The Phillies got great pitching early this afternoon, but Michael Stutes was charged with five runs in an ugly seventh and the Rays went on to top them 6-1.
Roberto Hernandez started the game for the Phils and pitched well after being hit hard his first time out. He allowed one hit, a single, in three scoreless frames and struck out three.
He got three ground outs in a 1-2-3 first and struck out Vince Belnome in a 1-2-3 second. Logan Forsythe singled to center with one out in the third, but Hernandez retired the next two to set the Rays down.
Through two outings, Hernandez has allowed two runs on five hits and no walks over five innings while striking out three (3.60 ERA and a 1.00 ratio).
Jeff Manship followed Hernandez, coming off of two scoreless innings in his first official outing, and pitched well again. He allowed a one-out single to Evan Longoria in the fourth, but got the next hitter to ground into a double-play. He came back to strike out two in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Five strikeouts in four scoreless innings for Manship. He’s allowed two hits and no walks. He’s gotten hitters to hit into two double-plays. Career 6.42 ERA and 1.62 ratio for the 29-year-old righty is not to be forgotten, but he has pitched really well in two official outings.
Phillippe Aumont was next, making his third appearance. He was terrible his first time out and threw a 1-2-3 frame against the Pirates in his second appearance. Today he got the first two hitters he faced before plunking Cole Figueroa 1-0. Sean Rodriguez was next and Aumont got him to fly to center to end the frame.
Second straight nice outing for Aumont.
Stutes started the seventh with a 1-0 lead. He came into the game having thrown a scoreless frame against the Blue Jays in his only other appearance. Things didn’t go well — Stutes was charged with five runs in the frame on two walks, a single and two doubles. Ended the day with a 22.50 ERA after two times out. The single was deflected by Andres Blanco at short and the Phils failed to get an out on a fielder’s choice handled by Ruf at first, but it wasn’t a good day for Stutes. Two walks and two doubles in the frame.
Coming into the game, De Fratus had thrown a scoreless inning in his only other outing, allowing two hits while striking out three.
Just six hits in the game for the Rays, but three of them went for extra-bases. Two doubles and a home run.
A one-out double by Leandro Castro in the fourth led to the Phillie run. Castro was 1-for-3 on the day and is 1-for-7 so far.
Castro is 24-years-old and hits right-handed. He on-based .280 at Triple-A last year, hitting eight home runs in 458 plate appearances. He played mostly the corner outfield positions, but made 17 appearances in center as well.
Revere is hitting .385 (5-for-13 with five singles) after going 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
Maikel Franco was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. 3-for-11 (.273) with two walks and three singles so far.
Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a single to drop his average to .308.
Nieves 1-for-3 in the game. Singled home Castro in the fourth for the team’s only RBI on the day. 1-for-6 so far.
Andres Blanco started at second and went 0-for-4. Mayberry was the DH and was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .375 (came into the game 3-for-5 with a home run).
Brown was 0-for-2 and walked twice, dropping his average to .091 (1-for-11 with an infield single).
Cesar Hernandez is 1-for-6 after going 0-for-2.
Galvis was 1-for-1 in the game and may have hurt his ankle running the bases. 2-for-10 so far.
Lee is expected to pitch tomorrow night as the Phils face the Blue Jays.