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All your base are belong to us

Posted by egrissom on September 28, 2010

Roy Halladay roared back to life last night and the Phils kept on rolling. After burying the Nationals, the Phillies are the champs of the NL East for the fourth time in four years.

Roy Halladay came into the game having slogged through his last six starts, but he went a long way towards answering any questions there might be about his ability to deal with his enormous workload and pitch in big games. He was simply fantastic, needing just 97 pitches to throw a complete game shutout. Werth homered and doubled in the game, driving in four runs, and the Phils turned a 4-0 lead into an 8-0 blowout when they scored four runs in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies are 94-63 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 8-0 last night. They have won the NL East. The Reds appear to be a lock to win the NL Central and the Wild Card race is between the Braves and whoever winds up not winning the West between the Giants and the Padres. The Braves are a half game ahead of the Padres. The Giants lead San Diego by a game.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing two singles and striking out six. He didn’t walk a batter.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He was up 1-0 when he started the second. He struck out Adam Dunn and Roger Bernadina as he set Washington down in order again.

Wilson Ramos singled to right to start the third, but Halladay got Alberto Gonzalez to hit into a double-play behind him. The pitcher John Lannan struck out swinging for the third out.

Halladay threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

He was up 4-0 when he started the sixth. He got Ramos and Gonzalez before Kevin Mench hit for the pitcher Craig Stammen. Mench grounded to first for the third out.

In the seventh, Halladay struck out Danny Espinosa, got Nyjer Morgan on a ground ball to second and Ian Desmond on a fly ball to right.

Adam Dunn singled to center to start the eighth. Mike Morse was next and ripped a ball down the third base line, but Polanco made a nice play to snare the ball as he went to the ground for the first out. Roger Bernadina popped to Polanco in foul territory for the second out and Ramos grounded to Utley for the third.

Big play by Polanco to stop the inning before it got started.

Halladay was up 8-0 when he started the ninth. He had thrown 87 pitches in the game. Gonzalez got behind 0-2 and lined to Polanco for the first out. Adam Kennedy hit for the pitcher Miguel Batista and flew to right for the second. Halladay got ahead of Espinosa 0-2 and struck him out swinging 1-2 to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against left John Lannan went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Rollins was expected to return to the lineup to play short in the game, but that was rethought due to the wet field.

Polanco singled with one out in the first and took second on a wild pitch, but Utley struck out swinging and Howard flew to center to leave him stranded.

Werth started the second and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ibanez hit a foul ball in the corner that Morse didn’t handle before Ibanez doubled off the wall in left. Ruiz grounded to third for the first out and Valdez grounded to second for the second with Ibanez taking third on Valdez’s out. Halladay grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco singled with one out in the second, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz singled off the glove of the second baseman Epinosa to start the fifth, but Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Halladay grounded to short for the third out.

That’s 20 GIDP on the year for Valdez.

Polanco walked with one out in the sixth and Utley was hit by a pitch behind him. Howard struck out for the second out, but Werth was next and lined a ball into the gap in right center that rolled all the way to the wall. Polanco and Utley both scored and the Phils were up 3-0. Ibanez was next and moved Werth to third on an infield single near the mound. Ruiz followed that and absolutely smashed a double to left, scoring Werth to make it 4-0 with Ibanez moving to third. Valdez was walked intentionally, loading the bases for Halladay. Halladay grounded to short to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Ruiz started the ninth with a double. Valdez was next and struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt that Ramos didn’t handle. Valdez took off for first and Ruiz for third, but Ramos pounced on the ball and threw Ruiz out at third for the first out with Valdez safe at first. Halladay was next and tried to bunt. The Nationals pitcher Joe Bisenius threw an 0-1 pitch at his head, but Halladay somehow managed to avoid being killed before striking out for the second out. Valdez stole second as Halladay struck out and took third before Victorino drew a walk. Polanco lined a single into center and Valdez scored, putting the Phils up 5-0 with two down and men on first and second. Utley hit a ball into left center. Morgan made a long run and a sliding effort, but the ball went off the heel of his glove for a double that cleared the bases and put the Phils up 7-0. Howard walked, putting men on first and second for Werth. Werth chopped a ball that dribbled down the first base line. Dunn fielded and swiped at Werth as he went past, but missed him and Werth was safe with a single and Utley scored all the way from second. 8-0 with men on first and second for Ibanez, who flew to center for the third out.

Great hustle by Utley to score from second on Werth’s hit. Great hustle by Werth to be safe on Werth’s hit. The inning was pretty much played in a downpour, so let’s hope Bisenius throwing the ball at Halladay’s head was because the ball slipped. Not a great day with the bat for Halladay, who was 0-for-4 and left five men on base.

Victorino was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game.

Polanco was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Howard 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Werth 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

Ibanez 2-for-5 with a double.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Valdez 0-for-3 with a walk.

The Phillies web site says that Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.80) will face righty Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18) tonight and maybe he will. Oswalt is 7-1 with a 1.86 ERA with the Phils. Marquis has a 3.96 ERA over his last seven starts.

“All your base are belong to us” comes from an unfortunate translation in the video game Zero Wing.

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Phils willing to go the extra mile so someone can celebrate something in Washington, DC

Posted by egrissom on September 27, 2010

The Phils took the first game of their three-game set with the Mets, but lost the next two and will have to wait at least another day if they’re going to win the NL East. With the loss by the Padres yesterday, the Phillies are assured of at least winning the NL Wild Card.

Cole Hamels was ineffective for the first time since mid-August in yesterday’s game. He battled a tough strike zone, but the Mets were all over him as well. Hamels lasted just four innings, allowing five runs as Beltran and Wright both took him out of the yard. Utley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to get the Phils back in the game, but Madson got tagged for a pair of runs in the ninth and the Phils lost 7-3.

The Phillies are 93-63 on the year after yesterday’s loss. They are in first place in the NL East with a six game lead over the Atlanta Braves and a magic number of one. The Padres are now the Wild Card leaders, a half game ahead of Atlanta.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out two. It was the first time he had allowed more than two runs in a start since August 19.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first.

David Wright led off the second for the Mets and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left. 1-0. Joaquin Arias doubled to left with two outs and the Phillies walked Henry Blanco in the eight hole intentionally. It put men on first and second for the pitcher Pat Misch. Hamels struck him out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Jose Reyes and Nick Evans singled back-to-back to start the third, putting men on first and second with no outs. With Carlos Beltran at the plate, Reyes was thrown out stealing third for the first out. Beltran moved Evans to second with a single, but Wright hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Hamels walked Angel Pagan to start the fourth. Ike Davis followed that with a single that moved Pagan to third. Arias was next and hit a dribbler down the third base line. Hamels got to the ball quickly and Pagan, presumably thinking he would be out at the plate, stopped between third and home. Pagan was tagged out after a rundown with Davis moving to third. With one out and men on first and third, Hamels walked Blanco and the bases were loaded. He struck out the pitcher Misch for the second out, but Reyes singled into center with everyone moving up a base and Davis scoring to extend the lead to 2-0. Evans followed that with a double into center. Arias and Blanco scored, but Victorino threw Reyes out at the plate to set New York down with a 4-0 lead.

Herndon started the fifth. Beltran led off and homered to left center. 5-0. Herndon got the next two before he walked Davis. Arias struck out to leave Davis at first.

Herndon was pitching for the second day in a row for the fourth time this season.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when Worley started the sixth. He walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter with one out, but got the next two hitters.

Worley hasn’t been charged with a run in three appearances as a reliever for the Phils this season.

Durbin pitched the seventh. Wright doubled with one out. Durbin struck Pagan out behind him for the second out and then walked the lefty Davis intentionally. Lefty Lucas Duda hit for Arias and popped to short to leave both men stranded.

Not a fan of the walk to Davis there. The Mets lose Arias, but wind up with a lefty against Durbin with two men on instead of a lefty against Durbin with one man on.

Durbin was pitching for the second straight day after allowing a run on two hits while getting two outs in Saturday’s game. He came into the game with a 7.27 ERA in September, having allowed seven runs in 8 2/3 innings.

Contreras got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Contreras hasn’t been charged with a run in his last five appearances.

Madson started the ninth with the Phils down two. Evans singled and Beltran homered again. 7-3. Wright walked on five pitches and that was it for Madson. Baez took over and got a pair of strikeouts as he set down the next three hitters.

First time in 14 appearances that Madson was charged with a run.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez.

Victorino was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. He moved to second out a ground out by Polanco before Utley walked. Howard flew to left for the second out and Werth grounded to third to end the inning.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Polanco singled to left with two outs in the third. Utley grounded to second to leave him stranded.

They were down 4-0 when they hit in the fourth. Werth and Ibanez singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and third for Ruiz, but Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Valdez started the fifth with a single with the Phils down 5-0. Mayberry hit for Hamels and reached on an infield single that moved Valdez to second. Victorino flew to right for the first out, with Valdez tagging and taking third. Polanco struck out for the second out, but Utley hit a 3-1 pitch just out to right for a three-run homer that got the Phils back in the game at 5-3. Howard followed that with a double, but Werth struck out swinging to leave him there.

No RBI for Polanco with one out and a man on third.

Ibanez started the bottom of the sixth with a double and moved to third when Ruiz followed and grounded out. Valdez grounded back to the pitcher for the second out. With righty Manny Acosta on the mound for New York, Gload hit for Worley and flew to center for the third out.

Again no RBI for the Phils with less than two outs and a man on third. This time Valdez grounds to the pitcher.

Polanco walked with one out in the seventh, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Werth started the eighth with a walk. A ground out by Ibanez moved him to second before Ruiz flew to center. With righty Elmer Dessens on the mound for New York, Rollins hit for Valdez and grounded to first.

First at-bat for Rollins since September 8. He stayed in the game to play short in the ninth.

The Phils were down 7-3 when they hit in the ninth. Victorino singled to right with one out, but Polanco and Utley both flew to center and the game was over.

Victorino was 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. He’s hitting 262/330/436 for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 with a walk and three singles in the series. 265/321/312 in 238 plate appearances since the start of August.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run homer. 3-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. He has at least one hit in eight games in a row and is at 279/391/454 for the season.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 278/353/515 on the year.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. 292/385/518 on the year.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-12 with a double in the series. 273/350/442 for the year. 391/440/667 over his last 75 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-11 in the set. 293/392/434 on the year.

Valdez 1-for-3. 3-for-8 with a double and a walk in the series. 259/302/361 for the year. 339/403/429 over 63 plate appearances in his last 16 games.

Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53) faces lefty John Lannan (8-7, 4.58) tonight. Halladay has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last six starts, pitching to a 4.32 ERA and a 1.27 ratio. After going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in the first half of the season, Lannan has gone 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA in his ten starts since the break.

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The wizard of 0’s

Posted by egrissom on September 23, 2010

The Phils came up with a 1-0 win last night, beating Atlanta to complete the three-game sweep and tighten their grip on the division.

The Braves didn’t come up with many big hits in the series and the Phillies did. The Braves didn’t catch or throw the ball very well and the Phillies did. The biggest difference between the teams, though, is that Atlanta started Tommy Hanson and two guys that may be really good someday while the Phillies started three guys that are great already. Atlanta’s starters in the series have combined for 24 career wins. The starting pitchers the Phillies sent to the mound have 378 career wins, 11 All-Star appearances, a Cy Young and have been the MVP of the NLCS and World Series.

Last night it was Oswalt who shined. He held the Braves to a double and a walk over seven shutout innings. The game was locked in a scoreless tie until Ibanez delivered a two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the eighth. Once again, Madson and Lidge held at the back of the bullpen. Since the start of August, that duo has combined to strike out 61 in 52 2/3 innings while throwing to an 0.68 ERA and an 0.82 ratio.

The Phils have three huge hits in the last two games and Ibanez has two of them. In each of the last two games he has delivered a double against a lefty that put the Phils ahead to stay. He has driven in all the runs the team has scored that didn’t come on Werth’s third inning homer off of Mike Minor.

The Phillies are 92-61 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 last night. The Phils sweep the three-game series and extend their lead in the division to six games. They have won ten in a row. The Braves are a half game ahead of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and allowed one hit, a double by Martin Prado in the fourth, over seven shutout innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

He got two ground outs and a line out in a 1-2-3 first.

He struck out Brian McCann and Derrek Lee as he set Atlanta down in order in the second.

He struck out Alex Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel in a 1-2-3 third.

He got the first two in the fourth before Prado doubled to the gap in right center. Oswalt got McCann on a ground ball to first to leave Prado at second.

He got three fly balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out Ankiel and the pitcher Tommy Hanson as the Braves went in order in the sixth.

He walked Brian McCann on five pitches with two outs in the seventh. Lee struck out swinging 3-2 to leave McCann at first.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the game still scoreless. He was pitching for the second straight day and threw 11 pitches in the game. He has made 31 appearances for the Phillies since the start of August and allowed two earned runs.

I don’t think there is any question that Madson has been overused. The Phils have clearly benefited from the way he has been used in the short term. The thing that’s left to see is if it’s going to cost them if they make the post-season.

Lidge started the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Lefty Freddie Freeman hit for the pitcher Jonny Venters and flew to right for the first out. Lidge got Omar Infante to fly to center for the second before he walked Jason Heyward on five pitches. Heyward stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position for Prado, but Prado flew to Werth in right to end the game.

Lidge was also throwing for the second straight day. He threw 19 pitches in the game. That’s 23 appearances for him since the start of August with an 0.83 ERA.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tommy Hanson went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Nothing new there with Valdez playing short for the sidelined Rollins, Ruiz seventh and Victorino in the leadoff spot.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Werth walked with one out in the second. Ibanez flew to center for the second out. With Ruiz at the plate, Werth stole second and took third when McCann threw the ball into center field for an error. Ruiz flew softly to right field for the third out.

Second time in the series that McCann made an awful throw. This time it didn’t cost Atlanta like it did when Prado didn’t handle the throw on Utley’s steal in game one.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Hanson hit Utley with a pitch with one out in the fourth. Howard flew to left and Werth struck out to leave him stranded.

Ibanez grounded to second to start the fifth. Ruiz was next and hit a ball into the gap in left center. McLouth made a floundering slide of an effort and didn’t come up with the ball. Ruiz had a double. Valdez followed that with a walk and Oswalt bunted the runners to second and third with the second out. Victorino quickly got behind 0-2 and struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Big at-bat for Victorino after going 0-for-5 and leaving seven men on base the day before.

Utley singled to right with one out in the sixth and stole second as Howard struck out for the second out. Werth walked, putting two men on for Ibanez, but Ibanez grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz started the seventh with a single and Valdez bunted him to second. With the righty Peter Moylan on the mound for the Braves, Dobbs hit for Oswalt. Righty Craig Kimbrel took over for Moylan and struck Dobbs out looking 2-2 for the second out. With Victorino at the plate, Kimbrel delivered a pitch in the dirt that went through McCann’s legs. Ruiz took off for third, but the ball bounced off the backstop and right back to McCann. McCann threw to third and Ruiz would have been out, but Prado dropped the ball. Victorino went on to walk, putting men on first and third with two down for Polanco. Polanco got ahead 2-0 and lofted a high foul ball down the first base line. Infante made a long run and a sliding effort, catching the ball against the fence of the stands for the third out.

The Braves played miserable defense in the series, but that was a huge play by Infante at a huge time. The Braves need to do what they can to take McCann-throws-to-Prado out of their playbook.

Venters started the eighth and hit Utley with a pitch, but Howard hit into a double-play behind Utley. Werth drew a walk and it brought Ibanez to the plate. Ibanez lofted a 2-0 pitch down the left field line that landed (maybe) on the chalk in the corner. McLouth fielded it cleanly and quickly, but his throw was a lollipop over the head of his cutoff man Gonzalez. Prado had to take the throw and relayed home, but it was too late. Werth slid in ahead of the tag and the Phils were up 1-0. Ruiz was hit by a pitch before Valdez grounded to third to end the inning.

There’s that miserable defense from the Braves again. Ibanez again does it and again against a lefty. This double off of Venters last night after he ripped a double into the right field corner off of Mike Dunn to put the Phils ahead to stay in game two. Ibanez had also doubled off of the lefty Minor earlier in game two. He’s hitting 360/407/640 against lefties in September in 25 at-bats.

Second time in the game that Utley was hit by a pitch.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk last night. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 262/328/432. He was due to slow down, it’s just a question of how much and for how long.

Polanco 0-for-4 in the game. 2-for-11 with two walks in the series. 293/337/388 for the year. No extra-base hits in his last seven games. He’s hitting 219/286/272 over his last 127 plate appearances.

The Phillies sweep the series despite having their one and two hitters combine to go 3-for-23 (.130) with three singles and three walks.

Utley was 1-for-2 and was twice hit by a pitch. 4-for-11 in the series with four singles. 279/392/452 on the year. 346/460/543 over his last 22 games and 100 plate appearances. 311/425/500 at home for the season and 245/354/399 on the road. He has better numbers at home than on the road for his career, but not that much better.

Howard was 0-for-4, struck out twice and hit into a double-play after Utley was hit by a pitch in the eighth. He didn’t draw a walk in the game for the first time since September 12. September 12 was a long time ago. He was 2-for-10 with a double and three walks in the series. 278/353/512 on the year. 228/343/456 over 134 plate appearances since returning from the DL. .228?

Werth 0-for-1 with three walks. 3-for-8 with a home run and five walks in the series. 293/386/524 for the year. 12-for-his-last-33 with five home runs and seven walks.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-12 with three doubles in the series. 274/352/445 for the season.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with a double. 3-for-10 with a walk and two doubles in the set. 299/400/444 for the year. Among the 22 NL players who have at least 200 plate appearances as a catcher, Ruiz has the best on-base percentage and third-best OPS.

Valdez was 0-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-8 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 302/362/362 over his last 128 plate appearances.

The Phils are off today and play the Mets tomorrow night.

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Twenty, no questions

Posted by egrissom on September 22, 2010

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about which of the three outstanding starting pitchers might get the call for the team in game one of a critical series? I don’t. If all three are healthy and on normal rest and the Phillies give the ball to anyone other than Roy Halladay, I will be stunned.

Last night, Halladay became the first right-handed pitcher to win twenty games for the Phillies since Robin Roberts did it in 1955. Halladay wasn’t great, but he went seven innings and held Atlanta to three runs. The Phils squandered a ton of opportunities and left an army on base, but they got two big swings in the game, the back of the bullpen held and they came out with a 5-3 win. Werth put them up 3-0 with a three-run shot in the third and Ibanez delivered a two-out, two-run double into the right field corner in the sixth. Halladay, Madson and Lidge did the rest.

The Phillies are 91-61 on the season after beating the Atlanta Braves 5-3 last night. They have won nine in a row and lead the NL East by five games. The second-place Braves are a game ahead of the Padres for the Wild Card.

Halladay got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out three. It’s his sixth start in a row in which he has allowed three earned runs or more. Over those starts he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA and allowed ten home runs in 41 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .294 against him

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Derrek Lee singled to right with one out in the second, but Halladay struck Nate McLouth out swinging for the second out and got Alex Gonzalez to ground to short.

Rick Ankiel started the third with a single, but the pitcher Mike Minor hit into a double-play behind him with Valdez taking the feed from Utley and 360-ing before throwing to first. Omar Infante lined an 0-2 pitch into right for a single before Jason Heyward flew to right for the third out.

The Phils were up 3-0 when Halladay started the fourth. Martin Prado led off with a walk, but Halladay got the next three batters to keep Atlanta off the board.

Gonzalez lofted a ball near the right field foul line that Werth couldn’t reach to start the fifth. The ball got away from Werth and Utley had to track it down and Gonzalez had a double. Ankiel was next and he moved Gonzalez to third with a single to right. Lefty Eric Hinkse hit for the pitcher and he hit a ground ball near second. Utley fielded and flipped with the glove hand to second for the first out as Ankiel slid hard into Valdez. Valdez’s throw to first hit Ankiel in the left hand, so the Phils only got one out. Gonzalez scored on the play to cut the lead to 3-1 and Infante came to the plate with one out and Hinske on first. Halladay got Infante to fly to right for the second out and struck Heyward out looking to end the frame.

The Phils thought Ankiel went too far out of the base path to slide into Valdez. Looked okay to me.

Prado led off the sixth with a single and came around to score when Brian McCann followed with a double to center. 3-2. Lee hit a fly ball to center for the first out. McCann tried to tag and go to third, but Victorino made a nice throw that beat him easily for the second out. McLouth grounded to Halladay for the third out.

Halladay started the seventh up 5-2. He got the first two before lefty Freddie Freeman hit for the pitcher Peter Moylan. Freeman absolutely crushed the first pitch he saw from Halladay out to right center, cutting the lead to 5-3. Halladay struck Infante out to end the frame.

I think chances are good you’ll be seeing that Freeman guy again at some point. That’s career home run number one, but there are a lot more coming.

Madson pitched the eighth. Heyward walked to start the inning, but Madson struck out Prado and got McCann to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson hasn’t been charged with a run in 10 2/3 innings over his last 11 appearances. Since July 29 he has thrown 31 innings with an 0.58 ERA and an 0.87 ratio and 41 strikeouts. Going back to April 24 he has a 1.49 ERA and has allowed one home run to the 170 batters he has faced.

Lidge pitched the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Lee. It brought McLouth to the plate as the tying run. Lidge struck out McLouth and got Gonzalez on a fly ball to center. Ankiel popped to short to end the game.

Lidge has an 0.87 ERA and an 0.73 ratio since the start of August. In 20 2/3 innings he has struck out 22. He was throwing for the second day in a row and threw 17 pitches in the game. Madson threw 12 on two days rest.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mike Minor went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. That’s the same lineup they used in game one of the series.

Utley and Howard singled back-to-back with two outs in the first, putting men on first and second for Werth. Werth popped to third to leave both men stranded.

Valdez and Halladay singled back-to-back with two outs in the second, putting men on first and second. Valdez stole third before Victorino grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco led off the third with a walk and moved to second when Utley followed with a single to right. Howard flew to right for the first out before Werth blasted a 2-1 pitch out to left center, putting the Phils up 3-0. Ibanez followed with a double and the righty Christhian Martinez walked Ruiz intentionally. Valdez hit a ball to third that Prado didn’t handle, loading the bases with one down. Halladay struck out on three pitches and Victorino struck out swinging 1-2 to leave the runners stranded.

Second error in two games for Prado after he failed to handle the ball at second base on Utley’s steal in game one.

Polanco started the fourth with a single. Utley and Howard went down behind him before Werth moved him to second with a walk. Ibanez grounded to second for the third out.

It was 3-1 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Ruiz flew to center for the first out before Valdez hit a ball that the pitcher Kyle Farnsworth fielded. Farnsworth’s throw was bad, though, and Valdez was safe on an error for the second time in two at-bats. Halladay struck out and Victorino grounded to second to end the inning.

Howard walked with two outs in the sixth and the lead cut to 3-2. He moved to third when Werth singled off the wall in left. Ibanez hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field corner and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 5-2. Ruiz grounded to second to leave Ruiz stranded.

Huge two out hit for Ibanez. Howard continues to walk and walk.

Valdez singled to start the seventh with the lead cut to 5-3. With righty Craig Kimbrel on the mound for the Braves, Gload hit for Halladay. Valdez took second on a passed ball before Gload struck out swinging for the first out. Victorino was next and lined a ball to second. Valdez was caught off base and doubled-up to end the inning.

Polanco singled to start the eighth. Utley and Howard struck out behind him before Werth grounded to second.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left seven men on base. He’s 1-for-13 without a walk in his last three games. Rut roh.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-11 with two walks. He is slugging .331 over his last 264 plate appearances with 13 extra-base hits (12 doubles and a triple).

Utley 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk. He has at least one walk in eight straight games. In four of those games he walked more than once and on-based .541.

Werth was 2-for-4 with a walk and a three-run homer. Over his last eight games he’s 12-for-36 with five home runs and four walks. Get it? The thing where Howard always walks before Werth homers is good for everyone. You get more points that way.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. His two-out double in the sixth was huge. 434/492/755 over his last 59 plate appearances has raised his line on the year from 256/337/409 at the end of the first game of the September 1 double-header to 274/352/444. He hit 213/267/350 against lefties in the first half of the season and has hit 264/319/443 against them so far in the second. In September he’s 8-for-24 against them with three doubles and a home run (333/385/583).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 359/479/590 over his last 12 games.

Valdez 2-for-4 with a nifty little twirly thing in the third and a less nifty throw-it-off-of-Rick-Ankiel’s-arm-and-into-the-dugout thing in the fifth. 348/400/485 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90) faces righty Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62) tonight. The Phillies have won nine games that Oswalt has started in a row. In those outings he’s gone 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA and opponents have hit .187 against him. Hanson has made two starts against the Phils this season, but both came early in the year. On April 20 he allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings and on May 31 he allowed a run on three hits over 6 2/3.

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Flying ace

Posted by egrissom on September 21, 2010

There are enough things going right for the Phils these days that you get the feeling they might be okay even if Cole Hamels wasn’t absolutely unhittable. It looks like we’re not going to have to find out. Hamels made his fifth outstanding start in a row last night, holding the Braves to a run over eight innings as he led the Phils to a 3-1 win.

Hamels has been charged with one run on less in seven of his last nine starts.

He got a lot of help from his middle infielders last night as they turned three double-plays, two of which were spectacular. Utley got a late throw from Polanco in the first, but turned the double-play thanks to a strong throw he delivered just as he landed. In the sixth it was Valdez’s turn to make a fantastic throw as the Phils again doubled-up Prado to end a threat for the Braves.

Atlanta, on the other hand, struggled defensively and their problems in the bottom of the fifth changed the game. The Phils came to bat in with the score tied at 1-1 and managed to score a pair of runs on a single hit, Chase Utley’s single with one out and nobody on base, thanks to a pair of defensive miscues from the Braves. Shane Victorino led off with a knuckling fly ball to right that went off of Jayson Heyward’s glove for a three base error. Later in the inning Utley stole second and took third when Martin Prado didn’t handle the throw from the catcher, allowing him to score on a ground out by Ibanez three batters later.

The Phillies are 90-61 after beating the Atlanta Braves 3-1 last night. They have won eight in a row and lead the NL East by four games. Atlanta is four games ahead of the Padres for the Wild Card.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out six. He threw 117 pitches last night after throwing 127 in his previous start. Over his last five starts he has allowed two earned runs in 36 2/3 innings (0.49 ERA).

Heyward singled with one out in the first, but Hamels got Prado to hit into a double-play behind him. Prado hit a ball to third and Polanco was a little slow getting the ball to second. Utley caught it and made a strong throw just after landing to beat Prado at first. Exceptional play by Utley to make such a solid throw with so little time.

Derrek Lee started the second with a single. Brian McCann was behind him and doubled to right, scoring Lee to put Atlanta up 1-0. Matt Diaz moved McCann to third with a single, but Hamels struck Alex Gonzalez out for the second out and got Melky Cabrera to hit into a double-play to prevent further damage.

It was 1-1 when Hamels set Atlanta down in order in the third.

He came back with a 1-2-3 fourth.

Gonzalez doubled down the third base line and into the left field corner with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck Cabrera out for the second out and the pitcher Brandnon Beachy for the third.

He was up 3-1 when the started the sixth. Heyward walked with one out. Prado was next and crushed a ball out of the yard but just foul and then smashed a ball in-between first and second. Utley moved to his left to field it and then turned and threw to second. Valdez uncorked a fantastic throw to first to complete the double-play.

I wasn’t sure that was a double-play when it was hit and it turned out not to be close. The throw from Valdez was exceptionally strong.

Lee started the seventh with a single. McCann flew to left, Diaz flew to right and Gonzalez grounded to third.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth and the Phillies hit for him in the bottom of the inning.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils still up by two runs. He struck out Heyward, got Prado on a fly ball to right then struck out Lee to end the game.

Over his last 21 appearances, Lidge has thrown 19 2/3 innings and been charged with two earned runs (0.92 ERA). Opponents are hitting .119 against him in those games and he hasn’t allowed a home run.

Lidge was pitching with a day of rest and threw 11 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Brandon Beachy went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez still at short with Rollins sidelined. Beachy was making his major league debut after the Brave’s scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, was unable to go with a knee problem.

The Phils went in order in the first.

They were down 1-0 when Howard started the bottom of the second with a double to right. Werth flew to right for the first out before Ibanez moved Howard to third with a ground out to the pitcher. Ruiz lined a double into left and Howard scored, tying the game at 1-1. Valdez was walked intentionally and Hamels flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

I wouldn’t walk Valdez intentionally that much.

Victorino started the third with a single and stole second before Polanco flew to left. Utley struck out swinging for the second out before Beachy walked Howard intentionally. Werth flew to right for the third out.

Valdez walked with two outs in the fourth. Hamels flew to center for the third out.

Victorino lined a ball to right to start the fifth. Heyward should have made the play, but the ball went off the tip of his glove and fell for an error. Victorino was running hard and wound up at third with nobody out. Polanco followed and grounded to short for the first out with Victorino scoring to put the Phils ahead 2-1. Utley followed that with a single and with Howard coming to the plate the Braves called on lefty Eric O’Flaherty to pitch to him. Utley took off as O’Flaherty delivered ball two to Howard and the count went 2-1. With the huge shift on for Howard, Prado was covering second and he didn’t handle the throw. Utley went to third with the error charged to McCann, but Prado really should have caught the ball. Howard walked, putting men on first and third with one down for Werth. O’Flaherty stayed in to pitch to him and Werth ripped a 3-2 pitch foul down the third base line before walking to load the bases for Ibanez. Ibanez hit a ground ball to short and Gonzalez made a nice play to get an out at first with Utley scoring to put the Phils up 3-1 with two down and men on second and third. Righty Peter Moylan came in and struck Ruiz out on three pitches to leave both men stranded.

Miserable defense and walks in the inning help the Phils score two runs on just one hit (Utley’s single).

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Polanco walked to start the seventh. Utley popped to third for the first out and Howard struck out swinging for the second. Werth moved Polanco to second with a single into right, but Ibanez flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils went in order in the eighth. Gload hit for Hamels with two outs and the righty Kyle Farnsworth on the mound for Atlanta. Farnsworth struck him out swinging to end the inning.

Victorino was 1-for-4.

Polanco 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4

Howard 1-for-2 with two walks. One of the walks was intentional. He has 13 walks in his last 32 plate appearances. In the 154 plate appearances before those 32 he walked 12 times.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk.

Ibanez 0-for-4 with an RBI and five men left on base.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

Valdez 0-for-2 and walked twice. Five walks in 50 September plate appearances for Valdez — that’s more than Werth, who has four in 77 plate appearances.

Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49) faces lefty Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84) tonight. Halladay has been less dominant over his past five starts, throwing to a 4.41 ERA and allowing nine home runs in 34 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old Minor was the seventh pick of the 2007 draft and has made seven starts for the Braves this year. Lefties are hitting .194 against him, righties .322 with all five of the home runs he has allowed. He had a 3.91 ERA after his first four starts but has allowed 14 runs in 14 innings over his last three times out.

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Sweet September

Posted by egrissom on September 20, 2010

It’s been quite a month for the Phillies. After winning seven in a row they are 15-3 in September and have outscored their opponents by an average of two runs a game — in their 18 games this month they have scored 109 runs (6.06 per game) and allowed 73 (4.06 per game).

Yesterday the Phils put four runs on the board in a flash in the bottom of the ninth. Down 6-3 to start the inning, Polanco singled and Utley doubled before Howard brought them both home with a two-run single. Werth smashed a long home run to center to give the Phils the walkoff win.

If they had gotten to Ibanez you would have to have liked his chances as well. Ibanez was 7-for-11 with a walk in the series and hitting 375/437/609 so far this month. The middle of the order was a wrecking crew against the Nats this weekend. All four of Utley, Howard, Werth and Ibanez hit over .330 in the series. The four combined to go 20-for-44 (.455) with five home runs.

The Phillies are 89-61 on the season after beating the Washington Nationals 7-6 yesterday afternoon. With the win the Phils complete the three-game sweep in which they outscored Washington 21-9. Atlanta swept the Mets this weekend and the Phils are three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. Atlanta leads the Padres by 2 1/2 games for the Wild Card.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out eight and has allowed 15 runs in 22 2/3 innings over his last four starts.

He got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first and another in a 1-2-3 second.

Willie Harris led off the third and homered to right, putting the Nats up 1-0. Ivan Rodriguez followed that with a single and the pitcher Yunesky Maya struck out trying to bunt him to second for the first out. Blanton struck Danny Espinoza out swinging for the second out and got Ian Desmond to ground to Utley for the third.

Adam Dunn singled with one out in the fourth. Blanton struck Roger Bernadina out swinging for the second out as Dunn was thrown out trying to steal second to end the frame.

The Phils were up 2-1 when Blanton started the fifth. Michael Morse led off with a single to right. Blanton struck Harris out behind him for the first out before Rodriguez moved Morse to second with a single to right. Maya bunted the ball hard to first. Howard fielded and threw to third to get Morse for the second out and Blanton struck Espinosa out swinging to leave the runners at first and second.

Great no-throw-the-ball-into-the-stands by Howard. Second time in the game that Maya couldn’t bunt the runners over.

Blanton started the sixth with a 3-1 lead. Ian Desmond led off with a single and Ryan Zimmerman flew to left behind him for the first out. Desmond stole second before Dunn drew a walk on a close 3-2 pitch. Bernadina popped to short for the second out and it brought Morse to the plate with two down and men on first and second. Blanton got ahead 1-2, but then threw two straight balls and Morse hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for a three-run homer that put Washington on top 4-3. Harris grounded to first for the third out.

Baez pitched the seventh and got the first two hitters before Espinosa homered to left, extending the lead to 5-3. Desmond flew to Werth, who had taken over for Victorino after Victorino was ejected, for the third out.

For Baez it was the first time he has been charged with a run in his last five appearances.

Romero started the eighth. He got the first two hitters before Bernadina doubled to left. Romero walked the righty Morse intentionally to put men on first and second for Harris. Harris lined a single to left, scoring Bernadina (6-3) and Morse took second. Contreras came in to pitch to the righty Rodriguez and got him on a fly ball to right for the third out.

For Romero it was the first time he was charged with a run in his last ten games.

Worley pitched the ninth. He allowed a two-out single to Desmond, but struck Zimmerman out to leave Desmond stranded.

The Phillies lineup against righty Yunesky Maya went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Schneider catches the day game with Valdez at short and Victorino hitting leadoff.

Utley singled with two outs and Howard was walked intentionally behind him. Werth grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

Ibanez started the second with a walk and was balked to second. Schneider reached on an infield single and Ibanez took third. Valdez popped to short for the first out. Blanton tried to bunt and struck out for the second. Victorino flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Nothing for the Phils with men on first and third and nobody out. Valdez comes up empty with nobody out and a man on third.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the third.

Werth and Ibanez singled back-to-back to start the fourth. It put men on first and third for Schneider and he cleared the bases with a double to center, putting the Phils up 2-1. Valdez fouled out to first, Blanton flew to center and Victorino popped to short to leave Schneider at second.

Again 8-9-1 in the order don’t have any luck moving the runner along.

Polanco started the fifth and was hit by a pitch. Utley flew to right for the first out and Polanco stole second as Howard struck out for the second. Werth lined a two-out single into left and Polanco scored to put the Phils up 3-1. Ibanez moved Werth to second with a single and the Phils pulled off a double steal that put runners on second and third for Schneider with two down. Schneider struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.

Down 4-3, the Phils went in order in the sixth. Dobbs hit for Blanton and popped to second for the second out. Victorino struck out for the third out, slammed his helmet and was ejected from the game. Francisco went in to play right with Werth moving to center.

Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back to start the seventh with the Phils down 5-3. It put men on first and second, but Howard and Werth both struck out and Ibanez lined to second.

The Phils were down 6-3 when Schneider started the eighth with a single. Valdez popped to first for the first out, Francisco popped to second for the second. Gload hit for Contreras and struck out to leave Schneider at first.

Polanco singled to start the ninth and went to third on a double by Utley. Howard singled into center and the lead was cut to 6-5. Werth hit a 3-2 pitch out to center to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

Victorino 0-for-4 in the game. 3-for-11 with three walks and an RBI in the series. 266/332/440 for the year. 389/459/537 over his last 61 plate appearances.

Polanco 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-14 in the series. 226/291/290 over his last 21 games. 298/337/392 for the year.

Utley 3-for-5 with a double. 4-for-11 with a double and two walks in the series. 277/390/454 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 3-for-9 with a home run and four walks in the series. He has walked 11 times in his last 28 plate appearances and is hitting 280/353/517 for the year.

Werth 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. 6-for-13 with three home runs and six RBI in the series. He has homered three days in a row. 292/381/521 for the year.

Ibanez 2-for-3 with a walk. 7-for-11 with a home run and a walk in the series. 467/529/800 over his last 51 plate appearances. 274/354/444 on the season.

Schneider 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI yesterday in his only action in the series. 7-for-his-last-14 with three walks, a double, a home run and five RBI. 241/338/397 on the year.

Valdez 0-for-4 and left four men left on base. 4-for-12 with two doubles in the set. 256/293/360 on the year.

Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01) faces righty Jair Jurrjens (7-6, 4.64) tonight. Hamels has allowed one run over 28 2/3 innings in his last four starts. He threw a season-high 127 pitches in his last outing. Jurrjens hasn’t fared well in either of his last two starts, allowing 11 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. Lefties are hitting 294/371/503 against him and righties 250/301/423. He has a 3.51 ERA in his ten starts at home and a 5.81 ERA in his ten starts on the road.

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Who are you and what have you done with our ace?

Posted by egrissom on September 17, 2010

Roy Halladay has been fantastic for the Phils for most of the season, but a little less dominant over his last couple of outings. Over his last five starts he’s thrown to a 4.41 ERA with a 1.27 ratio, allowing nine home runs over 34 2/3 innings while opponents have hit .297 against him.

In his 26 starts before that this season he pitched a 2.16 ERA and a 1.03 ratio while opponents on-based .269 against him.

So he’s slowed down. Maybe it’s nothing, but if you’re looking for stuff to worry about you would probably come up with 1) this is the fifth straight season in which he’s been in the top five in his league in innings pitched and 2) he doesn’t have a history of pitching in the playoffs.

So should we be worried about what Halladay has left for the rest of the regular season and (hopefully) the playoffs? If you need to, but I think there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that Halladay can handle the load. Even given the huge number of innings Halladay has thrown in his career, his regular season numbers in September and October are even better than they are in the earlier months of the season.

Here’s what opponents have hit against him in September and October and compared to the rest of the year for his career:

  PA AVG OBP SLG
September/October 1431 235 275 343
Before September/October 7938 258 300 382

So he’s been better in all three of those categories. He also has been more likely to strike batters out after the start of September and less likely to give up home runs. Over his career he has struck out about 19.2% of the batters he’s faced in September and about 18.0% of the batters he’s faced before September. 1.6% of the September or later batters have homered compared to 2.2% of the pre-September batters.

And his career ERA after the start of September is almost a run lower than his career ERA before the start of September:

  IP ERA Ratio

September/October
356 2.50 1.08
Before
September
1925 1/3 3.49 1.20

So he has actually been a lot better after the start of September in his career than he has before the start of September. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, but in this case they sure seem to suggest he may be able to overcome the 4.79 ERA he has thrown to in three September starts this season and finish strong.

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So long, and thanks for all the Fish pitching

Posted by egrissom on September 16, 2010

The Phils have faced Florida in seven of their last ten games and been all over the Fish, winning six of the seven games as they scored an average of seven runs per game. The Braves, meanwhile, have stumbled, going 5-9 over their last 14. The combination of the Phillie surge and Atlanta’s struggles have the Phils three games ahead in the division for the first time since the end of May.

The bad news is the Phils are done with Florida for the season.

Last night the Phils pounded Marlin pitching in a 10-5 win as they completed a three-game sweep in Florida. Halladay got the start and again wasn’t fantastic, but he wasn’t terrible, either. He held Florida to three runs over six innings while striking out nine and earning his 19th win of the season. The Phils cranked out 14 hits in the game. Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez combined to go 8-for-14 in the 6-7-8 spots in the order and Victorino added two more hits of his own as he continues to produce offensively out of the leadoff spot.

Brad Lidge stumbled in the ninth inning for the first time in a long time. With an off day today, Lidge came into the game to protect a 10-4 lead and allowed a hit and three walks before Contreras had to take over with one out and the bases loaded. For Lidge it was just the second time he had been charged with an earned run over his last 19 appearances.

The Phillies are 86-61 on the season after beating the Florida Marlins 10-5 last night. They have won four in a row and are in first place in the NL East, three games ahead of the Braves. Atlanta is a half game ahead of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Halladay got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. He has a 4.41 ERA over his last five starts and a 4.79 ERA over his last three.

He started the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead. Emilio Bonifacio led off with an infield single. Halladay struck Logan Morrison out for the first out before Hanley Ramirez moved Bonifacio to second with a ground out to second. Dan Uggla was next and singled into center, scoring Bonifacio to cut the lead to 3-1. Gaby Sanchez flew to right for the third out.

Halladay threw a 1-2-3 second.

The Phillies led 6-1 when he started the third. Morrison and Ramirez singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second for Uggla. Uggla lined to third, leaving the runners stranded.

It was 8-1 when he started the fourth. Sanchez led off with a single before Chad Tracy flew to center for the first out. Scott Cousins moved Sanchez to second with a single before Brad Davis singled into right to load the bases. Righty Hector Luna hit for pitcher Brett Sinkbeil, who I promise is a real person, and hit a fly ball to right for the second out. Sanchez tagged and scored to make it 8-2 with Cousins taking third. Bonifacio struck out swinging to end the inning.

Up 9-2, Halladay threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Sanchez homered to left to start the sixth. 9-3. Tracy followed that with a single, but Halladay struck out Cousins and Davis behind him. Righty Wes Helms hit for the pitcher Jay Buente (also a real person) and singled into center, sending Tracy to third. Halladay struck Bonifacio out looking 2-2 for the third out.

Durbin started the seventh. Morrison led off with a triple and came in to score when Ramirez followed with a ground out to short. 9-4. Uggla flew to center and Sanchez flew to right to end the inning.

Durbin was pitching in back-to-back games. He pitched a complete inning for the first time in his last five appearances. Since July 29 he’s made 22 appearances and thrown to a 5.82 ERA over 21 2/3 innings.

Madson pitched the eighth. He hit Tracy with a pitch before Cousins struck out swinging for the first out. Davis was next and grounded to short with Tracy forced at second for the second out. Righty Cameron Maybin hit for the pitcher Brian Sanches and Madson struck him out swinging 2-2 for the third out.

Again Madson pitches with a five-run lead. It’s too many appearances for Madson, who has now thrown in 28 of 43 games for the Phils since the start of August. He’s allowed two earned runs in 28 innings in those games (0.64 ERA). He almost surely wouldn’t have been in the game if the Phillies didn’t have an off-day today, but he shouldn’t have pitched anyway.

Lidge started the ninth up 10-4, pitching for the second straight day. Bonifacio singled to right and Morrison followed that with a walk. He struck out Ramirez before Uggla walked on five pitches, loading the bases. Sanchez walked on five pitches as well, forcing Bonifacio in to cut the lead to 10-5. That was it for Lidge. Contreras came into the game with the tying run on deck. He struck Tracy out for the first out and got Cousins on a ground ball to second to end the game.

Lidge and Durbin have both pitched two days in a row, but that shouldn’t be an issue with no game today. Lidge threw 23 pitches in the game, Durbin 20, Madson 15 and Contreras six.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jorge Sosa went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez still at short with Rollins sidelined and Victorino leading off.

Utley and Howard walked back-to-back with two outs in the top of the first. Werth singled into right with Utley scoring to make it 1-0 and Howard going to third. Werth stole second before Ibanez cleared the bases with a two-run double. 3-0. Ruiz flew to center for the third out.

Walk, walk, single, stolen base, two-run double for the Phils after two outs and nobody on.

It was 3-1 when Valdez started the second with a single. Halladay bunted him to second and he took third on a ground out by Victorino. Polanco flew to center for the third out.

Utley homered to start the third. 4-1. Howard walked before Werth popped to first for the first out. Ibanez moved Howard to second with a single and Ruiz reached on an error by Tracy at third to load the bases. Valdez singled to left with everyone moving up a base and Howard crossing the plate. 5-1. Halladay struck out for the second out, but Victorino followed that with a single to right. Everyone moved up a base again and Ibanez scored. 6-1. Polanco grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Werth walked with two outs in the fourth. Ibanez was next and singled to center. Werth went to third with Ibanez taking second when the throw came into third. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases. Valdez singled again, moving everyone up a base and scoring Werth to make it 7-1. With Halladay at the plate, a wild pitch by Sinkbeil allowed everyone to take another base. Ibanez scored and it was 8-1. Halladay grounded to second for the third out.

Again the Phillies do it with two outs and nobody on. Valdez was 2-for-2 with two RBI-singles in the last two innings.

Up 8-2, Victorino started the fifth with a triple and scored when Polanco followed with a single to left. 9-2. Utley, Howard and Werth went in order behind Polanco.

Ruiz singled with one out in the sixth. Valdez was next and hit a ground ball to third with Ruiz forced at second for the second out. Halladay flew to left for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the seventh with their lead cut to 9-3.

It was 9-4 when Howard started the eighth with a walk. Werth struck out behind him and Ibanez hit into a double-play.

Ruiz doubled to start the ninth. Valdez flew to center for the first out before Gload hit for Morrison and doubled to left. Ruiz scored and it was 10-4. Victorino grounded to short and Polanco flew to right to leave Gload stranded.

Victorino was 2-for-6 with a triple and an RBI in the game. He was 6-for-16 with a double, a triple and a walk in the series and is hitting 265/330/443 for the season.

Polanco 1-for-6 with an RBI last night and left five men on base. 3-for-15 with a double and a walk in the series. 5-for-his-last-28 and hitting 300/339/397 for the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk. 2-for-10 with two home runs and five walks in the series. 274/388/454 on the year.

Howard 0-for-2 with three walks. 1-for-8 with a single and seven walks in the series. 279/348/514.

Werth 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 with a home run and two walks in the series. 3-for-his-last-20 and hitting 288/379/505 for the year.

Ibanez was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 3-for-10 with a double and three walks in the set. 266/347/433 for the season. He’s hitting 412/487/765 with seven extra-base hits in 39 plate appearances over his last nine games.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double. 5-for-11 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 299/401/437 for the year. 375/500/500 over 60 plate appearances in his last 18 games.

Valdez was 3-for-5 with two RBI. 6-for-13 with a double and a walk in the series. 10-for-28 (357/400/429) filling in for Rollins. He’s at 253/292/355 for the year.

The Phils are off today and start a three-game set with the Nationals tomorrow.

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Fevered pitchers

Posted by egrissom on September 15, 2010

The Phils didn’t get a whole lot of offense last night, but they don’t need much to win these days. Cole Hamels gave the team its third fantastic start in a row as the Phils won for the sixth time in seven games.

Hamels struck out 13 while holding the Fish to a run over 6 2/3 innings and throwing 127 pitches. Since the start of August, the Phillies have gone 26-7 in the games started by their top four starters (Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton). In those 33 games the four have combined to throw to a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 ratio while striking out 217 in 226 2/3 innings.

The back of the pen is faring rather well itself. Madson and Lidge combined to throw two more scoreless innings last night. Since the start of August they have combined to appear in 45 games, allowing three earned runs in 44 1/3 innings (0.61 ERA).

The little offense the Phils did get in the game came with a big assist from Shane Victorino, who continues to impress at the top of the order. Last night he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk and scored both of the runs the Phils plated in the game. He led off the game with a single in the first and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double. He started the fifth with a double of his own and came in to score on a Jayson Werth ground out four batters later.

The Phillies are 85-61 on the season after beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 last night. They have extended their lead in the NL East to two games over the Braves. Atlanta is a game and a half ahead of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. All five of the hits were singles and he struck out 13. Thirteen strikeouts is his high for the season. He also struck out 13 Florida batters on June 11, 2008.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single. Logan Morrison was next and hit a ground ball to first with Howard throwing to Valdez to force Bonifacio at second for the first out. Hanley Ramirez singled into right and Bonifacio moved to third. Dan Uggla was next and he hit a ball in-between first and second that rolled slowly until Utley got to it on the grass in shallow right field. Morrison scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Ramirez took second. Gaby Sanchez flew to right for the second out and Mike Stanton struck out looking to end the inning.

Hamels allowed three singles in the inning. The ones hit by Uggla and Bonifacio were softly hit. Over the next 5 2/3 innings he would allow two singles and two walks while striking out 12.

The pitcher Adalberto Mendez singled with two outs in the second. Hamels got Bonifacio on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Uggla walked with two outs in the third and Hamels hit Morrison behind him. He struck Stanton out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

He struck out Wes Helms, Brad Davis and the pitcher Mendez in the fourth.

The Phils led 2-1 when he pitched the fifth. Morrison singled with one out, but Hamels got Ramirez on a pop to second and Uggla on a fly ball to center to leave him there.

He struck out Sanchez and Stanton to start the sixth before hitting Helms with a pitch. Davis struck out swinging to leave Helms at first.

He struck out pinch-hitter Hector Luna and Bonifacio to start the seventh before Morrison drew a walk. With the Phils still up 2-1 and Hamels having thrown 127 pitches, the Phils brought Durbin in to pitch to the right Ramirez. Durbin got Ramirez to line to short for the third out.

That’s four appearances in a row for Durbin in which he hasn’t been charged with a run, but he’s thrown just 1 2/3 innings in those appearances and faced just seven batters.

Madson started the eighth and Uggla led off with a single. Madson set Sanchez down on a pop up to second and struck Stanton out. It left Uggla on first with two down for lefty Chad Tracy, who pinch-hit for the righty Helms. Tracy drew a walk, but Madson got Davis on a ground ball to Utley to leave both men stranded.

Since July 9, Madson has appeared in 37 games for the Phils. In those games he’s thrown 36 1/3 innings with a 1.24 ERA and an 0.80 ratio and struck out 44. He has faced 141 batters and they have hit 171/230/225 against him.

Lidge was on in the ninth to protect a one-run lead. Lefty Scott Cousins hit for the pitcher and grounded back to the mound for the first out. Bonifacio fouled out to Ruiz and Morrison flew to center to end the game.

Lidge was pitching for the first time since September 6. He has allowed one earned run in 17 1/3 innings over his last 18 games (0.52 ERA) while striking out 18. Through July 31 he had faced 97 batters and allowed five home runs. Since July 31 he has not allowed a home run to the 64 batters that he has faced.

The Phillies lineup against righty Adalberto Mendez went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. No changes there with Rollins sidelined, Valdez at short and Victorino hitting leadoff.

Victorino started the game with a single and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double to the gap in left-center. 1-0. Utley flew to center before Howard hit a ball that Uggla fielded in short right field. Uggla made a great play, nipping Howard to take away a hit as Polanco went to third. Werth drew a walk to put men on first and third, but Ibanez grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Hamels singled to center with two outs in the second and the score tied at 1-1. Victorino flew to center to leave him there.

Utley and Howard walked back-to-back with one out in the third. Werth flew to right for the second out with Utley tagging and moving up to third. Ibanez flew to right to leave two more runners stranded.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the fourth, but Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Hamels grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino started the fifth with a double to right. Polanco walked behind him before Utley flew to right for the first out. Victorino and Polanco pulled off a double steal, but Howard walked anyway and the bases were loaded. Werth was next and chopped a ball to third. Helms fielded and went to first for the second out with everyone else moving up a base and Victorino scoring to put the Phils up 2-1. Righty Burke Badenhop walked Ibanez intentionally to load the bases and then struck Ruiz out to end the frame.

Valdez started the sixth with a single and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino walked before Polanco flew to right for the second out. Utley grounded back to the pitcher to leave both men stranded.

Howard, Werth and Ibanez went in order in the seventh.

Valdez walked with one out in the eighth. Gload hit for Durbin and hit into a double-play.

Valdez 14, Moyer three in the walk competition. Moyer is going to have to get hot to Valdez is on-basing .360 over his last 25 plate appearances.

Utley walked with two outs in the ninth. He stole second and Howard was walked intentionally, allowing righty Clay Hensley to face the righty Werth. Hensley struck Werth out swinging for the third out.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the game. He scored both of the Phillie runs. 432/488/595 over his last eight games.

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s 5-for-his-last-27.

Utley was 0-for-3, walked twice and left five men on base.

Howard 0-for-2 with three walks. He had a hit and an RBI stolen from him in the first. He’s 3-for-14 since homering three days in a row.

Werth was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 2-for-his-last-16 with a walk.

Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk and four men left on base.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a walk. Rollins left the game on September 8 and Valdez took over at short. Since then he has gone 7-for-23 with two doubles and a walk (304/360/391).

Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44) faces righty Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82) tonight. Halladay has gone at least seven innings in ten straight starts and the Phils are 8-2 in those games. He has waked 28 batters in 228 2/3 innings on the season. Sosa will be making his first start since 2007. Lefties have hit 286/372/571 against him for the season.

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Miller time

Posted by egrissom on September 14, 2010

The Phils have had found some success against Florida lefty Andrew Miller of late. Miller has started against them twice in their last five games, going nine innings and allowing 14 runs.

Werth, Utley and Ruiz all homered off of him last night as the Phils pounded the Fish 11-4. Joe Blanton pitched very well for the Phils, holding the Marlins to a run over six innings. He has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts, throwing to a 2.75 ERA in those games as the Phils have gone 5-1.

The Phillies are 84-61 on the season after beating the Florida Marlins 11-4 last night. They lead the NL East by a game over the Braves. Atlanta is a game and a half ahead of the Giants.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight and lowered his ERA on the season to 5.00.

Hanley Ramirez singled to left with two outs in the bottom of the first. He took second on a wild pitch before Dan Uggla drew a walk. Blanton struck Gaby Sanchez out looking to leave both runners stranded.

He had a 1-0 lead when he started the second. Brad Davis singled with two outs, but Blanton got the pitcher Andrew Miller to line to first for the third out.

He started the third up 2-0. Logan Morrison walked with one out, but Blanton struck Ramirez and Uggla out behind him to leave him stranded.

He was up 4-0 when he started the fourth. He struck out Stanton and Chad Tracy while setting the Marlins down in order.

It was 7-0 when he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

10-0 when he started the sixth. Morrison led off and hit a 2-1 pitch out to right center. 10-1. Ramirez followed that with a double to left. Uggla followed that and hit a ball to Valdez at short. Ramirez was caught between second and third and tagged out for the first out. Sanchez moved Uggla to second with a single before Stanton flew to right with Uggla tagging and taking third. Blanton struck Tracy out to leave both runners stranded.

Contreras started the seventh with the Phillies leading 11-1 and set the Marlins down in order.

For Contreras it was the first time in three outings that he was not charged with runs.

Herndon started the eighth and hit Morrison with a pitch. He struck Ramirez out for the first out before Uggla homered to left center, cutting the lead to 11-3. Sanchez flew to Victorino for the second out before Stanton and Tracy doubled back-to-back. Tracy’s double scored Stanton and it was 11-4. Davis grounded to third for the third out.

Opponents are hitting .327 against Herndon for the season.

Baez pitched the ninth, seeing his first action since August 24. Emilio Bonifacio walked with one out and was forced at second for the second out when Morrison followed with a ground ball to first. Ramirez grounded to third for the third out.

Herndon threw 31 pitches in the game, Baez 15 and Contreras 14.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Victorino continues to leadoff with Valdez at short in the eight hole.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Werth homered to right with one out in the second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz and Valdez singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second for Blanton, but Blanton lined softly back to the mound for the third out.

Victorino singled to left with one out in the third, but Polanco hit into a double-play behind him. Utley homered to right to make it 2-0 before Howard grounded out for the third out.

Ibanez walked with one out in the fourth and Ruiz followed him with a homer to left-center. 4-0. Valdez followed that with a double, but Blanton and Victorino struck out to leave him stranded.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth and was moved to second when Howard followed that with a walk. Werth singled into left and Morrison didn’t field the ball cleanly. Utley scored to make it 5-0 before Morrison threw wildly to third for an error that allowed Howard to score. 6-0 with Werth on second and one out. Ibanez struck out for the second out before Ruiz singled into left. Werth scored to make it 7-0. Valdez grounded to short to finally set the Phillies down.

Blanton and Victorino singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and third for Polanco and Polanco singled into center. Blanton scored and it was 8-0 with men on first and second. Utley flew to left for the first out before Howard singled to left, scoring Victorino with Polanco taking third as the throw came home. 9-0. Werth popped to second for the second out before Ibanez drew a walk that loaded the bases. Ruiz followed that with a walk that forced in Polanco. 10-0. Valdez grounded to third for the third out.

No RBI for Werth with less than two outs and a runner on third. Three runs in the inning for the Phils without an extra-base hit. Four singles and a walk.

Dobbs hit for Blanton to start the seventh with the lead at 10-1 and homered to right. 11-1. Utley drew a two-out walk before Howard struck out for the third out.

Francisco, hitting for Ibanez, singled to center with one out in the eighth. Ruiz popped to second for the second out and Valdez flew to left for the third.

Gload, Victorino and Bocock went in order in the ninth.

Victorino was 2-for-6 with two singles. 14-for-his-last-33 (.424). 283/345/480 in 330 plate appearances in the leadoff spot for the season.

Polanco 1-for-5 with an RBI. 222/283/287 over his last 121 plate appearances. He hasn’t homered since July 22 and is slugging .341 in 229 plate appearances since then.

Utley 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks. 365/469/596 over his last 14 games.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 3-for-12 with three singles over his last three games after homering for three games in a row.

Werth 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. 231/310/449 over his last 87 plate appearances.

Ibanez 0-for-2 and walked twice. First game without a hit for him in his last seven. He’s 11-for-his-last-26 with four walks and six extra-base hits (423/500/846). Hitting just 233/281/377 against lefties for the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to raise his line on the year to 300/399/437. 371/488/514 in 13 games so far in September.

Valdez was 2-for-5 with a double. 6-for-his-last-20 with two doubles.

Cole Hamels (10-10, 3.06) faces righty Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00) tonight. Hamels hasn’t been charged with a run over his last 25 innings. Over his last three starts he’s thrown 22 scoreless innings, allowing 11 hits and four walks. Opponents have hit .147 against him in those starts. Mendez baffled the Phils in his only career start, holding them to a Brian Schneider single and two walks over six shutout innings. The 28-year-old isn’t Superman, though, as evidenced by his 3.98 ERA and 1.40 ratio in the minors this season when he walked 41 in 86 innings.

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