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The highway is alive tonight, but nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes

Sittin’ down here in the campfire light, searchin’ for the ghost of like six different people, including, surprisingly, Cliff Lee.

The Phillies exploded for 14 Opening Day runs yesterday afternoon, topping the Rangers 14-10. The Phils jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with the help of a second-inning grand slam from Jimmy Rollins, but Texas stormed back with eight runs charged to Lee over his five innings.

The Phillie offense kept pounding away, though, bashing out 17 hits, including six for extra-bases. Rollins, Byrd and Asche all hit home runs in the game. Utley, Asche and Revere all had three hits. John Mayberry came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, two-run double in the fifth.

The Phils hit 13 home runs in their final 26 games in 2013.

The bullpen was actually a little better than you might think for a team that allowed ten runs. Lee obviously wasn’t at his best, allowing eight runs, but Bastardo and Papelbon were very solid at the back of the pen in the game, combining to throw 2 1/3 scoreless frames in which they allowed one base-runner. Diekman was fantastic in the sixth, but came back to start the seventh and allowed both of the hitters he faced to reach base. Rosenberg tried to bail him out, but didn’t have much success, allowing three of the four hitters he faced to reach as Texas scored twice.

The Phillies are 1-0 on the year after beating the Texas Rangers 14-10 yesterday afternoon.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a three-run homer. After striking out 26 in 24 2/3 innings in Spring Training, he struck out just one.

Opponents are hitting .423 against Lee after one start. He didn’t allow 11 or more hits in any of his 31 starts in 2013 and allowed more than nine once (April 25 he allowed ten hits to the Pirates).

Lee set the Rangers down in order in the bottom of the first.

He started the second up 6-0. Adrian Beltre led off with a double to left and held second when Alex Rios reached on an infield single. Mitch Moreland flew to center for the first out before J.P. Arencibia drew a walk that loaded the bases for Leonys Martin. Martin singled to right and everyone moved up a base. 6-1 with the bases still loaded for Josh Wilson. Wilson doubled to left, clearing the bases. 6-4. Shin-Soo Choo grounded to second for the second out with Wilson moving up to third. Elvis Andrus flew to right to leave Wilson stranded.

Four runs in the frame for the Rangers on two doubles, two singles and a walk. All to righties except the single by the lefty Martin. Righty Josh Wilson delivers the big hit of the frame, a two-run double. The righty Beltre doubles off of Lee to get things started. Lee was ahead of Arencibia 0-2 but couldn’t put him away as Arencibia worked a seven-pitch walk ahead of the Martin single.

Prince Fielder and Beltre singled back-to-back to start the third, putting men on first and second for Rios. Rios hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting Texas up 7-6. Lee got the next three hitters in order with the help of a nice diving play by Revere in center on a ball hit by Arencibia for the second out.

The righty Rios delivers the second three-run swing in two innings for the Rangers.

It was 7-7 when Lee started the fourth. He allowed singles to Wilson and Andrus in the frame, but kept the Rangers off the board, getting Beltre on a ground ball to third to end the inning with two men on.

He started the fifth up 9-7. Arencibia doubled with two outs and scored when Martin followed with a single to center. 9-8. Wilson flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies led 13-8 when Diekman threw a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out Choo and Fielder.

The lefty Diekman impresses against the big Texas lefties, striking out Choo (left) looking and Fielder (left) swinging. Nice time for Sandberg to use Diekman and like the Mayberry move it worked out well for him.

Diekman came back for the seventh and things didn’t go as well. He faced Beltre and Rios, both righties, and they both reached on a Beltre walk and a Rios single. It left men on first and second with nobody out and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the right-handed pinch-hitter Michael Choice. Choice singled to center, loading the bases for Arencibia. Rosenberg got Arencibia to ground into a double-play, scoring Beltre from third (13-9) and leaving Rios at third with two down for Martin. Rosenberg walked Martin and the left-handed Jim Adduci hit for the righty Wilson. Adduci singled to left, scoring Rios (13-10) and moving Martin up to second. Bastardo took over to pitch to the lefty Choo and walked him, putting two men on for Andrus. Andrus grounded to Utley to end the inning.

After a fantastic sixth, Diekman faces two hitters in the frame and both reach base.

Rosenberg faces four hitters in the game, allowing two singles and a walk and getting the other, Arencibia, to ground into a double-play.

Bastardo faces two hitters in the frame, walking the lefty he was called on to get out before retiring the righty Andrus on a ground ball.

Bastrado set Fielder, Beltre and Rios down in order in the eighth with the Phils up 14-10.

Impressive frame for Bastardo against some good hitters. He gets four outs in the game. He got more than three outs in just five of his 48 appearances in 2013.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a four-run lead in the ninth.

Diekman and Bastardo both appear in two innings in the game. Diekman threw 23 pitches and didn’t have success coming back for the second frame. Bastardo threw 24 pitches and was great coming back for a second inning. Rosenberg wasn’t charged with a run in the game, but didn’t pitch well, throwing 12 pitches. Twelve pitches for Paplebon in his 1-2-3 frame.

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Three is too many to walk in four innings. Four is too many innings for the pen to pitch regularly. Diekman tries to go more than one inning after a great sixth and it doesn’t work. Rosenberg comes into the game with a 5.44 career ERA and struggles. Bastardo and Papelbon both pitch really well. You probably don’t want to see Papelbon pitching with a four-run lead too often, even with Thursday’s scheduled off-day. Ditto Bastardo going more than one inning.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tanner Scheppers went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Carlos Ruiz (8) Cody Asche (9) Tony Gwynn, Jr. Brown at DH with Gwynn in left. The righty Byrd breaks up lefties Utley, Howard and Brown. Revere leads off with Rollins hitting second. Rollins last led off for the Phils on August 22, 2013. He hit somewhere other than leadoff for his last 140 PA in ’13. Revere was hitting leadoff for 192 of his 332 plate appearances in 2013, about 57.8%. He was in the leadoff spot on July 7, 2013, when he injured his ankle to end his season and had been for seven straight games. He entered the game with a career .313 on-base percentage while hitting first in the order over 773 plate appearances.

Brown at DH on Opening Day sure isn’t a sign the Phillies have a lot of confidence he has achieved his goal of being the best defensive outfielder in the game yet. Ryan Howard played defense for the Phils in the game — playing Howard defensively in a DH game is a poor idea.

Do you remember that the Phillies started John Mayberry and Erik Kratz on Opening Day in 2013? They did. Michael Young, too.

Revere, Rollins and Utley went in order in the top of the first.

The Phillies scored six times in the top of the second. Howard and Ruiz both drew walks while Brown and Byrd when down on a line out and a ground out. It left the Phils with two down and runners on first and second for Asche. Asche doubled to left on a 1-0 pitch, putting the Phils up 1-0 with men on second and third. Gwynn walked to load the bases for Revere. Revere singled into center with everyone moving up a base. 2-0 with the bases still loaded for Rollins. Rollins hit a 1-0 pitch out to right for a grand slam. 6-0. Utley grounded to second to end the frame.

Three walks in the frame. Howard, Ruiz and Gwynn. Rollins delivers the big blow on Opening Day after a ridiculous Spring Training in which he hit .173. Howard manages to score from second on a two-out double.

The lead was cut to 6-4 when the Phillies hit in the third. Howard and Bryd started the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up to second and third with Brown at the plate. Brown popped out to Beltre at third for the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a ground ball to short with Andrus coming home to get Howard for the second out. Asche grounded back to Scheppers to turn the Phils away.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Brown pops out for the first out and Howard is thrown out at the plate on the ground out.

The Phillies trailed 7-6 when they hit in the fourth. Revere singled to left with one out and stole second before Rollins went down looking for the second out. Utley was next and singled to right on a ball deflected by Wilson at second, scoring Revere. 7-7. Howard moved Utley up to third with another single before Byrd popped to first to set the Phillies down.

Ruiz singled off of lefty Pedro Figueroa with one out in the fifth. Asche followed with a walk and Mayberry hit for the lefty Gwynn, lining a two-run double to center that put the Phils up 9-7. Revere and Rollins both flew out to leave Mayberry at second.

The lefty Asche draws a walk off of the lefty Figueroa. Great to see Mayberry hitting against lefties and he delivers the two-run double.

The lead was cut to 9-8 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Utley and Howard went down to start the frame before Byrd hit the first pitch he saw from Figueroa out to left, putting the Phils up 10-8. Brown followed and singled into center. He stole second before righty Alexi Ogando took over for Figueroa and walked Ruiz, putting men on first and second for Asche. Asche singled on a ball deflected by Ogando, allowing Brown to score (11-8) and moving Ruiz up to second. Mayberry followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Revere and Revere singled to center, scoring Ruiz and Asche (13-8) and leaving runners on the corners. Rolilns grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry gets on base again, this time walking against the rigthy Ogando. Byrd’s first homer with the Phils. Revere delivers a two-run single on a three-hit day.

Utley singled off of Ogando to start the seventh, but Howard, Byrd and Brown all struck out behind him.

It was 13-10 when the Phils hit in the top of the eighth. With one out, Asche homered to right off of righty Scott Tolleson. 14-10. Mayberry and Revere went down behind him.

Monster day for Asche as he goes 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Utley doubled to left off of righty Seth Rosin with one out in the ninth, but Howard and Byrd went down to leave him stranded.

Rangers giving a ton of room off the third base line to lefties and Asche and Utley both deliver doubles to left in the game.

Revere 3-for-6 with three singles, a stolen base and three RBI. Made a very nice diving catch in center to take a double away from Arencibia in the third.

Rollins 1-for-6 with a grand slam.

Utley 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI.

Howard 2-for-5 with a walk and two singles. Struck out three times. If he’s going to on-base .500, he can strike out as much as he wants. He’s not going to.

Byrd 2-for-6 with a home run. Left five men on base.

Brown 1-for-5 with a single and a stolen base.

Ruiz 1-for-3 and walked twice.

Asche 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and a walk. Two RBI. I’d watch what he does against left-handed pitching pretty closely in the early going — so far he’s 0-for-0 with a walk. He went 7-for-32 with a .265 on-base percentage against lefties last year.

Gwynn 0-for-1 with a walk. Hoping for the best, but he’s not really a guy you should be thrilled starting in left field for you on Opening Day. Came into the game having on-based .297 over his last 956 plate appearances.

Mayberry didn’t start, but had a big day. 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. Sandberg picked a fantastic time to use him as a pinch-hitter, whether it worked or not. It worked.

A..J Burnett makes his first start as a Phillie tonight against lefty Martin Perez. Burnett has had two good years in a row and comes into the outing with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.23 ratio over his last 61 starts. The 22-year-old Perez made 20 starts for the Rangers in 2013, throwing to a 3.62 ERA and a 1.34 ratio. Lefties actually fared a little better than righties against the lefty Perez in 2013, posting a 282/349/410 line compared to 262/312/406 for righties.


But Kendrick wanted to feel good and he accomplished that — I think we can all agree that’s what’s most important here

The Phils were scheduled to play two split squad games yesterday afternoon — the game with the Tigers was rained out and they faced Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in the other. They took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning in that game, but lost 4-3. Horst was charged with a run in the seventh and Aumont with two in the eighth.

Tanaka pitched well for New York, holding the Phils to a run on two hits over three innings. Freddy Galvis hit a solo homer off of him in the third.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils and went three innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out two. He set New York down in order in the first and got the first two in the second before allowing a single to Kelly Johnson that was followed by a Brian Roberts walk. Mason Williams grounded to Ultey to end the frame. Ramon Flores homered off of him to start the top of the third and he allowed a one-out single to Derek Jeter two batters later, but retired the next two hitters to keep the Yankees from getting any more.

Kendrick had allowed two runs in three innings in his first spring start. After two outings he’s allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over five innings (7.20 ERA and a 1.80 ratio).

He had a 5.95 ERA and a 1.56 ratio over his last 18 starts to end 2013. Opponents hit .316 against him over those 101 1/3 innings. Started 2013 by throwing to a 3.12 ERA and a 1.19 ratio over his first 12 outings. Opponents on-based .292 against him in those outings.

So his first 12 starts were better than his last 18. Kendrick also came up with a memorable quote in talking about the home run he allowed to the 21-year-old Flores (Flores hit .260 at Double-A in 2013 with six home runs in 620 plate appearances): “It was the same pitch I froze [Brian] McCann on. With an A-ball kid, you can’t do that. But today I was just more aggressive. I was letting it go. I wanted to feel good, and I accomplished that.”

Really? Misquoted, maybe? Out of context, maybe, like he was remembering back to a church league softball game from his teen years or something? Can you give it to us in the language that it was originally spoken in so we can do our own due diligence to remove any chance of translation error? Something? Please?

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the fourth. He allowed a single and a stolen base, but kept his spring ERA at 0.00 with a scoreless frame. After striking out two in his inning, he has now allowed a hit over two scoreless innings while striking out two.

Mario Hollands allowed a two-out double to Jerer in the top of the fifth, but retired Mark Teixeira on a popup handled by the shortstop Galvis to end the frame. Hollands came back for the sixth and struck out Alfonso Soriano is a 1-2-3 inning.

Hollands had allowed one walk in two scoreless frames coming into the game. After three appearances, he’s thrown four scoreless innings in which he’s allowed one hit and one walk (0.00 ERA with an 0.50 ratio and three strikeouts in four frames). The 25-year-old lefty made 27 appearances (20 starts) between Clearwater and Reading in 2013, throwing to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.23 ratio. He’s pitched very well so far.

Jeremy Horst started the seventh, making his second official appearance having allowed two runs in an inning his first time out. Didn’t go especially well for him in this outing either as he faced seven hitters in the frame, allowing a run on a double, a single and two walks. He’s allowed four hits and four walks over two innings — 13.50 ERA and a 4.00 ratio. He’s going to have trouble maintaining an ERA under 14 if his ratio stays at or near 4.00 for too long.

Phillippe Aumont started the eighth, having pitched well his last time out after a rocky outing his first appearance. Three of the first four men he faced reached on a single, a double and a walk, which left men on the corners with one down and a run in. Flores flew to right for the second out, deep enough for the runner to score from third and put New York up 4-3. Aumont got Adonis Garcia to line to short to end the frame.

Four appearances for Aumont, two good and two bad. The overall numbers aren’t good. In four innings he’s allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks. That’s a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 ratio. Opponents have hit just .214 against him, but he’s walked three in four innings coming off of a 2013 in which he walked 51 in 55 innings between the majors and minors.

The Phillies scored three runs in game, all of which came on solo home runs. Galvis homered off of the righty Tanaka. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry hit back-to-back homers off of righty Bruce Billings in the fifth.

Domonic Brown was the batter in front of Ruiz’s homer. He reached on a walk, but was caught stealing before Ruiz homered. There’s a thing you want to avoid if you can. You get more points that way.

Mayberry was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, which was his second. 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and an unlikely 455/455/1091 line. He started in center in the game. If the Phillies don’t know that they can’t play Mayberry in center field, they should. It obviously doesn’t matter in spring training games. It matters a lot in game you’re trying to win.

Galvis 1-for-3 with his first homer. 3-for-17 (.176) with a homer so far.

Ruiz 1-for-2 with his first home run. 3-for-10 with two walks, a home run and a 1.062 OPS. You know what’s good for your OPS? Having ten at-bats with one of them a home run.

Byrd had the other extra-base hit in the game for the Phils. He was 1-for-3 with a double to drop his average to .375. 6-for-16 with a double and a homer, still looking for his first walk.

Brown 0-for-1 with a walk and a caught stealing. 2-for-17 (.118) with five strikeouts.

Andres Blanco was 0-for-1 and made the game’s only error. He’s 0-for-8.

Frandsen 0-for-4. Asche 0-for-2. Utley 0-for-2. Utley is 2-for-14 with two singles (.143) and no walks. Asche 0-for-12. Frandsen 3-for-15 with three singles (.200).

Gwynn was 0-for-1 in the game and is 2-for-10 overall with a double.

Maikel Franco was 0-for-1. Really rooting for Franco, but it seems like there’s more excitement about his fantastic spring training than circumstances warrant given his miserable defense and 3-for-15 at the plate (200/294/200) so far.

The Phillies play Baltimore this afternoon with AJ Burnett expected to pitch.


Take two

Wasn’t a lot better than the first one.

The Phils fell to Toronto for the second straight day this afternoon, losing 7-5.

Cliff Lee started the game, coming off of a 2013 campaign in which he was the best Phillie by a wide margin. He went two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three.

He allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to righties Jose Bautista and Moises Sierra in the first and struck out two in a 1-2-3 second.

Brad Lincoln started the third and should have set Toronto down in order. Didn’t happen. With two outs and nobody on, Sierra hit a ball that Asche fielded at third. Asche threw to first, but Maikel Franco didn’t handle the throw at first and was charged with his second error in two days. Bautista followed that with an RBI-double before Lincoln got Edwin Encarnacion looking to leave Bautista at second.

Franco charged with a fielding error at first after making a throwing error fielding Chris Getz‘s bunt at third yesterday. He appeared at first eight times in 2013 at Double-A after not appearing there at all in any previous years.

Diekman pitched the fourth and faced seven batters, allowing two runs on four hits, all singles.

Not a good start for Diekman, but I’d guess he has a good shot to start the year with the team despite his 5.70 ERA in 30 innings at Triple-A last year. He fared much better while with the Phils, throwing to a 2.58 ERA with a less impressive 1.30 ratio.

Ethan Martin pitched the fifth and it wasn’t good. He faced four batters and all four reached on walk, single, double, double. Michael Stutes took over for him and faced four batters, three of which he retired and one of which reached on a throwing error by the catcher Nieves.

Awful for Martin, who left the game with discomfort in his right shoulder, but a nice showing for Stutes in his first appearance.

Mario Hollands pitched the sixth for the Phils and set Toronto down in order. The 25-year-old lefty made 27 appearances (20 starts) between Clearwater and Reading in 2013, throwing to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.23 ratio.

Rosenberg followed Hollands. He set Toronto down in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Great day for Rosenberg. Threw to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.09 ratio in his first 16 appearances before allowing six runs in five innings his last six times out for the Phils last year. May be older than you think — he turned 28 in September.

The Phillies scored five runs in the game. Ruf hit a two-run homer off of righty Esmil Rogers and Mayberry hit a solo shot off of lefty Aaron Loup. Revere scored on a passed ball in the first and Franco scored in the eighth on a play that featured a throwing error by Toronto first baseman Andy LaRoche on a might-have-been double-play.

Ruf was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer after drawing a walk in his only appearance yesterday. Was good (269/363/500) against righties last year and homered off of one today.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a solo homer in his first action. Didn’t appear in center field even once today, which should be lauded.

Revere was 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-6 in the early going.

Abreu 0-for-2 with two more walks. 0-for-3 with four walks.

Franco, Nieves, Frandsen, Asche all went 0-for-3. Franco drew a walk. Galvis 0-for-4.

Franco made an error on a non-catch and Nieves a throwing error.

This from Ryne Sandberg on Ryan Howard: “You want to see if he can make [lefties] throw the ball over the plate. Be patient, be relaxed in those situations. Get a good ball to hit. Make the pitcher come to him. If it means being patient and taking walks, that’s for the betterment of the team. Spit on it, take the walk and be a baserunner. Will that result in some walks? Seventy-five to 100, 120? Probably.” I offer two related predictions: 1) Ryan Howard will walk less than 120 times in 2014 2) if Ryan Howard walks 120 times in 2014 the Phillies will win the World Series. Howard has averaged 24 walks a season over the past two years, walking 48 times in 609 plate appearances. He walked more than 100 times in a season twice — 108 in 2006 and 107 in 2007. Walking a hundred times in a season is hard. Across both leagues, three players did it in 2013. Joey Votto (135), Shin-Soo Choo (112) and Mike Trout (110).

I really don’t see a lot of reason for left-handed pitchers to walk Ryan Howard, either. Howard hit 173/218/321 against lefties in 2013 after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012. He’s walked eight times against left-handed pitching over the past two seasons (193 PA).

Tigers tomorrow with Kendrick expected to pitch.


Phillie braintrust back to square one after Open Mic Night at the yard proves to be a bust

I’m not going to say that that was the worst lineup in Phillie history. That would just be overly dramatic. It might not even be true, either. I’m just saying that if your reaction to looking at the lineup is disappointment they didn’t figure out a way to get Pete Orr a start in the outfield against a lefty, it’s possible your organization is more than one tweak away.

The Phillies fielded a, um, memorable lineup last night against the Nats that featured Cesar Hernandez leading off, Freddy Galvis hitting second and Frandsen in the three-hole as Utley and Rollins both sat against a lefty. Michael Martinez played center.

As it turned out, the Phils wound up losing the game more because they allowed nine runs than because they scored six.

Keeping with the theme of restraint, I’ll go with saying it was not a crisply played game. The Nats won despite making three errors, throwing four wild pitches, being called for a balk and having their left fielder start to run off the field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The teams combined to score six unearned runs in the game.

Ethan Martin made another miserable start, but this time without the strikeouts that raise hopes he might one day prove to be a formidable reliever. In the fifth inning, Martin and De Fratus combined to walk four of the eight batters they faced, with three of the four walks coming on four pitches and two coming with the bases loaded.

The Phillies used six different pitchers in the game and zero of them pitched well. They combined to allow 11 hits and nine walks in nine innings.

Cody Asche was just about the only Phillie to have a nice day. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI.

The Phillies are 63-76 on the year after losing 9-6 to the Washington Nationals last night. They have lost three of their last four.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer. He struck out two.

Martin has a 6.90 ERA in seven starts for the year. Over his last three starts he’s walked 11 in 9 1/3 innings while pitching to a 10.61 ERA. Righties have hit six home runs against him in 77 plate appearances for the season — they’ve hit just .234, but with a .531 slugging percentage.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first, but hit Jayson Werth to start the second and walked Adam LaRoche with one out. It put men on first and second for Wilson Ramos and Ramos hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right-center, putting the Nats up 3-0. Martin got the next two to end the frame.

Martin kept Washington off the board in each of the next two frames. He allowed a leadoff single to Denard Span in the third, but got the next three. In the fourth he allowed a one-out double to LaRoche and walked the eight-hitter Anthony Rendon to pitch to the pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He got Gonzalez on a ground ball to short to leave runners at first and second.

The lead had been cut to 3-2 when he started the fifth. Span led off with a double and moved up to third when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out for the first out. Bryce Harper was next and Martin walked him on four pitches. Werth went down on a foul popup handled by Frandsen at first for the second out before Harper stole second. Ian Desmond was the next hitter and he walked to load the bases. LaRoche followed and walked on four pitches, forcing Span home to make it 4-2.. De Fratus came in to pitch to Ramos and walked him on four pitches. Span scored to extend the lead to 5-2 with two down and the bases still loaded. De Fratus got Rendon swinging to leave them loaded.

The Nats send eight batters to the plate in the frame. Four of them walk, three on four pitches, and one hits a double, getting Washigton two runs. Martin walks three of the six men he faces in the frame, including Harper and LaRoche on four pitches. De Fratus faces two and walks one of them on four pitches.

De Fratus faces two batters in the frame, walking Ramos before striking Rendon out with the bases loaded for the third out. He’s walked 21 in 38 1/3 innings for the year and righties are on-basing .393 against him. He was pitching for the second day in a row.

Lefty Mauricio Robles made his debut in the sixth and allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a balk and two singles. Both of the runs were unearned due to a throwing error charged to Asche with one out. Werth and Desmond singled back-to-back with two outs to drive in the two runs. Werth’s single was blooped into center, just out of reach of Galvis. Desmond followed Werth with a line drive to right that plated the second run and made it 7-2.

Robles threw to a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, allowing just 35 hits while walking 44. 44? Yes, 44. Allows two unearned runs on two singles and a balk in an inning in his debut.

Luis Garcia started the seventh with the lead cut to 7-5. He walked Ramos to start the frame, but got a double-play behind Ramos before lefty Corey Brown crushed a long home run to right. 8-5. Garcia got Span to pop to Galvis for the third out.

Garcia was back for the eighth. He retired the first two hitters before the Nats loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Werth and Desmond and a walk to LaRoche. Garcia got righty Jhonathan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave them loaded.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows one run on three hits and two walks. He has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. He’s walked at least one in each of his last eight appearances, allowing 12 walks in 11 innings in those outings. Righties are on-basing .403 against him for the season.

Savery started the ninth with the Phillies behind 8-6. He allowed a two-out single to Span and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman moved Span up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Harper. Harper struck out on a pitch that went to the backstop — he was safe at first, Span scored (9-6) and Zimmerman moved up to third. Werth grounded to third for the third out.

Savery faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a single to the lefty Span. He was making his first appearance with the Phils since July. He’s faced 59 batters on the year — opponents are hitting just .198 against him, but he’s walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

Rosenberg faces three hitters, allowing a single, getting one out and striking out Harper with an unhandled pitched that allowed Harper to take first. He was pitching for the second day in a row. He was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s made 11 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .179 against the righty.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as the Nats scored two unearned runs in the sixth thanks to Asche’s error. De Fratus and Rosenberg have both thrown two days in a row — De Fratus threw seven pitches and Rosenberg 18. Robles threw 30 pitches in the game and Garcia 31.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Hernandez (2) Galvis (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Hernandez at second, Galvis at short and Martinez in center. That lineup from planet wackadoo is brought to you by the fact that the Phillies can’t hit left-handed pitching. They specifically need Ruf and Mayberry to get going against lefties. Didn’t happen last night as the duo combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk in the game.

Frandsen and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ruf flew to center for the third out.

Asche singled to right to start the second with the Phils down 3-0. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher and Martinez grounded into a double-play.

They went in order in the third. Frandsen led off the fourth with a single and moved up to second when Ruiz reached on an error by Zimmerman at third. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche followed with a single into center that scored both runners, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2. Mayberry and Martinez both struck out to leave Asche at first.

Ruf strikes out against the lefty after the wild pitch puts runners on second and third with nobody out. Asche picks him up with the two-run single.

The Phils were down 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Orr hit for De Fratus and singled to start the frame, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

They were down 7-2 when they hit in the sixth. Ruf walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch before Asche flew to center for the second out. Mayberry followed and reached on a throwing error by Desmond at short, which allowed Ruf to score. 7-3 with one down and Mayberry on second for Martinez. Martinez singled into left. Mayberry slid in safe to the plate, arriving at the same time as Harper’s throw. The ball wasn’t handled by Ramos for an error that allowed Martinez to move all the way to third with the lead cut to 7-4. Kratz hit for Robles and righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to him. Utley hit for Kratz and singled to left, scoring Martinez. 7-5. Utley took second on Mattheus’s first wild pitch and third on his second. Hernandez grounded to second to leave Utley at third.

Nats combine for a walk, two errors and three wild pitches in the frame.

It was 8-5 when righty Drew Storen set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Asche homered to right off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Mayberry and Martinez went down behind him.

Harper lost track of the outs in the frame and starting running in after Mayberry flew to left for the second out. Oops.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit against righty Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Hernandez singled to center with one out and Galvis walked behind him. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the game.

Hernandez was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-8 with a walk so far in the series.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a walk. 215/260/360 line in 369 career plate appearances in the majors and 246/290/325 career line in 2,445 career plate appearances in the minors. On-based .274 in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-12 with a walk since hitting two home runs against the Cubs.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 389/441/667 over his last 59 plate appearances.

Ruf was 0-for-3 with a walk. Continues to not hit left-handed pitching, although he did walk off of Gonzalez in the sixth. 7-for-47 (.149) against lefties for the year with three home runs. 158/250/342 overall in his last 44 plate appearances.

Asche 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 312/361/532 over his last 83 plate appearances since going 1-for-his-first-17. Made a throwing error in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. FanGraphs calculates hie UZR/150 at third of -13.7 for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The Phillies really need him to hit left-handed pitching. Didn’t happen last night. 3-for-his-last-36 overall (.083). Hitting just 235/301/447 against lefties for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out twice. 6-for-34 (.176) on the year. 187/235/263 in 390 career plate appearances. Turns 31 later this month.

Halladay (3-4, 7.94) faces righty Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33) tonight. Halladay has allowed seven runs in 11 innings over two starts since his return to the team. Zimmerman has a 5.48 ERA over his last eight starts, but has been good in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs over 15 innings.


My favorite Martin

There’s not a whole lot to like about the present or the future for the Phillies, but 24-year-old Ethan Martin sure looked good last night. Martin threw six shutout innings against the Rockies before surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh and the Phils held on for a 5-4 win.

Mayberry delivered the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Ruiz added a solo shot in the fifth.

The Phillies are 55-69 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils have won two straight, but are 6-21 since beating the Mets 13-8 on July 19 to go a game over .500. They have scored 80 runs in those 27 games, which is about 2.96 per game. Coming into last night’s game they had scored 12 runs in their last seven games (about 1.71 per game).

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six.

Really nice outing for Martin. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves in his debut. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 3.31 ERA and a 1.22 ratio while striking out 16 in 16 1/3 innings.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but got Michael Cuddyer on a ground ball he handled himself to end the frame.

He struck out the side in the second.

Martin struck out Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson to start the game. He had five strikeouts through two innings.

He got three ground balls in the third as he set Colorado down in order.

Cuddyer singled to left with two outs in the fourth, but Martin retired Wilin Rosario on a fly ball to right to set the Rockies down.

He started the fifth up 4-0 and set Colorado down in order.

Up 5-0, he threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Wells made a nice sliding catch in right for the third out on a ball off the bat of Dickerson.

Tulo hit Martin’s first pitch of the seventh out to left, cutting the lead to 5-1. Cuddyer was next and walked on four pitches. Rosario flew to left for the first out before Cuddyer stole second, bringing Todd Helton to the plate with one out and a man on second. Helton hit a ball into the gap in left-center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. 5-2. Nolan Arenado was next and walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt, putting men on first and second with one down for righty DJ LeMahieu. De Fratus took over for Martin and got LeMahieu on a fly ball to right for the second out. Lefty Charlie Blackmon hit for the pitcher Jeff Francis and De Fratus struck him out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Martin falls apart a little in the seventh after starting the game with six shutout frames. Tulowitzki leads off by hitting his first pitch out to left and he walks Cuddyer on four pitches behind him. Home run, walk, out, double, walk to the five men he faces in the frame.

Martin had only thrown 72 pitches for the game when he started the seventh.

De Fratus faces two batters in the inning and gets two big outs. He has an 0.73 ERA and a 1.14 ratio in 12 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties, they’re hitting 143/286/314 against him, but hit hard by righties. 309/387/426.

Luis Garcia started the eighth. Fowler led off with a five-pitch walk and moved up to third when Dickerson followed with a single to right. It brought Tulowitzki to the plate as the tying run and Garcia walked him on four pitches, loading the bases for Cuddyer. Cuddyer struck out swinging for the first out, but Rosario was next and he lined a single into center. Fowler and Dickerson both scored and Tulo moved up to second. 5-4 with one out and men on first and second for the lefty Helton. Diekman struck Helton out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Arenado was next and stepped out of the box as Diekman prepared his 1-2 delivery — Diekman was already in his windup when the batter stepped out and didn’t deliver the pitch. Time out hadn’t been given and Diekman was charged with a balk, moving the runners up to second and third. Arenado went down swinging at a 99-mile-per-hour fastball from Diekman.

You don’t want to walk the leadoff man if you can help it. Garcia gets a huge strikeout of Cuddyer with the bases loaded for the first out, but gives up the two-run single to the next hitter Rosario.

Garcia faced five hitters in the game, allowing two walks and two singles and striking the other out. He’s walked 16 in 16 innings over 16 appearances for the year. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him, but on-basing .397. He’s allowed five earned runs over 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances, pushing his ERA from 3.07 to 5.63.

Diekman gets called for the weird balk, but faces two hitters and gets two huge strikeouts. The strikeout of Arenado came against a righty with a one-run lead and two men on base. Worked out great for the Phillies, but I think you might want to have a righty against Arenado there, even if it’s Papelbon. Especially given the the pitcher’s spot wasn’t due to hit in the eighth for the Phils and the Rockies were going to go 8-9-1 in the ninth if you can get Arenado out.

Opponents have hit just .147 against Diekman in 10 1/3 innings over his last 11 appearances, but he’s walked seven. Righties are hitting 362/439/500 against him for the year, which is one reason why you don’t want Arenado facing him with two men on base and two outs in the top of the eighth. He’s allowed just two home runs in 51 2/3 innings for his career, which is the way to go if he wants to have a chance given his 32 walks in those 51 2/3 frames.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up a run. LeMahieu led off and singled softly to center. Righty Charlie Culberson hit for the pitcher Rex Brothers. With the count 1-2 on Culberson, LeMahieu was picked off of first with Ruf throwing to Rollins and Rollins running down LeMahieu in-between first and second for the first out. Culberson grounded to third for the second out. Papelbon struck Fowler out looking to end the game.

Really a great time to pick LeMahieu off of first for Papelbon, what with being the tying run and whatnot.

Three batters in the frame for Papelbon. Single, pickoff and two outs. The single was softly hit. Papelbon was pitching for the second straight day and has allowed two hits in three scoreless innings his last three times out.

Overall the pen 2 2/3 innings in relief of Martin, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Garcia struggled, but De Fratus, Diekman and Papelbon all pitched well. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 12 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jeff Manship went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Wells. Mayberry in center with Wells in right. Mayberry can’t play center field. Just stop it. -30.3 UZR/150 in center for the year and -18.8 for his career as calculated by FanGraphs coming into the game. Mayberry has a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.4 for the season coming into the game. Casper Wells is a good defensive outfielder and has been non-terrible in about 211 career innings in center. The Phillies are a really bad team right now, but we don’t need more data on Mayberry in center. I would have trouble defending the decision to play Wells in right and Mayberry in center when they’re both in the lineup. For the bazillionth time, I think Mayberry could help a good team as a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties. Ruiz hits second after going 4-for-4 on Sunday. Second time he’s hit second this year with August 8 being the other. He comes into the game on-basing .270 against right-handed pitching for the season. Michael Young out of the lineup after being removed from Saturday’s game with a sore left ankle.

Ruiz doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.

Asche singled to center with one out in the second, but Mayberry and Wells both grounded out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Utley and Brown singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting men on first and second for Ruf. Ruf walked on five pitches to load the bases for Asche. Asche swung at Manship’s first pitch and grounded to second. Ruf was forced at second for the first out, but everyone else moved up a base. 1-0 with one down and men on the corners for Mayberry. Mayberry pounded a 2-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-0. Wells and Martin went down behind him.

Mayberry delivers the big swing of the game. Asche swings at the first pitch after Ruf walks on five pitches.

Ruiz hit a 2-0 pitch out to left with one out in the fifth for his third home run of the year. 5-0. Utley and Brown both flew out behind him.

Ruf singled off of lefty Jeff Francis to start the sixth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Righty Wilton Lopez set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and popped to third for the first out.

Lefty Rex Brothers struck out Brown and Ruf as the Phils went in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game to drop his average on the year to .246. He’s having the worst year of his career, both offensively and defensively. 1-for-his-last-19.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, upping his line against righties for the season to 245/275/314. He’s upped his average for the season from .250 to .270 by going 6-for-his-last-8 with a double and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-15.

Brown 1-for-4. 326/392/543 in August after hitting 186/222/326 in his last 45 PA in July.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-6 with two walks. 6-for-his-last-33 (.182) with three home runs. 304/413/576 against righties and 5-for-30 (.167) with two home runs against lefties.

Asche 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-17 with a walk and a double.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. 4-for-his-last-32 (.125) with a double and a home run. Huge homer off the righty last night, but hitting just 237/293/396 against righties for the year. Mayberry and Ruiz do the damage for the offense in the game, each delivering big swings against a righty in a year in which they’ve struggled against right-handed pitching. Mayberry is hitting just 233/299/384 against righties for his career.

Wells 0-for-3 and made nice catch in right to end the sixth. 1-for-16 with a double since joining the Phils. You know your team is really bad when you see they’ve picked up Casper Wells and you think it’s a really good move that will help the squad. Again, the problem isn’t that he doesn’t belong on the roster, it’s that he shouldn’t be starting. See also John Mayberry.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.41) faces lefty Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) tonight. Cloyd has allowed three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts, throwing to a 1.45 ERA with the same 1.45 ratio. He’s allowed nine walks in those 18 2/3 innings — allowing walks at that rate isn’t going to add up to a 1.45 ERA for very long. In six starts on the year, Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs just once. The one he did allow more than two was awful — he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on May 27. He allowed two home runs in that game. Over his other five starts he hasn’t allowed a home run in 32 innings. De La Rosa has allowed one home run in 27 innings over his last five times out. Righties have had a lot more luck against him on the season than lefties, posting a 282/344/400 line against him while lefties have hit 213/286/255.


Really?

Yup.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games as the Padres beat them 4-3 in ten innings.

Lee got the start and pitched very well for eight innings. The Phils led 3-0 as they hit in the top of the ninth. With two outs and Mayberry on second, Lee was due to hit, having thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate. He hit for himself and struck out to end that frame, then started the ninth and allowed back-to-back hits to the only two men he faced. Papelbon took over to try and get the Phils a win, but the Padres tied things up on a two-run single by Kyle Blanks that was followed by a big passed ball by Ruiz with two outs and a man on third.

The Phils couldn’t score in the top of the tenth despite a two-base error that left Rollins on third with one out. Justin De Fratus was miserable in the bottom of the tenth, allowing four of the five men he faced to reach base as the Padres plated a run to win 4-3.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Diego Padres in ten innings last night. They have lost four of their last five.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last ten outings, throwing to a 2.00 and a 0.86 ratio in 76 2/3 innings in those appearances. 76 2/3 innings over his last ten starts means he’s averaged about 7.7 innings per start his last ten times out.

He set the Padres down in order in the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when he set them down in order again in the second.

Yasmani Grandal walked on five pitches to start the third, but Lee got Pedro Ciriaco to ground into a double-play behind Grandal. The pitcher Eric Stults grounded to Utley to set San Diego down.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the fourth, but Lee struck Chase Headley out on three pitches to leave him at first.

Kyle Blanks singled softly to right to start the fifth with the Phils up 2-0, but Lee got Jesus Guzman to ground into a double-play behind him to clear the bases with two down. Grandal followed with a double to center, but was left at second when Lee struck Ciriaco out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Second time in three innings that Lee got a double-play after allowing the leadoff man to reach base.

Stults doubled softly to center to start the sixth. Lee struck Logan Forsythe out swinging for the first out before Chris Denorfia moved Lee up to third with a ground out to second. Quentin went down looking 0-2 to leave Stults stranded.

Lee gets two big strikeouts in the frame to keep the Padres off the board after the leadoff double.

Headley and Blanks singled back-to-back to start the seven, putting men on the corners with nobody out for Guzman. Guzman hit an 0-1 pitch softly into left. Brown charged and made a terrific diving catch coming forward for the first out with the runners holding. Lee struck Grandal out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Ciriaco lined to first to leave the runners on the corners.

Fourth time in five innings that the leadoff man gets aboard for the Padres and the fourth time they don’t score. That one took some magic with Brown violating the never dive rule to make a very nice catch. Guzman and Grandal both get to hit with a man on third and less than two outs and Lee sets both of them down.

It was 3-0 when Lee set the Padres down in order in the eighth.

He started the ninth having thrown 109 pitches. Quentin singled to left on his first pitch of the ninth. Headley was next and doubled to left 0-1, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Papelbon took over for Lee to pitch to Blanks and Blanks singled into center, scoring both runners. 3-2. Papelbon hit Guzman, putting runners on first and second with nobody out, before getting Grandal to ground into a double-play. It left Blanks at third with two outs for the righty Ciriaco and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for Ciriaco. Kotsay got ahead in the count and swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch. Ruiz didn’t catch the ball, which was a little low, but not in the dirt. The ball got behind him and rolled to the backstop. Blanks stormed home from third and slid in just ahead of Papelbon’s tag, tying the game at 3-3. Kotsay went on to walk, but Papelbon got lefty Alexi Amarista on a fly ball to center to leave Kotsay at first.

Lee starts the ninth having thrown 109 pitches, throws three more and allows two hits with both of those runners coming around to score. He had allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the last five innings coming into the ninth. Five of the last seven after the ninth.

Ruiz doesn’t catch the ball with two outs and the tying run on third, allowing Blanks to score. Would have been a great time to catch the ball.

Papelbon faces five hitters in the game, allowing a two-run single, hitting one batter and walking another. Also gets Grandal to ground into a double-play, which kept the inning from being worse. Still, not a good day for Papelbon.

Papelbon has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. Two of the runs have been unearned, but opponents have hit .268 against him and he’s allowed three walks and three home runs. Last night was his fourth blown save since the start of the day on June 17. The Phils are 1-2 in the last three games in which he has appeared.

De Fratus started the ninth. Denorfia walked with one out and moved up to second when De Fratus hit Quentin 0-1. Headley walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt to load the bases for Blanks with one down. Blanks singled past Young and down the left field line. Denorfia scored to give the Padres a 4-3 win.

Atrocious outing for De Fratus. He faced five batters, allowing a single, two walks and a hit batter while getting one out. He’s walked five of the last 16 batters he’s faced over his last four appearances. Prior to those four outings he had walked two of the 45 batters he had faced on the year.

Overall the pen went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits on three walks. De Fratus threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Brown (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench with a sore leg against the lefty and Frandsen at first. Revere on the bench against the lefty with Mayberry in center. Brown/Mayberry/Young is an atrocious outfield defensively.

Utley singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Michael Young flew to center and Brown grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Mayberry stole second before Ruiz singled into center. Mayberry tried to score on the play. It would have been close at the play, but Denorfia’s throw from center hit Mayberry as he slid in safely to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz took third as the ball bounded away and Denorfia was charged with an error. Lee struck out swinging to leave Ruiz at third.

Tough error on Denorfia. He made a nice throw, it just hit Ruiz.

Ruiz’s single wouldn’t have scored Mayberry without the stolen base. Mayberry has stolen five on the year and been caught three times. 14 safe and seven caught stealing for his career. Picked off six times. Those aren’t good numbers, but he helped the Phils out with the early stolen base last night.

The Phillies went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Mayberry led off the fifth with a double to center and moved third on an infield single by Ruiz. Lee struck out swinging for the first out, but Rollins followed and flew out to right for the second, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, extending the lead to 2-0. Utley grounded to short to leave Ruiz at first.

Two runs for the Phillies in the game, both thanks largely to Mayberry.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Mayberry and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Lee. Lee struck out trying to bunt for the second out and Rollins flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry (and Ruiz) again, but this time the Phils are turned away. Third strikeout of the game for Lee gets the Padres the second out in the frame.

Utley led off the eighth and homered 1-1 off of lefty Tommy Layne to extend the lead to 3-0. Layne would face just one batter in the game. Nick Vincent took over after the Utley homer and got Young on a ground out before Brown singled to right. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Eighth home run of the year for Utley and his second off of a lefty. He’s hitting 188/250/375 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Brad Brach pitched the ninth for San Diego. Mayberry singled with one out, but Brach struck Ruiz out swinging 3-2 for the second out as Mayberry stole second. Lee had thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate, but Manuel let him hit for himself. Lee struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Mayberry at second.

Manuel lets Lee hit with a runner in scoring position, having thrown 109 pitches in the game. Lee strike out again, then returns for the bottom of the inning and faces two batters. Both of them get hits and score on the Blanks single as the Padres tie the game to send it to extra-innings.

So it didn’t work out so well.

First time in his career that Mayberry has stolen more than one base in a game.

Rollins led off the top of the tenth in a 3-3 game with a single to left off of righty Luke Gregerson. Utley was next and drove a ball to deep center. Denorfia took it moving back on the track, right in front of the wall, for the first out. He lost the handle when he tried to throw the ball in, though, and it dribbled away from him in front of the track. Rollins tagged up and moved all the way to third with one out for Michael Young. Gregerson struck Young out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Thatcher came in to pitch to Brown and got him on a fly ball to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting the go-ahead runner on third with one out. Huge strikeout for Michael Young as he goes down swinging 0-2 for the second out with Rollins on third.

Second throwing error of the game for Denorfia. The first wasn’t his fault at all and the second was just weird.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s on-basing .290 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a home run. 4-for-18 with a double and a home run since his return.

Michael Young 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Huge strikeout in the tenth with one out and Rollins on third. Hitting 333/341/494 in June.

Brown 1-for-5. 192/259/250 over his last 58 plate appearances. On-basing .319 for the season against both righties and lefties.

Frandsen 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with a home run and an on-base percentage of .200. 1-for-11 in the last three games he’s started.

Delmon Young 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles and a walk.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Scored two of the three Phillie runs. He came into the game 0-for-his-last-10. His UZR/150 at center field as calculated by FanGraphs is only -4.1. He’s a way, way better offensive player than Revere, especially against lefties.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI and a huge passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. First three-hit game of the season. He’s 6-for-19 (.319) with six singles since returning.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) faces righty Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.91 ERA over his last seven starts as three of his last seven times out have been bad. He’s struck out just 23 in 44 innings over his last seven times out. Opponents have hit .269 against him after posting a .231 average through his first eight starts of the season. Marquis has walked 48 in 90 1/3 innings this year and allowed 15 home runs, but held opponents to a .235 average. BABIP of .239. Just saying that in case you’re counting on your Jason Marquis stock to carry you through your retirement years.


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