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Leaving on a jet plane

Roy Halladay started in Citizens Bank Park last night for what may be the last time. Halladay looks likely to make two more starts for the Phils this year, both of which will come on the road. He pitched well, holding the Marlins to a run over six innings as the Phils topped the Fish 6-4.

The reality of Halladay’s likely departure punches another hole in the battered psyche of Phillie fans who have just seen Charlie Manuel swept aside. If Halladay leaves, he will do so having delivered dominant performances in 2010 and again in 2011, but without winning the World Series he came here to win through little fault of his own.

Halladay was one of baseball’s elite players in both 2010 and 2011, winning the Cy Young in 2010 and finishing second to Clayton Kershaw in ’11. The Phillies had the best record in baseball in both those years, but twice suffered devastating losses in the post-season, denying Halladay even the chance to pitch in the World Series.

In 2010, Halladay walked one in a no-hitter in his first ever post-season start as the Phils topped the Reds 4-0. The Phils would beat the Reds in the series before falling to the Giants in a six-game NLCS.

In 2011, Halladay and the Phils again had the best record in baseball, but didn’t even make it out of the NLDS with the Cards. Halladay got the win in game one of the set, allowing a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first, but following it up with seven shutout innings as the Phils topped St Louis 11-6. He allowed a run in eight innings in the deciding game five six days later, but it wasn’t good enough. Chris Carpenter threw a complete-game shutout and the Phils were eliminated with the 1-0 loss.

Last night Halladay held the Marlins to a run over six innings. The Phillies jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, thanks to a three-run homer and four RBI from Utley. The pen struggled late, allowing two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, but the Phils hung on to win for the fifth time in seven games.

The Phillies are 71-80 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-4 last night. They are 5-2 in their last seven and 8-3 over their last 11.

Halladay got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing a run on four hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out two.

Halladay drops his ERA to 4.28 in his five starts since his return with the outing. After three more walks last night, though, he’s walked 17 in 27 1/3 innings in those starts. Did not allow a home run last night and home runs have been a big part of his problems this year. He’s allowed one in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts and three in 27 1/3 innings in his five starts since rejoining the team. He allowed nine in 34 1/3 innings in his first seven starts this year.

He didn’t allow a run in the first four innings. He allowed a two-out single in the top of the first, a leadoff walk in the second, a two-out single in the third. In the fourth he hit Giancarlo Stanton with one out and walked Chris Coghlan with two down before retiring Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short to set the Marlins down.

He started the fifth and allowed a run on a two-out double by Donovan Solano that was followed with an Ed Lucas single to left. 3-1.

Halladay was ahead of Lucas 1-2 when Lucas chopped a bleeder through the short/third base hole to get the Marlins their first run.

Up 6-1, Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

De Fratus pitched the seventh. With one out, lefty Juan Pierre lined a double to right. De Fratus got the next two leave Pierre at second.

With the hit, Pierre passed Joe DiMaggio and is 175th all-time for career hits. Pierre has 2,215 hits in 8,268 plate appearances with a .295 average. DiMaggio hit .325 with 2,214 hits in 7,673 plate appearances.

De Fratus dropped his ERA to 4.29 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in four innings over his last five appearances. He had a 1.46 ERA after his first 16 appearances on the year and then got hammered in 14 chances between June 16 and July 19, throwing to an 11.88 ERA and a 3.24 ratio in those 14 appearances. Things have calmed since and he’s thrown to a 2.95 ERA in his 23 appearances since July 19. Overall, the righty has been good against lefties, but righties are on-basing .374 against him for the season.

Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils still up by five runs. Lefty Christian Yelich led off with a single and scored on a one-out double to the gap in right-center by righty Justin Ruggiano . 6-2 with Ruggiano on second. Rosenberg retired Chris Coghlan for the second out on a ground ball that moved Ruggiano up to third. Hechavarria was next and singled into center, scoring Ruggiano. 6-3 with a man on first for the left-handed pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs. Diekman came in to pitch to Dobbs and righty Placido Polanco hit for Dobbs. Diekman got Polanco swinging to set Florida down.

Rosenberg had been on a monster role coming into the game, throwing 12 1/3 scoreless innings in which he had allowed just four hits and five walks over his last 14 appearances. He faced five hitters in the game and allowed two runs on two singles and a double.

Diekman faced one batter in the game and struck him out. Over his last 15 appearances, Diekman has allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 21 in 13 1/3 innings. That’s not a typo — he’s struck out 21 in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two before allowing back-to-back singles, which brought Stanton to the plate with two down and men on first and second. Stanton singled to center, scoring Lucas and making it 6-4 with men on first and second for Ruggiano. Papelbon got Ruggiano 3-2 to end the game.

Six batters in the game for Papelbon. He allows a run on three singles. The first one, by Lucas with two outs and nobody on, wasn’t hit especially hard. Papelbon came into the game with a 1.38 ERA over his last 13 appearances, having allowed one run in 13 innings. He’s walked just one of the last 56 batters that he’s faced over his last 14 innings.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks. They struck out four. De Fratus and Diekman combined to go 1 1/3 scoreless innings while Papelbon and Rosenberg allowed three runs in 1 2/3 frames.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brian Flynn went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Ruf in right and Brown in left with Hernandez at center. The lefty Asche on the bench with Galvis playing third. Asche is 7-for-29 against lefties for his career. Seems like he could use all the at-bats against them that he can get, especially if he’s the everyday guy for 2014. Frandsen plays first against the lefty, which is at least better than Frandsen playing first against a righty. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty. So the plan was to try and make Mayberry an everyday center fielder and now that that didn’t work, he’s on the bench against lefties so that Frandsen can play first? Not a fan of that plan. Frandsen’s 31, not a first baseman, on-basing .298 for the year and .317 for his career.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Ruf singled to center with one out in the second. Frandsen was next and singled to right. Ruf tried to go to third, where Stanton threw him out for the second out. Galvis grounded to third on a very nice play by Coghlan to end the inning.

Stanon made a pretty nice throw to get Ruf for the second out. Coghlan made a nice play to get Galvis.

Hernandez and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out in the third, putting men on first and second for Utley. Utley singled to left. The throw came home and Hernandez slid in safely (1-0), allowing the runners to move up to second and third. Ruiz was next and he lined an 0-1 pitch back up the middle for a single, which scored both runners and put the Phils up 3-0. With Brown at the plate Ruiz tried to go first to third on a wild pitch but was thrown out at third for the second out. Brown grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Second time in two innings that the Phils give away on an out on the bases. Ruf made the second out in the second trying to go first to third on Frandsen’s single. Ruiz made the second out in the third trying to go first to third on a wild pitch.

Ruf walked to start the fourth, but Frandsen grounded into a double-play behind him. Galvis flew to center for the third out.

Hernandez and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth and the lead cut to 3-1, putting runners on the corners for Utley. Utley hit a 1-0 pitch from Flynn out to right for a three-run homer. 6-1. Ruiz and Brown went down behind Utley.

Second three-run homer for Utley in two days. He’s 5-for-9 with eight RBI in the first two games of the set. This one comes off of the lefty Flynn. Utley ends the day with a 236/316/436 line against lefties.

Ruf singled to start the sixth and Frandsen again grounded into a double-play behind him. Galvis flew to right for the third out.

Second time in three innings that Ruf reached base to start the frame and Frandsen grounded into a double-play behind him.

The Phillies didn’t score in the seventh or the eighth. Rollins singled with two outs in the seventh, but Utley flew to left behind him. Brown walked with two outs in the eighth, but Frandsen grounded to second for the third out.

Utley has hammered two long home runs to right in the last two days, but is also hitting the ball the opposite way. RBI single to left in the third last night and flew to left in the seventh.

Hernandez was 2-for-4 in the game. 4-for-8 so far in the series. 14-for-his-last-32 (.438) with five walks and a .526 on-base percentage. On-basing .458 against righties for the year in 48 plate appearances.

Rollins 3-for-4. 5-for-his-last-8. 12-for-his-last-27 (.444). 326/426/457 in September. On-basing .398 over his last 108 plate appearances.

Rollins and Hernandez go 5-for-8 at the top of the order for the Phils in the game.

Utley 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBI. 5-for-his-last-8 with two home runs. 348/380/530 over his last 71 plate appearances.

Hernandez, Rollins and Utley combine to go 8-for-12 in the game with Utley’s homer, which was the only extra-base hit for the team.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with two RBI. 1-for-his-last-9.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-13 with a double and two walks since his return.

Ruf 2-for-3 with a walk. Went 2-for-2 with a walk against the lefty Flynn before a righty struck him out in the eighth. That’s very good, cause he needs to hammer lefties and he hasn’t been doing it. His line against left-handed pitching is up to 190/311/349 with the big day against Flynn.

Frandsen 1-for-4 and grounded into two double-plays. 1-for-his-last-10 coming off a stretch where he went 13-for-44 (.295) with five extra-base hits. Hitting .196 and on-basing .243 against righties, but his line against lefties is looking good again at 314/410/471.

Galvis 0-for-3. Came into the game 8-for-his-last-15. Career on-base percentage of .271 in 404 plate appearances in the majors and .290 in 2,445 plate appearances in the minors. Has a negative dWAR for the year as calculated by Baseball-Reference. FanGraphs suggests that his defense in the outfield has been great, but bad while playing second and not very special at short. He’s going to need to be an elite defensive player if he’s going to help the Phillies.

Kendrick (10-13, 4.70) faces righty Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.91 ERA over his last 11 starts and a 7.71 ERA over his last three. He’s walked ten in 22 1/3 innings over his last four starts. He’s not pitching very well. Two of Eovaldi’s last five starts have been really bad — he has a 6.00 ERA over those five appearances and opponents have hit .341 against him. He threw to a 1.71 ERA in the three starts of the five that were non-awful, allowing four earned runs over 21 innings. He’s been way better on the road than at home, throwing to a 2.72 ERA with a 1.15 ratio in his eight starts on the road and a 5.21 ERA with a 1.65 ratio in his seven starts at home.

Update: Zach Miner will make the start for Kendrick tonight. Kendrick was scratched with a sore shoulder. Miner started 12 games for Lehigh Valley this season and last started in the majors in 2009.


Well, that was different

The Phillies and the Marlins run out ugly teams with ugly lineups these days. They did last night, too, playing after many of the Phils had shown off shirts bearing Cliff Lee‘s likeness and the caption, ” . . .but I’m different” in the clubhouse in the hours before the game. Lee was different, all right, dominating the game from the mound and excelling at the plate as he led the Phils to a 12-2 win. He held the Marlins to two runs on over eight innings, struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter. He went 3-for-4 with the bat with a triple and four RBI.

For the Phils, it was the second time in five games they had scored ten or more runs. The Phillies have spent most of the past few weeks ahead of only Miami for runs scored per game in the NL. Thanks to their recent outbursts, they’ve caught up with some of the other weak offenses in the NL. They’re now even with the Cubs, who have also scored 575 runs in 150 games (3.83 runs per game), and past the Padres. San Diego has scored 569 runs in 149 games, which is about 3.82 runs per game.

The Phillies are 70-80 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 12-2 last night. They’ve won four of their last six and remain in third place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 9 1/2 behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter.

Fourteen strikeouts in a game is the most for Lee since he struck out 16 Braves on May 6, 2011. The Phillies lost 5-0 that day. Lee has gone eight innings in each of his last three starts, throwing to a 1.87 ERA and an 0.67 ratio. The Phils are 3-0 in those games and Lee has struck out 33 in 24 innings while walking one.

He kept the Marlins off the board in each of the first four innings. In the top of the first, Ed Lucas doubled to center with one out, but Lee struck out the next two to end the frame. He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out four of the nine batters he faced.

He started the fifth up 7-0 and the Fish plated a run when Justin Ruggiano led off with a double to left and scored on a softly hit single to center by Adeiny Hechavarria. 7-1. Lee struck Donovan Solano out swinging with two outs and men on first and second to set the Marlins down.

He started the sixth up 9-1. Ed Lucas led off with a double to right. Lee struck out the next two hitters before Ruggiano ripped a 2-0 pitch down the third base line. 9-2. Lee got Logan Morrison looking to leave Ruggiano at second.

Second doubles of the game for both Lucas and Ruggiano. Five of the eight hits that Lee allowed in the game were doubles.

Lee kept the Marlins off the board in the seventh and the eighth. He allowed a two-out double in the seventh and a two-out single in the eighth.

Martin pitched the ninth with a 12-2 lead. He walked the leadoff man Morrison on a 3-2 pitch to start the frame, but retired the next three.

That’s the third appearance in relief for Martin. The walk to Morrison last night is the only base-runner he has allowed in three scoreless frames. Ten batters, nine outs, including three strikeouts, and a walk. You don’t want to walk the leadoff batter up by ten runs in the top of the ninth, but he has been very impressive.

One scoreless inning for the pen in which they walk one. Martin threw 15 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against 25-year-old righty Sam Dyson, who was making his first career start, went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Ruiz hits fourth, presumably to break up the lefties Utley and Brown. Hernandez in center with Bernadina in right. Always nice to see Mayberry not playing against a righty, but Bernadina in right field isn’t really the answer, either. What would it take for the Phillies to permanently drop Rollins from the top of their order? The world may never know. On-basing .315 over his last 1,310 plate appearances coming into the game apparently isn’t it. Hernandez comes into the game with a nifty 351/442/432 line against righties in 43 career plate appearances. I don’t know what Ruiz is hitting against righties lately, but it’s something good. He comes into the game with a 282/320/369 line. At the end of the day on July 11 he was hitting 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the first and moved up to third when Rollins blooped a double down the third base line that dropped and flipped into the stands. Utley followed with a ground out to second for the first out. Everyone moved up a base and Hernandez scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Rollins on third. Ruiz struck out for the second out and Brown grounded to short.

Hernandez starts the rally with a walk out of the leadoff spot. Utley gets the job done with a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Ruiz has been enormously hot, but can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs.

The Phils went in order in the second.

They scored six in the third. With one out, Hernandez singled and moved up to second when Rollins followed with walk. Utley was next and crushed a 2-0 pitch way out to right. 4-0. Ruiz flew to left for the second out before Brown singled and took second on a walk by Ruf. Asche singled to right and Brown scored. 5-0 with two outs and men on second and third as Asche took second on the throw. Bernadina walked to load the bases for Lee and Lee delivered a two-run single to right. 7-0 with two outs and runners on the corners for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the inning.

Again Hernandez, Rollins and Utley start a rally at the top of the order. Utley just crushed his home run to right.

Brown just buried the Miami catcher Jeff Mathis scoring from second on Asche’s single to right. Stanton’s throw beat Brown to the plate, but Mathis didn’t handle it cleanly before Brown plowed him over.

Utley singled to center with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz and Brown went down behind him.

It was 7-1 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Ruf led off with a single to right. Asche and Bernadina both struck out behind him before Lee tripled to center. 8-1. Hernandez followed with a single to left that scored Lee. 9-1. Rollins flew to center to leave Hernandez at first.

Lee drives in his third run in three innings. Hernandez again delivers for the Phils. Walked to start a rally in the first, singled to start a rally in the third and delivers an RBI-single with two outs in the fifth.

It was 9-2 when they hit in the sixth. Brown walked off of righty Chris Hatcher with two outs. Ruf was next and hit the first pitch he saw from Hatcher out down the left field line. 11-2. Asche grounded to second on a ball hit hard for the third out.

Fourteenth homer of the year for Ruf. Second that came on the first pitch of his at-bat and his 11th off of a right-handed pitcher. The righty has an isolated power of .270 against righties and .164 against lefties. Very nice line against righties, 289/392/559, but oddly hitting just .164 against lefties.

Bernadina tripled to right off of left Dan Jennings to start the eighth and scored when Lee followed with a single to center. 12-2. Rollins moved Lee up to second with a one-out single to left, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind Rollins.

Second career triple for Bernadina off of a left-handed pitcher. He also tripled off of Andrew Miller on August 30, 2010. Bernadina ends the day 4-for-31 (.129) against lefties for the year.

Hernandez 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-17 with a double and three walks.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 9-for-his-last-23 (.391) with four walks.

Utley 2-for-4 with a three-run homer off the righty Dyson and four RBI in the game. 302/361/510 against righties on the year and 219/303/401 against lefties.

Ruiz was 0-for-5, struck out twice and left four men on base. He struck out with one out in the first and Rollins on third. Came into the game 10-for-his-last-20 with ten RBI in those 23 plate appearances.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-10 with a walk since his return.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with six walks, a double and two home runs.

Asche 1-for-5 with an RBI and struck out twice. He’s hitting .318 over his last 50 plate appearances with six walks and three home runs.

Bernadina 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. He’s 3-for-his-last-6 with two walks, two doubles and a triple.

Halladay (3-4, 7.28) faces lefty Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) tonight. Halladay has thrown to a 5.06 ERA in his four starts since returning to the team — a little better than his 8.65 ERA over his first seven starts. He’s walked 31 in 55 2/3 innings for the season and opposing batters have an isolated power of .230 against him on the year. The 23-year-old Flynn threw to a 2.63 ERA in 27 minor league starts between Double and Triple-A, 23 of which came in the PCL. He’s made two starts for the Fish and both of them have been bad as he’s allowed nine runs on 12 hits and nine walks over eight innings. Opponents are 12-for-33 (.364) against him with eight extra-base hits, including three home runs, and nine walks.


What would you think if I sang out of tune over and over for like a year and a half or so?

Roy Halladay is supposed to carry the Phillies, not the other way around. If you got to pick one guy who had to try to will himself to excellence when his body seemed unwilling, Halladay would probably be near the top of your list. I know he’d be near the top of mine. He tried to do that last night and couldn’t, though, and it took the whole team to pick him up as the Phils topped the Padres 10-5 for their fifth win in six games.

The offense exploded for the Phils in the game as they scored ten or more runs for the fourth time this season. The top four hitters in the lineup, Hernandez, Rollins, Utley and Ruiz, combined to go 9-for-13 with six walks and eight RBI. Ruiz and Hernandez were 6-for-7 with two doubles, three walks and five RBI.

Halladay took a 7-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning, but walked four straight batters in the frame before throwing the ball away when the next batter dribbled a ball towards third. After his exit with one out in the fifth, five Phillie relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in which they did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out five.

The Phillies are 68-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 10-5 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the Braves and nine behind the Nats.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a solo home run. He struck out six.

5.06 ERA and a 1.50 ratio for Halladay in his four starts since returning to action. Opponents are hitting just .234 against him in those outings, but he’s walked 14 in 21 1/3 innings. Over his last two starts he’s walked ten in 10 1/3 innings. That obviously has not been part of his formula for success in the past. In his first two years with the Phillies, 2010 and 2011, he threw 484 1/3 innings and walked 65 batters (about 1.21 per nine innings). He’s walking about five batters per nine innings this year. He allowed another home run last night and has given up 12 in 55 1/3 innings for the year. In 2011, he threw 233 2/3 innings for the Phils and allowed ten.

Will Venable was the first hitter of the game in the top of the first and hit a 2-0 pitch out to right, putting San Diego up 1-0. Halladay hit Chase Headley with two outs, but struck Tommy Medica out swinging after Headley stole second to end the frame.

Twelfth home run Halladay has allowed on the year. He’s faced a similar number of righties and lefties (131 righties and 123 lefties) and allowed six to righties and six to lefties. Over his career he’s allowed home runs to about 2% of the batters he’s faced. This year he’s allowed home runs to about 4.6% of the righties and 4.9% of the lefties he’s faced.

Halladay started the second up 6-1. He kept San Diego off the board in the second, third and fourth. He allowed a walk in the second and a single in the third. Medica doubled to right to start the fourth, but Halladay set the next three batters down in order, striking two of them out.

Through four innings he had allowed a run on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch while striking out six.

He started the fifth up 7-1 and things went bad. With one out, he walked four batters in a row. 7-2 with one down and the bases loaded for Medica. Medica dribbled a ball between third base and the mound. Halladay got on it quickly and threw to first, but wildly. Frandsen had no chance. Two runs scored on the throwing error (7-4), leaving the Padres with men on second and third and one out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the lefty Mark Kotsay and Kotsay flew to center, deep enough for both runners to move up a base. 7-5 with two outs and a man on third. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Tommy Layne and flew to Galvis in left for the third out.

Halladay walks four batters in a row and then makes a big throwing error. Did not look happy when Sandberg came for the ball. Between 2010 and 2011, there were four different months in which Halladay made at least five starts and didn’t walk four batters in the month (April and July of 2010 and June and July of 2011).

De Fratus faces two batters and gets them both, dropping his ERA on the year to 4.46. Righties are hitting 306/389/405 against the righy while he’s held lefties to a 163/327/349 line (he’s still walked 12.5% of the lefites he has faced, which is a lot).

Cesar Jimenez struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 9-5.

Jimenez has thrown 13 innings over 12 appearances for the Phillies and been charged with a run in just one of the 12. He allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Mets on August 29 and wasn’t charged with a run in the other 12. Opponents are hitting .196 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his second career relief appearance. Headley lined pretty hard to short for the third out.

Martin has now faced six batters in relief and retired all six.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 10-5.

Rosenberg was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings with an 0.71 ratio in 13 outings. He’s allowed four hits in those 11 1/3 innings (opponents have hit .108 against him).

Diekman pitched the ninth. Venable reached on a two-out throwing error by Rollins, but Diekman got Alexi Amarista to ground to second to end the game.

Over his last 13 appearances, Diekman has thrown to an 0.71 ERA with an 0.55 ratio, allowing a run over 12 2/3 innings. He struck out one last night and has 20 strikeouts over his last 12 2/3 innings.

Just a fantastic job by the bullpen, which goes 4 2/3 scoreless innings after Halladay’s early exit in which they don’t allow a hit or a walk. They faced 15 batters and the only one to reach base reached on the Rollins error in the ninth.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tyson Ross went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Galvis in left and Hernandez in center. They should have played Martinez in right, just to go with an all utility infielder outfield, but played Ruf there instead. Frandsen at first base against a righty. Not sure which is worst of those three — Galvis in left, Hernandez in center or Frandsen at first. We could probably go on about it for a long time. Let’s just say they are all areas where there’s some opportunity for improvement. Part of the glory of these games is that the Phillies can’t find a starting spot in the lineup for everyone. In this case it’s Mayberry on the bench against a righty, which is always a good sign. Or almost always a good sign. We usually take that you won’t be starting Galvis and Hernandez in the outfield for granted, but at this point all bets seem to be, to a really, really alarmingly large degree, off.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first and were all over Ross, scoring six times. The first six batters for the Phils reached on four singles, a double by Ruiz and a walk by Asche. It left the Phils up 3-1 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen struck out for the first out and Galvis struck out behind him for the second before Halladay walked, forcing Ruiz home. 4-1 with the bases still loaded for Hernandez. Righty Anthony Bass came in to pitch to Hernandez and Henandez doubled on a soft line drive into center. Two more runners scored and Halladay was thrown out easily at the plate to end the inning with the Phils up 6-1.

Ten batters for the Phillies in the inning. Six hits, including doubles by Ruiz and Hernandez, and two walks. Frandsen and Galvis both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Ruiz singled off of Bass with two outs in the second, but Ruf struck out behind him.

The Phillies extended their lead to 7-1 in the third, plating another run on singles by Frandsen and Galvis and walks to Hernandez and Rollins. The walk to Rollins with the bases loaded forced Frandsen home.

Ruiz walked to start the fourth, but the Phillies didn’t score.

It was 7-5 when they hit in the fifth. They loaded the bases with one out on singles by Galvis and Hernandez and a walk to Rollins. Utley brought Galvis home from third with a fly ball to center for the second out. 8-5 with men on first and second for Ruiz with two down. Ruiz singled to left, plating Rollins. 9-5 with men on first and third for Ruf. Ruf struck out looking to end the inning.

Frandsen singled off of lefty Colt Hynes with one out in the sixth, but Galvis and Kratz went down behind him.

In the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases again with one out on a single by Rollins, a stolen base, a walk to Utley, a passed ball that moved the runners to second and third and an intentional walk to Ruiz. It brought Ruf to the plate against righty Brad Brach and he popped to shallow left field, near the line. Amarista fell down catching the ball, which allowed Rollins to tag and score from third. 10-5. Asche struck out swinging to leave runners at first and second.

Righty Dale Thayer set the Phils down in order in the eighth.

Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a a double, a walk and two RBI. His line for the year is up to 293/359/362 after going 3-for-8 with two walks and a double in the three-game set. He’s hitting .358 against righties and .208 against lefties so far. Still just 64 plate appearances for the year.

Rollins 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. 246/316/340 for the year. 4-for-9 with three walks and a home run in the series. He has 18 walks in his last 91 plate appearances. He’s hitting .235 over those chances and on-basing .385.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. 277/345/477 for the year. 2-for-6 with a walk and a double in the series. 348/380/478 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Ruiz 3-for-3 with two walks, a double and three RBI. 287/339/396 on the season. 4-for-7 with two walks and a double in the series. 300/352/424 in 240 plate appearances since the end of May.

Ruf 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. 251/349/492 for the year. 3-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 212/301/458 over his last 136 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4 with a walk and struck out three times. 1-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. 250/308/442 on the year. 1-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 2-for-5. 239/307/358 on the year. 4-for-13 with a double in the series. He has started five games in a row for the Phillies at first base, which is just awful. What is it about Frandsen you’re trying to learn at this point? 205/255/305 against righties for the year.

Galvis 2-for-5 and struck out twice. 230/286/404 for the year. 5-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-21 with a double and two home runs. He’s started six games in a row for the Phils, including three in left field.

Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) faces righty Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.45 ERA over his last ten starts. Opponents have hit .329 against him in those outings and he’s allowed 72 hits in 53 innings. Over his last ten starts, Strasburg has allowed 39 hits in 61 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .181 average. Righties are hitting 188/252/278 against him for the season.


Even a blind squirrel gets to play the Cubs once in a while

And if anyone knows where we can find a blind squirrel, I don’t think we should discount the possibility it might be able to give the outfield a defensive boost. At least not without careful consideration.

Kyle Kendrick struggled again last night, but the Phils managed nine runs and topped the Cubs 9-8. Domonic Brown returned to the lineup and made a huge error in the top of the ninth, dropping a fly ball that should have ended the game. Chicago scored three in the frame, but the Phils held on to win by a run despite another ugly outing from Papelbon.

Despite the struggles of Kendrick and Papelbon and the misplay by Brown, the Phils won thanks to massive production from an offense that has been struggling. Ruiz homered for the second time in 20 at-bats, Utley had three hits and drove in a pair and Asche had two hits, including a double. Michael Young had a walk and two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Darin Ruf wielded the biggest stick of them all for the Phils, driving in a pair of runs with a double and his fourth homer of the season. He’s slugging .596 for his career after 133 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 51-61 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 last night. They snap a five-game losing streak with the win and are 2-13 over their last 15 games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Kendrick has a 6.93 ERA over his last seven starts. Opponents have hit .330 against him in those outings and he’s allowed five or more runs in four of the seven.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and started the second up 1-0. He allowed four runs in the second. Donnie Murphy hit a three-run shot to left with one out to put the Cubs up 4-1. Kendrick got the next two hitters behind Murphy.

Second time in two starts that Kendrick got hammered early in the game. In his most recent start before last night, he allowed four runs in the top of the first to the Giants.

Kendrick did suffer a bit of misfortune in the frame. Darwin Barney reached on catcher’s interference right ahead of the home run by Murphy. The Cubs also got a little help from the Phils to score their first run of the frame ahead of the homer. With one out and Nate Schierholtz on third, Wellington Castillo grounded hard to third. Asche fielded and came home, but not in time to get Schierholtz as the runner slid in safe to put the Cubs up 1-0. Asche fielded the ball nicely, but was a little slow with the throw and the Phillies wound up not getting an out on the play.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when Kendrick pitched the third. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run to right with one out to extend the Chicago lead to 5-2.

The Phils were down 5-4 when Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

The Phillies led 7-5 when he started the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Wellington Castillo, but got the two hitters behind Castillo to turn the Cubs away.

Kendrick retires ten of 11 batters he faces from the last out of the third inning through the sixth.

Diekman pitched the seventh with the Phils up 8-5. He allowed a two-out single to Junior Lake, but got Rizzo behind Lake to end the frame.

Diekman was back to start the eighth and struck the lefty Schierholtz out looking for the first out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Starlin Castro. Castro reached on an infield single and Castillo followed with softly hit single to center, which put men on first and second with one out for the pitcher Hector Rondon. Switch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit for Rondon. De Fratus struck him out swinging for the second out and got Murphy swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Two huge strikeouts for De Fratus after the Cubs bring the tying runs to the plate. He faces four batters in the game, allowing two singles and striking the other two out. Drops his ERA for the year to 4.23 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in seven innings over his last seven appearances. Hasn’t walked any of the 19 batters he’s faced in his last five appearances. Has still walked about 11.1% of the hitters he’s faced for the year, which is too many. 10% of right-handed batters and 16.2% of left-handed batters.

Diekman faces five batters in the game, getting four outs and allowing a single to the other. He has a 1.77 ratio for the year in his 25 appearances. He’s been great against lefties, but righties are hitting 377/441/528 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 9-5 lead. Logan Watkins led off with a single and moved up to third when Castillo followed with a double to right. Papelbon struck out the next two hitters before Schierholtz singled into center, scoring both runners. 9-7 with two outs and Schiertholtz on first. Castro was next and hit a 3-2 pitch to left that should have ended the game, but Brown just dropped the ball for an error. Schierholtz scored (9-8) and Castro moved up to second. Castro took third on a wild pitch before Castillo walked, putting runners on the corners with two down for pitcher Michael Bowden. Righty Thomas Neal hit for Bowden and flew to left to end the game.

Bad time to drop a fly ball for Brown. He had to move to his left to get to it, but was there and just didn’t catch it.

Papelbon has to pitch around the error by Brown, but even without the error he would have allowed two runs on two singles and a double in the frame. After 19 appearances on the year he had thrown to an 0.92 ERA and an 0.61 ratio. Since then he’s made 20 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA with a 1.44 ratio.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Papelbon threw 30 pitches in the game (assist to Brown’s error on that front).

The Phillie lineup against righty Edwin Jackson went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Mayberry (7) Asche (8) Ruiz. Brown returns to the lineup and left field after missing time with concussion-related issues. Ruf plays right field for the first time ever in the majors or minors (played there one game in a winter league). Brown/Mayberry/Ruf is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield much in the same way Ruf/Mayberry/Young is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield. Asche at third with Michael Young at first.

The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Michael Young led off with a double to center and scored when Utley followed with a single to left. The Phils put runners on first and third with one down for Ruf later in the frame, but Ruf lined to short and Brown was doubled off of first to end the inning.

The Phils were down 4-1 when they hit in the second. Asche doubled to right with one out and scored on a two-out single by Kendrick. 4-2.

First career extra-base hit for Asche leads to a run for the Phils.

They were down 5-2 when they hit in the third. Utley and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting runners on the corners with nobody out for Brown. Rollins stole second before Brown grounded to short for the first out. Utley scored (5-3) and Rollins moved up to third. Ruf was next and doubled to right, scoring Rollins (5-4), but was out trying to stretch his double to the gap into a triple. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Asche walked to start the fourth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Kendrick struck out swinging for the third out.

Young walked to start the fifth and scored when Utley followed with a triple off the wall in center. 5-5. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Utley holding. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Utley scoring from third. 6-5. Ruf was next and smashed a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils on top 7-5. Mayberry grounded to first to end the inning.

Second huge hit for Ruf in three innings.

Asche singled to right off of righty Hector Rondon to start the sixth and scored when Michael Young lined a two-out double to right, putting the Phillies up 8-5.

Rondon set Rollins, Brown and Ruf down in order in the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Ruiz homered to left off of righty Michael Bowden. 9-5. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and flew to right for the third out.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-15.

Utley 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-36.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single. 214/252/296 over his last 104 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with two RBI and a huge error in the ninth in his first action since July 23.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Non-catastrophic in right. 6-for-his-last-15 with two walks, two home runs and a double. 339/438/548 against right-handed pitching in 73 plate appearances for the year. Still just 4-for-19 (.211) against lefties, but with two home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 217/275/383 over his last 131 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Didn’t get an out in the top of the first when he came home with Castillo’s grounder and Schierholtz scored. 3-for-20 on the year with a double.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run. 6-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. He had four extra-base hits, all doubles, in his last 165 plate appearances and has four over his last 24.

Hamels (4-13, 3.87) faces lefty Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) tonight. Hamels has allowed more than two runs in just one of his last six starts, throwing to a 2.09 ERA with a 1.07 ratio in those appearances. The Phils are 0-3 in his last three times out and has lost each of his last two starts by a 2-1 score. He’s allowed two home runs in 43 innings since the start of July. Wood has been outstanding this year, but struggled in three of his last four starts, throwing to a 4.98 ERA and a 1.98 ratio in those appearances. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him for the year and lefties just 180/265/246.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until around August 20.


Must it, though? Really?

Yup. The show must go on. For better or worse. But almost certainly for worse.

Surprise! Ruben Amaro didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Phillies at the trade deadline. That’s cause the list of things that are wrong with the Phillies is real long and you can’t fix them by trading players other teams aren’t real excited about, regardless of whether it’s because the players you’re trying to deal aren’t playing very well or because they have bad contracts. Or both.

If you think trading Michael Young for a couple of borderline prospects is what it’s going to take to turn things around for the Phillies, I disagree. The number of moves it’s going to take to get the Phils back into contention is large. The first ones didn’t come yesterday.

As if to demonstrate the point, the Phils got hammered by the Giants last night, losing 9-2. Kendrick allowed seven runs over two innings and the Phils got their runs on a solo homer by Utley in the first and an RBI-groundout by Utley in the eighth.

The Phillies are 50-57 on the year after losing 9-2 to the San Francisco Giants last night. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Only six of the runs were earned and only one of the hits went for extra-bases (a double). He didn’t strike anybody out.

Kendrick made five starts in July and allowed six or more runs in three of them. Opponents hit .345 against him for the month over 25 2/3 innings.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first. He got Gregor Blanco on a softly hit ground ball for the first out, but five of the next six batters reached on four singles and a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. He got Brandon Crawford to pop to Asche in foul territory with a runner on first to end the frame.

Asche made a fantastic play for the second out of the inning. With one out and men on first and second, Hunter Pence ripped a ball down the third base line. Asche made a great play diving to his right and a strong throw from foul territory in time to nip Pence at first.

It was 4-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Blanco with one out, but got Marco Scutaro to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pablo Sandoval led off the third with a ground ball to Utley. Utley fielded and threw to first, but Michael Young came off the bag and Sandoval was safe. Utley was charged with the error. The next three hitters reached on two singles and a hit by pitch, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and San Francisco up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and fared very well under the circumstances. He faced four batters, struck two out and got a third on a ground out. The other, the pitcher Chad Gaudin, singled to left with one out, moving everybody up a base to make it 7-1.

Sure looked like Young should have handled the throw from Utley to start the inning.

Valdes does a great job in the frame, entering with nobody out and the bases loaded and holding the Giants to one run. Gaudin’s one-out single sort of dribbled through between short and third. Gaudin is now 2-for-59 (.034) at the plate for his career.

Valdes struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and another in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Valdes faces ten batters in the game, getting nine outs and allowing Gaudin’s single. He struck out five. This coming off of a start on Saturday in which he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

JC Ramirez started the sixth with the Phils still down 7-1. He walked the pitcher to start the inning, but got Blanco to ground into a double-play behind him. Scutaro followed with a single into center, bringing Sandoval to the plate with two outs and a man on first. Sandoval shattered his bat hitting a ball towards short. Asche fielded moving to his left and threw to first. He throw was wide and not handled by Young for an error on Asche. It left the Giants with men on second and third with two down. Ramirez got Buster Posey on a fly ball to right to leave them stranded.

You should try not to walk the pitcher to start the inning, especially down six runs.

Ramirez was back for the seventh and allowed two solo homers, one to Brett Pill and the other to Brandon Crawford. 9-1.

Ten batters in the game for Ramirez. He allows two runs on four hits, including two home runs, and a walk over two innings. Got a big double-play after walking the pitcher to start the sixth or it would have been worse. 7.43 ERA and a 1.86 ratio after 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings. Eight walks in 13 1/3 and opponents are hitting .315 against him.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a two-out infield single to Arias, but got Posey on a fly ball to right to leave Arias at first.

Diekman drops his ERA to 3.86 with the outing, but don’t be fooled. Opponents have hit .333 against him for the year and righties have put up a 388/423/551 line in 52 plate appearances.

Garcia set the Giants down in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 9-2.

Garcia has been good in limited time this year, with the exception of Sunday’s outing in which he faced four batters and was charged with four runs. Just 8 2/3 innings on the year over eight appearances. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him, but with five walks. Lefties are 1-for-12 against the righty, but have walked four times in 16 plate appearances.

Overall the bullpen went seven innings in the game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramirez struggled, allowing two solo home runs in the seventh, but Valdes, Diekman and Garcia combined to go five scoreless frames. Valdes was especially impressive, throwing three shutdown innings after an ugly start his last time out. Valdes threw 36 pitches in the game and Ramirez 32.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Gaudin went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Asche gets his first career start at third with Michael Young playing first. Ruf in left. I’m not saying it’s not possible to see a worse defensive outfield than Ruf/Mayberry/Delmon Young. I’m just saying it doesn’t happen very often at this level. Delmon Young has a career 274/305/400 line against right-handed pitching — it’s not a good sign if he’s hitting cleanup for you against a righty.

The Phillies were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley hit a solo homer to right with two outs. 4-1.

They went in order in the second.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third with the Phils down 7-1. Valdes bunted him to second with the first out, but Rollins flew to left for the first out and Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Ruf reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. He took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Asche flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Nix hit for Valdes and grounded to second for the third out.

179/223/260 on the year for Nix in 123 plate appearances.

Michael Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Utley and Delmon Young both struck out behind him.

Ruf walked to start the seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order on three fly balls behind him.

It was 9-1 when the Phillies faced righty Sandy Rosario in the eighth. Rollins walked with one out and moved to third when Michael Young followed with a single. Utley went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the second out. Rollins scored (9-2) and Young moved up to second. Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Santiago Casilla hit Ruf to start the ninth, but Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order behind Ruf.

Third time in the game that Ruf had been on base — infield single, walk and hit by pitch. The Phils had five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch in the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.

Michael Young 2-for-4. Didn’t excel at first on either the Utley throwing error or the Asche throwing error. 4-for-his-last-8 with a walk and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4 with a solo home run and both Phillie RBI. 3-for-his-last-8 after coming into the series 0-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-19 with two singles and no walks. 247/276/288 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. 333/439/458 against righties for the season in 57 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4. One great play at third in the top of the first and made a throwing error later in the game. 0-for-5 at the plate on the season.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160) with a home run.

Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces righty Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) tonight. Hamels ended May with a 4.86 ERA, but has thrown to a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cain is having the worst year of his career, but he’s also been better of late. 3.81 ERA with a 1.15 ratio over his last nine starts. He allowed 13 home runs in 56 1/3 innings over his first nine starts on the season, but hasn’t allowed any his last five times out and just three over his last 67 2/3 innings.


Dead again

The Phillies started July on a roll, going 9-4 against the Pirates, Braves, Nats and White Sox to start the month. They’ve cooled since the All-Star break, though, dropping a series to the lowly Mets before losing 4-1 to the not-so-lowly Cardinals last night in the first of three in St Louis.

The Phils have lost three in a row and are looking lifeless. They’ve scored one run in their last two games and struck out 21 times. Utley was 3-for-4 last night and the rest of the team went 4-for-29 (.138).

Pettibone didn’t pitch very well in last night’s game, allowing three runs over five innings, and the bullpen coughed up another over three frames. It was the offense that looked really bad, though. Coming off a game in which they were dominated by Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller held the Phils to three singles and a walk over six shutout innings. The Phils managed their lone run off the St Louis pen in the seventh on a pair of two-out hits.

The Phillies are 49-51 on the season after losing 4-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They’re 10-7 in July despite having allowed more runs (72) than they’ve scored (69).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

That’s the worst of Pettibone’s last six starts, but he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of them and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA in those outings.

Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Carlos Beltran. Beltran grounded to second with Jay forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Allen Craig hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and went to second to force Beltran for the second out. Carpenter scored from third, putting the Cards up 1-0 with two down and Craig on first. Yadier Molina grounded to Rollins to end the inning.

Lefties are hitting 308/385/451 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties Carpenter and Jay both single to start the frame for St Louis and the Phils are lucky to hold them to a single run.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked the pitcher Shelby Miller on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three St Louis hitters on three ground balls.

Really don’t want to walk the pitcher if you can help it. Really don’t want to walk the leadoff hitter if you can help it.

Craig doubled to left to start the fourth. Molina was next and reached out across the plate to chop a ball down the third base line. I don’t know exactly what happened with Michael Young, but it was definitely not highlight material. He sort of stumbled/dove in the direction of the ball, which got passed him and down the line. Craig scored (2-0) and Molina was safe at second with a double-like event. Matt Adams was next and moved Molina up to third with a single to center. It brought David Freese to the plate with one down and men on the corners. Freese singled to right, scoring Molina (3-0) and moving Adams up to second. Pettibone struck Pete Kozma out swinging to the first out and the pitcher Miller bunted Freese up to second with the second. Pettibone got Carpenter on a pop to Michael Young in foul territory to leave the runners on second and third.

Michael Young’s play on the Molina double was just terrible.

First four batters in the frame read for St Louis on two doubles and two singles. Pettibone did well to hold them to two runs and got a little help from Miller bunting for the second out.

David Freese brings back ugly memories.

Jay doubled to right to start the fifth. Pettibone struck Beltran out swinging for the first out before Craig walked to put runners on first and second. Molina flew to right for the second out, but Adams walked on five pitches to load the bases for Freese. Pettibone struck Freese out swinging 3-2 to leave them loaded.

Raul Valdes started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Kozma. Righty Brock Peterson hit for the pitcher Miller and struck out swinging for the first out. Carpenter was next and bunted, but popped it up. Valdes caught the ball and threw to first before Kozma got back to double the runner off and end the inning.

Bunting into the double-play obviously changed the inning for the Cards. Carpenter pretty much popped it up right at Valdes and Kozma was doubled-off easily.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Valdes struck Jay out to start the seventh. Beltran was next, though, and tripled to left. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled softly to left center, scoring Beltran. 4-1. De Fratus got Molina to pop to Ruf in foul territory for the second out. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Adams and struck him out looking to end the inning.

The Cards get one in the inning, thanks to the one-out triple by Beltran off of Valdes.

First appearance for Valdes since being called up to replace Savery. He faces five batters, allowing a single and a triple and getting four outs. Got a lot of help from Carpenter’s bunt into a double-play to end the sixth.

Valdes was awful to start the year with the Phillies, throwing to a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings over ten appearances while allowing five runs. In his defense, he was the victim of a badly structured bullpen that required him, Horst and Durbin to pitch in middle relief, which is a role for which none of them are well-suited. Stint number two doesn’t start particularly well for him.

De Fratus faces two batters, allowing a softly hit single and getting one out. He has a 10.29 ERA and a 3.14 ratio over seven innings in his last 12 appearances. Opponents have hit .424 against him in those outings and he’s walked eight in seven innings.

Diekman faces one hitter in the game and strikes him out.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 4 1/3 innings over his last seven appearances, but has a 1.62 ratio in those outings. In four of his last seven times out he’s gotten just one out. Righties are hitting 351/400/541 against him on the season.

Luis Garcia pitched the eighth. Kozma singled to left with one out. Lefty Daniel Descalso hit for the pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. Garcia struck him out swinging for the second out as Kozma stole second. Garcia walked Carpenter 3-2 to put runners on first and second for Jay. Garcia struck Jay out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Garcia faces five hitters, allowing a single and a walk, but getting a big strikeout of the lefty Jay to end the inning with two men on.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 6 2/3 innings in six appearances on the year. Opponents are hitting just .182 against him, but he’s walked four.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Garcia needed 28 pitches to get through his inning, so he probably can’t go tonight. De Fratus threw 19 and De Fratus and Diekman were both under ten.

The Phillie lineup against righty Shelby Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays center against the righty. Ruf at first against the righty.

Michael Young walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second on a single by Utley. Brown grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the second. Mayberry struck out for the third out.

Pettibone struck out looking as they went in order in the third.

Utley singled to right with one out in the fourth. Brown popped to short for the second out and Delmon Young flew to right for the third.

Utley 2-for-2 through four innings for the Phils with the rest of the team hitless. Michael Young’s walk in the first was the only other runner.

The Phillies were down 3-0 they went in order in the fifth. Ruf and Ruiz both struck out.

Nix hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and struck out swinging. Rollins followed with a double to center and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to right for the second out. Utley flew to left to leave him at third.

Lefty Randy Choate got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the seventh. Righty Seth Maness came in to pitch to Delmon Young and struck him out swinging for the second out before Ruf singled to right. Mayberry was next and lined a double to the gap in left-center, scoring Ruf to get the Phillies on the board at 3-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the frame.

Ruf and Mayberry deliver back-to-back hits against the righty with two outs, getting the Phils their only run of the game.

Righty Trevor Rosenthal set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with the Cardinal lead extended to 4-1. Frandsen hit for Diekman and flew to right for the first out of the frame.

Righty Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for St Louis. Utley led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a one-out single by Delmon Young. It brought Ruf to the plate as they tying run, but he struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in the game. 250/287/296 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. Made a weird-looking non-play on Molina’s double in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-17 (.118).

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 8-for-his-last-16 with a triple and two home runs.

Brown was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-his-last-13. 222/263/426 over his last 57 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 371/404/472 over his last 94 plate appearances. Not a ton of power against lefties, but he’s still hitting 291/375/418 against them for the year. Not a ton of power against righties, either, but the biggest issue is that he isn’t walking against right-handed pitching. Seven walks in 185 plate appearances is about 3.8%.

Ruf 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-21 with ten strikeouts, but an impressive 293/396/537 line in 48 plate appearances for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 200/261/388 over his last 88 plate appearances. He’s a lock to look like a bad player if you put him in center and play him against righties. As a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties, he could help a good team (although he’s only hitting 250/286/483 against left-handed pitching for the year).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-12. Four extra-base hits in 154 plate appearances for the year. He has an isolated power of .029 for the season with extra-base hits in about 2.60% of his plate appearances. Phillie pitchers have an isolated power of .038 and extra-base hits in about 2.76% of their chances.

Lannan (2-3, 3.76) starts tonight against righty Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88). Lannan has been fantastic in his last two starts, allowing a run on eight hits and three walks over 16 innings. Since returning from the DL in mid-June, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.84 ERA and allowed just one home run in 38 innings. Westbrook has allowed just three home runs in 81 1/3 innings on the year. Lefties have hammered him to the tune of 338/409/489 while righties have been almost helpless against him, managing just a 211/293/255 line. He’s allowed just five extra-base hits to righties this season and four of them have been doubles.


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