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.