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Who are you and what have you done with our bullpen?

After dropping two straight one-run games to the Reds, the Phillies won one last night, plating a run in the bottom of the eleventh to win 4-3 and earn a split in the four-game set.

The game was expected to be a pitcher’s duel between Hamels and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. Both pitched okay on a soggy, rain-soaked night, but both saw their pitch count climb early and both were gone by the time the seventh inning rolled around. The Phillies did get outstanding pitching in the game, but it came from their bullpen. Hamels left after six and after he left, five Phillie relievers combined to throw five shutout innings without allowing a hit.

Three of the first four Cincinnati batters reached in the top of the first as the Reds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. In the fifth, a ball hit hard to short went for a single as Martinez couldn’t handle it and Todd Frazier followed that with a two-run double that extended the Cincinnati lead to 3-0. The Phils got two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of sac flies, then tied things up at 3-3 in the eighth when singles by Brown, Mayberry and Kratz loaded the bases for a sac fly by Rollins. Mayberry chopped a single into left with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh.

The Phillies are 58-67 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 11 innings last night. The teams split the four-game set. The Phillies have pulled ahead of the Mets and into third place in the NL East. They’re 19 1/2 games out of first in the division.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

The Phillies have won four games in a row that Hamels has started and scored 15 runs in those games (3.75 per game).

Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs singled back-to-back to start the top of the first. It brought Jay Bruce to the plate and Hamels struck him out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Hamels walked Ryan Ludwick on four pitches, loading the bases for Todd Frazier. Frazier hit a ground ball to third, taken by a charging Frandsen. He might have had Cozart at the plate with a good throw, but went to first for the second out instead. Cozart scored and it was 1-0 with men on first and second for Miguel Cairo. Cairo lined a ball towards short. Martinez made a very nice play, diving to his left to field it and then throwing to first in time to get Cairo.

Hamels threw 34 pitches in the inning.

Hamels got Wilson Valdez, Ryan Hanigan and pitcher Johnny Cueto in order in the second.

He set them down in order again in the third. He was at just 53 pitches after needing just 19 to set down six in a row in innings two and three.

Cairo singled with two outs in the fourth. Hamels struck Valdez out swinging to leave him at first.

Hanigan walked to start the fourth. Cueto tried to bunt him to second, but popped it up to Kratz in foul territory for the first out. Cozart struck out and Stubbs flew to left to end the frame.

Bruce and Ludwick singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Frazier was next and pounded a ball to center, over the head of Nix and off the base of the wall. Both runners scored, putting the Reds up 2-0. Nix didn’t handle the ball as it came off the wall for an error that allowed Frazier to move up to third with nobody out. Hamels got Cairo on a ball he handled himself for the first out. He struck Valdez out for the second before walking Hanigan intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Cueto grounded to Hamels as well to leave Frazier at third.

Two misplays in the inning behind Hamels and Hamels does well to limit the damage to two runs after the Reds put a runner on third with nobody out.

Nix’s error allows Frazier to take third with nobody out. Ludwick’s ball was hit hard, but Martinez had a chance to make the play. He didn’t get in front of the ball, swiping at instead and deflecting it as it went passed. It would have been a good play to field the ball, but if he had it likely would have been a double-play that changed the inning.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 seventh with the game tied at 2-2.

Great outing for Rosenberg, who was pitching on one day of rest but has thrown three of the last four days. He’s gone 1 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings after throwing to a 12.91 ERA over his first eight.

Phillippe Aumont made his debut in the eighth with the score still tied. Ludwick was the first hitter he faced and Aumont got ahead of him 0-2 on two straight swinging strikes before throwing three balls in a row. Ludwick grounded to short 3-2 on a diving play by Rollins for the first out. Frazier flew to center for the second before Cairo walked, but Aumont got Valdez on a ground ball Aumont handled himself to end the frame.

I would be absolutely thrilled if Aumont can help the Phillies. That said, I’m pretty worried about how likely that is. He’s had an enormous problem with walks in the minors, walking 4.99 batters per nine over his minor league career. At Triple-A this year he has walked 34 in 44 1/3 innings (6.9 per nine). There’s close to no chance he can be successful without cutting that number down enormously. One walk in one inning so far. He got a bunch of help from a very nice play by Rollins for the first out last night.

Papelbon started the ninth in a tie game. Coming into the game, opponents were hitting 406/472/719 against him for the year in tie games. He walked Hanigan to start the inning and pitcher Mike Leake ran for Hanigan at first. Lefty Xavier Paul hit for the pitcher Sam Demel and bunted Leake to second with the first out. Cozart flew to Mayberry for the second and Papelbon struck Stubbs out swinging 0-2 to leave Leake stranded.

Better results in a tie game for Papelbon. He’s allowed one runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances while striking out 14.

Horst struck out Bruce and Ludwick in a 1-2-3 tenth.

Back with the team after the birth of his son, Horst continues to give the Phillies fantastic work out of the bullpen, dropping his ERA to 1.00 after 18 innings. In his last four appearances he has struck out nine in six scoreless innings. Hasn’t allowed a home run this season. Has walked seven in 18 innings, which is too many.

Valdes set the Reds down in order in the eleventh. Righty Chris Heisey hit for Valdez and grounded to second for the second out.

Valdes was pitching for the second straight day. He has a 1.23 ERA in eight August appearances and an 0.77 ratio for the year.

Five scoreless innings for the pen in the game in which they allow two walks and no hits while striking out four. Everyone was really good, perhaps most interestingly Rosenberg throwing a 1-2-3 seventh and Aumont making his debut in a big spot in the eighth.

Valdes has thrown two straight days and threw eight pitches in the game. Aumont threw 18. Everyone else was under 15.

The Phillies lineup against righty Johnny Cueto went (1) Pierre (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Nix (7) Kratz (8) Martinez. Rollins on the bench with Martinez at short. Pierre leads off. Mayberry on the bench with the lefty Nix starting in center for the third time this season. Kratz catches with the lefty Schneider on the bench. Four lefties in a row for the Phils three through six in the order.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the bottom of the first.

Nix and Kratz singled back-to-back with two outs in the second. Martinez had a good at-bat, but popped up to first to leave them both stranded in the ninth pitch of his at-bat.

Cueto had thrown 42 pitches through two innings. He had the option of pitching around Martinez to face Hamels, raising an interesting question about which of them is the better hitter. Hamels 168/196/202 in 490 plate appearances. Martinez 187/247/276 in 298. So Martinez takes it and it isn’t real close. Hamels was out-OPSing Martinez coming into the game for 2012 — .559 to .461.

Pierre walked with one out in the third and Frandsen was hit by a pitch behind him. Utley followed with a single to center. Pierre tried to score and was thrown out at the plate. Howard walked to load the bases for Brown, but Cueto struck Brown out swinging 2-2 to leave them loaded.

Would have been better not to get thrown out at the plate, but the Reds got a great throw from Stubbs and a nice block of the plate from Hanigan to get the out. Pierre was also likely slowed a little by the very wet base paths. Even given that out Cueto was at 68 pitches after three innings. Would have been nice to make him throw some more.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Hamels singled to right to start the fifth and Pierre bunted him to second with the first out. Hamels took third on a balk before Cueto struck Frandsen out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Utley lined to right to leave Hamels at third.

No run for the Phils after putting Hamels on third with one out. Frandsen can’t put the ball in play, striking out for the second out.

The Phillies were down 3-0 when Howard started the bottom of the sixth with a walk. Brown was next and doubled to left, moving Howard up to third. Righty Jose Arredondo came in to face Nix and Nix flew to right, deep enough for both runners to move up. Howard scored to make it 3-1 with one out and Brown on third. Kratz was next and flew to left. Brown tagged and scored. 3-2. Rollins hit for Martinez, who had failed to handle the hard ground ball by Ludwick in the two-run top of the inning, and went down on a ground ball handled by the catcher Hanigan.

Another extra-base hit for Brown, his third in two games. Howard is really slow, but did a nice job to tag and score on Nix’s ball to right. Likewise, if Brown doesn’t take third on Nix’s ball he can’t score on Kratz’s.

Polanco hit for Rosenberg and grounded to third for the first out in the seventh. Pierre grounded to second before Frandsen drew a walk. Lefty Sean Marshall came in to pitch to Utley and struck him out to leave Frandsen at first.

Brown singled to center off of Marshall with one out in the eighth. Mayberry hit for Nix. Righty Sam LeCure came in to pitch to Mayberry and Mayberry moved Brown up to second with a single into center. Kratz followed that with a single to left that loaded the bases for Rollins. Rollins his a fly ball to left. Brown tagged from third and slid in just safe ahead of the throw from Ludwick, tying the game at 3-3. Wigginton hit for Aumont and struck out swinging to leave the runners at first and second.

Mayberry would win the game with a single in the bottom of the eleventh, but also had a big hit in the eighth-inning rally that tied the game.

Righty JJ Hoover started the ninth for the Reds. Pierre led off with a walk. Frandsen followed with a bunt. Cairo fielded and Frandsen stopped in the middle of the base path on the way to first. Cairo swiped at him while taking a look at Pierre, but Frandsen dodged the tag and was safe at first, putting men on first and second for Utley with nobody out. Utley flew to center for the first out. Howard hit a ball in-between first and second that a diving Cairo gloved, but dropped trying to transfer to his glove. Howard had a single and the bases were loaded for Brown with one out. Brown grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Ew. Utley can’t move the runners up and Brown hits into a huge double-play when the Phillies could have won the game with a different kind of out.

The Phillies left another army on the bases in the tenth. Kratz singled off of Hoover with one out and moved to third when Rollins followed with a double. Schneider hit for Horst and grounded to third for the second out with the runners holding. Pierre popped to third to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting runners on second and third with one out. Schneider grounds to third for the first out with Kratz holding third.

Frandsen singled to center off of righty Alfredo Simon to start the eleventh. Frandsen moved to third on a double by Utley and Howard was walked intentionally, again loading the bases for Brown. Brown grounded to first with Cairo fielding and throwing home for the force out Frandsen. Mayberry was next with the bases still loaded and he chopped a ball through the left side of the infield and into left, scoring Utley to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Second big hit of the game for Mayberry in three at-bats.

Brown had three at-bats in the game with the bases loaded. None of them went well. He struck out swinging with the bases loaded to end the third. With a chance to win the game in the ninth with one out and the bases loaded, he grounded into a double-play. With one out in the eleventh and the bases loaded again he grounded to first.

Pierre was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He was 0-for-11 with two walks in the series. 256/302/314 over his last 136 plate appearances. 301/343/366 for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. Struck out with a runner on third for the second out in the fifth. 5-for-8 in the series with a walk and a triple. 357/400/440 on the year in 91 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-6 with a double. 5-for-18 with two doubles in the series. 250/354/464 for the year.

Howard 1-for-3 with three walks and struck out twice. 4-for-14 with a home run and five walks in the series. 250/335/464 on the year. 322/394/593 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Brown was 2-for-6 with a double and left nine men on base. Had some trouble in his at-bats (three of ‘em) with the bases loaded. 6-for-17 in the series with a walk, three doubles and a home run. 286/362/405 for the year.

Nix 1-for-2 with an RBI and an error in center that required an impressive effort from Hamels not to cost the Phils a run. 1-for-5 in the series. 253/323/410 for the year. 178/240/200 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Kratz was 3-for-4 to raise his average to .319. He started three of the four games in the series and went 6-for-10 with a walk, a double and a home run. 319/383/725 on the year in 81 plate appearances. Across both leagues there are 445 players with at least 75 plate appearances for the year. His .725 slugging percentage is best among those players by a whole lot. Justin Ruggiano is second at .615.

Martinez 0-for-2 with a big no-play on the Ludwick single that helped the Reds score two runs in the sixth. 0-for-2 in the series. 148/200/246 in 66 plate appearances for the year. Rollins was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the game. 4-for-16 with three doubles in the series.

Mayberry was 2-for-3 with a game-winning single. 5-for-15 with a home run in the series and 238/279/399 for the year.

Kendrick (6-9, 4.20) faces righty Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69) tonight as the Phils faced the Nats. Kendrick has thrown 15 scoreless innings over his last starts, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out 13. He has a 1.93 ERA over his 12 appearances since the end of June, five of which have been starts. Jackson’s hit rate is the best of his career — he has allowed just 124 in 144 innings and opponents are hitting just .232 against him (righties .218 and lefties .245). He’s coming off one of his best starts of the year, having allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out 11 Mets his last time out.


Master plan to rebuild around Kratz and Frandsen hits a snag as rules force the Phils to field other players

The Phillies came up short last night as the old guard folded late and the Reds beat them 5-4 to even the series at a game apiece.

The Phils went into the top of the seventh with a 1-0 lead, but Lee allowed three runs in a top of the seventh that included errors by Howard and Utley. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the eighth and Papelbon allowed a solo homer in the ninth.

The Phillies allowed five runs after the start of the seventh inning.

Kevin Frandsen was outstanding in the game and his effort is hard to ignore as the Phils think about 2013 and their never-ending gaping hole at third. He had three hits, including a triple with two outs in the eighth inning that tied the game at 4-4 and upped his average on the year to .350 after 80 at-bats. He also made two spectacular diving plays at third base, one of which came in the sixth as the Phils held a one-run lead with the bases loaded, following them up with throws from his knees in time to get the runner.

Kratz was merely 1-for-4 with a double last night, but he’s slugging .723 in his 65 at-bats with the Phils this year.

Less spectacular was Antonio Bastardo, who allowed yet another home run in the top of the eighth to put the Phils behind 4-3. Since the end of May, Bastardo has thrown to a 7.71 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 23 1/3 innings. The Phils are apparently willing to go the extra mile to make Bastardo their eighth inning guy, but that’s really not working in dramatic fashion and hasn’t been for a long time.

The Phillies are 57-66 on the year after losing to the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. They are still tied for third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the first-place Nats. If they went 39-0 in their remaining games, the Phils would finish with six fewer wins than they had in 2011.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out nine.

The Phillies have lost three games in a row that Lee has started and are 7-15 in his starts for the year.

He struck out Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs for the first two outs in the top of the first before Brandon Phillips doubled to center. Ryan Ludwick flew to Brown in right for the third out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Lee started the second. He struck Jay Bruce out for the first out and got Scott Rolen on a fly ball to right for the second before Todd Frazier doubled. Ryan Hanigan lined to Rollins to leave Frazier at second.

Lee struck out the pitcher Homer Bailey and Stubbs in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out Phillips and Bruce as he set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

Hanigan singled with two outs in the fifth. Lee got Bailey looking behind Hanigan to leave Hanigan at first.

Singles by Cozart, Stubbs and Phillips loaded the bases to start the sixth. Ludwick hit a ball hard to third, but Frandsen made a fantastic play, diving to his left to make the play and then throwing strong to home from his knees to force Cozart for the first out. Bruce was next and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to keep the Reds off the board and the Phils still ahead 1-0.

Huge play by Frandsen.

Lee didn’t have as much luck getting out of his jam in the seventh. Rolen led off with a double and Frazier walked behind him. Hanigan was next and twice tried to bunt and fouled it off. Swinging away 1-2, he singled into center. Rolen scored from second, tying the game at 1-1. Howard didn’t handle the throw in from center and the ball got away around the mound, allowing the runners to move up to second and third with nobody out. Lee struck out Bailey for the first out before Cozart hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Frazier to tag and score, putting the Reds up 2-1. Stubbs was next and lined a single to left, scoring Hanigan from second. 3-1. Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Phillips. Phillips hit a ground ball to second that Utley didn’t handle for another error, putting runners on first and second. Rosenberg struck out Ludwick to leave them there.

Two errors for the Phillies in the frame. Whether you think it cost them a run or not depends on whether you think anyone could take a base on the Cozart fly out for the second out if the runners were on first and second rather than second and third and how many runs you think would have scored on the Stubbs single. I don’t think it’s likely that Frazier goes from second to third on Cozart’s ball had he been on second.

Rosenberg was pitching for the second straight day for the first time in his career. Big strikeout of Ludwick with two men on for the final out of the inning. Actually faced two man in the frame and handled both, but one was safe on the Utley error.

Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 3-3. He got the first two before Frazier hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 4-3. Hanigan walked and righty Miguel Cairo hit for the pitcher Sean Marshall. Cairo struck out looking to leave Hanigan at first.

Bastardo was also pitching for the second straight day. 7.71 ERA since the end of May.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game tied again, this time at 4-4. Cozart was the first batter he faced and Cozart hit his first pitch out to left. 5-4. Papelbon got the next three. Frandsen made another outstanding defensive play to get the second out on a grounder by Phillips, diving to make the play and again throwing from his knees in time to nip the runner.

Almost saw Phillippe Aumont make his debut in the ninth. He was warming in the eighth before the Phillies tied things up.

Papelbon was charged with his first run since July 21 when he gave up a run in his second inning of work to the Giants. He came into the game having thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings.

The bullpen goes 2 1/3 innings in the game for the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. They are out-bullpened by the Reds, who allow a run in 2 2/3 innings on four hits and two walks.

Rosenberg has pitched two days in a row, but threw six pitches last night and two in the first game. Bastardo has also thrown two days in a row. He threw 17 pitches yesterday and ten in game one.

The Phillies lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Again, Mayberry can’t really hit fifth against a righty and break up four lefties 2-4 and another lefty in the six-hole.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first and hit a ball that Phillips didn’t handle at second for an error. Pierre flew to center for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single. Howard was next and hit a ball off the base of the wall in right. Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0, but the ball rolled right to Bruce in the outfield and Utley had to hold third. It brought Mayberry to the plate with runners on the corners. He roped a ball just foul down the left field line before striking out for the second out. Brown got ahead 3-1 and then struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch on a ball that looked real low.

Howard smoked the ball, but it goes right back to Bruce and costs the Phils a run. Mayberry strikes out with one out and a man on third to keep the Phillies from getting more.

Kratz and Lee struck out as the Phils went in order in the second.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the third, but Howard struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the fourth, but Kratz grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the fifth. Pierre popped to Cozart before Rollins was caught stealing for the third out.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth. Howard lined to left and Mayberry hit into a double-play.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they hit in the seventh. Frandsen singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Kratz. Nix hit for Rosenberg and lefty Sean Marshall came in to pitch to him. Wigginton hit for Nix and walked, loading the bases for Rollins. Rollins doubled to left, scoring Frandsen and Kratz to tie the game at 3-3 with men on second and third and one out. Pierre bunted on a safety squeeze and Marshall made a fantastic play, getting to the play and throwing across his body in time for Hanigan to apply the tag and avoid Wigginton’s attempt to separate him into two distinct entities. Utley lined to second to leave the runners at first and third.

Righty Jonathan Broxton started the eighth for the Reds with the Phils down 4-3. He walked Howard and Martinez ran for Howard at first, but Mayberry grounded into another double-play, his second in two at-bats, to clear the bases. Brown was next and hit a hard ground ball to second that went through Phillips and was called a single. It put a man on for Frandsen and Frandsen tied the game with a triple to right that scored Brown. 4-4. Kratz grounded to third to leave Frandsen stranded.

Phillips should have made the play on the ball hit by Brown. Calling that a hit instead of an error is a gift. Martinez running for Howard might have mattered a lot — Howard’s spot was on-deck in the bottom of the ninth when Utley struck out swinging to leave Rollins at third.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth with the Reds up 5-4. Polanco hit for Papelbon and reached on an infield single. Rollins was next and bunted, but too hard. Chapman fielded and threw to second where Polanco was just out for the first out. Chapman struck out Pierre. Rollins stole second and then third before Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

The Phils have to send the lefty Pierre to the plate with close to no chance of getting a hit against Chapman cause they’re out of righties. The stolen bases by Rollins in the inning could have been key. Chapman overpowered Utley, but had the option to pitch around him with Martinez and not Howard due to hit next for the Phils after Martinez ran for Howard in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-19, but he’s 3-for-10 in the first two games of this set. He stole two bases that could have been critical in the ninth and was caught stealing in the fifth.

Pierre was 0-for-5 with a strikeout and five men left on base.

Utley 2-for-4 with an error that didn’t hurt the Phils. He’s 6-for-his-last-14.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and an error that did hurt the Phillies in the seventh.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He grounded into two double-plays and left four men on base.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a single on a ball that is often called an error.

Frandsen 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double.

Worley (6-8, 4.11) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96) tonight. Opponents have hit .367 against Worley over his last three starts as he’s thrown to a 7.90 ERA. He has a 5.92 ERA in his nine starts since the end of June. Arroyo has walked just 27 in 150 innings this year, which is the best walk rate of his career. He’s been a lot better against righties (238/275/381) than he has against lefties (305/336/480).


The doctor is not in, but just about everyone else is

Roy Halladay didn’t have it yet again last night, but the Phils didn’t need it as they pounded away at Cincinnati pitching for a 12-5 win.

The Phillies have won three in a row and scored 20 runs in their last two games. Prior to scoring 20 runs in their last two games, the Phillies had scored 52 runs in 17 games in August, which is about 3.06 runs per game. They are 13th in the NL in runs scored for the month.

Halladay allowed hits to the first four Cincy batters of the game as the Reds scored twice in the top of the first. Pierre doubled and stole a base in the bottom of the first, helping the Phils score a run to cut the lead to 2-1. Howard tied things at 2-2 with a solo shot in the third and Kratz put the Phils up 3-2 with another in the fourth. Halladay yielded three more runs in the fifth on four more hits, putting the Phils down 5-3 before they scored four times in the bottom of the inning with help from big blows by Utley, Mayberry and Brown. Mayberry hit a two-run homer in the seventh as the Phils scored three more to extend the lead to 10-5. Pierre and Kratz knocked in another pair of runs late as the Phils built their lead up to 12-5.

Halladay was far from sharp despite getting the win. Two bad innings for him in the game as he allowed five runs in the first and fifth combined on eight hits, including three doubles. Over his last two starts he has allowed eight runs in 14 innings.

The Phillies are 57-65 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 last night. The Phils have won three in a row and are tied with the Mets for third place in the NL East. They are 19 games behind the first-place Nats and ten games out for a Wild Card spot. They have 40 games left to play.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.

Ten is the most hits that Halladay had allowed in a start since allowing 12 against the Braves on May 2. The Phillies scored 13 runs that night and lost. Last night they scored 12 and won.

Coming into the game, starters for the Phillies had thrown to a 3.38 ERA with a 1.08 ratio over the last 11 games. In those same 11 games, the bullpen had a 7.33 ERA with a 1.59 ratio.

Zack Cozart was the first hitter of the game and singled to center. Chris Heisey was next and moved Cozart up to second with a single to left. Brandon Phillips was next and loaded the bases with a single to right. It brought Jay Bruce to the plate and he crushed a ball off the wall in right. Cozart scored to make it 1-0, but Heisey stopped between third and home, then went home and was thrown out by a lot for the first out. With one down and men on second and third, Scott Rolen grounded to third. Polanco went to first for the second out, Phillips scored (2-0) and Bruce held second. Halladay struck out Xavier Paul to leave Bruce stranded.

Not a good start for Halladay. Three singles and a double to the first four batters. Heisey gives him the first out of the inning at the plate cause he and Phillips can’t both be on third at the same time.

It was 2-1 when Halladay started the second. He set the Reds down in order, striking Miguel Cairo out for the first out, getting Devin Mesoraco on a ground ball to third for the second and pitcher Mike Leake on another grounder to third for the third.

Halladay set the Reds down in order again in the third.

It was 2-2 when Halladay walked Bruce to start the fourth. He got the next three to turn Cincinnati away.

The Phils led 3-2 when Mesoraco started the fifth with a double to left. Leake bunted him to third with the first out and Halladay struck Cozart out swinging for the second. Looked liked Halladay was going to get out of it, but Heisey doubled down the third base line and Mesoraco scored. 3-3. Phillips was next and moved Heisey up to third with an infield single. Bruce followed that with as single to right, scoring Heisey (4-3) and sending Phillips to third. With Rolen at the plate, Kratz threw to first and the Phils had Bruce caught up between first and second. Howard threw to second and his throw was terrible. Utley had to made a nice diving effort to keep the ball from going into left. He got to his feet as Phillips stormed home. He looked at the plate, but there was no chance to get Phillips, who scored to make it 5-3. Bruce was eventually tagged out in the rundown to end the inning.

Miserable throw by Howard gets the Reds another run, but Halladay also gives up four more hits, including two doubles, in the frame. After the Cozart strikeout, Cincy had no runs, a man on third and two outs and looked like they were going to be kept off the board. Instead Halladay gives up three hits to the next three men he faces and allows three runs.

The Phillies led 7-5 when Rolen started the sixth with a single. Paul grounded to second with Rolen forced at second for the first out and Kratz threw him out trying to steal second for the second. Halladay got Cairo on a fly ball to center for the third.

It was 10-5 when Halladay started the seventh. Todd Frazier singled with one out, but Halladay got Cozart to ground into a double-play behind him.

BJ Rosenberg started the eighth. Heisey led off and singled to right. Phillips followed and hit a ground ball to third. Polanco went to second for the first out, but Utley’s relay wasn’t close to getting Phillips to complete the double-play. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Bruce. Bruce smashed a ball to first that Howard couldn’t handle. Bruce had a single and Phillips moved up to second. Bastardo stayed in to pitch to the righty Rolen and struck him out looking 1-2 for the second out. Bastardo struck Paul out looking 0-2 to leave the runners at first and second.

Howard was holding Phillips on when Bruce hammered the ball at him, but it would have been a nice one to have.

Rosenberg drops his ERA on the year to 12.38 by facing two hitters and allowing a single. He had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings over his two previous outings combined, so I guess that’s progress.

Bastardo was pitching for the first time since August 8 and allowed a single before striking out the next two hitters he faced. He has a 7.66 ERA in his 26 appearances since the end of May. In those 26 appearances he’s allowed six homers and 13 walks in 22 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit just .244 against him and he’s struck out 34.

Lindblom started the ninth with the Phils up 12-5. Righty Wilson Valdez hit for the pitcher Logan Ondrusek and struck out for the first out, dropping his average on the year to .203. Mesoraco fouled out to Rollins for the second out. Lindblom walked Frazier and Frazier took second without a throw. Cozart flew to right to end the game.

Eighth appearance of the year for Lindblom with the Phillies. 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio in those outings, three of which have been bad. Opponents have hit just .217 against him since he joined the Phils, but with a .400 on-base percentage thanks largely to the seven walks he’s allowed in six innings. He’s also given up two home runs in six frames.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two singles and a walk while striking out three. Lindblom threw 30 pitches in the game, Bastardo ten and Rosenberg two.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Polanco (8) Kratz. Polanco is activated from the DL and returns to the starting lineup with Frandsen on the bench and Luna back in Triple-A. Kratz catches. Rollins comes into the game on-basing .314 against righties for the year. Mayberry hits fifth against the righty, breaking up lefties 2-4 and six.

Pierre doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 2-0. He stole third before Utley lined to second for the second out. Howard was next and he singled to center, scoring Pierre to make it 2-1. Mayberry grounded to third to end the inning.

Big two out hit for Howard after Utley lines out for the second out with a man on third.

Pierre and Utley went down to start the third before Howard hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, tying the game at 2-2. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Utley hit the ball hard, but Cairo handled it and tossed to Leake covering first for the second out. Eighth homer of the year for Howard.

With two outs in the fourth, Kratz hit a 2-0 pitch out to left center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Halladay struck out swinging behind him.

Seven home runs for Kratz in 72 plate appearances. Second start in a row in which he has homered.

The Phillies were down 5-3 when they hit in the fifth. Pierre singled to center with one out and scored when Utley followed with a double to left. 5-4. The righty Leake walked Howard intentionally to pitch to the righty Mayberry. Mayberry singled to left. Utley scored (5-5) and Howard went to third. Brown was next and cleared the bases with a double to right, putting the Phils up 7-5. Righty Sam LeCure came in to pitch to Polanco and got him on a pop to first for the second out. Kratz was walked intentionally, putting men on first and second for Halladay. Halladay grounded to third to end the inning.

Third time in the game that Utley hit the ball well and his first hit.

This lineup for the Phillies is terrible. Two is too many intentional walks in the same inning. Mayberry hitting behind Howard probably doesn’t look real scary to a team with a righty on the mound. Mayberry came up big in the game, though, singling in the fifth after the intentional walk to Howard and adding two more hits, including a homer.

Rollins started the sixth with a double. Pierre was next and bunted. The Reds didn’t get an out anywhere and the Phils had runners on the corners. Righty Jose Arredondo took over for LeCure and Utley flew to left for the first out, deep enough for Rollins to score from third. 8-5. Pierre stole second as Howard struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Mayberry to the plate and he lined a 2-0 pitch down the left field line and out. 10-5. Brown struck out swinging to end the inning.

Second big hit for Mayberry against a righty in two innings. Didn’t matter in the inning, but Pierre has now stolen 31 bases and been caught just five times.

Righty Logan Ondrusek walked Polanco to start the seventh and hit Kratz behind him. Nix hit for Halladay and struck out looking for the first out. Rollins was next and grounded to third with Kratz forced at second for the second out. With two outs and men on the corners, Pierre reached on an infield single, scoring Polanco (11-5) and moving Rollins up to second. Utley flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big two-out hit for Pierre gets the Phils another run. Nix strikes out against the righty for the first out of the inning after the Phils put their first two men on. He’s hitting 211/297/316 with 22 strikeouts in his last 64 plate appearances.

Mayberry singled off of Ondrusek with one out in the eighth and Brown walked behind him. Polanco followed with a single into center that loaded the bases for Kratz. Kratz flew to center for the second out with Mayberry scoring to make it 12-5. With men on first and third, Nix grounded to second to end the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double in the game. He’s hitting 169/244/380 in August. 2-for-his-last-24 with no walks.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. 9-for-his-last-24 (.375). His isolated power for the year is .068 — he’s only had one year since 2006 when it’s been better (.084 in ’09 with LA). One walk in his last 54 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Twice hit the ball hard into outs. 4-for-his-last-10 with three walks and two doubles. Hitting just .218 against lefties for the year, but with a 263/383/505 line against righties. He also has a weird power split on home and away — his isolated power at home for the year is .342 and away it is .115.

Howard 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 323/354/581 over his last 65 plate appearances.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Victorino and Pence played their last games with the Phillies on July 29. Since then, Mayberry has hit 274/328/484 in 67 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk and a double. He has five extra-base hits in 81 plate appearances, all of which are doubles. About as much power for the year as Pierre. Pierre’s isolated power for the season in .068. Brown is hitting .268 with a slugging percentage of .338, giving him an isolated power of .070.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk in his first action since July 22.

Kratz 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run. Seven home runs in 72 plate appearances would give him about 58 over 600 plate appearances.

Lee (2-7, 3.83) faces righty Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16) tonight. Lee has thrown to a 4.37 ERA in his three starts in August, but hasn’t walked a batter in 22 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .385 against Bailey over his last four starts and he’s thrown to an 8.24 ERA.


Grazing Arizona

The Phils won their second straight series this weekend, taking two of three from the Diamondbacks.

Highlights of the series for the Phils included a fantastic start by Halladay, encouraging results from Brown, more offense from Utley and a walkoff single from the struggling Howard. And Erik Kratz just about never makes an out.

The teams split the first two games of the set.

Kendrick, filling in for the just-traded Blanton, allowed three runs in the first four innings of the opener on Friday. Utley homered in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-1 and a sac fly by Schierholtz in the fifth got the Phils within one at 3-2. Jason Kubel homered off of Josh Lindblom in the ninth and the Diamondbacks held on to win 4-2.

Halladay threw seven shutout innings in game two as the Phils won 3-0. Kratz hit a solo homer in the third and drove in another run with a walk in the fourth. Brown singled home Frandsen in the eighth.

Yesterday they scored a run in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4 and Howard delivered an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

The Phillies are 49-59 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phillies take the series two games to one. They are in fourth place in the NL East, 16 games out of first.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Three of them went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He’s allowed seven home runs in 22 innings over his last three starts.

Jason Kubel singled to right with one out in the top of the first. Lee got Paul Goldschmidt on a fly ball to left to set Arizona down.

Justin Upton singled to right to start the top of the second. Chris Johnson was next and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting Arizona up 2-0. Stephen Drew was next he hit an 0-1 pitch out to center. 3-0. Lee got the next two before Chris Young singled to right. Aaron Hill moved Young up to second with a single, but Lee got Jason Kubel to ground to short to leave both runners stranded.

Lee allows five hits in the frame including back-to-back homers.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lee threw a 1-2-3 third. He followed it up by setting down six more in a row in the fourth and the fifth.

It was 3-3 when Lee started the sixth. Goldschmidt led off and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left, putting the Diamondbacks up 4-3. Upton followed with a single, but Lee got Johnson to ground into a double-play behind him and Drew flew to center for the third out.

Third homer of the game for the Snakes, all of which came on the second pitch of the at-bat.

Lee struck out Henry Blanco and pitcher Trevor Cahill in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He set Arizona down in order again in the eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game tied at 4-4. Upton led off with a single, but Papelbon got Johnson to ground into another double-play. Drew followed with a walk. Miguel Montero was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard fielded, but his throw to Papelbon covering first was behind the pitcher for an error that left Arizona with men on first and second with two down. Lefty Gerardo Parra hit for the pitcher Takashi Saito and grounded to second to end the frame.

The Phillies lineup against righty Trevor Cahill went (1) Schierholtz (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Martinez. Martinez at short. Schierholtz plays right and leads off. Frandsen at third. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the DL.

The Phillies went in order in the first.

Mayberry walked with one out in the second and the Phillies down 3-0. Brown moved him to third with a double. With Kratz at the plate, Mayberry scored on a wild pitch (3-1) and Brown moved up to third before Kratz lined a double to left. Brown scored and it was 3-2. Martinez struck out and Lee grounded to second to leave Lee at second.

Mayberry starts the rally with a walk against a righty before the Phils get doubles from Brown and Kratz.

Frandsen and Utley singled with one out in the third, putting men on first and second with one down. Howard struck out and Mayberry grounded to short to leave both men stranded.

Kratz walked with one out in the fourth. Martinez was next and grounded to first with Kratz forced at second for the second out. Lee moved Martinez up to second with a single, but Schierholtz struck out to leave them both stranded.

Utley hit a 2-0 pitch from Cahill out to right in the fifth, tying the game at 3-3. Howard and Mayberry both grounded out to end the inning.

Down 4-3, the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Cahill set them down in order in the seventh.

Righty David Hernandez got Utley and Howard to start the eighth. Mayberry was next and reached on an infield single. Mayberry took second on a wild pitch that hit a ball back up the middle and off of Hernandez. Hernandez got to the ball and tossed to first, but the ball hit Brown for an error. Mayberry scored from second to tie the game at 4-4. Brown took second on a wild pitch and then moved up to third on another infield single by Kratz. Rollins hit for Martinez and righty Takashi Saito came in and got him to pop to short to leave both runners stranded.

Three infield hits in the inning for the Phils.

With righty Josh Collmenter on the mound for Arizona, Pierre hit for Papelbon to start the ninth and singled to center. Schierholtz bunted him to second with the first out. Nix hit for Frandsen and singled to right on a ball in and out of the glove of Upton in right. Pierre moved up to third. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases. Howard hit a ball to right. Upton was playing really, really deep and it fell for a single. Pierre scored to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Pierre starts the rally with a pinch-hit single. Schierholtz and Howard both were having awful days, but contribute to the rally. Don’t know why Upton was so deep, but he might have had a chance to catch the ball if he was playing where you often see a right fielder with one out and the game-winning run on third.

Schierholtz was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 2-for-10 with two strikeouts and an RBI in the series. 4-for-15 with a home run so far with the Phillies.

Frandsen 1-for-4. He started all three games in the series and went 3-for-11 with a hit by pitch. 269/296/385 in 27 plate appearances for the year.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. 4-for-11 with two walks and two home runs in the series. 264/368/509 for the season. 306/452/714 over his last 62 plate appearances. 306/414/694 at home for the year and 228/328/351 away.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 3-for-13 with five strikeouts and an RBI in the series. 208/307/390 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. 4-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 238/278/391. His isolated power against lefties for the year is .263. Against righties it’s .068.

Brown was 2-for-4 with a double and a big hit in the eighth, although he didn’t get an RBI due to the throwing error by Hernandez. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 5-for-18 with two walks and a double on the year. Forgetting the hitting, the first question that Brown was going to have to answer in 2012 was whether or not he defense was going to be good enough to put him on the field. So far, so good after 44 innings in left.

Kratz 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-6 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 9-for-his-last-19 with three walks and six extra-base hits. 11-for-29 for the season.

Martinez 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game. 1-for-6 since being recalled. Rollins was 0-for-8 with a walk in the series and is 3-for-his-last-29 with three home runs.

Worley (6-6, 3.63) faces righty Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) tonight. Two of Worley’s last six starts he been bad — he has a 5.14 ERA over those outings. Sheets has made four starts on the year. One of them, on July 27, came against the Phillies and he held the Phils to a run over six innings.


Drama kings

The Phillies are apparently willing to do whatever it takes to deliver dramatic wins. Start Wigginton at third against righties no matter how bad he is at hitting righties or playing third. Let their lefties with ERAs up near five pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies did it all yesterday and still came out with a win, scoring twice in the bottom of the tenth to beat the Brewers 7-6.

Worley cruised into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead and after three straight nail biters it looked like the Phils were on their way to an easy win. Didn’t happen. Worley allowed two runs in the sixth on a Rickie Weeks homer and an RBI-double by Carlos Gomez, cutting the lead to 5-3. Manuel tried to use Bastardo to pitch the eighth despite a mountain of evidence going into the game that that isn’t going to work. There’s more now. Bastardo stayed in to face the righty Ryan Braun with two outs and Braun took him out of the yard for a two-run homer that tied the game at 5-5. A two-base error by Wigginton led to an unearned run off of Schwimer in the top of the tenth, putting the Phils behind 6-5. A walk to Mayberry and a double by Kratz put runners on second and third with one out in the tenth. Ruiz hit a sac fly to tie things up at 6-6 before a two-out walkoff single by Rollins gave the Phils a 7-6 win.

Manuel had a miserable game, starting Wigginton at third against a righty with Fontenot on the bench and leaving Bastardo in to face Braun. Wigginton made two errors and has made three in the last two games. His second yesterday to start the tenth looked like the biggest play of the game before the Phils rallied for two in the bottom of the frame. Bastardo has a 5.23 ERA for the year. He can’t be allowed to pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phillies are 45-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 7-6 score for the third straight game. The Phils sweep the series, but remain in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the Nationals. They have won four in a row.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out six.

The Phillies didn’t have a quality start in the series. In the three games, the starters combined to throw to a 7.36 ERA and allowed 30 hits in 18 1/3 innings. The pen threw 9 2/3 innings in the three games, pitching to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.93 ratio. Remember this? In two of the three games, the Phillies won despite the fact that their starting pitcher put up a worse game score than the Milwaukee starter.

Worley got the first two hitters in the top of the first before Ryan Braun doubled to center. Aramis Ramirez popped to first to leave Braun stranded.

Braun was 5-for-9 in the series with a double and a home run through two games and one at-bat.

Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks singled back-to-back to start the top of the second, putting men on first and second for Martin Maldonado. Maldonado lined a single to right, scoring Hart to put Milwaukee up 1-0 with men on first and third. Cody Ransom bunted Maldonado up to second with the first out. Worley struck the pitcher Marco Estrada out swinging for the second out. Carlos Gomez grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

The bunt ahead of the pitcher with nobody out and men on first and third was a gift. That’s a really bad idea. Worley hadn’t gotten an out in the inning.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Worley started the third. Nyjer Morgan led off with a single to center. Braun was next and hit a ball to third that Wigginton didn’t handle, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ramirez grounded into a double-play and Hart flew to center to keep the Brewers off the board.

Second error in two games for Wigginton at third.

The Phillies led 3-1 when Worley hit Weeks with the first pitch of the fourth inning. Weeks stole second as Maldonado struck out looking for the first out. Worley walked Ransom, putting two men on for Estrada again. Estrada again struck out looking. Gomez flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Estrada 0-for-2 with four men left on base through four innings.

The Phils were up 5-1 when Worley started the fifth. Braun doubled with one out, but Ramirez went down on a pop to Utley and Hart flew to center to leave him stranded.

Weeks led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Worley out to left. 5-2. Worley struck out Maldonado for the first out before Ransom doubled to left. Lefty Travis Ishikawa hit for the pitcher Tyler Thornberg and Ishikawa moved Ransom up to third with a single. Gomez was next and he doubled to left, off the glove of a diving Pierre near the third base line. Ransom scored and Ishikawa moved up to third with the lead cut to 5-3. Manuel called on Kendrick to pitch to the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third. Morgan flew to right with the runners holding for the second out. Braun was next and Kendrick threw him three straight balls before walking him intentionally to load the bases. He got Ramirez on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

That worked out really well. For the record, I was not a fan of bringing Kendrick in to face the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third, especially given the four lefties in the pen, but whatever. Whoever came up with the don’t-throw-the-ball-anywhere-near-the-plate strategy for Braun’s at-bat did a nice job.

Weeks reached on an infield single off of Kendrick with one out in the seventh. Maldonado was next and hit a ground ball to third with Wigginton throwing to first for the second out as Weeks moved up to second. Kendrick got Ransom swinging 2-2 for the third out.

Kendrick great again, throwing another 1 2/3 innings without being charged with a run. He has now thrown 14 1/3 innings in July without being charged with a run, allowing eight hits and four walks (0.84 ratio).

Bastardo started the eighth and lefty Norichika Aoki hit for Livan Hernandez. Aoki went down swinging 2-2 for the first out. Gomez was next and lined a single to center. Righty Jeff Bianchi hit for the lefty Nyjer Morgan and hit a ball caught by a sliding Pence for the second out. It brought the righty Braun to the plate as the tying run and Bastardo stayed in to pitch to him. Braun hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 5-5. Bastardo got Ramirez on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

That’s atrocious. Schwimer had pitched two days in a row and the pitcher spot was due to lead off the bottom of the eighth, but you really don’t want Bastardo pitching to Braun there. Was nice of the Brewers to hit with a lefty against Bastardo for the first out.

Braun was 7-for-12 in the series with two walks, two doubles and two home runs.

Bastardo has a 12.15 ERA with a 1.50 ratio in July. He didn’t allow a home run in 14 2/3 innings in his first 20 appearances of the year through May 30. Since the start of June he’s thrown 18 innings and allowed six home runs.

Papelbon started the ninth. Hart led off with a single and stole second before Weeks singled into left, moving Hart up to third. Maldonado was next and bunted. Papelbon fielded and Hart was caught up between third and home. Papelbon threw to third and Hart was run down and tagged for the first out. It left one down and men on first and second for Ransom. Papelbon struck him out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Aoki grounded to Utley for the third out.

Huge play on the bunt and Papelbon escapes after Milwaukee puts men on the corners with nobody out. He pitched two scoreless frames in the last two games of the set.

Schwimer started the tenth. Gomez was the first batter and reached on a two-base error by Wigginton. Switch-hitter Cesar Izturis hit for the pitcher John Axford and bunted Gomez to third with the first out. Braun was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners. Ramirez was next and popped a ball up — Utley made a running basket catch with his back to the infield, but Gomez tagged from third and scored ahead of the throw from Utley. 6-5 Milwaukee. Kratz threw Braun out trying to steal second to end the frame.

Good idea walking Braun intentionally. Bad idea playing Wigginton at third.

The two-base error by Wigginton was just a high popup to third that Wigginton dropped. Nice job by Gomez getting to second, cause that ball is caught a huge percentage of the time at the major league level and it was questionable fair/foul as well.

Schwimer pitches all three games in the series, allowing an unearned run on no hits and two walks. He got the wins in games two and three. He had a 7.56 ERA over his first nine appearances of the year. Since then he’s had 18 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 2.08 ERA over 17 1/3 innings.

The pen goes 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Bastardo allows a two-run homer and Schwimer charged with the unearned run on the Wigginton misplay.

Schwimer has thrown three days in a row and Papelbon two. Kendrick threw 40 pitches on Sunday and 33 on Wednesday. Today’s off-day can’t hurt.

The Phillies lineup against righty Marco Estrada went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Wigginton (7) Pierre (8) Kratz. Ruiz on the bench for the day game. Pierre in left against the righty. Wigginton at third against the righty despite being terrible at third and against righties. 247/294/359 against righties for the season in 187 plate appearances. Fontenot on the bench despite being able to play third and hitting 342/388/405 against righties for the season coming into the game. Also, Wigginton was hitting .163 over his last 89 plate appearances. So that one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me even if Wigginton doesn’t have an awful game.

Utley walked with two outs and stole second. He was left there when Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.

Pierre doubled to right with two outs in the second and the Phillies down 1-0. Kratz was next and singled to left, scoring Pierre to tie the game at 1-1. Worley was next and moved Kratz up to second with a single. Rollins flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Three RBI in his last two at-bats for Kratz.

Victorino singled to center to start the third and scored when Utley followed with a double. 2-1. Howard moved Utley up to third when he grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out. Pence was next and blooped a single to right, scoring Utley to make it 3-1. Wigginton struck out and Pierre flew to left to leave Pence stranded.

Kratz doubled to left to start the fourth and Worley bunted him to third with the first out. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Kratz holding. Victorino followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners for Utley. Utley cleared the bases with a double to right center, putting the Phils up 5-1. Howard followed with a walk, but Pence struck out to leave runners on first and second.

No RBI for Rollins with one out and a runner on third.

Wigginton singled to left off of righty Tyler Thornberg to start the fourth. Pierre moved him to second with a single, but Kratz was next and grounded into a double-play. It left Wigginton on third with two outs for Worley. Worley flew to left to leave Wigginton stranded.

No runs for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Rollins and Victorino both went down before Utley hit a ball that went off of first base and into foul territory for a single. Howard moved Utley to third with another single, but Pence flew to right to leave them both stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

It was 5-5 when the Phils hit against righty John Axford in the eighth. Nix hit for Bastardo and grounded to first for the first out. Rollins popped to Ransom for the second and Victorino grounded out for the third.

Axford struck out Utley, Howard and Pence in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phils were down 6-5 when they faced righty Francisco Rodriguez in the tenth. Wigginton led off and flew to center on the first pitch of his at-bat. Mayberry was next and drew walk. Kratz followed and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Ruiz hit for Schwimer and Fontenot ran for Kratz at second. Ruiz hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, trying the game at 6-6. Rollins was next and he lined a single into center. Gomez took it moving to his right, but his throw home wasn’t close to getting Fontenot at the plate. Fontenot scored to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

Rodriguez came into the game having walked six batters over 1 2/3 innings in his last two outings. Not sure you want to be swinging first pitch.

Just another one of those rallies started by a walk by Mayberry and a double by Kratz. Ruiz gets the job done with a sac fly with the second out and Rollins delivers a key two-out hit.

Best game of the set for the Milwaukee bullpen, but they still allow two runs in 5 2/3 innings and lose the game. Rodriguez allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings in the series.

Rollins was 1-for-6 in the game. Made the one count, though, giving the Phils a walkoff win with his single in the bottom of the tenth. 2-for-13 in the series with two singles and two walks. He walked in the ninth inning of game one to start that rally. Got the walkoff single in the tenth in the final game of the series against the Giants. 253/311/401 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a double and two walks in the set. 253/319/387 for the season.

Utley 3-for-4 in the game with a walk, two doubles and three RBI. 4-for-9 with five walks, two doubles and a home run in the series. 257/349/473 for the year in 74 at-bats.

Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 244/370/556 on the year. 2-for-16 against lefties. 310/412/655 against righties.

Pence 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 2-for-13 with a walk and two RBI in the series. Got the bloop single that won game two. 267/334/447 for the year. 143/208/204 in 49 at-bats since the All-Star break. 189/259/230 in 74 at-bats in July.

Wigginton 1-for-5 with a strikeout and two errors, one of which was a huge two-base dropped popup to start the top of the tenth. 2-for-12 with a walk and an RBI in the series. He hit the sac fly that scored Kratz to win game one of the set. 234/305/373 on the year. On-basing .292 against righties.

Pierre 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-7 with a walk, a double and two stolen bases in the series. 308/349/376 for the season. He came into yesterday’s game on-basing .302 over his last 119 plate appearances. He hit .340 in his first 167 plate appearances of the year through June 3. .265 since June 3 (30-for-113).

Kratz 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Just a monster series for Kratz: 4-for-6 with two doubles and a home run. Ran for Howard and scored the winning run in game one of the set. Hit a two-run pinch-hit homer to start the long rally back in game two. Two doubles in game three, including a huge one in the bottom of the tenth. Fontenot ran for him in game three and scored the run that won the game on the single by Rollins. Kratz is 6-for-16 on the season with two doubles and three home runs.

Mayberry walked in is only chance yesterday and was 2-for-8 with a walk and a double in the set. 237/276/397 on the year.

The Phillies don’t play today. They are in Atlanta tomorrow night.


No Zack attack

The Phillies did it again last night, roaring to life in the bottom of the eighth to score six runs and beat the Brewers 7-6.

Lee started the top of the eighth down 3-1, but allowed a solo homer and a two-run shot in the frame, putting the Phils in a 6-1 hole. The Phils feasted off the Milwaukee pen in the bottom of the inning, though, after a curious decision to pull Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke after 87 pitches. Erik Kratz delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer to get things started. With two outs and nobody on the Kratz blast looked like all the Phillies would get in the frame, but six straight batters reached for the Phils on four walks, a three-run double by Ruiz and a go-ahead bloop single by Pence. The Phils scored four more times and Papelbon nailed it down in the bottom of the inning.

The bullpen was good for the third straight game for the Phils as Schwimer and Papelbon combined to go two scoreless frames without allowing a hit or a walk. Over the last three games the bullpen has gone nine shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks.

In the first two games of the set, the Phillies have scored 11 runs off of the Milwaukee bullpen in 3 2/3 innings. In last night’s game, Greinke had retired 14 in a row going back a third-inning single by Rollins before being pulled for the start of the eighth.

The Phillies are 44-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 last night. The Phils have won three in a row and are 7-4 since the All-Star break. They are still in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the first place Nationals.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out six. Lee allows more than two home runs in a game for the first time this season. He last allowed four in a game on August 21, 2010 while pitching for the Rangers.

Norichika Aoki was the first batter of the game and singled to left. Carlos Gomez popped to third before Braun moved Aoki to second with a single. Aramis Ramirez was next and he singled to right. Aoki tried to score from second, but Pence threw him out at the plate for the second out. Braun moved up to second. Corey Hart was next and he singled to, this time to left. Braun scored to put Milwaukee up 1-0 with runners on the corners for Rickie Weeks. Weeks grounded to short to end the frame.

Lee gives up four hits in the inning. Gets one of three outs on the bases.

Martin Maldonado, Cesar Izturis and pitcher Zack Greinke went in order in the second with the game tied at 1-1.

Lee set the Brewers down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Maldonado and Izturis singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Greinke bunted the runners to second and third with the first out. Lee walked to load the bases for Gomez. During the at-bat, Lee was off the rubber and Maldonado was way off of third. Lee threw over to third and Maldonado was caught, eventually run down and tagged out for the second out. Lee struck Gomez out swinging 0-2 to leave the bases loaded.

Bizarre play to get Maldonado, but it helped Lee get out of the jam.

Braun hit Lee’s first pitch of the sixth out to left, putting the Brewers up 2-1. Hart singled with one out, but Lee got Weeks to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck out Maldonado and Izturis to start the seventh before Greinke homered to left. 3-1. Aoki lined to third for the third out.

Third career home run for Greinke.

Gomez homered to left on Lee’s first pitch of the eighth. 4-1. Braun followed that with a singled before Ramirez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 6-1. Schwimer took over for Lee and got the first two hitters he faced before Maldonado reached on an error by Wigginton. Izturis lined to short for the third out.

Lee allowed four home runs in the game. Three of them, Braun, Greinke and Gomez, came on the first pitch of the at-bat. Ramirez’s came 0-2.

Error by Wigginton makes Schwimer get four outs in the frame. He has a 2.20 ERA with a 1.16 ratio over his last 17 appearances.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phils up 7-6 and needed just ten pitches to set Milwaukee down in order. Lefty George Kottarras hit for righty Jeff Bianchi and struck out swinging for the first out. Aoki flew to center for the second and Gomez struck out looking to end the game.

Schwimer’s good inning with the Phillies down by five runs didn’t look like it mattered at all at the time, but the Phils get two scoreless frames from the pen without allowing a hit or a walk.

Schwimer threw 16 pitches and Papelbon ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Zack Greinke went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Pence (7) Wigginton (8) Mayberry. Mayberry in left and Wigginton at third despite both being terrible against righties. Lefties Pierre and Fontenot on the bench.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Victorino doubled with one out. Utely was next and struck out on a ball not handled by Maldonado. Maldonado threw to first to retire Utley for the second out, but Victorino moved up to third. Howard was next and singled to left, scoring Victorino to tie the game at 1-1. Ruiz grounded to third for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the second.

Rollins singled with one out in the third, but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth and fifth.

Down 2-1, Rollins, Victorino and Utley went in order in the sixth.

Down 3-1, Greinke set them down in order in the seventh.

It was 6-1 when righty Jose Veras started the eighth. Greinke had not been hit for in the top of the frame and had thrown just 87 pitches in the game. Wigginton led off with a single and moved up to second when Mayberry grounded to second for the first out. Nix hit for Schwimer. Lefty Manny Parra came in to pitch to Nix. Righty Erik Kratz hit for Nix and Kratz hit the first pitch from Parra out to left centet, cutting the lead to 6-3. Rollins lined to left for the second out. Parra walked Victorino and Utley back-to-back. They pulled off a double steal before Parra walked Howard, loading the bases. Fontenot ran for Howard. Righty Kameron Loe came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz got behind in the count, but ripped a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left-center. The double cleared the bases, tying the game at 6-6. Pence was next and he got behind in the count as well, but made a weak swing at an outside 1-2 pitch and blooped a ball that fell for a single in shallow right field, just out of the reach of Weeks. Ruiz scored and the Phils led 7-6. Wigginton walked before Mayberry grounded to short to end the inning.

Rodriguez had a nightmare inning in the first game of the set, this time the Phils jump all over Parra. Parra’s outing went two-run homer, out, walk, walk, double-steal, walk. That’s a lot of walks.

With two outs, nobody on and the Phils down three runs, they score four on four walks, a double and a single.

The Phillies drew nine walks to help them win game one of the set. Last night they only had four walks in the game, but all four of them came with two outs in the eighth inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk and a double.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Pence 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 3-for-his-last-26.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a walk.

Mayberry 0-for-4. He’s now hitting 200/262/262 against righties for the season.

Worley (5-6, 3.82) faces righty Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10) this afternoon. Worley has a 6.75 ERA with a 1.81 ratio so far in July. Two of his four starts have been awful and the other two solid. Opponents have hit .341 against him this month with ten walks in 22 2/3 innings. Estrada came off the DL at the end of June and has thrown to a 3.58 ERA in five appearances since. Since his return he has allowed 11 runs in 27 2/3 innings. Of those 11 runs, ten have scored on the six home runs he has allowed.

This says that the Phillies and Cole Hamels have agreed to a six-year, $144 million deal.


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