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Madson gives thousands of grateful Phillies fans a chance to worry about something besides the offense

With Tom Gordon out for the season, Ryan Madson is getting a chance to be the eighth inning guy for the Phils. And he’s been really good this month. Until last night. Madson started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and faced five right-handed hitters. Four of them got hits and one of them gave the Phils an out with a bunt.

The Nats scored twice in the inning and won 4-3.

And now, on to the offense. It’s still bad. Utley hit the ball well last night and seems like he might be just about out of his two-month funk. Everybody else, not so much (Werth, Victorino and Dobbs are just about the only exceptions).

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 4-3 to drop to 68-59 on the season. The Phillies win the series two games to one but fall 2 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Only one of the runs was earned. All five hits were singles. He struck out four.

His 3.54 ERA is 15th-best in the NL. The Phillies have scored four or fewer runs in eight of the last ten games that he has started.

Ryan Zimmerman singled with two outs in the first, but Lastings Milledge flew to center for the third out.

Moyer set Washington down 1-2-3 in the second and in the third.

In the fourth, Milledge walked with two outs. Ronnie Belliard flew to left for the third out.

Willie Harris walked with two outs in the fifth. Pitcher Tim Redding grounded to first to leave him stranded.

Anderson Hernandez and Cristian Guzman started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Zimmerman, but Moyer got him looking at a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Milledge was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz threw to second. Guzman came into the bag hard, but was forced for the second out. Utley’s relay to first went off the tip of Howard’s glove. Howard should have caught the ball, but Utley got the error and it allowed Hernandez to score and put the Nats up 1-0. Milledge went to second on the error, but Belliard grounded to short for the third out.

Austin Kearns singled with one out in the seventh and the game tied at 1-1. Harris was next and he singled into right. Werth threw to third — Kearns was safe and the throw allowed Harris to go to second. Righty Aaron Boone hit for Redding and popped to Howard for the first out. Hernandez was next and Moyer did everything he could to get into his head. Twice he asked for a new ball and the home plate ump came out to talk to him about it. Hernandez won the battle, though. He hit a 2-2 pitch up the middle. Rollins fielded it moving to his right, but whirled to throw to first and dropped the ball. Hernandez had a single and Kearns scored to put Washington up 2-1. Harris went to third. Durbin came into the game and got Guzman to ground to first to end the frame.

Madson started the eighth with the Phillies up 3-2. Zimmerman led off and ripped a ball down the third base line, off the bag and high into the air. Bruntlett, just in the game after Dobbs hit for Feliz in the seventh, wisely didn’t make a throw and Zimmerman had a single. Milledge was next and blooped a single to right that moved Zimmerman to second. Belliard bunted the runners to second and third for the first out. Jesus Flores was next and hit a ball back up the middle for a single. Utley made a diving stop behind the bag to keep Milledge from scoring, but Zimmerman scored to make it 3-3. With men on first and third and one down, Kearns lined a single over short. Milledge scored and it was 4-3 with men on first and second. Pete Orr ran for Flores at second and Romero entered the game and struck out Harris for the second out. Righty Will Nieves hit for pitcher Saul Rivera and Romero struck him out to end the frame.

Coming into the game Madson had been charged with one run in 9 1/3 innings over his last nine appearances. He had allowed three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Condrey started the ninth with the Phils still down a run. Guzman reached on an infield single with one out. Zimmerman was next and chopped a ball to third that went in and out of Bruntlett’s glove for an error, the fourth in two games for the Phils. Milledge chopped a ball slowly back to Condrey and Condrey took the out at first as the runners moved to second and third. Belliard was next and Condrey walked the righty intentionally with the pitcher behind him to load the bases. The pitcher Joel Hanrahan hit for himself and grounded softly to second to end the frame.

I thinking walking the righty Belliard is just kooky with the lefty Langerhans looming on the bench. Ditto with leaving Hanrahan in to hit for himself. Belliard is really hot, but was 0-for-3 in the game. Worked out for the Phillies in the top of the ninth and for the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth.

The pen went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Everyone but Madson pitched fine and Romero was particularly impressive. Condrey threw 24 pitches. Everyone else was 11 or fewer.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth again in right against the righty with Jenkins (and Dobbs) on the bench. Jenkins came into the game 12-for-21 with five doubles and a home run against Redding. Feliz returns to the lineup after a stint on the DL. Ruiz catches.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out behind him.

Burrell dumped a single into right to start the second, but the Phils went in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third, fourth and fifth.

Down 1-0 in the sixth, Moyer hit for himself to start the inning and struck out. Rollins flew to center before Werth doubled to right. Utley was next and he laced an 0-1 pitch back through the middle for a single that scored Werth and tied the game at 1-1. Howard grounded to the shortstop Guzman, playing where you would expect the second baseman, to end the inning.

The Phils started the seventh down 2-1. With one out, Victorino chopped a ball to third. Zimmerman charged and fielded, but his throw to first was wild and went up the right field line. Victorino went to third on the error. With the righty Saul Rivera on the mound, Dobbs hit for Feliz and the Nats brought their infield in. Dobbs got behind 1-2 and then chopped a ball to second, where Henandez made a great play diving to his right to field the ball and flip to first. Victorino scored from third to tie the game at 2-2. Ruiz was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center to put the Phils up 3-2. Jenkins hit for Durbin and doubled to left. Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Great job by Victorino on the bases, getting to third on a chopper to third and then scoring on the ground ball by Dobbs. Nice job by Manuel to hit Dobbs for Feliz and nice job by Dobbs not to strike out. It’s a little early to use the best hitter on the bench, Jenkins, with two outs and the bases empty (but he did get to hit against the righty Rivera and probably would have faced a lefty later in the game).

Werth led off the eighth and walked on a 3-2 pitch. Utley was next and laced a single to left-center. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Howard struck out swinging 2-2 and Burrell hit into a double-play.

Ouch. Great at-bats by Werth and Utley to start the inning.

Victorino led off the ninth with the Phils down 4-3 and singled. Bruntlett was next and showed bunt until he took two quick strikes. Victorino stole second as the count went 2-2. Very close play and they almost had him. Bruntlett struck out looking on the next pitch for the first out of the inning. Ruiz was next and hit a slow ground ball to short for the second out as Victorino went to third. Coste hit for Condrey and fouled off two 3-2 pitches before he grounded to short to end the game.

Would have been nice to have Jenkins to hit in the ninth. Phils were out of third baseman (unless you believe Manuel would use Coste, who has never played third in the majors) so I don’t know if Manuel would have hit him for Bruntlett or not. I’d guess he may have let Bruntlett try to bunt anyway and hit Jenkins for Ruiz and then Coste for Condrey. Lefty Charlie Manning may have faced Jenkins.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-12 in the series. He’s hitting 261/326/421 for the year and 211/296/316 in August.

Werth was 1-for-3 with a double and a big walk in the eighth. 3-for-11 with two doubles and a home run in the set. 265/355/488 for the year. He’s hitting just .235 in August. Jenkins was 1-for-1 with a double in the game and 1-for-1 with an RBI in the series. 244/301/392 for the season.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He can’t carry the team with the way everyone else is hitting, but it would be great to see him bust out of the eternity slump. 4-for-11 with a double in the series. 285/369/566 for the year.

Howard needs a day off. 0-for-4 with three strikeouts including a huge one in the eighth inning. 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-17. 229/317/474 for the year.

Burrell needs a day off too. Might not help, but I don’t think it could make things much worse. 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 2-for-12 in the series. 263/387/548 for the year.

Victorino had a great series. He was 2-for-4 with a stolen base last night and 6-for-10 with a double and a triple in the series. Fantastic on the bases last night. He’s hitting 290/355/448. Aaron Rowand is hitting 287/355/443 for the Giants.

Feliz was 0-for-2 in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 254/302/421 for the season. Dobbs was 0-for-1 with a big RBI in the game. 2-for-5 with a home run in the series. 304/342/474 for the year. Needs to be in the starting lineup more, at third or in right. He has played 4 2/3 innings in right this season. Bruntlett was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the game and in the series. 214/297/291 for the year. He’s 2-for-his-last-23. One extra-base hit in his last 48 at-bats.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 and his third home run of the year should have been the story of the game. 1-for-4 in the series. 220/321/292 for the year. The home run was his third extra-base hit since June 13 (101 at-bats). Coste was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-5 with an RBI in the series. 277/329/455 for the year.

Kyle Kendrick (10-7, 5.01) faces the new Dodger, righty Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99), tonight. Maddux’s last start also came against the Phillies. Pitching for the Padres on April 15 he allowed a run on a solo shot by Burrell over seven innings, but the Phils won the game 1-0. In the 12 starts he’s made away from Petco Park this season he’s gone 3-5 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.53 ratio (2.62 ERA with an 0.98 ratio in San Diego). He has only walked nine right-handed batters on the season. Jenkins (25-for-60, 417/470/550) and Burrell (16-for-47, 340/380/596) have hit him well over their careers. Ruben Amaro 2-for-12. With the departure of Adam Eaton and the unhittableness of Myers, Kendrick suddenly has the worst ERA in the Phillies’ rotation. He’s been shelled in his last two starts, charged with 13 runs over seven innings. Lefties are hitting .326 against him for the season.


Myers’ turnaround may have Phillies wondering if the IronPigs have room for all the Phils’ hitters

The Phillies sent Brett Myers down to the minors and the guy they got back isn’t pitching anything like the Myers that threw to a 5.84 ERA in his first 23 starts of the year. Since returning from the minor leagues, Myers has made six starts in which he’s gone 3-1 with a 1.94 ERA and an 0.96 ratio.

Myers dominated the Nationals last night, throwing a complete game shutout as the Phils pulled out a 4-0 win.

The offense is still not firing on all cylinders. Rollins, Utley, Howard and Burrell are all struggling through a miserable August. Here’s what they’ve done this month:

Player AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Rollins 72 222 305 333 638
Utley 67 224 325 463 787
Howard 63 175 293 349 643
Burrell 56 161 304 375 679
Total 258 198 307 380 687

 

 

 

Yikes. Sure seems like you would want those guys to be hitting better than the rest of the team. The worse news is this: they are. The Phillies’ hitters other than Rollins, Utley, Howard and Burrell have hit 219/298/347 in August (a .647 OPS).

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 4-0 to improve to 68-58 on the season. They have won three in a row.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout. He allowed nine hits, eight singles and a double. He struck out nine and walked one.

Emilio Bonifacio led off the first with an infield single, but Willie Harris hit into a double-play behind him. Ryan Zimmerman was next and he hit a ground ball to third, but Dobbs threw it away for his third error of the season. Lastings Milledge drew a walk that moved Zimmerman to second. Ronnie Belliard was next and he singled into left, but Burrell threw Zimmerman out at the plate to end the frame.

Jesus Flores led off the second with a fly ball lined to left that Burrell charged and had go off his glove for another Phillies’ error. Myers got Austin Kearns to fly to center for the first out before Anderson Hernandez moved Flores to second with a single. The pitcher Collin Balester bunted, but popped it up to Myers for the second out of the inning. Myers struck out Bonifacio for the third out.

Another big out for the Phils with the Nats’ pitcher trying to bunt after Bergmann bunted back to Durbin and Durbin forced a runner at third on Tuesday night.

Milledge doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the third, but Myers struck out Belliard behind him.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Bonifacio singled with one out in the fifth and the Phils up 1-0. He stole second before Harris moved him to third with a ground out to second. Myers struck Zimmerman out on three pitches to set the Nats down.

Myers started the sixth up 4-0. Belliard singled with one out, but Myers got the next two.

Hernandez led off the seventh with a single. Lefty Ryan Langerhans hit for the pitcher and popped to third for the first out. Bonifacio grounded to second for the second out and Harris flew to center for the third.

Zimmerman led off the eighth with a single. Milledge was next and got ahead 2-0 and then hit a rocket back up the middle. Rollins took it sliding towards second and flipped to Utley. Utley made a nice relay to first to complete a pretty double-play. Great play by Rollins on a ball hit hard by Milledge. Utley made a nice turn and throw. Myers struck out Belliard for the third out.

He had thrown 101 pitches through eight innings.

He came back for the ninth and got the first two before Hernandez dribbled a ball to second for an infield single. Aaron Boone hit for pitcher Marco Estrada. Myers got behind him 2-0 but came back to strike him out swinging 2-2.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Collin Balester went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Same lineup as game one for the Phils, with Werth hitting second against the righty and Dobbs at third. Feliz was on the bench having been activated from the DL prior to the game (Les Walrond sent back to Triple-A).

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

1-2-3 in the second, too, but Burrell and Victorino both hit the ball hard in the air. Kearns made a nice on Victorino’s ball at the wall in right.

Dobbs walked to start the third and Coste was hit by a pitch. Myers bunted and the ball was fielded by the pitcher, who threw to third to force Dobbs. Myers has been terrible at bunting this season, but Balester just made a nice play this time. With one out and men on first and second, Rollins hit a double-play ball to Bonifacio at second, but Hernandez sailed the relay over Belliard’s head at first for an error that allowed Coste to score and put the Phils up 1-0 without a hit. With two outs and Rollins on first, Werth grounded weakly to third for the third out.

Utley led off the fourth with a single, but Howard struck out and Burrell hit into a double-play.

Victorino led off the fifth with an infield single in front of the plate. Dobbs was next and he popped a 2-2 pitch out to right for just his sixth homer of the year. 3-0. Coste followed with a single, but Myers struck out trying to bunt for the first out. Rollins singled to right and Coste moved to third. With Werth at the plate Rollins was thrown out trying to steal second. It may have cost the Phillies a run cause Werth reached out and blooped a 1-2 pitch into right field that scored Coste and made it 4-0. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

Victorino singled with two outs in the sixth, but Dobbs flew to center behind him.

Coste led off the seventh with a single. Myers showed bunt and with the count 1-1 and Coste took off for second. The pitch was outside and Myers didn’t bunt it. Coste was thrown out easily for the second out. Rollins grounded to second for the third out.

Utley blooped a double to left with one out in the eighth. Howard fouled out to Zimmerman on a nice play with his back to the plate for the first out. Burrell hammered a ball back up the middle, but Hernandez made an excellent play to take a hit away from him.

Rollins was 1-for-4. 3-for-his-last-29. One walk in his last 46 at-bats.

Werth was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double. He has one walk in his last 34 at-bats. In August he has been hit by a pitch as many times as he has walked (5).

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Burrell 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Victorino 2-for-3. When hitting sixth or seventh in the lineup this season he’s 20-for-56 (.357)

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer. I think the Phils should try Dobbs in right against some right-handed pitching if they aren’t going to start Jenkins.

Coste 2-for-2.

Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.64) faces righty Tim Redding (8-8, 4.66) tonight. Redding has pitched well in three starts against the Phils this season, going 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.38 ratio. Jenkins is 3-for-6 with two walks against him, Utley 4-for-8 with a homer and Victorino 4-for-9. He’s been hit hard of late — in his six starts since the All-Star break he’s thrown to a 7.59 ERA with a 1.75 ratio. Opponents are hitting .331 against him since the break. In five of his last six starts he’s allowed at least four runs. Moyer is 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.14 ratio since the break. He’s made three starts against the Nats this year and is 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA but a 1.72 ratio. The Nats bombed him in the third game of the season, on April 3, but he was good in his other two starts.


A pint of example is Werth a gallon of advice

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
WAS 44-81 462 3.70 16 675 (16) 55 29
PHI 66-58 595 4.80 4 764 (5) 97 17

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
WAS 44-81 624 4.99 13 4.73 (11) 4.25 (13)
PHI 66-58 529 4.27 3 4.33 (10) 3.19 (2)

I’m not sure the Phillies’ problems are as complicated as they may seem. If your team is hitting .202 for a month and is last in the league in runs scored you’re going to lose a whole lot. The Phils hit better last night — it wasn’t the spectacular burst of offense that fans have been hoping for, but a win is a win and the Phils can use all they can get.

Coming off an off-day, the rested pen bailed out Joe Blanton. After Blanton gave up four runs in five innings to the meek Nationals’ offense, Durbin, Madson and Lidge shut Washington down the rest of the way. Blanton left down 4-1 in the fifth, but the Phils got within one in the bottom of the inning, pushed across another run in the seventh to tie the game and won it on a solo blast by Werth in the eighth.

Charlie Manuel rolled a seven last night as well. Manuel put the righty Werth in the starting lineup against the righty Jason Bergmann and left the lefty Jenkins on the bench to start the game. Werth hadn’t faced Bergmann coming into the game and Jenkins was 4-for-6 against him this season and 5-for-9 with a home run in his career. Jenkins got an at-bat against a righty in the game and came up with a big sac fly. Werth went 0-for-3 in his first three at-bats. When he hit against a righty in the eighth, the big lefties typically on the Phillies’ bench, Dobbs and Jenkins, were both unavailable. Even if Manuel wanted to call on a lefty he didn’t have a choice and Werth delivered the game-winner.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 67-58.

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

With one out in the first, Willie Harris hit an 0-1 pitch out to right to put the Nats up 1-0. Blanton got the next two.

Ronnie Belliard led off the second with a double. Jesus Flores flew to left before Blanton walked Austin Kearns. It put men on first and second for Kory Casto and Blanton got him on a soft liner to short. The pitcher Jason Bergmann grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 third.

Lastings Milledge and Belliard started the fourth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Flores and Flores singled to left. Milledge scored to put Washington up 2-1 with Belliard moving to second. Blanton avoided further damage, though. He got Kearns to fly to center for the first out. Casto hit it hard but Howard took the line drive for the second out. Bergmann struck out to leave two more runners stranded.

Harris singled with one out in the fifth. Ryan Zimmerman was next and sliced a ball just fair down the right field line and off the base of the wall and then the corner on a weird bounce. Harris scored to make it 3-1 and Zimmerman had a triple. Milledge flew to center with Zimmerman holding for the second out, but Belliard came up with a two-out single into center. Zimmerman scored and it was 4-1. Flores struck out looking for the third out.

Durbin started the sixth with the Phils down 4-3 having hit for Blanton in the bottom of the fifth. Kearns and Casto led off with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Bergmann and Bergmann hit for himself and bunted. Durbin fielded the bunt and threw to third to force Kearns for the first out. Emilo Bonifacio grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving to second and third. Harris flew to right for the third out.

Bergmann hitting for himself and bunting into an out at third was a huge play in the game. The Nats’ fear of their own miserable pen might have helped the Phils out there.

Durbin returned for the seventh and got the first two before Belliard singled and was thrown out trying to steal second.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the game tied at 4-4.

Lidge pitched the ninth with a 5-4 lead. He struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Boone, got Bonifacio to pop to short and Harris swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Four scoreless innings from the pen kept the Phils in the game after Blanton was hit hard. Durbin gave up three singles, but was helped by the Bergmann bunt and force at third. As a group the pen went four innings, allowing three singles and striking out five. In the eighth and ninth, Madson and Lidge went two perfect innings while striking out four.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jason Bergmann went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Werth continues to hit second with Victorino batting sixth. Coste catches.

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

Howard led off the second with a single. Burrell popped to short before a double by Victorino moved Howard to third. Dobbs looked struck out on a 1-2 breaking ball, but got the call and hit the a 2-2 pitch into left-center well enough for Howard to tag and score to tie the game at 1-1. Coste flew to center for the third out.

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

Victorino led off the fifth with a triple. Dobbs was next and hit a ball to left that Harris didn’t catch for an error. Victorino scored to cut the Washington lead to 4-2. Dobbs stole second before Coste singled on a ball deflected by Belliard, moving Dobbs to third. With men on first and third with nobody out, Manuel called on Jenkins to hit for Blanton and Jenkins delivered a sac fly to left that scored Dobbs. 4-3. Coste held first and Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Blanton had thrown 92 pitches in the game. The bullpen was rested after an off-day yesterday, which may have contributed to hitting for him with nobody out.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

Burrell reached on an infield single in the direction of Belliard to start the seventh. Victorino followed with a ground ball to second and Burrell was forced at second for the first out. A single by Dobbs moved Victorino to third and righty Steven Shell came in to pitch to Coste. Coste hit a ball to right deep enough to score Victorino and tie the game at 4-4. Taguchi hit for Durbin and tried to bunt for a hit but was thrown out to end the inning.

Rollins flew to deep right-center to start the first. With the righty Shell still on the mound, Werth got behind before Shell hung a 1-2 curveball and Werth blasted it out to left-center to put the Phils up 5-4. Huge homer for Werth against a righty after he gets the start against the righty. Howard walked after Utley grounded to first for the second out, but Burrell flew to left to leave him stranded.

Rollins was 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-25.

Werth was 1-for-4 and won the game with his 17th home run, which is a career-high for him. He has 17 home runs in 284 at-bats this season. No other NL player with at least 17 home runs this season has fewer at-bats (in the AL, Marcus Thames has hit 21 in 246 at-bats for the Tigers).

Utley was 0-for-4. He’s hitting 206/315/444 in August. On-basing .315 for the month after on-basing .336 in July.

Howard was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 3-for-his-last-27 and hitting 186/310/373 in August. He has 14 strikeouts in his last 22 at-bats.

Howard had the Phillies only walk in the game.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .173 in August.

Victorino was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, which were the only extra-base hits in the game for the Phillies other than Werth’s home run.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with an RBI. 294/324/559 in August.

Coste was 1-for-2 with an RBI. After hitting 208/208/333 in July he’s hitting 194/257/226 in August.

Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02) faces righty Collin Balester (2-5, 5.06) tonight. Balester held the Phils to two runs on six hits over six innings but was outpitched by Myers on July 29. He’s allowed seven home runs in 42 2/3 innings on the season, five of which have been hit by lefties. Myers hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start in any of his last five outings. In his five starts since his trip to the minor leagues Myers is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA and an 0.92 ratio.


Phils break it to John Lannan gently that he’s just going to have to be content making music to change the world

The Washington Nationals are a miserable baseball team playing miserable baseball. But that’s not the Phillies’ fault. All you can ask the Phillies to do is beat the team in front of them and the Phillies did again last night to earn a sweep in the three-game set as the Nats lost their ninth in a row.

The Phils pounded Nationals’ started John Lannan for eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Washington made three errors behind him.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 8-4 to improve to 59-49 on the season. The Phils have won five in a row and are in first place in the NL East. The Mets trail them by one game.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

Ryan Zimmerman singled with two outs in the second, but Kendrick struck out Austin Kearns behind him.

He started the second up 3-0. Kory Casto doubled with one out. Ronnie Belliard was next and he hit a ground ball to short. Casto went to third and Rollins looked there but took the out at first. With Pete Orr at the plate, Kendrick delivered a ball in the dirt that went through Ruiz’s legs for a passed ball. Casto scored and it was 3-1. Pitcher John Lannan grounded to second for the third out.

With two outs in the third, Zimmerman started to swing at a 2-2 pitch that was up and in and was hit on the hand. He would leave the game in the top of the fourth. Kearns moved Zimmerman to second with a single before Jesus Flores singled to left. Zimmerman scored to make it 3-2. Kearns went to second on the single, but Casto grounded to short for the third out.

Kendrick started the fourth up 5-2. With one out Orr lined a ball off the glove of Rollins and into left for a single. Lannan bunted Orr to second, but Harris flew to center for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He hit Belliard with two outs in the sixth. Orr flew to center for the third out.

He came back for the seventh and got the first two before Milledge singled and Ryan Langerhans followed with a walk. Condrey came into the game and struck out Kearns to end the inning.

Condrey got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 eighth. His ERA on the year is down to 3.61.

Seanez started the ninth. Orr led off with a single and Felipe Lopez hit for pitcher Colome and doubled. With men on second and third, Harris grounded to first and Orr scored to cut the Phils’ lead to 8-3. Lopez moved to third on the play. Milledge was next and he swung and dribbled a ball down the first base line for the second out, but Lopez scored to make it 8-4. Seanez walked the lefty Langerhans. Durbin came in to pitch and got Kearns to fly to left to end the game.

The pen goes 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Condrey pitched well and Durbin got the only man he faced. Seanez wasn’t good. In his last two appearances he’s gotten three outs and been charged with six runs on four hits and two walks. Would have been nice to not have to use Durbin, who only threw five pitches but was pitching for the third straight day.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty John Lannan went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Werth in right against the lefty and Bruntlett at third. Ruiz catches.

Victorino was hit by a pitch with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Howard moved Victorino to third with a single. Burrell fouled out to third to leave both runners stranded.

Werth led off the second and hit a 2-1 pitch out to left for his fifteenth home run of the year. Bruntlett singled and went to second on a wild pitch before Ruiz singled, moving Bruntlett to third. Kendrick bunted Ruiz to second before Rollins hit a ground ball to third. Zimmerman took the out at first and Bruntlett scored to make it 2-0 with Ruiz holding second. Victorino hit a ball to third and Zimmerman’s throw to first and Victorino arrived at about the same time. The ball went in Casto’s glove and off of Victorino for an error that allowed Ruiz to score and Victorino to move to second with the Phils up 3-0. Utley walked before Howard struck out to end the frame.

Burrell led off the third with a walk but the Phils went in order behind him.

Still up 3-2, Kendrick led off the fourth and struck out on a pitch not handled by Flores. Kendrick turned towards the dugout and then ran to first. Flores lobbed a ball to first but offline and Kendrick was safe on the throwing error. Rollins got ahead 2-0 and hit one out to left to extend the lead to 5-2. Victorino was next and bunted for a single. He stole second before Utley and Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

Burrell led off the fifth with a walk. Werth struck out before Bruntlett grounded to short, with Burrell forced at second and Bruntlett safe at first. Bruntlett was picked off and thrown out at second base to set the Phillies down.

Rollins doubled to left with two outs in the sixth. Victorino followed with a ball slowly hit to third where Belliard barehanded the ball and then threw wildly to first. Victorino had a single and Rollins scored to put the Phillies up 6-2. Belliard was charged with the Nats’ third error of the game. Utley moved Victorino to second with a single before Howard singled to right. Victorino scored to make it 7-2 and Utley went to third. Burrell singled to left and Utley scored. 8-2. Werth popped up to the pitcher to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Kendrick hit for himself with two outs and the Phils up 8-2. He had thrown 97 pitches.

With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, Jesus Colome drilled Utley with a 1-0 pitch after Kendrick had hit Zimmerman and Belliard earlier in the game. Howard grounded to second baseman Willie Harris playing in right field for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He was 4-for-13 in the series with two doubles and a home run. He’s hitting 272/334/444 for the season.

Victorino was 2-for-4 in the game. 6-for-13 with a home run in the series. 289/355/441 for the year, all of which be career highs for him at the end of any season in which he’s had more than 20 at-bats.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk. He was 5-for-11 with two home runs in the series and is hitting 293/373/571 for the year.

Howard 2-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles in the series. 239/323/498, all of which would be career lows for him.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with two walks. 4-for-11 in the series. 279/402/578 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-5 with his fifteenth home run. 1-for-5 in the series. 271/358/492 for the year. Jenkins was 2-for-7 with a walk in the series and is hitting 242/297/397 for the year.

Bruntlett 1-for-5 with a strikeout. 2-for-10 in the series. Dobbs was 0-for-3 in the series but needs to play more given the injury to Feliz and the struggles of Jenkins. Dobbs is hitting 306/343/433 for the year.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-8 in the series. 217/311/281 for the year. Coste was 0-for-4 in the series and is hitting 285/333/489 for the year. Phillies’ catchers have hit to a .696 OPS for the season, which is tenth best in the NL (.725 (5th) in 2007 and .793 (5th) in 2006).

Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.27) faces righty Kyle Lohse (12-3, 3.68) tonight in St Louis. Lohse got hammered his last time out, allowing seven runs in five innings against the Mets on Sunday. Wright, Tatis and Castro all homered against him in that game. Before that start he had allowed seven earned runs in 36 innings (1.75 ERA) over his last five appearances. In 13 starts in St Louis this season he’s 6-1 with a 2.79 ERA. In ten starts away he’s 6-2 with a 5.16 ERA. Speaking of getting hammered in your last start, Hamels allowed nine runs in the fourth inning on Saturday against the Braves. Before that he had allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts.


Shane’s reign as the Phils’ best hitter may be short, but it’s sweet

The Phillies’ offense is suddenly looking good again, led at the top of the order by the hot bat of Shane Victorino.

Victorino drove in three runs last night, including one that came on his seventh home run of the month. He is hitting 327/370/624 in July and has hit six home runs in his last 54 at-bats. His .994 OPS for the month is the best among the Phillies’ hitters (but not by much — Howard is hitting 306/364/622 (.987 OPS) in July) .

Victorino and Utley combined to drive in five of the eight runs the Phillies scored last night. Utley homered for the second straight game and Jamie Moyer was solid enough. After a rough first inning, Moyer put up five scoreless frames and the Phils cruised behind a five-run fifth inning.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 8-5 to improve to 58-49 on the season. It was the fourth straight win for the Phils and with the win they have reclaimed the lead on the NL East. They lead the Mets by half a game.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Moyer started the first with a 2-0 lead. Willie Harris hit his first pitch of the game out to right. 2-1. Moyer got the next two before Austin Kearns doubled to left. Jesus Flores was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to left to put Washington up 3-2. Ronnie Belliard doubled before Paul Lo Duca flew to center to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked Ryan Zimmerman with one out in the third. Moyer struck out Kearns for the first out before Flores flew to center to set the Nats down.

Belliard led off the fourth with a walk. Lo Duca flew to center and Felipe Lopez struck out swinging as Belliard was caught stealing to end the inning.

Moyer started the fifth up 7-3. Harris doubled with one out and moved to third when Jenkins misplayed the ball in right for an error. Lastings Milledge grounded back to the pitcher for the second before Moyer walked Zimmerman. With men on first and third and two down, Kearns grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Flores led off the sixth with a single to left and Burrell threw him out at second as Flores went for two with his team down four runs. Moyer got the next two.

Madson started the seventh up 8-3. Lefty Kory Casto hit for pitcher Steven Shell and singled to left to start the inning. Pete Orr was next and hit a ground ball to first that Howard fielded and threw to second to force Casto for the first out. Harris followed with a double, his third extra-base hit of the game, moving Casto to third. Milledge grounded to short and Orr scored, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-4. Zimmerman hit a ball to the warning track in left. Werth fell down and didn’t catch it — the ball bounced on the track and over the fence for a ground-rule double that scored Harris and made it 8-5. Kearns grounded to second for the third out.

Durbin pitched the eighth. He walked Belliard with one out but got Lo Duca to hit into a double-play behind him.

Lidge pitched the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans led off with a double, but Lidge got the next three behind him.

Durbin continues to see a lot of time in the eighth inning. Madson got a tough break with Werth falling down on the track on a play that could have been made, but his outing was shaky as he allowed three hits, including two doubles, in an inning. In his last four outings Madson has gone 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and five walks. That’s not good.

Overall in the game the pen went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Durbin and Lidge both pitched for the second straight day. I would have liked to have seen Manuel use someone from the bottom of his pen with the Phils up 8-3 in the seventh instead of Madson.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Dobbs on the bench with Bruntlett at third, which is a poor decision. Echoes of Nunez at third for Moyer’s starts ring in my ears. Ruiz catches.

Victorino, Utley and Howard singled back-to-back-to-back with one out in the first. It loaded the bases for Burrell and Burrell lined a single into left that scored Victorino and Utley and put the Phils up 2-0. Jenkins hit into a double-play behind Burrell to end the frame.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and Moyer bunted him to second. Rollins grounded to second for the third out.

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

In the fourth, Jenkins singled with one out and Bruntlett hit into a double-play behind him.

The Phillies started the fifth down 3-2. Ruiz led off with a single and Moyer drew a walk. Rollins doubled to right and Ruiz scored, tying the game at 3-3, with Moyer going to third. Victorino was next and singled into center, scoring Rollins and Moyer to make it 5-3. He went to second when Lo Duca mishandled the throw in from the outfield for an error. Utley was next and he clubbed a 1-0 pitch out to center. 7-3. Howard and Burrell grounded out before Jenkins walked. Bruntlett struck out for the third out.

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

Victorino led off the seventh with a home run that put the Phils up 8-3. Utley, Howard and Burrell went in order behind him.

Jenkins singled to right to start the eighth, but Bruntlett hit into a double-play behind him and Ruiz flew to left for the third out.

Werth led off the ninth with a walk and Rollins hit into a double-play behind him, the fourth on the day for the Phillies. Victorino flew to center for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double.

Victorino 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Jenkins 2-for-3 with a walk.

Bruntlett was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into two double-plays.

Ruiz 2-for-3. He has one extra-base hit since June 14.

Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.70) faces lefty John Lannan (6-10, 3.33) tonight. Lannan has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of his last ten starts, but the Nats have lost eight of those games. He’s actually been worse in his eight starts at home (2-5 with a 4.71 ERA) than in his 12 starts away from home (4-5 with a 2.57 ERA). Lannan made his major league debut on July 26, 2007 and broke Chase Utley’s right hand with a pitch. The Phillies have lost three of Kendrick’s last four starts. In those starts Kendrick has allowed 34 hits in 22 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .324 against him for the year. He has a 1.80 ratio against lefties and a 1.18 ratio against righties.


Brett all that against the Nats

Before this season is over the Phillies are going to need Brett Myers to pitch great against great offensive teams. Last night he didn’t get a chance as he faced the Washington Nationals, the worst offensive team in either league.

Meek offense or not, though, Myers gave the Phils his best start in a long time. He held the Nats to four singles and a walk over seven innings and needed just 88 pitches to pitch well into the eighth inning. He probably would have gotten through the eighth, but Utley booted a double-play ball in front of a left-handed hitter in a close game.

We’ll have to forgive Utley, what with winning the game and all. Bad hip or not, he gave the Phils all the runs they would need in the game with a two-run homer in the third. It was his first extra-base hit in 31 at-bats.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 2-1 to improve to 57-49 on the year. The Phillies have won three in a row.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. The run was unearned. All four hits were singles and he struck out two.

He set down the first six hitters he faced before he grazed Paul Lo Duca with an 0-1 pitch to leadoff the third. Felipe Lopez was next and a ground ball to first. Howard stepped on the bag and Lo Duca stopped in-between first and second and was eventually tagged out. Pitcher Collin Balester singled up the middle for the first hit of the game for the Nats before Willie Harris popped out to end the inning.

He hit Ronnie Belliard with another 0-1 pitch to start the fourth, drilling him in the middle of the back. Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double-play before Austin Kearns grounded to short.

Jesus Flores led off the fifth with a single, but Myers got the next three. Third straight inning the Nats put their leadoff man on base and he never made it to second.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Zimmerman walked to start the seventh. Myers got Kearns and Flores on fly balls before Lastings Milledge smashed a ground ball to third. Bruntlett, who had just entered the game defensively, didn’t field it cleanly. Rollins tried to pick it up but dropped the ball. Zimmerman rounded second and Bruntlett picked it up and threw to second where Zimmerman was tagged out. Awful base-running by Zimmerman gets Myers out of the worst situation he had faced all night.

The mistake on the bases also kept Myers’ pitch count down — he had already thrown 18 pitches in the inning.

Lo Duca led off the eighth with a single. Lopez was next and hit a double-play ball to Utley that Utley booted. With men on first and second nobody out, lefty Ryan Langerhans hit for the pitcher Charlie Manning and Cristian Guzman ran for Lo Duca at second. Romero came in to pitch to Langerhans and Langerhans put down a pretty bunt. Romero got on it quickly and nipped Langerhans at first for the first out as the runners moved to second and third. The lefty Harris was next and chopped a ball to third. Bruntlett threw to first for the second out, but Guzman scored and Lopez moved to third with the Phils’ lead cut to 2-1. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Belliard and got him to ground to second for the third out.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils up 2-1 and set the Nats down in order.

Two perfect innings for the pen coming off of a miserable series and then a day off, accentuating how critical rest (and pitching against terrible offensive teams) can be. Lidge threw 15 pitches and Durbin and Romero five each.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Collin Balester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Prior to the game the Phillies put Feliz on the DL and called right-handed hitter Mike Cervenak back up. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches.

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

Burrell singled with one out in the second. Jenkins was next and hit a ball back up the middle that Lopez fielded and flipped to Belliard at second. Belliard tried to barehand the ball and dropped it. Both runners were safe. Dobbs fouled out to first and Coste flew to left.

Rollins singled to left with one out in the third. Victorino flew to center for the second out before Utley hit a 1-0 pitch out to right to put the Phils up 2-0. It was Utley’s first home run since July 7 against the Mets. Howard followed with a single before Burrell went down swinging for the third out.

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

In the fifth, Victorino singled with two outs and was thrown out stealing second with Utley at the dish.

Burrell singled with two outs in the sixth, but Jenkins struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Myers hit for himself and struck out for the third out. He was up 2-0 and had allowed two singles in seven innings. He had only thrown 65 pitches.

Utley singled with two outs in the eighth but Howard flew to left for the third out.

Bruntlett singled with two outs in the ninth. Coste grounded to third for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-4.

Victorino was 1-for-4.

Utley 2-for-4 with his 26th home run, which was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit in the game.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Burrell 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Jenkins 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Just a brutal season for Jenkins and it’s hurting the Phils. Even forgetting the possibility of a trade, though, you’d think the Phils would have a left-handed hitter in their organization that could hit better than 237/290/394 playing almost exclusively against righties. If they don’t they should. Think you need to think about Dobbs in right against righties when Feliz comes back off the DL.

Dobbs 0-for-3.

Coste 0-for-4.

The Phillies didn’t have a walk in the game.

Jamie Moyer (9-6, 3.76) faces righty Tim Redding (7-5, 3.98) tonight. In two starts against the Phils this season Redding is 2-0 and has thrown 13 scoreless innings. Burrell, Howard and Rollins are a combined 0-for-17 against him this year. Righties have hit for a higher average against him (.270) this season than lefties (.252). The Phillies have lost five of the last seven games that Moyer has started and Moyer hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of them. He also hasn’t allowed a home run over 26 2/3 innings in his last four starts. Lefties are hitting .203 against him this season after hitting .309 against him in ’07. In 11 starts away from home he’s 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.18 ratio.


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