Tag: Ricky Nolasco

Seventh wonder

The Phils came into last night’s game having scored a total of one run in the last three games Cliff Lee had started, so there was reason for concern when they rolled into the seventh trailing 3-0. The offense did show up, though, as the Phils mounted a nifty rally, scoring five times after the sixth inning to get a 5-3 win and take the series two games to one.

Doubles by Ibanez and Orr and an error by the Fish helped the Phils get two runs in the seventh, Victorino tied the game at 3-3 with a home run in the seventh and J-Roll delivered a two-out single in the ninth that plated two runs and put the Phils ahead to stay.

The Phils aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball these days, they’ve gone 3-3 in their last six games and scored 17 runs, which is about 2.8 runs per game. The are fifth in the NL in runs scored per game and second in runs allowed behind the Braves.

The Phillies are 24-12 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 5-3 last night. They have the best record in baseball and lead the second-place Marlins by three games in the NL East.

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

He got Chris Coghlan to ground to second for the first out in the bottom of the first. Emilio Bonifacio struck out looking for the second out, but Hanley Ramirez was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to left center, putting Florida up 1-0. Gaby Sanchez grounded to second for the third out.

John Buck flew to right for the first out of the second and Mike Stanton flew to center behind him. Wes Helms singled to right before Omar Infante flew to right to leave him at first.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 third, striking out pitcher Ricky Nolasco for the first out and getting Coghlan and Bonifacio on ground balls behind him.

He got Ramirez, Sanchez and Buck in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Stanton singled to start the fifth. Helms struck out swinging behind him for the first out before Infante grounded to third. Stanton was forced at second for the second out with Infante safe at first. Nolasco struck out swinging to leave Infante at first.

Coghlan grounded out to start the sixth, but Bonifacio reached on an infield single behind him and Ramirez followed that with a single into center on a ball that was deflected by Valdez. It put men on first and second for Sanchez and he singled to center, loading the bases for Buck. Buck lined a single into left, moving everyone up a base and extending the lead to 2-0. Stanton was next and he lined a ball to center for the second out, deep enough for Ramirez to tag and score. 3-0. Helms grounded to third and Buck was forced at second to end the inning.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Romero started the seventh. Infante flew to right for the first out. Righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher Ryan Webb and smoked a ball into right-center, but Francisco made a nice play, tracking the ball down on a run just in front of the track for the second out. Coghlan grounded to first for the third out.

Kendrick started the eighth with the score tied at 3-3 and walked Bonifacio on five pitches. Ramirez flew to right for the first out before Sanchez moved Bonifacio to second with a single. Buck grounded to third and the Phils turned the double-play to end the inning.

I confess to not having a lot of confidence in Kendrick there, especially after he walked Bonifacio on five pitches to get things started. Worked out well.

Madson started the ninth with a 5-3 lead. He struck Stanton out for the first out and lefty Brian Petersen, hitting for Helms, out for the second. Infante flew to left for the third out.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow a single and a walk. Madson threw 16 pitches in the game, Kendrick 12 and Romero eight. Nobody has thrown more than one day in a row and the pen will be well-rested for Friday thanks to the complete game by Halladay in game two of the set and today’s off-day.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Schneider catches against the righty with the righty Sardinha on the bench. Valdez starts against the righty with the lefty Orr on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard walked to start the second with the Phils down 1-0, but Ibanez hit into a double-play behind him. Francisco flew to center for the third out.

Lee walked with two outs in the third, but Rollins flew to center behind him.

Polanco doubled with one out on in the fourth on a ball deflected by Stanton. Howard and Ibanez both struck out to leave him stranded.

Schneider doubled to center with one out in the fifth. Lee was next and hit a line drive that was deflected by Infante but made it in to center field. Schneider would have scored easily, but pulled a hamstring and had to hobble back to third. Sardinha ran for him at third, Rollins grounded to second to leave Lee and Sardinha both stranded.

Victorino, Polanco and Howard went in order in the sixth.

They started the seventh down 3-0 and Ibanez doubled to right. Francisco flew to left for the first out before Sardinha hit a ball to first that Sanchez didn’t handle for an error. It put men on first and third for Valdez and with the righty Nolasco still pitching for Florida, Orr hit for Valdez and lined a double to right. Ibanez scored to cut the lead to 3-1 and Sardinha went to third. Lee was eager to hit for himself, but Manuel called on Gload to replace him and righty Ryan Webb came in to pitch to Gload. Gload hit a ground ball to first that Sanchez took and tossed to Webb covering first for the second out, but Sardinha scored from third to make the score 3-2. Rollins grounded back to the pitcher to leave Orr at third.

Gload gets to hit against the righty Webb as the Fish choose Webb to face Gload and then bring Dunn in to pitch the eighth. If Manuel wanted Orr to hit against Nolasco instead of Valdez it seems a little odd he didn’t start him. The error by Sanchez helps the Phils score an unearned run at a time they need all the help they can get.

Victorino led off the eighth and homered to left on a 2-1 pitch to tie the game at 3-3. Polanco, Howard and Ibanez went in order behind him.

Sardinha singled to left with one out in the ninth and moved to third when Orr followed and ripped a double to right. With righty Leo Nunez on the mound for the Marlins, Mayberry hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Rollins picked him up, though, lining a 1-0 pitch into right to score both runners and put the Phils up 5-3. Rollins took second as the throw came home to try to get Orr, but was left there when Victorino fouled out to third.

Again Manuel uses Gload early in the game and it means that Mayberry is forced to hit against a righty. Bad at-bat for Mayberry, striking out with one out and a huge runner on third.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with a huge two-run single. He was 4-for-15 with a home run and three RBI in the game and is hitting 283/370/372 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-5 with his sixth home run. He’s on pace to hit 27. 3-for-14 with a walk, a triple and a home run in the series. 286/348/517 on the year. 300/364/600 over his last 67 plate appearances.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double. 2-for-12 with a double in the series. 350/390/455 for the season, but he’s hitting just 225/244/275 in May.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out three times. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and two walks in the series. He’s 5-for-18 with three walks and two homers in his last five games. 268/342/514 for the year. He has struck out 13 times in his last 29 plate appearances, which is too many.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 232/289/360 for the season. 441/441/765 over his last 34 plate appearances. 395/395/684 in May without a walk.

Francisco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout last night and 1-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-26 with two singles, eight walks and three hit by pitch. 229/343/373 on the season. Mayberry was 0-for-1 with a big strikeout last night and 1-for-2 with a walk in the series. 300/404/450 on the year.

Schneider was 1-for-2 in the game and could be headed to the DL. 1-for-6 with a double in the series and 173/218/327. Sardinha was miserable in game two of the series, but in the middle of things last night. He went 1-for-2 with a single and two runs scored last night. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 3-for-13 with three walks on the year.

Valdez 0-for-2 with a strikeout last night and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game. 238/273/286 on the season. 149/184/170 over his last 50 plate appearances. Orr had a huge night, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. 2-for-8 with a walk in the series. 265/333/327 on the year — he came into the game last night with one extra-base hit on the season.

The Phils don’t play today and will face Atlanta in Atlanta on Friday.

It’s the last scheduled off-day for the Phils in a while. Starting on Friday they will play 20 games in 20 days.

The Phillies don’t seem to be getting much offense from the second base or catching positions. Possible exception to that would be the two key doubles Orr hit last night to help them win the game, but, you know, in general.

Ruiz will catch Oswalt in Clearwater tonight with Utley expected to play as well.

PS — Comcast SportsNet wants you to know that they will air tonight’s Threshers game at 7 PM.


Return of the king has people wondering just how long he plans to stay

The offense lost its mojo this weekend and the Phillies lost the series, but there is a lot of hope this morning about what the team might have gotten back. Cole Hamels looked like the Hamels of old yesterday as he mowed down the Florida Marlins. He started the ninth inning having allowed one run on a solo homer, raising hope that the Phillies really can have two true aces atop their rotation.

The Phillies didn’t win the game because they didn’t score. They’re off that now, apparently, having plated one run in the last two games. That’s sure to come around, though. A bigger question will be whether or not Hamels is back to stay.

The Phillies are 8-4 on the year after dropping two of three to the Florida Marlins. They have lost two in a row for the first time this season and lost a series for the first time this season.

The Phillies won game one 8-6. It shouldn’t have been nearly that close, but got scary in the end. Halladay was fantastic again, allowing two runs over eight strong innings. Herndon started the ninth with an 8-2 lead but was charged with four runs on five hits. Madson came into the game with one out, men on first and third and the Phils up 8-5. John Baker came to the plate as the tying run and grounded out with the runner forced at second as the other scored to make it 8-6 with two outs and a man on first. Hanley Ramirez singled and the tying runs were on base, but Madson got Jorge Cantu to ground to short to end the game.

The pen had been charged with ten runs over their last four innings. Castro had another big game with the bat, going 2-for-3 and knocking in three runs. Polanco and Utley both homered for the Phils.

Moyer allowed five runs in the first inning in the middle game of the series and the Phillies couldn’t overcome it as they lost 5-1. Jayson Werth hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to account for all the Phillies runs. Ricky Nolasco threw a complete game for the Fish, holding the Phils to four singles, Werth’s home run and three walks.

Yesterday Hamels pitched eight strong innings but the Phillies lost 2-0. Hamels allowed a home run to Dan Uggla in the second and left in the ninth after allowing a leadoff single to Jorge Cantu. Madson came in and allowed an RBI-double to Uggla with the run charged to Hamels. The Phils blew a lot of opportunities in the game. In the second they put men on first and second with one out and got nothing. In the fourth they had men on second and third and nobody out and couldn’t score. Castro struck out, Ruiz lined to left and Hamels grounded out. In the seventh they were turned away after putting men on first and second with one down.

The Phillies pitched pretty well overall in the series, throwing to a 4.33 ERA and a 1.15 ratio. They got good starts from Halladay and Hamels and a bad start from Moyer. Overall the starters threw to a 3.68 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in the series. They walked just one batter in 21 innings.

Halladay went eight innings in game one, allowing two runs on eight hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. After three starts he’s 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

Moyer went six innings in game two, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. Ronny Paulino hit a three-run homer off of him in the first, which was the only extra-base hit he allowed. He struck out seven. 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA after two starts.

Hamels pitched great in game three, allowing two runs on seven hits over eight innings. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and Uggla’s home run. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight. His quality start yesterday was the first for the season thrown by a pitcher other than Halladay.

The bullpen didn’t have very good numbers in the series overall, but that was mostly due to a miserable day for Herndon in game one. They threw to a 7.20 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in five innings. They allowed four runs and all of those were charged to Herndon in the opener. Excluding Herndon’s day on Friday, the pen allowed two hits and two walks over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Bastardo did not pitch in the series.

Figueroa took over for Moyer in the seventh inning of game two with the Phils down 5-0. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and a walk. In three appearances in long relief he’s throw to a 2.45 ERA for the Phils. In 7 1/3 innings he’s allowed just three hits but walked five.

Durbin pitched the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-0. He walked Cody Ross with two outs, but got Brian Barden to fly to center behind him. He’s allowed three hits and two walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings on the year.

Contreras did not pitch in the series.

Herndon started the ninth inning of game one with an 8-2 lead. Things didn’t go well. He got one out and was charged with four runs on five hits. Madson wound up pitching with the tying runs on base to get the save.

Baez did not pitch in the series.

Madson had to pitch in game one of the series after Herndon couldn’t protect a six-run lead in the ninth. He got the save, facing three batters and getting two out while allowing a single. He also pitched in yesterday’s game, entering in the ninth with a man on first and the Phillies down 1-0. Uggla was the first man he faced and Uggla delivered an RBI-doubled into the right field corner. Cantu scored from first with the run charged to Hamels. Madson got the next three.

The Phillies scored nine runs in the three-game series.

Victorino was 2-for-11 in the set with two walks. 231/286/442.

Polanco was 2-for-13 in the series. He’s hitting 396/404/585 on the season. Top two in the Phillies order go 4-for-24 (.167) with two walks.

Utley 3-for-9 with a home run and four walks. 341/491/795. He’s on pace to walk 175 times.

Howard was 2-for-13 with an RBI in the series. 309/333/600. He’s walked twice on the season and zero times in his last seven games.

Werth was 4-for-10 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. 341/440/561. This article talks about Werth not scoring from third on a line drive to left by Ruiz that was a big factor in the Phillies not scoring a critical run in yesterday’s game.

Ibanez got a day off yesterday with a lefty on the mound for the Fish. 0-for-7 with two walks in the series. 171/294/244 on the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-17.

Castro struck out yesterday in a big at-bat with men on second and third and nobody out. 3-for-9 with three RBI in the set. 333/348/381 in 21 at-bats for the season.

Ruiz started games one and three of the series and went 2-for-5 with two walks. 296/486/333 in 27 at-bats. He’s walked in 27% of his plate appearances this year. That’s a lot.

Francisco started in left field for Ibanez in yesterday’s game with lefty Nate Robertson on the mound for Florida. He was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the series. He’s 1-for-7 for the season.

Schneider caught Jamie Moyer’s start in the series and was 1-for-3. He’s 1-for-9 on the season. Schneider also caught Moyer’s other start this season, which came on April 10.

No game today. The Phils are in Atlanta tomorrow night for the best of three with the Braves.

JA Happ has a sore forearm and might not make his next start. That there is a problem.


Flying Fish

Most people who felt the NL East was anything but a two-team race as the 2008 season began thought it was the Braves that had a chance to keep pace with the Phillies and Mets. That didn’t prove to be the case. The Braves had a miserable season, finishing in fourth place and 20 games out of first.

It was the Florida Marlins that were in the thick of the race early in the season and they did more than keep pace. The Marlins led the East or had a piece of first place for 42 days in ’08 and led the division by a full three games after a win on May 11. Their record peaked at ten games above .500 — they were 30-20 on May 26. The Phils and Mets controlled the division from June on and the Fish went 54-57 after May 26 to finish the year at 84-77, which put them in third place and 7 1/2 games out.

The improvement for Florida was remarkable, however. Coming off of 71 wins in 2007, they improved their run differential by more than 100 runs. Here’s a look at the run differentials for the teams in the NL East for the past five seasons:

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In 2007, the Marlins allowed 891 runs and scored 790. They allowed 101 runs more than they scored. In 2008, they allowed 767 and scored 770, so they scored three more than they allowed. That’s a difference of 104 runs, which is the second-biggest improvement from the previous year for a team in the NL East in the past five years behind what the Mets did in 2006. In 2006, the huge improvement by New York shot them past the Phils and the Braves. In 2008, the huge improvement by the Marlins shot them past the Braves but still left them short of the Phils and Mets.

With offense down across the league, the Marlins scored 20 fewer runs in 2008 than they had in 2007. The difference in their pitching was huge — Marlins hurlers were charged with just 767 runs after allowing 891 runs the year before.

In 2007, Marlins’ relievers threw to a 4.05 ERA. In 2008 they threw to a 4.06 ERA. So the massive improvement was in large part due to what the starting pitching did. And the starting pitching for the Marlins is very young. The rotation for this year is penciled in as Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller — Nolasco is the oldest of the group and he turned 26 in December. Nolasco, Johnson and Volstad were all good last year, with Nolasco making the biggest contribution as he threw 212 1/3 innings with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.10 ratio. Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller both have a good chance to be fantastic — the Fish showed dramatic improvement last year with that duo combining to throw to a 5.77 ERA and a 1.62 ratio over 159 innings. If there’s good news for the rest of the division in the Marlins rotation, it’s that Scott Olsen, who was solid for the Marlins in 33 starts last year, was dealt to the Nationals over the winter in a deal that looks like a steal for Washington. The Marlins, however, look like they have more than enough arms to make up for the loss.

While the Marlin’s green line is creeping up closer to where the Mets and Phillies are (and where the Braves had been till last season), the question has to be whether the Marlins are ready to challenge the other teams in the NL East atop the division. I think the answer is no, not yet, for two reasons.

The first is that as much as the pitching is improving, it still has a long way to go. In 2008, only five NL teams, the Braves, Reds, Rockies, Nats and Pirates, allowed more runs than Florida.

The second is that they benefited from an electric offense in 2008 and chances are good that even if the rotation continues to improve the Marlins won’t be fifth in the NL in runs scored in 2009 like they were in 2008. Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham are gone and although neither were outstanding I would guess the Marlins will struggle to replace their production. I’d bet a lot against them having four infielders who hit at least 29 home runs again as well.

I think the thing to worry about is that there is a huge amount of young talent in Florida between all that starting pitching as well as offensive firepower that includes Hanley Ramirez, Cameron Maybin and Jeremy Hermida. That’s a whole lot of moving parts, but if they all got popping at the same time it would be a big problem for the Mets and the Phillies. I think it’s a little tough to predict that’s going to happen in 2009, though.

Finally, on what’s only a slightly related note, I feel I should remind all that the Fish are just a strange and surprising organization. In their 16 year history they have twice won the World Series, but never been closer to winning the NL East than they were in 2005 when they finished in third place, seven games behind the Braves (in 2003 and 1997, they finished second and went to the playoffs and won the World Series, but in each year they finished more than seven games out of first place). So you never know.

The Braves agreed to a one-year deal with Garret Anderson.

Charlie Manuel says something about the chances of Jason Donald and John Mayberry to make the team in this article, but I’m not quite sure I understand what it is.

The Phillies play the Pirates tomorrow. They have announced who will pitch in upcoming games.

MLB Network will be making a reality show about the Phillies bullpen which will debut in June.

Scott Eyre has had assets frozen as part of a federal investigation, which has caused financial problems for him.

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If wishes were fishes we’d have a bunch of happy wishes out there right about now

Pitching decisions and plain old bad pitching were the story as the Phils lost the last two games of their three-game series with the Marlins. The losses put the Phillies in a big hole — they have 16 games left to play and trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games.

In yesterday’s game, Brett Myers hit for himself with two outs and nobody on in the seventh in a tie game with two lefties expected to hit in the top of the eighth for Florida. He had thrown 104 pitches. He got just one out in the eighth. Both of the lefties he faced got hits and one of them scored the run that would prove to be the game-winner.

The go-ahead run came on a big double off of Chad Durbin. Durbin continues to struggle miserably down the stretch after being outstanding for most of the year. After throwing to a 1.89 ERA in the first half of the season, Durbin been charged with six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings over his last three appearances.

The only decision that the Phillies couldn’t overcome on Tuesday was the one to start Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was charged with seven runs in the game and got four outs. Despite being down 9-1 in the fourth, the Phils did mount a comeback. They fell short and dropped the game 10-8. The Phils are 1-5 in Kendrick’s last six starts. In those outings he hasn’t gone six innings once and has thrown to an 11.35 ERA.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon, falling 7-3 to drop to 79-67 on the season. They trail the Mets by 3 1/2 games in the NL East.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a walk. He struck out nine.

He allowed a pair of doubles in the first, but kept Florida off the board. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double but was thrown out when he tried to go to third on a ground ball to short. After Dan Uggla doubled, Myers struck out both Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham to leave him stranded.

The threw a 1-2-3 second and the Phils gave him a 1-0 lead to start the third. Ramirez walked with one out before Luis Gonzalez blasted a 2-0 pitch out to right to put Florida up 2-1.

In the fourth the Marlins extended their lead to 3-1. Dallas McPherson led off with a double. Myers got the next two before the pitcher Ricky Nolasco drove him in with a single to left.

Myers didn’t allow a base-runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh, which probably influenced Manuel’s decision to let him come back and start the eighth having thrown 104 pitches to face a couple lefties. He faced three hitters in the eighth. Gonzalez led off with a single, Myers struck out Uggla and a single by Jacobs moved Gonzalez to third. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Willingham. Willingham got ahead 3-0 and then chopped a 3-1 pitch down the third base line. The umpires called fan interference, although it appeared that the fan in question did not touch the ball. One run scored and Robert Andino, who ran for Jacobs, went to third. Durbin walked the left McPherson, loading the bases and setting up the double-play, which he got from Paul Lo Duca to end the frame.

Durbin returned for the ninth with the Phils down 4-3. He gave up a leadoff single to Alfredo Amezaga and Amezaga was bunted to second for the first out. He walked Hanley Ramirez intentionally to put men on first and second. Lefty Jeremy Hermida pinch-hit and Romero came in to pitch to him. Cody Ross hit for Hermida and Romero got him on a fly ball to right for the second out. With two down and men on first and second, Uggla delivered a two-run double that put Florida up 6-3. Condrey came in to pitch to Wes Helms and Helms singled into center, scoring Uggla and making it 7-3. Willingham flew to left for the third out.

Romero gives up the big double to Uggla an inning after two hits by lefties against Myers set up a run for Florida.

The pen went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. All three relievers that appeared, Durbin, Romero and Condrey, gave up big hits. Durbin threw 17 pitches, Condrey and Romero each six or less. Durbin has thrown to a 6.10 ERA since the end of July. Romero a 4.76 ERA since the end of July. Condrey was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with an earned run this month.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Again Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino dropped to sixth. Dobbs at third with Feliz on the bench and Coste behind the plate.

Howard put the Phils up 1-0 with a home run to start the second.

Myers doubled over the head of Amezaga in center to start the third with the Phils down 2-1. He went to third on a ground out by Rollins, but was left stranded when Werth struck out and Utley lined to short.

Werth can’t bring the runner in from third with one out.

Nolasco struck out Howard, Burrell and Victorino in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Down 3-1 in the fifth the Phils scored a pair of runs to tie the game at 3-3. Dobbs led off with a single and scored when Coste followed with a double. Myers bunted Coste to third for the first out before Rollins popped to short. Werth delivered a two-out single, scoring Coste to tie the game and picking up Rollins after Rollins failed to bring the runner in from third with less than two outs.

The Phillies only base-runner in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth was a one-out walk by Burrell in the sixth. Victorino hit into a double-play behind him.

With two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Myers hit for himself and struck out. With the righty Nolasco on the mound, Stairs would have been the likely choice to hit for Myers.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 5-for-13 with a walk in the series. 273/337/431 for the season. He’s slugging .410 in September after slugging .398 in August.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 275/371/511. He’s hitting .212 in September.

Utley 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 289/378/535 for the year. 219/316/281 so far this month.

Howard 1-for-4 with his 42nd home run. 5-for-13 with two doubles and two home runs in the series. 241/328/517. He has five home runs in his last 27 at-bats.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a triple and two walks in the series. 254/372/513 for the year. The triple is his only extra-base hits in his last 40 at-bats.

Victorino 0-for-4. 1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 276/339/417. Hitting .176 in September.

Dobbs 1-for-3 in the game. 2-for-10 with a double in the series. 295/327/473 for the year. No walks in his last 37 at-bats. Feliz was 1-for-2 in the series and is hitting 251/300/407 for the year.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 1-for-6 in the series. 267/322/435 for the year. He’s 1-for-his-last-20. Ruiz was 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 230/320/304 for the year.

Stairs went 1-for-2 with a walk in the series. He’s 3-for-7 with the Phillies.

On Tuesday the Phillies lost 10-8 to drop to 79-66 on the season.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one. His ERA was 4.37 after he got the win against the Marlins on August 6 — it’s 5.44 now, six starts later.

The Fish were all over Kendrick. They scored three times in the first, getting three singles, a walk and a sac fly. Uggla had the biggest hit, a two-run single to right with the bases loaded. Four more runs in the second put the Marlins up 7-1. They got a pair of doubles, a walk and a three-run homer from Jorge Cantu that chased Kendrick.

Happ followed Kendrick, getting the last two outs of the second. Happ kept them off the board in the third, but yielded two more runs in the fourth. Cantu singled with one out and Jacobs hit a two-run shot that put the Marlins up 9-1.

The Phils cut it to 9-4 in the bottom of the fourth, but Happ gave up another homer, this one a solo shot, to Cody Ross in the fifth. 10-4. He got the next two before Condrey came out to retire Ramirez and end the frame.

Condrey threw a scoreless sixth. Seanez and Eyre combined to keep the Marlins off the board in the seventh. Madson pitched a scoreless eighth and Lidge, with the Phils down 10-8, turned them away in the ninth.

Long day for the pen as they went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. All three of the runs were allowed by Happ, who saw his ERA rise to 5.71 by giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Happ threw 66 pitches in the game, Lidge 17. Everyone else was 15 or less.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz. Werth hits second against the righty with Victorino sixth. Dobbs at third and Ruiz catching.

With one out in the first, Werth singled, stole second, stole third and scored on a ground out by Utley to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-1.

Down 7-1 in the second they went in order. Ruiz singled to start the third and Happ bunted him to second, but Rollins and Werth left him stranded.

Down 9-1 in the fourth, Utley singled and was driven in by a two-run homer by Howard. Burrell tripled and scored on a ground out by Victorino. The Phils ended the inning down 9-4.

It was 10-4 when they started the sixth. Victorino singled in Howard to make it 10-5 and a two-run double by Dobbs cut it to 10-7. With Dobbs on second and nobody out, Stairs hit for Condrey and singled Dobbs in. 10-8. Coste flew to right for the first out before Rollins moved Stairs to third and then stole second. It put men on second and third with one down, but Werth flew to right and the runners held and Utley popped to short, leaving the tying runs stranded.

They went in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Werth 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left six men on base. With one out and a man on third in the eighth he couldn’t bring the runner in.

Utley 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Howard 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-2.

Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64) faces righty Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82) tonight. Sheets hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last three starts, giving up 12 hits and four walks in 20 innings. On the year he’s allowed just 14 home runs in 188 innings. The Phillies have won five of the last six games that Moyer has started. He’s been much better away from Citizens Bank Park than at it this year — 9-3 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 ratio away and 4-4 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.54 ratio at home. Moyer will be throwing on short rest after pitching Sunday against the Mets.


The old man and the sea

Jamie Moyer and the Phillies’ bullpen shut down the Marlins last night. Moyer held Florida to a pair of runs on four singles over six and Durbin, Romero and Lidge did the rest. Over his last eight starts Moyer has thrown to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.19 ratio. He has a 3.12 ERA for the season in his ten starts away from Citizens Bank Park.

Geoff Jenkins slumped much of the first half, but the first half is over. Jenkins drove in two of the Phils’ four runs in the game, blasting a solo home run out to center in the fourth after he had singled in Burrell in the second.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 4-2. They improve to 53-44 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. All four hits were singles and he struck out three.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 first.

Mike Jacobs led off the second and lifted a fly ball into right field that Jenkins made a sliding play on in foul territory for the first out. Moyer got the next two behind him.

After a 1-2-3 third he started the fourth up 4-0. Hanley Ramirez led off with a walk and Jeremy Hermida followed with a single that moved Ramirez to third. Jorge Cantu was next and he looped a ball into left-center. It looked like both Victorino and Burrell had a chance to make the play with a dive, but neither did and it fell in-between them for a single. Ramirez scored to make it 4-1. Jacobs followed with a single that loaded the bases for Dan Uggla. Uggla hit into a double-play for the first two outs of the inning. Hermida scored and it was 4-2. Josh Willingham popped up to first to end the inning.

Moyer came back with a 1-2-3 fifth.

Cantu singled with two outs in the sixth. Jacobs was next and popped to Howard to leave Cantu stranded.

Durbin started the seventh with the Phils still up 4-2. He struck out Uggla and Willingham before getting Cody Ross on a ground ball to short.

Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Ramirez singled. With the lefty Hermida due to hit, Romero came into the game. Righty Wes Helms hit for Hermida and lined to short to end the inning.

Lidge threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a 4-2 lead to nail down his 21st save.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one hit. Durbin threw 24 pitches, Romero five and Lidge, coming off 2/3 of an inning in an All-Star game in which he warmed up six times, threw 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty with Ruiz behind the plate.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a tracer out to right on a 1-0 pitch to put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell was next and doubled down the third base line. Jenkins singled up the middle and Burrell chugged around to score from second. 2-0. Feliz struck out, Ruiz popped to first and Moyer flew to left to leave Jenkins stranded.

Rollins led off the third with a double. Victorino flew to right for the first out before Utley singled into right. Rollins scored from second and the Phils were up 3-0. Howard flew to left and Burrell struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

Jenkins led off the fourth and blasted a 1-0 pitch out to center. 4-0. The Phils went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth Victorino tried to bunt and looked like he was hit by a pitch on the leg but didn’t get the bat out of the way. The home plate ump called it a foul ball. Manuel argued and was ejected. Victorino flew to center for the second out before Utley doubled to right. Howard was walked intentionally, but Burrell fouled out to third to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh. Taguchi hit for Moyer to lead off the seventh and popped to short.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the eighth and went to second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out. Burrell was next and he flew to deep center for the second out. Utley should have tagged but was halfway to third when Ross caught the ball and had to hold second. With lefty Renyel Pinto on the mound Werth hit for Jenkins. Righty Doug Waechter entered the game for Florida and got Werth swinging for the third out.

Phils can’t score after putting a man on second with no outs. Howard can’t move the runner to third. Utley should have gone to third on Burrell’s ball, but if Werth was going to strike out anyway it wasn’t going to matter. Burrell gets to hit against the lefty with lefties hitting third, fourth and sixth in the lineup.

Ruiz reached on a dribbler to third with one out in the ninth. With righty Joe Nelson on the mound, Dobbs hit for Romero. Ruiz stole second and the catcher John Baker threw the ball into center field. Ruiz went to third, but Dobbs struck out and Rollins struck out to leave him stranded.

Dobbs already had two strikes on him when Ruiz went to third, but still can’t bring the runner home with a fly ball with one out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Utley 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and his 29th homer.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base.

Jenkins 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Also made a nice defensive play in the second.

Feliz 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.47) faces lefty Scott Olsen (5-4, 3.77) this afternoon. Olsen has been tough on lefties this season, they’re hitting .177 against him. Righties are hitting .258. Howard has hit him well in his career, he’s 10-for-21 with three doubles and two home runs. Utley 3-for-21. The Phillies have won eight of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties are hitting .320 against him, righties just .247. He’s also walked way more lefites, who are on-basing .386 against him, than righties. About 55% of the batters that Kendrick has faced (258 of 469) have been left-handed, but they have drawn 75% (24 of 32) of the walks he has allowed. Impressively he has walked only eight of the 211 right-handed batters he’s faced (about 3.8%). By comparison, looking at his fellow righties, Myers has walked about 6% of the right-handed hitters he’s faced, Eaton about 7.4% and Blanton 7.8%.

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