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The Phils outhit the Dodgers 14-7 last night, out-homered them two to nothing and took a lead into the seventh inning. It wasn’t enough, though, as LA scored three times after the start of the seventh and topped the Phils 6-4.

For the second time in three outings, Pettibone was miserable in the first inning as LA jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. He was very good after that, though, setting down 15 in a row after allowing a leadoff single to start the second. A night after a brilliant performance from the pen, the Phils took a 4-3 lead into the seventh, but De Fratus allowed two in the seventh and Bastardo another in the eighth.

Ryan Howard had a miserable game for the Phils, hitting into a big double-play to end the fifth and slipping in the seventh as he tried to field a bunt. He ends the day 0-for-his-last-14.

The Phillies are 38-42 on the year after losing 6-4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. LA leads the four game series one game to none. After 80 games, the Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first place Braves and two behind the Nationals.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

He has a 6.20 ERA over his last four starts. Lefties are hitting 315/392/459 against him for the year.

He walked Skip Schumaker on five pitches to start the bottom of the first. Yasiel Puig was next and hit a ball fielded by Pettibone. Pettibone went to second to force Schumaker for the first out with Puig safe at first. Adrian Gonzalez moved Puig to third with a single to right and Matt Kemp followed with a double down the third base line that scored Puig (1-0) and pushed Gonzalez to third. Andre Ethier was next and doubled off the wall in center, scoring both runners to make it 3-0. AJ Ellis was next and hit a ball well to right, but Delmon Young tracked it down after a long run for the second out. Juan Uribe grounded to Pettibone to end the inning.

Second time in three starts that Pettibone has been miserable in the first inning. On June 15 the Rockies scored six runs charged to Pettibone in the first. His first inning ERA for the year is 8.31. His ERA in the first and second innings combined is 7.27. After the second inning he has thrown to a 2.47 ERA.

The catch that Delmon Young made on the Ellis ball didn’t look real pretty. The ball was well hit and could easily have gone for a double. Pettibone and the Phils got a little fortunate the inning wasn’t worse.

You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man when you can.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Pettibone started the second. Nick Punto led off with a single to center and stole second. The pitcher Zack Greinke bunted him to third with the first out. Pettibone got behind Schumaker 3-0, but came back to strike him out looking for the second out. Puig grounded to second to turn the Dodgers away.

Pettibone gets the huge strikeout of Schumaker with one down and Punto on third, coming back after getting behind 3-0 after walking Schumaker to start the first.

Pettibone struck out Gonzalez and Kemp in a 1-2-3 third.

He set LA down in order in the fourth.

It was 3-3 when he set them down in order in the fifth.

He struck Kemp out again in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Pettibone set down 15 in a row after allowing the single to Punto to start the bottom of the second. Five of the first eight hitters he faced to start the game reached on four hits, including two doubles, and a walk. Turned things around in a big way after getting behind Schumaker 3-0 with one out and a man on third in the bottom of the second.

De Fratus started the seventh with the Phils up 4-3. Ellis led off with a walk. Uribe was next and bunted. Howard slipped trying to field the ball and it went for a single that left LA with men on first and second. Punto bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Righty Hanley Ramirez hit for the pitcher Greinke and was walking intentionally, loading the bases for Schumaker. De Fratus struck Schumaker out swinging 0-2, bringing Puig to the plate with two outs. De Fratus got ahead of Puig 0-2 and threw a slider on the outside part of the plate that Puig somehow pulled into left field for a two-run single. It left the Dodgers up 5-4 with two down and men on first and second for the lefty Gonzalez. Bastardo took over for De Fratus and got Gonzalez on a fly ball to center field to end the inning.

You really, really want to avoid walking the leadoff man when you can. Especially in a one-run game.

De Fratus has walked seven in his last 2 2/3 innings. You can’t let him pitch in close games unless he stops doing that.

The slip by Howard trying to field the bunt changes the frame. He just got to the ball and fell down trying to pick it up. The righty Uribe sure looked content trying to bunt at Howard, fouling the pitch right before off down the first base line.

The 0-2 pitch to Puig was too close to the plate, but it was slightly miraculous that Puig pulled it into left field for a single. The pitch should have been somewhere unhittable. It wasn’t, but if it hadn’t been pulled I probably would have thought it was unpullable. Walking Ellis to start the inning was a bigger mistake than the 0-2 pitch to Puig.

Kemp singled off of Bastardo to start the eighth. Ethier fouled out to third for the first out before Kemp stole second and third. Elllis followed with a fly ball to right for the second out, deep enough for Kemp to tag and score, extending the lead to 6-4. Bastardo struck Uribe out swinging for the third out.

Walks are Bastardo’s problem overall, but he hasn’t walked anyone over 5 1/3 innings in his last seven appearances and still thrown to a 5.06 ERA. Opponents have hit .325 against him over 9 2/3 innings in his 12 June appearances.

The Dodgers wouldn’t have scored the run in the frame without the pair of stolen bases from Kemp. Opponents have stolen 14 bases against Bastardo for his career and been caught just three times.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. De Fratus threw 20 pitches in the game and Bastardo 17.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zack Greinke went (1) Revere (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Quintero. Michael Young on the bench with Frandsen at third. Revere leads off against the righty with Rollins dropped to third. Quintero catches with Ruiz on the bench. Mayberry on the bench and Delmon Young in right.

Utley doubled to right with one out in the top of the first, but Rollins and Howard went down to leave him at second.

Brown led off the second with the Phils down 3-0 and hit a 3-2 pitch out to center. 3-1. Delmon Young singled to left and moved up to second when Frandsen walked behind him. Quintero flew to center for the first out before Greinke picked Young off of second for the second. Pettibone struck out looking to set the Phillies down.

The Phils don’t get any more than that after putting men on first and second with nobody out.

Revere singled to start the third, but was caught stealing as Utley struck out, leaving the Phils with two down and the bases empty for Rollins. Rollins struck out looking to end the frame.

Revere’s safe percentage on steals nears the 75% mark. 20 safe and six caught stealings has him at 76.9%. Hasn’t been picked off this season.

Delmon Young singled to center with two outs in the fourth, but Frandsen flew to right to leave him at first.

Pettibone singled to left with one out in the fifth. Revere followed with a ball back up the middle that went off of Greinke’s foot and into right field for a single, moving Pettibone up to third. With runners on the corners and one down, Utley singled to left. Pettibone scored (3-2) and Revere moved up to third. Rollins singled into right. 3-3 with men on first and second for Howard and one down. Howard grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Not a good game for Howard, coming off an 0-for-6 with three strikeouts the night before against the Padres.

Delmon Young and Frandsen singled back-to-back with one out in the sixth, putting runners on first and second for Quintero. Quintero grounded into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

Second time in two innings the Phillies put men on first and second with one out and ground into a double-play to end the frame. Quintero is on-basing .266 for his career.

With two outs in the seventh, Utley hit a 1-1 pitch from Greinke out to right, putting the Phils up 4-3. Rollins grounded to first for the third out.

Utley is 7-for-his-last-18 with two home runs.

Nix hit for Pettibone and popped out for the first out in the frame. He’s 0-for-his-last-6 and hitting 211/268/311 for the season.

The Phillies were down 5-4 when they hit in the eighth. Delmon Young singled off of righty Ronald Belisario with two outs. Mayberry ran for him at first, but was left stranded when Frandsen struck out swinging.

They trailed 6-4 when they hit in the ninth. With righty Kensley Jansen pitching for the Dodgers, Ruiz hit for Quintero and flew to Ethier in foul territory for the first out. Michael Young hit for Bastardo and flew to right for the second out. Revere singled to right and took second on defensive indifference, but Utley lined to first to end the game.

The Phils lose 6-4 despite out-hitting the Dodgers 14-7. The Dodgers stole three bases. The Phillies didn’t steal any, but were caught stealing once and picked off once.

Revere 3-for-5 with a caught stealing. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-7. He has 155 plate appearances in the leadoff spot for the year in which he has on-based .294. Rollins has 174 PA in the leadoff spot for the Phillies in which he has on-based .301. The team on-base percentage from the top spot in the order in .307 — Michael Young has on-based .440 in his 25 PA atop the order. Young hit leadoff for six games for the Phils from June 6 to June 12. The Phils were 1-5 in those games and scored 18 total runs or three per game.

Utley 3-for-5 with a double and a homer. 290/353/548 in seven games since his return.

Rollins 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .213 over his last 54 plate appearances. Not a good sign if he’s hitting third in your lineup against a right-handed pitcher, cause his line against righties for the year is at 262/328/364.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout and hit into a double-play. Slipped trying to field the bunt in the seventh. 0-for-his-last-14 with six strikeouts.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. 321/387/679 over his last seven games. 295/328/617 over his last 241 plate appearances. .617 is a lot to slug over your last 241 PA.

Delmon Young 4-for-4 with four singles, which moves his average for the year from .230 to .250. 6-for-his-last-8 with a double and a home run. His line against righties continues to move in the right direction — he’s up to 265/304/462. Still just 7-for-35 against lefties (200/293/343). I think that he’s a good bet to hammer lefties going forward. If he does, and continues to post those kinds of numbers against righties, he’s going to have really good numbers overalls. Two ifs right in a row there, though.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-13. Probably not the guy you want to start at third against a righty, though. How ’bout at first against some lefties? 308/438/577 against lefties this year. 400/426/554 against lefties last year. Howard is hitting 173/222/293 against lefties. This message will repeat, although the details may change.

Quintero 0-for-3 and hit into a double-play, dropping his average on the year to .218. Sebastian Valle is on-basing .258 at Reading. Tommy Joseph is 1-for-his-last-25 with Clearwater and on-basing .225 this season.

Lannan (0-2, 5.84) faces lefty Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09) tonight. Righties are hitting 338/393/550 against Lannan for the year. He’ll be making his third start since returning from the DL. Capuano was on the DL for the first half of June, but has made two starts since his return in which he’s thrown 11 scoreless innings and hasn’t walked a batter.


Lucky number 13

The Phils won a wild one last night, topping the Padres 7-5 in 13 innings.

Cole Hamels had an ugly start, allowing five runs over six innings. The Phils went into the seventh down 5-2, but scored an unearned run in that frame and got a two-run homer from Delmon Young in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. In the top of the 13th they scored a pair of unearned runs with the help of Logan Forsythe errors, putting them on top to stay.

The bullpen, which has been atrocious this year, was outstanding in the game. Hamels left after six innings and was followed by five Phillie relievers who combined to toss seven shutout innings.

The Phillies are 38-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 7-5 in 13 innings last night. The Phillies take the series two games to one. Since the end of the day on April 25, the Phillies have gone 29-27, which ties them with the Braves for the best record in the NL East. They started the year by going 9-14, though, which has them in third place in the division, seven games behind the first-place Braves.

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

Hamels has the worst numbers of his career after 17 starts. Worst ERA (4.58) and worst ratio (1.30). He has a 4.97 ERA and a 1.34 ratio over his last nine starts.

Up 1-0, he walked Carlos Quentin with two outs in the bottom of the first. He struck Chase Headley out swinging to leave Quentin at first.

The Phils led 2-0 when Hamels set the Padres down in order in the second.

Pedro Ciriaco bunted for a single to start the third and scored on a one-out double by Logan Forsythe to cut the lead to 2-1. Chris Denorfia was next and lined a single to right. Delmon Young didn’t handle the ball and it rolled over to Mayberry in center. Forsythe scored (2-2) and Young was charged with an error. Hamels got Quentin and Headly on a pair of fly balls to keep Denorfia at first.

Young wasn’t going to catch Denorfia’s ball, but the Phillies got pretty lucky it wound up so close to Mayberry after he kicked it.

Hamels struck out Kyle Blanks and Yasmani Grandal in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He got the first two to start the fifth before Forsythe doubled to right-center. It brought Denorfia to the plate and Denorfia hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Padres up 4-2. Quentin grounded to third for the third out.

Righties Forsythe and Denorfia go double/HR back-to-back off of Hamels with two outs and nobody on. Righties are slugging .467 against him this year and .397 for his career.

Headley and Blanks doubled back-to-back to start the sixth, with Blanks’s double scoring Headley to make it 5-2. Hamels got the next two batters before walking Ciriaco intentionally to pitch to the pitcher Robbie Erlin. Erlin went down swingin to leave Blanks at second.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when JC Ramirez set the Padres down in order in the seventh.

Ramirez was back for the eighth with the game tied at 5-5 and threw another 1-2-3 frame on three ground balls.

Second appearance of the year for Ramirez. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk to the nine batters he has faced while striking out four over three innings.

Aumont started the ninth and walked the leadoff man Grandal on five pitches. Will Venable ran for Grandal at first and Ciriaco bunted. Aumont fielded and threw to second in time to force Venable for the first out. Lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Dale Thayer and grounded to second for the second out with Ciriaco moving up to second. Aumont got behind Forsythe 3-0 and then put him on intentionally, leaving runners on first and second with two down for Denorfia. Denorfia flew to center to end the inning.

You really, really don’t want to walk the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, but Aumont gets away with it here with the help of the failed sacrifice by Ciriaco.

Aumont came back to throw a 1-2-3 tenth.

Two scoreless innings for Aumont in which he walks two. He’s walked 12 in 15 innings for the year. First appearance for him with the Phillies since May 20.

Diekman pitched the eleventh. He allowed a one-out single to Nick Hundley. Ciriaco followed and grounded to short with Diekman forced at second for the second out. Lefty Alexi Amarista hit for the pitcher Tim Stauffer and Diekman got him on a fly ball to Mayberry to set the Padres down.

Diekman gets a break as San Diego calls on the lefty Amarista to hit for the pitcher. He allows a hit in his scoreless inning. Still hasn’t walked a batter in five innings over six appearances, but opponents have hit .348 against him.

Savery struck out Quentin in a 1-2-3 twelfth.

2.25 ERA and a 1.00 ratio for Savery after eight innings over six appearances. Righties are hitting 136/208/273 against him.

Papelbon started the thirteenth with the Phillies on top 7-5. Jesus Guzman singled to left with two outs and took second on defensive indifference. Hundley hit as the tying run, but Papelbon struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Only outing of Papelbon’s last four in which he wasn’t charged with a run.

Overall the pen went seven scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four. Aumont threw 31 pitches and Ramirez 21. Everyone else was 15 or lower.

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

Utley singled to left with one out in the top of the first and scored when Michael Young followed with a double to center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard moved Young up to third with a ground out to first, but Brown grounded to first to end the inning.

Delmon Young doubled to left to start the second. He took third on a fly out by Mayberry and tagged and scored when Ruiz flew to center for the second out. 2-0. Hamels struck out looking to set the Phillies down.

Utley and Michael Young both struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

The Phillies went in order again in the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out in the frame.

Howard has struck out 13 times in his last 29 plate appearances (about 44.8%).

Ruiz walked with one out in the fifth and Hamels bunted him up to second with the second out. Rollins lined to short to end the frame.

The Phils were down 4-2 when they went in order in the sixth. Howard struck out swinging for the third out.

It was 5-2 when Brown singled to center to start the seventh. Erlin struck Delmon Young out swinging for the first out and righty Nick Vicent came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry struck out looking for the second out before Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single to left. Frandsen hit for Hamels and hit a foul ball that should have set the Phillies down, but Blanks just dropped it for an error. It gave Frandsen another chance and he singled to right, scoring Brown (5-3) and moving Ruiz up to second. Lefty Joe Thatcher took over for Vincent and got Utley on a ground ball to leave the runners stranded.

The error by Blanks gives the Phils an extra out and Frandsen gets them a run with the two-out single.

Brown continues to hit well against lefties, singling off of Erlin to start the frame. He’s hitting 301/333/575 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Brown doubled softly to right off of Thatcher with two outs in the eighth. Righty Luke Gregerson came in to pitch to Delmon Young and Young homered to left on a 1-2 pitch, tying the game at 5-5. Mayberry grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Righty Dale Thayer set the Phils down in order in the ninth. Nix hit for Ramirez and struck out looking for the second out.

Nix is 0-for-his-last-4 with four strikeouts.

Righty Tim Stauffer set the Phillies down in order in the tenth and again in the eleventh.

Ruiz singled off of righty Huston Street to start the twelfth. Galvis hit for Diekman and bunted, but the first baseman Guzman fielded and threw to second in time to get Ruiz for the first out. Rollins hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Galvis can’t sacrifice Ruiz up to second. He’s 11-for-his-last-78 (.141) going back to May 25.

Lefty Tommy Layne started the thirteenth for the Padres and hit the leadoff man Utley. Michael Young flew to right for the first out and Howard flew to left for the second. Brown was next and drew a walk, putting men on first and second with two outs for Revere. Revere hit a 2-2 pitch pretty hard on the ground towards right. Forsythe tried to field it moving to his first, but booted the ball, then fell down. Utley tried to score from second, so Forsythe picked the ball up and threw home. The ball and Utley arrived at the plate at the same time. It hit Utley and bounded away. Utley was safe (6-5) and Brown was able to score from first. 7-5. Forsythe was charged with two errors on the play, one for the boot and one throwing home to try to get Utley. The throw home was fine, it just hit the runner. It left Revere on second with two outs for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a ball up the middle. Ciriaco made a nice diving play to stop the ball from getting into the outfield. Revere tried to score from second, but was thrown out by a wide margin to end the frame.

Utley starts the rally with a hit-by-pitch, reminding that he led the NL in that category three years in a row from ’07 to ’09 and was third in ’10 and again in ’11.

Phillies just got lucky to score two runs on what should have been a ground out to second. Revere had a nice eight-pitch at-bat and battled, but made a bad base-running play to get thrown out at home on the ball hit by Mayberry.

Rollins was 0-for-5 with a walk in the game. 2-for-13 with two singles and two walks in the three-game set. 257/322/361 for the year. Watch out for his isolated power, which is in danger of going under .100. .159 for his career.

Utley 1-for-5 and hit by a pitch. 4-for-13 with two walks, a hit by pitch and a home run in the series. 231/310/385 in 29 plate appearances since his return. 266/335/462 for the year.

Michael Young 1-for-6 with an RBI-double in the first. 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 281/342/396 on the year. Notable Phillies slugging under .400 for the season include Michael Young, Rollins and Ruiz.

Howard 0-for-6 and struck out three times. 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in the set. In the starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher and hitting cleanup, but ends the day with a 175/225/297 line against left-handed pitching for the year. He’s struck out in about 46.2% of his chances against lefties this season and his .225 on-base percentage against them benefits from two hit-by-pitches. He’s hammering righties to the tune of 309/363/545 and striking out in only about 23.7% of his chances against righties. 272/325/475 for the year overall.

Brown goes 2-for-5 with a double and a walk and scores three runs. 4-for-14 with two walks, a double and a home run in the set. 276/324/545 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 with an error, a double and a two-run homer. Ties the game in the eight with his two-run shot. 3-for-7 in the series. 230/284/419 for the year. Hitting just 200/293/343 against lefties. That’s problem if you’re going to be a terrible defensive player who can’t hit righties.

Mayberry 1-for-6. 5-for-13 with a double in the series. Four walks in his last 109 plate appearances and a .310 on-base percentage for the year. 260/310/434 on the season.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-11 with a walk in the series. 273/310/299 on the year. Two extra-base hits in 84 plate appearances, both doubles.

Pettibone (3-3, 4.14) faces righty Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79) tonight in LA. Opponents are hitting .295 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties 316/394/463. He’s threw to a 3.00 ERA over his first six starts, but a 5.46 ERA over his last six. Seven strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings over his last four outings. Greinke has been very good in three of his last four starts and allowed five runs in five innings against the Pirates in the other. He hasn’t allowed a home run to a right-handed batter in his 57 innings this season.


Fundamentals, three-run homers and never, ever letting the bullpen throw a pitch except when it can’t be helped

The Phillies got great starting pitching again last night and this time they won, scoring three in the third and another three in the fifth to top San Diego 6-2.

Domonic Brown had the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the third. He drove in four of the six Phillie runs, walking with the bases loaded in the fifth to drive in the fourth.

Kendrick pitched very well, allowing a pair of runs over eight innings and not walking a batter.

Charlie Manuel’s well-founded fear of his own bullpen showed itself again in the game. A day after the decision to let Cliff Lee hit for himself in the ninth with a three-run lead and a man on base led to disaster, Manuel let Kendrick hit for himself with a four-run lead in the top of the eighth last night.

By ERA, the Phillies have the worst bullpen in the NL and it’s not close. The Phillie bullpen ERA is 4.66 and the Cubs have the second-worst bullpen ERA at 4.20. The Astros are the only AL team with a worse bullpen ERA for the season.

The Phillies are 37-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 6-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, six singles and a double. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Hit one.

Kendrick is allowing walks, hits and home runs all below his career levels. His ratio for the year is 1.19, well below his career mark of 1.34. He has a 3.57 ERA in his last 87 appearances (56 starts) since the start of 2011.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Chase Headley on a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Kyle Blanks started the second with a single to right and moved up to third when Yasmani Grandal doubled to left. It put men on second and third with nobody out for Alexi Amarista. Amartista grounded out to Utley for the first out, but Blanks scored (1-0) and Grandal moved up to third. Pedro Ciriaco was next and he singled past a drawn-in Young at third, scoring Grandal to extend the San Diego lead to 2-0 with one out and Ciriaco on first. Ciriaco stole second and moved up to third when the pitcher Jason Marquis grounded out for the second out. Kendrick got Logan Forsythe swinging to leave Ciriaco at third.

The Phils were up 3-2 when Kendrick started the third. He hit Quentin with one out, but got the next two.

Kendrick set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

Up 6-2, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Quentin singled to left to start the sixth, but Kendrick retired the next three, striking Headley and Grandal both out looking.

Ciriaco and Chris Denorfia singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Forsythe. Kendrick struck Forsythe out looking 1-2 for the second out and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Tyson Ross. Kotsay flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big strikeout for Kendrick to get Forsythe for the second out. Kendrick had four strikeouts in the fifth, sixth and seventh combined and all four were looking. Forsythe for the second out in the seventh was a big out and in the sixth he struck two out looking after the leadoff single.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Bastardo started the ninth with a four-run lead. Grandal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a one-out double to center by Ciriaco. He struck out the next two to strand the runners at second and third, though, getting Denorfia looking for the second out and Forsythe swinging to end the game.

Bastardo faces five batters in the game, getting three outs while allowing a single and a double. He drops his ERA on the year to 2.73, but with a 1.52 ratio. He’s walked 14 in 26 1/3 innings for the season, but none of the last 25 batters he’s faced over his last eight appearances. That’s great, but opponents are hitting .360 against him over those eight appearances, which is going to be a problem.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays right against the righty after a big game one with Delmon Young on the bench. Revere back in center against the righty in game two after the Padres start a lefty in game one.

Utley walked with one out in the first and moved up to second with Rollins followed with a single. Howard and Brown both flew out to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry singled to center to start the top of the second. Revere bunted him up to second with the first out, but Ruiz struck out swinging and Kendrick grounded to third to turn the Phils away.

It was 2-0 when they hit in the third. Rollins led off and walked on five pitches. He stole second before Utley went down swinging for the first out. Michael Young followed with a single into left that put runners on the corners for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Brown was next and he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to right center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry was next and hit the ball well, but Headley handled it at third to set the Phillies down.

Howard and Brown get another chance in the third after both going down in the first with two men on. Howard can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, but Brown delivers the big blow of the game.

First home run for Brown since June 8. Rolllins starts the rally with a walk. His walk rate peaked in 2010 at 10.2% and is at about 8.6% this year.

Revere walked to start the fourth, but was caught stealing for the first out. Ruiz and Kendrick went down behind him.

Revere has 20 steals for the year and has been caught five times for a safe percentage of 80%.

Rollins and Utley started the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young struck out swinging for the first out before Howard drew a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases. Brown was next and he walked on four pitches, forcing in Rollins to extend the lead to 4-2 with the bases still loaded. Righty Brad Brach came in to pitch to Mayberry and uncorked a wild pitch that moved everyone up a base. 5-2 with men on second and third and one out. Mayberry flew to center for the second out with Howard tagging and scoring. 6-2 with two down and Brown on third for Revere. Revere walked, putting runners on the corners, but Ruiz fouled out to first to leave them stranded.

Three walks for the Phils in the inning. Howard and Brown both walk on four pitches and Revere draws his second walk of the game. Revere walked in about 4.2% of his plate appearances in April, 7.1% of his plate appearances in May and about 4.6% of his PA so far in June. The difference between walking in 4.2% or 7.1% of his chances is important for him.

Young strikes out with one out and a man on third. Second time in two games he comes up empty in a big situation with a man on third and less than two outs. In game one of the set he struck out with one out in the tenth and Rollins at third.

Righty Tyson Ross pitched the sixth for San Diego. Utley reached on a two-out error by Blanks, but Michael Young grounded to short for the third out.

Ross threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Utley singled off of rigthy Dale Thayer with one out in the eighth, but Kendrick and Rollins both grounded out behind him.

Kendrick hit for himself with one out and a man on in the top of the eighth with a 6-2 lead. This comes a day after Lee hitting for himself late helps set up ninth-inning disaster. Kendrick had thrown 97 pitches in game and would set the Padres down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Lefty Tommy Layne walked Utley to start the ninth. Young struck out looking for the first out and Utley stole second. Howard struck out looking 2-2 for the second out. Brown flew to center to leave Utley at second.

Utley has 127 stolen bases in his career and has been caught 16 times (88.8% safe (not including pickoffs)). Draws his second walk of the game. He’s walked in 9% of his 200 PA for the year, which is a little below his career rate of 9.8%.

Howard’s line against lefties drops to 188/240/319 for the year as Layne strikes him out for the second out of the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. The Phillies scored in two different innings in the game — in each of them, Rollins led off the frame, got on base and scored. He walked to start the third and singled to start the fifth. 4-for-his-last-16 with a walk and four singles. His isolated power for the year is .107, which is the worst it’s been in any year of his career in which he got more than 55 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-3 and walked twice. 5-for-21 (.238) with a double, a home run and two walks since returning.

Young 2-for-5 and struck out twice, including once in the fifth with nobody out and runners on the corners. 5-for-his-last-23 (.217) with no walks. 351/359/519 over his last 78 PA. His .346 on-base percentage for the year is the best mark among Phillies with at least 100 plate appearances. His BABIP against right-handed pitching for the year is .343.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. Came into the game hitting 432/509/773 over his last 53 PA.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI. 294/325/610 over his last 231 plate appearances. Came into the game 5-for-his-last-23 with ten strikeouts.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-his-last-7 with a double, but on-basing .315 for the year. .304 against righties.

Revere 0-for-1, walked twice and was caught stealing. 321/353/358 in June. 316/357/354 in 171 plate appearances since the start of May.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He has struck out in 17.7% of his 79 PA for the year, which is the worst rate of his career by far and well above his 11.3% mark over 2,664 career plate appearances. His single last night came off the righty Thayer, but he’s hitting 192/218/212 against right-handed pitching in 55 plate appearances for the season. 9-for-22 against lefties (409/458/455).

Hamels (2-11, 4.50) faces lefty Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15) tonight. The Phillies have lost 14 of the 16 games that Hamels has started this season. Both of his first two starts on the year were bad, but he’s thrown to a 3.73 ERA with a 1.21 ratio since. In ten of his last 14 starts, the Phillies have scored three runs or less. Erlin has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.54 ratio in 12 PCL starts this year. It will be his fifth appearance with the Padres and his second career start. He was good in the other, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on June 1.

Earl Weaver once said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”


Really?

Yup.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games as the Padres beat them 4-3 in ten innings.

Lee got the start and pitched very well for eight innings. The Phils led 3-0 as they hit in the top of the ninth. With two outs and Mayberry on second, Lee was due to hit, having thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate. He hit for himself and struck out to end that frame, then started the ninth and allowed back-to-back hits to the only two men he faced. Papelbon took over to try and get the Phils a win, but the Padres tied things up on a two-run single by Kyle Blanks that was followed by a big passed ball by Ruiz with two outs and a man on third.

The Phils couldn’t score in the top of the tenth despite a two-base error that left Rollins on third with one out. Justin De Fratus was miserable in the bottom of the tenth, allowing four of the five men he faced to reach base as the Padres plated a run to win 4-3.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Diego Padres in ten innings last night. They have lost four of their last five.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last ten outings, throwing to a 2.00 and a 0.86 ratio in 76 2/3 innings in those appearances. 76 2/3 innings over his last ten starts means he’s averaged about 7.7 innings per start his last ten times out.

He set the Padres down in order in the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when he set them down in order again in the second.

Yasmani Grandal walked on five pitches to start the third, but Lee got Pedro Ciriaco to ground into a double-play behind Grandal. The pitcher Eric Stults grounded to Utley to set San Diego down.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the fourth, but Lee struck Chase Headley out on three pitches to leave him at first.

Kyle Blanks singled softly to right to start the fifth with the Phils up 2-0, but Lee got Jesus Guzman to ground into a double-play behind him to clear the bases with two down. Grandal followed with a double to center, but was left at second when Lee struck Ciriaco out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Second time in three innings that Lee got a double-play after allowing the leadoff man to reach base.

Stults doubled softly to center to start the sixth. Lee struck Logan Forsythe out swinging for the first out before Chris Denorfia moved Lee up to third with a ground out to second. Quentin went down looking 0-2 to leave Stults stranded.

Lee gets two big strikeouts in the frame to keep the Padres off the board after the leadoff double.

Headley and Blanks singled back-to-back to start the seven, putting men on the corners with nobody out for Guzman. Guzman hit an 0-1 pitch softly into left. Brown charged and made a terrific diving catch coming forward for the first out with the runners holding. Lee struck Grandal out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Ciriaco lined to first to leave the runners on the corners.

Fourth time in five innings that the leadoff man gets aboard for the Padres and the fourth time they don’t score. That one took some magic with Brown violating the never dive rule to make a very nice catch. Guzman and Grandal both get to hit with a man on third and less than two outs and Lee sets both of them down.

It was 3-0 when Lee set the Padres down in order in the eighth.

He started the ninth having thrown 109 pitches. Quentin singled to left on his first pitch of the ninth. Headley was next and doubled to left 0-1, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Papelbon took over for Lee to pitch to Blanks and Blanks singled into center, scoring both runners. 3-2. Papelbon hit Guzman, putting runners on first and second with nobody out, before getting Grandal to ground into a double-play. It left Blanks at third with two outs for the righty Ciriaco and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for Ciriaco. Kotsay got ahead in the count and swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch. Ruiz didn’t catch the ball, which was a little low, but not in the dirt. The ball got behind him and rolled to the backstop. Blanks stormed home from third and slid in just ahead of Papelbon’s tag, tying the game at 3-3. Kotsay went on to walk, but Papelbon got lefty Alexi Amarista on a fly ball to center to leave Kotsay at first.

Lee starts the ninth having thrown 109 pitches, throws three more and allows two hits with both of those runners coming around to score. He had allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the last five innings coming into the ninth. Five of the last seven after the ninth.

Ruiz doesn’t catch the ball with two outs and the tying run on third, allowing Blanks to score. Would have been a great time to catch the ball.

Papelbon faces five hitters in the game, allowing a two-run single, hitting one batter and walking another. Also gets Grandal to ground into a double-play, which kept the inning from being worse. Still, not a good day for Papelbon.

Papelbon has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. Two of the runs have been unearned, but opponents have hit .268 against him and he’s allowed three walks and three home runs. Last night was his fourth blown save since the start of the day on June 17. The Phils are 1-2 in the last three games in which he has appeared.

De Fratus started the ninth. Denorfia walked with one out and moved up to second when De Fratus hit Quentin 0-1. Headley walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt to load the bases for Blanks with one down. Blanks singled past Young and down the left field line. Denorfia scored to give the Padres a 4-3 win.

Atrocious outing for De Fratus. He faced five batters, allowing a single, two walks and a hit batter while getting one out. He’s walked five of the last 16 batters he’s faced over his last four appearances. Prior to those four outings he had walked two of the 45 batters he had faced on the year.

Overall the pen went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits on three walks. De Fratus threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Brown (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench with a sore leg against the lefty and Frandsen at first. Revere on the bench against the lefty with Mayberry in center. Brown/Mayberry/Young is an atrocious outfield defensively.

Utley singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Michael Young flew to center and Brown grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Mayberry stole second before Ruiz singled into center. Mayberry tried to score on the play. It would have been close at the play, but Denorfia’s throw from center hit Mayberry as he slid in safely to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz took third as the ball bounded away and Denorfia was charged with an error. Lee struck out swinging to leave Ruiz at third.

Tough error on Denorfia. He made a nice throw, it just hit Ruiz.

Ruiz’s single wouldn’t have scored Mayberry without the stolen base. Mayberry has stolen five on the year and been caught three times. 14 safe and seven caught stealing for his career. Picked off six times. Those aren’t good numbers, but he helped the Phils out with the early stolen base last night.

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

Mayberry led off the fifth with a double to center and moved third on an infield single by Ruiz. Lee struck out swinging for the first out, but Rollins followed and flew out to right for the second, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, extending the lead to 2-0. Utley grounded to short to leave Ruiz at first.

Two runs for the Phillies in the game, both thanks largely to Mayberry.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Mayberry and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Lee. Lee struck out trying to bunt for the second out and Rollins flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry (and Ruiz) again, but this time the Phils are turned away. Third strikeout of the game for Lee gets the Padres the second out in the frame.

Utley led off the eighth and homered 1-1 off of lefty Tommy Layne to extend the lead to 3-0. Layne would face just one batter in the game. Nick Vincent took over after the Utley homer and got Young on a ground out before Brown singled to right. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Eighth home run of the year for Utley and his second off of a lefty. He’s hitting 188/250/375 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Brad Brach pitched the ninth for San Diego. Mayberry singled with one out, but Brach struck Ruiz out swinging 3-2 for the second out as Mayberry stole second. Lee had thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate, but Manuel let him hit for himself. Lee struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Mayberry at second.

Manuel lets Lee hit with a runner in scoring position, having thrown 109 pitches in the game. Lee strike out again, then returns for the bottom of the inning and faces two batters. Both of them get hits and score on the Blanks single as the Padres tie the game to send it to extra-innings.

So it didn’t work out so well.

First time in his career that Mayberry has stolen more than one base in a game.

Rollins led off the top of the tenth in a 3-3 game with a single to left off of righty Luke Gregerson. Utley was next and drove a ball to deep center. Denorfia took it moving back on the track, right in front of the wall, for the first out. He lost the handle when he tried to throw the ball in, though, and it dribbled away from him in front of the track. Rollins tagged up and moved all the way to third with one out for Michael Young. Gregerson struck Young out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Thatcher came in to pitch to Brown and got him on a fly ball to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting the go-ahead runner on third with one out. Huge strikeout for Michael Young as he goes down swinging 0-2 for the second out with Rollins on third.

Second throwing error of the game for Denorfia. The first wasn’t his fault at all and the second was just weird.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s on-basing .290 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a home run. 4-for-18 with a double and a home run since his return.

Michael Young 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Huge strikeout in the tenth with one out and Rollins on third. Hitting 333/341/494 in June.

Brown 1-for-5. 192/259/250 over his last 58 plate appearances. On-basing .319 for the season against both righties and lefties.

Frandsen 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with a home run and an on-base percentage of .200. 1-for-11 in the last three games he’s started.

Delmon Young 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles and a walk.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Scored two of the three Phillie runs. He came into the game 0-for-his-last-10. His UZR/150 at center field as calculated by FanGraphs is only -4.1. He’s a way, way better offensive player than Revere, especially against lefties.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI and a huge passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. First three-hit game of the season. He’s 6-for-19 (.319) with six singles since returning.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) faces righty Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.91 ERA over his last seven starts as three of his last seven times out have been bad. He’s struck out just 23 in 44 innings over his last seven times out. Opponents have hit .269 against him after posting a .231 average through his first eight starts of the season. Marquis has walked 48 in 90 1/3 innings this year and allowed 15 home runs, but held opponents to a .235 average. BABIP of .239. Just saying that in case you’re counting on your Jason Marquis stock to carry you through your retirement years.


Cliff driving

Cliff Lee delivered again last night, throwing eight strong innings as the Phils topped the Nats 4-2.

The Phils are 10-5 this year in games started by Lee and 25-32 in games started by anyone else.

The Phillies scored just four runs in the game and failed to deliver in several key situations at the plate, but there seem to be some signs of life from the offense. Ben Revere is hitting .455 over his last 33 at-bats and scoring runs regularly. Michael Young’s power has evaporated over the last two years, but he has four extra-base hits in his last nine at-bats and six in his last 29. Ryan Howard is 11-for-his-last-21 with four walks and hitting 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 35-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They have won two in a row and four of their last six.

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, both solo homers that accounted for the two runs that he allowed. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

The Phillies are 8-1 in the last nine games that Lee has started. Opponents have hit .194 against him in those nine starts and he’s thrown to a 1.97 ERA with an 0.83 ratio and struck out 64 in 68 2/3 innings. Righties are hitting 199/226/306 against him for the season.

Ryan Zimmerman singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee got Jayson Werth on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

Lee set the Nats down in order in the second and again in the third.

He struck out Anthony Rendon and Zimmerman for the first two outs in the fourth. Werth was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Adam LaRoche followed that with a single to right, but Lee got Ian Desmond to ground to short for the third out.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee set Washington down in order in the fifth.

Rendon singled to center with one out in the sixth, but Lee struck out Zimmerman for the second out and got Werth on a ground ball to third to retire the side.

Up 4-1, Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

With one out in the eighth, righty Jeff Kobernus hit for the pitcher Craig Stammen and homered to left on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 4-2. Lee got the next two.

Career home run number for the 24-year-old Kobernus. He has ten homers in the minor leagues over 1,468 plate appearances. Two in 559 plate appearances at Double-A or above.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phils still up by two. LaRoche singled to right with two outs, bring Desmond to the plate as the tying run. Papelbon got him on a ground ball to third to end the game.

Papelbon was throwing for his second day in a row and threw ten pitches in the game. He’s been charged with a run in three of his last seven appearances. In two of the three the run came on a solo home run. Even looking at the rough recent patch for Papelbon, the home runs are the only real problem. He’s allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight over his last seven innings.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Ross Detwiler went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Ruiz. Delmon Young starts in right against the lefty with Mayberry on the bench. Frandsen starts at second for the third time in four games. Ruiz returns to the lineup, making his first start since May 19.

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

Ruiz singled softly to right with one out in the third, but Lee struck out swinging for the second out and Revere grounded to second.

The Phils were down 1-0 when Michael Young started the bottom of the fourth with a double to center. Rollins bunted him up to third with the first out and Howard followed with a fly ball to right for the second, deep enough for Young to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Brown lined to LaRoche at first for the third out.

Detwiler hit Delmon Young with a 1-1 pitch to start the fifth. Frandsen followed with a ground out to third that moved Young up to second. Ruiz struck out looking for the second out and Lee got behind 0-2, but smashed a single up the middle. Young tried to score from second, but Span made and accurate throw home from center that beat a sliding Young to the plate by a lot and the Phils were retired.

Lee is 7-for-27 on the year, which gives him a .259 average, higher than the mark posted by hitters Mayberry, Hernandez, Quintero, Ruiz, Kratz, Delmon Young, Nix, Galvis, Carrera, Lerud and Martinez.

Revere started the sixth with a bunt single and was running the pitch when Michael Young doubled into the right field corner. Revere scored easily to put the Phils up 2-1. Rollins followed with a single to right that moved Young up to third and Howard was hit by the first pitch from Detwiler, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Delmon Young struck out swinging for the second. Frandsen got ahead 2-0 and lined a ball to left that dropped for a single just in front of Lombardozzi. Michael Young scored easily (3-1). Lombardozzi picked the ball up on a short hop and threw home, but Rollins just beat the ball home to make it 4-1 with two down and runners on first and second. Ruiz grounded to short to leave the runnners stranded.

Frandsen’s ball landed really close to Lombardozzi in left. The Phillies were fortunate it wasn’t caught. Rollins didn’t slide at the plate with the second run on Frandsen’s ball and was nearly thrown out.

Brown and Delmon Young both strike out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Second double for Michael Young in three innings. He’s 4-for-9 in the series so far with four extra-base hits.

Revere bunts for a single and scores another run for the Phillies, his third of the series. He’s 15-for-his-last-33 (.455) with eight runs scored. He has 33 plate appearances in that span. If you scored eight runs every 33 plate appearances you would score about 145 over 600 plate appearances.

Michael Young doubled to left off of righty Craig Stammen with two outs in the seventh. Rollins flew to left to leave him stranded.

Young doubles off of a righty this time after doubling off the lefty Detwiler in his two previous at-bats.

It was 4-2 when Howard tripled to right off of righty Drew Storen to start the eighth. Brown struck out for the first out. Mayberry grounded back to the mound with Howard holding for the second out. Frandsen flew to center to leave Howard at third.

The Phillies can’t score after the leadoff triple. Second time in three innings that Brown gets to hit with a runner on third and nobody out and strikes out. Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 313/336/357 over his last 117 plate appearances with 10 steals and one caught stealing.

Michael Young 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI. He has six extra-base hits in his last 29 plate appearances. Prior to those 29 plate appearances he had one extra-base hit in his previous 62. His numbers against righties are climbing and up to 294/337/390.

Rollins 1-for-3. He’s on-basing .283 over his last 47 plate appearances with one extra-base hit, a double.

Howard 1-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a hit by pitch. 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances. Hit a monster home run in Monday’s game. He’s hitting 301/354/511 against right-handed pitching for the year. 303/365/586 at home for the season and 257/298/386 on the road. 11-for-his-last-21 (.524) with four walks and four extra-base hits.

Brown had a terrible game. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, both of which came with nobody out and a man on third. He’s 5-for-his-last-33 (.152) with five singles.

Delmon Young 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Couldn’t score from second on Lee’s two-out single in the fifth. Miserable year offensively so far in a lot of ways — one of them is that he’s walked in about 4.4% of his plate appearances against right-handed pitchers.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a big two-out, two-run single. Leads the team in on-base percentage at .398 with the help of a team-high six hit-by-pitches. His walk rate is up for the year, though. 8.3% this year and 5.4% for his career coming into the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a bloop single and a strikeout. He’s been miserable offensively in limited time this far. He’s hitting .241 with an isolated power of .037 and two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 59 plate appearances.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40) tonight. Kendrick comes off his worst start of the year, having allowed seven runs against the Rockies over 4 1/3 innings on Friday. Gonzalez threw to a 5.34 ERA over his first six starts on the season. Since then he’s made eight starts in which opponents have hit .188 against him and he’s thrown to a 2.22 ERA. He still walks a ton of people and right-handed people in particular. He’s walked about 13.3% of the righties he’s faced this year.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until next week.


Eighth not enough to do in the Phils this time

The bullpen faltered late again last night, but this time the Phillies had an answer. A two-run lead shrunk to one in the top of the eighth as Adams allowed yet another run. The Nats were down to their last strike in the ninth when Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Chad Tracy, which tied the game at 4-4. Ben Revere led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, though, and scored on a two-out single by Brown to get the Phillies the win.

Opponents are hitting 299/365/486 against Phillie pitching in the eighth inning this year. That’s an .851 OPS. The second-worst eighth-inning OPS against in the NL belongs to the Cubs at .788.

The Phillies are 34-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 last night. Coming off of a five-game losing streak, they’ve won three of their last five. They’re in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves and a game behind the second-place Nats.

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

First start for Lannan since April 17. He’s made four starts on the season. Three of them have been pretty good and he allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Reds in the other. Lefties are 2-for-13 against him and righties are hitting 313/362/500.

He walked Anthony Rendon with one out in the top of the first and hit Ryan Zimmerman behind Rendon, putting runners on first and second with one out for Jayson Werth. Werth singled into left, scoring Rendon to put Washington up 1-0 with men on first and second. Ian Desmond grounded into a double-play to set the Nats down.

Kurt Suzuki singled to right with one out in the second and moved to second when Steve Lombardozzi followed with a single to left. The pitcher Dan Haren was next and bunted. Lannan fielded and went to third in time to get Suzuki, leaving runners at first and second with two down. Lannan got Jeff Kobernus swinging 2-2 to end the frame.

Lannan allows just one run in the first two innings, but gives up three singles, a walk and hits a batter. Gets a big double-play to end the first and a big strikeout to leave two runners stranded in the second.

It was 1-1 when Lannan started the third. He allowed a one-out single to Zimmerman, but got the next two.

The Phils were up 3-1 when Lannan started the fourth. Suzuki and Lombardozzi doubled back-to-back with one out. Lombardozzi’s double down the right field line scored Suzuki to cut the lead to 3-2. Haren flew softly to Revere in center before Lombardozzi stole third. Lannan struck Kobernus out swinging again to leave the runner at third.

Second time in four innings that Lannan strikes the righty Kobernus out swinging to end the frame with a runner in scoring position.

Lannan got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Stutes threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the PHils up 4-2.

He came back and set the Nats down in order again in the seventh.

Two scoreless frames for Stutes in the game as he sets down six in a row, including two pinch-hitters. Drops his ERA on the year to 1.32 and his ratio to 0.88. Righties are 3-for-27 against him with three singles. Lefties are hitting 304/333/478 against him for the season. Last night he got three righties in the sixth and then switch-left-left in the seventh.

Adams started the seventh. Zimmerman doubled with one out and moved up to third on a ground out by Werth. Desmond followed with a two-out single into center, scoring Zimmerman to cut the lead to 4-3. Lefty Adam LaRoche hit for the pitcher Ian Krol. Bastardo came in to pitch to LaRoche and got him on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Adams has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. He’s allowed six walks in those ten innings. Opponents have hit just .237 against him in that span, but three of the nine hits he’s allowed have gone for home runs.

Bastardo has pitched two days in a row. He faced one batter and got one out. No walks in the game, but he’s allowed 14 walks in 24 innings this year after walking 26 in 52 innings last year.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two hitters and was ahead of lefty Chad Tracy 0-2 when Tracy homered to right, tying the game at 4-4. Papelbon struck Roger Bernadina out swinging to set Washington down.

Nats are down to their last strike when Tracy homers off of Papelbon.

Papelbon was not charged with a run in 18 appearances between April 4 and May 28, but has now allowed a run in three of his last six times out.

The bullpen went four innings in the game for the Phils, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, the double off of Adams and the homer off of Papelbon. They struck out one. Bastardo has pitched two days in a row, but only threw four pitches in the game. Stutes threw 22 while going two frames.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dan Haren went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Quintero. Frandsen plays second with Galvis on the bench. Delmon Young in right with Mayberry and Nix on the bench. Quintero catches.

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

Howard led off the bottom of the second and blasted a 2-2 pitch way out to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Frandsen and Quintero singled back-to-back with two outs, but Lannan popped to third to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Howard came in to last night’s game with one home run in his last 130 plate appearances. Crushed that ball, though.

Michael Young tripled to left with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. Rollins stole second before Howard walked, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the second out. Delmon Young was next and lined a ball to right, which was missed by Werth and went for a double. Young and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Howard was caught off third by the relay throw, though, and tagged out to end the inning.

Weird inning in which much of what’s gone wrong for the Phillies this year goes right. Michael Young leads off with a triple. Howard and Rollins both walk. Brown fails in a big spot with the bat, but gets picked up by a big hit from Delmon Young.

Miserable base-running by Howard to get nailed a couple of feet off of third after two runs scored. He’s a terrible, terrible base-runner and has been for a long time. You can look it up.

Werth should have caught the ball hit by Delmon Young.

No RBI for Brown after he gets to hit with one out and the bases loaded.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Revere led off the fifth with a single and stole second before Michael Young grounded to short. Rollins popped to short for the second out, but Howard singled into center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 4-2. Brown followed with a walk, but Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

First of two big runs that Revere would score in the game for the Phils. They wouldn’t have scored in the frame without the steal of second.

Second big hit and RBI for Howard.

Brown draws another walk. He’s walked eight times in June, which is about 11.8% of his plate appearances. Before June he had walked nine times in 206 plate appearances, which is about 4.4%.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Lefty Ian Krol set Revere, Michael Young and Rollins down in order in the seventh.

It was 4-3 when Howard singled off of righty Tyler Clippard to start the eighth. Brown was next and singled to right, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Martinez ran for Howard at second. Mayberry struck out for the first out and Galvis popped to short for the second. Clippard hit Quintero to load the bases. Nix hit for Bastardo and struck out to leave them loaded.

That’s miserable. No run for the Phillies after they put runners on first and second with nobody out in a one-run game. Neither Mayberry or Galvis can move the runners up with the first two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phils hit in the ninth. Revere led off against lefty Fernando Abad and singled to center. Michael Young flew to center for the first out before Rollins singled softly to left, moving Revere up to third. Lerud hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins took second without a throw before Brown singled to center 2-2, scoring Revere to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Big hit for Brown. Huge at-bat for Lerud, too, but he strikes out with one out and the winning run at third.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored two runs, including the game-winner. He’s 14-for-his-last-29 (.483). Came in to the season with a miserable walk rate of 5.4% for his career and has walked in 5.0% of his chances in 2013.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with a triple. He’s hitting .352 in June. His isolated power against righties was .095 in 2012 and in .092 so far in 2013.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a walk. 298/385/386 in his last 65 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-3 with a walk, a long home run and two RBI. 10-for-his-last-19 with four walks and three extra-base hits.

Brown 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-25.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a two-run double. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 1-for-3. His .405 on-base percentage leads the team. Michael Young is second at .350 and nobody else is above .339. His .383 wOBA as calculated by FanGraphs is the best for anyone on the team with more than three plate appearances. His defensive numbers are bad anywhere he plays.

Quintero 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He still hasn’t walked against a right-handed pitcher for the year, but now he’s been hit once. 205/222/318 against righties for the season. 232/266/319 against righties for his career with 34 walks in 1,006 plate appearances (about 3.4%).

Lee (8-2, 2.55) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) tonight. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last eight outings, throwing to a 1.93 ERA over 60 2/3 innings in those appearances. He’s allowed just two home runs in 66 2/3 innings since the start of May. Detwiler hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .305 against him and he’s going to have a tough time keeping his 3.02 ERA if they continue to do so. They hit .224 against him over his first three starts on the year as they to an 0.90 ERA. Since then he’s thrown to a 4.40 ERA in six starts, allowing 45 hits in 30 2/3 innings.


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