Tag: RJ Swindle

If I had to do the same again, I wouldn’t, my friend, Fernando

The Phillies apparently get one extra-base hit a game these days. At least they’re making the most out of them. On Friday Pedro Feliz doubled in the ninth and came in to score the winning run on a single by Victorino. On Saturday the lone extra-base hit was a three-run shot by Howard that tied the game at 3-3 early before the pen imploded late. Yesterday the Phils were down 4-2 and down to their last strike before Werth’s shot tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Phils lost in 12.

The bullpen is still the story for the Phils. They came into the game dragging and left even more so. With his choices limited, Manuel called on Chad Durbin to throw two innings after a long outing on Friday. It didn’t work. Fernando Tatis connected for a two-run shot in the 12th that won it for the Mets.

The bullpen hasn’t been great against the Mets, but the Phils need more out of their offense. The Phillies have scored nine runs in the first three games of the series.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets yesterday, falling 4-2 in 12 innings to drop to 48-41 on the season. The Mets lead the four-game set two games to one.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.39.

Endy Chavez singled with one out in the first, but Kendrick got the next two behind him.

With one out in the second Damion Easley singled. Marlon Anderson followed with a walk that put men on first and second for Brian Schneider and Schneider loaded the bases with a single to center. Kendrick got the pitcher Oliver Perez on a popup fisted to third for the second out. Jose Reyes flew to center to end the frame.

With two outs in the third Carlos Beltran lined a 3-2 pitch out to right to put the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Delgado followed with a single but Easley went down on a ground ball to short for the third out.

Schneider walked with one out in the fourth and Perez bunted him to second for the second out. Reyes singled to left and Schneider went to third. Reyes stole second before Kendrick got Chavez on a ground ball back to the mound to leave both runners stranded.

David Wright led off the fifth with a single and was forced at second for the first out of the inning when Beltran followed with a ground ball to short. Beltran stole second as Delgado struck out for the second out. He stole third without a throw before Easley walked. Kendrick got Anderson to ground to second to leave both men stranded.

Reyes doubled to left with two outs in the sixth. Kendrick got Chavez to ground to first for the third out.

Condrey started the seventh after Kendrick had needed 112 pitches to get through six. Beltran singled with one out. Delgado popped to short for the second out. With Easley at the plate Ruiz made a snap throw to first that got passed Howard and into right for an error on Ruiz that allowed Beltran to got to second. Easley grounded to second for the third out.

Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down 1-0, coming off a weak outing the night before. He got the first two before pinch-hitter Chris Aguila drew a walk. Romero picked him off to end the frame.

Nice bounce back outing for Romero.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils down 1-0. Reyes led off with a single to right and stole second. Chavez bunted him to third for the first out. Lidge got behind Wright 3-0 but came back to strike him out for the second out. Beltran was next and he lined the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. Reyes scored to give Beltran his second RBI of the day and the Mets were up 2-0. Lidge struck out Delgado for the third out.

Madson pitched the tenth, coming off a four-pitch outing the night before. He got the first two before Schneider singled. Switch-hitter Argenis Reyes hit for the pitcher Billy Wagner. Madson got behind him 3-1 but came back to strike him out to set the Mets down.

Chad Durbin pitched the eleventh having thrown 35 pitches on Friday night. Chavez singled with one out, but he struck Wright out swinging for the second out got Beltran to pop to Feliz to end the frame.

Durbin came back for the twelfth. He got ahead of the leadoff man Delgado 0-2 but lost him and gave up the walk. Easley bunted him to second. He got behind Fernando Tatis 2-0 before Tatis drove a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, putting the Mets up 4-2. Durbin struck out Schneider and pitcher Joe Smith.

Six innings for the pen. They allow three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. In the first three games of the four-game set they have thrown 12 1/3 innings. That’s too many.

The guys in the pen that Manuel didn’t use instead of bringing Durbin back after 35 pitches on Friday to thrown two innings were Seanez and Gordon. Both pitched on Saturday. Seanez threw 23 pitches on Saturday, but before that had not pitched since June 27. Gordon threw 16 pitches on Saturday and had thrown a single pitch to get the final out in Thursday’s game. Asking Durbin to come back for a second inning was asking a lot.

After the game the Phillies put Tom Gordon on the DL and called lefty RJ Swindle back up.

Big problems in the pen for the Phils with the amount of usage they’ve been getting. They don’t have an off day till July 14, so somebody’s going to probably need to take one for the team before it’s over.

Madson threw 20 pitches in the game, Lidge 19, Romero 16 and Condrey 14. Durbin threw 37 more. Too many.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Oliver Perez went (1) Werth (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Rollins dropped to third again against the lefty for the second time in three games. Victorino down to seventh with Utley hitting second. Werth plays right and leads off against the lefty. Ruiz catches. Just hit Rollins leadoff, please. Coming into the game he was a career 241/286/353 in 126 plate appearances as a three hitter. The Phils have scored five runs in the two games in this series they’ve hit Rollins third against a lefty.

Werth started the first with a walk. Utley popped out for the first out before Werth was picked off but beat the throw to second for a stolen base. Rollins moved Werth to third with a single. With Howard at the plate Schneider tried to pick Werth off third and Rollins made a nice play on the bases to steal second. With men on second and third and one down, Howard struck out for the second out. Burrell fouled out to Delgado to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for Howard with one out and men on second and third.

Feliz drove a ball to left center that Anderson dropped for a two base error to start the second. The Phils went in order to leave Feliz stranded.

Werth started the third with another walk, but Utley flew to center and Rollins hit into a double-play.

Burrell singled to left with one out in the fourth. He moved to second on a wild pitch, but Feliz struck out and Victorino popped to Delgado.

Ruiz started the fifth with a single but the Phils went in order behind him.

Howard singled to right with one out in the sixth. Burrell flew to center and Feliz flew to right.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. With the lefty Perez still on the mound, Coste hit for Condrey and flew to center for the third out.

With one out in the eighth Utley reached on an error by pitcher Duaner Sanchez and stole second. Rollins followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Howard and lefty Pedro Feliciano came into the game and struck him out swinging for the second out. Aaron Heilman walked Burrell with the Phillies down 1-0 and Jenkins ran for Burrell at first. Feliz grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Running for Burrell, who would be the run that puts you up 3-1, is just a miserable play. It’s especially bad with lefties Scott Schoeneweis and Billy Wagner looming in the Mets pen and no possibility of the double-play with two outs.

Second big strikeout of the game for Howard.

With the Phils down 2-0, Victorino led off the ninth with a single off of Billy Wagner. Ruiz flew to center for the first out. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and was called out looking at a 2-2 pitch that was outside. Werth got behind in the count but blasted a 1-2 pitch out to left center to tie the game at 2-2. Utley followed with a single but Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Schoeneweis started the tenth and struck out Howard and Jenkins, in Burrell’s spot, to start the inning. Feliz and Victorino singled back-to-back to put men on first and second, but righty Joe Smith came in and got Ruiz to ground to third for the third out.

Smith set the Phillies down in order in the eleventh.

With the Phils down 4-2, Rollins started the twelfth with a single and stole second. Howard flew to left, Jenkins grounded to short and Feliz dribbled a ball down the third base line that Smith fielded and threw to first to end the game. Jenkins at least got to hit against a righty this time.

Werth was 1-for-4 with a home run and two walks. He’s 10-for-his-last-25.

Utley 1-for-6 and left three men on base.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-6 with four strikeouts and five men left on base.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Feliz 1-for-6 with six men left on base.

Victorino 2-for-5.

Ruiz 1-for-5. He’s 1-for-his-last-23.

A little down on Manuel’s game. I don’t know that Seanez was a much better option than Durbin, but I’m not a fan of the lineup with Rollins hitting third and don’t like Jenkins running for Burrell at all.

Adam Eaton (3-6, 4.79) faces righty Pedro Martinez (2-2, 7.39) tonight. Over his last three starts Pedro has allowed 17 earned runs in 15 innings. Lefties are hitting .370 against him for the season. The Phils have lost three of the last four games that Eaton has started, but he’s pitched pretty well. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in three of his last four starts.

Pat Burrell, who is in the top six in the league in on-base percentage and slugging, is one of five NL players who will be voted into the All-Star game. Despite the best efforts of Manuel, Taguchi and Bruntlett, Burrell is tied for seventh in the league in home runs. Voting ends on Thursday at 5 PM.


Better make that Kobayashi Iwamura and a whole lot of cash

The Phillies are playing terribly, but Kyle Kendrick either hasn’t noticed or doesn’t care. Kendrick’s line from last night doesn’t look spectacular, but coming off eight shutout innings against the A’s Kendrick took a shutout and a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning last night. The last time the Phillies won a game that was started by someone other than Cole Hamels or Kyle Kendrick was June 12.

The struggling Phillies have won seven of the last eight games that Kendrick has started.

Apparently the Phils think Kendrick has been doing Brett Myers’ job so long they can do without Myers. Myers accepted a demotion to Triple-A and the Phillies have called up left-handed reliever RJ Swindle from Triple-A. Swindle will give the Phillies a much-needed second lefty in the bullpen and could potentially allow Romero to take on a bigger role in relief.

The Phillies’ season may hinge on Myers’ ability to turn his season around. The Phils can make the playoffs without a big second starter behind Cole Hamels. What I don’t think they can do without a big second starter behind Cole Hamels is be successful in the playoffs. That pretty much leaves two choices — Brett Myers can become the second starter they’re going to need or they can trade for one. I would be stunned if they trade for one, so I think we better be hoping that Triple-A is the cure for whatever is ailing Myers.

Myers deserves credit for accepting the assignment to Triple-A, much as he deserves credit for how little whining he’s done about being pinballed between the pen and the rotation. The Phillies deserve to have him get some people out.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves last night, winning 8-3 to improve to 45-39 on the year. In addition to the nice start by Kendrick, the game was highlighted by a nice inning by a struggling Tom Gordon and a mini-breakout by the scuffling Geoff Jenkins. The Phillies also managed to put together some nice at-bats and put the game out of reach with a big ninth inning after failing to execute offensively in both the seventh and the eighth.

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

Gregor Blanco led off the first with a walk and Kelly Johnson bunted him to second. Chipper Jones moved Blanco to third with a ground ball to Howard. Mark Teixeira was next and he went down on a ground ball that Utley fielded in shallow right field, almost behind first base.

Brian McCann led off the second with a double but was left stranded when Mark Kotsay flew to left, Jeff Francoeur grounded to second and Brent Lillibridge went down swinging.

Up 5-0 in the third, Kendrick set the Braves down 1-2-3.

Chipper walked to start the fourth. Teixeira flew to right for the first out before McCann moved Chipper to second with a single. Kendrick struck out Kotsay for the second out. Francoeur grounded to second for the third.

With two outs in the fifth, Blanco singled and stole second. Johnson grounded to second for the third out.

Chipper led off the sixth with a double. Teixeira flew to right before McCann moved Jones to third with a ground out to first. Kotsay popped to Feliz in front of the mound for the third out.

Francoeur and Lillibridge started the seventh with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot and switch-hitter Greg Norton hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta. With the Phils up 5-0, Kendrick stayed in to pitch to Norton. Norton got up 2-0 before he ripped a double into right-center. Francoeur and Lillibridge both scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 5-2. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Blanco and got him on a ground ball to first that moved Norton to third for the first out. He walked Johnson, which brought up Chipper with men on first and third. Chipper walked on five pitches to load the bases. Teixeira hit a double-play ball to Utley that Utley didn’t field cleanly. He recovered in time to get the out at first as everyone moved up a base and Norton scored to make it 5-3. McCann grounded to second to end the inning.

Utley should have started a double-play on Teixeira’s ball. His bobble cost the Phils a run.

Gordon threw a 1-2-3 eighth with a 5-3 lead. He got the first out with the help of a nice play by Rollins on a ground ball back up the middle by Kotsay.

Lidge pitched the ninth with an 8-3 lead. He allowed a one out single to Blanco, but struck Johnson and Jones out behind him to end the game. Lidge is really well-rested since the Phillies never win, so no objection from me about pitching with a five-run lead.

Three scoreless innings from the pen. The best news is the 1-2-3 frame from Gordon. In the three innings they allowed one hit and two walks, both issued by Romero. Lidge threw 17 pitches, Romero 15 and Gordon nine.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Charlie Morton went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Howard returns to the fourth spot in the order with Burrell back at fifth. Jenkins plays right against the righty after Werth started back-to-back games against righties in Texas. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a single but the Phils went in order behind him.

Burrell started the second and got behind 1-2 before he blasted a home run to left to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz drew a walk with two outs, but Kendrick popped to second to end the frame.

Rollins started the third with a single. Victorino was next and he lined a ball out to right for his third home run of the season. 3-0. Utley and Howard followed with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second with nobody out for Burrell. Burrell singled into left and Utley scored. 4-0. Howard went to third. Jenkins followed and he singled to left. Howard scored and it was 5-0 with men on first and second. Feliz struck out, Ruiz flew to right and Kendrick went down swinging.

1-2-3 fourth.

Jenkins doubled with two outs in the fifth. Feliz struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

With one out in the seventh Utley and Howard singled back-to-back. Burrell drew a walk that loaded the bases and Werth ran for Burrell at first. Jenkins got ahead 3-0 but popped to Lillibridge in foul territory. Feliz grounded to second for the third out.

Don’t mind Jenkins swinging 3-0, but his popout looked huge at the time.

Ruiz walked to start the eighth. Taguchi hit for Romero with lefty Will Ohman on the mound. Taguchi bunted badly, too hard, back to the pitcher. Ohman threw to second, but his throw was in the dirt and not handled. Taguchi was safe at first and Ruiz safe at second. Rollins bunted the runners to second and third and the Braves walked Victorino, who came into the game hitting .224 against lefties, intentionally. Not a fan of that move, but it worked out great for Atlanta. Ohman struck out Utley and struck out Howard to end the inning.

Twice in two innings the Phillies were unable to score after loading the bases with one out.

They did finally blow it open in the ninth. Werth led off with a single and stole second as Jenkins struck out for the first out. McCann’s throw to second went into center field, allowing Werth to go to third. Feliz was next and he hit a fly ball into left deep enough to score Werth and put the Phils up 6-3. The Phils tacked on more with two outs afterwards, but that looked like a huge at-bat for Feliz at the time. Ruiz walked. Dobbs hit for Gordon and singled, moving Ruiz to second. Rollins walked to load the bases. Victorino singled into left and Ruiz and Dobbs both scored. 8-3. Utley flew to right to leave the runners stranded at first and second.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

Utley 2-for-6 and left six men on base.

Howard 2-for-5 and left four men on base.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his 20th on the year.

Jenkins 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Feliz 0-for-4 with a big sac fly and three strikeouts. He left six men on base.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with three walks.

Adam Eaton (2-6, 4.86) faces righty Jorge Campillo (3-2, 2.54) tonight. Campillo has made 22 appearances for the Braves this season, only eight of which have been starts. In his eight starts he’s 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. Lefties are hitting just .179 against him overall for the year and he’s give up just four home runs and 12 walks in 67 1/3 innings. The Phillies have lost seven of the last ten games that Eaton has started. Overall his walk rate and home rate are improved over 2007, but he has walked six in his last 12 innings and has allowed at least one home run in five straight starts.


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