Tag: Cole Hamels

Not in the cards

The Phillies lost again last night, falling 4-3 to the Cardinals as they dropped their fourth straight.

The Phils got a solid start from Cole Hamels and twice tied the game late, once at 2-2 in sixth and again at 3-3 in the seventh. Carlos Beltran homered off of Mike Adams in the eighth to put the Cards ahead again. The Phils failed to score in the ninth after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

The Phillies have not scored more than three runs in a game in any of their last seven games, averaging 1.86 runs per game over those seven. They haven’t drawn a walk in the last four games.

Charlie Manuel started a switch-hitting backup infielder in left and a righty in right last night, leaving two left-handed outfielders on the bench against a right-handed starter for St Louis. He used one of the lefties on the bench to pinch-hit for the right-handed starting outfielder against a right-handed pitcher with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the Phillies down a run. I’m having some trouble making sense of those decisions.

The Phillies are 6-10 on the year after losing 4-3 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They have lost four in a row and five of six.

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

Hamels has been solid in his last two starts after allowing 13 runs in 10 2/3 innings over his first two starts to begin the season.

Carlos Beltran singled with one out in the top of the first, but was thrown out trying to steal as Matt Holliday struck out to set St Louis down.

Yadier Molina singled to right with one out in the second and moved up to second when David Freese followed with a walk. Hamels struck Jon Jay out looking before Molina and Freese pulled off a double-steal. Pete Kozma grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Holliday to start the fourth. Alan Craig was next and lined a ball to right. Mayberry slipped and it went for a double, which moved Holliday up to third. Molina followed and lined a ball into the right-field corner for another double, clearing the bases and putting St Louis up 2-0. Hamels struck out Freese and Jay behind Molina and got Kozma on a ground ball to Utley to leave Molina stranded.

Hamels set the Cardinals down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

It was 2-2 when Freese doubled to right to start the seventh. Jay bunted him up to third with the first out. Kozma was next and flew to right. Freese tagged and scored to put St Louis up 3-2. Hamels struck the pitcher Adam Wainwright out to end the frame.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 3-3. He struck Matt Carpenter out for the first out, but Beltran was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, putting the Cards up again at 4-3. Adams got Holliday on a ground out to short before Craig walked and moved up to second on a Molina single. Hamels got Freese swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Adams faced six batters in the game, allowing a single, a walk and a home run while getting three outs. He’s allowed four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings over his last two times out.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Papelbon has throw five scoreless innings over his last five appearances, allowing one hit and one walk.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Adams threw 22 pitches and Papelbon 11.

The Phillie lineup against righty Adam Wainwright went (1) Rollins (2) Galvis (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Brown on the bench after hurting his back the previous day. Revere drops to seventh in the order with Rollins leading off. Galvis starts in left, making his first career appearance there, with Nix and Carrera on the bench. Mayberry in right against the righty. Freddy Galvis is a pretty atrocious guy to start in left. The lefties Nix and Carrera watch against a righty while the switch-hitting non-outfielder Galvis starts in left? Huh? That’s terrible. Freddy Galvis has 2,179 plate appearances in the minors and 223 career plate appearances in the majors. They’ve demonstrated he’s a really, really poor offensive player. He really shouldn’t be starting in left field for you. If you have two left-handed outfielders on your team that you don’t prefer to start in the outfield over a light-hitting utility infielder, you might want to consider replacing them.

Galvis singled to right with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

Howard singled to start the second, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Down 2-0, Utley singled with one out in the fourth and moved up to second on a single by Howard. Young grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Second GDP for Young in two games and third in the last five.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

They got back-to-back doubles from Rollins and Galvis with one out in the sixth, cutting the lead to 2-1. Utley followed Galvis’s double with a single into center that scored Galvis and tied the game at 2-2. Howard and Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies trailed 3-2 when Mayberry led off the seventh and dribbled an infield single to third. Revere bunted Mayberry to second and Mayberry took third on a wild pitch. Kratz singled into left and Mayberry scored, tying the game at 3-3. With the righty Wainwright still pitching, Brown hit for Hamels and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins flew to right to leave Kratz stranded.

Big hit for Kratz, who has just had a miserable start to the season. He didn’t have an RBI in his last 25 at-bats coming into the game. Second hit of the game for Galvis drives in Rollins.

The Phils trailed 4-3 when righty Trevor Rosenthal started the bottom of the eighth for the Cards. Howard and Young singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second with one down for Mayberry. Carrera ran for Howard at second and righty Edward Mujica came in to pitch for St Louis. Nix hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Huh? No, really. You want Nix hitting against a righty with the game on the line but Mayberry (and Galvis) starting against a righty? You want it enough to take Mayberry out of the game and put Carrera in it (Carrera took over in right in the ninth). I don’t get it.

Revere singled into center off of Mujica to start the ninth with the Phils still down a run. Kratz was next and moved Revere up to third with a soft single into right. Frandsen hit for Papelbon and grounded to short. It probably would have been a double-play ball, but Kozma didn’t handle it cleanly and then went to first to get one out. Revere was not going on contact and held third. It brought Rollins to the plate with one out and runners on second and third. Mujica struck him out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Lee ran for Kratz at second and Galvis grounded to second to end the game.

Second big hit for Kratz in the last three innings, but the Phillies don’t score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Huge strikeout for Rollins with one out and runners on second and third. Revere doesn’t score from third on the ground ball to short with nobody out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with an enormous strikeout in the ninth inning. He’s 2-for-his-last-23.

Galvis was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He’s 7-for-his-last-17 with two walks, a double and a home run. He’s a bad, bad, bad hitter, though. If you let him hit long enough, he’ll put up bad, bad, bad numbers.

Utley 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Howard 3-for-4. He’s 12-for-his-last-31 (.387).

Young was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 7-for-his-last-24 with seven singles.

Mayberry 1-for-3. He has an impressive 286/394/536 line for the season.

Revere 1-for-3 with a big single to start the ninth. He’s on-basing .246 for the year without an extra-base hit. Still leads the team in plate appearances.

Kratz 2-for-4 with two big hits and an RBI. That’s the first multi-hit game of the season for Kratz.

Halladay (1-2, 7.63) faces lefty Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86) tonight. Halladay was terrible in his first two starts of the year before holding the Marlins to a run over eight innings in his most recent start. Garcia has been pretty good in all three of his starts this season. He’s walked nine in 19 1/3 innings, but opponents are hitting just .208 against him.

John Lannan is on the DL and could miss 6-8 weeks. Joe Savery has been called up.


Braves celebrate Opening Day by announcing Open Season on pitches thrown by Cole Hamels

The 2013 season started for the Phillies last night and it didn’t start well. Cole Hamels made his first Opening Day start and came up with a klunker, allowing three home runs as the Braves scored five runs charged to him in five innings.

Michael Young didn’t play very well at third and Chad Durbin’s first outing of the year was a dud. Durbin faced three hitters and all three reached base as he was charged with two runs without getting an out.

What did go well was the offense, which plated five runs, and especially Chase Utley. Utley was fantastic at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI. He homered off of righty Tim Hudson in the fourth and tripled off of lefty Eric O’ Flaherty in the seventh.

The Phillies are 0-1 on the season after losing to the Braves 7-5 last night.

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

He walked Jason Heyward with one out in the bottom of the first. Justin Upton was next and Hamels struck him out swinging 3-2, but Freddie Freeman followed and blasted a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting Atlanta up 2-0. BJ Upton went down on a ball hit hard back to Hamels to end the inning.

The lefty Freeman had some success against Hamels in the game.

Dan Uggla led off the bottom of the second. Uggla got ahead 3-0 and then hit the fourth pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Hamels got the next three.

Two of the first six batters that Hamels faces on the year homer. Uggla’s was the only one of the three long balls that Hamels actually turned to look at to see if it would leave the yard. On the other two he just hung his head on the mound when the pitch was hit.

Andrelton Simmons doubled to left to start the third. Hamels got the next two hitters before Freeman lined a single to right, scoring Simmons to put Atlanta up 4-0. Upton flew to center for the third out.

Again the lefty Freeman gets the lefty Hamels. Three RBI in two at-bats for Freeman for the season at that point.

Chris Johnson singled with one out in the fourth and the Atlanta lead cut to 4-1. It brought Gerald Laird to the plate and Laird hit a ball hard down the third base line and off the glove of a diving Young. The ball rolled into foul territory and Young chased — Johnson wound up on third and Laird was at second with a double. The pitcher Tim Hudson was next and grounded to Rollins with the runners holding for the second out. Simmons was next and grounded to third to end the inning.

Generous of the home town scorer to call Laird’s ball on the misplay by Young a double. Hamels puts up his first zero of the year after Atlanta scores in each of the first three innings. The Phils get lucky that it’s the pitcher coming to the plate with one out and men on second and third after the Laird double.

The Atlanta lead was cut to 4-3 when Hamels started the fifth. He got Heyward on a fly ball to right before Justin Upton hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. Hamels got ahead of him 0-2, but Upton just crushed his 1-2 offering to make it 5-3. Hamels got the next two to set the Braves down.

Third homer of the game for Atlanta. Two to righties (Uggla and Justin Upton) and the other to the lefty Freeman.

Durbin started the sixth for the Phillies and walked the leadoff man Uggla on six pitches. Johnson was next and doubled into left on the first pitch of his at-bat, sending Uggla to third. It brought Laird to the plate with nobody out and men on second and third. He was swinging at the first pitch as well and blooped a single into left-center. Brown charged and mishandled the ball, but Revere was right there to pick it up and get it into the infield. Uggla scored on the play to make it 6-3 with one out and runners on the corners. Lefty Juan Francisco hit for the pitcher Luis Avilan and Horst came in to pitch to him. Righty Reed Johnson hit for Francisco and hit a ball back up the middle, off the edge of Horst’s glove to Rollins. Rollins went to second for the first out and Utley relayed to first for the second. As the throw went to first to complete the double-play, Johnson came home from third. Howard took the throw at first and threw home, but his throw was not handled and Johnson would have been safe anyway. 7-3. Simmons popped out to first to end the inning.

Much confusion about whether or not Manual made an error around bringing in Horst before the lefty Juan Francisco was announced as the pinch-hitter or not. Francisco was definitely in the on-deck circle when Horst came in, but announcers on the TV broadcast indicated the he had not been announced and therefore the righty Reed Johnson was hitting for the pitcher Avilan and not the left-handed pinch-hitter Francisco. The box score on the MLB.com web site shows that Francisco actually hit for Avilan. I don’t know. Either way, Horst faced the righty Reed Johnson and got him to hit into a double-play.

Not a good start for Durbin. He faces three batters in the game, allowing a walk, a single and a double without getting an out. Durbin pitched for the Braves last year, which makes it a little more interesting that both Johnson and Laird were swinging first pitch on their hits.

Nice job by Revere to be right on the ball and prevent Johnson from scoring when Brown mishandled the bloop by Laird. Didn’t wind up mattering as Johnson scored on the double-play, but it was a nice play.

Horst was back for the seventh. Freeman blooped a single to left with two outs, but Horst struck out BJ Upton to leave Freeman at first.

Freeman’s bloop was a little odd. It stayed in the air for a long, long time and Brown wasn’t close to getting there. Looked like he was playing really deep in left given the left-handedness of the hitter.

Horst goes two scoreless innings in the game, striking out two and allowing a bloop single on a ball that might have been handled.

Aumont pitched the eighth. He walked Johnson with one out. Laird was next and hit a ball hard to third. It probably would have been a double-play ball if Young had handled it cleanly. He didn’t, but picked it up and threw to first. The throw was in the dirt, but Howard did a nice job to scoop it for the second out as Johnson moved up to second. Switch-hitter Ramiro Pena hit for the pitcher Jordan Walden and grounded to first to end the inning.

Aumont goes one scoreless inning in the game, striking out one and allowing a walk. Last year he walked nine for the Phillies in 14 2/3 innings and walked 34 in 44 1/3 innings in the minors. That’s too many walks. The Phillies should have turned a double-play on the ball hit by Laird.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Horst pitched great. Durbin did not. Aumont threw a scoreless innings but needs to walk fewer hitters. Horst threw 17 pitches, Aumont 14 and Durbin eight. All three seem likely to be available for game two of the set given the off-day today.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) M Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Two of the nine players the Phillies start were also in the lineup for game one in 2012 (Rollins and Mayberry). Kratz starts behind the plate with Ruiz suspended. Brown in left with the righty Mayberry in right and the lefty Nix on the bench. Mayberry comes into the game with good numbers against Hudson — 4-for-13 with two home runs. Revere leads off against the righty with Rollins hitting second. One of the things that does is prevents three lefties two through four in the lineup from Revere to Howard (if Revere were hitting second). Revere and Michael Young make their Phillie debuts. Erik Kratz enters the game with zero career plate appearances in April and seven career plate appearances in March, April, May or June.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

They were down 2-0 when they hit in the top of the second. Young walked with one out and moved up to second when Brown followed with a single to right. It put two men on for Mayberry and Mayberry grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry hits into a lot of double-plays. So far, this year is no exception.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the second and the Phils down 3-0. He stole second before Rollins grounded to second to leave him stranded.

The Phillies were trailing 4-0 when Utley started the fourth with a home run to center. 4-1. Howard grounded out to Uggla in shallow right field for the first out and Young struck out swinging for the second before Brown drew a walk. Mayberry struck out looking to leave Brown at first.

With one out in the fifth, the Phillies loaded the bases for Utley on singles by Hamels and Rollins and a walk to Revere. Utley singled to right, scoring Hamels and Revere to cut the lead to 4-3 and taking second as the throw came in to third. It put men on second and third with one down for Howard and lefty Luis Avilan came in to pitch to him. Avilan quickly got ahead of Howard 0-2 and struck him out swinging for the second out. The righty Young was walked intentionally to load the bases for Brown. Brown grounded to second to leave them loaded.

Second big hit for Utley in two innings after the homer in the fourth. Howard comes up empty in a big spot, striking out with one out and men on second and third. Intentionally walking Michael Young so your lefty can pitch to Domonic Brown in the fifth inning is a poor idea, but it worked out well for the Braves in this case. I don’t think that’s in the best interest of your team in the long run, however.

The Phils trailed 5-3 when they hit in the sixth. Mayberry and Kratz went down for the first two outs. With the lefty Avilan still on the mound for the Braves, Frandsen hit for Hamels and singled into center. Revere grounded to short to end the frame.

Avilan pitched well in the game for Atlanta, holding the Phils to a single (by the righty Frandsen) and an intentional walk (to the righty Young) over 1 2/3 innings.

Atlanta led 7-3 when lefty Eric O’ Flaherty started the seventh for the Braves. Utley tripled with one out and scored on a Howard ground out, cutting the lead to 7-4. Young grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Utley triples off of the lefty after homering off the righty Hudson earlier in the game.

Mayberry doubled to left off of righty Jordan Walden with one out in the eighth. He took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Kratz single to cut the lead to 7-5. Nix hit for Horst and Kratz took second on another wild pitch before Nix flew to left for the second out. Revere struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

Righty Craig Kimbrel set Rollins, Utley and Howard down in order in the ninth.

Revere was 1-for-4 in the game with a walk and a stolen base. Made a nice defensive play to be in the area when Brown mishandled the single in the sixth.

Rollins 1-for-5.

Utley 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBI.

Howard 0-for-5 with an RBI. Struck out with one out and men on second and third at a big moment in the fifth.

Young didn’t look good defensively at third. He was 0-for-2 and walked twice (once intentionally).

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk. Less than outstanding in left. Mishandled one ball while charging but was backed-up nicely by Revere. Queerly was nowhere close to catching Freeman’s bloop single in the seventh.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double-play. He hit 229/291/335 against right-handed pitching in 2012. So it’s not a good sign if you’re starting him in one of your corner outfield positions against a righty on Opening Day.

Kratz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Phillies don’t play today. Game two of the season and the series is tomorrow night.


And a third time would be more than charming

More strong pitching for the Phillies yesterday as they topped Detroit 4-1. Hamels, Durbin and Bastardo combined to throw five scoreless innings for the Phils, who have allowed a total of two runs in their last two games.

Fantastic pitching on back-to-back days sets the stage for Roy Halladay’s final spring start, which will come this afternoon against Toronto. Halladay has had a miserable spring training coming off of a 2012 in which he threw to a 5.28 ERA over his last 20 starts.

Michael Young drove in two of the four Phillie runs, going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting 264/304/361.

Mayberry was a much-needed 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, which ups his line to 200/263/286.

Revere 2-for-4 with two singles and two stolen bases. He has nine steals on the spring. Nine stolen bases in 87 plate appearances is a lot — it would put him on pace to steal about 52 over 500 plate appearances.

Inciarte started in left and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He also stole his second base. 286/375/321 in 33 plate appearances. The Phillies need to make a decision about what to do with him by the end of the weekend.

Orr started at second and was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his line to 267/267/533. He’s walked in about 3.6% of his plate appearances for his career and exactly 0% of his plate appearances this spring.

Kevin Frandsen has a sore left wrist after being hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the third inning.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk, both of which came in the bottom of the first. He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

0.95 ERA and an 0.79 ratio for Hamels in 19 official spring innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run. He, Aumont (6 1/3 innings pitched) and Adams (7) are the Phillies who have thrown at least five official spring innings without allowing a home run.

Durbin followed Hamels, setting the Tigers down in order in the fourth.

5.56 ERA and a 1.41 ratio for Durbin. Opponents have hit .310 against him.

Miner pitched after Durbin, allowing a run over two innings to drop his ERA to 8.36.

Bastardo struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh. He has 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 ratio.

Brandon Erbe and Chris Nichols combined to keep the Tigers off the board for the last two innings.

Halladay today as the Phils face the Blue Jays.


Ain’t that a Shane

Former Phil Shane Victorino delivered the big blow last night, a three-run triple off of Michael Stutes in the bottom of the seventh, as Boston topped the Phils 6-1.

Stutes was charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning in the game, upping his spring ERA to 9.35. He has allowed seven walks in 8 2/3 innings. It all makes it pretty tough for me to see the Phils giving him a spot in the pen to start the year, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

With Revere and Rollins both in the starting lineup for the Phils, Revere led off with Rollins hitting third. The one run the Phillies scored in the game came in the top of the first. Pete Orr singled with one out, stole second, moved to third on popup that went for an unfielded double by Rollins and scored on a Michale Young ground out.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with an unlikely double. He’s 4-for-15 (.267) with two doubles.

Revere 0-for-3 to drop his line to 313/343/391.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a double in what I assume is a too-little-too-late effort. 226/305/396 with hide-your-eyes ugly defense in left. Ruf and Mayberry have both been terrible this spring.

Mayberry started at first and went 0-for-4 to drop his line to 218/283/309. If Mayberry could have played himself out of his roster spot this spring I think he did. I don’t think it’s likely he could have, though, given the combination of how thin the Phillies are in the outfield and the degree to which Ruf has looked unusable out there.

Galvis started at second and went 2-for-3 with a triple. 288/311/559. He has a team-high ten extra-base hits — six doubles, two triples and two home runs, in 62 official plate appearances. Not quite as much power as Brown and Howard have shown this spring, but a whole lot closer than most would have guessed. Brown’s isolated power this spring is .317, Howard’s .316 and Galvis’s .271. Galvis’s isolated power in 2,179 plate appearances in the minor leagues is .075.

Nix 1-for-2 with a double to up his line to 250/283/364. He’s had a better spring than that, but some of his success has come in games that don’t count as official spring action.

Young 0-for-3 with an RBI to drop his line to 262/292/361. He started real slow, got real hot and now has cooled again.

Mitchell and Iciarte both went 0-for-1 in the game. Incirate’s line is at 238/360/286 in 21 at-bats. Mitchell is hitting 318/375/682 in 22 at-bats.

Carlos Ruiz left the game in the ninth inning with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The run came in the bottom of the second when a leadoff double by Will Middlebrooks was followed by a single that moved Middlebrooks up to third. He scored on a sac fly.

In the sixth inning, Hamels struck Victorino out looking at a beautiful 0-2 curve ball. Still think Victorino takes the day overall, though, what with winning the game for the Red Sox and whatnot.

Hamels has a 1.13 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in official spring action. Opponents are hitting .182 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run in 16 innings. He got hammered in a start against the Dominican Republic WBC team in an unofficial game.

Stutes started the seventh, got hit real hard, and didn’t finish the frame. He was charged with five runs over 2/3 of an inning on one hit and three walks. He got the first two batters he faced in the inning, then walked three of the next four before Victorino hit a three-run triple. Stutes was replaced by righty Mike Nesseth, who threw to a 2.95 ERA in 76 1/3 innings between Lakewood and Clearwater last year, with two outs and a man on third. Nesseth allowed a double to Dustin Pedroia, scoring Victorino with the run charged to Stutes.

Stutes’s ERA is up to 9.35 after being charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Horst pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single, which was followed by an inning-ending double-play.

Horst drops his ERA to 6.35 and his ratio to 1.32. He’s pitched well after a very ugly start and seems to me to be a lock for the pen.

Adam Morgan is expected to pitch this afternoon when the Phils face the Braves.

Halladay will start in a minor league game tomorrow. The linked article also says that Delmon Young worked out in the outfield and is still likely to miss at least the first month of the season.


Some days are better than others

The Phillies have played two games since Friday, beating the Astros 7-1 behind dominating pitching yesterday after a 15-7 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

The Phils one-hit Houston yesterday. Hamels allowed a run on one hit and one walk over five innings and was followed by four shutout innings from the pen in which the relievers didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out six.

Nix homered for the Phils in the game. He second home run of the spring and first in an official spring game. He continued his recent surge with a 2-for-3 day that upped his line to 231/286/346.

Michael Young is also hot and also had two hits. 2-for-3 with a double puts him at 371/405/514.

Freddy Galvis 3-for-4 with a double. 308/325/564. Seven extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts in 39 at-bats. Tied with Fields for second on the team in strikeouts behind Howard. Tied with Frandsen and Howard for the team lead in extra-base hits.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. He’s hitting .222.

Frandsen 1-for-5 and hitting 355/375/742. Revere 0-for-3. Mayberry 0-for-2 to drop his line to 225/279/350. Utley is at 167/333/208 after going 0-for-3. Howard was 0-for-3 and struck out twice, dropping his line to 333/357/718.

Ruf left the game after being hit by a pitch, but is, apparently, okay. He’s hitting .188 this spring with a .281 slugging percentage in 32 at-bats despite recent signs of life.

The pitching was fantastic. Hamels allowed a double to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first, Tyler Greene, and Greene came around to score on a pair of ground outs. That’s the only run or hit Hamels would allow in five innings. He walked just one, dropping his ERA on the day to 0.90 after three starts and ten innings. The start against the Dominican Republic in which he got hammered wasn’t an unofficial outing, so his official numbers are great — 0.90 ERA with an 0.70 ratio and seven strikeouts and one walk in ten frames.

Cloyd, Miner, Horst and De Fratus all threw a scoreless inning after Hamels left. They combined to allow one walk, which Miner issued in the seventh.

Cloyd has been awful this spring, but drops his ERA to 10.80 with the scoreless inning.

Miner has also struggled and also has a 10.80 ERA.

Horst’s ERA drops to 12.00. Ten hits, including four home runs, and three walks over six innings gives him a 2.17 ratio. After striking out two in his frame yesterday he’s struck out four in six innings.

De Fratus drops his ERA to 7.50 after six innings. Seven hits and three walks over six innings gives him a 1.67 ratio. Unlike some of the other relievers who gave up a ton of home runs early (Horst and Valdes especially), De Fratus has yet to allow a home run.

Saturday was a different story as the Rays pounded out 15 runs against Phillie pitching. Lannan, Rosenberg and Bastardo combined to allow 13 runs in five innings. Rosenberg and Bastardo were charged with nine runs and got just three outs between them.

Howard homered, his fourth of the spring.

Brown went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He’s hitting 432/523/730. If he strikes out in every one of his next 20 plate appearances, he’ll be hitting .281 and slugging .474.

Revere was 3-for-4 with a double in the game. After going 0-for-3 yesterday, he’s at 325/357/375.

Humberto Quintero had three hits. 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBI has him at 300/333/300 (3-for-10 with three singles and a walk).

Lannan started the game. He threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second. Brown made his first error of the spring in the fourth as the Rays scored four times — all four runs were earned despite the error as the Rays got three singles and a two-run homer in the frame. Lannan allowed a leadoff double in the fourth, but got the next three hitters to keep Tampa Bay off the board.

Overall, Lannan went four innings in the game, allowing four runs on five hits without walking anyone. After three starts and five innings he’s thrown to a 9.00 ERA with a 1.44 ratio. The two-run homer that Sean Rodriguez hit off of him in the four-run third is the only home run he’s allowed, but opponents are hitting .286 against him.

Papelbon and Diekman both threw scoreless innings in the game, which is especially welcomed in Papelbon’s case. Papelbon drops his ERA to 27.00 in his first spring appearance that’s been non-terrible. Diekman has struck out ten in six innings while throwing to a 3.00 ERA.

Durbin pitched the sixth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. He has a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio after four innings. Opponents are hitting .438 against him.

Bastardo started the seventh. He faced eight hitters and was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, on three singles and a walk. He hit a batter and another reached on a Mayberry error at first while getting two outs. JC Ramirez took over with two outs and men on first and second and got the final out on a fly ball to left.

Bastardo’s ERA rises to 3.86 after five appearances.

Rosenberg started the eighth. He faced six batters, getting one out, which came on a bunt, and allowed five runs, only four of which were earned due to an error by Martinez at second to start the inning. After the error to start the frame, Rosenberg allowed two singles, a double and a two-run homer. He ends the ugly outing with a 24.30 ERA and a 4.50 ratio. Opponents have hit .571 in his 3 1/3 official spring innings.

Kyle Simon took over for Rosenberg and got the last two outs in the eighth. He faced five batters and was charged with one run, allowing two walks and a single, which upped his spring ERA to 6.00.

The Phillies do not play today.

This article suggests that Aumont, De Fratus, Stutes, Diekman, Horst and Valdes are at the front of a competition for three spots in the pen.

Many transactions. The Phillies released Joe Mather. Mather was 1-for-11 with a walk for the Phils this spring.

Adam Morgan reassigned to Minor League camp, as were JC Ramirez, Kyle Simon, Tommy Joseph, Cody Asche and Michael Martinez.

I appreciate the effort from the Phils, but for me it’s still too little, too late on Martinez.

This article says: “Four players who are on the 40-man roster were optioned to the minors: Pitcher Joe Savery, pitcher Ethan Martin, pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, outfielder Zach Collier. Savery’s option was immediate. The options of Martin, Pettibone and Collier won’t take effect until Monday.”


¡Ay, caramba!

The Phillies allowed 15 runs on 28 hits yesterday, losing 15-2 to the Dominican Republic’s WBC team. Cole Hamels allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Laynce Nix homered in the game for the Phils. 2-for-4 in the game and 1-for-15 in official spring training games.

Kevin Frandsen continues to hit. He was 2-for-4 with a double. His line in games that don’t count that count is 364/391/727.

Cody Asche 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

Galvis 1-for-4 with another extra-base hit, a double. He’s got two doubles, a homer and a .524 slugging percentage in the games that don’t count that count.

Ruf was 0-for-4 and struck out three times. He also misplayed a ball in left. This suggests he will not be in the lineup this afternoon against the Nats.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and threw a scoreless first. That was as good as it got, though. He allowed four runs on six hits in the second. In the third he faced seven batters and was charged with four more runs — he gave up two singles, two doubles and a two-run homer (to Jose Reyes) before getting pulled with one out.

Overall, Hamels went 2 2/3 innings in the game, allowing eight earned runs on 12 hits. Didn’t walk anyone.

Hamels has struck out six in five scoreless innings in official action.

Martin faced two hitters in the third, allowing a single before retiring Nelson Cruz on a ground ball to second to end the frame. He came back to toss a scoreless fourth but was hit hard in the fifth, allowing a two-run homer to Robinson Cano and an RBI-single to Miguel Tejada.

Overall he went 2 1/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits, including a triple and a home run, and a walk.

Martin has just one official appearance in spring training in which he allowed one hit over two scoreless innings.

Pettibone was next and he got hammered as well, allowing four runs on nine hits over 2 2/3. Two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. Three of five hitters he faced in the eighth singled and two of them came around to score.

Nine is a lot of hits to allow in 2 2/3 innings.

Pettibone was hit in his only official spring appearance, allowing four runs on three hits, including two home runs, in two innings.

Justin Friend got the last four outs of the game. He faced six batters, allowing a single and a walk, but wasn’t charged with a run.

He had allowed a run over two innings in official spring action.

Halladay is expected to pitch this afternoon as the Phils face the Nationals.

This article suggests that Galvis, Betancourt and Frandsen could be competing for two bench spots. I’m going to be real surprised if Frandsen doesn’t start the year with the team.


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