The Phils scored five runs in their three-game series with Texas, but thanks to some outstanding pitching from Halladay and Lee it was enough to take two of the three games. Oswalt was fantastic in game three, but nobody is good enough to help you win when you don’t score. The Phils fell 2-0 in game three of the set, which featured Ryan Howard trying to bunt for a hit in the ninth inning with the Phils down a pair of runs.
Domonic Brown joined the Phils for the series, but didn’t get a lot of chances as the Rangers started lefties in games one and three. He started the second game of the series and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving five men on base.
The Phils won the series opener 3-2. Texas pulled ahead 1-0 when Elvis Andrus stole home in the top of the first, but Francisco hit a two-run homer in the second and Ibanez added a solo shot in the fourth. Halladay went eight strong innings, but allowed a second run in the top of the eighth on a leadoff double that was followed by a pair of ground outs. Madson kept Texas off the board in the ninth to earn his eighth save.
The Phils took game two of the set 2-0 behind eight shutout innings from Cliff Lee. Howard put the Phillies ahead 1-0 with a solo homer in the second. Ibanez and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the sixth and Ibanez came in to score on a single by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 2-0. Madson again shut the Rangers down in the ninth.
Yesterday the Phils lost to Texas Rangers, falling 2-0 to drop to 28-18 on the year. They remain in first place in the NL East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Marlins.
Oswalt got the start for the Phillies in yesterday’s game and went seven innings, allowing a run on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.
Elvis Andrus led off the game and ground out to second. David Murphy followed with a double to left and Oswalt hit Ian Kinsler with a pitch behind him, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Young hit a ground ball back to Oswalt and Oswalt started the double-play to set Texas down.
Adrian Beltre started the second with a single, but Oswalt got Mitch Moreland on a fly ball to left for the first out and Mike Napoli lined to Rollins for the second. Craig Gentry moved Beltre to second with a single, but Oswalt got the pitcher Matt Harrison looking to leave both men stranded.
Murphy singled to center with one out in the third. Oswalt got Kinsler looking for the second out and Young on a ground ball to third with Polanco going to Valdez at second for the third.
He threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Ibanez made a nice sliding catch on a ball hit by Napoli for the third out.
He got Gentry and Harrison on ground balls to start the fifth before Andrus reached on an infield single. Andrus stole second and took third on a passed ball before Murphy walked, putting men on first and third for Kinsler. Kinsler grounded to short to turn Texas away.
Young started the sixth with a single and moved up to second when Beltre hit a ball out in front of the plate that Ruiz handled for the first out. Moreland was next and he doubled off the wall in left, scoring Young to put the Rangers ahead 1-0. Oswalt struck out Napoli for the second out and then walked the righty Gentry intentionally to get to the pitcher Harrison behind him. Harrison grounded to short on a great play by Rollins in the hole. Rollins made a strong throw to leave both men stranded.
Really not a fan of walking Gentry, who came into the game having hit .175 in 89 career plate appearances, intentionally. Worked out okay, but I think you need to try to get him out and have the pitcher lead off the next inning.
Andrus started the seventh with a single and moved to second on a ground out by Murphy. Kinsler was hit by a pitch behind him, but Oswalt got Young to hit into a double-play to end the frame.
Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down a run and gave up a leadoff double to Beltre. Moreland moved Beltre to third with a ground out to second. Herndon took over for Romero and hit Napoli with a pitch, putting men on first and third. Gentry was next and put down an amazing bunt with the squeeze play on. With Beltre breaking for home, Herndon’s pitch was right at Gentry, who somehow got the bunt down. Beltre scored to make it 2-0, Gentry was out at first for the second out and Napoli took second. Herndon struck Harrison out to leave Napoli at second.
Herndon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Impressive outing for Herndon in his first appearance since being recalled in which he threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, hitting a batter but not allowing a hit or a walk. He took Mathieson’s roster spot on Friday.
Herndon threw 23 pitches in the game and Romero six. Neither has appeared more than one day in a row.
Madson was not available in the game after being hit with a ball on his right hand in Friday’s game.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Matt Harrison went (1) Rollins (2) Valdez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Mayberry (8) Sardinha. Valdez at second with the lefty Orr on the bench. Mayberry in center with Martinez on the bench. Brown on the bench against the lefty with Francisco in right. Sardinha catches the day game.
Polanco singled with two outs in the first and took second on an error when Gentry mishandled the ball in center. Howard popped to Andrus for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Sardinha walked to start the bottom of the third and Oswalt bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins popped to first for the second out, but Valdez singled into right. Sardinha held third, though, and didn’t score on the wild pitch that allowed Valdez to move up to second, either. Polanco went down on a ground ball handled by Harrison to leave both men stranded.
Ibanez singled to left with two outs in the fourth, but was left there when Mayberry followed and flew to right.
Sardinha singled to start the fifth and again Oswalt bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins flew to right for the second out on a nice sliding play by Moreland in right before Sardinha took third on another wild pitch. Valdez grounded to second to leave him there.
Second time in three innings that Sardinha led off an inning by getting on base and Oswalt bunted him along. Second time the Phillies didn’t score in the inning. Rollins didn’t do much either time.
Howard singled with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 1-0. Francisco hit into a double-play behind him.
Sardinha walked with two outs in the seventh. Ruiz hit for Oswalt and flew to right to leave him stranded.
Third time Sardinha had been on base in the game.
Down 2-0, Rollins, Valdez and Polanco went in order in the eighth.
Francisco walked with one out in the ninth after Howard attempted to bunt for a hit then struck out swinging 0-2. Ibanez followed and grounded to first with Francisco forced at second for the second out. With righty Neftali Feliz on the mound for Texas, Gload hit for Mayberry and flew to left to end the game.
Manuel picks Gload over Brown to hit for Mayberry as the tying run.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-10 in the series. He’s hitting 262/343/350 for the season.
Valdez was 1-for-4 in the game and 1-for-10 in the series. 234/261/290.
Polanco 1-for-4 in the game and 4-for-12 with four singles in the series. He’s on-basing .272 in May and hitting 335/374/420 on the season.
Howard 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk in the set. 243/320/480 for the year. 178/277/370 for the year.
Francisco was 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average on the year to .216. 1-for-5 with a home run and two walks in the series. 216/329/360 on the year. 5-for-45 in May. Brown didn’t play yesterday, but was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the series in his first action on the season.
Ibanez 1-for-4. 2-for-9 with a home run and two walks in the set. 232/292/361 for the year.
Mayberry was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .231. 1-for-9 in the series. 231/333/369 for the season. Martinez didn’t play in the series and is hitting 194/237/194.
Sardinha 1-for-1 with two walks in the game. He’s 4-for-18 with four walks on the season. Ruiz was 0-for-1, dropping his average on the year to .214. 1-for-6 with a walk in the set. 214/316/321 on the year.
Hamels (5-2, 2.92) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11) tonight. Arroyo was hit hard in his last start, allowing five runs to the Pirates over seven innings. Lefties are hitting 316/383/568 against him for the season, righties 238/259/438. Hamels had been fantastic since his first start of the season, throwing to a 2.19 ERA and averaging more than seven runs a start.
The Phillies activated Utley and sent Pete Orr to Triple-A. The linked article suggests that Utley will hit third tonight.