Tag: Ethan Martin

Take two

Wasn’t a lot better than the first one.

The Phils fell to Toronto for the second straight day this afternoon, losing 7-5.

Cliff Lee started the game, coming off of a 2013 campaign in which he was the best Phillie by a wide margin. He went two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three.

He allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to righties Jose Bautista and Moises Sierra in the first and struck out two in a 1-2-3 second.

Brad Lincoln started the third and should have set Toronto down in order. Didn’t happen. With two outs and nobody on, Sierra hit a ball that Asche fielded at third. Asche threw to first, but Maikel Franco didn’t handle the throw at first and was charged with his second error in two days. Bautista followed that with an RBI-double before Lincoln got Edwin Encarnacion looking to leave Bautista at second.

Franco charged with a fielding error at first after making a throwing error fielding Chris Getz‘s bunt at third yesterday. He appeared at first eight times in 2013 at Double-A after not appearing there at all in any previous years.

Diekman pitched the fourth and faced seven batters, allowing two runs on four hits, all singles.

Not a good start for Diekman, but I’d guess he has a good shot to start the year with the team despite his 5.70 ERA in 30 innings at Triple-A last year. He fared much better while with the Phils, throwing to a 2.58 ERA with a less impressive 1.30 ratio.

Ethan Martin pitched the fifth and it wasn’t good. He faced four batters and all four reached on walk, single, double, double. Michael Stutes took over for him and faced four batters, three of which he retired and one of which reached on a throwing error by the catcher Nieves.

Awful for Martin, who left the game with discomfort in his right shoulder, but a nice showing for Stutes in his first appearance.

Mario Hollands pitched the sixth for the Phils and set Toronto down in order. The 25-year-old lefty made 27 appearances (20 starts) between Clearwater and Reading in 2013, throwing to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.23 ratio.

Rosenberg followed Hollands. He set Toronto down in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Great day for Rosenberg. Threw to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.09 ratio in his first 16 appearances before allowing six runs in five innings his last six times out for the Phils last year. May be older than you think — he turned 28 in September.

The Phillies scored five runs in the game. Ruf hit a two-run homer off of righty Esmil Rogers and Mayberry hit a solo shot off of lefty Aaron Loup. Revere scored on a passed ball in the first and Franco scored in the eighth on a play that featured a throwing error by Toronto first baseman Andy LaRoche on a might-have-been double-play.

Ruf was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer after drawing a walk in his only appearance yesterday. Was good (269/363/500) against righties last year and homered off of one today.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a solo homer in his first action. Didn’t appear in center field even once today, which should be lauded.

Revere was 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-6 in the early going.

Abreu 0-for-2 with two more walks. 0-for-3 with four walks.

Franco, Nieves, Frandsen, Asche all went 0-for-3. Franco drew a walk. Galvis 0-for-4.

Franco made an error on a non-catch and Nieves a throwing error.

This from Ryne Sandberg on Ryan Howard: “You want to see if he can make [lefties] throw the ball over the plate. Be patient, be relaxed in those situations. Get a good ball to hit. Make the pitcher come to him. If it means being patient and taking walks, that’s for the betterment of the team. Spit on it, take the walk and be a baserunner. Will that result in some walks? Seventy-five to 100, 120? Probably.” I offer two related predictions: 1) Ryan Howard will walk less than 120 times in 2014 2) if Ryan Howard walks 120 times in 2014 the Phillies will win the World Series. Howard has averaged 24 walks a season over the past two years, walking 48 times in 609 plate appearances. He walked more than 100 times in a season twice — 108 in 2006 and 107 in 2007. Walking a hundred times in a season is hard. Across both leagues, three players did it in 2013. Joey Votto (135), Shin-Soo Choo (112) and Mike Trout (110).

I really don’t see a lot of reason for left-handed pitchers to walk Ryan Howard, either. Howard hit 173/218/321 against lefties in 2013 after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012. He’s walked eight times against left-handed pitching over the past two seasons (193 PA).

Tigers tomorrow with Kendrick expected to pitch.


Rate hike

Questions yesterday about whether opposing hitters were more likely to walk in 2013 when Carlos Ruiz was catching for the Phils. That part’s easy — the answer is yes, they were. The harder part is how important that information is and I’m a lot less sure about that. In order to conclude anything, we’d need to look at more complete information about who was doing the pitching, the game situation and the quality of the hitters they were facing.

Still, the overall results were a little surprising to me. The Phillies used five catchers in 2013: Ruiz, Erik Kratz, Humberto Quintero, Cameron Rupp and Steven Lerud. Here’s the total number of plate appearances each caught and the team’s walk rate with them catching:

BF % of BF BB %
All PHI 6213 100 8.1
Ruiz 3251 52.3 9.0
Kratz 2060 33.2 7.5
Quintero 718 11.6 6.4
Rupp 116 1.9 6.0
Lerud 68 1.1 7.4
Not Ruiz 2962 47.7 7.2

So Ruiz caught 52.3% of the batters and during those plate appearances, Phillie opponents walked 9.0% of the time. The other four catchers caught 47.7% of the time and in those chances opponents walked in 7.2% of their plate appearances.

Here’s the breakdown for the three catchers other than Rupp and Lerud for the eight starting pitchers on the ’13 Phils that got at least eight starts.

Pitcher BF Ruiz Kratz Quintero
Hamels 905 61.8/5.9 26.4/5.9 11.8/2.8
Lee 876 55.0/4.1 39.2/3.2 5.8/2.0
Kendrick 800 38.8/4.2 55.1/6.8 6.1/8.2
Pettibone 437 52.6/10.0 21.3/7.5 26.1/7.0
Lannan 332 57.5/10.5 10.8/5.6 31.6/5.4
Cloyd 282 33.9/11.6 50.7/7.7 -
Halladay 282 50.0/16.3 15.2/11.6 34.8/8.2
Martin 190 66.8/15.7 24.7/10.6 -

So, looking, for example, at the top line, Ruiz caught 61.8% of the batters that Hamels pitched to in 2013 and those batters walked in 5.9% of their plate appearances. Quintero caught 11.8% of the batters Hamels faced in 2013 and those batters walked in 2.8% of their PA.

Cloyd and Martin both pitched to Lerud and Rupp. Those numbers aren’t included above.

Of the eight pitchers listed above, six of them pitched to all three of Ruiz, Kratz and Quintero. Of those six, five, everyone except for Kendrick, issued walks at the highest rate while pitching to Ruiz and the at the lowest rate when pitching to Quintero (for Hamels, the 5.9% to Ruiz is a little higher, 5.903, than his 5.9% to Kratz, which is 5.858).

The other of the six that pitched to all three was Kendrick. He walked batters at his lowest rate while pitching to Ruiz and at his highest while pitching to Quintero. It should be noted that Kendrick’s time pitching to Quintero was especially limited. Quintero was behind the plate for just 49 of the 800 batters that Kendrick faced (6.1%).

The other two pitchers on the list, Cloyd and Martin, didn’t pitch to Quintero, but each of them walked batters at a higher rate while pitching to Ruiz than they did to Kratz.

I think it’s hugely important to remember there are a lot of factors at play. For example, Roy Halladay and Ethan Martin each had very high walk rates for the season, regardless of who was catching them. Ruiz caught more than two-thirds of Martin’s innings and half of Halladay’s, which surely contributed to his walk rate being high relative to other catchers on the team. While the rate that each of those guys allowed walks was higher with Ruiz behind the plate, I still think it’s a leap to attribute much of anything to Ruiz without more complete information about the game situation and the quality of hitters the pitchers were facing.

If you look back at the last few years, it’s also not true to say that batters consistently walk more with Ruiz behind the plate than with someone else catching. It was in 2012, 7.1% for Ruiz and 6.2% for everyone else on the Phils, but in 2011 he was way under the walk rate with others catching (6.4% for Ruiz and 7.2% for everyone else). In both 2009 and 2010, the walk rate for hitters with Ruiz behind the plate was just about the same as the walk rate with anyone else behind the plate (6.8/6.9 in ’10 and 7.9/7.7 in ’09).


Phils and Fish decide to call it wrap after 19 games this year, unless, of course, they meet in the World Series

You probably think the biggest reason the Phils and Marlins can’t face each other in the World Series is that they both play in the National League. It’s not.

The ’13 Phils and Marlins finally, finally pulled the plug on their competition with one another last night to the betterment of the baseball-loving world. I’m really not sure how much more the baseball-loving world could have handled. It’s baseball-loving, but we’re going to need to agree on some common sense guidelines everyone can live with, folks.

The Marlins won the game 3-2 with an eighth-inning run off of Ethan Martin.

The Phils are 12-7 against Miami this season and 60-79 against everyone else.

The Phils scored two runs on ten hits last night, nine singles and Darin Ruf‘s seventh-inning double. The last home run they hit came on September 17 when Chase Utley went deep off of Miami lefty Brian Flynn. The Phillies have played seven games since then, going 1-6 and scoring 18 runs. 18 runs over seven games is about 2.57 runs per game. In those seven games, the Phils have hit .215 and slugged .269. If you have good pitching, it’s just about impossible to win consistently hitting .215 and slugging .269. The Phillies don’t have good pitching.

The Phililes are 72-86 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Miami Marlins last night. The Marlins take the three-game set two games to one. The Phillies have lost six of seven and are in fourth place in the NL East, a game behind the third-place Mets. They scored two runs in the one game of their last seven that they won, beating the Marlins 2-1. They are 23-38 since beating the Mets 13-8 on the first day back from the All-Star break.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

Hamels ends the year with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. He pitched to a 4.58 ERA and a 1.30 ratio over his first 17 starts from April through the end of June. 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 ratio in his final 16 starts for the season. He walked 17 in 114 innings over his last 16 starts, which is about 1.3 per nine innings and way below his career rates. Matt Gelb from this morning’s Inquirer: “Troglodytes will point to his 8-14 record as an indicator of failure.” Not sure exactly what I wanted to say about that, but it wasn’t nothing. At any rate, Hamels was among the best pitchers in the NL this year, eight wins or not, and the 8-14 record says a lot more about what’s wrong with the Phillie offense and bullpen than it does about what’s wrong with Cole Hamels. There’s nothing wrong with Cole Hamels.

He allowed leadoff single to Christian Yelich to start the bottom of the first, but got the next three hitters.

Justin Ruggiano walked to start the second and moved up to second on an infield single by Placido Polanco, putting runners on first and second for Adeniy Hechavarria. Hamels had Hechavarria buried in the count when the righty crushed an 0-2 pitch to center where it landed for a two-run triple. 2-0 with Hechavarria on third and nobody out. Hamels kept the Marlins from getting more in the frame, getting a ground ball to short with the runner holding for the first out before striking out the next two hitters to end the inning.

Hamels has excelled in preventing walks late in the season, but the leadoff walk to the righty Ruggiano hurts him in the inning. After the infield single, he gets ahead of the weak-hitting Hechavarria before Hechavarria crushes an 0-2 pitch to center for the big blow of the game. Great work after that by Hamels to keep the Marlins from getting another run after they put a man on third with nobody out. He did get the eight-hitter and the pitcher for the first two outs, but impressive nonetheless.

Hamels allowed a double and a walk to the first two men he faced in the third, but set down the next three Miami hitters in order to keep them off the board.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. Polanco doubled to right with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Hechavarria on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Things got weird in the seventh. The Phillies hit for Hamels in the top of the frame and Cesar Jimenez started the bottom of the inning with the score tied at 2-2. Switch-hitter Koylie Hill led off and Jimenez walked him. Juan Pierre was next, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Brad Hand, and bunted. Ruiz fielded the bunt and threw to second in time to force Hill for the first out. Jimenez walked Donovan Solano, putting men on first and second for Ed Lucas. He picked Pierre off of second, but the Phillies didn’t get the call. Lucas hit a ground ball to first with Frandsen throwing to second to force Solano for the second, leaving Miami with two down and runners on the corners for Yelich. Yelich hit a ground ball to Frandsen and Frandsen tossed to Jimenez covering first. Jimenez wasn’t very close to tagging Yelich out, but the Phillies got that call and the inning was over.

Two really bad calls in the inning. Pierre was out at second on the pickoff play and called safe. Yelich was safe at first and called out, which ended the inning instead of giving the Fish their third run of the game.

Jimenez walks two in the scoreless frame. 2.20 ERA and a 1.16 ratio for the year over 16 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .193 against him, but with eight walks in 16 1/3.

The Marlins got their third run of the game in the eighth. Martin got the first out before walking Ruggiano and Ruggiano moved to third on a single by Polanco. It put runners on the corners for Hechavarria. With the infield in, Hechavarria chopped a 2-0 pitch over the mound. Rollins nearly made a fantastic play, ranging far to his left, fielding and throwing home. His throw was a little on the first base side of home, though, and not handled cleanly by Ruiz at the plate. Ruggiano was safe and the Marlins were up 3-2 with runners on second and third with one out. Rollins was charged with a very tough error on the play. Martin struck Hill out swinging for the second out before walking lefty Greg Dobbs to load the bases. He struck the righty Solano out swinging to leave them loaded.

That was a really nice play by Rollins, even though the Phillies didn’t get an out. Ruiz should have caught his throw at the plate. I still don’t think they would have gotten Ruggiano, but it would have saved Rollins the error and kept Hechavarria at first instead of second.

Martin allows a run on a single and two walks in the frame. He walks Ruggiano to start the Miami rally and has walked 25 in 37 innings for the year. Walking 25 in 37 innings makes it really exceptionally difficult to be effective. Opponents are on-basing .364 against him with an isolated power of .240. He has a 6.90 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in his seven starts and a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio in seven appearances in relief.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit and four walks while striking out two. Jimenez threw 23 pitches and Martin 26. Neither has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brad Hand went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Frandsen again at first and Galvis at third. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty and the lefty Asche on the bench. I truly think it would be worthwhile for the Phillies to find out if Mayberry can be a valuable player if you only play him at first and in the corner outfield positions against left-handed pitching.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Ruiz popped to first behind him.

Brown singled to start the second and took second on a one-out walk by Frandsen. Galvis and Hamels both grounded out to turn the Phillies away.

Frandsen draws his 12th walk of the year. He’s walked in about 4.5% of his plate appearances this season. Last night’s walk came off the lefty Hand, but Frandsen has walked in just five of his 181 plate appearances against righties for the season (2.8%).

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Galvis singled to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck out trying to bunt for the second out before Hernandez flew to right.

Hamels can’t bunt Galvis to second after the one-out single.

Utley singled to left with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him.

Ruf doubled to center with one out in the seventh and moved up to third when Frandsen followed with a single to left. Galvis was next and blooped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right-center for a single. Ruf scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Frandsen moved up to second. Mayberry hit for Hamels and the righty AJ Ramos came in to pitch to Mayberry. Asche hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Hernandez to the plate with two down and men on first and second. He lined a 2-0 pitch into right, scoring Frandsen on a close play at the plate and leaving the Phils with runners on second and third in a 2-2 game. Rollins popped to short to leave the runners at second and third.

The Phils hit for Hamels down a run with one out and runners on first and second. Hamels had thrown 103 pitches in the game, allowing two runs over six innings. I think that’s the right decision. I like the idea of Mayberry against the lefty there, although Mayberry should have been in the lineup against the lefty to start with. Mayberry winds up not getting to hit and Asche strikes out in his stead, but the Phils wind up getting the second run that ties the game anyway thanks to the two-out hit by Hernandez.

Brown singled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn with two outs in the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls took over for Dunn and walked Ruf, but Frandsen flew to left to leave the runners on first and second.

Hernandez 1-for-5 with an RBI. Didn’t catch Hechavarria’s early triple that dropped on the track, but it looked pretty uncatchable. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 282/345/330 for the season. Isolated power of .048.

Rollins 0-for-5 and was charged with an error on the play in which Miami scored their third run. 2-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 250/318/346 for the season.

Utley 2-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/347/477 for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 0-for-8 in the series. 2-for-his-last-31 (.065) with two walks and two singles. 269/320/370 on the year.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles, both of which came off of lefties. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. No homers in his last 87 plate appearances. 274/326/502 for the year. Was slugging .560 after going 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run against the Braves on July 7, but has hit 258/326/381 over his last 172 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The Phillies again flail against a left-handed pitcher. They need Ruf and he got the job done last night, doubling off the lefty Hand and drawing a late walk off the righty Qualls. 3-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. 258/359/479 on the year. Still hitting just 197/312/364 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series. 231/296/343 for the year.

Galvis 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the series. 16-for-his-last-40 (.400) with a double and two home runs. One walk in his last 56 plate appearances. 239/289/396 on the year.

Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 0.00) tonight in Atlanta as the Phils open their final series of the season. Cloyd has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his three September starts, throwing to an 11.77 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. He’s actually only walked two in those 13 innings, but allowed 25 hits as opponents have hit .403 against him. The Braves took the 25-year-old Hale in the third round of the 2009 draft. He threw to a 3.22 ERA at 1.39 ratio at Triple-A for Atlanta this year and made his debut against the Padres earlier this month. He pitched very well in that game, striking out nine in five shutout innings in the only appearance of his career. He struck out 77 in 114 2/3 innings in the minors this year, so don’t go thinking he’s Buzz Lightyear or anything.


Well, that was different

The Phillies and the Marlins run out ugly teams with ugly lineups these days. They did last night, too, playing after many of the Phils had shown off shirts bearing Cliff Lee‘s likeness and the caption, ” . . .but I’m different” in the clubhouse in the hours before the game. Lee was different, all right, dominating the game from the mound and excelling at the plate as he led the Phils to a 12-2 win. He held the Marlins to two runs on over eight innings, struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter. He went 3-for-4 with the bat with a triple and four RBI.

For the Phils, it was the second time in five games they had scored ten or more runs. The Phillies have spent most of the past few weeks ahead of only Miami for runs scored per game in the NL. Thanks to their recent outbursts, they’ve caught up with some of the other weak offenses in the NL. They’re now even with the Cubs, who have also scored 575 runs in 150 games (3.83 runs per game), and past the Padres. San Diego has scored 569 runs in 149 games, which is about 3.82 runs per game.

The Phillies are 70-80 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 12-2 last night. They’ve won four of their last six and remain in third place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 9 1/2 behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter.

Fourteen strikeouts in a game is the most for Lee since he struck out 16 Braves on May 6, 2011. The Phillies lost 5-0 that day. Lee has gone eight innings in each of his last three starts, throwing to a 1.87 ERA and an 0.67 ratio. The Phils are 3-0 in those games and Lee has struck out 33 in 24 innings while walking one.

He kept the Marlins off the board in each of the first four innings. In the top of the first, Ed Lucas doubled to center with one out, but Lee struck out the next two to end the frame. He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out four of the nine batters he faced.

He started the fifth up 7-0 and the Fish plated a run when Justin Ruggiano led off with a double to left and scored on a softly hit single to center by Adeiny Hechavarria. 7-1. Lee struck Donovan Solano out swinging with two outs and men on first and second to set the Marlins down.

He started the sixth up 9-1. Ed Lucas led off with a double to right. Lee struck out the next two hitters before Ruggiano ripped a 2-0 pitch down the third base line. 9-2. Lee got Logan Morrison looking to leave Ruggiano at second.

Second doubles of the game for both Lucas and Ruggiano. Five of the eight hits that Lee allowed in the game were doubles.

Lee kept the Marlins off the board in the seventh and the eighth. He allowed a two-out double in the seventh and a two-out single in the eighth.

Martin pitched the ninth with a 12-2 lead. He walked the leadoff man Morrison on a 3-2 pitch to start the frame, but retired the next three.

That’s the third appearance in relief for Martin. The walk to Morrison last night is the only base-runner he has allowed in three scoreless frames. Ten batters, nine outs, including three strikeouts, and a walk. You don’t want to walk the leadoff batter up by ten runs in the top of the ninth, but he has been very impressive.

One scoreless inning for the pen in which they walk one. Martin threw 15 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against 25-year-old righty Sam Dyson, who was making his first career start, went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Ruiz hits fourth, presumably to break up the lefties Utley and Brown. Hernandez in center with Bernadina in right. Always nice to see Mayberry not playing against a righty, but Bernadina in right field isn’t really the answer, either. What would it take for the Phillies to permanently drop Rollins from the top of their order? The world may never know. On-basing .315 over his last 1,310 plate appearances coming into the game apparently isn’t it. Hernandez comes into the game with a nifty 351/442/432 line against righties in 43 career plate appearances. I don’t know what Ruiz is hitting against righties lately, but it’s something good. He comes into the game with a 282/320/369 line. At the end of the day on July 11 he was hitting 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the first and moved up to third when Rollins blooped a double down the third base line that dropped and flipped into the stands. Utley followed with a ground out to second for the first out. Everyone moved up a base and Hernandez scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Rollins on third. Ruiz struck out for the second out and Brown grounded to short.

Hernandez starts the rally with a walk out of the leadoff spot. Utley gets the job done with a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Ruiz has been enormously hot, but can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs.

The Phils went in order in the second.

They scored six in the third. With one out, Hernandez singled and moved up to second when Rollins followed with walk. Utley was next and crushed a 2-0 pitch way out to right. 4-0. Ruiz flew to left for the second out before Brown singled and took second on a walk by Ruf. Asche singled to right and Brown scored. 5-0 with two outs and men on second and third as Asche took second on the throw. Bernadina walked to load the bases for Lee and Lee delivered a two-run single to right. 7-0 with two outs and runners on the corners for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the inning.

Again Hernandez, Rollins and Utley start a rally at the top of the order. Utley just crushed his home run to right.

Brown just buried the Miami catcher Jeff Mathis scoring from second on Asche’s single to right. Stanton’s throw beat Brown to the plate, but Mathis didn’t handle it cleanly before Brown plowed him over.

Utley singled to center with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz and Brown went down behind him.

It was 7-1 when the Phils hit in the fifth. Ruf led off with a single to right. Asche and Bernadina both struck out behind him before Lee tripled to center. 8-1. Hernandez followed with a single to left that scored Lee. 9-1. Rollins flew to center to leave Hernandez at first.

Lee drives in his third run in three innings. Hernandez again delivers for the Phils. Walked to start a rally in the first, singled to start a rally in the third and delivers an RBI-single with two outs in the fifth.

It was 9-2 when they hit in the sixth. Brown walked off of righty Chris Hatcher with two outs. Ruf was next and hit the first pitch he saw from Hatcher out down the left field line. 11-2. Asche grounded to second on a ball hit hard for the third out.

Fourteenth homer of the year for Ruf. Second that came on the first pitch of his at-bat and his 11th off of a right-handed pitcher. The righty has an isolated power of .270 against righties and .164 against lefties. Very nice line against righties, 289/392/559, but oddly hitting just .164 against lefties.

Bernadina tripled to right off of left Dan Jennings to start the eighth and scored when Lee followed with a single to center. 12-2. Rollins moved Lee up to second with a one-out single to left, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind Rollins.

Second career triple for Bernadina off of a left-handed pitcher. He also tripled off of Andrew Miller on August 30, 2010. Bernadina ends the day 4-for-31 (.129) against lefties for the year.

Hernandez 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 8-for-his-last-17 with a double and three walks.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. 9-for-his-last-23 (.391) with four walks.

Utley 2-for-4 with a three-run homer off the righty Dyson and four RBI in the game. 302/361/510 against righties on the year and 219/303/401 against lefties.

Ruiz was 0-for-5, struck out twice and left four men on base. He struck out with one out in the first and Rollins on third. Came into the game 10-for-his-last-20 with ten RBI in those 23 plate appearances.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-10 with a walk since his return.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with six walks, a double and two home runs.

Asche 1-for-5 with an RBI and struck out twice. He’s hitting .318 over his last 50 plate appearances with six walks and three home runs.

Bernadina 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. He’s 3-for-his-last-6 with two walks, two doubles and a triple.

Halladay (3-4, 7.28) faces lefty Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) tonight. Halladay has thrown to a 5.06 ERA in his four starts since returning to the team — a little better than his 8.65 ERA over his first seven starts. He’s walked 31 in 55 2/3 innings for the season and opposing batters have an isolated power of .230 against him on the year. The 23-year-old Flynn threw to a 2.63 ERA in 27 minor league starts between Double and Triple-A, 23 of which came in the PCL. He’s made two starts for the Fish and both of them have been bad as he’s allowed nine runs on 12 hits and nine walks over eight innings. Opponents are 12-for-33 (.364) against him with eight extra-base hits, including three home runs, and nine walks.


Me and you and a dog named Boo

I can pretty much guarantee that’s the only Lobo reference you’re ever getting out of me.

Tyler Cloyd pitched well early last night, but fell apart in the middle innings. The Padres scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth combined and topped the Phils 8-2 on the first ever Bark in the Park night at Citizens Bank Park.

Cloyd started the fourth down 1-0 and allowed three runs in the frame. He wouldn’t get an out in the fifth as San Diego added four more. In the fourth and the fifth innings combined, Cloyd faced ten batters and allowed seven hits — five singles and two doubles.

The Phils, meanwhile, couldn’t solve San Diego righty Andrew Cashner. They got one run through seven innings on a solo homer by Asche. In the eighth they managed to push another across with a two-out rally started by Cameron Rupp‘s first career hit.

The other first for the night was Ethan Martin‘s first career appearance in relief. Martin looked fantastic setting the Padres down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies are 66-78 on the year after losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres last night. They have won three of their last four and are in third place in the NL East, 21 games behind the first-place Braves and nine behind the second-place Nats.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Two of Cloyd’s last three outings have been bad with five shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in the middle outing. Righties are hitting 304/343/539 against him and he’s walked way too many lefties. Lefties are hitting .269 against him, but with 15 walks in 109 plate appearances and a .367 on-base percentage.

He allowed a run in the top of the first on a two-out double by Jedd Gyorko that was followed by a single by Chase Headley. 1-0.

He set six batters down in order in the second and third.

He started the fourth with the Phils still down a run. Two of the first four batters he faced in the fourth singled, leaving the Padres with two outs and runners on the corners for Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno doubled to left, scoring Gyorko from third (2-0) and moving Kyle Blanks up to third. Rene Rivera was next and cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center, making it 4-0. Cloyd struck the pitcher Cashner out looking to end the frame.

The first two batters Cloyd faced in the fifth both singled, putting men on first and second for Gyorko. Gyorko singled just over the glove of Utley into right-center. Will Venable scored from second (5-0) and Chris Denorfia tried to go first to third. Utley took the relay from Bernadina in center and threw to third, but the throw hit Denorfia as Denorfia slid into third. Utley was charged with an error on the throw and the Padres had men on second and third with nobody out. Miner took over for Cloyd and Chase Headley greeted him with a single into center. Denorfia scored from third (6-0) and Gyorko moved up to third. Headley took second on a wild pitch before Kyle Blanks singled into center. 7-0 with men on first and third and nobody out. Miner struck Alexi Amarista out for the first out before Cedeno singled into center, scoring Headley (8-0) and moving Blanks up to second. Miner struck out the next two hitters to leave the runners stranded.

Weird play by Utley on the Gyroko single. It looks like he should have caught the line drive that went for a single. His throw to third was good, it just hit the runner.

Miner faced six hitters in the inning — three of them singled and he struck out the other three. He was charged with one run in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 4.15. He’s been charged with a run in an inning in each of his last three times out. Opponents are hitting .284 against him for the year and he’s walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the lead cut to 8-1.

Martin looked great in his first career relief appearance. He dropped his ERA to 6.68 for the year.

Luis Garcia allowed a single in a scoreless seventh and came back to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Two scoreless frames for Garcia in which he allows one single. It was his only outing in his last five that he was not charged with at least one run and he dropped his ERA for the year to 5.01. Threw to a 0.00 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in his first six appearances on the year and has a 7.47 and a 1.85 ratio in 15 2/3 innings since. He’s walked 14 over his last 15 2/3 innings.

Savery struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. He dropped his ERA on the year to 1.84. Opponents have hit just .176 against him in his 14 2/3 innings, but he’s walked nine, which is too many. Righties are 3-for-36 (.083) against him on the season.

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Miner was the only pitcher to throw more than 15 pitches in the game. He threw 28. Garcia needed just 15 pitches to go two frames, 12 of which were strikes.

The Phillie lineup against righty Andrew Cashner went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Bernadina in center, Ruf in right and Galvis in left. Playing Galvis in left is not good — he starts there for the seventh time. Frandsen plays first, coming into the game hitting 203/255/301 against right-handed pitching for the year. Bernadina and his .236 on-base percentage lead off. Rupp makes his debut behind the plate. The 24-year-old hit 258/318/437 over 355 plate appearances between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.

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

They didn’t have a base-runner in the second or the third.

Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 4-0. Ruf grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 8-0 when they hit in the fifth. With one out and nobody on, Cody Asche homered to right-center. 8-1. Galvis and Rupp both struck out behind Asche.

Fifth home run of the year for Asche and his third in his last 24 plate appearances.

Cashner set the Phillies down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Asche led off the eighth and drew a four-pitch walk, but Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him. Rupp was next and hit a soft grounder to third. Headley bare-handed, but Rupp beat it out for his first career hit, stumbling and falling after first base. Mayberry moved Rupp up to second with a single to left. Righty Dale Thayer took over for Cashner and Bernadina reached on an infield single that loaded the bases for Hernandez. Hernandez walked on four pitches as well, forcing Rupp home to make it 8-2. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ruf singled to center off of righty Brad Brach and moved to third when Frandsen followed with a double. Righty Luke Gregerson took over for Brach. He struck Asche out swinging for the first out and Galvis out swinging for the second. Rupp flew to right to end the game.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Asche and Gavlis both go down swinging with less than two outs and men on second and third.

Bernadina 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-33 (.121). 8-for-his-last-66 (also .121).

Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-23 (.130).

Utley 1-for-3 with a double and an error. 9-for-his-last-20 with three doubles. Two walks in his last 54 plate appearances, one of which was intentional.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-12 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-35 with five extra-base hits. Doubles off the righty Brach, but is still hitting 204/255/306 against righties for the season.

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 1-for-his-last-11 with a home run. 305/359/547 in his last 103 plate appearances since going 1-for-17 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out three times coming off 5-for-9 with a home run in the last two games in the series against the Braves. On-basing .262 for his career in 385 plate appearances.

Rupp 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Got career hit #1 on a ball hit softly to third.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces lefty Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) tonight. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Stults was hit hard in his most recent outing, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants. Lefties are hitting 186/222/343 against the lefty and righties 303/338/441. He’s also had lot more success at home than on the road — 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in his 14 starts at home and a 5.04 ERA and a 1.55 ratio in his 15 starts on the road.

Update (9/11): Lee will start tonight and Halladay, battling flu-like symptoms, will try to go Thursday.


Phillie braintrust back to square one after Open Mic Night at the yard proves to be a bust

I’m not going to say that that was the worst lineup in Phillie history. That would just be overly dramatic. It might not even be true, either. I’m just saying that if your reaction to looking at the lineup is disappointment they didn’t figure out a way to get Pete Orr a start in the outfield against a lefty, it’s possible your organization is more than one tweak away.

The Phillies fielded a, um, memorable lineup last night against the Nats that featured Cesar Hernandez leading off, Freddy Galvis hitting second and Frandsen in the three-hole as Utley and Rollins both sat against a lefty. Michael Martinez played center.

As it turned out, the Phils wound up losing the game more because they allowed nine runs than because they scored six.

Keeping with the theme of restraint, I’ll go with saying it was not a crisply played game. The Nats won despite making three errors, throwing four wild pitches, being called for a balk and having their left fielder start to run off the field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The teams combined to score six unearned runs in the game.

Ethan Martin made another miserable start, but this time without the strikeouts that raise hopes he might one day prove to be a formidable reliever. In the fifth inning, Martin and De Fratus combined to walk four of the eight batters they faced, with three of the four walks coming on four pitches and two coming with the bases loaded.

The Phillies used six different pitchers in the game and zero of them pitched well. They combined to allow 11 hits and nine walks in nine innings.

Cody Asche was just about the only Phillie to have a nice day. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI.

The Phillies are 63-76 on the year after losing 9-6 to the Washington Nationals last night. They have lost three of their last four.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer. He struck out two.

Martin has a 6.90 ERA in seven starts for the year. Over his last three starts he’s walked 11 in 9 1/3 innings while pitching to a 10.61 ERA. Righties have hit six home runs against him in 77 plate appearances for the season — they’ve hit just .234, but with a .531 slugging percentage.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first, but hit Jayson Werth to start the second and walked Adam LaRoche with one out. It put men on first and second for Wilson Ramos and Ramos hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right-center, putting the Nats up 3-0. Martin got the next two to end the frame.

Martin kept Washington off the board in each of the next two frames. He allowed a leadoff single to Denard Span in the third, but got the next three. In the fourth he allowed a one-out double to LaRoche and walked the eight-hitter Anthony Rendon to pitch to the pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He got Gonzalez on a ground ball to short to leave runners at first and second.

The lead had been cut to 3-2 when he started the fifth. Span led off with a double and moved up to third when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out for the first out. Bryce Harper was next and Martin walked him on four pitches. Werth went down on a foul popup handled by Frandsen at first for the second out before Harper stole second. Ian Desmond was the next hitter and he walked to load the bases. LaRoche followed and walked on four pitches, forcing Span home to make it 4-2.. De Fratus came in to pitch to Ramos and walked him on four pitches. Span scored to extend the lead to 5-2 with two down and the bases still loaded. De Fratus got Rendon swinging to leave them loaded.

The Nats send eight batters to the plate in the frame. Four of them walk, three on four pitches, and one hits a double, getting Washigton two runs. Martin walks three of the six men he faces in the frame, including Harper and LaRoche on four pitches. De Fratus faces two and walks one of them on four pitches.

De Fratus faces two batters in the frame, walking Ramos before striking Rendon out with the bases loaded for the third out. He’s walked 21 in 38 1/3 innings for the year and righties are on-basing .393 against him. He was pitching for the second day in a row.

Lefty Mauricio Robles made his debut in the sixth and allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a balk and two singles. Both of the runs were unearned due to a throwing error charged to Asche with one out. Werth and Desmond singled back-to-back with two outs to drive in the two runs. Werth’s single was blooped into center, just out of reach of Galvis. Desmond followed Werth with a line drive to right that plated the second run and made it 7-2.

Robles threw to a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, allowing just 35 hits while walking 44. 44? Yes, 44. Allows two unearned runs on two singles and a balk in an inning in his debut.

Luis Garcia started the seventh with the lead cut to 7-5. He walked Ramos to start the frame, but got a double-play behind Ramos before lefty Corey Brown crushed a long home run to right. 8-5. Garcia got Span to pop to Galvis for the third out.

Garcia was back for the eighth. He retired the first two hitters before the Nats loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Werth and Desmond and a walk to LaRoche. Garcia got righty Jhonathan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave them loaded.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows one run on three hits and two walks. He has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. He’s walked at least one in each of his last eight appearances, allowing 12 walks in 11 innings in those outings. Righties are on-basing .403 against him for the season.

Savery started the ninth with the Phillies behind 8-6. He allowed a two-out single to Span and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman moved Span up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Harper. Harper struck out on a pitch that went to the backstop — he was safe at first, Span scored (9-6) and Zimmerman moved up to third. Werth grounded to third for the third out.

Savery faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a single to the lefty Span. He was making his first appearance with the Phils since July. He’s faced 59 batters on the year — opponents are hitting just .198 against him, but he’s walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

Rosenberg faces three hitters, allowing a single, getting one out and striking out Harper with an unhandled pitched that allowed Harper to take first. He was pitching for the second day in a row. He was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s made 11 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .179 against the righty.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as the Nats scored two unearned runs in the sixth thanks to Asche’s error. De Fratus and Rosenberg have both thrown two days in a row — De Fratus threw seven pitches and Rosenberg 18. Robles threw 30 pitches in the game and Garcia 31.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Hernandez (2) Galvis (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Hernandez at second, Galvis at short and Martinez in center. That lineup from planet wackadoo is brought to you by the fact that the Phillies can’t hit left-handed pitching. They specifically need Ruf and Mayberry to get going against lefties. Didn’t happen last night as the duo combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk in the game.

Frandsen and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ruf flew to center for the third out.

Asche singled to right to start the second with the Phils down 3-0. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher and Martinez grounded into a double-play.

They went in order in the third. Frandsen led off the fourth with a single and moved up to second when Ruiz reached on an error by Zimmerman at third. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche followed with a single into center that scored both runners, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2. Mayberry and Martinez both struck out to leave Asche at first.

Ruf strikes out against the lefty after the wild pitch puts runners on second and third with nobody out. Asche picks him up with the two-run single.

The Phils were down 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Orr hit for De Fratus and singled to start the frame, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

They were down 7-2 when they hit in the sixth. Ruf walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch before Asche flew to center for the second out. Mayberry followed and reached on a throwing error by Desmond at short, which allowed Ruf to score. 7-3 with one down and Mayberry on second for Martinez. Martinez singled into left. Mayberry slid in safe to the plate, arriving at the same time as Harper’s throw. The ball wasn’t handled by Ramos for an error that allowed Martinez to move all the way to third with the lead cut to 7-4. Kratz hit for Robles and righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to him. Utley hit for Kratz and singled to left, scoring Martinez. 7-5. Utley took second on Mattheus’s first wild pitch and third on his second. Hernandez grounded to second to leave Utley at third.

Nats combine for a walk, two errors and three wild pitches in the frame.

It was 8-5 when righty Drew Storen set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Asche homered to right off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Mayberry and Martinez went down behind him.

Harper lost track of the outs in the frame and starting running in after Mayberry flew to left for the second out. Oops.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit against righty Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Hernandez singled to center with one out and Galvis walked behind him. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the game.

Hernandez was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-8 with a walk so far in the series.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a walk. 215/260/360 line in 369 career plate appearances in the majors and 246/290/325 career line in 2,445 career plate appearances in the minors. On-based .274 in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-12 with a walk since hitting two home runs against the Cubs.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 389/441/667 over his last 59 plate appearances.

Ruf was 0-for-3 with a walk. Continues to not hit left-handed pitching, although he did walk off of Gonzalez in the sixth. 7-for-47 (.149) against lefties for the year with three home runs. 158/250/342 overall in his last 44 plate appearances.

Asche 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 312/361/532 over his last 83 plate appearances since going 1-for-his-first-17. Made a throwing error in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. FanGraphs calculates hie UZR/150 at third of -13.7 for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The Phillies really need him to hit left-handed pitching. Didn’t happen last night. 3-for-his-last-36 overall (.083). Hitting just 235/301/447 against lefties for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out twice. 6-for-34 (.176) on the year. 187/235/263 in 390 career plate appearances. Turns 31 later this month.

Halladay (3-4, 7.94) faces righty Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33) tonight. Halladay has allowed seven runs in 11 innings over two starts since his return to the team. Zimmerman has a 5.48 ERA over his last eight starts, but has been good in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs over 15 innings.


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