Game two with Minnesota looked uncomfortably like game one for the Phils as the offense didn’t produce and the bullpen faltered late. The 4-3 setback was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.
The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth last night in game two of the set, but Bastardo allowed two doubles and a single to the first three men he faced in the inning and the Twins went on to score a pair of runs. It was the second straight game in which Bastardo had struggled in the eighth, although another poor outing from Mike Adams did a lot of the damage as the Phillies dropped game one.
The bullpen ERA for the Phillies is up to 4.56, which is 14th of the 15 NL teams and 28th of the 30 teams across both leagues. The good news is that the Phillie pen has thrown the fewest innings of any NL team. The bad news is that the .271 opponents have hit against them is worst in the league, the .347 on-base percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league and the .441 slugging percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league. The Mets are the NL team with the bullpen ERA that’s worse than the Phillies for the season, but the Phillie pen has allowed hits at a nearly identical rate, walks at a much higher rate and seen the hits they’ve allowed go for more total bases on average. They won’t have to do that too much longer before they have a worse bullpen ERA for the season as well.
The Phillies are 31-35 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost five in a row for the first time this year and play the finale of the three-game set with the Twins tonight.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out two.
Cloyd has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s walked eight in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, which is an unsustainable recipe for disaster. Lefties are hitting 303/390/424 against him for the year.
He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. He walked Joe Mauer with one out and Mauer moved up to third on two-out double by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau followed that with a walk and the bases were loaded for Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia grounded to first to set the Twins down.
Clete Thomas singled to start the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. It put two men on for Mauer and Mauer flew to center to leave them stranded.
Two scoreless innings for Cloyd to start the game, but the Twins leave the bases loaded in the first and two men on in the second.
Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third.
Arcia singled to start the fourth and scored when Thomas followed with a double to the gap in right center, cutting the Phillie lead to 2-1. Eduardo Escobar was next and singled to right, moving Thomas to third. Cloyd struck Pedro Florimon out for the first out and got Carroll to ground into a double-play to end the inning.
Nice job by Cloyd to hold the damage to a single run. After scoring their first run in the game, the Twins can’t get any more despite putting runners on the corners with nobody out.
After four innings, Cloyd had yielded just one run, but had walked two and allowed six hits, including two doubles. That’s too many base-runners and he was lucky to hold the Twins to one.
He was up 3-1 when he walked Mauer to start the fifth. He got the next three hitters in order to set the Twins down.
The first out of the inning came on a ball hit hard to Howard by Ryan Doumit. Howard stepped on the bag at first and didn’t throw to second. Looked like he had a play there.
Savery started the sixth and allowed back-to-back singles to Arcia and Thomas to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Escobar bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Florimon was next and chopped a ball up the first base line. Savery fielded and tagged Florimon out for the second out, but Arcia scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and Thomas moved up to third. Carroll grounded to Galvis at second to leave Thomas stranded.
Savery was back to start the seventh. Mauer led off and singled to left. Stutes came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Doumit and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Willingham was next and popped to short for the second out. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Morneau and got him on a fly ball to center to leave Mauer at first.
Bastardo gets Morneau a day too late.
Savery faced six batters in the game. Three of them singled and he got three of them out. One of the outs came on a bunt. He’s allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for the year.
Stutes faced two batters in the game and got both of them out, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.69 after nine appearances. He’s walked just one in 10 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. Righties are hitting 130/167/130 against him and lefties 389/421/621. So he’s been better against righties.
Bastardo was back to start the eighth. Arcia led off and doubled to center. Thomas was next and pounded a double high off the wall in right. Arcia scored to tie the game at 3-3. Escobar was next and bunted an 0-1 pitch on the first base side of the mound. The ball just died in the grass and Escobar was safe at first with a single. Thomas moved up to third. De Fratus came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Florimon with nobody out, men on the corners and the game tied. Florimon lined to Galvis for the first out with the runners holding. Lefty Chris Parmalee hit for the righty Carroll. De Fratus’s 1-1 pitch to Parmalee was inside and in the dirt. Lerud couldn’t handle it. Thomas scored (4-3), Escobar moved up to second and De Fratus was charged with a wild pitch. Parmalee lined a 3-2 pitch back to De Fratus. De Fratus caught it for the second out and threw to second where Escobar was doubled-off to end the inning.
Bastardo faced four batters in the game, getting one out and allowing three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the eighth. The Escobar bunt single was a little fluky as the ball just died on the grass.
Bastardo has a 3.18 ERA for the year, which doesn’t reflect how badly he’s been pitching, and a 1.59 ratio, which does. He’s allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he’s walked 14 in 22 2/3 innings for the season.
De Fratus fares pretty well after entering the game with nobody out and runners on the corners, despite the wild pitch. He records three outs without being charged with a hit or a run. 1.64 ERA and an 0.73 ratio for the year after 11 innings over 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting .158 against him with two walks and no home runs in 40 plate appearances.
As well as De Fratus did, I think bringing Papelbon in with nobody out and runners on the corners is the better move for the Phils. What with him being their best pitcher and the game being on the line and whatnot.
Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits. They didn’t allow a walk or strike anyone out. Bastardo and De Fratus have both pitched two days in a row. Savery threw 25 pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Lerud. Delmon Young at DH. Lerud catches with Quintero on the bench. First start of the year for Lerud. Galvis moves up to eighth in the order with Lerud in the lineup. Mayberry starts against the righty with Nix on the bench.
Revere reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the first and moved up to second when Rollins singled to right. Howard was next and drew a walk, loading the bases for Brown. Brown flew to left for the second out with Revere tagging and scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second for Delmon Young. Young singled to right and Rollins scored. 2-0 with men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center for the third out.
The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third. Delmon Young and Mayberry both struck out as they went in order in the fourth.
The lead was cut to 2-1 when they hit in the fifth. Galvis and Lerud went down for the first two outs before Michael Young doubled to right. Revere was next and blooped a singled into shallow left-center. Young scored from second to extend the lead to 3-1. Rollins flew to left to leave Revere at first.
They went in order in the sixth.
The lead was cut to 3-2 when they went in order in the seventh.
Revere bunted for a single off of righty Casey Fien with one out in the eighth and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to right. With one out and men on first and second, lefty Brian Duensing took over for Pelfrey and struck Howard out swinging for the second out. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.
Third hit of the game for Revere, although they weren’t all exactly magnificent. Infield single in the first, bloop RBI-single in the fifth and a bunt single in the eighth.
Philliesflow is your source for Casey Fien trivia. Domonic Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. There are two players drafted in that round that have a higher career WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference than Brown does: Casey Fien and Vinnie Pestano.
The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth. Lefty Glen Perkins set Delmon Young, Mayberry and Galvis down in order.
Michael Young was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. He’s 10-for-his-last-24. Just 12 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances for the year. His isolated power for the season is at .085, which is the lowest it has been in any season in which he got more than two plate appearances.
Revere 3-for-4 with an RBI. He has seven RBI for the season. Across both leagues there are three players with at least 200 plate appearances and less than ten RBI for the year. They are Revere, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Insert your own joke here.
Rollins 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-33 (.242) with eight singles. He’s a weird guy to have hitting third against a righty given his 270/335/389 line against right-handed pitching for the season.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. He has one home run in his last 111 plate appearances.
Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-10.
Delmon Young 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-12.
Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 236/303/383 against right-handed pitching for his career.
Galvis 0-for-4. 0-for-his-last-15.
Lerud 0-for-3 and struck out twice. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, but Lerud didn’t have much of a chance to handle the pitch.
Lee (7-2, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11) tonight. Lee has made 13 starts this year and allowed more than three earned runs in two of them. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts and the Phils are 6-1 in those games. He’s allowed two home runs in 59 2/3 innings over his last eight times out. Correia has struck out 36 in 76 2/3 innings for the season. He doesn’t walk many guys, but opponents are hitting .298 against him for the year with righties sporting a 308/333/550 line.