Tag: Edinson Volquez

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Edinson Volquez pitched so well last night that when Joey Votto broke up Brett Myers’ no-hitter in the seven inning with an RBI double it would be the only run the Reds would need. Volquez baffled the Phils, striking out eight while allowing just two singles and two walks over seven shutout innings.

In two starts against the Phils this season, Volquez is 2-0 and has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings while striking out 16.

Brett Myers was almost as good as Volquez in last night’s game, holding the Reds to a run over 7 1/3 innings on a single hit while striking out eight. Since a bad first inning in his previous start, Myers has now allowed one run on four hits while striking out 19 over his past 14 1/3 innings.

The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds last night, falling 2-0 to drop to 35-26 on the season. They lead the four-game set two games to one.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on a double and six walks. He struck out eight and has his ERA for the year down to 5.13.

He was perfect through four. In the fifth he walked Adam Dunn with one out. With Joey Votto at the plate the Reds tried to hit and run. Votto swung through a 1-0 pitch and Dunn was caught and tagged out between first and second. Myers walked Votto and then walked Edwin Encarnacion. It put men on first and second with two outs, but Myers struck Paul Bako out on three pitches to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

With one out in the seventh, Brandon Phillips walked and stole second. Dunn flew to left for the second out, but Votto lined an 0-2 pitch into left-center for a double. Phillips scored on the first hit of the game for the Reds and Cincinnati led 1-0. Myers struck Encarnacion out for the third out.

Myers had thrown 99 pitches through seven innings.

He struck out Bako to start the eighth. Ken Griffey Jr, looking for career home run number 600, hit for Volquez and drew a walk. Hairston was next and Myers walked him, putting men on first and second. That was it for Myers and Romero came on to pitch to the lefty Corey Patterson. Romero struck Patterson out swinging for the second out. Bruce grounded softly to first for the third out.

Romero returned for the ninth. Phillips led off with a single to right. He tried to steal second but took off too early. Romero threw to first but Phillips beat Howard’s throw to second and was safe with another stolen base. Dunn walked and Paul Janish ran for him at first. Votto hit the first pitch of his at-bat into the left field corner for a double. Phillips scored to make it 2-0 and Janish held third. Encarnacion was walked intentionally to load the bases with nobody out. Bako hit a ground ball to second and Utley threw home to force Janish for the first out. Madson came in to pitch to the pitcher Francisco Cordero with the bases still loaded. Cordero watched strike one down the middle and then grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Nice job by Manuel to avoid Gordon and Lidge, who had both pitched three days in a row, despite the tight game. Romero threw 24 pitches, Madson just two. By number of pitches, that was the third longest outing of the season for Romero and the longest since April 20.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Edinson Volquez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Coste catches against the righty as he continues to take time away from Ruiz behind the plate. Jenkins in right.

Utley and Victorino struck out in a 1-2-3 first.

Burrell walked with one out in the second. Jenkins flew to center for the second out. Feliz blooped a 1-1 pitch into right field, but Phillips made a fantastic over the shoulder catch for the third out.

Coste started the third with a ground ball hit hard to short that Hairston didn’t handle for an error. Myers tried to bunt Coste to second, but a wild pitch moved Coste to second before Myers struck out fouling off the third strike still trying to bunt for the first out. Rollins struck out and Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Myers inability to move Coste to third hurt the Phils, although if Rollins was going to strike out anyway it mattered less.

Howard lined a single into right with one out in the fourth. Burrell was next and he hit it hard but right at Hairston at short for the second out. Jenkins moved Howard to second with another single. It put men on first and second with two down for Feliz, but Feliz popped to second to end the inning.

Coste was hit by a pitch to start the fifth and Myers bunted him to second. Rollins hit a ground ball to second for the second out and Coste moved to third. Victorino walked, putting men on first and third. Utley got behind 0-2 before he was hit by a pitch on a ball in the dirt. If not for the hit by pitch it probably would have been a wild pitch that allowed Coste to score from third. With the bases loaded, Howard swung at the first pitch and flew to shallow left for the third out.

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

Down 1-0 in the seventh, Volquez set the Phils down 1-2-3. Myers hit for himself with one out and nobody on and struck out.

Victorino started the eighth and hit a high foul ball down the right field line that Votto caught over his shoulder for the first out. Utley was next and lined a ball to left right at Dunn. Dunn may have lost it in the lights — it went off the heel of his glove and Utley was safe at second. Tough two base error on Dunn. Howard got ahead 2-0 but swung at a bad pitch for strike out and went down swinging 3-2. Big at-bats for Howard in both the fifth and the eighth and nada. Righty Francisco Cordero came in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell drew a walk and Taguchi ran for him at first. Jenkins hit a ball slowly back through the middle, but the shortstop Hairston took it behind second and nipped Jenkins at first to end the inning.

Down 2-0, Feliz led off the ninth with a ground ball to short. If Dobbs is available I think you have to use him there, but Manuel double-switched him into the game in the top of the ninth. Coste flew to right for the second out. Dobbs, hitting in the pitcher’s spot, grounded to short to end the game.

Don’t love double-switching Dobbs into the nine spot in the top of the ninth. Feliz leading off against a righty isn’t what you’re looking for in the inning you need to score two runs. Would have rather seen the Phils keep Madson in the nine spot and Dobbs out of the game, hit Dobbs for Feliz and then call on Snelling in the pitcher’s spot against the righty.

The Phillies had two singles and three walks in the game.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Utley 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 1-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-19.

Coste 0-for-3.

Cole Hamels (5-4, 3.73) faces righty Homer Bailey (NR) this afternoon. The 22-year-old Bailey made seven starts for the Reds in 2007, going 4-2 with a 5.76 ERA, and will be making his 2008 debut today. In 2007 he walked 28 in 45 1/3 innings. The Phillies bombed him for six runs in 1 2/3 innings in his start against them last year on June 26. Over his last two starts Hamels has gone 9 2/3 innings and been charged with 13 runs while striking out just four. Despite the recent woes, opponents are still hitting just .223 against him for the season, righties .215 and lefties .254. Hamels faced the Reds on April 7 and got the win, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, over seven innings.


Ace is mild

Opening day starter Brett Myers made his second appearance of the year yesterday in Cincinnati and the results weren’t much better than his first time out. Myers is just one of a slew of Phils struggling out of the gate as the team has gotten off to yet another weak start to the season.

The Great American Ball Park hasn’t been great for the Phillies. Burrell and Utley are just about the only Phillies hitting and the Phils have scored five runs in their last two games. The defensive problems continue as well. Yesterday Clay Condrey started the sixth down 4-1 and got some of the very worst defense you’ll ever see in an inning where there’s no error charged. By the time the frame was over the Phils were down 8-1 and putting up seven runs in three times at-bat is a tough task when the bats have all gone quiet.

The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, falling 8-2 to drop to 2-4 on the year.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks. Four of the eight hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out four.

After Corey Patterson flew to left for the first out in the first, Jeff Keppinger followed with a hit into right. Jenkins played it well to keep the ball from going to the wall and holding Keppinger to a single. Didn’t matter, though, cause Ken Griffey Jr was next and he hit Myers’ 1-1 pitch well out to right to put the Reds up 2-0. Myers got Brandon Phillips to pop out before Adam Dunn drew a two out walk. Edwin Encarnacion struck out looking to end the inning.

Paul Bako singled to right with one out in the second and again the ball was well-played by Jenkins in right. The pitcher Volquez was next and popped a bunt up foul. Ruiz made a nice sliding play for the second out. Myers struck out Patterson to set the Reds down.

Keppinger led off the third and hammered a 3-1 pitch out to left to put Cincinnati up 3-0. Myers got Griffey to fly to center for the first out before Phillips laced a double into left-center. Dunn lined softly to first for the second out and Encarnacion grounded to third to end the inning.

Myers walked Bako with one out in the four and Volquez bunted him to second. Patterson was next and he doubled, scoring Bako to make it 4-0. Keppinger followed and hit a ball that looked like it went off his foot and down the third base line. Feliz threw to first and Keppinger was ruled out, but the umps may have missed that one.

Griffey and Phillips started the fifth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Dunn, who smashed a line drive back up the middle and off the body of Myers. Myers picked it up and threw Dunn out at first as the runners moved to second and third. Encarnacion walked to load the bases, but Myers struck Votto out on a 3-2 pitch for the second out and got Bako on a line drive to center that Victorino tracked down after a long run. Getting Votto to go down swinging on that 3-2 pitch with one out and the bases loaded was huge for Myers.

Condrey started the sixth and walked Patterson. Patterson bunted up the first base line. Condrey fielded and flipped high to Howard, the ball went off the tip of his glove for a single. Condrey’s first pitch to Keppinger went through Ruiz’s legs for a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. Ruiz should have blocked the ball. Keppinger hit a ball up the middle and into center. Both runners scored without a throw to make the score 6-1. Nobody covered second, Rollins trailed off into right field and I have no idea what Utley did, so Keppinger went to second and was given a double. Condrey walked Griffey intentionally and Phillips hit a bleeder up the third base line. Dobbs fielded nicely and threw to first but not in time. Phillips was safe and the bases were loaded. Dunn singled into center and everyone moved up a base. Keppinger scored and the Reds’ lead was 7-1. Encarnacion followed and hit into a double-play, but Griffey scored to make it 8-1. Norris Hopper hit for the pitcher and grounded out to end the inning.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Lidge made his Phillies debut in the bottom of the eighth with the Phils down 8-2. He got Keppinger on a line drive to right, then struck out Griffey before getting Phillips to pop to short for the third out.

With help from the bizarre sixth inning Condrey threw 39 pitches on the day, so he’s pretty clearly not available for the Phils this afternoon. Lidge threw 20 so I’d guess he’s still the Phils first choice in a save situation despite pitching on back-to-back days. Hopefully we’ll get to see.

The Phillies lineup against righty Edinson Volquez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Nothing unexpected there. Ruiz catches Myers again and Jenkins plays right against the righty.

Rollins led off the first with a looping single into right. Victorino flew to left for the first out and Utley followed and flew to center. Rollins stole second with Howard at the plate. Bako’s throw was wild, but Phillips backed it up well and prevented Rollins from going to third. Howard walked and Volquez’s first pitch to Burrell was off Bako’s glove for a passed ball that allowed the runners to move to second and third. Burrell grounded back to the pitcher for the third out. Nice backup by Phillips prevents Rollins from going to third and may have saved a run.

Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz went 1-2-3 in the second. Jenkins and Ruiz both went down swinging.

Rollins and Victorino struck out in a 1-2-3 third.

Burrell walked with two outs in the fourth. Jenkins was next and hit a ball in between first and second and off the glove of a sliding Phillips. Jenkins beat it out for a single. Feliz struck out swinging for the third out. Two more strikeouts for Volquez in the inning as Howard also went down swinging for the second out.

Ruiz started the fifth and hit a ball to right that rolled to the wall for a double. Myers bunted Ruiz to third and he came in to score when Rollins followed with a ground out to first. It cut the Reds’ lead to 4-1. Victorino struck out for the third out.

Utley started the sixth with a single. Howard was next and went down looking for the first out, but Burrell followed and moved Utley to second with another single. It brought Jenkins up as the tying run and the Reds brought in lefty Jeremy Affeldt to pitch to him. Jenkins hit a hard ground ball to first. Votto didn’t field it cleanly but knocked it down and threw to second to force Burrell for the second out. He may have had a double-play if he had been able to field it cleanly. Righty Jared Burton came in and struck Feliz out to end the frame.

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

Utley doubled with one out in the eighth. Howard grounded to first for the second out before Burrell singled, scoring Utley to make it 8-2. Jenkins struck out to end the inning.

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

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-6 so far when leading off the first inning and 3-for-20 when he’s not.

Victorino 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to drop his early average to .130.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a double. He’s 6-for-his-last-11 with two doubles and two home runs.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .421 after going 5-for-his-last-9 with two doubles and a home run.

Jenkins 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Feliz 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double.

Cole Hamels faces righty Bronson Arroyo this afternoon. Arroyo went 9-15 in 34 starts for the Reds in 2007, throwing to a 4.23 ERA with a 1.40 ratio. He made his first start of 2008 on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and went five innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. Only two of the runs were earned. He did not face the Phils last season. Cole Hamels had one start against the Reds and it was memorable. On April 21, in the fourth appearance of his career, he threw a complete game, holding the Reds to a run on five hits while striking out 15.

The Phillies traded Wes Helms to the Marlins.


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