I’m not going to say that that was the worst lineup in Phillie history. That would just be overly dramatic. It might not even be true, either. I’m just saying that if your reaction to looking at the lineup is disappointment they didn’t figure out a way to get Pete Orr a start in the outfield against a lefty, it’s possible your organization is more than one tweak away.
The Phillies fielded a, um, memorable lineup last night against the Nats that featured Cesar Hernandez leading off, Freddy Galvis hitting second and Frandsen in the three-hole as Utley and Rollins both sat against a lefty. Michael Martinez played center.
As it turned out, the Phils wound up losing the game more because they allowed nine runs than because they scored six.
Keeping with the theme of restraint, I’ll go with saying it was not a crisply played game. The Nats won despite making three errors, throwing four wild pitches, being called for a balk and having their left fielder start to run off the field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The teams combined to score six unearned runs in the game.
Ethan Martin made another miserable start, but this time without the strikeouts that raise hopes he might one day prove to be a formidable reliever. In the fifth inning, Martin and De Fratus combined to walk four of the eight batters they faced, with three of the four walks coming on four pitches and two coming with the bases loaded.
The Phillies used six different pitchers in the game and zero of them pitched well. They combined to allow 11 hits and nine walks in nine innings.
Cody Asche was just about the only Phillie to have a nice day. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI.
The Phillies are 63-76 on the year after losing 9-6 to the Washington Nationals last night. They have lost three of their last four.
Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer. He struck out two.
Martin has a 6.90 ERA in seven starts for the year. Over his last three starts he’s walked 11 in 9 1/3 innings while pitching to a 10.61 ERA. Righties have hit six home runs against him in 77 plate appearances for the season — they’ve hit just .234, but with a .531 slugging percentage.
He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first, but hit Jayson Werth to start the second and walked Adam LaRoche with one out. It put men on first and second for Wilson Ramos and Ramos hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right-center, putting the Nats up 3-0. Martin got the next two to end the frame.
Martin kept Washington off the board in each of the next two frames. He allowed a leadoff single to Denard Span in the third, but got the next three. In the fourth he allowed a one-out double to LaRoche and walked the eight-hitter Anthony Rendon to pitch to the pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He got Gonzalez on a ground ball to short to leave runners at first and second.
The lead had been cut to 3-2 when he started the fifth. Span led off with a double and moved up to third when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out for the first out. Bryce Harper was next and Martin walked him on four pitches. Werth went down on a foul popup handled by Frandsen at first for the second out before Harper stole second. Ian Desmond was the next hitter and he walked to load the bases. LaRoche followed and walked on four pitches, forcing Span home to make it 4-2.. De Fratus came in to pitch to Ramos and walked him on four pitches. Span scored to extend the lead to 5-2 with two down and the bases still loaded. De Fratus got Rendon swinging to leave them loaded.
The Nats send eight batters to the plate in the frame. Four of them walk, three on four pitches, and one hits a double, getting Washigton two runs. Martin walks three of the six men he faces in the frame, including Harper and LaRoche on four pitches. De Fratus faces two and walks one of them on four pitches.
De Fratus faces two batters in the frame, walking Ramos before striking Rendon out with the bases loaded for the third out. He’s walked 21 in 38 1/3 innings for the year and righties are on-basing .393 against him. He was pitching for the second day in a row.
Lefty Mauricio Robles made his debut in the sixth and allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a balk and two singles. Both of the runs were unearned due to a throwing error charged to Asche with one out. Werth and Desmond singled back-to-back with two outs to drive in the two runs. Werth’s single was blooped into center, just out of reach of Galvis. Desmond followed Werth with a line drive to right that plated the second run and made it 7-2.
Robles threw to a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, allowing just 35 hits while walking 44. 44? Yes, 44. Allows two unearned runs on two singles and a balk in an inning in his debut.
Luis Garcia started the seventh with the lead cut to 7-5. He walked Ramos to start the frame, but got a double-play behind Ramos before lefty Corey Brown crushed a long home run to right. 8-5. Garcia got Span to pop to Galvis for the third out.
Garcia was back for the eighth. He retired the first two hitters before the Nats loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Werth and Desmond and a walk to LaRoche. Garcia got righty Jhonathan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave them loaded.
Two innings for Garcia in which he allows one run on three hits and two walks. He has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. He’s walked at least one in each of his last eight appearances, allowing 12 walks in 11 innings in those outings. Righties are on-basing .403 against him for the season.
Savery started the ninth with the Phillies behind 8-6. He allowed a two-out single to Span and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman moved Span up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Harper. Harper struck out on a pitch that went to the backstop — he was safe at first, Span scored (9-6) and Zimmerman moved up to third. Werth grounded to third for the third out.
Savery faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a single to the lefty Span. He was making his first appearance with the Phils since July. He’s faced 59 batters on the year — opponents are hitting just .198 against him, but he’s walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.
Rosenberg faces three hitters, allowing a single, getting one out and striking out Harper with an unhandled pitched that allowed Harper to take first. He was pitching for the second day in a row. He was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s made 11 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .179 against the righty.
Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as the Nats scored two unearned runs in the sixth thanks to Asche’s error. De Fratus and Rosenberg have both thrown two days in a row — De Fratus threw seven pitches and Rosenberg 18. Robles threw 30 pitches in the game and Garcia 31.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Hernandez (2) Galvis (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Hernandez at second, Galvis at short and Martinez in center. That lineup from planet wackadoo is brought to you by the fact that the Phillies can’t hit left-handed pitching. They specifically need Ruf and Mayberry to get going against lefties. Didn’t happen last night as the duo combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk in the game.
Frandsen and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ruf flew to center for the third out.
Asche singled to right to start the second with the Phils down 3-0. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher and Martinez grounded into a double-play.
They went in order in the third. Frandsen led off the fourth with a single and moved up to second when Ruiz reached on an error by Zimmerman at third. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche followed with a single into center that scored both runners, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2. Mayberry and Martinez both struck out to leave Asche at first.
Ruf strikes out against the lefty after the wild pitch puts runners on second and third with nobody out. Asche picks him up with the two-run single.
The Phils were down 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Orr hit for De Fratus and singled to start the frame, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
They were down 7-2 when they hit in the sixth. Ruf walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch before Asche flew to center for the second out. Mayberry followed and reached on a throwing error by Desmond at short, which allowed Ruf to score. 7-3 with one down and Mayberry on second for Martinez. Martinez singled into left. Mayberry slid in safe to the plate, arriving at the same time as Harper’s throw. The ball wasn’t handled by Ramos for an error that allowed Martinez to move all the way to third with the lead cut to 7-4. Kratz hit for Robles and righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to him. Utley hit for Kratz and singled to left, scoring Martinez. 7-5. Utley took second on Mattheus’s first wild pitch and third on his second. Hernandez grounded to second to leave Utley at third.
Nats combine for a walk, two errors and three wild pitches in the frame.
It was 8-5 when righty Drew Storen set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.
Asche homered to right off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Mayberry and Martinez went down behind him.
Harper lost track of the outs in the frame and starting running in after Mayberry flew to left for the second out. Oops.
The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit against righty Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Hernandez singled to center with one out and Galvis walked behind him. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the game.
Hernandez was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-8 with a walk so far in the series.
Galvis 0-for-4 with a walk. 215/260/360 line in 369 career plate appearances in the majors and 246/290/325 career line in 2,445 career plate appearances in the minors. On-based .274 in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.
Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-12 with a walk since hitting two home runs against the Cubs.
Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 389/441/667 over his last 59 plate appearances.
Ruf was 0-for-3 with a walk. Continues to not hit left-handed pitching, although he did walk off of Gonzalez in the sixth. 7-for-47 (.149) against lefties for the year with three home runs. 158/250/342 overall in his last 44 plate appearances.
Asche 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 312/361/532 over his last 83 plate appearances since going 1-for-his-first-17. Made a throwing error in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. FanGraphs calculates hie UZR/150 at third of -13.7 for the year.
Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The Phillies really need him to hit left-handed pitching. Didn’t happen last night. 3-for-his-last-36 overall (.083). Hitting just 235/301/447 against lefties for the year.
Martinez 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out twice. 6-for-34 (.176) on the year. 187/235/263 in 390 career plate appearances. Turns 31 later this month.
Halladay (3-4, 7.94) faces righty Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33) tonight. Halladay has allowed seven runs in 11 innings over two starts since his return to the team. Zimmerman has a 5.48 ERA over his last eight starts, but has been good in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs over 15 innings.