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.