The Phillies haven’t scored enough runs to win consistently this year, but they scored seven for the second game in a row last night as they topped the Fish 7-2. Before scoring seven runs in back-to-back days, the Phillies had scored three runs or less in 10 of their last 14 games.
Kendrick got the start and was very good, throwing a complete game and holding Miami to pair of runs.
Domonic Brown continued his amazing run with three more hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Brown has hit eight home runs in his last eight games and is hitting 329/340/713 with 15 home runs over his last 147 plate appearances.
Over the 15 games the Phillies have played since May 18, Brown has been more likely to homer than not homer in a given game. He’s hit more than one home run in two of the 15 games while posting a 1.434 OPS over 60 plate appearances.
The Phillies are 28-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 last night. They have won two in a row.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.
Second straight good start for Kendrick. He’s allowed just ten hits in 15 innings over his last two starts while walking four.
He allowed a one-out single to Ed Lucas in the top of the first. Lucas moved up to second when Derek Dietrich grounded to first for the second out, but was left stranded when Marcell Ozuna lined to short.
Chris Coglan doubled to center to start the second, but Kendrick retired the next three hitters on a pair of ground balls and a strikeout to leave him stranded.
Juan Pierre singled to center with one out in the third and moved up to second when Lucas followed with a walk. Dietrich was next and he singled into right, scoring Pierre (1-0) and moving Lucas up to third for Ozuna. Ozuna hit a rocket past Galvis at third. Lucas scored (2-0) and it brought Coghlan to the plate with men on first and second. Coghlan moved the runners up to second and third with a ground out, but Kendrick got Casey Kotchman on a popup to Rollins to leave both men stranded.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.
Pierre singled to start the fifth and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Dietrich followed with a ground out to second that pushed Pierre to third with two down. Kendrick retired Ozuna on a fly ball to left to leave Lucas stranded.
Up 3-2, Kendrick set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.
The Phils led 7-2 when he set them down in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Kendrick retires 15 men in a row after Pierre’s single to start the fifth.
The Phillie lineup against righty Tom Koehler went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young back with the team but not in the starting lineup. Galvis plays third. Revere/Hernandez is a pretty miserable combination to have at the top of your lineup.
Rollins and Howard walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Brown struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Kratz singled softly to center with one out in the second. Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him.
Kratz is hitting 286/378/532 over his last 90 plate appearances since the start of the day on April 18.
Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the third.
Brown singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Young grounded to short behind him.
Kratz led off the fifth and homered to left-center on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 2-1. Galvis grounded to second before Kendrick lined a ball into left center that rolled long enough to go for a triple. Revere was next and slapped a single into left, scoring Kendrick to tie things up at 2-2. Revere stole second, took third on a throwing error by the catcher Brantley and scored on a ground out by Hernandez, which put the Phils up 3-2. Rollins struck out to end the inning.
Revere makes a run pretty much on his own, singling, stealing second, taking third on an error and scoring on a ground out. Career RBI number one for Hernandez. Also the first career triple for Kendrick.
Howard doubled to start the sixth and scored when Brown hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, extending the lead to 5-2. Righty Ryan Weeb took over for Koehler and Young hit a 1-1 pitch well out to left. 6-2. Kratz struck out for the first out before Galvis tripled to right. Kendrick was next and hit a ball to short. Adeiny Hechavarria fielded and came home, but not in time. Galvis was running on contact and slid in safely, putting the Phils up 7-2 with Kendrick on first. Revere moved Kendrick up to second with a single before Hernandez flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Kendrick to tag and move up to third. Revere stole second before Rollins drew a walk that loaded the bases. Lefty Edgar Olmos came in to pitch to Howard and Howard grounded out to set the Phillies down.
Second stolen base of the game for Revere. He’s stolen 13 for the year and been caught just three times.
Brown singled to right off of Olmos to start the seventh, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Kratz flew to right for the third out.
Lefty Dan Jennings set Galvis, Kendrick and Revere down in order in the eighth. Kendrick hit for himself having thrown 90 pitches in the game.
Revere was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. 300/344/344 in his 98 plate appearances since the start of May.
Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-23 with a double and a .217 on-base percentage so far. Doesn’t seem to have much chance to help the Phillies — not because he’s on-basing .217, but just because. Really not a guy you should let hit second in your lineup at this point.
Rollins 0-for-2 with two walks. 307/386/489 in his last 102 plate appearances. Nine walks and a .533 on-base percentage over his last 30 plate appearances.
Howard 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He’s walked unintentionally four times in his last 16 plate appearances. Prior to those plate appearances he had nine walks for the season in 194 plate appearances and four of those were intentional.
Brown 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. His line against lefties has been good for a while now. His line against righties is up to 277/320/572 after two hits, including a home run, off the righty Koehler last night (he also singled off the lefty Olmos in the seventh to up his line against lefties to 340/360/660).
Delmon Young was 1-for-4 with a home run. Four home runs in his last 47 plate appearances. Still hitting just 205/259/397 against righties for the season after hitting 247/279/370 against them in 2012.
Kratz 2-for-4 with his seventh home run. He’s hit 16 home runs in 293 plate appearances for the Phillies since the start of 2012. Isolated power of .228 over those seasons.
Galvis 1-for-4 with a triple. 5-for-his-last-15 with a double, two triples and a home run.
Pettibone (3-1, 3.64) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69) tonight. The worst of Pettibone’s eight starts came his last time out as he allowed four runs in five innings against the Red Sox. Lefties are hitting 320/400/460 against him for the season. Nolasco has been fantastic against righties this year — they’re hitting just 219/266/298 against him for the season.