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Left, left, left, left, left

Cole Hamels held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Phils fell 2-1 for their fourth loss in six games.

The Phillies had six hits in the game, five singles and a double. Arizona started Patrick Corbin, making it the third time in four games the Phils had faced a lefty. They’re hitting .216 against lefties for the year with Utley, Howard and Brown all on-basing .250 or less against them. The guys who don’t hit left-handed aren’t getting the job done either. Rollins is at 244/262/366 against lefties and Mayberry 222/276/444. Michael Young is at 258/395/323.

The Phillies are 16-20 on the season after losing 2-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in the first game of a four-game set.

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

The Phillies are 1-7 in the eight games that Hamels has started this year. He was hit hard in each of his first two starts on the season. Since then, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.41 ERA with a 1.07 ratio. The Phillies are 1-5 in those games and have scored a total of ten runs, five of which came in the one game they won.

He allowed a one-out double to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the first, but got the next two to leave Gregorius stranded.

Martin Prado singled to right with one out in the the second. Gerardo Parra was next and dumped a ball into the left field corner that landed near the wall. Brown took an odd angle to the ball, then misplayed it off the wall. Parra had a double, but Prado rounded third aggressively and then was held. Brown got the ball into third and Prado was tagged out trying to get back to the bag. Cliff Pennington popped to Utley to set the Snakes down.

Bad base-running by Arizona helps Hamels get a big out. Brown didn’t play the ball well, but second and third with one out it a whole lot worse for the Phils than two down and a runner on second.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Paul Goldschmidt to start the fourth, but Goldschmidt was picked off with Howard throwing to Rollins to get the first out. Hamels got the next two.

Two outs on the bases for Arizona in three innings.

Prado and Parra singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second for Pennington. Pennington went down on a ground ball handled by Hamels for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The pitcher Patrick Corbin was next and grounded to short for the second out. Both runners moved up a base, though, with Prado scoring to put Arizona up 1-0 with Parra on third. Hamels walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Goldschmidt, but Goldscmidt grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Hamels issues back-to-back walks on ten pitches to AJ Pollack and Gregorius after the RBI-ground out by the pitcher. Corbin’s ball was slowly hit and Prado was going on contact. Rollins didn’t have a chance to get him at home and made a nice play to get the out at first.

Cody Ross doubled to start the sixth and Miguel Montero walked behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Prado. Prado grounded to short with Montero forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Parra bunted a ball hard to the right of Howard at first. Howard came off the bag to field the ball and tossed to Utley covering to get the second out at first, but Ross scored (2-0) and Prado moved up to second. Pennington was walked intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Hamels got Corbin on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Hamels walks four in the fifth and sixth innings combined, including the intentional walk to Pennington.

Aumont started the seventh with the lead cut to 2-1. Gregorius singled to center with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Goldschmidt. Ross was next and Aumont walked him on four pitches, putting runners on first and second. Horst took over to pitch to the lefty Montero and walked him as well, loading the bases with two down. Prado popped to short on a 3-2 pitch to leave them loaded.

Aumont faced four batters in the game, allowing a single and a walk. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.45 with the outing, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Ten walks in 11 innings and two of the five runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Didn’t strike anyone out last night, but he has struck out 12 in 11 innings. There’s close to no way to be a successful reliever if you walk 8.2 batters per nine innings like he has this season. The way to look like a successful reliever is to get lucky and not pitch a lot of innings.

Horst was back for the eighth. Walked Parra to start the inning and Pennington bunted him to second with the first out. Lefty Jason Kubel hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and struck out swinging. Pollack grounded to short to end the inning.

Horst faced six men. Walked two and got four outs, one of which came on a bunt. He’s walked four in 3 1/3 innings over his last three appearances. The Phillies have lost 13 of the 14 games in which Horst has appeared this season. Lefties are on-basing .480 against him for the year.

Both Aumont and Horst were pitching for the second day in a row. Horst threw 28 pitches in the game Aumont 14. I would guess they try to avoid using Horst tonight.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing a hit and three walks.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Patrick Corbin went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Revere. Howard and Brown back in the lineup against the lefty after sitting against a lefty in game three of the set in San Francisco. Revere, hitting well in May, starts in center with lefty on the hill. The righty Mayberry on the bench.

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

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second, but was thrown out going for two. Brown struck out swinging for the third out.

Young is really slow. His ball was hit near the first base line and sure looked like it should have been a double to me. Took him a long time to get to second and a look into right field probably slowed him down.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third, but the Phils went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Brown singled to center with one out in the fifth. Ruiz and Revere went down behind him on a pair of fly balls.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the sixth. Utley walked with two outs and took second on a wild pitch with Michael Young at the plate. Behind in the count 3-0, the lefty Corbin put the righty Young on intentionally to pitch to Howard with two outs and men on first and second. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Ideally you wouldn’t see anyone walking people to pitch to your cleanup guy with two men on in a one-run game. Howard is hitting 176/200/412 against left-handed pitching.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when Delmon Young reached on an infield single to start the seventh. Brown was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single into center, putting men on first and second for Revere. With the lefty Corbin still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Mayberry hit for Revere and lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to him. Mayberry singled softly to left and the bases were loaded for Hamels. Frandsen hit for Hamels and blooped a ball into right. Mayberry didn’t read it right. The ball dropped, but Mayberry had hesitated. The right fielder Parra threw to second in time to force Mayberry for the second out. Brown scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Ruiz moved up to third. Rollins popped to short to leave runners at the corners.

Don’t quite understand why righties Mayberry and Frandsen got to hit against the lefty Reynolds, especially given that righty David Hernandez pitched the eighth for the Snakes. Mayberry got a hit and Frandsen should have had a hit.

The righty Hernandez got Utley, Young and Howard in order in the eighth. Howard grounded out to Pennington in right field to end the inning. It wasn’t even shallow right field. Nice play by Pennington and a strong throw to get Howard.

Still don’t understanding using the righty Hernandez to face the lefties in the eighth after using a lefty to face the righties in the seventh. Worked out pretty well for Arizona.

Righty Heath Bell started the ninth with a one-run lead. Brown doubled to right with one out, but Ruiz flew to right behind him for the second out. Nix hit for Mayberry and grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4. 204/262/286 over his last 107 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 114/205/257 against left-handed pitching on the year.

Michael Young was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s oddly hitting just .258 and slugging .323 against lefties. 313/365/469 against left-handed pitching for his career.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Had a hit taken away from him in right field. 3-for-his-last-18 with ten strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-18.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-12. 1-for-22 against right-handed pitching so far this season.

Revere was 0-for-2 in the game, but is hitting 368/465/421 in 22 plate appearances so far in May.

Tyler Cloyd makes his 2013 debut tonight against righty Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19). Cloyd went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phils in six starts in 2012. He was really good against righties (224/244/421), but lefties hit him hard (314/397/588) and he allowed eight home runs in 33 innings. He threw to a 6.30 ERA over his last four starts. He made six starts at Triple-A this season, throwing to a 5.40 ERA with a 1.49 ratio. The Snakes have dropped four of the last five games that Kennedy has started. He’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters for the season, about 11.3% of the righties he’s faced. Righties are hitting .263 against him for the year, but on-basing .365.


How ’bout we promise to keep watching and you promise to stop getting caught stealing with the game on the line?

And maybe get a middle reliever with an ERA under six?

Charlie Manuel is about to become the man who has managed the most games in Phillie history, reminding me that one of the biggest moments in this era of team history came off the field. On April 17, 2007, the press conference that followed the latest Phillie loss didn’t take long to get out of hand. Manuel eventually challenged a media member critical of the team to fight. That offer refused, Manuel stood telling the room, loudly and more than once, that his team was going to win.

They were 3-9 that day, coming off of an 8-1 loss to the Mets. Wes Helms had started the game at third with Freddy Garcia on the mound. Matt Smith allowed three runs in a third of an inning. Garcia was on his way to throwing to a 5.90 ERA for the year in his 11 starts. The Phillies hadn’t been to the playoffs in the last 13 years and would become the first professional team to reach 10,000 losses later that season. But they did win. They went 86-64 the rest of the way in ’07 and made the post-season for the first time since 1993. They went to the World Series the year after that and the year after that.

Yesterday, the 2013 Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth in San Francisco to send the game to extra-innings, where they lost 4-3. After the game, Manuel said he liked the team’s fight. “Keep watching us,” he said.

We will. But that’s not the same thing.

Going back to the end of the 2011 season and counting the ’11 playoffs, the Phillies are 103-111 in the last 214 games they’ve played. It’s not early and this year’s slow start isn’t a blip. If you’re waiting for this team to snap out of its funk, stop waiting. It’s not going to happen. They’re going to be reborn or they’re going to fade away.

I would truly love to believe that they aren’t going to fade away.

But I don’t.

I will, however, keep watching. Just in case. Because I would truly love to be wrong.

The Phillies are 16-19 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants in ten innings yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out one.

Pettibone’s ERA rises to 3.63 with the outing. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts. Righties are hitting 304/347/587 against him, however, and if they keep hitting 304/347/587 against him his ERA won’t be at 3.63 a lot longer.

Marco Scutaro singled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Pettibone got Pablo Sandoval to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Hunter Pence led off the second and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting the Giants up 1-0. Pettibone got the next two before Brandon Crawford singled to right. Guillermo Quiroz went down swinging to leave Crawford at first.

Pettibone had allowed four home runs in 18 2/3 innings for his career after the end of the second. That’s a lot, cause it would be 40 over 186 2/3 if he continued to allow home runs at that rate. And pitched 186 2/3 innings.

He set the Giants down in order in the third.

Sandoval and Belt both walked in the fourth, putting men on first and second for Francisco Peguero with one out and the game tied at 1-1. Peguero grounded to second for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Crawford flew to center to leave them both stranded.

You want to avoid walking two batters in an inning, but Pettibone worked out of it there.

With two outs in the fifth, Blanco singled to right, stole second and scored on a Scutaro single, putting the Giants up 2-1. Sandoval moved Scutaro up to third with a single, but Pettibone got Pence on a ground ball handled by Frandsen to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry made a nice play for the second out in the fifth. Zito popped a ball into shallow left-center, but Mayberry made a diving catch after a run to take a hit away from him. May have saved the Phils a run with Blanco, Scutaro and Sandoval all getting hits behind Zito.

Scutaro’s single was a two-out bloop into center that got the Giants a run.

Pettibone walked Belt to start the sixth and Belt moved up to second on a ground out by Peguero and up to third on a ground out by Crawford. Quiroz was walked intentionally to pitch to Zito with runners on the corners and two down, but Zito singled to right, scoring Belt to extend the lead to 3-1. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Blanco and walked him, loading the bases. Scutaro went down on a fly ball to right to leave them loaded.

Horst faced two batters in the game, walking one and getting one out. He has a 6.43 ERA for the year. Over his last five appearances he has an 8.31 ERA and a 2.08 ratio.

Aumont pitched the seventh. He walked Pence with one out and Pence stole second with two down, but Peguero grounded to second to leave Pence at second.

Aumont drops his ERA to 2.61 for the season with the appearance. He’s been nowhere near that good, walking nine in 10 1/3 innings. Opponents are on-basing .404 against him, lefties .478.

Durbin struck out Quiroz and Andres Torres in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Nice outing for Durbin. He came off of a pair of bad outings in which he allowed six runs over three innings. 6.17 ERA for the season for Dubin. He’s had a whole bunch of problems this year. Too many hits — opponents are hitting .304 against him. Too many of the hits go for extra-bases, opponents are slugging .609 against him for the year and seven of the 14 hits he’s allowed have gone for extra-bases, including three home runs. He’s also walked seven in 11 2/3 innings.

Adams started the ninth with the game tied at 3-3. Blanco led off with an infield single, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out before Scutaro doubled to center. Sandoval and Pence both went down on fly balls to center to leave Scutaro at second.

The caught stealing by Blanco ahead of the Scutaro double saves the Phils a run.

Adams has pitched for two days in a row. He hasn’t allowed a run in five innings over his last five appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Righty Buster Posey hit for Belt and singled to center. Righty Joaquin Arias hit for the pitcher Santiago Casilla and bunted Posey to second with the first out. Posey took third on a wild pitch before Crawford walked, putting men on first and third with one down for Quiroz. Bastardo struck the righty Quiroz out swinging for the second out, but Torres was next and lined a single to right. Posey scored to give the Giants a 4-3 win.

The wild pitch that moved Posey up to third with one out changed the inning. Nice job by Bastardo to struck Quiroz out with one out and the winning run on third, but it’s not enough as Torres follows with the single.

Bastardo came into the game with an 0.90 ERA for the year over 11 appearances. Opponents had hit .125 against him.

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Adams has pitched two days in a row and threw 15 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Michael Young (4) Utley (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruiz (7) Mayberry (8) Revere. Howard and Brown on the bench against the lefty with the Phils due to face another lefty tonight. Righties Frandsen and Mayberry in the lineup at first and in left. The lefty Revere stays in the lineup against the lefty.

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

Down 1-0, they went in order in the top of the second.

Revere doubled to right with one out in the third, but Pettibone struck out swinging for the first out and Rollins flew to center for the third.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Revere in his 113th plate appearance. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-13 with three walks in 16 May plate appearances.

Frandsen led off the fourth and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. The Phils went in order behind him.

First home run of the year for Frandsen.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the sixth. Rollins doubled with one out, but was caught trying to steal third for the second out. Frandsen grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins was out caught stealing by a lot. Just his second caught stealing on the year, but it would have been a good time either to stay at second or to be safe.

Zito got both Youngs and Utley in order in the seventh with the Phils down 3-1.

Ruiz singled to left to start the eighth. Righty Santiago Casilla came in to pitch to Mayberry. Howard hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the first out. Revere was next and grounded to first for the second out with Ruiz moving up to second. With Domonic Brown in the on-deck circle and set to hit for Aumont, lefty Jeremy Affeldt took over for Casilla. Brown did hit for Aumont and went down on a ground ball handled by Affeldt to end the frame.

Righty Sergio Romo started the ninth for the Giants with a 3-1 lead. Rollins led off and doubled into the right field corner. He moved up to third when Frandsen flew out to Pence in foul territory for the first out. Michael Young drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into center, scoring Rollins (3-2) and moving Young up third. Utley took second as the throw came in to third, putting men on second and third with one down for Delmon Young. Young flew to right for the second out. Michael Young tagged and scored from third as the throw came home way up the line, tying the game at 3-3 with two down and Utley at third. Ruiz flew to center to leave Utley stranded.

Romo came into the game with a 1.72 ERA for the season and the Phils score two on two hits and a walk to tie the game. Second double for Rollins since the start of the sixth inning.

Revere singled off of lefty Javier Lopez with one out in the top of the tenth, but was caught stealing for the second out. Brown struck out to end the frame.

Second time in the game the Phils were caught stealing. Second hit for Revere in the game, both of which came off of the lefties he’s been prone to sit against recently.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with two doubles and a caught stealing. 3-for-13 with two doubles in the set. 6-for-his-last-36. 242/294/364 for the season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season. Started just his third game of the season. 259/333/444 on the year. He’s appeared in just one game at third base this season while appearing at second three times.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-11 with three walks and three doubles in the series. 322/394/415 for the year. Isolated power of .093.

Utley 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 276/324/504 for the year. Ten walks in 139 plate appearances is 7.2%, well below his career mark of 9.8% and the lowest it’s been in any year since 2004. 121/194/273 against lefties for the season.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a big RBI. 3-for-23 on the season. 1-for-his-last-20.

Ruiz 1-for-4 to drop his average to .138 after 29 at-bats. 2-for-9 in the set.

Mayberry 0-for-2. Made a nice diving catch in the third to take a hit away from Zito. 1-for-7 in the series. 213/292/400 for the year. 143/208/286 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Revere 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 234/281/262 for the year with two extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances. 412/500/471 in 20 plate appearances in May.

Hamels (1-4, 4.34) faces lefty Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80) tonight in Arizona. Hamels pitched to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts this season. 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA and an 0.94 ratio over his last five. Opponents have hit .171 against him in those five outings, but drawn 12 walks in 35 innings. Corbin has made six starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of them. Lefties are hitting .160 against him for the year.


Repeat performance

The Phillies got six runs and good starting pitching for the second straight night last night. For the second straight night it was enough and they topped the Giants 6-2.

Lee led the way with his start in game one. Last night was Kyle Kendrick’s turn. Kendrick tossed seven strong innings to get the win and is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in 42 innings over his last six starts. Opponents have hit .219 against him.

The Phillies have scored 12 runs in the first two games of their set in San Francisco. Utley and Howard both homered last night, with Howard’s blast coming off of a lefty in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies are 16-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 last night. They have won two in a row and are 7-4 in their last 11 games. They are 10-8 since the end of the day on April 18, which is the best mark in the NL East. That says a lot about how the teams in the NL East are playing these days — the Phils are 11-12 since the end of the day on April 13, which is also the best mark in the division.

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

Up 1-0, he set the Giants down in order in the bottom of the first.

Up 3-0, he set them down in order in the second, making an outstanding play on a Gregor Blanco bunt for the third out. Blanco bunted down the first base line, but Kendrick got to the ball and flipped to first while falling down in time to retire Blanco and end the inning.

Brandon Belt singled to shallow left to start the third and moved to third when Brandon Crawford doubled down the left field line. Kendrick struck the pitcher Tim Lincecum out for the first out before Angel Pagan flew to center for the second. Belt tagged and scored from third, cutting the lead to 3-1. Marco Scutaro was next and he ripped the first pitch he saw from Kendrick passed a diving Young and into the third base corner. Crawford scored from second and it was 3-2. Pablo Sandoval flew to right for the third out.

Buster Posey singled to center to start the fourth. Hunter Pence was next and hit a double-play ball to Young at third, but Young booted it for an error that left men on first and second with nobody out. Kendrick struck Blanco out looking for the first out and Belt out looking for the second before Crawford grounded to third to set the Giants down.

Just a fantastic job by Kendrick to get back-to-back strikeouts after the error by Young changes the inning from two outs and nobody on to two on and nobody out. Young had a shaky start to the year defensively at third, but has been much better than I expected there since.

Up 4-1, Kendrick allowed a two-out single to Scutaro in the fifth. Sandoval went down on a ball handled by Kendrick to end the inning.

Kendrick set the Giants down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies led 5-2 when he started the seventh. Crawford singled with one out and lefty Nick Noonan hit for the pitcher Lincecum. Noonan flew to center for the second out and Pagan flew to left for the third.

Adams started the eighth with the Phils still up by three. He allowed a one-out single to Sandoval, but struck Posey and Pence out behind Sandoval to keep the Giants off the board.

Adams has allowed two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings in his last four appearances.

Up 6-2, Papelbon set the Giants down in order in the ninth.

The Phillies scored a run in the top of the ninth, so Papelbon was pitching in a non-save situation for the fifth time in his last seven appearances. Pitching him in a non-save situation is fine. Pitching him with a huge less is less fine. The Phillies have won the last five games he has pitched in by an average of four runs.

He allowed two runs in an inning in his first outing of the year. Since then, Papelbon has thrown 12 scoreless innings in 12 appearances, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow a hit, no walks and strike out three. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 14 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Revere. Nix in right against the righty with righties Mayberry and Delmon Young on the bench. Revere plays center against the righty.

With one out in the first, Utley hit a ball that Lincecum fielded and threw away for an error, leaving Utley at second with nobody out. Michael Young followed with a walk before Howard singled on a ball deflected by Scutaro, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0 with one down and men on first and second. Ruiz struck out swinging for the second out and Brown went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

The Phillies get a run with some help, then can’t get more after putting two men on with one out. Utley’s ball was back up the middle and hit Lincecum on one hop. Lincecum slid for it near the first base line and made a bad throw to first. Howard hit his ball hard, but right at Scutaro. Scutaro had a good chance to make the play.

Nix and Revere singled back-to-back to start the second and Kendrick bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins was next and grounded to second for the second out. Both runners moved up with Nix scoring to put the Phils on top 2-0. Utley was next and singled into center, scoring Revere. 3-0. Michael Young flew to right to end the frame.

Howard started the third with a walk, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown grounded to second for the third out.

Nix singled to left to start the fourth with the lead cut to 3-2. He stole second, but Revere and Kendrick both struck out and Rollins grounded to first to leave him stranded.

Utley hit Lincecum’s first pitch of the fifth out to right-center, putting the Phillies up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

They went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Rollins singled with one out in the seventh and scored on a two-out double by Michael Young. 5-2. Lincecum walked Howard intentionally to pitch to Ruiz and got Ruiz on a ground ball handled by Lincecum to leave Young stranded.

Revere bunted for a single off of lefty Jose Mijares with two outs in the eighth and took second on a throwing error by Belt. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and walked, but Rollins struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Revere bunts for the hit against a lefty. His numbers are about equally bad against lefties and righties, but I think we’ll see him sit for a while against lefties so Mayberry can hit against left-handed pitching.

Howard hit an 0-1 pitch out to center off of Mijares with two outs in the ninth. 6-2. Ruiz followed with a single, but Brown went down on a fly ball to left to leave Ruiz at first.

Second home run of the year for Howard off of a lefty. His isolated power against lefties is .258 in 18 at-bats, which is better than his isolated power of .221 against righties. The problem is he’s hitting .194 against lefties with one walk in 19 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-32 with four singles.

Utley 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Six of his seven home runs on the year have come against righties and he’s hitting 133/212/300 against left-handed pitching.

Michael Young 1-for-4 with a walk and a double and an error. 4-for-his-last-8 with three doubles.

Howard 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run. 322/364/661 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-5 and left five men on base. 3-for-25 on the year. 1-for-20 against right-handed pitching.

Brown was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-16. He has one walk in his last 56 plate appearances.

Revere 2-for-4 to up his average to .233. We better be hoping Ben Revere can play, cause Mayberry in center field is a lock not to work. Revere is 5-for-13 with three walks so far in May (385/500/385).

Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) faces lefty Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) this afternoon. The Phils are 3-0 in Pettibone’s three starts and all three have been pretty good. Opponents have hit .286 against him, but he’s walked just two in 16 2/3 innings. Zito has allowed 11 earned runs in his six starts, nine of which came in a single outing against the Brewers. He’s allowed two earned runs in 29 2/3 innings over the other five, which is an 0.61 ERA. For the sake of our sanity, and perhaps civilization as we know it, it does seem important to point out that he was charged with five unearned runs in those five starts. Still.


The un-Halladay season

The Phillies got the Halladay-on-the-DL ERA started last night. So far, so good. Lee came into the game with a 6.00 ERA over his last three starts and went eight strong innings to lead the Phils to a 6-2 win.

Michael Young had three hits in the game for the Phils, including a pair of doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances. Domonic Brown added a solo homer and has three home runs in his last 18 plate appearances (four in his last 35).

The Phillies are 15-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2. They’ve won three of their last five and six of their last ten.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies are 1-4 in the last five games that Lee has started.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

The Phils led 3-0 when Hunter Pence hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the bottom of the second. Lee got the next two.

He set the Giants down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

The Phillies led 5-1 when Pence led off the fifth with a single. Francsisco Peguero was next, though, and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to clear the bases. Brandon Crawford struck out swinging to end the inning.

Lee perfect against everyone but Hunter Pence through five innings.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Marco Scutaro started the seventh with a single, but Lee got Pablo Sandoval to ground into a double-play behind him. Buster Posey flew to right for the third out.

Pence doubled to right to start the eighth. Peguero was next and chopped a ball to short. Rollins fielded and threw low to first. Howard didn’t handle it for an error charged to Rollins. Pence scored from second and it was 5-2 with Peguero on first and nobody out. Lee got Crawford on a ground ball for the first out before Brandon Belt hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Howard probably should have handled the throw from Rollins. The throw was bad, low, but could have been caught.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils up 6-2.

Fourth time in his last six appearances that Paplebon pitched in a non-save situation. He’s thrown 11 scoreless innings in 11 appearances since allowing two runs in an inning his first outing of the year.

He threw seven pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Madison Bumgarner went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) M Young (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. The righty Mayberry plays center with the lefty Revere on the bench. The problem with that is Mayberry can’t play center. the problem with playing Revere in center is he can’t hit.

Two-out singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard and a walk to Delmon Young loaded the bases for Brown in the top of the first. He went down on a ground ball handled by Bumgarner to turn the Phillies away.

Mayberry and Kratz singled back-to-back to start the second and Lee bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins flew to center for the second out before a walk to Utley loaded the bases for Michael Young. Young doubled to right, scoring Mayberry and Kratz to put the Phils up 2-0 with runners on second and third. With Howard at the plate, Utley scored on a wild pitch (3-0) and Young moved up to third before Howard struck out swinging to leave him there.

Up 3-1, the Phils went in order in the third.

Lee singled with one out in the fourth, but Rollins and Utley went down behind him.

Michael Young doubled to start the fifth and moved up to third on a ground out by Howard. Delmon Young followed and flew to right for the second out. Michael Young tagged and scored from third to extend the Phillie lead to 4-1. Brown was next and laced an 0-1 pitch out to right. 5-1. Mayberry flew to left to set the Phillies down.

Sixth home run of the year for Brown. He has 119 plate appearances for the season. In each of the last two years he got about 210 plate appearances (210 in 2011 and 212 in 2012) and hit five home runs. He’s hit four home runs in his last 35 plate appearances.

Rollins and Kratz struck out in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Utley singled off of righty Chad Gaudin to start the seventh, but Michael Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Howard struck out swinging.

Michael Young has grounded into eight double-plays in his last 70 plate appearances, which would have him on pace to ground into about 69 over 600 plate appearances. For the year he has grounded into 10 in 123 plate appearances, which has him on a pace to hit into about 49 double-plays for the season. No other player across both leagues has hit into more than eight double-plays this season. Since the end of the 2008 season, only one player across both leagues has hit into 30 or more in a season (Billy Butler hit into 32 in 2010).

Gaudin set Delmon Young, Brown and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

It was 5-2 when righty Jean Machi walked Kratz to start the ninth. Galvis hit for Lee and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Kratz tagged and scored. 6-2. Lefty Javier Lopez came in to pitch to Utley and got him on a ground ball for the second out with Galvis moving up to third. Michael Young was intentionally walked so the lefty Lopez could pitch to Howard. Howard struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Howard is hitting 167/194/333 against lefties for the season after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-20 with a home run.

Michael Young 3-for-4 with two doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-5 and struck out three times. 1-for-his-last-10 with seven strikeouts.

Delmon Young 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-19 since homering in his first at-bat with the Phils.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. He’s slugging .565 against lefties for the year (6-for-23 with a double and two home runs).

Mayberry 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-11.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-9 with three walks.

Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) faces righty Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) tonight. Kendrick has a 1.54 ERA in his last five starts and the Phils have gone 4-1 in those games. Lincecum has a 5.06 ERA in his last 39 starts going back to the start of 2012.


Ace in the who?

The Phillie rotation includes Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay these days, but Kyle Kendrick has clearly been the best starter of the group. Kendrick went seven strong innings last night as the Phils topped the Marlins 7-2.

Just about everybody thought it was a fluke when a 22-year-old Kendrick went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 2007 and helped to pitch the Phillies into the playoffs. We might all want to reconsider. Kendrick is 28 now and he’s thrown to a 3.44 ERA over his last 46 starts going back to the start of 2011.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are having a lot of success against the Fish and the Mets and a whole lot less against everyone else. 8-2 against the Marlins and Mets and 5-14 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 13-16 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 last night. The Phillies have won four of their last six.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out five.

Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the season. Since then he’s made five starts in which he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with a 1.03 ratio. Opponents have hit .219 against him in those starts and the Phils have gone 4-1. Lefties are hitting 233/291/370 against him for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game. He drew a walk and moved up to second when Donovan Solano singled to center. Pierre stole third before Placido Polanco hit into a double-play, scoring Pierre to make it 1-0 with the bases empty. Dobbs singled into left, but Kendrick retired Justin Ruggiano on a ground ball to short to end the frame.

Marcell Ozuna doubled with one out in the second, but Kendrick got the next two hitters to leave him stranded.

It was 1-1 when Kendrick started the third. Solano and Polanco singled back-to-back with one out, but Kendrick got Dobbs swinging for the second out. Ruggiano walked to load the bases, but Kendrick got Rob Brantley looking to leave them loaded.

Through three innings, Kendrick had allowed four singles, two walks, a double and a stolen base, but held Miami to a single run.

Adeiny Hechavarria tripled with one out in the fourth. The pitcher Alex Sanabia was next, though, and Kendrick got him on a ground ball to first with Hechavarria holding third for the second out. Pierre popped to Rollins to end the inning.

No run for the Fish after putting a man on third with one out.

The Phils led 2-1 when Kendrick set Miami down in order in the fifth. Solano smashed a ball back up the middle and off of Kendrick’s leg to start the frame, but Kendrick went after the ball quickly and threw to first to get the out.

Nice play by Kendrick. Solano hit the ball hard.

The Phils led 4-1 Ruggiano homered to center to start the sixth. 4-2. Kendrick retired the next three.

He set the Marlins down in order in the seventh. Lefty Chris Coghlan hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and struck out looking for the first out.

Adams set Polanco, Dobbs and Ruggiano down in order in the eighth with the Phils still up by two.

Adams drops his ERA to 3.27 with the outing. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk over two innings in his last two appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 7-2 lead after the Phils scored three in the bottom of the eighth and set the Marlins down in order.

Ideally, Papelbon wouldn’t be pitching in the ninth with a five-run lead no matter how many runs you score in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies play ten more days in a row before their next off-day, which is on May 13.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s thrown nine scoreless innings in nine appearances.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game in which they struck out two and did not allow a hit or a walk. Adams threw 14 pitches and Papelbon eight. Neither of them has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against righty Alex Sanabia went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Revere on the bench with a swollen finger, so Mayberry plays center against the righty. Delmon Young makes his first appearance in right as a Phillie. Kratz catches.

Michael Young doubled to center with two outs in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 1-0. Howard struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

First extra-base hit for Young since April 10. He came into the game 19-for-his-last-63 (.302) with 19 singles.

Brown lined a homer out to right with one out in the second, tying the game at 1-1. Mayberry and Kratz went down behind him.

Kendrick dumped a soft single into center to start the third, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him and Utley struck out for the third out.

Howard homered to left with one out in the fourth, putting the Phils up 2-1. Brown delivered a two-out single later in the frame, but Mayberry flew to left to leave him at first.

Kratz walked to start the fifth and Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins was next and hit a ball to second that Solano didn’t handle for an error, leaving the Phils with runners on the corners and one out for Utley. Utley flew to right, deep enough for Kratz to tag and score, putting the Phils up 3-1. Michael Young followed with a single, sending Rollins to third. With Howard at the plate, a passed ball scored Rollins (4-1) and moved Young up to second. Howard was walked intentionally and the righty Sanabia got the righty Delmon Young to ground to short to end the inning.

Marlins tally an error, a passed ball and an intentional walk in the frame and the Phillies gave them one out on a bunt. If they get an out on the ball booted by Solano they are out of the inning with no damage done.

Righty Jon Rauch walked Mayberry with one out in the sixth. Kratz struck out for the second out and Kendrick grounded to second to end the inning.

It was 4-2 when righty Tom Koehler set Rollins, Utley and Michael Young down in order in the seventh.

Koehler came back to start the eighth. He walked Howard and Nix back-to-back before Brown singled to left, scoring Howard to make it 5-2 with nobody out and runners on first and third. Mayberry was next and he went down on a ball handled by the pitcher for the first out with Brown moving up to second. With Kratz at the plate, a wild pitch scored Nix (6-2) and moved Brown up to third. Kratz singled into left and Brown scored. 7-2. Frandsen hit for Adams and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Not quite sure why the righty Koehler seemed like the right guy to use in a two-run game to face Howard, Nix and Brown to start the inning. Lefty Mike Dunn had thrown 17 pitches the day before. Whatever the reason, it didn’t work out well for Miami as all three of them reached to start the frame and the Phils went on to score three runs.

Rollins was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .243. 220/289/341 against righties.

Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a double. His UZR/150 at third base for the year is -0.3.

Howard 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run. One of the walks was intentional. He came into the game with three walks in 105 plate appearances for the season. He now has five, two of which are intentional.

Delmon Young 0-for-3. 2-for-9 with a home run on the season.

Brown 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. 12-for-his-last-31 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs (387/394/645).

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. He has a huge opportunity to work his way into an everyday role with the Phillies willing to sit Revere, but things went real bad for him when he has a similar chance in 2012. The Phillies damage his value as a player when they play him in center — the more he plays center the more his overall value will decrease, cause he’s not very good there. He’s 5-for-his-last-35 at the plate (.143). His dWAR for the year as calculated by Baseball-Reference is -0.6. The Phillies have played less than a fifth of the season.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 7-for-his-last-26 with four walks and a home run (269/367/385).

Pettibone (1-1, 4.35) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) tonight. Pettibone’s made two starts for the Phils and both have been okay. Opponents have hit .333 against him, but he’s done well to limit the walks, walking just two in 10 1/3 innings. Nolasco has allowed more than three runs in just one of his six starts. He faced the Phils on April 12 and held them to a run over six innings. The Phils won the game 3-1 when they scored two runs charged to Jon Rauch in the top of the tenth.


Nobody and Indians

The Phillies started Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the two games of their short set with the Indians. Cleveland scored 20 runs in the two games and the Phils scored exactly two more than they would have scored if they had sent you and 24 of your closest friends to Cleveland.

Last night the Phils got three hits, all singles, on their way to a 6-0 loss. The Phillies walked seven times in the game, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving two men on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

For the third straight start, Cliff Lee didn’t pitch very well. In last night’s game he allowed five runs over six innings. After throwing to a 1.52 ERA over his first three starts for the year, he’s thrown to a 6.00 ERA over his last three.

The Phillies are 12-16 on the year after losing 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians last night. The Indians take both games of the two-game set.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Opponents have hit .325 against Lee over his last three starts and the Phils have lost all three games.

He set the Indians down in order in the first.

Carlos Santana walked with one out in the second and went to third on a single by Ryan Raburn. Mike Aviles was next and flew to left for the second out. Santana tagged and scored from third to put Cleveland up 1-0. Yan Gomes flew to center to leave Raburn at second.

Michael Brantley singled with one out in the third and moved to second when Jason Kipnis followed with a walk. They both scored on a double by Asdrubal Cabrera, extending the Cleveland lead to 3-0. Mark Reynolds moved Cabrera up to third with an infield single before lee struck Santana out swinging for the second out. Raburn was next, though, and he reached on an infield single to make it 4-0 with men on first and second. Aviles flew to right to leave the runners stranded.

Brantley singled with two outs in the fourth, but Lee got Kipnis on a fly ball to center to leave him at first. Nix made a fantastic play for the second out in the frame, going over the wall to take a home run away from Drew Stubbs.

Reynolds reached second on a two-base error by Rollins with one out in the fifth. Raburn was next and doubled to right, scoring Reynolds to make it 5-0. Aviles flew to center to leave Raburn at second.

Reynolds ball was hit hard, but right at Rollins at short. He just didn’t handle it and it bounded out into to center. Revere had a long run to get to it and Reynolds ran hard all the way to wind up at second, just ahead of Revere’s throw and Utley’s tag.

Lee kept the Indians off the board in the sixth despite one-out singles by Stubbs and Brantley.

Horst started the seventh. Santana and Raburn singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second. Aviles flew to center for the second out, but Gomes was next and loaded the bases on an infield single on a ball deflected by Horst. Stubbs followed and he reached on an infield single as well. Santana scored and it was 6-0. Brantley popped to Rollins to leave the bases loaded.

Four hits in inning for the Indians. Three of them were infield singles and the other, Raburn’s, was softly hit to left.

Horst has been charged with a run in three straight appearances, although the run was unearned in the first of the three. Opponents are hitting .347 against him for the year.

Aumont pitched the eighth. He allowed an infield single and hit a batter, but kept Cleveland off the board.

Aumont was pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.96 ratio to go with his 3.12 ERA and has hit two batters in 8 2/3 innings.

Overall the pen went two innings, allowing a run on five hits and no walks. Aumont has thrown two days in a row. He threw 21 pitches in the game and Horst threw 22.

The Phillie lineup against righty Trevor Bauer went (1) Rollins (2) M Young (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Nix (9) Revere. Rollins leads off against the righty with a .305 on-base percentage against righties for the year. He’s had one year since the end of 2008 in which he’s on-based better than .332 against righties — he on-based .360 against right-handed pitching in 2011. Nix in right with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Delmon Young at DH again.

Rollins and Utley both walked in the top of the first, but Rollins was caught stealing for the first out, Michael Young stuck out for the second and Howard struck out for the third.

Not a big fan of the attempted steal by Rollins given that Bauer walks everyone and hadn’t gotten an out in the game yet.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Down 1-0, Nix walked to start the third. Revere was next and bunted, but the pitcher Bauer fielded and threw to second in time to get Nix for the first out. Revere stole second and moved up to third when Rollins flew to center for the second out, but was left at third when Young struck out looking.

Utley walked to start the fourth with the Phils down 4-0. Howard flew to right for the first out and Delmon Young grounded out second with Utley forced at second for the second. Brown moved Young up to second with a single to right, but Bauer struck Ruiz out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Nix and Revere walked back-to-back to start the fifth, but the Phils went in order behind them.

Righty Bryan Shaw started the sixth for the Indians with the Phils down 5-0. Delmon Young walked with one out and moved up to second on a bloop single into left-center by Brown. Ruiz and Nix both struck out to leave the runners on first and second.

Revere singled off of Shaw to start the seventh. Rollins was next and grounded to second, but Revere avoided the tag of Kipnis and the throw to first was too late to get Rollins. It left men on first and second with nobody out, but Michael Young hit into another double-play and lefty Rich Hill came in and got Utley to ground to second to end the frame.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out.

Down 6-0, the Phillies went in order in the eighth. Hill got Howard on a fly ball to center for the first out. Righty Joe Smith took over after that and struck Delmon Young and Brown out back-to-back.

Righty Cody Allen got Ruiz, Nix and Revere in the ninth.

Three hits in the game for the Phililes, all singles. Two for Brown and one for Revere. They walked seven times.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with a walk in the two-game set. 252/310/383 for the year.

Michael Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 0-for-7 with a walk in the series and 326/396/400 on the season.

Utley 0-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 with two walks and a home run in the series. 290/345/520 for the year. 338/390/581 against righties and 154/214/346 against lefties.

Howard 0-for-4. 1-for-8 with a double and two strikeouts in the set. 273/286/444. Three walks on the season total. He’s also hitting .154 and slugging .346 against lefties — 154/185/346.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series.

Brown 2-for-4. 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. 244/317/378 for the year.

Nix 0-for-2, walked twice and took a homer away from Stubbs in the fourth. 250/321/417 for the season.

Revere 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 with a walk in the series.

Kendrick (2-1, 2.41) faces righty Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) tonight in Philly as the Phils face the Fish. Kendrick threw a complete game shutout in his last start as the Phils topped the Mets 4-0. He allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 1.29 ERA with an 0.96 ratio. Righties are hitting 206/242/254 against him for the season. Since the end of 2010, Kendrick has made 76 appearances, 45 of which are starts, in which he has thrown to a 3.48 ERA overall and 3.47 ERA in his 45 starts. Roy Halladay’s ERA in his starts since the end of 2010 is 3.48. The 24-year-old Sanabia has had two bad starts and three good ones. In the stuff to work on category, he’s walked 16 in 29 2/3 innings and lefties are hitting 340/468/560 against him on the season.


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