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Splittsville

The Phillies rallied late to beat the Cardinals and earn a series split last night, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull away. Kratz was a big part of both rallies, starting the seventh with a single and coming around to score before smashing a three-run homer in the eighth.

Kendrick gave the Phillies his third strong start in a row, allowing two runs over six innings. He’s allowed four runs in 19 innings over his last three starts.

The Phillies have played 19 games on the season. In the rotation, Lee and Kendrick have been very good, combining to throw to a 3.04 ERA in their eight starts. Hamels, Halladay and Lannan have made the other 11 starts and all three members of that trio have an ERA over six for the year. In 11 starts they have combined to post a 6.23 ERA.

The Phillies are 8-11 on the year after beating the St Louis Cardinals 7-3 last night. The teams split the four-game set.

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

Kendrick allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s thrown to a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts.

He struck Jon Jay out looking for the first out of the game in the top of the first, but Matt Carpenter was next and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch from Kendrick out to left-center. 1-0. Carlos Beltran followed with a single into center, but Allan Criag went down swinging for the second out and Yadier Molina popped out to Young in foul territory for the third.

Lefties hammer Kendrick and the lefty Carpenter gets him early in the game.

Kendrick walked Matt Adams to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. David Freese was next and moved Adams up to second with a single before Pete Kozma flew to left for the first out. The pitcher Jake Westbrook bunted the runners up to second and third. Kendrick got Jay on a ground ball to Howard at first to set the Cardinals down.

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

Molina and Adams singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting runners on first and second for Freese. Freese struck out looking, Kozma flew to left and Westbrook went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave the runners stranded.

The Adams single dropped in front of Brown and looked like it should have been catchable. The crowd voice some displeasure.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth.

Craig singled to center to start the sixth. Kendrick struck Molina out for the first out before Jay moved Craig up to third with a double. Freese was next and grounded to third with Craig scoring to tie the game at 2-2. Kozma was next and singled to right with Craig going to third. Kozma took second as the throw came in, but Westbrook went down to leave both runners stranded.

Bastardo started the seventh. Jay led off and hit a ball to Utley, but wound up safe at second on Utley’s throwing error. Carpenter bunted Jay up to third with the first out and Beltran walked behind him. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled to left, scoring Jay to put the Cards up 3-2 and moving Beltan up to second. Durbin walked Molina to load the bases with one out, but struck Adams out swinging for the second out and got Freese to line to Howard to set the Cards down.

Second big mistake for Utley in the game — a throwing error in the seventh after he was doubled off of second to end the first. Durbin allows the first two men he faces to reach base, but holds St Louis to a single run with the help of a big strikeout of Adams for the second out.

Bastardo faces three batters in the game. He walks one, gets one out on a bunt and the other reaches on Utley’s error. The unearned run he allowed in the game is the only run he’s been charged with in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances for the season.

Durbin faced four hitters in the game, allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced before retiring the next two.

Durbin dropped his ERA to 4.50 on the year with the outing. His first two appearances of the year were both bad, but since then he has thrown five scoreless innings in four appearances.

The game was tied at 3-3 when Adams set the Cardinals down in order in the eighth. Righty Shane Robinson hit for the pitcher Randy Choate and struck out for the second out.

Nice outing for Adams, who had allowed a run on four hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings in his last two times out.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 7-3. He allowed a one-out single to Beltran, but got Craig on a ground ball and struck out Molina to end the game.

Non save situation for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance on the year, but he’s been great since, allowing two hits and a walk over six shutout innings.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks and striking out three. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Durbin threw 22 pitches in the game, Bastardo 13, Papelbon 12 and Adams nine.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jake Westbrook went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry hits second for the first time this year. He started nine games hitting in the two-hole in 2012.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left-center. Mayberry followed with a walk, which put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into right, scoring Rollins to tie the game at 1-1 and moving Mayberry up to third. Howard followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-1. Utley moved up to second. It brought Young to the plate and Young flew to shallow left. Utley must have lost track of the outs, cause he was way off of second and doubled-off easily to set the Phillies down.

Great to see Mayberry drawing a walk, especially against the righty. Just terrible base-running by Utley.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Mayberry singled with two outs in the third. He stole second before Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Howard singled to start the fourth, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown drew a walk before Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Young has grounded into four double-plays over his last eight games. Four GDP in his last 29 PA would have him grounding into about 83 over 600 plate appearances. That might not even happen.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth, but Mayberry struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Utley started the sixth with a double. Howard moved Utley up to third with a ground out and walks to Young and Brown loaded the bases for Revere. Revere grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double or after putting a runner on third with one out.

They were down 3-2 when they hit in the seventh. Kratz led off with a single to center. With the righty Westbrook still on the mound, Nix hit for Durbin and righty Fernando Salas came in to face him. Nix doubled to center, scoring Kratz to tie the game at 3-3. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out before Mayberry moved Nix up to third with a ground out. Lefty Randy Choate came in to pitch to Utley and Utley flew to left to leave Nix at third.

First of two big hits that Kratz would have late in the game. This one helps him score on Nix’s double to tie the game.

Righty Mitchell Boggs got Howard to start the eighth before Young reached on an infield single deflected by the pitcher. Brown was next and moved Young up to third with a single into center. Revere singled into center, scoring Young to put the Phils up 4-3 with men on first and second with one out for Kratz. Kratz hit the first pitch he saw from Boggs out to left, putting the Phils up 7-3. Frandsen hit for Adams and the lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch to him. Frandsen reached on an infield single and moved up to second when Rollins singled to left. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Utley grounded to Carpenter to end the inning.

Six hits in the innings for the Phils. Five singles and the big home run for Kratz.

Rollins 3-for-5 with a triple in the game. 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple in the four-game set. 257/295/419 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a walk and struck out twice. 5-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 316/409/553 for the year. 323/417/581 against right-handed pitching.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Big base-running mistake early and a throwing error late. 5-for-15 with two walks and a double in the set. 294/347/529 on the season.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-7 with an RBI in the series. 277/300/385 for the year.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-14 with a walk in the series. 333/389/439 on the season. 10-for-his-last-35 with ten singles.

Brown 1-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 in the series with four walks. 228/313/351 on the season.

Revere 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple in the series, which is his only extra-base hit of the year. 213/253/240 for the year.

Kratz 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. 5-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 214/211/357 on the season. No walks in 57 plate appearances.

Righty Jonathan Pettibone makes his debut tonight against righty AJ Burnett (1-2, 2.63) as the Phils face the Pirates. Pettibone has made two starts at Triple-A in 2013 and both of them were bad. Opponents have hit .385 against him and he’s pitched to a 9.64 ERA. All four of Burnett’s starts have been pretty good — he’s struck out 35 in 24 innings in his four starts.


Stubborn refusal to start pinch-hitting for people in the third costs the Phils dearly

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies his third strong start in three tries last night, but again the Phillies struggled to score in a 4-2 loss to the Reds. The only runs the Phils plated in the game came on a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Utley in the top of the eighth.

Over the last three games, the Phillies have scored five runs. Three of the runs have come on pinch-hit home runs. They haven’t scored a run before the sixth inning in any of their last four games.

Ben Revere was spectacular defensively in the game in center, making a very good catch for the first out of the third and starting a double play in the second inning with an outstanding diving play on the warning track. He’s been a whole less successful offensively at the top of the lineup, though. After an 0-for-4 last night he’s hitting .222 for the year with a .276 on-basing percentage and no extra-base hits.

Rollins has gone cold after a strong start. Howard and Brown aren’t providing the offense the middle of the order needs despite the hot-hitting of Young from the five-hole. Erik Kratz has had a miserable start to the year both offensively and defensively — he’s on-basing .167 for the season.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the year after losing 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Phils have won four of their last six and lost two of their last three.

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

He’s made three starts on the and all three have been very good. 1.52 ERA and a silly 0.68 ratio. In 23 2/3 innings he’s struck out 18 and walked one. In two of his three starts the Phillies have scored two runs in the game.

He gave up a two-out single to Joey Votto in the bottom of the first. Brandon Phillips was next and grounded to third to end the inning.

Jay Bruce led off the second with a single. Todd Frazier was next, but Revere made a great diving catch to take a hit away from him. Revere threw to first to double Bruce off. Chris Heisey popped to Galvis to end the inning.

Amazing catch for Revere. The ball was lined to center and he looked like he initially took the wrong angle, but recovered and made a fantastic catch diving towards the wall on the warning track. He immediately got to his feet to double off Bruce.

Shin-Soo Choo singled to center with two outs in the third. Zach Cozart flew to center for the third out.

Revere made another very good play to record the first out of the third. Choo hit the ball very well to right center, but Revere caught it running into the wall to record the out.

Lee set the Reds down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Votto led off the seventh and singled to right. Phillips was next and moved Votto up to third with a double to left. It brought Bruce to the plate with nobody out and men on second and third. Lee uncorked a wild pitch through the legs of Kratz and everyone moved up a base with Votto scoring (1-0) before Bruce drew a walk. With men on first and third and one down, Frazier flew to right for the first out. Phillips tagged and scored from third to make it 2-0. Chris Heisey was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate. Lee fielded and threw to second, but his throw was bad an unhandled there for an error. Ryan Hannigan grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

The wild pitch that scored Votto costs the Phils a run. The ball just went under Kratz, which was unfortunate.

It was 2-2 when Horst started the eighth. Switch-hitter Derrick Robinson hit for the pitcher Arroyo and reached on a softly hit infield single. Choo bunted Robinson up to second with the first out, bringing Cozart to the plate with a man on second. Cozart blooped a ball into shallow right-center that alluded a sliding Nix for a double, sending Robinson to third. Horst walked the lefty Votto intentionally, loading the bases and setting up the double-play. Adams came in to pitch to the righty Phillips and Phillips hit a ball past a diving Galvis at second and in to right field. Robinson and Cozart both scored and it was 4-2 with men on first and second with one down for Bruce. Bruce singled into right and everyone moved up a base. Adams struck Frazier out looking for the second out and got Heisey to pop to Galvis to end the inning.

Horst faced four batters in the game, allowing a single, a bloop double and intentionally walking another hitter. He got one out, which came on a bunt. His ERA is at 9.53 after being charged with two runs in a third of an inning on two hits and a walk.

He was pitching on six days rest and threw nine pitches in the game. For the season he’s now allowed nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Neither of the hits he allowed last night were exactly blasted. Robinson’s single was chopped down the third base line and Cozart’s double was blooped to right-center and could have been caught.

Adams faced four hitters in the game, allowing two singles and getting the other two out. He actually drops his ERA to 1.50 with both runs charged to Horst. He’s now struck out ten in six innings over seven appearances. He was pitching on one day’s rest and threw 15 pitches in the game.

Overall the pen goes one inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Horst and Adams should both be available tonight.

Last night was the first time that the bullpen had been charged with more than one run in a game since the fourth game of the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Revere (2) Galvis (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Kratz. Galvis starts for the third straight day at another position, playing second with Utley on the bench. Revere continues to lead off for the Phils despite a 240/296/240 line for the year coming into the game (12-for-50 with 12 singles and four walks).

Galvis singled with one out in the top of the first. He moved up to second on a ground out by Rollins, but Howard flew to center for the third out.

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

Young singled into center to start the fifth. Brown was next and grounded to third with Young forced at second for the second out. Nix singled into left, moving Brown up to second, but Kratz hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the sixth. Revere tried to bunt for a hit, but was retired for the second out.

Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.

They trailed 2-0 when they hit in the eighth. Brown led off and singled into center. Nix was next and hit a ball softly that Arroyo handled for the first out as Brown moved up to second. Kratz flew to center for the second out and Utley hit for Lee. Utley lined a 2-1 pitch out to center, tying the game at 2-2. Revere grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Third home run of the year for Utley. He’s slugging .722 against right-handed pitching. Second time in two games the Phils got a big pinch-hit home run late in the game.

Aroldis Chapman started the ninth for the Reds with the Phillies trailing 4-2. He struck out Rollins and Howard while setting the Phililes down in order.

Revere was 0-for-4 with two very good defensive plays, one of which was amazing and got the Phils two outs. He’s 5-for-his-last-27 (.185) and hitting .222 for the year without an extra-base hit. He can’t lead off for much longer.

Galvis 1-for-4. He’s started three days in a row, going 4-for-10 with two walks.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out against a lefty to end the game. 1-for-15 against lefties on the year with eight strikeouts.

Young 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 438/471/656 over his last 34 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with a single to up his average to .250. He’s hitting .250 against lefties and .250 against righties. Second on the team in RBI behind Utley with six. Six RBI in 13 games put him on pace to drive in 75 over 162 games.

Nix 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-7 with a home run.

Kratz 0-for-3. Wild pitch in the seventh charged to Lee that looked like it could have been handled. He’s 0-for-his-last-8.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40) faces righty Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73) tonight in good-day-to-be-a-left-handed-hitter-night in Cincinnati. Kendrick has been a little better than his numbers over his first two starts. He was good his last time out, holding the Mets to two runs over six innings. In his first start he was charged with five runs over 5 2/3 innings, but three of the runs scored after he left with two outs and the bases loaded. Lefites are hitting 480/519/720 (12-for-25 with four extra-base hits) against him for the year and 295/364/491 against him for his career. Bailey threw six shutout innings against the Nats in his first start of the year, but was pounded by the Cards in his other start as he allowed seven runs over five innings. Lefties have hit him pretty hard this year as well — 333/417/762 (7-for-21 with three homers).


Nix sticks it to the Marlins

The Philies got a fantastic start from Roy Halladay and a ninth inning home run from Laynce Nix yesterday as they topped the Marlins 2-1.

With the win the Phils take the series two games to one. Each of the three games were tied at 1-1 after eight innings. The Phils won the opener with the help of a two-run tenth inning that featured an RBI-triple from Utley. They lost the middle game after Phillippe Aumont walked the leadoff hitter for the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game. Yesterday they won behind Halladay’s excellent start and the late pinch-hit blast from Nix.

After two atrocious starts to begin the season, Halladay allowed a run over eight innings yesterday. He came into the game having thrown to a 5.83 ERA over his last 22 starts. He faced a Miami lineup that featured Placido Polanco hitting third and Greg Dobbs batting cleanup.

The Phillies have offensive problems of their own as they take the series despite scoring just six runs in three games. They have been notably miserable against left-handed pitching, posting a 141/193/205 against lefties for the season. Howard and Utley have led the way in that department by going a combined 2-for-26. Revere has contributed an 0-for-8 against lefties to start the year. Rollins and Young are a combined 4-for-22 (both 2-for-11).

The Phillies are 6-6 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 2-1 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and have won four of their last five.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and one walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out two. The win was the 200th for his career.

That’s probably the best start for Halladay since August 10, 2012, when he held the Cardinals to a run on two hits over eight innings. 7.63 ERA and a 1.57 ratio for the year.

Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the bottom of the first.

Greg Dobbs doubled to right to start the second. Justin Ruggiano bunted him to third with the first out, but Halladay got Rob Brantly to pop to Galvis at short for the second out and Chris Valaika on a fly ball to center to leave Dobbs at third.

No run for Miami after putting a runner on third with one out.

Adeiny Hechavarria started the third with a single to right and the pitcher Kevin Slowey bunted him to second with the first out. Juan Pierre went down on a foul ball handled by Quintero for the second out. Chris Coghlan hit a ball in the hole between first and second, but Utley made a nice sliding play to field the ball and throw to first in time to end the inning.

One of two nice defensive plays by Utley in the game. He made a similar play to end the eighth.

Placido Polanco started the fourth with a single, but Halladay got the next three Fish in order to keep them off the board.

He set the bottom of the order down 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Up 1-0, he set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

Ruggiano singled with one out in the seventh and Brantly walked behind him. Valaika was next and singled to left with Ruggiano scoring just ahead of the throw from Brown to tie the game at 1-1 with men on first and second for Hechavarria. Hechavarria flew to center and Revere doubled Brantly off of second to end the inning.

Brantly’s walk was the only one issued by Halladay in the game.

Halladay set the Marlins down in order in the eighth. Utley made a nice sliding play on a ball hit by Coghlan for the third out.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-1 lead. Polanco led off and Papelbon walked him on four pitches. Dobbs lined to center on a nice running catch by Revere for the first out. Ruggiano flew to right for the second. Righty Donovan Solano hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and fouled out to Kratz to end the game.

Nice running catch by Revere after the leadoff walk to Polanco changes the inning.

Fifth appearance of the year for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first outing of the season. Since then he’s allowed one hit and one walk over four scoreless innings in four appearances. He threw 22 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Slowey went (1) Revere (2) Galvis (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Quintero. Galvis starts at short with Rollins on the bench. Quintero again catches Halladay, but this time it’s a day game after a night game. Galvis can’t hit second. Revere and Galvis at the top of the order isn’t the way to go.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the top of the first and moved up to third on a two-out single by Howard. Young flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry singled with one out in the second, but was caught stealing as Quintero struck out to set the Phillies down.

Revere and Galvis singled back-to-back with one out in the third. It put runners on the corners for Utley, but Utley grounded into a double-play to turn the Phils away.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Quintero doubled to center with one out in the fifth. Halladay struck out behind him for the second out before Revere reached on an infield single that moved Quintero up to third. Revere stole second before Galvis walked, loading the bases for Utley. Utley grounded to second to leave them loaded.

Utley grounds into a double-play with runners on the corners to end the third, then grounds out to second with the bases loaded to end the fifth.

Howard doubled to left to start the sixth. Young was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off the glove of Hechavarria and into center for a single. Howard scored and the Phils led 1-0 with Young taking second as the throw came home. Brown lined softly to second for the first out before Mayberry walked. Righty Chad Qualls came in to pitch to Quintero and Quintero grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Halladay, Revere and Galvis went in order in the seventh.

It was 1-1 when Utley and Howard singled back-to-back to start the eighth. It put runners on first and second with nobody out for Young and Young grounded into a double-play that left Utley at third with two down. The righty Qualls walked Brown intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Mayberry. Rollins hit for Mayberry and righty Jon Rauch came in to pitch to him. Rollins flew to left to set the Phillies down.

Kratz hit for Quintero to start the ninth and Rauch got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Nix hit for Halladay and blasted a 1-1 pitch way out to right, putting the Phils up 2-1. Revere grounded to short for the second out. Galvis was next and Rauch threw a 1-2 pitch at his head. Galvis managed to get out of the way, but the ball hit him in his right hand up near his head. Galvis stayed in the game and Utley fouled out to third to set the Phillies down.

Rollins was already out of the game, having pinch-hit for Mayberry in the eighth, so it would have been a big problem if Galvis had been unable to play defense in the bottom of the ninth.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and a steal in the series. 240/296/240 on the season. The Phillies’s team OPS of .536 out of the #1 spot in the order is 28th of the 30 MLB teams.

Galvis 2-for-3 with a walk in the game and 3-for-6 with two walks in the series. He started at third in game two of the series and at short in game three. 3-for-9 with two walks so far. Rollins was 0-for-1 yesterday and 0-for-8 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 261/320/435 for the season.

Utley 1-for-5 yesterday and left seven men on base. Made two nice defensive plays at second to end the inning, once in the third and again in the eighth. 2-for-14 with a triple and an RBI in the series — the triple in the top of the tenth in game one put the Phils on top to stay. 277/327/532 for the year. 1-for-12 against lefties.

Howard 3-for-4 with a double. 6-for-12 with a walk and four doubles in the set. 277/314/426 for the season. 1-for-14 against lefties.

Young 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-10 with two RBI in the series. He didn’t start on game two due to illness. 419/486/645 against right-handed pitching in 35 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. 3-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 244/292/400 for the year. 6-for-his-last-30. He has three walks on the season, two of which have been intentional.

Mayberry 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and in the series. 286/423/571 for the year.

Quintero 1-for-3 with a double in the game and in the series. He’s 2-for-9 with a double on the season. Kratz is hitting 184/179/316 for the year after going 1-for-9 in the set.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.86) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25) tonight in Cincinnati. Lee has gone at least eight innings in each of his fantastic starts. Opponents are hitting .167 against him for the year and he hasn’t walked a batter in 16 2/3 innings. Arroyo has gone six innings in both of his starts. Lefties are 10-for-25 (.400) against him in the early going.


Bottom feeders

The Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the first last night on their way to a 7-3 win. Their first six hitters of the game combined to go 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs and two walks off of Mets starter Jeremy Hefner.

It was the second straight miserable start for Hefner against the Phillies going back to last season. In his last two starts against the Phils, Hefner has allowed 12 earned runs on 12 hits and four walks over three innings.

The Phils feasted on the bottom of the Mets rotation in the series, scoring 12 runs in the six innings pitched by Dillon Gee and Hefner as they won the last two games.

The Phillies scored all seven of their runs last night on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the first, which was followed soon after by a three-run bomb by Brown. Nix hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth.

Michael Young continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double. He’s 9-for-his-last-16 with four extra-base hits. 455/538/773 against right-handed pitching in the early going, coming off of a 2012 season in which he hit 257/291/352 against righties.

The Phillies are 4-5 on the year after beating the New York Mets 7-3 last night. They take the series two games to one. First series win of the year for the Phils in three tries. First time they have won two games in a row on the season. They are 0-4 when Hamels or Halladay start and 4-1 when somebody else starts.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

5.40 ERA and a 1.71 ratio after two starts. Lefties are hitting .480 against him — 12-for-25 with two walks, three doubles, a home run and 480/519/720 line.

Jordany Valdespin was the first hitter of the game and reached on a softly hit infield single. Daniel Murphy flew to right for the first out, bringing David Wright to the plate with Valdespin still on first. Kendrick struck Wright out swinging as Valdespin took off for second. Kratz threw him out from his knees on a bounce to end the inning.

Impressive throw by Kratz.

Kendrick started the second with a 5-0 lead. John Buck homered to left-center with one out. 5-1. Lucas Duda followed with a double to right and Mike Baxter walked behind Duda, putting men on first and second with one down for Ruben Tejada. Tejada singled softly to right, loading the bases for the pitcher Jeremy Hefner. Kendrick struck Hefner out looking for the second out and Valdespin out looking to end the frame.

Valdespin struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that looked like a ball to me, but whatever. Still a great job by Kendrick to get out of the inning after the Mets load the bases with one out.

Tired of John Buck. He was 4-for-12 in the series with three home runs and drove in six of the 13 runs New York scored. Duda was pretty impressive as well — 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs last night. 5-for-9 with a double, two home runs and a walk in the series.

Kendrick set the Mets down in order in the third.

Duda homered to right with one out in the fourth. 5-2. Baxter followed with a double, but Kendrick got Tejada on a ground ball to Utley that moved Duda up to third for the second out. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Hefner, but Kendrick got him on a ground ball to Utley as well to set the Mets down.

The game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. Kendrick returned after the delay to start the fifth. Valdespin led off and bunted for a single. Murphy was the next batter and Kendrick walked him, putting two men on for Wright. Wright struck out swinging for the first out. Ike Davis was next and he hit a blooper into left-center. Revere made a nice running catch for the second out. Murphy was way off of second and Revere threw there to double him off and end the inning.

Very nice play by Revere, both to get to the ball and to make the throw. His momentum was taking him away from second base, but he managed to get off a pretty reasonable throw to get Murphy. Not sure exactly what Murphy was thinking — best guess would be he thought Revere was going to throw home or couldn’t throw at all. Either way it was bad base-running and a nice play by Revere.

Baxter singled to right with two outs in the six. Tejada flew to Revere for the third out.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 7-2 lead. Valdespin reached on an infield single with one out, but Bastardo got the next two.

Three scoreless innings over three appearances for Bastardo. He’s allowed a single and two walks.

Adams started the eighth. He struck Buck out for the first out and Davis out for the second before Duda hit a 2-1 pitch out to right. 7-3. Lefty Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice and Adams struck him out looking to end the frame.

Adams was pitching for the second day in a row. He’s now allowed a run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings over four appearances. He has struck out seven. I assume if there was no off-day today, Manuel would have called on Aumont rather than Adams to pitch the eighth with a five-run lead. Aumont has made one appearance since April 1 and two on the year.

Papelbon threw the ninth in heavy rain. Tejada led off with a single, but Marlon Byrd was next and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play. Valdespin struck out looking to end the game.

Glad to see Papelbon used in a non-save situation there. After allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, he’s allowed one single in two scoreless frames his last two times out.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing a run on the Duda homer off of Adams. Three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Adams has pitched two days in a row, but will surely be available Friday in Miami given the off-day today.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry in right again against the righty after a big day against righty starter Dillon Gee in game two of the set.

Revere led off the bottom of the first and walked on five pitches. With Rollins at the plate he stole second, but slid through the base and was tagged out for the first out. It cost the Phils a run, cause Rollins doubled to right and Utley followed that with a home run to center. 2-0. Howard singled and Young walked before Brown blasted a 2-1 pitch down the right field line and well out for another homer. 5-0. Mayberry struck out looking for the second out and Kratz flew to center.

Really not a fan of the Revere stolen base, even if it works and it doesn’t cost the Phillies a run. If the only batter the pitcher has faced in the game is Ben Revere and he walked him on five pitches, it’s a good sign he hasn’t settled in yet. Make him get an out first.

The lead was cut to 5-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.

Howard singled to right with one out in the third on a ball that hit the wall after a bounce or two. Young was next and ripped a line drive in to left-center for a double, sending Howard to third. Hefner got behind Brown 3-0 after Brown had hit a moon shot in his previous at-bat, then put him on intentionally to lead the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short with the runners holding for the second out. Kratz was next and blooped a ball into right-center, but Valdespin made a nice shoestring catch after a long run to retire the side.

Big play by Valdespin takes runs away from the Phillies.

Howard can’t run. Young can, at least a lot better than I thought he could. I had no idea. The hustle double was the third time in two games he made an aggressive play on the bases and was safe.

Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from the third with one out, popping out to short with the bases loaded and one down. He also struck out in the bottom of the first as the first batter retired by Hefner.

The lead was cut to 5-2 when lefty Josh Edgin struck out Kendrick, Revere and Rollins in the fourth.

Young singled to center with two outs in the fifth. Brown flew to center on a sliding catch by Valdespin to end the inning.

Second nice play of the game by Valdespin in center after he took a hit away from Kratz with the bases loaded to end the third.

Kratz singled off of righty Latroy Hawkins with one out in the sixth. Nix hit for Kendrick and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center, extending the Phillie lead to 7-2. Revere grounded to third for the second out before Rollins singled to left. Lefty Scott Rice came in to pitch to Utley and retired him on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Rice set Howard, Young and Brown down in order in the seventh.

Righty Bobby Parnell threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the lead cut to 7-3. Galvis hit for Adams and flew to left for the third out.

Revere was 0-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing in the game. 1-for-11 with two walk in the series drops his line to 211/268/211 after 41 plate appearances. Made a nice play to double Murphy off of second base. The Phillies are averaging about 4.67 runs per game, which is remarkable given that their leadoff man is on-basing .268. Revere is 0-for-8 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-12 with three doubles in the game. 316/350/526 for the year. 357/400/607 against right-handed pitching. I think Rollins will lead off and Revere will be dropped to seven or eight soon if Revere does not start hitting.

Utley 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game. 2-for-10 with two walks and a home run in the series. 333/395/636 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with two singles. 3-for-11 with a home run in the series. 200/237/286 for the year. If you’re team is scoring 4.67 runs per game, your leadoff man is on-basing .268 and your cleanup hitter is on-basing .237 and slugging .286, something is going pretty well somewhere else.

Michael Young is one of the things going very right offensively. 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the game. 5-for-11 with a walk, a double, a triple and a home run in the series. He seemed to run the bases unusually well in the series, aggressively successful in taking an extra-base on three occasions. 375/459/594 on the year.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. 2-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 242/286/424 for the year. Hitting .231 against right-handed pitching.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 263/391/579 for the year.

Kratz 1-for-4 in the game and made a nice throw to nail Valdespin in the top of the first. 3-for-9 with a double in the series. 207/200/379 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in 30 plate appearances.

The Phillies are off today and play the Marlins in Florida tomorrow night.


Feels like the first time

We didn’t learn anything new last night, but seeing Cliff Lee pitch lights out one more time was more than enough for Phillie fans looking for signs of life. Lee was fantastic, allowing two singles over eight shutout innings, and Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth as the Phils topped Atlanta 2-0.

The pitching was outstanding last night, but the Phils have scored four runs over their last two games. More would be better, especially if 60% of the rotation is going to be Kendrick, Lannan and a version of Roy Halladay who can’t get people out. Michael Young and Ryan Howard were quiet in the opening set, combining to go 2-for-21 out of the four and five spots in the order.

The Phillies are 1-2 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 2-0 last night. The Braves take the series two games to one.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing two singles, no walks and striking out eight.

He set the Braves down in order in the bottom of the first.

He started the second up 2-0 and struck out Freddie Freeman and BJ Upton to start the frame before Dan Uggla singled to left. Chris Johnson grounded to first to end the inning.

Lee struck out Gerald Laird and pitcher Kris Medlen in 1-2-3 third.

Justin Upton singled to left with one out in the fourth. Lee got Freeman to ground into a double-play behind Upton.

Freeman 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a GDP through two at-bats after hammering the Phils in games one and two of the set.

Lee struck out Uggla in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Laird led off the sixth and reached on an error by Utley, but Lee got the next three. Righty Reed Johnson hit for the pitcher Cory Gearrin and flew to center for the first out.

Lee struck out both Uptons in a 1-2-3 seventh. Freeman absolutely crushed a ball in-between, but Nix took it on the warning track for the second out.

Lee got a little help from the weather on a cold night in Atlanta on Freeman’s ball. It was well struck.

Lee needed just eight pitches to set Uggla, Johnson and Laird down in order in the eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-0 lead. Switch-hitter Ramiro Pena hit for the pitcher Anthony Varvaro and Palelbon struck him out swinging for the first out. Simmons grounded to Utley for the second out and Papelbon got Heyward swinging at a ball way outside to end the game.

Second appearance of the year for Papelbon after allowing two runs in an inning in game two of the set. He threw 11 pitches in the game and has pitched for two days in a row.

The season is only three days old, but last night was the first game of the three in which the pen has been non-terrible. The bullpen threw to a 6.23 ERA in the set and walked five in 8 2/3 innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kris Medlen went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Kratz. Nix in right against the lefty with Mayberry on the bench. Manuel did it the other way with righty Tim Hudson on the mound for Atlanta in game one of the series. Mayberry on the bench against a righty appeals a lot, though.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Utley flew out to left before Howard moved Rollins up to second with a single. Rollins stole third on a soft throw back to the mound by Laird before Young walked to load the bases for Brown. Brown grounded to second to leave them loaded.

Howard’s single was a ground ball to where the shortstop would be if the Braves weren’t in their Howard shift.

Nix started the second with a single and moved to third when Kratz followed with a double to left. Lee was next and walked to load the bases for Revere. Revere grounded to short with Lee forced at second for the first out. Nix scored and the Phils led 1-0 with one out and runners on the corner. Revere quickly stole second and Rollins went on to walk, loading the bases for Utley. Utley flew to right, deep enough for Kratz to tag and score from third, putting the Phils up 2-0. Howard lined to Simmons to end the frame.

Glad to see Kratz deliver the double after an awful night at the plate in game two.

Brown singled with one out in the third, but Nix and Kratz went down behind him. Nix hit his ball well, but Heyward took it in right for the second out.

Rollins doubled to right with two outs in the fourth and Utley drew a walk behind him. It put men on first and second for Howard, but Howard grounded out to Uggla in shallow right field to set the Phillies down.

Young and Nix struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth. Brown smoked a line drive, but Uggla handled it for the second out.

Righty Cory Gearrin set the Phillies down in order in the sixth. Revere hit a ball well into the gap in right-center, but Heyward made a diving catch to take extra-bases away from him for the third out.

Righty Jordan Walden started the seventh. He got Rollins on a fly ball to left for the first out before Utley singled to left. Howard was next and he hammered a ball to center, but BJ Upton took it at the wall after a long run for the second out. Young flew to BJ Upton in right-center to set the Phils down.

Howard hit the ball really well. Not quite well enough on a cold night (41 degrees) in Atlanta.

Anthony Varvaro started the eighth for Atlanta and set Brown, Nix and Kratz down in order.

Varvaro was back for the ninth. Galvis hit for Lee and grounded out to start the inning. Revere singled into center, but was doubled off of first to set the Phillies down when Rollins lined to Uggla.

Revere was 1-for-5 with a stolen base in the game. 3-for-14 with a walk and two steals in the series. 0-for-4 against lefties. I don’t think he’s going to lead off against lefties for too long — not because he’s 0-for-4 against them, but because leading him off against lefties is a poor idea.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a stolen base in the game. 5-for-14 with a walk, two doubles and two stolen bases in the set.

Utley 1-for-2 with a walk, an error and an RBI. 5-for-11 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk in the series. He has six RBI for the year — the rest of the team has three (Kratz 1, Revere 1, Howard 1).

Howard was 1-for-4 and left five men on base. He got chances to hit with runners on base in the second, fourth and seventh. Pretty bad start to the season for Howard, he was 1-for-12 with a walk and an RBI. Just three strikeouts, but one came in game one with one out and runners on second and third.

Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-9 with three walks in the series. He’s obviously not going to walk in 25% of his plate appearances, but I would be thrilled to see him up his walk rate this season. Looked a little shaky defensively at third in game one of the series, but was largely unnoticed defensively after that, which is a good sign.

Brown 1-for-4 with a single and left three men on base. 4-for-11 with four singles and a walk in the series. No strikeouts yet, but no extra-base hits either. He went 2-for-4 in his chances against lefties in the series.

Nix 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. 2-for-6 in the series. Mayberry took over for Nix defensively in right in the bottom of the eighth, but did not have an at-bat in the game. He was 2-for-7 with a double and a walk in the series. No quite sure I understand using Mayberry as a defensive replacement for Nix — Nix is a pretty good defensive outfielder and there’s not a lot of data on Mayberry in right (although his numbers are great in limited time).

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double, which was nice to see after a miserable day at the plate in game two of the set. 2-for-12 with a double and an RBI in the series. Curious comments from Halladay after game two in the set suggesting that he and Kratz may not have been on the same page should be monitored carefully. Quintero is going to get a chance to start a game soon anyway, given that the Phillies play in each of the next six days. Sunday afternoon against the Royals seems likely.

Kendrick gets the start late this afternoon in the home opener against the Royals and righty Wade Davis. Kendrick finished 2012 on a major roll pitching out of the rotation. He threw to a 3.20 ERA over 12 starts to end the year. Davis will be making his first start since 2011 after 54 appearances for the Rays last year, all in relief. He didn’t allow a home run to any of the 130 left-handed batters he faced in 2012 while throwing to a 2.43 ERA with a 1.09 ratio.


Dr no

The 2012 season didn’t start badly for Roy Halladay. Just the opposite, actually. He threw eight shutout innings on opening day and ended April with a 1.95 ERA over five starts. Things didn’t start to take their dramatic turn in the wrong direction until May.

At least we now know that 2013 won’t go the same way as 2012 for Halladay. Cause last nice he made his first appearance of the year and was horrid, needing 40 pitches to get through the first on his way to allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves pounded the Phils.

Halladay has a 5.50 ERA over his 21 starts since the beginning of May, 2012. In those starts he’s allowed 136 hits, including 20 home runs, in 122 2/3 innings. Twenty is too many home runs to give up in 122 2/3 innings even if you’re not Roy Halladay.

The Phillies are 0-2 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 9-2 last night.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out nine. Striking out nine in 3 1/3 innings is usually the sign of a good outing. This wasn’t one of those times.

Andrelton Simmons was the first hitter of the game for Atlanta and Halladay struck him out swinging for the first out in the bottom of the first. Jason Heyward was next, though, and Heyward singled to right. Justin Upton followed and hit a 1-2 pitch out the opposite way to right-center for his second home run of one game and one at-bat, putting Atlanta up 2-0. Freddie Freeman followed with a walk before Halladay struck BJ Upton out swinging for the second out. Dan Uggla was the next hitter and Halladay walked him, putting runners on first and second for lefty Juan Francisco. Francisco singled to right, scoring Freeman to make it 3-0 as Uggla moved up to third. Halladay struck Evan Gattis out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Three runs in the frame for the Braves on three hits, two singles and a home run, and two walks. Halladay threw 40 pitches in the inning, which is more than what would be ideal.

He struck out the side in the second, getting pitcher Paul Maholm looking and Simmons and Heyward both swinging.

Freeman blooped a single the opposite way to left field with one out in the third. He went to second on a wild pitch before BJ Upton struck out for the second out. Halladay walked Uggla, but got Francisco on a ground ball to first to end the inning.

Gattis led off the fourth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left. 4-0. Halladay struck out Maholm for the first out before Simmons singled into center. Valdes came in to pitch to the lefty Heyward and walked him 3-2, then walked the righty Justin Upton 3-2 as well, which loaded the bases for Freeman. Freeman lined a ball into left-center that split the gap and rolled to the wall, clearing the bases and putting Atlanta up 7-0. Valdes struck out BJ Upton and Uggla back-to-back to set Atlanta down.

Gattis’s homer just barely made it out, eluding Brown as he jumped for it at the wall. Valdes gives up back-to-back walks and both of the runners score on the Freeman double. He walked one of the last 36 batters he faced in 2012. Halladay leaves the game with one out and a runner on first and Simmons scores on the Freeman double.

Gattis flipped his bat and his ball just barely cleared the fence. Not saying the Phils don’t have bigger fish to fry. I’m just saying.

Valdes came back and set the Braves down in order in the fifth.

He goes 1 2/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs on one hit, the Freeman double, and two walks.

Bastardo pitched the sixth. He walked Justin Upton with two outs, but got Freeman looking to leave Upton stranded.

Adams struck out BJ Upton and Juan Francisco in a 1-2-3 seventh.

First appearance as a Phillie for Adams. Is it too much to ask him to go nine? Every day?

Papelbon made his ’13 debut in the eighth. He got the first two before Simmons singled. Heyward was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right, making it 9-2.

The pen goes 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks. Valdes threw 40 pitches in the game and surely can’t pitch tonight. Papelbon 22, Bastardo 18 and Adams eight.

Last night was the first of eight games in eight days for the Phils, so they have seven more before an off-day. Hopefully they won’t have to wait too long for one of the starters to get an out in the sixth inning, or the bullpen numbers are going to get even uglier. The bullpen has a 7.04 ERA through two games. They’re obviously way better than that, but they are lacking a long man, which is something you don’t want to be lacking if your starters are going to average about four innings a game and you have to play the next seven days in a row.

Kendrick and Lannan aren’t real good candidates to go deep into games, either. The Phillies have three candidates to pitch deep into games and two of them just pitched badly. So let’s hope we see Cliff Lee pitching well for a long time tonight.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Paul Maholm went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Revere again leads off, this time against a lefty, with Rollins still hitting second. The lefty Brown stays in the lineup and plays left. Mayberry in right, which makes a lot more sense against a lefty than it did a righty on Opening Day. I think it’s unlikely that Revere will lead off against lefties very often this season.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the top of the first. Utley followed him and struck out swinging for the second out, but Howard was next and drew a walk as Rollins stole third, putting runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Brown and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the second with the Phillies down 3-0. It put men on first and second for Kratz and Kratz grounded into a double-play. Halladay struck out swinging to leave Brown at third.

Brown starts the inning with a hit off of the lefty, which is nice to see even if nothing comes of it.

Rollins singled to left with one out in the third. Utley flew to center for the second out and Howard struck out looking to leave Rollins at first.

Rollins 2-for-2 with a single, a double and a stolen base through two and a half innings.

Brown lined a single to left with one out in the fourth. Mayberry was next and hit a ball that Francisco didn’t handle for an error, which again put two men on for Kratz. Kratz struck out for the second out. Halladay hit for himself and struck out to leave both runners stranded.

Again Kratz goes down after Brown and Mayberry get on board. Halladay had thrown 79 pitches in the game. He would face three batters in the bottom of the fourth, getting one out and allowing a single and a homer. You can’t really hit for Roy Halladay in the fourth, but if you’re playing on paper and you know he’s going to face three hitters in the bottom of the inning and get one out, you might want to consider it.

Down 7-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Young moving up to second. Righty Cory Gearrin came in to pitch to Mayberry and walked him, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz went down swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Again Kratz with Brown on second and Mayberry on first. In the second he hit into a double-play to end the inning. In the fourth he struck out with one out and men on first and second. Sixth he struck out to end the inning with two men on. Six men left on base through six innings.

Kudos to Mayberry for drawing the walk against the righty.

Righty Christhian Martinez started the seventh for Atlanta. Nix hit for Bastardo and singled to right. Revere was next and moved Nix up to second with a single. Rollins flew to right for the first out before Utley doubled into the right field corner, clearing the bases and getting the Phils on the board at 7-2. Luis Avilan came in to pitch to Howard and struck him out for the second out. It brought Young to the plate and he hit a dribbler on the first base side of the mound. Avilan popped off the mound, sliding to get the ball and threw to first. The ball hit Young and Young was called out for running out of the base line.

Really weird call you don’t see very often. Young was just about on the line when the ball hit him. Utley would have scored from second when the ball got away from Young, so it cost the Phillies a run. Avilan made a fantastic sliding play to make it close at first. Tired of him.

Righty Anthony Varvaro got Brown, Mayberry and Kratz in order in the eighth.

The Phils were down 9-2 when Vavaro set them down in order in the ninth. Galvis hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the first out.

Revere was 1-for-5 in the game. He’s 2-for-9 with a walk and a stolen base so far.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-10 with a stolen base after two games.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two strikeouts. 4-for-9 with three extra-base hits and five of the team’s seven RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 0-for-8.

Young 1-for-4. 1-for-6 with two walks.

Brown 2-for-4. 3-for-7 with three singles and a walk. 2-for-4 against lefties in the very early going.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a double and a walk after two games. Walked against a righty last night after doubling off of righty Jordan Walden in game one of the set.

Kratz was awful at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and leaving six men on base in the first six innings. 1-for-8 with three strikeouts so far.

Cliff Lee faces righty Kris Medlen tonight in game three of the set. Lee threw to a 4.79 ERA in his six spring starts. He made two starts against Atlanta in 2012 and both of them were very good as he allowed one earned run in 15 innings between the two outings. Medlen was outstanding in 2012, throwing to a 1.57 ERA with an 0.91 ratio over 138 innings in 50 appearances, 12 of which were starts. He had an 0.97 ERA in his 12 starts. Opponents hit .191 against him and he walked ten in 83 2/3 innings while striking out 84.


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