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June 27 2007

Here's the Phillies' record this season based on the number of runs allowed by their starting pitcher:


0 5 2 .714
1 2 0 1.000
2 13 4 .765
3 10 7 .588
4 5 7 .417
5 3 5 .375
6 1 4 .200
7 1 6 .143
8 0 1 .000

30-13 when their starting pitcher allows less than four runs.  10-23 when he allows four or more.

The winning percentages go straight down after you get past the seven games where the Phils' starter did not allow a run.

Twice in the team's first 15 games this year their starting pitcher did not allow a run and the team lost.  In the second game of the season, Hamels struck out eight against the Braves in seven scoreless innings.  The Braves got a two-run homer from McCann in the top of the ninth to tie the game and Scott Thorman hit a solo shot off of Madson in the top of the eleventh to put Atlanta up to stay at 3-2.  On April 20 in Cincinnati, Lieber allowed just one hit through 5 2/3.  He left up 1-0 but Scott Hatteberg homered off of Flash with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 1-1 and Brandon Phillips won the game with an RBI-single in the bottom of the tenth.  The Phillies were 4-11.

Gavin Floyd, by the way, was named to the International League All-Star team.  In 14 starts with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Floyd has gone 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA.  In 88 innings he's allowed 83 hits and 25 walks while striking out 74.  He is sixth in the International League in strikeouts.

June 27 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
CIN 29-47 349 4.59 5 756 (4) 47 18
PHI 39-36 382 5.09 1 779 (2) 57 10


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
CIN 29-47 390 5.13 15 4.67 (11) 4.80 (14)
PHI 39-36 389 5.19 14 4.87 (14) 4.79 (13)

Soon to be superstar Homer Bailey made his first start against a National League team last night and didn't last long.  The Phils scored six runs charged to him and he was done before the second inning was over.  The guys that followed Bailey for the Reds didn't fare much better as the Phils rolled to an 11-4 win.

The Phils beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 11-4 to improve to 40-36 on the season.  They are four games over .500 again, which equals their high water mark for the season.  They have won three of four and four of six.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs.  He struck out three.  His ERA with the Phils is 5.00.  The Phils are 3-0 in the games he has started and the Phillies have scored 28 runs in the three games he's pitched.  He's done very well in his limited time with the team after being thrown into a difficult situation out of Double-A, but getting more than nine runs a start from the offense has helped.

The first two Reds reached in the first on a walk to Scott Hatteberg and a single by Brandon Phillips that moved Hatteberg to second.  Ken Griffey singled to right to load the bases.  Adam Dunn was next and he hit a fly ball to right for the first out.  Hatteberg scored to put the Reds up 1-0 and Phillips moved to third.  With one out and men on first and third, Edwin Encarnacion popped to third for the second out.  Kendrick walked Josh Hamilton to load the bases, but Alex Gonzalez flew to right to end the frame.

After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick started the third with a 6-1 lead.  He got the first man before Griffey doubled.  Dunn flew to center for the second out and Encarnacion popped to short to set the Reds down.

Hamilton led off the fourth with a home run to center, cutting the Phils' lead to 7-2.  Kendrick got the next three in order.

Hatteberg doubled to start the fifth and moved to third on a ground ball to first by Phillips.  He scored on a fly ball to center by Griffey.  10-3.  Dunn was next and he hit a bomb way out to right.  10-4.  Encarnacion grounded to third to end the frame. 

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh and walked pinch-hitter Norris Hopper on four pitches.  Zagurski came in to pitch to the lefty Hatteberg and got him on a fly ball to center.  Phillips was next and he hit a hard ground ball to short.  It would have been a double-play if Rollins had fielded it cleanly, but he didn't.  It went off his glove for an error with Hopper safe at second.  Griffey followed and hit one back up the middle that Rollins did field smoothly.  He tagged second and threw to first to complete the double-play to set the Reds down.

Zagurski returned for the eighth and gave up a one-out single to Encarnacion.  He struck out the next two to end the frame.

Nice outing for Zagurski who had been hit hard of late, allowing three runs while getting just two outs in his last three appearances coming into the game.

Geary threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting the first out on a nice diving play to his left by Nunez.

Three more scoreless innings for the pen after giving Phils six scoreless frames in St Louis on Sunday.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Rollins (2) Bourn (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Victorino (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz.  Victorino makes his first appearance in the six-hole.  Bourn plays left with Burrell on the bench yet again.  Nice to see Bourn getting some at-bats and he's played well of late, but his career slugging percentage in the minor leagues is .393 and Burrell slugged .502 with the Phillies last season.  The Phillies start two corner outfielders with career slugging percentages under .400.

Rollins singled and Bourn walked to start the first.  Utley smashed the ball to second, but right at Phillips and the Reds turned two as Rollins went to third.  Howard hit a laser to right that was just high enough to get out and put the Phils up 2-1.  Rowand struck out to end the inning.

Victorino singled to start the second and took off for second base on the pitch Dobbs hit to second base.  Would have been a double-play but Gonzalez was covering second, so Dobbs had a single and Victorino went to third.  Ruiz singled to center.  Victorino scored to put the Phils up 3-1 and Dobbs went to second.  Kendrick walked to load the bases, but Rollins followed and hit a ground ball to second.  The Reds turned two as Dobbs scored and Ruiz went to third.  4-1.  Bourn followed with a walk, bringing up Utley with two down and men on first and third.   With Utley at the plate, Bourn stole second.  Ross threw through to second and when he did Ruiz charged home.  Bourn was safe at second and Gonzalez's throw home was off-line -- Ruiz had stolen home on the delayed double-steal and the Phils were up 5-1.  Utley singled into right and Bourn scored.  6-1.  Howard struck out for the third out. 

With one out in the third, Victorino homered to left to put the Phils up 7-1.  Dobbs followed with a single and Ruiz doubled, moving Dobbs to third.  Kendrick was called out on strikes for the second out.  The Reds walked Rollins intentionally to load the bases.  Golly.  It's like the Phillies had a guy with a .393 career slugging percentage in the minor leagues hitting behind him.  With the bases loaded and two outs, Bourn hit a ground ball to second.  Phillips tagged Rollins and the ball came out on the tag, but Rollins was called, and was, out.

Utley led off the fourth with a walk and Howard struck out behind him.  Rowand blooped a double just fair down the line in right, sending Utley to third.  Victorino was walked intentionally to load the bases for Dobbs with one out.  Dobbs struck out for the second out.  Ruiz picked him up, though, hitting a ball off the wall in center for a double that cleared the bases. 10-2 Phils.  Kendrick grounded to short for the third out.

With one out in the fifth, Bourn and Utley singled back-to-back.  It put men on first and second for Howard, who struck out again.  Rowand grounded to first to end the inning.

Dobbs singled with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz popped to second and Kendrick hit for himself and struck out.  Kendrick has thrown 96 pitches on the game and would be pulled when he walked the leadoff man in the top of the seventh. 

Utley homered with two outs in the seventh to put the Phils up 11-4.  Howard struck out to end the inning.

Nunez, who had entered the game in the top of the seventh, doubled to left with two outs in the eighth.  He moved to third on a wild pitch before Ruiz walked.  Helms hit for Zagurski and struck out to end the inning.  Nunez came into the at-bat with one extra-base hit in his last 57 at-bats.  He was slugging .208 in June.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk, which was intentional. 

Bourn was really good again, 1-for-3 and walked twice.  306/404/388 with 49 at-bats on the season, all three of which are better than Burrell's 205/373/376.  Burrell still should be playing just about every day, but Bourn has looked good.  Somehow it's become accepted as fact that Burrell was miserable at the end of last year and that using Jeff Conine (or anybody besides Burrell) to protect Ryan Howard was a fantastic idea.  Burrell hit 320/485/640 in his last 50 at-bats in 2006. 

Utley was 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI. 

Howard was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and four strikeouts.  He left four men on base. 

Rowand was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.  He's hitting 260/352/364 in 77 at-bats as a five-hitter and 313/392/482 on the year.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a walk and his eighth home run of the season.  He scored three runs in his first game hitting sixth.  He had scored three runs in a game just once in the season before last night. 

Dobbs was 3-for-4.

Ruiz was 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and four RBI.  He stole home.  His line on the season improves to 277/333/412.

6-7-8 in the order combine to go 8-for-12 with five RBI and five runs scored.  4-and-5 go 2-for-10 with a two-run homer and six strikeouts. 

Jamie Moyer (7-5, 4.13) faces righty Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.59) tonight.  Moyer has been tough his last two times out, allowing just two runs on 11 hits over his last 13 innings.  He's been hit hard at home this season, however, throwing to a 5.02 ERA in six starts compared to his 3.55 ERA in nine starts on the road.  He's allowed 14 home runs on the season, nine of which have come in 37 2/3 innings at home.  In 58 1/3 innings on the road he's allowed just five long balls.  The Reds hit a lot of home runs.  After tying for the NL lead in wins last season with 16 in a year, Harang is tied for fifth in the NL in wins this season and tied for third in strikeouts.  Over his last six starts he's 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA and hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start.  Nunez is 4-for-10 against him in his career, Helms 2-for-3 with a homer, Burrell 3-for-6 with a walk, Utley 2-for-7 with a home run.

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