|Team||W-L||R||R/G||NL Rank R||OPS (NL)||SB||CS|
|Team||W-L||RA||RA/G||NL Rank RA||Starter ERA||Pen ERA|
|MIL||12-8||86||4.30||6||4.00 (7)||4.34 (11)|
|PHI||11-10||94||4.48||8||4.23 (9)||2.76 (1)|
Cole Hamels gave the Phils six fantastic innings last night. The problem was that he didn’t pitch six innings. Hefty lefty Prince Fielder jumped on his first inning cheese like it was, well, cheese, belting out a two-run homer on a 1-2 fastball. In the eighth, on another 1-2 pitch, Fielder hit another two-run shot, this one on a changeup. Fielder’s blasts led the Brewers to a 5-4 win.
Chase Utley hit his seventh home run in seven days for the Phils. Ho hum.
You know who didn’t have a good game? Jayson Werth. With the Phils up a run in the seventh, Werth was picked off of second base for the first out of the inning. Utley singled two batters last and Werth almost assuredly would have scored on the play if he wasn’t on the bench. With the Phils down a run in the bottom of the ninth, Werth struck out with one down and a runner on third.
Charlie Manuel might like to have last night’s game back as well. Manuel let Hamels come out to start the eighth inning having thrown 110 pitches with the Phils up a run. Hamels faced two batters in the frame — righty Ryan Braun doubled before Fielder hit the homer that won the game. Hamels is 24-years-old and you really want to try to limit the number of innings he starts after throwing 110 pitches in games where he’s already allowed three runs.
The Phillies lost to the Milwaukee Brewers last night, 5-4. The Phils are 11-11 on the season.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out 11.
Rickie Weeks led off the first with a double to left. Gabe Kapler was next and he singled into left. Burrell didn’t have a chance to get Weeks, but he threw home anyway. His throw was terrible, off line and over everyone. It allowed Kapler to go to second and Weeks scored to make it 1-0. No error on Burrell, but not a good play. With Ryan Braun at the plate Hamels tried to pick Kapler off of second and threw the ball into center field. Kapler went to third on the error. Two terrible plays defensively for the Phils back-to-back, but neither of them mattered cause after Braun popped to Howard in front of the mound, Fielder homered to right, putting Milwaukee up 3-0. Corey Hart was next and he singled to right. Hart was on the move as Hall grounded to second for the second out, Utley had to take the out at first. Hamels got behind the righty JJ Hardy 3-1 and put him on intentionally to pitch to the pitcher David Bush. Bush struck out for the third out.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second, getting a nice diving play from Jenkins for the second out.
He got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 third and another in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Hamels started the fifth with the scored tied at 3-3. Jason Kendall led off the inning and reached on a single. Weeks followed with a walk, putting men on first and second with nobody out, but Hamels got Kapler on a popup and struck out Braun and Fielder to end the inning.
Hamels got the first two in the sixth with the Phils up 4-3 before Hardy singled to center. Bush, who would face one batter in the top of the seventh (Werth doubled), hit for himself and struck out.
He struck out Kendall and Weeks in a 1-2-3 seventh.
Hamels returned for the eighth and Braun led off with a double to right. Fielder was next and hit a 1-2 changeup out for his second home run of the day, putting the Brewers ahead at 5-4. Durbin came in to pitch and got the next two before Hardy singled to left. Tony Gwynn Jr hit for the pitch and walked, putting men on first and second, but Kendall grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.
Romero had last pitched on Sunday. It would have been nice to see him against Fielder.
Durbin’s ERA is down to 0.60 on the year after another scoreless inning. He threw 20 pitches. That’s 12 scoreless innings in a row for the pen.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty David Bush went (1) Werth (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. Dobbs at third against the righty. I was surprised not to see Feliz after the three hit day on Tuesday. Ruiz catches Hamels.
Dobbs singled with one out in the first and Utley followed with a walk. Howard grounded to second and Utley was forced at second for the first out with Howard safe at first and Dobbs safe at third. Burrell lined out to third for the third out.
Bruntlett singled with two outs in the second, but Hamels struck out behind him.
With two outs in the third, Utley hit Bush’s first pitch of his at-bat out to center. Tenth homer of the season for Utley and it cut the Brewers’ lead to 3-1. Howard grounded out to first to end the frame.
Ruiz singled with two outs in the fourth, but Bruntlett grounded out behind him.
Hamels started the fifth with a single. Werth followed and grounded to short. Hamels was forced at second for the first out with Werth safe at first. Dobbs was next and he hammered a 3-2 pitch out to right, trying the game at 3-3. Utley and Howard went down behind him.
Score one for Manuel for playing Dobbs after the big day for Feliz.
Burrell started the sixth and hit a 3-1 pitch out to left for his eighth home run of the year. It put the Phils up 4-3. Jenkins walked and stole second as Ruiz struck out for the first out. Bruntlett grounded to second for the second out and Jenkins moved to third. Hamels flew to left to leave Jenkins stranded at third.
Werth started the seventh with a double to left-center and lefty Mitch Stetter relieved Bush. Feliz hit for Dobbs against the lefty and Werth took off for third, but too early. Stetter stepped off the rubber and Werth was thrown out after a short rundown. Feliz struck out looking for the second out. Utley, perhaps on a one-man mission to demo why not to get picked off of second base, got ahead 3-1 and singled into right. Howard struck out swinging to end the frame.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.
Bruntlett struck out to start the ninth and Taguchi hit for Durbin and drew a five-pitch walk. Taguchi stole second and would have been out except that Kendall’s throw went into center field for an error. Taguchi took third. It brought up Werth, who got ahead 2-1 before he swung at a bad 2-2 pitch and then went down swinging for the second out. Feliz grounded to short to end the game. It worked out great for the Phils, but I don’t think I would have hit Taguchi, won’t just about can’t hit a home run, for Durbin, instead of Coste, who can, with the Phils down a run in the ninth. Assuming Coste is not hurt, I’m sure Manuel did it to get Taguchi’s speed on the bases. But even if Coste had singled the Phils could have used Taguchi to run for him. The only reason to save Coste’s bat was because Bohn was in the five-hole and you probably don’t want him to hit with the game on the line. But after Feliz the Phils still had Utley and Howard to hit before they got to Bohn.
Werth was 1-for-5 with a double.
Dobbs was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. He’s 8-for-his-last-14 with two home runs and doesn’t have a walk on the season in 29 at-bats.
Utley 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run. He is slugging .839.
Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice to drop his average to .181. 0-for-his-last-8.
Burrell was 1-for-4 with a home run.
Jenkins 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to Milwaukee.
Ruiz 1-for-4 to raise his average to .203. Coste did not play in the game and is hitting .370.
Bruntlett 1-for-4 to raise his average to .185.
Jamie Moyer (1-1, 4.79) faces righty Jeff Suppan (1-0, 4.13) this afternoon as the Phils try to split the two-game set. Suppan has made three starts on the season, three of which have been very good. His last outing came on Saturday against the Reds and he held them to two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Lefties have been much better against him than righties so far, they are hitting .304 with a 1.76 ratio against him while righties are hitting .227 with an 0.87 ratio. He faced the Phils twice last season and threw to a 3.55 ERA in two starts, which came on May 16 and August 5. Opponents are hitting .326 against Moyer so far and he’s yet to get an out in the seventh inning. Two of his four starts have been good, including his last time out on Saturday against the Mets. He made one start against the Brewers last year, on May 14, and was hit hard.