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I’m not saying it’s that big a deal, I’m just saying I’d feel better if they would outscore the Nationals

The Phillies played their last game before the All-Star break on July 12 this year. Here’s a look at the NL East standings at the end of the day on July 12 as well as the number of runs scored and allowed per game and the difference between the two for each team:

  W L R/G RA/G Dif
PHI 48 38 5.35 4.79 0.56
FLA 46 44 4.61 4.76 -0.14
ATL 43 45 4.24 4.31 -0.07
NYM 42 45 4.31 4.69 -0.38
WAS 26 61 4.38 5.62 -1.24

And here’s what the teams in the division have done since the break:

  W L R/G RA/G Dif
PHI 34 22 4.55 3.71 0.84
ATL 32 23 4.91 3.56 1.35
FLA 30 24 5.30 4.89 0.41
WAS 24 32 4.73 5.23 -0.50
NYM 21 36 4.00 4.77 -0.77

The Phils still have the best record in the second half of the season. But the Braves have scored more runs than the Phils and allowed fewer. By a lot. Despite the fantastic run differential for the second-half it looks like there’s not much chance Atlanta is going to figure out a way to get into the playoffs — they are six games out in the chase for the Wild Card and trail the Phils by 7 1/2 in the division.

The Phillies are doing a great job of preventing runs in the second half, allowing more than a run per game less than they allowed in the first half of the year. What they aren’t doing a great job of is scoring runs. They are fourth in the division in both runs scored and runs scored per game since the All-Star break. One of the three teams ahead of them in both of those categories is the Nationals, and they aren’t even considered a World Series contender. It’s not quite as awful as it seems like it should be — the Nats are seventh in the NL in runs scored overall for the season and tied for fifth since the All-Star break.

Tyler Walker would like to pitch in the post-season. I would like that too.

JA Happ hopes he can start Friday in Atlanta.


Bench slayers

The Phillies played their final game of the regular season yesterday, fielding a team of bench players that rolled over the Nats to get the Phils an 8-3 win.

Lou Marson made his major league debut and hit a two-run homer. So Taguchi, on the bench all season long, led the offense with three hits and three runs driven in. Taguchi got just 91 at-bats this season, many of them miserable, but looks likely to be part of the active roster when the Phils play the Brewers on Wednesday.

Kyle Kendrick wont’t be. Kendrick got the start and again didn’t pitch well. He threw to a 7.59 ERA after the All-Star break and leaves the Phils with a big question at the back of the rotation whenever they get around to thinking about next year.

Probably won’t be today.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals yesterday, winning 8-3. They end the regular season 92-70, which is the most wins since they’ve had since they won 97 in 1993. They have won three in a row. Twenty-two games above .500 is their best mark for the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one and ends the season with a 5.49 ERA.

Kendrick set down the first six batters he faced before Luke Montz started the third with a home run to left that tied the game at 1-1.

The Nats pulled ahead 3-1 with two runs in the top of the fourth. Anderson Hernandez and Kory Casto led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Alberto Gonzalez drove in Hernandez with a one out single to center.

Walrond struck out four as he threw a scoreless fifth and a scoreless sixth after the Phils hit for Kendrick in the bottom of the fourth.

Happ pitched the seventh and allowed a two-out single to Pete Orr, but struck out Lastings Milledge, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Shairon Martis, to leave Orr stranded with the Phils up 5-3.

Happ returned to start the eighth. He walked Anderson with one out before he struck out Casto for the second. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans moved Anderson to second and Seanez came in to pitch to the righty Gonzalez. Seanez got Gonzalez to fly to right for the third out.

Condrey allowed a single and a walk in a scoreless ninth.

Condrey and Seanez both seem likely to have a chance to make the Phils post-season roster. The use of Happ was interesting — I think we may see Hamels, Myers, Moyer as the rotation against the Brewers with Blanton as the fourth option. If Happ makes it on to a post-season roster, which seems unlikely, I’d guess it will be to pitch out of the pen. Kendrick has been told he will not be part of the post-season roster.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Odalis Perez went (1) Taguchi (2) Bruntlett (3) Iguchi (4) Jenkins (5) Coste (6) Cervenak (7) Golson (8) Marson. Taguchi in left, Bruntlett at short, Coste at first, Cervenak at third, Golson in center and Marson catching. Marson making his major league debut. Cervenak and Golson getting their first career starts.

With Bruntlett on third (singled) and Iguchi on second (doubled) with one out in the first, Bruntlett came in to score on a wild pitch with Jenkins at the plate to put the Phils up 1-0. Jenkins couldn’t bring Iguchi in to third with one out, though, he flew to left for the second out. Coste walked before Cervenak struck out to leave both men stranded.

Marson struck out in his first major league at-bat for the second out of the second.

The Phils started the fourth down 3-1 and scored three times to take a 4-3 lead. Marson singled with two outs. Werth hit for Kendrick and moved Marson to third with a single. Werth stole second before Taguchi brought both runners in with a single (3-3) and took second on a fielding error by Casto. Bruntlett followed with a double that scored Taguchi and put the Phils up 4-3.

With two outs in the sixth, Howard hit for Walrond singled. Taguchi followed with a triple that scored Howard and put the Phils up 5-3.

With Golson on first and one out in the eighth, Marson hit a 1-2 pitch from Marco Estrada out to left to put the Phillies up 7-3. Stairs followed, hitting for Seanez, and he homered to right. 8-3.

Taguchi 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in the game. He had six RBI for the season coming into the game.

Bruntlett 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Iguchi 2-for-5 with a double.

Jenkins 1-for-4.

Coste 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cervenak 0-for-4.

Golson 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Marson 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Rollins was 2-for-6 with two doubles and three walks in the series. He has stolen 21 bases since the end of July and been caught twice. After hitting 313/411/458 in September, he’s hitting 277/349/437 at the end of the regular season.

Werth was 4-for-10 with a home run in the series, including a single today. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-21. 273/363/498 for the year.

Utley 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 292/380/535.

Howard was 4-for-9 with a double and a home run. 251/339/543. He goes into the post-season 7-for-his-last-15.

Burrell 1-for-4 with two walks in the set. 250/367/507 for the year.

Victorino 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 293/352/447 to end the season after hitting 344/378/516 in September. Hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves for how well he played down the stretch.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. 249/302/409 for the season. He ends the season with a .705 OPS — over the last four seasons, the range of his OPS at the end of the year has been .705 to .717.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a double in the series and ends the year at 301/333/491.

Ruiz 0-for-6. 219/320/300 on the year. 0-for-his-last-15.

The Phils play the Brewers on Wednesday.

This article suggests this is who we should expect on the Phillies post-season roster:

Hitters: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Dobbs, Coste, Ruiz, Burrell, Victorino, Werth, Bruntlett, Stairs, Jenkins, Taguchi.

Those guys can hit, but missing from the group is a right-handed bat off the bench — no matter who the Phils pick for their post-season roster, I don’t think they can solve that problem.

Pitchers: Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Blanton, Lidge, Romero, Durbin, Madson, Condrey, Eyre, Seanez

Assuming the Phillies go with 11 pitches, I think Golson or Taguchi as the 14th hitter is the only real choice for the Phillies. I would go with Golson, but I don’t think the Phillies will, especially after Taguchi’s big day yesterday.


It takes a village, but the villagers are going back to the playoffs

The Phillies won an amazing game with a long list of heroes this afternoon, topping the Nationals by a run to clinch the NL East.

Jimmy Rollins has to head-up the list — and he went 1-for-4 and didn’t score or drive in a run. He made two sparking defensive plays that changed the game. With one out in the eighth, the Phils up by a pair of runs and the Nats threatening with men on second and third, Rollins made a brilliant over-the-shoulder catch while crashing into Shane Victorino to turn a two-run single into the second out of the inning. With the Phils up a run with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Rollins started a game-ending double-play with a diving stab of Ryan Zimmerman’s ground ball up the middle.

Jamie Moyer again came up huge for the Phils in a huge game. He held Washington to a run over six innings. If you think about the biggest games that Moyer has started for the Phillies, I think you have to go with the last day of the regular season in 2007 (when he pitched the Phils into the playoffs) game three of the NLDS last year and the game today. In those three games combined, Moyer has allowed two earned runs in 17 1/3 innings (1.04 ERA).

With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, Victorino and Feliz combined to create an insurance run that would prove to be critical. About 15 minutes after lying on the field in pain after colliding with Rollins and looking like a leg injury might leave him unable to continue, Victorino beat out an infield single and raced around to score from first when Feliz followed and doubled into the gap in left-center.

Brad Lidge struggled to protect a two-run lead in the ninth. But he came out on top yet again as he saved his 41st game in 41 chances in a Phillies uniform.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals yesterday, winning 4-3 to improve to 91-70 on the season. They have won the NL East and will face either the Dodgers or the Brewers at home on Wednesday.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one and will end the regular season with 16 wins and a 3.71 ERA.

He set the Nats down in order in the first.

He walked Aaron Boone with two outs in the second, but got Wil Nieves to fly to right for the third out.

Moyer get the first two again in the third before Anderson Hernandez showed bunt early in the count and then hit one past Feliz for a single. Cristian Guzman moved Hernandez to second with another single, but Moyer got Ryan Zimmerman to fly to center to leave both men stranded.

Two ground balls and a fly out in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Moyer started the fifth up 2-0. Roger Bernandina singled with one out and the pitcher John Lannan bunted him to second. Hernandez was next and drove a ball to right field, where it went off the tip of Werth’s glove for a double. Bernandina scored and it was 2-1. Guzman grounded to short for the third out.

Would have been a good play by Werth, but it would have been a nice one to have.

Zimmerman started the sixth and chopped a ball up the middle. Utley fielded it behind second, but couldn’t throw Zimmerman out. Lastings Milledge was next and bunted past Moyer for another single. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Moyer got Elijah Dukes to fly to center for the first out and Boone to fly to center for the second. He struck out Nieves to set the Nats down with both runners stranded.

Durbin pitched the seventh. He walked Kory Casto, hitting for the pitcher, with one out but got Hernandez to hit into a double-play behind him. Nice play by Utley, who fielded Hernandez’s grounder, tagged Casto and threw to first to beat the speedy Hernandez.

Madson started the eighth with the Phillies up 3-1. Guzman led off with a single and went to third when Zimmerman followed with a double. The play of the game was next. Milledge blooped an 0-1 pitch into shallow center. Rollins and Victorino stormed towards it and Rollins made a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch as he crashed into Victorino’s shins. Guzman tagged and scored, making it 3-2 with Zimmerman holding second. Dukes was next and his bat exploded as he grounded to third. Feliz managed to field it anyway, with pieces of bat flying at him, and threw to first for the second out. Madson struck out Boone to end the frame.

Amazing play by Rollins.

Lidge started the ninth up 4-2. Switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio hit for Nieves and quickly got ahead. Lidge delivered two straight strikes to even the count, the second of which was clearly inside. Bonifacio struck out swinging on the next pitch for the first out. Lefty Ryan Langerhans hit for the pitcher Garrett Mock. Lidge got ahead of him 1-2 before he delivered three straight balls to walk him, forcing Bonifacio to second. With one out and men on first and second, Hernandez blooped a ball over Utley’s head and into right-center for a single. Bonifacio scored from second, making the score 4-3, but Langerhans tripped going around second and had to hold there even when Werth picked up the ball and threw home. Guzman was next and he lined a 2-2 pitch into center, just out of the reach of a diving Rollins. Langerhans stated towards third, then went back towards second and finally saw it go through and went to third. The bases were loaded with one out for Zimmerman. Zimmerman hit a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, to the left of second base. Rollins dove for the ball to field it, flipped to Utley and Utley made a strong relay to double-up Zimmerman and end the game.

Very nice play by Rollins, but not as spectacular as his play in the eighth.

Two issues with Langerhans on the bases. He slipped on the single by Hernandez going around second, perhaps preventing him from going to third, and waited a long time to watch Guzman’s single go through, likely preventing him from scoring from second. His run, and the fact that he didn’t score, was critical. It seems entirely possible that Langerhans is a lot faster than I think he is. Given that I think he’s as fast as I do, though, I have to wonder how it would have changed the game if the Nationals had pinch-run Willie Harris or Pete Orr for him.

Not a pretty day for the pen, but they got it done. They allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over three innings. All three of Lidge, Madson and Durbin should be well-rested by Wednesday.

The Phillies lineup against lefty John Lannan went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth stays in the two-hole with the lefty on the mound. Feliz at third with Dobbs on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Werth and Utley struck out in a 1-2-3 first.

Burrell walked with one out in the second and moved to second when Victorino followed with a single to left. Feliz was next and hit a bloop into shallow center. Guzman made a very nice over the shoulder catch for the second out and easily doubled Burrell off to end the inning.

Rollins lined a double into the right-field corner with two outs in the third. Werth struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch to leave him stranded.

Utley and Howard started the fourth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and third for Burrell and Burrell hit a fly ball to right that Dukes caught just in foul territory up against the stands. Utley tagged and scored to put the Phils up 1-0. I think you have to catch the ball there and not take a chance and try to let it drop foul. Victorino against singled to left and Howard went to second. A walk to Feliz loaded the bases. Ruiz was next and hit a ball to right-center that Dukes took right in front of the warning track for the second out. Howard scored to make it 2-0 and Victorino took third. Lannan walked Moyer on four pitches to load the bases once again. Rollins got ahead 2-0 before Lannan threw him a strike to make the count 2-1. Rollins hit the next pitch hard to third, but Zimmerman took it and threw to second to force Moyer and end the inning.

Werth led off the fifth and hit a 1-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Burrell singled with two outs, but Victorino flew to left to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth. Stairs hit for Moyer with two outs and popped to short.

They went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

They started the eighth up 3-2. Victorino reached on an infield single with two outs. Feliz was next and hit for himself against righty Garrett Mock, no doubt because Manuel wanted to keep his glove in the one-run game, and Feliz split the gap in left-center with a double. Victorino, a half-inning after his collision with Rollins had left his writhing in pain on the ground, roared around to score from first and put the Phils up 4-2. Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Huge hit for Feliz.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double.

Werth 1-for-4 with his 24th home run.

Utley 1-for-4.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.

Feliz 1-for-3 with a huge double and an RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with an RBI.

JA Happ (1-0, 3.90) faces lefty Odalis Perez (7-11, 4.27) tomorrow afternoon. Perez has a 5.02 ERA since the All-Star break. Righties are hitting .303 against him for the season, lefties .214. In 13 starts away from home this year he’s 4-5 with a 6.38 ERA. Happ’s last two starts have been enormous and the Phils won both games as Happ allowed two runs over 12 1/3 innings. Lefties are hitting just .179 against him in his 30 innings this season.


Controversy stirs as nobody is quite sure they’ve ever seen the Phillies’ offense and pitchers in the same place at the same time

Maybe, just maybe, they are actually one person.

The Phils finally scored more than four runs in a game last night, but it turned out not to matter as they gave up nine to the weak-hitting Nationals and fell 9-7 after taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Chad Durbin stole to spotlight. He faced seven batters, five of which got hits (four singles and a home run). He struck out one and one bunted into an out. Durbin has been an anchor of the Phillies’ pen, but it may be just about time to stop relying on that. He has been hit hard in his last four appearances, giving up runs in three of them while allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings.

It’s going to be overshadowed by the miserable outing by the bullpen, but Joe Blanton came up tiny for the Phils in a big start against a meek Washington offense. Blanton went just four innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 9-7 to drop to 76-64 on the season. They are three games behind the Mets in the NL East.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out two.

He started the first with a 2-0 lead. Cristian Guzman singled with one out and scored when Ryan Zimmerman followed with a double to right. 2-1. Lastings Milledge popped to short for the second out before Elijah Dukes walked. It put men on first and second for Kory Casto and Casto singled to left, scoring Zimmerman (2-2) and moving Dukes to third. Wil Nieves grounded to second for the third out.

Emilio Bonifacio doubled with two outs in the second, but Blanton struck Guzman out to leave him stranded.

Dukes doubled with two outs in the third. Casto flew to right for the third out.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Bonifacio led off the fifth with a walk and moved to second when Guzman followed with a single. Blanton walked Zimmerman and the bases were loaded with nobody out. Madson came in to pitch to Milledge. Milledge hit a ground ball to Howard. Howard looked at home but threw to second for force Zimmerman for the first out as Bonifacio scored to tie the game at 3-3. Neither Utley or Madson covered first in time for Rollins to made the throw, but Milledge probably would have been safe anyway. With men on first and third with one out, Dukes grounded to third and Feliz threw to second. Milledge was forced at second for the second out. He came in hard to the base and upended Utley, taking away any chance the Phillies had at a double-play. Guzman scored to put the Nationals up 4-3. Dukes stole second before Madson struck out Casto to end the inning.

Madson struck out the side in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Eyre started the seventh up 5-4. He got the two men he faced before Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, tying the game at 5-5. Milledge followed with a single before Durbin struck out Dukes to end the inning.

Durbin returned to start the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Casto. Pete Orr ran for Casto at first. Nieves tried to bunt, but the ball was caught by Howard for the first out. With Roger Bernadina at the plate, a wild pitch by Durbin moved Orr to second. Bernadina singled to left and Orr moved to third. Ronnie Belliard hit for the pitcher Saul Rivera and he singled over Rollins’ head and into left. Bernadina scored and Orr scored to put the Nats up 6-5. With one out and men on first and second, Romero came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Bonifacio. Bernadina stole third before Romero walked Bonifacio, loading the bases. Guzman was next and he delivered a bases-clearing double into center that put Washington up 9-5. Condrey came in to pitch and got Zimmerman on a fly ball to left for the second out before a single by Milledge sent Guzman to third. Condrey struck out Dukes to leave both runners stranded.

Four innings for the pen in which they allow four runs on seven hits and a walk. Madson threw 32 pitches, Durbin 25. Eyre, Romero and Condrey were all ten or under. Romero and Durbin were both pitching for the second straight day, but both had thrown less than ten pitches on Tuesday.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Odalis Perez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Bruntlett starts in right with Werth in center and Victorino on the bench. Bruntlett is a pretty bad starting right fielder. Coste catches and Werth again hits third.

Utley was hit by a pitch with one out in the first. Werth flew to left for the second out, but Howard blasted a 2-2 pitch out to center to put the Phils up 2-0. Burrell hit a ball back to the pitcher to end the frame.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the second.

Rollins singled with one out in the third and went to second on a wild pitch. Utley hit a ball to deep center where it went off the glove of Milledge on the edge of the warning track. Utley had a triple and Rollins scored to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Werth struck out for the second out. Howard struck out for the third.

Werth can’t bring the runner home from third with one out and a man on third.

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

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth. Utley struck out swinging for the third.

Werth led off the sixth with an infield single. Howard again hit a 2-2 pitch out to nearly the same place in center field. It put the Phils up 5-4. Burrell followed with a single to left, but Feliz and Coste both flew out behind him. Victorino hit for Bruntlett with righty Jesus Colome pitching for Washington and flew to right.

Cevernak hit for Madson to start the seventh and singled up the middle with the Phils down 9-5. The Phils went in order behind him.

Burrell singled to left with one out in the eighth and Golson ran for him at first. Feliz flew to center for the second out. With righty Saul Rivera on the mound for the Nationals, Dobbs hit for Coste. Golson stole second for his first career stolen base before Dobbs grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game and 5-for-12 with a home run in the series. 273/340/439 for the year after going 9-for-his-last-21.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. 3-for-10 in the set. 293/381/550 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. 2-for-11 with two walks in the series. 278/376/518 for the year.

Howard was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. 4-for-12 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 236/325/502 for the year.

Burrell 2-for-4 in the game and 2-for-9 in the series. 256/373/519. He’s 6-for-his-last-43.

Feliz 0-for-4. 2-for-9 in the series. 250/298/408 for the year.

Coste 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-5 in the series. He’s hitting 275/328/446 for the season. Ruiz was 1-for-5 in the series and is hitting 221/318/290 for the year.

Bruntlett 0-for-2 in the game, 0-for-3 in the series and is hitting 218/301/297 for the year. Victorino was 1-for-2 in the game and 2-for-10 in the series. 281/346/429 for the year.

No game today.


Hamels pretty sure the Phils can score two, but not taking any chances

The Phillies got fantastic pitching last night, which apparently is what they’re going to need to have a chance. Hamels took a shutout into the eighth. Romero, Durbin and Lidge finished it off to help get the Phils a 4-0 win.

After scoring 115 runs in 29 games in August, about 3.97 runs per game, the Phils have scored four runs in each of their first two games in September. In August they were tied for tenth in the National League in runs scored

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 4-0 to improve to 76-63 on the season. They are two games behind the Mets in the NL East.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out six.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled with two outs in the first, but Lastings Milledge grounded back to Hamels to leave him stranded.

Ronnie Belliard started the second with a soft ground ball to short that went for a single. Elijah Dukes followed with a ground-rule double to left-center. Jesus Flores was next and hit a line drive into center. Victorino made a nice sliding catch and threw to second where Dukes was doubled-off. Belliard held third. Alberto Gonzalez grounded to second for the third out.

Willie Harris walked with two outs in the third. Zimmerman flew to center for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Wil Nieves led off the fifth with a single. Hamels struck Gonzalez out for the first out before the pitcher John Lannan bunted Nieves to second. Anderson Hernandez lined back to the pitcher for the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He walked Dukes on four pitches with one out in the seventh, but Nieves hit into a double-play behind him.

Hamels struck out Gonzalez to start the eighth. Pinch-hitter Aaron Boone followed with a walk and Hernandez moved Pete Orr, who ran for Boone, to second with a single. Romero entered the game to pitch to Harris and struck him out for the second out. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman and got him on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Lidge started the ninth with a 4-0 lead. Milledge led off with a triple, but was left stranded as Belliard grounded back to the pitcher, Dukes struck out swinging and Nieves grounded to second.

The pen went 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a one hit, the triple by Milledge. Durbin and Romero each faced one batter and got him out. Lidge threw 18 pitches, Romero and Durbin were both under ten.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty John Lannan went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Werth (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth hits third against the lefty with the slumping Burrell fifth. Victorino dropped to sixth. Ruiz catches.

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

Feliz led off the third with a single. Ruiz hit a ground ball to short and Feliz was forced at second for the first out. Hamels bunted Feliz to second for the second out. Rollins singled into left and Ruiz scored on a what would have been a close play at the plate if Flores had caught the ball. Rollins going to second with the Phils up 1-0. Utley followed with a single to left and Rollins scored to make it 2-0. A single by Werth moved Utley to third. With Howard at the plate, Lannan threw to first and Utley stormed home. He collided into Flores, who somehow held the ball for the third out. Flores was injured on the play and had to be carted off the field.

Howard started the fourth with a double. Burrell grounded to short for the first out and Howard took third. Victorino grounded to short and Feliz popped to second.

Victorino can’t bring the runner in with one out and a man on third.

Rollins walked with two outs in the fifth, but Utley flew to right behind him.

Werth started the sixth with a walk. Howard lined to third and Burrell struck out before Werth stole second. Victorino grounded softly back to the pitcher for the third out.

Feliz and Ruiz started the seventh with back-to-back singles. Hamels hit for himself with a 2-0 lead, grounding to third and moving the runners to second and third. Rollins was next and he singled into right. Feliz scored to make it 3-0 and Ruiz went to third. Utley hit a ground ball to second and Hernandez threw to first for the second out. Rollins was caught up between first and second, but Ruiz scored before he was tagged out, putting the Phils up 4-0.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth and 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Utley 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit in the game for the Phils.

Burrell 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-14 with seven strikeouts.

Victorino 0-for-4. 3-for-his-last-20. No extra-base hits in his last 28 at-bats. One walk in his last 39 at-bats.

Feliz 2-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.69) faces lefty Odalis Perez (6-10, 4.14) tonight. Righties have hit .308 against Perez this season, lefties .207. He has a 5.00 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. Blanton is 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA in eight starts with the Phillies. He hasn’t gotten an out in the seventh inning in any of his last four starts. He faced the Nats on August 19 in Philadelphia and allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.


Kendr-ick!

JA Happ took over for Kyle Kendrick yesterday, which is the kind of thing that Phillies’ fans might want to get used to. Kendrick has been miserable over his last five starts and the Phils lost big on his watch again. With the loss the Phils fell two games behind the Mets with 24 games to play, so if Kendrick isn’t out of chances he’s pretty close.

The Phillies have lost four of Kendrick’s last five starts. In those outings he hasn’t gone six innings once and has allowed 22 earned runs in 21 2/23 innings (9.14 ERA) while allowing 34 hits and 14 walks. He’s getting behind virtually every hitter. Over his last five outings he’s thrown 438 pitches in his 21 2/3 innings, about 20.53 pitches per inning. At that rate he’d have to throw 123 pitches to get through six innings.

He has seven strikeouts in his last five starts combined. Lefties are hitting .340 against him for the season.

This article suggests that Hamels may take Kendick’s start against the Mets on Sunday night (the Phillies are off on Thursday).

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 to drop to 75-63 on the year. The Phils are two games behind the Mets in the NL East.

The Phillies have called up seven players as rosters expand. Marson, Golson, Happ and Eaton prior to yesterday’s game and Walrond, Cevernak and Tracy after yesterday’s game.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out one.

Willie Harris led off the first with a single to right. Cristian Guzman was next and he grounded to short with Harris forced at second for the first out. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a walk that moved Guzman to second. With Lastings Milledge at the plate, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Milledge singled into center and both runners scored, putting the Nats up 2-0. Milledge stole second as Ronnie Belliard struck out for the second out. Kendrick hit Dukes with a 3-0 pitch, putting men on first and second. Jesus Flores grounded to second for the third out.

Pitcher Tim Redding singled with one out in the second. Harris and Guzman went down behind him.

Kendrick walked Zimmerman to start the third, but got Milledge to hit into a double-play behind him. Belliard followed with a walk, but Elijah Dukes grounded to short for the third out.

Jesus Flores led off the fourth with a single. Emilio Bonifacio was next and popped a ball up behind third. Rollins and Dobbs closed in on it and Dobbs tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch but didn’t come up with the ball. Bonifacio had a single and Flores went to second. Redding bunted back to the pitcher and Kendrick threw to third to force Flores for the second out. With one out and men on first and second, Bonifacio tried to steal third but left too early and was thrown out. It cost the Nats a run, cause Harris was next and blasted a ball to right. Stairs may have lost the ball in the sun. It hit high off the wall, but Stairs was in the wrong place when it did. It bounced over his head and Harris had a triple. Redding scored and it was 3-0. Guzman was next and he doubled to right. 4-0. Zimmerman was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall for a two-run homer. 6-0. Milledge grounded to third for the third out.

The triple by Harris was the first extra-base hit that Phillies’ pitchers had allowed since Soriano’s home run in game two of the series in Chicago.

Happ started the fifth after the Phillies hit for Happ in the top of the inning. Belliard led off with a single and Dukes again was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Happ struck out Flores and Bonifacio and got Redding to ground to shortstop for the third out.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phillies down 6-3.

Condrey came back for the seventh. He got the first two before Dukes hit a ground ball to short. He had a hit anyway, but Rollins threw the ball away. Dukes had a single and went to second on the Rollins error. Flores followed with a double to left, scoring Dukes to make it 7-3. Condrey struck out Bonifacio to end the inning.

Rudy Seanez pitched the eighth. He got the first two before Guzman singled and stole second. Zimmerman grounded to short for the third out.

Four innings for the pen in which they allow one unearned run on four hits. Condrey threw 20 pitches, Happ 17 and Seanez 16.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Stairs (8) Coste. Slumping Burrell on the bench against the righty with Werth in left. Stairs makes his Phillies’ debut in right. Dobbs plays third and Coste catches.

Rollins led off the first with a walk. Victorino popped to third before Utley was hit by a pitch, moving Rollins to second. Redding tried to pick Rollins off of second but threw the ball into center field, moving the runners to second and third. Howard struck out for the second out. Werth flew to right.

Bad strikeout for Howard with men on second and third and one out. Not a shining example for the strikeouts-don’t-matter folks.

1-2-3 in the second.

Utley was hit by a pitch with two outs in the third, but was thrown out trying to steal second with Utley at the plate.

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

Coste walked with two outs in the fifth. Taguchi hit for Kendrick and popped to short.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth. Utley flew to center for the second out before Victorino stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Flores. Howard doubled to right and Victorino scored, getting the Phils on the board at 6-1. Werth walked, putting men on first and second, and lefty Charlie Manning came in to pitch to Dobbs. Feliz hit for Dobbs and loaded the bases with a walk. Burrell hit for Stairs and righty Marco Estrada came in to pitch to him and walked Burrell to force in a run. 6-2. Estrada hit Coste and another run scored. 6-3. Ruiz hit for Happ and grounded to third.

Utley singled with two outs in the seventh. Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins homered to right with two outs in the ninth, cutting the lead to 7-4. Victorino grounded to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a steal and a caught stealing.

Utley 1-for-3.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.

Dobbs 0-for-2.

Stairs 0-for-2.

Coste 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

The offense has scored 24 runs in the last six games.

Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.13) faces lefty John Lannan (8-12, 3.92) tonight. Lannan has made one good start in his last three times out, allowing 15 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. He has a 5.06 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. He has made one start against the Phils this season and was charged with eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. In two starts against the Nats this season he’s allowed one run in 15 innings (0.60 ERA).


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