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The Phillies started yesterday with a chance to end the night over .500 for the year. They ended it at 6-9 for the season, quickly falling in the conclusion of Wednesday night’s suspended game before getting blown out 11-2 in the scheduled game.

Aumont start the bottom of the ninth in the suspended game with the score tied at 0-0, nobody out and Zack Cozart at the plate. Cozart singled to left and moved up to second when Aumont walked Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips was next and lined a ball into left-center, which went off of Revere’s glove for an error that loaded the bases. Jay Bruce singled to right, scoring Cozart to get the Reds a 1-0 win.

Aumont faced four batters and all four reached base. He faced lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and both reached base. Horst and Valdes were presumably available to pitch, although anyone who saw game two probably isn’t really sorry they didn’t bring in Valdes.

The Phillies got bombed 11-2 in the scheduled game. John Lannan got hit hard and left with an injury after just 1 2/3 innings. Valdes got hit hard after Lannan left. The Phils got all their offense in the game on a two-run homer by Galvis in the eighth when they were trailing by 11 runs.

Two injuries for the Phils in the game — Lannan left his ugly start early with a knee injury and Domonic Brown hurt his back diving for a ball. He should never, ever dive for any reason. He should only swim in pools that have had the diving board removed. Just one man’s opinion. Lannan and Brown will both be examined by a team doctor today.

The Phillies scored two runs in the game and four runs in the three-game set. They have scored a total of ten runs in their last six games. Over their last six games they have not scored a run before the sixth inning in any game.

The Phillies are 6-9 on the season after losing 11-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Reds sweep the three-game series.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles, a triple and a home run. He didn’t strike out anyone.

Cozart doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and scored on a single by Phillips. 1-0.

Todd Frazier homered to start the second. 2-0. Devin Mesoraco doubled with one out and scored when pitcher Mike Leake tripled to the wall in center. 3-0. Leake scored on a single by Derrick Robinson. 4-0. With two outs and the bases empty, the Reds loaded the bases on a single by Cozart, a Votto hit by pitch and a walk to Phillips. It brought Bruce to the plate and Bruce delivered a two-run single to right. 6-0. Valdes came in to pitch to the righty Frazier and got him swinging to leave the runners on first and third.

Chris Heisey and Mesoraco doubled off of Valdes back-to-back to stat the third. 7-0. Leake moved Mesoraco to third with an infield single before Valdes walked Robinson to load the bases. Valdes got Cozart to pop to Utley in foul territory for the first out and struck Votto out swinging for the second, but Phillips was next and singled softly to right. Mesoraco and Leake both scored (9-0), but Mayberry threw Phillips out trying to move up to second to end the inning.

Valdes came back and set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

He pitched the fifth, too. Leake reached again on an infield single with one down. Valdes struck Robinson out swinging for the second, but Cozart was next and hit a two-run homer to left. 11-0. Votto struck out swinging to set the Reds down.

Fourth appearance of the year for Valdes. He went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. 11.00 ERA and a 1.67 ratio for the season over nine innings. Opponents have hit .375 against him. The Phillies have asked him to pitch more than an inning in each of his four appearances, which sure seems like a bad idea to me.

Durbin pitched the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Bruce, but got Frazier to ground into a double-play behind him.

Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

The silver linings in the game for the Phillies are slim, but I’d go with Galvis’s home run and two scoreless innings for Durbin. After giving up runs in each of his first two outings of the year, Durbin has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances.

Horst pitched the eighth with the Cincy lead cut to 11-2. He walked the leadoff man Robinson, but got the next three Reds in order.

Horst dropped his ERA to 8.10 with the scoreless inning. He’s walked three in 6 2/3 innings for the season. Lefties are curiously 5-for-11 with two walks, a double and a triple (455/538/727) against him in the early going.

Overall the pen went 6 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. Durbin and Horst combined to go three scoreless innings while Valdes allowed five runs over 3 1/3.

Durbin threw 20 pitches in the game and Horst 13. Valdes is clearly unavailable tonight after throwing 59 pitches in relief of Lannan.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry starts in right against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Rollins singled with one out in the top of the first, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Down 6-0, Valdes doubled to center with one out in the third. Revere and Rollins went down to leave him stranded.

First plate appearance for Valdes since 2010. He’s 5-for-11 in his career with two doubles.

Down 9-0, Howard and Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ezequiel Carrera was hit by a pitch to start the fifth. Mayberry flew to left for the first out and Kratz grounded into a double-play behind Mayberry.

Down 11-0, the Phillies went in order in the sixth. Galvis hit for Valdes and grounded out for the first out of the inning.

Young singled with two outs in the seventh. Carrera struck out behind him.

Mayberry doubled off of righty Justin Freeman to start the eighth. Kratz flew to right for the first out, but Galvis was next and he hit the first pitch he saw from Freeman just out to right, getting the Phils on the board at 11-2. Revere and Nix went down behind Galvis.

Galvis is now 5-for-15 with two walks and a home run on the year. Four home runs in 218 plate appearances for his career.

Righty Logan Ondrusek pitched the ninth for the Reds. Howard singled with one out, but Young hit into a double-play behind him.

Revere was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game and 0-for-12 in the series. 194/242/194 for the season. He leads the team in plate appearances with 67. Raul Valdes has more extra-base hits than Revere for the season.

Rollins 1-for-3 last night and 1-for-10 in the series. Top two in the order for the Phils go 1-for-22 without a walk. Rollins is hitting 232/283/375 for the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-18.

Utley 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 with a home run in the set. 283/328/566 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-20.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-11 with three strikeouts in the series. 241/274/362. 1-for-15 against lefties on the season.

Young was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with four strikeouts in the series. 346/404/481 for the year. Still hitting 390/444/561 against righties for the season.

Brown 0-for-1 with a strikeout yesterday. 1-for-7 in the series. 231/273/365 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double. 1-for-4 with a double in the series. 280/400/560 for the year. Leads the team in OPS for players with 20 or more PA.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and hit into a double-play. 0-for-7 in the series. 156/152/267 for the year. 0-for-his-last-12.

Hamels (0-2, 7.56) faces St Louis righty Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05) tonight in Philadelphia. Hamels has made one good start in three tries this season. It came his last time out against the Marlins as he allowed a run over six innings. For the year he has walked eight in 16 2/3 innings and allowed four home runs. Wainwright has allowed two runs in 16 innings over his last two starts.


Mother Nature apparently can’t bear to watch the Phillies hit either

Kyle Kendrick pitched very well last night, but the Phillies are still struggling terribly to score runs. It hasn’t cost them last night’s game yet — the game was tied at 0-0 when it was suspended in the ninth inning due to heavy rain. It is scheduled to be completed late this afternoon before the teams play game three of the set tonight.

The Phillies have two hits in the game, singles by Young and Utley, and no walks. They have struck out 12 times.

Over their last five games, the Phillies have scored zero runs before the start of the sixth and two runs before the start of the seventh.

Kendrick has been the bright spot of the game for the Phillies so far. His start was outstanding as he allowed a pair or singles and two walks over seven shutout innings. He’s allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two times out.

The Phillies are still 6-7 on the year. Last night they played eight and a half innings against the Reds. The game is tied at 0-0 and will resume tonight at 5:30.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Both of the hits were singles and he struck out four.

Zack Cozart singled to left with one out in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Joey Votto on a ground ball to Utley for the second out with Cozart moving up to second. Brandon Phillips walked to put men on first and second, but Kendrick struck Jay Bruce out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Kendrick struggles terribly against lefties, but not so much last night. He handled the lefty Votto for the second out in the first and then struck the lefty Bruce out to leave two men stranded. Neither of those guys (or their fellow lefty Shin-Soo Choo) got a hit off of him in the game — he gave up two singles, both to righties.

He set the Reds down in order in the second.

Choo walked with one out in the third. Cozart was next and grounded out to third with Choo moving up to second with two down. Votto was next and lined a ball into right, but Nix made an outstanding diving catch to end the inning.

Fantastic Nix who caught the ball in an all out dive moving forward to take a hit away from Votto. Choo likely would have scored started from second with two outs.

Kendrick set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

Ryan Hanigan singled to left with one out in the fifth. Pitcher Homer Bailey bunted Hanigan up to second with the second out, but Kendrick got Choo on a ground ball to Utley to end the inning.

Again Kendrick comes up big against the lefty to end the inning with runners in scoring position.

Kendrick struck out Votto and Brandon Phillips in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He got Bruce, Todd Frazier and Xavier Avery in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Righty Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Homer Bailey and flew to left for the first out.

Bastardo has now allowed one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings in six appearances for the year.

Aumont started the ninth and was ahead of Zack Cozart 1-2 when the game was suspended.

The Phillie lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Quintero. Nix plays right against the righty with the righty Mayberry on the bench. Quintero catches with the slumping Kratz sitting. Revere continues to lead off despite a .276 on-base percentage for the season coming into the game.

The Phils went in order in the top of the first.

Young singled with one out in the second, but Brown grounded out to second for the second out with Young moving up to second and Nix popped to third to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley singled with one out in the fourth, but was caught stealing before Howard struck out to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies have stolen 11 base this year and been caught four times. 73.3% safe. Revere safe in five of seven attempts (about 71.4%). Mayberry has no stolen bases and was caught stealing once.

Brown and Nix struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Kendrick struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.

Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.

Bailey struck out Young and Nix in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth and set the Phils down in order. Kratz hit for Quintero and struck out swinging. Mayberry hit for Bastardo and ripped a ball towards third, but Frazier made a nice play to take a hit away from him. Revere struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

The game will resume tonight at 5:30.

Lannan (0-2, 2.77) faces righty Mike Leake (0-0, 6.75) tonight in the final game of the series, which starts at 7:10. Lannan has two good starts in two tries for the Phils. Opponents are hitting .178 against him with one walk in 13 innings. Leake has also made two starts and neither of them has been good. Opponents are hitting .327 against him and he’s walked six in 12 innings.


Stubborn refusal to start pinch-hitting for people in the third costs the Phils dearly

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).


Nix sticks it to the Marlins

The Philies got a fantastic start from Roy Halladay and a ninth inning home run from Laynce Nix yesterday as they topped the Marlins 2-1.

With the win the Phils take the series two games to one. Each of the three games were tied at 1-1 after eight innings. The Phils won the opener with the help of a two-run tenth inning that featured an RBI-triple from Utley. They lost the middle game after Phillippe Aumont walked the leadoff hitter for the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game. Yesterday they won behind Halladay’s excellent start and the late pinch-hit blast from Nix.

After two atrocious starts to begin the season, Halladay allowed a run over eight innings yesterday. He came into the game having thrown to a 5.83 ERA over his last 22 starts. He faced a Miami lineup that featured Placido Polanco hitting third and Greg Dobbs batting cleanup.

The Phillies have offensive problems of their own as they take the series despite scoring just six runs in three games. They have been notably miserable against left-handed pitching, posting a 141/193/205 against lefties for the season. Howard and Utley have led the way in that department by going a combined 2-for-26. Revere has contributed an 0-for-8 against lefties to start the year. Rollins and Young are a combined 4-for-22 (both 2-for-11).

The Phillies are 6-6 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 2-1 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and have won four of their last five.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and one walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out two. The win was the 200th for his career.

That’s probably the best start for Halladay since August 10, 2012, when he held the Cardinals to a run on two hits over eight innings. 7.63 ERA and a 1.57 ratio for the year.

Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the bottom of the first.

Greg Dobbs doubled to right to start the second. Justin Ruggiano bunted him to third with the first out, but Halladay got Rob Brantly to pop to Galvis at short for the second out and Chris Valaika on a fly ball to center to leave Dobbs at third.

No run for Miami after putting a runner on third with one out.

Adeiny Hechavarria started the third with a single to right and the pitcher Kevin Slowey bunted him to second with the first out. Juan Pierre went down on a foul ball handled by Quintero for the second out. Chris Coghlan hit a ball in the hole between first and second, but Utley made a nice sliding play to field the ball and throw to first in time to end the inning.

One of two nice defensive plays by Utley in the game. He made a similar play to end the eighth.

Placido Polanco started the fourth with a single, but Halladay got the next three Fish in order to keep them off the board.

He set the bottom of the order down 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Up 1-0, he set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

Ruggiano singled with one out in the seventh and Brantly walked behind him. Valaika was next and singled to left with Ruggiano scoring just ahead of the throw from Brown to tie the game at 1-1 with men on first and second for Hechavarria. Hechavarria flew to center and Revere doubled Brantly off of second to end the inning.

Brantly’s walk was the only one issued by Halladay in the game.

Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the eighth. Utley made a nice sliding play on a ball hit by Coghlan for the third out.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-1 lead. Polanco led off and Papelbon walked him on four pitches. Dobbs lined to center on a nice running catch by Revere for the first out. Ruggiano flew to right for the second. Righty Donovan Solano hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and fouled out to Kratz to end the game.

Nice running catch by Revere after the leadoff walk to Polanco changes the inning.

Fifth appearance of the year for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first outing of the season. Since then he’s allowed one hit and one walk over four scoreless innings in four appearances. He threw 22 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Slowey went (1) Revere (2) Galvis (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Quintero. Galvis starts at short with Rollins on the bench. Quintero again catches Halladay, but this time it’s a day game after a night game. Galvis can’t hit second. Revere and Galvis at the top of the order isn’t the way to go.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the top of the first and moved up to third on a two-out single by Howard. Young flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry singled with one out in the second, but was caught stealing as Quintero struck out to set the Phillies down.

Revere and Galvis singled back-to-back with one out in the third. It put runners on the corners for Utley, but Utley grounded into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Quintero doubled to center with one out in the fifth. Halladay struck out behind him for the second out before Revere reached on an infield single that moved Quintero up to third. Revere stole second before Galvis walked, loading the bases for Utley. Utley grounded to second to leave them loaded.

Utley grounds into a double-play with runners on the corners to end the third, then grounds out to second with the bases loaded to end the fifth.

Howard doubled to left to start the sixth. Young was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off the glove of Hechavarria and into center for a single. Howard scored and the Phils led 1-0 with Young taking second as the throw came home. Brown lined softly to second for the first out before Mayberry walked. Righty Chad Qualls came in to pitch to Quintero and Quintero grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Halladay, Revere and Galvis went in order in the seventh.

It was 1-1 when Utley and Howard singled back-to-back to start the eighth. It put runners on first and second with nobody out for Young and Young grounded into a double-play that left Utley at third with two down. The righty Qualls walked Brown intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Mayberry. Rollins hit for Mayberry and righty Jon Rauch came in to pitch to him. Rollins flew to left to set the Phillies down.

Kratz hit for Quintero to start the ninth and Rauch got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Nix hit for Halladay and blasted a 1-1 pitch way out to right, putting the Phils up 2-1. Revere grounded to short for the second out. Galvis was next and Rauch threw a 1-2 pitch at his head. Galvis managed to get out of the way, but the ball hit him in his right hand up near his head. Galvis stayed in the game and Utley fouled out to third to set the Phillies down.

Rollins was already out of the game, having pinch-hit for Mayberry in the eighth, so it would have been a big problem if Galvis had been unable to play defense in the bottom of the ninth.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and a steal in the series. 240/296/240 on the season. The Phillies’s team OPS of .536 out of the #1 spot in the order is 28th of the 30 MLB teams.

Galvis 2-for-3 with a walk in the game and 3-for-6 with two walks in the series. He started at third in game two of the series and at short in game three. 3-for-9 with two walks so far. Rollins was 0-for-1 yesterday and 0-for-8 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 261/320/435 for the season.

Utley 1-for-5 yesterday and left seven men on base. Made two nice defensive plays at second to end the inning, once in the third and again in the eighth. 2-for-14 with a triple and an RBI in the series — the triple in the top of the tenth in game one put the Phils on top to stay. 277/327/532 for the year. 1-for-12 against lefties.

Howard 3-for-4 with a double. 6-for-12 with a walk and four doubles in the set. 277/314/426 for the season. 1-for-14 against lefties.

Young 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-10 with two RBI in the series. He didn’t start on game two due to illness. 419/486/645 against right-handed pitching in 35 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. 3-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 244/292/400 for the year. 6-for-his-last-30. He has three walks on the season, two of which have been intentional.

Mayberry 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and in the series. 286/423/571 for the year.

Quintero 1-for-3 with a double in the game and in the series. He’s 2-for-9 with a double on the season. Kratz is hitting 184/179/316 for the year after going 1-for-9 in the set.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.86) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25) tonight in Cincinnati. Lee has gone at least eight innings in each of his fantastic starts. Opponents are hitting .167 against him for the year and he hasn’t walked a batter in 16 2/3 innings. Arroyo has gone six innings in both of his starts. Lefties are 10-for-25 (.400) against him in the early going.


Fore!

The Phillies are 4-5 through their first nine games of 2013. Relative to the rest of the league, they’ve scored runs at about the same rate they did over the past two years while allowing a lot more so far this season.

Year Record RS/G (NL Rank) RA/G (NL Rank)
2013 4-5 4.67 (7) 6.00 (15)
2012 81-81 4.22 (8) 4.20 (8)
2011 102-60 4.40 (7) 3.26 (1)
2010 97-65 4.77 (2) 3.95 (4)
2009 93-69 5.06 (1) 4.38 (6)
2008 92-70 4.93 (3) 4.20 (3)

The team ERA for the year is 6.04, which is the worst mark for any team across either league. The Brewers are second-worst in the NL at 5.47. Phillie pitchers have been bad against righties, but they’ve been absolutely decimated by lefties. Lefties are 45-for-118 against them for the season with a 381/434/636 line.

The Phillies are on pace to allow 972 runs this year. The good news is there’s no chance that will happen. If it did, it would be the most runs allowed by an NL team since the Rockies allowed 1,028 in 1999. No NL team has allowed 900 runs since 2004 (Colorado (923) and the Reds (907) both did it that season).

Lannan (0-0, 3.86) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97) tonight in Florida. Lannan has made one start on the year and it was good as he held the Royals to three runs on five hits and no walks over seven innings. He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning in that game. The Phillies play 17 games in 17 days starting tonight, so let’s hope we see their starters at least in the sixth and seventh over the next few days against the Fish. Nolasco has made two starts on the year, allowing five runs over 11 1/3 innings while walking five.


Bottom feeders

The Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the first last night on their way to a 7-3 win. Their first six hitters of the game combined to go 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs and two walks off of Mets starter Jeremy Hefner.

It was the second straight miserable start for Hefner against the Phillies going back to last season. In his last two starts against the Phils, Hefner has allowed 12 earned runs on 12 hits and four walks over three innings.

The Phils feasted on the bottom of the Mets rotation in the series, scoring 12 runs in the six innings pitched by Dillon Gee and Hefner as they won the last two games.

The Phillies scored all seven of their runs last night on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the first, which was followed soon after by a three-run bomb by Brown. Nix hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth.

Michael Young continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double. He’s 9-for-his-last-16 with four extra-base hits. 455/538/773 against right-handed pitching in the early going, coming off of a 2012 season in which he hit 257/291/352 against righties.

The Phillies are 4-5 on the year after beating the New York Mets 7-3 last night. They take the series two games to one. First series win of the year for the Phils in three tries. First time they have won two games in a row on the season. They are 0-4 when Hamels or Halladay start and 4-1 when somebody else starts.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

5.40 ERA and a 1.71 ratio after two starts. Lefties are hitting .480 against him — 12-for-25 with two walks, three doubles, a home run and 480/519/720 line.

Jordany Valdespin was the first hitter of the game and reached on a softly hit infield single. Daniel Murphy flew to right for the first out, bringing David Wright to the plate with Valdespin still on first. Kendrick struck Wright out swinging as Valdespin took off for second. Kratz threw him out from his knees on a bounce to end the inning.

Impressive throw by Kratz.

Kendrick started the second with a 5-0 lead. John Buck homered to left-center with one out. 5-1. Lucas Duda followed with a double to right and Mike Baxter walked behind Duda, putting men on first and second with one down for Ruben Tejada. Tejada singled softly to right, loading the bases for the pitcher Jeremy Hefner. Kendrick struck Hefner out looking for the second out and Valdespin out looking to end the frame.

Valdespin struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that looked like a ball to me, but whatever. Still a great job by Kendrick to get out of the inning after the Mets load the bases with one out.

Tired of John Buck. He was 4-for-12 in the series with three home runs and drove in six of the 13 runs New York scored. Duda was pretty impressive as well — 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs last night. 5-for-9 with a double, two home runs and a walk in the series.

Kendrick set the Mets down in order in the third.

Duda homered to right with one out in the fourth. 5-2. Baxter followed with a double, but Kendrick got Tejada on a ground ball to Utley that moved Duda up to third for the second out. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Hefner, but Kendrick got him on a ground ball to Utley as well to set the Mets down.

The game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. Kendrick returned after the delay to start the fifth. Valdespin led off and bunted for a single. Murphy was the next batter and Kendrick walked him, putting two men on for Wright. Wright struck out swinging for the first out. Ike Davis was next and he hit a blooper into left-center. Revere made a nice running catch for the second out. Murphy was way off of second and Revere threw there to double him off and end the inning.

Very nice play by Revere, both to get to the ball and to make the throw. His momentum was taking him away from second base, but he managed to get off a pretty reasonable throw to get Murphy. Not sure exactly what Murphy was thinking — best guess would be he thought Revere was going to throw home or couldn’t throw at all. Either way it was bad base-running and a nice play by Revere.

Baxter singled to right with two outs in the six. Tejada flew to Revere for the third out.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 7-2 lead. Valdespin reached on an infield single with one out, but Bastardo got the next two.

Three scoreless innings over three appearances for Bastardo. He’s allowed a single and two walks.

Adams started the eighth. He struck Buck out for the first out and Davis out for the second before Duda hit a 2-1 pitch out to right. 7-3. Lefty Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice and Adams struck him out looking to end the frame.

Adams was pitching for the second day in a row. He’s now allowed a run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings over four appearances. He has struck out seven. I assume if there was no off-day today, Manuel would have called on Aumont rather than Adams to pitch the eighth with a five-run lead. Aumont has made one appearance since April 1 and two on the year.

Papelbon threw the ninth in heavy rain. Tejada led off with a single, but Marlon Byrd was next and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play. Valdespin struck out looking to end the game.

Glad to see Papelbon used in a non-save situation there. After allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, he’s allowed one single in two scoreless frames his last two times out.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing a run on the Duda homer off of Adams. Three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Adams has pitched two days in a row, but will surely be available Friday in Miami given the off-day today.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry in right again against the righty after a big day against righty starter Dillon Gee in game two of the set.

Revere led off the bottom of the first and walked on five pitches. With Rollins at the plate he stole second, but slid through the base and was tagged out for the first out. It cost the Phils a run, cause Rollins doubled to right and Utley followed that with a home run to center. 2-0. Howard singled and Young walked before Brown blasted a 2-1 pitch down the right field line and well out for another homer. 5-0. Mayberry struck out looking for the second out and Kratz flew to center.

Really not a fan of the Revere stolen base, even if it works and it doesn’t cost the Phillies a run. If the only batter the pitcher has faced in the game is Ben Revere and he walked him on five pitches, it’s a good sign he hasn’t settled in yet. Make him get an out first.

The lead was cut to 5-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.

Howard singled to right with one out in the third on a ball that hit the wall after a bounce or two. Young was next and ripped a line drive in to left-center for a double, sending Howard to third. Hefner got behind Brown 3-0 after Brown had hit a moon shot in his previous at-bat, then put him on intentionally to lead the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short with the runners holding for the second out. Kratz was next and blooped a ball into right-center, but Valdespin made a nice shoestring catch after a long run to retire the side.

Big play by Valdespin takes runs away from the Phillies.

Howard can’t run. Young can, at least a lot better than I thought he could. I had no idea. The hustle double was the third time in two games he made an aggressive play on the bases and was safe.

Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from the third with one out, popping out to short with the bases loaded and one down. He also struck out in the bottom of the first as the first batter retired by Hefner.

The lead was cut to 5-2 when lefty Josh Edgin struck out Kendrick, Revere and Rollins in the fourth.

Young singled to center with two outs in the fifth. Brown flew to center on a sliding catch by Valdespin to end the inning.

Second nice play of the game by Valdespin in center after he took a hit away from Kratz with the bases loaded to end the third.

Kratz singled off of righty Latroy Hawkins with one out in the sixth. Nix hit for Kendrick and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center, extending the Phillie lead to 7-2. Revere grounded to third for the second out before Rollins singled to left. Lefty Scott Rice came in to pitch to Utley and retired him on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Rice set Howard, Young and Brown down in order in the seventh.

Righty Bobby Parnell threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the lead cut to 7-3. Galvis hit for Adams and flew to left for the third out.

Revere was 0-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing in the game. 1-for-11 with two walk in the series drops his line to 211/268/211 after 41 plate appearances. Made a nice play to double Murphy off of second base. The Phillies are averaging about 4.67 runs per game, which is remarkable given that their leadoff man is on-basing .268. Revere is 0-for-8 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-12 with three doubles in the game. 316/350/526 for the year. 357/400/607 against right-handed pitching. I think Rollins will lead off and Revere will be dropped to seven or eight soon if Revere does not start hitting.

Utley 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game. 2-for-10 with two walks and a home run in the series. 333/395/636 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with two singles. 3-for-11 with a home run in the series. 200/237/286 for the year. If you’re team is scoring 4.67 runs per game, your leadoff man is on-basing .268 and your cleanup hitter is on-basing .237 and slugging .286, something is going pretty well somewhere else.

Michael Young is one of the things going very right offensively. 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the game. 5-for-11 with a walk, a double, a triple and a home run in the series. He seemed to run the bases unusually well in the series, aggressively successful in taking an extra-base on three occasions. 375/459/594 on the year.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. 2-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 242/286/424 for the year. Hitting .231 against right-handed pitching.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 263/391/579 for the year.

Kratz 1-for-4 in the game and made a nice throw to nail Valdespin in the top of the first. 3-for-9 with a double in the series. 207/200/379 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in 30 plate appearances.

The Phillies are off today and play the Marlins in Florida tomorrow night.


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