Tag: Manny Parra

No Zack attack

The Phillies did it again last night, roaring to life in the bottom of the eighth to score six runs and beat the Brewers 7-6.

Lee started the top of the eighth down 3-1, but allowed a solo homer and a two-run shot in the frame, putting the Phils in a 6-1 hole. The Phils feasted off the Milwaukee pen in the bottom of the inning, though, after a curious decision to pull Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke after 87 pitches. Erik Kratz delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer to get things started. With two outs and nobody on the Kratz blast looked like all the Phillies would get in the frame, but six straight batters reached for the Phils on four walks, a three-run double by Ruiz and a go-ahead bloop single by Pence. The Phils scored four more times and Papelbon nailed it down in the bottom of the inning.

The bullpen was good for the third straight game for the Phils as Schwimer and Papelbon combined to go two scoreless frames without allowing a hit or a walk. Over the last three games the bullpen has gone nine shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks.

In the first two games of the set, the Phillies have scored 11 runs off of the Milwaukee bullpen in 3 2/3 innings. In last night’s game, Greinke had retired 14 in a row going back a third-inning single by Rollins before being pulled for the start of the eighth.

The Phillies are 44-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 last night. The Phils have won three in a row and are 7-4 since the All-Star break. They are still in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the first place Nationals.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out six. Lee allows more than two home runs in a game for the first time this season. He last allowed four in a game on August 21, 2010 while pitching for the Rangers.

Norichika Aoki was the first batter of the game and singled to left. Carlos Gomez popped to third before Braun moved Aoki to second with a single. Aramis Ramirez was next and he singled to right. Aoki tried to score from second, but Pence threw him out at the plate for the second out. Braun moved up to second. Corey Hart was next and he singled to, this time to left. Braun scored to put Milwaukee up 1-0 with runners on the corners for Rickie Weeks. Weeks grounded to short to end the frame.

Lee gives up four hits in the inning. Gets one of three outs on the bases.

Martin Maldonado, Cesar Izturis and pitcher Zack Greinke went in order in the second with the game tied at 1-1.

Lee set the Brewers down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Maldonado and Izturis singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Greinke bunted the runners to second and third with the first out. Lee walked to load the bases for Gomez. During the at-bat, Lee was off the rubber and Maldonado was way off of third. Lee threw over to third and Maldonado was caught, eventually run down and tagged out for the second out. Lee struck Gomez out swinging 0-2 to leave the bases loaded.

Bizarre play to get Maldonado, but it helped Lee get out of the jam.

Braun hit Lee’s first pitch of the sixth out to left, putting the Brewers up 2-1. Hart singled with one out, but Lee got Weeks to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck out Maldonado and Izturis to start the seventh before Greinke homered to left. 3-1. Aoki lined to third for the third out.

Third career home run for Greinke.

Gomez homered to left on Lee’s first pitch of the eighth. 4-1. Braun followed that with a singled before Ramirez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 6-1. Schwimer took over for Lee and got the first two hitters he faced before Maldonado reached on an error by Wigginton. Izturis lined to short for the third out.

Lee allowed four home runs in the game. Three of them, Braun, Greinke and Gomez, came on the first pitch of the at-bat. Ramirez’s came 0-2.

Error by Wigginton makes Schwimer get four outs in the frame. He has a 2.20 ERA with a 1.16 ratio over his last 17 appearances.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phils up 7-6 and needed just ten pitches to set Milwaukee down in order. Lefty George Kottarras hit for righty Jeff Bianchi and struck out swinging for the first out. Aoki flew to center for the second and Gomez struck out looking to end the game.

Schwimer’s good inning with the Phillies down by five runs didn’t look like it mattered at all at the time, but the Phils get two scoreless frames from the pen without allowing a hit or a walk.

Schwimer threw 16 pitches and Papelbon ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Zack Greinke went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Pence (7) Wigginton (8) Mayberry. Mayberry in left and Wigginton at third despite both being terrible against righties. Lefties Pierre and Fontenot on the bench.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Victorino doubled with one out. Utely was next and struck out on a ball not handled by Maldonado. Maldonado threw to first to retire Utley for the second out, but Victorino moved up to third. Howard was next and singled to left, scoring Victorino to tie the game at 1-1. Ruiz grounded to third for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the second.

Rollins singled with one out in the third, but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth and fifth.

Down 2-1, Rollins, Victorino and Utley went in order in the sixth.

Down 3-1, Greinke set them down in order in the seventh.

It was 6-1 when righty Jose Veras started the eighth. Greinke had not been hit for in the top of the frame and had thrown just 87 pitches in the game. Wigginton led off with a single and moved up to second when Mayberry grounded to second for the first out. Nix hit for Schwimer. Lefty Manny Parra came in to pitch to Nix. Righty Erik Kratz hit for Nix and Kratz hit the first pitch from Parra out to left centet, cutting the lead to 6-3. Rollins lined to left for the second out. Parra walked Victorino and Utley back-to-back. They pulled off a double steal before Parra walked Howard, loading the bases. Fontenot ran for Howard. Righty Kameron Loe came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz got behind in the count, but ripped a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left-center. The double cleared the bases, tying the game at 6-6. Pence was next and he got behind in the count as well, but made a weak swing at an outside 1-2 pitch and blooped a ball that fell for a single in shallow right field, just out of the reach of Weeks. Ruiz scored and the Phils led 7-6. Wigginton walked before Mayberry grounded to short to end the inning.

Rodriguez had a nightmare inning in the first game of the set, this time the Phils jump all over Parra. Parra’s outing went two-run homer, out, walk, walk, double-steal, walk. That’s a lot of walks.

With two outs, nobody on and the Phils down three runs, they score four on four walks, a double and a single.

The Phillies drew nine walks to help them win game one of the set. Last night they only had four walks in the game, but all four of them came with two outs in the eighth inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk and a double.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Pence 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-26.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a walk.

Mayberry 0-for-4. He’s now hitting 200/262/262 against righties for the season.

Worley (5-6, 3.82) faces righty Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10) this afternoon. Worley has a 6.75 ERA with a 1.81 ratio so far in July. Two of his four starts have been awful and the other two solid. Opponents have hit .341 against him this month with ten walks in 22 2/3 innings. Estrada came off the DL at the end of June and has thrown to a 3.58 ERA in five appearances since. Since his return he has allowed 11 runs in 27 2/3 innings. Of those 11 runs, ten have scored on the six home runs he has allowed.

This says that the Phillies and Cole Hamels have agreed to a six-year, $144 million deal.

Phils score Manny runs

The Phillies hammered Manny Parra and the Brewers last night. In three career appearances against the Phils (two of which were starts), Parra has thrown 6 1/3 innings and allowed 12 runs on 16 hits and eight walks (a 17.05 ERA and a 3.79 ratio).

The Phils fared pretty well against the Milwaukee pen as well, scoring five runs in the fifth off of Jorge Julio and their old mate RJ Swindle.

All of the offense was enough to overcome a monster game from Ryan Braun. Braun went 5-for-5 with a pair of home runs and drove in all four of the Milwaukee runs.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 11-4 to improve to 6-6 on the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits were home runs, both hit by Braun. He struck out two and has a 6.35 ERA after three starts.

Moyer struck out Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart to start the first before Braun hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center to put Milwaukee up 1-0. Moyer hit Prince Fielder with a pitch before JJ Hardy grounded to short to set the Brewers down.

The Phillies led 4-1 when Moyer started the second. Mike Cameron led off and flew to Victorino on the warning track on the first pitch of the inning. Bill Hall was next and reached on an infield single off the glove of Moyer. Jason Kendall followed and blooped a ball into center that dropped in front of Victorino, but Hall read it badly and Victorino was able to throw to second and get him there for the second out. With two outs and Kendall of first, pitcher Manny Parra and grounded to second for the third out.

Casey McGehee, who entered the game to play second when Weeks had to leave after a collision in the infield in the first, led off the third and grounded out. Hart popped to Utley in shallow center for the second out. Braun was next he reached on an infield single off the glove of Rollins in the hole, bringing up Fielder with two down and a man on first. Moyer hit him again, putting men on first and second with two down for Hardy.

Chris Duffy hit for Parra and grounded to short for the first out of the fifth. McGehee followed with a single into center, but Moyer got Hart to pop to Rollins for the second out. Sadly, though, the rules dictate that Ryan Braun be permitted to hit every couple of innings. Braun hit his second home run of the day, this one a monster shot blasted way out to left. It cut the lead to 5-3. Fielder flew to right for the third out.

Up 10-3, Moyer set the Brewers down in order in the sixth.

Up 11-3, he walked Kendall to start the seventh. Mike Rivera hit for the pitcher RJ Swindle and singled to left, moving Kendall to second. Durbin came on to pitch to the righty McGehee and struck him out swinging 3-2 in heavy rain for the first out. And then the game was delayed by rain. The delay lasted about an hour and twenty minutes. When play resumed, Condrey took the mound for the Phils with Kendall on second and one out. Hart moved Kendall to third with a ground out before Braun reached on an infield single that scored Kendall and cut the lead to 11-4. Condrey struck Fielder out looking for the third out.

Condrey came back for the eighth and gave up singles to Hardy and Cameron to start the inning. He struck Hall out swinging, though, and got Kendall to ground into a double-play to keep Milwaukee off the board.

Taschner started the ninth. Lefty Brad Nelson hit for the pitcher to start the inning and drew a walk. Taschner got the next two hitters on popups before Braun reached yet again, this time on another infield single that sent Nelson to second. Fielder popped to third to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Three scoreless innings for the pen. They allowed four hits and a walk. Taschner threw 23 pitches, Condrey 22 and Durbin 7.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Manny Parra went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth back at fifth now that the Phils play a team with a lefty. Coste catches with Marson on the bench.

The Phillies started the bottom of the first down 1-0. Rollins grounded to short for the first out, but Victorino followed with a walk. Utley was next and Victorino was running as he hit a ground ball near second. Weeks and Hardy got tangled up as Hardy tried to field the ball and the Brewers didn’t get an out. Utley was safe with a single and the Phils had men on first and second with one down. Howard drew a walk to load the bases for Werth and Werth delivered a double into the left-field corner that scored Victorino and Utley and moved Howard to third with the Phils up 2-1. Ibanez singled into left and everybody moved up a base. 3-1 with men on first and third. Feliz was next and he singled past a diving Hall into left, scoring Werth to make it 4-1 with men on first and second. Coste flew to center and Moyer struck out to end the inning.

Weeks was shaken up in the collision with Hardy and was replaced defensively in the second.

Victorino singled to left with one out in the second. Utley was next and hit a ground ball back up the middle, but Hardy fielded behind the bag and the Brewers forced Victorino at second with Utley safe at first and two down. Howard struck out to leave Utley stranded.

Werth and Ibanez went down to start the third, but Feliz was next and hit a ball out to right field to put the Phillies up 5-1. First home run of the year for Feilz. Coste followed with a double to center, but Moyer struck out to leave him stranded.

Utley drew a walk with two outs in the fourth. Howard grounded to right field, er, second base, ending the inning.

The lead had been cut to 5-3 when the Phillies hit in the fifth. Jorge Julio was in to pitch for Milwaukee and got Werth on a ground ball to third for the first out before he walked Ibanez. Ibanez stole second as the count went 2-2 on Feliz and went to third when Julio bounced the next pitch in the dirt. Feliz walked, putting men on first and third with one out for Coste. Coste hit a slow ground ball to third. Hall made a nice play, bare-handing and throwing to first to get Coste as Ibanez scored to put the Phillies up 6-3. Julio walked Moyer on a 3-2 pitch, putting men on first and second for Rollins. Rollins singled into right and Feliz held at third, loading the bases. A single into center from Victorino moved everyone up another base and scored Feliz to make it 7-3. Lefty and former Phil RJ Swindle came in to pitch to Utley and walked him on a 3-2 pitch that was a little low. 8-3. Swindle got ahead of Howard 1-2 but delivered a wild pitch in the dirt. Rollins stormed home to score and Kendall’s throw to Swindle covering the plate went over the pitcher’s head, allowing Victorino to score and Utley to go to third with the Phils up 10-3. Howard struck out for the third out.

Werth started the sixth with a double off the base of the wall in left. Ibanez moved Werth to third with a ground ball to second for the first out. Feliz was next and he smashed a ball back up the middle and off the body of Swindle for a single. Werth scored to put the Phillies up 11-3. Coste struck out and Moyer hit for himself and grounded to second.

Rollins started the seventh with a single to center. Victorino flew out behind him before Utley drew a walk. Howard and Werth both struck out to leave both men stranded.

Coste doubled to left with two outs in the eighth. With righty Carlos Villanueva on the mound, Dobbs hit for Condrey and drew a walk. It put two men on for Rollins, but Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-6 to raise his average for the season to .173. He’s 5-for-his-last-16 after starting the season 4-for-36.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s hitting .245.

Utley was 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks.

Howard 0-for-4 with a walk.

Werth 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-17.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base.

Feliz 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI.

Coste 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. 4-for-his-last-12 with four doubles after starting the year 2-for-14.

Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00) faces righty Braden Looper (1-0. 3.27) tonight. Blanton has made two starts on the season. He got blasted by the Braves in his first outing, but pitched better against the Nats on Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Opponents are hitting a brutal .370 against him for the year. Lefties have put up a 444/500/778 line in 20 plate appearances. Looper has allowed four runs in 11 innings over two starts this season. Ryan Howard is 4-for-5 against him in his career with four home runs. Utley 4-for-11 with a double and a home run.

Strange brew

Cole Hamels pitched well this afternoon — the Phils jumped all over Manny Parra and cruised to a mostly easy victory. The Phillies seems to have picked things up, but perhaps just as important to their post-season hopes is that the Brewers look just miserable. Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in six games and the Phils moved to within two in the hunt for the wild card.

Rollins and Utley hit one-two atop the Phillies order today and got the job done. They combined to go 5-for-9 with five runs scored and three driven in.

Everything went pretty well for the Phils today, but I think you have to wonder about the way Charlie Manuel used his bullpen. The day before a double-header, Manuel called on three of his key guys, Durbin, Romero and Lidge to pitch. All three pitched with either a four-run lead or a five-run lead.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, winning 7-3 to improve to 81-67 on the year. Fourteen games above .500 ties their best mark for the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs, both of which scored on a fly ball to left that Burrell should have caught but went for a double. He allowed six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

JJ Hardy doubled to right with one out in the first. Ryan Braun flew out with Hardy holding before Prince Fielder drew a walk. Corey Hart grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second with a 3-0 lead and set the Brewers down in order.

With the Phils up 5-0, Hamels walked Rickie Weeks with one out in the third. Weeks stole second before Hamels struck out Hardy for the second out. Braun grounded to second to end the frame.

Fielder led off the fourth with a single to left, but Hart hit into a double-play behind him. Mike Cameron walked and Bill Hall followed with a single that moved him to second. Jason Kendall was next and Hamels got ahead of him 0-2 before Kendall hit a 1-2 pitch to left. Burrell misplayed it badly and the ball went over his head for a double that scored both runners and cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-2. Hamels pouted mid-play on his way to cover home. Joe Dillon hit for the pitcher and grounded out to leave Kendall stranded.

Weeks doubled to start the fifth, but Hamels got the next three Brewers in order.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

With the Phils up 7-2 in the seventh, Alcides Escobar hit for the pitcher Carlos Villanueva with one out and singled. Durbin came in to pitch to Weeks and struck him out. Hardy grounded to short for the third out.

Durbin pitching with a five-run lead in the seventh makes very little sense to me.

Durbin started the eighth. Braun led off and hit a 1-2 pitch out to center to make it 7-3. Fielder followed with a double, but Durbin got Cameron and Hart on a pair of fly balls for the first two outs with Fielder holding second. Switch-hitter Ray Durham hit for Hall and Romero came in to pitch to him. Durham walked, putting men on first and second, but Kendall flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Durbin coming back to start a second inning with a five-run lead also makes very little sense to me.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies up 7-3. He walked Weeks with one out and Weeks took second without a throw. Hardy grounded to short and Rollins looked briefly to third for reasons unknown, but threw to first for the second out as Weeks moved up a base. Braun flew to left to end the game.

Not a fan of the way Manuel used his bullpen in this game. The Phils had a rested pen coming off a day when they didn’t play due to the rainout. They play a double-header tomorrow. I don’t think they needed to pitch Durbin with a five-run lead at all and they certainly didn’t need to bring him back to do it for a second inning. Also not a fan of using Lidge with a four-run lead with so many other options and two games coming up the next day.

Hopefully they don’t pay for it tomorrow.

The pen went 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. They struck out one. Durbin threw 22 pitches, Lidge 15 and Romero seven.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Manny Parra went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth hitting third against the lefty with Utley moving up to two. Victorino sixth. Feliz at third against the lefty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and scored when Utley followed with a double. Fielder didn’t handle the relay from Weeks and Weeks was charged with an error that allowed Rollins to go to third with the Phils up 1-0. Werth followed with a single to right. Utley scored and it was 2-0. Werth went to second on a wild pitch before Howard walked. Burrell struck out for the first out, but Victorino singled into left and Werth scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Another wild pitch by Parra moved the runners to second and third, but Feliz struck out for the second out. Ruiz was walked intentionally, but Hamels struck out to end the inning.

I would never walk Ruiz intentionally in the first inning. Feliz can’t bring the runner in from third with one out. Burrell is playing terribly.

Rollins led off the second with a double and Utley followed and reached on an infield single. A walk to Werth loaded the bases for Howard and Howard singled into center. Rollins and Utley both scored, making it 5-0, but Werth was thrown out at third for the first out. Burrell hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Burrell walked with two outs in the fifth. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Feliz singled to start the sixth. Ruiz struck out before Hamels bunted him to second. Rollins hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for his 11th home run of the year, putting the Phils up 7-2. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Werth walked to start the seventh. Howard grounded out behind him with Werth forced at second. Burrell flew to right for the second out before Victorino drew a walk. Feliz popped to first to leave both men stranded.

Ruiz started the eighth with a ground ball to short that Hardy didn’t handle for an error. Dobbs hit for Romero and grounded into a double-play. Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Werth 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Feliz 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk.

Joe Blanton (7-12, 4.86) faces righty Dave Bush (9-10, 4.23) tomorrow in the first game of the day-night double-header. Bush has been tough on righties this year — after hitting .324 against him in 2007 they are hitting .234 with a 1.06 ratio this season. He has given up a lot of home runs, though, surrendering 26 in 166 innings. Blanton is 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA in ten starts with the Phillies. Over his last six starts he’s gone six innings just once while throwing to a 5.58 ERA. Righties are hitting .305 against him for the season.

Brett Myers (9-11, 4.22) faces righty Jeff Suppan (10-8, 4.63) in the other game. Suppan has allowed 26 homers in 167 innings this season. Righties are hitting .307 against him. Myers is 6-2 with a 1.90 ERA and a 1.08 ratio in his last ten starts.

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