The Phillie offense is suddenly alive, but it was Tyler Cloyd who led them to their fifth straight win last night. Cloyd took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1.
With the win the Phils are over .500 for the first time this season.
The Phils have been miserable offensively this year, but have scored 32 runs over their last five games and five or more in each of the five. They were eleventh in the NL in runs scored in April and 14th in May. They’ve only played six games in June, but they’re fourth in the NL in runs scored so far for June.
All the unexpected run-scoring has our attention focused there, but the pitching has been very good so far in June as well. The Phillies threw to a 4.47 in April, which was 14th-best in the 15-team NL. Their May ERA was a 12th-best 4.12. So far in June, they’ve thrown to a 2.25 ERA, which is second-best mark in the league. Phillie starters have a 1.87 ERA and a 1.06 ratio so far this month and have averaged about 7.2 innings per start in their six starts.
The Phillies are 31-30 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 last night. They are over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row for the first time this year.
Since April 18, they’re 25-20, which is the best record in the NL East. They’re five games over .500 in that stretch despite allowing eight more runs than they scored (180-172).
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and five walks. All four of the hits were singles and he struck out two.
Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the year. Righties are hitting 250/308/450 against him and lefties 308/383/442.
He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. Jean Segura singled with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez followed that with a walk that put men on first and second with two down, but Cloyd got Jonathan Lucroy to ground to second to end the inning.
It was 3-0 when Cloyd started the second. He walked Juan Franciso with one out, but got the next two to leave Francisco at first.
Braun singled to left with two outs in the third and the Phils up 4-0. Cloyd got Aramis Ramirez on a fly ball to center to leave him at first.
Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 fourth and was up 5-0 when he started the fifth. Norichika Aoki walked with two outs, but Cloyd got Segura on a ground ball to short to set Milwaukee down.
He walked Braun to start the sixth and Ramirez moved Braun up to second with a single. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Lucroy, but Cloyd got Lucroy to foul out on a ball handled by Kratz for the first out. Carlos Gomez was next and flew to right for the second out. Braun tagged and moved up to third, putting runners on the corners with two down. Francisco popped out to Young at third to end the inning.
Nice job by Cloyd to pitch out of the jam after the Brewers put their first two men on base.
He walked Scooter Ginnett to start the seventh, but Yuniesky Betancourt hit for the pitcher Donovan Hand and grounded into a double-play. Aoki followed with a single and De Fratus came in to pitch to Segura. Segura went down on a ground ball to second.
De Fratus faces one batter in the game, getting one out. He was pitching for the second day in a row and dropped his ERA for the year to 2.25. He has an 0.88 ratio after eighth innings and hasn’t allowed a home run.
Adams pitched the eighth. Braun led off with a walk, stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Ramirez. Lucroy was next and grounded to third for the second out with Braun scoring to cut the lead to 5-1. Gomez flew to center for the third out.
Third straight inning that the leadoff man for the Brewers drew a walk. First time he scored.
Adams has been charged with a run in five of his last seven outings. Over those seven outings he’s walked five in 6 2/3 innings.
Bastardo pitched the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single, but got the next three.
Fourth inning in a row the leadoff man got aboard for the Brewers.
Bastardo drops his ERA to 2.45 with the scoreless frame. Didn’t walk anybody, which is always nice. He’s walked 14 in 22 innings for the season.
Overall the pen goes 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. De Fratus has pitched two days in a row, but only threw five pitches in the game. Bastardo 14 and Adams 13.
The Phillie lineup against righty Wily Peralta went (1) Michael Young (2) Mayberry (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young leads off for the first time since September 8, 2004. Mayberry starts in center against the righty and hits second with the lefty Revere on the bench. Kratz catches and Galvis plays second. Mayberry is a really bad defensive center fielder and will put up ugly numbers against righties if you give him enough chances. Michael Young and Mayberry combined to go 6-for-10 in the game. Worked great last night, but I’ll be pretty surprised if Young/Mayberry at the top of the lineup proves to be successful over a lot of games.
Michael Young, Mayberry and Rollins all singled to start the top of the first, loading the bases for Howard. Howard flew to center for the first out, deep enough for Young to tag and score. 1-0 with men on first and second. Brown walked on five pitches, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Everybody moved up a base on a wild pitch with Mayberry scoring (2-0) before Delmon Young struck out for the second out. Kratz grounded out to leave the runners at second and third.
Delmon Young strikes out with one out and the bases loaded, although the Phils do score the second run thanks to the wild pitch.
Cloyd walked with one out in the second and scored on a two-out double to right-center by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 3-0. Rollins flew to center to leave Mayberry at second.
Mayberry 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored through two innings.
Brown singled to right with one out in the third and stole second before Delmon Young walked. Brown stole third before Kratz hit a ground ball to short. Segura went to second to force Young for the second out and Brown scored from third, putting the Phils up 4-0 with two down and Kratz at first. Galvis followed with a walk, but Cloyd flew to right to leave both runners stranded.
First time in his career that Brown stole two bases in a game, much less an inning. The run wouldn’t have scored on Kratz’s ground ball without the steal of third.
Michael Young singled to right to start the fourth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
With one out in the fifth, Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 5-0. Kratz and Galvis went down behind him.
Delmon Young has been miserable against righties in 2013 and was miserable against them in 2012, but homers off the righty Peralta there. It was his fifth homer overall in his last 55 plate appearances. 269/309/596 in those chances.
Michael Young reached on an infield single off of righty Donovan Hand with one out in the sixth. Mayberry and Rollins went down behind him to leave him at first.
Brown singled to right off of Hand with one out in the seventh, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.
Third time in the game that Brown reached base against a right-handed pitcher. His numbers are obviously sky-rocketing everywhere, but his line against righties is now up to 276/320/571. He was hitting 238/300/386 against righties for the year at the end of the day on May 14.
Righty Burke Badenhop set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the eighth. Nix hit for De Fratus and grounded to second for the third out.
Nix is 1-for-his-last-18 with a walk and hitting .208 for the season.
It was 5-1 when Mayberry reached on an infield single off of Badehop with one out in the ninth. Mayberry was caught stealing and Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.
Another hit for Mayberry off a righty, although this one wasn’t especially majestic. He has three steals for the year and has been caught three times.
Michael Young was 3-for-5 in the game with three singles. He’s 5-for-14 since returning from the bereavement list.
Mayberry 3-for-5 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at center field at -15.7 for the year and -14.0 for his career.
Rollins 1-for-5. First time in five games he didn’t draw at least one walk.
Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out twice. 9-for-his-last-44 (.205) with 19 strikeouts.
Brown 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, upping his June OPS from 1.405 to 1.413. 323/338/697 over his last 160 plate appearances. He has four walks over those 160 plate appearances, three of which have come in June.
Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 9-for-his-last-33 with a double and three home runs. He’s hitting 213/265/438 in 98 plate appearances in right for the Phils. Mayberry, who’s unquestionably better defensively there, has hit 315/375/521 in 80 PA as the Phillie right fielder this season.
Kratz 0-for-4 with an RBI. Still oddly hitting righties (250/301/446) much better than lefties (150/292/350) for the year.
Lee (7-2, 2.45) faces righty Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) tonight. The Phillies have won six straight games start by Lee. Over those six starts he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and averaged about 7.8 innings a start. Righties are on-basing .230 against him for the season. Figaro turns 29 in July and will be making his sixth career start and second of 2013. He allowed four runs in five innings in his start this year, but has been pretty good pitching out of the bullpen for Milwaukee. 3.07 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 29 1/3 innings of relief this year. He hasn’t walked a ton of people overall, but lefties are slugging .525 against him for the season thanks to five home runs in 67 plate appearances.