Archive for August, 2012

Phils hopeful J-Roll can save enough wear on his body that he’ll still be not running out popups for them in 2015

Something we can all look forward to.

Kyle Kendrick pitched great yesterday and Kevin Frandsen had four hits in a game that will mostly be remembered for the popup that Jimmy Rollins didn’t run out on his way to being benched. The Phillies held on to win anyway and beat the Mets 3-2.

Kendrick gave up two solo home runs in the first two innings to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Rollins doubled with two outs in the bottom off the third and was knocked in by Frandsen, cutting the lead to 2-1. Mayberry led off the fourth with a single and scored when Wigginton followed and blasted a double to the gap in left-center. 2-2. Frandsen started the fifth with a double, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Howard to put the Phillies up to stay at 3-2.

Kendrick yielded two early solo homers, but was fantastic after that. From the third to the seventh he pitched five scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, no walks and no runs. He struck out the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. Valdes took over to get the Phillies out of the eighth and Papelbon mowed the Mets down in the ninth for his 30th save.

The game will most be remembered for what happened in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and Kendrick on third, Rollins popped a ball up high in the infield in front of home plate. The Mets were confused about who was going to catch the ball. In the end, pitcher Jon Niese tried to catch it himself, but didn’t handle it for an error. Rollins, who had jogged slowly up the line, ended up at first. Rollins stole second, setting him up for his second blunder of the inning. With one out and runners on second and third and the New York infield poised to come home with a ground ball up the middle, Frandsen hit a ground ball up the middle. Murphy fielded, Kendrick held third and Rollins took off for third, where he was tagged out after a short rundown. Martinez replaced him at short in the top of the seventh.

Not a great inning for Rollins. But not to be forgotten on the day was the run that Rollins helped create in the bottom of the third thanks to his hustle. With two outs and nobody on, Rollins popped a ball down the first base line and into shallow right field. It dropped just fair. Running all the way, Rollins slid into second with a two-out double and came in to score when Frandsen followed with a single into center.

The Phillies are 62-69 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-2 yesterday afternoon. The Mets take the series two games to one. The Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 17 1/2 games out of first.

The Phillies have won five of their last seven games, but outscored their opponents by just 26-22 over those seven games. They shouldn’t count on going 5-2 over many seven-game stretches in which they score 3.7 runs per game.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a pair of solo homers. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Mike Baxter was the first hitter of the game and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center. 1-0. Kendrick got the next three in order.

Scott Hairston hit an 0-1 pitch out to left with one out in the second. 2-0. Ronny Cedeno followed that with a single, but Kendrick got Josh Thole and the pitcher Jon Niese to leave Cedeno at first.

At least Kendrick is getting ahead of these guys before they homer.

David Wright doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the third. Kendrick got Ike Davis on a ground ball to second to leave Wright stranded.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. Hairston singled with one out, but Kendrick got Cedeno on a ground ball for the second out and struck Thole out to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the score tied at 2-2.

Up 3-2, he set the Mets down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

He struck out Tejada and Baxter to start the eighth before Murphy and Wright singled back-to-back. It put runners on first and second for the lefty Davis and Valdes came in to face Davis. Valdes got him on a ground ball to first to leave the runners stranded.

Brave of Manuel to leave Kendrick in to face Wright as the go-ahead run. Worked out okay in the sense that Wright didn’t hit a two-run homer.

Valdes has allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 9 2/3 innings in nine appearances in August.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils still up a run. He struck Duda out for the first out and Hairston went down on a ball Nix handled at the edge of the warning track for the second. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Robert Carson and Papelbon hit him with a 2-2 pitch. Andres Torres ran for Turner at first. Josh Thole went down on a ball handled by Utley to end the game.

Over his last 16 appearances, Papelbon has allowed one run on eight hits and four walks over 16 1/3 innings while striking out 19 (0.55 ERA with an 0.73 ratio).

The pen goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the game in without allowing a hit or a walk.

Papelbon threw 15 pitches and Valdes one. Neither of them have thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Martinez (8) Lerud. Frandsen moves up to hit second against the lefty. Wigginton makes his second start of the year in left with the lefties Brown, Pierre and Nix on the bench. Martinez in right with all the same lefties on the bench. The lefty Lerud catches, making his first career start, with the righty Kratz on the bench in the day game after a night game. Sure seems like if you know they’re throwing a righty in game two and a lefty in game three it makes more sense to catch Lerud in game two against the righty and Kratz in game three against the lefty. Starting Martinez in right field is a good sign that your team is terrible.

Frandsen singled with one out in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 1-0. Utley flew to left for the first out and Howard struck out swinging for the second.

It was 2-0 when the Phillies went in order in the second.

Lerud grounded to first in his first big league at-bat to start the third and Kendrick grounded out as well for the second. Rollins was next and hit a ball to right, which he hustled into a double. Frandsen was next and singled to center, scoring Rollins to get the Phils on the board at 2-1. Frandsen took second as the throw came home. Utley was next and was grazed by a pitch, putting two men on for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Nice job by Rollins to take second on his hit, which gets the Phils a run when Frandsen follows with a single.

Howard 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three men left on base through three innings.

Mayberry led off the fourth and hit a ball to Wright. Wright’s throw to first was high and originally called an error and quickly changed to a hit. Wigginton followed with a double to left center, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 2-2. Niese struck Martinez out swinging for the second out, but Lerud was next and blooped a single to left. Wigginton didn’t read it well and had to hold at third. Kendrick bunted Lerud up to second with the second out, putting runners on second and third for Rollins. Rollins popped to Murphy to leave both runners stranded.

Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but Mayberry’s should have been called an error and Lerud’s was a bloop single to left. Wigginton hammered the ball. The scoring decision on the ball hit by Mayberry was rather generous to Mayberry.

Frandsen led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to left where it was misplayed by Duda. Duda came in on it and then had the ball go over his head for a double. Utley was next and moved Frandsen up to third with a ground out to second. It put a runner on third for Howard and Howard flew to center for the second out. Frandsen scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Mayberry was next and doubled down the third base line. Niese walked Wigginton intentionally to pitch to Martinez. Martinez flew to center, dropping his average on the year to .134 and leaving both runners stranded.

With one out in the sixth, Kendrick hit a ball hard to center that cleared the fence on a hop for a ground-rule double. Kendrick took third on a passed ball before Rollins hit a popup out in front of the plate. Wright and Niese looked unclear about who was going to catch, then Niese tried and didn’t get. Rollins was safe on first on the error with Kendrick holding third. Rollins stole second before Frandsen hit a ground ball to second. Rollins took off for third, but Kendrick was still at third. Rollins was tagged out after a short rundown with Kendrick still at third. Frandsen wound up on second, but Utley grounded to first to leave the runners at second and third.

Rollins didn’t run hard on his popup that Niese failed to catch, which apparently was the subject of a discussion between Rollins and Manuel after the frame. There was no Met covering second as the infielders failed to catch the popup. Martinez took over at short in the top of the seventh with Rollins on the bench.

More terrible defense from the Mets.

Mayberry and Wigginton singled back-to-back off of righty Ramon Ramirez with one out in the seventh. Martinez struck out swinging for the second out and Lerud grounded to second for the third.

With Ramirez still on the mound, Brown hit for Valdes to start the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson came in to face Brown and Kratz hit for Brown and flew to right for the first out. Nix struck out for the second before Frandsen singled to right. Utley grounded to short to end the inning.

Kratz 2-for-his-last-19.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game with a hustle double, then pulled for not hustling in the bottom of the sixth. He was 2-for-11 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 243/303/407 for the season. He has hit 13 home runs since the start of June.

Frandsen 4-for-5 with a double. 5-for-13 with a double in the series. 355/405/430 for the season. There are 224 NL players with at least 100 plate appearances for the season. Of those, Frandsen’s .355 average is first and his .405 on-base percentage is fifth. His walk rate is terrible by the way — four walks in 117 plate appearances is about 3.4%. The team overall walks in about 7.0% of their plate appearances. Near the end of the list it goes Pierre 5.2%, Mayberry 5.1%, Galvis 3.5% and Frandsen 3.4%. I also hope we get a chance to see Frandsen play some second before the end of the year.

Utley 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 3-for-11 with a walk and a home run in the series. 250/362/457 for the year.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 1-for-11 with a home run, six RBI and seven strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-18. 235/311/444 on the year. 182/246/309 against lefties with 30 strikeouts in 61 plate appearances.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the set. 287/333/468 in 102 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 246/287/408 for the year. No walks against lefties in 137 plate appearances for the year. Not sure exactly that that is, but it’s something.

Wigginton 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. The walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 215/291/346 over his last 258 plate appearances. 236/307/375 for the year. He has 202 plate appearances against righties for the year in which he has hit 238/282/341.

Martinez 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. 5-for-his-last-59 (.085). 132/181/221 for the season.

Lerud was 1-for-4 with a single in his debut.

Halladay (8-7, 3.88) faces lefty Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71) tonight in Atlanta. Halladay has a 2.79 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in his five starts in August. The Phils have won four of those five games, but are just 10-9 in his starts for the season — 6-2 in his last starts after going 4-7 in his first 11 starts. Minor threw to a 6.20 ERA in his first 15 starts of the year through the end of June. Since the beginning of July, he’s made nine starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.75 ERA with an 0.88 ratio.


Fans a lot happier with their first impression of Cloyd than they are with their 130th impression of the offense

Tyler Cloyd debuted with the Phillies last night and pitched well after a rocky start, but the Phils didn’t hit and fell 3-2 to the Mets.

Cloyd allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in the first three innings of the game. He was strong after that, though, setting New York down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. He allowed a one-out single in the sixth, but the Mets gave him the second out of the frame on a bunt and he struck out Ruben Tejada to end the frame. The bullpen took over in the seventh.

The rest of the Phillies, meanwhile, couldn’t get much going. Back-to-back singles by Pierre and Utley in the first and a sac fly from Howard got them one run. They scored another on a two-out double by Rollins the next inning, but didn’t score again after the second.

The Phillies are 13th in the NL in runs scored in August. For the year they’ve scored 530 runs in 130 games — 4.13 runs per game is eleventh-best in the NL. They’ve scored 29 runs over their last eight games, which is about 3.62 runs per game.

The Phillies are 61-69 on the year after losing to the New York Mets 3-2 last night. The Mets have won the first two games of the series and moved into a tie with the Phils for third place in the NL East.

The Phillies are 15-12 in August despite having scored as many runs (101) as they have allowed.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a homer. He struck out five.

He also walked twice in the game last night. In his two plate appearances he has more walks (two) than Orr, Pridie, Lee, Halladay and Worley do in their 198 plate appearances combined. Orr has one and the rest of those guys don’t have any.

Five strikeouts in six innings gives Cloyd a strikeout rate of 7.5 per nine innings. His strikeout rate in 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A was 6.1, down from 8.5 in 2011 (Clearwater and Reading combined, mostly Reading). So what happened to his strikeouts from ’11 to ’12? Don’t know, but I do know we’re not the only ones wondering.

He allowed singles to Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis in the top of the first, but got Lucas Duda to pop to Rollins with runners on the corners to leave them both stranded.

He started the second up 1-0 and allowed a leadoff double to Scott Hairston. Cloyd hit Mike Baxter behind Hairston, putting men on first and second for Kelly Shoppach. He struck out Shoppach for the first out, but the pitcher Matt Harvey was next and singled to left. Hairston scored ahead of the throw from Pierre, which was online but weak, tying the game at 1-1. Cloyd struck out Tejada for the second out and got Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to right to leave both runners stranded.

Four hits, including a double and a single by the pitcher, allowed by Cloyd in the first two innings.

The Phillies led 2-1 when he started the third. David Wright grounded to short for the first out before Davis singled to right. Duda was next and the lefty hammered an 0-1 pitch down the first base line and out for a two-run homer that put the Mets up 3-2. Cloyd walked Hairston and Baxter behind Duda, putting runners on first and second, but struck Shoppach out for the second out and Harvey for the third.

Two more hits and two more walks allowed by Cloyd. Through his first three innings, he had allowed six hits, including a double and a home run, walked two and hit one batter. That’s a 2.67 ratio.

Things got better from there.

He set the Mets down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Shoppach singled with one out in the third. Harvey bunted Shoppach to second with the second out. Cloyd struck Tejada out looking to leave him at second.

Horst needed six pitches to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

0.92 ERA for Horst on the year. 1.07 ratio with 23 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.

Bastardo started the eighth and Duda led off with a single to right. Aumont took over for Bastardo and struck the righty Hairston out for the first out as Duda stole second. Aumont struck the next hitter, Baxter, out as well. Then he lost the plate. He walked Shoppach to put two men on. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Josh Edgin. Aumont got behind him 2-0, but Turner grounded to third on a 2-1 pitch to set the Mets down.

Bastardo and Aumont in the eighth inning has close to zero chance of working on a regular basis. At least the rest of this season.

Bastardo was pitching for the second day in a row. He has dropped his ERA on the year from 5.45 to 5.13 with 2 1/3 scoreless innings over four appearances.

Aumont has now made two scoreless appearances with the Phils, walking two and striking out two in two innings.

Lindblom struck out Wright in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Lindblom was also pitching for the second day in a row. 6.17 ERA with a 1.46 ratio in 11 2/3 innings over 13 appearances since joining the Phillies. Two of his last three outings have been really good, but he was charged with a run on two walks in an inning in Tuesday’s opener with the Mets.

Three scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow a single and a walk.

Bastardo and Lindblom have both thrown two days in a row. Lindblom threw nine pitches last night and Bastardo two. Aumont 20 pitches and Horst six.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Pierre in left with Brown on the bench, presumably to rest his sore knee.

Pierre and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the bottom of the first, putting men on the corners for Howard. Howard flew to left for the second out, deep enough for Pierre to tag and score, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mayberry flew to center to leave Utley at first.

It was 1-1 when the Phils hit in the second. Frandsen singled to center with one out and Kratz flew out behind him for the second. Cloyd was next and drew a walk on four pitches. It put men on first and second for Rollins and he doubled into the right field corner, scoring Frandsen (2-1) and moving Cloyd up to third. Pierre flew to left to end the inning.

Cloyd draws a walk to keep the inning alive for the RBI-double by Rollins.

That was it for the scoring by the Phils in the game.

Down 3-2, Utley was hit by a pitch to start the third, but Howard struck out for the first out and Mayberry bounced into a double-play.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Cloyd walked again to start the fifth. Rollins struck out for the first out before Pierre singled him to second. Utley flew to right for the second out. Howard hit the ball hard to left, but Duda took it on the track to end the inning.

Nix doubled with one out in the sixth and moved to third when Frandsen grounded out for the second out. Kratz struck out looking 0-2 to leave Nix at third.

Polanco hit for Horst to start the seventh and Harvey got him on a line drive to center for the first out. Lefty Josh Edgin took over for Harvey, getting Rollins on a ground ball to third and Pierre on a fly ball to center.

A whole lot of lefties in the lineup for the Phils mean they’re going to keep seeing a ton of left-handed relievers. Last night they started lefties two, three, four and six in the order. In the one spot was Rollins who is on-basing .281 against lefties for the year. They hit Mayberry fifth and he’s on-basing .284 against lefties with, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, no walks against lefties for the season (134 plate appearances).

Polanco leads off the inning against the righty Harvey with lefties Brown and Lerud and the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench.

The Phillies went in order in the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson got Utley and Howard and righty Jon Rauch took over to get Mayberry.

Frank Francisco struck out Nix and Kratz in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game. 203/277/386 over his last 224 plate appearances.

Pierre 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to get his average for the year back to .300. He’s 3-for-his-last-22. He is bizarrely hitting 224/281/282 at home and 380/409/448 away from home. That is nonsensical.

Utley 1-for-3. 274/397/484 in August. He has 217 plate appearances as a second baseman for the Phillies this season. Galvis has 178.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-15 with seven strikeouts.

Mayberry 0-for-4. He came into the game 7-for-his-last-17 (.412).

Nix 1-for-4 with a double and struck out three times. He has started three games in a row, going 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-18 with four singles.

Kratz 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles and six strikeouts.

Kendrick (7-9, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51) this afternoon. Kendrick has been outstanding since the end of June, throwing to a 2.05 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in 44 innings over 13 appearances, six of which have been starts. The Phillies have won the last three games he has started and he’s allowed two runs in 21 1/3 innings in those games (both of which came on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Tyler Moore). Niese has a 2.29 ERA and an 0.99 ratio in his five starts in August. His numbers against lefties and righties are very similar for the year — righties are hitting 238/287/378 against him (isolated power of .140) while lefties are hitting 239/291/349 (isolated power of .110).


The Rosenberg disaster

Worley is kind of a disaster, too, but at least that one is a little slower moving and we’ve had some time to get used to it.

The Phillies fell to the Mets 9-5 in ten innings last night. Worley gave them another miserable start and was gone after just 4 1/3 innings. Solid work from the bullpen kept the Phils in the game for a while, but BJ Rosenberg got hammered in the top of the tenth, allowing four runs in the frame as the Mets blew the game open.

Howard and Utley paced the offense for the Phils. Howard hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first and Utley added a solo homer in the fifth.

Worley has been terrible since the end of June, making 11 starts in which he has thrown to a 5.80 ERA with a 1.83 ratio. In 59 innings he has allowed 86 hits. He suggests the bone chip in his right elbow is not a factor in recent results.

Domonic Brown also did some freaky stuff in left field you would really hope he could avoid. He sort of tippy-toed up to a single to left in the top of the first before unleashing a fantastic throw that arrived not quite in time, perhaps thanks in part to the tippy-toeing. In the eighth inning, playing towards left center, Brown took forever to get to a ball hit near the line, allowing a runner to score from first. He was removed for a defensive replacement in the top of the tenth and looks like he might get some additional time to rest his sore knee.

The Phillies are 61-68 after losing 9-5 to the New York Mets in ten innings last night. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Phils. They remain in third place in the NL East, 16 1/2 games out of first.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a two-run homer. He struck out four.

Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy were the first two batters that Worley faced in the top of the first and they reached on a pair of singles that put runners on first and second. David Wright was next and singled to left. Tejada tried to score and slid in safe ahead of Brown’s throw — he was originally ruled out, but the home plate ump got some help from the other umps who saw Kratz had dropped the ball and the runner was clearly safe. 1-0 with men on first and second for Ike Davis. Davis flew to left for the first out. Lucas Duda was next and he lined to short with Rollins throwing to second to double off Murphy and end the inning.

Brown’s throw to the plate was great. Very strong and on target. The problem was he took a long time to get to the ball. It looks like he needs to take way too many little steps to get his body into the position he wants to be in to throw. When he does throw, the throw is often fantastic. Takes too long, though.

The Phillies led 4-1 when Kelly Shoppach started the second with a single. Shoppach took second on a passed ball, but Worley struck Mike Baxter out for the first out, Andres Torres out for the second and got the pitcher Chris Young on a fly ball to right to leave Shoppach there.

Murphy singled to center with one out in the third and took second on another passed ball by Kratz. Wright flew to center for the second out. Davis was next and hit a ball into shallow left field that Rollins took near the line after a long run to leave Murphy stranded.

Two passed balls in two innings for Kratz.

Duda singled to start the fourth. Shoppach was next and Worley struck him out swinging for the first out, but Baxter was next and lined the first pitch from Worley out to right for his first home run of the year. 4-3. Torres flew to center for the second out and the pitcher Young struck out for the third.

Worley joins Edinson Volquez on the list of people who have ever allowed a home run to Mike Baxter in a Major League game. In their collective defense, Baxter did hit 18 home runs in the PCL one year.

Tejada led off the fifth and doubled down the left field line on a ball interfered with by a fan. Muprhy moved him up to third with another single, putting runners on the corners for Wright. Wright hit a fly ball to center for the first out, deep enough for Tejada to tag and score, tying the game at 4-4. Valdes took over for Worley and got the next two to leave Murphy at first.

The Phils were back up 5-4 when Valdes set the Mets down in order in the sixth.

Valdes has been fantastic for the Phillies this season. He drops his ERA for the year to 2.93 with the outing. Among the 225 pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings in the NL this year, his 0.75 ratio is fourth-best. He has an 0.96 ERA with an 0.43 ratio in 9 1/3 innings in his ten appearances in August.

Lindblom started the seventh and walked Scott Hairston to get things started. Tejada flew to left behind Hairston for the first out. Hariston was caught trying to steal second as Murphy struck out swinging to end the frame.

Lindblom was back to walk Wright to start the eighth. Bastardo came in to pitch to Davis and got him on a fly ball to right for the first out. Duda was next and Bastardo struck him out for the second. Shoppach was next and he dumped a ball down the left field line. Brown was playing towards left center and it took him a whole lot of time to get to the ball. Wright scored to tie the game at 5-5 with Shoppach at second. Baxter flew to left to leave Shoppach at second.

Second time in the game that Brown did something weird in left field. In the first, he seemed to take a whole lot of steps to get ready to make his strong throw to the plate. This time he was just super slow running to get the ball, presumably (we hope) cause he is still having problems with his knees.

Lindblom has walked way too many hitters and his walk to the leadoff man hurts the Phils as Wright comes around to score. He has now walked ten in 10 2/3 innings since joining the Phils while throwing to a 6.75 ERA.

Bastardo goes an inning, allowing a double and a run that is charged to Lindblom. He has a 7.01 ERA since the end of May.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the score tied at 5-5.

Papelbon again not terrible in a tie game as he set New York down in order. He’s been charged with one earned run in 15 1/3 innings over his last 15 appearances.

Rosenberg started the tenth. Wright singled with one out. Davis followed and blasted a ball into the gap in left center, scoring Wright to make it 6-5. Duda followed that with a single into center. Davis scored (7-5) and Duda took second as the throw came home. Shoppach was next and he hit the first pitch he saw from Rosenberg out to left. 9-5. Rosenberg hit Baxter with a pitch and pitcher Bobby Parnell bunted Baxter to second with the second out. Hairston flew to center to set the Mets down.

Helpful guideline for deciding whether to use Horst or Rosenberg in the tenth inning of a tied game: Horst good, Rosenberg, not so much yet. Rosenberg was coming off four outings in a row without being charged with a run, but his ERA for the year is up to 12.66 after allowing four runs in an inning. He has a 4.29 ratio against left-handed hitter for the year — in 2 1/3 innings he has allowed three hits and walked seven.

The pen goes 5 2/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. They did a nice job after Worley left after 4 1/3 until the tenth inning rolled around. Valdes and Papelbon were great. Lindblom and Bastardo combined to allow a run in two innings.

Valdes threw 26 pitches. Lindblom and Rosenberg each threw 18. Bastardo 15 and Papelbon 11.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Kratz. Brown returns to the lineup after getting two days off to rest his knee. He plays left with Nix in right — Brown’s UZR/150 numbers suggest he’s been a lot better defensively in left than in right in limited innings in 2012. Mayberry in center, where the same numbers suggest he’s awful (-38.3 UZR/150 in center coming into the game, which is 47th of the 47 players across both leagues with at least 200 innings in center this year). Kratz should be catching a lot with Schneider and Ruiz both on the DL, backed up by Steven Lerud, up from Double-A.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. The loaded the bases with nobody out on walks by Rollins and Utley and a hit by pitch to Frandsen. It brought Howard to the plate and he hit a 1-2 pitch into the Phillie bullpen for a grand slam that put the Phils on top 4-1. The Phillies went in order behind him.

Young didn’t look like he had a whole lot. The scoreboard was showing his fastball in the mid-80s.

Kratz singled to start the bottom of the second, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Mayberry walked with two outs in the third, but Brown popped to Wright to leave him at first.

It was 4-3 when Nix started the fourth with a single. Kratz was next and hit a ball handled by Young. Young threw to second to force Nix for the first out. Worley bunted Kratz to second with the second out, but Rollins flew to left to leave him there.

It was 4-4 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Frandsen flew to right for the first out before Utley hit a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 5-4. Lefty Robert Carson took over for Young and struck Howard out for the second out. Carson hit Mayberry with a pitch, but Brown grounded to short with Mayberry forced at second to end the inning.

Hit by pitch is kinda like a walk against a lefty for Mayberry, but not a walk. Mayberry is the only righty in the lineup from three (Utley) to seven (Nix). He can’t break up four lefties as the righty in the five-hole if he’s never going to get on base against lefties. He came into the game hitting .271 against lefties, but on-basing .273 against them with no walks in 132 plate appearances. The guy on-basing .273 isn’t going to strike a lot of terror into a team who thinks they’re going to bring in a lefty to go through two through seven in the lineup with a single reliever. More on that later.

Carson got Nix to fly to left for the first out in the sixth. Righty Ramon Ramirez got Kratz to pop to third for the second out. Polanco hit for Worley and grounded to short to end the inning.

Ramirez walked Rollins to start the seventh and struck Frandsen out behind him. Lefty Josh Edgin came in to pitch to Utley and got Utley to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

It was 5-5 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Mayberry singled off of the lefty Edgin with one out. Brown was next and lined to right for the second. Nix stayed in and hit for himself against the lefty, drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch to put runners on first and second. Righty Jon Rauch came in to pitch to Kratz and got Kratz on a fly ball to right to leave both runners stranded.

Another nice plate appearance for Nix against a lefty as he draws a walk off of Edgin. He’s now 2-for-6 with a walk, a double and a home run against lefties for the year.

Righty Bobby Parnell set the Phillies down in order in the ninth. Wigginton hit for Papelbon and grounded to second for the first out.

Wigginton doesn’t hit for Nix against the lefty in the eighth, then does hit against a righty in the ninth. The lefty Lerud and the switch-hitter Martinez were on the bench for the Phils and unused in the game.

The Phillies were down 9-5 when Utley singled off of Parnell to start the tenth. Parnell struck out Howard and Mayberry for the first two outs and got Pierre to ground to third to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 in the game and walked twice. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-10.

Frandsen was 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-his-last-14.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. First home run since August 10.

Howard 1-for-5 with a grand slam and three strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk. 7-for-his-last-17.

Brown 0-for-4 with some trouble in left. Pierre took over for him defensively in the top of the tenth inning. Let’s hope his knee is bothering him. A lot. He says that he does not feel bad at all.

Nix 1-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-11 with two walks.

Kratz 1-for-4 with two passed balls. Dropped the throw from Brown in the top of the first on a close play at the plate. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles.

Hamels (14-6, 2.99) faces righty Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) tonight. Hamels has a 1.86 ERA with a 1.01 ratio in his five starts in August. The Phils will get their first look at the 23-year-old rookie Harvey. Harvey has made six starts on the season and only one of them has been bad — he allowed five runs in five innings against the Padres on August 5. He has a 1.74 ERA his other five starts with 38 strikeouts in 31 innings. Opponents are hitting just .186 against him for the year, but he’s walked 15 in 36 innings for the year.

Okay. John Mayberry and no walks against left-handed pitchers. Coming into last night’s game, Mayberry had 132 plate appearances against lefties in which he had walked zero times. Question of the day is when is the last time that a player for either league ended the season with 132 or more plate appearances against lefties in which they walked zero times (which, of course, Mayberry hasn’t done yet)? Answer for the day is that I hope you know, cause I don’t. Ivan Rodriguez came close in 2007, walking zero times in 126 plate appearances against lefties. In 1986, Angel Salazar walked zero times in 111. Rob Picciolo none in 115 in 1980. Good chance I missed someone, but my inefficient system of looking it up didn’t find anyone since 1980. Hopefully he’ll just get a walk against a lefty soon and we can all just forget about it.

Update: Hamels is ill, so Tyler Cloyd will start tonight. The righty Cloyd turned 25 in May and will be making his Major League debut. He was fantastic at Triple-A this year, throwing to a 2.35 ERA with a 1.01 ratio in 22 starts while allowing just 105 hits in 142 innings. Cloyd doesn’t throw real hard and doesn’t strike people out — he has 93 strikeouts in 142 innings at AAA this year.

He’s drawn light blue in the Start Log — hopefully a slightly different shade than Oswalt, Blanton, Freddy Garcia, Corey Lidle or Randy Wolf.

Please note that the Start Log helpfully points out the Phils merely need to play to a 1.030 winning percentage in their 33 remaining games to reach 95 wins for the season.

Update 2: This says Worley is out for the rest of the season.


First in war, first in peace, first in the National League and a distant second in a not-so-meaningful series with the Phils

The Phillies got outstanding pitching this weekend as they swept the Nats in a three-game set. The Phils scored just 12 runs in the series, but held the Nationals to five, getting three solid starts and 6 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen.

Kendrick pitched into the seventh in game one as the Phils won 4-2. Rollins had two hits and drove in a pair for the Phillies.

Halladay was solid in game two and Mayberry drove in three as the Phils again won 4-2.

Yesterday Cliff Lee got his first win at home for the season, holding the Nats to a run over seven innings as the Phils won 4-1.

Kendrick, Halladay and Lee combined to throw to a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings in the series.

The Phillies didn’t get a ton of offense in the set, but Rollins was 5-for-10 with four RBI. Mayberry went 4-for-11 and drove in three.

The Phillies are 61-67 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-1 yesterday. The Phils sweep the three-game series and in third place in the NL East, 16 1/2 games out of first. They’re 9 1/2 games out for the Wild Card and have won four in a row.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Ryan Zimmerman singled to center with two outs in the top of the first. Jayson Werth popped to Utley to leave Zimmerman stranded.

Adam LaRoche singled to center to start the second. Lee got Tyler Moore on a fly ball to right for the first out and Jesus Flores grounded into a double-play behind Moore.

Lee struck Steve Lombardozzi in a 1-2-3 third and Werth in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He struck out LaRoche to start the fifth before Moore doubled into the left field corner. Flores struck out swinging for the second out and Lee got Lombardozzi grounded to Utley to end the frame.

The Phillies were leading 3-0 when lefty Roger Bernadina, hitting for the pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, led off the sixth with a bunt single. Lee set the Nationals down in order behind him.

It was 4-0 when Werth led off the seventh. He hit a ball that Lee handled near the third base line, but Lee’s throw to first wasn’t handled. Werth had a single and Lee’s error allowed him to move up to second. LaRoche was next and he hammered a ball to right that everyone thought was out of the yard. He started his jog around the bases, but the ball was still in play. Werth and LaRoche were both just about at third when they figured out the play wasn’t over and LaRoche was tagged out easily. Reviews showed the call was right — the ball went off the very top of the fence and back into play. It left Washington with one out and Werth on third. Moore was next and doubled to left. Werth scored. 4-1. Flores flew to right and Lombardozzi lined softly to Utley to end the frame.

That could have been a lot worse.

Horst started the eighth. Bernadina led off and doubled to left. Espinosa was next and he grounded to short for the first out with Bernadina holding. Righty Ian Desmond hit for pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Lindblom took over for Horst to face the righty. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for Desmond. Lindblom got Tracy to ground to short for the second out and struck out Ryan Zimmerman to leave Bernadina stranded.

Horst drops his ERA on the year to 0.96 by allowing a hit in a scoreless third of an inning. He has a 1.13 ratio to go with his ERA and has struck out 22 in 18 2/3 innings.

Lindblom was back for the ninth and set the Nats down in order, striking out Werth for the first out, getting LaRoche on a line drive to first for the second and striking out Moore to end the game.

With Papelbon having pitched three straight days, Lindblom goes five outs to get career save number one. He drops his ERA with the Phillies to 6.52.

Two scoreless innings in the game for the pen in which they allow one hit and strike out three.

Lindblom threw 13 pitches in the game and Horst three.

The Phillies lineup against righty Stephen Strasburg went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Brown out of the starting lineup for the second day in a row as Nix starts in righty. Pierre in left against the righty and Kratz behind the plate.

Utley walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. Howard struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Mayberry started the bottom of the second to start the second. Nix, Frandsen and Kratz went in order behind him.

Pierre walked with two outs in the third. Utley was next and flew to right for the third out.

Werth made an amazing play to retire Utley for the third out. It was a high fly ball to right and Werth just missed it. The ball went off the side of his glove and he caught it with his bare hand to retire Utley and end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Frandsen led off the fifth with a single to left and took second on a wild pitch. Kratz hit a ball softly into shallow center, but Harper made a nice driving catch for the first out. It brought Lee to the plate and he hit a ball over Harper’s head that landed on the warning track. Frandsen scored and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins was next and he hit a 231 pitch out to right for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-0. Pierre followed that with a single before Utley flew to center for the second out. Howard followed that with a walk, but Mayberry popped to second to leave both runners stranded.

Nice diving play in center by Harper on Kratz’s ball costs the Phillies a run. Home run number 15 on the year for Rollins.

Career stolen base number 586 of his career for Pierre ties him with Maury Wills for 19th all-time.

Lefty Tom Gorzelanny took over for Zimmerman to start the sixth. Nix led off and hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Frandsen followed with a single, but Kratz hit into a double-play behind him and Kratz struck out for the third out.

Nix stays in the game and homers off of the lefty.

Rollins singled off of Gorzelanny to start the seventh and Pierre bunted him to second with the first out. Utley moved Rollins to third with a ground ball, but Howard struck out to leave him there.

Righty Drew Storen got Mayberry, Nix and Frandsen in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a home run. 5-for-10 in the series with two walks and a home run. 244/303/407 for the season.

Pierre 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 in the series, which drops his average under .300. 299/342/363. 263/310/343 over his last 195 plate appearances.

Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk and 2-for-9 with two walks in the set. 249/357/452 for the year.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 2-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 3-for-his-last-18 and hitting 245/329/450 for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 yesterday. 4-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 242/281/407 for the year. 277/315/470 in 89 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 242/281/407 for the season. Still has not walked against a left-handed pitcher this season in 132 plate appearances.

Nix 1-for-4 with a home run yesterday. First home run against a lefty for Nix since April 25, 2004 against Ron Villone. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series. 186/265/279 in 49 plate appearances since coming off of the DL. 258/330/438 for the year.

Frandsen 2-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a walk in the series. 351/402/426 on the year.

Kratz 0-for-3 and left three men on base. He was 1-for-10 in the series and struck out four times. 291/352/646 for the season.

No game today. Mets tomorrow.


Who are you and what have you done with our bullpen?

After dropping two straight one-run games to the Reds, the Phillies won one last night, plating a run in the bottom of the eleventh to win 4-3 and earn a split in the four-game set.

The game was expected to be a pitcher’s duel between Hamels and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. Both pitched okay on a soggy, rain-soaked night, but both saw their pitch count climb early and both were gone by the time the seventh inning rolled around. The Phillies did get outstanding pitching in the game, but it came from their bullpen. Hamels left after six and after he left, five Phillie relievers combined to throw five shutout innings without allowing a hit.

Three of the first four Cincinnati batters reached in the top of the first as the Reds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. In the fifth, a ball hit hard to short went for a single as Martinez couldn’t handle it and Todd Frazier followed that with a two-run double that extended the Cincinnati lead to 3-0. The Phils got two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of sac flies, then tied things up at 3-3 in the eighth when singles by Brown, Mayberry and Kratz loaded the bases for a sac fly by Rollins. Mayberry chopped a single into left with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh.

The Phillies are 58-67 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 11 innings last night. The teams split the four-game set. The Phillies have pulled ahead of the Mets and into third place in the NL East. They’re 19 1/2 games out of first in the division.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

The Phillies have won four games in a row that Hamels has started and scored 15 runs in those games (3.75 per game).

Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs singled back-to-back to start the top of the first. It brought Jay Bruce to the plate and Hamels struck him out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Hamels walked Ryan Ludwick on four pitches, loading the bases for Todd Frazier. Frazier hit a ground ball to third, taken by a charging Frandsen. He might have had Cozart at the plate with a good throw, but went to first for the second out instead. Cozart scored and it was 1-0 with men on first and second for Miguel Cairo. Cairo lined a ball towards short. Martinez made a very nice play, diving to his left to field it and then throwing to first in time to get Cairo.

Hamels threw 34 pitches in the inning.

Hamels got Wilson Valdez, Ryan Hanigan and pitcher Johnny Cueto in order in the second.

He set them down in order again in the third. He was at just 53 pitches after needing just 19 to set down six in a row in innings two and three.

Cairo singled with two outs in the fourth. Hamels struck Valdez out swinging to leave him at first.

Hanigan walked to start the fourth. Cueto tried to bunt him to second, but popped it up to Kratz in foul territory for the first out. Cozart struck out and Stubbs flew to left to end the frame.

Bruce and Ludwick singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Frazier was next and pounded a ball to center, over the head of Nix and off the base of the wall. Both runners scored, putting the Reds up 2-0. Nix didn’t handle the ball as it came off the wall for an error that allowed Frazier to move up to third with nobody out. Hamels got Cairo on a ball he handled himself for the first out. He struck Valdez out for the second before walking Hanigan intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Cueto grounded to Hamels as well to leave Frazier at third.

Two misplays in the inning behind Hamels and Hamels does well to limit the damage to two runs after the Reds put a runner on third with nobody out.

Nix’s error allows Frazier to take third with nobody out. Ludwick’s ball was hit hard, but Martinez had a chance to make the play. He didn’t get in front of the ball, swiping at instead and deflecting it as it went passed. It would have been a good play to field the ball, but if he had it likely would have been a double-play that changed the inning.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the game tied at 2-2.

Great outing for Rosenberg, who was pitching on one day of rest but has thrown three of the last four days. He’s gone 1 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings after throwing to a 12.91 ERA over his first eight.

Phillippe Aumont made his debut in the eighth with the score still tied. Ludwick was the first hitter he faced and Aumont got ahead of him 0-2 on two straight swinging strikes before throwing three balls in a row. Ludwick grounded to short 3-2 on a diving play by Rollins for the first out. Frazier flew to center for the second before Cairo walked, but Aumont got Valdez on a ground ball Aumont handled himself to end the frame.

I would be absolutely thrilled if Aumont can help the Phillies. That said, I’m pretty worried about how likely that is. He’s had an enormous problem with walks in the minors, walking 4.99 batters per nine over his minor league career. At Triple-A this year he has walked 34 in 44 1/3 innings (6.9 per nine). There’s close to no chance he can be successful without cutting that number down enormously. One walk in one inning so far. He got a bunch of help from a very nice play by Rollins for the first out last night.

Papelbon started the ninth in a tie game. Coming into the game, opponents were hitting 406/472/719 against him for the year in tie games. He walked Hanigan to start the inning and pitcher Mike Leake ran for Hanigan at first. Lefty Xavier Paul hit for the pitcher Sam Demel and bunted Leake to second with the first out. Cozart flew to Mayberry for the second and Papelbon struck Stubbs out swinging 0-2 to leave Leake stranded.

Better results in a tie game for Papelbon. He’s allowed one runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances while striking out 14.

Horst struck out Bruce and Ludwick in a 1-2-3 tenth.

Back with the team after the birth of his son, Horst continues to give the Phillies fantastic work out of the bullpen, dropping his ERA to 1.00 after 18 innings. In his last four appearances he has struck out nine in six scoreless innings. Hasn’t allowed a home run this season. Has walked seven in 18 innings, which is too many.

Valdes set the Reds down in order in the eleventh. Righty Chris Heisey hit for Valdez and grounded to second for the second out.

Valdes was pitching for the second straight day. He has a 1.23 ERA in eight August appearances and an 0.77 ratio for the year.

Five scoreless innings for the pen in the game in which they allow two walks and no hits while striking out four. Everyone was really good, perhaps most interestingly Rosenberg throwing a 1-2-3 seventh and Aumont making his debut in a big spot in the eighth.

Valdes has thrown two straight days and threw eight pitches in the game. Aumont threw 18. Everyone else was under 15.

The Phillies lineup against righty Johnny Cueto went (1) Pierre (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Nix (7) Kratz (8) Martinez. Rollins on the bench with Martinez at short. Pierre leads off. Mayberry on the bench with the lefty Nix starting in center for the third time this season. Kratz catches with the lefty Schneider on the bench. Four lefties in a row for the Phils three through six in the order.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the bottom of the first.

Nix and Kratz singled back-to-back with two outs in the second. Martinez had a good at-bat, but popped up to first to leave them both stranded in the ninth pitch of his at-bat.

Cueto had thrown 42 pitches through two innings. He had the option of pitching around Martinez to face Hamels, raising an interesting question about which of them is the better hitter. Hamels 168/196/202 in 490 plate appearances. Martinez 187/247/276 in 298. So Martinez takes it and it isn’t real close. Hamels was out-OPSing Martinez coming into the game for 2012 — .559 to .461.

Pierre walked with one out in the third and Frandsen was hit by a pitch behind him. Utley followed with a single to center. Pierre tried to score and was thrown out at the plate. Howard walked to load the bases for Brown, but Cueto struck Brown out swinging 2-2 to leave them loaded.

Would have been better not to get thrown out at the plate, but the Reds got a great throw from Stubbs and a nice block of the plate from Hanigan to get the out. Pierre was also likely slowed a little by the very wet base paths. Even given that out Cueto was at 68 pitches after three innings. Would have been nice to make him throw some more.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Hamels singled to right to start the fifth and Pierre bunted him to second with the first out. Hamels took third on a balk before Cueto struck Frandsen out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Utley lined to right to leave Hamels at third.

No run for the Phils after putting Hamels on third with one out. Frandsen can’t put the ball in play, striking out for the second out.

The Phillies were down 3-0 when Howard started the bottom of the sixth with a walk. Brown was next and doubled to left, moving Howard up to third. Righty Jose Arredondo came in to face Nix and Nix flew to right, deep enough for both runners to move up. Howard scored to make it 3-1 with one out and Brown on third. Kratz was next and flew to left. Brown tagged and scored. 3-2. Rollins hit for Martinez, who had failed to handle the hard ground ball by Ludwick in the two-run top of the inning, and went down on a ground ball handled by the catcher Hanigan.

Another extra-base hit for Brown, his third in two games. Howard is really slow, but did a nice job to tag and score on Nix’s ball to right. Likewise, if Brown doesn’t take third on Nix’s ball he can’t score on Kratz’s.

Polanco hit for Rosenberg and grounded to third for the first out in the seventh. Pierre grounded to second before Frandsen drew a walk. Lefty Sean Marshall came in to pitch to Utley and struck him out to leave Frandsen at first.

Brown singled to center off of Marshall with one out in the eighth. Mayberry hit for Nix. Righty Sam LeCure came in to pitch to Mayberry and Mayberry moved Brown up to second with a single into center. Kratz followed that with a single to left that loaded the bases for Rollins. Rollins his a fly ball to left. Brown tagged from third and slid in just safe ahead of the throw from Ludwick, tying the game at 3-3. Wigginton hit for Aumont and struck out swinging to leave the runners at first and second.

Mayberry would win the game with a single in the bottom of the eleventh, but also had a big hit in the eighth-inning rally that tied the game.

Righty JJ Hoover started the ninth for the Reds. Pierre led off with a walk. Frandsen followed with a bunt. Cairo fielded and Frandsen stopped in the middle of the base path on the way to first. Cairo swiped at him while taking a look at Pierre, but Frandsen dodged the tag and was safe at first, putting men on first and second for Utley with nobody out. Utley flew to center for the first out. Howard hit a ball in-between first and second that a diving Cairo gloved, but dropped trying to transfer to his glove. Howard had a single and the bases were loaded for Brown with one out. Brown grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Ew. Utley can’t move the runners up and Brown hits into a huge double-play when the Phillies could have won the game with a different kind of out.

The Phillies left another army on the bases in the tenth. Kratz singled off of Hoover with one out and moved to third when Rollins followed with a double. Schneider hit for Horst and grounded to third for the second out with the runners holding. Pierre popped to third to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting runners on second and third with one out. Schneider grounds to third for the first out with Kratz holding third.

Frandsen singled to center off of righty Alfredo Simon to start the eleventh. Frandsen moved to third on a double by Utley and Howard was walked intentionally, again loading the bases for Brown. Brown grounded to first with Cairo fielding and throwing home for the force out Frandsen. Mayberry was next with the bases still loaded and he chopped a ball through the left side of the infield and into left, scoring Utley to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Second big hit of the game for Mayberry in three at-bats.

Brown had three at-bats in the game with the bases loaded. None of them went well. He struck out swinging with the bases loaded to end the third. With a chance to win the game in the ninth with one out and the bases loaded, he grounded into a double-play. With one out in the eleventh and the bases loaded again he grounded to first.

Pierre was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He was 0-for-11 with two walks in the series. 256/302/314 over his last 136 plate appearances. 301/343/366 for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. Struck out with a runner on third for the second out in the fifth. 5-for-8 in the series with a walk and a triple. 357/400/440 on the year in 91 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-6 with a double. 5-for-18 with two doubles in the series. 250/354/464 for the year.

Howard 1-for-3 with three walks and struck out twice. 4-for-14 with a home run and five walks in the series. 250/335/464 on the year. 322/394/593 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Brown was 2-for-6 with a double and left nine men on base. Had some trouble in his at-bats (three of ‘em) with the bases loaded. 6-for-17 in the series with a walk, three doubles and a home run. 286/362/405 for the year.

Nix 1-for-2 with an RBI and an error in center that required an impressive effort from Hamels not to cost the Phils a run. 1-for-5 in the series. 253/323/410 for the year. 178/240/200 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Kratz was 3-for-4 to raise his average to .319. He started three of the four games in the series and went 6-for-10 with a walk, a double and a home run. 319/383/725 on the year in 81 plate appearances. Across both leagues there are 445 players with at least 75 plate appearances for the year. His .725 slugging percentage is best among those players by a whole lot. Justin Ruggiano is second at .615.

Martinez 0-for-2 with a big no-play on the Ludwick single that helped the Reds score two runs in the sixth. 0-for-2 in the series. 148/200/246 in 66 plate appearances for the year. Rollins was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the game. 4-for-16 with three doubles in the series.

Mayberry was 2-for-3 with a game-winning single. 5-for-15 with a home run in the series and 238/279/399 for the year.

Kendrick (6-9, 4.20) faces righty Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69) tonight as the Phils faced the Nats. Kendrick has thrown 15 scoreless innings over his last starts, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out 13. He has a 1.93 ERA over his 12 appearances since the end of June, five of which have been starts. Jackson’s hit rate is the best of his career — he has allowed just 124 in 144 innings and opponents are hitting just .232 against him (righties .218 and lefties .245). He’s coming off one of his best starts of the year, having allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out 11 Mets his last time out.


Arroyo ut oh

Bronson Arroyo dominated all of the Phillies other than Domonic Brown last night, holding the Phils to three hits over eight shutout innings as the Reds won 3-2.

Cincinnati jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth with a pair of runs off of Worley on a walk and three singles. Arroyo was perfect through 4 1/3 before Brown hit a solo shot off of him in the fifth to make it 2-1. Jay Bruce homered off of Lindblom in the eighth to extend the Cincy lead to 3-1. A pinch-hit single by Frandsen to start the bottom of the ninth led to another Phillie run, but Aroldis Chapman got Utley and Howard on a pair of fly balls to end the game with the tying run on base.

Through the first eight innings of the game, the Phillies had no walks and two hits, a double by Brown and a home run by Brown. Brown also made a nice diving catch in the gap in right-center in the second inning and a fantastic throw to end the fifth. He also lost what should have been a routine fly ball to right that wound up going for a triple.

The Phillies are 57-67 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Reds have taken two of the first three games in the four-game set. The Phils are tied for third place in the NL East, 20 games out of first.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Jay Bruce. He struck out three.

That was the best of Worley’s last four starts. He continues to give up way too many hits. Opponents are hitting .357 against him over his last four outings and .341 against him in his ten starts since the beginning of July. Lefties are hitting 305/383/450 against him for the season.

He’s walked 3.73 hitters per nine over his last nine starts. That’s too many, too.

With two outs in the top of the first, Brandon Phillips hit a ball to short. Rollins fielded, but his throw to first was high and off the glove of Howard for an error on Rollins. Ryan Ludwick moved Phillips to third with a single, but Worley struck Jay Bruce out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Todd Frazier singled with one out in the second, but Worley got Ryan Hanigan and the pitcher Bronson Arroyo behind him. Brown made a nice diving play on a ball Arroyo hit to the gap in right-center for the third out.

Zack Cozart singled to left to start the third. Worley’s 1-2 pitch to Drew Stubbs was off the heel of Schneider’s glove. Cozart took off for second, but Schneider threw to Utley and Utley applied the tag just in time as Cozart slid in for the first out. Stubbs and Phillips both went down to end the frame.

With one out in the fourth, Bruce hit a high fly to right field. Brown waited for it on the warning track, waving his arms in the universal sign for I-don’t-see-the-ball. It fell well in front of the track for a triple. Scott Rolen was next and Worley hit him in the shoulder. It put two men on for Frazier and Frazier flew to right, fairly deep and towards the line, for the second out. Bruce tried to score from third, but Brown made a strong throw home in plenty of time to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Lots of outfielders were having trouble finding the ball in the early part of the game last night. Bruce’s ball was a fairly routine fly ball to right. Just a fantastic throw by Brown to get Bruce at the plate, strong and right on target.

Worley walked Hanigan to start the fifth and Arroyo bunted him to second with the first out. Cozart flew to right for the second before Stubbs singled into right, scoring Hanigan to put the Reds up 1-0. Phillips moved Stubbs to second with a single before Ludwick singled to right. Stubbs scored and it was 2-0 with men on first and second. Bruce popped to Polanco on a nice running play in foul territory to set Cincy down.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Worley started the sixth. Frazier walked with one out and moved up to second on a single by Hanigan. Arroyo was next and tried to bunt the runners up, but Worley fielded and threw to second. Hanigan was forced there for the second out. Worley got Cozart on a fly ball to right to leave the runners at first and third.

Lindblom set the Reds down in order in the seventh.

He was back for the eighth. Bruce led off and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right, putting the Reds up 3-1. Lindblom got the next two before Hanigan singled to center. Arroyo hit for himself and lined to third to leave Hanigan stranded.

Another less than fantastic outing for Lindblom, who now has a 7.88 ERA over eight innings in his nine appearances with the Phillies. If you’re looking for good news, he went two innings without walking anyone. He has walked seven in his eight innings with the Phils so far. On the less good news front, he’s allowed three home runs in his eight frames with the team. Walking way too many and allowing way too many home runs is a combination that’s going to make it tough to be successful. Overall for the season he has a 1.05 ERA in his 25 2/3 innings pitching in Dodger Stadium and a 6.00 ERA in his 30 innings pitching anywhere other than Dodger Stadium.

Valdes pitched the ninth. He gave up a leadoff single to Cozart, but struck Stubbs out for the first out and got Phillips to ground into a double-play to set the side down.

Valdes has made seven appearances in August for the Phils, allowing a run on two hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight (1.42 ERA with an 0.47 ratio and opponents are hitting .100 against him). Sure seems like he’s not a team favorite, but it’s a lot less clear to me why not. For the year he has an 0.80 ratio and has struck out 32 in 27 2/3 innings.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow a run on three hits. Lindblom and Valdes each threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Polanco (8) Schneider. Polanco at third and Schneider catching with Frandsen and Kratz on the bench. Would kinda rather see Frandsen and Kratz. Mayberry isn’t a great choice to hit fifth against a righty and break up all your lefties. He comes into the game on-basing .286 against righties for the year (he also came into the game without a walk against a lefty for the year — across both leagues there were 114 players with at least 125 plate appearances against lefties coming into yesterday’s games and 113 had at least two walks against lefties).

Arroyo was perfect through the first four innings.

The Phils were down 2-0 when they hit in the bottom of the fifth. Howard and Mayberry went down on a pair of ground outs before Brown came to the plate. Brown hit the first pitch of his at-bat well out to right for his first homer of the year, cutting the lead to 2-1. Polanco flew to center for the third out.

Career home run number eight for Brown. He came into the game with seven career home runs in 365 plate appearances. All eight of his home runs have come against righties.

Arroyo set the Phillies down in order in the sixth. Nix hit for Worley and flew to center for the second out.

Pierre, Utley and Howard went in order in the seventh.

With one out in the eighth and the Phils down 3-1, Brown ripped an 0-1 pitch to the gap in right-center. It looked like it might have been out, but went off the wall for a double. Polanco was next and hit a ball to third that took a weird hop on Rolen for an error. It brought Schneider to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Schneider hit a ball back up the middle. Cozart fielded on the second base side of second base and flipped to Phillips. Phillips bare-handed the ball and, with his momentum taking him towards short, threw to first to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Fantastic play by the Reds to turn two and end the inning. The batter has to be pretty slow not to beat the throw from Phillips to first for the second out, but he was.

I thought Brown’s ball was his second homer of the day off the bat. Kinda wonder if he did as well, cause it’s strange he ended up on second instead of third. He also looks as he’s still having a problem with his legs and running all out, so maybe it was that more than not running hard all the way.

Frandsen hit for Valdes and reached on an infield single off of Arroyo to start the ninth. Lefty Aroldis Chapman took over for Arroyo and Rollins popped to short for the first out. Wigginton hit for Pierre and Frandsen took second on a wild pitch before Wigginton broke his bat hitting a bleeder through to right field for a single. Frandsen scored and the lead was cut to 3-2. Utley flew to shallow center for the second out. Howard was next and lined a ball to left, but a running Ludwick took it just in front of the warning track to end the game.

Frandsen’s average is up to .358 with a single in his lone plate appearance of the day. Wigginton’s hit was ridiculous, but he is hitting 294/368/471 in his 19 August plate appearances after a 1-for-1 night.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 4-for-his-last-33. On-basing .255 over his last 196 plate appearances. Really he is. How about someone else leading off?

Probably not Pierre, though. He was 0-for-3 and is hitting 277/309/355 over his last 181 plate appearances. 0-for-8 in the last two games.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 11-for-his-last-25.

Mayberry 0-for-3. 0-for-7 in the last two games. 246/297/435 in 74 plate appearances over 20 games since Victorino and Pence were dealt. On-basing .281 against righties for the year. On-basing .266 against lefties with zero walks in 128 plate appearances. That is a big problem if what you can offer offensively is hitting lefties.

Brown 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a diving catch in right center, a fantastic throw and a ball lost in right that goes for a triple. First time he’s had two extra-base hits in a game since June 28, 2011 against the Red Sox. 317/379/433 against righties (66 PA) and 167/318/278 against lefties (22 PA).

Polanco was 0-for-3. 3-for-8 since his return. 158/210/175 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Schneider 0-for-3 and hit into a big double-play. He’s 5-for-35 since the end of May.

Hamels (14-6, 2.94) faces righty Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44) tonight in a fantastic pitching matchup. Hamels has a 1.38 ERA in his four starts in August and has allowed three runs in 25 2/3 innings over his last three outings. Cueto is among the front-runners for the NL Cy Young this season. Righties are hitting 199/256/294 against him for the year and he’s allowed just nine home runs in 169 2/3 innings overall.

Pete Rose’s first season with the Phillies was 1979. Maury Z. Levy interviewed Rose for Philadelphia Magazine shortly after Rose came to Philly. In September of 1979, Rose did an interview with Levy and Samantha Stevenson for Playboy that gained national attention for a number of reasons (if you follow the link and read the article you won’t have to wonder why). Levy has broken the first interview into small audio clips, the first of which you can, as of yesterday, listen to here. You can also read the Playboy piece at the same site. It’s, um, memorable.

ESPN Outside the Lines piece here about Julius Erving and Samantha Stevenson. And more. Article here about efforts to block her from the Phillies locker room in 1978. More here and here.

Old (1973?) Levy article on Steve Carlton here. Golly. I think they did well to put an end to the 70s when they did.


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