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Plus one

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.


Getting even

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rollins continues to walk at an extreme pace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bang, bang, you’re alive

John Mayberry provided the magic last night as the Phils topped the Fish 7-3 in 11 innings. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry tied the game with a solo shot. In the bottom of the eleventh, he delivered a walkoff grand slam.

It was the first grand slam of the year for the Phillies. They are hitting .156 and on-basing .171 with the bases loaded in 2013.

Mayberry’s second home run of the game was the seventh the Phillies have hit so far in four games in June. They lead the NL in June slugging percentage at .547. They slugged .391 in May and .387 in April.

They are also walking more of late, led by improved walk rates from Howard and especially Rollins. The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks in April and seventh in May. In four games so far in June they’re tied for third.

The Phillies are 29-30 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 in 11 innings last night. They’ve won three in a row and the first two games of the three-game set with the Fish. They will go for the sweep and a .500 record in the series finale this afternoon.

They are 12th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game, but have scored 21 runs over their last three (they’ve scored seven runs in each of their last three).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one.

Pettibone bounced back nicely coming off his worst start of the year. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his nine outings. Lefties are still faring well against him, on-basing .395 for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and he singled softly to right. Quintero threw him out trying to steal second, though, and Pettibone got the next two hitters to set Miami down.

Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double to left. Derek Dietrich was next and slapped a ball into left that fell for a single. Brown didn’t handle the ball cleanly, it went off his glove for an error that allowed Dietrich to move up to second with Ozuna at third. Casey Kotchman was next and grounded to short with both runners moving up a base. 1-0 with a man on third. Pettibone got Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short for the second out with Coghlan holding third and handled a ball hit softly by Rob Brantly himself to end the frame.

Pettibone holds the Marlins to a single run, getting Hechavarria on a ground out with the runner holding third with one down.

Ed Lucas singled to center with two outs in the third. Pettibone retired Coghlan on a ground ball to second to set Miami down.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hechavarria singled to center to start the fifth and took off for second as the count went 1-1 on Brantly. Quintero’s throw to Rollins was very good and in time to get Hechavarria, but Rollins just dropped it for the second Phillie error of the game. Brantly singled to left and Hechavarria scored from second, putting Miami up 2-0. The pitcher Ricky Nolasco bunted Brantly up to second with the first out and Pierre followed that with a single to right that put runners on the corners. Pierre stole second before a walk to Lucas loaded the bases for Coghlan. Pettibone got Coghlan on a popup to Young at third with the runners holding for the second out. Ozuna flew to center to leave them loaded.

Again Pettibone keeps the Marlins from getting additional runs with the help of a big second out with a runner on third. This time it’s Coghlan popping up on the infield with the bases loaded and one down.

Quintero made a great throw that should have been his second caught stealing of the game in two tries.

Pettibone walked Kotchman with one out in the sixth, but got Hechavarria to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst threw a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Brantly and Nolasco.

Horst dropped his ERA for the year to 4.70 with the perfect inning. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.39 ratio over 9 1/3 innings in his last 12 appearances. Still too many walks –he’s walked six over those 9 1/3 frames.

Adams started the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Lucas led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a ground out by Coghlan. Adams hit Ozuna with a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dietrich. Dietrich grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Kotchman grounded to second to leave them there.

Fifth appearance for Adams since his return. He’s allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the game still knotted at 2-2.

Since allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, Papelbon has thrown to an 0.44 ERA with an 0.63 ratio over 20 2/3 innings in his last 20 appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Pierre led off with a walk and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Pierre stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Coghlan at the plate, putting Miami back on top at 3-2. Coghlan flew to center for the second out before Ozuna doubled to left. Dietrich flew to left to leave Ozuna at second.

The wild pitch didn’t really cost the Phils as Pierre would have scored from third on Ozuna’s double anyway. The leadoff walk did, though.

Bastardo has been charged with a run in each of his last two appearances. He’s walked 14 in 21 innings for the year, which is too many. He walked 26 in 52 innings last year, which is also too many. Righties are on-basing .396 against him in 2013 and lefties .306. He also has monster home/road splits this year. Opponents have posted a 293/420/537 line against him at home and 152/282/182 on the road.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a walk for the Fish. He’s hitting 306/375/306 in 40 plate appearances against the Phillies this year and has stolen five bases.

Stutes pitched the eleventh. With two outs and nobody on, Brantly hit a ball hard that was deflected by Stutes and went for an infield single. Lefty Greg Dobbs hit for the pitcher Dan Jennings and flew to right to leave Brantly at first.

Nice inning for Stutes gives the Phils a chance to win it in the bottom of the eleventh. He’s made five appearances this year and four of them have been good. In the one that was bad, he allowed two runs, one earned, both of which scored in his third inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in 7 1/3 innings on the year. Righties are 0-for-14 against him for the season and lefties are 6-for-13 with two doubles (462/500/615).

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, Ozuna’s double off of Bastardo. They struck out five.

Adams and Bastardo both threw 20 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19. Horst and Papelbon both threw 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Quintero. Michael Young returns to the lineup and third base. Galvis moves over to second with Hernandez on the bench. Quintero catches with Kratz resting and a day game scheduled for this afternoon.

Revere and Michael Young struck out as the Phillies went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth. Rollins was next and hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Brantly made a nice diving catch that took a hit away from him and changed the inning. Young stole second before Howard walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice catch by Brantly helps keep the Phils off the board. Howard continues to improve his walk rate — he’s walked five times in his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Frandsen hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and drew a walk. Revere was next and grounded to third with Frandsen forced at second for the first out. Young followed that with another grounder to third with Revere forced at second. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Frandsen continues to post a monster on-base percentage despite a low average. He’s hitting .239 and on-basing .375, thanks to six walks and four hit by pitches in 57 plate appearances. That’s obviously a fluky huge rate of hit by pitch in a small number of plate appearances — at that rate he would be hit 40 times over 570 plate appearances. His walk rate in very limited time, though, is 10.5%, which is way higher than his career mark of 5.7%.

The Phils were still down 2-0 when Howard doubled off the wall in right to start the seventh. Brown struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young pounded a ball to left-center for another double, scoring Howard to cut the lead to 2-1. Galvis struck out for the second out, but Kratz hit for Quintero and blasted another ball off the wall in right. Young scored to tie the game at 2-2. Nix hit for Horst with two outs and Kratz on second. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

The balls that Howard, Young and Kratz hit in the inning were all crushed.

Revere led off the eighth and hit a ball to third. Lucas fielded and threw to first, but Kotchman didn’t catch the ball and Revere was safe on the error. Michael Young was next and grounded to third. Lucas went to second for the first out, but Young was safe at first. Revere was called for interference at second on a ridiculous call and Young erased from first. Rollins drew a walk before Howard flew to left to leave him at first.

The Marlins got a huge break there with the help of a bad call at second. Young hit the ball hard and just beat the relay throw from second to first. The second base ump ruled that Revere had reached out towards Dietrich as he crossed second. I didn’t see that one and if Revere did reach out it was after the throw was made.

Like Howard, Rollins’s walk rate is way up in recent games. He has 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances. Prior to that he had walked 12 times in 211 chances for the season.

Righty Chad Qualls got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the ninth. Hernandez hit for Papelbon and dribbled an infield single towards second. Galvis followed and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Brown had an ugly at-bat to start the inning, getting ahead in the count and then swinging at a 3-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate to ground to short. Hernandez showed good speed on his hit, beating out a ball chopped past the first base side of the mound for a hit.

The Phillies were down 3-2 when Mayberry homered off of righty Steve Cishek on a 2-2 pitch to start the tenth. 3-3. Cishek got Revere and Michael Young behind Mayberry before Rollins drew another walk. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to pitch to Howard and Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge home run for Mayberry off of a righty to tie the game. He’s slugging just .380 against righties for his career.

Lefty Edgar Olmos got Howard on a fly ball to right for the first out in the eleventh. Brown was next and hit a ball out near the mound that Olmos didn’t handle for an error. Kendrick hit for Stutes and bunted Brown up to second with the first out. Olmos walked Galvis intentionally, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz walked unintentionally and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left to give the Phisl a 7-3 win.

Walking Galvis intentionally is ridiculous. He’s hitting .160 and on-basing .222 against lefties this year. The Marlins should be overjoyed to see him coming to the plate in a big situation.

Another huge hit for Mayberry, this time off the lefty, gives the Phils the win.

Revere was 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-his-last-25. First 0-for-5 of the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 in his first action since May 28.

Rollins 0-for-3 and walked twice. Didn’t handle Quintero’s throw on a stolen base for an error. He’s on-basing .387 over his last 102 plate appearances. 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances is really a lot. He’s on-basing .514 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s drawn a walk in five straight games.

Brown had a terrible game coming off of a controversial home run celebration on Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and an error. That’s just his third 0-for-5 of his career. The others came on May 7 of this year against the Giants and on July 31, 2010 against the Nats.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Long double off of the righty Nolasco — Young’s been terrible against righties this year. 3-for-his-last-11 overall with a double and a home run.

Galvis 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-his-last-15 with three extra-base hits.

Quintero 0-for-2. 7-for-29 (.235) on the season.

Mayberry entered the game in the seventh and went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Started the game with a .397 slugging percentage for the year and ended it at .454. He’s 13-for-his-last-32 with a walk, a double and two home runs (406/424/625). Came in to last night’s game 11-for-his-last-29 (379/400/414). He’s hitting 324/359/595 against lefties for the season.

Hamels (1-9, 4.86) faces righty Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost six straight games started by Hamels and are 1-11 in his appearances this year. He has a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts and opponents have hit .326 against him those outings. Turner was the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets in his only start this year.


Seven runs a game looking like it may be the way to go for the Phils

The Phillies haven’t scored enough runs to win consistently this year, but they scored seven for the second game in a row last night as they topped the Fish 7-2. Before scoring seven runs in back-to-back days, the Phillies had scored three runs or less in 10 of their last 14 games.

Kendrick got the start and was very good, throwing a complete game and holding Miami to pair of runs.

Domonic Brown continued his amazing run with three more hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Brown has hit eight home runs in his last eight games and is hitting 329/340/713 with 15 home runs over his last 147 plate appearances.

Over the 15 games the Phillies have played since May 18, Brown has been more likely to homer than not homer in a given game. He’s hit more than one home run in two of the 15 games while posting a 1.434 OPS over 60 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 28-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 last night. They have won two in a row.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Second straight good start for Kendrick. He’s allowed just ten hits in 15 innings over his last two starts while walking four.

He allowed a one-out single to Ed Lucas in the top of the first. Lucas moved up to second when Derek Dietrich grounded to first for the second out, but was left stranded when Marcell Ozuna lined to short.

Chris Coglan doubled to center to start the second, but Kendrick retired the next three hitters on a pair of ground balls and a strikeout to leave him stranded.

Juan Pierre singled to center with one out in the third and moved up to second when Lucas followed with a walk. Dietrich was next and he singled into right, scoring Pierre (1-0) and moving Lucas up to third for Ozuna. Ozuna hit a rocket past Galvis at third. Lucas scored (2-0) and it brought Coghlan to the plate with men on first and second. Coghlan moved the runners up to second and third with a ground out, but Kendrick got Casey Kotchman on a popup to Rollins to leave both men stranded.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Pierre singled to start the fifth and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Dietrich followed with a ground out to second that pushed Pierre to third with two down. Kendrick retired Ozuna on a fly ball to left to leave Lucas stranded.

Up 3-2, Kendrick set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

The Phils led 7-2 when he set them down in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Kendrick retires 15 men in a row after Pierre’s single to start the fifth.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tom Koehler went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young back with the team but not in the starting lineup. Galvis plays third. Revere/Hernandez is a pretty miserable combination to have at the top of your lineup.

Rollins and Howard walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Brown struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Kratz singled softly to center with one out in the second. Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him.

Kratz is hitting 286/378/532 over his last 90 plate appearances since the start of the day on April 18.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the third.

Brown singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Young grounded to short behind him.

Kratz led off the fifth and homered to left-center on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 2-1. Galvis grounded to second before Kendrick lined a ball into left center that rolled long enough to go for a triple. Revere was next and slapped a single into left, scoring Kendrick to tie things up at 2-2. Revere stole second, took third on a throwing error by the catcher Brantley and scored on a ground out by Hernandez, which put the Phils up 3-2. Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Revere makes a run pretty much on his own, singling, stealing second, taking third on an error and scoring on a ground out. Career RBI number one for Hernandez. Also the first career triple for Kendrick.

Howard doubled to start the sixth and scored when Brown hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, extending the lead to 5-2. Righty Ryan Weeb took over for Koehler and Young hit a 1-1 pitch well out to left. 6-2. Kratz struck out for the first out before Galvis tripled to right. Kendrick was next and hit a ball to short. Adeiny Hechavarria fielded and came home, but not in time. Galvis was running on contact and slid in safely, putting the Phils up 7-2 with Kendrick on first. Revere moved Kendrick up to second with a single before Hernandez flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Kendrick to tag and move up to third. Revere stole second before Rollins drew a walk that loaded the bases. Lefty Edgar Olmos came in to pitch to Howard and Howard grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Second stolen base of the game for Revere. He’s stolen 13 for the year and been caught just three times.

Brown singled to right off of Olmos to start the seventh, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Kratz flew to right for the third out.

Lefty Dan Jennings set Galvis, Kendrick and Revere down in order in the eighth. Kendrick hit for himself having thrown 90 pitches in the game.

Revere was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. 300/344/344 in his 98 plate appearances since the start of May.

Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-23 with a double and a .217 on-base percentage so far. Doesn’t seem to have much chance to help the Phillies — not because he’s on-basing .217, but just because. Really not a guy you should let hit second in your lineup at this point.

Rollins 0-for-2 with two walks. 307/386/489 in his last 102 plate appearances. Nine walks and a .533 on-base percentage over his last 30 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He’s walked unintentionally four times in his last 16 plate appearances. Prior to those plate appearances he had nine walks for the season in 194 plate appearances and four of those were intentional.

Brown 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. His line against lefties has been good for a while now. His line against righties is up to 277/320/572 after two hits, including a home run, off the righty Koehler last night (he also singled off the lefty Olmos in the seventh to up his line against lefties to 340/360/660).

Delmon Young was 1-for-4 with a home run. Four home runs in his last 47 plate appearances. Still hitting just 205/259/397 against righties for the season after hitting 247/279/370 against them in 2012.

Kratz 2-for-4 with his seventh home run. He’s hit 16 home runs in 293 plate appearances for the Phillies since the start of 2012. Isolated power of .228 over those seasons.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a triple. 5-for-his-last-15 with a double, two triples and a home run.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.64) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69) tonight. The worst of Pettibone’s eight starts came his last time out as he allowed four runs in five innings against the Red Sox. Lefties are hitting 320/400/460 against him for the season. Nolasco has been fantastic against righties this year — they’re hitting just 219/266/298 against him for the season.


May day after day

Domonic Brown hit two more last night, homering twice for a team that’s having a whole lot of trouble scoring as the Phils topped the Red Sox 4-3.

Brown has hit five home runs in his last five games and 11 in his last 114 plate appearances going back to the start of the day on April 27. He’s been hitting regularly behind Ryan Howard, who is on-basing .289 for the year, and Delmon Young, who is on-basing .293 for the year. I think it’s likely that will be changing before too long.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game, all four of which came on solo homers. This article points out that 30 of the last 32 home runs the Phillies have hit have been solo homers.

The Phililes are 26-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night. The Phils have won two in a row.

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

Kendrick bounces back after two bad starts back-to-back. The Phils are now 7-4 on the year when he starts. Righties are on-basing just .289 against him for the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and tripled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Kendrick got Daniel Nava to fly to left for the first out with Ellsbury holding, but Dustin Pedroia was next and flew to center, deep enough for Ellsbury to tag and score. 1-0. Mike Napoli followed with a single to left, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second and started the third with the score tied at 1-1. He walked Nava with two outs and Pedroia followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Napoli. Kratz threw Pedroia out stealing second to leave Nava at third.

In 2012, opponents stole 18 bases with Kratz behind the plate and 15 were caught stealing. That’s an impressive caught rate of 45%. This year 15 runners have stolen successfully and six have been caught for a caught rate of 29%. Ruiz’s caught stealing percentage for his career is 28%, Kratz’s 40% and Quintero’s 32%.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with a 3-1 lead and walked Stephen Drew to start the frame. Jose Iglesias struck out swinging for the first out before the pitcher John Lackey bunted Drew to second with the second out. Ellsbury flew to right to set Boston down.

Nava led off the sixth and homered to right on an 0-2 pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2. Pedroia was next and grounded to third. Galvis fielded and threw to first, but Howard didn’t catch it as the ball dribbled out of the top of his glove for an error. Kendrick got Saltalamacchia on a fly ball to center for the second out. Mike Carp was next and grounded back to the pitcher and Kendrick made a nice play to throw to second and start a double-play.

Nice job by Kendrick to work around the no-out error by Howard. Howard hasn’t been especially good defensively at first this year, but that was his first error of the season.

Bastardo started the seventh with the Phils still up a run. Drew doubled to left with one out and the righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Lackey. Bastardo hit Gomes, putting men on first and second with one down for Ellsbury. Bastardo struck Ellsbury out looking 3-2 for the second out and got Nava on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Bastardo drops his ERA on the year to 2.00 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. He’s walked too many righties — right-handed hitters are hitting just .229 against him, but with a .372 on-base percentage thanks to seven walks and a hit by pitch in 45 PA.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth with newly called up Cesar Hernandez playing second base.

Adams looks good coming off an outing on Monday in which he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning on a hit and three walks.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead. He walked Drew with one out and lefty David Ortiz hit for Jose Iglesias. Ortiz flew to right for the second out before Gomes moved Drew up to second with a single into right. With runners on first and second and two down, Ellsbury popped a ball down the left field line. Brown was playing deep, made a long run and dove for the ball, but it went off of his glove for a double. Drew scored from second to make it 4-3 with Gomes going to third. Papelbon got Nava to ground to first to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Brown should have caught the ball, despite his long run. Per my previous comments, he should never, ever be allowed to dive in the outfield. The Phillies got extremely lucky that when the ball went off of his glove, it hit the stands. Brown got on it quickly, but the ball didn’t go far and Gomes couldn’t score from first.

Down two runs in the ninth, you want to have a runner on first that can score on a double if he’s the tying run. The Red Sox didn’t. Philllies got a little lucky.

Papelbon was pitching for the second day in a row and was charged with a run on two hits. Would have kept the Red Sox off the board if Brown had made the play in left. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in 18 2/3 innings over his last 18 appearances.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Revere (2) Frandsen (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. With Michael Young on the bereavement list and Utley sidelined, Galvis starts at third and Frandsen at second. Delmon Young starts in right, where his UZR/150 in right for the season stands at -19.0. Kratz moves ahead of Galvis in the order and rightly so, not that it matters a whole lot.

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

Howard led off the second and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young followed with a single before Brown grounded to first with Young forced at second for the first out. Kratz flew to right for the second out before Brown stole second. Galvis grounded to second to leave him there.

Seventh homer of the year for Howard and fifth off of a righty. He’s on pace to hit about 21 this year.

Third stolen base of the year for Brown. He hasn’t been caught yet.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the third and stole second before Rollins walked. It put two men on for Howard and Howard struck out looking.

From 2004 to 2011, Howard struck out in about 27.4% of his plate appearances. 33.9% in 2012 and 30.9% so far in 2013.

Brown and Kratz homered back-to-back with one out in the fourth, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Galvis struck out for the second out before Kendrick reached on an infield single. Revere grounded to first to end the inning.

All the homering by Brown makes it easy to miss what Kratz has done of late. What Kratz has done of late is hit. 5-for-his-last-13 with three home runs. 308/417/615 with eight walks and four home runs in 48 plate appearances in May. Apparently it’s enough to get you moved ahead of Freddy Galvis in the order for a team that can’t score any runs.

Frandsen and Howard both struck out as Lackey set the Phils down in order in the fifth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lackey walked Delmon Young to start the sixth. Mayberry ran for Young at first. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Brown. Kratz drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Galvis, but Galvis grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Andrew Miller started the seventh for Boston. Switch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit for Bastardo and flew to center on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues for out number one. Revere singled and stole second before Frandsen walked, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins walked as well and the bases were loaded for Howard. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty Koji Uehara came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short to leave the bases loaded.

Howard can’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs, striking out with the bases loaded for the second out.

The Phils don’t seem to be real impressed with Saltalamacchia behind the plate, no matter how long his last name is. Revere’s stolen base was their fourth of the game.

Brown led off the eighth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to right off of righty Koji Uehara, putting the Phils up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

Brown’s homer winds up mattering as the Red Sox score a run in the top of the ninth with the help of his misplay.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. 343/387/396 in 76 plate appearances in May. He’s been a big problem a lot of the year, but it’s important to realize he’s not a big part of the problem right now.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-8. Hitting just .237 for the year, but with a .370 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to four hit-by-pitches in 47 plate appearances. He’s also shown big power in limited time — he’s slugging .447 and his isolated power of .211 is better than anyone on the team with more than five PA other than Brown. Also on the isolated power front, Howard is at .187 after last night’s homer. He hasn’t been under .200 in any year of his career and has a career mark of .276.

Rollins 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-his-last-9 with four walks, so it’s not his fault all the homers are solo shots behind him. 255/315/376 against right-handed pitching, though, so he still seems like a pretty odd choice to be hitting third against righties.

Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, the worse of which came with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. He went 4-for-34 (.118) from May 8 to May 18 but is 10-for-31 (323/323/516) since the end of the day on May 18. In his last 66 plate appearances since the start of the day on May 8, he’s on-based .227 with one walk, which was intentional. So it is at least partly his fault that so many of the homers hit behind him are solo shots. He’s walked nine times in 194 plate appearances on the year and four of those walks have been intentional. So in the plate appearances where he was not walked intentionally he’s walked five times in 190 plate appearances, which is about 2.6%. Coming into 2013, he had 4,562 plate appearances for his career in which he was not walked intentionally and walked in 426 of them (about 9.3%). So he’s walking less.

Delmon Young doesn’t get on base, either, although he was 1-for-2 with a walk last night to up his on-base percentage for the year to .293. I would be surprised if the Phillies don’t start hitting Brown ahead of Delmon Young and maybe Howard soon, even if it means Howard and Brown go lefty/lefty back-to-back. Cause Brown has hit five homers in his last five games and you don’t really want him doing it behind guys that aren’t going to be on base. Brown has also pounded lefties this year, posting a 310/318/667 against them in 44 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with two solo home runs. Five home runs in the last five games. 11 in his last 114 plate appearances. Still has zero walks in May (101 plate appearances) and zero walks against lefties for the year (44 PA).

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.21) faces lefty Jon Lester (6-1, 3.34) tonight. Pettibone hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts and the Phils are 6-1 with him on the hill. Lefties are hitting 314/385/471 against him, but he’s held righties to a 234/280/416 line. Lester had a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts this season, but has allowed ten runs in 13 innings over his last two outings. He’s walked just 19 in 72 2/3 innings, which gives him a career-best walk rate of about 2.4 batters per nine innings. He’s walked just two left-handed batters all season.

Update: Lefty Franklin Morales and not Lester will start tonight’s game for Boston.


Solo acts

Cliff Lee keeps pitching great and Domonic Brown keeps homering. That’s not going to be enough to carry the Phillies this year, but it was enough to carry them last night as they topped the Red Sox 3-1.

Lee needed just 95 pitches to hold Boston to a run on four hits over eight innings. The Phillies have won five straight games he’s started. Over those five starts he’s averaged more than 7 1/2 innings a start, throwing to a 1.15 ERA with an 0.77 ratio while opponents hit 182/223/258 against him.

Brown homered for the Phils. He has nine home runs in his last 110 plate appearances and four in his last 31.

The Phillies are 25-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 3-1 last night. After splitting a pair in Boston, the teams play the first of two in Philadelphia tonight.

The Phils have scored three runs or less in eight of their last ten and gone 5-5 in those games. They are 14th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits. All four of the hits were singles. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, stole second with one out and scored when Dustin Pedroia singled past a diving Galvis. 1-1. Lee got David Ortiz on a popup to third and struck Mike Napoli out swinging to leave Pedroia at first.

Lee didn’t allow another base-running until the fifth, striking out two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

The game was still knotted at 1-1 when Daniel Nava singled to center to start the fifth. David Ross bunted him to second with the first out, but Lee got Stephen Drew to pop to third for the second out and Jose Iglesias swinging to leave Nava stranded.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Up 2-1, he set the Red Sox down in order in the seventh.

He started the eighth inning having thrown just 80 pitches in the game. Iglesias reached on an infield single with two outs, but Lee got Ellsbury swinging to leave Iglesias at first.

Up 3-1, Papelbon set the Red Sox down in order in the ninth.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed eight hits and two walks in 18 2/3 innings over 18 appearances. Opponents are hitting .152 against him for the year. Right-handed batters are hitting .138 without an extra-base hit.

One scoreless inning for the pen in the game. Papelbon threw 16 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Kratz. Delmon Young at DH with Galvis at second and Mayberry in right. Kratz catches.

With one out in the top of the first, Michael Young hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Rollins and Howard went down behind him.

Young came into the game 0-for-his-last-22. He’s 8-for-his-last-60, which has dropped his average from .322 to .258. He’s not crushing right-handed pitching anymore — his line against righties is down to 266/320/360. His isolated power for the year is at .096, which is just about the same as the .093 he posted last year. Coming into 2012, his isolated power for his career was .147 with a high of .196 in 2009.

The Red Sox tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Phils went in order in the second.

Galvis walked to start the third, but Kratz grounded into a double-play behind him. Revere followed with a single to right and stole second, but was left stranded when Michael Young grounded to third.

Every walk by Galvis should be appreciated. He’s walked six times in 96 plate appearances this year. That’s about 6.3%, which is way better than seven walks in 200 plate appearances (3.5%) in 2012 and better than his minor league mark of 5.6%.

Kratz has now hit into six double-plays in 116 plate appearances, which is pretty close to Michael Young’s rate. Young has hit into 12 in 202 PA, which is about 5.9% while Kratz is at about 5.2% in many fewer chances. Young is tied with Matt Holliday at the only players in either league who have hit into 12 or more double-plays this season.

Delmon Young reached on a softly hit infield single with two outs in the fourth, but Brown struck out behind him to leave him at first.

Rollins was robbed of a hit by Ellsbury for the first out in the frame. Rollins looped a ball into center field where it was caught by a sliding Ellsbury to set Rollins down.

Kratz walked with two outs in the fifth. Revere grounded to first for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Howard followed with a single. Delmon Young and Brown both swung at the first pitch of their at-bat and both flew to right, leaving the runners at first and second.

Mayberry singled to center to start the seventh and Galvis bunted him to second with the first out. Kratz was next and he singled into center, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 2-1. Revere and Michael Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry and Kratz both single off of the righty Dempster to get the Phils a run with the help of the Galvis bunt. Mayberry ends the day hitting 234/306/351 against righties and Kratz 241/292/391.

Lefty Craig Breslow set Rollins, Howard and Delmon Young down in order in the eighth, striking out Rollins and Howard.

Howard is hitting .231 and on-basing .245 against left-handed pitching for the year with 23 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances (43.4%).

Junichi Tazawa started the ninth for Boston. Brown led off and lined his first pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 3-1. Mayberry and Galvis went down before Kratz singled to left. Revere followed with a single to left that put men on first and second for Michael Young. Young went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Revere was 2-for-5 to up his average for the year to .263. He’s hitting 348/394/394 in 72 plate appearances so far in May. One extra-base hit against right-handed pitching in 139 plate appearances for the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with his second home run of the year. 172/280/287 in May after hitting 341/412/418 in April.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Ellsbury took a hit away from him in the fourth and he hit the ball well in the first, but lined out. 259/315/381 against right-handed pitching for the year, so it’s not a great sign for the well-being of your team if he’s hitting third against a righty.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out three times. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0 and FanGraphs -0.2.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a softly hit single. 3-for-his-last-19 with three singles. He’s on-basing .257 against right-handed pitching in 70 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. 278/278/588 in 97 May plate appearances — he’s hit eight home runs in May and hasn’t walked once. 12-for-his-last-36 with four home runs. He hasn’t walked against a left-handed pitcher this year and is on-basing .287 against righties. More home runs (11) than walks (9) for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 10-for-his-last-24 (.417) with a double.

Galvis 0-for-2 with a walk. Bunted Mayberry up to second in the seventh, which helped the Phillies score a run. He’s 1-for-his-last-15 and has a career .268 on-base percentage in the majors and a career .292 on-base percentage in the minors.

Kratz was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 288/386/492 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Kendrick (4-3, 3.29) faces righty John Lackey (3-4, 2.72) tonight. Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year and followed that with seven starts in a row in which he didn’t allow more than two runs in a start. He’s had two outings since that run of seven starts ended, allowing nine runs in 11 innings over his last two times out. Lackey has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.


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