Overall I’d say people feel like they got their money’s worth with Halladay being unable to hold a six-run lead and Ruiz driving in seven runs in a game his team lost. My impression is people might have felt Contreras, Schwimer and Sanches not pitching so well fell a little flat.
Wild one last night in Atlanta, which the Braves won 15-13 on a walkoff two-run homer by Chipper Jones in the bottom of the eleventh.
Staked to a 6-0 lead, Roy Halladay allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings in the game. The Phils failed to hold leads of 6-0 and 12-8 in the contest.
Carlos Ruiz went nuts, driving in seven runs, including three in the seventh on a three-run homer and three in the eighth on a three-run double.
Neither team got a lot of outstanding work from their pen, but the Braves got the last laugh in that department. After Savery and Bastardo went 1 2/3 scoreless frames, Contreras, Schwimer and Sanches combined to allow seven runs in three innings. With Qualls and Papelbon both in the pen having been used heavily over the past four days, the Phils brought Sanches out to start his third inning of the game in the eleventh. He didn’t get an out before Chipper won the game with a walkoff home run.
The Phillies are 12-13 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 15-13 in 11 innings last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.
Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a grand slam. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.
Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman singled back-to-back with one out in the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Brian McCann. McCann hit a ball to first. Wigginton fielded, went to second for the first out and Rollins threw to Halladay covering first to complete the double-play and end the inning.
Great play by the Phils. Rollins did a great job at second, holding the ball long enough for Halladay to get to first while Freeman slid in hard.
Halladay set the Braves down in order in the second.
He started the third with a 4-0 lead and set Atlanta down in order.
McCann singled with two outs in the fourth, but Halladay struck Dan Uggla out behind him.
Halladay started the fifth with a 6-0 lead. Chipper Jones, Eric Hinske and Taylor Pastornicky all singled to start the frame, loading the bases with nobody out. Lefty Juan Francisco hit for the pitcher Cristhian Martinez and Halladay got him to pop to third for the first out. Michael Bourn was next and he singled into right, moving everyone up a base. Chipper scored and it was 6-1. Prado followed with an infield single, again moving everyone up a base. 6-2. Freeman popped to Galvis for the second out. McCann was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch well out to right, tying the game at 6-6. Halladay struck Uggla out looking to end the inning.
First home run allowed by Halladay since September 19, 2011. At least he made it memorable.
Hinske singled with one out in the sixth and a double by Pastornicky moved Hinske up to third. Lefty Jason Heyward hit for the pitcher Livan Hernandez and singled into right, scoring both runners to put Atlanta up 8-6. Savery took over for Halladay. He got Bourn swinging as Ruiz threw Heyward out trying to steal second, setting the Braves down.
Savery dropped his ERA on the year to 1.42 with the outing. In 6 1/3 innings, he has allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk.
The Phillies were up 9-8 when Bastardo started the seventh. Pitching for the third day in a row, he set Atlanta down in order on three fly balls. Two of the outs came on nice plays by Mayberry in left. He made a diving play to take a hit away from Prado for the first out and retired Freeman as he crashed into the wall for the second.
After not going a full inning in any of his first six outings on the year, Bastardo has now done so twice in the last two days. Over the last two days he’s thrown two perfect innings in two times out.
Contreras started the eighth with the Phillies on top 12-8. Uggla led off with a single. Chipper was next and hit a ball back up the middle that the Phillies might have gotten two on, but Rollins didn’t handle it for an error and the Phils didn’t get any. Righty Matt Diaz hit for the pitcher Kris Medlen and Contreras struck him out swinging for the first out. Pastornicky singled to center, scoring Uggla (12-9) and moving Chipper up to second. Contreras walked Heyward on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases. The righty Schwimer took over for the righty Contreras, coming in to pitch to the lefty Bourn. Schwimer walked Bourn on four pitches, forcing in Chipper to make it 12-10. Prado followed with a single into center, scoring Pastornicky and Heyward, making it 12-12 with men on first and third. Freeman was next and flew to left for the second out. Bourn tagged and scored, putting Atlanta on top 13-12. McCann flew to center for the third out.
Schwimer comes in to face Bourn with Bastardo and Savery having already pitched in the game.
Contreras and Schwimer were both awful in the inning. Far from a sure thing, but if the Phillies had turned a double-play on the Rollins error ball, Conteras would have faced three hitters in the inning and put up a zero. Instead, the next two hitters he faced reached base. So a little bit of tough luck for Contreras in the frame, but that doesn’t change the fact that he doesn’t look like he can offer much help out of the pen at this point and hasn’t for a while.
Schwimer faced four batters in the inning, allowing a walk, a single and a sac fly. It was his third appearance of the year for the Phils. Two of them have been bad.
It was 13-13 when Sanches started the ninth, making his first appearance for the Phils since 2007. He allowed back-to-back singles to Chipper and Jack Wilson with one out, putting men on first and second. Righty David Ross hit for the pitcher Craig Kimbrel and Sanches struck him out swinging for the second out. Sanches walked the lefty Heyward on four pitches, loading the bases for another lefty Bourn. Bourn flew to center for the third out.
Sanches came back to throw a 1-2-3 tenth.
He started the eleventh, but didn’t get an out. Uggla led off with a single to left. He got ahead of Chipper 0-2, but Chipper hit Sanches’s 41st pitch of the game, a 3-2 offering, out to right-center. Braves win 15-13.
You really want to try to avoid bringing Sanches back for a third inning if you can help it at all.
In the game, the pen goes 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks.
Sanches threw 41 pitches. Contreras 21. Bastardo has thrown three days in a row and threw 11 pitches in the game. Schwimer 15 and Savery six.
The Phillies lineup against righty Tommy Hanson went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Galvis stays in the lineup despite miserable offensive results with the lefty Orr on the bench.
Polanco singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Victorino struck out behind him for the second out and Pence flew to center for the third.
Wigginton walked to start the second and moved to second when Nix followed with a single into center. Ruiz was next and grounded into a double-play, leaving a runner on third for Galvis with two down. Galvis struck out swinging at a high 2-2 pitch that was way out of the strike zone.
Rollins and Polanco singled back-to-back with one out in the third, putting runners on the corners for Victorino. Victorino singled into right, scoring Rollins to make it 1-0 and moving Polanco up to third. Victorino stole second before Pence walked to load the bases. Wigginton fouled out to Chipper at third for the second out, but Nix blasted a ball to right that went over Hinske’s head in right for a three-run double, putting the Phils up 4-0. Hanson hit Ruiz with an 0-2 pitch before Galvis flew to center for the third out.
Hinkse probably should have caught the ball that Nix hit to right, although Nix hit it well. Wigginton can’t bring the runner in from third, popping out with the bases loaded for the second out.
Polanco and Victorino singled back-to-back with two outs in the fourth. Righty Cristhian Martinez took over for Hanson and get Pence to ground to short for the third out.
Wigginton started the fifth with a single and scored on a one-out double by Ruiz, putting the Phils up 5-0. Galvis followed that with a double, plating Ruiz to make it 6-0. Halladay moved Galvis up to third with a ground out to second for the second out. Rollins grounded to third to leave him there.
It was 6-6 when the Phils hit in the sixth. Livan Hernandez set the Phils down in order.
The Phillies were losing 8-6 when lefty Eric O’Flaherty started the seventh. Wigginton led off with a walk. Mayberry hit for Nix and singled softly to right, putting men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz pounded a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 9-8. Kratz hit for Savery and grounded to third. Rollins flew to center for the third out.
Righty Kris Medlen started the eighth for the Braves. He got Polanco and Victorino before Pence and Wigginton singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry walked to load the bases. Ruiz ripped a double into right field, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 12-8. Galvis flew to center for the third out.
Six RBI in two at-bats for Ruiz. Three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double with the bases loaded in the eighth.
First walk of the year for Mayberry. One walk in 54 plate appearances.
The Phillies were down 13-12 when the hit in the ninth. Righty Craig Kimbrel walked Pierre on four pitches. Pierre stole second before Rollins struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that surprised many observers cause it was so far off the plate. Polanco grounded to short for the second out with Pierre moving up to third. Victorino was next and hit a ball up the middle. Wilson nearly made an incredible play to end the game, fielding, spinning and making a strong throw to first, but Victorino just beat it out for an infield single. Pierre scored and it was 13-13. Pence struck out swinging to leave Victorino at first.
Fantastic job by Pierre to draw the walk and steal the base, helping to create a huge run for the Phils that kept the game alive.
Jonny Venters struck out Wigginton and Mayberry in a 1-2-3 tenth.
Chad Durbin got Galvis, Sanches and Rollins in the top of the eleventh.
Galvis tried to bunt for a hit, but Durbin threw him out at first. Sanches hits for himself in a tie game having already thrown two innings. The Phils had Schneider and Orr on the bench and Qualls and Papelbon in the pen. Qualls had thrown two days in a row and three of the last four. Papelbon had also thrown two days in a row and three of the last four.
Rollins was 1-for-7 in the game. He’s 7-for-his-last-22.
Polanco 3-for-6 to raise his average to .268. After going 0-for-1 against Arizona on April 24, he was hitting .196 for the year. He’s gone 11-for-26 since.
Victorino 3-for-6 with two RBI, including a huge one to bring Pierre home with two outs in the top of the ninth. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-42 (.119).
Pence was 1-for-5 with a walk. He only has one walk in his last 48 plate appearances.
Wigginton 2-for-4 with two walks. 362/424/517 over his last 66 plate appearances. Started a nice double-play early.
Nix 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. 8-for-his-last-18 with three walks and five extra-base hits. Mayberry was 1-for-2 with a walk in the game.
Ruiz 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. He leads the Phils with a .575 slugging percentage for the year. He drove in more runs in last night’s game than Galvis, Rollins, Polanco, Pierre or Mayberry have for the season.
Galvis 1-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts. His on-base percentage for the year is down to .222.
Blanton (2-3, 3.81) faces righty Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30) this afternoon. Blanton has walked just three hitters in 26 innings for the season and allowed just one home run. The bad news is that opponents are hitting .318 against him. Delgado hasn’t gone more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his four starts and has walked 12 so far in 20 innings. Lefties have hit 357/417/449 against him so far and righties 211/362/277. So lefties have pounded him and righties haven’t done much in the way of getting a hit, but Delgado has walked about 14.9% of the right-handed hitters he has faced.