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.