Archive for September, 2012

I think the easier way to do this is that if there’s anyone in the rotation who actually is Cy Young, let us know; otherwise we’ll just assume that isn’t the case

The Phillie starter got blasted early again last night and the Phillies fell to the Nats 7-3.

A day after Kyle Kendrick allowed three home runs to the first eight Nationals he faced, Tyler Cloyd gave up two to the first five Washington hitters in the series finale. A three-run double by Darin Ruf in the bottom of the first made it look like the Phils might be able to overcome Cloyd’s rough start, but the Phillies wouldn’t score again in the game as Washington piled on five unanswered runs.

Last night’s game was the final game of the year at home for the Phils. They finish the season 40-41 at home. They went 52-29 at home in 2011.

The Phillies are 78-78 on the year after losing 7-3 to the Washington Nationals last night. The Nats take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 1-4 over their last five games and in third place in the NL East, 17 games out of first. They are six games out for the Wild Card with six games left on their schedule.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out four.

Cloyd has a 4.91 ERA and a 1.21 ratio after six starts with the Phils. He’s walked just seven in 33 innings, but has allowed eight home runs and at least one in every start. Eight home runs in 33 innings has him on a pace to allow about 48 over 200 innings. That’s too many.

Jayson Werth was the first batter of the game and grounded to short. Bryce Harper was next, though, and the lefty hit an 0-1 pitch from Cloyd out to right-center, putting the Nats up 1-0. Cloyd struck Ryan Zimmerman out for the second out and got Adam LaRoche on a ground ball to first for the third.

The Phils led 3-1 when Cloyd started the second. Michael Morse led off the frame and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center. 3-2. Ian Desmond was next and hit a ball well, but Frandsen handled it at third and threw to first for the first out. Danny Espinosa tried to bunt for a hit, but Cloyd handled that one for the second out. Kurt Suzuki grounded to third to end the frame.

Cloyd set the Nats down in order in the third, striking the pitcher Gio Gonzalez out for the first out.

Zimmerman doubled to left to start the fourth. He went to third when LaRoche flew to center for the first out and scored on a ground out by Morse, tying the game at 3-3. Cloyd struck Desmond out to end the frame.

Cloyd walked Espinosa to start the fifth. Suzuki flew to center for the first out before Gonzalez bunted Espinosa to second with the second. Werth walked on four pitches, putting two men on for Harper. Harper singled softly to left past a diving Rollins. Espinosa scored to put the Nats up 4-3 and Werth went to third. Zimmerman struck out looking to leave the runners on the corners.

You want to avoid walking the leadoff hitter when you can.

LaRoche started the sixth with a double and came around to score when Morse blasted a 2-1 pitch into the Nationals bullpen in center. 6-3. Horst took over for Cloyd and got the next three hitters, striking out Desmond and Espinosa before getting Suzuki on a ground ball to short.

Righty Mark DeRosa hit for Gonzalez to start the seventh and singled into center. Eury Perez ran for DeRosa at first and stole second before Werth walked again, putting two men on for Harper. Horst walked Harper, too, loading the bases for Zimmerman. Zimmerman struck out swinging 1-2, but on a wild pitch that allowed everyone to move up a base. Perez scored (7-3) and it brought LaRoche to the plate with one out and men on second and third. LaRoche hit a ground ball to second. Utley fielded and came home where a sliding Werth was tagged out for the second out. Aumont came in and got Morse on a ground out to short, leaving runners on the corners.

Horst doesn’t fare well in his second inning of work, allowing the first three batters he faces to reach on a walk and two singles. He threw 42 pitches in the game, which is the most he has thrown this season. He also threw 42 pitches on July 27 against the Braves.

He’s charged with a run in 1 2/3 innings in the game, which is the only run he’s allowed in his eight appearances in September. He has thrown two days in a row.

Suzuki singled off of Aumont with two outs in the eighth. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Sean Burnett and grounded to first for the third out.

Aumont goes more than one inning for the first time in his career, getting one out in the seventh before throwing a scoreless eighth. That’s three good appearances in a row for him after he struggled for three straight games against the Astros and the Mets. He hasn’t walked a batter in 3 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings. If it’s not all about the walks for him, it’s a lot about the walks.

Diekman started the ninth. Werth led off and doubled to left. Diekman got Harper swinging for the first out and Zimmerman on a ground ball to second that moved Werth up to third for the second. LaRoche flew to center to leave Werth at third.

Werth continues to pound left-handed pitching. 384/464/534 for the year.

Diekman faces four hitters, allowing a leadoff double to the lefty-killer Werth and getting the next three. Righties are on-basing .394 against him for the year, which is a lot to on-base. He’s walked too many lefties, eight of the 55 left-handed hitters he’s faced, but they are hitting just .182 against him with a .227 slugging percentage.

Overall, the pen goes four innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Horst threw 42 pitches in the game and has thrown for two straight days, so I wouldn’t be expecting him tonight. Diekman threw 19 pitches last night, but is well-rested.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Ruf (7) Brown (8) Kratz. Ruiz on the bench with Kratz catching. Ruf in left for the third straight game and hits ahead of Brown this time, which makes a lot of sense. Mayberry dropped to fifth with the hot Frandsen hitting second.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley singled with two outs and stole second before Howard walked. Mayberry followed with a walk of his own, loading the bases for Ruf. Ruf got ahead in the count and ripped a 2-0 pitch to center that dropped on the warning track for a bases-clearing double, putting the Phils up 3-1. Brown followed with a walk. Kratz flew to right to leave runners at first and second.

Huge hit for Ruf, moved ahead of Brown into the sixth spot in the order against the lefty.

It was 3-2 when the Phils hit in the second. Rollins and Frandsen singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Utley. Utley flew to right for the first out. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard grounded to first to leave them there.

Ruf singled to left with one out in the third. Brown was next and lined to third for the second out. Kratz grounded to short to end the inning.

Another hit for Ruf. Brown looking a little better against the lefty in the game, walking in his first plate appearance and lining out in his second.

It was 3-3 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

They were down 4-3 when they went in order in the fifth.

Brown doubled to right with one out in the sixth and the Phillies down 6-3. He took third on a wild pitch before Kratz struck out swinging for the second out. Schierholtz, who had entered the game in the top of the inning with Horst, popped to third to end the inning.

Kratz can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Frandsen doubled to right off of lefty Sean Burnett with one out in the seventh. He moved to third on a ground out by Utley. Howard grounded to Desmond to leave Frandsen at third.

Another extra-base hit for Frandsen against a lefty. He’s hitting 434/464/604 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Tyler Clippard set the Phillies down in order in the eighth. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out for the first out.

Righty Drew Storen threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Pierre hit for Kratz and grounded to second for the first out. Schierholtz grounded to first for the second out and Rollins popped to second for the third.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game and 2-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 248/312/428 for the year. 2-for-his-last-23.

Frandsen 2-for-4 in the game. 5-for-12 with three doubles and a triple in the series as the Nats throw three left-handed starters. 335/385/445 for the year. He came into the series 4-for-his-last-18.

Utley 1-for-4 with his tenth stolen base. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 265/377/452 for the year. Big series for Utley against a Nationals team that, again, started three lefties. His numbers against lefties are getting better, but they still aren’t real good for the year — 223/328/375.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-10 with a walk in the series. So he does less well against the Washington lefties in the set. 220/296/425 for the year and 173/226/378 against lefties.

Mayberry 0-for-2 with a walk. Had a chance to feast on left-handed pitching in the series, but went 1-for-10 with a single and two walks. Have I mentioned that the Nats started three lefties in the series? They did! 252/307/405 on the year for Mayberry. 6-for-his-last-37 with six singles. Sure looks to me like he could use some rest.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two strikeouts. 5-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. 5-for-13 on the season.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, both of which came against lefties. That raises his line against lefties on the year to 156/269/289. He’s hitting 238/325/399 overall. 268/345/439 against righties. He’s 2-for-his-last-18.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout, which came with a runner on third and one out. He’s 3-for-his-last-29 and hitting 248/303/511 for the year.

The Phils face another lefty tonight as Lee (6-8, 3.18) goes against Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84). Lee has a 2.40 ERA with a 1.07 ratio in his 15 starts since the end of June. He’s walked nine in 108 2/3 innings in those outings. He’s allowed one home run in 50 innings over his last seven starts. Buehrle threw to a 3.18 ERA over his first 18 starts and has thrown to a 5.01 ERA over his last 12, allowing 13 home runs in 73 2/3 innings. It will be his fifth start of the year against the Phils. Over his first four starts he’s 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.30 ratio. Wigginton is 4-for-11 with two home runs against him this season, so it will be interesting to see if Manuel makes an effort to get Wigginton into the lineup or continues to play Ruf and Brown at the corner outfield positions.


Kendrick confirms he is not Cy Young, putting at ease the minds of millions who found it suspicious they had never seen him and Young in the same place at the same time

Kyle Kendrick didn’t have much last night, allowing three home runs and five runs to the first eight batters he faced and leaving after just two innings and two batters. The Phillies made it almost all the way back from the 5-0 hole, though. De Fratus started the ninth with the Washington lead cut to 5-4, but was hit hard in the frame and the Nats went on to win 8-4.

Kendrick pointed out after the game that if he was awesome every start he’d be Cy Young. Not sure that’s true, actually, but if his point was that last night’s effort lacked awesomeness, I think we’re all on board.

The bullpen pitched very well until De Fratus ran into trouble in the three-run top of the ninth for the Nats. After Kendrick left after just two innings, Rosenberg, Lindblom and Horst combined to throw six scoreless frames in which they allowed a single and a walk and struck out six.

Former Phil Jayson Werth battled the fans all night, but wound up with the last laugh, singling home a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth to extend the Nationals lead.

The Phillies are 78-77 on the year after losing to the Washington Nationals 8-4 last night. They have lost three of their last four and are in third place in the NL East, 16 games out of first. They are 5 1/2 games out for the Wild Card and have seven left to play.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out one.

Kendrick has allowed 11 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

Jayson Werth was the first batter of the game and walked on five pitches. Bryce Harper was next and he hit the first pitch he saw from Kendrick out to center, putting the Nats up 2-0. Kendrick got the next three Washington hitters, getting Ryan Zimmerman on a ground ball to short for the first out, striking out Adam LaRoche for the second and getting Michael Morse on a fly ball to left for the third.

Ian Desmond led off the second and hit a 2-1 pitch out to left center. 3-0. Steve Lombardozzi was next and hit a ball to Utley that Utley didn’t handle for an error, putting Lombardozzi on first when Kurt Suzuki hit a 1-2 pitch out to left. 5-0. The pitcher John Lannan grounded to Rollins for the first out before Werth singled to center. Harper grounded to Howard with Werth forced at second for the second out. Harper stole second before Zimmerman grounded to second to end the frame.

Three home runs allowed by Kendrick to the first eight batters he faces.

LaRoche walked to start the third and moved to second on a single by Morse. That was it for Kendrick. Rosenberg took over and got Desmond to hit into a double-play. Lombardozzi lined to short to leave LaRoche at third.

Rosenberg started the fourth down 5-1. He walked Lannan with one out, but struck out Werth and Harper to leave the pitcher at first.

You want to avoid walking the pitcher when possible.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the lead cut to 5-2.

Rosenberg was fantastic in the game, getting a double-play in the third and allowing just one walk over three scoreless innings. Three innings is the longest outing of his career. He has thrown ten scoreless innings over his last seven appearances.

Lindblom set the Nats down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Lindblom faces six batters and gets all six, dropping his ERA with the Phillies to 3.68 after 24 appearances. Opponents are hitting .175 against him since joining the Phils, but he has walked 15 in 22 innings. He has a 1.29 ERA over his last 14 appearances and has struck out 19 in 14 innings.

He was pitching for the second straight day and threw 29 pitches in the game.

Horst started the eighth with the Nats up 5-3. Zimmerman led off and singled to left. Horst struck LaRoche out swinging for the first out and got Morse to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst faces three batters, allows a single then strikes out the lefty LaRoche and gets the righty Morse to ground into a double-play. He’s been charged with seven runs on the year over 27 innings, but only three of them have been earned. He’s had success against both righties and lefties in limited time with the Phils this year, so it seems like there are lots of reasons to expect significant contributions from him out of the pen in 2013.

De Fratus started the ninth with the Phillies down 5-4. Desmond led off and walked. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tyler Clippard. Desmond stole second before Tracy grounded to short for the first out with Desmond holding. Suzuki was next and singled softly to left on a ball deflected by Pierre, moving Desmond up to third. De Fratus struck Espinosa out swinging for the second out before Suzuki stole second. It put runners on second and third for Werth and Werth singled into center, scoring both runners to extend the lead to 7-4. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Harper and Harper tripled into the right field corner, scoring Werth to make it 8-4. Zimmerman struck out looking to leave Harper at third.

Werth was loudly booed during the game and especially in his ninth inning at-bat. While waiting in the on-deck circle, he faked throwing a foul ball to fans behind the Nationals dugout and then rolled the ball into the dugout. Flipped his bat dramatically after his two-run single, proving once and for all the wisdom of the seven-year, $126 million deal the Nationals gave him to hit .256.

De Fratus faced five batters in the game and they went walk, out, single, out single. Walking the leadoff man is never a good idea and it hurt De Fratus last night. All three of the guys who reached base against De Fratus in the game (Desmond walk, Werth and Suzuki singled) were right-handed. His line looked a little worse than it was cause of the two-out triple by Harper off of Bastardo that scored Werth, adding a third run to De Fratus’s line.

Like Lindblom, De Fratus was pitching for the second straight day. He threw to a 0.00 ERA over his first seven appearances with the Phillies, allowing two hits and three walks over six innings. In his last three appearances he has allowed four runs on four hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings.

Bastardo faces two hitters in the game, allowing an RBI-triple to the lefty Harper before striking the righty Zimmerman out. Over his last 17 appearances, Bastardo has struck out 28 in 12 2/3 innings while throwing to a 1.42 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.

Overall the pen goes seven innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Lindblom and De Fratus have each thrown two days in a row and both of them threw a lot of pitches last night. Lindblom threw 29 and De Fratus threw 27. Rosenberg was pitching for the first day in a row and threw 42 pitches in the game.

It seems like Rosenberg would surely be unavailable tonight and Lindblom and De Fratus at least questionable. Could be an issue if Cloyd doesn’t go nine. That’s a joke, but he went eight his last time out. So we’ll see.

The Phillies lineup against lefty John Lannan went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Ruf (8) Frandsen. Ruf starts in left for the second game in a row, both of which came with lefties on the mound for the Nats.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They started the second down 5-0. Howard led off and was hit by a pitch. The next three Phils went in order.

Frandsen doubled to left to start the third. Rosenberg was next and bunted. The catcher Suzuki fielded the ball and threw it into left field in an effort to get Frandsen at third. That proved to be ineffective. Frandsen scored, cutting the lead to 5-1, and Rosenberg was safe at first on the error. Rollins flew to center for the first out before Mayberry moved Rosenberg up to second with a single. Utley was next and he singled, loading the bases for Howard. Howard struck out and Ruiz grounded to the pitcher to keep the Phillies from getting more.

Howard really isn’t so good against lefties these days. One out and the bases loaded would have been a nifty time not to strike out.

With one out in the fourth, Ruf hit a ball down the third base line. Zimmerman made a nice play to record the out, though, fielding and making a long throw to first in time to get Ruf for the second out. It cost the Phillies a run, cause Frandsen was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch into center for a triple, his second extra-base hit in two at-bats. Rosenberg was next and he dribbled a ball back up the middle that went for a single. Frandsen scored to cut the lead to 5-2. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Zimmerman’s play on the ball hit by Ruf costs the Phillies a run. The ball Frandsen hit to center should have been caught. It was fairly deep, but Harper turned the wrong way going back on it and couldn’t recover.

Frandsen has monster numbers against lefties for the year and they got better thanks to 2-for-2 with a double and a gift triple off of Lannan in his first two at-bats last night. He’s now at 429/462/592 against lefties for the year.

Lannan set the Phils down in order in the fifth.

Ruiz walked to start the sixth. Brown struck out behind him for the first out. Righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to Ruf and got him to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Mattheus got Frandsen and Schierholtz, hitting for Lindblom, to start the seventh before Rollins lined a 3-1 pitch out to right. That cut the lead to 5-3. Mayberry struck out swinging for the third out.

Utley doubled to right off of righty Tyler Clippard to start the eighth. Howard struck out swinging for the first out before Utley took third on a wild pitch. Ruiz walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown got to hit against the righty Clippard and hit a 2-2 pitch well to right. Werth took it on the warning track for the second out, though. Utley scored, cutting the lead to 5-4. Ruf followed and singled softly to right, moving Ruiz up to third. Pierre ran for Ruf at first. Clippard struck Frandsen out swinging 1-2 to leave the runners at the corners.

Brown didn’t miss by much. Howard strikes out against the righty for a big first out.

The Phillies were down 8-4 when righty Drew Storen set them down in order in the ninth. Nix hit for Bastardo and struck out swinging for the first out.

Rollins 1-for-4 with his 23rd homer of the year. He’s 1-for-his-last-18. 249/322/486 with 21 homers over his last 438 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-5. 2-for-his-last-18 with seven strikeouts.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double. He made an error in the second that led to an unearned run when Suzuki followed with a homer. 305/423/463 in September.

Howard 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 7-for-his-last-41 (.171) with 16 strikeouts.

Ruiz 0-for-2 and walked twice. 5-for-his-last-32 (.156).

Brown 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI. His line against lefties for the year is down to 140/245/256.

Ruf 1-for-4 and grounded into a double-play. Zimmerman made a nice play on his ball in the fourth to take away what might have been another hit. 3-for-9 with a home run so far for the year. Phils face another lefty today in Gio Gonzalez, so Ruf seems like a good bet to get another start.

Frandsen 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, both off the lefty Lannan. Had a big chance against the righty Clippard in the ninth and struck out for the third out.

Cloyd (2-1, 3.86) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84) tonight. Cloyd was fantastic in his last outing, needing just 88 pitches to hold the Mets to a run over eight innings. Lefties are still hitting an ugly 295/380/523 against him for the year. Gonzalez has allowed more than two earned runs once in his last eight starts (he allowed three in the other). Opponents are hitting just .204 against him for the year.


Ruf cut

Darin Ruf arrived on the Phillie scene last night, homering in his first career start as the Phils topped the Washington Nationals 6-3.

Ruf’s solo shot off of lefty Ross Detwiler tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Ruiz hit a three-run shot in a four-run fourth as the Phils pulled ahead 5-1. Hamels allowed a pair of runs on four hits in the fifth, cutting the lead to 5-3, but Brown hit the third homer of the game for the Phils in the sixth, a solo blast that put the Phils up to stay at 6-3.

For Ruf it was his 40th home run of the season and the first hit of his career above Double-A.

Hamels went just five innings in the game. Five relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings in which they allowed one single and no walks after he left.

Through July 6, the Phillie bullpen threw to a 4.84 ERA over 213 1/3 innings. Since July 6, the bullpen has thrown 178 1/3 innings in which they have posted a 2.88 ERA.

The Phillies are 78-76 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 6-3 last night. They are in third place in the NL East, 15 games out of first and 5 1/2 behind for the Wild Card.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. All seven hits were singles and he struck out six.

He struck Jayson Werth out swinging for the first out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and singled to center. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a ground ball to third with Harper forced at second for the second out. Hamels struck Adam LaRoche out swinging to leave Zimmerman at first.

Hamels struck Michael Morse out swinging for the first out in the second. Ian Desmond flew to center for the second before Danny Espinosa walked. Espinosa stole second and scored when Kurt Suzuki singled into center, putting the Nats up 1-0. The pitcher Ross Detwiler grounded to short to set Washington down.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Hamels set the Nats down in order in the third.

Hamels started the fourth up 5-1. Morse singled to left with one out. Desmond flew to left for the second and Hamels struck out Espinosa for the third.

Suzuki led off the fifth with a single and Detwiler bunted him to second with the first out. Werth grounded to short for the second out with Suzuki holding. Harper was next, though, and he singled past a diving Rollins and into center. Suzuki scored, cutting the lead to 5-2, and Harper wound up at second as the throw came home. Zimmerman followed with another single, scoring Harper. 5-3. It brought LaRoche to the plate and he singled as well, putting men on first and second for Morse. Morse grounded to third to end the inning.

Harper winds up at second on his single cause Mayberry throws home and the ball goes off of Howard’s glove between the mound and second base. Mayberry had no chance to get Suzuki at the plate. It doesn’t matter if the next two hitters are going to single anyway, though. Would have mattered if the next one hitter was going to single.

Hamels allowed three straight hits after two outs and a man on second.

Lindblom set the Nationals down in order in the sixth.

Three up, three down for Lindblom, dropping his ERA with the Phils to 4.05. Opponents have hit just .189 against him in his 23 appearances since joining the team, but he has walked 15 in 20 innings.

De Fratus started the seventh up 6-3. He got switch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi, hitting for the pitcher Michael Gonzalez, for the first out and struck Werth out swinging for the second. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Harper and struck him out swinging to end the frame.

De Fratus faces two hitters and gets them both. He’s been charged with one run in 7 2/3 innings over nine appearances with the Phils.

Bastardo faces one lefty in the game and strikes out Harper. He has an 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings over his last 14 appearances with 23 strikeouts.

Aumont set the Nats down in order in the eighth.

Aumont handles Zimmerman, LaRoche and Morse without a peep. That’s two outings back-to-back without allowing a hit or a walk over two scoreless frames since three worrisome appearances in a row against the Astros and Mets.

Papelbon started the ninth. He struck Desmond out for the first out and Espinosa out for the second before Suzuki singled into center. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Zach Duke and grounded to second to end the game.

Third hit of the game for Suzuki.

Papelbon has an 0.63 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings over his last 29 appearances.

Overall the pen goes four scoreless innings, allowing a single and no walks while striking out five. Nobody has pitched more than one day in a row. Aumont threw 15 pitches in the game, Lindblom 13, Papelbon 12, De Fratus eight and Bastardo five.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Ross Detwiler went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Ruf (8) Frandsen. Ruf makes his first start for the Phillies, playing in left against the lefty. He was primarily a first baseman in the minors in 2012, but appeared in left 29 times for Double-A Reading. Mayberry hits second. He comes into the game 4-for-his-last-23 (.174) with four singles and no walks.

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

With two outs in the bottom of the second and the Phils down 1-0, Ruf hit a 3-2 pitch from Detwiler out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Frandsen followed with a double to center and Hamels walked to put two men on for Rollins. Rollins popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

First career hit for Ruf and he makes it a big one. The Phils gave him the extended silent treatment in the dugout after the blast. Ruf got ahead in the count 3-0 before hammering the 3-2 pitch out to left.

Walks to Mayberry and Utley started the third, putting two men on for Howard. Howard singled to right, scoring Mayberry and moving Utley up to second with the Phils on top 2-1. Ruiz was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer. 5-1. Brown, Ruf and Frandsen went in order behind him.

Ruf struck out swinging for the second out for career strikeout number one. I think it’s safe to say there are more to come.

Ruf’s homer gets all the attention in the game, but the three-run homer by Ruiz is really the big swing of the day for the Phils.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when they went in order in the fifth.

Brown hit the first pitch from righty Craig Stammen out to right to start the bottom of the sixth, extending the Phillie lead to 6-3. Ruf followed with a single to right and Frandsen flew to center for the first out. Schierholtz hit for Lindblom and walked. Rollins walked as well and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Stammen struck Mayberry out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Lefty Michael Gonzalez came in to pitch to Utley and got Utley on a ball hit hard to LaRoche at first to end the inning.

Big strikeout for Mayberry with one out and the bases loaded keeps the Phils from getting more in the inning.

They get one run on a homer, a single and two walks.

Lefty Zach Duke set Howard, Ruiz and Brown down in order in the seventh.

Brown grounds to second against Duke for the third out, which drops his line against lefties on the year to 150/261/275. 270/350/443 against righties at the end of the day after homering off of the righty Stammen in the sixth.

Duke got Wigginton, Frandsen and Schierholtz in the eighth.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-his-last-13.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-13. 5-for-his-last-30 with ten strikeouts.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. He has 15 walks in his last 78 plate appearances. 274/395/458 over his last 248 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s walked twice in his last 66 plate appearances, hitting .190 and on-basing .212.

Brown 1-for-4 with his fifth homer. 1-for-his-last-12.

Ruf 2-for-3 with a home run. 2-for-5 with a home run and a sac fly for the year. The sac fly means his on-base percentage is going to be higher than his average for a while — right now his line is at 400/333/1.000.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a double off the lefty Detwiler. He’s hitting .404 against lefties for the year with a BABIP of .422.

Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) faces lefty John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) tonight. Kendrick has a 2.17 ERA and an 0.87 ratio over his last eight starts and the Phils have gone 6-2 in those games. He ended June with a 5.35 ERA. Since the start of July he has thrown to a 2.48 ERA over 18 appearances (11 starts) and opponents have hit just .211 against him. Opponent’s BABIP in 74 innings through the end of June was .332. Since the start of July it has been .241. Lannan spent most of the year in the minors prior to taking Strasburg’s spot in the Washington rotation. He’s made four starts on the year and threw to a 2.41 ERA over the first three before allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Dodgers his last time out.

I updated the Start Log so the Result column is green for wins and red for losses. It may be helpful in making it easier to figure out where things went wrong for the Phils this year (helpful hint: they went most wrong from about June 2 to July 13).


Mission: Impossible

It would take a miracle to get the Phillies into the post-season at this point. If the miracle is coming, it sure is slow-moving. The Phillies dropped two of three against the Braves this weekend and are 4-4 over their last eight.

The Phils came out strong against Atlanta, homering four times in the opener as they took game one 6-2. Halladay was miserable on Saturday, though, allowing seven runs over 1 2/3 innings as the Braves evened the series with an 8-2 win.

Yesterday Cliff Lee pitched very well again, but the Phils managed just two hits in the game, both singles, and fell 2-1.

The Phillies are 77-76 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 2-1 yesterday afternoon. Atlanta takes the series two games to one. The Phils remain in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games out of first. They are five back for the Wild Card.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. Only one of the runs was earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter.

Lee has thrown to a 1.56 ERA over his last eight starts.

Reed Johnson was the first batter of the game and singled softly to center. Lee struck Martin Prado out for the first out before Jason Heyward grounded to Utley with Johnson forced at second for the second. Freddie Freeman moved Heyward to third with a single, but Lee struck Dan Uggla out to leave the runners at the corners.

Jeff Baker grounded to second for the first out of the second before David Ross hit a 2-1 pitch out to center, putting Atlanta up 1-0. Andrelton Simmons grounded to short for the second out and Lee got the pitcher Tim Hudson on a fly ball to right for the third.

Johnson and Prado singled back-to-back to start the third, putting runners on first and second for Heyward. Heyward hit a ball that Lee didn’t handle cleanly for an error, which loaded the bases. Lee struck Freeman out for the first out before Uggla flew to center for the second, deep enough for everyone to move up a base. Johnson scored and Atlanta led 2-0. Baker grounded to Utley to leave the runners at second and third.

Shaky defense for the Phils in the inning. Lee can’t handle the ball hit by Heyward for an error. Brown misread the ball hit by Prado, which he wound up deflecting for a single.

Hudson doubled to center with two outs in the fourth, moving up to third when Mayberry mishandled the ball for another error. Lee struck Johnson out swinging to leave Hudson at third.

Prado doubled to center to start the fifth, but Lee got Heyward on a ground ball to third for the first out and struck out Freeman and Uggla both swinging to leave Prado stranded.

Lee struck out Baker and Ross to start the sixth. Simmons was next and singled to left on a ball deflected by Frandsen. Hudson fouled out to Howard to leave Simmons at first.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Lee set the Braves down on three ground balls in the seventh.

Freeman singled to center to start the eighth. Lee got Uggla on a fly ball to right for the first out and struck out Baker and Ross.

Papelbon struck out Simmons and Johnson in 1-2-3 ninth. Lefty Lyle Overbay hit for the pitcher Eric O’Flaherty and lined to short for the second out.

Papelbon has allowed two hits and three walks over nine scoreless innings over his last nine appearances. He has an 0.65 ERA and an 0.76 ratio in 27 2/3 innings over his last 28 appearances.

He threw 13 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Frandsen. Pierre in left against the righty. Brown hits ahead of Mayberry.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Down 1-0 they went in order in the second.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when Mayberry led off the third with a single. Frandsen bunted, but the ball hit him out of the box for the first out. Lee bunted Mayberry to second with the second. Rollins grounded to first to end the inning.

Utley was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth. Howard and Mayberry went down behind him.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the fifth. Lee grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Rollins walked to start the sixth, took second on a bad pickoff attempt by Hudson and was bunted to third by Pierre. Utley flew to right for the second out on a diving play by Heyward. Rollins tagged and scored, cutting the lead to 2-1. Howard grounded to Simmons to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the seventh.

With one out in the eighth, Nix hit for Lee. Lefty Eric O’Flaherty came in to pitch to Nix and Wigginton hit for Nix. Wigginton grounded to short for the second out and Rollins fouled out to Freeman for the third.

Righty Craig Kimbrel set the Phillies down in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 0-for-10 with two walks in the series. 250/314/429 on the year.

Pierre 0-for-3 in the game and 1-for-9 with a triple in the set. 313/356/379 for the year. He’s hitting .408 in September.

Utley 0-for-2 with an RBI. 1-for-9 with a walk and a home run in the series. 261/375/451 on the year. 370/500/500 over his last 64 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-12 with two home runs and six strikeouts in the series. 225/297/438 for the year. 181/239/390 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-3 yesterday and 3-for-10 with a walk and a home run in the series. 328/396/542 for the year.

Brown 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. 241/330/386 for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with one of two hits for the Phils. 1-for-10 with five strikeouts in the series. 255/309/412 for the year. He’s 5-for-his-last-27 with five singles and nine strikeouts.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with the other single. 3-for-9 with a triple and a home run in the series. His slugging percentage for the year jumps from .388 to .416 for the season in the set. 329/383/416 for the year.

The Phillies don’t play today. Nats tomorrow.


Sweet 16 and never been out

The Phillies dismantled the Mets last night behind fantastic pitching from Tyler Cloyd and a flood of offense. The Phils scored eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 16-1 win.

The Phillies had 21 hits in the game, only two of which went for extra-bases. Utley doubled in the sixth and Howard hit a grand slam, his second homer off of a lefty in two days, in the ninth.

Juan Pierre had a five-hit night, going 5-for-6 with five singles.

Cloyd had the best of his five starts in the majors. He needed just 88 pitches to throw eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks.

The Phillies are 76-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 16-1 last night. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Nats. They remain four games out in the Wild Card chase with a 0.6% chance to make the post-season, according to the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds report.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out six and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.86 after five starts.

He started the bottom of the first with an 8-0 lead and walked the leadoff man Fred Lewis. Daniel Murphy was next and Cloyd got him to ground into a double-play before David Wright singled to right. Cloyd got Ike Davis on a ground ball handled by Utley to end the inning.

You want to avoid walking the leadoff man when you’re up eight runs.

Cloyd walked Lucas Duda to start the second, but got the next three Mets to turn New York away. He struck Justin Turner out for the first out, got Mike Baxter on a fly ball to left for the second and Kelly Shoppach on a ground ball to third for the third.

Again, walking the leadoff man up eight runs is to be avoid, but again Cloyd works around it.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth. He struck Duda out for the third out in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Baxter hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, getting the Mets on the board at 8-1. Cloyd struck Shoppach out for the second out. Jason Bay hit for the pitcher Jenrry Mejia and Cloyd struck him out as well to end the inning.

Baxter now has three home runs in 192 plate appearances for the year, all three of which have come against the Phillies. 4-for-21 against the Phils with three home runs for the season.

Lewis singled to start the sixth, but Cloyd got Murphy to ground into a double-play behind him to clear to bases. Wright grounded to third to end the inning.

Cloyd struck out Davis in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Baxter in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 9-1.

Rosenberg started the ninth with a 16-1 lead and walked the leadoff man Lewis. Ronny Cedeno flew to right for the first out. Andres Torres grounded into a double-play to end the game.

You want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man with a 15-run lead.

Rosenberg was pitching for the first time since September 13. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out five. He threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Kratz catches. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry back hitting ahead of Brown after Brown goes 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in game two.

The first six Phillies singled in the top of the first. It left them up 3-0 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen walked. 4-0. That was it for Hefner and righty Collin McHugh came in to pitch to Kratz. McHugh hit Kratz, forcing in another run. 5-0 with the bases still loaded for Cloyd. Cloyd grounded back to the mound and the Mets went home to first to get a double-play, leaving runners on second and third with two down for Rollins. Rollins singled again, scoring both runners. 7-0. Pierre moved Rollins up to second with another single before Utley singled as well. Rollins scored to make it 8-0 with men on first and second. Howard grounded to Turner to finally end the frame.

Nine hits for the Phillies in the frame, as well as a walk and a hit by pitch. All nine hits were singles.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Lefty Justin Hampson set the Phillies down in order in the fourth.

Righty Jenrry Mejia started the fifth. Brown and Frandsen singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Brown tried to score, but Duda threw him out at home on a close play at the plate for the second out. It brought Cloyd to the plate with runners on first and second. He flew to right to leave them there.

Not a great idea to get thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning, but it took a pretty nice play from the Mets to get Brown.

The Phils led 8-1 when Robert Carson started the sixth for New York. Pierre singled with one out and moved to third when Utley followed with a double. Howard was next and hit a line drive, but Murphy made a nice play, jumping to snare the ball and throwing to second to double-off Utley.

Mayberry singled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the seventh. Brown fouled out to Wright for the first out and Frandsen hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Elvin Ramirez walked Cloyd with one out in the eighth. Rollins popped to third for the first out before Pierre moved Cloyd up to second with a single to center. Utley was next and he singled to center as well, scoring Cloyd to make it 9-1 with two down and men on first and second. Howard flew to right for the third out.

Cloyd hits for himself in the eighth and starts the rally with a walk. Fourth hit of the day for Pierre. He raised his average for the year from .310 to .318 by going 5-for-6 with five singles.

Righty Jeurys Familia started the ninth for New York and struck the leadoff man Mayberry out for the first out. Brown followed with a single to left and was forced at second on a ground out by Frandsen for the second out. Kratz walked. Schierholtz hit for Cloyd and singled, loading the bases. Rollins walked. 10-1 with the bases still loaded. Pierre singled on a dribbler. 11-1 with the bases still loaded. Lefty Josh Edgin took over on the mound and hit Utley. 12-1, still loaded. Howard hit a 3-1 pitch out to left for a grand slam. 16-1. Mayberry flew to center to end the frame.

Utley and Howard have a whole lot more success against the lefty Edgin. For the second time in two days, Utley reaches against Edgin ahead of Howard and Howard homers.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 179/222/381.

Mayberry makes two of the three outs in the inning.

After three hitters in the frame, the Phillies had two outs and a man on first with no runs in. The next six hitters went walk, single, walk, single, hit by pitch, home run.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game with a walk. 4-for-11 with three walks and two home runs in the series. 254/317/436 for the year. 338/412/662 in 85 plate appearances in September.

Pierre 5-for-6 with an RBI. 5-for-9 in the series. 318/360/380 for the year. He also had five hits on October 2, 2005 and on May 8, 2005.

Utley 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. 6-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 266/380/452 for the year. His line against lefties for the year isn’t exactly fantastic either — 216/330/361.

Howard 2-for-6 with a grand slam and five RBI. 3-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI in the set. 228/303/426 for the year. 192/269/356 over his last 119 plate appearances.

Mayberry was 2-for-6 and the only starter without an RBI. 3-for-13 in the series. 259/314/420 for the year. 301/374/470 in 187 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded.

Brown was 3-for-5 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the series. 253/341/407 for the year. 302/400/605 over his last 50 plate appearances. 171/293/314 against lefties for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-9 with three walks in the series. 329/386/388 for the year. 17-for-41 (.415) against lefties.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his only action of the series. 256/311/526 for the year. 3-for-his-last-25.

Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) faces righty Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) tonight. Kendrick allowed four runs in five innings against the Astros in his most recent start, which was the only time in his last seven outings he’s been charged with more than two runs. Trouble getting lefties out has plagued Kendrick over his career — so far in 2012, lefties are hitting 253/336/400 against him compared to 262/305/430 for righties. Hanson has thrown to a 5.61 ERA over his last ten starts and hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last five.


At least one surprise left

It’s been a mostly miserable year for Ryan Howard, but he got one last night. Down 2-1 with two outs in the ninth, Howard connected for a two-run homer off of lefty Josh Edgin and the Phils topped the Mets 3-2.

The Phillies had just three hits in the game, one of which was a bloop into shallow right-center. Jimmy Rollins was the first batter of the game and lined a homer to right off of Met starter Matt Harvey. The Phils didn’t have another hit in the game until Mayberry blooped his way aboard in the eighth. Hamels pitched very well, allowing a run on a single, a stolen base and a bloop single in the third and another on a solo home run in the sixth. The Phils were down 2-1 with two outs and nobody on in the ninth when Utley drew a walk off of Edgin and Howard followed Utley with a two-run homer.

The home run upped Howard’s line against lefties for the year to 173/218/346.

The Phillies are 75-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-2 last night. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Nats. Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report has them at 0.4%.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out ten.

He has a 2.50 ERA and a 1.04 ratio over his last eight starts and has struck out 55 in 57 2/3 innings. The Phillies are 7-1 in those games.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Ruben Tejada led off with a single, but Hamels set the Mets down in order behind him.

He struck out Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in a 1-2-3 second.

He struck out Andres Torres and pitcher Matt Harvey to start the third before Tejada singled to left. Tejada stole second before Daniel Murphy blooped a ball into left that fell in front of Pierre. Pierre charged and threw home as Tejada tried to score — his throw was on line but weak. Ruiz took it in front of the plate and threw to second to try to get Murphy, but Murphy was safe there too and the game was tied at 1-1. Hamels struck David Wright out looking 0-2 to end the inning.

Really not a good throw from Pierre, who is not a good thrower.

Scott Hairston doubled to center to start the fourth. Davis was next and lined a ball off of Hamels’s glove for a single with Hairston holding second. Hamels struck Kelly Shoppach out for the first out and Duda for the second. Torres flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

You wind up scoring a lot when you leadoff with a double and the next batter singles, but Hamels keeps the Mets off the board in the frame with two big strikeouts for the first two outs.

Hamels struck out Harvey and Murphy in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Wright led off the sixth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right-center, putting the Mets up 2-1. Hairston was next and Hamels drilled him in the back, up near the shoulders. Davis flew to center for the first out before Hairston stole second. Hamels struck Shoppach out again for the second out before Duda walked 3-2. Torres lined to second to leave the runners stranded.

Hairston gets drilled right after the Wright homer. Hamels got ahead of the lefty Duda 0-2 but wound up walking him.

Bastardo started the seventh. Righty Ronny Cedeno hit for the pitcher Harvey and Bastardo struck him out swinging for the first out. Tejada struck out swinging for the second out before Murphy drew a walk. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Wright and struck him out swinging 1-2 to end the inning with Murphy at first.

Bastardo faces three hitters, strikes the first two out and walks the other. He has 25 strikeouts in his last 11 2/3 innings over 15 appearances. He’s allowed one earned run in 9 1/3 innings over is last 12 outings (0.96 ERA, 0.75 ratio and 20 strikeouts).

De Fratus faces just one hitter, getting a big strikeout of Wright to end the inning a man on base. He’s allowed just two hit and three walks over six innings in his first seven appearances. The one run he’s allowed is unearned. Righties are 0-for-14 against him so far.

Aumont started the eighth. Hairston and Davis led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corner for Shoppach. Aumont struck him out swinging 1-2, Shoppach’s third strikeout of the game. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Duda and righty Justin Turner hit for Duda. Horst walked Turner on five pitches, loading the bases for Torres. Torres grounded a ball to Utley and the Phils turned two to set the Mets down.

No run for New York after putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Huge strikeout for Aumont to get Shoppach for the first out.

Aumont continues to be a cause for worry. He faces three hitters, allowing back-to-back singles before getting a huge strikeout of Shoppach. Over his last five appearances, he’s allowed four runs on five hits and five walks over three innings.

Horst faces two batters, walking the righty Turner before getting the switchy Torres to ground into a double-play. After walking seven in 19 2/3 over his first 20 appearances for the season, Horst has walked five in 5 4/3 innings over his last five.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 3-2. Lefty Jordany Valdespin hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and Papelbon struck him out looking 1-2 for the first out. Valdespin didn’t care for the call and was ejected. Tejada was next and singled to center. It brought Murphy to the plate and Murphy lined a ball towards the corner in left, but a diving Brown took it in at the edge of the warning track for the second out. Wright grounded to Utley to end the game.

Strike three to Valdespin looked outside to me. Nice catch by Brown at a big time.

Papelbon faces four hitters, allowing one single and getting the other three. Wright hit his ball to Utley pretty well. Papelbon hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out ten over seven innings.

Overall the pen goes two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Tuesday’s rainout means that nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Bastardo threw 18 pitches last night, everyone else was at 11 or fewer.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Frandsen. Pierre in left against the righty with Brown in right. The hottish Brown hits ahead of Mayberry.

Rollins was the first batter of the game and lined a 3-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phillies up 1-0. The Phils went in order behind him.

Ruiz walked to start the second. Brown struck out looking for the first out and Mayberry grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

The game was tied 1-1 when they went in order in the fourth.

They went in order again in the fifth. Brown struck out for the second time in the game for the second out.

Frandsen walked to start the sixth. Hamels tried to bunt him to second, but struck out for the first out. Rollins was next and walked, putting runners on first and second for Pierre. Pierre grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Frandsen does his best to get things started with a walk, which is not really his thing. He has eight walks in 162 plate appearances for the year, which is 4.9%, which is very low. The team is walking in about 7.9% of their plate appearances for the season.

Hamels can’t get the bunt down, striking out for the first out.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when they went in order in the seventh. Howard and Ruiz both struck out.

Righty Bobby Parnell started the eighth. He struck Brown out looking for the first out (Brown’s third strikeout of the game). Mayberry followed with a single, but was forced out at second for the second out when Frandsen grounded to short. Nix hit for De Fratus and struck out swinging to leave Frandsen at first.

Lefty Josh Edgin started the ninth for New York. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out. Wigginton hit for Pierre and struck out swinging for the second. Utley had an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with a walk, putting a runner on for Howard. Howard hit an 0-1 pitch out to right for his eleventh homer of the year, which put the Phillies on top 3-2. Jon Rauch took over for Edgin and struck Ruiz out to set the Phillies down.

With two outs and nobody on, Utley draws a walk off of a lefty and then Howard hits one out against a lefty to put the Phillies on top.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run in the game. He has hit 20 home runs in his last 411 plate appearances, posting a 257/326/500 line. That’s an isolated power of .243.

Pierre was 0-for-3. He’s hitting .412 so far in September. He grounded into a double-play last night, just his third for the year in 408 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a huge walk against the lefty ahead of Howard’s homer in the ninth. He has 13 walks and an on-base percentage of .500 over his last 56 plate appearances (333/500/385). Four of the 13 walks have been intentional. We’ll see if Howard hitting the ball out to win the game against the lefty changes anything.

Howard 1-for-2 with two strikeouts and a huge two-run homer off of a lefty. 173/218/346 against lefties for the year with 38 strikeouts in 87 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. He’s 1-for-his-last-16.

Brown 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Five strikeouts in his last seven at-bats. For the year he has struck out in 28 of 165 plate appearances — that’s about 17.0%, less than the team average of 17.9% and less than the NL average of 20.2%.

Mayberry 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-14 with three singles.

Frandsen 0-for-2 with a walk. 9-for-36 with a double so far in September.

Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) faces righty Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99) tonight. Cloyd has struggled in two straight starts, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over seven innings. Lefties are hitting 379/455/621 against him. Hefner has been in and out of the pen for the Mets this year. He has a 5.24 ERA in his ten starts and has allowed 70 hits in 55 innings.


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