The Phils had no answer for Jon Niese last night. Niese threw a complete-game shutout and drove in three runs as the Mets topped the Phils 5-0.
Kendrick pitched pretty well early, but allowed four unearned runs in the sixth with the help of a huge throwing error by Frandsen. New York plated their first run of the frame on a single, the error and a sac fly before loading the bases for Niese with two outs and a 2-0 lead. Niese split the gap in left-center with a double, clearing the bases and putting the Mets up to stay at 5-0.
The Phillie offense had three hits and a walk in the game. Niese retired 17 in a row between Michael Young hits that started the second and the eighth.
For the year, the Phillies are hitting 228/296/369 against left-handed pitching, which is the worst line of any NL team other than the Marlins. The Phillies have three active players OPSing .750 or better against left-handed pitching and two of them haven’t hit very well against lefties. Mayberry is hitting 253/322/481 against them and Frandsen 255/361/392. Ruiz is the only active player on the team who has actually hit well against left-handed pitching this year, he’s at 327/410/442.
The Phillies are 60-72 on the year after losing 5-0 to the New York Mets last night. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set and are tied for third-place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The Phils are 7-3 in their last ten games, but have scored just two runs in their last two games.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.
Two of the four walks that Kendrick issued were intentional and both of the batters he walked intentionally in the sixth came around to score. Kendrick has a 6.15 ERA over his last 15 starts and opponents have hit .319 against him.
He set the Mets down in order in the bottom of the first. Juan Legares lined a single to right with two outs in the second, but Kendrick got Travis d’Arnaud on a ground ball to short to set the Mets down.
He walked the pitcher Niese with one out in the third. Eric Young was next and bunted up the first base line. Kratz made a very nice play, getting to the ball and throwing off-balance to nip Young at first for the second out as Niese took second. It brought Daniel Murphy to the plate and Murphy singled to right. Mayberry threw home, but his throw was up the third base line. Niese scored to put the Mets up 1-0 and Murphy took second as the throw came home. Murphy took third on an error on a pickoff attempt by Kendrick, but Kendrick retired Andrew Brown on a ground ball to third to end the inning.
You want to try to avoid walking the pitcher when you can. Kratz’s play on the Young bunt kept the inning from being worse. Niese would have been out at the plate on a good throw by Mayberry, but the Phils didn’t get one.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Omar Quintanilla doubled to right with one out in the fifth. Kendrick retired Niese on a fly ball to left before walking Young. It put men on first and second with two down for Murphy. Murphy popped to Rollins to leave both runners stranded.
Brown led off the sixth with a single into center. Ike Davis was next and hit a ball that Frandsen gloved at first. Frandsen threw to second, but his throw was bad for an error that left Brown on third and Davis on second with nobody out for Wilmer Flores. Flores grounded to third with the runners holding for the first out. Legares was next and Kendrick walked him intentionally, loading the bases for d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud flew to center for the second out. All three runners tagged and moved up a base, making it 2-0 with two outs and men on second and third for Quintanilla. Quintanilla was walked intentionally and the bases were loaded for Niese. Niese delivered the big blow of the game, slicing a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for a three-run double that extended the New York lead to 5-0. Young fouled out to Michael Young to leave Niese at second.
All four of the runs that the Mets score in the inning are unearned due to the Frandsen error, but Kendrick didn’t really excel in the frame. He walked two batters intentionally and both came around to score. Set the inning up to get the pitcher out and didn’t get the pitcher out.
Bernadina made a miserable throw on the d’Arnaud sac fly, but it didn’t cost the Phillies a lot. d’Arnaud didn’t hit the ball especially deep, but Bernadinda threw home and his throw was weak and off-line, which allowed the other runners to move up to second and third.
Zach Miner pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a two-out walk before getting Flores on a ground ball to short.
Scoreless frame for Miner after allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Opponents are hitting just .239 against him, but he’s walked seven in 13 innings.
De Fratus set the Mets down in order in the eighth. He has a 1.89 ERA and a 1.32 ratio over 19 innings in his last 19 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties for the year, but righties are hitting 311/383/417 against him.
Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one walk and no hits. Miner threw 17 pitches and De Fratus eight.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Kratz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Mayberry. Mayberry in right, Ruf in left and Brown sidelined with his heel. Frandsen plays first with Young at third and Asche on the bench against the lefty. Asche on the bench against the lefty after providing all the offense for the Phils in the series opener.
Rollins singled to right with one out in the top of the first, but Utley struck out swinging behind him and Kratz lined to short.
Young singled softly to right to start the second. Ruf followed and grounded into a double-play. Frandsen grounded to second for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Quintanilla made a nice play behind second to retire Young for the first out in the fifth and Davis made a nice diving play at first on a ball hit by Kendrick for the second out in the sixth.
Niese got an enormous amount of ground ball outs between the second and sixth innings. Young singled softly to right to start the second and Niese got a ground ball double-play behind him and another ground out behind that. Two ground outs and a fly out in the third, two ground outs and a fly out in the fourth. Three ground outs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Niese got 14 batters out between Young’s single to start the second and the end of the sixth on 12 grounds outs, including a double-play, and two fly balls.
They were down 5-0 when they hit in the seventh and went in order on two fly balls and a strikeout.
Young doubled to center to start the eighth. Ruf and Frandsen both struck out behind him and Mayberry flew to center.
17 in a row go down for the Phillies between Young’s single to start the second and his double to start the eighth.
Rollins drew a walk off of Niese with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Utley flew to center to end the game.
Bernadina was 0-for-4 with a less than fantastic throw to the plate on d’Arnaud’s sac fly. 4-for-25 with the Phillies (.160).
Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-10 with two walks. Isolated power for the year is at .091. Six extra-base hits against left-handed pitching for the year and an isolated power of .063, which is worse than is career mark of .149.
Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-17 with a single. 205/297/411 against lefties for the year.
Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Made a nice play on Young’s bunt in the third. 3-for-his-last-30 with four walks and a double. 088/225/206 against left-handed pitching for the year and 170/255/364 for his career, which makes it a little tough to understand why the Phils think they should be hitting him cleanup against lefties. Think eight-hitter, guys.
Michael Young 2-for-3 with a double. Phils had three hits and a walk in the game — Young had two hits and Rollins had a single and a walk. 246/307/368 over his last 365 plate appearances. 4-for-7 with a double in the first two games of this set.
Ruf 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 16-for-his-last-76 (.211) with 29 strikeouts, but also seven home runs and an isolated power of .289. The Phillies are miserable against left-handed pitching. Kratz, Young and Mayberry are part of the problem and so is Ruf. He’s oddly hitting 163/234/372 against lefties in 47 plate appearances for the year.
Frandsen 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in the sixth that led to four unearned runs. 9-for-his-last-72 (.125) with a double and a .299 OPS over 75 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are no longer outstanding — he’s down to 255/361/392.
Mayberry also had a bad night against the lefty. Made a bad throw early and went 0-for-3 at the plate. 2-for-his-last-16 (.125).
Hamels (5-13, 3.62) faces righty Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) tonight. Hamels has a 2.74 ERA and a 1.07 ratio over his last 15 starts. 1.89 ERA in five August starts, all five of which have been good, after throwing to a 2.57 ERA in five July outings. He’s thrown at least seven innings in nine of his last ten starts. Dice-K made 20 starts in Triple-A for the Indians this year, going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 ratio before being released in mid-August. He was picked up by the Mets and made one start for New York, allowing five runs in five innings against the Tigers on Friday.