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It takes a village, but all the villagers with a career slugging percentage of .314 better be able to pitch

Still on one-run games. For me the bottom line is this: whether it cost the Phillies in one run games last year or not, the Phillies need to keep their best hitters in the game as long as they can because they need to score a whole ton of runs to win. And if they don’t they don’t have much of a chance.

In 2007 they were 0-25 in games when they scored less than three runs.

If they scored less than four runs they still had almost no chance. They were 4-41.

In games when they scored six runs or less they were 43-71 (although they were 39-30 when they scored four, five or six runs).

In games when they scored more than six runs they were 46-2.

Here’s how their wins and losses break down for 2007 based on the number of runs that they scored:



Cumulative W-L
0 0-3 0-3
1 0-8 0-11
2 0-14 0-25
3 4-16 4-41
4 11-12 15-53
5 13-9 28-62
6 15-9 43-71
7 6-0 49-71
8 13-2 62-73
9 10-0 72-73
10 4-0 76-73
11 6-0 82-73
12 2-0 84-73
> 12 5-0 89-73

When the Phils are up 3-2 or 5-4 or whatever in the sixth what they need to do isn’t figure out how they’re going to stop the other team from scoring a run for the next three innings. Cause they’re not going to. What they need to do is figure out how they’re gonna score five more runs. And that’s going to take letting the best hitters they have hit.

Yesterday the Phils beat the Blue Jays 15-7 to improve to 11-13 in spring training.

Cole Hamels got the start and allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings on nine hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles, a triple and a home run. His spring ERA puffs to 7.12. Condrey followed Hamels and allowed two runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings. All four hits were singles and he also walked one. His ERA is up to 4.50. Gordon allowed one hit, a single, in the eighth but struck out the side. Gary Knotts allowed a single in a scoreless tenth.

Jason Donald led the way offensively for the Phils. He was 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI. Utley was 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run. Helms was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer. His line is up to 289/372/474 on the spring. Ruiz keeps up his hot pace, he was 2-for-5 with two doubles. Bruntlett continued to slide. His average is down to .196 after an 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk. Snelling was 0-for-3. He has hit .229 with three extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances.

Phillies play the Yankees tonight.

On Saturday Chad Durbin pitched three perfect innings against Detroit before the game was called due to rain.

Francisco Rosario was put on the DL with a strained right shoulder, which ensures he won’t be on the opening day roster.

Lidge threw 16 pitches in a minor league game yesterday. Having trouble seeing him being ready for opening day, but we’ll see.

The Phils reassigned Casey Smith to minor league camp on Saturday.

Every Rosario has its thorn

Francisco Rosario didn’t exactly wipe out his fantastic spring with a bad start yesterday, but it’s safe to say his 1.whatever ERA has left the building and may never be heard from again. Rosario, who had put himself in strong position to make the opening day roster, was hammered by the Braves in his start on Friday as the Phils fell 9-1.

Yunel Escobar had the big blow against Rosario, a two-out grand slam in the second. Rosario went two innings and allowed six runs on three hits and two walks. Youman followed Rosario and he allowed a three-run shot to Scott Thorman in his inning. Youman allowed three hits and a walk in his frame as his spring ERA rose to 8.22. Along with Blackley and JD Durbin, Youman is another guy who seemingly came into camp with a real chance to make the team but has struggled. John Ennis followed Youman and tossed two scoreless frames, striking out four while holding the Braves to a pair of singles. Condrey pitched the sixth and allowed two more singles but kept Atlanta off the board. Carlos Carrasco finished it out with three strong innings, keeping the Braves off the board on two singles to drop his ERA to 6.22.

Dobbs hit a solo homer in the second to account for the Phils lone run. Snelling was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Helms 1-for-1 with a walk.

A relatively nice outing by Adam Eaton was the story of this afternoon’s game against the Twins as the the Phils were pounded 11-2 to drop to 5-12 in spring training. Eaton went three innings and wasn’t charged a run. He allowed five hits, four singles and a double, and didn’t walk a batter. That passes for fantastic news for Eaton, who has struggled to get outs all spring and is battling back problems.

Despite the nice day for Eaton, the Phils still gave up 11 runs on 18 hits. JD Durbin followed Eaton and got shelled, charged with five runs on five hits and two walks over three innings. You have to believe that if JD Durbin hasn’t pitched himself out of contention to start the season with the team yet he’s pretty close. Castro followed Durbin and he allowed two runs on four hits over two innings. His spring ERA is up to 6.00. Knotts pitched the ninth and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Knotts had nice numbers coming into today’s outing but leaves with a 9.00 ERA for the spring.

Offensively, the Phils scored two runs on five hits. Ryan Howard hit his fourth spring homer. Burrell, Rollins and Utley all doubled. Jenkins was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .146. Feliz was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. After a hot start he’s hitting .263 with zero walks in 38 plate appearances. Werth was also 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, he’s hitting .154. Snelling 0-for-1, Helms 0-for-1.

Phils play the Reds tomorrow.

TJ Bohn, Greg Golson, Josh Outman, Brandon Watson and Carlos Carrasco were reassigned to minor league camps. Of those I think Outman’s the one most likely to help the Phillies on the field in the immediate future. Youman and Ennis were sent down today.

This suggests that Manuel is displeased with the lackluster approach being taken by some of his regular players, hitters specifically.

Kendrick pitched in a minor league game today and allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks over four innings.

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