Tag: Cliff Lee

You’re still welcome to ponder perpetual motion to your heart’s content, though

The Phils don’t seem like they’re in danger of turning a corner anytime soon, but they continue to play hard and have won three of their last four. Last night they rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 4-3.

I’m sure there’s a corner to turn up there somewhere. Just can’t see it yet.

Lee allowed nine hits in the game, but held Colorado to two runs over seven innings. The Rockies plated a run charged to De Fratus in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, but Kratz, Ruiz and Michael Young all delivered big hits in the ninth and the Phils got a walkoff win on Young’s one-out single.

The Phillies are 56-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 last night. The Phils lead the four-game set two games to one. They are 8-22 since the All-Star break.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Lee has a 4.64 ERA over his last eight starts and the Phillies are 2-6 in those games. He’s allowed 57 hits in 52 1/3 innings over those appearances.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but struck Michael Cuddyer out behind him to leave him stranded.

Lee started the second up 1-0. Wilin Rosario led off with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The next two batters singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Jonathan Herrera. Herrera popped to Utley for the first out and the pitcher Juan Nicasio bunted the runners to second and third with the second. It brought Dexter Fowler to the plate and Fowler singled to left. Nolan Arenado scored easily from third (2-1), but Brown threw home in plenty of time for Kratz to tag Jordan Pacheco out as he tried to score from second, ending the frame.

Second home run in the series for Rosario. He’s 9-for-21 against the Phillies on the year with six extra-base hits, including three home runs, and a 1.502 OPS.

Lee allows four hits in the frame, a homer and three singles. Gets one out on a bunt and another on Brown’s throw to set the Rockies down.

Lee kept the Rockies off the board in the third, fourth and fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Charlie Culberson in the third, but got Cuddyer to ground into a double-play two batters later. Fowler doubled to left on a ball deflected by Mayberry with two outs in the fifth, but Lee got Culberson to line to Young at first to end that threat.

It was 2-2 when he started the sixth. Cuddyer doubled to left with one out, but Lee got Rosario on a softly hit ground ball for the second out and Arenado on a fly ball to center on the third.

Righty DJ LeMahieu hit for the pitcher Wilton Lopez with two outs in the seventh and singled to center. Fowler grounded out to third on a nice play by Asche moving to his left to end the frame.

De Fratus started the eighth with the game still tied. Left-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon led off and was hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a one-out single by Cuddyer, putting runners on the corners for Rosario. Rosario popped up to Utley in short center. Arenado was next and singled to right. Blackmon scored to put the Rockies up 3-2, but Ruf made a nice throw to third to nail Cuddyer and end the inning.

The righties Cuddyer and Arenado both single to right off of De Fratus. Cuddyer’s was sort of a bloop and Arenado dribbled through. Second time in the game the Phils get an outfield assist for the third out of the inning.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, hitting one and allowing two singles to right by righties. Gets a big out of Rosario with one out and men on the corners. Gets an out on the bases on Ruf’s throw. Even with the earned run he allowed last night, De Fratus has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 ratio in 13 1/3 innings over his last 14 appearances. Over his first 20 2/3 innings on the season he walked 13. He’s walked three in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Diekman struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils down a run. He’s struck out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last five times out. He hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to any of the 46 batters he’s faced in his last 12 appearances, allowing just five singles in 11 1/3 innings. For the season, lefties are 7-for-43 (.163) against him with seven singles.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit batter and two singles. De Fratus threw 21 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Juan Nicasio went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Mayberry. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the bench. Young moves up to second. Mayberry in right and hitting eighth against the righty.

Utley put the Phils on top 1-0 with a solo homer to right with two outs in the bottom of the first.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Ruf led off with a single to center and moved up to third on a two-out double by Mayberry. Lee struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Ruf didn’t have a chance to score on Mayberry’s double. Would have been out at home by a lot.

They went in order in the third. Asche doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left at second when Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Mayberry doubled again to start the fifth. Lee was next and bunted a 1-2 pitch. Rosario fielded and threw to first, but his throw pulled Herrera off the bag for an error. Lee was safe at first and Mayberry took third. Rollins followed and walked on four pitches, which loaded the bases for Young. Young grounded to second and the Rockies turned two as Mayberry scored. 2-2 with two outs and Lee at third. Utley popped out to Arenado in foul territory to leave Lee stranded.

Unearned run for the Phillies thanks to Rosario’s throwing error. They only get one despite loading the bases with one out.

Mayberry doubles against a rigthy for the second time in five innings. 241/296/401 against righties for the season.

Ruf singled to left with one out in the sixth and moved to second on two-out single by Kratz. Righty Wilton Lopez took over for Nicasio and struck Mayberry out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Rollins doubled to right off of righty Matt Belisle with one out in the seventh. Young lined to second for the second out and lefty Josh Outman came in to pitch to Utley. Utley flew to left to leave Rollins at second.

Lefty Rex Brothers set Brown, Ruf and Asche down in order in the eighth.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth with righty Rafael Betancourt on the mound for the Rockies. Kratz led off and doubled to left. Wells ran for him at second and moved up to third when Mayberry grounded out softly on a ball handled by Herrera at second for the first out. Ruiz hit for Diekman and doubled to left, scoring Wells to tie the game at 3-3. Betancourt walked Rollins intentionally, putting men on first and second with one down for Young. Young lined the first pitch from Betancourt into left for a hit, scoring Ruiz to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Young’s walkoff hit would have been a double had it not won the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a double and walked twice. One walk was intentional. Taking a huge amount of flak for how terrible the Phillies are these days. He’s having a miserable season, but the problems are way, way deeper than that. 2-for-his-last-25 (.080) with two doubles.

Young 1-for-5 with a walkoff single. 1-for-his-last-11. 175/217/228 in 60 plate appearances in August.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 16th home run.

Brown 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-11. 4-for-his-last-21 (.190) with four singles. One walk in his last 31 plate appearances.

Ruf 2-for-4. Threw Cuddyer out at third. 3-for-11 with three singles so far in the series. Hitting .204 in his last 55 plate appearances.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double, upping his average to .200 after 68 plate appearances. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160).

Kratz 2-for-4 with a big double to start the rally in the ninth. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with two doubles. Should surely lose some time in center now that the Phillies have both Wells and Bernadina, right? Right? 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Prior to those 14 plate appearances he had been 2-for-his-last-27.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) faces righty Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.38 ERA over his last nine starts, but was really good in his most recent outing, holding the Dodgers to two runs, one of them earned, over six innings. Bettis has a 1.77 ratio in his four starts with the Rockies and opponents have slugged .513 against him.


I updated the Start Log

I updated the Start Log, which should now include all of the first half games.

Some scattered thoughts:

  • The Phillies are 19-27 on the year when Halladay (2-5), Hamels (6-14) or Lee (11-8) have started and 29-21 when anybody else (Kendrick, Lannan, Cloyd and Pettibone) have started.
  • The Phils went 1-11 in the first 12 starts that Hamels made on the year as he threw to a 4.86 ERA. During that stretch of 12 games, the Phillies lost five different games in which Hamels a) threw at least six innings and b) allowed two runs or fewer.
  • On April 13, Hamels held the Fish to a run over six innings. The game went into the ninth tied and Florida won 2-1 on a walkoff error by Utley.

    On April 23 he held the Pirates to two runs over eight innings. The Phils didn’t score in the game and lost 2-0.

    On May 4 he went eight again, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits and no walks. The Phils had one hit and lost 2-0.

    May 9 he didn’t pitch especially well, allowing six hits and five walks over six innings, but he did manage to hold Arizona to a pair of runs. The Phillies managed one in the game and lost 2-1.

    May 20 he struck out ten Marlins while allowing two runs over six frames. The Phillies again scored one run and the bullpen gave up three in the bottom of the eighth as Florida won 5-1.

  • The Phils are 11-8 when Lee starts, but in 15 of the 19 games, Lee’s Game Score for the game is higher than the Game Score of the other team’s starting pitcher. Game Score is a miserable stat, but that still means that, using Game Score, in 15 of the 19 games that Lee started, the combination of Lee and the Phillie offense was better than the combination of the other team’s starting pitcher and offense, at least according to Game Score, and the Phillies only won 11 of those games. The Phils were 0-4 when Lee’s Game Score was worse than his opponent and 11-4 when it was better. On June 7, June 24 and June 29, Lee outpitched his counterpart all three times and the Phils still went 0-3. The bullpen threw to a 6.75 ERA in those games for the Phils.
  • The bullpen was bad for Lee, throwing to a 3.99 ERA with a 1.64 ratio in games that he started, but it was even worse in games that were started by Kendrick (5.36, 1.65) or Halladay (6.20, 1.62).
  • The Phillies scored 3.37 runs per game in the 46 games started by a Halladay, Hamels or Lee and scored 4.32 runs per game in 50 games started by someone else.
  • The Phils are 16-9 when Lannan or Pettibone starts and that has a lot to do with the offense (especially when Pettibone starts). On days that Pettibone starts the Phils are scoring an average of 4.63 runs per game and on the days that Lannan starts they are scoring an average of 4.44 runs per game. That’s a little misleading as Lannan started the game where the Phillies scored 16 runs — over his other eight starts they scored 24 runs or 3.0 runs per game.
  • The 16-run Lannan game was one of only two games this season in which the Phillies have scored more than eight runs. They scored nine on April 27.
  • The bullpen is just absolutely terrible. They’ve thrown to a 4.39 ERA (worst in the league) and a 1.50 ratio (worst in the league) in a year where the NL average is a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 ratio.
  • The bullpen is third in the NL in total walks allowed, which is a ton given that they are last in innings pitched. The average NL bullpen has thrown about 289 innings and the Phillie bullpen has thrown 252.
  • Over 96 games, the Phillies have scored 371 runs on the year and allowed 416, which means they are allowing 0.47 runs per game more than they score. They shouldn’t count on playing .500 for too much longer if they continue to do so. Their Pythagorean Winning Percentage has them at 43-53.

Phillies and their winning ways part company as win streak insists it is time to go solo

The string of brilliant starting pitching and the three-game win streak both came to an end last night for the Phillies. Cliff Lee allowed four solo home runs in an eight-batter span in the fifth and sixth innings and the Nats topped the Phils 5-1.

The lone Phillie run came on a solo blast by Darin Ruf in the seventh, his first of the year. It was the first of nine games in July in which the Phils had scored less than three runs.

The Phillies are 45-47 on the year after losing 5-1 to the Washington Nationals last night. They lead the four-game set two games to one.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and four home runs. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Second straight start in which Lee didn’t walk a batter, but didn’t pitch very well, either. The Phils are 1-3 his last four times out.

Bryce Harper doubled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee struck Ryan Zimmerman out looking to leave Harper at second.

Jayson Werth singled to left to start the second. Lee got Adam LaRoche on a fly ball to center for the first out before Anthony Rendon grounded into a double-play.

Wilson Ramos singled to left to start the third. The pitcher Gio Gonzalez was next and bunted, but Ruiz fielded and threw to second in time to force Ramos for the first out. Lee got Denard Span to fly to center for the second out before Ian Desmond singled to left, putting men on first and second for Harper. Harper grounded to third to set the Nats down.

Lee struck Zimmerman and Werth out in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Rendon led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 1-0. Ramos was next and he homered to right on a 1-0 pitch. 2-0. Lee got the next two before Desmond doubled to center. Harper struck out looking to leave Desmond stranded.

Righties Rendon and Ramos go back-to-back off of Lee to start the inning. Ramos takes him out the opposite way.

Zimmerman led off the sixth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to center. 3-0. Werth hit Lee’s next pitch out to left. 4-0. Lee got the next three. Revere made a nice diving play on a line drive Ramos hit to left center for the third out.

Two more righties go deep off of Lee in the sixth. He faces 11 batters between the fifth and sixth and four of them homer.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Luis Garcia started the eighth for the Phils with the Washington lead cut to 4-1. Harper went down on a ground ball handled by Rollins for the first out. Zimmerman was next and struck out swinging at a wild 1-2 pitch that wasn’t handled by Ruiz and went off his leg guard and out of play, allowing Zimmerman to take first with one down. Garcia walked Werth 3-2, putting runners of first and second for LaRoche. LaRoche hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley made a great diving play, flipped to Rollins at second to get Werth and Rollins went to first in time to get LaRoche and set the Nats down.

Great play by Utley on LaRoche’s ball to start the inning-ending double-play.

De Fratus started the ninth. Rendon led off and doubled to right. Ramos was next and chopped a ball back up the middle. De Fratus should have handled it, but it went off his glove for an error and Washington had runners at first and second with nobody out. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tyler Clippard and Diekman came in to pitch to him. Righty Scott Hairston hit for Tracy and flew to right for the first out. Rendon tagged and moved up to third, bringing Span to the plate with one down and runners on the corners. Span chopped a ball up the first base line. Diekman got to the ball, turned quickly and threw it into right field for another error. Rendon scored. 5-1 with men on second and third and still only one out. Diekman walked Desmond intentionally to load the bases, then struck Harper and Zimmerman both out swinging to leave them loaded.

Phils were lucky to only give up one run in the frame as De Fratus and Diekman combine to make two errors in a three-batter span. Diekman does a great job to hold it to one by striking Harper and Zimmerman both out with the bases loaded.

De Fratus faces two batters in the game. One doubles and the other reaches on his error. He has a 13.50 ERA and a 3.75 ratio over 5 1/3 innings in his last 11 appearances with opponents OPSing 1.213 against him in those outings.

Diekman faced five batters. Struck two outs and got another out on a fly ball. One reached on his error and the other was walked intentionally. He’s faced 48 batters on the year. He didn’t walk any of the first 24 he faced and has walked three of the last 24 he’s faced.

Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing one run, which was unearned, on one hit and two walks. Utley made a great play to bail out Garcia in the seventh and Diekman struck Harper and Zimmerman out to end the ninth with the bases loaded.

Diekman and Garcia both threw 22 pitches in the game. De Fratus threw seven.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz.

Revere singled to right to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him and Utley flew to right.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young struck out looking for the second out and Ruf grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Ruiz started the third with a single to right. Lee was next and bunted down the third base line. Zimmerman fielded and threw to second, but Desmond came off the bag early waiting to field the ball and Ruiz was safe. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Revere grounded into a double-play that left Ruiz at third with two down. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Revere hits into a big double-play.

The Phils went in order in the fourth. Rendon made a nice diving play to take a hit away from Brown for the second out.

They were down 2-0 when they hit in the fifth. Delmon Young and Ruf walked back-to-back, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz lined to third for the first out before Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. Revere struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Tough couple of innings for Revere. Grounds into a double-play to kill the rally in the third and strikes out with men on second and third to end the fifth.

Down 4-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Ruf hit a 2-0 pitch out the opposite way to right, cutting the lead to 4-1. Ruiz followed with a single to left. Frandsen hit for Lee and bunted for a single, putting runners on first and second for Revere. Revere flew to left to end the inning.

First of the year for Ruf. He now has four career home runs in 53 plate appearances. At that rate he would hit 45 over 600 plate appearances.

Utley singled off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, but Brown and Michael Young both went down behind him.

Righty Rafael Soriano set Delmon Young, Ruf and Ruiz down in order in the ninth with Washington up 5-1. Ruf hammered a ball to deep center, but Span made a nice play, catching it while crashing into the wall for the second out.

Revere was 1-for-4, grounded into a double-play and left six men on base. Made a nice diving catch to end the sixth. 14-for-his-last-31 (.452).

Rollins 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with four singles and no walks. No walks in his last 47 PA.

Utley 1-for-4. Made a great defensive play in the seventh to start a double-play and bail out Garcia. 3-for-his-last-16. 229/270/400 so far in July.

Brown was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Rendon made a nice play to take a hit away from him in the fourth. That’s his first 0-fer in nine games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-his-last-16 with three walks, two doubles and a home run. 336/353/516 over his last 133 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with ten singles.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. Hit another ball really well in the ninth off the righty Soriano, but Span took it while going into the wall. 5-for-13 on the year with three walks, a double and a home run.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two singles. 20-for-his-last-69 (.290) with 19 singles and a double. Three extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances for the year, all doubles, and an isolated power of .026.

Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) faces righty Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57) tonight. Kendrick has allowed 22 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts with opponents hitting .423 against him in those outings. He pitched to a 3.90 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in 2012 and has a 3.90 ERA and a 1.29 ratio so far in 2013. Zimmermann has been great this year, but a little less great over his last five starts, throwing to a 4.31 ERA in those outings. Washington is 7-0 in his last seven starts.


Really?

Yup.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games as the Padres beat them 4-3 in ten innings.

Lee got the start and pitched very well for eight innings. The Phils led 3-0 as they hit in the top of the ninth. With two outs and Mayberry on second, Lee was due to hit, having thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate. He hit for himself and struck out to end that frame, then started the ninth and allowed back-to-back hits to the only two men he faced. Papelbon took over to try and get the Phils a win, but the Padres tied things up on a two-run single by Kyle Blanks that was followed by a big passed ball by Ruiz with two outs and a man on third.

The Phils couldn’t score in the top of the tenth despite a two-base error that left Rollins on third with one out. Justin De Fratus was miserable in the bottom of the tenth, allowing four of the five men he faced to reach base as the Padres plated a run to win 4-3.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Diego Padres in ten innings last night. They have lost four of their last five.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last ten outings, throwing to a 2.00 and a 0.86 ratio in 76 2/3 innings in those appearances. 76 2/3 innings over his last ten starts means he’s averaged about 7.7 innings per start his last ten times out.

He set the Padres down in order in the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when he set them down in order again in the second.

Yasmani Grandal walked on five pitches to start the third, but Lee got Pedro Ciriaco to ground into a double-play behind Grandal. The pitcher Eric Stults grounded to Utley to set San Diego down.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the fourth, but Lee struck Chase Headley out on three pitches to leave him at first.

Kyle Blanks singled softly to right to start the fifth with the Phils up 2-0, but Lee got Jesus Guzman to ground into a double-play behind him to clear the bases with two down. Grandal followed with a double to center, but was left at second when Lee struck Ciriaco out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Second time in three innings that Lee got a double-play after allowing the leadoff man to reach base.

Stults doubled softly to center to start the sixth. Lee struck Logan Forsythe out swinging for the first out before Chris Denorfia moved Lee up to third with a ground out to second. Quentin went down looking 0-2 to leave Stults stranded.

Lee gets two big strikeouts in the frame to keep the Padres off the board after the leadoff double.

Headley and Blanks singled back-to-back to start the seven, putting men on the corners with nobody out for Guzman. Guzman hit an 0-1 pitch softly into left. Brown charged and made a terrific diving catch coming forward for the first out with the runners holding. Lee struck Grandal out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Ciriaco lined to first to leave the runners on the corners.

Fourth time in five innings that the leadoff man gets aboard for the Padres and the fourth time they don’t score. That one took some magic with Brown violating the never dive rule to make a very nice catch. Guzman and Grandal both get to hit with a man on third and less than two outs and Lee sets both of them down.

It was 3-0 when Lee set the Padres down in order in the eighth.

He started the ninth having thrown 109 pitches. Quentin singled to left on his first pitch of the ninth. Headley was next and doubled to left 0-1, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Papelbon took over for Lee to pitch to Blanks and Blanks singled into center, scoring both runners. 3-2. Papelbon hit Guzman, putting runners on first and second with nobody out, before getting Grandal to ground into a double-play. It left Blanks at third with two outs for the righty Ciriaco and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for Ciriaco. Kotsay got ahead in the count and swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch. Ruiz didn’t catch the ball, which was a little low, but not in the dirt. The ball got behind him and rolled to the backstop. Blanks stormed home from third and slid in just ahead of Papelbon’s tag, tying the game at 3-3. Kotsay went on to walk, but Papelbon got lefty Alexi Amarista on a fly ball to center to leave Kotsay at first.

Lee starts the ninth having thrown 109 pitches, throws three more and allows two hits with both of those runners coming around to score. He had allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the last five innings coming into the ninth. Five of the last seven after the ninth.

Ruiz doesn’t catch the ball with two outs and the tying run on third, allowing Blanks to score. Would have been a great time to catch the ball.

Papelbon faces five hitters in the game, allowing a two-run single, hitting one batter and walking another. Also gets Grandal to ground into a double-play, which kept the inning from being worse. Still, not a good day for Papelbon.

Papelbon has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. Two of the runs have been unearned, but opponents have hit .268 against him and he’s allowed three walks and three home runs. Last night was his fourth blown save since the start of the day on June 17. The Phils are 1-2 in the last three games in which he has appeared.

De Fratus started the ninth. Denorfia walked with one out and moved up to second when De Fratus hit Quentin 0-1. Headley walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt to load the bases for Blanks with one down. Blanks singled past Young and down the left field line. Denorfia scored to give the Padres a 4-3 win.

Atrocious outing for De Fratus. He faced five batters, allowing a single, two walks and a hit batter while getting one out. He’s walked five of the last 16 batters he’s faced over his last four appearances. Prior to those four outings he had walked two of the 45 batters he had faced on the year.

Overall the pen went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits on three walks. De Fratus threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Brown (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench with a sore leg against the lefty and Frandsen at first. Revere on the bench against the lefty with Mayberry in center. Brown/Mayberry/Young is an atrocious outfield defensively.

Utley singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Michael Young flew to center and Brown grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Mayberry stole second before Ruiz singled into center. Mayberry tried to score on the play. It would have been close at the play, but Denorfia’s throw from center hit Mayberry as he slid in safely to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz took third as the ball bounded away and Denorfia was charged with an error. Lee struck out swinging to leave Ruiz at third.

Tough error on Denorfia. He made a nice throw, it just hit Ruiz.

Ruiz’s single wouldn’t have scored Mayberry without the stolen base. Mayberry has stolen five on the year and been caught three times. 14 safe and seven caught stealing for his career. Picked off six times. Those aren’t good numbers, but he helped the Phils out with the early stolen base last night.

The Phillies went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Mayberry led off the fifth with a double to center and moved third on an infield single by Ruiz. Lee struck out swinging for the first out, but Rollins followed and flew out to right for the second, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, extending the lead to 2-0. Utley grounded to short to leave Ruiz at first.

Two runs for the Phillies in the game, both thanks largely to Mayberry.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Mayberry and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Lee. Lee struck out trying to bunt for the second out and Rollins flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry (and Ruiz) again, but this time the Phils are turned away. Third strikeout of the game for Lee gets the Padres the second out in the frame.

Utley led off the eighth and homered 1-1 off of lefty Tommy Layne to extend the lead to 3-0. Layne would face just one batter in the game. Nick Vincent took over after the Utley homer and got Young on a ground out before Brown singled to right. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Eighth home run of the year for Utley and his second off of a lefty. He’s hitting 188/250/375 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Brad Brach pitched the ninth for San Diego. Mayberry singled with one out, but Brach struck Ruiz out swinging 3-2 for the second out as Mayberry stole second. Lee had thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate, but Manuel let him hit for himself. Lee struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Mayberry at second.

Manuel lets Lee hit with a runner in scoring position, having thrown 109 pitches in the game. Lee strike out again, then returns for the bottom of the inning and faces two batters. Both of them get hits and score on the Blanks single as the Padres tie the game to send it to extra-innings.

So it didn’t work out so well.

First time in his career that Mayberry has stolen more than one base in a game.

Rollins led off the top of the tenth in a 3-3 game with a single to left off of righty Luke Gregerson. Utley was next and drove a ball to deep center. Denorfia took it moving back on the track, right in front of the wall, for the first out. He lost the handle when he tried to throw the ball in, though, and it dribbled away from him in front of the track. Rollins tagged up and moved all the way to third with one out for Michael Young. Gregerson struck Young out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Thatcher came in to pitch to Brown and got him on a fly ball to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting the go-ahead runner on third with one out. Huge strikeout for Michael Young as he goes down swinging 0-2 for the second out with Rollins on third.

Second throwing error of the game for Denorfia. The first wasn’t his fault at all and the second was just weird.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s on-basing .290 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a home run. 4-for-18 with a double and a home run since his return.

Michael Young 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Huge strikeout in the tenth with one out and Rollins on third. Hitting 333/341/494 in June.

Brown 1-for-5. 192/259/250 over his last 58 plate appearances. On-basing .319 for the season against both righties and lefties.

Frandsen 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with a home run and an on-base percentage of .200. 1-for-11 in the last three games he’s started.

Delmon Young 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles and a walk.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Scored two of the three Phillie runs. He came into the game 0-for-his-last-10. His UZR/150 at center field as calculated by FanGraphs is only -4.1. He’s a way, way better offensive player than Revere, especially against lefties.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI and a huge passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. First three-hit game of the season. He’s 6-for-19 (.319) with six singles since returning.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) faces righty Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.91 ERA over his last seven starts as three of his last seven times out have been bad. He’s struck out just 23 in 44 innings over his last seven times out. Opponents have hit .269 against him after posting a .231 average through his first eight starts of the season. Marquis has walked 48 in 90 1/3 innings this year and allowed 15 home runs, but held opponents to a .235 average. BABIP of .239. Just saying that in case you’re counting on your Jason Marquis stock to carry you through your retirement years.


Cliff driving

Cliff Lee delivered again last night, throwing eight strong innings as the Phils topped the Nats 4-2.

The Phils are 10-5 this year in games started by Lee and 25-32 in games started by anyone else.

The Phillies scored just four runs in the game and failed to deliver in several key situations at the plate, but there seem to be some signs of life from the offense. Ben Revere is hitting .455 over his last 33 at-bats and scoring runs regularly. Michael Young’s power has evaporated over the last two years, but he has four extra-base hits in his last nine at-bats and six in his last 29. Ryan Howard is 11-for-his-last-21 with four walks and hitting 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 35-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They have won two in a row and four of their last six.

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, both solo homers that accounted for the two runs that he allowed. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

The Phillies are 8-1 in the last nine games that Lee has started. Opponents have hit .194 against him in those nine starts and he’s thrown to a 1.97 ERA with an 0.83 ratio and struck out 64 in 68 2/3 innings. Righties are hitting 199/226/306 against him for the season.

Ryan Zimmerman singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee got Jayson Werth on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

Lee set the Nats down in order in the second and again in the third.

He struck out Anthony Rendon and Zimmerman for the first two outs in the fourth. Werth was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Adam LaRoche followed that with a single to right, but Lee got Ian Desmond to ground to short for the third out.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee set Washington down in order in the fifth.

Rendon singled to center with one out in the sixth, but Lee struck out Zimmerman for the second out and got Werth on a ground ball to third to retire the side.

Up 4-1, Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

With one out in the eighth, righty Jeff Kobernus hit for the pitcher Craig Stammen and homered to left on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 4-2. Lee got the next two.

Career home run number for the 24-year-old Kobernus. He has ten homers in the minor leagues over 1,468 plate appearances. Two in 559 plate appearances at Double-A or above.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phils still up by two. LaRoche singled to right with two outs, bring Desmond to the plate as the tying run. Papelbon got him on a ground ball to third to end the game.

Papelbon was throwing for his second day in a row and threw ten pitches in the game. He’s been charged with a run in three of his last seven appearances. In two of the three the run came on a solo home run. Even looking at the rough recent patch for Papelbon, the home runs are the only real problem. He’s allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight over his last seven innings.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Ross Detwiler went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Ruiz. Delmon Young starts in right against the lefty with Mayberry on the bench. Frandsen starts at second for the third time in four games. Ruiz returns to the lineup, making his first start since May 19.

The Phillies went in order in the first and again in the second.

Ruiz singled softly to right with one out in the third, but Lee struck out swinging for the second out and Revere grounded to second.

The Phils were down 1-0 when Michael Young started the bottom of the fourth with a double to center. Rollins bunted him up to third with the first out and Howard followed with a fly ball to right for the second, deep enough for Young to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Brown lined to LaRoche at first for the third out.

Detwiler hit Delmon Young with a 1-1 pitch to start the fifth. Frandsen followed with a ground out to third that moved Young up to second. Ruiz struck out looking for the second out and Lee got behind 0-2, but smashed a single up the middle. Young tried to score from second, but Span made and accurate throw home from center that beat a sliding Young to the plate by a lot and the Phils were retired.

Lee is 7-for-27 on the year, which gives him a .259 average, higher than the mark posted by hitters Mayberry, Hernandez, Quintero, Ruiz, Kratz, Delmon Young, Nix, Galvis, Carrera, Lerud and Martinez.

Revere started the sixth with a bunt single and was running the pitch when Michael Young doubled into the right field corner. Revere scored easily to put the Phils up 2-1. Rollins followed with a single to right that moved Young up to third and Howard was hit by the first pitch from Detwiler, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Delmon Young struck out swinging for the second. Frandsen got ahead 2-0 and lined a ball to left that dropped for a single just in front of Lombardozzi. Michael Young scored easily (3-1). Lombardozzi picked the ball up on a short hop and threw home, but Rollins just beat the ball home to make it 4-1 with two down and runners on first and second. Ruiz grounded to short to leave the runnners stranded.

Frandsen’s ball landed really close to Lombardozzi in left. The Phillies were fortunate it wasn’t caught. Rollins didn’t slide at the plate with the second run on Frandsen’s ball and was nearly thrown out.

Brown and Delmon Young both strike out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Second double for Michael Young in three innings. He’s 4-for-9 in the series so far with four extra-base hits.

Revere bunts for a single and scores another run for the Phillies, his third of the series. He’s 15-for-his-last-33 (.455) with eight runs scored. He has 33 plate appearances in that span. If you scored eight runs every 33 plate appearances you would score about 145 over 600 plate appearances.

Michael Young doubled to left off of righty Craig Stammen with two outs in the seventh. Rollins flew to left to leave him stranded.

Young doubles off of a righty this time after doubling off the lefty Detwiler in his two previous at-bats.

It was 4-2 when Howard tripled to right off of righty Drew Storen to start the eighth. Brown struck out for the first out. Mayberry grounded back to the mound with Howard holding for the second out. Frandsen flew to center to leave Howard at third.

The Phillies can’t score after the leadoff triple. Second time in three innings that Brown gets to hit with a runner on third and nobody out and strikes out. Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 313/336/357 over his last 117 plate appearances with 10 steals and one caught stealing.

Michael Young 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI. He has six extra-base hits in his last 29 plate appearances. Prior to those 29 plate appearances he had one extra-base hit in his previous 62. His numbers against righties are climbing and up to 294/337/390.

Rollins 1-for-3. He’s on-basing .283 over his last 47 plate appearances with one extra-base hit, a double.

Howard 1-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a hit by pitch. 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances. Hit a monster home run in Monday’s game. He’s hitting 301/354/511 against right-handed pitching for the year. 303/365/586 at home for the season and 257/298/386 on the road. 11-for-his-last-21 (.524) with four walks and four extra-base hits.

Brown had a terrible game. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, both of which came with nobody out and a man on third. He’s 5-for-his-last-33 (.152) with five singles.

Delmon Young 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Couldn’t score from second on Lee’s two-out single in the fifth. Miserable year offensively so far in a lot of ways — one of them is that he’s walked in about 4.4% of his plate appearances against right-handed pitchers.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a big two-out, two-run single. Leads the team in on-base percentage at .398 with the help of a team-high six hit-by-pitches. His walk rate is up for the year, though. 8.3% this year and 5.4% for his career coming into the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a bloop single and a strikeout. He’s been miserable offensively in limited time this far. He’s hitting .241 with an isolated power of .037 and two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 59 plate appearances.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40) tonight. Kendrick comes off his worst start of the year, having allowed seven runs against the Rockies over 4 1/3 innings on Friday. Gonzalez threw to a 5.34 ERA over his first six starts on the season. Since then he’s made eight starts in which opponents have hit .188 against him and he’s thrown to a 2.22 ERA. He still walks a ton of people and right-handed people in particular. He’s walked about 13.3% of the righties he’s faced this year.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until next week.


Minnesota series suggests the only hope for the Phils may be if Cliff Lee has a twin

Two twins would probably be better.

The Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak last night, outhitting the Twins 16-3 on their way to a 3-2 win.

The Phils got fantastic pitching in the game and Cliff Lee took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. The Twins scored a pair of runs in that frame, but did so with the help of two bad calls and a bloop double. The bullpen was atrocious for the Phillies in the series, but Adams set the Twins down in order in the eighth and Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils need to be just about perfect if they want to win these days. They have scored three runs or less in five games in a row and are 12th in the NL in runs scored per game.

It was the first one-run game the Phillies have won since May 29. They were 0-5 in their last five one-run games coming into last night.

The Phillies are 32-35 on the season after beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 last night. The Twins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and two games behind the Nats.

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

The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight games that Lee has started. Opponents are hitting .197 against him in those outings.

Up 1-0, he set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the first, second and third.

Joe Mauer singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double-play behind Mauer to end the inning.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out the side in the sixth, getting Clete Thomas swinging and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar both looking.

With one out in the second, Lee thought he had struck Mauer out looking at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. It was called a ball and Mauer went on to walk. Doumit was next and hit a ball softly to third. Young handled it and threw to first. Doumit looked like he was out at first, but was called safe and the Twins had men on first and second with one out. Lee got Josh Wilingham on a fly ball to left for the second out before Justin Morneau blooped a ball into left-center. Revere made a long run and a valiant diving effort, but the ball just eluded him and went for a two-run double that put Minnesota on top 2-1. Oswaldo Arcia flew to right to leave Morneau at second.

Tough inning for Lee. He look like he had Mauer struck out for the second out and the call at first on Doumit’s ball was worse. Then Morneau delivers a two-run double on a bloop just out of the reach of Revere.

Adams started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and set the Twins down in order, striking Thomas out for the first out, getting Dozier on a fly ball to center for the second and Escobar on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Huge inning for Adams given the score and his recent struggles. He came into the game having been charged with a run in six of his last eight appearances.

Papelbon struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth while setting the Twins down in order.

Papelbon came into the game having been charged with a run in two of his last three times out. For the year he’s thrown to a 1.52 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Opponents are on-basing .188 against him for the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Revere (2) Micael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Nix (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Revere returns to the top of the order with Michael Young moved down to second. Nix plays right against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Delmon Young at DH. Galvis hits ahead of Quintero.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to right and stole second after Michael Young flew to center. Rollins was next and reached on a ball unhandled by the pitcher Correia for an error. It left the Phils with runners on the corners for Howard and Howard singled to right, scoring Revere (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Brown popped up to first for the second out and Delmon Young struck out to leave the runners stranded.

Revere starts the rally and winds up at third without the help of another hit or walk.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Revere. Michael Young flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

Brown and Delmon Young singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, putting runners on the corners for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies had left two men on in each of the first three innings.

Revere lined a triple to right-center with two outs in the fourth, but was left at third when Michael Young grounded out to the pitcher.

Sixth extra-base hit for Revere on the season and second in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a walk. Delmon Young struck out for the second out before Nix reached on an error by Escobar, loading the bases for Galvis. Galvis grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Michael Young and Rollins singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth off of righty Anthony Swarzak, putting runners on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to right, but Doumit fielded and made a strong and accurate throw home. Young was tagged out to set the Philies down.

It took a pretty great throw from Doumit to get Young at the plate. You have to try to score Young from second on the two-out single.

Nix singled with two outs in the seventh. Galvis was next and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Arcia made a fantastic catch while sliding into the wall to retire the Phils.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 when they hit in the eighth against righty Jared Burton. Frandsen hit for Quintero and doubled to right. Revere was next and bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young singled to right, scoring Frandsen (2-2) and moving Revere to third. With men on the corners and nobody out, Rollins hit a ball to first. Morneau fielded and came home with the ball, but Revere slid in safe and the Phils led 3-2 with men on first and second. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Brown was walked intentionally to load the bases for Delmon Young, but Young grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Revere again helps the Phils with his speed, bunting for a single and scoring on the ground out to first.

The Phillies can’t get more runs after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Howard strikes out for the first out and Delmon Young grounds into a double-play.

Nix singled off of righty Josh Roenicke to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Nix and first and Roenicke struck Galvis out for the first out. Lefty Caleb Thielbar struck Lerud out for the second out and got Revere on a ground ball to second to leave Mayberry stranded.

Revere was 4-for-6 with a triple in the game and 8-for-14 with a triple in the series. 266/306/304 for the year. 316/360/368 in 127 plate appearances since the start of May. He’s slugging .282 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 12-for-his-last-29 and hitting 278/353/361 for the year.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles and an RBI in the set. 262/326/381 on the year. 9-for-his-last-38 (.237) with nine singles. 290/364/419 over his last 141 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-5 with an RBI. Drove in one run and nearly drove in another, but Doumit made a good throw to nail Michael Young at the plate. Strike out with nobody and runners on second and third in the eighth. 5-for-12 with a walk and five singles in the series. 260/303/435 for the year. Ends the day on-basing .300 or better for the first time since May 9. One home run in his last 116 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional. 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/324/576 for the year. 1-for-his-last-13 but OPSing 1.098 in June. He has six walks in 50 plate appearances in June (12%) and walked in 9 of 206 plate appearances before the start of June (4.4%).

Delmon Young 1-for-5 and struck out twice. Left seven men on base. 2-for-13 with two singles in the set. 224/277/408 for the year.

Nix 2-for-5 in the game and in the series. 207/270/305 for the year. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-23.

Galvis 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 1-for-12 in the series with a walk. 1-for-his-last-20. 213/277/360 for the year.

Quintero 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-10. 216/256/378 for the season. 5-for-32 (.156) against righties for the year without a walk.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) faces righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) tonight in Colorado. The Phillies have won seven of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. He’s struggled against lefties in the past, but been fantastic against them in 2013. They’re hitting 240/297/395 against him for the year. Opponents have hit just .247 against Nicasio in 2013, but he’s walked 25 in 68 1/3 innings. His walk rate against lefties is especially high — he’s walked about 13.2% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced this season. He has allowed just one home run in his last five starts.


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