Game recap

Are we there yet?

The bad news is that Phillies/Marlins games have almost undeniably taken on a somebody-has-to-win feel. The worse news is that it happened around the middle of last year. Last night it was the Phillies’s turn to win as they topped Miami 2-1, snapping a five-game losing streak and handing the Marlins their 100th loss of the season.

Miami starter Henderson Alvarez struggled in the first inning, walking three straight batters and helping the Phils push across a pair of early runs. That was all they would get and all they would need. Zach Miner started the game for the Phillies and held the Fish to a run over four innings. He was followed by four Phillie relievers who combined to throw five shutout frames.

One of the four relievers in the game for the Phils was Jake Diekman, who allowed a one-out single in a scoreless eighth. Over his last 18 appearances, Diekman has thrown to an 0.55 ERA and an 0.61 ratio while striking out 23 in 16 1/3 innings.

The Phillies are 72-85 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 2-1 last night. The Marlins are 58-100. The Phillies remain tied with the Mets for third-place in the NL East. Both teams are 21 games behind the first-place Braves and trail the second-place Nats by 11 1/2.

Miner got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Miner drops his ERA on the season to 3.08 with the outing. The 3.08 ERA is a lot more impressive than the 1.52 ratio. Miner has allowed just 26 hits in his 26 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .263 average, but has walked 14. Lefties especially have drawn a ton of walks — they’re hitting just .241 but on-basing .395 against him for the year.

The Phillies led 2-0 when he set the Marlins down in order in the bottom of the first.

Giancarlo Stanon singled to center to start the second. Justin Ruggiano was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into the gap in left-center for a double. Stanton scored from first (1-0) and Ruggiano tried to move up to third as Brown rambled to the ball, but Brown finally got there and relayed to Rollins. Rollins’s throw to third was in time to get Ruggiano, leaving the bases empty with one down. Miner got the next two hitters on a ground ball to second and a strikeout.

Miner’s issues this season have mostly been with walks, but the only run he allowed in his four innings last night came on back-to-back hits by righties. The Phillies and Miner were fortunate to get Ruggiano at third as there was a good chance Ruggiano on third with nobody out would have led to at least a second run in the frame.

Miner allowed a one-out double to the pitcher Henderson Alvarez with one out in the third. He walked Ed Lucas with after getting the second out, putting men on first and second with two down for lefty Christian Yelich. Yelich grounded to Miner to end the inning.

Ruggiano singled to left with one out and stole second before Logan Morrison drew a walk. It put men on first and second with one down, but Miner retired Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to third for the second out and got Jeff Mathis swinging for the third.

Second time in two innings that Miner allows a hit and a walk in the inning, but keeps the Marlins from scoring.

Michael Stutes threw a 1-2-3 fifth. Galvis made a nice play at third on a ball hit hard to retire Alvarez for the first out.

Wait, Michael Stutes is on the team, I hear you cry? Evidently. He was activated from the 60-day DL on Friday after missing more than two months with biceps tendinitis. Last night’s appearances was his first since June 22. He threw to a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings in his first 11 appearances on the season. From June 19 to June 22, he pitched three times and two of the outings were miserable — in the three appearances combined he allowed eight runs over two innings. Last night was his first appearance since.

JC Ramirez pitched the sixth and the seventh. Miami didn’t score in either inning and Ramirez allowed just one base-runner on a Yelich single to start the sixth.

Ramirez has just been awful this year, but he goes two scoreless innings in his best outing in a long time. Coming into last night’s game he had allowed a least one run in each of his last ten appearances, throwing to an 11.57 ERA and a 2.43 ratio in those outings.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single to Lucas, but got the next two.

Diekman continues to be fantastic. Over his last 18 appearances, he’s thrown to an 0.55 ERA and an 0.61 ratio while striking out 23 in 16 1/3 innings. For the year, righties numbers against the lefty are still pretty concerning. Righties are hitting 305/374/402 against him while lefties have a 148/209/148 line. Lefties don’t have an extra-base hit against him in 68 plate appearances. He’s allowed just one home run on the year, which was hit by righty David Wright.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He allowed a two-out single to Hechavarria, but retired Placido Polanco on a fly ball to right to end the game.

Papelbon drops his ERA on the year to 2.52 with the outing. Compared to his career numbers, Papelbon has been better against lefties this year, but righties have gotten more hits against him than they had in the past. Righties are hitting .250 against him for the season and .221 against him for his career.

Five scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow three singles and don’t walk a batter while striking out three. Ramirez threw 25 pitches in the game and Diekman 20.

The Phillie lineup against righty Henderson Alvarez went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Frandsen (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Frandsen plays first against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 200/244/297 against right-handed pitching for the year. Times are hard, but you really have to figure out a way not to do that. Galvis enters the game with a negative Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR for the year and a .270 career on-base percentage. Cameron Rupp makes his second career start behind the plate. Hernandez hits leadoff — he enters the game on-basing .405 out of the leadoff spot in the order.

Rollins doubled to right with one out. Utley and Brown both walked behind him, loading the bases for Ruf. Ruf walked on a 3-2 pitch that was outside, forcing Rollins home. 1-0 with the bases still loaded. Frandsen was next and grounded to short with the infield back. Hechavarria took the out at first and everyone moved up a base. Utley scored, making it 2-0 with two down and men on second and third. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.

Two runs in the frame for the Phils on the Rollins double and three walks. Nice job by Utley, Brown and Ruf to let Alvarez walk them all in a row.

Miner singled to center with one out in the second, but Hernandez grounded into a double-play behind him.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when the Phillies hit in the third. Utley singled to right with one out and moved up to third on a two-out single by Ruf. Frandsen grounded to second to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies didn’t have a base-runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth.

Rupp singled to center off of Alvarez with one out in the seventh, but Mayberry and Hernandez both struck out behind him.

Utley walked off of lefty Dan Jennings with one out in the eighth and the Phils still down a run. Brown flew to center and righty Ryan Webb retired Ruf on a ground ball to short.

Utley draws the walk against the lefty. He’s hitting .232 and on-basing .317 against lefties for the year. The Fish bring in a righty to get Ruf, but Ruf is still hitting just 190/311/349 against lefties for the season.

Webb was back and set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Hernandez was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 0-for-his-last-7 and 1-for-his-last-12. Hitting .286 and on-basing .352 for the year with an isolated power of .051. The high average and pretty good on-base percentage might be for real. The no power is very definitely for real. Also, he’s not a center fielder and you can’t make him one by playing him in center field. See also: John Mayberry. Hernandez’s UZR/150 as calculated by FanGraphs is -23.2. Mayberry’s is -28.9. Everyone accepts without question that Delmon Young was an abysmal right fielder. And he was. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in right for the season at -22.2.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double. 367/446/551 over his last 56 plate appearances. 309/405/456 in 79 plate appearances in September.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked twice. He’s 11-for-his-last-31 (.355).

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. 250/385/344 in 39 plate appearances since his return.

Ruf 1-for-3 with an RBI. 302/387/453 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with an RBI and left four men on base. Well, coach, what you’re doin’ with Kevin Frandsen . . .I’m not seeing it. 196/240/292 against righties for the year. Not a first baseman. Seems like all that should add up to not starting him at first base against a righty.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Well, coach, what you’re doin’ with Freddy Galvis . . .I’m not seeing it.

Rupp 1-for-4 with a single. 2-for-8 with two singles on the year.

Hamels (8-14, 3.62) faces lefty Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14) tonight. Neither of Hamels’s last two starts have been good as he’s allowed ten runs over 13 innings. Hamels started June with a 4.86 ERA, thanks in part to allowing ten home runs in 74 innings over his first 12 times out. He ended August with a 3.58 ERA. In his 16 starts in June and August, he made 16 starts in which he threw to a 2.73 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 112 innings. He’s allowed four home runs in 28 innings in his first four starts in September. He allowed home runs to about 3.1% of the batters he faced in his 12 starts through the end of May, about 1.6% of the batters he faced in his 16 starts from June through August and has now allowed home runs to about 3.6% of the batters he’s faced so far in September. Not giving up home runs might be the cause of good pitching and it might be the symptom — whichever it is, the differences in results for Hamels over the stretches where he’s limited the home run this year have been pretty dramatic. Hand has made eight appearances in relief this year and one start. In the eight relief appearances, he’s allowed a run over 8 2/3 innings on one hit and five walks (1.04 ERA and an 0.69 ratio). His only start came against the Mets on September 13 and he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .122 against him for the season.


The secret of his successlessness

Roy Halladay made what will probably be his last start with the Phillies last night, facing three batters and walking two of them before leaving the game with a “dead arm.” Halladay came into the game having thrown to an 8.10 ERA over his last seven starts, surrendering 23 walks and seven home runs in 33 1/3 innings. So if whatever’s wrong with Halladay was worse last night, that’s not a good sign.

Dead arm sounds like a bad thing to have if you’re trying to be the best pitcher in the world, but it’s worse than that for Halladay. He seems to have some sort of mystery illness in addition to his arm problem. Whatever the answer proves to be, it’s a sad ending to the year and probably to Halladay’s career as a Phil. He was great very recently and it all unraveled quickly. And if there are people out there who understand why, they haven’t gone out of their way to explain it all to the rest of us yet.

The Phils didn’t score in last night’s game. The Marlins got a run in the first charged to Halladay after Halladay departed and Rosenberg allowed three runs in the eighth on the way to a 4-0 loss. They are 71-85 on the year. They have lost five in a row and are tied with the Mets for third place in the NL East.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went a third of an inning, allowing a run on two walks. He faced three batters in the game, walking two and getting the other on a popup to Utley.

Assuming Halladay doesn’t pitch again this season, he ends the year with a 6.82 ERA in his 13 starts. In 62 innings for the year, he walked 36 and allowed 12 home runs. He came into 2013 having walked about 1.5 batters per nine innings in over 2,100 innings from 2003 to 2012. He walked about 5.2 per nine in 2013.

He faced three batters in the bottom of the first. He walked the leadoff man Donovan Solano on four pitches before getting Ed Lucas to pop to Utley in foul territory for the first out. Christian Yelich was next and he walked on five pitches. Dubee came out and talked with Halladay for a long time before Halladay exited the game with one out and men on first and second. Luis Garcia took over and walked the first two batters he faced. The second walk, to Justin Ruggiano with one down and the bases loaded, forced Solano home to put the Fish up 1-0. Garcia got Polanco to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Garcia pitched the second and the third for the Phils, keeping the Marlins off the board in both of those frames. He allowed a leadoff double to Adeiny Hechavarria in the second, but kept Miami from scoring with the help two plays from Rollins on balls hit well. He allowed two singles and a walk in the third, but retired Hechavarria on a ground ball to third with two outs and the bases loaded to set Miami down.

Garcia went 2 2/3 innings in the game in which he allowed three hits and three walks. He walked the first two hitters he faced in the first and allowed the leadoff man to reach in the other two innings he pitched. He dropped his ERA to 3.99 with the outing, but he has walked 23 in 29 1/3 innings over his 23 appearances on the year. Opponents are on-basing .377 against him for the season. He was extremely fortunate that the only run he allowed while pitching last night was charged to Halladay.

Savery struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and got the first two to start the fifth. De Fratus took over with two outs and nobody on to pitch to righty Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton walked and moved to second when Ruggiano followed with a single to left. De Fratus got Polanco to ground to short to leave the runners at first and second.

Savery strikes out three over 1 2/3 innings, which drops his ERA on the year to 3.50 after 16 appearances and 18 innings. He’s allowed just one home run and opponents are only hitting .212 against him, but he’s walked ten in 18 innings. The lefty has been very good against righties while lefties have hit 368/381/526 against him.

De Fratus came back to pitch the sixth. He allowed a leadoff single, but struck out two in the scoreless frame.

De Fratus hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his last eight appearances. Lefties have hit just .178 against the righty, but righties are faring pretty well to the tune of 298/380/387. He’s walked 23 in 45 innings for the year, which is too many, and six over his last 8 1/3 innings.

Martin pitched the seventh, allowing a single and a stolen base, but keeping the score 1-0.

Martin has allowed two runs in six innings in six appearances in relief while striking out nine (3.00 ERA and 1.00 ratio in relief). He has a 6.25 ERA on the season overall and has allowed 23 walks in 36 innings.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phillies down a run. Polanco led off with a double to right and stole third with one out. Rosenberg walked each of the next two batters, loading the bases for Solano. Solano singled into center, moving everyone up a base. Polanco scored to make it 2-0 with the bases still loaded. Ed Lucas was next and he singled to right. Again everyone moved up a base with Jeff Mathis scoring from third. 3-0. Jimenez came in to pitch to the lefty Yelich and Yelich flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Greg Dobbs to tag and score from third. 4-0 with men on first and second for Stanton. Rosenberg walked Stanton and the bases were loaded again, this time for Ruggiano. Rosenberg got Ruggiano to fly to center for the third out.

Rosenberg enters in a one-run game and faces six batters, allowing a double, two walks and two singles while getting just one out. Over his last four appearances, Rosenberg has allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings on eight hits and three walks. He hasn’t allowed a home run to any of the 79 batters he’s faced this season, but still has a 5.09 ERA. Lefties are on-basing .429 against him.

Jimenez faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a walk. He’s pitched really well for the Phils this year, allowing runs in just two of his 17 appearances while throwing to a 2.35 ERA and a 1.11 ratio. Lefties have a 160/185/200 line against the lefty.

Overall the pen goes 7 2/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs on nine hits and seven walks while striking out eight. Seven is more batters than you should try to walk in 7 2/3 innings. Garcia threw 49 pitches in the game, Rosenberg 32 and De Fratus 24. Rosenberg had an awful day, allowing three runs in the eighth. Garcia walked the first two batters he faced after taking over for Halladay, issuing a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run in the first.

The Phillie lineup against righty Nathan Eovaldi went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Bernadina in right with Ruf at first and Hernandez in center. Bernadina enters the game with a 180/252/300 line for the season in 240 plate appearances.

The Phils went in order in the first. Down 1-0, they went in order in the second.

Bernadina singled to right with one out in the third. Luis Garcia and Hernandez both struck out behind him.

Career plate appearance number two for Garcia. 0-for-2.

The Phils went in order in the fourth. Asche walked with two outs in the fifth, but Bernadina popped to third for the third out.

Rollins lined a double to right with two outs in the fifth. Utley grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Rollins is hitting 313/413/453 in September and 378/462/556 over his last 52 plate appearances.

Ruf singled to center with two outs in the sixth. Asche flew to left to leave him stranded.

Hernandez walked with two outs in the eighth and the Phils still down a run. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to face Rollins and retired Rollins on a fly ball to center for the third out.

The Fish bring in a lefty to face Rollins with two outs and a man on. His numbers against lefties and righties are very similar for the year, but with a little more power against righties.

Righty Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for Miami. Brown singled to left with two outs, but Ruf grounded to second for the third out.

Three singles, a double and two walks for the Phillies in the game.

Hernandez was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 353/441/412 over his last 59 plate appearances, but just 2-for-his-last-15. 322/403/390 against righties and 257/297/286 against lefties.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double. He has at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Came into the game 10-for-his-last-25 (.400) with a double and two home runs.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-27 (.074) with two singles.

Brown 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-16 with four walks and a .500 on-base percentage in those 20 plate appearances. One RBI in 35 plate appearances since his return.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 229/332/444 over his last 177 plate appearances. He has struck out 83 times in 273 plate appearances, which is about 30.4% of the time. At that pace he would strike out 182 times in 600 plate appearances. Pedro Alvarez is the only NL player with 182 or more strikeouts this season. Alvarez has struck out 183 times in 594 chances, which is about 30.8% of the time.

Asche 0-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-14 with two walks and a double.

Bernadina 1-for-2 to raise his average to .183. 5-for-his-last-12 with three walks.

Miner (0-1, 3.22) faces righty Henderson Alvarez (4-5, 4.05) tonight. It will be Miner’s second start of the year after throwing three scoreless innings against the Marlins his last time out. The start will come off of a game in which the Phillie bullpen threw 7 2/3 innings in relief of Halladay. Alvarez has a 5.30 ERA over his last seven starts, but has allowed just two home runs in 86 2/3 innings on the year.


Short circuited

The Phillies lost a tough one last night, falling 4-3 to the Marlins in ten innings.

Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made two spectacular plays in the game. In the sixth he took a hit away from Asche with a remarkable leap to snare a line drive. The Phils were poised to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Hechavarria made a miraculous diving play that turned Roger Bernadina‘s RBI-single into the third out of the frame.

Hechavarria’s plays impacted the game without a doubt, but the Phillies had a number of opportunities they couldn’t cash in on and made more than their share of mistakes in the one-run game. Brown and Bernadina both gave away outs on the bases. A throwing error and a wild pitch helped the Marlins score an unearned run in the fifth. The bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead. The Phils failed to score in the eighth inning after putting a runner on third with one out. Down a run in the tenth, they couldn’t score after putting men on second and third with nobody out.

The Phillies are 71-81 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Miami Marlins in ten innings last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are 8-4 over their last 12 games.

Miner got the start for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing two singles and two walks. He struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.22.

Nice result for Miner in his first start in the big leauges since August 12, 2009. His 3.22 ERA on the season is more impressive than his 1.52 ratio. Opponents have hit just .262 against him, but with 12 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He’s walked seven of the 34 lefties he’s faced (20.6%) and lefties are on-basing .412 against him.

He walked two hitters back-to-back with two outs in the top of the first. He got behind Justin Ruggiano 3-0 before coming back to strike Ruggiano out swinging, leaving both runners stranded.

He allowed a one-out single in second, but got the next two. Ed Lucas singled to left with one out in the third, but Lucas was caught stealing as Christian Yelich struck out swinging, ending the frame.

Luis Garcia kept the Marlins off the board in the fourth. Ruggiano hit a ball off the wall in right with one out, but Bernadina fielded the ball nicely off the wall and made a strong throw to second in time to nail Ruggiano going for two.

Garcia was back for the fifth and allowed a run on a single, a throwing error by Ruiz, a wild pitch and an RBI-ground out, which put the Marlins up 1-0.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows an unearned run on two hits. He drops his ERA to 4.39 with the outing. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but they’ve hurt him this year. Opponents are hitting .229 against the righty, but with a .368 on-base percentage.

Martin started the sixth with the Phils up 3-1. He allowed a leadoff single to Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton followed, mashing a 1-1 pitch way out to center to tie the game at 3-3. Martin got the next two. Asche made a fantastic play on a bunt by Adeiny Hechavarria for the third out, bare-handing and throwing strong to first.

Five batters for Martin. He allows two runs on the single and the home run. He’s allowed nine home runs in 34 innings on the year. That was hit fourth appearance in relief and the first time he’s been charged with a run as a reliever. 6.90 ERA in his seven starts and now a 4.50 ERA in four innings as a reliever. For the season, opponents are hitting .255 with a slugging percentage of .511. The righty has allowed seven homers to the 83 right-handed batters (8.4%) he has faced.

De Fratus pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck out two and kept the Marlins off the board.

De Fratus was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with a run in five innings over his last six appearances. Didn’t walk anyone last night, but has walked 21 in 43 innings for the year.

Rosenberg struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Rosenberg was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.29 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 14 innings in his last 16 outings. Opponents have hit .149 against him in those appearances.

Diekman pitched the ninth with the game still tied. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but retired Donovan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Diekman was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has an 0.63 ERA and the same 0.63 ratio over 14 1/3 innings in his last 16 appearances. 22 strikeouts in his last 14 1/3 innings — opponents have hit .146 against him in those outings and he’s walked just two of the 51 batters he’s faced without allowing a home run. Lefties are hitting 153/215/153 against the lefty (no extra-base hits in 63 plate appearances) while righties are hitting 312/384/416.

Jimenez stared the tenth. Lucas led off and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting Miami up 4-3. Jimenez hit Ruggiano with two outs. Ruggiano stole second before Logan Morrison grounded to first to end the frame.

The lefty Jimenez allows a homer to the righty Lucas to start the inning, then hits the righty Ruggiano three batters later. Two of the three righties that Jimenez faces in the frame reach on a solo homer and a hit-by-pitch. He retires both lefties.

The home run that Jimenez allowed to Lucas was the first he had given up in the majors since August 5, 2008. Jason Kubel, playing for Minnesota, homered off of Jimenez, who was pitching for Seattle.

Jimenez’s ERA for the year rises to 2.51 with the outing. He has a 1.12 ratio.

The pen went seven innings in the game, allowing four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. De Fratus, Rosenberg and Diekman have all pitched two days in a row, which shouldn’t matter by Friday given today’s off-day. Garcia threw 27 pitches in the game and everyone else besides Miner (61) was below 20. Miner seems unlikely to be available Friday.

The Phillie lineup against righty Nathan Eovaldi went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Bernadina plays right with Hernandez in center.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind him.

Asche was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second. Bernadina struck out for the third out.

Hernandez singled to left with one out in the third. Rollins and Utley went down behind him.

Brown walked with one out in the fourth, but was picked off and caught up between first and second after Ruf flew to center for the second out.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Bernadina walked with one out and Martinez hit for Garcia. Martinez flew to left for the second out before Hernandez moved Bernadian up to second with a single. Rollins followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Utley. Everyone moved up a base on a passed ball, Bernadina scored to make it 1-1, before Utley singled to right. Hernandez and Rollins both scored, putting the Phils ahead 3-1. Ruiz drew a walk before Brown flew to left, leaving the runners at first and second.

Another big hit for Utley. Two more RBI account for all the RBI the Phils had in the game. He drove in 10 of the 21 runs the Phillies scored in the three-game series.

Hernandez and Rollins again find themselves in the middle of a rally for the Phils. Hernandez was 6-for-12 in the series with two walks and scored five runs. Rollins was 6-for-11 with three walks and four runs scored.

It was 3-3 when Bernadina singled to right off of righty AJ Ramos with two outs in the sixth. Kratz hit for Martin and popped a ball up that fell in-between Lucas and Hechavarria for a single. Bernadina moved up to third, but Kratz was caught up between first and second. Bernadina tried to come home, but was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out to end the inning.

Hernandez walked to start the seventh, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Hernandez in on-basing .398 in 88 plate appearances for the year after going 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s on-basing .471 against right-handed pitching. Had they set the what-will-cesar-hernandez-on-base-against-righties-in-his-first-88-plate-appearances line at .470 before the start of the season, I would have taken the under.

Brown doubled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn to start the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls came in to pitch to Ruf and retired Ruf on a ground ball to short with Brown moving up to third for the first out. Asche struck out swinging for the second. Bernadina was next and hit a ball hard in the hole between short and third. Hechavarria made an amazing play to end the inning, diving to his right to field the ball, getting to his feet and making a strong throw to first to beat the speedy Bernadina.

The play Hechavarria made to end the inning was ridiculous. If you haven’t seen it you should stop reading this and go find the video. That was just a hit and he took it away. It was a hit off the bat and it also should have been a hit after he managed to glove it, given the speed of Bernadina. The throw was just as impressive as the glove.

It was the second-best play Hechavarria made in the game, although it came at a bigger point in the game than the first, given that the Phils would have taken the lead if Hechavarria hadn’t robbed Bernadina to end the eighth. With one out in the sixth, Asche lined a ball headed for left-center and singlehood, but Hechavarria got impossibly high to make an amazingly-timed stab at the ball.

Video of the two Hechavarria plays here.

Hechavarria says he was motivated to catch Asche’s ball after Asche had made a great play to take away Hechavarria’s bunt single to end the top of the sixth.

Brown doubles off the lefty to start the inning, then makes a nice base-running play, moving up to third on Ruf’s ground ball to short when the third baseman goes towards short thinking he might have to field the ball. This after fourth-inning ugliness on the bases for Brown to end that frame.

Asche strikes out against the righty with one out and a man on third.

Rollins walked with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the game still tied, took second on a wild pitch and stole third. He was left at third when Utley grounded to second to end the inning.

Rollins is on-basing .441 in September. He came into the month on-basing .309 for the year.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit against righty Steve Cishek in the bottom of the tenth. Ruiz led off and reached on an error by Lucas at third. Brown was next and lined a double to right, moving Ruiz up to third. Ruf flew to right with the runners holding for the first out. Asche was next and Qualls walked the lefty intentionally, loading the bases for Bernadina. Bernadina struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Galvis hit for Jimenez and grounded to short for the third out.

That is not good. Down a run in the bottom of the tenth, the Phils can’t score after putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Ruf flies out for the first out and Bernadina strikes out with the bases loaded for the second.

Hernadez 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. 6-for-12 with two walks and six singles in the series. 329/398/380 on the year.

Rollins 1-for-3, walked twice and stole a base. 6-for-11 with three walks and a double in the series. 289/413/400 in his last 109 plate appearances going back to September 18. 252/322/345 for the season.

Utley 1-for-5 with two RBI. 6-for-14 with two home runs and ten RBI in the series. 279/345/482 for the year. 18-for-his-last-48 (.375) with two walks, five extra-base hits and 16 RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-13 with a walk in the set. Came into the series 10-for-his-last-20. 283/333/390 on the year. Started the series with a .404 slugging percentage on the only day his slugging percentage had been above .400 for the year since he had gone 1-for-4 with a double against the Mets in his first appearance of the season on April 28.

Brown 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. One double off of a lefty and the other off a righty. 3-for-11 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 272/321/510 on the year.

Ruf 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Struck out with nobody out and men on second and third in the tenth with the Phillies down a run. 4-for-12 with two walks and a home run in the series. 253/353/484 on the season. 220/314/439 over his last 153 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Made a fantastic play on Hechavarria’s bunt to end the sixth. Struck out with one out and Brown on third in the eighth. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series with Galvis at third against the lefty in the middle game. 263/336/438 on the year. 7-for-his-last-36 (.194), but with seven walks and a .341 on-base percentage.

Bernadina 1-for-4 with a walk. Threw Ruggiano out going for a double on his ball off the wall in the fourth. Robbed of what should have been an RBI-single to end the eighth. Struck out with one out and the bases loaded in the tenth. 2-for-7 with two walks and a triple in the series. 180/252/300 on the year. 185/264/369 in his 74 plate appearances with the Phillies.

The Phillies are off today and home against the Mets tomorrow night.


Leaving on a jet plane

Roy Halladay started in Citizens Bank Park last night for what may be the last time. Halladay looks likely to make two more starts for the Phils this year, both of which will come on the road. He pitched well, holding the Marlins to a run over six innings as the Phils topped the Fish 6-4.

The reality of Halladay’s likely departure punches another hole in the battered psyche of Phillie fans who have just seen Charlie Manuel swept aside. If Halladay leaves, he will do so having delivered dominant performances in 2010 and again in 2011, but without winning the World Series he came here to win through little fault of his own.

Halladay was one of baseball’s elite players in both 2010 and 2011, winning the Cy Young in 2010 and finishing second to Clayton Kershaw in ’11. The Phillies had the best record in baseball in both those years, but twice suffered devastating losses in the post-season, denying Halladay even the chance to pitch in the World Series.

In 2010, Halladay walked one in a no-hitter in his first ever post-season start as the Phils topped the Reds 4-0. The Phils would beat the Reds in the series before falling to the Giants in a six-game NLCS.

In 2011, Halladay and the Phils again had the best record in baseball, but didn’t even make it out of the NLDS with the Cards. Halladay got the win in game one of the set, allowing a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first, but following it up with seven shutout innings as the Phils topped St Louis 11-6. He allowed a run in eight innings in the deciding game five six days later, but it wasn’t good enough. Chris Carpenter threw a complete-game shutout and the Phils were eliminated with the 1-0 loss.

Last night Halladay held the Marlins to a run over six innings. The Phillies jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, thanks to a three-run homer and four RBI from Utley. The pen struggled late, allowing two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, but the Phils hung on to win for the fifth time in seven games.

The Phillies are 71-80 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-4 last night. They are 5-2 in their last seven and 8-3 over their last 11.

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

Halladay drops his ERA to 4.28 in his five starts since his return with the outing. After three more walks last night, though, he’s walked 17 in 27 1/3 innings in those starts. Did not allow a home run last night and home runs have been a big part of his problems this year. He’s allowed one in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts and three in 27 1/3 innings in his five starts since rejoining the team. He allowed nine in 34 1/3 innings in his first seven starts this year.

He didn’t allow a run in the first four innings. He allowed a two-out single in the top of the first, a leadoff walk in the second, a two-out single in the third. In the fourth he hit Giancarlo Stanton with one out and walked Chris Coghlan with two down before retiring Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short to set the Marlins down.

He started the fifth and allowed a run on a two-out double by Donovan Solano that was followed with an Ed Lucas single to left. 3-1.

Halladay was ahead of Lucas 1-2 when Lucas chopped a bleeder through the short/third base hole to get the Marlins their first run.

Up 6-1, Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

De Fratus pitched the seventh. With one out, lefty Juan Pierre lined a double to right. De Fratus got the next two leave Pierre at second.

With the hit, Pierre passed Joe DiMaggio and is 175th all-time for career hits. Pierre has 2,215 hits in 8,268 plate appearances with a .295 average. DiMaggio hit .325 with 2,214 hits in 7,673 plate appearances.

De Fratus dropped his ERA to 4.29 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in four innings over his last five appearances. He had a 1.46 ERA after his first 16 appearances on the year and then got hammered in 14 chances between June 16 and July 19, throwing to an 11.88 ERA and a 3.24 ratio in those 14 appearances. Things have calmed since and he’s thrown to a 2.95 ERA in his 23 appearances since July 19. Overall, the righty has been good against lefties, but righties are on-basing .374 against him for the season.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils still up by five runs. Lefty Christian Yelich led off with a single and scored on a one-out double to the gap in right-center by righty Justin Ruggiano . 6-2 with Ruggiano on second. Rosenberg retired Chris Coghlan for the second out on a ground ball that moved Ruggiano up to third. Hechavarria was next and singled into center, scoring Ruggiano. 6-3 with a man on first for the left-handed pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs. Diekman came in to pitch to Dobbs and righty Placido Polanco hit for Dobbs. Diekman got Polanco swinging to set Florida down.

Rosenberg had been on a monster role coming into the game, throwing 12 1/3 scoreless innings in which he had allowed just four hits and five walks over his last 14 appearances. He faced five hitters in the game and allowed two runs on two singles and a double.

Diekman faced one batter in the game and struck him out. Over his last 15 appearances, Diekman has allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 21 in 13 1/3 innings. That’s not a typo — he’s struck out 21 in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two before allowing back-to-back singles, which brought Stanton to the plate with two down and men on first and second. Stanton singled to center, scoring Lucas and making it 6-4 with men on first and second for Ruggiano. Papelbon got Ruggiano 3-2 to end the game.

Six batters in the game for Papelbon. He allows a run on three singles. The first one, by Lucas with two outs and nobody on, wasn’t hit especially hard. Papelbon came into the game with a 1.38 ERA over his last 13 appearances, having allowed one run in 13 innings. He’s walked just one of the last 56 batters that he’s faced over his last 14 innings.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks. They struck out four. De Fratus and Diekman combined to go 1 1/3 scoreless innings while Papelbon and Rosenberg allowed three runs in 1 2/3 frames.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brian Flynn went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Ruf in right and Brown in left with Hernandez at center. The lefty Asche on the bench with Galvis playing third. Asche is 7-for-29 against lefties for his career. Seems like he could use all the at-bats against them that he can get, especially if he’s the everyday guy for 2014. Frandsen plays first against the lefty, which is at least better than Frandsen playing first against a righty. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty. So the plan was to try and make Mayberry an everyday center fielder and now that that didn’t work, he’s on the bench against lefties so that Frandsen can play first? Not a fan of that plan. Frandsen’s 31, not a first baseman, on-basing .298 for the year and .317 for his career.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Ruf singled to center with one out in the second. Frandsen was next and singled to right. Ruf tried to go to third, where Stanton threw him out for the second out. Galvis grounded to third on a very nice play by Coghlan to end the inning.

Stanon made a pretty nice throw to get Ruf for the second out. Coghlan made a nice play to get Galvis.

Hernandez and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out in the third, putting men on first and second for Utley. Utley singled to left. The throw came home and Hernandez slid in safely (1-0), allowing the runners to move up to second and third. Ruiz was next and he lined an 0-1 pitch back up the middle for a single, which scored both runners and put the Phils up 3-0. With Brown at the plate Ruiz tried to go first to third on a wild pitch but was thrown out at third for the second out. Brown grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Second time in two innings that the Phils give away on an out on the bases. Ruf made the second out in the second trying to go first to third on Frandsen’s single. Ruiz made the second out in the third trying to go first to third on a wild pitch.

Ruf walked to start the fourth, but Frandsen grounded into a double-play behind him. Galvis flew to center for the third out.

Hernandez and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth and the lead cut to 3-1, putting runners on the corners for Utley. Utley hit a 1-0 pitch from Flynn out to right for a three-run homer. 6-1. Ruiz and Brown went down behind Utley.

Second three-run homer for Utley in two days. He’s 5-for-9 with eight RBI in the first two games of the set. This one comes off of the lefty Flynn. Utley ends the day with a 236/316/436 line against lefties.

Ruf singled to start the sixth and Frandsen again grounded into a double-play behind him. Galvis flew to right for the third out.

Second time in three innings that Ruf reached base to start the frame and Frandsen grounded into a double-play behind him.

The Phillies didn’t score in the seventh or the eighth. Rollins singled with two outs in the seventh, but Utley flew to left behind him. Brown walked with two outs in the eighth, but Frandsen grounded to second for the third out.

Utley has hammered two long home runs to right in the last two days, but is also hitting the ball the opposite way. RBI single to left in the third last night and flew to left in the seventh.

Hernandez was 2-for-4 in the game. 4-for-8 so far in the series. 14-for-his-last-32 (.438) with five walks and a .526 on-base percentage. On-basing .458 against righties for the year in 48 plate appearances.

Rollins 3-for-4. 5-for-his-last-8. 12-for-his-last-27 (.444). 326/426/457 in September. On-basing .398 over his last 108 plate appearances.

Rollins and Hernandez go 5-for-8 at the top of the order for the Phils in the game.

Utley 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBI. 5-for-his-last-8 with two home runs. 348/380/530 over his last 71 plate appearances.

Hernandez, Rollins and Utley combine to go 8-for-12 in the game with Utley’s homer, which was the only extra-base hit for the team.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with two RBI. 1-for-his-last-9.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-13 with a double and two walks since his return.

Ruf 2-for-3 with a walk. Went 2-for-2 with a walk against the lefty Flynn before a righty struck him out in the eighth. That’s very good, cause he needs to hammer lefties and he hasn’t been doing it. His line against left-handed pitching is up to 190/311/349 with the big day against Flynn.

Frandsen 1-for-4 and grounded into two double-plays. 1-for-his-last-10 coming off a stretch where he went 13-for-44 (.295) with five extra-base hits. Hitting .196 and on-basing .243 against righties, but his line against lefties is looking good again at 314/410/471.

Galvis 0-for-3. Came into the game 8-for-his-last-15. Career on-base percentage of .271 in 404 plate appearances in the majors and .290 in 2,445 plate appearances in the minors. Has a negative dWAR for the year as calculated by Baseball-Reference. FanGraphs suggests that his defense in the outfield has been great, but bad while playing second and not very special at short. He’s going to need to be an elite defensive player if he’s going to help the Phillies.

Kendrick (10-13, 4.70) faces righty Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.91 ERA over his last 11 starts and a 7.71 ERA over his last three. He’s walked ten in 22 1/3 innings over his last four starts. He’s not pitching very well. Two of Eovaldi’s last five starts have been really bad — he has a 6.00 ERA over those five appearances and opponents have hit .341 against him. He threw to a 1.71 ERA in the three starts of the five that were non-awful, allowing four earned runs over 21 innings. He’s been way better on the road than at home, throwing to a 2.72 ERA with a 1.15 ratio in his eight starts on the road and a 5.21 ERA with a 1.65 ratio in his seven starts at home.

Update: Zach Miner will make the start for Kendrick tonight. Kendrick was scratched with a sore shoulder. Miner started 12 games for Lehigh Valley this season and last started in the majors in 2009.


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.


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