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.