The Phillies got the Halladay-on-the-DL ERA started last night. So far, so good. Lee came into the game with a 6.00 ERA over his last three starts and went eight strong innings to lead the Phils to a 6-2 win.
Michael Young had three hits in the game for the Phils, including a pair of doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances. Domonic Brown added a solo homer and has three home runs in his last 18 plate appearances (four in his last 35).
The Phillies are 15-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2. They’ve won three of their last five and six of their last ten.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
The Phillies are 1-4 in the last five games that Lee has started.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
The Phils led 3-0 when Hunter Pence hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the bottom of the second. Lee got the next two.
He set the Giants down in order in the third and again in the fourth.
The Phillies led 5-1 when Pence led off the fifth with a single. Francsisco Peguero was next, though, and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to clear the bases. Brandon Crawford struck out swinging to end the inning.
Lee perfect against everyone but Hunter Pence through five innings.
He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Marco Scutaro started the seventh with a single, but Lee got Pablo Sandoval to ground into a double-play behind him. Buster Posey flew to right for the third out.
Pence doubled to right to start the eighth. Peguero was next and chopped a ball to short. Rollins fielded and threw low to first. Howard didn’t handle it for an error charged to Rollins. Pence scored from second and it was 5-2 with Peguero on first and nobody out. Lee got Crawford on a ground ball for the first out before Brandon Belt hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Howard probably should have handled the throw from Rollins. The throw was bad, low, but could have been caught.
Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils up 6-2.
Fourth time in his last six appearances that Paplebon pitched in a non-save situation. He’s thrown 11 scoreless innings in 11 appearances since allowing two runs in an inning his first outing of the year.
He threw seven pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Madison Bumgarner went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) M Young (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. The righty Mayberry plays center with the lefty Revere on the bench. The problem with that is Mayberry can’t play center. the problem with playing Revere in center is he can’t hit.
Two-out singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard and a walk to Delmon Young loaded the bases for Brown in the top of the first. He went down on a ground ball handled by Bumgarner to turn the Phillies away.
Mayberry and Kratz singled back-to-back to start the second and Lee bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins flew to center for the second out before a walk to Utley loaded the bases for Michael Young. Young doubled to right, scoring Mayberry and Kratz to put the Phils up 2-0 with runners on second and third. With Howard at the plate, Utley scored on a wild pitch (3-0) and Young moved up to third before Howard struck out swinging to leave him there.
Up 3-1, the Phils went in order in the third.
Lee singled with one out in the fourth, but Rollins and Utley went down behind him.
Michael Young doubled to start the fifth and moved up to third on a ground out by Howard. Delmon Young followed and flew to right for the second out. Michael Young tagged and scored from third to extend the Phillie lead to 4-1. Brown was next and laced an 0-1 pitch out to right. 5-1. Mayberry flew to left to set the Phillies down.
Sixth home run of the year for Brown. He has 119 plate appearances for the season. In each of the last two years he got about 210 plate appearances (210 in 2011 and 212 in 2012) and hit five home runs. He’s hit four home runs in his last 35 plate appearances.
Rollins and Kratz struck out in a 1-2-3 sixth.
Utley singled off of righty Chad Gaudin to start the seventh, but Michael Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Howard struck out swinging.
Michael Young has grounded into eight double-plays in his last 70 plate appearances, which would have him on pace to ground into about 69 over 600 plate appearances. For the year he has grounded into 10 in 123 plate appearances, which has him on a pace to hit into about 49 double-plays for the season. No other player across both leagues has hit into more than eight double-plays this season. Since the end of the 2008 season, only one player across both leagues has hit into 30 or more in a season (Billy Butler hit into 32 in 2010).
Gaudin set Delmon Young, Brown and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.
It was 5-2 when righty Jean Machi walked Kratz to start the ninth. Galvis hit for Lee and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Kratz tagged and scored. 6-2. Lefty Javier Lopez came in to pitch to Utley and got him on a ground ball for the second out with Galvis moving up to third. Michael Young was intentionally walked so the lefty Lopez could pitch to Howard. Howard struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.
Howard is hitting 167/194/333 against lefties for the season after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles.
Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-20 with a home run.
Michael Young 3-for-4 with two doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances.
Howard 1-for-5 and struck out three times. 1-for-his-last-10 with seven strikeouts.
Delmon Young 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-19 since homering in his first at-bat with the Phils.
Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. He’s slugging .565 against lefties for the year (6-for-23 with a double and two home runs).
Mayberry 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-11.
Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-9 with three walks.
Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) faces righty Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) tonight. Kendrick has a 1.54 ERA in his last five starts and the Phils have gone 4-1 in those games. Lincecum has a 5.06 ERA in his last 39 starts going back to the start of 2012.