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.
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