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Phillie fever — catch it! And if you do, please let someone in the front office know, cause they could really use anyone who can catch anything

In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.

The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.

The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.

The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.

It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).

The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out two.

Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.

Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.

Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.

Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.

Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.

Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.

Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.

Third error for Utley in four innings.

Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.

Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.

Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.

Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.

Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.

Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.

Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.

Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.

Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.

Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.

Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.

Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.

Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.

Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.

Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.


Left, left, left, left, left

Cole Hamels held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Phils fell 2-1 for their fourth loss in six games.

The Phillies had six hits in the game, five singles and a double. Arizona started Patrick Corbin, making it the third time in four games the Phils had faced a lefty. They’re hitting .216 against lefties for the year with Utley, Howard and Brown all on-basing .250 or less against them. The guys who don’t hit left-handed aren’t getting the job done either. Rollins is at 244/262/366 against lefties and Mayberry 222/276/444. Michael Young is at 258/395/323.

The Phillies are 16-20 on the season after losing 2-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in the first game of a four-game set.

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

The Phillies are 1-7 in the eight games that Hamels has started this year. He was hit hard in each of his first two starts on the season. Since then, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.41 ERA with a 1.07 ratio. The Phillies are 1-5 in those games and have scored a total of ten runs, five of which came in the one game they won.

He allowed a one-out double to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the first, but got the next two to leave Gregorius stranded.

Martin Prado singled to right with one out in the the second. Gerardo Parra was next and dumped a ball into the left field corner that landed near the wall. Brown took an odd angle to the ball, then misplayed it off the wall. Parra had a double, but Prado rounded third aggressively and then was held. Brown got the ball into third and Prado was tagged out trying to get back to the bag. Cliff Pennington popped to Utley to set the Snakes down.

Bad base-running by Arizona helps Hamels get a big out. Brown didn’t play the ball well, but second and third with one out it a whole lot worse for the Phils than two down and a runner on second.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Paul Goldschmidt to start the fourth, but Goldschmidt was picked off with Howard throwing to Rollins to get the first out. Hamels got the next two.

Two outs on the bases for Arizona in three innings.

Prado and Parra singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second for Pennington. Pennington went down on a ground ball handled by Hamels for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The pitcher Patrick Corbin was next and grounded to short for the second out. Both runners moved up a base, though, with Prado scoring to put Arizona up 1-0 with Parra on third. Hamels walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Goldschmidt, but Goldscmidt grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Hamels issues back-to-back walks on ten pitches to AJ Pollack and Gregorius after the RBI-ground out by the pitcher. Corbin’s ball was slowly hit and Prado was going on contact. Rollins didn’t have a chance to get him at home and made a nice play to get the out at first.

Cody Ross doubled to start the sixth and Miguel Montero walked behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Prado. Prado grounded to short with Montero forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Parra bunted a ball hard to the right of Howard at first. Howard came off the bag to field the ball and tossed to Utley covering to get the second out at first, but Ross scored (2-0) and Prado moved up to second. Pennington was walked intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Hamels got Corbin on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Hamels walks four in the fifth and sixth innings combined, including the intentional walk to Pennington.

Aumont started the seventh with the lead cut to 2-1. Gregorius singled to center with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Goldschmidt. Ross was next and Aumont walked him on four pitches, putting runners on first and second. Horst took over to pitch to the lefty Montero and walked him as well, loading the bases with two down. Prado popped to short on a 3-2 pitch to leave them loaded.

Aumont faced four batters in the game, allowing a single and a walk. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.45 with the outing, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Ten walks in 11 innings and two of the five runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Didn’t strike anyone out last night, but he has struck out 12 in 11 innings. There’s close to no way to be a successful reliever if you walk 8.2 batters per nine innings like he has this season. The way to look like a successful reliever is to get lucky and not pitch a lot of innings.

Horst was back for the eighth. Walked Parra to start the inning and Pennington bunted him to second with the first out. Lefty Jason Kubel hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and struck out swinging. Pollack grounded to short to end the inning.

Horst faced six men. Walked two and got four outs, one of which came on a bunt. He’s walked four in 3 1/3 innings over his last three appearances. The Phillies have lost 13 of the 14 games in which Horst has appeared this season. Lefties are on-basing .480 against him for the year.

Both Aumont and Horst were pitching for the second day in a row. Horst threw 28 pitches in the game Aumont 14. I would guess they try to avoid using Horst tonight.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing a hit and three walks.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Patrick Corbin went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Revere. Howard and Brown back in the lineup against the lefty after sitting against a lefty in game three of the set in San Francisco. Revere, hitting well in May, starts in center with lefty on the hill. The righty Mayberry on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the top of the first.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second, but was thrown out going for two. Brown struck out swinging for the third out.

Young is really slow. His ball was hit near the first base line and sure looked like it should have been a double to me. Took him a long time to get to second and a look into right field probably slowed him down.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third, but the Phils went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Brown singled to center with one out in the fifth. Ruiz and Revere went down behind him on a pair of fly balls.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the sixth. Utley walked with two outs and took second on a wild pitch with Michael Young at the plate. Behind in the count 3-0, the lefty Corbin put the righty Young on intentionally to pitch to Howard with two outs and men on first and second. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Ideally you wouldn’t see anyone walking people to pitch to your cleanup guy with two men on in a one-run game. Howard is hitting 176/200/412 against left-handed pitching.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when Delmon Young reached on an infield single to start the seventh. Brown was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single into center, putting men on first and second for Revere. With the lefty Corbin still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Mayberry hit for Revere and lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to him. Mayberry singled softly to left and the bases were loaded for Hamels. Frandsen hit for Hamels and blooped a ball into right. Mayberry didn’t read it right. The ball dropped, but Mayberry had hesitated. The right fielder Parra threw to second in time to force Mayberry for the second out. Brown scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Ruiz moved up to third. Rollins popped to short to leave runners at the corners.

Don’t quite understand why righties Mayberry and Frandsen got to hit against the lefty Reynolds, especially given that righty David Hernandez pitched the eighth for the Snakes. Mayberry got a hit and Frandsen should have had a hit.

The righty Hernandez got Utley, Young and Howard in order in the eighth. Howard grounded out to Pennington in right field to end the inning. It wasn’t even shallow right field. Nice play by Pennington and a strong throw to get Howard.

Still don’t understanding using the righty Hernandez to face the lefties in the eighth after using a lefty to face the righties in the seventh. Worked out pretty well for Arizona.

Righty Heath Bell started the ninth with a one-run lead. Brown doubled to right with one out, but Ruiz flew to right behind him for the second out. Nix hit for Mayberry and grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4. 204/262/286 over his last 107 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 114/205/257 against left-handed pitching on the year.

Michael Young was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s oddly hitting just .258 and slugging .323 against lefties. 313/365/469 against left-handed pitching for his career.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Had a hit taken away from him in right field. 3-for-his-last-18 with ten strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-18.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-12. 1-for-22 against right-handed pitching so far this season.

Revere was 0-for-2 in the game, but is hitting 368/465/421 in 22 plate appearances so far in May.

Tyler Cloyd makes his 2013 debut tonight against righty Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19). Cloyd went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phils in six starts in 2012. He was really good against righties (224/244/421), but lefties hit him hard (314/397/588) and he allowed eight home runs in 33 innings. He threw to a 6.30 ERA over his last four starts. He made six starts at Triple-A this season, throwing to a 5.40 ERA with a 1.49 ratio. The Snakes have dropped four of the last five games that Kennedy has started. He’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters for the season, about 11.3% of the righties he’s faced. Righties are hitting .263 against him for the year, but on-basing .365.


How ’bout we promise to keep watching and you promise to stop getting caught stealing with the game on the line?

And maybe get a middle reliever with an ERA under six?

Charlie Manuel is about to become the man who has managed the most games in Phillie history, reminding me that one of the biggest moments in this era of team history came off the field. On April 17, 2007, the press conference that followed the latest Phillie loss didn’t take long to get out of hand. Manuel eventually challenged a media member critical of the team to fight. That offer refused, Manuel stood telling the room, loudly and more than once, that his team was going to win.

They were 3-9 that day, coming off of an 8-1 loss to the Mets. Wes Helms had started the game at third with Freddy Garcia on the mound. Matt Smith allowed three runs in a third of an inning. Garcia was on his way to throwing to a 5.90 ERA for the year in his 11 starts. The Phillies hadn’t been to the playoffs in the last 13 years and would become the first professional team to reach 10,000 losses later that season. But they did win. They went 86-64 the rest of the way in ’07 and made the post-season for the first time since 1993. They went to the World Series the year after that and the year after that.

Yesterday, the 2013 Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth in San Francisco to send the game to extra-innings, where they lost 4-3. After the game, Manuel said he liked the team’s fight. “Keep watching us,” he said.

We will. But that’s not the same thing.

Going back to the end of the 2011 season and counting the ’11 playoffs, the Phillies are 103-111 in the last 214 games they’ve played. It’s not early and this year’s slow start isn’t a blip. If you’re waiting for this team to snap out of its funk, stop waiting. It’s not going to happen. They’re going to be reborn or they’re going to fade away.

I would truly love to believe that they aren’t going to fade away.

But I don’t.

I will, however, keep watching. Just in case. Because I would truly love to be wrong.

The Phillies are 16-19 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants in ten innings yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out one.

Pettibone’s ERA rises to 3.63 with the outing. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts. Righties are hitting 304/347/587 against him, however, and if they keep hitting 304/347/587 against him his ERA won’t be at 3.63 a lot longer.

Marco Scutaro singled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Pettibone got Pablo Sandoval to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Hunter Pence led off the second and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting the Giants up 1-0. Pettibone got the next two before Brandon Crawford singled to right. Guillermo Quiroz went down swinging to leave Crawford at first.

Pettibone had allowed four home runs in 18 2/3 innings for his career after the end of the second. That’s a lot, cause it would be 40 over 186 2/3 if he continued to allow home runs at that rate. And pitched 186 2/3 innings.

He set the Giants down in order in the third.

Sandoval and Belt both walked in the fourth, putting men on first and second for Francisco Peguero with one out and the game tied at 1-1. Peguero grounded to second for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Crawford flew to center to leave them both stranded.

You want to avoid walking two batters in an inning, but Pettibone worked out of it there.

With two outs in the fifth, Blanco singled to right, stole second and scored on a Scutaro single, putting the Giants up 2-1. Sandoval moved Scutaro up to third with a single, but Pettibone got Pence on a ground ball handled by Frandsen to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry made a nice play for the second out in the fifth. Zito popped a ball into shallow left-center, but Mayberry made a diving catch after a run to take a hit away from him. May have saved the Phils a run with Blanco, Scutaro and Sandoval all getting hits behind Zito.

Scutaro’s single was a two-out bloop into center that got the Giants a run.

Pettibone walked Belt to start the sixth and Belt moved up to second on a ground out by Peguero and up to third on a ground out by Crawford. Quiroz was walked intentionally to pitch to Zito with runners on the corners and two down, but Zito singled to right, scoring Belt to extend the lead to 3-1. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Blanco and walked him, loading the bases. Scutaro went down on a fly ball to right to leave them loaded.

Horst faced two batters in the game, walking one and getting one out. He has a 6.43 ERA for the year. Over his last five appearances he has an 8.31 ERA and a 2.08 ratio.

Aumont pitched the seventh. He walked Pence with one out and Pence stole second with two down, but Peguero grounded to second to leave Pence at second.

Aumont drops his ERA to 2.61 for the season with the appearance. He’s been nowhere near that good, walking nine in 10 1/3 innings. Opponents are on-basing .404 against him, lefties .478.

Durbin struck out Quiroz and Andres Torres in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Nice outing for Durbin. He came off of a pair of bad outings in which he allowed six runs over three innings. 6.17 ERA for the season for Dubin. He’s had a whole bunch of problems this year. Too many hits — opponents are hitting .304 against him. Too many of the hits go for extra-bases, opponents are slugging .609 against him for the year and seven of the 14 hits he’s allowed have gone for extra-bases, including three home runs. He’s also walked seven in 11 2/3 innings.

Adams started the ninth with the game tied at 3-3. Blanco led off with an infield single, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out before Scutaro doubled to center. Sandoval and Pence both went down on fly balls to center to leave Scutaro at second.

The caught stealing by Blanco ahead of the Scutaro double saves the Phils a run.

Adams has pitched for two days in a row. He hasn’t allowed a run in five innings over his last five appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Righty Buster Posey hit for Belt and singled to center. Righty Joaquin Arias hit for the pitcher Santiago Casilla and bunted Posey to second with the first out. Posey took third on a wild pitch before Crawford walked, putting men on first and third with one down for Quiroz. Bastardo struck the righty Quiroz out swinging for the second out, but Torres was next and lined a single to right. Posey scored to give the Giants a 4-3 win.

The wild pitch that moved Posey up to third with one out changed the inning. Nice job by Bastardo to struck Quiroz out with one out and the winning run on third, but it’s not enough as Torres follows with the single.

Bastardo came into the game with an 0.90 ERA for the year over 11 appearances. Opponents had hit .125 against him.

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Adams has pitched two days in a row and threw 15 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Michael Young (4) Utley (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruiz (7) Mayberry (8) Revere. Howard and Brown on the bench against the lefty with the Phils due to face another lefty tonight. Righties Frandsen and Mayberry in the lineup at first and in left. The lefty Revere stays in the lineup against the lefty.

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

Down 1-0, they went in order in the top of the second.

Revere doubled to right with one out in the third, but Pettibone struck out swinging for the first out and Rollins flew to center for the third.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Revere in his 113th plate appearance. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-13 with three walks in 16 May plate appearances.

Frandsen led off the fourth and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. The Phils went in order behind him.

First home run of the year for Frandsen.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the sixth. Rollins doubled with one out, but was caught trying to steal third for the second out. Frandsen grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins was out caught stealing by a lot. Just his second caught stealing on the year, but it would have been a good time either to stay at second or to be safe.

Zito got both Youngs and Utley in order in the seventh with the Phils down 3-1.

Ruiz singled to left to start the eighth. Righty Santiago Casilla came in to pitch to Mayberry. Howard hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the first out. Revere was next and grounded to first for the second out with Ruiz moving up to second. With Domonic Brown in the on-deck circle and set to hit for Aumont, lefty Jeremy Affeldt took over for Casilla. Brown did hit for Aumont and went down on a ground ball handled by Affeldt to end the frame.

Righty Sergio Romo started the ninth for the Giants with a 3-1 lead. Rollins led off and doubled into the right field corner. He moved up to third when Frandsen flew out to Pence in foul territory for the first out. Michael Young drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into center, scoring Rollins (3-2) and moving Young up third. Utley took second as the throw came in to third, putting men on second and third with one down for Delmon Young. Young flew to right for the second out. Michael Young tagged and scored from third as the throw came home way up the line, tying the game at 3-3 with two down and Utley at third. Ruiz flew to center to leave Utley stranded.

Romo came into the game with a 1.72 ERA for the season and the Phils score two on two hits and a walk to tie the game. Second double for Rollins since the start of the sixth inning.

Revere singled off of lefty Javier Lopez with one out in the top of the tenth, but was caught stealing for the second out. Brown struck out to end the frame.

Second time in the game the Phils were caught stealing. Second hit for Revere in the game, both of which came off of the lefties he’s been prone to sit against recently.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with two doubles and a caught stealing. 3-for-13 with two doubles in the set. 6-for-his-last-36. 242/294/364 for the season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season. Started just his third game of the season. 259/333/444 on the year. He’s appeared in just one game at third base this season while appearing at second three times.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-11 with three walks and three doubles in the series. 322/394/415 for the year. Isolated power of .093.

Utley 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 276/324/504 for the year. Ten walks in 139 plate appearances is 7.2%, well below his career mark of 9.8% and the lowest it’s been in any year since 2004. 121/194/273 against lefties for the season.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a big RBI. 3-for-23 on the season. 1-for-his-last-20.

Ruiz 1-for-4 to drop his average to .138 after 29 at-bats. 2-for-9 in the set.

Mayberry 0-for-2. Made a nice diving catch in the third to take a hit away from Zito. 1-for-7 in the series. 213/292/400 for the year. 143/208/286 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Revere 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 234/281/262 for the year with two extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances. 412/500/471 in 20 plate appearances in May.

Hamels (1-4, 4.34) faces lefty Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80) tonight in Arizona. Hamels pitched to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts this season. 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA and an 0.94 ratio over his last five. Opponents have hit .171 against him in those five outings, but drawn 12 walks in 35 innings. Corbin has made six starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of them. Lefties are hitting .160 against him for the year.


Repeat performance

The Phillies got six runs and good starting pitching for the second straight night last night. For the second straight night it was enough and they topped the Giants 6-2.

Lee led the way with his start in game one. Last night was Kyle Kendrick’s turn. Kendrick tossed seven strong innings to get the win and is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in 42 innings over his last six starts. Opponents have hit .219 against him.

The Phillies have scored 12 runs in the first two games of their set in San Francisco. Utley and Howard both homered last night, with Howard’s blast coming off of a lefty in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies are 16-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 last night. They have won two in a row and are 7-4 in their last 11 games. They are 10-8 since the end of the day on April 18, which is the best mark in the NL East. That says a lot about how the teams in the NL East are playing these days — the Phils are 11-12 since the end of the day on April 13, which is also the best mark in the division.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Up 1-0, he set the Giants down in order in the bottom of the first.

Up 3-0, he set them down in order in the second, making an outstanding play on a Gregor Blanco bunt for the third out. Blanco bunted down the first base line, but Kendrick got to the ball and flipped to first while falling down in time to retire Blanco and end the inning.

Brandon Belt singled to shallow left to start the third and moved to third when Brandon Crawford doubled down the left field line. Kendrick struck the pitcher Tim Lincecum out for the first out before Angel Pagan flew to center for the second. Belt tagged and scored from third, cutting the lead to 3-1. Marco Scutaro was next and he ripped the first pitch he saw from Kendrick passed a diving Young and into the third base corner. Crawford scored from second and it was 3-2. Pablo Sandoval flew to right for the third out.

Buster Posey singled to center to start the fourth. Hunter Pence was next and hit a double-play ball to Young at third, but Young booted it for an error that left men on first and second with nobody out. Kendrick struck Blanco out looking for the first out and Belt out looking for the second before Crawford grounded to third to set the Giants down.

Just a fantastic job by Kendrick to get back-to-back strikeouts after the error by Young changes the inning from two outs and nobody on to two on and nobody out. Young had a shaky start to the year defensively at third, but has been much better than I expected there since.

Up 4-1, Kendrick allowed a two-out single to Scutaro in the fifth. Sandoval went down on a ball handled by Kendrick to end the inning.

Kendrick set the Giants down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies led 5-2 when he started the seventh. Crawford singled with one out and lefty Nick Noonan hit for the pitcher Lincecum. Noonan flew to center for the second out and Pagan flew to left for the third.

Adams started the eighth with the Phils still up by three. He allowed a one-out single to Sandoval, but struck Posey and Pence out behind Sandoval to keep the Giants off the board.

Adams has allowed two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings in his last four appearances.

Up 6-2, Papelbon set the Giants down in order in the ninth.

The Phillies scored a run in the top of the ninth, so Papelbon was pitching in a non-save situation for the fifth time in his last seven appearances. Pitching him in a non-save situation is fine. Pitching him with a huge less is less fine. The Phillies have won the last five games he has pitched in by an average of four runs.

He allowed two runs in an inning in his first outing of the year. Since then, Papelbon has thrown 12 scoreless innings in 12 appearances, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow a hit, no walks and strike out three. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 14 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Revere. Nix in right against the righty with righties Mayberry and Delmon Young on the bench. Revere plays center against the righty.

With one out in the first, Utley hit a ball that Lincecum fielded and threw away for an error, leaving Utley at second with nobody out. Michael Young followed with a walk before Howard singled on a ball deflected by Scutaro, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0 with one down and men on first and second. Ruiz struck out swinging for the second out and Brown went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

The Phillies get a run with some help, then can’t get more after putting two men on with one out. Utley’s ball was back up the middle and hit Lincecum on one hop. Lincecum slid for it near the first base line and made a bad throw to first. Howard hit his ball hard, but right at Scutaro. Scutaro had a good chance to make the play.

Nix and Revere singled back-to-back to start the second and Kendrick bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins was next and grounded to second for the second out. Both runners moved up with Nix scoring to put the Phils on top 2-0. Utley was next and singled into center, scoring Revere. 3-0. Michael Young flew to right to end the frame.

Howard started the third with a walk, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown grounded to second for the third out.

Nix singled to left to start the fourth with the lead cut to 3-2. He stole second, but Revere and Kendrick both struck out and Rollins grounded to first to leave him stranded.

Utley hit Lincecum’s first pitch of the fifth out to right-center, putting the Phillies up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

They went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Rollins singled with one out in the seventh and scored on a two-out double by Michael Young. 5-2. Lincecum walked Howard intentionally to pitch to Ruiz and got Ruiz on a ground ball handled by Lincecum to leave Young stranded.

Revere bunted for a single off of lefty Jose Mijares with two outs in the eighth and took second on a throwing error by Belt. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and walked, but Rollins struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Revere bunts for the hit against a lefty. His numbers are about equally bad against lefties and righties, but I think we’ll see him sit for a while against lefties so Mayberry can hit against left-handed pitching.

Howard hit an 0-1 pitch out to center off of Mijares with two outs in the ninth. 6-2. Ruiz followed with a single, but Brown went down on a fly ball to left to leave Ruiz at first.

Second home run of the year for Howard off of a lefty. His isolated power against lefties is .258 in 18 at-bats, which is better than his isolated power of .221 against righties. The problem is he’s hitting .194 against lefties with one walk in 19 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-32 with four singles.

Utley 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Six of his seven home runs on the year have come against righties and he’s hitting 133/212/300 against left-handed pitching.

Michael Young 1-for-4 with a walk and a double and an error. 4-for-his-last-8 with three doubles.

Howard 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run. 322/364/661 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-5 and left five men on base. 3-for-25 on the year. 1-for-20 against right-handed pitching.

Brown was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-16. He has one walk in his last 56 plate appearances.

Revere 2-for-4 to up his average to .233. We better be hoping Ben Revere can play, cause Mayberry in center field is a lock not to work. Revere is 5-for-13 with three walks so far in May (385/500/385).

Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) faces lefty Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) this afternoon. The Phils are 3-0 in Pettibone’s three starts and all three have been pretty good. Opponents have hit .286 against him, but he’s walked just two in 16 2/3 innings. Zito has allowed 11 earned runs in his six starts, nine of which came in a single outing against the Brewers. He’s allowed two earned runs in 29 2/3 innings over the other five, which is an 0.61 ERA. For the sake of our sanity, and perhaps civilization as we know it, it does seem important to point out that he was charged with five unearned runs in those five starts. Still.


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.


The bullpen’s creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky

A lot went well for the Phillies last night, Halladay was outstanding for the third time in a row and Utley and Howard both homered against a lefty, but the bullpen faltered and the Phils fell 5-3 to the Pirates.

The Phillies started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the seventh that cut the lead to one. Adams started the eighth and allowed all four of the men he faced to reach base, which led to two more Pirate runs. Horst allowed a run in the ninth as Pittsburgh got some help from a slightly flukey two-out triple.

Pittsburgh starter lefty Wandy Rodriguez came into the game with an 0.56 ERA, having not allowed a home run in his three starts this season. Utley and Howard have both been struggling terribly against lefties, but both hit solo home runs off of Rodriguez to help the Phils to their early lead. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Phils scored three runs or less for the eleventh time in 13 games.

The Phillies are 9-13 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The Pirates lead the series two games to one with game four this afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. The hit was a single and he struck out eight.

He has a 1.71 ERA and an 0.62 ratio over his last three starts. Thanks to two terrible starts to start the year, he has a 5.08 ERA for the season.

Starling Marte was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and walked. He stole second before Travis Snider struck out looking for the first out. Andrew McCutchen struck out looking for the second. Marte stole third with Garrett Jones at the plate, but Halladay got Jones looking to leave Marte stranded.

Up 1-0, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the second.

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

Jones walked with two outs in the fourth and Halladay hit the next batter Walker. Alvarez was next and singled softly into center, scoring Jones to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay struck Martin out looking to leave the runners at first and second.

Up 2-1, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 3-1 lead and Alvarez homered to right with one out. 3-2. Martin went down on a ground out for the second out before righty Gaby Sanchez hit for the shortstop John McDonald. Sanchez grounded to Howard to end the frame.

Alvarez came in to the series hitting 125/222/232 for the year. He’s 4-for-8 with two home runs in the set so far.

First home run, or earned run of any kind, that Bastardo has allowed this season in 8 1/3 innings over nine appearances.

Adams started the eighth. Jose Tabata hit for the pitcher Vin Mazzaro and drew a walk to start the inning. Marte moved him up to second with a single. Snider was next and he showed bunt, then swung away and singled to right, scoring Tabata to tie the game at 3-3 with men on first and third. McCutchen walked to load the bases and Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and singled to left. Everyone moved up a base and Marte scored to make it 4-3. Walker was next with the bases still loaded and nobody out. He hit a ball to first. Howard came home and Quintero went to first in time to complete the double-play. Alvarez grounded to Utley to leave runners at second and third.

Adams faced four hitters in the game without getting an out. Two singles and two walks. 4.00 ERA and a 1.44 ratio over nine innings in 11 appearances.

Horst returned for the ninth. Barmes singled to left with one and moved up to second on a ground out by Tabata. Marte was next and blooped a ball down the first base line, which went off of Utley’s glove in right for a triple. Barmes scored and it was 5-3. Righty Michael McKenry hit for the pitcher Mark Melancon and flew to left to leave Marte at third.

It would have been a nice play, but Utley usually catches the ball hit by Marte that went for a triple. He had made a long run, but was in position to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and didn’t come up with the ball. Cost the Phillies a run.

Horst allows a single to the first man he faces in the eighth with the run charged to Adams, but then does a great job to get out of that frame without further damage before allowing a run in the ninth with the help of Marte’s unlikely triple.

He drops his ERA to 6.52 by allowing a run over two innings. Opponents are hitting .342 against him in the early going.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Horst threw 27 pitches in the game, Adams 21 and Bastardo 16.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Wandy Rodriguez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Quintero. Utley moves up to second in the order with Young third against the lefty. Quintero catches Halladay again.

Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out by McCutchen as he went for two. It cost the Phils a run, cause Utley was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Young and Howard went down behind Utley.

Brown singled to center with one out in the second. Revere was next and grounded to short with Brown moving up to second and two down. Quintero grounded to first to leave Brown stranded.

Halladay and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Young struck out swinging for the first out, but Howard was next and he pounded a hanging 0-2 breaking ball way out to right for a home run, putting the Phils back up at 2-1. Mayberry followed with a walk and moved up to second when Brown hit a routine grounder to Walker at second that was booted for an error. Revere popped to short for the second out and Quintero was walked intentionally to pitch to Halladay with the bases loaded. Halladay struck out swinging to leave them loaded.

I wouldn’t walk Quintero intentionally very often. Howard hit the ball really far. Great to see him homer off the lefty, but that was a really bad pitch.

Rollins doubled down the third base line to start the fifth and Utley followed with a bunt single that put runners on first and third. Young was next and grounded to third. Alvarez fielded and went to second for the first out of the inning. When the throw went to second, Rollins broke for home. Walker took the throw at second and threw home. The ball beat Rollins by a wide margin and he was tagged out for the second out of the frame. Howard lined to first to leave Young at first.

Miserable base-running by Rollins as the Phils fail to score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Revere singled with two outs in the sixth and moved up to third when Quintero followed with a single. With the lefty Rodriguez still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Frandsen hit for Halladay and singled to center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 3-1 with men on first and second. Righty Vin Mazzaro took over for Rodriguez and got Rollins to ground to second to leave the runners stranded.

Halladay had thrown 95 pitches in the game.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Mazzaro set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth with the Pirates leading 4-3. Brown singled with one out, but Revere hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Jason Grilli started the ninth with Pittsburgh up 5-3. Nix hit for Quintero and flew to right for the first out. Carrera hit for Horst and was hit by a pitch, but Rollins fouled out behind him and Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

Carrera is 1-for-8 with the Phils, but with a .364 on-base percentage thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double. He’s 7-for-his-last-17. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a long home run off of a lefty. 211/286/464 against lefties for the season.

Young 0-for-4. He actually hit into yet another double-play, although it doesn’t count as an official GDP due to the unusual nature of the play and Rollins’s base-running decision. 4-for-his-last-l7 with four singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a long home run against a lefty on an 0-2 pitch. 142/182/381 against lefties.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 235/297/382 over his last 37 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He came into the game 2-for-his-last-21.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .207. He has one extra-base hit in 93 plate appearances and has walked in about 4.3% of his plate appearances.

Quintero 1-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-5 with a double and a walk has his line for the year up to 313/353/438.

Lee (2-1, 2.83) faces righty James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) this afternoon. Lee has had one bad start in four tries this year, which came in his most recent outing as he allowed five runs in five frames against the Cards. He’s allowed just 22 hits and four walks over 28 2/3 innings while striking out 23. McDonald has walked 12 over 19 2/3 innings in his four starts. Opponents are hitting just .216 against him, but on-basing .341. Cause he walks everyone, you see.


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