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Halladay great again, but offense leaves no room for error

Round one of 2011 between Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson goes down as a draw between the pitchers but a win for the Marlins. Both Johnson and Halladay pitched well, but it was Johnson’s Fish who won the game, capitalizing on miscues by the Phillie defense in the eighth inning to score a run and break a 1-1 tie.

A Ryan Howard homer in the second put the Phils up 1-0, but a walk to the pitcher and a Chris Coghlan double helped the Marlins tie the game up at 1-1 in third. Omar Infante led off the bottom of the eighth and reached on an error by Rollins, moved to second on a wild pitch that should have been handled by Sardinha and scored on a bloop single.

The offense also frustrated for the Phils, most notably loading the bases in the second inning with nobody out and failing to score.

The Phillies are 23-12 on the year after losing to the Florida Marlins 2-1 last night. They are in first place in the NL East, two games ahead of Florida.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, and one of the runs was unearned. He struck out nine and lowered his ERA on the year to 2.05.

He struck out Chris Coghlan for the first out in the bottom of the first. Emilio Bonifacio singled into center and was caught stealing second as Hanley Ramirez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Up 1-0, he got Gaby Sanchez to pop to second for the first out of the second. Greg Dobbs was next and he singled into right. Halladay struck Mike Stanton out looking for the first out and got John Buck to pop to Orr to leave Dobbs stranded.

Omar Infante grounded to first to start the third. Halladay walked the pitcher Josh Johnson on six pitches and Coghlan followed that with double to right that moved Johnson to third. Bonifacio was next and he hit a fly ball to center deep enough for both of the runners to tag and move up a base. Johnson scored to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay walked Ramirez and then got Sanchez to pop to Howard to leave both men stranded.

Two walks in the inning for Halladay, which doesn’t happen a whole lot. Walking the pitcher costs the Phils.

Halladay struck out Dobbs, Stanton and Buck in the fourth.

He set down nine straight in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Infante led off the eighth and hit a ball hard to short. Rollins didn’t field the ball cleanly, but picked it up and made a strong throw to first that would have been in plenty of time to get Infante, but it pulled Howard off the bag and Infante was safe on Rollins’s error. Righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher and Infante took second on a wild pitch. Martinez tried to bunt but couldn’t and with two strikes moved Infante to third with a ground out to second, bringing Coghlan to the plate with one out and a man on third. Coghlan dumped a single in front of Victorino in center, scoring Infante to put Florida up 2-1. Ramirez was next and he hit a ball slowly to third. Polanco fielded, shuffled his feet and then threw to first, but a hustling Ramirez beat it out for a single. Ramirez stole second, but was left there when Halladay struck Sanchez out looking 0-2.

Miserable defensive inning from the Phils and a nice job by Halladay to hold Florida to a run. Rollins with the error, Sardinha should have handled the pitch on which Halladay was charged with a wild pitch, and Polanco should have gotten Ramirez at first. Without the passed ball, Infante is still on first and the Phils likely turn two on the ball hit by Martinez.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Orr (8) Sardinha. Francisco back in right against the righty, hitting sixth behind Ibanez. The lefty Orr at second with Valdez on the bench, but righty Sardinha catches Halladay with Schneider out of the starting lineup.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez was next and hit a ball hard to left for a double. Francisco was hit by a pitch behind him and Orr drew a walk, loading the bases for Sardinha with nobody out. Sardinha struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Halladay struck out looking 0-2. Rollins grounded to second to leave everyone stranded.

Sardinha the biggest culprit there, unable to put the ball in play with nobody out and the bases loaded.

Victorino led off the third with a single to center. Polanco and Howard went down behind him before Ibanez singled, sending Victorino to third. Francisco walked and the bases were loaded again, but this time Orr grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

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

Johnson set them down in order in the fifth, too.

Francisco singled softly to center with one out in the sixth and moved to second when Orr followed with a ground out to first. Johnson walked Sardinha intentionally to get to Halladay, who can’t hit even a tiny, little bit. Halladay struck out swinging at three pitches in a row to leave Francisco at second.

Rollins led off the seventh with a single to right. Victorino flew to left behind him for the first out. Polanco grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the second out. Howard struck out looking to leave Polanco at first.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With lefty Michael Dunn on the mound, Valdez hit for Orr and struck out for the third out.

Down 2-1, Gload hit for Sardinha against righty Leo Nunez and struck out for the first out of the ninth. Mayberry hit for Halladay and walked. He moved to second when Rollins followed with a ground out to first. It brought Victorino to the plate with two down and Mayberry on second. He hit a ball to first base that Sanchez fielded. Sanchez tossed to Nunez covering first in time to beat Victorino and end the game.

Victorino’s elbow may have been a little high as he and Nunez converged on first base. The Florida catcher Buck seemed to take exception and discussion ensued before Madson helped usher Victorino off the field.

Rollins was 1-for-5 and left four men on base. 328/434/469 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Victorino 1-for-5. 309/377/582 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Polanco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 222/244/250 so far in May after a monster April.

Howard was 1-for-4 with his eighth home run of the year. 5-or-his-last-26 with 11 strikeouts.

Ibanez was 2-for-4 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 and 14-for-his-last-30 with six extra-base hits (467/467/800 over his last 30 plate appearances).

Francisco 1-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles and eight walks. Over those last 34 plate appearances he’s walked eight times and been hit by pitch three times, so he has a .394 on-base percentage over his last 34 plate appearances to go with an .091 average and an .091 slugging percentage.

Orr was 0-for-2 with a walk and four men left on base. He’s 3-for-his-last-22.

Sardinha had a rough day, going 0-for-2 with a walk, which was intentional. Struck out in the second with nobody out and the bases loaded and should have handled the wild pitch in the eighth. He’s 2-for-14 on the year.

Halladay was 0-for-3, struck out three times and left five men on base. He’s 1-for-19 on the year with a single and 11 strikeouts.

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23) tonight. Nolasco is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA over his last four starts. Lefties have done nothing against the righty, hitting 208/265/308 compared to 292/303/510 for righties. Lee struck out 16 in his last start, but took the loss anyway as Derek Lowe was a little better. He has 60 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings for the season.

This says that Blanton was sore after his start on Monday. That can’t be good.

The linked article also says that Ruiz and Oswalt will play for Clearwater Thursday and that Utley might.


As you were

The ten runs the Phillies scored against Florida Tuesday night sure looked like a sign they were about to come out of their long, miserable offensive funk. Maybe they are, but last night they looked just as bad as they did scoring three runs or less in 13 of 15 games.

Josh Johnson baffled the Phils again. Johnson has faced them twice since May 29 and has held them to an unearned run over 15 innings. The Phillies have been shut out six times since the end of the day on May 21.

Last night they wasted a great start by Halladay in the process. Halladay held the Marlins to a run over eight strong innings. The Phillies have lost four of the last six games he’s started — over those games he’s thrown to a 2.60 ERA with a 1.11 ratio.

The Phils are 31-27 on the season after falling to the Marlins 2-0 last night. The teams split two games in the series with the middle game postponed by rain.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk. All six hits were singles and he struck out eight. His ERA for the year is down to 1.96.

The Marlins loaded the bases in the top of the first on back-to-back singles by Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez and a walk to Hanley Ramirez. Jorge Cantu was next and he hit a fly ball to right deep enough for Coghlan to tag and score and put Florida up 1-0. Sanchez also tagged and went to third on the play. Ramirez stole second and Halladay struck out Uggla for the second out. Cody Ross grounded to short to end the frame.

Ronny Paulino singled with one out in the second, but Halladay grounded back to the pitcher for the second out with Paulino moving to second and Coghlan grounded to Utley to leave him stranded.

Cantu singled with two outs and in the third and went to second on a wild pitch by Halladay, but Halladay got Uggla to fly to right for the third out.

Ross singled to start the fourth. Halladay struck out Mike Stanton, Paulino and the pitcher Josh Johnson behind him.

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

Johnson singled with two outs in the seventh. Johnson stayed in the game and flew to center.

Halladay struck out Ramirez and Cantu in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Baez started the ninth. He got ahead of Uggla 1-2, but couldn’t put him away. Uggla hit the twelfth pitch of his at-bat out to right to make it 2-0. Baez set down the next three hitters.

Baez has been charged with runs in each of his last four appearances.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Ruiz. More Valdez at short with Castro on the bench. Valdez hits ahead of Ruiz. Werth returns to the lineup.

Utley walked with two outs in the first and the Phils down 1-0 and moved to third when Howard followed with a soft double to left. Werth struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.

Big chance early in the game for the slumping Werth.

Ibanez singled to start the second, but Valdez followed and hit into a double-play. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Victorino doubled with one out in the third. Polanco flew to right for the second out. Utley hit the ball well, but Uggla fielded at second and threw to first to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth. Johnson struck out Howard and Werth in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Valdez and Ruiz went down to start the eighth. With the righty Johnson still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Halladay and grounded to third to drop his line on the year to 138/206/241. It’s enough to make you miss Bruntlett’s 171/224/238 line from last year.

Righty Leo Nunez pitched the ninth with a 2-0 lead. Polanco doubled with one out. Utley moved him to third with a ground out to first before Howard struck out to end the game.

Utley and Howard both get a chance as the tying run against a righty, but no luck.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .172 in June (5-for-29 with a double and three walks).

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice. He has hit in every game this month — 333/389/606 in June.

Werth was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-his-last-41 (.073) with 19 strikeouts. No longer on pace to shatter the single-season record for doubles (64 is his current pace).

Ibanez 1-for-3. He’s 6-for-his-last-11.

Valdez 0-for-3. After hitting into a double-play last night, he’s now hit into nine for the season. He leads the team with Ibanez and Polanco tied for second with five each. Eight players on the team have more plate appearances this season than he does and six have at least twice as many as he does.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 2-for-his-last-17.

Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98) faces righty John Lackey (6-3, 4.72) tonight in Boston. Moyer has a 2.76 ERA and an 0.90 ratio over his past six starts. In his last start he threw a complete game and held the Padres to two runs on seven hits and a walk. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last four starts. Lackey faced the Phils on May 21 and allowed four runs over five innings. His rates for allowing hits per nine innings and walks per nine innings are higher than for any other year of his career.


Rest of the Phillies’ pen located, asked politely to go back into hiding

If you’ve been wondering where the rest of the guys in the Phillies’ bullpen have been, wonder no more. They emerged briefly last night and it kinda reminded me of that Whack-A-Mole game at the mall where the gopher pops up and you try to hit it on the head with the fluffy hammer before it pops back in its hole.

The outcome wasn’t good for the Phils as the pen turned a tight game into a blowout. Nonetheless, I think you have to be glad to see Manuel using all of his bullpen even when the game is on the line. There’s no way he’s going to go through fifty more games and the playoffs just using Durbin, Romero and Lidge. And, well, Les Walrond pitching against righties in the seventh in a two-run game is about as close to using the whole pen as the Phillies are going to get.

Last night’s loss can’t all be blamed on the bullpen. The Phils managed just two runs in the game, all of which came on a single swing by Victorino.

The Phillies fell to the Florida Marlins last night. They lost 8-2 and are 61-51 on the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a single to center. Jeremy Hermida popped out behind him before Jorge Cantu moved Ramirez to second with another single. Josh Willingham popped to short and Mike Jacobs flew to right for the third out.

Dan Uggla led off the second with a double and John Baker was hit by a pitch behind him. Alfredo Amezaga popped to Utley for the first out before pitcher Josh Johnson bunted the runners to second and third for the second. Ramirez was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Moyer walked Hermida on a 3-2 pitch to force in Uggla and put Florida up 1-0. Cantu flew to left for the third out.

The intentional walk to Ramirez costs the Phils a run.

With one out in the third, Jacobs walked and moved to second when Uggla followed with a single. Baker singled into center and the bases were loaded. Moyer struck out Amezaga and Johnson to leave the runners stranded.

Ramirez led off the fourth with a single and moved to second when Hermida was hit by a pitch. Cantu struck out before Ramirez stole third. With men on first and third and one out, Willingham grounded to third and Bruntlett threw to second to force Hermida, but the Phils couldn’t get the double-play. Ramirez scored and it was 2-0. With Willingham on first and two down, Jacobs hit a ball through Howard’s legs and into right field for an error. Willingham tried to score from third but Rollins took Jenkins’ relay and threw him out at the plate to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Condrey started the sixth after the Phils hit for Moyer in the bottom of the fifth. Johnson led off and doubled to left-center. Ramirez bunted back to Condrey and Condrey threw Johnson out at third for the first out. Hermida hit a sinking line drive to right that Jenkins made a nice diving play on for the second out before Ruiz threw Ramirez out stealing second to end the frame.

I wouldn’t ask Hanley Ramirez to bunt very much.

Condrey came back for the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Cantu. He got Willingham on a fly ball to left and 31-year-old lefty Les Walrond came in to pitch to the lefty Jacobs. Walrond was called up when Seanez was put on the DL on Tuesday. He was making his Phillies’ debut having thrown 25 1/3 innings in the majors previously, with the Royals in 2003 and the Cubs in 2006. Walrond struck out Jacobs, but stayed on to pitch to Uggla and walked him before uncorking a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. He walked the lefty Baker to load the bases with two outs. Amezaga was next and he looped an 0-1 pitch over Dobbs’ head and into left field for a single. Cantu and Uggla both scored and it was 4-0. Wes Helms hit for the pitcher Johnson and Madson came in to pitch to him. Helms lined to right for the third out.

JA Happ started the eighth, making his first career relief appearance. Ramirez led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch before Hermida singled into center. Ramirez scored to put the Fish up 5-2. Happ got the next three to leave Hermida stranded at first.

Happ returned for the ninth. Baker walked with one out and moved to second on another single by Amezaga. Cody Ross singled to right and the bases were loaded. Ramirez hit a fly ball to left deep enough to score Baker and make it 6-2 with the runners advancing to second and third. Hermida was next and he singled into center. Amezaga scored and Ross slid in just ahead of Victorino’s throw to make it 8-2. Hermida went to second on the play at the plate. Cantu struck out for the third out.

The Phils used four relievers in the game and all of them but Madson didn’t pitch well. As a group they allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks. Happ threw 44 pitches, so you won’t be seeing him for a while. Condrey 24, Walrond 19 and Madson two.

The Marlins scored eight runs on 13 hits in the game — 11 singles and two doubles.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Bruntlett plays third against the righty with Moyer on the mound. Jenkins in right and Ruiz catching. Bruntlett is a bad starting third baseman, no matter who is pitching.

Victorino singled with one out in the first but Utley and Howard both flew out behind him.

Burrell and Jenkins started the second with back-to-back walks. Bruntlett flew to center and Ruiz struck out. Moyer sliced a ball into left and Willingham made a nice catch diving into foul territory to end the inning.

Rollins walked to start the third. Victorino flew to center and Utley hit into a double-play. Rollins was running on the ground ball that Utley hit up the middle, putting the covering Ramirez in perfect position to field the ball and start the double-play.

Howard started the fourth with a single. Burrell and Jenkins struck out before Bruntlett flew to right.

Third straight inning the Phils got their leadoff man aboard.

With one out in the fifth, Cervenak hit for Moyer and flew to left. Moyer had thrown 96 pitches and was down 2-0. Rollins followed and dribbled a single down the third base line, but Victorino flew to left for the third out.

Utley led off the sixth with a single but Howard hit into a double-play behind him. Burrell hit a ball off the top of the fence in left for a double. The righty Johnson walked Jenkins. Dobbs hit for Bruntlett and grounded to first.

The Phils started the seventh down 4-0. Ruiz led off with a single. Taguchi hit for Madson and lined into a double-play to second with Ruiz doubled-off first. Rollins singled into left before Victorino hit a 2-2 pitch out on a controversial fair-foul home run to left that got the Phils within two at 4-2 (it was foul). Utley was hit by a pitch before Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.

Burrell struck out to start the eighth and former Phil Arthur Rhodes came in to pitch to Jenkins. Werth hit for Jenkins and struck out. Dobbs struck out to end the inning with the Phils out of guys who could play third.

Ruiz led off the ninth with a walk with the Phils down 8-2. Coste hit for Happ and flew out for the first out. Rollins and Victorino went down behind him to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. It was the second home run in two days for Victorino. Using OPS as the measure, the Phillies have gotten the fourth-most offense in the NL from their center fielders this season.

Utley was 1-for-3.

Howard 1-for-4 with another error. He is miserable fielder.

Burrell 1-for-3 with double, a walk and two strikeouts.

Jenkins 0-for-1 with two walks. He’s hitting 308/419/615 since the All-Star break.

Bruntlett 0-for-2.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting a much more respectable 294/351/324 since the All-Star break. Still only has one extra-base hit in his last 77 at-bats.

Kyle Kendrick (9-5, 4.59) faces righty Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 3.18) tonight. Sanchez has made just one start this season after missing most of the year coming off of shoulder surgery. On Thursday he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies. He threw 95 pitches in that game and five of the six hits he allowed came from left-handed batters. Kendrick has allowed three runs in 12 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Lefties are hitting .321 against him.


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