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Offense continues to sleep, but Phils reap a sweep

The Phils scored just five runs in their double-header with the Marlins yesterday, but thanks to some outstanding work from their starting pitchers it was enough to get a sweep. Kendrick threw five strong innings in the day game in his first start since August 24. Lee was brilliant in the night game, but lost his complete-game shutout when Jose Lopez tied the game with a homer on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth. The Phils won it in the tenth.

The Phils also got four shutout innings from the pen in Kendrick’s game, although the relievers didn’t pitch particularly well, allowing six hits and three walks over four frames.

It’s going to take some good pitching to get the Phils some wins these days — they have scored a total of 14 runs over their last seven games.

The night game of the double-header saw the return of Chase Utley to the starting lineup. He and Rollins started the same game for the first time since August 21.

The Phils won the day game of the double-header 3-1. RBI-doubles by Pence and Ibanez put them up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. Kendrick gave up a solo homer to Logan Morrison in the top of the fifth, the first hit he had allowed, cutting the lead to 2-1. Polanco walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 3-1. The Fish loaded the bases in the eighth and put their first two runners on in the ninth, but Lidge and Madson kept them off the board.

Bastardo had yet another worrisome outing in the game. He started the eighth and faced three batters, getting one out and allowing a double and a walk. Over his last four appearances, eight of the 11 batters that Bastardo has faced have reached base on three hits and five walks. That’s a problem for a Phillies team with no other left-handed relief options and only one lefty in the pen when Bastardo is pitching well.

The Phils won the night game 2-1 on a walkoff double to the gap in left-center by Howard in the bottom of the tenth.

The Phillies are 97-51 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 last night in the second game of a day/night double-header. The Phils sweep the double-header and are in first place in the NL East, 12 games ahead of the Braves. The Phils won 97 games in 2010, but only two teams in the history of the organization (’76 and ’77) have won more than 97.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies in the night game and allowed a run over nine innings on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter.

In the first he got Emilio Bonifacio on a ground ball to second for the first out before Bryan Petersen doubled to right. Mike Stanton was next and Lee hit him with a pitch, putting men on first and second. Jose Lopez flew to left for the second out and Omar Infante struck out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Donnie Murphy singled to start the second. Lee struck Matt Dominguez out for the first out and got Brett Hayes to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pitcher Alex Sanabia led off the third and struck out looking. Bonifacio flew to center for the second out and Petersen lined softly to short.

Lee got the first two in the fourth before Infante singled to center. He struck Murphy out swinging 0-2 to leave Infante at first.

Dominguez started the fifth with a single, but Lee struck out Hayes trying to hit and Sanabia trying to bunt for the first two outs. Bonifacio grounded to second for the third out.

Lee struck out Stanton and Lopez in the sixth.

Up 1-0, he set the Marlins down in order in the seventh.

Righty Gaby Sanchez hit for Hayes and grounded to second for the first out in the eighth. John Buck hit for the pitcher Steve Cishek and struck out for the second. Bonifacio struck out looking 0-2 for the third.

Lee struck out Petersen for the first out in the ninth. Stanton was next and ripped a line drive to left, but Ibanez made a fantastic diving catch for the second out. Lee got ahead of Lopez 0-2 and made a terrible pitch, a high fastball that Lopez hit out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Infante grounded to second for the third out.

Schwimer started the tenth for the Phils. He struck Murphy out for the first out before Dobbs hit for Dominguez. Schwimer got the lefty Dobbs on a popup to Martinez for the second out. Lefty Logan Morrison hit for the pitcher Edward Mujica and Morrison struck him out looking 1-2.

That’s the best of Schwimer’s seven career appearances and it came at a good time. He threw 15 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Alex Sanabia went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Pence (5) Ibanez (6) Gload (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Golly. Victorino on the bench with Mayberry in center and hitting second. Utley back to play second and hit third. Gload plays first with Howard on the bench. Orr at third with Polanco watching.

Mayberry singled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Pence both flew out behind him.

Gload singled with one out in the second and took second on a wild pitch. He was left there when Ruiz flew to left and Orr struck out swinging.

The Phils went in order in the third on fly balls by Lee, Rollins and Mayberry, all to center.

Utley, Pence and Ibanez all struck out in the fourth.

Gload singled to left to start the fifth and Ruiz flew to right behind him. Orr was next and hit a ball hard that was knocked down by the pitcher Sanabia. Sanabia picked up the ball and threw to second, forcing Gload for the second out with Orr safe at first. Lee moved Orr up to second with an infield single, but Rollins popped to the third baseman Dominguez in foul territory to end the inning.

Mayberry led off the sixth and hit a 2-0 pitch out down the left field line for a homer that put the Phils up 1-0. Utley grounded to short for the first out before Pence doubled to right. Ibanez moved Pence to third with a ground out to first, but Gload struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Utley singled with two outs in the eighth, but Pence struck out swinging behind him to leave him at first.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the bottom of the ninth. Ibanez and Ruiz both struck out as the Phils went in order.

Righty Burke Badenhop started the tenth for the Fish and couldn’t throw strikes. He walked Martinez on four pitches and threw three straight balls to Howard before finally getting one over. Howard hammered his 3-1 pitch to the gap in left-center and the ball landed on the warning track. Martinez raced around to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 win.

Howard breaks out of an 0-for-15 slump with a huge swing to win the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game with a strikeout. 1-for-5 in the double-header. 3-for-his-last-13 with three singles.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with his 14th home run. He has a .615 slugging percentage since the All-Star break, which is the best on the team. There are 148 NL players who have at least 100 plate appearances in the second half — Mayberry’s .615 slugging percentage is fifth-best (although he just barely makes the cut with 118 plate appearances).

Utley 1-for-4. 2-for-5 with two singles in the double-header.

Pence 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. He could probably use some rest before it’s all over, too.

Ibanez 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a double in the double-header. 289/347/467 so far in September.

Gload 2-for-4 with a strikeout. That’s just the second time this year he has had more than one hit in a game. He’s 6-for-his-last-15 (.400). Just two walks in 100 plate appearances for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-5 on the day. 361/430/470 over his last 94 plate appearances.

Orr 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the double-header. 2-for-his-last-19.

Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) faces lefty Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68) tonight. Garcia started against the Phillies on May 17 and held them to an unearned run on five hits and walk over eight innings. The Phillies are 14-1 in the last 15 games that Worley has started. He’s thrown to a 4.34 ERA in his first three starts in September and opponents have hit .307 against him.


Ross takes a Gload off of everyone’s mind

It has been a magical season for the Phillies so far in 2011. But not for everyone. Several key players have struggled overall despite the amazing success of the team. Last night two of the guys who have struggled made enormous contributions as the Phils topped the Braves 3-2 on a walkoff single by Gload to complete a three-game sweep.

Oswalt threw seven strong innings in the game for the Phils, throwing in the low 90′s coming off of two worrisome starts in a row. Coming into the outing, Oswalt had thrown to a 4.79 ERA over his last seven outings. He looked great last night, though, especially early as he started the game tossing five shutout innings in which he struck out six.

The Phils hit in the bottom of the ninth with the game knotted at 2-2. With one man out and men on first and second, Manuel called on Gload to hit against righty Peter Moylan and Gload delivered in a big way, ripping a ball down the right field line for a game-winner. It was a huge hit for Gload in a season where he has been slowed by a hip injury — he came into last night’s game just 5-for-his-last-39.

The Phillies are 91-48 after beating the Atlanta Braves 3-2 last night. With the win the Phils complete the three-game sweep of Atlanta and extend their lead over the Braves in the NL East to 10 1/2 games. They are 43 games above .500 for the first time in the history of the organization.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven. Two of his last four starts have been very good.

Oswalt got Michael Bourn on a ground ball to second for the first out of the game. Martin Prado was next and hit a ball to short that Martinez muffed for an error. It put a man on first for Chipper Jones, but Chipper hit a ball back to the mound and Oswalt went to second as the Phils turned two.

Oswalt walked Brian McCann on a 3-2 pitch to start the second. He struck Dan Uggla out swinging for the first out and got Eric Hinske to fly to left for the second. Jason Heyward walked 3-2, though, and the Braves had runners on first and second for Alex Gonzalez. Oswalt struck him out on three pitches, getting him swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Oswalt started the third with a 1-0 lead. He struck out the pitcher Brandon Beachy for the first out and Michael Bourn for the second. Prado grounded to short to end the frame.

Oswalt struck Uggla and McCann both out swinging in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He walked Heyward with one out in the fifth. Gonzalez flew to right for the second out. Beachy hit a ground ball to short. Martinez fielded and looked to flip to Utley for the force, but Utley was already headed for the dugout. Martinez beat Heyward to second for the force to end the frame.

Bourn doubled to center to start the sixth. Prado tried to bunt him to third, but popped it up to Oswalt for the first out. Chipper was next and he singled into center, scoring Bourn to tie the game at 1-1. Oswalt struck McCann out for the second out before walking Uggla. Hinske popped out to Polanco in foul territory to leave both runners stranded.

Heyward started the seventh with a single to center and Gonzalez bunted him to second with the first out. Freeman was next and he singled into center, scoring Heyward to put Atlanta up 2-1. Bourn and Prado both flew to right to leave Freeman at first.

Bastardo started the eighth and Chipper singled to center to start the inning. McCann walked behind Jones, putting men on first and second for Uggla. Uggla hit a ground ball to third. Polanco fielded, stepped on third and threw to second to complete a double-play that left the Braves with two down and a man on first. Righty Matt Diaz hit for the pitcher Eric O’Flaherty and flew to right on a ball that Pence took in foul territory for the third out.

Bastardo keeps the Braves off the board with the help of the big double-play by Polanco, but doesn’t look fantastic. This comes off of his most recent outing on Saturday in which he walked the only two hitters he faced, so four of the last six batters he has faced in his last two outings have reached on three walks and a single. On the plus side, he does have a 1.66 ERA for the year and opponents are hitting .114 against him.

Madson pitched the ninth with the game tied at 2-2. Heyward led off with an infield single and Gonzalez bunted him to second with the first out. Freeman popped to short for the second and Bourn grounded to short to end the frame.

Madson has thrown 7 1/3 shutout innings over his last eight appearances. He was pitching for the second straight day and threw 11 pitches in the game. Bastardo threw 16 pitches.

The Phillies lineup against righty Brandon Beachy went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Martinez at short with Rollins sidelined.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard and Pence both struck out to start the second, but Ibanez was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Martinez and Victorino struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

Beachy set them down 1-2-3 again in the fourth.

Pence struck out for the first out as the Phils went in order again in the fifth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Victorino walked on four pitches with two outs and moved to third when Polanco followed with a single to right. Lefty Eric O’Flaherty took over for Beachy and hit Utley on the helmet with a pitch, loading the bases. Howard struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

The original ruling was that Heyward had caught Polanco’s sinking line drive to right, but that was overruled and Fredi Gonzalez was ejected arguing. Looked like the ball was trapped by Heyward.

Down 2-1, the Phils went in order in the seventh.

With lefty Jonny Venters on the mound for the Braves, Mayberry hit for Martinez to start the eighth and singled to right. Valdez hit for Bastardo and bunted Mayberry to second with the first out. Victorino struck out swinging for the second out, but Polanco lined a single to right. Mayberry raced around third and came in to score as Heyward’s throw was way up the third base line, tying the game at 2-2. Francisco hit for Utley, who had been hit in the head with a pitch in the sixth, and drew a walk. Howard struck out swinging to leave the runners at first and second.

Big strikeout for Victorino after Mayberry gets bunted to second, but Polanco picks him up with the RBI-single.

Ibanez walked with one out in the ninth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. With righty Peter Moylan on the mound for the Braves, Gload hit for Madson. He got behind 0-2, but hit a 1-2 pitch past Freeman and down the right field line. Would have been a double, but Ibanez scored to give the Phils a 3-2 win.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. 2-for-11 with three walks in the three-game series. 300/379/523 for the year. 196/305/314 over his last 59 plate appearances. He’s high on the list of Phillies who look to me like they could use some rest.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a huge RBI. 5-for-12 in the series and twice hit by a pitch. 278/333/336 on the year. 236/293/270 in 329 plate appearances since the end of April.

Utley 0-for-2 and hit by a pitch. This says that Utley will not fly to Milwaukee. 3-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the series. 262/344/441 for the year. 206/264/363 over his last 110 plate appearances.

Howard was 0-for-4, struck out three times and left five men on base. 3-for-10 with three walks and a home run in the series. 262/368/570 over his last 125 plate appearances with ten home runs. He’s hitting 252/345/491 for the season.

Pence 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 308/363/484 for the year. 308/383/523 in 149 plate appearances with the Phillies. He’s now hit to the same .308 average with the Astros and the Phillies, but gotten on base more and hit with more power while with the Phils.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils (Gload was denied a double by winning the thing). 4-for-7 with a double, a walk, a home run and four RBI in the series after sitting against a righty in game one. He’s at 247/293/426 for the year. He’s walking in about 6.2% of his plate appearances this season, which is his worst rate since 1998.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 2-for-8 with a walk and two RBI in the series. 280/373/382 for the year. He’s hitting .250 at home and .309 on the road. He’s on-based .377 over his last 1,214 plate appearances.

Martinez 0-for-2 with a strikeout and an error. 0-for-7 with two walks in the series. 209/259/308 for the year.

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) faces lefty Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26) tonight in Milwaukee. Narveson has pitched well over his last seven outings, throwing to a 2.70 ERA. He hasn’t gone more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his last three starts. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last seven starts. His home runs are up a little of late — he allowed two in his last start and has given up four over his past 33 innings. He only allowed eight in 152 innings to start the season.


Vance trance

The Phils topped the Braves last night, winning 6-3 behind another solid effort from Vance Worley. The Phils are 14-0 in the last 14 games that Worley has started.

After sitting against a righty in game one of the series, Ibanez was back in the lineup and hammering the ball in game two. He went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three of the six Phillie runs.

The Phillies are 90-48 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 6-3 last night. With the win the Phils extend their lead over Atlanta in the division to 9 1/2 games.

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

He walked Martin Prado with one out in the first and Prado moved up to second when Brian McCann followed with a single to left. Worley stuck Dan Uggla out swinging and Chipper Jones out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Up 2-0, Worley threw a 1-2-3 second.

Michael Bourn bunted for a single with one out in the third. Prado was next and grounded to second with Bourn forced at second for the second out. Worley struck McCann out looking to set Atlanta down.

Uggla led off the fourth and hit a 2-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 2-1. Chipper and Freddie Freeman followed that with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Worley escaped further damage, though, striking out Alex Gonzalez and Jose Constanza before getting the pitcher Tim Hudson on a ground ball to first.

Six strikeouts for Worley through four innings — he wouldn’t get any more in his last two innings. Over his last seven starts he has struck out 43 hitters in 39 innings. In his first 13 appearances on the year he struck out 53 in 73 1/3 innings.

Bourn started the fifth with a single into center, but Worley got Prado to hit into a double-play behind him. McCann flew to center for the third out.

He walked Uggla to start the sixth and Chipper followed with a double that moved Uggla up to third. Freeman walked on a 3-2 pitch and the bases were loaded. Gonzalez flew to left for the first out, deep enough for Uggla to tag, score and tie the game at 2-2. Constanza was next and he flew to left with the runners holding first and second. Hudson hit for himself and flew to center.

Worley comes up big against the bottom of the order after walking two to help the Braves load the bases.

Stutes started the seventh with a 4-2 lead. Bourn led off with a double to right. Prado was next and flew to left for the first out before Stutes walked McCann. Bourn stole third and the runners were at the corners for Uggla. Uggla hit a ground ball to third with Bourn scoring (4-3) as Polanco went to second to force McCann for the second out. Chipper flew to right to leave Uggla at first.

Stutes has a 5.18 ERA over his last 19 appearances and has given up five home runs in 24 1/3 innings in those outings.

Lidge started the eighth with a 6-3 lead. Gonzalez singled to left with one out, but Lidge struck Constanza out behind him for the second out. Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher Cristhian Martinez. Lidge struck him out swinging at a wild 2-2 pitch with Hinske taking first. Bourn struck out swinging 1-2 to leave the runners at first and second.

Lidge strikes out three in the frame and doesn’t walk a batter. In 12 1/3 innings he has now struck out 17 and walked ten.

Madson pitched the ninth up 6-3. He allowed a leadoff single to Prado, but got McCann to hit into a double-play behind him. He struck Uggla out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Madson hasn’t been charged with a run in his last seven appearances since he was charged with six runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Nats on August 19. Over his last seven appearances he has allowed four hits and no walks over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six.

Lee threw a complete game in the series opener, so nobody in the pen has pitched more than one day in a row. Stutes threw 21 pitches, Lidge 20 and Madson 16.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Martinez. Martinez at short with Rollins still on the DL and Valdez on the bench. Ibanez back in left after Mayberry started against the righty Lowe in game one. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench.

With two outs in the first, Utley hit a 2-2 pitch out to right center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard and Pence followed that with back-to-back singles, which put men on first and second for Ibanez. Ibanez dumped a single in front of a diving Bourn. Howard scored to put the Phils up 2-0 and Pence moved up to third. Schneider grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino walked with two outs in the second, but Polanco grounded to short behind him.

Howard and Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

Martinez walked with two outs in the fourth and the lead cut to 2-1. Worley was next and smashed a ball to third, but Chipper handled it and threw to second to force Martinez and end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Howard walked to start the sixth. Pence doubled to center, putting men on second and third. With Ibanez at the plate, a wild pitch brought Howard home (3-2) and moved Pence to third. Ibanez doubled high off the wall in right center, scoring Pence to extend the lead to 4-2. Schneider fouled out to third for the first out before Martinez walked, putting men on first and second. With the righty Hudson still pitching for Atlanta, Mayberry hit for Worley and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

No more runs for the Phils after putting Ibanez on second with nobody out. Martinez walks twice in a game for his second time in three starts. Manuel calls on Mayberry to hit against the righty. It’s too early for Gload, but it’s an interesting choice of Mayberry over the lefty Bowker.

It was 4-3 when Victorino led off the seventh with a single to right. Polanco was hit by a pitch behind him, putting men on first and second. Utley grounded to second with Polanco forced at second for the first out and Victorino moving to third. Howard grounded to second with Victorino scoring (5-3) and Utley moving up to second with two outs. Pence followed with a walk, putting men on first and second for Ibanez. Ibanez singled to right, scoring Utley to make it 6-3 with Pence moving up to second. With righty Cristhian Martinez pitching for the Braves, Ruiz hit for Schneider and walked to load the bases. Martinez struck Martinez out swinging 0-2 to leave the bases loaded.

With righty Anthony Varvaro pitching for Atlanta, Gload hit for Lidge and flew to right for the first out of the eighth. Victorino grounded to short for the second out before Polanco singled to right. Utley flew to center to leave Polanco at first.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s 3-for-his-last-18.

Polanco 1-for-4. He has two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 159 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-5 with his tenth home run. He’s 5-for-30 to start September.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 6-for-his-last-12 with a double, a home run and seven walks. 284/411/581 over his last 90 plate appearances.

Pence 2-for-3 with a walk a double. 317/393/540 with the Phils in 145 plate appearances.

Ibanez 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. He’s 13-for-his-last-34 with four doubles and a home run (382/417/588).

Schneider was 0-for-3 in the game and is 1-for-his-last-13.

Martinez 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts.

Oswalt (7-8, 3.80) faces righty Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.37) tonight. Righties are on-basing just .283 against Beachy for the year, but the Phils have hit him well in his three starts against them. In three outings against the Phillies, Beachy is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and has allowed 21 hits in 14 innings. Oswalt has thrown to a 4.70 ERA in his ten starts since the end of May, allowing 78 hits in 59 1/3 innings as opponents have hit .324 against him. He has made one start against Atlanta this year, allowing two runs (only one of which was earned) over six innings on April 9.

Chuck LaMar resigned.


Peak peek

There have been some low moments in Phillies history, but yesterday marks one of the high ones. With a 6-4 win over the Reds, the Phils completed a four-game sweep and moved to 41 games above .500, which ties them for the best mark in the history of the organization.

For the only time in the series, the Phillies didn’t get outstanding starting pitching in yesterday’s game. Worley pitched well early, but gave up a three-run homer in the seventh before leaving charged with four runs. The bullpen was very good, though, throwing three shutout frames after he left in which they held the Reds to just one walk and struck out five. The pitching overall held the Reds to six runs in the four-game set, three of which came on one swing — a pinch-hit three-run homer by Chris Heisey off of Worley yesterday.

The Phils outscored the Reds 21-6 in the four game series. Howard and Martinez both homered yesterday. The Phils hit eight long balls in the series — three for Howard and two for Pence with Ibanez, Martinez and Victorino all hitting one.

The Phillies are 87-46 after beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 yesterday afternoon. With the win the Phils complete a sweep of the four-game series. They are in first place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games of the second-place Braves. The Phils were also 41 games over .500 in August of 1976.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a homer. He struck out seven. Worley allowed two home runs in 62 1/3 innings to start the season. Since then he has allowed five in 42 innings.

Brandon Phillips singled to right to start the bottom of the first. Worley got Edgar Renteria and Joey Votto on a pair of fly balls before Jay Bruce flew to center to leave Phillips at first.

Worley started the second with a 3-0 lead. He walked Juan Francisco on four pitches and Yonder Alonso moved Francisco up to second with a single into center. Worley got out of it, though, striking Drew Stubbs out looking 0-2 for the first out, Ryan Hanigan looking 2-2 and getting the pitcher Mike Leake on a ground ball to third to leave both runners stranded.

Phillips doubled to start the third. Renteria was next and hit a ball to short, which Valdez made a fantastic diving play on, fielding and throwing to first for the first out with Phillips moving up to third. Votto followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Phillips to tag and score, cutting the lead to 3-1. Bruce singled to right before Worley struck Francisco out looking to end the inning.

First run allowed by a Phillies’s starting pitcher in the series.

Worley set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

First 1-2-3 inning for Worley and the first time that the leadoff hitter had not reached based. He had thrown 53 pitches through four innings.

Worley got Leake and Phillips to start the fifth before Renteria hit a ball that Ibanez may have misread. It landed for a double. Worley got ahead of Votto 2-0 and struck him out looking 2-2 to end the inning with Renteria at second.

Up 4-1, Worley set the Reds down in order in the sixth.

He started the seventh with a 6-1 lead. Stubbs led off and doubled over Victorino’s head in center. Hanigan moved Stubbs to third with a single. Righty Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Jeremy Horst and Heisey lined an 0-1 pitch out to right for a three-run homer that made it 6-4. Lidge took over for Worley and struck Phillips out for the first out before walking Renteria. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Votto and got Votto to hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Heisey makes it a game again with the pinch-hit three-run homer. Lidge continues to walk way too many hitters, walking one of the two guys he faces. He has a 1.74 ERA for the year, but has walked ten in 10 1/3 innings.

Bastardo was back for the eighth and struck out the side, getting Bruce , Francisco and Alonso all swinging.

Golly. Bastardo dropped his ERA on the year to 1.38 with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He has struck out 65 in 52 1/3 innings. This says that the .112 average opponents have hit against him is the best in history for any pitcher who has thrown more than 50 innings.

Madson pitched the ninth. He got Stubbs swinging 1-2 for the first out and Hanigan on a ground ball to third for the second. Righty Ramon Hernandez hit for the pitcher Francisco Cordero and Madson got him on a ground ball to short to end the game.

Madson has thrown two days in a row and threw 14 pitches in the game. Bastardo 18 and Lidge nine.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Victorino (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Schneider catches the day game after a night game. Valdez plays short with Rollins on the DL. Martinez plays third with Polanco on the bench. Ibanez in left against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Martinez doesn’t really belong hitting second, no matter how many games you’ve won or who is hurt. I assume Manuel does it that way to keep the other players hitting in the same spot in the order, but I think I’d just go with something other than the who can’t hit hitting second.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

Pence doubled to left with one out in the second and Ibanez walked behind him. Schneider was next and he singled to left, scoring Pence to put the Phils up 1-0 with one out and men on first and second. Valdez reached on an infield single to load the bases before Worley singled into center. Ibanez scored from third (2-0) and Schneider tried to score from second but was thrown out by Stubbs for the second out. With men on first and second, Victorino singled into left, scoring Valdez (3-0) and pushing Worley to second. Martinez flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

RBI-single for Worley after Halladay knocked in three runs with a double in game two.

Utley, Howard and Pence went in order in the third.

With the lead cut to 3-1, the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Victorino singled to right with one out in the fifth. Martinez was next and hit the ball hard, but Votto took the line drive and stepped on first to double-off Victorino and set the Phillies down.

Martinez hit that ball well, just into bad luck.

With one out in the sixth, Howard hit a 1-0 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 4-1. Pence flew to center for the second out before Ibanez hit a ball to first that went under the glove of Votto for a two-base error. Schneider struck out swinging 3-2 to leave Ibanez at second.

Valdez singled off of righty Jared Burton to start the seventh. Worley bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino grounded to second with Valdez moving up to third. Martinez was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for a two-run homer, putting the Phils up 6-1. Utley and Howard singled back-to-back before Pence grounded to short to leave them on the bases.

Again Martinez hits the ball hard, this time out of the yard.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With lefty Bill Bray on the mound for the Reds, Ruiz hit for Schneider and flew to left for the second out.

With righty Francisco Cordero pitching for Cincy, Gload hit for Bastardo and singled to left to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Gload at first, but Victorino, Martinez and Utley all grounded out to keep the Phils off the board.

With Bowker available on the bench, Manuel gives the at-bat to Gload. Gload still being run for on the bases with his hip problem. Gload starts September with a hit after going 1-for-15 in August and coming into the game 3-for-his-last-29.

Victorino 2-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-16 with three walks, a double and a home run in the four-game series. He’s hitting 307/382/538 for the year.

Martinez 1-for-5 with a two-run homer. He’s 8-for-his-last-52 (154/170/250) and hitting 212/249/312 for the season.

Utley 1-for-5 in the game and 3-for-18 with three singles and a walk in the series. 241/309/330 over his last 123 plate appearances. 272/355/444 for the season.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run yesterday and 4-for-18 with three home runs and five RBI in the series. 250/337/490.

Pence 1-for-4 with a double. 5-for-16 with a walk, a double and two home runs in the set. He’s hitting 312/366/492 for the year and 327/398/570 in 123 plate appearances with the Phils.

Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-8 with a walk and a home run in the series. 240/280/416 for the year. Mayberry pinch ran yesterday and was 1-for-7 with a walk in the series to drop his line on the year to 264/329/514.

Schneider 1-for-3 with an RBI in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 176/248/275 for the year.

Valdez 2-for-4 in the game and 5-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 247/292/335 for the year. 293/333/483 in 63 plate appearances since the beginning of August.

Oswalt (6-8, 3.77) faces lefty Brad Hand (1-4, 4.08) tonight in Florida. Hand had good numbers for the season before his most recent start, August 8 against the Braves, in which he allowed seven runs in five innings. He was sent back to the minors after that and returns to the Marlins for tonight’s start. He’s walked too many this year, giving up 25 walks in 39 2/3 innings. He’s especially walked a ton of right-handed batters — righties are hitting .211 against him for the year but on-basing .351 (he’s walked 24 of the 136 righties he has faced). Oswalt didn’t look good in his most recent start, which came against Florida a week ago today. He allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. John Buck hit a grand slam off of him in the sixth.


D’oh!

The Phils dropped game three of their set with the Mets yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 and allowing four runs in a first inning that included a big error from Michael Martinez in which the Phils got no outs on a ball that might have yielded a double-play.

The error put some focus on the absence of Jimmy Rollins at short, but it also took some focus away from the fact that Kyle Kendrick didn’t pitch well. Kendrick was charged with six runs over four innings in the game. Thanks to the error by Martinez, only two of them were earned, but Kendrick allowed two home runs, including a three-run shot to Nick Evans in the first after the Martinez error, over four innings.

John Mayberry took a temporary break from homering in the game, going 0-for-4 with an RBI, but the offense is on a roll that saw the Phillies score 23 runs in the three-game set and has produced more than three runs in eight straight games. Victorino and Pence continue to produce for the Phils. The pair drove in three runs yesterday and went a combined 9-for-26 in the three-game set, driving in ten runs. Victorino has hit 348/424/618 over his last 232 plate appearances (not a typo, look it up) and Pence is hitting 322/402/540 in his 102 plate appearances since joining the Phillies.

The Phillies are 83-45 on the year after falling to the New York Mets 7-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and remain in first place in the NL East, 6 1/2 games ahead of the Braves.

Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk. Only two of the six runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out two.

Angel Pagan was the first batter of the game and singled to center. Ruben Tejada was next and hit a ball to short that Martinez didn’t handle for an error, putting men on first and second. David Wright was next and singled to right, loading the bases for Lucas Duda. Duda grounded to second with Utley going to Martinez to force Wright for the first out of the game. Pagan scored and the Mets led 1-0 with men on the corners. Kendrick struck Jason Bay out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Nick Evans was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that made it 4-0. Josh Thole grounded back to Kendrick for the third out.

The Phils might not have gotten two if Martinez hadn’t muffed Tejada’s ball, but they sure would have gotten one. At least Evans is a righty, cause Kendrick giving up a three-run shot to a lefty in the first might have been too much.

Pitcher Mike Pelfrey singled with one out in the second, but Kendrick got Pagan and Tejada behind him on a pair of fly balls.

The lead was cut to 4-3 when Kendrick started the third. Wright led off and homered to right, extending the New York lead to 5-3. Kendrick hit Duda with a pitch before getting Bay on a fly ball to center for the first out. Evans moved Duda to second on a single deflected by Polanco, putting men on first and second for Thole. Thole grounded to second with Evans forced at second for the second out. Turner flew to center to end the frame.

After allowing the homer to Wright to start the third, Kendrick had allowed two home runs in two innings and a batter.

Pagan walked with one out in the fourth and stole second before Tejada reached on an infield single that moved him to third. With men on first and third, Wright hit a fly ball to left for the second out, deep enough for Pagan to tag, score and put the Mets up 6-3. Duda fouled out to Ruiz to leave Tejada at first.

Michael Schwimer took over for Kendrick to start the fifth, making his second career appearance. He walked the leadoff man Bay on six pitches and Evans followed Bay with a double to the gap in right center, scoring Bay to make it 7-3. Schwimer got Thole to pop to third for the first out before walking Turner. Pelfrey bunted the runners up to second and third with the second out, but Schwimer got Pagan on a fly ball to left to leave them there.

Not a great showing for Schwimer, who allowed a run on two walks and a double and has now allowed a run in each of his appearances with the Phils. You want to avoid walking the leadoff guy when you can.

Lidge pitched the sixth and he walked the leadoff guy, too, walking Tejada on four pitches. Lidge struck Wright out swinging for the first out as Tejada stole second, then got Duda looking for the second out. Bay flew to left to leave Tejada at second.

Lidge has now thrown nine innings on the year, allowing two runs. The good news is that he has struck out 11 in his nine innings. The bad news is that he has walked eight.

Bastardo started the seventh and got Evans on a line drive hit hard to third for the first out. He walked Thole, but struck Turner out swinging behind him for the second out. Righty Ronny Paulino hit for Pelfrey and Bastardo walked him, too, putting men on first and second with two down. Pitcher Chris Capuano ran for Paulino at first, but Bastardo struck Pagan out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Two more walks for the pen. Schwimer, Lidge and Bastardo combined to walk five in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Bastardo has been charged with two runs in 12 2/3 innings over his last 13 appearances.

Herndon pitched the eighth with the New York lead cut to 7-4. Wright singled to center with one out and moved to third when Duda followed with a double to center. Bay hit a ball back to Herndon. Herndon fielded and came home, where Wright was tagged out for the second out. With men on first and third, Herndon struck Jason Pridie out swinging 3-2 turn New York away.

Herndon hasn’t been charged with a run in 11 2/3 innings over his last ten appearances.

Madson pitched the ninth with the Phils still down three runs, making his first appearance since allowing six runs in two-thirds of an inning to the Nats last Friday. He was a better this time, getting Thole swinging for the first out and Turner on a ground ball to third for the second. Lefty Willie Harris hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta and singled to right, but Madson got Pagan to ground to third for the third out.

Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row and the Phils are off today. Bastardo threw 24 pitches and Schwimer 23. Lidge 17, Herndon 15 and Madson 15.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Howard returns to the lineup, but Ibanez remains sidelined with Mayberry playing left. Ruiz catches the day game after Schneider caught the night before. Martinez plays short with Rollins on the DL.

The Phils were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Polanco singled softly to right with one out and took second on an error by Duda. Utley flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Polanco to tag and move up to third. Howard walked, putting men on the corners for Pence. Pence struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.

Ruiz and Martinez singled back-to-back with one out in the second, putting men on first and second. Kendrick bunted them to second and third with the second out. Victorino got ahead 3-0 and then singled into center on a 3-1 pitch, scoring both runners and cutting the lead to 4-2. Polanco was next and he singled into right, sending Victorino to third. Utley singled to center and both runners moved up a base with Victorino scoring. 4-3 with men on first and second for Howard. Howard walked to load the bases, but Pence flew to right to leave them loaded.

Five men stranded for Pence through two innings.

Ruiz singled with one out in the third and the Phils down 5-3. He stole second and Martinez moved him up to third with a ground out. Kendrick grounded to second to leave him at third.

Down 6-3, Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth. Howard hit a 1-0 pitch hard, but Evans handled it at first and threw to Pelfrey covering to get Howard and end the inning.

Down 7-3, Pence started the fifth with a single to left. Mayberry was next and grounded to short, with Pence forced at second for the first out. Ruiz grounded to second and Mayberry was forced at second for the second out. Martinez grounded to the pitcher for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the sixth. Orr hit for Lidge and flew to right for the first out.

Utley doubled to center to start the seventh and took third on a throwing error by Pagan. Lefty Tim Byrdak struck Howard out looking 3-2 for the first out and righty Manny Acosta came in to pitch to Pence. Pence reached on an infield single with Utley scoring to cut the New York lead to 7-4. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher Thole and Ruiz struck out looking to leave Pence at first.

Martinez struck out swinging to start the eighth. With Acosta still on the mound for the Mets, Gload hit for Herndon and doubled to right. Victorino hit a ground ball to second, which Turner fielded, but Duda didn’t handle Turner’s throw and was charged with the third error of the game for the Mets. It put men on first and third for Polanco. Polanco hit a ball hard, but Turner made a diving play at second and started a double-play to end the inning.

After going 1-for-1 with a double in the game, Gload is now slugging .298 for the year. The good news is that his last three hits have gone for extra-bases. The bad news is that he’s 3-for-his-last-28 (.107) with a walk and three doubles.

Righty Bobby Parnell walked Utley to start the ninth, but Howard and Pence both struck out swinging behind Utley. Mayberry walked on a 3-2 pitch, moving Utley to second and bring Ruiz to the plate as the tying run. Ruiz grounded to short to end the game.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with two RBI in the game. 4-for-14 with two triples, a home run and seven RBI in the three-game series. 313/387/546 for the year. 274/351/496 in 153 plate appearances in the leadoff spot for the season. Rollins is hitting 266/334/417 in 428 plate appearances in the leadoff spot this year.

Polanco 2-for-5 with two more singles. 6-for-14 with a walk in the series. 213/277/231 over his last 119 plate appearances. 281/335/345 for the season.

Utley 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI. 3-for-10 with two doubles and a walk in the series. 279/365/460 for the year. 214/302/379 over his last 63 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. 1-for-7 with two walks and five strikeouts in the series. 4-for-his-last-26 with four singles and 12 strikeouts. He’s hitting 251/341/477 for the season.

Pence 2-for-5 with an RBI and six men left on base. 5-for-12 with two walks and a home run in the set. He’s hitting just .269 over the last seven games, but with two home runs and five walks to give him a 269/387/500 line in those 31 plate appearances. 311/365/484 for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and two home runs in the series. He drove in six runs. 269/333/528 for the year. 308/351/702 over his last 111 plate appearances.

Ruiz 2-for-4 yesterday and 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI in the series. 275/368/387 for the year. He has on-based .376 over his last 1,006 plate appearances going back to the start of the 2009 season.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a single and a big error. 1-for-6 in the series. 211/250/292 for the year in 176 plate appearances. Of the 174 NL players with 175 plate appearances, his .250 on-base percentage is 174th and his .292 slugging percentage is 169th. He’s 6-for-his-last-43 with a double and a walk (140/159/163).

The Phils are off today and start a series with the Marlins tomorrow night.


Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves

The Phils added Hunter Pence to the mix this weekend and kept right on winning, sweeping the Pirates to end July 17-8. The offense roared to life in July for the Phils, scoring more than five and a half runs a game after scoring about 3.73 runs per game in May and June combined.

On Friday the Phils scored eight runs in the first two innings on their way to a 10-3 win. Utley delivered a home run, a triple and four RBI in his first two at-bats of the game. Halladay threw seven shutout innings and Carpenter allowed three runs in the eighth on three hits and a walk, pushing his ERA on the year to 7.71.

Pence made his debut with the Phillies in game two, which the Phils won 7-4. Homers by Howard and Rollins and an RBI-double by Howard had the Phils up 3-0 after three innings. Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer off of Lee in the fourth, cutting the lead to 3-2, but singles by Lee, Rollins, Utley and Howard got the Phils two more runs in the bottom of the frame and extended the lead to 5-2. Ruiz doubled Polanco home in the seventh to make it 6-2, but Lee yielded a pair of runs in the top of the eighth on three singles and a walk before Bastardo came on to strike out Alvarez with the score 6-4. Victorino started the ninth with a triple and Pence singled him home to make it 7-4. Madson struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

Yesterday the Phillies won 6-5 on a tenth inning walkoff double by Ibanez to complete the sweep.

The Phillies are 68-39 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 yesterday afternoon. The Phils sweep the three-game series and remain in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the Pirates.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

He got the first two batters in the first before Andrew McCutchen doubled to right. Worley struck Neil Walker out to leave McCutchen at second.

He struck out the side in the second, getting Pedro Alvarez and Brandon Wood swinging and Lyle Overbay looking.

He started the third with a 1-0 led and got the first two batters before Xavier Paul singled into center. Worley got Garrett Jones on a fly ball to right to leave Paul at first.

He set the Pirates down in order in the fourth.

Wood singled to center with one out in the fifth and moved to second when Eric Fryer singled to left behind him. The pitcher Jeff Karstens bunted the runners to second and third with the second out. Paul was next and he singled to left, scoring Wood and Fryer and putting the Pirates up 2-1. Worley got Jones to fly to left to set the Pirates down.

The Phils were ahead again when Worley started the sixth, this time with a 3-2 lead. Walker singled with one out, but Worley struck Alvarez out behind him for the second out. It brought Overbay to the plate. Worley got ahead of him 0-2, but the lefty hit a 1-2 pitch out to right for a two-run homer, putting the Pirates up 4-3. Worley got Wood to line to third on a nice play by Martinez for the third out.

Lidge started the seventh and walked the leadoff man Fryer on five pitches. Karstens bunted him to second with the first out before Paul flew to center for the second. Jones lined a double to center and Fryer scored, extending the Pittsburgh lead to 5-3. Lidge got behind McCutchen 3-0, but struck him out swinging 3-2 to leave the runner at second.

Manuel continues to put Lidge into close games, which suggests he has a lot more confidence in him than I do at this point. Walking the leadoff man often doesn’t work out for the pitcher, but nice to see Lidge come back and get McCutchen.

Perez started the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Walker, but got Alvarez on a fly ball to right for the first out struck Overbay out for the second. Herndon came in to pitch to the righty Wood and struck him out looking to leave Walker stranded.

Madson started the ninth with the score tied at 5-5. He allowed a one-out single to pinch-hitter Matt Diaz and Pedro Ciriaco ran for Diaz at first. Madson struck Paul out swinging for the second out before Ciriaco stole second. Madson got the lefty Jones on a ground ball to first for the third out.

Bastardo started the tenth with the score still tied and set the Pirates down in order.

Four innings for the pen in which they allow a run on three hits and a walk. Lidge threw 23 pitches in the game and Herndon 11. Everyone else was under ten. Bastardo and Madson have both pitched two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeff Karstens went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Martinez. Polanco on the bench with Martinez at third and Victorino hitting second. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench.

Rollins bunted to start the bottom of the first, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Ibanez hit a 1-0 pitch out to center with one out in the first, putting the Phils up 1-0. Schneider and Martinez went down behind him.

Worley started the third with a single, but Rollins, Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

Pence and Ibanez struck out as the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

The Phils trailed 2-1 when Schneider started the fifth with a double to right. Martinez was next and he singled to left, moving Schneider to third. Worley bunted Martinez to second with the first out before Rollins singled to right, scoring both runners and putting the Phils up 3-2. Rollins was thrown out trying to steal second before Victorino walked. Utley followed that with a single that sent Victorino to second. Howard flew to right to leave both men stranded.

The caught stealing by Rollins probably cost the Phils a run. Worley singles in the third then gets the bunt down in the fifth.

The Phils were losing 4-3 when Pence started the sixth with a walk. Ibanez flew to right for the first out before Schneider grounded to second with Pence moving up to second. Martinez grounded to second to leave Pence stranded.

Down 5-3, the Phils went in order in the seventh. With the righty Karstens still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Francisco hit for Lidge and was called out looking at a ball out of the zone for the first out.

Howard doubled off of lefty Joe Beimel with one out in the eighth. Righty Jose Veras came in to pitch to Pence and Pence hit a ground ball to short with Wood fielding and throwing to Alvarez at third when Howard was tagged out for the second out. The righty Veras stayed in to pitch to Ibanez and Ibanez hit his first pitch to him out to left for his second home run of the day, tying the game at 5-5. Schneider flew to right for the third out.

Pence hitting after Howard and means Veras comes in to pitch to Pence, but the Pirates leave the righty in to face Ibanez and Ibanez makes them pay.

Martinez flew to left for the first out in the ninth. With righty Chris Resop pitching for Pittsburgh, Gload hit for Madson and flew to right for the second out. Rollins drew a walk and stole second before Victorino walked. It put men on first and second and lefty Tony Watson took over for Resop. Rollins and Victorino pulled off a double-steal before Watson got Utley to fly to center, leaving both runners stranded and sending the game to extra innings.

Watson struck Howard out to start the tenth, but Pence followed that with a double to left. Ibanez ripped a 1-0 pitch into right for a double. Pence scored easily to give the Phils a 6-5 win.

Turns out the lefty didn’t fare much better against Ibanez after all.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a walk and two stolen bases. 6-for-13 with two walks, two home runs and five RBI in the series. He is hitting 269/339/408 for the year after hitting 312/375/523 in July.

Victorino 0-for-3 with two walks and a steal. 5-for-13 with a double and two triples in the set. He also walked twice. 302/378/521 for the year.

Utley 1-for-5. 5-for-14 with a triple and a home run in the series. 381/447/810 over his last 47 plate appearances. 286/376/493 on the year.

Howard 1-for-5 and struck out twice. 6-for-13 with four doubles, home run and a walk in the series. 253/343/476 for the season.

Pence 1-for-4 with a walk and a double. He’s 2-for-9 with a double and a walk in his first two games with the Phils. 306/355/468 for the year.

Ibanez 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and four RBI. 4-for-12 with three walks, a double and two home runs in the series. 247/293/434 for the year. 306/344/600 over his last 90 plate appearances.

Schneider 1-for-4 with a double in his only action of the series. 179/247/308 for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 in the game and in the series. 219/264/314 for the year. He’s 2-for-his-last-19.

Hamels (12-6, 2.61) faces righty Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50) tonight in Colorado. The 23-year-old Chacin has been great all year, but slightly less great over his last three starts, throwing to a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings. He does give up a lot of home runs — in 133 2/3 innings for the year so far, he’s allowed 18. Hamels has had one bad start in his last 12, when he allowed seven runs to the Mets on July 16. In each of the other 11 starts he’s allowed two runs or less.

The Phils sent Domonic Brown back to Triple-A. Valdez and Martinez is a lot of guys like Valdez and Martinez to have on the roster at the same time. Valdez has gotten 556 plate appearances with the Phils over the last two seasons in which he has on-based .295.


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