Tag: Joe Blanton

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The Phils won the opener of their series with the Red Sox, their sixth win in a row, but dropped the next two games of the set, putting them back at .500 for the season.

After the first game of the series, the rotation for the Phillies had made quality starts in nine games in a row. Game two featured Blanton’s worst start of the season and Cliff Lee followed that up with his worst outing of the year in game three.

Lee still doesn’t have a win on the year, but that has a whole lot more to do with the 14 runs the Phillies have scored in his six starts and the 7.62 ERA and 1.92 ratio the bullpen has thrown to in his games than it does with his 2.66 ERA or 0.86 ratio.

Yesterday, Lee allowed five runs in the first three innings and the Phils dropped game three 5-1.

The Phillies are 21-21 on the year after losing 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon. Boston takes the series two games to one.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out six.

Mike Aviles was the first batter of the game and hit a 1-1 pitch from Lee out to left. 1-0. Lee struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz before Adrian Gonzalez singled into center. Will Middlebrooks struck out swinging to leave Gonzalez at first.

Daniel Nava walked with one out in the second and moved to second when Marlon Byrd followed with a single into left. The pitcher Josh Beckett was next and bunted. Lee fielded the bunt and threw to third, forcing Nava for the second out. It left runners on first and second with two down for Aviles and he singled to left, scoring Byrd (2-0) and moving Beckett up to second. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.

Gonzalez singled to left with one out in the third and moved to third when Middlebrooks followed with a double to center. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to center for a three-run homer, putting the Red Sox up 5-0. Lee got Nava and Byrd on a fly ball to center and a line drive handled by Galvis to end the frame.

Lee allows five runs overall and two home runs in the first three innings of the game.

He set Boston down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Beckett led off the seventh with a single into center, but Lee got Aviles to ground into a double-play behind him. Pedroia singled to center before Ortiz flew to center to leave him at first.

Diekman pitched the eighth and set the Red Sox down in order, striking out Gonzalez, Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia to drop his ERA for the year to 12.00.

Qualls pitched the ninth with the Phils down 5-1. He got Nava on a fly ball to left for the first out and struck out Byrd for the second. Switch-hitter Nick Punto hit for the pitcher Vicente Padilla and Qualls walked him, but Aviles went down on a ground ball to second to turn Boston away.

First time in three outings that Qualls is not charged with a run.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in the game in which they allow a walk but no hits. Qualls threw 21 pitches in the game and Diekman 11.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Beckett went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Mayberry (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Polanco continues to sit with a sprained left ankle. Wigginton at third and Mayberry at first — both those guys should be on the bench against a lefty. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They were down 2-0 when Pence led off the second with a single, but Wigginton hit into a double-play behind him. Mayberry struck out swinging to end the inning.

Down 5-0, Galvis reached on an infield single to start the third. Schneider popped up to Beckett in foul territory for the first out before Lee moved Galvis up to third with a double. Rollins grounded to third for the second out with the runners holding. Pierre lined to first to leave them stranded.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on second and third with one out. No RBI for Rollins as he grounds to third for the second out.

Victorino led off the fourth with a single and stole second before Pence lined to first for the first out. Wigginton grounded to third and Mayberry lined to right.

No run for the Phils after putting a runner on second with nobody out.

They went in order in the fifth.

Rollins walked to start the sixth, but Pierre hit into a double-play behind him. Victorino popped to short for the third out.

Pence singled to start the seventh, but the Phils went in order behind him.

With one out in the eighth, Orr hit for Diekman and doubled to right. Rollins followed with a single that moved Orr up to third. Pierre was next and flew to left for the second out/ Orr tagged and scored, cutting the lead to 5-1 and a throwing error by Nava allowing Rollins to move up to second. Beckett walked Victorino to put two men on and righty Vicente Padilla walked Pence to load the bases. It brought Wigginton to the plate at the tying run, but he grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

One run in the frame for the Phils on a double, a single, an error and two walks.

Righty Alfredo Aceves set Galvis and Mayberry down for the first two outs in the ninth. Ruiz hit for Schneider and grounded to second to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk in the game and 2-for-11 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 229/295/283 for the season.

Pierre 0-for-3 with an RBI. 0-for-8 in the series. 4-for-his-last-22 and hitting 319/360/353 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk in the series. 4-for-10 with a double and three walks in the set. 253/317/400 for the year.

Pence 2-for-3 with a walk in the series. 5-for-10 with three walks and a home run in the series. 268/324/506 for the season. 286/356/636 in May with seven home runs in 87 plate appearances.

Wigginton 0-for-4 and left six men on base. 2-for-11 in the series. 179/299/179 over his last 67 plate appearances. Batting .179 and slugging .179 means no extra-base hits — 10-for-his-last-56 with ten singles and 19 strikeouts. 250/336/333 for the season.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 310/370/452 over his last 46 plate appearances. 248/279/333 for the year. 215/271/262 for the year against right-handed pitching.

Galvis 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-12 with two home runs in the series. 242/275/409 for the year. His isolated power for the season of .167 is better than the isolated power for Victorino, Mayberry, Wigginton or Rollins.

Schneider 0-for-3 in his only action of the series, dropping his line for the year to 278/297/389.

In Saturday’s game, Blanton was charged with seven runs over 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox topped the Phils 7-5. Boston jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the game and the Phillie comeback fell short. Galvis hit his second homer in two games for the Phils and Mayberry, Luna and Victorino all had three hits. Valdes, Savery and Contreras combined to provide 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief in the game after Blanton exited in the fifth. Boston hit four home runs off of Blanton in his 4 1/3 frames.

Friday the Phils won the opener 6-4 behind Hamels, who allowed three runs over seven innings. The Phils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI by Wigginton and Mayberry and a two-run single by Ruiz. Qualls gave up yet another homer to a lefty in the eighth, this time Adrian Gonzalez, to cut the lead to 5-4, but Galvis hit one out in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to 6-4. Papelbon closed the door in the ninth for his twelfth save.

Kendrick (0-3, 5.96) faces righty Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22) tonight. Kendrick hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last three starts. Gonzalez faced the Phils on May 5 and held them to a run over seven innings.


Eat at Joe’s, but don’t even think about trying to hit there

Joe Blanton had yet another strong outing for the Phillies last night, pitching into the eighth inning and holding the Astros to a single run as the Phils topped Houston 5-1.

Over his last four starts, Blanton has thrown to a 2.10 ERA and averaged seven and a half innings per start. Through eight appearances (seven starts) he has walked one right-handed batter this season. His walk rate is the best it has been since 2007. His hit rate is the best it has been since 2005. He has allowed two home runs in 48 2/3 innings for the year, which gives him the best home run rate of his career.

Placido Polanco notched his 2,000th career hit in the game as well and did it in style, popping out a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, providing some much-needed insurance runs for a team that still sports the worst bullpen ERA in baseball.

The Phillies are 17-19 on the year after beating the Houston Astros 5-1 last night. They have won three of their last four games.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run in the top of the eighth. He struck out seven.

On April 12, Blanton walked Hanley Ramirez with one out in the top of the sixth. He hasn’t walked a right-handed batter in his six starts since.

He walked Jed Lowrie with two outs in the top of the first. Carlos Lee was next and blooped a single into center, moving Lowrie up to third. Blanton struck Brian Bogusevic out to leave both runners stranded.

Chris Snyder singled to left with two outs in the second. Blanton got pitcher Lucas Harrell on a ground ball to second to set the Astros down.

Blanton set the Astros down in order in the third. Jordan Schafer tried to bunt for a single, but Blanton threw him out for the second out.

Lee led off the fourth with a single to left, but Blanton set the Astros down in order behind him.

He got three ground outs in the fifth.

The Phillies led 1-0 when Blanton started the sixth. He got the first two before Lee singled again, this time to center. Blanton struck Bogusevic out swinging to leave Lee at first.

It was 3-0 when he set the Astros down in order in the seventh.

Switch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez hit for pitcher Fernando Abad to start the eighth and homered to right, cutting the lead to 3-1. Jose Altuve followed that with a single and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Schafer. Rigthy Justin Maxwell hit for Schafer. Bastardo struck out Maxwell and Lowrie behind Maxwell before Qualls came in to pitch to the righty Lee. Qualls got Lee on a ball hit well to right to leave Altuve at first.

Bastardo and Qualls get the job done after Blanton has a rough start to the frame, facing three hitters and retiring all three.

Bastardo was pitching for the second day in a row and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.64 with the outing. He has made eight appearances in May in which he has allowed one hit and three walks over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He ended April with a 5.40 ERA through his first seven appearances.

Qualls hasn’t been charged with an earned run over his last four appearances, but has given up three hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings. Lefties are hitting 292/370/464 against him for the season.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 5-1 lead after the Phils scored two in the bottom of the eighth. Chris Johnson singled on a ball that could have been an error on Polanco, but Papelbon struck out the next two batters to end the game.

Papelbon has made 15 appearances on the year and been charged with a run or more in two of them. Three of the four runs he has allowed for the season came on one swing, Jordany Valdespin’s three-run homer on May 7.

Great night for the pen in which they go two scoreless frames, allowing one single and striking out five.

Papelbon has thrown for three days in a row. He threw 14 pitches in the game. Bastardo has thrown two days in a row and threw eleven. Four pitches for Qualls.

The Phillies lineup against righty Lucas Harrell went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Ruiz (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry at first for a Phils team without Thome or Nix, but hitting behind Polanco. Galvis at second with the lefty Orr on the bench.

Rollins, Pierre and Victorino all hit the ball well in the bottom of the first, but all three went down on line drives. Rollins and Pierre lined to left and Victorino lined to third.

Pence reached on an infield single to start the second, but Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him. Polanco drew a walk, but Mayberry struck out swinging to leave him at first.

The Phillies went in order in the third. Galvis led off and tried to bunt for a single, but Johnson handled it and threw him out at first.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz led off the fifth and was hit by a pitch. Polanco was next and hit a ball that Harrell handled, throwing to second to force Ruiz for the first out with Polanco safe at first. Mayberry was next and hit a ball to short that Lowrie didn’t handle for an error, putting men on first and second with one down. Galvis followed with a single into center, scoring Polanco to out the Phils up 1-0 and moving Mayberry up to third. Blanton bunted Galvis to second with the second out. Harrell got behind Rollins 3-0 and then put him on intentionally, loading the bases for Pierre. Pierre grounded to first to end the inning.

Big hit for Galvis helps make the Astros pay for the Lowrie error.

Victorino tripled to center to start the sixth. Pence popped up to second behind him for the first out, but Ruiz followed with a single into center, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 2-0. Polanco grounded to short with Ruiz forced at second for the second out. Mayberry was next and lined a double to left, putting men on second and third for Galvis. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Galvis and Galvis singled into left. Polanco scored to extend the lead to 3-0, but Mayberry was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

No RBI for Pence with nobody out and a runner on third. Big hits in the inning from Ruiz and Galvis.

Lefty Fernando Abad set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Blanton hit for himself to start the inning and popped to first.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when the Phillies hit in the bottom of the eighth. Righty David Carpenter struck out Victorino and Pence before Ruiz singled into left. Polanco was next and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center for a two-run homer, the 2,000th hit of his career, putting the Phils up 5-1. Mayberry and Galvis followed that with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Qualls. Lefty Mike Fontenot, called up on Friday, hit for Qualls and flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average on the year to .225. He’s 8-for-his-last-42 (190/261/310 over his last 47 plate appearances).

Pierre was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. Of the 104 NL players with at least 100 plate appearances, his .387 on-base percentage is 12th. He’s hitting .387 over his last 34 plate appearances.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a triple. He’s 6-for-his-last-16.

Pence was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s hitting 198/237/429 over his last 97 plate appearances. It wasn’t a factor in last night’s game, but for the season he’s hitting 179/233/357 against left-handed pitching.

Ruiz was 2-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 6-for-his-last-12 with a walk. He (.583) and Nix (.587) are the only Phillies slugging better than .450 for the season. He, Nix and Pence (.450) are the only Phillies slugging better than .429 for the season.

Polanco 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer. 354/382/492 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double to up his average to .247. 346/379/538 over his last 29 plate appearances — 9-for-26 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. After striking out in 20 of his first 60 plate appearances on the season, he has struck out in just three of his last 29. His power for the year against righties is still virtually non-existent. His double off of Harrell in last night’s game was just his second extra-base hit of the year against a righty. For the season he’s hitting 224/269/265 against righties and about 58.4% of his plate appearances have come against right-handed pitching.

Galvis was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Over his last five starts he’s gone 8-for-18 with two walks, three doubles, a triple and seven RBI, upping his line on the season from 189/215/289 to 231/265/361.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17) pitches this afternoon against a Houston starter TBD. Lee has made just one start since returning from the DL, holding the Mets to two runs over six innings. The team is 0-4 in the games he has started this season, despite Lee’s 2.17 ERA and 0.76 ratio.


Wait till last year?

The ugliness continued for the Phillies last night as bad defense and awful work from their pen got together late and the Mets topped them 7-4.

Joe Blanton was charged with four runs over 6 2/3 innings in the game, but pitched a whole lot better than his line. He left with a 4-2 lead with two men on in the seventh. Qualls and Bastardo took over after that, facing three batters and getting just one out as the other two delivered RBI-singles. The Phils also put together just about the ugliest rundown you’ve ever seen in the frame.

The miserable performance of the bullpen continues as the Phils remain, by ERA, the worst bullpen in either league. The team’s bullpen ERA for the season is up to 4.95.

Over the last five games, the bullpen has been charged with more than one run in every game, allowing 13 runs (12 earned) in 13 innings and throwing to an 8.31 ERA with a 2.30 ratio. In 13 innings they’ve allowed 20 hits and ten walks. Those numbers don’t include the game they lost 15-13 on May 2 — in that game the bullpen was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The pen has also allowed more than one run in eight of the last ten games. In one of those games they didn’t appear at all (Blanton’s complete game on May 3). There’s only one game in the last ten where the bullpen got at least one out and allowed less than two runs (May 1 against the Braves).

The Phillies are 14-17 on the year after losing to the New York Mets 7-4 last night. The Mets have won the first two games of the series. The Phillies have lost four of their last five games.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out seven.

Blanton walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis with one out in the first, but got David Wright on a fly ball to right and Lucas Duda swinging to leave him at first.

Up 2-0, he set the Mets down in order in the second.

Up 4-0, he threw a 1-2-3 third.

Nieuwenhuis doubled to center to start the fourth and moved to third when Wright flew to right for the first out. Duda followed with a walk, putting runners on first and third for Daniel Murphy. Murphy singled into left, scoring Nieuwenhuis to make it 4-1 with men on first and second. Blanton got Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin, both on fly balls to center, to end the frame.

Blanton hit Mike Nickeas to start the fifth. Pitcher Miguel Batista bunted Nickeas to second with the first out and Nickeas took third when Andres Torres grounded to second for the second. Blanton struck out Nieuwenhuis to leave Nickeas at third.

Wright led off the sixth with a double. Blanton struck out Duda before Murphy moved Wright up to third with a ground out. He got behind Davis 2-0 before striking him out swinging 3-2 to end leave Wright at third.

Blanton walked Valdespin to start the seventh. He struck Nickeas out for the first out and righty Scott Hairston hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta. Hairston popped to second for the second out, but Torres followed and singled softly to right, moving Valdespin up to third. Nieuwenhuis followed with a single to right that scored Valdespin (4-2) and moved Torres to second. Qualls came in to pitch to Wright. Wright singled to right. Hunter fielded and threw home, but his throw wasn’t close to getting Torres, who scored to make it 4-3. Ruiz moved out in front of the plate to take the throw and Wright was caught up between first and second. Rollins threw to Orr covering first and Orr ran Wright towards second, but there was nobody covering second. Orr threw to third to try and Nieuwenhuis there, but his throw was in the dirt and got away for an error, allowing Nieuwenhuis to score and tie the game at 4-4 with two outs and Wright on third. Bastardo came in to pitch to the left Duda and Duda singled to right, scoring Wright to put New York on top 5-4. Murphy flew to center for the third out.

The Wright single play was really ugly. Don’t know why Pence threw home in the first place, cause there was no chance to get Torres. Don’t know why his throw wasn’t cut before making it home. Don’t know why nobody was covering second when Orr was running towards second. The thing that bothers me least about the play was the throw to third, which was in the dirt but could easily have been handled there to prevent the second run.

Qualls and Bastardo face three batters in the inning, allowing two singles and getting one out. Two runs score on the first single, with the help of ugly defense, and one on the second.

Qualls has with at least one run in four of his last six appearances, although the run he was charged with last night was unearned due to Orr’s throwing error. Over his last 4 1/3 innings, he has allowed nine hits and three walks.

Bastardo started the eighth. Davis led off and hit a ball to second that Orr didn’t handle for an error, his second in four batters. The lefty Valdespin flew to left for the second out. Contreras took over for Bastardo, pitching to the righty Nickeas. Ruiz threw Davis out trying to steal second before Nickeas fouled out to Mayberry to end the frame.

Bastardo allows the RBI-single to Duda in the seventh with the run charged to Qualls, then comes back to work around the Orr error in the eighth. He has allowed one hit and two walks over 4 2/3 innings without being charged with a run over his last five appearances. He has thrown two days in a row.

Schwimer started the ninth. Lefty Mike Baxter hit for the pitcher Tim Byrdak and walked on six pitches. Torres moved Baxter to third with a single. Nieuwenhuis flew to left with both runners moving up a base. Baxter scored to make it 6-4 with one out and a man on second. Schwimer struck Wright out swinging for the second out. Savery came in to pitch to the lefty Duda. Duda singled to center on a ball deflected by Savery, scoring Torres to make it 7-4. Murphy grounded back to the pitcher to end the frame.

Second time in three innings that the Phillies bring in a lefty to face the lefty Duda and Duda delivers an RBI-single.

Schwimer has made five appearances on the season and been charged with runs in four of them. He has an 8.53 ERA for the year and opponents have on-based .400 against him. He’s allowed way too many hits and way too many walks in his short time with the Phillies this year. On the plus side, six of the seven hit he’s allowed have been singles.

Savery dropped his ERA to 4.50. It was the only outing of his last three in which he was not charged with a run.

Overall the pen goes 2 1/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. It was worse than that, though, cause two of the runs that scored after Blanton left were charged to Blanton.

Bastardo has thrown two days in a row and threw 18 pitches in the game. Schwimer 17 and everybody else was under ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Miguel Batista went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Ruiz (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Orr. Mayberry starts at first against the righty with Nix on the bench with a sore calf. Pierre in left and hitting second. Ruiz hits fifth. The lefty Orr at second with the righty Galvis on the bench.

Pierre singled with one out and stole second before Victorino popped out for the second. Pence was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to center for his seventh home run of the year, putting the Phils up 2-0. Ruiz followed that with a double to center, put Polanco grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

Mayberry led off the second and reached on a throwing error by Valdespin at short that left Mayberry on second. Mayberry took third on another error, a bad pickoff attempt by Batista. Orr singled into center and Mayberry scored, putting the Phils up 3-0. Blanton struck out trying to bunt before Orr stole second. Rollins followed that with a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre. Pierre flew to center for the second out, but Victorino was next and lined a ball over short and into the gap in left center for a double that scored Orr (4-0) and moved Rollins to third. Pence flew to center for the third out.

Mayberry singled with two outs in the third, but Orr flew to left behind him.

Blanton started the fourth with a walk with the lead cut to 4-1. Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him. Pierre grounded to second to end the inning.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Mayberry singled to center with one out in the sixth and moved to third when Orr followed with a double. Righty Manny Acosta came in to pitch to Blanton and Blanton went down on a ground ball to second with the runners holding for the second out. Rollins struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

No runs for the Phils after putting men on second and third with one out.

The Phillies were down 5-4 when they hit in the seventh. Righty Ramon Ramirez walked Victorino with one out. Pence was next and grounded to third with Victorino forced at second for the second out. Ruiz grounded to second to end the inning.

Polanco reached on an infield single off of Ramirez to start the eighth. He took second on a wild pitch before Mayberry lined hard to second for the first out. He took third on another wild pitch before Orr struck out swinging at a 3-2 pitch that was off of the plate. Nix hit for Contreras. Lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to Nix. Wigginton hit for Nix and flew to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting a runner on third with one out. Awful at-bat by Orr, striking out on a pitch out of the strike zone when the Mets were looking like they might be happy to let the righty Ramirez walk the lefty Orr.

Down 7-4, Pierre singled off of righty Jon Rauch with one out in the ninth. Victorino flew to left and Pence grounded to third to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game. 3-for-his-last-21.

Pierre 2-for-4. 337/396/361 for the season. Among the 115 NL players with 75 plate appearances, his .396 on-base percentage is 12th.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk and a double. 10-for-his-last-30 with four walks and four extra-base hits.

Pence 1-for-5 with a two-run homer. 1-for-8 so far in the series.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a double.

Polanco 1-for-4. 5-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 2-for-4. 296/310/370 over his last 29 plate appearances.

Orr was 2-for-4 with a double, two errors and an ugly strikeout in the eighth. His .455 slugging percentage is fourth-best on the team.

Lee (0-1, 1.96) returns from the DL to face righty Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.50) tonight. Lee threw ten shutout innings against the Giants on April 18, which was his last start before hitting the DL. Gee has walked just one right-handed batter in his five starts on the season. He’s made four appearances against the Phils in his career (three starts) in which he’s thrown to a 7.85 ERA and a 1.85 ratio.


Blanton leaves some wondering why he’s so eager to catch a plane if it’s only going to bring him back to Earth

Joe Blanton was outstanding yesterday, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout as the Phils topped the Braves 4-0. Pitching in the early afternoon the day after a 15-13 marathon, Blanton needed just 88 pitches to get the job done in a game that took just two hours and two minutes.

First complete game for Blanton since 2007. Maybe his best start since joining the Phillies, and almost surely his best since September 22, 2009. He held the Marlins to two hits and two walks over seven innings that day and struck out nine. Maybe the best of his career since throwing a complete-game three hitter against the Twins while with the A’s on June 2, 2007.

The Phillies are 13-13 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 4-0 yesterday. They take the series two games to one.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing three singles, no walks and striking out six. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.83, which is four-best among the six Phillies who have started a game for the team this season.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Freddie Freeman singled to center with two outs, but Blanton got Dan Uggla to ground to short for the third out.

Blanton didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth. He struck out Juan Francisco in the second. He got Pastornicky looking in the third and Martin Prado looking in the fourth.

Still up a run, Blanton got the first two to start the fifth, striking Francisco out again for the second out. David Ross was next and reached on an infield single, but Blanton got Pastornicky to ground to short for the third out.

Blanton got the Braves in order in the sixth. Pitcher Randall Delgado was the first hitter for Atlanta and hit the ball well, but Victorino made a nice running catch to take it for the first out.

Blanton had thrown 67 pitches through six innings.

He started the seventh with Polanco at third, Galvis at second and Wigginton moved over to first. The Braves went in order again.

He struck Francisco out for the third time in the game as he threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher Livan Hernandez to start the ninth and struck out swinging. Bourn followed with a single into center, putting a runner on first for Martin Prado. Prado hit the ball hard, but Galvis speared his line drive at second and threw to first to double-off Bourn, ending the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Randall Delgado (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Orr (8) Schneider. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third. Pierre in left after sparking a ninth-inning rally in game two of the set. Nix at first. Schneider catches the day game after a night game. Orr at second against the righty with the weak-hitting Galvis on the bench.

Rollins led off the game with a single to left and moved up to second when Pierre bunted for a single. Victorino was next and flew to right for the first out with Rollins moving up to third. Pence followed with a ball to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score, putting the Phils up 1-0. Wigginton struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

Nix led off the second with a single to left, but Orr, Schneider and Blanton all went down behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third. Pierre again tried to bunt for a hit, but Francisco caught it in the air for the second out.

Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Blanton struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Rollins, Pierre and Victorino went down in the sixth.

Pence and Wigginton both grounded out to start the seventh, but Nix was next and he a 2-1 pitch from Delgado out to center to put the Phils up 2-0. Orr singled to right, but was thrown out trying to steal second with Schneider at the plate.

For his career, Orr now has 16 stolen bases and has been caught seven times. Safe about 69.6% of the time. Might want to think about staying put.

Blanton reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him.

Pierre singled to left to start the ninth. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch from Hernandez out to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Pence followed that with a double to left. Wigginton struck out for the first out before Polanco moved Pence up to third with a ground out to second. Galvis flew to center to leave him there.

First home run of the year for Victorino against a right-handed pitcher. He came into the game hitting 228/274/241 against righties.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game and 4-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 240/280/270 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 108 plate appearances on the year.

Pierre 2-for-4. 2-for-5 with a walk in the series. 324/368/352.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game and 5-for-14 with a home run in the set. 245/286/406 for the year. The list of Phillies that are on-basing .310 or less for the season includes Polanco, Pence, Victorino, Rollins, Mayberry, Thome and Galvis.

Pence 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 263/302/404 on the year.

Wigginton 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-12 with two walks and five strikeouts in the series. 6-for-his-last-21 with six singles. 310/375/437 for the year.

Nix 2-for-3 with his second homer of the year. 5-for-9 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 342/419/658 for the year. He’s fifth in the NL in slugging percentage among players with 25 or more plate appearances.

Orr 1-for-3 in the game and in the series. 292/320/458 for the year. His isolated power of .167 is third-best on the team behind Nix and Ruiz. That might not even last all season.

Polanco 0-for-1 in the game and 4-for-11 in the series. 265/307/301 for the year (an isolated power of .036).

Galvis 0-for-1. 2-for-11 with a double in the series. 190/220/291 for the year. His OPS for the year peaked at .669 after going 1-for-4 with a double against the Giants on April 16. Since then he’s 8-for-48 with two walks and two doubles (167/200/208 over 51 PA).

Mayberry didn’t have an at-bat yesterday. He was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. He’s hitting 226/241/283 for the season.

Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) faces righty Steven Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) tonight. Kendrick has made two starts this year. The first, against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, was a disaster, but he was a lot better his last time out, holding the Cubs to two earned runs over six innings. Strasburg has made five starts on the year and allowed one or no runs in four of them. He allowed two runs in the other start. Strasburg has made one other appearance against the Phillies, which came on August 21, 2010.


California dreaming for the Phils proves to have a lot to do with scoring runs

After winning the first two games of their series with the Padres, the Phils were outscored 11-2 by San Diego in the last two games combined and dropped both.

In yesterday’s game they made three errors, which led to three unearned runs. In ten of the 16 games they have played this year, the Phillies have scored less than three runs. They’ve scored less than three in five of their last six, averaging 1.67 runs per game over those six games.

After 16 games, the Phillies have two players with an OPS better than .725 for the season. One of them is Cole Hamels, who is 2-for-6 with a double. The other is Wigginton, who is hitting 286/366/429. That’s a .794 OPS, which is 50th best among the 148 NL batters with at least 25 plate appearances. The Phils are 15th in the league in runs scored.

The Phillies are 7-9 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 6-1 yesterday. The teams split the four game series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, two triples and a home run.

After four appearances, three of which were starts, Blanton has a 4.34 ERA for the year. He has walked just three batters in 18 2/3 innings, but opponents have hit 303/333/513 against him.

Will Venable reached on a bunt single to start the bottom of the first. Mark Kotsay was next and hit a ball that Blanton mishandled for an error that put runners on first and second. Chase Headley was the next hitter and he lined a ball to right that Pence misplayed, freezing before the ball sailed over his head for a double. Venable scored (1-0) and Kotsay moved up to third. Nick Hundley was next and he hit a ball to left center field that Victorino handled for the second out. Kotsay tagged and scored (2-0), but Victorino made a strong and accurate throw to third and Headley was out trying to tag and move up to third. Yonder Alonso grounded to short for the third out.

Great throw by Victorino. Pence should have caught the ball hit by Headley.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Blanton started the third. He got the first two hitters before Cameron Maybin tripled to center. Blanton struck out Anthony Bass swinging to leave Maybin at third.

Blanton walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the third. Hundley was next and he tripled to right, scoring Headley to make it 3-1. Alonso followed and hit a ground ball to first that should have ended the inning. Thome fielded it cleanly, but his throw to Blanton covering first was way behind the pitcher for an error. Alonso went to second and Hundley scored, putting the Padres on top 4-1. Maybin grounded to short for the third out.

More bad defense for the Phils in the inning as Thome’s throwing error costs the team a run.

Blanton set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

He walked Headley with two outs in the fifth. Hundley was next and he blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left center for a two-run homer, making it 6-1. Alonso flew to right for the third out.

Maybin singled to start the sixth, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out. Bartlett grounded to third before Hudson singled into right. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Anthony Bass and Blanton got him on a fly ball to center to end the inning.

Savery pitched the seventh and kept the Padres off the board. He had to work around his own two-out error that allowed Headley to reach first, but got Hundley to ground to first and leave Headley stranded.

Savery was back to get three fly balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Two scoreless innings in the game for Savery, who allowed just one runner to reach base. That runner reached on an error. He’s been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over three appearances for the Phillies so far. He threw 22 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anthony Bass went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Thome (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third against the righty and Victorino hitting second. Thome plays first with Nix and Mayberry on the bench.

Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked, but was picked off of first for the first out. Victorino walked, too, putting a man on first for Rollins. Rollins hit a ball to first that Alonso didn’t handle for his first error of the play. The ball bounced out in front of him and he tried a blind backhand flip to first that was nowhere near the bag for another error that allowed Victorino to move up to third. Rollins stole second before Pence grounded to second with the runners holding for the second out. Thome struck out looking to end the frame with both runners stranded.

No runs for the Phils on two walks, a stolen base and two errors. No run after putting runners on second and third with one out as Pence can’t move the runners up. Pierre was probably safe on a close play when he was picked off, but not getting picked off would have helped the inning as well.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and the Phils down 2-0. Galvis was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled for the second out, with Ruiz moving up to second. Blanton drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre with two down. Pierre singled into right and Ruiz would have held third, but Venable didn’t field the ball cleanly. Ruiz scored, getting the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino grounded to first to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

No run for the Phils without the Venable error, so their only tally on the day is unearned. Pierre gets on base for the second time in two innings.

Rollins ripped a double to right to start the top of the third. Pence was next and grounded to third for the first out. Thome struck out looking for the second before Rollins stole third. Wigginton struck out swinging to leave him there.

No run for the Phils despite the leadoff double. Second bad at-bat of the game for Pence as he can’t move Rollins up to third with the first out. Second extra-base hit of the season for Rollins.

Down 4-1, the Phils went in order in the fourth.

They went in order in the fifth as well.

Thome and Wigginton walked back-to-back with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 6-1. Ruiz hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Joe Thatcher got Galvis to ground to second to start the seventh. Mayberry hit for Blanton and struck out swinging for the second out. Pierre reached on an infield single, but Luke Gregerson took over for Thatcher and struck out Victorino to leave Pierre on first.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the eighth, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him. Thome followed that with a single to right, raising his average for the year to .125 (2-for-16), and Wigginton moved Thome up to second with another single. Ruiz grounded to short to end the frame.

Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but no run. Rough day for Pence at the plate and in the field.

Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth for San Diego. Orr hit for Galvis and struck out for the first out. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the second before Pierre singled to center. Victorino went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled to end the game.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-16 with two walks and a triple in the four-game set. 326/354/370 for the year. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the series. Pierre notably started against a lefty in game three of the set. Mayberry is 7-for-40 with a double, no walks and 13 strikeouts for the season (175/175/200).

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and four men left on base. 4-for-15 with two walks and a home run in the series. 274/338/387 for the year. 0-for-his-last-8. 244/295/341 over his last 44 plate appearances.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 2-for-14 with two walks and a double in the series. 254/294/286 for the year. He’s 4-for-17 against lefties for the year with no walks and four singles (235/235/235).

Pence 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-16 in the series with a walk and five strikeouts, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the first game of the set and 0-for-13 over the next three games.

Thome 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 2-for-16 with two walks and nine strikeouts for the season. He has struck out in half of his 18 plate appearances.

Wigginton also 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 4-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. He also struck out five times. 286/366/429 for the season. He leads all Phillie hitters in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He’s second behind Pierre in batting average. Polanco didn’t play in the game but was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. He’s hitting 192/222/212 with one walk and one double in 52 plate appearances for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with four men left on base. 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the series. 273/306/409 on the year. 211/244/368 since going 4-for-6 to start the season. Schneider was 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-12 with a walk and two singles for the year.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 2-for-14 with a walk and two singles in the series. 212/241/327 for the season. His isolated power mark of .115 is better than Victorino (.113) and way better than Pierre (.043), Rollins (.032), Mayberry (.025) or Polanco (.019). This is not to say that Galvis’s isolated power of .115 is good, though. Of the 148 NL players with 25 plate appearances, his .115 is tied for 89th.

San Diego won Saturday’s game 5-1. Halladay walked four in the game, but still held the Padres to a pair of runs over seven innings before Stutes got banged around in the eighth. Stutes was charged with three runs in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 6.35. The Phillies had just three hits in the game, singles from Polanco and Halladay and a double by Wigginton. Against a left-handed starting pitcher, the lefty Pierre was in the leadoff spot and struggling righty John Mayberry on the bench. Pierre was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.

On Friday the Phils beat the Padres 4-1 behind outstanding pitching. Hamels allowed a run over six innings in the game and was backed by three scoreless innings from the pen (Contreras, Qualls and Papelbon all tossed a scoreless frame). Down 1-0 to start the seventh, the Phils scored three runs in the frame on a two-run single by Pierre and an RBI-single by Schneider. Victorino hit his second home run of the season in the eighth.

Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) faces lefty Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12) tonight in Arizona. Kendrick will be making his first start of the year, filling in for the DL’ed Lee. Miley will also be making his first start of the year, filling in for the sidelined Daniel Hudson. Miley has thrown just 48 2/3 innings for his career, but has walked too many hitters in the innings he has thrown, having walked 22 in those 48 2/3 frames.


It takes two (preferably less than two, actually)

The pitching the Phillies got last night in San Francisco wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t all that awful, either. Joe Blanton had a rough start and wound up allowing four runs over five innings, but the pen was strong after that and the Phils held the Giants to just four runs in the game.

That proved to be too much for a Phillies team that has yet to win a game in which they’ve allowed more than two runs. After 11 games, there is only one member of the 2012 Phils with more than five plate appearances for the year with an OPS of .780 or better (Pence is at .915).

The Phillies are 5-6 on the year after falling to the San Francisco Giants 4-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two triples. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.

He has now made three appearances on the year, two starts and one relief outing, and thrown to a 4.26 ERA with a 1.34 ratio. In 12 2/3 innings, he has walked just one batter, but allowed 16 hits. Opponents are hitting .308 against him.

Switch-hitter Angel Pagan led off the bottom of a scoreless first and lined a single into center. Switch-hitter Melky Cabrera was next and he tripled down the first base line and into the corner. Pagan scored to put the Giants up 1-0. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was next and he grounded out to second with Cabrera scoring to make it 2-0. Righty Buster Posey singled before Blanton struck lefty Aubrey Huff out looking for the second out. Lefty Nate Schierholtz was next and he singled softly into left, moving Posey up to second. Lefty Brandon Crawford grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Another rough first inning for a Phillie starter. The Phils have an 8.18 ERA in the first inning so far this season, having allowed ten earned runs in 11 innings. Opponents are hitting .400 against them in the first.

Blanton got switch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss to ground out to start the second and pitcher Madison Bumgarner on another grounder before Pagan tripled to center. Cabrera grounded out to leave Pagan at third.

Huff and Schierholtz singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, but Blanton got Crawford on a ground ball to first to leave them both stranded.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Burriss started the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. Bumgarner bunted him to second with the first out, but Pagan popped out and Cabrera struck out swinging to leave him at second.

Sandoval doubled to center to start the fifth and moved to third on a single by Posey. Huff went down on a popup to Rollins for the first out, but Schierholtz followed with a single into right that scored Sandoval (3-1) and moved Posey up to second. Posey stole third before Crawford grounded back to the pitcher. Blanton went to second, but the Phils were unable to get more than one out. Schierholtz was forced at second, Posey scored (4-1) and Crawford was safe at first. Ruiz threw Crawford out trying to steal second to end the inning.

Kendrick started the bottom of the sixth with the Phillies down 4-2 and set Burriss, Bumgarner and Pagan down in order.

He was back for the seventh. Sandoval and Posey singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second. Huff popped out to shortstop before Kendrick walked Schierholtz on four pitches, loading the bases for Crawford. Kendrick quickly got ahead of Crawford 0-2 and struck him out swinging 3-2 to leave all three runners stranded.

Kendrick dropped his ERA on the year to 1.92 with two scoreless frames. He’s has walked three in 4 2/3 innings so far, though, which is too many.

Stutes started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Burriss 3-2. Lefty Brandon Belt flew to left for the first out before Burriss stole second. Pagan flew to right for the second out before Cabrera struck out looking to leave Burriss at second.

Stutes, like Kendrick, also has a 1.93 ERA for the season, having allowed one earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He has also walked three batters in 4 2/3 innings, which is too many for him as well.

You really, really want to try to avoid walking Emmanuel Burriss to start an inning given that he has one extra-base hit since the end of 2009. His isolated power since the end of 2009 is .006. One extra-base hit, a double, in 184 plate appearances. Kudos to the Phillies, though, for fighting the impulse to snap him up and start him in left field.

Kendrick and Stutes combined to throw three scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and two walks. Kendrick likely will be unavailable tonight after throwing 39 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Madison Bumgarner went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty with Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left. Victorino needs to hit lower in the order given his success against lefties. Polanco is a really bad two-hitter, but it’s not as awful against lefties as it is against righties.

Victorino was the first batter of the game and hit a ball up the middle that Crawford didn’t handle moving to his left for an error. Polanco was next and he got sawed off hitting a ball back to the mound. Bumgarner fielded it and threw to second, where again Crawford didn’t handle it. Everyone was safe and Bumgarner was charged with an error for a low throw that Crawford should have handled. Rollins was next and he grounded into a double-play, putting Victorino on third with one out. Pence popped to first to leave him there.

Five outs for the Phils and no runs, who don’t score after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Miserable start to the game for Crawford defensively, flubbing his first two touches in the game.

Down 2-0, Wigginton walked to start the second. Mayberry popped to second for the first out before Ruiz moved Wigginton up to second with a single. Galvis was next and lined to short with Wigginton doubled off of second to end the frame.

Again the Phillies hit into a double-play and again they fail to score, this time after putting runners on first and second with one out.

Victorino doubled to left with one out in the third and stole third as Polanco struck out swinging. Rollins struck out swinging to leave him there.

Again, I don’t really think you want Victorino hitting behind the pitcher all that much against lefties.

Pence led off the fourth and homered to left, cutting the San Francisco lead to 2-1. The Phils went in order behind him.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to right and Blanton bunted him to second with the first out. Victorino popped to short and Polanco grounded to short to leave Galvis stranded.

Again no run for the Phils, this time after putting a man on second with one out.

Rollins started the sixth with a single to center with the Phils down 4-1. He took second on a wild pitch before Pence was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Wigginton singled to left on ball deflected by Crawford, loading the bases. Mayberry popped to first with the runners holding for the first out. Ruiz was next and flew to left for the second, with Rollins tagging from third and scoring to cut the lead to 4-2. Galvis grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

One run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. Mayberry can’t come through, popping out for the first out. He ends the game hitting .219 for the season with no walks and one double.

Pierre, double-switched into the game in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh and singled into center. Righty Clay Hensley took over for Bumgarner and struck Victorio for the first out. Polanco flew to center for the second before Pierre stole second. Rollins struck out swinging to leave him at second.

Pierre does his job trying to get the rally started, but the Phils go quietly behind him. Three stolen bases on the year with one ugly caught stealing of third that was rather unnecessary. One of the three times he was safe he was really out, but if he’s going to be safe 75% of the time that might be the best we can hope for. I’m guessing he’s not going to be safe 75% of the time before it’s over.

Righty Sergio Romo set down Pence and Wigginton to start the eighth. Thome hit for Kendrick and flew to right for the third out.

Seems a little odd to me that Thome hits there with the Phillies down by two runs and nobody on base. Whether it’s Romo or Casilla, the Giants seem sure to be throwing a righty in the ninth and looking ahead there seems like a big chance to hit for Galvis in the ninth as the tying run if Ruiz can get on base to start the frame.

The righty Casilla got Ruiz and Galvis on ground balls to start the ninth before singled. Victorino hit a ball hard to short, but Crawford made a very nice diving play to get the ball and throw to first to end the game.

Crawford starts the game out with some awful defense and ends it with a great play.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double and left three men on base. That’s just his second extra-base hit of the year. The Phillies could use some more thump out of him, no matter where he hits in the order.

Polanco was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and four men left on base. He’s hitting .179 with one walk for the season, which isn’t what you’re looking for from either your two-hitter or your third baseman.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He has struck out in four of his last eight plate appearances. He has just one extra-base hit, a double, through 48 plate appearances.

Pence was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the year. He’s 5-for-his-last-11 and leads the team with seven RBI for the season.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 4-for-his-last-12 with two walks, a double and a home run. So far this year, the average walk percentage for NL hitters is about 8.5% of plate appearances. The Phillies only have two players at 8.5% of PA or higher — Wigginton (12.0%) and Nix (14.3%). Wigginton’s career walk percentage is 7.3% and Nix’s is 5.7%.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with four men left on base. Pierre is hitting .346 after going 2-for-2 in the game.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Still hitting just .222 since going 4-for-6 in the first two games of the year.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a single to up his average for the year to .229.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) faces righty Matt Cain tonight (1-0, 3.00). Lee allowed a run over six innings in his first start of the year, which came against the Pirates. He had a rough first inning in his other start, allowing three runs in the top of the first to the Mets, but was solid after that as he allowed four runs over seven innings overall. Cain allowed five runs over six innings in his first start, but was brilliant in his other outing on the year. His last time out he faced the Pirates and threw a complete game one-hitter. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11.


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