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Master plan to rebuild around Kratz and Frandsen hits a snag as rules force the Phils to field other players

The Phillies came up short last night as the old guard folded late and the Reds beat them 5-4 to even the series at a game apiece.

The Phils went into the top of the seventh with a 1-0 lead, but Lee allowed three runs in a top of the seventh that included errors by Howard and Utley. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the eighth and Papelbon allowed a solo homer in the ninth.

The Phillies allowed five runs after the start of the seventh inning.

Kevin Frandsen was outstanding in the game and his effort is hard to ignore as the Phils think about 2013 and their never-ending gaping hole at third. He had three hits, including a triple with two outs in the eighth inning that tied the game at 4-4 and upped his average on the year to .350 after 80 at-bats. He also made two spectacular diving plays at third base, one of which came in the sixth as the Phils held a one-run lead with the bases loaded, following them up with throws from his knees in time to get the runner.

Kratz was merely 1-for-4 with a double last night, but he’s slugging .723 in his 65 at-bats with the Phils this year.

Less spectacular was Antonio Bastardo, who allowed yet another home run in the top of the eighth to put the Phils behind 4-3. Since the end of May, Bastardo has thrown to a 7.71 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 23 1/3 innings. The Phils are apparently willing to go the extra mile to make Bastardo their eighth inning guy, but that’s really not working in dramatic fashion and hasn’t been for a long time.

The Phillies are 57-66 on the year after losing to the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. They are still tied for third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the first-place Nats. If they went 39-0 in their remaining games, the Phils would finish with six fewer wins than they had in 2011.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out nine.

The Phillies have lost three games in a row that Lee has started and are 7-15 in his starts for the year.

He struck out Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs for the first two outs in the top of the first before Brandon Phillips doubled to center. Ryan Ludwick flew to Brown in right for the third out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Lee started the second. He struck Jay Bruce out for the first out and got Scott Rolen on a fly ball to right for the second before Todd Frazier doubled. Ryan Hanigan lined to Rollins to leave Frazier at second.

Lee struck out the pitcher Homer Bailey and Stubbs in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out Phillips and Bruce as he set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

Hanigan singled with two outs in the fifth. Lee got Bailey looking behind Hanigan to leave Hanigan at first.

Singles by Cozart, Stubbs and Phillips loaded the bases to start the sixth. Ludwick hit a ball hard to third, but Frandsen made a fantastic play, diving to his left to make the play and then throwing strong to home from his knees to force Cozart for the first out. Bruce was next and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to keep the Reds off the board and the Phils still ahead 1-0.

Huge play by Frandsen.

Lee didn’t have as much luck getting out of his jam in the seventh. Rolen led off with a double and Frazier walked behind him. Hanigan was next and twice tried to bunt and fouled it off. Swinging away 1-2, he singled into center. Rolen scored from second, tying the game at 1-1. Howard didn’t handle the throw in from center and the ball got away around the mound, allowing the runners to move up to second and third with nobody out. Lee struck out Bailey for the first out before Cozart hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Frazier to tag and score, putting the Reds up 2-1. Stubbs was next and lined a single to left, scoring Hanigan from second. 3-1. Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Phillips. Phillips hit a ground ball to second that Utley didn’t handle for another error, putting runners on first and second. Rosenberg struck out Ludwick to leave them there.

Two errors for the Phillies in the frame. Whether you think it cost them a run or not depends on whether you think anyone could take a base on the Cozart fly out for the second out if the runners were on first and second rather than second and third and how many runs you think would have scored on the Stubbs single. I don’t think it’s likely that Frazier goes from second to third on Cozart’s ball had he been on second.

Rosenberg was pitching for the second straight day for the first time in his career. Big strikeout of Ludwick with two men on for the final out of the inning. Actually faced two man in the frame and handled both, but one was safe on the Utley error.

Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 3-3. He got the first two before Frazier hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 4-3. Hanigan walked and righty Miguel Cairo hit for the pitcher Sean Marshall. Cairo struck out looking to leave Hanigan at first.

Bastardo was also pitching for the second straight day. 7.71 ERA since the end of May.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game tied again, this time at 4-4. Cozart was the first batter he faced and Cozart hit his first pitch out to left. 5-4. Papelbon got the next three. Frandsen made another outstanding defensive play to get the second out on a grounder by Phillips, diving to make the play and again throwing from his knees in time to nip the runner.

Almost saw Phillippe Aumont make his debut in the ninth. He was warming in the eighth before the Phillies tied things up.

Papelbon was charged with his first run since July 21 when he gave up a run in his second inning of work to the Giants. He came into the game having thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings.

The bullpen goes 2 1/3 innings in the game for the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. They are out-bullpened by the Reds, who allow a run in 2 2/3 innings on four hits and two walks.

Rosenberg has pitched two days in a row, but threw six pitches last night and two in the first game. Bastardo has also thrown two days in a row. He threw 17 pitches yesterday and ten in game one.

The Phillies lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Again, Mayberry can’t really hit fifth against a righty and break up four lefties 2-4 and another lefty in the six-hole.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first and hit a ball that Phillips didn’t handle at second for an error. Pierre flew to center for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single. Howard was next and hit a ball off the base of the wall in right. Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0, but the ball rolled right to Bruce in the outfield and Utley had to hold third. It brought Mayberry to the plate with runners on the corners. He roped a ball just foul down the left field line before striking out for the second out. Brown got ahead 3-1 and then struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch on a ball that looked real low.

Howard smoked the ball, but it goes right back to Bruce and costs the Phils a run. Mayberry strikes out with one out and a man on third to keep the Phillies from getting more.

Kratz and Lee struck out as the Phils went in order in the second.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the third, but Howard struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the fourth, but Kratz grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the fifth. Pierre popped to Cozart before Rollins was caught stealing for the third out.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth. Howard lined to left and Mayberry hit into a double-play.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they hit in the seventh. Frandsen singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Kratz. Nix hit for Rosenberg and lefty Sean Marshall came in to pitch to him. Wigginton hit for Nix and walked, loading the bases for Rollins. Rollins doubled to left, scoring Frandsen and Kratz to tie the game at 3-3 with men on second and third and one out. Pierre bunted on a safety squeeze and Marshall made a fantastic play, getting to the play and throwing across his body in time for Hanigan to apply the tag and avoid Wigginton’s attempt to separate him into two distinct entities. Utley lined to second to leave the runners at first and third.

Righty Jonathan Broxton started the eighth for the Reds with the Phils down 4-3. He walked Howard and Martinez ran for Howard at first, but Mayberry grounded into another double-play, his second in two at-bats, to clear the bases. Brown was next and hit a hard ground ball to second that went through Phillips and was called a single. It put a man on for Frandsen and Frandsen tied the game with a triple to right that scored Brown. 4-4. Kratz grounded to third to leave Frandsen stranded.

Phillips should have made the play on the ball hit by Brown. Calling that a hit instead of an error is a gift. Martinez running for Howard might have mattered a lot — Howard’s spot was on-deck in the bottom of the ninth when Utley struck out swinging to leave Rollins at third.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth with the Reds up 5-4. Polanco hit for Papelbon and reached on an infield single. Rollins was next and bunted, but too hard. Chapman fielded and threw to second where Polanco was just out for the first out. Chapman struck out Pierre. Rollins stole second and then third before Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

The Phils have to send the lefty Pierre to the plate with close to no chance of getting a hit against Chapman cause they’re out of righties. The stolen bases by Rollins in the inning could have been key. Chapman overpowered Utley, but had the option to pitch around him with Martinez and not Howard due to hit next for the Phils after Martinez ran for Howard in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-19, but he’s 3-for-10 in the first two games of this set. He stole two bases that could have been critical in the ninth and was caught stealing in the fifth.

Pierre was 0-for-5 with a strikeout and five men left on base.

Utley 2-for-4 with an error that didn’t hurt the Phils. He’s 6-for-his-last-14.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and an error that did hurt the Phillies in the seventh.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He grounded into two double-plays and left four men on base.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a single on a ball that is often called an error.

Frandsen 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double.

Worley (6-8, 4.11) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96) tonight. Opponents have hit .367 against Worley over his last three starts as he’s thrown to a 7.90 ERA. He has a 5.92 ERA in his nine starts since the end of June. Arroyo has walked just 27 in 150 innings this year, which is the best walk rate of his career. He’s been a lot better against righties (238/275/381) than he has against lefties (305/336/480).


The doctor is not in, but just about everyone else is

Roy Halladay didn’t have it yet again last night, but the Phils didn’t need it as they pounded away at Cincinnati pitching for a 12-5 win.

The Phillies have won three in a row and scored 20 runs in their last two games. Prior to scoring 20 runs in their last two games, the Phillies had scored 52 runs in 17 games in August, which is about 3.06 runs per game. They are 13th in the NL in runs scored for the month.

Halladay allowed hits to the first four Cincy batters of the game as the Reds scored twice in the top of the first. Pierre doubled and stole a base in the bottom of the first, helping the Phils score a run to cut the lead to 2-1. Howard tied things at 2-2 with a solo shot in the third and Kratz put the Phils up 3-2 with another in the fourth. Halladay yielded three more runs in the fifth on four more hits, putting the Phils down 5-3 before they scored four times in the bottom of the inning with help from big blows by Utley, Mayberry and Brown. Mayberry hit a two-run homer in the seventh as the Phils scored three more to extend the lead to 10-5. Pierre and Kratz knocked in another pair of runs late as the Phils built their lead up to 12-5.

Halladay was far from sharp despite getting the win. Two bad innings for him in the game as he allowed five runs in the first and fifth combined on eight hits, including three doubles. Over his last two starts he has allowed eight runs in 14 innings.

The Phillies are 57-65 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 last night. The Phils have won three in a row and are tied with the Mets for third place in the NL East. They are 19 games behind the first-place Nats and ten games out for a Wild Card spot. They have 40 games left to play.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.

Ten is the most hits that Halladay had allowed in a start since allowing 12 against the Braves on May 2. The Phillies scored 13 runs that night and lost. Last night they scored 12 and won.

Coming into the game, starters for the Phillies had thrown to a 3.38 ERA with a 1.08 ratio over the last 11 games. In those same 11 games, the bullpen had a 7.33 ERA with a 1.59 ratio.

Zack Cozart was the first hitter of the game and singled to center. Chris Heisey was next and moved Cozart up to second with a single to left. Brandon Phillips was next and loaded the bases with a single to right. It brought Jay Bruce to the plate and he crushed a ball off the wall in right. Cozart scored to make it 1-0, but Heisey stopped between third and home, then went home and was thrown out by a lot for the first out. With one down and men on second and third, Scott Rolen grounded to third. Polanco went to first for the second out, Phillips scored (2-0) and Bruce held second. Halladay struck out Xavier Paul to leave Bruce stranded.

Not a good start for Halladay. Three singles and a double to the first four batters. Heisey gives him the first out of the inning at the plate cause he and Phillips can’t both be on third at the same time.

It was 2-1 when Halladay started the second. He set the Reds down in order, striking Miguel Cairo out for the first out, getting Devin Mesoraco on a ground ball to third for the second and pitcher Mike Leake on another grounder to third for the third.

Halladay set the Reds down in order again in the third.

It was 2-2 when Halladay walked Bruce to start the fourth. He got the next three to turn Cincinnati away.

The Phils led 3-2 when Mesoraco started the fifth with a double to left. Leake bunted him to third with the first out and Halladay struck Cozart out swinging for the second. Looked liked Halladay was going to get out of it, but Heisey doubled down the third base line and Mesoraco scored. 3-3. Phillips was next and moved Heisey up to third with an infield single. Bruce followed that with as single to right, scoring Heisey (4-3) and sending Phillips to third. With Rolen at the plate, Kratz threw to first and the Phils had Bruce caught up between first and second. Howard threw to second and his throw was terrible. Utley had to made a nice diving effort to keep the ball from going into left. He got to his feet as Phillips stormed home. He looked at the plate, but there was no chance to get Phillips, who scored to make it 5-3. Bruce was eventually tagged out in the rundown to end the inning.

Miserable throw by Howard gets the Reds another run, but Halladay also gives up four more hits, including two doubles, in the frame. After the Cozart strikeout, Cincy had no runs, a man on third and two outs and looked like they were going to be kept off the board. Instead Halladay gives up three hits to the next three men he faces and allows three runs.

The Phillies led 7-5 when Rolen started the sixth with a single. Paul grounded to second with Rolen forced at second for the first out and Kratz threw him out trying to steal second for the second. Halladay got Cairo on a fly ball to center for the third.

It was 10-5 when Halladay started the seventh. Todd Frazier singled with one out, but Halladay got Cozart to ground into a double-play behind him.

BJ Rosenberg started the eighth. Heisey led off and singled to right. Phillips followed and hit a ground ball to third. Polanco went to second for the first out, but Utley’s relay wasn’t close to getting Phillips to complete the double-play. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Bruce. Bruce smashed a ball to first that Howard couldn’t handle. Bruce had a single and Phillips moved up to second. Bastardo stayed in to pitch to the righty Rolen and struck him out looking 1-2 for the second out. Bastardo struck Paul out looking 0-2 to leave the runners at first and second.

Howard was holding Phillips on when Bruce hammered the ball at him, but it would have been a nice one to have.

Rosenberg drops his ERA on the year to 12.38 by facing two hitters and allowing a single. He had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings over his two previous outings combined, so I guess that’s progress.

Bastardo was pitching for the first time since August 8 and allowed a single before striking out the next two hitters he faced. He has a 7.66 ERA in his 26 appearances since the end of May. In those 26 appearances he’s allowed six homers and 13 walks in 22 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit just .244 against him and he’s struck out 34.

Lindblom started the ninth with the Phils up 12-5. Righty Wilson Valdez hit for the pitcher Logan Ondrusek and struck out for the first out, dropping his average on the year to .203. Mesoraco fouled out to Rollins for the second out. Lindblom walked Frazier and Frazier took second without a throw. Cozart flew to right to end the game.

Eighth appearance of the year for Lindblom with the Phillies. 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio in those outings, three of which have been bad. Opponents have hit just .217 against him since he joined the Phils, but with a .400 on-base percentage thanks largely to the seven walks he’s allowed in six innings. He’s also given up two home runs in six frames.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two singles and a walk while striking out three. Lindblom threw 30 pitches in the game, Bastardo ten and Rosenberg two.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Polanco (8) Kratz. Polanco is activated from the DL and returns to the starting lineup with Frandsen on the bench and Luna back in Triple-A. Kratz catches. Rollins comes into the game on-basing .314 against righties for the year. Mayberry hits fifth against the righty, breaking up lefties 2-4 and six.

Pierre doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 2-0. He stole third before Utley lined to second for the second out. Howard was next and he singled to center, scoring Pierre to make it 2-1. Mayberry grounded to third to end the inning.

Big two out hit for Howard after Utley lines out for the second out with a man on third.

Pierre and Utley went down to start the third before Howard hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, tying the game at 2-2. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Utley hit the ball hard, but Cairo handled it and tossed to Leake covering first for the second out. Eighth homer of the year for Howard.

With two outs in the fourth, Kratz hit a 2-0 pitch out to left center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Halladay struck out swinging behind him.

Seven home runs for Kratz in 72 plate appearances. Second start in a row in which he has homered.

The Phillies were down 5-3 when they hit in the fifth. Pierre singled to center with one out and scored when Utley followed with a double to left. 5-4. The righty Leake walked Howard intentionally to pitch to the righty Mayberry. Mayberry singled to left. Utley scored (5-5) and Howard went to third. Brown was next and cleared the bases with a double to right, putting the Phils up 7-5. Righty Sam LeCure came in to pitch to Polanco and got him on a pop to first for the second out. Kratz was walked intentionally, putting men on first and second for Halladay. Halladay grounded to third to end the inning.

Third time in the game that Utley hit the ball well and his first hit.

This lineup for the Phillies is terrible. Two is too many intentional walks in the same inning. Mayberry hitting behind Howard probably doesn’t look real scary to a team with a righty on the mound. Mayberry came up big in the game, though, singling in the fifth after the intentional walk to Howard and adding two more hits, including a homer.

Rollins started the sixth with a double. Pierre was next and bunted. The Reds didn’t get an out anywhere and the Phils had runners on the corners. Righty Jose Arredondo took over for LeCure and Utley flew to left for the first out, deep enough for Rollins to score from third. 8-5. Pierre stole second as Howard struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Mayberry to the plate and he lined a 2-0 pitch down the left field line and out. 10-5. Brown struck out swinging to end the inning.

Second big hit for Mayberry against a righty in two innings. Didn’t matter in the inning, but Pierre has now stolen 31 bases and been caught just five times.

Righty Logan Ondrusek walked Polanco to start the seventh and hit Kratz behind him. Nix hit for Halladay and struck out looking for the first out. Rollins was next and grounded to third with Kratz forced at second for the second out. With two outs and men on the corners, Pierre reached on an infield single, scoring Polanco (11-5) and moving Rollins up to second. Utley flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big two-out hit for Pierre gets the Phils another run. Nix strikes out against the righty for the first out of the inning after the Phils put their first two men on. He’s hitting 211/297/316 with 22 strikeouts in his last 64 plate appearances.

Mayberry singled off of Ondrusek with one out in the eighth and Brown walked behind him. Polanco followed with a single into center that loaded the bases for Kratz. Kratz flew to center for the second out with Mayberry scoring to make it 12-5. With men on first and third, Nix grounded to second to end the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double in the game. He’s hitting 169/244/380 in August. 2-for-his-last-24 with no walks.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. 9-for-his-last-24 (.375). His isolated power for the year is .068 — he’s only had one year since 2006 when it’s been better (.084 in ’09 with LA). One walk in his last 54 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Twice hit the ball hard into outs. 4-for-his-last-10 with three walks and two doubles. Hitting just .218 against lefties for the year, but with a 263/383/505 line against righties. He also has a weird power split on home and away — his isolated power at home for the year is .342 and away it is .115.

Howard 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 323/354/581 over his last 65 plate appearances.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Victorino and Pence played their last games with the Phillies on July 29. Since then, Mayberry has hit 274/328/484 in 67 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk and a double. He has five extra-base hits in 81 plate appearances, all of which are doubles. About as much power for the year as Pierre. Pierre’s isolated power for the season in .068. Brown is hitting .268 with a slugging percentage of .338, giving him an isolated power of .070.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk in his first action since July 22.

Kratz 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run. Seven home runs in 72 plate appearances would give him about 58 over 600 plate appearances.

Lee (2-7, 3.83) faces righty Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16) tonight. Lee has thrown to a 4.37 ERA in his three starts in August, but hasn’t walked a batter in 22 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .385 against Bailey over his last four starts and he’s thrown to an 8.24 ERA.


Gloom and Lindblom

The bullpen collapsed again last night, allowing six runs after the sixth inning as the Braves hammered the Phils 12-6.

The worse news is that Josh Lindblom, who many hope will play a big role in turning things around in a miserable bullpen, was at the center of the collapse.

Jimmy Rollins hit Tim Hudson’s first pitch of the bottom of the first out to right for his fourth home run in the last nine games, giving the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Kendrick had a miserable outing, though, allowing six runs and not making it out of the fourth inning. The Phils went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-1, but mounted a rally that included back-to-back doubles from Rollins and Brown and a three-run homer from Howard to tie the game at 6-6. Bastardo and Lindblom were terrible in the seventh, allowing four runs as the Phils fell behind to stay. Lindblom came back to face three batters to start the eighth and all three of them reached base — two would come around to score as LA tacked another pair of runs onto their lead.

It looked like the Phils were going to get out of the seventh with the game still tied at 6-6. Bastardo got the first two men he faced before Atlanta loaded the bases on a double and two walks (one of which was intentional). Lindblom came in to face righty Dan Uggla with two outs, the bases loaded and the game still tied. Uggla won that battle in a big way, clearing the bases with a three-run double down the left field line.

Bastardo has had a miserable season. Lindblom hasn’t had much success in his initial outings with the Phillies, either. His 10.32 ERA after four appearances won’t go very far towards easing the nervousness some fans had about his 5.32 ERA away from Dodger Stadium when he joined the Phils.

Oh, and the Phillies just can’t beat the Braves. At all. The Phils are 13-11 since the All-Star break — 1-5 against the Braves and 12-6 against everyone else. They were also swept by Atlanta in a three-game series in Atlanta in their final set before the break. So they’re 1-8 over the last nine against the Braves and the one took an outstanding pitching performance by Hamels.

The Phillies are 50-61 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 12-6 last night. The Braves take the series two games to one. The Phils are all alone in last place in the NL East again, 18 games out of first.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out one.

He has a 5.01 ERA in his 15 starts for the year.

Michael Bourn was the first hitter of the game and singled to center, but Kendrick got Martin Prado to bounce into a double-play behind him. Jason Heyward grounded to second behind Prado.

Kendrick started the second up 1-0. Freddie Freeman walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Dan Uggla. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before David Ross grounded to short for the second out with Freeman scoring (1-1) and Uggla moving up to third. Kendrick walked Paul Janish, putting two men on for the pitcher Tim Hudson and Hudson cleared the bases with a double to center. 3-1. Kendrick walked Bourn to put two men on before Prado singled to right. Hudson scored to make it 4-1 and Bourn moved up to third. Heyward popped to Rollins for the third out.

Ugly inning for Kendrick. He still had allowed just one run and had a runner on third with two outs and the eight-hitter coming to the plate. He walked Janish, though, and the pitcher hit a two-run double.

Three walks in the frame for Kendrick. That’s too many.

Uggla singled with two outs in the third. Kendrick got Ross on a grounder to short for the third out.

Janish led off the fourth with a single to left on a ball deflected by Frandsen. Hudson tried to bunt Janish to second, but struck out for the first out. Bourn was next and hit a 1-2 pitch out to right center, putting the Braves up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and got Prado and Heyward to end the frame.

Ninth homer of the year for Bourn.

Valdes was back for the fifth and set Atlanta down in order.

Another solid outing for Valdes. He’s appeared twice for the Phillies this month and been good both times, throwing three shutout innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out five.

Schwimer pitched the sixth with the game tied at 6-6 and threw a 1-2-3 frame. Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher Cory Gearrin and struck out swinging for the third out.

Schwimer has a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 innings in his last 22 appearances.

Bastardo started the seventh and got the first two before Heyward doubled to center. Chipper Jones was walked intentionally to get to the lefty Freeman behind him. Bastardo didn’t get a call a 1-2 pitch that was close on the outside of the plate and went on to walk Freeman. Lindblom came on to pitch to the righty Uggla. Uggla hit an 0-1 pitch down the line and into the left field corner, clearing the bases and putting Atlanta on top 9-6. Ross was next and hit a ball to third that should have ended the frame, but Frandsen’s throw to first was in the dirt. Howard tried to scoop it but didn’t. Frandsen was charged with an error that kept the inning alive, Uggla scored and it was 10-6. Ross stole second before Janish grounded to third to end the frame.

Awful. Two outs, nobody on and five straight Braves reach base on two doubles, two walks and an error. Bastardo walks the switch-hitter Jones to get to the lefty behind him and then walks the lefty. Lindblom comes in to the game and immediately crumples, giving up the three-run double to Uggla.

Howard should have handled the throw by Frandsen.

Bastardo’s ERA for the year is up to 5.45 with the outing. He has a 7.61 ERA over his last 27 outings. Opponents have hit just .253 against him in those appearances, but he has walked 14 and allowed six home runs in 23 2/3 innings.

Lindblom walked Tyler Pastornicky to start the eighth and Pastornicky came around to score when Bourn followed with a double. 11-6. Lindblom walked Prado, putting two men on for the lefty Heyward and Horst came in to face Heyward. Heyward flew to center for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The Phillies again walked Chipper intentionally, loading the bases for Freeman. Freeman went down on a ball handled by Horst for the second out with Bourn scoring from third. 12-6. Horst walked Uggla to load the bases again, but struck Ross out to leave them loaded.

Twice in two innings is too many times to walk Chipper Jones intentionally.

Miserable outing for Lindblom. He came into the game with two outs and the bases loaded and allowed a three-run double. In the eighth he faced three hitters and allowed two walks and a double. He has a 10.13 ERA and a 2.63 ratio in his four appearances with the Phillies so far.

Horst set the Braves down in order in the ninth.

Horst goes two innings in the game, allowing no hits but two walks. He has a 1.29 ERA with a 1.14 ratio in 14 innings with the Phillies. A lot of walks (six in 14 innings), but opponents are hitting just .204 against him and he has not allowed a home run. With two Triple-A teams from 2011 to 2012, he allowed just five home runs in 89 2/3 innings.

Overall the pen goes 5 2/3 innings in the game, allowing six runs on three hits and six walks. Only five of the runs were earned due to the Frandsen throwing error. Six is too many to walk in 5 2/3 innings. Two of the three hits the bullpen allowed went for extra-bases, both doubles.

Second time in the three-game set the bullpen has to throw more than five innings in the game. Worley exited early in game one and the pen allowed two runs over 5 1/3.

The Hamels complete game and the off-day today will help get the pen some rest. Horst threw 32 pitches in the game. Lindblom 22 and Bastardo 20.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Rollins (2) Brown (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Schierholtz (7) Kratz (8) Frandsen. Kratz catches against the righty with Schneider on the DL. Frandsen keeps on playing third. Lefty veterans Nix and Pierre keep watching while Brown, Mayberry and Schierholtz man the outfield.

Rollins hit Hudson’s first pitch of the bottom of the first out to right, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard singled with two outs, but Mayberry grounded to third to end the inning.

Down 4-1, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Kendrick and Rollins struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

It was 6-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Mayberry and Schierholtz walked back-to-back with two outs, but Kratz struck out to leave them both stranded.

Any inning in which Mayberry and Schierholtz both walk should count as a run for the Phillies.

Frandsen singled to right to start the fifth. Pierre hit for Valdes and flew to right for the first out. Rollins was next and he doubled to right with Frandsen scoring to make it 6-2. Brown was next and lined a ball into center. Rollins scored from second (6-3) and Brown went for two, sliding in just safe. Utley was hit by a pitch, putting two men on for Howard. Howard hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, tying the game at 6-6. Mayberry was next and drew a walk. Lefty Luis Avilan took over for Hudson and Schierholtz flew to center for the second out. Mayberry went to second on a passed ball with Kratz at the plate before Kratz drove one to deep center. A jumping Bourn tracked it down at the wall to end the inning.

Schierholtz hit his ball to center well also. Second walk in three innings for Mayberry.

Righty Chad Durbin, set the Phillies down in order in the sixth, dropping his ERA on the year to 3.07. Martinez hit for Schwimer with one out and tried to bunt for a hit. Durbin fielded and applied a not particularly gentle tag in front of first base to record the out.

Lefty Jonny Venters set Brown, Utley and Howard down in order in the seventh with Atlanta up 10-6.

Lefties 2-3-4 in the order for the Phils allow a single left-handed reliever to go through all three. Brown struck out for the first out of the frame. He has struck out just twice in 32 plate appearances so far.

Lefty Eric O’Flaherty pitched the eighth. Kratz walked with two outs and moved to second when Frandsen followed with a single. Nix struck out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Nix against a lefty isn’t really what you’re looking for there. The Phils are pretty low on right-handed hitters on their bench these days.

Down 12-6, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Wigginton hit for Horst and struck out swinging for the second out.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three strikeouts in the game. 4-for-12 in the series with a walk, two doubles and a home run. 248/306/414 for the season. Over his first 234 plate appearances of the year, Rollins hit .237 and slugged .312. That’s an isolated power of .075. Over his last 251 plate appearances, he has hit .258 and slugged .511. That’s an isolated power of .253. There are seven players in the NL this season who have at least 300 plate appearances and an isolated power better than .253 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-10 with a walk and two doubles in the set. 286/375/393 after 32 plate appearances for the year.

Utley 0-for-4 last night and 1-for-12 with a double and a hit by pitch in the series. 246/348/375 on the year. 264/409/566 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Howard 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his second big home run in the series. 3-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI in the set. 213/300/438 for the season in 100 plate appearances. He’s hitting .176 against lefties and has struck out in about 47.4% of his plate appearances against them.

Mayberry 0-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-10 with two walks and a home run in the series. He’s started nine games in a row and posted a 250/333/438 line over 36 plate appearances. 232/277/391 for the year.

Schierholtz 0-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a walk and a double in the series. 280/321/440 in 29 plate appearances with the Phils.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 2-for-6 with a walk and a double in the series. 371/436/857 in 39 plate appearances for the year.

Frandsen 2-for-4 with a throwing error. 4-for-10 with a walk in the series. He’s started the last ten games in a row at third base for the Phillies. 306/342/389 for the year. Not sure what the long term plan is here, cause he’s 30 and has hit more than six home runs in a season once (he hit 13 in 2009 with an assist to the PCL).

The Phillies are off today and start a series with the Cardinals tomorrow.

The next update to Philliesflow will be around August 21.


One day turnaround

The Phillies looked as good in game two of their set with the Braves as they had looked bad in game one. Hamels was fantastic, throwing a complete-game shutout as the Phils topped Atlanta 3-0.

The Phillies had scored all the runs they would get in the game by the time they sent their fourth hitter to the plate in the bottom of the first. Rollins and Brown doubled back-to-back for the first run and Howard plated Brown with a two-run homer.

By Game Score, it was the best start for Hamels since July 22, 2010 and the best start for the Phillies since Blanton’s outing against the Braves on May 3.

The Phillies are 50-60 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Phils have won three of their last four games. They’re 5-3 over their last eight games despite scoring an average of just 3.13 runs per game over those eight.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing five singles and no walks while striking out six.

The start came at a good time for the Phils, a day after the pen had to throw 5 1/3 innings in relief of Worley.

Hamels set the Braves down in order in the top of the first.

Hamels started the second with a 3-0 lead. Chipper Jones led off with a single to center, but Hamels struck out Freddie Freeman for the first out. Brian McCann was next and hit a double-play ball to second. Utley gloved it, but had trouble getting it out of his glove and then bounced the toss to Rollins at second. Rollins made a great play, picking the ball on the bounce and throwing to first to complete the double-play.

Hamels set the Braves down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, McCann hit a ball into the corner in left. Brown got to it quickly and made a good throw to second where McCann was just out to end the frame.

Nice throw by Brown. Second outfield assist.

Hamels got ‘em 1-2-3 again in the sixth.

Bourn bunted for a single to start the seventh. Martin Prado fouled out to Howard for the first out. Heyward struck out swinging for the second. Chipper flew to Mayberry for the third.

Freeman singled to center to start the eighth. McCann popped to Utley for the first out and Reed Johnson grounded into a double-play behind him.

Hamels started the ninth having thrown 93 pitches. He allowed a one-out single to righty Tyler Pastornicky, who was pinch-hitting for the pitcher Cory Gearrin, but struck Bourn out for the second out and Prado on a ground ball to Rollins to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mike Minor went (1) Rollins (2) Brown (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Kratz (7) Schierholtz (8) Frandsen. Moral victory alert — no sign of Martinez. Lefties Schierholtz, Brown, Utley and Howard all stay in the lineup against the lefty. Righties Frandsen and Kratz at third and catcher. Brown hits second.

Rollins doubled to left to start the bottom of the first. Brown was next and lined a ball into center for a hit. Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Brown went for two and slid in just safe when Prado dropped the ball as he tried to apply the tag. Utley flew to center for the first out, but Howard followed and hit a 1-2 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 3-0. Mayberry struck out and Kratz grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Rollins gets it started with a double and then the lefties Brown and Howard come through against the lefty.

Brown made a mistake going for two and would have been out if Prado handled the throw cleanly. He also probably should have tagged up and gone to third on Utley’s ball to center.

Schierholtz lined a single to left to start the second. Frandsen popped to second for the first out before Hamels bunted Schierholtz to second with the second. Rollins flew to right to leave the runner stranded.

Brown walked to start the third, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Kratz doubled to left to start the fourth, but again the Phillies went in order after the leadoff man reached base. Schierholtz struck out swinging for the first out. Frandsen was next and hit a ball well to center, but Bourn made a nice running play at the wall for the second out. Kratz tagged and moved up to third. Hamels struck out swinging to leave him there.

Rollins walked to start the fifth. The Phillies went in order behind him. Janish made a nice play for the first out on a ball hit up the middle by Brown. The ball was not hit very hard and Janish took it on the second base side of second base and tagged the bag to force Rollins.

It was the fourth straight inning in which the Phillies had put their leadoff runner on base without scoring a run.

Kratz and Schierholtz singled back-to-back with one out in the sixth. Frandsen grounded into a double-play with men on first and second to end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Lefty Luis Avilan started the eighth and got Utley and Howard for the first two outs. Righty Cory Gearrin came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry hammered a ball to left, but Johnson made a nice play, catching the ball as he ran into the wall in left for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-29, but is 2-for-7 with a double and a walk so far.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. Made a nice throw to get McCann in the fifth. Stretched his single to a double in the first, but would have been out by a lot if Prado had handled the ball cleanly. Hits the ball back up the middle a whole lot and continues to be non-terrible or better defensively.

Utley was 0-for-4. First game without a hit in August.

Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a two-run homer. He’s hitting .196 in his last 56 at-bats with 26 strikeouts.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Hit the ball well to the wall in left in the eighth. He’s started eight straight games, hitting 267/313/467 in 32 plate appearances.

Kratz 2-for-3 with a double. 13-for-his-last-29 with three walks, five doubles and four home runs.

Schierholtz 2-for-3. He’s 3-for-7 with a double so far in the series and 7-for-22 with a walk, a double and a homer since joining the Phillies (318/333/500).

Frandsen was 0-for-3 and left four men on base. Hit a ball well to center with two outs and two men on in the fourth, but Bourn tracked it down at the wall.

Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) faces righty Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.54 ERA in his 14 starts this year. He’s dropped his ERA overall for the season from 5.35 to 4.45 by allowing two earned runs over his last 19 innings pitched. Hudson has a 2.58 ERA over his last six outings. The Braves are 8-1 over his last nine starts.


Phils put consecutive sellout streak to bed, but tenacity shines through as their if-only-modern-pentathlon-got-the-coverage-it-deserved-we-might-not-have-to-watch-this-mess streak hits one

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.


Grazing Arizona

The Phils won their second straight series this weekend, taking two of three from the Diamondbacks.

Highlights of the series for the Phils included a fantastic start by Halladay, encouraging results from Brown, more offense from Utley and a walkoff single from the struggling Howard. And Erik Kratz just about never makes an out.

The teams split the first two games of the set.

Kendrick, filling in for the just-traded Blanton, allowed three runs in the first four innings of the opener on Friday. Utley homered in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-1 and a sac fly by Schierholtz in the fifth got the Phils within one at 3-2. Jason Kubel homered off of Josh Lindblom in the ninth and the Diamondbacks held on to win 4-2.

Halladay threw seven shutout innings in game two as the Phils won 3-0. Kratz hit a solo homer in the third and drove in another run with a walk in the fourth. Brown singled home Frandsen in the eighth.

Yesterday they scored a run in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4 and Howard delivered an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

The Phillies are 49-59 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phillies take the series two games to one. They are in fourth place in the NL East, 16 games out of first.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Three of them went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He’s allowed seven home runs in 22 innings over his last three starts.

Jason Kubel singled to right with one out in the top of the first. Lee got Paul Goldschmidt on a fly ball to left to set Arizona down.

Justin Upton singled to right to start the top of the second. Chris Johnson was next and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting Arizona up 2-0. Stephen Drew was next he hit an 0-1 pitch out to center. 3-0. Lee got the next two before Chris Young singled to right. Aaron Hill moved Young up to second with a single, but Lee got Jason Kubel to ground to short to leave both runners stranded.

Lee allows five hits in the frame including back-to-back homers.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lee threw a 1-2-3 third. He followed it up by setting down six more in a row in the fourth and the fifth.

It was 3-3 when Lee started the sixth. Goldschmidt led off and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left, putting the Diamondbacks up 4-3. Upton followed with a single, but Lee got Johnson to ground into a double-play behind him and Drew flew to center for the third out.

Third homer of the game for the Snakes, all of which came on the second pitch of the at-bat.

Lee struck out Henry Blanco and pitcher Trevor Cahill in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He set Arizona down in order again in the eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game tied at 4-4. Upton led off with a single, but Papelbon got Johnson to ground into another double-play. Drew followed with a walk. Miguel Montero was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard fielded, but his throw to Papelbon covering first was behind the pitcher for an error that left Arizona with men on first and second with two down. Lefty Gerardo Parra hit for the pitcher Takashi Saito and grounded to second to end the frame.

The Phillies lineup against righty Trevor Cahill went (1) Schierholtz (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Martinez. Martinez at short. Schierholtz plays right and leads off. Frandsen at third. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the DL.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

Mayberry walked with one out in the second and the Phillies down 3-0. Brown moved him to third with a double. With Kratz at the plate, Mayberry scored on a wild pitch (3-1) and Brown moved up to third before Kratz lined a double to left. Brown scored and it was 3-2. Martinez struck out and Lee grounded to second to leave Lee at second.

Mayberry starts the rally with a walk against a righty before the Phils get doubles from Brown and Kratz.

Frandsen and Utley singled with one out in the third, putting men on first and second with one down. Howard struck out and Mayberry grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Kratz walked with one out in the fourth. Martinez was next and grounded to first with Kratz forced at second for the second out. Lee moved Martinez up to second with a single, but Schierholtz struck out to leave them both stranded.

Utley hit a 2-0 pitch from Cahill out to right in the fifth, tying the game at 3-3. Howard and Mayberry both grounded out to end the inning.

Down 4-3, the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Cahill set them down in order in the seventh.

Righty David Hernandez got Utley and Howard to start the eighth. Mayberry was next and reached on an infield single. Mayberry took second on a wild pitch that hit a ball back up the middle and off of Hernandez. Hernandez got to the ball and tossed to first, but the ball hit Brown for an error. Mayberry scored from second to tie the game at 4-4. Brown took second on a wild pitch and then moved up to third on another infield single by Kratz. Rollins hit for Martinez and righty Takashi Saito came in and got him to pop to short to leave both runners stranded.

Three infield hits in the inning for the Phils.

With righty Josh Collmenter on the mound for Arizona, Pierre hit for Papelbon to start the ninth and singled to center. Schierholtz bunted him to second with the first out. Nix hit for Frandsen and singled to right on a ball in and out of the glove of Upton in right. Pierre moved up to third. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases. Howard hit a ball to right. Upton was playing really, really deep and it fell for a single. Pierre scored to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Pierre starts the rally with a pinch-hit single. Schierholtz and Howard both were having awful days, but contribute to the rally. Don’t know why Upton was so deep, but he might have had a chance to catch the ball if he was playing where you often see a right fielder with one out and the game-winning run on third.

Schierholtz was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 2-for-10 with two strikeouts and an RBI in the series. 4-for-15 with a home run so far with the Phillies.

Frandsen 1-for-4. He started all three games in the series and went 3-for-11 with a hit by pitch. 269/296/385 in 27 plate appearances for the year.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 4-for-11 with two walks and two home runs in the series. 264/368/509 for the season. 306/452/714 over his last 62 plate appearances. 306/414/694 at home for the year and 228/328/351 away.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 3-for-13 with five strikeouts and an RBI in the series. 208/307/390 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 238/278/391. His isolated power against lefties for the year is .263. Against righties it’s .068.

Brown was 2-for-4 with a double and a big hit in the eighth, although he didn’t get an RBI due to the throwing error by Hernandez. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 5-for-18 with two walks and a double on the year. Forgetting the hitting, the first question that Brown was going to have to answer in 2012 was whether or not he defense was going to be good enough to put him on the field. So far, so good after 44 innings in left.

Kratz 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-6 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 9-for-his-last-19 with three walks and six extra-base hits. 11-for-29 for the season.

Martinez 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game. 1-for-6 since being recalled. Rollins was 0-for-8 with a walk in the series and is 3-for-his-last-29 with three home runs.

Worley (6-6, 3.63) faces righty Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) tonight. Two of Worley’s last six starts he been bad — he has a 5.14 ERA over those outings. Sheets has made four starts on the year. One of them, on July 27, came against the Phillies and he held the Phils to a run over six innings.


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