Maybe they just haven’t spent enough money. It’s brainstorming, folks. There are no bad ideas.
Okay, I take that back. There are some bad ideas. Turns out some of them are really atrocious, actually. On the plus side, it feels like a bunch of them have already been tried. Sooner or later they have to run out, right? Hello?
The Rockies rocked Tyler Cloyd early last night, scoring five times in the first three innings as the Phils fell 5-3.
Colorado jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki in the first. They scored another on three hits in the second and Wilin Rosario added a solo shot in the third. The Phillie offense managed three hits in the game, all singles. One was a bloop into left center and another was a seventh-inning infield single by Cody Asche, which was his first career hit against a lefty.
The Phillies are 55-70 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Colorado Rockies last night. The teams have split the first two games of the four-game set. The Phils are 7-22 since the All-Star break, which is the worst record for any team in either league.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.
Cloyd ups his ERA for the year to 4.02 with the outing. Lefties are getting on base a lot against him, on-basing .371, and righties are showing a lot of power. Righties are hitting .284 against him with a .543 slugging percentage and 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs, in 87 plate appearances.
The Rockies got to him early last night, scoring five runs in the first three innings.
He walked the leadoff man Dexter Fowler to start the game and Troy Tulowitzki hit a long home run to left with one out. 2-0. Michael Cuddyer followed that with a double to center, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Tulo is 3-for-7 with a walk and two home runs in the first two games of the set.
Charlie Blackmon doubled with one out in the second and scored on two-out single by Fowler, extending the Colorado lead to 4-0.
With two outs in the third, Wilin Rosario hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to center. 5-0.
Last night was Cloyd’s first outing since June. In June he made three starts and threw to a 1.45 ERA. He didn’t allow a home run in 18 2/3 innings. Last night he allowed two in his first three frames.
The Colorado lead was cut to 5-3 when he pitched the fourth, striking out Blackmon and Fowler as he set Colorado down in order.
He allowed a two-out single to Cuddyer in the fifth and a one-out double to Nolan Arenado in the sixth, but kept the Rockies off the board in both frames.
Cloyd went three scoreless frames after the third innings, allowing a single and a double.
Zach Miner started the seventh. He allowed a leadoff single to Fowler, but Ruiz threw Fowler out trying to steal second and Miner retired the other two batters he faced.
Fifth appearance of the season for Miner, who dropped his ERA to 3.12 with the outing. Four of them have been really good and he was charged with three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-9 against him so far, but righties have hit the righty hard. 7-for-23 (.304) with a walk, a double and a home run.
Cesar Jimenez threw the last two innings. He set the Rockies down in order in the eighth. He allowed a single and a walk in the ninth, but got right-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson to fly to center with runners on first and second to end the frame.
Two innings is the longest outing for Jimenez since 2008. He has a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 ratio after five appearances and six innings with the Phils this year.
Nice day for the pen as they go three scoreless frames in relief of Cloyd, allowing two hits and a walk. Jimenez threw 30 pitches and seems unlikely to be available for tonight’s game.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Ruf in right and Mayberry in center. Ruiz hits second for the second straight day, which makes more sense against the lefty. Not a big fan of the Ruf needs reps in right field thinking. I’m going to be pretty surprised if Ruf is able to play right. Mayberry shouldn’t be playing center field every day, no matter who is hurt. The righty Wells on the bench against the lefty with the lefty Asche playing third and Young at first. Asche makes his first career start against a lefty.
The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the first. Ruiz walked with one out, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.
Down 4-0, they went in order in the second.
Down 5-0, Mayberry blooped a single into left to start the third. Cloyd bunted him to second with the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a ball pretty hard to first, where Helton didn’t handle it for an error that allowed Mayberry to score (5-1) and Rollins to take third. With runners on the corners and one down, Utley lined a single to right. 5-2 with men on first and third for Brown. Brown hit a line drive into center that Fowler caught for the second out. Ruiz tagged at third and scored on a weak and up the line throw from Fowler, cutting the lead to 5-3. Young struck out to end the inning.
A lot of good fortune in the inning helps get the Phils back in the game. Mayberry starts it off with a bloop to left. Big error by Helton on Ruiz’s ball. Weak throw by Fowler helps Ruiz score from third on Brown’s line drive to center.
The Phils didn’t have a base-runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth.
Asche reached on an infield single off of De La Rosa with one out in the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Frandsen hit for Miner and righty Matt Belisle took over for De La Rosa. Frandsen flew to center for the second out and lefty Rex Brothers came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins ripped a ball down the third base line, but Arenado made a great play, fielding the ball and making an off-balance throw to first where Helton tagged Rollins out to end the inning.
Helton missed the tag on Rollins at first, but Rollins didn’t argue and neither did Sandberg. Very nice play by Arenado.
The Rockies bring the lefty Brothers in to pitch to the switch-hitter Rollins after the righty Belisle retires the only batter he faces. Rollins has been terrible against both righties and lefties this year, but a little worse against lefties. 233/295/300 against lefties and 249/304/346 against righties. He has very similar numbers against lefties and righties for his career.
Brothers was back for the eighth. Utley walked with one out. Brown was next and grounded to short with Utley forced at second. Brothers and the home plate umpire had an issue around whether Brothers was stopping before he came to the plate, which resulted Brown being balked to second and then to third. Young struck out swinging to leave him there.
The first two games of the set have featured the balk more prominently than I would have guessed. Whatever it takes to keep the interest level of the fans sky-high, I suppose.
Righty Rafeal Betancourt got Ruf, Asche and Mayberry in order in the ninth.
Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Arenado took a hit away from him in the seventh with a nice play at third. He’s hitting 252/314/397 over his last 2,965 plate appearances going back to the start of 2009. From 2004 to 2008, he hit 286/342/468 over 3,618 plate appearances.
Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.
Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles.
Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. First game without a hit or a walk since his return. 306/364/510 in 55 PA since coming back.
Ruf 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the lefty De La Rosa, although he hit the ball hard to short in the second inning. The righty Betancourt struck him out looking 0-2 in the ninth. He’s still pounding righties with oddly bad numbers against lefties. 5-for-33 (.152) against lefties with strikeouts in about 35.1% of his 35 PA.
Asche 1-for-4 with an infield single. Went on a tear from August 6 to August 12 in which he went 8-for-23 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. Since then he’s 3-for-21 (.143) with a walk and a double. Hit an 0-1 pitch up the middle in the seventh inning against De La Rosa for his single with Tulowitzki fielding on the second base side of second and throwing to first late. Asche is 1-for-6 against lefties for the year.
Mayberry 1-for-3 with a bloop single to left and a walk. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and a home run, but hitting just 160/222/300 over his last 54 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are getting better (264/321/472 now) and I would expect them to continue to do so. His numbers against righties (236/292/394) are bad and I would expect them to continue to be.
Lee (10-6, 3.19) faces righty Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) tonight. The Phillies are 0-5 in Lee’s last five starts and 1-7 his last eight times out. He has a 5.17 ERA in his six starts since the beginning of July and has allowed nine home runs in 38 1/3 innings in those outings. Nicasio faced the Phillies on June 14 and was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has a 3.95 ERA in his ten starts in Colorado and a 5.76 ERA in his 13 starts on the road. Part of that is bad luck as he’s allowed a BABIP of .248 at home and .319 on the road, but he’s also struck out about 21.5% of the hitters he’s faced at home and only about 12.1% of the hitters he’s faced on the road.