There’s not a whole lot to like about the present or the future for the Phillies, but 24-year-old Ethan Martin sure looked good last night. Martin threw six shutout innings against the Rockies before surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh and the Phils held on for a 5-4 win.
Mayberry delivered the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Ruiz added a solo shot in the fifth.
The Phillies are 55-69 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils have won two straight, but are 6-21 since beating the Mets 13-8 on July 19 to go a game over .500. They have scored 80 runs in those 27 games, which is about 2.96 per game. Coming into last night’s game they had scored 12 runs in their last seven games (about 1.71 per game).
Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six.
Really nice outing for Martin. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves in his debut. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 3.31 ERA and a 1.22 ratio while striking out 16 in 16 1/3 innings.
He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but got Michael Cuddyer on a ground ball he handled himself to end the frame.
He struck out the side in the second.
Martin struck out Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson to start the game. He had five strikeouts through two innings.
He got three ground balls in the third as he set Colorado down in order.
Cuddyer singled to left with two outs in the fourth, but Martin retired Wilin Rosario on a fly ball to right to set the Rockies down.
He started the fifth up 4-0 and set Colorado down in order.
Up 5-0, he threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Wells made a nice sliding catch in right for the third out on a ball off the bat of Dickerson.
Tulo hit Martin’s first pitch of the seventh out to left, cutting the lead to 5-1. Cuddyer was next and walked on four pitches. Rosario flew to left for the first out before Cuddyer stole second, bringing Todd Helton to the plate with one out and a man on second. Helton hit a ball into the gap in left-center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. 5-2. Nolan Arenado was next and walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt, putting men on first and second with one down for righty DJ LeMahieu. De Fratus took over for Martin and got LeMahieu on a fly ball to right for the second out. Lefty Charlie Blackmon hit for the pitcher Jeff Francis and De Fratus struck him out swinging to leave both runners stranded.
Martin falls apart a little in the seventh after starting the game with six shutout frames. Tulowitzki leads off by hitting his first pitch out to left and he walks Cuddyer on four pitches behind him. Home run, walk, out, double, walk to the five men he faces in the frame.
Martin had only thrown 72 pitches for the game when he started the seventh.
De Fratus faces two batters in the inning and gets two big outs. He has an 0.73 ERA and a 1.14 ratio in 12 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties, they’re hitting 143/286/314 against him, but hit hard by righties. 309/387/426.
Luis Garcia started the eighth. Fowler led off with a five-pitch walk and moved up to third when Dickerson followed with a single to right. It brought Tulowitzki to the plate as the tying run and Garcia walked him on four pitches, loading the bases for Cuddyer. Cuddyer struck out swinging for the first out, but Rosario was next and he lined a single into center. Fowler and Dickerson both scored and Tulo moved up to second. 5-4 with one out and men on first and second for the lefty Helton. Diekman struck Helton out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Arenado was next and stepped out of the box as Diekman prepared his 1-2 delivery — Diekman was already in his windup when the batter stepped out and didn’t deliver the pitch. Time out hadn’t been given and Diekman was charged with a balk, moving the runners up to second and third. Arenado went down swinging at a 99-mile-per-hour fastball from Diekman.
You don’t want to walk the leadoff man if you can help it. Garcia gets a huge strikeout of Cuddyer with the bases loaded for the first out, but gives up the two-run single to the next hitter Rosario.
Garcia faced five hitters in the game, allowing two walks and two singles and striking the other out. He’s walked 16 in 16 innings over 16 appearances for the year. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him, but on-basing .397. He’s allowed five earned runs over 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances, pushing his ERA from 3.07 to 5.63.
Diekman gets called for the weird balk, but faces two hitters and gets two huge strikeouts. The strikeout of Arenado came against a righty with a one-run lead and two men on base. Worked out great for the Phillies, but I think you might want to have a righty against Arenado there, even if it’s Papelbon. Especially given the the pitcher’s spot wasn’t due to hit in the eighth for the Phils and the Rockies were going to go 8-9-1 in the ninth if you can get Arenado out.
Opponents have hit just .147 against Diekman in 10 1/3 innings over his last 11 appearances, but he’s walked seven. Righties are hitting 362/439/500 against him for the year, which is one reason why you don’t want Arenado facing him with two men on base and two outs in the top of the eighth. He’s allowed just two home runs in 51 2/3 innings for his career, which is the way to go if he wants to have a chance given his 32 walks in those 51 2/3 frames.
Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up a run. LeMahieu led off and singled softly to center. Righty Charlie Culberson hit for the pitcher Rex Brothers. With the count 1-2 on Culberson, LeMahieu was picked off of first with Ruf throwing to Rollins and Rollins running down LeMahieu in-between first and second for the first out. Culberson grounded to third for the second out. Papelbon struck Fowler out looking to end the game.
Really a great time to pick LeMahieu off of first for Papelbon, what with being the tying run and whatnot.
Three batters in the frame for Papelbon. Single, pickoff and two outs. The single was softly hit. Papelbon was pitching for the second straight day and has allowed two hits in three scoreless innings his last three times out.
Overall the pen 2 2/3 innings in relief of Martin, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Garcia struggled, but De Fratus, Diekman and Papelbon all pitched well. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 12 pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against righty Jeff Manship went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Wells. Mayberry in center with Wells in right. Mayberry can’t play center field. Just stop it. -30.3 UZR/150 in center for the year and -18.8 for his career as calculated by FanGraphs coming into the game. Mayberry has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.4 for the season coming into the game. Casper Wells is a good defensive outfielder and has been non-terrible in about 211 career innings in center. The Phillies are a really bad team right now, but we don’t need more data on Mayberry in center. I would have trouble defending the decision to play Wells in right and Mayberry in center when they’re both in the lineup. For the bazillionth time, I think Mayberry could help a good team as a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties. Ruiz hits second after going 4-for-4 on Sunday. Second time he’s hit second this year with August 8 being the other. He comes into the game on-basing .270 against right-handed pitching for the season. Michael Young out of the lineup after being removed from Saturday’s game with a sore left ankle.
Ruiz doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.
Asche singled to center with one out in the second, but Mayberry and Wells both grounded out behind him.
The Phils went in order in the third.
Utley and Brown singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting men on first and second for Ruf. Ruf walked on five pitches to load the bases for Asche. Asche swung at Manship’s first pitch and grounded to second. Ruf was forced at second for the first out, but everyone else moved up a base. 1-0 with one down and men on the corners for Mayberry. Mayberry pounded a 2-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-0. Wells and Martin went down behind him.
Mayberry delivers the big swing of the game. Asche swings at the first pitch after Ruf walks on five pitches.
Ruiz hit a 2-0 pitch out to left with one out in the fifth for his third home run of the year. 5-0. Utley and Brown both flew out behind him.
Ruf singled off of lefty Jeff Francis to start the sixth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
Righty Wilton Lopez set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and popped to third for the first out.
Lefty Rex Brothers struck out Brown and Ruf as the Phils went in order in the eighth.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game to drop his average on the year to .246. He’s having the worst year of his career, both offensively and defensively. 1-for-his-last-19.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, upping his line against righties for the season to 245/275/314. He’s upped his average for the season from .250 to .270 by going 6-for-his-last-8 with a double and a home run.
Utley 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-15.
Brown 1-for-4. 326/392/543 in August after hitting 186/222/326 in his last 45 PA in July.
Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-6 with two walks. 6-for-his-last-33 (.182) with three home runs. 304/413/576 against righties and 5-for-30 (.167) with two home runs against lefties.
Asche 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-17 with a walk and a double.
Mayberry 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. 4-for-his-last-32 (.125) with a double and a home run. Huge homer off the righty last night, but hitting just 237/293/396 against righties for the year. Mayberry and Ruiz do the damage for the offense in the game, each delivering big swings against a righty in a year in which they’ve struggled against right-handed pitching. Mayberry is hitting just 233/299/384 against righties for his career.
Wells 0-for-3 and made nice catch in right to end the sixth. 1-for-16 with a double since joining the Phils. You know your team is really bad when you see they’ve picked up Casper Wells and you think it’s a really good move that will help the squad. Again, the problem isn’t that he doesn’t belong on the roster, it’s that he shouldn’t be starting. See also John Mayberry.
Cloyd (2-2, 3.41) faces lefty Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) tonight. Cloyd has allowed three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts, throwing to a 1.45 ERA with the same 1.45 ratio. He’s allowed nine walks in those 18 2/3 innings — allowing walks at that rate isn’t going to add up to a 1.45 ERA for very long. In six starts on the year, Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs just once. The one he did allow more than two was awful — he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on May 27. He allowed two home runs in that game. Over his other five starts he hasn’t allowed a home run in 32 innings. De La Rosa has allowed one home run in 27 innings over his last five times out. Righties have had a lot more luck against him on the season than lefties, posting a 282/344/400 line against him while lefties have hit 213/286/255.