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.