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.