The Phillies finished out their miserable first half yesterday, falling to Atlanta as the Braves completed a three-game sweep.
Jason Pridie, a late addition to the lineup after Victorino was scratched, provided all the offense the Phils would get in the game, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Raul Valdes surrendered a solo shot to Brian McCann in the top of the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie in a game the Braves went on to win 4-3.
It was McCann’s third home run in the series and the second time in the three games the bullpen failed the Phils. In game one of the set the teams went into the eighth in a scoreless tie and Bastardo was charged with five runs.
Any hope that the return of Utley and Howard would spark the Phils to better play is all but vanished. The team is 1-9 in the games in which Utley has played and 0-2 in the games where Howard has played.
The Phillies are 37-50 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 4-3 yesterday afternoon. The Braves sweep the three-game series. The Phillies go into the All-Star break in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the first-place Nats. They’ve lost ten of 11 and are 9-25 over their last 34 games.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out five.
He walked Martin Prado and Jason Heyward back-to-back with one out in the top of the first, but got Brian McCann to hit into a double-play to turn Atlanta away.
He threw a 1-2-3 second. Up 2-0, Worley allowed a two-out single to Michael Bourn in the third, but got Martin Prado on a fly ball to center for the third out.
Freddie Freeman doubled with two outs in the fourth. Dan Uggla was next and homered to center, tying the game at 2-2. Andrelton Simmons followed that with another double and Worley walked Juan Francisco ahead of the pitcher Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens grounded to first to leave Simmons stranded.
Three straight extra-base hits, the only three he allowed in the game.
The Phillies were back ahead at 3-2 when Worley started the fifth. Prado and Heyward reached on back-to-back singles with one out. Brian McCann was next and singled into center, scoring Prado (3-3) and moving Heyward up to second. Freeman flew to left before a walk to Uggla loaded the bases for Simmons. Lefty Eric Hinske hit for Simmons and struck out to leave the runners stranded.
Worley set the Braves down in order in the sixth.
Valdes started the seventh. He got the first two before McCann hit a 1-2 pitch out to center, putting the Braves up 4-3. Freeman followed with a single to center. Schwimer took over for Valdes and got the righty Uggla on a ball handled by Ruiz for the third out.
Valdes has been charged with at least one run in three of his last four appearances. Schwimer has a 1.32 ERA and an 0.95 ratio over his last 15 outings
Horst threw a 1-2-3 eighth. He’s allowed one hit and two walks in five scoreless innings over five appearances with the Phils.
Papelbon started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Bourn. He got the next two, with Bourn stealing second as he struck out Heyward for the second out. McCann struck out swinging to leave Bourn a second.
Papelbon has a 5.40 ERA in his 11 appearances since the start of June.
The Phillies lineup against righty Jair Jurrjens went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Pence (7) Pridie (8) Fontenot. Victorino was a late scratch with Pridie in center against the righty. Pierre in left against the righty and Fontenot at third.
Utley singled with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Howard struck out behind him.
Ruiz singled to start the second. Ruiz struck out for the first out, but Pridie was next and homered to right, putting the Phils up 2-0. Fontenot followed with a single and Worley bunted him to second with the second out. Rollins popped to Francisco in foul territory for the third out.
The Phillies went in order in the third.
The game was tied at 2-2 when they hit in the fourth. Pence walked with one out and scored when Pridie followed with a double to right, putting the Phils up 3-2. Fontenot and Worley went down behind Pridie.
A double, a home run and three RBI for Pridie in his first two at-bats.
It was 3-3 when the Phillies went in order in the fifth.
Ruiz singled with one out in the sixth, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him.
Down 4-3, the Phils went in order in the seventh. With the righty Jurrjens still on the mound, Wigginton hit for Schwimer with two outs and the bases empty and grounded to third.
Righty Kris Medlen set the Phillies down in order in the eighth.
Righty Craig Kimbrel threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Howard and Ruiz and getting Pence on a fly ball to right.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-12 in the three-game series. He’s hitting 256/310/402 for the year. 210/262/315 away from home.
Pierre was 0-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-11 with a double in the series. 307/344/378. Your team has a whole lot of problems when you give Juan Pierre 262 plate appearances in the first half of the season, virtually all of which came as a corner outfielder, and that’s not even close to the top of the list of things that are wrong with the team. He’s hitting 250/283/364 over his last 95 plate appearances.
Utley 1-for-4. 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in the set. 8-for-34 (.235) for the year with a walk and two home runs.
Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a double in the series in his first action of the year.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with a strikeout yesterday. 3-for-12 with a double in the series. 350/412/584 for the year. Fourth in the NL in average, fourth in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging.
Pence 0-for-3 with a walk, which was the only walk of the game for the Phils. 2-for-9 with two walks in the series. 285/352/482 for the year. 357/438/607 over his last 64 plate appearances.
Pridie 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s 3-for-5 on the year. Victorino didn’t play yesterday but was 1-for-7 with a walk and the series and hits the break at a miserable 245/311/369 and 2-for-his-last-16. 223/288/304 against right-handed pitching.
Fontenot 1-for-3 in the game and 1-for-6 on the season. 325/364/386 in 88 plate appearances for the season. Polanco was 0-for-3 in the series and is hitting 266/311/342 for the year. 197/282/250 over his last 86 plate appearances. 235/295/358 against lefties.
Next game for the Phillies in Friday night in Colorado.