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June 29 2007

3:55 tomorrow.  Alas.

The Phillies dropped both games in a day-night double-header with the Mets today.  JD Durbin sparkled in the first inning this afternoon, but looked overmatched as the game wore on.  The Phils rallied late but came up short.  Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff in the second game and John Maine shut the Phillies' offense down as he has so many times before.

It's not going to get any easier for the Phils.  They have two games left to play in the series and they'll be starting JA Happ and Kyle Kendrick.

The Phils lost tonight's game 5-2.  With the loss they drop to 41-39 on the season.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both homers by Carlos Beltran.  He struck out five. 

Jose Reyes started the first with a single and moved to second on a walk by Paul Lo Duca.  Carlos Beltran flew to left for the first out, but David Wright walked to load the bases.  Hamels struck out Carlos Delgado and Damion Easley to end the frame.

Shawn Green singled to left to start the second and stole second base.  Hamels got Carlos Gomez on a ground ball that sent Green to third and John Maine on a ground ball to second that didn't score Green.  Hamels got behind Reyes 3-0 and ball four was behind Reyes and off the glove of Ruiz for a wild pitch.  Green scored to put the Mets up 1-0 and both teams were warned.  Reyes stole second and Lo Duca grounded to second for the third out. 

Beltran started the third with a home run to left that put the Mets up 2-0.  Hamels got the next two before walking Easley.  Green flew to left to set the Mets down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Beltran hit his second home run of the game, putting the Mets up 3-1.  Wright struck out for the second out, but Delgado walked and Easley moved him to second with a single.  Green grounded to third to end the frame.

Geary started the sixth and hit Maine with one out.  Reyes moved Maine to second with a single.  Lo Duca hit a ground ball to short and Reyes was forced at second.  With runners on first and third and two down, Beltran lined a ball into right.  Bourn made a nice running catch for the third out.  Second nice play of the night for Bourn in right, who had also made a nice play on a ball hit by Maine in the fourth.

Geary returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to Wright.  He got Delgado to pop to Ruiz for the first out, but Easley was next and hit one out to center to put the Mets up 5-1.  Geary got Green on a fly ball to left before Gomez singled to right.  Maine struck out for the third out.

Another bad outing for Geary, who allowed two runs on four hits in two innings and got a great play for Bourn in right that saved two runs.  His ERA is up to 5.31.

Lefty JC Romero, who joined the team between games with Condrey being designated for assignment for the second time this season, made his Phillies debut in the eighth inning.  Lo Duca doubled with one out, but Romero struck out Beltran for the second out.  Romero walked the righty Wright to pitch to the lefty Delgado, but walked Delgado unintentionally, loading the bases.  Easley flew to center for the third out.

Sanches pitched the ninth.  He walked Gomez with one out and Maine struck out trying to bunt Gomez to second.  Gomez stole second and Sanches walked Reyes intentionally.  With Lo Duca at the plate, Gomez was thrown out stealing third, which is a terrible play.

The Phillies' lineup against righty John Maine went (1) Rollins (2) Bourn (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Lefty-lefty-lefty two through four didn't grow on me that much between games.  Burrell back in left, Nunez at third.  How bout a little Dobbs at third base?

Utley doubled with two outs in the first but Howard struck out to end the inning.

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

In the fourth, Bourn singled to start the inning.   He stole second and took third on a throwing error by Lo Duca.  Utley hit a fly ball to left deep enough to get the Phils on the board, cutting the New York lead to 2-1.  Howard grounded to second and Rowand struck out to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth, sixth and seventh.  Two hits and no walks through seven innings.

With one out in the eighth, Victorino pinch-hit for Romero and singled off the glove of Wright at third.  Wright was playing in to guard against the bunt and didn't have a chance on the hard-hit ball.  Ruiz flew to right and Dobbs popped to second to end the inning.

Rollins started the ninth with a double to right.  That finally chased Maine and Wagner entered his second game of the day.  Coste pinch-hit for Bourn and popped to second.  Utley was next and he singled into center.  Rollins scored to cut the Mets' lead to 5-2.  Howard walked and Utley moved to second.  Rowand came up as the tying run and struck out trying to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch.  Burrell struck out swinging to end the game.

Five hits and one walks for the Phils.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double.

Bourn was 1-for-3 and stole his 13th base.

Utley was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rowand 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 

Burrell 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Nunez 0-for-2.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Bottom five in the lineup combine to go 0-for-16.

Victorino had the other hit, which came in the eighth.

The Phillies lost the first game 6-5 to drop to 41-38 on the season.  They fell to 0-for-4 on the season in games where they tried to go five games over .500.

JD Durbin made his first start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks.  Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs.  He struck out five.

He struck out the side in the first.

Wright started the second with a stand-up double and Delgado followed and hit a ball out to center to put the Mets up 2-0.  Durbin set down the next three.

With one out in the third, Reyes homered to right to put the Mets up 3-1.  Durbin got the next two hitters.

Delgado doubled to center with one out in the fourth.  Green was next and Durbin got him to pop to second, but Ramon Castro doubled to left and Green scored to put the Mets up 4-1.  Durbin walked Rickey Ledee intentionally, putting runners on first and second for El Duque.  El Duque singled to left.  Castro scored to make it 5-1 and Ledee went to third.  With Reyes at the plate, Ledee scored on a wild pitch to extend the New York lead to 6-1.  Reyes flew to center to end the frame.

Jose Valentin started the fifth with a single but Carlos Beltran followed and hit into a double-play.  Wright walked and stole second, then moved to third when Delgado hit a ball of the glove of Howard for a single.  With Durbin having thrown 100 pitches, and the lefty Shawn Green at the plate and men on first and third, Sanches relieved Durbin and got Green on a ground ball to third to set the Mets down.

Sanches returned for the sixth and struck out two in a 1-2-3 frame.

Clay Condrey started the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Reyes.  Reyes was called out trying to steal second on a pretty bad call.  Nice job by Barajas to make it close enough to get a call, but he was pretty safe.  Valentin struck out and Beltran grounded to first.

Condrey returned for the eighth and got the righty Wright on a nicely timed leap by Rollins at short.  With lefties Delgado and Green due to hit, Manuel called on Zagurski who got them both, striking out Delgado and getting Green on a grounder to short.

Mesa threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phillies lineup against righty Orlando Hernandez went (1) Rollins (2) Bourn (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Helms (8) Barajas.  Bourn in right for just the third time this season.  Dobbs plays left with Helms at third.  Lefties 2-3-4 for the Phils.

Bourn singled with one out in the first but Utley and Howard both struck out to end the inning.

Rowand started the second with a home run to left that cut the Mets lead to 2-1.  The next three Phils went in order.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third, fourth and fifth.

Chris Coste, just up from Double-A when Werth was put on the DL, pinch-hit for Sanches to start the sixth and homered to left.  6-2 Mets.  Rollins and Bourn went down before Utley and Howard walked back-to-back.  Rowand struck out to end the inning.

Dobbs started the seventh with a single and Helms followed with a two-run homer to center to cut the lead to 6-4.  Barajas, Victorino and Rollins went down behind Helms to end the inning.

With lefties hitting second, third and fourth for the Phils, Pedro Feliciano started the eighth for the Mets.  Bourn worked a leadoff walk, but Utley flew to right and Howard flew to left.  Burrell pinch-hit for Zagurski and the righty Heilman came into the game.  Bourn stole second.  Burrell got behind 0-2 but hit the 2-2 pitch into center for a single and it cut the Mets' lead to 6-5.  Dobbs flew to left-center to end the inning.

Wagner struck out Helms, Barajas and Victorino in the ninth to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Bourn 1-for-3 with a walk and his 12th stolen base.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

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

Rowand 1-for-3 with his 11th home run.

Dobbs 1-for-4.

Helms 1-for-4 with his second home runs of the year.

Barajas 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Coste homered in his only at-bat, his first of the year.

Lefty JA Happ (NR) makes his big-league debut tomorrow afternoon against righty Jorge Sosa (6-3, 3.79).  In 13 starts at Triple-A, the 24-year-old Happ was 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA.  He walked 34 in 62 2/3 innings and allowed 62 hits.  He struck out 67.  Sosa has made ten starts for the Mets and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of them.  Righties are hitting .205 against him with an 0.94 ratio.  Lefties are hitting .267 with a 1.52 ratio and have hit four of the five home runs he has allowed.


June 29 2007

The Phillies didn't pitch well enough to win last night, but Jimmy Rollins wouldn't let them lose.  Playing in a heavy rain and down a run with two outs in the eighth, Rollins tripled down the first-base line to drive Nunez in from first and tie the score at 7-7.  He won the game in the bottom of the tenth with a blast to right-center that would have gone for extra-bases if it hadn't ended the contest.

Chase Utley did more than his share of the heavy-lifting as well.  He continued his torrid pace this month, socking a pair of two-run homers that kept the Phils in the game early.

And then the Mets came to town to face a Phillies rotation stretched about as thin as it could be.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 8-7 in ten innings innings to improve to 41-37.  They take the series two games to one.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs.  He struck out two and has thrown to a 5.75 ERA in his 16 starts. 

Scott Hatteberg led off the first with a single and the ball got past Rowand in center for an error that allowed Hatteberg to go to second.  Brandon Phillips popped to first before Eaton walked Ken Griffey, Jr, putting men on first and second with out one.  Adam Dunn hit a double-play ball to Utley to end the frame.

Edwin Encarnacion started the second with a home run that cut the Phillies' lead to 2-1.  Eaton got the next three.

With one out in the third, Hatteberg walked and moved to second on a single by Phillips.  With Griffey at the plate, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.  Griffey flew to center.  Hatteberg scored to tie the game at 2-2 and Phillips moved to third.  The wild pitch that set up the sac fly was looking big, but Dunn hit it really far, way out to right to put the Reds up 4-2.  Encarnacion popped to first for the third out. 

Josh Hamilton doubled to left to start the fourth and Alex Gonzalez followed with a walk.  Eaton got Chad Moeller on a popup and struck out the pitcher Matt Belisle, but Hatteberg singled to right and Hamilton scored and Gonzalez went to third.  The Reds were up 5-4.  Phillips flew to right for the third out. 

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth.  The first out in the sixth came on a ball popped into short left by Hamilton.  Bourn, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement for Dobbs with rain looming, made a long run to get the out.  No way Dobbs gets to that ball.  Rollins might have had a chance, but it would have been a tough play.

Madson started the seventh and walked pinch-hitter Norris Hopper to start the inning.  Hatteberg followed and hit a line drive to left that Bourn lost in the lights.  It went for a double with Hopper going to third.  Phillips hit a high fly ball to right-center.  Rowand played it next to Victorino.  Hopper scored to tie the game at 6-6 and Hatteberg went to third.  Rowand's throw to third was just late -- Victorino would have had a good chance to throw Hatteberg out at third.  Madson got Griffey on a popup to short for the second out and walked the lefty Dunn intentionally.  Encarnacion popped to second to end the frame.  Nice job by Madson to keep Hatteberg at third with one out. 

Madson returned for the eighth and struck out Hamilton to start the inning.  Gonzalez was next and homered to left, putting the Reds up 7-6.  Madson got the next two to set the Reds down.

Alfonseca threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Condrey started the tenth and got the first two before Hamilton doubled to right.  Gonzalez followed with a walk and Javier Valentin hit for the pitcher.  Valentin grounded to second to set the Reds down.

The Phillies needed an extra-inning game before today's double-header with the Mets like they need another callup from Double-A.  After throwing 30 pitches last night Madson seems unlikely for either of today's games.  I think there's a good chance that one of the Phillies' pitchers is going to have to team one for the team today -- let's hope it's JD Durbin who is likely headed back to the minors after the game so the Phils can call up Happ to start tomorrow. 

The Phils could really, really use a rainout today.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Matt Belisle went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  Burrell, a career 279/404/523 hitter in 1,009 plate appearances at Citizens Bank Park, does not start for the third straight game at home and the fourth in a row overall.  That's a bad decision and Manuel should be criticized for it.  Helms starts for the first time since June 20.  Victorino back hitting second after a couple of days in the six-hole.

Rollins started the first with a single.  Victorino followed and flew to right.  Rollins stole second with Utley at the plate.  Utley was swinging 3-0 and smoked a ball out to right, putting the Phils up 2-0.  Howard struck out and Rowand grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz doubled with two outs in the second, but Eaton struck out to end the inning.  Nice job again by Ruiz to turn the lineup over with a two-out hit and again the Phillies score the next inning.

Rollins started the third with a double.  Victorino followed and popped to the catcher in foul territory.  Utley was next and again got ahead 3-0 and homered to right, tying the game at 4-4.  Howard struck out for the second out before Rowand was hit by a pitch.  Dobbs flew to left for the third out.

With one out in the fourth, Ruiz singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Eaton struck out and Rollins flew to left to turn the Phillies away.

Howard walked with two outs in the fifth and Rowand followed with a single that moved him to second.  Dobbs was next and after the 1-1 pitch was called a strike, Moeller's throw back to the pitcher hit him in the batting helmet.  The ball went down the third base line, but neither runner advanced.  It didn't matter, cause Dobbs doubled to right-center and both runners scored anyway, putting the Phils up 6-5.  Helms grounded to short to end the inning.

After a 1-2-3 sixth, Utley singled with one out in the seventh and stole second.  Howard walked to put men on first and second, but Rowand struck out and Bourn grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Burrell led off the eighth and struck out.  Ruiz grounded to second.  Nunez was next and singled off the glove of Hatteberg, which proved to be a big play.  Rollins ripped the ball into the corner in right for a triple, scoring Nunez to tie the game at 7-7.  Victorino struck out to end the inning.  Huge hit for Rollins in a heavy rain -- chances were good that if the Phils had not scored in the inning the game would have been delayed.  With the rain likely to be around for a while it may never have been resumed.

Rowand singled with two outs in the ninth.  Bourn was next and flew out to the warning track in right.

Barajas hit for Condrey to start the tenth and walked.  Ruiz struck out trying to bunt for the first out, but Nunez singled to left and moved Barajas to second.  Werth ran for Barajas and Rollins ripped a ball into right-center.  Werth scored easily to give the Phils a 8-7 win.  

Rollins was 4-for-6 with a double and a triple last night and drove in two runs.  6-for-15 in the series and 289/334/518 on the season.

Victorino was 0-for-5 last night and 2-for-14 with a home run in the series.  267/334/400 on the year.

Utley was 2-for-4 with two home runs and drove in four.  7-for-11 with four walks and three home runs in the series.  407/486/692 in June, which is just amazing.  331/413/586 on the year.  Isn't doing anything to hurt his case for NL MVP.

Howard was 0-for-3 with two walks and struck out three times.  2-for-12 with two home runs and ten strikeouts in the series.  Really. 252/383/556.

Rowand was 2-for-4.  5-for-14 with a double in the series.  317/395/481 on the year. 

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a double and two-RBI last night.  7-for-10 with two doubles and a triple in the series.  297/333/559 on the year.  He absolutely needs to play against righties, but hopefully at third base and in right field.  He has just one appearance in right this season.

Bourn was 0-for-2 last night and 1-for-7 in the series.  It's nice to see him getting some at-bats, but taking this much time away from Burrell is preposterous.  283/377/358 on the season.  There is a mountain of evidence that demonstrates that Burrell is a far better player.

Helms 0-for-3 with two strikeouts last night.  0-for-5 in the series.  240/298/310 on the year, and that's really bad.  Still would like to see a straight Dobbs/Helms platoon at third with Nunez coming in late for defense.

Ruiz was 2-for-5 last night and 6-for-13 with three doubles and four RBI in the series.  281/338/416 on the year.  He's hitting 348/412/543 at home and 215/263/290 on the road.  Barajas walked in his only plate appearance in the series with Cincinnati, but it was a big one in the bottom of the tenth last night and proved to be the winning run.  219/359/406.

Burrell was 0-for-1 last night, 0-for-2 in the series and hitting 203/370/372 on the year.

Nunez was 2-for-3 last night with a huge hit in the eighth.  4-for-7 in the series.  269/325/333.

The Phillies called up Chris Coste and put Jayson Werth on the DL with a problem with his left wrist.  Yoel Hernandez was sent to Triple-A and Durbin was called up to start this afternoon's game. 

And here come the Mets to play four games in three days.  Barring a rainout, the Phillies will start JD Durbin, JA Happ and Kyle Kendrick in three of the games. 

JD Durbin (0-0, 94.50) faces right Orlando Hernandez (3-3, 2.77) this afternoon.  Doesn't look good on paper and there's a good chance it's not gonna look good when it starts in a couple of hours, either.  Durbin pitched 2/3 of an inning with the Diamondbacks this season and was charged with seven runs on seven hits and a walk.  He didn't allow a home run.  Opponents are hitting .778 against him.  In ten starts at Triple-A Ottawa he was 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA and allowed 67 hits and 21 walks.  He struck out 44.  Even if he gets blown up, how long he can pitch is going to be critical to the Phillies chances this weekend.  If the bullpen has to go five or six innings this afternoon, the Phils are in a lot of trouble.  Hernandez has been fantastic this season, he has a 1.05 ratio and opponents are hitting .205 against him.  On June 6 he threw six shutout innings against the Phils in New York, but Eaton pitched well too and the Phils scored three runs against Heilman in the seventh on their way to a 4-2 win.

Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.80) faces righty John Maine (8-4, 2.87) tonight.  Hamels went just three innings Sunday in St Louis and had to leave after a long rain delay in the fourth.  He's made two starts against the Mets this season and has thrown to a 3.46 ERA without getting a decision.  He and Paul Lo Duca have a thing going after Lo Duca flipped his bat after hitting the third of back-to-back-to-back bombs off of Hamels on June 7.  There is just no way Hamels can risk getting suspended given the current state of the Phillies rotation, but the thing with Lo Duca is a situation with the potential to deteriorate.  Maine has gone 2-0 in his last two starts, allowing three earned runs in 14 1/3 innings (1.88 ERA).  He's made two starts against the Phils this year and has thrown to a 3.09 ERA without getting a decision.  Rollins is 2-for-14 against him in his career, Howard 3-for-13, Burrell 3-for-15, Victorino 3-for-11.

The Start Log now includes the team record based on the starting pitcher, quality starts percentage by pitcher, average game score by pitcher, team record by runs allowed by the starting pitcher and team record by game score of starting pitcher.

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