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Don’t be a stranger

After four whirlwind games, the Florida Marlins are finally leaving town. They’ll be welcome back whenever they want to come, though. The Phils dismantled the Fish in the series, outscoring them 25-6 and winning all four games.

Yesterday it was Cliff Lee who dominated. Lee threw a complete game shutout, allowing two singles and two walks. The Marlins didn’t put a runner on second base in the game.

The Phillies are 44-26 on the year after beating the Florida Marlins 3-0 yesterday afternoon. They sweep the four-game series and have won seven in a row and are 18 games above .500 for the first time on the season.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing two singles and two walks. He struck out four and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.12. Over his last three starts, he’s allowed one run in 24 innings on 13 hits and five walks.

He got Emilio Bonifacio, Omar Infante and Logan Morrison on three ground balls in the first.

Gaby Sanchez walked on five pitches to start the second. Jose Lopez was next and he flew to center for the first out. Mike Stanton struck out looking for the second. With John Buck at the plate, Sanchez was picked off of first and Howard threw to second where Rollins applied the tag to end the frame.

Lee got Buck on a ground ball he handled himself for the first out in the third. Chris Coghlan flew to center for the second out. Pitcher Javier Vazquez grounded to Lee for the third.

Lee had faced the minimum through three innings and thrown 33 pitches.

In the fourth he got Bonifacio on a popup to Martinez and Infante and Morrison on a pair of ground outs.

Sanchez flew to right and Lopez struck out swinging to start the fifth with the Phils up 1-0. It brought Stanton to the plate and he singled into center, the first hit of the game for the Marlins. Buck flew to right behind him for the third out.

Lee had a 2-0 lead when he started the sixth. He walked Bonifacio with two outs, but got Infante to fly to left to leave him at first.

The Phils led 3-0 when Morrison started the seventh with a single to center. Sanchez flew to left for the first out and Lee got Lopez to hit into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck Stanton and Coghlan out while setting the Marlins down in order in the eighth.

Hanley Ramirez hit for pitcher Ryan Webb to start the ninth and grounded to short for the first out. Bonifacio grounded to third for the second out and Infante popped to Howard in foul territory to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Javier Vazquez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Ruiz (7) Brown (8) Martinez. Martinez plays second with Utley on the bench after the Phils played a day/night double-header on Wednesday and a day game yesterday. Ibanez hits fifth with Polanco out of the five-hole and hitting third.

Rollins lined to first for the first out in the bottom of the first, but Victorino and Polanco both singled behind him. It put runners on first and third with one down for Howard and Howard struck out swinging. Ibanez walked to load the bases, but Ruiz popped up to Sanchez in foul territory to leave the bases loaded.

Howard strikes out with a runner on third and less than two outs after failing to bring a runner in from third with less than two outs twice in the night game of the double-header the day before.

Lee singled with two outs in the second, but Rollins popped to short behind him.

Victorino led off the third with a single, but Polanco hit into a double-play behind him. Howard drew a two-out walk, but was left at first when Ibanez followed and grounded to second.

Martinez singled with two outs in the fourth. Lee was next and he roped a ball into the gap in right center. Martinez scored from first and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins popped to second for the third out.

Just another of those Martinez/Lee rallies to plate a run for the Phils.

Victorino struck out and Polanco flew to right for the first two outs in the fifth. It brought Howard to the plate and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, extending the lead to 2-0. Ibanez followed that with a double to left, but Ruiz flew to right to leave him at second.

That’s home run number 15 on the year for Howard, all 15 of which have come against right-handed pitching. He came into the game hitting for a higher average against left-handed pitching for the year (.256 against lefties and .247 against righties), but slugging .547 against righties and .360 against lefties.

Brown started the sixth with a single off of lefty Michael Dunn. He moved to second on a ground out by Martinez and third on a ground out by Lee. Rollins was next and he lined a double to right. Brown scored and the Phils led 3-0. Victorino struck out swinging to leave Rollins at second.

Brown starts a rally with a single off of a lefty. He came in to the game 2-for-14 against lefties for the year. It was his first hit that wasn’t a home run since June 6 against the Dodgers. In 35 plate appearances June 7 to June 15, Brown went 3-for-29 with three homers and six walks.

Ryan Webb set Polanco, Howard and Ibanez down on three ground balls in the seventh.

Webb was back for the eighth and got Ruiz and Brown on ground outs before Martinez flew to left to end the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 5-for-18 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI in the four-game series. He’s hitting 257/330/377 for the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with two singles and two strikeouts. 8-for-19 with two doubles in the series. 292/359/476 for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4. 2-for-11 with a walk and a double in the set. 303/351/386 for the year. 244/291/299 in 183 plate appearances since the end of April.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer. 4-for-12 with a double and two homers in the series. He walked four times and drove in four runs. 251/347/494 on the year.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 242/293/407 on the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 3-for-11 with two walks in the series. 245/362/335 on the year. He has one extra-base hit in his last 58 plate appearances. He’s hitting .209 and slugging .233 in June.

Brown 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-15 with two walks and two home runs in the series. He’s hitting 160/263/360 in 57 plate appearances in June and 229/309/434 in 94 plate appearances for the year. Francisco didn’t play yesterday, but went 0-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional, in the set. He’s hitting 216/340/365 for the season. 1-for-his-last-14 with seven walks. In his last 22 plate appearances, he has one hit and a .381 on-base percentage. That’s nutty. I don’t know what it means, but I’m pretty sure it’s not good. He’s striking out a lot less this year and walking a lot more, but getting way fewer hits and seeing less of his hits go for extra-bases.

Martinez 1-for-4 in the game and in the series. 203/226/254 in 64 plate appearances for the year. Utley didn’t play in the game, but was 4-for-11 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, a walk and four RBI in the series. He’s hitting 275/383/500 on the year in 94 plate appearances. In his first 47 plate appearances, which came May 23 to June 4, he hit 195/298/293. In most recent 47 plate appearances he has hit 359/468/718.

Oswalt (4-4, 3.14) faces righty Michael Pineda (6-4, 2.72) tonight in Seattle. Pineda turned 22 in January and has made 13 starts for the Mariners in his rookie season. Opponents are hitting just .208 against him and he’s struck out 80 in 82 2/3 innings. Oswalt’s strikeout numbers continue to drop compared to his career numbers, but he has done a good job of keeping lefties from delivering extra-base hits against him. Lefties are hitting 252/316/336 against him for the year so far, compared to their career mark of 261/307/385.

JC Romero was designated for assignment.

The Phils signed 33-year-old righty Tim Redding to a minor league deal. Redding has made 144 career starts with the Astros, Padres, Yankees, Nats and Mets and thrown to a career 4.95 ERA with a 1.49 ratio. He had a good year for the Astros in 2003 and pitched well for the Nats in 2007 in 15 starts. His last action in the majors came with the Mets in 2009. Lefties have hit 284/368/462 against him for his career.


Kendr-ick!

JA Happ took over for Kyle Kendrick yesterday, which is the kind of thing that Phillies’ fans might want to get used to. Kendrick has been miserable over his last five starts and the Phils lost big on his watch again. With the loss the Phils fell two games behind the Mets with 24 games to play, so if Kendrick isn’t out of chances he’s pretty close.

The Phillies have lost four of Kendrick’s last five starts. In those outings he hasn’t gone six innings once and has allowed 22 earned runs in 21 2/23 innings (9.14 ERA) while allowing 34 hits and 14 walks. He’s getting behind virtually every hitter. Over his last five outings he’s thrown 438 pitches in his 21 2/3 innings, about 20.53 pitches per inning. At that rate he’d have to throw 123 pitches to get through six innings.

He has seven strikeouts in his last five starts combined. Lefties are hitting .340 against him for the season.

This article suggests that Hamels may take Kendick’s start against the Mets on Sunday night (the Phillies are off on Thursday).

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 to drop to 75-63 on the year. The Phils are two games behind the Mets in the NL East.

The Phillies have called up seven players as rosters expand. Marson, Golson, Happ and Eaton prior to yesterday’s game and Walrond, Cevernak and Tracy after yesterday’s game.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out one.

Willie Harris led off the first with a single to right. Cristian Guzman was next and he grounded to short with Harris forced at second for the first out. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a walk that moved Guzman to second. With Lastings Milledge at the plate, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Milledge singled into center and both runners scored, putting the Nats up 2-0. Milledge stole second as Ronnie Belliard struck out for the second out. Kendrick hit Dukes with a 3-0 pitch, putting men on first and second. Jesus Flores grounded to second for the third out.

Pitcher Tim Redding singled with one out in the second. Harris and Guzman went down behind him.

Kendrick walked Zimmerman to start the third, but got Milledge to hit into a double-play behind him. Belliard followed with a walk, but Elijah Dukes grounded to short for the third out.

Jesus Flores led off the fourth with a single. Emilio Bonifacio was next and popped a ball up behind third. Rollins and Dobbs closed in on it and Dobbs tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch but didn’t come up with the ball. Bonifacio had a single and Flores went to second. Redding bunted back to the pitcher and Kendrick threw to third to force Flores for the second out. With one out and men on first and second, Bonifacio tried to steal third but left too early and was thrown out. It cost the Nats a run, cause Harris was next and blasted a ball to right. Stairs may have lost the ball in the sun. It hit high off the wall, but Stairs was in the wrong place when it did. It bounced over his head and Harris had a triple. Redding scored and it was 3-0. Guzman was next and he doubled to right. 4-0. Zimmerman was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall for a two-run homer. 6-0. Milledge grounded to third for the third out.

The triple by Harris was the first extra-base hit that Phillies’ pitchers had allowed since Soriano’s home run in game two of the series in Chicago.

Happ started the fifth after the Phillies hit for Happ in the top of the inning. Belliard led off with a single and Dukes again was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Happ struck out Flores and Bonifacio and got Redding to ground to shortstop for the third out.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phillies down 6-3.

Condrey came back for the seventh. He got the first two before Dukes hit a ground ball to short. He had a hit anyway, but Rollins threw the ball away. Dukes had a single and went to second on the Rollins error. Flores followed with a double to left, scoring Dukes to make it 7-3. Condrey struck out Bonifacio to end the inning.

Rudy Seanez pitched the eighth. He got the first two before Guzman singled and stole second. Zimmerman grounded to short for the third out.

Four innings for the pen in which they allow one unearned run on four hits. Condrey threw 20 pitches, Happ 17 and Seanez 16.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Stairs (8) Coste. Slumping Burrell on the bench against the righty with Werth in left. Stairs makes his Phillies’ debut in right. Dobbs plays third and Coste catches.

Rollins led off the first with a walk. Victorino popped to third before Utley was hit by a pitch, moving Rollins to second. Redding tried to pick Rollins off of second but threw the ball into center field, moving the runners to second and third. Howard struck out for the second out. Werth flew to right.

Bad strikeout for Howard with men on second and third and one out. Not a shining example for the strikeouts-don’t-matter folks.

1-2-3 in the second.

Utley was hit by a pitch with two outs in the third, but was thrown out trying to steal second with Utley at the plate.

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

Coste walked with two outs in the fifth. Taguchi hit for Kendrick and popped to short.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth. Utley flew to center for the second out before Victorino stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Flores. Howard doubled to right and Victorino scored, getting the Phils on the board at 6-1. Werth walked, putting men on first and second, and lefty Charlie Manning came in to pitch to Dobbs. Feliz hit for Dobbs and loaded the bases with a walk. Burrell hit for Stairs and righty Marco Estrada came in to pitch to him and walked Burrell to force in a run. 6-2. Estrada hit Coste and another run scored. 6-3. Ruiz hit for Happ and grounded to third.

Utley singled with two outs in the seventh. Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins homered to right with two outs in the ninth, cutting the lead to 7-4. Victorino grounded to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a steal and a caught stealing.

Utley 1-for-3.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk.

Dobbs 0-for-2.

Stairs 0-for-2.

Coste 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

The offense has scored 24 runs in the last six games.

Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.13) faces lefty John Lannan (8-12, 3.92) tonight. Lannan has made one good start in his last three times out, allowing 15 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. He has a 5.06 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. He has made one start against the Phils this season and was charged with eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. In two starts against the Nats this season he’s allowed one run in 15 innings (0.60 ERA).


Shane’s reign as the Phils’ best hitter may be short, but it’s sweet

The Phillies’ offense is suddenly looking good again, led at the top of the order by the hot bat of Shane Victorino.

Victorino drove in three runs last night, including one that came on his seventh home run of the month. He is hitting 327/370/624 in July and has hit six home runs in his last 54 at-bats. His .994 OPS for the month is the best among the Phillies’ hitters (but not by much — Howard is hitting 306/364/622 (.987 OPS) in July) .

Victorino and Utley combined to drive in five of the eight runs the Phillies scored last night. Utley homered for the second straight game and Jamie Moyer was solid enough. After a rough first inning, Moyer put up five scoreless frames and the Phils cruised behind a five-run fifth inning.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night, winning 8-5 to improve to 58-49 on the season. It was the fourth straight win for the Phils and with the win they have reclaimed the lead on the NL East. They lead the Mets by half a game.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Moyer started the first with a 2-0 lead. Willie Harris hit his first pitch of the game out to right. 2-1. Moyer got the next two before Austin Kearns doubled to left. Jesus Flores was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to left to put Washington up 3-2. Ronnie Belliard doubled before Paul Lo Duca flew to center to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked Ryan Zimmerman with one out in the third. Moyer struck out Kearns for the first out before Flores flew to center to set the Nats down.

Belliard led off the fourth with a walk. Lo Duca flew to center and Felipe Lopez struck out swinging as Belliard was caught stealing to end the inning.

Moyer started the fifth up 7-3. Harris doubled with one out and moved to third when Jenkins misplayed the ball in right for an error. Lastings Milledge grounded back to the pitcher for the second before Moyer walked Zimmerman. With men on first and third and two down, Kearns grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Flores led off the sixth with a single to left and Burrell threw him out at second as Flores went for two with his team down four runs. Moyer got the next two.

Madson started the seventh up 8-3. Lefty Kory Casto hit for pitcher Steven Shell and singled to left to start the inning. Pete Orr was next and hit a ground ball to first that Howard fielded and threw to second to force Casto for the first out. Harris followed with a double, his third extra-base hit of the game, moving Casto to third. Milledge grounded to short and Orr scored, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-4. Zimmerman hit a ball to the warning track in left. Werth fell down and didn’t catch it — the ball bounced on the track and over the fence for a ground-rule double that scored Harris and made it 8-5. Kearns grounded to second for the third out.

Durbin pitched the eighth. He walked Belliard with one out but got Lo Duca to hit into a double-play behind him.

Lidge pitched the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans led off with a double, but Lidge got the next three behind him.

Durbin continues to see a lot of time in the eighth inning. Madson got a tough break with Werth falling down on the track on a play that could have been made, but his outing was shaky as he allowed three hits, including two doubles, in an inning. In his last four outings Madson has gone 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and five walks. That’s not good.

Overall in the game the pen went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Durbin and Lidge both pitched for the second straight day. I would have liked to have seen Manuel use someone from the bottom of his pen with the Phils up 8-3 in the seventh instead of Madson.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Dobbs on the bench with Bruntlett at third, which is a poor decision. Echoes of Nunez at third for Moyer’s starts ring in my ears. Ruiz catches.

Victorino, Utley and Howard singled back-to-back-to-back with one out in the first. It loaded the bases for Burrell and Burrell lined a single into left that scored Victorino and Utley and put the Phils up 2-0. Jenkins hit into a double-play behind Burrell to end the frame.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and Moyer bunted him to second. Rollins grounded to second for the third out.

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

In the fourth, Jenkins singled with one out and Bruntlett hit into a double-play behind him.

The Phillies started the fifth down 3-2. Ruiz led off with a single and Moyer drew a walk. Rollins doubled to right and Ruiz scored, tying the game at 3-3, with Moyer going to third. Victorino was next and singled into center, scoring Rollins and Moyer to make it 5-3. He went to second when Lo Duca mishandled the throw in from the outfield for an error. Utley was next and he clubbed a 1-0 pitch out to center. 7-3. Howard and Burrell grounded out before Jenkins walked. Bruntlett struck out for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Victorino led off the seventh with a home run that put the Phils up 8-3. Utley, Howard and Burrell went in order behind him.

Jenkins singled to right to start the eighth, but Bruntlett hit into a double-play behind him and Ruiz flew to left for the third out.

Werth led off the ninth with a walk and Rollins hit into a double-play behind him, the fourth on the day for the Phillies. Victorino flew to center for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double.

Victorino 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Howard 1-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Jenkins 2-for-3 with a walk.

Bruntlett was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into two double-plays.

Ruiz 2-for-3. He has one extra-base hit since June 14.

Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.70) faces lefty John Lannan (6-10, 3.33) tonight. Lannan has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of his last ten starts, but the Nats have lost eight of those games. He’s actually been worse in his eight starts at home (2-5 with a 4.71 ERA) than in his 12 starts away from home (4-5 with a 2.57 ERA). Lannan made his major league debut on July 26, 2007 and broke Chase Utley’s right hand with a pitch. The Phillies have lost three of Kendrick’s last four starts. In those starts Kendrick has allowed 34 hits in 22 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .324 against him for the year. He has a 1.80 ratio against lefties and a 1.18 ratio against righties.


Are you Redding for some shutout?

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
WAS 19-26 177 3.93 14 665 (15) 10 9
PHI 24-21 219 4.87 T-4 773 (6) 28 6

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
WAS 19-26 218 4.84 T-12 4.71 (10) 4.19 (11)
PHI 24-21 202 4.49 7 4.71 (9) 2.87 (1)

After grumbling about their luck in seeing five lefties in a row, the Phillies finally got a string of righties and celebrated with their first three game losing streak of the season. Last night it was Tim Redding they couldn’t figure out. In two starts against the Phils this season, Redding is 2-0 and has allowed eight hits and five walks in 13 1/3 shutout innings.

The Phils have scored eight runs in their last three games.

There’s something about waiting for Pedro Feliz to turn into a great hitter that reminds me a little of Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch he believes to be most sincere while he waits for the Great Pumpkin. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Last night Jenkins led off the second with a double and Feliz was unable to move him to third. Just because the world is a funny place, Jenkins led off the fourth with a double as well and again failed to score with an assist to Feliz’s inability to move the runner along. Among the 25 players in either league with at least 100 plate appearances while playing third base, Feliz’s .629 OPS is 24th best.

Feliz is far from the Phillies’ only problem. Just like the fourth inning was something of a hide-your-eyes-do-over of the second, in both the first and third innings last night Victorino and Utley were on first and second with one out. Both times Howard and Burrell failed to bring either of them home.

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 4-0. They are 24-22 on the season and have lost three games in a row for the first time this year.

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

The Phillies have played 46 games this year. Using Game Score as the measure, in 28 of them their opponents’ starting pitcher pitched better than the Phillies’ starting pitcher.

With one out in the first, Christian Guzman reached on an infield single and went to third when Zimmerman hit a ball into left that bounced once and went off the wall for a double. Dmitri Young hit a fly ball to center for the second out. It was deep enough for Guzman to tag and score, putting the Nats up 1-0. Lastings Milledge flew to center to end the inning.

Jesus Flores doubled to left with one out in the second and moved to third when Willie Harris grounded to second. The pitcher Tim Redding grounded back to Myers to leave Flores stranded at third.

Felipe Lopez doubled to left-center to start the third. Guzman followed with a single to right and Lopez went to third. Zimmerman followed with a walk to load the bases, but Myers struck out Young for the first out. Milledge blooped a ball in front of Jenkins in right. Guzman and Lopez both scored to put Washington up 3-0. Rob Mackowiak lined to third for the second out and Flores grounded to short to end the inning.

Harris walked to start the fourth and Redding bunted him to second. Myers got the next two to leave him stranded.

Milledge doubled with two outs in the fifth and Mackowiak followed and hit a ball of the leg of Myers for a single that moved Milledge to third. Myers struck out Flores to leave both runners stranded.

Myers walked Redding with one out in the sixth. Lopez followed with a ground ball to second and Redding was forced at second for the second out. Lopez tried to steal second and Ruiz threw him out to end the inning.

Madson started the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to Guzman. Zimmerman singled to right and Guzman went to third. Young hit into a double-play, but Guzman scored from third to put the Nationals up 4-0. Milledge grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Madson returned and threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

For Madson it was the third time in six days that he had gone more than an inning for the Phils. He threw 27 pitches last night to put him at 87 pitches over those three appearances, including 37 against the Braves on Wednesday.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth on the bench with Jenkins in right against the righty and Victorino back in center. Ruiz catches.

With one out in the first, Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Howard, but Howard struck out swinging for the second out. Burrell hit a ground ball down the third base line, but Zimmerman made a nice play and threw him out to end the frame.

Jenkins led off the second with a double high off the wall in right-center field. Feliz was next and couldn’t move Jenkins along. He grounded to third for the first out. Jenkins moved to third when Ruiz followed with a ground out to short, but Myers grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Bad at-bat for Feliz helps keep the Phils off the board.

Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the third. It again put men on first and second for Howard. Howard flew to the warning track in left. Burrell flew to left not quite as deep for the third out.

Jenkins doubled again to start the fourth. Feliz again couldn’t move him over, but at least he hit it to the right side of the infield this time. He popped to first. Ruiz grounded out and moved Jenkins to third for the second out. Myers grounded to short.

Very odd first four innings. Pretty much the same thing happened in the second and fourth — Jenkins doubled and Feliz didn’t move him to third and the Phils didn’t score. In the first and third Victorino and Utley were on first and second with one out and Howard and Burrell couldn’t bring them home, although Howard did crush the ball in the third and Zimmerman made a nice play on Burrell’s ball in the first.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth. Zimmerman made another nice play for the second out, barehanding Victorino’s slow ground ball and making a strong throw to first.

Jenkins walked with two outs in the sixth, but Feliz grounded out behind him.

Down 3-0 in the seventh, Ruiz singled to start the inning. Dobbs hit for Myers and popped to third for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second for Victorino and righty Saul Rivera came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball to first for the second out and the runners moved to second and third. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Howard, Burrell and Jenkins went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Feliz and Ruiz went down to start the ninth. Werth hit for Madson and struck out to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk, ending a streak of five games in which he had at least two hits.

Victorino 2-for-4.

Utley 2-for-4. He is just 15-for-66 in May (.227).

Howard 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He just missed a three-run homer in the third.

Burrell 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He is 12-for-56 (.214) in May.

Jenkins was 2-for-3 with two doubles, the only extra-base hits in the game for the Phils, and a walk. He’s 5-for-his-last-10.

Feliz 0-for-4 and left three men on base.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.89) faces righty Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45) tonight. Bergmann got hammered his first three starts of the season, throwing to an 11.68 ERA and earning himself a trip to the minor leagues. After a successful stint in the minors, Bergmann returned to the Nats and has made one start since. On Thursday he shut the Mets out on three hits over seven innings while striking out nine. He made five starts against the Phils in 2007, going 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.10 ratio. Hamels has been fantastic, but comes off a 120-pitch complete game shutout against the Braves. Opponents are hitting .204 against him this season and he has allowed just one home run in his last 24 innings.


Some fans starting to feel like they’ve Redding this book before

The Phillies lost their second game of the season in far different fashion than they lost their first. It didn’t make it any less frustrating.

After a bullpen collapse led to their downfall on opening day, it was an unexpected inability to score runs that got the Phils last night. Cole Hamels gave them eight strong innings, allowing a single run on a ball that just got out for an opposite field home run in the sixth. Nationals’ starter Tim Redding was even better, though. Redding and two Nats relievers combined to throw a one-hit shutout.

If the opening day loss magnified an issue we already knew was a huge problem for the Phillies, the bullpen, it’s a little harder to know what to make of last night’s disappointing outcome. The Phils simply didn’t hit at all and if you don’t hit at all Cole Hamels can’t help you. It’s hard to ignore the pressure on the Phils to avoid yet another miserable April and wonder if the team is pressing in a way that’s not helping them. It’s also hard to ignore the similarities to the start of the 2007 season. Last year Hamels also got the start in the second game of the year, also pitched brilliantly, going seven shutout innings in which he allowed four singles and a walk while striking out eight, and again came out without a win. The Braves beat the Phils that day 3-2 and the Phils were just as 0-2 as they are right now.

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 1-0 to drop to 0-2 on the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and was fantastic on a chilly night where it looked like he was having trouble gripping the ball. He went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out six.

Christian Guzman led off the first with a single into left. Lastings Milledge was next and Hamels walked him in four pitches. Ryan Zimmerman followed and swung at the first pitch and flew to Burrell in deep left for the first out. Nick Johnson was next and he grounded to first. Howard threw to second to force Milledge for the second out. Johnson was safe at first and Guzman moved to third. Austin Kearns was next, a big righty with good numbers against Hamels, and Hamels walked him to load the bases with two down. LoDuca got behind 0-1 and grounded hard but right at Howard to end the frame. Nice job to get out of by Hamels. Zimmerman helped him by swinging at the first pitch after he walked Milledge on four pitches, but he almost hit it out.

The pitcher Tim Redding singled two center with two outs in the second, but Guzman swung at the first pitch and hit it out in front of the plate. Ruiz threw him out to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third, despite balls hit hard in the air by Milledge and Zimmerman before he struck out Johnson for the third out.

He got two popups and a fly ball to right in the fourth.

Guzman singled into left with two outs in the fifth. Hamels got Milledge swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Hamels got ahead of Zimmerman 0-2 to start the sixth before Zimmerman hit a 1-2 pitch out just down the line in right field to put the Nats up 1-0. Johnson lined to second for the first out and Kearns followed with a ball slowly hit to third. Feliz made a nice play, charging and throwing Johnson out for the second out. LoDuca grounded hard to third to set the Nats down. Stellar defense from Feliz in the first two games. If only he could hit.

Hamels got the first two in the seventh before Redding, who had a one-hitter through six innings at the time, hit for himself having thrown 75 pitches. Hamels struck him out for the third out.

Hamels started the eighth having thrown 88 pitches and quickly fell behind Guzman 3-0 before Guzman dribbled a 3-2 pitch back to Hamels. Hamels tossed lightly to Howard, who didn’t catch the ball, but recovered in time to get Guzman who had not run hard. Milledge flew to left for the second out. Zimmerman followed and lined a single just over Rollins’ glove for a single. Johnson was next and hit a soft ground ball just to the right of second that went off the heel of Utley’s glove for an error. Kearns popped to short to end the frame.

Chad Durbin started the ninth with the Phils down 1-0 and two righties due to start the inning for the Nats. Durbin got LoDuca to ground to third and Feliz made a long strong throw look easy for the first out. He struck out Belliard with a 2-2 breaking ball and, with Romero presumably ready in the pen, stayed in to pitch to the lefty Harris. Harris lined a single into right. Luis Ayala was due to hit next and switch-hitter Dmitri Young hit for him. Romero came in to pitch to him and got him to ground back to the mound for the third out.

Two games, two nice outings for Durbin. Ditto for Romero. Despite Romero’s nearly unbelievable 2007 with the Phils, the jury is still out on both of those guys and so far they’ve been really good. Neither of them threw more than ten pitches last night, so presumably they are both available this afternoon.

The Phils also got poor defensive play from their middle infield again. After Rollins had a bad day with the glove on opening day, Hamels had to pitch around Utley’s blunder in the eighth last night.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins starts in right against the righty. Feliz hits seventh after hitting sixth on opening day against the lefty Chico. I like Feliz seventh a lot better than sixth. We’ll have to wait and see what Manuel does — the issue in this case is complicated because Jenkins came into the game with fantastic career numbers against Redding. The bad news would be if Manuel thought Feliz was a good hitter, or better hitter than Werth, against lefties.

With two outs in the first, Utley got behind 1-2 but came back to work a walk. Howard flew to left to end the inning.

Feliz singled into center with two outs in the second for his first hit as a Phillie, but Ruiz grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

With one out in the third, Rollins hit a ball hard back up the middle that bounced once and then hit Redding in the back. The ball bounced to Zimmerman, who threw to first in time to get Rollins for the second out. Redding stayed in the game and got Victorino on a dribbler back to the pitcher for the third out.

The fourth inning looked promising with Utley and Howard due to hit against the righty Redding. Utley got ahead in the count 3-0, but Redding got him to foul out to Zimmerman on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Redding struck out Howard and got Burrell on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Redding got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out Hamels to start the sixth. Hamels hit for himself to start the inning down 1-0 and having thrown 78 pitches. That’s a no-brainer given how well he had been throwing and how terrible the pen is. Rollins and Victorino both flew out behind him.

Utley started the seventh with a line drive to right, but Kearns took it for the first out. Howard followed and walked on a 3-2 pitch nowhere near the strike zone. Burrell got ahead 2-0 and hit a tracer down to third that Zimmerman stopped, trapped against the ground and threw to second to start a double-play that ended the inning. Burrell hit it hard but right at the wrong somebody.

Jenkins started the eighth with a walk and that was it for Redding. Righty Luis Ayala came in to pitch to Feliz. Feliz broke his bat hitting a slow roller to third. Zimmerman threw Jenkins out at second for the first out but the Nats had no chance to double-up Feliz given how slowly the ball was hit. Ruiz was next and hit a chopper to third. Not a tough play but the ball went off the glove of Zimmerman and went right to Guzman, who tossed to second to force Feliz. Dobbs hit for Hamels and grounded to second to end the inning. Jenkins is a slow, weak defensive corner outfielder much in the same mold as Burrell. Nice to see Manuel not use Taguchi pinch-run for him after Jenkins walked to start the inning with the Phils down a run.

Jon Rauch came in for the Nats to try to nail down the save and a 1-0 win. Rollins got ahead 3-1 before hitting a ball hard down the first base line that Johnson made a nice play on for the first out. Victorino flew to left. Utley hit it hard to short, but Guzman made the play and threw Utley out to end the game.

One single and three walks for the Phils. The seventh was the inning where they really looked like they had something. They hit the ball hard twice and got a one out walk. But Utley’s line drive was tracked down by Kearns and Zimmerman turned Burrell’s smash into a double-play.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino was 0-for-4 and is still looking for his first hit of the year.

Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Burrell was 0-for-3.

Jenkins 0-for-2 with a walk.

Feliz was 1-for-3 with a single.

Ruiz was 0-for-3.

This article suggests that after the game some fans threw stuff on the field and that Geoff Jenkins was the only Phil who played in the game that spoke to the media. No part about any of that that’s good.

Wes Helms was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Rudy Seanez.

Brad Lidge can be activated from the DL on Saturday.

Starts made by Cole Hamels appear in light green in the Start Log.

Jamie Moyer faces righty Jason Bergmann this afternoon. Bergmann was 6-6 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.22 ratio in 21 starts last season. Righties couldn’t do much against him in ’07, hitting 200/261/314 while lefties had more success, posting a 263/343/545 line. He tailed off a lot after the All-Star break last season. After throwing to a 3.47 ERA with a 1.11 ratio before the All-Star break last season he posted a 5.60 ERA with a 1.36 ratio in his 11 starts after the break. The Phils saw him a ton last year. Bergmann made five starts against them, going 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.10 ratio. He started against them April 18, April 24, July 24, September 20 and faced Moyer in the last game of the regular season on September 30. There are several Phils with ugly career numbers against Bergmann. Rollins 3-for-15, Utley 2-for-13, Victorino 3-for-16. Howard is just 2-for-9 but with six walks and a .533 on-base percentage against the righty. Moyer made three starts against the Nats last and went 2-0 with a 2.33 and a 1.14 ratio.


Phils add Rudy Seanez, resist urge to add Rudi Stein

For now. But then again we haven’t see Flash’s second appearance of the year yet, now have we?

How bad is the Phillies’ pen? Just bad enough that fans should be pretty geeked up about the addition of Rudy Seanez. Seanez struggled during spring training, throwing to a 7.71 ERA, and is 39-years-old. He says he wants to retire a little more than you’d prefer. That’s pretty much the end of the bad news, though. Seanez was solid with the Dodgers last season and gave LA a lot of innings. He was really good as recently as 2005.

He does throw a lot of fly balls. In each of the past three years he’s gotten more outs in the air than he has on the ground — this was most dramatic in 2006 when between his time with the Red Sox and Padres he got 39 outs on the ground and 65 in the air. Last year with the Dodgers he allowed double-digit home runs for the first time in his career, yielding ten in 76 innings of work. The 76 innings he threw in 2007 was also a career-high. He was especially hurt by the long ball in the second half of last year, giving up seven home runs in 35 2/3 innings after the All-Star break after giving up just three in 40 1/3 before the break. Six of those home runs came in a weak month of July in which he allowed nine earned runs in twelve innings (6.75 ERA).

4.15 career ERA, though. 3.79 last year. Pretty solid against both lefties and righties in ’07 — righties hit 264/338/402 (.741 OPS) against him last year and lefties 269/320/395 (.715 OPS).

He’s also made six career appearances at Citizens Bank Park and the next run he’s charged with will be his first. Over 7 1/3 innings he’s allowed five hits and four walks while striking out six.

Seanez was released by the Dodgers last Tuesday and had suggested that he might retire. This article suggests that in February he said he was pretty certain he would retire if he did not make the Dodgers.

For now, at least, I think we should all be grateful he didn’t make the Dodgers and that he didn’t retire.

Cole Hamels faces righty Tim Redding tonight in the second game of the season. Redding struggled the first three years of his career but had his first good season last year with the Nationals, going 3-6 in 15 starts with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.45 ratio. He doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters and gives up too many walks — last year in 84 innings he struck out 47 and walked 38. Utley and Feliz were both 3-for-6 against Redding last season. Jenkins was a sure thing to get the start anyway, but he is 9-for-15 with three doubles and a home run against him in his career. Redding was good overall against the Phils last season, going 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.25 ratio in three starts. He got the start against the Phillies on August 15, September 22 and September 28 (on September 22 he was very good, holding the Phils to a run over 6 2/3 while striking out seven).

Hamels was fantastic against the Nationals in 2007, making five starts in which he went 2-1 with a 1.97 ERA and a 1.09 ratio. He has fared pretty well against most of the Nats hitters over his career with a few exceptions. Austin Kearns has hit him well, 6-for-19 with two doubles and three walks (316/409/421). Ronnie Belliard is 5-for-17 with a home run and a double against him. Nick Johnson 3-for-7 with three doubles.


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