Tag: Roy Oswalt

Texas two-of-three step

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.

Phils whip up a little something for the how-are-they-ever-going-to-go-on-a-losing-streak-with-that-rotation crowd

Seven runs in four games should do it. Four runs in three games is even better.

Still no sign of the offense as the Phils dropped their fourth straight last night. Oswalt made his return to the rotation and looked pretty good in the five innings he was able to go. The Phils went into the eighth down 1-0 and got a gift run with the help of a dropped popup to tie things up, but Baez started the ninth and allowed hits to the first three men he faced and St Louis pushed a run across on a walkoff single to win 2-1.

The Phils are 25-16 on the year after losing to the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 last night. They have lost four games in a row for the first time on the season and are 7-8 in May.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on seven hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

He got Ryan Theriot to line to Rollins for the first out in the bottom of the first. Then he struck Jon Jay out swinging 2-2 for the second out and Albert Pujols out looking 3-2 to end the inning.

Matt Holliday fouled out to Howard for the first out in the second. Lance Berkman was next and he singled to center but was forced at second for the second out when Allen Craig followed and grounded to short. Yadier Molina moved Craig to second with a single to right, but Oswalt got Daniel Descalso to pop to Rollins in foul territory to leave both men stranded.

Pitcher Jaime Garcia led off the St Louis third and grounded to Oswalt. Theriot and Jay followed with back-to-back singles, with Jay’s sending Theriot to third. Oswalt got Pujols to hit a double-play ball to Rollins to keep St Louis off the board.

Oswalt walked Berkman with one out in the fourth and Craig moved him to second with a single to center. Molina was next and he singled to left. Berkman tried to score and looked like he didn’t have much of a chance, but the throw from Mayberry came in on a hop and a little up the third base line. The ball and Berkman arrived about the same time with Berkman sliding in to avoid Sardinha’s tag and the Cards led 1-0. It brought Descalso to the plate with men on first and second and he grounded to Valdez with Molina forced at second for the second out. Oswalt struck Garcia out for the third out, leaving runners at the corners.

Mayberry didn’t make a great throw, but Sardinha still had a chance to get Berkman and missed the tag.

Pujols doubled to right with two outs in the fifth, but Oswalt got Holliday on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Stutes started the sixth and made just three pitches before hurting his back and exited for Kendrick. Kendrick walked Berkman and Berkman moved up to second on a ground out by Craig and then third when Molina was retired on a ball handled by Kendrick. Kendrick walked Descalso intentionally, putting men on first and third for the pitcher Garcia. Garcia grounded to third to end the inning.

Another intentional walk for Kendrick, who has walked five intentionally in 21 2/3 innings.

Kendrick allowed a two-out single to Pujols in the seventh, but Holliday lined to Francisco to leave Pujols stranded.

Two scoreless frames in the game for Kendrick. He has a 1.15 ERA and a 1.09 ratio over 15 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances (one of which was a start).

Bastardo started the eighth with the game tied at 1-1. He got Berkman and Tyler Greene to start the inning before Molina doubled. Bastardo walked Descalso behind Molina and switch-hitter Nick Punto hit for the pitcher Garcia with two men on base. Bastardo struck him out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Baez started the ninth. Theriot led off with an infield single. Jay moved him to second with a real single and Pujols blooped a ball that fell in right for another single, loading the bases. Holliday was next and he hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and threw home to force Theriot for the first out. Berkman was next and Romero came in to face him, forcing the switch-hitter Berkman to hit right-handed. Berkman hit the ball over the head of Martinez, who was playing shallow in center, to plate Jay and give St Louis a 2-1 win.

Berkman is hammering both lefties and righties this season. Over his career he’s been better against righties (308/424/590 against righties and 261/365/418 against lefties). So no argument with Romero.

I think you can have an argument about no Madson in the ninth. Baez’s line looks awful, but one of the singles he allowed was an infield hit and another a softly hit ball by Pujols.

Over his last four appearances, Baez has allowed six runs on ten hits and two walks over four innings (13.50 ERA and a 3.00 ratio). Last year with the Phils he threw to a 5.48 ERA and a 1.64 ratio.

Stutes and Romero were both pitching for the second day in a row, but I’m going to be surprised if we see Stutes any time soon. Kendrick threw 24 pitches in the game, Bastardo 21, Baez 13, Stutes three and Romero one.

Stutes will see a doctor today.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jaime Garcia went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Francisco (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Polanco returns to the lineup and the three-hole. Martinez in center with Mayberry in left, Francisco in right and Ibanez on the bench against the lefty. Valdez plays second against the lefty with the lefty Orr on the bench. Sardinha catches with Ruiz on the bench.

Martinez singled to center with one out in the first and moved to second on a ground out by Polanco. Howard flew to center to leave him at second.

Descalso made a very nice play at third and a strong throw to first on a ball hit down the line by Polanco for the second out.

Mayberry led off the second with a single and stole second, but was left there when Francisco flew to center, Valdez popped to Theriot and Sardinha lined to third.

The Phils went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

With the Phils down 1-0, Valdez hit a ball just over Descalso and down the line for a double with one out in the fifth. Sardinha followed that with a walk and Oswalt bunted the runners to second and third with the second out. Rollins flew to Jay in left-center to leave both runners stranded.

Polanco singled with one out in the sixth. Howard struck out behind him and Mayberry grounded to third.

The Phillies went in order in the seventh.

With one out in the eighth, Rollins popped a ball up on the infield that Tyler Greene just dropped for an error. Martinez moved him to third with a single before Polanco flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1 with two outs and Martinez at first. Howard struck out swinging to leave Martinez stranded.

The Phillies went in order in the ninth. With righty Fernando Salas on the mound for St Louis, Orr hit for Valdez and struck out looking for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Martinez had a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a big single in the eighth to help the Phils score their run. He’s 7-for-29 on the year with seven singles and two walks. Glad to see him have a nice game, but it seems pretty hard to argue that he’s a good use of a roster spot.

Polanco was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 222/258/259 in May.

Howard was 0-for-4 and struck out three times. If you want to make a ranked list of the problems with the Phillies offense, you need to put the fact that Howard has hit 208/300/431 over his last 150 plate appearances way higher than who the offensive players filling out the roster are.

Mayberry was 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-his-last-23.

Francisco 0-for-4. 218/327/346 for the season. Having a starting right fielder who has hit 218/327/346 on the year should go pretty high on the list, too.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit in the game for the Phillies. The Phils are slugging .345 as a team in May. Valdez is on-basing .265 this season and .297 over the 463 plate appearances the Phillies have given him over the last two years.

Sardinha 0-for-2 with a walk. Unfortunate he wasn’t able to tag Berkman out and prevent the first St Louis run of the game. 3-for-17 on the year.

Ibanez didn’t play in the game, but it feels like he needs to be included in order to help fill out the list of things that are more important to the offense than the players filling out the roster. He’s hitting 223/280/338 for the year.

Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19) faces lefty Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70) tonight. De la Rosa had his worst start of the year his last time out, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Padres. In his eight starts, lefties have hit .107 against him with no extra-base hits. Hamels has thrown to a 2.29 ERA and an 0.92 ratio since his first start of the season.

Halladay great again, but offense leaves no room for error

Round one of 2011 between Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson goes down as a draw between the pitchers but a win for the Marlins. Both Johnson and Halladay pitched well, but it was Johnson’s Fish who won the game, capitalizing on miscues by the Phillie defense in the eighth inning to score a run and break a 1-1 tie.

A Ryan Howard homer in the second put the Phils up 1-0, but a walk to the pitcher and a Chris Coghlan double helped the Marlins tie the game up at 1-1 in third. Omar Infante led off the bottom of the eighth and reached on an error by Rollins, moved to second on a wild pitch that should have been handled by Sardinha and scored on a bloop single.

The offense also frustrated for the Phils, most notably loading the bases in the second inning with nobody out and failing to score.

The Phillies are 23-12 on the year after losing to the Florida Marlins 2-1 last night. They are in first place in the NL East, two games ahead of Florida.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, and one of the runs was unearned. He struck out nine and lowered his ERA on the year to 2.05.

He struck out Chris Coghlan for the first out in the bottom of the first. Emilio Bonifacio singled into center and was caught stealing second as Hanley Ramirez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Up 1-0, he got Gaby Sanchez to pop to second for the first out of the second. Greg Dobbs was next and he singled into right. Halladay struck Mike Stanton out looking for the first out and got John Buck to pop to Orr to leave Dobbs stranded.

Omar Infante grounded to first to start the third. Halladay walked the pitcher Josh Johnson on six pitches and Coghlan followed that with double to right that moved Johnson to third. Bonifacio was next and he hit a fly ball to center deep enough for both of the runners to tag and move up a base. Johnson scored to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay walked Ramirez and then got Sanchez to pop to Howard to leave both men stranded.

Two walks in the inning for Halladay, which doesn’t happen a whole lot. Walking the pitcher costs the Phils.

Halladay struck out Dobbs, Stanton and Buck in the fourth.

He set down nine straight in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Infante led off the eighth and hit a ball hard to short. Rollins didn’t field the ball cleanly, but picked it up and made a strong throw to first that would have been in plenty of time to get Infante, but it pulled Howard off the bag and Infante was safe on Rollins’s error. Righty Osvaldo Martinez hit for the pitcher and Infante took second on a wild pitch. Martinez tried to bunt but couldn’t and with two strikes moved Infante to third with a ground out to second, bringing Coghlan to the plate with one out and a man on third. Coghlan dumped a single in front of Victorino in center, scoring Infante to put Florida up 2-1. Ramirez was next and he hit a ball slowly to third. Polanco fielded, shuffled his feet and then threw to first, but a hustling Ramirez beat it out for a single. Ramirez stole second, but was left there when Halladay struck Sanchez out looking 0-2.

Miserable defensive inning from the Phils and a nice job by Halladay to hold Florida to a run. Rollins with the error, Sardinha should have handled the pitch on which Halladay was charged with a wild pitch, and Polanco should have gotten Ramirez at first. Without the passed ball, Infante is still on first and the Phils likely turn two on the ball hit by Martinez.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Johnson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Orr (8) Sardinha. Francisco back in right against the righty, hitting sixth behind Ibanez. The lefty Orr at second with Valdez on the bench, but righty Sardinha catches Halladay with Schneider out of the starting lineup.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez was next and hit a ball hard to left for a double. Francisco was hit by a pitch behind him and Orr drew a walk, loading the bases for Sardinha with nobody out. Sardinha struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Halladay struck out looking 0-2. Rollins grounded to second to leave everyone stranded.

Sardinha the biggest culprit there, unable to put the ball in play with nobody out and the bases loaded.

Victorino led off the third with a single to center. Polanco and Howard went down behind him before Ibanez singled, sending Victorino to third. Francisco walked and the bases were loaded again, but this time Orr grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

The game was tied at 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Johnson set them down in order in the fifth, too.

Francisco singled softly to center with one out in the sixth and moved to second when Orr followed with a ground out to first. Johnson walked Sardinha intentionally to get to Halladay, who can’t hit even a tiny, little bit. Halladay struck out swinging at three pitches in a row to leave Francisco at second.

Rollins led off the seventh with a single to right. Victorino flew to left behind him for the first out. Polanco grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the second out. Howard struck out looking to leave Polanco at first.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. With lefty Michael Dunn on the mound, Valdez hit for Orr and struck out for the third out.

Down 2-1, Gload hit for Sardinha against righty Leo Nunez and struck out for the first out of the ninth. Mayberry hit for Halladay and walked. He moved to second when Rollins followed with a ground out to first. It brought Victorino to the plate with two down and Mayberry on second. He hit a ball to first base that Sanchez fielded. Sanchez tossed to Nunez covering first in time to beat Victorino and end the game.

Victorino’s elbow may have been a little high as he and Nunez converged on first base. The Florida catcher Buck seemed to take exception and discussion ensued before Madson helped usher Victorino off the field.

Rollins was 1-for-5 and left four men on base. 328/434/469 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Victorino 1-for-5. 309/377/582 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Polanco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 222/244/250 so far in May after a monster April.

Howard was 1-for-4 with his eighth home run of the year. 5-or-his-last-26 with 11 strikeouts.

Ibanez was 2-for-4 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 and 14-for-his-last-30 with six extra-base hits (467/467/800 over his last 30 plate appearances).

Francisco 1-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles and eight walks. Over those last 34 plate appearances he’s walked eight times and been hit by pitch three times, so he has a .394 on-base percentage over his last 34 plate appearances to go with an .091 average and an .091 slugging percentage.

Orr was 0-for-2 with a walk and four men left on base. He’s 3-for-his-last-22.

Sardinha had a rough day, going 0-for-2 with a walk, which was intentional. Struck out in the second with nobody out and the bases loaded and should have handled the wild pitch in the eighth. He’s 2-for-14 on the year.

Halladay was 0-for-3, struck out three times and left five men on base. He’s 1-for-19 on the year with a single and 11 strikeouts.

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23) tonight. Nolasco is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA over his last four starts. Lefties have done nothing against the righty, hitting 208/265/308 compared to 292/303/510 for righties. Lee struck out 16 in his last start, but took the loss anyway as Derek Lowe was a little better. He has 60 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings for the season.

This says that Blanton was sore after his start on Monday. That can’t be good.

The linked article also says that Ruiz and Oswalt will play for Clearwater Thursday and that Utley might.

Neck check

Day one of the Luis Castillo experiment is over and the best news is that Roy Oswalt lived through it. Oswalt was hit in the neck with a line drive off the bat of Manny Ramirez in yesterday’s game, but was able to walk off the field on his own and appears to be okay. Castillo, meanwhile, went 0-for-4, hitting the ball hard once but lining out and handling two defensive chances at second.

Yesterday the Phils fell to the Rays, losing 4-1.

Oswalt started the game for the Phillies and went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He started the fourth and gave up a leadoff home run to Evan Longoria before Manny smashed a ball back to the mound that hit Oswalt near the right ear. He left the game and was replaced by David Herndon.

Oswalt has now made four starts in which he’s thrown to a 4.61 ERA with a 1.17 ratio. In 13 2/3 innings, he’s walked just one batter and struck out 13.

Herndon threw two scoreless innings and was followed by Mathieson and Bastardo. Each threw a scoreless inning, but Mathieson walked the bases loaded in the sixth. Madson pitched the ninth and allowed a run on two singles and a double.

Mathieson now has a 2.00 ERA and a 1.00 ratio after seven appearances. In nine innings he’s struck out nine and allowed just three hits, but walked six.

The guys in the bullpen have been rather impressive at preventing the long ball this spring. Baez, Herndon, Madson, Mathieson, Zagurski, Contreras, Romero and Bastardo have combined to throw 67 1/3 innings without allowing a home run. Lidge has allowed one in his five innings. Were the bullpen to have that kind of success at preventing home runs over the course of the regular season, they would wind up with some impressive numbers. In 2010, Phillies relievers allowed 37 homers over 421 innings, which would be about 6.4 over 72 1/3 innings.

Martinez was the only Phillie with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 with two singles. Rollins was 1-for-3 with a double and Orr 1-for-3 with a triple. Barfield again played center and was 0-for-3. Young 1-for-1 and Mayberry 0-for-1.

Hamels faces the Twins today.

Starting five not a hit with hitters

Four more scoreless innings for Halladay yesterday, which gives him 11 scoreless frames over four starts for the spring. The five guys in the starting rotation, Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton, have now combined to throw to a 2.49 ERA and an 0.95 ratio. In 43 1/3 innings they’ve allowed just 28 hits and struck out 32.

Twenty-eight hits in 43 1/3 innings is about 5.81 hits per nine innings. In 2010, San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez led all pitchers in both leagues in hits allowed per nine innings. He allowed 6.61. Each of the five guys in the group has allowed less than a hit per inning with the exception of Oswalt, who has allowed six in 4 2/3. Lee and Hamels have combined to allow six hits in 16 innings.

The walk rate for the group has been higher. They’ve walked 2.7 hitters per nine innings, with Blanton, Hamels and Halladay combining to walk 11 in 32 2/3 innings (about 3.03 per nine). In 2010, Phillie starters walked about 2.07 hitters per nine and relievers about 3.81 per nine.

The Phils are 8-6 on the spring after beating the Yankees 7-0 yesterday.

Halladay got the start for the Phils and was fantastic, allowing four singles over six shutout innings. New York didn’t have a hit off of him until they got a pair of singles in the fourth. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

After Halladay, Michael Stutes, JC Ramirez and Michael Schwimer combined to throw three perfect innings.

Stutes continues to be impressive. He has now allowed one run over six innings in four appearances, throwing to an 0.50 ratio while striking out eight. Ramirez and Schwimer have both been hit harder. Ramirez has allowed four runs over six innings while Schwimer has been charged with four runs, only three of which were earned, over three.

The game was scoreless when Barfield led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple. He came in to score on a sac fly by Victorino before Polanco plated Rollins, who had walked, with a double. Mayberry hit a two-run homer to make it 4-0 before the inning ended.

In the eighth, Ben Francisco doubled in Wilson Valdez, who had walked, to make it 5-0. Later in the inning, Erik Kratz reached on an error by Justin Maxwell that plated Francisco and Matt Rizzotti to extend the lead to 7-0.

Francisco was 2-for-4 with a double. Mayberry played first and went 1-for-3 with his third homer. Barfield 2-for-3 with a triple, he’s 7-for-13 (.538) on the spring.

Martinez 0-for-1. He’s 4-for-24 with no walks. Orr 0-for-1 to drop his average to .200 (3-for-15). Delwyn Young went 0-for-3 and is hitting .290 (9-for-31), but slugging just .323. He has eight singles, a double and one walk.

Lee is scheduled to start today’s game against Baltimore.

Domonic Brown says he’s going to stop messing around with trying to reposition his hands on the bat when he returns.

Right fielders without partners

Idea day at Philliesflow. Not good idea day, though. Just idea. You’ll have plenty of advanced notification before good idea day arrives.

Idea one: Switch-hitter Delwyn Young should platoon with Francisco in right field. Idea two: lefty Brandon Moss should platoon with Francisco in right field.

Numbers to the rescue — here’s some career numbers against right-handed pitching for Young, Moss and Francisco:

Francisco 867 6.7 19.0 262 323 440 .762
Young 567 7.2 23.8 260 317 393 .710
Moss 604 7.6 22.5 236 298 387 .685

It really seems like Brandon Moss sure ought to be the answer to this question. But he’s not. There’s not really any case to be made that Moss has been better against right-handed pitching to this point in his career than Francisco has. It seems like Moss ought to be a lot younger than those other guys, too, but, again, he’s not. Okay, he’s a little younger. Moss turns 28 in September, Francisco 30 in October and Young 29 in June.

Of course, if you want to worry about Francisco against righties, I hope you won’t let anything you read here stop you. A good place to start would be Francisco’s numbers against righties in 2010:

Francisco 101 5.9 19.8 253 310 330 .640

101 plate appearances should go a long way there towards making you feel at least a little better. Not all better though, cause a .330 slugging percentage isn’t really what you’re looking for from your corner outfielder. Jayson Werth, for example, slugged .556 against righties last season. So if Francisco’s was to slug .330 against righties and play regularly in right in 2011, I think it wouldn’t take too long for us to notice a difference. He was miserable against righties in 2010 and the Phillies are going to have a big problem if those numbers don’t improve a whole lot against them in 2011. I think they will, but finding a corner outfielder that can hit lefties doesn’t seem like it should be too daunting a task. At the same time, the Phillies haven’t done it yet and their best candidate just broke his hand after going 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts.

Yesterday the offense was shut down and the Oswalt scuffled as the Phils fell to the Yankees, 7-1. The Phillies are 5-6 in official spring games.

Oswalt got the start and didn’t fare well, allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer off of him in the second and Curtis Granderson connected for a two-run shot in the third. Worley finished off the third and threw a scoreless fourth before allowing a pair of runs on three singles and a walk in the fifth. After Worley, Drew Naylor, Brian Bass and Ryan Feierabend combined to give the Phils 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Worley has now allowed ten hits and two walks over six innings.

The Phils had two hits through six innings, a single by Victorino and a solo home run by Valdez. Rollins had a single in the seventh and Pete Orr doubled in the eighth. Joel Naughton had a pinch-hit single in the ninth for the other Phillie hit. Polanco was 0-for-3 with an error. Howard, Francisco and Gload were all 0-for-3. Gload continues to not play the outfield, what with not being an outfielder and all. He started the game at first.

Among the regulars who haven’t had a great spring, Rollins is hitting .208, Ibanez .200 and Polanco .238.

Hamels starts against the Orioles today.

This says that Ibanez would likely hit third if Utley were to miss a lot of time.

This says that the Phils now don’t expect to know how the much the cortisone injection has helped Utley until the weekend. It also says that Brown will have surgery on his hand today in Philadelphia.

Madson would like to close and will be a free agent after the 2011 season.

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