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Ibanez leaves the Phils hopeful he’s willing to meet them halfway

Raul Ibanez celebrated the halfway point of what’s been a miserable season for him by driving in all the Phillie runs last night. Ibanez knocked Victorino in from second with a single early and broke a 1-1 tie with a solo homer in the seventh as the Phils topped Boston 2-1.

Vance Worley handled the pitching for the Phils, with a big assist to the new back of the bullpen. Worley went seven strong frames before the Phils got a perfect eighth from Stutes and a perfect ninth from Bastardo.

The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five and have allowed a total of six runs in those five games. Four of those runs were allowed in Saturday’s game against Oakland. In eight of their last ten games they have allowed less than three runs.

The Phillies are 51-30 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 2-1 last night. They still haven’t buried the Braves, who keep on winning as well. Atlanta is 8-2 in their last ten and remain 4 1/2 games behind the Phils in second place in the NL East. The Mets are in third place, two games over .500 and 9 1/2 games behind the Phillies.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.57. The Phils are now 5-2 in the games Worley has started for the year — that’s a better winning percentage than they have with any other starter except Halladay (14-3 in Halladay’s starts).

Worley set Boston down in order in the first. He knocked Dustin Pedroia down before striking him out on a pitch on the outside part of the plate for the second out.

Pitching with a 1-0 lead, he struck out David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in a 1-2-3 second.

Josh Reddick started the third with a single to left, but Worley got the next three behind him to leave Reddick at first. Pitcher John Lackey tried to bunt him to second with the second out, but got behind 0-2 and struck out looking.

Pedroia started the fourth with a single, but Worley got Adrian Gonzalez to hit into a double-play behind him. Worley walked Kevin Youkilis in an eleven-pitch at-bat, but got Ortiz on a fly ball to right to leave Youkilis at first.

Reddick singled again with one out in the fifth. Worley got Marco Scutaro to fly to center for the second out. He got ahead of Lackey 0-2, but Lackey doubled to left-center on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Scutaro to tie the game at 1-1. Jacoby Ellsbury flew to center to leave Lackey at second.

Lackey came into the game 3-for-35 (.086) at the plate for his career. He smashed that ball, though.

Gonzalez singled to center with one out in the sixth. Youkilis was next and hit a ground ball to third, which Polanco fielded and went to second with to force Gonzalez for the second out. Ortiz flew to left to end the frame.

Worley walked Salty to start the seventh, but got the next three hitters behind him. With two outs and Reddick on first, Lackey hit for himself and grounded to third for the third out.

Stutes pitched the eighth with the Phils up 2-1 and set Boston down in order. He got Ellsbury on a fly ball to right, Pedroia on popup that Polanco handled in foul territory and Gonzalez on a ground ball to second.

Golly. Stutes bounces back nicely against some good hitters after being charged with a pair of runs in an inning against the A’s in his last time out on Saturday.

Bastardo came on for the save in the ninth. Youkilis led off with a popup into shallow right-center, which turned into an adventure with Brown and Victorino both playing very deep. Utley handled it for the first out, though. Ortiz popped to Rollins in shallow left for the second out and Salty fouled out to Polanco to end the game.

For Bastardo it was his 13th straight appearance in which he was not charged with a run. In those outings he’s thrown 11 innings, allowing one hit and five walks.

Stutes threw 12 pitches and Bastardo ten. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Schneider. The Phils play a day game against a lefty today. The lefty Schneider hits against the righty in this game and Ruiz, I assume, will start today against the lefty.

Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first, putting men on first and second for Howard. Howard hit into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

Eighth double-play that Howard has hit into for the season. Last year he hit into a career-high 14.

Victorino led off the second with a double the opposite way into left and came in to score when Ibanez followed with a single, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez stole second as Brown struck out looking for the first out. Schneider fouled out to Youkilis at third for the second out and Worley grounded to third to leave Ibanez stranded.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Ibanez doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left stranded at second when Brown grounded to first.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Utley walked with one out in the sixth and stole second. Howard struck out for the second out and Victorino grounded to second.

Ibanez led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch from Lackey out to right, putting the Phils up 2-1. Brown and Schneider went down behind him before Ruiz hit for Worley and flew to center to end the inning.

Rollins started the eighth with a single, but Polanco hit into a double-play behind him. Utley hit Lackey’s first pitch high off the wall in right for a triple. Lefty Franklin Morales took over for Lackey and got Howard on a fly ball to center to leave Utley at third.

Fourth man left on base in the game for Howard.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. He’s 1-for-7 in the series so far.

Polanco 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Third triple for Utley in the season in just 136 plate appearances. His career high is six, but that came in 2005 when he got 628 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left four men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-16.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a double. His .508 slugging percentage leads the team. The Phillies only have four players slugging .400 or better for the year — Howard at .476, Utley .456 and Brown .411. Their .375 slugging percentage for the team is tenth-best in the NL.

Ibanez 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and drove in both of the runs that the Phillies scored. First home run in June for Ibanez.

Brown was 0-for-3 and struck out twice, dropping his line on the year to 214/294/411.

Schneider 0-for-3 in his second start since returning from the DL. He’s gone 0-for-7 in those games and is hitting 153/194/288 for the season.

Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) faces lefty Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66) this afternoon. Lester has thrown to a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. He’s been tough on lefties, who are hitting 218/277/299 against him, but righties have fared better with a 255/342/437 line. Hamels has a 2.06 ERA in his last 15 outings.

This says that Lidge could start a rehab assignment at Double-A or Triple-A next week.


Phils happy to swap a two-game streak of losing ugly for a one-game streak of winning ugly

If we can just get ugly on our side once and for all I think everything should be fine.

It took more than one player to get the Phils into their mini-skid. It wasn’t particularly pretty, but yesterday it took more than one to pull them out of it.

Jimmy Rollins, moved down in the order with Victorino hitting leadoff, delivered the big blow of the game, a three-run homer off of Ryan Dempster in the sixth. Blanton again pitched well early but struggled late. The Cubs tied the game in the top of the eighth before Ibanez untied it in the bottom of the inning with a big RBI-single off a lefty. Jose Contreras was the final Phil who got a chance to shine. He entered the ninth with a one-run lead and nailed down his second save. Not without some drama, though. The Cubs put men on first and third with nobody out, but Contreras powered through, striking out the next two hitters before getting a popup to end the game.

The Phillies are 25-15 on the year after beating the Cubs 5-4 yesterday afternoon.

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

He set the first nine Cubs down in order, striking out Geovany Soto and pitcher Ryan Dempster to end the third.

He struck out Kosuke Fukudome to start the fourth, pitching with 1-0 lead. Ryan Theriot was next and he hit the ball hard, but Polanco fielded and threw to first for the second out. Derrek Lee hit a ball to third, too. Polanco had a lot of time, but his throw to first was high. Howard went up to get it, but lost the ball trying to tag Lee. The drop allowed Lee to take second and Polanco was charged with an error. Blanton got Marlon Byrd on a ground ball to third to end the frame and leave Lee stranded.

Alfonso Soriano led off the fifth. He hit a foul ball down the first base line. Howard looked like he had it lined up, then looked down to check his feet and lost it in the sun. The ball dropped and Soriano was still alive. He hit a double to left for the first hit of the game for Chicago. Mike Fontenot was next and he moved Soriano to third with a ground out. Starlin Castro was next and he lined a single to right, scoring Soriano to tie the score at 1-1. Koylie Hill hit into a double-play behind Castro to set Chicago down.

That would have been a nice out to have on the foul ball.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh with a 4-1 lead and gave up leadoff homer to Lee. 4-2. He got Byrd to ground out for the second out before Soriano walked on four pitches. Fontenot and Castro singled back-to-back and the bases were loaded. Lefty Tyler Colvin hit for Koylie Hill. Blanton stayed in to pitch to him and Colvin hit a fly ball to center deep enough to score Soriano and move Fontenot to third with the score 4-3. Righty Xavier Nady hit for the pitcher Dempster and Blanton got him on a pop to short for the third out.

That’s a lot Blanton. Manuel kept him in to pitch to the lefty in the seventh with the bases loaded after the home run to Lee, after the four-pitch walk to Soriano and after the back-to-back singles. Castro didn’t hit the ball well, just a well-placed infield single. Still, that’s too long and the Phillies were lucky to get out of the inning with the lead.

Just to prove my point, Bastardo started the eighth inning and gave up a homer to the lefty Fukudome, tying the game at 4-4. Baez came in and got the next three hitters to finish the frame.

Contreras was on in the ninth to protect a 5-4 lead. Soriano led off and, with the count 3-2, Contreras hit him in the eleventh pitch of his at-bat. Fontenot was next and he worked the count full as well before he sent Soriano to third with a single. Contreras struck Castro out for the first out. Righty Aramis Ramirez hit for the pitcher John Grabow and Contreras struck him out swinging 3-2 as Fontenot stole second. Soto popped to Howard to end the game.

Quite a finish for Contreras, setting down three in a row and keeping the Cubs off the board after Chicago puts men on first and third with nobody out.

Contreras threw 31 pitches in the game. Baez 11 and Bastardo four.

Baez has allowed one run on eight hits and two walks over nine innings in his last nine appearances. It’s dropped his ERA on the year from 9.00 to 5.00.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rollins (6) Ibanez (7) Gload (8) Hoover. Werth on the bench against the tough righty with Gload in right. Hoover catches the day game after a night game. Rollins hits fifth in the lineup this time, with Victorino and Polanco still at the top of the order.

With two outs in the first, Utley homered to right on an 0-1 pitch to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard walked behind him but Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Ibanez started the second with a single. Gload flew to left and Hoover hit into a double-play.

Polanco reached on an infield single with two outs in the third, but Utley flew to center behind him.

Howard, Rollins and Ibanez went down on three fly balls in the fourth.

The Phils went in order in the fifth with the score tied at 1-1.

Polanco doubled to left with one out in the sixth and Utley walked behind him. Howard hit a fly ball to center deep enough for the runners to both move up a base. It put men on second and third with two outs for Rollins. Rollins got ahead 3-0 and blasted a pitch out to right for a three-run homer that put the Phillies on top 4-1. Ibanez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Score one for hitting Rollins down in the order. If you want to read more articles than you can imagine about Rollins getting a 3-0 green light, they’re out there waiting for you.

With lefty James Russell on the mound for the Cubs and the lead cut to 4-3, Francisco hit for Gload to start the seventh and singled to left. Hoover flew to right for the first out and Werth hit for Blanton. Righty Jeff Stevens came in to pitch to him and got Werth and Victorino on fly balls to leave Francisco stranded.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phils hit in the eighth. Polanco grounded to short for the first out. Lefty John Grabow came in to deal with Utley and Howard. He walked Utley and got Howard on a fly ball to left. Rollins drew a walk and it put men on first and second with two down for Ibanez. Ibanez singled to right and Utley slid in just ahead of the throw to put the Phils up 5-4. The Cubs might have had Utley at the plate with a great throw from Fukudome, but his throw came in on the first base side of the plate. With men on first and third, Castro hit for Baez and grounded to short.

Big hit for Ibanez against the lefty. He ended the day hitting 220/289/366 against lefties for the season. In 2009, he hit 285/359/639 against left-handed pitching.

Victorino was 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-12 and his on-base percentage is down to .308 for the year.

Polanco was 2-for-4 with a double. He’s 3-for-his-last-8 and slugging .506 in May.

Utley was 1-for-2 with his tenth home run and two walks. He’s 2-for-5 with three walks and a home run since missing the games with the flu.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitting 342/400/479 in May but with just three home runs. He’s on pace to hit 28 home runs and walk 45 times.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. He’s hitting 342/458/658 in 38 at-bats for the year and is 4-for-15 with a double and a home run since coming off the DL.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a big single and an RBI.

Gload 0-for-2. Francisco was 1-for-1 with a single, his first hit in May.

Hoover 0-for-3.

Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) faces righty John Lackey (4-2, 4.86) tonight in Philadelphia as the Phils play the first of three with Boston. Lackey has allowed 11 earned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts. He has walked 21 batters in 50 innings for the season. Hamels has been very good in two of his last three starts. Righties are still pounding him on the year, though. They are hitting 327/376/536 against him overall.


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