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More than one Phillie has done his best to try and talk his way off the nose-diving team in recent days, but last night two guys whose names have been in the air as the trade deadline approaches looked like they might be more interested in trying to hit their way off. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young both hit two-run homers to back seven innings from John Lannan as the Phils topped the Giants 7-3.

The Phillies snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.

The Phils are 50-56 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 7-3 last night. They are in third place in the NL East, 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 1 1/2 behind the Nats. Eight games out for the Wild Card with 56 to play.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Three of Lannan’s last four starts have been good. He allowed four runs in four innings against the Cardinals in the other. 3.49 ERA over his last eight outings. He’s allowed just two home runs in 63 2/3 frames on the year.

Andres Torres led off the top of the first with a double. Marco Scutaro bunted him to third with the first out. Pablo Sandoval was next and flew to Ruf in left center. Torres tagged and Ruf made a pretty nice throw home. The ball and Torres arrived at about the same time, but Ruiz didn’t handle it cleanly. Torres scored and the Giants led 1-0. Hunter Pence flew to center for the third out.

Ruf’s throw from left was right on line, but not especially strong.

Brett Pill singled to center with one out in the second and the Phils up 2-1. Guillermo Quiroz was next and Lannan got him to ground into a double-play to set the Giants down.

Brandon Crawford started the third with a single. The pitcher Barry Zito was next and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to second to force Crawford for the first out. Rollins took the throw and went to first in time to double Zito up. Lannan walked the next two batters, Torres and Scutaro, on 16 pitches. It brought Sandoval to the plate with two outs and men on first and second and he reached out over the plate and blooped a single to right. Torres scored, tying the game at 2-2, and Scutaro went to third. Pence grounded to short to leave the runners at the corners.

Sandoval’s RBI-single to right was ridiculous, but it only got the Giants a run because Lannan had walked the two previous batters. Lannan also got a huge break in the frame when the Phils got a double-play on Zito’s bunt.

Pill singled softly to left with one out in the fourth, but Lannan got the next two hitters to leave him at first.

The Phils led 4-2 when Lannan started the fifth. Scutaro singled to left with two outs, but Lannan got Sandoval on a ground ball to third to set San Francisco down.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Quiroz doubled to center to start the seventh with the Phils leading 6-2. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and moved Quiroz up to third with a ground out. Joaquin Arias followed with a softly hit grounded to second. Utley threw to first for the second out as Quiroz scored, cutting the lead to 6-3. Lannan struck Torres out swinging to set the Giants down.

Bastardo pitched the eighth with the Phils up 7-3. Pence singled softly to center with two outs, but Bastardo got Jeff Francoeur on a fly ball to right to end the frame.

Bastardo has a nice frame coming off allowing a run over 1 2/3 innings on Sunday. 1.42 ERA and 0.87 ratio in 12 July appearances with 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

De Fratus pitched the ninth with the Phils up four. He allowed a leadoff single to Pill, but got the next three on a pair of line drives and a ground ball.

De Fratus has walked 15 in 25 innings for the year, but hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over his last four times out.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two singles and no walks while striking out one. Bastardo threw 20 pitches and De Fratus 15.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Ruf comes into the game with 104 career plate appearances, but hits cleanup and plays left field. He seems like a lock to be a butcher in left given enough time. Frandsen at first and Mayberry in center. Michael Young plays third as non-specific trade rumors abound. Ruf shouldn’t be hitting cleanup for anyone, but the lineup doesn’t look quite as atrocious against a lefty as it would a righty.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Michael Young and Utley singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on the corners for Ruf. Ruf struck out swinging for the second out, but Delmon Young followed with a single to right. Michael Young scored (1-1) and Utley went to third. Frandsen was next and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry walked 3-2, forcing Utley home. 2-1 with the bases still loaded for Ruiz. Ruiz popped to third to leave them loaded.

Ruf can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, striking out against the lefty with one down and runners on the corners. Delmon Young picks him up with a big hit that gets the Phils on the board.

Mayberry draws a big walk to force in a run.

Frandsen again is hit by a pitch. He’s been hit ten times this season. Nobody else has been hit more than four. Ten hit-by-pitch for the year and eight walks in 141 plate appearances. Only three players across both leagues have been hit more than ten times this season.

Michael Young walked with two outs in the second, but Utley struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the Phils went in order in the third.

Mayberry singled to left to start the fourth. Ruiz was next and hammered a 1-1 pitch from Zito out to left, putting the Phils up 4-2. Zito got Lannan on a liner to second for the first out and righty Guillermo Moscoso came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins singled softly to left and took second on an error by the left fielder Francoeur. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Rollins moving up to third. Utley was walked intentionally, bringing Ruf to the plate with runners on the corners. Moscoso got ahead of him in the count before hitting Ruf 0-2, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Young lined to second to end the inning.

First home run of the year for Ruiz and first since September 25, 2012, against the Nats.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Lannan walked off of Moscoso to start the sixth. Rollins flew to right behind him for the first out, but Michael Young was next and hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 6-2. Utley and Ruf went down behind Young.

Eighth home run of the year for Michael Young and his sixth off of a righty. He’s been good against righties this year, but is oddly hitting just 226/327/387 against lefties.

The lead was cut to 6-3 when the Phils hit in the seventh. Delmon Young led off and reached on softly hit infield single off of righty Jean Machi. Martinez ran for him at first and moved up to second when Frandsen grounded to short for the first out. Mayberry was next and doubled into the left field corner, scoring Martinez to extend the lead to 7-3. Ruiz moved Mayberry up to third with a ground out to second. Just up Cody Asche hit for Lannan, making his major league debut. He got ahead in the count, but popped up to second on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning.

Utley singled to center off of Machi with two outs in the eighth. Ruf struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Third strikeout of the game for Ruf, including a big one in the first with one out and runners on the corners.

Rollins was 1-for-5. 2-for-his-last-13. On-basing .315 for the year with an isolated power of .092. .092 is his worst mark for isolated power in any season in which he’s had 100 plate appearances. He hit 23 home runs last year with an isolated power of .177. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0. From 2004 to 2008, he ranged between 4.6 and 6.1. Negative dWAR for the year and negative UZR at short as calculated by FanGraphs.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 6-for-his-last-36 (.167) with seven walks and two home runs.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-12. 287/359/503 over his last 192 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch. Almost threw Torres out at the plate from left in the top of the first. But not quite. 214/313/286 over his last 48 plate appearances. 3-for-16 (.188) so far against lefties with two home runs.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15. 26-for-his-last-90 (.286), but with just four extra-base hits, all doubles, and an isolated power of .044.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. 294/432/500 against lefties this year after posting a 400/426/556 line against them in 2012.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles. The way he can help a team is by hitting lefties, but he didn’t do a ton against lefties last night other than the bases loaded walk off of Zito. Still just hitting 262/308/492 against lefties for the year. I’d expect the on-base numbers against lefties to go up as he plays more with a ton of power. He’s on-basing .319 against righties and I would not be holding my breath for that number to go up.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-his-last-15. One walk in his last 74 plate appearances.

Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) faces righty Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) tonight. Kendrick threw to a 3.22 ERA over his first 13 starts, but has a 5.26 ERA in his last eight times out. Gaudin threw to a 2.05 ERA in 18 relief appearances for San Franciso before moving into the rotation in early June. He threw to a 2.23 ERA in his first seven starts before allowing six runs to the Reds in 3 2/3 innings his last time out.


Domonic Brown as least sort of has a diagnosis — I don’t know who has to explain the rest of this

The Phillies have made it over .500 exactly twice this season and both times they have followed that accomplishment up by losing five games in a row. On June 6, the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1 to improve to 31-30 on the year. They followed that up by losing their next five games in row, four by a single run.

They started July at 39-44, but went 10-4 in their first 14 games to start the month. That put them at 49-48 for the year after their first game coming off the All-Start break. Last night’s loss was their fifth in a row.

In last night’s game, the Cardinals topped them 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Phillies scored a total of five runs in the set and had four extra-base hits, all doubles.

The Phillies are 49-53 on the year after losing 3-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. The Cards sweep the three-game series. The Phillies have lost five in a row, scoring a total of nine runs in those games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out one.

Kendrick has a 5.17 ERA over his last nine starts. Opponents hit .242 against him over his first 12 starts and have hit .295 against him over his last nine.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Jon Jay chopped a ground ball to third. Young fielded and threw to first, where Ruf came off the bag too soon trying to handle the throw and Jay was called safe. Kendrick got the next two to turn St Louis away.

Very close play at first on Jay’s ball. I get the feeling the rest of the infield might not be a fan of Ruf’s glovework at first. Ruf has only played 113 innings of defense this year, all at first, but Baseball-Reference has him with a dWAR of -0.2. UZR/150 is a different story, though. FanGraphs has him at 8.7 in the very early going. With the exception of a couple of very nice plays, he hasn’t looked great there to me.

Kendrick walked David Freese with one out in the second, but Shane Robinson followed and lined back to the mound with Freese doubled off of first to end the inning.

Pete Kozma singled to right to start the third. He was bunted to second with the first out before Matt Carpenter singled to right, scoring Kozma to make it 1-0. Jay was next and tripled to the gap in right-center, scoring Carpenter. 2-0 with Jay on third. Allen Craig walked before Matt Adams singled to right, scoring Jay. 3-0 with men on the corners and one down. Yadier Molina popped to Rollins for the second out with the runners holding and Freese struck out looking to end the inning.

Three runs for St Louis in the frame on four hits, including a triple, and a walk. Kendrick gets Molina with one out and men on the corners to keep it from being worse.

It was 3-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. He allowed a leadoff single to Robinson, but got the next three to turn St Louis away.

The pitcher, Lance Lynn, bunted for the second out to move Robinson up to second. It was Lynn’s second successful sacrifice in two innings after he had bunted Kozma to second in the third.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastrado threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the Phils still down two.

He struck out Craig and Adams as he set St Louis down in order in the eighth.

Over his last six appearances, Bastardo has thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings in which he’s struck out eight. In those outings he’s faced 18 batters and allowed one walk and no hits. Over his last 16 appearances, he’s struck out 19 in 15 innings while throwing to a 1.20 ERA and an 0.80 ratio.

Two perfect innings for the pen in the game in which Bastardo strikes out three. He threw 19 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Lance Lynn went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Nix (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. That lacks a lot of the elements one would need in a lineup that is likely to consistently win games.

Rollins doubled to left to start the top of the first and Michael Young walked behind him. Utley struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Delmon Young was next and lined back to the pitcher. Michael Young was doubled off of first to end the frame.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Delmon Young’s ball was hit hard, but Lynn made a pretty miraculous grab to catch it against his hip. Michael Young didn’t have much chance at first.

Ruf and Nix both struck out to start the second before Mayberry singled softly to center. Kratz grounded to third to set the Phils down.

Rollins walked with one out in the third and stole second after Michael Young struck out for the second out. Utley walked to put men on first and second for Delmon Young, but Young grounded to third for the third out.

Rollins on base twice in the first three innings on a double and a walk. Steals his tenth base of the year. He’s been caught six times and picked off three.

Delmon Young gets two big at-bats early in the game. He lined into a double-play to end the first with two men on. Grounds to third to end that frame with two men on.

The Phillies were down 3-0 when they hit in the fourth. Ruf led off with a walk. Nix was next and grounded to second with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Mayberry was next and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Nix tried to score from second and arrived at the plate at the same time as Craig’s throw from left, but the throw hit him in the back as he slid in safely. 3-1 with men on first and second for Kendrick. Kendrick bunted, but badly. The pitcher Lynn fielded and threw to third to force Mayberry for the second out. Freese threw to first in time to double Kendrick up and set the Phillies down.

Ruf walks against the righty to start the frame and the Phils follow with a pair of hits. But the Kendrick bunt helps the Cards hold them to a single run.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Kratz reached on a softly hit infield single with one out in the seventh. Just up lefty Steve Susdorf hit for Kendrick and grounded into a double-play in the first at-bat of his career.

Susdorf is 27-years-old. The Phillies drafted him in the 19th round of the 2008 draft. He hit 335/419/428 in 229 plate appearances at Lehigh Valley while playing mostly in right field. He has hit nine home runs in his last 924 plate appearances in the minors, but with a .314 batting average. If you want to on-base .419 you can be a great offensive player no matter how many home runs you hit. But he’s not going to on-base .419. He stole eight bases at Triple-A this year, which is a career high.

Rollins singled to right off of righty Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Ruf singled off of righty Edward Mujica to start the ninth, bringing Nix to the plate as the tying run. Nix grounded to second for the first out and Mayberry and Kratz both struck out behind him.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in the game. His double to left to start the top of the first was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 262/320/356 for the year. 7-for-his-last-20 with two doubles and a home run.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 0-for-10 with two walks in the series. 2-for-his-last-24 (.083), but with five walks. 278/342/405 for the season.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-10 with two walks in the series. 283/344/515.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 2-for-11 in the series. 274/320/414 on the year. Hitting .302 over his last 136 plate appearances, but with just a .380 slugging percentage. 2-for-19 (.105) with a home run while hitting cleanup for the Phillies this season.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and an error when he came of the base early on Young’s throw. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 292/393/500 in 56 PA for the year. Just 3-for-14 (.214) against lefties, but with a pair of home runs.

Nix 0-for-4. 1-for-9 with two strikeouts in the series. 188/235/277 on the season. Yesterday was the first time he had started two games in a row since April 25 and 26. 192/243/288 in 111 plate appearances against righties for the season.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 5-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 259/311/441 on the year. Mayberry’s UZR/150 in center for the season as calculated by FanGraphs is -26.4. Delmon Young’s in right is -20.8. The Phillies play those guys every day and that’s pretty hard to overcome. Mayberry has close to no chance of making up for his defense in center, especially hitting against righties and especially if he’s not going to walk.

Kratz 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first action of the series. 2-for-7 since rejoining the team. Kratz and Ruiz have had almost the same number of plate appearances for the year at this point. Kratz is hitting 231/290/429 in 162 PA and Ruiz is hitting 252/301/280 in 158. Kratz has twice as many home runs (8) as Ruiz has extra-base hits (four, all doubles).

Hamels (4-12, 4.16) faces righty Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90) tonight in Detroit. The Phillies are 4-1 in the last four starts made by Hamels. He had made three very good starts in a row before allowing four runs in five innings against the Mets his last time out. Fister has gone six innings in each of his last four starts, allowing two runs over 12 innings his last two times out. He’s walked just 23 in 127 innings on the season. Righties have fared better against him than lefties, posting a 318/363/422 line compared to 235/287/346 for lefties.


Dead again

The Phillies started July on a roll, going 9-4 against the Pirates, Braves, Nats and White Sox to start the month. They’ve cooled since the All-Star break, though, dropping a series to the lowly Mets before losing 4-1 to the not-so-lowly Cardinals last night in the first of three in St Louis.

The Phils have lost three in a row and are looking lifeless. They’ve scored one run in their last two games and struck out 21 times. Utley was 3-for-4 last night and the rest of the team went 4-for-29 (.138).

Pettibone didn’t pitch very well in last night’s game, allowing three runs over five innings, and the bullpen coughed up another over three frames. It was the offense that looked really bad, though. Coming off a game in which they were dominated by Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller held the Phils to three singles and a walk over six shutout innings. The Phils managed their lone run off the St Louis pen in the seventh on a pair of two-out hits.

The Phillies are 49-51 on the season after losing 4-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They’re 10-7 in July despite having allowed more runs (72) than they’ve scored (69).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

That’s the worst of Pettibone’s last six starts, but he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of them and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA in those outings.

Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Carlos Beltran. Beltran grounded to second with Jay forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Allen Craig hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and went to second to force Beltran for the second out. Carpenter scored from third, putting the Cards up 1-0 with two down and Craig on first. Yadier Molina grounded to Rollins to end the inning.

Lefties are hitting 308/385/451 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties Carpenter and Jay both single to start the frame for St Louis and the Phils are lucky to hold them to a single run.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked the pitcher Shelby Miller on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three St Louis hitters on three ground balls.

Really don’t want to walk the pitcher if you can help it. Really don’t want to walk the leadoff hitter if you can help it.

Craig doubled to left to start the fourth. Molina was next and reached out across the plate to chop a ball down the third base line. I don’t know exactly what happened with Michael Young, but it was definitely not highlight material. He sort of stumbled/dove in the direction of the ball, which got passed him and down the line. Craig scored (2-0) and Molina was safe at second with a double-like event. Matt Adams was next and moved Molina up to third with a single to center. It brought David Freese to the plate with one down and men on the corners. Freese singled to right, scoring Molina (3-0) and moving Adams up to second. Pettibone struck Pete Kozma out swinging to the first out and the pitcher Miller bunted Freese up to second with the second. Pettibone got Carpenter on a pop to Michael Young in foul territory to leave the runners on second and third.

Michael Young’s play on the Molina double was just terrible.

First four batters in the frame read for St Louis on two doubles and two singles. Pettibone did well to hold them to two runs and got a little help from Miller bunting for the second out.

David Freese brings back ugly memories.

Jay doubled to right to start the fifth. Pettibone struck Beltran out swinging for the first out before Craig walked to put runners on first and second. Molina flew to right for the second out, but Adams walked on five pitches to load the bases for Freese. Pettibone struck Freese out swinging 3-2 to leave them loaded.

Raul Valdes started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Kozma. Righty Brock Peterson hit for the pitcher Miller and struck out swinging for the first out. Carpenter was next and bunted, but popped it up. Valdes caught the ball and threw to first before Kozma got back to double the runner off and end the inning.

Bunting into the double-play obviously changed the inning for the Cards. Carpenter pretty much popped it up right at Valdes and Kozma was doubled-off easily.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Valdes struck Jay out to start the seventh. Beltran was next, though, and tripled to left. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled softly to left center, scoring Beltran. 4-1. De Fratus got Molina to pop to Ruf in foul territory for the second out. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Adams and struck him out looking to end the inning.

The Cards get one in the inning, thanks to the one-out triple by Beltran off of Valdes.

First appearance for Valdes since being called up to replace Savery. He faces five batters, allowing a single and a triple and getting four outs. Got a lot of help from Carpenter’s bunt into a double-play to end the sixth.

Valdes was awful to start the year with the Phillies, throwing to a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings over ten appearances while allowing five runs. In his defense, he was the victim of a badly structured bullpen that required him, Horst and Durbin to pitch in middle relief, which is a role for which none of them are well-suited. Stint number two doesn’t start particularly well for him.

De Fratus faces two batters, allowing a softly hit single and getting one out. He has a 10.29 ERA and a 3.14 ratio over seven innings in his last 12 appearances. Opponents have hit .424 against him in those outings and he’s walked eight in seven innings.

Diekman faces one hitter in the game and strikes him out.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 4 1/3 innings over his last seven appearances, but has a 1.62 ratio in those outings. In four of his last seven times out he’s gotten just one out. Righties are hitting 351/400/541 against him on the season.

Luis Garcia pitched the eighth. Kozma singled to left with one out. Lefty Daniel Descalso hit for the pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. Garcia struck him out swinging for the second out as Kozma stole second. Garcia walked Carpenter 3-2 to put runners on first and second for Jay. Garcia struck Jay out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Garcia faces five hitters, allowing a single and a walk, but getting a big strikeout of the lefty Jay to end the inning with two men on.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 6 2/3 innings in six appearances on the year. Opponents are hitting just .182 against him, but he’s walked four.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Garcia needed 28 pitches to get through his inning, so he probably can’t go tonight. De Fratus threw 19 and De Fratus and Diekman were both under ten.

The Phillie lineup against righty Shelby Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays center against the righty. Ruf at first against the righty.

Michael Young walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second on a single by Utley. Brown grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the second. Mayberry struck out for the third out.

Pettibone struck out looking as they went in order in the third.

Utley singled to right with one out in the fourth. Brown popped to short for the second out and Delmon Young flew to right for the third.

Utley 2-for-2 through four innings for the Phils with the rest of the team hitless. Michael Young’s walk in the first was the only other runner.

The Phillies were down 3-0 they went in order in the fifth. Ruf and Ruiz both struck out.

Nix hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and struck out swinging. Rollins followed with a double to center and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to right for the second out. Utley flew to left to leave him at third.

Lefty Randy Choate got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the seventh. Righty Seth Maness came in to pitch to Delmon Young and struck him out swinging for the second out before Ruf singled to right. Mayberry was next and lined a double to the gap in left-center, scoring Ruf to get the Phillies on the board at 3-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the frame.

Ruf and Mayberry deliver back-to-back hits against the righty with two outs, getting the Phils their only run of the game.

Righty Trevor Rosenthal set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with the Cardinal lead extended to 4-1. Frandsen hit for Diekman and flew to right for the first out of the frame.

Righty Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for St Louis. Utley led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a one-out single by Delmon Young. It brought Ruf to the plate as they tying run, but he struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in the game. 250/287/296 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. Made a weird-looking non-play on Molina’s double in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-17 (.118).

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 8-for-his-last-16 with a triple and two home runs.

Brown was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-his-last-13. 222/263/426 over his last 57 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 371/404/472 over his last 94 plate appearances. Not a ton of power against lefties, but he’s still hitting 291/375/418 against them for the year. Not a ton of power against righties, either, but the biggest issue is that he isn’t walking against right-handed pitching. Seven walks in 185 plate appearances is about 3.8%.

Ruf 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-21 with ten strikeouts, but an impressive 293/396/537 line in 48 plate appearances for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 200/261/388 over his last 88 plate appearances. He’s a lock to look like a bad player if you put him in center and play him against righties. As a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties, he could help a good team (although he’s only hitting 250/286/483 against left-handed pitching for the year).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-12. Four extra-base hits in 154 plate appearances for the year. He has an isolated power of .029 for the season with extra-base hits in about 2.60% of his plate appearances. Phillie pitchers have an isolated power of .038 and extra-base hits in about 2.76% of their chances.

Lannan (2-3, 3.76) starts tonight against righty Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88). Lannan has been fantastic in his last two starts, allowing a run on eight hits and three walks over 16 innings. Since returning from the DL in mid-June, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.84 ERA and allowed just one home run in 38 innings. Westbrook has allowed just three home runs in 81 1/3 innings on the year. Lefties have hammered him to the tune of 338/409/489 while righties have been almost helpless against him, managing just a 211/293/255 line. He’s allowed just five extra-base hits to righties this season and four of them have been doubles.


I updated the Start Log

I updated the Start Log, which should now include all of the first half games.

Some scattered thoughts:

  • The Phillies are 19-27 on the year when Halladay (2-5), Hamels (6-14) or Lee (11-8) have started and 29-21 when anybody else (Kendrick, Lannan, Cloyd and Pettibone) have started.
  • The Phils went 1-11 in the first 12 starts that Hamels made on the year as he threw to a 4.86 ERA. During that stretch of 12 games, the Phillies lost five different games in which Hamels a) threw at least six innings and b) allowed two runs or fewer.
  • On April 13, Hamels held the Fish to a run over six innings. The game went into the ninth tied and Florida won 2-1 on a walkoff error by Utley.

    On April 23 he held the Pirates to two runs over eight innings. The Phils didn’t score in the game and lost 2-0.

    On May 4 he went eight again, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits and no walks. The Phils had one hit and lost 2-0.

    May 9 he didn’t pitch especially well, allowing six hits and five walks over six innings, but he did manage to hold Arizona to a pair of runs. The Phillies managed one in the game and lost 2-1.

    May 20 he struck out ten Marlins while allowing two runs over six frames. The Phillies again scored one run and the bullpen gave up three in the bottom of the eighth as Florida won 5-1.

  • The Phils are 11-8 when Lee starts, but in 15 of the 19 games, Lee’s Game Score for the game is higher than the Game Score of the other team’s starting pitcher. Game Score is a miserable stat, but that still means that, using Game Score, in 15 of the 19 games that Lee started, the combination of Lee and the Phillie offense was better than the combination of the other team’s starting pitcher and offense, at least according to Game Score, and the Phillies only won 11 of those games. The Phils were 0-4 when Lee’s Game Score was worse than his opponent and 11-4 when it was better. On June 7, June 24 and June 29, Lee outpitched his counterpart all three times and the Phils still went 0-3. The bullpen threw to a 6.75 ERA in those games for the Phils.
  • The bullpen was bad for Lee, throwing to a 3.99 ERA with a 1.64 ratio in games that he started, but it was even worse in games that were started by Kendrick (5.36, 1.65) or Halladay (6.20, 1.62).
  • The Phillies scored 3.37 runs per game in the 46 games started by a Halladay, Hamels or Lee and scored 4.32 runs per game in 50 games started by someone else.
  • The Phils are 16-9 when Lannan or Pettibone starts and that has a lot to do with the offense (especially when Pettibone starts). On days that Pettibone starts the Phils are scoring an average of 4.63 runs per game and on the days that Lannan starts they are scoring an average of 4.44 runs per game. That’s a little misleading as Lannan started the game where the Phillies scored 16 runs — over his other eight starts they scored 24 runs or 3.0 runs per game.
  • The 16-run Lannan game was one of only two games this season in which the Phillies have scored more than eight runs. They scored nine on April 27.
  • The bullpen is just absolutely terrible. They’ve thrown to a 4.39 ERA (worst in the league) and a 1.50 ratio (worst in the league) in a year where the NL average is a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 ratio.
  • The bullpen is third in the NL in total walks allowed, which is a ton given that they are last in innings pitched. The average NL bullpen has thrown about 289 innings and the Phillie bullpen has thrown 252.
  • Over 96 games, the Phillies have scored 371 runs on the year and allowed 416, which means they are allowing 0.47 runs per game more than they score. They shouldn’t count on playing .500 for too much longer if they continue to do so. Their Pythagorean Winning Percentage has them at 43-53.

Phillie fever — catch it! And if you do, please let someone in the front office know, cause they could really use anyone who can catch anything

In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.

The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.

The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.

The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.

It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).

The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out two.

Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.

Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.

Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.

Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.

Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.

Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.

Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.

Third error for Utley in four innings.

Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.

Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.

Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.

Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.

Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.

Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.

Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.

Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.

Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.

Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.

Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.

Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.

Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.

Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.

Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.


Phillies and their winning ways part company as win streak insists it is time to go solo

The string of brilliant starting pitching and the three-game win streak both came to an end last night for the Phillies. Cliff Lee allowed four solo home runs in an eight-batter span in the fifth and sixth innings and the Nats topped the Phils 5-1.

The lone Phillie run came on a solo blast by Darin Ruf in the seventh, his first of the year. It was the first of nine games in July in which the Phils had scored less than three runs.

The Phillies are 45-47 on the year after losing 5-1 to the Washington Nationals last night. They lead the four-game set two games to one.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and four home runs. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Second straight start in which Lee didn’t walk a batter, but didn’t pitch very well, either. The Phils are 1-3 his last four times out.

Bryce Harper doubled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee struck Ryan Zimmerman out looking to leave Harper at second.

Jayson Werth singled to left to start the second. Lee got Adam LaRoche on a fly ball to center for the first out before Anthony Rendon grounded into a double-play.

Wilson Ramos singled to left to start the third. The pitcher Gio Gonzalez was next and bunted, but Ruiz fielded and threw to second in time to force Ramos for the first out. Lee got Denard Span to fly to center for the second out before Ian Desmond singled to left, putting men on first and second for Harper. Harper grounded to third to set the Nats down.

Lee struck Zimmerman and Werth out in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Rendon led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 1-0. Ramos was next and he homered to right on a 1-0 pitch. 2-0. Lee got the next two before Desmond doubled to center. Harper struck out looking to leave Desmond stranded.

Righties Rendon and Ramos go back-to-back off of Lee to start the inning. Ramos takes him out the opposite way.

Zimmerman led off the sixth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to center. 3-0. Werth hit Lee’s next pitch out to left. 4-0. Lee got the next three. Revere made a nice diving play on a line drive Ramos hit to left center for the third out.

Two more righties go deep off of Lee in the sixth. He faces 11 batters between the fifth and sixth and four of them homer.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Luis Garcia started the eighth for the Phils with the Washington lead cut to 4-1. Harper went down on a ground ball handled by Rollins for the first out. Zimmerman was next and struck out swinging at a wild 1-2 pitch that wasn’t handled by Ruiz and went off his leg guard and out of play, allowing Zimmerman to take first with one down. Garcia walked Werth 3-2, putting runners of first and second for LaRoche. LaRoche hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley made a great diving play, flipped to Rollins at second to get Werth and Rollins went to first in time to get LaRoche and set the Nats down.

Great play by Utley on LaRoche’s ball to start the inning-ending double-play.

De Fratus started the ninth. Rendon led off and doubled to right. Ramos was next and chopped a ball back up the middle. De Fratus should have handled it, but it went off his glove for an error and Washington had runners at first and second with nobody out. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tyler Clippard and Diekman came in to pitch to him. Righty Scott Hairston hit for Tracy and flew to right for the first out. Rendon tagged and moved up to third, bringing Span to the plate with one down and runners on the corners. Span chopped a ball up the first base line. Diekman got to the ball, turned quickly and threw it into right field for another error. Rendon scored. 5-1 with men on second and third and still only one out. Diekman walked Desmond intentionally to load the bases, then struck Harper and Zimmerman both out swinging to leave them loaded.

Phils were lucky to only give up one run in the frame as De Fratus and Diekman combine to make two errors in a three-batter span. Diekman does a great job to hold it to one by striking Harper and Zimmerman both out with the bases loaded.

De Fratus faces two batters in the game. One doubles and the other reaches on his error. He has a 13.50 ERA and a 3.75 ratio over 5 1/3 innings in his last 11 appearances with opponents OPSing 1.213 against him in those outings.

Diekman faced five batters. Struck two outs and got another out on a fly ball. One reached on his error and the other was walked intentionally. He’s faced 48 batters on the year. He didn’t walk any of the first 24 he faced and has walked three of the last 24 he’s faced.

Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing one run, which was unearned, on one hit and two walks. Utley made a great play to bail out Garcia in the seventh and Diekman struck Harper and Zimmerman out to end the ninth with the bases loaded.

Diekman and Garcia both threw 22 pitches in the game. De Fratus threw seven.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz.

Revere singled to right to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him and Utley flew to right.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young struck out looking for the second out and Ruf grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Ruiz started the third with a single to right. Lee was next and bunted down the third base line. Zimmerman fielded and threw to second, but Desmond came off the bag early waiting to field the ball and Ruiz was safe. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Revere grounded into a double-play that left Ruiz at third with two down. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Revere hits into a big double-play.

The Phils went in order in the fourth. Rendon made a nice diving play to take a hit away from Brown for the second out.

They were down 2-0 when they hit in the fifth. Delmon Young and Ruf walked back-to-back, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz lined to third for the first out before Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. Revere struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Tough couple of innings for Revere. Grounds into a double-play to kill the rally in the third and strikes out with men on second and third to end the fifth.

Down 4-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Ruf hit a 2-0 pitch out the opposite way to right, cutting the lead to 4-1. Ruiz followed with a single to left. Frandsen hit for Lee and bunted for a single, putting runners on first and second for Revere. Revere flew to left to end the inning.

First of the year for Ruf. He now has four career home runs in 53 plate appearances. At that rate he would hit 45 over 600 plate appearances.

Utley singled off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, but Brown and Michael Young both went down behind him.

Righty Rafael Soriano set Delmon Young, Ruf and Ruiz down in order in the ninth with Washington up 5-1. Ruf hammered a ball to deep center, but Span made a nice play, catching it while crashing into the wall for the second out.

Revere was 1-for-4, grounded into a double-play and left six men on base. Made a nice diving catch to end the sixth. 14-for-his-last-31 (.452).

Rollins 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with four singles and no walks. No walks in his last 47 PA.

Utley 1-for-4. Made a great defensive play in the seventh to start a double-play and bail out Garcia. 3-for-his-last-16. 229/270/400 so far in July.

Brown was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Rendon made a nice play to take a hit away from him in the fourth. That’s his first 0-fer in nine games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-his-last-16 with three walks, two doubles and a home run. 336/353/516 over his last 133 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with ten singles.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. Hit another ball really well in the ninth off the righty Soriano, but Span took it while going into the wall. 5-for-13 on the year with three walks, a double and a home run.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two singles. 20-for-his-last-69 (.290) with 19 singles and a double. Three extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances for the year, all doubles, and an isolated power of .026.

Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) faces righty Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57) tonight. Kendrick has allowed 22 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts with opponents hitting .423 against him in those outings. He pitched to a 3.90 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in 2012 and has a 3.90 ERA and a 1.29 ratio so far in 2013. Zimmermann has been great this year, but a little less great over his last five starts, throwing to a 4.31 ERA in those outings. Washington is 7-0 in his last seven starts.


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