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Solo acts

Cliff Lee keeps pitching great and Domonic Brown keeps homering. That’s not going to be enough to carry the Phillies this year, but it was enough to carry them last night as they topped the Red Sox 3-1.

Lee needed just 95 pitches to hold Boston to a run on four hits over eight innings. The Phillies have won five straight games he’s started. Over those five starts he’s averaged more than 7 1/2 innings a start, throwing to a 1.15 ERA with an 0.77 ratio while opponents hit 182/223/258 against him.

Brown homered for the Phils. He has nine home runs in his last 110 plate appearances and four in his last 31.

The Phillies are 25-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 3-1 last night. After splitting a pair in Boston, the teams play the first of two in Philadelphia tonight.

The Phils have scored three runs or less in eight of their last ten and gone 5-5 in those games. They are 14th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits. All four of the hits were singles. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, stole second with one out and scored when Dustin Pedroia singled past a diving Galvis. 1-1. Lee got David Ortiz on a popup to third and struck Mike Napoli out swinging to leave Pedroia at first.

Lee didn’t allow another base-running until the fifth, striking out two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

The game was still knotted at 1-1 when Daniel Nava singled to center to start the fifth. David Ross bunted him to second with the first out, but Lee got Stephen Drew to pop to third for the second out and Jose Iglesias swinging to leave Nava stranded.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Up 2-1, he set the Red Sox down in order in the seventh.

He started the eighth inning having thrown just 80 pitches in the game. Iglesias reached on an infield single with two outs, but Lee got Ellsbury swinging to leave Iglesias at first.

Up 3-1, Papelbon set the Red Sox down in order in the ninth.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed eight hits and two walks in 18 2/3 innings over 18 appearances. Opponents are hitting .152 against him for the year. Right-handed batters are hitting .138 without an extra-base hit.

One scoreless inning for the pen in the game. Papelbon threw 16 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Kratz. Delmon Young at DH with Galvis at second and Mayberry in right. Kratz catches.

With one out in the top of the first, Michael Young hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Rollins and Howard went down behind him.

Young came into the game 0-for-his-last-22. He’s 8-for-his-last-60, which has dropped his average from .322 to .258. He’s not crushing right-handed pitching anymore — his line against righties is down to 266/320/360. His isolated power for the year is at .096, which is just about the same as the .093 he posted last year. Coming into 2012, his isolated power for his career was .147 with a high of .196 in 2009.

The Red Sox tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Phils went in order in the second.

Galvis walked to start the third, but Kratz grounded into a double-play behind him. Revere followed with a single to right and stole second, but was left stranded when Michael Young grounded to third.

Every walk by Galvis should be appreciated. He’s walked six times in 96 plate appearances this year. That’s about 6.3%, which is way better than seven walks in 200 plate appearances (3.5%) in 2012 and better than his minor league mark of 5.6%.

Kratz has now hit into six double-plays in 116 plate appearances, which is pretty close to Michael Young’s rate. Young has hit into 12 in 202 PA, which is about 5.9% while Kratz is at about 5.2% in many fewer chances. Young is tied with Matt Holliday at the only players in either league who have hit into 12 or more double-plays this season.

Delmon Young reached on a softly hit infield single with two outs in the fourth, but Brown struck out behind him to leave him at first.

Rollins was robbed of a hit by Ellsbury for the first out in the frame. Rollins looped a ball into center field where it was caught by a sliding Ellsbury to set Rollins down.

Kratz walked with two outs in the fifth. Revere grounded to first for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Howard followed with a single. Delmon Young and Brown both swung at the first pitch of their at-bat and both flew to right, leaving the runners at first and second.

Mayberry singled to center to start the seventh and Galvis bunted him to second with the first out. Kratz was next and he singled into center, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 2-1. Revere and Michael Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry and Kratz both single off of the righty Dempster to get the Phils a run with the help of the Galvis bunt. Mayberry ends the day hitting 234/306/351 against righties and Kratz 241/292/391.

Lefty Craig Breslow set Rollins, Howard and Delmon Young down in order in the eighth, striking out Rollins and Howard.

Howard is hitting .231 and on-basing .245 against left-handed pitching for the year with 23 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances (43.4%).

Junichi Tazawa started the ninth for Boston. Brown led off and lined his first pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 3-1. Mayberry and Galvis went down before Kratz singled to left. Revere followed with a single to left that put men on first and second for Michael Young. Young went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Revere was 2-for-5 to up his average for the year to .263. He’s hitting 348/394/394 in 72 plate appearances so far in May. One extra-base hit against right-handed pitching in 139 plate appearances for the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with his second home run of the year. 172/280/287 in May after hitting 341/412/418 in April.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Ellsbury took a hit away from him in the fourth and he hit the ball well in the first, but lined out. 259/315/381 against right-handed pitching for the year, so it’s not a great sign for the well-being of your team if he’s hitting third against a righty.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out three times. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0 and FanGraphs -0.2.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a softly hit single. 3-for-his-last-19 with three singles. He’s on-basing .257 against right-handed pitching in 70 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. 278/278/588 in 97 May plate appearances — he’s hit eight home runs in May and hasn’t walked once. 12-for-his-last-36 with four home runs. He hasn’t walked against a left-handed pitcher this year and is on-basing .287 against righties. More home runs (11) than walks (9) for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 10-for-his-last-24 (.417) with a double.

Galvis 0-for-2 with a walk. Bunted Mayberry up to second in the seventh, which helped the Phillies score a run. He’s 1-for-his-last-15 and has a career .268 on-base percentage in the majors and a career .292 on-base percentage in the minors.

Kratz was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 288/386/492 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Kendrick (4-3, 3.29) faces righty John Lackey (3-4, 2.72) tonight. Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year and followed that with seven starts in a row in which he didn’t allow more than two runs in a start. He’s had two outings since that run of seven starts ended, allowing nine runs in 11 innings over his last two times out. Lackey has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.


The un-Halladay season

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.


Nobody and Indians

The Phillies started Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the two games of their short set with the Indians. Cleveland scored 20 runs in the two games and the Phils scored exactly two more than they would have scored if they had sent you and 24 of your closest friends to Cleveland.

Last night the Phils got three hits, all singles, on their way to a 6-0 loss. The Phillies walked seven times in the game, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving two men on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

For the third straight start, Cliff Lee didn’t pitch very well. In last night’s game he allowed five runs over six innings. After throwing to a 1.52 ERA over his first three starts for the year, he’s thrown to a 6.00 ERA over his last three.

The Phillies are 12-16 on the year after losing 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians last night. The Indians take both games of the two-game set.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Opponents have hit .325 against Lee over his last three starts and the Phils have lost all three games.

He set the Indians down in order in the first.

Carlos Santana walked with one out in the second and went to third on a single by Ryan Raburn. Mike Aviles was next and flew to left for the second out. Santana tagged and scored from third to put Cleveland up 1-0. Yan Gomes flew to center to leave Raburn at second.

Michael Brantley singled with one out in the third and moved to second when Jason Kipnis followed with a walk. They both scored on a double by Asdrubal Cabrera, extending the Cleveland lead to 3-0. Mark Reynolds moved Cabrera up to third with an infield single before lee struck Santana out swinging for the second out. Raburn was next, though, and he reached on an infield single to make it 4-0 with men on first and second. Aviles flew to right to leave the runners stranded.

Brantley singled with two outs in the fourth, but Lee got Kipnis on a fly ball to center to leave him at first. Nix made a fantastic play for the second out in the frame, going over the wall to take a home run away from Drew Stubbs.

Reynolds reached second on a two-base error by Rollins with one out in the fifth. Raburn was next and doubled to right, scoring Reynolds to make it 5-0. Aviles flew to center to leave Raburn at second.

Reynolds ball was hit hard, but right at Rollins at short. He just didn’t handle it and it bounded out into to center. Revere had a long run to get to it and Reynolds ran hard all the way to wind up at second, just ahead of Revere’s throw and Utley’s tag.

Lee kept the Indians off the board in the sixth despite one-out singles by Stubbs and Brantley.

Horst started the seventh. Santana and Raburn singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second. Aviles flew to center for the second out, but Gomes was next and loaded the bases on an infield single on a ball deflected by Horst. Stubbs followed and he reached on an infield single as well. Santana scored and it was 6-0. Brantley popped to Rollins to leave the bases loaded.

Four hits in inning for the Indians. Three of them were infield singles and the other, Raburn’s, was softly hit to left.

Horst has been charged with a run in three straight appearances, although the run was unearned in the first of the three. Opponents are hitting .347 against him for the year.

Aumont pitched the eighth. He allowed an infield single and hit a batter, but kept Cleveland off the board.

Aumont was pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.96 ratio to go with his 3.12 ERA and has hit two batters in 8 2/3 innings.

Overall the pen went two innings, allowing a run on five hits and no walks. Aumont has thrown two days in a row. He threw 21 pitches in the game and Horst threw 22.

The Phillie lineup against righty Trevor Bauer went (1) Rollins (2) M Young (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Nix (9) Revere. Rollins leads off against the righty with a .305 on-base percentage against righties for the year. He’s had one year since the end of 2008 in which he’s on-based better than .332 against righties — he on-based .360 against right-handed pitching in 2011. Nix in right with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Delmon Young at DH again.

Rollins and Utley both walked in the top of the first, but Rollins was caught stealing for the first out, Michael Young stuck out for the second and Howard struck out for the third.

Not a big fan of the attempted steal by Rollins given that Bauer walks everyone and hadn’t gotten an out in the game yet.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Down 1-0, Nix walked to start the third. Revere was next and bunted, but the pitcher Bauer fielded and threw to second in time to get Nix for the first out. Revere stole second and moved up to third when Rollins flew to center for the second out, but was left at third when Young struck out looking.

Utley walked to start the fourth with the Phils down 4-0. Howard flew to right for the first out and Delmon Young grounded out second with Utley forced at second for the second. Brown moved Young up to second with a single to right, but Bauer struck Ruiz out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Nix and Revere walked back-to-back to start the fifth, but the Phils went in order behind them.

Righty Bryan Shaw started the sixth for the Indians with the Phils down 5-0. Delmon Young walked with one out and moved up to second on a bloop single into left-center by Brown. Ruiz and Nix both struck out to leave the runners on first and second.

Revere singled off of Shaw to start the seventh. Rollins was next and grounded to second, but Revere avoided the tag of Kipnis and the throw to first was too late to get Rollins. It left men on first and second with nobody out, but Michael Young hit into another double-play and lefty Rich Hill came in and got Utley to ground to second to end the frame.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out.

Down 6-0, the Phillies went in order in the eighth. Hill got Howard on a fly ball to center for the first out. Righty Joe Smith took over after that and struck Delmon Young and Brown out back-to-back.

Righty Cody Allen got Ruiz, Nix and Revere in the ninth.

Three hits in the game for the Phililes, all singles. Two for Brown and one for Revere. They walked seven times.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with a walk in the two-game set. 252/310/383 for the year.

Michael Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 0-for-7 with a walk in the series and 326/396/400 on the season.

Utley 0-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 with two walks and a home run in the series. 290/345/520 for the year. 338/390/581 against righties and 154/214/346 against lefties.

Howard 0-for-4. 1-for-8 with a double and two strikeouts in the set. 273/286/444. Three walks on the season total. He’s also hitting .154 and slugging .346 against lefties — 154/185/346.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series.

Brown 2-for-4. 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. 244/317/378 for the year.

Nix 0-for-2, walked twice and took a homer away from Stubbs in the fourth. 250/321/417 for the season.

Revere 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 with a walk in the series.

Kendrick (2-1, 2.41) faces righty Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) tonight in Philly as the Phils face the Fish. Kendrick threw a complete game shutout in his last start as the Phils topped the Mets 4-0. He allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 1.29 ERA with an 0.96 ratio. Righties are hitting 206/242/254 against him for the season. Since the end of 2010, Kendrick has made 76 appearances, 45 of which are starts, in which he has thrown to a 3.48 ERA overall and 3.47 ERA in his 45 starts. Roy Halladay’s ERA in his starts since the end of 2010 is 3.48. The 24-year-old Sanabia has had two bad starts and three good ones. In the stuff to work on category, he’s walked 16 in 29 2/3 innings and lefties are hitting 340/468/560 against him on the season.


Offense explodes for four, but the bullpen keeps right on imploding

The Phillies took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning yesterday. For the second time in two days they lost, falling 6-4 to the Pirates.

Between Bastardo, Aumont, Adams and Papelbon, the back of the bullpen should be a strength for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel sure looked afraid of it in yesterday afternoon’s game, though. Lee threw 122 pitches in the game. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Lee had thrown 107 pitches and the Phillies were up 3-1 with a Pirate runner on first. Lee stayed in the game and faced three right-handed hitters in a row, all of who singled, before getting the final out of the frame in what was now a tie game.

Aumont started the eighth and allowed four of the five men he faced to reach base before Durbin took over. Before the frame was over the Pirates had scored three more runs.

The Phillies did manage to score four runs. Coming into the game they had scored three or less in 11 of their last 13.

The Phillies are 9-14 on the year after losing to the Pirates 6-4 last night. The Pirates take the series three games to one. The Phillies have lost three in a row and are five games under .500 for the first time this year.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out seven.

Lee’s ERA rises to 3.03 on the year with the outing. He’s allowed 17 hits in 12 innings over his last two outings. The Phils have lost the last three games he’s started.

Starling Marte singled off of Lee to start the top of the first, but Lee got the next three Pirates in order.

Pedro Alvarez singled to right with one out in the second, but Lee got Jose Tabata on a line drive to center for the second out and struck out Clint Barmes for the third.

The pitcher John McDonald started the third with a single to right, but Lee struck Marte out for the first out and Brandon Inge for the second. Andrew McCutchen flew to right to end the frame.

With one out in the fourth, Michael McKenry hit a ball to Frandsen at third. Frandsen threw it away for a two-base error, but Lee struck out Alvarez for the second out and got Tabata on a fly ball to center to leave McKenry stranded.

McDonald singled again with one out in the fifth and the Phils up 1-0. Lee struck Marte out behind him for the second out before Inge moved McDonald up to second with a soft single to left. Lee retired McCutchen on a ball taken by Nix in foul territory to leave both runners stranded.

Second hit of the game for McDonald off of Lee.

Sanchez led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Lee out to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the frame, Alvarez delivered a one-out single, but Lee got the next two to leave him at first.

Lee started the seventh with the Phils up 3-1. Marte walked with one out, but Lee retired Inge on a fly ball to right for the second out. McCutchen was next and singled to left with Marte moving up to second. It brought Sanchez to the plate with men on first and second and he singled softly into center, scoring McCutchen to cut the lead to 3-2 with men on first and third. McKenry was next and he singled softly into center as well, scoring Marte to tie the game at 3-3 with runners on the corners. Alvarez popped to short to end the frame.

Aumont started the eighth in a tie game. He struck Walker out before hitting Barmes with a pitch. Barmes moved up to second on a single by lefty Travis Snider and Marte followed that with another single that loaded the bases. Lefty Garrett Jones hit for the rigthy Inge and doubled off the wall in right, scoring Barmes and Marte to put the Pirates up 5-3 with men on second and third and one down. Durbin took over for Aumont and walked McCutchen intentionally, loading the bases for Sanchez. Sanchez flew to right for the second out, Marte scored to make it 6-3 and Jones moved up to third. McKenry walked before Alvarez flew to center to finally end the inning.

Aumont faced five hitters, getting one out and allowing two singles, a double and hitting one batter. The three runs he was charged with in the game are the first earned runs charged to him for the season. He’s allowed seven hits and six walks in 6 2/3 innings, which gives him a 1.95 ratio.

Durbin faced four hitters, walking two (one intentionally) and getting two outs. He and Aumont have the same 4.05 ERA for the year and both have thrown 6 2/3 innings, but Durbin’s ratio is even higher than Aumont’s at 2.10. Durbin hasn’t been charged with a run over his last five appearances, but has allowed four hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Valdes started the ninth with the Phils down 6-4. Walker led off with a single. Barmes was next and bunted. Kratz jumped on it and he and Barmes got tangled up near the plate. Kratz threw to first, where Walker was safe. Barmes was really late getting out of the box, though, and Rollins threw to first in time to get him for the first out. Manuel came out and argued that Barmes had interfered with Kratz trying to field the ball and was ejected. Snider flew to center for the second out with Walker tagging and going to third. Valdes struck Marte out swinging to leave Walker at third.

Valdes allows a single in the scoreless inning, dropping his ERA on the year to 9.28 after six appearances. He’s struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings, but allowed 16 hits. Opponents are hitting .356 against him.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Aumont threw 23 pitches in the game, Durbin 22 and Valdes 15.

The Phillie lineup against righty James McDonald went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Nix (6) Brown (7) Carrera (8) Kratz. Young, Mayberry and Revere on the bench. Frandsen at third, Nix in right and Carrera in center. Kratz catches the day game after a night game after Quintero caught game three.

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

Howard led off the second with a double. Nix was next and hit the ball well, but Inge handled it at second and threw to first in time to retire Nix as Howard went to third. Brown and Carrera both struck out to leave Howard at second.

Third straight game that Howard has had an extra-base hit. Brown strikes out with one out and a man on third and it helps keep the Phillies off the board. Nix hit the ball well and Inge made a nice play.

Rollins walked with two outs in the third and two second on an error on a pickoff attempt by McDonald. Frandsen grounded to short to leave him stranded.

Rollins came into the game with no walks in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley walked to start the fourth and took second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out and Nix flew to center for the second, bringing Brown to the plate with two outs and Utley still on second. Brown doubled to center, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0. Carrera popped to first and leave Brown at second.

Lee singled with one out in the fifth, but was caught by McDonald for the second out. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

It was 1-1 when Frandsen walked to start the sixth. Utley moved him to third with a single before Utley stole second, putting men on second and third for Howard. Howard singled into right, scoring Frandsen to make it 2-1 and sending Utley to third. Lefty Justin Wilson came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry hit a ball to third, which Alvarez fielded and threw home in time for McKenry to tag Utley out trying to score for the first out. With Brown at the plate, the runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown flew to center. Howard tagged and scored from third to extend the lead to 3-1. Carrera fouled out to Alvarez to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when Wilson set the Phils down order in the seventh. Young hit for Lee and flew to left for the second out.

Lefty Tony Watson started the eighth for the Pirates with Pittsburgh up 6-3. Franden led off with a double and Utley bunted him to third with the first out. He scored on a ground ball by Howard (6-4) before Mayberry popped out to end the frame.

Presumably Utley knew the Phillies were down three runs and had six outs left when he bunted Frandsen over to third. With the infield back, he may have thought he could bunt for a hit like he had earlier in the series.

Brown doubled to left to start the ninth. Carrera and Kratz went down behind him before Galvis hit for Valdes. Watson got Galvis on a popup to Alvarez to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 4-for-15 with a double and a walk in the series. 258/305/404 for the season. 216/273/314 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 313/389/438 for the season.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 309/360/543 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-16 with two doubles and a home run in the set. 360/365/540 over his last 52 plate appearances. 284/302/432 for the year. Three walks for the season and one in his last 65 plate appearances.

Nix 0-for-2 in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 250/289/444 for the year.

Brown 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 4-for-his-last-7. 243/325/371 on the year.

Carrera was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 in the series and 1-for-12 on the year.

Kratz 0-for-4. 0-for-9 with two walks in the series. 185/206/308 on the season.

Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) faces righty Dillon Gee (1-3, 3.95) tonight in New York. Kendrick has been good three straight outings, throwing to a 1.89 ERA over those appearances. One of them came against the Mets and he allowed two runs over six innings. Gee has had two good starts on the season, in which he allowed one run over 12 innings, and two bad ones. Over the bad ones he’s allowed 12 runs in 7 2/3 innings. One of the bad ones came against the Phillies as he allowed seven runs in three innings. Mayberry, Young and Howard all homered off of him in that game.


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).


Just what the doctor ordered

Their season is only eight games old, but twice already the Phillies have needed a big start from Cliff Lee and twice he has delivered. Last night he gave the overworked middle relievers a break as he went 8 2/3 innings in an 8-3 win over the Mets.

After two starts, Lee is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and an 0.60 ratio. He has thrown 16 2/3 innings, striking out 14 and walking none. Righties are hitting .133 against him.

The offense delivered seven early runs, scoring four in the second before Howard, Young and Mayberry all hit solo home runs in the third. Mayberry started in right against a right-handed pitcher and had a big day, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. He’s 4-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and three walks against righties in the early going (333/467/833). Young tripled and homered, going 3-for-4 in the game and driving in a pair of runs.

The Phillies are 3-5 on the year after beating the New York Mets 8-3 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game series.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 8 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Daniel Murphy and John Buck both singled in the top of the first, but Lee got Marlon Byrd on a fly ball to center to leave two men stranded.

Lucas Duda singled to start the second, but Lee got Justin Turner to ground into a double-play behind him. Ruben Tejada flew to right for the third out.

Lee started the third up 4-0 and set the Mets down in order.

It was 7-0 when he started the fourth. David Wright led off and reached on a throwing error by Rollins, putting a man on for Buck. Buck hit the first pitch he saw from Lee out to right, cutting the lead to 7-2. Lee got the next three.

Second home run the opposite way for Buck in two games in the set. The error by Rollins ahead of the home run costs the Phils a run.

It was 8-2 when Jordany Valdespin tripled to center with one out in the fifth. Valdespin scored on a passed ball (8-3) before Lee struck out Collin Cowgill for the second out. Murphy doubled to right, but was left at second when Wright grounded to short.

Second miscue by the Phils on the passed ball by Kratz, although Valdespin would have scored from third on Murphy’s double anyway.

Lee set the Mets down in order in the sixth. Lefty Mike Baxter hit for the pitcher and struck out looking for the third out.

Lee needed seven pitches to set New York down in order in the seventh.

He struck out Murphy in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Byrd singled to right with one out in the ninth. Righty Anthony Recker hit for the pitcher Brandon Lyon and Lee struck him out looking for the second out. Turner was next and moved Byrd up to second with a single. Lee had thrown 106 pitches in the game and Manuel called on Adams to pitch to the righty Ruben Tejada. Tejada struck out looking 0-2 to end the game.

I thought it was a very good decision by Manuel to pull Lee when he did. The middle of the pen has been overused, but the guys at the back, Adams, Papelbon, Aumont and Bastardo, haven’t had a ton to do.

It was the third appearance of the year for Adams. He has struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing one hit.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dillon Gee went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Kratz behind the plate after Quintero caught Halladay in game one of the set. Revere continues to lead off despite his slow start in combination with Rollins hitting well. Mayberry starts in right against the righty with Nix on the bench.

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

Young and Brown singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Brown’s ball was hit softly to left. The throw went to third and hit Young, allowing Brown to move up to second. Mayberry cleared the bases with a double down the third base line. 2-0. Kratz grounded to third for the second out before Lee singled into center, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 3-0. Revere moved Lee up to second with a single before Rollins doubled into the right field corner. Lee scored (4-0) and Revere moved up to third. Utley flew to left to leave the runners at second and third.

Very nice hustle on the bases by both Young and Brown on Brown’s single. Young took third on the single and Brown ran hard to take the extra-base when Duda’s throw hit Young.

Revere doesn’t score from first on the two-out double by Rollins.

Howard led off the third and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center. 5-0. Young was next and hit the first pitch he saw out the opposite way. 6-0. Brown flew to left for the first out before Mayberry lined a 1-0 pitch out to left. 7-0. Kratz singled, but Lee and Revere went down to leave him stranded.

Quite an inning as Howard, Young and Mayberry all put home run number one for the season on the board. All three go after Gee early in the count. Howard and Young hit the ball out the opposite way and Mayberry pulls his down the line.

Righty Glen Burke was on the mound for the Mets when the Phils hit in the fourth with their lead cut to 7-1. Utley walked with one out. Howard lined to Tejada for the second out before Utley stole second. It brought Young to the plate and he tripled to center, scoring Utley to make it 8-1. Brown grounded to short for the third out.

Young was again aggressive on the bases as he went for three. The Mets probably would have had him with a good relay to third. They didn’t get one.

It was 8-3 when Burke set the Phillies down in order in the fifth.

Utley walked off of lefty Scott Rice with two outs in the sixth, stole second and took third on a throwing error. Howard struck out swinging to leave him at third.

Righty Latroy Hawkins set Young, Brown and Mayberry down in order in the seventh.

Brown is 5-for-25 against righties on the season.

Righty Brandon Lyon set Kratz, Lee and Revere down in order in the eighth. Lee hit for himself having thrown 96 pitches in the game.

Revere was 1-for-5 in the game. He’s hitting .229 without an extra-base hit.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He made a throwing error in front of the Buck home run that cost the Phils a run. 8-for-25 with two walks and four extra-base hits against righties (320/370/560).

Utley 0-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout and his first home run. 161/206/258 on the year in 34 plate appearances.

Young 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run. 7-for-his-last-13 with three extra-base hits.

Brown 1-for-4 with a bloop single and a strikeout. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles and no walks.

Mayberry gets the start against the righty Gee and delivers two extra-base hits off of him, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in the game.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a passed ball. He’s on-basing .192 with eight strikeouts in 26 plate appearances.

Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) faces righty Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) tonight. Kendrick pitched better than his line against the Royals in his first start, throwing four scoreless innings to start the game before allowing a two-run single in the fifth. With two outs in the fifth and two men on he was asked to walk Billy Butler intentionally and was then pulled from the game. Horst took over and allowed a three-run triple to Alex Gordon with all three runs charged to Kendrick. Hefner allowed a run to the Marlins over six innings in his first outing of the year.


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