Alternate headline, “Ben dominated the Phillies last night (if anyone out there still gives a Sheets)” scrapped in an effort to stay family-friendly.
The Phillies’ streak of 257 consecutive home sellouts came to an end last night against the Braves. It’s amazing the streak lasted that long, because the Phillies aren’t very good these days and haven’t been for a while. They looked awful in the game as Ben Sheets baffled them for the second time in two weeks and the Phils fell 6-1.
Sheets has faced the Phils in two of his last three starts, allowing two runs in 13 1/3 innings.
Worley lasted just 3 2/3 innings for the Phils in the game, allowing four runs on six hits. All of the runs the Phillies scored in the game came on a single swing, a homer by Mayberry to start the fourth.
Worley, at least, was sick.
The Phillies are 49-60 on the year after losing to the Braves 6-1 last night. They are 17 games out of first place in the NL East, which is the furthest they have been out this season. They are 2-8 against the Braves this season.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out two.
Over his last seven starts, Worley has thrown to a 5.51 ERA and opponents have hit .335 against him.
He set the Braves down in order in the top of the first.
Brian McCann singled with one out in the second. Dan Uggla was next and hit a ball to right that Schierholtz handled for the second out. Worley walked Juan Francisco, but got Paul Janish to pop to Utley to leave both runners stranded.
Michael Bourn walked with one out in the third and Martin Prado moved him to second with a single to right. Jayson Heyward flew to left for the second out, but Freddie Freeman was next and hit a ball past a diving Howard and into the right field corner. Bourn scored easily and Prado slid in just safe as Schneider tried to block the plate. Manuel came out to argue, but to no avail. The Braves led 2-0. Freeman took third on the play at the plate, which allowed him to score when Worley delivered a wild pitch off the glove of Schneider with McCann at the plate. 3-0. McCann went on to walk and moved to third when Uggla followed with a single to center. Francisco was next and went down on a grounder handled by Worley to leave both runners stranded.
Freeman’s ball was very close fair/foul. Definitely landed foul, harder question is where it went over the bag. Looked foulish. Play at the plate was close, but Prado was safe.
Janish doubled to left to start the fourth and Sheets bunted him to third with the first out. Bourn was next and he singled to left, scoring Janish to put the Braves up 4-0. Valdes took over to pitch to the lefty Heyward. With the count 2-2 on Heyward, Valdes threw to first and Bourn was caught in-between first and second. He should have been out by a whole lot, but Howard made perhaps the worst throw I’ve ever seen, throwing the ball about to where the shortstop would usually be and into left field. Bourn was safe at second. Valdes struck out Heyward to leave him there.
With the lead cut to 4-1, Valdes came back to set the Braves down in order in the fifth.
Valdes goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings and strikes out three in his first appearance with the Phils since July 8.
Rosenberg started the sixth. Francisco led off and doubled to left. Rosenberg struck Janish out for the first out before Sheets bunted Francisco to third with the second. Bourn lined to Rollins to leave Francisco at third.
Rosenberg got Prado to ground to first for the first out in the seventh. Horst came in to pitch to Heyward and Heyward singled to right. Freeman was next and popped out to Schneider in foul territory. It brought McCann to the plate and he lined a ball in to right-center. Schierholtz looked like he had it, but the ball went off the tip of his glove. Heyward scored all the way from first to put Atlanta up 5-1. Uggla moved McCann to third with a double to left, but Horst got Francisco on a ground ball to Howard to leave both runners stranded.
Second good outing in two tries for Rosenberg since rejoining the Phils. Two outings in which he has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Horst didn’t fare as well. He faced five hitters, allowing a double and two singles in his worst outing of the year with the Phils. He was charged with a run in the game, just the second he has allowed this season.
Schwimer struck out Janish and Sheets in a 1-2-3 eighth.
He was back for the ninth, allowing a one-out home run to Heyward to make it 6-1 before getting the next two hitters behind him.
Schwimer allows a run over two innings. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in any of his last eight outings.
Overall the pen goes 5 1/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs on five hits without walking a batter. Rosenberg threw 22 pitches, Schwimer and Valdes 20 each. Horst threw 14 pitches.
The Phillies lineup against righty Ben Sheets went (1) Rollins (2) Brown (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Schierholtz (7) Frandsen (8) Schneider. Brown hits second and plays left. The lefty Schneider catches with the righty Kratz on the bench. Phils put a Schierholtz and a Schneider in the same lineup, which should count for something.
Brown singled with one out in the bottom of the first, but was doubled off of first when Utley followed and lined to first.
Schierholtz doubled with two outs in the second and Frandsen walked behind him. Schneider flew to right on a nice running catch by Heyward in the gap to leave both runners stranded.
Down 3-0, Worley and Rollins went down to start the third. Brown was next and was hit on the hand by a 2-2 pitch. Utley was next and squibbed a ball down the third base line for a double to opposite way. It brought Howard to the plate with runners on second and third and two down. Howard flew to center 2-2 to leave both men stranded.
The Phillies were down 4-0 when Mayberry led off the fourth with a home run. 4-1. Frandsen singled with one out, but Schneider grounded into a double-play behind him.
The Phils went in order in the fifth. Pierre hit for Valdes and flew to left for the first out.
Sheets set them down in order again in the sixth.
Frandsen singled with one out in the seventh and the Phillies down 5-1. He moved up to second when Schneider followed with a ground out to first. With the righty Sheets still pitching for the Braves, Wigginton hit for Horst and grounded to third to end the inning.
Manuel uses the righty Wigginton instead of the switch-hitter Martinez or the left Nix against the righty. I assume it’s cause he thought it was too early to use Nix.
Rollins singled to start the eighth and moved up to second when Brown grounded to first for the first out. Lefty Eric O’Flaherty took over for Sheets and got Utley to pop to short for the second out. Howard grounded to Uggla to end the inning.
The Phillies were down 6-1 when righty Cristhian Martinez set Mayberry, Schierholtz and Frandsen down in order in the ninth.
Rollins was 1-for-4. That’s the first time he’s gotten a hit that was not a home run since July 27. 4-for-his-last-33 (.121) with three home runs.
Brown 1-for-3 with a single and a hit by pitch. 286/375/333 in 24 plate appearances so far.
Utley 1-for-4 with a double. 381/500/762 in the first six games in August.
Howard 0-for-4 with three men left on base and an awful throw into left field after Valdes picked off Bourn. He’s hitting .198 for the year after going 4-for-his-last-32 with 15 strikeouts.
Mayberry 1-for-4 with his ninth home run. He has now started six games in a row, hitting 308/357/538 in 28 plate appearances in those games.
Schierholtz 1-for-4 and had McCann’s ball go off the tip of his glove in the seventh. He’s 3-for-his-last-14.
Frandsen 2-for-3 with a walk. 310/355/414 in 31 plate appearances for the year.
Schneider 0-for-3 and left four men on base. Heyward made a nice play in the gap in right-center to take a hit away from him with two men on base. Schneider is 1-for-20 with a single since the end of May.
Hamels (11-6, 3.34) faces lefty Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01) tonight. The Phillies have lost six of the last seven games that Hamels has started. He has a 4.21 ERA over his last 12 outings and has allowed 14 home runs in 83 1/3 innings. That’s a rate of 1.512 homers per nine. In 2011, Hamels allowed 0.792 homers per nine. Minor gives the new, all-lefty Phils another chance to hit against a left-handed pitcher. So far they’ve faced two. Detwiler perplexed them and the righty Kratz drove in both of the runs they scored charged to Saunders. Minor has allowed a run in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, one of which was shortened by rain after 3 2/3 innings.