Tag: Darin Ruf

Freddy and the jets

There are, to say the least, a wealth of opportunities for young Phillies, and old Phillies, for that matter, looking to play their way into the team’s future. So far, not a lot of players have distinguished themselves as they try to take advantage of the situation. Freddy Galvis seems like he may have found his overdrive, though. Last night he went 3-for-3 with a homer and a double as the Phils topped the Padres 4-2.

Galvis and Rollins combined to go 5-for-6 in the game with a walk, a double and two home runs. They drove in three of the four Phillie runs and scored three. Galvis has started each of the last four games for the Phils, going 8-for-16 with a double and two home runs.

Cliff Lee delivered yet another outstanding start, holding San Diego to a pair of runs on two solo homers over eight innings. He has a 2.00 ERA and an 0.97 ratio over his last five starts and the Phils are 4-1 in those games.

The Phillies are 67-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 4-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of a three-game set.

Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies had allowed 4.61 runs per game for the year, which was the worst mark for any team in the NL. They had scored 3.76 runs per game, which was 14th of the 15 NL teams, better than only the Marlins. Their Pythagorean winning percentage suggests they are the second-worst team in the NL, ahead of only the Fish. Their actual winning percentage is eighth-best among the 15 NL teams. Believe what you will, but if you think the Phillies might be the eighth-best team in the National League this year, I don’t agree.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, solo homers that accounted for the two runs San Diego scored in the game. He struck out nine.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his eight starts since the end of July. 2.78 ERA and a 1.09 ERA in eight starts since the end of July. He’s allowed seven hits in 16 innings over his last two starts.

He kept the Padres off the board in each of the first four innings. He allowed a two-out walk in the top of the first that was followed by a single, which left San Diego with two down and men on first and second for Kyle Blanks. Lee retired Blanks on a ground ball he handled himself to end the inning.

He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out the side in the fourth.

Righty Tommy Medica led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting San Diego up 1-0. Lee got the next three in order.

The 25-year-old Medica homers off of Cliff Lee in career plate appearance number two. He struck out looking in the second in his first chance. He hit 20 home runs in 338 plate appearances in the minor leagues this year, 18 of which came in the Double-A Texas League.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee started the sixth. He got the first two before Jedd Gyorko hit an 0-2 pitch out to left, putting San Diego up 2-0. Jesus Guzman flew to right for the third out.

Second righty homers off of Lee in two innings, this time behind in the count 0-2. Gyroko came into the series 3-for-his-last-28 and has gone 4-for-8 with a double, a walk and a home run in the first two games.

It was 2-2 when Lee pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck Nick Hundley out looking to leave the runner at first.

He allowed another two-out single in the eighth with the Phils up 3-2, but struck Gyroko out swinging for the third out.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead and set the Padres down in order. Kyle Blanks hit a ball well to center, but Hernandez made a nice running play on the warning track for the second out.

Papelbon throws a 1-2-3 frame coming off an outing Saturday in which he allowed a two-run homer to Andrelton Simmons. 1.50 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in 12 innings over his last 12 appearances. He’s walked just one of the 60 batters he’s faced in his last 15 outings.

One perfect inning for the pen in the game with the help of a nice catch by Hernandez. Papelbon threw ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Mayberry. Hernandez in center, Ruf in left and Mayberry in righty with Ruf at first. Galvis plays second with Utley on the bench. Hernandez comes into the game on-basing .345, thanks to going 6-for-his-last-14 with three walks. Ruf enters with a 170/302/340 line against lefties in 63 plate appearances. Mayberry comes into the game hitting 233/296/444 against lefties for the year.

The Phillies didn’t score in the first four innings. Rollins had a one-out single in the bottom of the first and Galvis a two-out single in the second, but both were followed by outs. The Phils went in order in the third and fourth. Ronny Cedeno made a nice play at short on a ball hit by Frandsen for the first out in the fourth.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Asche struck out swinging for the first out, but Galvis followed and lined a 3-2 pitch down the third base line and out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Mayberry and Lee went down behind him.

Career home run number nine for Galvis in 389 plate appearances and his fifth off of a lefty. His isolated power for his career against lefties is up to .188. .145 against righties and .157 overall. Those are all impressive. His isolated power in 2,445 minor league plate appearances is .079. For his career he’s homered about once every 116 plate appearances in the minors and once every 43 plate appearances in the majors.

The Phils were down 2-1 when they hit in the sixth. Rollins hit a 2-1 pitch well out to left with one out, tying the game at 2-2. Frandsen followed with a single and moved up to third on a two-out double by Ruf, but Asche flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Home run number six on the year for Rollins, coming off a season where he hit 23. Just his second of the year off of a lefty. His isolated power against left-handed pitching for the season is .078. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last year Rollins showed good power against left-handed pitching. His isolated power against lefties that year was .195. In 2007 it was .221 as he posted a 321/374/542 line against left-handed pitching.

Ruf doubles off the lefty Stults. If he’s going to continue to be right-handed and continue to be a bad defensive player at first and corner outfield positions, Ruf needs to crush lefties. 179/303/357 on the year in 66 plate appearances against lefties. But he’s not a bad defensive player, I hear you cry? I disagree. He’s only played in 57 games this year and gotten 227 plate appearances, but has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.1. FanGraphs gives him bad defensive numbers at first, left and in right. He’s going to need to make a lot of offense to overcome that, which is going to be close to impossible if he doesn’t pound lefties.

Galvis doubled softly to left off of righty Nick Vincent to start the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Hernandez was next and hit a ball slowly by the pitcher. It was fielded by Gyroko for the second out, but Galvis scored to put the Phils up 3-2 and Mayberry moved up to third. Rollins was walked intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Frandsen. Frandsen flew to the right fielder Blanks in foul territory to end the inning.

Galvis starts the rally with the double. Lee stays in the game and bunts the runners up to second and third with the first out, allowing Galvis to score on the softly hit ball by Hernandez.

Lee had thrown 91 pitches in the 2-2 game when he bunted for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. He came back to throw a scoreless eighth, so it worked out great for the Phillies. They started Hernandez, Frandsen, Galvis and Mayberry in the game, so it’s not like the Phils have an army of monster bats to call on on their bench. Letting Lee bunt seems like a no-brainer.

Ruiz singled off of righty Brad Boxberger to start the eighth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second for Asche. Asche grounded to short with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Galvis was next with runners on the corners and one down. On the first pitch of his at-bat, he put a pretty bunt down the first base line. He was out at first for the second out, but Ruiz scored (4-2) and Asche took second on the safety squeeze. Mayberry struck out looking to leave Asche at second.

Pretty bunt by Galvis. Ruf draws a walk after the leadoff single by Ruiz, getting on base for the second time in the game after doubling in the sixth.

Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. Made a nice catch on the warning track in the ninth for the second out. Very limited plate appearances for the year (59), but he’s been good against righties and is hitting 217/250/261 against lefties.

Rollins 2-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional, and a home run. 5-for-his-last-26 (.192) but with six walks in his last 32 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-16 (.375) with a walk and two doubles.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 296/347/427 over his last 220 plate appearances. Hammering lefties for the year with a 313/390/478 line. 268/305/354 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 182/327/341 over his last 55 plate appearances. Last night’s game was at home, but he’s hitting 208/293/375 on the road for year.

Asche 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left four men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-15. Gets the start against the lefty. Just 125 plate appearances on the year and for his career, but his line against lefties is better than against righties. 292/320/458 against lefties and 250/310/457 against righties. More power and walks against righties, but more hits against lefties. He has a total of 24 at-bats against lefties for his career, so it might be a mistake to get too optimistic about any of that.

Galvis 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Beautiful bunt in the eighth helped get the Phillies a run. Showing more power than he did in the minors, but also walking more. He’s walked in about 6.9% of his plate appearances this year. About 5.5% for his career in the minors. He’s started three of the last five games for the Phillies in left field, where he has exactly zero chance to be a regular player for a good team.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with two walks. 154/235/288 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces righty Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.79) tonight, flu-like symptoms permitting. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Ross started the year in the San Diego rotation, made three starts in which he threw to a 3.86 ERA, but walked ten in 14 innings, and moved to the pen. After 19 relief appearances he moved back into the rotation and has made nine starts since, going 3-3 with a 2.16 ERA and a an 0.94 ratio. Righties are hitting just 207/276/271 against him for the year, so look for Frandsen in the cleanup spot.


Phillie braintrust back to square one after Open Mic Night at the yard proves to be a bust

I’m not going to say that that was the worst lineup in Phillie history. That would just be overly dramatic. It might not even be true, either. I’m just saying that if your reaction to looking at the lineup is disappointment they didn’t figure out a way to get Pete Orr a start in the outfield against a lefty, it’s possible your organization is more than one tweak away.

The Phillies fielded a, um, memorable lineup last night against the Nats that featured Cesar Hernandez leading off, Freddy Galvis hitting second and Frandsen in the three-hole as Utley and Rollins both sat against a lefty. Michael Martinez played center.

As it turned out, the Phils wound up losing the game more because they allowed nine runs than because they scored six.

Keeping with the theme of restraint, I’ll go with saying it was not a crisply played game. The Nats won despite making three errors, throwing four wild pitches, being called for a balk and having their left fielder start to run off the field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The teams combined to score six unearned runs in the game.

Ethan Martin made another miserable start, but this time without the strikeouts that raise hopes he might one day prove to be a formidable reliever. In the fifth inning, Martin and De Fratus combined to walk four of the eight batters they faced, with three of the four walks coming on four pitches and two coming with the bases loaded.

The Phillies used six different pitchers in the game and zero of them pitched well. They combined to allow 11 hits and nine walks in nine innings.

Cody Asche was just about the only Phillie to have a nice day. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI.

The Phillies are 63-76 on the year after losing 9-6 to the Washington Nationals last night. They have lost three of their last four.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer. He struck out two.

Martin has a 6.90 ERA in seven starts for the year. Over his last three starts he’s walked 11 in 9 1/3 innings while pitching to a 10.61 ERA. Righties have hit six home runs against him in 77 plate appearances for the season — they’ve hit just .234, but with a .531 slugging percentage.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first, but hit Jayson Werth to start the second and walked Adam LaRoche with one out. It put men on first and second for Wilson Ramos and Ramos hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right-center, putting the Nats up 3-0. Martin got the next two to end the frame.

Martin kept Washington off the board in each of the next two frames. He allowed a leadoff single to Denard Span in the third, but got the next three. In the fourth he allowed a one-out double to LaRoche and walked the eight-hitter Anthony Rendon to pitch to the pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He got Gonzalez on a ground ball to short to leave runners at first and second.

The lead had been cut to 3-2 when he started the fifth. Span led off with a double and moved up to third when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out for the first out. Bryce Harper was next and Martin walked him on four pitches. Werth went down on a foul popup handled by Frandsen at first for the second out before Harper stole second. Ian Desmond was the next hitter and he walked to load the bases. LaRoche followed and walked on four pitches, forcing Span home to make it 4-2.. De Fratus came in to pitch to Ramos and walked him on four pitches. Span scored to extend the lead to 5-2 with two down and the bases still loaded. De Fratus got Rendon swinging to leave them loaded.

The Nats send eight batters to the plate in the frame. Four of them walk, three on four pitches, and one hits a double, getting Washigton two runs. Martin walks three of the six men he faces in the frame, including Harper and LaRoche on four pitches. De Fratus faces two and walks one of them on four pitches.

De Fratus faces two batters in the frame, walking Ramos before striking Rendon out with the bases loaded for the third out. He’s walked 21 in 38 1/3 innings for the year and righties are on-basing .393 against him. He was pitching for the second day in a row.

Lefty Mauricio Robles made his debut in the sixth and allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a balk and two singles. Both of the runs were unearned due to a throwing error charged to Asche with one out. Werth and Desmond singled back-to-back with two outs to drive in the two runs. Werth’s single was blooped into center, just out of reach of Galvis. Desmond followed Werth with a line drive to right that plated the second run and made it 7-2.

Robles threw to a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, allowing just 35 hits while walking 44. 44? Yes, 44. Allows two unearned runs on two singles and a balk in an inning in his debut.

Luis Garcia started the seventh with the lead cut to 7-5. He walked Ramos to start the frame, but got a double-play behind Ramos before lefty Corey Brown crushed a long home run to right. 8-5. Garcia got Span to pop to Galvis for the third out.

Garcia was back for the eighth. He retired the first two hitters before the Nats loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Werth and Desmond and a walk to LaRoche. Garcia got righty Jhonathan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave them loaded.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows one run on three hits and two walks. He has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. He’s walked at least one in each of his last eight appearances, allowing 12 walks in 11 innings in those outings. Righties are on-basing .403 against him for the season.

Savery started the ninth with the Phillies behind 8-6. He allowed a two-out single to Span and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman moved Span up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Harper. Harper struck out on a pitch that went to the backstop — he was safe at first, Span scored (9-6) and Zimmerman moved up to third. Werth grounded to third for the third out.

Savery faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a single to the lefty Span. He was making his first appearance with the Phils since July. He’s faced 59 batters on the year — opponents are hitting just .198 against him, but he’s walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

Rosenberg faces three hitters, allowing a single, getting one out and striking out Harper with an unhandled pitched that allowed Harper to take first. He was pitching for the second day in a row. He was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s made 11 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .179 against the righty.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as the Nats scored two unearned runs in the sixth thanks to Asche’s error. De Fratus and Rosenberg have both thrown two days in a row — De Fratus threw seven pitches and Rosenberg 18. Robles threw 30 pitches in the game and Garcia 31.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Hernandez (2) Galvis (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Hernandez at second, Galvis at short and Martinez in center. That lineup from planet wackadoo is brought to you by the fact that the Phillies can’t hit left-handed pitching. They specifically need Ruf and Mayberry to get going against lefties. Didn’t happen last night as the duo combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk in the game.

Frandsen and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ruf flew to center for the third out.

Asche singled to right to start the second with the Phils down 3-0. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher and Martinez grounded into a double-play.

They went in order in the third. Frandsen led off the fourth with a single and moved up to second when Ruiz reached on an error by Zimmerman at third. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche followed with a single into center that scored both runners, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2. Mayberry and Martinez both struck out to leave Asche at first.

Ruf strikes out against the lefty after the wild pitch puts runners on second and third with nobody out. Asche picks him up with the two-run single.

The Phils were down 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Orr hit for De Fratus and singled to start the frame, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

They were down 7-2 when they hit in the sixth. Ruf walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch before Asche flew to center for the second out. Mayberry followed and reached on a throwing error by Desmond at short, which allowed Ruf to score. 7-3 with one down and Mayberry on second for Martinez. Martinez singled into left. Mayberry slid in safe to the plate, arriving at the same time as Harper’s throw. The ball wasn’t handled by Ramos for an error that allowed Martinez to move all the way to third with the lead cut to 7-4. Kratz hit for Robles and righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to him. Utley hit for Kratz and singled to left, scoring Martinez. 7-5. Utley took second on Mattheus’s first wild pitch and third on his second. Hernandez grounded to second to leave Utley at third.

Nats combine for a walk, two errors and three wild pitches in the frame.

It was 8-5 when righty Drew Storen set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Asche homered to right off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Mayberry and Martinez went down behind him.

Harper lost track of the outs in the frame and starting running in after Mayberry flew to left for the second out. Oops.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit against righty Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Hernandez singled to center with one out and Galvis walked behind him. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the game.

Hernandez was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-8 with a walk so far in the series.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a walk. 215/260/360 line in 369 career plate appearances in the majors and 246/290/325 career line in 2,445 career plate appearances in the minors. On-based .274 in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-12 with a walk since hitting two home runs against the Cubs.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 389/441/667 over his last 59 plate appearances.

Ruf was 0-for-3 with a walk. Continues to not hit left-handed pitching, although he did walk off of Gonzalez in the sixth. 7-for-47 (.149) against lefties for the year with three home runs. 158/250/342 overall in his last 44 plate appearances.

Asche 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 312/361/532 over his last 83 plate appearances since going 1-for-his-first-17. Made a throwing error in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. FanGraphs calculates hie UZR/150 at third of -13.7 for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The Phillies really need him to hit left-handed pitching. Didn’t happen last night. 3-for-his-last-36 overall (.083). Hitting just 235/301/447 against lefties for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out twice. 6-for-34 (.176) on the year. 187/235/263 in 390 career plate appearances. Turns 31 later this month.

Halladay (3-4, 7.94) faces righty Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33) tonight. Halladay has allowed seven runs in 11 innings over two starts since his return to the team. Zimmerman has a 5.48 ERA over his last eight starts, but has been good in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs over 15 innings.


Slow boat to at least it’s over

Just an ugly, hard to watch game that not many watched last night as the Phils topped the Mets 6-2. New York accounted for most of the ugliness with miserable defense and Dice-K taking about 30 seconds between pitches, but the Phils did their part as well, especially at the plate early in the game. In the first three innings, Phillie hitters reached on three walks, two hits, a hit by pitch and an error and failed to score, twice being turned away after loading the bases with one out.

Cole Hamels provided the anti-ugly in the game, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings and delivering a two-out, two-run single in the fifth.

The bullpen also contributed two scoreless frames and has thrown five scoreless innings in the first three games of the series. They haven’t allowed a hit, walked one and struck out four.

The Phillies are 61-72 on the year after beating the New York Mets 6-2 last night. They lead the four-game series two games to one and are 8-3 over their last 11.

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

2.73 ERA and a 1.09 ratio for Hamels over his last 16 starts. He didn’t walk more than one batter in any of his six starts in August. He’s allowed four home runs in 80 innings over his last 11 starts after allowing nine in 56 2/3 innings over his first nine.

He allowed a one-out double to Juan Lagares in the bottom of the first and a two-out double to Justin Turner in the second, but kept the Mets off the board both times.

The pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka singled to right to start the third. Eric Young was next and blooped a ball into center. The charging Bernadina made a diving effort, but didn’t come up with the ball. He was able, however, to pick it up and throw to second in time to force Matsuzaka for the first out. Young stole second before Hamels walked Lagares, putting men on first and second with one down for Andrew Brown. Brown fouled out to Ruiz for the second out with Young tagging and moving up to third. Ike Davis was next and singled to left. Young scored to put New York up 1-0 with two two and men on first and second. Josh Satin flew to left for the third out.

Hamels fortunate to hold the Mets to one on two hits, a walk a stolen base. Young’s ball would have gone for another hit had the Phils not turned it into an out with the force at second. Matsuzaka starts the rally with a single. The lefty Davis finishes it with a single off the lefty Hamels.

Rollins didn’t cover third on Brown’s popup, which allowed Young to move up to third.

The Phillies aren’t the only team throwing some ridiculous cleanup hitters out there these days. Davis ends the game hitting .205 for the year and 145/192/203 against left-handed pitching.

Hamels allowed a single in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, but kept New York off the board in the each of those innings. Young led off the fifth with a single and stole second with one out, but Hamels got Brown on a popup handled by Ruiz and struck Davis out swinging to leave him stranded.

He started the seventh with a 5-1 lead. Lefty Daniel Murphy hit for the pitcher David Aardsma to start the inning and singled to left. Young bunted him to second with the first out. Murphy stole third before Hamels struck Lagares out for the second out, but Brown doubled into left, plating Murphy to cut the lead to 5-2. Hamels got Davis looking 0-2 to leave Brown at second.

Really not sure it’s a good idea to bunt after the leadoff single when you’re down 5-1 in the seventh. The Mets did get one run out of the frame, though, if that’s what they were looking for.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA for the year to 4.00. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances, but has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings over his last seven times out.

Diekman set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phillies up by four. His ERA is down to 3.07 for the year and he hasn’t been charged with a run in 8 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances. He also hasn’t walked any of the 27 hitters he has faced in those eight outings. Prior to those eight appearances, he had walked 12 in 21 innings for the year.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they strike out two without allowing a hit or a walk. Rosenberg threw 16 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Daisuke Matsuzaka went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Orr. Orr starts in left field for the first time since 2008 when he was with the Nationals. Mayberry in right with Ruf on the bench. Young at first ans Asche at third. Ruiz hits cleanup against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 264/290/354 against righties for the season.

Rollins walked with one out in the first and stole second after Utley flew to right for the second out. Ruiz struck out looking to leave Rollins at second.

Asche reached on an error by Davis at first with one out in the second. Mayberry and Orr both walked behind him, loading the bases for Hamels with one out. Hamels struck out swinging and Bernadina struck out looking to leave them loaded.

Nothing for the Phils after they load the bases with one out without a hit.

Utley singled to center with one out in the third and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind him. Young was next and singled softly to right, loading the bases for Asche with one out. Asche struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped out to the catcher in foul territory for the third.

Again the Phillies load the bases with one out and fail to score. This time it’s Asche striking out for the second out.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fourth. Orr led off with a single to right and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Bernadina popped up for the second out, but Rollins was next and picked him up with a line drive in to left. Orr scored from second to tie the game at 1-1. Young took a truly odd angle in pursuit of the ball and it got past him. Rollins tried for third, but was thrown out there to set the Phillies down.

Not pretty, but at least they scored this time. Young didn’t really play the ball very well in left on the Rollins double.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to third when Young lined a double to right. Asche followed with a walk that loaded the bases with nobody out. Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Ruiz scored to make it 2-1 with the bases loaded for Orr. Lefty Robert Carson came in to pitch to Orr and Ruf hit for Orr. Ruf got ahead in the count 3-1, but struck out swinging for the second out. Hamels was next and sliced a 1-1 pitch the other way and into left for a single. Young scored (3-1) and Asche slid in just ahead of the throw from Young to make it 4-1. Bernadina grounded to second for the third out.

Huge hit for Hamels with two outs. Ruf gets a big pinch-hitting chance against a lefty and strikes out with one out and the bases loaded. His woes against left-handed pitching continue on a team that needs a ton of help against left-handed pitching. His line against lefties is down to 159/229/364 in 48 plate appearances for the season.

With two outs in the sixth, Ruiz lined a solo shot out to left, upping the lead to 5-1. Young flew to center behind him for the third out.

Ruiz homers off of the lefty Carson and ends the day with a 340/419/509 line against lefties for the year.

Asche led off the seventh against righty David Aardsma and singled into right past the second baseman Flores. He hurt his right hamstring running to first and McDonald entered the game to run for him. Mayberry moved McDonald up to second with a single, putting two men on for Ruf with nobody out. Ruf flew to left for the first out. Hamels tried to bunt the runners up to second and third, but popped it up for the second. Bernadina struck out swinging for the third.

Nothing for the Phillies after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Asche’s ball should have been handled at second.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Utley reached on an infield single off of righty Scott Atchison with one out, but Ruiz flew to center for the second out and Young grounded to short to set the Phils down.

McDonald led off the ninth and reached on an error by Flores, who was now playing third. He moved up to second when Mayberry grounded out softly for the first out and took third when Ruf followed that with a single. It left the Phils with men on the corners and one out for Rosenberg with the righty Atchison still on the mound for the Mets. Frandsen hit for Rosenberg and reached on yet another Met error, this one by Atchison. McDonald scored to make it 6-2 and Ruf took second. Lefty Pedro Feliciano took over for Atchison and got Bernadina and Rollins to end the frame.

Just atrocious defense for New York in the game. Two errors in the ninth. The error by Davis in the second helps the Phillies load the bases without a hit in the second. Young badly misplayed the Rollins double in left, although New York got an out on that play. Asche was given a single on a ball that should have been handled by Flores at second.

Bernadina was 0-for-6, struck out three times and left ten men on base. I don’t know how often it is you see the leadoff man leave ten men on base, but I’m guessing not very. Struck out to end the second with the bases loaded. That’s three. Popped out in the fourth with one out and Orr on second. Four. Grounded to second with men on first and second to end the fifth. Six. Struck out swinging with men on first and second to end the seventh. Eight. Flew to left with one out and a men on first and second in the ninth. Ten. He’s 4-for-31 (.129) with the Phillies.

Rollins 1-for-5 with a walk, a double and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-5. 3-for-his-last-22 (.136) and 7-for-his-last-46 (.152).

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and was hit by a pitch. 447/475/789 over his last 40 plate appearances (17-for-38 with a walk, four doubles and three home runs) Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 265/295/354 against righties.

Young 2-for-5 with a double. 6-for-12 with two doubles so far in the series.

Asche 1-for-3 with a gift single and a walk. 304/360/507 in his last 75 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 3-for-his-last-19, but with a .333 on-base percentage in those 24 plate appearances, thanks to four walks and a hit by pitch.

Orr was 1-for-1 with a walk in his first action with the team. Leads the team in on-base percentage at 1.000 and OPS at 2.000. Ruf is second on the team among players with one or more PA at .352 and Utley is the only other player above .338. Orr is second among the 204 players across both leagues in OPS as a left fielder. Joey Butler is 2-for-3 for Texas with a walk, two doubles and a 2.083 OPS. Can Orr catch him? Time will tell. If Orr continues his one single and one walk per 133 game pace, he’ll end the year with one single and one walk.

Martin (2-2, 6.33) faces righty Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96) tonight. Martin went just two-thirds of an inning his last time out, allowing three runs in a game the Phillies eventually lost in 18 innings. He’s walked 13 in 21 1/3 innings for the season and allowed six home runs. Torres will be making his first start since July. He’s made three starts on the year in which he’s thrown to a 6.43 ERA, which is misleading as two of his starts were good and one was awful. He allowed two runs over 12 innings in his first two starts on the year before allowing eight runs to the Nationals his third time out. He’s only walked seven in 48 2/3 innings for the between his appearances as a starter and a reliever.


Even a blind squirrel gets to play the Cubs once in a while

And if anyone knows where we can find a blind squirrel, I don’t think we should discount the possibility it might be able to give the outfield a defensive boost. At least not without careful consideration.

Kyle Kendrick struggled again last night, but the Phils managed nine runs and topped the Cubs 9-8. Domonic Brown returned to the lineup and made a huge error in the top of the ninth, dropping a fly ball that should have ended the game. Chicago scored three in the frame, but the Phils held on to win by a run despite another ugly outing from Papelbon.

Despite the struggles of Kendrick and Papelbon and the misplay by Brown, the Phils won thanks to massive production from an offense that has been struggling. Ruiz homered for the second time in 20 at-bats, Utley had three hits and drove in a pair and Asche had two hits, including a double. Michael Young had a walk and two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Darin Ruf wielded the biggest stick of them all for the Phils, driving in a pair of runs with a double and his fourth homer of the season. He’s slugging .596 for his career after 133 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 51-61 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 last night. They snap a five-game losing streak with the win and are 2-13 over their last 15 games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Kendrick has a 6.93 ERA over his last seven starts. Opponents have hit .330 against him in those outings and he’s allowed five or more runs in four of the seven.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and started the second up 1-0. He allowed four runs in the second. Donnie Murphy hit a three-run shot to left with one out to put the Cubs up 4-1. Kendrick got the next two hitters behind Murphy.

Second time in two starts that Kendrick got hammered early in the game. In his most recent start before last night, he allowed four runs in the top of the first to the Giants.

Kendrick did suffer a bit of misfortune in the frame. Darwin Barney reached on catcher’s interference right ahead of the home run by Murphy. The Cubs also got a little help from the Phils to score their first run of the frame ahead of the homer. With one out and Nate Schierholtz on third, Wellington Castillo grounded hard to third. Asche fielded and came home, but not in time to get Schierholtz as the runner slid in safe to put the Cubs up 1-0. Asche fielded the ball nicely, but was a little slow with the throw and the Phillies wound up not getting an out on the play.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when Kendrick pitched the third. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run to right with one out to extend the Chicago lead to 5-2.

The Phils were down 5-4 when Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

The Phillies led 7-5 when he started the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Wellington Castillo, but got the two hitters behind Castillo to turn the Cubs away.

Kendrick retires ten of 11 batters he faces from the last out of the third inning through the sixth.

Diekman pitched the seventh with the Phils up 8-5. He allowed a two-out single to Junior Lake, but got Rizzo behind Lake to end the frame.

Diekman was back to start the eighth and struck the lefty Schierholtz out looking for the first out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Starlin Castro. Castro reached on an infield single and Castillo followed with softly hit single to center, which put men on first and second with one out for the pitcher Hector Rondon. Switch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit for Rondon. De Fratus struck him out swinging for the second out and got Murphy swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Two huge strikeouts for De Fratus after the Cubs bring the tying runs to the plate. He faces four batters in the game, allowing two singles and striking the other two out. Drops his ERA for the year to 4.23 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in seven innings over his last seven appearances. Hasn’t walked any of the 19 batters he’s faced in his last five appearances. Has still walked about 11.1% of the hitters he’s faced for the year, which is too many. 10% of right-handed batters and 16.2% of left-handed batters.

Diekman faces five batters in the game, getting four outs and allowing a single to the other. He has a 1.77 ratio for the year in his 25 appearances. He’s been great against lefties, but righties are hitting 377/441/528 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 9-5 lead. Logan Watkins led off with a single and moved up to third when Castillo followed with a double to right. Papelbon struck out the next two hitters before Schierholtz singled into center, scoring both runners. 9-7 with two outs and Schiertholtz on first. Castro was next and hit a 3-2 pitch to left that should have ended the game, but Brown just dropped the ball for an error. Schierholtz scored (9-8) and Castro moved up to second. Castro took third on a wild pitch before Castillo walked, putting runners on the corners with two down for pitcher Michael Bowden. Righty Thomas Neal hit for Bowden and flew to left to end the game.

Bad time to drop a fly ball for Brown. He had to move to his left to get to it, but was there and just didn’t catch it.

Papelbon has to pitch around the error by Brown, but even without the error he would have allowed two runs on two singles and a double in the frame. After 19 appearances on the year he had thrown to an 0.92 ERA and an 0.61 ratio. Since then he’s made 20 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA with a 1.44 ratio.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Papelbon threw 30 pitches in the game (assist to Brown’s error on that front).

The Phillie lineup against righty Edwin Jackson went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Mayberry (7) Asche (8) Ruiz. Brown returns to the lineup and left field after missing time with concussion-related issues. Ruf plays right field for the first time ever in the majors or minors (played there one game in a winter league). Brown/Mayberry/Ruf is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield much in the same way Ruf/Mayberry/Young is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield. Asche at third with Michael Young at first.

The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Michael Young led off with a double to center and scored when Utley followed with a single to left. The Phils put runners on first and third with one down for Ruf later in the frame, but Ruf lined to short and Brown was doubled off of first to end the inning.

The Phils were down 4-1 when they hit in the second. Asche doubled to right with one out and scored on a two-out single by Kendrick. 4-2.

First career extra-base hit for Asche leads to a run for the Phils.

They were down 5-2 when they hit in the third. Utley and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting runners on the corners with nobody out for Brown. Rollins stole second before Brown grounded to short for the first out. Utley scored (5-3) and Rollins moved up to third. Ruf was next and doubled to right, scoring Rollins (5-4), but was out trying to stretch his double to the gap into a triple. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Asche walked to start the fourth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Kendrick struck out swinging for the third out.

Young walked to start the fifth and scored when Utley followed with a triple off the wall in center. 5-5. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Utley holding. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Utley scoring from third. 6-5. Ruf was next and smashed a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils on top 7-5. Mayberry grounded to first to end the inning.

Second huge hit for Ruf in three innings.

Asche singled to right off of righty Hector Rondon to start the sixth and scored when Michael Young lined a two-out double to right, putting the Phillies up 8-5.

Rondon set Rollins, Brown and Ruf down in order in the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Ruiz homered to left off of righty Michael Bowden. 9-5. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and flew to right for the third out.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-15.

Utley 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-36.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single. 214/252/296 over his last 104 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with two RBI and a huge error in the ninth in his first action since July 23.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Non-catastrophic in right. 6-for-his-last-15 with two walks, two home runs and a double. 339/438/548 against right-handed pitching in 73 plate appearances for the year. Still just 4-for-19 (.211) against lefties, but with two home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 217/275/383 over his last 131 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Didn’t get an out in the top of the first when he came home with Castillo’s grounder and Schierholtz scored. 3-for-20 on the year with a double.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run. 6-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. He had four extra-base hits, all doubles, in his last 165 plate appearances and has four over his last 24.

Hamels (4-13, 3.87) faces lefty Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) tonight. Hamels has allowed more than two runs in just one of his last six starts, throwing to a 2.09 ERA with a 1.07 ratio in those appearances. The Phils are 0-3 in his last three times out and has lost each of his last two starts by a 2-1 score. He’s allowed two home runs in 43 innings since the start of July. Wood has been outstanding this year, but struggled in three of his last four starts, throwing to a 4.98 ERA and a 1.98 ratio in those appearances. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him for the year and lefties just 180/265/246.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until around August 20.


Must it, though? Really?

Yup. The show must go on. For better or worse. But almost certainly for worse.

Surprise! Ruben Amaro didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Phillies at the trade deadline. That’s cause the list of things that are wrong with the Phillies is real long and you can’t fix them by trading players other teams aren’t real excited about, regardless of whether it’s because the players you’re trying to deal aren’t playing very well or because they have bad contracts. Or both.

If you think trading Michael Young for a couple of borderline prospects is what it’s going to take to turn things around for the Phillies, I disagree. The number of moves it’s going to take to get the Phils back into contention is large. The first ones didn’t come yesterday.

As if to demonstrate the point, the Phils got hammered by the Giants last night, losing 9-2. Kendrick allowed seven runs over two innings and the Phils got their runs on a solo homer by Utley in the first and an RBI-groundout by Utley in the eighth.

The Phillies are 50-57 on the year after losing 9-2 to the San Francisco Giants last night. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Only six of the runs were earned and only one of the hits went for extra-bases (a double). He didn’t strike anybody out.

Kendrick made five starts in July and allowed six or more runs in three of them. Opponents hit .345 against him for the month over 25 2/3 innings.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first. He got Gregor Blanco on a softly hit ground ball for the first out, but five of the next six batters reached on four singles and a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. He got Brandon Crawford to pop to Asche in foul territory with a runner on first to end the frame.

Asche made a fantastic play for the second out of the inning. With one out and men on first and second, Hunter Pence ripped a ball down the third base line. Asche made a great play diving to his right and a strong throw from foul territory in time to nip Pence at first.

It was 4-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Blanco with one out, but got Marco Scutaro to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pablo Sandoval led off the third with a ground ball to Utley. Utley fielded and threw to first, but Michael Young came off the bag and Sandoval was safe. Utley was charged with the error. The next three hitters reached on two singles and a hit by pitch, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and San Francisco up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and fared very well under the circumstances. He faced four batters, struck two out and got a third on a ground out. The other, the pitcher Chad Gaudin, singled to left with one out, moving everybody up a base to make it 7-1.

Sure looked like Young should have handled the throw from Utley to start the inning.

Valdes does a great job in the frame, entering with nobody out and the bases loaded and holding the Giants to one run. Gaudin’s one-out single sort of dribbled through between short and third. Gaudin is now 2-for-59 (.034) at the plate for his career.

Valdes struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and another in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Valdes faces ten batters in the game, getting nine outs and allowing Gaudin’s single. He struck out five. This coming off of a start on Saturday in which he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

JC Ramirez started the sixth with the Phils still down 7-1. He walked the pitcher to start the inning, but got Blanco to ground into a double-play behind him. Scutaro followed with a single into center, bringing Sandoval to the plate with two outs and a man on first. Sandoval shattered his bat hitting a ball towards short. Asche fielded moving to his left and threw to first. He throw was wide and not handled by Young for an error on Asche. It left the Giants with men on second and third with two down. Ramirez got Buster Posey on a fly ball to right to leave them stranded.

You should try not to walk the pitcher to start the inning, especially down six runs.

Ramirez was back for the seventh and allowed two solo homers, one to Brett Pill and the other to Brandon Crawford. 9-1.

Ten batters in the game for Ramirez. He allows two runs on four hits, including two home runs, and a walk over two innings. Got a big double-play after walking the pitcher to start the sixth or it would have been worse. 7.43 ERA and a 1.86 ratio after 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings. Eight walks in 13 1/3 and opponents are hitting .315 against him.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a two-out infield single to Arias, but got Posey on a fly ball to right to leave Arias at first.

Diekman drops his ERA to 3.86 with the outing, but don’t be fooled. Opponents have hit .333 against him for the year and righties have put up a 388/423/551 line in 52 plate appearances.

Garcia set the Giants down in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 9-2.

Garcia has been good in limited time this year, with the exception of Sunday’s outing in which he faced four batters and was charged with four runs. Just 8 2/3 innings on the year over eight appearances. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him, but with five walks. Lefties are 1-for-12 against the righty, but have walked four times in 16 plate appearances.

Overall the bullpen went seven innings in the game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramirez struggled, allowing two solo home runs in the seventh, but Valdes, Diekman and Garcia combined to go five scoreless frames. Valdes was especially impressive, throwing three shutdown innings after an ugly start his last time out. Valdes threw 36 pitches in the game and Ramirez 32.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Gaudin went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Asche gets his first career start at third with Michael Young playing first. Ruf in left. I’m not saying it’s not possible to see a worse defensive outfield than Ruf/Mayberry/Delmon Young. I’m just saying it doesn’t happen very often at this level. Delmon Young has a career 274/305/400 line against right-handed pitching — it’s not a good sign if he’s hitting cleanup for you against a righty.

The Phillies were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley hit a solo homer to right with two outs. 4-1.

They went in order in the second.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third with the Phils down 7-1. Valdes bunted him to second with the first out, but Rollins flew to left for the first out and Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Ruf reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. He took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Asche flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Nix hit for Valdes and grounded to second for the third out.

179/223/260 on the year for Nix in 123 plate appearances.

Michael Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Utley and Delmon Young both struck out behind him.

Ruf walked to start the seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order on three fly balls behind him.

It was 9-1 when the Phillies faced righty Sandy Rosario in the eighth. Rollins walked with one out and moved to third when Michael Young followed with a single. Utley went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the second out. Rollins scored (9-2) and Young moved up to second. Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Santiago Casilla hit Ruf to start the ninth, but Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order behind Ruf.

Third time in the game that Ruf had been on base — infield single, walk and hit by pitch. The Phils had five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch in the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.

Michael Young 2-for-4. Didn’t excel at first on either the Utley throwing error or the Asche throwing error. 4-for-his-last-8 with a walk and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4 with a solo home run and both Phillie RBI. 3-for-his-last-8 after coming into the series 0-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-19 with two singles and no walks. 247/276/288 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. 333/439/458 against righties for the season in 57 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4. One great play at third in the top of the first and made a throwing error later in the game. 0-for-5 at the plate on the season.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160) with a home run.

Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces righty Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) tonight. Hamels ended May with a 4.86 ERA, but has thrown to a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cain is having the worst year of his career, but he’s also been better of late. 3.81 ERA with a 1.15 ratio over his last nine starts. He allowed 13 home runs in 56 1/3 innings over his first nine starts on the season, but hasn’t allowed any his last five times out and just three over his last 67 2/3 innings.


Domonic Brown as least sort of has a diagnosis — I don’t know who has to explain the rest of this

The Phillies have made it over .500 exactly twice this season and both times they have followed that accomplishment up by losing five games in a row. On June 6, the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1 to improve to 31-30 on the year. They followed that up by losing their next five games in row, four by a single run.

They started July at 39-44, but went 10-4 in their first 14 games to start the month. That put them at 49-48 for the year after their first game coming off the All-Start break. Last night’s loss was their fifth in a row.

In last night’s game, the Cardinals topped them 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Phillies scored a total of five runs in the set and had four extra-base hits, all doubles.

The Phillies are 49-53 on the year after losing 3-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. The Cards sweep the three-game series. The Phillies have lost five in a row, scoring a total of nine runs in those games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out one.

Kendrick has a 5.17 ERA over his last nine starts. Opponents hit .242 against him over his first 12 starts and have hit .295 against him over his last nine.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Jon Jay chopped a ground ball to third. Young fielded and threw to first, where Ruf came off the bag too soon trying to handle the throw and Jay was called safe. Kendrick got the next two to turn St Louis away.

Very close play at first on Jay’s ball. I get the feeling the rest of the infield might not be a fan of Ruf’s glovework at first. Ruf has only played 113 innings of defense this year, all at first, but Baseball-Reference has him with a dWAR of -0.2. UZR/150 is a different story, though. FanGraphs has him at 8.7 in the very early going. With the exception of a couple of very nice plays, he hasn’t looked great there to me.

Kendrick walked David Freese with one out in the second, but Shane Robinson followed and lined back to the mound with Freese doubled off of first to end the inning.

Pete Kozma singled to right to start the third. He was bunted to second with the first out before Matt Carpenter singled to right, scoring Kozma to make it 1-0. Jay was next and tripled to the gap in right-center, scoring Carpenter. 2-0 with Jay on third. Allen Craig walked before Matt Adams singled to right, scoring Jay. 3-0 with men on the corners and one down. Yadier Molina popped to Rollins for the second out with the runners holding and Freese struck out looking to end the inning.

Three runs for St Louis in the frame on four hits, including a triple, and a walk. Kendrick gets Molina with one out and men on the corners to keep it from being worse.

It was 3-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. He allowed a leadoff single to Robinson, but got the next three to turn St Louis away.

The pitcher, Lance Lynn, bunted for the second out to move Robinson up to second. It was Lynn’s second successful sacrifice in two innings after he had bunted Kozma to second in the third.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastrado threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the Phils still down two.

He struck out Craig and Adams as he set St Louis down in order in the eighth.

Over his last six appearances, Bastardo has thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings in which he’s struck out eight. In those outings he’s faced 18 batters and allowed one walk and no hits. Over his last 16 appearances, he’s struck out 19 in 15 innings while throwing to a 1.20 ERA and an 0.80 ratio.

Two perfect innings for the pen in the game in which Bastardo strikes out three. He threw 19 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Lance Lynn went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Nix (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. That lacks a lot of the elements one would need in a lineup that is likely to consistently win games.

Rollins doubled to left to start the top of the first and Michael Young walked behind him. Utley struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Delmon Young was next and lined back to the pitcher. Michael Young was doubled off of first to end the frame.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Delmon Young’s ball was hit hard, but Lynn made a pretty miraculous grab to catch it against his hip. Michael Young didn’t have much chance at first.

Ruf and Nix both struck out to start the second before Mayberry singled softly to center. Kratz grounded to third to set the Phils down.

Rollins walked with one out in the third and stole second after Michael Young struck out for the second out. Utley walked to put men on first and second for Delmon Young, but Young grounded to third for the third out.

Rollins on base twice in the first three innings on a double and a walk. Steals his tenth base of the year. He’s been caught six times and picked off three.

Delmon Young gets two big at-bats early in the game. He lined into a double-play to end the first with two men on. Grounds to third to end that frame with two men on.

The Phillies were down 3-0 when they hit in the fourth. Ruf led off with a walk. Nix was next and grounded to second with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Mayberry was next and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Nix tried to score from second and arrived at the plate at the same time as Craig’s throw from left, but the throw hit him in the back as he slid in safely. 3-1 with men on first and second for Kendrick. Kendrick bunted, but badly. The pitcher Lynn fielded and threw to third to force Mayberry for the second out. Freese threw to first in time to double Kendrick up and set the Phillies down.

Ruf walks against the righty to start the frame and the Phils follow with a pair of hits. But the Kendrick bunt helps the Cards hold them to a single run.

The Phils went in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Kratz reached on a softly hit infield single with one out in the seventh. Just up lefty Steve Susdorf hit for Kendrick and grounded into a double-play in the first at-bat of his career.

Susdorf is 27-years-old. The Phillies drafted him in the 19th round of the 2008 draft. He hit 335/419/428 in 229 plate appearances at Lehigh Valley while playing mostly in right field. He has hit nine home runs in his last 924 plate appearances in the minors, but with a .314 batting average. If you want to on-base .419 you can be a great offensive player no matter how many home runs you hit. But he’s not going to on-base .419. He stole eight bases at Triple-A this year, which is a career high.

Rollins singled to right off of righty Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Ruf singled off of righty Edward Mujica to start the ninth, bringing Nix to the plate as the tying run. Nix grounded to second for the first out and Mayberry and Kratz both struck out behind him.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in the game. His double to left to start the top of the first was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 262/320/356 for the year. 7-for-his-last-20 with two doubles and a home run.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 0-for-10 with two walks in the series. 2-for-his-last-24 (.083), but with five walks. 278/342/405 for the season.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-10 with two walks in the series. 283/344/515.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 2-for-11 in the series. 274/320/414 on the year. Hitting .302 over his last 136 plate appearances, but with just a .380 slugging percentage. 2-for-19 (.105) with a home run while hitting cleanup for the Phillies this season.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and an error when he came of the base early on Young’s throw. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. 292/393/500 in 56 PA for the year. Just 3-for-14 (.214) against lefties, but with a pair of home runs.

Nix 0-for-4. 1-for-9 with two strikeouts in the series. 188/235/277 on the season. Yesterday was the first time he had started two games in a row since April 25 and 26. 192/243/288 in 111 plate appearances against righties for the season.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 5-for-12 with two doubles in the series. 259/311/441 on the year. Mayberry’s UZR/150 in center for the season as calculated by FanGraphs is -26.4. Delmon Young’s in right is -20.8. The Phillies play those guys every day and that’s pretty hard to overcome. Mayberry has close to no chance of making up for his defense in center, especially hitting against righties and especially if he’s not going to walk.

Kratz 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first action of the series. 2-for-7 since rejoining the team. Kratz and Ruiz have had almost the same number of plate appearances for the year at this point. Kratz is hitting 231/290/429 in 162 PA and Ruiz is hitting 252/301/280 in 158. Kratz has twice as many home runs (8) as Ruiz has extra-base hits (four, all doubles).

Hamels (4-12, 4.16) faces righty Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90) tonight in Detroit. The Phillies are 4-1 in the last four starts made by Hamels. He had made three very good starts in a row before allowing four runs in five innings against the Mets his last time out. Fister has gone six innings in each of his last four starts, allowing two runs over 12 innings his last two times out. He’s walked just 23 in 127 innings on the season. Righties have fared better against him than lefties, posting a 318/363/422 line compared to 235/287/346 for lefties.


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