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What would you think if I sang out of tune over and over for like a year and a half or so?

Roy Halladay is supposed to carry the Phillies, not the other way around. If you got to pick one guy who had to try to will himself to excellence when his body seemed unwilling, Halladay would probably be near the top of your list. I know he’d be near the top of mine. He tried to do that last night and couldn’t, though, and it took the whole team to pick him up as the Phils topped the Padres 10-5 for their fifth win in six games.

The offense exploded for the Phils in the game as they scored ten or more runs for the fourth time this season. The top four hitters in the lineup, Hernandez, Rollins, Utley and Ruiz, combined to go 9-for-13 with six walks and eight RBI. Ruiz and Hernandez were 6-for-7 with two doubles, three walks and five RBI.

Halladay took a 7-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning, but walked four straight batters in the frame before throwing the ball away when the next batter dribbled a ball towards third. After his exit with one out in the fifth, five Phillie relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in which they did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out five.

The Phillies are 68-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 10-5 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the Braves and nine behind the Nats.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a solo home run. He struck out six.

5.06 ERA and a 1.50 ratio for Halladay in his four starts since returning to action. Opponents are hitting just .234 against him in those outings, but he’s walked 14 in 21 1/3 innings. Over his last two starts he’s walked ten in 10 1/3 innings. That obviously has not been part of his formula for success in the past. In his first two years with the Phillies, 2010 and 2011, he threw 484 1/3 innings and walked 65 batters (about 1.21 per nine innings). He’s walking about five batters per nine innings this year. He allowed another home run last night and has given up 12 in 55 1/3 innings for the year. In 2011, he threw 233 2/3 innings for the Phils and allowed ten.

Will Venable was the first hitter of the game in the top of the first and hit a 2-0 pitch out to right, putting San Diego up 1-0. Halladay hit Chase Headley with two outs, but struck Tommy Medica out swinging after Headley stole second to end the frame.

Twelfth home run Halladay has allowed on the year. He’s faced a similar number of righties and lefties (131 righties and 123 lefties) and allowed six to righties and six to lefties. Over his career he’s allowed home runs to about 2% of the batters he’s faced. This year he’s allowed home runs to about 4.6% of the righties and 4.9% of the lefties he’s faced.

Halladay started the second up 6-1. He kept San Diego off the board in the second, third and fourth. He allowed a walk in the second and a single in the third. Medica doubled to right to start the fourth, but Halladay set the next three batters down in order, striking two of them out.

Through four innings he had allowed a run on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch while striking out six.

He started the fifth up 7-1 and things went bad. With one out, he walked four batters in a row. 7-2 with one down and the bases loaded for Medica. Medica dribbled a ball between third base and the mound. Halladay got on it quickly and threw to first, but wildly. Frandsen had no chance. Two runs scored on the throwing error (7-4), leaving the Padres with men on second and third and one out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the lefty Mark Kotsay and Kotsay flew to center, deep enough for both runners to move up a base. 7-5 with two outs and a man on third. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Tommy Layne and flew to Galvis in left for the third out.

Halladay walks four batters in a row and then makes a big throwing error. Did not look happy when Sandberg came for the ball. Between 2010 and 2011, there were four different months in which Halladay made at least five starts and didn’t walk four batters in the month (April and July of 2010 and June and July of 2011).

De Fratus faces two batters and gets them both, dropping his ERA on the year to 4.46. Righties are hitting 306/389/405 against the righy while he’s held lefties to a 163/327/349 line (he’s still walked 12.5% of the lefites he has faced, which is a lot).

Cesar Jimenez struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 9-5.

Jimenez has thrown 13 innings over 12 appearances for the Phillies and been charged with a run in just one of the 12. He allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Mets on August 29 and wasn’t charged with a run in the other 12. Opponents are hitting .196 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his second career relief appearance. Headley lined pretty hard to short for the third out.

Martin has now faced six batters in relief and retired all six.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 10-5.

Rosenberg was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings with an 0.71 ratio in 13 outings. He’s allowed four hits in those 11 1/3 innings (opponents have hit .108 against him).

Diekman pitched the ninth. Venable reached on a two-out throwing error by Rollins, but Diekman got Alexi Amarista to ground to second to end the game.

Over his last 13 appearances, Diekman has thrown to an 0.71 ERA with an 0.55 ratio, allowing a run over 12 2/3 innings. He struck out one last night and has 20 strikeouts over his last 12 2/3 innings.

Just a fantastic job by the bullpen, which goes 4 2/3 scoreless innings after Halladay’s early exit in which they don’t allow a hit or a walk. They faced 15 batters and the only one to reach base reached on the Rollins error in the ninth.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tyson Ross went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Galvis in left and Hernandez in center. They should have played Martinez in right, just to go with an all utility infielder outfield, but played Ruf there instead. Frandsen at first base against a righty. Not sure which is worst of those three — Galvis in left, Hernandez in center or Frandsen at first. We could probably go on about it for a long time. Let’s just say they are all areas where there’s some opportunity for improvement. Part of the glory of these games is that the Phillies can’t find a starting spot in the lineup for everyone. In this case it’s Mayberry on the bench against a righty, which is always a good sign. Or almost always a good sign. We usually take that you won’t be starting Galvis and Hernandez in the outfield for granted, but at this point all bets seem to be, to a really, really alarmingly large degree, off.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first and were all over Ross, scoring six times. The first six batters for the Phils reached on four singles, a double by Ruiz and a walk by Asche. It left the Phils up 3-1 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen struck out for the first out and Galvis struck out behind him for the second before Halladay walked, forcing Ruiz home. 4-1 with the bases still loaded for Hernandez. Righty Anthony Bass came in to pitch to Hernandez and Henandez doubled on a soft line drive into center. Two more runners scored and Halladay was thrown out easily at the plate to end the inning with the Phils up 6-1.

Ten batters for the Phillies in the inning. Six hits, including doubles by Ruiz and Hernandez, and two walks. Frandsen and Galvis both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Ruiz singled off of Bass with two outs in the second, but Ruf struck out behind him.

The Phillies extended their lead to 7-1 in the third, plating another run on singles by Frandsen and Galvis and walks to Hernandez and Rollins. The walk to Rollins with the bases loaded forced Frandsen home.

Ruiz walked to start the fourth, but the Phillies didn’t score.

It was 7-5 when they hit in the fifth. They loaded the bases with one out on singles by Galvis and Hernandez and a walk to Rollins. Utley brought Galvis home from third with a fly ball to center for the second out. 8-5 with men on first and second for Ruiz with two down. Ruiz singled to left, plating Rollins. 9-5 with men on first and third for Ruf. Ruf struck out looking to end the inning.

Frandsen singled off of lefty Colt Hynes with one out in the sixth, but Galvis and Kratz went down behind him.

In the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases again with one out on a single by Rollins, a stolen base, a walk to Utley, a passed ball that moved the runners to second and third and an intentional walk to Ruiz. It brought Ruf to the plate against righty Brad Brach and he popped to shallow left field, near the line. Amarista fell down catching the ball, which allowed Rollins to tag and score from third. 10-5. Asche struck out swinging to leave runners at first and second.

Righty Dale Thayer set the Phils down in order in the eighth.

Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a a double, a walk and two RBI. His line for the year is up to 293/359/362 after going 3-for-8 with two walks and a double in the three-game set. He’s hitting .358 against righties and .208 against lefties so far. Still just 64 plate appearances for the year.

Rollins 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. 246/316/340 for the year. 4-for-9 with three walks and a home run in the series. He has 18 walks in his last 91 plate appearances. He’s hitting .235 over those chances and on-basing .385.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. 277/345/477 for the year. 2-for-6 with a walk and a double in the series. 348/380/478 over his last 50 plate appearances.

Ruiz 3-for-3 with two walks, a double and three RBI. 287/339/396 on the season. 4-for-7 with two walks and a double in the series. 300/352/424 in 240 plate appearances since the end of May.

Ruf 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. 251/349/492 for the year. 3-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 212/301/458 over his last 136 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4 with a walk and struck out three times. 1-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. 250/308/442 on the year. 1-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 2-for-5. 239/307/358 on the year. 4-for-13 with a double in the series. He has started five games in a row for the Phillies at first base, which is just awful. What is it about Frandsen you’re trying to learn at this point? 205/255/305 against righties for the year.

Galvis 2-for-5 and struck out twice. 230/286/404 for the year. 5-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-21 with a double and two home runs. He’s started six games in a row for the Phils, including three in left field.

Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) faces righty Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.45 ERA over his last ten starts. Opponents have hit .329 against him in those outings and he’s allowed 72 hits in 53 innings. Over his last ten starts, Strasburg has allowed 39 hits in 61 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .181 average. Righties are hitting 188/252/278 against him for the season.


Freddy and the jets

There are, to say the least, a wealth of opportunities for young Phillies, and old Phillies, for that matter, looking to play their way into the team’s future. So far, not a lot of players have distinguished themselves as they try to take advantage of the situation. Freddy Galvis seems like he may have found his overdrive, though. Last night he went 3-for-3 with a homer and a double as the Phils topped the Padres 4-2.

Galvis and Rollins combined to go 5-for-6 in the game with a walk, a double and two home runs. They drove in three of the four Phillie runs and scored three. Galvis has started each of the last four games for the Phils, going 8-for-16 with a double and two home runs.

Cliff Lee delivered yet another outstanding start, holding San Diego to a pair of runs on two solo homers over eight innings. He has a 2.00 ERA and an 0.97 ratio over his last five starts and the Phils are 4-1 in those games.

The Phillies are 67-78 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 4-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of a three-game set.

Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies had allowed 4.61 runs per game for the year, which was the worst mark for any team in the NL. They had scored 3.76 runs per game, which was 14th of the 15 NL teams, better than only the Marlins. Their Pythagorean winning percentage suggests they are the second-worst team in the NL, ahead of only the Fish. Their actual winning percentage is eighth-best among the 15 NL teams. Believe what you will, but if you think the Phillies might be the eighth-best team in the National League this year, I don’t agree.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, solo homers that accounted for the two runs San Diego scored in the game. He struck out nine.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his eight starts since the end of July. 2.78 ERA and a 1.09 ERA in eight starts since the end of July. He’s allowed seven hits in 16 innings over his last two starts.

He kept the Padres off the board in each of the first four innings. He allowed a two-out walk in the top of the first that was followed by a single, which left San Diego with two down and men on first and second for Kyle Blanks. Lee retired Blanks on a ground ball he handled himself to end the inning.

He didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth, striking out the side in the fourth.

Righty Tommy Medica led off the fifth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting San Diego up 1-0. Lee got the next three in order.

The 25-year-old Medica homers off of Cliff Lee in career plate appearance number two. He struck out looking in the second in his first chance. He hit 20 home runs in 338 plate appearances in the minor leagues this year, 18 of which came in the Double-A Texas League.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee started the sixth. He got the first two before Jedd Gyorko hit an 0-2 pitch out to left, putting San Diego up 2-0. Jesus Guzman flew to right for the third out.

Second righty homers off of Lee in two innings, this time behind in the count 0-2. Gyroko came into the series 3-for-his-last-28 and has gone 4-for-8 with a double, a walk and a home run in the first two games.

It was 2-2 when Lee pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck Nick Hundley out looking to leave the runner at first.

He allowed another two-out single in the eighth with the Phils up 3-2, but struck Gyroko out swinging for the third out.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead and set the Padres down in order. Kyle Blanks hit a ball well to center, but Hernandez made a nice running play on the warning track for the second out.

Papelbon throws a 1-2-3 frame coming off an outing Saturday in which he allowed a two-run homer to Andrelton Simmons. 1.50 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in 12 innings over his last 12 appearances. He’s walked just one of the 60 batters he’s faced in his last 15 outings.

One perfect inning for the pen in the game with the help of a nice catch by Hernandez. Papelbon threw ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Mayberry. Hernandez in center, Ruf in left and Mayberry in righty with Ruf at first. Galvis plays second with Utley on the bench. Hernandez comes into the game on-basing .345, thanks to going 6-for-his-last-14 with three walks. Ruf enters with a 170/302/340 line against lefties in 63 plate appearances. Mayberry comes into the game hitting 233/296/444 against lefties for the year.

The Phillies didn’t score in the first four innings. Rollins had a one-out single in the bottom of the first and Galvis a two-out single in the second, but both were followed by outs. The Phils went in order in the third and fourth. Ronny Cedeno made a nice play at short on a ball hit by Frandsen for the first out in the fourth.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Asche struck out swinging for the first out, but Galvis followed and lined a 3-2 pitch down the third base line and out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Mayberry and Lee went down behind him.

Career home run number nine for Galvis in 389 plate appearances and his fifth off of a lefty. His isolated power for his career against lefties is up to .188. .145 against righties and .157 overall. Those are all impressive. His isolated power in 2,445 minor league plate appearances is .079. For his career he’s homered about once every 116 plate appearances in the minors and once every 43 plate appearances in the majors.

The Phils were down 2-1 when they hit in the sixth. Rollins hit a 2-1 pitch well out to left with one out, tying the game at 2-2. Frandsen followed with a single and moved up to third on a two-out double by Ruf, but Asche flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Home run number six on the year for Rollins, coming off a season where he hit 23. Just his second of the year off of a lefty. His isolated power against left-handed pitching for the season is .078. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last year Rollins showed good power against left-handed pitching. His isolated power against lefties that year was .195. In 2007 it was .221 as he posted a 321/374/542 line against left-handed pitching.

Ruf doubles off the lefty Stults. If he’s going to continue to be right-handed and continue to be a bad defensive player at first and corner outfield positions, Ruf needs to crush lefties. 179/303/357 on the year in 66 plate appearances against lefties. But he’s not a bad defensive player, I hear you cry? I disagree. He’s only played in 57 games this year and gotten 227 plate appearances, but has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.1. FanGraphs gives him bad defensive numbers at first, left and in right. He’s going to need to make a lot of offense to overcome that, which is going to be close to impossible if he doesn’t pound lefties.

Galvis doubled softly to left off of righty Nick Vincent to start the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Hernandez was next and hit a ball slowly by the pitcher. It was fielded by Gyroko for the second out, but Galvis scored to put the Phils up 3-2 and Mayberry moved up to third. Rollins was walked intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Frandsen. Frandsen flew to the right fielder Blanks in foul territory to end the inning.

Galvis starts the rally with the double. Lee stays in the game and bunts the runners up to second and third with the first out, allowing Galvis to score on the softly hit ball by Hernandez.

Lee had thrown 91 pitches in the 2-2 game when he bunted for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. He came back to throw a scoreless eighth, so it worked out great for the Phillies. They started Hernandez, Frandsen, Galvis and Mayberry in the game, so it’s not like the Phils have an army of monster bats to call on on their bench. Letting Lee bunt seems like a no-brainer.

Ruiz singled off of righty Brad Boxberger to start the eighth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second for Asche. Asche grounded to short with Ruf forced at second for the first out. Galvis was next with runners on the corners and one down. On the first pitch of his at-bat, he put a pretty bunt down the first base line. He was out at first for the second out, but Ruiz scored (4-2) and Asche took second on the safety squeeze. Mayberry struck out looking to leave Asche at second.

Pretty bunt by Galvis. Ruf draws a walk after the leadoff single by Ruiz, getting on base for the second time in the game after doubling in the sixth.

Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI and struck out three times. Made a nice catch on the warning track in the ninth for the second out. Very limited plate appearances for the year (59), but he’s been good against righties and is hitting 217/250/261 against lefties.

Rollins 2-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional, and a home run. 5-for-his-last-26 (.192) but with six walks in his last 32 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 6-for-his-last-16 (.375) with a walk and two doubles.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 296/347/427 over his last 220 plate appearances. Hammering lefties for the year with a 313/390/478 line. 268/305/354 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 182/327/341 over his last 55 plate appearances. Last night’s game was at home, but he’s hitting 208/293/375 on the road for year.

Asche 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left four men on base. He’s 1-for-his-last-15. Gets the start against the lefty. Just 125 plate appearances on the year and for his career, but his line against lefties is better than against righties. 292/320/458 against lefties and 250/310/457 against righties. More power and walks against righties, but more hits against lefties. He has a total of 24 at-bats against lefties for his career, so it might be a mistake to get too optimistic about any of that.

Galvis 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Beautiful bunt in the eighth helped get the Phillies a run. Showing more power than he did in the minors, but also walking more. He’s walked in about 6.9% of his plate appearances this year. About 5.5% for his career in the minors. He’s started three of the last five games for the Phillies in left field, where he has exactly zero chance to be a regular player for a good team.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with two walks. 154/235/288 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces righty Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.79) tonight, flu-like symptoms permitting. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Ross started the year in the San Diego rotation, made three starts in which he threw to a 3.86 ERA, but walked ten in 14 innings, and moved to the pen. After 19 relief appearances he moved back into the rotation and has made nine starts since, going 3-3 with a 2.16 ERA and a an 0.94 ratio. Righties are hitting just 207/276/271 against him for the year, so look for Frandsen in the cleanup spot.


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It’s not that nobody has told the Phillies that they aren’t supposed to be very good anymore. Just about the opposite is true. Pretty much everybody tells them that pretty much all the time. The guy who was their manager a week ago just told them. Just told everyone. Seems like they either don’t know or don’t care. Good or not, they’re suddenly full of life and winners of four of their last five.

The Phillies rallied for their second walkoff win in two games last night, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 5-4.

Kendrick got the start and pitched well early before allowing a three-run homer in the sixth that put the Rockies up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Darin Ruf continued his assault on right-handed pitching with a two-run homer off of Matt Belisle. Still down 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins doubled to right, stole third and scored on an infield single by Young, tying the game at 4-4. Young moved up to second on an Utley walk and scored the game-winner when Brown smashed a single into right.

Four runs in their last two times at-bat is impressive, but the bullpen did their part as well. After Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth, Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to throw four shutout innings that kept the Phillies in the game.

The Phillies are 57-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils win the series three games to one and have won four of their last five. They are 9-22 since the All-Star break, which is no longer the worst record in baseball (the Astros are 8-24).

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer in the sixth. He struck out two and raised his ERA for the year to 4.51 with the outing.

Kendrick leads the NL in his allowed, having given up 182 in 159 2/3 innings for the season. He has a 7.46 ERA and a 1.77 ratio over his last seven starts and opponents have hit .364 against him in those outings. Righties are hitting 321/355/452 against him for the season.

He started last night’s game with four shutout frames. Troy Tulowitzki singled with two outs in the top of the first, but was left stranded when Michael Cuddyer flew to right. After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick walked DJ LeMahieu on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three hitters behhind LeMahieu. Cuddyer singled with one out in the fourth, but Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils led 1-0 when Kendrick started the fifth. Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu started the frame with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for the pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Dexter Fowler was next and flew to left for the second out. Arenado tagged and slid in just safely ahead of a good throw from Brown in left, tying the game at 1-1. LeMahieu moved up to third as the throw came home, but Corey Dickerson went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave him stranded.

Nice throw by Brown. Close play at the plate, but I think Arenado was safe.

Tulowitzki and Cuddyer singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Rosario. Rosario hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that put the Rockies up 4-1. Todd Helton followed with a single to left and Miner took over for Kendrick. Miner retired the next three batters in order to set Colorado down.

Kendrick comes into the frame having allowed a run on four singles and a walk over five innings. He faces four batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three singles and a home run.

Rosario goes 5-for-16 in the series with three home runs and seven RBI. 11-for-25 (.440) on the year against the Phils with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a 1.542 OPS.

Miner came back to pitch the seventh and set the Rockies down in order.

Miner faced six batters in the game and set all six down. 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio after six appearances and 10 2/3 innings. Five of his six appearances have been really good and he allowed three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-11 with a single and two walks against the righty so far.

Rosenberg pitched the eighth with the Phils still down by three. Rosario singled to left with one out, but Rosenberg struck Helton out behind Rosario and got Arenado on a fly ball to right.

6.00 ERA and a 1.83 ratio for Rosenberg after six appearances and six innings. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his first two outings on the year. Since then he’s had four outings in which he’s thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jimenez pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 4-3 and set Colorado down in order.

Seven scoreless innings for Jimenez now through six appearances. Opponents are hitting .160 against him.

Brilliant job by the pen keeps the game close enough for the Phillies to come back in the game. Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to allow a single and no walks in four shutout innings while striking out four. All three threw less than 20 pitches in the game, but Miner may not be available tonight after throwing 18 pitches over two innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Bettis went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. There is it. Bernadina makes his first start for the Phils with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Mayberry sits despite being 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Ruiz hits fifth for the fourth time this season.

The Phils wend in order in the bottom of the first.

Brown led off the second and singled on a ball that looked like it could have been handled by LeMahieu at second. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown up to second. Brown took third on a wild pitch before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche was next and sliced a ball into left that dropped near the line. Brown scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and the throw came in to third. Ruiz was safe there and Asche took second, leaving the Phils with men on second and third and one down. Bernadina and Kendrick both struck out swinging.

Ruf strikes out with runners on first and third for the first out. Bernadina strikes out with runners on second and third for the second.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the third and moved up to second when the throw back into the infield wasn’t handled. Brown went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Rosario handled to end the frame.

Ruiz singled to start the fourth. Ruf flew to right for the first out. Asche was next and grounded to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second. Asche took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Bernadina struck out looking to leave Asche at third.

Not a great first start for Bernadina at the plate. 0-for-2 with two strikeouts through the first four innings. Struck out with one out and men on second and third in the second and with two outs and Asche on third in the fourth.

It was 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were down 4-1 when Utley walked to start the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first with Utley forced at second for the first out. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown to second, putting runners on first and second for Ruf. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Ruf and Ruf grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Lopez got Asche and Bernadina to start the eighth. Wells hit for Miner and drew a walk. Rollins followed with a single to right that put runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Utley walked off of lefty Josh Outman to start the sixth and moved up to second when Brown went down on a ball hit softly out in front of the plate for the first out. Righty Matt Belisle came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck Ruiz out swinging for the second out. Ruf was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Asche flew to right for the third out.

Huge home run for Ruf against the righty after Belisle strikes out Ruiz. He’s hitting 310/410/590 against right-handed pitching for the year in 117 plate appearances. His 1.000 OPS against right-handed pitching is eighth among the 347 hitters across both leagues with 100 plate appearances against righties.

Righty Rafael Betancourt got Bernadina to pop to short for the first out in the ninth. Frandsen hit for Jimenez and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins was next and ripped a double to right. He stole third without a throw, but Young got behind 0-2 and chopped a ball slowly towards short. Arenado cut in front of Tulowitzki and tried to bare-hand the ball, but didn’t get it cleanly. Rollins scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Young was safe at first with a single. Lefty Jeff Francis came in to pitch to Utley and Utley walked 3-2 to put men on first and second for Brown. Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Francis hard into left for a single, scoring Young to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Rollins starts the rally with a two-out double smashed into right. Second big hit for him batting left-handed in two innings. His single in the seventh was down the first base line as well and hit off the stands in shallow right, holding him to a single. His steal of third allows him to score on the Young dribbler.

Young does great to make contact down in the count 0-2 against the righty. Ties the game last night after winning it with a walkoff hit in game three.

Utley’s walk allows Young to move up to second where Young can score on Brown’s single.

Second straight game the Phils get to Betancourt. Betancourt allowed two hits and got two outs. Rollins’s double was hit hard and Young reached on a softly hit single. Francis comes in to pitch to the lefties and Utley and Brown both reach base.

Brown delivers the game-winner, singling on a first-pitch curve ball from the lefty. He’s hitting just 240/287/440 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a huge double in the ninth. Steal of third before the Young single allows him to score on the softly hit ball and tie the game. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and two doubles. 3-for-15 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 247/306/339 on the year. 233/286/286 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Young 1-for-5 with an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. 2-for-14 in the series with two singles, both of which were huge. 267/328/385 on the year. 245/305/373 over his last 374 plate appearances. Hitting just 215/306/355 against lefties for the year, which is a big surprise.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked three times. 4-for-13 with four walks and a home run in the series. 278/345/497 for the year.

Brown 2-for-5 with the game-winner. 3-for-16 with two RBI in the set. 274/320/522 on the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with three singles. 6-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-16 has upped his line for the year from 250/297/311 to 278/323/358. Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 262/291/335 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a huge two-run homer. Left five men on base. Big strikeout in the second with nobody out and a man on third. 4-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the series. 269/368/522 for the year. His numbers against lefties are a lock to improve as he plays more and his numbers against righties are a lock to get worse. He’s hitting .147 in 38 plate appearances against lefties and has struck out in about 36.8% of his chances. Hitting .208 over his last 59 plate appearances, but with five home runs.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. 203/236/362 for the year in 72 PA.

Bernadina 0-for-4 with two big strikeouts early. 0-for-5 since joining the Phillies. 172/240/261 on the year in 172 plate appearances. He was very solid for the Nats in 291 plate appearances last year, but he’s been awful at the plate against both righties and lefties in 2013.

Hamels (5-13, 3.61) faces lefty Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) tonight as the Phils square off against the Snakes in the first of three. Hamels has dropped his ERA for the year from 4.58 to 3.61 by throwing to a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ratio over his last nine starts. He’s allowed more than two runs in just one of those nine outings. Miley has a 2.10 ERA over his last ten starts and opponents have hit just .225 against him in those outings. He has a 3.23 ERA for the year in his 15 starts away from Arizona and a 4.06 ERA in his ten starts while pitching in Arizona.


Can you hear me now?

The Nats didn’t want John Lannan, but his performance last night may have them wondering why. Lannan was outstanding, throwing eight shutout innings as the Phils topped Washington 3-2.

An overused Papelbon gave up a pair of runs in the ninth, but held on to get his 19th save.

It was Lannan’s day, but Revere and Rollins stole the show offensively for the Phils. Hitting one and two in the order, the duo combined to go 5-for-9 with a double and two stolen bases and scored all three Phillie runs. They were the driving forces behind a two-run bottom of the first and produced another run in the sixth when Revere doubled with two outs and Rollins singled him home. They did their best to start another rally in the second, but a nice play from Ian Desmond at short took a hit away from Rollins.

The Phils have gone 5-2 over their last seven games, playing against some of the best teams in their division and in the NL between the Pirates, Braves and Nationals.

The Phillies are 44-46 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 last night. The Phils lead the four-game series one game to none. They’re 5-2 in July despite allowing the same number of runs they’ve scored (33). They’ve scored 70 runs in their last 13 games, an average of 5.38 runs per game. Prior to those 13 games, they had scored 283 runs in 77 games, or about 3.68 runs per game. The 5.38 runs per game over the last 13 is inflated by a single game on June 28 when they beat the Dodgers 16-1, but even removing that game they’ve still scored 4.5 runs per game over their last 12.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing four hits, all singles, and two walks. He struck out four.

That’s definitely Lannan’s best start as a Phillie and probably his best since May 27, 2011. He allowed two hits and two walks over 7 2/3 scoreless innings that day as the Nats topped the Padres 2-1.

He drops his ERA on the year to 4.23 after eight starts. He’s allowed just two home runs in 44 2/3 innings over his eight appearances, but righties are hitting 309/362/441 against him.

He set the Nats down in order in the top of the first.

He started the second up 2-0. Jayson Werth reached on a softly hit infield single with one out, but Lannan got Andy LaRoche on a fly ball to center for the second out and struck Anthony Rendon out swinging for the third.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

Bryce Harper walked with one out in the fourth, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the second out. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single into center and Werth walked behind Zimmerman, putting men on first and second for LaRoche. LaRoche hit the ball well, but Utley handled it and threw to first to set the Nats down.

Huge caught stealing of Harper for the second out in the inning saves the Phils at least one run. Harper looked like he was actually safe at second on a close play, but the Phils catch a big break with the call.

Lannan set the Nats down in order in the fifth.

Harper singled to right with two outs in the sixth. Zimmerman grounded to short for the third out.

Up 3-0, Lannan threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Steve Lombardozzi bunted for a single with one out in the eighth. Denard Span was the next batter and grounded to second with Utley going to Rollins to force Lombardozzi for the second out. Lannan struck Ian Desmond out swinging 0-2 to end the frame.

Lannan allowed just four hits in his eight innings. One was the bunt single by Lombardozzi in the eighth and the other was a softly hit infield single by Werth in the second.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils still up by three. Harper led off with a single into center and moved up to third when Zimmerman doubled to center. It brought Werth to the plate as the tying run with nobody out and man on second and third. Werth blasted an 0-1 pitch to center, but Revere took in on the track in front of the wall for the second out. Harper tagged and scored (3-1) and Zimmerman moved up to third. LaRoche was next and he flew to center for the second out. Zimmerman tagged and scored. 3-2 with two outs and nobody on. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and flew to center to end the game.

Papelbon started the inning despite having thrown in three of the past four days, including 25 pitches the day before.

Papelbon gets Tracy to end the game. On June 17, Tracy homered off of Papelbon with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4. The Phils won it in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out single by Brown that scored Revere. Lannan also started the June 17 game.

Papelbon has pitched two days in a row and four times in five days. He almost surely will not pitch tonight, which is a problem for the Phillies given his status as the the only effective reliever in their pen.

Last night was just the second time this year he’s allowed more than one earned run in an appearance. He has a 4.09 ERA over 11 innings in his last 11 times out. He’s also allowed two unearned runs over those outings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dan Haren went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Rollins hit second in the order for the first 11 games of the season and now has hit second two in a row. He’s been in the starting lineup 86 times — batting first 39 times, third 31 and second 16. Ruf plays first against the righty with Howard on the DL and out 6-8 weeks.

Revere and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first and pulled off a double-steal that left them on second and third with nobody out. Utley struck out swinging for the first out, but Brown was next and hit a ball back up the middle and off Haren’s foot. The ball rolled towards first and Brown beat it out for a single. Revere scored (1-0) and Rollins moved up to third, leaving runners on the corners with one down for Michael Young. Haren uncorked a wild pitch with Young at the plate, which moved Brown up to second with Rollins holding third. Young went on to walk, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Delmon Young struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Ruf was next and walked on a 3-2 pitch, moving everyone up a base and forcing Rollins home to make it 2-0. Ruiz flew to right to leave them loaded.

The Phils get three hits, two walks, two stolen bases and a wild pitch in the frame, but wind up with just one run. Big strikeouts for Utley and Delmon Young with less than two outs before Ruiz flies out with the bases loaded.

Brown moves up to second on the wild pitch with Rollins holding third, which looks weird in the box score, but looked less weird when it happened. The ball went under the catcher Ramos and to the backstop, off the wall and straight back towards the catcher. Rollins held and would have been out had he tried to go home, except that Ramos didn’t handle the ball as it came off the wall and it kicked away from him. So Rollins would actually have been safe. Didn’t matter at all as he scored on Ruf’s walk anyway.

Revere singled softly to right with one out in the second. Rollins was next and hit a ball in the hole between short and third, but Desmond made a nice diving play and threw to first to retire Rollins. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Second time in two innings that Revere and Rollins do their part to get a rally started at the top of the order. Desmond made a very nice play to take a hit away from Rollins and change the inning.

Brown walked to start the third and moved up to second when Michael Young followed and singled softly into center. Delmon Young struck out swinging for the first out and Ruf struck out swinging for the second. Ruiz flew to right to end the inning.

No run for the Phillies after they put runners on first and second with nobody out to start the inning. Second huge strikeout for Delmon Young in two at-bats. In the first he struck out swinging with one out and the bases loaded. In the third he struck out swinging with nobody out and runners on first and second.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Michael Young singled with one out in the fifth and moved to third when Delmon Young singled softly to right. It put runners on the corners for Ruf with two down. Ruf struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Revere doubled to left off of lefty Fernando Abad with two outs in the sixth. Rollins was next and lined a single to right. Revere tried to score from second and slid in just ahead of a strong throw from Werth, putting the Phils up 3-0 with Rollins on second and two down. Utley grounded to second to end the frame.

Revere and Rollins again come up big. Back-to-back singles in the first and they both score. Revere singled with one out in the second and Rollins has a hit taken away by Desmond. Revere doubles in the sixth and scores on a two-out single by Rollins.

Revere doubles against the lefty. Ends the day with a 369/379/492 line against left-handed pitching for the season with seven extra-base hits in 66 PA. His isolated power for the year against righties is .030 and .123 against lefties.

Righty Ross Ohlendorf set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Brown got an extra chance when Ramos dropped a foul popup, but grounded to third for the first out.

Ruf singled off of Ohlendorf to start the eighth and McDonald ran for him at first. Ruiz struck out for the first out. Frandsen hit for Lannan and struck out swinging for the second. Revere grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Two scoreless innings and three strikeouts for Ohlendorf, who pitched kinda like he was channeling Fozzie Bear after Fozzie had spent a week studying pitchers from the 1920s. Don’t know where he came up with that windup, but it’s definitely entertaining. The whole thing owes an assist to the reality that Ohlendorf’s last name is Ohlendorf and he has an eightish ERA over the last two years.

Revere was 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in the game. Scored two of the three Phillie runs and his double was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 11-for-his-last-23 with two doubles and a triple. 343/379/406 in his 222 plate appearances since the end of April.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 3-for-his-last-12. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, and a .281 slugging percentage over his last 141 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-4 with a big strikeout after the double-steal in the first. 6-for-27 (.222) to start July.

Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 370/404/700 so far in July. 300/333/614 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-his-last-10 with two walks.

Delmon Young was 1-for-4, struck out three times and left five men on base. He had two huge early strikeouts with less than two outs. Struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the first and with men on first and second with nobody out in the third. He’s hitting 429/462/551 over his last 52 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Struck out twice. 3-for-7 with a double and two walks on the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout and six men left on base. 2-for-his-last-10. Three extra-base hits in 122 PA for the year and an isolated power of .028.

Hamels (3-11, 4.38) faces righty Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) tonight. The Phillies have won two games started by Hamels in a row for the first time this season. Coming in those two starts they were 2-14 in games he started. The 24-year-old Jordan was drafted by the Nats in the ninth round of the ’09 draft and has made two appearances with Washington this year, both starts. He hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to any of the 46 batters he’s faced this season.


Fundamentals, three-run homers and never, ever letting the bullpen throw a pitch except when it can’t be helped

The Phillies got great starting pitching again last night and this time they won, scoring three in the third and another three in the fifth to top San Diego 6-2.

Domonic Brown had the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the third. He drove in four of the six Phillie runs, walking with the bases loaded in the fifth to drive in the fourth.

Kendrick pitched very well, allowing a pair of runs over eight innings and not walking a batter.

Charlie Manuel’s well-founded fear of his own bullpen showed itself again in the game. A day after the decision to let Cliff Lee hit for himself in the ninth with a three-run lead and a man on base led to disaster, Manuel let Kendrick hit for himself with a four-run lead in the top of the eighth last night.

By ERA, the Phillies have the worst bullpen in the NL and it’s not close. The Phillie bullpen ERA is 4.66 and the Cubs have the second-worst bullpen ERA at 4.20. The Astros are the only AL team with a worse bullpen ERA for the season.

The Phillies are 37-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 6-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, six singles and a double. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Hit one.

Kendrick is allowing walks, hits and home runs all below his career levels. His ratio for the year is 1.19, well below his career mark of 1.34. He has a 3.57 ERA in his last 87 appearances (56 starts) since the start of 2011.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Chase Headley on a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Kyle Blanks started the second with a single to right and moved up to third when Yasmani Grandal doubled to left. It put men on second and third with nobody out for Alexi Amarista. Amartista grounded out to Utley for the first out, but Blanks scored (1-0) and Grandal moved up to third. Pedro Ciriaco was next and he singled past a drawn-in Young at third, scoring Grandal to extend the San Diego lead to 2-0 with one out and Ciriaco on first. Ciriaco stole second and moved up to third when the pitcher Jason Marquis grounded out for the second out. Kendrick got Logan Forsythe swinging to leave Ciriaco at third.

The Phils were up 3-2 when Kendrick started the third. He hit Quentin with one out, but got the next two.

Kendrick set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

Up 6-2, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Quentin singled to left to start the sixth, but Kendrick retired the next three, striking Headley and Grandal both out looking.

Ciriaco and Chris Denorfia singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Forsythe. Kendrick struck Forsythe out looking 1-2 for the second out and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Tyson Ross. Kotsay flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big strikeout for Kendrick to get Forsythe for the second out. Kendrick had four strikeouts in the fifth, sixth and seventh combined and all four were looking. Forsythe for the second out in the seventh was a big out and in the sixth he struck two out looking after the leadoff single.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Bastardo started the ninth with a four-run lead. Grandal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a one-out double to center by Ciriaco. He struck out the next two to strand the runners at second and third, though, getting Denorfia looking for the second out and Forsythe swinging to end the game.

Bastardo faces five batters in the game, getting three outs while allowing a single and a double. He drops his ERA on the year to 2.73, but with a 1.52 ratio. He’s walked 14 in 26 1/3 innings for the season, but none of the last 25 batters he’s faced over his last eight appearances. That’s great, but opponents are hitting .360 against him over those eight appearances, which is going to be a problem.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays right against the righty after a big game one with Delmon Young on the bench. Revere back in center against the righty in game two after the Padres start a lefty in game one.

Utley walked with one out in the first and moved up to second with Rollins followed with a single. Howard and Brown both flew out to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry singled to center to start the top of the second. Revere bunted him up to second with the first out, but Ruiz struck out swinging and Kendrick grounded to third to turn the Phils away.

It was 2-0 when they hit in the third. Rollins led off and walked on five pitches. He stole second before Utley went down swinging for the first out. Michael Young followed with a single into left that put runners on the corners for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Brown was next and he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to right center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry was next and hit the ball well, but Headley handled it at third to set the Phillies down.

Howard and Brown get another chance in the third after both going down in the first with two men on. Howard can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, but Brown delivers the big blow of the game.

First home run for Brown since June 8. Rolllins starts the rally with a walk. His walk rate peaked in 2010 at 10.2% and is at about 8.6% this year.

Revere walked to start the fourth, but was caught stealing for the first out. Ruiz and Kendrick went down behind him.

Revere has 20 steals for the year and has been caught five times for a safe percentage of 80%.

Rollins and Utley started the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young struck out swinging for the first out before Howard drew a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases. Brown was next and he walked on four pitches, forcing in Rollins to extend the lead to 4-2 with the bases still loaded. Righty Brad Brach came in to pitch to Mayberry and uncorked a wild pitch that moved everyone up a base. 5-2 with men on second and third and one out. Mayberry flew to center for the second out with Howard tagging and scoring. 6-2 with two down and Brown on third for Revere. Revere walked, putting runners on the corners, but Ruiz fouled out to first to leave them stranded.

Three walks for the Phils in the inning. Howard and Brown both walk on four pitches and Revere draws his second walk of the game. Revere walked in about 4.2% of his plate appearances in April, 7.1% of his plate appearances in May and about 4.6% of his PA so far in June. The difference between walking in 4.2% or 7.1% of his chances is important for him.

Young strikes out with one out and a man on third. Second time in two games he comes up empty in a big situation with a man on third and less than two outs. In game one of the set he struck out with one out in the tenth and Rollins at third.

Righty Tyson Ross pitched the sixth for San Diego. Utley reached on a two-out error by Blanks, but Michael Young grounded to short for the third out.

Ross threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Utley singled off of rigthy Dale Thayer with one out in the eighth, but Kendrick and Rollins both grounded out behind him.

Kendrick hit for himself with one out and a man on in the top of the eighth with a 6-2 lead. This comes a day after Lee hitting for himself late helps set up ninth-inning disaster. Kendrick had thrown 97 pitches in game and would set the Padres down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Lefty Tommy Layne walked Utley to start the ninth. Young struck out looking for the first out and Utley stole second. Howard struck out looking 2-2 for the second out. Brown flew to center to leave Utley at second.

Utley has 127 stolen bases in his career and has been caught 16 times (88.8% safe (not including pickoffs)). Draws his second walk of the game. He’s walked in 9% of his 200 PA for the year, which is a little below his career rate of 9.8%.

Howard’s line against lefties drops to 188/240/319 for the year as Layne strikes him out for the second out of the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. The Phillies scored in two different innings in the game — in each of them, Rollins led off the frame, got on base and scored. He walked to start the third and singled to start the fifth. 4-for-his-last-16 with a walk and four singles. His isolated power for the year is .107, which is the worst it’s been in any year of his career in which he got more than 55 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-3 and walked twice. 5-for-21 (.238) with a double, a home run and two walks since returning.

Young 2-for-5 and struck out twice, including once in the fifth with nobody out and runners on the corners. 5-for-his-last-23 (.217) with no walks. 351/359/519 over his last 78 PA. His .346 on-base percentage for the year is the best mark among Phillies with at least 100 plate appearances. His BABIP against right-handed pitching for the year is .343.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. Came into the game hitting 432/509/773 over his last 53 PA.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI. 294/325/610 over his last 231 plate appearances. Came into the game 5-for-his-last-23 with ten strikeouts.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-his-last-7 with a double, but on-basing .315 for the year. .304 against righties.

Revere 0-for-1, walked twice and was caught stealing. 321/353/358 in June. 316/357/354 in 171 plate appearances since the start of May.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He has struck out in 17.7% of his 79 PA for the year, which is the worst rate of his career by far and well above his 11.3% mark over 2,664 career plate appearances. His single last night came off the righty Thayer, but he’s hitting 192/218/212 against right-handed pitching in 55 plate appearances for the season. 9-for-22 against lefties (409/458/455).

Hamels (2-11, 4.50) faces lefty Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15) tonight. The Phillies have lost 14 of the 16 games that Hamels has started this season. Both of his first two starts on the year were bad, but he’s thrown to a 3.73 ERA with a 1.21 ratio since. In ten of his last 14 starts, the Phillies have scored three runs or less. Erlin has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.54 ratio in 12 PCL starts this year. It will be his fifth appearance with the Padres and his second career start. He was good in the other, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on June 1.

Earl Weaver once said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”


Bang, bang, you’re alive

John Mayberry provided the magic last night as the Phils topped the Fish 7-3 in 11 innings. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry tied the game with a solo shot. In the bottom of the eleventh, he delivered a walkoff grand slam.

It was the first grand slam of the year for the Phillies. They are hitting .156 and on-basing .171 with the bases loaded in 2013.

Mayberry’s second home run of the game was the seventh the Phillies have hit so far in four games in June. They lead the NL in June slugging percentage at .547. They slugged .391 in May and .387 in April.

They are also walking more of late, led by improved walk rates from Howard and especially Rollins. The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks in April and seventh in May. In four games so far in June they’re tied for third.

The Phillies are 29-30 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 in 11 innings last night. They’ve won three in a row and the first two games of the three-game set with the Fish. They will go for the sweep and a .500 record in the series finale this afternoon.

They are 12th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game, but have scored 21 runs over their last three (they’ve scored seven runs in each of their last three).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one.

Pettibone bounced back nicely coming off his worst start of the year. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his nine outings. Lefties are still faring well against him, on-basing .395 for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and he singled softly to right. Quintero threw him out trying to steal second, though, and Pettibone got the next two hitters to set Miami down.

Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double to left. Derek Dietrich was next and slapped a ball into left that fell for a single. Brown didn’t handle the ball cleanly, it went off his glove for an error that allowed Dietrich to move up to second with Ozuna at third. Casey Kotchman was next and grounded to short with both runners moving up a base. 1-0 with a man on third. Pettibone got Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short for the second out with Coghlan holding third and handled a ball hit softly by Rob Brantly himself to end the frame.

Pettibone holds the Marlins to a single run, getting Hechavarria on a ground out with the runner holding third with one down.

Ed Lucas singled to center with two outs in the third. Pettibone retired Coghlan on a ground ball to second to set Miami down.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hechavarria singled to center to start the fifth and took off for second as the count went 1-1 on Brantly. Quintero’s throw to Rollins was very good and in time to get Hechavarria, but Rollins just dropped it for the second Phillie error of the game. Brantly singled to left and Hechavarria scored from second, putting Miami up 2-0. The pitcher Ricky Nolasco bunted Brantly up to second with the first out and Pierre followed that with a single to right that put runners on the corners. Pierre stole second before a walk to Lucas loaded the bases for Coghlan. Pettibone got Coghlan on a popup to Young at third with the runners holding for the second out. Ozuna flew to center to leave them loaded.

Again Pettibone keeps the Marlins from getting additional runs with the help of a big second out with a runner on third. This time it’s Coghlan popping up on the infield with the bases loaded and one down.

Quintero made a great throw that should have been his second caught stealing of the game in two tries.

Pettibone walked Kotchman with one out in the sixth, but got Hechavarria to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst threw a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Brantly and Nolasco.

Horst dropped his ERA for the year to 4.70 with the perfect inning. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.39 ratio over 9 1/3 innings in his last 12 appearances. Still too many walks –he’s walked six over those 9 1/3 frames.

Adams started the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Lucas led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a ground out by Coghlan. Adams hit Ozuna with a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dietrich. Dietrich grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Kotchman grounded to second to leave them there.

Fifth appearance for Adams since his return. He’s allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the game still knotted at 2-2.

Since allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, Papelbon has thrown to an 0.44 ERA with an 0.63 ratio over 20 2/3 innings in his last 20 appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Pierre led off with a walk and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Pierre stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Coghlan at the plate, putting Miami back on top at 3-2. Coghlan flew to center for the second out before Ozuna doubled to left. Dietrich flew to left to leave Ozuna at second.

The wild pitch didn’t really cost the Phils as Pierre would have scored from third on Ozuna’s double anyway. The leadoff walk did, though.

Bastardo has been charged with a run in each of his last two appearances. He’s walked 14 in 21 innings for the year, which is too many. He walked 26 in 52 innings last year, which is also too many. Righties are on-basing .396 against him in 2013 and lefties .306. He also has monster home/road splits this year. Opponents have posted a 293/420/537 line against him at home and 152/282/182 on the road.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a walk for the Fish. He’s hitting 306/375/306 in 40 plate appearances against the Phillies this year and has stolen five bases.

Stutes pitched the eleventh. With two outs and nobody on, Brantly hit a ball hard that was deflected by Stutes and went for an infield single. Lefty Greg Dobbs hit for the pitcher Dan Jennings and flew to right to leave Brantly at first.

Nice inning for Stutes gives the Phils a chance to win it in the bottom of the eleventh. He’s made five appearances this year and four of them have been good. In the one that was bad, he allowed two runs, one earned, both of which scored in his third inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in 7 1/3 innings on the year. Righties are 0-for-14 against him for the season and lefties are 6-for-13 with two doubles (462/500/615).

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, Ozuna’s double off of Bastardo. They struck out five.

Adams and Bastardo both threw 20 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19. Horst and Papelbon both threw 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Quintero. Michael Young returns to the lineup and third base. Galvis moves over to second with Hernandez on the bench. Quintero catches with Kratz resting and a day game scheduled for this afternoon.

Revere and Michael Young struck out as the Phillies went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth. Rollins was next and hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Brantly made a nice diving catch that took a hit away from him and changed the inning. Young stole second before Howard walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice catch by Brantly helps keep the Phils off the board. Howard continues to improve his walk rate — he’s walked five times in his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Frandsen hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and drew a walk. Revere was next and grounded to third with Frandsen forced at second for the first out. Young followed that with another grounder to third with Revere forced at second. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Frandsen continues to post a monster on-base percentage despite a low average. He’s hitting .239 and on-basing .375, thanks to six walks and four hit by pitches in 57 plate appearances. That’s obviously a fluky huge rate of hit by pitch in a small number of plate appearances — at that rate he would be hit 40 times over 570 plate appearances. His walk rate in very limited time, though, is 10.5%, which is way higher than his career mark of 5.7%.

The Phils were still down 2-0 when Howard doubled off the wall in right to start the seventh. Brown struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young pounded a ball to left-center for another double, scoring Howard to cut the lead to 2-1. Galvis struck out for the second out, but Kratz hit for Quintero and blasted another ball off the wall in right. Young scored to tie the game at 2-2. Nix hit for Horst with two outs and Kratz on second. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

The balls that Howard, Young and Kratz hit in the inning were all crushed.

Revere led off the eighth and hit a ball to third. Lucas fielded and threw to first, but Kotchman didn’t catch the ball and Revere was safe on the error. Michael Young was next and grounded to third. Lucas went to second for the first out, but Young was safe at first. Revere was called for interference at second on a ridiculous call and Young erased from first. Rollins drew a walk before Howard flew to left to leave him at first.

The Marlins got a huge break there with the help of a bad call at second. Young hit the ball hard and just beat the relay throw from second to first. The second base ump ruled that Revere had reached out towards Dietrich as he crossed second. I didn’t see that one and if Revere did reach out it was after the throw was made.

Like Howard, Rollins’s walk rate is way up in recent games. He has 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances. Prior to that he had walked 12 times in 211 chances for the season.

Righty Chad Qualls got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the ninth. Hernandez hit for Papelbon and dribbled an infield single towards second. Galvis followed and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Brown had an ugly at-bat to start the inning, getting ahead in the count and then swinging at a 3-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate to ground to short. Hernandez showed good speed on his hit, beating out a ball chopped past the first base side of the mound for a hit.

The Phillies were down 3-2 when Mayberry homered off of righty Steve Cishek on a 2-2 pitch to start the tenth. 3-3. Cishek got Revere and Michael Young behind Mayberry before Rollins drew another walk. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to pitch to Howard and Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge home run for Mayberry off of a righty to tie the game. He’s slugging just .380 against righties for his career.

Lefty Edgar Olmos got Howard on a fly ball to right for the first out in the eleventh. Brown was next and hit a ball out near the mound that Olmos didn’t handle for an error. Kendrick hit for Stutes and bunted Brown up to second with the first out. Olmos walked Galvis intentionally, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz walked unintentionally and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left to give the Phisl a 7-3 win.

Walking Galvis intentionally is ridiculous. He’s hitting .160 and on-basing .222 against lefties this year. The Marlins should be overjoyed to see him coming to the plate in a big situation.

Another huge hit for Mayberry, this time off the lefty, gives the Phils the win.

Revere was 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-his-last-25. First 0-for-5 of the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 in his first action since May 28.

Rollins 0-for-3 and walked twice. Didn’t handle Quintero’s throw on a stolen base for an error. He’s on-basing .387 over his last 102 plate appearances. 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances is really a lot. He’s on-basing .514 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s drawn a walk in five straight games.

Brown had a terrible game coming off of a controversial home run celebration on Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and an error. That’s just his third 0-for-5 of his career. The others came on May 7 of this year against the Giants and on July 31, 2010 against the Nats.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Long double off of the righty Nolasco — Young’s been terrible against righties this year. 3-for-his-last-11 overall with a double and a home run.

Galvis 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-his-last-15 with three extra-base hits.

Quintero 0-for-2. 7-for-29 (.235) on the season.

Mayberry entered the game in the seventh and went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Started the game with a .397 slugging percentage for the year and ended it at .454. He’s 13-for-his-last-32 with a walk, a double and two home runs (406/424/625). Came in to last night’s game 11-for-his-last-29 (379/400/414). He’s hitting 324/359/595 against lefties for the season.

Hamels (1-9, 4.86) faces righty Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost six straight games started by Hamels and are 1-11 in his appearances this year. He has a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts and opponents have hit .326 against him those outings. Turner was the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets in his only start this year.


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