Kyle Kendrick pitched for the first time since April 8 last night, getting the call to start the twelfth inning of a 3-3 game. Didn’t go well. Kendrick had an ugly inning, gave up three runs and the Phils lost 6-3.
The Phils have won twice as many games as they have lost so far this year, but anxiety continues to mount over their meager production of the offense. After scoring seven runs a game in their first eight games of the season, the Phils have now scored 23 runs over their last seven (3.29 per game). The trend that they need a lot of help from the defense continued last night as well as two of the three runs they did score were unearned. Eight of the 23 runs they’ve scored in the last seven games have been unearned.
The Phils also aren’t looking especially sharp defensively. Last night they made a pair of errors and a missed cutoff man by Ibanez helped the Brewers plate an early run the Phils couldn’t afford to give up.
The Phillies are 10-5 on the year after losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 last night.
Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 7.25 with his first good start of the year.
He got Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez to start the game, both on ground balls to short, before Ryan Braun lined a single to left. Blanton struck Prince Fielder out swinging 0-2 to leave Braun stranded.
He started the second up 1-0. Casey McGehee led off and hit a ball to short that Rollins didn’t handle for an error. Yunieksy Betancourt was next and grounded back to the mound. Blanton went to second for the first out and Rollins’s relay to first was in time to finish the double-play. Blanton struck Mark Kotsay out swinging to end the frame.
Jonathan Lucroy started the third with a single into center and the pitcher Shawn Marcum bunted him to second. Weeks was next and went down on a ground ball Blanton fielded and threw to first for the second out. Lucroy held second. Gomez was next and he singled into left. Lucroy was going to score either way, but Ibanez missed the cutoff man and Gomez wound up at second with the game tied at 1-1. Braun was next and after Blanton went way up and in on him, he shattered his bat singling to right. Gomez scored to make it 2-1. Fielder flew to left to leave Braun at first.
Ibanez missing the cutoff man helps the Brewers score a second run in the inning, cause Gomez is fast but he wouldn’t have scored from first on Braun’s single.
McGehee led off the fourth and doubled to right. Betancourt grounded to short, Kotsay flew to left and Lucroy grounded to third to leave him there.
Marcum started the fifth with a single to left. He moved to second when Weeks followed with a ground ball to third. Gomez grounded to third with Marcum holding second before Braun drew a walk, putting men on first and second with two down. Blanton struck Fielder out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.
Third inning in a row the leadoff man in the inning had gotten a hit off of Blanton. Blanton had thrown 76 pitches through five innings.
He only needed seven pitches to set Milwaukee down in order in the sixth, getting McGehee to pop to Rollins near third, Betancourt on a ground ball to third and Kotsay on a fly ball to left.
Lucroy started the seventh with a single to right. The pitcher Marcum, who had thrown 102 pitches in the game, hit for himself and bunted Lucroy to second with the first out. Weeks popped to first for the second out and Blanton struck Gomez out swinging 0-2 to leave Lucroy at second.
Marcum didn’t pitch the bottom of the seventh after hitting for himself and bunting in the top of the seventh.
Madson started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Braun led off with a double to left and moved to third when Fielder followed with a single to left. Madson got McGehee to ground to short with the runners holding for the first out. Betancourt was next and he hit a ball down the third base line. Polanco made a nice diving stop and a long throw to first that Howard picked nicely record the second out, but Braun scored to put the Brewers up 3-2. Madson walked the lefty Kotsay intentionally to put men on first and second and pitch to the righty Lucroy. Madson struck Lucroy out swinging 2-2 to end the frame.
Could have brought one of the lefties to face Kotsay instead of walking him intentionally. Worked out okay. At least after giving up the go-ahead run.
Romero started the ninth with the Phils still down a run. He got the first two men he faced, righty Erick Almonte hitting for the pitcher Kameron Loe and Weeks, bringing Gomez to the plate. Romero strained his right calf as Gomez hit a ball back up the middle. Rollins fielded behind second, but couldn’t get Gomez at first. Romero had to be helped off the field and seems likely to be headed for the DL. Herndon took over on the mound. Gomez stole second before Braun grounded to short to end the frame.
Contreras threw a 1-2-3 tenth with the game tied at 3-3. He had thrown 22 pitches in Sunday night’s game.
Nice to see Contreras have an easy outing pitching for the second day in a row.
Bastardo pitched the eleventh. Lucroy walked with one out and righty Wil Nieves hit for the pitcher Mitch Stetter. Nieves hit a ball to first. Howard stepped on the base, chased Lucroy towards second and flipped to Rollins to complete the double-play.
Kendrick started the twelfth, pitching for the first time since April 8. He walked the leadoff man Weeks on four pitches. Gomez was next and he bunted. Kendrick got to the ball, but his throw to first was awful and into right field, putting men on first and third with nobody out for Braun. Braun pounded a ball to center that Victorino took on the warning track. Weeks scored easily, putting the Brewers up 4-3. Kendrick hit Fielder with a 1-2 pitch before he uncorked a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. After the wild pitch, Kendrick walked the righty McGehee intentionally to load the bases and put the double-play back in order. Betancourt was next and he hit a ball to left for the second out with each of the runners tagging and moving up a base. 5-3 with two outs and runners on second and third. Lucroy was next and he singled into right. Fielder scored (6-3), but McGehee tried to score from second and Francisco’s throw to Ruiz beat him by a lot to end the frame.
Nice of McGehee to give the Phillies an out. Francisco’s throw was good enough, but he was out by a lot.
Phils lose that battle of the bullpens as their relievers allow four runs in five innings. I’m going to be pretty surprised if Romero doesn’t hit the DL. Kendrick threw 27 pitches in the game. Madson 19, Bastardo 13. Everyone else was under ten. Madson and Contreras have both thrown two days in a row.
The Phillies lineup against righty Shawn Marcum went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Francisco (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez.
Polanco singled with one out in the first. Rollins was next and hit a ball to second that Weeks flubbed, putting men on first and second for Howard. Howard hit a ground ball right where the shortstop would have been if he weren’t playing on the other side of second. It was a single. Polanco scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Rollins took second. Francisco struck out swinging and Ibanez grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.
The Phils went in order in the second.
They were down 2-1 when they hit in the third. Polanco singled to center with one out, but Rollins and Howard both flew out behind him.
Polanco sure gets a lot of hits.
Ibanez singled with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz flew to left behind him. Valdez moved Ibanez to second with a single to center, but Blanton dribbled to the pitcher Marcum to leave both men stranded.
The Phils went in order in the fifth.
Marcum struck out Howard, Francisco and Ibanez in the sixth.
Righty Sean Green started the seventh for the Brewers. Ruiz grounded to short for the first out. Valdez was next and chopped a ball to third. McGehee charged and didn’t field for an error. Gload hit for Blanton and the Brewers let the righty Green pitch to him. Gload singled the opposite way, down the third base line, and Valdez went to third. Righty Sergio Mitre came in to pitch to Victorino and Martinez ran for Gload at first. Victorino chopped a ball in between first and second. Fielder fielded with his momentum going away from first. He had no chance to get Victorino at first and threw home, but his throw was high on the third base side of the plate and Valdez slid in safely to tie the game at 2-2. It brought Polanco to the plate with one out and men on first and second. He smashed a line drive off Mitre’s body. The ball went high into the air and Betancourt made a fantastic diving play to catch it before it hit the ground. Martinez was easily doubled off of second to end the inning.
Should have been another huge hit for Polanco. Again the Phillies score with the help of a misplay by their opponent. Milwaukee leaves the righty Green in to pitch to Gload and it doesn’t work.
Righty Kameron Loe started the eighth for the Brewers with the Phils down 3-2. Howard singled with one out and Francisco followed and hit a ball into left center that Gomez tracked down after a long run for the second out. Loe stayed in to pitch to Ibanez with the lefty Stetter warming in the pen, but Ibanez grounded to second to end the inning.
Milwaukee leaves the righty Loe in to pitch to Ibanez and it works.
John Axford came in to pitch the ninth with the Phils still down a run. Ruiz walked and Valdez bunted him to second. Orr singled to left, Ruiz scored and Orr was able to take second thanks to an awful throw from Braun. It brought Victorino to the plate with one out, a man on second and the game tied at 3-3. Victorino struck out swinging at a 3-2 pitch that was way high. Polanco walked on four pitches that weren’t very close. Rollins got ahead 3-1 but popped to short.
Bad strikeout for Victorino. Not a good sign when a righty pitches around Placido Polanco to pitch to your three-hitter.
Howard, Francisco and Ibanez went in order in the tenth.
Ruiz and Valdez went down to start the eleventh. With righty Brandon Kintzler on the mound for the Brewers, Mayberry hit for Bastardo and grounded to short.
Down 6-3, Victorino started the twelfth with a single that was deflected by Betancourt and went into left field. Polanco flew to right for the first out before Rollins walked. Victorino took third without a throw, putting men on first and third with one down and bringing Howard to the plate at the tying run. Howard lined to third for the second out. Francisco swung at the first pitch of his at-bat and flew to right to end the game.
The Phillies have scored 23 runs over their last seven games. In six of their last nine games they have scored three runs.
The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.
Victorino was 1-for-6 with an RBI and a strikeout. He has hit 241/313/414 over the last seven games.
Polanco 2-for-5 with a walk. He’s just about the only Phillie hitting these days. 12-for-30 (.400) with two walks and a home run over the seven-game funk for the offense.
Rollins was 0-for-5 with a walk. 207/258/276 over the last seven. He’s on pace to drive in 11 runs for the season. 10.8, actually, but we’ll round up.
Howard 2-for-6 with an RBI. 154/233/269 over the last seven and 162/250/270 over the last ten.
Francisco 0-for-6 with two strikeouts and five men left on base. 125/222/125 over the last seven games. 182/265/273 since the end of the first series of the season with the Astros.
Ibanez 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He’s been bad all year so far, putting up a 233/292/317 line overall. On the plus side, his line over the last seven games is kinda cool — 207/207/207. That’s 6-for-29 with six singles, no walks and nine strikeouts.
3-4-5-6 in the order for the Phillies combined to go 3-for-22 with three singles and five strikeouts in the game.
Ruiz was 0-for-4 with a walk. His line over the last seven games isn’t awful — 280/321/440.
Valdez was 1-for-4. 294/368/294 in 20 plate appearances over the last seven games.
Bench was 2-for-3 in the game. Gload and Orr both delivered big hits and Mayberry grounded to short.
Halladay (2-0, 1.23) faces lefty Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32) tonight in game two of the three-game set. Righties are hitting .352 against Wolf so far this year, lefties .200. He allowed 12 runs over ten innings in his first two starts on the year, but was much better against the Pirates his last time out, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The Phils have won all three games that Halladay has started this season. Opponents are hitting .210 against him, he’s walked three batters in 22 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. He threw 123 pitches his last time out and has thrown an average of 112.3 in his three starts.