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After eight hints

Looking for a sign of life from the Phillies? The Phillies need a spark and the last two games against the miserable Rockies make you wonder if they might have found it. After pounding Colorado in the series opener, the Phillies rallied for two late last night for a 7-6 win.

Trailing by a run with two outs and nobody on in the ninth, five straight Phillies reached base against Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt. Ty Wigginton, who came into his at-bat 3-for-his-last-31, singled to left and came around to tie the game when Pence blasted a double high off the wall in the left field corner. Ruiz was walked intentionally before Victorino hit a ground ball to short that should have sent the game to extra-innings, but a hustling Victorino beat Marco Scutaro’s throw to first to keep the frame alive. Polanco followed and hit another ground ball to short and again wound up just safe, this time on Todd Helton’s error as the Colorado first baseman’s foot couldn’t quite find the bag in time.

It was the first time this season that the Phillies had won a game they were losing after eight innings.

The bad news is that Joe Blanton was awful again, allowing five runs, all five of which scored on the three home runs he allowed in the first four innings of the game. Blanton pitched to a 2.96 ERA in his first eight starts of the year. Since then he has made seven starts in which he has thrown to a 7.44 ERA, allowing 15 home runs in 42 1/3 innings. He has allowed at least five earned runs in six of his last seven outings.

The Phillies are 33-37 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-6 last night. They have won two in a row, but remain in last place in the NL East, eight games behind the first-place Nationals.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Carlos Gonzalez singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Blanton got Michael Cuddyer on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Blanton started the second. Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Wilin Rosario. Rosario hit an 0-1 pitch out to center, putting Colorado up 3-1. Blanton struck pitcher Alex White out swinging for the second out and Tyler Colvin out swinging for the third.

Blanton started the third up 4-3. He got the first before Cuddyer hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, tying the game at 4-4. Todd Helton grounded to first for the third out.

Second time in two innings Blanton gave away the lead by allowing a home run.

With one out in the fourth and the game still tied, Chris Nelson homered to center. 5-4 Colorado. Blanton got the next two.

First time in one inning Blanton gave away the tie by allowing a home run.

With the score tied at 5-5, Blanton set the Rockies down in order in the fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth and struck out Rosario and pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh.

Bastardo started the eighth. Switch-hitter Dexter Fowler hit for the lefty Tyler Colvin and walked. Scutaro lined to third before Gonzalez moved Fowler up to third with a single to right. Bastardo struck Cuddyer out swinging 1-2 for the second out before Gonzalez stole second. Helton fouled out to Polanco to leave the runners at second and third.

Huge strikeout for Bastardo to get the righty Cuddyer with one out and runners on first and third. He was pitching for the first time since June 13 and has allowed one run on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings over his last seven appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game still tied. He got the first two batters before Rosario doubled to right. Lefty Jason Giambi hit for the pitcher Matt Belisle and was walked intentionally. Pitcher Josh Outman ran for Giambi at first. Fowler was the next hitter for Colorado and he singled to right, scoring Rosario to put Colorado up 6-5 with men on first and third. Fowler stole second before Papelbon struck Scutaro out to leave runners on second and third.

Great job by Manuel to bring Papelbon into a non-save situation, but again Papelbon doesn’t pitch well. In 17 innings in save situations this year, Papelbon has yet to allow a run, pitching to an 0.00 ERA and an 0.58 ratio. In 10 1/3 innings in non-save situations, he has thrown to a 6.10 ERA with a 1.65 ratio.

Bastardo threw 31 pitches in the game and Papelbon 23.

The Phillies lineup against righty Alex White went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Pierre in left and Mayberry at first. Ruiz hits cleanup. Martinez at second with the lefty Fontenot on the bench.

Pierre tripled to left with one out in the bottom of the first and came in to score on a ground out by Pence, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz lined to right for the third out.

Polanco singled to center with one out in the second and the Phillies down 3-1. Mayberry followed that with a walk, bringing Martinez to the plate with two men on. Martinez hit a 1-0 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 4-3. Blanton and Rollins both grounded out behind him to end the inning.

Martinez is a really bad hitter, don’t let the homer fool you, but a big swing there puts the Phils back on top after Rosario’s three-run shot in the top of the second puts them behind.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the bottom of the third and the game tied at 4-4. Victorino bunted for a hit, putting men on first and second for Polanco. Polanco grounded to the pitcher for the third out.

Mayberry doubled to right to start the fourth with the Phillies down 5-4. White got Martinez and Blanton on a pair of ground balls before lefty Matt Reynolds took over for White. Rollins blooped a double to right, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 5-5. Pierre grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins’s double didn’t look like much, dropping just in front of a changing Cuddyer in right, but it got things even again. Mayberry delivers another extra-base hit that helps get the Phillies a run.

Righty Jeremy Guthrie set the Phillies down in order in the fifth.

Polanco led off the sixth and reached on an error by Scutaro at short, but Mayberry, Martinez and Blanton went in order behind him.

Scutaro was awful in the game and his defense would be a big factor on two plays in the ninth-inning rally. Polanco’s ball was hit in the hole between short and third and he didn’t backhand it cleanly.

Guthrie set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Matt Belisle hit Ruiz to start the eighth. Victorino bunted him to second with the first out and Polanco was walked intentionally. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Martinez grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

Walking Polanco intentionally is a poor idea. The hot Mayberry can’t come through that time, striking out for the second out in a tie game with two men on.

The Phillies were down 6-5 when they started the ninth against righty Rafael Betancourt. Thome hit for Papelbon and grounded out hard to Helton at first for the first out. Rollins grounded to third for the second before Wigginton, who entered the game at first in the top of the eighth, singled to left. Pence was next and he ripped a 1-1 pitch down the line and off the top of the wall in left for a double. Wigginton scored to tie the game at 6-6. Ruiz was walked intentionally to pitch to Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball to first, but beat Scutaro’s throw for an infield single that loaded the bases. Polanco was next and he hit a ball to short. Scutaro fielded moving towards second and threw to first. The throw was a little high and when Helton tried to get his foot down he missed first base. Polanco was safe, Pence scored and the game was over.

Big two-out hit for Wigginton, who has been struggling terribly. Pence hits a rocket off the wall to tie the game. Victorino’s ball wasn’t hit hard, but Scutaro stayed back on it a little bit. Great job by Victorino to run hard and beat it out. Scutaro’s throw on the ball Polanco hit to end the game was good enough, Helton should have made the play to send the game to extra-innings.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the game. 14-for-his-last-35 (.400).

Pierre 1-for-4 with a triple. 9-for-his-last-25 (.360).

Pence was 1-for-5 with a game-tying double with two outs in the ninth and two RBI. He’s 5-for-his-last-25.

Ruiz went 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Victorino 2-for-4. Big infield single in the ninth-inning rally. 8-for-his-last-36 (.222).

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two strikeouts. 9-for-his-last-24 with seven extra-base hits.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a three-run homer to raise his average on the year to .182 after 33 at-bats.

Worley (3-3, 2.80) faces lefty Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46) tonight. Worley has allowed one earned run in 13 innings over his last two starts. Francis has made just two appearances on the season, both starts and both of which didn’t go well. He’s allowed 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings and opponents are hitting .439 against him.


Phils hoping for Hollywood Hamels to help them out against LA after take five doesn’t go much better than the previous four

Kyle Kendrick didn’t get a lot of help from his bullpen last night, but he didn’t pitch very well either, allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Phils fell to the Dodgers.

The list of things that are wrong with the Phils these days is long, but one of them is the starting pitching. Look at the Start Log. The Phillies have six quality starts in their last 18 games. Over those 18 games, the starters have thrown to a 5.53 ERA with a 1.46 ratio. The team, built to win with starting pitching, has seen its starters throw to a 3.68 ERA for the year. That’s fifth best in the NL.

Kendrick walked five batters in the game, which the most walks allowed by a starting pitcher for the Phillies since Lee walked six Cardinals in his start on May 16, 2011.

Twice in last night’s game, once with Kendrick on the mound and once with Diekman on the mound, the Phillies walked a batter with a base open to load the bases and then walked the hitter behind him to force in a run.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Phillies. Four of the five losses have been by one run. Over their last seven games, the Phillies have gone 2-5 but been outscored by just 32-30.

The Phillies are 28-30 on the season after losing to the LA Dodgers 6-5 last night. The Dodgers have won the first three games of the series. The Phillies have lost five in a row for the first time this season. They are six games out of first place for the first time since May 13.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out six and his ERA for the year rose to 4.44.

Dee Gordon was the first batter of the game and Kendrick got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Elian Herrera was the next batter and he walked on a 3-2 pitch. Ruiz threw Herrera out trying to steal second before Kendrick struck out Bobby Abreu to end the frame.

Kendrick set the Dodgers down in order in the second, getting Andre Ethier on a ground ball to second, AJ Ellis on a popup to second and James Loney on a grounder to second. The play that Galvis made on Ellis’s ball was fantastic. It was a popup into right field, which Galvis chased down and snared with a leaping effort for the second out.

He started the third up 1-0. Adam Kennedy led off with a single. Gwynn was next and he tripled to right despite a tremendous effort from Pence, who crashed into the wall and looked like he hurt his glove hand making the effort. Kennedy came around to score, tying the game at 1-1. The pitcher Chris Capuano was next and hit a ball that Mayberry didn’t handle for an error, allowing Gwynn to score and put LA up 2-1. Kendrick hit Gordon (maybe) with a pitch before Abreu walked, loading the bases with one out. He got Ethier on a fly ball to left for the second out and Ellis on a ground ball to third to leave the runners stranded.

Pence looked hurt after the Gwynn double, but stayed in the game.

Mayberry just booted a ground ball to first for his error.

Kendrick set LA down in order in the fourth.

Herrera walked with two outs in the fifth, but Kendrick got Abreu looking to leave him at first.

The Phils led 4-2 when Kendrick started the sixth. He struck Ethier out for the first out before Ellis singled into center. James Loney followed that with a double to left, moving Ellis up to third. Kendrick struck Kennedy out swinging for the second out and walked the lefty Gwynn intentionally to load the bases for the pitcher Capuano’s spot. Righty Jerry Hairston hit for Capuano and drew a walk on a close 3-2 pitch, forcing in Ellis to make it 4-3. The lefty Valdes came in to pitch to the lefty Gordon and Gordon singled into right, scoring Loney and Gwynn (5-4 LA) and moving Hairston up to third. Herrera flew to center for the third out.

Kendrick walks Gwynn intentionally to load the bases, then walks Hairston behind him to force in a run. Valdes gives up a big two-out hit to Gordon, which puts two more runs on Kendrick’s line. Would have been a nice time for Valdes to have gotten the lefty out.

Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Tenth appearance on the year for Valdes, who dropped his ERA to 2.25 with the outing. He allowed all three runs he’s given up on the year in one of the ten. Seven hits and a walk over 12 innings while striking out 12 (that’s an 0.67 ratio).

Bastardo started the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Loney. He struck Alex Castellanos out behind Loney for the first out and then got Gwynn swinging for the second. Loney took second on a wild pitch before Bastardo struck Hairston out swinging to leave him there.

Bastardo ended April with a 5.40 ERA through his first seven appearances. Since the end of April he’s made 16 appearances, throwing to a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 ratio while striking out 19 in 15 innings.

Diekman started the ninth with the Phillies still down a run. Herrera doubled to center with one out. Righty Juan Rivera hit for the pitcher Josh Lindblom and struck out swinging, but on a ball not handled by Ruiz. Rivera made it first and Herrera moved up to third, put runners on the corner with one down. Diekman struck Ethier out swinging for the second out. Diekman got behind the righty Ellis 3-1 and then put him on, loading the bases for the lefty Loney. Loney walked on five pitches, forcing in Herrera to made it 6-4. Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Castellanos and got him on a ground ball to third to set the Dodgers down.

Second time in four innings the Phils put a guy on to load the bases and then walk the batter behind him to force in a run. Manuel could have brought in Qualls, Papelbon or Schwimer to face the righty Ellis, but instead let’s Diekman face him with a base available and it costs the Phillies.

The run Diekman allowed was unearned, thanks to the non-strikeout by Rivera, so his ERA for the year drops from 4.50 to 4.15. He didn’t pitch well, though, allowing a double and two walks while getting two outs. Schwimer retired the one batter he faced. He’s now made three appearances since being recalled, allowing one walk over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The line for the pen in the game was better than the performance. They went 3 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and two walks. Valdes and Diekman both didn’t pitch well, though, with Valdes allowing a big hit in the sixth with the runs charged to Kendrick and Diekman losing control in the ninth.

Diekman threw 26 pitches in the game, Bastardo 21, Valdes 15 and Schwimer five.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Chris Capuano went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis. Rollins hits leadoff against the lefty despite a 207/220/276 line against left-handed pitching for the season. Wigginton at third after Polanco was spiked in the eighth inning the night before. Pierre plays left against the lefty with Mayberry at first.

Rollins and Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the bottom of the first.

Victorino hit a 3-2 pitch out to right with one out in the second, putting the Phillies up 1-0. Wigginton and Mayberry went down behind him.

Down 2-1 in the third, Galvis and Kendrick both struck out as the Phils went in order.

Ruiz singled with two outs in the fourth, but Victorino popped to short for the third out.

Wigginton led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left center, tying the game at 2-2. Mayberry grounded to short for the first out. Galvis was next and he hurt himself running out a ground ball down the first base line. He came back to foul off one pitch, but took himself out of the game and Fontenot hit for him. Fontenot took the 3-2 pitch from Capuano low for a walk. Kendrick bunted Fontenot to second with the first out, bring Rollins to the plate with a man on second and Rollins hit a 2-2 pitch out to left for his third home run of the year. 4-2. Pierre went down on a ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

First home run of the year for Rollins against a lefty. He ends the game hitting 213/226/328 against them for the year.

Righty Todd Coffey set the Phillies down in order in the sixth with LA leading 5-4.

Wigginton singled to left to start the seventh and Mayberry flew to left behind him. Lefty Scott Elbert came in to pitch to Fontenot and got him on a fly ball to left for the second out. Luna hit for Valdes and flew to center to leave Wigginton at first.

The Phils don’t move Wigginton past first after the leadoff single.

Righty Josh Lindblom started the eighth for LA. Pierre singled with one out, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Kenley Jansen started the ninth for the Dodgers with LA up 6-4, pitching for the third straight day. Ruiz was hit by a pitch in the twelfth pitch of his at-bat, but Victorino flew to center behind him for the first out. Ruiz took second on a wild pitch before Wigginton hammered a double to left, scoring Ruiz to cut the lead to 6-5. The Phils looked like they had Jansen on the ropes at this point, he had thrown 19 pitches in the frame already, thanks to Ruiz, pitching for the third day in a row. Thome hit for Mayberry and struck out looking. Fontenot was next and drew a walk, putting men on first and second with two down. Schneider hit for Schwimer and popped to Loney at first to end the game.

Thome wasn’t close to getting a hit off of the weary Jansen, swinging at and missing badly two of the first three pitches he saw before looking at a pitch with a lot of the plate for strike three.

Second day in a row the Phillies put a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth in a close game and the pinch-hitters go meekly. The pinch-hitters for the Phillies are now hitting 213/289/350 for the season. Thome is 0-for-9 as a pinch-hitter with seven strikeouts.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game. He’s hitting 371/371/714 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Pierre was 1-for-4. 6-for-16 so far in June (.375).

Pence 0-for-4. Hopefully his left arm is okay after colliding with the wall in right on Gwynn’s triple. If you think things are bad now, you don’t want to see what happens if Hunter Pence goes down. He’s 2-for-his-last-16 with two singles and no walks.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles.

Victorino 1-for-4 with his seventh home run. 146/234/244 over his last 47 plate appearances.

Wigginton 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Did his best to help the Phillies tie the game in the ninth, but was left at second. Coming off a 1-for-10, he’s 5-for-his-last-8.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with an error. 5-for-his-last-33 with ten strikeouts (152/200/303 over 35 plate appearances).

Galvis was 0-for-1 and put on the DL with a back problem after the game. 190/203/259 over his last 60 plate appearances. Fontenot was 0-for-1 with two walks in the game. He’s hitting 360/467/400 in 30 plate appearances for the Phillies so far.

Hamels (8-2, 2.81) faces righty Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90) this afternoon. Hamels has allowed nine earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts, raising his ERA on the season from 2.17 to 2.81. Harang ended April with a 5.72 ERA, but five of his last six starts have been good as he’s dropped his ERA under four. He’s walked 24 batters in 64 2/3 innings for the season, which gives him his highest rate of walks per nine innings since 2002 when he walked 45 in 78 1/3 innings for the A’s.


Pence and Diekman work overtime to correct the team’s nearly fatal Qualls

The Phillies got more great starting pitching in yesterday’s game against the Astros, but it took some late heroics from Hunter Pence and a fantastic debut by Jake Diekman to get them a 4-3 win in ten innings.

Lee started the game for the Phils and was great, holding Houston to a run over eight innings and striking out ten. With Papelbon having thrown three days in a row, Qualls came on with a 3-1 lead in the ninth and couldn’t get the job done. The Astros tied the game up with a pair of runs and Diekman was forced into his major league debut with two outs and men on second and third. Diekman struck out Marwin Gonzalez to get the Phils out of the jam, came back to set the Astros down in order in the tenth and got the win when Pence hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning.

The Phillies need a whole lot of help in their pen. But Diekman’s debut in which he struck out three over 1 1/3 perfect innings raises hopes that he may be part of the solution.

The 5.19 ERA for the Phillie bullpen is the worst in all of baseball. In yesterday’s game, they allowed two runs in two innings and cost Lee the win, but were arguably better than they had been during Lee’s other starts for the year. Coming into the game, the bullpen had thrown to a 9.00 ERA and a 2.22 ratio in Lee’s starts for the season. They were a little better than that in yesterday’s game, allowing two runs in two innings (9.00 ERA), but allowing just four hits plus walks over two frames (2.00 ratio).

Chad Qualls continues to struggle against lefties. Trying to nail down the save in the top of the ninth he faced two left-handed hitters and both of them doubled. Lefties are hitting 346/414/567 against him for the season.

On the plus side, the starting pitching continues to shine. The Phillies have gotten six quality starts in a row. Over those six games their starters have thrown to a 2.20 ERA with a 1.05 ratio.

The Phillies are 18-19 after beating the Houston Astros 4-3 yesterday afternoon. They sweep the two-game set and have won three in a row and four of their last five.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out ten and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.95. The Phillies are 1-4 in the games he’s started this season.

He walked Justin Maxwell with one out in the top of the first. Matt Downs went down on a fly ball to right for the second out before Schneider threw Maxwell out trying to steal second to end the frame.

Carlos Lee singled to center to start the second. Chris Johnson was next and he grounded to Lee. Lee went to second to force the other Lee for the first out. Our Lee struck JD Martinez out for the second out and got Jason Castro on a ground ball to second for the third.

Lee had a 2-0 lead when he started the third. Marwin Gonzalez led off with a single to center. The pitcher Jordan Lyles was next and tried to bunt, but failed twice then struck out looking for the first out. Jose Altuve was next and hit a ground ball that was deflected off Polanco to Rollins. Rollins went to second to for Gonzalez for the second out. Lee struck Maxwell out swinging 1-2 to set the Astros down.

Big no bunt for Lyles changes the inning and the Phils get a big play from Rollins to get an out on the ball hit by Altuve.

Lee struck out Downs and Johnson as he set the Astros down in order in the fourth.

Martinez singled to center to start the fifth, but Lee got Jason Castro to ground into a double-play behind him. Lee struck Gonzalez out swinging for the third out.

He struck out Altuve and Maxwell in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh up 3-0. Matt Downs led off and hit a 3-1 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 3-1. Lee got the next three Astros behind Downs.

Lee started the eighth having thrown 95 pitches in the game. Castro led off and struck out on a wild pitch that got away from Schneider, allowing Castro to take first. Gonzalez was next and hit a ball that Lee handled. Lee went to second for the first out Galvis relayed to first to complete the bases-clearing double-play. Lefty Travis Buck hit for the pitcher Fernando Rodriguez and singled to right. Lee got Altuve on a fly ball to right to leave Buck at second.

Big double-play for the Phils after Castro reaches on the strikeout. The lefty Buck hits against the lefty Lee and reaches base on a single.

Manuel was ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire after the Castro strikeout on a wild pitch for reasons not clear to me.

Qualls started the ninth with a two-run lead, pitching for the second day in a row. Lefty Jordan Schafer hit for the righty Maxwell and hammered a double to center on a 3-2 pitch. Downs was next and he went downs on a ground ball to second, which moved Schafer up to third with one out. Lee was next and singled into center, just passed a diving Rollins. Schafer scored and it was 3-2. Brian Bogusevic ran for Lee and stole second before Johnson grounded softly to third for the second out. Righty JD Martinez was next and singled to right. Bogusevic was held up at third, but Pence lost the handle trying to transfer the ball out of his glove for an error that allowed Bogusevic to come home and tie the game at 3-3. The lefty Castro was next and he doubled off the wall in right, putting runners on second and third for the switch-hitter Gonzalez. Lefty Jake Diekman came on to pitch to him. Diekman struck Gonzalez out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Qualls can’t pitch to lefties. Shafer doubles off of him to start the mess. Castro, the other lefty that Qualls faced in the inning, doubled as well. Qualls faced six batters in the innings. Two were lefties and both of them doubled. Of the four righties, he allowed two singles and got two ground outs. His ERA is up to 4.05 for the year after being charged with two runs in 2/3 of an inning in the game.

Lee had thrown 110 pitches through eight innings, so he wasn’t a good choice to start the ninth.

Huge debut for Diekman, coming into the game with two outs in the ninth and men on second and third in a tie game.

He was back to pitch the tenth. Switch-hitter Jed Lowrie hit for the pitcher Brandon Lyon and flew to right for the first out. Diekman struck out Altuve and Schafer behind him.

Three strikeouts in 1 1/3 perfect innings for Diekman.

Qualls and Diekman each threw 21 pitches in the game. Diekman’s 21 were better. Qualls has pitched two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jordan Lyles went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Polanco (6) Mayberry (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Polanco hits fifth after a two-run homer in game one of the set. Schneider catches the day game after a night game with a righty on the mound. Galvis plays second with Orr on the bench. Mayberry hits sixth, hitting 224/269/265 against righties for the season coming into the game.

Rollins was the first batter in the bottom of the first and doubled to right on a ball deflected by Lee at first. Pierre bunted him to third with the first out, but Victorino struck out for the second and Pence grounded to second.

No RBI for Victorino after the Phillies put Rollins on third with one out.

Mayberry reached on a throwing error by Altuve with one out in the second. Galvis flew to center for the second out, but Schneider was next and he hit the first pitch from Lyles out to right-center, putting the Phils on top 2-0. Lee grounded to second for the third out.

Nice start to the game for Schneider, who threw Maxwell out to end the top of the first and hit his first homer of the year in the bottom of the second.

The Phils went in order in the bottom of the fourth.

They went in order in the fifth, too. Rollins tried to bunt for a hit, but popped it up to the catcher in foul territory for the second out.

Pence homered to right off of Lyles with one out in the sixth, extending the lead to 3-0. Polanco followed that with a single, but Mayberry and Galvis both went down behind him.

Rollins singled off of lefty Fernando Abad with two outs in the seventh and the lead cut to 3-1. Wigginton hit for Pierre and the righty Fernando Rodriguez took over for Abad. Wigginton drew a walk, putting two men on for Victorino, but Victorino popped out to the catcher to leave both runners stranded.

Pence singled to right off of righty Brandon Lyon to start the bottom of the eighth. He took second on a wild pitch before Polanco moved him up to third with a single to right. Mayberry was next and hit a ground ball to third. Pence was caught up between third and home and eventually tagged out for the first out. It brought Galvis to the plate with men on first and second and he flew to center. Schneider was next and hit a ball to first that Lee handled, throwing to Lyon covering first who made an ugly slide into the bag in time to beat Schneider and end the inning.

No runs for the Phils after putting me on first and third with nobody out.

The game was tied at 3-3 when the Phillies hit in the bottom of the ninth. Lyon was back for the Astros and set Ruiz, Rollins and Wigginton down in order.

Righty Brett Myers got Victorino to foul out to third for the first out of the tenth. Pence was next and hit a ball just out to left, giving the Phils a 4-3 win.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double in the game. 2-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. He’s hitting 231/278/293 for the season. He doesn’t have a walk against a left-handed pitcher yet this year.

Pierre 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 0-for-6 in the series. 3-for-his-last-12. 330/380/360 for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-5 with a strikeout and three men left on base yesterday. 1-for-9 with a triple in the series. 250/301/408 on the season. 2-for-his-last-13.

Pence was 2-for-5 with two solo homers. 4-for-9 with two homers in the series. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-15. 255/301/497 for the year. The Phillies have a team on-base percentage of .307 for the year, which is 13th among the 16 NL teams. Victorino, Pence, Mayberry, Rollins and Galvis all have at least 93 plate appearances for the year and an on-base percentage of .301 or worse.

Polanco was 2-for-4. 3-for-7 with a walk and a home run in the series. 288/321/368 for the season. 356/390/479 over his last 80 plate appearances. His .321 on-base percentage for the season is fourth-best on the team among players with 100 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-4 to up his average to .247. 3-for-8 with a double in the series. 247/269/337 on the year. After not walking in his first 51 plate appearances on the season he has walked three times in his last 42. 333/364/500 over his last 33 plate appearances. Slugging .264 for the season against right-handed pitching.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-7 with a walk in the series. 225/265/351 for the year. 8-for-his-last-21 with three walks, three doubles and a triple. His isolated power with the Phillies is .121. Over 2,179 minor league plate appearances it is .076.

Schneider 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in his only action of the series. He’s now hitting 303/324/404 for the season. First home run since April 21, 2011.

Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) faces righty Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56) tonight in Chicago. Worley threw to a 1.97 ERA over his first five starts of the season, but has pitched to a 6.00 ERA over his last two starts. Garza flummoxed the Phils the last time he saw them, holding them to a hit and and a walk while throwing seven shutout innings on April 29.

Er, not so much on Worley starting tonight. This article says that Worley will miss the start with a sore elbow and Kendrick will take the start in his place. Kendrick has thrown to a 6.43 ERA in his three starts on the season, although only one of the three has been terrible. In his first start of the year he allowed seven runs in three innings against the Diamondbacks. In his two starts since, he’s allowed four runs over 11 innings, throwing to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.36 ratio.


Hamels pitches up a storm and interviews up another

The Nationals won the first two games of the three-game set this weekend, but Cole Hamels made sure people were going to remember game three for a while with last night’s effort. Hamels was great in the game, holding Washington to a run over eight innings as the Phils cruised to a 9-3 with behind Hamels’s arm and a pair of homers from Hunter Pence.

The game was most memorable, though, for the first pitch Hamels delivered to Washington wunderkind Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first — a 93-mile an hour fastball into the small of Harper’s back. Harper stole home later in the inning and Hamels was hit himself in the third. It’s probably not something that will be forgotten, but that might have been the end of things for the time being had it not been for this interview, in which Hamels is quoted as saying, “I was trying to hit him.”

The Phillies are 14-15 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 9-3 last night. The Nats take the series two games to one. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out eight and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.45. The Phillies have won five of the six games he has started this season.

He got the first two in the bottom of the first before hitting Bryce Harper with the first pitch of Harper’s at-bat. Jayson Werth was next and moved Harper up to third with a single. Harper stole home as Hamels made a throw to try to pick Werth off of first before Chad Tracy popped to Rollins to end the inning.

Hamels walked Wilson Ramos with two outs in the second, but got pitcher Jordan Zimmerman on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Harper singled to left with two outs in the third, but Hamels struck Werth out to leave Harper at first.

Up 3-1, Hamels set the Nats down in order in the fourth.

Ian Desmond tripled to left with two outs in the fifth. Steve Lombardozzi was the next hitter and Hamels got him on a soft ground ball he handled himself to end the inning.

Chad Tracy singled to center with two outs in the sixth. Hamels got Danny Espinosa on a ground ball to third for the third out.

Through six innings, Hamels had thrown 91 pitches.

Still up two runs, Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He got the first two in the eighth before Harper doubled to left. Xavier Nady, who took over in right for Werth after Werth injured his wrist, grounded to second for the third out.

Sanches started the ninth with a 9-1 lead. He walked Espinosa with one out. Rick Ankiel was next and he grounded to first, with Espinosa forced at second for the second out. Ramos followed with a single into left that moved Ankiel up to second. Lefty Roger Bernadina hit for the pitcher Tom Gorzelanny and doubled to right, scoring Ankiel (9-2) and moving Ramos up to third. Ian Desmond followed that with an infield single, scoring Ramos (9-3) and moving Bernadina to third. Desmond took second without a throw before Lombardozzi popped to second, ending the game with both runners stranded.

Sanches threw 32 pitches in the game. He has now made two appearances for the Phillies and been bad in both, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jordan Zimmerman went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Nix (6) Ruiz (7) Polanco (8) Orr. Pierre in left against the righty. The lefty Orr at second with Galvis on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, they went in order in the second.

Orr singled to center with one out in the third. Hamels was next and was hit by the first pitch of his at-bat, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins grounded to first for the second out with the runner moving up to second and third. Pierre grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Victorino walked to start the fourth. Pence was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils on top 2-1. Nix singled and moved to second on a ground out by Ruiz. Polanco singled into center, scoring Nix to put the Phils up 3-1. Orr struck out for the second out before Hamels moved Polanco up to second with a single. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Pierre led off the fifth with a walk, but Victorino grounded into a double-play behind him. Pence grounded to third for the third out.

Nix and Ruiz went down to start the sixth before Polanco lined a ball into right. Werth came in and made a sliding effort but didn’t make the catch, injuring his wrist in the effort. Orr popped to short for the third out.

Zimmerman walked Hamels and Rollins to start the seventh before Pierre bunted for a single that loaded the bases. Righty Craig Stammen came in to pitch to Victorino and Victorino lined to left on a diving play by Harper with the runners holding. Pence was next and hit a ball well to center, but Ankiel took it and Hamels stayed at third (good thing, too, cause Ankiel made an amazing throw to the plate). Stammen stayed in to face the lefty Nix with the bases still loaded and struck Nix out swinging 0-2 to leave the bases loaded.

No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. I thought it was nutty to let Stammen pitch to Nix, but it worked out great for the Nats. Stammen’s spot was due to hit third in the bottom of the inning.

Lefty Sean Burnett pitched the eighth and set the Phillies down in order. Galvis hit for Orr and flew to left for the third out.

Hamels hit for himself to start the ninth, flying to center off of righty Ryan Perry for the first out. Rollins was next and walked on four pitches. He stole second before Pierre singled into center, scoring Rollins to make it 4-1. Pierre moved up to second as the throw came home. Victorino followed and tripled to right, plating Pierre. 5-1. Pence homered to left. 7-1. Nix flew to center for the second out before Ruiz singled to left. Polanco doubled to left, moving Ruiz up to third. The Nats finally pulled Perry as lefty Tom Gorzelanny took over. Galvis greeted him with a single into center, scoring both runners to make it 9-1. Mayberry hit for Hamels and struck out swinging to end the frame.

Second home run of the game for Pence. First triple of the year for Victorino. He’s got some work to do if he’s going to lead the league in triples. Galvis delivers a two-run single. Hamels hits for himself to start the inning, then doesn’t pitch the bottom of the ninth after the Phils extend the lead to 9-1.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with two walks in yesterday’s game. 1-for-12 with two walks and a double in the series. 223/273/259 for the season with four extra-base hits, all doubles, in 122 plate appearances.

Pierre 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the game. 3-for-7 with two walks in the series. 333/388/359 for the year. 5-for-his-last-11. He has walked in about 7.1% of his plate appearances for the season. Over his career he has walked in about 5.7%. His .388 on-base percentage leads the team. Mayberry was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts in the series, dropping his line on the year to 203/217/254.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. 3-for-12 with two walks, a double and a triple in the set. 246/294/415 on the year.

Pence was 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the game. 5-for-14 with a double and three home runs in the set. 274/308/487 for the year.

Nix was 1-for-5 in the game and 1-for-7 with two strikeouts in the series. 311/380/578 on the year. Wigginton was 0-for-5 in the series and struck out four times. 0-for-his-last-9. 289/360/408 on the year.

Ruiz was 1-for-5 yesterday and 3-for-12 with a home run in the series. 318/344/565 for the year. Among the 109 NL players with 75 or more plate appearances, his slugging percentage of .565 is eighth.

Polanco 3-for-5 with a double. 4-for-14 with a double in the series. 268/304/309 for the year. 366/395/439 over his last 43 plate appearances. He, Rollins, Galvis and Mayberry all have more than 50 plate appearances for the season and a slugging percentage under .310.

Orr 1-for-3 yesterday and 1-for-5 in the series. 276/300/414 for the year. Galvis was 1-for-2 with two RBI yesterday and 2-for-7 with a double in the series. 198/225/302 on the season.

In Saturday’s game, Worley didn’t pitch well, allowing five runs in six innings, and the Phils didn’t do much against Gio Gonzalez as they fell 7-1. Savery allowed two runs in an inning in relief of Worley. The Phils had just five hits in the game.

Friday the Nats won the opener 4-3. Manuel was ejected early, arguing a checked swing on Harper’s at-bat in the first. Pence put the Phils up with a two-run homer off of Strasburg in the fourth, but Chad Tracy hit a solo shot off of Kendrick in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1. Ruiz homered in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-1, but the Nats got a run in the sixth charged to Savery and another charged to Qualls in the eighth to tie the game up at 3-3. Schwimmer, back for his third inning after throwing two scoreless frames, allowed a run in the bottom of the eleventh on a pair or singles and a pair of walks.

Schwimer threw 58 pitches in the game. Papelbon did not appear.

Halladay (3-2, 3.40) faces lefty Jon Niese (2-1, 4.08) tonight. Halladay struggled in his last outing, unable to hold a 6-0 lead and allowing eight runs over 5 1/3 innings. Niese was also hit hard in his last start, allowing five runs in three innings in Houston.


After spending most of the month looking for the offense, some wonder if it might have been in Arizona all along

Always the last place you look.

The Phillies have hit just 12 home runs this season, but three of them came last night as an offensive explosion and a solid start by Vance Worley got them past the Diamondbacks.

Laynce Nix had a fantastic game, going 3-for-3 with a long home run and hitting another ball off the wall. Pence, just off of missing a game with a shoulder problem and coming into the game 1-for-his-last-16, homered as well. Victorino hit his second home run in two days.

Over the last two games, the Phillies have scored 13 runs. Coming into the series in Arizona, the Phils had scored ten runs in their last six games combined.

Last night’s game was the first time this season that the Phillies have won a game in which they allowed more than two runs.

The Phillies are 8-10 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series, with the Snakes outscoring the Phils 14-13.

Worley started the game for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.16 after four starts. He has struck out 27 in 25 innings for the year. Over his last two starts he has allowed one run over 13 innings while striking out 17.

Justin Upton singled to center with two outs in the first, but Worley got Miguel Montero to fly to left for the third out.

Cody Ransom singled to center with two outs in the second, but Worley got Willie Bloomquist on a ball Worley handled himself to end the inning.

Worley walked Aaron Hill with two outs in the third. Upton hit a ball hard, but Worley again took it himself for the third out.

Third straight inning that Worley had gotten the first two batters in the inning before allowing the third to reach base.

He started the fourth up 4-0 and set the Snakes down in order.

Ransom led off the bottom of the fifth and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, cutting the Phillies lead to 4-1. Worley got the next two before Parra doubled to left. Hill was next and Worley hit him, putting runners on first and second with two down for Upton. Upton grounded to second to end the inning.

Montero led off the sixth with a single to right, but Worley struck Jason Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt out behind him. Ransom grounded to third to end the inning.

Contreras started the seventh with a 7-1 lead. Bloomquist led off with a double to right on a ball deflected by Victorino. Ryan Roberts hit for the pitcher Bryan Shaw and he doubled, scoring Bloomquist. 7-2. Parra was next and grounded a ball past a diving Orr and into right center for another double. Roberts scored and it was 7-3. Contreras struck out Hill for the first out before Parra stole third. Upton grounded to short for the second out, with Parra coming in to score and cut the lead to 7-4. Bastardo came in to face the lefty Montero and got him to pop to short to end the inning.

Contreras faces five batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three doubles and a stolen base. After three outings, he’s allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings for the season.

Bastardo still hasn’t gotten more than two outs in any of his five appearances, but has struck out five in 2 2/3 innings and been charged with just one run.

Qualls started the eighth with the Phils up 8-4. Kubel led off and hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 8-5. Qualls struck out Goldschmidt, Ransom and Bloomquist behind Kubel.

That’s the first run that Qualls has been charged with for the season. In seven innings he’s allowed one run on four hits and two walks. He hasn’t allowed a lot of homers over his career, so let’s hope he doesn’t start now.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a three-run lead to get his sixth save of the year.

Papelbon has allowed one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings so far.

Overall, the bullpen went three innings in the game, allowing four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out five.

Contreras has thrown two days in a row, with less than fantastic results. He threw 15 pitches in the game. Qualls threw 15 and Papelbon and Bastardo were both under ten.

Michael Stutes has been put on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and Michael Schwimmer called up.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Collmenter went (1) Pierre (2) Orr (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Nix (8) Schneider. Pence returns after taking a day off with a shoulder problem. Galvis and Ruiz on the bench with Orr at second and Schneider catching. Wigginton at third with Polanco on the bench. Mayberry on the bench with Pierre in right despite going 2-for-4 with a double and an outfield assist in game one of the set.

Pierre led off the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second for the first out. Orr and Rollins went down behind him.

Three stolen bases for the year for Pierre and two caught stealings. He’s also been picked off once.

Pence and Wigginton struck out in a 1-2-3 second.

Nix hit a ball off the middle of the wall in right for a long single to start the third. Schneider flew to right for the first out. Worley was next and bunted, but Collmenter threw to second to force Nix for the second out. Pierre grounded to Collmenter to set the Phillies down.

Worley can’t move Nix up to second with the bunt, which might have cost the Phils a run given that Orr singled to start the fourth.

Orr singled to right to start the fourth. Rollins was next and grounded to second with Orr forced at second for the first out. Pence was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat just out to right for a two-run homer, putting the Phils on top 2-0. Victorino popped to second for the second out before Wigginton doubled to left. Nix was next and he blasted the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right for his first homer with the Phils. 4-0. Schneider singled before Worley struck out to leave him at first.

Three extra-base hits in the inning for the Phillies. Pence and Nix both hit their homers off of Collmenter on the first pitch of their at-bat.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

With the lead cut to 4-1, they went in order again in the sixth.

Nix and Schneider singled back-to-back to start the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Worley. Polanco hit for Worley with the righty Collmenter still on the mound for Arizona. Righty Bryan Shaw came in to pitch to Polanco and Polanco bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Pierre was next and he hit a ball into left that appeared to have been caught by a sliding Kubel. The Phillies, however, got the call and Pierre had a single that loaded the bases for Orr. Orr lined a triple into the right-field corner, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 7-1. Rollins struck out swinging for the second out. Pence flew to center for the third.

Pierre was out, but the Phils get the call an extra run. Rollins strikes out with a man on third base and one out after the Orr triple.

Victorino led off the eighth with the lead cut to 7-4 and homered to left, extending the lead to 8-4. Wigginton flew to left for the first out. Ruiz hit for Bastardo and flew to left for the second. Mayberry hit for Schneider and popped to first for the third.

Second homer in two games for Victorino. Third home run in the game for the Phillies.

Polanco, Thome (hitting for Qualls) and Galvis went in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 8-5.

Thome struck out swinging for the second out. He’s now 2-for-17 on the season (.118) with two singles and ten strikeouts in 19 plate appearances.

The Phillies scored eight runs in the game without a walk.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, upping his line on the year to 333/357/370.

Orr was 2-for-4 with a three-run triple. He’s 4-for-11 on the season with three extra-base hits and leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout with Orr on third and one out in the seventh. He’s hitting .229 for the year after going 2-for-his-last-25.

Pence 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He was 1-for-his-last-16 coming into the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a home run. He’s homered two days in a row, but is 2-for-his-last-16 with two home runs.

Wigginton 1-for-4 with a double. 353/410/529 in his last 39 plate appearances since going 1-for-9 to start the season.

Nix was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, upping his line to 333/391/619 for the year after 23 plate appearances. He went 0-for-5 to start the season and has gone 7-for-16 with a walk, three doubles and a home run since (438/471/813).

Schneider 2-for-3 to up his average to .267. He’s 4-for-his-last-9.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) faces righty Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84) this afternoon. Hamels has allowed three runs over 13 innings in his last two starts and has 23 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings for the year. Cahill allowed seven runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his most recent outing. He has allowed just 13 hits in 19 innings, but walked ten.


Your Miley may vary

The Phillies scored some runs late last night, but didn’t do much of anything early as Wade Miley held them to two hits and a walk over six shutout innings. Kyle Kendrick, on the other hand, had a miserable outing in his first start of the year, allowing seven runs over three innings.

Down 9-0 going into the ninth, the Phils finally got some offense going, getting a three-run homer from Victorino and a solo shot from Ruiz. Their rally fell four runs short, though, and they lost their third straight.

The Phillies are 7-10 on the year after losing 9-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. They have lost three in a row for the second time this year.

Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went three innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out one and his ERA rose to 9.39.

Gerrardo Parra doubled to left to start the bottom of the first. Aaron Hill was next and hit a 1-0 pitch down the left field line. It was originally ruled a home run, but review showed the ball clearly hit below the line and he was given a double. Parra scored and Arizona led 1-0. Hill stole third and scored on a sac fly by Justin Upton, putting Arizona up 2-0. Kendrick hit the next batter, Miguel Montero, with a pitch and Montero came around to score when Jason Kubel doubled to center. 3-0. Cody Ransom was the next batter and he grounded to first for the second out, with Kubel moving up to third. Lyle Overbay was next and walked, putting runners on first and third for John McDonald. McDonald singled into center, scoring Kubel (4-0), and moving Overbay up to second. The pitcher Wade Miley was next and he singled into right, but Mayberry made a nice throw to get Overbay at the plate and finally end the inning.

Arizona hits around in the inning, getting two singles, three doubles and a hit batter.

Singles from Hill, Upton and Montero loaded the bases with one out in the second. Kendrick got Kubel to foul out to Polanco for the second out, but Ransom was next and lined a two-run double to left. 6-0. Overbay flew to left to leave the runners at second and third.

McDonald reached on an infield single to start the third and Miley bunted him to second with the first out. Parra flew to center for the second out and Hill popped to first for the third.

Upton homered to left to start the fourth. 7-0. That was it for Kendrick as Herndon took over on the mound. He struck out Montero for the first out before Kubel homered to right. 8-0. Herndon got the next two to end the inning.

He was back to set the Diamondbacks down in order in the fifth.

He got the first two to start the sixth before Kubel followed a Montero single with a double. It put men on second and third for Ransom and Herndon got behind him 3-0 before walking him 3-2 to load the bases. Savery took over and struck out Overbay to end the inning.

Herndon gives up two hits and a walk in the inning, but the strikeout from Savery keeps the Diamondbacks off the board this time. Herndon goes 2 2/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four.

McDonald doubled off of Savery to start the seventh. He took third on a passed ball by Ruiz with one out and came in to score on Parra’s sac fly, making it 9-0.

The run charged to Savery was unearned due to the passed ball by Ruiz that allowed McDonald to move up to third. His ERA after four appearances is 1.59. The double was only the second hit allowed by Savery for the year over 5 2/3 innings.

Contreras pitched the eighth, allowing a single and a walk, but getting Henry Blanco to hit into a a double-play to keep Arizona off the board.

Second outing of the year for Contreras. He has allowed a hit and two walks over two scoreless innings so far.

Long night for the pen. They go five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. Herndon threw 51 pitches in the game, Savery 20 and Contreras 18.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Wade Miley went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis. Pierre again starts in left against the lefty. Mayberry in right with Pence sidelined with a sore shoulder. Mayberry hits behind Ruiz in the order.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Down 4-0, they went in order in the second.

Down 6-0, Galvis doubled to center with one out in the third. Kendrick struck out swinging and Pierre grounded to second to leave him there.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Down 8-0, Mayberry doubled to left with two outs in the fifth. Galvis popped to short to leave him there.

Polanco walked with two outs in the sixth. Rollins popped out to third behind him.

Wigginton singled off of righty Brad Ziegler to start the seventh, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him. Ruiz flew to right for the third out.

Orr doubled to right off of righty Jonathan Albaladejo with two outs in the eighth and the Phillies down 9-0. Pierre was next and singled into left, but Orr was thrown out trying to score to set the Phillies down.

Polanco started the ninth with a single off of lefty Joe Paterson. Nix stayed in the game to hit against the lefty and doubled to center, scoring Polanco to cut the lead to 9-1. Wigginton moved Nix to third with a single before Victorino hit a three-run homer. 9-4. Ruiz was next and he homered to right-center. 9-5. Lefty Craig Breslow came in to pitch to Mayberry and Mayberry reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher. Gavlis hit into a double-play to clear the bases and Orr grounded to second to end the game.

Two homers in the frame for the Phils, including the first of the year that came with runners on base. Nix hits against a lefty and it doesn’t go so bad.

Pierre was 1-for-4 in the game to drop his average for the year to .320.

Polacno 1-for-3 with a walk, upping his line to 200/241/218.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, upping his line to 308/378/436. He’s hitting 367/429/533 over his last 35 plate appearances since going 1-for-9 to start the year.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with his second homer of the year.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double and an outfield assist. He was also 2-for-4 with a double on Opening Day against the Pirates. So he’s 4-for-8 with two doubles on Opening Day and in last night’s game combined. In all other games he has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with five singles and 11 strikeouts.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a double to raise his average to .214. He’s 1-for-his-last-11.

Worley (1-1, 2.74) faces righty Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22) tonight. Worley was fantastic in his most recent start, striking out 11 Padres over seven shutout innings. Collmenter has allowed at least four runs in each of his three starts and has gone more than four innings in just one of them (and he only went 5 1/3 innings in that one). He’s allowed four home runs in 12 1/3 innings.


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