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Things were ugly for the Phils going into last night’s game, but they took it up to another level not many believed existed last night. In a string of games marked by spectacular failures by the bullpen, the Phillies saved their ugliest effort for last night as they fell to the Mets 10-6.

The Phillies again got a good effort from their starter, Cliff Lee this time, and started the top of the seventh with a 4-2 lead. Over the final three innings of the game, Kendrick, Contreras and Sanches allowed eight runs over three innings.

The game seemed to mark the turn of a major corner with the fans. There was a whole lot more booing and a whole lot more empty seats than you had seen at a home game in Philadelphia for a long time.

The Phillies are 14-18 on the year after losing to the Mets 10-6 last night. The Mets sweep the three-game series. The Phillies are four games under .500 for the first time since 2007. They have lost five of six.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six and his ERA rose to 2.17.

He set the Mets down in order in the first and again in the second.

He started the third up 1-0. Rob Johnson singled with one out. The pitcher Dillon Gee was next and he bunted, but Lee handled the bunt and threw to second to force Johnson for the second out. Lee walked Andres Torres on five pitches, putting men on first and second for Daniel Murphy. Murphy doubled to left, scoring Gee to tie the game at 1-1 and moving Torres up to third. David Wright hit the ball hard, but Polanco took it at third and threw to first to end the frame.

Scott Hairston singled off of Lee to start the fourth, but Lee struck Vinnie Rottino out looking for the first out and got Justin Turner to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee started the fifth up 2-1 and struck out Johnson and Gee while setting the Mets down in order.

Torres led off the sixth and lined a ball into center field. Victorino made a sliding effort, but didn’t catch the ball as it got passed him and rolled for a while. Torres wound up with a triple. Lee struck Murphy out for the first out before Wright singled, scoring Torres to tie the game at 2-2. Lee got Hairston to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Kendrick started the seventh with the Phils up 4-2. Lefty Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit for the righty Rottino and Kendrick walked him. Turner was next and doubled him home. 4-3. Davis followed that with another double, sending Turner to third. Kendrick walked Johnson on four pitches, loading the bases. Lefty Lucas Duda hit for the pitcher Tim Byrdak and Kendrick hit him, forcing Turner home to tie the game at 4-4. Torres hit a ground ball to second. Duda was forced at second for the first out, but Davis scored and the Mets led 5-4. With men on first and third, Kendrick got Murphy to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Moral victory alert — Phils don’t bring in a lefty to give up an RBI-single to Duda, hitting him with a righty instead. It’s the little things.

I’m also grateful for this series for the opportunity to learn how to spell Nieuwenhuis. That can’t be a real name, can it? Someone just thought that up in a lab in an underground bunker somewhere, right? Right?

Manuel was so impressed with Kendrick’s work in the seventh that he let him start the eighth. Wright and Hairston doubled back-to-back with Hairston plating Wright to make it 6-4. Sensing there was nothing wrong with this situation that couldn’t be made worse by Jose Contreras, Manuel went with his gut and brought him on. Contreras struck out Nieuwenhuis (thank you people working overtime in the underground bunker!) for the first out before Turner had the devious foresight to hit a routine fly ball to right. Pence dropped it. No, really. He just was about to catch it and then, instead, didn’t. Like you or I might do in the same situation. Anyhow, Hairston was too stunned to move up to third, so it put men on first and second for Ike Davis to crush a ball way, way, really far out to right field, raising his average for the year to .179 and putting the Mets up 9-4. Johnson flew to right for the second out. Mike Baxter hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta and grounded to short.

I think it was at this point the Mets offered to play 16 innings this one time, just as a special treat to the fans, but the offer was rejected to allow us all a little more time to reflect fondly on the Danys Baez years and wonder if someway, somehow we could ever get him back.

Sanches started the ninth with the lead cut, temporarily, to 9-5. Cause why not? Torres homered (10-5), Murphy singled and Sanches got the next three.

Swear I’m not making this up: That was the best performance of any of the three relievers for the Phillies in the game.

Kendrick threw 30 pitches in the game, Contreras 20 and Sanches 13.

Overall, the pen went three innings in the game, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks. Of the three pitchers that appeared in relief for the Phils in the game, Kendrick has the best ERA for the season of the trio at 7.32.

The Phillies lineup against righty Dillon Gee went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Polanco (6) Mayberry (7) Schneider (8) Galvis. Nix, Ruiz and Wigginton all on the bench. Mayberry at first against the righty and Pierre in left. Schneider catches. Galvis plays second with the lefty Orr on the bench off a two-error night.

Pierre singled with out in the first, but Victorino and Polanco both went down behind him.

Schneider and Galvis singled back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the second, putting runners on first and third for Lee. Lee reached on an infield single with everyone moving up a base. Schneider scored to make it 1-0. Rollins flew to center to leave Galvis at second.

The Phils went in order in the third with the score tied at 1-1.

Polanco and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the fourth. Schneider grounded softly to first for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Galvis grounded softly to second for the second out with everyone moving up again. Polanco scored and the Phils led 2-1. Lee grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins singled to start the fifth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the Phils hit in the bottom of the sixth. Schneider singled with one out and came around to score when Galvis blasted a double off the wall in left. 3-2. Nix hit for Lee and singled into center, scoring Galvis and putting the Phils on top 4-2. Lefty Tim Byrdak took over for Gee. Ruiz ran for Nix at first. Rollins popped to second to end the inning.

Down 5-4, Pierre singled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the seventh. Victorino hit into a double-play behind him and Pence struck out swinging.

Down 9-4, Polanco singled off of righty Jon Rauch to start the eighth. Mayberry flew to right for the first out before Schneider moved Polanco up to second with a ground out. Galvis was next and tripled to right, scoring Polanco to cut the lead to 9-5. Orr hit for Contreras and struck out swinging to leave Galvis at third.

Down 10-5, Rollins singled off of righty DJ Carrasco to start the ninth. He moved up to second as Pierre struck out on a wild pitch. Victorino popped to short for the second out before Pence blasted a triple off the wall in right center, scoring Rollins to make it 10-6. Polanco grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-14 with a double and a walk in the series. 230/279/270 for the season.

Pierre 2-for-5 with three strikeouts in the game. 4-for-10 with a walk in the series. 341/396/364 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-5 and left four men on base. 3-for-13 with two walks and a double in the set. 244/298/405 on the year.

Pence 1-for-5 with a triple last night. 2-for-13 with a walk, a triple and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 262/299/492 for the year. He leads the group of Pence, Victorino, Rollins, Thome, Galvis and Mayberry with a .299 on-base percentage for the year. The Phillies have 69 walks for the year, which is 29th of the 30 MLB teams (the Pirates have 66).

Polanco 2-for-5 yesterday and 4-for-12 with a double in the series. 275/307/321 on the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 yesterday and 4-for-12 in the series. 225/233/268 on the year.

Schneider was 2-for-4. He’s hitting 231/259/231 for the year. 210/294/312 over the last three seasons with the Phils.

Galvis was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBI. The Phillies had three extra-base hits in the game and he had two of them. 3-for-8 in the series. 213/237/340 for the year. His isolated power for the season is now better than Wiggington’s. Galvis has nine extra-base hits in 99 plate appearances and is tied with Ruiz for the team lead in doubles with seven. Wigginton has five extra-base hits in 91 plate appearances.

Mercifully, the Phillies don’t play today. Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84) faces lefty Clayton Richard (1-4, 4.89) tomorrow night. Worley was hit hard by the Nats in his last outing, which was his worst start of the year. He allowed five runs over six innings. Richard has been tough against lefties this year (192/276/241), but righties have already hit five home runs against him while posting a 276/333/482 line.

Next post won’t be until Tuesday, 5/15.


Phils overcome Halladay’s worst start of the season to top Giants

The Phillies have won five games this year and Roy Halladay has started three of them. Last night the Phils got four early runs and cruised behind Halladay’s arm after that as they topped the Giants 5-2.

In 23 innings for the season, Halladay has allowed 14 hits and four walks (that’s an 0.78 ratio). Last night he allowed more than one run in a start for the first time in three outings.

As a group, the starting pitchers for the Phillies this season have thrown to a 2.54 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.

The Phillies are 5-5 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 yesterday.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six and his ERA for the year rose to 1.17 with the outing.

He started the bottom of the first up 4-0. Switch-hitter Angel Pagan led off with a single and moved to second when switch-hitter Melky Cabrera walked behind him. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was next and he lined to second for the first out. Righty Buster Posey moved everyone up a base with an infield single, loading the bases for lefty Aubrey Huff. Huff hit a fly ball to right that Pence took for the second out, but it was deep enough for Pagan to score from third (4-1) and Cabrera to move up to third. Halladay got ahead of Belt 0-2, but then threw four straight balls to walk him and load the bases up again, this time for lefty Brandon Crawford. Halladay got Crawford swinging 0-2 to leave them loaded.

Again Halladay has some problems in the first inning. Through three starts, opponents are hitting .462 against him in the first inning and under .200 in every other inning.

Switch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss flew to left for the first out of the second. Pitcher Tim Lincecum grounded to third for the second out before Pagan struck out looking.

Posey singled with two outs in the third, but Halladay got Huff on a softly hit ball to Galvis to end the inning.

The Phillies were up 5-1 when Belt led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left. Crawford was next and doubled to left, sending Belt to third. Burriss struck out swinging for the first out, but Lincecum followed and grounded out to third, bringing Belt home to cut the lead to 5-2. Pagan flew to right for the third out.

Sandoval hit a ball up the first base line that hit the bag for a single with one out in the fifth. Halladay struck Posey out looking for the second out before Huff walked on five pitches, putting runners on first and second for Belt. Belt struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Halladay got the first two in the sixth before lefty Nate Schierholtz hit for Lincecum. Halladay got Schierholtz on a fly ball to center for the third out.

He set Pagan, Cabrera and Sandoval down in order in the seventh.

Posey started the eighth with a single to left on a ball deflected by Polanco at third. Halladay set down Huff, Belt and Crawford behind him.

Papelbon started the ninth. He was pitching for the second straight day after throwing 26 pitches with a six-run lead on Sunday against the Mets. Really.

Went well, though. Burriss flew to center for the first out. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and grounded to first for the second. Pagan singled to right and took second on defensive indifference, but Cabrera grounded to second to end the game.

Papelbon has now thrown for two straight days, including Sunday night’s absurd outing. He has allowed a run in five innings for the year, but opponents are hitting .300 against him.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Pierre leads off and plays left against the righty. The lefty Nix at first with righties Mayberry and Wigginton on the bench. Polanco shouldn’t be hitting second and especially not against righties.

On cue, Polanco doubled to right with one out in the first and Rollins walked behind him. Pence was next and lined a single into center, scoring Polanco (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Victorino followed that with a single into center, scoring Rollins (2-0) and sending Pence to second for Nix. Nix doubled into right and the ball rolled to the wall, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 4-0. Ruiz moved Nix up to third with a ground out, but Galvis struck out to leave him there.

First extra-base hit of the year for Polanco. Second big double for Nix in two games.

The lead was cut to 4-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.

Rollins, Pence and Victorino went in order in the third.

Galvis lined a double to right with two outs in the fourth. Halladay followed that with a single into right, scoring Galvis to make it 5-1. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Galvis went 0-for-10 to start the season. Since then he has hit 333/333/619 in 21 plate appearances with three doubles and a home run.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the fifth. Pence and Victorino singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave them stranded.

Lincecum set the Phillies down in order in the sixth.

Righty Dan Otero started the seventh. He hit Polanco with one out, but got Rollins and Pence behind him.

Otero was back for the eighth. With one out, Nix reached on a fielding error by Crawford at short. Ruiz moved Nix up to second with a single. Galvis hit a ball to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second out and runners safe at the corners. Halladay hit for himself and grounded to the pitcher to end the game.

Halladay hits for himself having thrown 100 pitches in the game with two outs, men on the corners and the Phils up 5-2. Phillies have lefties Thome, Schneider and Orr on the bench. Halladay already has an RBI-single in the game. Think I would have hit Thome for him, but it all worked out fine. I think I might have tried harder to keep Papelbon out of the game coming off of 26 pitches on Sunday.

Lefty Jeremy Affeldt pitched the ninth, setting the Phillies down in order. Mayberry hit for Pierre and struck out for the first out of the inning.

Pierre was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 7-for-24 with seven singles and no walks for the year (292/292/292).

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double, his first extra-base hit of the year, to raise his average to .200. He has one walk on the season, so the top two in the Phillies order in the game end the day having walked once in 61 plate appearances.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He came into the game 11-for-25 with a six-game hitting streak.

Pence was 2-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-8.

Victorino 2-for-4 with an RBI as well. He’s hitting .316, but still just has one extra-base hit on the year (a home run off of Mark Buehrle).

Nix 1-for-4 with two RBI. 2-for-his-last-7 with a walk, two doubles and three RBI.

Ruiz was 1-for-4. He’s hitting .208 over his last 25 plate appearances after going 4-for-6 to start the season.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He leads the team with four extra-base hits (three doubles and a home run).

Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) faces lefty Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97) tonight in game two of the set. Blanton was great in his only start of the season, holding the Marlins to a run over seven innings. Bumgarner has made two starts, allowing four runs against the Diamondback over four innings in the first and holding the Rockies to a run over 7 1/3 innings his most recent time out.


Joe who?

Blanton, apparently. I think I remember something about a guy with a name like that from the 2008 World Series. Not positive, though.

After solid performances with the Phillies in 2008 and 2009, Joe Blanton has been pretty awful since. In 2010 and 2011 combined, Blanton appeared in 40 games for the Phillies, throwing to an ugly 4.85 ERA with an ugly 1.43 ratio over 217 innings.

Last night he made his first start of 2012 and was very good, holding the Marlins to a run on three hits over seven innings. Backed by solo homers from Victorino and Wigginton, it was enough to get the Phils a win.

The Phillies are 3-3 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 3-1 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. Over the last two games of the series, the Phillies outscored Miami 10-2.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three and dropped his ERA to 2.35 after two appearances.

Switch-hitter Jose Reyes was the first hitter of the game and grounded to second. Another switch-hitter, Emilio Bonifacio was next and he grounded to short. Righty Hanley Ramirez flew to Victorino for the third out.

Blanton got righty Giancarlo Stanton to ground to short to start the second. Lefty Logan Morrison was next and he flew to left for the second out. Blanton struck righty Gaby Sanchez out looking to set the Fish down.

Righty Omar Infante led off the top of the third and flew to center, but righty John Buck followed with a double to left. The pitcher Mark Buehrle was next and he hit a ball up the middle. Galvis made a fantastic play, diving to his right, fielding and throwing to first for the second out as Buck moved up to third. Reyes lined to right where the ball was caught by a sliding Pence to end the frame and leave Buck at third.

Two nice plays for the Phils in the inning. Galvis’s was a little more spectacular. He got a nice pick from Wigginton on a throw in the dirt as well.

Blanton had thrown 37 pitches through three innings.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth, getting Bonifacio, Ramirez and Stanton.

Blanton had a 2-0 lead when he started the fifth. He got the first two hitters before Infante doubled into left-center. Buck was next and he hit a ball into shallow right-center. Pence made a sliding effort, but didn’t come up with it. Infante scored from second to cut the lead to 2-1. Blanton struck Buehrle out to leave Buck at first.

Reyes started the sixth and hit a ball hard to second that Galvis couldn’t handle for an error. Bonifacio followed with a ball hit to short, where Rollins forced Reyes out at second but couldn’t get the relay to first in time to get Bonifacio. Blanton walked Ramirez on a 3-1 pitch, putting men on first and second for Stanton. Stanton hit a ball very hard, but Galvis made a great play to take it for the second out. Morrison grounded out softly to Blanton to leave both runners stranded.

Blanton set the Marlins down in order in the seventh, getting Sanchez and Infante on popups and striking Buck out swinging.

Qualls started the eighth with a 3-1 lead, making his third appearance of the year and pitching for the second straight day. Pitcher Steve Cishek was due to lead off, but lefty Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for him and Qualls set him down on a ground ball to first. Reyes followed and grounded out to third before Bonifacio reached on an infield single and Ramirez walked behind him. It put me on first and second for Stanton, but Qualls struck him out looking at a pitch that sure looked way out of the strike zone to me to leave both runners stranded.

Three outings for Qualls in which he has not been charged with a run. Two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. He got a lot of help with the call on the 3-2 pitch to Stanton.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up two runs. Morrison led off and lined a single to left. Sanchez popped out to Ruiz before Infante moved Morrison to second with a single into center. It brought Buck to the plate with the tying runs on base, but Papelbon got Buck to ground to Rollins and the Phils turned the double-play to end the game.

Second save of the year for Papelbon, who has allowed a run in three innings over three appearances.

Two scoreless innings for the pen. Qualls and Papelbon combine to allow three hits and a walk, but keep the Marlins off the board. Qualls threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12. Qualls has pitched two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mark Buehrle went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Wigginton plays first with Mayberry in left. Victorino moves up from five to hit leadoff against the lefty. Hitting second in the order is still too high for Polanco, but it makes more sense against a lefty than a righty. Either Victorino or Pence is the best hitter in the lineup against left-handed pitching. Not sure you want either of them leading off.

The Phils went in order in the first and again in the second. Mayberry and Rollins both struck out, Wigginton popped to first and Pence, Victorino and Polanco went down on ground balls.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton all went down on ground balls in the third.

Victorino led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch well out to left, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Polanco was next and he hit the ball well to, but Stanton took it in deep right for the first out. Rollins followed that with a single to left. Pence was next and he doubled into the left field corner. The relay throw got away in the infield and Rollins tried to score from third, but Infante got to the ball and threw home in time to get Rollins for the second out. Mayberry followed with another hit, lining a single into left to score Pence and put the Phils up 2-0. Wigginton went down on a fly ball to left to leave Mayberry at first.

More aggressive play from Phils running the bases, but this time it costs a run as Rollins tries to score from third and is thrown out ahead of the single by Mayberry.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton went in order in the fifth with the lead cut to 2-1.

Victorino tried to bunt for a hit to start the sixth, but Ramirez threw him out for the first out. Polanco followed that with a single into center. Rollins popped to second before Pence moved Polanco up to second with a single to right. Mayberry popped to Reyes to end the inning.

Victorino hit 308/424/608 against left-handed pitching. I wouldn’t have him bunting against lefties when leading off the inning too much. It was also the third time in the game he had led off an inning with nobody on base against a lefty. He only hit a solo homer in one of those at-bats.

Wigginton led off the seventh and hit a 1-2 pitch out to left for his first home run of the year, putting the Phils on top 3-1. Ruiz grounded to short before Galvis bunted for a single, putting a man on for Blanton’s spot. With the lefty Buehrle still pitching for the Fish, Thome hit for Blanton. Lefty Randy Choate took over for Buehrle to pitch to Thome and struck him out looking for the second out. Righty Steve Chisek came in to pitch to Victorino and got Victorino on a fly ball to left, leaving Galvis stranded.

Thome still looking for his first hit of the season.

Righty Edward Mujica set the Phils down in the eighth, getting Polanco, Rollins and Pence and working around a Stanton error on a dropped foul ball.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a home run in the game and 4-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 333/417/476 in 25 plate appearances for the season.

Polanco was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 5-for-22 (.227) with five singles so far.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single last night and 5-for-13 with an RBI in the series. He’s hitting 280/280/280 through 26 plate appearances (7-for-25 with seven singles and no walks).

Pence was 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 6-for-12 with a double in the series. 391/440/691 in the early going.

Mayberry was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 5-for-19 with a double so far. Pierre didn’t appear in the game. He was 1-for-9 in the series and is 3-for-14 with three singles on the year.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a homer in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 2-for-12 with a walk and a home run so far.

Ruiz 0-for-3 in the game and 2-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 with a two walks, a double and a homer run for the season.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a bunt single. 3-for-10 with two doubles and four RBI in the series. 3-for-20 with two doubles for the season. He and Pence are tied for the team lead in RBI with four.

Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50) faces righty RA Dickey (1-0, 3.00) tonight. Lee allowed just one run over six innings against the Pirates in his first start, but didn’t get a lot of help as the Phils fell to Pittsburgh. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings in his first start of the year, which came against the Braves.


Seven is enough

The offense and Roy Halladay showed up at the same time last night for the Phillies and it proved to be a winning combination. The Phils rode a five-run third and Halladay’s pitching to a 7-1 win.

The Phils capitalized on some shaky defensive outfield play and were extremely aggressive on the bases in the five-run third. The inning was most memorable, however, for a two-run double that came off the bat of Freddy Galvis after Ruiz had been intentionally walked ahead of Galvis to load the bases. Ruiz continued to swing a hot bat in the game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

The Phillies are 2-3 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-1 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three and has an 0.60 ERA on the year after two starts (he’s allowed one run in 15 innings).

The Phils are 2-0 in games started by Halladay and 0-3 in games started by anyone else.

He got switch-hitter Jose Reyes on a ground ball to first for the first out of the game before switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio reached on a swinging bunt. Righty Hanley Ramirez was next and hit a ball well to center, but Victorino made a nice over-the-shoulder catch for the second out. Righty Giancarlo Stanton followed and lined a single into left, moving Bonifacio up to second. Lefty Logan Morrison walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for righty Gaby Sanchez. Halladay got Sanchez on a ground ball to second to turn Miami away.

Another rough first inning for Halladay after allowing two singles in the first inning of his first start, which was followed by seven shutout innings in which he didn’t allow any hits. Nice catch by Victorino helped him out.

Righty Omar Infante led off the second and doubled high off the wall in left. He moved to third when righty John Buck flew to right for the first out. Pitcher Josh Johnson was next and he grounded to second for the second out, with Infante coming in to score from third to put the Marlins up 1-0. Reyes flew to center for the third out.

Halladay got Bonifacio on a fly ball to center to start the third and struck Ramirez out for the second out. Stanton singled to left, but Halladay retired Morrison on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

One strikeout through three innings for Halladay. He had thrown 59 pitches, 23 of which had been thrown in the first inning.

He was up 5-1 when he started the fourth and set Sanchez, Infante and Buck down in order.

Up 6-1 in the fifth, he got pitcher Chad Gaudin to pop to Rollins for the first out and struck out Reyes and Bonifacio behind him.

Ramirez doubled to start the sixth, but Halladay keep the Marlins off the board. Stanton grounded to short for the first out. Morrison went down on a softly hit ball that Halladay handled for the second out, with Ramirez moving up to third. Sanchez grounded to short for the third out.

Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the seventh. Lefty Chris Coghlan hit for Gaudin and popped to Galvis for the third out.

Qualls got three fly balls in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 7-1.

Qualls had been unavailable for a few days with a foot problem and was making his first appearance since game two of the season. In two outings he has allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Stutes set Stanton, Morrison and Sanchez down in the ninth.

Stutes has appeared in the three of the five games the Phillies have played, putting him on pace to make about 97 appearances for the season. He has allowed three hits and two runs (both of which were unearned) over 2 2/3 innings.

Two perfect innings of relief for the pen. Qualls threw 16 pitches and Stutes 13.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Pierre in left against the righty with Mayberry at first. Lefties Nix and Thome on the bench. Polanco continues to hit at the top of the order, which isn’t a good place for him.

Pierre tried to bunt for a hit, but foul, before grounding to first for the first out in the bottom of the first. Polanco flew to right and Rollins grounded to second.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Pence led off and singled into center. Victorino was next and hit a ground ball to second. Pence and Infante collided in the base line as Infante waited to field the ball — Pence was called out on interference with Victorino safe at first. Mayberry followed with a single to left that moved Victorino up to second. Ruiz popped up to Infante for the second out. Victorino stole third with Galvis at the plate and a nice catch by Ramirez at third saved the ball from going into left field. Galvis grounded to second to leave the runners at the corners.

Two nice defensive plays by the Fish in the frame. Infante does his best to get run over by Pence and gets the call. Ramirez saves Buck an error at third and his team a run on the Victorino steal of third.

Halladay grounded to first to start the bottom of the third, but Pierre was next and he lined a single into right. Pierre stole second as the count went 2-0 on Polanco, sliding in just safe as Reyes put on the tag (he was out). Polanco hit a ball back up the middle and off of Johnson’s foot. The ball bounded off to short and Pierre raced around to score ahead of the throw home from Reyes, tying the game at 1-1. Polanco wound up on second. Rollins was next and he lined a single into left center. Polanco scored (2-1) and Morrison didn’t handle the ball cleanly in left, allowing Rollins to take second on the error. Pence was next and he singled to left. Jimmy came around to score with Morrison overthrowing the cutoff man as his throw sailed in high. Rollins scored easily to put the Phils up 3-1 and the throw home allowed Pence to take second. Victorino was next and he hit a ball into right-center that Stanton dove for and missed (it was first called an error and later changed to a hit). Pence moved up to third. Victorino stole second without a throw, putting men on second and third for Mayberry, but Mayberry popped to second for the second out. Johnson got behind Ruiz 1-0 then walked him intentionally to load the bases for Galvis. The crowd was already chanting “Freddy! Freddy!” when Galvis lined a 2-2 pitch into right for a double, scoring Pence and Victorino and moving Ruiz up to third. Halladay grounded out to second for the third out.

Lots of aggressive base-running from the Phils with one out. Pierre scored on Polanco’s single to short from second and Rollins scored from second on Pence’s single. Pierre called safe on the stolen base when he was out helped a lot.

The Phils stole two bases in the inning. Victorino may not have scored from first on the double by Galvis and Galvis wouldn’t have hit if first base hadn’t been open to walk Ruiz.

Miserable defense from the Fish in the frame, too. Morrison makes the error mishandling the ball hit by Rollins, then makes a throw home that allows Pence to take second. Stanton should have caught Victorino’s ball.

No RBI for Mayberry with one out and men on second and third as he pops up. Galvis is apparently not scaring a lot of people with his bat in the early going.

Long, long inning for Johnson. He was at 69 for the game after throwing 41 in the inning — he didn’t last long after that and better defense from the Fish (and a better call on Pierre’s stolen base) would have changed the game.

Rollins and Pence singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino singled into left, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 6-1. Righty Chad Gaudin took over for Johnson and struck Mayberry out to leave the runners at first and second.

Ruiz doubled off of Gaudin to start the sixth, but the Phils couldn’t bring him home. Galvis flew to center, Halladay struck out on three pitches and Pierre grounded to first.

Righty Ryan Webb started the seventh for Miami. He got Mayberry on a ground ball to third before Ruiz an 0-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phillies ahead 7-1. Galvis grounded to second for the second out. Thome hit for Halladay, who had thrown 109 pitches, and lined to right.

Webb set Pierre, Polanco and Rollins down in order in the eighth.

Pierre was 1-for-5 in the game, but played a big role in the five-run third inning, stealing a base (out or not) and then scoring from second and Polanco’s off-the-footer. He’s 3-for-14 (.214) with three singles on the year.

Polanco was 2-for-5 with an RBI to raise his average to .222.

Rollins 2-for-5 with an RBI as well. He’s 4-for-9 over the last two games.

Pence 3-for-4 with an RBI, upping his average to .368.

Victorino 2-for-4 with two stolen bases. He’s hitting .353. Big catch in the first inning on Ramirez’s ball.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout and left four men on base. 4-for-16 with four singles and five strikeouts so far. No RBI in the third with runners on second and third and one out.

Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a home run. 6-for-13 with two walks, a double and a home run so far.

Galvis was 1-for-4 with his second two-run double in the last two days, upping his average to .118.

Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) makes his first start of the year tonight against lefty Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00). Blanton has made one appearance on the year, allowing a run in 2/3 of an inning and taking the loss in game two of the series with the Pirates. Buehrle held the Reds to two runs over six innings in his first start of the year.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, The Ryan Howard Family Foundation and Citizens Bank Foundation, will host the Hunting Park Baseball Field Dedication Ceremony on Friday, April 13 with Mayor Michael Nutter and Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard. Read all about it.


News bittersweet as Phils win, but pleas to extend Spring Training by like 120 games or so fall on deaf ears

Phils topped the Pirates 7-2 last night in their final game before opening the regular season on Thursday. They end their official Spring Training games with a 14-16-4 mark.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and was fantastic, throwing four shutout innings in which he allowed three hits, no walks and struck out five. In seven Spring Training starts, Hamels threw to a 2.93 ERA with a 1.19 ratio.

Bastardo started the fifth, throwing on back-to-back days. He faced three batters, got two of them and allowed a single to the other. Herndon took over with two outs and a man on first and allowed a double and a single to the first two men he faced before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

Bastardo ends Spring Training with an 0.81 ratio, but a 4.15 ERA. I feel pretty sure that if he keeps throwing to an 0.81 ratio, his ERA is going to be a whole lot better than 4.15. Last year, for example, his ratio was 0.93 and his ERA 2.64.

Herndon finishes with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. Opponents hit .288 against him, but in 16 1/3 innings he struck out 14 and walked just two.

Valdes threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Qualls threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Valdes will not make the team despite a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Qualls 4.22 ERA and 1.03 ratio. Opponents hit just .179 against him, but he walked four in 10 2/3 innings.

Papelbon finishes with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. He held opponents to a .229 average, but walked five in 11 2/3 innings.

Polanco was 1-for-3 in the game and hit a three-run homer in the fifth. He ends Spring Training at 429/478/571.

Galvis had another extra-base hit, doubling in his only at-bat. 280/295/476 in 82 at-bats. He led the team with 14 RBI.

Nix also doubled in what was an awful spring for him. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the game and winds up at 208/300/264.

Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a double. 479/500/771 in 48 at-bats. .771? Yup. 23-for-48 with eight doubles and two home runs.

Mayberry ends his ugly spring with a good day, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 203/259/304. He gets a big do-over starting on Thursday — he and the Phils could both use it, cause they’re going to need him to not hit .203 with no power.

We’ll probably be seeing a lot of Wigginton in the early going, too. He was 0-for-1 last night to drop his line to 185/260/246.

Roy Halladay faces lefty Erik Bedard on Thursday.

Joe Savery made the team and so did Pete Orr. Podsednik (309/377/455) and Luna (302/351/528) did not. Neither did Raul Valdes.

Valdes was significantly better than his fellow lefty Savery this Spring Training. Valdes threw 13 2/3 innings with a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio while striking out 14. Savery threw to a 3.48 ERA with a 1.45 ratio and struck out nine in 10 1/3 innings.

Pierre winds up outhitting Podsednik. 377/433/426 in 61 at-bats for Pierre and 309/377/455 in 55 at-bats for Podsednik.

This says Stutes and Herndon will start the year with the Phils.

That makes 25.

Hitters (13): Ruiz, Schneider, Thome, Mayberry, Wigginton, Galvis, Orr, Rollins, Polanco, Nix, Pierre, Victorino, Pence.

Pitchers (12): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Worley, Kendrick, Papelbon, Savery, Bastardo, Qualls, Stutes, Herndon.


Brown adds a break to the list of stuff he can’t catch

Not sure I’d put it near the top, though.

The Phils played the Yankees this afternoon after news broke that Domonic Brown had been sent to minor league camp. Yankees won 5-3, dropping the Phils to 9-11.

Worley started the game for the Phillies and allowed three runs in the first inning thanks to double, single, double, single by the first four batters he faced. Things got better after that, though, as he followed up the ugly first with five shutout innings. He threw six innings on the day, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk as his ERA rose to 2.81. He struck out seven.

Herndon pitched the seventh and allowed a run on a single and a double, upping his ERA to 3.00.

Stutes followed Herndon and struck out three, but allowed a run on a double and two singles. His ERA is up to 4.50.

Papelbon got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth as he dropped his ERA to 1.29.

Erik Kratz homered for the Phils in his only at-bat, his second homer of the season. He’s hitting .389 (7-for-18). Miguel Abreu played three more innings of shortstop, going 1-for-2 with a double at the plate. 2-for-5 in official Spring Training action.

Rollins, Victorino and Wigginton were all 1-for-3. Rollins is hitting .262 while Victorino and Wigginton are both hitting .244.

Nix was 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop his average to .185. Mayberry 1-for-3 with a strikeout and an RBI.

Galvis started at second and went 0-for-4. His average have dropped to .235 thanks to a 1-for-his-last-12.

Cole Hamels is expected to pitch Saturday as the Phils play the Red Sox.


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