Tag: Geoff Jenkins

Yes we did

I heard Sal Paolantonio on the radio earlier this week saying he got a ticket for game five and sat through the cold and rain because he wanted to see how it feels in Philadelphia when the Phillies win the World Series. It feels good. It feels like a lot of things. In this case, especially, it feels like relief.

The difference between this Phillies team and so many of the teams of the past is that for this team, even if you wouldn’t quite let yourself believe it until you saw it, instead of waiting to see them lose we’ve been waiting to see them win.

It was a magnificent run for the best Phillies team in a long time — 13-3 to end the regular season followed by an 11-3 drive through the playoffs. After a loss to the Marlins on September 10, the Phils were 79-67 and 3 1/2 games back in the NL East with 16 games left to play in the regular season. They started a four-game set with Milwaukee just about needing to take three of four or be done for the season. They are 24-6 since.

It’s a fantastic and fitting ending for a group of players who are just about as selfless as a team can be. Time after time this year, we saw players do what was right for the organization with hardly a word of protest. From Brett Myers going to the minors, from Pat Burrell taking a quiet seat in the seventh inning time after time to Geoff Jenkins losing his job in right field without a peep except to say that he was going to keep working and playing hard. For a long time now there has been a team-first approach that defined this group of players.

The most impressive thing is not that Jenkins and the rest of his teammates said those things, it’s that they did them. Last night’s finish was a telling testament to that. Jenkins has had as miserable a season as you can imagine, but his double to the gap in right center to start the bottom of the sixth is about as big a hit as you can have. It was his third hit since August 22. Pat Burrell put up yet another solid year for the Phils, but was an ugly 0-for-13 in the World Series before he doubled high off the wall in center to start the seventh. Unlikely hero Pedro Feliz poked the game-winning single through in the seventh. Likely hero Brad Lidge was lights out yet again in the ninth, culminating a team effort that saw the Phils win their final game of 2008 in the way they played the rest of them.

The Phillies won the World Series last night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. The Phillies win the series four games to one.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

He faced a Tampa Bay lineup that went (1) Akinori Iwamura (2B/L) (2) Carl Crawford (LF/L) (3) BJ Upton (CF/R) (4) Carlos Pena (1B/L) (5) Evan Longoria (3B/R) (5) (6) Dioner Navarro (C/S) (7) Rocco Baldelli (RF/R) (8) Jason Bartlett (SS/R). Crawford moves up to second in the order from fifth. Upton drops to third and Pena to fourth. Baldelli starts in right after Zobrist started game one against Hamels.

The Rays started the game with six players on their bench: Michael Hernandez (R), Ben Zobrist (S), Willy Aybar (S), Fernando Perez (S), Eric Hinske (L), Gabe Gross (L).

Iwamura led off the first and flew to left on a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Crawford lined the first pitch of his at-bat to short. It popped out of Rollins’ glove, but Rollins picked it up and threw to first to nip Crawford. Upton grounded an 0-1 pitch to short to set the Rays down.

Seven pitches in the inning for Hamels.

He started the second up 2-0. Pena led off and bunted the first pitch, but too hard. Howard took it at first and beat Pena too the bag for the first out. Longoria swung at the first pitch, too, and flew to center. Navarro was next and drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, but Baldelli popped to second to leave him stranded. Ten pitches in the inning had Hamels at 17 for the game.

Bartlett started the third with a long at-bat that ended with him grounding to short. Hamels struck the pitcher Scott Kazmir out on three pitches for the second out, but Iwamura lined a single back through the middle for the first hit for the Rays. Crawford again swung at the first pitch and grounded to second. Sixteen pitches in the inning, 33 for the game.

Upton chopped a 1-1 pitch to deep short to start the fourth. Rollins made a strong throw to get Upton for the first out. Pena was next and he hit a ball high off the wall in right field that Werth nearly caught at the wall. Pena had a double and came in to score when Longoria followed with a single past a diving Rollins and into left-center. Pena’s run cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Navarro got ahead 3-0, but grounded a 3-1 pitch to short and the Phils turned the double-play to end the frame. Hamels threw 13 pitches in the inning and had thrown 46 for the game.

Werth had a good chance to catch Pena’s ball at the wall. He jumped high enough to catch it, just missed it with his glove.

Pena and Longoria finally break through with a pair of hits, and it gets Tampa Bay a run.

Hamels started the fifth after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt in the bottom of the fourth. Baldelli led off and popped a 2-0 pitch high to short. Rollins parked under it, but the wind blew it and Rollins had to come in. The ball went off the heel of his glove for an error. Bartlett was next and hit a broken-bat ground ball to second. Utley made a great play. He charged and made a spinning tag on Baldelli as he went past for the first out, then threw to first to double-up Bartlett. Kazmir again struck out on three pitches to set the Rays down. Nine more pitches for Hamels, 55 for the game.

Iwamura struck out looking 2-2 for the first out in the sixth. Crawford chopped a 1-0 pitch to first for the second out. Upton hit a 2-2 pitch to the left of Rollins. Rollins moved to his left and got a glove on the ball, but Upton had an infield single. It brought up Pena with the field in miserable condition and cold rain continuing to fall. Upton stole second as Hamels delivered strike one to Pena. Pena hit a 2-2 pitch the opposite way, into left field for a single. Upton came around third and slid in safe just ahead of Burrell’s throw, which was on line but a little late. The game was tied at 2-2. Longoria was next and swung at a low 1-0 pitch that Ruiz failed to catch, allowing Pena to move to second. Longoria flew to center on the next pitch, leaving Pena stranded.

Even with the field in good condition, I think Upton’s ground ball to short may have been a hit. The weather was certainly a factor in the inning, but you have to wonder if Hamels’ hand may have been as well after he was hit on the hand trying to bunt in the fourth.

Hamels threw 21 pitches in the inning and had thrown 76 for the game.

And then the game was suspended. It started again two days later. Really.

Madson came out to pitch the seventh with a 3-2 lead. He got ahead of Navarro 0-2 and struck him out looking at a 1-2 fastball on the inside corner for the first out. Baldelli was swinging at the first pitch and lined it out to left field, tying the game at 3-3. Bartlett was next and he singled into left on an 0-1 pitch. With one out and a man on first, the Rays let Howell hit for himself. Howell bunted back to the mound and Madson threw to first for the second out as Bartlett went to second. Iwamura was next and Romero came in to pitch to him. Romero got Iwamura to hit a ground ball to the right of Utley. Utley fielded the ball with his momentum taking him behind second and had no chance to get Iwamura at first. Bartlett stormed around third and tried to score. Utley made an awkward throw, a little up the third base line, but Ruiz took it and tagged out the sliding Bartlett to end the inning. Very aggressive by Bartlett, who would have been out by a lot if Utley had time to set and make a better throw.

Bunting with Howell, who faced one batter in the bottom of the seventh, who doubled, before leaving the game was a gift. That’s a bad decision.

Romero came back for the eighth with the Phils again ahead, this time 4-3. Crawford led off with a single into center. Romero stayed in to face the righty Upton with the lefty Pena on deck. Upton swung at the first pitch and hit a double-play ball to short. The Phillies turned it easily, even with Upton running this time. Pena got ahead 3-0 before he lined a 3-1 pitch to Bruntlett, who ran for Burrell in the bottom of the seventh and stayed in to play left, in left for the third out.

Romero stays in to face the righty Upton and gets a huge double-play. Other choices included bringing in Lidge to get six outs and bringing in Condrey or Durbin to face Upton and then Eyre to face Pena. Worked out pretty well.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils still up a run. He got ahead of Longoria 0-2 before Longoria popped a 2-2 pitch to Utley for the first out. Navarro got behind 0-2 as well, but he shattered his bat singling into right on the next pitch. Fernando Perez ran for Navarro at first and switch-hitter Ben Zobrist hit for Baldelli. Perez stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position, but Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch to right for the second out. Perez held second and Hinske hit for Bartlett. Hinske fouled Lidge’s first pitch off and tried to check his swing at the second pitch, but couldn’t. The 0-2 pitch was a slider away. Hinske swung and missed and the game was over.

The Phillies pen went three innings in the game allowing a run on five hits. The run scored on the Baldelli homer off of Madson in the seventh. In the series they allowed two runs in 11 2/3 innings. Both runs were earned, so their ERA as a group was 1.54.

Phillies starters allowed 13 runs in 32 1/3 innings. Twelve of the runs were earned (3.34 ERA).

Tampa Bay relievers threw four innings and allowed two runs. They allowed ten runs in 16 1/3 innings in the series. Nine of the runs were earned, which puts their ERA as a group at 4.96. The three lefties out of their pen combined to allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay starters allowed 14 runs in 25 2/3 innings, 12 of which were earned (4.21 ERA).

Upton was 5-for-20 (.250) in the series with five singles.

Longoria 1-for-20 (.050) and struck out nine times.

Crawford 5-for-19 (.263) with two home runs.

Iwamura 5-for-19 (.263) with a double.

Navarro 6-for-17 (.353) with a double.

Pena 2-for-17 (.118) with a double.

Bartlett 3-for-14 (.214).

The Phillies lineup against lefty Scott Kazmir went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz.

The Phillies started the game with six players on their bench: Bruntlett (R), Taguchi (R), Coste (R), Dobbs (L), Stairs (L) and Jenkins (L).

Rollins flew to left for the first out in the first. Werth was next and he walked on a 3-2 pitch that was outside. Kazmir’s first pitch to Utley hit Utley in the back. It put two men on for Howard, but Howard struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Burrell walked on a close 3-1 pitch, loading the bases for Victorino. Victorino lined a 2-1 pitch into left for a single, scoring Werth and Utley to put the Phils up 2-0 with men on first and second. Feliz was next and he went down and hit a low 0-1 pitch into left for another single. Everyone moved up a base and the Phils had the bases loaded again. Ruiz swung at the first pitch and flew to left.

Burrell had no chance to score on Feliz’s hit, which was right at Crawford. He may, however, have had a chance to go to third on Victorino’s single, which forced Crawford to move towards the left field corner. If he had gone to third on Victorino’s single he would have scored on Feliz’s.

Kazmir struck Hamels out on three pitches to start the second. Rollins flew to right on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Werth followed with a single into left, but Utley popped to third to end the inning.

Howard struck out again, this time on three pitches, for the first out in the third. Burrell flew softly to right on a 1-1 pitch for the second out. Victorino struck out on three pitches for the third out.

Quick nine pitch inning for Kazmir, who had thrown 57 through three innings.

Feliz struck out swinging 0-2 to start the fourth. Ruiz was next and singled into left. Hamels came to the plate and showed bunt. Kazmir’s first pitch to him was inside and hit him on a finger of his left (pitching) hand as he held the top part of the bat. Hamels did bunt the next pitch, but too hard back to the mound. Kazmir took it and threw to second to force Ruiz. Kazmir walked Rollins on a 3-2 pitch to put men on second. Werth followed with another long at-bat, walking on the tenth pitch on a 3-2 offering that was low and outside. It loaded the bases for Utley. Utley got ahead 3-1 and took strike two on the inside corner before he grounded to second to leave the runners stranded.

Ninety pitches for Kazmir through four innings.

Howard led off the fifth and walked on four pitches. Burrell was next and he walked as well, getting two calls on pitches that were very close, including the 3-2 pitch. Grant Balfour came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino bunted the first pitch foul, then swung away and popped to left for the first out. Feliz popped an 0-2 pitch to Pena for the second out. Ruiz popped up to Pena as well and both runners were left stranded.

No infield fly rule called on the pop-up by Feliz after Rollins was unable to field a pop-up on the infield in the top of the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting their first two runners on base.

After the top of the sixth inning, the game was suspended.

Play resumed on Wednesday night, two days later. Really it did.

Jenkins left off the bottom of the sixth and Balfour stayed in to pitch to him. He got behind 1-2, but battled back and blasted a 3-2 pitch to right-center for a double. Rollins bunted him to third for the first out. Werth was next and he popped a 2-2 pitch behind second. Iwamura went back and tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center, but dropped the ball. Werth had a single, Jenkins scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Jenkins probably would have scored even if Iwamura had caught the ball. Howell came in to pitch to Utley and struck him out for the second out. Werth took off for second with Howard at the plate, but left too early. Howell threw to first, but Werth beat Pena’s throw to second. Howard popped to third to leave him stranded.

Everyone knew that Rollins was going to bunt. There is little chance he would bunt in that situation in a regular game. Presumably the Phils are trying to win both.

The lefty Howell was still in the game when Burrell came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 3-3. Burrell blasted a 1-1 pitch deep to center and off the top of the wall, just missing a home run by about a foot. The ball bounced off the wall and rolled a while towards right field, but Burrell could only get two. The ball looked like it was gone, and Burrell might have thought it was as well. He may have been at third if he had been running hard all the way. Bruntlett ran for Burrell at second. Chad Bradford came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino tried to bunt twice and failed, missing one pitch and fouling off another. He swung away 1-2 and grounded to first for the first out, moving Bruntlett to third. The Rays brought the infield in, and Feliz hit an 0-1 pitch back through the middle. Bruntlett scored and the Phils were up 4-3. Ruiz was next and he hit a ball hard back up the middle, but Iwamura made a nice diving play to take a hit away from him and force Feliz at second for the second out. Romero hit for himself and grounded to second to end the inning.

Bunting for Howell in the top of the seventh so he can come back to pitch to the righty Burrell is just baffling to me.

Romero appeared in 81 games for the Phillies this season and did not have an at-bat. No objection to letting him hit with two outs and a man on first, but that isn’t the way the Phillies would have done it in a regular game.

David Price started the eighth with the Phils still up 4-3. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Werth went down looking at a 2-2 fastball on the outside part of the plate. Utley drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch and stole second. Again Howard came up with a man on second and two down. This time he struck out swinging 3-2.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 5-for-22 (.227) with two doubles and a walk in the series.

Werth 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in the game. He drove in Jenkins in the sixth with his bloop to center that Iwamura didn’t handle. 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles, a home run and six walks in the series.

Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk and five men left on base in the game. Kazmir got him to ground to second with the bases loaded and two down in the fourth. 3-for-18 (.167) with two home runs and five walks in the series.

Howard was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a walk in the game. 6-for-21 (.286) with a double, three home runs and six RBI in the series. He struck out nine times and led the Phils in both strikeouts and RBI.

Burrell 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in the game. 1-for-14 (.071) with five walks in the series.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the first. 5-for-20 (.250) with five singles and two RBI in the series.

Feliz was 2-for-4 with a huge RBI in the seventh. 6-for-18 (.333) with six singles in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 and left six men on base, most notably flying out to left with the bases loaded and two down in the first. 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles and a home run in the series.

Phillies hitters drew 27 walks in the series. The Rays drew ten.

No game today. Nobody left to play. Cole Hamels faces TBD in April, 2009.


A pint of example is Werth a gallon of advice

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
WAS 44-81 462 3.70 16 675 (16) 55 29
PHI 66-58 595 4.80 4 764 (5) 97 17

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
WAS 44-81 624 4.99 13 4.73 (11) 4.25 (13)
PHI 66-58 529 4.27 3 4.33 (10) 3.19 (2)

I’m not sure the Phillies’ problems are as complicated as they may seem. If your team is hitting .202 for a month and is last in the league in runs scored you’re going to lose a whole lot. The Phils hit better last night — it wasn’t the spectacular burst of offense that fans have been hoping for, but a win is a win and the Phils can use all they can get.

Coming off an off-day, the rested pen bailed out Joe Blanton. After Blanton gave up four runs in five innings to the meek Nationals’ offense, Durbin, Madson and Lidge shut Washington down the rest of the way. Blanton left down 4-1 in the fifth, but the Phils got within one in the bottom of the inning, pushed across another run in the seventh to tie the game and won it on a solo blast by Werth in the eighth.

Charlie Manuel rolled a seven last night as well. Manuel put the righty Werth in the starting lineup against the righty Jason Bergmann and left the lefty Jenkins on the bench to start the game. Werth hadn’t faced Bergmann coming into the game and Jenkins was 4-for-6 against him this season and 5-for-9 with a home run in his career. Jenkins got an at-bat against a righty in the game and came up with a big sac fly. Werth went 0-for-3 in his first three at-bats. When he hit against a righty in the eighth, the big lefties typically on the Phillies’ bench, Dobbs and Jenkins, were both unavailable. Even if Manuel wanted to call on a lefty he didn’t have a choice and Werth delivered the game-winner.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 67-58.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out three.

With one out in the first, Willie Harris hit an 0-1 pitch out to right to put the Nats up 1-0. Blanton got the next two.

Ronnie Belliard led off the second with a double. Jesus Flores flew to left before Blanton walked Austin Kearns. It put men on first and second for Kory Casto and Blanton got him on a soft liner to short. The pitcher Jason Bergmann grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 third.

Lastings Milledge and Belliard started the fourth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Flores and Flores singled to left. Milledge scored to put Washington up 2-1 with Belliard moving to second. Blanton avoided further damage, though. He got Kearns to fly to center for the first out. Casto hit it hard but Howard took the line drive for the second out. Bergmann struck out to leave two more runners stranded.

Harris singled with one out in the fifth. Ryan Zimmerman was next and sliced a ball just fair down the right field line and off the base of the wall and then the corner on a weird bounce. Harris scored to make it 3-1 and Zimmerman had a triple. Milledge flew to center with Zimmerman holding for the second out, but Belliard came up with a two-out single into center. Zimmerman scored and it was 4-1. Flores struck out looking for the third out.

Durbin started the sixth with the Phils down 4-3 having hit for Blanton in the bottom of the fifth. Kearns and Casto led off with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Bergmann and Bergmann hit for himself and bunted. Durbin fielded the bunt and threw to third to force Kearns for the first out. Emilo Bonifacio grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving to second and third. Harris flew to right for the third out.

Bergmann hitting for himself and bunting into an out at third was a huge play in the game. The Nats’ fear of their own miserable pen might have helped the Phils out there.

Durbin returned for the seventh and got the first two before Belliard singled and was thrown out trying to steal second.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the game tied at 4-4.

Lidge pitched the ninth with a 5-4 lead. He struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Boone, got Bonifacio to pop to short and Harris swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Four scoreless innings from the pen kept the Phils in the game after Blanton was hit hard. Durbin gave up three singles, but was helped by the Bergmann bunt and force at third. As a group the pen went four innings, allowing three singles and striking out five. In the eighth and ninth, Madson and Lidge went two perfect innings while striking out four.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jason Bergmann went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Werth continues to hit second with Victorino batting sixth. Coste catches.

Down 1-0 in the first, the Phils went in order.

Howard led off the second with a single. Burrell popped to short before a double by Victorino moved Howard to third. Dobbs looked struck out on a 1-2 breaking ball, but got the call and hit the a 2-2 pitch into left-center well enough for Howard to tag and score to tie the game at 1-1. Coste flew to center for the third out.

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

Victorino led off the fifth with a triple. Dobbs was next and hit a ball to left that Harris didn’t catch for an error. Victorino scored to cut the Washington lead to 4-2. Dobbs stole second before Coste singled on a ball deflected by Belliard, moving Dobbs to third. With men on first and third with nobody out, Manuel called on Jenkins to hit for Blanton and Jenkins delivered a sac fly to left that scored Dobbs. 4-3. Coste held first and Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Blanton had thrown 92 pitches in the game. The bullpen was rested after an off-day yesterday, which may have contributed to hitting for him with nobody out.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

Burrell reached on an infield single in the direction of Belliard to start the seventh. Victorino followed with a ground ball to second and Burrell was forced at second for the first out. A single by Dobbs moved Victorino to third and righty Steven Shell came in to pitch to Coste. Coste hit a ball to right deep enough to score Victorino and tie the game at 4-4. Taguchi hit for Durbin and tried to bunt for a hit but was thrown out to end the inning.

Rollins flew to deep right-center to start the first. With the righty Shell still on the mound, Werth got behind before Shell hung a 1-2 curveball and Werth blasted it out to left-center to put the Phils up 5-4. Huge homer for Werth against a righty after he gets the start against the righty. Howard walked after Utley grounded to first for the second out, but Burrell flew to left to leave him stranded.

Rollins was 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-25.

Werth was 1-for-4 and won the game with his 17th home run, which is a career-high for him. He has 17 home runs in 284 at-bats this season. No other NL player with at least 17 home runs this season has fewer at-bats (in the AL, Marcus Thames has hit 21 in 246 at-bats for the Tigers).

Utley was 0-for-4. He’s hitting 206/315/444 in August. On-basing .315 for the month after on-basing .336 in July.

Howard was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 3-for-his-last-27 and hitting 186/310/373 in August. He has 14 strikeouts in his last 22 at-bats.

Howard had the Phillies only walk in the game.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .173 in August.

Victorino was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, which were the only extra-base hits in the game for the Phillies other than Werth’s home run.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with an RBI. 294/324/559 in August.

Coste was 1-for-2 with an RBI. After hitting 208/208/333 in July he’s hitting 194/257/226 in August.

Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02) faces righty Collin Balester (2-5, 5.06) tonight. Balester held the Phils to two runs on six hits over six innings but was outpitched by Myers on July 29. He’s allowed seven home runs in 42 2/3 innings on the season, five of which have been hit by lefties. Myers hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start in any of his last five outings. In his five starts since his trip to the minor leagues Myers is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA and an 0.92 ratio.


Just think how much merrier a soul King Cole would be if anyone ever got a hit

The merry would be off the charts. They would need to invent new merry-measuring tools.

Cole Hamels is pitching up a storm and the rest of the Phillies seem to be content just to watch. Hamels went eight innings in Florida yesterday, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits while striking out seven. The Phillies scored two runs in the game and lost in 11 innings.

They scored 11 runs in the three-game set and are having a lot of trouble getting much of anything out of the top and the bottom of their order. The guys who started the games in the one and two spots in the order combined to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the series while the guys that started the games in the seven and eight spots in the order combined to go 4-for-25 (.160) with one walk.

The Phillies are 1-2 in the last three games that Hamels has started. In each of those three starts he’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two runs. Over his last ten starts the Phillies have scored three or fewer runs five times. He’s thrown to a 3.03 ERA in those ten outings, going at least seven innings in nine of the ten starts. The Phillies are 5-5 in those games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 3-2 in 11 innings. The Marlins take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 53-46 and start the day in a tie for first place in the NL East with the Mets. The Marlins are a half game behind.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out seven. He needed just 96 pitches to go eight innings.

He started the first with a 1-0 lead. He walked Jorge Cantu with two outs, but got Wes Helms to fly to right for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

Jeremy Hermida led off the fourth and hit a high fly ball to right on the first pitch of his at-bat that went out for his second home run in two days. It cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Cantu lined to third before Helms reached on a single, but Hamels got Dan Uggla to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth.

Hamels walked Uggla with two outs in the seventh, but got Luis Gonzalez to fly to left for the third out. Hamels had thrown just 82 pitches through seven innings.

Cody Ross led off the eighth and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right center, tying the game at 2-2. Hamels struck out John Baker for the first out before Alfredo Amezaga hit for the pitcher Joe Nelson and singled into left. Hamels pick Amezaga off first with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, but Amezaga beat Howard’s throw to second. Howard is absolutely terrible at that play. Hamels struck out Ramirez and got Hermida on a fly ball to center to leave the runner stranded.

Madson set down 3-4-5 in the Florida order in the bottom of the ninth with the scored tied at 2-2.

He came back out to start the tenth, but when lefty Mike Jacobs was announced as the pinch-hitter for pitcher Matt Lindstrom, Romero entered the game. Romero got Jacobs to ground the first pitch of his at-bat to second for the first out. Durbin came in to pitch to Ross and struck Ross and Baker out to end the frame.

Condrey started the eleventh. Amezaga led off with a single and moved to second when Ramirez followed with a walk. Hermida bunted, badly. The ball came back to Condrey. Condrey looked at third, then turned and threw to first but late. Hermida was safe and the bases were loaded. Condrey got ahead of Cantu 0-2 before Cantu blasted a ball off the scoreboard in left — would have probably been a three-run double, but the Marlins only needed one to win the game.

The game was probably lost with the bases loaded and one out anyway, but with the day off today especially Manuel could have brought in Lidge to try to get the strikeout instead of leaving Condrey on to face Cantu.

Two innings for the pen. Everyone was good except for Condrey, who allowed three hits and a walk without getting an out. Nobody threw more than 14 pitches and the Phils have an off day today.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the righty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a chopper over the mound that went for an infield single. Victorino flew to left for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single to right. Howard singled into center and Rollins scored, putting the Phils up 1-0 with Utley going to third. Burrell popped to short and Jenkins grounded back to the pitcher to leave the runners stranded.

Bad result for Burrell with one out and men on first and third.

1-2-3 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Utley walked and came around to score when Howard followed with a double. 2-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins struck out looking for the third out.

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

Victorino bunted for a single with one down in the sixth. Utley grounded back to the pitcher and Howard grounded hard to first.

Burrell led off the sixth with a single. Jenkins was next and he shattered his bat hitting a slow ground ball to second for a double-play. The bat broke at the handle and a large piece of the barrel caught Jenkins in his shoulder or neck. Jenkins crumpled to the ground and was replaced by Werth in the bottom of the inning. Jenkins is not expected to miss any time. Feliz struck out for the third out.

Ruiz led off the seventh with a walk. Hamels hit for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and bunted, but popped it up for the first out. Rollins hit a ground ball to third and Ruiz was forced at second for the second out. Victorino doubled down the left field line and Rollins moved to third. Lefty Renyel Pinto came in to pitch to Utley and got ahead 0-2 before he hit him to load the bases. Howard grounded to second baseman Uggla in shallow right field for the third out.

Righty Joe Nelson set down Burrell, Werth and Feliz in order in the eighth. Werth had entered the game in right in the bottom of the sixth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the second out.

1-2-3 in the tenth.

Bruntlett, who had entered the game in the eighth defensively for Burrell, led off the eleventh. Hate that. Bruntlett popped to second for the first out. Werth struck out behind him before Feliz hit a ball that Ramirez didn’t handle for an error. Ruiz moved Feliz to second with a single and Coste hit for Durbin with righty Doug Waechter on the mound. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Coste struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game. 3-for-14 with a double and one walk in the series. 271/336/431 for the season.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-14 in the series. 276/345/402 for the year.

At the top of the order Rollins and Victorino combine to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the set.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 296/379/584.

Howard 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. 236/325/512.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-12 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 280/406/594 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 and left five men on base. 2-for-7 with a walk and a home run in the series. 238/291/389 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game and 1-for-6 in the series. 268/352/468 for the season.

Feliz was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. 1-for-13 with a triple and six strikeouts in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a walk in the set. 204/304/269 for the season. Coste was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting .125 in July and 276/330/476 for the year.

No game today.


The old man and the sea

Jamie Moyer and the Phillies’ bullpen shut down the Marlins last night. Moyer held Florida to a pair of runs on four singles over six and Durbin, Romero and Lidge did the rest. Over his last eight starts Moyer has thrown to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.19 ratio. He has a 3.12 ERA for the season in his ten starts away from Citizens Bank Park.

Geoff Jenkins slumped much of the first half, but the first half is over. Jenkins drove in two of the Phils’ four runs in the game, blasting a solo home run out to center in the fourth after he had singled in Burrell in the second.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 4-2. They improve to 53-44 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. All four hits were singles and he struck out three.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 first.

Mike Jacobs led off the second and lifted a fly ball into right field that Jenkins made a sliding play on in foul territory for the first out. Moyer got the next two behind him.

After a 1-2-3 third he started the fourth up 4-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a walk and Jeremy Hermida followed with a single that moved Ramirez to third. Jorge Cantu was next and he looped a ball into left-center. It looked like both Victorino and Burrell had a chance to make the play with a dive, but neither did and it fell in-between them for a single. Ramirez scored to make it 4-1. Jacobs followed with a single that loaded the bases for Dan Uggla. Uggla hit into a double-play for the first two outs of the inning. Hermida scored and it was 4-2. Josh Willingham popped up to first to end the inning.

Moyer came back with a 1-2-3 fifth.

Cantu singled with two outs in the sixth. Jacobs was next and popped to Howard to leave Cantu stranded.

Durbin started the seventh with the Phils still up 4-2. He struck out Uggla and Willingham before getting Cody Ross on a ground ball to short.

Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Ramirez singled. With the lefty Hermida due to hit, Romero came into the game. Righty Wes Helms hit for Hermida and lined to short to end the inning.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a 4-2 lead to nail down his 21st save.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one hit. Durbin threw 24 pitches, Romero five and Lidge, coming off 2/3 of an inning in an All-Star game in which he warmed up six times, threw 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty with Ruiz behind the plate.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a tracer out to right on a 1-0 pitch to put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell was next and doubled down the third base line. Jenkins singled up the middle and Burrell chugged around to score from second. 2-0. Feliz struck out, Ruiz popped to first and Moyer flew to left to leave Jenkins stranded.

Rollins led off the third with a double. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley singled into right. Rollins scored from second and the Phils were up 3-0. Howard flew to left and Burrell struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

Jenkins led off the fourth and blasted a 1-0 pitch out to center. 4-0. The Phils went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth Victorino tried to bunt and looked like he was hit by a pitch on the leg but didn’t get the bat out of the way. The home plate ump called it a foul ball. Manuel argued and was ejected. Victorino flew to center for the second out before Utley doubled to right. Howard was walked intentionally, but Burrell fouled out to third to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh. Taguchi hit for Moyer to lead off the seventh and popped to short.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the eighth and went to second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out. Burrell was next and he flew to deep center for the second out. Utley should have tagged but was halfway to third when Ross caught the ball and had to hold second. With lefty Renyel Pinto on the mound Werth hit for Jenkins. Righty Doug Waechter entered the game for Florida and got Werth swinging for the third out.

Phils can’t score after putting a man on second with no outs. Howard can’t move the runner to third. Utley should have gone to third on Burrell’s ball, but if Werth was going to strike out anyway it wasn’t going to matter. Burrell gets to hit against the lefty with lefties hitting third, fourth and sixth in the lineup.

Ruiz reached on a dribbler to third with one out in the ninth. With righty Joe Nelson on the mound, Dobbs hit for Romero. Ruiz stole second and the catcher John Baker threw the ball into center field. Ruiz went to third, but Dobbs struck out and Rollins struck out to leave him stranded.

Dobbs already had two strikes on him when Ruiz went to third, but still can’t bring the runner home with a fly ball with one out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Utley 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and his 29th homer.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base.

Jenkins 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Also made a nice defensive play in the second.

Feliz 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.47) faces lefty Scott Olsen (5-4, 3.77) this afternoon. Olsen has been tough on lefties this season, they’re hitting .177 against him. Righties are hitting .258. Howard has hit him well in his career, he’s 10-for-21 with three doubles and two home runs. Utley 3-for-21. The Phillies have won eight of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties are hitting .320 against him, righties just .247. He’s also walked way more lefites, who are on-basing .386 against him, than righties. About 55% of the batters that Kendrick has faced (258 of 469) have been left-handed, but they have drawn 75% (24 of 32) of the walks he has allowed. Impressively he has walked only eight of the 211 right-handed batters he’s faced (about 3.8%). By comparison, looking at his fellow righties, Myers has walked about 6% of the right-handed hitters he’s faced, Eaton about 7.4% and Blanton 7.8%.

Chad Durbin’s corporate minions would like you to know he has a blog. I’m here to help.


Better make that Kobayashi Iwamura and a whole lot of cash

The Phillies are playing terribly, but Kyle Kendrick either hasn’t noticed or doesn’t care. Kendrick’s line from last night doesn’t look spectacular, but coming off eight shutout innings against the A’s Kendrick took a shutout and a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning last night. The last time the Phillies won a game that was started by someone other than Cole Hamels or Kyle Kendrick was June 12.

The struggling Phillies have won seven of the last eight games that Kendrick has started.

Apparently the Phils think Kendrick has been doing Brett Myers’ job so long they can do without Myers. Myers accepted a demotion to Triple-A and the Phillies have called up left-handed reliever RJ Swindle from Triple-A. Swindle will give the Phillies a much-needed second lefty in the bullpen and could potentially allow Romero to take on a bigger role in relief.

The Phillies’ season may hinge on Myers’ ability to turn his season around. The Phils can make the playoffs without a big second starter behind Cole Hamels. What I don’t think they can do without a big second starter behind Cole Hamels is be successful in the playoffs. That pretty much leaves two choices — Brett Myers can become the second starter they’re going to need or they can trade for one. I would be stunned if they trade for one, so I think we better be hoping that Triple-A is the cure for whatever is ailing Myers.

Myers deserves credit for accepting the assignment to Triple-A, much as he deserves credit for how little whining he’s done about being pinballed between the pen and the rotation. The Phillies deserve to have him get some people out.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves last night, winning 8-3 to improve to 45-39 on the year. In addition to the nice start by Kendrick, the game was highlighted by a nice inning by a struggling Tom Gordon and a mini-breakout by the scuffling Geoff Jenkins. The Phillies also managed to put together some nice at-bats and put the game out of reach with a big ninth inning after failing to execute offensively in both the seventh and the eighth.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out two.

Gregor Blanco led off the first with a walk and Kelly Johnson bunted him to second. Chipper Jones moved Blanco to third with a ground ball to Howard. Mark Teixeira was next and he went down on a ground ball that Utley fielded in shallow right field, almost behind first base.

Brian McCann led off the second with a double but was left stranded when Mark Kotsay flew to left, Jeff Francoeur grounded to second and Brent Lillibridge went down swinging.

Up 5-0 in the third, Kendrick set the Braves down 1-2-3.

Chipper walked to start the fourth. Teixeira flew to right for the first out before McCann moved Chipper to second with a single. Kendrick struck out Kotsay for the second out. Francoeur grounded to second for the third.

With two outs in the fifth, Blanco singled and stole second. Johnson grounded to second for the third out.

Chipper led off the sixth with a double. Teixeira flew to right before McCann moved Jones to third with a ground out to first. Kotsay popped to Feliz in front of the mound for the third out.

Francoeur and Lillibridge started the seventh with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot and switch-hitter Greg Norton hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta. With the Phils up 5-0, Kendrick stayed in to pitch to Norton. Norton got up 2-0 before he ripped a double into right-center. Francoeur and Lillibridge both scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 5-2. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Blanco and got him on a ground ball to first that moved Norton to third for the first out. He walked Johnson, which brought up Chipper with men on first and third. Chipper walked on five pitches to load the bases. Teixeira hit a double-play ball to Utley that Utley didn’t field cleanly. He recovered in time to get the out at first as everyone moved up a base and Norton scored to make it 5-3. McCann grounded to second to end the inning.

Utley should have started a double-play on Teixeira’s ball. His bobble cost the Phils a run.

Gordon threw a 1-2-3 eighth with a 5-3 lead. He got the first out with the help of a nice play by Rollins on a ground ball back up the middle by Kotsay.

Lidge pitched the ninth with an 8-3 lead. He allowed a one out single to Blanco, but struck Johnson and Jones out behind him to end the game. Lidge is really well-rested since the Phillies never win, so no objection from me about pitching with a five-run lead.

Three scoreless innings from the pen. The best news is the 1-2-3 frame from Gordon. In the three innings they allowed one hit and two walks, both issued by Romero. Lidge threw 17 pitches, Romero 15 and Gordon nine.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Charlie Morton went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Howard returns to the fourth spot in the order with Burrell back at fifth. Jenkins plays right against the righty after Werth started back-to-back games against righties in Texas. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single but the Phils went in order behind him.

Burrell started the second and got behind 1-2 before he blasted a home run to left to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz drew a walk with two outs, but Kendrick popped to second to end the frame.

Rollins started the third with a single. Victorino was next and he lined a ball out to right for his third home run of the season. 3-0. Utley and Howard followed with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second with nobody out for Burrell. Burrell singled into left and Utley scored. 4-0. Howard went to third. Jenkins followed and he singled to left. Howard scored and it was 5-0 with men on first and second. Feliz struck out, Ruiz flew to right and Kendrick went down swinging.

1-2-3 fourth.

Jenkins doubled with two outs in the fifth. Feliz struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

With one out in the seventh Utley and Howard singled back-to-back. Burrell drew a walk that loaded the bases and Werth ran for Burrell at first. Jenkins got ahead 3-0 but popped to Lillibridge in foul territory. Feliz grounded to second for the third out.

Don’t mind Jenkins swinging 3-0, but his popout looked huge at the time.

Ruiz walked to start the eighth. Taguchi hit for Romero with lefty Will Ohman on the mound. Taguchi bunted badly, too hard, back to the pitcher. Ohman threw to second, but his throw was in the dirt and not handled. Taguchi was safe at first and Ruiz safe at second. Rollins bunted the runners to second and third and the Braves walked Victorino, who came into the game hitting .224 against lefties, intentionally. Not a fan of that move, but it worked out great for Atlanta. Ohman struck out Utley and struck out Howard to end the inning.

Twice in two innings the Phillies were unable to score after loading the bases with one out.

They did finally blow it open in the ninth. Werth led off with a single and stole second as Jenkins struck out for the first out. McCann’s throw to second went into center field, allowing Werth to go to third. Feliz was next and he hit a fly ball into left deep enough to score Werth and put the Phils up 6-3. The Phils tacked on more with two outs afterwards, but that looked like a huge at-bat for Feliz at the time. Ruiz walked. Dobbs hit for Gordon and singled, moving Ruiz to second. Rollins walked to load the bases. Victorino singled into left and Ruiz and Dobbs both scored. 8-3. Utley flew to right to leave the runners stranded at first and second.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

Utley 2-for-6 and left six men on base.

Howard 2-for-5 and left four men on base.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his 20th on the year.

Jenkins 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Feliz 0-for-4 with a big sac fly and three strikeouts. He left six men on base.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with three walks.

Adam Eaton (2-6, 4.86) faces righty Jorge Campillo (3-2, 2.54) tonight. Campillo has made 22 appearances for the Braves this season, only eight of which have been starts. In his eight starts he’s 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. Lefties are hitting just .179 against him overall for the year and he’s give up just four home runs and 12 walks in 67 1/3 innings. The Phillies have lost seven of the last ten games that Eaton has started. Overall his walk rate and home rate are improved over 2007, but he has walked six in his last 12 innings and has allowed at least one home run in five straight starts.


We need to score some more runs or something

Good thing Shane Victorino showed up or that could have been embarrassing.

Rich Harden pitched great for the A’s yesterday afternoon, holding the Phils to a pair of singles by Victorino over eight innings while striking out 11. Sadly it doesn’t take great pitching to beat the Phillies these days, they lost for the seventh time in eight games. Over those eight games the Phillies have scored 15 runs.

Tom Gordon continues to struggle with shoulder soreness and the-other-team-hits-it-really-hard-and-far-itis. You have to wonder if the Phils are going to have to act in some way to deal with the problem soon.

Yesterday’s game did help produce the best Charlie Manuel quote in a long time: “We need to be more focused or something.” I do love that. Almost makes the whole thing worth it. Maybe we need to get more focused or maybe we need to order some pizza. Either way.

The Phillies lost to the Oakland A’s yesterday, falling 5-0. After dropping the series two games to one the Phils are 43-37 on the season.

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

Mark Ellis led off the first and walked on four pitches. Ryan Sweeney was next and he blasted an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a double that scored Ellis and put Oakland up 1-0. Jack Cust was next and he singled into right. Victorino charged and made a strong throw home, but not in time to get Sweeney. The A’s led 2-0. Eric Chavez struck out swinging for the first out. Eaton got Bobby Crosby on a fly ball to right and Jack Hannahan on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third. Dobbs made a nice play for the second out in the third, charging and bare-handing a Rajai Davis bunt and making a strong throw to first.

With one out in the fourth Crosby doubled to left and Hannahan followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Carlos Gonzalez and Gonzalez hit a ground ball to second. Hannahan was forced at second for the second out and Crosby moved to third. Daric Barton flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Rob Bowen led off the fifth with a double. Ellis followed and lined to second for the first out before Davis reached on an infield single. With men on first and second, Cust walked to load the bases. Eaton struck out Chavez for the second out before he got Crosby to pop to Howard to leave the bases loaded.

With one out in the sixth, Gonzalez lined the first pitch of hit at-bat out to left to make it 3-0. Eaton got the next two.

Ellis reached on an error by Rollins to start the seventh. Davis grounded back to Eaton and Ellis was forced at second for the first out. Eaton struck out Cust for the second out before Davis was gunned down by Ruiz trying to steal second on a pitchout to end the inning.

Gordon started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Chavez. Crosby flew to right for the first out before Hannahan doubled to center and Chavez scored to make it 4-0. Gonzalez was next and again hit the first pitch of his at-bat, lining it into center for a single. Victorino charged but didn’t handle the ball. It bounced off his side and Chavez came in to score. Gonzalez went for second, but Victorino picked up the ball and threw Gonzalez out at second for the second out of the inning with the A’s up 5-0. Flash struck out Barton to set the A’s down.

Two hits and a walk in the inning for Gordon. In his last three appearances Gordon has allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in two innings. Rest apparently wasn’t the cure — before yesterday’s appearance he hadn’t pitched since June 15. He threw 18 pitches, but you have to think the Phillies are thinking about what to do with him at this point.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Rich Harden went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Dobbs (6) Victorino (7) Werth (8) Jenkins (9) Ruiz. Still not back to normal. Victorino again finds himself moved down in the order, even against the righty. Utley up to two and Burrell up to three again. The lefty Dobbs gets the start at third and hits fifth. Werth in right with Jenkins the DH.

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

1-2-3 in the second.

Werth and Jenkins struck out in a 1-2-3 third.

1-2-3 fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Victorino singled to center. Werth went down swinging for the third out.

Ruiz walked with one out in the sixth. Rollins struck out and Utley popped to third.

1-2-3 seventh.

Victorino started the eighth with an infield single with the Phils down 3-0. Werth struck out and Jenkins struck out before Victorino stole second. Then Ruiz struck out.

With two outs in the ninth, Burrell crushed a ball high off the scoreboard in left and then rolled about half way back to short with Emil Brown chasing behind it. Burrell had a triple and was left stranded when Howard grounded to second to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 271/336/436 for the year.

Utley was 0-for-4 in the game. 4-for-11 with a double and a triple in the game. 293/382/600 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a triple in the game. 3-for-10 with a home run in the series. 272/408/508.

I had assumed that the Phillies were going to exploded out of this collective slump, but it looks a little like they might sludge out of it slowly. Utley and Burrell might be starting to hit a little bit better.

Howard was 0-for-4. 1-for-13 in the set. 213/307/457 for the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-3 in his only action in the series. He’s hitting 337/376/465 for the year. Feliz was 3-for-9 with a triple in the series and is hitting 263/313/420 for the year.

Victorino was 2-for-3 in the game and 5-for-10 in the series. 280/351/382 for the year.

Werth was 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 1-for-9 with three walks and five strikeouts in the set. 257/349/479.

Jenkins 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Wow. 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the series. 2-for-his-last-41. 239/289/378. I have no idea what the Phillies should do with Jenkins. They need him to hit.

Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk yesterday and 0-for-5 with a walk in the series. 219/305/296 for the season. Your slugging percentage is one of those things you’d like to see higher than your on-base percentage. Coste was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series. 315/375/531. Needs to play a lot more.

Brett Myers (3-9, 5.51) faces lefty Kason Gabbard (2-3, 4.96) tonight in Texas. The 26-year-old Gabbard has made 11 starts this season and walked 34 in 52 2/3 innings. He rarely gives up the long ball, he’s allowed just three on the year. Righties are hitting .309 against him, lefties .231. He has a 6.75 ERA over his last seven starts. The Phils have lost nine of the last ten games that Myers has started. Over his last three starts he’s allowed eight home runs in 19 innings. In each of his last three and six of his last nine starts he’s allowed at least four runs.


  • Calender

    August 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Apr    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031
  • Online Marketing
    Add blog to our blog directory.



    Web Directory

    Blogging Fusion Blog Directory

  • Copyright © 1996-2010 Philliesflow.com. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress