The Phillies are apparently willing to do whatever it takes to deliver dramatic wins. Start Wigginton at third against righties no matter how bad he is at hitting righties or playing third. Let their lefties with ERAs up near five pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies did it all yesterday and still came out with a win, scoring twice in the bottom of the tenth to beat the Brewers 7-6.
Worley cruised into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead and after three straight nail biters it looked like the Phils were on their way to an easy win. Didn’t happen. Worley allowed two runs in the sixth on a Rickie Weeks homer and an RBI-double by Carlos Gomez, cutting the lead to 5-3. Manuel tried to use Bastardo to pitch the eighth despite a mountain of evidence going into the game that that isn’t going to work. There’s more now. Bastardo stayed in to face the righty Ryan Braun with two outs and Braun took him out of the yard for a two-run homer that tied the game at 5-5. A two-base error by Wigginton led to an unearned run off of Schwimer in the top of the tenth, putting the Phils behind 6-5. A walk to Mayberry and a double by Kratz put runners on second and third with one out in the tenth. Ruiz hit a sac fly to tie things up at 6-6 before a two-out walkoff single by Rollins gave the Phils a 7-6 win.
Manuel had a miserable game, starting Wigginton at third against a righty with Fontenot on the bench and leaving Bastardo in to face Braun. Wigginton made two errors and has made three in the last two games. His second yesterday to start the tenth looked like the biggest play of the game before the Phils rallied for two in the bottom of the frame. Bastardo has a 5.23 ERA for the year. He can’t be allowed to pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Phillies are 45-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 7-6 score for the third straight game. The Phils sweep the series, but remain in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the Nationals. They have won four in a row.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out six.
The Phillies didn’t have a quality start in the series. In the three games, the starters combined to throw to a 7.36 ERA and allowed 30 hits in 18 1/3 innings. The pen threw 9 2/3 innings in the three games, pitching to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.93 ratio. Remember this? In two of the three games, the Phillies won despite the fact that their starting pitcher put up a worse game score than the Milwaukee starter.
Worley got the first two hitters in the top of the first before Ryan Braun doubled to center. Aramis Ramirez popped to first to leave Braun stranded.
Braun was 5-for-9 in the series with a double and a home run through two games and one at-bat.
Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks singled back-to-back to start the top of the second, putting men on first and second for Martin Maldonado. Maldonado lined a single to right, scoring Hart to put Milwaukee up 1-0 with men on first and third. Cody Ransom bunted Maldonado up to second with the first out. Worley struck the pitcher Marco Estrada out swinging for the second out. Carlos Gomez grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.
The bunt ahead of the pitcher with nobody out and men on first and third was a gift. That’s a really bad idea. Worley hadn’t gotten an out in the inning.
The game was tied at 1-1 when Worley started the third. Nyjer Morgan led off with a single to center. Braun was next and hit a ball to third that Wigginton didn’t handle, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ramirez grounded into a double-play and Hart flew to center to keep the Brewers off the board.
Second error in two games for Wigginton at third.
The Phillies led 3-1 when Worley hit Weeks with the first pitch of the fourth inning. Weeks stole second as Maldonado struck out looking for the first out. Worley walked Ransom, putting two men on for Estrada again. Estrada again struck out looking. Gomez flew to left to leave both runners stranded.
Estrada 0-for-2 with four men left on base through four innings.
The Phils were up 5-1 when Worley started the fifth. Braun doubled with one out, but Ramirez went down on a pop to Utley and Hart flew to center to leave him stranded.
Weeks led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Worley out to left. 5-2. Worley struck out Maldonado for the first out before Ransom doubled to left. Lefty Travis Ishikawa hit for the pitcher Tyler Thornberg and Ishikawa moved Ransom up to third with a single. Gomez was next and he doubled to left, off the glove of a diving Pierre near the third base line. Ransom scored and Ishikawa moved up to third with the lead cut to 5-3. Manuel called on Kendrick to pitch to the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third. Morgan flew to right with the runners holding for the second out. Braun was next and Kendrick threw him three straight balls before walking him intentionally to load the bases. He got Ramirez on a fly ball to left to end the frame.
That worked out really well. For the record, I was not a fan of bringing Kendrick in to face the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third, especially given the four lefties in the pen, but whatever. Whoever came up with the don’t-throw-the-ball-anywhere-near-the-plate strategy for Braun’s at-bat did a nice job.
Weeks reached on an infield single off of Kendrick with one out in the seventh. Maldonado was next and hit a ground ball to third with Wigginton throwing to first for the second out as Weeks moved up to second. Kendrick got Ransom swinging 2-2 for the third out.
Kendrick great again, throwing another 1 2/3 innings without being charged with a run. He has now thrown 14 1/3 innings in July without being charged with a run, allowing eight hits and four walks (0.84 ratio).
Bastardo started the eighth and lefty Norichika Aoki hit for Livan Hernandez. Aoki went down swinging 2-2 for the first out. Gomez was next and lined a single to center. Righty Jeff Bianchi hit for the lefty Nyjer Morgan and hit a ball caught by a sliding Pence for the second out. It brought the righty Braun to the plate as the tying run and Bastardo stayed in to pitch to him. Braun hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 5-5. Bastardo got Ramirez on a ground ball to third to end the frame.
That’s atrocious. Schwimer had pitched two days in a row and the pitcher spot was due to lead off the bottom of the eighth, but you really don’t want Bastardo pitching to Braun there. Was nice of the Brewers to hit with a lefty against Bastardo for the first out.
Braun was 7-for-12 in the series with two walks, two doubles and two home runs.
Bastardo has a 12.15 ERA with a 1.50 ratio in July. He didn’t allow a home run in 14 2/3 innings in his first 20 appearances of the year through May 30. Since the start of June he’s thrown 18 innings and allowed six home runs.
Papelbon started the ninth. Hart led off with a single and stole second before Weeks singled into left, moving Hart up to third. Maldonado was next and bunted. Papelbon fielded and Hart was caught up between third and home. Papelbon threw to third and Hart was run down and tagged for the first out. It left one down and men on first and second for Ransom. Papelbon struck him out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Aoki grounded to Utley for the third out.
Huge play on the bunt and Papelbon escapes after Milwaukee puts men on the corners with nobody out. He pitched two scoreless frames in the last two games of the set.
Schwimer started the tenth. Gomez was the first batter and reached on a two-base error by Wigginton. Switch-hitter Cesar Izturis hit for the pitcher John Axford and bunted Gomez to third with the first out. Braun was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners. Ramirez was next and popped a ball up — Utley made a running basket catch with his back to the infield, but Gomez tagged from third and scored ahead of the throw from Utley. 6-5 Milwaukee. Kratz threw Braun out trying to steal second to end the frame.
Good idea walking Braun intentionally. Bad idea playing Wigginton at third.
The two-base error by Wigginton was just a high popup to third that Wigginton dropped. Nice job by Gomez getting to second, cause that ball is caught a huge percentage of the time at the major league level and it was questionable fair/foul as well.
Schwimer pitches all three games in the series, allowing an unearned run on no hits and two walks. He got the wins in games two and three. He had a 7.56 ERA over his first nine appearances of the year. Since then he’s had 18 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 2.08 ERA over 17 1/3 innings.
The pen goes 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Bastardo allows a two-run homer and Schwimer charged with the unearned run on the Wigginton misplay.
Schwimer has thrown three days in a row and Papelbon two. Kendrick threw 40 pitches on Sunday and 33 on Wednesday. Today’s off-day can’t hurt.
The Phillies lineup against righty Marco Estrada went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Wigginton (7) Pierre (8) Kratz. Ruiz on the bench for the day game. Pierre in left against the righty. Wigginton at third against the righty despite being terrible at third and against righties. 247/294/359 against righties for the season in 187 plate appearances. Fontenot on the bench despite being able to play third and hitting 342/388/405 against righties for the season coming into the game. Also, Wigginton was hitting .163 over his last 89 plate appearances. So that one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me even if Wigginton doesn’t have an awful game.
Utley walked with two outs and stole second. He was left there when Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.
Pierre doubled to right with two outs in the second and the Phillies down 1-0. Kratz was next and singled to left, scoring Pierre to tie the game at 1-1. Worley was next and moved Kratz up to second with a single. Rollins flew to center to leave both runners stranded.
Three RBI in his last two at-bats for Kratz.
Victorino singled to center to start the third and scored when Utley followed with a double. 2-1. Howard moved Utley up to third when he grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out. Pence was next and blooped a single to right, scoring Utley to make it 3-1. Wigginton struck out and Pierre flew to left to leave Pence stranded.
Kratz doubled to left to start the fourth and Worley bunted him to third with the first out. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Kratz holding. Victorino followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners for Utley. Utley cleared the bases with a double to right center, putting the Phils up 5-1. Howard followed with a walk, but Pence struck out to leave runners on first and second.
No RBI for Rollins with one out and a runner on third.
Wigginton singled to left off of righty Tyler Thornberg to start the fourth. Pierre moved him to second with a single, but Kratz was next and grounded into a double-play. It left Wigginton on third with two outs for Worley. Worley flew to left to leave Wigginton stranded.
No runs for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
The lead was cut to 5-3 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Rollins and Victorino both went down before Utley hit a ball that went off of first base and into foul territory for a single. Howard moved Utley to third with another single, but Pence flew to right to leave them both stranded.
The Phils went in order in the seventh.
It was 5-5 when the Phils hit against righty John Axford in the eighth. Nix hit for Bastardo and grounded to first for the first out. Rollins popped to Ransom for the second and Victorino grounded out for the third.
Axford struck out Utley, Howard and Pence in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phils were down 6-5 when they faced righty Francisco Rodriguez in the tenth. Wigginton led off and flew to center on the first pitch of his at-bat. Mayberry was next and drew walk. Kratz followed and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Ruiz hit for Schwimer and Fontenot ran for Kratz at second. Ruiz hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, trying the game at 6-6. Rollins was next and he lined a single into center. Gomez took it moving to his right, but his throw home wasn’t close to getting Fontenot at the plate. Fontenot scored to give the Phils a 7-6 win.
Rodriguez came into the game having walked six batters over 1 2/3 innings in his last two outings. Not sure you want to be swinging first pitch.
Just another one of those rallies started by a walk by Mayberry and a double by Kratz. Ruiz gets the job done with a sac fly with the second out and Rollins delivers a key two-out hit.
Best game of the set for the Milwaukee bullpen, but they still allow two runs in 5 2/3 innings and lose the game. Rodriguez allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings in the series.
Rollins was 1-for-6 in the game. Made the one count, though, giving the Phils a walkoff win with his single in the bottom of the tenth. 2-for-13 in the series with two singles and two walks. He walked in the ninth inning of game one to start that rally. Got the walkoff single in the tenth in the final game of the series against the Giants. 253/311/401 for the year.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a double and two walks in the set. 253/319/387 for the season.
Utley 3-for-4 in the game with a walk, two doubles and three RBI. 4-for-9 with five walks, two doubles and a home run in the series. 257/349/473 for the year in 74 at-bats.
Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 244/370/556 on the year. 2-for-16 against lefties. 310/412/655 against righties.
Pence 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 2-for-13 with a walk and two RBI in the series. Got the bloop single that won game two. 267/334/447 for the year. 143/208/204 in 49 at-bats since the All-Star break. 189/259/230 in 74 at-bats in July.
Wigginton 1-for-5 with a strikeout and two errors, one of which was a huge two-base dropped popup to start the top of the tenth. 2-for-12 with a walk and an RBI in the series. He hit the sac fly that scored Kratz to win game one of the set. 234/305/373 on the year. On-basing .292 against righties.
Pierre 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-7 with a walk, a double and two stolen bases in the series. 308/349/376 for the season. He came into yesterday’s game on-basing .302 over his last 119 plate appearances. He hit .340 in his first 167 plate appearances of the year through June 3. .265 since June 3 (30-for-113).
Kratz 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Just a monster series for Kratz: 4-for-6 with two doubles and a home run. Ran for Howard and scored the winning run in game one of the set. Hit a two-run pinch-hit homer to start the long rally back in game two. Two doubles in game three, including a huge one in the bottom of the tenth. Fontenot ran for him in game three and scored the run that won the game on the single by Rollins. Kratz is 6-for-16 on the season with two doubles and three home runs.
Mayberry walked in is only chance yesterday and was 2-for-8 with a walk and a double in the set. 237/276/397 on the year.
The Phillies don’t play today. They are in Atlanta tomorrow night.