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.