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It’s not that nobody has told the Phillies that they aren’t supposed to be very good anymore. Just about the opposite is true. Pretty much everybody tells them that pretty much all the time. The guy who was their manager a week ago just told them. Just told everyone. Seems like they either don’t know or don’t care. Good or not, they’re suddenly full of life and winners of four of their last five.

The Phillies rallied for their second walkoff win in two games last night, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 5-4.

Kendrick got the start and pitched well early before allowing a three-run homer in the sixth that put the Rockies up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Darin Ruf continued his assault on right-handed pitching with a two-run homer off of Matt Belisle. Still down 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins doubled to right, stole third and scored on an infield single by Young, tying the game at 4-4. Young moved up to second on an Utley walk and scored the game-winner when Brown smashed a single into right.

Four runs in their last two times at-bat is impressive, but the bullpen did their part as well. After Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth, Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to throw four shutout innings that kept the Phillies in the game.

The Phillies are 57-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils win the series three games to one and have won four of their last five. They are 9-22 since the All-Star break, which is no longer the worst record in baseball (the Astros are 8-24).

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer in the sixth. He struck out two and raised his ERA for the year to 4.51 with the outing.

Kendrick leads the NL in his allowed, having given up 182 in 159 2/3 innings for the season. He has a 7.46 ERA and a 1.77 ratio over his last seven starts and opponents have hit .364 against him in those outings. Righties are hitting 321/355/452 against him for the season.

He started last night’s game with four shutout frames. Troy Tulowitzki singled with two outs in the top of the first, but was left stranded when Michael Cuddyer flew to right. After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick walked DJ LeMahieu on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three hitters behhind LeMahieu. Cuddyer singled with one out in the fourth, but Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils led 1-0 when Kendrick started the fifth. Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu started the frame with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for the pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Dexter Fowler was next and flew to left for the second out. Arenado tagged and slid in just safely ahead of a good throw from Brown in left, tying the game at 1-1. LeMahieu moved up to third as the throw came home, but Corey Dickerson went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave him stranded.

Nice throw by Brown. Close play at the plate, but I think Arenado was safe.

Tulowitzki and Cuddyer singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Rosario. Rosario hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that put the Rockies up 4-1. Todd Helton followed with a single to left and Miner took over for Kendrick. Miner retired the next three batters in order to set Colorado down.

Kendrick comes into the frame having allowed a run on four singles and a walk over five innings. He faces four batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three singles and a home run.

Rosario goes 5-for-16 in the series with three home runs and seven RBI. 11-for-25 (.440) on the year against the Phils with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a 1.542 OPS.

Miner came back to pitch the seventh and set the Rockies down in order.

Miner faced six batters in the game and set all six down. 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio after six appearances and 10 2/3 innings. Five of his six appearances have been really good and he allowed three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-11 with a single and two walks against the righty so far.

Rosenberg pitched the eighth with the Phils still down by three. Rosario singled to left with one out, but Rosenberg struck Helton out behind Rosario and got Arenado on a fly ball to right.

6.00 ERA and a 1.83 ratio for Rosenberg after six appearances and six innings. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his first two outings on the year. Since then he’s had four outings in which he’s thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jimenez pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 4-3 and set Colorado down in order.

Seven scoreless innings for Jimenez now through six appearances. Opponents are hitting .160 against him.

Brilliant job by the pen keeps the game close enough for the Phillies to come back in the game. Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to allow a single and no walks in four shutout innings while striking out four. All three threw less than 20 pitches in the game, but Miner may not be available tonight after throwing 18 pitches over two innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Bettis went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. There is it. Bernadina makes his first start for the Phils with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Mayberry sits despite being 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Ruiz hits fifth for the fourth time this season.

The Phils wend in order in the bottom of the first.

Brown led off the second and singled on a ball that looked like it could have been handled by LeMahieu at second. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown up to second. Brown took third on a wild pitch before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche was next and sliced a ball into left that dropped near the line. Brown scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and the throw came in to third. Ruiz was safe there and Asche took second, leaving the Phils with men on second and third and one down. Bernadina and Kendrick both struck out swinging.

Ruf strikes out with runners on first and third for the first out. Bernadina strikes out with runners on second and third for the second.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the third and moved up to second when the throw back into the infield wasn’t handled. Brown went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Rosario handled to end the frame.

Ruiz singled to start the fourth. Ruf flew to right for the first out. Asche was next and grounded to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second. Asche took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Bernadina struck out looking to leave Asche at third.

Not a great first start for Bernadina at the plate. 0-for-2 with two strikeouts through the first four innings. Struck out with one out and men on second and third in the second and with two outs and Asche on third in the fourth.

It was 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were down 4-1 when Utley walked to start the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first with Utley forced at second for the first out. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown to second, putting runners on first and second for Ruf. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Ruf and Ruf grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Lopez got Asche and Bernadina to start the eighth. Wells hit for Miner and drew a walk. Rollins followed with a single to right that put runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Utley walked off of lefty Josh Outman to start the sixth and moved up to second when Brown went down on a ball hit softly out in front of the plate for the first out. Righty Matt Belisle came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck Ruiz out swinging for the second out. Ruf was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Asche flew to right for the third out.

Huge home run for Ruf against the righty after Belisle strikes out Ruiz. He’s hitting 310/410/590 against right-handed pitching for the year in 117 plate appearances. His 1.000 OPS against right-handed pitching is eighth among the 347 hitters across both leagues with 100 plate appearances against righties.

Righty Rafael Betancourt got Bernadina to pop to short for the first out in the ninth. Frandsen hit for Jimenez and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins was next and ripped a double to right. He stole third without a throw, but Young got behind 0-2 and chopped a ball slowly towards short. Arenado cut in front of Tulowitzki and tried to bare-hand the ball, but didn’t get it cleanly. Rollins scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Young was safe at first with a single. Lefty Jeff Francis came in to pitch to Utley and Utley walked 3-2 to put men on first and second for Brown. Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Francis hard into left for a single, scoring Young to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Rollins starts the rally with a two-out double smashed into right. Second big hit for him batting left-handed in two innings. His single in the seventh was down the first base line as well and hit off the stands in shallow right, holding him to a single. His steal of third allows him to score on the Young dribbler.

Young does great to make contact down in the count 0-2 against the righty. Ties the game last night after winning it with a walkoff hit in game three.

Utley’s walk allows Young to move up to second where Young can score on Brown’s single.

Second straight game the Phils get to Betancourt. Betancourt allowed two hits and got two outs. Rollins’s double was hit hard and Young reached on a softly hit single. Francis comes in to pitch to the lefties and Utley and Brown both reach base.

Brown delivers the game-winner, singling on a first-pitch curve ball from the lefty. He’s hitting just 240/287/440 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a huge double in the ninth. Steal of third before the Young single allows him to score on the softly hit ball and tie the game. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and two doubles. 3-for-15 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 247/306/339 on the year. 233/286/286 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Young 1-for-5 with an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. 2-for-14 in the series with two singles, both of which were huge. 267/328/385 on the year. 245/305/373 over his last 374 plate appearances. Hitting just 215/306/355 against lefties for the year, which is a big surprise.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked three times. 4-for-13 with four walks and a home run in the series. 278/345/497 for the year.

Brown 2-for-5 with the game-winner. 3-for-16 with two RBI in the set. 274/320/522 on the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with three singles. 6-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-16 has upped his line for the year from 250/297/311 to 278/323/358. Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 262/291/335 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a huge two-run homer. Left five men on base. Big strikeout in the second with nobody out and a man on third. 4-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the series. 269/368/522 for the year. His numbers against lefties are a lock to improve as he plays more and his numbers against righties are a lock to get worse. He’s hitting .147 in 38 plate appearances against lefties and has struck out in about 36.8% of his chances. Hitting .208 over his last 59 plate appearances, but with five home runs.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. 203/236/362 for the year in 72 PA.

Bernadina 0-for-4 with two big strikeouts early. 0-for-5 since joining the Phillies. 172/240/261 on the year in 172 plate appearances. He was very solid for the Nats in 291 plate appearances last year, but he’s been awful at the plate against both righties and lefties in 2013.

Hamels (5-13, 3.61) faces lefty Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) tonight as the Phils square off against the Snakes in the first of three. Hamels has dropped his ERA for the year from 4.58 to 3.61 by throwing to a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ratio over his last nine starts. He’s allowed more than two runs in just one of those nine outings. Miley has a 2.10 ERA over his last ten starts and opponents have hit just .225 against him in those outings. He has a 3.23 ERA for the year in his 15 starts away from Arizona and a 4.06 ERA in his ten starts while pitching in Arizona.


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.


And if they ever decide to start in April again some year, just think where this could go

The Phillies weren’t over .500 in any of the first three months of the season, but they’ve started July strong, going 6-2 in their first eight games. Last night they topped the Nats 4-2 behind eight great innings from Cole Hamels.

In 2012, the Phillies went 34-22 in August and September combined and finished the year at 81-81.

The Phils are going to need a well-rounded effort the rest of the way if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot in 2013, but the starting pitching has done most of the work in their current three-game winning streak. Over the last three games, their starters have allowed two earned runs over 21 1/3 innings (0.84 ERA and an 0.89 ratio). That’s good enough to get you some wins even if your offense is pretty uninspired and your bullpen is downright terrible.

There might not be a lot of hope for the bullpen, but it is important to recognize that the offense has improved of late. The Phils have scored at least three runs in each of their eight July games and are averaging 4.63 runs a game so far in July. There’s only one NL team that’s averaged 4.63 runs or better for the season — St Louis has scored an average of 5.0 runs per game and Colorado is second in the league at 4.55. The bad news is that the Phillies aren’t the only NL team whose offense has picked up in July. Their 4.63 runs per game for July is just sixth best in the NL.

The Phillies are 45-46 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They’ve won three in a row and are 6-2 over their last eight.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out four.

The Phillies went 2-14 in the first 16 games that Hamels started this season, but are 3-0 his last three times out. In his last two starts he’s allowed two earned runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA with an 0.80 ratio).

Scott Hairston led off the top of the first with a single into center, but Hamels got Ian Desmond to ground into a double-play behind him. Bryce Harper struck out looking 1-2 for the third out.

With one out in the second, Werth reached out over the plate for a 1-1 pitch from Hamels and hit it out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Hamels got the next two.

He hit Kurt Suzuki with an 0-2 pitch to start the third and the pitcher Taylor Jordan bunted Suzuki to second with the first out. Hamels struck Hairston out looking for the second out and got Desmond on a fly ball to right to leave Suzuki at second.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he started the fifth. He got the first two before hitting Suzuki again 0-2. Jordan lined to right to end the frame.

Hamels hits Suzuki twice in the first five innings of the game. He hadn’t hit more than one batter in a start since September 14, 2010.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Phils led 4-1 when he started the seventh. Adam LaRoche singled to right with one out and moved up to second on an infield single by Anthony Rendon. It put men on first and second with two down for Suzuki and Suzuki flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Werth homered with one out in the second. LaRoche and Rendon hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the seventh. In between, Hamels faced 18 batters and the only two times the hitter reached base were the two times he hit Suzuki.

Hamels started the eighth having thrown 87 pitches with the Phils still up by three runs. Hairston reached on an infield single with one out and moved up to second when Desmond singled into center. Hamels walked Harper on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases for Ryan Zimmerman with one out. Hamels struck Zimmerman out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Werth was next. Hamels delivered a 2-2 fastball that was way up and away before Werth pounded the 3-2 pitch to center. Revere took it on the edge of the track to leave the bases loaded.

Hamels had thrown 103 pitches when Werth’s at-bat started. I think it’s pretty nuts to let him pitch to Werth as the go-ahead run there, but it worked out for the Phillies that time.

Huge Zimmerman at-bat ahead of the Werth at-bat and Hamels strikes him out swinging 0-2 with one out and the bases loaded.

Bastardo started the ninth with the overused Papelbon unavailable to pitch after throwing in four of the last five days. Bastardo got LaRoche on a fly ball to right for the first out before walking Rendon 3-2. Suzuki struck out swinging for the second out before righty Wilson Ramos hit for the pitcher Ian Krol and doubled off the base of the wall in right. Rendon scored, making it 4-2 with two down and Ramos on second. Bastardo got Hairston to pop to Utley to end the game.

Bastardo earns his second save of the season and the eleventh of his career. Faces five batters, allows a walk and a double and gets three outs. He’s walked 17 in 31 1/3 innings for the year. For his career he has walked 11.1% of the right-handed batters he has faced and 11.2% of the left-handed batters he has faced.

The Phillie lineup against righty Taylor Jordan went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Revere and Rollins again hit one-two in the order after a nice performance in game one of the set. Ruf at first against the righty with Howard out.

Revere singled to center to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Michael Young walked with one out, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third walk for Michael Young in the last three games. 4-for-his-last-8 with three walks, a double and a .636 on-base percentage.

Second time in two innings the Phils ground into a double-play.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Utley doubled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown was next and lined a ball into right that was short-hopped by a charging Werth. Werth threw home with the ball and Utley arriving at about the same time, but Suzuki didn’t handle the ball. Utley slid past the base, Suzuki tagged him and Utley was called safe. Brown was headed for second, so as soon as Suzuki tagged Utley, Suzuki threw to second. His throw wasn’t handled there and skipped into center, leaving Brown at third with two down. Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

Many a break for the Phillies on Brown’s single. Had Werth’s throw been handled at the plate as Utley slid in, it would have been a close play, even if Utley had touched the plate. Utley slid past the plate without touching it. When Suzuki tagged him, he should have been out, but the Phillies got a helpful call. Brown would have been out by a lot if the throw at second had been handled there as he tried to move up to second when the throw came home.

Delmon Young and Ruf singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz with nobody out. Ruiz grounded to third and the Nats turned two, leaving the Phils with Young on third and two outs for Hamels. Hamels grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz grounds into their third double-play of the game.

Revere and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second again with nobody out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that was fielded by LaRoche. LaRoche made a good throw to second, but it went off the arm of Rollins as Rollins slid into the bag, off the glove of Desmond and into short left. Revere scored (2-1), Rollins went to third and Utley was safe at first with nobody out. Brown popped to short for the first out. Michael Young was next and doubled to the gap in right-center. Rollins and Utley both scored (4-1). The relay came home as Utley crossed the plate, but Suzuki made a nice play, coming out in front of the plate to take the throw and throw to third. Young was tagged out trying to move up for the second out. Righty Craig Stammen took over for Jordan and walked Delmon Young. Mayberry ran for Young at first, but was left there when Ruf struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Phils give away an out on the bases as Michael Young is thrown out trying to move up to third as Utley scores. They should have given up another out on the bases in the second when Brown tried to take second, but Suzuki’s throw wasn’t handled that time.

Revere and Rollins start another rally, singling back-to-back to start the inning and both coming around to score. Between them they’ve score five of the seven runs the Phils have plated in the first two games of the set.

Michael Young’s double off the righty Jordan is the big hit of the game.

Ugly at-bat for Brown in the frame, popping to short with runners on the corners and nobody out ahead of the double.

Stammen set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Ian Krol got Rollins, Utley and Brown on three ground balls in the eighth.

Revere was 2-for-4 in the game, upping his average for the year to .302. He’s 13-for-his-last-27 (.481). 346/381/408 in 226 plate appearances since the start of May. BABIP of .382 after the start of May and .237 before the start of May.

Rollins 1-for-4. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 145 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. Scored two of the fourth Phillie runs. Scored in the second when he doubled with two outs and scored on Brown’s single. Reached on an error in the sixth and scored on Michael Young’s double. 2-for-his-last-12 with a double.

Brown 1-for-4 with a single. Popped out with runners on the corners and nobody out in the sixth. Has at least one hit in eight games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 6-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 1-for-2 with a walk. 431/473/549 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 with a double and two walks so far. Six strikeouts in 11 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles. Delivered extra-base hits in 11.4% of his plate appearances in 2012 and about 2.4% of his plate appearances in 2013.

Lee (10-2, 2.73) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) tonight. Lee allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Braves in his last start, which is the only time in his last 12 outings that he allowed more than three earned runs. Over his last four starts he’s allowed four home runs to the 114 batters he’s faced. Prior to those starts he went five starts in which he didn’t allow a home run to 144 hitters. Gonzalez threw to a 1.79 ERA in his six starts in June and didn’t allow more than two earned runs in any of those outings, but gave up three earned runs over 6 2/3 in his first start of July against the Padres. He faced the Phillies on June 19 and held the Phils to two runs over seven innings while striking out 11. The Phils had two hits in his seven innings that day — a single by Revere to lead off the bottom of the first that was followed by a two-run homer by Michael Young.


Lucky number 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fundamentals, three-run homers and never, ever letting the bullpen throw a pitch except when it can’t be helped

The Phillies got great starting pitching again last night and this time they won, scoring three in the third and another three in the fifth to top San Diego 6-2.

Domonic Brown had the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the third. He drove in four of the six Phillie runs, walking with the bases loaded in the fifth to drive in the fourth.

Kendrick pitched very well, allowing a pair of runs over eight innings and not walking a batter.

Charlie Manuel’s well-founded fear of his own bullpen showed itself again in the game. A day after the decision to let Cliff Lee hit for himself in the ninth with a three-run lead and a man on base led to disaster, Manuel let Kendrick hit for himself with a four-run lead in the top of the eighth last night.

By ERA, the Phillies have the worst bullpen in the NL and it’s not close. The Phillie bullpen ERA is 4.66 and the Cubs have the second-worst bullpen ERA at 4.20. The Astros are the only AL team with a worse bullpen ERA for the season.

The Phillies are 37-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 6-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, six singles and a double. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Hit one.

Kendrick is allowing walks, hits and home runs all below his career levels. His ratio for the year is 1.19, well below his career mark of 1.34. He has a 3.57 ERA in his last 87 appearances (56 starts) since the start of 2011.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Chase Headley on a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Kyle Blanks started the second with a single to right and moved up to third when Yasmani Grandal doubled to left. It put men on second and third with nobody out for Alexi Amarista. Amartista grounded out to Utley for the first out, but Blanks scored (1-0) and Grandal moved up to third. Pedro Ciriaco was next and he singled past a drawn-in Young at third, scoring Grandal to extend the San Diego lead to 2-0 with one out and Ciriaco on first. Ciriaco stole second and moved up to third when the pitcher Jason Marquis grounded out for the second out. Kendrick got Logan Forsythe swinging to leave Ciriaco at third.

The Phils were up 3-2 when Kendrick started the third. He hit Quentin with one out, but got the next two.

Kendrick set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

Up 6-2, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Quentin singled to left to start the sixth, but Kendrick retired the next three, striking Headley and Grandal both out looking.

Ciriaco and Chris Denorfia singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Forsythe. Kendrick struck Forsythe out looking 1-2 for the second out and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Tyson Ross. Kotsay flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big strikeout for Kendrick to get Forsythe for the second out. Kendrick had four strikeouts in the fifth, sixth and seventh combined and all four were looking. Forsythe for the second out in the seventh was a big out and in the sixth he struck two out looking after the leadoff single.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Bastardo started the ninth with a four-run lead. Grandal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a one-out double to center by Ciriaco. He struck out the next two to strand the runners at second and third, though, getting Denorfia looking for the second out and Forsythe swinging to end the game.

Bastardo faces five batters in the game, getting three outs while allowing a single and a double. He drops his ERA on the year to 2.73, but with a 1.52 ratio. He’s walked 14 in 26 1/3 innings for the season, but none of the last 25 batters he’s faced over his last eight appearances. That’s great, but opponents are hitting .360 against him over those eight appearances, which is going to be a problem.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays right against the righty after a big game one with Delmon Young on the bench. Revere back in center against the righty in game two after the Padres start a lefty in game one.

Utley walked with one out in the first and moved up to second with Rollins followed with a single. Howard and Brown both flew out to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry singled to center to start the top of the second. Revere bunted him up to second with the first out, but Ruiz struck out swinging and Kendrick grounded to third to turn the Phils away.

It was 2-0 when they hit in the third. Rollins led off and walked on five pitches. He stole second before Utley went down swinging for the first out. Michael Young followed with a single into left that put runners on the corners for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Brown was next and he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to right center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry was next and hit the ball well, but Headley handled it at third to set the Phillies down.

Howard and Brown get another chance in the third after both going down in the first with two men on. Howard can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, but Brown delivers the big blow of the game.

First home run for Brown since June 8. Rolllins starts the rally with a walk. His walk rate peaked in 2010 at 10.2% and is at about 8.6% this year.

Revere walked to start the fourth, but was caught stealing for the first out. Ruiz and Kendrick went down behind him.

Revere has 20 steals for the year and has been caught five times for a safe percentage of 80%.

Rollins and Utley started the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young struck out swinging for the first out before Howard drew a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases. Brown was next and he walked on four pitches, forcing in Rollins to extend the lead to 4-2 with the bases still loaded. Righty Brad Brach came in to pitch to Mayberry and uncorked a wild pitch that moved everyone up a base. 5-2 with men on second and third and one out. Mayberry flew to center for the second out with Howard tagging and scoring. 6-2 with two down and Brown on third for Revere. Revere walked, putting runners on the corners, but Ruiz fouled out to first to leave them stranded.

Three walks for the Phils in the inning. Howard and Brown both walk on four pitches and Revere draws his second walk of the game. Revere walked in about 4.2% of his plate appearances in April, 7.1% of his plate appearances in May and about 4.6% of his PA so far in June. The difference between walking in 4.2% or 7.1% of his chances is important for him.

Young strikes out with one out and a man on third. Second time in two games he comes up empty in a big situation with a man on third and less than two outs. In game one of the set he struck out with one out in the tenth and Rollins at third.

Righty Tyson Ross pitched the sixth for San Diego. Utley reached on a two-out error by Blanks, but Michael Young grounded to short for the third out.

Ross threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Utley singled off of rigthy Dale Thayer with one out in the eighth, but Kendrick and Rollins both grounded out behind him.

Kendrick hit for himself with one out and a man on in the top of the eighth with a 6-2 lead. This comes a day after Lee hitting for himself late helps set up ninth-inning disaster. Kendrick had thrown 97 pitches in game and would set the Padres down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Lefty Tommy Layne walked Utley to start the ninth. Young struck out looking for the first out and Utley stole second. Howard struck out looking 2-2 for the second out. Brown flew to center to leave Utley at second.

Utley has 127 stolen bases in his career and has been caught 16 times (88.8% safe (not including pickoffs)). Draws his second walk of the game. He’s walked in 9% of his 200 PA for the year, which is a little below his career rate of 9.8%.

Howard’s line against lefties drops to 188/240/319 for the year as Layne strikes him out for the second out of the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. The Phillies scored in two different innings in the game — in each of them, Rollins led off the frame, got on base and scored. He walked to start the third and singled to start the fifth. 4-for-his-last-16 with a walk and four singles. His isolated power for the year is .107, which is the worst it’s been in any year of his career in which he got more than 55 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-3 and walked twice. 5-for-21 (.238) with a double, a home run and two walks since returning.

Young 2-for-5 and struck out twice, including once in the fifth with nobody out and runners on the corners. 5-for-his-last-23 (.217) with no walks. 351/359/519 over his last 78 PA. His .346 on-base percentage for the year is the best mark among Phillies with at least 100 plate appearances. His BABIP against right-handed pitching for the year is .343.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. Came into the game hitting 432/509/773 over his last 53 PA.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI. 294/325/610 over his last 231 plate appearances. Came into the game 5-for-his-last-23 with ten strikeouts.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-his-last-7 with a double, but on-basing .315 for the year. .304 against righties.

Revere 0-for-1, walked twice and was caught stealing. 321/353/358 in June. 316/357/354 in 171 plate appearances since the start of May.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He has struck out in 17.7% of his 79 PA for the year, which is the worst rate of his career by far and well above his 11.3% mark over 2,664 career plate appearances. His single last night came off the righty Thayer, but he’s hitting 192/218/212 against right-handed pitching in 55 plate appearances for the season. 9-for-22 against lefties (409/458/455).

Hamels (2-11, 4.50) faces lefty Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15) tonight. The Phillies have lost 14 of the 16 games that Hamels has started this season. Both of his first two starts on the year were bad, but he’s thrown to a 3.73 ERA with a 1.21 ratio since. In ten of his last 14 starts, the Phillies have scored three runs or less. Erlin has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.54 ratio in 12 PCL starts this year. It will be his fifth appearance with the Padres and his second career start. He was good in the other, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on June 1.

Earl Weaver once said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”


Eighth not enough to do in the Phils this time

The bullpen faltered late again last night, but this time the Phillies had an answer. A two-run lead shrunk to one in the top of the eighth as Adams allowed yet another run. The Nats were down to their last strike in the ninth when Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Chad Tracy, which tied the game at 4-4. Ben Revere led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, though, and scored on a two-out single by Brown to get the Phillies the win.

Opponents are hitting 299/365/486 against Phillie pitching in the eighth inning this year. That’s an .851 OPS. The second-worst eighth-inning OPS against in the NL belongs to the Cubs at .788.

The Phillies are 34-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 last night. Coming off of a five-game losing streak, they’ve won three of their last five. They’re in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves and a game behind the second-place Nats.

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

First start for Lannan since April 17. He’s made four starts on the season. Three of them have been pretty good and he allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Reds in the other. Lefties are 2-for-13 against him and righties are hitting 313/362/500.

He walked Anthony Rendon with one out in the top of the first and hit Ryan Zimmerman behind Rendon, putting runners on first and second with one out for Jayson Werth. Werth singled into left, scoring Rendon to put Washington up 1-0 with men on first and second. Ian Desmond grounded into a double-play to set the Nats down.

Kurt Suzuki singled to right with one out in the second and moved to second when Steve Lombardozzi followed with a single to left. The pitcher Dan Haren was next and bunted. Lannan fielded and went to third in time to get Suzuki, leaving runners at first and second with two down. Lannan got Jeff Kobernus swinging 2-2 to end the frame.

Lannan allows just one run in the first two innings, but gives up three singles, a walk and hits a batter. Gets a big double-play to end the first and a big strikeout to leave two runners stranded in the second.

It was 1-1 when Lannan started the third. He allowed a one-out single to Zimmerman, but got the next two.

The Phils were up 3-1 when Lannan started the fourth. Suzuki and Lombardozzi doubled back-to-back with one out. Lombardozzi’s double down the right field line scored Suzuki to cut the lead to 3-2. Haren flew softly to Revere in center before Lombardozzi stole third. Lannan struck Kobernus out swinging again to leave the runner at third.

Second time in four innings that Lannan strikes the righty Kobernus out swinging to end the frame with a runner in scoring position.

Lannan got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Stutes threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the PHils up 4-2.

He came back and set the Nats down in order again in the seventh.

Two scoreless frames for Stutes in the game as he sets down six in a row, including two pinch-hitters. Drops his ERA on the year to 1.32 and his ratio to 0.88. Righties are 3-for-27 against him with three singles. Lefties are hitting 304/333/478 against him for the season. Last night he got three righties in the sixth and then switch-left-left in the seventh.

Adams started the seventh. Zimmerman doubled with one out and moved up to third on a ground out by Werth. Desmond followed with a two-out single into center, scoring Zimmerman to cut the lead to 4-3. Lefty Adam LaRoche hit for the pitcher Ian Krol. Bastardo came in to pitch to LaRoche and got him on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Adams has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. He’s allowed six walks in those ten innings. Opponents have hit just .237 against him in that span, but three of the nine hits he’s allowed have gone for home runs.

Bastardo has pitched two days in a row. He faced one batter and got one out. No walks in the game, but he’s allowed 14 walks in 24 innings this year after walking 26 in 52 innings last year.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two hitters and was ahead of lefty Chad Tracy 0-2 when Tracy homered to right, tying the game at 4-4. Papelbon struck Roger Bernadina out swinging to set Washington down.

Nats are down to their last strike when Tracy homers off of Papelbon.

Papelbon was not charged with a run in 18 appearances between April 4 and May 28, but has now allowed a run in three of his last six times out.

The bullpen went four innings in the game for the Phils, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, the double off of Adams and the homer off of Papelbon. They struck out one. Bastardo has pitched two days in a row, but only threw four pitches in the game. Stutes threw 22 while going two frames.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dan Haren went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Quintero. Frandsen plays second with Galvis on the bench. Delmon Young in right with Mayberry and Nix on the bench. Quintero catches.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the bottom of the second and blasted a 2-2 pitch way out to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Frandsen and Quintero singled back-to-back with two outs, but Lannan popped to third to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Howard came in to last night’s game with one home run in his last 130 plate appearances. Crushed that ball, though.

Michael Young tripled to left with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. Rollins stole second before Howard walked, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the second out. Delmon Young was next and lined a ball to right, which was missed by Werth and went for a double. Young and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Howard was caught off third by the relay throw, though, and tagged out to end the inning.

Weird inning in which much of what’s gone wrong for the Phillies this year goes right. Michael Young leads off with a triple. Howard and Rollins both walk. Brown fails in a big spot with the bat, but gets picked up by a big hit from Delmon Young.

Miserable base-running by Howard to get nailed a couple of feet off of third after two runs scored. He’s a terrible, terrible base-runner and has been for a long time. You can look it up.

Werth should have caught the ball hit by Delmon Young.

No RBI for Brown after he gets to hit with one out and the bases loaded.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Revere led off the fifth with a single and stole second before Michael Young grounded to short. Rollins popped to short for the second out, but Howard singled into center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 4-2. Brown followed with a walk, but Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

First of two big runs that Revere would score in the game for the Phils. They wouldn’t have scored in the frame without the steal of second.

Second big hit and RBI for Howard.

Brown draws another walk. He’s walked eight times in June, which is about 11.8% of his plate appearances. Before June he had walked nine times in 206 plate appearances, which is about 4.4%.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Lefty Ian Krol set Revere, Michael Young and Rollins down in order in the seventh.

It was 4-3 when Howard singled off of righty Tyler Clippard to start the eighth. Brown was next and singled to right, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Martinez ran for Howard at second. Mayberry struck out for the first out and Galvis popped to short for the second. Clippard hit Quintero to load the bases. Nix hit for Bastardo and struck out to leave them loaded.

That’s miserable. No run for the Phillies after they put runners on first and second with nobody out in a one-run game. Neither Mayberry or Galvis can move the runners up with the first two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phils hit in the ninth. Revere led off against lefty Fernando Abad and singled to center. Michael Young flew to center for the first out before Rollins singled softly to left, moving Revere up to third. Lerud hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins took second without a throw before Brown singled to center 2-2, scoring Revere to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Big hit for Brown. Huge at-bat for Lerud, too, but he strikes out with one out and the winning run at third.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored two runs, including the game-winner. He’s 14-for-his-last-29 (.483). Came in to the season with a miserable walk rate of 5.4% for his career and has walked in 5.0% of his chances in 2013.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with a triple. He’s hitting .352 in June. His isolated power against righties was .095 in 2012 and in .092 so far in 2013.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a walk. 298/385/386 in his last 65 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-3 with a walk, a long home run and two RBI. 10-for-his-last-19 with four walks and three extra-base hits.

Brown 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-25.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a two-run double. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 1-for-3. His .405 on-base percentage leads the team. Michael Young is second at .350 and nobody else is above .339. His .383 wOBA as calculated by FanGraphs is the best for anyone on the team with more than three plate appearances. His defensive numbers are bad anywhere he plays.

Quintero 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He still hasn’t walked against a right-handed pitcher for the year, but now he’s been hit once. 205/222/318 against righties for the season. 232/266/319 against righties for his career with 34 walks in 1,006 plate appearances (about 3.4%).

Lee (8-2, 2.55) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) tonight. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last eight outings, throwing to a 1.93 ERA over 60 2/3 innings in those appearances. He’s allowed just two home runs in 66 2/3 innings since the start of May. Detwiler hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .305 against him and he’s going to have a tough time keeping his 3.02 ERA if they continue to do so. They hit .224 against him over his first three starts on the year as they to an 0.90 ERA. Since then he’s thrown to a 4.40 ERA in six starts, allowing 45 hits in 30 2/3 innings.


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