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Phils willing to go the extra mile not to muddy the waters around the closer situation for the Mets any further

A day after hammering the Mets 10-0 in the series opener, the Phils were right back at it last night. They scored nine runs in the first five innings, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in support of Worley. Stutes floundered a bit in the late innings, allowing three runs over two innings, but the Phils held on for a 9-4 win.

Mayberry continues to pound the ball for the Phils. Starting at first for a sidelined Howard, Mayberry went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer early in the game. He has hit seven home runs in his last 47 plate appearances.

Vance Worley is pretty impressive hisownself. Worley threw seven strong innings, striking out nine and holding the Mets to a single run. The Phillies are 14-2 in the games he’s started this season.

The Phillies are 83-44 on the year after beating the New York Mets 9-4 last night. They are 39 games above .500 for the first time this year.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out a career high nine and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.65.

He allowed back-to-back singles to Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada to start the game, putting men on first and third with nobody out for David Wright. Wright hit a ball to third with Polanco fielding and throwing home where Pagan was tagged out for the first out. With men on first and second, Worley struck Lucas Duda out looking 2-2 for the second out. Jason Bay was next and walked on five pitches to load the bases, but Worley got Nick Evans looking to leave the runners stranded.

Two big strikeouts for Worley helps keep New York off the board after the first two batters reach base.

Josh Thole started the second with a single to left and moved to third when Justin Turner followed with a double. Again Worley came up with strikeouts to work out of the jam. He struck pitcher Jon Niese out looking on three pitches. Pagan struck out looking 1-2 for the second out. Tejada struck out looking 3-2 to set New York down with two more runners stranded.

Five strikeouts for Worley through two innings. All five of them looking.

He struck Bay out swinging in a 1-2-3 third.

Up 4-0, he set New York down in order in the fourth.

Up 5-0, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth, striking Niese out looking for the first out.

He had a 9-0 lead when the threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Evans doubled to center to start the seventh and moved to third when Thole grounded to second for the first out. Turner was next and hit a ball slowly to second where Martinez made a nice play, fielding and making a glove-hand flip to first to get the second out as Evans scored to make it 9-1. Righty Scott Hairston hit for the pitcher Pedro Beato and Worley struck him out swinging for the third out.

Stutes started the eighth. He got the first two before Willie Harris singled to right. Duda was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch way out to right, cutting the lead to 9-3. Mike Baxter popped to short for the third out.

Stutes was back for the ninth. Evans led off and tripled to center. Thole was next and hit a ground ball to third. Polanco fielded and threw to first for the first out. Evans scored to make it 9-4. Turner followed that with a double to right, but Stutes got Jason Pridie, pinch-hitting for pitcher Bobby Parnell, on a fly ball to center that moved Turner to third for the second out and Pagan on a fly ball to left to end the game.

Not a good day for Stutes, who allowed three runs on four hits over two innings. Three of the hits went for extra-bases. Over his last 14 appearances he’s thrown to a 5.79 ERA and opponents have hit five home runs against him in 18 2/3 innings.

He threw 32 pitches in the game, which seems like a lot for a guy who enters with a 9-1 lead.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Pence (5) Mayberry (6) Francisco (7) Valdez (8) Schneider. Ibanez on the bench with a groin problem, Francisco in left. Howard on the bench with bursitis in his left foot, Mayberry at first. Valdez at short with Rollins on the DL. Victorino leads off with Rollins out of the lineup with Polanco moved up to second. Pence moves up to fourth with Howard out of the lineup. Four righties for the Phils 4-5-6-7. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench. The Phils have a day game today, but against a righty so they could have started Schneider today and Ruiz last night against the left-handed starter. After last night’s game, Schneider is 1-for-20 with an 050/174/050 line on the year against lefties. Not clear to why Manuel would do it the way he did unless Ruiz is banged up or he thought he needed Schneider’s left-handed bat in the lineup with lefties Howard and Ibanez sidelined. If he did it to get Schneider’s left-handed bat in the lineup I’m not sure it was a great idea.

Polanco and Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Francisco singled to left with two outs in the second and moved to third when Valdez followed with a double. Schneider struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Worley struck out looking to start the third, but Victorino was next and homered down the left field line to put the Phils up 1-0. Polanco followed that with a single to center and Utley was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Pence. Pence struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Mayberry was next, though, and blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-0. Francisco followed with a single to left, but Valdez struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Second huge home run for Mayberry in two days. He’s hitting 359/405/872 in August with six home runs in 39 at-bats. Big strikeout for Pence ahead of Mayberry. It was Pence’s tenth start of the year hitting in the cleanup spot and the results haven’t been good. Between the Phils and the Astros he’s hitting 200/263/257 for the year out of the four-hole in 38 plate appearances. 226/273/333 for his career in 99 plate appearances as a four-hitter. So maybe we’ve finally found something he can’t do?

Worley singled with one out in the fourth and moved to second when Victorino followed with a ground out to first. Polanco was next and he singled to left, scoring Worley to put the Phils up 5-0 with Polanco taking second on the throw home. Utley grounded to second for the third out.

Worley delivers a one-out hit and the Phils get a run out of it thanks to the two-out single by Polanco.

Pence and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second. Francisco walked and the bases were loaded. Righty Pedro Beato took over for Niese to pitch to Valdez. Valdez flew to right, deep enough for Pence to score (6-0) and Mayberry to move up to third. With men on first and third and one down, Schneider chopped a ball to first. Evans fielded and threw home, where a sliding Mayberry was tagged out for the second out. With men on first and second, Worley singled into center. Francisco scored to make it 7-0 with Schneider moving up to second. Victorino was next and lined a ball to center that Pagan misplayed and then hopped at as it went over his head. Victorino had a triple that cleared the bases with Francisco and Schneider scoring to make it 9-0. Polanco flew to right for the third out.

Second triple in two days gives Victorino a career-high 14 for the year. Jose Reyes is the only player in either league with more — Reyes has 16.

Utley led off the bottom of the sixth and was hit by a pitch. Martinez ran for him at first. Pence grounded into a double-play and Mayberry grounded to second to turn the Phils away.

Francisco doubled softly to right to start the seventh and moved to third on a hard-hit ground out by Valdez. Lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to Schneider and struck him out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Pete Orr, just activated when Hamels went on the DL, hit for Worley and struck out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Again Schneider with the lefty as he can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Orr has gotten three at-bats with the Phils since May 19. 271/331/406 at Triple-A this year in 251 at-bats.

The Phils went in order in the eighth.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBI. He’s hitting 364/446/643 in 149 plate appearances since the start of July. He missed a little more than two weeks in July.

Polanco 2-for-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting 231/288/271 in 279 plate appearances since the end of April.

Utley 0-for-2 and hit by two pitches. He’s 2-for-his-last-18.

Pence 1-for-4 with a single and three men left on base. The Phillies are 17-5 since he joined the team.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. 10-for-his-last-22 with three home runs and a 1.475 OPS.

Francisco 3-for-3 with a walk and a double. He had three hits since July 3 coming into the game. His numbers against lefties are still bad for the year. His numbers against rigthies are bad, too, but the numbers against lefties are more surprising. He’s hit 216/320/318 in 103 plate appearances against lefties for the season.

Valdez 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He’s played seven days in a row now, starting six days, and gone 6-for-23 with three walks and four extra-base hits. 261/333/478 over those 27 plate appearances.

Schneider 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and five men left on base. Again, putting him the lineup last night cause Ruiz needs to sit makes sense to me, but putting him in the lineup against the lefty cause he’s left-handed and Ibanez and Howard are on the bench wouldn’t. He’s 1-for-his-last-10. In 2010, Schneider was hitting 206/302/343 for the year after going 0-for-1 against the Padres on August 28 — he went 9-for-his-last-23 with six walks to end his ’10 season with a 240/345/384 line.

Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61) this afternoon. Pelfrey has a 3.86 ERA over his last 15 appearances, 14 of which have been starts. He’s made four starts against the Phils this year, one (May 28) of which has been good and three that have been awful. Overall he’s 0-2 against the Phils for the year with a 7.58 ERA. Howard is 4-for-10 against him for the season with a pair of home runs. Kendrick was great his last time out, forced into the game after a rain delay forced Oswalt from the game after zero pitches and holding the Nats to two runs over six innings. He’s made four appearances against the Mets this year, one start and three relief appearances, and thrown to a 1.76 ERA over 15 1/3 innings. Pelfrey and Kendrick faced off against each other on July 17 in New York, a game the Phils won 8-5. Kendrick pitched very well that day, holding the Mets to a run over seven innings while Martinez hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to pace the offense.


As Rollins goes, so go the Phils

The Phils lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL yesterday, but came out swinging last night against the Mets, scoring eight runs charged to Dillon Gee in the first four innings on their way to a 10-0 win. Mayberry and Pence both hit two-run homers in the game. Mayberry’s came off the righty starter after a groin problem forced Ibanez from the lineup.

Lee threw seven shutout innings in the game and was backed by two scoreless frames from Herndon. Again, Lee allowed one run in 42 innings in June and had an off month in July in which he threw to a 4.91 ERA in five starts. In his four starts so far in August, he has allowed two runs in 31 innings.

Since July 6, Herndon has allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings over 11 appearances.

The Phillies are 82-44 on the year after beating the New York Mets 10-0 last night. Thirty-eight games above .500 equals their best mark for the season — they were also 38 games over .500 after beating the Nats 5-0 on Saturday. They remain in first place in the NL East and are 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves. Atlanta has won five in a row and seven of eight and leads the Wild Card race by 8 1/2 games over the Giants.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing three singles and three walks. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.71.

He got Angel Pagan on a fly ball to center to start the game before Justin Turner hit a ball to short that Valdez didn’t handle for an error. Lee struck David Wright out looking for the second out and got Jason Bay to fly to center to leave Turner at first.

Not a great start to Valdez’s stint at short with Rollins hitting the DL.

Lucas Duda singled to right to start the second, but Lee got Scott Hairston to line to third and Ronny Paulino to bounce into a double-play to keep the Mets off the board.

Lee started the third up 3-0. Ruben Tejada led off with a single to left and pitcher Dillon Gee bunted him to second with the first out. Pagan struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out and Lee got Turner to ground to short to set New York down.

Up 5-0, Lee walked Bay with one out in the fourth. He struck Duda out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got Hairston to pop to Howard on a sliding over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to leave Bay stranded.

He pitched the fifth up 8-0. Nick Evans, double-switched into the game in the fourth, walked with two outs. Pagan grounded to second for the third out.

Lee hit Turner with a pitch to start the sixth, but struck out Wright and Bay behind him and got Duda on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Up 10-0, Lee walked Ronny Paulino with one out in the seventh. Tejada moved Paulino to second with a single, but Lee struck Evans out looking for the second out and got Jason Pridie on a popup to leave both runners stranded.

Herndon took over for Lee in the eighth. Wright singled with one out, but Herndon got Bay to hit into a double-play behind him.

Herndon was back for the ninth. Duda led off with a single to right, but Herndon got Willie Harris to hit into a double-play behind him. Paulino struck out looking 2-2 to end the game.

After four scoreless appearances to end July, Herndon has now thrown eight scoreless innings in August. After allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning to the Fish on July 6, he had a 5.14 ERA for the season. He threw 21 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Dillon Gee went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Polanco returns from the DL and starts at third. Rollins hits the DL with a strained groin with Valdez playing short. With Rollins sidelined, Victorino leads off and Polanco hits second. Ibanez was a scratch in left with a sore groin and Mayberry got the start against the righty.

Polanco singled to right with one out in the bottom of the first, but was left there when Utley flew out to center and Howard struck out swinging.

After Polanco singled and Utley flew out in the first, both were hitting .277 for the year.

Pence started the second with a single into center. Mayberry popped to short behind him for the first out and Ruiz flew to center for the second before Pence took second on a wild pitch with Valdez at the plate. Valdez singled into right and Pence scored, putting the Phils up 1-0. Lee followed that with another single into right, putting men on first and second with two down for Victorino. Victorino got ahead 3-0 then tripled into the right field corner on a 3-2 pitch, scoring both runners and extending the lead to 3-0. Polanco flew to center to leave Victorino at third.

It looks like the Phils were going to need the help of a wild pitch to score even one run, but Lee follows Valdez’s two-out single with his own two-out single and Victorino clears the bases with a triple.

Pence walked with two outs in the third. Mayberry was next and got behind, but hit a 1-2 pitch out to left to make it 5-0. Ruiz followed that with a double to center. Valdez got ahead 3-0 and was walked intentionally, bringing Lee to the plate with men on first and second. He grounded to second to end the inning.

Mayberry gets behind in the count, but delivers the long ball against a righty. It was home run number eleven on the year for him and his sixth that came with two strikes. Six home runs with two strikes put him into the team lead — he came into the game tied with Victorino and Rollins for the team lead with five two strike home runs.

Tejada made the best defensive play of the game on a foul ball hit by Utley for the first out, making a long run from short and sliding into the tarp to make the catch.

Victorino walked to start the bottom of the fourth and stole second before Polanco walked. Utley was next and he smashed a line drive that Duda caught at first for the first out. Howard struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Pence walked in a nine pitch plate appearance, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry walked on four pitches, forcing in Victorino to make it 6-0, and that was finally it for Gee. Righty Ryota Igarashi came in to pitch with the bases still loaded and Ruiz greeted him with a sharp single to center. Polanco and Pence both scored (8-0) with Mayberry moving up to third. Valdez grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco singled to right with two outs in the fifth, but was left stranded when Utley grounded back to the mound.

Howard singled to center to start the sixth and Pence hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center behind him. 10-0. Mayberry, Ruiz and Valdez went in order behind Pence.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

They went in order again in the eighth. Gload, who took over for Howard at first in the seventh, popped to third for the first out. Martinez, who took over at second for Utley in the seventh, struck out swinging 1-2 for the second.

Gload is 3-for-his-last-33 and hitting 229/247/277 for the season. Martinez 5-for-his-last-38.

Victorino was 1-for-4 in the game with a walk, a triple and two RBI. He’s hitting 362/436/623 so far in August. He hit his 13th triple of the year in the game, which ties his career high from 2009.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk in his first action since August 6.

Utley 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-16.

Howard 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts. Made a nice sliding catch in foul territory in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-13. 242/307/492 since the All-Star break.

Pence 2-for-3 with two walks and a two-run homer. He scored four runs. 321/409/564 in 21 games with the Phillies.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run homer and three RBI. 318/348/682 since the All-Star break with six home runs in 66 at-bats.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-15.

Valdez 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He’s played six straight days now, going 5-for-20 with two doubles, a triple and three walks.

Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) faces lefty Jon Niese (11-10, 4.05) tonight. Opponents have hit .315 against Niese over his last five starts as he’s thrown to a 5.14 ERA. He’s made four starts against the Phillies this year and the last three have been very good. The Phils hit him hard on April 7, scoring six runs in four innings. In his three starts against the Phils since, Niese has allowed three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings, throwing to a 1.37 ERA with a 1.22 ratio. Rain forced Worley from his most recent start, August 18 against the Snakes, after three shutout innings. Two of Worley’s last four starts haven’t been real good, but his numbers for the season are still outstanding. He’s been especially good against lefties, who have hit just 198/273/302 against him for the season. He has given up more home runs recently. After allowing just two over his first 62 1/3 innings on the year, he has allowed four over his last 29 innings.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He set the Pirates down in order in the fourth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Complete surprise

Vance Worley threw his the first complete game of his career last night, holding the Giants to two runs on three hits and a walk as the Phils pounded San Francisco for a 7-2 win.

The Phils are now 9-2 on the year in the 11 starts that Worley has made — that .818 winning percentage is the best for any of their starting pitchers. They are 17-4 (.810) when Halladay starts.

Worley hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. In those outings the Phils have gone 7-0 while Worley has thrown to a 1.14 ERA and opponents have hit .151 against him.

The bats have come alive for the Phillies in July. After scoring 3.69 runs a game in May and 3.78 runs a game in June, the Phils have scored 113 runs while going 14-6 so far in July. That’s about 5.65 runs per game.

The Phillies are 65-37 after beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 last night.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out five.

Andres Torres was the first batter of the game and hit a ball over Mayberry’s head and off the wall in right. Torres moved to third on a ground out by Jeff Keppinger and came home to score on Pablo Sandoval’s fly ball to left, putting the Giants up 1-0. Aubrey Huff flew to right for the third out.

Up 4-1, Worley set the Giants down in order in the second and again in the third.

Keppinger led off the fourth with a single. Sandoval popped to short for the first out and Huff flew to right for the second. Nate Schierholtz grounded to Utley to leave Keppinger stranded.

Worley had a 5-1 lead when he started the fifth. Cody Ross led off and hit a ground ball to third. Martinez fielded, but his throw to first was bad for an error. Worley left him stranded by striking out the next three hitters, getting Mike Fontenot, Eli Whiteside and pitcher Barry Zito all looking.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Up 6-1, he set the Giants down in order in the seventh.

He got the first two in the eighth before righty Aaron Rowand hit for the pitcher Zito. Rowand hit Worley’s first pitch out to left, cutting the Phillies lead to 6-2. Worley got Andres Torres on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Keppinger flew to center to start the ninth. Sandoval was next and drove a ball to left, but Ibanez made a nifty catch, timing his jump and crashing into the wall, for the second out. Worley walked Huff, then got Schierholtz to fly to right to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Mayberry (8) Schneider. Tim Lincecum was supposed to start the game for the Giants, but was scratched due to the flu. Mayberry played right instead of Brown, who was in the lineup before Lincecum was scratched.

Rollins and Martinez both flew out to start the bottom of the first with the Phils down 1-0. Utley followed with a single and came in to score when Howard doubled into the right field corner, tying the game at 1-1. Victorino walked after that and Ibanez hit the first pitch he saw from Zito out to right-center, putting the Phils up 4-1. Mayberry struck out to end the inning.

Ibanez stays in the lineup against the lefty with Francisco on the bench and delivers early. He came into the game hitting 221/250/379 against lefties.

The Phils went in order in the second and again in the third.

Victorino and Ibanez went down to start the fourth. Mayberry was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center, extending the lead to 5-1. Schneider struck out for the third out.

Score another for Manuel’s lineup against the lefty Zito.

They went in order in the fifth.

Utley led off the sixth and drove a ball to center. It hit off the wall and rolled and rolled towards right. Schierholtz finally got to it and threw it into the infield, but Utley raced all the way around and slid in just ahead of (or at about the same time as) the tag. He was called safe and the Phils were up 6-1. The Phils went in order behind him.

Very close play at the plate. Whiteside’s tag was high cause the relay came in on the third base side of home plate, but Utley might have been out.

Mayberry started the seventh with a double to left. He took off trying to steal third, but left too early. Zito stepped off and threw to second where he was picked off for the first out. Schneider walked behind him. Worley tried to bunt him to second, but struck out fouling off strike two. Rollins flew to center to end the inning.

Up 6-2, Martinez and Utley went down to start the eighth before Howard pounded a 1-0 pitch out to center. 7-2. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-20.

Martinez 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-16.

Utley 2-for-4 with a home run. 11-for-24 with four doubles and three home runs over his last nine games.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. 6-for-his-last-14. Twenty home runs on the year for Howard, all 20 of which have come against righties. He’s slugging .320 against lefties.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-16 with three walks.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. 5-for-his-last-11. 279/309/498 over his last 285 plate appearances since May 3.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. 353/353/647 in his last 34 plate appearances (12-for-34 with seven doubles and a home run).

Schneider 0-for-2 with a walk. He’s hitting .176 in 81 plate appearances for the year.

Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) faces righty Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) tonight. Lincecum has allowed one run or less in five or his last six starts, throwing to a 1.66 ERA with a 1.13 ratio over those six outings. Hamels has allowed more than two runs in a start once in his last 11 outings. Righties are hitting 199/246/288 against him for the year. Over his last 14 starts he’s allowed just four home runs in 96 2/3 innings. That’s about .37 home runs per nine innings compared to his career rate of about 1.07.

This suggests there is no timetable for Contreras’s return and that Blanton may not return at all this year.

Gary Finkler has combined sports blogging and sketching at 7thinningsketch.com


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