Yup. The show must go on. For better or worse. But almost certainly for worse.
Surprise! Ruben Amaro didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Phillies at the trade deadline. That’s cause the list of things that are wrong with the Phillies is real long and you can’t fix them by trading players other teams aren’t real excited about, regardless of whether it’s because the players you’re trying to deal aren’t playing very well or because they have bad contracts. Or both.
If you think trading Michael Young for a couple of borderline prospects is what it’s going to take to turn things around for the Phillies, I disagree. The number of moves it’s going to take to get the Phils back into contention is large. The first ones didn’t come yesterday.
As if to demonstrate the point, the Phils got hammered by the Giants last night, losing 9-2. Kendrick allowed seven runs over two innings and the Phils got their runs on a solo homer by Utley in the first and an RBI-groundout by Utley in the eighth.
The Phillies are 50-57 on the year after losing 9-2 to the San Francisco Giants last night. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Only six of the runs were earned and only one of the hits went for extra-bases (a double). He didn’t strike anybody out.
Kendrick made five starts in July and allowed six or more runs in three of them. Opponents hit .345 against him for the month over 25 2/3 innings.
He allowed four runs in the top of the first. He got Gregor Blanco on a softly hit ground ball for the first out, but five of the next six batters reached on four singles and a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. He got Brandon Crawford to pop to Asche in foul territory with a runner on first to end the frame.
Asche made a fantastic play for the second out of the inning. With one out and men on first and second, Hunter Pence ripped a ball down the third base line. Asche made a great play diving to his right and a strong throw from foul territory in time to nip Pence at first.
It was 4-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Blanco with one out, but got Marco Scutaro to ground into a double-play behind him.
Pablo Sandoval led off the third with a ground ball to Utley. Utley fielded and threw to first, but Michael Young came off the bag and Sandoval was safe. Utley was charged with the error. The next three hitters reached on two singles and a hit by pitch, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and San Francisco up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and fared very well under the circumstances. He faced four batters, struck two out and got a third on a ground out. The other, the pitcher Chad Gaudin, singled to left with one out, moving everybody up a base to make it 7-1.
Sure looked like Young should have handled the throw from Utley to start the inning.
Valdes does a great job in the frame, entering with nobody out and the bases loaded and holding the Giants to one run. Gaudin’s one-out single sort of dribbled through between short and third. Gaudin is now 2-for-59 (.034) at the plate for his career.
Valdes struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and another in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Valdes faces ten batters in the game, getting nine outs and allowing Gaudin’s single. He struck out five. This coming off of a start on Saturday in which he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers.
JC Ramirez started the sixth with the Phils still down 7-1. He walked the pitcher to start the inning, but got Blanco to ground into a double-play behind him. Scutaro followed with a single into center, bringing Sandoval to the plate with two outs and a man on first. Sandoval shattered his bat hitting a ball towards short. Asche fielded moving to his left and threw to first. He throw was wide and not handled by Young for an error on Asche. It left the Giants with men on second and third with two down. Ramirez got Buster Posey on a fly ball to right to leave them stranded.
You should try not to walk the pitcher to start the inning, especially down six runs.
Ramirez was back for the seventh and allowed two solo homers, one to Brett Pill and the other to Brandon Crawford. 9-1.
Ten batters in the game for Ramirez. He allows two runs on four hits, including two home runs, and a walk over two innings. Got a big double-play after walking the pitcher to start the sixth or it would have been worse. 7.43 ERA and a 1.86 ratio after 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings. Eight walks in 13 1/3 and opponents are hitting .315 against him.
Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a two-out infield single to Arias, but got Posey on a fly ball to right to leave Arias at first.
Diekman drops his ERA to 3.86 with the outing, but don’t be fooled. Opponents have hit .333 against him for the year and righties have put up a 388/423/551 line in 52 plate appearances.
Garcia set the Giants down in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 9-2.
Garcia has been good in limited time this year, with the exception of Sunday’s outing in which he faced four batters and was charged with four runs. Just 8 2/3 innings on the year over eight appearances. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him, but with five walks. Lefties are 1-for-12 against the righty, but have walked four times in 16 plate appearances.
Overall the bullpen went seven innings in the game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramirez struggled, allowing two solo home runs in the seventh, but Valdes, Diekman and Garcia combined to go five scoreless frames. Valdes was especially impressive, throwing three shutdown innings after an ugly start his last time out. Valdes threw 36 pitches in the game and Ramirez 32.
The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Gaudin went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Asche gets his first career start at third with Michael Young playing first. Ruf in left. I’m not saying it’s not possible to see a worse defensive outfield than Ruf/Mayberry/Delmon Young. I’m just saying it doesn’t happen very often at this level. Delmon Young has a career 274/305/400 line against right-handed pitching — it’s not a good sign if he’s hitting cleanup for you against a righty.
The Phillies were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley hit a solo homer to right with two outs. 4-1.
They went in order in the second.
Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third with the Phils down 7-1. Valdes bunted him to second with the first out, but Rollins flew to left for the first out and Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him stranded.
Ruf reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. He took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Asche flew to center for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the fifth. Nix hit for Valdes and grounded to second for the third out.
179/223/260 on the year for Nix in 123 plate appearances.
Michael Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Utley and Delmon Young both struck out behind him.
Ruf walked to start the seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order on three fly balls behind him.
It was 9-1 when the Phillies faced righty Sandy Rosario in the eighth. Rollins walked with one out and moved to third when Michael Young followed with a single. Utley went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the second out. Rollins scored (9-2) and Young moved up to second. Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.
Righty Santiago Casilla hit Ruf to start the ninth, but Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order behind Ruf.
Third time in the game that Ruf had been on base — infield single, walk and hit by pitch. The Phils had five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch in the game.
Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.
Michael Young 2-for-4. Didn’t excel at first on either the Utley throwing error or the Asche throwing error. 4-for-his-last-8 with a walk and a home run.
Utley 1-for-4 with a solo home run and both Phillie RBI. 3-for-his-last-8 after coming into the series 0-for-his-last-12.
Delmon Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-19 with two singles and no walks. 247/276/288 over his last 76 plate appearances.
Ruf 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. 333/439/458 against righties for the season in 57 plate appearances.
Asche 0-for-4. One great play at third in the top of the first and made a throwing error later in the game. 0-for-5 at the plate on the season.
Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles.
Ruiz 0-for-3. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160) with a home run.
Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces righty Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) tonight. Hamels ended May with a 4.86 ERA, but has thrown to a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cain is having the worst year of his career, but he’s also been better of late. 3.81 ERA with a 1.15 ratio over his last nine starts. He allowed 13 home runs in 56 1/3 innings over his first nine starts on the season, but hasn’t allowed any his last five times out and just three over his last 67 2/3 innings.