Archive for April, 2012

Second time’s the charm

Vance Worley gave the Phils their second fantastic start in two games last night and this time the Phils got the win, beating the Padres 2-0 in the first game of their set in San Diego. Worley struck out 11 in seven innings and was backed by scoreless frames from Qualls and Papelbon.

Over their last two games, the Phillies have gotten 17 scoreless innings from their starting pitchers in which they have struck out 18. Phillies starting pitchers for the year have combined to throw to a 2.32 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and averaged 6.87 innings per start.

Juan Pierre did his very best to jump start the offense for the Phils in the game, walking, singling and tripling in his first three plate appearances, but the Phillies still had a whole bunch of problems scoring runs. They got one in the first on a walk, three hits and an error. The other run came in the ninth and wouldn’t have scored without the help of a passed ball, thanks to back-to-back strikeouts followed by a ground out after the Phils put a runner on third with nobody out.

Six wins on the year for the Phillies, who still haven’t won a game in which they’ve allowed more than two runs. They’ve allowed a total of six runs in the games that they’ve won (zero twice, one twice and two twice). In the seven games they’ve lost, they’ve allowed a total of 28 runs, or four runs per game.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the season after beating the San Diego Padres 2-0 last night. They lead the series one game to none.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out 11.

His game score for the start was 77, a mark he equaled in two of his starts in 2011. July 4 against the Marlins and July 26 against the Giants.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead and struck out the side. Will Venable went down swinging. Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley both struck out looking.

Lefty Jeremy Hermida led off the second with a triple to center. Lefty Yonder Alonso lined to third for the first out. Worley struck lefty John Baker out looking 1-2 for the second. Righty Jason Bartlett grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Padres despite the leadoff triple.

Worley struck out pitcher Joe Wieland in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck Maybin out to start the fourth before walking Headley on five pitches. Hermida was next and he grounded to third, with Headley forced at second for the second out. Alonso was next and he walked on five pitches as well, but Worley got Baker on a ground ball to second to set the Padres down.

Two walks in the inning for Worley, but he works around them. It’s obviously very early, but Worley’s walk rate is up for the year so far. Through three starts he’s walked 12% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced compared to 8.7% in 2011.

Worley struck out Bartlett and Hudson in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Venable lined a single to center to start the sixth. Maybin bunted him to second with the first out before Headley singled in to left, moving Venable up to third. Hermida struck out swinging 3-2 as Headley took off for second. Ruiz threw to second. Rollins took the throw with Venable coming home. Rollins made a strong throw home and Ruiz applied the tag to get Venable and end the inning.

No run for the Padres after putting men on first and third with one out.

Worley got the first two to start the seventh before walking Bartlett on a 3-2 pitch. Hudson moved Bartlett to third with a single to center. Kotsay struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch and was infuriated because the ball was so far outside.

Worley got a call on the 3-2 pitch to Kotsay, but it’s still a great job and a huge at-bat for him after the Padres put the go-ahead run on base.

Qualls pitched the eighth with the Phils still up a run. He walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and Headley stole second with Hermida at the plate. Hermida grounded to second to leave Headley stranded.

Fifth outing of the year for Qualls, who still has not been charged with a run in five scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting .167 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-0 lead and walked Alonso on a 3-2 pitch. Baker was next, though, and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play that cleared the bases. He struck Bartlett out looking 2-2 to end the game.

Sixth outing and fourth save for Papelbon. He’s allowed one run over six innings on the homer he allowed to Kearns.

Qualls threw 19 pitches in the game and Papelbon 14. They combined to throw two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and no hits.

The Phillies lineup against righty Joe Wieland went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco and Mayberry back in the lineup against the righty. Lefties Nix and Thome on the bench as well as the righty Wigginton. Polanco continues to hit second, even against the righty. Too high.

Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked on five pitches. Polanco was next and he singled to left with Pierre moving up to third on an error by Venable. It put runners on the corners for Rollins and Rollins hit a ball well to right for the first out. Pierre tagged and scored from third, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Pence was next and he singled into center, moving Polanco up to second. Victorino followed that with another hit, also a single to center, which loaded the bases for Mayberry with one out. Mayberry popped to second on a 3-2 pitch for the second out with all of the runners holding. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

First things first: Pierre walked, number one on the season, so my official guess of April 27 for his first walk proves to be a bust. Mayberry is the other thing there, popping out with the bases loaded and one out to continue a miserable start to the season for him.

The Phillies score in the frame. Given the recent history, that’s something. Still, on a walk, three hits and an error they can only come up with one run.

Pierre and Polanco get it done at the top of the order, coming through with a walk and a single to start the rally.

Galvis and Worley both struck out to start the second before Pierre reached on an infield single. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.

Pierre on base again for the second time in two innings.

Rollins and Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

They went 1-2-3 in the fourth as well.

Pierre lined a triple down the left field line with one out in the fifth. Polanco was next and he grounded hard to third for the first out, with Pierre holding third. Rollins struck out swinging to leave Pierre at third.

Pierre triples, so my official guess of the 14th of Never-everness for his first extra-base hit also proves to be a bust.

No run for the Phillies after the one-out triple by Pierre. Polanco hit the ball hard right at Headley, so Pierre had no chance to score. Kind of a tough break for Polanco, who could just a couple of breaks at this point. Three plate appearances for Pierre at this point in the game and he has a walk, a single and a triple.

Mayberry struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.

Righty Luke Gregerson set the Phils down in order in the seventh, striking out Ruiz for the first out.

Righty Andrew Cashner got Pierre, Polanco and Rollins in order in the eighth.

Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth. Pence led off the inning and walked on four pitches. Victorino moved him to third with a single to left. Victorino stole second with Mayberry at the plate, putting men on second and third. The 0-2 pitch to Mayberry was outside and off the catcher’s foot. It rolled way away, allowing Pence to score from third (2-0) and Victorino to move up to third. Mayberry struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Ruiz struck out looking 0-2 for the second. Galvis flew to left to set the Phillies down.

The Phils manage a run, but again Mayberry comes up empty, striking out with a runner on third for the first out. Ruiz couldn’t get it done, either, striking out with a runner on third for the second out.

Pierre had a monster game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple to up his line to 333/353/394.

Polanco 1-for-4 to up his average to .186. 186/222/209 on the year.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a big sac fly and two strikeouts. He’s 1-for-his-last-15.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. He has stolen six bases without being caught.

Mayberry was miserable, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base. In the first he popped to second with the bases loaded and one out. In the ninth he struck out with nobody out and a runner on third. He’s 1-for-his-last-14.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .206 since going 4-for-6 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 to drop his average to .216.

Hamels (1-1, 3.65) faces righty Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24) tonight. Hamels was better in his most recent start than his first, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings. He has 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings for the season. Volquez struggled in his most recent start, which came against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings. He has walked 12 in 17 innings for the year.


Concerns abound, but none bigger than how much sense it makes to take on a playoff mindset with 150 games left in the season

I understand it’s just cause it’s the Giants, but last night’s game makes it a little tough to avoid flashbacks to the Phillie playoff exits of the last two years. Cliff Lee was just unbelievable. He pitched and pitched and pitched, needing just 102 pitches to throw ten shutout innings. The Phillies didn’t score. Literally. And the Giants beat them 1-0.

At least Lee can commiserate with Halladay.

After 12 games of the season, the Phillies are 14th in National League in runs scored. They have three players on the team with at least five plate appearances and an OPS for the year of .700 or better — Wigginton .710, Ruiz .814 and Pence .880. Their team on-base percentage is .284, which is 14th in the league. They have 22 extra-base hits for the year, which is 15th. Their pinch-hitters are hitting .067 (1-for-15 with a Juan Pierre single and no walks). The one pinch-hit they do have came on April 14 in the eighth inning of a game they were losing by four runs and eventually lost by five.

The Phillies are 5-7 on the year after falling 1-0 to the San Francisco Giants in eleven innings last night. The Giants take the series two games to one, winning the last two after the Phils take the opener.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and went ten scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and no walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Lee has made three starts for the year, throwing to a 1.96 ERA and an 0.70 ratio while striking out 18 in 23 innings. The Phillies are 0-3 in those games. They have scored a total of three runs in the three games he has started.

Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners for Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval flew to right for the first out with the runners holding. Buster Posey was next and he hit a ground ball to Wigginton with the Phils turning the double-play to end the inning.

Wigginton starts a big double-play early in the game. Late? Not so much. No run for the Giants after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Another worrisome first inning for the Phillies, although they do keep San Francisco off the board. Opponents are now hitting .407 against the Phils in the first and .239 against them after the first.

Lee struck out Ryan Theriot and Nate Schierholtz while setting the Giants down in order in the second.

He struck out Brandon Crawford and pitcher Matt Cain in a 1-2-3 third.

Sandoval singled with one out in the fourth. Posey was next and hit a ball to Nix at first. Nix fielded, went to Rollins at short for the second out and took the relay from Rollins to end the inning.

Second double-play in four innings turned by the Phils with a corner infielder getting it started each time.

Brett Pill doubled to center to start the fifth. He was left at second when Theriot, Schierholtz and Crawford all went down on ground balls behind him.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth, getting pitcher Matt Cain on a ball Victorino took in right center after a long run.

He struck out Sandoval and Posey in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Theriot in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Switch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit for Cain to start the ninth and hit a ball to first that Nix didn’t handle for an error. Gregor Blanco ran for Sanchez at first, but was quickly erased when Pagan grounded into a double-play. Cabrera followed that with a single, but was left at first when Sandoval flew to center to set San Francisco down.

Third time a double-play helps the Phils keep the Giants off the board.

Lee had thrown just 89 pitches through nine innings.

He was back to start the tenth. Posey led off with a single, but Pill was next and he grounded into another Giants double-play. Theriot singled to left before Schierholtz grounded to second to end the inning.

Thirteen pitches in the frame had Lee at 102 for the game.

Bastardo started the eleventh and struck out Crawford for the first out. Belt was next and he singled into center. Pagan hit a double-play ball to third, but the ball went off the heel of Wigginton’s glove for an error that put runners on first and second with one down for Cabrera. The switch-hitter Cabrera singled into right, just over the glove of a leaping Galvis. Belt raced around third and slid into home just ahead of the throw from Pence, giving the Giants a 1-0 win.

The double-play magic runs out for the Phils on Wigginton’s big error. Cabrera has similar numbers for his career against lefties and righties, maybe a little bit better against righties.

Bastardo takes the loss, charged with a run in a third of an inning. He has now made four appearances in which he has thrown a total of two innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks and striking out five. He has an ERA of 4.50, a ratio of 2.50 and has struck out 22.5 batters per nine innings. He threw 12 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Kinda tough to complain about Pierre leading off when he’s hitting .346. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third and Nix at first. Wigginton at third against a righty isn’t that fantastic as he’s not especially good offensively or defensively. Makes a lot more sense to me against a lefty when you can if you need to rest Polanco. This article suggests that Manuel had planned to rest Polanco today, but decided to do it a day early instead.

The Philies went in order in the first and again in the second.

Galvis lined a single to center with one out in the third and Lee bunted him to second with the second out. Pierre popped to short for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Wigginton started the fifth with a single into center. Nix struck out swinging for the first out before a walk to Ruiz moved Wigginton up to second. Galvis grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Third double-play that Galvis has hit into so far, bringing back ugly memories of Wilson Valdez. Galvis is currently on pace to hit into about 41 for the season — the good news is that that won’t even happen.

The Phils went in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Lee hit for himself to start the ninth in a scoreless game and flew to center. He had thrown 79 pitches through eight shutout innings Pierre popped to short and Victorino grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Pence singled off of righty Santiago Casilla with one out in the tenth. Wigginton was next and hit a ball back to the mound. Casilla threw to second, where Pence was forced for the second out with the Giants unable to get more. Nix followed and hit a ball that second baseman Theriot knocked down in shallow right field. Theriot hopped on the ball and made an underhand toss to first just in time to get Nix and end the frame.

Ruiz lined a double to left off of righty Sergio Romo to start the ninth. Galvis bunted Ruiz to third with the first out. Thome hit for Lee. Lefty Javier Lopez took over for Romo. Thome stayed in the game and struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Mayberry hit for Pierre. Righty Clay Hensley came in to pitch to Mayberry and got Mayberry on a ground ball to short to turn the Phillies away.

First thing is Thome against a lefty, which really seems fine to me despite the fact that it didn’t work out. Jim Thome is Jim Thome and I’m glad to see him up there, especially if Mayberry is the other choice given how awful Mayberry has been so far this year. Given that what the Phillies needed was a single against a lefty, I’m a little surprised that they didn’t hit Polanco for Thome or Polanco for Pierre. But I still think you want to see Thome at the plate in situations that matter as much as possible.

I like letting Thome hit against the lefty with one out and a man on third a lot better than bunting with Galvis for the first out. I think you’re better off running for Ruiz at second with Orr or Polanco, then letting Galvis, Lee and Pierre (or Galvis and two pinch-hitters) try and knock him in.

Huge double by Ruiz should to start the inning should have been enough to put the Phils on top.

Pierre was 0-for-4 to drop his average, and therefore his on-base and slugging percentages, to .300. I also claim April 27 in the when-will-Pierre-draw-his-first-walk pool and the 14th of Never-everness in the when-will-Pierre-get-his-first-extra-base-hit pool. He was 2-for-10 in the series. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the series. He’s 1-for-his-last-10 and hitting 212/212/242 for the season.

Victorino 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 with a double in the series. 277/333/362 in 52 plate appearances for the year. 6-for-his-last-26 (.231) with a double and one walk. Wish you were here.

Rollins 0-for-4 last night and 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 286/314/306 for the season with one extra-base hit, a double.

Pence was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 4-for-11 with a home run and two RBI in the series. 326/380/500.

Wigginton 1-for-4 with a huge error at third in the eleventh. 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 240/310/400 for the year. 313/368/563 in his last 19 plate appearances after going 1-for-9 to start the year. Polanco did not play in the game after being hit by a ball at the plate in game two. He was 1-for-8 with a double in the series. 179/220/205 in 39 plate appearances for the year. He’s 3-for-his-last-21 and has walked once on the season.

Nix was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. 2-for-8 with two RBI in the set. 188/278/313 on the season. He has 18 plate appearances for the year and all 18 of them have come against righties, which is exactly the way it should be. The problem is that he only gets to hit against his good side and is hitting 188/278/313. We might need to wait till he has more than 18 plate appearances to panic too much, though.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a double in the series. 306/341/462 for the year. 233/273/433 in 33 plate appearances since going 4-for-6 to start the season.

Galvis was 1-for-3 to up his average to .237. 3-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 321/321/536 over his last 29 plate appearances since going 0-for-10 to start the season.

Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75) faces righty Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80) tonight in San Diego. The Phillies have lost both of the games Worley has started this season, although he pitched very well his first time out, holding the Pirates to a run over six innings. His other start came against the Mets and he allowed four runs over six innings. He’s allowed three home runs in 12 innings for the season, a pace that would put him on pace to allow 50 over 200 innings. Good news, though, as I think it’s just about a lock that Worley won’t give up 50 this year. Wieland turned 22 in January and made his major league debut his last time out, allowing six runs over five innings against the Dodgers. Speaking of homers, Wieland allowed three in that game. Kemp hit two and Ethier one.


It takes two (preferably less than two, actually)

The pitching the Phillies got last night in San Francisco wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t all that awful, either. Joe Blanton had a rough start and wound up allowing four runs over five innings, but the pen was strong after that and the Phils held the Giants to just four runs in the game.

That proved to be too much for a Phillies team that has yet to win a game in which they’ve allowed more than two runs. After 11 games, there is only one member of the 2012 Phils with more than five plate appearances for the year with an OPS of .780 or better (Pence is at .915).

The Phillies are 5-6 on the year after falling to the San Francisco Giants 4-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two triples. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.

He has now made three appearances on the year, two starts and one relief outing, and thrown to a 4.26 ERA with a 1.34 ratio. In 12 2/3 innings, he has walked just one batter, but allowed 16 hits. Opponents are hitting .308 against him.

Switch-hitter Angel Pagan led off the bottom of a scoreless first and lined a single into center. Switch-hitter Melky Cabrera was next and he tripled down the first base line and into the corner. Pagan scored to put the Giants up 1-0. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was next and he grounded out to second with Cabrera scoring to make it 2-0. Righty Buster Posey singled before Blanton struck lefty Aubrey Huff out looking for the second out. Lefty Nate Schierholtz was next and he singled softly into left, moving Posey up to second. Lefty Brandon Crawford grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Another rough first inning for a Phillie starter. The Phils have an 8.18 ERA in the first inning so far this season, having allowed ten earned runs in 11 innings. Opponents are hitting .400 against them in the first.

Blanton got switch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss to ground out to start the second and pitcher Madison Bumgarner on another grounder before Pagan tripled to center. Cabrera grounded out to leave Pagan at third.

Huff and Schierholtz singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, but Blanton got Crawford on a ground ball to first to leave them both stranded.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Burriss started the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. Bumgarner bunted him to second with the first out, but Pagan popped out and Cabrera struck out swinging to leave him at second.

Sandoval doubled to center to start the fifth and moved to third on a single by Posey. Huff went down on a popup to Rollins for the first out, but Schierholtz followed with a single into right that scored Sandoval (3-1) and moved Posey up to second. Posey stole third before Crawford grounded back to the pitcher. Blanton went to second, but the Phils were unable to get more than one out. Schierholtz was forced at second, Posey scored (4-1) and Crawford was safe at first. Ruiz threw Crawford out trying to steal second to end the inning.

Kendrick started the bottom of the sixth with the Phillies down 4-2 and set Burriss, Bumgarner and Pagan down in order.

He was back for the seventh. Sandoval and Posey singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second. Huff popped out to shortstop before Kendrick walked Schierholtz on four pitches, loading the bases for Crawford. Kendrick quickly got ahead of Crawford 0-2 and struck him out swinging 3-2 to leave all three runners stranded.

Kendrick dropped his ERA on the year to 1.92 with two scoreless frames. He’s has walked three in 4 2/3 innings so far, though, which is too many.

Stutes started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Burriss 3-2. Lefty Brandon Belt flew to left for the first out before Burriss stole second. Pagan flew to right for the second out before Cabrera struck out looking to leave Burriss at second.

Stutes, like Kendrick, also has a 1.93 ERA for the season, having allowed one earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He has also walked three batters in 4 2/3 innings, which is too many for him as well.

You really, really want to try to avoid walking Emmanuel Burriss to start an inning given that he has one extra-base hit since the end of 2009. His isolated power since the end of 2009 is .006. One extra-base hit, a double, in 184 plate appearances. Kudos to the Phillies, though, for fighting the impulse to snap him up and start him in left field.

Kendrick and Stutes combined to throw three scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and two walks. Kendrick likely will be unavailable tonight after throwing 39 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Madison Bumgarner went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty with Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left. Victorino needs to hit lower in the order given his success against lefties. Polanco is a really bad two-hitter, but it’s not as awful against lefties as it is against righties.

Victorino was the first batter of the game and hit a ball up the middle that Crawford didn’t handle moving to his left for an error. Polanco was next and he got sawed off hitting a ball back to the mound. Bumgarner fielded it and threw to second, where again Crawford didn’t handle it. Everyone was safe and Bumgarner was charged with an error for a low throw that Crawford should have handled. Rollins was next and he grounded into a double-play, putting Victorino on third with one out. Pence popped to first to leave him there.

Five outs for the Phils and no runs, who don’t score after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Miserable start to the game for Crawford defensively, flubbing his first two touches in the game.

Down 2-0, Wigginton walked to start the second. Mayberry popped to second for the first out before Ruiz moved Wigginton up to second with a single. Galvis was next and lined to short with Wigginton doubled off of second to end the frame.

Again the Phillies hit into a double-play and again they fail to score, this time after putting runners on first and second with one out.

Victorino doubled to left with one out in the third and stole third as Polanco struck out swinging. Rollins struck out swinging to leave him there.

Again, I don’t really think you want Victorino hitting behind the pitcher all that much against lefties.

Pence led off the fourth and homered to left, cutting the San Francisco lead to 2-1. The Phils went in order behind him.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to right and Blanton bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino popped to short and Polanco grounded to short to leave Galvis stranded.

Again no run for the Phils, this time after putting a man on second with one out.

Rollins started the sixth with a single to center with the Phils down 4-1. He took second on a wild pitch before Pence was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Wigginton singled to left on ball deflected by Crawford, loading the bases. Mayberry popped to first with the runners holding for the first out. Ruiz was next and flew to left for the second, with Rollins tagging from third and scoring to cut the lead to 4-2. Galvis grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

One run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. Mayberry can’t come through, popping out for the first out. He ends the game hitting .219 for the season with no walks and one double.

Pierre, double-switched into the game in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh and singled into center. Righty Clay Hensley took over for Bumgarner and struck Victorio for the first out. Polanco flew to center for the second before Pierre stole second. Rollins struck out swinging to leave him at second.

Pierre does his job trying to get the rally started, but the Phils go quietly behind him. Three stolen bases on the year with one ugly caught stealing of third that was rather unnecessary. One of the three times he was safe he was really out, but if he’s going to be safe 75% of the time that might be the best we can hope for. I’m guessing he’s not going to be safe 75% of the time before it’s over.

Righty Sergio Romo set down Pence and Wigginton to start the eighth. Thome hit for Kendrick and flew to right for the third out.

Seems a little odd to me that Thome hits there with the Phillies down by two runs and nobody on base. Whether it’s Romo or Casilla, the Giants seem sure to be throwing a righty in the ninth and looking ahead there seems like a big chance to hit for Galvis in the ninth as the tying run if Ruiz can get on base to start the frame.

The righty Casilla got Ruiz and Galvis on ground balls to start the ninth before singled. Victorino hit a ball hard to short, but Crawford made a very nice diving play to get the ball and throw to first to end the game.

Crawford starts the game out with some awful defense and ends it with a great play.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double and left three men on base. That’s just his second extra-base hit of the year. The Phillies could use some more thump out of him, no matter where he hits in the order.

Polanco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base. He’s hitting .179 with one walk for the season, which isn’t what you’re looking for from either your two-hitter or your third baseman.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He has struck out in four of his last eight plate appearances. He has just one extra-base hit, a double, through 48 plate appearances.

Pence was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the year. He’s 5-for-his-last-11 and leads the team with seven RBI for the season.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 4-for-his-last-12 with two walks, a double and a home run. So far this year, the average walk percentage for NL hitters is about 8.5% of plate appearances. The Phillies only have two players at 8.5% of PA or higher — Wigginton (12.0%) and Nix (14.3%). Wigginton’s career walk percentage is 7.3% and Nix’s is 5.7%.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with four men left on base. Pierre is hitting .346 after going 2-for-2 in the game.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Still hitting just .222 since going 4-for-6 in the first two games of the year.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a single to up his average for the year to .229.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) faces righty Matt Cain tonight (1-0, 3.00). Lee allowed a run over six innings in his first start of the year, which came against the Pirates. He had a rough first inning in his other start, allowing three runs in the top of the first to the Mets, but was solid after that as he allowed four runs over seven innings overall. Cain allowed five runs over six innings in his first start, but was brilliant in his other outing on the year. His last time out he faced the Pirates and threw a complete game one-hitter. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11.


Phils overcome Halladay’s worst start of the season to top Giants

The Phillies have won five games this year and Roy Halladay has started three of them. Last night the Phils got four early runs and cruised behind Halladay’s arm after that as they topped the Giants 5-2.

In 23 innings for the season, Halladay has allowed 14 hits and four walks (that’s an 0.78 ratio). Last night he allowed more than one run in a start for the first time in three outings.

As a group, the starting pitchers for the Phillies this season have thrown to a 2.54 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.

The Phillies are 5-5 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 yesterday.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six and his ERA for the year rose to 1.17 with the outing.

He started the bottom of the first up 4-0. Switch-hitter Angel Pagan led off with a single and moved to second when switch-hitter Melky Cabrera walked behind him. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was next and he lined to second for the first out. Righty Buster Posey moved everyone up a base with an infield single, loading the bases for lefty Aubrey Huff. Huff hit a fly ball to right that Pence took for the second out, but it was deep enough for Pagan to score from third (4-1) and Cabrera to move up to third. Halladay got ahead of Belt 0-2, but then threw four straight balls to walk him and load the bases up again, this time for lefty Brandon Crawford. Halladay got Crawford swinging 0-2 to leave them loaded.

Again Halladay has some problems in the first inning. Through three starts, opponents are hitting .462 against him in the first inning and under .200 in every other inning.

Switch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss flew to left for the first out of the second. Pitcher Tim Lincecum grounded to third for the second out before Pagan struck out looking.

Posey singled with two outs in the third, but Halladay got Huff on a softly hit ball to Galvis to end the inning.

The Phillies were up 5-1 when Belt led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left. Crawford was next and doubled to left, sending Belt to third. Burriss struck out swinging for the first out, but Lincecum followed and grounded out to third, bringing Belt home to cut the lead to 5-2. Pagan flew to right for the third out.

Sandoval hit a ball up the first base line that hit the bag for a single with one out in the fifth. Halladay struck Posey out looking for the second out before Huff walked on five pitches, putting runners on first and second for Belt. Belt struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Halladay got the first two in the sixth before lefty Nate Schierholtz hit for Lincecum. Halladay got Schierholtz on a fly ball to center for the third out.

He set Pagan, Cabrera and Sandoval down in order in the seventh.

Posey started the eighth with a single to left on a ball deflected by Polanco at third. Halladay set down Huff, Belt and Crawford behind him.

Papelbon started the ninth. He was pitching for the second straight day after throwing 26 pitches with a six-run lead on Sunday against the Mets. Really.

Went well, though. Burriss flew to center for the first out. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and grounded to first for the second. Pagan singled to right and took second on defensive indifference, but Cabrera grounded to second to end the game.

Papelbon has now thrown for two straight days, including Sunday night’s absurd outing. He has allowed a run in five innings for the year, but opponents are hitting .300 against him.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Pierre leads off and plays left against the righty. The lefty Nix at first with righties Mayberry and Wigginton on the bench. Polanco shouldn’t be hitting second and especially not against righties.

On cue, Polanco doubled to right with one out in the first and Rollins walked behind him. Pence was next and lined a single into center, scoring Polanco (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Victorino followed that with a single into center, scoring Rollins (2-0) and sending Pence to second for Nix. Nix doubled into right and the ball rolled to the wall, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 4-0. Ruiz moved Nix up to third with a ground out, but Galvis struck out to leave him there.

First extra-base hit of the year for Polanco. Second big double for Nix in two games.

The lead was cut to 4-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.

Rollins, Pence and Victorino went in order in the third.

Galvis lined a double to right with two outs in the fourth. Halladay followed that with a single into right, scoring Galvis to make it 5-1. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Galvis went 0-for-10 to start the season. Since then he has hit 333/333/619 in 21 plate appearances with three doubles and a home run.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the fifth. Pence and Victorino singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave them stranded.

Lincecum set the Phillies down in order in the sixth.

Righty Dan Otero started the seventh. He hit Polanco with one out, but got Rollins and Pence behind him.

Otero was back for the eighth. With one out, Nix reached on a fielding error by Crawford at short. Ruiz moved Nix up to second with a single. Galvis hit a ball to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second out and runners safe at the corners. Halladay hit for himself and grounded to the pitcher to end the game.

Halladay hits for himself having thrown 100 pitches in the game with two outs, men on the corners and the Phils up 5-2. Phillies have lefties Thome, Schneider and Orr on the bench. Halladay already has an RBI-single in the game. Think I would have hit Thome for him, but it all worked out fine. I think I might have tried harder to keep Papelbon out of the game coming off of 26 pitches on Sunday.

Lefty Jeremy Affeldt pitched the ninth, setting the Phillies down in order. Mayberry hit for Pierre and struck out for the first out of the inning.

Pierre was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 7-for-24 with seven singles and no walks for the year (292/292/292).

Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double, his first extra-base hit of the year, to raise his average to .200. He has one walk on the season, so the top two in the Phillies order in the game end the day having walked once in 61 plate appearances.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He came into the game 11-for-25 with a six-game hitting streak.

Pence was 2-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-8.

Victorino 2-for-4 with an RBI as well. He’s hitting .316, but still just has one extra-base hit on the year (a home run off of Mark Buehrle).

Nix 1-for-4 with two RBI. 2-for-his-last-7 with a walk, two doubles and three RBI.

Ruiz was 1-for-4. He’s hitting .208 over his last 25 plate appearances after going 4-for-6 to start the season.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He leads the team with four extra-base hits (three doubles and a home run).

Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) faces lefty Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97) tonight in game two of the set. Blanton was great in his only start of the season, holding the Marlins to a run over seven innings. Bumgarner has made two starts, allowing four runs against the Diamondback over four innings in the first and holding the Rockies to a run over 7 1/3 innings his most recent time out.


Better late than lately

The Phillies scored seven runs in their last two times at bat on Sunday as they beat the Mets 8-2 to salvage a game in the three-game set. The outburst was most-welcomed by a Phillies team that managed just two runs in losing the first two games of the series.

The Phils got more outstanding starting pitching in yesterday’s game, this time from Cole Hamels. Hamels allowed two runs in the top of the first, but followed that up with six shutout frames and wound up striking out ten over seven innings. He has struck out 19 in 12 1/3 innings for the year.

The Phillies are 4-5 on the season after beating the Mets 8-2 yesterday afternoon. The Mets take the series two games to one.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One hit went for extra-bases, a two-run homer to Ike Davis. He struck out ten.

He got the first two hitters in the top of the first before righty David Wright singled to right field. Davis was next and hit the first pitch from Hamels out to right, putting the Mets on top 2-0. Scott Hairston flew to left for the third out of the inning.

Two starts, two home runs allowed by Hamels. Cutting down on home runs was a big part of his success in 2011. Through 12 1/3 innings he has allowed 1.46 per nine, which is the worst rate for his career.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second, striking out Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and getting Mike Nickeas on a fly ball to right.

He struck out Ruben Tejada in a 1-2-3 third.

Wright struck out looking to start the fourth before Davis singled to center. Hairston struck out swinging for the second out before Duda moved Davis to second with a single to right. Nieuwenhuis flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Hamels walked Nickeas on a 3-2 pitch to start the fifth. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey was next and bunted, but Ruiz fielded the bunt, threw to Rollins at second for the first out and Rollins threw to first to complete the double-play. Hamels struck Tejada out looking 1-2 to end the frame.

Wright singled with one out in the sixth, but was picked off and caught stealing for the second out before Davis struck out swinging.

Hairston singled to left to start the seventh. Lucas Duda was next and hit a ground ball to second. Hairston was forced at second for the first out with Duda safe at first. Hamels struck out Nieuwenhuis for the second out and got Nickeas on a fly ball to right to set New York down.

Qualls threw the eighth with the Phillies on top 3-2. Lefty Mike Baxter hit for the pitcher and grounded to second for the first out. Tejada grounded to third for the second before Daniel Murphy singled into center on a ball deflected by Rollins. Wright lined to first to leave Murphy stranded.

Fourth appearance of the year for Qualls, who has still not been charged with a run. In four innings, he has allowed three hits and a walk.

Papelbon started the ninth inning with the Phillies up 8-2. Really he did. He got Davis on a ground ball he handled himself for the first out and struck Hairston out looking for the second. Duda and Nieuwenhuis singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Nickeas. Lefty Josh Thole hit for the righty Nickeas and Papelbon walked him to load the bases. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Miguel Batista and Papelbon struck him out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

Papelbon threw 26 pitches in the game. Golly. He’s still allowed just one run on the year over four innings in four appearances. Qualls threw eight pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Orr starts at second, Wigginton at third and Nix at first. Pierre leads off with Victorino hitting second. First action of the year for Orr.

Down 2-0, Pierre and Victorino singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins singled to right and Pierre came in to score from second, sliding in just ahead of the throw to cut the lead to 2-1 with men on first and second. Pence was next and grounded to third with Victorino forced at third for the first out. Rollins and Pence pulled off a double-steal before Wigginton lined to short for the second out. Nix walked to load the bases, but they were left loaded when Ruiz grounded to first to end the inning.

Three hits, two stolen bases and a walk get one run for the Phils. Wigginton hit a soft liner to short on a 3-2 pitch with runners on second and third and one out.

Hamels and Pierre singled back-to-back with one out in the second, putting runners on first and second for Victorino. Victorino hit a ball back up the middle that Pelfrey knocked down, then threw to third to force Hamels for the second out. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Nix struck out swinging at a wild pitch with two outs in the third and made it safely to first when the ball rolled into the dugout. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Pierre singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Victorino walked behind him, but Pierre was thrown out trying to steal third to end the inning.

I think it’s probably better just to let the guy go ahead and hit with a man on first and second if you do the math.

Pence singled with one out in the fifth, but Wigginton and Rollins went down behind him.

Ruiz started the sixth with a single into center. Orr flew to left for the first out before Hamels bunted Ruiz to second. Pierre grounded to the pitcher to leave Ruiz at second.

Rollins and Pence singled back-to-back off of righty Ramon Ramirez with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Wigginton. The first pitch to Wigginton was wild, allowing the runners to move up to second and third. Wigginton hit a ball to the warning track for the second out. Pence moved up to third and Rollins scored, tying the game 2-2. Nix followed Wigginton with two down and a man on third. He smashed an 0-2 pitch into the left field corner and just out of the reach of Hairston for a double, scoring Pence to put the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry ran for Nix at second, but Ruiz grounded out to leave him there.

Nix goes the opposite way and the ball could have been caught by Hairston, although it would have been a nice catch up against the wall. Wigginton stays in to hit against the righty Ramirez and comes through with a long fly ball to right to bring home the first run of the frame.

Orr doubled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the eighth. Thome hit for Qualls and struck out swinging 3-2 for the first out. Polanco was next and hit a ground ball to short. Tejada fielded and threw to first, but his throw was bad and pulled Davis off of first for an error. Victorino flew to right for the second out, with Orr tagging and moving up to third. Rollins followed that with a walk, which loaded the bases. Pence was next and Acosta walked him on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in Orr to put the Phillies up 4-2. Wigginton got ahead 2-0 and doubled over the head of Hairston in left on a 2-2 pitch, clearing the bases to put the Phils up 7-2. Mayberry was next and hit a ball that rolled up the first base line, looking like it was going to go foul, but then went fair at the last minute and Batista finally picked it up. Wigginton rolled around to score just ahead of throw from Bastista. 8-2. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Tejada’s error was big, but the Phils still had no runs in the inning, two outs and men on first and third before Acosta started walking everyone. Big hit for Wigginton. Mayberry’s hit was silly-looking.

Pierre was 3-for-4 in the game and 4-for-6 in the series. 7-for-20 with seven singles on the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-13 with a walk in the set. 294/368/382 for the season. Just one extra-base hit on the year through 39 plate appearances.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the game. 6-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 11-for-his-last-25 and hitting 351/368/378 for the year. He also has just one extra-base hit in 39 plate appearances for the season (his is a double and Victorino’s is a home run).

Pence was 2-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-12 with a walk and an RBI in the series. 314/368/457 so far.

Wigginton was 1-for-4 with a double and drove in four runs. 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. 4-for-18 with two walks, a double and a home run on the year. Polanco was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-9 in the series. He’s 6-for-31 (.194) with a walk and six singles on the season.

Nix 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He’s 1-for-8 on the year. Mayberry was 1-for-1 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-9 with an RBI in the series. 250/250/286 on the year.

Ruiz was 1-for-5 in the game and left six men on base. 2-for-10 with a double in the series. 308/345/500 on the year, but just 4-for-his-last-20 after going 4-for-6 to start the season.

Orr 1-for-4 with a double in the game in his first action of the season. Galvis didn’t bat yesterday, but was 3-for-7 with a home run in the set. He’s hitting 222/250/407 in 29 plate appearances for the year.

The Mets won Saturday’s game 5-0. Wright homered off of Worley with two outs in the first to give the Mets the early lead. In the fourth they got two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer from Duda, extending the lead to 4-0. Stutes allowed a run in the top of the ninth when Mike Bixler walked, stole second and was singled home by Tejada. The Phillies had six hits in the game, all singles, as Jonathan Niese tossed 6 2/3 innings and was backed by 2 1/3 scoreless frames from Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch.

On Friday, the Phils couldn’t do enough against RA Dickey to overcome a rough first inning from Cliff Lee and lost 5-2 in the series opener. Lee allowed back-to-back doubles to Tejada and Murphy to start the game, putting the Mets up 1-0. With two outs in the frame, Jason Bay hit a two-run homer that made it 3-0. Lee was good after that, going seven innings in the game and allowing just one more run on a solo homer by Hairston in the fifth. Kendrick allowed the other run, which was unearned, in a rough top of the ninth as the first three batters he faced reached on two walks and an error by Rollins. Galvis hit his first career home run in the third, a solo shot off of Dickey. The other run for the Phillies came in the ninth when Ruiz doubled and scored on an error by Murphy on a ball hit by Pierre.

Rollins was 3-for-4 with a double in the game and Galvis 2-for-4 with a homer.

The Phillies activated Contreras and sent Savery to Triple-A.


Joe who?

Blanton, apparently. I think I remember something about a guy with a name like that from the 2008 World Series. Not positive, though.

After solid performances with the Phillies in 2008 and 2009, Joe Blanton has been pretty awful since. In 2010 and 2011 combined, Blanton appeared in 40 games for the Phillies, throwing to an ugly 4.85 ERA with an ugly 1.43 ratio over 217 innings.

Last night he made his first start of 2012 and was very good, holding the Marlins to a run on three hits over seven innings. Backed by solo homers from Victorino and Wigginton, it was enough to get the Phils a win.

The Phillies are 3-3 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 3-1 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. Over the last two games of the series, the Phillies outscored Miami 10-2.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three and dropped his ERA to 2.35 after two appearances.

Switch-hitter Jose Reyes was the first hitter of the game and grounded to second. Another switch-hitter, Emilio Bonifacio was next and he grounded to short. Righty Hanley Ramirez flew to Victorino for the third out.

Blanton got righty Giancarlo Stanton to ground to short to start the second. Lefty Logan Morrison was next and he flew to left for the second out. Blanton struck righty Gaby Sanchez out looking to set the Fish down.

Righty Omar Infante led off the top of the third and flew to center, but righty John Buck followed with a double to left. The pitcher Mark Buehrle was next and he hit a ball up the middle. Galvis made a fantastic play, diving to his right, fielding and throwing to first for the second out as Buck moved up to third. Reyes lined to right where the ball was caught by a sliding Pence to end the frame and leave Buck at third.

Two nice plays for the Phils in the inning. Galvis’s was a little more spectacular. He got a nice pick from Wigginton on a throw in the dirt as well.

Blanton had thrown 37 pitches through three innings.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth, getting Bonifacio, Ramirez and Stanton.

Blanton had a 2-0 lead when he started the fifth. He got the first two hitters before Infante doubled into left-center. Buck was next and he hit a ball into shallow right-center. Pence made a sliding effort, but didn’t come up with it. Infante scored from second to cut the lead to 2-1. Blanton struck Buehrle out to leave Buck at first.

Reyes started the sixth and hit a ball hard to second that Galvis couldn’t handle for an error. Bonifacio followed with a ball hit to short, where Rollins forced Reyes out at second but couldn’t get the relay to first in time to get Bonifacio. Blanton walked Ramirez on a 3-1 pitch, putting men on first and second for Stanton. Stanton hit a ball very hard, but Galvis made a great play to take it for the second out. Morrison grounded out softly to Blanton to leave both runners stranded.

Blanton set the Marlins down in order in the seventh, getting Sanchez and Infante on popups and striking Buck out swinging.

Qualls started the eighth with a 3-1 lead, making his third appearance of the year and pitching for the second straight day. Pitcher Steve Cishek was due to lead off, but lefty Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for him and Qualls set him down on a ground ball to first. Reyes followed and grounded out to third before Bonifacio reached on an infield single and Ramirez walked behind him. It put me on first and second for Stanton, but Qualls struck him out looking at a pitch that sure looked way out of the strike zone to me to leave both runners stranded.

Three outings for Qualls in which he has not been charged with a run. Two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. He got a lot of help with the call on the 3-2 pitch to Stanton.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up two runs. Morrison led off and lined a single to left. Sanchez popped out to Ruiz before Infante moved Morrison to second with a single into center. It brought Buck to the plate with the tying runs on base, but Papelbon got Buck to ground to Rollins and the Phils turned the double-play to end the game.

Second save of the year for Papelbon, who has allowed a run in three innings over three appearances.

Two scoreless innings for the pen. Qualls and Papelbon combine to allow three hits and a walk, but keep the Marlins off the board. Qualls threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12. Qualls has pitched two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mark Buehrle went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Wigginton plays first with Mayberry in left. Victorino moves up from five to hit leadoff against the lefty. Hitting second in the order is still too high for Polanco, but it makes more sense against a lefty than a righty. Either Victorino or Pence is the best hitter in the lineup against left-handed pitching. Not sure you want either of them leading off.

The Phils went in order in the first and again in the second. Mayberry and Rollins both struck out, Wigginton popped to first and Pence, Victorino and Polanco went down on ground balls.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton all went down on ground balls in the third.

Victorino led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch well out to left, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Polanco was next and he hit the ball well to, but Stanton took it in deep right for the first out. Rollins followed that with a single to left. Pence was next and he doubled into the left field corner. The relay throw got away in the infield and Rollins tried to score from third, but Infante got to the ball and threw home in time to get Rollins for the second out. Mayberry followed with another hit, lining a single into left to score Pence and put the Phils up 2-0. Wigginton went down on a fly ball to left to leave Mayberry at first.

More aggressive play from Phils running the bases, but this time it costs a run as Rollins tries to score from third and is thrown out ahead of the single by Mayberry.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton went in order in the fifth with the lead cut to 2-1.

Victorino tried to bunt for a hit to start the sixth, but Ramirez threw him out for the first out. Polanco followed that with a single into center. Rollins popped to second before Pence moved Polanco up to second with a single to right. Mayberry popped to Reyes to end the inning.

Victorino hit 308/424/608 against left-handed pitching. I wouldn’t have him bunting against lefties when leading off the inning too much. It was also the third time in the game he had led off an inning with nobody on base against a lefty. He only hit a solo homer in one of those at-bats.

Wigginton led off the seventh and hit a 1-2 pitch out to left for his first home run of the year, putting the Phils on top 3-1. Ruiz grounded to short before Galvis bunted for a single, putting a man on for Blanton’s spot. With the lefty Buehrle still pitching for the Fish, Thome hit for Blanton. Lefty Randy Choate took over for Buehrle to pitch to Thome and struck him out looking for the second out. Righty Steve Chisek came in to pitch to Victorino and got Victorino on a fly ball to left, leaving Galvis stranded.

Thome still looking for his first hit of the season.

Righty Edward Mujica set the Phils down in the eighth, getting Polanco, Rollins and Pence and working around a Stanton error on a dropped foul ball.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a home run in the game and 4-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 333/417/476 in 25 plate appearances for the season.

Polanco was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 5-for-22 (.227) with five singles so far.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single last night and 5-for-13 with an RBI in the series. He’s hitting 280/280/280 through 26 plate appearances (7-for-25 with seven singles and no walks).

Pence was 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 6-for-12 with a double in the series. 391/440/691 in the early going.

Mayberry was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 5-for-19 with a double so far. Pierre didn’t appear in the game. He was 1-for-9 in the series and is 3-for-14 with three singles on the year.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a homer in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 2-for-12 with a walk and a home run so far.

Ruiz 0-for-3 in the game and 2-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 with a two walks, a double and a homer run for the season.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a bunt single. 3-for-10 with two doubles and four RBI in the series. 3-for-20 with two doubles for the season. He and Pence are tied for the team lead in RBI with four.

Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50) faces righty RA Dickey (1-0, 3.00) tonight. Lee allowed just one run over six innings against the Pirates in his first start, but didn’t get a lot of help as the Phils fell to Pittsburgh. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings in his first start of the year, which came against the Braves.


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