Tag: Ryan Ludwick

Victorino makes his case for the three-run homer

Shane Victorino has had some huge swings for the Phillies lately, but you might have to wait a while to see him come up with one bigger than last night’s. With the game tied at 2-2 in the eighth, Victorino delivered a three-run homer to right. The bullpen bent a little but didn’t break and the Phils held on for their seventh win in eight games.

A little hard to see through all the Victorino was the second straight excellent start from Brett Myers. Myers held the Cards to a pair of runs over six innings. In the three-game set the Phils rolled out the new top of their rotation. Blanton and Myers came up huge. Hamels, not so much.

Getting Hamels, Blanton and Myers all going would be a big boost for the Phillies. As good as the bullpen has been, it needs rest and Manuel continues to call on the same guys over and over. It’s hard not to remember back to 2007 when Romero, Geary, Myers and Gordon seemingly pitched every day down the stretch. For the ’07 Phils it turned out to be good enough to get them into the playoffs, but once they were there they didn’t win a game while their relief pitchers allowed seven earned runs in 9 1/3 innings. Arguably, the core of the Phillies’ pen isn’t what made the playoff numbers so bad for relievers last season — Kyle Lohse gave up a big home run in relief and Mesa got shelled. But Myers, Gordon and Romero didn’t pitch very well against the Rockies.

The Phillies beat the St Louis Cardinals last night, winning 5-4 to improve to 61-50 on the season. The Phils win the series two games to one.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on four hits. He allowed two extra-base hits, both to Ryan Ludwick, a double and a home run. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 first.

Ryan Ludwick led off the second with a double. Troy Glaus was next and singled into right. Ludwick scored to put the Cards up 1-0. Myers got the next three to leave Glaus stranded.

He need six pitches to set the Cards down in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Ludwick hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. It was his fourth home run of the series and put St Louis up 2-0. Myers got the next two to end the inning.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 fifth. He had thrown 55 pitches through five innings.

Skip Schumaker led off the sixth with a ground ball up the middle and off the glove of a sliding Rollins for a single. Mather hit into a double-play behind him and Pujols flew to center.

Durbin started the seventh with the Phils down 2-1, pitching for the fifth time in six days (in three of the five appearances he threw five pitches). He walked Ludwick on four pitches to start the inning. If I never see Ryan Ludwick again I really don’t have a problem with that. He struck out Glaus for the first out before Molina moved Ludwick to second with a single. Durbin got Miles to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Durbin came back to start the eighth with the Phils up 5-2. Righty Brendan Ryan hit for the pitcher Russ Springer and singled. With lefty Adam Kennedy due to hit, Romero came in to pitch and switch-hitter Cesar Izturis hit for Kennedy. A balk by Romero moved Ryan to second before Izturis grounded to short with Ryan going to third. Righty Nick Stavinoha hit for the lefty Schumaker and hit a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Ryan scored and it was 5-3. Romero hit Joe Mather to put men on first and second and Madson came in to pitch to Pujols. Pujols walked, loading the bases with one out. But the Phils finally got Ludwick out and it came at a big time — Madson got him to hit into a double-play to turn the Cards away.

Lidge started the ninth and Glaus led off with a home run that cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-4. He got Molina for the first out before Miles singled to left. Lefty Rick Ankiel hit for the pitcher Ryan Franklin and singled into right on a ball deflected by Howard. It put men on first and third with one down for Izturis. Izturis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lidge got a huge out, though, striking Stavinoha out swinging 1-2 with the tying run on third for the second out. He struck Mather out on three pitches to end the game.

Manuel continues to use Romero, Durbin and Lidge a ton. If you aren’t starting to see the problems associated with all that work you will soon. Nice to have a day off today, but Lidge and Durbin both didn’t pitch well last night. They both got huge outs, though, Durbin getting the double-play to end the seventh and Lidge getting back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded to end the game.

Overall the pen went three innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Todd Wellemeyer went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Werth in center against the righty. Jenkins and Dobbs both in the lineup against the righty. Coste catches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Jenkins doubled to right with two outs in the second, but Dobbs flew to left for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 again in the third.

Howard singled with two outs in the fourth. Burrell grounded to short behind him.

Dobbs doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Coste moved him to third with a fly ball well-hit to center for the second out. Myers, who came into the game 4-for-101 (.040) with four singles over the last three seasons, hit a dribbler to third and was thrown out to end the frame.

Myers hit .159 (32-for-201) with seven extra-base hits from 2002 to 2005, hitting at least .130 every season.

Rollins and Werth went down to start the sixth before Utley lined a 1-0 pitch just out to right, cutting the St Louis’ lead in half at 2-1. Howard struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Burrell walked to start the seventh. Lefty Ron Villone came on to pitch to Jenkins with the Phils down 2-1. With Werth already in the game, Victorino hit for Jenkins and flew to center for the first out. Dobbs drew a walk against the lefty, moving Burrell to second. Righty Kyle McClellan came in to pitch and struck out Coste for the second out. Taguchi hit for Myers and grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Werth singled to right with one out in the eighth. Lefty Jaime Garcia came in to pitch and got Utley on a ground ball to first and Werth was forced at second for the first out. Howard singled to right and Utley moved to second. Righty Russ Springer came in to pitch to Burrell and Burrell singled into left field. Utley scored to tie the game at 2-2 with Howard going to second. Victorino was next and he got ahead 3-1 before he slung one out down the right field line for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 5-2. Dobbs grounded to first for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the game and 0-for-11 in the series. 263/330/431 for the year.

Werth was 1-for-4 in the game and 1-for-8 in the series. He’s hitting 266/351/480 for the year. Victorino was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in the game. 2-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. 286/351/444 for the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a homer. 3-for-11 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 292/372/575.

Howard was 2-for-4. 3-for-8 with a home run and four walks in the series. 242/330/502. He was hitting 219/312/472 a month ago.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-10 with a home run in the set. 277/400/576 for the year.

Jenkins was 1-for-2. 2-for-5 with two doubles in the series. 245/299/405.

Dobbs 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a double and a home run. 305/344/454. Needs to play third with a righty on the mound more than he has been. Bruntlett was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-4 with two walks in the series. 226/312/310.

Coste was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the series. 278/325/474 for the year. Ruiz was 0-for-3 in the series and is hitting 214/307/277 for the year. One extra-base hit since June 13.

No game today.


At least we hit our pitcher ninth

Cole Hamels was great last night. Must be a little lonely.

He gave the Phils seven strong innings and Madson and Lidge finished off the game with a pair of scoreless frames. The Phils scored zero runs on six hits, failing most notably to score in the second after putting men on second and third with nobody out.

Some kind of intervention is in order around Carlos Ruiz, who hit into one of the three double-plays the Phils served up.

If losing all the time is starting to seem a little blase and you’re looking for something new to worry about, here ya go: After 19 starts, Cole Hamels leads the NL in innings pitched and is second in pitches thrown. He is 24.

For the fourth time in five games the Phillies had a single extra-base hit in the contest. The Phils have scored four or fewer runs in five of their last six.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals last night, falling 2-0. They have lost four in a row and are 48-43 on the season. A loss tonight would put them four games over .500 for the first time since May 25.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

He didn’t allow a base runner till the third. He struck out the first two in the third before Cesar Izturis singled to center and stole second. Hamels struck out Adam Kennedy for the third out.

He set the Cards down 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Rick Ankiel led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to center to put St Louis up 1-0. Hamels got the next three.

With two outs in the sixth Hamels got ahead of Ryan Ludwick 0-2 but Ludwick pounded a ball out to center to make it 2-0. Albert Pujols grounded to third for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Madson started the eighth with the Phils down 2-0. Nice job by Manuel to get Hamels out of the game after 100 pitches coming off an outing in Atlanta where he threw 125. Chris Duncan led off with a single and pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker bunted him to second. Madson balked Duncan to third before Izturis hit a fly ball to right. Werth took it for the second out as Duncan tagged and came home. Werth’s throw beat Duncan by a lot but was on the first base side of the plate. Coste took it and Duncan hammered him, knocking off his mask. Coste held the ball and Duncan was out to end the frame.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils still down two. Kennedy led off with a double before Ludwick grounded to Howard. Lidge walked Pujols intentionally and got Troy Glaus to hit a double-play ball back to the mound to set St Louis down.

Two scoreless innings for the pen. Madson threw nine pitches, Lidge 13.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Joel Pineiro went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth again in righty against the righty and up to sixth in the lineup. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Victorino reached on an error by Pujols with one out in the first but was picked off. Utley struck out swinging for the third out.

Howard led off the second with a walk and went to third when Burrell doubled to right center. Werth struck out swinging for the first out before Feliz walked to load the bases. Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for Werth, playing against the righty with Jenkins on the bench. Ruiz hitting into a double-play probably didn’t surprise a lot of people.

1-2-3 in the third.

Burrell and Werth singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Feliz and Feliz flew to center.

1-2-3 fifth.

Utley singled with one out in the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him.

Burrell walked to start the seventh. Werth was next and hit a ground ball to third. Burrell was forced at second for the first out. Feliz moved Werth to second with a single. With Ruiz due to hit into another double-play, Dobbs hit for Ruiz with the righty Pineiro still on the mound. Lefty Ron Villone came in to pitch to Dobbs and Coste hit for Dobbs and hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Manuel. Didn’t work.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Madson to start the inning and hit a ball in front of the plate for the first out.

Ryan Franklin pitched the ninth with the Cards up 2-0. Utley flew to center for the first out. Howard tried to bunt an 0-1 pitch before he singled up the middle on a ball Izturis should have fielded. It brought up Burrell as the tying run, but Burrell flew to center and Werth popped to shallow right to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4 and was picked off of first in the first.

Utley 1-for-4.

Howard 1-for-3.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies.

Werth 1-for-4 with a bad at-bat in the second and four men left on base.

Feliz 1-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-2 and left three men on base. He is 1-for-his-last-25.

I thought Manuel had a nice game. Werth for Jenkins didn’t work out for him, but I thought he did a good job to get Hamels out early and pinch-hit for Ruiz in the seventh.

JA Happ (0-0, 3.86) faces lefty Mark Mulder (0-0, 13.50) tonight. Mulder has pitched 12 1/3 innings since 2006. He’s made two appearances in relief this season and gotten four outs while allowing four hits. Happ makes his second start of the year. On Friday against the Mets he was solid through four before getting hit hard in the fifth.


They took all the hits and put ‘em in a hit museum and they charged a people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em

A day after scoring 20 runs the Phillies managed just two hits yesterday that didn’t come from their starting pitcher. Adam Eaton and JC Romero did a nice job on the mound, but former Phils Kyle Lohse and Ryan Franklin were just a little bit better.

Pat Burrell continues to swing a hot bat — his two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense the Phillies could muster on the day

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals yesterday, falling 3-2. They are 41-29 on the season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out two.

Skip Schumaker led off the first with a single off the glove of Rollins. Adam Kennedy was next and he hit a 1-2 pitch out down the right field line. 2-0 Cards on Kennedy’s first home run of the season. Eaton got the next three.

Chris Duncan singled to start the second, but Eaton got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play behind him. Pitcher Kyle Lohse popped to Howard for the third out.

Cesar Izturis led off the third with a single. Schumaker hit a ground ball to short and Izturis was forced at second for the first out with Schumaker safe at first. Kennedy singled to right and Schumaker moved to third. Ryan Ludwick was left and he singled into left-center. Schumaker scored to put the Cards up 3-0, but Burrell threw Ludwick out at second for the second out. Rick Ankiel popped to short for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth with the Phils down 3-2.

In the fifth, Schumaker singled with two outs, but Kennedy tried to bunt for a hit behind him and Eaton threw him out at first to end the inning.

Ludwick started the sixth with a walk, but Eaton got the next three.

Molina led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. Lohse hit for himself and bunted back to Eaton and Eaton made a nice play to throw Molina out at third. Lohse was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out before Izturis hit a stand up triple. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Schumaker and struck him out to end the inning.

Cardinals don’t score in an inning where they get a double and a triple. That’s hard to do.

Romero got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another 1 1/3 perfect innings from the pen. Romero has been charged with one run in 9 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. He needed just 12 pitches to get four outs.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches after the big game on Friday night.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out swinging behind him to end the frame.

Feliz walked with two outs in the second, but Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Eaton led off the third with a double and Rollins moved him to third with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Victorino popped to second for the second out and Utley flew to left to leave him stranded.

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

Howard led off the fourth with a single. Burrell got ahead 1-0 and then drove a ball out to left-center to cut the St Louis lead to 3-2. Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz went in order behind him.

Eaton led off the fifth with a single but was left stranded when the Phils went down in order behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth with the help of two nice plays from the St Louis defense. Kennedy made a nice play in shallow right on a ball hit by Howard for the first out. Burrell ripped a ball down the third base line, but Glaus made a nice play to pick it and throw Burrell out at first for the second.

1-2-3 in the seventh. Eaton hit for himself with two outs and nobody on and the Phils down by a run. He flew to left for the third out. He got hit hard in the bottom of the inning before Romero relieved him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Still down a run in the ninth, Howard and Burrell went down to start the inning. Jenkins was next and lined a ball into right-center that Ludwick made a diving catch on to end the game. Replays clear showed that that ball was trapped, but the game was over.

Four hits for the Phils, two of which came from Eaton.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4. Could have used a better results from him in the third.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He’s slugging .738 in June after Glaus took a double away from him in this game.

Jenkins 0-for-4.

Feliz 0-for-2 with a walk.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.34) faces 24-year-old righty Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.86) this afternoon. Boggs has made two career appearances, one of which was a start against the Reds on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs in five innings. He was 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts in the PCL this season. He doesn’t strike anyone out, but righties were hitting .193 against him and he had allowed just three home runs in 71 1/3 innings. Myers was absolutely terrible in his last outing, allowing five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins. The Phillies are 1-8 in the last nine games he has started.


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