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.