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Phils get no relief from line drives or their bullpen

The Phils got more scoreless innings from Hamels yesterday, just not enough of them. He had to leave the game after the fourth after Adrian Gonzalez smashed a line drive off of his right hand. The pen didn’t exactly shine after his exit as Herndon and Carpenter combined to allow five runs in the next four innings, turning a scoreless game into a 5-0 lead for Boston. Howard blasted a two-run homer in the ninth, his 17th of the year and his 17th against right-handed pitching, but it wasn’t enough and the Red Sox held on to salvage a game in the set.

If the names of the guys appearing for the Phils in relief these days are starting to concern you, the results should as well. The bullpen was a huge strength of the team in the early going, but they’ve run into trouble lately and been terrible in three of the last five games they’ve been called on to pitch. In the first 75 games of the season, the bullpen combined to pitch to a 2.80 ERA with a 1.31 ratio. In the last seven games they’ve thrown to a 7.94 ERA with a 1.82 ratio. They didn’t pitch at all in two of those seven games thanks to complete games by Halladay and Lee. In three of the last five games they have pitched they’ve allowed runs — in two of the three, including yesterday’s, they were hit real hard. The Start Log tracks bullpen performance by game and starting pitcher.

The Phillies are 51-31 on the year after losing to the Boston Red Sox 5-2 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. They are in first place in the NL East, four games ahead of the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four scoreless innings before leaving the game after taking a line drive off his non-pitching hand. He allowed two singles and two walks in the game and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.41.

This article from the Phillies web site says he could miss his next start, which would bring the rotation down to two of its original members (Halladay and Lee).

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and he hit a ball slowly towards short. Rollins charged and threw to first, but Ellsbury beat it out for a single. Darnell McDonald was next and Hamels got him to hit a double-play ball to third, clearing the bases. Hamels struck Adrian Gonzalez out swinging 3-2 for the third out.

After the strikeout, Gonzalez was 1-for-8 in the series.

Josh Reddick singled to center with two outs in the second. Hamels got Drew Sutton to ground to short for the third out.

Hamels set the Red Sox down in order in the third, making a nice play to snag a line drive by Marco Scutaro for the first out.

He got McDonald on a fly ball to left to start the fourth. Gonzalez was next and he hit a line drive off of the palm of Hamels’s glove hand. Hamels picked up the ball and threw to first to get Gonzalez for the second out, but was obviously hurting from the ball hit off of his hand. He stayed in to get Pedroia on a ground ball to third for the third out.

Herndon started the fifth and got Varitek on a ground ball to short for the first out before Reddick hit a ball to right that got passed Francisco and to the wall for a triple. Drew Sutton was next and he singled to right, scoring Reddick to put Boston up 1-0. Scutaro followed that with another single, which moved Sutton to third. Herndon struck the pitcher Lester out swinging for the second out, but Ellsbury delivered a two-out single into left. Sutton scored, 2-0, and Scutaro took second. McDonald grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Herndon was back for the sixth. He got Gonzalez and Pedroia on a pair of ground balls for the first two outs, but Varitek was next and hit a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting Boston on top 3-0. Reddick grounded to second for the third out.

Herndon hadn’t been charged with a run in seven June appearances coming into the game, but that didn’t go well. He gave up three runs on five hits in two innings.

Didn’t go well for Carpenter, either. He made his first appearance of the year for the Phils when he started the seventh. Sutton and Scutaro started the inning with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and third for Lester. Lester tried to bunt Scutaro to second, but struck out fouling off strike three for the first out. Carpenter struck Ellsbury out looking 2-2 for the second out and lefty JD Drew hit for McDonald and lined to center to leave both runners stranded.

Carpenter struck Gonzalez out to start the eighth and things were looking just ducky. But. Pedroia hit an 0-2 pitch out to right. 4-0. Varitek was next and he hit his second homer of the day, hitting a 2-0 pitch out to right to make it 5-0. Carpenter got Reddick on a fly ball to right and struck out Sutton to end the frame.

Mathieson pitched the ninth with the Phils still down five runs. He got the first two before Ellsbury and Drew singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third for Gonzalez and Mathieson walked him on four pitches to load the bases. Mathieson kept the Red Sox off the board, getting Pedroia to pop to Utley on a 3-2 pitch to leave the runners stranded.

Third outing of the year for Mathieson. He hasn’t been charged with a run, but has allowed seven hits and four walks in three innings.

Herndon threw 46 pitches in the game. Carpenter 39 and Mathieson 26.

Five innings from the pen on the day before Kendrick’s start probably wasn’t what the Phillies were looking for.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Francisco (7) Ibanez (8) Ruiz. Brown on the bench with the righty Francisco in right. Francisco came into the game hitting 209/329/328 against lefties for the season. Ruiz catches the day game with the lefty Lester pitching after the lefty Schneider started on Wednesday night with the righty Lackey on the mound for Boston. Ruiz also had terrible numbers against lefties for the season coming into the game — 196/328/235 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 61 plate appearances.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard started the second with a walk. Victorino flew to left for the first out before Francisco grounded to third for the second with Howard moving up to second. Ibanez struck out swinging to leave him there.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley singled with one out in the fourth and stoles second. Howard flew to left and Victorino flew to center to leave him there.

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Down 3-0 they went in order in the sixth. Martinez hit for Herndon and fouled out to Gonzalez for the first out.

Howard singled to center with one out in the seventh and moved to second when Victorino followed with a walk. Francisco flew to center for the second out and Ibanez struck out again, leaving both runners stranded.

The Phils were down 5-0 when Daniel Bard set them down in order in the eighth. Gload hit for Carpenter and the righty Bard got him on a ground ball to first for the second out.

Polanco singled off of righty Bobby Jenks to start the ninth. Utley popped to third for the first out, but Howard was next and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right, getting the Phils on the board at 5-2. Victorino walked on five pitches behind Howard and righty Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch to Francisco. Victorino stole second before moving to third when Francisco grounded to second for the second out. Ibanez struck out looking to end the game and top off a day where he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and left four men on base.

Seventeen homers for Howard, all of which have come against righties. Francisco stays in to hit against the righty Papelbon with the lefty Brown presumably available.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-11 in the three-game set. He’s 5-for-his-last-28 and has gone 0-fer in five of the last seven games. 254/327/368 on the year. He’s on-basing .259 against lefties for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-12 with three singles in the series. 288/339/363 on the year. 232/284/281 since the end of April. He has 15 extra-base hits in 340 plate appearances for the year, which is about 4.4% and the worst mark for his career.

Utley 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-10 with a triple and a walk in the series. 280/381/449 for the year. 325/424/532 over his last 93 plate appearances.

Howard 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 254/354/488 for the year. 260/330/354 against lefties for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-9 with a double, a homer and two walks in the series. He’s been the best hitter for the Phils so far this year with a 289/359/504 line. His OPS against lefties for the year dropped below 1.200, though. He’s at 1.170 now.

Francisco was 0-for-4, left four men on base and didn’t look real good in the outfield in his only action of the series. 220/336/351 on the year. I’d keep giving him some starts against lefties, but his numbers against lefties are worse than his numbers against righties for the season — 200/317/314 against left-handed pitching for the season. Brown did not play yesterday, but was 2-for-6 with a double and a home run in the series. 214/294/411 for the year. 165/258/354 in 89 plate appearances in June. After hitting .210 in 77 plate appearances in 2010, he’s hitting 214 in his first 126 plate appearances in 2011.

Ibanez 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and four men left on base in stark contrast to his game two heroics. 3-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 235/285/393 for the year. The .636 OPS for Phillies left fielders for the year is 14th-best of the 16 NL teams. The .292 on-base percentage is 16th of 16.

Ruiz 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. He’s 1-for-his-last-14 and hitting 243/348/333 for the year. I still like the Schneider against the righty and Ruiz against the lefty in the day/night game thing, but Ruiz is now hitting 189/317/226 against lefties for the year with two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 63 plate appearances.

Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23) faces lefty Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74) today. Romero has a 1.95 ERA and a 1.08 ratio over his last nine starts. Lefties have had more luck against him than righties for the season — righties are hitting just 208/273/336 against him. Kendrick will be making his sixth start of the season and has thrown just 23 innings in his first five starts (4.6 innings per start). He’s 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA as a starter this season. Lefties are hitting just .234 against him for the year, but slugging .468. Ten of the 18 hits that Kendrick has allowed to left-handed batters this year have gone for extra-base hits, five doubles, two triples and three home runs.

This says that Oswalt will see a spine surgeon today for a second opinion on his back and that he could return by August. It also says that Madson may not be ready to return on Monday.


Lester’s luster flusters Phils

Jon Lester baffled the Phils last night, holding them to six singles in seven shutout innings. The Phillies have scored three runs or less in four of their last seven games.

Jamie Moyer held the Red Sox to a pair of runs over five innings, but wasn’t as sharp as he’s been for much of the year. He walked five batters, which is as many as he walked in his five starts in June combined.

Boston also ran wild on the Phils. They stole six bases with Ruiz behind the plate. You would think a lot of this could be blamed on the slow-throwing Moyer, but only two of the six came with Moyer on the mound.

The Phils failed to do just about anything offensively. Howard’s recent surge was sidelined as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Utley and Burrell were also both 0-for-4. With an 0-for-his-last-16, Utley has his batting average at .299. Yesterday was is the first time since June 2, 2007 that Utley has ended a day with a batting average under .300.

The Phils should consider extreme measures to ensure that Ruiz never gets to bat with a runner on first base.

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. With the 3-0 loss they are 42-31 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and will be decided this afternoon.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run home run by Coco Crisp. Moyer struck out four.

He walked Julio Lugo to start the game. Dustin Pedroia flew to left for the first out before JD Drew moved Lugo to second with a ground ball that went off the glove of Howard and to Utley. Manny Ramirez reached on an infield single, moving Lugo to third, before Moyer got Mike Lowell to ground to third for the third out.

Moyer walked Jason Varitek to start the second. Sean Casey hit a ground ball to second and Varitek was forced at second for the first out. Coco Crisp hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left and the Red Sox led 2-0. Moyer got the pitcher Jon Lester to ground to second for the second out before Lugo and Pedroia walked back-to-back. Lugo stole third before Drew struck out to end the frame.

Moyer walked Lowell with one out in the third. Varitek followed and Moyer struck him out for the second out before Casey moved Lowell to second with a single. Crisp grounded to second for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a nice play on a ground ball Lester hit back up the middle for the first out.

Lowell singled with two outs in the fifth, but Moyer struck out Varitek to leave him stranded.

Madson started the sixth. Crisp singled with one out and stole second with Lester showing bunt. Lester struck out swinging for the second out and Crisp stole third. Lugo hit a 3-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left for a double. Crisp scored and Boston led 3-0. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Drew, but he got the next three hitters to end the frame.

Seanez started the eighth with the Phils down 3-0. Casey walked to start the inning, but Seanez struck out Crisp for the first out. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for the pitcher Lester and Casey stole second as Seanez struck Lester out. Lugo went down swinging to end the frame and leave Casey stranded.

Condrey started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia. Drew flew to left for the first out. Ellsbury hit a ground ball to second and Pedroia was forced at second for the second out. With Lowell at the plate, Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame. Not a good play to get caught stealing to end the inning when you’re in scoring position.

Condrey’s role appears to have evolved to the point where he’s pitching in games that are not out of reach. One run in four innings for the bullpen. Madson threw 41 pitches, so he’s out for a while. Seanez 23, Condrey 17.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with the lefty on the mound. Ruiz catches.

Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Victorino stole second, but Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

Werth and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Ruiz got ahead 2-0 and then hit a hard ground ball to third. Lowell took it and started an inning-ending double-play. The game was delayed for a brief ceremony to honor the Red Sox for getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into the one millionth double-play of his career and Jon Lester was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Applebee’s (that didn’t really happen — Ruiz has hit into eight double-plays in 159 at-bats this season and 28 for his career. He probably won’t pass the million mark till 2010 or so).

Rollins singled with one out in the third. Victorino hit a ground ball to short and Rollins was forced at second for the second out. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and the fifth. Taguchi hit for Moyer with two outs in the fifth and lined to third on another nice play by Lowell.

Rollins led off the sixth with a walk. Victorino was next and lined to third and Lowell doubled Rollins off of first. Utley popped to first for the third out.

With two outs in the seventh, Werth and Feliz again singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Victorino flew to right and Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. He struck Howard out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Burrell struck out on three pitches and Werth struck out on three pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base and left three men on base.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 3-4-5 in the lineup go 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and left four men on base.

Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) faces 23-year-old righty Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) this afternoon. Masterson has made five starts for the Red Sox and gone at least six innings in all of them. Opponents are hitting just .168 against him, righties .130 and lefties .208. His walk rate and his home run rates are both high — in 31 innings he has walked 15 and allowed five home runs. The Phillies have won nine of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties still pound him, they’re hitting .331 against him for the year. He has oddly been much better at home (3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.10 ratio in six starts) than on the road (3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.76 ratio in eight starts).


Flyin’ Ryan

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
BOS 44-28 371 5.15 X 806 (x) 64 12
PHI 41-30 381 5.37 2 795 (2) 48 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
BOS 44-28 301 4.18 X 3.77 (x) 3.95 (x)
PHI 41-30 291 4.10 3 4.40 (8) 2.62 (1)

Ryan Howard is going to have to hit for a while to get some of his numbers for the season up to where everyone expects them to be. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem. Howard’s 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI paced the Phillies to a win against the Red Sox last night. He’s 9-for-his-last-18 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Despite his .224 average, Howard is tied for the league lead in RBI and tied for second in home runs.

The talk of a possible World Series matchup is way premature, but it doesn’t change the fact that last night’s game also saw Cole Hamels shut down one of the better offenses in baseball. Hamels held Boston to two runs over seven innings and the Phillies won for the eighth time in the last ten games he has started.

The Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox last night, winning 8-2 to improve to 42-30 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels struck out JD Drew and Manny Ramirez to leave him stranded.

Sean Casey doubled to right with one out in the second and Julio Lugo followed with a walk. Hamels struck out pitcher Bartolo Colon for the third out.

Pedroia singled with one out in the third, but Hamels got Drew to pop to short and Manny on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Casey singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Lugo followed with a double. Hamels again struck out Colon to end the frame.

With one out in the fifth, Pedroia got ahead 3-1 and hit one way out to left to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Drew followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. Hamels got Ramirez and Mike Lowell on ground balls to set Boston down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.

Hamels started the eighth up 8-2 having thrown 102 pitches. He got ahead of Drew 0-2 before throwing four straight balls. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Manny and got him to hit into a double-play. Lowell popped to short for the third out.

Durbin returned for the ninth and gave up a two-out double to Brandon Moss, but struck out Alex Cora to end the game.

Durbin seemed like an odd choice with a six-run lead after he threw an inning on Sunday. Condrey or Seanez would have been my guess. Durbin threw 17 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the year with two scoreless innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bartolo Colon went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Rollins led off the first and got ahead 1-0 before he ripped a ball down the right field line. 1-0. Victorino followed with a double before Utley struck out for the first out. Howard got ahead 1-0 and then he hit one out to the opposite field. 3-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins grounded out and Feliz struck out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the second and Rollins moved him to second with a walk. Utley popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

Howard started the first and pounded one out to left-center to put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell followed with a single, but Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz all went down behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice diving play in center to take a hit away from Ruiz for the third out.

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

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit one high off the wall in center. The ball rolled a long way — long enough for Burrell to wind up at third with his first triple since August 11, 2006. Jenkins struck out to leave him stranded.

Feliz walked to start the sixth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third. Rollins ripped a single into right-center and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 6-2. Victorino singled and Rollins went to third. Utley was next and he hit a check swing ground ball to short. It wasn’t hit hard enough for Boston to turn two. Rollins scored and it was 7-2 with Utley on first and two down. Howard hammered the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center. Ellsbury dove for it at the warning track and the ball went off his glove. Howard had a triple and Utley scored to put the Phils up 8-2. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him. Jenkins grounded out for the third out.

If you thought that Howard and Burrell were both going to triple in the game you could have gotten some pretty nice odds.

Hamels singled with two outs in the seventh, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Just his sixth of the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Burrell 2-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 0-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-28.

Feliz 0-for-3.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Jamie Moyer (7-3, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Lester (5-3, 3.43) tonight. Lester hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. Lefties and righties are hitting about the same against him (.253 for righties and .240 for lefties), but his walk rate for righties is much higher. Righties are on-basing .338 against him this season compared to .301 for lefties. Moyer comes off of eight shutout innings against the Marlins in which he allowed two hits. The Phillies have won the last six games he has started.


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