Tag: Jorge Cantu

Just think how much merrier a soul King Cole would be if anyone ever got a hit

The merry would be off the charts. They would need to invent new merry-measuring tools.

Cole Hamels is pitching up a storm and the rest of the Phillies seem to be content just to watch. Hamels went eight innings in Florida yesterday, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits while striking out seven. The Phillies scored two runs in the game and lost in 11 innings.

They scored 11 runs in the three-game set and are having a lot of trouble getting much of anything out of the top and the bottom of their order. The guys who started the games in the one and two spots in the order combined to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the series while the guys that started the games in the seven and eight spots in the order combined to go 4-for-25 (.160) with one walk.

The Phillies are 1-2 in the last three games that Hamels has started. In each of those three starts he’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two runs. Over his last ten starts the Phillies have scored three or fewer runs five times. He’s thrown to a 3.03 ERA in those ten outings, going at least seven innings in nine of the ten starts. The Phillies are 5-5 in those games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 3-2 in 11 innings. The Marlins take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 53-46 and start the day in a tie for first place in the NL East with the Mets. The Marlins are a half game behind.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out seven. He needed just 96 pitches to go eight innings.

He started the first with a 1-0 lead. He walked Jorge Cantu with two outs, but got Wes Helms to fly to right for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

Jeremy Hermida led off the fourth and hit a high fly ball to right on the first pitch of his at-bat that went out for his second home run in two days. It cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Cantu lined to third before Helms reached on a single, but Hamels got Dan Uggla to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Hamels walked Uggla with two outs in the seventh, but got Luis Gonzalez to fly to left for the third out. Hamels had thrown just 82 pitches through seven innings.

Cody Ross led off the eighth and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right center, tying the game at 2-2. Hamels struck out John Baker for the first out before Alfredo Amezaga hit for the pitcher Joe Nelson and singled into left. Hamels pick Amezaga off first with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, but Amezaga beat Howard’s throw to second. Howard is absolutely terrible at that play. Hamels struck out Ramirez and got Hermida on a fly ball to center to leave the runner stranded.

Madson set down 3-4-5 in the Florida order in the bottom of the ninth with the scored tied at 2-2.

He came back out to start the tenth, but when lefty Mike Jacobs was announced as the pinch-hitter for pitcher Matt Lindstrom, Romero entered the game. Romero got Jacobs to ground the first pitch of his at-bat to second for the first out. Durbin came in to pitch to Ross and struck Ross and Baker out to end the frame.

Condrey started the eleventh. Amezaga led off with a single and moved to second when Ramirez followed with a walk. Hermida bunted, badly. The ball came back to Condrey. Condrey looked at third, then turned and threw to first but late. Hermida was safe and the bases were loaded. Condrey got ahead of Cantu 0-2 before Cantu blasted a ball off the scoreboard in left — would have probably been a three-run double, but the Marlins only needed one to win the game.

The game was probably lost with the bases loaded and one out anyway, but with the day off today especially Manuel could have brought in Lidge to try to get the strikeout instead of leaving Condrey on to face Cantu.

Two innings for the pen. Everyone was good except for Condrey, who allowed three hits and a walk without getting an out. Nobody threw more than 14 pitches and the Phils have an off day today.

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

Rollins led off the first with a chopper over the mound that went for an infield single. Victorino flew to left for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single to right. Howard singled into center and Rollins scored, putting the Phils up 1-0 with Utley going to third. Burrell popped to short and Jenkins grounded back to the pitcher to leave the runners stranded.

Bad result for Burrell with one out and men on first and third.

1-2-3 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Utley walked and came around to score when Howard followed with a double. 2-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins struck out looking for the third out.

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

Victorino bunted for a single with one down in the sixth. Utley grounded back to the pitcher and Howard grounded hard to first.

Burrell led off the sixth with a single. Jenkins was next and he shattered his bat hitting a slow ground ball to second for a double-play. The bat broke at the handle and a large piece of the barrel caught Jenkins in his shoulder or neck. Jenkins crumpled to the ground and was replaced by Werth in the bottom of the inning. Jenkins is not expected to miss any time. Feliz struck out for the third out.

Ruiz led off the seventh with a walk. Hamels hit for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and bunted, but popped it up for the first out. Rollins hit a ground ball to third and Ruiz was forced at second for the second out. Victorino doubled down the left field line and Rollins moved to third. Lefty Renyel Pinto came in to pitch to Utley and got ahead 0-2 before he hit him to load the bases. Howard grounded to second baseman Uggla in shallow right field for the third out.

Righty Joe Nelson set down Burrell, Werth and Feliz in order in the eighth. Werth had entered the game in right in the bottom of the sixth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the second out.

1-2-3 in the tenth.

Bruntlett, who had entered the game in the eighth defensively for Burrell, led off the eleventh. Hate that. Bruntlett popped to second for the first out. Werth struck out behind him before Feliz hit a ball that Ramirez didn’t handle for an error. Ruiz moved Feliz to second with a single and Coste hit for Durbin with righty Doug Waechter on the mound. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Coste struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game. 3-for-14 with a double and one walk in the series. 271/336/431 for the season.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-14 in the series. 276/345/402 for the year.

At the top of the order Rollins and Victorino combine to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the set.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 296/379/584.

Howard 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. 236/325/512.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-12 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 280/406/594 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 and left five men on base. 2-for-7 with a walk and a home run in the series. 238/291/389 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game and 1-for-6 in the series. 268/352/468 for the season.

Feliz was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. 1-for-13 with a triple and six strikeouts in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a walk in the set. 204/304/269 for the season. Coste was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting .125 in July and 276/330/476 for the year.

No game today.


Ace in the pretty deep hole

On April 26 the Phillies beat the Pirates 8-4 to improve to 14-11 on the year. Since that game they are 25-16. Eight of the 16 games they have lost have been started by Brett Myers (the Phils are 1-8 in his last nine starts), so they are 24-8 in their last 32 games not started by Myers.

In four of those nine starts, Myers pitched at least pretty well.

Last night wasn’t one of the ones where he pitched pretty well. He allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three home runs, two of which were absolutely blasted on the first pitch of a Fish at-bat.

The Phils never did come back from the early 3-0 hole Myers put them in, but they did make the game close. Burrell had a double and a home run. Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, which was the only hit in the game for a top four in the order that ended the night 1-for-17. Down a run in the ninth, Werth led off with a single and was bunted to second. It gave Rollins and Victorino a chance to tie the game with a runner in scoring position, but Rollins flew to left, Victorino hit it hard but right at someone and the Phillies lost for the first time in five games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 5-4 to drop to 39-27 on the season.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out five.

Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left to put the Fish up 1-0. Myers got ahead of Jeremy Hermida 0-1 before he threw him four straight balls. Jorge Cantu hammered the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Myers got the next two before Luis Gonzalez walked. Mike Rabelo struck out for the third out.

With one out in the second, pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled to center and Ramirez followed with a walk. Myers got Hermida and Cantu on fly balls to leave the runners stranded.

Myers walked Gonzalez again with two outs in the third. Utley made a nice sliding play to take a hit away from Rabelo in short right field with Myers covering first for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Ramirez singled and stole second. Myers got Hermida swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

The Phils got within one in the top of the fifth. Cantu blasted the first pitch of his at-bat again, this time for a double to left. Mike Jacobs was next and he liked the first pitch he saw from Myers, too. He hit it really far, out to right for a two-run home run. 5-2. Myers got the next three, but with a couple of balls hammered. Dan Uggla smashed a line drive to left for the first out and Gonzalez ripped a ball down the right field line but just foul before grounding to Utley for the second.

With one out in the sixth, Cody Ross pinch-hit for Nolasco and lined a ball into left that Burrell misplayed into a double. It was a hit, but if Burrell had stayed back and played it on a hop he would have held him to one base. Just about any other outfielder in the league has the range to catch that ball in the air. Condrey relieved Myers to pitch to the righty Ramirez. Ramirez grounded to third and Ross went to third.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another great job by the bullpen. They went 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Condrey threw 17 pitches, Romero 14.

Condrey has a 2.87 ERA in his ten appearances since May 5. He’s been charged with five runs in 15 2/3 innings on 13 hits and just one walk. His rate of walks per nine inning (2.49) is the second best on the team behind only Moyer (2.16).

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Second straight start at third for Dobbs against a righty. Jenkins plays right with a righty on the mound. Coste continues to take Ruiz’s time against right-handed pitchers.

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

Down 3-0 in the second, Burrell doubled with one out. Jenkins grounded to first for the second out and Burrell moved to third. Dobbs struck out to leave Burrell stranded.

Coste doubled to start the third. Myers, terrible at bunting, tried to bunt him along but popped it up for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino popped to first and Utley flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Myers hit a ball slowly back through the middle. Ramirez fielded, but his throw to first was wild and Myers was safe on the error. Rollins got ahead 2-0 and then socked one just out to right-center, butting the Fish lead to 3-2. Victorino popped out again for the third out.

Down 5-2 in the sixth, Utley and Howard went down to start the inning. Burrell hit a line drive to left that Gonzalez may have lost in the lights. It went off Gonzalez’s glove for an error with Burrell safe at first. Jenkins was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dobbs. Dobbs singled into center and Burrell scored. 5-3. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Ruiz, who entered the game with Condrey in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh with a walk. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Victorino was next and he smashed a line drive, but right at Jacobs at first. Jacobs caught it and doubled Ruiz off of first to end the frame.

Righty Joe Nelson struck out Utley and Howard to start the eighth before Burrell blasted an 0-1 pitch out to left to cut the Florida lead to 5-4. Jenkins drew a walk and Bruntlett ran for him at first. Righty closer Kevin Gregg came into the game and struck out Dobbs to end the frame.

Werth hit for Romero to start the ninth and singled into left. Ruiz was next and bunted Werth to second. Rollins flew to left for the third out. Victorino was next and hit it hard to first base, but Cantu took it there and went to the bag for the third out.

Feliz ends the game without coming to the plate.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, just his fifth of the year. He’s on pace to hit 12 this season after hitting 30 last year and 25 in 2006.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left four men on base. Twice hit the ball well, though.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Jenkins was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with an RBI and three strikeouts.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65) tonight. Miller faced the Phils on June 1 and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in any of his last three outings and the Marlins are 1-4 in the last five games he started. Hamels faced Florida on May 31 and was pounded for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has made one start since, which was a complete game three-hit shutout of the Reds.


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