After winning the first two games of their series with the Padres, the Phils were outscored 11-2 by San Diego in the last two games combined and dropped both.
In yesterday’s game they made three errors, which led to three unearned runs. In ten of the 16 games they have played this year, the Phillies have scored less than three runs. They’ve scored less than three in five of their last six, averaging 1.67 runs per game over those six games.
After 16 games, the Phillies have two players with an OPS better than .725 for the season. One of them is Cole Hamels, who is 2-for-6 with a double. The other is Wigginton, who is hitting 286/366/429. That’s a .794 OPS, which is 50th best among the 148 NL batters with at least 25 plate appearances. The Phils are 15th in the league in runs scored.
The Phillies are 7-9 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 6-1 yesterday. The teams split the four game series.
Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, two triples and a home run.
After four appearances, three of which were starts, Blanton has a 4.34 ERA for the year. He has walked just three batters in 18 2/3 innings, but opponents have hit 303/333/513 against him.
Will Venable reached on a bunt single to start the bottom of the first. Mark Kotsay was next and hit a ball that Blanton mishandled for an error that put runners on first and second. Chase Headley was the next hitter and he lined a ball to right that Pence misplayed, freezing before the ball sailed over his head for a double. Venable scored (1-0) and Kotsay moved up to third. Nick Hundley was next and he hit a ball to left center field that Victorino handled for the second out. Kotsay tagged and scored (2-0), but Victorino made a strong and accurate throw to third and Headley was out trying to tag and move up to third. Yonder Alonso grounded to short for the third out.
Great throw by Victorino. Pence should have caught the ball hit by Headley.
The lead was cut to 2-1 when Blanton started the third. He got the first two hitters before Cameron Maybin tripled to center. Blanton struck out Anthony Bass swinging to leave Maybin at third.
Blanton walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the third. Hundley was next and he tripled to right, scoring Headley to make it 3-1. Alonso followed and hit a ground ball to first that should have ended the inning. Thome fielded it cleanly, but his throw to Blanton covering first was way behind the pitcher for an error. Alonso went to second and Hundley scored, putting the Padres on top 4-1. Maybin grounded to short for the third out.
More bad defense for the Phils in the inning as Thome’s throwing error costs the team a run.
Blanton set San Diego down in order in the fourth.
He walked Headley with two outs in the fifth. Hundley was next and he blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left center for a two-run homer, making it 6-1. Alonso flew to right for the third out.
Maybin singled to start the sixth, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out. Bartlett grounded to third before Hudson singled into right. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Anthony Bass and Blanton got him on a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Savery pitched the seventh and kept the Padres off the board. He had to work around his own two-out error that allowed Headley to reach first, but got Hundley to ground to first and leave Headley stranded.
Savery was back to get three fly balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Two scoreless innings in the game for Savery, who allowed just one runner to reach base. That runner reached on an error. He’s been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over three appearances for the Phillies so far. He threw 22 pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Anthony Bass went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Thome (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third against the righty and Victorino hitting second. Thome plays first with Nix and Mayberry on the bench.
Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked, but was picked off of first for the first out. Victorino walked, too, putting a man on first for Rollins. Rollins hit a ball to first that Alonso didn’t handle for his first error of the play. The ball bounced out in front of him and he tried a blind backhand flip to first that was nowhere near the bag for another error that allowed Victorino to move up to third. Rollins stole second before Pence grounded to second with the runners holding for the second out. Thome struck out looking to end the frame with both runners stranded.
No runs for the Phils on two walks, a stolen base and two errors. No run after putting runners on second and third with one out as Pence can’t move the runners up. Pierre was probably safe on a close play when he was picked off, but not getting picked off would have helped the inning as well.
Ruiz singled with one out in the second and the Phils down 2-0. Galvis was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled for the second out, with Ruiz moving up to second. Blanton drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre with two down. Pierre singled into right and Ruiz would have held third, but Venable didn’t field the ball cleanly. Ruiz scored, getting the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino grounded to first to leave the runners stranded on first and second.
No run for the Phils without the Venable error, so their only tally on the day is unearned. Pierre gets on base for the second time in two innings.
Rollins ripped a double to right to start the top of the third. Pence was next and grounded to third for the first out. Thome struck out looking for the second before Rollins stole third. Wigginton struck out swinging to leave him there.
No run for the Phils despite the leadoff double. Second bad at-bat of the game for Pence as he can’t move Rollins up to third with the first out. Second extra-base hit of the season for Rollins.
Down 4-1, the Phils went in order in the fourth.
They went in order in the fifth as well.
Thome and Wigginton walked back-to-back with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 6-1. Ruiz hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.
Lefty Joe Thatcher got Galvis to ground to second to start the seventh. Mayberry hit for Blanton and struck out swinging for the second out. Pierre reached on an infield single, but Luke Gregerson took over for Thatcher and struck out Victorino to leave Pierre on first.
Rollins reached on an infield single to start the eighth, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him. Thome followed that with a single to right, raising his average for the year to .125 (2-for-16), and Wigginton moved Thome up to second with another single. Ruiz grounded to short to end the frame.
Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but no run. Rough day for Pence at the plate and in the field.
Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth for San Diego. Orr hit for Galvis and struck out for the first out. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the second before Pierre singled to center. Victorino went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled to end the game.
Pierre was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-16 with two walks and a triple in the four-game set. 326/354/370 for the year. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the series. Pierre notably started against a lefty in game three of the set. Mayberry is 7-for-40 with a double, no walks and 13 strikeouts for the season (175/175/200).
Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and four men left on base. 4-for-15 with two walks and a home run in the series. 274/338/387 for the year. 0-for-his-last-8. 244/295/341 over his last 44 plate appearances.
Rollins 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 2-for-14 with two walks and a double in the series. 254/294/286 for the year. He’s 4-for-17 against lefties for the year with no walks and four singles (235/235/235).
Pence 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-16 in the series with a walk and five strikeouts, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the first game of the set and 0-for-13 over the next three games.
Thome 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 2-for-16 with two walks and nine strikeouts for the season. He has struck out in half of his 18 plate appearances.
Wigginton also 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 4-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. He also struck out five times. 286/366/429 for the season. He leads all Phillie hitters in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He’s second behind Pierre in batting average. Polanco didn’t play in the game but was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. He’s hitting 192/222/212 with one walk and one double in 52 plate appearances for the season.
Ruiz 1-for-4 with four men left on base. 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the series. 273/306/409 on the year. 211/244/368 since going 4-for-6 to start the season. Schneider was 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-12 with a walk and two singles for the year.
Galvis 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 2-for-14 with a walk and two singles in the series. 212/241/327 for the season. His isolated power mark of .115 is better than Victorino (.113) and way better than Pierre (.043), Rollins (.032), Mayberry (.025) or Polanco (.019). This is not to say that Galvis’s isolated power of .115 is good, though. Of the 148 NL players with 25 plate appearances, his .115 is tied for 89th.
San Diego won Saturday’s game 5-1. Halladay walked four in the game, but still held the Padres to a pair of runs over seven innings before Stutes got banged around in the eighth. Stutes was charged with three runs in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 6.35. The Phillies had just three hits in the game, singles from Polanco and Halladay and a double by Wigginton. Against a left-handed starting pitcher, the lefty Pierre was in the leadoff spot and struggling righty John Mayberry on the bench. Pierre was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.
On Friday the Phils beat the Padres 4-1 behind outstanding pitching. Hamels allowed a run over six innings in the game and was backed by three scoreless innings from the pen (Contreras, Qualls and Papelbon all tossed a scoreless frame). Down 1-0 to start the seventh, the Phils scored three runs in the frame on a two-run single by Pierre and an RBI-single by Schneider. Victorino hit his second home run of the season in the eighth.
Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) faces lefty Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12) tonight in Arizona. Kendrick will be making his first start of the year, filling in for the DL’ed Lee. Miley will also be making his first start of the year, filling in for the sidelined Daniel Hudson. Miley has thrown just 48 2/3 innings for his career, but has walked too many hitters in the innings he has thrown, having walked 22 in those 48 2/3 frames.