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