Tag: Vladimir Guerrero

Now if we can just get someone to write a column calling the 13 hitters wimps we should be all set

Coming off a miserable string of starts, Brett Myers was much better last night. The Phils didn’t win or anything, let’s not get nuts, but he pitched deep into the eighth inning before the game changed on a two-run homer he surrendered to Erick Aybar.

Myers’ line doesn’t look particularly fantastic — he allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings. But he pitched better than his line. Myers started the eighth with the game tied 2-2, having allowed three hits and a walk in the contest.

The Phillies have lost six of seven and four in a row. Over their last four games they have scored a total of seven runs.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night, falling 6-2 to drop to 42-34 on the year.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three home runs. He struck out seven.

With one out in the first, Myers walked Maicer Izturis. Izturis stole second, but Myers got Garrett Anderson to ground to second and Vladimir Guerrero to pop to first to end the frame.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

With two outs in the third, Chone Figgins bunted for a single. Erick Aybar pinch-hit for Izturis, who left the game with a tight right hamstring, and grounded to short.

With one out in the fourth, Vlad pounded an 0-1 pitch out to left to put the Angels up 1-0. Myers got the next two.

He struck out Gary Matthews Jr, Jeff Mathis and pitcher Joe Saunders in the fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Guerrero led off the seventh and again was swinging early in the count. He belted the first pitch he saw out to left to put Anaheim up 2-0. Myers got the next three behind him.

Myers started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2 having thrown just 88 pitches. He got the first two before Figgins singled. He got ahead of the switch-hitter Aybar 0-1 before Aybar drove one down right field line and just out to put the Angels up 4-2. Anderson followed with a double and Myers stayed in to walk Vlad to put men on first and second. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Kotchman and got him to ground to second.

Myers had allowed three hits going into the eighth. Given the low pitch count I don’t think you can argue with letting him start the inning.

Third career home run for Aybar.

Durbin started the ninth. He hit Matthews with one out and Matthews stole second. Mathis hit a fly ball to left that Taguchi, who had run for Burrell in the bottom of the eighth, misplayed for a two-base error that allowed Matthews to go to third. Righty Juan Rivera hit for pitcher Scott Shields and the Phillies brought the infield in. Rivera chopped a ball slowly up the middle. Bruntlett fielded and threw home, but Matthews slid in safely. 5-2. With men on first and third, Figgins blooped a ball between Rollins and Taguchi for a single. Mathis scored and it was 6-2. With men on first and second, Durbin struck out Aybar and got Anderson on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Two runs in 1 1/3 innings for the pen, but both were unearned. Durbin was charged with both runs, but pitched well and allowed just one hit, which was a bloop single. Durbin hasn’t been charged with an earned run in 13 1/3 innings over his last ten games. He threw 27 pitches, so he’s probably out today. Romero threw just seven.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Joe Saunders went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Coste (7) Feliz (8) Bruntlett. The slumping Utley on the bench against the lefty. Bruntlett plays second and hits eighth. Burrell moves up to third in the lineup. Coste catches and moves up to sixth in the lineup.

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

Coste singled with two outs in the second, but Feliz grounded to third for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Burrell singled with one out in the fourth. Howard followed and struck out on three pitches. Werth flew to left for the third out.

They went 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Myers led off the sixth with a walk. Rollins popped to short and Victorino hit into a double-play.

With two outs in the seventh Werth hit a high fly ball to center that went off the top of the wall and out for a home run that cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1. Tenth home run on the year for Werth. Coste followed with a walk and Feliz reached out and hit a 2-2 pitch into left-center for a double. Coste scored from first with two outs to tie the score at 2-2. Play of the game was next. Bruntlett lined the first pitch of his at-bat into center. Matthews charged and threw home but the first baseman Kotchman made a brilliant play. He cut the ball, then looked towards home, whirled and threw to second to nail Bruntlett to end the inning. Bad base-running from Bruntlett, but a better play by Kotchman.

Dobbs hit for Romero to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins went down swinging for the second out before Victorino struck out swinging on a pitch that Mathis didn’t handle and Victorino took first. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him at first with the Phils down 4-2. Shields struck Howard out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Down 6-2 in the ninth, Werth and Coste started the inning with back-to-back walks before Feliz hit into a double-play. With righty Francisco Rodriguez on the mound, Jenkins hit for Bruntlett and popped to third to end the game with Werth stranded at third.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-15.

Werth 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Coste 1-for-2 with two walks.

Feliz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Bruntlett 1-for-3.

Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.23) faces righty Jared Weaver (6-7, 4.73) this afternoon. Weaver has allowed 17 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings (6.56 ERA) over his last four starts. Righties are hitting .282 against him on the year but have hit just two of the 12 home runs he has allowed. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts. Over those starts he has allowed four runs which came on four solo home runs.


We’re no Angels

Ugly. Outhit 17-2, the Phils lost again last night. They have lost five of their last six.

It’s not like Anaheim was playing pristine baseball, either. The Angels made four errors, but Adam Eaton was pounded for six runs on 12 hits over just five innings and the Phils did nothing with the bats.

Chase Utley is the poster-boy for the Phillies’ offensive struggles, but the problem, although surely temporary, is far deeper than that. Over their last three games the Phillies have two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 94 at-bats. Utley is so good that no matter how badly he’s struggling I’m sure every time he comes to the plate he’s about to get a hit. I’m wrong a lot, though. With an 0-for-3 last night he’s 0-for-his-last-23.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. With the 7-1 loss they are 42-33 on the year.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out one.

With two outs in the first, Garrett Anderson doubled to right. Vladimir Guerrero was next and he blasted the first pitch he saw out to left to put the Angels up 2-0. Torii Hunter followed with a double to left and Casey Kotchman walked behind him. Eaton got Howie Kendrick swinging at a 2-2 pitch to leave both men stranded.

Chone Figgins singled with two outs in the second and Macier Izturis walked behind him. Anderson singled to left and Figgins scored to make it 3-0 with Izturis going to third. Vlad flew to center for the third out.

Hunter started the third and hit a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Kotchman flew to center for the first out before Kendrick doubled, sending Hunter to third. Eaton walked Jeff Mathis intentionally to set up the double-play, and pitcher Ervin Santana hit into one to end the frame.

With two outs in the fourth, Eaton hit Anderson with a pitch and Guerrero moved him to third with a single. Hunter went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Kendrick and Mathis singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put men on first and second for Santana and Santana grounded to second. Mathis was forced at second for the second out and Kendrick went to third. Figgins grounded to second for the third out.

Izturis and Anderson singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Guerrero and Guerrero singled into center. Izturis scored and it was 4-0. With the righty Hunter at the plate Madson came in to pitch and struck Hunter out for the first out. Kotchman singled to right and Anderson scored to make it 5-0 as Guerrero went to third. Kendrick hit a ball to left-center that got stuck under the wall. Kendrick had to settle for a double. Guerrero scored (6-0) and Kotchman had to hold third. Mathis was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Madson struck out Santana and got Figgins on a fly ball to center to avoid further damage.

Madson allows two hits in the inning that score two runs charged to Eaton.

He returned for the seventh and allowed a one-out walk to Anderson, but Guerrero hit into a double-play behind him.

Condrey started the eighth. Kotchman doubled with one out and moved to third when Kendrick singled to right. Mathis doubled to left and Kotchman scored to put Anaheim up 7-1. Switch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr hit for Santana with men on second and third and was walked intentionally to load the bases. Condrey got Figgins to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Romero threw the ninth and walked Guerrero with two outs. He struck Hunter out for the third out.

Four innings for the pen. They were charged with a run on five hits, including three doubles. Madson made Eaton’s mess in the sixth worse. Madson threw 28 pitches, Condrey 19 and Romero 14.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ervin Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches.

With one out in the first, Victorino singled, stole second and went to third when Mathis threw the ball into center field. Utley struck out before Howard walked to put men on first and third. Burrell flew to left to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for the scuffling Utley with one out and a man on third.

Santana threw 32 pitches in the first inning and 73 over the next six.

Coste doubled with two outs in the second, but Eaton flew to center behind him.

1-2-3 third.

Santana struck out Howard, Burrell and Jenkins in the fourth.

Two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rollins led off the sixth and reached on an error by Kotchman at first. He stole second and went to third on another throwing error by Mathis. Victorino walked to put men on first and third and Utley flew to center deep enough to score Rollins and make it 6-1. Victorino stole second, but Howard and Burrell both struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the seventh.

Dobbs hit for Condrey to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins grounded to second for the second out before Victorino reached on another error by Kotchman. Utley flew to center to end the inning.

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

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-3.

Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Jenkins 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-30.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) faces lefty Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) tonight. Saunders was great in his last start, allowing six hits while throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Braves on Sunday. Saunders has allowed 11 home runs in 94 innings this season, ten of which have been hit by righties. In six starts away from home he’s 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 1.11 ratio. The Phillies are 1-9 in Myers’ last ten starts. Over his last two starts he’s allowed 11 runs on 15 hits, including five home runs, five doubles and a triple, in 11 1/3 innings.


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