The Phillies are having a lot of trouble scoring runs these days. They did again last night, plating just two, but it wasn’t why they lost. Pettibone endured an ugly first inning and the bullpen coughed up five runs in four innings after he left as the Red Sox topped the Phils 9-2.
The Phillies have scored three runs or less in nine of their last 12 games. Last night was their third failed try in their last seven games to get back to .500 for the year.
Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases in the game for Boston, a feat this article suggests has been accomplished in a major league game just 20 times since 1916.
The Phillies are 26-28 on the year after losing 9-2 to the Boston Red Sox last night. The teams split the four-game set two games apiece with Boston outscoring the Phils 22-12.
Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.
Pettibone has been unexpectedly solid for the Phils this year. Last night was his only start of his eight in which he allowed more than three runs. His numbers against lefties are a little alarming — they’ve hit 320/400/460 against him this season.
He allowed four runs in the top of the first, allowing three singles, a walk and a two-run double hit by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Pettibone pitched well after getting hammered in the first, but was really pounded in that inning and needed to throw 28 pitches to get through it. Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava got things started with back-to-back singles and both came around to score. With one out and Nava on second, Pettibone looked liked he pitched around the lefty David Ortiz. Ortiz walked and came around to score on the Saltalamacchia double.
Ellsbury scored the first run of the game and killed the Phillies over the four game set, going 9-for-18 with three doubles, a triple and six stolen bases.
The lead had been cut to 4-2 when Pettibone started the second. He walked Ellsbury with one out and Ellsbury stole second with two down, then moved to third on an infield single by Dustin Pedroia. Pettibone got Ortiz on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.
He walked Stephen Drew with one out in the third, but got the next two hitters to leave him at first.
Ellsbury singled to center with one out in the fourth. He stole second, but Nava flew to center for the second out and Pedroia flew to right to end the frame.
Ortiz drew a walk to start the fifth, but Pettibone retired Mike Carp on a fly ball to center and Drew grounded into a double-play to set Boston down.
Horst started the sixth and struck Salty out for the first out before Jose Iglesias popped a ball into short right. Delmon Young and Hernandez both pursued, but the ball dropped for a hit. Iglesias went for second, but Young got to the ball and made an accurate throw to get him there for the second out. Righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Franklin Morales and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, extending the lead to 5-2. Ellsbury was next and Horst drilled him in the back with his first pitch. Ellsbury stole second and third before Nava walked. Pedroia flew to center to leave runners at the corners.
Gomes admired his home run a little more than usual, so I’m not sure how much of the Ellsbury plunking was related to that and how much was related to the fact the Phillies can’t get Ellsbury out. Both teams were warned after Horst hit Ellsbury, which was a little odd given that the only thing that had happened so far was Horst hitting Ellsbury.
Horst was back for the seventh. Ortiz led off with a home run, extending the lead to 6-2. Horst got the next three.
Two home runs in two innings allowed by Horst. The righty Gomes gets him in the sixth and the lefty Ortiz in the seventh.
Horst goes two innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits, including two home runs, and a walk. That’s the first time in Horst’s career that he’s allowed more than one in an appearance. In 2012, he allowed one home run in 31 1/3 innings. He came into last night’s game having thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings over his last ten outings, but having allowed five walks over those frames.
Stutes pitched the eighth. He got the first two before Ellsbury singled softly to left. Ellsbury stole second and took third on a throwing error by Kratz. Stutes hit Nava with a 1-2 pitch, putting runners on the corners for Pedroia. Pedroia flew to right to set Boston down.
Stolen base number five for Ellsbury in the game.
Stutes goes one scoreless inning, allowing a single and striking out one. He’s made three appearances on the year so far, allowing two runs, one earned, over 5 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .250 against him and he hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run.
Durbin started the ninth and allowed three runs that extended the Boston lead to 9-2. Jackie Bradley and Mike Napoli led off with back-to-back singles. Both would come around to score as Saltalamacchia and Iglesias added doubles later in the frame. Bradley’s single to start the frame was softly hit, but Salty really crushed his ball off the wall in right, not missing a homer by much.
Durbin goes one inning, allowing three runs on two singles and two doubles. He has a 9.00 ERA for the year. Over his last eight appearances, he’s allowed 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings, throwing to a 14.04 ERA with a 2.40 ratio. He’s walked just two in those eight appearances, but opponents have hit .414 against him. Opponents are hitting .357 against him for the season and slugging .643.
Overall the pen threw four innings in the game, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Horst threw 37 pitches and Durbin 32.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Franklin Morales went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Delmon Young (5) Brown (6) Frandsen (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Golly that’s a bad team. Revere leads off against the lefty. Delmon Young hits cleanup with Howard on the bench. Cesar Hernandez makes career start number one, playing second base. Frandsen at first, Galvis at third and Kratz catching. Mayberry on the bench against a left-handed pitcher.
The Phils were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Hernandez delivered career hit number one with one out, a single lined to left. Rollins flew out behind him before Delmon Young pounded a 1-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 4-2. Brown followed with a single to right, but was caught stealing with Frandsen at the plate to set the Phillies down.
First caught stealing of the year for Brown. He’s stolen three bases.
Young hits his fourth home run of the year and his first off of a lefty. He’s hitting 278/364/500 against lefties (5-for-18 with a double, a home run and three walks).
The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.
Rollins walked to start the fourth and moved to second when Brown singled with one out. Frandsen followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Kratz, but Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Kratz continues to edge ever closer to Michael Young for the GIDP title. Kratz is at 5.6% (7 in 124 PA) and Young 5.9% (12 in 202).
Brown 2-for-2 against the lefty in his first two at-bats.
The Phillies went in order in the fifth. Martinez hit for Pettibone lined to third for the second out.
First PA of the year for Martinez. Martinez pinch-hitting on a day when the Phillies start Hernandez, Galvis, Frandsen, Revere and Kratz is more than fans should be asked to endure.
The Phillies were down 5-2 when lefty Craig Breslow set them down in order in the sixth.
Righty Clayton Mortensen hit Kratz with a pitch with two outs in the seventh and the score 6-2. Galvis grounded hard to first to set the Phillies down.
With righty Junichi Tazawa on the mound for the Red Sox, Nix hit for Stutes and struck out to start the eighth. Revere struck out behind him before Hernadez singled to left. Rollins grounded out to end the inning.
Righty Andrew Bailey started the ninth with a 9-2 lead. Frandsen doubled with two outs, but Kratz struck out to end the game.
Revere 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 5-for-17 in the four games played between the Red Sox and Phils, two of which were in Boston and two of which were in Philly. 256/295/287 for the year. 324/367/365 in May. 344/364/469 against left-handed pitching for the year and 235/279/242 against righties.
Hernandez 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. 2-for-6 on the year.
Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-12 with five walks in the series. 0-for-his-last-8. 251/308/377 on the year.
Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 224/292/412 on the year. 273/314/576 over his last 35 plate appearances. 209/270/388 against right-handed pitching after hitting 247/279/370 against righties in 2012.
Brown 2-for-4 with two singles and two strikeouts. 6-for-16 with four home runs in the series. 267/302/518 for the year. Still doesn’t have a walk in May. 333/340/667 against lefties for the year and 247/290/473 against righties.
Frandsen was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 2-for-6 with a double and two walks in the series. 244/380/463 for the season.
Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch. Grounded into a double-play with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth. Ellsbury stole five bases with him behind the plate. So it wasn’t a great day. He started all four games in the series and went 4-for-12 with three walks and two home runs. 227/298/409 for the year. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with four home runs and six walks.
Galvis 0-for-3. He also started all four games of the series and went 0-for-13 with a walk. 223/277/351 for the season. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with four singles.
Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43) faces righty Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79) tonight as the Phils play the Brewers. The Phillies are 1-10 in games started by Hamels this year and he’s been charged with 12 runs in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Righties are hitting 318/375/455 against Gallardo for the season.