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The Phils came close to winning their fourth straight last night, but Rosenberg and Diekman combined to surrender seven runs in the eighth and ninth, all seven of which came on the four home runs they allowed.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils down 2-1, pitching for the third straight day, and allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs to the three right-handed hitters he faced to put the Phils in a 5-1 hole. They rallied for five in the bottom of the eighth, getting a two-run single from Byrd and a three-run homer from Brown, his first long ball of the year. It gave them a 6-5 lead going into the ninth and Diekman tried to nail it down with Papelbon watching having thrown three days in a row. Diekman walked two of the first three men he faced and Dan Uggla hit a grand slam off of him with one out in the inning, putting Atlanta on top to stay.

Once again it was an ugly performance for the pen coming off a series in which they were very good. Over the weekend, the Phils swept the Fish with the bullpen allowing three runs over 12 2/3 innings in the set (2.13 ERA and an 0.79 ratio).

The Phils are tied for fourth in the NL in runs scored per game and 14th in runs allowed, ahead of just the Snakes. Chase Utley is currently OPSing 1.393, which has probably helped with the tied for fourth in runs scored thing a bit. He may have difficulty trying to sustain that pace.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the year after falling 9-6 to the Atlanta Braves last night. They’ve won three of their last four.

Hernandez got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out three.

Six is too many to walk in six innings. He came into the game having walked two in 10 1/3 innings for the year. He last walked six or more in a game on July 17, 2010, while pitching for the Indians.

3.86 ERA and a 1.43 ratio for Hernandez after three starts. Opponents have hit just .222 against him, but his home run rate is high and his walk rate is high. Lefties are just 2-for-16 against the righty.

He allowed a single to Jason Heyward to start the game in the top of the first. B.J. Upton was next and grounded to short with Heyward forced at second. Upton stole second and took third on a throwing error by Ruiz, but Hernandez struck Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton both out swinging to leave him there..

No run for the Braves after they put a man on third with one out.

Seventeen strikeouts for Hernandez in 16 1/3 innings so far, which is way above his career marks. He’s struck out 14 of the 50 right-handed hitters he’s faced for the year, which is 28%. Over his career he’s struck out about 17.4% of the right-handed hitters he’s faced. 13.6% of lefties for the year compared to about 11.8% for his career. Strikes out the lefty Freeman and the righty Upton to get out of the mini-jam in the first.

Andrelton Simmons tripled to center with two outs in the second. Hernandez walked Ramiro Pena behind him, but Hernandez got the pitcher Ervin Santana to ground out to end the frame.

Heyward walked to start the third with the Phils up 1-0. He stole second and took third when B.J. Upton grounded out for the first out. Freeman was next and hit a ball fielded by Hernandez. He threw to third, where Heyward was caught up and eventually tagged out. Freeman tried to take second while the Phillies worked on retiring Heyward, but was thrown out trying to do so to set Atlanta down.

Third straight inning the Braves put a man on third and fail to score. In the first and third they put a man on third with less than two outs and didn’t score.

Hernandez threw a 1-2-3 fourth. It was still 1-0 when Pena doubled with one out in the fifth. Santana grounded to short for the second out before Heyward walked again. B.J. Upton grounded back to Hernandez to leave both men stranded.

Heyward on base again. Two walks and a single in the first five innings against Hernandez.

Freeman walked on four pitches to start the sixth. Hernandez got Justin Upton swinging for the first out before Evan Gattis hit a 2-2 pitch just out to left for a two-run homer that put the Braves up 2-1. Dan Uggla was next and walked, but Hernandez got the next two to set Atlanta down.

The four-pitch walk to Freeman in front of the Gattis home run costs the Phils a run.

Mario Hollands started the seventh for the Phils. He walked B.J. Upton with one out. Upton stole second with two outs and took third on Ruiz’s second throwing error of the game. Hollands struck Justin Upton out swinging 3-2 o leave B.J. Upton at third.

Phils let the lefty Hollands pitch to the righty Justin Upton in a one-run game in the seventh. Works out. Hollands has a 1.42 ERA and an 0.95 ratio for the year after seven appearances. Since an ugly debut on Opening Day against the Rangers, he’s allowed three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting .150 against him for the year — 3-for-20 with three singles.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils still down a run. He entered having pitched two days in a row. He faced three batters. Gattis was first and homered to left-center. 3-1. Uggla was next and homered to left. 4-1. Simmons followed Uggla and homered to left-center. 5-1. Luis Garcia took over for Rosenberg and retired the next three batters.

Three hitters for Rosenberg, all three right-handed, and all three homer in his sixth appearance of the year. The first three were really bad, although Rosenberg wasn’t charged with a run in any of them. The back-to-back outings before last night were very good — he struck out three in two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Last night was obviously awful and the numbers overall are pretty awful for Rosenberg for the year. 6.23 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. Opponents have hit .400 against him with a 1.279 OPS. Righties are 7-for-17 against him with three home runs and a .941 slugging percentage.

Luis Garcia faces three and gets all three in his first outing of the year for the Phils. Heyward lined a ball hard to Asche at third for the third out. He managed a 3.73 ERA for the Phillies over 24 appearances in 2013, but walked 23 in 31 1/3 innings. Walking 23 in 31 1/3 innings isn’t the formula for sustained success.

The Phillies led 6-5 when Jake Diekman started the ninth, filling in for Jonathan Papelbon, who had pitched for three straight days. He walked B.J. Upton to start the frame. Freeman was next and hit a ball to Utley. Utley flipped to second to try and get Upton, but his flip was late and everyone was safe. Justin Upton was next and walked to load the bases. Diekman struck Gattis out swinging 0-2 for the first out, but Uggla was next and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center for a grand slam that put Atlanta back on top at 9-6. Diekman allowed a single to Simmons before getting the next two to end the inning.

Diekman walks two and the Phils don’t get an out on Freeman’s ball before Uggla hits his second home run of the game. The lefty Diekman facing the righy Gattis (who he struck out) and the righty Uggla with the bases loaded in a one-run game in the ninth doesn’t seem ideal to me whether it worked out or not. It didn’t.

8.59 ERA and a 1.64 ratio for Diekman after 7 1/3 innings. He doesn’t give up a lot of home runs, but he gave up a huge one last night. Came into the game having allowed two home runs in 72 innings for this career. He does walk too many — he has now walked 41 in 73 innings for his career, including about 13.8% of the righties he has faced.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow seven runs on five hits, including four home runs, and three walks. Rosenberg has thrown three days in a row. Diekman threw 28 pitches last night.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ervin Santana went (1) Tony Gwynn (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Carlos Ruiz (8) Cody Asche. Gwynn starts in center after going 5-for-10 in the last two games against Miami while Revere was sidelined with a rib issue. He has a .314 career on-base percentage, so he’s not an ideal leadoff hitter no matter how many he went for ten in the last two games. On the other hand, he’s now on-basing .500 against right-handed pitching for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Howard led off the second and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz drew a two-out walk, but Asche grounded softly to first to end the inning.

Two home runs in two days for Howard. Three in 13 games puts him on pace to hit about 37 over 162 games.

Gwynn bunted for a single with one out in the third and took second on a throwing error by Gattis. Rollins was next and bunted, presumably for a hit, into the second out, moving Gwynn up to third. Utley struck out swinging to leave Gwynn stranded.

Really hope Rollins was bunting for a hit there, causing bunting Gwynn up to third with the second out doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Byrd doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Brown followed with a walk, but Ruiz lined a ball back up the middle that was caught by a diving Uggla. Uggla flipped to second to double Byrd off and end the inning.

Nice play by Uggla. Byrd didn’t have a chance. I’m sure he’s made bad base-running plays, no hustle plays and mental mistakes in his time as a Phillie, but I don’t remember many of them.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Utley doubled softly to right with one out in the sixth with the Phils down 2-1, but Howard and Byrd both struck out behind him.

Asche reached on a throwing error by Uggla with two outs in the seventh. With lefty Ian Thomas pitching for the Braves, Mayberry hit for Hollands. Righty Anthony Vavaro took over for Thomas and struck Mayberry out swinging to end the inning.

I think it was a fine time to use Mayberry with a chance against the lefty, even though it was early, but he can’t come through against the righty. 0-for-7 against righties on the year.

The Phils were down 5-1 when they hit in the eighth. Lefty Luis Avilan walked Gwynn to start the frame. Rollins and Utley followed with singles that loaded the bases for Howard. Avilan struck Howard out looking 1-2 for the first out before Byrd singled to right on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Gwynn and Rollins. 5-3 with men on first and second for Brown. Utley moved up to third on a wild pitch before Brown lined a 1-0 pitch from Avilan out to right-center for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 6-5. Avilan got Ruiz and Asche behind Brown.

First home run of the year for Brown and it’s a big one off of a lefty. Gwynn and Utley both reach base against the lefty and score in the frame — Gwynn leads off with a walk and Utley singles. The lefty strikes Howard out with nobody out and the bases loaded. Byrd gets to hit against the lefty, presumably cause the Braves were way up and Brown was behind him, and delivers a big single ahead of the Brown home run.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit in the ninth. Righty David Carpenter walked Rollins with two down. Rollins took second on defensive indifference before Utley grounded out to end the game.

Gwynn 1-for-4 with a big walk in the ninth against the lefty. 6-for-his-last-14 with a walk. On-basing .440 for the year and .500 against right-handed pitching.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. Just 1-for-his-last-8, but with a 283/365/478 line for the year. 5-for-12 against lefties with a 417/417/667. 235/350/412 against righties.

Utley 2-for-5 with a softly hit double. Didn’t get an out on Freeman’s ball in the ninth, which helped the Braves score a run. 15-for-his-last-27 with four walks, six doubles and two home runs. A silly 489/549/844 line for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with his second home run in two days. Three strikeouts, including one with nobody out in the eighth and the bases loaded against a lefty. 4-for-his-last-14 with three walks and two home runs. Hitting just .224 for the year with a 176/263/412 line against lefties in 19 PA.

Byrd 2-for-4 with two RBI. 7-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and a home run. Hammering lefties (333/412/533) in the early going, but with a 256/275/385 line against righties. 268/318/480 against righties last year and 275/332/410 for his career.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. On-basing .385 against righties and the same .385 against lefties.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk and made two throwing errors. He’s hitting just .225 for the year, but with a .367 on-base percentage thanks to eight walks in 49 plate appearances. Isolated power of .100 so far, which is worse than his career mark of .136. His best offensive years were 2010, when he on-based .400 over 433 plate appearances, and 2012, when he on-based .394 with an isolated power of .215.

Asche 0-for-4 to drop his average to .189. 0-for-his-last-14. Seven hits on the year, three of which came on Opening Day. 4-for-33 (.121) since Opening Day.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 2.89) tonight. Lee was hit hard by the Rangers on Opening Day and has allowed three runs in 13 innings since. He’s walked just one batters on the year and none over his last two starts, but has given up a lot of hits. Even over his last two outings, opponents have hit .327 against him (with a BABIP of .439, so I’d try to calm down a little). Hale has a 2.89 ERA over two starts, but a 1.82 ratio to go with it. He’s walked seven in 9 1/3 innings on the year.


J-Roll’s lack of energy and positive influence force Rosenberg to allow five of the six men he faces in the eighth to reach base as Phils fall again

His lack of energy and positive influence is a powerful force not to be trifled with. If only the Phils had found a way to work Freddy Galvis in to the mix. The Pirates probably would have just quit before the game even started and everyone could have just gone out for some pie.

Pittsburgh 6, Philadelphia 5. Manship, De Fratus and Diekman combined to allow two runs over the first six innings and the Phils took a 4-2 lead into the eighth, but B.J. Rosenberg struggled in that frame and the Pirates plated four runs to go up 6-4. The Phils loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the ninth, but managed to score just once.

So what’s the matter with the Phillies? Maybe they’re distracted. Maybe Jimmy Rollins is spending too much time on the bench telling Ryne Sandberg what it’s like to play in the World Series. Maybe the team just can’t get enough of Sandberg’s story about the time he told the world that his band of loveable losers that hadn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years was the team to beat in their division, then made sure it happened, hitting .286 with 16 homers before the All-Star break on his way to being named league MVP.

Maybe they just can’t figure out whether to start Cliff Lee or Miguel Gonzalez on opening day.

I don’t think it’s any of that, though. I think what’s wrong with the Phillies is that they’re about four good players away from being a good team. That’s not Ryne Sandberg’s fault, but it’s not Jimmy Rollins’s, either. Suggesting it is is a mistake.

Jeff Manship got the start for the Phillies. He entered with a 1.29 ERA and an 0.71 ratio over three appearances and went four innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run off of him in the first. He allowed a run on a double and two singles in the third.

2.45 ERA and a 1.00 ratio for Manship after 11 innings.

Justin De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 fifth. He came back to start the sixth and allowed a leadoff single to McCutchen before being pulled. Dropped his ERA to 1.80 on the day and his ratio stays at 1.00.

Jake Diekman took over for De Fratus. He struck Pedro Alvarez out swinging for the first out and got Travis Snider to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Two batters, three outs for Diekman. 7.50 ERA and a 1.50 ratio. Opponents were hitting .348 against him for the spring coming into the game.

B.J. Rosenberg allowed a single in a scoreless seventh. He came back to start the eighth with the Phils up 4-2 and faced six hitters, allowing four singles and a walk. The Pirates would score four runs charged to him in the frame.

Rosenberg goes 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk. They sure stuck with him a long time. 6.14 ERA and a 1.23 ratio for him for the spring. He came into the game having pitched really well, with a 1.50 ERA and an 0.50 ratio over three appearances and six innings.

Mario Hollands took over for Rosenberg with one out in the eighth and Willy Garcia on first. He faced two men in the game and retired them both, dropping his ERA to 1.29 and his ratio to 1.00 after five outings.

The Phillies scored five runs in the game on eight hits.

Ryan Howard hit a solo homer in the sixth, his first home run of the spring. He was 1-for-4 in the game with two strikeouts to up his average to .206.

Darin Ruf was the only Phillie with more than one hit. He’s hitting .270 after going 2-for-4 with a double.

Brown 1-for-2 with a single and walked twice. He’s walked eight times but is just 6-for-32 (.188) with a triple.

Utley was 1-for-4 and drove in two runs. He’s hitting .207.

Rollins started and hit second with Tony Gwynn, Jr leading off. Rollins 0-for-4 to drop his average to .105. Gwynn is hitting .222 after going 1-for-4.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with with a walk to drop his average to .348.

Asche is up to .148 after going 1-for-3 with a walk. First single of the spring for Asche — he’s 4-for-27 with a single, two doubles and a home run.

Galvis DNP.

For the record, Ryne Sandberg never making it to the World Series has a lot more to do with some awful Cubs teams than it did with Ryne Sandberg. His Cubs made the post-season twice in his career. In 1984, Sandberg hit .368 in the NLCS, but the Padres beat Chicago three games to two in the last five-game NLCS. Up 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth in the deciding game five, the Cubs allowed two in the bottom of the sixth and four in the bottom of the seventh. In 1989 the Giants beat the Cubs four games to one with Sandberg hitting .400 in the set. Overall he hit 385/457/641 in 47 post-season plate appearances for his career. He was the MVP of the National League in ’84, hitting 314/367/520 in 700 plate appearances that season and winning a Gold Glove.

Lee is expected to pitch tomorrow night as the Phils face the Red Sox.


Take two

Wasn’t a lot better than the first one.

The Phils fell to Toronto for the second straight day this afternoon, losing 7-5.

Cliff Lee started the game, coming off of a 2013 campaign in which he was the best Phillie by a wide margin. He went two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three.

He allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to righties Jose Bautista and Moises Sierra in the first and struck out two in a 1-2-3 second.

Brad Lincoln started the third and should have set Toronto down in order. Didn’t happen. With two outs and nobody on, Sierra hit a ball that Asche fielded at third. Asche threw to first, but Maikel Franco didn’t handle the throw at first and was charged with his second error in two days. Bautista followed that with an RBI-double before Lincoln got Edwin Encarnacion looking to leave Bautista at second.

Franco charged with a fielding error at first after making a throwing error fielding Chris Getz‘s bunt at third yesterday. He appeared at first eight times in 2013 at Double-A after not appearing there at all in any previous years.

Diekman pitched the fourth and faced seven batters, allowing two runs on four hits, all singles.

Not a good start for Diekman, but I’d guess he has a good shot to start the year with the team despite his 5.70 ERA in 30 innings at Triple-A last year. He fared much better while with the Phils, throwing to a 2.58 ERA with a less impressive 1.30 ratio.

Ethan Martin pitched the fifth and it wasn’t good. He faced four batters and all four reached on walk, single, double, double. Michael Stutes took over for him and faced four batters, three of which he retired and one of which reached on a throwing error by the catcher Nieves.

Awful for Martin, who left the game with discomfort in his right shoulder, but a nice showing for Stutes in his first appearance.

Mario Hollands pitched the sixth for the Phils and set Toronto down in order. The 25-year-old lefty made 27 appearances (20 starts) between Clearwater and Reading in 2013, throwing to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.23 ratio.

Rosenberg followed Hollands. He set Toronto down in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Great day for Rosenberg. Threw to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.09 ratio in his first 16 appearances before allowing six runs in five innings his last six times out for the Phils last year. May be older than you think — he turned 28 in September.

The Phillies scored five runs in the game. Ruf hit a two-run homer off of righty Esmil Rogers and Mayberry hit a solo shot off of lefty Aaron Loup. Revere scored on a passed ball in the first and Franco scored in the eighth on a play that featured a throwing error by Toronto first baseman Andy LaRoche on a might-have-been double-play.

Ruf was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer after drawing a walk in his only appearance yesterday. Was good (269/363/500) against righties last year and homered off of one today.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a solo homer in his first action. Didn’t appear in center field even once today, which should be lauded.

Revere was 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-6 in the early going.

Abreu 0-for-2 with two more walks. 0-for-3 with four walks.

Franco, Nieves, Frandsen, Asche all went 0-for-3. Franco drew a walk. Galvis 0-for-4.

Franco made an error on a non-catch and Nieves a throwing error.

This from Ryne Sandberg on Ryan Howard: “You want to see if he can make [lefties] throw the ball over the plate. Be patient, be relaxed in those situations. Get a good ball to hit. Make the pitcher come to him. If it means being patient and taking walks, that’s for the betterment of the team. Spit on it, take the walk and be a baserunner. Will that result in some walks? Seventy-five to 100, 120? Probably.” I offer two related predictions: 1) Ryan Howard will walk less than 120 times in 2014 2) if Ryan Howard walks 120 times in 2014 the Phillies will win the World Series. Howard has averaged 24 walks a season over the past two years, walking 48 times in 609 plate appearances. He walked more than 100 times in a season twice — 108 in 2006 and 107 in 2007. Walking a hundred times in a season is hard. Across both leagues, three players did it in 2013. Joey Votto (135), Shin-Soo Choo (112) and Mike Trout (110).

I really don’t see a lot of reason for left-handed pitchers to walk Ryan Howard, either. Howard hit 173/218/321 against lefties in 2013 after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012. He’s walked eight times against left-handed pitching over the past two seasons (193 PA).

Tigers tomorrow with Kendrick expected to pitch.


The secret of his successlessness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


One-hit wonderment

Good pitching and bad pitching were on display yesterday as the Phils squared off with the Pirates. The Phillies came out on the right side, though, winning 5-0 as John Lannan, Mike Adams, Adam Morgan and Raul Valdes held the Pirates to one hit and four walks over nine shutout innings. The Pirates, on the other hand, walked three different Phillies (Quintero, Revere and Utley) with the bases loaded in the second inning.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, all singles.

Michael Young was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Betancourt 2-for-3 with a walk and Revere 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Betancourt is hitting .412. Revere has a 346/393/385 line with three stolen bases. Young is 5-for-his-last-13 with a double and a homer after starting the spring 1-for-9.

Might seem like Revere isn’t hitting for a lot of power, but that’s just the way it’s going to be. His isolated power of .039 so far this spring is pretty similar to his career mark of .045.

Brown 1-for-3, Mayberry 1-for-4. Ruf 0-for-2 with a walk, dropping his spring average to .130. He has one extra-base hit, a double.

Mayberry started 1-for-10 and is 6-for-his-last-16 (.375) with a double and a home run.

Lannan started the game for the Phillies and was fantastic, going three shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit, a first-inning double to Travis Snider, and walking two.

Lannan drops his spring ERA to 1.80, but he has a 1.60 ratio to go with it. He’s walked three in five innings and opponents are hitting .278 against him.

Adam Morgan also three shutout innings in the game for the Phils. He walked two and struck out two without allowing a hit.

Morgan has a 1.93 ERA and has struck out six in 4 2/3 innings, but again with a high ratio of 1.50. Three of the fours runs he’s been charged with are unearned.

Mike Adams threw a 1-2-3 fourth. He’s now thrown two scoreless innings in which he’s allowed one hit without walking a batter.

Valdes was great in the game, too. After being awful in his first two appearances, Valdes faced six batters and retired all six, dropping his ERA to 6.00. He’s struck out seven in six innings, but allowed three home runs. Yesterday was the only one of Valdes’s three outings in which he did not give up a home run.

The Phillies will play the Dominican Republic team this afternoon.

Jonathan Papelbon was scheduled to pitch today, but has a cold and will not do so.

BJ Rosenberg has some tenderness in his elbow, which kept him from pitching on Sunday.

Delmon Young will have his ankle looked at by a doctor in California today.

This article takes a guess at the opening day roster for the Phillies, giving two of the three unknown bullpen slots to Horst and Valdes and leaving the other one open. It also has Ruf off the roster and Inciarte on.

I think if the Phillies are truly thinking about giving Inciarte a spot on the roster we’ll see him getting a whole lot more at-bats soon. So far he has seven. It definitely seems possible.


It happens every spring, but I don’t remember it always looking quite this ugly

The Phillies continued what’s been a pretty ugly start to spring training yesterday, making three more errors and allowing 12 runs as the Twins beat them 12-5. Justin De Fratus and BJ Rosenberg, each hoping to start the year in the bullpen for the Phils, combined to throw two innings in which they allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks.

Ben Revere had a nice day for the Phillies, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, stealing a base and scoring two runs. Domonic Brown is now 4-for-9 on the spring with a double, two home runs and two walks after going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored. Ruiz went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. Mayberry had his first spring hit, a double, as he went 1-for-3 on the day. He’s 1-for-10 so far.

Frandsen was 2-for-4. He’s 5-for-13 with a double, a home run and a 1.077 OPS in the early going. Howard 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s still looking for his first home run, but is now 6-for-12 with two doubles and two walks.

Not as good a day for Galvis, who was 0-for-5, made an error and struck out twice. He also made a misplay late that was originally called an error and then called a hit. Ruf went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting opportunity and is still looking for his first official spring hit. He’s 0-for-9.

Ruf has been dealing with a sore throwing arm that has kept him out of the lineup.

Lannan started the game for the Phils, allowing a run on four singles and a walk over two innings. Adam Morgan followed Lannan and allowed a run on three singles in the third. He came back for the fourth and faced five hitters, getting two outs and allowing a double and a single while the other reached on a Galvis error. Morgan left with two down and men on the corners. Kyle Simon came in to pitch to Ryan Doumit and Doumit hit a three-run homer to right.

Bastardo and Mauricio Robles threw scoreless innings later in the game.

The sixth and seventh didn’t go well for the Phils. De Fratus started the sixth and had his second bad outing in two tries, allowing three runs on four hits, including a double, and a walk. He’s now allowed five runs on six hits over three innings in his two appearances.

Rosenberg also got hit hard, allowing three runs in the seventh. The first four men he faced reached base on a pair of walks, a double and an infield single. He allowed a two-run single with one out before getting a double-play to end the inning.

Like De Fratus, Rosenberg has two spring outings, both of which have been bad. He’s allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks over three innings. That’s a 3.67 ratio, which is not what you’re looking for.

You also want to avoid walking two of the first four men you face if it’s at all possible. In 2012 with the Phillies, Rosenberg walked 14 men in 25 innings while pitching to a 6.12 ERA.

The Phillies face the Braves this afternoon with Cole Hamels expected to pitch. Jake Diekman is also expected to throw in relief as he makes his case for a spot in the pen. He’s made one official appearance so far and allowed a run on a hit and a walk over one inning.


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