Tag: Chad Durbin

How soon can you start, Carlos?

And is it going to be a problem if we need to you pitch like you did in 2004? Every day?

The Phillies used five pitchers yesterday and four of them were awful. Phillippe Aumont allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, but Hamels struggled in his start and Durbin, Horst and Valdes were awful behind him as the Phils lost 10-4. Valdes and Durbin have been especially miserable this year and I would be surprised if the Phillies weren’t thinking about how their roster spots could be better used.

The Phillies haven’t had a lot of success winning without good pitching this year. They’ve won one game on the season in which they allowed more than three runs. They beat the Mets 9-4 on April 27. 1-16 for the year.

The Phillies are 19-22 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The teams split the two-game set. The Phillies have won three of four and lost four of seven.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out four.

The Phillies are 1-8 in games started by Hamels this season. His hit rate is fine, but he’s walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings and allowed eight home runs to the 176 right-handed batters he’s faced. That’s about 4.5% of the right-handed batters he’s faced that have homered. 2.9% for his career coming into the year.

Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Hamels got Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

With two outs in the second, Hamels hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch. Mike Aviles followed with a walk that put runners on first and second for the pitcher Corey Kluber. Kluber hit the ball well into left-center, but Brown took it at the warning track after a run to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels had thrown 51 pitches through two innings. He threw 24 in the first, including a 10-pitch at-bat for Jason Kipnis before Kipnis flew to center. He used 17 on Aviles and Kluber in the second — nine to walk Aviles and eight to get Kluber on the ball handled by Brown.

Kipnis doubled to center with one out in the third. Cabrera walked behind him and Mark Reynolds followed that with a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Indians up 2-0. Carlos Santana grounded to short for the third out.

Hamels started the fourth with the lead cut to 2-1. Mike Aviles homered to left with one out, extending the lead to 3-1. Hamels got the next two hitters behind him.

Kipnis doubled to left to start the fifth and scored on a one-out homer to left by Swisher. 5-1. Hamels got Reynolds and Santana behind Swisher.

Durbin started the sixth with the lead cut to 5-3. He got the first two before walking the pitcher Kluber. Drew Stubbs was next and reached on an infield single that moved Kluber up to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Kipnis and walked him, loading the bases Cabrera. Cabrera singled into center, scoring Kluber and Stubbs to make it 7-3 with two down and men on first and second. Swisher grounded to third to end the frame.

Again Durbin and Horst fail to get the job done in the middle innings. With two down, no runs in and the pitcher coming to bat you would hope to be able to get out of the inning without runs.

Durbin faced four batters in the game, getting two outs while allowing a hit and a walk. He’s allowed eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his last four appearances and has a 7.30 ERA for the year. Opponents have hit 306/390/592 against him for the season.

Horst faced three hitters, allowing a walk and a single and getting one out. The two runs that scored while he was on the mound were charged to Durbin, but he didn’t pitch well. Opponents are hitting 299/382/463 against him for the season.

Aumont pitched the seventh. Santana singled to right with one out, but Aumont got Raburn to ground into a double-play behind him.

Three batters for Aumont, allowing a single before getting a double-play. Drops his ERA to 2.25, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Twelve hits and ten walks in 12 innings gives him a 1.83 ratio. Lefties are hitting 429/520/476 against him for the year after the single by the switch-hitting Santana.

Valdes pitched the eighth. Walked the lefty Brantley with one out and Brantley moved up to third when Stubbs followed with a double. It brought Kipnis to the plate and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center. 10-3. Valdes got the next two.

Valdes walks the lefty Brantley to get things started and then gives up a three-run homer to another lefty. Durbin, Horst and Valdes are a big part of what’s been wrong with Phillie pitching this season — in this game they combined to allow five runs in three innings.

Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the lead cut to 10-4.

Valdes goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. He’s allowed six runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last three outings. All three runs he gives up come on the Kipnis homer, which was the fifth that Valdes has allowed this season. Opponents are slugging .588 against him for the year, righties .627. He, Durbin and Hallady all have a home run per nine innings rate higher than two for the season. That trio has combined to allow 14 home runs in 66 2/3 innings.

Overall, the pen was atrocious. Four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. Horst has pitched two days in a row. Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Corey Kluber went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Mayberry plays center against the righty coming off of a three-hit, three RBI night in game one with the lefty Revere on the bench. Delmon Young keeps hitting fifth, despite coming into the game hitting .216 for the year in 44 plate appearances.

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

Delmon Young and Brown both struck out in the second.

The Phils were down 2-0 when Mayberry singled with one out in the third. Hamels bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins singled to right, scoring Mayberry. 2-1. Utley popped to short to set the Phillies down.

Two-out hit for Rolllins gets the Phils a run.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they went in order in the fourth. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out.

It was 5-1 when Ruiz and Mayberry singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put runners on first and third for Hamels and Frandsen hit for the pitcher. He fouled out to Swisher for the second out, but Rollins was next and brought both runners home with a double to right. 5-3. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Second two-out hit for Rollins in two chances gives him all three Phillie RBI for the game.

The Phils were down 7-3 when Delmon Young singled with two outs in the sixth. Brown grounded to second to leave Young stranded.

Righty Cody Allen set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.

Lefty Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth with a 10-3 lead. He walked Michael Young with two outs, but Howard flew to center to leave Young at first.

Young’s walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Matt Albers to start the ninth. He took second on a wild pitch before Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Ruiz brought him home with a double to right, cutting the lead to 10-4. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out. Galvis hit for Valdes and lined to short to end the game.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Ruiz. He came into the game with one double in 47 plate appearances.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. 3-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. 255/304/382 for the season. He’s on-basing .286 against left-handed pitching.

Utley 0-for-4 in the game and in the series. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run. 281/335/500 for the year. 158/238/316 against left-handed pitching for the season.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 10-for-his-last-50 (.200) with four doubles. 296/383/378 for the season. In 7,396 plate appearances from 2000 to 2011, Young had an isolated power of .147. In 2012 it was .093. So far in 2013 it’s .081.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series. 128/190/205 over his last 42 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts and one walk that was not intentional. 245/284/434 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 in the series. 7-for-his-last-18 (.389) with two walks and two doubles. 244/313/390 in 44 plate appearances for the season.

Brown was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a home run in the set. 250/298/429 on the year. 229/289/371 against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-7 with a walk and a double in the series. 234/294/277 in 51 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and scored two runs. 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the two-game set. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-21 with three singles. 253/317/421 for the year.

The Phillies are off today and play the Reds tomorrow.

This article from the Phillie web site is headlined, “De Fratus emerges as clutch late-game reliever.” De Fratus has gotten two outs this season.


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.


Ow

The Phillies started yesterday with a chance to end the night over .500 for the year. They ended it at 6-9 for the season, quickly falling in the conclusion of Wednesday night’s suspended game before getting blown out 11-2 in the scheduled game.

Aumont start the bottom of the ninth in the suspended game with the score tied at 0-0, nobody out and Zack Cozart at the plate. Cozart singled to left and moved up to second when Aumont walked Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips was next and lined a ball into left-center, which went off of Revere’s glove for an error that loaded the bases. Jay Bruce singled to right, scoring Cozart to get the Reds a 1-0 win.

Aumont faced four batters and all four reached base. He faced lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and both reached base. Horst and Valdes were presumably available to pitch, although anyone who saw game two probably isn’t really sorry they didn’t bring in Valdes.

The Phillies got bombed 11-2 in the scheduled game. John Lannan got hit hard and left with an injury after just 1 2/3 innings. Valdes got hit hard after Lannan left. The Phils got all their offense in the game on a two-run homer by Galvis in the eighth when they were trailing by 11 runs.

Two injuries for the Phils in the game — Lannan left his ugly start early with a knee injury and Domonic Brown hurt his back diving for a ball. He should never, ever dive for any reason. He should only swim in pools that have had the diving board removed. Just one man’s opinion. Lannan and Brown will both be examined by a team doctor today.

The Phillies scored two runs in the game and four runs in the three-game set. They have scored a total of ten runs in their last six games. Over their last six games they have not scored a run before the sixth inning in any game.

The Phillies are 6-9 on the season after losing 11-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Reds sweep the three-game series.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles, a triple and a home run. He didn’t strike out anyone.

Cozart doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and scored on a single by Phillips. 1-0.

Todd Frazier homered to start the second. 2-0. Devin Mesoraco doubled with one out and scored when pitcher Mike Leake tripled to the wall in center. 3-0. Leake scored on a single by Derrick Robinson. 4-0. With two outs and the bases empty, the Reds loaded the bases on a single by Cozart, a Votto hit by pitch and a walk to Phillips. It brought Bruce to the plate and Bruce delivered a two-run single to right. 6-0. Valdes came in to pitch to the righty Frazier and got him swinging to leave the runners on first and third.

Chris Heisey and Mesoraco doubled off of Valdes back-to-back to stat the third. 7-0. Leake moved Mesoraco to third with an infield single before Valdes walked Robinson to load the bases. Valdes got Cozart to pop to Utley in foul territory for the first out and struck Votto out swinging for the second, but Phillips was next and singled softly to right. Mesoraco and Leake both scored (9-0), but Mayberry threw Phillips out trying to move up to second to end the inning.

Valdes came back and set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

He pitched the fifth, too. Leake reached again on an infield single with one down. Valdes struck Robinson out swinging for the second, but Cozart was next and hit a two-run homer to left. 11-0. Votto struck out swinging to set the Reds down.

Fourth appearance of the year for Valdes. He went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. 11.00 ERA and a 1.67 ratio for the season over nine innings. Opponents have hit .375 against him. The Phillies have asked him to pitch more than an inning in each of his four appearances, which sure seems like a bad idea to me.

Durbin pitched the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Bruce, but got Frazier to ground into a double-play behind him.

Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

The silver linings in the game for the Phillies are slim, but I’d go with Galvis’s home run and two scoreless innings for Durbin. After giving up runs in each of his first two outings of the year, Durbin has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances.

Horst pitched the eighth with the Cincy lead cut to 11-2. He walked the leadoff man Robinson, but got the next three Reds in order.

Horst dropped his ERA to 8.10 with the scoreless inning. He’s walked three in 6 2/3 innings for the season. Lefties are curiously 5-for-11 with two walks, a double and a triple (455/538/727) against him in the early going.

Overall the pen went 6 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. Durbin and Horst combined to go three scoreless innings while Valdes allowed five runs over 3 1/3.

Durbin threw 20 pitches in the game and Horst 13. Valdes is clearly unavailable tonight after throwing 59 pitches in relief of Lannan.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry starts in right against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Rollins singled with one out in the top of the first, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Down 6-0, Valdes doubled to center with one out in the third. Revere and Rollins went down to leave him stranded.

First plate appearance for Valdes since 2010. He’s 5-for-11 in his career with two doubles.

Down 9-0, Howard and Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ezequiel Carrera was hit by a pitch to start the fifth. Mayberry flew to left for the first out and Kratz grounded into a double-play behind Mayberry.

Down 11-0, the Phillies went in order in the sixth. Galvis hit for Valdes and grounded out for the first out of the inning.

Young singled with two outs in the seventh. Carrera struck out behind him.

Mayberry doubled off of righty Justin Freeman to start the eighth. Kratz flew to right for the first out, but Galvis was next and he hit the first pitch he saw from Freeman just out to right, getting the Phils on the board at 11-2. Revere and Nix went down behind Galvis.

Galvis is now 5-for-15 with two walks and a home run on the year. Four home runs in 218 plate appearances for his career.

Righty Logan Ondrusek pitched the ninth for the Reds. Howard singled with one out, but Young hit into a double-play behind him.

Revere was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game and 0-for-12 in the series. 194/242/194 for the season. He leads the team in plate appearances with 67. Raul Valdes has more extra-base hits than Revere for the season.

Rollins 1-for-3 last night and 1-for-10 in the series. Top two in the order for the Phils go 1-for-22 without a walk. Rollins is hitting 232/283/375 for the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-18.

Utley 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 with a home run in the set. 283/328/566 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-20.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-11 with three strikeouts in the series. 241/274/362. 1-for-15 against lefties on the season.

Young was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with four strikeouts in the series. 346/404/481 for the year. Still hitting 390/444/561 against righties for the season.

Brown 0-for-1 with a strikeout yesterday. 1-for-7 in the series. 231/273/365 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double. 1-for-4 with a double in the series. 280/400/560 for the year. Leads the team in OPS for players with 20 or more PA.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and hit into a double-play. 0-for-7 in the series. 156/152/267 for the year. 0-for-his-last-12.

Hamels (0-2, 7.56) faces St Louis righty Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05) tonight in Philadelphia. Hamels has made one good start in three tries this season. It came his last time out against the Marlins as he allowed a run over six innings. For the year he has walked eight in 16 2/3 innings and allowed four home runs. Wainwright has allowed two runs in 16 innings over his last two starts.


Braves celebrate Opening Day by announcing Open Season on pitches thrown by Cole Hamels

The 2013 season started for the Phillies last night and it didn’t start well. Cole Hamels made his first Opening Day start and came up with a klunker, allowing three home runs as the Braves scored five runs charged to him in five innings.

Michael Young didn’t play very well at third and Chad Durbin’s first outing of the year was a dud. Durbin faced three hitters and all three reached base as he was charged with two runs without getting an out.

What did go well was the offense, which plated five runs, and especially Chase Utley. Utley was fantastic at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI. He homered off of righty Tim Hudson in the fourth and tripled off of lefty Eric O’ Flaherty in the seventh.

The Phillies are 0-1 on the season after losing to the Braves 7-5 last night.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out five.

He walked Jason Heyward with one out in the bottom of the first. Justin Upton was next and Hamels struck him out swinging 3-2, but Freddie Freeman followed and blasted a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting Atlanta up 2-0. BJ Upton went down on a ball hit hard back to Hamels to end the inning.

The lefty Freeman had some success against Hamels in the game.

Dan Uggla led off the bottom of the second. Uggla got ahead 3-0 and then hit the fourth pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Hamels got the next three.

Two of the first six batters that Hamels faces on the year homer. Uggla’s was the only one of the three long balls that Hamels actually turned to look at to see if it would leave the yard. On the other two he just hung his head on the mound when the pitch was hit.

Andrelton Simmons doubled to left to start the third. Hamels got the next two hitters before Freeman lined a single to right, scoring Simmons to put Atlanta up 4-0. Upton flew to center for the third out.

Again the lefty Freeman gets the lefty Hamels. Three RBI in two at-bats for Freeman for the season at that point.

Chris Johnson singled with one out in the fourth and the Atlanta lead cut to 4-1. It brought Gerald Laird to the plate and Laird hit a ball hard down the third base line and off the glove of a diving Young. The ball rolled into foul territory and Young chased — Johnson wound up on third and Laird was at second with a double. The pitcher Tim Hudson was next and grounded to Rollins with the runners holding for the second out. Simmons was next and grounded to third to end the inning.

Generous of the home town scorer to call Laird’s ball on the misplay by Young a double. Hamels puts up his first zero of the year after Atlanta scores in each of the first three innings. The Phils get lucky that it’s the pitcher coming to the plate with one out and men on second and third after the Laird double.

The Atlanta lead was cut to 4-3 when Hamels started the fifth. He got Heyward on a fly ball to right before Justin Upton hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. Hamels got ahead of him 0-2, but Upton just crushed his 1-2 offering to make it 5-3. Hamels got the next two to set the Braves down.

Third homer of the game for Atlanta. Two to righties (Uggla and Justin Upton) and the other to the lefty Freeman.

Durbin started the sixth for the Phillies and walked the leadoff man Uggla on six pitches. Johnson was next and doubled into left on the first pitch of his at-bat, sending Uggla to third. It brought Laird to the plate with nobody out and men on second and third. He was swinging at the first pitch as well and blooped a single into left-center. Brown charged and mishandled the ball, but Revere was right there to pick it up and get it into the infield. Uggla scored on the play to make it 6-3 with one out and runners on the corners. Lefty Juan Francisco hit for the pitcher Luis Avilan and Horst came in to pitch to him. Righty Reed Johnson hit for Francisco and hit a ball back up the middle, off the edge of Horst’s glove to Rollins. Rollins went to second for the first out and Utley relayed to first for the second. As the throw went to first to complete the double-play, Johnson came home from third. Howard took the throw at first and threw home, but his throw was not handled and Johnson would have been safe anyway. 7-3. Simmons popped out to first to end the inning.

Much confusion about whether or not Manual made an error around bringing in Horst before the lefty Juan Francisco was announced as the pinch-hitter or not. Francisco was definitely in the on-deck circle when Horst came in, but announcers on the TV broadcast indicated the he had not been announced and therefore the righty Reed Johnson was hitting for the pitcher Avilan and not the left-handed pinch-hitter Francisco. The box score on the MLB.com web site shows that Francisco actually hit for Avilan. I don’t know. Either way, Horst faced the righty Reed Johnson and got him to hit into a double-play.

Not a good start for Durbin. He faces three batters in the game, allowing a walk, a single and a double without getting an out. Durbin pitched for the Braves last year, which makes it a little more interesting that both Johnson and Laird were swinging first pitch on their hits.

Nice job by Revere to be right on the ball and prevent Johnson from scoring when Brown mishandled the bloop by Laird. Didn’t wind up mattering as Johnson scored on the double-play, but it was a nice play.

Horst was back for the seventh. Freeman blooped a single to left with two outs, but Horst struck out BJ Upton to leave Freeman at first.

Freeman’s bloop was a little odd. It stayed in the air for a long, long time and Brown wasn’t close to getting there. Looked like he was playing really deep in left given the left-handedness of the hitter.

Horst goes two scoreless innings in the game, striking out two and allowing a bloop single on a ball that might have been handled.

Aumont pitched the eighth. He walked Johnson with one out. Laird was next and hit a ball hard to third. It probably would have been a double-play ball if Young had handled it cleanly. He didn’t, but picked it up and threw to first. The throw was in the dirt, but Howard did a nice job to scoop it for the second out as Johnson moved up to second. Switch-hitter Ramiro Pena hit for the pitcher Jordan Walden and grounded to first to end the inning.

Aumont goes one scoreless inning in the game, striking out one and allowing a walk. Last year he walked nine for the Phillies in 14 2/3 innings and walked 34 in 44 1/3 innings in the minors. That’s too many walks. The Phillies should have turned a double-play on the ball hit by Laird.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Horst pitched great. Durbin did not. Aumont threw a scoreless innings but needs to walk fewer hitters. Horst threw 17 pitches, Aumont 14 and Durbin eight. All three seem likely to be available for game two of the set given the off-day today.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) M Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Two of the nine players the Phillies start were also in the lineup for game one in 2012 (Rollins and Mayberry). Kratz starts behind the plate with Ruiz suspended. Brown in left with the righty Mayberry in right and the lefty Nix on the bench. Mayberry comes into the game with good numbers against Hudson — 4-for-13 with two home runs. Revere leads off against the righty with Rollins hitting second. One of the things that does is prevents three lefties two through four in the lineup from Revere to Howard (if Revere were hitting second). Revere and Michael Young make their Phillie debuts. Erik Kratz enters the game with zero career plate appearances in April and seven career plate appearances in March, April, May or June.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

They were down 2-0 when they hit in the top of the second. Young walked with one out and moved up to second when Brown followed with a single to right. It put two men on for Mayberry and Mayberry grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry hits into a lot of double-plays. So far, this year is no exception.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the second and the Phils down 3-0. He stole second before Rollins grounded to second to leave him stranded.

The Phillies were trailing 4-0 when Utley started the fourth with a home run to center. 4-1. Howard grounded out to Uggla in shallow right field for the first out and Young struck out swinging for the second before Brown drew a walk. Mayberry struck out looking to leave Brown at first.

With one out in the fifth, the Phillies loaded the bases for Utley on singles by Hamels and Rollins and a walk to Revere. Utley singled to right, scoring Hamels and Revere to cut the lead to 4-3 and taking second as the throw came in to third. It put men on second and third with one down for Howard and lefty Luis Avilan came in to pitch to him. Avilan quickly got ahead of Howard 0-2 and struck him out swinging for the second out. The righty Young was walked intentionally to load the bases for Brown. Brown grounded to second to leave them loaded.

Second big hit for Utley in two innings after the homer in the fourth. Howard comes up empty in a big spot, striking out with one out and men on second and third. Intentionally walking Michael Young so your lefty can pitch to Domonic Brown in the fifth inning is a poor idea, but it worked out well for the Braves in this case. I don’t think that’s in the best interest of your team in the long run, however.

The Phils trailed 5-3 when they hit in the sixth. Mayberry and Kratz went down for the first two outs. With the lefty Avilan still on the mound for the Braves, Frandsen hit for Hamels and singled into center. Revere grounded to short to end the frame.

Avilan pitched well in the game for Atlanta, holding the Phils to a single (by the righty Frandsen) and an intentional walk (to the righty Young) over 1 2/3 innings.

Atlanta led 7-3 when lefty Eric O’ Flaherty started the seventh for the Braves. Utley tripled with one out and scored on a Howard ground out, cutting the lead to 7-4. Young grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Utley triples off of the lefty after homering off the righty Hudson earlier in the game.

Mayberry doubled to left off of righty Jordan Walden with one out in the eighth. He took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Kratz single to cut the lead to 7-5. Nix hit for Horst and Kratz took second on another wild pitch before Nix flew to left for the second out. Revere struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

Righty Craig Kimbrel set Rollins, Utley and Howard down in order in the ninth.

Revere was 1-for-4 in the game with a walk and a stolen base. Made a nice defensive play to be in the area when Brown mishandled the single in the sixth.

Rollins 1-for-5.

Utley 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBI.

Howard 0-for-5 with an RBI. Struck out with one out and men on second and third at a big moment in the fifth.

Young didn’t look good defensively at third. He was 0-for-2 and walked twice (once intentionally).

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk. Less than outstanding in left. Mishandled one ball while charging but was backed-up nicely by Revere. Queerly was nowhere close to catching Freeman’s bloop single in the seventh.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double-play. He hit 229/291/335 against right-handed pitching in 2012. So it’s not a good sign if you’re starting him in one of your corner outfield positions against a righty on Opening Day.

Kratz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Phillies don’t play today. Game two of the season and the series is tomorrow night.


Better late than never

The Phils topped Atlanta 7-6 today, getting a walkoff homer from Darin Ruf with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the bullpen, and especially Chad Durbin, stumbled in the middle innings, but the Phils scored two in the eighth to tie the game at six and Ruf won it in the ninth.

The Phillies optioned Ruf to Triple-A after the game.

Ruf was 2-for-4 with a walk and won the game with a solo homer off of lefty Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez was trying to retire the righty Ruf to get his ninth out of the game in relief for Atlanta.

Kratz was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

Mitchell started in center and went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .269.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double. Brown 1-for-5. Betancourt had two more hits, going 2-for-5 with two RBI to drop his average to .435. This says that Betancourt will ask for his release if not added to the roster this weekend.

Morgan started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a solo home run in the fifth to Evan Gattis to account for the lone run charged to him.

Fantastic spring for Morgan, who has thrown to a 1.93 ERA.

Durbin followed Morgan and didn’t fare as well. He got the final out in the fifth, then returned to pitch the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles, a double and a home run (also hit by Gattis).

Durbin’s spring ERA rises to 6.10 with the outing.

Valdes pitched the seventh, allowing a run on a solo home run by BJ Upton. It was the fifth home run that Valdes has allowed so far, which leads the team.

Miner allowed a run on three hits in the eighth and Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.


Peeee-ew

Another miserable game for the Phillies last night as they made five errors on their way to a 6-2 loss to the Yankees. Cliff Lee allowed five runs over 2 2/3 innings — only two of the runs were earned as the Phillies made four errors in the less than three innings he was in the game.

For the spring, Halladay and Lee have now combined to make eight starts in which they’ve thrown to 6.45 ERA and a 1.66 ratio and allowed six home runs in 22 1/3 innings.

The bullpen pitched well in the game as Stutes, De Fratus and Durbin combined to toss four scoreless frames.

Darin Ruf hit his first spring homer, a solo shot off of righty David Aardsma in the sixth. 1-for-3 on the day ups his line to 200/317/371.

Mayberry was 2-for-3 with two singles. He’s hitting 261/320/370.

Brown 1-for-3 with an RBI to drop his average to .395.

Revere 0-for-4. He’s hitting 340/367/426. Frandsen 0-for-4 to drop him to 324/359/649.

Quintero is hitting .231 after going 0-for-3.

Inciarte 0-for-1 with a strikeout. 4-for-14 with three walks and four singles has him at 286/444/286. Jermaine Mitchell walked in his only plate appearance and stole a base. 5-for-10 with two walks, three extra-base hits, three stolen bases and a 500/583/1.000 line.

Five errors in the game for the Phils. Josh Fields started at third and made one. Quintero, Utley, Lee and Stutes had the others.

Lee started the game for the Phillies and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. Only two of the runs were earned.

Kevin Youklils doubled off of Lee with two outs in the first. The inning should have been over when the next batter, Juan Rivera, hit a ball to third, but an error by Josh Fields kept the frame alive for Ben Francisco to deliver a two-run double. Lee walked back-to-back hitters with two outs in the second before Ichiro singled home the third run (which was earned). Lee allowed a run on three singles in the third and another run scored on an error by Utley on a throw from Quintero that Utley didn’t handle. Lee left with two outs and runners on first and third. Miner took over and struck Jeter out looking to keep things from getting worse.

Lee has made four starts in which he’s thrown to a 5.56 ERA and a 1.68 ratio over 11 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .294 against him.

Miner followed Lee, allowing a run over 1 1/3 innings to drop his ERA to 10.13.

Stutes was next and pitched well, tossing two shutout innings. He allowed a two-out single in the fifth and then threw a pickoff throw away for the fifth error of the game for the Phils, but got a fly ball to center for the third out to leave the runner stranded. He allowed a leadoff walk in the sixth, but got out of the frame with the help of a double-play.

4.50 ERA with a 1.50 ratio for Stutes. He’s walked four in six innings, but has not allowed a home run.

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 seventh. His results are getting less terrible. He has his ERA down to 6.43 and his ratio at 1.43. He hasn’t allowed a home run, but has struck out just two in his seven innings.

Durbin struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA to 7.20. Opponents are hitting .368 against him in five innings.

Aaron Cook is expected to pitch against the Pirates this afternoon.

Delmon Young continues to rehab and hopes are he will be with the Phillies by the start of May.

Rich Dubee says that Halladay is fine physically. If that’s the case it sure seems like his non-physical problems are significant.


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