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June 23 2007

 

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
STL 32-37 301 4.36 13 719 (11) 20 12
PHI 37-35 368 5.11 1 784 (1) 56 10

 

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
STL 32-37 370 5.36 14 5.52 (16) 4.15 (11)
PHI 37-35 380 5.28 16 4.88 (14) 5.02 (16)

Honestly, with the news that Lieber is likely out for the season, the Phils could use some more anybody.

The Phils lost to the Cardinals this afternoon, falling 8-3 to drop to 38-36 on the season.  They have split the first two of their three-game set with the Cards.  On Friday they got six shutout innings from Moyer and cruised to a 6-0 win.  Today Eaton was hit hard and the bats were held without an extra-base hit. 

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies this afternoon and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs.  He struck out three.  He has a 5.63 ERA after 15 starts, and he's pretty clearly the third-best healthy starting pitcher the Phillies have in their organization. 

With one out in the first, Eaton allowed back-to-back singles to Scott Spiezio and Albert Pujols, putting men on first and third.  Chris Duncan followed and hit one back to Eaton, who threw to second for the fist out but the Phils could not turn the double-play.  Spiezio scored from their to tie the game at 1-1.  With Rolen at the plate, Pujols was caught between second and third trying to steal and was tagged out to end the inning. 

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second and got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 third. 

Pujols walked with one out in the fourth, but Duncan followed and struck out for the second out of the inning.  Scott Rolen followed with a ball hit to right that bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, putting men on second and third for Encarnacion.  Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to put the Cards up 4-1.  Aaron Miles followed with a single, but Gary Bennett grounded to second to end the inning.

With two outs in the fifth, Spiezio popped a ball up behind short.  Burrell and Rowand came in and Rollins went out, but it dropped behind Rollins.  The hard-charging Rowand picked it up and threw Spiezio out trying for second to set the Cards down.  Nice hustle play by Rowand and bad base-running by the Cards.

In the sixth, Pujols led off and was hit by a pitch.  Duncan followed with a home run to left.  6-2 Cards.  Rolen popped to second for the first out, but Encarnacion was next and he singled to left.  That was it for Eaton. Geary came in and gave up a single to Miles that moved Encarnacion to third.  With men on first and third with one out, Bennett lined to first and Howard stepped on the bag to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Geary returned for the seventh.  With one out, So Taguchi singled and Spiezio walked.  It put men on first and second for Pujols, who flew to right for the second out.  Adam Kennedy grounded to second for the third out.

Mesa pitched the eighth.  He walked Encarnacion with one out and Miles followed with a single into right.  The ball went under Victorino's glove and past him for an error.  Encarnacion scored to put the Cards up 7-3 and Miles went to second.  Bennett grounded to first for the second out as Miles went to third.  With Skip Shumaker at the plate, a Mesa pitch went off the glove of Barajas and Miles scored to make it 8-3.  It was called a wild pitch by Barajas should have caught the ball.  Shumaker grounded back to Mesa to end the inning.

Mesa was charged with just one earned run in the inning, but he was hit hard.  The first out came on a ball that Rolen smashed to third, the second on a ball Bennett hit hard to first.  Mesa made a nice play on Shumaker's ball back up the middle to get the third out.  Mesa has now thrown to a 4.05 ERA with the Phillies, but has allowed two unearned runs in his 6 2/3 innings.  His ERA would be 6.76 with the Phils if those runs had been earned.  The Phils need to be looking for somebody else who can pitch the eighth inning.

Mesa oddly pitched on back-to-back days with lots of rested arms in the pen.  He pitched the ninth with a six-run lead yesterday and started the eighth up 6-3 today. 

Geary threw 29 pitches and went 1 2/3 innings with Manuel's pen other than Madson mostly well-rested. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Adam Wainright went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Barajas.  Burrell back in left with Dobbs at third.  Barajas catches.

Rollins started the first with a single and was forced at second on a ground ball by Victorino.  Utley walked, moving Victorino to second, and Howard followed with a single into left that scored Victorino and put the Phils up 1-0.  Rowand flew to right and Burrell grounded to third to leave the runners stranded at first and second. 

Eaton singled with two outs in the second but Rollins flew to left to set the Phils down.

After a 1-2-3 third, Rowand singled to start the fourth but was erased when Burrell hit into a double-play.  Dobbs grounded to short to end the frame.

Barajas singled to start the fifth and Eaton bunted him to second.  Rollins followed with a single to center and Barajas scored to cut the St Louis lead to 4-2.  Victorino grounded back to the pitcher and the Cardinals turned two to set the Phillies down.

Howard singled with one out in the sixth.  Rowand struck out for the second out, but Burrell walked to put men on first and second with two down for Dobbs.  Dobbs flew to center for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Nunez reached on an error by Spiezio and moved to second on a single by Rollins.  Victorino grounded to second and and Rolllins was forced at second as Nunez moved to third with two outs.  Utley singled to right and Nunez scored to make the score 6-3.  Howard flew to right to end the frame. 

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth and again in the ninth.

The Phillies had nine hits on the day, all singles.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with an RBI.  He's 7-for-his-last-14.

Victorino was 0-for-4 with an error and left four men on base.  He's 3-for-his-last-18.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  6-for-his-last-17 with six singles. 

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI.  10-for-his-last-21 with three doubles and two home runs.  No walks in his last 30 at-bats.  His average is up to .258 on the year and he's hitting 309/380/642 in June.

Rowand was 1-for-4.  3-for-his-last-18 with three singles. 

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk.  1-for-his-last-22 and hitting .127 in June.

Dobbs was 0-for-3.  He's 1-for-his-last-9.

Barajas 1-for-4.  He's 3-for-his-last-8 and hitting 229/357/486 in 35 June at-bats.  Ruiz is hitting 282/333/410 in 39 June at-bats. 

Last night the Phils beat the Cards 6-0 to improve to 38-35 on the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and was very good.  He went six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and two walks.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.  He struck out six. 

In the first he got the first two hitters before Pujols walked.  Encarnacion hit a ball down the line and into left that bounced up and into the stands for a ground-rule double.  Moyer struck out Rolen to end the inning.

Adam Kennedy singled with one out in the second.  Moyer got Kelly Stinnett on a ground ball to short and struck out the pitcher Anthony Reyes for the third out. 

Up 5-0 in the third, Moyer set the Cards down 1-2-3.

Encarnacion doubled into right to start the fourth.  Rolen struck out again for the first out and Moyer walked Chris Duncan.  With men on first and second with one out, Moyer struck out Kennedy for the second out and got Stinnett on a fly ball to center to end the inning.

With one out in the fifth, Taguchi and Miles singled back-to-back to put men on first and second for Pujols.  Big at-bat in the game and Moyer got Pujols on a fly ball into short left.  Encarnacion flew to right for the third out. 

Rolen singled to start the sixth and Duncan followed with a double into the corner in right.  With men of second and third and nobody out, Kennedy hit a soft line drive to first that Howard made a dive to snare.  Stinnett popped to first for the second out and pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick struck out to turn the Cards away empty. Great job by Moyer to turn them away after starting the inning with men on second and third and nobody out. 

Ryan Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.  He returned for the eighth and allowed a two-out single to Duncan before striking out Kennedy to end the inning.

Mesa pitched the ninth and walked pinch-hitter Skip Shumaker with one out.  Tachugi grounded to short for the second out with Shumaker moving to second.  Miles singled to third on a chopper that could have been called an error on Nunez, Shumaker went to third.  Pujols grounded to third to end the game.

Moyer left with a shutout through six innings after throwing 103 pitches on a hot night.  I'm a fan of that move.   Nice to see Madson throw well, but would have liked to see someone in the bottom of the pen after everyone rested on Thursday and the Phils up six runs.  Letting Madson hit for himself with two men on base in the top of the eighth isn't the way I would have gone either. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Anthony Reyes went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Would have rather seen Dobbs at third and Burrell in left, but both Nunez and Dobbs didn't see much action against the Indians as Cleveland started three lefties in a row.  The Phils' corner outfielders and third baseman came into the game having combined to hit 42 home runs in 3,503 career-bats.

Utley singled with two outs in the first, but Howard flew to right to end the frame.

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

With one out in the third, Moyer singled to left and moved to second on a single by Rollins.  Victorino followed with a bloop into left-center for a single.  Moyer read it perfectly and scored to put the Phils up 1-0.  With men on first and second and one out, Utley singled to right and the ball dribbled under the glove of a charging Encarnacion.  Both runners scored, putting the Phils up 3-0 with Utley going to third on the two-base error.  Howard doubled to right and Utley scored.  4-0.  Rowand singled to right, sending Howard to third.  With men on first and third and one down, Dobbs hit a ball to center deep enough to score Howard from third and put the Phils up 5-0.  Nunez flew to center to for the third out. 

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

In the fifth, Utley and Howard singled back-to-back with one out, putting men on first and third for Rowand.  Rowand walked to load the bases.  Dobbs struck out and Nunez grounded to second.  Not a good showing for Dobbs against left reliever Troy Cate.  It was just Dobbs' 11th at-bat of the season against a lefty.

Ruiz doubled to start the sixth and Moyer bunted him to third.   Rollins hit a sac fly to center that scored Ruiz and put the Phils up 6-0.  Victorino popped to second for the third out.

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

With one out in the eighth, Nunez walked and moved to second on a single by Ruiz.  Madson hit for himself and Stinnett dropped the 1-0 pitch.  Nunez tried to go to third and was tagged out after a rundown.  Ruiz went to second but Madson flew to end the frame.  Madson hits for himself so he can pitch the eighth with Helms on the bench and everyone in the pen getting Thursday off.

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

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with an RBI. 

Utley 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 

Rowand 1-for-3.

Dobbs 0-for-3 with an RBI and left three men on base.

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

Ruiz was 2-for-4 with a double.

The Phillies signed left-handed reliever JC Romero.  Good news for a Phillies' team desperate for bullpen help.  Romero turned 31 in June and threw 20 innings for the Red Sox this season, pitching to a 3.15 ERA while allowed 24 hits and 15 walks.  Fifteen walks is way too many and righties have hit .317 against him this season.  He was awful last season with the Angels, throwing to a 6.70 ERA, but was solid with the Twins in 2005.  In '05 he posted a 3.47 ERA, allowing 50 hits and 39 walks in 57 innings.  Again that's a lot of walks, but it's still a nice signing for the Phils.  We're going to see him soon.

The news about Jon Lieber is very bad.  He is likely to miss the rest of the season.  That surely means Kendrick is here to stay, but the Phils still need someone else.  The article linked above mentions Carlos Carasco or JA Happ as possibilities.  I think either of those guys would get bombed.  Kendrick has been good in his two starts, but I don't think it's realistic to rely on him to continue to be as effective as he has been.  A healthy Myers back in the rotation would help a lot, but he's not healthy yet and the Phils still seem intent on putting him the bullpen.  If they do I think it's a mistake.  Big, big problem for the Phils.  Aaron Rowand still seems to be the Phils biggest chip if you're thinking about a trade.  In my mind the biggest argument for trading Rowand right now (other than the pitching is way out of hand and desperate times call for desperate measures) is this:  he's healthy.  The way he plays, he's always a game away from being out for a week, a month, the year.  And if he gets hurt, you can't trade him.

Second huge blow to the Phillies rotation this month after Freddy Garcia hit the DL after his June 8 start.  No matter what you think about the Phillies' signing of Garcia, bad luck seems the culprit in Lieber's case.

Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.82) is still healthy and he faces righty Kip Wells (3-11, 6.75) tomorrow afternoon as the Phils try to take the series.  Hamels was hit hard by the Indians in his last start, allowing six runs in five innings.  It was his worst start of the season and he seems likely to come out firing tomorrow.  He's allowed 17 home run on the year, 16 of which have been hit by righties.  He made one start against the Cardinals last season and was really good, holding the Cards to a run on two hits over seven innings.  Wells is 3-11 with a 6.75 ERA, which says a lot about the way he's been pitching.  His last appearance came in relief and he threw scoreless innings.  His last start, however, came on June 14 against the Royals and he allowed six runs in just 1 1/3 innings.  He's walked 43 batters in 78 2/3 innings this season.  Righties are hitting .287 against him, lefties .264.  The Phillies' career numbers against him are very unimpressive.  Howard 0-for-7, Rollins 0-for-12, Utley 2-for-9, Burrell 4-for-16 with eight strikeouts. 

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