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Terrible two

The Phils couldn’t figure out Giant pitching again last night, dropping their second straight and the series to San Francisco. After losing 4-1 last night, the Phils have lost two in a row for the first time since June 4. In their last two games, the Phils have scored two runs, both of which are unearned.

Kendrick pitched pretty well in the game and was backed by 2 2/3 strong innings from the bullpen. In the seventh, some weak defense from Martinez and Howard helped turn a 2-0 lead for the Giants into a 4-0 lead. The offense didn’t do much of anything against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco pen, struggling with runners in scoring position and plating the lone run they did score with the help of a two-out error by reliever Ramon Martinez in the seventh.

The Phillies are 65-39 on the year after losing to the San Francisco Giants 4-1 last night. The Giants take two of three in the series. The Phils remain in first place in the NL East, five games ahead of the Braves.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out four.

He set the Giants down in order in the first.

Pablo Sandoval led off the bottom of the first and hit a 1-0 pitch out to the opposite field, tight down the left field line, to put the Giants up 1-0. Aubrey Huff followed that with a walk, but Kendrick got the next three hitters behind him.

Kendrick struggles against lefties and the switch-hitter Sandoval takes him out of the yard for the first run of the game. Lefties are hitting 266/372/516 against Kendrick for the year. The Giants started three lefties and three switch-hitters in the game.

Andres Torres reached on a bunt single that was deflected by Kendrick with one out in the third. Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second before Jeff Keppinger grounded to third to end the frame.

Aubrey Huff doubled to right with two outs in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz was next and he singled to right-center, scoring Huff to make it 2-0. Brandon Crawford grounded to short to leave Schierholtz stranded.

Pitcher Tim Lincecum singled on a ball deflected by Kendrick with one out in the fifth. Kendrick struck Torres out looking for the second out and got Keppinger on a fly ball to center for the third.

He struck out Carlos Beltran and Sandoval in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He walked Schierholtz on four pitches to start the seventh. Crawford popped to Rollins at short for the first out before catcher Chris Stewart singled to left, moving Schierholtz to third. Rowand hit for Lincecum and chopped a ball to third that Martinez didn’t handle cleanly. He picked it up and threw high to first, where the ball went off of Howard’s glove. Howard went after that ball, but not particularly quickly. Schierholtz had scored easily on the play and Stewart raced around third trying to score as well. Howard finally got to the ball and threw home, but Stewart slid in safely to make it 4-0 with Rowand on second and one out. Perez came into the game and got Torres to pop to Utley for the second out. Lidge came in to pitch to the righty Keppinger and got Keppinger on a ground ball to third on a nice diving play and a strong throw by Martinez to end the frame.

Awful defense from Martinez and Howard on the ground ball by Rowand. Martinez may not have gotten two even if he had fielded the ball cleanly, but Howard could have handled the high throw when it came and was very slow going after the ball when it got away from him. Good base-running by Stewart to score from first on a ground ball to third.

First time on the year that Lidge had appeared in back-to-back games.

Kendrick got some bad defense in the inning, but you don’t want to walk the leadoff batter.

Stutes set the Giants down in order in the eighth with the lead cut to 4-1.

That’s two good outings for Stutes in a row in which he’s gone three scoreless frames, coming off of a stretch where he allowed runs in three of four appearances.

Herndon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The pen goes 2 2/3 innings in which they don’t allow a hit or a walk. Perez and Lidge get two outs in the seventh with one out and a man on second, preventing the Giants from getting more in the inning. Herndon threw 14 pitches in the game, everyone else was under ten. Lidge has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz.

Rollins doubled to right to start the bottom of the first. Martinez bunted him to third with the first out, but Utley popped to short and Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.

Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Kendrick singled to right with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. It put men on first and second with one out for Martinez and he flew to left for the second out with Kendrick tagging and moving up to third. Utley struck out looking to leave runners on first and third.

Three men left on base for Utley through three innings. Kendrick is 4-for-16 at the plate with four singles and a walk (his .294 on-base percentage is better than Ibanez, Martinez or Valdez).

Down 2-0 in the fourth, Victorino drew a one-out walk but was left at first when Ibanez and Brown both popped out behind him.

Ruiz started the fifth with a walk, but Kendrick struck out trying to bunt him to second. Rollins flew to right on a nice sliding catch by Beltran for the second out before Martinez pushed Ruiz to second with another walk. Utley struck out swinging, leaving both runners stranded.

Two more left stranded gave Utley five through five innings.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth, but Ibanez and Brown both flew out behind him.

Down 4-0, Ruiz started the seventh with a double to center. With righty Ramon Ramirez on the mound, Mayberry hit for Lidge and struck out swinging for the first out. Rollins flew to left for the second out before Martinez reached on an error by the pitcher, putting men on first and third with two down. Lefty Jeremy Affeldt came in to face Utley and Utley doubled into the left field corner, scoring Ruiz (4-1) and moving Martinez to third. Howard grounded back to the pitcher to leave the runners at second and third.

Mayberry hits against the righty and strikes out for the first out. I assume Manuel didn’t use Gload cause the Phils were down by four runs and a homer only gets them within two.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With the lefty Affeldt still on the mound after getting Ibanez to ground to the pitcher for the second out, Francisco hit for Brown. Righty Sergio Romo came into the game and got Francisco to fly to left to end the inning.

Righty Brian Wilson struck Ruiz out to start the bottom of the ninth. Gload hit for Herndon and doubled to right. Rollins was next and flew to right for the second out, with Gload tagging and moving up to third. Martinez struck out swinging to end the game.

Nice to see Gload running well enough to go from second to third on any fly ball.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. 1-for-12 in the three-game set. He’s hitting 263/333/392 for the year. 2-for-his-last-28.

Martinez 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 218/264/316 on the year, which really means you shouldn’t be starting that many games at third base or hitting second that often for a team trying to win the World Series.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and five men left on base. 3-for-12 with a double and a homer in the set. 281/374/478 for the year.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 2-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 246/338/459 on the year.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. 258/361/387 in 37 plate appearances since his return. 299/374/510 for the year.

Ibanez 0-for-4 and left two men on base. 2-for-11 with a home run in the series. 245/287/418 for the year.

Brown 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-5 with a walk in the series. 247/338/399 for the year. Mayberry was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the set. 255/321/458 on the year.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-6 in the series. 265/370/373 for the season.

Halladay (12-4, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (11-8, 4.38) tonight. Correia had a 2.91 ERA after his first eight starts of the season, but has thrown to 5.22 ERA over his last 14 starts while opponents have hit .294 against him. Two of his last three starts have been real bad. Both of them came at home — on the road this year he’s 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.08 ratio. The Phillies have won 11 of the last 12 games that Halladay has started.

Polanco may be activated for Saturday’s game.


Still unable

On October 19, 2010, Matt Cain went seven strong innings against the Phils, backed up by a scoreless eighth from Javier Lopez and a scoreless ninth from Brian Wilson as the Giants topped the Phils 3-0 in game three of the NLCS. It was more of the same last night as San Francisco topped the Phils 2-1 behind more good pitching from Cain, Lopez and Wilson.

Hamels was great in the game for the Phils, pitching into the eighth and holding the Giants to just two runs. Less great was the offense, who managed just one extra-base hit, a double by Martinez, and scored one run, which came with the help of a dropped popup and a bad hop ground ball to first. The top of the order has struggled over the last six games — Rollins and Martinez have combined to go 5-for-48 (.104) with four walks.

Last night the defense wasn’t real good, either. Domonic Brown has produced offensively in recent games, but has been miserable in right. In last night’s game, the Giants led 1-0 in the seventh with runners on first and second and nobody out when Nate Schierholtz lined a ball to right. Brown misplayed it, overrunning it and then diving back the other direction and missing. The ball rolled past him, Schierholtz was given a double and the runner scored from second, giving the Giants their second run of the game on a night they would only need two.

The Phillies are 65-38 on the year after falling to the San Francisco Giants 2-1 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

He set the Giants down in order in the first.

Aubrey Huff led off the second and put a pretty bunt down the first base line. Hamels ran over, scooped the ball with his glove to Howard and Howard bare-handed the ball for the first out. Fantastic plays by both Hamels and Howard on a very good bunt by Huff. Hamels struck Jeff Keppinger and Cody Ross out behind Huff.

Eli Whiteside singled with one out in the third. The pitcher Matt Cain was next and tried to bunt him to second, but struck out trying for the first out. Aaron Rowand hammered a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner with Whiteside racing around to score and put the Giants up 1-0. Rowand took third as Utley cut Brown’s throw from right and went home and was given a triple. Mike Fontenot grounded to second to leave Rowand at third.

Hamels set San Francisco down in order in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Schierholtz hit a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Hamels struck Whiteside out behind him for the second out and got Cain to ground to short to end the frame.

Pablo Sandoval singled to left with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Huff to fly to center for the third out.

Keppinger doubled to center to start the seventh and Ross walked behind him. Schierholtz was next and lined a ball into right that eluded a diving Brown and rolled past him, scoring Keppinger to make it 2-0 and moving Ross to third. Hamels hit Whiteside and the bases were loaded. The pitcher Cain popped to Utley with the runners holding for the first out. Hamels got Rowand to ground into a double-play to keep the Giants from getting any more.

Brown is a butcher out there. Good job by Hamels — that could have been a whole lot worse after the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out.

It was 2-1 when Hamels started the eighth. He got the first two before Huff doubled to right. Lidge took over for Hamels and Brandon Belt ran for Huff at first. Lidge walked Keppinger on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt, putting men on first and second. He got Ross swinging at a high 2-2 pitch to leave the runners stranded.

Lidge wasn’t throwing real hard and didn’t look real good, but he kept San Francisco off the board.

Bastardo struck out Schierholtz and Whiteside as he set the Giants down in order in the ninth.

Second good outing in a row for Bastardo after getting hit hard by the Padres on Saturday.

The pen goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Twelve pitches for Bastardo and 11 for Lidge.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Tim Lincecum again doesn’t start the game with the flu, replaced this time with Cain. Mayberry on the bench against the righty despite two extra-base hits in game one of the series and a 313/340/667 line in 50 plate appearances in July. I think it was the right decision, I just think it’s unfortunate there’s not a good way to get him at-bats against righties.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Ibanez singled softly to left with two outs in the second and moved to second when Brown followed with a walk. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the third. Martinez doubled to left with two outs, but Utley flew to right to leave him stranded.

Only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils.

Victorino singled with one out in the fourth. Ibanez was next and grounded to second with Victorino moving up to second. Brown struck out swinging 3-2 to leave Victorino stranded.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

They were down 2-0 when Victorino led off the seventh with a popup out in front of the plate. Whiteside and Cain both tried to catch the ball with Whiteside knocking it out of Cain’s glove for an error. Victorino had stopped running at first and the ball rolled way away from Cain and Whiteside, but Victorino could only take second. Ibanez popped to short for the first out before Brown hit a ground ball to first that took a bad hop and went off Huff’s glove and into right field for a single. Victorino scored and it was 2-1. Ruiz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Way to make the most of a popup out in front of the plate and a ground ball to first.

With Gload still on the mound, Gload hit for Hamels to start the eighth and reached on catcher’s interference. Valdez ran for him at first and lefty Javier Lopez came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins bunted, but Lopez fielded and threw to second where Valdez was forced for the first out. Martinez flew to right before Rollins stole second. Utley flew to center to leave Rollins at second.

Good idea to bring in a lefty to face Rollins. He came into the game hitting 229/268/314 against lefties for the season.

Brian Wilson got Howard, Victorino and Ibanez in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and is 1-for-his-last-24.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a double. 2-for-his-last-16 and on-basing .264 for the season. I don’t see him as an ideal two-hitter. He’s on-basing .175 against lefties for the year.

Utley 0-for-4. 286/400/619 in 50 plate appearances since the All-Star break.

Howard 0-for-4. He went 2-for-25 in his first 28 plate appearances after the break, but is 6-for-his-last-18 with four extra-base hits (333/333/778 over 18 plate appearances).

Victorino 1-for-4. 359/457/564 in 47 plate appearances in July. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series so far.

Ibanez 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-15. He has two walks in 81 plate appearances in July. For the year, he’s walked 22 times in 390 plate appearances, which is about 5.6%. His walk rate for his career is about 8.6%.

Brown 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 7-for-his-last-18 with five walks. He’s really scary out in right.

Ruiz was 0-for-3. 333/433/491 so far in July.

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) faces righty Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) tonight. Lincecum has allowed one run or less in five or his last six starts, throwing to a 1.66 ERA with a 1.13 ratio over those six outings. Kendrick is 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in his nine starts on the year.


The Phils lollygag the ball around the infield. You know what that makes them?

64-37.

How did we ever win 64?

Cliff Lee didn’t have it yesterday as the Phils fell to the Padres 5-4. Lee was pounded in the game, allowing five runs on ten hits in four innings. In the top of the second, with runners on first and third, he made a soft pickoff throw to first and Chris Denorfia raced home from third, stealing a run for San Diego in a game they would win by just one.

On the other hand, the batter doubled anyway and I like Denorfia’s chances of scoring from third on a two-out double.

After an amazing June, two of Lee’s four starts in July have been ugly. In his four July starts he’s 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA and opponents are hitting .292 against him.

There was good news for the Phils yesterday and it’s that the bullpen was outstanding. After Lee’s early exit, the pen went five scoreless frames. Carpenter and Stutes, who have each struggled recently, combined to throw four scoreless innings in which they allowed one hit. Brad Lidge made his first appearance of the season and was truly lights out, needing just 11 pitches to set the side down in order in his inning.

Four innings from Lee wasn’t really what the Phils were looking for — yesterday’s game was the fourth in a stretch where they will play 20 games in 20 days. Their next scheduled off day is August 11.

The Phillies are 64-37 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 5-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series three games to one and remain in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the second-place Braves. Atlanta has lost three in a row and five of seven.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five.

He got the first two hitters of the game before Chase Headley and Ryan Ludwick singled back-to-back. It brought Kyle Blanks to the plate with men on first and second and Blanks grounded to short to end the frame.

Lee started the second with a 1-0 lead. Jesus Guzman led off with a double to center and moved to third when Orlando Hudson followed with a ground out to second. Rob Johnson was next and he lined a ball into right-center that eluded a diving Brown for a double. The play was backed-up nicely by Victorino, but Guzman scored easily and the game was tied at 1-1. Lee struck the pitcher Aaron Harang out for the second out before Chris Denorfia singled to left. Ibanez threw home, but Johnson scored easily (2-1) and Denorfia took second on the throw to the plate. Denorfia stole third before Jason Bartlett drew a walk, putting runners on first and third for Chase Headley. With Headley at the plate, Lee threw to first and Denorfia took off from third, sliding in ahead of the throw from Howard to put San Diego on top 3-1. Headley doubled off the wall in center, scoring Bartlett. 4-1. Ludwick grounded to third to leave Headley at second.

Well that was ugly. You want to try and avoid letting the guy on third steal home on a throw to first. Brown, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t big on catching the ball in right. Lee allows three doubles, a single and a walk in the inning.

Hudson and Johnson singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, but Lee struck Harang out to leave the runners stranded at first and second.

Denorfia singled to center to start the fourth. He moved to second on a ground out by Bartlett before Headley singled to center. Victorino threw to third, where Denorfia was safe, allowing Headley to move up to second. Ludwick was next and he flew to center deep enough for Denorfia to tag and score, putting the Padres up 5-1. Lee struck Blanks out to leave Headley at second.

Carpenter started the fifth with the San Diego lead cut to 5-3. Hudson doubled with one out, but was left at second when Johnson popped to short and Harang grounded to second.

It’s fortunate the Phils were able to get Harang out in the game or things could have been worse. The pitcher had left four men on base through five innings.

Carpenter struck out Denorfia and Headley while setting San Diego down in order in the sixth.

Two scoreless innings in the game for Carpenter, who has been miserable so far this year. Coming into the game he had made four appearances for the season and had been charged with runs in three of them.

Lidge started the seventh with the Phils down 5-4, making his first appearance of the season. He set San Diego down in order, getting Will Venable to ground to first, striking out Blanks and getting Guzman on a ground ball to third.

Surprised to see the Phils bring Lidge into a one-run game there. Worked out well.

Stutes pitched the eighth with the Phils still down a run. He got the first two before righty Logan Forsythe hit for the pitcher Chad Qualls. Stutes hit Forsythe with a pitch, but Ruiz threw Forsythe out trying to steal second to set the Padres down.

Stutes was back for the ninth and set the Padres down in order.

Nifty outing for Stutes, who came into the game having allowed a run or more in three of his last four appearances, including Saturday’s game in which the Padres hit him up for a run over an inning and a third.

Five scoreless innings for the pen. Carpenter threw 35 pitches in the game and Stutes 26. Lidge 11. None of those guys has thrown for more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Harang went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz.

Utley walked with two outs in the first and moved to third when Howard followed with a single. Victorino was next and he doubled off the wall in right. Utley scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard tried to score from second, but Ludwick’s throw was cut by Hudson and Hudson threw home in time to nail a sliding Howard and end the inning.

Down 4-1, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Rollins walked with one out in the third. Martinez flew to center behind him for the second out before Utley singled to right, moving Rollins to third. Utley stole second before Howard flew to center, leaving both runners stranded.

Ibanez doubled to left with one out in the fourth and the Phils down 5-1. Brown was next and he lined a ball into right-center. Denorfia and Ludwick converged on the ball with diving efforts, but it was deflected by Ludwick and went for a triple that scored Utley and cut the lead to 5-2. Ruiz followed that with a single into center and Brown scored. 5-3. With one out and a man on first, Francisco hit for Lee and grounded into a double-play.

Francisco is 2-for-his-last-13 after going 0-for-5 in the series. Lee wasn’t thrilled about being pinch-hit for in the fourth.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Victorino doubled softly to left with one out in the sixth and came around to score when Ibanez followed with a single to right, cutting the lead to 5-4. Brown and Ruiz both popped out to leave Ibanez at first.

Mayberry hit for Lidge to start the seventh and singled into center. Rollins followed him and grounded to second, with Mayberry forced at second for the first out. Rollins was thrown out trying to steal second before Martinez flew to center to end the inning.

Utley and Howard both struck out to start the eighth before Victorino tripled to right. Ibanez grounded to third to leave him stranded.

Righty Heath Bell was on to nail down the save in the ninth. Brown led off and walked 3-2. Ruiz bunted him to second with the first out and Gload hit for Stutes. Bell struck him out swinging 1-2 for the second out and Rollins flew to right to end the game.

Two big chances for the Phils in the last two innings, but Ibanez grounds out to end the eighth with Victorino on third and Gload and Rollins go down with Victorino on third in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 1-for-16 with a double and three walks in the four-game series. 268/338/398 for the season.

Martinez 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-16 with a walk and a home run in the set. He’s hitting 230/273/328 for the year.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-13 with three walks, a double and two home runs in the series. 283/381/471 on the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. 249/343/457 on the year. 227/293/333 so far in July.

Victorino was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and an RBI. 6-for-13 with two walks in the series. 302/376/521 for the year, all three of which are career highs. His career slugging percentage is .437. His isolated power for the year is .219 (.521 slugging minus .302 average), which is 15th best in the NL and best on the Phillies. Howard is second with .209.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 246/290/417 for the season. He’s hitting .292 in July and slugging .514, but has walked just twice in 72 at-bats.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. 3-for-11 with a double, a triple and a walk in the series. He’s hitting 249/338/405 for the year. 311/417/393 in July.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-10 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 267/372/374 on the year. 352/453/519 so far in July.

Worley (6-1, 2.02) faces righty Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) tonight. Lincecum has allowed one run or less in five or his last six starts, throwing to a 1.66 ERA with a 1.13 ratio over those six outings. Worley has been rather good in his last six starts, too, throwing to an 0.94 ERA with an 0.97 ratio. The Phils have won all six games.


Cubs caught up in a Worleywind

Vance Worley continued his awesome and almost completely unexpected run yesterday, allowing a run over eight innings as the Phils pounded the Cubs 9-1.

The Phillies are now 8-2 in the games Worley has started this year. He hasn’t allowed more than one run in any of his last six starts. In those outings he’s gone 4-0 with an 0.98 ERA and an 0.97 ratio and opponents have hit .163 against him.

Jimmy Rollins also had a monster day, too, doubling and hitting two home runs, one from each side of the plate. Rollins, Martinez and Utley combined to go 7-for-13 in the game at the top of the order, driving in six runs and scoring seven. The three guys behind them, Howard, Victorino and Ibanez, combined to go 2-for-12 yesterday and 2-for-31 with two singles in the series.

The Phillies are 61-36 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-1 yesterday. The Phils take the series two games to one and are 25 games above .500 for the first time on the year. The second-place Braves have lost two in a row and fallen 4 1/2 games behind the Phils in the NL East.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.02 in his 62 1/3 innings.

He walked Starlin Castro with one out in the first, but got Aramis Ramirez to line to a leading Rollins for the second out and struck Carlos Pena out looking to end the inning.

Up 5-0, Worley hit Geovany Soto with a pitch on the hand with one out. Alfonso Soriano was next and he smashed a line drive that Worley caught. Worley went to first and Soto was doubled-off to end the inning.

Nice play by Worley. Three outs on hard hit line drives for Worley in the first two innings after Rollins retired Ramirez on a line drive to short in the first.

Up 6-0, Worley set the Cubs down in order in the third.

Up 7-0, he struck out Ramirez and Pena in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Soto singled to right with one out in the fifth for the first Chicago hit of the day. Soriano was next and hit a ground ball to short with Soto forced at second for the second out. Darwin Barney grounded out behind him to end the inning.

Up 8-0, Worley struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Baker and Castro in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Ramirez doubled to center to start the seventh and Pena walked behind him. Marlon Byrd was next and singled to left, loading the bases with nobody out. Soto hit a ball deflected by Martinez that Rollins got to and threw to second to force Soto for the first out. Ramirez scored on the play to make it 8-1, but it was a very nice play by Rollins to get an out anywhere. It put men on first and third for Soriano and Soriano hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson started the ninth with a 9-1 lead. Worley had thrown 111 pitches. Madson set the Cubs down in order.

Madson threw eight pitches in the game and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.14. In his three outings since his return, he’s allowed a run on two hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings. I think we’re going to see him start to pitch less often in 9-1 games soon.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Schneider. Martinez stays at third and in the two-hole with Polanco still sidelined. The lefty Schneider catches the day game against a righty with Ruiz on the bench.

Rollins was the first batter of the game and struck out for the first out. Martinez was next and hit a high popup that was lost in the sun, deflected by Castro for a single. Martinez stole second before Utley walked, bringing Howard to the plate with men on first and second. With the runners on the move, Howard hit a ground ball to short that went through for a single, scoring Martinez to make it 1-0 and moving Utley to third. Victorino was next and hit a soft ground ball to third. Ramirez could only take the out at first, Utley scored and the Phils led 2-0. Ibanez flew to right for the third out.

Way to make the most of popup with nobody on base. Another stolen base by Martinez, whose steal in game two should have led to a run in the sixth inning of game two for the Phils. Good no-strikeout by Victorino to bring home the second run of the frame. He was striking out in about 10.1% of his plate appearances for the year coming into the game, which is the lowest mark of his career (11.5% for his career).

Brown and Schneider both struck out to start the second before Worley and Rollins doubled back-to-back, with the double by Rollins plating Worley to make it 3-0. Martinez was next and he singled into center, scoring Rollins. 4-0. Martinez stole second again and there was a brief delay in the game to allow everyone to run and try to claim him in their fantasy leagues. Except literally. Utley followed that with the third double of the inning, scoring Martinez. 5-0. Dempster struck Howard out swinging 3-2 to end the inning.

Victorino led off the third with a walk. Ibanez flew to right before Victorino was thrown out trying to steal second. Brown followed that with a walk and he came around to score when Schneider doubled to center. 6-0. Worley struck out swinging 1-2 to leave Schneider at second.

Fourth extra-base hit for the Phils in the first three innings of the game. The caught stealing by Victorino costs the Phils a run.

Rollins led off the fourth and hit a ball to Pena that Pena first didn’t handle and then threw away. Two errors for Pena on the play left Rollins at second with nobody out. Martinez grounded back to the pitcher with Rollins holding for the first out before Utley doubled again, scoring Rollins to make it 7-0. Utley moved to third on a Howard ground out to first, but was left there when Victorino flew to right.

Brown and Schneider both struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Rollins homered to right off of righty Ramon Ortiz with one out in the sixth. 8-0. Martinez and Utley both grounded out behind him.

Ibanez and Brown singled back-to-back with two outs in the seventh. Schneider followed that with a walk that loaded the bases for Worley. Worley grounded to first to end the frame.

Mayberry hit for Howard with lefty John Grabow pitching for the Cubs and struck out for the first out. That might have as much to do with trying to get Mayberry at-bats with the return of Victorino as it does with Howard never, ever getting a hit.

Rollins led off the eighth with a home run to left off the lefty Grabow, putting the Phils up 9-1. The Phils went in order behind him, with Valdez hitting for Utley and striking out for the second out.

Second home run of the year against a lefty for Rollins. He came into the game hitting 240/275/302 against lefties for the year.

Brown walked with two outs in the ninth. Schneider hit the ball hard, but grounded to first to end the frame.

Rollins was 3-for-5 in the game with a double, two home runs and four runs scored. 6-for-14 with a double and three home runs in the three-game set. 316/368/511 over his last 144 plate appearances. 277/344/410 for the year. 22-for-his-last-51 (431/463/706 over his last 54 plate appearances).

Martinez 2-for-5 with an RBI. 5-for-13 in the series with a walk, a double and three RBI. 236/278/321 for the year. 310/362/452 in 47 plate appearances in July.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI. 3-for-10 with a walk, three doubles and four RBI in the series. After going 0-for-3 in game one of the set, he was 1-for-his-last-14. In the last two games of the series he was 3-for-7 with three doubles. 270/367/433 for the year. He’s hitting just 200/321/356 against lefties for the year.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. 2-for-22 with two singles since the All-Star break. 247/342/452. Mayberry went 0-for-2 yesterday and 2-for-7 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 238/310/420 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 0-for-8 with a walk since being activated for game two of the series. He’s hitting 295/368/509 for the season.

Ibanez 1-for-5 yesterday and 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 243/288/414 on the year.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks yesterday. 3-for-8 with a double and four walks in the series. 247/339/395 for the year. He’s 3-for-his-last-15 with six walks, giving him a .200 batting average but a .429 on-base percentage over those 15 plate appearances.

Schneider 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and an RBI in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 188/253/319 for the year.

No game today. The Phils play the Padres in Philadelphia tomorrow night.

I will be surprised if the Phillies trade Domonic Brown in a deal to get Carlos Beltran.

Polanco will be getting an injection in his lower back today.

Stadium Journey has recently written about Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA, which is home to the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Crosscutters are the Phillies affiliate in the NY-Penn League.


The unusual suspects

The Phils capitalized on some fantastic individual performances this weekend as they took two of three for the Mets. Mayberry and Martinez had huge games with the bats and Kendrick held New York to a run over seven innings yesterday as the Phils took the rubber game.

The bullpen was notably unspectacular in the set. Called on to pitch 9 1/3 innings over the three games, the pen allowed nine runs on 13 hits and six walks, throwing to an 8.68 ERA with a 2.04 ratio.

On Friday, John Mayberry drove in five runs and Vance Worley pitched well as the Phils won 7-2. Mayberry’s two-run single in the top of the second put the Phils up 2-0 and was followed by a ground out by Worley that gave the Phils another run. Ibanez homered to right in the sixth to make it 4-0. Worley gave up two walks and a single in the sixth as the Mets cut the lead to 4-1 and Perez got the last two outs to end the inning. Mayberry hit a three-run double in the eight to make it 7-1. Carlos Beltran homered off of Stutes in the bottom of the eighth.

The Mets clubbed Hamels on Saturday, scoring seven runs charged to him in his 4 1/3 innings for the game. They scored a run on two hits in the first and two more in the third on two hits and two walks. Hamels walked two more in the fourth as New York scored again, upping their lead to 4-0. Daniel Murphy led off the fifth with a home run off of Hamels, and Nick Evans followed that with an RBI-triple two batters later that made it 6-0. Herndon took over for Hamels and Evans came in to score on a sac fly by Angel Pagan to extend the lead to 7-0. Singles by Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez to start the inning helped the Phils score two in the seventh, but Baez got blasted for four runs in a bottom of the seventh that featured a three-run homer by Scott Hairston.

Yesterday the Phils got a great start by Kendrick and a monster game from Michael Martinez in an 8-5 win.

The Phillies are 59-35 on the year after beating the Mets 8-5 last night. The Phils take two of three in the series and are in first place in the NL East, 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves.

Kendrick got the start and went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He didn’t strike anybody out and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.44.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. With two outs he allowed back-to-back singles to Willie Harris and Daniel Murphy. It brought Jason Bay to the plate with men on first and third. Bay grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Lucas Duda doubled to start the second, but Kendrick got the next three hitters behind him.

He walked Pagan to start the third, but got Justin Turner to hit into a double-play behind him. Harris followed that with a double and Murphy walked behind Harris, but Kendrick got Bay on a ground ball to short again, leaving the runners stranded at second and third.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He was up 4-0 when he started the fifth. He walked pinch-hitter Jason Pridie to start the frame, but got the next three hitters behind him.

He set the Mets down in order in the sixth.

He was up 5-0 when he started the seventh. Ronny Paulino led off with a double to center. Ruben Tejada popped to Utley for the first out behind him before the righty Hairston hit for the pitcher Tim Byrdak and singled to left, scoring Paulino to make it 5-1. Kendrick got the next two to end the inning.

Perez started the eighth with the Phils up 8-1 and walked the bases loaded, walking Harris, Murphy and then Bay on four pitches. Madson took over for him and got Duda to hit into a double-play, with Harris scoring to make it 8-2 with two outs and a man on third for Paulino. Paulino singled to center, scoring Murphy. 8-3. Madson hit Tejada with a 2-2 pitch, putting men on first and second. Righty Nick Evans hit for the pitcher Ryota Igarashi and Madson walked him, loading the bases for Pagan. Pagan singled to right and everyone moved up a base. 8-4 with the bases still loaded for righty Justin Turner. Bastardo came in to pitch to Turner and got him swinging 2-2 to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Miserable outings for Perez and Madson and a big strikeout for Bastardo. Perez walked the only three batters he faced. Madson got the big double-play, but then allowed the next four men to reach on single, hit-by-pitch, walk, single.

Bastardo was back for the ninth. He allowed a one-out double to Murphy, but got bay on a foul ball handled by Howard for the second out. Duda was next and he tripled to center, scoring Murphy to make it 8-5 with a man on third for Paulino. Paulino hit a ground ball in the hole between third and short. Martinez made a nice play, moving to his left to field, then spinning and making a strong throw to first to get Paulino and end the game.

The pen allows four runs in two innings in the game a day after Baez gets hammered for four runs in the seventh. Stutes allowed the home run to Beltran in game one. So not a good series for the pen.

Bastardo threw 31 pitches in the game. Madson 22 and Perez 15. None of those guys have thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Schneider. Martinez starts at third in place of Polanco while Mayberry plays center for the sidelined Victorino. Schneider catches the day game with Ruiz on the bench.

Utley walked with two outs in the first and stole second. Howard was next and singled to right, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez grounded to the pitcher Pelfrey for the third out.

No run for the Phils in the inning without the stolen base by Utley ahead of Howard’s single.

Schneider singled to center with two outs in the second and moved to second when Kendrick followed with a single. Rollins flew to right to leave the runners at first and second.

The Phils went in order in the third. Ibanez and Brown struck out as they went in order in the fourth.

In the fifth, Kendrick and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and second for Martinez and Martinez hit a 2-0 pitch out to right for his first career home run, putting the Phils up 4-0. Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Huge hit for Martinez. Second hit in five innings for Kendrick.

Ibanez started the sixth with a single. Brown popped out behind him and Mayberry hit into a double-play.

Schneider started the seventh with a single and Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins singled to right, moving Schneider to third. Martinez flew to left deep enough for Schneider to tag and score, putting the Phils up 5-0. Utley flew to right for the third out.

Up 5-1, Howard started the eighth with a fly ball to left that Bay just didn’t catch for an error that left Howard safe at first. Ibanez popped to Duda for the first out before Brown walked. Mayberry popped to a sliding Duda for the second out before a walk to Schneider loaded the bases. With the righty Pedro Beato on the mound for New York, Gload hit for Kendrick and walked, forcing in Howard. 6-1. Rollins followed that with a single to right that plated Brown and Schneider. 8-1. Martinez struck out swinging to leave the runners at first and third.

Howard walked with one out in the ninth and the lead cut to 8-4. A single by Ibanez pushed Howard to second, but Brown and Mayberry both struck out to leave both men stranded.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with two RBI in the game. He was 5-for-14 in the series with two RBI and is hitting 271/341/382 for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a sac fly. He was 1-for-10 with a walk, a home run and five RBI in the set. 215/257/301 for the year.

Utley 0-for-4. 1-for-11 with a double and three walks in the series. He’s hitting 268/364/423 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-11 with a single, a walk and an RBI in the series. 251/349/463.

Ibanez 2-for-5. 6-for-13 with a home run in the series. 333/347/625 in July and 249/293/426 for the year.

Brown 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. 0-for-7 with two walks and three strikeouts in the series. 240/322/390 for the season.

Mayberry 0-for-5 and left five men on base. 2-for-13 with a double and five RBI in the set. 235/311/419 on the season.

Schneider 2-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-4 with a walk in the series. 185/243/308 for the season.

Halladay (11-3, 2.25) faces righty Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02) tonight in Chicago. Lopez has been good over his last two starts, allowing three runs in 13 innings. Righties are on-basing .233 against Halladay for the year.

Victorino is expected to be activated for Tuesday’s game.


Phils so good the front office decides to give ‘em the next four days off

The Phils put an exclamation point on the first half of their season, hammering the Braves 14-1 behind another dominant start by Hamels and a 20-hit performance from the offense.

With the win, the Phils take two of three in the series. They go into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball, on pace to win 101 games.

They won the opener of the series 3-2 on a walkoff homer by Ibanez in the tenth. Halladay started for the Phils and gave up a run in the second when Chipper Jones singled, took second and then came in to score on a single by Freddie Freeman, putting Atlanta up 1-0. The Phils tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on singles by Ibanez and Ruiz and a sac fly by Valdez. Halladay gave up three hits in the fourth, the third of which was a single by Dan Uggla that plated Brian McCann to put the Braves up 2-1. Again the Phils tied the game right back up on a homer by Ruiz in the bottom of the fourth. The Phils didn’t allow a run in the game after that. Halladay pitched scoreless frames in the fifth, sixth and seventh and was followed by Stutes, Bastardo and Perez, who combined to throw three innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Ibanez homered off of righty Scott Proctor with one out in the tenth to give the Phils the win.

Atlanta took game two 4-1 in eleven innings. Cliff Lee started the game for the Phils and pitched great. He gave the Phils a 1-0 lead himself in the third, hitting his first career home run. Dan Uggla tied the game with a homer of his own off of Lee in the fifth. It was the only run that Lee would allow in the game. He went eight scoreless innings and was followed by Bastardo, who threw a scoreless ninth, and Perez, who threw a scoreless tenth. Stutes walked Eric Hinkse to start the eleventh and Hinkse was bunted to second. Alex Gonzalez hit a popup in foul territory that Howard couldn’t make a play on, allow the at-bat to continue. Gonzalez singled Hinkse home to make it 2-1 and McCann followed that with a two-run homer.

Yesterday Hamels was fantastic and the offense pounded out 14 runs as the Phils rolled to a 14-1 win.

The Phillies go into the All-Star break at 57-34 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 14-1 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in first place in the NL East, 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out six and goes into the break at 11-4 with a 2.32 ERA and an 0.93 ratio. Right-handed batters have hit 198/242/282 against him for the year.

He walked McCann with two outs in the first, but got Freeman to fly to left behind him for the third out.

Uggla led off the second with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Jason Heyward. Julio Lugo was next and hit a ground ball to third, which was fielded by Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Lugo, but Howard didn’t catch it for an error and Atlanta led 1-0. Nate McLouth was next and grounded to second with Lugo forced at second for the second out. Jordan Schaefer went down trying to bunt for a hit to end the frame.

More bad defense from Howard in the series, even though it didn’t cost the Phils a run.

Hamels set Atlanta down in order in the third with the score tied at 1-1. Martinez made a fantastic playing leaning over the third base railing to retire Freeman for the third out.

Heyward doubled to right with one out in the fourth and the Phils up 3-1. Hamels struck Lugo out behind him for the second out before walking McLouth. The pitcher Derek Lowe flew to center for the third out.

Up 4-1, Hamels set Atlanta down in order in the fifth.

He got them in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Up 10-1, Hamels threw a 1-2-3 eighth. David Ross hit for McCann with two outs and hit a long fly ball to left, but Ibanez made a great catch, timing his jump perfectly and catching the ball at the top of the wall to set Atlanta down.

Kendrick pitched the ninth up 14-1. He allowed a leadoff single to Freeman, but got the next three hitters behind him.

Seven pitches in the game for Kendrick. The pen should be really well rested for the next game, which isn’t till Friday.

The Phillies lineup against righty Derek Lowe went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Ruiz (7) Brown (8) Mayberry. Martinez at third for Polanco and Mayberry in center for Victorino.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a single and moved to second when Martinez followed with a single to right. Utley grounded to short with Martinez forced at second for the first out before Howard hit into a double-play.

Rollins probably could have gone to third on Martinez’s single to right. Not doing so keeps the Phils off the board.

Down 1-0, Brown singled to center with one out in the second. He came around to score when Mayberry followed with a double to left, tying the game at 1-1. Hamels grounded to short for the third out.

Martinez and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the third, putting men on first and third. Utley stole second before Howard singled to center, scoring Martinez to put the Phils up 2-1 with men on first and third. Ibanez was next and hit a ball hard to second that Uggla didn’t handle for an error. Utley scored (3-1) and Howard took second. Ruiz and Brown both grounded out to keep the Phils from getting more.

Mayberry started the fourth with another double to left and Hamels bunted him to third with the first out. Rollins singled into center, scoring Mayberry to make it 4-1. Martinez moved Rollins to second with another single, but Utley hit into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

They scored six times in the seventh. Rollins singled and went to third on a one-out single by Utley. Utley stole second again and Howard was walked intentionally to load the bases for Ibanez. Ibanez singled to right, scoring Rollins and Utley (6-1) and moving Howard to second. The runners took second and third on a wild pitch before Ruiz walked, loading the bases again. Brown singled to left, scoring Howard and Ibanez. 8-1 with men on first and second. Mayberry doubled to left yet again, scoring both runners and making it 10-1 with a man on second and one out. Hamels struck out and Rollins flew to center to leave Mayberry at second.

Martinez started the eighth with a single and moved up to second on a one-out single by Howard before Ibanez homered to right. 13-1. Ruiz doubled and moved to third on a single by Brown. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out with Brown forced at second and Ruiz scoring. 14-1. Gload hit for Hamels and flew to right to end the inning.

Rollins was 3-for-5 in the game. He was 5-for-14 in the three-game series and goes into the break hitting 268/340/383 for the year.

Martinez was 4-for-5 in the game and 5-for-6 in the series to raise his line on the year to 229/270/289.

Utley was 2-for-5 yesterday with five men left on base. 3-for-14 with a walk in the set. 280/370/439.

Howard 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 3-for-14 with a walk and an RBI in the series. 257/353/475 for the year. 238/333/349 over his last 72 plate appearances.

Ibanez 2-for-5 with a home run and six RBI yesterday. 5-for-15 with two home runs and seven RBI in the series. Hit the walkoff homer that won game one in the tenth. 241/287/416 for the year. Over his last five games he’s gone 9-for-25 with three home runs and 13 RBI. 275/307/498 over his last 244 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. 4-for-10 with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 255/360/359 for the year. 279/388/382 in his last 161 plate appearances.

Brown 3-for-5 with two RBI. 5-for-13 with five singles and two RBI in the series. 252/327/408 on the year. He came into July hitting 214/294/411 for the year and has hit 371/436/400 so far in 35 July plate appearances.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. 4-for-14 with a walk, four doubles and four RBI in the series. 244/326/439 for the year so far.

No game today. The next game for the Phils is against the Mets in New York on Friday.

Polanco will join Victorino in not playing in the All-Star game. The linked article also suggests Madson may be back shortly after the break.


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