Archive for August, 2013

Day after day of the dead

What’s left of the Mets hammered what’s left of the Phillies yesterday afternoon, topping the Phils 11-3 to earn a split in the four-game set.

The series featured a solid start by Lee in game one and a dominating performance by Jon Niese in the second game. The depleted teams slogged through some ugly baseball as the series wore on, though, combining to display super-sloppy defense and miserable pitching.

Ethan Martin started yesterday’s game for the Phillies and struck out nine, but lasted just four innings against a weak New York lineup. He’s now allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts and all anyone can seem to talk about is how he’s destined to be a reliever. The Phils could use some relievers, too. After five scoreless innings in the first three games of the set, the bullpen combined to allow eight runs in four innings after Martin’s early departure yesterday.

The Phillies are 61-73 on the year after losing 11-3 to the New York Mets yesterday afternoon. The teams split the four-game series and are tied for third place in the NL East, 20 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-base hits, a double and a home run. He struck out nine.

He’s struck out 32 in 25 1/3 innings for the year now, but with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.78 ratio. He’s allowed seven home runs and 16 walks in his 25 1/3 innings.

Daniel Murphy singled to right with one out and stole second after Martin struck Andrew Brown out swinging for the second out. Martin walked Lucas Duda before striking Justin Turner out swinging to end the inning.

Martin struck out the side in the second, getting Matt den Dekker, Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla all swinging.

It’s good there is video of these games, cause I’m not sure I would have believed Matt den Dekker is a real person without it. Travis d’Arnaud probably doesn’t know what to do with himself in this his first experience as the runner-up in his team’s weird name competition.

Eric Young singled to right with one out in the third and scored when Murphy followed with a double to left, putting the Mets up 1-0. Martin got the next two to leave Murphy stranded.

Turner walked to start the fourth and scored on a one-out home run by Anthony Recker. 3-0.

Jimenez replaced Martin to start the fifth and allowed another run when Murphy led off with a single and scored when Brown followed with a single to right. 4-0. Jimenez struck out two of the next three as he set the Mets down in order behind Brown.

Jimenez came back for the sixth. He walked the leadoff man Recker before retiring Quintanilla on a popup to Young for the first out. The pitcher Carlos Torres bunted Recker up to second with the second out and Eric Young moved him to third with an infield single. With Murphy at the plate, Jimenez balked Young to second and Recker home (5-0) before Murphy singled to left. Young scored from second ahead of Brown’s throw (6-0) with Young moving up to second. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Brown and struck him out swinging to leave Young at second.

Jimenez allows three runs on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings in the game to up his ERA to 2.53. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in nine innings over eight appearances. Righties are on-basing .370 against him for the season with a 261/370/348 line. He hasn’t allowed a home run in 10 2/3 innings on the year.

De Fratus started the seventh with the New York lead cut to 6-1. Duda led off with a single and De Fratus hit Turner behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for den Dekker. Den Dekker hit a ball that De Fratus handled, throwing to second to force Turner for the first out with runners safe on the corners. Den Dekker stole second before Recker walked to load the bases for Quintanilla. De Fratus walked Quintanilla on five pitches, forcing Duda in. 7-1 with the bases still loaded and one out. Ike Davis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice. De Fratus struck him out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Young was next and cleared the bases with a triple to the base of the wall in right. 10-1. Righty JC Ramirez came in to pitch to Murphy and got Murphy on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

De Fratus goes one inning in the game, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks. After getting the only man he faced in the sixth, he gets two outs in the seventh while allowing four runs on a single, two walks, a triple and a hit by pitch.

Yesterday was the first time he had been charged with more than three run in an appearance. He’s now appeared in 65 games for his career. Coming into the game he had thrown to a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings in his last 16 appearances. A lot went wrong in the seventh for him yesterday with four of the first five men he faced in the inning reaching on a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch, but the big blow was the three-run triple by the switch-hitter Young batting left-handed. The righty De Fratus has been really good against lefties this season and hit hard by righties. Lefties are hitting 167/327/357 against him for the year and righties 308/390/413.

Ramirez started the ninth with the lead cut to 10-3. He allowed a leadoff homer to Brown before retiring the next three.

Ramirez goes 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on one hit, Brown’s homer, and no walks.

Just atrocious numbers for Ramirez on the year as he now has an 8.62 ERA and a 1.98 ratio after 13 appearances. He has been charged with at least one earned run in each of his last eight appearances, throwing to a 12.27 ERA and a 2.64 ratio in those outings as opponents have hit .415 against him. Lefties are hitting 455/556/727 against him for the season in 27 plate appearances (10-for-22 with five walks, a double, a triple and a home run).

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Jimenez and De Fratus were both hit hard and Ramirez allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Carlos Torres went (1) Young (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) McDonald. Mayberry in center against the righty with Bernadina on the bench. Mayberry shouldn’t play center and shouldn’t play against righties. McDonald at short with Rollins on the bench. Frandsen at first and Young at third after Asche hurt his hamstring in game three. Frandsen plays first against the righty and ends the day with a 206/275/278 line against right-handed pitching for the year. Brown returns to the lineup after missing time with a sore heel. Ruf plays right. Seems like the other choice was to put Bernadina in center and Ruf or Mayberry at first. The Phillies should really do their best to commit to never playing Mayberry in center again, regardless of whether Bernadina, or whoever, went 0-for-6 with ten men left on base the day before or not. In their defense, Bernadina, or whoever, is the only other choice to play center given the current roster and Bernadina can’t play there every day.

Frandsen reached on an error by Quintanilla at short with one out in the top of the first, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

The Mets start game four with more bad defense after being terrible in the field in game three.

Brown singled to center to start the second, but Ruiz, Ruf and Mayberry all struck out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth.

One hit for the Phils through four innings, which comes on Brown’s single to start the fourth. The only other base-runner they had was Frandsen when he reached on Quintanilla’s error in the first.

Ruiz doubled to right to start the fifth with the Phils trailing 3-0. The Phillies went in order behind him, leaving him at first.

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

They were down 6-0 when they hit in the seventh. Utley and Brown led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz flew to center for the first out, with Utley tagging and moving up to third. With one out and men on the corners, Ruf flew to right, deep enough for Utley to tag and score, cutting the lead to 6-1. Lefty Scott Rice took over for Torres and struck Orr out swinging to leave Brown at first.

It was 10-1 when they hit in the eighth. McDonald led off with a single off of righty Gonzalez Germen. Bernandina followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 10-3. Young and Kratz went down behind Bernadina before Utley doubled to right. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to Brown and got Brown on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Righty LaTroy Hawkins got Rollins, Ruf and Orr in order in the ninth with the Mets up 11-3.

Young was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 6-for-16 with two doubles in the four-game series. 266/329/382 for the season. 202/280/287 over his last 143 plat appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. 220/294/311 for the year. 134/174/146 over his last 86 plate appearances. Was fantastic against left-handed pitching in 2012 and the early part of 2013, but his numbers against lefties have dropped dramatically. His line against left-handed pitching for the year is down to 255/361/392.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-17 with a double in the series. 4-for-his-last-9. 272/343/479 for the year. 301/363/509 against righties and 204/295/407 against lefties. Way better numbers on the road than at home — 307/369/568 away and 237/316/389 at home. Why? I have no idea. He’s been a little better at home for his career. His UZR/150 at second and his dWAR both suggest his defense is down this year. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at second at 8.0 — over the last six seasons it’s ranged from 12.1 to 19.2. Baseball-Reference calculates his dWAR at 0.2. They’ve had him between 1.0 and 3.5 in each of the last nine seasons.

Brown 2-for-4 in the game and 2-for-5 in the series. 309/360/456 in August and 277/323/519 on the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and left three men on base. 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 283/325/392 on the season. 18-for-his-last-41 with a 439/465/780 line in those 43 plate appearances. Only guy on the team who is hitting lefties and he’s crushing them. 340/419/509 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Ruf 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out three times. 1-for-12 with an RBI and seven strikeouts in the set. 258/344/509 on the year. 207/267/476 in his last 90 plate appearances with seven home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 2-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 239/302/416 for the season.

Halladay (3-4, 7.81) faces righty Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) this afternoon in Chicago. Halladay has made one start since returning from the DL, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings with the help of a Bernadina catch that turned a two-run homer into an out. He’s walked 19 in 40 1/3 innings for the year, which is more than double his career walk rate. Samardzija threw to a 2.96 ERA in his first 12 starts on the season, but has pitched to a 4.90 ERA his last 15 times out. Opponents hit .203 against him in his first 12 starts and have hit .282 (with a BABIP of .336) against him over his last 15.


Slow boat to at least it’s over

Just an ugly, hard to watch game that not many watched last night as the Phils topped the Mets 6-2. New York accounted for most of the ugliness with miserable defense and Dice-K taking about 30 seconds between pitches, but the Phils did their part as well, especially at the plate early in the game. In the first three innings, Phillie hitters reached on three walks, two hits, a hit by pitch and an error and failed to score, twice being turned away after loading the bases with one out.

Cole Hamels provided the anti-ugly in the game, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings and delivering a two-out, two-run single in the fifth.

The bullpen also contributed two scoreless frames and has thrown five scoreless innings in the first three games of the series. They haven’t allowed a hit, walked one and struck out four.

The Phillies are 61-72 on the year after beating the New York Mets 6-2 last night. They lead the four-game series two games to one and are 8-3 over their last 11.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out eight.

2.73 ERA and a 1.09 ratio for Hamels over his last 16 starts. He didn’t walk more than one batter in any of his six starts in August. He’s allowed four home runs in 80 innings over his last 11 starts after allowing nine in 56 2/3 innings over his first nine.

He allowed a one-out double to Juan Lagares in the bottom of the first and a two-out double to Justin Turner in the second, but kept the Mets off the board both times.

The pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka singled to right to start the third. Eric Young was next and blooped a ball into center. The charging Bernadina made a diving effort, but didn’t come up with the ball. He was able, however, to pick it up and throw to second in time to force Matsuzaka for the first out. Young stole second before Hamels walked Lagares, putting men on first and second with one down for Andrew Brown. Brown fouled out to Ruiz for the second out with Young tagging and moving up to third. Ike Davis was next and singled to left. Young scored to put New York up 1-0 with two two and men on first and second. Josh Satin flew to left for the third out.

Hamels fortunate to hold the Mets to one on two hits, a walk a stolen base. Young’s ball would have gone for another hit had the Phils not turned it into an out with the force at second. Matsuzaka starts the rally with a single. The lefty Davis finishes it with a single off the lefty Hamels.

Rollins didn’t cover third on Brown’s popup, which allowed Young to move up to third.

The Phillies aren’t the only team throwing some ridiculous cleanup hitters out there these days. Davis ends the game hitting .205 for the year and 145/192/203 against left-handed pitching.

Hamels allowed a single in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, but kept New York off the board in the each of those innings. Young led off the fifth with a single and stole second with one out, but Hamels got Brown on a popup handled by Ruiz and struck Davis out swinging to leave him stranded.

He started the seventh with a 5-1 lead. Lefty Daniel Murphy hit for the pitcher David Aardsma to start the inning and singled to left. Young bunted him to second with the first out. Murphy stole third before Hamels struck Lagares out for the second out, but Brown doubled into left, plating Murphy to cut the lead to 5-2. Hamels got Davis looking 0-2 to leave Brown at second.

Really not sure it’s a good idea to bunt after the leadoff single when you’re down 5-1 in the seventh. The Mets did get one run out of the frame, though, if that’s what they were looking for.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA for the year to 4.00. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances, but has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings over his last seven times out.

Diekman set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phillies up by four. His ERA is down to 3.07 for the year and he hasn’t been charged with a run in 8 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances. He also hasn’t walked any of the 27 hitters he has faced in those eight outings. Prior to those eight appearances, he had walked 12 in 21 innings for the year.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they strike out two without allowing a hit or a walk. Rosenberg threw 16 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Daisuke Matsuzaka went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Orr. Orr starts in left field for the first time since 2008 when he was with the Nationals. Mayberry in right with Ruf on the bench. Young at first ans Asche at third. Ruiz hits cleanup against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 264/290/354 against righties for the season.

Rollins walked with one out in the first and stole second after Utley flew to right for the second out. Ruiz struck out looking to leave Rollins at second.

Asche reached on an error by Davis at first with one out in the second. Mayberry and Orr both walked behind him, loading the bases for Hamels with one out. Hamels struck out swinging and Bernadina struck out looking to leave them loaded.

Nothing for the Phils after they load the bases with one out without a hit.

Utley singled to center with one out in the third and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind him. Young was next and singled softly to right, loading the bases for Asche with one out. Asche struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped out to the catcher in foul territory for the third.

Again the Phillies load the bases with one out and fail to score. This time it’s Asche striking out for the second out.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fourth. Orr led off with a single to right and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Bernadina popped up for the second out, but Rollins was next and picked him up with a line drive in to left. Orr scored from second to tie the game at 1-1. Young took a truly odd angle in pursuit of the ball and it got past him. Rollins tried for third, but was thrown out there to set the Phillies down.

Not pretty, but at least they scored this time. Young didn’t really play the ball very well in left on the Rollins double.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to third when Young lined a double to right. Asche followed with a walk that loaded the bases with nobody out. Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Ruiz scored to make it 2-1 with the bases loaded for Orr. Lefty Robert Carson came in to pitch to Orr and Ruf hit for Orr. Ruf got ahead in the count 3-1, but struck out swinging for the second out. Hamels was next and sliced a 1-1 pitch the other way and into left for a single. Young scored (3-1) and Asche slid in just ahead of the throw from Young to make it 4-1. Bernadina grounded to second for the third out.

Huge hit for Hamels with two outs. Ruf gets a big pinch-hitting chance against a lefty and strikes out with one out and the bases loaded. His woes against left-handed pitching continue on a team that needs a ton of help against left-handed pitching. His line against lefties is down to 159/229/364 in 48 plate appearances for the season.

With two outs in the sixth, Ruiz lined a solo shot out to left, upping the lead to 5-1. Young flew to center behind him for the third out.

Ruiz homers off of the lefty Carson and ends the day with a 340/419/509 line against lefties for the year.

Asche led off the seventh against righty David Aardsma and singled into right past the second baseman Flores. He hurt his right hamstring running to first and McDonald entered the game to run for him. Mayberry moved McDonald up to second with a single, putting two men on for Ruf with nobody out. Ruf flew to left for the first out. Hamels tried to bunt the runners up to second and third, but popped it up for the second. Bernadina struck out swinging for the third.

Nothing for the Phillies after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Asche’s ball should have been handled at second.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Utley reached on an infield single off of righty Scott Atchison with one out, but Ruiz flew to center for the second out and Young grounded to short to set the Phils down.

McDonald led off the ninth and reached on an error by Flores, who was now playing third. He moved up to second when Mayberry grounded out softly for the first out and took third when Ruf followed that with a single. It left the Phils with men on the corners and one out for Rosenberg with the righty Atchison still on the mound for the Mets. Frandsen hit for Rosenberg and reached on yet another Met error, this one by Atchison. McDonald scored to make it 6-2 and Ruf took second. Lefty Pedro Feliciano took over for Atchison and got Bernadina and Rollins to end the frame.

Just atrocious defense for New York in the game. Two errors in the ninth. The error by Davis in the second helps the Phillies load the bases without a hit in the second. Young badly misplayed the Rollins double in left, although New York got an out on that play. Asche was given a single on a ball that should have been handled by Flores at second.

Bernadina was 0-for-6, struck out three times and left ten men on base. I don’t know how often it is you see the leadoff man leave ten men on base, but I’m guessing not very. Struck out to end the second with the bases loaded. That’s three. Popped out in the fourth with one out and Orr on second. Four. Grounded to second with men on first and second to end the fifth. Six. Struck out swinging with men on first and second to end the seventh. Eight. Flew to left with one out and a men on first and second in the ninth. Ten. He’s 4-for-31 (.129) with the Phillies.

Rollins 1-for-5 with a walk, a double and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-5. 3-for-his-last-22 (.136) and 7-for-his-last-46 (.152).

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and was hit by a pitch. 447/475/789 over his last 40 plate appearances (17-for-38 with a walk, four doubles and three home runs) Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 265/295/354 against righties.

Young 2-for-5 with a double. 6-for-12 with two doubles so far in the series.

Asche 1-for-3 with a gift single and a walk. 304/360/507 in his last 75 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 3-for-his-last-19, but with a .333 on-base percentage in those 24 plate appearances, thanks to four walks and a hit by pitch.

Orr was 1-for-1 with a walk in his first action with the team. Leads the team in on-base percentage at 1.000 and OPS at 2.000. Ruf is second on the team among players with one or more PA at .352 and Utley is the only other player above .338. Orr is second among the 204 players across both leagues in OPS as a left fielder. Joey Butler is 2-for-3 for Texas with a walk, two doubles and a 2.083 OPS. Can Orr catch him? Time will tell. If Orr continues his one single and one walk per 133 game pace, he’ll end the year with one single and one walk.

Martin (2-2, 6.33) faces righty Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96) tonight. Martin went just two-thirds of an inning his last time out, allowing three runs in a game the Phillies eventually lost in 18 innings. He’s walked 13 in 21 1/3 innings for the season and allowed six home runs. Torres will be making his first start since July. He’s made three starts on the year in which he’s thrown to a 6.43 ERA, which is misleading as two of his starts were good and one was awful. He allowed two runs over 12 innings in his first two starts on the year before allowing eight runs to the Nationals his third time out. He’s only walked seven in 48 2/3 innings for the between his appearances as a starter and a reliever.


Jon Niese B Goode

The Phils had no answer for Jon Niese last night. Niese threw a complete-game shutout and drove in three runs as the Mets topped the Phils 5-0.

Kendrick pitched pretty well early, but allowed four unearned runs in the sixth with the help of a huge throwing error by Frandsen. New York plated their first run of the frame on a single, the error and a sac fly before loading the bases for Niese with two outs and a 2-0 lead. Niese split the gap in left-center with a double, clearing the bases and putting the Mets up to stay at 5-0.

The Phillie offense had three hits and a walk in the game. Niese retired 17 in a row between Michael Young hits that started the second and the eighth.

For the year, the Phillies are hitting 228/296/369 against left-handed pitching, which is the worst line of any NL team other than the Marlins. The Phillies have three active players OPSing .750 or better against left-handed pitching and two of them haven’t hit very well against lefties. Mayberry is hitting 253/322/481 against them and Frandsen 255/361/392. Ruiz is the only active player on the team who has actually hit well against left-handed pitching this year, he’s at 327/410/442.

The Phillies are 60-72 on the year after losing 5-0 to the New York Mets last night. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set and are tied for third-place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The Phils are 7-3 in their last ten games, but have scored just two runs in their last two games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

Two of the four walks that Kendrick issued were intentional and both of the batters he walked intentionally in the sixth came around to score. Kendrick has a 6.15 ERA over his last 15 starts and opponents have hit .319 against him.

He set the Mets down in order in the bottom of the first. Juan Legares lined a single to right with two outs in the second, but Kendrick got Travis d’Arnaud on a ground ball to short to set the Mets down.

He walked the pitcher Niese with one out in the third. Eric Young was next and bunted up the first base line. Kratz made a very nice play, getting to the ball and throwing off-balance to nip Young at first for the second out as Niese took second. It brought Daniel Murphy to the plate and Murphy singled to right. Mayberry threw home, but his throw was up the third base line. Niese scored to put the Mets up 1-0 and Murphy took second as the throw came home. Murphy took third on an error on a pickoff attempt by Kendrick, but Kendrick retired Andrew Brown on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

You want to try to avoid walking the pitcher when you can. Kratz’s play on the Young bunt kept the inning from being worse. Niese would have been out at the plate on a good throw by Mayberry, but the Phils didn’t get one.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Omar Quintanilla doubled to right with one out in the fifth. Kendrick retired Niese on a fly ball to left before walking Young. It put men on first and second with two down for Murphy. Murphy popped to Rollins to leave both runners stranded.

Brown led off the sixth with a single into center. Ike Davis was next and hit a ball that Frandsen gloved at first. Frandsen threw to second, but his throw was bad for an error that left Brown on third and Davis on second with nobody out for Wilmer Flores. Flores grounded to third with the runners holding for the first out. Legares was next and Kendrick walked him intentionally, loading the bases for d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud flew to center for the second out. All three runners tagged and moved up a base, making it 2-0 with two outs and men on second and third for Quintanilla. Quintanilla was walked intentionally and the bases were loaded for Niese. Niese delivered the big blow of the game, slicing a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for a three-run double that extended the New York lead to 5-0. Young fouled out to Michael Young to leave Niese at second.

All four of the runs that the Mets score in the inning are unearned due to the Frandsen error, but Kendrick didn’t really excel in the frame. He walked two batters intentionally and both came around to score. Set the inning up to get the pitcher out and didn’t get the pitcher out.

Bernadina made a miserable throw on the d’Arnaud sac fly, but it didn’t cost the Phillies a lot. d’Arnaud didn’t hit the ball especially deep, but Bernadinda threw home and his throw was weak and off-line, which allowed the other runners to move up to second and third.

Zach Miner pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a two-out walk before getting Flores on a ground ball to short.

Scoreless frame for Miner after allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Opponents are hitting just .239 against him, but he’s walked seven in 13 innings.

De Fratus set the Mets down in order in the eighth. He has a 1.89 ERA and a 1.32 ratio over 19 innings in his last 19 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties for the year, but righties are hitting 311/383/417 against him.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one walk and no hits. Miner threw 17 pitches and De Fratus eight.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Kratz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Mayberry. Mayberry in right, Ruf in left and Brown sidelined with his heel. Frandsen plays first with Young at third and Asche on the bench against the lefty. Asche on the bench against the lefty after providing all the offense for the Phils in the series opener.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the top of the first, but Utley struck out swinging behind him and Kratz lined to short.

Young singled softly to right to start the second. Ruf followed and grounded into a double-play. Frandsen grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Quintanilla made a nice play behind second to retire Young for the first out in the fifth and Davis made a nice diving play at first on a ball hit by Kendrick for the second out in the sixth.

Niese got an enormous amount of ground ball outs between the second and sixth innings. Young singled softly to right to start the second and Niese got a ground ball double-play behind him and another ground out behind that. Two ground outs and a fly out in the third, two ground outs and a fly out in the fourth. Three ground outs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Niese got 14 batters out between Young’s single to start the second and the end of the sixth on 12 grounds outs, including a double-play, and two fly balls.

They were down 5-0 when they hit in the seventh and went in order on two fly balls and a strikeout.

Young doubled to center to start the eighth. Ruf and Frandsen both struck out behind him and Mayberry flew to center.

17 in a row go down for the Phillies between Young’s single to start the second and his double to start the eighth.

Rollins drew a walk off of Niese with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Utley flew to center to end the game.

Bernadina was 0-for-4 with a less than fantastic throw to the plate on d’Arnaud’s sac fly. 4-for-25 with the Phillies (.160).

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-10 with two walks. Isolated power for the year is at .091. Six extra-base hits against left-handed pitching for the year and an isolated power of .063, which is worse than is career mark of .149.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-17 with a single. 205/297/411 against lefties for the year.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Made a nice play on Young’s bunt in the third. 3-for-his-last-30 with four walks and a double. 088/225/206 against left-handed pitching for the year and 170/255/364 for his career, which makes it a little tough to understand why the Phils think they should be hitting him cleanup against lefties. Think eight-hitter, guys.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with a double. Phils had three hits and a walk in the game — Young had two hits and Rollins had a single and a walk. 246/307/368 over his last 365 plate appearances. 4-for-7 with a double in the first two games of this set.

Ruf 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 16-for-his-last-76 (.211) with 29 strikeouts, but also seven home runs and an isolated power of .289. The Phillies are miserable against left-handed pitching. Kratz, Young and Mayberry are part of the problem and so is Ruf. He’s oddly hitting 163/234/372 against lefties in 47 plate appearances for the year.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in the sixth that led to four unearned runs. 9-for-his-last-72 (.125) with a double and a .299 OPS over 75 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are no longer outstanding — he’s down to 255/361/392.

Mayberry also had a bad night against the lefty. Made a bad throw early and went 0-for-3 at the plate. 2-for-his-last-16 (.125).

Hamels (5-13, 3.62) faces righty Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) tonight. Hamels has a 2.74 ERA and a 1.07 ratio over his last 15 starts. 1.89 ERA in five August starts, all five of which have been good, after throwing to a 2.57 ERA in five July outings. He’s thrown at least seven innings in nine of his last ten starts. Dice-K made 20 starts in Triple-A for the Indians this year, going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 ratio before being released in mid-August. He was picked up by the Mets and made one start for New York, allowing five runs in five innings against the Tigers on Friday.


In with the old, in with the new

The old guard and new guard got together last night as the Phillies won for the seventh time in nine games, topping the Mets 2-1 behind strong pitching from Lee and a two-run triple by Asche.

Lee allowed a run over eight innings. New York scored in the bottom of the second with the help of a leadoff double by Marlon Byrd on a ball that should have been caught by Bernadina.

Lee threw 121 pitches in the game, including 30 in the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead.

Cody Asche led the Phillie offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk and driving in both of the team’s runs. He’s hitting 303/352/515 over his last 71 plate appearances after going 1-for-17 to start the season.

The Phillies are 60-71 on the year after beating the New York Mets 2-1 last night. They are 7-2 in their last nine games and have scored at least three runs in each of the other eight.

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

That’s probably Lee’s best start since May. The only other that’s close in his last 14 times out is his June 18 outing against the Nats in which he held Washington to two runs over eight innings and struck out nine.

He allowed a single to Juan Legares to start the bottom of the first, but struck Daniel Murphy out behind Legares for the first out. Josh Satin was next and lined to Utley for the second out — Utley threw to first to double Legares off to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd led off the second and hit a fly ball into right center that Bernadina seemed to lose. It dropped for a double. Andrew Brown was next and singled up the middle, scoring Byrd to put the Mets up 1-0. Lee got the next three to set the Mets down.

Lee allows one run in the game, which goes as earned as Byrd’s ball is called a double.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 third and started the fourth with a 2-1 lead. Byrd singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Brown to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud out in a 1-2-3 fifth and set the Mets down in order again in the sixth and the seventh.

Mayberry made a nice catch to end the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Murphy hit a ball well to right, but Mayberry tracked it down, jumping on the run on the warning track to make the catch.

With one out in the eighth and the Phils still up a run, d’Arnaud singled to left. Lee struck the righty Justin Turner out looking 2-2 for the second out before lefty Lucas Duda hit for the pitcher Carlos Torres. Duda drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Legares, but Lee struck Legares out swinging 3-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Lee threw 30 pitches in the eighth inning, striking Legares out swinging on a full count with two men on and the Phils up a run on his 121st pitch of the game.

Papelbon set the Mets down in order in ninth to earn his 22nd save of the year. He hasn’t been charged with a run in six innings over his last six appearances.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zack Wheeler went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Bernadina leads off and plays center with Mayberry in right and Ruf in left. Brown sidelined. Ruiz hits cleanup for the first time this year, which doesn’t made me feel a whole lot better than Kratz hitting cleanup.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Young singled to left with one out in the second. Ruf struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out before Asche moved Young up to second with a single to center. Mayberry struck out looking 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

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

Young singled to center with two outs in the fourth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second with two down for Asche. Asche lined a triple into the gap in right-center, scoring both runners to put the Phillies on top 2-1. Mayberry struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Asche at third.

Asche delivers the big hit of the game. 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI through four innings.

Mayberry’s at least out of center, but not having any more luck against righties (at least early in the game). Strikes out to end the second with two men on and strikes out to end the fourth with Asche on third.

Wheeler set the Phillies down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Mayberry doubled to left. Lefty Pedro Felciano took over for Wheeler and struck Lee out to leave Mayberry stranded.

Mayberry lines a double to left against the righty Wheeler after two ugly at-bats early.

Lee hits for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and a runner on second. He had thrown 80 pitches in the game and would throw 41 more in the seventh and the eighth.

Bernadina singled off of lefty Scott Rice to start the eighth. Rollins followed with a walk that put men on first and second for Utley. Utley grounded to first with Satin fielding and throwing to short to force Rollins for the first out. It left the Phils with runners on the corners and one down for Ruiz and righty Carlos Torres came in to pitch to Ruiz. Utley was thrown out trying to steal second before Ruiz grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with nobody out. Would have been a good time not to get caught stealing. Utley has stolen seven bases and been caught three times on the year. Three is the most times he has been caught stealing in a season since 2006. From 2007 through 2012, he stole 84 bases and was caught six times.

Asche and Mayberry walked back-to-back off of righty Gonzalez Germen with two outs in the ninth. Brown hit for Lee. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown fouled out to third for the third out.

Asche on base for the third time in the game. Mayberry again reaches against the righty. Brown can apparently pinch-hit.

Bernadina 1-for-4 in the game. Didn’t catch Byrd’s ball, which led to the only New York run of the game. He’s 4-for-21 (.190) with the Phillies with a walk, two doubles and a home run.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-his-last-7.

Utley 0-for-4 with a caught stealing. 1-for-his-last-13 with four walks.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 347/373/556 in 77 plate appearances in August.

Young 2-for-4. 188/275/265 over his last 131 plate appearances. 245/308/369 over his last 380 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 215/282/508 over his last 71 plate appearances with six home runs and 25 strikeouts. Still just 7-for-40 (.175) against left-handed pitching on the year.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run triple.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and struck out twice. 7-for-his-last-25 with five walks, five extra-base hits and a 1.040 OPS over 30 plate appearances.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) faces lefty Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03) tonight. Kendrick has a 5.92 ERA over his last 14 starts and has allowed 108 hits in 79 innings in those outings. Opponents have hit .353 against him in his nine starts since the beginning of July. Every now and then you hear somebody suggest the way the Phils can turn things around is by trading Kendrick. That seems a little optimistic given the circumstances. Niese has made three starts since returning from the DL. After allowing four runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks in the first, he’s allowed two runs over 13 innings and struck out 19 in his last two times out.


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It’s not that nobody has told the Phillies that they aren’t supposed to be very good anymore. Just about the opposite is true. Pretty much everybody tells them that pretty much all the time. The guy who was their manager a week ago just told them. Just told everyone. Seems like they either don’t know or don’t care. Good or not, they’re suddenly full of life and winners of four of their last five.

The Phillies rallied for their second walkoff win in two games last night, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 5-4.

Kendrick got the start and pitched well early before allowing a three-run homer in the sixth that put the Rockies up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Darin Ruf continued his assault on right-handed pitching with a two-run homer off of Matt Belisle. Still down 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins doubled to right, stole third and scored on an infield single by Young, tying the game at 4-4. Young moved up to second on an Utley walk and scored the game-winner when Brown smashed a single into right.

Four runs in their last two times at-bat is impressive, but the bullpen did their part as well. After Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth, Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to throw four shutout innings that kept the Phillies in the game.

The Phillies are 57-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils win the series three games to one and have won four of their last five. They are 9-22 since the All-Star break, which is no longer the worst record in baseball (the Astros are 8-24).

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer in the sixth. He struck out two and raised his ERA for the year to 4.51 with the outing.

Kendrick leads the NL in his allowed, having given up 182 in 159 2/3 innings for the season. He has a 7.46 ERA and a 1.77 ratio over his last seven starts and opponents have hit .364 against him in those outings. Righties are hitting 321/355/452 against him for the season.

He started last night’s game with four shutout frames. Troy Tulowitzki singled with two outs in the top of the first, but was left stranded when Michael Cuddyer flew to right. After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick walked DJ LeMahieu on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three hitters behhind LeMahieu. Cuddyer singled with one out in the fourth, but Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils led 1-0 when Kendrick started the fifth. Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu started the frame with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for the pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Dexter Fowler was next and flew to left for the second out. Arenado tagged and slid in just safely ahead of a good throw from Brown in left, tying the game at 1-1. LeMahieu moved up to third as the throw came home, but Corey Dickerson went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave him stranded.

Nice throw by Brown. Close play at the plate, but I think Arenado was safe.

Tulowitzki and Cuddyer singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Rosario. Rosario hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that put the Rockies up 4-1. Todd Helton followed with a single to left and Miner took over for Kendrick. Miner retired the next three batters in order to set Colorado down.

Kendrick comes into the frame having allowed a run on four singles and a walk over five innings. He faces four batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three singles and a home run.

Rosario goes 5-for-16 in the series with three home runs and seven RBI. 11-for-25 (.440) on the year against the Phils with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a 1.542 OPS.

Miner came back to pitch the seventh and set the Rockies down in order.

Miner faced six batters in the game and set all six down. 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio after six appearances and 10 2/3 innings. Five of his six appearances have been really good and he allowed three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-11 with a single and two walks against the righty so far.

Rosenberg pitched the eighth with the Phils still down by three. Rosario singled to left with one out, but Rosenberg struck Helton out behind Rosario and got Arenado on a fly ball to right.

6.00 ERA and a 1.83 ratio for Rosenberg after six appearances and six innings. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his first two outings on the year. Since then he’s had four outings in which he’s thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jimenez pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 4-3 and set Colorado down in order.

Seven scoreless innings for Jimenez now through six appearances. Opponents are hitting .160 against him.

Brilliant job by the pen keeps the game close enough for the Phillies to come back in the game. Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to allow a single and no walks in four shutout innings while striking out four. All three threw less than 20 pitches in the game, but Miner may not be available tonight after throwing 18 pitches over two innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Bettis went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. There is it. Bernadina makes his first start for the Phils with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Mayberry sits despite being 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Ruiz hits fifth for the fourth time this season.

The Phils wend in order in the bottom of the first.

Brown led off the second and singled on a ball that looked like it could have been handled by LeMahieu at second. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown up to second. Brown took third on a wild pitch before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche was next and sliced a ball into left that dropped near the line. Brown scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and the throw came in to third. Ruiz was safe there and Asche took second, leaving the Phils with men on second and third and one down. Bernadina and Kendrick both struck out swinging.

Ruf strikes out with runners on first and third for the first out. Bernadina strikes out with runners on second and third for the second.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the third and moved up to second when the throw back into the infield wasn’t handled. Brown went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Rosario handled to end the frame.

Ruiz singled to start the fourth. Ruf flew to right for the first out. Asche was next and grounded to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second. Asche took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Bernadina struck out looking to leave Asche at third.

Not a great first start for Bernadina at the plate. 0-for-2 with two strikeouts through the first four innings. Struck out with one out and men on second and third in the second and with two outs and Asche on third in the fourth.

It was 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were down 4-1 when Utley walked to start the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first with Utley forced at second for the first out. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown to second, putting runners on first and second for Ruf. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Ruf and Ruf grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Lopez got Asche and Bernadina to start the eighth. Wells hit for Miner and drew a walk. Rollins followed with a single to right that put runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Utley walked off of lefty Josh Outman to start the sixth and moved up to second when Brown went down on a ball hit softly out in front of the plate for the first out. Righty Matt Belisle came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck Ruiz out swinging for the second out. Ruf was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Asche flew to right for the third out.

Huge home run for Ruf against the righty after Belisle strikes out Ruiz. He’s hitting 310/410/590 against right-handed pitching for the year in 117 plate appearances. His 1.000 OPS against right-handed pitching is eighth among the 347 hitters across both leagues with 100 plate appearances against righties.

Righty Rafael Betancourt got Bernadina to pop to short for the first out in the ninth. Frandsen hit for Jimenez and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins was next and ripped a double to right. He stole third without a throw, but Young got behind 0-2 and chopped a ball slowly towards short. Arenado cut in front of Tulowitzki and tried to bare-hand the ball, but didn’t get it cleanly. Rollins scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Young was safe at first with a single. Lefty Jeff Francis came in to pitch to Utley and Utley walked 3-2 to put men on first and second for Brown. Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Francis hard into left for a single, scoring Young to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Rollins starts the rally with a two-out double smashed into right. Second big hit for him batting left-handed in two innings. His single in the seventh was down the first base line as well and hit off the stands in shallow right, holding him to a single. His steal of third allows him to score on the Young dribbler.

Young does great to make contact down in the count 0-2 against the righty. Ties the game last night after winning it with a walkoff hit in game three.

Utley’s walk allows Young to move up to second where Young can score on Brown’s single.

Second straight game the Phils get to Betancourt. Betancourt allowed two hits and got two outs. Rollins’s double was hit hard and Young reached on a softly hit single. Francis comes in to pitch to the lefties and Utley and Brown both reach base.

Brown delivers the game-winner, singling on a first-pitch curve ball from the lefty. He’s hitting just 240/287/440 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a huge double in the ninth. Steal of third before the Young single allows him to score on the softly hit ball and tie the game. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and two doubles. 3-for-15 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 247/306/339 on the year. 233/286/286 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Young 1-for-5 with an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. 2-for-14 in the series with two singles, both of which were huge. 267/328/385 on the year. 245/305/373 over his last 374 plate appearances. Hitting just 215/306/355 against lefties for the year, which is a big surprise.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked three times. 4-for-13 with four walks and a home run in the series. 278/345/497 for the year.

Brown 2-for-5 with the game-winner. 3-for-16 with two RBI in the set. 274/320/522 on the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with three singles. 6-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-16 has upped his line for the year from 250/297/311 to 278/323/358. Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 262/291/335 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a huge two-run homer. Left five men on base. Big strikeout in the second with nobody out and a man on third. 4-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the series. 269/368/522 for the year. His numbers against lefties are a lock to improve as he plays more and his numbers against righties are a lock to get worse. He’s hitting .147 in 38 plate appearances against lefties and has struck out in about 36.8% of his chances. Hitting .208 over his last 59 plate appearances, but with five home runs.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. 203/236/362 for the year in 72 PA.

Bernadina 0-for-4 with two big strikeouts early. 0-for-5 since joining the Phillies. 172/240/261 on the year in 172 plate appearances. He was very solid for the Nats in 291 plate appearances last year, but he’s been awful at the plate against both righties and lefties in 2013.

Hamels (5-13, 3.61) faces lefty Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) tonight as the Phils square off against the Snakes in the first of three. Hamels has dropped his ERA for the year from 4.58 to 3.61 by throwing to a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ratio over his last nine starts. He’s allowed more than two runs in just one of those nine outings. Miley has a 2.10 ERA over his last ten starts and opponents have hit just .225 against him in those outings. He has a 3.23 ERA for the year in his 15 starts away from Arizona and a 4.06 ERA in his ten starts while pitching in Arizona.


You’re still welcome to ponder perpetual motion to your heart’s content, though

The Phils don’t seem like they’re in danger of turning a corner anytime soon, but they continue to play hard and have won three of their last four. Last night they rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 4-3.

I’m sure there’s a corner to turn up there somewhere. Just can’t see it yet.

Lee allowed nine hits in the game, but held Colorado to two runs over seven innings. The Rockies plated a run charged to De Fratus in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, but Kratz, Ruiz and Michael Young all delivered big hits in the ninth and the Phils got a walkoff win on Young’s one-out single.

The Phillies are 56-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 last night. The Phils lead the four-game set two games to one. They are 8-22 since the All-Star break.

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

Lee has a 4.64 ERA over his last eight starts and the Phillies are 2-6 in those games. He’s allowed 57 hits in 52 1/3 innings over those appearances.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but struck Michael Cuddyer out behind him to leave him stranded.

Lee started the second up 1-0. Wilin Rosario led off with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The next two batters singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Jonathan Herrera. Herrera popped to Utley for the first out and the pitcher Juan Nicasio bunted the runners to second and third with the second. It brought Dexter Fowler to the plate and Fowler singled to left. Nolan Arenado scored easily from third (2-1), but Brown threw home in plenty of time for Kratz to tag Jordan Pacheco out as he tried to score from second, ending the frame.

Second home run in the series for Rosario. He’s 9-for-21 against the Phillies on the year with six extra-base hits, including three home runs, and a 1.502 OPS.

Lee allows four hits in the frame, a homer and three singles. Gets one out on a bunt and another on Brown’s throw to set the Rockies down.

Lee kept the Rockies off the board in the third, fourth and fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Charlie Culberson in the third, but got Cuddyer to ground into a double-play two batters later. Fowler doubled to left on a ball deflected by Mayberry with two outs in the fifth, but Lee got Culberson to line to Young at first to end that threat.

It was 2-2 when he started the sixth. Cuddyer doubled to left with one out, but Lee got Rosario on a softly hit ground ball for the second out and Arenado on a fly ball to center on the third.

Righty DJ LeMahieu hit for the pitcher Wilton Lopez with two outs in the seventh and singled to center. Fowler grounded out to third on a nice play by Asche moving to his left to end the frame.

De Fratus started the eighth with the game still tied. Left-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon led off and was hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a one-out single by Cuddyer, putting runners on the corners for Rosario. Rosario popped up to Utley in short center. Arenado was next and singled to right. Blackmon scored to put the Rockies up 3-2, but Ruf made a nice throw to third to nail Cuddyer and end the inning.

The righties Cuddyer and Arenado both single to right off of De Fratus. Cuddyer’s was sort of a bloop and Arenado dribbled through. Second time in the game the Phils get an outfield assist for the third out of the inning.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, hitting one and allowing two singles to right by righties. Gets a big out of Rosario with one out and men on the corners. Gets an out on the bases on Ruf’s throw. Even with the earned run he allowed last night, De Fratus has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 ratio in 13 1/3 innings over his last 14 appearances. Over his first 20 2/3 innings on the season he walked 13. He’s walked three in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Diekman struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils down a run. He’s struck out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last five times out. He hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to any of the 46 batters he’s faced in his last 12 appearances, allowing just five singles in 11 1/3 innings. For the season, lefties are 7-for-43 (.163) against him with seven singles.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit batter and two singles. De Fratus threw 21 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Juan Nicasio went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Mayberry. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the bench. Young moves up to second. Mayberry in right and hitting eighth against the righty.

Utley put the Phils on top 1-0 with a solo homer to right with two outs in the bottom of the first.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Ruf led off with a single to center and moved up to third on a two-out double by Mayberry. Lee struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Ruf didn’t have a chance to score on Mayberry’s double. Would have been out at home by a lot.

They went in order in the third. Asche doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left at second when Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Mayberry doubled again to start the fifth. Lee was next and bunted a 1-2 pitch. Rosario fielded and threw to first, but his throw pulled Herrera off the bag for an error. Lee was safe at first and Mayberry took third. Rollins followed and walked on four pitches, which loaded the bases for Young. Young grounded to second and the Rockies turned two as Mayberry scored. 2-2 with two outs and Lee at third. Utley popped out to Arenado in foul territory to leave Lee stranded.

Unearned run for the Phillies thanks to Rosario’s throwing error. They only get one despite loading the bases with one out.

Mayberry doubles against a rigthy for the second time in five innings. 241/296/401 against righties for the season.

Ruf singled to left with one out in the sixth and moved to second on two-out single by Kratz. Righty Wilton Lopez took over for Nicasio and struck Mayberry out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Rollins doubled to right off of righty Matt Belisle with one out in the seventh. Young lined to second for the second out and lefty Josh Outman came in to pitch to Utley. Utley flew to left to leave Rollins at second.

Lefty Rex Brothers set Brown, Ruf and Asche down in order in the eighth.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth with righty Rafael Betancourt on the mound for the Rockies. Kratz led off and doubled to left. Wells ran for him at second and moved up to third when Mayberry grounded out softly on a ball handled by Herrera at second for the first out. Ruiz hit for Diekman and doubled to left, scoring Wells to tie the game at 3-3. Betancourt walked Rollins intentionally, putting men on first and second with one down for Young. Young lined the first pitch from Betancourt into left for a hit, scoring Ruiz to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Young’s walkoff hit would have been a double had it not won the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a double and walked twice. One walk was intentional. Taking a huge amount of flak for how terrible the Phillies are these days. He’s having a miserable season, but the problems are way, way deeper than that. 2-for-his-last-25 (.080) with two doubles.

Young 1-for-5 with a walkoff single. 1-for-his-last-11. 175/217/228 in 60 plate appearances in August.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 16th home run.

Brown 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-11. 4-for-his-last-21 (.190) with four singles. One walk in his last 31 plate appearances.

Ruf 2-for-4. Threw Cuddyer out at third. 3-for-11 with three singles so far in the series. Hitting .204 in his last 55 plate appearances.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double, upping his average to .200 after 68 plate appearances. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160).

Kratz 2-for-4 with a big double to start the rally in the ninth. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with two doubles. Should surely lose some time in center now that the Phillies have both Wells and Bernadina, right? Right? 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Prior to those 14 plate appearances he had been 2-for-his-last-27.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) faces righty Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.38 ERA over his last nine starts, but was really good in his most recent outing, holding the Dodgers to two runs, one of them earned, over six innings. Bettis has a 1.77 ratio in his four starts with the Rockies and opponents have slugged .513 against him.


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