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And down the stretch they come

The Phillies still have forty games left to play, almost a quarter of the season, but it sure looks like they’re going to the playoffs again in 2009. A look at the standings shows there are eight teams in the National League within eight games of a spot in the playoffs. The Phils, Cardinals and Dodgers lead the three divisions. The Rockies would be the Wild Card team if the season ended today and Atlanta, Florida, Chicago and San Francisco are all less than eight games behind in the chase for the playoffs.

The table below shows what those eight teams did in the first half of the season. Their record, winning percentage, the number of runs they scored per game, the number of runs they allowed per game and the difference between the number of runs they scored per game and the number of runs they allowed per game.

Team W L PCT R/G RA/G RD/G
PHI 48 38 .558 5.35 4.79 0.56
ATL 43 45 .489 4.24 4.31 -0.07
FLA 46 44 .511 4.61 4.76 -0.14
             
STL 49 42 .538 4.43 4.12 0.31
CHI 43 43 .500 4.13 4.10 0.02
             
LAD 56 32 .636 5.03 3.84 1.19
COL 47 41 .534 5.02 4.60 0.42
SF 49 39 .557 4.18 3.68 0.50

The Dodgers were the best team in the NL in the first half of the season by a wide margin. Their pitching was almost as good as the Giants and their offense was better than any team except for the Phillies. They scored 1.19 runs more per game on average than they allowed. The Phillies were second-best in the NL in that differential and the Dodgers were more than twice as good as the Phillies.

Atlanta, Florida and Chicago all had weak first halves of the season compared to the rest of the group. The Giants had fantastic pitching, the best in the league, but a weak offense. The Cards were in the middle of the pack in both scoring and preventing runs while the Rockies put a lot of runs on the board but allowed more per game than any teams other than the Phils and Marlins. The Phils scored the most runs per game of the eight teams but also allowed the most.

Here’s what the eight teams have done since the All-Star break:

Team W L PCT R/G RA/G RD/G
PHI 24 12 .667 5.19 3.56 1.64
ATL 23 13 .639 5.28 3.44 1.83
FLA 19 15 .559 5.09 4.71 0.38
             
STL 23 12 .657 4.63 3.60 1.03
CHI 19 17 .528 4.94 4.47 0.47
             
LAD 18 19 .486 4.32 3.78 0.54
COL 24 13 .649 5.30 4.00 1.30
SF 18 19 .486 3.70 3.95 -0.24

The Cards, Phillies, Braves and Rockies have all been fantastic in the second half. Each of the four teams has played to a winning percentage of .639 or higher. Of the four teams, the Braves have a 23-13 record to give them the worst winning percentage of the group. By run differential per game, though, Atlanta has been the best of the eight teams since the break. They have been the best of the eight teams at preventing runs while only the Rockies have scored more. The Braves have played 36 games since the break and won 23, scoring 190 runs and allowing 124. Pythagoras has them expecting to have won more games — 25-11 rather than their actual 23-13.

While those four teams have taken off, the Dodgers and the Giants have tanked out West with each team under .500 in the second half. The Giants still can’t score runs, but their pitching is no longer outstanding compared to the rest of the group. After being the best team at preventing runs in the first half of the year, the Phils, Braves, Cards and Dodgers have all done a better job keeping teams from scoring in the second half.

The Dodgers were second-best of the eight in preventing runs in the first half, but have been passed by the Phils, Braves and Cards in the second. They have a monster offense in the first half of the year, scoring more runs per game than any team other than the Phillies. The hitting has been meager since the break and the 4.32 runs per game the Dodgers have scored is worse than every team in the group other than the Giants.

The Cubs are just two games over .500 for the year at 62-60. The Fish have played to a .559 winning percentage in the second half, but their ability to prevent runs was seventh-best in the first half of the year and last in the group in the second. Not sure they have enough offense to make up for that.

Here’s what the numbers for the eight teams look like when you combine the first and second halves of the year:

Team W L PCT R/G RA/G RD/G
PHI 72 50 .590 5.30 4.43 0.88
ATL 66 58 .532 4.54 4.06 0.48
FLA 65 59 .524 4.74 4.74 0.00
             
STL 72 54 .571 4.48 3.98 0.51
CHI 62 60 .508 4.37 4.21 0.16
             
LAD 74 51 .592 4.82 3.82 1.00
COL 71 54 .568 5.10 4.42 0.68
SF 67 58 .536 4.04 3.76 0.28

It’s hard to argue that anyone but the Dodgers have been the best team in the NL this season. Despite their struggles since the break, LA has the best winning percentage on the season and the best differential per game in the number of runs they’ve scored and allowed. The Phils are aren’t far behind, though.

So who’s going to the playoffs in the NL this season? We’re going to have to wait and see. If I had to guess, though, the guess that things will stay the same seems like the best by a wide margin — the Phils, Cards and Dodgers win the divisions with the Rockies as the Wild Card team. I’m going to be real surprised if the Fish, Cubs or Giants make the playoffs. Neither are likely, but I think the other two scenarios that are more possible are 1) The Rockies win the West with the Dodgers as the Wild Card or, a lot less likely than that, 2) The Braves pass either the Rockies or the Dodgers to win the Wild Card.

This article makes it sound like we shouldn’t be expecting Condrey or Romero to return from the DL any day now.

Brett Myers threw a scoreless inning for Lakewood yesterday and says he is throwing 93-94 miles per hour in this article.


Holm is where the hurt is

If you walk Omar Vizquel intentionally three times in a game you deserve to lose, and apparently the baseball gods aren’t afraid to get a little creative in figuring out how. Yesterday they went with career home run number one for Steve Holm. The two-run blast came off of JC Romero in the bottom of the seventh and proved to be the difference as the Phils fell 4-3.

Romero has been fantastic since joining the Phils and has earned more than one blowup. No chance his run ends as well as it started, though, and the way he has been used by Manuel has to concern you. The details of the backup plan when it comes to a lefty out of the pen are a little fuzzy.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants yesterday afternoon, falling 4-3 to drop to 21-18 on the season. The Giants win the series two games to one. The Phils have lost three of four and scored three or fewer runs in each of the three games they lost.

Eaton got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four and dropped his ERA to 5.40. His line wasn’t that impressive, but he was worse than his line. Chad Durbin bailed him out after Eaton put runners on second and third with nobody out to start the sixth.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Bengie Molina started the second with a single and Aaron Rowand followed with a walk. John Bowker fisted a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of Rollins and into left-center. Molina scored to put the Giants up 1-0 and Rowand went to second. Jose Castillo smashed a ball, but right at Utley and Utley started a double-play. With Rowand at third and two outs, Eaton walked Omar Vizquel intentionally before he struck out the pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to end the inning.

Fred Lewis walked to start the third, but Eugenio Velez hit into a double-play behind him. Randy Winn followed and hit a slow ground ball to second. Utley fielded, but his overhand flip to Howard was bad for an error. Ruiz threw Winn out trying to steal second for the third out.

Molina started the fourth with a double and again Eaton walked Rowand behind him. Bowker singled to load the bases and Castillo hit into another double-play. Molina scored to put San Francisco up 2-1. Eaton again walked Vizquel intentionally, putting men on first and second before Vizquel stole second. Eaton again struck out Sanchez to end the inning.

Very bizarrely similar to the second inning. To review, Molina led off both innings and the same hitter was hitting in the same slot in the order in both frames. The second went 1B, BB, 1B, GDP, IBB, K and the fourth went 2B, BB, 1B, GDP, IBB, K.

Two times in three innings is too many to walk Omar Vizquel intentionally.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He started the sixth up 3-2 and hit Molina. Emmanuel Burriss ran for Molina and Rowand doubled to right, sending Burriss to third. With the lefty Bowker at the plate, Manuel pulled Eaton and brought Durbin in to pitch. Durbin hit Bowker with his first pitch to load the bases. Castillo was next and lined into a double-play to first, with Howard catching the ball and doubling Bowker off first. Third time in five innings Castillo had hit into a double-play. Vizquel was walked intentionally for the third time to load the bases. Switch-hitter Ray Durham hit for the pitcher Billy Sadley and Durbin struck him out to end the inning.

Romero started the seventh still up a run. Winn singled to left with one out and it brought up Steve Holm, who came on to catch after the Giants ran for Molina in the bottom of the sixth. The righty Holm hit the first pitch he saw from Romero out to left to put the Giants up 4-3. Romero walked Rowand before he got Bowker to pop to third for the third out.

Gordon started the eighth and gave up a leadoff triple to Castillo. He struck out Vizquel, got Rich Aurillia on a fly ball to shallow center and Lewis on a ground ball to second to leave Castillo stranded.

Romero threw 22 pitches, Durbin nine and Gordon 16. With the off day today all three may be available tomorrow against the Braves.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jonathan Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins plays right against the lefty. Ruiz catches despite then homer from Coste the day before.

Utley singled with two outs in the first, but Howard flew to right for the third out.

Burrell started the second with a single. Werth followed with a ground ball to short. Burrell was forced at second for the first out with Werth safe at first. Feliz flew to center for the second out before Werth stole second. Ruiz drew a walk to put men on first and second for Eaton, but Eaton flew to center for the third out.

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

Burrell walked with one out in the fourth. Werth struck out behind him, but Feliz doubled down the left field line and Burrell moved to third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases for Eaton, and Eaton drew a walk that forced in Burrell and tied the game at 1-1. Rollins was next and would have walked too, but he swung at ball four and flew to center for the third out.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth and Howard followed with a triple off the wall in right. Utley scored to tie the game again, this time at 2-2. Burrell hit a fly ball to right deep enough to score Howard and the Phils led 3-2. Werth fouled out to end the frame.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino singled and stole second. Utley flew to right for the second out, moving Victorino to third, but Howard struck out to end the frame.

Down 4-3 in the eighth, the Phillies went 1-2-3.

Righty Brian Wilson came on for the Giants in the ninth to protect a 4-3 lead. Jenkins hit for Ruiz and struck out. Dobbs hit for Gordon and hit a ball hard down the first base line. Rich Aurillia made a nice diving play, but Wilson didn’t cover first base nearly in time and Dobbs had a single. Rollins hit an 0-1 pitch back to the pitcher and Wilson started a double-play to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-5 and left four men on base. He was 3-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series and is hitting 283/309/509 on the year.

Victorino was 1-for-4. 1-for-13 with a single in the set. 232/291/284 on the year. He’s in danger of losing time to Werth soon if he doesn’t start to hit.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-11 with two walks in the series. 327/409/680.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. 3-for-13 with a triple and a home run in the series. 171/280/357.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-6 with five walks. 298/437/605.

Werth was 0-for-4. 1-for-9 in the series. 252/328/495 on the year after going 4-for-his-last-27. Jenkins was 0-for-1 yesterday and 1-for-4 in the series. 255/291/345.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-11 with two doubles in the series. 240/291/424 on the year. Dobbs was 3-for-5 with an RBI in the series and is hitting 320/364/480.

Ruiz was 0-for-1 and walked twice. 1-for-5 with three walks and two RBI in the series and 233/310/311 for the year. Coste was 1-for-3 with a home run in the series. 291/381/527.

No game today. First of three against the Braves tomorrow night in Philadelphia.


Moyer goes foyer

The San Francisco Giants’ offense is hide-your-eyes-Bengie-Molina-hitting-cleanup bad, but it didn’t help Jamie Moyer much today. Coming off a fantastic outing against the Snakes his last time out, Moyer got pounded by the Giants. He could give the Phils just four innings and exited down 6-1.

Tim Lincecum, on the other hand, was dominant. He struck out eight Phils in eight innings, holding them to four hits. The Phillies’ runs came on solo homers from Coste and Howard.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants this afternoon, falling 8-2 to drop to 21-17 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and the teams will play the final game of the set tomorrow afternoon.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out one.

Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the first, but Moyer got the next two.

Moyer started the second with a 1-0 lead. Aaron Rowand led off the inning with a home run to center that tied the game at 1-1. Jose Castilllo followed with a double and Emmanuel Burriss bunted him to third. Dan Ortmeier drew a walk and it put men on first and second for Lincecum. Lincecum singled back up the middle. Castillo scored to make it 2-1 and Ortmeier went to second. Lewis flew to center for the second out and Vizquel grounded to third to end the inning.

Randy Winn singled to start the third. Bengie Molina lined to Feliz at third for the first out, but Rowand and Castillo followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases for Burriss. Burriss flew to left deep enough to score Winn and put the Giants up 3-1 with men on first and second. Ortmeier followed with double into right that cleared the bases and made it 5-1. Lincecum grounded to short to end the inning.

Moyer got the first two in the fourth before Winn homered to left to extend the lead to 6-1. Molina flew to center for the third out.

Seanez started the fifth down 6-1. Rowand and Castillo singled back-to-back to start the inning, putting men on first and second for Burriss. Burriss grounded to third for the first out and the runners moved to second and third. Seanez walked Ortmeier intentionally to load the bases for Lincecum. Lincecum hit a ground ball to first and Howard threw home to force Rowand for the second out. Coste threw to first to try to get Lincecum, but his throw was bad and got passed Howard. Utley backed Howard up, but didn’t field the throw cleanly. Castillo came in to score and put the Giants up 7-1. Lewis grounded to second for the third out.

Vizquel and Winn started the sixth inning with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second with no outs for Molina. Molina flew to center and Rowand struck out, but Castillo singled into right and Vizquel scored to extend the lead to 8-1. Burriss grounded to second for the third out.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Condrey pitched the eighth with the Phils down 8-2. He gave up a leadoff single to Winn, but got Vizquel to hit into a double-play and Molina on a fly ball to deep right for the third out.

Two runs in four innings for the pen. Seanez was hit pretty hard, allowing five hits and a walk in two innings. Madson and Condrey both pitched well. Seanez threw 37 pitches, Madson 14 and Condrey 11, so Seanez should be shelved for a day or two.

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

Lincecum struck out the side in the first.

Howard started the second with an opposite field home run to put the Phils up 1-0. The next three Phils went in order.

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

Down 5-1 in the fourth, they went 1-2-3 again.

Burrell walked to start the fifth and Jenkins moved him to second with a single. Feliz and Coste struck out back-to-back and Dobbs hit for Moyer. Dobbs grounded to first to end the frame.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh.

Coste homered with one out in the eighth to cut the San Francisco lead to 8-2. Dobbs followed with a single off the wall in right, but Rollins and Victorino went down behind him to leave him stranded.

Brian Wilson set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Utley 0-for-4. Top three in the order combined to go 0-for-12 with five strikeouts.

Howard 1-for-4 with a home run.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Jenkins 1-for-3.

Feliz 0-for-2.

Coste 1-for-3 with his third home run of the year.

Eaton (0-1, 5.63) faces lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74) tomorrow afternoon. Sanchez has made seven starts on the season and two, including his most recent, have been really bad. Twice he allowed seven runs in a start — in his other five starts he’s thrown to a 1.80 ERA. Lefties are hitting .194 with an 0.70 ratio against him, righties .248 with a 1.61 ratio. He made two relief appearances against the Phils in 2007 and allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Monster contract or not, Eaton is going to have to show something soon. His numbers through seven starts this year are a little better than last, but not enough better. Righties are hitting just .254 against him, lefties .286. He faced the Giants twice last season and threw to a 14.14 ERA in those starts. May 3 and June 1.


Rollins reminds the Phils what they’ve been Misching

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
SF 14-21 117 3.34 T-15 689 (14) 38 12
PHI 20-16 173 4.81 4 766 (7) 17 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
SF 14-21 165 4.71 10 4.40 (7) 4.10 (12)
PHI 20-16 159 4.42 7 4.58 (10) 2.70 (1)

MVP returned to the Phillies lineup last night with a bag. Two bangs, actually. In the fifth he hit a two-run shot off of Giants’ starter Pat Misch. He added an RBI double in the eighth and finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI as he led the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants.

With the win the Phils are 21-16 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out seven. After eight starts his ERA on the season is 3.36.

He struck out Fred Lewis and Jose Castillo to start the first before Randy Winn flew to center for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

In the third, Emmanuel Burriss singled with one out and the pitcher Pat Misch bunted him to second. Lewis followed with a single back up the middle. Victorino threw home strong, but Burriss slid in safe and Ruiz didn’t handle the ball cleanly (would have been safe anyway). Lewis went to second and Ruiz was charged with an error. The game was tied at 1-1. Hamels struck out Castillo to end the inning.

Winn started the fourth with a double, but Hamels got ground outs from the next two hitters with Winn holding second. Rich Aurillia got ahead 3-0 on two bad ball-strike calls from the home plate ump and was then walked intentionally. It put men on first and second with two outs for Eugenio Velez and Velez hit a slow ground ball to short. Rollins charged but did not handle it. Error on Rollins. Winn got a great jump on the 2-2 pitch and scored to put San Francisco up 2-1. Burriss followed with a triple down the line in right. Both runners scored and it was 4-1. Hamels walked Misch on five pitches, but struck out Lewis for the third out.

Winn singled with one out in the fifth, but Castillo hit into a double-play behind him.

The score was tied at 4-4 when Hamels started the sixth. Aurillia walked with one out and Velez followed and hit a ground ball to third. Aurillia was forced at second for the second out before Velez was picked off of first to set the Giants down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Gordon pitched the eighth up 7-4 and walked Castillo to start the inning. Winn flew to center for the first out before Castillo went to second on defensive indifference. Bengie Molina flew to left for the second out. Rowand walked to bring up Aurillia as the tying run, but Gordon got him to pop to second to end the inning.

Lidge got three strikeouts in the ninth to earn his ninth save on the year. Burriss singled with one out, but Lidge struck out pinch-hitter John Bowker and Lewis to end the game and keep his ERA at 0.00 for the year.

Another nice day from the pen. Gordon has been charged with two runs in his last 15 innings while allowing eight hits, seven walks and striking out 15. His ERA is down to 4.11. He threw 27 pitches, Lidge 14. That may mean Gordon is not available this afternoon.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Rollins returns to the lineup for his first start since April 8. Werth in right against the lefty with Jenkins on the bench. Ruiz catches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first. Rollins grounded to short on an 0-1 fastball in his first at-bat back.

Burrell walked with one out in the second. Werth flew to right for the second out before Feliz moved Burrell to third with a single. Ruiz scored Burrell with a single to center to put the Phils up 1-0 before Hamels struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third. Lewis made a nice play colliding with the wall for the second out on a line drive by Victorino.

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

In the fifth, Hamels singled with two outs and Rollins followed and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, cutting the Giants’ lead to 4-3. Victorino grounded to short for the third out. Two out hit for Hamels gives Rollins a chance.

Howard singled with one out in the sixth and Burrell followed with a walk. Werth struck out for the second out, but Feliz hit the first pitch of his at-bat off the wall in right on a hop. Howard scored and Burrell went to third. 4-4. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Hamels hit for himself and struck out. Have to let Hamels hit for himself there.

Rollins started the seventh with a single, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Burrell walked to start the eighth and Taguchi ran for him at first. Werth singled and Taguchi went to second. Feliz struck out on a wild pitch and the runners moved to second and third. With the count full, Ruiz hit a ground ball to second and Velez came home, but Taguchi slid in safe to put the Phils up 5-4. Velez took the ball with his momentum carrying him towards first and the play at the plate wasn’t close. With men on first and third and one out, Dobbs hit for Hamels and singled. Werth scored, 6-4, and Ruiz went to second. Rollins followed with a double to right, scoring Ruiz and moving Dobbs to third with the Phils up 7-4. Victorino grounded to first and Aurillia came home to get Dobbs for the second out. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases for Howard, but Howard flew to center to end the frame.

Taguchi walked to start the ninth but the Phils went in order behind him.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Victorino 0-for-5.

Utley 0-for-4 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-5 and left four men on base.

Burrell 0-for-1 with three walks.

Werth was 1-for-5 and left four men on base.

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

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15) faces righty Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49) this afternoon. Lincecum’s last start came against the Phils on May 4. He allowed four runs over six innings, all of which were unearned, on six hits and two walks. He has struck out 45 in 42 1/3 innings on the season and has allowed just one home run. In three of Moyer’s last four starts he’s gone at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer. So far in ’08 both his walk and home runs rates are down compared to ’07, although he is allowing opponents to hit for a higher batting average overall, .319 in ’08 versus .285 in ’07. He faced the Giants once last year. On May 4, 2007, Moyer allowed three runs over seven innings and took the loss.


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.


Cain able

The Phils got three hits last night and even against the weak-hitting Giants it wasn’t enough. Rudy Seanez, offering a demo of why Manuel wants to pitch guys three and four days in a row rather than use his whole bullpen, allowed a run on four hits in the top of the tenth. A day after the Phils beat San Francisco closer Brian Wilson in extra-innings they went quietly against him in the bottom of the inning.

Brett Myers pitched well for the Phillies, but he needed 121 pitches to get through seven innings. Win or lose, it’s a mistake to let Myers throw that many pitches when the season isn’t on the line, just like it was a mistake to let Hamels go that many last month in Milwaukee. The Phillies lost both of those games.

Finally, reports of life in the bat of Ryan Howard have been greatly exaggerated. Despite opening May with a huge day, Howard has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in his last two games.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants last night, falling 3-2 in ten innings to drop to 17-14 on the season.

Myers got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out a season-high ten.

Myers walked Fred Lewis to start the first. With Eugenio Velez at the plate, Lewis stole second. Coste’s throw beat Lewis, but Bruntlett didn’t get the tag down and didn’t tag Lewis out when Lewis slid past the bag. Velez grounded to short for the first out and Lewis went to third. Randy Winn singled to center and Lewis scored to put the Giants up 1-0. Bengie Molina moved Winn to third with another singled and Aaron Rowand walked to load the bases with one out. Myers got out of it without further damage by striking out John Bowker and Rich Aurillia.

Myers threw 29 pitches in the first inning. The Phils could have prevented a critical run if they had gotten Lewis stealing second.

Pitcher Matt Cain singled to left with one out in the second, but Myers got the next two.

Rowand single with two outs in the third, but Myers picked him off and Rowand was tagged out as Howard threw to Bruntlett to end the frame.

Myers struck out Bowker and Aurillia in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with the game tied at 1-1. With one out Lewis lined a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting San Francisco up 2-1. Velez walked and stole second, but Myers struck out Winn for the second out. Molina hit a ball back to the mound that Myers deflected but didn’t field. Molina had an infield single and Velez went to third. Rowand grounded to third to set the Giants down.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Myers started the sixth. He struck out Bowker and Brian Bocock in a 1-2-3 frame.

He came back with a 1-2-3 seventh.

Durbin started the eighth after 121 pitches for Myers. He got the first two before Rowand drew a walk. Bowker was next and hit a ground ball to Utley’s right. Utley dove towards second to make the play and threw to first. Howard made a nice stretch at first and Bowker was out to end the frame.

Lidge started the ninth inning, pitching for the third straight day and for the second straight day in a non-save situation. Aurillia grounded to short for the first out. Ray Durham hit for Bocock and reached on an infield single up the middle. Utley fielded going towards second base but Durham just beat it out. Durham stole second with Emmanuel Burriss, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Tyler Walker, at the plate. Burriss hit a soft ground ball to third for the second out and Durham moved to third. Lewis grounded softly to first to end the frame.

Seanez started the tenth and got the first out before Winn singled. Winn stole second before Molina hit a ball to left that rolled to the wall for a long single. Winn scored to put the Giants up 3-2. Rowand struck out looking for the second out before Bowker and Aurillia loaded the bases with back-to-back singles. Molina is absurdly slow not to be able to 1) get to second on his single to the wall or 2) score from second on the single into left by Aurillia with two outs. Jose Castillo hit for the pitcher and grounded to short for the third out.

Three innings for the pen in which they allowed a run on five hits, all singles and four allowed by Seanez, and a walk. Lidge threw 14 pitches but was throwing for his third day in a row. Durbin 19, Seanez 21.

Condrey still doesn’t get into the game. The Phillies need to use their whole bullpen even if it means losing a game. Tonight they used Myers too much and Lidge too much and they lost anyway.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Werth on the bench with Jenkins in right and Victorino in center. Dobbs plays third and hits second, putting lefties 2-3-4 in the order for the Phils. Second start in two games for Coste behind the plate.

With two outs in the first, Utley singled and moved to second on a balk. Howard struck out for the third out.

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

Dobbs struck out to start the fourth. Utley was next and drove a 2-1 pitch out to left-center to tie the game at 1-1. Howard and Burrell struck out behind him.

Jenkins started the fifth and hit the first pitch he saw just out down the line in right. It tied the game at 2-2. Coste and Bruntlett struck out and Myers popped to second to end the inning. Five strikeouts and two home runs allowed in the fourth and fifth for Cain.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Coste walked to start the eighth and Ruiz ran for him at first. Cain left the game with a problem with his right hamstring before Bruntlett bunted Ruiz to second against righty Tyler Walker. Werth hit for Durbin and grounded to third for the second out. Victorino flew to Rowand in left-center to end the inning with Ruiz stranded.

Feliz started the ninth and walked on a 3-2 pitch. Utley lined a ball back through the middle, but the pitcher Traschner got a glove on it, deflecting it and slowing it down. Velez took it at second and started a double-play. Howard struck out for the third time in the game.

Brian Wilson was back on the job in the bottom of the tenth to protect a 3-2. Burrell led off and drew a walk. Eaton ran for him. Jenkins hit a double-play ball to short but the Giants only got one. Eaton did a nice job sliding into Velez at second and the relay to first was bad. Ruiz struck out and Bruntlett grounded softly to short on a nice play by Burriss to end the game.

Three hits and two walks in the game for the Phillies.

Victorino was 0-for-4.

Dobbs 0-for-3. The guys who start the game in the one and two spots, Victorino/Werth on Friday and Victorino/Dobbs on Saturday, are 2-for-17 in the last two games.

Utley 2-for-4 with a home run, one of two extra-base hits for the Phils.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jenkins 1-for-4 with a home run, his first extra-base hit since April 17.

Coste was 0-for-2 with a walk. The Giants stole four bases in the game, three with Coste behind the plate.

Bruntlett 0-for-3.

Cole Hamels (3-3, 2.70) faces righty Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.73) this afternoon. Lincecum has allowed more than two runs in just one of his six appearances on the season, five of which have been starts. Lefties are hitting .290 against him, righties .238. He’s allowed 15 walks in 36 1/3 innings, which is too many, but just one home run. He made two starts against the Phils last year and was hit hard in both of them. May 6 and June 3. Hamels has given the Phillies at least seven innings in each of his six starts on the season. Righties are hitting .197 against him, lefties .216. He was 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in two starts against the Giants last season. He started the May 6 game against Lincecum and also pitched on June 2.


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