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Slow boat to at least it’s over

Just an ugly, hard to watch game that not many watched last night as the Phils topped the Mets 6-2. New York accounted for most of the ugliness with miserable defense and Dice-K taking about 30 seconds between pitches, but the Phils did their part as well, especially at the plate early in the game. In the first three innings, Phillie hitters reached on three walks, two hits, a hit by pitch and an error and failed to score, twice being turned away after loading the bases with one out.

Cole Hamels provided the anti-ugly in the game, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings and delivering a two-out, two-run single in the fifth.

The bullpen also contributed two scoreless frames and has thrown five scoreless innings in the first three games of the series. They haven’t allowed a hit, walked one and struck out four.

The Phillies are 61-72 on the year after beating the New York Mets 6-2 last night. They lead the four-game series two games to one and are 8-3 over their last 11.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out eight.

2.73 ERA and a 1.09 ratio for Hamels over his last 16 starts. He didn’t walk more than one batter in any of his six starts in August. He’s allowed four home runs in 80 innings over his last 11 starts after allowing nine in 56 2/3 innings over his first nine.

He allowed a one-out double to Juan Lagares in the bottom of the first and a two-out double to Justin Turner in the second, but kept the Mets off the board both times.

The pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka singled to right to start the third. Eric Young was next and blooped a ball into center. The charging Bernadina made a diving effort, but didn’t come up with the ball. He was able, however, to pick it up and throw to second in time to force Matsuzaka for the first out. Young stole second before Hamels walked Lagares, putting men on first and second with one down for Andrew Brown. Brown fouled out to Ruiz for the second out with Young tagging and moving up to third. Ike Davis was next and singled to left. Young scored to put New York up 1-0 with two two and men on first and second. Josh Satin flew to left for the third out.

Hamels fortunate to hold the Mets to one on two hits, a walk a stolen base. Young’s ball would have gone for another hit had the Phils not turned it into an out with the force at second. Matsuzaka starts the rally with a single. The lefty Davis finishes it with a single off the lefty Hamels.

Rollins didn’t cover third on Brown’s popup, which allowed Young to move up to third.

The Phillies aren’t the only team throwing some ridiculous cleanup hitters out there these days. Davis ends the game hitting .205 for the year and 145/192/203 against left-handed pitching.

Hamels allowed a single in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, but kept New York off the board in the each of those innings. Young led off the fifth with a single and stole second with one out, but Hamels got Brown on a popup handled by Ruiz and struck Davis out swinging to leave him stranded.

He started the seventh with a 5-1 lead. Lefty Daniel Murphy hit for the pitcher David Aardsma to start the inning and singled to left. Young bunted him to second with the first out. Murphy stole third before Hamels struck Lagares out for the second out, but Brown doubled into left, plating Murphy to cut the lead to 5-2. Hamels got Davis looking 0-2 to leave Brown at second.

Really not sure it’s a good idea to bunt after the leadoff single when you’re down 5-1 in the seventh. The Mets did get one run out of the frame, though, if that’s what they were looking for.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA for the year to 4.00. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances, but has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings over his last seven times out.

Diekman set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phillies up by four. His ERA is down to 3.07 for the year and he hasn’t been charged with a run in 8 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances. He also hasn’t walked any of the 27 hitters he has faced in those eight outings. Prior to those eight appearances, he had walked 12 in 21 innings for the year.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they strike out two without allowing a hit or a walk. Rosenberg threw 16 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Daisuke Matsuzaka went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Orr. Orr starts in left field for the first time since 2008 when he was with the Nationals. Mayberry in right with Ruf on the bench. Young at first ans Asche at third. Ruiz hits cleanup against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 264/290/354 against righties for the season.

Rollins walked with one out in the first and stole second after Utley flew to right for the second out. Ruiz struck out looking to leave Rollins at second.

Asche reached on an error by Davis at first with one out in the second. Mayberry and Orr both walked behind him, loading the bases for Hamels with one out. Hamels struck out swinging and Bernadina struck out looking to leave them loaded.

Nothing for the Phils after they load the bases with one out without a hit.

Utley singled to center with one out in the third and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind him. Young was next and singled softly to right, loading the bases for Asche with one out. Asche struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped out to the catcher in foul territory for the third.

Again the Phillies load the bases with one out and fail to score. This time it’s Asche striking out for the second out.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fourth. Orr led off with a single to right and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Bernadina popped up for the second out, but Rollins was next and picked him up with a line drive in to left. Orr scored from second to tie the game at 1-1. Young took a truly odd angle in pursuit of the ball and it got past him. Rollins tried for third, but was thrown out there to set the Phillies down.

Not pretty, but at least they scored this time. Young didn’t really play the ball very well in left on the Rollins double.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to third when Young lined a double to right. Asche followed with a walk that loaded the bases with nobody out. Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Ruiz scored to make it 2-1 with the bases loaded for Orr. Lefty Robert Carson came in to pitch to Orr and Ruf hit for Orr. Ruf got ahead in the count 3-1, but struck out swinging for the second out. Hamels was next and sliced a 1-1 pitch the other way and into left for a single. Young scored (3-1) and Asche slid in just ahead of the throw from Young to make it 4-1. Bernadina grounded to second for the third out.

Huge hit for Hamels with two outs. Ruf gets a big pinch-hitting chance against a lefty and strikes out with one out and the bases loaded. His woes against left-handed pitching continue on a team that needs a ton of help against left-handed pitching. His line against lefties is down to 159/229/364 in 48 plate appearances for the season.

With two outs in the sixth, Ruiz lined a solo shot out to left, upping the lead to 5-1. Young flew to center behind him for the third out.

Ruiz homers off of the lefty Carson and ends the day with a 340/419/509 line against lefties for the year.

Asche led off the seventh against righty David Aardsma and singled into right past the second baseman Flores. He hurt his right hamstring running to first and McDonald entered the game to run for him. Mayberry moved McDonald up to second with a single, putting two men on for Ruf with nobody out. Ruf flew to left for the first out. Hamels tried to bunt the runners up to second and third, but popped it up for the second. Bernadina struck out swinging for the third.

Nothing for the Phillies after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Asche’s ball should have been handled at second.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Utley reached on an infield single off of righty Scott Atchison with one out, but Ruiz flew to center for the second out and Young grounded to short to set the Phils down.

McDonald led off the ninth and reached on an error by Flores, who was now playing third. He moved up to second when Mayberry grounded out softly for the first out and took third when Ruf followed that with a single. It left the Phils with men on the corners and one out for Rosenberg with the righty Atchison still on the mound for the Mets. Frandsen hit for Rosenberg and reached on yet another Met error, this one by Atchison. McDonald scored to make it 6-2 and Ruf took second. Lefty Pedro Feliciano took over for Atchison and got Bernadina and Rollins to end the frame.

Just atrocious defense for New York in the game. Two errors in the ninth. The error by Davis in the second helps the Phillies load the bases without a hit in the second. Young badly misplayed the Rollins double in left, although New York got an out on that play. Asche was given a single on a ball that should have been handled by Flores at second.

Bernadina was 0-for-6, struck out three times and left ten men on base. I don’t know how often it is you see the leadoff man leave ten men on base, but I’m guessing not very. Struck out to end the second with the bases loaded. That’s three. Popped out in the fourth with one out and Orr on second. Four. Grounded to second with men on first and second to end the fifth. Six. Struck out swinging with men on first and second to end the seventh. Eight. Flew to left with one out and a men on first and second in the ninth. Ten. He’s 4-for-31 (.129) with the Phillies.

Rollins 1-for-5 with a walk, a double and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-5. 3-for-his-last-22 (.136) and 7-for-his-last-46 (.152).

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and was hit by a pitch. 447/475/789 over his last 40 plate appearances (17-for-38 with a walk, four doubles and three home runs) Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 265/295/354 against righties.

Young 2-for-5 with a double. 6-for-12 with two doubles so far in the series.

Asche 1-for-3 with a gift single and a walk. 304/360/507 in his last 75 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 3-for-his-last-19, but with a .333 on-base percentage in those 24 plate appearances, thanks to four walks and a hit by pitch.

Orr was 1-for-1 with a walk in his first action with the team. Leads the team in on-base percentage at 1.000 and OPS at 2.000. Ruf is second on the team among players with one or more PA at .352 and Utley is the only other player above .338. Orr is second among the 204 players across both leagues in OPS as a left fielder. Joey Butler is 2-for-3 for Texas with a walk, two doubles and a 2.083 OPS. Can Orr catch him? Time will tell. If Orr continues his one single and one walk per 133 game pace, he’ll end the year with one single and one walk.

Martin (2-2, 6.33) faces righty Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96) tonight. Martin went just two-thirds of an inning his last time out, allowing three runs in a game the Phillies eventually lost in 18 innings. He’s walked 13 in 21 1/3 innings for the season and allowed six home runs. Torres will be making his first start since July. He’s made three starts on the year in which he’s thrown to a 6.43 ERA, which is misleading as two of his starts were good and one was awful. He allowed two runs over 12 innings in his first two starts on the year before allowing eight runs to the Nationals his third time out. He’s only walked seven in 48 2/3 innings for the between his appearances as a starter and a reliever.


You’re still welcome to ponder perpetual motion to your heart’s content, though

The Phils don’t seem like they’re in danger of turning a corner anytime soon, but they continue to play hard and have won three of their last four. Last night they rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 4-3.

I’m sure there’s a corner to turn up there somewhere. Just can’t see it yet.

Lee allowed nine hits in the game, but held Colorado to two runs over seven innings. The Rockies plated a run charged to De Fratus in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, but Kratz, Ruiz and Michael Young all delivered big hits in the ninth and the Phils got a walkoff win on Young’s one-out single.

The Phillies are 56-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 last night. The Phils lead the four-game set two games to one. They are 8-22 since the All-Star break.

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

Lee has a 4.64 ERA over his last eight starts and the Phillies are 2-6 in those games. He’s allowed 57 hits in 52 1/3 innings over those appearances.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but struck Michael Cuddyer out behind him to leave him stranded.

Lee started the second up 1-0. Wilin Rosario led off with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The next two batters singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Jonathan Herrera. Herrera popped to Utley for the first out and the pitcher Juan Nicasio bunted the runners to second and third with the second. It brought Dexter Fowler to the plate and Fowler singled to left. Nolan Arenado scored easily from third (2-1), but Brown threw home in plenty of time for Kratz to tag Jordan Pacheco out as he tried to score from second, ending the frame.

Second home run in the series for Rosario. He’s 9-for-21 against the Phillies on the year with six extra-base hits, including three home runs, and a 1.502 OPS.

Lee allows four hits in the frame, a homer and three singles. Gets one out on a bunt and another on Brown’s throw to set the Rockies down.

Lee kept the Rockies off the board in the third, fourth and fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Charlie Culberson in the third, but got Cuddyer to ground into a double-play two batters later. Fowler doubled to left on a ball deflected by Mayberry with two outs in the fifth, but Lee got Culberson to line to Young at first to end that threat.

It was 2-2 when he started the sixth. Cuddyer doubled to left with one out, but Lee got Rosario on a softly hit ground ball for the second out and Arenado on a fly ball to center on the third.

Righty DJ LeMahieu hit for the pitcher Wilton Lopez with two outs in the seventh and singled to center. Fowler grounded out to third on a nice play by Asche moving to his left to end the frame.

De Fratus started the eighth with the game still tied. Left-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon led off and was hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a one-out single by Cuddyer, putting runners on the corners for Rosario. Rosario popped up to Utley in short center. Arenado was next and singled to right. Blackmon scored to put the Rockies up 3-2, but Ruf made a nice throw to third to nail Cuddyer and end the inning.

The righties Cuddyer and Arenado both single to right off of De Fratus. Cuddyer’s was sort of a bloop and Arenado dribbled through. Second time in the game the Phils get an outfield assist for the third out of the inning.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, hitting one and allowing two singles to right by righties. Gets a big out of Rosario with one out and men on the corners. Gets an out on the bases on Ruf’s throw. Even with the earned run he allowed last night, De Fratus has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 ratio in 13 1/3 innings over his last 14 appearances. Over his first 20 2/3 innings on the season he walked 13. He’s walked three in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Diekman struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils down a run. He’s struck out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last five times out. He hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to any of the 46 batters he’s faced in his last 12 appearances, allowing just five singles in 11 1/3 innings. For the season, lefties are 7-for-43 (.163) against him with seven singles.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit batter and two singles. De Fratus threw 21 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Juan Nicasio went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Mayberry. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the bench. Young moves up to second. Mayberry in right and hitting eighth against the righty.

Utley put the Phils on top 1-0 with a solo homer to right with two outs in the bottom of the first.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Ruf led off with a single to center and moved up to third on a two-out double by Mayberry. Lee struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Ruf didn’t have a chance to score on Mayberry’s double. Would have been out at home by a lot.

They went in order in the third. Asche doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left at second when Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Mayberry doubled again to start the fifth. Lee was next and bunted a 1-2 pitch. Rosario fielded and threw to first, but his throw pulled Herrera off the bag for an error. Lee was safe at first and Mayberry took third. Rollins followed and walked on four pitches, which loaded the bases for Young. Young grounded to second and the Rockies turned two as Mayberry scored. 2-2 with two outs and Lee at third. Utley popped out to Arenado in foul territory to leave Lee stranded.

Unearned run for the Phillies thanks to Rosario’s throwing error. They only get one despite loading the bases with one out.

Mayberry doubles against a rigthy for the second time in five innings. 241/296/401 against righties for the season.

Ruf singled to left with one out in the sixth and moved to second on two-out single by Kratz. Righty Wilton Lopez took over for Nicasio and struck Mayberry out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Rollins doubled to right off of righty Matt Belisle with one out in the seventh. Young lined to second for the second out and lefty Josh Outman came in to pitch to Utley. Utley flew to left to leave Rollins at second.

Lefty Rex Brothers set Brown, Ruf and Asche down in order in the eighth.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth with righty Rafael Betancourt on the mound for the Rockies. Kratz led off and doubled to left. Wells ran for him at second and moved up to third when Mayberry grounded out softly on a ball handled by Herrera at second for the first out. Ruiz hit for Diekman and doubled to left, scoring Wells to tie the game at 3-3. Betancourt walked Rollins intentionally, putting men on first and second with one down for Young. Young lined the first pitch from Betancourt into left for a hit, scoring Ruiz to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Young’s walkoff hit would have been a double had it not won the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a double and walked twice. One walk was intentional. Taking a huge amount of flak for how terrible the Phillies are these days. He’s having a miserable season, but the problems are way, way deeper than that. 2-for-his-last-25 (.080) with two doubles.

Young 1-for-5 with a walkoff single. 1-for-his-last-11. 175/217/228 in 60 plate appearances in August.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 16th home run.

Brown 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-11. 4-for-his-last-21 (.190) with four singles. One walk in his last 31 plate appearances.

Ruf 2-for-4. Threw Cuddyer out at third. 3-for-11 with three singles so far in the series. Hitting .204 in his last 55 plate appearances.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double, upping his average to .200 after 68 plate appearances. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160).

Kratz 2-for-4 with a big double to start the rally in the ninth. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with two doubles. Should surely lose some time in center now that the Phillies have both Wells and Bernadina, right? Right? 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Prior to those 14 plate appearances he had been 2-for-his-last-27.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) faces righty Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.38 ERA over his last nine starts, but was really good in his most recent outing, holding the Dodgers to two runs, one of them earned, over six innings. Bettis has a 1.77 ratio in his four starts with the Rockies and opponents have slugged .513 against him.


My favorite Martin

There’s not a whole lot to like about the present or the future for the Phillies, but 24-year-old Ethan Martin sure looked good last night. Martin threw six shutout innings against the Rockies before surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh and the Phils held on for a 5-4 win.

Mayberry delivered the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Ruiz added a solo shot in the fifth.

The Phillies are 55-69 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils have won two straight, but are 6-21 since beating the Mets 13-8 on July 19 to go a game over .500. They have scored 80 runs in those 27 games, which is about 2.96 per game. Coming into last night’s game they had scored 12 runs in their last seven games (about 1.71 per game).

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six.

Really nice outing for Martin. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves in his debut. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 3.31 ERA and a 1.22 ratio while striking out 16 in 16 1/3 innings.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but got Michael Cuddyer on a ground ball he handled himself to end the frame.

He struck out the side in the second.

Martin struck out Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson to start the game. He had five strikeouts through two innings.

He got three ground balls in the third as he set Colorado down in order.

Cuddyer singled to left with two outs in the fourth, but Martin retired Wilin Rosario on a fly ball to right to set the Rockies down.

He started the fifth up 4-0 and set Colorado down in order.

Up 5-0, he threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Wells made a nice sliding catch in right for the third out on a ball off the bat of Dickerson.

Tulo hit Martin’s first pitch of the seventh out to left, cutting the lead to 5-1. Cuddyer was next and walked on four pitches. Rosario flew to left for the first out before Cuddyer stole second, bringing Todd Helton to the plate with one out and a man on second. Helton hit a ball into the gap in left-center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. 5-2. Nolan Arenado was next and walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt, putting men on first and second with one down for righty DJ LeMahieu. De Fratus took over for Martin and got LeMahieu on a fly ball to right for the second out. Lefty Charlie Blackmon hit for the pitcher Jeff Francis and De Fratus struck him out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Martin falls apart a little in the seventh after starting the game with six shutout frames. Tulowitzki leads off by hitting his first pitch out to left and he walks Cuddyer on four pitches behind him. Home run, walk, out, double, walk to the five men he faces in the frame.

Martin had only thrown 72 pitches for the game when he started the seventh.

De Fratus faces two batters in the inning and gets two big outs. He has an 0.73 ERA and a 1.14 ratio in 12 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties, they’re hitting 143/286/314 against him, but hit hard by righties. 309/387/426.

Luis Garcia started the eighth. Fowler led off with a five-pitch walk and moved up to third when Dickerson followed with a single to right. It brought Tulowitzki to the plate as the tying run and Garcia walked him on four pitches, loading the bases for Cuddyer. Cuddyer struck out swinging for the first out, but Rosario was next and he lined a single into center. Fowler and Dickerson both scored and Tulo moved up to second. 5-4 with one out and men on first and second for the lefty Helton. Diekman struck Helton out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Arenado was next and stepped out of the box as Diekman prepared his 1-2 delivery — Diekman was already in his windup when the batter stepped out and didn’t deliver the pitch. Time out hadn’t been given and Diekman was charged with a balk, moving the runners up to second and third. Arenado went down swinging at a 99-mile-per-hour fastball from Diekman.

You don’t want to walk the leadoff man if you can help it. Garcia gets a huge strikeout of Cuddyer with the bases loaded for the first out, but gives up the two-run single to the next hitter Rosario.

Garcia faced five hitters in the game, allowing two walks and two singles and striking the other out. He’s walked 16 in 16 innings over 16 appearances for the year. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him, but on-basing .397. He’s allowed five earned runs over 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances, pushing his ERA from 3.07 to 5.63.

Diekman gets called for the weird balk, but faces two hitters and gets two huge strikeouts. The strikeout of Arenado came against a righty with a one-run lead and two men on base. Worked out great for the Phillies, but I think you might want to have a righty against Arenado there, even if it’s Papelbon. Especially given the the pitcher’s spot wasn’t due to hit in the eighth for the Phils and the Rockies were going to go 8-9-1 in the ninth if you can get Arenado out.

Opponents have hit just .147 against Diekman in 10 1/3 innings over his last 11 appearances, but he’s walked seven. Righties are hitting 362/439/500 against him for the year, which is one reason why you don’t want Arenado facing him with two men on base and two outs in the top of the eighth. He’s allowed just two home runs in 51 2/3 innings for his career, which is the way to go if he wants to have a chance given his 32 walks in those 51 2/3 frames.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up a run. LeMahieu led off and singled softly to center. Righty Charlie Culberson hit for the pitcher Rex Brothers. With the count 1-2 on Culberson, LeMahieu was picked off of first with Ruf throwing to Rollins and Rollins running down LeMahieu in-between first and second for the first out. Culberson grounded to third for the second out. Papelbon struck Fowler out looking to end the game.

Really a great time to pick LeMahieu off of first for Papelbon, what with being the tying run and whatnot.

Three batters in the frame for Papelbon. Single, pickoff and two outs. The single was softly hit. Papelbon was pitching for the second straight day and has allowed two hits in three scoreless innings his last three times out.

Overall the pen 2 2/3 innings in relief of Martin, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Garcia struggled, but De Fratus, Diekman and Papelbon all pitched well. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 12 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jeff Manship went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Wells. Mayberry in center with Wells in right. Mayberry can’t play center field. Just stop it. -30.3 UZR/150 in center for the year and -18.8 for his career as calculated by FanGraphs coming into the game. Mayberry has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.4 for the season coming into the game. Casper Wells is a good defensive outfielder and has been non-terrible in about 211 career innings in center. The Phillies are a really bad team right now, but we don’t need more data on Mayberry in center. I would have trouble defending the decision to play Wells in right and Mayberry in center when they’re both in the lineup. For the bazillionth time, I think Mayberry could help a good team as a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties. Ruiz hits second after going 4-for-4 on Sunday. Second time he’s hit second this year with August 8 being the other. He comes into the game on-basing .270 against right-handed pitching for the season. Michael Young out of the lineup after being removed from Saturday’s game with a sore left ankle.

Ruiz doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.

Asche singled to center with one out in the second, but Mayberry and Wells both grounded out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley and Brown singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting men on first and second for Ruf. Ruf walked on five pitches to load the bases for Asche. Asche swung at Manship’s first pitch and grounded to second. Ruf was forced at second for the first out, but everyone else moved up a base. 1-0 with one down and men on the corners for Mayberry. Mayberry pounded a 2-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-0. Wells and Martin went down behind him.

Mayberry delivers the big swing of the game. Asche swings at the first pitch after Ruf walks on five pitches.

Ruiz hit a 2-0 pitch out to left with one out in the fifth for his third home run of the year. 5-0. Utley and Brown both flew out behind him.

Ruf singled off of lefty Jeff Francis to start the sixth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Righty Wilton Lopez set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and popped to third for the first out.

Lefty Rex Brothers struck out Brown and Ruf as the Phils went in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game to drop his average on the year to .246. He’s having the worst year of his career, both offensively and defensively. 1-for-his-last-19.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, upping his line against righties for the season to 245/275/314. He’s upped his average for the season from .250 to .270 by going 6-for-his-last-8 with a double and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-15.

Brown 1-for-4. 326/392/543 in August after hitting 186/222/326 in his last 45 PA in July.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-6 with two walks. 6-for-his-last-33 (.182) with three home runs. 304/413/576 against righties and 5-for-30 (.167) with two home runs against lefties.

Asche 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-17 with a walk and a double.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. 4-for-his-last-32 (.125) with a double and a home run. Huge homer off the righty last night, but hitting just 237/293/396 against righties for the year. Mayberry and Ruiz do the damage for the offense in the game, each delivering big swings against a righty in a year in which they’ve struggled against right-handed pitching. Mayberry is hitting just 233/299/384 against righties for his career.

Wells 0-for-3 and made nice catch in right to end the sixth. 1-for-16 with a double since joining the Phils. You know your team is really bad when you see they’ve picked up Casper Wells and you think it’s a really good move that will help the squad. Again, the problem isn’t that he doesn’t belong on the roster, it’s that he shouldn’t be starting. See also John Mayberry.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.41) faces lefty Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) tonight. Cloyd has allowed three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts, throwing to a 1.45 ERA with the same 1.45 ratio. He’s allowed nine walks in those 18 2/3 innings — allowing walks at that rate isn’t going to add up to a 1.45 ERA for very long. In six starts on the year, Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs just once. The one he did allow more than two was awful — he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on May 27. He allowed two home runs in that game. Over his other five starts he hasn’t allowed a home run in 32 innings. De La Rosa has allowed one home run in 27 innings over his last five times out. Righties have had a lot more luck against him on the season than lefties, posting a 282/344/400 line against him while lefties have hit 213/286/255.


Hit the road jacks

More than one Phillie has done his best to try and talk his way off the nose-diving team in recent days, but last night two guys whose names have been in the air as the trade deadline approaches looked like they might be more interested in trying to hit their way off. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young both hit two-run homers to back seven innings from John Lannan as the Phils topped the Giants 7-3.

The Phillies snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.

The Phils are 50-56 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 7-3 last night. They are in third place in the NL East, 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 1 1/2 behind the Nats. Eight games out for the Wild Card with 56 to play.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Three of Lannan’s last four starts have been good. He allowed four runs in four innings against the Cardinals in the other. 3.49 ERA over his last eight outings. He’s allowed just two home runs in 63 2/3 frames on the year.

Andres Torres led off the top of the first with a double. Marco Scutaro bunted him to third with the first out. Pablo Sandoval was next and flew to Ruf in left center. Torres tagged and Ruf made a pretty nice throw home. The ball and Torres arrived at about the same time, but Ruiz didn’t handle it cleanly. Torres scored and the Giants led 1-0. Hunter Pence flew to center for the third out.

Ruf’s throw from left was right on line, but not especially strong.

Brett Pill singled to center with one out in the second and the Phils up 2-1. Guillermo Quiroz was next and Lannan got him to ground into a double-play to set the Giants down.

Brandon Crawford started the third with a single. The pitcher Barry Zito was next and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to second to force Crawford for the first out. Rollins took the throw and went to first in time to double Zito up. Lannan walked the next two batters, Torres and Scutaro, on 16 pitches. It brought Sandoval to the plate with two outs and men on first and second and he reached out over the plate and blooped a single to right. Torres scored, tying the game at 2-2, and Scutaro went to third. Pence grounded to short to leave the runners at the corners.

Sandoval’s RBI-single to right was ridiculous, but it only got the Giants a run because Lannan had walked the two previous batters. Lannan also got a huge break in the frame when the Phils got a double-play on Zito’s bunt.

Pill singled softly to left with one out in the fourth, but Lannan got the next two hitters to leave him at first.

The Phils led 4-2 when Lannan started the fifth. Scutaro singled to left with two outs, but Lannan got Sandoval on a ground ball to third to set San Francisco down.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Quiroz doubled to center to start the seventh with the Phils leading 6-2. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and moved Quiroz up to third with a ground out. Joaquin Arias followed with a softly hit grounded to second. Utley threw to first for the second out as Quiroz scored, cutting the lead to 6-3. Lannan struck Torres out swinging to set the Giants down.

Bastardo pitched the eighth with the Phils up 7-3. Pence singled softly to center with two outs, but Bastardo got Jeff Francoeur on a fly ball to right to end the frame.

Bastardo has a nice frame coming off allowing a run over 1 2/3 innings on Sunday. 1.42 ERA and 0.87 ratio in 12 July appearances with 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

De Fratus pitched the ninth with the Phils up four. He allowed a leadoff single to Pill, but got the next three on a pair of line drives and a ground ball.

De Fratus has walked 15 in 25 innings for the year, but hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over his last four times out.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two singles and no walks while striking out one. Bastardo threw 20 pitches and De Fratus 15.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Ruf comes into the game with 104 career plate appearances, but hits cleanup and plays left field. He seems like a lock to be a butcher in left given enough time. Frandsen at first and Mayberry in center. Michael Young plays third as non-specific trade rumors abound. Ruf shouldn’t be hitting cleanup for anyone, but the lineup doesn’t look quite as atrocious against a lefty as it would a righty.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Michael Young and Utley singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on the corners for Ruf. Ruf struck out swinging for the second out, but Delmon Young followed with a single to right. Michael Young scored (1-1) and Utley went to third. Frandsen was next and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry walked 3-2, forcing Utley home. 2-1 with the bases still loaded for Ruiz. Ruiz popped to third to leave them loaded.

Ruf can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, striking out against the lefty with one down and runners on the corners. Delmon Young picks him up with a big hit that gets the Phils on the board.

Mayberry draws a big walk to force in a run.

Frandsen again is hit by a pitch. He’s been hit ten times this season. Nobody else has been hit more than four. Ten hit-by-pitch for the year and eight walks in 141 plate appearances. Only three players across both leagues have been hit more than ten times this season.

Michael Young walked with two outs in the second, but Utley struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the Phils went in order in the third.

Mayberry singled to left to start the fourth. Ruiz was next and hammered a 1-1 pitch from Zito out to left, putting the Phils up 4-2. Zito got Lannan on a liner to second for the first out and righty Guillermo Moscoso came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins singled softly to left and took second on an error by the left fielder Francoeur. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Rollins moving up to third. Utley was walked intentionally, bringing Ruf to the plate with runners on the corners. Moscoso got ahead of him in the count before hitting Ruf 0-2, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Young lined to second to end the inning.

First home run of the year for Ruiz and first since September 25, 2012, against the Nats.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Lannan walked off of Moscoso to start the sixth. Rollins flew to right behind him for the first out, but Michael Young was next and hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 6-2. Utley and Ruf went down behind Young.

Eighth home run of the year for Michael Young and his sixth off of a righty. He’s been good against righties this year, but is oddly hitting just 226/327/387 against lefties.

The lead was cut to 6-3 when the Phils hit in the seventh. Delmon Young led off and reached on softly hit infield single off of righty Jean Machi. Martinez ran for him at first and moved up to second when Frandsen grounded to short for the first out. Mayberry was next and doubled into the left field corner, scoring Martinez to extend the lead to 7-3. Ruiz moved Mayberry up to third with a ground out to second. Just up Cody Asche hit for Lannan, making his major league debut. He got ahead in the count, but popped up to second on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning.

Utley singled to center off of Machi with two outs in the eighth. Ruf struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Third strikeout of the game for Ruf, including a big one in the first with one out and runners on the corners.

Rollins was 1-for-5. 2-for-his-last-13. On-basing .315 for the year with an isolated power of .092. .092 is his worst mark for isolated power in any season in which he’s had 100 plate appearances. He hit 23 home runs last year with an isolated power of .177. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0. From 2004 to 2008, he ranged between 4.6 and 6.1. Negative dWAR for the year and negative UZR at short as calculated by FanGraphs.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 6-for-his-last-36 (.167) with seven walks and two home runs.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-12. 287/359/503 over his last 192 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch. Almost threw Torres out at the plate from left in the top of the first. But not quite. 214/313/286 over his last 48 plate appearances. 3-for-16 (.188) so far against lefties with two home runs.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15. 26-for-his-last-90 (.286), but with just four extra-base hits, all doubles, and an isolated power of .044.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. 294/432/500 against lefties this year after posting a 400/426/556 line against them in 2012.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles. The way he can help a team is by hitting lefties, but he didn’t do a ton against lefties last night other than the bases loaded walk off of Zito. Still just hitting 262/308/492 against lefties for the year. I’d expect the on-base numbers against lefties to go up as he plays more with a ton of power. He’s on-basing .319 against righties and I would not be holding my breath for that number to go up.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-his-last-15. One walk in his last 74 plate appearances.

Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) faces righty Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) tonight. Kendrick threw to a 3.22 ERA over his first 13 starts, but has a 5.26 ERA in his last eight times out. Gaudin threw to a 2.05 ERA in 18 relief appearances for San Franciso before moving into the rotation in early June. He threw to a 2.23 ERA in his first seven starts before allowing six runs to the Reds in 3 2/3 innings his last time out.


Really?

Yup.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games as the Padres beat them 4-3 in ten innings.

Lee got the start and pitched very well for eight innings. The Phils led 3-0 as they hit in the top of the ninth. With two outs and Mayberry on second, Lee was due to hit, having thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate. He hit for himself and struck out to end that frame, then started the ninth and allowed back-to-back hits to the only two men he faced. Papelbon took over to try and get the Phils a win, but the Padres tied things up on a two-run single by Kyle Blanks that was followed by a big passed ball by Ruiz with two outs and a man on third.

The Phils couldn’t score in the top of the tenth despite a two-base error that left Rollins on third with one out. Justin De Fratus was miserable in the bottom of the tenth, allowing four of the five men he faced to reach base as the Padres plated a run to win 4-3.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Diego Padres in ten innings last night. They have lost four of their last five.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last ten outings, throwing to a 2.00 and a 0.86 ratio in 76 2/3 innings in those appearances. 76 2/3 innings over his last ten starts means he’s averaged about 7.7 innings per start his last ten times out.

He set the Padres down in order in the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when he set them down in order again in the second.

Yasmani Grandal walked on five pitches to start the third, but Lee got Pedro Ciriaco to ground into a double-play behind Grandal. The pitcher Eric Stults grounded to Utley to set San Diego down.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the fourth, but Lee struck Chase Headley out on three pitches to leave him at first.

Kyle Blanks singled softly to right to start the fifth with the Phils up 2-0, but Lee got Jesus Guzman to ground into a double-play behind him to clear the bases with two down. Grandal followed with a double to center, but was left at second when Lee struck Ciriaco out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Second time in three innings that Lee got a double-play after allowing the leadoff man to reach base.

Stults doubled softly to center to start the sixth. Lee struck Logan Forsythe out swinging for the first out before Chris Denorfia moved Lee up to third with a ground out to second. Quentin went down looking 0-2 to leave Stults stranded.

Lee gets two big strikeouts in the frame to keep the Padres off the board after the leadoff double.

Headley and Blanks singled back-to-back to start the seven, putting men on the corners with nobody out for Guzman. Guzman hit an 0-1 pitch softly into left. Brown charged and made a terrific diving catch coming forward for the first out with the runners holding. Lee struck Grandal out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Ciriaco lined to first to leave the runners on the corners.

Fourth time in five innings that the leadoff man gets aboard for the Padres and the fourth time they don’t score. That one took some magic with Brown violating the never dive rule to make a very nice catch. Guzman and Grandal both get to hit with a man on third and less than two outs and Lee sets both of them down.

It was 3-0 when Lee set the Padres down in order in the eighth.

He started the ninth having thrown 109 pitches. Quentin singled to left on his first pitch of the ninth. Headley was next and doubled to left 0-1, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Papelbon took over for Lee to pitch to Blanks and Blanks singled into center, scoring both runners. 3-2. Papelbon hit Guzman, putting runners on first and second with nobody out, before getting Grandal to ground into a double-play. It left Blanks at third with two outs for the righty Ciriaco and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for Ciriaco. Kotsay got ahead in the count and swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch. Ruiz didn’t catch the ball, which was a little low, but not in the dirt. The ball got behind him and rolled to the backstop. Blanks stormed home from third and slid in just ahead of Papelbon’s tag, tying the game at 3-3. Kotsay went on to walk, but Papelbon got lefty Alexi Amarista on a fly ball to center to leave Kotsay at first.

Lee starts the ninth having thrown 109 pitches, throws three more and allows two hits with both of those runners coming around to score. He had allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the last five innings coming into the ninth. Five of the last seven after the ninth.

Ruiz doesn’t catch the ball with two outs and the tying run on third, allowing Blanks to score. Would have been a great time to catch the ball.

Papelbon faces five hitters in the game, allowing a two-run single, hitting one batter and walking another. Also gets Grandal to ground into a double-play, which kept the inning from being worse. Still, not a good day for Papelbon.

Papelbon has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. Two of the runs have been unearned, but opponents have hit .268 against him and he’s allowed three walks and three home runs. Last night was his fourth blown save since the start of the day on June 17. The Phils are 1-2 in the last three games in which he has appeared.

De Fratus started the ninth. Denorfia walked with one out and moved up to second when De Fratus hit Quentin 0-1. Headley walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt to load the bases for Blanks with one down. Blanks singled past Young and down the left field line. Denorfia scored to give the Padres a 4-3 win.

Atrocious outing for De Fratus. He faced five batters, allowing a single, two walks and a hit batter while getting one out. He’s walked five of the last 16 batters he’s faced over his last four appearances. Prior to those four outings he had walked two of the 45 batters he had faced on the year.

Overall the pen went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits on three walks. De Fratus threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Brown (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench with a sore leg against the lefty and Frandsen at first. Revere on the bench against the lefty with Mayberry in center. Brown/Mayberry/Young is an atrocious outfield defensively.

Utley singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Michael Young flew to center and Brown grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Mayberry stole second before Ruiz singled into center. Mayberry tried to score on the play. It would have been close at the play, but Denorfia’s throw from center hit Mayberry as he slid in safely to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz took third as the ball bounded away and Denorfia was charged with an error. Lee struck out swinging to leave Ruiz at third.

Tough error on Denorfia. He made a nice throw, it just hit Ruiz.

Ruiz’s single wouldn’t have scored Mayberry without the stolen base. Mayberry has stolen five on the year and been caught three times. 14 safe and seven caught stealing for his career. Picked off six times. Those aren’t good numbers, but he helped the Phils out with the early stolen base last night.

The Phillies went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Mayberry led off the fifth with a double to center and moved third on an infield single by Ruiz. Lee struck out swinging for the first out, but Rollins followed and flew out to right for the second, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, extending the lead to 2-0. Utley grounded to short to leave Ruiz at first.

Two runs for the Phillies in the game, both thanks largely to Mayberry.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Mayberry and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Lee. Lee struck out trying to bunt for the second out and Rollins flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry (and Ruiz) again, but this time the Phils are turned away. Third strikeout of the game for Lee gets the Padres the second out in the frame.

Utley led off the eighth and homered 1-1 off of lefty Tommy Layne to extend the lead to 3-0. Layne would face just one batter in the game. Nick Vincent took over after the Utley homer and got Young on a ground out before Brown singled to right. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Eighth home run of the year for Utley and his second off of a lefty. He’s hitting 188/250/375 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Brad Brach pitched the ninth for San Diego. Mayberry singled with one out, but Brach struck Ruiz out swinging 3-2 for the second out as Mayberry stole second. Lee had thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate, but Manuel let him hit for himself. Lee struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Mayberry at second.

Manuel lets Lee hit with a runner in scoring position, having thrown 109 pitches in the game. Lee strike out again, then returns for the bottom of the inning and faces two batters. Both of them get hits and score on the Blanks single as the Padres tie the game to send it to extra-innings.

So it didn’t work out so well.

First time in his career that Mayberry has stolen more than one base in a game.

Rollins led off the top of the tenth in a 3-3 game with a single to left off of righty Luke Gregerson. Utley was next and drove a ball to deep center. Denorfia took it moving back on the track, right in front of the wall, for the first out. He lost the handle when he tried to throw the ball in, though, and it dribbled away from him in front of the track. Rollins tagged up and moved all the way to third with one out for Michael Young. Gregerson struck Young out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Thatcher came in to pitch to Brown and got him on a fly ball to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting the go-ahead runner on third with one out. Huge strikeout for Michael Young as he goes down swinging 0-2 for the second out with Rollins on third.

Second throwing error of the game for Denorfia. The first wasn’t his fault at all and the second was just weird.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s on-basing .290 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a home run. 4-for-18 with a double and a home run since his return.

Michael Young 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Huge strikeout in the tenth with one out and Rollins on third. Hitting 333/341/494 in June.

Brown 1-for-5. 192/259/250 over his last 58 plate appearances. On-basing .319 for the season against both righties and lefties.

Frandsen 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with a home run and an on-base percentage of .200. 1-for-11 in the last three games he’s started.

Delmon Young 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles and a walk.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Scored two of the three Phillie runs. He came into the game 0-for-his-last-10. His UZR/150 at center field as calculated by FanGraphs is only -4.1. He’s a way, way better offensive player than Revere, especially against lefties.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI and a huge passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. First three-hit game of the season. He’s 6-for-19 (.319) with six singles since returning.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) faces righty Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.91 ERA over his last seven starts as three of his last seven times out have been bad. He’s struck out just 23 in 44 innings over his last seven times out. Opponents have hit .269 against him after posting a .231 average through his first eight starts of the season. Marquis has walked 48 in 90 1/3 innings this year and allowed 15 home runs, but held opponents to a .235 average. BABIP of .239. Just saying that in case you’re counting on your Jason Marquis stock to carry you through your retirement years.


Indians, universe unimpressed as Phils unveil their secret weapon

Some fans have surely been hoping that the additions of Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young to the lineup may be enough to save the Phillies. It still might, but it wasn’t last night. The Phillies played their first game with both Young and Ruiz in the lineup and got pounded 14-2 by the Indians.

Roy Halladay was terrible in the game and so was the bullpen. Halladay allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings and the pen gave up six more over 4 1/3 after he left. Again, a big part of the problem is Halladay, but another big part of the problem is that the Phillies bolstered their pen this off-season by fixing the back of it. It’s the middle that’s awful. Horst, Valdes and Durbin all have an ERA of 5.91 or worse for the year and have combined to throw to a 7.08 ERA in their 26 appearances.

The Indians hit more home runs before the end of the fifth inning last night than the Phillies had hits in the game. They hit six in the first five innings and the Phils had five hits for the game.

The Phillies are 12-15 on the year after losing 14-2 to the Cleveland Indians last night. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Phils.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out three.

The Phillies are 2-4 in the games Halladay has started. In three of his six starts he’s gone four innings or less. Opponents are hitting just .240 against him, but he’s allowed eight home runs and 13 walks over 32 innings. In 2011, Halladay pitched 233 2/3 innings for the Phils and allowed ten home runs and 35 walks for the season.

Jason Kipnis singled with one out in the first and stole second before moving up to third on a ground out by Asdrubal Cabrera. It put a man on third with two outs for Carlos Santana and Santana hit a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting the Indians up 2-0. Jason Giambi followed with a walk before Mark Reynolds homered to right-center, extending the lead to 4-0. Lonnie Chisenhall went down on a ground out to Utley to set Cleveland down.

Two home runs off of Halladay in the inning. Cleveland scores four after having two outs and a man on third with no runs in.

It was 4-1 when Halladay set the Indians down in order in the second.

Kipnis singled to start the third, but was caught stealing for the second out after Cabrera popped out for the first. Santana drew a two-out walk, but was left at first when Halladay struck Giambi out swinging 2-2.

Reynolds singled to right to start the fourth and scored when Chisenhall followed with a home run to right. 6-1. Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second. Raburn moved up to first when Michael Brantley flew to center for the first out. Stubbs stole second before Kipnis grounded to first for the second out with the runners holding second and third. Cabrera was next, though, and he delivered a two-run single into right. 8-1. Durbin took over for Halladay and struck Santana out looking to end the inning.

Durbin pitched the fifth, allowing four more runs on four hits, a single, a double and two home runs. 12-1. Both of the home runs were two-run shots, one by the righty Raburn and the other by the lefty Brantley.

Durbin went 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. He came into the game having not been charged with a run over his last six appearances, but his ERA for the year is up to 7.00 with the outing. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he has a 2.00 ratio for the year, in large part due to the seven walks he’s allowed in nine innings.

Coming into last night’s game, Durbin had not allowed a home run since August 13, 2012, when Chase Headley hit one off of him while he was pitching for Atlanta. He had faced 105 batters since that game. Last night in the sixth he allowed two home runs in a three-batter span.

Valdes pitched the sixth with the lead cut to 12-2. He walked Santana with one out, but got Giambi to hit into a double-play behind him.

Valdes struck out the first two men he faced in the seventh before Raburn and Stubbs, both righties, homered back-to-back. 14-2. Brantly struck out swinging for the third out.

Valdes strikes out four in two innings, but allows two runs on two hits and a walk as both of the hits are solo homers. He has 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings, but a 7.98 ERA and a 1.57 ratio. Opponents are hitting .310 against him.

The only other time in his career in which Valdes has allowed two home runs in a game was June 30, 2010. He was pitching for the Mets and Miguel Montero and Kelly Johnson got him in a four-batter span in the sixth.

Aumont pitched the ninth and allowed two singles and a walk, but managed to keep the Indians off the board when Yan Gomes hit into a double-play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Aumont has a 3.52 ERA for the year thanks to a whole lot of good fortune. Opponents are hitting .281 against him and he’s walked seven in 7 2/3 innings. Righties have hit just .176 against him, but lefties are hitting .400. He hasn’t allowed a home run, which is the way to go if you’re going to walk more than eight runners per nine innings and have a 3.52 ERA. In 27 appearances with the Phillies over two years, Aumont has walked 16 in 22 1/3 innings. There’s close to no chance he can be successful over a large number of innings if he walks batters at that rate.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. They gave up four home runs.

Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game and Durbin 26. Aumont 17. Nobody has thrown more than one day in a row thanks to the off-day Monday, but Valdes seems unlikely to be available tonight and probably Durbin as well.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zach McAllister went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry (9) Revere. Delmon Young debuts with the Phils at DH. Mayberry in right against the righty.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They were down 4-0 when they hit in the second. Howard struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. 1-1. Brown and Ruiz went down behind Young.

Nice first at-bat of the year for Young.

The Phillies went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Delmon Young led off the fifth and was drilled in the back by a 1-2 pitch. Brown followed with a walk and the runners moved up to second and third on a ground out by Ruiz. Mayberry was next and grounded back to the mound with the runners holding. Revere grounded to short to leave them stranded.

No run for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out. No RBI for Mayberry with one out and runners on second and third.

Delmon Young gets drilled after homering in his first at-bat.

The Phillies trailed 12-1 when they hit in the sixth. Utley hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center with two outs to make it 12-2. Howard followed with a double and Delmon Young moved him up to third with a single, but both runners were left stranded when Brown flew to center.

Mayberry singled with one out in the seventh, but Revere grounded into a double-play behind him.

They were down 14-2 when lefty Nick Hagadone started the eighth for Cleveland. Galvis and Michael Young walked back-to-back to start the frame, but the Phillies were turned away when Frandsen grounded into a double-play and Howard grounded to short.

Righty Matt Albers set Delmon Young, Brown and Ruiz down in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-3 in the game. He’s hitting 240/305/373 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his line on the year to 341/412/418. He came into the game 7-for-his-last-11. He’s 19-for-his-last-59 (.322) with 19 singles.

Utley 1-for-3 with his fifth home run. 27 games divides nicely in 162 — multiply everything by six to get his on-pace numbers. He’s on pace to hit 30 home runs with 114 RBI.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-14 with nine RBI. He’s walked three times this season and is on pace to walk 18 times in 606 plate appearances for the season with 18 home runs and 96 RBI. It didn’t matter last night, but he’s hitting 160/192/360 against left-handed pitching. Given the addition of two right-handed bats in Delmon Young and Ruiz, it will be interesting to see how long Howard plays first base against left-handed pitching. Pretty sure the answer is a long, long time. Think 2016.

Delmon Young 2-for-3 with a home run and a hit-by-pitch. Didn’t cost the Phils a thing defensively, but he can’t DH forever.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. He came into the game hitting 286/364/464 over his last eight games. 224/316/343 against right-handed pitching for the season. That there’s a problem if you want to be a bad defensive corner outfielder who’s primary contribution is being able to hit right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-8 with a double since his return.

Mayberry 1-for-3. He was hitting 316/409/553 for the year before going 4-for-his-last-28. Now he’s hitting 242/324/470. He’s actually been good against righties, 255/340/447, but has gone just 4-for-19 (211/286/526) against lefties. Will be interesting what the Phillies do in both left and right against lefties with Delmon Young back. I think what they will do is play Delmon Young in right and Brown in left. Offensively at least, I think you could argue that it leaves their best hitting option against left-handed pitching on the bench in Mayberry. Also, Brown and Young are bad defensive players. Young is definitely terrible and Brown is at least bad and maybe terrible.

Revere 0-for-3 and hit into a double-play, dropping his average on the year to .200. He’s 6-for-his-last-40 (.150) with a triple and no walks (.150 on-base percentage). Among 218 players across both leagues with 70 plate appearances for the season, his wOBA of .206 is 214th. The Phillies really have no other choices in center. Mayberry can’t handle it defensively, despite starting three straight games there against the Mets. It’s not a good option, but I think the Phillies might start to play Mayberry in center against lefties regularly with Revere struggling so badly, assuming Young is going to play nearly every day.

Lee (2-1, 3.03) faces righty Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40) tonight in game two of the set. Lee has allowed 17 hits in 12 innings over his last two starts and the Phils have dropped each of his last three outings. The 22-year-old Bauer was the third pick of the 2011 draft. He’s made one start this season, walking seven Rays in five innings while being charged with three runs. He has a 2.50 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in three starts at Triple-A in the International League with 24 strikeouts over 18 innings.


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