The Phillies lost for the tenth time in 11 games last night, falling 2-1 to the Giants. Hamels threw eight shutout innings and Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead, but allowed a pair of runs on four hits and a walk. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out and failed to score.
It was Papelbon’s sixth blown save in his last 17 appearances, but the first that came on a night that Brad Lidge, perfect in save chances in 2008 when the Phils won the World Series, was remembered and threw out the first pitch. It was ironic. Like rain on your wedding day or 10,000 spoons when all you need is someone to get out Brooks Kieschnick’s nephew.
The Phillies are 50-58 on the year after losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants last night. The Giants take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 1-10 since going a game above .500 with a 13-8 win over the Mets on July 19.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five.
Hamels has allowed more than two runs in a start in just one of his six outings since the beginning of July. He’s allowed two runs in 15 innings over his last two starts (1.20 ERA and a 1.13 ratio). The Phillies have lost both of his last two starts 2-1. Over his last eight starts he’s allowed three home runs in 55 innings. He allowed 12 home runs in 94 innings over his first 15 outings.
Marco Scutaro singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Hamels got Pablo Sandoval to fly to right for the second out before Buster Posey singled to right, putting runners on the corners with two down. Hunter Pence popped to Utley to leave them stranded.
He set the Giants down in order in the second and again in the third.
Posey doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Pence was next and reached on an infield single, putting men on the corners with one down for Brett Pill. Hamels struck Pill out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Pence stole second before Jeff Francoeur grounded to Utley to leave the runners stranded.
Hamels gets a huge second out, striking the righty Pill out with men on the corners.
He walked Andres Torres with two outs in the fifth, but got Scutaro on a fly ball to center to end the frame.
The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Sandoval led off with a single to left, but Pence grounded into a double-play behind him. Pence was next and doubled to left, but Hamels struck Pill out again to leave Pence at second.
Second time in three innings that Hamels strikes Pill out in a big spot.
Joaquin Arias singled to center with one out in the seventh. The pitcher Matt Cain bunted him to second with the second out. Torres flew to center to leave Arias stranded.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 eighth.
Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Pence led off and reached on an infield single to short. Pill was next and lined a single to right. First and third with nobody out for Francoeur. Lefty Roger Kieschnick hit for the righty Francoeur and singled past a diving Young at first and into right. First and third with nobody out and the game tied at 1-1. Arias singled to left. First and second, nobody out with the Giants up 2-1. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Cain and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to third to force Kieschnick for the first out. Lefty Brandon Belt hit for the switch-hitter Torres and walked, loading the bases for Scutaro. Scutaro grounded to third with Asche throwing home to force Arias for the second out. Sandoval grounded to short to leave them loaded.
Papelbon faces eight hitters in the inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Pence reaches on an infield single to start the inning. Young looked like he had a chance to field Kieschnick’s ball at first.
Papelbon has a 4.09 ERA and a 1.41 ratio over 22 innings in his last 22 appearances. Two of the 12 runs he has allowed have been unearned.
The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Asche (6) Mayberry (7) Nix (8) Ruiz. Nix in right against the righty with Delmon Young on the bench. Asche starts at third for the second straight day with Michael Young at first. Asche hits fifth for the Phils despite entering the game without a hit for his career.
Michael Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.
Ruf and Asche both struck out as they went in order in the second.
Hamels struck out as they went in order in the third.
Utley lined a single to center with two outs in the fourth. Ruf went down on a popup the first baseman Pill handled in foul territory to end the inning.
Nix and Ruiz singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Hamels. Hamels blooped a ball the opposite way down the left field line for a single. Nix scored (1-0) and Ruiz went to third. With Rollins at the plate, Hamels was caught off of first and eventually tagged out to end the frame.
Rollins struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.
Ruf walked to start the seventh and Martinez ran for him at first. Asche flew to center for the first out before Martinez stole second. Mayberry was next and singled to left. Martinez tried to score from second, but Francoeur made a nice throw to the plate and Martinez was tagged out for the second out. Mayberry took second on the throw. Nix was walked intentionally to put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to first to end the inning.
Francoeur made a really good throw to get Martinez.
Rollins tripled to right with one out in the eighth. Michael Young was next and hit a ground ball to short. Arias fielded and threw home in plenty of time to get Rollins, who didn’t slide. Utley lined to Scutaro for the third out.
Rollins was out by a lot trying to score from third on Young’s grounder with Arias in at short.
The Phils trailed 2-1 when they faced righty Sergio Romo in the ninth. Delmon Young hit for Martinez and reached on a fielding error by Arias at third. McDonald ran for Young at first. Asche was next and bunted, badly, back to the mound. Romo picked the ball up, looked at second, turned to throw to first and slipped. Runners were safe at first and second with nobody out. Mayberry was next and squared to bunt, but was hit by the pitch. Bases loaded with nobody out for Nix. Nix flew to shallow right 1-2 with the runners holding. Ruiz was next and flew to shallow left with the runners holding. Kratz hit for Papelbon and grounded to third to end the game.
No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth down a run. Nix and Ruiz both get chances with less than two outs to tie the game up, but can’t get their fly balls deep enough to give McDonald a chance to score from third.
I’m rooting for Cody Asche as much as anyone and he’s had kind of a rough start at the plate, but to call his miserable bunt back to the mound a hit is ridiculous.
Rollins 1-for-4 with a triple in the game. 3-for-12 with a walk and a triple in the three-game set. 256/316/354 on the season. On-basing .307 in 217 plate appearances hitting #1 in the order.
Michael Young 0-for-4 in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 279/343/408 for the season. 256/318/399 over his last 283 plate appearances.
Ruf 0-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-8 with two walks in the series and was twice hit by a pitch. 10-for-his-last-46 (.217), but with a .345 on-base percentage thanks to six walks and three HBP in those 55 PA.
Asche was 1-for-4 in the game with a non-hit on his ninth-inning bunt. 1-for-9 with a single in the series and on the year. Made a throwing error in game two of the set.
Mayberry 1-for-3 and would have had an RBI except for the great throw by Francoeur. 3-for-10 with a walk and a double in the series. 257/314/430 on the year. One of nine Phillies with at least 125 plate appearances on the year and an on-base percentage lower than .320.
Nix 1-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third in the ninth with nobody out and the bases loaded. 1-for-4 with walk in the series. 183/231/262 for the year. Two walks in his last 80 plate appearances, one of which is intentional.
Ruiz 1-for-4 in the game and left five men on base. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third with one out in the ninth and the bases loaded. 2-for-11 with a hit by pitch and a home run in the series. 248/297/292 for the year with five extra-base hits in 177 plate appearances. 212/248/237 against righties and 349/420/442 against lefties for the season.
Ethan Martin (NR) is expected to debut tonight against righty Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74) and the Braves. Martin has walked 67 in 115 2/3 innings this year at Triple-A while throwing to a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts. He has struck out 107. Medlen has walked 57 in 265 1/3 innings in the majors over the last three years. He had a 2.96 ERA for the year after 15 starts, but has thrown to a 5.88 ERA over his last six times out. Opponents have hit .343 against him in those appearances. The Phils hit him hard in his last start against them, which came on July 7.
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