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Saturday afternoon’s alright for pitching

Sunday is apparently pretty good, too.

The Phils took two of the last three in San Francisco over the weekend, winning a series that featured a game two brawl and a lot of excellent pitching three games to one.

The Phils won 9-2 on Friday in a game that will be most remembered for a sixth-inning brawl. The Phils scored four runs in the fourth with the help of homers from Victorino and Mayberry to take a 4-1 lead. They extended the lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Polanco knocked Rollins in from second. They had scored three more in the sixth, extending their lead to 8-2, when Ramon Ramirez drilled Victorino in the back. Victorino started a slow walk towards the mound, with Ramirez moving towards him, the catcher Whiteside in-between and Polanco coming in fast from first. Whiteside tackled Polanco and the melee was on, ending with Ramon, Whiteside and Victorino all ejected. Pence homered in the seventh to extend the lead to 9-2, which is how it ended. Worley got the win in another strong start, holding San Francisco to two runs over seven innings.

Hamels was fantastic on Saturday, throwing a complete game as the Phils won 2-1. Rollins started the game with a double and Utley walked two batters later. Pence singled to right to put the Phils up 1-0. The throw came into third and Utley would have been out by a lot, but Pablo Sandoval dropped the ball and Ibanez was allowed to hit with two outs and men on first and third. Ibanez struck out, but not before a passed ball that allowed Utley to score from third and put the Phils up 2-0. Hamels kept the Giants off the board for 8 2/3 strong innings, but Sandoval homered with two outs in the ninth to make it 2-1 before Hamels got Orlando Cabrera on a ground ball to short to end the game.

Oswalt made his first start since June 23 yesterday, allowing three runs over six innings as the Phils fell to Lincecum and the Giants 3-1.

The Phillies are 74-40 on the year after losing to the San Francisco Giants yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series three games to one and are in first place in the NL East, 8 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies in yesterday’s game and went six innings, allowing three runs on 12 hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Jeff Keppinger singled to center with one out in the bottom of the first, but Oswalt got Carlos Beltran to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pablo Sandoval started the second with a single into center, but Oswalt got Aubrey Huff to hit into a double-play behind him. Orlando Cabrera followed that with a double to left center and Nate Schierholtz walked behind Cabrera, but Oswalt got Chris Stewart to pop to Rollins to leave both men stranded.

Two double-plays help Oswalt through the first two innings.

Oswalt started the third up 1-0. Keppinger singled with two outs, but Oswalt struck Beltran out swinging to leave him at first.

Sandoval doubled to right to start the fourth and held second when Huff followed with a single to left on a ball that eluded Rollins. Cabrera flew to left for the first out before Schierholtz loaded the bases with a single to right. Stewart was next and he singled into center with everyone moving up a base and Sandoval scoring to tie the game at 1-1. Lincecum was next and he put a bunt down out in front of the plate, but Ruiz made a very nice play to jump on the ball and come back to home in time to get Huff for the second out. Oswalt got Torres on a fly ball to center to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Keppinger and Beltran singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and third for Sandoval. Sandoval hit a ball to Howard and Howard came home, with Ruiz tagging out Keppinger for the first out. Oswalt walked Huff to load the bases for Cabrera, who flew to center for the second out, but deep enough for Beltran to score (2-1) and Sandoval to move to third. Schierholtz flew to center for the third out.

Oswalt was fortunate to allow just two runs in the fourth and fifth, allowing a double, five singles and a walk in two innings.

It wasn’t much better in the sixth, but again Oswalt didn’t allow more than a run. Stewart led off with a single to center and Lincecum bunted him to second. Torres singled to left and Stewart took third. Keppinger was next and he hit a fly ball to right, deep enough for Stewart to tag, score and put the Giants up 3-1 with two down and Torres on first. Torres stole second before Oswalt struck Beltran out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.

Lidge pitched the seventh. He walked Huff with one out and Huff stole second before Lidge got Cabrera swinging for the second out. Lidge walked the lefty Schierholtz intentionally to put men on first and second and got Stewart on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Not really a fan of the intentional walk to Schierholtz. Lidge has now made six appearances for the Phils and been charged with just one run.

Stutes pitched the eighth. Keppinger singled with two outs, but Stutes got Rowand on a popup to second for the third out.

Stutes has allowed one run in seven innings over his last six appearances. He threw 17 pitches in the game, Lidge 16.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Polanco out of the starting lineup with a problem with his right hip. Martinez takes over for him at third.

Rollins led off the game with a walk, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Ruiz singled with two outs in the second, but Martinez grounded to second for the third out.

Oswalt started the second with a single and moved to second when Rollins grounded to first for the first out. Victorino struck out looking for the second out, but Utley singled into right and Oswalt came around to score and put the Phils up 1-0. Howard struck out swinging to leave Utley at first.

Ruiz and Martinez singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Oswalt, who grounded back to Lincecum to end the frame.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Rollins started the fifth with a single. The Phils went in order behind him.

Second time in the game that Rollins got on base to start the inning and the Phils went quietly behind him.

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

Down 3-1, they went in order in the seventh.

Utley singled with one out in the eighth. Howard flew to center for the second out. Pence was next and he hit a rocket to first base that went through Huff’s legs and into right, putting runners on first and third. Lefty Javier Lopez came into the game and got Ibanez to fly to left, leaving both runners stranded.

Pence’s ball was originally ruled a hit, then changed to an error. The change means it’s Pence’s first game with the Phils in which he doesn’t get a hit.

Righty Brian Wilson started the ninth and got Ruiz to ground to short for the first out. Francisco was next and popped a ball up that eluded Cabrera and dropped for a double. Gload hit for Stutes at the tying run and flew to left. Rollins hit a ball hard, but Mike Fontenot knocked it down at second and threw to first in time to get Rollins and end the game.

Gload is 2-for-his-last-17. Francisco 2-for-his-last-15. His doubleish was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He was 4-for-16 with a double and two walks in the four-game series. 263/337/396 for the year. 292/366/483 over his last 134 plate appearances.

Victorino 0-for-4. 5-for-13 with a home run and two walks in the series. 306/384/525 on the year.

Utley 2-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-12 with a walk in the series. 288/379/479 for the year.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out three times and left four men on base. 1-for-12 with a walk and eight strikeouts in the set. 250/338/483 on the year

Pence 0-for-4. 7-for-17 with two home runs and four RBI in the series. He’s hitting 311/357/481 on the year and 342/366/579 in 42 plate appearances with the Phillies.

Ibanez 0-for-4. 4-5-6 in the order go 0-for-12 in the game. Ibanez was 1-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 243/290/423 for the season.

Ruiz 2-for-4. 2-for-10 in the series. 265/366/375 on the year. 309/387/436 since the All-Star break.

Martinez 1-for-3 in the game and in the series. 221/265/314 for the season. Polanco was 3-for-11 with a walk in the series and is hitting 275/330/342 for the year. He’s hitting 184/254/228 over his last 126 plate appearances. 223/280/264 in 269 plate appearances since the end of April.

Halladay (14-4, 2.55) starts tonight against righty Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96). Kuroda has allowed one run in 13 innings over his last two starts to drop his ERA under 3.00 for the year. Halladay has made four career starts against the Dodgers, going 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.03 ratio. On June 18, 2002, Halladay threw a complete game four-hitter against LA in LA while with the Blue Jays.

Polanco is back in Philadelphia for an MRI.


Returns from Mayberry

The Phils did it again last night, winning in extra-innings for the second straight day to take their fourth in a row. Down to their last strike with two outs in the ninth, pinch-hitter John Mayberry launched a two-run homer off of right-handed closer Huston Street that sent the game into extra-innings. Victorino led off the tenth with a solo home run that proved to be the game-winner as the Phils took the first of three in Colorado, 4-3.

Madson and Bastardo continue to shine at the back of the pen for the Phils, throwing two shutout innings in last night’s game. They have each now pitched three days in a row — over those three games they have combined to allow two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and the Phils have won two one-run games. For the year, Bastardo and Madson have combined to throw 80 innings in which they’ve pitched to a 1.58 ERA with an 0.93 ratio and struck out 90.

The Phillies are 69-39 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in ten innings last night. They have won four games in a row and are 30 games over .500 for the first time on the year. They are in first place in the NL East, seven games ahead of the Braves. Seven games is their biggest lead in the division on the year.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run homer. He struck out five.

He set the Rockies down in order in the bottom of the first.

Ty Wigginton singled with one out in the second and stole second before Chris Nelson struck out for the second out. It brought Seth Smith to the plate and the lefty hit a 2-1 pitch out to center, putting the Rockies up 2-0. Chris Iannetta grounded to third for the third out.

Hamels has been fantastic at preventing home runs this year, cutting his home run rate about in half compared to his career numbers. Lefties have fared better against him than righties for the season — they came into the game hitting 237/272/381 against Hamels while righties had hit 200/248/292.

He threw a 1-2-3 third. Rollins made a very nice play on a ball hit up the middle by Eric Young for the second out, fielding deep near second base, spinning and throwing to first in time to get the speedy Young.

Wigginton and Nelson singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, putting men on first and third for Smith. Hamels got him this time, getting Smith on a ground ball to first to leave both runners stranded.

The pitcher Jhoulys Chacin singled with one out in the fifth and moved to second when Young singled behind him. Hamels walked Dexter Fowler on five pitches and the bases were loaded. He got out of it, though, striking Mark Ellis out on three pitches and Troy Tulowitzki swinging 3-2.

Five men left on base for the Rockies in the fourth and fifth. Two big strikeouts for Hamels in the fifth keeps Colorado off the board after loading the bases with one out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Colorado lead was cut to 2-1 when Stutes started the seventh. Iannetta led off and the righty hit a 1-0 pitch out to left center, making it 3-1. Stutes got the next two before walking Fowler, but Ruiz threw Fowler out trying to steal second to end the inning.

Stutes was back to pitch the eighth. He walked Tulowitzki with one out, but got Wigginton and Nelson on a pair of fly balls to leave him at first.

Stutes has allowed at least one run in four of his last seven appearances, throwing to a 5.23 ERA with a 1.35 ratio.

Bastardo started the ninth with the game tied at 3-3. Smith led off with a single to left and Iannetta bunted him to second with the first out. Switch-hitter Jonathan Herrera hit for the pitcher Huston Street and grounded to short with Smith moving to third and two down. Ryan Spilborghs grounded to short to leave Smith at third.

The single by Smith is the only hit or walk that Bastardo has allowed in his last five appearances.

Madson started the tenth with a 4-3 lead. He set Colorado down in order, getting Fowler on a fly ball to center, Ellis on a ground ball to short and Tulowitzki on a popup to second.

Madson has now made eight appearances since returning from the DL in mid-July, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk.

Stutes threw 39 pitches in the game. Bastardo 18 and Madson eight. Madson and Bastardo have each thrown three days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jhoulys Chacin went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Ibanez (7) Polanco (8) Ruiz. Victorino continues to hit second with Pence fifth. Polanco back in the lineup and hitting seventh.

Utley walked with two outs in the top of the first, but Howard flew to left to leave him stranded.

Ibanez walked with one out in the second and moved to second when Polanco followed with a single to left center. Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the threat.

Down 2-0, Rollins was hit by a pitch with one out in the third. Victorino was next and hit a ball back up the middle that was deflected by Chacin and went to Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki made a nice play, picking the ball and flipping to second for the second out. Utley was next and he doubled to right. Smith played it nicely off the wall in right, though, and Ellis cut his throw and made a strong throw home where Victorino was tagged out on a close play to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz doubled with one out in the fifth, but Hamels and Rollins both struck out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Pence led off the seventh with a single. Ibanez was next and hit a high fly ball to deep center field. Fowler seemed to lose track of it and the ball fell on the track for a double. Pence scored, cutting the lead to 2-1. Polanco grounded to short and Ruiz popped to the pitcher for the first two outs. With the righty Chacin still pitching for Colorado, Gload hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils can’t bring Ibanez home from second with nobody out. Polanco doesn’t move him to third with the first out of the inning.

Down 3-1, Victorino singled with one out in the eighth. Lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to Utley and Utley singled to left, moving Victorino up to second. Howard grounded to second for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Righty Rafael Betancourt took over for Reynolds and struck out Pence to leave the runners at second and third.

Huston Street was on in the ninth with a two-run lead. He struck out Ibanez for the first out and got Polanco to fly to center for the second. Ruiz was next and he doubled to left. Mayberry hit for Stutes. He got behind 1-2, then worked the count full and fouled off two pitches before hitting a ball out to left center, tying the game at 3-3. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Domonic Brown, the would-be second legitimate lefty power threat off the bench behind Gload, is in Triple-A, so Mayberry has to hit against the righty. Worked out pretty well.

Victorino led off the ninth and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left off of lefty Rex Brothers, putting the Phils up 4-3. Utley and Howard both struck out behind him before Pence popped to short.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. 7-for-his-last-21 with three walks.

Victorino 2-for-5 with home run. His .528 slugging percentage is the best on the team. 367/457/633 in 71 plate appearances since the beginning of July.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 8-for-his-last-22 with four extra-base hits.

Howard 0-for-5. 1-for-10 since going 4-for-4 on Saturday.

Pence 1-for-5. 3-for-14 with a double for the Phillies so far.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. He’s 11-for-his-last-34 with four doubles and three home runs. 277/314/507 over his last 312 plate appearances after hitting 154/238/209 in his first 101 plate appearances on the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 and couldn’t move Ibanez to third with the first out of the seventh. He’s a Polancoish 3-for-9 with three singles and no walks since returning from the DL.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two doubles. 343/450/537 in 82 plate appearances since July 2.

Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) faces righty Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05) tonight. Cook didn’t pitch until June this year, recovering from a broken finger. In the nine starts he’s made he’s been hit hard, allowing 68 hits and 21 walks in 51 2/3 innings. His best start of the year came his last time out when he threw seven shutout innings against the Dodgers. Kendrick still can’t get lefties out — they’re hitting 266/372/516 against him for the year compared to 263/292/366 for righties.

Oswalt allowed two runs in six innings for the IronPigs last night. He is expected return this weekend to start against the Giants.


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.


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.


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.


The gang’s all here

Let’s hope they stay a while.

Everyone showed up last night and the Phils mashed the Marlins, winning 9-1. Howard, Utley, Brown and Rollins combined to hit five home runs that drove in eight runs. Brown hit two solo home runs in the first multi-homer game of his career.

Over the last three games, Utley and Howard have combined to go 11-for-21 with five walks, four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.

In his last 13 starts, Hamels has thrown to a 1.99 ERA with an 0.85 ratio and struck out 94 in 95 innings.

The Phillies are 41-26 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 9-1 last night. They have won four in a row and lead the NL East by 3 1/2 games over the second-place Braves. They’ve scored 27 runs in their current four-game winning streak.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on three singles and a walk. He struck out six and lowered his ERA on the year to 2.49.

Hanley Ramirez was the first batter of the game and flew to center for the first out. Emilio Bonifacio was next and singled to center. Logan Morrison moved him to third with a single before Gaby Sanchez grounded. Howard took it to first for the second out as Bonifacio scored to make it 1-0 and Morrison took second. Mike Stanton grounded to third for the third out.

The Phils were up 2-1 when Hamels set Florida down in order in the second. He got John Buck on a fly ball to right, Omar Infante on a ground ball to third and Wes Helms on a ground ball to short.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third, getting pitcher Chris Volstad on a ground ball to second, Ramirez swinging and Bonifacio on a ground ball to short.

Up 4-1, he set the Marlins down in order again in the fourth.

It was 5-1 when he threw a 1-2-3 fifth. He had thrown 61 pitches through five innings.

6-1 when he threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh up 8-1. Morrison led off and hit a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Sanchez moved Morrison to second with a single to right. Stanton hit a ground ball to third and Sanchez was forced at second for the first out, with Morrison moving up to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Hamels struck Buck out looking 2-2 for the second out and Infante out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Hamels had retired 17 straight before Morrison reached on Howard’s error.

Hamels started the eighth with a 9-1 lead. He walked Helms to start the inning and righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher Edward Mujica. Herndon took over for Hamels and struck Martinez out for the first out and Ramirez for the second. Bonifacio moved Helms to third with a single, but Herndon got Morrison on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.

Stanton and Buck singled back-to-back with one out in the ninth and Herndon still pitching for the Phils. It brought Infante to the plate with runners on first and second and he grounded to short with Buck forced at second for the second out and Stanton moving to third. Helms grounded to Polanco to end the game.

Herndon threw 33 pitches in the game. He may be sent down on Saturday when Worley is called up. He’s allowed just one run, which was unearned, over ten innings in his last six appearances.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Polanco (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Ruiz. Polanco hits fifth for the third time this year, with Victorino second behind Rollins. Doesn’t seem like a great choice, what with two lefties right behind him in Ibanez and Brown. Polanco came into the game having hit 248/296/301 in 170 plate appearances since the end of April.

The Phils were down 1-0 when Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single to center. Victorino struck out looking behind for the first out and Utley flew to left for the second, but Howard hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 2-1. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.

Ibanez, Brown and Ruiz went in order in the second.

Victorino singled with two outs in the third. It brought Utley to the plate and he hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 4-1. Howard walked before Polanco flew to right to end the inning.

Ibanez grounded to first to start the fourth. Brown was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right for his third homer of the year, putting the Phils up 5-1. Ruiz and Hamels went in order behind him.

Victorino singled with one out in the fifth and moved to third when Utley followed with a double to right. Howard was walked intentionally to load the bases for Polanco. Polanco hit a fly ball to right that wasn’t that deep, but Victorino tagged and slid in just safe ahead of the throw from Stanton, which was on line but came in on a couple of hops. Utley moved up to third with Howard holding first, so it brought Ibanez to the plate with two down, men on the corners and the Phils up 6-1. Ibanez flew to Bonifacio in left-center to leave the runners stranded.

Two extra-base hits for Utley in three innings.

Ruiz singled with one out in the sixth. Hamels tried to bunt him to second, but fouled two pitches off and then struck out swinging. Rollins picked him up, though, hitting a 1-0 pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 8-1. Victorino followed that with a double and Utley walked behind him, but Howard grounded to the pitcher to end the inning with both men stranded.

With two outs in the seventh, Brown hit an 0-2 pitch out to right. 9-1. Ruiz lined back to the mound on a nice play by Mujica for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. Herndon hit for himself and struck out for the first out.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Victorino 3-for-5 with a double. He’s 10-for-his-last-23 with two doubles and a triple. He’s now at 302/412/395 in 52 plate appearances since returning from the DL.

Utley was 2-for-3 with walk and a two-run homer. 6-for-his-last-11 with two walks, three doubles, two home runs and six RBI.

Howard 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run homer. 5-for-his-last-10 with three walks, a double, a homer and six RBI.

Polanco 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting 242/291/297 in 142 plate appearances since the end of the day on May 8.

Ibanez was 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-12.

Brown was 2-for-4 with two solo homers. He’s 3-for-his-last-22 with three homers and four walks.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-his-last-14.

The Phils play a day/night double-header with the Marlins today. Kendrick (3-4, 3.47) will start the day game for the Phils against righty Elih Villanueva. Villanueva will be making his major league debut. Halladay (9-3, 2.39) will face righty Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06) tonight.

Hamels had a problem with his back at the end of last night’s start, but in this article says he thinks he’ll make his next start.


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