Tag: Geoff Jenkins

Offense from right a little slight

You would probably guess that the right field platoon of Jenkins and Werth hasn’t been a smashing success, but you may not have realized just how bad it has been. Here’s a look at how the Phillies are producing offensively by position this season, using OPS as the measure (does not include yesterday’s games):


POS

OPS

NL Rank
C 729 7
1B 794 11
2B 990 1
3B 721 13
SS 767 7
LF 980 1
CF 808 4
RF 706 15

It’s not going to be a surprise to many people that third base continues to be a big problem for the Phils. Howard’s struggles compared to other first basemen in the league have been more dramatic than I would have guessed. The right field production has been a worse problem than either of them.

You can also see the problem in right field if you look at production by spot in the batting order compared to other teams in the NL, again using OPS as the measure and not counting yesterday’s games:

 
OPS

NL Rank
1 764 8
2 792 2
3 983 3
4 821 10
5 973 1
6 734 10
7 758 6
8 711 2

Werth has moved around some, but generally speaking the six-hole is the home of Werth and Jenkins this season. If you look at the list, two of the other problems areas at one (Rollins) and four (Howard) seem likely to improve as the season progresses.

The problem in right for the Phillies is primarily Jenkins, who has not hit well for much of the season and is currently 2-for-his-last-24, and the fact that Werth has been less effective with the bat while playing right field than he has overall. Here’s what the Phillies who have gotten at least 25 plate appearances as a right fielder have done offensively this season while playing right field:


Player

AB as RF

AVG

OBP

SLG
Jenkins 185 265 315 405
Werth 52 250 316 327
Taguchi 32 250 333 313

Werth is hitting 268/351/490 overall and 290/362/613 in 93 at-bats as a center fielder. That’s probably just a coincidence, but it does help explain why the numbers are so bad for the team overall. Jenkins is the big question mark. His numbers are just bad, pretty much the worst for his career since 1998, despite he gets to hit almost exclusively against right-handed pitching. 194 of his 213 plate appearances have come against righties, about 91.1%. His career line overall, 276/345/493 (287/356/520 against righties) is much better than that despite the fact that only about 76.5% of his career plate appearances have come against righties.

The good news for the Phillies is that it’s reasonable to expect Jenkins to hit much better the rest of the year than he has so far.

Adam Eaton (2-4, 4.57) faces righty Ervin Santana (8-3, 3.40) tonight. Santana was hit hard his last time out. On Saturday against the Braves he allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings. Before that he had made three straight starts where he pitched at least into the seventh inning and allowed less than two runs. Opponents are hitting .208 against him for the season. righties just .192 and lefties .272. He has walked just 21 overall in 95 1/3 innings. Eaton has a 3.49 ERA over his last five starts and has allowed three or fewer runs six of his last seven times out. He hasn’t walked more than two hitters in a game in any of his last six starts.


They took all the hits and put ‘em in a hit museum and they charged a people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em

A day after scoring 20 runs the Phillies managed just two hits yesterday that didn’t come from their starting pitcher. Adam Eaton and JC Romero did a nice job on the mound, but former Phils Kyle Lohse and Ryan Franklin were just a little bit better.

Pat Burrell continues to swing a hot bat — his two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense the Phillies could muster on the day

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday, falling 3-2. They are 41-29 on the season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out two.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a single off the glove of Rollins. Adam Kennedy was next and he hit a 1-2 pitch out down the right field line. 2-0 Cards on Kennedy’s first home run of the season. Eaton got the next three.

Chris Duncan singled to start the second, but Eaton got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play behind him. Pitcher Kyle Lohse popped to Howard for the third out.

Cesar Izturis led off the third with a single. Schumaker hit a ground ball to short and Izturis was forced at second for the first out with Schumaker safe at first. Kennedy singled to right and Schumaker moved to third. Ryan Ludwick was left and he singled into left-center. Schumaker scored to put the Cards up 3-0, but Burrell threw Ludwick out at second for the second out. Rick Ankiel popped to short for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth with the Phils down 3-2.

In the fifth, Schumaker singled with two outs, but Kennedy tried to bunt for a hit behind him and Eaton threw him out at first to end the inning.

Ludwick started the sixth with a walk, but Eaton got the next three.

Molina led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. Lohse hit for himself and bunted back to Eaton and Eaton made a nice play to throw Molina out at third. Lohse was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out before Izturis hit a stand up triple. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Schumaker and struck him out to end the inning.

Cardinals don’t score in an inning where they get a double and a triple. That’s hard to do.

Romero got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another 1 1/3 perfect innings from the pen. Romero has been charged with one run in 9 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. He needed just 12 pitches to get four outs.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches after the big game on Friday night.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out swinging behind him to end the frame.

Feliz walked with two outs in the second, but Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Eaton led off the third with a double and Rollins moved him to third with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Victorino popped to second for the second out and Utley flew to left to leave him stranded.

Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one out.

Howard led off the fourth with a single. Burrell got ahead 1-0 and then drove a ball out to left-center to cut the St Louis lead to 3-2. Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz went in order behind him.

Eaton led off the fifth with a single but was left stranded when the Phils went down in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth with the help of two nice plays from the St Louis defense. Kennedy made a nice play in shallow right on a ball hit by Howard for the first out. Burrell ripped a ball down the third base line, but Glaus made a nice play to pick it and throw Burrell out at first for the second.

1-2-3 in the seventh. Eaton hit for himself with two outs and nobody on and the Phils down by a run. He flew to left for the third out. He got hit hard in the bottom of the inning before Romero relieved him.

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

Still down a run in the ninth, Howard and Burrell went down to start the inning. Jenkins was next and lined a ball into right-center that Ludwick made a diving catch on to end the game. Replays clear showed that that ball was trapped, but the game was over.

Four hits for the Phils, two of which came from Eaton.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4. Could have used a better results from him in the third.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He’s slugging .738 in June after Glaus took a double away from him in this game.

Jenkins 0-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.34) faces 24-year-old righty Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.86) this afternoon. Boggs has made two career appearances, one of which was a start against the Reds on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs in five innings. He was 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts in the PCL this season. He doesn’t strike anyone out, but righties were hitting .193 against him and he had allowed just three home runs in 71 1/3 innings. Myers was absolutely terrible in his last outing, allowing five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins. The Phillies are 1-8 in the last nine games he has started.


Phils apparently able to overcome anything except a start from Hamels

If you were wondering how long it would take the Phils to find their form again after Saturday’s loss, the answer turns out to be not very. Yesterday they found themselves down 5-1 in the third, but as they have so many times of late they stormed back behind their bats and a strong performance from the bullpen. Jenkins delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth and Burrell doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh to put the Phils ahead to stay.

Chase Utley is on fire. Having already had a stretch between April 17 and April 23 this season where he hit seven home runs in seven days, he has now homered six times in the last seven games.

The Phillies have won six of their last seven and nine of their last 12.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins yesterday, winning 7-5 to improve to 33-25 on the season. With the win they reclaim first place in the NL East by a half game over the Fish. The Phils take the three-game set two games to one.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs off the bat of Mike Jacobs. Moyer didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Hanley Ramirez singled to left to start the first, but Moyer got Jeremy Hermida to pop to short and Jorge Cantu to hit into a double-play.

He started the second with a 1-0 lead. Jacobs led off and hit the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Moyer got the next three hitters on ground balls.

He got the first two in the third before Ramirez hit a soft ground ball to second and just beat out Utley’s flip to Howard. Hermida was grazed by a pitch, putting men on first and second, before Jorge Cantu singled. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 2-1 with men on first and second. Jacobs was next and again the lefty blasted the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, putting Florida up 5-1. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth. Utley made a nice play to end the top of the fifth. Hermida hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley ranged to his right and made a strong throw to nip Hermida at first for the third out.

Cantu singled to start the sixth with the Phils down 5-3. Again Jacobs hammered the first pitch of his at-bat, but this time it was a line drive right at Howard. Howard caught it and stepped on first to double off Cantu. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame. He might want to go somewhere else with his first pitch the next time he faces Jacobs. Roll it to the plate, maybe?

The game was tied at 5-5 in the seventh. Cody Ross led off with a single, but Jacque Jones bunted and popped it up towards first. Howard made a nice diving play to catch the ball for the first out. Mike Rabelo hit into a double-play behind Jones.

Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 7-5 and walked Luis Gonzalez on five pitches to start the inning, but got the next three behind him to keep the Fish off the board. Nice bounce-back performance from Gordon after he was hit hard in his previous outing against the Rockies. After Gordon walked Gonzalez he got behind Ramirez 2-0 and Rollins came in for a pep talk. It apparently helped. The Inquirer thought the chat was a pretty big deal, complete with a headline in bazillion point. Must have been quite a talk.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Jacobs, getting Uggla on a fly ball to left and striking out Ross.

Two scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow one walk after Moyer goes seven. Gordon threw 17 pitches, Lidge 14. Gordon may be questionable for tonight’s game against the Reds.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste catches against the lefty again. Taguchi in right with Werth out. Taguchi hits eighth and Feliz and the catcher’s spot move up one place in the order. Would still try Jenkins in right even against the lefty with Werth out.

With two outs in the first, Utley walked and stole second. Howard got behind 1-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch back through the middle for a single. Utley scored and the Phils led 1-0. More good hitting with two strikes from Howard after he drove in Victorino on Saturday night with a ground ball out with two strikes. Burrell flew to right for the third out.

Taguchi walked with two outs in the second, but Moyer struck out behind him.

Down 5-1 in the third, Rollins led off and hit a ground ball to third. Cantu threw it away, however, and Rollins was safe on the error. Victorino was next and flew to center. Rollins went to third and then made a move towards home. Miller threw to third but his throw got away for another error. Rollins scored to cut the lead to 5-2. Utley blasted a 1-1 pitch out to right for his 20th home run and the score was 5-3. He’s on pace to hit 56 home runs this season. Howard flew out for the second out before Burrell walked. Feliz hit an 0-1 pitch into left center, but was robbed of a hit by a diving catch by Ross to end the inning.

Phils get a run thanks to Cantu’s error.

Coste singled to start the fourth. Taguchi flew to right for the first out before Moyer bunted Coste to second. Rollins popped to first for the third out. Another sacrifice for Moyer, who has been very good at getting his bunts down.

Victorino put down a pretty bunt to start the fifth, but Miller made a great play to field it and throw Victorino out at first with his momentum carrying him towards the first base line. Utley walked, but Howard hit into a double-play.

Burrell walked to start the sixth with the Phils still down 5-3. Feliz flew to left and Coste struck out, bringing up Taguchi’s spot with the righty Doug Waechter on the mound for Florida. Jenkins hit for Taguchi and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, tying the game at 5-5. Moyer hit for himself and struck out to end the inning. There are some that seem blown away with the brilliance of pinch-hitting for Taguchi with Jenkins there — seems like the pretty clear choice to me.

Victorino singled with one out in the seventh. Utley popped to second for the second out before Howard was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second and righty Logan Kensing came in to pitch to Burrell. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Burrell hit a 2-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and the Phillies led 7-5. Like Howard, Burrell gets it done with two strikes. That’s just a great job of hitting with two strikes from the strikeout kings Burell and Howard — hitting with two strikes the pair combined to knock in three of the seven runs the Phillies scored in the game. Bohn ran for Burrell at second and Feliz struck out for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-12 with a single in the series. He is hitting 292/340/460 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a single. 4-for-13 in the series with three doubles. He’s hitting 292/356/404 for the season. His on-base percentage is higher than Rollins’.

Utley was 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks. 4-for-11 with three home runs in the series. Six home runs in seven days. He is hitting 312/398/665 for the year. Uggla was 1-for-12 with a single in the series and is hitting 294/371/632 for the year.

Howard was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-8 with a home run and five RBI in the series. 208/324/469 for the season.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with two walks, a game-winning double and two RBI. 3-for-9 with three walks in the series. 280/422/582 for the year.

Feliz was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 2-for-12 in the series. 259/297/423 for the year.

Coste was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-9 with a home run in the set. 330/393/567. Ruiz was 0-for-2 in the series. He has six extra-base hits in 127 at-bats this season and is hitting 228/300/291 for the year. Not counting yesterday’s games, of the 128 NL players with at least 125 plate appearances this season only six have a worse slugging percentage than Ruiz’s .291.

Taguchi was 0-for-1 with a walk. 1-for-3 with three walks in the series. 203/288/271 for the year, which isn’t really what you’re looking for from your starting right fielder. Jenkins was 1-for-2 with a monster two-run homer, his fifth of the year. He was 1-for-6 in the series. 285/321/430 for the season.

Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with the Reds. Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts. In those starts he struck out 15 in 12 1/3 innings. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. He faced the Phils on April 7 and gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .345 against Kendrick, but the Phillies have won seven of the last eight games he has started. His first start of the season came against the Reds. On April 4 he allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings.


Eaton’s feat helps Phillies sweep the rocky Rockies

Battered by the injury bug, the Colorado Rockies look like they feel just about ready to call it a season. That’s somebody else’s problem, but for a Phillies fan the good news is that the Phils look like they’re just getting started. While the Rockies ran into out after out on the bases, walked 18 in the set and turned fly balls into new kinds of entertainment programming, the Phillies swept the series with monster bats but also by playing crisp baseball. The Phils ran their ground balls into hits, backed up third and, despite three errors in the series, showed flashes of brilliance defensively. It probably didn’t hurt that Chase Utley drove in ten runs three games, either.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Adam Eaton finally has a win. Eaton has put back-to-back solid starts together and earned his first win of the year last night.

The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 6-1 to improve to 31-24 on the season. They sweep the three-game series and have won four in a row. They are seven games above .500 for the first time this season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was very good. He went six innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits were singles. He struck out four.

He walked Todd Helton with two outs in the first, but Garrett Atkins flew to center for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

With two outs in the third, Willy Taveras and Seth Smith singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third for Helton and Helton hit a ball that went over the head of Burrell in left and off the wall. Taveras scored easily to tie the game at 1-1, but the ball bounced right back to Burrell and Burrell fired the ball back to the infield. Rollins took the throw and fired to Utley at second. Helton was caught in between first and second. Utley ran towards him and Smith came home from third. Utley threw to Howard and Howard made a nice throw home. Ruiz put down a pretty sweep tag to get Smith at home to end the frame. He looked safe to me, but either way it was a nice play by all five of the Phillies in the field who were involved in the play — Burrell, Rollins, Utley, Howard and Ruiz.

Eaton hit Atkins to start the fourth, but Ryan Spilborghs lined into a double-play behind him. Ian Stewart struck out for the third out.

Eaton started the fifth with a 6-1 lead. Omar Quintanilla singled with one out and the pitcher Greg Reynolds bunted, but Ruiz threw Quintanilla out at second for the second out. Taveras flew to left for the third out.

He set the Rockies down 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Madson started the seventh with a 6-1 lead. Spilborghs led off and chopped a ball over Madson. The ball hit the cutout between the grass and the infield grass and Rollins couldn’t handle it cleanly. Spilborghs was safe with an infield single. Stewart was next and singled to right. Jenkins threw to third, but the bouncing ball got passed Feliz. Spilborghs tried to score, but Madson had backed up third well and threw Spilborghs out at home. Great job by Madson to cover third. The throw from Jenkins was fine — Feliz should have handled it. Stewart went to second so Jenkins was charged with a tough error. Madson struck out Chris Iannetta for the second out. Quintanilla flew to right for the third.

Terrible base-running again from the Rockies after Smith gave away an out at home the game before. I realize they can’t score, but that’s just not the way to go.

Madson started the eighth and walked Taveras with one out. Romero came in and got the lefties Smith and Helton to end the frame.

Durbin started the ninth with a five run lead. Spilborghs singled to right with one out before Stewart flew to center for the second out. Spilborghs took second on defensive indifference and went to third when Iannetta singled to left. Quintanilla flew to left for the third out.

Three scoreless innings for the bullpen, although they allowed four hits and a walk. Madson threw 28 pitches, so he’ll probably get a day or two of rest. Ditto Durbin after 22 pitches. Romero threw nine.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Greg Reynolds went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Burrell returns to the lineup after being scratched late on Tuesday with a stiff neck. Ruiz catches against the righty.

With one out in the first, Victorino singled on a dribbler between first and second and stole second. Utley walked before Howard hit a ball back to the pitcher. Reynolds juggled briefly or he might have had a double-play. Howard was thrown out at first and Victorino went to third with Utley at second and two down. Burrell walked to load the bases and Jenkins followed with a walk of his own. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz flew to center for the third out.

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

Burrell doubled to start the fourth with the score tied at 1-1. Jenkins popped to third and Feliz lined to third for the first two outs before Ruiz was walked intentionally to pitch to Eaton. Eaton popped to second to end the inning.

Phillies can’t score after the leadoff double. Jenkins fails to move the runner to third with the first out. I really wouldn’t walk Carlos Ruiz intentionally very often — he’s probably not going to get an extra-base hit and there’s a good chance Burrell can’t score from second on a single even with two outs.

Rollins and Victorino walked back-to-back to start the fifth. Utley pounded an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right, putting the Phillies up 4-1. Howard walked before Burrell flew to center for the first out. Jenkins followed and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 6-1. Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.

Victorino reached on another infield single, this one deflected by the pitcher, with two outs in the sixth. Again he stole second. Utley followed with a walk, but Howard struck out for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Jenkins hit a high fly ball to left-center. Spilborghs looked like he had it lined up, but Taveras cut in front of him and had it go off his glove for a two-base error. Feliz and Ruiz both grounded out to leave Jenkins stranded.

With two outs in the eighth, Victorino reached on yet another infield single. This one was just a ground ball to third. Fantastic hustle for Victorino and he got three hits out of it in the game. Utley flew to right for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 in the three game set. He is hitting 312/363/496. Yesterday was just one of two days this season where he has ended a game with a slugging percentage under .500 for the year.

Victorino was 3-for-4 in the game and 6-for-10 with three walks and four stolen bases in the series. He’s hitting 291/360/392 for the season.

Utley was 1-for-3 with his 17th home run of the year. 5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and ten RBI in the series. He’s hitting 310/394/638 for the season.

Howard was 0-for-3 and left four men on base. 2-for-8 in the series. 206/315/462 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-7 in the series. 277/417/590 for the year. He’s hitting .222 in May.

Jenkins was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. 3-for-7 with a double and a home run in the series. 290/327/421 for the year. 323/353/516 in May.

Feliz was 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. 265/305/439 for the year. 316/343/510 in May.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 0-for-7 in the series. 232/299/296. Coste was 3-for-6 in the series with a double and a home run. 341/402/568 for the season.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-7 with a double in the series. 361/390/542 for the year.

No game today. First of three with the Fish tomorrow night.


Phils struggle to earn runs, but Eugenio struggles to field as Velez other second basemen

Carlos Ruiz picked a nice time for his first home run of the year, it was a good moment in an ugly win for the Phils yesterday afternoon. With one out in the eighth he muscled one out to left to tie the game at 5-5 — it was the only earned run the Phils would score in the game. In the bottom of the ninth Ryan Howard scored the winning run for the Phils, he came around to score on a ground ball to second that went under Eugenio Velez’s glove for the Giants’ third error of the day.

Ugly or not, a win is a win and this one kept the Phils atop the NL East for at least another day. Charlie Manuel’s use of his bullpen in the series with San Francisco was curious to say the least. Brad Lidge was the latest Phillie reliever to pitch for the fourth straight day with several pitchers in the pen who pitch rarely if ever. Whether this is by choice or necessity it could signal bad times ahead for the bullpen, cause if you think the Phils need Lidge and Romero pitching well in the beginning of May just wait till you see how much they need them pitching well in the beginning of September.

The Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants yesterday afternoon, winning 6-5 to improve to 18-14 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

With two outs in the second Rich Aurillia doubled high off the wall in right. Hamels struck Dan Ortmeier out on a 2-2 pitch that was low and outside for a called strike three to end the frame.

Hamels struck out Steve Holm, Tim Lincecum and Eugenio Velez is a 1-2-3 third.

Emmanuel Burriss singled to start the fourth with the Phils up 2-0. He moved to second when Winn followed with a ground out. Rowand struck out for the second out before Jose Castillo singled into center. Victorino came home and his throw was on the first base side of home. Burriss really hammered Ruiz, who held the ball, but Burriss was safe anyway. Odd looking play because Burriss had already crossed home when he collided with Ruiz. Aurillia followed with a double to left-center that scored Castillo and tied the game at 2-2. Ortmeier flew to right to end the frame.

Holm started the fifth with a double and Lincecum bunted him to third. Velez popped up to third and Burriss grounded to short on a nice play by Bruntlett behind second for the third out.

Rowand singled to left with one out in the sixth. Castillo was next and flew to Burrell on the warning track right in front of the wall. Aurillia was next and he blasted one out to left, tying the game at 4-4. Ortmeier flew out to center to set the Giants down.

Durbin started the seventh for the Phillies. With one out, John Bowker hit for Lincecum and looped a single into center. Velez hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Durbin returned for the eighth. He got the first two before Rowand singled to left. Castillo was next and he hit a ball down the line in right field and into the corner. Jenkins hit Utley and Utley’s throw arrived home about the same time as Rowand, but Ruiz dropped the ball and Rowand slid under the tag as well. Rowand was safe to put the Giants up 5-4. Fred Lewis hit for Ortmeier and flew to left for the third out.

Lidge started the ninth with the score tied at 5-5, pitching for the fourth straight day and the third straight day in a non-save situation. He threw a 1-2-3 inning. It took five pitches.

Durbin threw 38 pitches, Lidge five.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Victorino and Bruntlett at the top of the order. Werth on the bench with Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz back behind the plate.

Victorino led off the first with a double into left-center. Bruntlett struck out swinging and Utley looking before Howard flew to left to end the inning.

Burrell lashed a double to left-center to start the second. Jenkins struck out before Feliz singled just over the glove of Castillo at third and into left. Burrell went to third. Ruiz popped to shallow right, Winn took it for the second out and Burrell had to hold third. Lincecum struck Hamels out on three pitches to leave both runners stranded.

Victorino started the third with a ground ball to short and was safe when the throw pulled Aurillia off the bag. Error on Burriss at short, although it looked like Aurillia tagged Victorino and he should have been out. Bruntlett moved him to second with a single into right before Utley flew to shallow center for the first out. Howard moved the runners to second and third with a ground out before Burrell doubled off the wall in left. Both runners scored and the Phils led 2-0. Jenkins struck out for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth with the game tied at 2-2.

Victorino started the fifth with a single. Bruntlett hit a ground ball to third and Castillo threw low to second where Velez didn’t handle it. The ball went into right and Victorino took third on Castillo’s error, but Velez should have caught the ball. Utley flew to shallow right for the first out and the runners had to hold. Howard drew a walk that loaded the bases. Lincecum’s first pitch to Burrell was in the dirt. Holm blocked it and it dribbled towards third base. Victorino scored from third to put the Phils up 3-2 and the other runners moved up to second and third. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jenkins flew to left and Bruntlett scored, extending the lead to 4-2. Another wild pitch, this one way over the head of Holm, moved the runners to second and third before Feliz flew to center to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth. Brad Harman hit for Hamels and grounded to short for the second out.

With one out in the seventh, Utley was hit by a pitch in the middle of the back and stole second. Howard walked and righty Vinnie Chulk struck Burrell out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Chulk stayed in to pitch to Jenkins and Jenkins flew to right to end the inning.

Ruiz homered to left with one out in the eighth, tying the game at 5-5. Dobbs, who hit for Durbin, and Victorino went down behind him.

With two outs in the ninth Keiichi Yabu walked Howard and Burrell back-to-back. Jenkins hit a ground ball to second that went under the glove of Velez for an error and Howard stormed home to score the winning run and give the Phils a 6-5 win. Nice jump by Howard with two outs. Holm didn’t catch the throw home, but it wouldn’t have matter if he did.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-14 with a double in the series. 231/296/292 on the season.

Bruntlett was 1-for-5. 2-for-11 with two singles in the series and 222/278/267.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 4-for-11 with two home runs in the series. 357/432/762.

Howard 0-for-2 with three walks and scored the winning run. 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three walks in the series. 167/294/351.

Burrell 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks. 3-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and four walks in the series. 330/459/689.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, an RBI, four men left on base and a game-winning ground ball to second base. 1-for-9 with a home run in the series. He has one walk in his last 37 at-bats. 250/286/359.

Feliz was 1-for-4. 3-for-8 with a home run in the series. 214/270/379.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a big home run. 1-for-5 with a home run in the series. 203/272/297.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-5 in the series. 293/356/488.

Werth 1-for-6 in the series. 258/343/506.

Coste was 0-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 304/396/522 on the season.

Taguchi did not have an at-bat in the series and is hitting 205/244/256 on the year.

Harman 0-for-1 in the series. 200/333/400 in five at-bats on the year.

Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.50) faces righty Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00) tonight for the first of four in Arizona. Superstar to be Scherzer turns 24 in July and has made one appearance with the Diamondbacks. It was memorable. On Tuesday he came on in relief of Edgar Gonzalez against the Astros and went 4 1/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out seven. Opponentws are htting .336 against Moyer on the year, although he has yet to allow more than four earned runs in any start. Moyer went 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.09 ratio in two starts against Arizona last season. May 9 and May 30.


Outhit, outpitch, outlast

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
SD 10-16 84 3.23 16 620 (16) 7 0
PHI 14-12 124 4.77 T-3 781 (5) 10 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
SD 10-16 121 4.65 11 3.68 (5) 4.52 (15)
PHI 14-12 114 4.38 8 4.37 (10) 2.60 (1)

The Phils topped the Padres in an unusual pitching duel last night, unusual because the Phils won it 7-4 after the teams combined to score seven runs in the eighth and ninth.

Hamels outdueled cerebral veteran Greg Maddux and while it’s not surprising to see Hamels outpitch anyone, the game added a head-to-head battle of mind and body between Hamels and Maddux and Hamels again came out on top. With the Phils up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh and a much needed insurance run on first base, Hamels showed bunt early in the count before he laced Maddux’s 1-1 pitch into right field for a single that sent the runner to third. It was enough to send Maddux into a mini-tizzy, and he didn’t face another batter on the night.

The legend grows.

Hamels performance on the mound and at the plate was impressive, but the Phils blew to game open in the bottom of the eighth with some key two out hits. Two of the hits came from a pair of guys struggling badly at the bottom of the order, Feliz and Ruiz.

Before the Phils broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth, Tom Gordon orchestrated yet another magnificent escape act. Gordon entered the game with a 3-1 lead with the bases loaded and one out. He allowed a run to score on a ground out, but got the Phillies out of the inning with the lead. After allowing five runs in a third of an inning in his first appearance of the year, Gordon has allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out 12 in ten innings since (that’s a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 ratio).

The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres last night, winning 7-4 to improve to 15-12 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He walked two and struck out six.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second with a 1-0 lead. Justin Huber drew a two out walk, but Hamels struck Scott Hairston out swinging to end the frame.

Three ground outs in a 1-2-3 third. Josh Bard hit the ball hard to start the inning, but right at Bruntlett who handled it for the out.

Up 2-0 in the fourth, Hamels set down the first two before Adrian Gonzalez lofted one into right that dropped a few feet to the left of the foul line. Jenkins was on it fast and made a strong throw to second that beat Gonzalez by a lot to set down San Diego. Nice job by Jenkins to get to the ball quickly and a strong and accurate throw. The play wasn’t close.

He got the first two in the fifth before Hairston came to the plate. Hairston fouled off the first pitch of the at-bat and then blasted one out to left-center, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Bard grounded to third to end the frame.

Brian Giles singled with one out in the sixth. Former Phil Tad Iguchi was next and hit into a double-play back to the pitcher. Odd looking play — Utley had come in and toward second on the dribbler up the middle to Hamels and took Hamels’ throw to second base instead of Bruntlett, but turned the double-play anyway.

Hamels struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff and Gonzalez to start the seventh before Khalil Greene singled to left. Huber struck out to set the Padres down.

Hairston led off the eighth and hammered a double over the head of Werth and off the base of the wall in center. Bard was next and hit a dribbler between the mound and the first base line. Hamels moved over to field it and tried to backhand the ball, but it went off his glove. It bounded to Utley, who made a glove-hand flip to Howard and Bard was called out. Very nice play by Utley, but Bard was safe. Hariston went to third. Switch-hitter Tony Clark hit for the pitcher Cla Meredith and drew a walk. It put men on first and third with one out and the lefty Giles due to hit, and Manuel called on Romero to pitch. Hamels left the game having thrown 97 pitches. Romero walked Giles on an outside 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Gordon came into pitch to the righty Iguchi. Iguchi hit a slow ground ball to short. Bruntlett only had one play and threw to first for the second out as Hairston scored to cut the lead to 3-2. It put men on second and third with two outs for Kouzmanoff, but Flash got him on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

The lead got extended from one run to five in the bottom of the eighth, making Gordon’s appearance in the eighth seem less important, but that was an impressive job by Gordon again.

Interesting contrast between Manuel’s handling of Hamels in this start and his previous start. Last Wednesday in Milwaukee, Manuel left Hamels in to pitch to lefty Prince Fielder in the eighth despite a huge pitch count. Fielder homered for the second time in the game and the Phils went on to lose. This time Manuel takes Hamels out of the game even with the lefty Brian Giles at the plate. How Manuel handles Hamels throughout the season is likely going to depend a lot on the availability of Romero in the pen and where the big lefties are in the opposing team’s lineup — with Romero as the only southpaw Manuel has I think you can expect that he’ll be less likely to take Hamels (or Moyer) out of a game with big lefties looming when Romero isn’t available or when he expects to see the big lefties hit two more times in the game. Another lefty in the pen would be very nice, but until one arrives I hope we see him err on the side of less pitches for Hamels, even if it means some righty relievers throwing to lefties. I don’t think there’s any chance the Phillies are going to go through the season with Romero as the only lefty in the pen.

The Phils were up 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and scored four runs. Lidge was getting ready to enter the game, but Manuel was able to get Madson up in time to get him in to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the score 7-2. Great job by Manuel to keep Lidge out of the game, even though Madson pitched badly.

Victorino also entered the game defensively in the ninth after pinch-hitting in the bottom of the eighth. Even with some talk from Manuel about letting Werth play some more center despite Victorino’s return, and the fact that Werth started the game in center with Victorino available, Werth moved to right and Victorino played center. It’s just a no-brainer that Victorino is a significantly better center fielder than Werth, even though Werth has looked pretty capable out there.

Victorino’s return does create a difficult situation for the Phils. There seems to be some evidence that Victorino isn’t a favorite of Manuel. Werth needs to play just about every day, whether it’s in right or in center. Victorino doesn’t belong in right field. In my mind it comes down to Jenkins versus Victorino — if Jenkins is in the game I hope just about all of the time it means Werth is in center. Victorino hasn’t done much with the bat, but neither has Jenkins. Victorino is at least an elite defensive player. Not sure why Victorino would be the guy to lose his time because he’s not hitting with Jenkins not hitting as well. Jenkins certainly has more upside as a hitter, but he is slugging .329 so far this season.

Madson started the ninth and Gonzalez led off with a ball off the wall in left. Taguchi played it well to hold him to a single. Madson got the next two on a fly ball and a strikeout before Hairston hit a 2-1 pitch out down the line in left. Second home run in the game for Hairston, and it made the score 7-4. Lidge had to get up and start to throw again, but Madson struck out Bard to end the game.

Great job by Manuel to keep Lidge out of the game with a five-run lead despite all the late runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Six pitches for Romero, seven for Gordon and 19 for Madson. The Phillies didn’t play on Monday so the pen should be in good shape.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Greg Maddux went (1) Werth (2) Bruntett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Victorino was activated before the game, and Bohn sent down, but Victorino starts the game on the bench with Werth in center. Bruntlett moves up to the second spot in the order, which is too high for him. Jenkins plays right with the righty on the mound. Ruiz keeps getting the call behind the plate.

Bruntlett drew a one out walk in the first and stole second. Utley lined out to first for the second out, but Howard singled to left and Bruntlett scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell grounded out for the third out. Interesting to see Howard go to left field with the monster shift the Padres are playing against him.

Jenkins led off the second and ripped a single into right. Feliz hit into a double-play and Ruiz grounded to third.

With one out in the third, Werth smashed a ball off the wall in right. It rolled away from Giles and Werth had a triple. Bruntlett followed with a single into right, Werth scored and the Phils were up 2-0. Two runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Phils and Bruntlett a big part of both of them. Utley flew to right for the second out. Howard was next and hammered a ball, but was robbed of extra-bases by a fantastic diving catch by Hairston on the warning track.

Feliz doubled to left with two outs in the fourth, but Ruiz flew to center for the third out.

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

Utley singled to start the sixth. Howard followed with a ground ball to first and Utley was forced at second for the first out. Burrell popped out and Jenkins grounded to first to end the inning.

Ruiz singled with one out in the seventh. Hamels was next and bunted the first pitch foul. He took ball one to even the count and then swung away and ripped a singled into right. Ruiz went to third. Werth hit a ball to center for the second out, deep enough to easily score Ruiz and extend the lead to 3-1. Bruntlett grounded to third for the third out. Fantastic at-bat by Hamels and a nice job by Werth to bring the runner in from third with one out.

Utley doubled to start the eighth. Howard followed and struck out and the lefty Glendon Rusch walked Burrell intentionally to put men on first and second with one out. Victorino hit for Jenkins against the lefty. Righty Kevin Cameron came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino flew to shallow left-center for the second out. Feliz bailed him out, though, with a single into right. Utley scored to make it 4-2 with the runners winding up at second and third after the throw went home. Ruiz smashed a double off the wall in right-center and they both scored. 6-2. Dobbs hit for Gordon and he doubled into center, scoring Ruiz. 7-2. Werth flew to center for the third out. Weak at-bats for Howard and Victorino in the inning, but Feliz, Ruiz and Dobbs bail them out to give the Phils a big inning.

Werth was 1-for-4 with a triple and a sac fly.

Bruntlett was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-25 and has his average up to .222. Still not the guy you want to see hitting second.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a double.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jenkins 1-for-3 with a nice play in right field.

Feliz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Jamie Moyer (1-1, 4.05) faces righty Chris Young (1-2, 3.77) tonight. Young has made five starts on the season and in four of them allowed two or fewer runs. He allowed seven runs against the Dodgers in LA on April 12, but has made two starts since in which he’s allowed three earned runs on just five hits in 13 innings (3.46 ERA). Opponents are hitting just .208 against him on the year, but he has walked 18 in 28 2/3 innings. He faced the Phillies once last season, on July 19, and held the Phillies to two hits in seven scoreless innings. Moyer has allowed three runs in 12 innings over his last two starts. Opponents are hitting .333 against him on the season, righties .349. After allowing 30 home runs in 2007, he has allowed just two so far in ’08 and none in his last two appearances. He made two starts against San Diego last season. He got bombed for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings on August 24 after allowing four runs over 6 2/3 on July 21.


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