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.”