Tag: Homer Bailey

Mother Nature apparently can’t bear to watch the Phillies hit either

Kyle Kendrick pitched very well last night, but the Phillies are still struggling terribly to score runs. It hasn’t cost them last night’s game yet — the game was tied at 0-0 when it was suspended in the ninth inning due to heavy rain. It is scheduled to be completed late this afternoon before the teams play game three of the set tonight.

The Phillies have two hits in the game, singles by Young and Utley, and no walks. They have struck out 12 times.

Over their last five games, the Phillies have scored zero runs before the start of the sixth and two runs before the start of the seventh.

Kendrick has been the bright spot of the game for the Phillies so far. His start was outstanding as he allowed a pair or singles and two walks over seven shutout innings. He’s allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two times out.

The Phillies are still 6-7 on the year. Last night they played eight and a half innings against the Reds. The game is tied at 0-0 and will resume tonight at 5:30.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Both of the hits were singles and he struck out four.

Zack Cozart singled to left with one out in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Joey Votto on a ground ball to Utley for the second out with Cozart moving up to second. Brandon Phillips walked to put men on first and second, but Kendrick struck Jay Bruce out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Kendrick struggles terribly against lefties, but not so much last night. He handled the lefty Votto for the second out in the first and then struck the lefty Bruce out to leave two men stranded. Neither of those guys (or their fellow lefty Shin-Soo Choo) got a hit off of him in the game — he gave up two singles, both to righties.

He set the Reds down in order in the second.

Choo walked with one out in the third. Cozart was next and grounded out to third with Choo moving up to second with two down. Votto was next and lined a ball into right, but Nix made an outstanding diving catch to end the inning.

Fantastic Nix who caught the ball in an all out dive moving forward to take a hit away from Votto. Choo likely would have scored started from second with two outs.

Kendrick set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

Ryan Hanigan singled to left with one out in the fifth. Pitcher Homer Bailey bunted Hanigan up to second with the second out, but Kendrick got Choo on a ground ball to Utley to end the inning.

Again Kendrick comes up big against the lefty to end the inning with runners in scoring position.

Kendrick struck out Votto and Brandon Phillips in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He got Bruce, Todd Frazier and Xavier Avery in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Righty Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Homer Bailey and flew to left for the first out.

Bastardo has now allowed one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings in six appearances for the year.

Aumont started the ninth and was ahead of Zack Cozart 1-2 when the game was suspended.

The Phillie lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Quintero. Nix plays right against the righty with the righty Mayberry on the bench. Quintero catches with the slumping Kratz sitting. Revere continues to lead off despite a .276 on-base percentage for the season coming into the game.

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

Young singled with one out in the second, but Brown grounded out to second for the second out with Young moving up to second and Nix popped to third to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley singled with one out in the fourth, but was caught stealing before Howard struck out to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies have stolen 11 base this year and been caught four times. 73.3% safe. Revere safe in five of seven attempts (about 71.4%). Mayberry has no stolen bases and was caught stealing once.

Brown and Nix struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Kendrick struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.

Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.

Bailey struck out Young and Nix in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth and set the Phils down in order. Kratz hit for Quintero and struck out swinging. Mayberry hit for Bastardo and ripped a ball towards third, but Frazier made a nice play to take a hit away from him. Revere struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

The game will resume tonight at 5:30.

Lannan (0-2, 2.77) faces righty Mike Leake (0-0, 6.75) tonight in the final game of the series, which starts at 7:10. Lannan has two good starts in two tries for the Phils. Opponents are hitting .178 against him with one walk in 13 innings. Leake has also made two starts and neither of them has been good. Opponents are hitting .327 against him and he’s walked six in 12 innings.

Inflammation vacation

Cole Hamels returned from the DL looking fantastic last night. He held the Reds to a run on two hits over six innings while striking out seven as the Phils won 3-2. One of the two hits, a triple that led to the only run he allowed, came when the outfielder who was about to catch the ball on the warning track in right slipped and fell.

Victorino broke a 1-1 tie with two-run homer in the eighth.

The pen struggled in the bottom of the eighth last night as Stutes, with the help of some bad defense, allowed a run on three hits that got the Reds within one. For Stutes it was the eighth time in his last 16 appearances that he had been charged with at least one run. Over those 16 games he has thrown to a 5.66 ERA. You have to wonder if we’re going to start to see less of Stutes late in games, especially given how well Herndon has been pitching. Over his last 13 appearances, Herndon has allowed one run on 12 hits and a walk over 16 2/3 innings (0.54 ERA and an 0.78 ratio) while striking out 15.

Stutes’s outing could have been worse, too. With one lefty in the pen for the Phils, Bastardo pitched a scoreless seventh. That left the Phils without left-handed relief options and the eighth inning ended with Stutes getting a monster left-handed hitter, Joey Votto, to ground to second with runners on first and third and the Phils up by a run. The Phillies are going to need to put another lefty in their pen or start using the one they have, Bastardo, differently.

The Phillies are 84-46 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 last night.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. One of the hits was a triple that would have been caught if the outfielder about to catch it hadn’t slipped and fell. He struck out seven.

He struck Brandon Phillips out looking for the first out in the bottom of the first. Dave Sappelt was next and he struck out swinging for the second. Joey Votto flew to left to end the inning.

Jay Bruce lined to Utley to start the bottom of the second. Yonder Alonso grounded to first for the second out. Drew Stubbs got ahead 3-0, but Hamels came back and struck him out looking 3-2.

Hamels struck Edgar Renteria out swinging for the first out in the third. Ryan Hanigan was next and flew to right. Pitcher Homer Bailey grounded to second for the third out.

Phillips led off the fourth and hit a ball well to right center. Pence was in position to catch the ball on the edge of the track, but fell down. The ball dropped and Phillips had a triple. Hamels struck Sappelt out swinging for the first out, but Votto followed that with a ground out to second that scored Phillips and put the Reds up 1-0. Bruce grounded to third to set Cincy down.

With the score tied at 1-1, Hamels set the Reds down in order in the fifth.

Hanigan singled to right to start the sixth and Bailey bunted him to second with the first out. Phillips was next and flew to center, deep enough for Hanigan to tag and move up to third with two down. Hamels struck Sappelt out swinging to leave Hanigan at third.

Bastardo started the seventh and walked the lefty Votto on five pitches, but struck out Bruce, Alonso and Stubbs all in a row behind him.

Bastardo has allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances, giving up one hit and striking out 12. He has allowed 19 hits in 50 2/3 innings for the year.

Stutes started the eighth with a 3-1 lead. Renteria went down on a foul ball Howard took with a basket catch near the Cincinnati dugout for the first out before Hanigan singled to center. Lefty Fred Lewis hit for the pitcher Bailey and Stutes struck him out looking. Phillips was next and he singled to left on a ball deflected by Polanco, moving Hanigan up to third. Sappelt was next and chopped a ball to third that Polanco fielded. He threw to first in the dirt and Howard couldn’t scope it. Hanigan scored (3-2) and Phillips moved up to third as the ball got away from Howard. Sappelt was given a single on the play and Polanco was charged with an error, leaving runners on the corners with two down. Stutes got Votto on a ground ball to second to end the inning.

One lefty in the pen for the Phils and Bastardo had already pitched. They got lucky. Stutes pitching to Joey Votto in the bottom of the eighth with men on first and third and a one-run lead isn’t what you’re looking for. Stutes also stayed in the game to face the lefty Lewis as the tying run, but it’s not really the same thing. It’s not like the pen was exactly worn down with use, either, as the Phils hadn’t played in either of the two previous days.

Madson started the ninth. Bruce led off and chopped a ball past a diving Howard and into right for a single. Madson struck Alonso out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Stubbs was next and hit a one-hopper to first that would have been a double-play, except that Stubbs was running too and beat Utley’s relay to first. Stubbs stole second as the count went 2-0 on Renteria, but Madson got Renteria to ground to first to end the game.

Stutes threw 27 pitches in the game. Bastardo 18 and Madson 17. Everyone is well-rested after two days with no games over the weekend.

The Phillies lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Ibanez continues to sit with a sore groin despite a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday. Mayberry starts in left against the righty. Valdez at short with Rollins on the DL.

Polanco and Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the top of the first.

Howard, Pence and Mayberry went in order in the second.

Bailey set the Phillies down in order in the third, too.

Utley reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. Howard flew to center to leave him stranded.

The Phils trailed 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Mayberry was next and hit a ground ball to first with Pence forced at second for the first out. Ruiz moved Mayberry to third with a single. Valdez was next and lined a ball to left that Sappelt played oddly, then dived at and missed. Valdez had a double, Mayberry scored to tied the game at 1-1 and Ruiz moved up to third. Hamels struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Victorino struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch to leave both runners stranded.

Phils can’t get any more after putting men on second and third with one out.

The Phils went in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Valdez started the seventh with a single to left. With the righty Bailey still on the mound for the Reds, Martinez hit for the pitcher Bastardo. He tried to bunt Valdez to second, but popped the bunt up to Votto in foul territory for the first out. Victorino was next and he hit the first pitch of his at-bat, a hanging curve ball, out to right for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-1. Polanco struck out behind him and Utley popped to short.

With the lead cut to 3-2, the Phils went in order in the ninth.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He’s 2-for-his-last-14.

Polanco 0-for-4, struck out three times and made an error at third. He has one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 104 at-bats.

Utley 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-24 with ten strikeouts.

Top four in the lineup for the Phils went 2-for-16 with eight strikeouts in the game.

Pence 1-for-4 with a weird fall-down on the warning track that helped Phillips triple.

Mayberry 0-for-4. 1-for-his-last-12.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 310/373/430 since the All-Star break.

Valdez 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He doubled in the first run of the game for the Phils and singled ahead of Victorino to score the second. He’s hitting 304/353/543 in 46 at-bats so far in August.

Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02) tonight. Arroyo has had a miserable season, but threw eight shutout innings against the Marlins in his most recent start. Lefties are pounding him this year, hitting 324/376/590 against him for the season. He made one start against the Phillies this year, allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings on May 23. Halladay has made one start against the Reds this season, allowing three runs in seven innings on May 25.

Hamels is quoted here as saying: “Because it’s so late in the season, I want to be able to finish the season healthy and go into the postseason healthy.” Hopefully someone in the organization is in touch with the fact that the Phils still have about a fifth of their season left to play and aren’t actually in the post-season at this point. They aren’t really that close yet either. The magic number for the Brewers, who have played better than the Phils since the All-Star break and have a 10 1/2 game lead in the NL Central, is 18. The Marlins, who are 59-74 and 26 1/2 games behind the Phils in the NL East, could still finish ahead of the Phils in the division. That probably won’t even happen, but I’m just sayin.

Worth watching

Not running out popups isn’t what made Jimmy Rollins the MVP of the National League, but yesterday it’s what made him a spectator. Rollins failed to show the hustle fans have come to expect from him after hitting an easy fly ball into shallow left field in the third inning. He found himself on the bench a couple of innings later.

Cole Hamels made sure he saw a good show.

Coming off two straight miserable starts, Hamels was simply brilliant. He needed just 103 pitches to throw a three-hit shutout. Rollins’ replacement at short Eric Bruntlett made a brilliant defensive play in the top of the eighth to end the inning and rob the Reds of a run.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, winning 5-0 to improve to 36-26 on the season. They take the four-game set three games to one.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, all doubles, and walking three. He struck out four.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

Edwin Encarnacion walked with two outs in the second. Paul Janish was next and doubled to center, moving Encarnacion to third. Hamels walked David Ross to load the bases and got the pitcher Homer Bailey to pop to first for the third out.

Ken Griffey Jr doubled off the wall in left-center with two outs in the third, but Hamels struck out Brandon Phillips to end the frame.

Joey Votto walked to start the fourth with the Phils up 1-0, but Encarnacion hit into a double-play behind him. Janish flew to left for the third out.

Hamels didn’t allow a base runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh.

He started the eighth up 5-0. Jerry Hairston doubled with two outs and it brought up Jay Bruce. Bruce hit a ball hard in between short and third, but Bruntlett made a diving play to the third base side of short to field the ball. His throw to first was very strong and, with the help of a great stretch from Howard, nipped Bruce for the third out.

With one out in the ninth Phillips grounded to third. Howard was pulled of the bag by Feliz’s throw and Feliz was charged with an error. Votto flew to left for the second out and pinch-hitter Corey Patterson fouled out to first to end the game.

Second complete game shutout in five starts for Hamels.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the first and again in the second.

Ruiz singled with one out in the third and Hamels bunted him to second. Rollins hit a high fly ball into shallow left field. The shortstop Janish backed up and got under it but didn’t catch it. Ruiz scored on the error and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins should have been on second, but didn’t run hard out of the box and had to hold first. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Feliz hit a ball that Bailey fielded and then threw away. Feliz got a single and Bailey was charged with an error that let him go to second. Ruiz walked to put men on first and second with one out. Hamels flew to center for the second out before Bruntlett, who entered the game at short in the top of the inning, hit a ball to right that Griffey dropped for another Reds error. Feliz scored to put the Phils up 2-0 and Ruiz went to third. Victorino followed with a single into center that scored Ruiz and put the Phils up 3-0. Utley flew to center for the third out.

Jenkins homered to right with two outs in the sixth to put the Phillies up 4-0. Feliz followed with a walk but Ruiz grounded out for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Bruntlett and Victorino walked back-to-back. Utley flew to center for the second out before Howard hit a ground ball to where the shortstop would have been if not for the crazy shift. Howard had a single and Bruntlett scored to put the Phils up 5-0 with Victorino going to second. Burrell grounded to short for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 0-for-2 in the game and 4-for-15 with a double in the four-game set. He’s hitting 289/333/447 for the season.

Victorino was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-13 in the series. 283/353/386 on the year.

Utley was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 5-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series. 315/400/664 for the year.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 206/316/453 for the year.

Burrell was 0-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 277/419/574 for the year.

Jenkins was 1-for-4 with a home run. 4-for-14 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 285/326/448 for the year.

Feliz was 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-14 with a home run in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 and hitting 251/294/419 for the season.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a walk and 1-for-7 in the series. 224/297/284 for the year. Two extra-base hits since April 29 and six for the season. Coste was 1-for-7 with a home run in the series is hitting 317/383/567 for the year.

Jamie Moyer (6-3, 4.65) faces righty Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.01) tonight in Atlanta. Hudson has allowed seven earned runs in 22 innings over his last three starts (2.86 ERA). On the season opponents are hitting .244 against him, righties just .224. He has not allowed a home run to a right-handed batter this season. Lefties have hit all seven home runs he has allowed and are slugging .458 against him for the season. Moyer is 4-0 with a 4.05 ERA in his last four starts. Righties are hitting .340 against him for the season, lefties .229.

The Phillies drafted some people.

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