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Minnesota series suggests the only hope for the Phils may be if Cliff Lee has a twin

Two twins would probably be better.

The Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak last night, outhitting the Twins 16-3 on their way to a 3-2 win.

The Phils got fantastic pitching in the game and Cliff Lee took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. The Twins scored a pair of runs in that frame, but did so with the help of two bad calls and a bloop double. The bullpen was atrocious for the Phillies in the series, but Adams set the Twins down in order in the eighth and Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils need to be just about perfect if they want to win these days. They have scored three runs or less in five games in a row and are 12th in the NL in runs scored per game.

It was the first one-run game the Phillies have won since May 29. They were 0-5 in their last five one-run games coming into last night.

The Phillies are 32-35 on the season after beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 last night. The Twins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and two games behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six.

The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight games that Lee has started. Opponents are hitting .197 against him in those outings.

Up 1-0, he set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the first, second and third.

Joe Mauer singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double-play behind Mauer to end the inning.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out the side in the sixth, getting Clete Thomas swinging and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar both looking.

With one out in the second, Lee thought he had struck Mauer out looking at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. It was called a ball and Mauer went on to walk. Doumit was next and hit a ball softly to third. Young handled it and threw to first. Doumit looked like he was out at first, but was called safe and the Twins had men on first and second with one out. Lee got Josh Wilingham on a fly ball to left for the second out before Justin Morneau blooped a ball into left-center. Revere made a long run and a valiant diving effort, but the ball just eluded him and went for a two-run double that put Minnesota on top 2-1. Oswaldo Arcia flew to right to leave Morneau at second.

Tough inning for Lee. He look like he had Mauer struck out for the second out and the call at first on Doumit’s ball was worse. Then Morneau delivers a two-run double on a bloop just out of the reach of Revere.

Adams started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and set the Twins down in order, striking Thomas out for the first out, getting Dozier on a fly ball to center for the second and Escobar on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Huge inning for Adams given the score and his recent struggles. He came into the game having been charged with a run in six of his last eight appearances.

Papelbon struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth while setting the Twins down in order.

Papelbon came into the game having been charged with a run in two of his last three times out. For the year he’s thrown to a 1.52 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Opponents are on-basing .188 against him for the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Revere (2) Micael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Nix (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Revere returns to the top of the order with Michael Young moved down to second. Nix plays right against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Delmon Young at DH. Galvis hits ahead of Quintero.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to right and stole second after Michael Young flew to center. Rollins was next and reached on a ball unhandled by the pitcher Correia for an error. It left the Phils with runners on the corners for Howard and Howard singled to right, scoring Revere (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Brown popped up to first for the second out and Delmon Young struck out to leave the runners stranded.

Revere starts the rally and winds up at third without the help of another hit or walk.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Revere. Michael Young flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

Brown and Delmon Young singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, putting runners on the corners for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies had left two men on in each of the first three innings.

Revere lined a triple to right-center with two outs in the fourth, but was left at third when Michael Young grounded out to the pitcher.

Sixth extra-base hit for Revere on the season and second in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a walk. Delmon Young struck out for the second out before Nix reached on an error by Escobar, loading the bases for Galvis. Galvis grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Michael Young and Rollins singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth off of righty Anthony Swarzak, putting runners on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to right, but Doumit fielded and made a strong and accurate throw home. Young was tagged out to set the Philies down.

It took a pretty great throw from Doumit to get Young at the plate. You have to try to score Young from second on the two-out single.

Nix singled with two outs in the seventh. Galvis was next and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Arcia made a fantastic catch while sliding into the wall to retire the Phils.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 when they hit in the eighth against righty Jared Burton. Frandsen hit for Quintero and doubled to right. Revere was next and bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young singled to right, scoring Frandsen (2-2) and moving Revere to third. With men on the corners and nobody out, Rollins hit a ball to first. Morneau fielded and came home with the ball, but Revere slid in safe and the Phils led 3-2 with men on first and second. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Brown was walked intentionally to load the bases for Delmon Young, but Young grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Revere again helps the Phils with his speed, bunting for a single and scoring on the ground out to first.

The Phillies can’t get more runs after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Howard strikes out for the first out and Delmon Young grounds into a double-play.

Nix singled off of righty Josh Roenicke to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Nix and first and Roenicke struck Galvis out for the first out. Lefty Caleb Thielbar struck Lerud out for the second out and got Revere on a ground ball to second to leave Mayberry stranded.

Revere was 4-for-6 with a triple in the game and 8-for-14 with a triple in the series. 266/306/304 for the year. 316/360/368 in 127 plate appearances since the start of May. He’s slugging .282 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 12-for-his-last-29 and hitting 278/353/361 for the year.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles and an RBI in the set. 262/326/381 on the year. 9-for-his-last-38 (.237) with nine singles. 290/364/419 over his last 141 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-5 with an RBI. Drove in one run and nearly drove in another, but Doumit made a good throw to nail Michael Young at the plate. Strike out with nobody and runners on second and third in the eighth. 5-for-12 with a walk and five singles in the series. 260/303/435 for the year. Ends the day on-basing .300 or better for the first time since May 9. One home run in his last 116 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional. 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/324/576 for the year. 1-for-his-last-13 but OPSing 1.098 in June. He has six walks in 50 plate appearances in June (12%) and walked in 9 of 206 plate appearances before the start of June (4.4%).

Delmon Young 1-for-5 and struck out twice. Left seven men on base. 2-for-13 with two singles in the set. 224/277/408 for the year.

Nix 2-for-5 in the game and in the series. 207/270/305 for the year. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-23.

Galvis 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 1-for-12 in the series with a walk. 1-for-his-last-20. 213/277/360 for the year.

Quintero 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-10. 216/256/378 for the season. 5-for-32 (.156) against righties for the year without a walk.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) faces righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) tonight in Colorado. The Phillies have won seven of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. He’s struggled against lefties in the past, but been fantastic against them in 2013. They’re hitting 240/297/395 against him for the year. Opponents have hit just .247 against Nicasio in 2013, but he’s walked 25 in 68 1/3 innings. His walk rate against lefties is especially high — he’s walked about 13.2% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced this season. He has allowed just one home run in his last five starts.


Twin downhilling

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.


The company you can’t keep up with

The Phillies were on a roll earlier this month, taking five in a row in a stretch that saw them top out a game above .500. They’ve gone in the other direction since, falling hard to the Brewers and Twins as they dropped four straight.

Both under .500 for the year, the Twins and Brewers have combined to go 54-71 this season. The Phillies are 14-5 on the season against the Mets and Marlins and 17-29 against everyone else.

Last night, Howard singled off a lefty in the top of the eighth, driving in Frandsen to tie the game at 2-2. Adams walked the leadoff man Jamey Carroll to start the bottom of the eighth, though, and Carroll came around to score on a two-out single off of Bastardo and the Phils fell 3-2.

Adams was charged with the run and has now allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.

The Phillies are 31-34 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost four in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies scored two runs or less for the sixth time in the last ten starts for Hamels. He threw to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts on the season. Since then he’s thrown to a 3.54 ERA and the Phillies have gone 2-10 in his outings.

Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Hamels got the next three behind him.

Hamels struck out the side in the second, getting Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier all swinging.

He started the third up 1-0. Carroll singled to right with two outs and stole second before Joe Mauer grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Back-to-back doubles by Josh Willingham and Morneau in the fourth tied the game at 1-1 with Morneau on second and one down. Arcia was next and he doubled off the base of the wall in center, scoring Morneau to put the Twins up 2-1. Dozier moved Arcia up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Clete Thomas. Hamels got Thomas to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Minnesota gets four straight hits against Hamels after he records the first out — three doubles in a row followed by Dozier’s single.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Morneau singled with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Arcia swinging 2-2 to leave him at first.

Michael Young made a very nice diving play and a long throw to first to take extra-bases away from Ryan Doumit for the first out of the inning.

De Fratus struck out Thomas and Pedro Florimon in a 1-2-3 seventh.

De Fratus has 1.80 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in ten innings for the season over 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him, he hasn’t allowed a home run and has walked just two.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Carroll led off and Adams walked him on four pitches. Mauer followed with a single to right that put men on first and second with nobody out. Doumit was next and hit a ball handled by Adams. Adams threw to second to force Mauer for the first out with runners safe at the corners and one down. Willingham fouled out to Michael Young for the second out with the runners holding and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Morneau. Bastardo got ahead of Morneau before Morneau singled into center on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Carroll (3-2) and moving Doumit up to second. Arcia struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man on four pitches in a tie game. Adams does a great job to get a popup for the second out with runners on the corners, but Bastardo can’t get Morneau and the Twins pull ahead.

The last 47 batters Adams has faced in his last 11 appearances have on-based .383 against him. They’ve hit just .256, but with seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. He’s also allowed three home runs in those 10 1/3 innings.

Bastardo faces two batters in the game, allowing the go-ahead single before getting the strikeout. He’s been charged with just two runs in seven innings over his last eight appearances, but has allowed six hits and five walks (1.57 ratio over his last eight appearances with opponents on-basing .375 against him).

Overall the pen goes two innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Nobody threw more than 13 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty PJ Walters went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Mayberry in right with Delmon Young DHing in Minnesota. Quintero catches with Ruiz and Kratz down. Michael Young continues to lead off. He’s 9-for-20 (450/476/450) batting first for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Florimon made a nice play on a ball hit hard by Michael Young for the first out.

Howard and Brown both struck out in the second.

Mayberry led off the third and hit a ball to short. Florimon fielded and threw to first, but his throw was not handled there. Morneau was charged with an error and Mayberry was safe at first. Galvis flew to left for the first out and Quintero moved Mayberry up to second when he grounded to the pitcher for the second. It brought Michael Young to the plate and he singled to right. Mayberry scored from second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mauer came out in front of the plate to take Doumit’s throw from right. Young tried to move up to second as the throw came home, but Mauer threw him out there to end the frame.

Clutch two-out hit for Young, but the run is unearned due to the Morneau error at first to start the inning.

Howard singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown grounded to Florimon to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when Mayberry doubled softly to right with one out in the fifth. Galvis followed with a walk, but Quintero struck out for the second out and Michael Young went down on a ball handled by the pitcher to turn the Phils away.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Brown grounded to first to leave Rollins stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Still down a run, Frandsen hit for Quintero to start the eighth and singled to left. Michael Young struck out swinging for the first out before Revere moved Young up to second with a single to left. Lefty Brian Duensing took over for Walters and struck Rollins out swinging at a 3-2 pitch off the plate, but Howard followed and singled into right. Frandsen scored from second, tying the game at 2-2 with two down and men on first and second. Brown grounded to second to end the frame.

Frandsen is called on to pinch-hit against the righty and delivers a rally-starting pinch-hit single. Big at-bat for Rollins and he strikes out on a ball out of the zone, but Howard picks him up with a single to right off of the lefty.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 220/258/373.

Lefty Glen Perkins started the ninth for the Twins with Minnesota leading 3-2. Delmon Young led off and lined to first for the first out. Mayberry flew to left for the second and Galvis struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .379 so far in June. Made a great play in the sixth on a ball hit hard by Doumit. Florimon took a hit away from him with a nice play in the first.

Revere 1-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-37 (.162).

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-29 (.207). The walk binge is apparently over — he hasn’t walked over 21 plate appearances in his last five starts.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI-single off the lefty Duensing to tie the game in the eighth. His walk binge looks over, too. No walks in his last 20 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-7 over the last two games.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-his-last-8. On-basing .275 against righties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a softly hit double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 365/377/558 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-11.

Quintero 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-7 with a home run. On-basing .172 against righties for the year.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.40) tonight. Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the season. Lefties are hitting 308/383/442 against him for the season. Pelfrey has been hit hard by both righties and lefties this season. Opponents are on-basing .380 against him for the year.


Plus one

The Phillie offense is suddenly alive, but it was Tyler Cloyd who led them to their fifth straight win last night. Cloyd took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1.

With the win the Phils are over .500 for the first time this season.

The Phils have been miserable offensively this year, but have scored 32 runs over their last five games and five or more in each of the five. They were eleventh in the NL in runs scored in April and 14th in May. They’ve only played six games in June, but they’re fourth in the NL in runs scored so far for June.

All the unexpected run-scoring has our attention focused there, but the pitching has been very good so far in June as well. The Phillies threw to a 4.47 in April, which was 14th-best in the 15-team NL. Their May ERA was a 12th-best 4.12. So far in June, they’ve thrown to a 2.25 ERA, which is second-best mark in the league. Phillie starters have a 1.87 ERA and a 1.06 ratio so far this month and have averaged about 7.2 innings per start in their six starts.

The Phillies are 31-30 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 last night. They are over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row for the first time this year.

Since April 18, they’re 25-20, which is the best record in the NL East. They’re five games over .500 in that stretch despite allowing eight more runs than they scored (180-172).

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and five walks. All four of the hits were singles and he struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the year. Righties are hitting 250/308/450 against him and lefties 308/383/442.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. Jean Segura singled with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez followed that with a walk that put men on first and second with two down, but Cloyd got Jonathan Lucroy to ground to second to end the inning.

It was 3-0 when Cloyd started the second. He walked Juan Franciso with one out, but got the next two to leave Francisco at first.

Braun singled to left with two outs in the third and the Phils up 4-0. Cloyd got Aramis Ramirez on a fly ball to center to leave him at first.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 fourth and was up 5-0 when he started the fifth. Norichika Aoki walked with two outs, but Cloyd got Segura on a ground ball to short to set Milwaukee down.

He walked Braun to start the sixth and Ramirez moved Braun up to second with a single. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Lucroy, but Cloyd got Lucroy to foul out on a ball handled by Kratz for the first out. Carlos Gomez was next and flew to right for the second out. Braun tagged and moved up to third, putting runners on the corners with two down. Francisco popped out to Young at third to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to pitch out of the jam after the Brewers put their first two men on base.

He walked Scooter Ginnett to start the seventh, but Yuniesky Betancourt hit for the pitcher Donovan Hand and grounded into a double-play. Aoki followed with a single and De Fratus came in to pitch to Segura. Segura went down on a ground ball to second.

De Fratus faces one batter in the game, getting one out. He was pitching for the second day in a row and dropped his ERA for the year to 2.25. He has an 0.88 ratio after eighth innings and hasn’t allowed a home run.

Adams pitched the eighth. Braun led off with a walk, stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Ramirez. Lucroy was next and grounded to third for the second out with Braun scoring to cut the lead to 5-1. Gomez flew to center for the third out.

Third straight inning that the leadoff man for the Brewers drew a walk. First time he scored.

Adams has been charged with a run in five of his last seven outings. Over those seven outings he’s walked five in 6 2/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single, but got the next three.

Fourth inning in a row the leadoff man got aboard for the Brewers.

Bastardo drops his ERA to 2.45 with the scoreless frame. Didn’t walk anybody, which is always nice. He’s walked 14 in 22 innings for the season.

Overall the pen goes 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. De Fratus has pitched two days in a row, but only threw five pitches in the game. Bastardo 14 and Adams 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Wily Peralta went (1) Michael Young (2) Mayberry (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young leads off for the first time since September 8, 2004. Mayberry starts in center against the righty and hits second with the lefty Revere on the bench. Kratz catches and Galvis plays second. Mayberry is a really bad defensive center fielder and will put up ugly numbers against righties if you give him enough chances. Michael Young and Mayberry combined to go 6-for-10 in the game. Worked great last night, but I’ll be pretty surprised if Young/Mayberry at the top of the lineup proves to be successful over a lot of games.

Michael Young, Mayberry and Rollins all singled to start the top of the first, loading the bases for Howard. Howard flew to center for the first out, deep enough for Young to tag and score. 1-0 with men on first and second. Brown walked on five pitches, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Everybody moved up a base on a wild pitch with Mayberry scoring (2-0) before Delmon Young struck out for the second out. Kratz grounded out to leave the runners at second and third.

Delmon Young strikes out with one out and the bases loaded, although the Phils do score the second run thanks to the wild pitch.

Cloyd walked with one out in the second and scored on a two-out double to right-center by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 3-0. Rollins flew to center to leave Mayberry at second.

Mayberry 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored through two innings.

Brown singled to right with one out in the third and stole second before Delmon Young walked. Brown stole third before Kratz hit a ground ball to short. Segura went to second to force Young for the second out and Brown scored from third, putting the Phils up 4-0 with two down and Kratz at first. Galvis followed with a walk, but Cloyd flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

First time in his career that Brown stole two bases in a game, much less an inning. The run wouldn’t have scored on Kratz’s ground ball without the steal of third.

Michael Young singled to right to start the fourth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth, Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 5-0. Kratz and Galvis went down behind him.

Delmon Young has been miserable against righties in 2013 and was miserable against them in 2012, but homers off the righty Peralta there. It was his fifth homer overall in his last 55 plate appearances. 269/309/596 in those chances.

Michael Young reached on an infield single off of righty Donovan Hand with one out in the sixth. Mayberry and Rollins went down behind him to leave him at first.

Brown singled to right off of Hand with one out in the seventh, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third time in the game that Brown reached base against a right-handed pitcher. His numbers are obviously sky-rocketing everywhere, but his line against righties is now up to 276/320/571. He was hitting 238/300/386 against righties for the year at the end of the day on May 14.

Righty Burke Badenhop set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the eighth. Nix hit for De Fratus and grounded to second for the third out.

Nix is 1-for-his-last-18 with a walk and hitting .208 for the season.

It was 5-1 when Mayberry reached on an infield single off of Badehop with one out in the ninth. Mayberry was caught stealing and Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.

Another hit for Mayberry off a righty, although this one wasn’t especially majestic. He has three steals for the year and has been caught three times.

Michael Young was 3-for-5 in the game with three singles. He’s 5-for-14 since returning from the bereavement list.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at center field at -15.7 for the year and -14.0 for his career.

Rollins 1-for-5. First time in five games he didn’t draw at least one walk.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out twice. 9-for-his-last-44 (.205) with 19 strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, upping his June OPS from 1.405 to 1.413. 323/338/697 over his last 160 plate appearances. He has four walks over those 160 plate appearances, three of which have come in June.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 9-for-his-last-33 with a double and three home runs. He’s hitting 213/265/438 in 98 plate appearances in right for the Phils. Mayberry, who’s unquestionably better defensively there, has hit 315/375/521 in 80 PA as the Phillie right fielder this season.

Kratz 0-for-4 with an RBI. Still oddly hitting righties (250/301/446) much better than lefties (150/292/350) for the year.

Lee (7-2, 2.45) faces righty Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) tonight. The Phillies have won six straight games start by Lee. Over those six starts he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and averaged about 7.8 innings a start. Righties are on-basing .230 against him for the season. Figaro turns 29 in July and will be making his sixth career start and second of 2013. He allowed four runs in five innings in his start this year, but has been pretty good pitching out of the bullpen for Milwaukee. 3.07 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 29 1/3 innings of relief this year. He hasn’t walked a ton of people overall, but lefties are slugging .525 against him for the season thanks to five home runs in 67 plate appearances.


Getting even

The Phillies finally made it back to .500 yesterday with a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

It was their fourth try to get back to .500 since May 24. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins and they have won four in a row for the first time this year. They are also in second place in the NL East for the first time this year.

Cole Hamels was the driving force behind yesterday’s win as he struck out 11 while holding the Fish to a run over seven innings. He got a lot of help from the offense. The Phillies plated six runs and have scored 27 over their last four games.

It’s not quite all good news for the Phils, though. Prior to the last four games the Phils had scored three runs or less in 10 of 14. They are back to .500, but have allowed 257 runs for the year and scored just 222. They’re 14-5 against the Marlins and Mets and 16-25 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 30-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-1 last night. The Phillies sweep the three-game set and have won four in a row. They are in second place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the third place Nationals and 7 1/2 behind the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out 11.

That’s probably the best start of the year for Hamels. The other that’s close is his May 4 outing, which was also against the Marlins. He allowed two runs over eight innings that day, but the Fish topped the Phils 2-0.

The Phillies are now 2-11 on the year when Hamels starts. They have scored 11 runs in the last two games he has started. Prior to those two starts, they had scored one run or zero runs in six of his last nine starts.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game and he lined a double to right on an 0-2 pitch. Hamels got the next three to leave him stranded, striking out Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back for the second and third outs.

Justin Ruggiano singled to left with two outs in the second. Casey Kotchman grounded to first to leave Ruggiano at first.

The Phillies had a 1-0 lead when Hamels set the Marlins down in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Derek Dietrich lined an 0-1 pitch out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Hamels got the next two.

Hamels has allowed home runs at a slightly higher rate in 2013 than he has over his career. Coming into the game he hadn’t allowed one in either of his last two starts, but the lefty Dietrich gets him for the lone run the Phillies allow in the game.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled softly to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck Jeff Mathis and the pitcher Jacob Turner both out looking to leave him at first.

Hamels walked Ed Lucas with one out in the sixth, but got the next two to leave Lucas at first.

Hechavarria singled to center with two outs in the seventh. Hamels got Mathis swinging to leave him at first.

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 6-1.

Tenth appearance of the year for De Fratus. He has a 2.35 ERA and an 0.91 ratio. Coming into 2013 he had walked eight in 14 2/3 career innings, but he’s walked just two in 7 2/3 innings so far this year.

Stutes started the ninth, pitching for the second day in a row. Ruggiano singled to left with two outs, but Stutes got Kotchman on a ground ball to first to end the game.

Throwing for the second day in a row, Stutes puts up another scoreless frame. Ruggiano’s single was the first hit against him by a right-handed batter this season — they are 1-for-16 now. Stutes still hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in his 8 1/3 innings. The numbers against lefties are still ugly, they’re hitting 400/438/533 against him.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. Stutes has pitched two days in a row and made ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jacob Turner went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Mayberry in right after the huge night off the bench in game two. Delmon Young on the bench. Galvis starts at second with Utley sidelined and Hernandez on the bench. Kratz catches the day game after Quintero caught the night game in game two.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and was thrown out trying to steal third. Michael Young struck out swinging for the second out and Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Second base would have been a fantastic place for Revere to have been had Young or Rollins gotten a hit. Nice to see him draw a walk in any case, though.

Mayberry singled to left with two outs in the second and scored when Kratz followed with a double down the third base line, putting the Phils up 1-0. Galvis followed with a walk, but Hamels flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry wins the game with two late homers in game two of the set and singles and scores the first run in game three.

Michael Young singled softly to center with one out in the third, but Rollins and Howard both went down behind him.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to center and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Revere followed with a walk that put two men on for Michael Young. Young grounded to first with Revere forced at second for the second out. It brought Rollins to the plate with runners on the corners and he walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard grounded to Dietrich to leave them loaded.

Rollins continues to walk at an extreme pace.

Brown and Mayberry both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Righty AJ Ramos struck Galvis out to start the seventh with the game still tied at 1-1. Delmon Young hit for Hamels and singled to center. Revere followed that with a soft single to right, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Hernandez ran for Delmon Young at second. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Hernandez tagging and moving up to third. It brought Rollins to the plate with men on the corners and he singled softly into center. Hernandez scored from third, putting the Phils up 2-1 with men on first and second for Howard. Rollins stole second before Howard hit a 1-0 pitch into right center. Ozuna dove for it and missed and Howard wound up at third with a bases clearing triple and the Phils up 4-1. Brown was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right. 6-1. Mayberry grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

First triple for Howard since April 22, 2011. That one drove in a pair of runs, too, as the Phils beat the Padres 2-0.

Howard and Brown both get to hit against the righty Ramos in the frame and go 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and four RBI in a two at-bat span.

Brown had looked pretty bad since his bat flip home run in game one of the series. I was a little surprised to see him hit the ball out there.

Nix hit for De Fratus and walked off of righty Ryan Webb with two outs in the eighth. Revere grounded to third to end the inning.

Nix came into the game 1-for-his-last-17 with no walks. He’s started one game since May 7. One thing that Delmon Young, John Mayberry and Ben Revere all have in common is they can’t hit righties. Not saying the Phillies should start Laynce Nix — just saying that if they don’t want to start him ahead of those guys against right-handed pitching I don’t really understand why they keep him on the team.

Revere was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. 3-for-13 with two walks and three steals in the three-game set. 245/290/277 for the year. Really not a good guy to lead off given how infrequently he gets on base. 286/340/327 in 108 plate appearances since the start of May. 4-for-his-last-28 (.143).

Michael Young 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-9 in the series. 257/341/348 for the year. 139/253/222 over his last 83 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-8 with five walks in the series. He’s walked 12 times in his last 39 plate appearances. In those 39 plate appearances he’s scored just five runs. That’s not a high rate of runs scored — at that rate he would score about 77 runs over 600 plate appearances or 90 over 700. It is, though, higher that his rate of scoring runs before he went on his walk tear. Prior to those 39 plate appearances, Rollins had walked 12 times in 211 plate appearances and scored 19 runs. That’s about a run every 11.1 plate appearances. Over his last 39 plate appearances he’s walked 12 times in 39 plate appearances and scored five runs. That’s a runs scored about every 7.8 plate appearances. Overall, though, the fact that he’s only scored five runs over his last 39 plate appearances while on-basing .513 is a fluke. Were he to continue doing so, he would score runs at a much higher rate than he has recently. 261/333/396 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. First time in six starts that he didn’t draw a walk. 3-for-11 in the series with two walks, two doubles and a triple. 254/297/443 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a two-run homer. 4-for-13 with two home runs in the series. 316/327/697 over his last 156 plate appearances with 16 home runs. OPSing 1.405 so far in June after OPSing .991 in May. 284/320/586 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 268/323/447 for the year. 244/309/384 against right-handed pitching.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-10 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 242/308/445 on the year. 314/400/667 over his last 60 plate appearances. Just 3-for-20 (.150) against left-handed pitching this year.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and a triple in the series. 241/302/414 for the year. 7-for-his-last-22 with three walks and four extra-base hits.

The Phillies are in Milwaukee tonight as Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) faces righty Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94). Cloyd and Peralta faced each other on June 1 in Philadelphia. Each of them allowed two earned runs over seven innings and the Brewers won the game 4-3. Three of Cloyd’s four starts have been good, but he got clobbered in the other, allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings to the Red Sox. Opponents are slugging .517 against him and he’s allowed 13 extra-base hits to the 98 batters he’s faced. Peralta’s most recent start, which came against the Phillies, was probably the best of the 12 starts he’s made this year. Lefties are hitting 336/393/477 against him for the season.


Bang, bang, you’re alive

John Mayberry provided the magic last night as the Phils topped the Fish 7-3 in 11 innings. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry tied the game with a solo shot. In the bottom of the eleventh, he delivered a walkoff grand slam.

It was the first grand slam of the year for the Phillies. They are hitting .156 and on-basing .171 with the bases loaded in 2013.

Mayberry’s second home run of the game was the seventh the Phillies have hit so far in four games in June. They lead the NL in June slugging percentage at .547. They slugged .391 in May and .387 in April.

They are also walking more of late, led by improved walk rates from Howard and especially Rollins. The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks in April and seventh in May. In four games so far in June they’re tied for third.

The Phillies are 29-30 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 in 11 innings last night. They’ve won three in a row and the first two games of the three-game set with the Fish. They will go for the sweep and a .500 record in the series finale this afternoon.

They are 12th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game, but have scored 21 runs over their last three (they’ve scored seven runs in each of their last three).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one.

Pettibone bounced back nicely coming off his worst start of the year. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his nine outings. Lefties are still faring well against him, on-basing .395 for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and he singled softly to right. Quintero threw him out trying to steal second, though, and Pettibone got the next two hitters to set Miami down.

Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double to left. Derek Dietrich was next and slapped a ball into left that fell for a single. Brown didn’t handle the ball cleanly, it went off his glove for an error that allowed Dietrich to move up to second with Ozuna at third. Casey Kotchman was next and grounded to short with both runners moving up a base. 1-0 with a man on third. Pettibone got Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short for the second out with Coghlan holding third and handled a ball hit softly by Rob Brantly himself to end the frame.

Pettibone holds the Marlins to a single run, getting Hechavarria on a ground out with the runner holding third with one down.

Ed Lucas singled to center with two outs in the third. Pettibone retired Coghlan on a ground ball to second to set Miami down.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hechavarria singled to center to start the fifth and took off for second as the count went 1-1 on Brantly. Quintero’s throw to Rollins was very good and in time to get Hechavarria, but Rollins just dropped it for the second Phillie error of the game. Brantly singled to left and Hechavarria scored from second, putting Miami up 2-0. The pitcher Ricky Nolasco bunted Brantly up to second with the first out and Pierre followed that with a single to right that put runners on the corners. Pierre stole second before a walk to Lucas loaded the bases for Coghlan. Pettibone got Coghlan on a popup to Young at third with the runners holding for the second out. Ozuna flew to center to leave them loaded.

Again Pettibone keeps the Marlins from getting additional runs with the help of a big second out with a runner on third. This time it’s Coghlan popping up on the infield with the bases loaded and one down.

Quintero made a great throw that should have been his second caught stealing of the game in two tries.

Pettibone walked Kotchman with one out in the sixth, but got Hechavarria to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst threw a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Brantly and Nolasco.

Horst dropped his ERA for the year to 4.70 with the perfect inning. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.39 ratio over 9 1/3 innings in his last 12 appearances. Still too many walks –he’s walked six over those 9 1/3 frames.

Adams started the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Lucas led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a ground out by Coghlan. Adams hit Ozuna with a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dietrich. Dietrich grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Kotchman grounded to second to leave them there.

Fifth appearance for Adams since his return. He’s allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the game still knotted at 2-2.

Since allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, Papelbon has thrown to an 0.44 ERA with an 0.63 ratio over 20 2/3 innings in his last 20 appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Pierre led off with a walk and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Pierre stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Coghlan at the plate, putting Miami back on top at 3-2. Coghlan flew to center for the second out before Ozuna doubled to left. Dietrich flew to left to leave Ozuna at second.

The wild pitch didn’t really cost the Phils as Pierre would have scored from third on Ozuna’s double anyway. The leadoff walk did, though.

Bastardo has been charged with a run in each of his last two appearances. He’s walked 14 in 21 innings for the year, which is too many. He walked 26 in 52 innings last year, which is also too many. Righties are on-basing .396 against him in 2013 and lefties .306. He also has monster home/road splits this year. Opponents have posted a 293/420/537 line against him at home and 152/282/182 on the road.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a walk for the Fish. He’s hitting 306/375/306 in 40 plate appearances against the Phillies this year and has stolen five bases.

Stutes pitched the eleventh. With two outs and nobody on, Brantly hit a ball hard that was deflected by Stutes and went for an infield single. Lefty Greg Dobbs hit for the pitcher Dan Jennings and flew to right to leave Brantly at first.

Nice inning for Stutes gives the Phils a chance to win it in the bottom of the eleventh. He’s made five appearances this year and four of them have been good. In the one that was bad, he allowed two runs, one earned, both of which scored in his third inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in 7 1/3 innings on the year. Righties are 0-for-14 against him for the season and lefties are 6-for-13 with two doubles (462/500/615).

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, Ozuna’s double off of Bastardo. They struck out five.

Adams and Bastardo both threw 20 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19. Horst and Papelbon both threw 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Quintero. Michael Young returns to the lineup and third base. Galvis moves over to second with Hernandez on the bench. Quintero catches with Kratz resting and a day game scheduled for this afternoon.

Revere and Michael Young struck out as the Phillies went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth. Rollins was next and hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Brantly made a nice diving catch that took a hit away from him and changed the inning. Young stole second before Howard walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice catch by Brantly helps keep the Phils off the board. Howard continues to improve his walk rate — he’s walked five times in his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Frandsen hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and drew a walk. Revere was next and grounded to third with Frandsen forced at second for the first out. Young followed that with another grounder to third with Revere forced at second. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Frandsen continues to post a monster on-base percentage despite a low average. He’s hitting .239 and on-basing .375, thanks to six walks and four hit by pitches in 57 plate appearances. That’s obviously a fluky huge rate of hit by pitch in a small number of plate appearances — at that rate he would be hit 40 times over 570 plate appearances. His walk rate in very limited time, though, is 10.5%, which is way higher than his career mark of 5.7%.

The Phils were still down 2-0 when Howard doubled off the wall in right to start the seventh. Brown struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young pounded a ball to left-center for another double, scoring Howard to cut the lead to 2-1. Galvis struck out for the second out, but Kratz hit for Quintero and blasted another ball off the wall in right. Young scored to tie the game at 2-2. Nix hit for Horst with two outs and Kratz on second. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

The balls that Howard, Young and Kratz hit in the inning were all crushed.

Revere led off the eighth and hit a ball to third. Lucas fielded and threw to first, but Kotchman didn’t catch the ball and Revere was safe on the error. Michael Young was next and grounded to third. Lucas went to second for the first out, but Young was safe at first. Revere was called for interference at second on a ridiculous call and Young erased from first. Rollins drew a walk before Howard flew to left to leave him at first.

The Marlins got a huge break there with the help of a bad call at second. Young hit the ball hard and just beat the relay throw from second to first. The second base ump ruled that Revere had reached out towards Dietrich as he crossed second. I didn’t see that one and if Revere did reach out it was after the throw was made.

Like Howard, Rollins’s walk rate is way up in recent games. He has 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances. Prior to that he had walked 12 times in 211 chances for the season.

Righty Chad Qualls got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the ninth. Hernandez hit for Papelbon and dribbled an infield single towards second. Galvis followed and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Brown had an ugly at-bat to start the inning, getting ahead in the count and then swinging at a 3-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate to ground to short. Hernandez showed good speed on his hit, beating out a ball chopped past the first base side of the mound for a hit.

The Phillies were down 3-2 when Mayberry homered off of righty Steve Cishek on a 2-2 pitch to start the tenth. 3-3. Cishek got Revere and Michael Young behind Mayberry before Rollins drew another walk. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to pitch to Howard and Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge home run for Mayberry off of a righty to tie the game. He’s slugging just .380 against righties for his career.

Lefty Edgar Olmos got Howard on a fly ball to right for the first out in the eleventh. Brown was next and hit a ball out near the mound that Olmos didn’t handle for an error. Kendrick hit for Stutes and bunted Brown up to second with the first out. Olmos walked Galvis intentionally, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz walked unintentionally and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left to give the Phisl a 7-3 win.

Walking Galvis intentionally is ridiculous. He’s hitting .160 and on-basing .222 against lefties this year. The Marlins should be overjoyed to see him coming to the plate in a big situation.

Another huge hit for Mayberry, this time off the lefty, gives the Phils the win.

Revere was 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-his-last-25. First 0-for-5 of the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 in his first action since May 28.

Rollins 0-for-3 and walked twice. Didn’t handle Quintero’s throw on a stolen base for an error. He’s on-basing .387 over his last 102 plate appearances. 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances is really a lot. He’s on-basing .514 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s drawn a walk in five straight games.

Brown had a terrible game coming off of a controversial home run celebration on Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and an error. That’s just his third 0-for-5 of his career. The others came on May 7 of this year against the Giants and on July 31, 2010 against the Nats.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Long double off of the righty Nolasco — Young’s been terrible against righties this year. 3-for-his-last-11 overall with a double and a home run.

Galvis 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-his-last-15 with three extra-base hits.

Quintero 0-for-2. 7-for-29 (.235) on the season.

Mayberry entered the game in the seventh and went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Started the game with a .397 slugging percentage for the year and ended it at .454. He’s 13-for-his-last-32 with a walk, a double and two home runs (406/424/625). Came in to last night’s game 11-for-his-last-29 (379/400/414). He’s hitting 324/359/595 against lefties for the season.

Hamels (1-9, 4.86) faces righty Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost six straight games started by Hamels and are 1-11 in his appearances this year. He has a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts and opponents have hit .326 against him those outings. Turner was the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets in his only start this year.


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