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And if they ever decide to start in April again some year, just think where this could go

The Phillies weren’t over .500 in any of the first three months of the season, but they’ve started July strong, going 6-2 in their first eight games. Last night they topped the Nats 4-2 behind eight great innings from Cole Hamels.

In 2012, the Phillies went 34-22 in August and September combined and finished the year at 81-81.

The Phils are going to need a well-rounded effort the rest of the way if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot in 2013, but the starting pitching has done most of the work in their current three-game winning streak. Over the last three games, their starters have allowed two earned runs over 21 1/3 innings (0.84 ERA and an 0.89 ratio). That’s good enough to get you some wins even if your offense is pretty uninspired and your bullpen is downright terrible.

There might not be a lot of hope for the bullpen, but it is important to recognize that the offense has improved of late. The Phils have scored at least three runs in each of their eight July games and are averaging 4.63 runs a game so far in July. There’s only one NL team that’s averaged 4.63 runs or better for the season — St Louis has scored an average of 5.0 runs per game and Colorado is second in the league at 4.55. The bad news is that the Phillies aren’t the only NL team whose offense has picked up in July. Their 4.63 runs per game for July is just sixth best in the NL.

The Phillies are 45-46 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They’ve won three in a row and are 6-2 over their last eight.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out four.

The Phillies went 2-14 in the first 16 games that Hamels started this season, but are 3-0 his last three times out. In his last two starts he’s allowed two earned runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA with an 0.80 ratio).

Scott Hairston led off the top of the first with a single into center, but Hamels got Ian Desmond to ground into a double-play behind him. Bryce Harper struck out looking 1-2 for the third out.

With one out in the second, Werth reached out over the plate for a 1-1 pitch from Hamels and hit it out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Hamels got the next two.

He hit Kurt Suzuki with an 0-2 pitch to start the third and the pitcher Taylor Jordan bunted Suzuki to second with the first out. Hamels struck Hairston out looking for the second out and got Desmond on a fly ball to right to leave Suzuki at second.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he started the fifth. He got the first two before hitting Suzuki again 0-2. Jordan lined to right to end the frame.

Hamels hits Suzuki twice in the first five innings of the game. He hadn’t hit more than one batter in a start since September 14, 2010.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Phils led 4-1 when he started the seventh. Adam LaRoche singled to right with one out and moved up to second on an infield single by Anthony Rendon. It put men on first and second with two down for Suzuki and Suzuki flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Werth homered with one out in the second. LaRoche and Rendon hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the seventh. In between, Hamels faced 18 batters and the only two times the hitter reached base were the two times he hit Suzuki.

Hamels started the eighth having thrown 87 pitches with the Phils still up by three runs. Hairston reached on an infield single with one out and moved up to second when Desmond singled into center. Hamels walked Harper on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases for Ryan Zimmerman with one out. Hamels struck Zimmerman out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Werth was next. Hamels delivered a 2-2 fastball that was way up and away before Werth pounded the 3-2 pitch to center. Revere took it on the edge of the track to leave the bases loaded.

Hamels had thrown 103 pitches when Werth’s at-bat started. I think it’s pretty nuts to let him pitch to Werth as the go-ahead run there, but it worked out for the Phillies that time.

Huge Zimmerman at-bat ahead of the Werth at-bat and Hamels strikes him out swinging 0-2 with one out and the bases loaded.

Bastardo started the ninth with the overused Papelbon unavailable to pitch after throwing in four of the last five days. Bastardo got LaRoche on a fly ball to right for the first out before walking Rendon 3-2. Suzuki struck out swinging for the second out before righty Wilson Ramos hit for the pitcher Ian Krol and doubled off the base of the wall in right. Rendon scored, making it 4-2 with two down and Ramos on second. Bastardo got Hairston to pop to Utley to end the game.

Bastardo earns his second save of the season and the eleventh of his career. Faces five batters, allows a walk and a double and gets three outs. He’s walked 17 in 31 1/3 innings for the year. For his career he has walked 11.1% of the right-handed batters he has faced and 11.2% of the left-handed batters he has faced.

The Phillie lineup against righty Taylor Jordan went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Revere and Rollins again hit one-two in the order after a nice performance in game one of the set. Ruf at first against the righty with Howard out.

Revere singled to center to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Michael Young walked with one out, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third walk for Michael Young in the last three games. 4-for-his-last-8 with three walks, a double and a .636 on-base percentage.

Second time in two innings the Phils ground into a double-play.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Utley doubled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown was next and lined a ball into right that was short-hopped by a charging Werth. Werth threw home with the ball and Utley arriving at about the same time, but Suzuki didn’t handle the ball. Utley slid past the base, Suzuki tagged him and Utley was called safe. Brown was headed for second, so as soon as Suzuki tagged Utley, Suzuki threw to second. His throw wasn’t handled there and skipped into center, leaving Brown at third with two down. Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

Many a break for the Phillies on Brown’s single. Had Werth’s throw been handled at the plate as Utley slid in, it would have been a close play, even if Utley had touched the plate. Utley slid past the plate without touching it. When Suzuki tagged him, he should have been out, but the Phillies got a helpful call. Brown would have been out by a lot if the throw at second had been handled there as he tried to move up to second when the throw came home.

Delmon Young and Ruf singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz with nobody out. Ruiz grounded to third and the Nats turned two, leaving the Phils with Young on third and two outs for Hamels. Hamels grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz grounds into their third double-play of the game.

Revere and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second again with nobody out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that was fielded by LaRoche. LaRoche made a good throw to second, but it went off the arm of Rollins as Rollins slid into the bag, off the glove of Desmond and into short left. Revere scored (2-1), Rollins went to third and Utley was safe at first with nobody out. Brown popped to short for the first out. Michael Young was next and doubled to the gap in right-center. Rollins and Utley both scored (4-1). The relay came home as Utley crossed the plate, but Suzuki made a nice play, coming out in front of the plate to take the throw and throw to third. Young was tagged out trying to move up for the second out. Righty Craig Stammen took over for Jordan and walked Delmon Young. Mayberry ran for Young at first, but was left there when Ruf struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Phils give away an out on the bases as Michael Young is thrown out trying to move up to third as Utley scores. They should have given up another out on the bases in the second when Brown tried to take second, but Suzuki’s throw wasn’t handled that time.

Revere and Rollins start another rally, singling back-to-back to start the inning and both coming around to score. Between them they’ve score five of the seven runs the Phils have plated in the first two games of the set.

Michael Young’s double off the righty Jordan is the big hit of the game.

Ugly at-bat for Brown in the frame, popping to short with runners on the corners and nobody out ahead of the double.

Stammen set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Ian Krol got Rollins, Utley and Brown on three ground balls in the eighth.

Revere was 2-for-4 in the game, upping his average for the year to .302. He’s 13-for-his-last-27 (.481). 346/381/408 in 226 plate appearances since the start of May. BABIP of .382 after the start of May and .237 before the start of May.

Rollins 1-for-4. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 145 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. Scored two of the fourth Phillie runs. Scored in the second when he doubled with two outs and scored on Brown’s single. Reached on an error in the sixth and scored on Michael Young’s double. 2-for-his-last-12 with a double.

Brown 1-for-4 with a single. Popped out with runners on the corners and nobody out in the sixth. Has at least one hit in eight games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 6-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 1-for-2 with a walk. 431/473/549 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 with a double and two walks so far. Six strikeouts in 11 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles. Delivered extra-base hits in 11.4% of his plate appearances in 2012 and about 2.4% of his plate appearances in 2013.

Lee (10-2, 2.73) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) tonight. Lee allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Braves in his last start, which is the only time in his last 12 outings that he allowed more than three earned runs. Over his last four starts he’s allowed four home runs to the 114 batters he’s faced. Prior to those starts he went five starts in which he didn’t allow a home run to 144 hitters. Gonzalez threw to a 1.79 ERA in his six starts in June and didn’t allow more than two earned runs in any of those outings, but gave up three earned runs over 6 2/3 in his first start of July against the Padres. He faced the Phillies on June 19 and held the Phils to two runs over seven innings while striking out 11. The Phils had two hits in his seven innings that day — a single by Revere to lead off the bottom of the first that was followed by a two-run homer by Michael Young.


Twin downhilling

Game two with Minnesota looked uncomfortably like game one for the Phils as the offense didn’t produce and the bullpen faltered late. The 4-3 setback was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.

The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth last night in game two of the set, but Bastardo allowed two doubles and a single to the first three men he faced in the inning and the Twins went on to score a pair of runs. It was the second straight game in which Bastardo had struggled in the eighth, although another poor outing from Mike Adams did a lot of the damage as the Phillies dropped game one.

The bullpen ERA for the Phillies is up to 4.56, which is 14th of the 15 NL teams and 28th of the 30 teams across both leagues. The good news is that the Phillie pen has thrown the fewest innings of any NL team. The bad news is that the .271 opponents have hit against them is worst in the league, the .347 on-base percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league and the .441 slugging percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league. The Mets are the NL team with the bullpen ERA that’s worse than the Phillies for the season, but the Phillie pen has allowed hits at a nearly identical rate, walks at a much higher rate and seen the hits they’ve allowed go for more total bases on average. They won’t have to do that too much longer before they have a worse bullpen ERA for the season as well.

The Phillies are 31-35 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost five in a row for the first time this year and play the finale of the three-game set with the Twins tonight.

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

Cloyd has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s walked eight in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, which is an unsustainable recipe for disaster. Lefties are hitting 303/390/424 against him for the year.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. He walked Joe Mauer with one out and Mauer moved up to third on two-out double by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau followed that with a walk and the bases were loaded for Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia grounded to first to set the Twins down.

Clete Thomas singled to start the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. It put two men on for Mauer and Mauer flew to center to leave them stranded.

Two scoreless innings for Cloyd to start the game, but the Twins leave the bases loaded in the first and two men on in the second.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third.

Arcia singled to start the fourth and scored when Thomas followed with a double to the gap in right center, cutting the Phillie lead to 2-1. Eduardo Escobar was next and singled to right, moving Thomas to third. Cloyd struck Pedro Florimon out for the first out and got Carroll to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to hold the damage to a single run. After scoring their first run in the game, the Twins can’t get any more despite putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

After four innings, Cloyd had yielded just one run, but had walked two and allowed six hits, including two doubles. That’s too many base-runners and he was lucky to hold the Twins to one.

He was up 3-1 when he walked Mauer to start the fifth. He got the next three hitters in order to set the Twins down.

The first out of the inning came on a ball hit hard to Howard by Ryan Doumit. Howard stepped on the bag at first and didn’t throw to second. Looked like he had a play there.

Savery started the sixth and allowed back-to-back singles to Arcia and Thomas to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Escobar bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Florimon was next and chopped a ball up the first base line. Savery fielded and tagged Florimon out for the second out, but Arcia scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and Thomas moved up to third. Carroll grounded to Galvis at second to leave Thomas stranded.

Savery was back to start the seventh. Mauer led off and singled to left. Stutes came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Doumit and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Willingham was next and popped to short for the second out. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Morneau and got him on a fly ball to center to leave Mauer at first.

Bastardo gets Morneau a day too late.

Savery faced six batters in the game. Three of them singled and he got three of them out. One of the outs came on a bunt. He’s allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for the year.

Stutes faced two batters in the game and got both of them out, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.69 after nine appearances. He’s walked just one in 10 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. Righties are hitting 130/167/130 against him and lefties 389/421/621. So he’s been better against righties.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth. Arcia led off and doubled to center. Thomas was next and pounded a double high off the wall in right. Arcia scored to tie the game at 3-3. Escobar was next and bunted an 0-1 pitch on the first base side of the mound. The ball just died in the grass and Escobar was safe at first with a single. Thomas moved up to third. De Fratus came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Florimon with nobody out, men on the corners and the game tied. Florimon lined to Galvis for the first out with the runners holding. Lefty Chris Parmalee hit for the righty Carroll. De Fratus’s 1-1 pitch to Parmalee was inside and in the dirt. Lerud couldn’t handle it. Thomas scored (4-3), Escobar moved up to second and De Fratus was charged with a wild pitch. Parmalee lined a 3-2 pitch back to De Fratus. De Fratus caught it for the second out and threw to second where Escobar was doubled-off to end the inning.

Bastardo faced four batters in the game, getting one out and allowing three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the eighth. The Escobar bunt single was a little fluky as the ball just died on the grass.

Bastardo has a 3.18 ERA for the year, which doesn’t reflect how badly he’s been pitching, and a 1.59 ratio, which does. He’s allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he’s walked 14 in 22 2/3 innings for the season.

De Fratus fares pretty well after entering the game with nobody out and runners on the corners, despite the wild pitch. He records three outs without being charged with a hit or a run. 1.64 ERA and an 0.73 ratio for the year after 11 innings over 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting .158 against him with two walks and no home runs in 40 plate appearances.

As well as De Fratus did, I think bringing Papelbon in with nobody out and runners on the corners is the better move for the Phils. What with him being their best pitcher and the game being on the line and whatnot.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits. They didn’t allow a walk or strike anyone out. Bastardo and De Fratus have both pitched two days in a row. Savery threw 25 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Lerud. Delmon Young at DH. Lerud catches with Quintero on the bench. First start of the year for Lerud. Galvis moves up to eighth in the order with Lerud in the lineup. Mayberry starts against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Revere reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the first and moved up to second when Rollins singled to right. Howard was next and drew a walk, loading the bases for Brown. Brown flew to left for the second out with Revere tagging and scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second for Delmon Young. Young singled to right and Rollins scored. 2-0 with men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third. Delmon Young and Mayberry both struck out as they went in order in the fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when they hit in the fifth. Galvis and Lerud went down for the first two outs before Michael Young doubled to right. Revere was next and blooped a singled into shallow left-center. Young scored from second to extend the lead to 3-1. Rollins flew to left to leave Revere at first.

They went in order in the sixth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when they went in order in the seventh.

Revere bunted for a single off of righty Casey Fien with one out in the eighth and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to right. With one out and men on first and second, lefty Brian Duensing took over for Pelfrey and struck Howard out swinging for the second out. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Third hit of the game for Revere, although they weren’t all exactly magnificent. Infield single in the first, bloop RBI-single in the fifth and a bunt single in the eighth.

Philliesflow is your source for Casey Fien trivia. Domonic Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. There are two players drafted in that round that have a higher career WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference than Brown does: Casey Fien and Vinnie Pestano.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth. Lefty Glen Perkins set Delmon Young, Mayberry and Galvis down in order.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. He’s 10-for-his-last-24. Just 12 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances for the year. His isolated power for the season is at .085, which is the lowest it has been in any season in which he got more than two plate appearances.

Revere 3-for-4 with an RBI. He has seven RBI for the season. Across both leagues there are three players with at least 200 plate appearances and less than ten RBI for the year. They are Revere, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Insert your own joke here.

Rollins 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-33 (.242) with eight singles. He’s a weird guy to have hitting third against a righty given his 270/335/389 line against right-handed pitching for the season.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. He has one home run in his last 111 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-10.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 236/303/383 against right-handed pitching for his career.

Galvis 0-for-4. 0-for-his-last-15.

Lerud 0-for-3 and struck out twice. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, but Lerud didn’t have much of a chance to handle the pitch.

Lee (7-2, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11) tonight. Lee has made 13 starts this year and allowed more than three earned runs in two of them. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts and the Phils are 6-1 in those games. He’s allowed two home runs in 59 2/3 innings over his last eight times out. Correia has struck out 36 in 76 2/3 innings for the season. He doesn’t walk many guys, but opponents are hitting .298 against him for the year with righties sporting a 308/333/550 line.


The company you can’t keep up with

The Phillies were on a roll earlier this month, taking five in a row in a stretch that saw them top out a game above .500. They’ve gone in the other direction since, falling hard to the Brewers and Twins as they dropped four straight.

Both under .500 for the year, the Twins and Brewers have combined to go 54-71 this season. The Phillies are 14-5 on the season against the Mets and Marlins and 17-29 against everyone else.

Last night, Howard singled off a lefty in the top of the eighth, driving in Frandsen to tie the game at 2-2. Adams walked the leadoff man Jamey Carroll to start the bottom of the eighth, though, and Carroll came around to score on a two-out single off of Bastardo and the Phils fell 3-2.

Adams was charged with the run and has now allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.

The Phillies are 31-34 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost four in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies scored two runs or less for the sixth time in the last ten starts for Hamels. He threw to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts on the season. Since then he’s thrown to a 3.54 ERA and the Phillies have gone 2-10 in his outings.

Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Hamels got the next three behind him.

Hamels struck out the side in the second, getting Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier all swinging.

He started the third up 1-0. Carroll singled to right with two outs and stole second before Joe Mauer grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Back-to-back doubles by Josh Willingham and Morneau in the fourth tied the game at 1-1 with Morneau on second and one down. Arcia was next and he doubled off the base of the wall in center, scoring Morneau to put the Twins up 2-1. Dozier moved Arcia up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Clete Thomas. Hamels got Thomas to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Minnesota gets four straight hits against Hamels after he records the first out — three doubles in a row followed by Dozier’s single.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Morneau singled with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Arcia swinging 2-2 to leave him at first.

Michael Young made a very nice diving play and a long throw to first to take extra-bases away from Ryan Doumit for the first out of the inning.

De Fratus struck out Thomas and Pedro Florimon in a 1-2-3 seventh.

De Fratus has 1.80 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in ten innings for the season over 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him, he hasn’t allowed a home run and has walked just two.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Carroll led off and Adams walked him on four pitches. Mauer followed with a single to right that put men on first and second with nobody out. Doumit was next and hit a ball handled by Adams. Adams threw to second to force Mauer for the first out with runners safe at the corners and one down. Willingham fouled out to Michael Young for the second out with the runners holding and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Morneau. Bastardo got ahead of Morneau before Morneau singled into center on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Carroll (3-2) and moving Doumit up to second. Arcia struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man on four pitches in a tie game. Adams does a great job to get a popup for the second out with runners on the corners, but Bastardo can’t get Morneau and the Twins pull ahead.

The last 47 batters Adams has faced in his last 11 appearances have on-based .383 against him. They’ve hit just .256, but with seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. He’s also allowed three home runs in those 10 1/3 innings.

Bastardo faces two batters in the game, allowing the go-ahead single before getting the strikeout. He’s been charged with just two runs in seven innings over his last eight appearances, but has allowed six hits and five walks (1.57 ratio over his last eight appearances with opponents on-basing .375 against him).

Overall the pen goes two innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Nobody threw more than 13 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty PJ Walters went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Mayberry in right with Delmon Young DHing in Minnesota. Quintero catches with Ruiz and Kratz down. Michael Young continues to lead off. He’s 9-for-20 (450/476/450) batting first for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Florimon made a nice play on a ball hit hard by Michael Young for the first out.

Howard and Brown both struck out in the second.

Mayberry led off the third and hit a ball to short. Florimon fielded and threw to first, but his throw was not handled there. Morneau was charged with an error and Mayberry was safe at first. Galvis flew to left for the first out and Quintero moved Mayberry up to second when he grounded to the pitcher for the second. It brought Michael Young to the plate and he singled to right. Mayberry scored from second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mauer came out in front of the plate to take Doumit’s throw from right. Young tried to move up to second as the throw came home, but Mauer threw him out there to end the frame.

Clutch two-out hit for Young, but the run is unearned due to the Morneau error at first to start the inning.

Howard singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown grounded to Florimon to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when Mayberry doubled softly to right with one out in the fifth. Galvis followed with a walk, but Quintero struck out for the second out and Michael Young went down on a ball handled by the pitcher to turn the Phils away.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Brown grounded to first to leave Rollins stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Still down a run, Frandsen hit for Quintero to start the eighth and singled to left. Michael Young struck out swinging for the first out before Revere moved Young up to second with a single to left. Lefty Brian Duensing took over for Walters and struck Rollins out swinging at a 3-2 pitch off the plate, but Howard followed and singled into right. Frandsen scored from second, tying the game at 2-2 with two down and men on first and second. Brown grounded to second to end the frame.

Frandsen is called on to pinch-hit against the righty and delivers a rally-starting pinch-hit single. Big at-bat for Rollins and he strikes out on a ball out of the zone, but Howard picks him up with a single to right off of the lefty.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 220/258/373.

Lefty Glen Perkins started the ninth for the Twins with Minnesota leading 3-2. Delmon Young led off and lined to first for the first out. Mayberry flew to left for the second and Galvis struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .379 so far in June. Made a great play in the sixth on a ball hit hard by Doumit. Florimon took a hit away from him with a nice play in the first.

Revere 1-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-37 (.162).

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-29 (.207). The walk binge is apparently over — he hasn’t walked over 21 plate appearances in his last five starts.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI-single off the lefty Duensing to tie the game in the eighth. His walk binge looks over, too. No walks in his last 20 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-7 over the last two games.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-his-last-8. On-basing .275 against righties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a softly hit double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 365/377/558 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-11.

Quintero 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-7 with a home run. On-basing .172 against righties for the year.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.40) tonight. Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the season. Lefties are hitting 308/383/442 against him for the season. Pelfrey has been hit hard by both righties and lefties this season. Opponents are on-basing .380 against him for the year.


The bullpen’s creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky

A lot went well for the Phillies last night, Halladay was outstanding for the third time in a row and Utley and Howard both homered against a lefty, but the bullpen faltered and the Phils fell 5-3 to the Pirates.

The Phillies started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the seventh that cut the lead to one. Adams started the eighth and allowed all four of the men he faced to reach base, which led to two more Pirate runs. Horst allowed a run in the ninth as Pittsburgh got some help from a slightly flukey two-out triple.

Pittsburgh starter lefty Wandy Rodriguez came into the game with an 0.56 ERA, having not allowed a home run in his three starts this season. Utley and Howard have both been struggling terribly against lefties, but both hit solo home runs off of Rodriguez to help the Phils to their early lead. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Phils scored three runs or less for the eleventh time in 13 games.

The Phillies are 9-13 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The Pirates lead the series two games to one with game four this afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. The hit was a single and he struck out eight.

He has a 1.71 ERA and an 0.62 ratio over his last three starts. Thanks to two terrible starts to start the year, he has a 5.08 ERA for the season.

Starling Marte was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and walked. He stole second before Travis Snider struck out looking for the first out. Andrew McCutchen struck out looking for the second. Marte stole third with Garrett Jones at the plate, but Halladay got Jones looking to leave Marte stranded.

Up 1-0, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the second.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 third.

Jones walked with two outs in the fourth and Halladay hit the next batter Walker. Alvarez was next and singled softly into center, scoring Jones to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay struck Martin out looking to leave the runners at first and second.

Up 2-1, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 3-1 lead and Alvarez homered to right with one out. 3-2. Martin went down on a ground out for the second out before righty Gaby Sanchez hit for the shortstop John McDonald. Sanchez grounded to Howard to end the frame.

Alvarez came in to the series hitting 125/222/232 for the year. He’s 4-for-8 with two home runs in the set so far.

First home run, or earned run of any kind, that Bastardo has allowed this season in 8 1/3 innings over nine appearances.

Adams started the eighth. Jose Tabata hit for the pitcher Vin Mazzaro and drew a walk to start the inning. Marte moved him up to second with a single. Snider was next and he showed bunt, then swung away and singled to right, scoring Tabata to tie the game at 3-3 with men on first and third. McCutchen walked to load the bases and Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and singled to left. Everyone moved up a base and Marte scored to make it 4-3. Walker was next with the bases still loaded and nobody out. He hit a ball to first. Howard came home and Quintero went to first in time to complete the double-play. Alvarez grounded to Utley to leave runners at second and third.

Adams faced four hitters in the game without getting an out. Two singles and two walks. 4.00 ERA and a 1.44 ratio over nine innings in 11 appearances.

Horst returned for the ninth. Barmes singled to left with one and moved up to second on a ground out by Tabata. Marte was next and blooped a ball down the first base line, which went off of Utley’s glove in right for a triple. Barmes scored and it was 5-3. Righty Michael McKenry hit for the pitcher Mark Melancon and flew to left to leave Marte at third.

It would have been a nice play, but Utley usually catches the ball hit by Marte that went for a triple. He had made a long run, but was in position to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and didn’t come up with the ball. Cost the Phillies a run.

Horst allows a single to the first man he faces in the eighth with the run charged to Adams, but then does a great job to get out of that frame without further damage before allowing a run in the ninth with the help of Marte’s unlikely triple.

He drops his ERA to 6.52 by allowing a run over two innings. Opponents are hitting .342 against him in the early going.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Horst threw 27 pitches in the game, Adams 21 and Bastardo 16.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Wandy Rodriguez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Quintero. Utley moves up to second in the order with Young third against the lefty. Quintero catches Halladay again.

Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out by McCutchen as he went for two. It cost the Phils a run, cause Utley was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Young and Howard went down behind Utley.

Brown singled to center with one out in the second. Revere was next and grounded to short with Brown moving up to second and two down. Quintero grounded to first to leave Brown stranded.

Halladay and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Young struck out swinging for the first out, but Howard was next and he pounded a hanging 0-2 breaking ball way out to right for a home run, putting the Phils back up at 2-1. Mayberry followed with a walk and moved up to second when Brown hit a routine grounder to Walker at second that was booted for an error. Revere popped to short for the second out and Quintero was walked intentionally to pitch to Halladay with the bases loaded. Halladay struck out swinging to leave them loaded.

I wouldn’t walk Quintero intentionally very often. Howard hit the ball really far. Great to see him homer off the lefty, but that was a really bad pitch.

Rollins doubled down the third base line to start the fifth and Utley followed with a bunt single that put runners on first and third. Young was next and grounded to third. Alvarez fielded and went to second for the first out of the inning. When the throw went to second, Rollins broke for home. Walker took the throw at second and threw home. The ball beat Rollins by a wide margin and he was tagged out for the second out of the frame. Howard lined to first to leave Young at first.

Miserable base-running by Rollins as the Phils fail to score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Revere singled with two outs in the sixth and moved up to third when Quintero followed with a single. With the lefty Rodriguez still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Frandsen hit for Halladay and singled to center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 3-1 with men on first and second. Righty Vin Mazzaro took over for Rodriguez and got Rollins to ground to second to leave the runners stranded.

Halladay had thrown 95 pitches in the game.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Mazzaro set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth with the Pirates leading 4-3. Brown singled with one out, but Revere hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Jason Grilli started the ninth with Pittsburgh up 5-3. Nix hit for Quintero and flew to right for the first out. Carrera hit for Horst and was hit by a pitch, but Rollins fouled out behind him and Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

Carrera is 1-for-8 with the Phils, but with a .364 on-base percentage thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double. He’s 7-for-his-last-17. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a long home run off of a lefty. 211/286/464 against lefties for the season.

Young 0-for-4. He actually hit into yet another double-play, although it doesn’t count as an official GDP due to the unusual nature of the play and Rollins’s base-running decision. 4-for-his-last-l7 with four singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a long home run against a lefty on an 0-2 pitch. 142/182/381 against lefties.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 235/297/382 over his last 37 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He came into the game 2-for-his-last-21.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .207. He has one extra-base hit in 93 plate appearances and has walked in about 4.3% of his plate appearances.

Quintero 1-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-5 with a double and a walk has his line for the year up to 313/353/438.

Lee (2-1, 2.83) faces righty James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) this afternoon. Lee has had one bad start in four tries this year, which came in his most recent outing as he allowed five runs in five frames against the Cards. He’s allowed just 22 hits and four walks over 28 2/3 innings while striking out 23. McDonald has walked 12 over 19 2/3 innings in his four starts. Opponents are hitting just .216 against him, but on-basing .341. Cause he walks everyone, you see.


Some days are better than others

The Phillies have played two games since Friday, beating the Astros 7-1 behind dominating pitching yesterday after a 15-7 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

The Phils one-hit Houston yesterday. Hamels allowed a run on one hit and one walk over five innings and was followed by four shutout innings from the pen in which the relievers didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out six.

Nix homered for the Phils in the game. He second home run of the spring and first in an official spring game. He continued his recent surge with a 2-for-3 day that upped his line to 231/286/346.

Michael Young is also hot and also had two hits. 2-for-3 with a double puts him at 371/405/514.

Freddy Galvis 3-for-4 with a double. 308/325/564. Seven extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts in 39 at-bats. Tied with Fields for second on the team in strikeouts behind Howard. Tied with Frandsen and Howard for the team lead in extra-base hits.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. He’s hitting .222.

Frandsen 1-for-5 and hitting 355/375/742. Revere 0-for-3. Mayberry 0-for-2 to drop his line to 225/279/350. Utley is at 167/333/208 after going 0-for-3. Howard was 0-for-3 and struck out twice, dropping his line to 333/357/718.

Ruf left the game after being hit by a pitch, but is, apparently, okay. He’s hitting .188 this spring with a .281 slugging percentage in 32 at-bats despite recent signs of life.

The pitching was fantastic. Hamels allowed a double to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first, Tyler Greene, and Greene came around to score on a pair of ground outs. That’s the only run or hit Hamels would allow in five innings. He walked just one, dropping his ERA on the day to 0.90 after three starts and ten innings. The start against the Dominican Republic in which he got hammered wasn’t an unofficial outing, so his official numbers are great — 0.90 ERA with an 0.70 ratio and seven strikeouts and one walk in ten frames.

Cloyd, Miner, Horst and De Fratus all threw a scoreless inning after Hamels left. They combined to allow one walk, which Miner issued in the seventh.

Cloyd has been awful this spring, but drops his ERA to 10.80 with the scoreless inning.

Miner has also struggled and also has a 10.80 ERA.

Horst’s ERA drops to 12.00. Ten hits, including four home runs, and three walks over six innings gives him a 2.17 ratio. After striking out two in his frame yesterday he’s struck out four in six innings.

De Fratus drops his ERA to 7.50 after six innings. Seven hits and three walks over six innings gives him a 1.67 ratio. Unlike some of the other relievers who gave up a ton of home runs early (Horst and Valdes especially), De Fratus has yet to allow a home run.

Saturday was a different story as the Rays pounded out 15 runs against Phillie pitching. Lannan, Rosenberg and Bastardo combined to allow 13 runs in five innings. Rosenberg and Bastardo were charged with nine runs and got just three outs between them.

Howard homered, his fourth of the spring.

Brown went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He’s hitting 432/523/730. If he strikes out in every one of his next 20 plate appearances, he’ll be hitting .281 and slugging .474.

Revere was 3-for-4 with a double in the game. After going 0-for-3 yesterday, he’s at 325/357/375.

Humberto Quintero had three hits. 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBI has him at 300/333/300 (3-for-10 with three singles and a walk).

Lannan started the game. He threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second. Brown made his first error of the spring in the fourth as the Rays scored four times — all four runs were earned despite the error as the Rays got three singles and a two-run homer in the frame. Lannan allowed a leadoff double in the fourth, but got the next three hitters to keep Tampa Bay off the board.

Overall, Lannan went four innings in the game, allowing four runs on five hits without walking anyone. After three starts and five innings he’s thrown to a 9.00 ERA with a 1.44 ratio. The two-run homer that Sean Rodriguez hit off of him in the four-run third is the only home run he’s allowed, but opponents are hitting .286 against him.

Papelbon and Diekman both threw scoreless innings in the game, which is especially welcomed in Papelbon’s case. Papelbon drops his ERA to 27.00 in his first spring appearance that’s been non-terrible. Diekman has struck out ten in six innings while throwing to a 3.00 ERA.

Durbin pitched the sixth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. He has a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio after four innings. Opponents are hitting .438 against him.

Bastardo started the seventh. He faced eight hitters and was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, on three singles and a walk. He hit a batter and another reached on a Mayberry error at first while getting two outs. JC Ramirez took over with two outs and men on first and second and got the final out on a fly ball to left.

Bastardo’s ERA rises to 3.86 after five appearances.

Rosenberg started the eighth. He faced six batters, getting one out, which came on a bunt, and allowed five runs, only four of which were earned due to an error by Martinez at second to start the inning. After the error to start the frame, Rosenberg allowed two singles, a double and a two-run homer. He ends the ugly outing with a 24.30 ERA and a 4.50 ratio. Opponents have hit .571 in his 3 1/3 official spring innings.

Kyle Simon took over for Rosenberg and got the last two outs in the eighth. He faced five batters and was charged with one run, allowing two walks and a single, which upped his spring ERA to 6.00.

The Phillies do not play today.

This article suggests that Aumont, De Fratus, Stutes, Diekman, Horst and Valdes are at the front of a competition for three spots in the pen.

Many transactions. The Phillies released Joe Mather. Mather was 1-for-11 with a walk for the Phils this spring.

Adam Morgan reassigned to Minor League camp, as were JC Ramirez, Kyle Simon, Tommy Joseph, Cody Asche and Michael Martinez.

I appreciate the effort from the Phils, but for me it’s still too little, too late on Martinez.

This article says: “Four players who are on the 40-man roster were optioned to the minors: Pitcher Joe Savery, pitcher Ethan Martin, pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, outfielder Zach Collier. Savery’s option was immediate. The options of Martin, Pettibone and Collier won’t take effect until Monday.”


The best of the rest

Game Score is an enormously flawed stat, but looking at the Start Log data for 2012 does help demonstrate part of what was wrong for the Phillies last year.

The average Game Score for a start by a Phillies pitcher in ’12 was 54.2, which is the lowest it has been since 2009. There were only two starters for the Phils in 2012 who posted an average Game Score for the year better than the team’s average of 54.2 — Hamels averaged 59.74 in his 31 starts and Lee averaged 58.93 in his 30. Halladay, notably, joined Worley, Blanton, Kendrick, Valdes, Cloyd and Rosenberg in the group of starters under the team’s 54.2 average.

In 2011, Halladay, Hamels and Lee all averaged Game Scores above 60.

The Phils had six games in 2012 in which their starter threw to a Game Score better than 80. Here are the teams six best starts for 2012 by Game Score:

April 5, Halladay 83. Phillies beat the Pirates 1-0 on Opening Day as Halladay allows two hits and no walks over eight shutout innings.

April 18, Lee 85. By Game Score, this is the second-best start of the year for the Phillies in 2012. Lee strikes out seven in ten shutout innings. Bastardo started the bottom of the eleventh in a scoreless tie and the Giants got an unearned run on two singles and a Wigginton error.

May 3, Blanton 87. Best start of the year for the Phillies by Game Score. Blanton throws a complete-game, three hit shutout and the Phils top the Braves 4-0. He threw just 88 pitches in the game.

August 7, Hamels 83. Best start of the year for Hamels as he throws a complete game, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six. Howard hits a two-run homer in the top of the first as the Phils score three runs on their way to a 3-0 win over Atlanta.

August 10, Halladay 82. The only pitcher to make two starts with Game Scores over 80, Halladay allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out eight as the Phils topped the Cardinals 3-1, breaking a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run shot by Utley.

August 19, Kendrick 82. The third Game Score of 80 plus in a 12-day period for the Phils. Kendrick makes his best start of the year, allowing three hits and a walk over eight shutout innings while striking out seven. The Phillies score five runs charged to Randy Wolf in the first three innings and roll to an 8-0 win.

For the Phillies it was their first season since 2008 in which they didn’t get a start with a Game Score better than 90.

In 2011, Lee threw a complete-game shutout of the Nats on April 14, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 12 and posting a Game Score of 92.

Halladay threw a perfect game on May 29, 2010 with a Game Score of 98.

There were two starts with a Game Score above 90 in 2009. On August 19, Lee struck out 11, walked none and allowed two singles in a complete game against the Snakes. The Phils won 8-1 and Lee’s Game Score was 92. On September 1, Hamels allowed two hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete game shutout as the Phils topped the Giants 1-0. 91 Game Score in that start for Hamels.

This Q&A from the Phillies web site speculates that Michael Young could play some first base against lefties this year if Howard continues to struggle against them. Mayberry and Ruf seem like good candidates as well. Mayberry seems like the one of that trio who would not be terrible defensively at the position he was playing (left field, presumably) if he was in the lineup and not at first, which presumably makes it less likely he would be there than Ruf or Young if Howard was on the bench against a lefty.

This suggests that the Phillies and Bastardo have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

Article on 22-year-old lefty Adam Morgan here. Morgan threw to a 3.35 ERA in 158 2/3 innings over 27 appearances, 26 of which were starts, between Clearwater and Reading in 2012.

This article discusses the possibility that Michael Young will hit between Utley and Howard in 2013.

This article suggests the Phillies are seriously considering signing Delmon Young.

Update: The Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one-year, $750,000 deal. I would have guessed he would get more money than that. At least on paper, that’s a really good deal for the Phils to land the MVP of last year’s ALCS. No word yet they plan to play on paper next year, though. So brace yourself for the possibility there might be a bump or two ahead.

This says Young could earn as much as $3.5 million if all incentives are reached.

Young earned $6.75 million in 2012.


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