped to short for the third out.

Moyer set the Marlins down in order in the eighth.

Lidge started the ninth up 3-0. He struck out Ramirez for the first out before Hermida singled to right. Cantu was next and he roped a ball to third, but Feliz made a nice play for the second out. Lidge struck out Mike Jacobs to end the game.

The well-rested Lidge threw 20 pitches and dropped his ERA to 0.93 on the season.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty with Feliz at third and Ruiz behind the plate.

Utley singled with two outs in the first, but Howard lined to third for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the second, third and fourth.

Feliz singled with two down in the fifth, but Ruiz followed and grounded to third.

Moyer and Rollins started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball back to the pitcher that went off the glove of Olsen and rolled towards third. Ramirez made a nice play to change directions and throw to third to force Moyer for the first out. Utley grounded to second for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Howard got behind 0-2 before Olsen delivered one in the dirt. Treanor blocked it, but the ball bounded away. Rollins stormed home to score as Treanor threw to Olsen covering the plate, but the throw was high and Olsen stumbled on his knees as he reached home. The ball got away, Treanor was charged with an error and Victorino scored. 2-0 Phils. Howard struck out for the third out.

Burrell led off the seventh with a single. Werth got ahead 3-0 but struck out for the first out. Feliz doubled to left and Burrell moved to third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Moyer hit for himself and struck out and Rollins flew to left to leave the bases loaded.

Utley singled with one out in the eighth, but Howard popped out behind him. Burrell moved Utley to third with a single and Taguchi ran for Burrell at first. Werth laced a single back through the middle and Utley scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Feliz walked to load the bases, but Ruiz struck out to end the frame.

Dobbs hit for Moyer to start the ninth and singled. Rollins moved him to third with a single and then stole second. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley was walked to load the bases, but Howard hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away again.

Phillies leave the bases loaded in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-12 with a home run and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 284/337/455 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-5 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-14 with a double in the series, although he hit the ball a little better than that. 276/348/390.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 in the series. 313/399/641 for the year.

Howard 0-for-5 and left five men on base. 0-for-12 with four strikeouts in the series. He’s hitting 196/229/283 in June and 204/306/436 for the year.

Burrell was 2-for-4 in the game and 4-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 281/419/585 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-8 in the series. 262/337/497 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last 27 at-bats. Jenkins was 0-for-2 in the series and is hitting 277/328/439 for the year.

Feliz was 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit for the Phils, and a walk. 3-for-6 in the series. 254/303/417 for the year. Dobbs was 1-for-1 in the game and 3-for-6 in the series. 368/398/517 for the season.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 217/300/294 for the year. Coste was 1-for-3 with a double in the series and is hitting 313/373/548 for the year.

On Wednesday the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eighth innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out 13.

Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a single. Jeremy Hermida followed and hit a ground ball to Howard. Howard started a pretty double-play with a strong throw to second. Rollins relayed to Hamels covering first to get Hermida. Nice play and it mattered cause Jorge Cantu hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 1-0 Florida. Hamels struck out Wes Helms for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second. He struck out the side in the third.

Two fly balls and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fourth.

After a 1-2-3 fifth he struck out Matt Treanor, pitcher Andrew Miller and Ramirez in a 1-2-3 sixth.

With one out in the seventh, Hamels got ahead of Cantu 1-2 before Cantu hit one just out to left, putting the Marlins up 2-1. Hamels struck out Helms and Uggla to end the inning.

The Cantu home run broke a string of 17 in a row set down by Hamels.

Hamels started the eighth down 2-1 having thrown 102 pitches. Luis Gonzalez led off with a walk and Alfredo Amezaga ran for him at first. Cody Ross lined to short for the first out. Amezaga stole second as Treanor struck out for the second out. Lefty Mike Jacobs hit for the pitcher Miller and grounded to second to end the inning. Lefties Jacobs, Jacque Jones and switchy catcher Mike Rabelo were the pinch-hitting choices, which is why Jacobs hit against Hamels.

Gordon started the ninth with the game tied at 2-2 and walked Ramirez on four pitches. Hermida bunted, but popped it up foul to Feliz for the first out. Cantu was next and he singled to left, moving Ramirez to second. Helms walked on four pitches to load the bases for Uggla. Uggla got up 3-1 before he hit a long grand slam to left to end the game.

Gordon threw 20 pitches. A lot of them weren’t that good.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty. Ruiz gets another start against a lefty in a role-reversal with Coste. Presumably Manuel is trying to get him going by giving him some chances to see lefties.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino lined a 3-2 pitch to second. Uggla caught it and threw to second to double off Rollins. Utley struck out for the third out.

The Phillies didn’t have a base runner in the second, third, fourth or fifth.

Feliz singled to right-center with one out in the sixth. Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play. Hamels grounded to third for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino doubled to left-center. Utley got up 3-1 and roped a single into center. Victorino scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard was next and he hit a ground ball that Ramirez fielded and flipped to Cantu covering second with the nutty shift on. Utley beat the ball to the bag but apparently didn’t know what was going on — he didn’t hold the bag and was out for the second out. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Werth started the eighth with a walk. Righty Justin Miller came in and got Feliz on a popup to short. Ruiz hit into another double-play, but at least this one wasn’t your generic short to second to first variety. Ruiz hit the ball pretty hard to first where Cantu fielded, threw to second and then took the relay from Ramirez to end the frame.

Dobbs hit for Hamels to start the ninth and hit a ground ball to deep second base that Uggla stopped with a slide, but Dobbs beat it out for a single. Bruntlett ran for Dobbs and moved to second when Rollins followed with a walk. With Victorino showing bunt and Helms in at third, Bruntlett stole third as the count went 0-2 on Victorino. Close play at third, but very aggressive base-running by Bruntlett. Victorino struck out looking for the first out with men on first and third. Victorino argued, but the pitch was pretty good. If it was outside it was just by a tiny bit. Utley got down 1-2 before he hit a double-play ball to second on a 2-2 pitch. Uggla fielded and threw to Ramirez, who was way off the bag when he took the ball and then couldn’t quite get the ball out of his glove on his first effort. By the time he did Utley had beat out the throw and Bruntlett scored from third to tie the game at 2-2. Howard was walked intentionally to put men on first and Kevin Gregg absolutely drilled Burrell with the first pitch of Burrell’s at-bat to load the bases. Werth bunted for a hit on the first pitch he saw, but Gregg fielded and threw him out at first for the third out. I don’t have any problem with Werth bunting for a hit there, he just got the ball too close to the pitcher.

Bruntlett’s stolen base gets the Phillies a run.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double.

Utley 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 0-for-3.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.

Feliz 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and hit into two big double-plays.


Phils forced to consult rule book to figure out what it means if the other team scores more runs than you

It was bound to happen sooner or later and the Phillies finally lost one last night. Utley hit yet another home run, but the offense was largely silent and the Phils lost for the first time in six games.

Not much to worry about for the Phillies with the possible exception of Cole Hamels. Hamels made his second straight bad start last night. He allowed three home runs in 5 2/3 innings. Even Hamels can have a bad start or even two in a row, but there has to be a little concern when you consider the recent results in conjunction with some high pitch counts since late April. In two of his last eight starts Hamels has thrown at least 120 pitches. That’s too many.

The other bad news of the game was that Carlos Ruiz was hit in the left hand by a pitch and left early.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 7-3 to drop to 32-25 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out four. Over his last two starts Hamels has gone 9 2/3 innings, allowing 13 earned runs (12.10 ERA) while striking out just four.

Jeremy Hermida singled with one out in the first. Jorge Cantu ripped a ball down the third base line, but Feliz made a nice play to start a double-play to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth up 2-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double to left and moved to third when Hermida followed with a single. Cantu flew to right for the first out, but former Phil Wes Helms doubled to Burrell’s side of left-center and both runners scored with the helped of a dropped relay by Rollins. 2-2. Dan Uggla flew to left for the second out before Luis Gonzalez hit a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting the Fish up 4-2. Cody Ross walked and stole second before Matt Treanor grounded to third for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Cantu started the sixth with a home run to left. 5-2. Hamels got the next two before Gonzalez singled to right. Ross was next and he jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat, hitting it just out to left to make it 7-2. Seanez came in and got the righty Treanor to end the frame.

Seanez returned for the seventh. Ramirez singled with one out, but Seanez struck out Hermida and got Gonzalez on a ground ball to third to set the Marlins down.

Madson started the eighth down 7-2. Helms grounded out for the first out. Madson’s first pitch to Uggla was way up and in after Ruiz had been hit in the bottom of the seventh. Uggla struck out trying to check his swing on a bad 3-2 pitch for the second out. Gonzalez struck out looking for the third out.

Seanez threw 28 pitches, Madson 26.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches against the righty despite the big night from Coste on Friday.

Victorino doubled with one out in the first and went to third on a balk. Utley popped to first for the second out and Howard was walked intentionally to pitch to the righty Burrell. Burrell delivered a single into right. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard went to second. Jenkins struck out to leave both runners stranded.

Burrell’s single picks up Utley after Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Wouldn’t have walked Howard there.

Hamels singled with two outs in the second. Rollins was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center. Hermida made a nice play, diving to make the catch and end the inning.

Victorino started the third with a double and moved to third on a fly ball to right from Utley. Howard grounded to second on a 3-2 pitch and Victorino scored to put the Phils up 2-0. Nice job by Howard to avoid the strikeout with the man on third. Burrell flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fourth. Helms made a nice play on a ball hit by Ruiz and flipped to Nolasco at first to get the third out on a close play.

1-2-3 in the fifth. Hamels hit for himself to start the inning and grounded out on the first pitch of his at-bat.

Down 7-2 in the sixth, Burrell walked with two outs. Jenkins struck out behind him. Uggla made a nice play on a ground ball hit by Howard for the second out.

Third really nice defensive play by the Marlins in six innings — one by Uggla, one by Hermida and one by Helms.

With one out in the seventh, Ruiz was hit by a fastball on his left hand. He stayed in the game to run, but Coste came in to catch in the eighth. Coste hit for Seanez and Nolasco balked Ruiz to second. Coste hit it well, but Hermida tracked his fly ball down near the line in right for the second out. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Utley homered with one out in the eighth, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 7-3. Burrell singled with two outs, but Jenkins grounded to first to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Madson and popped to second for the second out.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 19th home run. He has five home runs in the last six games.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Feliz 0-for-4. 3-for-his-last-16.

Ruiz 0-for-2 and Coste 0-for-2. X-rays on Ruiz’s hand were negative. He probably wouldn’t have played against the lefty today anyway.

Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53) this afternoon. Miller just turned 23 and was hit hard early in the season. Over his last five starts he’s allowed eight earned runs in 29 2/3 innings (2.43 ERA). Opponents are hitting .313 against him for the season, but he has allowed just four home runs in 55 1/3 innings this year. He’s surrendered just one home run in his last six starts. Moyer is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his last three starts. Righties have hit .340 against him this season, lefties .233. Home runs were a problem for him early in the season, but he’s allowed just one in his last three starts.


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