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If wishes were fishes we’d have a bunch of happy wishes out there right about now

Pitching decisions and plain old bad pitching were the story as the Phils lost the last two games of their three-game series with the Marlins. The losses put the Phillies in a big hole — they have 16 games left to play and trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games.

In yesterday’s game, Brett Myers hit for himself with two outs and nobody on in the seventh in a tie game with two lefties expected to hit in the top of the eighth for Florida. He had thrown 104 pitches. He got just one out in the eighth. Both of the lefties he faced got hits and one of them scored the run that would prove to be the game-winner.

The go-ahead run came on a big double off of Chad Durbin. Durbin continues to struggle miserably down the stretch after being outstanding for most of the year. After throwing to a 1.89 ERA in the first half of the season, Durbin been charged with six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings over his last three appearances.

The only decision that the Phillies couldn’t overcome on Tuesday was the one to start Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was charged with seven runs in the game and got four outs. Despite being down 9-1 in the fourth, the Phils did mount a comeback. They fell short and dropped the game 10-8. The Phils are 1-5 in Kendrick’s last six starts. In those outings he hasn’t gone six innings once and has thrown to an 11.35 ERA.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 7-3 to drop to 79-67 on the season. They trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games in the NL East.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a walk. He struck out nine.

He allowed a pair of doubles in the first, but kept Florida off the board. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double but was thrown out when he tried to go to third on a ground ball to short. After Dan Uggla doubled, Myers struck out both Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham to leave him stranded.

The threw a 1-2-3 second and the Phils gave him a 1-0 lead to start the third. Ramirez walked with one out before Luis Gonzalez blasted a 2-0 pitch out to right to put Florida up 2-1.

In the fourth the Marlins extended their lead to 3-1. Dallas McPherson led off with a double. Myers got the next two before the pitcher Ricky Nolasco drove him in with a single to left.

Myers didn’t allow a base-runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh, which probably influenced Manuel’s decision to let him come back and start the eighth having thrown 104 pitches to face a couple lefties. He faced three hitters in the eighth. Gonzalez led off with a single, Myers struck out Uggla and a single by Jacobs moved Gonzalez to third. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Willingham. Willingham got ahead 3-0 and then chopped a 3-1 pitch down the third base line. The umpires called fan interference, although it appeared that the fan in question did not touch the ball. One run scored and Robert Andino, who ran for Jacobs, went to third. Durbin walked the left McPherson, loading the bases and setting up the double-play, which he got from Paul Lo Duca to end the frame.

Durbin returned for the ninth with the Phils down 4-3. He gave up a leadoff single to Alfredo Amezaga and Amezaga was bunted to second for the first out. He walked Hanley Ramirez intentionally to put men on first and second. Lefty Jeremy Hermida pinch-hit and Romero came in to pitch to him. Cody Ross hit for Hermida and Romero got him on a fly ball to right for the second out. With two down and men on first and second, Uggla delivered a two-run double that put Florida up 6-3. Condrey came in to pitch to Wes Helms and Helms singled into center, scoring Uggla and making it 7-3. Willingham flew to left for the third out.

Romero gives up the big double to Uggla an inning after two hits by lefties against Myers set up a run for Florida.

The pen went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. All three relievers that appeared, Durbin, Romero and Condrey, gave up big hits. Durbin threw 17 pitches, Condrey and Romero each six or less. Durbin has thrown to a 6.10 ERA since the end of July. Romero a 4.76 ERA since the end of July. Condrey was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with an earned run this month.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Again Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino dropped to sixth. Dobbs at third with Feliz on the bench and Coste behind the plate.

Howard put the Phils up 1-0 with a home run to start the second.

Myers doubled over the head of Amezaga in center to start the third with the Phils down 2-1. He went to third on a ground out by Rollins, but was left stranded when Werth struck out and Utley lined to short.

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

Nolasco struck out Howard, Burrell and Victorino in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Down 3-1 in the fifth the Phils scored a pair of runs to tie the game at 3-3. Dobbs led off with a single and scored when Coste followed with a double. Myers bunted Coste to third for the first out before Rollins popped to short. Werth delivered a two-out single, scoring Coste to tie the game and picking up Rollins after Rollins failed to bring the runner in from third with less than two outs.

The Phillies only base-runner in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth was a one-out walk by Burrell in the sixth. Victorino hit into a double-play behind him.

With two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Myers hit for himself and struck out. With the righty Nolasco on the mound, Stairs would have been the likely choice to hit for Myers.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 5-for-13 with a walk in the series. 273/337/431 for the season. He’s slugging .410 in September after slugging .398 in August.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 275/371/511. He’s hitting .212 in September.

Utley 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 289/378/535 for the year. 219/316/281 so far this month.

Howard 1-for-4 with his 42nd home run. 5-for-13 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 241/328/517. He has five home runs in his last 27 at-bats.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a triple and two walks in the series. 254/372/513 for the year. The triple is his only extra-base hits in his last 40 at-bats.

Victorino 0-for-4. 1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 276/339/417. Hitting .176 in September.

Dobbs 1-for-3 in the game. 2-for-10 with a double in the series. 295/327/473 for the year. No walks in his last 37 at-bats. Feliz was 1-for-2 in the series and is hitting 251/300/407 for the year.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 1-for-6 in the series. 267/322/435 for the year. He’s 1-for-his-last-20. Ruiz was 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 230/320/304 for the year.

Stairs went 1-for-2 with a walk in the series. He’s 3-for-7 with the Phillies.

On Tuesday the Phillies lost 10-8 to drop to 79-66 on the season.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one. His ERA was 4.37 after he got the win against the Marlins on August 6 — it’s 5.44 now, six starts later.

The Fish were all over Kendrick. They scored three times in the first, getting three singles, a walk and a sac fly. Uggla had the biggest hit, a two-run single to right with the bases loaded. Four more runs in the second put the Marlins up 7-1. They got a pair of doubles, a walk and a three-run homer from Jorge Cantu that chased Kendrick.

Happ followed Kendrick, getting the last two outs of the second. Happ kept them off the board in the third, but yielded two more runs in the fourth. Cantu singled with one out and Jacobs hit a two-run shot that put the Marlins up 9-1.

The Phils cut it to 9-4 in the bottom of the fourth, but Happ gave up another homer, this one a solo shot, to Cody Ross in the fifth. 10-4. He got the next two before Condrey came out to retire Ramirez and end the frame.

Condrey threw a scoreless sixth. Seanez and Eyre combined to keep the Marlins off the board in the seventh. Madson pitched a scoreless eighth and Lidge, with the Phils down 10-8, turned them away in the ninth.

Long day for the pen as they went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. All three of the runs were allowed by Happ, who saw his ERA rise to 5.71 by giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Happ threw 66 pitches in the game, Lidge 17. Everyone else was 15 or less.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino sixth. Dobbs at third and Ruiz catching.

With one out in the first, Werth singled, stole second, stole third and scored on a ground out by Utley to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-1.

Down 7-1 in the second they went in order. Ruiz singled to start the third and Happ bunted him to second, but Rollins and Werth left him stranded.

Down 9-1 in the fourth, Utley singled and was driven in by a two-run homer by Howard. Burrell tripled and scored on a ground out by Victorino. The Phils ended the inning down 9-4.

It was 10-4 when they started the sixth. Victorino singled in Howard to make it 10-5 and a two-run double by Dobbs cut it to 10-7. With Dobbs on second and nobody out, Stairs hit for Condrey and singled Dobbs in. 10-8. Coste flew to right for the first out before Rollins moved Stairs to third and then stole second. It put men on second and third with one down, but Werth flew to right and the runners held and Utley popped to short, leaving the tying runs stranded.

They went in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Werth 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left six men on base. With one out and a man on third in the eighth he couldn’t bring the runner in.

Utley 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Howard 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-2.

Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64) faces righty Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82) tonight. Sheets hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last three starts, giving up 12 hits and four walks in 20 innings. On the year he’s allowed just 14 home runs in 188 innings. The Phillies have won five of the last six games that Moyer has started. He’s been much better away from Citizens Bank Park than at it this year — 9-3 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 ratio away and 4-4 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.54 ratio at home. Moyer will be throwing on short rest after pitching Sunday against the Mets.


Phils find comfort knowing that if they do face a pitcher who’s something special it can’t get any worse

If Cole Hamels decides to sue for non-support he may want to start his case with this: In each of his last two starts he’s broken up the opposition’s no-hitter with a single with two outs in the fifth. Don’t know when the last time that happened was, but I’m betting there were fewer people going out to eat in flip-flops and sweatpants.

Hamels pitched well yesterday. Coming off back-to-back bad worrisome starts, he pitched into the seventh and was changed with two earned runs.

It’s tough to win when you don’t score, though, and the Marlins’ Chris Volstad saw to that. He gave the Fish six shutout innings. The Florida pen backed him up with three scoreless innings in which they allowed a hit and two walks.

After the game Jimmy Rollins, who apparently has forsaken offense this season and instead is focused on seeing how bizarre he can get the quotes in the newspaper that appear next to his name to be, suggested that Volstad was “nothing special.” What really has been nothing special lately, though, is the Phillies’ offense. The Phils scored seven runs in the three-game series, two of which came on a home run that was foul.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, falling 3-0 to drop to 62-52 on the year. The Marlins win the series two games to one.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a double to left. Hamels got the next two hitters before Ramirez stole third, but Josh Willingham popped to Howard for the third out.

Cody Ross doubled with two outs in the second, hitting the ball past Bruntlett, who probably should have made the play. Matt Treanor was next and he singled into right. Jenkins threw home, but wasn’t close to getting Ross whose run put the Fish up 1-0. Treanor took second when the throw came home and was safe on a pretty close play as Ruiz nearly got him after taking Jenkins’ throw. Hamels struck out pitcher Chris Volstad to end the frame.

Ramirez led off the third with a walk, but Hamels got Jeremy Hermida to hit into a double-play behind him and struck out Jorge Cantu for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth. He struck out Treanor and Volstad in a 1-2-3 fifth.

With one out in the sixth, Hermida singled and stole second. Cantu popped to third for the second out. Willingham was next and hit a ball into the left-field corner for a double. Hermida scored easily and it was 2-0. Dan Uggla flew to center for the third out.

Wes Helms and Ross started the seventh with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Treanor and Treanor hit a ground ball to third. Bruntlett should have had a double-play but bobbled the ball and then tagged out Helms for the first out of the inning. Lefty Mike Jacobs hit for the pitcher Volstad and hit a ball to Howard. Howard threw to second, but his throw was bad for his 14th error of the season. A nice play by Rollins kept it out of the outfield. It loaded the bases for Ramirez and Madson came in to pitch to him. Ramirez hit a ground ball to short and Rollins had to take the out at first as Ross scored to make it 3-0. With men on second and third, Madson walked the lefty Hermida intentionally to load the bases and got Cantu to line to Utley for the third out.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils down 3-0. He got the first two, getting the second out with the help of a diving catch by Jenkins. Lefty Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Matt Lindstrom and singled and moved to second when Ramirez followed with a walk. Hermida singled into right, but Jenkins threw Gonzalez out at home to turn the Fish away.

The pen threw 2 2/3 innings without being charged with a run. Madson helped save Hamels’ line in the seventh, although Hamels is not to be blamed completely for the mess due to bad plays by Howard and Bruntlett in the frame. Madson pitched in all three games of the series and threw 11 pitches yesterday. Lidge 28 and Condrey 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Bruntlett again at third against a righty. Jenkins in right with Ruiz catching. Too much Bruntlett at third against righties with Dobbs on the bench.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard grounded out to Uggla in shallow right for the third out.

Burrell walked to start the second and moved to second on a soft ground ball to second by Jenkins. Bruntlett popped to short and Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins walked with one out in the third and moved to second when Victorino followed with a ground out to first. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

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

Hamels singled with two outs in the fifth. Rollins followed with a walk that moved him to second. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

Second straight start for Hamels that he’s gotten the team’s first hit of the game and it came with two outs in the fifth.

Utley singled to start the sixth. Howard was next and he drove a ball into right-center that Ross made a diving catch on for the first out. Burrell popped to second for the second out before Jenkins moved Utley to second with a softly hit single to left. Bruntlett grounded to first for the third out.

Ruiz led off the seventh with the Phils down 3-0 and drew a walk. With righty Joe Nelson on the mound, Dobbs hit for Madson and the righty stayed in and struck out Dobbs for the first out. Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Victorino led off the eighth with a double off of lefty Arthur Rhodes, but Rhodes got Utley on a fly ball and Howard on a ground ball before righty Matt Lindstrom walked Burrell to put men on first and second. It brought Jenkins up as the tying run against the righty, but Jenkins got behind 0-2 and then grounded to first.

Coste hit for Lidge to start the ninth and grounded to short. Werth hit for Ruiz and hit a fly ball to shallow right. Uggla and Hermida collided and failed to catch it and Werth wound up at second. Dobbs and Rollins both grounded to second to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with two walks. 4-for-11 with a double in the series. 266/337/431 for the year.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double in the game, the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the set. 284/349/447.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a double and two walks in the series. 292/374/571.

Howard was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Ross took a hit away from him in the sixth. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. 241/327/503 for the season.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks in the game. 1-for-9 with a double and three walks in the series. He’s 3-for-19 in July (.158).

Jenkins was 1-for-4 in the game and 1-for-8 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 242/301/396. He could have an on-base percentage that starts with a three and a slugging percentage that starts with a four before too long if he’s not careful. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-2 in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-15 and hitting 264/349/476 for the year.

Bruntlett was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game and 2-for-8 with a double and a walk in the series. 227/313/313. Dobbs was 0-for-2 yesterday and 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the set. 297/335/441. He’s 2-for-his-last-15.

Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game and 1-for-5 with two walks in the series. 214/310/275 for the season. Coste was 0-for-1 yesterday and 1-for-5 with a double in the series. 276/326/472.

Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.94) faces lefty Paul Maholm (7-7, 3.95) tonight. Two of Maholm’s last four starts have been good — he allowed one run and went at least seven in each of them. In the other two he went six innings he time and allowed five runs. Lefties are hitting .178 against him with two home runs for the year. On April 27 he held the Phillies to a run on two hits while throwing a complete game. The good news is that he was probably nothing special. Blanton is 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in three starts for the Phils. He was fantastic in St Louis his last time out. On Saturday he held the Cards to a run on four hits over seven innings. Righties are still hitting .315 against him for the season.

The Phillies traded Single-A right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter to the Cubs for left-handed reliever Scott Eyre. Eyre had a 7.19 ERA in 19 appearances for the Cubs this season, but threw just 11 1/3 innings. He was great in 2005, throwing to a 2.63 ERA with a 1.08 ratio in 68 1/3 innings for the Giants and solid in ’06 and ’07 for the Cubs.

The next update to Philliesflow will be on August 17.


Concessionaires may expand their routes to include the basepaths with Kendrick on the mound

There’s got to be money in that. Some of those guys must get hungry out there.

I’ve seen Kyle Kendrick work out of jams time after time over the past two years and it still isn’t enough for me to know whether he’s really good or really lucky. He’s definitely one or the other. Either way, the record will forever show that he threw six shutout innings last night to help the Phils get a much-needed win over the Florida Marlins.

Kendrick left one man stranded in the first, two in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth. He didn’t get a double-play in the game and walked five batters.

Chad Durbin continues to be a workhorse for the Phillies out of the pen. After tossing two shutout frames with a five-run lead, Durbin has now thrown 63 innings in relief for the Phillies this season. One NL pitcher has thrown more — Washington’s Joel Hanrahan has thrown 63 1/3. Maybe that bill never comes due — but I think it will.

Of the 20 NL pitchers who have thrown the most innings in relief this season, none of them has an ERA that’s within one run of Durbin’s while pitching as a reliever.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 5-0 to improve to 62-51. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six shutout innings, allowing four hits and walking five. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

Kendrick walked Jeremy Hermida with one out in the first. Hermida was running as Cantu grounded to short and Rollins had to take the out at first. Josh Willingham flew to center for the third out.

Kendrick started the second up 1-0 and got the first two before Cody Ross singled to left. John Baker followed with a walk, but pitcher Anibal Sanchez lined to Howard at first to leave both runners stranded.

Hermida singled with one out in the third with the Phils up 3-0. Cantu followed with a walk, but Kendrick struck out Willingham and got Dan Uggla grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils were up 4-0 when Kendrick started the fourth, apparently frustrated by only leaving two men stranded on base for the last two innings. He got the first two before he walked Baker and then Sanchez. Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to deep third and Bruntlett threw to second, but not in time to get Sanchez. Hermida lined to Rollins to end the frame with the bases loaded.

Kendrick finally threw a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. He got two nice defensive plays in the inning, one from Bruntlett and one from Rollins.

He got the first two in the sixth before Baker doubled to left. Lefty Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Sanchez and looped a popup that Bruntlett caught cutting in front of Rollins for the third out.

Durbin struck out Ramirez and Hermida in a 1-2-3 seventh with the Phillies up 5-0.

He returned for the eighth. Jacobs singled with two outs, but Ross grounded to short behind him for the third out.

Durbin has been charged with one run in 10 2/3 innings over 11 appearances since June 11. He’s allowed six hits and three walks.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 ninth after throwing two pitches Tuesday night.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one single. Durbin threw 23 pitches, Madson six.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Anibal Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Jenkins in right against the righty. Bruntlett at third with Dobbs on the bench. Coste catches and hits seventh with Bruntlett dropped to eighth.

Victorino walked with one out in the first. Utley was next and doubled to right-center. Victorino scored from first to put the Phillies up 1-0. Howard lined to short and Burrell flew to left to leave Utley stranded.

Jenkins led off the second with a ground ball back to the mound and off the glove of Sanchez for an error. Coste was hit by a pitch before Bruntlett ripped a ball down the third base line that took a crazy bounce off the stands and into left-center field. Jenkins scored to make it 2-0 with Coste going to third. Bruntlett had a double. Kendrick hit a ground ball to short that scored Coste (3-0) and moved Bruntlett to third as Kendrick was thrown out at first for the first out of the inning. Rollins walked, putting men on first and third, but Victorino fouled out to the catcher and Utley flew to center for the third out.

Victorino doesn’t get it done with one out and a man on third.

Howard led off the third and got behind 0-2 before he hit a 1-2 pitch out to left-center. 4-0. Burrell, Jenkins and Coste went in order behind him.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fourth, but Victorino popped to short behind him.

Howard doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Burrell grounded to third and Howard had to hold second. Sanchez walked the lefty Jenkins intentionally. It put men on first and third for Coste. Coste hit a ground ball to third and Cantu tagged out Howard to end the inning.

Bruntlett led off the sixth with a single. Mike Cervenak hit for Kendrick. Bruntlett took off for second and Baker’s throw went off of Uggla’s glove and into right field. Bruntlett took third. The Marlins brought the infield in and Cervenak chopped a ball over Cantu’s head at third. It game him his first major league hit 11 days before his 32nd birthday. Bruntlett scored and it was 5-0. Rollins followed with a double into right that moved Cervenak to third. Victorino struck out, again unable to bring the runner in from third with less than two outs. Utley fouled out to Cantu who made a nice play in-between third base and home plate near the stands. Howard flew to left for the third out.

Phils can’t get more with men on second and third and nobody out.

Burrell and Jenkins went down to start the seventh, with Jacobs making a nice play on a ball hit hard by Jenkins for the first out. Coste doubled to left and Bruntlett was walked intentionally ahead of the pitcher. Durbin hit for himself and lined to first for the third out.

Utley walked with two outs in the eighth. Howard struck out behind him.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s 4-for-his-last-8 with two walks.

Victorino had a terrible game. 0-for-4 with a walk and five men left on base.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Howard 2-for-5 with his 32nd home run. On August 7, 2007 he hit two home runs against the Marlins, which gave him 32 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-4 and left two men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-14.

Jenkins was 0-for-3 with a walk. He hit the ball pretty well, though. He once was retired on a nice play by Jacobs. In the second he could have been given a hit on the comebacker to the mound.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a double. He’s 2-for-his-last-16.

Bruntlett played good defense and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Cole Hamels (9-7, 3.37) faces righty Chris Volstad (2-2, 3.25) this afternoon. Volstad has appeared in five games for the Marlins this season, four of which have been starts. The Marlins took the 21-year-old in the first round of the 2005 draft and no Phillie has ever faced him in the majors. In 27 2/3 innings this season he’s allowed just one home run. Lefties are hitting .293 against him, righties just .227. Over his last three starts he’s walked seven in 17 innings. Hamels comes off back-to-back bad starts in which he’s allowed 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The intentional walk to Ramirez costs the Phils a run.

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

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

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third straight inning the Phils got their leadoff man aboard.

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

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

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

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

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

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk.

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

Utley was 1-for-3.

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

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

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

Bruntlett 0-for-2.

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

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


Just think how much merrier a soul King Cole would be if anyone ever got a hit

The merry would be off the charts. They would need to invent new merry-measuring tools.

Cole Hamels is pitching up a storm and the rest of the Phillies seem to be content just to watch. Hamels went eight innings in Florida yesterday, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits while striking out seven. The Phillies scored two runs in the game and lost in 11 innings.

They scored 11 runs in the three-game set and are having a lot of trouble getting much of anything out of the top and the bottom of their order. The guys who started the games in the one and two spots in the order combined to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the series while the guys that started the games in the seven and eight spots in the order combined to go 4-for-25 (.160) with one walk.

The Phillies are 1-2 in the last three games that Hamels has started. In each of those three starts he’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two runs. Over his last ten starts the Phillies have scored three or fewer runs five times. He’s thrown to a 3.03 ERA in those ten outings, going at least seven innings in nine of the ten starts. The Phillies are 5-5 in those games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 3-2 in 11 innings. The Marlins take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 53-46 and start the day in a tie for first place in the NL East with the Mets. The Marlins are a half game behind.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out seven. He needed just 96 pitches to go eight innings.

He started the first with a 1-0 lead. He walked Jorge Cantu with two outs, but got Wes Helms to fly to right for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

Jeremy Hermida led off the fourth and hit a high fly ball to right on the first pitch of his at-bat that went out for his second home run in two days. It cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Cantu lined to third before Helms reached on a single, but Hamels got Dan Uggla to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Hamels walked Uggla with two outs in the seventh, but got Luis Gonzalez to fly to left for the third out. Hamels had thrown just 82 pitches through seven innings.

Cody Ross led off the eighth and hit an 0-1 pitch out to right center, tying the game at 2-2. Hamels struck out John Baker for the first out before Alfredo Amezaga hit for the pitcher Joe Nelson and singled into left. Hamels pick Amezaga off first with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, but Amezaga beat Howard’s throw to second. Howard is absolutely terrible at that play. Hamels struck out Ramirez and got Hermida on a fly ball to center to leave the runner stranded.

Madson set down 3-4-5 in the Florida order in the bottom of the ninth with the scored tied at 2-2.

He came back out to start the tenth, but when lefty Mike Jacobs was announced as the pinch-hitter for pitcher Matt Lindstrom, Romero entered the game. Romero got Jacobs to ground the first pitch of his at-bat to second for the first out. Durbin came in to pitch to Ross and struck Ross and Baker out to end the frame.

Condrey started the eleventh. Amezaga led off with a single and moved to second when Ramirez followed with a walk. Hermida bunted, badly. The ball came back to Condrey. Condrey looked at third, then turned and threw to first but late. Hermida was safe and the bases were loaded. Condrey got ahead of Cantu 0-2 before Cantu blasted a ball off the scoreboard in left — would have probably been a three-run double, but the Marlins only needed one to win the game.

The game was probably lost with the bases loaded and one out anyway, but with the day off today especially Manuel could have brought in Lidge to try to get the strikeout instead of leaving Condrey on to face Cantu.

Two innings for the pen. Everyone was good except for Condrey, who allowed three hits and a walk without getting an out. Nobody threw more than 14 pitches and the Phils have an off day today.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the righty. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a chopper over the mound that went for an infield single. Victorino flew to left for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single to right. Howard singled into center and Rollins scored, putting the Phils up 1-0 with Utley going to third. Burrell popped to short and Jenkins grounded back to the pitcher to leave the runners stranded.

Bad result for Burrell with one out and men on first and third.

1-2-3 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Utley walked and came around to score when Howard followed with a double. 2-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins struck out looking for the third out.

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

Victorino bunted for a single with one down in the sixth. Utley grounded back to the pitcher and Howard grounded hard to first.

Burrell led off the sixth with a single. Jenkins was next and he shattered his bat hitting a slow ground ball to second for a double-play. The bat broke at the handle and a large piece of the barrel caught Jenkins in his shoulder or neck. Jenkins crumpled to the ground and was replaced by Werth in the bottom of the inning. Jenkins is not expected to miss any time. Feliz struck out for the third out.

Ruiz led off the seventh with a walk. Hamels hit for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and bunted, but popped it up for the first out. Rollins hit a ground ball to third and Ruiz was forced at second for the second out. Victorino doubled down the left field line and Rollins moved to third. Lefty Renyel Pinto came in to pitch to Utley and got ahead 0-2 before he hit him to load the bases. Howard grounded to second baseman Uggla in shallow right field for the third out.

Righty Joe Nelson set down Burrell, Werth and Feliz in order in the eighth. Werth had entered the game in right in the bottom of the sixth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Dobbs hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the second out.

1-2-3 in the tenth.

Bruntlett, who had entered the game in the eighth defensively for Burrell, led off the eleventh. Hate that. Bruntlett popped to second for the first out. Werth struck out behind him before Feliz hit a ball that Ramirez didn’t handle for an error. Ruiz moved Feliz to second with a single and Coste hit for Durbin with righty Doug Waechter on the mound. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Coste struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game. 3-for-14 with a double and one walk in the series. 271/336/431 for the season.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-14 in the series. 276/345/402 for the year.

At the top of the order Rollins and Victorino combine to go 6-for-28 (.214) with one walk in the set.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 296/379/584.

Howard 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. 236/325/512.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-12 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 280/406/594 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 and left five men on base. 2-for-7 with a walk and a home run in the series. 238/291/389 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game and 1-for-6 in the series. 268/352/468 for the season.

Feliz was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. 1-for-13 with a triple and six strikeouts in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a walk in the set. 204/304/269 for the season. Coste was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting .125 in July and 276/330/476 for the year.

No game today.


Short shelling

I’m not holding back on you, I genuinely have no idea what Kyle Kendrick needs to do to get left-handed hitters out. But I know it’s something different. Through four innings and one batter yesterday, lefties had driven in five runs against him on a pair of home runs and an RBI single.

Lefties are hitting 326/394/530 against Kendrick this season and 324/384/539 against him for his career.

Condrey and Seanez followed up Kendrick with weak outings yesterday, but despite a pair of home runs and a double from Burrell the Phils never did manage to overcome Kendrick’s short, miserable start.

Also of note yesterday was that Eaton did not pitch after Kendrick left after just 4 1/3 innings. If he’s not a starter, not a reliever, not a position player and not So Taguchi you have to kind of wonder what his role is at this point. Two would be too many guys to have on a 25-man roster that you never use (while on the subject, Mike Cervenak isn’t really seeing what you’d call regular time, either). Eaton’s last appearance came on July 12.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, falling 9-5 to drop to 53-45 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three home runs and a triple. He struck out two. His ERA is up to 4.87 on the season. It was the first time in his career he had allowed three home runs in a start.

With two outs in the first, Jorge Cantu singled and Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch, moving Cantu to second. Kendrick struck out Dan Uggla to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second up 1-0 and hit Mike Jacobs to start the inning. Cody Ross moved Jacobs to second with a single before lefty John Baker hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to right, making it 3-1. The pitcher Scott Olsen was next and he singled on a ball deflected by Rollins. Hanley Ramirez followed with a ground ball to third and Olsen was forced at second for the first out. Jeremy Hermida grounded to second and Ramirez was forced at second for the second out. Hermida stole second before Cantu singled into left. Hermida tried to score from second, but Burrell threw him out at the plate to end the inning.

Kendrick again gets hurt by the lefty, giving up the three-run homer to Baker.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

Ross led off the fourth with the score tied at 3-3 and hit a fly ball to right that Werth couldn’t track down. Ross wound up on third — it was originally called an error but changed to give Ross a triple. Baker followed and singled into center. Ross scored to make it 4-3, but Baker went for second and was thrown out by Victorino for the first out of the inning. Kendrick got the next two.

Hermida led off the fifth and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right. It put Florida up 5-4 with all five runs having been driven in by Marlins’ lefties. Willingham singled with one out and Uggla came up and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left to make it 7-4. Kendrick walked Jacobs on five pitches and Condrey came in to pitch to the righty Ross. Ross moved Jacobs to third with a double and Condrey walked Baker to load the bases with one out. Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Olsen and hit into a double-play to avoid further damage.

Condrey returned for the sixth. Hermida walked with one out and moved to third on a double by Cantu. Willingham was walked intentionally to load the bases again, but Condrey struck out Uggla and got Jacobs to pop to third to end the inning.

Seanez started the seventh. Baker walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wes Helms flew to center for the second out before Seanez walked Ramirez and Hermida back-to-back to load the bases yet again. Cantu blasted a ball off the wall in left and Baker and Ramirez both scored. 9-4. Willingham grounded to third for the third out.

Madson pitched the eighth. With one out Alfredo Amezaga hit for pitcher Doug Waechter and hit a fly ball to right that went over Jenkins’ head — he either misjudged it or didn’t see it, but it was the second bad defensive play in right for the Phils in the game. Amezaga got a double and Madson got the next two to leave him stranded.

Condrey and Seanez were both bad in the game, although Condrey wasn’t charged with any runs. As a group the pen went 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks. Condrey threw 31 pitches and Seanez 34, so you would think neither would be available today. Madson threw 13.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in righty against the lefty and Coste catching.

Rollins led off the first with a walk, but Victorino hit into a double-play and Utley flew to right.

Howard led off the second with a single and moved to third when Burrell followed with a double. Werth hit a ground ball to third and Howard was thrown out at home for the first out with Burrell moving to third. Feliz followed and he hit a ground ball to third. Cantu fielded and was going to throw home, but lost the ball taking it out of his glove. Burrell scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Cantu picked the ball up and threw to first, but his throw was bad for a second error on the play. Feliz wound up at second and Werth at third with one out. Coste hit yet another ground ball to third and Werth was thrown out at home. Kendrick walked to load the bases, but Rollins grounded to third to end the frame.

That’s a lot of grounding to third. Phils put men on second and third with no outs and different men on second and third with one out and score one run in the frame.

Utley doubled to right with one out in the third, but Howard and Burrell went down behind him.

Feliz tripled with one out in the fourth. Coste was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for a double. Feliz scored to cut the Florida lead to 3-2. Kendrick grounded to short with Coste holding second for the second out. Rollins singled into right center and Coste scored to tie the game at 3-3. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit a 1-2 pitch out to left to tie the game at 4-4. Werth singled before Feliz popped to second to set the Phillies down.

1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Burrell led off the eighth and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left. 9-5 Florida. Burrell’s second home run of the day hitting with two strikes. The Phils went in order behind him. Dobbs hit for Seanez and flew to center for the first out.

Jenkins walked to start the ninth with the Phils down 9-5. Rollins struck out for the first out before Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back, loading the bases for Howard. Howard struck out and Burrell grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double.

Howard 1-for-5.

Burrell 3-for-5 with two home runs and a double.

Werth 1-for-3.

Feliz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Coste 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.15) faces righty Josh Johnson (0-0, 5.40) this afternoon. Coming off Tommy John surgery the 24-year-old Johnson has made just one appearance this season. It came on July 10 against the Dodgers and allowed three runs over five innings. Johnson finished fourth in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2006 after going 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.30 ratio for the Fish. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and has a 1.99 ERA in those appearances. Hanley Ramirez (8-for-18 with five doubles) has hit him hard over his career.


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