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The old man and the sea

Jamie Moyer and the Phillies’ bullpen shut down the Marlins last night. Moyer held Florida to a pair of runs on four singles over six and Durbin, Romero and Lidge did the rest. Over his last eight starts Moyer has thrown to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.19 ratio. He has a 3.12 ERA for the season in his ten starts away from Citizens Bank Park.

Geoff Jenkins slumped much of the first half, but the first half is over. Jenkins drove in two of the Phils’ four runs in the game, blasting a solo home run out to center in the fourth after he had singled in Burrell in the second.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 4-2. They improve to 53-44 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. All four hits were singles and he struck out three.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 first.

Mike Jacobs led off the second and lifted a fly ball into right field that Jenkins made a sliding play on in foul territory for the first out. Moyer got the next two behind him.

After a 1-2-3 third he started the fourth up 4-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a walk and Jeremy Hermida followed with a single that moved Ramirez to third. Jorge Cantu was next and he looped a ball into left-center. It looked like both Victorino and Burrell had a chance to make the play with a dive, but neither did and it fell in-between them for a single. Ramirez scored to make it 4-1. Jacobs followed with a single that loaded the bases for Dan Uggla. Uggla hit into a double-play for the first two outs of the inning. Hermida scored and it was 4-2. Josh Willingham popped up to first to end the inning.

Moyer came back with a 1-2-3 fifth.

Cantu singled with two outs in the sixth. Jacobs was next and popped to Howard to leave Cantu stranded.

Durbin started the seventh with the Phils still up 4-2. He struck out Uggla and Willingham before getting Cody Ross on a ground ball to short.

Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Ramirez singled. With the lefty Hermida due to hit, Romero came into the game. Righty Wes Helms hit for Hermida and lined to short to end the inning.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a 4-2 lead to nail down his 21st save.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one hit. Durbin threw 24 pitches, Romero five and Lidge, coming off 2/3 of an inning in an All-Star game in which he warmed up six times, threw 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty with Ruiz behind the plate.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a tracer out to right on a 1-0 pitch to put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell was next and doubled down the third base line. Jenkins singled up the middle and Burrell chugged around to score from second. 2-0. Feliz struck out, Ruiz popped to first and Moyer flew to left to leave Jenkins stranded.

Rollins led off the third with a double. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley singled into right. Rollins scored from second and the Phils were up 3-0. Howard flew to left and Burrell struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

Jenkins led off the fourth and blasted a 1-0 pitch out to center. 4-0. The Phils went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth Victorino tried to bunt and looked like he was hit by a pitch on the leg but didn’t get the bat out of the way. The home plate ump called it a foul ball. Manuel argued and was ejected. Victorino flew to center for the second out before Utley doubled to right. Howard was walked intentionally, but Burrell fouled out to third to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh. Taguchi hit for Moyer to lead off the seventh and popped to short.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the eighth and went to second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out. Burrell was next and he flew to deep center for the second out. Utley should have tagged but was halfway to third when Ross caught the ball and had to hold second. With lefty Renyel Pinto on the mound Werth hit for Jenkins. Righty Doug Waechter entered the game for Florida and got Werth swinging for the third out.

Phils can’t score after putting a man on second with no outs. Howard can’t move the runner to third. Utley should have gone to third on Burrell’s ball, but if Werth was going to strike out anyway it wasn’t going to matter. Burrell gets to hit against the lefty with lefties hitting third, fourth and sixth in the lineup.

Ruiz reached on a dribbler to third with one out in the ninth. With righty Joe Nelson on the mound, Dobbs hit for Romero. Ruiz stole second and the catcher John Baker threw the ball into center field. Ruiz went to third, but Dobbs struck out and Rollins struck out to leave him stranded.

Dobbs already had two strikes on him when Ruiz went to third, but still can’t bring the runner home with a fly ball with one out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double.

Victorino 0-for-4.

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

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and his 29th homer.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base.

Jenkins 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Also made a nice defensive play in the second.

Feliz 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.47) faces lefty Scott Olsen (5-4, 3.77) this afternoon. Olsen has been tough on lefties this season, they’re hitting .177 against him. Righties are hitting .258. Howard has hit him well in his career, he’s 10-for-21 with three doubles and two home runs. Utley 3-for-21. The Phillies have won eight of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties are hitting .320 against him, righties just .247. He’s also walked way more lefites, who are on-basing .386 against him, than righties. About 55% of the batters that Kendrick has faced (258 of 469) have been left-handed, but they have drawn 75% (24 of 32) of the walks he has allowed. Impressively he has walked only eight of the 211 right-handed batters he’s faced (about 3.8%). By comparison, looking at his fellow righties, Myers has walked about 6% of the right-handed hitters he’s faced, Eaton about 7.4% and Blanton 7.8%.

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Jamie gives Moyer, but Hamels finally finds something he Cantu

Apparently what he can’t do is get out Jorge.

The Phillies split the final two games of the set with the Marlins, getting brilliant starting pitching in both games but seeing their bats go silent. The Phils scored five runs in the final two games combined, two of which scored on a wild pitch.

Moyer and Hamels combined to allow five hits and two walks in 16 innings in the pair, but in the first game Jorge Cantu hit two home runs off of Hamels and Gordon surrendered a walkoff grand slam to Dan Uggla in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 3-0 to improve to 40-28 on the season. The Marlins win the three-game set two games to one.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing two singles and a walk. He struck out three and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.12.

He threw three ground balls in a 1-2-3 first and followed it up with a 1-2-3 second.

He set the Marlins down 1-2-3 again in the third. Jeremy Hermida walked with one out in the fourth and stole second before Jorge Cantu flew to center for the second out. Mike Jacobs grounded to short for the third out.

After a 1-2-3 fifth, Moyer started the sixth with a 2-0 lead. With one out pitcher Scott Olsen singled off the glove of a jumping Utley. Moyer got Hanley Ramirez and Hermida on popups to end the inning.

Cody Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. Moyer got ahead of Luis Gonzalez 0-2 before Gonzalez popped to short for the third out.

Moyer set the Marlins down in order in the eighth.

Lidge started the ninth up 3-0. He struck out Ramirez for the first out before Hermida singled to right. Cantu was next and he roped a ball to third, but Feliz made a nice play for the second out. Lidge struck out Mike Jacobs to end the game.

The well-rested Lidge threw 20 pitches and dropped his ERA to 0.93 on the season.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty with Feliz at third and Ruiz behind the plate.

Utley singled with two outs in the first, but Howard lined to third for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the second, third and fourth.

Feliz singled with two down in the fifth, but Ruiz followed and grounded to third.

Moyer and Rollins started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball back to the pitcher that went off the glove of Olsen and rolled towards third. Ramirez made a nice play to change directions and throw to third to force Moyer for the first out. Utley grounded to second for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Howard got behind 0-2 before Olsen delivered one in the dirt. Treanor blocked it, but the ball bounded away. Rollins stormed home to score as Treanor threw to Olsen covering the plate, but the throw was high and Olsen stumbled on his knees as he reached home. The ball got away, Treanor was charged with an error and Victorino scored. 2-0 Phils. Howard struck out for the third out.

Burrell led off the seventh with a single. Werth got ahead 3-0 but struck out for the first out. Feliz doubled to left and Burrell moved to third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Moyer hit for himself and struck out and Rollins flew to left to leave the bases loaded.

Utley singled with one out in the eighth, but Howard popped out behind him. Burrell moved Utley to third with a single and Taguchi ran for Burrell at first. Werth laced a single back through the middle and Utley scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Feliz walked to load the bases, but Ruiz struck out to end the frame.

Dobbs hit for Moyer to start the ninth and singled. Rollins moved him to third with a single and then stole second. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley was walked to load the bases, but Howard hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away again.

Phillies leave the bases loaded in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-12 with a home run and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 284/337/455 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-5 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-14 with a double in the series, although he hit the ball a little better than that. 276/348/390.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 in the series. 313/399/641 for the year.

Howard 0-for-5 and left five men on base. 0-for-12 with four strikeouts in the series. He’s hitting 196/229/283 in June and 204/306/436 for the year.

Burrell was 2-for-4 in the game and 4-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 281/419/585 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-8 in the series. 262/337/497 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last 27 at-bats. Jenkins was 0-for-2 in the series and is hitting 277/328/439 for the year.

Feliz was 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit for the Phils, and a walk. 3-for-6 in the series. 254/303/417 for the year. Dobbs was 1-for-1 in the game and 3-for-6 in the series. 368/398/517 for the season.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 217/300/294 for the year. Coste was 1-for-3 with a double in the series and is hitting 313/373/548 for the year.

On Wednesday the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eighth innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out 13.

Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a single. Jeremy Hermida followed and hit a ground ball to Howard. Howard started a pretty double-play with a strong throw to second. Rollins relayed to Hamels covering first to get Hermida. Nice play and it mattered cause Jorge Cantu hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 1-0 Florida. Hamels struck out Wes Helms for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second. He struck out the side in the third.

Two fly balls and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fourth.

After a 1-2-3 fifth he struck out Matt Treanor, pitcher Andrew Miller and Ramirez in a 1-2-3 sixth.

With one out in the seventh, Hamels got ahead of Cantu 1-2 before Cantu hit one just out to left, putting the Marlins up 2-1. Hamels struck out Helms and Uggla to end the inning.

The Cantu home run broke a string of 17 in a row set down by Hamels.

Hamels started the eighth down 2-1 having thrown 102 pitches. Luis Gonzalez led off with a walk and Alfredo Amezaga ran for him at first. Cody Ross lined to short for the first out. Amezaga stole second as Treanor struck out for the second out. Lefty Mike Jacobs hit for the pitcher Miller and grounded to second to end the inning. Lefties Jacobs, Jacque Jones and switchy catcher Mike Rabelo were the pinch-hitting choices, which is why Jacobs hit against Hamels.

Gordon started the ninth with the game tied at 2-2 and walked Ramirez on four pitches. Hermida bunted, but popped it up foul to Feliz for the first out. Cantu was next and he singled to left, moving Ramirez to second. Helms walked on four pitches to load the bases for Uggla. Uggla got up 3-1 before he hit a long grand slam to left to end the game.

Gordon threw 20 pitches. A lot of them weren’t that good.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty. Ruiz gets another start against a lefty in a role-reversal with Coste. Presumably Manuel is trying to get him going by giving him some chances to see lefties.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino lined a 3-2 pitch to second. Uggla caught it and threw to second to double off Rollins. Utley struck out for the third out.

The Phillies didn’t have a base runner in the second, third, fourth or fifth.

Feliz singled to right-center with one out in the sixth. Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play. Hamels grounded to third for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino doubled to left-center. Utley got up 3-1 and roped a single into center. Victorino scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard was next and he hit a ground ball that Ramirez fielded and flipped to Cantu covering second with the nutty shift on. Utley beat the ball to the bag but apparently didn’t know what was going on — he didn’t hold the bag and was out for the second out. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Werth started the eighth with a walk. Righty Justin Miller came in and got Feliz on a popup to short. Ruiz hit into another double-play, but at least this one wasn’t your generic short to second to first variety. Ruiz hit the ball pretty hard to first where Cantu fielded, threw to second and then took the relay from Ramirez to end the frame.

Dobbs hit for Hamels to start the ninth and hit a ground ball to deep second base that Uggla stopped with a slide, but Dobbs beat it out for a single. Bruntlett ran for Dobbs and moved to second when Rollins followed with a walk. With Victorino showing bunt and Helms in at third, Bruntlett stole third as the count went 0-2 on Victorino. Close play at third, but very aggressive base-running by Bruntlett. Victorino struck out looking for the first out with men on first and third. Victorino argued, but the pitch was pretty good. If it was outside it was just by a tiny bit. Utley got down 1-2 before he hit a double-play ball to second on a 2-2 pitch. Uggla fielded and threw to Ramirez, who was way off the bag when he took the ball and then couldn’t quite get the ball out of his glove on his first effort. By the time he did Utley had beat out the throw and Bruntlett scored from third to tie the game at 2-2. Howard was walked intentionally to put men on first and Kevin Gregg absolutely drilled Burrell with the first pitch of Burrell’s at-bat to load the bases. Werth bunted for a hit on the first pitch he saw, but Gregg fielded and threw him out at first for the third out. I don’t have any problem with Werth bunting for a hit there, he just got the ball too close to the pitcher.

Bruntlett’s stolen base gets the Phillies a run.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double.

Utley 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 0-for-3.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.

Feliz 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and hit into two big double-plays.


Ace in the pretty deep hole

On April 26 the Phillies beat the Pirates 8-4 to improve to 14-11 on the year. Since that game they are 25-16. Eight of the 16 games they have lost have been started by Brett Myers (the Phils are 1-8 in his last nine starts), so they are 24-8 in their last 32 games not started by Myers.

In four of those nine starts, Myers pitched at least pretty well.

Last night wasn’t one of the ones where he pitched pretty well. He allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three home runs, two of which were absolutely blasted on the first pitch of a Fish at-bat.

The Phils never did come back from the early 3-0 hole Myers put them in, but they did make the game close. Burrell had a double and a home run. Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, which was the only hit in the game for a top four in the order that ended the night 1-for-17. Down a run in the ninth, Werth led off with a single and was bunted to second. It gave Rollins and Victorino a chance to tie the game with a runner in scoring position, but Rollins flew to left, Victorino hit it hard but right at someone and the Phillies lost for the first time in five games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 5-4 to drop to 39-27 on the season.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out five.

Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left to put the Fish up 1-0. Myers got ahead of Jeremy Hermida 0-1 before he threw him four straight balls. Jorge Cantu hammered the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Myers got the next two before Luis Gonzalez walked. Mike Rabelo struck out for the third out.

With one out in the second, pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled to center and Ramirez followed with a walk. Myers got Hermida and Cantu on fly balls to leave the runners stranded.

Myers walked Gonzalez again with two outs in the third. Utley made a nice sliding play to take a hit away from Rabelo in short right field with Myers covering first for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Ramirez singled and stole second. Myers got Hermida swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

The Phils got within one in the top of the fifth. Cantu blasted the first pitch of his at-bat again, this time for a double to left. Mike Jacobs was next and he liked the first pitch he saw from Myers, too. He hit it really far, out to right for a two-run home run. 5-2. Myers got the next three, but with a couple of balls hammered. Dan Uggla smashed a line drive to left for the first out and Gonzalez ripped a ball down the right field line but just foul before grounding to Utley for the second.

With one out in the sixth, Cody Ross pinch-hit for Nolasco and lined a ball into left that Burrell misplayed into a double. It was a hit, but if Burrell had stayed back and played it on a hop he would have held him to one base. Just about any other outfielder in the league has the range to catch that ball in the air. Condrey relieved Myers to pitch to the righty Ramirez. Ramirez grounded to third and Ross went to third.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another great job by the bullpen. They went 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Condrey threw 17 pitches, Romero 14.

Condrey has a 2.87 ERA in his ten appearances since May 5. He’s been charged with five runs in 15 2/3 innings on 13 hits and just one walk. His rate of walks per nine inning (2.49) is the second best on the team behind only Moyer (2.16).

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Second straight start at third for Dobbs against a righty. Jenkins plays right with a righty on the mound. Coste continues to take Ruiz’s time against right-handed pitchers.

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

Down 3-0 in the second, Burrell doubled with one out. Jenkins grounded to first for the second out and Burrell moved to third. Dobbs struck out to leave Burrell stranded.

Coste doubled to start the third. Myers, terrible at bunting, tried to bunt him along but popped it up for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino popped to first and Utley flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Myers hit a ball slowly back through the middle. Ramirez fielded, but his throw to first was wild and Myers was safe on the error. Rollins got ahead 2-0 and then socked one just out to right-center, butting the Fish lead to 3-2. Victorino popped out again for the third out.

Down 5-2 in the sixth, Utley and Howard went down to start the inning. Burrell hit a line drive to left that Gonzalez may have lost in the lights. It went off Gonzalez’s glove for an error with Burrell safe at first. Jenkins was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dobbs. Dobbs singled into center and Burrell scored. 5-3. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Ruiz, who entered the game with Condrey in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh with a walk. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Victorino was next and he smashed a line drive, but right at Jacobs at first. Jacobs caught it and doubled Ruiz off of first to end the frame.

Righty Joe Nelson struck out Utley and Howard to start the eighth before Burrell blasted an 0-1 pitch out to left to cut the Florida lead to 5-4. Jenkins drew a walk and Bruntlett ran for him at first. Righty closer Kevin Gregg came into the game and struck out Dobbs to end the frame.

Werth hit for Romero to start the ninth and singled into left. Ruiz was next and bunted Werth to second. Rollins flew to left for the third out. Victorino was next and hit it hard to first base, but Cantu took it there and went to the bag for the third out.

Feliz ends the game without coming to the plate.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, just his fifth of the year. He’s on pace to hit 12 this season after hitting 30 last year and 25 in 2006.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left four men on base. Twice hit the ball well, though.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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

Jenkins was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with an RBI and three strikeouts.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65) tonight. Miller faced the Phils on June 1 and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in any of his last three outings and the Marlins are 1-4 in the last five games he started. Hamels faced Florida on May 31 and was pounded for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has made one start since, which was a complete game three-hit shutout of the Reds.


Phils apparently able to overcome anything except a start from Hamels

If you were wondering how long it would take the Phils to find their form again after Saturday’s loss, the answer turns out to be not very. Yesterday they found themselves down 5-1 in the third, but as they have so many times of late they stormed back behind their bats and a strong performance from the bullpen. Jenkins delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth and Burrell doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh to put the Phils ahead to stay.

Chase Utley is on fire. Having already had a stretch between April 17 and April 23 this season where he hit seven home runs in seven days, he has now homered six times in the last seven games.

The Phillies have won six of their last seven and nine of their last 12.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins yesterday, winning 7-5 to improve to 33-25 on the season. With the win they reclaim first place in the NL East by a half game over the Fish. The Phils take the three-game set two games to one.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs off the bat of Mike Jacobs. Moyer didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Hanley Ramirez singled to left to start the first, but Moyer got Jeremy Hermida to pop to short and Jorge Cantu to hit into a double-play.

He started the second with a 1-0 lead. Jacobs led off and hit the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Moyer got the next three hitters on ground balls.

He got the first two in the third before Ramirez hit a soft ground ball to second and just beat out Utley’s flip to Howard. Hermida was grazed by a pitch, putting men on first and second, before Jorge Cantu singled. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 2-1 with men on first and second. Jacobs was next and again the lefty blasted the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right, putting Florida up 5-1. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth. Utley made a nice play to end the top of the fifth. Hermida hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley ranged to his right and made a strong throw to nip Hermida at first for the third out.

Cantu singled to start the sixth with the Phils down 5-3. Again Jacobs hammered the first pitch of his at-bat, but this time it was a line drive right at Howard. Howard caught it and stepped on first to double off Cantu. Moyer struck out Uggla to end the frame. He might want to go somewhere else with his first pitch the next time he faces Jacobs. Roll it to the plate, maybe?

The game was tied at 5-5 in the seventh. Cody Ross led off with a single, but Jacque Jones bunted and popped it up towards first. Howard made a nice diving play to catch the ball for the first out. Mike Rabelo hit into a double-play behind Jones.

Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 7-5 and walked Luis Gonzalez on five pitches to start the inning, but got the next three behind him to keep the Fish off the board. Nice bounce-back performance from Gordon after he was hit hard in his previous outing against the Rockies. After Gordon walked Gonzalez he got behind Ramirez 2-0 and Rollins came in for a pep talk. It apparently helped. The Inquirer thought the chat was a pretty big deal, complete with a headline in bazillion point. Must have been quite a talk.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Jacobs, getting Uggla on a fly ball to left and striking out Ross.

Two scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow one walk after Moyer goes seven. Gordon threw 17 pitches, Lidge 14. Gordon may be questionable for tonight’s game against the Reds.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste catches against the lefty again. Taguchi in right with Werth out. Taguchi hits eighth and Feliz and the catcher’s spot move up one place in the order. Would still try Jenkins in right even against the lefty with Werth out.

With two outs in the first, Utley walked and stole second. Howard got behind 1-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch back through the middle for a single. Utley scored and the Phils led 1-0. More good hitting with two strikes from Howard after he drove in Victorino on Saturday night with a ground ball out with two strikes. Burrell flew to right for the third out.

Taguchi walked with two outs in the second, but Moyer struck out behind him.

Down 5-1 in the third, Rollins led off and hit a ground ball to third. Cantu threw it away, however, and Rollins was safe on the error. Victorino was next and flew to center. Rollins went to third and then made a move towards home. Miller threw to third but his throw got away for another error. Rollins scored to cut the lead to 5-2. Utley blasted a 1-1 pitch out to right for his 20th home run and the score was 5-3. He’s on pace to hit 56 home runs this season. Howard flew out for the second out before Burrell walked. Feliz hit an 0-1 pitch into left center, but was robbed of a hit by a diving catch by Ross to end the inning.

Phils get a run thanks to Cantu’s error.

Coste singled to start the fourth. Taguchi flew to right for the first out before Moyer bunted Coste to second. Rollins popped to first for the third out. Another sacrifice for Moyer, who has been very good at getting his bunts down.

Victorino put down a pretty bunt to start the fifth, but Miller made a great play to field it and throw Victorino out at first with his momentum carrying him towards the first base line. Utley walked, but Howard hit into a double-play.

Burrell walked to start the sixth with the Phils still down 5-3. Feliz flew to left and Coste struck out, bringing up Taguchi’s spot with the righty Doug Waechter on the mound for Florida. Jenkins hit for Taguchi and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, tying the game at 5-5. Moyer hit for himself and struck out to end the inning. There are some that seem blown away with the brilliance of pinch-hitting for Taguchi with Jenkins there — seems like the pretty clear choice to me.

Victorino singled with one out in the seventh. Utley popped to second for the second out before Howard was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second and righty Logan Kensing came in to pitch to Burrell. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Burrell hit a 2-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and the Phillies led 7-5. Like Howard, Burrell gets it done with two strikes. That’s just a great job of hitting with two strikes from the strikeout kings Burell and Howard — hitting with two strikes the pair combined to knock in three of the seven runs the Phillies scored in the game. Bohn ran for Burrell at second and Feliz struck out for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-12 with a single in the series. He is hitting 292/340/460 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a single. 4-for-13 in the series with three doubles. He’s hitting 292/356/404 for the season. His on-base percentage is higher than Rollins’.

Utley was 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks. 4-for-11 with three home runs in the series. Six home runs in seven days. He is hitting 312/398/665 for the year. Uggla was 1-for-12 with a single in the series and is hitting 294/371/632 for the year.

Howard was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-8 with a home run and five RBI in the series. 208/324/469 for the season.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with two walks, a game-winning double and two RBI. 3-for-9 with three walks in the series. 280/422/582 for the year.

Feliz was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 2-for-12 in the series. 259/297/423 for the year.

Coste was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-9 with a home run in the set. 330/393/567. Ruiz was 0-for-2 in the series. He has six extra-base hits in 127 at-bats this season and is hitting 228/300/291 for the year. Not counting yesterday’s games, of the 128 NL players with at least 125 plate appearances this season only six have a worse slugging percentage than Ruiz’s .291.

Taguchi was 0-for-1 with a walk. 1-for-3 with three walks in the series. 203/288/271 for the year, which isn’t really what you’re looking for from your starting right fielder. Jenkins was 1-for-2 with a monster two-run homer, his fifth of the year. He was 1-for-6 in the series. 285/321/430 for the season.

Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 5.29) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with the Reds. Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts. In those starts he struck out 15 in 12 1/3 innings. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. He faced the Phils on April 7 and gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .345 against Kendrick, but the Phillies have won seven of the last eight games he has started. His first start of the season came against the Reds. On April 4 he allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings.


Phils forced to consult rule book to figure out what it means if the other team scores more runs than you

It was bound to happen sooner or later and the Phillies finally lost one last night. Utley hit yet another home run, but the offense was largely silent and the Phils lost for the first time in six games.

Not much to worry about for the Phillies with the possible exception of Cole Hamels. Hamels made his second straight bad start last night. He allowed three home runs in 5 2/3 innings. Even Hamels can have a bad start or even two in a row, but there has to be a little concern when you consider the recent results in conjunction with some high pitch counts since late April. In two of his last eight starts Hamels has thrown at least 120 pitches. That’s too many.

The other bad news of the game was that Carlos Ruiz was hit in the left hand by a pitch and left early.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 7-3 to drop to 32-25 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out four. Over his last two starts Hamels has gone 9 2/3 innings, allowing 13 earned runs (12.10 ERA) while striking out just four.

Jeremy Hermida singled with one out in the first. Jorge Cantu ripped a ball down the third base line, but Feliz made a nice play to start a double-play to end the frame.

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

He started the fourth up 2-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double to left and moved to third when Hermida followed with a single. Cantu flew to right for the first out, but former Phil Wes Helms doubled to Burrell’s side of left-center and both runners scored with the helped of a dropped relay by Rollins. 2-2. Dan Uggla flew to left for the second out before Luis Gonzalez hit a 3-2 pitch out to right, putting the Fish up 4-2. Cody Ross walked and stole second before Matt Treanor grounded to third for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Cantu started the sixth with a home run to left. 5-2. Hamels got the next two before Gonzalez singled to right. Ross was next and he jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat, hitting it just out to left to make it 7-2. Seanez came in and got the righty Treanor to end the frame.

Seanez returned for the seventh. Ramirez singled with one out, but Seanez struck out Hermida and got Gonzalez on a ground ball to third to set the Marlins down.

Madson started the eighth down 7-2. Helms grounded out for the first out. Madson’s first pitch to Uggla was way up and in after Ruiz had been hit in the bottom of the seventh. Uggla struck out trying to check his swing on a bad 3-2 pitch for the second out. Gonzalez struck out looking for the third out.

Seanez threw 28 pitches, Madson 26.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches against the righty despite the big night from Coste on Friday.

Victorino doubled with one out in the first and went to third on a balk. Utley popped to first for the second out and Howard was walked intentionally to pitch to the righty Burrell. Burrell delivered a single into right. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard went to second. Jenkins struck out to leave both runners stranded.

Burrell’s single picks up Utley after Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Wouldn’t have walked Howard there.

Hamels singled with two outs in the second. Rollins was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center. Hermida made a nice play, diving to make the catch and end the inning.

Victorino started the third with a double and moved to third on a fly ball to right from Utley. Howard grounded to second on a 3-2 pitch and Victorino scored to put the Phils up 2-0. Nice job by Howard to avoid the strikeout with the man on third. Burrell flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fourth. Helms made a nice play on a ball hit by Ruiz and flipped to Nolasco at first to get the third out on a close play.

1-2-3 in the fifth. Hamels hit for himself to start the inning and grounded out on the first pitch of his at-bat.

Down 7-2 in the sixth, Burrell walked with two outs. Jenkins struck out behind him. Uggla made a nice play on a ground ball hit by Howard for the second out.

Third really nice defensive play by the Marlins in six innings — one by Uggla, one by Hermida and one by Helms.

With one out in the seventh, Ruiz was hit by a fastball on his left hand. He stayed in the game to run, but Coste came in to catch in the eighth. Coste hit for Seanez and Nolasco balked Ruiz to second. Coste hit it well, but Hermida tracked his fly ball down near the line in right for the second out. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Utley homered with one out in the eighth, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 7-3. Burrell singled with two outs, but Jenkins grounded to first to end the inning.

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

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 19th home run. He has five home runs in the last six games.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Feliz 0-for-4. 3-for-his-last-16.

Ruiz 0-for-2 and Coste 0-for-2. X-rays on Ruiz’s hand were negative. He probably wouldn’t have played against the lefty today anyway.

Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53) this afternoon. Miller just turned 23 and was hit hard early in the season. Over his last five starts he’s allowed eight earned runs in 29 2/3 innings (2.43 ERA). Opponents are hitting .313 against him for the season, but he has allowed just four home runs in 55 1/3 innings this year. He’s surrendered just one home run in his last six starts. Moyer is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his last three starts. Righties have hit .340 against him this season, lefties .233. Home runs were a problem for him early in the season, but he’s allowed just one in his last three starts.


Opponents may be considering up up down down left right left right B A start to try and slow Phils’ offense

Worth a try. Probably won’t hurt and I actually can’t think of that many better ideas.

It was more of the same again last night as the Phils’ surging sluggers put on yet another show. After finding themselves down 3-0 after half an inning, the unfazed offense put up seven in the second and cruised to a 12-3 win behind three-run homers from Coste and Howard and a two-run shot from Utley.

The Phillies have scored 60 runs in their last five games.

It may have been the umpteenth time this season we’ve seen the bats shine after the Phils found themselves in an early hole, but it was the first time in recent memory that Brett Myers turned a rocky start into a brilliant outing. After allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in the first, Myers tossed seven shutout frames in which he allowed three singles and a walk and struck 11.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 12-3 to improve to 32-24 on the season. They are in first place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the Fish. They are eight games over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. All six of the hits went singles. After he allowed three runs in the top of the first inning he was absolutely awesome. He struck out 11 in the game.

Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ first pitch of the game into center for a single. Jeremy Hermida moved him to second with a walk before Jorge Cantu ripped a 1-0 pitch into left. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 1-0. Hermida went to third on the single. Neither Rollins or Feliz cut off Burrell’s throw, which allowed Cantu to go to second. Mike Jacobs walked to load the bases before Dan Uggla popped up for the first out of the game. Luis Gonzalez singled to left on a ball that Burrell misjudged on the warning track, Hermida and Cantu both scored. 3-0 with men on first and second and one out. Matt Treanor and Jacque Jones both popped up on the infield to end the frame.

Three hits and two walks in the inning against Myers.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

He started the third up 7-3. Uggla singled with two outs and Gonzalez moved him to second with another single, but Myers got Treanor looking at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Myers struck out the side (Jones, pitcher Mark Hendrickson and Ramirez) in a 1-2-3 fourth and followed it up with a 1-2-3 fifth.

With the Phils up 11-3 in the sixth, Myers walked Gonzalez with one out. Treanor popped to second before Jones moved Gonzalez to second with a single. Righty Cody Ross hit for pitcher Burke Badenhop and flew to center, leaving both runners stranded.

Myers got two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Jacobs, Uggla and Gonzalez in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Wes Helms to end the game.

Condrey threw 13 pitches. He has a 3.60 ERA with a 1.20 ratio in 15 May innings. He’s been pitching garbage time innings, but the fact that he has been effective has allowed the other guys in the bullpen to rest.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Mark Hendrickson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste continues to catch nearly all the time against left-handed pitchers. Taguchi plays right against the lefty with Werth on the DL. Taguchi has been great in his starts in right, but I’d like to see Jenkins get some chances against lefties with Werth out.

Down 3-0, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Howard walked to start the second and moved to second when Burrell followed with a ball dribbled back to the pitcher. Feliz reached on an infield single bobbled and then thrown away by Uggla, Howard went to third. Coste got ahead 2-0 and hit one just out to left-center, tying the game at 3-3. Taguchi singled. Myers wanted to bunt, but Hendrickson walked him anyway, putting men on first and second. Rollins lined to third for the second out. Victorino sliced a double into left-center and Taguchi and Myers both scored to make it 5-3. Nice hustle by Myers on the play to score from first. Utley got behind 1-2 and hit a ball just out to right. 7-3. Howard struck out for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Taguchi walked to start the fourth. Myers bunted in front of the plate and was tagged by Treanor for the first out. Treanor threw to second and his throw went into center field, allowing Taguchi to go to third. Rollins singled to left and Taguchi scored to put the Phils up 8-3. Victorino smashed a ball off the glove of Ramirez. Ramirez was able to flip to second to force Rollins for the second out, but appeared to injure his thumb on the play. He stayed in the game but would be replaced defensively in the bottom of the fifth. Utley singled and Victorino went to third. Righty Burke Badenhop came in to pitch to Howard. Bringing in the righty to pitch to Howard is a non-traditional approach. In this case it didn’t work. Howard got behind 0-1 but homered down the left field line and off the pole, putting the Phils up 11-3. Burrell grounded to third for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth and the sixth.

Howard walked with one out in the seventh. Righty Justin Miller came into the game to pitch to Burrell and struck him out. Feliz followed with a single and Coste walked, loading the bases. Taguchi followed with a walk of his own, forcing in Howard and putting the Phils up 12-3. Myers hit for himself having thrown 105 pitches and struck out. Myers struck out the side in the top of the eighth and ended the game having thrown 117 pitches — I think you need to pinch-hit for him there. He’s thrown more than 105 pitches in each of his last three starts and threw 121 on May 3 against the Giants. Too many pitches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Rollins and struck out for the first out.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Utley 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Howard was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and two walks.

Burrell 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-11.

Feliz 2-for-4.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk.

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

Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70) tonight. Nolasco has made 11 appearances for the Marlins this season, nine of which have been starts. He had a 6.10 ERA for the season after allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres on May 3, but has thrown to a 2.78 ERA in 22 2/3 innings over his last four appearances. Righties hit .350 against him last year; so far this season they are hitting just .226 against him. Lefties are hitting .320. After two straight fantastic starts, Hamels was hit hard on Sunday against the Astros. He allowed six runs in just four innings and didn’t strike out a batter in what was his worst start of the season. Opponents are hitting .214 against him for the season and he’s allowed just one home run in his last four starts. The Phillies have won the last six games he’s started.

The Grammarphile, a Phillies fan and lover of all things grammar, writes the grammar-infatuated Red Pen, Inc blog. She really, really doesn’t like it when imperfection in writing and the Phillies find themselves in the same sentence. She especially doesn’t like it when your sentence messes with Cole Hamels. Also knows the great joke about using ‘ph’ to make an ‘f’ sound.

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