There are, to say the least, a wealth of opportunities for young Phillies, and old Phillies, for that matter, looking to play their way into the team’s future. So far, not a lot of players have distinguished themselves as they try to take advantage of the situation. Freddy Galvis seems like he may have found his overdrive, though. Last night he went 3-for-3 with a homer and a double as the Phils topped the Padres 4-2.
Galvis and Rollins combined to go 5-for-6 in the game with a walk, a double and two home runs. They drove in three of the four Phillie runs and scored three. Galvis has started each of the last four games for the Phils, going 8-for-16 with a double and two home runs.
Cliff Lee delivered yet another outstanding start, holding San Diego to a pair of runs on two solo homers over eight innings. He has a 2.00 ERA and an 0.97 ratio over his last five starts and the Phils are 4-1 in those games.
The Phillies are 67-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 4-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of a three-game set.
Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies had allowed 4.61 runs per game for the year, which was the worst mark for any team in the NL. They had scored 3.76 runs per game, which was 14th of the 15 NL teams, better than only the Marlins. Their Pythagorean winning percentage suggests they are the second-worst team in the NL, ahead of only the Fish. Their actual winning percentage is eighth-best among the 15 NL teams. Believe what you will, but if you think the Phillies might be the eighth-best team in the National League this year, I don’t agree.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, solo homers that accounted for the two runs San Diego scored in the game. He struck out nine.
Lee hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his eight starts since the end of July. 2.78 ERA and a 1.09 ERA in eight starts since the end of July. He’s allowed seven hits in 16 innings over his last two starts.
He kept the Padres off the board in each of the first four innings. He allowed a two-out walk in the top of the first that was followed by a single, which left San Diego with two down and men on first and second for Kyle Blanks. Lee retired Blanks on a ground ball he handled himself to end the inning.
He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out the side in the fourth.
Righty Tommy Medica led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting San Diego up 1-0. Lee got the next three in order.
The 25-year-old Medica homers off of Cliff Lee in career plate appearance number two. He struck out looking in the second in his first chance. He hit 20 home runs in 338 plate appearances in the minor leagues this year, 18 of which came in the Double-A Texas League.
Second righty homers off of Lee in two innings, this time behind in the count 0-2. Gyroko came into the series 3-for-his-last-28 and has gone 4-for-8 with a double, a walk and a home run in the first two games.
It was 2-2 when Lee pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck Nick Hundley out looking to leave the runner at first.
He allowed another two-out single in the eighth with the Phils up 3-2, but struck Gyroko out swinging for the third out.
Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead and set the Padres down in order. Kyle Blanks hit a ball well to center, but Hernandez made a nice running play on the warning track for the second out.
Papelbon throws a 1-2-3 frame coming off an outing Saturday in which he allowed a two-run homer to Andrelton Simmons. 1.50 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in 12 innings over his last 12 appearances. He’s walked just one of the 60 batters he’s faced in his last 15 outings.
One perfect inning for the pen in the game with the help of a nice catch by Hernandez. Papelbon threw ten pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Mayberry. Hernandez in center, Ruf in left and Mayberry in righty with Ruf at first. Galvis plays second with Utley on the bench. Hernandez comes into the game on-basing .345, thanks to going 6-for-his-last-14 with three walks. Ruf enters with a 170/302/340 line against lefties in 63 plate appearances. Mayberry comes into the game hitting 233/296/444 against lefties for the year.
The Phillies didn’t score in the first four innings. Rollins had a one-out single in the bottom of the first and Galvis a two-out single in the second, but both were followed by outs. The Phils went in order in the third and fourth. Ronny Cedeno made a nice play at short on a ball hit by Frandsen for the first out in the fourth.
They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Asche struck out swinging for the first out, but Galvis followed and lined a 3-2 pitch down the third base line and out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Mayberry and Lee went down behind him.
Career home run number nine for Galvis in 389 plate appearances and his fifth off of a lefty. His isolated power for his career against lefties is up to .188. .145 against righties and .157 overall. Those are all impressive. His isolated power in 2,445 minor league plate appearances is .079. For his career he’s homered about once every 116 plate appearances in the minors and once every 43 plate appearances in the majors.
The Phils were down 2-1 when they hit in the sixth. Rollins hit a 2-1 pitch well out to left with one out, tying the game at 2-2. Frandsen followed with a single and moved up to third on a two-out double by Ruf, but Asche flew to center to leave the runners stranded.
Home run number six on the year for Rollins, coming off a season where he hit 23. Just his second of the year off of a lefty. His isolated power against left-handed pitching for the season is .078. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last year Rollins showed good power against left-handed pitching. His isolated power against lefties that year was .195. In 2007 it was .221 as he posted a 321/374/542 line against left-handed pitching.
Ruf doubles off the lefty Stults. If he’s going to continue to be right-handed and continue to be a bad defensive player at first and corner outfield positions, Ruf needs to crush lefties. 179/303/357 on the year in 66 plate appearances against lefties. But he’s not a bad defensive player, I hear you cry? I disagree. He’s only played in 57 games this year and gotten 227 plate appearances, but has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.1. FanGraphs gives him bad defensive numbers at first, left and in right. He’s going to need to make a lot of offense to overcome that, which is going to be close to impossible if he doesn’t pound lefties.
Galvis doubled softly to left off of righty Nick Vincent to start the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Hernandez was next and hit a ball slowly by the pitcher. It was fielded by Gyroko for the second out, but Galvis scored to put the Phils up 3-2 and Mayberry moved up to third. Rollins was walked intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Frandsen. Frandsen flew to the right fielder Blanks in foul territory to end the inning.
Galvis starts the rally with the double. Lee stays in the game and bunts the runners up to second and third with the first out, allowing Galvis to score on the softly hit ball by Hernandez.
Lee had thrown 91 pitches in the 2-2 game when he bunted for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. He came back to throw a scoreless eighth, so it worked out great for the Phillies. They started Hernandez, Frandsen, Galvis and Mayberry in the game, so it’s not like the Phils have an army of monster bats to call on on their bench. Letting Lee bunt seems like a no-brainer.
Ruiz singled off of righty Brad Boxberger to start the eighth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second for Asche. Asche grounded to short with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Galvis was next with runners on the corners and one down. On the first pitch of his at-bat, he put a pretty bunt down the first base line. He was out at first for the second out, but Ruiz scored (4-2) and Asche took second on the safety squeeze. Mayberry struck out looking to leave Asche at second.
Pretty bunt by Galvis. Ruf draws a walk after the leadoff single by Ruiz, getting on base for the second time in the game after doubling in the sixth.
Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. Made a nice catch on the warning track in the ninth for the second out. Very limited plate appearances for the year (59), but he’s been good against righties and is hitting 217/250/261 against lefties.
Rollins 2-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional, and a home run. 5-for-his-last-26 (.192) but with six walks in his last 32 plate appearances.
Frandsen 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-16 (.375) with a walk and two doubles.
Ruiz 1-for-4. 296/347/427 over his last 220 plate appearances. Hammering lefties for the year with a 313/390/478 line. 268/305/354 against righties.
Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 182/327/341 over his last 55 plate appearances. Last night’s game was at home, but he’s hitting 208/293/375 on the road for year.
Asche 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left four men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-15. Gets the start against the lefty. Just 125 plate appearances on the year and for his career, but his line against lefties is better than against righties. 292/320/458 against lefties and 250/310/457 against righties. More power and walks against righties, but more hits against lefties. He has a total of 24 at-bats against lefties for his career, so it might be a mistake to get too optimistic about any of that.
Galvis 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Beautiful bunt in the eighth helped get the Phillies a run. Showing more power than he did in the minors, but also walking more. He’s walked in about 6.9% of his plate appearances this year. About 5.5% for his career in the minors. He’s started three of the last five games for the Phillies in left field, where he has exactly zero chance to be a regular player for a good team.
Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with two walks. 154/235/288 over his last 115 plate appearances.
Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces righty Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.79) tonight, flu-like symptoms permitting. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Ross started the year in the San Diego rotation, made three starts in which he threw to a 3.86 ERA, but walked ten in 14 innings, and moved to the pen. After 19 relief appearances he moved back into the rotation and has made nine starts since, going 3-3 with a 2.16 ERA and a an 0.94 ratio. Righties are hitting just 207/276/271 against him for the year, so look for Frandsen in the cleanup spot.