The Phillies showed some life in the first two games of their four-game set with the Padres, but yet another weak start from Blanton and a big out they gave away on the bases in the bottom of the tenth cost them yesterday. Tonight they’ll look for another win as they try to take three of four in their series against the Padres.
On Friday the Phillies scored three runs or less for the twelfth game in a row, but got a win anyway thanks to nice work from Halladay and a big day for Victorino. Victorino was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run and scored two of the three runs as the Phils won 3-2.
Moyer was fantastic on Saturday and the Phils finally scored more than three runs in a game as they won 6-2. Moyer threw a complete game and the middle of the order showed some much-needed life as Utley, Howard, Werth and Ibanez combined to drive in all six Phillie runs.
Blanton was miserable again yesterday, allowing five runs in five innings to push his ERA over six for the year. The Phillies scored five times in the first two innings, but the Padres pulled ahead 6-5 with a run off of Baez in the tenth. Polanco walked with one out in the bottom of the tenth, but was thrown out trying to go to third when Utley followed with a single. It put him on the bench watching when Howard delivered a single that would have tied the game and Werth followed with his third strikeout on the day to end the game.
The Phillies are 30-25 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 6-5 in ten innings yesterday. They trail the Braves by two games in the NL East. The Mets are in third place a game behind the Phils.
Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and no walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. After seven starts he has a 6.07 ERA for the season.
Jerry Hairston singled with one out in the first. Adrian Gonzalez was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left center to put San Diego up 2-0. Chase Headley followed with a double to right before Nick Hundley popped out to Howard for the second out. The former Phil Matt Stairs was next and he singled into center, scoring Headley to make it 3-0. Stairs stole second, really he did, before Tony Gwynn grounded to first to end the frame.
At least Blanton didn’t wait till late in the game to get plastered this time.
The lead was cut to 3-1 when Blanton started the second. Lance Zawadzki, San Diego’s switch-hitting second baseman, led off with a single to left. Blanton struck out the pitcher Kevin Correia for the first out before Zawadzki stole second. Blanton struck out Scott Hairston and got Jerry Hairston to ground to third to set the Padres down.
The Phillies started the third up 5-3. Gonzalez and Headley singled back-to-back to start the inning, but Blanton got Hundley, Stairs and Gwynn in order to leave them stranded.
He got the first two in the fourth before Scott Hairston doubled to center. Jerry Hairston followed with a single to right, scoring Hairston to make it 5-4. Jerry Hairston went to second when the throw came home, but Headley popped to third to leave him there.
Hundley hit Blanton’s first pitch of the fifth out to left-center to tie the game at 5-5. Blanton set down the next three Padres.
Durbin pitched the sixth. He allowed a two-out single to Jerry Hairston, but got Gonzalez to fly to right behind him.
He was back to start the seventh, too. He gave up a leadoff single to Headley, but got Hundley to hit into a double-play behind him. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Stairs and struck him out for the third out.
Gwynn singled off of Romero to start the eighth and Zawadzki bunted him to second. Righty David Eckstein hit for the pitcher Ryan Webb and Contreras came in to pitch to him. Eckstein hit a ball to third. Polanco fielded and threw to first for the second out. Gwynn tried to go to third, but Howard threw to Polanco and Gwynn was tagged out to set San Diego down.
Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Baez started the tenth. Headley led off with a single and Hundley bunted him to second. Will Venable was next and he grounded out to Utley for the second out, with Headley taking third. Righty Oscar Salazar hit for the pitcher Mike Adams and reached on an infield single to short. Headley scored and San Diego led 6-5. Baez got Eckstein on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out.
Everyone in the pen was rested after the complete game by Moyer on Saturday. Durbin threw 20 pitches, Baez 16, Lidge 14, Romero 13 and Contreras one.
The Phillies lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Castro. Schneider behind the plate in the day game after the night game. Castro at short with Valdez on the bench.
Victorino singled to start the bottom of the first with the Phils down 3-0 and stole second. Polanco hit a ball to second that Zawadzki didn’t handle for an error. Victorino held second, so it brought Utley up with men on first and second. Utley grounded to first with the runners moving to second and third. Howard grounded to second and everyone moved up a base again, with Victorino scoring to cut the lead to 3-1. Werth struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Phillies scored the rest of their runs for the game in the second. Ibanez led off with a walk before Schneider flew to center for the first out. Castro was next and hit a ground ball to short. Ibanez was forced at second for the second out with Castro safe at first. Blanton moved Castro to second with a two-out single and then Victorino walked, loading the bases. Polanco singled to left and everyone moved up a base. 3-2 with the bases still loaded. Utley walked. 3-3. Howard singled to right on a ball deflected by Zawadzki, putting the Phillies up 4-3. Righty Sean Gallagher came to pitch to Werth and walked him. 5-3. Ibanez grounded to short to finally set the Phillies down.
With two outs and a man on first, the Phils score four runs by going single-walk-single-walk-single-walk.
Blanton walked with two outs in the third. Victorino was hit by a pitch behind him and Polanco singled to center to load the bases. Utley struck out swinging to leave them loaded.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Schneider singled to center to start the fifth with the game tied at 5-5. Castro bunted him to second with the first out. With the righty Gallagher still on the mound for San Diego, Dobbs hit for Blanton and struck out swinging. Victorino flew to center for the third out.
Righty Ryan Webb set them down in order in the sixth.
Schneider doubled off of Webb with two outs in the seventh, but Castro struck out behind him.
Manuel didn’t use Gload to hit for Castro there with Valdez and Gload both available. Both players would get a chance later in the game.
Right Mike Adams was pitching for the Padres when the Phils hit in the eighth. Gload hit for Contreras to start the inning and grounded to short. Victorino grounded to first before Polanco singled. Utley hit a ball to first that Gonzalez didn’t handle and was safe on the second San Diego error of the day. With two outs and men on first and second, Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to end the inning.
Gload hits with nobody on in the eighth instead of with a man on in the seventh.
Adams walked Schneider with two outs in the ninth. The righty Francisco pinch-hit for the righty Castro with the righty Adams on the mound and moved Schneider to third with a single to right. Ruiz hit for Lidge and Valdez ran for Schneider at third. Francisco took second without a throw, but Ruiz grounded back to Adams to end the inning.
Odd inning. Francisco against the righty works out, but the Phils come up empty.
Heath Bell was on to protect a 6-5 lead in the ninth for San Diego. Polanco walked with one out. Utley was next and he singled softly into center. Polanco went for third, but Gwynn made an excellent throw to nail him at third for the second out. Howard moved Utley to third with a single, but Bell struck Werth out swinging 1-2 to end the game.
It took a nearly perfect throw from Gwynn to get Polanco, but it would have been a really fantastic time not to make an out on the bases.
The Phillies scored five runs in the first two innings then none in the next eight. This whole thing is really unusual.
Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. He’s 5-for-his-last-12 with a double, a triple and a walk.
Polanco was 3-for-5 with two RBI. 6-for-his-last-13 with six singles.
Utley was 1-for-5 yesterday with a walk and five men left on base. He’s 3-for-19 with a double in June. 130/231/152 with one extra-base hit, a double, over his last 46 at-bats.
Howard 2-for-6 with three RBI yesterday. 5-for-his-last-13 with a double, a walk and seven strikeouts.
Werth was 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts in the game. He’s 3-for-his-last-34.
Ibanez was 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s 0-for-his-last-10 and 1-for-17 in June.
Schneider was 2-for-4 with a walk and double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies. He’s 7-for-29 on the season. Ruiz was 0-for-1 yesterday and is 2-for-his-last-8.
Castro 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop his line on the year to 227/252/278 in 97 at-bats. Ninety-seven is too many at-bats to give a guy who isn’t going to surprise you by hitting 227/252/278. He’s 0-for-his-last-13.
Cole Hamels (5-4, 4.20) faces lefty Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 3.67) tonight in game four of the series. Hamels threw just 24 pitches in his last start before rain forced him from the game. He got two outs and was charged with three runs. LeBlanc has some strange numbers. Overall, they aren’t as good as his 3.67 ERA, opponents are hitting 296/365/446 against him for the year, but he has allowed two runs or less in seven of his nine starts.