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The Phils came close to winning their fourth straight last night, but Rosenberg and Diekman combined to surrender seven runs in the eighth and ninth, all seven of which came on the four home runs they allowed.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils down 2-1, pitching for the third straight day, and allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs to the three right-handed hitters he faced to put the Phils in a 5-1 hole. They rallied for five in the bottom of the eighth, getting a two-run single from Byrd and a three-run homer from Brown, his first long ball of the year. It gave them a 6-5 lead going into the ninth and Diekman tried to nail it down with Papelbon watching having thrown three days in a row. Diekman walked two of the first three men he faced and Dan Uggla hit a grand slam off of him with one out in the inning, putting Atlanta on top to stay.

Once again it was an ugly performance for the pen coming off a series in which they were very good. Over the weekend, the Phils swept the Fish with the bullpen allowing three runs over 12 2/3 innings in the set (2.13 ERA and an 0.79 ratio).

The Phils are tied for fourth in the NL in runs scored per game and 14th in runs allowed, ahead of just the Snakes. Chase Utley is currently OPSing 1.393, which has probably helped with the tied for fourth in runs scored thing a bit. He may have difficulty trying to sustain that pace.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the year after falling 9-6 to the Atlanta Braves last night. They’ve won three of their last four.

Hernandez got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out three.

Six is too many to walk in six innings. He came into the game having walked two in 10 1/3 innings for the year. He last walked six or more in a game on July 17, 2010, while pitching for the Indians.

3.86 ERA and a 1.43 ratio for Hernandez after three starts. Opponents have hit just .222 against him, but his home run rate is high and his walk rate is high. Lefties are just 2-for-16 against the righty.

He allowed a single to Jason Heyward to start the game in the top of the first. B.J. Upton was next and grounded to short with Heyward forced at second. Upton stole second and took third on a throwing error by Ruiz, but Hernandez struck Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton both out swinging to leave him there..

No run for the Braves after they put a man on third with one out.

Seventeen strikeouts for Hernandez in 16 1/3 innings so far, which is way above his career marks. He’s struck out 14 of the 50 right-handed hitters he’s faced for the year, which is 28%. Over his career he’s struck out about 17.4% of the right-handed hitters he’s faced. 13.6% of lefties for the year compared to about 11.8% for his career. Strikes out the lefty Freeman and the righty Upton to get out of the mini-jam in the first.

Andrelton Simmons tripled to center with two outs in the second. Hernandez walked Ramiro Pena behind him, but Hernandez got the pitcher Ervin Santana to ground out to end the frame.

Heyward walked to start the third with the Phils up 1-0. He stole second and took third when B.J. Upton grounded out for the first out. Freeman was next and hit a ball fielded by Hernandez. He threw to third, where Heyward was caught up and eventually tagged out. Freeman tried to take second while the Phillies worked on retiring Heyward, but was thrown out trying to do so to set Atlanta down.

Third straight inning the Braves put a man on third and fail to score. In the first and third they put a man on third with less than two outs and didn’t score.

Hernandez threw a 1-2-3 fourth. It was still 1-0 when Pena doubled with one out in the fifth. Santana grounded to short for the second out before Heyward walked again. B.J. Upton grounded back to Hernandez to leave both men stranded.

Heyward on base again. Two walks and a single in the first five innings against Hernandez.

Freeman walked on four pitches to start the sixth. Hernandez got Justin Upton swinging for the first out before Evan Gattis hit a 2-2 pitch just out to left for a two-run homer that put the Braves up 2-1. Dan Uggla was next and walked, but Hernandez got the next two to set Atlanta down.

The four-pitch walk to Freeman in front of the Gattis home run costs the Phils a run.

Mario Hollands started the seventh for the Phils. He walked B.J. Upton with one out. Upton stole second with two outs and took third on Ruiz’s second throwing error of the game. Hollands struck Justin Upton out swinging 3-2 o leave B.J. Upton at third.

Phils let the lefty Hollands pitch to the righty Justin Upton in a one-run game in the seventh. Works out. Hollands has a 1.42 ERA and an 0.95 ratio for the year after seven appearances. Since an ugly debut on Opening Day against the Rangers, he’s allowed three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting .150 against him for the year — 3-for-20 with three singles.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils still down a run. He entered having pitched two days in a row. He faced three batters. Gattis was first and homered to left-center. 3-1. Uggla was next and homered to left. 4-1. Simmons followed Uggla and homered to left-center. 5-1. Luis Garcia took over for Rosenberg and retired the next three batters.

Three hitters for Rosenberg, all three right-handed, and all three homer in his sixth appearance of the year. The first three were really bad, although Rosenberg wasn’t charged with a run in any of them. The back-to-back outings before last night were very good — he struck out three in two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Last night was obviously awful and the numbers overall are pretty awful for Rosenberg for the year. 6.23 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. Opponents have hit .400 against him with a 1.279 OPS. Righties are 7-for-17 against him with three home runs and a .941 slugging percentage.

Luis Garcia faces three and gets all three in his first outing of the year for the Phils. Heyward lined a ball hard to Asche at third for the third out. He managed a 3.73 ERA for the Phillies over 24 appearances in 2013, but walked 23 in 31 1/3 innings. Walking 23 in 31 1/3 innings isn’t the formula for sustained success.

The Phillies led 6-5 when Jake Diekman started the ninth, filling in for Jonathan Papelbon, who had pitched for three straight days. He walked B.J. Upton to start the frame. Freeman was next and hit a ball to Utley. Utley flipped to second to try and get Upton, but his flip was late and everyone was safe. Justin Upton was next and walked to load the bases. Diekman struck Gattis out swinging 0-2 for the first out, but Uggla was next and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center for a grand slam that put Atlanta back on top at 9-6. Diekman allowed a single to Simmons before getting the next two to end the inning.

Diekman walks two and the Phils don’t get an out on Freeman’s ball before Uggla hits his second home run of the game. The lefty Diekman facing the righy Gattis (who he struck out) and the righty Uggla with the bases loaded in a one-run game in the ninth doesn’t seem ideal to me whether it worked out or not. It didn’t.

8.59 ERA and a 1.64 ratio for Diekman after 7 1/3 innings. He doesn’t give up a lot of home runs, but he gave up a huge one last night. Came into the game having allowed two home runs in 72 innings for this career. He does walk too many — he has now walked 41 in 73 innings for his career, including about 13.8% of the righties he has faced.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow seven runs on five hits, including four home runs, and three walks. Rosenberg has thrown three days in a row. Diekman threw 28 pitches last night.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ervin Santana went (1) Tony Gwynn (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Carlos Ruiz (8) Cody Asche. Gwynn starts in center after going 5-for-10 in the last two games against Miami while Revere was sidelined with a rib issue. He has a .314 career on-base percentage, so he’s not an ideal leadoff hitter no matter how many he went for ten in the last two games. On the other hand, he’s now on-basing .500 against right-handed pitching for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Howard led off the second and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz drew a two-out walk, but Asche grounded softly to first to end the inning.

Two home runs in two days for Howard. Three in 13 games puts him on pace to hit about 37 over 162 games.

Gwynn bunted for a single with one out in the third and took second on a throwing error by Gattis. Rollins was next and bunted, presumably for a hit, into the second out, moving Gwynn up to third. Utley struck out swinging to leave Gwynn stranded.

Really hope Rollins was bunting for a hit there, causing bunting Gwynn up to third with the second out doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Byrd doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Brown followed with a walk, but Ruiz lined a ball back up the middle that was caught by a diving Uggla. Uggla flipped to second to double Byrd off and end the inning.

Nice play by Uggla. Byrd didn’t have a chance. I’m sure he’s made bad base-running plays, no hustle plays and mental mistakes in his time as a Phillie, but I don’t remember many of them.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Utley doubled softly to right with one out in the sixth with the Phils down 2-1, but Howard and Byrd both struck out behind him.

Asche reached on a throwing error by Uggla with two outs in the seventh. With lefty Ian Thomas pitching for the Braves, Mayberry hit for Hollands. Righty Anthony Vavaro took over for Thomas and struck Mayberry out swinging to end the inning.

I think it was a fine time to use Mayberry with a chance against the lefty, even though it was early, but he can’t come through against the righty. 0-for-7 against righties on the year.

The Phils were down 5-1 when they hit in the eighth. Lefty Luis Avilan walked Gwynn to start the frame. Rollins and Utley followed with singles that loaded the bases for Howard. Avilan struck Howard out looking 1-2 for the first out before Byrd singled to right on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Gwynn and Rollins. 5-3 with men on first and second for Brown. Utley moved up to third on a wild pitch before Brown lined a 1-0 pitch from Avilan out to right-center for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 6-5. Avilan got Ruiz and Asche behind Brown.

First home run of the year for Brown and it’s a big one off of a lefty. Gwynn and Utley both reach base against the lefty and score in the frame — Gwynn leads off with a walk and Utley singles. The lefty strikes Howard out with nobody out and the bases loaded. Byrd gets to hit against the lefty, presumably cause the Braves were way up and Brown was behind him, and delivers a big single ahead of the Brown home run.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit in the ninth. Righty David Carpenter walked Rollins with two down. Rollins took second on defensive indifference before Utley grounded out to end the game.

Gwynn 1-for-4 with a big walk in the ninth against the lefty. 6-for-his-last-14 with a walk. On-basing .440 for the year and .500 against right-handed pitching.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. Just 1-for-his-last-8, but with a 283/365/478 line for the year. 5-for-12 against lefties with a 417/417/667. 235/350/412 against righties.

Utley 2-for-5 with a softly hit double. Didn’t get an out on Freeman’s ball in the ninth, which helped the Braves score a run. 15-for-his-last-27 with four walks, six doubles and two home runs. A silly 489/549/844 line for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with his second home run in two days. Three strikeouts, including one with nobody out in the eighth and the bases loaded against a lefty. 4-for-his-last-14 with three walks and two home runs. Hitting just .224 for the year with a 176/263/412 line against lefties in 19 PA.

Byrd 2-for-4 with two RBI. 7-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and a home run. Hammering lefties (333/412/533) in the early going, but with a 256/275/385 line against righties. 268/318/480 against righties last year and 275/332/410 for his career.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. On-basing .385 against righties and the same .385 against lefties.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk and made two throwing errors. He’s hitting just .225 for the year, but with a .367 on-base percentage thanks to eight walks in 49 plate appearances. Isolated power of .100 so far, which is worse than his career mark of .136. His best offensive years were 2010, when he on-based .400 over 433 plate appearances, and 2012, when he on-based .394 with an isolated power of .215.

Asche 0-for-4 to drop his average to .189. 0-for-his-last-14. Seven hits on the year, three of which came on Opening Day. 4-for-33 (.121) since Opening Day.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 2.89) tonight. Lee was hit hard by the Rangers on Opening Day and has allowed three runs in 13 innings since. He’s walked just one batters on the year and none over his last two starts, but has given up a lot of hits. Even over his last two outings, opponents have hit .327 against him (with a BABIP of .439, so I’d try to calm down a little). Hale has a 2.89 ERA over two starts, but a 1.82 ratio to go with it. He’s walked seven in 9 1/3 innings on the year.


Would the real bullpen please, please, please stop standing up?

The Phillie bullpen started the year looking miserable against the Rangers before a shockingly fantastic set of games in Chicago. They’re back looking not so hot against the Brewers and have allowed nine runs in eight innings over the first two games of the set.

Last night Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4 and allowed three runs in the frame, two of which were unearned due to a big error by Ryan Howard at first. De Fratus followed that up by allowing a two-run homer in the ninth.

Overall, the Phillies have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and lost three straight.

The Phillies are 3-5 on the year after losing 9-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The Brewers lead the series two games to none.

Roberto Hernandez got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out nine.

Nine is the most strikeouts Hernandez has recorded in a game since September 15, 2007. He has a 4.35 ERA and a 1.16 ratio after two starts in 2014. Lefties are 0-for-12 against him on the season. 293/361/449 against him for his career.

He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first on singles by Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez, a Segura stolen base and a Rollins error at short.

He started the second with a 3-2 lead, but allowed a run on back-to-back doubles by Carlos Gomez and Segura with two outs. He got a lot of help from Revere in the frame — Revere made a nice diving catch in right center after a long run to turn a double by Scooter Gennett into the first out of the inning.

Aramis Ramirez led off the third with a single, but Hernandez retired the next three.

Gomez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left with two outs in the fourth, extending the Milwaukee lead to 4-3.

We should be afraid of Hernandez’s home run rate. So far he’s allowed two in 10 1/3 innings, the solo shot to the righty Gomez last night and a solo shot to Welington Castillo in his first start against the Cubs.

Hernandez allowed a two-out single to Khris Davis in the fifth, but retired Mark Reynolds on a ground ball he handled himself for the third out.

Jeff Manship pitched the sixth, keeping the Brewers off the board and allowing a two-out single to Gomez.

Another impressive outing for Manship, who has allowed a hit and a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three.

Jake Diekman allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, striking out the other three hitters he faced. After allowing three runs over two innings in his first time out, Diekman has tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances. He’s allowed one hit and one walk to the last ten batters he’s faced while striking out four.

Antonio Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4. He walked Reynolds to start the inning. Reynolds, amazingly, stole second and Scooter Gennett bunted him to third with the first out. Logan Schafer was next and grounded a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Reynolds scored (5-4) and Schafer wound up at second. Gomez was next and flew to Brown for the second out, but Bastardo hit Segura and Ryan Braun followed that with a bases-clearing triple. 7-4. Ramirez flew to right to end the inning.

Bastardo allows three runs in the frame on a walk and one big hit. Only one of the runs is earned due to the big error by Howard. The triple he allowed to Braun is the only hit he’s allowed on the season, but he’s walked four in 4 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus pitched the ninth. Jonathan Lucroy led off with a single and scored on a one-out homer by Reynolds. 9-4.

Second appearance of the year for De Fratus. Threw a scoreless inning against the Cubs his first time out and allowed two runs in an inning last night. He’s allowed just four home runs in 63 1/3 innings for his career.

Four innings in the game for the pen in which they allow five runs, three of which are earned, on five hits and a walk. Bastardo threw 23 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Garza went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Carlos Ruiz (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Cesar Hernandez (8) Jayson Nix. Utley still out with the flu, Hernandez starts at second. Nix plays third with the lefty Asche on the bench against a righty with a hamstring issue.

Down 2-0 when they came to hit in the bottom of the first, the Phillies plated three. Revere led off with a single and was forced at second for the first out with Rollins safe at first on a ground ball to the pitcher Garza. Ruiz moved Rollins up to third with a double. Ruiz scored on a balk (2-1) and Rollins took third before Howard walked. Byrd reached on an error by Gennett with everyone moving up a base. 2-2 with the bases still loaded. Brown grounded to second with Howard scoring and Byrd taking third. 3-2. Hernandez struck out to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when they hit in the second. Nix led off with a single and was bunted to second by Hernandez with the first out. Revere flew to left for the second out before Rollins walked. Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phillies didn’t score in the third despite a two-out double by Brown.

They were down 4-3 when they hit in the fourth. Revere bunted for a single with two outs, but was left at first when Rollins grounded to second.

Ruiz doubled again to start the fifth and took third on a wild pitch after Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Byrd singled into center, scoring Ruiz to tie the game at 4-4. Brown grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Tony Gwynn hit for Manship and singled off of Garza with two outs in the sixth. Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Tyler Thornberg set Rollins, Ruiz and Howard down in order in the seventh and Byrd, Brown and Hernandez in the eighth.

Down 9-4, Asche doubled off of righty Jim Henderson with one out in the ninth. Revere walked behind him, but Rollins flew to right for the second out and Ruiz struck out swinging to end the game.

No walk by Ben Revere should go unappreciated, including that one. Two walks in 40 plate appearances for the season is 5.0%, which is about the same as his career walk rate of 5.2%. He was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game to up his line to 324/359/378. Made a very nice catch for the first out in the second.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s on-basing .276 so far.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two doubles. Hitting just .231, but with a .394 on-base percentage thanks to six walks in 33 PA.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. Made a big error in the eighth. 1-for-13 in the last three games.

Byrd 1-for-4 with a single and two RBI. Went 5-for-13 to start the season and is 3-for-his-last-21.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double. 8-for-his-last-18 with four walks and hitting .357 for the year.

Hernandez 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-12 on the year with a double and a walk.

Nix 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-17 on the year.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) faces righty Marco Estrada (0-0, 1.59) tonight. Lee was awful against the Rangers on Opening Day and threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs his second time out. He’s allowed 21 hits in 12 innings for the year. Estrada’s only appearance is a start against the Red Sox in which he allowed two runs, one earned, over 5 2/3 innings.


Ryan Braun hits like eight home runs, but there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened

Brutal, ugly game yesterday as the Brewers bombed the Phils 10-4 in the Phillie home opener. Ryan Braun hit three home runs and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee. Kendrick and Lincoln were both awful. So was the defense, especially at third and in center field, as the Phillies made three errors in the game and another big misplay in center that went for a hit.

The Phillies are 3-4 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener yesterday afternoon.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out three.

Kendrick was outstanding in his first start against the Rangers, allowing a run over seven innings. Less outstanding yesterday. 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 ratio after two outings. Lefties are 5-for-13 (.385) against him so far.

Jean Segura singled to center with one out in the top of the first, but Segura was caught stealing and Ryan Braun grounded to short for the first out.

Kendrick started the second up 1-0 and allowed a run on a double by Jonathan Lucroy with one out that was followed by a two-out single by Mark Reynolds. 1-1. Scooter Gennett followed Reynolds with a single that put men on first and second, but Kendrick got pitcher Kyle Lohse on a fly ball to center to end the frame.

Carlos Gomez doubled to left to start the third. Jean Segura was next and bunted, but Kendrick mishandled the bunt for an error that left men on first and second for Braun. Braun homered to left, putting Milwaukee up 4-1. Later in the frame, with two outs and a man on first, Reynolds reached on a throwing error by Asche. It put men on first and second for Gennett and Gennett hit a high bloop into shallow center field that somehow dropped in front of a diving Ben Revere for a single. Reynolds scored to make it 5-1. Kendrick retired Lohse on a ground ball to second to set the Brewers down.

Miserable defense for the Phillies in the inning. Kendrick makes an error on the bunt, Asche makes a throwing error and Revere is not charged with an error when Gennett’s ball somehow drops in center. That one was in the air for a long, long time.

Braun homered to right center with two outs and nobody on, making it 6-1.

It was 6-2 when Kendrick started the fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Lucroy. He got the next two and with two down and Khris Davis on second, Kendrick intentionally walked Gennett to pitch to Lohse. Lohse grounded to short for the third out.

If we’re voting, I’m voting for trying to get the eight-hitter Gennett out with two outs and a man on second in the fifth inning of a game you’re losing by four runs.

B.J. Rosenberg pitched the sixth with the Phils down 6-3. Segura singled with one out and was caught stealing again with two down to end the frame.

Ruiz throws Segura out twice, once in the first and once in the sixth.

Davis singled off of Rosenberg with two outs in the seventh and the Milwaukee lead cut to 6-4. Reynolds was next and reached on an error by Revere in center, allowing Davis to score. 7-4 with Reynolds on second and two outs. Mario Hollands came in to pitch to the lefty Gennett. Righty Rickie Weeks hit for Gennett and went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Rosenberg goes 1 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, thanks to the Revere error, on two hits and no walks.

After three appearances, Rosenberg has a 0.00 ERA and a much more telling 2.57 ratio. Opponents are hitting .455 against him.

Hollands faces one hitter in the game, retiring Weeks to drop his ERA to 3.86. He’s been really good since a miserable outing on Opening Day against the Rangers. In three outings since his first appearance, he’s faced six hitters over two innings without allowing a hit or a walk.

Brad Lincoln pitched the eighth and the Brewers broke it open with three more runs. Gomez doubled to left with one out and Lincoln hit Segura behind him, bringing Braun to the plate with two men on. Braun hit Lincoln’s first pitch out to left-center for a three-run homer that made it 10-4. Lucroy doubled off of Lincoln with two outs, but Davis flew to center for the third out.

Lincoln returned for the ninth. He allowed a leadoff double to Reynolds, but retired the next three.

Miserable day for Lincoln, who allows three runs on four hits over two innings. Braun hits the three-run homer off of him in the eighth. 11.57 ERA after two appearances and 2 1/3 innings. He hasn’t walked a hitter, but opponents are hitting .417 against him. Righties 4-for-9 against the righty with three doubles, a home run, a 1.111 slugging percentage and a 444/500/1.111 line.

The pen goes four innings in relief of Kendrick, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. Ugly day after a fantastic series for the relievers in Chicago. Lincoln threw 39 pitches in the game and Rosenberg 30.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Carlos Ruiz (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Cesar Hernandez (8) Cody Asche. Chase Utley out with the flu, so Cesar Hernandez starts at second and hits seventh. Carlos Ruiz hits third despite not having any hits against righties for the season — he comes into the game 0-for-11 against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the bottom of the first and moved to third when Howard followed with a double to center. Byrd was next and hit a ball hard at Segura at short, which Segura did not handle for an error. Ruiz scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard took third. Brown walked to load the bases for Hernandez, but Hernandez struck out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the second. Asche led off with a walk and Rollins walked with two outs, but Ruiz flew to right to leave men at first and second.

They trailed 5-1 when they hit in the third. Brown singled with two outs, but Hernandez flew to right to set the Phillies down.

Revere singled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 6-1. Rollins was next and blasted a 3-2 pitch off the wall in right, plating Revere to cut the lead to 6-2. Ruiz flew to left to end the inning.

First XBH for Rollins since the grand slam on Opening Day.

Brown walked with two outs in the fifth and moved to second when Hernandez followed with a single to right. Asche was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center for a single, scoring Brown (6-3) and moving Hernandez to third. Mayberry hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging to end the inning.

This one seems simple to me. Kyle Lohse is right-handed. John Mayberry is right-handed. John Mayberry can’t hit right-handed pitching. John Mayberry has been fantastic as a pinch-hitter early in the season, but he’s been fantastic as a pinch-hitter against left-handed pitching. You don’t want to use him in a big spot against a right-handed pitcher. He doesn’t have a hit against a right-handed pitcher yet this year. He’s a career 227/294/371 hitter against righties.

Revere tripled off of lefty Zach Duke to start the sixth and scored when Rollins followed with a single to left. 6-4. The Phillies went in order behind Rollins.

First extra-base hit of the year for Revere and it comes against a lefty. Career isolated power against lefties of .045.

The Phillies were down 7-4 when they hit in the seventh. Lefty Will Smith walked Hernandez with one out, but Asche struck out behind him. Nix hit for Hollands and lined to third for the third out.

Mayberry didn’t hit against the lefty in the seventh cause he hit against the righty in the fifth. Two men on in the fifth, but the problem there is he doesn’t have much of a chance to get a hit.

Righty Brandon Kintzler set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with Milwaukee up 10-4.

Righty Jim Henderson struck out Howard and Brown in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a triple. He’s 7-for-his-last-19 (.368).

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and two RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a walk. Still doesn’t have a hit against a right-handed pitcher. 0-for-14 against righties for the year.

Howard 1-for-5 with a double and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-10. On-basing .200 against lefties for the year.

Byrd 1-for-5 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-17.

Brown 1-for-3 and walked twice. On-basing .529 against righties for the year. 7-for-his-last-14 with four walks.

Hernandez 1-for-3 with a walk to up his average to .375 (3-for-8 with a double).

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-18 since a 3-for-4 day on Opening Day.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) faces righty Matt Garza (0-1, 1.13) tonight. Hernandez allowed just three hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings while holding the Cubs to two runs in his first start of the year. Garza had fantastic numbers in his first start as he allowed a run on two hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out seven Braves.


Third time not quite so charming

The Phils fell 8-3 to the Cubs yesterday, dropping a game in which A.J. Burnett walked six in 5 2/3 innings and a huge error by Ben Revere in the sixth inning led to four unearned runs for Chicago.

It was far from all bad for the Phils in the series, though, as they took two out of three. Revere, Utley and Brown combined to go 17-for-36 in the set (.472) and the bullpen, which had been miserable against the Rangers in the year’s first series, was fantastic. Phillie relievers combined to throw eight scoreless innings over the three games, allowing a single and four walks while striking out seven.

The Phillies are 3-3 on the season after losing 8-3 to the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon. The Phils win the three-games series two games to one.

A.J. Burnett got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on five hits and six walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Three hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out three.

Two starts for Burnett so far, one good and this one, which was awful. Last time he walked six or more in a game was July 18, 2011.

He allowed four runs in the bottom of the first on three walks, a triple to lefty Ryan Kalish, a double to righty Starlin Castro and two sac flies.

Burnett walks three in the frame and all three score to put the Phis in an early 4-0 hole.

He walked Kalish with two outs in the second, but picked him off of first to end the inning.

Burnett set the Cubs down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

It was 4-1 when he started the fifth. He walked Kalish again, this time with two outs, and Kalish moved up to third when Anthony Rizzo followed with a single. Nate Schierholtz was next and he walked as well, loading the bases for Luis Valbuena. Valbuena flew to right to end the inning.

With one out in the sixth, Ryan Sweeney lined a ball into center that went off of Revere’s glove for a three-base error. Burnett hit John Baker 1-1 and righty Mike Olt hit for the pitcher Brian Schlitter. Burnett struck Olt out swinging for the second out, but Emilio Bonifacio was next and reached on an infield single. Sweeney scored from third (5-1) and the Cubs had men on first and second with two down for Kalish. Kalish cleared the bases with a double to center. 7-1 with Kalish on second. The righty Brad Lincoln came in to face the lefty Rizzo and Rizzo singled to left. 8-1. Lincoln retired Schierholtz on a fly ball to left for the third out.

All four runs in the frame are unearned thanks to the Revere error. Revere got to the ball, just didn’t catch it. Burnett didn’t pitch well in the frame, though, allowing a single and a double after hitting Baker. Don’t know why Lincoln debuted facing a lefty with a runner in scoring position, but it didn’t work. Down 7-1, it probably didn’t matter a lot, either.

Two batters for Lincoln in the game in his first appearance as a Phillie. He allows a single and gets the the other out.

Jeff Manship threw a 1-2-3 seventh. He came back for the eighth and walked Junior Lake with one out, but got the next two behind Lake.

Manship has made two appearances for the Phils, allowing the walk to Lake over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The pen goes 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the game, allowing a single and a walk. Lincoln allows a run charged to Burnett. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row and the Phils are off today. Manship threw 29 pitches and Lincoln 12.

The Phillies lineup against righty Carlos Villanueva went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Carlos Ruiz (8) Cody Asche. Rollins returns to the lineup and the two-spot off of paternity leave. Phils have three lefties three through six in what I presume will be their regular lineup against righties until someone gets hurt.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the top of the first and Utley was hit by a pitch behind him. Howard flew to center for the second out with Rollins moving up to third. Byrd grounded back to the mound to set the Phillies down.

They trailed 4-0 when they hit in the second. Brown led off with a single to right, but the Phils went in order behind him with Asche and Burnett both striking out.

They went in order in the third.

Byrd and Brown singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz with one out. Ruiz reached on an error by Castro at short, loading the bases for Asche. Asche hit a ball back to the mound with Villanueva coming home to force Byrd for the second out. With the bases loaded and two outs, Burnett flew to center to end the frame.

No run for the Phils after they load the bases with one out.

Revere led off the fifth with a single, stole second and moved up to third on a single to center by Rollins. Rollins stole second, putting men on second and third with nobody out for Utley. Utley hit a ball that went off of Villanueva’s glove to Castro at short. Castro threw to first in time to nip Utley on a close play. Revere scored (4-1) and Rollins held second. Howard was next and lined a ball to right, but Bonicfacio, playing in shallow right, caught it and doubled Rollins off of second to set the Phillies down.

One run for the Phils after they put men on second and third with nobody out. Close play at first on the ball hit by Utley. Howard looked like he had a hit, but the second baseman Bonifacio caught it in shallow right.

Righty Brian Schlitter set the Phillies down in order in the sixth.

They were down 8-1 when they faced righty Hector Rondon in the seventh. Asche led off with a single, but Hernandez, hitting for Lincoln, Revere and Rollins went down behind him.

Rondon pitched the eighth as well. Utley led off with a double and moved up to third on a ground out by Howard, but Byrd struck out for the second out and Brown grounded to the pitcher to turn the Phils away.

No run for the Phillies after putting a man on third with one out. Byrd strikes out swinging against the righty for the second out.

Righty Jose Veras walked Asche with one out in the ninth. Gwynn hit for Manship and he walked as well, putting men on first and second with one down for Revere. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Revere walked to load the bases for Rollins. Rollins grounded to third with Gwynn forced at third for the second out. Asche scored to make it 8-2 with two down and men on first and second. Utley walked to load the bases again for Howard and righty Pedro Strop took over to face Howard. Everyone moved up another base on another wild pitch with Revere scoring to make it 8-3 before Howard flew to left to end the game.

Revere was 1-for-4 in the game with a walk, a stolen base and a huge error that led to four unearned runs. 5-for-14 with a walk in the series. 286/310/286 after 30 plate appearances for the year (8-for-28 with eight singles and a walk).

Rollins 2-for-5 with an RBI yesterday. 2-for-9 with two singles in the set. 211/211/368 so far.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies. 6-for-11 with two walks, two doubles and two home runs in the series. Drove in five runs. 458/536/833 for the year in 28 plate appearances. 5-for-13 with a walk, a double and a home run against lefties (385/429/692).

Howard 0-for-5 and left six men on base. Hit the ball way better than that, flying out to deep center and lining into a double-play. 2-for-12 with two walks in the series. Struck out just twice after seven strikeouts in 14 PA against the Rangers to start the year. 240/321/400 to start the year. Hitting .273 against righties with no extra-base hits. Hitting .214 against lefties with a double, a home run and a .500 slugging percentage. Just two strikeouts in 14 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.

Byrd 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. Struck out four times. 240/296/360 so far. Great series against the Rangers in which he went 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run and then goes 1-for-12 against the Cubs. Has looked great defensively in right field. 2-for-14 (.143) against righties so far with two singles. 4-for-11 with two walks and a home run against lefties.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles yesterday and 6-for-11 with two walks and a double in the set. 381/435/429 for the year. Just one extra-base hit in 23 plate appearances, a double, but just about everything else is going great for him at the plate so far. 3-for-9 with three singles against lefties and hitting .417 against righties.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-6 with two walks in the series. 235/435/294 so far with five walks in 23 PA. 0-for-11 against right-handed pitching and 4-for-6 with a double against lefties. 3-for-6 hitting second in the order and 1-for-11 hitting anywhere else.

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-11 with a walk and five strikeouts in the set. 263/333/474 so far. 1-for-6 (.167) against lefties and 308/357/615 against righties. 2-for-15 with a walk and two singles since going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and a home run on Opening Day.

The Phillies don’t play today and will face the Brewers tomorrow afternoon.


The winny city

The Phillies got another lefty this afternoon and Roberto Hernandez got an early hook, but it all worked out as they topped the Cubs 7-2 for their second win of the season.

Hernandez was pulled after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings on three hits and a walk while throwing just 73 pitches. The bullpen, which had been atrocious in the first three games of the year, was fantastic after he left, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

The other big development of the day was that the Phillies hammered left-handed pitching. Utley hit a two-run homer off of a lefty and he, Brown and Howard combined to go 6-for-14 on the afternoon and drove in five runs. John Mayberry delivered his second big blow off of a lefty coming off the bench in four games, hitting a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

The Phillies are 2-2 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 this afternoon.

Roberto Hernandez got the start, making his Phillie debut coming off of a Spring Training in which he threw to a 5.29 ERA and a 1.41 ratio over five starts. He went 5 1/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out five.

Third straight good start for the Phillies.

Hernandez struck Emilio Bonifacio and Starlin Castro both out swinging to start the bottom of the first. Anthony Rizzo was next and flew to Revere at the wall in center.

Hernandez got Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena to start the second before Welington Castillo hit a 1-0 pitch way out to left to put the Cubs up 1-0. Ryan Sweeney struck out swinging for the third out.

Hernandez allows really a lot of home runs — 46 home runs over his last 302 1/3 innings pitched coming into the game, which is about 1.37 per nine innings. The righty Castillo got him in the second after the lefty Rizzo just missed to end the first. Herandez allowed 17 home runs to the 352 left-handed hitters he faced in 2013, which is about 4.8% of them, which is a lot. Seven of 269 right-handed hitters homered off of him, which is about 2.6%.

Darwin Barney led off the third and hit a ball to third that probably should have been handled by Asche but went for a single. The pitcher Travis Wood bunted Barney to second with the first out before Bonifacio lined to center for the second. Castro was next and hit a ball that a diving Utley stopped but did not glove cleanly. The ball got away from him and Castro scored from second, putting the Cubs up 2-0. Rizzo popped to Utley for the third out.

The Chicago led was cut to 2-1 when Hernandez started the fourth. Valbuena walked with one out, but Hernandez set Castillo and Sweeney down behind him.

From 2006 to 2009, Hernandez walked about 9.8% of the batters he faced. In 2012 and 2013 combined, he only walked about 5.8% of the hitters he faced. 2013 he walked about 3.4% of the righties he faced and about 8.0% of the lefties. About 5.9% overall. Overall in 2013, Phillie pitchers walked about 8.1% of the hitters they faced. The 5.9% walk rate for Hernandez is about the same as Kendrick’s 2013 walk rate (also 5.9%) and worse than the ’13 walk rate for Hamels (5.5%) or Lee (3.7%).

Hernandez threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the Phillies leading 3-2.

He struck Castro out swinging to star the sixth. With lefties Rizzo and Schierholtz due to hit for the Cubs, Diekman took over and set them both down on a fly ball to left and a Schierholtz strikeout.

Seems kinda early to me. Just 73 pitches for Hernandez. It’s a lot of outs for a bad bullpen to get. Bringing in Diekman to get the lefties worked great, though. First of three outings in which he was non-awful. 10.13 ERA and a 1.88 ratio after three times out.

It was 4-2 when Justin De Fratus started the seventh, making his first appearance of the year. He set the Cubs down in order, getting Valbuena and Castillo on fly balls before striking Sweeney out swinging.

Great start to the year for De Fratus. Two of the three batters he faced, Valbuena and Sweeney, were left-handed. Not sure why they thought a righty was the right way to go there, but it worked out for the Phils. Lefties Antonio Bastardo and Mario Hollands were in the pen after an off-day yesterday.

Bastardo pitched the eighth with a 6-2 lead. He walked Barney to start the inning and Bonifacio with one out, but got Castro to ground into an inning-ending double-play.

The bullpen was great today, but has still walked way too many hitters in the early going. Bastardo’s two walks in were the only hits or walks the relievers allowed in 3 2/3 innings on the day.

Hollands got the first two outs in the ninth with the Phils up 7-2. Righty Mike Olt pinch-hit for the Cubs and Jeff Manship came in to retire Olt on a ground ball to short to end the game.

That’s a little silly with the Phils up two runs with two outs and nobody on.

Overall the pen went 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the game, allowing no hits and two walks while striking out four. Nobody threw more than 18 pitches in the game and nobody has thrown more than one day in a row thanks to Thursday’s off day.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Travis Wood went (1) Ben Revere (2) Carlos Ruiz (3) Chase Utley (4) Marlon Byrd (5) Ryan Howard (6) Domonic Brown (7) Jayson Nix (8) Cody Asche. Phils face their third straight lefty. Nix at short again with Rollins away from the team for the birth of a child and expected back for Saturday’s game. Nix starts for the third time in four games on the season. The righty Mayberry on the bench. Lefties Brown and Asche in left and at third. Byrd hits fourth and Howard fifth, flipping the order from previous game in which they faced lefty Robbie Ross. Ruiz hits second again with Rollins out.

Ruiz walked with one out in the top of the first, but Utley and Byrd went down behind him.

Howard and Nix struck out in a 1-2-3 second.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the third. Asche and Hernandez both struck out before Revere reached on an infield single. Ruiz was next and was hit 3-2, putting men on first and second with two down for Utley. Utley grounded to third to end the frame.

Hernandez 0-for-19 at the plate for his career with 12 strikeouts after that at-bat.

Byrd led off the fourth with the Phils down 2-0 and lined a ball to third. Valbuena didn’t catch it for an error that left Byrd safe at first. Howard followed with a ball over the head of the first baseman Rizzo and down the right field line. Byrd went to third and Howard should have been at second, but he’s really slow and had to settle for a single. It put runners on the corners for Brown and Brown hit a ball hard back up the middle for a single. Byrd scored (2-1) and the Phillies had runners on first and second with nobody out for Nix. Nix struck out swinging for the first out. Asche was next and hit a ball well to left center, but Bonifacio tracked it down for the second out. Howard moved up to third, but the runners were left stranded on the corners when Hernandez grounded to second for the third out.

Brown and Howard both deliver singles against the lefty in the frame and it gets the Phils a run. Valbuena’s error helps get the Phils on the board. The single by Brown was hit hard back up the middle, but Castro had a chance to make that play as well. Asche hit the ball really hard the other way.

Howard 3-for-11 (.273) against lefties on the year at that point. Brown 2-for-7 (.286).

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth. Utley was next and hit the first pitch he saw from Wood out to right-center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Byrd and Howard went down behind Utley.

Utley homers off the lefty. 3-for-11 against lefties for the year through the home run. He hit 245/324/430 against lefties in 2013, coming off of two straight seasons where he struggled against left-handed pitching. 215/324/355 in 2012 and 187/298/308 in 2011. He absolutely crushed lefties in 2010, posting a 294/422/581 line against them with ten home runs in 166 plate appearances.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

The lefty Gwynn hit for Diekman and struck out swinging 0-2 to start the seventh with the lefty Wood still on the mound for Chicago. Revere singled to left and the righty Hector Rondon came in to pitch to Ruiz. Revere stole second before Ruiz drew a walk, putting two men on for Byrd. Lefty Wesley Wright came on to pitch to Utley and Utley singled to right, scoring Revere (4-2) and moving Ruiz to second. Byrd dribbled out to the pitcher for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Howard hit the ball well to center, but Bonifacio took it at the wall to set the Phillies down.

Another big hit for Utley against a lefty, this time Wright. Howard hit the ball well against Wright as well, but into an out.

Not sure why Gwynn hit against a lefty for Diekman, but it didn’t work out very well. He’s a career 233/286/288 hitter against lefties. Righties Mayberry, Nieves and the switch-hitter Herandez on the bench for the Phils. Maybe too early for Mayberry and Nieves is the second catcher. Hernandez 295/326/341 against lefties in 46 plate appearances.

Brown singled to left off of Wright to start the eighth. Nix tried to bunt him to second, but popped it up to the pitcher for the first out. Asche struck out looking for the second out. Mayberry hit for De Fratus and homered to left. 6-2. Revere followed with a single into right and righty Brian Schlitter came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz grounded to short to end the frame.

Mayberry gets to hit against the lefty with a runner on base anyway after not leading off the seventh for Diekman. Worked out well. Another big pinch-hit for Mayberry against a lefty after a pinch-hit double on Opening Day off of Pedro Figueroa. Brown singles against the lefty to start the inning, which allows him to score on the Mayberry homer.

Schlitter walked Howard with two outs in the ninth. Brown was next and doubled to the opposite field on a 3-2 pitch. Howard scored to make it 7-2. Nix grounded to short to end the frame.

Howard running on the 3-2 pitch with two outs helps him score on the Brown double.

Revere 3-for-5 with three singles and a stolen base.

Ruiz 1-for-2 and walked twice.

Utley 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI.

Byrd 0-for-5.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk.

Brown 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Nix 0-for-5, struck out three times and left four men on base.

Asche 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) faces righty Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00) Saturday afternoon in game two of the set. Lee allowed eight runs in five innings against the Rangers in his first outing. Samardzija threw seven shutout innings against the Pirates in his first start.


2014 Start Log is up

The 2014 Start Log is up.

Highlights so far include:

  • Phillies are 0-2 when they get a Quality Start. In 2013 the Phillies were awful and went 57-34 in their Quality Starts. In 2012 they were .500 and went 62-37 when they got a Quality Start.
  • The bullpen has an 8.22 ERA and a 2.35 ratio, including a 20.25 ERA and 4.50 ratio on days when Kendrick pitches and a 7.71 ERA and 2.57 ratio on days when Burnett pitches.
  • The bullpen is on pace to walk 432 in 414 innings for the season. That might not even happen. If it does, you will have stopped watching the games six weeks ago by the time the season ends.
  • If the Phillies play the rest of their games at their current Pythagorean Winning Percentage, they will finish the year 89-73. Again, that might not even happen.

You can view the Start Log for 2013 here.


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