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At least we hit our pitcher ninth

Cole Hamels was great last night. Must be a little lonely.

He gave the Phils seven strong innings and Madson and Lidge finished off the game with a pair of scoreless frames. The Phils scored zero runs on six hits, failing most notably to score in the second after putting men on second and third with nobody out.

Some kind of intervention is in order around Carlos Ruiz, who hit into one of the three double-plays the Phils served up.

If losing all the time is starting to seem a little blase and you’re looking for something new to worry about, here ya go: After 19 starts, Cole Hamels leads the NL in innings pitched and is second in pitches thrown. He is 24.

For the fourth time in five games the Phillies had a single extra-base hit in the contest. The Phils have scored four or fewer runs in five of their last six.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals last night, falling 2-0. They have lost four in a row and are 48-43 on the season. A loss tonight would put them four games over .500 for the first time since May 25.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

He didn’t allow a base runner till the third. He struck out the first two in the third before Cesar Izturis singled to center and stole second. Hamels struck out Adam Kennedy for the third out.

He set the Cards down 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Rick Ankiel led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to center to put St Louis up 1-0. Hamels got the next three.

With two outs in the sixth Hamels got ahead of Ryan Ludwick 0-2 but Ludwick pounded a ball out to center to make it 2-0. Albert Pujols grounded to third for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Madson started the eighth with the Phils down 2-0. Nice job by Manuel to get Hamels out of the game after 100 pitches coming off an outing in Atlanta where he threw 125. Chris Duncan led off with a single and pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker bunted him to second. Madson balked Duncan to third before Izturis hit a fly ball to right. Werth took it for the second out as Duncan tagged and came home. Werth’s throw beat Duncan by a lot but was on the first base side of the plate. Coste took it and Duncan hammered him, knocking off his mask. Coste held the ball and Duncan was out to end the frame.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils still down two. Kennedy led off with a double before Ludwick grounded to Howard. Lidge walked Pujols intentionally and got Troy Glaus to hit a double-play ball back to the mound to set St Louis down.

Two scoreless innings for the pen. Madson threw nine pitches, Lidge 13.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Joel Pineiro went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth again in righty against the righty and up to sixth in the lineup. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Victorino reached on an error by Pujols with one out in the first but was picked off. Utley struck out swinging for the third out.

Howard led off the second with a walk and went to third when Burrell doubled to right center. Werth struck out swinging for the first out before Feliz walked to load the bases. Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for Werth, playing against the righty with Jenkins on the bench. Ruiz hitting into a double-play probably didn’t surprise a lot of people.

1-2-3 in the third.

Burrell and Werth singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Feliz and Feliz flew to center.

1-2-3 fifth.

Utley singled with one out in the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him.

Burrell walked to start the seventh. Werth was next and hit a ground ball to third. Burrell was forced at second for the first out. Feliz moved Werth to second with a single. With Ruiz due to hit into another double-play, Dobbs hit for Ruiz with the righty Pineiro still on the mound. Lefty Ron Villone came in to pitch to Dobbs and Coste hit for Dobbs and hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Manuel. Didn’t work.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Madson to start the inning and hit a ball in front of the plate for the first out.

Ryan Franklin pitched the ninth with the Cards up 2-0. Utley flew to center for the first out. Howard tried to bunt an 0-1 pitch before he singled up the middle on a ball Izturis should have fielded. It brought up Burrell as the tying run, but Burrell flew to center and Werth popped to shallow right to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4 and was picked off of first in the first.

Utley 1-for-4.

Howard 1-for-3.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies.

Werth 1-for-4 with a bad at-bat in the second and four men left on base.

Feliz 1-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-2 and left three men on base. He is 1-for-his-last-25.

I thought Manuel had a nice game. Werth for Jenkins didn’t work out for him, but I thought he did a good job to get Hamels out early and pinch-hit for Ruiz in the seventh.

JA Happ (0-0, 3.86) faces lefty Mark Mulder (0-0, 13.50) tonight. Mulder has pitched 12 1/3 innings since 2006. He’s made two appearances in relief this season and gotten four outs while allowing four hits. Happ makes his second start of the year. On Friday against the Mets he was solid through four before getting hit hard in the fifth.


Phillies demo why they don’t quite feel comfortable if they only score 19

The Phillies outscored the Cardinals 28-12 in a three-game set this weekend yet managed to lose the series. Yesterday they lost their second straight one run game, this time with the help of two errors that came with two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the tenth. It all ended when, with two outs and men on first and second, Chris Duncan chopped a ball to second — Tom Gordon covered first and simply failed to catch Utley’s throw, allowing the winning run to score from second.

Gordon’s missed catch was the third error on the day for the Phils. They left the bases loaded four times. In the ninth, Eric Bruntlett should have scored from second on a single by Victorino to put the Phillies ahead. The biggest issue of all for the Phils, though, was Brett Myers. Myers was battered again and the Phillies lost for the ninth time in his last ten starts. Over his last two outings Myers has allowed 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings.

The Phils are 1-4 in their last five games in which they didn’t score more than 19 runs.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday afternoon, falling 7-6 in ten innings. They lose the series two games to one and drop to 41-30 on the season.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles, a triple and a home run. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. Righties are slugging .575 against him for the season.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a double and moved to third when Aaron Miles followed with a ground out to second. Ryan Ludwick doubled and Schumaker scored to tie the game at 1-1. Rick Ankiel doubled and Ludwick scored, putting the Cards up 2-1. Troy Glaus and Chris Duncan both grounded out to leave Ankiel stranded.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

Schumaker led off the third with a home run to right that put the Cards up 3-1. Miles followed with a single, but Myers got the next two before Glaus homered to right center. 5-1. Duncan flew to left for the third out.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

He started the sixth down 5-4. Ankiel led off with a triple. Glaus fouled out for the first out. Duncan was next and hit a ground ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Ankiel scored and it was 6-4. Myers got Molina to pop out for the second out before Bradon Looper hit for pitcher Kyle McClellan and singled. Cesar Izturis grounded to first for the third out.

Madson struck out the side in the seventh.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Durbin pitched the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Izturis. Schumaker grounded back to Durbin for the third out.

Gordon got the first two in the tenth before Ankiel hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the inning. Utley’s throw to first was bad and Ankiel was safe. Glaus moved him to second with a single before Duncan hit another ground ball to second. Utley’s throw to Gordon was much better this time, maybe a little behind the pitcher, but Gordon didn’t catch it. The error was on Gordon this time and Ankiel scored to give the Cardinals a 7-6 win.

Bizarre way to end the game. The pen allows one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings. Madson was the only reliever to throw more than 15 pitches — he threw 18. Gordon takes his second loss in two appearances.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Mitchell Boggs went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Werth plays center with Victorino on the bench. Jenkins in right against the righty and Dobbs at third. Coste catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Werth grounded back to the pitcher and Utley flew out before Howard doubled to right. Rollins scored and the Phils led 1-0. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Jenkins started the second with a single. Dobbs flew out before Coste moved Jenkins to second with another single. Myers tried to bunt and struck out for the second out. Rollins walked to load the bases, but Werth grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

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

Myers started the fifth with a single. Rollins grounded out and Myers was forced at second for the first out before Werth walked. Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Howard singled to right and Rollins and Werth both scored to cut the St Louis lead to 5-3 with men on first and third for Burrell. Burrell smashed a single through short and Utley scored to make it 5-4 with Howard going to second. Jenkins struck out before Dobbs walked to load the bases, but Coste struck out swinging at a bad pitch that was low and outside to end the frame.

Werth singled with two outs in the sixth, but Utley struck out for the third out.

Howard walked to start the seventh and stole second after Burrell struck out for the first out. Jenkins flew to left for the second out and Dobbs struck out to leave Howard stranded.

With two outs in the eighth, Rollins tripled. Werth, Utley, Howard and Burrell all walked in a row. Howard’s walk forced in Rollins and Burrell’s forced in Werth, tying the game at 6-6. Taguchi ran for Burrell at first in a tie game and Jenkins struck out for the third out.

Poor idea to run for Burrell there.

Dobbs started the ninth with a single and Coste bunted him to second. Bruntlett ran for Dobbs and Victorino, who had hit for Madson in the eighth and stayed in to play center, moved Bruntlett to third with a single. Bruntlett should have scored on the play. Rollins hit a ground ball to first and Duncan threw home. Bruntlett crashed into Molina and was called out although it was unclear if Molina actually applied a tag on the play. Molina stayed down after the collision and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases yet again, but Utley flew to left for the third out.

Fourth time in the game the Phillies left the bases loaded.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the tenth. Feliz hit for Durbin and grounded to short for the second out of the inning.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a triple and a walk in the game. 2-for-13 in the series. He’s hitting 275/338/444 for the year and .218 in June.

Werth was 1-for-3 with two walks in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 264/349/493 for the year. Victorino was 1-for-2 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 278/346/390.

Utley 0-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-10 with a home run in the set. 309/401/636 for the year.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI. 6-for-13 with a double, two home runs and nine RBI in the series. He’s hitting 217/319/464 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 3-for-9 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 283/425/602 for the year.

Jenkins was 1-for-6 with two strikeouts. 2-for-15 with a double in the series. 266/312/420 for the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. 1-for-5 in the series. 359/394/500. Feliz was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-8 with a double in the series. 258/311/419.

Coste was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his only action of the series. 311/369/538. He’s hitting .231 in June. Ruiz was 4-for-9 with two doubles and four RBI in the series. 230/308/316.

Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.27) faces righty Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.41) tonight in Boston. Colon has made five starts for Boston this season. Opponents are hitting .270 against him and he hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run to a right-handed batter this season. Hamels has allowed two runs in 17 innings over his last two starts while striking out 17.


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