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Phils head into break curious to see how many games the Mets can win before Thursday

The Phillies started July 6 with a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL East. With a dramatic win yesterday they go into the All-Star break with a half game lead despite winning four of their last five games. The hard-charging Mets have won nine in a row and trail the Phils by just half a game.

Yesterday’s game featured a fantastic pitching matchup between Cole Hamels and Brandon Webb. Both pitched well and the Phillies hit in the bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at 2-2 before non-All-Star Pat Burrell punched a three-run homer out to left to put the Phils on top to stay.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, winning 6-3. The take the series two games to one and go into the All-Star break at 52-44.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.

He set Arizona down 1-2-3 in the first. Had to throw some extra pitches thanks to Howard, who dropped a foul popup for his 11th error of the season.

With one out in the second, Chad Tracy hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Chris Burke singled with two outs, but Hamels got Robby Hammock swinging to end the frame.

Conor Jackson doubled with two outs in the third. Orlando Hudson flew to center for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Chris Young and Burke singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Hammock and Hammock blooped a single in front of Burrell. Young scored despite a nice throw home from Burrell and it was 2-0. The pitcher Brandon Webb struck out to set Arizona down.

Stephen Drew led off the fifth with a single. Conor Jackson was next and smashed a line drive to third that Feliz caught. He threw high to first but Howard made a nice play to catch the ball and come down on the bag to double-off Drew. Nice plays by Feliz and Howard. Hudson flew to left for the third out.

Mark Reynolds led off the sixth with a walk and Tracy moved him to second with a single. Hamels struck out Young and Burke before he got Hammock to fly to right for the third out.

Webb led off the seventh with a single. Drew was next and hit a ground ball in-between first and second. Howard came off the bag and deflected it out of the reach of Utley. Drew had an infield single and Webb went to second. Jackson bunted but way too hard — Feliz tagged the bag and threw to first nearly in time to get Jackson. With men on first and second and one down, Hudson drove a ball to right that Jenkins missed up against the wall. Jenkins threw to Utley who threw to Coste, but there was no runner coming home. Hudson had gone too far towards second and was eventually tagged out there because Jackson was already at second with Drew holding third. Hamels struck out Reynolds to leave both men stranded.

Jenkins injured his left elbow on the play near the wall — he left the game in the top of the eighth.

Madson pitched the eighth. He gave up a two-out single to Burke but struck out Hammock for the third out.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 but not scheduled to play again till Friday. Pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and took second as Drew struck out for the first out. Jackson grounded to short for the second out and the runner went to third. Hudson singled into right and Bonifacio scored to make it 6-3, but Lidge struck Reynolds out swinging to end the game.

Two innings for the pen. They allow a run on three hits and no walks.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches Hamels, which is unusual. Coming into yesterday’s game Ruiz had started 17 of Hamels’ 19 starts.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino and Utley both struck out before Rollins went to third on a wild pitch. Howard grounded to first for the third out.

Feliz singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded to third for the third out.

Victorino doubled with two outs in the third. Utley grounded back to Webb for the third out.

1-2-3 fourth.

The Phils started the fifth down 2-0. Feliz led off with a single and Coste struck out behind him. Hamels was next and he got the Phillies on the board, slamming an 0-1 pitch into right-center for a double. Feliz scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Rollins was hit by a pitch but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Coste singled to right with one out in the seventh. With Webb still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Hamels and hit a ball in the hole between first and second. Hudson made a nice play to nip Dobbs at first with Coste moving to second. Ruiz ran for Coste at second and Rollins ripped an 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Ruiz scored from second to tie the game at 2-2. Rollins stole third before Victorino flew to center.

With the game still tied at 2-2 in the eighth, righty Chad Qualls entered the game with Utley and Howard were due to lead off the inning. Utley and Howard both singled, putting men on first and second. Burrell was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center. 5-2. Werth, who had entered in the top of the inning when Jenkins left with an injured elbow, grounded to short before Feliz homered to left to make it 6-2. Ruiz struck out for the second out. Bruntlett hit for Madson and popped to first.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 5-for-12 with two walks in the series. 274/340/438 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in the series. He’s hitting 279/350/408 for the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-10 in the series. 291/372/582.

Howard 1-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 234/324/508.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 2-for-12 in the set. 275/404/575 for the season.

Jenkins 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 237/289/379 for the year. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 271/357/477 for the year.

Feliz was 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the year. 4-for-11 with a home run and two walks in the series. 270/320/442. He’s never ended a season with an on-base percentage as high as his current .320.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a single. 1-for-6 in the series. 279/333/479 for the year. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 202/303/269 for the season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit since June 13 and is slugging .095 in 21 at-bats in July.

On Saturday the Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks 10-4 to drop to 51-44 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Just two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Second horrid outing in a row for Eaton. Over his last two outings he’s gone 6 1/3 innings and allowed 16 runs on 17 hits.

Drew and Jackson led off the first with singles to put men on first and third before Hudson struck out for the first out. Tracy followed with a single to right and Drew scored to put Arizona up 1-0 with Jackson moving to second. Reynolds was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz went to second for the second out but Reynolds beat the relay to avoid the double-play. Jackson scored to make it 2-0. Eaton struck out Young for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.

Hudson singled with two outs in the third, but Eaton got Tracy to fly to right for the third out.

Eaton started the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. The Snakes scored eight times. Eaton got the first two in the inning before Romero singled and Robby Hammock drew a walk. The pitcher Randy Johnson was next and belted a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and it was 4-2. Drew walked to put men on first and second. Jackson doubled into the left field corner and Johnson scored (5-2) with Drew holding third. Switch-hitter Orlando Hudson was walked intentionally and Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Tracy with the bases loaded. Tracy blooped a single into center and Drew and Jackson both scored. 7-2 with men on first and third. Swindle got ahead of the righty Reynolds before Reynolds hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. 10-2. Young singled to center before Romero flew to center for the third out.

Miserable inning for both Eaton and Swindle and they’re the only two guys who pitched. After getting the first two men in the inning, six hitters in a row reach against Eaton. The double that Johnson hit was huge. After giving up a hit to the only man he faced the night before, a lefty, Swindle again can’t get the lefty. Tracy’s hit was weak, but Swindle faced four batters — he got one out and allowed two singles and a three-run homer.

Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He came back for the sixth, too, and walked Jackson to start the inning. He got Hudson on a fly ball to center for the first out before Tracy moved Jackson to second with a single. Seanez came in to pitch to Reynolds and struck him out for the second out. Young popped to third to end the frame.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He returned for the eighth. Drew led off with a single, but Jackson struck out and Hudson hit into a double-play.

Condrey threw the ninth. He hit Reynolds with one out but got the next two.

The pen goes another 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Swindle was terrible, everyone else good. Two days in a row for Swindle, who threw 40 pitches. Seanez 30, Condrey 10.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Utley on the bench with Bruntlett at second. After the big night on Friday Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty. Ruiz catches. I would never, ever hit Rollins third because he’s a really bad hitter when he does.

Victorino led off the first with a single and was picked off. Werth struck out before Rollins singled to right. Howard struck out to end the inning.

1-2-3 in the second.

Ruiz led off the third with a walk. Eaton bunted him to second before Victorino popped an 0-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Werth and Rollins went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Bruntlett led off the fifth with a double. Ruiz moved him to third with a ground ball. Swindle, who had already thrown 1 1/3 innings for a weary pen, hit for himself with the Phils down 10-2 and grounded to second. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-3. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left again. 10-4. Werth grounded out for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. With righty Micah Owings on the mound for Arizona, Dobbs hit for Seanez and grounded to first. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Howard, Burrell and Feliz went in order in the ninth.

Victorino 3-for-3 with two home runs and a walk. He drove in three of the four Phillies’ runs.

Werth 0-for-3.

Rollins 1-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Bruntlett 1-for-3 with a double.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Phillies next game is Friday.

This says that the injury to Jenkins’ left elbow is not serious.


So good

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
ARI 46-46 402 4.37 11 728 (12) 29 16
PHI 50-43 465 5.00 2 774 (2) 78 9

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
ARI 46-46 400 4.35 5 3.96 (2) 3.73 (5)
PHI 50-43 385 4.14 3 4.40 (10) 2.71 (1)

So Taguchi made sure his first hit since June 13 was a big one. With the Phils and Snakes knotted at 5-5 last night, Taguchi led off the twelfth with a single into left and stormed around to score the winning run on a single by Werth three batters later.

Second hit for Taguchi since May 30.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, winning 6-5 in 12 innings to improve to 51-43 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Orlando Hudson and Conor Jackson singled back-to-back with two outs in the first. Kendrick got Chad Tracy to fly to center for the third out.

1-2-3 second.

Stephen Drew singled with two down in the third. Hudson grounded to second for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Miguel Montero started the fifth with a double. Alex Romero flew to right for the first out before the pitcher Doug Davis moved Montero to third with a ground ball to second for the second out. Kendrick struck Augie Ojeda out to leave Montero stranded.

Hudson singled with one out in the sixth and stole second. Jackson hit a 3-1 pitch out in front of the plate and Ruiz threw him out at first with Hudson going to third with two down. Tracy was next and he dumped a 1-0 pitch just inside the left field line for a single that scored Hudson and tied the game at 1-1. Chris Young flew to right for the third out.

Kendrick started the seventh with a 3-1 lead having thrown just 76 pitches. Montero led off with a single and moved to third when Romero followed with a double that moved Montero to third. Switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio hit for the pitcher Davis and slapped a 1-0 pitch down the third base line and passed Feliz. Burrell was on it quick but Romero slid in just ahead of the high relay from Feliz, tying the game at 3-3. Bonifacio went to second on the play at the plate. Ojeda bunted Bonifacio to third for the first out of the inning. Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Drew. Swindle got ahead of him 0-2 before Drew singled into right. Bonifacio scored and it was 4-3. Durbin came in to pitch and struck out Hudson and got Jackson to pop to Coste for the third out.

Things fell apart quickly for Kendrick, despite how few pitches he had thrown coming into the inning. He faced four batters in the inning, allowing two doubles and a single. He got one out that the Snakes gave him on a bunt.

Montero singled with two outs in the eighth with Durbin still on the mound. Romero was next and drove a ball to center. Victorino raced to the wall and raised his glove over the wall. He didn’t catch it — it went off the heel of his glove and back onto the field. Montero scored to make it 5-3, but the relay from Rollins got Romero at third to set the Diamondbacks down.

Lidge started the ninth with the game tied at 5-5. Pinch-hitter Chris Burke led off with a walk. Lidge got the next two with Burke moving to second on a ground ball for the second out. With Hudson at the plate a wild pitch moved Burke to third, but Lidge got Hudson swinging at a 3-2 pitch to leave Burke stranded.

Condrey started the tenth. Tracy doubled with one out and went to third when Young followed with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Montero and got him to ground to first for the third out.

Romero pitched the eleventh. With one out he struck Mark Reynolds out swinging at a ball in the dirt that went off Coste’s shin guard and got away from the catcher. Reynolds was safe at first. Ojeda flew to center for the second out before Reynolds stole second. Romero struck Drew out to set Arizona down.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 twelfth.

The pen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Swindle allowed a run that was charged to Kendrick. Lidge threw 24 pitches, Durbin 22 and Romero 15. Everybody else was ten or less. Second day in a row for Romero. Lidge has thrown a ton of pitches this month — 135 through 11 days. Even with the All-Star break it looks he will throw more pitches in July than he has in any other month so far this season.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Doug Davis went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Victorino again drops down in the lineup against the lefty. Werth in right and in the second hole. More Ruiz.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left-center to put the Phillies up 1-0. Burrell popped to first for the first out before Feliz walked. Victorino popped out behind him before Ruiz drew a walk. Kendrick loaded the bases with a single, but Rollins flew to right to leave everybody stranded.

1-2-3 in the third and the fourth.

Rollins and Werth singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth. Utley fouled out to third to end the inning.

Feliz walked with two outs in the sixth. Victorino was next and he doubled into right, sending Feliz to third. With Ruiz at the plate Davis delivered a wild pitch that moved the runners up a base. Feliz scored to put the Phils up 2-1 with Victorino moving to third. Davis walked Ruiz intentionally, which is a pretty bad idea what with the .205 batting average and whatnot, to pitch to Kendrick. With the count 1-1 on Kendrick, Ruiz took off for second. Montero threw through to second and Victorino stormed home. The throw to second was high and Victorino was safe without a throw, putting the Phils up 3-1 as Ruiz was tagged out to end the inning.

Rollins and Werth singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh and the Phils down 4-3. Utley was next and he hit a shot back through the middle. Hudson made a great play to field the ball and throw to second. Drew made a strong relay to first to complete a spectacular double-play.

The Phils started the eighth down 5-3. Howard led off with a walk and Burrell moved him to second with a single. Bruntlett ran for Burrell at first and Feliz bunted the runners to second and third. Victorino was next and he got ahead 3-1 and then tried to bunt, presumably for a hit. He popped it up foul. That’s a terrible play, but it didn’t cost the Phillies anything. He ripped the next pitch inside the first base line and into the right field corner for a triple that scored both runners and tied the game at 5-5. Dobbs hit for Durbin and was walked intentionally to set up the double-play. It brought up Coste with men on first and third and one out. Coste popped up a 2-2 pitch that Ojeda took in foul territory for the second out. Rollins grounded to first for the third out.

Nothing for the Phils out of a man on third and one out. Unfortunate at-bat for Coste.

Utley singled with one out in the ninth. Howard flew to left for the second out. With righty Leo Rosales on the mound, Jenkins hit for Bruntlett and Utley stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Jenkins walked. Jenkins took second before Feliz popped to second to leave both runners stranded.

Victorino singled to start the tenth and Taguchi, who had entered in a double-switch in the top of the inning, bunted him to second. Coste hit the ball hard but lined to center for the second out. Rollins was walked intentionally to put men on first and second, but Werth popped out to end the inning.

Howard singled with one out in the eleventh. Mike Cervenek hit for Romero against righty Connor Robertson and lined an 0-1 pitch to left for an out. Feliz moved Howard to second with a single, but Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Taguchi led off the twelfth with a single and Coste bunted him to second. Roberston got behind Rollins 2-0 and walked him intentionally. It brought Werth up with men on first and second and one out. Werth hit a 2-2 pitch into right-center for a single. Romero had to move to his right to field the ball and Taguchi scored easily to give the Phils a 6-5 win.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two walks.

Werth 3-for-7 with an RBI.

Utley 1-for-6.

Howard 2-for-5 with his 28th home run and fourth in the last three games.

Burrell 1-for-4.

Feliz 1-for-3 with two walks.

Victorino 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and two RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-1 with two walks.

Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20) faces lefty Randy Johnson (5-7, 5.18) this afternoon.


Phils caught in a web of Webb

Brett Myers has been pitching badly just about all year long, so it’s hard to say that throwing 121 pitches against the Giants on Saturday was a factor in today’s start. It is safe to say that there’s just about zero chance it helped, though.

For the third time in four starts, Myers gave the Phils a miserable outing. The Diamondbacks were all over him and he exited down 7-1 after five innings.

The contrast with Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb wasn’t so hot. Webb threw a complete game and didn’t allow an extra-base hit.

The Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks today, falling 8-3 to drop to 20-16 on the season. The teams split the four-game set. The Phillies haven’t lost a series since the Mets beat them two out of three April 18-20. They’ve played six series since and won four and split two.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks. Only six of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out five. Myers continues to be hurt by the home run, among other things. After the one he allowed today he has now given up 12 in his last 44 innings.

With one out in the first, Augie Ojeda singled and Chris Young followed with a home run to left, putting Arizona up 2-1. Myers got the next two.

Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder started the second with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second for Chris Burke. Burke hit into a double-play with Reynolds safe at third. Myers struck out the pitcher Brandon Webb to end the inning.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 third.

In the fourth, Myers walked Justin Upton and Stephen Drew to start the inning before Mark Reynolds reached on an infield single. Snyder hit a two-run double to left that put Arizona up 4-1 with men on second and third. Burke hit a ground ball between third and short that went off the glove of Dobbs for a single. Reynolds scored and it was 5-1. Webb flew to right for the first out before Byrnes hit a double-play ball to second that Utley dropped for an error, loading the bases. Ojeda flew to center and Snyder scored. 6-1. Young popped to short to end the inning.

The first five batters in the inning went walk, walk, single, double, single, which isn’t really what you’re looking for.

Drew tripled to right with one out in the fifth and scored when Reynolds followed with a single. 7-1. Snyder popped to second for the second out before Reynolds stole second. Myers got behind the righty Burke 2-0 and walked him intentionally to pitch to Webb. He struck Webb out to end the inning. Walking Burke intentionally is not a good decision. You really need to try to get him out so the pitcher starts the next inning. You’re already down by six runs and Burke ended the day hitting .149 for the year. That might not have been the difference in this one, though.

Condrey pitched the rest of the game for the Phils. He threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Upton lead off the seventh with a home run that made the score 8-1, but Condrey got the next three in order. He got three ground outs in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Nice job by Condrey to pitch well enough to save the bullpen. He was in just his second game since April 27. That’s not enough. He threw 34 pitches, which should put him out at least one game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Jenkins (6) Dobbs (7) Taguchi (8) Coste. Burrell, 4-for-16 with a home run against Webb in his career, on the bench with Taguchi in left. Dobbs gets a start at third despite the big home run from Feliz the night before. Coste catches Myers.

Victorino led off the first with a ground ball to first that Burke knocked down but couldn’t handle cleanly. Victorino was safe with a single. Bruntlett hit a ground ball to short and it looked like Drew could have gotten Victorino at second, but threw to first for the first out with Victorino safe at second. Victorino went to third on a passed ball before Utley flew to center deep enough to score him, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard struck out for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.

Bruntlett was hit by a pitch to start the fourth and stole second after Utley flew to left for the first out. Howard grounded to first and Jenkins popped to third.

1-2-3 in the fifth. Bruntlett singled with two outs in the sixth but Utley grounded to first behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

In the eighth, Coste singled with one out. Harman, who entered the game in the sixth as a pinch-hitter and stayed on to play second and give Utley some rest in the blowout, hit into a double-play to end the frame.

With Webb still on the mound, Victorino started the ninth with a single and stole second. Bruntlett followed with another single, scoring Victorino to cut the lead to 8-2. Ruiz hit for Condrey and grounded to third for the first out with Bruntlett moving to second. Howard lined a single into right and Bruntlett scored. 8-3. Jenkins hit into a double-play to end the game.

The Phils had six singles in the game and didn’t draw a walk.

Victorino was 2-for-4 in the game and 6-for-17 with a double and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 256/322/317 on the year.

Bruntlett was 2-for-3 with an RBI. 7-for-18 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the series. 250/308/352.

Utley was 0-for-2 with an RBI and his fifth error in the game. 3-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 345/423/727 on the year.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-13 with two singles and six strikeouts in the set. 165/285/331.

Jenkins was 0-for-4. 4-for-14 in the series. 255/292/349. He has one extra-base hit in his last 51 at-bats.

Dobbs was 0-for-3. 1-for-5 in the series. 283/333/457.

Taguchi 0-for-3. 0-for-5 in the series. 182/217/227. 2-for-his-last-23 with two singles.

Coste was 1-for-3. 1-for-6 in the series. 288/383/481 on the season. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 5-for-11 with five singles in the series. 235/293/318.

Burrell was 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the series. 305/432/627 on the year.

Feliz was 5-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. 237/293/421 on the year. That gives him an OPS for the season of .714 — from 2005 through 2007 the range on his OPS at the end of the season went from .708 to .717.

Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10) faces lefty Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40) on Friday in San Francisco as the Phils play the first of three against the Giants. Misch has made just two appearances with the Giants this season, and one of them was a start against the Phils on May 2. The Phils scored four runs against Misch in four innings in that start. Utley and Feliz both homered off of him. Righties are hittting .333 against Misch, lefties are 1-for-12. On the year he’s allowed four home runs in ten innings. Over his last three starts Hamels has allowed 11 runs in 20 1/3 innings and seven of the runs have come on the four home runs he’s allowed. Opponents are hitting .213 against him, lefties .211 with an 0.87 ratio. He faced the Giants on May 4 and allowed four runs in six innings. Rich Aurillia hit two doubles and a home run off of him in that game.


Conor Jackson may be wishing he’d just gone with drinking too much tequila and getting arrested for peeing on a wall

Apparently that just wasn’t good enough for him. I sometimes find the elitism of professional athletes to be nearly unbearable.

The Phils got a fantastic win last night with the help of key back-to-back hits from Bruntlett and Utley in the eighth and more great work from the pen. It’s safe to say that Snakes’ first baseman Conor Jackson will never forget his 26th birthday. Also in the eighth, after Jackson had been hit by a pitch early in the game, Jackson and Victorino attempted to occupy the same space at the same time and produced one of the uglier baseball collisions you’ll ever see. Jackson had to leave the game.

This quotes Jackson as saying he is all right. Also says he’s day-to-day.

Jimmy Rollins is poised to return soon for the Phils, perhaps as soon as tomorrow against the Giants, which will surely mean an end to regular playing time for the red-hot Eric Bruntlett. Bruntlett had one of the biggest hits of the game last night as his eighth-inning double scored Victorino and tied the game. When Utley followed with a single, Bruntlett game around to score what would prove to be the game-winner. Bruntlett is 5-for-15 with two doubles, a triple and a home run and seven RBI in the first three games of the set.

On the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Howard continues to struggle horribly. After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts last night, Howard is hitting .163 on the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-20 with 11 strikeouts.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 20-15 on the season. Five of the Phillies’ last seven games have been decided by one run and the Phils have gone 4-1 in those one-run games.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out two.

Augie Ojeda singled to left with one out in the first. Kendrick got Eric Byrnes on a fly ball to Victorino for the second out before Conor Jackson moved Ojeda to third with a single. Stephen Drew was next and he laced a single into left. Ojeda scored to put Arizona up 1-0 and Jackson went to second. Mark Reynolds hit a slow grounder to third. Feliz charged and made a nice play to throw Reynolds out at first.

Jeff Salazar started the second with a single, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second. Chris Snyder walked before Kendrick struck out pitcher Micah Owings for the second out. Chris Young smoked a single into left-center, moving Snyder to second. Kendrick struck Ojeda out swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Salazar’s stolen base cost the Diamondbacks at least a run. Through two innings the Snakes had five hits, all singles, and a walk against Kendrick and had scored one run.

Jackson was hit by a pitch with one out in the third, but Drew followed and hit into a double-play.

Snyder singled with one out in the fourth. It brought up Owings, who lined a ball into right. Jenkins made a nice diving catch coming in to end the inning.

Young started the fifth with a home run that put Arizona up 2-1. Ojeda followed with a triple before Byrnes grounded back to the pitcher for the first out. Jackson hit a slow ground ball to second for the second out. Ojeda scored and it was 3-1. Drew flew to center for the third out.

Salazar singled with one out in the sixth. Snyder was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz threw to second for the first out, but Howard didn’t handle the relay from Utley for an error and Snyder was safe at first with two outs. Owings doubled into left and Snyder went to third. Young grounded to Feliz for the third out.

Madson started the seventh with the game tied at 3-3. Byrnes singled with one out and stole second. Jackson lined one into left-center and Victorino took a bad angle on the ball. It got past him and to the wall for a double — it should have been a hit but just a single. Byrnes scored to make it 4-3. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Drew and Drew grounded to second, moving Jackson to third. Righty Justin Upton hit for the lefty Salazar and struck out.

Interesting to see Manuel to put Madson into the game in such a pressure situation. Madson hasn’t been one of Manuel’s first options of the pen for much of the year. This time didn’t go well, but it’s nice to see anyway. Manuel needs to use his whole pen or Lidge and Romero are going to be done long before the season is.

Madson has now allowed six hits in his last 2 1/3 innings.

Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 5-4 and Snyder led off with a double. Snyder was left stranded when Gordon set down Montero (flew to left), Young (struck out) and Ojeda (ground ball to second).

Lidge started the ninth with a one run lead and struck out Byrnes and Chris Burke before getting Drew to ground to first to end the game.

Great day for Romero, Gordon and Lidge, who combined to allow a hit and a walk while striking out five in 2 1/3 innings after Madson was hit hard in the seventh. Madson and Lidge both threw 15 pitches, Romero 13 and Gordon 11. Gordon pitched on Tuesday so he probably won’t go three days in a row, but my guess would be the other three are available this afternoon.

The Phillies’ lineup against right Micah Owings went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right field with Werth on the bench despite the home run from Werth last night. Coming into the game Werth was hitting 218/290/400 against righties on the season, Jenkins 287/323/402. Howard back in the lineup and Utley back at second. Ruiz catches Kendrick.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Howard struck out to start the second and Burrell followed with a walk. Jenkins struck out and Feliz popped to third.

Ruiz started the third with a single and Kendrick bunted him to second. Victorino singled into center and Ruiz slid in to the plate just in front of the throw from Young to tie the game at 1-1. Really good base-running from Ruiz on the play. Bruntlett flew to right for the second out before Utley walked and stole second. Howard struck out for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

They started the seventh down 3-1. Jenkins singled with one out and it brought up Feliz and Feliz jerked Owings’ 0-1 pitch down the line in left and just out. 3-3. Ruiz grounded out behind him and Werth hit for Kendrick and struck out.

Victorino led off the eighth and struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch. Strike three got away from Snyder and Victorino took off for first base. It looked like Jackson at first set up to receive the throw from Snyder on the dugout side of the first base line, but the throw came on the second base side. Jackson reached across his body to catch the ball just as Victorino arrived and a horrific collision ensued. Victorino’s legs came out from under him and he wound up on his back, while Jackson wound up lying face down in front of first. Jackson had to leave the game but Victorino stayed in. Bruntlett was next and he ripped a double down the left field line and into the corner. Victorino scored to tie the game at 4-4. Utley singled into center and Bruntlett scored. 5-4. Howard and Burrell both struck out before Jenkins walked. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.

Dobbs hit for Gordon with one out in the ninth and singled, but Victorino and Bruntlett went down behind him.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with an RBI. Amazing that he could stay in the game after a play like that and score from first when the next hitter doubled — he got a great jump cause he was trying to steal second on the pitch that Bruntlett doubled on (the ball rattled around, so he may have been safe anyway).

Bruntlett was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Big hit for Bruntlett.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk and a single that won the game.

Howard was 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jenkins 1-for-3 with a walk. Nice play in right to take a hit away from Owings.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a big homer, his fifth on the season, and two RBI. He’s 5-for-11 with a double and a home run so far in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a single.

Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70) faces righty Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49) this afternoon. Righties are hitting .152 against Webb and have drawn three walks this season. Lefties do at least a little better, but you’d sort of have to. They are hitting .247 against Webb and have hit both the home runs that Webb has allowed on the year (Helton and Delgado). Webb didn’t face the Phils last season. Myers threw 121 pitches his last time out, but he’s a big strong kid so it’s probably nothing. Over his last six starts Myers has allowed 11 home runs in 39 innings — if he allowed home runs at that rate over 200 innings he would surrender 56. That would be too many. Myers didn’t start against the Snakes in ’07, mostly cause he was being a big strong kid in the bullpen just about all the time he wasn’t on the DL.


Antiques roadshow

Old pitchers have been the story of the first two games of the Phils’ series with the Diamondbacks. After 45-year-old Jamie Moyer bested young Max Scherzer in the first game of the set, 44-year-old Randy Johnson got the win last night as he outpitched Adam Eaton.

Not that outpitching Eaton was that remarkable a feat. Eaton again was hurt by the big inning, and for the second time in three starts didn’t get an out in the fifth inning. The lowlight was walking The Big Unit on four pitches with the bases loaded, but if lowlights are your thing the three-run bomb by Stephen Drew two batters later is highly recommended.

Ryan Howard started the game on the bench for the Phils against the lefty Johnson. After striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Howard is hitting .168 on the year. He’s 1-for-his-last-16 with eight strikeouts.

The Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, falling 6-4 to drop to 19-15 on the season. The four-game series is tied at one game apiece.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one.

In the first he got ahead of Chris Young 0-2 before Young ripped a double down the left field line. Stephen Drew grounded back to Eaton for the first out, with Young holding second. Eric Byrnes was next and he hit a chopper down the third base line. It went off the heel of Feliz’s glove and Feliz flipped to Eaton covering third to try and get Young at third, but the flip was wild and the ball rolled down the third base line towards home. Byrnes went to second on the flipping error by Feliz. Fourth error on the year for Feliz. Conor Jackson was next and he lined a single into left-center off the tip of the glove of a diving Bruntlett. Young scored to make it 1-0 and Byrnes went to third. Justin Upton followed with a ground ball back to the mound and Byrnes was caught between third and home in a rundown. Upton went to second on the rundown, so it put men on second and third for Mark Reynolds with two outs. Reynolds popped to short for the third out.

Eaton hit Augie Ojeda with a 1-2 pitch with one out in the second. Pitcher Randy Johnson couldn’t bunt him to second and struck out for the second out. Young grounded to third for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth with a 2-1 lead and everything went bad quickly. He walked Upton on five pitches to start the inning. Reynolds was next and hit a ball to deep right that went in and out of the glove of Werth for a double. Miguel Montero followed with a walk to load the bases. Ojeda flew to center for the first out and the runners had to hold. The pitcher Randy Johnson was next and Eaton walked him on four pitches, forcing in Upton to tie the game at 2-2. Young hit a ground ball to short and Johnson was forced at second for the first out as Reynolds scored. 3-2 with men on first and third for Drew. Drew hit a three-run homer to right-center. 6-2. Byrnes flew to right for the third out.

Eaton allowed three walks, a double and a home run in the inning.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth to drop his ERA on the year to 1.38. After walking eight hitters in his first nine innings on the season, he hasn’t walked a batter in his last four innings.

Gordon started the seventh and gave up a one out single to Drew. Flash threw away a pickoff attempt at first with Byrnes at the plate and Drew went to second. Drew moved to third when Byrnes grounded out for the second out. Jackson flew to right for the third out.

Chad Durbin started the eighth with Brad Harman playing third base after Howard hit for Feliz in the top of the inning. Upton led off with a single, but Durbin struck out Reynolds and Montero flew to left for the second out. With Ojeda at the plate, Upton was caught stealing to end the inning.

Durbin threw 17 pitches in his inning. Seanez needed just 16 to throw two. Gordon threw 13.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Burrell (5) Werth (6) Feliz (8) Coste (8) Harman. Howard starts the game on the bench against the lefty. Utley plays first with Harman at second. Werth in right and Victorino in center. Coste catches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Feliz walked with two outs in the second and moved to second when Coste was hit by a pitch. Harman flew to center for the third out.

Eaton led off the third and hammered a 1-0 pitch into center for a double. Victorino put down a pretty bunt and it took a nice bare-handed play by Reynolds at third to get him at first. Eaton went to third, but it didn’t matter cause Bruntlett hit the first pitch he saw out to left to put the Phillies up 2-1. Johnson struck out Utley and Burrell to end the frame.

Werth singled to start the fourth. Feliz followed and looped a ball into shallow left-center, but Byrnes made a nice diving catch for the first out. Werth stole second with Coste at the plate and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Miguel Montero. Coste struck out and Harman flew to right, so the Phils couldn’t score after the Phils put a man on third with one out.

With one out in the fifth, Victorino walked and scored when Bruntlett ripped an 0-1 pitch into the right field corner for a double, cutting the Arizona lead to 6-3. Utley grounded to first and Burrell struck out swinging.

Werth started the sixth with a home run, making the score 6-4. Feliz was next and singled off the glove of Conor Jackson and into right field, but he was thrown out going for second. Coste popped to short and Harman struck out swinging.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Burrell singled with one out in the eighth and went to second on a ground out by Werth. With righty Tony Pena on the mound, Howard hit for Feliz and struck out to end the frame.

Howard and not Dobbs was a choice Manuel made in the eighth. Howard got a chance as the tying run with a man on and the Phils down 6-4, but it meant that Harman had to play third in the bottom of the eighth. Dobbs would get a chance to tie the game with a man on in the ninth against a righty anyway.

Righty Brandon Lyon came on for the Diamondbacks in the ninth to protect a 6-4 lead. Coste popped out to the catcher for the first out before Ruiz hit for Harman and singled into left. It brought Chad Durbin up as the winning run and Dobbs hit for Durbin and flew to left for the second out. Victorino singled, moving Ruiz to third and putting the tying run on base for Bruntlett, but Bruntlett flew out to left to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Victorino was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 5-for-his-last-13 with two doubles. He still has just four extra-base hits and a .315 slugging percentage on the season.

Bruntlett was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI. He’s 4-for-10 with three extra-base hits and six RBI in the first two games of the series.

Utley was 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Burrell 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Werth was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run.

Feliz 1-for-2 with a walk and robbed of another hit by a nice catch by Byrnes.

Coste 0-for-3.

Harman 0-for-3.

Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01) faces righty Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) tonight. Owings was 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his first four starts. In his last two he’s allowed 11 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. Overall on the season he’s allowed six home runs in 36 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .310 against him, righties .145. He made two starts against the Phils in 2007 and went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. May 8 and May 29. Lefties are hitting .350 with a 2.05 ratio against Kendrick, righties .247, 1.18. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last two starts and has never faced Arizona.


Phils sack Max

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
ARI 21-10 179 5.77 2 809 (2) 15 2
PHI 18-14 150 4.69 7 768 (7) 15 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
ARI 21-10 125 4.03 3 3.86 (4) 2.43 (1)
PHI 18-14 137 4.28 6 4.31 (9) 2.66 (2)

After the schedule-makers gave them the struggling Pirates, Padres and Giants all in a row you would have to think going to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks with their NL-best 21-10 record would be something of a shock for the Phils. If it was they didn’t show it. The pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits and took the first game of the four-game set 11-4.

The Phils won by seven runs, but the game wasn’t that close. Jamie Moyer outpitched fireballing prospect Max Scherzer and the Phils hit up and down their lineup. The first three in the order for the Phils went 6-for-14. At the bottom of the lineup, Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz combined to go 8-for-16. The Phils scored 11 times without a home run.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, winning 11-4 to improve to 19-14 on the season. The Phils are five games over .500 for the first time in 2008.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and was fantastic. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple and a home run. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

With two outs in the first, Orlando Hudson singled to right and moved to second on an error by Jenkins. Conor Jackson flew to right for the third out.

Justin Upton singled to start the second with the Phils up 1-0. Mark Reynolds flew to center for the first out before Chris Snyder ripped a ball ticketed for left. Feliz made a great play at the line and threw to second to force Upton for the second out. Stephen Drew followed and tripled into the gap in right-center. Snyder scored to tie the game at 1-1. The pitcher Max Scherzer grounded to short to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third with the Phillies up 5-1.

He struck out Upton and Reynolds in a 1-2-3 fourth.

And Drew in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Chris Young and Eric Byrnes started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Hudson, who hit into a double-play. Jackson grounded to short for the third out.

Moyer started the seventh with a 9-1 lead. He got the first two before Snyder homered to left. 9-2. Drew struck out to end the inning.

Madson pitched the eighth and gave up a one-out single to Young, but got the next two to leave him stranded.

Condrey started the ninth, seeing his first action since April 27. In that time the Phillies called on Brett Myers to throw 121 pitches in a start and asked both Romero and Lidge to pitch four days in a row. If you’re going to have a problem, seventh guy in the bullpen is a nice place to have one. But the Phils need someone they are willing to put in the game when the score isn’t 11-2. Pinch-hitter Miguel Montero and Upton started the inning with singles. Reynolds was next and he bounced one into right. Jenkins failed to field the ball as he charged and was given his second error of the game. Montero scored to cut the Phillies’ lead to 11-3. With men on first and third and nobody out, Robby Hammock hit one to third and Feliz came home with the ball to get Upton for the first out. Drew loaded the bases with a single to left. Chris Burke hit a ground ball to second for the second out. Reynolds scored and it was 11-4. Young grounded to short to end the game.

Condrey’s ERA is up to 7.45 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits in the inning. He threw 17 pitches, Madson 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Max Scherzer went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth again on the bench against the righty with Jenkins in right and Victorino in center. Ruiz catches.

Victorino led off the game with a double and Bruntlett followed and was hit by a pitch while trying to bunt. Utley grounded to first and Bruntlett was forced at second for the first out as Victorino moved to third. Howard flew to center and Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell struck out to end the frame.

Jenkins started the second with a single, but Feliz and Ruiz struck out behind him. Moyer singled into left, moving Jenkins to second. Victorino grounded back to the pitch to leave both runners stranded.

In the third, Utley doubled with one out and Howard followed with a walk. Burrell struck out for the second out but Jenkins followed with a single into center. Utley scored to put the Phillies up 2-1. With Feliz at the plate a wild pitch moved Howard to third before Feliz smoked a ball at the feet of Drew at short. It bounced once and went off his glove for an error. Howard scored to put the Phillies up 3-1. Jenkins went to second, but he came around to score when Ruiz followed with a single up the middle. 4-1 with first and second and two down for Moyer. Moyer sliced a double down the left field line scoring Feliz to make it 5-1 and moving Ruiz to third. Victorino popped to short for the third out.

Utley walked with one out in the fourth, but Howard and Burrell went down behind him.

Feliz singled with one out in the fifth, but Ruiz popped to the catcher and Moyer flew to left.

Victorino and Bruntlett put runners on first and second with nobody out in the sixth when they started the inning with back-to-back singles. Utley flew to center, Howard flew to left and Burrell grounded to third.

Jenkins started the seventh with a single before Feliz flew out for the first out. Ruiz moved Jenkins to third with a single and Moyer hit for himself and bunted Ruiz to second for the second out. Righty Edgar Gonzalez walked Victorino intentionally to pitch to the righty Bruntlett. Bruntlett lined a ball into right-center and Upton dove for it and missed. It rolled for a while and Bruntlett had a three-run triple that put the Phils up 8-1. Utley walked to put men on first and third before Howard singled, scoring Bruntlett to make it 9-1. Burrell grounded to short to end the inning.

Feliz doubled with one out in the eighth and moved to third when Ruiz followed with an infield single. Dobbs hit for Moyer and hit a ball to center for the second out, deep enough to score Feliz and put the Phils up 10-2. Victorino fouled out to third to end the frame.

Utley doubled with one out in the ninth and moved to third on a ground out to second by Howard. Taguchi hit a ball to third that Reynolds couldn’t handle, Utley scored on the error to extend the lead to 11-2. Jenkins grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Bruntlett 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Great day for Bruntlett, but he doesn’t belong hitting second. Even after the big day he’s hitting 231/333/308 as a number two hitter.

Utley 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Burrell 0-for-5, struck out twice and left eight men on base.

Jenkins 3-for-6 with an RBI and two errors.

Feliz 2-for-5 with a double.

Ruiz 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.72) faces lefty Randy Johnson (1-1, 4.79) tonight. Johnson had a 2.70 ERA in his first three starts before he allowed six runs in four innings against the Astros on Wednesday. Lefties have one hit against him on the season, they’re hitting .083. Righties are hitting .286. Johnson only made ten starts in 2007, but two of them game against the Phils. In the two starts, which came on May 9 and May 30, Johnson went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Eaton is still looking for his first decision on the year. He hasn’t allowed more than four runs in any of his six starts. His home runs are way down compared to last season, he’s allowed just three in 34 1/3 innings. Lefites are hitting .292 against him, righties .236. He made one start against Arizona last year and allowed three runs over seven innings on May 8.


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