The Phillies scored some runs late last night, but didn’t do much of anything early as Wade Miley held them to two hits and a walk over six shutout innings. Kyle Kendrick, on the other hand, had a miserable outing in his first start of the year, allowing seven runs over three innings.
Down 9-0 going into the ninth, the Phils finally got some offense going, getting a three-run homer from Victorino and a solo shot from Ruiz. Their rally fell four runs short, though, and they lost their third straight.
The Phillies are 7-10 on the year after losing 9-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. They have lost three in a row for the second time this year.
Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went three innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out one and his ERA rose to 9.39.
Gerrardo Parra doubled to left to start the bottom of the first. Aaron Hill was next and hit a 1-0 pitch down the left field line. It was originally ruled a home run, but review showed the ball clearly hit below the line and he was given a double. Parra scored and Arizona led 1-0. Hill stole third and scored on a sac fly by Justin Upton, putting Arizona up 2-0. Kendrick hit the next batter, Miguel Montero, with a pitch and Montero came around to score when Jason Kubel doubled to center. 3-0. Cody Ransom was the next batter and he grounded to first for the second out, with Kubel moving up to third. Lyle Overbay was next and walked, putting runners on first and third for John McDonald. McDonald singled into center, scoring Kubel (4-0), and moving Overbay up to second. The pitcher Wade Miley was next and he singled into right, but Mayberry made a nice throw to get Overbay at the plate and finally end the inning.
Arizona hits around in the inning, getting two singles, three doubles and a hit batter.
Singles from Hill, Upton and Montero loaded the bases with one out in the second. Kendrick got Kubel to foul out to Polanco for the second out, but Ransom was next and lined a two-run double to left. 6-0. Overbay flew to left to leave the runners at second and third.
McDonald reached on an infield single to start the third and Miley bunted him to second with the first out. Parra flew to center for the second out and Hill popped to first for the third.
Upton homered to left to start the fourth. 7-0. That was it for Kendrick as Herndon took over on the mound. He struck out Montero for the first out before Kubel homered to right. 8-0. Herndon got the next two to end the inning.
He was back to set the Diamondbacks down in order in the fifth.
He got the first two to start the sixth before Kubel followed a Montero single with a double. It put men on second and third for Ransom and Herndon got behind him 3-0 before walking him 3-2 to load the bases. Savery took over and struck out Overbay to end the inning.
Herndon gives up two hits and a walk in the inning, but the strikeout from Savery keeps the Diamondbacks off the board this time. Herndon goes 2 2/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four.
McDonald doubled off of Savery to start the seventh. He took third on a passed ball by Ruiz with one out and came in to score on Parra’s sac fly, making it 9-0.
The run charged to Savery was unearned due to the passed ball by Ruiz that allowed McDonald to move up to third. His ERA after four appearances is 1.59. The double was only the second hit allowed by Savery for the year over 5 2/3 innings.
Contreras pitched the eighth, allowing a single and a walk, but getting Henry Blanco to hit into a a double-play to keep Arizona off the board.
Second outing of the year for Contreras. He has allowed a hit and two walks over two scoreless innings so far.
Long night for the pen. They go five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. Herndon threw 51 pitches in the game, Savery 20 and Contreras 18.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Wade Miley went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis. Pierre again starts in left against the lefty. Mayberry in right with Pence sidelined with a sore shoulder. Mayberry hits behind Ruiz in the order.
The Phils went in order in the first.
Down 4-0, they went in order in the second.
Down 6-0, Galvis doubled to center with one out in the third. Kendrick struck out swinging and Pierre grounded to second to leave him there.
The Phillies went in order in the fourth.
Down 8-0, Mayberry doubled to left with two outs in the fifth. Galvis popped to short to leave him there.
Polanco walked with two outs in the sixth. Rollins popped out to third behind him.
Wigginton singled off of righty Brad Ziegler to start the seventh, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.
Orr doubled to right off of righty Jonathan Albaladejo with two outs in the eighth and the Phillies down 9-0. Pierre was next and singled into left, but Orr was thrown out trying to score to set the Phillies down.
Polanco started the ninth with a single off of lefty Joe Paterson. Nix stayed in the game to hit against the lefty and doubled to center, scoring Polanco to cut the lead to 9-1. Wigginton moved Nix to third with a single before Victorino hit a three-run homer. 9-4. Ruiz was next and he homered to right-center. 9-5. Lefty Craig Breslow came in to pitch to Mayberry and Mayberry reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher. Gavlis hit into a double-play to clear the bases and Orr grounded to second to end the game.
Two homers in the frame for the Phils, including the first of the year that came with runners on base. Nix hits against a lefty and it doesn’t go so bad.
Pierre was 1-for-4 in the game to drop his average for the year to .320.
Polacno 1-for-3 with a walk, upping his line to 200/241/218.
Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Wigginton 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, upping his line to 308/378/436. He’s hitting 367/429/533 over his last 35 plate appearances since going 1-for-9 to start the year.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.
Ruiz 1-for-4 with his second homer of the year.
Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double and an outfield assist. He was also 2-for-4 with a double on Opening Day against the Pirates. So he’s 4-for-8 with two doubles on Opening Day and in last night’s game combined. In all other games he has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with five singles and 11 strikeouts.
Galvis 1-for-4 with a double to raise his average to .214. He’s 1-for-his-last-11.
Worley (1-1, 2.74) faces righty Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22) tonight. Worley was fantastic in his most recent start, striking out 11 Padres over seven shutout innings. Collmenter has allowed at least four runs in each of his three starts and has gone more than four innings in just one of them (and he only went 5 1/3 innings in that one). He’s allowed four home runs in 12 1/3 innings.