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Eight is only usually enough

The Phils rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth last night to beat the Brewers 7-6. For the Phillies it was their first win this season in a game they trailed after eight innings.

Halladay made his second start since coming off the DL and struggled, allowing six runs in the first four innings. The Phils trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. They scratched out a run on a passed ball in the seventh to get within three. In the bottom of the ninth, they feasted on Francisco Rodriguez, scoring four times on three hits and three walks.

The Phillies walked nine times in the game.

For the second straight game, the Phillies got outstanding work from their bullpen and won late by a single run. Joe Savery got career win number one last night as Savery, Schwimer and Diekman combined to toss three shutout frames. Over the last two games, the bullpen has thrown seven innings without being charged with a run.

The Phillies are 43-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 last night. The Phils remain in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the Nationals.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out three.

In two starts since his return, Halladay has allowed eight runs in 11 innings. Opponents have hit .302 against him. In his last four starts overall he has an 8.05 ERA.

Norichika Aoki was the first batter of the game and grounded to Utley for the first out. Halladay hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch and Gomez stole second before Ryan Braun grounded to short for the second out. Aramis Ramirez was next, though, and he doubled to right, scoring Gomez to put the Brewers up 1-0. Corey Hart followed and lined a single into left. Ramirez scored. 2-0. Halladay struck Rickie Weeks out swinging to leave Hart at first.

It was 2-2 when Halladay started the second. George Kottarras led off and Halladay walked him. Cesar Izturis was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard fielded and threw to second where Kottarras was forced for the first out. The pitcher Randy Wolf bunted Izturis to second with the second out, but Halladay struck Aoki out to leave Izturis at second.

Gomez led off the second with a single and stole second. Braun was next and singled into right on a ball deflected by Howard, scoring Gomez to make it 3-2. Halladay got the next two with Braun moving up to second when Hart went down on a ball Halladay handled himself for the second out. Braun stole third before Halladay struck out Weeks to leave him stranded.

Wolf and Aoki singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, bringing Gomez to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Gomez hit Halladay’s first pitch down the left field line and off the foul pole for a three-run homer. 6-2. Braun grounded to short for the third out.

Brewers get three in the frame despite having nobody on base, no runs and the pitcher coming up.

Ramirez singled to right to start the fifth. Halladay got the next two before picking Ramirez off of first with Howard throwing to Rollins to apply the tag.

Second time in the game that a Howard throw ends with an assist rather than E3 and people chasing the ball around in left field. Maybe it’s the dawn of a new era.

Halladay set Milwaukee down in order in the sixth.

Schwimer started the seventh. He walked Gomez with one out, but Ruiz threw Gomez out trying to steal second for the second out. Schwimer struck Braun out swinging 1-2 to set the Brewers down.

Schwimer has been charged with a run in just one of his last 12 appearances. He has a 2.35 ERA with a 1.24 ratio in 15 1/3 innings over his last 16 appearances.

Diekman started the eighth with the Phils down 6-3. He walked Weeks with two outs and the righty Martin Maldonado hit for the lefty Kottarras. Maldonado struck out looking to leave Weeks at first.

Diekman has a 7.94 ERA in July and has been charged with at least one run in three of his last five outings. For the year he has walked 15 in 20 2/3 innings.

Savery pitched the ninth and set Milwaukee down in order. Righty Cody Ransom hit for the pitcher John Axford and struck out for the second out.

First career win for Savery. He was pitching for the first time since being called up on July 13. Golly. That’s kind of a long time. He didn’t exactly make a good impression with the Phils in his previous stint, allowing nine earned runs in 5 1/3 innings over his final three outings.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two walks but no hits.

Diekman threw 21 pitches, Schwimer 16 and Savery 14.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Randy Wolf went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Pence (7) Wigginton (8) Mayberry. Utley and Howard both play against the lefty. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third and Mayberry at first.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Rollins fouled out to first for the first out and Victorino struck out for the second, but Utley was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 2-1. Howard was next and hit a 1-0 pitch the opposite way for what was reviewed and eventually ruled another home run. 2-2. Ruiz walked before Pence struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Victorino struck out swinging 3-2. He tried to hold his swing 3-2 and it looked like the ball hit him, but he was called out on strikes for the second out. He left the game and Pierre came in to play left in the top of the second. Mayberry moved over to center.

Mayberry singled to right with one out and Halladay bunted him to second with the second out. Rollins lined to short to leave Mayberry at second.

Howard doubled to center with two outs in the third and the Phils down 3-2. Ruiz walked behind him to put two men on for Pence, but Pence grounded to short for the third out.

Howard 2-for-2 against the lefty with a double and a homer. The righty Pence still awful against lefties for the year — 0-for-2 with three men left on base through three innings.

The Phils were down 6-2 when they hit in the fourth. Mayberry doubled with one out, but Halladay struck out looking and Rollins flew to right to leave him stranded.

Utley walked with one out in the fifth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Ruiz flew to center to leave Utley at first.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Rollins and Pierre were walked back-to-back by lefty Manny Parra with one out in the seventh. They pulled off a double-steal before a walk to Utley loaded the bases. With Howard at the plate, a passed ball allowed Rollins to score, cutting the lead to 6-3 with men on second and third. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty John Axford came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck him out to end the inning.

One run for the Phils after loading the bases with one out. Howard strikes out looking for the second out with men on second and third.

Axford set Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

Righty Francisco Rodriguez started the ninth for Milwaukee. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the first out. Rollins followed with a walk and moved to third when Pierre singled to right. Pierre stole second before Utley walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard took two quick strikes on breaking balls, putting him behind in the count 0-2. For reasons unknown, Rodriguez threw a fastball over the plate and Howard singled into center, scoring Rollins and Pierre and cutting the lead to 6-5 with men on first and third. Ruiz lined a 1-1 pitch into left. Utley scored (6-6) and Howard moved up to second. Pence walked, loading the bases. Kratz ran for Howard at third. Wigginton took ball one then lined the 1-0 pitch to left. Braun took it moving to his right. He didn’t have much time to set his feet and his throw home was up the third base line. Kratz slid in safe to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

They sure stuck with Rodriguez a long time. He allowed three hits and three walks in the frame.

The 0-2 pitch to Howard was a surprise. Not running for Howard when he was the winning run on second and then running for him when he moved up to third didn’t make a lot of sense to me at the time. I thought Braun made a pretty good throw given the circumstances. Kratz would have been out if his thrown was on line. Howard might have been out on the throw Braun did get had he been trying to score on the play. Worked out well for the Phils.

Rollins was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He’s hitting .211 over his last 108 plate appearances.

Victorino 0-for-1 with a strikeout. He says he hopes to be able to play today.

Utley 1-for-2 with three walks and a homer. 8-for-his-last-30 with six walks, a triple and two home runs (267/405/533).

Howard 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. 5-for-his-last-16 with three home runs.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.

Pence 0-for-4 with a walk. 8-for-his-last-54 (.148) with seven singles and a home run. 233/303/433 against lefties for the season.

Wigginton was 0-for-4 and won the game with his RBI sac fly in the ninth. 0-for-his-last-15. 159/222/280 over his last 90 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-his-last-8 with three extra-base hits. Continues to do everything except walk against left-handed pitching — 284/288/569 for the year against lefties. He has not drawn a walk this season in 104 plate appearances against lefties.

Lee (1-6, 3.72) faces righty Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) tonight. Lee has a 2.05 ERA in his three starts in July. The Phillies are 1-7 in his last eight starts and 4-12 in his appearances for the year. Greinke has a 9.00 ERA and a 1.86 ratio over his last four starts. He recently started three straight Brewers’s games in a row — the first he was ejected after four pitches, the next day he threw three innings before the All-Star break and then he started the first game after the break.


One for the money

Cliff Lee’s first win of the year came in his 14th start. Yesterday the Phils finally ended their six-game losing streak, beating the Mets 9-2 to even the series at a game each.

Things progressed just about as expected through the first six innings yesterday in New York. The Phils found themselves down 2-0 going into the seventh when the bats suddenly came alive. Utley hit a two-run shot to tie the game and Ruiz followed that up with a solo homer. The Phils scored three more in the eighth and three again in a ninth inning that featured a two-run shot from Wigginton.

The Phillies had scored a total of seven runs in their previous four games. It is the first time in 2012 they won a game in which Utley had appeared — they’re now 1-5 in games in which Utley has played.

The Phillies are 37-46 on the year after beating the New York Mets 9-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 12 games out of first place.

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

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

Ike Davis singled with two outs in the second, but Lee got Andres Torres on a fly ball to right to leave Davis at first.

Ruben Tejada doubled to center with two outs in the third. Lee got Daniel Murphy on a ground ball he handled himself for the third out.

With one out in the fourth, Scott Hairston hit an 0-2 pitch out to left, putting the Mets up 1-0. Lucas Duda followed with a single, but Lee struck out Davis and Torres to end the inning.

Tejada and Murphy singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on the corners for David Wright. Wright singled to right, scoring Tejada to make it 2-0 with Murphy moving up to third. Hairston flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Lee walked Duda to start the sixth, but got the next three hitters behind him.

Up 3-2 and likely in shock, Lee set the Mets down in order in the seventh.

Up 6-2, he struck out Wright and Duda in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Papelbon set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phils up 9-2.

First appearance for Papelbon since June 26. He threw nine pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Pence (6) Victorino (7) Polanco (8) Mayberry. Utley starts games in back-to-back days for the second time on the year. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry at first with Wigginton on the bench.

The Phillies went in order in the first, second and third.

Pierre singled to left with one out in the fourth, stole second and moved up to third when Utley flew to center for the second out. Ruiz flew to right to leave him at third.

Down 1-0, Pence singled to start the fifth. Victorino fouled out to third and Polanco hit into a double-play.

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.

Pierre led off the seventh with a single to right and Utley hit a 1-0 pitch out to right behind him, tying the game at 2-2. Ruiz was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 3-2. Pence, Victorino and Polanco went in order behind Ruiz.

Second home run of the year for the Utley and the second time in which Ruiz has homered in the next at-bat. They went back-to-back in the first inning on June 27 against the Pirates as well.

Mayberry singled off of righty Miguel Batista to start the eighth. Lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to Lee and Lee bunted Mayberry to second with the first out. Rollins doubled to center and Mayberry scored. 4-2. Wigginton hit for Pierre and the lefty walked him intentionally, putting two men on for Utley. Utley flew to center for the second out. Righty Jeremy Hefner came in to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz singled to right, scoring Rollins (5-2) and moving Wigginton to second. Pence was next and hit a ground ball to short that Tejada didn’t handle. The ball rolled away from the shortstop and Wigginton scored to make it 6-2 with Ruiz moving up to second. Victorino grounded to third to end the frame.

Polanco led off the ninth with a single and was forced at second for the first out when Mayberry grounded to third. Pridie hit for Lee and moved Mayberry to third with a single to left. Rollins grounded to second with Pridie forced at second for the second out as Mayberry scored (7-2). It brought Wigginton to the plate with Rollins at first and Wigginton hit a 1-0 pitch out to left to extend the lead to 9-2. Utley grounded to second to end the frame.

Third home run of the game for the Phils on a 1-0 count. Pridie’s first hit with the Phillies.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the game. He’s 2-for-his-last-24.

Pierre had a great game, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Did his very best to make a run on his own in the fourth inning and scored on Utley’s homer in the seventh. Twenty stolen bases on the year and been caught stealing just three times. He’s 4-for-his-last-7. One walk in his last 49 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-5 with a two-run homer. 6-for-22 on the year with a walk and two homers.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. He has four home runs in his last 30 plate appearances.

Pence 2-for-4 with an RBI. 405/479/738 over his last 48 plate appearances.

Victorino was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 1-for-12 to start July. 226/293/310 against right-handed pitching for the season.

Polanco 1-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-15. 298/351/411 at home for the year and 242/281/288 on the road.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. 3-for-his-last-30 with three singles and 11 strikeouts.

Hamels (10-4, 3.08) faces righty RA Dickey (12-1, 2.15) tonight. Hamels threw to a 4.20 ERA in six June starts. Dickey hasn’t allowed any earned runs in six of the last seven games he has started.


Phils thrilled with Utley’s home run, wonder if 12 a game is too much to ask

They could probably cut it down to six a game if Pierre promises to stop getting caught stealing ahead of him if that would help.

For all of the energy Chase Utley’s return generated last night, the take home message is simple: scoring seven runs isn’t good enough if you’re going to allow 11. And what’s wrong with the Phillies has a lot more to do with preventing runs than it does with scoring them.

Bullpen game last night and that was sure to be a problem for the Phillies because their bullpen is wretched. Things looked good early for the Phils as back-to-back homers from Utley and Ruiz put the Phils up 2-0 in the bottom of the first, but the Pirates responding by scoring eight unanswered runs. Down 8-2, the Phils scored five times in the sixth and seventh innings combined, cutting the lead to 8-7. Chad Qualls took the air out of the Phillies comeback, though, allowing three runs in the top of the eighth and the Pirates went on to win 11-7.

The bullpen ERA for the Phillies for the year is up to 4.67 with the game, which is 14th among the 16 NL teams.

Through the first 40 games of the season, the starting pitchers for the Phillies threw to a 2.93 ERA with a 1.09 ratio. Over the last 37 games, the starters have thrown to a 5.01 ERA and a 1.36 ratio. The Phillies are 15-22 in those games.

I truly do not understand why the Phillies chose to let the bullpen pitch last night instead of calling up a starter from Double-A or Triple-A. I’m sure there was a reason, I just don’t know what it is. Whatever it was, they’ve lost the game and shredded their bullpen for the next couple of days and their bullpen was bad before they shredded it. This afternoon they start Kyle Kendrick, who has gone about 5.58 innings per start in his 11 starts on the year, the lowest mark for anyone who’s started a game for the Phils other than Valdes. Kendrick has gone six innings in a start once in his last five tries.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-7 last night.

Raul Valdes got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer by Michael McKenry. He struck out two.

Valdes set Josh Harrison, Drew Stubbs and Andrew McCutchen down in order in the top of the first.

He started the second up 2-0 and walked Casey McGehee on a 3-2 pitch. With Neil Walker at the plate, McGehee took off for second. Ruiz’s throw beat him there easily, McGehee might have thought the hit and run was on, and Utley chased him back to first and applied the tag for the first out. Valdes walked Walker 3-2, putting a runner on first for Pedro Alvarez and Alvarez struck out looking 0-2 for the second out. Jose Tabata was next and lined a single to left, moving Walker up to second. Michael McKenry was next and he hit a 3-2 fastball out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Pirates up 3-2. Pitcher James McDonald flew to left for the third out.

Two walks for Valdes in the inning and then he grooves a 3-2 fastball to McKenry in front of the pitcher spot. That was a truly terrible pitch. Pirates gave him an out on the bases and still score three in the frame. That could have been better.

Savery started the third. Harrison led off and hit a ball to short that Rollins didn’t handle for an error. Sutton flew to left for the first out before Savery picked Harrison off of first with Wigginton throwing to Rollins for the second out. McCutchen flew to center to set the Pirates down.

McGehee homered off of Savery to start the fourth. 4-2. Walker followed with a double and moved to third on an Alvarez ground out. Tabata struck out swinging and Savery walked the righty McKenry intentionally to pitch to McDonald with two outs and runners on the corners. McDonald singled to left, scoring Walker to make it 5-2 with runners on first and third. Harrison grounded to third for the third out.

Savery walked Sutton to start the fifth and McCutchen moved him to second with a single. McGehee flew to right for the first out before a Walker singled, scoring Sutton (6-2) and moving McCutchen to third. Savery struck Alvarez out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Tabata. Tabata singled to center. McCutchen scored, 7-2, and Walker went to third. McKenry was next and singled to left on a ball deflected by Fontenot. Walker scored. Tabata to third. 8-2. Schwimer struck McDonald out looking to finally set the Pirates down.

Back-to-back two out singles get the Pirates two more runs. Valdes and Savery were both awful in the game, combining to allow eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. Savery’s line is worse thanks to two-out hits allowed by Schwimer that bring in two runs charged to Savery.

Schwimer was back to start the sixth. He allowed back-to-back singles to Harrison and Sutton to start the inning, but got the next three to leave the runners at first and second.

Diekman started the seventh with the Phils down 8-4. He struck out Alvarez and McKenry while setting the Pirates down in order.

Qualls started the eighth with the lead cut to 8-7. Lefty Alex Presley hit for the pitcher Brad Lincoln and walked. Barmes grounded to third for the first out with Presley moving up to second. Sutton doubled to center, scoring Presley. 9-7. McCutchen was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right center. 11-7. McGehee flew to left before Walker singled into center. Alvarez grounded to first for the third out.

Just a miserable job by Qualls after the Phillies had fought to get back in the game. In his defense, he has been overused of late. He got Tuesday off, but through Monday had thrown five of six days including pitching the ninth with a five-run lead on Monday.

Bastardo pitched the ninth. He allowed a two-out walk to Presley, but got Barmes on a fly ball to center to end the frame.

Awful night for the bullpen. Savery (53 pitches) and Valdes (43) surely can’t pitch for a while. Qualls threw 35 pitches. He’s only thrown one day in a row, but has been pitching way too much. He also has a 4.60 ERA for the year and opponents are hitting .302 against him. Schwimer has thrown back-to-back days and threw 26 pitches last night. Bastardo has thrown back-to-back days, four of the last five days and threw 14 pitches last night. Diekman threw 13 pitches last night.

So who can pitch tonight? Savery and Valdes look like they are not candidates. Papelbon and Diekman look like they should be fine. Qualls, Bastardo and Schwimer seem to be in a gray area with Schwimer having thrown less of late than the other two.

The Phillies lineup against righty James McDonald went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Pence (6) Victorino (7) Wigginton (8) Fontenot. Utley makes his 2012 debut with the Phillies and hits third. Wigginton at first against the righty. Fontenot at third with Polanco on the bench. Polanco was 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks.

Rollins walked to start the bottom of the first. Pierre grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the first out, but was caught trying to steal second before Utley hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phillies up 1-0. Ruiz followed and homered to left on a 3-1 pitch, extending the lead to 2-0. Pence drew a walk, but Victorino flew to left to leave him at first.

Chase arrives with a bang and Ruiz follows it up with another. The caught stealing by Pierre during Utley’s at-bat costs the Phils a run.

Down 3-2, the Phils went in order in the second. Lee hit for Valdes and struck out for the third out.

Rollins singled to left to start the bottom of the third. Pierre was next and grounded back to the pitcher with Rollins forced at second for the first out. Utley was next and again hit the ball hard, but this time to straight away center. McCutchen handled it on the warning track for the second out. Ruiz lined to third to leave Pierre stranded.

Down 5-2, the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Down 8-2, they went in order in the fifth.

Utley reached on an infield single on a ball Alvarez could have handled with one out in the sixth. Could have made a better throw, too. Ruiz was next and grounded to second with Utley forced at second for the second out. Pence was next and doubled to left center, scoring Ruiz from first to make it 8-3. Victorino followed that with a single to left, scoring Pence. 8-4. Polanco hit for Schwimer and righty Jared Hughes took over for McDonald to pitch to him. Victorino stole second before Polanco walked. Fontenot grounded back to the mound to leave both runners stranded.

Luna led off the seventh and hit a ground ball to third that Alvarez didn’t handle for an error. Rollins was next and tripled to center, scoring Luna to make it 8-5. Pierre was next and lefty Tony Watson came in to face him. Pierre singled to left, scoring Rollins. 8-6. Utley followed and hit a ground ball between first and second, closer to first. McGehee, who had been holding Pierre on first, didn’t go after the ball and it found right field for a single that moved Utley up to second. Ruiz was next and lined a ball to right. Tabata lost it in the lights or something, but he sure didn’t catch it. Ruiz had a single, Pierre scored (8-7) and Utley moved up to second. Righty Brad Lincoln took over for Watson. He struck Pence out swinging 3-2 and got Victorino on a fly ball to left for the second out. Thome hit for Diekman and struck out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Awful defense by the Pirates in the frame. Alvarez starts with an error and McGehee and Tabata both don’t make plays that are called singles. Lincoln squashes the rally for the Phils, entering with two men on and nobody out and getting Pence, Victorino and Thome.

Righty Jason Grilli set the Phils down in order in the eighth with the Pirate lead extended to 11-7. McCutchen made a great diving catch on a ball Luna hit to right-center for the second out, taking a double away from Luna.

Righty Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth. Ruiz walked with two outs, but Pence grounded to third to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a triple. 381/435/730 over his last 69 plate appearances.

Pierre 1-for-5 with an RBI and a caught stealing ahead of the Utley homer in the first. He also stole a base in the game. For the year he has 17 steals and been caught three times (and picked off once). 1-for-his-last-12 at the plate.

Utley was 3-for-5 in with a home run on the year. One of the hits looked a lot like a ground ball to short that Alvarez turned into an adventure, both in fielding and throwing the ball. The other single looked a lot like a ground ball to first the McGehee decided not to field for whatever reason.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. He’s on pace to hit .364 with 23 home runs, so that’s something. 8-for-his-last-13.

Pence 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. 10-for-his-last-44 (.227). Great against righties for the year (292/355/489) and oddly can’t hit lefties (217/308/391).

Victorino 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-his-last-21 with five singles. One extra-base hit, a double, in his last 71 plate appearances. Pence can’t hit lefties and Victorino can’t hit righties. Victorino 324/400/620 against lefties and 228/298/317 against righties. No other real choice to play center against right-handed pitching. Pierre and Mayberry seem like possible candidates. Mayberry’s as bad as Victorino against righties and Pierre couldn’t do it defensively.

Wigginton 0-for-2. 2-for-his-last-10. Also can’t hit righties — 257/302/365 for the year.

Fontenot was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-13 with three singles and five strikeouts.

Kendrick (2-7, 5.54) faces righty AJ Burnett (8-2, 3.24) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost three of the last four games that Kendrick has started and he’s thrown to an 8.10 ERA in those outings. Opponents have hit .324 against him in his five June starts and he’s walked 15 in 25 1/3 innings. Lefties are on-basing .401 against him for the year. That’s too much. The Pirates have won the last nine games that Burnett has started and he’s thrown to a 1.97 ERA in those appearances. Righties are slugging .298 against him for the season with five extra-base hits in 135 plate appearances.

Update: Sanches up, Savery down.


Save yourself

The script says we’re about to see Chase Utley ride in to save the season, but the Phillies looked more than capable of saving themselves last night. They sparkled with the gloves and got home runs from Ruiz and Wigginton as they topped the Pirates 5-4.

Their defense was outstanding in the game. In the top of the first, Worley made a nifty glove-hand flip to Ruiz to nail a runner from third for the second out. Fontenot made a fantastic diving play on a ball up the middle for the second out in the third. Mayberry made a beautiful throw from left to nail a runner at the plate and help get the Phils out of a jam in the seventh. Ruiz tracked down a bunt running up against the wall after a leadoff double by the Pirates started the eighth.

The pen was good enough in a tight game. Michael Schwimer, in particular, was excellent. Schwimer entered the top of the seventh with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phillies up a run. After going way up and in to Jose Tabata on the first pitch of Tabata’s at-bat, Tabata grounded back to the mound with the runners holding for the first out. Neil Walker was next and flew to left, with Mayberry making the catch and a fantastic throw to the plate where Ruiz applied the tag for the third out.

The Phillies are 36-40 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 last night. The Phillies have won the first two games of the set and are in fourth place in the NL East, eight games behind the first-place Nationals. Since the end of the day on June 12, the Phillies have played 13 games and gone 7-6, which is the best mark in the NL East.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five.

It was the worst of Worley’s last four starts and the only game of the four that the Phillies have won. He has a 2.08 ERA over his last four outings and opponents have hit .198 against him. He’s allowed one home run in 30 innings in June.

Jose Tabata was the first batter of the game and Worley hit him with an 0-1 pitch. Neil Walker was next and Worley walked him, putting runners on first and second for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen grounded to short for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Garrett Jones was next and hit a ball fielded by Worley. Worley glove-flipped home where Tabata was tagged out by Ruiz for the second out. Casey McGehee grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Worley keeps the Pirates off the board after the first two hitters of the inning reach base. Very nice play to get the second out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Pedro Alvarez doubled to center to start the second. Clint Barmes grounded to short for the first out with Alvarez moving up to third. Michael McKenry was next and flew to left, deep enough for Alvarez to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Worley struck the pitcher Eric Bedard out looking to end the frame.

Up 2-1, Worley threw a 1-2-3 third. Fontenot made a nice diving play on a ball hit up the middle by Walker for the second out.

Up 4-1, he struck out Jones and Alvarez in a 1-2-3 fourth.

McKenry doubled to left with one out in the fifth and Bedard bunted him to third with the second out. Tabata grounded to second to leave him at third.

McCutchen doubled with one out in the sixth and moved up to third on a ground out by Jones. McGehee followed with a single to right that scored McCutchen, cutting the lead to 4-2. Worley struck Alvarez out swinging 2-2 to leave McGehee at first.

Worley allowed the first two batters in the top of the seventh to reach on a walk (Barmes) and a single (McKenry). It put men on first and second and switch-hitter Drew Sutton hit for the pitcher Bedard and doubled softly to left, scoring Barmes (4-3) and moving McKenry to third. Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Tabata and got him on a ground ball Schwimer handled himself with the runners holding at second and third. Walker was next and flew to left. Mayberry took it there for the second out. McKenry tagged and tried to score from third, but Mayberry’s throw from left was fantastic and Ruiz applied the tag to end the inning.

Fantastic throw by Mayberry. Schwimer keeps the Pirates from getting more after coming into the game with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phils up one. He got more than a little bit of luck on the ball Tabata hit after Schwimer’s first pitch to Tabata was up and in. Tabata hit the ball hard, but Schwimer was able to field it and throw to first for the first out. Big defensive play by Schwimer, but without it the Pirates might have had two runs instead of none.

Schwimer only threw five pitches in the game, but that might be the biggest outing of his career to this point. After throwing to an 8.53 ERA over his first five appearances through the end of May, Schwimer has made ten June appearances in which he has thrown to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.72 ratio, allowing four hits and three walks over 9 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .129 against him in June. Again, the Phillies really, really need a righty in the pen other than Qualls and Papelbon. Schwimer was fantastic last night, but I don’t think you want to try to cash that check just yet.

Bastardo started the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to McCutchen. Righty Josh Harrison hit for the lefty Jones and tried to bunt McCutchen up to third. He popped up the first pitch he saw from Bastardo and Ruiz made a fantastic running basket catch near the wall for the first out. McGehee popped to Wigginton for the second out and Bastardo struck out Alvarez for the third.

Great defensive play by Ruiz helps Bastardo out of a jam after the leadoff double.

Bastardo pitches the eighth inning isn’t going to work. I think it has to be a combination of Bastardo and Qualls, with Qualls facing the righties and Bastardo the lefties. That’s tough, though, since Qualls really can’t face lefties in a tight game, but at least the Phillies have four lefties in the pen who can. It probably wasn’t a choice last night, though, with Qualls having thrown five of the last six days, including the ninth inning of game one of the series with a five-run lead. Bastardo got the righties Harrison and McGehee with a man in scoring position before striking out the lefty Alvarez.

Bastardo has thrown three of the last four days and last night’s was the only appearance of the three in which he was not charged with a run. He has a 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances and opponents have hit .302 against him in those outings. He’s walked ten of the 65 (15.4%) right-handed batters he’s faced on the year, which is one of the reasons he can’t be the guy against everyone in the eighth inning. See also the 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 5-3. He struck Barmes out for the first out before McKenry hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 5-4. Lefty Alex Presley hit for the pitcher Tony Watson and flew to left for the second out. Tabata struck out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Papelbon has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances. Over those three outings, he has allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over three innings and his ERA for the year has gone from 2.02 to 3.03. If it’s 4.04 after three more days we really need to start to worry. He has a 5.00 ERA in his eight June appearances.

Schwimer was fantastic in the game, wriggling out of the seventh inning jam with the help of a great throw from Mayberry. But we don’t need to go nuts about how fantastic the bullpen was in the game. Overall they went three innings, allowing a run on two hits, a double and a home run. Schwimer needed a nice play on Tabata’s ball and a great throw by Mayberry to keep the Pirates off the board. Had Ruiz not homered in the eighth to put the Phils up another run, nobody would have a whole lot to say about the excellence of the pen this morning.

Papelbon threw 20 pitches in the game, Bastardo ten and Schwimer five. Everyone in the bullpen should be available for tonight’s game — their availability might wind up mattering a lot given that the Phils look likely to start Valdes or Savery.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Eric Bedard went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Fontenot. Fontenot starts at second against the lefty with the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench. Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left with Pierre on the bench.

Pence tripled to right with two outs in the first and came in to score when Ruiz followed with a single to left. 1-0. Victorino moved Ruiz to second with a single into center, but Wigginton grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Fontenot singled to center with one out in the second and the score tied at 1-1. Worley bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins walked behind Worley. Polanco was next with two outs and men on first and second. He singled to left. Fontenot scored from second, putting the Phils up 2-1. Rollins was caught between second and third and tagged out to end the inning.

Worley gets the bunt down and Polanco delivers a two-out single. Fontenot starts the rally with a single off of a lefty. Looked like they had a chance to get Fontenot at the plate, but the throw was cut to get Rollins headed for third.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the third. Victorino flew out behind him, but Wigginton was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 4-1. Mayberry grounded to second for the third out.

Big blow for Wigginton, who was 9-for-his-last-52 (.173) coming into the game.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Polanco singled to start the fifth and Pence walked behind him, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz flew to right, Victorino struck out and Wigginton grounded to third.

Polanco on-base again, but nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with no outs. Polanco is 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when the Phils went in order in the sixth.

It was 4-3 when righty Juan Cruz set them down in order in the seventh.

Ruiz homered to left on an 0-2 pitch from Cruz to start the eighth, putting the Phils up 5-3. Victorino followed with a walk and moved up to second when Wigginton followed with a single. Lefty Tony Watson came in to pitch to Mayberry and struck him out swinging for the first out as Victorino stole third. With men on first and third, the righty Luna hit for the lefty Fontenot. Watson got him to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Home run by Ruiz is the difference in the game with Papelbon allowing a solo shot to McKenry in the ninth. Again the Phils can’t add on despite putting men on first and second with nobody out. Mayberry gets a gift as the Pirates bring in a lefty to pitch to him, but strikes out for the first out with two men on and nobody out.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-11 with two walks, a double and a home coming off of an 11-game stretch where he hit .417.

Polanco 2-for-4 with an RBI. 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks and two doubles. He’s driven in at least one run in three straight games.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. 9-for-his-last-40 (.225).

Ruiz 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, raising his average to a league-high .361. 6-for-his-last-9. .419 over his last nine games (419/528/674 in 53 plate appearances).

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. .224 over his last 67 plate appearances. He’s walked four times in his last four games, giving him a .412 on-base percentage in those games despite hitting .231 (3-for-13).

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a huge home run. The only thing we should be expecting Wigginton to do is hit against lefties and he delivered a big blow against Bedard last night. Against left-handed pitching, he’s hitting an ugly .238 for the year, but five home runs in 65 at-bats against southpaws have helped him to slug .477 against them.

Mayberry 0-for-4. The spark he was showing a week or so ago seems to have faded. He’s 1-for-his-last-16 with six strikeouts. Like Wigginton, Mayberry needs to hit lefties and has hit for power against them despite weak numbers overall. Mayberry is hitting 268/274/537 against left-handed pitching for the year and 206/267/280 against righties. 206/267/280 means you can’t be on the field against righties as a corner outfielder or a first baseman. If you’re going to on-base .274 against lefties, slugging .537 isn’t enough.

Fontenot 1-for-3 in the game to drop his average on the year to .344. Fantastic diving play in the top of the third might have helped his cause significantly given his defensive struggles in his first few appearances with the team. He’s hitting 408/442/490 in 52 plate appearances against righties. The team needs guys who can hit righties — again, take a look at what Mayberry and Wigginton have done against righties from positions that should be supplying the offense (not suggestion we should or will see Fontenot at first or left, although I honestly don’t think Fontenot at first against a righty if Wigginton and Mayberry are both struggling badly is impossible).

TBD faces righty James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) tonight. No game on Friday night due to rain messed up the rotation for the Phils. It’s Kendrick’s turn, but he would be on short rest and so would everyone behind him until the next off-day (July 2) if the Phils don’t give a start to somebody not in the rotation. We’ll see what happens. McDonald has been great this year. Opponents have hit .195 against him and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts. Righties are hitting 184/245/286 against him for the season.

Update: Looks like Valdes (2-0, 1.84) starts tonight. He has one other career start, which came with the Mets in 2010. He allowed a run on three hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings and the Mets beat the Nats 7-2.

Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a home run for the Triple-A IronPigs and is coming soon to a theater near you.


Phils hoping a journey of a thousand miles proves to start with a chance to hit against Colorado pitching

The Phillies are going to need to win and win and win if they’re going to find a way to climb out of the enormous hole they’ve dug for themselves. Last night they took a step in the right direction, pounding the Rockies 7-2 behind a big night from Cole Hamels and big blasts by Mayberry and Ruiz.

The pitching in general and the starting pitching in particular have been a huge part of the recent skid for the Phils. With Halladay out, Hamels and Lee have been unable to stabilize the rotation. Coming into last night’s start, Hamels had thrown to a 6.08 ERA over his last four outings while Lee and Hamels had combined to throw to a 5.72 ERA in their six starts in June.

Hamels was great last night, though, holding the Rockies to a pair of runs over eight strong innings while the offense produced seven runs. Mayberry and Ruiz both doubled and hit a two-run homer. Ruiz has been fantastic all year long. Mayberry hasn’t though, and his recent production with the bat is most welcomed by the Phils. At the end of the day on June 12, Mayberry was 2-for-his-last-22 and hitting 221/255/317 in 153 plate appearances for the year. Since then he has gone 8-for-21 with two doubles and four home runs.

The Phillies are 32-37 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-2 last night. They are 4-12 over their last 16 games.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven.

Eric Young was the first batter of the game and reached on an infield single. Marco Scutaro flew to center before Young stole second. It put a man on second for Tyler Colvin and Colvin lined a single to right, scoring Young to put Colorado up 1-0. Michael Cuddyer flew to right for the second out before Hamels walked Todd Helton on four pitches, putting two men on for Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco flew to Mayberry to leave both runners stranded.

Hamels retired Chris Nelson on a fly ball to center for the first out in the second before Wilin Rosario lined a single to center. Hamels walked the pitcher Josh Outman on five pitches, putting men on first and second with one out. He struck Young out swinging and Scutaro out looking to leave them both stranded.

Hamels had allowed three hits and two walks through two innings. You want to avoid walking the pitcher on five pitches with men on base whenever possible. It’s always possible.

He struck Colvin, Cuddyer and Helton all out while setting Colorado down in order in the third.

Five strikeouts in a row.

It was 1-1 when Hamels set the Rockies down in order in the fourth.

The Phils led 3-1 when he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Phillies led 4-1 when Hamels started the sixth. He got the first two before walking Helton. Pacheco was next and singled to center, moving Helton up to second. Nelson was next and he singled passed a diving Rollins and into center, scoring Helton to cut the lead to 4-2. Nelson tried to take second and was thrown out by Victorino to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Switch-hitter Dexter Fowler hit for the pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and struck out for the second out.

The Phillies led 7-2 when Scutaro doubled to left-center off of Hamels to start the eighth. Colvin flew to center for the first out. Cuddyer flew to right for the second out with Scutaro moving up to third. Helton grounded to short to leave him stranded.

Hamels throws 113 pitches in the game, including nine in the eighth with a five-run lead.

Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Qualls dropped his ERA on the year to 4.23 with the appearance. He’s been charged with one or more runs in just one of his ten appearances in June, but allowed four runs in a third of an inning that time out. Over his last six appearances he’s allowed four hits and no walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He threw ten pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Josh Outman went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Martinez at second with the lefty Fontenot on the bench. Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left. Pierre on the bench against the lefty.

Down 1-0, Rollins doubled to left to start the bottom of the first. Polanco grounded to third for the first out before Pence moved Rollins up to third with a ground out to second. Ruiz grounded to third to leave Rollins stranded.

No run for the Phillies after the leadoff double by Rollins.

Victorino, Wigginton and Mayberry went in order in the second.

Rollins walked with two outs in the third and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double down the third base line, tying the game at 1-1. Pence fouled out to Helton to leave Polanco at second.

Young made a fantastic diving play in center to take away a hit from Hamels ahead of the Rollins walk. It probably cost the Phillies a run.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth on a ball deflected by Pacheco at third. Wigginton struck out for the second out, but Mayberry was next and he homered to left on a 2-0 pitch, putting the Phils up 3-1. Martinez flew to right for the third out.

Rollins singled with one out in the fifth and took second on a wild pitch before Polanco walked. It put men on first and second for Pence. Righty Guillermo Moscoso came into pitch to Pence and struck him out swinging for the second out. Ruiz was next and he doubled to left, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 4-1 with men on second and third. Victorino struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Moscoso set the Phillies down in order in the sixth with the lead cut to 4-2.

Hamels hit for himself to start the seventh and singled to right off of righty Adam Ottavino. Rollins followed that with a walk and Polanco bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Pence was next and chopped a ball to short. Hamels did a nice job to come home and score 5-2 with Rollins moving up to third. Ruiz was next and hit laced the first pitch he saw out to left. 7-2. Victorino struck out swinging for the third out.

Not a fan of much of that, but it worked out great for the Phillies. Hamels hits from himself to start the eighth despite having thrown 104 pitches in the game. Also don’t like bunting with your two-hitter with nobody out and a runner on second. Worked well.

Mayberry doubled to left off of lefty Matt Reynolds with one out in the ninth. Martinez flew to right for the second out. Luna hit for Hamels and struck out looking for the third.

Rollins was 2-for-2 in the game with a double and two walks. He’s hitting 344/394/590 over his last 66 plate appearances. 320/363/547 in June after hitting 239/294/308 through the end of May.

Polanco 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-24. Polanco and Rollins are both on-basing .312 for the season.

Pence was 0-for-4 with an RBI and five men left on base. 200/284/350 against left-handed pitching for the year. He’s a career 289/348/506 hitter against lefties.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Victorino 1-for-4 and struck out three times. First time that Victorino has struck out three times in a game since September 7, 2011.

Wigginton 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting 132/150/237 over his last 40 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-21 with four home runs and two doubles.

Martinez was 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-20. 193/257/269 for his career.

Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93) faces righty Alex White (2-5, 5.56) tonight. Blanton broke a string of five atrocious outings in a row with a masterful start his last time out, throwing a complete game and holding the Twins to a run on seven hits and no walks. White has been pretty terrible this year, but dropped his ERA from 6.28 to 5.56 by throwing to a 4.32 ERA over his last three starts.

Freddy Galvis has been suspended for 50 games after a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.


Chance-to-see-stuff-that’s-stastically-improbable giveaway night in Atlanta largely a hit

Overall I’d say people feel like they got their money’s worth with Halladay being unable to hold a six-run lead and Ruiz driving in seven runs in a game his team lost. My impression is people might have felt Contreras, Schwimer and Sanches not pitching so well fell a little flat.

Wild one last night in Atlanta, which the Braves won 15-13 on a walkoff two-run homer by Chipper Jones in the bottom of the eleventh.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, Roy Halladay allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings in the game. The Phils failed to hold leads of 6-0 and 12-8 in the contest.

Carlos Ruiz went nuts, driving in seven runs, including three in the seventh on a three-run homer and three in the eighth on a three-run double.

Neither team got a lot of outstanding work from their pen, but the Braves got the last laugh in that department. After Savery and Bastardo went 1 2/3 scoreless frames, Contreras, Schwimer and Sanches combined to allow seven runs in three innings. With Qualls and Papelbon both in the pen having been used heavily over the past four days, the Phils brought Sanches out to start his third inning of the game in the eleventh. He didn’t get an out before Chipper won the game with a walkoff home run.

The Phillies are 12-13 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 15-13 in 11 innings last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a grand slam. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.

Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman singled back-to-back with one out in the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Brian McCann. McCann hit a ball to first. Wigginton fielded, went to second for the first out and Rollins threw to Halladay covering first to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Great play by the Phils. Rollins did a great job at second, holding the ball long enough for Halladay to get to first while Freeman slid in hard.

Halladay set the Braves down in order in the second.

He started the third with a 4-0 lead and set Atlanta down in order.

McCann singled with two outs in the fourth, but Halladay struck Dan Uggla out behind him.

Halladay started the fifth with a 6-0 lead. Chipper Jones, Eric Hinske and Taylor Pastornicky all singled to start the frame, loading the bases with nobody out. Lefty Juan Francisco hit for the pitcher Cristhian Martinez and Halladay got him to pop to third for the first out. Michael Bourn was next and he singled into right, moving everyone up a base. Chipper scored and it was 6-1. Prado followed with an infield single, again moving everyone up a base. 6-2. Freeman popped to Galvis for the second out. McCann was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch well out to right, tying the game at 6-6. Halladay struck Uggla out looking to end the inning.

First home run allowed by Halladay since September 19, 2011. At least he made it memorable.

Hinske singled with one out in the sixth and a double by Pastornicky moved Hinske up to third. Lefty Jason Heyward hit for the pitcher Livan Hernandez and singled into right, scoring both runners to put Atlanta up 8-6. Savery took over for Halladay. He got Bourn swinging as Ruiz threw Heyward out trying to steal second, setting the Braves down.

Savery dropped his ERA on the year to 1.42 with the outing. In 6 1/3 innings, he has allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk.

The Phillies were up 9-8 when Bastardo started the seventh. Pitching for the third day in a row, he set Atlanta down in order on three fly balls. Two of the outs came on nice plays by Mayberry in left. He made a diving play to take a hit away from Prado for the first out and retired Freeman as he crashed into the wall for the second.

After not going a full inning in any of his first six outings on the year, Bastardo has now done so twice in the last two days. Over the last two days he’s thrown two perfect innings in two times out.

Contreras started the eighth with the Phillies on top 12-8. Uggla led off with a single. Chipper was next and hit a ball back up the middle that the Phillies might have gotten two on, but Rollins didn’t handle it for an error and the Phils didn’t get any. Righty Matt Diaz hit for the pitcher Kris Medlen and Contreras struck him out swinging for the first out. Pastornicky singled to center, scoring Uggla (12-9) and moving Chipper up to second. Contreras walked Heyward on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases. The righty Schwimer took over for the righty Contreras, coming in to pitch to the lefty Bourn. Schwimer walked Bourn on four pitches, forcing in Chipper to make it 12-10. Prado followed with a single into center, scoring Pastornicky and Heyward, making it 12-12 with men on first and third. Freeman was next and flew to left for the second out. Bourn tagged and scored, putting Atlanta on top 13-12. McCann flew to center for the third out.

Schwimer comes in to face Bourn with Bastardo and Savery having already pitched in the game.

Contreras and Schwimer were both awful in the inning. Far from a sure thing, but if the Phillies had turned a double-play on the Rollins error ball, Conteras would have faced three hitters in the inning and put up a zero. Instead, the next two hitters he faced reached base. So a little bit of tough luck for Contreras in the frame, but that doesn’t change the fact that he doesn’t look like he can offer much help out of the pen at this point and hasn’t for a while.

Schwimer faced four batters in the inning, allowing a walk, a single and a sac fly. It was his third appearance of the year for the Phils. Two of them have been bad.

It was 13-13 when Sanches started the ninth, making his first appearance for the Phils since 2007. He allowed back-to-back singles to Chipper and Jack Wilson with one out, putting men on first and second. Righty David Ross hit for the pitcher Craig Kimbrel and Sanches struck him out swinging for the second out. Sanches walked the lefty Heyward on four pitches, loading the bases for another lefty Bourn. Bourn flew to center for the third out.

Sanches came back to throw a 1-2-3 tenth.

He started the eleventh, but didn’t get an out. Uggla led off with a single to left. He got ahead of Chipper 0-2, but Chipper hit Sanches’s 41st pitch of the game, a 3-2 offering, out to right-center. Braves win 15-13.

You really want to try to avoid bringing Sanches back for a third inning if you can help it at all.

In the game, the pen goes 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks.

Sanches threw 41 pitches. Contreras 21. Bastardo has thrown three days in a row and threw 11 pitches in the game. Schwimer 15 and Savery six.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tommy Hanson went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Galvis stays in the lineup despite miserable offensive results with the lefty Orr on the bench.

Polanco singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Victorino struck out behind him for the second out and Pence flew to center for the third.

Wigginton walked to start the second and moved to second when Nix followed with a single into center. Ruiz was next and grounded into a double-play, leaving a runner on third for Galvis with two down. Galvis struck out swinging at a high 2-2 pitch that was way out of the strike zone.

Rollins and Polanco singled back-to-back with one out in the third, putting runners on the corners for Victorino. Victorino singled into right, scoring Rollins to make it 1-0 and moving Polanco up to third. Victorino stole second before Pence walked to load the bases. Wigginton fouled out to Chipper at third for the second out, but Nix blasted a ball to right that went over Hinske’s head in right for a three-run double, putting the Phils up 4-0. Hanson hit Ruiz with an 0-2 pitch before Galvis flew to center for the third out.

Hinkse probably should have caught the ball that Nix hit to right, although Nix hit it well. Wigginton can’t bring the runner in from third, popping out with the bases loaded for the second out.

Polanco and Victorino singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. Righty Cristhian Martinez took over for Hanson and get Pence to ground to short for the third out.

Wigginton started the fifth with a single and scored on a one-out double by Ruiz, putting the Phils up 5-0. Galvis followed that with a double, plating Ruiz to make it 6-0. Halladay moved Galvis up to third with a ground out to second for the second out. Rollins grounded to third to leave him there.

It was 6-6 when the Phils hit in the sixth. Livan Hernandez set the Phils down in order.

The Phillies were losing 8-6 when lefty Eric O’Flaherty started the seventh. Wigginton led off with a walk. Mayberry hit for Nix and singled softly to right, putting men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz pounded a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 9-8. Kratz hit for Savery and grounded to third. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Righty Kris Medlen started the eighth for the Braves. He got Polanco and Victorino before Pence and Wigginton singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry walked to load the bases. Ruiz ripped a double into right field, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 12-8. Galvis flew to center for the third out.

Six RBI in two at-bats for Ruiz. Three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double with the bases loaded in the eighth.

First walk of the year for Mayberry. One walk in 54 plate appearances.

The Phillies were down 13-12 when the hit in the ninth. Righty Craig Kimbrel walked Pierre on four pitches. Pierre stole second before Rollins struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that surprised many observers cause it was so far off the plate. Polanco grounded to short for the second out with Pierre moving up to third. Victorino was next and hit a ball up the middle. Wilson nearly made an incredible play to end the game, fielding, spinning and making a strong throw to first, but Victorino just beat it out for an infield single. Pierre scored and it was 13-13. Pence struck out swinging to leave Victorino at first.

Fantastic job by Pierre to draw the walk and steal the base, helping to create a huge run for the Phils that kept the game alive.

Jonny Venters struck out Wigginton and Mayberry in a 1-2-3 tenth.

Chad Durbin got Galvis, Sanches and Rollins in the top of the eleventh.

Galvis tried to bunt for a hit, but Durbin threw him out at first. Sanches hits for himself in a tie game having already thrown two innings. The Phils had Schneider and Orr on the bench and Qualls and Papelbon in the pen. Qualls had thrown two days in a row and three of the last four. Papelbon had also thrown two days in a row and three of the last four.

Rollins was 1-for-7 in the game. He’s 7-for-his-last-22.

Polanco 3-for-6 to raise his average to .268. After going 0-for-1 against Arizona on April 24, he was hitting .196 for the year. He’s gone 11-for-26 since.

Victorino 3-for-6 with two RBI, including a huge one to bring Pierre home with two outs in the top of the ninth. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-42 (.119).

Pence was 1-for-5 with a walk. He only has one walk in his last 48 plate appearances.

Wigginton 2-for-4 with two walks. 362/424/517 over his last 66 plate appearances. Started a nice double-play early.

Nix 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. 8-for-his-last-18 with three walks and five extra-base hits. Mayberry was 1-for-2 with a walk in the game.

Ruiz 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. He leads the Phils with a .575 slugging percentage for the year. He drove in more runs in last night’s game than Galvis, Rollins, Polanco, Pierre or Mayberry have for the season.

Galvis 1-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts. His on-base percentage for the year is down to .222.

Blanton (2-3, 3.81) faces righty Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30) this afternoon. Blanton has walked just three hitters in 26 innings for the season and allowed just one home run. The bad news is that opponents are hitting .318 against him. Delgado hasn’t gone more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his four starts and has walked 12 so far in 20 innings. Lefties have hit 357/417/449 against him so far and righties 211/362/277. So lefties have pounded him and righties haven’t done much in the way of getting a hit, but Delgado has walked about 14.9% of the right-handed hitters he has faced.


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