Game recap

I think he may have something there

Tyler Cloyd got hammered last night, allowing seven runs and getting pulled before getting an out in the second inning. The Phils fell to Atlanta 7-1.

After the game, Cloyd was quoted as saying, “It was just bad.” That pretty much wraps things up better than I ever could. It sort of gave the impression that the people who have to talk about the Phillies and their frustrating year were out of words and out of ideas. Like maybe the one idea they had left was to get back to basics and start over again with something simple enough for everyone to understand.

The game truly was just bad. But a lot of things have been just bad for the Phillies this year.

The offense has scored five runs in the last four games. They were quiet again last night and Cloyd himself drove in the only run the Phillies would score.

It wasn’t really a glass-is-half-full kind of night. If you’re looking for positives, and I know you are, five relievers combined to throw seven shutout innings after Cloyd got shelled. If you’re ever granted a magical power to will your team to excellence in an area of your choosing, you probably don’t want to go with bullpen performance on the days your starter allows seven runs in an inning.

The Phillies are 72-87 on the year after losing 7-1 to the Atlanta Braves last night. They have lost seven of eight and are in fourth place in the NL East.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went one inning, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out two.

Just a miserable night for Cloyd, whose ERA for the year is at 6.37 after 12 appearances, 11 of which have been starts. Opponents are hitting .324 against him for the year with an isolated power of .210. Righties are slugging .589 against the righty. His numbers in the minors in 2013 didn’t match his outstanding year in 2012. This season he made 19 starts at Triple-A in which he threw to a 4.71 ERA.

He allowed five runs in the bottom of the first on a solo home run to Jason Heyward, three singles and two doubles.

It just wasn’t pretty. Heyward got it started by hammering Cloyd’s first pitch of the game out to right center and it went from there.

Cloyd started the second down 5-1 and faced four batters, allowing two doubles and two walks. Mauricio Robles took over for him with nobody out, men on second and third and the Phils down 7-1. Robles walked the first man he faced in the frame to load the bases, but got the next three hitters to keep Atlanta from adding to their lead.

Robles pitched the third and the fourth for the Phils, keeping Atlanta off the board in each of the frames. He allowed a double and a single in the third, but got Evan Gattis to ground to third with men on second and third to end that inning. Robles walked Gerald Laird to start the fourth, but got the next three Braves in order.

Three scoreless innings for Robles in which he allows a single, a double and walks two. In three appearances for the year he’s thrown to a 1.93 ERA with a 2.14 ratio. He’s allowed seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings and two of the three runs he’s allowed have been unearned.

Savery pitched the fifth. He allowed a one-out double to Heyward and walked Freddie Freeman with two outs, but retired Gattis on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Savery has a 3.32 ERA on the year after 17 appearances and 19 innings, but he has walked 11 in his 19 innings and four of the 11 runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Lefties are 8-for-20 (.400) against the lefty with two walks and a 1.035 OPS after Heyward doubled and Freeman walked last night (they both hit left-handed, you see).

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 sixth to drop his ERA on the year to 3.91. He hasn’t been charged with a run in eight innings over his last nine appearances. Opponents are hitting .260 against him, but have drawn 23 walks in 46 innings. He’s only walked two over 7 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances.

Ramirez pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single to Heyward that was followed by a walk by Elliot Johnson. Ramirez got Freeman swinging to leave the runners on first and second.

Rosenberg set the Braves down in order in the eighth. He came into the game having allowed six runs in three innings over his last four appearances. He’s walked nine in 18 2/3 innings for the year and hasn’t allowed a home run. 4.82 ERA with a 1.45 ratio for the season.

Seven shutout innings for the pen in which they allowed four hits and four walks while striking out eight. Robles threw 66 pitches in the game, which seems like it could impact his short-term availability. The good news is I’d set the over/under on human beings currently aware that Mauricio Robles is on the active roster for the Phillies at about six and a half. The nice night for the pen kinda begs the question what it would take to change the perception that the bullpen is 1) miserable and 2) likely to be miserable for a long time. I don’t know the answer on that one. I think it’s a lot, though. And even if we could make it past the perception, there’s still reality to deal with.

The Phillie lineup against rookie righty David Hale went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Brown (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Utley on the bench with Galvis at second. Frandsen plays first and hits fifth against the righty. He comes into the game with a 195/239/290 line against right-handed pitching for the season and a history of not being a first baseman.

Hernandez reached on an error by Johnson at second to start the game and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to left. Brown, Ruf and Frandsen went down in order to keep the Phils off the board.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on first and second with nobody out with the help of the error. Brown flew to left, Ruf lined to short and Frandsen grounded to third.

The Phillies were down 5-0 when they hit in the second. Asche and Kratz started the frame with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second with nobody down for Galvis. Galvis grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Cloyd was next and hit a ground ball to third. Up by five runs, the Braves took the out at first and everyone moved up a base with Asche scoring. 5-1 with two down and Kratz on third for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the frame.

Cloyd gets the only RBI of the game. Did a nice job to put the ball in play in a situation where putting the ball in play means a run. First career RBI.

The Phils were down 7-1 when Rollins started the third with a double to right. The Phillies went in order behind him.

Second time in the game the Phillies can’t bring the runner home after putting him on second early in the frame. No run in the first after putting men on first and second with nobody out. No run in the third after putting a man on second with nobody out.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Singles by Orr and Rollins in the fifth gave the Phils men on first and second with one out. Brown struck out swinging for the second out and Ruf struck out swinging for the third.

Kratz doubled with two outs in the sixth. Galvis popped to short to leave him at second.

With lefty Alex Wood on the mound to start the seventh, Mayberry hit for De Fratus and singled to left, but was picked off of first for the first out. Hernandez and Rollins went down behind him.

Frandsen singled to left off of righty Luis Ayala with two outs in the eighth. Asche grounded out on a ball handled by Ayala to end the inning.

Lefty Luis Avilan set the Phils down without a peep in the ninth.

Hernandez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and made an error in center in the five-run first inning. He’s 3-for-his-last-28 (.107) with a walk and a double. Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -0.3, which is notable because he’s only played 165 1/3 innings of defense for the Phillies this season. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in center at -23.2.

Rollins 3-for-4 with a double. Did his best to get things going for the Phils in the first and again in the third. 362/431/534 over his last 65 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 2-for-his-last-11 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-23 with six singles.

Ruf was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and also left five men on base. 227/342/351 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 5-for-his-last-28 (.179) with a double.

Asche 1-for-4. 2-for-his-last-20 (.100) with two walks and a double. 170/286/264 over his last 63 plate appearances.

Kratz was 2-for-4 with a double. 152/211/227 over his last 71 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-his-last-16 (.188). One walk in his last 60 plate appearances.

Lee (14-7, 2.93) starts tonight against righty Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24) Lee has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and walked one batter in 31 innings while striking out 41. Medlen hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts, throwing to a 1.03 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in those outings and striking out 32 in 35 innings.


Phils and Fish decide to call it wrap after 19 games this year, unless, of course, they meet in the World Series

You probably think the biggest reason the Phils and Marlins can’t face each other in the World Series is that they both play in the National League. It’s not.

The ’13 Phils and Marlins finally, finally pulled the plug on their competition with one another last night to the betterment of the baseball-loving world. I’m really not sure how much more the baseball-loving world could have handled. It’s baseball-loving, but we’re going to need to agree on some common sense guidelines everyone can live with, folks.

The Marlins won the game 3-2 with an eighth-inning run off of Ethan Martin.

The Phils are 12-7 against Miami this season and 60-79 against everyone else.

The Phils scored two runs on ten hits last night, nine singles and Darin Ruf‘s seventh-inning double. The last home run they hit came on September 17 when Chase Utley went deep off of Miami lefty Brian Flynn. The Phillies have played seven games since then, going 1-6 and scoring 18 runs. 18 runs over seven games is about 2.57 runs per game. In those seven games, the Phils have hit .215 and slugged .269. If you have good pitching, it’s just about impossible to win consistently hitting .215 and slugging .269. The Phillies don’t have good pitching.

The Phililes are 72-86 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Miami Marlins last night. The Marlins take the three-game set two games to one. The Phillies have lost six of seven and are in fourth place in the NL East, a game behind the third-place Mets. They scored two runs in the one game of their last seven that they won, beating the Marlins 2-1. They are 23-38 since beating the Mets 13-8 on the first day back from the All-Star break.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

Hamels ends the year with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. He pitched to a 4.58 ERA and a 1.30 ratio over his first 17 starts from April through the end of June. 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 ratio in his final 16 starts for the season. He walked 17 in 114 innings over his last 16 starts, which is about 1.3 per nine innings and way below his career rates. Matt Gelb from this morning’s Inquirer: “Troglodytes will point to his 8-14 record as an indicator of failure.” Not sure exactly what I wanted to say about that, but it wasn’t nothing. At any rate, Hamels was among the best pitchers in the NL this year, eight wins or not, and the 8-14 record says a lot more about what’s wrong with the Phillie offense and bullpen than it does about what’s wrong with Cole Hamels. There’s nothing wrong with Cole Hamels.

He allowed leadoff single to Christian Yelich to start the bottom of the first, but got the next three hitters.

Justin Ruggiano walked to start the second and moved up to second on an infield single by Placido Polanco, putting runners on first and second for Adeniy Hechavarria. Hamels had Hechavarria buried in the count when the righty crushed an 0-2 pitch to center where it landed for a two-run triple. 2-0 with Hechavarria on third and nobody out. Hamels kept the Marlins from getting more in the frame, getting a ground ball to short with the runner holding for the first out before striking out the next two hitters to end the inning.

Hamels has excelled in preventing walks late in the season, but the leadoff walk to the righty Ruggiano hurts him in the inning. After the infield single, he gets ahead of the weak-hitting Hechavarria before Hechavarria crushes an 0-2 pitch to center for the big blow of the game. Great work after that by Hamels to keep the Marlins from getting another run after they put a man on third with nobody out. He did get the eight-hitter and the pitcher for the first two outs, but impressive nonetheless.

Hamels allowed a double and a walk to the first two men he faced in the third, but set down the next three Miami hitters in order to keep them off the board.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. Polanco doubled to right with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Hechavarria on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Things got weird in the seventh. The Phillies hit for Hamels in the top of the frame and Cesar Jimenez started the bottom of the inning with the score tied at 2-2. Switch-hitter Koylie Hill led off and Jimenez walked him. Juan Pierre was next, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Brad Hand, and bunted. Ruiz fielded the bunt and threw to second in time to force Hill for the first out. Jimenez walked Donovan Solano, putting men on first and second for Ed Lucas. He picked Pierre off of second, but the Phillies didn’t get the call. Lucas hit a ground ball to first with Frandsen throwing to second to force Solano for the second, leaving Miami with two down and runners on the corners for Yelich. Yelich hit a ground ball to Frandsen and Frandsen tossed to Jimenez covering first. Jimenez wasn’t very close to tagging Yelich out, but the Phillies got that call and the inning was over.

Two really bad calls in the inning. Pierre was out at second on the pickoff play and called safe. Yelich was safe at first and called out, which ended the inning instead of giving the Fish their third run of the game.

Jimenez walks two in the scoreless frame. 2.20 ERA and a 1.16 ratio for the year over 16 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .193 against him, but with eight walks in 16 1/3.

The Marlins got their third run of the game in the eighth. Martin got the first out before walking Ruggiano and Ruggiano moved to third on a single by Polanco. It put runners on the corners for Hechavarria. With the infield in, Hechavarria chopped a 2-0 pitch over the mound. Rollins nearly made a fantastic play, ranging far to his left, fielding and throwing home. His throw was a little on the first base side of home, though, and not handled cleanly by Ruiz at the plate. Ruggiano was safe and the Marlins were up 3-2 with runners on second and third with one out. Rollins was charged with a very tough error on the play. Martin struck Hill out swinging for the second out before walking lefty Greg Dobbs to load the bases. He struck the righty Solano out swinging to leave them loaded.

That was a really nice play by Rollins, even though the Phillies didn’t get an out. Ruiz should have caught his throw at the plate. I still don’t think they would have gotten Ruggiano, but it would have saved Rollins the error and kept Hechavarria at first instead of second.

Martin allows a run on a single and two walks in the frame. He walks Ruggiano to start the Miami rally and has walked 25 in 37 innings for the year. Walking 25 in 37 innings makes it really exceptionally difficult to be effective. Opponents are on-basing .364 against him with an isolated power of .240. He has a 6.90 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in his seven starts and a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio in seven appearances in relief.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit and four walks while striking out two. Jimenez threw 23 pitches and Martin 26. Neither has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brad Hand went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Frandsen again at first and Galvis at third. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty and the lefty Asche on the bench. I truly think it would be worthwhile for the Phillies to find out if Mayberry can be a valuable player if you only play him at first and in the corner outfield positions against left-handed pitching.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Ruiz popped to first behind him.

Brown singled to start the second and took second on a one-out walk by Frandsen. Galvis and Hamels both grounded out to turn the Phillies away.

Frandsen draws his 12th walk of the year. He’s walked in about 4.5% of his plate appearances this season. Last night’s walk came off the lefty Hand, but Frandsen has walked in just five of his 181 plate appearances against righties for the season (2.8%).

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Galvis singled to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck out trying to bunt for the second out before Hernandez flew to right.

Hamels can’t bunt Galvis to second after the one-out single.

Utley singled to left with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him.

Ruf doubled to center with one out in the seventh and moved up to third when Frandsen followed with a single to left. Galvis was next and blooped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right-center for a single. Ruf scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Frandsen moved up to second. Mayberry hit for Hamels and the righty AJ Ramos came in to pitch to Mayberry. Asche hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Hernandez to the plate with two down and men on first and second. He lined a 2-0 pitch into right, scoring Frandsen on a close play at the plate and leaving the Phils with runners on second and third in a 2-2 game. Rollins popped to short to leave the runners at second and third.

The Phils hit for Hamels down a run with one out and runners on first and second. Hamels had thrown 103 pitches in the game, allowing two runs over six innings. I think that’s the right decision. I like the idea of Mayberry against the lefty there, although Mayberry should have been in the lineup against the lefty to start with. Mayberry winds up not getting to hit and Asche strikes out in his stead, but the Phils wind up getting the second run that ties the game anyway thanks to the two-out hit by Hernandez.

Brown singled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn with two outs in the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls took over for Dunn and walked Ruf, but Frandsen flew to left to leave the runners on first and second.

Hernandez 1-for-5 with an RBI. Didn’t catch Hechavarria’s early triple that dropped on the track, but it looked pretty uncatchable. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 282/345/330 for the season. Isolated power of .048.

Rollins 0-for-5 and was charged with an error on the play in which Miami scored their third run. 2-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 250/318/346 for the season.

Utley 2-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/347/477 for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 0-for-8 in the series. 2-for-his-last-31 (.065) with two walks and two singles. 269/320/370 on the year.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles, both of which came off of lefties. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. No homers in his last 87 plate appearances. 274/326/502 for the year. Was slugging .560 after going 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run against the Braves on July 7, but has hit 258/326/381 over his last 172 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The Phillies again flail against a left-handed pitcher. They need Ruf and he got the job done last night, doubling off the lefty Hand and drawing a late walk off the righty Qualls. 3-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. 258/359/479 on the year. Still hitting just 197/312/364 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series. 231/296/343 for the year.

Galvis 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the series. 16-for-his-last-40 (.400) with a double and two home runs. One walk in his last 56 plate appearances. 239/289/396 on the year.

Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 0.00) tonight in Atlanta as the Phils open their final series of the season. Cloyd has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his three September starts, throwing to an 11.77 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. He’s actually only walked two in those 13 innings, but allowed 25 hits as opponents have hit .403 against him. The Braves took the 25-year-old Hale in the third round of the 2009 draft. He threw to a 3.22 ERA at 1.39 ratio at Triple-A for Atlanta this year and made his debut against the Padres earlier this month. He pitched very well in that game, striking out nine in five shutout innings in the only appearance of his career. He struck out 77 in 114 2/3 innings in the minors this year, so don’t go thinking he’s Buzz Lightyear or anything.


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.


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