Archive for May, 2013

Man of steal

The Phillies are having a lot of trouble scoring runs these days. They did again last night, plating just two, but it wasn’t why they lost. Pettibone endured an ugly first inning and the bullpen coughed up five runs in four innings after he left as the Red Sox topped the Phils 9-2.

The Phillies have scored three runs or less in nine of their last 12 games. Last night was their third failed try in their last seven games to get back to .500 for the year.

Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases in the game for Boston, a feat this article suggests has been accomplished in a major league game just 20 times since 1916.

The Phillies are 26-28 on the year after losing 9-2 to the Boston Red Sox last night. The teams split the four-game set two games apiece with Boston outscoring the Phils 22-12.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Pettibone has been unexpectedly solid for the Phils this year. Last night was his only start of his eight in which he allowed more than three runs. His numbers against lefties are a little alarming — they’ve hit 320/400/460 against him this season.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first, allowing three singles, a walk and a two-run double hit by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Pettibone pitched well after getting hammered in the first, but was really pounded in that inning and needed to throw 28 pitches to get through it. Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava got things started with back-to-back singles and both came around to score. With one out and Nava on second, Pettibone looked liked he pitched around the lefty David Ortiz. Ortiz walked and came around to score on the Saltalamacchia double.

Ellsbury scored the first run of the game and killed the Phillies over the four game set, going 9-for-18 with three doubles, a triple and six stolen bases.

The lead had been cut to 4-2 when Pettibone started the second. He walked Ellsbury with one out and Ellsbury stole second with two down, then moved to third on an infield single by Dustin Pedroia. Pettibone got Ortiz on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.

He walked Stephen Drew with one out in the third, but got the next two hitters to leave him at first.

Ellsbury singled to center with one out in the fourth. He stole second, but Nava flew to center for the second out and Pedroia flew to right to end the frame.

Ortiz drew a walk to start the fifth, but Pettibone retired Mike Carp on a fly ball to center and Drew grounded into a double-play to set Boston down.

Horst started the sixth and struck Salty out for the first out before Jose Iglesias popped a ball into short right. Delmon Young and Hernandez both pursued, but the ball dropped for a hit. Iglesias went for second, but Young got to the ball and made an accurate throw to get him there for the second out. Righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Franklin Morales and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, extending the lead to 5-2. Ellsbury was next and Horst drilled him in the back with his first pitch. Ellsbury stole second and third before Nava walked. Pedroia flew to center to leave runners at the corners.

Gomes admired his home run a little more than usual, so I’m not sure how much of the Ellsbury plunking was related to that and how much was related to the fact the Phillies can’t get Ellsbury out. Both teams were warned after Horst hit Ellsbury, which was a little odd given that the only thing that had happened so far was Horst hitting Ellsbury.

Horst was back for the seventh. Ortiz led off with a home run, extending the lead to 6-2. Horst got the next three.

Two home runs in two innings allowed by Horst. The righty Gomes gets him in the sixth and the lefty Ortiz in the seventh.

Horst goes two innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits, including two home runs, and a walk. That’s the first time in Horst’s career that he’s allowed more than one in an appearance. In 2012, he allowed one home run in 31 1/3 innings. He came into last night’s game having thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings over his last ten outings, but having allowed five walks over those frames.

Stutes pitched the eighth. He got the first two before Ellsbury singled softly to left. Ellsbury stole second and took third on a throwing error by Kratz. Stutes hit Nava with a 1-2 pitch, putting runners on the corners for Pedroia. Pedroia flew to right to set Boston down.

Stolen base number five for Ellsbury in the game.

Stutes goes one scoreless inning, allowing a single and striking out one. He’s made three appearances on the year so far, allowing two runs, one earned, over 5 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .250 against him and he hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run.

Durbin started the ninth and allowed three runs that extended the Boston lead to 9-2. Jackie Bradley and Mike Napoli led off with back-to-back singles. Both would come around to score as Saltalamacchia and Iglesias added doubles later in the frame. Bradley’s single to start the frame was softly hit, but Salty really crushed his ball off the wall in right, not missing a homer by much.

Durbin goes one inning, allowing three runs on two singles and two doubles. He has a 9.00 ERA for the year. Over his last eight appearances, he’s allowed 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings, throwing to a 14.04 ERA with a 2.40 ratio. He’s walked just two in those eight appearances, but opponents have hit .414 against him. Opponents are hitting .357 against him for the season and slugging .643.

Overall the pen threw four innings in the game, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Horst threw 37 pitches and Durbin 32.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Franklin Morales went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Delmon Young (5) Brown (6) Frandsen (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Golly that’s a bad team. Revere leads off against the lefty. Delmon Young hits cleanup with Howard on the bench. Cesar Hernandez makes career start number one, playing second base. Frandsen at first, Galvis at third and Kratz catching. Mayberry on the bench against a left-handed pitcher.

The Phils were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Hernandez delivered career hit number one with one out, a single lined to left. Rollins flew out behind him before Delmon Young pounded a 1-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 4-2. Brown followed with a single to right, but was caught stealing with Frandsen at the plate to set the Phillies down.

First caught stealing of the year for Brown. He’s stolen three bases.

Young hits his fourth home run of the year and his first off of a lefty. He’s hitting 278/364/500 against lefties (5-for-18 with a double, a home run and three walks).

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

Rollins walked to start the fourth and moved to second when Brown singled with one out. Frandsen followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Kratz, but Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Kratz continues to edge ever closer to Michael Young for the GIDP title. Kratz is at 5.6% (7 in 124 PA) and Young 5.9% (12 in 202).

Brown 2-for-2 against the lefty in his first two at-bats.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth. Martinez hit for Pettibone lined to third for the second out.

First PA of the year for Martinez. Martinez pinch-hitting on a day when the Phillies start Hernandez, Galvis, Frandsen, Revere and Kratz is more than fans should be asked to endure.

The Phillies were down 5-2 when lefty Craig Breslow set them down in order in the sixth.

Righty Clayton Mortensen hit Kratz with a pitch with two outs in the seventh and the score 6-2. Galvis grounded hard to first to set the Phillies down.

With righty Junichi Tazawa on the mound for the Red Sox, Nix hit for Stutes and struck out to start the eighth. Revere struck out behind him before Hernadez singled to left. Rollins grounded out to end the inning.

Righty Andrew Bailey started the ninth with a 9-2 lead. Frandsen doubled with two outs, but Kratz struck out to end the game.

Revere 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 5-for-17 in the four games played between the Red Sox and Phils, two of which were in Boston and two of which were in Philly. 256/295/287 for the year. 324/367/365 in May. 344/364/469 against left-handed pitching for the year and 235/279/242 against righties.

Hernandez 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. 2-for-6 on the year.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-12 with five walks in the series. 0-for-his-last-8. 251/308/377 on the year.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 224/292/412 on the year. 273/314/576 over his last 35 plate appearances. 209/270/388 against right-handed pitching after hitting 247/279/370 against righties in 2012.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles and two strikeouts. 6-for-16 with four home runs in the series. 267/302/518 for the year. Still doesn’t have a walk in May. 333/340/667 against lefties for the year and 247/290/473 against righties.

Frandsen was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 2-for-6 with a double and two walks in the series. 244/380/463 for the season.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch. Grounded into a double-play with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth. Ellsbury stole five bases with him behind the plate. So it wasn’t a great day. He started all four games in the series and went 4-for-12 with three walks and two home runs. 227/298/409 for the year. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with four home runs and six walks.

Galvis 0-for-3. He also started all four games of the series and went 0-for-13 with a walk. 223/277/351 for the season. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with four singles.

Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43) faces righty Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79) tonight as the Phils play the Brewers. The Phillies are 1-10 in games started by Hamels this year and he’s been charged with 12 runs in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Righties are hitting 318/375/455 against Gallardo for the season.


May day after day

Domonic Brown hit two more last night, homering twice for a team that’s having a whole lot of trouble scoring as the Phils topped the Red Sox 4-3.

Brown has hit five home runs in his last five games and 11 in his last 114 plate appearances going back to the start of the day on April 27. He’s been hitting regularly behind Ryan Howard, who is on-basing .289 for the year, and Delmon Young, who is on-basing .293 for the year. I think it’s likely that will be changing before too long.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game, all four of which came on solo homers. This article points out that 30 of the last 32 home runs the Phillies have hit have been solo homers.

The Phililes are 26-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night. The Phils have won two in a row.

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

Kendrick bounces back after two bad starts back-to-back. The Phils are now 7-4 on the year when he starts. Righties are on-basing just .289 against him for the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and tripled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Kendrick got Daniel Nava to fly to left for the first out with Ellsbury holding, but Dustin Pedroia was next and flew to center, deep enough for Ellsbury to tag and score. 1-0. Mike Napoli followed with a single to left, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second and started the third with the score tied at 1-1. He walked Nava with two outs and Pedroia followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Napoli. Kratz threw Pedroia out stealing second to leave Nava at third.

In 2012, opponents stole 18 bases with Kratz behind the plate and 15 were caught stealing. That’s an impressive caught rate of 45%. This year 15 runners have stolen successfully and six have been caught for a caught rate of 29%. Ruiz’s caught stealing percentage for his career is 28%, Kratz’s 40% and Quintero’s 32%.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with a 3-1 lead and walked Stephen Drew to start the frame. Jose Iglesias struck out swinging for the first out before the pitcher John Lackey bunted Drew to second with the second out. Ellsbury flew to right to set Boston down.

Nava led off the sixth and homered to right on an 0-2 pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2. Pedroia was next and grounded to third. Galvis fielded and threw to first, but Howard didn’t catch it as the ball dribbled out of the top of his glove for an error. Kendrick got Saltalamacchia on a fly ball to center for the second out. Mike Carp was next and grounded back to the pitcher and Kendrick made a nice play to throw to second and start a double-play.

Nice job by Kendrick to work around the no-out error by Howard. Howard hasn’t been especially good defensively at first this year, but that was his first error of the season.

Bastardo started the seventh with the Phils still up a run. Drew doubled to left with one out and the righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Lackey. Bastardo hit Gomes, putting men on first and second with one down for Ellsbury. Bastardo struck Ellsbury out looking 3-2 for the second out and got Nava on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Bastardo drops his ERA on the year to 2.00 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. He’s walked too many righties — right-handed hitters are hitting just .229 against him, but with a .372 on-base percentage thanks to seven walks and a hit by pitch in 45 PA.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth with newly called up Cesar Hernandez playing second base.

Adams looks good coming off an outing on Monday in which he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning on a hit and three walks.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead. He walked Drew with one out and lefty David Ortiz hit for Jose Iglesias. Ortiz flew to right for the second out before Gomes moved Drew up to second with a single into right. With runners on first and second and two down, Ellsbury popped a ball down the left field line. Brown was playing deep, made a long run and dove for the ball, but it went off of his glove for a double. Drew scored from second to make it 4-3 with Gomes going to third. Papelbon got Nava to ground to first to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Brown should have caught the ball, despite his long run. Per my previous comments, he should never, ever be allowed to dive in the outfield. The Phillies got extremely lucky that when the ball went off of his glove, it hit the stands. Brown got on it quickly, but the ball didn’t go far and Gomes couldn’t score from first.

Down two runs in the ninth, you want to have a runner on first that can score on a double if he’s the tying run. The Red Sox didn’t. Philllies got a little lucky.

Papelbon was pitching for the second day in a row and was charged with a run on two hits. Would have kept the Red Sox off the board if Brown had made the play in left. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in 18 2/3 innings over his last 18 appearances.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Revere (2) Frandsen (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. With Michael Young on the bereavement list and Utley sidelined, Galvis starts at third and Frandsen at second. Delmon Young starts in right, where his UZR/150 in right for the season stands at -19.0. Kratz moves ahead of Galvis in the order and rightly so, not that it matters a whole lot.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young followed with a single before Brown grounded to first with Young forced at second for the first out. Kratz flew to right for the second out before Brown stole second. Galvis grounded to second to leave him there.

Seventh homer of the year for Howard and fifth off of a righty. He’s on pace to hit about 21 this year.

Third stolen base of the year for Brown. He hasn’t been caught yet.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the third and stole second before Rollins walked. It put two men on for Howard and Howard struck out looking.

From 2004 to 2011, Howard struck out in about 27.4% of his plate appearances. 33.9% in 2012 and 30.9% so far in 2013.

Brown and Kratz homered back-to-back with one out in the fourth, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Galvis struck out for the second out before Kendrick reached on an infield single. Revere grounded to first to end the inning.

All the homering by Brown makes it easy to miss what Kratz has done of late. What Kratz has done of late is hit. 5-for-his-last-13 with three home runs. 308/417/615 with eight walks and four home runs in 48 plate appearances in May. Apparently it’s enough to get you moved ahead of Freddy Galvis in the order for a team that can’t score any runs.

Frandsen and Howard both struck out as Lackey set the Phils down in order in the fifth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lackey walked Delmon Young to start the sixth. Mayberry ran for Young at first. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Brown. Kratz drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Galvis, but Galvis grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Andrew Miller started the seventh for Boston. Switch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit for Bastardo and flew to center on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues for out number one. Revere singled and stole second before Frandsen walked, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins walked as well and the bases were loaded for Howard. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty Koji Uehara came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short to leave the bases loaded.

Howard can’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs, striking out with the bases loaded for the second out.

The Phils don’t seem to be real impressed with Saltalamacchia behind the plate, no matter how long his last name is. Revere’s stolen base was their fourth of the game.

Brown led off the eighth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to right off of righty Koji Uehara, putting the Phils up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

Brown’s homer winds up mattering as the Red Sox score a run in the top of the ninth with the help of his misplay.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. 343/387/396 in 76 plate appearances in May. He’s been a big problem a lot of the year, but it’s important to realize he’s not a big part of the problem right now.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-8. Hitting just .237 for the year, but with a .370 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to four hit-by-pitches in 47 plate appearances. He’s also shown big power in limited time — he’s slugging .447 and his isolated power of .211 is better than anyone on the team with more than five PA other than Brown. Also on the isolated power front, Howard is at .187 after last night’s homer. He hasn’t been under .200 in any year of his career and has a career mark of .276.

Rollins 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-his-last-9 with four walks, so it’s not his fault all the homers are solo shots behind him. 255/315/376 against right-handed pitching, though, so he still seems like a pretty odd choice to be hitting third against righties.

Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, the worse of which came with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. He went 4-for-34 (.118) from May 8 to May 18 but is 10-for-31 (323/323/516) since the end of the day on May 18. In his last 66 plate appearances since the start of the day on May 8, he’s on-based .227 with one walk, which was intentional. So it is at least partly his fault that so many of the homers hit behind him are solo shots. He’s walked nine times in 194 plate appearances on the year and four of those walks have been intentional. So in the plate appearances where he was not walked intentionally he’s walked five times in 190 plate appearances, which is about 2.6%. Coming into 2013, he had 4,562 plate appearances for his career in which he was not walked intentionally and walked in 426 of them (about 9.3%). So he’s walking less.

Delmon Young doesn’t get on base, either, although he was 1-for-2 with a walk last night to up his on-base percentage for the year to .293. I would be surprised if the Phillies don’t start hitting Brown ahead of Delmon Young and maybe Howard soon, even if it means Howard and Brown go lefty/lefty back-to-back. Cause Brown has hit five homers in his last five games and you don’t really want him doing it behind guys that aren’t going to be on base. Brown has also pounded lefties this year, posting a 310/318/667 against them in 44 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with two solo home runs. Five home runs in the last five games. 11 in his last 114 plate appearances. Still has zero walks in May (101 plate appearances) and zero walks against lefties for the year (44 PA).

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.21) faces lefty Jon Lester (6-1, 3.34) tonight. Pettibone hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts and the Phils are 6-1 with him on the hill. Lefties are hitting 314/385/471 against him, but he’s held righties to a 234/280/416 line. Lester had a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts this season, but has allowed ten runs in 13 innings over his last two outings. He’s walked just 19 in 72 2/3 innings, which gives him a career-best walk rate of about 2.4 batters per nine innings. He’s walked just two left-handed batters all season.

Update: Lefty Franklin Morales and not Lester will start tonight’s game for Boston.


Solo acts

Cliff Lee keeps pitching great and Domonic Brown keeps homering. That’s not going to be enough to carry the Phillies this year, but it was enough to carry them last night as they topped the Red Sox 3-1.

Lee needed just 95 pitches to hold Boston to a run on four hits over eight innings. The Phillies have won five straight games he’s started. Over those five starts he’s averaged more than 7 1/2 innings a start, throwing to a 1.15 ERA with an 0.77 ratio while opponents hit 182/223/258 against him.

Brown homered for the Phils. He has nine home runs in his last 110 plate appearances and four in his last 31.

The Phillies are 25-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 3-1 last night. After splitting a pair in Boston, the teams play the first of two in Philadelphia tonight.

The Phils have scored three runs or less in eight of their last ten and gone 5-5 in those games. They are 14th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits. All four of the hits were singles. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, stole second with one out and scored when Dustin Pedroia singled past a diving Galvis. 1-1. Lee got David Ortiz on a popup to third and struck Mike Napoli out swinging to leave Pedroia at first.

Lee didn’t allow another base-running until the fifth, striking out two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

The game was still knotted at 1-1 when Daniel Nava singled to center to start the fifth. David Ross bunted him to second with the first out, but Lee got Stephen Drew to pop to third for the second out and Jose Iglesias swinging to leave Nava stranded.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Up 2-1, he set the Red Sox down in order in the seventh.

He started the eighth inning having thrown just 80 pitches in the game. Iglesias reached on an infield single with two outs, but Lee got Ellsbury swinging to leave Iglesias at first.

Up 3-1, Papelbon set the Red Sox down in order in the ninth.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed eight hits and two walks in 18 2/3 innings over 18 appearances. Opponents are hitting .152 against him for the year. Right-handed batters are hitting .138 without an extra-base hit.

One scoreless inning for the pen in the game. Papelbon threw 16 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Kratz. Delmon Young at DH with Galvis at second and Mayberry in right. Kratz catches.

With one out in the top of the first, Michael Young hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Rollins and Howard went down behind him.

Young came into the game 0-for-his-last-22. He’s 8-for-his-last-60, which has dropped his average from .322 to .258. He’s not crushing right-handed pitching anymore — his line against righties is down to 266/320/360. His isolated power for the year is at .096, which is just about the same as the .093 he posted last year. Coming into 2012, his isolated power for his career was .147 with a high of .196 in 2009.

The Red Sox tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Phils went in order in the second.

Galvis walked to start the third, but Kratz grounded into a double-play behind him. Revere followed with a single to right and stole second, but was left stranded when Michael Young grounded to third.

Every walk by Galvis should be appreciated. He’s walked six times in 96 plate appearances this year. That’s about 6.3%, which is way better than seven walks in 200 plate appearances (3.5%) in 2012 and better than his minor league mark of 5.6%.

Kratz has now hit into six double-plays in 116 plate appearances, which is pretty close to Michael Young’s rate. Young has hit into 12 in 202 PA, which is about 5.9% while Kratz is at about 5.2% in many fewer chances. Young is tied with Matt Holliday at the only players in either league who have hit into 12 or more double-plays this season.

Delmon Young reached on a softly hit infield single with two outs in the fourth, but Brown struck out behind him to leave him at first.

Rollins was robbed of a hit by Ellsbury for the first out in the frame. Rollins looped a ball into center field where it was caught by a sliding Ellsbury to set Rollins down.

Kratz walked with two outs in the fifth. Revere grounded to first for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Howard followed with a single. Delmon Young and Brown both swung at the first pitch of their at-bat and both flew to right, leaving the runners at first and second.

Mayberry singled to center to start the seventh and Galvis bunted him to second with the first out. Kratz was next and he singled into center, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 2-1. Revere and Michael Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry and Kratz both single off of the righty Dempster to get the Phils a run with the help of the Galvis bunt. Mayberry ends the day hitting 234/306/351 against righties and Kratz 241/292/391.

Lefty Craig Breslow set Rollins, Howard and Delmon Young down in order in the eighth, striking out Rollins and Howard.

Howard is hitting .231 and on-basing .245 against left-handed pitching for the year with 23 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances (43.4%).

Junichi Tazawa started the ninth for Boston. Brown led off and lined his first pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 3-1. Mayberry and Galvis went down before Kratz singled to left. Revere followed with a single to left that put men on first and second for Michael Young. Young went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Revere was 2-for-5 to up his average for the year to .263. He’s hitting 348/394/394 in 72 plate appearances so far in May. One extra-base hit against right-handed pitching in 139 plate appearances for the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with his second home run of the year. 172/280/287 in May after hitting 341/412/418 in April.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Ellsbury took a hit away from him in the fourth and he hit the ball well in the first, but lined out. 259/315/381 against right-handed pitching for the year, so it’s not a great sign for the well-being of your team if he’s hitting third against a righty.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out three times. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0 and FanGraphs -0.2.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a softly hit single. 3-for-his-last-19 with three singles. He’s on-basing .257 against right-handed pitching in 70 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. 278/278/588 in 97 May plate appearances — he’s hit eight home runs in May and hasn’t walked once. 12-for-his-last-36 with four home runs. He hasn’t walked against a left-handed pitcher this year and is on-basing .287 against righties. More home runs (11) than walks (9) for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 10-for-his-last-24 (.417) with a double.

Galvis 0-for-2 with a walk. Bunted Mayberry up to second in the seventh, which helped the Phillies score a run. He’s 1-for-his-last-15 and has a career .268 on-base percentage in the majors and a career .292 on-base percentage in the minors.

Kratz was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 288/386/492 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Kendrick (4-3, 3.29) faces righty John Lackey (3-4, 2.72) tonight. Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year and followed that with seven starts in a row in which he didn’t allow more than two runs in a start. He’s had two outings since that run of seven starts ended, allowing nine runs in 11 innings over his last two times out. Lackey has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.


An imperfect ten

The Phillies have played more than a quarter of the 2013 season and won one game of the ten started by Cole Hamels. They’re 11-4 when Kendrick or Pettibone start and 8-18 when they start Hamels, Halladay or Lee. Last night, Hamels pitched well again, but the offense provided a single run and the Phils fell 5-1 to the Marlins.

The Phillies have scored one run or less in four of the last six games that Hamels has started. Last night they faced Alex Sanabia, who came into the game having thrown to a 5.00 ERA in his eight starts this year while opposing batters posted a 316/400/531 line against him.

The Phillie bullpen continues to be miserable, allowing three runs over two innings last night. They have a 5.26 ERA and a 1.65 ratio over the last 19 games with 59 hits allowed in 49 2/3 innings.

The Phillies are 21-24 on the season after losing 5-1 to the Miami Marlins last night.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter.

Hamels struggled in each of his first two starts this season, but has thrown to a 3.12 ERA in his eight outings since. His walk rate is still up — over his last eight starts he’s walked about 3.3 per nine inning. Coming into 2013 he had walked about 2.2 per nine for his career.

He has made seven quality starts in his last eight appearances.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled to right to start the bottom of the first. He stole second with one out and went to third on an infield single by Derek Dietrich. It brought Marcell Ozuna to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. Ozuna singled into center, scoring Hechavarria (1-0) and moving Dietrich up to second. Justin Ruggiano grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Hamels allows three singles and a stolen base in the inning, but holds the Fish to a single run with the help of the double-play.

It was 1-1 when Chris Coghlan tripled over the head of Revere in center to start the bottom of the second. Hamels kept him from scoring, though, getting Nick Green to foul out to third, Jeff Mathis to pop to short and pitcher Alex Sanabia swinging for the third out.

No run for Miami after the leadoff triple.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out the first two men in the fourth before Coghlan singled to left. Coghlan took second on an errant pickoff throw by Hamels before Green struck out swinging to leave Coghlan at second.

Young should have handled the throw from Hamels, which was wide of the base, but catchable.

Hamels struck out Mathis and Sanabia in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Placido Polanco singled to center to start the sixth. Hamels struck Dietrich and Ozuna out before Ruggiano doubled off of the wall in right, scoring Polanco to make it 2-1. Coghlan went down swinging to leave Ruggiano at second.

Justin De Fratus pitched the seventh. Mathis reached on a throwing error by Galvis with one out, but De Fratus got the next two to leave Mathis stranded.

Polanco singled to left off of De Fratus to start the eighth. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Dietrich and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Aumont took over to face the righty Ozuna and Ozuna singled to left, moving Polanco up to third. It brought Ruggiano to the plate and he singled into center, scoring Polanco (3-1) and moving Ozuna up to second. Aumont struck Coghlan out swinging for the second out, putting men on first and second for Green. Green blooped a ball into shallow center field, just in front of a diving Revere. The ball was in the air a long time and with two outs, both runners were running and both scored. 5-1. Aumont struck Mathis out to leave Green stranded.

Green’s ball was in the air a long, long time. Not sure why Revere was playing him so deep, but I was surprised the ball wasn’t caught.

De Fratus faced five men in the game. He got three outs, one reached on an error and the other singled. The singled came in to score after he left the game, so he winds up allowing a run on a hit over one inning. He was pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this season and has now allowed a run in 3 1/3 innings over five appearances.

Horst faced one batter and got an out. He has gotten a single out in each of his last four outings. He hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his last seven appearances, but has allowed four walks and a hit over four scoreless innings.

Aumont faces five batters in the game, allowing three singles and striking out two. The first two singles were traditional, but Green’s ball was a popup that stayed in the air a long time. His ERA rises to 4.15 with the outing, but he’s been a lot worse than that. 2.08 ratio. Ten walks in 13 innings. Opponents are hitting .309 against him for the season. Over his last two appearances he’s been charged with three runs on five hits in one inning.

Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out three. De Fratus threw 15 pitches in the game and has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillie lineup against righty Alex Sanabia went (1) Rollins (2) Revere (3) Michael Young (4) Utley (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Kratz. Michael Young plays first with Galvis at third and Howard sidelined with his knee. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the DL.

Rollins singled to start the top of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him and Michael Young struck out looking.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. With one out, Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Sanabia out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young and Galvis went down behind him.

Eighth homer of the year for Brown and his fifth against a righty. 237/291/398 against right-handed pitching for the season.

Rollins doubled to right with two outs in the third. Revere flew to center to leave him at second.

The one and two hitters in the Phillie lineup end the day on-basing .306 and .291 for the season.

Michael Young singled to left to start the fourth, but Utley grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown followed with a single to left and stole second before Delmon Young struck out swinging to end the frame.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Michael Young doubled to center with two outs in the sixth and Sanabia hit Utley behind him. Brown was next and drove a ball to left, but Coghlan made a nice running catch to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils trailed 2-1 when they hit in the seventh. Galvis walked with one out and moved up to third when Kratz followed with a single to right. Nix hit for Hamels and righty Ryan Webb came in to face him. Nix popped to shallow right with the runners holding for the second out. Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on the corners with one out. Nix gets to hit against the righty and can’t bring the runner home from third with the second out.

Hamels had only thrown 89 pitches in the game. He gets pulled for Nix. Nix doesn’t get the job done and neither does the pen after the exit by Hamels.

Righty AJ Ramos walked Utley with two outs in the eighth. Utley was caught stealing with Brown at the plate to set the Phillies down.

Second caught stealing for Utley this season. He hasn’t been caught more than twice in a season since 2006. Since the end of 2006 he has stolen 89 bases and been caught eight times.

Righty Chad Qualls threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Delmon Young and Galvis to lower his ERA on the year to 3.63 and his ratio to 1.15.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double. 326/362/558 over his last 48 plate appearances.

Revere 0-for-4. Couldn’t come up with the bloop hit by Green, which sure seemed like it was in the air a long time at a big moment in the game. 11-for-his-last-28 with three walks and two doubles (393/452/464 over 32 plate appearances). 361/425/417 in May after hitting 200/234/222 in April.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-19.

Utley 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 2-for-his-last-16.

Brown 2-for-4 with his eighth home run. Hit the ball well in the sixth with two men on, but Coghlan tracked it down. He hasn’t drawn a walk in 70 plate appearances in May.

Delmon Young was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 0-for-his-last-11 and hitting .192 for the season in 61 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a walk and an error. 6-for-his-last-15 with a home run.

Kratz 1-for-3. He’s 5-for-18 with a home run in May.

Cloyd (0-0, 2.84) faces righty Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.48) tonight. Cloyd was good in his only start of the year for the Phils, pitching into the seventh against the Diamondbacks on May 10 and allowing a pair for runs on two hits and three walks. Fernandez has already faced the Phillies twice this season, allowing three hits and three walks over 13 scoreless innings in his two starts combined.

Philliesflow won’t be updated again until next week.


How soon can you start, Carlos?

And is it going to be a problem if we need to you pitch like you did in 2004? Every day?

The Phillies used five pitchers yesterday and four of them were awful. Phillippe Aumont allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, but Hamels struggled in his start and Durbin, Horst and Valdes were awful behind him as the Phils lost 10-4. Valdes and Durbin have been especially miserable this year and I would be surprised if the Phillies weren’t thinking about how their roster spots could be better used.

The Phillies haven’t had a lot of success winning without good pitching this year. They’ve won one game on the season in which they allowed more than three runs. They beat the Mets 9-4 on April 27. 1-16 for the year.

The Phillies are 19-22 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The teams split the two-game set. The Phillies have won three of four and lost four of seven.

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

The Phillies are 1-8 in games started by Hamels this season. His hit rate is fine, but he’s walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings and allowed eight home runs to the 176 right-handed batters he’s faced. That’s about 4.5% of the right-handed batters he’s faced that have homered. 2.9% for his career coming into the year.

Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Hamels got Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

With two outs in the second, Hamels hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch. Mike Aviles followed with a walk that put runners on first and second for the pitcher Corey Kluber. Kluber hit the ball well into left-center, but Brown took it at the warning track after a run to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels had thrown 51 pitches through two innings. He threw 24 in the first, including a 10-pitch at-bat for Jason Kipnis before Kipnis flew to center. He used 17 on Aviles and Kluber in the second — nine to walk Aviles and eight to get Kluber on the ball handled by Brown.

Kipnis doubled to center with one out in the third. Cabrera walked behind him and Mark Reynolds followed that with a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Indians up 2-0. Carlos Santana grounded to short for the third out.

Hamels started the fourth with the lead cut to 2-1. Mike Aviles homered to left with one out, extending the lead to 3-1. Hamels got the next two hitters behind him.

Kipnis doubled to left to start the fifth and scored on a one-out homer to left by Swisher. 5-1. Hamels got Reynolds and Santana behind Swisher.

Durbin started the sixth with the lead cut to 5-3. He got the first two before walking the pitcher Kluber. Drew Stubbs was next and reached on an infield single that moved Kluber up to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Kipnis and walked him, loading the bases Cabrera. Cabrera singled into center, scoring Kluber and Stubbs to make it 7-3 with two down and men on first and second. Swisher grounded to third to end the frame.

Again Durbin and Horst fail to get the job done in the middle innings. With two down, no runs in and the pitcher coming to bat you would hope to be able to get out of the inning without runs.

Durbin faced four batters in the game, getting two outs while allowing a hit and a walk. He’s allowed eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his last four appearances and has a 7.30 ERA for the year. Opponents have hit 306/390/592 against him for the season.

Horst faced three hitters, allowing a walk and a single and getting one out. The two runs that scored while he was on the mound were charged to Durbin, but he didn’t pitch well. Opponents are hitting 299/382/463 against him for the season.

Aumont pitched the seventh. Santana singled to right with one out, but Aumont got Raburn to ground into a double-play behind him.

Three batters for Aumont, allowing a single before getting a double-play. Drops his ERA to 2.25, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Twelve hits and ten walks in 12 innings gives him a 1.83 ratio. Lefties are hitting 429/520/476 against him for the year after the single by the switch-hitting Santana.

Valdes pitched the eighth. Walked the lefty Brantley with one out and Brantley moved up to third when Stubbs followed with a double. It brought Kipnis to the plate and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center. 10-3. Valdes got the next two.

Valdes walks the lefty Brantley to get things started and then gives up a three-run homer to another lefty. Durbin, Horst and Valdes are a big part of what’s been wrong with Phillie pitching this season — in this game they combined to allow five runs in three innings.

Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the lead cut to 10-4.

Valdes goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. He’s allowed six runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last three outings. All three runs he gives up come on the Kipnis homer, which was the fifth that Valdes has allowed this season. Opponents are slugging .588 against him for the year, righties .627. He, Durbin and Hallady all have a home run per nine innings rate higher than two for the season. That trio has combined to allow 14 home runs in 66 2/3 innings.

Overall, the pen was atrocious. Four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. Horst has pitched two days in a row. Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Corey Kluber went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Mayberry plays center against the righty coming off of a three-hit, three RBI night in game one with the lefty Revere on the bench. Delmon Young keeps hitting fifth, despite coming into the game hitting .216 for the year in 44 plate appearances.

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

Delmon Young and Brown both struck out in the second.

The Phils were down 2-0 when Mayberry singled with one out in the third. Hamels bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins singled to right, scoring Mayberry. 2-1. Utley popped to short to set the Phillies down.

Two-out hit for Rolllins gets the Phils a run.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they went in order in the fourth. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out.

It was 5-1 when Ruiz and Mayberry singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put runners on first and third for Hamels and Frandsen hit for the pitcher. He fouled out to Swisher for the second out, but Rollins was next and brought both runners home with a double to right. 5-3. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Second two-out hit for Rollins in two chances gives him all three Phillie RBI for the game.

The Phils were down 7-3 when Delmon Young singled with two outs in the sixth. Brown grounded to second to leave Young stranded.

Righty Cody Allen set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.

Lefty Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth with a 10-3 lead. He walked Michael Young with two outs, but Howard flew to center to leave Young at first.

Young’s walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Matt Albers to start the ninth. He took second on a wild pitch before Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Ruiz brought him home with a double to right, cutting the lead to 10-4. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out. Galvis hit for Valdes and lined to short to end the game.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Ruiz. He came into the game with one double in 47 plate appearances.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. 3-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. 255/304/382 for the season. He’s on-basing .286 against left-handed pitching.

Utley 0-for-4 in the game and in the series. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run. 281/335/500 for the year. 158/238/316 against left-handed pitching for the season.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 10-for-his-last-50 (.200) with four doubles. 296/383/378 for the season. In 7,396 plate appearances from 2000 to 2011, Young had an isolated power of .147. In 2012 it was .093. So far in 2013 it’s .081.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series. 128/190/205 over his last 42 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts and one walk that was not intentional. 245/284/434 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 in the series. 7-for-his-last-18 (.389) with two walks and two doubles. 244/313/390 in 44 plate appearances for the season.

Brown was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a home run in the set. 250/298/429 on the year. 229/289/371 against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-7 with a walk and a double in the series. 234/294/277 in 51 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and scored two runs. 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the two-game set. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-21 with three singles. 253/317/421 for the year.

The Phillies are off today and play the Reds tomorrow.

This article from the Phillie web site is headlined, “De Fratus emerges as clutch late-game reliever.” De Fratus has gotten two outs this season.


Everybody and Indians

The Phillies were hammered the last time they saw the Indians, outscored 20-2 as they lost both games of two-game set about two weeks ago. Just about everything went well for the Phils last night as they topped Cleveland 6-2.

Pettibone pitched well. Manuel put righties Mayberry and Frandsen in the lineup against a lefty and they combined to drive in three runs in the first four innings. Up two runs in the eighth with Mike Adams unavailable, Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst wriggled out of a jam with one out and runners on the corners.

Frandsen ended the day hitting 467/579/933 against lefties for the year after hitting 400/426/554 against them last year. He plays first base and second base for a team that can’t hit left-handed pitching, in large part because their first baseman and second baseman aren’t hitting left-handed pitching. 412/459/526 in his last 87 plate appearances against lefties going back to the start of 2012.

The Phillies are 19-21 on the year after beating the Cleveland Indians 6-2 last night. After 40 games the Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The’ve won three in a row.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

Fifth start on the year for Pettibone. He still hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start. He’s pitched into the seventh in two of his last three times out.

He set Cleveland down in order in the top of the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when Nick Swisher singled softly to center to start the second and moved to third on a double by Carlos Santana. Mark Reynolds popped out to Frandsen at second for the first out before Michael Brantley singled to center, scoring both runners and putting Cleveland up 2-1. Pettibone struck Drew Stubbs and the pitcher Scott Kazmir both out swinging to leave Brantley at first.

Pettibone allowed two walks and hit a batter in the third, but got Mark Reynolds to pop to Frandsen to end the frame with the bases loaded.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 fourth and started the fifth with a 3-2 lead. He got the Indians in order in the fifth.

Swisher singled to left to start the sixth, but Santana grounded into a double-play behind him. Pettibone walked Reynolds before getting Brantley to foul out to Michael Young to set Cleveland down.

Pettibone started the seventh up 4-2 and got the first two hitters. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Bourn and Bourn reached on a softly hit single, but Bastardo got Jason Kipnis on a ground ball to Frandsen to end the frame.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth with the Phils still up two runs. Switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera led off and tripled high off the wall in right-center. Bastardo got Swisher looking 1-2 for the first out before walking Santana to put runners on the corners for righty Mark Reynolds. Justin De Fratus came in to pitch to Reynolds and got him to pop to Galvis at second for the second out with the runners holding. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Brantley and struck him out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies figure out a way to get through the eighth with Adams still sidelined with lower back issues. De Fratus comes in with one out and runners on the corners and gets Reynolds on a pop-up. Worked great for the Phillies, but i don’t think that’s the formula for success. I think they would have been better off asking Papelbon to try and get five outs.

Bastardo faced five hitters in the game, allowing a walk, a single and a triple and getting two outs. It took a minor miracle for him not to be charged with runs. Opponents have hit .348 against him over his last eight appearances and he’s walked six in 5 2/3 innings.

De Fratus comes up huge in his second appearance of the season, getting Reynolds to pop out with one out and men on the corners. He’s faced two batters in two appearances for the year, striking out one and getting Reynolds to pop up in the other.

Horst also comes up big in the game, striking out the only batter he faces with two down and men on the corners. Lefties are still on-basing .429 against him for the season.

Cabrera’s ball hit off the top of the wall and rolled way away from Revere and into center.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 6-2. Stubbs led off and bunted for a single, but righty Mike Aviles hit for the pitcher Rich Hill and grounded into a double-play. Bourn grounded to Rollins to end the game.

Again it’s Papelbon in a non-save situation after the Phillies score two in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies have won six of the last ten games he’s appeared in by four or more runs.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed seven hits and a walk over 15 2/3 scoreless innings in 15 appearances.

Overall the pen goes two scoreless innings in the game, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two. Bastardo threw 19 pitches in the game. Everyone else was under ten. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has pitched more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Scott Kazmir went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Frandsen plays second with Utley on the bench. Mayberry in center against the lefty with Revere on the bench.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Frandsen hit a 1-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Michael Young followed with a walk, but Howard and Delmon Young went down behind him.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Mayberry singled with two outs, but Pettibone stuck out looking to leave him stranded.

Brown also hit the ball well leading off the inning, but Swisher made a nice play at first to take a hit away from him.

Through two innings, the righties that Manuel had inserted into the lineup (Mayberry and Frandsen) were 2-for-2 with the only hits for the Phils, a single and a home run.

Frandsen was hit by a pitch with one out in the third. Michael Young followed and hit a might-have-been double-play ball to short, but Kipnis’s throw to first wasn’t handled for an error that left Young at second with two down. Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

Young probably would have been safe at first even if the Kipnis throw had been handled there. But the error gives him an extra base.

Brown singled to center with one out in the third and moved up to second when Ruiz followed with a walk. They both scored when Mayberry doubled to the gap in left-center, putting the Phillies on top 3-2. Pettibone and Rollins went down on a pair of ground outs to leave Mayberry at second.

Three runs for the Phils in the game at that point with all three driven in by the righties put in the lineup with a lefty on the hill for Cleveland.

Frandsen was again hit by a pitch to start the fifth. Michael Young was next and hit a ball softly into center, which was caught by Bourn for the first out. Frandsen had misread it and was easily doubled off of first. Howard followed with a single, but was left at first when Delmon Young grounded to Kazmir to end the inning.

Assuming the Indians don’t get a double-play on the ball hit hard by Delmon Young and Brown still homers, the Frandsen base-running play costs the Phils two runs. Brown’s homer is a three-run shot that brings in Frandsen and Howard instead of a solo blast.

Brown led off the sixth and hit a 1-0 pitch from Kazmir out to left, putting the Phillies up 4-2. Righty Cody Allen took over for Kazmir and got Ruiz, Mayberry and Pettibone in order to end the inning.

Righty Bryan Shaw started the seventh. Rollins led off with a single and Frandsen bunted him to second with the first out. Michael Young grounded to short for the second out and Howard was walked intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Delmon Young. Young popped out to Swisher in to leave both men stranded.

Not a fan of the Frandsen bunt, even against a righty. Howard has walked nine times on the season and four of them have been intentional. 151 total plate appearances. If you take out the four times he was walked intentionally, that leaves him with five walks in 147 plate appearances, which is 3.4%.

Ruiz singled to center off of Shaw with one out in the ninth and took second on a wild pitch before Mayberry singled into center, scoring Ruiz to make it 5-2. Nix hit for Horst and lefty Rich Hill came in to pitch to Nix. Nix flew to center for the second out. Hill walked Rollins intentionally to pitch to Galvis and Galvis singled to left. Mayberry scored to make it 6-2, but Brantley threw Galvis out trying for second to end the inning.

Rollins is hitting 261/292/370 against lefties for the season. Walking him intentionally is a poor idea, even if it works.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s 8-for-his-last-25 with two doubles and a home run.

Frandsen was 1-for-1 with a home run. Kazmir hit him with pitches twice. 2-for-his-last-7 with two home runs. He made a base-running mistake in the fifth, getting doubled off of first.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-17 with two singles and five walks.

Howard 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The single was softly hit to left field, but it did come off the lefty Kazmir. 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles, one walk, which was intentional and 11 strikeouts. 195/214/390 against lefties for the year.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He came into last night’s game 5-for-his-last-10. 1-for-16 at CBP so far.

Brown was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run. He also had a hit taken away by Swisher on a nice play in his first at-bat. 301/307/548 with five home runs over his last 75 plate appearances. One walk in his last 79 plate appearances. 238/300/386 against righties for the year and 314/328/600 against lefties.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-his-last-14 with five singles.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Hamels (1-5, 4.18) faces righty Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64) this afternoon. Hamels wasn’t good in either of his first two starts on the season, but has thrown to a 2.41 ERA since, holding opponents to a .186 average in those six outings. The Phils have scored ten runs in his last six starts and gone 1-5. Kluber started the year pitching in the pen for the Indians, then moved to rotation where both of his first two starts were pretty good. He came into his most recent start with a 3.06 ERA and allowed eight runs over 4 2/3 innings to the Tigers. Righties have hit .356 against him for the season.

Update: The Phillies have agreed to a minor league deal with 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has not appeared in the majors in 2013 and went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.50 ratio in 35 appearances (20 starts) for the Marlins in 2012. He was pretty good as recently as 2010 when he threw to a 3.33 ERA over 129 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 36 appearances (20 starts). He walked 75 in 132 1/3 innings in 2012.


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