Tag: Cole Hamels

Lucky number 13

The Phils won a wild one last night, topping the Padres 7-5 in 13 innings.

Cole Hamels had an ugly start, allowing five runs over six innings. The Phils went into the seventh down 5-2, but scored an unearned run in that frame and got a two-run homer from Delmon Young in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. In the top of the 13th they scored a pair of unearned runs with the help of Logan Forsythe errors, putting them on top to stay.

The bullpen, which has been atrocious this year, was outstanding in the game. Hamels left after six innings and was followed by five Phillie relievers who combined to toss seven shutout innings.

The Phillies are 38-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 7-5 in 13 innings last night. The Phillies take the series two games to one. Since the end of the day on April 25, the Phillies have gone 29-27, which ties them with the Braves for the best record in the NL East. They started the year by going 9-14, though, which has them in third place in the division, seven games behind the first-place Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out five.

Hamels has the worst numbers of his career after 17 starts. Worst ERA (4.58) and worst ratio (1.30). He has a 4.97 ERA and a 1.34 ratio over his last nine starts.

Up 1-0, he walked Carlos Quentin with two outs in the bottom of the first. He struck Chase Headley out swinging to leave Quentin at first.

The Phils led 2-0 when Hamels set the Padres down in order in the second.

Pedro Ciriaco bunted for a single to start the third and scored on a one-out double by Logan Forsythe to cut the lead to 2-1. Chris Denorfia was next and lined a single to right. Delmon Young didn’t handle the ball and it rolled over to Mayberry in center. Forsythe scored (2-2) and Young was charged with an error. Hamels got Quentin and Headly on a pair of fly balls to keep Denorfia at first.

Young wasn’t going to catch Denorfia’s ball, but the Phillies got pretty lucky it wound up so close to Mayberry after he kicked it.

Hamels struck out Kyle Blanks and Yasmani Grandal in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He got the first two to start the fifth before Forsythe doubled to right-center. It brought Denorfia to the plate and Denorfia hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Padres up 4-2. Quentin grounded to third for the third out.

Righties Forsythe and Denorfia go double/HR back-to-back off of Hamels with two outs and nobody on. Righties are slugging .467 against him this year and .397 for his career.

Headley and Blanks doubled back-to-back to start the sixth, with Blanks’s double scoring Headley to make it 5-2. Hamels got the next two batters before walking Ciriaco intentionally to pitch to the pitcher Robbie Erlin. Erlin went down swingin to leave Blanks at second.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when JC Ramirez set the Padres down in order in the seventh.

Ramirez was back for the eighth with the game tied at 5-5 and threw another 1-2-3 frame on three ground balls.

Second appearance of the year for Ramirez. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk to the nine batters he has faced while striking out four over three innings.

Aumont started the ninth and walked the leadoff man Grandal on five pitches. Will Venable ran for Grandal at first and Ciriaco bunted. Aumont fielded and threw to second in time to force Venable for the first out. Lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Dale Thayer and grounded to second for the second out with Ciriaco moving up to second. Aumont got behind Forsythe 3-0 and then put him on intentionally, leaving runners on first and second with two down for Denorfia. Denorfia flew to center to end the inning.

You really, really don’t want to walk the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, but Aumont gets away with it here with the help of the failed sacrifice by Ciriaco.

Aumont came back to throw a 1-2-3 tenth.

Two scoreless innings for Aumont in which he walks two. He’s walked 12 in 15 innings for the year. First appearance for him with the Phillies since May 20.

Diekman pitched the eleventh. He allowed a one-out single to Nick Hundley. Ciriaco followed and grounded to short with Diekman forced at second for the second out. Lefty Alexi Amarista hit for the pitcher Tim Stauffer and Diekman got him on a fly ball to Mayberry to set the Padres down.

Diekman gets a break as San Diego calls on the lefty Amarista to hit for the pitcher. He allows a hit in his scoreless inning. Still hasn’t walked a batter in five innings over six appearances, but opponents have hit .348 against him.

Savery struck out Quentin in a 1-2-3 twelfth.

2.25 ERA and a 1.00 ratio for Savery after eight innings over six appearances. Righties are hitting 136/208/273 against him.

Papelbon started the thirteenth with the Phillies on top 7-5. Jesus Guzman singled to left with two outs and took second on defensive indifference. Hundley hit as the tying run, but Papelbon struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Only outing of Papelbon’s last four in which he wasn’t charged with a run.

Overall the pen went seven scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four. Aumont threw 31 pitches and Ramirez 21. Everyone else was 15 or lower.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Robbie Erlin went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Mayberry in center against the lefty with Revere on the bench. Delmon Young plays right.

Utley singled to left with one out in the top of the first and scored when Michael Young followed with a double to center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard moved Young up to third with a ground out to first, but Brown grounded to first to end the inning.

Delmon Young doubled to left to start the second. He took third on a fly out by Mayberry and tagged and scored when Ruiz flew to center for the second out. 2-0. Hamels struck out looking to set the Phillies down.

Utley and Michael Young both struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

The Phillies went in order again in the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out in the frame.

Howard has struck out 13 times in his last 29 plate appearances (about 44.8%).

Ruiz walked with one out in the fifth and Hamels bunted him up to second with the second out. Rollins lined to short to end the frame.

The Phils were down 4-2 when they went in order in the sixth. Howard struck out swinging for the third out.

It was 5-2 when Brown singled to center to start the seventh. Erlin struck Delmon Young out swinging for the first out and righty Nick Vicent came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry struck out looking for the second out before Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single to left. Frandsen hit for Hamels and hit a foul ball that should have set the Phillies down, but Blanks just dropped it for an error. It gave Frandsen another chance and he singled to right, scoring Brown (5-3) and moving Ruiz up to second. Lefty Joe Thatcher took over for Vincent and got Utley on a ground ball to leave the runners stranded.

The error by Blanks gives the Phils an extra out and Frandsen gets them a run with the two-out single.

Brown continues to hit well against lefties, singling off of Erlin to start the frame. He’s hitting 301/333/575 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Brown doubled softly to right off of Thatcher with two outs in the eighth. Righty Luke Gregerson came in to pitch to Delmon Young and Young homered to left on a 1-2 pitch, tying the game at 5-5. Mayberry grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Righty Dale Thayer set the Phils down in order in the ninth. Nix hit for Ramirez and struck out looking for the second out.

Nix is 0-for-his-last-4 with four strikeouts.

Righty Tim Stauffer set the Phillies down in order in the tenth and again in the eleventh.

Ruiz singled off of righty Huston Street to start the twelfth. Galvis hit for Diekman and bunted, but the first baseman Guzman fielded and threw to second in time to get Ruiz for the first out. Rollins hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Galvis can’t sacrifice Ruiz up to second. He’s 11-for-his-last-78 (.141) going back to May 25.

Lefty Tommy Layne started the thirteenth for the Padres and hit the leadoff man Utley. Michael Young flew to right for the first out and Howard flew to left for the second. Brown was next and drew a walk, putting men on first and second with two outs for Revere. Revere hit a 2-2 pitch pretty hard on the ground towards right. Forsythe tried to field it moving to his first, but booted the ball, then fell down. Utley tried to score from second, so Forsythe picked the ball up and threw home. The ball and Utley arrived at the plate at the same time. It hit Utley and bounded away. Utley was safe (6-5) and Brown was able to score from first. 7-5. Forsythe was charged with two errors on the play, one for the boot and one throwing home to try to get Utley. The throw home was fine, it just hit the runner. It left Revere on second with two outs for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a ball up the middle. Ciriaco made a nice diving play to stop the ball from getting into the outfield. Revere tried to score from second, but was thrown out by a wide margin to end the frame.

Utley starts the rally with a hit-by-pitch, reminding that he led the NL in that category three years in a row from ’07 to ’09 and was third in ’10 and again in ’11.

Phillies just got lucky to score two runs on what should have been a ground out to second. Revere had a nice eight-pitch at-bat and battled, but made a bad base-running play to get thrown out at home on the ball hit by Mayberry.

Rollins was 0-for-5 with a walk in the game. 2-for-13 with two singles and two walks in the three-game set. 257/322/361 for the year. Watch out for his isolated power, which is in danger of going under .100. .159 for his career.

Utley 1-for-5 and hit by a pitch. 4-for-13 with two walks, a hit by pitch and a home run in the series. 231/310/385 in 29 plate appearances since his return. 266/335/462 for the year.

Michael Young 1-for-6 with an RBI-double in the first. 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 281/342/396 on the year. Notable Phillies slugging under .400 for the season include Michael Young, Rollins and Ruiz.

Howard 0-for-6 and struck out three times. 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in the set. In the starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher and hitting cleanup, but ends the day with a 175/225/297 line against left-handed pitching for the year. He’s struck out in about 46.2% of his chances against lefties this season and his .225 on-base percentage against them benefits from two hit-by-pitches. He’s hammering righties to the tune of 309/363/545 and striking out in only about 23.7% of his chances against righties. 272/325/475 for the year overall.

Brown goes 2-for-5 with a double and a walk and scores three runs. 4-for-14 with two walks, a double and a home run in the set. 276/324/545 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 with an error, a double and a two-run homer. Ties the game in the eight with his two-run shot. 3-for-7 in the series. 230/284/419 for the year. Hitting just 200/293/343 against lefties. That’s problem if you’re going to be a terrible defensive player who can’t hit righties.

Mayberry 1-for-6. 5-for-13 with a double in the series. Four walks in his last 109 plate appearances and a .310 on-base percentage for the year. 260/310/434 on the season.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-11 with a walk in the series. 273/310/299 on the year. Two extra-base hits in 84 plate appearances, both doubles.

Pettibone (3-3, 4.14) faces righty Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79) tonight in LA. Opponents are hitting .295 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties 316/394/463. He’s threw to a 3.00 ERA over his first six starts, but a 5.46 ERA over his last six. Seven strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings over his last four outings. Greinke has been very good in three of his last four starts and allowed five runs in five innings against the Pirates in the other. He hasn’t allowed a home run to a right-handed batter in his 57 innings this season.


The company you can’t keep up with

The Phillies were on a roll earlier this month, taking five in a row in a stretch that saw them top out a game above .500. They’ve gone in the other direction since, falling hard to the Brewers and Twins as they dropped four straight.

Both under .500 for the year, the Twins and Brewers have combined to go 54-71 this season. The Phillies are 14-5 on the season against the Mets and Marlins and 17-29 against everyone else.

Last night, Howard singled off a lefty in the top of the eighth, driving in Frandsen to tie the game at 2-2. Adams walked the leadoff man Jamey Carroll to start the bottom of the eighth, though, and Carroll came around to score on a two-out single off of Bastardo and the Phils fell 3-2.

Adams was charged with the run and has now allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.

The Phillies are 31-34 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost four in a row.

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

The Phillies scored two runs or less for the sixth time in the last ten starts for Hamels. He threw to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts on the season. Since then he’s thrown to a 3.54 ERA and the Phillies have gone 2-10 in his outings.

Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Hamels got the next three behind him.

Hamels struck out the side in the second, getting Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier all swinging.

He started the third up 1-0. Carroll singled to right with two outs and stole second before Joe Mauer grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Back-to-back doubles by Josh Willingham and Morneau in the fourth tied the game at 1-1 with Morneau on second and one down. Arcia was next and he doubled off the base of the wall in center, scoring Morneau to put the Twins up 2-1. Dozier moved Arcia up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Clete Thomas. Hamels got Thomas to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Minnesota gets four straight hits against Hamels after he records the first out — three doubles in a row followed by Dozier’s single.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Morneau singled with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Arcia swinging 2-2 to leave him at first.

Michael Young made a very nice diving play and a long throw to first to take extra-bases away from Ryan Doumit for the first out of the inning.

De Fratus struck out Thomas and Pedro Florimon in a 1-2-3 seventh.

De Fratus has 1.80 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in ten innings for the season over 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him, he hasn’t allowed a home run and has walked just two.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Carroll led off and Adams walked him on four pitches. Mauer followed with a single to right that put men on first and second with nobody out. Doumit was next and hit a ball handled by Adams. Adams threw to second to force Mauer for the first out with runners safe at the corners and one down. Willingham fouled out to Michael Young for the second out with the runners holding and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Morneau. Bastardo got ahead of Morneau before Morneau singled into center on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Carroll (3-2) and moving Doumit up to second. Arcia struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man on four pitches in a tie game. Adams does a great job to get a popup for the second out with runners on the corners, but Bastardo can’t get Morneau and the Twins pull ahead.

The last 47 batters Adams has faced in his last 11 appearances have on-based .383 against him. They’ve hit just .256, but with seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. He’s also allowed three home runs in those 10 1/3 innings.

Bastardo faces two batters in the game, allowing the go-ahead single before getting the strikeout. He’s been charged with just two runs in seven innings over his last eight appearances, but has allowed six hits and five walks (1.57 ratio over his last eight appearances with opponents on-basing .375 against him).

Overall the pen goes two innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Nobody threw more than 13 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty PJ Walters went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Mayberry in right with Delmon Young DHing in Minnesota. Quintero catches with Ruiz and Kratz down. Michael Young continues to lead off. He’s 9-for-20 (450/476/450) batting first for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Florimon made a nice play on a ball hit hard by Michael Young for the first out.

Howard and Brown both struck out in the second.

Mayberry led off the third and hit a ball to short. Florimon fielded and threw to first, but his throw was not handled there. Morneau was charged with an error and Mayberry was safe at first. Galvis flew to left for the first out and Quintero moved Mayberry up to second when he grounded to the pitcher for the second. It brought Michael Young to the plate and he singled to right. Mayberry scored from second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mauer came out in front of the plate to take Doumit’s throw from right. Young tried to move up to second as the throw came home, but Mauer threw him out there to end the frame.

Clutch two-out hit for Young, but the run is unearned due to the Morneau error at first to start the inning.

Howard singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown grounded to Florimon to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when Mayberry doubled softly to right with one out in the fifth. Galvis followed with a walk, but Quintero struck out for the second out and Michael Young went down on a ball handled by the pitcher to turn the Phils away.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Brown grounded to first to leave Rollins stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Still down a run, Frandsen hit for Quintero to start the eighth and singled to left. Michael Young struck out swinging for the first out before Revere moved Young up to second with a single to left. Lefty Brian Duensing took over for Walters and struck Rollins out swinging at a 3-2 pitch off the plate, but Howard followed and singled into right. Frandsen scored from second, tying the game at 2-2 with two down and men on first and second. Brown grounded to second to end the frame.

Frandsen is called on to pinch-hit against the righty and delivers a rally-starting pinch-hit single. Big at-bat for Rollins and he strikes out on a ball out of the zone, but Howard picks him up with a single to right off of the lefty.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 220/258/373.

Lefty Glen Perkins started the ninth for the Twins with Minnesota leading 3-2. Delmon Young led off and lined to first for the first out. Mayberry flew to left for the second and Galvis struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .379 so far in June. Made a great play in the sixth on a ball hit hard by Doumit. Florimon took a hit away from him with a nice play in the first.

Revere 1-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-37 (.162).

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-29 (.207). The walk binge is apparently over — he hasn’t walked over 21 plate appearances in his last five starts.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI-single off the lefty Duensing to tie the game in the eighth. His walk binge looks over, too. No walks in his last 20 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-7 over the last two games.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-his-last-8. On-basing .275 against righties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a softly hit double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 365/377/558 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-11.

Quintero 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-7 with a home run. On-basing .172 against righties for the year.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.40) tonight. Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the season. Lefties are hitting 308/383/442 against him for the season. Pelfrey has been hit hard by both righties and lefties this season. Opponents are on-basing .380 against him for the year.


Getting even

The Phillies finally made it back to .500 yesterday with a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

It was their fourth try to get back to .500 since May 24. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins and they have won four in a row for the first time this year. They are also in second place in the NL East for the first time this year.

Cole Hamels was the driving force behind yesterday’s win as he struck out 11 while holding the Fish to a run over seven innings. He got a lot of help from the offense. The Phillies plated six runs and have scored 27 over their last four games.

It’s not quite all good news for the Phils, though. Prior to the last four games the Phils had scored three runs or less in 10 of 14. They are back to .500, but have allowed 257 runs for the year and scored just 222. They’re 14-5 against the Marlins and Mets and 16-25 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 30-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-1 last night. The Phillies sweep the three-game set and have won four in a row. They are in second place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the third place Nationals and 7 1/2 behind the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out 11.

That’s probably the best start of the year for Hamels. The other that’s close is his May 4 outing, which was also against the Marlins. He allowed two runs over eight innings that day, but the Fish topped the Phils 2-0.

The Phillies are now 2-11 on the year when Hamels starts. They have scored 11 runs in the last two games he has started. Prior to those two starts, they had scored one run or zero runs in six of his last nine starts.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game and he lined a double to right on an 0-2 pitch. Hamels got the next three to leave him stranded, striking out Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back for the second and third outs.

Justin Ruggiano singled to left with two outs in the second. Casey Kotchman grounded to first to leave Ruggiano at first.

The Phillies had a 1-0 lead when Hamels set the Marlins down in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Derek Dietrich lined an 0-1 pitch out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Hamels got the next two.

Hamels has allowed home runs at a slightly higher rate in 2013 than he has over his career. Coming into the game he hadn’t allowed one in either of his last two starts, but the lefty Dietrich gets him for the lone run the Phillies allow in the game.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled softly to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck Jeff Mathis and the pitcher Jacob Turner both out looking to leave him at first.

Hamels walked Ed Lucas with one out in the sixth, but got the next two to leave Lucas at first.

Hechavarria singled to center with two outs in the seventh. Hamels got Mathis swinging to leave him at first.

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 6-1.

Tenth appearance of the year for De Fratus. He has a 2.35 ERA and an 0.91 ratio. Coming into 2013 he had walked eight in 14 2/3 career innings, but he’s walked just two in 7 2/3 innings so far this year.

Stutes started the ninth, pitching for the second day in a row. Ruggiano singled to left with two outs, but Stutes got Kotchman on a ground ball to first to end the game.

Throwing for the second day in a row, Stutes puts up another scoreless frame. Ruggiano’s single was the first hit against him by a right-handed batter this season — they are 1-for-16 now. Stutes still hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in his 8 1/3 innings. The numbers against lefties are still ugly, they’re hitting 400/438/533 against him.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. Stutes has pitched two days in a row and made ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jacob Turner went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Mayberry in right after the huge night off the bench in game two. Delmon Young on the bench. Galvis starts at second with Utley sidelined and Hernandez on the bench. Kratz catches the day game after Quintero caught the night game in game two.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and was thrown out trying to steal third. Michael Young struck out swinging for the second out and Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Second base would have been a fantastic place for Revere to have been had Young or Rollins gotten a hit. Nice to see him draw a walk in any case, though.

Mayberry singled to left with two outs in the second and scored when Kratz followed with a double down the third base line, putting the Phils up 1-0. Galvis followed with a walk, but Hamels flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry wins the game with two late homers in game two of the set and singles and scores the first run in game three.

Michael Young singled softly to center with one out in the third, but Rollins and Howard both went down behind him.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to center and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Revere followed with a walk that put two men on for Michael Young. Young grounded to first with Revere forced at second for the second out. It brought Rollins to the plate with runners on the corners and he walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard grounded to Dietrich to leave them loaded.

Rollins continues to walk at an extreme pace.

Brown and Mayberry both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Righty AJ Ramos struck Galvis out to start the seventh with the game still tied at 1-1. Delmon Young hit for Hamels and singled to center. Revere followed that with a soft single to right, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Hernandez ran for Delmon Young at second. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Hernandez tagging and moving up to third. It brought Rollins to the plate with men on the corners and he singled softly into center. Hernandez scored from third, putting the Phils up 2-1 with men on first and second for Howard. Rollins stole second before Howard hit a 1-0 pitch into right center. Ozuna dove for it and missed and Howard wound up at third with a bases clearing triple and the Phils up 4-1. Brown was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right. 6-1. Mayberry grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

First triple for Howard since April 22, 2011. That one drove in a pair of runs, too, as the Phils beat the Padres 2-0.

Howard and Brown both get to hit against the righty Ramos in the frame and go 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and four RBI in a two at-bat span.

Brown had looked pretty bad since his bat flip home run in game one of the series. I was a little surprised to see him hit the ball out there.

Nix hit for De Fratus and walked off of righty Ryan Webb with two outs in the eighth. Revere grounded to third to end the inning.

Nix came into the game 1-for-his-last-17 with no walks. He’s started one game since May 7. One thing that Delmon Young, John Mayberry and Ben Revere all have in common is they can’t hit righties. Not saying the Phillies should start Laynce Nix — just saying that if they don’t want to start him ahead of those guys against right-handed pitching I don’t really understand why they keep him on the team.

Revere was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. 3-for-13 with two walks and three steals in the three-game set. 245/290/277 for the year. Really not a good guy to lead off given how infrequently he gets on base. 286/340/327 in 108 plate appearances since the start of May. 4-for-his-last-28 (.143).

Michael Young 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-9 in the series. 257/341/348 for the year. 139/253/222 over his last 83 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-8 with five walks in the series. He’s walked 12 times in his last 39 plate appearances. In those 39 plate appearances he’s scored just five runs. That’s not a high rate of runs scored — at that rate he would score about 77 runs over 600 plate appearances or 90 over 700. It is, though, higher that his rate of scoring runs before he went on his walk tear. Prior to those 39 plate appearances, Rollins had walked 12 times in 211 plate appearances and scored 19 runs. That’s about a run every 11.1 plate appearances. Over his last 39 plate appearances he’s walked 12 times in 39 plate appearances and scored five runs. That’s a runs scored about every 7.8 plate appearances. Overall, though, the fact that he’s only scored five runs over his last 39 plate appearances while on-basing .513 is a fluke. Were he to continue doing so, he would score runs at a much higher rate than he has recently. 261/333/396 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. First time in six starts that he didn’t draw a walk. 3-for-11 in the series with two walks, two doubles and a triple. 254/297/443 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a two-run homer. 4-for-13 with two home runs in the series. 316/327/697 over his last 156 plate appearances with 16 home runs. OPSing 1.405 so far in June after OPSing .991 in May. 284/320/586 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 268/323/447 for the year. 244/309/384 against right-handed pitching.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-10 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 242/308/445 on the year. 314/400/667 over his last 60 plate appearances. Just 3-for-20 (.150) against left-handed pitching this year.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and a triple in the series. 241/302/414 for the year. 7-for-his-last-22 with three walks and four extra-base hits.

The Phillies are in Milwaukee tonight as Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) faces righty Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94). Cloyd and Peralta faced each other on June 1 in Philadelphia. Each of them allowed two earned runs over seven innings and the Brewers won the game 4-3. Three of Cloyd’s four starts have been good, but he got clobbered in the other, allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings to the Red Sox. Opponents are slugging .517 against him and he’s allowed 13 extra-base hits to the 98 batters he’s faced. Peralta’s most recent start, which came against the Phillies, was probably the best of the 12 starts he’s made this year. Lefties are hitting 336/393/477 against him for the season.


An imperfect ten

The Phillies have played more than a quarter of the 2013 season and won one game of the ten started by Cole Hamels. They’re 11-4 when Kendrick or Pettibone start and 8-18 when they start Hamels, Halladay or Lee. Last night, Hamels pitched well again, but the offense provided a single run and the Phils fell 5-1 to the Marlins.

The Phillies have scored one run or less in four of the last six games that Hamels has started. Last night they faced Alex Sanabia, who came into the game having thrown to a 5.00 ERA in his eight starts this year while opposing batters posted a 316/400/531 line against him.

The Phillie bullpen continues to be miserable, allowing three runs over two innings last night. They have a 5.26 ERA and a 1.65 ratio over the last 19 games with 59 hits allowed in 49 2/3 innings.

The Phillies are 21-24 on the season after losing 5-1 to the Miami Marlins last night.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter.

Hamels struggled in each of his first two starts this season, but has thrown to a 3.12 ERA in his eight outings since. His walk rate is still up — over his last eight starts he’s walked about 3.3 per nine inning. Coming into 2013 he had walked about 2.2 per nine for his career.

He has made seven quality starts in his last eight appearances.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled to right to start the bottom of the first. He stole second with one out and went to third on an infield single by Derek Dietrich. It brought Marcell Ozuna to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. Ozuna singled into center, scoring Hechavarria (1-0) and moving Dietrich up to second. Justin Ruggiano grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Hamels allows three singles and a stolen base in the inning, but holds the Fish to a single run with the help of the double-play.

It was 1-1 when Chris Coghlan tripled over the head of Revere in center to start the bottom of the second. Hamels kept him from scoring, though, getting Nick Green to foul out to third, Jeff Mathis to pop to short and pitcher Alex Sanabia swinging for the third out.

No run for Miami after the leadoff triple.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out the first two men in the fourth before Coghlan singled to left. Coghlan took second on an errant pickoff throw by Hamels before Green struck out swinging to leave Coghlan at second.

Young should have handled the throw from Hamels, which was wide of the base, but catchable.

Hamels struck out Mathis and Sanabia in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Placido Polanco singled to center to start the sixth. Hamels struck Dietrich and Ozuna out before Ruggiano doubled off of the wall in right, scoring Polanco to make it 2-1. Coghlan went down swinging to leave Ruggiano at second.

Justin De Fratus pitched the seventh. Mathis reached on a throwing error by Galvis with one out, but De Fratus got the next two to leave Mathis stranded.

Polanco singled to left off of De Fratus to start the eighth. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Dietrich and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Aumont took over to face the righty Ozuna and Ozuna singled to left, moving Polanco up to third. It brought Ruggiano to the plate and he singled into center, scoring Polanco (3-1) and moving Ozuna up to second. Aumont struck Coghlan out swinging for the second out, putting men on first and second for Green. Green blooped a ball into shallow center field, just in front of a diving Revere. The ball was in the air a long time and with two outs, both runners were running and both scored. 5-1. Aumont struck Mathis out to leave Green stranded.

Green’s ball was in the air a long, long time. Not sure why Revere was playing him so deep, but I was surprised the ball wasn’t caught.

De Fratus faced five men in the game. He got three outs, one reached on an error and the other singled. The singled came in to score after he left the game, so he winds up allowing a run on a hit over one inning. He was pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this season and has now allowed a run in 3 1/3 innings over five appearances.

Horst faced one batter and got an out. He has gotten a single out in each of his last four outings. He hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his last seven appearances, but has allowed four walks and a hit over four scoreless innings.

Aumont faces five batters in the game, allowing three singles and striking out two. The first two singles were traditional, but Green’s ball was a popup that stayed in the air a long time. His ERA rises to 4.15 with the outing, but he’s been a lot worse than that. 2.08 ratio. Ten walks in 13 innings. Opponents are hitting .309 against him for the season. Over his last two appearances he’s been charged with three runs on five hits in one inning.

Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out three. De Fratus threw 15 pitches in the game and has thrown two days in a row.

The Phillie lineup against righty Alex Sanabia went (1) Rollins (2) Revere (3) Michael Young (4) Utley (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Kratz. Michael Young plays first with Galvis at third and Howard sidelined with his knee. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the DL.

Rollins singled to start the top of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him and Michael Young struck out looking.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. With one out, Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Sanabia out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young and Galvis went down behind him.

Eighth homer of the year for Brown and his fifth against a righty. 237/291/398 against right-handed pitching for the season.

Rollins doubled to right with two outs in the third. Revere flew to center to leave him at second.

The one and two hitters in the Phillie lineup end the day on-basing .306 and .291 for the season.

Michael Young singled to left to start the fourth, but Utley grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown followed with a single to left and stole second before Delmon Young struck out swinging to end the frame.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Michael Young doubled to center with two outs in the sixth and Sanabia hit Utley behind him. Brown was next and drove a ball to left, but Coghlan made a nice running catch to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils trailed 2-1 when they hit in the seventh. Galvis walked with one out and moved up to third when Kratz followed with a single to right. Nix hit for Hamels and righty Ryan Webb came in to face him. Nix popped to shallow right with the runners holding for the second out. Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on the corners with one out. Nix gets to hit against the righty and can’t bring the runner home from third with the second out.

Hamels had only thrown 89 pitches in the game. He gets pulled for Nix. Nix doesn’t get the job done and neither does the pen after the exit by Hamels.

Righty AJ Ramos walked Utley with two outs in the eighth. Utley was caught stealing with Brown at the plate to set the Phillies down.

Second caught stealing for Utley this season. He hasn’t been caught more than twice in a season since 2006. Since the end of 2006 he has stolen 89 bases and been caught eight times.

Righty Chad Qualls threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Delmon Young and Galvis to lower his ERA on the year to 3.63 and his ratio to 1.15.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double. 326/362/558 over his last 48 plate appearances.

Revere 0-for-4. Couldn’t come up with the bloop hit by Green, which sure seemed like it was in the air a long time at a big moment in the game. 11-for-his-last-28 with three walks and two doubles (393/452/464 over 32 plate appearances). 361/425/417 in May after hitting 200/234/222 in April.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-19.

Utley 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 2-for-his-last-16.

Brown 2-for-4 with his eighth home run. Hit the ball well in the sixth with two men on, but Coghlan tracked it down. He hasn’t drawn a walk in 70 plate appearances in May.

Delmon Young was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 0-for-his-last-11 and hitting .192 for the season in 61 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a walk and an error. 6-for-his-last-15 with a home run.

Kratz 1-for-3. He’s 5-for-18 with a home run in May.

Cloyd (0-0, 2.84) faces righty Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.48) tonight. Cloyd was good in his only start of the year for the Phils, pitching into the seventh against the Diamondbacks on May 10 and allowing a pair for runs on two hits and three walks. Fernandez has already faced the Phillies twice this season, allowing three hits and three walks over 13 scoreless innings in his two starts combined.

Philliesflow won’t be updated again until next week.


How soon can you start, Carlos?

And is it going to be a problem if we need to you pitch like you did in 2004? Every day?

The Phillies used five pitchers yesterday and four of them were awful. Phillippe Aumont allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, but Hamels struggled in his start and Durbin, Horst and Valdes were awful behind him as the Phils lost 10-4. Valdes and Durbin have been especially miserable this year and I would be surprised if the Phillies weren’t thinking about how their roster spots could be better used.

The Phillies haven’t had a lot of success winning without good pitching this year. They’ve won one game on the season in which they allowed more than three runs. They beat the Mets 9-4 on April 27. 1-16 for the year.

The Phillies are 19-22 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The teams split the two-game set. The Phillies have won three of four and lost four of seven.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out four.

The Phillies are 1-8 in games started by Hamels this season. His hit rate is fine, but he’s walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings and allowed eight home runs to the 176 right-handed batters he’s faced. That’s about 4.5% of the right-handed batters he’s faced that have homered. 2.9% for his career coming into the year.

Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Hamels got Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

With two outs in the second, Hamels hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch. Mike Aviles followed with a walk that put runners on first and second for the pitcher Corey Kluber. Kluber hit the ball well into left-center, but Brown took it at the warning track after a run to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels had thrown 51 pitches through two innings. He threw 24 in the first, including a 10-pitch at-bat for Jason Kipnis before Kipnis flew to center. He used 17 on Aviles and Kluber in the second — nine to walk Aviles and eight to get Kluber on the ball handled by Brown.

Kipnis doubled to center with one out in the third. Cabrera walked behind him and Mark Reynolds followed that with a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Indians up 2-0. Carlos Santana grounded to short for the third out.

Hamels started the fourth with the lead cut to 2-1. Mike Aviles homered to left with one out, extending the lead to 3-1. Hamels got the next two hitters behind him.

Kipnis doubled to left to start the fifth and scored on a one-out homer to left by Swisher. 5-1. Hamels got Reynolds and Santana behind Swisher.

Durbin started the sixth with the lead cut to 5-3. He got the first two before walking the pitcher Kluber. Drew Stubbs was next and reached on an infield single that moved Kluber up to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Kipnis and walked him, loading the bases Cabrera. Cabrera singled into center, scoring Kluber and Stubbs to make it 7-3 with two down and men on first and second. Swisher grounded to third to end the frame.

Again Durbin and Horst fail to get the job done in the middle innings. With two down, no runs in and the pitcher coming to bat you would hope to be able to get out of the inning without runs.

Durbin faced four batters in the game, getting two outs while allowing a hit and a walk. He’s allowed eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his last four appearances and has a 7.30 ERA for the year. Opponents have hit 306/390/592 against him for the season.

Horst faced three hitters, allowing a walk and a single and getting one out. The two runs that scored while he was on the mound were charged to Durbin, but he didn’t pitch well. Opponents are hitting 299/382/463 against him for the season.

Aumont pitched the seventh. Santana singled to right with one out, but Aumont got Raburn to ground into a double-play behind him.

Three batters for Aumont, allowing a single before getting a double-play. Drops his ERA to 2.25, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Twelve hits and ten walks in 12 innings gives him a 1.83 ratio. Lefties are hitting 429/520/476 against him for the year after the single by the switch-hitting Santana.

Valdes pitched the eighth. Walked the lefty Brantley with one out and Brantley moved up to third when Stubbs followed with a double. It brought Kipnis to the plate and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center. 10-3. Valdes got the next two.

Valdes walks the lefty Brantley to get things started and then gives up a three-run homer to another lefty. Durbin, Horst and Valdes are a big part of what’s been wrong with Phillie pitching this season — in this game they combined to allow five runs in three innings.

Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the lead cut to 10-4.

Valdes goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. He’s allowed six runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last three outings. All three runs he gives up come on the Kipnis homer, which was the fifth that Valdes has allowed this season. Opponents are slugging .588 against him for the year, righties .627. He, Durbin and Hallady all have a home run per nine innings rate higher than two for the season. That trio has combined to allow 14 home runs in 66 2/3 innings.

Overall, the pen was atrocious. Four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. Horst has pitched two days in a row. Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Corey Kluber went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Mayberry plays center against the righty coming off of a three-hit, three RBI night in game one with the lefty Revere on the bench. Delmon Young keeps hitting fifth, despite coming into the game hitting .216 for the year in 44 plate appearances.

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

Delmon Young and Brown both struck out in the second.

The Phils were down 2-0 when Mayberry singled with one out in the third. Hamels bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins singled to right, scoring Mayberry. 2-1. Utley popped to short to set the Phillies down.

Two-out hit for Rolllins gets the Phils a run.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they went in order in the fourth. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out.

It was 5-1 when Ruiz and Mayberry singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put runners on first and third for Hamels and Frandsen hit for the pitcher. He fouled out to Swisher for the second out, but Rollins was next and brought both runners home with a double to right. 5-3. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Second two-out hit for Rollins in two chances gives him all three Phillie RBI for the game.

The Phils were down 7-3 when Delmon Young singled with two outs in the sixth. Brown grounded to second to leave Young stranded.

Righty Cody Allen set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.

Lefty Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth with a 10-3 lead. He walked Michael Young with two outs, but Howard flew to center to leave Young at first.

Young’s walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Matt Albers to start the ninth. He took second on a wild pitch before Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Ruiz brought him home with a double to right, cutting the lead to 10-4. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out. Galvis hit for Valdes and lined to short to end the game.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Ruiz. He came into the game with one double in 47 plate appearances.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. 3-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. 255/304/382 for the season. He’s on-basing .286 against left-handed pitching.

Utley 0-for-4 in the game and in the series. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run. 281/335/500 for the year. 158/238/316 against left-handed pitching for the season.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 10-for-his-last-50 (.200) with four doubles. 296/383/378 for the season. In 7,396 plate appearances from 2000 to 2011, Young had an isolated power of .147. In 2012 it was .093. So far in 2013 it’s .081.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series. 128/190/205 over his last 42 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts and one walk that was not intentional. 245/284/434 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 in the series. 7-for-his-last-18 (.389) with two walks and two doubles. 244/313/390 in 44 plate appearances for the season.

Brown was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a home run in the set. 250/298/429 on the year. 229/289/371 against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-7 with a walk and a double in the series. 234/294/277 in 51 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and scored two runs. 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the two-game set. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-21 with three singles. 253/317/421 for the year.

The Phillies are off today and play the Reds tomorrow.

This article from the Phillie web site is headlined, “De Fratus emerges as clutch late-game reliever.” De Fratus has gotten two outs this season.


Left, left, left, left, left

Cole Hamels held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Phils fell 2-1 for their fourth loss in six games.

The Phillies had six hits in the game, five singles and a double. Arizona started Patrick Corbin, making it the third time in four games the Phils had faced a lefty. They’re hitting .216 against lefties for the year with Utley, Howard and Brown all on-basing .250 or less against them. The guys who don’t hit left-handed aren’t getting the job done either. Rollins is at 244/262/366 against lefties and Mayberry 222/276/444. Michael Young is at 258/395/323.

The Phillies are 16-20 on the season after losing 2-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in the first game of a four-game set.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.

The Phillies are 1-7 in the eight games that Hamels has started this year. He was hit hard in each of his first two starts on the season. Since then, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.41 ERA with a 1.07 ratio. The Phillies are 1-5 in those games and have scored a total of ten runs, five of which came in the one game they won.

He allowed a one-out double to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the first, but got the next two to leave Gregorius stranded.

Martin Prado singled to right with one out in the the second. Gerardo Parra was next and dumped a ball into the left field corner that landed near the wall. Brown took an odd angle to the ball, then misplayed it off the wall. Parra had a double, but Prado rounded third aggressively and then was held. Brown got the ball into third and Prado was tagged out trying to get back to the bag. Cliff Pennington popped to Utley to set the Snakes down.

Bad base-running by Arizona helps Hamels get a big out. Brown didn’t play the ball well, but second and third with one out it a whole lot worse for the Phils than two down and a runner on second.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Paul Goldschmidt to start the fourth, but Goldschmidt was picked off with Howard throwing to Rollins to get the first out. Hamels got the next two.

Two outs on the bases for Arizona in three innings.

Prado and Parra singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second for Pennington. Pennington went down on a ground ball handled by Hamels for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The pitcher Patrick Corbin was next and grounded to short for the second out. Both runners moved up a base, though, with Prado scoring to put Arizona up 1-0 with Parra on third. Hamels walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Goldschmidt, but Goldscmidt grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Hamels issues back-to-back walks on ten pitches to AJ Pollack and Gregorius after the RBI-ground out by the pitcher. Corbin’s ball was slowly hit and Prado was going on contact. Rollins didn’t have a chance to get him at home and made a nice play to get the out at first.

Cody Ross doubled to start the sixth and Miguel Montero walked behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Prado. Prado grounded to short with Montero forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Parra bunted a ball hard to the right of Howard at first. Howard came off the bag to field the ball and tossed to Utley covering to get the second out at first, but Ross scored (2-0) and Prado moved up to second. Pennington was walked intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Hamels got Corbin on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Hamels walks four in the fifth and sixth innings combined, including the intentional walk to Pennington.

Aumont started the seventh with the lead cut to 2-1. Gregorius singled to center with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Goldschmidt. Ross was next and Aumont walked him on four pitches, putting runners on first and second. Horst took over to pitch to the lefty Montero and walked him as well, loading the bases with two down. Prado popped to short on a 3-2 pitch to leave them loaded.

Aumont faced four batters in the game, allowing a single and a walk. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.45 with the outing, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Ten walks in 11 innings and two of the five runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Didn’t strike anyone out last night, but he has struck out 12 in 11 innings. There’s close to no way to be a successful reliever if you walk 8.2 batters per nine innings like he has this season. The way to look like a successful reliever is to get lucky and not pitch a lot of innings.

Horst was back for the eighth. Walked Parra to start the inning and Pennington bunted him to second with the first out. Lefty Jason Kubel hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and struck out swinging. Pollack grounded to short to end the inning.

Horst faced six men. Walked two and got four outs, one of which came on a bunt. He’s walked four in 3 1/3 innings over his last three appearances. The Phillies have lost 13 of the 14 games in which Horst has appeared this season. Lefties are on-basing .480 against him for the year.

Both Aumont and Horst were pitching for the second day in a row. Horst threw 28 pitches in the game Aumont 14. I would guess they try to avoid using Horst tonight.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing a hit and three walks.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Patrick Corbin went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Revere. Howard and Brown back in the lineup against the lefty after sitting against a lefty in game three of the set in San Francisco. Revere, hitting well in May, starts in center with lefty on the hill. The righty Mayberry on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the top of the first.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second, but was thrown out going for two. Brown struck out swinging for the third out.

Young is really slow. His ball was hit near the first base line and sure looked like it should have been a double to me. Took him a long time to get to second and a look into right field probably slowed him down.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third, but the Phils went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Brown singled to center with one out in the fifth. Ruiz and Revere went down behind him on a pair of fly balls.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the sixth. Utley walked with two outs and took second on a wild pitch with Michael Young at the plate. Behind in the count 3-0, the lefty Corbin put the righty Young on intentionally to pitch to Howard with two outs and men on first and second. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Ideally you wouldn’t see anyone walking people to pitch to your cleanup guy with two men on in a one-run game. Howard is hitting 176/200/412 against left-handed pitching.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when Delmon Young reached on an infield single to start the seventh. Brown was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single into center, putting men on first and second for Revere. With the lefty Corbin still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Mayberry hit for Revere and lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to him. Mayberry singled softly to left and the bases were loaded for Hamels. Frandsen hit for Hamels and blooped a ball into right. Mayberry didn’t read it right. The ball dropped, but Mayberry had hesitated. The right fielder Parra threw to second in time to force Mayberry for the second out. Brown scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Ruiz moved up to third. Rollins popped to short to leave runners at the corners.

Don’t quite understand why righties Mayberry and Frandsen got to hit against the lefty Reynolds, especially given that righty David Hernandez pitched the eighth for the Snakes. Mayberry got a hit and Frandsen should have had a hit.

The righty Hernandez got Utley, Young and Howard in order in the eighth. Howard grounded out to Pennington in right field to end the inning. It wasn’t even shallow right field. Nice play by Pennington and a strong throw to get Howard.

Still don’t understanding using the righty Hernandez to face the lefties in the eighth after using a lefty to face the righties in the seventh. Worked out pretty well for Arizona.

Righty Heath Bell started the ninth with a one-run lead. Brown doubled to right with one out, but Ruiz flew to right behind him for the second out. Nix hit for Mayberry and grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4. 204/262/286 over his last 107 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 114/205/257 against left-handed pitching on the year.

Michael Young was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s oddly hitting just .258 and slugging .323 against lefties. 313/365/469 against left-handed pitching for his career.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Had a hit taken away from him in right field. 3-for-his-last-18 with ten strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-18.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-12. 1-for-22 against right-handed pitching so far this season.

Revere was 0-for-2 in the game, but is hitting 368/465/421 in 22 plate appearances so far in May.

Tyler Cloyd makes his 2013 debut tonight against righty Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19). Cloyd went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phils in six starts in 2012. He was really good against righties (224/244/421), but lefties hit him hard (314/397/588) and he allowed eight home runs in 33 innings. He threw to a 6.30 ERA over his last four starts. He made six starts at Triple-A this season, throwing to a 5.40 ERA with a 1.49 ratio. The Snakes have dropped four of the last five games that Kennedy has started. He’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters for the season, about 11.3% of the righties he’s faced. Righties are hitting .263 against him for the year, but on-basing .365.


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