The Phils took the last two games in Colorado to win the series against the Rockies. They took the series thanks to some big blasts late and some fantastic work from the bullpen. In two of the three starts in the series the Phillies’ starter did not make it out of the fourth inning. Yesterday the pen went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, paving the way for Utley to tie the game in the top of the eighth with a two-run homer and Stairs to put them ahead with a two-run pinch-hit blast in the top of the ninth.
After six games, Phillies starting pitchers have a 9.62 ERA and a 1.97 ratio. They have allowed 11 home runs, which is the most for any team in either league.
It’s been a long weekend for the pen coming off a series that featured two early exits by a starter, one by Park yesterday and one by Hamels on Friday. That problem is compounded by the fact they have just four righties in the pen. Two of them, Madson and Lidge, are likely to pitch in games that the Phillies win. They both did on Saturday and Sunday. Durbin also threw 33 pitches yesterday, which leaves Condrey, who also pitched yesterday but not Saturday, as the best option out of the pen as a righty for today’s game. That’s the kind of situation that’s likely to continue to occur as long as the Phils keep three lefties in their pen and Madson and Lidge continue to be right-handed.
The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies yesterday afternoon, winning 7-5 to improve to 3-3 on the season. The Phils win the series two games to one.
Chan Ho Park got the start for the Phils and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two.
The Rockies jumped on him for four runs in the bottom of the first. Ryan Spilborghs singled to left with one out and Brad Hawpe followed and laced a double to the gap in right-center to score Spilborghs and put the Rockies up 1-0. Hawpe went to third on a passed ball with Garrett Atkins at the plate before Atkins singled into center, scoring Hawpe to make it 2-0. Ian Stewart moved Atkins to second with a single and Troy Tulowitski followed with a walk that loaded the bases with one down. Park struck out Chris Ianetta for the second out and got ahead of Clint Barmes 0-2 but couldn’t put him away. Barmes singled into left on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Atkins and Stewart to make it 4-0. The pitcher Aaron Cook grounded to Park to end the inning.
Park can’t put Barmes away after putting him a deep hole. After a fantastic 25-to-2 strikeout to walk ratio in spring training, Park walked three in the game and struck out just two.
The Phils got a run in the top of the second, but Dexter Fowler led off the bottom of the second with a home run that put Colorado up 5-1. Park walked Hawpe with one out, but got the next two hitters behind him.
He hit Ianetta with a pitch with one out in the third, but got Barmes and Cook to leave Ianetta stranded.
Spilborghs singled to center with one out in the fourth and Hawpe followed with a walk. Park, who had thrown 96 pitches already, got the hook and Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Atkins. Durbin got Atkins on a fly ball to center and struck out Stewart to end the inning.
Great to see Durbin pitch out of the jam after looking bad in his two previous outings.
Durbin came back and threw a 1-2-3 fifth.
He started the sixth with the Phils down 5-3 and got lefty Seth Smith, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Cook, to ground to second. Fowler followed with a single, though, and Spilborghs walked behind him. It put men on first and second with one down and Manuel brought Eyre in to pitch to the lefty Hawpe. Hawpe flew to left for the second out with the runners holding. The lefty Eyre stayed in to pitch to the righty Atkins and got him to foul out to Howard to end the inning.
Gutsy move to let Eyre pitch to Atkins as the go-ahead run and Manuel got away with it. The bad news is that given the circumstances I think it was the right move. The Phils were down two runs and the pitcher’s spot was due to come up third in the top of the seventh. Three lefties (Eyre, Happ and Taschner) in the pen means just four righties, so that one’s going to come up again. I don’t think it’s always going to work out that well.
Condrey pitched a perfect seventh with the Phils still down 5-3. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in four appearances this season.
Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the score tied at 5-5. He had thrown 14 pitches on Saturday. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in three appearances this season.
Lidge started the ninth with the Phils up 7-5. He got the first two and righty Jeff Baker hit for the pitcher Houston Street. Lidge got ahead of him 1-2, but Baker singled into center. Stewart came to the plate as the tying run and Lidge may have struck him out 2-2, but the third base ump ruled Stewart had checked his swing. Stewart drew a walk to put men on first and second, but Lidge got Tulowitski to ground to second to end the game.
Fantastic job by the pen after Park exited early. They went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four. They have some problems for today’s game. Durbin threw 33 pitches yesterday. Condrey 17 and Eyre five. Madson and Lidge both pitched on Saturday before Madson threw 19 today and Lidge 25. They do have a day off tomorrow, so they should be okay if they can get through today. I don’t think they can let Durbin pitch today after 33 and if Madson or Lidge go it will be for the third straight day.
Eyre pitching to Atkins with ducks aboard was interesting in a not good way. Three lefties in the pen is a lot and it means there’s going to be lefties pitching to righties when they shouldn’t be.
The Phillies lineup against right Aaron Cook went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Nothing new there. Coste plays with Ruiz on the DL. Dobbs still can’t get a start against a righty.
The Phillies went in order in the first.
Down 4-0, Howard started the second with a double. Werth flew to right for the first out. Ibanez was next and he smashed a 1-2 pitch back up the middle. It hit Cook hard and was redirected into left field for a single. Howard scored to cut the lead to 4-1. Ibanez ended up on second. Feliz grounded to short and Coste flew to center to leave Ibanez stranded.
1-2-3 in the third.
Utley started the fourth with a single and stole second as Howard struck out for the first out. Werth singled into center and Utley scored to cut the Colorado lead to 5-2. Ibanez hit into a double-play to end the frame.
Phils may not have scored a run in the inning without the stolen base by Utley.
Durbin hit for himself and singled into center with two outs in the fifth, but Rollins grounded out behind him.
Utley walked with one out in the sixth and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Werth was next and he grounded a ball between third and short and into left for a single. Utley scored and Colorado led 5-3 with men on first and second with one out. Ibanez again hit into a double-play, setting the Phillies down.
Feliz led off the seventh with a double with the Phils still down two runs. Coste struck out swinging for the first out. With the righty Jason Grilli on the mound, Dobbs hit for Eyre. Lefty Alan Embree came in to pitch to Dobbs and Bruntlett hit for Dobbs. Bruntlett swung at the first pitch and flew out to left for the second out. Rollins flew to right to set the Phillies down.
No run for the Phils despite the leadoff double. Coste being unable to move the runner with the first out was a big factor in the inning. Again, Bruntlett is the Phillies best pinch-hitting option against a left-handed pitcher and that is just very poor despite the fact that Bruntlett has better numbers against lefties than you might think.
Victorino led off the eighth with a single and Utley followed and lined a 1-0 pitch out to right for his first home run of the year. It tied the game at 5-5. Howard followed with a single. Werth was next and grounded to third with Howard forced at second. Werth was thrown out stealing as Ibanez struck out to end the frame.
Great job by Victorino to get on base in front of the big hitters with the Phils down two runs late. Greater job by Utley.
Werth nearly never gets caught stealing.
Feliz started the ninth with another double and Coste bunted him to third. With righty Houston Street on the mound for Colorado, Stairs hit for Madson. For whatever reason, Colorado let Street pitch to Stairs and Stairs blasted a 1-1 pitch out to right-center to put the Phils up 7-5. Rollins and Victorino went down behind Stairs.
Terrible decision to let Street pitch to Stairs. If Street stays in you have to walk him to set up the double-play.
Rollins was 0-for-5 in the game. 2-for-14 with a walk in the series. 107/167/107 for the year after six games.
Victorino 1-for-5 with a big single in the game. 4-for-12 with a double in the set. 240/345/360.
Utley had a fantastic game. 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, a home run and two RBI in the game. 6-for-10 with three walks in the series. 476/577/667.
Howard 3-for-4 with a double. 5-for-12 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 333/385/458.
Werth 2-for-4 with two RBI. 7-for-12 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBI in the series. 348/423/652 for the year.
Ibanez 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-13 with a double and a homer. 250/308/583.
Feliz 2-for-4. 5-for-10 with two doubles. 368/435/526.
Coste 0-for-3 in the game and 1-for-10 in the series. 182/250/182.
Saturday the Phils beat the Rockies 8-4 to improve to 2-3 on the season.
Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three home runs. He struck out six.
He struck out Seth Smith and Helton in a 1-2-3 first.
Hawpe doubled with one out in the in second. Tulowitski was next and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center to put Colorado up 2-0. Myers got the next two.
Up 3-2, Myers got two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 third.
He struck out Helton to start the fourth, but Atkins was next and lined a 3-1 pitch out to left to tie the game at 3-3. Tulowitski drew a two out walk, but Torrealba flew to center for the third out.
He started the fifth with a 5-3 lead. Barmes led off with a home run to left that made it 5-4. Myers set the next three Rockies down.
He didn’t allow a base-runner in the sixth or seventh. Coste made a memorable play for the second out in the sixth. Atkins hit a high foul ball to the right of home plate. Coste got under it but had the ball pop out of his glove but caught it with his bare hand to record the out.
Madson pitched the eighth with a 7-4 lead and set Colorado down in order. He got pinch-hitter Ian Stewart to ground to second and struck out Spilborghs and Smith.
Lidge pitched the ninth up 8-4. He retired the first two men he faced on fly balls and struck out Hawpe to end the game.
Two perfect innings for the pen in which they struck out three. Madson threw 14 pitches and Lidge ten.
Four hits allowed by Myers, but all for extra-bases and three that were home runs. Through two starts he’s allowed 12 hits, nine of which have gone for extra-bases and six of which have been home runs. He’s issued just two walks, one of which was intentional.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Feliz (8) Coste. De La Rosa was the first lefty the Phillies had faced on the year. Manuel didn’t do anything special with his lineup. Coste catches with Ruiz sidelined with his rib issue.
Victorino singled with one out in the first, but Utley grounded out behind him and Howard struck out.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Down 2-0, Rollins reached on an infield single with two outs in the third and Victorino followed with a single to left that moved Rollins to second. De La Rosa walked Utley to load the bases for Howard and Howard laced a bases clearing double to center that put the Phils up 3-2. Werth followed with a walk to put men on first and second for Ibanez, but Ibanez grounded to first to end the frame.
Five straight Phillies reach base as the Phils mount a two-out rally.
1-2-3 in the fourth.
The game was tied at 3-3 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Utley and Howard singled back-to-back with two outs. It put men on first and third for Werth and Colorado brought in righty Justin Speier to pitch to Werth. Werth got ahead 2-0 and then hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field corner for a triple that put the Phils up 5-3. Ibanez grounded to second to leave Werth stranded.
Again the Phils mount a rally with two outs and nobody on base.
The Phillies’ lead cut to 5-4, Feliz started the sixth with a single. Coste struck out behind him and Myers hit for himself and bunted Feliz to second. Righty Jason Hammel walked both Rollins and Victorino, loading the bases for Utley. Utley grounded hard back to the pitcher to turn the Phils away.
Ibanez homered off of Hammel with two outs in the seventh, putting the Phils up 6-4. Feliz followed with a single, but Coste flew to center to end the frame.
Victorino doubled to center with two outs in the eighth and scored when Utley blooped a single to right. It put the Phils up 7-4. Utley stole second and righty Jason Grilli walked Howard intentionally. It put two men on for Werth, but Grilli struck Werth out swinging.
Another run for the Phils after the first two hitters go down in the inning.
Ibanez led off the ninth with a double and scored when Feliz followed with a single into center. It put the Phils up 8-4. Coste moved Feliz to second with another single and Stairs hit for Madson with nobody out and two men on. Stairs struck out for the first out. Rollins flew to left and Victorino flew to center.
No more runs for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out.
Rollins 1-for-5 with a walk.
Victorino 3-for-5 with a double and a walk.
Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Howard 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Werth 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
Ibanez 2-for-5 with a double and his second home run of the year.
Feliz 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Tough task for the Phils today as Jamie Moyer (0-1, 7.20) faces righty Daniel Cabrera (0-1, 7.50). Tough because the Phils played in Colorado yesterday and have to travel cross-country to play a game with a weary pen. Park went just 3 1/3 yesterday after Hamels went 3 2/3 on Friday night. Durbin is likely unavailable today after 33 pitches yesterday. If Madson or Lidge pitch it would be for the third straight day. Moyer didn’t pitch well in his first start of the season, allowing four runs in five innings to the Braves. Daniel Cabrera throws real hard but gives up a ton of walks. Lefties have hit .278 against him over his career. Ibanez and Stairs have seen him a lot from their time in the AL. Ibanez 9-for-26 with five doubles and two home runs against him (346/387/769). Stairs a more pedestrian 5-for-23 with a double (217/345/261).
The Phillies put Carlos Ruiz on the DL and called up Lou Marson. I think we’re going to get to see Marson do more than just sit on the bench, too.
Update: The Start Log is updated with the weekend’s action. Park’s starts will appear in yellow. By game score, Friday night’s start by Hamels was the worst of his career with the exception of his outing against the Cubs on August 24, 2006. Friday night’s game score was an 11, the 8/24/06 game score was a ten.