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Kyle vile

The Phillies have one extra-base hit, a double by Jimmy Rollins, over 64 at-bats in their last two games. If you’re going to hit like that you better pitch pretty well and the Phillies haven’t. After Jamie Moyer struggled on Tuesday, Kyle Kendrick lasted just three miserable innings yesterday afternoon. The bullpen pitched well behind him, but if the bullpen is the only part of your team playing well it isn’t not going to be enough.

It wasn’t yesterday.

The Phils have lofty goals for this season and with good reason. They aren’t hitting right now, but that’s a temporary problem that’s sure to solve itself. To make the playoff run that Phillies’ fans are looking for, though, the Phils are going to need a consistency from their starting pitching that they haven’t been getting and that the current rotation looks like it may be unable to provide. Jamie Moyer has been fantastic in some big starts for the Phils, but Cole Hamels is still the only guy in the rotation that most fans wouldn’t be surprised to see come up big in a big game against a good offense. Before the season is over the Phillies will hopefully be playing a lot of big games against big offenses all in a row. Cole Hamels won’t be pitching all of them.

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 to drop to 42-32 on the season. The Phils lose the series two games to one. They have lost three series in a row.

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

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia started the first with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for JD Drew and Drew hammered an 0-1 pitch out to right-center. 3-0. Mike Lowell was next he got ahead 2-1 before he smoked one out to left. 4-0. Kendrick got the next three.

Kendrick struck out the side in the second, setting down Julio Lugo, the pitcher Justin Masterson and Ellsbury in order.

Drew doubled to right with one out in the third. Lowell was grazed by a pitch to put men on first and second before Sean Casey lined to Utley for the second out. Jason Varitek walked to load the bases. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for Coco Crisp and lined a single into center. Drew and Lowell both scored, putting the Sox up 6-1, and Varitek went to third. Kendrick walked Lugo to load the bases but struck out Masterson again to the frame.

Condrey started the fourth after having thrown an inning the night before. Pedroia doubled to left with one out. Drew was next and singled to right-center. Pedroia scored easily and the Boston lead was 7-1. Howard made an over-the-shoulder catch on a popup by Lowell along the right field foul line for the second out before Casey moved Drew to second with a single. Varitek flew to center to leave both men stranded.

Lugo doubled with one out in the fifth. Condrey struck out Masterson and Ellsbury to leave him stranded.

Thank goodness for Masterson. The Red Sox might have scored 40.

Chad Durbin started the sixth with the Phillies down 7-2. Drew singled with one out before Durbin struck out Lowell for the second. Casey doubled into left and Drew went to third, but Durbin struck out Varitek to leave both runners stranded.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero pitched the eighth. Pedroia singled with one out and Drew moved him to second with the second. Romero walked the righty Lowell intentionally to get to the lefty Casey. Casey grounded to short for the third out.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth to drop his ERA on the year to 0.90.

The Phils burned through their pen the day before an off-day. Phils’ relievers allowed one run in six innings while striking out eight. Pitching for his second day in a row, Condrey threw 30 pitches. Durbin 19, Romero 18, Seanez 12 and Lidge 14.

Drew was 4-for-5 with four RBI in the game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Justin Masterson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. The slumping Jenkins in right against the righty. Dobbs plays third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Down 4-0 in the first, Victorino walked with one out. Utley grounded to second for the second out and Victorino moved to second. Howard singled into right and Victorino scored to get the Phils on the board at 4-1. Burrell flew to center for the third out.

Jenkins started the second with a walk. Dobbs was next and hit a ground ball to second. Jenkins was forced at second for the first out. Ruiz was hit by a pitch to put men on first and second. Kendrick was next and bunting, but he popped it up. Casey caught it and threw to second to double-off Dobbs and end the inning.

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

And the fourth.

Dobbs and Ruiz singled back-to-back to start the fifth. It put men on first and third and Werth hit for Condrey. Werth chopped a ball to short and Ruiz was forced at second for the first out. Werth beat out the relay and Dobbs scored to cut the Boston lead to 7-2. Utley grounded to first to end the inning with Werth stranded.

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

With lefty Javier Lopez on the mound, Bruntlett hit for Dobbs to start the seventh. Righty Craig Hansen came in to pitch to him and Bruntlett reached on an infield single. Bruntlett stole second before Ruiz walked and Feliz hit for Seanez. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Feliz reached out and hit a 3-2 pitch into center for a single. Both runners scored and the Boston lead was cut to 7-4. Rollins moved Feliz to second with a walk. Victorino got behind 0-2 and then popped to second for the first out. Utley lined an 0-2 pitch to left for the second. Howard went down swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Despite sending 2-3-4 in their order to the plate, the Phils can’t get any more after putting men on first and second with nobody out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Coste hit for Romero with two outs and struck out looking.

Ruiz, Feliz and Rollins went in order in the ninth. Ruiz got a tough call on a pitch out of the strike zone to strike out to start the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 289/353/468 for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base. 3-for-11 with a double in the set. 278/347/389 for the year.

Utley was 0-for-4 in the game and left five men on base. 0-for-13 with zero walks in the series. 0-for-his-last-20. 294/385/606.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple and two home runs in the series. 221/319/486.

Burrell was 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-10 with a triple in the series. 280/421/593 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-7 in the series and 2-for-his-last-27. 256/305/405. Werth was 0-for-1 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-5 in the set. 268/351/490.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 in the game in his only action in the series. 362/396/500 for the year. Feliz 1-for-2 with two RBI in the game. 3-for-8 in the series. 262/316/418.

Ruiz 1-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-9 in the series. 230/311/311 on the season. Coste 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-2 in the series. He’s hitting 306/364/529 for the year and 214/241/357 in June.

No game today. Angels tomorrow.

Dan Gattuso, who used to pen the blog Phoglights, is back in the blogging saddle with the Phillies Sports Blog, which you can check out here.


Lester’s luster flusters Phils

Jon Lester baffled the Phils last night, holding them to six singles in seven shutout innings. The Phillies have scored three runs or less in four of their last seven games.

Jamie Moyer held the Red Sox to a pair of runs over five innings, but wasn’t as sharp as he’s been for much of the year. He walked five batters, which is as many as he walked in his five starts in June combined.

Boston also ran wild on the Phils. They stole six bases with Ruiz behind the plate. You would think a lot of this could be blamed on the slow-throwing Moyer, but only two of the six came with Moyer on the mound.

The Phils failed to do just about anything offensively. Howard’s recent surge was sidelined as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Utley and Burrell were also both 0-for-4. With an 0-for-his-last-16, Utley has his batting average at .299. Yesterday was is the first time since June 2, 2007 that Utley has ended a day with a batting average under .300.

The Phils should consider extreme measures to ensure that Ruiz never gets to bat with a runner on first base.

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. With the 3-0 loss they are 42-31 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and will be decided this afternoon.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run home run by Coco Crisp. Moyer struck out four.

He walked Julio Lugo to start the game. Dustin Pedroia flew to left for the first out before JD Drew moved Lugo to second with a ground ball that went off the glove of Howard and to Utley. Manny Ramirez reached on an infield single, moving Lugo to third, before Moyer got Mike Lowell to ground to third for the third out.

Moyer walked Jason Varitek to start the second. Sean Casey hit a ground ball to second and Varitek was forced at second for the first out. Coco Crisp hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left and the Red Sox led 2-0. Moyer got the pitcher Jon Lester to ground to second for the second out before Lugo and Pedroia walked back-to-back. Lugo stole third before Drew struck out to end the frame.

Moyer walked Lowell with one out in the third. Varitek followed and Moyer struck him out for the second out before Casey moved Lowell to second with a single. Crisp grounded to second for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a nice play on a ground ball Lester hit back up the middle for the first out.

Lowell singled with two outs in the fifth, but Moyer struck out Varitek to leave him stranded.

Madson started the sixth. Crisp singled with one out and stole second with Lester showing bunt. Lester struck out swinging for the second out and Crisp stole third. Lugo hit a 3-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left for a double. Crisp scored and Boston led 3-0. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Drew, but he got the next three hitters to end the frame.

Seanez started the eighth with the Phils down 3-0. Casey walked to start the inning, but Seanez struck out Crisp for the first out. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for the pitcher Lester and Casey stole second as Seanez struck Lester out. Lugo went down swinging to end the frame and leave Casey stranded.

Condrey started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia. Drew flew to left for the first out. Ellsbury hit a ground ball to second and Pedroia was forced at second for the second out. With Lowell at the plate, Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame. Not a good play to get caught stealing to end the inning when you’re in scoring position.

Condrey’s role appears to have evolved to the point where he’s pitching in games that are not out of reach. One run in four innings for the bullpen. Madson threw 41 pitches, so he’s out for a while. Seanez 23, Condrey 17.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with the lefty on the mound. Ruiz catches.

Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Victorino stole second, but Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

Werth and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Ruiz got ahead 2-0 and then hit a hard ground ball to third. Lowell took it and started an inning-ending double-play. The game was delayed for a brief ceremony to honor the Red Sox for getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into the one millionth double-play of his career and Jon Lester was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Applebee’s (that didn’t really happen — Ruiz has hit into eight double-plays in 159 at-bats this season and 28 for his career. He probably won’t pass the million mark till 2010 or so).

Rollins singled with one out in the third. Victorino hit a ground ball to short and Rollins was forced at second for the second out. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and the fifth. Taguchi hit for Moyer with two outs in the fifth and lined to third on another nice play by Lowell.

Rollins led off the sixth with a walk. Victorino was next and lined to third and Lowell doubled Rollins off of first. Utley popped to first for the third out.

With two outs in the seventh, Werth and Feliz again singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Victorino flew to right and Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. He struck Howard out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Burrell struck out on three pitches and Werth struck out on three pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base and left three men on base.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 3-4-5 in the lineup go 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and left four men on base.

Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) faces 23-year-old righty Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) this afternoon. Masterson has made five starts for the Red Sox and gone at least six innings in all of them. Opponents are hitting just .168 against him, righties .130 and lefties .208. His walk rate and his home run rates are both high — in 31 innings he has walked 15 and allowed five home runs. The Phillies have won nine of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties still pound him, they’re hitting .331 against him for the year. He has oddly been much better at home (3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.10 ratio in six starts) than on the road (3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.76 ratio in eight starts).


Flyin’ Ryan

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
BOS 44-28 371 5.15 X 806 (x) 64 12
PHI 41-30 381 5.37 2 795 (2) 48 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
BOS 44-28 301 4.18 X 3.77 (x) 3.95 (x)
PHI 41-30 291 4.10 3 4.40 (8) 2.62 (1)

Ryan Howard is going to have to hit for a while to get some of his numbers for the season up to where everyone expects them to be. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem. Howard’s 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI paced the Phillies to a win against the Red Sox last night. He’s 9-for-his-last-18 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Despite his .224 average, Howard is tied for the league lead in RBI and tied for second in home runs.

The talk of a possible World Series matchup is way premature, but it doesn’t change the fact that last night’s game also saw Cole Hamels shut down one of the better offenses in baseball. Hamels held Boston to two runs over seven innings and the Phillies won for the eighth time in the last ten games he has started.

The Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox last night, winning 8-2 to improve to 42-30 on the season.

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

Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels struck out JD Drew and Manny Ramirez to leave him stranded.

Sean Casey doubled to right with one out in the second and Julio Lugo followed with a walk. Hamels struck out pitcher Bartolo Colon for the third out.

Pedroia singled with one out in the third, but Hamels got Drew to pop to short and Manny on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Casey singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Lugo followed with a double. Hamels again struck out Colon to end the frame.

With one out in the fifth, Pedroia got ahead 3-1 and hit one way out to left to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Drew followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. Hamels got Ramirez and Mike Lowell on ground balls to set Boston down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.

Hamels started the eighth up 8-2 having thrown 102 pitches. He got ahead of Drew 0-2 before throwing four straight balls. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Manny and got him to hit into a double-play. Lowell popped to short for the third out.

Durbin returned for the ninth and gave up a two-out double to Brandon Moss, but struck out Alex Cora to end the game.

Durbin seemed like an odd choice with a six-run lead after he threw an inning on Sunday. Condrey or Seanez would have been my guess. Durbin threw 17 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the year with two scoreless innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bartolo Colon went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Rollins led off the first and got ahead 1-0 before he ripped a ball down the right field line. 1-0. Victorino followed with a double before Utley struck out for the first out. Howard got ahead 1-0 and then he hit one out to the opposite field. 3-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins grounded out and Feliz struck out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the second and Rollins moved him to second with a walk. Utley popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

Howard started the first and pounded one out to left-center to put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell followed with a single, but Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz all went down behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice diving play in center to take a hit away from Ruiz for the third out.

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

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit one high off the wall in center. The ball rolled a long way — long enough for Burrell to wind up at third with his first triple since August 11, 2006. Jenkins struck out to leave him stranded.

Feliz walked to start the sixth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third. Rollins ripped a single into right-center and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 6-2. Victorino singled and Rollins went to third. Utley was next and he hit a check swing ground ball to short. It wasn’t hit hard enough for Boston to turn two. Rollins scored and it was 7-2 with Utley on first and two down. Howard hammered the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center. Ellsbury dove for it at the warning track and the ball went off his glove. Howard had a triple and Utley scored to put the Phils up 8-2. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him. Jenkins grounded out for the third out.

If you thought that Howard and Burrell were both going to triple in the game you could have gotten some pretty nice odds.

Hamels singled with two outs in the seventh, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Just his sixth of the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Burrell 2-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 0-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-28.

Feliz 0-for-3.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Jamie Moyer (7-3, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Lester (5-3, 3.43) tonight. Lester hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. Lefties and righties are hitting about the same against him (.253 for righties and .240 for lefties), but his walk rate for righties is much higher. Righties are on-basing .338 against him this season compared to .301 for lefties. Moyer comes off of eight shutout innings against the Marlins in which he allowed two hits. The Phillies have won the last six games he has started.


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