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Eight is only usually enough

The Phils rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth last night to beat the Brewers 7-6. For the Phillies it was their first win this season in a game they trailed after eight innings.

Halladay made his second start since coming off the DL and struggled, allowing six runs in the first four innings. The Phils trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. They scratched out a run on a passed ball in the seventh to get within three. In the bottom of the ninth, they feasted on Francisco Rodriguez, scoring four times on three hits and three walks.

The Phillies walked nine times in the game.

For the second straight game, the Phillies got outstanding work from their bullpen and won late by a single run. Joe Savery got career win number one last night as Savery, Schwimer and Diekman combined to toss three shutout frames. Over the last two games, the bullpen has thrown seven innings without being charged with a run.

The Phillies are 43-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 last night. The Phils remain in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the Nationals.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out three.

In two starts since his return, Halladay has allowed eight runs in 11 innings. Opponents have hit .302 against him. In his last four starts overall he has an 8.05 ERA.

Norichika Aoki was the first batter of the game and grounded to Utley for the first out. Halladay hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch and Gomez stole second before Ryan Braun grounded to short for the second out. Aramis Ramirez was next, though, and he doubled to right, scoring Gomez to put the Brewers up 1-0. Corey Hart followed and lined a single into left. Ramirez scored. 2-0. Halladay struck Rickie Weeks out swinging to leave Hart at first.

It was 2-2 when Halladay started the second. George Kottarras led off and Halladay walked him. Cesar Izturis was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard fielded and threw to second where Kottarras was forced for the first out. The pitcher Randy Wolf bunted Izturis to second with the second out, but Halladay struck Aoki out to leave Izturis at second.

Gomez led off the second with a single and stole second. Braun was next and singled into right on a ball deflected by Howard, scoring Gomez to make it 3-2. Halladay got the next two with Braun moving up to second when Hart went down on a ball Halladay handled himself for the second out. Braun stole third before Halladay struck out Weeks to leave him stranded.

Wolf and Aoki singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, bringing Gomez to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Gomez hit Halladay’s first pitch down the left field line and off the foul pole for a three-run homer. 6-2. Braun grounded to short for the third out.

Brewers get three in the frame despite having nobody on base, no runs and the pitcher coming up.

Ramirez singled to right to start the fifth. Halladay got the next two before picking Ramirez off of first with Howard throwing to Rollins to apply the tag.

Second time in the game that a Howard throw ends with an assist rather than E3 and people chasing the ball around in left field. Maybe it’s the dawn of a new era.

Halladay set Milwaukee down in order in the sixth.

Schwimer started the seventh. He walked Gomez with one out, but Ruiz threw Gomez out trying to steal second for the second out. Schwimer struck Braun out swinging 1-2 to set the Brewers down.

Schwimer has been charged with a run in just one of his last 12 appearances. He has a 2.35 ERA with a 1.24 ratio in 15 1/3 innings over his last 16 appearances.

Diekman started the eighth with the Phils down 6-3. He walked Weeks with two outs and the righty Martin Maldonado hit for the lefty Kottarras. Maldonado struck out looking to leave Weeks at first.

Diekman has a 7.94 ERA in July and has been charged with at least one run in three of his last five outings. For the year he has walked 15 in 20 2/3 innings.

Savery pitched the ninth and set Milwaukee down in order. Righty Cody Ransom hit for the pitcher John Axford and struck out for the second out.

First career win for Savery. He was pitching for the first time since being called up on July 13. Golly. That’s kind of a long time. He didn’t exactly make a good impression with the Phils in his previous stint, allowing nine earned runs in 5 1/3 innings over his final three outings.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two walks but no hits.

Diekman threw 21 pitches, Schwimer 16 and Savery 14.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Randy Wolf went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Pence (7) Wigginton (8) Mayberry. Utley and Howard both play against the lefty. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third and Mayberry at first.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Rollins fouled out to first for the first out and Victorino struck out for the second, but Utley was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 2-1. Howard was next and hit a 1-0 pitch the opposite way for what was reviewed and eventually ruled another home run. 2-2. Ruiz walked before Pence struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Victorino struck out swinging 3-2. He tried to hold his swing 3-2 and it looked like the ball hit him, but he was called out on strikes for the second out. He left the game and Pierre came in to play left in the top of the second. Mayberry moved over to center.

Mayberry singled to right with one out and Halladay bunted him to second with the second out. Rollins lined to short to leave Mayberry at second.

Howard doubled to center with two outs in the third and the Phils down 3-2. Ruiz walked behind him to put two men on for Pence, but Pence grounded to short for the third out.

Howard 2-for-2 against the lefty with a double and a homer. The righty Pence still awful against lefties for the year — 0-for-2 with three men left on base through three innings.

The Phils were down 6-2 when they hit in the fourth. Mayberry doubled with one out, but Halladay struck out looking and Rollins flew to right to leave him stranded.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Ruiz flew to center to leave Utley at first.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Rollins and Pierre were walked back-to-back by lefty Manny Parra with one out in the seventh. They pulled off a double-steal before a walk to Utley loaded the bases. With Howard at the plate, a passed ball allowed Rollins to score, cutting the lead to 6-3 with men on second and third. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty John Axford came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck him out to end the inning.

One run for the Phils after loading the bases with one out. Howard strikes out looking for the second out with men on second and third.

Axford set Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

Righty Francisco Rodriguez started the ninth for Milwaukee. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the first out. Rollins followed with a walk and moved to third when Pierre singled to right. Pierre stole second before Utley walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard took two quick strikes on breaking balls, putting him behind in the count 0-2. For reasons unknown, Rodriguez threw a fastball over the plate and Howard singled into center, scoring Rollins and Pierre and cutting the lead to 6-5 with men on first and third. Ruiz lined a 1-1 pitch into left. Utley scored (6-6) and Howard moved up to second. Pence walked, loading the bases. Kratz ran for Howard at third. Wigginton took ball one then lined the 1-0 pitch to left. Braun took it moving to his right. He didn’t have much time to set his feet and his throw home was up the third base line. Kratz slid in safe to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

They sure stuck with Rodriguez a long time. He allowed three hits and three walks in the frame.

The 0-2 pitch to Howard was a surprise. Not running for Howard when he was the winning run on second and then running for him when he moved up to third didn’t make a lot of sense to me at the time. I thought Braun made a pretty good throw given the circumstances. Kratz would have been out if his thrown was on line. Howard might have been out on the throw Braun did get had he been trying to score on the play. Worked out well for the Phils.

Rollins was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He’s hitting .211 over his last 108 plate appearances.

Victorino 0-for-1 with a strikeout. He says he hopes to be able to play today.

Utley 1-for-2 with three walks and a homer. 8-for-his-last-30 with six walks, a triple and two home runs (267/405/533).

Howard 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. 5-for-his-last-16 with three home runs.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.

Pence 0-for-4 with a walk. 8-for-his-last-54 (.148) with seven singles and a home run. 233/303/433 against lefties for the season.

Wigginton was 0-for-4 and won the game with his RBI sac fly in the ninth. 0-for-his-last-15. 159/222/280 over his last 90 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-his-last-8 with three extra-base hits. Continues to do everything except walk against left-handed pitching — 284/288/569 for the year against lefties. He has not drawn a walk this season in 104 plate appearances against lefties.

Lee (1-6, 3.72) faces righty Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) tonight. Lee has a 2.05 ERA in his three starts in July. The Phillies are 1-7 in his last eight starts and 4-12 in his appearances for the year. Greinke has a 9.00 ERA and a 1.86 ratio over his last four starts. He recently started three straight Brewers’s games in a row — the first he was ejected after four pitches, the next day he threw three innings before the All-Star break and then he started the first game after the break.


Phils leave fewer than one might hope willing to question their fake toughness after loss to the Twins

Lots of fans hoping the Phils snap out of it these days, but it didn’t happen last night in Minnesota as the weak-hitting Twins hammered away at Phillie pitching for an 11-7 win.

The starting pitching continued to struggle for the Phils. Kyle Kendrick allowed home runs in each of the first two innings on his way to allowing six runs over four frames in the game.

Over the last 23 games, the Phillies have made eight quality starts. In those games the rotation has thrown to a 5.62 ERA with a 1.45 ratio and the Phils are 8-15.

The bullpen was almost as bad as Kendrick last night, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings as Savery and Rosenberg were both hit hard.

The Twins had 17 hits in eight innings in the game. The Phillies used five pitchers in the game and the first four of them all allowed two or more hits per inning in their outing.

The loss drops the Phils to five games under .500 for the year. On May 8, 2007, the Phillies lost to Arizona 3-2 to fall to 14-19 on the year. That’s the last time they were five games under .500.

All in all, the Phils picked a queer time to unveil their equally odd “Fake Tough” t-shirts before the game, a reference to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo’s comments after Hamels drilled Bryce Harper on May 6. The Phillies have gone 15-19 since that game while the first place Nats are 19-13.

The Phillies are 29-34 on the year after losing 11-7 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost three in a row and nine of their last ten. They are in last place in the NL East, 9 1/2 games behind Washington.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out two. Over his last two starts he has allowed 11 runs in 9 2/3 innings.

Denard Span led off the bottom of the first and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, putting the Twins up 1-0. Kendrick got the next three.

Ryan Doumit singled with one out in the second. Trevor Plouffe was next and hit a ball way out to left. 3-0. Kendrick got Brian Dozier on a fly ball to left before Jamey Carroll singled to right. Span walked behind Carroll, putting runners on first and second for Ben Revere. Revere singled to right, scoring Carroll (4-0) and moving Span to third. Joe Mauer followed that with a single and everyone moved up another base. Span scored and it was 5-0. Josh Willingham popped to second to finally end the inning.

Justin Morneau doubled to left to start the third, but Kendrick got the next three hitters to leave him stranded.

The lead was cut to 5-4 when Kendrick started the fourth. He walked Span with one out, but struck Revere out looking behind him for the second. Mauer was next, though, and he doubled off the wall in center, scoring Span to make it 6-4. Willingham grounded to third for the third out.

Savery started the fifth. Ryan Doumit singled to right with one out and moved up to third when the ball was misplayed by Pence. Plouffe followed with a single into center on a ball deflected by a diving Rollins. Doumit scored to make it 7-4. Savery got Dozier swinging for the second out before Carroll doubled into the left field corner, scoring Plouffe to extend the lead to 8-4. Span fouled out to Ruiz for the third out.

The lead had been cut to 8-7 when Savery started the sixth. Revere led off with a single, but was picked off of first with Wigginton throwing to Rollins to record the out. Savery struck Mauer out swinging for the second out before Willingham blasted a 3-2 pitch out to left center, making it 9-7. Morneau grounded to short for the third out.

Savery goes two innings in the game, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks to raise his ERA to 4.12. He has been charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his last two appearances. Five is the most hits he has ever allowed in an appearance. Six of the last 13 batters he has faced have gotten hits (.462).

BJ Rosenberg started the seventh and got Doumit swinging for the first out before Plouffe doubled to center. Dozier struck out looking for the second out before Carroll singled into center, scoring Plouffe to make it 10-7. Diekman came in to pitch to Span and walked him, putting runners on first and second. Revere singled into right, scoring Carroll (11-7) and moving Span up to third. Mauer walked to load the bases, but Diekman got Willingham looking 0-2 to leave them loaded.

During Revere’s at-bat, Revere popped a foul near the stands. Fontenot was about to make the catch that would have ended the inning, but a young fan in Phillies gear reached out and caught the ball, taking the out that would have ended the inning away from the Phillies.

Rosenberg has now made two appearances with the Phils and both of them have been bad. He has allowed four runs over 1 2/3 innings.

Qualls pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out double to Doumit. Plouffe grounded out behind Doumit for the second out and Darin Mastroianni ran for Doumit at second. Dozier flew to center to end the inning.

Qualls has thrown three scoreless innings over two appearances since allowing four runs in a third of an inning against the Dodgers on June 7.

Overall the pen went four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks. Savery threw 37 pitches, Diekman 20 and Qualls 18.

The Phillies lineup against righty Nick Blackburn, who came into the start with a 7.75 ERA through eight outings on the year, went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Thome (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Fontenot (9) Martinez. Pierre in left against the righty. Thome at DH. Wigginton at first and Fontenot at third. Martinez plays second. Mayberry on the bench against a righty, which is something.

Rollins was the first batter of the game and singled to right. Pierre walked behind him, but Pence was next and grounded into a double-play. Thome grounded to short to leave Rollins at third.

Ruiz doubled to center with two outs in the top of the second and the Phils down 1-0. Fontenot grounded to second to leave him stranded.

The Phillies were down 5-0 when they hit in the third. Rollins doubled with one out and moved to third on a ground out by Pierre. Pence grounded to short to leave him at third.

Thome led off the fourth with a walk and took second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a ground out by Victorino. Wigginton was next and grounded to third for the second out. Thome came home to score to cut the lead to 5-1. Ruiz and Fontenot singled back-to-back, putting runners on first and second for Martinez. Martinez singled to right, scoring Ruiz (5-2) and moving Fontenot up to third for Rollins. Rollins cleared the bases with a bloop double just foul down the left field line. 5-4. Pierre grounded to second to leave Rollins stranded.

Victorino singled with two outs in the fifth and the Phils down 6-4. Wigginton grounded to short for the third out.

Lefty Brian Duensing walked Victorino to start the sixth with the Phillies down 8-4. Fontenot struck out before Martinez moved Victorino up to second with a single. Rollins followed with a single to left that loaded the bases for Pierre. Mayberry hit for Pierre and righty Alex Burnett came in to pitch to him. Mayberry got behind in the count, but grounded to third on a 1-2 pitch. Everyone moved up a base and Rollins scored to cut the lead to 8-5 with two outs and men on second and third. Pence walked to load the bases again, this time for Thome. Thome lined a single to left, scoring Martinez and Rollins and moving Pence to third with the score 8-7. Victorino flew to left to leave the runners on the corners.

Good no-strikeout by Mayberry after he gets behind in the count against the righty. Big hit for Thome.

The Phillies trailed 9-7 when they hit in the seventh with righty Jared Burton was on the mound for the Twins. Fontenot and Martinez singled back-to-back with two outs, putting runners on the corners for Rollins. Rollins popped to short for the third out.

They were down 11-7 when lefty Glen Perkins struck out Mayberry and Pence to start the eighth. Thome singled to left with two outs, but Victorino fouled out to the catcher to end the frame.

Righty Matt Capps set Wigginton, Ruiz and Fontenot down in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 4-for-5 in the game with two doubles and two RBI. That’s his first four-hit game of the year and first since September 17, 2011 against the Cardinals. He’s hitting 339/361/627 over his last 61 plate appearances.

Pierre was 0-for-2 with a walk. He’s 6-for-his-last-29 (.207).

Pence was 0-for-4 with a walk and an error. He came into the game 6-for-his-last-9. He’s hitting .289 over his last 38 at-bats, but without an extra-base hit.

Thome was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. In the first four games of his nine-game stint as a DH he has gone 8-for-17 with a walk, two doubles and a home run.

Victorino was 1-for-5 and left four men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-13. 234/308/406 over his last 215 plate appearances. 236/309/338 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Wigginton was 0-for-5 with an RBI. Clever defensive positioning by the Phils helps keep him off the error board. He’s 3-for-his-last-22.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s 6-for-his-last-30.

Fontenot was 2-for-5 with no errors at third. 261/320/391 over his last 25 plate appearances.

Martinez was 3-for-4 with three singles. He’s 4-for-9 with the Phillies so far this year.

Hamels (8-3, 2.93) faces righty PJ Walters (2-1, 4.42) tonight. Hamels threw to a 2.17 ERA through his first nine starts on the year. He’s allowed at least four runs in each of his last three, throwing to a 5.23 ERA in those outings overall. In each of his last two starts the Phillies lost the game after taking a three-run lead early in the game. Walters has made six starts on the year. He had a 2.96 ERA for the year after the first four but has allowed nine runs in 9 1/3 innings over his last two times out. He has walked way too many lefties this season, about 14.1% of the left-handed batters he has faced. Lefties are hitting .282 against him and on-basing .381.


Not so perfect ten

After winning the opener in their series in Baltimore, the Phillies dropped the next two, both in extra-innings, to lose the series.

Yesterday they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead with Cliff Lee on the mound and fell 5-4 in ten innings.

The defense was absolutely terrible in the set. The Phillies made five errors and have made eight over their last four games. In yesterday’s game, a Wigginton error in the bottom of the tenth put Adam Jones on base and Jones scored the game-winning run when the next batter, Matt Wieters, doubled off the wall in right.

Wigginton has made four errors over the last four games.

With the loss, the Phillies are eight games out of first place. They have lost ten more games than the first place Nationals.

The Phillies are 29-33 on the year after losing to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in ten innings yesterday afternoon. Baltimore wins the series two games to one.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.

Adam Jones and Matt Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners for Ronny Paulino. Paulino singled into left, scoring Jones to put Baltimore up 1-0 with men on first and second. Lee struck Mark Reynolds out looking to leave the runners stranded.

The ball hit by Wieters took a bad hop on Wigginton, who deflected the ball. Would have been a nice one to have.

Up 3-1, Lee set the O’s down in order in the second.

He struck out the side in the third, getting Robert Andino swinging, JJ Hardy looking and Jones swinging.

He started the fourth with a 4-1 lead. Wieters led off with a walk, but, thanks to a nice scoop by Luna at first, Lee got Paulino to hit into a double-play behind him. Reynolds followed that with a walk and moved to third when Steve Pearce doubled to left. Steve Tolleson hit a 1-2 pitch from Lee out to left for a three-run homer, tying the game at 4-4. Endy Chavez flew to right for the third out.

Big blow of the game comes from Tolleson, who delivers career home run number three way behind Lee in the count.

Jones and Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, but Lee struck Paulino out looking to leave them on the corners.

Lee struck out Pearce in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Schwimer started the seventh. Andino singled with one out. Hardy flew to center for the second out and Jones struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Schwimer was back for the eighth, striking Paulino and Reynolds both out looking while setting Baltimore down in order.

He pitched the ninth, too, walking Chavez with two outs but getting Paulino to pop to Luna to end the inning.

Fantastic job by Schwimer, who goes three shutout innings to drop his ERA on the year to 5.56. After being charged with runs in four of his first five appearances on the season, it was his fifth appearance in June and he’s allowed a run on two hits and two walks over five innings this month. Three innings ties him for the longest outing of his career. He also went three innings on August 21, 2011 in his first appearance with the Phils.

Savery started the tenth and got Hardy to pop to Rollins for the first out. Jones was next and reached on an error by Wigginton at third, putting a runner on first for Wieters. Wieters hit an 0-2 pitch high off the wall in right for a double, scoring Jones to give Baltimore a 5-4 win.

Savery goes just a third of an inning in the game with the run he allowed unearned due to the Wigginton error. It would have been better if Wieters hadn’t hit the ball off the wall, though. Savery came into the game having thrown 5 1/3 innings without been charged with a run over his last three outings.

Overall the pen went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out four.

Schwimer threw 42 pitches in the game and Savery 12.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Hammel went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Thome (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Wigginton (8) Luna (9) Martinez. Pierre in left against the righty with Thome at DH. Wigginton at third, Luna at first. The lefty Fontenot on the bench with the switch-hitter Martinez at second.

Pierre walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second when Pierre followed with a single. Thome was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Victorino, but Victorino popped out to third for the second out. Ruiz struck out swinging to leave the bases loaded.

No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out as Victorino pops out and Ruiz strikes out. Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one down.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Luna singled with one out, but Martinez flew to center behind him for the second. Rollins walked and Pierre singled on a softly hit ball deflected by the pitcher Hammel, loading the bases for Pence. Pence singled into center, scoring Luna and Rollins and moving Pierre up to second with the Phils on top 2-1. Thome followed that with a single the other way into left. Pierre scored and it was 3-1 with two down and men on first and second. Victorino walked, loading the bases again for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Again Ruiz goes down with the bases loaded to end the inning. Six men left on base through two innings.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Pierre singled with one out in the fourth and stole second before Pence walked. Thome hit a ball softly that Hammel handled, throwing to first for the first out while the runners moved up to second and third. Victorino walked again and again they were loaded for Ruiz. Pierre came home on a wild pitch, putting the Phils up 4-1, before Ruiz struck out to end the frame.

Great base running by Pierre to score on the wild pitch, which came with the count 0-2 on Ruiz. Close play at the plate. Again Ruiz can’t deliver the big hit with the bases loaded and two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Hammel set them down in order in the sixth, too. Tolleson made a nice play diving to his right to field a ball hit by Pence and then a strong throw to nail Pence at first for the third out.

Lefty Troy Patton started the seventh for Baltimore. He got the first two before Ruiz singled to left. Wigginton grounded to short for the third out.

Timing, Carlos. Timing.

Martinez singled off of Patton with one out in the eighth. Rollins was next and grounded to third for the second out with Martinez moving up to second. Pierre flew to left to leave Martinez there.

Righty Jim Johnson set the Phillies down in the ninth.

Righty Darren O’Day started the tenth and hit Ruiz to start the inning. Wigginton moved Ruiz up to second with a ground out before Luna flew to right for the second out. Fontenot hit for Martinez and flew to right to leave Pierre at second.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game and 1-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the three-game series. He’s on-basing .219 against left-handed pitching for the season. 240/291/341 on the year. He came into the series on-basing .301 for the year, which was the first time his on-base percentage had been above .300 since mid-April.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game and 5-for-14 with a walk and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 322/359/372 for the season. 377/400/472 over his last 56 plate appearances.

Pence was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 7-for-13 with a walk and seven singled in the series. 281/346/488 for the year. 375/409/525 so far in June.

Thome 1-for-4 with an RBI. He finally contributes in the series, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a home run. 242/324/394 on the year in 37 plate appearances. Coming into the series he was 2-for-20 with two singles for the season.

Victorino 0-for-3 with two walks. 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBI in the first game of the season. 1-for-8 with two walks in the last two games. 253/325/419 on the season. Rollins can’t hit lefties this year and Victorino can’t hit righties — Victorino is at 236/310/340 against right-handed pitching for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He left eight men on base in the game. 2-for-10 with an RBI in the series. 347/399/555 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-26 (.154) with four singles.

Wigginton was 0-for-5 and left two men on base. He made an error in the ninth that led to the unearned run that won the game for Baltimore. He has made four errors in the last four games. 2-for-14 with a double in the series. 262/332/407 on the year. 230/308/372 in 130 plate appearances since the start of May.

Luna was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. 3-for-9 with a walk and a home run in the series. 308/372/513 in 43 plate appearances so far this year.

Martinez was 1-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the series in his first action of the year with the Phils. We’ll be seeing him at third base before long if Wigginton doesn’t start to catch the ball.

The Phillies don’t play today.


California dreaming for the Phils proves to have a lot to do with scoring runs

After winning the first two games of their series with the Padres, the Phils were outscored 11-2 by San Diego in the last two games combined and dropped both.

In yesterday’s game they made three errors, which led to three unearned runs. In ten of the 16 games they have played this year, the Phillies have scored less than three runs. They’ve scored less than three in five of their last six, averaging 1.67 runs per game over those six games.

After 16 games, the Phillies have two players with an OPS better than .725 for the season. One of them is Cole Hamels, who is 2-for-6 with a double. The other is Wigginton, who is hitting 286/366/429. That’s a .794 OPS, which is 50th best among the 148 NL batters with at least 25 plate appearances. The Phils are 15th in the league in runs scored.

The Phillies are 7-9 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 6-1 yesterday. The teams split the four game series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, two triples and a home run.

After four appearances, three of which were starts, Blanton has a 4.34 ERA for the year. He has walked just three batters in 18 2/3 innings, but opponents have hit 303/333/513 against him.

Will Venable reached on a bunt single to start the bottom of the first. Mark Kotsay was next and hit a ball that Blanton mishandled for an error that put runners on first and second. Chase Headley was the next hitter and he lined a ball to right that Pence misplayed, freezing before the ball sailed over his head for a double. Venable scored (1-0) and Kotsay moved up to third. Nick Hundley was next and he hit a ball to left center field that Victorino handled for the second out. Kotsay tagged and scored (2-0), but Victorino made a strong and accurate throw to third and Headley was out trying to tag and move up to third. Yonder Alonso grounded to short for the third out.

Great throw by Victorino. Pence should have caught the ball hit by Headley.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Blanton started the third. He got the first two hitters before Cameron Maybin tripled to center. Blanton struck out Anthony Bass swinging to leave Maybin at third.

Blanton walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the third. Hundley was next and he tripled to right, scoring Headley to make it 3-1. Alonso followed and hit a ground ball to first that should have ended the inning. Thome fielded it cleanly, but his throw to Blanton covering first was way behind the pitcher for an error. Alonso went to second and Hundley scored, putting the Padres on top 4-1. Maybin grounded to short for the third out.

More bad defense for the Phils in the inning as Thome’s throwing error costs the team a run.

Blanton set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

He walked Headley with two outs in the fifth. Hundley was next and he blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left center for a two-run homer, making it 6-1. Alonso flew to right for the third out.

Maybin singled to start the sixth, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out. Bartlett grounded to third before Hudson singled into right. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Anthony Bass and Blanton got him on a fly ball to center to end the inning.

Savery pitched the seventh and kept the Padres off the board. He had to work around his own two-out error that allowed Headley to reach first, but got Hundley to ground to first and leave Headley stranded.

Savery was back to get three fly balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Two scoreless innings in the game for Savery, who allowed just one runner to reach base. That runner reached on an error. He’s been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over three appearances for the Phillies so far. He threw 22 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anthony Bass went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Thome (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third against the righty and Victorino hitting second. Thome plays first with Nix and Mayberry on the bench.

Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked, but was picked off of first for the first out. Victorino walked, too, putting a man on first for Rollins. Rollins hit a ball to first that Alonso didn’t handle for his first error of the play. The ball bounced out in front of him and he tried a blind backhand flip to first that was nowhere near the bag for another error that allowed Victorino to move up to third. Rollins stole second before Pence grounded to second with the runners holding for the second out. Thome struck out looking to end the frame with both runners stranded.

No runs for the Phils on two walks, a stolen base and two errors. No run after putting runners on second and third with one out as Pence can’t move the runners up. Pierre was probably safe on a close play when he was picked off, but not getting picked off would have helped the inning as well.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and the Phils down 2-0. Galvis was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled for the second out, with Ruiz moving up to second. Blanton drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre with two down. Pierre singled into right and Ruiz would have held third, but Venable didn’t field the ball cleanly. Ruiz scored, getting the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino grounded to first to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

No run for the Phils without the Venable error, so their only tally on the day is unearned. Pierre gets on base for the second time in two innings.

Rollins ripped a double to right to start the top of the third. Pence was next and grounded to third for the first out. Thome struck out looking for the second before Rollins stole third. Wigginton struck out swinging to leave him there.

No run for the Phils despite the leadoff double. Second bad at-bat of the game for Pence as he can’t move Rollins up to third with the first out. Second extra-base hit of the season for Rollins.

Down 4-1, the Phils went in order in the fourth.

They went in order in the fifth as well.

Thome and Wigginton walked back-to-back with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 6-1. Ruiz hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Joe Thatcher got Galvis to ground to second to start the seventh. Mayberry hit for Blanton and struck out swinging for the second out. Pierre reached on an infield single, but Luke Gregerson took over for Thatcher and struck out Victorino to leave Pierre on first.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the eighth, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him. Thome followed that with a single to right, raising his average for the year to .125 (2-for-16), and Wigginton moved Thome up to second with another single. Ruiz grounded to short to end the frame.

Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but no run. Rough day for Pence at the plate and in the field.

Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth for San Diego. Orr hit for Galvis and struck out for the first out. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the second before Pierre singled to center. Victorino went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled to end the game.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-16 with two walks and a triple in the four-game set. 326/354/370 for the year. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the series. Pierre notably started against a lefty in game three of the set. Mayberry is 7-for-40 with a double, no walks and 13 strikeouts for the season (175/175/200).

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and four men left on base. 4-for-15 with two walks and a home run in the series. 274/338/387 for the year. 0-for-his-last-8. 244/295/341 over his last 44 plate appearances.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 2-for-14 with two walks and a double in the series. 254/294/286 for the year. He’s 4-for-17 against lefties for the year with no walks and four singles (235/235/235).

Pence 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-16 in the series with a walk and five strikeouts, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the first game of the set and 0-for-13 over the next three games.

Thome 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 2-for-16 with two walks and nine strikeouts for the season. He has struck out in half of his 18 plate appearances.

Wigginton also 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 4-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. He also struck out five times. 286/366/429 for the season. He leads all Phillie hitters in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He’s second behind Pierre in batting average. Polanco didn’t play in the game but was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. He’s hitting 192/222/212 with one walk and one double in 52 plate appearances for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with four men left on base. 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the series. 273/306/409 on the year. 211/244/368 since going 4-for-6 to start the season. Schneider was 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-12 with a walk and two singles for the year.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 2-for-14 with a walk and two singles in the series. 212/241/327 for the season. His isolated power mark of .115 is better than Victorino (.113) and way better than Pierre (.043), Rollins (.032), Mayberry (.025) or Polanco (.019). This is not to say that Galvis’s isolated power of .115 is good, though. Of the 148 NL players with 25 plate appearances, his .115 is tied for 89th.

San Diego won Saturday’s game 5-1. Halladay walked four in the game, but still held the Padres to a pair of runs over seven innings before Stutes got banged around in the eighth. Stutes was charged with three runs in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 6.35. The Phillies had just three hits in the game, singles from Polanco and Halladay and a double by Wigginton. Against a left-handed starting pitcher, the lefty Pierre was in the leadoff spot and struggling righty John Mayberry on the bench. Pierre was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.

On Friday the Phils beat the Padres 4-1 behind outstanding pitching. Hamels allowed a run over six innings in the game and was backed by three scoreless innings from the pen (Contreras, Qualls and Papelbon all tossed a scoreless frame). Down 1-0 to start the seventh, the Phils scored three runs in the frame on a two-run single by Pierre and an RBI-single by Schneider. Victorino hit his second home run of the season in the eighth.

Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) faces lefty Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12) tonight in Arizona. Kendrick will be making his first start of the year, filling in for the DL’ed Lee. Miley will also be making his first start of the year, filling in for the sidelined Daniel Hudson. Miley has thrown just 48 2/3 innings for his career, but has walked too many hitters in the innings he has thrown, having walked 22 in those 48 2/3 frames.


News bittersweet as Phils win, but pleas to extend Spring Training by like 120 games or so fall on deaf ears

Phils topped the Pirates 7-2 last night in their final game before opening the regular season on Thursday. They end their official Spring Training games with a 14-16-4 mark.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and was fantastic, throwing four shutout innings in which he allowed three hits, no walks and struck out five. In seven Spring Training starts, Hamels threw to a 2.93 ERA with a 1.19 ratio.

Bastardo started the fifth, throwing on back-to-back days. He faced three batters, got two of them and allowed a single to the other. Herndon took over with two outs and a man on first and allowed a double and a single to the first two men he faced before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

Bastardo ends Spring Training with an 0.81 ratio, but a 4.15 ERA. I feel pretty sure that if he keeps throwing to an 0.81 ratio, his ERA is going to be a whole lot better than 4.15. Last year, for example, his ratio was 0.93 and his ERA 2.64.

Herndon finishes with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. Opponents hit .288 against him, but in 16 1/3 innings he struck out 14 and walked just two.

Valdes threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Qualls threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Valdes will not make the team despite a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Qualls 4.22 ERA and 1.03 ratio. Opponents hit just .179 against him, but he walked four in 10 2/3 innings.

Papelbon finishes with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. He held opponents to a .229 average, but walked five in 11 2/3 innings.

Polanco was 1-for-3 in the game and hit a three-run homer in the fifth. He ends Spring Training at 429/478/571.

Galvis had another extra-base hit, doubling in his only at-bat. 280/295/476 in 82 at-bats. He led the team with 14 RBI.

Nix also doubled in what was an awful spring for him. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the game and winds up at 208/300/264.

Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a double. 479/500/771 in 48 at-bats. .771? Yup. 23-for-48 with eight doubles and two home runs.

Mayberry ends his ugly spring with a good day, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 203/259/304. He gets a big do-over starting on Thursday — he and the Phils could both use it, cause they’re going to need him to not hit .203 with no power.

We’ll probably be seeing a lot of Wigginton in the early going, too. He was 0-for-1 last night to drop his line to 185/260/246.

Roy Halladay faces lefty Erik Bedard on Thursday.

Joe Savery made the team and so did Pete Orr. Podsednik (309/377/455) and Luna (302/351/528) did not. Neither did Raul Valdes.

Valdes was significantly better than his fellow lefty Savery this Spring Training. Valdes threw 13 2/3 innings with a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio while striking out 14. Savery threw to a 3.48 ERA with a 1.45 ratio and struck out nine in 10 1/3 innings.

Pierre winds up outhitting Podsednik. 377/433/426 in 61 at-bats for Pierre and 309/377/455 in 55 at-bats for Podsednik.

This says Stutes and Herndon will start the year with the Phils.

That makes 25.

Hitters (13): Ruiz, Schneider, Thome, Mayberry, Wigginton, Galvis, Orr, Rollins, Polanco, Nix, Pierre, Victorino, Pence.

Pitchers (12): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Worley, Kendrick, Papelbon, Savery, Bastardo, Qualls, Stutes, Herndon.


And then there were Juan

This article suggests that Juan Pierre will start the year with the Phillies, Lou Montanez definitely will not and Scott Podsednik very likely will not.

Pierre had two hits yesterday, raising his line to 313/377/333 in 48 at-bats, as the Phils topped the Rays 2-1.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and was very good, holding the Rays to a run over 5 2/3 innings on three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Evan Longoria homered off of him in the fourth. Hamels dropped his ERA to 3.42 with the effort.

Chad Qualls struck out Carlos Pena to end the sixth. Savery followed Qualls and threw two shutout innings in which he faced just seven batters, allowing a leadoff double to Elliot Johnson but getting the next three Rays to keep them from scoring. Savery has made six official Spring Training appearances and thrown to a 3.24 ERA with a 1.20 ratio and struck out nine in 8 1/3 innings.

Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth, dropping his ERA to 0.90.

Brian Schneider had quite a day, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. His solo shot in the fifth got the Phils their first run. He doubled with one out in the ninth and Tuffy Gosewisch ran for him. Gosewisch would score the game-winning run on Hector Luna’s single to right three batters later.

It was Luna’s only at-bat of the day and the hit raised his line to 302/362/558.

Pierre was 2-for-2 in the game with two singles and a stolen base. Podsednik 0-for-1 with a strikeout — he’s hitting .347.

Orr started at shortstop and went 0-for-4. 294/351/431. Orr has appeared in 393 games in his career and made nine appearances at shortstop. Eight of the nine came with Washington in 2008.

Nix was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .186. Mayberry is hitting .188 after going 0-for-1.

The Phillies play the Yankees tonight with Bastardo expected to pitch.

Michael Stutes was scheduled to pitch in that game, but this article explains that he has stiffness in his right shoulder and it’s unclear if he will be ready for Opening Day.

If we’re guessing, my guess is he won’t.

So let’s review who might be on the pitching staff when the season starts. I think we can count on these guys: Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Worley, Kendrick, Papelbon, Bastardo, Qualls. That’s nine.

My guess is that Contreras and Stutes won’t be on the active roster for Opening Day. The Phillies need at least two and maybe three more pitchers. Herndon seems like a very good bet to be one and I still think Raul Valdes with be a second. That makes 11, including two lefties in Valdes and Bastardo. Savery would be my guess for the 12th if the Phils start the year with 13 hitters.

On the hitters side, I think we should now be counting on these guys: Ruiz, Schneider, Mayberry, Wigginton, Galvis, Rollins, Polanco, Nix, Victorino, Pence, Thome, Pierre. That’s 12, leaving one or two openings. My guess is Orr is one of them and Luna would be my second guess if the Phils carry 14 hitters.

So I think there are nine pitching near locks and 12 hitting near locks. Herndon seems like just about a certainty. Valdes and Orr seem highly likely. That’s 24 and I think it leaves one slot for Savery or Luna, assuming that Contreras and Stutes are both not on the active roster to start the season.


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