Tag: Erik Kratz

Splittsville

The Phillies rallied late to beat the Cardinals and earn a series split last night, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull away. Kratz was a big part of both rallies, starting the seventh with a single and coming around to score before smashing a three-run homer in the eighth.

Kendrick gave the Phillies his third strong start in a row, allowing two runs over six innings. He’s allowed four runs in 19 innings over his last three starts.

The Phillies have played 19 games on the season. In the rotation, Lee and Kendrick have been very good, combining to throw to a 3.04 ERA in their eight starts. Hamels, Halladay and Lannan have made the other 11 starts and all three members of that trio have an ERA over six for the year. In 11 starts they have combined to post a 6.23 ERA.

The Phillies are 8-11 on the year after beating the St Louis Cardinals 7-3 last night. The teams split the four-game set.

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

Kendrick allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s thrown to a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts.

He struck Jon Jay out looking for the first out of the game in the top of the first, but Matt Carpenter was next and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch from Kendrick out to left-center. 1-0. Carlos Beltran followed with a single into center, but Allan Criag went down swinging for the second out and Yadier Molina popped out to Young in foul territory for the third.

Lefties hammer Kendrick and the lefty Carpenter gets him early in the game.

Kendrick walked Matt Adams to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. David Freese was next and moved Adams up to second with a single before Pete Kozma flew to left for the first out. The pitcher Jake Westbrook bunted the runners up to second and third. Kendrick got Jay on a ground ball to Howard at first to set the Cardinals down.

He struck out Carpenter in a 1-2-3 third.

Molina and Adams singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting runners on first and second for Freese. Freese struck out looking, Kozma flew to left and Westbrook went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave the runners stranded.

The Adams single dropped in front of Brown and looked like it should have been catchable. The crowd voice some displeasure.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth.

Craig singled to center to start the sixth. Kendrick struck Molina out for the first out before Jay moved Craig up to third with a double. Freese was next and grounded to third with Craig scoring to tie the game at 2-2. Kozma was next and singled to right with Craig going to third. Kozma took second as the throw came in, but Westbrook went down to leave both runners stranded.

Bastardo started the seventh. Jay led off and hit a ball to Utley, but wound up safe at second on Utley’s throwing error. Carpenter bunted Jay up to third with the first out and Beltran walked behind him. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled to left, scoring Jay to put the Cards up 3-2 and moving Beltan up to second. Durbin walked Molina to load the bases with one out, but struck Adams out swinging for the second out and got Freese to line to Howard to set the Cards down.

Second big mistake for Utley in the game — a throwing error in the seventh after he was doubled off of second to end the first. Durbin allows the first two men he faces to reach base, but holds St Louis to a single run with the help of a big strikeout of Adams for the second out.

Bastardo faces three batters in the game. He walks one, gets one out on a bunt and the other reaches on Utley’s error. The unearned run he allowed in the game is the only run he’s been charged with in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances for the season.

Durbin faced four hitters in the game, allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced before retiring the next two.

Durbin dropped his ERA to 4.50 on the year with the outing. His first two appearances of the year were both bad, but since then he has thrown five scoreless innings in four appearances.

The game was tied at 3-3 when Adams set the Cardinals down in order in the eighth. Righty Shane Robinson hit for the pitcher Randy Choate and struck out for the second out.

Nice outing for Adams, who had allowed a run on four hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings in his last two times out.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 7-3. He allowed a one-out single to Beltran, but got Craig on a ground ball and struck out Molina to end the game.

Non save situation for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance on the year, but he’s been great since, allowing two hits and a walk over six shutout innings.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks and striking out three. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Durbin threw 22 pitches in the game, Bastardo 13, Papelbon 12 and Adams nine.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jake Westbrook went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry hits second for the first time this year. He started nine games hitting in the two-hole in 2012.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left-center. Mayberry followed with a walk, which put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into right, scoring Rollins to tie the game at 1-1 and moving Mayberry up to third. Howard followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-1. Utley moved up to second. It brought Young to the plate and Young flew to shallow left. Utley must have lost track of the outs, cause he was way off of second and doubled-off easily to set the Phillies down.

Great to see Mayberry drawing a walk, especially against the righty. Just terrible base-running by Utley.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Mayberry singled with two outs in the third. He stole second before Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Howard singled to start the fourth, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown drew a walk before Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Young has grounded into four double-plays over his last eight games. Four GDP in his last 29 PA would have him grounding into about 83 over 600 plate appearances. That might not even happen.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth, but Mayberry struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Utley started the sixth with a double. Howard moved Utley up to third with a ground out and walks to Young and Brown loaded the bases for Revere. Revere grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double or after putting a runner on third with one out.

They were down 3-2 when they hit in the seventh. Kratz led off with a single to center. With the righty Westbrook still on the mound, Nix hit for Durbin and righty Fernando Salas came in to face him. Nix doubled to center, scoring Kratz to tie the game at 3-3. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out before Mayberry moved Nix up to third with a ground out. Lefty Randy Choate came in to pitch to Utley and Utley flew to left to leave Nix at third.

First of two big hits that Kratz would have late in the game. This one helps him score on Nix’s double to tie the game.

Righty Mitchell Boggs got Howard to start the eighth before Young reached on an infield single deflected by the pitcher. Brown was next and moved Young up to third with a single into center. Revere singled into center, scoring Young to put the Phils up 4-3 with men on first and second with one out for Kratz. Kratz hit the first pitch he saw from Boggs out to left, putting the Phils up 7-3. Frandsen hit for Adams and the lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch to him. Frandsen reached on an infield single and moved up to second when Rollins singled to left. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Utley grounded to Carpenter to end the inning.

Six hits in the innings for the Phils. Five singles and the big home run for Kratz.

Rollins 3-for-5 with a triple in the game. 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple in the four-game set. 257/295/419 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a walk and struck out twice. 5-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 316/409/553 for the year. 323/417/581 against right-handed pitching.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Big base-running mistake early and a throwing error late. 5-for-15 with two walks and a double in the set. 294/347/529 on the season.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-7 with an RBI in the series. 277/300/385 for the year.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-14 with a walk in the series. 333/389/439 on the season. 10-for-his-last-35 with ten singles.

Brown 1-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 in the series with four walks. 228/313/351 on the season.

Revere 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple in the series, which is his only extra-base hit of the year. 213/253/240 for the year.

Kratz 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. 5-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 214/211/357 on the season. No walks in 57 plate appearances.

Righty Jonathan Pettibone makes his debut tonight against righty AJ Burnett (1-2, 2.63) as the Phils face the Pirates. Pettibone has made two starts at Triple-A in 2013 and both of them were bad. Opponents have hit .385 against him and he’s pitched to a 9.64 ERA. All four of Burnett’s starts have been pretty good — he’s struck out 35 in 24 innings in his four starts.


The doctor is not exactly out, but he’s not looking real in, either

Roy Halladay’s final spring start was neither a disaster or a resounding success. For those of us looking for signs of the old Halladay, though, it looked a little closer to a disaster. Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings, but surrendered eight hits, walked two and got three outs on the bases as the Phils topped Toronto 7-2.

Five of the seven runs that the Phillies scored came on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the sixth and Nix hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

Utley was 1-for-3 on the day with his fifth homer. Nix 1-for-4 with his second. 273/368/545 for Utley and 200/250/333 for Nix.

Revere had two more hits. 2-for-4 with his tenth stolen base. 337/382/398.

Rollins 0-for-3 to drop his average to .258. 258/395/355. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 31 at-bats has his isolated power under .100.

Brown 1-for-2. 376/430/671.

Kratz 1-for-3 to up his line to 273/293/550.

Galvis started at third and went 0-for-4, dropping his line to 269/288/526.

Inciarte 0-for-1 and hitting 276/364/310. Orr 0-for-2 and at 250/250/500.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. He retired the first four men he faced before Adam Lind doubled to left with one out in the second. Halladay walked the next two hitters on eight pitches, but struck Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio out back-to-back to leave them loaded. He allowed two runs in the third on four more hits, then gave up one single in a scoreless fourth. Two of the three batters he faced in the fifth singled before righty Hector Neris took over for the Phils.

Three of the 13 outs that Halladay got came on the bases. Two caught stealings and another runner was retired on a single.

6.06 ERA and a 1.84 ratio for Halladay. Opponents hit .323 against him. He walked nine in 16 1/3 innings, which is about 4.96 per nine and higher than his career walk rate of 1.86. Three home runs in 16 1/3 innings is about 1.65, which is also higher than his career rate of 0.75. Not a lot went well.

Through three starts, in the third of which he threw behind Washington’s Tyler Moore, Halladay had a 2.16 ERA and an 0.96 ratio and had pitched 8 1/3 innings. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown eight innings with a 10.12 ERA and 2.87 ratio.

Neris got the last two outs in the fifth and Cesar Jimenez struck out the side in the sixth.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh. 2.45 ERA and an 0.82 ratio in 7 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .120 against him without a home run.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth. 1.13 ERA and an 0.63 ratio in eight innings. Opponents are hitting .143 against him with one walk and no home runs.

Papelbon set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth. He’s been very good since a rocky start. Numbers are still ugly, though. 8.64 ERA with a 1.32 ratio.

The Phils play the Blue Jays tonight in Philadelphia with Lee expected to pitch. It’s the Blue Jays again on Saturday in another tuneup, then off on Sunday and the Braves for real in Atlanta Monday night.

This article from the Phillies web site has a projected Opening Day lineup against righty Tim Hudson. It has Brown in right hitting sixth and Nix in left hitting seventh. Three lefties two through four in Revere, Utley and Howard. I would guess we will not regularly see Revere, Utley and Howard hitting all in a row often during the regular season. If Domonic Brown continues to OPS 1.101 during the regular season, you won’t see him hitting sixth for very long.

This suggests the Phillies would rather play Brown in left field than right. That seems like a very good idea to me.

This suggests that when Delmon Young arrives, hopefully in early May, Young will play right with Brown in left. I’m going to be surprised if we see Young play much in right this year. If he does, I’m going to be even more surprised if he’s not terrible there.


Johnny B not-so-goode

The Blue Jays demolished John Lannan yesterday, scoring 12 runs charged to Lannan in his four innings on their way to a 13-4 win.

Down 13-0, the Phillies got on the board with four runs in the top of the ninth.

They had one extra-base hit in the game, a double by Frandsen in the ninth inning. Frandsen was 2-for-4 on the day and was also the only Phillie with more than one hit. Just one walk in 59 plate appearances and a 286/310/518 line. Frandsen walked in just 4.3% of his 210 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012. If you’re not going to walk or play good defense, slugging .518 is the way to go.

Revere was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 329/372/397 for the spring. Five walks in 79 plate appearances is 6.3%, which is a little better than his career mark of 5.4%.

Rollins 1-for-3. 292/452/417 in 24 at-bats. There’s a good chance he doesn’t on-base .452 for the regular season, but if he does I’m picking the Phillies to win the World Series.

Utley 0-for-4 and struck out once. Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Mayberry’s line drops to an ugly 194/250/269.

Brown 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 354/414/646.

Kratz was 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the ninth-inning rally. 270/289/568 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 38 plate appearances.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing 12 runs on 14 hits and a walk. After a 1-2-3 first, Lannan allowed eight runs in a bottom of the second that included a three-run homer for JP Arencibia and a two-run triple by Jose Reyes. Toronto scored their ninth run in the third on three singles. Arencibia hit another homer off of Lannan in the fourth, this time a two-run shot, as Toronto scored three more times.

Lannan started the day with a 3.21 ERA and ended it with an 8.50 ERA. Opponents have hit .338 against him over 18 innings, cause 14 is a lot of hits to give up in four innings. He had pitched well prior before yesterday’s disaster.

Miner pitched the fifth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Melky Cabrera before getting the next three. One run in one inning keeps Miner’s ERA at nine after nine official appearances. Opponents have hit .364 against him.

Mike Adams allowed a leadoff walk to start the sixth, but struck out the next three hitters he faced. 1.29 ERA and an 0.71 ratio for Adams. He’s allowed four hits and a walk over seven innings.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh and Kyle Simon a 1-2-3 eighth. Aumont has allowed just three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings over six appearances. He seems like a lock to start the year with the Phils. Simon has allowed two runs in four innings over six appearances.

The Phillies play the Rays this afternoon.

This article suggests that Horst and Valdes are the front-runners for the two bullpen jobs with Aumont ahead of Stutes for the final spot. If the Phillies carry Stutes to start the season and do not carry Aumont I will be stunned.

Kendrick pitched in a minor league game on Monday and allowed five runs in six innings. He gave up three home runs in the game.

This article talks about who will lead off for the Phillies in 2013. I am going to be very surprised if Ben Revere leads off against left-handed pitchers.

Update: The Phillies released Aaron Cook.


Better late than never

The Phils topped Atlanta 7-6 today, getting a walkoff homer from Darin Ruf with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the bullpen, and especially Chad Durbin, stumbled in the middle innings, but the Phils scored two in the eighth to tie the game at six and Ruf won it in the ninth.

The Phillies optioned Ruf to Triple-A after the game.

Ruf was 2-for-4 with a walk and won the game with a solo homer off of lefty Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez was trying to retire the righty Ruf to get his ninth out of the game in relief for Atlanta.

Kratz was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

Mitchell started in center and went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .269.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double. Brown 1-for-5. Betancourt had two more hits, going 2-for-5 with two RBI to drop his average to .435. This says that Betancourt will ask for his release if not added to the roster this weekend.

Morgan started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a solo home run in the fifth to Evan Gattis to account for the lone run charged to him.

Fantastic spring for Morgan, who has thrown to a 1.93 ERA.

Durbin followed Morgan and didn’t fare as well. He got the final out in the fifth, then returned to pitch the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles, a double and a home run (also hit by Gattis).

Durbin’s spring ERA rises to 6.10 with the outing.

Valdes pitched the seventh, allowing a run on a solo home run by BJ Upton. It was the fifth home run that Valdes has allowed so far, which leads the team.

Miner allowed a run on three hits in the eighth and Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.


Phils holding out hope WAR really is good for absolutely nothing

The Phillies had 25 non-pitchers who appeared for them in 2012.

The table below shows, for each of the 25, their plate appearances and WAR, oWAR and dWAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference and their wOBA and UZR/150 as calculated by FanGraphs (Baseball-Reference reminds that oWAR plus dWAR does not equal WAR).

PA WAR oWAR wOBA dWAR UZR/150
Carlos Ruiz 421 4.4 4 .398 1 C: no rating at 856 1/3 innings
Chase Utley 362 2.9 2 .347 1.1 2B: 11.4 in 720 1/3 innings
Jimmy Rollins 699 2.3 3.1 .328 0 SS: 4.9 in 1364 innings
Juan Pierre 439 1.9 1.6 .332 -0.1 LF: -0.4 in 799 2/3 innings
Kevin Frandsen 210 1.5 1.3 .358 0.3 3B: 0.3 in 442 2/3 innings
Erik Kratz 157 1.4 0.7 .337 0.9 C: no rating in 343 1/3 innings
Shane Victorino 431 1.3 1.5 .325 0 CF: 0.9 in 883 2/3 innings
Hunter Pence 440 0.7 1.2 .339 -1.1 RF: -13.5 in 901 2/3 innings
Freddy Galvis 200 0.6 -0.4 .266 1.1 2B: 11.3 in 416 innings
John Mayberry 479 0.5 0.2 .302 -0.1 CF: -20.7 in 474 1/3 innings; LF: 5.4 in 330 innings
Jim Thome 71 0.4 0.3 .362 0 1B: -.1 in 27 innings
Placido Polanco 328 0.3 0 .278 0.4 3B: 8.1 in 664 2/3 innings
Darin Ruf 37 0.3 0.3 .426 0 LF: -4.9 in 46 innings; 1B: 36.7 in 26 innings
Laynce Nix 127 0.1 0 .316 -0.2 1B: -17.7 in 72 1/3 inn; LF: 45.3 in 67; CF: -52.8 in 23; RF: 13.7 in 64
Mike Fontenot 105 0.1 0 .293 0.2 2B: .7 in 132 innings; 3B: 3.9 in 77 innings
Pete Orr 57 0.1 0.1 .336 0 3B: 52.7 in 14 innings; 2B: -17.6 in 70 1/3 innings
Jason Pridie 10 0.1 0.1 .418 0 CF: 39.0 in 9 innings
Brian Schneider 98 0 0.1 .282 0.1 C: No rating in 228 2/3 innings
Hector Luna 66 0 -0.1 .275 0.1 1B: 25.4 in 70 1/3 innings; 3B: -32.9 in 7 innings
Nate Schierholtz 73 -0.1 0 .305 -0.2 CF: -67.8 in 44 innings; RF: 17.3 in 122 1/3 innings
Steven Lerud 10 -0.1 -0.1 .176 0 C: No rating in 23 innings
Michael Martinez 122 -0.2 -0.8 .196 0.6 2B: -29.6 in 121; 3B: 22.7 in 70 1/3; SS: 37.0 in 51; OF: 100.1 in 51
Domonic Brown 212 -1 -0.4 .307 -0.9 RF: -8.9 in 308 LF: -5.8 in 141 2/3
innings
Ryan Howard 292 -1.2 -0.6 .301 -1 1B: -15.6 in 589 2/3 innings
Ty Wigginton 360 -1.7 -0.5 .301 -1.7 1B: -8.5 in 471 1/3 innings; 3B: -39.3 in 175 2/3; LF: -46.8 in 48 innings

By WAR, Erik Kratz was the sixth-best non-pitcher on the team for the Phillies in 2012. That there is a problem, cause he’s a 32-year-old backup catcher who got 157 plate appearances for the year.

The Phillies had three hitters with a WAR for the year of 2.0 or better. In 2011 they had five (Victorino 5.2, Utley 3.7, Ruiz 2.6, Rollins 2.4 and Pence 2.2). Pence’s 2.2 came despite getting just 236 plate appearances with the team.

Finally, the -1.2 WAR for Howard is a little problematic. Over the last three seasons, the Phillies have paid Howard about $59 million to put up WARs of 1.1 (’10), 0.9 (’11) and -1.2 (’12). He has hit 256/339/483 in 1,556 plate appearances over those three seasons.

I guess we can always hold out hope that WAR is hugely flawed and doesn’t mean anything. Fingers crossed.


A series of fortunate events

Possible exception: Bruce homering every day. Things went well other than that.

Roy Halladay mowed the Reds down yesterday afternoon as the Phils topped the Reds 6-2 to take the series two games to one.

The Phillies pounded Cincinnati starter Mike Leake for the second time since mid-August in the game, scoring six runs and knocking him out of the contest in the top of the third. In his last two starts against the Phils, Leake has been charged with 13 runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Kratz hit a three-run homer as part of a four run top of the second to give the Phillies an early lead. Utley hit a two-run homer off of Leake in the top of the third to extend the lead to 6-0. Halladay allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the fourth. Bruce delivered his daily homer in the ninth, which came against Papelbon this time.

Bruce was 7-for-11 with a walk, two doubles and three home runs in the three-game set and drove in all six runs the Reds scored. He has homered four straight games. Mercifully, that’s someone else’s problem now (best of luck, Houston).

The Phillies are now 21-14 since trading away Victorino and Pence. They have lost just one of the last eight series they have played, going 16-10 in those games. Of the eight series, they’ve won five, lost one (the Mets) and split two four-game sets. They’ve been playing good teams, too, going 11-5 in that stretch against the Reds, Braves, Nats and Cardinals.

The Phillies are 66-71 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five.

Joey Votto singled with two outs in the bottom of the first. Halladay got Ryan Ludwick to pop to Utley to end the inning.

The Phillies led 4-0 when Halladay set the Reds down in order in the second.

It was 6-0 when Halladay threw a 1-2-3 third.

Chris Heisey singled to left to start the fourth and Halladay walked Votto behind him. Ludwick was next and grounded into a double-play that left Heisey at third with two down for Jay Bruce. Halladay really wanted a close 2-2 pitch that was called a ball and probably wanted it more after Bruce doubled to right 3-2, scoring Heisey to make it 6-1. It brought Todd Frazier to the plate and Frazier flew to Mayberry to end the inning.

Bruce is a monster. 4-for-7 in the series with a walk and two homers coming into the game and 435/480/957 in 25 plate appearances against the Phillies for the year.

Dioner Navarro started the bottom of the fifth and reached on a ground-rule double to right-center. Didi Gregorius, a 22-year-old, left-handed hitting shortstop from the Netherlands appearing in his first big league game, was next and moved Navarro up to third with a ground out to Utley. Infielder Henry Rodriguez, a switch-hitter, hit for the pitcher Alfredo Simon and Halladay struck him out for the second out. Brandon Phillips flew to center to leave Navarro at third.

Halladay pitches around the leadoff double. Rodriguez can’t bring the runner home from third with one out as Halladay gets the big strikeout.

Names don’t get a lot better than Didi Gregorius, do they?

Votto singled to center with one out in the sixth. Halladay struck Ludwick out swinging 0-2 for the second out before Bruce doubled again, sending Votto to third. Frazier was next and Martinez made a very nice play at third, fielding the ball and then throwing to first. Howard made a nice play to handle the throw, retiring the side and ending the inning.

Martinez and Howard make a pair of nice plays to get Halladay an out that probably saves two runs.

Navarro singled to right to start the seventh. Halladay got Gregorius on a fly ball to center for the first out and lefty Xavier Paul hit for the pitcher Sam LeCure. Paul grounded into a double-play to set the Reds down.

Halladay started the eighth having thrown 93 pitches and struck Phillips out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Heisey was next and singled softly to center on the eighth pitch of his at-bat. Bastardo came on to face the lefty Votto and struck Votto out looking for the second out. Ludwick was next and Bastardo got the righty on a fly ball to right-center to end the inning.

The eighth inning and Bastardo have been miserable this year, but he came through against two good hitters that time including the righty Ludwick.

Over his last six appearances, Bastardo has thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings in which he has struck out 12.

Papelbon started the ninth with a five-run lead, pitching for the first time since Sunday’s disaster in Atlanta. Bruce led off and hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 6-2. Frazier followed that with a single to left. Papelbon struck Navarro out for the first out. Gregorius followed and grounded to second with Frazier forced at second for the second out. Righty Denis Phipps hit for the pitcher Pedro Villareal. Gregorius took second without a throw before Papelbon struck Phipps out to end the game.

Second straight bad outing in a row for Papelbon, although this one wasn’t nearly as bad as Sunday. In his last two appearances he has been charged with four runs on four hits (including two home runs) and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.

Overall the pen goes 1 2/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits. Papelbon threw 18 pitches and Bastardo 15.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Martinez. Kratz catches the day game after catching the night game. Frandsen on the bench with Martinez playing third. Pierre in left with Brown in right and Schierholtz on the bench. Nix on the bench, too — not clear to me why Pierre gets to play so often against righties with Nix on the bench. Pierre can’t hit enough singles to make him a good offensive corner outfielder.

The Phillies went in order in the top of the first.

Howard and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the second, putting runners on first and second for Brown. Brown singled into center, scoring Howard (1-0) and moving Mayberry up to second. Kratz was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phillies up 4-0. Martinez, Halladay and Rollins went in order behind Kratz.

Home run number nine on the year for Kratz. He came into the game 8-for-his-last-35 (.229) with no walks.

Pierre led off the third with a walk and Utley followed him with a home run to center. 6-0. Howard struck out for the first out before Mayberry doubled high off the wall in left. That was it for Leake and righty Alfredo Simon came in to pitch to Brown. Brown was hit by a pitch, putting two men on again for Kratz. Kratz fouled out to Votto for the second out with the runners holding. Martinez grounded to first to end the frame.

Utley came into the game hitting .236 over his last 105 plate appearances with one home run. Home run number ten on the season for Utley.

Halladay started the fourth with a single to right, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him and Pierre lined to short for the third out.

The lead was cut to 6-1 when Utley struck out to start the fifth. Howard was next and hit the ball well to left, but Ludwick took it for the second out. Mayberry flew to right to end the frame.

Righty Sam LeCure set the Phillies down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh. Halladay hit for himself and struck out to start the seventh having thrown 82 pitches.

Sean Marshall struck out Utley and Mayberry in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Righty Pedro Villareal started the ninth for the Reds and struck Brown out swinging for the first out. Kratz flew to right for the second out and Martinez to left for the third.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 246/305/417 for the year. He’s shown remarkable power since a rough start to the season. Through May 28 he was hitting 224/282/276 with eight extra-base hits (seven doubles) in 211 plate appearances. Since May 28 he’s hitting 258/317/493 in 385 plate appearances with 46 extra-base hits, including 16 home runs. His isolated power in those 385 plate appearances is .235. There are eight NL players with 425 or more plate appearances for the season and an isolated power that’s better than .235 (Rollins’s isolated power for the whole year is .171).

Pierre 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 in the series with a walk in the series. 299/342/360 for the season. His numbers for the year took a tumble in August when he hit 241/302/293 in 68 plate appearances. He’s 6-for-his-last-33 with six singles.

Utley 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and struck out twice.

Howard 1-for-4. 2-for-11 with two singles in the series. 239/324/446 for the year. 7-for-his-last-40 (.175). 200/254/369 against lefties for the year with 33 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-10 with a double, two walks and a home run in the series. 256/301/430. Yesterday was the first time he has ended the day with an on-base percentage better than .300 for the year since he went 2-for-4 with a double on opening day. 308/364/521 in 129 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded.

Brown 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. 1-for-9 with a walk in the series. 240/319/337 for the year in 116 plate appearances. 1-for-his-last-20.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 2-for-7 with a home run in the series. 287/333/611 for the year. There are 429 players across both leagues with at least 100 plate appearances for the season. Of those, his isolated power of .324 for the year is the best.

Martinez 0-for-4 in his only action of the series to drop his average on the year to .115. He made a nice defensive play at a big time to end the sixth. He’s 0-for-his-last-19 with a walk and hitting 115/169/192 for the season.

The Phillies are off today and face the Rockies at home tomorrow.


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