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Phils drop another one in extras

Phillies SP Cliff Lee got the no-decision, yet again avoiding his first win of the season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – Francisco Cordero (2-4, 5.47)
LP – Joe Savery (0-2, 4.43)

TORONTO — Extra innings have not been kind to the Phillies this season.

With the game tied at 5 in the 10th inning, Rajai Davis connected on a two-out RBI double to plate Yunel Escobar to win it for the Blue Jays.

The eighth inning proved to be the difference for the Phillies.

With Jose Bautista already on base, Edwin Encarnacion singled to left field. John Mayberry Jr. threw to ball in to Jimmy Rollins because Encarnacion was trying to advance to second base. Rollins threw the ball away and allowed both runners to score to cut the lead to 5-4.

J.P. Arencibia followed with a game-tying RBI double down the left field line that just stayed fair. With that, Cliff Lee continued his winless 2012 season.

Chad Qualls was responsible for allowing Toronto to tie the game.

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Jays shut out Phils 3-0

TORONTO –With Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison leaving the game in the first inning due to injury, the Phillies looked poised to take control of the game.

Unfortunately that never happened. The lineup could only  muster five hits off the Jays bullpen as the Phillies fell 3-0 on the road.

Vance Worley was solid once again as he tossed six innings. He gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts. But he never got the run support that he needed.

The Blue Jays got their scoring started in the third inning as Rajai Davis laced a two-out double off the wall. Brett Lawrie followed with a double off the right-field wall to put the Jays up 1-0.

They picked up where they left off in the 4th as Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI groundout that plated Jose Bautista. Shortstop Yunel Escobar also had an RBI groundout in the inning.

Carlos Ruiz, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre, Mike Fontenot, and Jimmy Rollins each had a hit for the Phillies in a losing effort.

NOTE — Carlos Ruiz left the game with a left oblique strain. He was replaced by Brian Schneider.

2B: Pence (10), Rollins (13).


Bats Disappear On Night They’re Given Away

It’s kind of ironic that the Phillies held a promotion for children ages 14 and under to give away a Louisville Slugger with Charlie Manuel’s name engraved on the barrel. It seemed as though the bats belonging to the men in pinstripes found their way to the give-away pile as the Phillies only managed three hits in a 6-3 loss to Atlanta in extra innings. The loss put the Phillies back at five games behind Atlanta.

They wasted another tremendous start by one of the arms in the rotation. Cole Hamels fell victim this time around, allowing three runs in seven innings of work on eight hits and a walk. The lefty also struck out eight batters en route to a no decision. David Herndon got the loss, giving up a single and an RBI double for the go-ahead run before being lifted.

The offense manage to make Jair Jurrjens look like a Cy Young candidate tonight. He only allowed all three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out four. His ERA dropped to a 5.40. Yea, he’s a guy who gets lit every game and he manages to make this so-called great offense look like a group of blind-folded Mexicans swinging at a pinata just out of reach. Billy Wagner pitched in the 11th to earn his 18th save of the year.

Raul Ibanez’s two-run homer in the first, Ryan Howard’s RBI triple in the seventh and Shane Victorino’s infield single in the ninth were the only bit of offense the Phillies could muster. Other than that, nothing happened. It was in the high 90’s when the game started and was still humid throughout the game. They made Jurrjens throw 28 pitches in the first inning and then swung at everything after. In this heat, you make a pitcher throw, wear him down, and then hit him around. It’s simple, guys.

The Phillies had a chance to win this game in the seventh inning. After Ibanez led off with a walk, Howard ripped an opposite field shot that just missed leaving the park. It was misread by Matt Diaz and skidded towards the left foul line. Ibanez hustled his way to score and Howard made it to third easily for his fourth triple on the season. The score was now 3-3 and the Phillies were poised to take the lead again.

What happened next was another example of why this offense is absolutely frustrating to watch. With no outs still and Howard standing on third, Jayson Werth struck out looking, barely lifting the bat off his shoulders. If anyone is to be taken out back and have sense beaten into him, it’s Werth. He’s in a contract year and has been absolutely unreliable, let alone leading the team in strike outs.

But that wasn’t the only opportunity to drive in Howard. Ben Francisco followed up with a soft hump-back liner to shallow center that wasn’t deep enough to score Howard. With two outs, Wilson “Double Play” Valdez (only GDIP’ed once tonight) hit a soft roller to third that he couldn’t beat out, ending the inning and leaving the score tied.

Matt Diaz was the star of tonight’s game. He went 3-for-5 and ripped two doubles, the latter driving in Yunel Escobar as the winning run in the top of the 11th. Eric Hinske hit a two-run blast in the 11th off of Mike Zagurski as a couple of insurance runs. Martin Prado also had a great game, homering in the seventh.

The Phillies offense has been dreaful the past two months. One amazing stat I heard today was that the Phillies have scored eight or more runs in 20 games this year. And in the games following, they’re 4-16. The past years, you could be confident that the Phillies would not go down with out a fight when trailing by three runs or less in the late innings. Now it seems this team has no offensive spark.

Injuries have ultimately torn this team apart and it all starts at the lead-0ff spot. Jimmy Rollins is not getting the job done and neither is Victorino. Both of them are bad options to lead-off with. Placido Polanco’s absence is taking away a hitter from the top of the order that will get on base. With no Chase Utley, Ibanez is forced to bat third, thus leaving Werth unprotected in the five-hole. The after Werth, you have Greg Dobbs, Valdez/Juan Castro, and Dane Sardinha/Brian Schneider before the pitcher’s spot. That’s five hitters filling three spots that are hitting .227. That’s embarrassing!

Schnieder will be back in the line-up tomorrow and hopefully will provide a bat that Sardinha is just not giving the Phils.

3B: Howard (4). HR: Ibanez (7).

WP: Chavez (1-1). LP: Herndon (0-2). S: Wagner (18).



Phillies Fall Before Delay

The Phillies Carlos Ruiz was out at home despite a collision with Brian McCann in the seventh inning. The play was on the back-end of a bizarre 5-4-2 double play. AP Photo.

The Braves seemingly got three free runs prior to the second inning rain delay. They carried the momentum after the hour-long break to win it 7-3 over Philly and expand their lead in the division to 1.5 games.

Tim Hudson remained in after the delay and allowed only a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the sixth. His final line consisted of six innings of good work, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Cole Hamels didn’t last after the delay, allowing a three-run homer to Troy Glaus in 2/3 innings pitched before the skies opened. As the rain fell, it washed away their chances of re-taking first.

The Phillies used six relievers after the delay. They couldn’t keep the game close but pitched an admirable 7 1/3 innings, allowing only four runs.

Glaus continued his tear when he drove in 28 RBIs in May with three more this game. Martin Prado continued his all star bid with his 16th double and Yunel Escobar added two hits.

The Phillies gave Atlanta a scare in the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Wilson Valdez drove in a run to make it 7-3 and then Chase Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Billy Wagner came in with two outs and got Howard to ground out to end the game.

A couple of droughts were snapped in tonight’s loss though. Jayson Werth snapped his 0-for-21 drought with his major league-leading 23rd double and Howard’s homer was the first for the Phillies in 68 at-bats.

Doubles: Utley (11), Werth (23). HR: Howard (9).

WP: Hudson (6-1). LP: Hamels (5-4).


Phils Fall Out of First

The Atlanta Braves have been on a role and they used that momentum to carry them into first place of the NL East. They did so by beating Philadelphia 9-3 to take a half-game lead in the division.

Troy Glaus continued on his tear, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the seventh. Chipper Jones homered in the first inning and drove in two runs and Yunel Escobar and Eric Hinske each drove in two runs. Phenom Jason Heyward went 0-5.

The Phillies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make it 6-3 before Glaus’ three-run bomb. With two outs, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez, and Ben Francisco each doubled one after another to score three.

Joe Blanton (1-4, 5.68) has just been awful this season. He got hit around today, giving up six runs, four earned, in six innings of work on eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Chad Durbin allowed the three-run homer in the seventh though two of the runs weren’t credited to him.

Tommy Hanson allowed a run on three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out two in the effort to improve his record to 5-3.

The Phillies haven’t scored more than three runs since May 21 against Boston, a 5-1 victory. Since then, they’ve score 10 total runs, been shut out in five, and are 2-7.

Doubles: Ibanez (10), Ruiz (6), Valdez (7), Francisco (3).

WP: Hanson (5-3). LP: Blanton (1-4).