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Go West, young men, but don’t stay too long

The Phillies fantastic run was sure to come to an end sooner or later. And now it has. The Phils looked tired this weekend and yesterday they played for the fifteenth straight day. The Giants beat them three times in four games and the Phils have now lost four of five.

Despite the number of days in a row the Phillies have had to play without a break, it hasn’t been the pen that’s let them down in their recent funk. The bullpen wasn’t charged with a single run in San Francisco. The Phils got to start their three best starters in the four games against the Giants and still managed just one win. Two of them, Lee and Blanton, pitched great. But Blanton simply outgreatended by Tim Lincecum and Hamels got hit hard yesterday. Instead of the pen it has been the offense and fielding that both look tired. The Phils have scored just 14 runs over their last six games. They made three errors in the first game against the Giants, which makes it hard to win. Ryan Howard added a key miscue on a flip to Hamels in yesterday’s game.

The Phillies are 59-44 on the season after losing three of four to the Giants in San Francisco. They are in first place in the NL East, five games ahead of the second-place Marlins and seven ahead of the third-place Braves.

The Phillies lost the first game 7-2. Lopez didn’t pitch well and three errors from the Phillies didn’t help at all. Howard put the Phillies up 1-0 with an RBI-double in the first, but the Giants jumped on top 2-1 in the bottom of the inning. Pablo Sandoval made it 3-1 with a homer off of Lopez in the third. San Francisco blew it open with four more in the fourth, an inning that featured a two-run double from Sandoval. Kendrick and Walker both pitched well in relief for the Phils, combing to go four scoreless innings. Utley hit a solo homer in the sixth to get the Phils to within 7-2, but the Phillies couldn’t get any closer.

Cliff Lee made a brilliant debut as a Phillie in game two. He allowed a run on four hits while throwing a complete game. The Phillies won 5-1. Werth put the Phils up 1-0 with a solo homer in the second, which was how it stayed still the top of the seventh. The Phils scored three in the seventh on three walks, a hit batter and a single by Werth to pull ahead 4-0. Lee himself led off the eighth with a double and came in to score on a sac fly from Francisco to make it 5-0. Aaron Rowand led off the bottom of the eighth with a double that led to the Giants only run of the game.

Blanton was great in game three, but not quite as great as Tim Lincecum. Lincecum held the Phillies down over eight shutout innings and the Giants won 2-0 thanks to two sac flies from Juan Uribe.

Hamels took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth yesterday, but the Giants scored three in the fifth and three more in the sixth on their way to a 7-3 win. An RBI-triple by Aaron Rowand put San Francisco up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. The Phils jumped on top 2-1 in the fourth and extended the lead to 3-1 with another run in the top of the fifth. Hamels got the first two outs in the fifth without a problem before it all fell apart for him. Pitcher Barry Zito started a two-out rally for the Giants that went single-single-double-single and had the Giants pulling ahead 4-3. Hamels came back to start the bottom of the sixth and faced four more batters, all who reached base. Park did a pretty nice job coming into the inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, but did allow a single which plated two more runs charged to Hamels and made it 7-3.

The Phillies pitched pretty well in the series overall. In 33 innings they threw to a 3.27 ERA with a 1.30 ratio. They allowed 17 runs in 33 innings — all 17 were charged to a starting pitcher and five of the 17 were unearned. They allowed just one home run in four games.

The starters weren’t as good as the pen. Lee and Blanton were fantastic in the middle two games while Lopez and Hamels struggled in games one and four. Overall the starters tossed 25 innings with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.40 ratio. They allowed five unearned runs — if those runs had been earned their ERA would have been 6.12 instead of 4.32. Sandoval homered off of Lopez in game one, which was the only home run they allowed.

Lopez struggled in game one. He went just four innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned. He has a 3.62 ERA on his five starts for the season but with an ugly 1.54 ratio. He has allowed 34 hits in 27 1/3 innings.

Lee was awesome in game two. He threw a complete game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. It made a nice break for the bullpen, too, as the Phillies were playing for the thirteenth straight day and were scheduled to play two more days in a row before getting a day off.

Blanton went seven innings in game three, allowing two runs on six singles and a double. He lowered his ERA on the year to 4.02.

Hamels was great for 5 2/3 innings yesterday, but then eight of the last nine men he faced reached base and it helped the Giants scored six runs. He allowed seven runs on ten hits and two walks in the game. Only six of the runs were earned. It was one of four starts for Hamels on the year in which he had allowed more than five earned runs.

The bullpen went eight innings in the series. They weren’t charged with a run, pitching to a 0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio. They struck out six in eight innings.

Eyre pitched the eighth inning of game four with the Phillies down 7-3. He allowed an infield single to start the inning but got the next hitter and then got a double-play.

Park pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phillies down 2-0. He allowed a hit and a walk but kept the Giants off the board.

He also pitched yesterday in game four. He entered in the sixth inning with nobody out, the bases loaded and the Phillies down 5-3. He got a fly ball to left with the runners holding for the first out, but Eugenio Velez followed with a two-run single into right that made it 7-3 with the two runs charged to Hamels. Park got the next two to leave the runners stranded at first and third.

It was just the second time that Park had pitched on back-to-back days on the season (June 20 and June was the other).

Since the end of June Park has an 0.59 ERA with an 0.78 ratio. He has struck out 18 in 15 1/3 innings.

Kendrick pitched in game one of the series, entering to start the fifth inning of game one with the Phillies down 7-1. He allowed a two-out single in the fifth but got the next hitter. In the sixth he allowed a one out walk but got the next batter on a double-play.

Walker pitched the seventh and eighth innings of game one. He started the seventh with the Phillies down 7-2. He got the first two in the seventh before hitting a batter. Fred Lewis was next and he reached on an error by Utley, but Walker got Edgar Renteria on a fly ball to right to end the inning. He allowed a one-out walk in the eighth before striking out the next two hitters. The second, Eugenio Velez, struck out on a wild pitch and took first. Sandoval lined to short for the third out.

Madson pitched the seventh inning yesterday with the Phillies down 7-3. He allowed a two-out walk but got the next batter.

Great to see Madson get some rest lately. He has thrown just two innings since July 24.

Lidge did not pitch in the series.

With the off-day today, everyone in the pen should be ready for the Rockies.

The Phillies scored just ten runs in the four-game series.

Rollins was 5-for-16 with a double and a home run in the series. He also stole four bases. He’s hitting 239/290/389 on the season.

Victorino was mostly on the bench for the series with a bruised knee. He went 0-for-2 to drop his line on the year to 315/382/470.

Utley hit a home run in game one after Jonathan Sanchez threw a ball near his head early in the at-bat. He was 3-for-14 with a homer in the series. 301/420/546 on the year.

Howard made an error that cost the Phillies a run in yesterday’s game when he made a toss to Hamels covering first that went over the pitcher’s head. He was 2-for-15 with a double in the set. 263/347/529.

Ibanez got yesterday off with Bruntlett starting in left field. He was 1-for-10 with three walks in the series. 301/366/627 for the year. In honor of passing the 100-game mark I will no longer be mentioning that he is on-pace for a career high in slugging. He is, though. Before this season his high was .537.

Werth was in center for the last two games of the series after playing right with Francisco in center for the first two. 6-for-16 with a home run in the set. 270/381/503 for the year.

Feliz was 3-for-16 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 289/337/395 for the year.

Ruiz started the first and last games of the series. He went 1-for-7 with a single. He’s hitting .177 (23-for-130) since the end of May.

Francisco started three games of the series with Victorino out with a bruised knee. He started games one and two in center and game four in right. 4-for-12 with two doubles.

Bruntlett started yesterday’s game in left field. He went 1-for-3 with a double in the series. 133/202/205 on the series. At least his slugging is back higher than his on-base percentage now, though.

Bako started games two and three of the series. He went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts to drop his line on the year to 167/231/208. I guess everyone can’t have a slugging percentage that’s higher than their on-base percentage.

Dobbs was 0-for-3 in the series to drop his line on the year to 256/299/424. He’s walked three times in his last 88 at-bats.

Stairs started in right in game three. 0-for-4 in the set to drop his line on the year to 230/380/419.


Welcome Matt

Even Matt Holliday wasn’t enough to slow down the Phils. The Phillies continued their marvelous July run by taking two of three against the St Louis Cardinals this weekend. With the wins the Phils are 17-5 in July.

The Cards added Holliday to their roster in time for the series in a move that may be enough to push St Louis into the group with the Phils and Dodgers of the front-runners to win the National League. The Redbirds hit JA Happ and the Phils hard in the first game as they cruised to a win, but the Phillies bats exploded in games two and three as they outscored St Louis 23-8.

The Phillies are 56-40 on the season after taking two of three from the St Louis Cardinals. They are in first place in the NL East and 16 games above .500 for the first time this season. The Braves and Marlins are tied for second, both teams are 6 1/2 games back. The Mets are in fourth place and trail the Phils by 10 1/2 games.

The Phillies lost game one 8-1. Happ took his first loss of the year, allowing five runs over six innings. He held the Cards to a run over the first five innings before allowing four runs in the sixth. St Louis scored a pair off of Walker in the seventh and another run was charged to Carpenter in the eighth.

Rollins and Victorino went a combined 6-for-9 with eight RBI in game two as the Phils rolled to a 14-6 win. The Phils jumped out with three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Cards pecked away at Lopez and led 4-3 when the Phils hit in the bottom of the sixth. Rollins delivered a two-out grand slam in the sixth and the Phillies scored five times in the inning. The Phils added six more in the bottom of the seventh to run away with it.

The Phillies got four two-run homers and a great start from Blanton in game three. The Phils won 9-2. Utley, Rollins, Ibanez and Howard all homered for the Phils. Blanton allowed two runs over eight strong innings.

The Phils didn’t pitch well in the series. Overall they threw to a 4.67 ERA with a 1.59 ratio. They gave up 38 hits in 27 innings.

Happ had a weak start in game one of the series. Blanton was fantastic in game three and Lopez good enough in game two. As a group they threw to a 4.50 ERA with a 1.45 ratio in 20 innings. All three of them went at least six innings and they walked just two in 20 frames but allowed 27 hits and three home runs.

Happ allowed five runs in six innings on ten hits in game one. After throwing two innings the game was delayed 48 minutes in the bottom of the second and Happ came back to pitch the top of the third. Put an asterisk next to the game in your mind — hope I’m wrong but I worry it may be the start of tough times for Happ.

Lopez improved to 3-0 with a win in game two. Worst start of his four on the year for Lopez. He allowed four runs on ten hits and a walk over six innings. Only three of the runs were earned — it was just the fourth time on the season that a Phillies starter was charged with a run that was not earned. He allowed two home runs in the game after not allowing any in his first three starts. He has a 3.09 ERA on the year and has made a big contribution to the rotation in July.

Blanton went eight in game two, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. He started June with a 6.14 ERA. He threw to a 3.62 ERA with a 1.31 ratio in June. In four starts so far in July he’s 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA and an 0.84 ratio. He’s gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

The pen didn’t have a good series. They went just seven innings and pitched to a 5.14 ERA with a 2.00 ratio. They also allowed an unearned run that didn’t hurt their ERA. Walker and Carpenter were both charged with runs in game one. Register allowed a run over two innings in game two.

Eyre did not pitch in the series.

Walker started the seventh inning of game one with the Phillies down 5-0. He went one inning and allowed two runs on a triple, a double, a single and two walks.

Carpenter was active for the first game of the series before Kendrick took his spot on the roster. He pitched the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 7-1. He faced four batters, got three outs and gave up home run to Julio Lugo. Three appearances for Carpenter on the year so far, a start and two games in relief. All three have been bad.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series.

Park pitched the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies up 8-4. He allowed a run that was unearned due to a Howard error on two hits.

26-year-old righty Steven Register was called up for the second game of the series. He made his first appearance with the Phillies in the eighth inning of game two, entering to start the inning with the Phils up 14-5. He allowed a leadoff double to start the eighth, but kept St Louis off the board. He came back to pitch the ninth and allowed a run on a triple, a single and a walk.

Madson pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies down 8-1. He allowed a leadoff single but got the next hitter and then got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play.

Lidge threw the ninth inning yesterday in game three. He entered with a 9-2 lead and allowed a one-out double but kept St Louis off the board.

The Phillies scored 24 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins went 3-for-15 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI in the series. He had a grand slam in game two. 237/290/385 on the year.

Victorino went 4-for-4 in game two and was 8-for-13 in the series with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s at 320/388/471 for the season. 402/476/565 in July. Rollins is on-basing .411 in July, so the Phils are getting a lot of base-runners at the top of the order.

Utley was 4-for-11 with a double and a home run. 305/420/557 for the season. He has walked less regularly in July. He’s drawn at least 13 walks in every month this season except for this one — he has drawn just nine walks this month.

Howard made two errors in game one. He was 6-for-12 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 266/351/541 on the year. He didn’t walk in the series, but has been walking a lot in July. He’s walked 17 times already this month — his high for the first three months of the season was 11 walks in May.

Ibanez was 3-for-12 with a home run and three RBI in the series. He’s at 305/365/651 for the season. If he slugs .651 all season long it will be a career high.

Werth didn’t start yesterday with Stairs starting in right. He went 2-for-7 with three walks in the series and is hitting 271/384/510 for the year. 286/458/600 in July.

Feliz was 5-for-12 with five singles in the series. 298/345/410. If he ended the season with a .755 OPS it would be his highest mark since 2004.

Ruiz started the first two games of the series and went 3-for-8 to improve his line on the year to 235/333/388.

Bako started yesterday. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. He’s at 211/268/263 for the season.

Bruntlett didn’t bat in the series and has a 128/202/192 line for the season.

Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 189/232/453 on the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series and is at 271/315/449 for the year.

Stairs started in right yesterday. He was 0-for-5 with a walk in the series. 246/402/449 on the year after going 1-for-15 in July.

This says that the Phillies have turned down Toronto’s request of Happ, Drabek and Dominic Brown for Halladay and that Toronto has likewise turned down the Phillies offer of Happ, Carrasco, Taylor and Donald.

This suggests that the Phillies may be interested in acquiring Cliff Lee from the Indians.

A 22-year-old man was killed in a fight near Citizens Bank Park during Saturday’s game.


Fourteenth of July

The Phils were 39-37 after losing on July 2, which was three weeks ago today. At the end of the day they were tied with the Florida Marlins for first place in the NL East, a game ahead of the Mets and two games ahead of the Braves, who had just swept them in Atlanta.

That feels like it shouldn’t be possible. But it is. The Phillies have played 16 games since then. A 14-2 run has them in commanding position in the division with the second place Braves 5 1/2 games out.

Most recently they took two out of three against the Cubs at home. The Phillies rolled to a blowout win in game one, won a dramatic game two with a walkoff homer before dropping an ugly game three yesterday.

The Phillies are have had a fantastic month. Yesterday was a bit worrisome, though, a virtual who’s-who of things to worry about on a pitching staff that has been awesome of late. Moyer, Durbin and Lidge all struggled, which was especially frustrating to see with Moyer and Durbin each coming off of outstanding performances.

Still, the Phils have enough things going right to overcome the struggles of Moyer and Lidge and, to a lesser degree, Durbin. Joe Blanton has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.11 ratio in his last ten starts. Rodrigo Lopez has made three good starts in three chances to help fortify the back of the rotation. Rollins and Victorino are both hitting at least .350 for the month at the top of the order. Chan Ho Park has just been awesome out of the pen. In his last 16 appearances he’s gone 24 2/3 innings with a 1.82 ERA and an 0.89 ratio while striking out 28. Eyre hasn’t been charged with an earned run in his last 22 appearances.

The Phillies are 53-39 on the season after taking two of three from the Cubs. After winning game two they were 15 games over .500 on the year, which was their best mark of the season. The are in first place in the NL East, 5 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves. The Marlins are six back and the Mets ten games out.

The Phils blew the Cubs out in game one, winning 10-1. Ibanez, Ruiz and Howard all hit home runs, which accounted for five of the ten runs. Lopez made another good start. He allowed a run over six innings. Durbin followed him and closed the game out with three scoreless innings to earn a save.

The Phillies won the second game 4-1 on a three-run homer from Werth in the bottom of the thirteenth. Rollins put the Phillies up 1-0 with a home run in the third. Blanton gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Theriot to start the fourth and Theriot came around to score on a two-out double by Kosuke Fukudome to tie the game at 1-1. Blanton departed after seven and the bullpen was brilliant after he left. They went six innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Lidge hit a batter in the ninth, but the runner was quickly erased by a double-play. Park was especially fantastic, striking out five in three perfect innings. In the bottom of the thirteenth the first two Phils went in order before Howard and Ibanez drew back-to-back walks. It put men on first and second for Werth and Werth hit a 1-1 pitch out to left.

The Cubs won 10-5 yesterday. Moyer gave up four in the fourth and another run in the top of the fifth. The Phils had gotten it to 5-3 by the time the seventh started, but Durbin had a miserable outing. He allowed two hits and walked three without getting an out, leading to three more runs that put Chicago up 8-3. The Phils scored two more in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-5. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but Howard grounded out to leave the runners stranded. Lidge had another weak outing in the ninth and the Cubs tacked on two more runs — Lidge couldn’t make it out of the frame and Madson had to come in and get the last out.

The Phillies pitchers went 31 innings in the series, throwing to a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. They allowed two runs in 22 innings in the first two games and then allowed ten runs yesterday. They didn’t allow a home run in the three games.

They got two great starts, one from Lopez and one from Blanton, and a weak outing from Moyer. The starters combined to go 18 innings with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 ratio. They allowed seven runs over three games, five of which were allowed by Moyer.

Lopez went six innings in game one, allowing a run on five hits and three walks. He has a 2.60 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts for the Phillies.

Blanton was also great in game two. He went seven innings and allowed a run on five hits and didn’t walk a batter. He started June with a 6.86 ERA. It’s now down to 4.24. He’s allowed two runs in 21 2/3 innings over his last three starts and given up just 13 hits.

Moyer made a weak start yesterday. He allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Two of his last three starts have been real bad with a brilliant start against the Marlins in the middle.

Like the starters, the pen was great in the first two games and not in the third. Overall they threw 13 innings with a 3.46 ERA and an 0.92 ratio. They allowed five runs that were charged to Lidge and Durbin in game three. As a group they gave up just six hits in 13 innings but walked six.

Romero did not pitch in the series. He’s gotten one out since July 16.

Eyre entered game three with the bases loaded, nobody out and the Phils down 7-3. He got Jake Fox to hit a sac fly for the first out, then got Koylie Hill on a line drive to third and struck out the pitcher Carlos Zambrano to end the frame. He came back to pitch the eighth and allowed a single and a walk but kept the Cubs off the board.

Eyre still has allowed runs in just two of 30 appearances on the season. He’s given up one run in 22 appearances since the end of April.

Durbin went three innings in game one and was fantastic. He allowed one single and didn’t walk a batter.

After throwing 33 pitches in game one, Durbin came back in game three and was not fantastic. He started the seventh with the Phillies down 5-3. He faced five batters: walk, walk, double, walk, single. He left with the bases loaded, nobody out and the Phils down 7-3. Thanks to a nice job by Eyre Durbin was only charged with three runs in the inning.

Park pitched a 1-2-3 tenth in game two with the score tied at 1-1. Ibanez made a great diving catch for the third out to take a double away from Koylie Hill. He came back to pitch the eleventh and struck out two as he set the Cubs down in order. He struck out two more in the twelfth.

Just an outstanding outing for Park. He went three innings and struck out five without allowing a hit or a walk. Over his last eight appearances he’s allowed two runs in 13 1/3 innings (1.35 ERA and a an 0.75 ratio).

Condrey got the win in game two. He threw three ground balls in a 1-2-3 thirteenth before Werth’s homer won it in the bottom of the inning.

He also pitched the sixth inning yesterday in game three. He entered with the Phils down 5-1 and set the Cubs down in order.

He’s allowed one hit and no walks in three scoreless innings this month.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 1-1 and set Chicago down in order.

He also got the final out in the top of the ninth yesterday. He took over for Lidge with two outs, the bases loaded and the Phils down 10-5 and got Aramis Ramirez on a popup.

He hasn’t been charged with a run in nine of his last ten appearances.

Lidge started the ninth inning in game two with the score knotted at 1-1. He hit Aramis Ramirez with one out. Fukudome was next and he hit a ball hard back through the middle, but it hit Lidge’s foot and went right to Rollins who was covering second with Ramirez running. Rollins turned the double-play to end the frame.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies down 8-5. With one out the Cubs loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single before a single by Reed Johnson moved everyone up a base and made it 9-5. Lidge got a strikeout for the second out before walking Derrek Lee to force in another run. Madson took over with two down and the bases loaded.

July has been the best month of the year for Lidge by ERA this season. He has a 5.87 ERA in nine July appearances.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game set.

Rollins was 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 235/290/370 on the year. 351/437/568 in July.

Victorino went 5-for-14 with a double to improve his line to 307/375/455. He’s hitting .360 this month.

Utley was 1-for-13 with a walk. 302/417/554.

Howard went 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts, a home run and three walks. 259/347/531.

Ibanez made a great diving catch with two outs in the top of the tenth in game two, taking a double away from Koylie Hill. Dobbs started in left yesterday in game three. Ibanez was 1-for-9 with a home run and two walks in the set. 309/372/662. If he slugs .662 all season long it will be a career high.

Werth won game two with a three-run homer in the bottom of the thirteenth. 4-for-10 with a home run and five walks. 266/378/508. He’s hitting just .266 this month, but with a .444 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage.

Feliz was 4-for-12 with a walk and two RBI. 289/337/407.

Ruiz caught the first two games of the series and was 2-for-7 with a double and a home run. 228/330/375 on the year.

Bako started yesterday. He was 1-for-6 in the series and is hitting just 206/270/235 for the year. One extra-base hit, a double, in 34 at-bats.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 in the series to drop his line on the year to 128/202/192.

Mayberry was 1-for-1 with a single. 192/236/462 on the year. He’s one of three players on the Phillies bench with an on-base percentage for the year of .270 or worse. I’m just saying.

Dobbs started in left yesterday in game three. 2-for-7 with two RBI in the series. 274/313/453 on the year. He’s hitting .341 in July after hitting .342 in June. One of four players on the Phillies bench with and on-base percentage of .313 or worse.

Stairs was 0-for-2 in the series. 270/425/492. 1-for-9 with five strikeouts and four walks in July.


Where were we?

Oh yeah, the Phillies never lose. Thanks.

The notion that the Florida Marlins are going to win the NL East this season is a little tough to swallow. Nonetheless, the Phils and Fish started the second half with a big four-game set that could have ended with the teams tied atop the NL East or the Phillies up by as many as eight games. They only managed to play three, but the results were pretty dramatic as the Phils swept the Marlins away in the three games they played.

The Phillies have started the second half on the same roll they ended the first. The starting pitching has been outstanding all month and the 12-3 July has the Phils at thirteen games over .500 for the first time on the season.

The Phillies are 51-38 on the year. They have won eight in a row and 12 of 13. They are in first place in the NL East. The Braves are in second place and trail the Phils by 6 1/2 games. The Fish are seven back and the Mets nine.

In game one the Phillies rode a brilliant start by Moyer to a 4-0 win. Moyer, Madson and Romero combined to throw a one-hit shutout and the Phillies scored four runs on three homers, two from Ibanez and one from Howard. Howard’s home run was the 200th of his career and he became the fastest player to 200 in major league history.

The Phils won game two 6-5 in twelve innings. Hamels got the start and allowed a run over five innings before being forced from the game by a long rain delay in the sixth. Thanks to a two-run homer from Utley in the first and a pair of runs in the top of the fourth the Phils took a 4-1 lead into the delay. The Marlins scored a run off of Park in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. Madson, Romero and Durbin combined to allow a pair of runs in the eighth. Madson started the inning and was charged with both runs, but allowed just two singles and got two outs. Romero walked the only man he faced. Durbin was next and he allowed an RBI-single that tied the game at 4-4 and a walk before ending the inning with a strikeout. The Phils went up 6-4 with two in the twelfth, scoring runs on RBI-singles from Utley and Werth. Lidge struggled again in the bottom of the inning. He got the first out before walking the next two hitters. The Marlins bunted the runners to second and third before Ronny Paulino scored on a wild pitch from Lidge. With two outs and a man on third, Lidge got Dan Uggla to ground to second to end the game.

Game three was rained out with the Phils down 2-0 in the second.

Happ made another fantastic start in game four, which the Phillies won 5-0. Rollins went 3-for-5 and Ibanez drove in two runs. Happ went seven shutout innings and the pen threw the last two.

The Phillies got great pitching in the series. Over 30 innings they threw to a 1.50 ERA with a 1.00 ratio. They gave up just 21 hits in 30 innings and allowed just one home run (Coghlan off of Hamels in game two).

The starting pitching was very good. Blanton struggled in the game that was rained out. In the three games that counted, Hamels, Moyer and Happ combined to allow one run over 19 innings — the home run off of Hamels in the first inning of game two. 0.47 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Ten hits and three walks over 19.

Moyer was awesome in game one. He allowed a single and a walk over seven innings and struck out four. He hasn’t walked more than one hitter in a start in any of his last three outings.

Hamels went five innings in game two, allowing a run on three singles, a walk and a home run. He hasn’t thrown 100 pitches in a start in any of his last four outings.

Happ pitched game four and allowed five hits and a walk over seven shutout innings to lower his ERA on the year to 2.68. He has a 1.46 ERA in his last five starts.

The bullpen wasn’t quite as good as the starting pitching in the series. They went 11 innings, throwing to a 3.55 ERA with a 1.55 ratio. Too many walks — they walked six in 11 frames. They allowed four runs in the set, all of which they gave up in came two and were charged to Park, Madson and Lidge.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 ninth in game one to preserve the one-hit shutout.

He entered the eighth inning of game two with two outs, a man on first and the Phillies up 4-3 to face Jeremy Hermida. He walked Hermida to put men on first and second with two down. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Wes Helms.

He also pitched yesterday. He entered in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, men on first and third and the Phils up 4-0 to face lefty Ross Gload. Gload flew to right to end the inning.

After walking 12 in 12 appearances in June, Romero has walked just one over eight appearances (just 4 1/3 innings) in July.

Eyre pitched the tenth inning of game two with the scored tied at 4-4. He allowed a two-out walk but struck out the next hitter to end the inning.

He also started the ninth inning yesterday. He allowed a one-out single before getting lefty Jeremy Hermida to fly to center for the second out. Lidge came on to pitch to righty Hanley Ramirez with two outs and a man on first.

He’s been charged with one run, which was unearned, in his last 21 appearances.

Durbin came into game two in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, men on first and second and the Phillies up 4-3 to pitch to Helms. Helms delivered an RBI-single to left, tying the game at 4-4. Durbin walked the next hitter, putting men on first and second with two down, but struck out lefty Chris Coghlan to leave two men on. Durbin presumably pitched to Coghlan instead of Eyre so he could come back and pitch the ninth. He did. He allowed the first two men to reach on a hit and a walk, but got the next three to keep Florida off the board.

We should all be a little worried about Durbin. The Phillies could really use him, especially with Madson pitching so much. Again, very surprised to see Walker designated for assignment.

Park started the sixth inning of game two with a 4-1 lead. He set the Marlins down 1-2-3. He came back to start the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to Paulino. Paulino came around to score on a single by Ross Gload to cut the Phillies lead to 4-2. Park allowed another single in the inning but got Emilio Bonifacio bunting to third with two outs and two men on to end the inning.

Condrey took Tyler Walker’s roster spot on Friday. Walker was designated for assignment in a move that surprised me. Condrey pitched the eleventh inning of game two with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed a one-out single, but got Jorge Cantu to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game one with a 4-0 lead and set the Marlins down in order.

He also started the eighth in game two with a 4-2 lead. He allowed a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez but got the next two. It put Ramirez on second with two outs for Paulino and Paulino singled into center to score Ramirez and make it 4-3. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Jeremy Hermida.

Yesterday Madson also started the eighth, this time with a 4-0 lead. He got the first out before allowing back-to-back singles that put men on first and third. Paulino lined to Feliz at third for the second out and Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Ross Gload.

Interesting series for Madson. He pitched all three games and is on pace to pitch in 87 games this year after making 76 appearances last year. Twice he started the eighth with the Phillies up four runs. In two different games he started the eighth but didn’t finish it and was removed so Romero could face a lefty.

Lidge started the twelfth inning of game two with a 6-4 lead. The Marlins scored a run on two walks and a wild pitch, cutting the lead to 6-5. With two outs and a man on third, Lidge got Uggla to ground to Utley to end the game. Not a pretty outing for Lidge, who got a gift when pitcher Chris Volstad bunted runners to second and third with the second out of the inning.

He came into yesterday’s game with two outs and a man on first to face Ramirez. Ramirez popped to short to end the game.

Lidge is still pretty scary if you’re a Phillies fan.

Madson and Romero pitched for the Phillies in each of the three games in the series. The rainout on Saturday means that they have not pitched three days in a row. Madson threw 20 pitches yesterday and Eyre 21. It would be nice to see some games where the Phillies pen pitches well and Madson gets the day off.

The Phillies scored 15 run in the three-game series.

Rollins was 6-for-16 with two doubles and a triple in the series. He made an ugly base-running play yesterday. After he led off the game with a triple he was thrown out when Victorino followed and chopped a ball to third base. That’s an awful play with nobody out. He’s hitting 236/290/367 on the year. 377/472/590 in July.

Victorino was 2-for-11 with two walks in the series. 306/374/456 for the year. All three of those would be career-highs for him (unless you want to count the 17 at-bats he had in 2005 when he slugged .647. You don’t).

Utley was 4-for-14 with a double, a home run and four RBI. 312/427/573 on the season. Just one walk in his last 39 at-bats.

Howard hit his 200th career home run in game one. He didn’t start yesterday with Bruntlett playing first base. 4-for-9 with a home run in the series. 262/347/535 for the year.

Ibanez socked a pair of homers in game one to start the second half off with a bang. 5-for-10 with a double, two homers and five RBI. He also walked twice. 316/375/669 on the year. If he slugs .669 all season long it would be a career high.

Werth was 3-for-13 with two walks. 262/370/502. He’s hitting just .229 in July but on-basing .409 thanks to 15 walks. He has also hit five home runs this month.

Feliz had a pretty awful game yesterday. He went 0-for-4 with a walk, two errors and left seven men on base. He was 2-for-13 with two walks in the series. 287/335/410 for the season.

Ruiz caught all three games in the series. 1-for-11 with a double and two walks. He’s hitting .138 in July after hitting .174 in June.

Bako did not play in the series.

Bruntlett started yesterday’s game at first base, which should never happen. I really like the idea of giving Howard a day off and I think it’s understandable to hope you can get Bruntlett out of his year-long funk with the bat. The team needs a better option, though. Mayberry in left against the lefty and Ibanez at first? Ibanez has made 135 career appearances at first. The most recent was in 2005. He started 45 games at first for the Royals in 2002. Bruntlett was 0-for-4 with a stolen base in the series. If you have any children in the room you may want to remove them — his line for the year is 132/207/197.

Mayberry was 0-for-2 in the series and is hitting 176/222/451 for the year. He’s 0-for-13 in July.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 in the series and is hitting 273/314/464 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the set. 279/436/508. 1-for-7 in July.

I don’t really understand designating Walker for assignment. He wasn’t really as good as his 1.64 ERA with the Phillies, but he was pretty good. A 1.00 ratio is kind of hard to argue with.


Take five

The Phillies went an ugly 4-14 between June 12 and July 2. Near the end of June, manager Charlie Manuel held a team meeting and told the team they weren’t playing as well as they are capable of playing. They are now. They go into the All-Star break on a monster tear, winners of five in a row and nine of their last ten. They have outscored their opponents 66-27 in their last ten games.

The Phillies are getting fantastic and timely hitting and great pitching from a large number of sources. They’ve gotten their All-Star left fielder back from the DL. They’ve seemingly gotten their all-everything shortstop back from wherever he had been for most of the first half of the year.

They sure look like a team with a good chance to make another run deep into the playoffs.

The three biggest issues facing the team as they head to the second half of the season as I see them are these: First, and most importantly, the starting pitching has been very good recently but is going to need an upgrade. Second, Brad Lidge just isn’t right. He pitches badly regularly. Sometimes it costs the Phillies are sometimes it doesn’t. And finally, the catching situation just isn’t very good. The Phillies surely have enough hitting on the team to overcome it, but they’ve let Chris Coste go and right now it’s looking like Carlos Ruiz and Paul Bako are going to carry the load the rest of the way. Neither of them is hitting much at all.

The Phillies head to the All-Star break at 48-38 after sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game set. They’ve won five in a row and are in first place in the NL East. They’re four games ahead of the second-place Marlins and six ahead of the third-place Braves. The Mets are 6 1/2 back.

The Phillies won game one 3-2 behind a great start by Blanton. Blanton gave up a solo homer to Garrett Jones in the top of the first. Werth hit a two-run double in the bottom of the third and that was it for the scoring. Blanton exited with one out in the eighth win a man on second, but Romero came in and set the Pirates down. After Romero got the first out of the ninth, Lidge came in and gave up a two-out homer to Brandon Moss before striking out Delwyn Young to end the game.

The Phillies won game two in nearly impossible fashion. Down 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Stairs led off the frame with a home run. Howard delivered a one-out grand slam that tied the score at 7-7. Ibanez followed with a double then Werth was walked to set up the double-play. Feliz reached on an infield single to load the bases and Bako singled to left to give the Phils an 8-7 win. Hamels got roughed up in the game, giving up five runs in the first two innings. A weak top of the seventh from Durbin in which he gave up a hit and two walks and got just one out led to two more Pittsburgh runs.

The Phils got a grand slam from Feliz in a five-run first inning and another great start from Happ as they won game three 5-2.

More good pitching from the Phillies in the series. They threw 27 innings over three games with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.07 ratio. They gave up just 23 hits and six walks over 27 innings. They did allow six home runs in the three games, however, which is too many.

The starting pitching was better than the pen in the set. Blanton and Happ both made very good starts with Hamels hit hard in game two. As a group they threw to a 3.10 ERA with an 0.89 ratio in 20 1/3 innings. They allowed four home runs, three of which were given up by Hamels, but walked just three.

Blanton started game one and allowed a run over 7 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk. His ERA was 7.11 after his start against the Reds on May 21. Since then he’s allowed more than three runs in a start once in nine outings and has brought his ERA down to 4.44.

Hamels struggled in game two. He allowed five runs over six innings on seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. He allowed three home runs in the first two innings. After the first two innings he allowed just two hits, both doubles, over the next four frames. Hamels goes into the break with an ugly 4.87 ERA. He has a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts. He isn’t walking anyone, just four walks over 21 2/3 innings in his last four starts, so his ratio in those outings is a less terrible 1.43.

Happ went seven innings in game three, allowing a single run on four hits and two walks. He has just been awesome in the first half of the season. He lowered his ERA on the year to 2.90 with yesterday’s outing and has thrown to a 1.17 ratio. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start in any of his last five outings. His walk rate is too high for the season, but over his last four outings he’s gone 30 innings and walked four hitters. That’s 1.2 per nine innings.

The numbers for the pen weren’t good for the series. 5.40 ERA with a 1.65 ratio over 6 2/3 innings. Lidge gave up a run in game one. Durbin pitched badly in game two and was charged with two runs. Romero gave up a home run late in game three.

Romero entered game one in the top of the eighth with one out and a man on second, the Phillies up 3-1. He got two ground balls to leave the runner stranded. He came back to start the ninth and got lefty Adam LaRoche for the first out before Lidge came in to pitch to righty Andy LaRoche.

Romero also pitched the ninth inning yesterday with the Phils up 5-2. He gave up a leadoff homer to lefty Garrett Jones and got the next three. It’s the only run Romero has given up over his last seven appearances. He rarely gives up home runs to lefties — he came into the game having given up 11 against them for his career. They had slugged .290 against him for his career.

Eyre entered game one with one in the top of the seventh, the bases loaded and the Phils down 5-3 to pitch to Garrett Jones. He walked Jones. 6-3. Then he got Ryan Doumit to hit what should have been a home-to-first double-play ball to third, but Dobbs booted it. Dobbs recovered in time to get one out at first, but another run scored to make it 7-3. Eyre got the next batter to pop to Utley to end the frame.

He came back to pitch the eighth inning and gave up a one-out triple to Andy LaRoche. He kept Pittsburgh off the board, though, getting the next hitter to pop to the catcher and then getting the pitcher to ground to first. Working around the one-out triple didn’t look like much at the time given that the Phils were down four late, but it turned out to be important when the Phils mounted a huge rally in the ninth.

Park did not pitch in the series after throwing 43 pitches against the Reds on Thursday.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-3 and having just gotten back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The first two men he faced reached on a single and a walk before a ground out. With men on first and third and one down, he walked Freddy Sanchez to load the bases. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Jones.

Walker pitched the ninth in game two with the Phils down 7-3. He allowed a two-out single, but got Doumit to pop to Feliz to end the frame.

Madson pitched the eighth inning yesterday with the Phillies up 5-1. He gave up a double and a soft single in the frame but kept the Pirates off the board with the help of a base-running mistake from McCutchen. With two outs and men on first and third, Sanchez flew to right and Werth doubled McCutchen off of first to set the Pirates down.

Madson hasn’t been charged with a run in his last five appearances, allowing just two hits and no walked over 5 2/3 innings. He hasn’t walked a hitter since June 30, which was six appearances ago.

Lidge entered game one in the top of the ninth with one out and the Phils up 3-1. He struck out Andy LaRoche for the first out and had Moss down 1-2, but Moss homered to right to cut the Phillies lead to 3-2. Jack Wilson was next and he singled. Lidge got behind pinch-hitter Delwyn Young 3-0, but came back to strike him out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

The bullpen gets a long rest before they will need to pitch again.

The Phillies scored 16 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins was 3-for-10 with two doubles and three walks in the series. He goes into the break hitting 229/287/355. 14-for-his-last-42 with ten walks and seven extra-base hits. He’s hitting 378/500/578 in July.

Victorino went 4-for-12 with two doubles. 309/375/464. 400/464/600 in July.

Utley was 5-for-11 with a walk. 313/430/573 for the year.

Howard was 3-for-7 with an enormous home run in game two. Four RBI and five walks in the series. 257/341/529 for the year. Nine walks in his last 17 at-bats.

Werth went 1-for-9 with a double, three walks and two RBI. He’s at 263/371/513.

Feliz’s grand slam yesterday gave the Phillies all the offense they would need to win the game. 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. Dobbs started game two at third. Feliz is at 293/338/418 for the season.

Mayberry started in left in game one. He was 0-for-4 in the series to drop his line to 184/231/469. 1-for-his-last-24 with 12 strikeouts.

Bako caught the first two games of the series and continues to see his role with the team expand. He had a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth in game two. 2-for-8 in the series. He’s hitting just 214/267/250 for the year.

Ruiz started yesterday and was 0-for-3. 235/335/367 on the season. 3-for-his-last-22.

Bruntlett’s first half has been a disaster. He didn’t play against the Pirates and is hitting 139/207/208 for the year.

Ibanez started games two and three in left field. He went 2-for-9 with two doubles and an RBI. 309/367/649 for the year. If he slugs .649 all season long it would be a career-high.

Dobbs started at third in game two. 0-for-2 with an RBI in the series. 269/311/463 on the year. He’s hitting .344 in July after hitting .342 in June.

Stairs was 1-for-1 in the series with a game two home run in the ninth inning. He is hitting 283/434/517 on the year.

This says that Pedro Martinez will fly to Philadelphia today for a physical.


The house that roared

After struggling at home for most of the year the Phillies have roared to life at Citizens Bank Park in early July. Coming off of a three-game sweep of the rival Mets at home, the Phillies pounded the Reds in a four-game set and now look to finish the first half of the season strong as the Pirates come to town.

The Phillies have won six of their last seven. In those games they’ve thrown 63 innings with a 2.29 ERA. The bullpen has been charged with one run in 19 innings (0.47 ERA) while throwing to an 0.63 ratio with 26 strikeouts. Jimmy Rollins has gone 12-for-28 with five extra-base hits and seven walks and sparkled defensively. The team never makes an error. They scored ten runs in an inning and 22 runs in a game. Jayson Werth homers every day. Victorino has played himself into the All-Star game. Rollins, Victorino and Utley combined to go 22-for-51 atop the lineup in the last four games.

The Phils are 45-38 on the year after taking three of four from the Cincinnati Reds. The Phils are in first place in the NL East, two games ahead of the Florida Marlins. The Mets and Braves are tied for third place, both teams are five games back.

The Phillies blasted the Reds in game one, winning 22-1. They scored ten runs in the bottom of the first, getting two-run homers from Victorino and Dobbs and a three-run shot from Utley. Hamels was fantastic. He allowed a solo homer to Johnny Gomes in the top of the second, but went seven innings and allowed just three hits without walking a batter. The Phils were up 16-1 by the fourth inning and Werth hit a grand slam in the bottom of a six-run eighth.

The Phils lost a close one in game two, falling 4-3. Happ gave them another impressive start, but the Phillies had a lot of trouble with situational hitting and failed several times the bring a runner home. They got a run in the third but couldn’t get any more after putting men on first and second with nobody out. They got a leadoff triple from Ruiz in the fourth but left him stranded. In the eighth they put men on first and third with one out but didn’t score. Home runs from Werth and Howard helped put the Phils up 3-0 by the end of the third. Brandon Phillips connected for a two-run homer off of Happ in the fourth, though, and Phillips tied the game at three with another home run in the sixth. Lidge entered the ninth with the score still tied. He gave up a leadoff double to Joey Votto and Votto came around to score on a Ramon Hernandez single to put Cincy up 4-3. The Phils went quietly in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies took game three 3-2 thanks to solid pitching and a show-stealing performance from Victorino. Lopez made his second start for the Phils and gave up a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Victorino made a run out of almost nothing in the bottom of the inning. He led off and reached on an infield single, stole second, went to third on a sac fly by Utley and scored on a two-out single from Howard to cut the Reds’ lead to 2-1. Lopez had to leave with a strained shoulder after five innings after throwing 82-mph fastballs in the top of the fifth. Werth blasted a home run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 2-2. Durbin, Romero and Madson combined to throw four scoreless innings and the game went to the bottom of the ninth still tied at 2-2. Feliz led off with a single, moved to second on a two-out walk from Rollins and came in to score the game-winner on a single to center from Victorino.

The Phils won an ugly 9-6 game yesterday. Moyer didn’t have a good start and the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. The Phils came back with two in the bottom of the third, thanks to an inside-the-park home run from Utley that was followed by back-to-back doubles by Howard and Werth. Edwin Encarnacion put the Reds up 4-2 with a solo homer in the fourth, but a two-run single from Victorino in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 4-4. Another home run off of Moyer, this one a two-run shot from Brandon Phillips, made it 6-4 in the fifth. The Phillies got four walks and two singles in the bottom of the fifth to go up 8-6 and a solo homer by Werth in the sixth put them up 9-6. Park was awesome in relief of Moyer, entering in the sixth with an 8-6 lead and going three scoreless innings. Lidge got the save in the ninth.

Outstanding pitching for the Phillies in the series. They threw 36 innings to a 3.25 ERA and an 0.89 ratio. This comes off a series against the Mets where the Phils threw to a 1.00 ERA and an 0.89 ratio over three games. So they’ve been pitching rather well.

Three great starts in the series for the Phils and one bad one yesterday. 24 innings with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.00 ratio for the starting pitchers combined. The starters allowed five home runs — one by Hamels, two by Happ and two by Moyer. They walked just two in 24 innings. Lopez and Moyer both walked one and Hamels and Happ didn’t walk any.

Hamels was awesome in game one. He allowed two singles and a solo homer over seven innings.

Happ went seven innings in game two and allowed three runs, all of which scored on a pair of homers by Phillips. Aside from the two homers Happ allowed four singles without walking a batter and struck out seven. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last four starts.

Lopez went five innings in game three, allowing two runs on five singles and a walk. The Phillies have won both of his starts and he’s pitched to a 3.18 ERA with a 1.15 ratio, walking just two in 11 1/3 innings.

Moyer allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings yesterday, raising his ERA on the year to 5.99. He’s allowed five home runs in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts.

The bullpen allowed one run in 12 innings, the run the Lidge gave up in the ninth inning of game two. 0.75 ERA and an 0.67 ratio coming off of seven scoreless innings against the Mets with an 0.57 ratio. The pen didn’t allow a home run against the Reds and gave up just five hits and three walks in 12 innings. The trio of Durbin, Romero and Madson were particularly impressive in game three. Park was fantastic last night, going three scoreless innings in relief of Moyer.

Romero entered game three with two outs in the seventh, men on first and second and the score tied at 2-2 to pitch to Chris Dickerson. Romero struck him out looking to end the frame.

Eyre made his first appearance for the Phils since June 11 in the ninth inning of game one. He entered the game with a 22-1 lead and allowed a single and a double to the first two men he faced, but kept the Reds off the board by getting the next three hitters on a fly ball and two strikeouts.

The outing will surely help his splits for career ERA when pitching with a 21-run lead.

Durbin started the sixth inning of game three with the Phillies down 2-1. He got the first two men he faced before hitting Phillips. He got Laynce Nix on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

He came back to start the seventh in game three. Hernandez led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out by the pitcher Homer Bailey before Durbin hit Edwin Encarnacion. It put men on first and second with nobody out. Durbin struck Johnny Gomes out looking for the second out and Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Dickerson.

Three good outings in a row from Durbin have lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 4.09. He allowed three home runs in 12 2/3 innings in April to start the year. He’s given up just three in 21 1/3 innings over 26 appearances since.

Park entered yesterday’s game in relief of Moyer in the top of the sixth with an 8-6 lead. He allowed a one-out walk in the sixth, but got the next two men he faced. He came back to strike out the side in the seventh and throw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Huge outing for Park in a tight game. Over his last six appearances he’s allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks over 8 1/3 innings. That’s a 1.08 ERA and an 0.84 ratio. Park made six appearances in May, four starts and two in relief. He walked 15 in 22 innings (and 12 in his 18 innings as a starter). So far in June and July he has walked six in 20 2/3 innings.

Walker threw the seventh inning of game one with the Phillies up 16-1 and set the Reds down in order.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 3-3. He set the Reds down 1-2-3.

He also pitched in game three, entering in the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. He threw a 1-2-3 eighth and a 1-2-3 ninth.

Fantastic series for Madson, pitching three shutdown frames at critical times.

Lidge entered game two in the top of the ninth with the score tied at 3-3. Joey Votto led off with a double to right, was bunted to third and scored on a single by Hernandez before Lidge got out of the inning with a double-play ball.

He also pitched last night in game four, entering in the ninth with a 9-6 lead. He walked Willy Tavares with two outs, but struck Chris Dickerson out to end the game and earn his 17th save.

Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Park threw 43 pitches last night, so I wouldn’t be expecting to see him in tonight’s game.

The Phillies scored 37 runs in the four-game series (22 in game one).

Rollins was fantastic in the series, both with his glove and with the bat. 7-for-17 with a double and four walks. He is hitting 227/281/351 on the season. He’s 14-for-his-last-32 and hitting .400 in July.

Victorino was pretty fantastic hisownself. He won game three with a walkoff single that scored Feliz and had a monster game one in which he drove in four runs. 8-for-17 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. 309/375/463 on the year.

Utley hit an inside-the-park home run yesterday. With two outs and nobody on he hit the ball high off the wall in center. It came off the wall and rolled along the track while Utley hustled around the bases and scored without a close play at the plate. 7-for-17 with two doubles and two homers and six RBI in the series. 307/427/578, so Victorino has a higher batting average on the season, which probably won’t last long.

Howard went 4-for-14 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s at 253/332/522 on the year. Everyone in front of him is on fire these days, so there are a ton of RBI chances for Howard. He’s hitting just 200/333/333 in July, though.

Werth homered in every game in the series. 6-for-15 with a double, four walks, four homers and nine RBI. 268/373/522 on the year. He’s slugging .885 in July. He hits a lot of home runs with Ryan Howard not on base.

Dobbs starting left field for all four games and went 7-for-16 with a double and a home run. 274/319/472. He was hitting 172/246/310 after 0-for-1 against the Blue Jays on June 17. He even drew a walk in last night’s game, which gives him two since the end of May.

Feliz was 5-for-18 with five singles and is at 292/339/407 for the year.

Ruiz started games one, two and four of the series and went 3-for-9 with a triple and a walk. He’s hitting 239/340/374 for the year. 3-for-his-last-19.

Coste was 0-for-1 in the series to drop his line for the year to 245/342/382. He has two at-bats in July.

Bako started game three. He was 1-for-6 in the series and is hitting 200/273/250 in 20 at-bats on the year. In the last three games that Bako has started the team the Phillies were playing has scored two runs twice and one run once. Coincidence? Probably.

Bruntlett was 1-for-5 with a double in the series. 139/207/208.

Mayberry was on the bench to start all four games with the Reds starting four righties. He was 0-for-2 with a walk in the series. 200/250/511 for the year in 36 at-bats. He’s 1-for-his-last-20 with 11 strikeouts.

There’s a whole lot of things going right for the Phillies. One of the things that isn’t and that has been a problem for a long time is right-handed hitting off the bench. Bruntlett, Coste and Mayberry aren’t in a groove. Need some help.

Stairs was 0-for-1 with three walks in the series. His line is at 271/427/458 for the year. Just one extra-base hit, a double, since he homered against the Fish on May 27.

Shane Victorino won the vote and made the All-Star team.

Things are heating up with Pedro Martinez. Martinez will throw for the Phillies again this afternoon. Todd Zolecki seems to think there’s a good chance the Phils will get Pedro.

Lopez says he should be able to make his next start, which could be on July 20.

Update: Jayson Werth has also made the NL All-Star team, taking the place of the injured Carlos Beltran. The addition means that all three of the Phillies starting outfielders will join Utley and Howard on the team.

More update:
The Phillies activated Ibanez from the DL and designated Chris Coste for assignment. Coste was claimed by the Astros.


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