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Cheaper by the half dozen

The Phillies won again yesterday, overcoming a weak outing by Halladay to top the Rockies 8-6 for their sixth win in a row. Howard continued to pound the ball for the Phils, driving in four runs and homering against a left-handed pitcher for the first time this season. Howard is slugging .854 over the last 12 games.

After losing to the Cubs 6-1 on July 18, the Phils ended the day just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. Since then they have gone 12-3 and extended their lead in the division to eight game.

The Phillies are 71-39 after beating the Colorado Rockies 8-6 yesterday afternoon. They sweep the three-game series and have won six in a row.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Only four of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out seven.

Halladay was up 1-0 when Eric Young led off the bottom of the first for the Rockies and bunted. Howard was charging and the ball went over his head for a single. Young stole second before Dexter Fowler hit a ball to Howard. Howard had it, then dropped it, then flipped to Halladay covering first, but over the head of Halladay. Young scored from second to tie the game at 1-1 and Fowler went to second. Two errors on the play for Howard, one for not catching the ball and the other for throwing it away. Todd Helton was next and he grounded to second for the first out with Young moving up to third. Troy Tulowitzki was the next batter and he flew to center for the second out, with Fowler tagging from third and scoring to put the Rockies up 2-1. Seth Smith flew to center to end the inning.

Not really such a good inning defensively for Howard, what with the bunt going over his head and making two errors and whatnot. This all came after he had struck out in the top of the first after Hammel had walked the bases loaded to start the game.

Halladay started the second with a 5-2 lead. Ian Stewart led off and doubled to right. Halladay struck Mark Ellis out for the first out, but Eliezer Alfonzo followed with a single to left that scored Stewart and cut the lead to 5-3. The pitcher Hammel bunted Alfonzo to second with the second out, but Halladay got Young on a ground ball to first to end the inning.

Halladay walked Fowler to start the third. Fowler stole second before Helton singled into center, scoring Fowler to cut the Phillie lead to 5-4. Tulowitzki bunted Helton to second with the first out and Smith moved him up to third with a ground out to second. Stewart was next and Valdez made a great play to retire him, leaning over the railing in foul territory to end the inning with Helton at third.

Halladay had thrown 47 pitches through three innings.

He was up 6-4 when he started the fourth. Ellis led off with a single, but was caught stealing when Halladay stepped off and threw to second. Halladay got Alonzo and Hammel behind Ellis.

He struck out Young to start the fifth, but Fowler followed that with a triple and came home to score when Helton grounded to second. 6-5. He struck Tulowitzki out to end the inning.

Halladay had thrown 75 pitches in five innings.

He was up 8-5 when Smith started the sixth with a single. Halladay got Stewart to hit into a double-play and struck out Ellis.

Alonzo started the seventh with a single, but Chris Nelson hit into a double-play behind him. Halladay struck Young out for the third out.

Bastardo started the eighth. He got Fowler on a fly ball to center before Helton hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 8-6. Tulowitzki followed that with a single and went to second on a wild pitch, but Bastardo struck Smith and Stewart both out swinging to end the inning.

Bastardo pitches three days in a row, gets one day off and then pitches again, allowing a home run.

Lidge pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the year, getting pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs on a ground ball to short, striking out Alonzo and getting Nelson to ground to short.

Lidge gets the ball in the ninth because Madson had left the team to be with his wife, who is expecting their fourth child.

Bastardo threw 23 pitches and Hamels nine. Neither has pitched more than one day in a row, but Bastardo has pitched too much of late.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Hammel went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez plays third with Polanco on the bench. Ruiz catches the day game after Schneider started the night game on Tuesday.

Hammel walked Rollins, Victorino and Utley on a total of 15 pitches to start the game, which loaded the bases for Howard. Howard took strike one, fouled off a 1-1 pitch and struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Pence was next and he hit a fly ball to center for the second, deep enough for Rollins and Victorino to both move up a base with Rollins scoring to make it 1-0. Ibanez struck out swinging 1-2 to leave runners at the corners.

Yuck.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Ruiz led off and singled to right. Valdez flew to center for the first out before Halladay bunted Ruiz to second with the second. Rollins was next and singled to right. Smith made a bad decision, throwing home despite not having much chance to get Ruiz, which allowed Rollins to move up to second as Ruiz scored to tie the game at 2-2 Victorino followed that with another single to right, scoring Rollins to put the Phillies up 3-2. Utley was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with two down for Howard. Howard cleared the bases with a double to center, putting the Phils up 5-2. Pence struck out looking 2-2 to leave Howard at second.

After an awful first inning in which he struck out with the bases loaded, made two errors and had a bunt go over his head, Howard comes up with a big swing there.

5-3 when the Phils came to bat in the top of the third. Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez went in order.

It was 5-4 when Halladay started the fourth with a single to right. Rollins was next and hit a ball passed Helton that looked like it would make it to right, but Ellis made a very nice play to get to the ball and throw to Hammel covering to get Rollins for the first out. Halladay moved up to second on the play. Victorino flew to center for the second out before Utley singled to right, which moved Halladay to third. The righty Hammel walked Howard on four pitches, putting runners on the corners. Hammel uncorked a wild pitch with Pence at the plate, allowing everyone to move up a base and Halladay to score, putting the Phils up 6-4 with men on second and third. Pence flew to center for the third out.

Halladay starts the rally with a single after getting the bunt down in the second.

Ibanez started the fifth with a single to left, but Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him. Valdez was next and hit a triple to center, but Halladay struck out to leave him at third.

If you want to not score in an inning where you get a triple and a single, you should try to work in a double-play or getting someone picked off.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the sixth and the lead cut to 6-5. It brought Howard to the plate against lefty Rex Brothers and Howard hit a 2-0 pitch well out to center, putting the Phils up 8-5. Pence singled to left, but was left stranded when Ibanez grounded to second for the third out.

First home run of the year for Howard against a left-handed pitcher. Third homer overall in two games.

Valdez singled with one out in the seventh, but was caught stealing for the second out. Halladay hit for himself and struck out looking.

Rollins, Victorino and Utley went in order in the eighth.

The Phils went in order again in the ninth with their lead cut to 8-6.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. 1-for-12 with two walks in the three-game set. He’s hitting 264/337/399 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. 4-for-13 with two walks and a home run in the series. 302/379/522 on the year. 342/427/591 over his last 173 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 289/383/491 for the year. 307/396/542 over his last 208 plate appearances.

Howard 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a home run. 4-for-13 with a double and three home runs in the series. 255/343/495 on the season. 333/360/854 over his last 50 plate appearances. .854? Yup. 16-for-his-last-48 with seven doubles and six home runs.

Pence 1-for-4 with an RBI. The Phillies are 5-0 since he joined the team. 4-for-12 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 286/333/429 in 24 plate appearances with the Phils so far.

Ibanez 1-for-5. 3-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 247/294/431 for the year. 276/312/498 over his last 321 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-8 with two doubles in the series. 268/371/381 for the season. 338/440/521 over his last 86 plate appearances.

Valdez 2-for-4 with a triple in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 238/283/303 on the season. Polanco was 2-for-8 in the series and is hitting 275/330/344 for the year. 4-for-13 with four singles since returning from the DL.

Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) faces lefty Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80) late tonight in San Francisco. Bumgarner threw to a 7.79 ERA in his first four starts of the year. He’s thrown to a 3.19 ERA with a 1.19 ratio over his last 18 starts and struck out 106 in 113 innings. He’s allowed just five home runs on the year and only three in his last 115 2/3 innings. After an amazing June in which he allowed one run in 42 innings, Lee was less successful in July. Three of the five starts he made weren’t very good and he threw to a 4.91 ERA for the month while opponents hit .287 against him. Tonight will be his first start in August.

This says Oswalt will start on Sunday against the Giants.


Phils get creative about how to give the back of the pen a rest

Eight shutout innings from Kendrick? Kendrick and Herndon combine on a shutout? Check. Check.

The Phils went into last night’s game with a problem at the back of their bullpen. Bastardo and Madson had each thrown three straight days and their starter, Kyle Kendrick, didn’t seem like a great candidate to go deep into the game.

So much for that. The Phils barely needed their pen at all. Kendrick held the Rockies to four hits over eight shutout innings in Colorado, Howard pounded two home runs and the Phils won 5-0.

For Kendrick it was arguably the best start of his career. He was about as good on April 20, 2010 against the Braves and on June 25, 2008 against Oakland.

The Phillies are 70-39 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-0 last night. They have won five games in a row and are 31 games over .500 for the first time on the year. They are eight games ahead of the second-place Braves in the NL East.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. Dexter Fowler doubled with one out, but Todd Helton flew to center behind him for the second. Kendrick walked Troy Tulowitzki on five pitches, putting men on first and second for Seth Smith. Kendrick struck Smith out looking 2-2 to end the inning.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

Eric Young reached on an infield single with one out in the third on a ball deflected by Kendrick. Young stole second before Kendrick struck Fowler out looking for the second out on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Helton flew to left for the third out.

Up 4-0, Kendrick set the Rockies down in order in the fourth.

Chris Iannetta singled to right with one out in the fifth. Jonathan Herrera was next and he grounded to third for the second out, with Iannetta moving up to second. Young grounded to second to leave him there.

Kendrick walked Fowler to start the sixth. Helton was next and he hit a line drive, but at Howard who took it and stepped on first to double Fowler off easily. Tulowitzki grounded to short for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, righty Ryan Spilborghs hit for pitcher Edgmer Escalona and singled to right. Mark Ellis flew to right for the second out and Kendrick struck Iannetta out looking 0-2 to leave Spilborghs at first.

Kendrick struck Young and Fowler out in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 5-0.

Herndon pitched the ninth with a five-run lead and set the Rockies down in order.

Over his last seven appearances, Herndon has allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings on five hits and a walk, dropping his ERA from 5.14 to 4.33. He threw 12 pitches in the game and has not thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Cook went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Polanco (8) Schneider. Schneider catches against the righty with Ruiz on the bench and a day game this afternoon.

Rollins led off the game and walked on four pitches. He moved to third when Victorino followed with a single to right. Utley was next and he grounded to short, with Rollins scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 and Victorino moving up to second with one out. Howard moved Victorino to third with a ground out to Ellis before Pence doubled to the gap in left center, plating Victorino and putting the Phils up 2-0. Ibanez struck out swinging to leave Pence at second.

The Phils went in order in the second and again in the third.

Howard led off the fourth and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right center. 3-0. Pence flew to right for the first out before Ibanez and Polanco singled back-to-back, putting men on first and third with one down for Schneider. Schneider hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Ibanez to tag and score, putting the Phillies ahead 4-0. Kendrick grounded to third for the third out.

Victorino walked with one out in the fifth, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Pence led off the sixth and doubled to left. Ibanez flew to left for the first out before Polanco hit a soft ground ball between first and second. Helton made a nice play to get an out, fielding the ball and shoveling to the pitcher as Pence went to third. Schneider flew to center to leave him at third.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double by Pence. Ibanez can’t move him to third with the first out.

Kendrick started the seventh with a single to center, but Rollins flew to left, Victorino grounded out on a ball fielded by the catcher with Kendrick taking second and Utley flew to center.

Howard led off the eighth against righty Matt Lindstrom and hit a 1-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phillies on top 5-0. Pence walked behind him, but Ibanez, Polanco and Schneider all went down to keep the Phils from getting any more.

Two homers on the day for Howard. He has now hit 23 on the year against righties and none against lefties.

The Phillies went in order in the ninth. Mayberry hit for Kendrick and flew to center for the first out. He was facing lefty Matt Reynolds.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s 0-for-8 in the series so far.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 356/442/622 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-8 in the series so far.

Howard 2-for-4 with two home runs. He’s hitting 261/360/561 against righties for the year and 234/295/320 against lefties.

Pence 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. 5-for-17 with three doubles and two walks with the Phillies so far.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 5-for-his-last-12 with four extra-base hits.

Polanco 1-for-4. 4-for-13 with four singles since his return.

Schneider 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.

Halladay (13-4, 2.44) faces righty Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.65) this afternoon. Hammel has thrown to a 7.00 ERA over his last starts. Opponents have hit .325 against him in those starts with six home runs in 27 innings. The Colorado native Halladay has made three career starts against the Rockies, going 2-0 with an 0.77 ERA and an 0.86 ratio.


Better late than never

Game three of the NLDS didn’t end until about two o’clock in the morning Philadelphia time, but when it was over the Phillies had a 6-5 win to take a two games to one lead in the best-of-five series with the Colorado Rockies. The Phils won a tight game late thanks to contributions from a pair of players whose seasons didn’t have you expecting a whole lot from them in the playoffs. Jimmy Rollins sparked a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single and scored the run that won the game for the Phils. Brad Lidge shut out the lights on a game that badly needed its lights shut out, getting Troy Tulowitzki on a soft fly ball to left for the final out of the game with the winning run on first.

It was a close and exciting game, but not a great game. Nobody pitched especially well or looked especially comfortable playing with the temperature in the low 30′s. The most exciting play of the game may have been Utley hitting a ball off his leg that wound up going about ten feet down the first base line. Nobody on the Phillies can get out Carlos Gonzalez, almost literally. He’s 8-for-13 in the series (.615) after going 3-for-4 last night and scoring three of the five Colorado runs.

The Phillies also suffered what could prove to be a big injury in the bottom of the seventh as Scott Eyre sprained his right ankle coming off the mound to try and field a bunt. The Phils already had a lot of problems with left-handers and losing the one guy who has been fantastic probably isn’t going to help. Bastardo looks like he may be the only lefty available tonight out of the pen for the Phils. Other possibilities are Eyre, who hurt his ankle last night, Hamels, who is scheduled to start game five if it’s needed, or Happ, who started yesterday and threw three innings and 76 pitches. So it looks like it may just be Bastardo.

The Phils lead the Rockies two games to one in the best-of-five NLDS after winning last night’s game 6-5.

JA Happ got the start for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Garrett Atkins. He struck out four.

He faced a Rockies lineup that went (1) Gonzalez (LF/L) (2) Fowler (CF/S) (3) Helton (1B/L) (4) Tulowitzki (SS/R) (5) Torrealba (C/R) (6) Atkins (3B/R) (7) Spilborghs (RF/L) (8) Barmes (2B/R). That’s the same lineup as game two, but with Torrealba and Atkins switched after Torrealba homered off of Hamels on Thursday.

The Rockies had lefties Jason Giambi, Ian Stewart, Brad Hawpe and Seth Smith on the bench to start the game, along with righty and Chris Iannetta and switch-hitter Eric Young.

Happ started the bottom of the first up 1-0 thanks to an Utley blast in the top of the first. Gonzalez led off and singled into center on a 3-1 pitch. Fowler was next and he got way ahead, too. The 3-1 pitch looked low, but Happ got the strike before Fowler singled into left. It put men on first and third with nobody out for Helton. Helton hit a slow ground ball to second. Utley got the first out at second, but the Phillies could not turn two and Gonzalez scored to make it 1-1 with one out and a man on first. Tulowitzki followed with another hit, a single to center, and Helton went to second. Happ struck Torrealba out swinging for the second out. Atkins was next and it looked like Happ had struck him out, too, but the 2-2 pitch was called low. Atkins singled into left on the next pitch and Helton scored from second. 2-1. Spilborghs was next and smashed a ball to center field, but Victorino took it to end the inning.

Thirty-five pitch first inning for Happ.

Barmes grounded to short to start the second, but the pitcher Hammel was next and Happ walked him on five pitches. Gonzalez popped a 1-0 pitch to short for the second out and Happ struck Fowler out swinging 3-2 to set the side down.

Seventeen more pitches had Happ at 52.

Helton started the bottom of the third for Colorado and drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch that was low. Tulowitzki flew softly to right for the first out and Happ got Torrealba swinging 1-2 for the second. Atkins was next, though, and he smashed a ball over the head of Victorino for a double. Helton scored from first without a throw and the Rockies led 3-1. Happ struck Spilborghs out to leave Atkins stranded.

Twenty-four more pitches in the inning for Happ. 76.

Blanton started the bottom of the fourth after the Phils hit for Happ in the top of the inning. The Phils were up 4-3. Barmes popped to first for the first out. The pitcher Matt Belisle hit for himself and grounded to short for the second. Gonzalez was next and he hammered a 2-1 pitch from Blanton way out to right, tying the game at 4-4. It brought up Fowler and he chopped a ball back to the mound. Blanton fielded and tagged Fowler out to end the inning.

It was still 4-4 when Blanton started the fifth. Helton led off and hit a 2-0 pitch into center for a single, but Tulowitzki was next and Blanton got him to hit into a double-play. Torreabla flew to Werth in right for the third out.

Just seven pitches in the inning for Blanton, who had thrown 22 in the game.

After hitting for himself in the top of the inning, Blanton started the bottom of the sixth with a 5-4 lead. Atkins led off and lined a 2-2 pitch to Ibanez in left. Spilborghs was next and singled into center. Barmes flew to Victorino just in front of the warning track for the second out. Lefty Seth Smith hit for the pitcher Jose Contreras. Eyre came in and got Smith to foul out to Feliz on a 1-1 pitch to set the Rockies down.

Eyre returned to start the seventh. Gonzalez led off and got the Phillies again, splitting the gap in left-center for a double to start the inning. Fowler was next and he bunted, but as Eyre came off the mound he hurt his ankle and fell to the ground. Gonzalez moved to third and Fowler was safe with a single. Manuel brought in his right-handed closer Madson to pitch to the lefty Helton and Madson struck him out for the first out. Tulowitzki was next and he hit a fly ball to deep left. Gonzalez scored to tie the game at 5-5 with Fowler holding first. Madson struck Torrealba out looking 2-2 to end the inning.

Durbin pitched the eighth with the score still tied at 5-5 and set the Rockies down in order. He got Atkins and Spilborghs on a pair of ground balls to third and then got Barmes to ground to short.

Nice inning for Durbin in a critical spot.

Lidge was on in the ninth to protect a 6-5 lead. Brad Hawpe, who was put in right field in the top of the inning by Colorado, led off and grounded to second. Gonzalez was next and Lidge couldn’t get him out either. Gonzalez drew a walk on eight pitches, putting the tying run on first base. Lefty Jason Giambi hit for Dexter Fowler and Giambi got him to foul to Feliz on a 1-1 pitch for the second out. The lefty Helton drew a five-pitch walk, moving Gonzalez to second and bringing up Tulowitzki with two outs and two on. Eric Young ran for Helton at first. Tulowitzki got ahead 1-0 and then lofted a soft fly ball to Francisco, who had just came in to play left with Lidge at the start of the inning, to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Hammel went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Victorino (CF/S) (3) Utley (2B/L) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Werth (RF/R) (6) Ibanez (LF/L) (7) Feliz (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R).

The Phillies started the game with a five-man bench that included righties Francisco and Cairo and lefties Dobbs, Stairs and Bako.

Rollins led off the game and flew to center 3-2 for the first out. Victorino was next and he struck out swinging, but Utley followed and he pounded a 1-0 pitch out to right-center to put the Phillies up 1-0. Howard crushed the first pitch he saw down the right field foul line but foul before he struck out 2-2 trying to check his swing to set the Phillies down.

Down 2-1, the Phillies went in order in the second. Werth flew to right for the first out. Ibanez hit a line drive hard back up the middle, but off of Hammel’s glove. Hammel recovered the ball and threw him out. Feliz waved at a 2-2 pitch outside and in the dirt for the third out.

Hammel had thrown 30 pitches through two innings.

Ruiz led off the third and hit a 2-2 pitch hard to third, but Atkins fielded and threw to first. His throw was in the dirt, but Helton scooped it nicely for the first out. Happ struck out on three pitches for the second out. Rollins went down swinging 2-2 to set the Phillies down. Hammel had struck out five through three innings.

Down 3-1, Victorino led off the top of the fourth with a walk. Utley moved him to second with a single to right. Howard was next and he laced a base hit to right-center, scoring Victorino to make it 3-2 and moving Utley to third. Werth walked to load the bases. Ibanez walked to force in Utley and tie the game at 3-3. Feliz was next with the bases still loaded and nobody out. He tapped a 1-1 pitch back to the mound. Hammel gloved and threw home for the first out, Torrealba threw to first to complete the double-play. With men on second and third and two down, Ruiz had a long at-bat before he finally hit a 3-2 pitch and snuck a ground ball into left field for a single. Werth scored and the Phils led 4-3 with men on first and third. Dobbs hit for Happ and the Rockies pulled Hammel from the game. They called on righty Matt Belisle to pitch to Dobbs and Belisle got Dobbs on a ground ball to second to leave both men stranded.

Fantastic inning for the Phils. Great job to get it started by Victorino. Nice at-bat with two outs by Ruiz.

Belisle was back to start the fifth with the score tied at 4-4. Rollins struck out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Victorino went down on a fly ball to right for the second, but Utley followed with a two-out walk. The Rockies called on lefty Joe Beimel to pitch to Howard and Howard popped Beimel’s first pitch to Tulowitzki in shallow center to end the frame.

Righty Jose Contreras was on to start the sixth for Colorado. He got behind Werth 3-0 but came back to strike him out swinging for the first out. Ibanez and Feliz walked back-to-back after that, putting men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz grounded a 3-1 pitch back up the middle and into center for a single. Ibanez scored from second to put the Phils up 5-4. With men on first and second and one out, Blanton hit for himself and struck out trying to bunt. Rollins grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Second big hit in the game for Ruiz. Blanton stays in the game with Pedro presumably available to pitch.

Lefty Franklin Morales set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Victorino led off and hit a ground ball that Tulowitzki made a nice play on behind second, fielding and throwing to first to nip Victorino for the first out. Utley flew to left and Howard flew to center.

Morales is scary out of the pen for Colorado. I feel much better about the Phillies chances against his fellow lefty Beimel.

Righty Rafael Betancourt pitched the eighth for the Rockies with the score tied at 5-5. He struck Werth out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Ibanez was next and he drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch that was outside. Feliz followed and he dumped a ball down the left field line that fell for a double, moving Ibanez to third. Ruiz struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Stairs hit for Madson and struck out swinging 3-2 to leave both men stranded.

Enormous strikeout for Ruiz, who can’t bring the runner on third home with one out.

Righty Huston Street started the ninth for Colorado with the score at 5-5. Rollins led off for the Phils and singled into center on a 3-2 pitch. Victorino bunted him to second. Utley was next and he hit a check-swing dribbler out in front of the plate. Street fielded with his momentum taking him into foul territory and threw to first. Utley was called safe on a close play and Rollins went to third — I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say the Phillies got at least one break on the play. Howard was next and delivered a sac fly to deep left-center, with both runners moving up a base and Rollins scoring to put the Phils up 6-5. Werth drew a walk to put two men on before Ibanez went down on a ball hit out in front of the plate to end the frame.

Rollins starts the rally. The Phils play for one and get one.

Rollins came into the series 2-for-9 with two singles. He was 1-for-5 with a huge single last night.

Victorino was 4-for-9 with a double in games one and two and 0-for-3 with a walk last night.

Utley was 2-for-8 in the set. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk last night.

Howard 4-for-8 with two doubles in the series coming into the game and went 1-for-4 with two RBI last night.

Werth 3-for-7 with a triple and a homer in games one and two. 0-for-3 with two walks last night.

Ibanez 4-for-8 with a double and four RBI in the first two and went 0-for-2 with three walks last night. Werth and Ibanez combined to go 0-for-5 with five walks in the game.

Feliz 3-for-7 in the series coming into the game. 1-for-3 with a double and a walk last night.

Ruiz was 1-for-5 with two walks in the series coming into game three. 2-for-4 with two RBI last night, but a big strikeout in the eighth.

Dobbs and Stairs were both 0-for-1 in last night’s game.

Game four of the series is tonight at 6:07. Cliff Lee faces Ubaldo Jimenez in a rematch of game one.

In his blog, Scott Eyre says that he suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle and that he’ll be able to pitch again. He doesn’t say when, but presumably it’s soon. I’d guess it isn’t tonight.

This says that Chan Ho Park could be available if the Phillies make it to the NLCS.

It’s pretty hard to watch the replay of Utley’s dribbler in the ninth without noticing that the ball hits his leg. It should have been called a foul ball.


Suggestion that the wife of one of the Rockies pitchers level the playing field by going into labor during game three seems to fall largely on deaf ears

Righty Pedro Martinez faces 27-year-old righty Jason Hammel tomorrow in Colorado as the Phils and the Rockies play game three of the NLDS.

Hammel appeared in 34 games this season for Colorado, making 30 starts. In 176 2/3 innings he threw to a 4.33 ERA with a 1.39 ratio. He was brutal at Coors Field — in 81 2/3 innings at home in 2009 he pitched to a 5.73 ERA and a 1.62 ratio. Lefties and righties posted very similar lines against him. Lefties hit 289/344/441 while righties hit 290/322/441. Hammel made two starts and a two-inning relief appearance to end the season, throwing to a 4.05 ERA and a 1.20 ratio over 13 1/3 innings.

Two appearances against the Phillies this season. On April 11 he pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of Jorge De La Rosa, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Ibanez homered off of him in that game. He also started a game against the Phils in Philadelphia on August 4. He went 6 2/3 innings in that game, allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter as the Rockies pounded Moyer and won 8-3. Rollins hit a home run off of Hammel in that game and Ibanez had a double.

Hammel spent three seasons with Tampa Bay before pitching for Colorado this season, so Ibanez and his fellow American Leaguer Matt Stairs are the Phillies who have seen him the most. Ibanez is 4-for-8 with a double and a home run, Stairs 5-for-8 with a double and two home runs.

The 37-year-old Martinez made nine starts for the Phillies this season, pitching to a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 ratio over 44 2/3 innings. He gave up seven home runs — that rate would have him giving up about 31 over 200 innings. Opponents slugged .472 against Pedro for the season.

He didn’t walk much of anyone. His walk rate of 1.61 batters per nine innings was the best of any Phillies pitcher other than Lee.

He has a ton of post-season experience. He has appeared in thirteen post-season games and started eleven, overall throwing to a 3.40 ERA with a 1.12 ratio over 79 1/3 innings. He last appeared in the post-season in 2004.

Fellow veteran Jason Giambi has seen Martinez a ton over the years, going 8-for-50 with a double and a home run against him in his career (160/276/240). No other Rockie has more than four at-bats against Martinez.


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