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Better late than ever

The Phils jumped out to a one game to none lead in their series with the Cardinals tonight, getting a strong outing from Halladay after a worrisome start and mounting an offensive explosion late that saw them plate ten runs in their last three times at bat.

Halladay gave up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the top of the first, putting the Phils in an early 3-0 hole. The Phils look stumped by St Louis starter Kyle Lohse until the fourth when a David Freese error on a foul ball extended Victorino’s at-bat long enough for Victorino to knock in Utley and cut the lead to 3-1. The Phils knocked Lohse out of the game in a five-run sixth that featured a three-run shot by Howard and a two-run homer by Ibanez and put the Phils up 6-3. The Phillies thumped the St Louis pen in the seventh and the eighth, scoring five more runs charged to Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs as they extended the lead to 11-3. Stutes didn’t have much luck when he took over for Halladay in the ninth, getting just one out before Madson came on to bail him out and hold the Cards to three runs in the inning.

The Phils lead their best-of-five NLDS with the Cardinals one game to none after winning 11-6 tonight.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer by Lance Berkman. He struck out eight. After allowing a leadoff single to start the second, Halladay retired 20 hitters in a row.

He faced a St Louis lineup that went (1) Rafael Furcal (SS/S) (2) Allen Craig (RF/R) (3) Albert Pujols (1B/R) (4) Lance Berkman (LF/S) (5) David Freese (3B/R) (6) Yadier Molina (C/R) (7) Skip Schumaker (2B/L) (8) Jon Jay (CF/L). Furcal starts at short with questions coming into the game about his hamstring. Holliday on the bench with his finger and Allen Craig in the lineup in right.

St Louis had six hitters on the bench to start the game, righties Holliday, Gerald Laird and Ryan Theriot, lefties Adron Chambers and Daniel Descalso and switch-hitter Nick Punto. Punto hit about the same against lefties and righties in 2011. He’s been a little better against righties in his career.

Furcal was the first hitter of the game. He took strike one before singling into right. As the count went 1-1 on Craig, Furcal stole second. Ruiz’s throw bounced into second, Utley didn’t handle it cleanly and Furcal would have been safe if he had. Halladay struck Craig out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Pujols was next and Halladay walked him on four pitches, putting men on first and second. Berkman hammered the first pitch he saw out to right, putting St Louis up 3-0. Halladay got Freese looking 2-2 for the second out. Molina grounded to third on a 1-0 pitch to set the Cards down.

Berkman doesn’t watch a pitch after Pujols takes four straight balls. Guess Furcal’s hamstring is okay.

The last time anyone besides Lance Berkman has homered off of Roy Halladay is July 18 (Aramis Ramirez). At least in a game that counted. Maybe someone did in batting practice or whiffle ball or something. Over his last 94 1/3 innings he has given up two home runs and both have been hit by Berkman.

Schumaker led off the second and singled to right on an 0-1 pitch. Jay was next and he hit a ball hard to first, but Howard made a nice diving play and tossed to Halladay covering for the first out with Schumaker taking second. Halladay struck Lohse out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got Furcal to ground to second to leave Schumaker stranded.

Lohse doesn’t bunt Schumaker to third with the second out, which would have been a bad idea.

Halladay had thrown 29 pitches through two innings.

He set St Louis down in order in the third. Craig grounded to short for the first out. Pujols hit a pair of balls hard but foul down the third base line before grounding to Polanco for the second out. Berkman again swung at the first pitch and this time popped to Polanco in foul territory to end the frame.

Berkman swinging first pitch for the second time in two at-bats. Nine pitch inning for Halladay, who was at 38 for the game.

Freese led off the fourth and grounded to second 1-2. Halladay struck Molina out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Schumaker popped to third 0-2 to set St Louis down.

Nine in a row for Halladay. He was at 49 pitches for the game.

It was 3-1 when Halladay set St Louis down in order in the fifth. Jay struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Lohse grounded to short for the second. Furcal bunted back to the mound and was thrown out by Halladay for the third.

Twelve in a row for Halladay. Sixty pitches in the game.

The Cards went in order in the sixth, too. Craig struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Pujols hit a ground ball back up the middle that Rollins handled for the second. Berkman struck out swinging 1-2 for the third.

Fifteen in a row and 74 pitches.

The Phils led 6-3 when Halladay started the seventh. Freese grounded to third on a 1-1 pitch for the first out. Molina was next with a 10-pitch at-bat that ended with a ball hit hard to Rollins. Rollins got in front of it, though, and threw Molina out for the second out. Schumaker hit the ball pretty well, too, but Howard took it at first and beat Schumaker to the bag for the third out.

Halladay was at 89 pitches and had retired 18 in a row.

The Phils were up 9-3 when Halladay started the eighth. Jay led off and chopped a ball to first. Howard handled it and tossed to Halladay covering. Daniel Descalso, who had entered with Marc Rzepczynski in the bottom of the seventh, was next and Halladay struck him out swinging for the second out. Furcal lined to left on a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Twenty-one in a row. Halladay was at 105 pitches.

Stutes started the ninth for the Phils with an 11-3 lead. He got ahead of Craig 0-2, but walked him. Pujols was next and singled into center, moving Craig to second. With the count 1-0 on Berkman, Laird ran for Pujols at first. Berkman hit a 2-2 pitch to second that might have been a double-play, but Utley’s toss to Rollins at second wasn’t great and the Phils only got one. It left St Louis with men on first and third with one down and the lefty Chambers hit for pitcher Arthur Rhodes. Chambers ripped a 1-1 pitch into right for a single. Craig scored (11-4) and Berkman moved up to second. Molina followed with a single to left that loaded the bases. That was it for Stutes and Madson came on to pitch to Schumaker. Schumaker hit the first pitch from Madson to left and off the glove of a diving Mayberry for a double that scored Berkman and Chambers. 11-6 with one down and men on second and third. Jay was next and Madson struck him out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Holliday hit for Descalso and Madson struck him out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

Stutes faced five batters in the game, allowing three singles and a walk. He got one out and was charged with three runs. He threw 20 pitches in the game. Madson threw eight.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Utley (2B/L) (3) Pence (RF/R) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Victorino (CF/S) (6) Ibanez (LF/L) (7) Polanco (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R). Utley hits second instead of third with Polanco hitting third instead of fifth. Victorino out of the two-hole and hitting fifth.

The Phils started the game with six players on their bench, righties John Mayberry, Wilson Valdez and Ben Francisco, lefties Brian Schneider and Ross Gload and switch-hitter Michael Martinez. Martinez was an atrocious hitter against both righties and lefties, but more atrocious against lefties. 179/189/196 for the year against lefties.

The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the first. Rollins broke his bat grounding to first on a 1-0 pitch for the first out. Utley hit an 0-1 pitch back to the mound. Lohse knocked it down, picked it up and threw Utley out at first for the second out. Pence grounded to second on a 1-0 pitch for the third out.

First career post-season at-bat for Pence. Lohse threw six pitches in the inning.

Howard lined Lohse’s first pitch of the bottom of the second to left for the first out. Victorino popped to Pujols near the mound for the second out. Ibanez squirted a ball towards third. Freese charged, fielded and made an off-balance throw to first that Pujols handled to end the inning.

Howard hit the ball well, just right at Berkman. Twelve pitches for Lohse through two.

Polanco led off the third and fouled out to Pujols on a running basket catch for the first out. Ruiz hit the ball pretty well, but flew to Jay in center on an 0-1 pitch for the second out. Halladay lined a 1-2 pitch to right, but Craig handled it for the third out.

Lohse was at 19.

Rollins led off the bottom of the fourth and struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Utley was next and hit a 1-0 pitch high off the wall in right for a double. Pence struck out swinging at a 1-2 pitch that was way outside for the second out before Howard walked on four pitches, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino lofted a 1-2 pitch high down the third base line. Freese tried to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and dropped the ball for an error. Victorino singled into left with Utley scoring to cut the lead to 3-1 with two down and men on first and second. Ibanez swung at the first pitch and flew to Craig in shallow right center to leave the runners stranded.

Pence looked bad striking out at a bad 1-2 pitch. Big hit for Victorino hitting behind Howard early in the series. Lohse didn’t seem real concerned about walking Howard on four pitches with Victorino behind him. Error by Freese gives Victorino another chance — it looked like Freese had time to get into better position to try to catch the ball.

Lohse was at 45 pitches.

Polanco struck out looking 1-2 for the first out in the fifth. Ruiz again hit the ball hard, but this time off the right foot of Lohse. Lohse threw him out for the second out. Halladay grounded to third for the third out.

Second time in two chances that Ruiz hit the ball hard without a hit. Lohse was at 54 pitches.

Things got a lot better for the Phils in the sixth. Rollins led off and singled to center. Utley was next and struck out for the first out, fooled on a 1-2 changeup out of the zone. Pence singled into center on the first pitch of his at-bat, moving Rollins to second. It brought Howard to the plate with men on first and second. He fouled off two 3-2 pitches and then crushed a ball way out to right for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 4-3. Victorino ripped a 1-0 pitch down the first base line, out but just foul, before he singled into center on a 2-2 pitch. It brought Ibanez to the plate and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to right for another homer and the Phils led 6-3. That was it for Lohse. Righty Octavio Dotel came in and struck Polanco and Ruiz both out swinging to end the inning.

Rollins starts the rally for the Phils with a single. Howard watched his home run in a way that might not appeal to those who aren’t fans of the Phillies. Howard, Victorino and Ibanez came close to going back-to-back-to-back with Victorino’s ball going foul just by a few feet.

Halladay hit for himself to start the seventh against lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Halladay had thrown 89 pitches in the game. He hit a ball back up the middle that went off of the pitcher’s glove for an infield single. Rollins was next and he singled to right, moving Halladay up to second. Utley showed bunt against the lefty, taking ball one and then strike one. He didn’t try to bunt at the 1-1 pitch, which was a ball, then fouled off the next offering to make it 2-2. Utley hit the 2-2 pitch into center for a single that loaded the bases. Righty Mitchell Boggs came in to pitch to Pence. Pence swung at the first pitch from Boggs and dribbled a ball out near the mound. Boggs picked it up and threw home to force Halladay for the first out. The righty Boggs stayed in the game to pitch to Howard and got ahead of him 0-2. Howard hit a 1-2 pitch hard to right. Craig took it for the second out with Rollins tagging and scoring from third to put the Phils up 7-3 with men on first and second. Victorino lined an 0-2 pitch from Boggs to right and Utley raced around third to slide in safe just ahead of the throw from Craig. 8-3 with men on first and second for Ibanez. Ibanez singled into right as well, with Pence scoring well ahead of the throw from Craig this time. 9-3 with men on first and third. Mayberry ran for Ibanez at first. Boggs got Polanco on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Not a fan of trying to bunt with Utley if that’s what he really wanted to do. Howard gets to hit against the righty Boggs with a chance to blow the game open and has to settle for a sac fly. The other lefty in the pen for St Louis (Arthur Rhodes) stays in the pen. Victorino and Ibanez come through with back-to-back singles after Howard.

Boggs was back to start the eighth and got Ruiz on a ground ball to short to start the eighth. Halladay hit for himself again, this time with a six-run lead and having thrown 105 pitches in the game, and struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Rollins walked on a 3-2 pitch that was inside. Boggs again stayed in to face a lefty and Utley smoked a ball off the wall in right for a double, sending Rollins to third. Pence took strike one from Boggs, then roped a single into center that scored both Rollins and Utley and put the Phils up 11-3. Rhodes finally came into the game to face Howard with two down and Pence on first. Howard went down on a ground ball to Schumaker to end the inning.

St Louis sure stuck with Boggs for a while. He allowed four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings and threw 36 pitches in the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and two singles in the game.

Utley was 3-for-5 with two doubles off the wall in right.

Pence 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI.

Victorino 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI.

Polanco 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Ruiz hit the ball hard twice, but was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.

Cliff Lee will face righty Chris Carpenter in game two.

Lee went 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 ratio during the regular season. He was third in the league in ERA and third in ratio. Second in strikeouts and fourth in fewest walks per nine innings.

Lee didn’t allow more than two earned runs in a start after July. In his last ten starts on the year he threw to an 0.93 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and struck out 79 in 77 2/3 innings.

He had a 1.94 ERA and an 0.98 ratio in his 18 starts at home in 2011.

Lefties hit .196 against him. He walked four of the 212 left-handed batters he faced in ’11.

Carpenter went 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.26 ratio for St Louis in 34 starts this season. Carpenter led the NL in innings pitched and was in the top ten (seventh) in fewest home runs per nine innings. He allowed 16 in 237 1/3 innings for the year.

Carpenter allowed more than one run in just one of his last five starts to end the regular season. He threw to a 1.13 ERA over 40 innings in those appearances.


One and just getting started

Roy Halladay faces Kyle Lohse tomorrow at 5:07 in game one of the NLDS.

Halladay went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 ratio this season, striking out 220 in 233 innings. He was second in the NL in ERA, second in innings pitched, first in WAR for pitchers and fourth in ratio. For the third straight season, he led his league in fewest walks per nine innings pitched. It wasn’t real close. Halladay walked 35 in 233 2/3 innings or 1.348 per nine innings. Lee was second-best in the NL and he walked 1.625 per nine.

Lefties had a lot more luck against Halladay than righties, hitting 273/305/354 against him compared to 206/236/275 for righties.

Halladay has allowed more than two runs in a start once in his last seven outings. Over those seven appearances he’s thrown to a 1.65 ERA with a 1.02 ratio.

Over his last 12 starts he’s allowed one home run in 86 1/3 innings (Lance Berkman hisownself on September 19, causing Halladay to unleash a fury of intentional walks the likes of which haven’t been seen before or since).

Halladay was third-best in the NL in terms of fewest HR per nine innings, behind Charlie Morton (six HR in 171 innings) and Matt Cain (9 in 221). That group of three was way better than the rest of the league. Halladay was third with 0.385 HR per nine and Madison Bumgarner was fourth at 0.528.

Halladay made two starts against St Louis this year, throwing to a 3.21 ERA with a 1.14 ratio and striking out 11 in 14 innings. On June 21, Halladay allowed a run over six innings as the Phils topped the Cards 10-2 in St Louis. The Cards scratched out a run in the fifth with the help of a bloop hit and a double-play that wasn’t. Halladay left down 1-0 and the Phils came to bat in the eighth down 2-1. In the eighth they scored nine runs without an extra-base hit.

In that game St Louis brought righty Jason Motte into the game to face Howard in the eighth inning and Motte hit Howard. Just saying.

The other start came September 19 in St Louis. Halladay gave up the home run to Berkman in the first and spent the rest of the day intentionally walking him (okay twice, but still). Halladay allowed four runs over eight innings in the game, his only start since August 16 in which he has allowed more than two runs. Down 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Phils scored two runs charged to Motte but lost 4-3.

Pujols is 2-for-11 against Halladay for his career. Berkman 2-for-5 with two walks. Molina 1-for-5. Punto 4-for-14. Jay 1-for-8. Craig 0-for-4. Schumaker 3-for-8.

Halladay has made three career post-season starts and threw a one-walk no-hitter against the Reds in game one of the ’10 NLDS.

The Phils lost game one of the ’10 NLCS against the Giants with Halladay on the mound and won game five with Halladay looking sick and off.

Overall, Halladay has made three career post-season starts and gone 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA and an 0.77 ratio. He has a 4.15 ERA over his last two playoff starts.

Righty Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39) goes for St Louis.

Coming off two ugly years in 2009 and 2010 where Lohse threw to a 5.54 ERA over 41 appearances and 40 starts, Lohse has been good for St Louis this season. He was tenth in the NL in ratio with a 1.168 and sixth in the league in best walk rate with 2.007 per nine innings.

Lohse had very similar numbers against righties and lefties for the season. Righties hit 248/284/384. Lefties fared a tiny bit better, but with a very similar 249/299/397 line.

Lohse started the season pitching great. In his 11 starts before the end of May, he threw to a 2.13 ERA with an 0.92 ratio over 80 1/3 innings. June, July and August didn’t go as well, though, as Lohse made 15 starts in which he threw to a 5.29 ERA and allowed 94 hits in 81 2/3 innings as opponents hit .288 and slugged .506 against him. He was very good in his four starts in September, throwing to a 1.37 ERA without allowing a home run in 26 1/3 innings.

He made two starts against the Phils on the year and had good numbers, throwing to a 1.76 ERA with an 0.98 ratio over 15 1/3 innings. On June 22 in St Louis, he held the Phils to three runs over eight innings and the Phils won 4-0 behind a complete-game from Cliff Lee. Rollins and Howard both homered off of Lohse in the fourth inning of that game. Rollins hit a solo shot and Howard’s was a two-run homer.

Lohse also started the September 19 game against Halladay and pitched very well, allowing an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings. The Phils scored their only run of the game in the second that day with the help of two bad plays by Nick Punto, one of which was called an error and one of which wasn’t.

Hunter Pence is the Phillie who has faced Lohse the most over his career. In 41 at-bats, Pence has hit 317/349/415 against him (13-for-41 with two doubles and a triple). Howard 8-for-16 with four walks and two home runs. Utley 4-for-24 (.167). Rollins 5-for-27 with a home run (.185). Polanco 10-for-28 (.357) with ten singles. Ibanez 9-for-39 with three home runs (.273 with a .545 slugging percentage). Victorino 5-for-24 with two doubles.

Pence’s next playoff plate appearance will be his first.

Lohse has made six post-season appearances. Five of them, including a start, came with the Twins between 2002 and 2004. He also appeared in relief for the Phils in game two of the ’07 NLDS against the Rockies. Kendrick started that game for the Phils and took a 3-2 lead into the top of the fourth. The Rockies loaded the bases against Kendrick with two outs and Lohse took over to pitch to Kaz Matsui. Matsui hit a 1-2 pitch from Lohse out to right for a grand slam, the Rockies led 6-3 and went on to win the game 10-5.

Overall, in six post-season appearances Lohse has thrown to a 3.38 ERA with an 0.90 ratio. He’s allowed just two walks in 13 1/3 innings and struck out 15. His other start came in game three of the 2003 NLDS between the Twins and Yankees. He allowed three runs in five innings that game and New York won 3-1. Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer off of Lohse in the second inning of that game.

Is there time to get like Polanco and Ibanez to change their last names to Matsui before five o’clock tomorrow? Just spit-balling here, but it could be the kind of thing that pushes the Phillies over the top.

It’s still not clear what’s up with Matt Holliday and his finger. If you see him on the field, you should be wondering if he can throw at all.

Rafael Furcal has a hamstring problem and his status is also murky.

The very mention of Albert Pujols should terrify us all, but Pujols comes into tomorrow’s game having gone 6-for-32 with two doubles and a home run over his last seven games (188/212/344) to end the regular season.

On the less good news side, Berkman is hitting 400/492/540 over his last 59 plate appearances. Righty Allen Craig is 12-for-his-last-32 with five home runs (375/412/938). Five is an unusual number of home runs to have hit in your last 32 at-bats. Punto hit .308 and on-based .424 in September (but in just 35 plate appearances). Yadier Molina hit .305 this season and 352/390/549 over his last 197 plate appearances.


Complete works of Cliff Lee getting rave reviews

The Phils topped the Cardinals 4-0 last night behind still more dominant pitching from Cliff Lee. Lee threw a complete-game shutout and rolled to his eighth win of the year, backed up by home runs from Rollins and Howard.

Over his last four starts, Lee has allowed one run in 33 innings, throwing to an 0.27 ERA with an 0.76 ratio. He has thrown two complete games in a row and threw 15 innings in the two starts before that — he’s averaging 8.25 innings pitched over his last four starts.

Lee and Halladay have now combined for seven complete games on the season — Halladay has four and Lee has three. No other team in either league has more than six complete games for the year.

The Phillies are 47-28 on the year after beating the St Louis Cardinals 4-0 last night. They have won the first two games of the set, outscoring St Louis 14-2.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He threw a career-high 126 pitches.

He walked Ryan Theriot to start the bottom of the first. Jon Jay grounded to second with Theriot forced at second for the first out. Matt Holliday hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Yadier Molina singled to left with one out in the second. Lee struck Andrew Brown out looking for the second out and got Daniel Descalso on a fly ball to center for the third.

Pitcher Kyle Lohse doubled to left to start the third. Pete Kozma, the nine hitter behind Lohse hitting eighth, was next and hit a ball hard back up the middle, but Lee leaped up and snared it, looking Lohse back to second and throwing to first to get Kozma. Theriot moved Lohse to third with a single, but Lee got Jay to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Great defensive play by Lee on the ball hit hard by Kozma saves the Phils a run.

Up 3-0, Lee set the Cards down in order in the fourth.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth as well. He had thrown 69 pitches through five innings.

Two popups and a fly ball to center in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Lance Berkman doubled to left with one out in the seventh. Molina was next and grounded to third with Berkman holding. Brown grounded to third for the third out.

Kozma singled to center with two outs in the eighth. Theriot was next and hit a ball back up the middle that was deflected by Lee, but went to Utley who threw to first for the third out.

Up 4-0, Lee got the first two hitters in the ninth before Berkman singled to center. Molina grounded to short to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Polanco (6) Francisco (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Francisco plays left with Ibanez on the bench against the righty.

Rollin started the game with a single to center on a ball deflected by Kozma at second, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the second and again in the third. Francisco ripped a ball down the third base line, but was robbed of extra-bases by a diving Descalso to end the second.

Rollins led off the fourth and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 1-0. Victorino grounded to second before Utley singled to left. Howard was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left. 3-0. Polanco followed with a single before Francisco hit into a double-play to set the Phils down.

Sixteen homers for Howard on the year, all 16 against righties.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Howard started the seventh with a single to right. Polanco was next and hit a line drive, but it was caught by Kozma at second and Kozma threw to first where Howard was doubled-off. Francisco flew to center for the third out.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the eighth. Lee hit for himself and grounded to short for the third out.

Lee had thrown 99 pitches through seven innings when he hit for himself in the eighth.

Victorino tripled to right with one out in the ninth and came in to score when Utley followed with a fly ball to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Howard struck out for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a home run in the game. He has three home runs in the last nine games. In those games he’s hitting 297/381/568 in 42 plate appearances.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a triple.

Utley 1-for-3 with an RBI. 3-for-his-last-15 with three singles.

Howard 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. 258/370/570 against righties for the year and 267/327/367 against lefties.

Polanco 1-for-3. He’s 1-for-his-last-14.

Francisco 0-for-3 to drop his average to .218. Descalso made a great play to take extra-bases away from him in the second. 4-for-his-last-26 with four singles and eight walks.

Brown was 0-for-3 and is hitting .141 in 64 June at-bats. He has outslugged Francisco for the year, but Francisco is out-on-basing him .338 to .278 for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3. He’s raised his average from .238 to .257 over the past two games, going 5-for-7.

Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) faces righty Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47) tonight. Carpenter has allowed a ton of hits so far this year. After allowing 370 in 472 2/3 innings in 2009 and 2010 combined, he has given up 113 in 98 2/3 innings so far this season. Righties are hitting .302 against him for the year. The Phils are just 5-7 in the games that Oswalt has started this year and have lost three of the last four. Oswalt has allowed at least three runs in each of his last three starts. He’s thrown to a 5.12 ERA with a 1.40 ratio over his last three outings.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until next week.


Top 25

Here’s today’s guess at the post-season roster for the Phillies:

These 12 hitters seem sure things: Ruiz, Bako, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Francisco, Stairs, Dobbs.

Either or both of Bruntlett and Cairo seem possible. My guess is both, which puts them at 14 hitters.

That leaves 11 slots for pitchers.

These seven are the guys I feel sure about it terms of pitchers on the roster: Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Happ, Madson, Eyre, Lidge.

That leaves four slots for Condrey, Durbin, Kendrick, Walker, Escalona, Myers and Pedro.

Walker, Pedro, Kendrick and Condrey are my guesses from that group.

So here’s my final guess:

Hitters (14): Ruiz, Bako, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Francisco, Stairs, Dobbs, Bruntlett, Cairo

Pitchers (11): Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Happ, Madson, Eyre, Lidge, Walker, Pedro, Kendrick and Condrey.

The Phillies end the regular season at 93-69 after dropping two of three to the Marlins. They won yesterday’s game on a walkoff single by Paul Hoover.

They will have home field advantage against the Rockies in the five-game NLDS. Games one and two are Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

The Phils went 4-2 against Colorado this season. They took two of three against them in Colorado April 10, 11 and 12. Harry Kalas died on April 13. The Phils also played the Rockies in early August in Philadelphia and again took two of three.

The Phillies also played the Rockies in the NLDS in 2007. The Phillies also had home field advantage in that series, but were swept in three games.

In game one the Phillies couldn’t touch Rockies starter Jeff Francis and the Rocks won 4-2. The Rockies scored three off of Hamels in the second inning. Rowand and Burrell hit solo homers off of Francis in the fifth to make it 3-2. Matt Holliday hit a solo shot off of Flash in the eighth to extend the Colorado lead to 4-2, which was how it ended.

Kendrick started game two and got hit hard as the Phillies lost 10-5. The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning, but Kendrick wouldn’t make it through the frame. Kaz Mastui blasted two-out grand slam off of Lohse. Miserable work from Mesa and Condrey late helped the Rockies score four runs in the eighth inning.

Moyer pitched great in game three in Colorado, but Ubaldo Jimenez was a little better. A Matsui line drive to left that Burrell misplayed into a triple helped the Rockies go up 1-0 in the fifth. Victorino hit an 0-2 pitch from Jimenez out in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, Atkins singled off of Romero. Hawpe was next and he singled off the glove of a diving Utley, moving Atkins to third. Romero stayed in to pitch to the right-handed pinch-hitter Baker and Baker singled to right, scoring Atkins to make it 2-1. Myers got the last out of the inning, but Manny Corpas set the Phillies down in order in the ninth.

After winning three in a row from the Phils, the Rockies had won 17 of their last 18 games.

Do you know there’s a start log for the Phillies for 2007and 2008? There is.


Lohse’s advisers apparently still think getting people out is the way to go

Kyle Lohse could have been a Phillie this season, but what he is is an underpaid starter for the Cards. Lohse shut down the Phils for five innings last night and the Cards beat the Phils with the help of a three-run bomb by Joe Mather and a pair of home runs from Ryan Ludwick.

Not having Lohse is unfortunate for the Phils, but they apparently have bigger and more immediate problems. Cole Hamels doesn’t have a broken arm, but he does have two bad starts in a row now. And a lot of people have a bad feeling that all the innings the 24-year-old has thrown this season might have caught up to him. Hamels is second in the NL in innings pitched and third in pitches thrown.

The Phillies fell to the St Louis Cardinals last night, losing 6-3 to drop to 59-50 on the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Only four of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out five.

Over his last two starts Hamels has allowed 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings.

Joe Mather singled to left with one out in the first. Albert Pujols flew to center before Ryan Ludwick moved Mather to second with a single. Troy Glaus flew to left for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second.

Skip Schumaker started the third with a single and Cesar Izturis followed with a four-pitch walk. Walking Cesar Izturis on four pitches doesn’t usually bode well and it didn’t in this case. Mather was next and blasted a 2-1 pitch out to left to put St Louis up 3-0. Pujols was next and he hit a rocket to third, but Bruntlett made a nice diving play and threw him out at first for the first out. Ludwick was next and hit a slow ground ball to third. Bruntlett charged and fielded but threw in the dirt and Howard didn’t handle it. The ball got by Howard for an error on Bruntlett that let Ludwick go to second. Glaus singled on a ball back up the middle that Rollins knocked down. Ludwick moved to third. Yadier Molina hit a fly ball to left for the second out, deep enough to score Ludwick and put the Cards up 4-0. Aaron Miles grounded to second for the third out.

Hamels struck out the pitcher Kyle Lohse and Schumaker in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He got the first two in the fifth before Ludwick hit the first pitch of hit at-bat out to left to put St Louis up 5-0. Hamels struck out Glaus to end the inning.

With the Phils down 5-3, Hamels gave up a single to Miles with one out, but got pinch-hitter Brendan Ryan and Schumaker to leave him stranded.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He returned for the eighth and Ludwick led off with another home run that put St Louis up 6-3. Molina followed with a single, but Miles hit into a double-play behind him. Pitcher Jason Isringhausen hit for himself and grounded to Utley.

Madson threw 28 pitches, allowing a run in two innings. Over his last five appearances he has allowed runs four times, surrendering seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Bruntlett again plays third against a righty, which is a pretty bad idea. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a walk and stole second as Victorino struck out for the first out. Utley popped to second before Howard walked, but Burrell went down swinging to end the frame.

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

Rollins walked again with one out in the third. Victorino and Utley both went down on fly balls to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Hamels singled to left on an inside-out swing for the Phillies’ first hit. Rollins smashed a line drive back up the middle that Lohse snared to set the Phils down.

Victorino started the sixth with a double to left-center. Utley was next and he sliced a ball into left field off the chalk and into the stands on a bounce. Victorino scored to cut the St Louis’ lead to 5-1. Howard struck out looking and Burrell got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to make it 5-3. Jenkins followed with a double to right, but Bruntlett struck out and Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Taguchi hit for Hamels and popped to short for the first out.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the eighth. Howard smashed a ball but right at Pujols, who caught it and stepped on first to double-off Utley. Burrell walked to put a man on first for Jenkins with lefty Jaime Garcia on the mound for St Louis. Werth hit for Jenkins and the Cards brought in righty Jason Isringhausen, who struck Werth out to end the inning with Burrell stranded and the Phils down 6-3.

Bruntlett led off the ninth with a walk. Coste hit for Ruiz and struck out for the first out. Dobbs hit for Madson and flew to center for the second out before Rollins walked on a pitch that got passed Molina and allowed Bruntlett to go to third. It brought Victorino up as the tying run. He grounded to second to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-2 and walked three times. He had as many walks last night as he did in his previous 57 at-bats combined.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double and left four men on base.

Utley 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer.

Jenkins 1-for-3 with a double. He hit 256/333/458 in July, which isn’t great but it’s just about all the Phillies need him to do.

Bruntlett was 0-for-3 with a walk, struck out three times and made an error (and one really good play) at third. He’s 1-for-his-last-12. Dobbs should be playing third against righties with Feliz out.

Ruiz was 0-for-3.

Joe Blanton (5-12, 5.13) faces righty Braden Looper (10-8, 4.38) tonight. Opponents have hit .291 against Looper this season, lefties .290 and righties .292. Jenkins is 8-for-19 against him in his career (.421). Howard has faced him four times and gone 3-for-4 with three home runs. Blanton has a 7.88 ERA in his two starts with the Phillies and has allowed seven runs in eight innings. Overall on the season he’s been hit hard by righties. Right-handed batters are hitting .328 with a 1.76 ratio against him.


They took all the hits and put ‘em in a hit museum and they charged a people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em

A day after scoring 20 runs the Phillies managed just two hits yesterday that didn’t come from their starting pitcher. Adam Eaton and JC Romero did a nice job on the mound, but former Phils Kyle Lohse and Ryan Franklin were just a little bit better.

Pat Burrell continues to swing a hot bat — his two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense the Phillies could muster on the day

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday, falling 3-2. They are 41-29 on the season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out two.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a single off the glove of Rollins. Adam Kennedy was next and he hit a 1-2 pitch out down the right field line. 2-0 Cards on Kennedy’s first home run of the season. Eaton got the next three.

Chris Duncan singled to start the second, but Eaton got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play behind him. Pitcher Kyle Lohse popped to Howard for the third out.

Cesar Izturis led off the third with a single. Schumaker hit a ground ball to short and Izturis was forced at second for the first out with Schumaker safe at first. Kennedy singled to right and Schumaker moved to third. Ryan Ludwick was left and he singled into left-center. Schumaker scored to put the Cards up 3-0, but Burrell threw Ludwick out at second for the second out. Rick Ankiel popped to short for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth with the Phils down 3-2.

In the fifth, Schumaker singled with two outs, but Kennedy tried to bunt for a hit behind him and Eaton threw him out at first to end the inning.

Ludwick started the sixth with a walk, but Eaton got the next three.

Molina led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. Lohse hit for himself and bunted back to Eaton and Eaton made a nice play to throw Molina out at third. Lohse was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out before Izturis hit a stand up triple. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Schumaker and struck him out to end the inning.

Cardinals don’t score in an inning where they get a double and a triple. That’s hard to do.

Romero got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another 1 1/3 perfect innings from the pen. Romero has been charged with one run in 9 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. He needed just 12 pitches to get four outs.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Kyle Lohse 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 after the big game on Friday night.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out swinging behind him to end the frame.

Feliz walked with two outs in the second, but Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Eaton led off the third with a double and Rollins moved him to third with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Victorino popped to second for the second out and Utley flew to left to leave him stranded.

Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one out.

Howard led off the fourth with a single. Burrell got ahead 1-0 and then drove a ball out to left-center to cut the St Louis lead to 3-2. Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz went in order behind him.

Eaton led off the fifth with a single but was left stranded when the Phils went down in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth with the help of two nice plays from the St Louis defense. Kennedy made a nice play in shallow right on a ball hit by Howard for the first out. Burrell ripped a ball down the third base line, but Glaus made a nice play to pick it and throw Burrell out at first for the second.

1-2-3 in the seventh. Eaton hit for himself with two outs and nobody on and the Phils down by a run. He flew to left for the third out. He got hit hard in the bottom of the inning before Romero relieved him.

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

Still down a run in the ninth, Howard and Burrell went down to start the inning. Jenkins was next and lined a ball into right-center that Ludwick made a diving catch on to end the game. Replays clear showed that that ball was trapped, but the game was over.

Four hits for the Phils, two of which came from Eaton.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4. Could have used a better results from him in the third.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He’s slugging .738 in June after Glaus took a double away from him in this game.

Jenkins 0-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.34) faces 24-year-old righty Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.86) this afternoon. Boggs has made two career appearances, one of which was a start against the Reds on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs in five innings. He was 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts in the PCL this season. He doesn’t strike anyone out, but righties were hitting .193 against him and he had allowed just three home runs in 71 1/3 innings. Myers was absolutely terrible in his last outing, allowing five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins. The Phillies are 1-8 in the last nine games he has started.


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