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California, here you come

The series between the Braves and the Giants is over and the Phils will face San Francisco in game one of the NLCS on Saturday.

It looks like the ten offensive players for the Giants who will have the biggest impact in the NLCS are righties Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Juan Uribe, Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, lefties Aubrey Huff, Mike Fontenot and Nate Schierholtz and switch-hitters Pablo Sandoval and Andres Torres.

For the 18 players (eight for the Phils and ten for the Giants), here’s the percentage of plate appearances in which they have walked and singled this season (the numbers for Ross and Fontenot are their total numbers for the season — for everyone else it’s just their numbers with the Phils or Giants):

% BB % 1B
Pat Burrell
Carlos Ruiz
Jayson Werth
Aubrey Huff
Chase Utley
Raul Ibanez
Jimmy Rollins
Andres Torres
Ryan Howard
Shane Victorino
Nate Schierholtz
Juan Uribe
Pablo Sandoval
Buster Posey
Freddy Sanchez
Cody Ross
Mike Fontenot
Placido Polanco
13.78%
12.70%
12.58%
12.43%
12.33%
10.69%
10.15%
9.82%
9.52%
8.18%
7.94%
7.83%
7.63%
6.77%
6.68%
6.50%
5.75%
5.32%
Placido Polanco
Freddy Sanchez
Mike Fontenot
Buster Posey
Carlos Ruiz
Cody Ross
Pablo Sandoval
Chase Utley
Shane Victorino
Raul Ibanez
Ryan Howard
Aubrey Huff
Jimmy Rollins
Nate Schierholtz
Juan Uribe
Jayson Werth
Pat Burrell
Andres Torres
21.59%
20.04%
19.54%
18.28%
17.32%
16.87%
16.40%
15.46%
15.12%
15.09%
15.00%
14.82%
14.72%
14.29%
13.74%
13.65%
12.61%
12.11%

Pat the Bat is the new king of the walks group. He doesn’t have a lot of company from his fellow Giants, though, as San Francisco players occupy seven of the bottom eight slots.

Freddy Sanchez gives Polanco a run for his money as a singles hitter, but it’s going take more than his .292 with no power to catch Polanco (about six more points of batting average, I would guess). Polanco and Sanchez have been very similar offensive players this season. Sanchez was a little more likely to walk or homer, but they hit doubles and triples at a nearly identical rate while Polanco was a little more likely to single in a given plate appearance.

Here’s the plate appearances that ended in a single or a walk and the percentages of plate appearances with a double or triple:

% BB or 1B % 2B or 3B
Carlos Ruiz
Chase Utley
Aubrey Huff
Placido Polanco
Freddy Sanchez
Pat Burrell
Jayson Werth
Raul Ibanez
Mike Fontenot
Buster Posey
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Howard
Pablo Sandoval
Cody Ross
Shane Victorino
Nate Schierholtz
Andres Torres
Juan Uribe
30.02%
27.79%
27.25%
26.91%
26.72%
26.39%
26.23%
25.79%
25.29%
25.06%
24.87%
24.52%
24.03%
23.37%
23.30%
22.22%
21.93%
21.57%
Andres Torres
Jayson Werth
Carlos Ruiz
Raul Ibanez
Nate Schierholtz
Mike Fontenot
Pablo Sandoval
Aubrey Huff
Buster Posey
Shane Victorino
Cody Ross
Jimmy Rollins
Placido Polanco
Freddy Sanchez
Pat Burrell
Juan Uribe
Ryan Howard
Chase Utley
8.95%
7.36%
6.70%
6.60%
6.35%
6.13%
6.01%
5.99%
5.64%
5.56%
5.45%
4.82%
4.82%
4.80%
4.69%
4.52%
4.52%
4.31%

Ruiz is the still the most likely member of the group to get aboard via a walk or a single. He’s widened the gap a bit from the series with the Reds in which Votto was nipping at his heels, having walked or singled in 29.78% of his plate appearances.

Perhaps the most surprising thing to me on any of the six lists is that Andres Torres was more likely to deliver a double or a triple than Werth. Torres had 82 fewer plate appearances than Werth during the regular season, but delivered six more triples and just three fewer doubles. Werth led the league with 46 doubles. Torres was fourth with 43 and seventh in the league in triples. Even forgetting the triples, Torres doubled at a higher rate than Werth (7.54% for Torres and 7.06% for Werth).

Important also to note about the doubles and triples chart is who is at the bottom. Utley and Howard was less likely to deliver a double or a triple than any of the other 16 players — five of who slugged under .400 (Rollins, Polanco, Sanchez, Schierholtz and Fontenot).

Here are the rates for home runs and strikeouts:

% HR % SO
Pat Burrell
Ryan Howard
Juan Uribe
Jayson Werth
Buster Posey
Aubrey Huff
Chase Utley
Andres Torres
Shane Victorino
Raul Ibanez
Cody Ross
Pablo Sandoval
Jimmy Rollins
Carlos Ruiz
Freddy Sanchez
Nate Schierholtz
Placido Polanco
Mike Fontenot
5.28%
5.00%
4.17%
4.14%
4.06%
3.89%
3.13%
2.81%
2.78%
2.52%
2.46%
2.11%
2.03%
1.85%
1.46%
1.19%
1.00%
0.38%
Ryan Howard
Pat Burrell
Jayson Werth
Andres Torres
Cody Ross
Raul Ibanez
Juan Uribe
Mike Fontenot
Nate Schierholtz
Freddy Sanchez
Aubrey Huff
Pablo Sandoval
Carlos Ruiz
Buster Posey
Chase Utley
Shane Victorino
Jimmy Rollins
Placido Polanco
25.32%
22.58%
22.55%
22.46%
21.27%
16.98%
16.00%
15.71%
15.08%
14.20%
13.62%
13.15%
12.47%
12.42%
12.33%
12.19%
8.12%
7.81%

Burrell with the Giants this year was both more likely to homer than Howard and less likely to strike out. He was also more likely to walk or double or triple, but Howard still hit a lot more singles.

Burrell pretty clearly outperformed his replacement Ibanez this year, at least offensively and in his time with the Giants. In 341 plate appearances with San Francisco, Burrell hit 266/364/509 with 18 home runs. Ibanez hit 16 home runs in 636 plate appearances while posting a 275/349/444 line with the Phils. Ibanez was more likely to get a hit, but Burrell walked a whole lot more and was more than twice as likely to homer in a given plate appearance.

Overall, the Phils were the better offensive team on the season by a wide margin, finishing second in the league in runs scored while the Giants finished ninth. That gap widened in the second half as the Phils led the NL with 362 runs scored and the Giants were tenth with 306. The teams went 3-3 in the six games they played in the regular season, with the Phils outscoring San Francisco 29-27.


Madson and Lidge cross their fingers the Phils don’t decide to go with 22 hitters for the NLCS

Cole Hamels was fantastic last night, throwing a complete game shutout as the Phils topped the Reds 2-0 in Cincinnati to finish off the sweep in the NLDS.

The Phils plated a run in the top of the first with the help of yet another Cincinnati error. With two outs and men on first and third, Werth hit a ground ball to short. Orlando Cabrera fielded, but his throw pulled Joey Votto off of first base and Polanco came in to score to put the Phils up 1-0. Utley hit a fifth inning home run to end the scoring for the game.

The Phils scored just 13 runs in the three game series, but thanks to the no-hitter by Halladay in game one, the shutout by Hamels in game three and four scoreless frames from the bullpen in game two, it was enough.

Cincinnati couldn’t score, but they couldn’t field either. The Reds made seven errors in three games and only seven of the 13 runs that the Phillies scored in the series were earned.

The Phillies have won their best-of-five series with the Cincinnati Reds, taking game three 2-0 to complete a three-game sweep. They will play either the Giants or the Braves in the NLCS, which starts on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing four singles and a double. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. That might not even be the best post-season start of his career — in game one of the 2008 NLDS, Hamels held the Brewers to two singles and a walk over eight shutout innings and struck out nine as the Phils won 3-1.

He faced a Cincinnati lineup that went (1) Drew Stubbs (CF/R) (2) Brandon Phillips (2B/R) (3) Joey Votto (1B/L) (4) Scott Rolen (3B/R) (5) Jonny Gomes (LF/R) (6) Ramon Hernandez (C/R) (7) Jay Bruce (RF/L) (8) Orlando Cabrera (SS/R). That’s the same eight players the Reds started in game one against the righty Halladay, but in a different order. Stubbs moves into the leadoff spot with Philips hitting second. Cabrera, who left game two with a side injury, starts but hits eighth. Hernandez moves up to sixth in the order with Bruce dropped from sixth to seventh.

Cincinnati started the game with six players on their bench, lefties Juan Francisco and Laynce Nix and righties Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, Chris Heisey and Miguel Cairo.

Stubbs led off the bottom of the first with the Phils up 1-0 and hit a ball in the hole between third and short. Rollins fielded and made a long, strong throw to firs that was in the first. Howard scooped it, but Stubbs beat it out for an infield single. Phillips was next and he smoked a 1-0 pitch into left center. Victorino got a great jump on the ball and caught it on a full run for the first out. Stubbs was running on the 3-2 pitch that Votto hit back to the mound. Hamels turned and looked at second, but there was no play there. He took the out at first and Rolen came to the plate with two down and Stubbs on second. Hamels struck Rolen out looking at a 96 miles per hour fastball on the inside corner for the third out.

Huge play by Victorino on the ball hit by Phillips. That sure looked like a double. The 3-4-5 hitters in the Reds lineup were 1-for-21 with a Votto single in the series at that point.

Hamels threw 15 pitches in the inning.

Gomes chopped an 0-2 pitch to third for the first out of the second inning. Hernandez was next and flew to Werth in shallow right. Votto followed him and hit a 1-1 pitch hard between first and second. Utley made a diving effort, but the ball went off his glove and Bruce had a single. Hamels struck Cabrera out swinging 3-2 to end the inning.

Two hits through two innings for Hamels, both on plays that should have been made defensively by the Phils. Hamels had thrown 31 pitches in the game after a 16-pitch second.

Hamels through quick third. The pitcher Cueto led off and bunted an 0-1 pitch, popping it up in foul territory. Ruiz took it for the first out. Stubbs flew to left on an 0-1 pitch and Phillips flew to right on an 0-1 pitch.

Just six pitches in the inning for Hamels, who was at 37 for the game.

Votto grounded hard to Utley on a 2-2 pitch to start the fourth. Rolen was next and bounced a 1-1 pitch up the middle and into center for a single Gomes got ahead 2-0 and Hamels delivered a pitch that looked high to me but was called a strike. Hamels struck him out swinging at a low changeup 3-2 for the second out. Hernandez swung at the first pitch and grounded to Utley to end the inning.

When Hamels got behind Gomes 2-0 it was the only time I had been even a little worried about him all night. He was fortunate to get the 2-0 call on a ball out of the zone, but the at-bat ended nicely at Hamels got him with a pretty pitch. He had thrown 52 pitches in the game after a 15-pitch inning.

The Phils were up 2-0 when he started the fifth. Bruce fouled out to Ruiz on a 1-0 pitch for the first out. Cabrera grounded to first for the second. That brought up the pitcher’s spot, and righty Miguel Cairo hit for Cueto. Hamels struck him out swinging 0-2 for the third out.

Nine pitches in the inning had Hamels at 61.

He struck Stubbs out swinging 3-2 for the first out of the sixth. Phillips grounded to short on a 1-1 pitch for the second out. He got ahead of Votto 0-2, then struck him out swinging at a 3-2 changeup to end the inning.

Fifteen pitches in the inning for Hamels had him at 76. He had set down eight in a row.

He struck Rolen out swinging 1-2 for the first out of the seventh. Gomes was next and Hamels threw him a 2-2 changeup that was up and over the plate. Gomes hit it hard, but not hard enough. Ibanez took it on the warning track for the second out. Hernandez was next and he ripped a 1-0 pitch into left for a double. Arroyo ran for him at second, but Hamels got Bruce to line to Werth 1-1 to end the inning.

Gomes, Hernandez and Bruce all hit the ball hard right in a row, but Hamels got away with it. He was up to 95 pitches after 19 in the frame.

Cabrera swung at the first pitch of the eighth and flew to left. Ryan Hanigan was next, he had been double-switched into the game in the top of the inning with the new pitcher Bailey moving into Hernandez’s spot. Hanigan popped a 2-0 pitch up between third and the plate in foul territory. Polanco and Ruiz couldn’t figure out who was going to catch it. Eventually Polanco tried and dropped the ball and was charged with an error. Hamels got him to ground to second for the second out and then struck Stubbs out swinging at a high fastball.

106 pitches in the game for Hamels after throwing 11 in the inning.

Phillips started the ninth and quickly got ahead 2-0. Hamels evened the count at 2-2 and then ripped a ball past a diving Polanco and into left field for a single. He threw strike one and then strike two past Votto and then got MVP to hit a 1-2 pitch to Utley and the Phils turned and easy-looking double-play. Golly. It brought Rolen to the plate as the last hope for the Reds and Hamels struck him out swinging to end the series.

The Reds scored four runs in the three-game series.

Gomes, Cairo, Hanigan, Nix, Heisey, Francisco and Janish combined to go 0-for-20.

Votto was 1-for-10 with a single and no walks.

Bruce 2-for-8 with a home run and two walks. He and Phillips were the only two Cincinnati players who on-based at least .300 in the series. Phillips was 4-for-12 with a home run and no walks.

Stubbs 1-for-9, Rolen 1-for-11. Cabrera 1-for-8 and Hernandez 1-for-7 with a double.

The Phillies lineup against righty Johnny Cueto went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Rollins (7) Ibanez (8) Ruiz. That’s the same lineup they used against Arroyo in game two. Rollins still shouldn’t be hitting ahead of Ibanez and Ibanez shouldn’t be hitting seventh.

The Phillies bench had seven offensive players to start the game, lefties Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, Domonic Brown and Greg Dobbs and righties Ben Francisco, Mike Sweeney and Wilson Valdez.

Victorino started the game and flew to right on a 1-1 pitch for the first out. Polanco followed him and lined an 0-1 pitch into left for a single. Utley hit an 0-1 pitch well, but Stubbs took it on the warning track for the second out. Howard got ahead 3-0 and flared a 3-2 pitch into left. Gomes was playing extremely deep, nearly on the warning track, and the ball fell in front of him near the foul line for a single that sent Polanco to third. Werth reached out and tapped a 3-2 pitch to short. Cabrera fielded the ball, but his throw to first was bad, on the home plate side of first, and Votto had to come off the bag to get it. Werth was safe on the error and Polanco scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Rollins swung at the first pitch and flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

More bad defense from the Reds gives the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Cueto threw 21 pitches in the inning.

Ibanez started the second and hit a 2-0 pitch well to right, but Bruce took it for the first out. Ruiz bounced a single up the middle and Hamels bunted him to second with the second out. Victorino got ahead 2-0 and then lined a 2-1 pitch to Cabrera at short for the third out.

Ibanez and Victorino both hit the ball well in the inning, The other out that Cueto got the Phillies gave him. He was at 32 pitches for the game after throwing 11 in the inning.

Polanco grounded to second to start the third. Utley struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Howard chopped a 2-2 pitch to where you might expect the third baseman to be, but the big shift had Rolen near short. He fielded the ball after a long run and threw to first, but Howard beat it out and was 2-for-2. Werth got behind 0-2 and struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Howard at first.

Cueto had thrown 54 pitches.

Rollins had a nice at-bat to start the fourth, working a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Ibanez flew to center 1-2 for the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a 1-0 pitch to third. Rolen made an odd play, moving backwards and then throwing awkwardly to second to force Rollins for the second out. Hamels flew to shallow center to leave Ruiz at first.

Cueto’s pitch count was up to 69.

Victorino grounded to first on a 2-2 pitch to start the fifth. Polanco was next and flew to Bruce near the foul line in right for the second out. Utley followed and Cueto hung an 0-1 slider in the middle of the plate, which Utley hammered over the wall in right-center just out of the reach of Stubbs to put the Phils up 2-0. Howard swung at the first pitch and grounded to Phillips, who was playing second in shallow right field.

First home run of the series for the Phils. Cueto had thrown 83 pitches through five innings.

Righty Homer Bailey was on the mound for the Reds to start the sixth after Cincy hit for Cueto in the bottom of the fifth. He struck Werth out looking 0-2 for the first out. Rollins was next and singled into right on a 3-1 pitch. Ruiz struck out swinging at a high fastball 1-2 for the second out. Ruiz hit a 1-1 pitch between third and short. Rolen slid fielding the ball, then popped up and dropped the ball trying to get it out of his glove. It put men on first and second for Hamels and he flew to shallow right on an 0-2 pitch to leave both men stranded.

Second error in the series for Rolen plus a bad throw to second in game one in which he wasn’t charged with an error. Rollins was 1-for-10 in the series and had been on base in each of his last two times to the plate.

Bailey was back for the seventh. Victorino led off with a single to left. Polanco was next and grounded into a double-play on a 1-2 pitch. Utley hit a 1-0 pitch well to left, but Gomes took it right in front of the warning track for the third out.

Lefty Bill Bray started the eighth to pitch to Howard and got him with a high 3-2 fastball for the first out. Righty Nick Masset took over to pitch to Werth and Werth struck out swinging at a 2-2 breaking ball that was outside. Masset got Rollins to fly to center for the third out.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for the Reds. Ibanez lined a 3-2 pitch hard to right to start the inning, but Bruce handled it for the first out. Ruiz quickly got behind in the count but lined an 0-2 pitch down the right field line for a double. Hamels hit for himself and drove a ball to left-center, but Stubbs tracked it down for the second out. Victorino flew to center to leave Ruiz stranded at second.

Great job by Hamels not to get injured facing Chapman. He also crushed the ball.

Victorino was 1-for-5 in the game. He also made a very nice play on the ball Phillips hit hard to left center in the first. 3-for-13 with a double and a walk in the series.

Polanco 1-for-4. 1-for-9 with no walks in the set. Going back to the regular season, he has one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 78 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a homer. 3-for-11 with a home run in the series.

Howard 2-for-4 with a pair of strange singles. 3-for-11 with three singles and two walks.

Werth 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 2-for-12 with five strikeouts.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-11 with two walks.

Ibanez 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but hit the ball better than that. 3-for-12 with a double and a walk.

Ruiz 2-for-4. 2-for-8 with three walks in the set.

Valdez 1-for-3. Brown 0-for-1. Sweeney 0-for-1.

Utley would be the offensive MVP in the series for the Phils if you had to pick one. He didn’t play especially well offensively.

Rollins, Polanco and Werth combined to go 4-for-32 with four singles and three walks in the series.

The Phils scored less than 4 1/2 runs per game in the set with the Reds making an average of more than two runs per game.


The wizard of 0′s

The Phils came up with a 1-0 win last night, beating Atlanta to complete the three-game sweep and tighten their grip on the division.

The Braves didn’t come up with many big hits in the series and the Phillies did. The Braves didn’t catch or throw the ball very well and the Phillies did. The biggest difference between the teams, though, is that Atlanta started Tommy Hanson and two guys that may be really good someday while the Phillies started three guys that are great already. Atlanta’s starters in the series have combined for 24 career wins. The starting pitchers the Phillies sent to the mound have 378 career wins, 11 All-Star appearances, a Cy Young and have been the MVP of the NLCS and World Series.

Last night it was Oswalt who shined. He held the Braves to a double and a walk over seven shutout innings. The game was locked in a scoreless tie until Ibanez delivered a two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the eighth. Once again, Madson and Lidge held at the back of the bullpen. Since the start of August, that duo has combined to strike out 61 in 52 2/3 innings while throwing to an 0.68 ERA and an 0.82 ratio.

The Phils have three huge hits in the last two games and Ibanez has two of them. In each of the last two games he has delivered a double against a lefty that put the Phils ahead to stay. He has driven in all the runs the team has scored that didn’t come on Werth’s third inning homer off of Mike Minor.

The Phillies are 92-61 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 last night. The Phils sweep the three-game series and extend their lead in the division to six games. They have won ten in a row. The Braves are a half game ahead of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and allowed one hit, a double by Martin Prado in the fourth, over seven shutout innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

He got two ground outs and a line out in a 1-2-3 first.

He struck out Brian McCann and Derrek Lee as he set Atlanta down in order in the second.

He struck out Alex Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel in a 1-2-3 third.

He got the first two in the fourth before Prado doubled to the gap in right center. Oswalt got McCann on a ground ball to first to leave Prado at second.

He got three fly balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out Ankiel and the pitcher Tommy Hanson as the Braves went in order in the sixth.

He walked Brian McCann on five pitches with two outs in the seventh. Lee struck out swinging 3-2 to leave McCann at first.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the game still scoreless. He was pitching for the second straight day and threw 11 pitches in the game. He has made 31 appearances for the Phillies since the start of August and allowed two earned runs.

I don’t think there is any question that Madson has been overused. The Phils have clearly benefited from the way he has been used in the short term. The thing that’s left to see is if it’s going to cost them if they make the post-season.

Lidge started the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Lefty Freddie Freeman hit for the pitcher Jonny Venters and flew to right for the first out. Lidge got Omar Infante to fly to center for the second before he walked Jason Heyward on five pitches. Heyward stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position for Prado, but Prado flew to Werth in right to end the game.

Lidge was also throwing for the second straight day. He threw 19 pitches in the game. That’s 23 appearances for him since the start of August with an 0.83 ERA.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tommy Hanson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Nothing new there with Valdez playing short for the sidelined Rollins, Ruiz seventh and Victorino in the leadoff spot.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Werth walked with one out in the second. Ibanez flew to center for the second out. With Ruiz at the plate, Werth stole second and took third when McCann threw the ball into center field for an error. Ruiz flew softly to right field for the third out.

Second time in the series that McCann made an awful throw. This time it didn’t cost Atlanta like it did when Prado didn’t handle the throw on Utley’s steal in game one.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Hanson hit Utley with a pitch with one out in the fourth. Howard flew to left and Werth struck out to leave him stranded.

Ibanez grounded to second to start the fifth. Ruiz was next and hit a ball into the gap in left center. McLouth made a floundering slide of an effort and didn’t come up with the ball. Ruiz had a double. Valdez followed that with a walk and Oswalt bunted the runners to second and third with the second out. Victorino quickly got behind 0-2 and struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Big at-bat for Victorino after going 0-for-5 and leaving seven men on base the day before.

Utley singled to right with one out in the sixth and stole second as Howard struck out for the second out. Werth walked, putting two men on for Ibanez, but Ibanez grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz started the seventh with a single and Valdez bunted him to second. With the righty Peter Moylan on the mound for the Braves, Dobbs hit for Oswalt. Righty Craig Kimbrel took over for Moylan and struck Dobbs out looking 2-2 for the second out. With Victorino at the plate, Kimbrel delivered a pitch in the dirt that went through McCann’s legs. Ruiz took off for third, but the ball bounced off the backstop and right back to McCann. McCann threw to third and Ruiz would have been out, but Prado dropped the ball. Victorino went on to walk, putting men on first and third with two down for Polanco. Polanco got ahead 2-0 and lofted a high foul ball down the first base line. Infante made a long run and a sliding effort, catching the ball against the fence of the stands for the third out.

The Braves played miserable defense in the series, but that was a huge play by Infante at a huge time. The Braves need to do what they can to take McCann-throws-to-Prado out of their playbook.

Venters started the eighth and hit Utley with a pitch, but Howard hit into a double-play behind Utley. Werth drew a walk and it brought Ibanez to the plate. Ibanez lofted a 2-0 pitch down the left field line that landed (maybe) on the chalk in the corner. McLouth fielded it cleanly and quickly, but his throw was a lollipop over the head of his cutoff man Gonzalez. Prado had to take the throw and relayed home, but it was too late. Werth slid in ahead of the tag and the Phils were up 1-0. Ruiz was hit by a pitch before Valdez grounded to third to end the inning.

There’s that miserable defense from the Braves again. Ibanez again does it and again against a lefty. This double off of Venters last night after he ripped a double into the right field corner off of Mike Dunn to put the Phils ahead to stay in game two. Ibanez had also doubled off of the lefty Minor earlier in game two. He’s hitting 360/407/640 against lefties in September in 25 at-bats.

Second time in the game that Utley was hit by a pitch.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk last night. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 262/328/432. He was due to slow down, it’s just a question of how much and for how long.

Polanco 0-for-4 in the game. 2-for-11 with two walks in the series. 293/337/388 for the year. No extra-base hits in his last seven games. He’s hitting 219/286/272 over his last 127 plate appearances.

The Phillies sweep the series despite having their one and two hitters combine to go 3-for-23 (.130) with three singles and three walks.

Utley was 1-for-2 and was twice hit by a pitch. 4-for-11 in the series with four singles. 279/392/452 on the year. 346/460/543 over his last 22 games and 100 plate appearances. 311/425/500 at home for the season and 245/354/399 on the road. He has better numbers at home than on the road for his career, but not that much better.

Howard was 0-for-4, struck out twice and hit into a double-play after Utley was hit by a pitch in the eighth. He didn’t draw a walk in the game for the first time since September 12. September 12 was a long time ago. He was 2-for-10 with a double and three walks in the series. 278/353/512 on the year. 228/343/456 over 134 plate appearances since returning from the DL. .228?

Werth 0-for-1 with three walks. 3-for-8 with a home run and five walks in the series. 293/386/524 for the year. 12-for-his-last-33 with five home runs and seven walks.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-12 with three doubles in the series. 274/352/445 for the season.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with a double. 3-for-10 with a walk and two doubles in the set. 299/400/444 for the year. Among the 22 NL players who have at least 200 plate appearances as a catcher, Ruiz has the best on-base percentage and third-best OPS.

Valdez was 0-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-8 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 302/362/362 over his last 128 plate appearances.

The Phils are off today and play the Mets tomorrow night.

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Twenty, no questions

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about which of the three outstanding starting pitchers might get the call for the team in game one of a critical series? I don’t. If all three are healthy and on normal rest and the Phillies give the ball to anyone other than Roy Halladay, I will be stunned.

Last night, Halladay became the first right-handed pitcher to win twenty games for the Phillies since Robin Roberts did it in 1955. Halladay wasn’t great, but he went seven innings and held Atlanta to three runs. The Phils squandered a ton of opportunities and left an army on base, but they got two big swings in the game, the back of the bullpen held and they came out with a 5-3 win. Werth put them up 3-0 with a three-run shot in the third and Ibanez delivered a two-out, two-run double into the right field corner in the sixth. Halladay, Madson and Lidge did the rest.

The Phillies are 91-61 on the season after beating the Atlanta Braves 5-3 last night. They have won nine in a row and lead the NL East by five games. The second-place Braves are a game ahead of the Padres for the Wild Card.

Halladay got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out three. It’s his sixth start in a row in which he has allowed three earned runs or more. Over those starts he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA and allowed ten home runs in 41 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .294 against him

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Derrek Lee singled to right with one out in the second, but Halladay struck Nate McLouth out swinging for the second out and got Alex Gonzalez to ground to short.

Rick Ankiel started the third with a single, but the pitcher Mike Minor hit into a double-play behind him with Valdez taking the feed from Utley and 360-ing before throwing to first. Omar Infante lined an 0-2 pitch into right for a single before Jason Heyward flew to right for the third out.

The Phils were up 3-0 when Halladay started the fourth. Martin Prado led off with a walk, but Halladay got the next three batters to keep Atlanta off the board.

Gonzalez lofted a ball near the right field foul line that Werth couldn’t reach to start the fifth. The ball got away from Werth and Utley had to track it down and Gonzalez had a double. Ankiel was next and he moved Gonzalez to third with a single to right. Lefty Eric Hinkse hit for the pitcher and he hit a ground ball near second. Utley fielded and flipped with the glove hand to second for the first out as Ankiel slid hard into Valdez. Valdez’s throw to first hit Ankiel in the left hand, so the Phils only got one out. Gonzalez scored on the play to cut the lead to 3-1 and Infante came to the plate with one out and Hinske on first. Halladay got Infante to fly to right for the second out and struck Heyward out looking to end the frame.

The Phils thought Ankiel went too far out of the base path to slide into Valdez. Looked okay to me.

Prado led off the sixth with a single and came around to score when Brian McCann followed with a double to center. 3-2. Lee hit a fly ball to center for the first out. McCann tried to tag and go to third, but Victorino made a nice throw that beat him easily for the second out. McLouth grounded to Halladay for the third out.

Halladay started the seventh up 5-2. He got the first two before lefty Freddie Freeman hit for the pitcher Peter Moylan. Freeman absolutely crushed the first pitch he saw from Halladay out to right center, cutting the lead to 5-3. Halladay struck Infante out to end the frame.

I think chances are good you’ll be seeing that Freeman guy again at some point. That’s career home run number one, but there are a lot more coming.

Madson pitched the eighth. Heyward walked to start the inning, but Madson struck out Prado and got McCann to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson hasn’t been charged with a run in 10 2/3 innings over his last 11 appearances. Since July 29 he has thrown 31 innings with an 0.58 ERA and an 0.87 ratio and 41 strikeouts. Going back to April 24 he has a 1.49 ERA and has allowed one home run to the 170 batters he has faced.

Lidge pitched the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Lee. It brought McLouth to the plate as the tying run. Lidge struck out McLouth and got Gonzalez on a fly ball to center. Ankiel popped to short to end the game.

Lidge has an 0.87 ERA and an 0.73 ratio since the start of August. In 20 2/3 innings he has struck out 22. He was throwing for the second day in a row and threw 17 pitches in the game. Madson threw 12 on two days rest.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mike Minor went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. That’s the same lineup they used in game one of the series.

Utley and Howard singled back-to-back with two outs in the first, putting men on first and second for Werth. Werth popped to third to leave both men stranded.

Valdez and Halladay singled back-to-back with two outs in the second, putting men on first and second. Valdez stole third before Victorino grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco led off the third with a walk and moved to second when Utley followed with a single to right. Howard flew to right for the first out before Werth blasted a 2-1 pitch out to left center, putting the Phils up 3-0. Ibanez followed with a double and the righty Christhian Martinez walked Ruiz intentionally. Valdez hit a ball to third that Prado didn’t handle, loading the bases with one down. Halladay struck out on three pitches and Victorino struck out swinging 1-2 to leave the runners stranded.

Second error in two games for Prado after he failed to handle the ball at second base on Utley’s steal in game one.

Polanco started the fourth with a single. Utley and Howard went down behind him before Werth moved him to second with a walk. Ibanez grounded to second for the third out.

It was 3-1 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Ruiz flew to center for the first out before Valdez hit a ball that the pitcher Kyle Farnsworth fielded. Farnsworth’s throw was bad, though, and Valdez was safe on an error for the second time in two at-bats. Halladay struck out and Victorino grounded to second to end the inning.

Howard walked with two outs in the sixth and the lead cut to 3-2. He moved to third when Werth singled off the wall in left. Ibanez hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field corner and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 5-2. Ruiz grounded to second to leave Ruiz stranded.

Huge two out hit for Ibanez. Howard continues to walk and walk.

Valdez singled to start the seventh with the lead cut to 5-3. With righty Craig Kimbrel on the mound for the Braves, Gload hit for Halladay. Valdez took second on a passed ball before Gload struck out swinging for the first out. Victorino was next and lined a ball to second. Valdez was caught off base and doubled-up to end the inning.

Polanco singled to start the eighth. Utley and Howard struck out behind him before Werth grounded to second.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left seven men on base. He’s 1-for-13 without a walk in his last three games. Rut roh.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-11 with two walks. He is slugging .331 over his last 264 plate appearances with 13 extra-base hits (12 doubles and a triple).

Utley 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk. He has at least one walk in eight straight games. In four of those games he walked more than once and on-based .541.

Werth was 2-for-4 with a walk and a three-run homer. Over his last eight games he’s 12-for-36 with five home runs and four walks. Get it? The thing where Howard always walks before Werth homers is good for everyone. You get more points that way.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. His two-out double in the sixth was huge. 434/492/755 over his last 59 plate appearances has raised his line on the year from 256/337/409 at the end of the first game of the September 1 double-header to 274/352/444. He hit 213/267/350 against lefties in the first half of the season and has hit 264/319/443 against them so far in the second. In September he’s 8-for-24 against them with three doubles and a home run (333/385/583).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 359/479/590 over his last 12 games.

Valdez 2-for-4 with a nifty little twirly thing in the third and a less nifty throw-it-off-of-Rick-Ankiel’s-arm-and-into-the-dugout thing in the fifth. 348/400/485 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90) faces righty Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62) tonight. The Phillies have won nine games that Oswalt has started in a row. In those outings he’s gone 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA and opponents have hit .187 against him. Hanson has made two starts against the Phils this season, but both came early in the year. On April 20 he allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings and on May 31 he allowed a run on three hits over 6 2/3.

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Sweet September

It’s been quite a month for the Phillies. After winning seven in a row they are 15-3 in September and have outscored their opponents by an average of two runs a game — in their 18 games this month they have scored 109 runs (6.06 per game) and allowed 73 (4.06 per game).

Yesterday the Phils put four runs on the board in a flash in the bottom of the ninth. Down 6-3 to start the inning, Polanco singled and Utley doubled before Howard brought them both home with a two-run single. Werth smashed a long home run to center to give the Phils the walkoff win.

If they had gotten to Ibanez you would have to have liked his chances as well. Ibanez was 7-for-11 with a walk in the series and hitting 375/437/609 so far this month. The middle of the order was a wrecking crew against the Nats this weekend. All four of Utley, Howard, Werth and Ibanez hit over .330 in the series. The four combined to go 20-for-44 (.455) with five home runs.

The Phillies are 89-61 on the season after beating the Washington Nationals 7-6 yesterday afternoon. With the win the Phils complete the three-game sweep in which they outscored Washington 21-9. Atlanta swept the Mets this weekend and the Phils are three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. Atlanta leads the Padres by 2 1/2 games for the Wild Card.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out eight and has allowed 15 runs in 22 2/3 innings over his last four starts.

He got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first and another in a 1-2-3 second.

Willie Harris led off the third and homered to right, putting the Nats up 1-0. Ivan Rodriguez followed that with a single and the pitcher Yunesky Maya struck out trying to bunt him to second for the first out. Blanton struck Danny Espinoza out swinging for the second out and got Ian Desmond to ground to Utley for the third.

Adam Dunn singled with one out in the fourth. Blanton struck Roger Bernadina out swinging for the second out as Dunn was thrown out trying to steal second to end the frame.

The Phils were up 2-1 when Blanton started the fifth. Michael Morse led off with a single to right. Blanton struck Harris out behind him for the first out before Rodriguez moved Morse to second with a single to right. Maya bunted the ball hard to first. Howard fielded and threw to third to get Morse for the second out and Blanton struck Espinosa out swinging to leave the runners at first and second.

Great no-throw-the-ball-into-the-stands by Howard. Second time in the game that Maya couldn’t bunt the runners over.

Blanton started the sixth with a 3-1 lead. Ian Desmond led off with a single and Ryan Zimmerman flew to left behind him for the first out. Desmond stole second before Dunn drew a walk on a close 3-2 pitch. Bernadina popped to short for the second out and it brought Morse to the plate with two down and men on first and second. Blanton got ahead 1-2, but then threw two straight balls and Morse hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for a three-run homer that put Washington on top 4-3. Harris grounded to first for the third out.

Baez pitched the seventh and got the first two hitters before Espinosa homered to left, extending the lead to 5-3. Desmond flew to Werth, who had taken over for Victorino after Victorino was ejected, for the third out.

For Baez it was the first time he has been charged with a run in his last five appearances.

Romero started the eighth. He got the first two hitters before Bernadina doubled to left. Romero walked the righty Morse intentionally to put men on first and second for Harris. Harris lined a single to left, scoring Bernadina (6-3) and Morse took second. Contreras came in to pitch to the righty Rodriguez and got him on a fly ball to right for the third out.

For Romero it was the first time he was charged with a run in his last ten games.

Worley pitched the ninth. He allowed a two-out single to Desmond, but struck Zimmerman out to leave Desmond stranded.

The Phillies lineup against righty Yunesky Maya went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Schneider catches the day game with Valdez at short and Victorino hitting leadoff.

Utley singled with two outs and Howard was walked intentionally behind him. Werth grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

Ibanez started the second with a walk and was balked to second. Schneider reached on an infield single and Ibanez took third. Valdez popped to short for the first out. Blanton tried to bunt and struck out for the second. Victorino flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Nothing for the Phils with men on first and third and nobody out. Valdez comes up empty with nobody out and a man on third.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the third.

Werth and Ibanez singled back-to-back to start the fourth. It put men on first and third for Schneider and he cleared the bases with a double to center, putting the Phils up 2-1. Valdez fouled out to first, Blanton flew to center and Victorino popped to short to leave Schneider at second.

Again 8-9-1 in the order don’t have any luck moving the runner along.

Polanco started the fifth and was hit by a pitch. Utley flew to right for the first out and Polanco stole second as Howard struck out for the second. Werth lined a two-out single into left and Polanco scored to put the Phils up 3-1. Ibanez moved Werth to second with a single and the Phils pulled off a double steal that put runners on second and third for Schneider with two down. Schneider struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.

Down 4-3, the Phils went in order in the sixth. Dobbs hit for Blanton and popped to second for the second out. Victorino struck out for the third out, slammed his helmet and was ejected from the game. Francisco went in to play right with Werth moving to center.

Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back to start the seventh with the Phils down 5-3. It put men on first and second, but Howard and Werth both struck out and Ibanez lined to second.

The Phils were down 6-3 when Schneider started the eighth with a single. Valdez popped to first for the first out, Francisco popped to second for the second. Gload hit for Contreras and struck out to leave Schneider at first.

Polanco singled to start the ninth and went to third on a double by Utley. Howard singled into center and the lead was cut to 6-5. Werth hit a 3-2 pitch out to center to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

Victorino 0-for-4 in the game. 3-for-11 with three walks and an RBI in the series. 266/332/440 for the year. 389/459/537 over his last 61 plate appearances.

Polanco 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-14 in the series. 226/291/290 over his last 21 games. 298/337/392 for the year.

Utley 3-for-5 with a double. 4-for-11 with a double and two walks in the series. 277/390/454 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 3-for-9 with a home run and four walks in the series. He has walked 11 times in his last 28 plate appearances and is hitting 280/353/517 for the year.

Werth 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. 6-for-13 with three home runs and six RBI in the series. He has homered three days in a row. 292/381/521 for the year.

Ibanez 2-for-3 with a walk. 7-for-11 with a home run and a walk in the series. 467/529/800 over his last 51 plate appearances. 274/354/444 on the season.

Schneider 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI yesterday in his only action in the series. 7-for-his-last-14 with three walks, a double, a home run and five RBI. 241/338/397 on the year.

Valdez 0-for-4 and left four men left on base. 4-for-12 with two doubles in the set. 256/293/360 on the year.

Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01) faces righty Jair Jurrjens (7-6, 4.64) tonight. Hamels has allowed one run over 28 2/3 innings in his last four starts. He threw a season-high 127 pitches in his last outing. Jurrjens hasn’t fared well in either of his last two starts, allowing 11 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting 294/371/503 against him and righties 250/301/423. He has a 3.51 ERA in his ten starts at home and a 5.81 ERA in his ten starts on the road.

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Fevered pitchers

The Phils didn’t get a whole lot of offense last night, but they don’t need much to win these days. Cole Hamels gave the team its third fantastic start in a row as the Phils won for the sixth time in seven games.

Hamels struck out 13 while holding the Fish to a run over 6 2/3 innings and throwing 127 pitches. Since the start of August, the Phillies have gone 26-7 in the games started by their top four starters (Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton). In those 33 games the four have combined to throw to a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 ratio while striking out 217 in 226 2/3 innings.

The back of the pen is faring rather well itself. Madson and Lidge combined to throw two more scoreless innings last night. Since the start of August they have combined to appear in 45 games, allowing three earned runs in 44 1/3 innings (0.61 ERA).

The little offense the Phils did get in the game came with a big assist from Shane Victorino, who continues to impress at the top of the order. Last night he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk and scored both of the runs the Phils plated in the game. He led off the game with a single in the first and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double. He started the fifth with a double of his own and came in to score on a Jayson Werth ground out four batters later.

The Phillies are 85-61 on the season after beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 last night. They have extended their lead in the NL East to two games over the Braves. Atlanta is a game and a half ahead of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. All five of the hits were singles and he struck out 13. Thirteen strikeouts is his high for the season. He also struck out 13 Florida batters on June 11, 2008.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single. Logan Morrison was next and hit a ground ball to first with Howard throwing to Valdez to force Bonifacio at second for the first out. Hanley Ramirez singled into right and Bonifacio moved to third. Dan Uggla was next and he hit a ball in-between first and second that rolled slowly until Utley got to it on the grass in shallow right field. Morrison scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Ramirez took second. Gaby Sanchez flew to right for the second out and Mike Stanton struck out looking to end the inning.

Hamels allowed three singles in the inning. The ones hit by Uggla and Bonifacio were softly hit. Over the next 5 2/3 innings he would allow two singles and two walks while striking out 12.

The pitcher Adalberto Mendez singled with two outs in the second. Hamels got Bonifacio on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Uggla walked with two outs in the third and Hamels hit Morrison behind him. He struck Stanton out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

He struck out Wes Helms, Brad Davis and the pitcher Mendez in the fourth.

The Phils led 2-1 when he pitched the fifth. Morrison singled with one out, but Hamels got Ramirez on a pop to second and Uggla on a fly ball to center to leave him there.

He struck out Sanchez and Stanton to start the sixth before hitting Helms with a pitch. Davis struck out swinging to leave Helms at first.

He struck out pinch-hitter Hector Luna and Bonifacio to start the seventh before Morrison drew a walk. With the Phils still up 2-1 and Hamels having thrown 127 pitches, the Phils brought Durbin in to pitch to the right Ramirez. Durbin got Ramirez to line to short for the third out.

That’s four appearances in a row for Durbin in which he hasn’t been charged with a run, but he’s thrown just 1 2/3 innings in those appearances and faced just seven batters.

Madson started the eighth and Uggla led off with a single. Madson set Sanchez down on a pop up to second and struck Stanton out. It left Uggla on first with two down for lefty Chad Tracy, who pinch-hit for the righty Helms. Tracy drew a walk, but Madson got Davis on a ground ball to Utley to leave both men stranded.

Since July 9, Madson has appeared in 37 games for the Phils. In those games he’s thrown 36 1/3 innings with a 1.24 ERA and an 0.80 ratio and struck out 44. He has faced 141 batters and they have hit 171/230/225 against him.

Lidge was on in the ninth to protect a one-run lead. Lefty Scott Cousins hit for the pitcher and grounded back to the mound for the first out. Bonifacio fouled out to Ruiz and Morrison flew to center to end the game.

Lidge was pitching for the first time since September 6. He has allowed one earned run in 17 1/3 innings over his last 18 games (0.52 ERA) while striking out 18. Through July 31 he had faced 97 batters and allowed five home runs. Since July 31 he has not allowed a home run to the 64 batters that he has faced.

The Phillies lineup against righty Adalberto Mendez went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. No changes there with Rollins sidelined, Valdez at short and Victorino hitting leadoff.

Victorino started the game with a single and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double to the gap in left-center. 1-0. Utley flew to center before Howard hit a ball that Uggla fielded in short right field. Uggla made a great play, nipping Howard to take away a hit as Polanco went to third. Werth drew a walk to put men on first and third, but Ibanez grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Hamels singled to center with two outs in the second and the score tied at 1-1. Victorino flew to center to leave him there.

Utley and Howard walked back-to-back with one out in the third. Werth flew to right for the second out with Utley tagging and moving up to third. Ibanez flew to right to leave two more runners stranded.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the fourth, but Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Hamels grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino started the fifth with a double to right. Polanco walked behind him before Utley flew to right for the first out. Victorino and Polanco pulled off a double steal, but Howard walked anyway and the bases were loaded. Werth was next and chopped a ball to third. Helms fielded and went to first for the second out with everyone else moving up a base and Victorino scoring to put the Phils up 2-1. Righty Burke Badenhop walked Ibanez intentionally to load the bases and then struck Ruiz out to end the frame.

Valdez started the sixth with a single and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino walked before Polanco flew to right for the second out. Utley grounded back to the pitcher to leave both men stranded.

Howard, Werth and Ibanez went in order in the seventh.

Valdez walked with one out in the eighth. Gload hit for Durbin and hit into a double-play.

Valdez 14, Moyer three in the walk competition. Moyer is going to have to get hot to Valdez is on-basing .360 over his last 25 plate appearances.

Utley walked with two outs in the ninth. He stole second and Howard was walked intentionally, allowing righty Clay Hensley to face the righty Werth. Hensley struck Werth out swinging for the third out.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the game. He scored both of the Phillie runs. 432/488/595 over his last eight games.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s 5-for-his-last-27.

Utley was 0-for-3, walked twice and left five men on base.

Howard 0-for-2 with three walks. He had a hit and an RBI stolen from him in the first. He’s 3-for-14 since homering three days in a row.

Werth was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 2-for-his-last-16 with a walk.

Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk and four men left on base.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a walk. Rollins left the game on September 8 and Valdez took over at short. Since then he has gone 7-for-23 with two doubles and a walk (304/360/391).

Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44) faces righty Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82) tonight. Halladay has gone at least seven innings in ten straight starts and the Phils are 8-2 in those games. He has waked 28 batters in 228 2/3 innings on the season. Sosa will be making his first start since 2007. Lefties have hit 286/372/571 against him for the season.

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