Archive for April, 2013

Offense explodes for four, but the bullpen keeps right on imploding

The Phillies took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning yesterday. For the second time in two days they lost, falling 6-4 to the Pirates.

Between Bastardo, Aumont, Adams and Papelbon, the back of the bullpen should be a strength for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel sure looked afraid of it in yesterday afternoon’s game, though. Lee threw 122 pitches in the game. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Lee had thrown 107 pitches and the Phillies were up 3-1 with a Pirate runner on first. Lee stayed in the game and faced three right-handed hitters in a row, all of who singled, before getting the final out of the frame in what was now a tie game.

Aumont started the eighth and allowed four of the five men he faced to reach base before Durbin took over. Before the frame was over the Pirates had scored three more runs.

The Phillies did manage to score four runs. Coming into the game they had scored three or less in 11 of their last 13.

The Phillies are 9-14 on the year after losing to the Pirates 6-4 last night. The Pirates take the series three games to one. The Phillies have lost three in a row and are five games under .500 for the first time this year.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out seven.

Lee’s ERA rises to 3.03 on the year with the outing. He’s allowed 17 hits in 12 innings over his last two outings. The Phils have lost the last three games he’s started.

Starling Marte singled off of Lee to start the top of the first, but Lee got the next three Pirates in order.

Pedro Alvarez singled to right with one out in the second, but Lee got Jose Tabata on a line drive to center for the second out and struck out Clint Barmes for the third.

The pitcher John McDonald started the third with a single to right, but Lee struck Marte out for the first out and Brandon Inge for the second. Andrew McCutchen flew to right to end the frame.

With one out in the fourth, Michael McKenry hit a ball to Frandsen at third. Frandsen threw it away for a two-base error, but Lee struck out Alvarez for the second out and got Tabata on a fly ball to center to leave McKenry stranded.

McDonald singled again with one out in the fifth and the Phils up 1-0. Lee struck Marte out behind him for the second out before Inge moved McDonald up to second with a soft single to left. Lee retired McCutchen on a ball taken by Nix in foul territory to leave both runners stranded.

Second hit of the game for McDonald off of Lee.

Sanchez led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Lee out to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the frame, Alvarez delivered a one-out single, but Lee got the next two to leave him at first.

Lee started the seventh with the Phils up 3-1. Marte walked with one out, but Lee retired Inge on a fly ball to right for the second out. McCutchen was next and singled to left with Marte moving up to second. It brought Sanchez to the plate with men on first and second and he singled softly into center, scoring McCutchen to cut the lead to 3-2 with men on first and third. McKenry was next and he singled softly into center as well, scoring Marte to tie the game at 3-3 with runners on the corners. Alvarez popped to short to end the frame.

Aumont started the eighth in a tie game. He struck Walker out before hitting Barmes with a pitch. Barmes moved up to second on a single by lefty Travis Snider and Marte followed that with another single that loaded the bases. Lefty Garrett Jones hit for the rigthy Inge and doubled off the wall in right, scoring Barmes and Marte to put the Pirates up 5-3 with men on second and third and one down. Durbin took over for Aumont and walked McCutchen intentionally, loading the bases for Sanchez. Sanchez flew to right for the second out, Marte scored to make it 6-3 and Jones moved up to third. McKenry walked before Alvarez flew to center to finally end the inning.

Aumont faced five hitters, getting one out and allowing two singles, a double and hitting one batter. The three runs he was charged with in the game are the first earned runs charged to him for the season. He’s allowed seven hits and six walks in 6 2/3 innings, which gives him a 1.95 ratio.

Durbin faced four hitters, walking two (one intentionally) and getting two outs. He and Aumont have the same 4.05 ERA for the year and both have thrown 6 2/3 innings, but Durbin’s ratio is even higher than Aumont’s at 2.10. Durbin hasn’t been charged with a run over his last five appearances, but has allowed four hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Valdes started the ninth with the Phils down 6-4. Walker led off with a single. Barmes was next and bunted. Kratz jumped on it and he and Barmes got tangled up near the plate. Kratz threw to first, where Walker was safe. Barmes was really late getting out of the box, though, and Rollins threw to first in time to get him for the first out. Manuel came out and argued that Barmes had interfered with Kratz trying to field the ball and was ejected. Snider flew to center for the second out with Walker tagging and going to third. Valdes struck Marte out swinging to leave Walker at third.

Valdes allows a single in the scoreless inning, dropping his ERA on the year to 9.28 after six appearances. He’s struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings, but allowed 16 hits. Opponents are hitting .356 against him.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Aumont threw 23 pitches in the game, Durbin 22 and Valdes 15.

The Phillie lineup against righty James McDonald went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Nix (6) Brown (7) Carrera (8) Kratz. Young, Mayberry and Revere on the bench. Frandsen at third, Nix in right and Carrera in center. Kratz catches the day game after a night game after Quintero caught game three.

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

Howard led off the second with a double. Nix was next and hit the ball well, but Inge handled it at second and threw to first in time to retire Nix as Howard went to third. Brown and Carrera both struck out to leave Howard at second.

Third straight game that Howard has had an extra-base hit. Brown strikes out with one out and a man on third and it helps keep the Phillies off the board. Nix hit the ball well and Inge made a nice play.

Rollins walked with two outs in the third and two second on an error on a pickoff attempt by McDonald. Frandsen grounded to short to leave him stranded.

Rollins came into the game with no walks in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley walked to start the fourth and took second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out and Nix flew to center for the second, bringing Brown to the plate with two outs and Utley still on second. Brown doubled to center, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0. Carrera popped to first and leave Brown at second.

Lee singled with one out in the fifth, but was caught by McDonald for the second out. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

It was 1-1 when Frandsen walked to start the sixth. Utley moved him to third with a single before Utley stole second, putting men on second and third for Howard. Howard singled into right, scoring Frandsen to make it 2-1 and sending Utley to third. Lefty Justin Wilson came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry hit a ball to third, which Alvarez fielded and threw home in time for McKenry to tag Utley out trying to score for the first out. With Brown at the plate, the runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown flew to center. Howard tagged and scored from third to extend the lead to 3-1. Carrera fouled out to Alvarez to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when Wilson set the Phils down order in the seventh. Young hit for Lee and flew to left for the second out.

Lefty Tony Watson started the eighth for the Pirates with Pittsburgh up 6-3. Franden led off with a double and Utley bunted him to third with the first out. He scored on a ground ball by Howard (6-4) before Mayberry popped out to end the frame.

Presumably Utley knew the Phillies were down three runs and had six outs left when he bunted Frandsen over to third. With the infield back, he may have thought he could bunt for a hit like he had earlier in the series.

Brown doubled to left to start the ninth. Carrera and Kratz went down behind him before Galvis hit for Valdes. Watson got Galvis on a popup to Alvarez to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 4-for-15 with a double and a walk in the series. 258/305/404 for the season. 216/273/314 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 313/389/438 for the season.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 309/360/543 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-16 with two doubles and a home run in the set. 360/365/540 over his last 52 plate appearances. 284/302/432 for the year. Three walks for the season and one in his last 65 plate appearances.

Nix 0-for-2 in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 250/289/444 for the year.

Brown 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 4-for-his-last-7. 243/325/371 on the year.

Carrera was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 in the series and 1-for-12 on the year.

Kratz 0-for-4. 0-for-9 with two walks in the series. 185/206/308 on the season.

Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) faces righty Dillon Gee (1-3, 3.95) tonight in New York. Kendrick has been good three straight outings, throwing to a 1.89 ERA over those appearances. One of them came against the Mets and he allowed two runs over six innings. Gee has had two good starts on the season, in which he allowed one run over 12 innings, and two bad ones. Over the bad ones he’s allowed 12 runs in 7 2/3 innings. One of the bad ones came against the Phillies as he allowed seven runs in three innings. Mayberry, Young and Howard all homered off of him in that game.


The bullpen’s creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky

A lot went well for the Phillies last night, Halladay was outstanding for the third time in a row and Utley and Howard both homered against a lefty, but the bullpen faltered and the Phils fell 5-3 to the Pirates.

The Phillies started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the seventh that cut the lead to one. Adams started the eighth and allowed all four of the men he faced to reach base, which led to two more Pirate runs. Horst allowed a run in the ninth as Pittsburgh got some help from a slightly flukey two-out triple.

Pittsburgh starter lefty Wandy Rodriguez came into the game with an 0.56 ERA, having not allowed a home run in his three starts this season. Utley and Howard have both been struggling terribly against lefties, but both hit solo home runs off of Rodriguez to help the Phils to their early lead. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Phils scored three runs or less for the eleventh time in 13 games.

The Phillies are 9-13 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The Pirates lead the series two games to one with game four this afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. The hit was a single and he struck out eight.

He has a 1.71 ERA and an 0.62 ratio over his last three starts. Thanks to two terrible starts to start the year, he has a 5.08 ERA for the season.

Starling Marte was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and walked. He stole second before Travis Snider struck out looking for the first out. Andrew McCutchen struck out looking for the second. Marte stole third with Garrett Jones at the plate, but Halladay got Jones looking to leave Marte stranded.

Up 1-0, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the second.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 third.

Jones walked with two outs in the fourth and Halladay hit the next batter Walker. Alvarez was next and singled softly into center, scoring Jones to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay struck Martin out looking to leave the runners at first and second.

Up 2-1, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 3-1 lead and Alvarez homered to right with one out. 3-2. Martin went down on a ground out for the second out before righty Gaby Sanchez hit for the shortstop John McDonald. Sanchez grounded to Howard to end the frame.

Alvarez came in to the series hitting 125/222/232 for the year. He’s 4-for-8 with two home runs in the set so far.

First home run, or earned run of any kind, that Bastardo has allowed this season in 8 1/3 innings over nine appearances.

Adams started the eighth. Jose Tabata hit for the pitcher Vin Mazzaro and drew a walk to start the inning. Marte moved him up to second with a single. Snider was next and he showed bunt, then swung away and singled to right, scoring Tabata to tie the game at 3-3 with men on first and third. McCutchen walked to load the bases and Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and singled to left. Everyone moved up a base and Marte scored to make it 4-3. Walker was next with the bases still loaded and nobody out. He hit a ball to first. Howard came home and Quintero went to first in time to complete the double-play. Alvarez grounded to Utley to leave runners at second and third.

Adams faced four hitters in the game without getting an out. Two singles and two walks. 4.00 ERA and a 1.44 ratio over nine innings in 11 appearances.

Horst returned for the ninth. Barmes singled to left with one and moved up to second on a ground out by Tabata. Marte was next and blooped a ball down the first base line, which went off of Utley’s glove in right for a triple. Barmes scored and it was 5-3. Righty Michael McKenry hit for the pitcher Mark Melancon and flew to left to leave Marte at third.

It would have been a nice play, but Utley usually catches the ball hit by Marte that went for a triple. He had made a long run, but was in position to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and didn’t come up with the ball. Cost the Phillies a run.

Horst allows a single to the first man he faces in the eighth with the run charged to Adams, but then does a great job to get out of that frame without further damage before allowing a run in the ninth with the help of Marte’s unlikely triple.

He drops his ERA to 6.52 by allowing a run over two innings. Opponents are hitting .342 against him in the early going.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Horst threw 27 pitches in the game, Adams 21 and Bastardo 16.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Wandy Rodriguez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Quintero. Utley moves up to second in the order with Young third against the lefty. Quintero catches Halladay again.

Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out by McCutchen as he went for two. It cost the Phils a run, cause Utley was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Young and Howard went down behind Utley.

Brown singled to center with one out in the second. Revere was next and grounded to short with Brown moving up to second and two down. Quintero grounded to first to leave Brown stranded.

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

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Young struck out swinging for the first out, but Howard was next and he pounded a hanging 0-2 breaking ball way out to right for a home run, putting the Phils back up at 2-1. Mayberry followed with a walk and moved up to second when Brown hit a routine grounder to Walker at second that was booted for an error. Revere popped to short for the second out and Quintero was walked intentionally to pitch to Halladay with the bases loaded. Halladay struck out swinging to leave them loaded.

I wouldn’t walk Quintero intentionally very often. Howard hit the ball really far. Great to see him homer off the lefty, but that was a really bad pitch.

Rollins doubled down the third base line to start the fifth and Utley followed with a bunt single that put runners on first and third. Young was next and grounded to third. Alvarez fielded and went to second for the first out of the inning. When the throw went to second, Rollins broke for home. Walker took the throw at second and threw home. The ball beat Rollins by a wide margin and he was tagged out for the second out of the frame. Howard lined to first to leave Young at first.

Miserable base-running by Rollins as the Phils fail to score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Revere singled with two outs in the sixth and moved up to third when Quintero followed with a single. With the lefty Rodriguez still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Frandsen hit for Halladay and singled to center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 3-1 with men on first and second. Righty Vin Mazzaro took over for Rodriguez and got Rollins to ground to second to leave the runners stranded.

Halladay had thrown 95 pitches in the game.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Mazzaro set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth with the Pirates leading 4-3. Brown singled with one out, but Revere hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Jason Grilli started the ninth with Pittsburgh up 5-3. Nix hit for Quintero and flew to right for the first out. Carrera hit for Horst and was hit by a pitch, but Rollins fouled out behind him and Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

Carrera is 1-for-8 with the Phils, but with a .364 on-base percentage thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double. He’s 7-for-his-last-17. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a long home run off of a lefty. 211/286/464 against lefties for the season.

Young 0-for-4. He actually hit into yet another double-play, although it doesn’t count as an official GDP due to the unusual nature of the play and Rollins’s base-running decision. 4-for-his-last-l7 with four singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a long home run against a lefty on an 0-2 pitch. 142/182/381 against lefties.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 235/297/382 over his last 37 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He came into the game 2-for-his-last-21.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .207. He has one extra-base hit in 93 plate appearances and has walked in about 4.3% of his plate appearances.

Quintero 1-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-5 with a double and a walk has his line for the year up to 313/353/438.

Lee (2-1, 2.83) faces righty James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) this afternoon. Lee has had one bad start in four tries this year, which came in his most recent outing as he allowed five runs in five frames against the Cards. He’s allowed just 22 hits and four walks over 28 2/3 innings while striking out 23. McDonald has walked 12 over 19 2/3 innings in his four starts. Opponents are hitting just .216 against him, but on-basing .341. Cause he walks everyone, you see.


Locke, stuck, no smoking barrels

The Phillies couldn’t figure out 25-year-old lefty Jeff Locke last night. Locke came into the game with a career ERA of 5.67 and made the best start of his career, throwing six shutout innings as the Pirates beat the Phillies 2-0.

The Philiies put multiple runners on base in the first, second and fourth innings last night, but were unable to score. After the fourth inning they had two hits, both singles that came in the eighth.

Four of the eight position players the Phils started last night ended the day hitting under .230 for the season (Revere, Brown, Kratz and Galvis). Those four players have combined to post an on-base percentage of .261 over 259 plate appearances in 2013.

The Phillies have been shut out in three of their last eight games. In ten of their last 12 games they have scored three runs or less. They’re hitting 182/239/280 against left-handed pitching with a .520 OPS, which is 30th of 30 MLB teams. Their hitters batting number one in the order have a .272 on-base percentage for the season, which is 27th of 30 MLB teams. They are 12th in the NL in on-base percentage and 14th in walks. Only two NL teams have struck out more.

The Phillies are 9-12 on the season after losing 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a homer. He struck out six.

Third straight good start for Hamels. Over those three starts he has thrown to a 2.57 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and struck out 19 in 21 innings. The Phillies have scored a total of four runs in those games and gone 0-3.

Starling Marte led off the top of the first with a softly hit single to left and stole second. Jose Tabata went down on a ground ball to short before Andrew McCutchen hit a ball to Young that was mishandled for an error. It left runners on first and second with one out for Gaby Sanchez. Hamels struck Sanchez out for the second out and got Russell Martin on a fly ball to center to leave the runners stranded.

McCutchen’s ball was chopped to third. Young tried to backhand it and didn’t field it cleanly. Nice job by Hamels to work around the misplay after it put runners on first and second with one down.

Neil Walker led off the second with a ball hit hard to short that Rollins didn’t handle for another Phillie error. Hamels got the next three to set the Pirates down, with the help of a fantastic play by Young for the first out. Brandon Inge ripped a ball down the third base line, but Young made a diving stop, got to his feet and made a very strong throw to first in time to retire Inge.

Just an outstanding play by Young helps Hamels keep the Pirates off the board after the Rollins error to start the frame. I don’t recall seeing him making a throw like that before. Inge is slow, of course, but it was still rather impressive.

Marte doubled to left to start the third. Tabata and McCutchen went down behind him before a walk to Sanchez put men on first and second. Martin grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

Neil Walker reached on an infield single to start the fourth. Inge was next and doubled off the base of the wall in right-center, scoring Walker to put the Pirates up 1-0. Clint Barmes was next and flew to center for the first out with Inge tagging and moving up to third. The pitcher Jeff Locke was next and grounded to short with Inge holding third and two down. Marte popped to Rollins to leave the runner stranded.

Walker’s ball to start the inning was chopped between third and short and not handled cleanly by Rollins. Rollins probably wouldn’t have been able to throw Walker out if he had handled it cleanly.

Sanchez doubled to left with two out in the fifth, but Hamels struck Martin out swinging to leave him there.

He struck out Walker, Inge and Barmes in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He set the Pirates down in order in the seventh. Lefty Travis Snider hit for the pitcher Locke and grounded to Hamels for the first out.

With one out in the eighth, Sanchez hit a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting the Pirates up 2-0. Martin followed with a single to left, but Hamels got the next two.

Aumont set the Pirates down in order in the ninth.

Aumont still hasn’t been charged with an earned run this season, but he has walked six in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances.

One scoreless inning for the pen. Aumont threw seven pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jeff Locke went (1) Rollins (2) Galvis (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Utley on the bench against the lefty with Galvis playing second. Young moves up to third in the order with Mayberry hitting fifth.

Young walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. Howard was next and doubled to left-center, moving Young up to third. Mayberry grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

The ball never got past the outfielders, so it was not a huge surprise that Young didn’t score as McCutchen got the ball in quickly. Nice hustle by Howard to get to second on the hit.

Howard doubles off of a lefty.

Revere reached on an error by Marte with one out in the second and Kratz walked behind him. Hamels bunted the runners up to second and third with the second out, but Rollins went down swinging to leave the runners stranded.

The Phils leave runners on second and third in each of the first two innings.

Young and Howard struck out in a 1-2-3 third.

Down 1-0, Mayberry led off the fourth with a triple to right. Brown was next and was hit by a pitch. The Pirates brought the infield in and Revere hit a ball to third with Mayberry thrown out at the plate. Kratz was next and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Lefty Tony Watson started the seventh for Pittsburgh and struck out Brown and Revere while setting the Phils down in order.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth. Nix hit for Hamels and singled to right. Rollins flew to right for the first out. Utley hit for Galvis and struck out swinging for the second. Young moved Nix up to second with a single to left, but Howard grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Righty Jason Grilli set Mayberry, Brown and Revere down in order in the ninth with the Pirates up 2-0.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. He’s on-basing .250 against lefties for the year after on-basing .281 against them in 2012 and .280 in 2011.

Galvis 0-for-3 to drop his average on the year to .226. He’s 0-for-his-last-11.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk and an error. Also made a fantastic defensive play in the second, which probably saved the Phillies a run. He has at least one hit in 14 straight games. 12-for-his-last-40 with 12 singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice. He’s 6-for-his-last-15. Doubled off of the lefty in the game, but he’s still hitting just 111/158/222 against lefties for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a triple. He’s 7-for-his-last-24 with four extra-base hits and ten strikeouts. His numbers are good so far against both righties and lefties — the Phillies should let him play a lot until they aren’t.

Brown 0-for-3 and struck out twice to drop his average to .206. He’s 2-for-his-last-21 with two singles.

Revere 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 5-for-his-last-33.

Kratz 0-for-2 with a walk. He didn’t walk at all in his first 57 plate appearances and has two walks in his last seven.

Halladay (2-2, 6.04) faces lefty Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) tonight. Halladay’s first two starts of the season were both terrible and his last two both good. Over his last two outings he’s thrown to a 1.80 ERA with an 0.67 ratio. Opponents have hit .143 against him and two of the three runs he’s allowed have come on solo homers. He walked six in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts and has walked three over 15 in his last two. Three walks in 15 innings is 1.8 per nine innings, which is similar to his career walk rate of about 1.9 per nine innings. Rodriguez has been battling a hamstring problem that caused him to miss a recent start, but has been outstanding when he has pitched. He’s allowed a run on five hits and a walk in his 16 innings for the season. Opponents are 5-for-52 with a double against him for the year (096/145/115).


New breed of Phillie starter apparently not yet up to speed on just how they do things around here these days

Jonathan Pettibone arrived on the Phillie scene last night and pitched well in his debut, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Phils topped the Pirates 3-2.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game. Rollins drove in two runs in the contest, getting one RBI on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth and singling home the run that put the Phils ahead to stay in the sixth.

They did get excellent work from their pen in the game. After Pettibone left in the sixth, Valdes, Bastardo, Adams and Papelbon combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Phillies are 9-11 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 last night. They have won two in a row and three of their last four.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

Starling Marte was the first batter Pettibone faced and Marte doubled to center on a 1-0 pitch and moved up to third when Travis Snider flew to center for the first out. Pettibone struck Andrew McCutchen out looking for the second out. Garrett Jones was next and lined a ball into right, but Mayberry made a fantastic diving play to take extra-bases away from him and end the frame.

Big strikeout of McCutchen helps Pettibone keep the Pirates off the board despite putting a runner on third with one out. Great catch by Mayberry.

Pettibone struck Neil Walker out looking for the first out in the second before Pedro Alvarez hit a 1-0 pitch out to right. Russell Martin was next and singled to left, but Brown threw him out going for two for the second out. Pettibone got Clint Barmes swinging to set the side down.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

It was 1-1 when he started the fourth. Walker doubled to left with two outs, but Pettibone struck Alvarez out swinging to leave Walker stranded.

Better outcome against Alvarez in the fourth than he had in the second.

The Phils led 2-1 when Martin started the fifth with a solo homer to left. 2-2. Barmes followed with a single into center and the pitcher AJ Burnett bunted him to second with the first out. Marte and Snider went down on a pair of ground balls to leave Barmes stranded.

Pettibone got McCutchen on a ground ball to third to start the sixth. Valdes came in to pitch to the lefty Jones and struck him out swinging for the second out, then struck Walker out to set down the side.

Valdes looks great, striking out both men he faces coming off of allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched the seventh with the Phils up 3-2. He allowed a leadoff single to Alvarez, but got Martin to hit into a double-play behind him before striking out Barmes to end the frame.

Bastardo keeps his ERA at 0.00 after eight appearances and 7 1/3 innings. He’s been charged with one unearned run while walking three and allowing two hits. He’s pitched two days in a row.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA to 2.00. He was pitching for the second straight day. Fourteen strikeouts in nine innings.

Papelbon started the ninth with a one-run lead. Jones doubled to right with one and Alex Presley ran for him at second. Papelbon got Walker on a nice running play by Brown in left center for the second out and struck Alvarez out looking to end the game.

Papelbon was also pitching for the second day in a row. He’s thrown seven scoreless innings in seven appearances since allowing two runs in an inning his first time out.

The pen goes 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and striking out five. Adams, Bastardo and Papelbon have both pitched two days in a row. Everyone who pitched last night threw 15 pitches or less.

The Phillie lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry continues to play against righties and again hits second.

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

Down 1-0, Howard started the second with a single and moved up to second when Young followed with a walk. Brown and Revere both flew to left and Revere flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Pettibone walked to start the third and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a walk. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the first out. With runners at the corners and Utley at the plate, a wild pitch from Burnett scored Pettibone (1-1) and moved Mayberry up to second. Utley and Howard both struck out to leave Mayberry stranded.

Walk by Pettibone to start the inning leads to a run for the Phils.

The Phils loaded the bases to start the fourth on singles by Young and Revere and a walk to Brown. Kratz struck out for the first out and Pettibone struck out behind him, bringing Rollins to the plate with two outs and the bases still full. Burnett hit him in the leg, forcing Young home to put the Phils up 2-1. Mayberry struck out to leave the bases loaded.

Just one run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. The run they do score comes on a hit-by-pitch. Kratz strikes out with nobody out and the bases full for the first out.

It was 2-2 when Utley started the fifth with a single. Howard grounded out for the first out and Young hit into a double-play behind Howard.

Again with Young and the GDP. He has grounded into five over his last 33 plate appearances. That rate would have him hitting into 91 over 600 PA.

Righty Jared Hughes walked Kratz with two outs in the sixth. Carrera hit for the pitcher Valdes and dribbled a ball towards second, sliding into first head first just ahead of the throw to keep the inning alive. Rollins was next and singled into right, scoring Kratz from second to put the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry struck out to leave the runners at second and third.

First walk of the year for Kratz and the Phillies make the most of it. Super hustle by Carrera to beat out the throw and keep the inning alive.

Utley singled off of righty Vin Mazzaro to start the seventh. Howard grounded into a double-play behind him and Young grounded out to second on a nice play by Walker to end the inning.

Mazzaro got Brown, Revere and Kratz in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-3 in with two RBI and drove in the game-winner in the sixth. 5-for-his-last-8. He’s on-basing .317 for the season after on-basing .316 in 699 plate appearances in 2012.

Mayberry was 0-for-4, struck out three times and left seven men on base. Made a great catch to end the top of the first.

Utley 2-for-4.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 357/419/482 against righties for the year.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average to .217. 1-for-his-last-7 with five walks.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .215.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-his-last-14 with a walk and a home run.

Utley, Mayberry and Young are the three Phillies with more than ten plate appearances who are on-basing better than .323 for the season.

Hamels (0-2, 6.46) faces lefty Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17) tonight. Hamels threw to a 10.77 ERA in his first start, but was a lot better over his last two, allowing four runs over 13 innings (2.77 ERA with a 1.00 ratio). The 25-year-old Locke has a 5.67 career ERA over 15 appearances, 13 of which have been starts. Lefties have hit .389 against him in his three starts this season. Overall he’s walked nine of the 71 batters he faced, which is both too many and about 12.7%.


Splittsville

The Phillies rallied late to beat the Cardinals and earn a series split last night, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull away. Kratz was a big part of both rallies, starting the seventh with a single and coming around to score before smashing a three-run homer in the eighth.

Kendrick gave the Phillies his third strong start in a row, allowing two runs over six innings. He’s allowed four runs in 19 innings over his last three starts.

The Phillies have played 19 games on the season. In the rotation, Lee and Kendrick have been very good, combining to throw to a 3.04 ERA in their eight starts. Hamels, Halladay and Lannan have made the other 11 starts and all three members of that trio have an ERA over six for the year. In 11 starts they have combined to post a 6.23 ERA.

The Phillies are 8-11 on the year after beating the St Louis Cardinals 7-3 last night. The teams split the four-game set.

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

Kendrick allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s thrown to a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts.

He struck Jon Jay out looking for the first out of the game in the top of the first, but Matt Carpenter was next and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch from Kendrick out to left-center. 1-0. Carlos Beltran followed with a single into center, but Allan Criag went down swinging for the second out and Yadier Molina popped out to Young in foul territory for the third.

Lefties hammer Kendrick and the lefty Carpenter gets him early in the game.

Kendrick walked Matt Adams to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. David Freese was next and moved Adams up to second with a single before Pete Kozma flew to left for the first out. The pitcher Jake Westbrook bunted the runners up to second and third. Kendrick got Jay on a ground ball to Howard at first to set the Cardinals down.

He struck out Carpenter in a 1-2-3 third.

Molina and Adams singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting runners on first and second for Freese. Freese struck out looking, Kozma flew to left and Westbrook went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave the runners stranded.

The Adams single dropped in front of Brown and looked like it should have been catchable. The crowd voice some displeasure.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth.

Craig singled to center to start the sixth. Kendrick struck Molina out for the first out before Jay moved Craig up to third with a double. Freese was next and grounded to third with Craig scoring to tie the game at 2-2. Kozma was next and singled to right with Craig going to third. Kozma took second as the throw came in, but Westbrook went down to leave both runners stranded.

Bastardo started the seventh. Jay led off and hit a ball to Utley, but wound up safe at second on Utley’s throwing error. Carpenter bunted Jay up to third with the first out and Beltran walked behind him. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled to left, scoring Jay to put the Cards up 3-2 and moving Beltan up to second. Durbin walked Molina to load the bases with one out, but struck Adams out swinging for the second out and got Freese to line to Howard to set the Cards down.

Second big mistake for Utley in the game — a throwing error in the seventh after he was doubled off of second to end the first. Durbin allows the first two men he faces to reach base, but holds St Louis to a single run with the help of a big strikeout of Adams for the second out.

Bastardo faces three batters in the game. He walks one, gets one out on a bunt and the other reaches on Utley’s error. The unearned run he allowed in the game is the only run he’s been charged with in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances for the season.

Durbin faced four hitters in the game, allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced before retiring the next two.

Durbin dropped his ERA to 4.50 on the year with the outing. His first two appearances of the year were both bad, but since then he has thrown five scoreless innings in four appearances.

The game was tied at 3-3 when Adams set the Cardinals down in order in the eighth. Righty Shane Robinson hit for the pitcher Randy Choate and struck out for the second out.

Nice outing for Adams, who had allowed a run on four hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings in his last two times out.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 7-3. He allowed a one-out single to Beltran, but got Craig on a ground ball and struck out Molina to end the game.

Non save situation for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance on the year, but he’s been great since, allowing two hits and a walk over six shutout innings.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks and striking out three. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Durbin threw 22 pitches in the game, Bastardo 13, Papelbon 12 and Adams nine.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jake Westbrook went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry hits second for the first time this year. He started nine games hitting in the two-hole in 2012.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left-center. Mayberry followed with a walk, which put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into right, scoring Rollins to tie the game at 1-1 and moving Mayberry up to third. Howard followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-1. Utley moved up to second. It brought Young to the plate and Young flew to shallow left. Utley must have lost track of the outs, cause he was way off of second and doubled-off easily to set the Phillies down.

Great to see Mayberry drawing a walk, especially against the righty. Just terrible base-running by Utley.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Mayberry singled with two outs in the third. He stole second before Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Howard singled to start the fourth, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown drew a walk before Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Young has grounded into four double-plays over his last eight games. Four GDP in his last 29 PA would have him grounding into about 83 over 600 plate appearances. That might not even happen.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth, but Mayberry struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Utley started the sixth with a double. Howard moved Utley up to third with a ground out and walks to Young and Brown loaded the bases for Revere. Revere grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double or after putting a runner on third with one out.

They were down 3-2 when they hit in the seventh. Kratz led off with a single to center. With the righty Westbrook still on the mound, Nix hit for Durbin and righty Fernando Salas came in to face him. Nix doubled to center, scoring Kratz to tie the game at 3-3. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out before Mayberry moved Nix up to third with a ground out. Lefty Randy Choate came in to pitch to Utley and Utley flew to left to leave Nix at third.

First of two big hits that Kratz would have late in the game. This one helps him score on Nix’s double to tie the game.

Righty Mitchell Boggs got Howard to start the eighth before Young reached on an infield single deflected by the pitcher. Brown was next and moved Young up to third with a single into center. Revere singled into center, scoring Young to put the Phils up 4-3 with men on first and second with one out for Kratz. Kratz hit the first pitch he saw from Boggs out to left, putting the Phils up 7-3. Frandsen hit for Adams and the lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch to him. Frandsen reached on an infield single and moved up to second when Rollins singled to left. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Utley grounded to Carpenter to end the inning.

Six hits in the innings for the Phils. Five singles and the big home run for Kratz.

Rollins 3-for-5 with a triple in the game. 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple in the four-game set. 257/295/419 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a walk and struck out twice. 5-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 316/409/553 for the year. 323/417/581 against right-handed pitching.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Big base-running mistake early and a throwing error late. 5-for-15 with two walks and a double in the set. 294/347/529 on the season.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-7 with an RBI in the series. 277/300/385 for the year.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-14 with a walk in the series. 333/389/439 on the season. 10-for-his-last-35 with ten singles.

Brown 1-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 in the series with four walks. 228/313/351 on the season.

Revere 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple in the series, which is his only extra-base hit of the year. 213/253/240 for the year.

Kratz 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. 5-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 214/211/357 on the season. No walks in 57 plate appearances.

Righty Jonathan Pettibone makes his debut tonight against righty AJ Burnett (1-2, 2.63) as the Phils face the Pirates. Pettibone has made two starts at Triple-A in 2013 and both of them were bad. Opponents have hit .385 against him and he’s pitched to a 9.64 ERA. All four of Burnett’s starts have been pretty good — he’s struck out 35 in 24 innings in his four starts.


Not in the cards

The Phillies lost again last night, falling 4-3 to the Cardinals as they dropped their fourth straight.

The Phils got a solid start from Cole Hamels and twice tied the game late, once at 2-2 in sixth and again at 3-3 in the seventh. Carlos Beltran homered off of Mike Adams in the eighth to put the Cards ahead again. The Phils failed to score in the ninth after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

The Phillies have not scored more than three runs in a game in any of their last seven games, averaging 1.86 runs per game over those seven. They haven’t drawn a walk in the last four games.

Charlie Manuel started a switch-hitting backup infielder in left and a righty in right last night, leaving two left-handed outfielders on the bench against a right-handed starter for St Louis. He used one of the lefties on the bench to pinch-hit for the right-handed starting outfielder against a right-handed pitcher with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the Phillies down a run. I’m having some trouble making sense of those decisions.

The Phillies are 6-10 on the year after losing 4-3 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They have lost four in a row and five of six.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out eight.

Hamels has been solid in his last two starts after allowing 13 runs in 10 2/3 innings over his first two starts to begin the season.

Carlos Beltran singled with one out in the top of the first, but was thrown out trying to steal as Matt Holliday struck out to set St Louis down.

Yadier Molina singled to right with one out in the second and moved up to second when David Freese followed with a walk. Hamels struck Jon Jay out looking before Molina and Freese pulled off a double-steal. Pete Kozma grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Holliday to start the fourth. Alan Craig was next and lined a ball to right. Mayberry slipped and it went for a double, which moved Holliday up to third. Molina followed and lined a ball into the right-field corner for another double, clearing the bases and putting St Louis up 2-0. Hamels struck out Freese and Jay behind Molina and got Kozma on a ground ball to Utley to leave Molina stranded.

Hamels set the Cardinals down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

It was 2-2 when Freese doubled to right to start the seventh. Jay bunted him up to third with the first out. Kozma was next and flew to right. Freese tagged and scored to put St Louis up 3-2. Hamels struck the pitcher Adam Wainwright out to end the frame.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 3-3. He struck Matt Carpenter out for the first out, but Beltran was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, putting the Cards up again at 4-3. Adams got Holliday on a ground out to short before Craig walked and moved up to second on a Molina single. Hamels got Freese swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Adams faced six batters in the game, allowing a single, a walk and a home run while getting three outs. He’s allowed four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings over his last two times out.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Papelbon has throw five scoreless innings over his last five appearances, allowing one hit and one walk.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Adams threw 22 pitches and Papelbon 11.

The Phillie lineup against righty Adam Wainwright went (1) Rollins (2) Galvis (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Brown on the bench after hurting his back the previous day. Revere drops to seventh in the order with Rollins leading off. Galvis starts in left, making his first career appearance there, with Nix and Carrera on the bench. Mayberry in right against the righty. Freddy Galvis is a pretty atrocious guy to start in left. The lefties Nix and Carrera watch against a righty while the switch-hitting non-outfielder Galvis starts in left? Huh? That’s terrible. Freddy Galvis has 2,179 plate appearances in the minors and 223 career plate appearances in the majors. They’ve demonstrated he’s a really, really poor offensive player. He really shouldn’t be starting in left field for you. If you have two left-handed outfielders on your team that you don’t prefer to start in the outfield over a light-hitting utility infielder, you might want to consider replacing them.

Galvis singled to right with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

Howard singled to start the second, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Down 2-0, Utley singled with one out in the fourth and moved up to second on a single by Howard. Young grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Second GDP for Young in two games and third in the last five.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

They got back-to-back doubles from Rollins and Galvis with one out in the sixth, cutting the lead to 2-1. Utley followed Galvis’s double with a single into center that scored Galvis and tied the game at 2-2. Howard and Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies trailed 3-2 when Mayberry led off the seventh and dribbled an infield single to third. Revere bunted Mayberry to second and Mayberry took third on a wild pitch. Kratz singled into left and Mayberry scored, tying the game at 3-3. With the righty Wainwright still pitching, Brown hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins flew to right to leave Kratz stranded.

Big hit for Kratz, who has just had a miserable start to the season. He didn’t have an RBI in his last 25 at-bats coming into the game. Second hit of the game for Galvis drives in Rollins.

The Phils trailed 4-3 when righty Trevor Rosenthal started the bottom of the eighth for the Cards. Howard and Young singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second with one down for Mayberry. Carrera ran for Howard at second and righty Edward Mujica came in to pitch for St Louis. Nix hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Huh? No, really. You want Nix hitting against a righty with the game on the line but Mayberry (and Galvis) starting against a righty? You want it enough to take Mayberry out of the game and put Carrera in it (Carrera took over in right in the ninth). I don’t get it.

Revere singled into center off of Mujica to start the ninth with the Phils still down a run. Kratz was next and moved Revere up to third with a soft single into right. Frandsen hit for Papelbon and grounded to short. It probably would have been a double-play ball, but Kozma didn’t handle it cleanly and then went to first to get one out. Revere was not going on contact and held third. It brought Rollins to the plate with one out and runners on second and third. Mujica struck him out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Lee ran for Kratz at second and Galvis grounded to second to end the game.

Second big hit for Kratz in the last three innings, but the Phillies don’t score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Huge strikeout for Rollins with one out and runners on second and third. Revere doesn’t score from third on the ground ball to short with nobody out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with an enormous strikeout in the ninth inning. He’s 2-for-his-last-23.

Galvis was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He’s 7-for-his-last-17 with two walks, a double and a home run. He’s a bad, bad, bad hitter, though. If you let him hit long enough, he’ll put up bad, bad, bad numbers.

Utley 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Howard 3-for-4. He’s 12-for-his-last-31 (.387).

Young was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 7-for-his-last-24 with seven singles.

Mayberry 1-for-3. He has an impressive 286/394/536 line for the season.

Revere 1-for-3 with a big single to start the ninth. He’s on-basing .246 for the year without an extra-base hit. Still leads the team in plate appearances.

Kratz 2-for-4 with two big hits and an RBI. That’s the first multi-hit game of the season for Kratz.

Halladay (1-2, 7.63) faces lefty Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86) tonight. Halladay was terrible in his first two starts of the year before holding the Marlins to a run over eight innings in his most recent start. Garcia has been pretty good in all three of his starts this season. He’s walked nine in 19 1/3 innings, but opponents are hitting just .208 against him.

John Lannan is on the DL and could miss 6-8 weeks. Joe Savery has been called up.


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