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.
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