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Not running out popups isn’t what made Jimmy Rollins the MVP of the National League, but yesterday it’s what made him a spectator. Rollins failed to show the hustle fans have come to expect from him after hitting an easy fly ball into shallow left field in the third inning. He found himself on the bench a couple of innings later.

Cole Hamels made sure he saw a good show.

Coming off two straight miserable starts, Hamels was simply brilliant. He needed just 103 pitches to throw a three-hit shutout. Rollins’ replacement at short Eric Bruntlett made a brilliant defensive play in the top of the eighth to end the inning and rob the Reds of a run.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, winning 5-0 to improve to 36-26 on the season. They take the four-game set three games to one.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, all doubles, and walking three. He struck out four.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Edwin Encarnacion walked with two outs in the second. Paul Janish was next and doubled to center, moving Encarnacion to third. Hamels walked David Ross to load the bases and got the pitcher Homer Bailey to pop to first for the third out.

Ken Griffey Jr doubled off the wall in left-center with two outs in the third, but Hamels struck out Brandon Phillips to end the frame.

Joey Votto walked to start the fourth with the Phils up 1-0, but Encarnacion hit into a double-play behind him. Janish flew to left for the third out.

Hamels didn’t allow a base runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh.

He started the eighth up 5-0. Jerry Hairston doubled with two outs and it brought up Jay Bruce. Bruce hit a ball hard in between short and third, but Bruntlett made a diving play to the third base side of short to field the ball. His throw to first was very strong and, with the help of a great stretch from Howard, nipped Bruce for the third out.

With one out in the ninth Phillips grounded to third. Howard was pulled of the bag by Feliz’s throw and Feliz was charged with an error. Votto flew to left for the second out and pinch-hitter Corey Patterson fouled out to first to end the game.

Second complete game shutout in five starts for Hamels.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Homer Bailey 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.

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

Ruiz singled with one out in the third and Hamels bunted him to second. Rollins hit a high fly ball into shallow left field. The shortstop Janish backed up and got under it but didn’t catch it. Ruiz scored on the error and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins should have been on second, but didn’t run hard out of the box and had to hold first. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

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

With one out in the fifth, Feliz hit a ball that Bailey fielded and then threw away. Feliz got a single and Bailey was charged with an error that let him go to second. Ruiz walked to put men on first and second with one out. Hamels flew to center for the second out before Bruntlett, who entered the game at short in the top of the inning, hit a ball to right that Griffey dropped for another Reds error. Feliz scored to put the Phils up 2-0 and Ruiz went to third. Victorino followed with a single into center that scored Ruiz and put the Phils up 3-0. Utley flew to center for the third out.

Jenkins homered to right with two outs in the sixth to put the Phillies up 4-0. Feliz followed with a walk but Ruiz grounded out for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Bruntlett and Victorino walked back-to-back. Utley flew to center for the second out before Howard hit a ground ball to where the shortstop would have been if not for the crazy shift. Howard had a single and Bruntlett scored to put the Phils up 5-0 with Victorino going to second. Burrell grounded to short for the third out.

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

Rollins was 0-for-2 in the game and 4-for-15 with a double in the four-game set. He’s hitting 289/333/447 for the season.

Victorino was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-13 in the series. 283/353/386 on the year.

Utley was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 5-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series. 315/400/664 for the year.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 206/316/453 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 277/419/574 for the year.

Jenkins was 1-for-4 with a home run. 4-for-14 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 285/326/448 for the year.

Feliz was 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-14 with a home run in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 and hitting 251/294/419 for the season.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a walk and 1-for-7 in the series. 224/297/284 for the year. Two extra-base hits since April 29 and six for the season. Coste was 1-for-7 with a home run in the series is hitting 317/383/567 for the year.

Jamie Moyer (6-3, 4.65) faces righty Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.01) tonight in Atlanta. Hudson has allowed seven earned runs in 22 innings over his last three starts (2.86 ERA). On the season opponents are hitting .244 against him, righties just .224. He has not allowed a home run to a right-handed batter this season. Lefties have hit all seven home runs he has allowed and are slugging .458 against him for the season. Moyer is 4-0 with a 4.05 ERA in his last four starts. Righties are hitting .340 against him for the season, lefties .229.

The Phillies drafted some people.


All that and invented the light bulb, too

Edinson Volquez pitched so well last night that when Joey Votto broke up Brett Myers’ no-hitter in the seven inning with an RBI double it would be the only run the Reds would need. Volquez baffled the Phils, striking out eight while allowing just two singles and two walks over seven shutout innings.

In two starts against the Phils this season, Volquez is 2-0 and has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings while striking out 16.

Brett Myers was almost as good as Volquez in last night’s game, holding the Reds to a run over 7 1/3 innings on a single hit while striking out eight. Since a bad first inning in his previous start, Myers has now allowed one run on four hits while striking out 19 over his past 14 1/3 innings.

The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds last night, falling 2-0 to drop to 35-26 on the season. They lead the four-game set two games to one.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on a double and six walks. He struck out eight and has his ERA for the year down to 5.13.

He was perfect through four. In the fifth he walked Adam Dunn with one out. With Joey Votto at the plate the Reds tried to hit and run. Votto swung through a 1-0 pitch and Dunn was caught and tagged out between first and second. Myers walked Votto and then walked Edwin Encarnacion. It put men on first and second with two outs, but Myers struck Paul Bako out on three pitches to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

With one out in the seventh, Brandon Phillips walked and stole second. Dunn flew to left for the second out, but Votto lined an 0-2 pitch into left-center for a double. Phillips scored on the first hit of the game for the Reds and Cincinnati led 1-0. Myers struck Encarnacion out for the third out.

Myers had thrown 99 pitches through seven innings.

He struck out Bako to start the eighth. Ken Griffey Jr, looking for career home run number 600, hit for Volquez and drew a walk. Hairston was next and Myers walked him, putting men on first and second. That was it for Myers and Romero came on to pitch to the lefty Corey Patterson. Romero struck Patterson out swinging for the second out. Bruce grounded softly to first for the third out.

Romero returned for the ninth. Phillips led off with a single to right. He tried to steal second but took off too early. Romero threw to first but Phillips beat Howard’s throw to second and was safe with another stolen base. Dunn walked and Paul Janish ran for him at first. Votto hit the first pitch of his at-bat into the left field corner for a double. Phillips scored to make it 2-0 and Janish held third. Encarnacion was walked intentionally to load the bases with nobody out. Bako hit a ground ball to second and Utley threw home to force Janish for the first out. Madson came in to pitch to the pitcher Francisco Cordero with the bases still loaded. Cordero watched strike one down the middle and then grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Nice job by Manuel to avoid Gordon and Lidge, who had both pitched three days in a row, despite the tight game. Romero threw 24 pitches, Madson just two. By number of pitches, that was the third longest outing of the season for Romero and the longest since April 20.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Edinson Volquez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Coste catches against the righty as he continues to take time away from Ruiz behind the plate. Jenkins in right.

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

Burrell walked with one out in the second. Jenkins flew to center for the second out. Feliz blooped a 1-1 pitch into right field, but Phillips made a fantastic over the shoulder catch for the third out.

Coste started the third with a ground ball hit hard to short that Hairston didn’t handle for an error. Myers tried to bunt Coste to second, but a wild pitch moved Coste to second before Myers struck out fouling off the third strike still trying to bunt for the first out. Rollins struck out and Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Myers inability to move Coste to third hurt the Phils, although if Rollins was going to strike out anyway it mattered less.

Howard lined a single into right with one out in the fourth. Burrell was next and he hit it hard but right at Hairston at short for the second out. Jenkins moved Howard to second with another single. It put men on first and second with two down for Feliz, but Feliz popped to second to end the inning.

Coste was hit by a pitch to start the fifth and Myers bunted him to second. Rollins hit a ground ball to second for the second out and Coste moved to third. Victorino walked, putting men on first and third. Utley got behind 0-2 before he was hit by a pitch on a ball in the dirt. If not for the hit by pitch it probably would have been a wild pitch that allowed Coste to score from third. With the bases loaded, Howard swung at the first pitch and flew to shallow left for the third out.

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

Down 1-0 in the seventh, Volquez set the Phils down 1-2-3. Myers hit for himself with one out and nobody on and struck out.

Victorino started the eighth and hit a high foul ball down the right field line that Votto caught over his shoulder for the first out. Utley was next and lined a ball to left right at Dunn. Dunn may have lost it in the lights — it went off the heel of his glove and Utley was safe at second. Tough two base error on Dunn. Howard got ahead 2-0 but swung at a bad pitch for strike out and went down swinging 3-2. Big at-bats for Howard in both the fifth and the eighth and nada. Righty Francisco Cordero came in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell drew a walk and Taguchi ran for him at first. Jenkins hit a ball slowly back through the middle, but the shortstop Hairston took it behind second and nipped Jenkins at first to end the inning.

Down 2-0, Feliz led off the ninth with a ground ball to short. If Dobbs is available I think you have to use him there, but Manuel double-switched him into the game in the top of the ninth. Coste flew to right for the second out. Dobbs, hitting in the pitcher’s spot, grounded to short to end the game.

Don’t love double-switching Dobbs into the nine spot in the top of the ninth. Feliz leading off against a righty isn’t what you’re looking for in the inning you need to score two runs. Would have rather seen the Phils keep Madson in the nine spot and Dobbs out of the game, hit Dobbs for Feliz and then call on Snelling in the pitcher’s spot against the righty.

The Phillies had two singles and three walks in the game.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Utley 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 1-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-19.

Coste 0-for-3.

Cole Hamels (5-4, 3.73) faces righty Homer Bailey (NR) this afternoon. The 22-year-old Bailey made seven starts for the Reds in 2007, going 4-2 with a 5.76 ERA, and will be making his 2008 debut today. In 2007 he walked 28 in 45 1/3 innings. The Phillies bombed him for six runs in 1 2/3 innings in his start against them last year on June 26. Over his last two starts Hamels has gone 9 2/3 innings and been charged with 13 runs while striking out just four. Despite the recent woes, opponents are still hitting just .223 against him for the season, righties .215 and lefties .254. Hamels faced the Reds on April 7 and got the win, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, over seven innings.


Two and a half men

The Phillies won for the eighth time in nine games last night, but some wins are prettier than others. The Phils didn’t hit much and failed several times to execute offensively when they could have helped themselves out by moving a runner along. Gordon and Lidge both pitched for the third day in a row and each struggled to get through their inning. The Phillies won the game because Gordon and Lidge made it through, though, and because Burrell gave them one huge swing of the bat and Adam Eaton was absolutely awesome.

Eaton allowed two singles and a solo home run and pitched into the seventh. With the score tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Burrell blasted a ball way out to left and the Phils made the lead stand up.

They lead the NL East by two and a half games. The last time they had this big a lead in the NL East was July 5, 2004. They were 44-37 and led the division by three games — they ended the year 86-76 and in second place in the division, ten games behind the Braves.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 3-2 to improve to 35-25 on the season. They are ten games over .500 for the first time this year. They have won two one-run games in a row.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run to righty Edwin Encarnacion. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. His ERA for the season in 4.63.

Eaton now leads the Phils with seven quality starts in his 12 starts for the season. Myers has five and Moyer, Kendrick and Hamels each have six.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second.

Edwin Encarnacion led off the third and he drilled a 2-2 pitch down the left field line and out for a home run that put the Reds up 1-0. Eaton got the next three.

Ryan Freel started the fourth with a single to left. Eaton struck out Jay Bruce, got Brandon Phillips on a fly ball to left and struck out Adam Dunn to leave Freel stranded.

1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth. Freel grounded out to short for the third out in the sixth and crumpled half way to first base. He hobbled off the field with an injury to his right hamstring.

He started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bruce led off with a ball slowly hit to third base that he beat out for an infield single. Phillips was next and Eaton him got him to hit into a double-play. With the lefty Dunn at the plate, Manuel called on Romero. Romero walked Dunn on five pitches, but struck Joey Votto out swinging to end the frame.

Romero’s role has changed dramatically since the start of the season.

Gordon started the eighth with a 3-1 lead, pitching for the third straight day. Encarnacion got ahead 2-0 before he hit a 2-1 pitch off the wall in left-center. It took an odd bounce back past Victorino and Encarnacion had a triple. Javier Valentin pinch-hit for Paul Bako and flew to left deep enough to score Encarnacion. 3-2. Ken Griffey Jr, looking for career home run number 600, hit for the pitcher Danny Herrera. Gordon walked him on four pitches. Jerry Hairston flew to right for the second out. It brought up righty Paul Janish and Gordon struck him out swinging for the third out.

Gordon turns 41 in November. Pitching him three days in a row is a recipe for disaster — he fared far better than I expected in this outing and left with the Phils still on top. How bout Madson, who has made one appearance since May 28? Or Seanez (one appearance since May 25)? Glad to see it work this time, but it’s not going to usually. Even if you’re willing to accept the long-term consequences of pitching Gordon three days in a row, I still think that a healthy and rested Madson or Seanez in the eighth gives you a better chance to win this game.

Gordon went three days in a row four times in 2007, all in September. The Phils had few other options in the pen at that point and there is little doubt that they would have won the NL East if Gordon, Romero and Myers hadn’t been as absurdly fantastic as they were despite all the work. But Gordon had a 12.00 ERA in those four appearances, three of which were good and one of which was miserable.

On the other hand, from September 18 to September 22 last season, Gordon pitched five days in a row and allowed a total of one hit. Still wouldn’t do it.

Lidge started the ninth with a one run lead, also pitching for the third straight day. He walked Bruce on a 3-2 pitch to start the inning. Phillips was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat hard on the ground to third. Feliz picked it nicely to start the double-play. It brought the lefty Dunn and Lidge walked him on a 3-2 fastball that was just low. The lefty Votto was next, hitting as the go-ahead run. Votto hit a 2-1 pitch back through the middle for a single. It sent Dunn to second. Encarnacion was next and he popped into shallow right to end the game.

The ball that Phillips hit was hammered, but Feliz made a nice play and the Phillies might not have won without it.

No problem with Lidge three days in a row cause he that’s why he gets the big money and he’s not almost 41. He just battled through but all the work showed. The Phils should go somewhere else tonight if they need a save.

Not a great night for the pen as Gordon and Lidge, both working a lot, weren’t great. Phils’ relievers went 2 1/3 innings and allowed a run on two hits and four walks. Manuel is not guilty of calling on his pen to throw too many innings, but he is guilty of using the same guys over and over when he has other, better-rested options. Gordon threw 22 pitches, Lidge 20 and Romero ten.

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

Rollins led off the first with a single and Victorino followed with a walk that moved him to second. Utley and Howard both flew out, though, and Burrell grounded to second to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with nobody out and 3-4-5 coming to the plate.

They went 1-2-3 in the second.

With the Phils down 1-0 in the third, Eaton led off with a single. Rollins followed with a ground ball to short and Eaton was forced at second for the first out. Rollins stole second and moved to third when Victorino flew to center for the second out. Utley hit the first pitch of his at-bat in center for a single. Rollins scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard grounded to short for the third out.

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

With two outs in the fifth, Rollins singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Ross. Victorino lined a 3-2 pitch into center, but Freel made a diving catch to rob him of a hit and turn the Phillies away.

Utley led off the sixth and split the gap in left-center for a double. Howard struck out for the first out. Burrell was next and he hammered a 2-2 pitch way out to left, putting the Phils up 3-1. Jenkins was next and he ripped a double into right. Feliz and Ruiz both flew out to leave Jenkins at second.

Two bad at-bats for the Phillies in the inning — Howard after Utley’s leadoff double and Feliz after Jenkins’ double with one out.

Dobbs hit for Romero to start the seventh and blooped a single into left. Rollins followed with a double into right that moved Rollins to third. Lefty Danny Herrera came on to pitch for the Reds, making his major league debut. With the infield in, Victorino hit a hard ground ball to short for the first out. The runners had to hold. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases. Herrera struck Howard out swinging for the second out and the lefty stayed in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell hammered the first pitch of his at-bat way out but foul before he struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner. Burrell, who hardly ever argues, argued, but the pitch was a strike.

Absolutely absurd to leave the lefty in to pitch to Burrell. That’s just a bad decision and it worked out great for the Reds. Walking Utley intentionally also means that Herrera faced the righty Burrell instead of the lefty Utley.

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

Rollins was 3-for-4 with a double. Hopefully that signals the end of the mini-slump.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard was horrid. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and seven men left on base. Bad strikeouts in the sixth and the seventh when he need to not strike out.

Burrell 1-for-4 with his 14th home run and two RBI.

Jenkins 1-for-4 with a double.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Ruiz 0-for-4. He’s 0-for-his-last-11. Just a miserable season for Ruiz.

Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52) faces righty Edinson Volquez (7-2, 1.46) tomorrow. Volquez has made 12 appearances on the year, 11 of them starts, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of them. In 68 innings he has struck out 83. Righties are hitting .170 against him for the season and don’t have a home run for the season. Lefties are hitting .220 and have hit all three home runs he has allowed. He started against the Phils on April 6 and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while allowing a run five hits. Myers was great after the first inning his last start and struck out 11 for the game over eight innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last three starts after allowing 15 through his first nine of the year. He started the April 6 game against Volquez and took the loss.


Utley doing everything he can to make drafting Mike Stodolka ahead of him look like a mistake

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
CIN 28-29 262 4.60 10 756 (7) 42 20
PHI 33-25 315 5.43 2 798 (2) 39 6

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
CIN 28-29 280 4.91 14 4.72 (12) 4.00 (9)
PHI 33-25 252 4.34 6 4.71 (11) 2.71 (1)

I went with Joe Borchard first, but given the news that he’s got to have Tommy John surgery it seemed like too low a blow. Read all about Mike Stodolka, a former pitcher now converted to first base, here. 2000 draft here.

There is more than one thing that has gone right for the Phils in their recent tear that started in mid-May and has carried over to the first week in June. But having the best player in the league sure has helped a lot.

The Phillies won again last night. Utley was 3-for-4 with his 21st home run of the year. In his last eight games he is 13-for-31 (.419) with seven home runs and 19 RBI. Last night he added a pair of sparkling defensive plays, including a diving snare of Joey Votto’s line drive to end the game.

It’s hard to see through all the Utley, but there is a long list of Phillies’ players playing well. Feliz hit a key two-run bomb last night in a game the Phillies won by a run. Chris Coste added a solo shot of his own. Shane Victorino is hitting .400 (24-for-60) since May 18. The Phillies have just about the inarguably the best bullpen in the league — last night they gave the Phils 3 2/3 more scoreless innings.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 34-25 on the season. They are nine games above .500 for the first time this year. 11-11 in one-run games.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. Two of the runs he was charged with scored on a double by Adam Dunn off of Durbin. Kendrick didn’t walk or strike out a batter.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 2-0. Brandon Phillips led off with a single and moved to second when Adam Dunn followed with a ground out to second. Edwin Encarnacion hit one back to the mound for the second out and Phillips went to third. Joey Votto flew to right for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 third. Feliz made a nice play on a line drive hit by Hairston for the third out.

With one out in the fourth, Jay Bruce hit a 1-1 pitch on the outside part of the plate out to left field, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils were up 5-1 in the fifth. Encarnacion led off with a home run. 5-2. Kendrick got the next three.

Jerry Hairston started the sixth with a single. Ryan Freel was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard threw to second to force Hairston for the first out. Bruce singled to left and Freel moved to second. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Phillips and got Phillips on a fly ball to right for the second out. Freel tagged and went to third. Dunn was next and he hit a ball to right center that landed on the warning track for a double. Both runners scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 5-4. Durbin struck out Encarnacion to end the frame.

Dunn’s double against Durbin turned Kendrick’s line around.

Durbin returned for the seventh. With two outs, pinch-hitter Andy Phillips singled. Hairston grounded back to Durbin for the third out. Utley made a snazzy diving play on a line drive back up the middle to take a hit away from Votto for the first out of the inning.

Gordon started the eighth after throwing 17 pitches in Sunday’s game. Thought that was a pretty bad idea at the time and I still do, but Gordon cruised through a 1-2-3 frame. He got two fly balls and struck Encarnacion out swinging. First time this season Gordon has pitched on back-to-back days after throwing more than 15 pitches in the first game.

Lidge came on in the ninth to protect a one run lead. He struck out Dunn and Encarnacion to start the inning. Votto hammered a line drive on the first pitch of his at-bat, but Utley made another diving play to snare it and end the game.

The bullpen goes 3 2/3 scoreless innings, although Durbin did allow the double to Dunn with the runs charged to Kendrick. Durbin threw 30 pitches, Gordon 14 and Lidge 14. Didn’t expect to see Gordon in this game, but it worked out great for the Phils.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches despite the righty on the mound, which may or may not have to do with Ruiz’s bruised left hand.

Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley was next and got ahead 3-0 before he lined one just out to right. 2-0. Howard struck out before Burrell singled, but Jenkins popped to short for the third out.

Feliz walked to start the second. Coste popped to second before Kendrick bunted Feliz to second. Rollins fouled out to the catcher to end the inning. Nice job by Kendrick to move the runner along.

Utley singled with one out in the third. Howard was next and he roped a 1-0 pitch into right-center. The ball didn’t make it to the wall or even the warning track, but Utley tried to score from first and was thrown out. The ball beat him by a lot. He did plow into David Ross, the catcher, but Ross held the ball. Second and third with one out would have been better. Burrell struck out to leave Howard stranded.

Jenkins started the fourth with a double. Feliz was next and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 3-2. Coste followed with a home run of his own to left-center. 4-2. Kendrick, Rollins and Victorino went in order behind him.

Utley started the fifth with an infield single. Howard struck out before Burrell moved Utley to second with a single. Jenkins walked to load the bases for Feliz and Feliz hit a ground ball to Encarnacion at third. Instead of stopping between second and third, Burrell continued to run and was tagged by Encarnacion as he tried to duck around the tag. Encarnacion threw to first to complete the double-play, so the run that Utley scored didn’t count. Shouldn’t have been a double-play and the odd base-running by Burrell cost the Phils a run.

Rollins singled with two outs in the sixth, but Victorino flew to left for the third out.

Burrell walked with two outs in the seventh and Taguchi ran for him at first base. Hate that. Jenkins walked, moving Taguchi to second. Righty David Weathers came in to pitch to Feliz and Feliz dribilled a 2-2 pitch out in front of the plate. Ross threw him out at first to end the inning with both runners stranded.

With one out in the eighth, Dobbs hit for Gordon and singled. Rollins hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-5. He’s 2-for-his-last-21.

Victorino 1-for-4.

Utley 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double.

Burrell 2-for-3 and walked twice.

Jenkins 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.

Feliz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. Left five men on base.

Coste 1-for-4 with a home run.

Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99) faces righty Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81) tonight. Over his last three appearances Harang has gone just 13 1/3 innings and allowed 11 earned runs (7.43 ERA) on 22 hits. One of those appearances was four innings of relief. Opponents are hitting .269 against Harang this season, but he has walked just 19 in 82 2/3 innings for the season. Harang faced the Phils on April 5 and allowed two runs in seven innings. Eaton was really good his last time out, getting his only win of the season as he held the Rockies to a run on four hits over six innings. He faced Harang in the April 5 game and had his longest outing of the season, allowing three runs over 7 2/3 innings.


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