Cliff Lee gave the Phillies his third strong start in three tries last night, but again the Phillies struggled to score in a 4-2 loss to the Reds. The only runs the Phils plated in the game came on a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Utley in the top of the eighth.
Over the last three games, the Phillies have scored five runs. Three of the runs have come on pinch-hit home runs. They haven’t scored a run before the sixth inning in any of their last four games.
Ben Revere was spectacular defensively in the game in center, making a very good catch for the first out of the third and starting a double play in the second inning with an outstanding diving play on the warning track. He’s been a whole less successful offensively at the top of the lineup, though. After an 0-for-4 last night he’s hitting .222 for the year with a .276 on-basing percentage and no extra-base hits.
Rollins has gone cold after a strong start. Howard and Brown aren’t providing the offense the middle of the order needs despite the hot-hitting of Young from the five-hole. Erik Kratz has had a miserable start to the year both offensively and defensively — he’s on-basing .167 for the season.
The Phillies are 6-7 on the year after losing 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Phils have won four of their last six and lost two of their last three.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.
He’s made three starts on the and all three have been very good. 1.52 ERA and a silly 0.68 ratio. In 23 2/3 innings he’s struck out 18 and walked one. In two of his three starts the Phillies have scored two runs in the game.
He gave up a two-out single to Joey Votto in the bottom of the first. Brandon Phillips was next and grounded to third to end the inning.
Jay Bruce led off the second with a single. Todd Frazier was next, but Revere made a great diving catch to take a hit away from him. Revere threw to first to double Bruce off. Chris Heisey popped to Galvis to end the inning.
Amazing catch for Revere. The ball was lined to center and he looked like he initially took the wrong angle, but recovered and made a fantastic catch diving towards the wall on the warning track. He immediately got to his feet to double off Bruce.
Shin-Soo Choo singled to center with two outs in the third. Zach Cozart flew to center for the third out.
Revere made another very good play to record the first out of the third. Choo hit the ball very well to right center, but Revere caught it running into the wall to record the out.
Lee set the Reds down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Votto led off the seventh and singled to right. Phillips was next and moved Votto up to third with a double to left. It brought Bruce to the plate with nobody out and men on second and third. Lee uncorked a wild pitch through the legs of Kratz and everyone moved up a base with Votto scoring (1-0) before Bruce drew a walk. With men on first and third and one down, Frazier flew to right for the first out. Phillips tagged and scored from third to make it 2-0. Chris Heisey was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate. Lee fielded and threw to second, but his throw was bad an unhandled there for an error. Ryan Hannigan grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
The wild pitch that scored Votto costs the Phils a run. The ball just went under Kratz, which was unfortunate.
It was 2-2 when Horst started the eighth. Switch-hitter Derrick Robinson hit for the pitcher Arroyo and reached on a softly hit infield single. Choo bunted Robinson up to second with the first out, bringing Cozart to the plate with a man on second. Cozart blooped a ball into shallow right-center that alluded a sliding Nix for a double, sending Robinson to third. Horst walked the lefty Votto intentionally, loading the bases and setting up the double-play. Adams came in to pitch to the righty Phillips and Phillips hit a ball past a diving Galvis at second and in to right field. Robinson and Cozart both scored and it was 4-2 with men on first and second with one down for Bruce. Bruce singled into right and everyone moved up a base. Adams struck Frazier out looking for the second out and got Heisey to pop to Galvis to end the inning.
Horst faced four batters in the game, allowing a single, a bloop double and intentionally walking another hitter. He got one out, which came on a bunt. His ERA is at 9.53 after being charged with two runs in a third of an inning on two hits and a walk.
He was pitching on six days rest and threw nine pitches in the game. For the season he’s now allowed nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Neither of the hits he allowed last night were exactly blasted. Robinson’s single was chopped down the third base line and Cozart’s double was blooped to right-center and could have been caught.
Adams faced four hitters in the game, allowing two singles and getting the other two out. He actually drops his ERA to 1.50 with both runs charged to Horst. He’s now struck out ten in six innings over seven appearances. He was pitching on one day’s rest and threw 15 pitches in the game.
Overall the pen goes one inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Horst and Adams should both be available tonight.
Last night was the first time that the bullpen had been charged with more than one run in a game since the fourth game of the season.
The Phillie lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Revere (2) Galvis (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Kratz. Galvis starts for the third straight day at another position, playing second with Utley on the bench. Revere continues to lead off for the Phils despite a 240/296/240 line for the year coming into the game (12-for-50 with 12 singles and four walks).
Galvis singled with one out in the top of the first. He moved up to second on a ground out by Rollins, but Howard flew to center for the third out.
The Phillies went in order in the second, third and fourth.
Young singled into center to start the fifth. Brown was next and grounded to third with Young forced at second for the second out. Nix singled into left, moving Brown up to second, but Kratz hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.
The Phils went in order in the sixth. Revere tried to bunt for a hit, but was retired for the second out.
Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.
They trailed 2-0 when they hit in the eighth. Brown led off and singled into center. Nix was next and hit a ball softly that Arroyo handled for the first out as Brown moved up to second. Kratz flew to center for the second out and Utley hit for Lee. Utley lined a 2-1 pitch out to center, tying the game at 2-2. Revere grounded to second to set the Phillies down.
Third home run of the year for Utley. He’s slugging .722 against right-handed pitching. Second time in two games the Phils got a big pinch-hit home run late in the game.
Aroldis Chapman started the ninth for the Reds with the Phillies trailing 4-2. He struck out Rollins and Howard while setting the Phililes down in order.
Revere was 0-for-4 with two very good defensive plays, one of which was amazing and got the Phils two outs. He’s 5-for-his-last-27 (.185) and hitting .222 for the year without an extra-base hit. He can’t lead off for much longer.
Galvis 1-for-4. He’s started three days in a row, going 4-for-10 with two walks.
Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.
Howard 0-for-4 and struck out against a lefty to end the game. 1-for-15 against lefties on the year with eight strikeouts.
Young 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 438/471/656 over his last 34 plate appearances.
Brown 1-for-3 with a single to up his average to .250. He’s hitting .250 against lefties and .250 against righties. Second on the team in RBI behind Utley with six. Six RBI in 13 games put him on pace to drive in 75 over 162 games.
Nix 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-7 with a home run.
Kratz 0-for-3. Wild pitch in the seventh charged to Lee that looked like it could have been handled. He’s 0-for-his-last-8.
Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40) faces righty Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73) tonight in good-day-to-be-a-left-handed-hitter-night in Cincinnati. Kendrick has been a little better than his numbers over his first two starts. He was good his last time out, holding the Mets to two runs over six innings. In his first start he was charged with five runs over 5 2/3 innings, but three of the runs scored after he left with two outs and the bases loaded. Lefites are hitting 480/519/720 (12-for-25 with four extra-base hits) against him for the year and 295/364/491 against him for his career. Bailey threw six shutout innings against the Nats in his first start of the year, but was pounded by the Cards in his other start as he allowed seven runs over five innings. Lefties have hit him pretty hard this year as well — 333/417/762 (7-for-21 with three homers).