Tag: Antonio Bastardo

Would the real bullpen please, please, please stop standing up?

The Phillie bullpen started the year looking miserable against the Rangers before a shockingly fantastic set of games in Chicago. They’re back looking not so hot against the Brewers and have allowed nine runs in eight innings over the first two games of the set.

Last night Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4 and allowed three runs in the frame, two of which were unearned due to a big error by Ryan Howard at first. De Fratus followed that up by allowing a two-run homer in the ninth.

Overall, the Phillies have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and lost three straight.

The Phillies are 3-5 on the year after losing 9-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The Brewers lead the series two games to none.

Roberto Hernandez got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out nine.

Nine is the most strikeouts Hernandez has recorded in a game since September 15, 2007. He has a 4.35 ERA and a 1.16 ratio after two starts in 2014. Lefties are 0-for-12 against him on the season. 293/361/449 against him for his career.

He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first on singles by Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez, a Segura stolen base and a Rollins error at short.

He started the second with a 3-2 lead, but allowed a run on back-to-back doubles by Carlos Gomez and Segura with two outs. He got a lot of help from Revere in the frame — Revere made a nice diving catch in right center after a long run to turn a double by Scooter Gennett into the first out of the inning.

Aramis Ramirez led off the third with a single, but Hernandez retired the next three.

Gomez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left with two outs in the fourth, extending the Milwaukee lead to 4-3.

We should be afraid of Hernandez’s home run rate. So far he’s allowed two in 10 1/3 innings, the solo shot to the righty Gomez last night and a solo shot to Welington Castillo in his first start against the Cubs.

Hernandez allowed a two-out single to Khris Davis in the fifth, but retired Mark Reynolds on a ground ball he handled himself for the third out.

Jeff Manship pitched the sixth, keeping the Brewers off the board and allowing a two-out single to Gomez.

Another impressive outing for Manship, who has allowed a hit and a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three.

Jake Diekman allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, striking out the other three hitters he faced. After allowing three runs over two innings in his first time out, Diekman has tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances. He’s allowed one hit and one walk to the last ten batters he’s faced while striking out four.

Antonio Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4. He walked Reynolds to start the inning. Reynolds, amazingly, stole second and Scooter Gennett bunted him to third with the first out. Logan Schafer was next and grounded a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Reynolds scored (5-4) and Schafer wound up at second. Gomez was next and flew to Brown for the second out, but Bastardo hit Segura and Ryan Braun followed that with a bases-clearing triple. 7-4. Ramirez flew to right to end the inning.

Bastardo allows three runs in the frame on a walk and one big hit. Only one of the runs is earned due to the big error by Howard. The triple he allowed to Braun is the only hit he’s allowed on the season, but he’s walked four in 4 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus pitched the ninth. Jonathan Lucroy led off with a single and scored on a one-out homer by Reynolds. 9-4.

Second appearance of the year for De Fratus. Threw a scoreless inning against the Cubs his first time out and allowed two runs in an inning last night. He’s allowed just four home runs in 63 1/3 innings for his career.

Four innings in the game for the pen in which they allow five runs, three of which are earned, on five hits and a walk. Bastardo threw 23 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Garza went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Carlos Ruiz (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Cesar Hernandez (8) Jayson Nix. Utley still out with the flu, Hernandez starts at second. Nix plays third with the lefty Asche on the bench against a righty with a hamstring issue.

Down 2-0 when they came to hit in the bottom of the first, the Phillies plated three. Revere led off with a single and was forced at second for the first out with Rollins safe at first on a ground ball to the pitcher Garza. Ruiz moved Rollins up to third with a double. Ruiz scored on a balk (2-1) and Rollins took third before Howard walked. Byrd reached on an error by Gennett with everyone moving up a base. 2-2 with the bases still loaded. Brown grounded to second with Howard scoring and Byrd taking third. 3-2. Hernandez struck out to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when they hit in the second. Nix led off with a single and was bunted to second by Hernandez with the first out. Revere flew to left for the second out before Rollins walked. Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phillies didn’t score in the third despite a two-out double by Brown.

They were down 4-3 when they hit in the fourth. Revere bunted for a single with two outs, but was left at first when Rollins grounded to second.

Ruiz doubled again to start the fifth and took third on a wild pitch after Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Byrd singled into center, scoring Ruiz to tie the game at 4-4. Brown grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Tony Gwynn hit for Manship and singled off of Garza with two outs in the sixth. Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Tyler Thornberg set Rollins, Ruiz and Howard down in order in the seventh and Byrd, Brown and Hernandez in the eighth.

Down 9-4, Asche doubled off of righty Jim Henderson with one out in the ninth. Revere walked behind him, but Rollins flew to right for the second out and Ruiz struck out swinging to end the game.

No walk by Ben Revere should go unappreciated, including that one. Two walks in 40 plate appearances for the season is 5.0%, which is about the same as his career walk rate of 5.2%. He was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game to up his line to 324/359/378. Made a very nice catch for the first out in the second.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s on-basing .276 so far.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two doubles. Hitting just .231, but with a .394 on-base percentage thanks to six walks in 33 PA.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. Made a big error in the eighth. 1-for-13 in the last three games.

Byrd 1-for-4 with a single and two RBI. Went 5-for-13 to start the season and is 3-for-his-last-21.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double. 8-for-his-last-18 with four walks and hitting .357 for the year.

Hernandez 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-12 on the year with a double and a walk.

Nix 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-17 on the year.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) faces righty Marco Estrada (0-0, 1.59) tonight. Lee was awful against the Rangers on Opening Day and threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs his second time out. He’s allowed 21 hits in 12 innings for the year. Estrada’s only appearance is a start against the Red Sox in which he allowed two runs, one earned, over 5 2/3 innings.

Phils get a little literal with the not hitting thing

Two hits for the Phils this afternoon, both singles and neither before the seventh inning, as the Braves topped them 9-1. They have an official spring training record, but I’m not going to tell you what it is. Partly because it’s depressing and partly because it involves ties. The line has to be drawn somewhere.

Okay, 2-10 with two ties. They’ve been outscored 17-2 over the last two days.

Not a lot went well today. Nice outings by David Buchanan and Bastardo were pretty much the highlights. Sean O’Sullivan, who had pitched very well in the early going, was charged with six runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Buchanan started the game for the Phillies and pitched well again, allowing a single and a walk over three scoreless innings. He dropped his ERA to 1.50 with the outing. He’s struck out just three in six innings, but with an 0.67 ratio.

O’Sullivan was next and he entered the game with very nice numbers as well, having thrown five scoreless innings in two times out. He threw a 1-2-3 fourth before allowing a run in the fifth on a solo homer by Dan Uggla that was followed by an Andrelton Simmons double. He returned for the sixth and was hit hard. He faced eight hitters in the frame and was charged with five runs. Single, two-run homer by Edward Salcedo, out, out, single, single, single, two-run triple by Jordan Schafer.

Overall he went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and no walks. Two home runs, a double and a triple in the game. Came into the outing with fantastic numbers and leaves with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.56 ratio.

Kyle Simon took over for O’Sullivan with two outs in the sixth and a man on third. He struck out Christian Bethancourt to end the inning.

First official appearance for Simon. He’s struck out one in a third of an inning. The 23-year-old righty threw to a 4.45 ERA and a 1.41 ratio in 56 2/3 innings of relief at Double-A Reading last year.

Antonio Bastardo struck out Mark Hamilton in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Great results for Bastardo so far. 1.69 ERA and an 0.79 ratio. Six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Jake Diekman pitched the eighth and allowed three runs on three hits. Evan Gattis led off with a double to right, Phillip Gosselin singled Gattis home with one out and Todd Cunningham hit a two-run homer with two down.

Diekman has a 9.00 ERA and a 1.80 ratio after a rough outing today.

The Phillies scored one run on two singles. They walked three times in the game.

Frandsen singled Gwynn home with two outs in the seventh. Reid Brignac singled to left to start the eighth, but Cesar Hernandez grounded into a double-play behind him.

Gwynn started in center and went 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average to .214.

Frandsen is hitting .182 after going 1-for-3.

Brignac is 2-for-8 after singling in his only at-bat.

Galvis (.120), Howard (.160) and Hernandez (.125) all 0-for-3.

Brown is hitting .080 (2-for-25 with two singles) after going 0-for-3.

Asche 0-for-1 with a walk. He’s hitting .143 (3-for-21 with a two doubles and a home run). Still looking for his first single.

Byrd 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average to .346.

Burnett is expected to pitch tomorrow afternoon as the Phils face Baltimore.

Michael Stutes is off the 40-man roster, leaving the Phils at 39.

One direction

Still on walks and how far Phillie pitchers fell in 2013 coming off of four straight years in which they were either the best or second-best team in the league at preventing walks.

Here’s the percentage of batters Phillie pitchers walked in each of the last five seasons and the rank of that percentage relative to the rest of the NL:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
All PHI 8.1 (9) 6.7 (1) 6.7 (1) 6.8 (1) 7.8 (2)
NL Avg 7.8 8.0 8.2 8.6 9.1

From 2009 to 2011, the percentage of batters that Phillie pitchers walked was best in the NL three times and second-best the other. In 2013, the NL shrunk from 16 teams to 15 and the 8.1% of batters faced by the Phils was ninth-best in the league.

Looking at the numbers above, the year of the five in which the Phils were most dominant in preventing walks relative to the rest of the NL was 2010. That year they walked 6.8% of the batters they faced in a year in which the average NL pitcher walked 8.6% of the batters they faced. The Phillies still had the best rate of preventing walks in each of the next two seasons, but not as dramatically as they had in 2010.

Over the last five seasons, the year in which the Phillies issued their lowest number of total walks was 2011. They walked 404 that year. In 2013, they walked, 506, 102 more than they had in 2011. 506 is about 125% of 404.

Here’s their numbers for percentage of batters walked by their starters in each of those years along with the same number for all NL starting pitchers:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
PHI SP 6.8 5.4 5.1 5.6 6.5
NL Avg SP 7.4 7.4 7.5 8.0 8.3

In each of the five years, including 2013, the rate at which the Phillie starting pitchers walked batters was better than the NL average.

Notably also is that the percentage of batters walked for starting pitchers has trended down over the past three seasons. The Phillie starters walked a similar percentage of batters in 2009 and 2013, 6.5% in ’09 and 6.8% in ’13, but this was much more impressive in 2009 as the overall rate of walks issued by starters in the league was much higher.

Unlike the starters, the relievers have walked a higher percentage of batters than league average in recent years:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
PHI RP 10.8 9.9 10.5 9.7 10.4
NL Avg RP 8.7 9.4 9.5 9.7 10.5

As with the starters, percentages of batters walked for the relievers are down in recent years in the NL. In each year 2010 through 2013, NL relievers combined to walk a lower percentage of batters in the season than they had the year before. Not so for the Phillies. In 2013, Phillie relievers walked 10.8% of the batters they faced, the highest mark for any of the five years, while the league average for relievers was 8.7%, the lowest mark of any of the five years for the league.

The 10.8% of batters that the Phillie relievers walked in 2013 is miserable — the worst mark for any NL bullpen for the season. Only one other team, the Cubs, saw their relievers walk more than 9.4% of the batters they faced. The Chicago bullpen walked about 10.2% of the batters they faced in 2013.

Over the last five years, the starters have been very good at preventing walks and the relievers haven’t. In 2013, the starters were close to league average at preventing walks and the relievers were hideous. From 2009 through 2012, the Phils starters were way better than league average at preventing walks while in 2013 they were just a little better. The relievers, on the the other hand, have been average or worse than average in each of the last five years and got a lot worse at preventing walks in 2013 than they had been in any of the past four seasons.

Halladay, Hamels and Lee have obviously been a huge part of that. In 2013, Halladay’s turn from a guy who pitched a ton of innings with a tiny walk rate to someone who walked many clearly hurt the team. Looking back at the last five years, I don’t think we want to forget Blanton or Moyer, either. In 2012, Blanton threw 133 1/3 innings for the Phils and walked just 18, giving him a rate of preventing walks for the year that was better than Halladay, Hamels or Lee. In 2010, Moyer walked just 4.4% of the batters he faced in his 111 2/3 innings, a rate just higher than the 3.0% of the hitters Halladay walked and way below the league average of 8.6%.

In 2013, the results were pretty ugly. The Phillies used 27 pitchers for the year. Here’s the list of players who threw a pitch for the Phils last year who walked a percentage of batters lower than the NL average:

Kyle Kendrick
Cole Hamels
Raul Valdes
Jonathan Papelbon
Cliff Lee
John McDonald

Six players for the team with a walk rate better than league average by percentage of batters faced walked.

One of the six is non-pitcher John McDonald, who didn’t walk any of the three hitters he faced for the year.

Another, Raul Valdes, had a miserable year in which he threw to a 7.46 ERA, allowing seven home runs in his 35 innings while opponents hit .300 against him.

Kyle Kendrick dropped his walk rate below his career average. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he allowed way more hits than he had over the two previous years and righties posted a 318/359/453 line against him.

Twenty-one of 27 pitchers from 2013 walked a higher percentage of batters than the league average. Here they are:

Casper Wells
Luis Garcia
Phillippe Aumont
Ethan Martin
Cesar Jimenez
J.C. Ramirez
Roy Halladay
Zach Miner
Joe Savery
Justin De Fratus
Mauricio Robles
Antonio Bastardo
Chad Durbin
Michael Stutes
B.J. Rosenberg
Mike Adams
Jake Diekman
Jeremy Horst
Tyler Cloyd
Jonathan Pettibone
John Lannan

A couple of those guys, especially Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman, pitched a bunch of innings for the Phils and were good despite a higher than average walk rate. I think it’s safe to say they were the exception rather than the rule.

Roman Quinn, the 20-year-old shortstop prospect, has ruptured his right Achilles tendon and is out indefinitely.

This suggests the Rockies have interest in signing Ruiz.

Just how much rain is it reasonable to pray for?

In 2013, the Phillie offense was bad and the pitching was worse. Among the pitchers, though, who were worse, the starters or the relievers? Both were really bad, but I think the answer is the relievers were worse relative to the rest of the league, even if the starters did more damage by throwing more innings.

The Phillies were 14th in the NL in both ERA for their starters and ERA for their relievers:

ERA NL Rank NL Avg
PHI SP 4.41 14 3.86
PHI RP 4.19 14 3.50

Just by ERA, the ERA for the team’s relief pitchers overall was about 1.20 times the NL average and the ERA for the team’s starters was about 1.14 times the NL average.

It’s worse for the pen if you look at the runs they allowed per inning rather than the ERA:

RA per IP NL Rank NL Avg
PHI SP .523 14 .465
PHI RP .518 15 .419

The Phils were better than the Rockies in runs allowed per inning pitched for their starters and better than nobody in their runs allowed per innings pitched for their relievers. Their starters and relievers allowed runs per inning at almost the same rate while the gap for the league was larger — relievers were much more effective at preventing runs. The .523 runs allowed per inning that the starters for the Phils allowed in 2013 was about 1.125 times the .465 runs per inning mark for NL starters for the year. The .518 runs allowed per inning for the relievers was much worse, about 1.236 times the NL average of .419 runs allowed per inning.

None of this means the starters were good. They really, really weren’t. I mentioned in the last post that Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were great in 2013. Here’s what everyone else on the team did in 98 starts in ’13 not made by Lee or Hamels:

Pitcher GS IP ERA Ratio
Kendrick 30 182 4.70 1.40
Pettibone 18 100.3 4.04 1.47
Lannan 14 74.3 5.33 1.52
Halladay 13 62 6.82 1.47
Cloyd 11 54.3 6.96 1.80
Martin 8 33 6.55 1.79
Miner 3 9.3 5.79 2.14
Valdes 1 3.7 22.09 3.27
Group Total 98 519 5.41 1.53
NL Average SP - - 3.86 1.28

So in a year in which the average NL pitcher threw to a 3.86 ERA and a 1.28 ratio, the Phillie starters other than Hamels and Lee combined to make 98 starts in which they threw to a 5.41 ERA and a 1.53 ratio. Jonathan Pettibone led the group with a 4.04 ERA and Kyle Kendrick with a 1.40 ratio. That group combined to allow 10.35 hits per nine innings in a season in which the average NL starter allowed about 8.73 hits per nine innings. Roy Halladay is the only one of the eight that allowed less than a hit per inning in 2013 — you may remember he had some troubles with walks and home runs last year (he actually allowed hits at a rate below his career average while his rates of allowing walks and home runs were both more than twice his career average).

In 2013, the average NL reliever threw to a 3.50 ERA and a 1.28 ratio. The Phillies used 21 relief pitchers in 2013. Here’s the list of Phillie relievers in 2013 who had both an ERA of 3.50 or better and an ERA of 1.28 or better:

Pitcher IP ERA Ratio
Papelbon 61.7 2.92 1.14
Bastardo 42.7 2.32 1.27

Among the 21 relievers the Phillies used in 2013, two (Jake Diekman and Joe Savery) threw at least ten innings in relief with an ERA better than 3.50 but a ratio worse than 1.28. Two (Raul Valdes and Michael Stutes) also had a ratio of 1.28 or better, but an ERA worse than 3.50. But Papelbon and Bastardo were the only two of the 21 that were as good or better than league average in both ERA and ratio.

Here’s the 19 who were worse than league average in both categories:

Pitcher G IP ERA Ratio
Justin De Fratus 
Jake Diekman 
Luis Garcia 
Raul Valdes 
Jeremy Horst 
Mike Adams 
J.C. Ramirez 
Joe Savery 
B.J. Rosenberg 
Zach Miner 
Phillippe Aumont 
Michael Stutes 
Cesar Jimenez 
Chad Durbin 
Ethan Martin 
Tyler Cloyd 
Mauricio Robles 
Casper Wells 
John McDonald 

Overall for the season, the starters threw way more innings than the pen. The Phillies pitched 1,436 1/3 innings in 2013 and 961 2/3, about 67%, were thrown by the starters. Hamels and Lee combined to throw 442 2/3 innings, which is about 46% of the total innings thrown by Phillie starting pitchers on the year.

Domonic Brown as least sort of has a diagnosis — I don’t know who has to explain the rest of this

The Phillies have made it over .500 exactly twice this season and both times they have followed that accomplishment up by losing five games in a row. On June 6, the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1 to improve to 31-30 on the year. They followed that up by losing their next five games in row, four by a single run.

They started July at 39-44, but went 10-4 in their first 14 games to start the month. That put them at 49-48 for the year after their first game coming off the All-Start break. Last night’s loss was their fifth in a row.

In last night’s game, the Cardinals topped them 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Phillies scored a total of five runs in the set and had four extra-base hits, all doubles.

The Phillies are 49-53 on the year after losing 3-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. The Cards sweep the three-game series. The Phillies have lost five in a row, scoring a total of nine runs in those games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out one.

Kendrick has a 5.17 ERA over his last nine starts. Opponents hit .242 against him over his first 12 starts and have hit .295 against him over his last nine.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Jon Jay chopped a ground ball to third. Young fielded and threw to first, where Ruf came off the bag too soon trying to handle the throw and Jay was called safe. Kendrick got the next two to turn St Louis away.

Very close play at first on Jay’s ball. I get the feeling the rest of the infield might not be a fan of Ruf’s glovework at first. Ruf has only played 113 innings of defense this year, all at first, but Baseball-Reference has him with a dWAR of -0.2. UZR/150 is a different story, though. FanGraphs has him at 8.7 in the very early going. With the exception of a couple of very nice plays, he hasn’t looked great there to me.

Kendrick walked David Freese with one out in the second, but Shane Robinson followed and lined back to the mound with Freese doubled off of first to end the inning.

Pete Kozma singled to right to start the third. He was bunted to second with the first out before Matt Carpenter singled to right, scoring Kozma to make it 1-0. Jay was next and tripled to the gap in right-center, scoring Carpenter. 2-0 with Jay on third. Allen Craig walked before Matt Adams singled to right, scoring Jay. 3-0 with men on the corners and one down. Yadier Molina popped to Rollins for the second out with the runners holding and Freese struck out looking to end the inning.

Three runs for St Louis in the frame on four hits, including a triple, and a walk. Kendrick gets Molina with one out and men on the corners to keep it from being worse.

It was 3-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. He allowed a leadoff single to Robinson, but got the next three to turn St Louis away.

The pitcher, Lance Lynn, bunted for the second out to move Robinson up to second. It was Lynn’s second successful sacrifice in two innings after he had bunted Kozma to second in the third.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastrado threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the Phils still down two.

He struck out Craig and Adams as he set St Louis down in order in the eighth.

Over his last six appearances, Bastardo has thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings in which he’s struck out eight. In those outings he’s faced 18 batters and allowed one walk and no hits. Over his last 16 appearances, he’s struck out 19 in 15 innings while throwing to a 1.20 ERA and an 0.80 ratio.

Two perfect innings for the pen in the game in which Bastardo strikes out three. He threw 19 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Lance Lynn went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Nix (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. That lacks a lot of the elements one would need in a lineup that is likely to consistently win games.

Rollins doubled to left to start the top of the first and Michael Young walked behind him. Utley struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Delmon Young was next and lined back to the pitcher. Michael Young was doubled off of first to end the frame.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Delmon Young’s ball was hit hard, but Lynn made a pretty miraculous grab to catch it against his hip. Michael Young didn’t have much chance at first.

Ruf and Nix both struck out to start the second before Mayberry singled softly to center. Kratz grounded to third to set the Phils down.

Rollins walked with one out in the third and stole second after Michael Young struck out for the second out. Utley walked to put men on first and second for Delmon Young, but Young grounded to third for the third out.

Rollins on base twice in the first three innings on a double and a walk. Steals his tenth base of the year. He’s been caught six times and picked off three.

Delmon Young gets two big at-bats early in the game. He lined into a double-play to end the first with two men on. Grounds to third to end that frame with two men on.

The Phillies were down 3-0 when they hit in the fourth. Ruf led off with a walk. Nix was next and grounded to second with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Mayberry was next and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Nix tried to score from second and arrived at the plate at the same time as Craig’s throw from left, but the throw hit him in the back as he slid in safely. 3-1 with men on first and second for Kendrick. Kendrick bunted, but badly. The pitcher Lynn fielded and threw to third to force Mayberry for the second out. Freese threw to first in time to double Kendrick up and set the Phillies down.

Ruf walks against the righty to start the frame and the Phils follow with a pair of hits. But the Kendrick bunt helps the Cards hold them to a single run.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Kratz reached on a softly hit infield single with one out in the seventh. Just up lefty Steve Susdorf hit for Kendrick and grounded into a double-play in the first at-bat of his career.

Susdorf is 27-years-old. The Phillies drafted him in the 19th round of the 2008 draft. He hit 335/419/428 in 229 plate appearances at Lehigh Valley while playing mostly in right field. He has hit nine home runs in his last 924 plate appearances in the minors, but with a .314 batting average. If you want to on-base .419 you can be a great offensive player no matter how many home runs you hit. But he’s not going to on-base .419. He stole eight bases at Triple-A this year, which is a career high.

Rollins singled to right off of righty Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Ruf singled off of righty Edward Mujica to start the ninth, bringing Nix to the plate as the tying run. Nix grounded to second for the first out and Mayberry and Kratz both struck out behind him.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in the game. His double to left to start the top of the first was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 262/320/356 for the year. 7-for-his-last-20 with two doubles and a home run.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 0-for-10 with two walks in the series. 2-for-his-last-24 (.083), but with five walks. 278/342/405 for the season.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-10 with two walks in the series. 283/344/515.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 2-for-11 in the series. 274/320/414 on the year. Hitting .302 over his last 136 plate appearances, but with just a .380 slugging percentage. 2-for-19 (.105) with a home run while hitting cleanup for the Phillies this season.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and an error when he came of the base early on Young’s throw. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 292/393/500 in 56 PA for the year. Just 3-for-14 (.214) against lefties, but with a pair of home runs.

Nix 0-for-4. 1-for-9 with two strikeouts in the series. 188/235/277 on the season. Yesterday was the first time he had started two games in a row since April 25 and 26. 192/243/288 in 111 plate appearances against righties for the season.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 5-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 259/311/441 on the year. Mayberry’s UZR/150 in center for the season as calculated by FanGraphs is -26.4. Delmon Young’s in right is -20.8. The Phillies play those guys every day and that’s pretty hard to overcome. Mayberry has close to no chance of making up for his defense in center, especially hitting against righties and especially if he’s not going to walk.

Kratz 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first action of the series. 2-for-7 since rejoining the team. Kratz and Ruiz have had almost the same number of plate appearances for the year at this point. Kratz is hitting 231/290/429 in 162 PA and Ruiz is hitting 252/301/280 in 158. Kratz has twice as many home runs (8) as Ruiz has extra-base hits (four, all doubles).

Hamels (4-12, 4.16) faces righty Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90) tonight in Detroit. The Phillies are 4-1 in the last four starts made by Hamels. He had made three very good starts in a row before allowing four runs in five innings against the Mets his last time out. Fister has gone six innings in each of his last four starts, allowing two runs over 12 innings his last two times out. He’s walked just 23 in 127 innings on the season. Righties have fared better against him than lefties, posting a 318/363/422 line compared to 235/287/346 for lefties.

Phillie fever — catch it! And if you do, please let someone in the front office know, cause they could really use anyone who can catch anything

In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.

The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.

The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.

The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.

It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).

The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out two.

Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.

Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.

Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.

Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.

Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.

Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.

Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.

Third error for Utley in four innings.

Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.

Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.

Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.

Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.

Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.

Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.

Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.

Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.

Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.

Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.

Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.

Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.

Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.

Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.

Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.

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