Ugly. Outhit 17-2, the Phils lost again last night. They have lost five of their last six.
It’s not like Anaheim was playing pristine baseball, either. The Angels made four errors, but Adam Eaton was pounded for six runs on 12 hits over just five innings and the Phils did nothing with the bats.
Chase Utley is the poster-boy for the Phillies’ offensive struggles, but the problem, although surely temporary, is far deeper than that. Over their last three games the Phillies have two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 94 at-bats. Utley is so good that no matter how badly he’s struggling I’m sure every time he comes to the plate he’s about to get a hit. I’m wrong a lot, though. With an 0-for-3 last night he’s 0-for-his-last-23.
The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. With the 7-1 loss they are 42-33 on the year.
Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out one.
With two outs in the first, Garrett Anderson doubled to right. Vladimir Guerrero was next and he blasted the first pitch he saw out to left to put the Angels up 2-0. Torii Hunter followed with a double to left and Casey Kotchman walked behind him. Eaton got Howie Kendrick swinging at a 2-2 pitch to leave both men stranded.
Chone Figgins singled with two outs in the second and Macier Izturis walked behind him. Anderson singled to left and Figgins scored to make it 3-0 with Izturis going to third. Vlad flew to center for the third out.
Hunter started the third and hit a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Kotchman flew to center for the first out before Kendrick doubled, sending Hunter to third. Eaton walked Jeff Mathis intentionally to set up the double-play, and pitcher Ervin Santana hit into one to end the frame.
With two outs in the fourth, Eaton hit Anderson with a pitch and Guerrero moved him to third with a single. Hunter went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.
Kendrick and Mathis singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put men on first and second for Santana and Santana grounded to second. Mathis was forced at second for the second out and Kendrick went to third. Figgins grounded to second for the third out.
Izturis and Anderson singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Guerrero and Guerrero singled into center. Izturis scored and it was 4-0. With the righty Hunter at the plate Madson came in to pitch and struck Hunter out for the first out. Kotchman singled to right and Anderson scored to make it 5-0 as Guerrero went to third. Kendrick hit a ball to left-center that got stuck under the wall. Kendrick had to settle for a double. Guerrero scored (6-0) and Kotchman had to hold third. Mathis was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Madson struck out Santana and got Figgins on a fly ball to center to avoid further damage.
Madson allows two hits in the inning that score two runs charged to Eaton.
He returned for the seventh and allowed a one-out walk to Anderson, but Guerrero hit into a double-play behind him.
Condrey started the eighth. Kotchman doubled with one out and moved to third when Kendrick singled to right. Mathis doubled to left and Kotchman scored to put Anaheim up 7-1. Switch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr hit for Santana with men on second and third and was walked intentionally to load the bases. Condrey got Figgins to hit into a double-play to end the frame.
Romero threw the ninth and walked Guerrero with two outs. He struck Hunter out for the third out.
Four innings for the pen. They were charged with a run on five hits, including three doubles. Madson made Eaton’s mess in the sixth worse. Madson threw 28 pitches, Condrey 19 and Romero 14.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ervin Santana 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.
With one out in the first, Victorino singled, stole second and went to third when Mathis threw the ball into center field. Utley struck out before Howard walked to put men on first and third. Burrell flew to left to end the inning.
Bad strikeout for the scuffling Utley with one out and a man on third.
Santana threw 32 pitches in the first inning and 73 over the next six.
Coste doubled with two outs in the second, but Eaton flew to center behind him.
Santana struck out Howard, Burrell and Jenkins in the fourth.
Two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Rollins led off the sixth and reached on an error by Kotchman at first. He stole second and went to third on another throwing error by Mathis. Victorino walked to put men on first and third and Utley flew to center deep enough to score Rollins and make it 6-1. Victorino stole second, but Howard and Burrell both struck out to leave him stranded.
1-2-3 in the seventh.
Dobbs hit for Condrey to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins grounded to second for the second out before Victorino reached on another error by Kotchman. Utley flew to center to end the inning.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Jenkins 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-30.
Coste 1-for-3 with a double.
Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) faces lefty Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) tonight. Saunders was great in his last start, allowing six hits while throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Braves on Sunday. Saunders has allowed 11 home runs in 94 innings this season, ten of which have been hit by righties. In six starts away from home he’s 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 1.11 ratio. The Phillies are 1-9 in Myers’ last ten starts. Over his last two starts he’s allowed 11 runs on 15 hits, including five home runs, five doubles and a triple, in 11 1/3 innings.