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Two out of three ain’t bad, but three turns out to be a little hard to watch for Phillies fans

Starting pitching and two big swings of the bat from Greg Dobbs were the story of the Phils’ series with the Mets. The story started out well but didn’t have the happy ending that Phillies fans were hoping for.

Dobbs provided most of the offense as the Phils won games one and two of the set, clubbing a two-run homer in the seventh inning of game one and a three-run shot in the fourth inning of the first game of yesterday’s double-header. Given the amazing starting pitching the Phils got in games one and two of the series, that was just about all the Phillies needed. Myers and Moyer combined to go 15 shutout innings, allowing five hits and five walks.

Starting pitching was sadly also the story of last night’s game for the Phils, as Cole Hamels simply couldn’t get it done as the Phils tried to climb back even with the Mets atop the NL East. Hamels went just five innings, allowing five runs. Carlos Delgado found time to hit two monstrous home runs against him in his short outing.

Overall it was a good series with a disappointing ending for the Phils. They put themselves in position to sweep, but just couldn’t do it as Santana outpitched Hamels in the finale. The Phils remain in the thick of the race, but the outing by their ace Hamels has to be cause for concern — the 24-year-old remains atop the National League in innings pitched as the Phils head down the stretch.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, falling 6-3 to drop to 78-65 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one but trail the Mets by two games in the NL East.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out six.

Hamels started the first with a 1-0 lead. He got Jose Reyes to pop to Utley for the first out. Ryan Church followed with a single to left. Hamels got ahead of David Wright, but as Wright swung at an 0-2 pitch his bat clipped the tip of Coste’s glove. Coste was called for catcher’s interference and Manuel was ejected arguing the call. With men on first and second, Beltran singled into left and Church scored from second to tie the game at 1-1. With men on second and third, Carlos Delgado singled into center and both runners scored to put the Mets up 3-1. Fernando Tatis was next and hit a ground ball to short. Delgado was forced at second for the second out. Hamels struck out Damion Easley for the third out.

With one out in the second, pitcher Johan Santana hit a ball down the line and off of Feliz’s glove for a single. Reyes followed with a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and tossed to Utley, but Utley took the toss way off the bag and didn’t get the call at second. Utley was charged with an error and the Mets had men on first and second. Church was next and he dribbled a ball between the mound and short for a single that loaded the bases. Hamels got behind Wright 2-0, but came back to strike him out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Beltran popped to first to leave the bases loaded.

Big strikeout for Hamels, getting Wright with one out and the bases loaded after getting behind 2-0.

Delgado started the third and pounded an 0-2 pitch out to right. 4-2 Mets. Hamels got the next two before Schneider singled to center. Santana grounded to third to end the inning.

Hamels had thrown 78 pitches through three innings.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hamels got the first out in the fifth before Delgado hit another long homer out to right on the first pitch of his at-bat, putting the Mets up 5-2. Tatis grounded to third for the second out before Easley hit a ball over Burrell’s head for a double. Hamels walked Brian Schneider intentionally to put men on first and second and pitch to the pitcher. He struck Santana out to end the inning.

Still hate walking Schneider intentionally. Hate it more with a lefty on the mound.

Condrey started the sixth with the Phillies down 5-2. Hamels had thrown 110 pitches. Condrey threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Seanez started the eighth and gave up a leadoff triple to Easley. Easley came in to score when Schneider followed with a sac fly to right, putting the Mets up 6-2. Seanez got the next two.

One run over three innings for the pen. They allowed one hit, the triple, and struck out three. Seanez needed 29 pitches to throw his two innings, Condrey threw just nine.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth hits third against the lefty despite coming into the game 3-for-his-last-17. Burrell (3-for-his-last-21) hits fifth with Victorino sixth against the lefty. Feliz at third and Coste catches.

Utley singled with one out in the first. Werth followed with a walk. Howard was next and he laced a single into left and Utley scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Werth going to second. Burrell struck out looking 3-2 and Victorino flew to center.

Burrell is having a pretty rough go of it.

Coste walked with one out in the second. Hamels bunted back to the pitcher and Santana threw to second to force Coste. Rollins grounded to third for the third out.

With two outs in the third, Howard blasted the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. It was his 40th home run of the season and it cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Burrell struck out for the third out.

1-2-3 in the fourth and 1-2-3 again in the fifth. Hamels hit for himself to start the fifth, having thrown 88 pitches with the Phils down 4-2.

Burrell walked with two outs in the sixth. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

Feliz singled to right to start the seventh with the Phils down 5-2. Coste flew to center for the first out and Ruiz hit for Condrey with Santana still on the mound for the Mets. Ruiz grounded to third and Feliz was forced at second for the second out. Rollins lined to third to end the frame.

Werth doubled with one out in the eighth. Howard moved him to third with a ground out before Burrell grounded to short to end the frame.

Victorino led off the ninth with the Phils down 6-2 and hit a ground ball out in front of the plate. Schneider jumped on it, but was charged with an error on his throw to first, allowing Victorino to go to second. Dobbs hit for Feliz with righty Luis Ayala on the mound and flew to center for the first out. Stairs hit for Coste and reached on an infield single to third that moved Victorino to third. Andy Tracy hit for Seanez and new Phillie Tad Iguchi ran for Stairs at first. Tracy hit a fly ball to left for the second out, Victorino tagged and scored to make it 6-3. Ayala struck out Rollins to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-5 in the game. 2-for-14 with a double in the series. 270/335/432 for the season.

Utley 1-for-4 in the game. 1-for-11 in the series. 289/377/541 for the year.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-9 with a double and two walks in the series. 277/376/513.

Howard 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. It was his 40th of the season and he has driven in 121. 3-for-10 in the series. He’s hitting 237/326/506 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 in the series. 253/370/513 for the year. After hitting .181 in August, he’s hitting .133 in September.

Victorino was 1-for-4. 3-for-13 in the set. 280/343/424 for the year.

Feliz was 1-for-3 in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. He’s hitting 250/298/406 for the season. Dobbs 0-for-1 in the game and 4-for-8 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in the series. 299/333/482 for the year.

Coste 0-for-2. 0-for-5 in the series. 270/325/438 on the season and 0-for-10 in September. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-5 with a double in the series. 227/323/300 for the year.

In the first game the Phils beat the Mets 6-2 to improve to 78-64 on the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks. Both of the hits were singles and he dropped his ERA to 3.64 on the season.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second with a 2-0 lead. He walked Tatis with two outs, but Easley grounded to third for the third out.

Robinson Cancel bunted to third for a hit, the first of the game by the Mets, to start the third. Pitcher Pedro Martinez bunted Cancel to second for the first out. Reyes grounded to Dobbs for the second out with Cancel holding second. Moyer walked Nick Evans to put men on first and second, but Wright flew to right to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth, getting the second out on a hard ground ball to first by Delgado that Howard made a nice play on.

He walked Cancel with one out in the fifth, but got the next two.

With the Phils up 6-0, Moyer threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Golson, who hit for Stairs in the top of the inning, played center with Victorino moving to right.

Easley reached on an infield single with two outs in the seventh. Cancel grounded to second for the third out.

Eyre started the eighth with the Phils up 6-0. He struck out pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes for the first out and got Jose Reyes on a fly ball to right for the second. Nick Evans doubled to center and Wright followed with a double to left, scoring Evans to make it 6-1. Beltran was next and split the gap in left-center with a double. Werth tried to pick the ball up, but dropped it, and Golson picked it up and threw a little wildly into the infield. Beltran went to third and Wright scored to make it 6-2. Golson got a tough error, they didn’t have a chance to get Beltran at third anyway. Eyre struck out Delgado to end the inning.

Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Eyre wasn’t that impressive.

Madson started the ninth up 6-2. He struck out Tatis for the first out before Easley singled. Lefty Daniel Murphy hit for Cancel and Romero came in to pitch to him. Murphy hit into a double-play to end the game.

Two innings, two runs for the pen. Eyre was hit hard, Madson struck one out and gave up a single and Romero got the double-play. Eyre threw 28 pitches, Madson and Romero both under ten.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Pedro Martinez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Stairs (8) Ruiz. Dobbs starts at third against the righty even with Moyer on the mound — Manuel has often gone with his best defensive option at third in games that Moyer has started. Burrell on the bench with Werth in left and Stairs in right. Ruiz catches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Werth walked with one out in the second and went to third when Dobbs followed with a double. Stairs hit a fly ball to right for the second out. It was deep enough for Werth to tag and score and the Phils led 1-0. Ruiz was next and he lined a 1-1 pitch into left for a single. Dobbs scored and it was 2-0. Moyer grounded out for the third out.

Big two-out hit for Ruiz.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

Howard led off the fourth with a double. Werth followed and blooped a single into left, moving Howard to third. Dobbs was next and drove an 0-1 pitch into right center and just out for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 5-0. Stairs flew to right for the first out before Ruiz doubled down the right field line. Moyer dribbled a ball back to the mound for the second out and Ruiz went to third. Rollins blooped a double between Reyes and Evans in left and Ruiz scored, making it 6-0. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

1-2-3 fifth.

1-2-3 sixth. Golson hit for Stairs with one out and Scott Schoeneweis and struck out swinging 0-2 in his first career at-bat.

Moyer led off the seventh with a walk. Rollins hit into a double-play behind him. Victorino followed with a single and a walk to Utley put men on first and second for Howard, but Howard struck out to leave both men stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Ruiz started the ninth with a single. Feliz moved him to second with a ground out and Rollins moved him to third with another. Victorino fouled out to the catcher to leave him stranded.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk.

Dobbs 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Stairs 0-for-1 with an RBI.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.79) faces righty Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 5.54) tonight. Over his last three starts, Sanchez has allowed 14 runs in 14 1/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .365 against him for the season, righties .189. Blanton has gone six innings in just one of his last five starts. In his last three starts he has walked 11 in 15 2/3 innings.


Close, but no Santana

The task facing the Phillies last night was a bit daunting — try to beat the Mets with Kyle Kendrick facing Johan Santana coming off a game where the Phils had called on their pen to thrown ten innings. They almost pulled it off. They led 3-2 with two outs and nobody on in the eighth, but after Eyre had already pitched two innings in the game and Romero had thrown three days straight, Manuel left Seanez in to face the lefty Delgado. Delgado ripped a ball out the opposite way and the floodgates opened after that as the Mets scored four runs in the frame and held on for the win.

It was a tough loss for a Phillies’ fan and it’s hard not to play what-if. Couldn’t Romero have come in just to face one batter (Delgado)? But the core of the pen for the Phils, Madson, Durbin, Romero and Lidge, are going to be key down the stretch. You need those guys rested and you can’t have it both ways — they can’t both rested and pitching every day. Durbin and Madson are both in the top ten in all of baseball in innings pitched as a reliever. It’s hard to know how tired and hurting any of that group are and nobody who knows is going to tell you. Lidge did make an appearance last night and his results were a bit worrisome. He faced four hitters and allowed a double, a single and a walk and needed a nice play from Utley to get the one out he recorded.

The Phillies got two big swings against Santana, a home run from Howard and one from Werth. But, overall, the offense missed some opportunities as the Phils put their leadoff man on base four innings in a row in the middle of the game and failed to score in any of them.

The Phillies fell to the New York Mets last night, losing 6-3 to drop to 73-60 on the year. They fall into second place in the NL East, a half game behind New York. The Phils have won eight of their last ten.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out one.

Kendrick pitched okay last night, but the Phils need more from him. He hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last four starts.

Jose Reyes led off the first with a single to right. Luis Castillo flew to left for the first out before David Wright grounded out to third with Reyes moving to second. Carlos Delgado singled into right and Reyes scored, putting the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran grounded to short to end the frame.

Ryan Church dumped a single into left-center to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. Kendrick got behind Daniel Murphy 3-0, but came back to strike him out in the ninth pitch of the at-bat for the first out. Brian Schneider grounded to second for the second out with Church moving to third. The pitcher Johan Santana went down on a ground ball to Utley to leave Church at third.

Kendrick had thrown 42 pitches through two innings.

Reyes led off the third with a single. Castillo looped a ball into shallow left-center that Victorino caught after a long run. Reyes was way around second and was doubled off easily. Wright popped to Howard for the third out. Seventeen more pitches for Kendrick, though. He got behind Reyes 2-0, Castillo 2-0 and Wright 3-0.

With one out in the fourth, Beltran singled to center and Church followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Murphy and Murphy flew to center for the second out. Schneider grounded to first for the third out.

Castillo singled to right with two outs in the fifth. Wright popped to second for the third out.

Delgado led off the sixth and lined a 2-2 pitch out to right, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. Beltran followed with a single and Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Church. Eyre struck out Church and got Murphy to hit into a double-play behind him.

Eyre returned for the seventh and struck out Schneider and Nick Evans, hitting for Santana, as he set the Mets down in order.

Seanez started the eighth. He got Castillo and Wright. Romero had thrown three days in a row, so Seanez stayed in to pitch to Delgado and Delgado smoked a 1-0 pitch out to left. 3-3. Beltran hit a soft ground ball to third that Feliz charged and tried to barehand, but he dropped the ball and Beltran was safe with an infield single. With the lefty Church at the plate, Lidge came into the game. Beltran stole second without a throw and Lidge put Church on intentionally. Murphy pounded a double into right and Beltran scored from second, putting the Mets up 4-3 with two outs and men on second and third. Schneider was next and he blooped a ball over Feliz’s head and just fair. Both runners scored and it was 6-3. Damion Easley hit for pitcher Brian Stokes and hit a ball back up the middle. Utley made a diving play to knock it down and flip to Rollins for the third out.

Four runs after the Phils had two outs and the bases empty. Murphy and Delgado smoked the ball. Beltran and Schneider didn’t. Still, Lidge wasn’t exactly lights out. Murphy smoked a double, Schneider singled and Easley would have had a hit without the nice play by Utley.

23-year-old righty Andrew Carpenter made his major league debut in the ninth. Carpenter was called up before the game with Andy Tracy designated for assignment. Reyes led off with a single to left and Castillo bunted him to second. Wright struck out on a ball in the dirt that Coste blocked. Coste threw to first to get Wright for the second out as Reyes moved to third. Beltran flew to left for the third out.

Tough night for the pen. They went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Seanez was given a tough job, trying to go through Castillo, Wright and especially Delgado. Eyre was fantastic again. Carpenter threw 19 pitches, Eyre 18, Seanez and Lidge 12 each.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. I think you need to hit Werth fifth against a lefty with those guys in the lineup and Rollins-Utley-Burrell-Howard hitting one through four. Werth is a better hitter than Victorino against lefties and would break up three righties in a row six-seven-eight. Coste catches.

The Phillies’ bench, last night consisting of Taguchi, Bruntlett, Ruiz and Dobbs, probably isn’t inspiring a lot of fear in much of anyone these days. The Phillies could show ‘em the tape of Bruntlett from Tuesday night, but I don’t think that’s going to work as a long-term solution.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the first with the Phils down 1-0. Utley flew to right and Burrell struck out before Rollins stole second. Howard got behind 1-2 before he hit the eighth pitch of his at-bat out to left, putting the Phils up 2-1. Victorino struck out for the third out.

Werth led off the second and got behind 0-2, but Santana threw a 1-2 fastball over the middle of the plate and Werth hammered it out to left. 3-1 Phils. Feliz grounded to short, Coste grounded to first and Kendrick struck out to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

Howard led off the fourth with a walk, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him and Werth flew to left.

Feliz singled to start the fifth. Coste flew to left. Kendrick hit for himself and tried to bunt and struck out for the second out. A walk to Rollins put men on first and second, but Utley grounded to second to leave both men stranded.

After hitting for himself in the bottom of the fifth, Kendrick faced two batters in the top of the sixth. Delgado homered and Beltran singled. The Phils had a short bench for the game after replacing Tracy with Carpenter on the roster.

Burrell doubled to left to start the sixth and Howard walked behind him. Victorino struck out, Werth popped to first and Feliz struck out.

Coste started the seventh with a single. With righty Brian Stokes on the mound for the Mets, Dobbs hit for Eyre and hit into a double-play. Rollins walked and stole second, leaving first base open for Stokes to walk the lefty Utley intentionally to pitch to Burrell. Burrell grounded to third to end the inning.

For the Phillies it was the fourth straight inning they had gotten their leadoff man on base but failed to score.

Down 6-3, they went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

And 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases in the game. 6-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. He stole five bases in the two-game set. 269/337/436 for the year. 9-for-his-last-12 with four extra-base hits.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-7 with three walks in the set. 287/376/552.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. 261/381/539. 184/294/379 for August.

Howard was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. 2-for-8 with two home runs and three walks in the series. 228/320/483 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-4 and struck out twice last night. 1-for-11 with a triple in the series. 286/350/443. He’s hitting 231/259/346 in 26 at-bats as a five-hitter.

Werth was 1-for-4 with his 18th home run. 4-for-9 with two walks in the series. 271/367/490.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-6 in the series. 258/303/425.

Coste 1-for-4. 5-for-8 with a double in the series. 9-for-his-last-23. 283/333/463. Ruiz was 1-for-5 in the series but did not play last night. He’s hitting 221/319/291 for the year.

Bruntlett didn’t play last night but helped the Phils win the first game of the series. He was 2-for-2 with a double in the set and is hitting 222/306/303 for the season.

Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.20) faces righty Ryan Dempster (15-5, 2.85) tonight in Chicago. Dempster has allowed two runs or fewer in seven straight starts. In seven starts since the All-Star break he’s 5-1 with a 1.76 ERA and a 1.13 ratio. He’s allowed just three home runs to right-handed hitters this year. Hamels has allowed two runs or fewer in his last three starts. He has walked just four batters in 34 1/3 innings over his last five starts.


Thousands mistake last night’s game for something they tivoed in 2007

Just about everyone associated with the New York Mets would have you believe that the collapse of 2007 is all but forgotten as the team presses forward with a new attitude and a new manager. And maybe it was. But I’m pretty sure they remember it now, cause in last night’s game the Mets and Phils looked a whole lot like the guys from last year.

The Phillies picked a perfect time to snap out of their offensive slump. Down 5-2 in the ninth, the Phils sent 11 men to the plate and scored six times. So Taguchi, slumping through a miserable season, tied the game with a two-run double. One batter latter Jimmy Rollins gave the Phils all the runs they would need with a two-run double of his own.

It was just about as pretty as a six-run rally in the ninth can be — but if the Mets take the next two games of the set it’s not going to mean a lot.

Joe Blanton’s debut with the Phillies was expected to be the story of the game, but proved to be something of a non-event. Blanton pitched poorly, allowing a pair of two-run homers as he yielded five runs in six innings.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 8-6 to improve to 54-46 on the season. The Phils reclaim sole ownership of the lead in the NL East, a game ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out one.

Endy Chavez singled to right with one out in the first, but Blanton got the next two behind him.

He hit Damion Easley with one out in the second. Marlon Anderson flew to left for the second out before Ramon Castro dribbled a ball to third that went for an infield single. Blanton struck out Johan Santana to end the inning.

Jose Reyes led off the third and walked on four pitches. Chavez was next and he hit a ground ball to the right of Utley. Utley knocked it down, sliding, but couldn’t make the play and Chavez was safe with an infield single that moved Reyes to second. He should have made the play. David Wright was next and ripped a 2-2 pitch into left and off the wall. Reyes scored to tie the game at 1-1, but Burrell fielded it cleanly off the wall and Rollins made a nice relay to the plate when Chavez was tagged out for the first out. With Wright on second, Carlos Beltran grounded hard to first and Wright went to third. Blanton got ahead of Delgado 0-2 but threw two of his next three pitches in the dirt before Delgado clubbed a 3-2 pitch out to right to put New York up 3-1. Easley grounded to short for the third out.

Between innings Manuel was ejected for arguing that Delgado should have been out on a check swing on a ball that was in the dirt. Didn’t look so clear on replay — Delgado probably crossed the plate, but the call wasn’t awful.

Marlon Anderson led off the fourth with an infield single. Castro hit into a double-play behind him before Santana singled to center. Reyes popped to Rollins for the third out.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He got the first two in the sixth before he walked Anderson on four pitches. Castro was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to put the Mets up 5-1. Santana followed with a walk before Reyes flew to right for the third out.

Seanez started the seventh down 5-2. Chavez led off with a double just out of the reach of Werth in right. Wright followed with a single to right and this time it was Werth who threw Chavez out at the plate. Second time in the game that Chavez made the first out of the inning at the plate — this time it only took one good throw. Wright went to second on the play at the plate. Beltran was walked intentionally and Romero came in to pitch to Delgado and got Delgado to fly to shallow center on one pitch. Romero stayed in to pitch to the righty Easley and hit him in the middle of his back to load the bases. Fernando Tatis hit for lefty Marlon Anderson and hit a soft liner to second that Utley caught on a dive to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Chad Durbin threw a 1-2-3 eighth, setting down Castro, pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes and Jose Reyes.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils on top 8-5. Chavez led off with a walk and took second without a throw before Wright struck out for the first out. A wild pitch moved Chavez to third before Beltran hit a hard ground ball to first that Howard took for the second out. Nice play by Howard and a huge second out as Chavez scored to make it 8-6. Delgado grounded to third to end the game.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow a run on two hits and a walk. Durbin’s 1-2-3 eighth against the bottom of the order and Reyes was big. The Phils used four relievers — of the pitchers they used, Seanez ended the day with the highest ERA for the season: 2.87. Lidge threw 21 pitches, Durbin 16, Seanez 11 and Romero 10.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Victorino drops to seventh in the lineup against the lefty. Burrell up to third, splitting the lefties Utley and Howard. Werth in right and hitting fifth instead of sixth. Ruiz catches. Glad Rollins didn’t drop to third this time.

Burrell and Howard singled back-to-back with two outs in the first. Werth followed with a single up the middle and Burrell scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Howard holding second. Feliz went down swinging on four pitches to leave the runners stranded.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and Blanton bunted him to second. Rollins grounded to second for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third and fourth.

Blanton singled to right with one out in the fifth. Rollins hit into a double-play behind him.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Victorino hit a 1-1 pitch out to left. It cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Ruiz followed with a single up the middle. Coste hit for Blanton and struck out.

With two outs in the eighth, Burrell hit a ball down the left field line and off the chalk for a double. Howard flew to Beltran in right-center for set the Phillies down.

The Phillies started the ninth down 5-2. Duaner Sanchez took over for Santana, who had thrown 105 pitches to get through eight innings. Werth singled. Dobbs hit for Feliz and singled. Victorino singled into center and the bases were loaded. Righty Joe Smith relieved Sanchez to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz chopped a ball just to the shortstop side of second base. Victorino was running hard all the way. Reyes fielded, looked at first and then tried to step on second but missed the bag. Victorino was safe, Werth scored to make it 5-3 and the Phils still had the bases loaded. Great hustle by Victorino and a bad play by Reyes. Jenkins hit for Durbin and the Mets called on lefty Pedro Feliciano. Jimy Williams called on Taguchi, still without a pinch-hit on the season, to hit for Jenkins. Taguchi got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch over the head of Chavez in right. Dobbs and Victorino both scored, tying the game at 5-5, with Ruiz going to third on the double. Rollins doubled down the left-field line, clearing the bases with the Phils up 7-5. Utley grounded to first for the first out, moving Rollins to third. The lefty Feliciano walked Burrell intentionally before Howard hit a ball back to the mound that may have been a double-play, but Feliciano didn’t field it cleanly and had to take the out at first. Rollins scored to make it 8-5 and Burrell went to second. Aaron Heilman came in to pitch to Werth and walked him before Dobbs popped to short for the third out.

Second huge hit of the month for Taguchi. On July 11 against the Snakes he led off the twelfth with a single and came around to score the winning run on a single by Werth three batters later.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a huge double and two RBI.

Utley was 0-for-5.

Burrell 2-for-4 with a walk and a double.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Werth 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI and started the ninth-inning rally.

Feliz was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts since the All-Star break.

Victorino had a big game. 2-for-4 with his sixth home run.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Brett Myers (3-9, 5.84) faces righty John Maine (8-7, 4.22) tonight. Maine hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last four starts. He has a 6.63 ERA in those outings. In two starts against the Phillies this season he’s thrown to a 3.09 ERA with a 1.11 ratio. Myers has been terrible this season and will be making his first start since June 27 coming off a stint in the minors. The Phils have lost nine of the last ten games he’s started and are 4-13 with him on the hill this season.


Welcome to your nightmare, welcome to my breakdown

Did you see The Big Kahuna? It’s about salesmen. At one point young salesman Bob says something like it’s time for the others to throw him and the water and see if he can swim. Kevin Spacey’s grizzled veteran Larry Mann breaks it down for him: “I think you’re missing the point here Bob, we’re about to throw you off a cliff and see if you can fly.”

And somebody cue Joe Blanton. Starting in New York against Johan Santana for a team that suddenly can’t score runs with the Mets and Phils locked in a tie for first place in the NL East.

Blanton has made two starts against the Mets in his career. Here’s what his numbers look like:


IP

R

H

BB

K
15.0 0 8 1 10

Not bad. The two starts came in 2005 and 2007, which were Blanton’s best years. On June 14, 2005 in Oakland, Blanton went seven shutout innings against the Mets, allowing three singles and striking out four without allowing a walk. Oakland won the game 5-0. He wasn’t exactly pitching great coming into the game — he came into the contest with a 6.13 ERA having allowed 17 earned runs in his last 18 innings (8.50 ERA).

On June 23, 2007 in New York he tossed eight more shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk. Ricky Ledee hit a sixth-inning double against him in that game. The Mets won the game 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth when Wright doubled off of Santiago Casilla to plate Ramon Castro. Blanton had been pitching much better coming around that start — he came into the game with a 3.43 ERA having allowed five earned runs in 31 1/3 innings over his last four starts (1.44 ERA).

Blanton (5-12, 4.96) faces lefty Johan Santana (8-7, 3.10) tonight in New York. Santana allowed five runs in four innings in Cincinnati on Thursday, allowing home runs to Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion. For Santana it was the first time in 11 starts he had allowed more than one home run in a game. The Mets have lost six of the last eight games that Santana has started. He has made two starts against the Phillies this season, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA but an 0.67 ratio. He hasn’t walked a batter in 15 innings in those starts. Utley is the only current Phillie to have an extra-base hit against Santana in their career — he’s 2-for-7 with a home run. Blanton last pitched on July 9, so he’s well-rested if nothing else. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last three starts and has walked just three in his last 17 innings.


Trumped

The Phillies tried to go over .500 for the fifth time since opening day last night. Again, no luck. This time they at least had a good reason as Johan Santana, perhaps baseball’s best pitcher, shut them down.

Santana’s line doesn’t look fantastic for the game. He allowed the first two runners to reach base in the eighth before Dobbs hit a three-run shot off of Heilman, with two of the runs charged to Santana. But Santana was better than his line, striking out ten without walking a batter and out-dueling Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels in what will no doubt be the first of many between the two.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, 6-4. They are 8-9 on the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. Only four of the runs were earned and three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out four.

Ryan Church walked with one out in the first and went to second on a passed ball by Ruiz. David Wright brought Church in with a double to center, putting the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran hit a line drive to short and Bruntlett doubled Wright off of second to end the frame.

Brian Schneider singled with two outs in the second, but Hamels got Luis Castillo on a fly ball to left for the third out.

With one out in the third, Hamels walked Jose Reyes on four pitches. Reyes stole second, but was hit in the head by Chase Utley’s knee as he slid into second base. He stayed in the game. Ryan Church flew to center for the second out before Wright lined a ball into center. Werth made a bad play, diving for the ball and missing. It skipped past him for a triple. Reyes scored to put the Mets up 2-0. Beltran flew to left to set the Mets down.

Schneider singled with two outs in the fourth, but Castillo grounded to third to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Wright started the sixth with a single. Carlos Beltran was next and hit a ground ball deep in the hole between short and third. Bruntlett made a nice play to field and throw to second in time to force Wright. Carlos Delgado popped to second for the second out before Angel Pagan singled to left, moving Beltran to second. Hamels got Schneider on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He started the eighth down 2-1 having thrown 93 pitches. Church started the inning with a single and moved to third when Wright followed with a double. Hamels walked Beltran intentionally to load the bases with nobody out and JC Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Delgado. Delgado grounded out to first for the first out. The runners moved to second and third and Church scored to make it 3-1. Pagan doubled into right center, scoring Wright and putting Beltran on third with the score 4-1. Schneider singled to left, scoring Beltran and moving Pagan to third, making the score 5-1. Castillo grouded to third for the second out with Pagan having to hold third. Romero struck out Santana for the third out.

Two hits in the inning against Romero, including a double, but the runs are charged to Hamels who left with the bases loaded and nobody out.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies down 5-4. With one out, Church singled and Wright followed with a walk. Beltran smashed a ball to first base off the heel of Howard’s glove for an error that loaded the bases. Delgado flew to left, deep enough to score Church and make it 6-4. A wild pitch by Lidge moved the runners to second and third before Pagan flew to left to end the frame.

Romero threw 17 pitches and Lidge just 12. Neither pitched well, but both kept their ERA of 0.00 for the year.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Taguchi (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. With Rollins still unavailable, Bruntlett plays short. Taguchi plays right with Jenkins on the bench against the lefty. Werth in center. Again with both Werth and Taguchi in the lineup Manuel puts Werth in center and Taguchi not in center. Coste on the bench after getting four hits on Thursday.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell singled with one out in the second, but Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

In the fourth, Utley reached on an error by Delgado with one out. Howard struck out behind him and Burrell flew to left.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Utley led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center, cutting the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Howard, Burrell and Feliz went down behind him.

Ruiz and Bruntlett singled back-to-back to start the eighth, putting men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot. Coste hit for Romero and the Mets called on the righty Heilman. Dobbs hit for Coste and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center for a three-run homer that made the score 5-4 in favor of the Mets. Jenkins hit for Taguchi against the righty and hit one nearly out to the warning track in center. Werth grounded to second behind him. The lefty Pedro Feliciano came in and got Utley swinging to end the inning.

Huge hit for Dobbs and Jenkins nearly tied the game right behind him.

Wagner came in to pitch the ninth and set Howard, Burrell and Feliz down 1-2-3.

Taguchi was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s hitting .235.

Werth was 0-for-4.

Utley was 1-for-4 with his fifth home run.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice to drop his average to .197.

Burrell 1-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-3.

Bruntlett 1-for-3.

Jamie Moyer (1-0, 5.52) faces lefty Oliver Perez (1-0, 3.38) today. These pitchers faced each other on April 8 and both pitched well. The Phils won the game 5-2.


Santana just swell against the NL

If you think that Johan Santana a) won’t be able to pitch in New York or b) won’t be able to pitch in the National League, I sure hope you’re right. But the numbers aren’t pretty so far. Here’s a look at Santana’s career numbers, what he’s done in his Interleague starts and in his starts in New York against the Yankees and Mets:


G

GS

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

Ratio
Career 251 175 1308.2 1068 364
1381
3.22 1.09
Interleague 35 24 182.2 121 46 191 2.27 0.91
at NYY 4 3 23 18 5 23 1.17 1.00
at NYM 2 2 15 7 1 8 0.60 0.53
in NY 6 5 38 25 6 31 0.95 0.82

Ew.

Santana has made one career start against the Phillies, which came on June 23, 2002 in Philadelphia. He went 4 2/3 innings and left with the score tied at 1-1. He need 103 pitches and didn’t make it out of the fifth, but allowed just two hits. Todd Pratt had a one-out double in the third and Scott Rolen had an RBI-single in the fourth. Santana walked six on the day.

Randy Wolf got the start for the Phils and allowed just two runs on solo homers by Dustan Mohr and Corey Koskie. Carlos Silva threw a 1-2-3 eight with the Phils down 2-1 but allowed a three-run homer to Torri Hunter in the top of the ninth and the Phils went on to lose 5-1.

Geoff Jenkins is the only current Phil with more than eight career at-bats against Santana. Jenkins is 3-for-12 with three singles, a walk and six strikeouts against him. Burrell, Feliz, Helms and Rollins have combined to go 3-for-16 (.188) against Santana with three singles and seven strikeouts. Victorino, Utley and Howard have never faced him.


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