Tag: Jeremy Hefner

Bottom feeders

The Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the first last night on their way to a 7-3 win. Their first six hitters of the game combined to go 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs and two walks off of Mets starter Jeremy Hefner.

It was the second straight miserable start for Hefner against the Phillies going back to last season. In his last two starts against the Phils, Hefner has allowed 12 earned runs on 12 hits and four walks over three innings.

The Phils feasted on the bottom of the Mets rotation in the series, scoring 12 runs in the six innings pitched by Dillon Gee and Hefner as they won the last two games.

The Phillies scored all seven of their runs last night on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the first, which was followed soon after by a three-run bomb by Brown. Nix hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth.

Michael Young continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double. He’s 9-for-his-last-16 with four extra-base hits. 455/538/773 against right-handed pitching in the early going, coming off of a 2012 season in which he hit 257/291/352 against righties.

The Phillies are 4-5 on the year after beating the New York Mets 7-3 last night. They take the series two games to one. First series win of the year for the Phils in three tries. First time they have won two games in a row on the season. They are 0-4 when Hamels or Halladay start and 4-1 when somebody else starts.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

5.40 ERA and a 1.71 ratio after two starts. Lefties are hitting .480 against him — 12-for-25 with two walks, three doubles, a home run and 480/519/720 line.

Jordany Valdespin was the first hitter of the game and reached on a softly hit infield single. Daniel Murphy flew to right for the first out, bringing David Wright to the plate with Valdespin still on first. Kendrick struck Wright out swinging as Valdespin took off for second. Kratz threw him out from his knees on a bounce to end the inning.

Impressive throw by Kratz.

Kendrick started the second with a 5-0 lead. John Buck homered to left-center with one out. 5-1. Lucas Duda followed with a double to right and Mike Baxter walked behind Duda, putting men on first and second with one down for Ruben Tejada. Tejada singled softly to right, loading the bases for the pitcher Jeremy Hefner. Kendrick struck Hefner out looking for the second out and Valdespin out looking to end the frame.

Valdespin struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that looked like a ball to me, but whatever. Still a great job by Kendrick to get out of the inning after the Mets load the bases with one out.

Tired of John Buck. He was 4-for-12 in the series with three home runs and drove in six of the 13 runs New York scored. Duda was pretty impressive as well — 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs last night. 5-for-9 with a double, two home runs and a walk in the series.

Kendrick set the Mets down in order in the third.

Duda homered to right with one out in the fourth. 5-2. Baxter followed with a double, but Kendrick got Tejada on a ground ball to Utley that moved Duda up to third for the second out. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Hefner, but Kendrick got him on a ground ball to Utley as well to set the Mets down.

The game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. Kendrick returned after the delay to start the fifth. Valdespin led off and bunted for a single. Murphy was the next batter and Kendrick walked him, putting two men on for Wright. Wright struck out swinging for the first out. Ike Davis was next and he hit a blooper into left-center. Revere made a nice running catch for the second out. Murphy was way off of second and Revere threw there to double him off and end the inning.

Very nice play by Revere, both to get to the ball and to make the throw. His momentum was taking him away from second base, but he managed to get off a pretty reasonable throw to get Murphy. Not sure exactly what Murphy was thinking — best guess would be he thought Revere was going to throw home or couldn’t throw at all. Either way it was bad base-running and a nice play by Revere.

Baxter singled to right with two outs in the six. Tejada flew to Revere for the third out.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 7-2 lead. Valdespin reached on an infield single with one out, but Bastardo got the next two.

Three scoreless innings over three appearances for Bastardo. He’s allowed a single and two walks.

Adams started the eighth. He struck Buck out for the first out and Davis out for the second before Duda hit a 2-1 pitch out to right. 7-3. Lefty Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice and Adams struck him out looking to end the frame.

Adams was pitching for the second day in a row. He’s now allowed a run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings over four appearances. He has struck out seven. I assume if there was no off-day today, Manuel would have called on Aumont rather than Adams to pitch the eighth with a five-run lead. Aumont has made one appearance since April 1 and two on the year.

Papelbon threw the ninth in heavy rain. Tejada led off with a single, but Marlon Byrd was next and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play. Valdespin struck out looking to end the game.

Glad to see Papelbon used in a non-save situation there. After allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, he’s allowed one single in two scoreless frames his last two times out.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing a run on the Duda homer off of Adams. Three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Adams has pitched two days in a row, but will surely be available Friday in Miami given the off-day today.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry in right again against the righty after a big day against righty starter Dillon Gee in game two of the set.

Revere led off the bottom of the first and walked on five pitches. With Rollins at the plate he stole second, but slid through the base and was tagged out for the first out. It cost the Phils a run, cause Rollins doubled to right and Utley followed that with a home run to center. 2-0. Howard singled and Young walked before Brown blasted a 2-1 pitch down the right field line and well out for another homer. 5-0. Mayberry struck out looking for the second out and Kratz flew to center.

Really not a fan of the Revere stolen base, even if it works and it doesn’t cost the Phillies a run. If the only batter the pitcher has faced in the game is Ben Revere and he walked him on five pitches, it’s a good sign he hasn’t settled in yet. Make him get an out first.

The lead was cut to 5-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.

Howard singled to right with one out in the third on a ball that hit the wall after a bounce or two. Young was next and ripped a line drive in to left-center for a double, sending Howard to third. Hefner got behind Brown 3-0 after Brown had hit a moon shot in his previous at-bat, then put him on intentionally to lead the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short with the runners holding for the second out. Kratz was next and blooped a ball into right-center, but Valdespin made a nice shoestring catch after a long run to retire the side.

Big play by Valdespin takes runs away from the Phillies.

Howard can’t run. Young can, at least a lot better than I thought he could. I had no idea. The hustle double was the third time in two games he made an aggressive play on the bases and was safe.

Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from the third with one out, popping out to short with the bases loaded and one down. He also struck out in the bottom of the first as the first batter retired by Hefner.

The lead was cut to 5-2 when lefty Josh Edgin struck out Kendrick, Revere and Rollins in the fourth.

Young singled to center with two outs in the fifth. Brown flew to center on a sliding catch by Valdespin to end the inning.

Second nice play of the game by Valdespin in center after he took a hit away from Kratz with the bases loaded to end the third.

Kratz singled off of righty Latroy Hawkins with one out in the sixth. Nix hit for Kendrick and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center, extending the Phillie lead to 7-2. Revere grounded to third for the second out before Rollins singled to left. Lefty Scott Rice came in to pitch to Utley and retired him on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Rice set Howard, Young and Brown down in order in the seventh.

Righty Bobby Parnell threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the lead cut to 7-3. Galvis hit for Adams and flew to left for the third out.

Revere was 0-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing in the game. 1-for-11 with two walk in the series drops his line to 211/268/211 after 41 plate appearances. Made a nice play to double Murphy off of second base. The Phillies are averaging about 4.67 runs per game, which is remarkable given that their leadoff man is on-basing .268. Revere is 0-for-8 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-12 with three doubles in the game. 316/350/526 for the year. 357/400/607 against right-handed pitching. I think Rollins will lead off and Revere will be dropped to seven or eight soon if Revere does not start hitting.

Utley 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game. 2-for-10 with two walks and a home run in the series. 333/395/636 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with two singles. 3-for-11 with a home run in the series. 200/237/286 for the year. If you’re team is scoring 4.67 runs per game, your leadoff man is on-basing .268 and your cleanup hitter is on-basing .237 and slugging .286, something is going pretty well somewhere else.

Michael Young is one of the things going very right offensively. 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the game. 5-for-11 with a walk, a double, a triple and a home run in the series. He seemed to run the bases unusually well in the series, aggressively successful in taking an extra-base on three occasions. 375/459/594 on the year.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. 2-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 242/286/424 for the year. Hitting .231 against right-handed pitching.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 263/391/579 for the year.

Kratz 1-for-4 in the game and made a nice throw to nail Valdespin in the top of the first. 3-for-9 with a double in the series. 207/200/379 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in 30 plate appearances.

The Phillies are off today and play the Marlins in Florida tomorrow night.

And he’s the guy who’s healthy

Joe Blanton’s rough string of starts continued last night as the Phils fell to the Mets 6-3. After allowing six runs in five innings, Blanton has now strung together three miserable starts in a row. He didn’t get an out in the sixth inning in any of those outings, allowing 20 runs on 28 hits and three walks over 13 2/3 innings.

Opponents have hit .412 against him over his last three starts and .328 against him over his last five.

Last night’s start came on a day the Phils got news they’re going to need all the help they can get in the rotation. Roy Halladay was put on the DL with a shoulder strain and early estimates suggest he’ll miss six to eight weeks.

The Phillies are 26-25 on the year after losing 6-3 to the New York Mets last night. Coming off of a four-game win streak, they have lost two of their last three.

Blanton got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and two home runs. He struck out four.

Blanton leads the NL in total bases allowed with 127.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. He hit the leadoff man Mike Baxter and Baxter moved up to third when Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a single. David Wright was next and he lined a single into center on a ball deflected by a hopping Rollins. Baxter scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Nieuwenhuis moved up to second. Lucas Duda flew to center for the first out before Daniel Murphy grounded to second. Galvis went to Rollins to force Wright at second, leaving the Mets with runners on the corners with two down. Ike Davis singled into right, scoring Nieuwenhuis (2-1) and moving Murphy to second. Blanton uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Murphy to take third before getting Mike Nickeas on a ground ball he handled himself to end the inning.

Rollins usually catches that ball hit by Wright, which went off the top of his glove.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Omar Quintanilla doubled off of Blanton to start the second. Pitcher Jeremy Hefner bunted Quintanilla to third with the first out before a double by Baxter brought Quintanilla home, putting the Mets up 3-2. Nieuwenhuis grounded to first for the second out with Baxter moving up to third. Wright popped to Rollins to leave him stranded.

Blanton struck out Duda and Davis in a 1-2-3 third.

He got the first two in the fourth before Hefner hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, putting the Mets up 4-2. Blanton struck Baxter out looking for the third out.

He got the first two hitters to start the fifth before walking Duda. Murphy was next and hit a ball that Polanco deflected, but the Phils couldn’t get an out. Duda moved up to third and Murphy wound up at second with a double. Blanton walked the lefty Davis intentionally to load the bases and got Nickeas on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Davis ended the day hitting .170 for the season. I wouldn’t walk him intentionally that much. Blanton walks Duda in the inning, but he’s walked just ten hitters for the year. His walk rate is the best of his career. He’s given up as many home runs for the season as he has walks.

Blanton started the sixth with the lead cut to 4-3. Quintanilla led off with another double and righty Scott Hairston hit for Hefner. Hairston hit a 3-2 pitch from Blanton out to left, putting the Mets up 6-3. Valdes took over for Blanton and got the next three hitters to set the Mets down.

Valdes has allowed three hits and a walk over 8 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out 11 for the season.

Diekman struck out Duda and Murphy in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Seventh appearance on the year for Diekman and six of them have been good. In the other he allowed four runs in an inning, which can get you a 5.68 ERA. Over his last six appearances he’s allowed two hits, no walks and struck out nine over 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Savery started the ninth. Quintanilla singled with one out, but he got the next two to keep the Mets off the board.

Savery dropped his ERA on the year to 4.15 with the outing. After throwing to a 1.42 ERA over his first five appearances on the year he’s thrown to a 6.75 ERA over his last six, allowing ten hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Three off his last six appearances have been good and three bad.

Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one hit and no walks and strike out four.

Savery threw 17 pitches in the game, Diekman 14 and Valdes 12. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Wigginton plays first and hits cleanup after his six RBI night. Pierre plays left against the righty and hits second. Ruiz continues to sit with his hamstring. Victorino drops to fifth in the order.

Rollins led off the game with a double and Pierre bunted him to third with the first out. He scored on a wild pitch (1-0) before Pence struck out swinging. Wigginton followed with a single, but was left at first when Victorino flew to center.

Down 2-1 to start the second, Schneider tied it up at 2-2 when he hit the first pitch he saw out to right with two men out. Blanton grounded to the pitcher to end the frame.

Down 3-2, the Phillies went in order in the third.

Polanco singled with two outs in the fourth, but Galvis flew to center to leave him stranded.

Down 4-2, The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Pierre led off the sixth with a single. Pence followed that with a double to left, scoring Pierre to make it 4-3 and taking third when Baxter mishandled the ball for an error. Wigginton grounded to first for the first out. Victorino struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch up near his eyes for the second. Polanco flew to left for the third, leaving Pence stranded.

The Phils can’t bring Pence home from third with nobody out as their four and five hitters both get a chance with less than two outs.

Righty Bobby Parnell started the seventh for New York with the Mets leading 6-3. He got Galvis and Schneider for the first two outs before Orr hit for Valdes. Orr grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Rollins singled off of righty Jon Rauch to start the eighth, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Righty Frank Francisco started the ninth. Polanco singled with one out, but Galvis struck out looking behind him. He took second and then third on defensive indifference before Schneider struck out looking to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double. He has slugged .269 over his last 185 plate appearances.

Pierre 1-for-3. 6-for-his-last-13 with a double. One walk in his last 67 plate appearances.

Pence 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-his-last-20 with three walks, two doubles and a home run. Not a factor last night, but he’s hitting 189/302/324 against lefties for the season.

Wigginton 1-for-4. Even with the monster day in game one of the series, he’s still hitting just 203/307/297 in May.

Victorino 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-19.

Polanco 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-24.

Galvis 0-for-4. Among the 60 NL players with 175 plate appearances for the season, his on-base percentage of .257 is 60th.

Schneider was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the year.

Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82) faces righty Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92) tonight. The Phillies are just 2-5 in the seven games started by Lee, but 2-1 in his last three outings. Lee faced the Mets on May 9 in a game the Phils lost 10-6. The Phils started the seventh up 4-2 in that game, but Kendrick, Contreras and Sanches combined to allow eight runs over three innings. Gee started that game for the Mets and allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings.

PS: I updated the Start Log. Over the last 11 games, the Phillies have gotten four quality starts. During those 11 games, their starters have thrown to a 5.59 ERA with a 1.42 ratio while the pen has pitched to a 2.08 ERA and an 0.82 ratio over 30 1/3 innings.

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