Hitting coach Milt Thompson said Saturday that he has been instructing the outfielder to slow his swing down.
“It’s been a while since he swung a bat,” Thompson said. “I don’t want him to get too anxious and end up hurting his injury.”
Thompson added that Werth would probably play in a rehabilitation assignment “in the next few days.”
Before his injury, Werth was in the Phillies’ starting outfield for 30 games. He enjoyed a career night on May 17, hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs, which tied team records for a nine-inning contest.
“He’ll be ready to go when he comes off the list,” manager Charlie Manuel said. (H/T Phillies.com)
It will sure be nice to have Werth back on the team, although the offense haven’t have any reason to be missing his bat in the line-up, or on the bench.
Want some fries to go with that fried fish? The Phillies continue their home stand with the Marlins.
The now first place Phillies (32-24) continue their three games series with the second place Marlins (30-23) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first of the two weekend games will be played tonight, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound their young ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a bad outing against the Astros on May 25, where he would last only four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, while not be able to record a strikeout, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 15-6 thrasing of Houston. He has won three of his last six starts, while receiving three no decisions, all won by the Phils, in which he would go forty and a third innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, including a spell where he would go nineteen and two-thirds innings without giving up a run, on thirty-three scattered hits. Lifetime against the Marlins, he is 2-2 in four starts with an ERA of 4.13. He will be looking for his first victory in three starts, while trying to help increase the Phillies’ first place lead and increase the Phils’ winning streak to six games in a row. He will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off of a victory against his major nemesis, the Mets, on May 26, where he would pitch five innings, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He is presently riding a two games winning streak, which he hopes to extend to three while trying to slow down the Phillies’ offense juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The final game of the three games home stand will be played at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow afternoon, at 1:35 pm Eastern time. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.45), who is coming off an excellent outing against the Rockies on May 26, where he would go seven innings, giving up only four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven, in the Phillies’ 20-5 rout. He has won four of his last five starts, getting a lot of run support from the offense in his wins. He hopes to win his fourth start in a row while keeping the Marlins on the ropes. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (4-4, 5.53), who is coming off a recent lost to the Mets on May 27, where he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Marlins’ 5-3 lost. He hopes to improve his record while trying to see if he can quiet down the Phillies’ offensive machine.
The Phillies’ offense has been very potent during their last nine games, and hope to continue during the rest of the weekend series as they expect to receive good pitching performances from both Hamels and Moyer to help derail the Marlins so that they can increase their present lead over the Marlins by trying to end the weekend with a sweep, giving themselves a seven games winning streak, and putting themselves ten games over .500 for the season.
The first place Phils lead the Marlins by half a game, while they lead the third place Braves by two and a half game, although the Braves are presently leading the Reds in their game, and lead the fourth place Mets by four and a half games, although they are presently losing their game with the Dodgers. The Phils hope to end the weekend with at least a half game lead over the fish while increasing their leads over both the Braves and the Mets.
After the Marlins leave town, the Phils will complete their ten games home stand with a four games series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Edit: The Mets have come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2. So they are at the moment trailing the Phillies by four games.
Edit 2: The Reds have just defeated the Braves in 10 innings, 8-7. The Braves are now trailing the Phils by three games.
Edit 3: The Phils are presently leading the Marlins, 1-0, in the middle of the 3rd inning.
The Phillies regain first place from the Marlins, as their very potent offense crushes the fish in the first game of a three games weekend series between the two rivals, 12-3. The Marlins would score first though, when, in the first inning, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up a RBI single to Jorge Cantu, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier singled, to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier walked, and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Myers would finally get out of the innings, and he would then pitch a 1-2-3 second. In the Phillies half of the inning, the Phillies would pound Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson. Ryan Howard would start the inning off with a walk. Pat Burrell would then ground out, pitcher to first, moving Howard to second base. After Pedro Feliz singles Howard over to third, Chris Coste would tie the game by hitting his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-3 ballgame. Three batters later, with two men on base and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run double, scoring So Taguchi, who has earlier singled, and Brett Myers, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-3 lead. Chase Utley would then follow with his major league leading eighteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot, making it 7-3 Phillies. The Phillies would add four more runs in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins would single in Taguchi, who has earlier walked, to make it 8-3 Phillies. Two batters later, with runners on first and third, and two outs, Howard would hit a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, off of Burke Badenhop, who was pitching in relief of the knocked around Hendrickson, scoring Victorino, who was safe on a force out, and Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 11-3 lead. Meanwhile, something seems to have clicked with Myers, as he seems to have returned to his earlier form, as he would give up only three more hits to the Marlins after the first inning, while stirking out eleven. The Phillies would score just one more run, in the seventh inning, as Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, would score with the base loaded, as Taguchi is walked by Taylor Tankersley, making it 12-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then take over in the ninth for Myers, putting down the shocked Marlins for a 1-2-3 inning.
Brett Myers is the winning pitcher, winning his first ballgame since April 17, when he defeated the Astros. He did it by going eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking one eleven Marlins. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.52. Clay Condrey would pitch one shut out inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Mark Hendrickson would suffer the lost as he gets pounded by the Phillies’ bats in three and a third innings of work, giving up ten earned runs on seven hits, while walking three. His record is now 7-3 as his ERA rises to 5.26. Burke Badenhop would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Taylor Tankersley would also pitch an inning and a third, also giving up an earned run on no hits. Justin Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Joe Nelson would go an inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the win, the Phillies regain first place, as they ride on their first five games winning streak of the season. The Phillies are also a season best eight games over .500. During their winning streak, the Phils have scored sixty runs, averaging twelve runs per game. During that span, they have also gotten sixty-one hits, of which 26 has been extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B) , 10 (HR)). In their last nine games, starting with the last game of their three games series with the Nationals, the Phillies have scored eighty-five runs, averaging about 9.45 runs a game, while getting 108 total hits, of which forty-five were extra-base hits (26 (2B), 1 (3B) and 18 (HR)). It is indeed hitting season. At the same time, Phillies’ starting pitching, during the five game winning streak, has given up only sixteen runs, which average out to 3.2 runs a game, while the relief staff has allowed only three runs, which average out to 0.60 runs a game. In their last nine games, the starters have given up twenty-eight total runs, for an average of 3.11 runs per game, while the relief core have given up only six runs, which average out to 0.67 runs per ballgame. As the offense is racking up the runs and hits, the pitching staff is giving up to their opponents very few runs in return. During those nine games, the defense has been almost flawless, committing only three errors, all occurring during the Rockies’ series, against seven for their opponents. It would appear that all aspects of the Phillies game are starting to come together at the same time, which might be a cause of alarm for the rest of the National League East.
The three games series between the now first place Phillies (32-24) and the second place Marlins (20-23) will continue tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision, as he pitched poorly in his last start against the Astros on May 25, where he would only pitch four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 15-6 crushing of Houston. Hamels has won three of his last six starts, with the other three being no-decisions, all won by the Phils, as he has gone a total of forty and a thirds innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, which includes a period when he would give up no runs for nineteen and two-thirds innings, on thirty-three hits. His career numbers against the Marlins is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts. He will be trying to get his first win in three starts, while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the National League East. The Marlins will be opposing him with Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off a win, his second in a row, and third in his last four starts, against the Mets on May 26. He would go five innings in that game, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ hitting juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.
The now first place Phillies lead the Marlins by half a game after their victory over the fish. They are leading the Braves by two and a half games, as the Braves lost their game with the Reds in extra-innings. The Phils are leading the Mets by four and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phils will be trying to increase their respective leads over the other teams in their division, as they try to win their sixth game in a row and their ninth in their last eleven games.
The second place Philadelphia Phillies (31-24) will be meeting the first place Florida Marlins (30-22) for the first time this year, as the fish visit Philadelphia for a three games weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. The first game of this important early series will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79), who is coming off his fourth straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 24. In that game, he would go six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. In his six loses this season, he would pitch six innings or less, while giving up three earned runs or more. His career record against the Marlins is 5-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 25 games against the fish, including 18 starts, not exactly world beating. The Phillies will be hoping that Myers will help set the tone for this series by pitching a good game and keeping the Marlins’ young bats as quiet as possible, while Myers will be hoping that the presently potent Phillies’ offense will be giving him some run support so that he can relax a little while pitching. The Marlins will counter with Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14), who is coming off a victory against the Giants on May 25, in spite of not pitching a good game. In that game, he would go only five innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win in the first game of a make-up doubleheader. In his last three starts (2-1), he would pitch no more than five innings a game. But, in his first seven starts of the season he would give up only three earned runs or less. So, he is capable of keeping the Phillies’ bats quiet if given the chance. Hendrickson will be trying to become an eight game winner and increase the Marlins’ lead in the East, while trying to avoid become another statistic of the presently dangerous Phillies’ bats.
The Phillies are trailing the visiting Marlins’ by a half game as the two teams finally meet for the first time. The Phils are leading the Braves by a game and a half as they won their game yesterday in Milwaukee. The Mets are trailing the Phillies by three and a half games, as they won their game last night with the Dodgers. While the Phillies play the Marlins, the Braves will be going to Cincinnati for a three games series with the Reds, while the Mets will continue their four games home stand with the Dodgers. The Phillies hope to do some damage with their bats while hoping that their pitching, especially their bullpen, and their defense will keep the Marlins’ bats from being equally as damaging as the try to regain first place from the surprising Marlins.
The Phillies’ offense was only able to get six hits during last night’s game, but they were able to make them all count as they defeated the Rockies, 6-1, giving Adam Eaton his first win of the year. The Phillies would score first when, with the bases loaded, and two outs, Geoff Jenkins would take the walk, scoring Shane Victornio who has gotten on base earlier with a single. The Rockies would tie the game in the top of the third, when Todd Helton hits a RBI single to left, scoring Willy Taveras. But, after Pat Burrell has thrown the ball back into the infield, the Phils would catch Helton overrunning first base, and get him into a run down, Jimmy Rollins to Chase Utley to Ryan Howard, who would then throw the ball home when he sees Seth Smith trying to score on the play. Howard’s perfect throw would nail Smith out at home plate, as Carlos Ruiz puts on the tag, keeping the score tied at one to one. The Phillies would then go to work in the fifth. After Greg Reynolds has walked both Rollins and Victorino, he would give up a three-runs home run to Utley, his seventeenth of the year, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils back the lead, 4-1. Three batters later, with Howard on first, via another walk, and with one out, Reynolds would give up another home run, this time to Jenkins, his fourth of the season, scoring Howard, to make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the ballgame, as the Phillies’ bullpen, after relieving Eaton in the seventh, would keep the now very frustrated Rockies from being able to score during the last three innings.
Adam Eaton gets the win, as he would go six innings of very aggressive pitching, giving up only one earned runs on four scattered hits, while striking out four and walking only one. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and one-third innings of relief, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on two hits. Greg Reynolds took the lost, pitching five and two-thirds innings as he gives up six earned runs on five hits, while walking eight Phils, four of whom would later score. He is now 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Jason Grilli would pitch one and one-third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Matt Herges would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hits.
With the win, the Phillies have completed their second series sweep of the year, with both of them coming at the expense of the Rockies. The Phillies have, in fact, swept their season series with the Rockies and have swept the Rockies for the first time since they have joined the Majors back in 1993.
The Phillies have now won four games in a row for the first time this season, while also being seven wins over .500 for the first time this year. With the six runs that they have scored last night, the Phillies have now scored seventy-three runs in their last eight games, as well as winning seven of their last nine games. During their last four games, Chase Utley has knocked in thirteen RBIs, including his career high six RBIs on Monday night, tying him for first place in RBIs with Lance Berkman of the Astros, while his home run puts him back into first place in home runs with seventeen, over both Berkman and Dan Uggla of the Marlins, both with sixteen home runs. Utley is also among the league leaders in total bases (2nd), runs scored (4th), hits (7th), doubles (8th-T) and slugging percentage (4th), while he is 15th in batting average. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell are also among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Howard is among the leaders in home runs (5th-T), RBIs (8th-T), runs scored (10th-T) and walks (9th), while Burrell is among the leaders in home runs (7th-T), RBIs (18th-T), doubles (13-T), walks (2nd) and slugging percentage (7th). As a team, the Phillies are right now first in home runs (79), RBIs (284), total bases (874) and slugging percentage (.457), are second in runs scored (293), third in hits (511) and doubles (114), fourth in walks (203) and team on-base percentage (.341) and fifth in team batting average (.267). They are also seventh in stolen bases (38).
The Phillies presently have the fifth best record in the National League at 31-24 with a .564 winning percentage. Their pitching staff is second overall in innings pitched (490.0), while sixth in team ERA (3.99) and their relief core is still leading the league in ERA (2.81), while it is seventh in saves (14), has given up the third least number of hits (146), the least runs (56), the least earned runs (52), the least home runs given up (10), and is tied with the Padres for the least hit batters (3).
The win puts the Phils a half game behind the now cooling Marlins, who have lost their game with the Mets in extra-innings, 7-6. The Phillies are now two games ahead of the Braves, who have lost their game with the Brewers, 1-0, as their road problems continue. The Phillies are still four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. As the Phillies and Marlins take the day off, the Braves will conclude their series with the Brewers, now in the top of the fifth inning, with the Braves winning, while the Mets will begin a four games series at home with the Dodgers.
The Phillies will start a three games home stand with the Florida Marlins (30-22) tomorrow night. The first game of the series will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79), who is coming off of his fourth straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 24, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Myers will be looking to get back to his winning ways, while hoping that the offense will give him some much needed runs support. The Marlins will be sending to the mound Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14), who is coming off one of his worst starts, in spite of winning the game. He would go five innings against the Giants on May 25, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win, in the first game of a makeup doubleheader. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while hoping that the Phillies’ bat won’t be aiming to up his ERA. The Phillies will be trying to win the weekend series with the Marlins so that they can regain the lead in the National League East, while hoping that the Braves and Mets will lose ground during their series at Cincinnati and against the Dodgers, respectively.
Edit: The Braves have just won their game against the Brewers, 8-1. So the Phillies are now ahead of third place Atlanta by a game and a half as the Braves head to Cincinnati to play the Reds.
The second place Phillies (30-24) are set to play the final game of the three games series with the Colorado Rockies (20-32, 4th National League West). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37), who is coming off his second straight lost, this one coming at the hands of the Astros. In that game, played on May 23, he would pitch seven good innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Eaton has lost three of his last four starts, with a no-decision in his other start, which the Phils also lost. He will be looking to finally get his first victory of the season, looking to get it at the expense of the presently hurting Rockies, while also praying that the presently explosive Phillies’ offense will have enough left in the tank to score some runs for him, something that they have so far done very little of during his previous ten starts. The Rockies will counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08), who is coming off two straight no-decisions, against the Minnesota Twins (May 17) and the Mets (May 23). In those two no-decisions, he would pitch a combine total of twelve innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. He will be trying to earn his first Major League victory, while hoping that he won’t become the latest victim of the presently potent Phillies’ bats.
The Phillies’ offense, after being limited to one run during the first two games of their series in Washington, D.C., has exploded for sixty-seven runs in their last seven games, including three games where they have scored ten or more runs (12, 15, and 20). Although Rockies’ pitching have been able to kept them quiet since the second inning of last night’s game, it doesn’t mean that their bats will be kept quiet during tonight’s game, something that Adam Eaton is praying for. At the same time, the Phillies are hoping that Eaton will be able to keep the Rockies’ bats quiet in the early innings, like Kyle Kendrick did last night, so that they can first establish, and then build on a lead, without having to come from behind, like they had to do this past Sunday afternoon and Monday night to win those games. The Phillies will be looking to complete their second series sweep of the season, while also shooting for a four games winning streak.
The Phillies are trailing the Marlins by a game and a half as the fish wraps up their three games series with the fourth place Mets. The Phils are leading the now third place Braves by a game as they get ready to finish their three games series in Milwaukee with the Brewers. The Phillies are presently four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. The Phillies are hoping to either stay where they are right now, or to gain a game on the Marlins, before getting ready for their three games weekend series with the soon to be visiting fish.
Utley is looking likely to suit up as a starter for the National League All-Star Squad at the 79th Midsummer Classic. The Phillies superstar with the special left-handed stroke was the leader among National League second basemen when the early voting results were released Wednesday.
With 537,788 votes, Utley is more than 350,000 votes ahead of Houston’s Kazuo Matsui, who is in second place. The votes are well-deserved, as Utley has been one of the most dangerous hitters in the NL this season.
“He does everything for us,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He’s one of the big keys to our team. He helps us in a lot of ways.”
Utley started in the 2007 All-Star Game, going 0-for-2 in San Francisco, and played in the 2006 contest, going 1-for-2 at PNC Park.
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, 1960 and 1977; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 tilt.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.
The voting doesn’t end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
Other Phillies could join Utley. Ryan Howard, who has gotten hot after batting .163 in his first 35 games, ranks fifth in the voting among first basemen. Reigning NL Most Valuable Player Jimmy Rollins ranks fifth among shortstops, and Pat Burrell ranks sixth among outfielders.
Chase is the leading vote getter? Never thought I would ever hear that a Phillies’ regular would actually be the National League in votes leader for the All-Star Game. Hey, Chase, take a vow, you deserve it, man. Now, if we can just get a teammate or two of yours into the starting line-up.
The Phillies’ offense continued where they had left off Monday night as they knock in seven more runs in the first two innings to support Kyle Kendrick as they defeat the hurting Rockies, 7-4. After Kenrdick gets through the top of the first, the offense would go to work against Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez. After giving up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, a stolen base to Victorino, and then a walk to Ryan Howard, while being able to strike out Chase Utley, Jimenez would give up a two-run single to Greg Dobbs, scoring Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. During the play, Howard and Dobbs would both move up a base on catcher’s Yorvit Torrealba’s fielding error. After Geoff Jenkins reaches first on a fielder’s choice ground out, which saw Howard get tagged out at the plate and Dobbs move up to third on the play, Pedro Feliz would hit a two-run double, scoring both Dobbs and Jenkins, and increasing the Phils’ lead to 4-0. Jimenez would finally get out of the inning by striking out Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies would add more runs in the second inning, when, with two outs, Utley would double in Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, making it 5-0 Phils. Howard would then get a RBI single, knocking in Utley, increasing the Phils’ lead to 6-0. Jenkins would then follow up with a double, scoring Howard, and giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead. Both teams would then stay quiet until the top of the fifth when the Rockies were finally able to get a run on the board as Willy Taveras ground outs, second to first, scoring Omar Quintanilla, who has earlier double, making it 7-1 Phillies. That would remain the score until the top of the eighth inning, when Kendrick gives up a lead off double to Seth Smith. After Smith is thrown out at home by T.J. Bohn, as he tries to score on Todd Helton’s single, Charlie Manuel would come to the mound to take out Kendrick and replace him with Tom Gordon. After getting the second out, Gordon would give up a two-run home run to Ryan Spilborghs, his third home run of the year, scoring Holton, while reducing the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. After giving up a double and a single, Gordon is finally able to get out of the inning, without any further damage, via a force out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth. After getting two strikes out, while walking Taveras, Lidge would give up a single to Helton, scoring Taveras, making it 7-4 Phils. But that would be it for Colorado as Lidge is able to get Garrett Atkins to fly out to end the game.
Kyle Kendrick gets the win, pitching a superb game as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits. His record is now 4-2 with a ERA of 4.84. Tom Gordon pitches two-thirds inning of relief, giving up an earned run on three hits. Brad Lidge would go an inning, giving up a rare earned run on one hit, while striking out two. Ubaldo Jimenez would take the lost, as he goes only four innings while giving up all seven earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 1-5 as his ERA rises to 5.37. Alberto Arias would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Manuel Corpas would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brian Fuentes, who was originally scheduled to pitch the bottom of the eighth, never did, thanks to the one hour plus rain delay that occurred before the start of the Phillies half of the eighth. Taylor Buchholz would pitch the inning instead, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the Phillies’ two inning explosion, the offense have now knocked in forty-two runs in three games, just missing by five runs tying a franchise record, and has knocked in sixty-seven runs in seven games. Since they were not able to score any more runs after the second inning, the question now is, are the bats going to become silent once again, or will there be another offensive eruption? Guess we’ll find that out tonight as the Phillies prepare to try and sweep the floundering Rockies.
The Phillies (30-24) will end their three games series with the Rockies (20-32, 4th National League West) tonight with another night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37), who is coming off of his second straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 23. In that game, he pitched well, as he went seven innings while giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking to finally get a win this year, after suffering three loses in his last four starts, as he face the depleted Rockies, while at the same time hoping, like Kendrick did last night, that the offense will have enough left in the tank to actually help him win. The offense showed Kendrick last night that they did. Will they be able to do to same for Eaton tonight? We will learn the answer to that question tonight. The Rockies will counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, this one against the Mets on May 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, in the Rockies’ 6-5 win. His previous start, against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, saw he go six innings, giving up no runs on six hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He’ll be looking for his first career win while hoping to not become the latest victim of the Phillies presently potent bats.
The Phillies are now once again alone in second place, now trailing the Marlins by a game and a half, as the fish lost to the Mets, 5-3, and the Braves lost to Milwaukee, 3-2. The Phils are now a game ahead of the third place Braves, and four ahead of the fourth place Mets. The Phillies will be looking to continue to gain ground on the fish before they come to Philadelphia for a three games weekend series, while staying ahead of both the Braves and the Mets.
The Phillies will tonight be trying to get their second series sweep of the season, as well as their first four games winning streak, as they prepare to meet the Florida Marlins this weekend.
“I think he’s close,” Dubee said. “I think three good innings might do it. That’s how fast he could get out of this. This game is built on momentum.”
Myers’ momentum currently is going the wrong direction. He has five losses and two no-decisions in his past seven starts, including a 4-3 decision to the Astros on Saturday for his fourth straight loss.
“Just like last night, he was a pitch away from getting out of the first inning,” Dubee said of a two-run inning against the Astros. “When you’re not in a good flow of things, that’s what happens. When things are going well, you just relax and let it flow.”
Myers leads the National League in runs allowed, with 46. He’s also tied with the Astros’ Roy Oswalt for the Major League lead in home runs allowed with 15 and is second to Oswalt in hits allowed in the NL with 82.
Dubee thinks a lot of the problem is confidence.
“I thought his confidence was gaining,” Dubee said. “But then [against Houston], I thought it started going back again. He fights himself a lot.”
Myers hasn’t won since April 17, against the Astros in Philadelphia.
“He’s just not real sure of himself right now,” Dubee said. “He needs to know he can do it. He’s done it before. He won 13 games in ’05, so he can do it.” (H/T Phillies.com)
A lack of confidence? Is that all? I never would have guessed, coach. Well then, maybe you should have a little frank discussion with Myers and ask him what’s wrong. I’m just saying. Anyway, I do agree with you that he needs three good innings, just as long as he doesn’t give up any runs either before or after he pitches those three good innings. Myers needs to act like a veteran pitcher and use his experience to keep himself from getting into trouble. Or get him out of it when he does get into trouble. Throwing a few less gopher balls wouldn’t hurt either. Harumph!!!
The Phillies (29-24) continues their three games home stand with the visiting National League Champion Rockies (20-31, 3rd National League West) with a night game in Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on May 22, where he pitched five very shaky innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 7-5 victory. Kendrick has already faced the Rockies once this season, back on April 21, where he would get a no-decison, pitching only five innings, while giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 9-5 win. He has been involved in five no-decisions in his last seven starts, while winning his other two starts, as he would give up three earned runs in four of those games and give up no runs in only one inning of work in the rain delayed game of May 18 with the Toronto Blue Jays. In those five no-decision games that he has started, the Phils are 4-1. Lifetime against the Rockies, Kendrick is 0-1 in two starts with a 7.00 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while hoping that his teammates will still have some gas in their batting tanks while he’s pitching. The Rockies will counter by sending Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61) to the mound. Jimenez is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on May 21, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost. He has lost his two previous starts, against the Padres on May 10 (3-2) and the Minnesota Twins on May 16 (4-2). In those two games, he would pitch a combined total of thirteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on thirteen hits. He hopes to improve his record, while not becoming a victim of the Phillies recent offensive attack.
The Phillies offense has knocked in thirty-five runs in its last two games, and sixty runs in its last six games, after being kept to one run in eighteen innings in Washington, D.C. The Phillies’ starters hope that the bats will be able to continue with their offensive barrage, while the team in general hopes that their starters (Kyle Kendrick and Adam Eaton) will be able to take full advantage of the presently youthful lineup that the Rockies will be sending up to the plate for the final two games of the series, thanks to the large number of injuries to key personnel that is presently plaguing the National League Champs. Especially the veteran Eaton, who might actually have a very good chance for a win if he can outpitch the Rockies’ eager to impress bats.
The Phillies are presently two and a half games behind the first place Marlins, who are at the moment involved in a three games series with the fourth place Mets. The Phils are still .002 percentage points behind the Braves, who are now heading to Milwaukee for a three games series with the Brewers. The Mets are trailing both the Phils and the Braves by four games, as they face the red hot Marlins. The Phils hope to keep pace with the Marlins before they come to Philadelphia for their three games weekend series at Citizens Bank Park, while hoping that the Braves will continue to have their road problems in Milwaukee so that they can take sole position of second place.