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Carlos Ruiz came into the season with 13 career home runs, but started last night’s game hitting 287/381/515 with six home runs in 162 plate appearances since the All-Star break. That .896 OPS for the second half was better than the second half OPS put up by a bunch of his teammates, including Utley, Ibanez, Rollins and Victorino. Of the eight regulars for the Phillies, only Howard and Werth have put up a better OPS in the second half.

Ruiz hit 235/335/367 in the first half of the season, but his second-half thunder has him up near the top of the list of the best hitting catchers in the league for the season. Here’s the list of the players in the league for the season who have posted the best OPS while playing the position and gotten at least 250 plate appearances (does not include yesterday’s games):

Player OPS
M Montero .861
B McCann .826
C Ruiz .791
J Baker .784
C Ianetta .781

In the AL there were three players going into yesterday’s games with at least 250 plate appearances for the year as a catcher and an OPS better than Ruiz’s .791. Mauer (1.090), Posada (.905) and Pierzynski (.814).

Here’s how Ruiz’s numbers overall in the second half look compared to the five players in either league who have posted a better OPS for the season while behind the plate (they are ordered by their OPS for the second half of the year):

Second half
Mauer 1.090 240 372 429 596 1.025
Montero 861 199 337 387 576 963
Ruiz 791 162 287 381 515 896
Posada 905 182 276 346 540 886
Pierzynski 814 198 339 378 443 820
McCann 826 211 260 303 490 793

Ruiz is third in that group for OPS since the break. Fourth in batting average, third in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging percentage.

Chan Ho Park hurt his right hamstring in last night’s game. It sounds and looked like we shouldn’t expect to see him again any time soon.

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I’m not holding back on you, I genuinely have no idea what Kyle Kendrick needs to do to get left-handed hitters out. But I know it’s something different. Through four innings and one batter yesterday, lefties had driven in five runs against him on a pair of home runs and an RBI single.

Lefties are hitting 326/394/530 against Kendrick this season and 324/384/539 against him for his career.

Condrey and Seanez followed up Kendrick with weak outings yesterday, but despite a pair of home runs and a double from Burrell the Phils never did manage to overcome Kendrick’s short, miserable start.

Also of note yesterday was that Eaton did not pitch after Kendrick left after just 4 1/3 innings. If he’s not a starter, not a reliever, not a position player and not So Taguchi you have to kind of wonder what his role is at this point. Two would be too many guys to have on a 25-man roster that you never use (while on the subject, Mike Cervenak isn’t really seeing what you’d call regular time, either). Eaton’s last appearance came on July 12.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, falling 9-5 to drop to 53-45 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three home runs and a triple. He struck out two. His ERA is up to 4.87 on the season. It was the first time in his career he had allowed three home runs in a start.

With two outs in the first, Jorge Cantu singled and Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch, moving Cantu to second. Kendrick struck out Dan Uggla to leave both runners stranded.

He started the second up 1-0 and hit Mike Jacobs to start the inning. Cody Ross moved Jacobs to second with a single before lefty John Baker hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to right, making it 3-1. The pitcher Scott Olsen was next and he singled on a ball deflected by Rollins. Hanley Ramirez followed with a ground ball to third and Olsen was forced at second for the first out. Jeremy Hermida grounded to second and Ramirez was forced at second for the second out. Hermida stole second before Cantu singled into left. Hermida tried to score from second, but Burrell threw him out at the plate to end the inning.

Kendrick again gets hurt by the lefty, giving up the three-run homer to Baker.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

Ross led off the fourth with the score tied at 3-3 and hit a fly ball to right that Werth couldn’t track down. Ross wound up on third — it was originally called an error but changed to give Ross a triple. Baker followed and singled into center. Ross scored to make it 4-3, but Baker went for second and was thrown out by Victorino for the first out of the inning. Kendrick got the next two.

Hermida led off the fifth and hit a 2-2 pitch out to right. It put Florida up 5-4 with all five runs having been driven in by Marlins’ lefties. Willingham singled with one out and Uggla came up and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left to make it 7-4. Kendrick walked Jacobs on five pitches and Condrey came in to pitch to the righty Ross. Ross moved Jacobs to third with a double and Condrey walked Baker to load the bases with one out. Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Olsen and hit into a double-play to avoid further damage.

Condrey returned for the sixth. Hermida walked with one out and moved to third on a double by Cantu. Willingham was walked intentionally to load the bases again, but Condrey struck out Uggla and got Jacobs to pop to third to end the inning.

Seanez started the seventh. Baker walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wes Helms flew to center for the second out before Seanez walked Ramirez and Hermida back-to-back to load the bases yet again. Cantu blasted a ball off the wall in left and Baker and Ramirez both scored. 9-4. Willingham grounded to third for the third out.

Madson pitched the eighth. With one out Alfredo Amezaga hit for pitcher Doug Waechter and hit a fly ball to right that went over Jenkins’ head — he either misjudged it or didn’t see it, but it was the second bad defensive play in right for the Phils in the game. Amezaga got a double and Madson got the next two to leave him stranded.

Condrey and Seanez were both bad in the game, although Condrey wasn’t charged with any runs. As a group the pen went 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks. Condrey threw 31 pitches and Seanez 34, so you would think neither would be available today. Madson threw 13.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Scott Olsen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in righty against the lefty and Coste catching.

Rollins led off the first with a walk, but Victorino hit into a double-play and Utley flew to right.

Howard led off the second with a single and moved to third when Burrell followed with a double. Werth hit a ground ball to third and Howard was thrown out at home for the first out with Burrell moving to third. Feliz followed and he hit a ground ball to third. Cantu fielded and was going to throw home, but lost the ball taking it out of his glove. Burrell scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Cantu picked the ball up and threw to first, but his throw was bad for a second error on the play. Feliz wound up at second and Werth at third with one out. Coste hit yet another ground ball to third and Werth was thrown out at home. Kendrick walked to load the bases, but Rollins grounded to third to end the frame.

That’s a lot of grounding to third. Phils put men on second and third with no outs and different men on second and third with one out and score one run in the frame.

Utley doubled to right with one out in the third, but Howard and Burrell went down behind him.

Feliz tripled with one out in the fourth. Coste was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for a double. Feliz scored to cut the Florida lead to 3-2. Kendrick grounded to short with Coste holding second for the second out. Rollins singled into right center and Coste scored to tie the game at 3-3. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit a 1-2 pitch out to left to tie the game at 4-4. Werth singled before Feliz popped to second to set the Phillies down.

1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Burrell led off the eighth and hit a 3-2 pitch out to left. 9-5 Florida. Burrell’s second home run of the day hitting with two strikes. The Phils went in order behind him. Dobbs hit for Seanez and flew to center for the first out.

Jenkins walked to start the ninth with the Phils down 9-5. Rollins struck out for the first out before Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back, loading the bases for Howard. Howard struck out and Burrell grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double.

Howard 1-for-5.

Burrell 3-for-5 with two home runs and a double.

Werth 1-for-3.

Feliz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Coste 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.15) faces righty Josh Johnson (0-0, 5.40) this afternoon. Coming off Tommy John surgery the 24-year-old Johnson has made just one appearance this season. It came on July 10 against the Dodgers and allowed three runs over five innings. Johnson finished fourth in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2006 after going 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.30 ratio for the Fish. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and has a 1.99 ERA in those appearances. Hanley Ramirez (8-for-18 with five doubles) has hit him hard over his career.

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