Tag: Mark Teixeira

Funk shrunk

Evidently the collective funk the Phils found themselves in earlier this month was as easy to fall out of as it was to fall into. All it took was a National League team to play.

A lot of things have gone right for the Phillies in Atlanta. Last night they got an early three-run bomb from Howard that put them up 4-0 in the third. Adam Eaton wasn’t great, but he was good enough. The bats have come alive and twice in two games they got huge outs from their pen. Jimmy Rollins is 5-for-8 with two walks in the first two games against the Braves after going 3-for-26 in six games against the A’s and Rangers.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 last night. With the win they improve to 46-39 on the year and ensure they will win their first series out of their last seven. The Phillies have won five in a row against the Braves.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two.

Yunel Escobar singled with one out in the first. Chipper Jones followed with a ground out to second that moved Escobar to second. Eaton got Mark Teixeira on a popup to short for the third out.

Eaton walked Kelly Johnson with one out in the second. He struck Jeff Francoeur out swinging for the second out and got Mark Kotsay on a pop to third.

Gregor Blanco singled to center with one out in the third. Escobar flew to right for the first out before Eaton walked Chipper and Teixeira back-to-back to load the bases for the lefty Brian McCann. McCann flew to center for the third out to leave the bases loaded.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Eaton started the fifth up 5-0. Ruben Gotay hit for the pitcher Jorge Campillo to lead off the frame and lined a 2-2 pitch just out to right over the glove of Werth. Blanco followed with a walk. Escobar was next and he smashed a ball back up the middle, but Rollins made a fantastic play to start a double-play. Chipper grounded to third for the third out.

Great play by Rollins changed the inning.

Teixeira led off the sixth with a double. Eaton walked McCann on five pitches to put men on first and second before Johnson loaded the bases with a single to right. With the righty Francoeur at the plate Manuel called on Durbin. Durbin got Francoeur to hit a double-play ball to short. Teixeira scored to make it 5-2. Durbin got Kotsay looking at a 2-2 pitch to leave McCann stranded at third.

Great job by Durbin, who came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero started the eighth. Chipper was the first to face him and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to center. 5-3. Teixeira walked on four pitches before Romero struck McCann out swinging for the first out. Johnson was next and chopped a ball high to first. Howard fielded and tagged out Johnson for the second out as Teixeira went to second. Madson came in to pitch to the righty Francoeur and struck him out swinging to end the inning.

Lidge started the ninth, pitching for the second straight day in a non-save situation. He struck out Kotsay for the first out before Greg Norton hit for Royce Ring and singled to center. Blanco was next and hit a ball to Howard that Howard didn’t handle for an error. With runners on first and second, Lidge struck out Escobar for the second out. Chipper was next and hit a ground ball between first and second. Howard cut in front of Utley and didn’t make the play. He was charged with another error, his second in three batters and ninth on the season. It loaded the bases and brought Teixeira to the plate as the tying run, but Lidge struck him out swinging at a 3-2 pitch out of the strike zone to end the game.

Lidge strikes out the side, allowing a hit and working around two errors to post a scoreless frame. The pen allowed one run in four innings while striking out six. Durbin was fantastic. He threw 22 pitches, Lidge 28 with an assist to Howard, Romero 19 and Madson six.

Lidge and Romero were pitching for the second straight day.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jorge Campillo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth again in right despite the righty and a couple of hits from Jenkins the night before. Coste catches Eaton. Howard stays at four and Burrell at five. With two switch-hitters and two lefties in the lineup the Phils have four righties in a row five through eight.

Utley doubled to right with two outs in the first. Howard grounded to first for the third out.

Feliz doubled to left with two outs in the second. Coste was next and hammered a double to left center. Feliz scored and the Phils led 1-0. Eaton followed with a single to left and Coste tried to score from second. Blanco’s throw was strong but a little up the third base line. McCann took it and made a nice tag to nail Coste to end the inning.

Rollins started the third with a single. Victorino flew to right before Rollins stole second. Utley walked and it brought Howard up with two men on. Howard got up 2-1 and then hit one out to left-center for a three-run shot that put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell flew to right and Werth grounded to short.

Coste singled with one out in the fourth and Eaton bunted him to second. Rollins walked to put men on first and second with two down, but Victorino popped to short to end the frame.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell got ahead 3-1 and then pulled a ball on the outside of the plate out to left to put the Phillies up 5-0. Werth popped to first for the third out.

Feliz started the sixth with a single but Coste hit into a double-play behind him. Eaton struck out for the third out.

Rollins started the seventh with an infield single but Victorino, Utley and Howard went down in order behind him.

Werth singled with one out in the eighth. Feliz flew to left for the second out before Werth stole second. Coste grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Bruntlett, who had entered the game in left in the bottom of the eighth, started the eighth with a walk. Rollins followed with a triple to right-center that scored Bruntlett and put the Phils up 6-3. Victorino struck out for the first out before Utley singled to left, scoring Rollins to make it 7-3. Utley stole second before Howard walked. It put men on first and second with one down. Taguchi hit for Madson and hit into a double-play.

Bad strikeout by Victorino with nobody out and a man on first. Utley picked him up.

Rollins was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Victorino 0-for-5 and left five men on base. He’s 3-for-his-last-21.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Howard 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk.

Burrell 1-for-4 with his 21st home run.

Werth 1-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-4 with a double.

Coste 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Cole Hamels (8-5, 3.38) faces righty Jair Jurrjens (8-3, 2.94) tonight. Over his last three starts Jurrjens has not allowed an earned run in 21 2/3 innings. He’s allowed just five home runs in 98 innings on the year. Opponents are hitting just .248 against him, but he’s walked too many, 37 in 98 innings. He’s just 22 so you might as well get used to him. Hamels has allowed six home runs in his last four starts but has gone at least seven innings in all of them.

This suggests that JA Happ or Brian Mazone will get a start this weekend against the Mets.


Phils ride the wave past the Braves

Four wins in a row for the Phillies. When the Phillies put up 12 or 15 or 20 runs in a game there’s really not a whole lot of explanation required to understand what’s going right. Ditto for when Cole Hamels throws a complete game shutout or Adam Eaton gives the team his fourth quality start in a row. Or when the bullpen is just about untouchable game after game.

That’s a pretty long list, but it’s not a complete one. There’s something else there, too. With so many different things going right, all of the sudden the Phillies play like they think they deserve to win and find a way to make it happen in just about every game. In all three of the games this weekend in Atlanta the Braves started the eighth inning either ahead in the game or tied and in all three the Phillies came out on top. In the series the Phillies outscored the Braves 10-1 after the seventh inning.

If the Phils weren’t 15-4 in their last 19 games you’d have to think it was something wrong with the Braves. But the fact that they are makes it seem a little more likely that it’s something, more than one thing, right with the Phillies.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves yesterday afternoon, winning 6-3 to improve to 39-26 on the season. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are 13 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two.

He started the first up 2-0 and got the first two before Yunel Escobar doubled and Mark Teixeira followed with a long home run to center. 2-2. Kelly Johnson grounded to first for the third out.

Jeff Francoeur led off the second with a single and Omar Infante followed with a walk. Eaton struck out Corky Miller for the first out before pitcher Jorge Campillo bunted the runners to second and third. Josh Anderson grounded to first for the third out.

Eaton started the third up 3-2. He hit Gregor Blanco to start the inning. Escobar moved Blanco to second with a single before Teixeira grounded to first, moving the runners to second and third. Eaton walked Johnson to load the bases, but Teixeira hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Infante singled to start the fourth and moved to second when Miller followed with a ball back to Eaton for the first out. Campillo singled and Infante moved to third. Eaton got ahead of Anderson 1-2 but Anderson dumped a single in front of Victorino. Infante scored to tie the game at 3-3 and Campillo went to second. Blanco moved the runners to second and third with a ground ball to first, but Eaton struck out Escobar to leave both runners stranded.

Teixeira started the fifth with a singled, but Eaton got the next three behind him.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Durbin started the seventh with the game still tied at 3-3. Just 99 pitches for Eaton, but it was a very hot (93 degrees) day. Durbin walked Blanco to start the inning before he struck out Escobar for the first out. Teixeira moved Blanco to second with a single before Durbin struck out Johnson for the second out. Francoeur grounded to third for the third out.

Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Brian McCann hit for pitcher Will Ohman and singled. Durbin got Anderson on a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Lidge entered the game to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth, pitching for the third straight day. He got two ground balls and a fly ball in a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.

Three more scoreless innings from the pen. In the three-game set the bullpen went 11 1/3 innings and allowed one run (0.79 ERA). Durbin threw 41 pitches, Lidge seven. Even with the off-day today, Durbin is likely not available for Tuesday.

Romero was not available for the game after injuring his groin in Saturday’s game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jorge Campillo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Dobbs gets a start against the righty with Feliz entering the game 3-for-his-last-28. Coste catches.

Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first, putting men on first and second. Howard laced a 1-0 pitch into right for a double. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Utley went to third. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jenkins ripped a 3-2 pitch down the first base line, but Teixeira made a nice play to rob him of a double and force him at first. Utley scored to make it 2-0 and the runners moved to second and third with two outs. Dobbs flew to center for the third out.

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

Victorino led off the third with a bunt single and stole second. Utley flew to center for the first out, but Howard sliced the first pitch of his at-bat down the left field line and just fair for another double. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. With Burrell at the plate the ball got away from the catcher Miller and Howard tried to go to third but was thrown out. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Dobbs and Coste singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Eaton who couldn’t bunt and then struck out. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the fifth.

With one out in the sixth, Dobbs walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Coste grounded to short and Dobbs moved to third. With the game tied at 3-3, Eaton hit for himself and drew a walk. Rollins struck out for the third out.

Eaton only went one more inning, but I thought it was a good idea to let him hit for himself despite the man on third given how much the pen has worked lately.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh and in order again in the eighth. With lefty Will Ohman on the mound for his second inning in the eighth, Werth hit for Jenkins and grounded out for the second out. Feliz hit for Dobbs and struck out for the third.

With one out in the ninth, Bruntlett hit for Durbin and singled. With Bruntlett running, Rollins singled to right. Bruntlett should have gone to third but slid into second base and had to stay there. Victorino singled into center and Bruntlett scored easily to put the Phils up 4-3. Victorino went to second on the throw home, putting men on second and third with one out for Utley. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases for Howard. Howard again hit the first pitch of hit at-bat into left field, this time much harder. Howard looked like he thought he had hit it out and watched for about half a second. The ball went off the wall in left for a double. Rollins and Victorino both scored to put the Phils up 6-3. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. Werth hit a line drive to second that was caught and Howard was doubled-off to end the frame.

Bruntlett’s pinch-hit single starts the rally. The Phillies hadn’t had a hit since the fourth inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-12 with a home run in the three-game series. He’s hitting 280/333/445 for the season.

Victorino 3-for-5 with an RBI and 5-for-12 with two triples in the set. 291/365/408 for the year.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 4-for-12 with a double and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 316/403/660 for the year.

Howard 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. The three doubles were the only extra-base hits of the game for the Phillies. 5-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 214/317/458 for the season and has struck out just nine times in 34 at-bats so far in June after striking out 40 times in 105 at-bats in May.

Burrell 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and three walks in the series. 277/419/578 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 with an RBI and robbed of an extra-base hit. 1-for-6 with a double in the series. 281/324/444 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 in the series. 263/338/511.

Dobbs 1-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-4 in the series. 358/391/519 for the year. Feliz was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-7 in the series. He’s hitting 248/295/410.

Coste 1-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-8 in the series. 313/374/545 for the season. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a home run in the series and is hitting 226/303/307 for the year. Coste has 19 at-bats this month, Ruiz ten.

On Saturday night the Phils beat the Braves 6-2 to improve to 38-26 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out three.

Yunel Escobar led off the first with a ground ball to first. Howard’s throw to Kendrick covering was bad. Escobar was safe on the error, but was caught stealing for the first out before Kelly Johnson walked. Johnson stole second as Chipper Jones struck out for the second out. Kendrick walked Mark Teixeira, but Brian McCann grounded to second for the third out.

With one out in the second, Gregor Blanco drew a walk and moved to second when Josh Anderson followed with a single to left. The pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes hit into a double-play to end the inning.

With two outs in the third, Chipper walked and stole second. Teixeira flew to left for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

Johnson led off the sixth with a single with the Phils up 2-0. Chipper hit a 3-2 pitch out to center to tie the game at 2-2. Kendrick got Teixeira on a fly ball to center for the first out, but walked McCann and gave up a single to Jeff Francoeur that moved McCann to second. With the lefty Blanco at the plate, Manuel called on Madson. Blanco grounded to Rollins for the second out and the runners moved to second and third. Anderson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Reyes and Reyes grounded to first for the third out.

Madson got Escobar to start the seventh. Romero relieved Madson and got the lefty Johnson with the help of a great play from Utley for the second out. Chipper grounded to short for the third out.

Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 4-2 after throwing 23 pitches the night before. He struck out Teixeira and McCann to start the inning before Francoeur singled. Gordon walked Blanco, but struck out Anderson to leave both runners stranded.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 and struck out the side.

The pen gives the Phils 3 2/3 scoreless innings in which they allow a hit and walk while striking out six. Gordon threw 20 more pitches. Madson, Romero and Lidge were all under 15.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth comes off the DL and takes Snelling’s spot on the roster. He starts in right against the lefty. Ruiz starts at catcher against the lefty, which had primarily been Coste’s role lately.

1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell doubled with one out in the second, but Werth struck out Feliz flew out to leave him stranded.

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

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the fourth. Howard and Burrell struck out behind him before Werth moved him to third with a single. Feliz lined to right for the third out.

Ruiz led off the fifth and hit an 0-1 pitch out down the left field line to put the Phils up 1-0. Manuel may have given him the start against the lefty to try and get him going. If so, he pushed the right button. The Phillies went in order behind him.

Utley singled to start the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him. Burrell hit a 1-0 pitch out to center and the Phils led 2-0. Werth struck out for the third out.

Feliz singled to start the seventh and Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him. With two outs and the game tied at 2-2, Madson hit for himself and struck out. Madson pitched to the righty Escobar in the bottom of the seventh, but I still think I would have hit for Madson and let Seanez (or even Condrey) pitch to Escobar in the bottom of the inning.

Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. Utley got behind before he laced a triple into the right field corner. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Howard singled to right and Utley scored to put the Phils up 4-2. Burrell struck out for the second out before Werth moved Howard to second with a single. Feliz grounded to third for the third out.

Ruiz walked to start the ninth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out, but Rollins followed with a two-run blast out to right. 6-2. Victorino flew out for the second out before Utley was again hit by a pitch. Howard popped to short for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Utley 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 1-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run, his second of the year, and a walk.

No game today. The Phillies play the Marlins in Florida on Tuesday.


The kid stays in (the pitcher)

The Phils brought out the long ball last night, but a brilliant outing by Cole Hamels ensured it would have only taken one to beat the Braves. Hamels threw a complete game four-hit shutout, holding Atlanta to three singles and a soft line drive into left for a double.

Feliz, Howard and Victorino hit home runs, driving in four of the five runs the Phillies scored.

Not much bad at all for the Phils in this one as Hamels was simply fantastic. If you’re looking for some I’d go with 120 pitches for Hamels. He threw 121 in Milwaukee on April 23, so that’s twice in his last five outings he’s thrown at least 120. At least this time he didn’t allow five runs in the game and the Phillies won. Hamels has now thrown 65 1/3 innings on the season through 42 games. He almost surely won’t pitch again till game 46. After game 45 he will be on pace to throw over 235 innings for the season.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves last night, winning 5-0 to improve to 23-19 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and allowed four hits over nine scoreless innings. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He walked two and struck out six.

Omar Infante singled with one out in the first, but Hamels got the next two.

He got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 second.

With a 1-0 lead in the third he set the Braves down in order again.

Up 3-0 in the fourth, he got Infante to ground to first, Jeff Francoeur on a fly ball to center and Mark Teixeira on a line out to Howard at first.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth with a 5-0 lead. He needed just seven pitches to get two fly balls and a strikeout.

Gregor Blanco singled to left with one out in the sixth. Yunel Escobar was next and he hit a high popup that Victorino took in foul territory after a long run. Infante hit a line drive to left to end the frame.

Brain McCann doubled into left with two outs in the seventh. Matt Diaz flew to right for the third out.

Greg Norton hit for the pitcher Jorge Campillo to start the eighth and drew a walk. Hamels got Ruben Gotay on a fly ball to center and struck out Blanco for the second out before Escobar drew a walk, moving Norton to second. Infante grounded to short to end the frame.

Hamels started the ninth up 5-0 having thrown 108 pitches with Lidge warming in the pen. Francoeur led off and hit a slow ground ball between short and third. Feliz made a nice play and a strong throw, but Francoeur beat it out for a single. Mark Teixeira was next and hit a rocket to short. Rollins fielded on one hard hop and fell on his back as he did. He threw to second on his back and a strong relay from Utley doubled-up the slow Teixeira. Hamels struck McCann out swinging at a 2-2 pitch to end the game.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Chuck James went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Victorino in right again with Werth in center. Coste catches after going 4-for-4 on Wednesday.

Rollins singled to start the first and stole second after Victorino flew to left for the first out. Utley and Howard both walked, loading the bases for Burrell. Burrell popped to short for the second out and Werth lined to short to end the inning. Phils get nothing after loading the bases with one out.

Feliz homered to left to start the second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Coste walked and Hamels bunted. The third baseman Infante fielded and threw to second in time to force Coste for the second out. Rollins moved Hamels to second with a single, but Victorino hit into a double-play to end the inning.

With one out in the third, Howard hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to put the Phils up 2-0. Burrell walked and went to second on a wild pitch that McCann just didn’t catch before Werth flew to center for the second out. Feliz singled off the very top of the wall in left, missing his second home run by in two innings less than a foot. Burrell scored and the Phils led 3-0. Coste flew to center for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the fourth and Victorino followed and lined one over the wall in left-center for his first home run of the year. 5-0. Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Werth singled with one out in the fifth but Feliz hit into a double-play behind him.

Coste doubled to left to start the sixth and moved to third when Hamels followed with a single into center. Rollins hit a fly ball into left for the first out and Coste tagged and came home. Diaz threw him out on a close play at the plate for the second out. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Burrell blooped a single into left with two outs in the seventh. Taguchi ran for him at first. Werth followed with a ground ball deep in the hole between short and third and had an infield single. Feliz flew to left for the third out.

Hamels blooped a single to left with one out in the eighth. Rollins flew to center for the second out and Victorino grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. 299/329/507 on the year.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with his first home run of the year and two RBI. He left five men on base. 3-for-15 with a double and a home run in the series. 227/280/309. He had four RBI in 106 at-bats on the season coming into the game.

Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 2-for-11 with a home run in series. 317/399/665 after going 3-for-his-last-24.

Howard was 1-for-3 with his ninth home run and a walk. 4-for-11 with a double and two home runs in the series. He’s homered in three of the last five games and is hitting 185/290/404 on the year.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a double in the set. 299/435/590 on the year.

Werth was 2-for-4 in the game. 5-for-11 in the series. 272/344/491 on the year.

Feliz was 2-for-4 with a home run. 3-for-12 in the series. 241/288/431 on the year. He’s hitting 304/333/565 in May.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 6-for-10 with a double and a home run in the set. 339/423/565 on the season. Ruiz was 1-for-4 in the set and is hitting 234/308/309 on the season but 308/419/423 in May.

Jamie Moyer (2-3, 5.02) faces yet another lefty tonight as David Purcey (0-0, 2.08) gets the call for Toronto as the Phils play the first of three with the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old Purcey has made just on the season. On April 18 against the Tigers he allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings on just two hits but walked seven. Purcey has made seven starts at Triple-A in the International League this season and gone 3-3 with a 2.22 ERA. In 44 2/3 he struck out 52 while walking 16. Triple-A opponents have hit .186 against him. Moyer had his worst start of the season on Saturday as the Giants pounded him for six runs on nine hits in four innings. He’s allowed five home runs in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Righties are hitting .350 against him.


Myers picks a funny time to start long-tossing

Funny strange, not funny ha-ha.

Not an expert on such things, but I’m just about positive they were suggesting that Brett Myers long toss in-between starts rather than during them. Myers’ offerings last night didn’t quite travel 120 feet, but it may have looked like they had to Atlanta hitters by the time the ball reached the plate. Three of the first seven Braves he faced homered off of him and Myers didn’t make it through the fifth inning. Over his last two starts he has allowed 15 runs in 9 1/3 innings.

Down 8-0 in the sixth, the Phils still managed to make a game out of it. The bottom of their pen gave them 4 2/3 scoreless innings and the Phils brought two guys up in the ninth as the winning run.

The Phils lost to the Atlanta Braves last night, falling 8-6 to drop to 22-19 on the season. They have lost three of their last four games and remain in second place in the NL East, a game and a half behind the Marlins.

Myers got the start for the Phils and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and three walks. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and three home runs. He struck out six. With more than a quarter of the season played, Myers’ ERA is 5.91. He has made one quality start in his last five outings.

Madson gave up a two-run single in the fifth with the runs charged to Myers, but it wasn’t exactly what tipped the scales to the bad start side.

Yunel Escobar hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left. 1-0. Mark Kotsay popped to short for the first out before Chipper Jones homered to left. 2-0. Mark Teixeira drew a walk, but Brian McCann hit into a double-play behind him.

In the second, Kelly Johnson homered with one out to make it 3-0. Myers struck out Gregor Blanco for the second out and pitcher Tom Glavine to end the inning. Jeff Francoeur struck out to start the inning, so Myers struck out the side.

Escobar started the third with walk. Kotsay followed with a ground ball to short. Rollins went to second for the first out, but Howard didn’t handle Utley’s throw and was charged with an error. Chipper hit a ball down the line in left that wedged between the warning track and the mat. Burrell could have picked it up easily but raised both hands and Chipper had to settle for a ground-rule double. Smart play by Burrell, Kotsay would have scored easily, but had to hold third. Turned out not to matter. Myers struck out Teixeira for the second out before McCann doubled over the head of Victorino in right. Both runners scored and the Braves led 5-0. Francoeur struck out for the third out.

Johnson doubled to start the fourth. Blano struck out behind him for the first out. Glavine followed and reached on a swinging bunt, moving Johnson to third. Escobar hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Kotsay started the fifth with a single and Chipper followed with a walk. Teixeira grounded to second and Chipper was forced at second for the second out. With men on first and third and one down, McCann singled into right. Kotsay scored to make it 6-0 and Teixeira went to second. Madson came into pitch and got Francoeur on a ball out in front of the plate for the second out as the runners moved up to second and third. Madson walked Johnson with two outs to load the bases and pitch to Blanco and Blanco singled into center. Teixeira and McCann scored and it was 8-0. Glavine grounded to short for the third out.

Walking Johnson intentionally was a bad idea if it worked. It didn’t.

Madson came back to pitch the sixth. Kotsay singled with one out, but Madson got the next two.

Condrey started the seventh with the Phils down 8-4. Francoeur singled with one out. Johnson was next and he blooped one behind short and into left-center. Werth came in and made a nice diving catch for the second out. Blanco flew to center for the third out.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 eighth. He returned for the ninth and walked McCann on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. Francoeur lined to Utley to end the frame.

The pen did their job. They went 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Madson threw 34 pitches, Seanez 29 and Condrey 14. Probably means Madson and Seanez couldn’t pitch tonight.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Tom Glavine went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Again Werth plays center and Victorino right. I have not heard or read an explanation from Manuel that makes much sense to me on this subject. It seems like he keeps saying I-said-I-was-going-to-play-Werth-in-center-so-now-I’m-playing-Werth-in-center. Playing Werth in center is a fine idea when Victorino is not in the game. Victorino doesn’t belong in right field. Coste catches.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the first and again in the second.

Down 5-0 in the third, Coste singled with one out. Myers bunted him to second, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Down 8-0, Coste led off the sixth with a single. Bruntlett hit for Madson and drew a walk that moved Coste to second. Rollins split the gap in right-center on the first pitch he saw for a double. Coste scored and Bruntlett went to third. 8-1. Victorino grounded to short for the second out and Bruntlett scored and Rollins moved to third. 8-2. Utley hammered a 1-2 pitch out to right-center and it was 8-4. Howard grounded to first for the second out before Burrell drew a walk. That finally chased Glavine and righty Jeff Bennett came in to pitch to Werth. Werth walked and it put men on first and second for Feliz, but Feliz flew to left to end the inning.

Coste started the seventh with a single. With the righty Bennett still on the mound, Jenkins hit for Condrey. Lefty Will Ohman came in to pitch and Taguchi hit for Jenkins and hit into a double-play. Rollins grounded to third for the third out.

Jenkins has a career .715 OPS against left-handed pitching. Taguchi .713.

Howard homered to left with two outs in the eighth off of lefty Royce Ring. 8-5. Righty Blaine Boyer came in and got Burrell to ground to short to end the inning.

Coste singled with two outs in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Seanez and singled into left. It brought Rollins up as the tying run. Rollins got ahead 2-0 before he laced a 2-2 pitch into right for a single. Coste scored from second to make it 8-6 and Dobbs went to third. Rollins stole second base without a throw, putting the tying run on second base for Victorino. Victorino hit a 1-1 pitch hard into right, but Francoeur took it just in front of the warning track to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Victorino 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-23. He has five extra-base hits and a .286 slugging percentage for the season.

Utley was 1-for-4 with his 14th home run and two RBI. He’s on pace to hit .323 with 55 home runs.

Howard was 1-for-4 with his eighth home run. 7-for-his-last-25 with a double, a triple and two home runs.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Feliz was 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-14.

Coste went 4-for-4 with two singles and scored two runs.

Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.36) faces lefty Chuck James (2-2, 7.58) tonight. James has made four starts on the year for the Braves and has allowed four or more runs in three of them. In 19 innings he has struck out 17, but also allowed four home runs. Only two NL pitchers gave up more than the 32 home runs that James allowed in 2007. James gave up his 32 in just 161 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .304 against him this season, lefties just .133. He made four starts against the Phillies in 2007 and went 1-0 with a 5.49 ERA and a 1.32 ratio. His starts against the Phils came on April 5, May 2, August 10 and September 25. Hamels has thrown a ton of innings for the Phils, 56 1/3, in his eight starts. That’s an average of over seven an outing and there’s no way that’s going to work over a whole season. Going into tonight’s start, Hamels is on pace to throw about 228 innings for the year. Opponents are hitting .217 against him overall and he’s thrown to a 1.10 ratio. He’s walked one left-handed batter this season. Home runs are probably the way to go if you want to score against him, but his home run rate this year is down. After allowing 25 in 183 1/3 innings last seson (1.23 per nine innings), Hamels has allowed five in 56 1/3 so far this year (.80 per nine). In four starts against the Braves last season he went 3-0 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.13 ratio. April 4, May 1 and the August 10 game against James.


Who’s on first? Oh yeah

Here’s a look at how the Braves and the Phils ranked in offensive production by position in the infield and at catcher in the NL in ’07, using OPS as the measure:


POS

ATL

PHI
C 2 5
1B 14 3
2B 2 1
3B 3 16
SS 3 2

Both teams had a huge hole, the Phils at third and the Braves at first. The Braves look to have solved their problem at first base with the addition of Mark Teixeira. Scott Thorman got the most time at first for Atlanta in ’07 and hit 216/258/394 on the season. In Teixeira’s 208 at-bats with the Braves he hit 317/404/615. Between his time with the Rangers and the Braves, Teixeira’s line on the season was 306/400/563. A .963 OPS from their first baseman would have been second-best in the NL last season, behind only the Brewers.

Unless Eric Bruntlett slips into a Abraham Nunez-like role, the Phillies seem sure to get more offense out of third this season than they did last. The Nunez departure helps a lot, Helms was as bad as he could be in ’07 and Dobbs had curiously very weak offensive numbers while playing third base compared to the rest of his offensive output. Still, the Atlanta solution is a little meatier.

Atlanta does seem sure to drop off at short in ’08, where they have lost Renteria and his 332/390/470 line. Yunel Escobar probably isn’t going to repeat his 326/385/451 line in ’08. Let’s hope not at least.

Where the Braves can’t hang with the Phillies is in the outfield.


POS

ATL

PHI
LF 11 3
CF 12 1
RF 11 8

Andruw Jones had a miserable year in ’07, but the production the Braves get out of center field seems sure to go down if they go ahead with Josh Anderson as the every day guy. I really have a lot of trouble believing that will happen, but it’s good news for the Phils if it does.

Despite hitting 338/368/497 in ’07, Matt Diaz only got about as much time in left as Willie Harris (270/349/392) this season. Harris is gone and more time for Diaz in left and less for Harris and Ryan Langerhans may mean more offense out of left for the Braves in ’08.


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