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Well, that was different

The Phillies and the Marlins run out ugly teams with ugly lineups these days. They did last night, too, playing after many of the Phils had shown off shirts bearing Cliff Lee‘s likeness and the caption, ” . . .but I’m different” in the clubhouse in the hours before the game. Lee was different, all right, dominating the game from the mound and excelling at the plate as he led the Phils to a 12-2 win. He held the Marlins to two runs on over eight innings, struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter. He went 3-for-4 with the bat with a triple and four RBI.

For the Phils, it was the second time in five games they had scored ten or more runs. The Phillies have spent most of the past few weeks ahead of only Miami for runs scored per game in the NL. Thanks to their recent outbursts, they’ve caught up with some of the other weak offenses in the NL. They’re now even with the Cubs, who have also scored 575 runs in 150 games (3.83 runs per game), and past the Padres. San Diego has scored 569 runs in 149 games, which is about 3.82 runs per game.

The Phillies are 70-80 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 12-2 last night. They’ve won four of their last six and remain in third place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 9 1/2 behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter.

Fourteen strikeouts in a game is the most for Lee since he struck out 16 Braves on May 6, 2011. The Phillies lost 5-0 that day. Lee has gone eight innings in each of his last three starts, throwing to a 1.87 ERA and an 0.67 ratio. The Phils are 3-0 in those games and Lee has struck out 33 in 24 innings while walking one.

He kept the Marlins off the board in each of the first four innings. In the top of the first, Ed Lucas doubled to center with one out, but Lee struck out the next two to end the frame. He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out four of the nine batters he faced.

He started the fifth up 7-0 and the Fish plated a run when Justin Ruggiano led off with a double to left and scored on a softly hit single to center by Adeiny Hechavarria. 7-1. Lee struck Donovan Solano out swinging with two outs and men on first and second to set the Marlins down.

He started the sixth up 9-1. Ed Lucas led off with a double to right. Lee struck out the next two hitters before Ruggiano ripped a 2-0 pitch down the third base line. 9-2. Lee got Logan Morrison looking to leave Ruggiano at second.

Second doubles of the game for both Lucas and Ruggiano. Five of the eight hits that Lee allowed in the game were doubles.

Lee kept the Marlins off the board in the seventh and the eighth. He allowed a two-out double in the seventh and a two-out single in the eighth.

Martin pitched the ninth with a 12-2 lead. He walked the leadoff man Morrison on a 3-2 pitch to start the frame, but retired the next three.

That’s the third appearance in relief for Martin. The walk to Morrison last night is the only base-runner he has allowed in three scoreless frames. Ten batters, nine outs, including three strikeouts, and a walk. You don’t want to walk the leadoff batter up by ten runs in the top of the ninth, but he has been very impressive.

One scoreless inning for the pen in which they walk one. Martin threw 15 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against 25-year-old righty Sam Dyson, who was making his first career start, went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Ruiz hits fourth, presumably to break up the lefties Utley and Brown. Hernandez in center with Bernadina in right. Always nice to see Mayberry not playing against a righty, but Bernadina in right field isn’t really the answer, either. What would it take for the Phillies to permanently drop Rollins from the top of their order? The world may never know. On-basing .315 over his last 1,310 plate appearances coming into the game apparently isn’t it. Hernandez comes into the game with a nifty 351/442/432 line against righties in 43 career plate appearances. I don’t know what Ruiz is hitting against righties lately, but it’s something good. He comes into the game with a 282/320/369 line. At the end of the day on July 11 he was hitting 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the first and moved up to third when Rollins blooped a double down the third base line that dropped and flipped into the stands. Utley followed with a ground out to second for the first out. Everyone moved up a base and Hernandez scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Rollins on third. Ruiz struck out for the second out and Brown grounded to short.

Hernandez starts the rally with a walk out of the leadoff spot. Utley gets the job done with a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Ruiz has been enormously hot, but can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs.

The Phils went in order in the second.

They scored six in the third. With one out, Hernandez singled and moved up to second when Rollins followed with walk. Utley was next and crushed a 2-0 pitch way out to right. 4-0. Ruiz flew to left for the second out before Brown singled and took second on a walk by Ruf. Asche singled to right and Brown scored. 5-0 with two outs and men on second and third as Asche took second on the throw. Bernadina walked to load the bases for Lee and Lee delivered a two-run single to right. 7-0 with two outs and runners on the corners for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the inning.

Again Hernandez, Rollins and Utley start a rally at the top of the order. Utley just crushed his home run to right.

Brown just buried the Miami catcher Jeff Mathis scoring from second on Asche’s single to right. Stanton’s throw beat Brown to the plate, but Mathis didn’t handle it cleanly before Brown plowed him over.

Utley singled to center with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz and Brown went down behind him.

It was 7-1 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Ruf led off with a single to right. Asche and Bernadina both struck out behind him before Lee tripled to center. 8-1. Hernandez followed with a single to left that scored Lee. 9-1. Rollins flew to center to leave Hernandez at first.

Lee drives in his third run in three innings. Hernandez again delivers for the Phils. Walked to start a rally in the first, singled to start a rally in the third and delivers an RBI-single with two outs in the fifth.

It was 9-2 when they hit in the sixth. Brown walked off of righty Chris Hatcher with two outs. Ruf was next and hit the first pitch he saw from Hatcher out down the left field line. 11-2. Asche grounded to second on a ball hit hard for the third out.

Fourteenth homer of the year for Ruf. Second that came on the first pitch of his at-bat and his 11th off of a right-handed pitcher. The righty has an isolated power of .270 against righties and .164 against lefties. Very nice line against righties, 289/392/559, but oddly hitting just .164 against lefties.

Bernadina tripled to right off of left Dan Jennings to start the eighth and scored when Lee followed with a single to center. 12-2. Rollins moved Lee up to second with a one-out single to left, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind Rollins.

Second career triple for Bernadina off of a left-handed pitcher. He also tripled off of Andrew Miller on August 30, 2010. Bernadina ends the day 4-for-31 (.129) against lefties for the year.

Hernandez 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-17 with a double and three walks.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 9-for-his-last-23 (.391) with four walks.

Utley 2-for-4 with a three-run homer off the righty Dyson and four RBI in the game. 302/361/510 against righties on the year and 219/303/401 against lefties.

Ruiz was 0-for-5, struck out twice and left four men on base. He struck out with one out in the first and Rollins on third. Came into the game 10-for-his-last-20 with ten RBI in those 23 plate appearances.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-10 with a walk since his return.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with six walks, a double and two home runs.

Asche 1-for-5 with an RBI and struck out twice. He’s hitting .318 over his last 50 plate appearances with six walks and three home runs.

Bernadina 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. He’s 3-for-his-last-6 with two walks, two doubles and a triple.

Halladay (3-4, 7.28) faces lefty Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) tonight. Halladay has thrown to a 5.06 ERA in his four starts since returning to the team — a little better than his 8.65 ERA over his first seven starts. He’s walked 31 in 55 2/3 innings for the season and opposing batters have an isolated power of .230 against him on the year. The 23-year-old Flynn threw to a 2.63 ERA in 27 minor league starts between Double and Triple-A, 23 of which came in the PCL. He’s made two starts for the Fish and both of them have been bad as he’s allowed nine runs on 12 hits and nine walks over eight innings. Opponents are 12-for-33 (.364) against him with eight extra-base hits, including three home runs, and nine walks.


What would you think if I sang out of tune over and over for like a year and a half or so?

Roy Halladay is supposed to carry the Phillies, not the other way around. If you got to pick one guy who had to try to will himself to excellence when his body seemed unwilling, Halladay would probably be near the top of your list. I know he’d be near the top of mine. He tried to do that last night and couldn’t, though, and it took the whole team to pick him up as the Phils topped the Padres 10-5 for their fifth win in six games.

The offense exploded for the Phils in the game as they scored ten or more runs for the fourth time this season. The top four hitters in the lineup, Hernandez, Rollins, Utley and Ruiz, combined to go 9-for-13 with six walks and eight RBI. Ruiz and Hernandez were 6-for-7 with two doubles, three walks and five RBI.

Halladay took a 7-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning, but walked four straight batters in the frame before throwing the ball away when the next batter dribbled a ball towards third. After his exit with one out in the fifth, five Phillie relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in which they did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out five.

The Phillies are 68-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 10-5 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the Braves and nine behind the Nats.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a solo home run. He struck out six.

5.06 ERA and a 1.50 ratio for Halladay in his four starts since returning to action. Opponents are hitting just .234 against him in those outings, but he’s walked 14 in 21 1/3 innings. Over his last two starts he’s walked ten in 10 1/3 innings. That obviously has not been part of his formula for success in the past. In his first two years with the Phillies, 2010 and 2011, he threw 484 1/3 innings and walked 65 batters (about 1.21 per nine innings). He’s walking about five batters per nine innings this year. He allowed another home run last night and has given up 12 in 55 1/3 innings for the year. In 2011, he threw 233 2/3 innings for the Phils and allowed ten.

Will Venable was the first hitter of the game in the top of the first and hit a 2-0 pitch out to right, putting San Diego up 1-0. Halladay hit Chase Headley with two outs, but struck Tommy Medica out swinging after Headley stole second to end the frame.

Twelfth home run Halladay has allowed on the year. He’s faced a similar number of righties and lefties (131 righties and 123 lefties) and allowed six to righties and six to lefties. Over his career he’s allowed home runs to about 2% of the batters he’s faced. This year he’s allowed home runs to about 4.6% of the righties and 4.9% of the lefties he’s faced.

Halladay started the second up 6-1. He kept San Diego off the board in the second, third and fourth. He allowed a walk in the second and a single in the third. Medica doubled to right to start the fourth, but Halladay set the next three batters down in order, striking two of them out.

Through four innings he had allowed a run on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch while striking out six.

He started the fifth up 7-1 and things went bad. With one out, he walked four batters in a row. 7-2 with one down and the bases loaded for Medica. Medica dribbled a ball between third base and the mound. Halladay got on it quickly and threw to first, but wildly. Frandsen had no chance. Two runs scored on the throwing error (7-4), leaving the Padres with men on second and third and one out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the lefty Mark Kotsay and Kotsay flew to center, deep enough for both runners to move up a base. 7-5 with two outs and a man on third. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Tommy Layne and flew to Galvis in left for the third out.

Halladay walks four batters in a row and then makes a big throwing error. Did not look happy when Sandberg came for the ball. Between 2010 and 2011, there were four different months in which Halladay made at least five starts and didn’t walk four batters in the month (April and July of 2010 and June and July of 2011).

De Fratus faces two batters and gets them both, dropping his ERA on the year to 4.46. Righties are hitting 306/389/405 against the righy while he’s held lefties to a 163/327/349 line (he’s still walked 12.5% of the lefites he has faced, which is a lot).

Cesar Jimenez struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 9-5.

Jimenez has thrown 13 innings over 12 appearances for the Phillies and been charged with a run in just one of the 12. He allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Mets on August 29 and wasn’t charged with a run in the other 12. Opponents are hitting .196 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his second career relief appearance. Headley lined pretty hard to short for the third out.

Martin has now faced six batters in relief and retired all six.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 10-5.

Rosenberg was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings with an 0.71 ratio in 13 outings. He’s allowed four hits in those 11 1/3 innings (opponents have hit .108 against him).

Diekman pitched the ninth. Venable reached on a two-out throwing error by Rollins, but Diekman got Alexi Amarista to ground to second to end the game.

Over his last 13 appearances, Diekman has thrown to an 0.71 ERA with an 0.55 ratio, allowing a run over 12 2/3 innings. He struck out one last night and has 20 strikeouts over his last 12 2/3 innings.

Just a fantastic job by the bullpen, which goes 4 2/3 scoreless innings after Halladay’s early exit in which they don’t allow a hit or a walk. They faced 15 batters and the only one to reach base reached on the Rollins error in the ninth.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tyson Ross went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Galvis in left and Hernandez in center. They should have played Martinez in right, just to go with an all utility infielder outfield, but played Ruf there instead. Frandsen at first base against a righty. Not sure which is worst of those three — Galvis in left, Hernandez in center or Frandsen at first. We could probably go on about it for a long time. Let’s just say they are all areas where there’s some opportunity for improvement. Part of the glory of these games is that the Phillies can’t find a starting spot in the lineup for everyone. In this case it’s Mayberry on the bench against a righty, which is always a good sign. Or almost always a good sign. We usually take that you won’t be starting Galvis and Hernandez in the outfield for granted, but at this point all bets seem to be, to a really, really alarmingly large degree, off.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first and were all over Ross, scoring six times. The first six batters for the Phils reached on four singles, a double by Ruiz and a walk by Asche. It left the Phils up 3-1 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen struck out for the first out and Galvis struck out behind him for the second before Halladay walked, forcing Ruiz home. 4-1 with the bases still loaded for Hernandez. Righty Anthony Bass came in to pitch to Hernandez and Henandez doubled on a soft line drive into center. Two more runners scored and Halladay was thrown out easily at the plate to end the inning with the Phils up 6-1.

Ten batters for the Phillies in the inning. Six hits, including doubles by Ruiz and Hernandez, and two walks. Frandsen and Galvis both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Ruiz singled off of Bass with two outs in the second, but Ruf struck out behind him.

The Phillies extended their lead to 7-1 in the third, plating another run on singles by Frandsen and Galvis and walks to Hernandez and Rollins. The walk to Rollins with the bases loaded forced Frandsen home.

Ruiz walked to start the fourth, but the Phillies didn’t score.

It was 7-5 when they hit in the fifth. They loaded the bases with one out on singles by Galvis and Hernandez and a walk to Rollins. Utley brought Galvis home from third with a fly ball to center for the second out. 8-5 with men on first and second for Ruiz with two down. Ruiz singled to left, plating Rollins. 9-5 with men on first and third for Ruf. Ruf struck out looking to end the inning.

Frandsen singled off of lefty Colt Hynes with one out in the sixth, but Galvis and Kratz went down behind him.

In the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases again with one out on a single by Rollins, a stolen base, a walk to Utley, a passed ball that moved the runners to second and third and an intentional walk to Ruiz. It brought Ruf to the plate against righty Brad Brach and he popped to shallow left field, near the line. Amarista fell down catching the ball, which allowed Rollins to tag and score from third. 10-5. Asche struck out swinging to leave runners at first and second.

Righty Dale Thayer set the Phils down in order in the eighth.

Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a a double, a walk and two RBI. His line for the year is up to 293/359/362 after going 3-for-8 with two walks and a double in the three-game set. He’s hitting .358 against righties and .208 against lefties so far. Still just 64 plate appearances for the year.

Rollins 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. 246/316/340 for the year. 4-for-9 with three walks and a home run in the series. He has 18 walks in his last 91 plate appearances. He’s hitting .235 over those chances and on-basing .385.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. 277/345/477 for the year. 2-for-6 with a walk and a double in the series. 348/380/478 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Ruiz 3-for-3 with two walks, a double and three RBI. 287/339/396 on the season. 4-for-7 with two walks and a double in the series. 300/352/424 in 240 plate appearances since the end of May.

Ruf 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. 251/349/492 for the year. 3-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 212/301/458 over his last 136 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4 with a walk and struck out three times. 1-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. 250/308/442 on the year. 1-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 2-for-5. 239/307/358 on the year. 4-for-13 with a double in the series. He has started five games in a row for the Phillies at first base, which is just awful. What is it about Frandsen you’re trying to learn at this point? 205/255/305 against righties for the year.

Galvis 2-for-5 and struck out twice. 230/286/404 for the year. 5-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-21 with a double and two home runs. He’s started six games in a row for the Phils, including three in left field.

Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) faces righty Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.45 ERA over his last ten starts. Opponents have hit .329 against him in those outings and he’s allowed 72 hits in 53 innings. Over his last ten starts, Strasburg has allowed 39 hits in 61 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .181 average. Righties are hitting 188/252/278 against him for the season.


Freddy and the jets

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.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee started the sixth. He got the first two before Jedd Gyorko hit an 0-2 pitch out to left, putting San Diego up 2-0. Jesus Guzman flew to right for the third out.

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.


Me and you and a dog named Boo

I can pretty much guarantee that’s the only Lobo reference you’re ever getting out of me.

Tyler Cloyd pitched well early last night, but fell apart in the middle innings. The Padres scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth combined and topped the Phils 8-2 on the first ever Bark in the Park night at Citizens Bank Park.

Cloyd started the fourth down 1-0 and allowed three runs in the frame. He wouldn’t get an out in the fifth as San Diego added four more. In the fourth and the fifth innings combined, Cloyd faced ten batters and allowed seven hits — five singles and two doubles.

The Phils, meanwhile, couldn’t solve San Diego righty Andrew Cashner. They got one run through seven innings on a solo homer by Asche. In the eighth they managed to push another across with a two-out rally started by Cameron Rupp‘s first career hit.

The other first for the night was Ethan Martin‘s first career appearance in relief. Martin looked fantastic setting the Padres down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies are 66-78 on the year after losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres last night. They have won three of their last four and are in third place in the NL East, 21 games behind the first-place Braves and nine behind the second-place Nats.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Two of Cloyd’s last three outings have been bad with five shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in the middle outing. Righties are hitting 304/343/539 against him and he’s walked way too many lefties. Lefties are hitting .269 against him, but with 15 walks in 109 plate appearances and a .367 on-base percentage.

He allowed a run in the top of the first on a two-out double by Jedd Gyorko that was followed by a single by Chase Headley. 1-0.

He set six batters down in order in the second and third.

He started the fourth with the Phils still down a run. Two of the first four batters he faced in the fourth singled, leaving the Padres with two outs and runners on the corners for Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno doubled to left, scoring Gyorko from third (2-0) and moving Kyle Blanks up to third. Rene Rivera was next and cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center, making it 4-0. Cloyd struck the pitcher Cashner out looking to end the frame.

The first two batters Cloyd faced in the fifth both singled, putting men on first and second for Gyorko. Gyorko singled just over the glove of Utley into right-center. Will Venable scored from second (5-0) and Chris Denorfia tried to go first to third. Utley took the relay from Bernadina in center and threw to third, but the throw hit Denorfia as Denorfia slid into third. Utley was charged with an error on the throw and the Padres had men on second and third with nobody out. Miner took over for Cloyd and Chase Headley greeted him with a single into center. Denorfia scored from third (6-0) and Gyorko moved up to third. Headley took second on a wild pitch before Kyle Blanks singled into center. 7-0 with men on first and third and nobody out. Miner struck Alexi Amarista out for the first out before Cedeno singled into center, scoring Headley (8-0) and moving Blanks up to second. Miner struck out the next two hitters to leave the runners stranded.

Weird play by Utley on the Gyroko single. It looks like he should have caught the line drive that went for a single. His throw to third was good, it just hit the runner.

Miner faced six hitters in the inning — three of them singled and he struck out the other three. He was charged with one run in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 4.15. He’s been charged with a run in an inning in each of his last three times out. Opponents are hitting .284 against him for the year and he’s walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the lead cut to 8-1.

Martin looked great in his first career relief appearance. He dropped his ERA to 6.68 for the year.

Luis Garcia allowed a single in a scoreless seventh and came back to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Two scoreless frames for Garcia in which he allows one single. It was his only outing in his last five that he was not charged with at least one run and he dropped his ERA for the year to 5.01. Threw to a 0.00 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in his first six appearances on the year and has a 7.47 and a 1.85 ratio in 15 2/3 innings since. He’s walked 14 over his last 15 2/3 innings.

Savery struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. He dropped his ERA on the year to 1.84. Opponents have hit just .176 against him in his 14 2/3 innings, but he’s walked nine, which is too many. Righties are 3-for-36 (.083) against him on the season.

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Miner was the only pitcher to throw more than 15 pitches in the game. He threw 28. Garcia needed just 15 pitches to go two frames, 12 of which were strikes.

The Phillie lineup against righty Andrew Cashner went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Bernadina in center, Ruf in right and Galvis in left. Playing Galvis in left is not good — he starts there for the seventh time. Frandsen plays first, coming into the game hitting 203/255/301 against right-handed pitching for the year. Bernadina and his .236 on-base percentage lead off. Rupp makes his debut behind the plate. The 24-year-old hit 258/318/437 over 355 plate appearances between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They didn’t have a base-runner in the second or the third.

Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 4-0. Ruf grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 8-0 when they hit in the fifth. With one out and nobody on, Cody Asche homered to right-center. 8-1. Galvis and Rupp both struck out behind Asche.

Fifth home run of the year for Asche and his third in his last 24 plate appearances.

Cashner set the Phillies down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Asche led off the eighth and drew a four-pitch walk, but Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him. Rupp was next and hit a soft grounder to third. Headley bare-handed, but Rupp beat it out for his first career hit, stumbling and falling after first base. Mayberry moved Rupp up to second with a single to left. Righty Dale Thayer took over for Cashner and Bernadina reached on an infield single that loaded the bases for Hernandez. Hernandez walked on four pitches as well, forcing Rupp home to make it 8-2. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ruf singled to center off of righty Brad Brach and moved to third when Frandsen followed with a double. Righty Luke Gregerson took over for Brach. He struck Asche out swinging for the first out and Galvis out swinging for the second. Rupp flew to right to end the game.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Asche and Gavlis both go down swinging with less than two outs and men on second and third.

Bernadina 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-33 (.121). 8-for-his-last-66 (also .121).

Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-23 (.130).

Utley 1-for-3 with a double and an error. 9-for-his-last-20 with three doubles. Two walks in his last 54 plate appearances, one of which was intentional.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-12 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-35 with five extra-base hits. Doubles off the righty Brach, but is still hitting 204/255/306 against righties for the season.

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 1-for-his-last-11 with a home run. 305/359/547 in his last 103 plate appearances since going 1-for-17 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out three times coming off 5-for-9 with a home run in the last two games in the series against the Braves. On-basing .262 for his career in 385 plate appearances.

Rupp 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Got career hit #1 on a ball hit softly to third.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces lefty Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) tonight. 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. Stults was hit hard in his most recent outing, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants. Lefties are hitting 186/222/343 against the lefty and righties 303/338/441. He’s also had lot more success at home than on the road — 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in his 14 starts at home and a 5.04 ERA and a 1.55 ratio in his 15 starts on the road.

Update (9/11): Lee will start tonight and Halladay, battling flu-like symptoms, will try to go Thursday.


The doctor is probably still out, but could definitely use a little help when he’s in

Roy Halladay’s results were a little better last night. He had a rough start and walked five over six frames, but managed to hold Washington to a single run. He exited after six with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen coughed up a pair late and the Nats topped the Phils 3-2.

Cesar Hernandez had a big day at the plate for the Phils, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a double that plated both Phillie runs. Utley was 3-for-4. Asche had two hits and started the bottom of the ninth with a drive to right-center that looked ticketed for extra-bases, but was tracked down by Jayson Werth on the warning track.

There were some weird matchups late in the game that didn’t work out for the Phils. They called on lefty Jake Diekman to pitch to a righty to start the eighth inning of a tie game. Wilson Ramos walked on four pitches and the go-ahead run scored later in the frame. With one out in the seventh and men on second and third, Sandberg called on righty Kevin Frandsen to hit against a right-handed pitcher. Frandsen didn’t deliver and ended the day hitting 199/252/298 against righties for the year. The Phillies didn’t score and lost by a run.

The Phillies are 63-77 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Washington Nationals. The Nats take the series two games to one. The Phils have lost three series in a row and are 1-4 in their last five games. They are in fourth place in the NL East, 22 1/2 games out of first and a game behind the third-place Mets.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on three hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Halladay had a three-start stretch from April 14 to April 24 in which he allowed four runs over 21 innings. Last night was probably his best start since. Five more walks, though, and his rate of walks per nine innings in up to 4.6. At his best it has been around 1.1. Lefties are on-basing .387 against him and both lefties and righties are hitting for a lot of power as he’s allowed 11 home runs in 51 1/3 innings for the season.

Four of the first five hitters he faced in the top of the first reached on a single and four walks. The other, Adam LaRoche, hit a sac fly that put the Nats up 1-0. Halladay got Wilson Ramos to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

He allowed a walk and hit a batter in the second, too, but struck Ryan Zimmerman out looking with men on first and second to end the frame.

Halladay started the third with a 2-1 lead and kept Washington off the board in the third, fourth fifth and sixth.

He set the Nats down in order in the third.

In the fourth, he hit Steve Lombardozzi with two outs, but got Jordan Zimmermann on a fly ball to right for the third out.

He struck out Zimmerman and Jayson Werth in a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth on a single, a double and an intentional walk, but Halladay retired the pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on a ground ball he handled himself to set Washington down.

Miner started the seventh with a 2-1 lead. With one out, Ryan Zimmerman hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Miner allowed a two-out single to Adam LaRoche, but retired Ian Desmond on a fly ball to center.

Miner allows the huge home run that ties the game. He’s been charged with at least one run in three of his last five outings. Didn’t walk anyone last night, but has walked six in 5 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. Lefties don’t have an extra-base hit against the righty and righties are slugging .524 thanks to two doubles and three home runs in 50 plate appearances. Everyone is getting on base too much, thanks to nine walks in his 16 1/3 innings on the year.

Diekman started the eighth in a tie game and walked the leadoff man, the righty Ramos. Jeff Kobernus ran for Ramos at first and righty Scott Hairston hit for the lefty Corey Brown. Hairston bunted Kobernus up to second with the first out. Kobernus stole third, bringing Lombardozzi to the plate with one out. Lombardozzi chopped a ball up the middle. Utley, charging, fielded behind the mound and threw home, but not in time as Kobernus slid in safely to put the Nats up 3-2. Diekman struck out both of the next two batters to leave Lombardozzi at first.

Diekman had been pitching great, but walks the righty Ramos to lead off the inning, which leads to the game-winning run. It’s September. The Phillies don’t have a righty in the bullpen they can use to get out a righty to start the eighth inning of a tie game? Rosenberg seems like the real choice — he’s been pitching well, but had thrown two straight days coming into the game. JC Ramirez and Luis Garcia seem like candidates as well, but Ramirez has been absolutely awful and Garcia threw 31 pitches on Tuesday.

The bigger problem is not the choice to bring in Diekman, but that there aren’t better choices to make given the bullpen.

Diekman allows a run on no hits and a walk in the game. Coming into the game he had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 ratio over his last ten appearances with 14 strikeouts in ten innings. Righties are on-basing .392 against him for the year, which makes him a bad candidate to face a righty leadoff man in a tie game in the eighth.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phillies still down a run, allowing a one-out single to Werth, but getting the next two hitters.

Papelbon pitches with the Phils down with the off-day today. He hasn’t been charged with a run in nine innings over his last nine appearances.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Bernadina. Hernandez leads off and starts in center for the second time. Ruf plays first with Mayberry in left and Bernadina in right. This lineup is both awful and way, way better than the game two lineup.

Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the first with the Phils down 1-0. He moved up to second on a one-out single by Utley, but Ruiz struck out and Ruf grounded out to leave the runners stranded.

Great to see the leadoff walk for Hernandez, but I think he’s going to have a lot of troubles drawing walks in the majors unless he shows some power, which he’s going to have trouble doing. He walked in about 7.7% of his minor league plate appearances. Two walks in 41 plate appearances with the Phils so far is about 4.9%.

Asche and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the second. Bernadina struck out for the first out before Halladay bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. Hernandez was next and sliced a ball the other way, double the third base line for a double. Both runners scored and the Phillies led 2-1. Rollins flew to right for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the third and fourth.

Hernandez singled to center with one out in the fifth, but was caught stealing before Rollins flew to center to end the inning.

Hernandez 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, two RBI and a caught stealing through five innings. He stole a career-high 33 bases in the minors this year and was caught eight times.

Utley started the sixth with a single, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him and Ruf struck out for the third out.

Asche singled softly to left to start the seventh with the game tied at 2-2 and moved up to second when Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Bernadina bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Miner and grounded to third. Zimmerman fielded and threw home where Asche was tagged out for the second out. Hernandez grounded to second to end the inning.

Washington made a fantastic defensive play to get Hernandez and end the inning. Herandez hit the ball in the hole between first and second. Lombardozzi fielded moving to his left, spun and threw in the dirt to Zimmermann covering. Zimmermann dug the ball out while on the move to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. The righty Frandsen pinch-hits against a righty with one out and runners on second and third and the Phils come up empty. Frandsen is hitting .219 for the year and 199/252/298 against righties. Domonic Brown is the obvious guy to pinch-hit with there if he’s available. Lefty Pete Orr on the bench for the Phils. Either way, Frandsen against the righty isn’t really what you want.

Utley singled off of lefty Ian Krol with one out in the eighth. Righty Craig Stammen came in to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz moved Utley up to third with a single into center. It put runners on the corners with one down for Ruf. Ruf struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball got away from the catcher Solano. Utley stormed home from third and slid-head first into the plate as Solano dived to apply the tag. Utley was called out on a very close play to end the inning.

Second time in two innings the Nats make a nice defensive play to set the Phillies down. The Phillies get nothing after putting runners on first and third with one out. Ruf can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, striking out with one down and men on the corners.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth. Righty Rafael Soriano set Asche, Mayberry and Bernadina down in order. Asche absolutely crushed a ball to right-center, but Werth ran it down on the warning track for the first out.

Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and caught stealing. His double was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies. 3-for-11 with two walks and a double in the three-game set. 256/293/308 in 41 plate appearances on the year.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-8 with a walk and a double in the series. 242/309/332 for the year. 227/291/284 over his last 329 plate appearances.

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-7 with two walks and four singles in the series. 274/344/476 for the year. 241/347/325 over his last 98 plate appearances. 208/294/400 against lefties for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 280/327/386 on the year. 328/412/500 against lefties and 265/300/352 against righties.

Ruf 0-for-4 and struck out three times. Struck out in the eighth in a tie game with runners on first and third and one out on the play where Utley was nailed at the plate. 0-for-8 with a walk and four strikeouts in the series. 244/338/489 in 207 plate appearances on the year. 187/265/429 over his last 102 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-4. Werth took a double away from him to start the bottom of the ninth, running his ball down on the warning track. 5-for-8 with a home run and three RBI in the series. 276/324/449 on the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. 1-for-10 with a single in the series. 229/292/396 for the year. 194/265/351 over his last 211 plate appearances.

Bernadina 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-6 in the series with a single and three strikeouts. 3-for-his-last-38 (.107) with a home run. Three walks in his last 95 plate appearances. 143/208/306 in 54 plate appearances with the Phillies.

The Phillies are off today. Lee (11-6, 3.09) is expected to face lefty Mike Minor (13-5, 3.08) Friday night when the Phils play the Braves at home. Opponents have hit .291 against Lee in his nine starts since the end of June with a BABIP of .339. In his 17 starts through June they hit .217 against him with a BABIP of .271. None of Minor’s 27 starts this year have come against the Phillies. Opponents have hit just .230 against him for the season and he’s only walked 38 in 172 2/3 innings.


Phillie braintrust back to square one after Open Mic Night at the yard proves to be a bust

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.


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