Brutal, ugly game yesterday as the Brewers bombed the Phils 10-4 in the Phillie home opener. Ryan Braun hit three home runs and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee. Kendrick and Lincoln were both awful. So was the defense, especially at third and in center field, as the Phillies made three errors in the game and another big misplay in center that went for a hit.
The Phillies are 3-4 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener yesterday afternoon.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out three.
Kendrick was outstanding in his first start against the Rangers, allowing a run over seven innings. Less outstanding yesterday. 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 ratio after two outings. Lefties are 5-for-13 (.385) against him so far.
Jean Segura singled to center with one out in the top of the first, but Segura was caught stealing and Ryan Braun grounded to short for the first out.
Kendrick started the second up 1-0 and allowed a run on a double by Jonathan Lucroy with one out that was followed by a two-out single by Mark Reynolds. 1-1. Scooter Gennett followed Reynolds with a single that put men on first and second, but Kendrick got pitcher Kyle Lohse on a fly ball to center to end the frame.
Carlos Gomez doubled to left to start the third. Jean Segura was next and bunted, but Kendrick mishandled the bunt for an error that left men on first and second for Braun. Braun homered to left, putting Milwaukee up 4-1. Later in the frame, with two outs and a man on first, Reynolds reached on a throwing error by Asche. It put men on first and second for Gennett and Gennett hit a high bloop into shallow center field that somehow dropped in front of a diving Ben Revere for a single. Reynolds scored to make it 5-1. Kendrick retired Lohse on a ground ball to second to set the Brewers down.
Miserable defense for the Phillies in the inning. Kendrick makes an error on the bunt, Asche makes a throwing error and Revere is not charged with an error when Gennett’s ball somehow drops in center. That one was in the air for a long, long time.
Braun homered to right center with two outs and nobody on, making it 6-1.
It was 6-2 when Kendrick started the fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Lucroy. He got the next two and with two down and Khris Davis on second, Kendrick intentionally walked Gennett to pitch to Lohse. Lohse grounded to short for the third out.
If we’re voting, I’m voting for trying to get the eight-hitter Gennett out with two outs and a man on second in the fifth inning of a game you’re losing by four runs.
B.J. Rosenberg pitched the sixth with the Phils down 6-3. Segura singled with one out and was caught stealing again with two down to end the frame.
Ruiz throws Segura out twice, once in the first and once in the sixth.
Davis singled off of Rosenberg with two outs in the seventh and the Milwaukee lead cut to 6-4. Reynolds was next and reached on an error by Revere in center, allowing Davis to score. 7-4 with Reynolds on second and two outs. Mario Hollands came in to pitch to the lefty Gennett. Righty Rickie Weeks hit for Gennett and went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.
Rosenberg goes 1 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, thanks to the Revere error, on two hits and no walks.
After three appearances, Rosenberg has a 0.00 ERA and a much more telling 2.57 ratio. Opponents are hitting .455 against him.
Hollands faces one hitter in the game, retiring Weeks to drop his ERA to 3.86. He’s been really good since a miserable outing on Opening Day against the Rangers. In three outings since his first appearance, he’s faced six hitters over two innings without allowing a hit or a walk.
Brad Lincoln pitched the eighth and the Brewers broke it open with three more runs. Gomez doubled to left with one out and Lincoln hit Segura behind him, bringing Braun to the plate with two men on. Braun hit Lincoln’s first pitch out to left-center for a three-run homer that made it 10-4. Lucroy doubled off of Lincoln with two outs, but Davis flew to center for the third out.
Lincoln returned for the ninth. He allowed a leadoff double to Reynolds, but retired the next three.
Miserable day for Lincoln, who allows three runs on four hits over two innings. Braun hits the three-run homer off of him in the eighth. 11.57 ERA after two appearances and 2 1/3 innings. He hasn’t walked a hitter, but opponents are hitting .417 against him. Righties 4-for-9 against the righty with three doubles, a home run, a 1.111 slugging percentage and a 444/500/1.111 line.
The pen goes four innings in relief of Kendrick, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. Ugly day after a fantastic series for the relievers in Chicago. Lincoln threw 39 pitches in the game and Rosenberg 30.
The Phillie lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Carlos Ruiz (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Cesar Hernandez (8) Cody Asche. Chase Utley out with the flu, so Cesar Hernandez starts at second and hits seventh. Carlos Ruiz hits third despite not having any hits against righties for the season — he comes into the game 0-for-11 against right-handed pitching.
Ruiz walked with two outs in the bottom of the first and moved to third when Howard followed with a double to center. Byrd was next and hit a ball hard at Segura at short, which Segura did not handle for an error. Ruiz scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Howard took third. Brown walked to load the bases for Hernandez, but Hernandez struck out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.
It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the second. Asche led off with a walk and Rollins walked with two outs, but Ruiz flew to right to leave men at first and second.
They trailed 5-1 when they hit in the third. Brown singled with two outs, but Hernandez flew to right to set the Phillies down.
Revere singled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 6-1. Rollins was next and blasted a 3-2 pitch off the wall in right, plating Revere to cut the lead to 6-2. Ruiz flew to left to end the inning.
First XBH for Rollins since the grand slam on Opening Day.
Brown walked with two outs in the fifth and moved to second when Hernandez followed with a single to right. Asche was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center for a single, scoring Brown (6-3) and moving Hernandez to third. Mayberry hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging to end the inning.
This one seems simple to me. Kyle Lohse is right-handed. John Mayberry is right-handed. John Mayberry can’t hit right-handed pitching. John Mayberry has been fantastic as a pinch-hitter early in the season, but he’s been fantastic as a pinch-hitter against left-handed pitching. You don’t want to use him in a big spot against a right-handed pitcher. He doesn’t have a hit against a right-handed pitcher yet this year. He’s a career 227/294/371 hitter against righties.
Revere tripled off of lefty Zach Duke to start the sixth and scored when Rollins followed with a single to left. 6-4. The Phillies went in order behind Rollins.
First extra-base hit of the year for Revere and it comes against a lefty. Career isolated power against lefties of .045.
The Phillies were down 7-4 when they hit in the seventh. Lefty Will Smith walked Hernandez with one out, but Asche struck out behind him. Nix hit for Hollands and lined to third for the third out.
Mayberry didn’t hit against the lefty in the seventh cause he hit against the righty in the fifth. Two men on in the fifth, but the problem there is he doesn’t have much of a chance to get a hit.
Righty Brandon Kintzler set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with Milwaukee up 10-4.
Righty Jim Henderson struck out Howard and Brown in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Revere was 2-for-5 with a triple. He’s 7-for-his-last-19 (.368).
Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and two RBI.
Ruiz 0-for-4 with a walk. Still doesn’t have a hit against a right-handed pitcher. 0-for-14 against righties for the year.
Howard 1-for-5 with a double and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-10. On-basing .200 against lefties for the year.
Byrd 1-for-5 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-17.
Brown 1-for-3 and walked twice. On-basing .529 against righties for the year. 7-for-his-last-14 with four walks.
Hernandez 1-for-3 with a walk to up his average to .375 (3-for-8 with a double).
Asche 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-18 since a 3-for-4 day on Opening Day.
Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) faces righty Matt Garza (0-1, 1.13) tonight. Hernandez allowed just three hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings while holding the Cubs to two runs in his first start of the year. Garza had fantastic numbers in his first start as he allowed a run on two hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out seven Braves.