The Phillies sent one of the best offensive teams in baseball to New York for a three-game set and scored exactly as many runs as they would have if they had sent the Peanuts Gang. And those guys are fictional. There’s simply no good news for the offense these days as last night Mike Pelfrey became the latest pitcher to baffle the bats. The Phils have been shut out three games in a row and in four of their last five. They’ve scored 15 runs in their last nine games.
I would say that it’s about as bad as it can get, but that’s what I was thinking yesterday.
On the good news front, Cole Hamels made another nice start. He started the bottom of the seventh down 1-0 before the Mets pushed a pair of runs across with the help of a fielding error by Polanco. Allowing three runs in seven innings isn’t going to be enough, though, if the Phillies never score again.
The Phillies 26-20 after losing 3-0 to the Mets last night. The Mets sweep the three-game set.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three. He’s 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA over his last five starts.
Jose Reyes reached on an infield single to third to start the bottom of the first. He moved to second when Luis Castillo grounded to first for the first out. Jason Bay was next and he doubled to center, scoring Reyes to put New York up 1-0. Hamels struck out Ike Davis and got David Wright to ground back to the mound to end the inning.
Angel Pagan singled to start the second. Jeff Francoeur popped to Utley for the first out before Ruiz threw Pagan out trying to steal second. Henry Blanco grounded to short for the third out.
The Phillies finally throw someone out on the bases. The Mets stole seven bases in the first two games of the series without being thrown out.
The pitcher Mike Pelfrey singled to center to start the third. Reyes was next and he singled again on a ball deflected by Utley. Castillo bunted the runners to second and third and Bay walked to load the bases. Hamels got Davis to hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Pagan singled with one out in the fourth. Francoeur popped out for the first out before Pagan stole second. Hamels struck out Blanco to leave him stranded.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.
Davis singled with one out in the sixth, but Hamels struck Davis out behind him and got Pagan to ground to short to end the inning.
Francoeur led off the seventh with a single. Blanco tried to bunt him to second, but Ruiz fielded the ball and threw to second to force Francoeur. Righty Fernado Tatis was next and hit a ball to third that Polanco didn’t handle for an error. It put men on first and second with one down for Reyes and Reyes cleared the bases with a double to put New York up 3-0. Durbin took over for Hamels and walked Castillo, putting men on first and second with one out. He struck out Bay for the second out and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Davis. Davis walked and Baez came in to pitch to the righty Wright and got him on ground ball to third for the third out.
Both Durbin and Bastardo walk the first guy they face. The error by Polanco helps the Mets score a run.
Baez threw a 1-2-3 eighth. He dropped his ERA on the year to 4.35 with the outing. He’s been charged with one earned run over 11 2/3 innings in his last 12 appearances.
Bastardo and Durbin were both pitching for the second day in a row. Baez threw 13 pitches, Durbin eight and Bastardo six.
The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Manuel stays with the same group of slumpers. Valdez plays short and Ruiz catches after sitting out Wednesday’s game with a sore shoulder. Given that they’ve already tried the Manuel speech and it didn’t work, I think they have to try changing the lineup around now.
The Phils went in order in the first.
Ibanez walked with two outs in the second and the Phils down 1-0, but Ruiz grounded to third behind him.
Valdez singled to start the third and Hamels bunted him to second. Victorino lined a single to right and Valdez moved to third. Polanco hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.
Howard walked with one out in the fourth, but Werth hit into a double-play behind him.
Ruiz walked with one out in the fifth, but Valdez hit into a double-play behind him.
At least they were spreading it around a little.
Victorino singled and stole second with one out in the sixth. Polanco drew a walk to put men on first and second for Utley. Utley flew to center for the second out with Victorino tagging and going to third. Howard grounded to Castillo to leave both men stranded.
Ibanez singled with one out in the seventh and was caught stealing. Ruiz flew to center for the third out.
The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the eighth. Valdez grounded out for the first out. With lefty Pedro Feliciano on the mound for New York, Francisco hit for Gload, who had entered as part of a double-switch in the seventh, and struck out. Victorino singled and Polanco struck out.
Utley, Howard and Werth went in order in the ninth.
Victorino was 3-for-4 with a stolen base in the game. 4-for-11 with two walks in the series. I think a lineup shakeup is called for, but Victorino in the leadoff spot hasn’t been the problem.
Polanco 0-for-3 last night and 5-for-12 in the series with a walk.
Utley 0-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-13 with four strikeouts in the series.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday. 2-for-12 with two singles and a walk in the series.
Werth was 0-for-4 and struck out three times in the game. 1-for-11 with a walk and five strikeouts in the series.
3-4-5 in the order go 4-for-36 (.111) in the series.
Ibanez 1-for-2 with a walk yesterday and 3-for-7 with a walk in the series. Francisco played left in game two and went 2-for-6 with a double in the series.
Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk yesterday and 1-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 1-for-his-last-19. Schneider caught game two and was 0-for-3 in the series. He’s 3-for-21 on the season with three singles.
Valdez played games two and three and was 1-for-5 with a walk. Castro played game one and was 0-for-2 and walked twice.
Gload did not get an at-bat in the series. I think he needs to play tonight against the righty and guess he will.
Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66) faces righty Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31) tonight in Florida. Lefties are hitting 344/414/594 against Kendrick for the year. Volstad has a 3.27 ERA and a 1.21 ratio over his last five starts. He’s made six career starts against the Phils, going 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.13 ratio. He’s been better against lefties than righties so far this year. Lefties are hitting 225/281/371 against him and righties 258/333/408.