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At least he wasn’t making his Major League debut

Baby steps. Maybe soon they can get down to two errors a game and go from there.

The Phillies got fantastic starting pitching for the second straight game last night, but Jonathan Papelbon allowed three in the bottom of the ninth and Texas topped the Phils 4-3.

Kendrick and Burnett combined to allowed two runs in 13 innings over the last two games (1.38 ERA with a 1.15 ratio) and the Phillies lost both games. They led each of the games after six innings.

In those games, the bullpen allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings (12.27 ERA and a 3.27 ratio). For the year, Phillie relievers have allowed eight walks in 7 2/3 innings. Five of the guys in their pen (Papelbon, Hollands, Diekman, Bastardo and Rosenberg) have each appeared twice. All of them except for Bastardo have been awful. The other two, Brad Lincoln and Justin De Fratus, have yet to appear.

The Phillies made three errors in last night’s game. In game two of the set, they made three major base-running mistakes.

After scoring 14 runs on Opening Day, they’ve scored five in the last two days, losing both games by one run in walkoff fashion.

The Phillies are 1-2 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Texas Rangers last night. Texas takes the three-game set two games to one.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out four.

He allowed back-to-back singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus to start the bottom of the first with the Phillies up 1-0. A throwing error by Brown allowed Andrus to take second, leaving Texas with nobody out and men on second and third. Kendrick miraculously kept them off the board, however. He struck lefty Prince Fielder out swinging for the first out. Adrian Beltre was next and hit a ball that Kendrick didn’t handle for another error. Choo tried to score from third, but was tagged out after a long rundown. Two outs and Andrus on third for Alex Rios. Rios flew to center to set the Rangers down.

Ugly inning for the Phils. They allow two hits and make two errors. Lucky to keep the Rangers from scoring. Brown fails to excel defensively in the early going of his first start in left.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second, striking out J.P. Arencibia for the second out. Up 3-0, he stuck Choo out swinging in a 1-2-3 third.

Kendrick walked Fielder to start the fourth and gave up a one-out single to Rios, putting men on first and second for Mitch Moreland. Moreland grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Kendrick set the Rangers down in order in the fifth. Choo reached on a Jayson Nix error to start the sixth, but Kendrick got the next three.

Moreland tripled to center with one out in the seventh and scored on a two-out single by Leonys Martin. Righty Michael Choice hit for righty Josh Wilson and Kendrick got Choice on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Just a fantastic outing for Kendrick. He goes seven innings and allows one run, working around three errors against a strong Texas offense. From the second through the sixth he allowed one single and one walk.

Mario Hollands looked great throwing a 1-2-3 eighth, getting Choo, Andrus and Fielder on a popup and two ground balls.

Hollands was working for the second straight day after an ugly outing in his debut in game two of the set.

Papelbon started the ninth up 3-1. Beltre led off with a single and took third on a Moreland double with one out. Lefty Jim Adduci hit for the righty Arencibia and singled softly to third. Beltre scored. 3-2 with men on first and third and one down. Martin was next and singled up the middle. 3-3 with men on the corners. Martin took second on defensive indifference before Donnie Murphy walked to load the bases for Choo. Papelbon got ahead of Choo 1-2, but walked him on a 3-2 pitch that wasn’t very close, forcing Adduci in to give Texas a 4-3 win.

Seven hitters for Papelbon in the game. He gets one out and allows four hits, three singles and a double, and walks two. He apparently didn’t care a lot for where the middle infielders were playing on the Martin single. Isn’t going to second-guess anyone, though, obviously. Sounds like a good plan.

Papelbon was really good last year. Seems likely to be really again this year. He has a ridiculous contract, but that’s not his fault. Didn’t have a good night last night.

The pen goes 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Hollands has pitched for two days in a row and threw ten pitches in the game. Papelbon 21.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Robbie Ross went (1) Ben Revere (2) Carlos Ruiz (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) John Mayberry (8) Cody Asche (9) Jayson Nix. The All-Star left fielder Brown finally makes a start in left. Ruiz hits second against the lefty. Mayberry at first with Howard DHing. Rollins away for the birth of a child with Nix at short. Asche at third against the lefty. Mayberry at first against the lefty with Howard DHing is my favorite part about this lineup. Brown and Asche on the field against a lefty is my second favorite part. Don’t know why you would hit Howard fourth against the lefty Perez and fifth against the lefty Ross the next day, but I’m not sure how much it matters, either.

The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Ruiz double followed by an Utley single. Howard and Byrd both struck out looking behind Utley.

Mayberry and Asche singled back-to-back with one out in the second, but Nix grounded into a double-play.

Asche singles to left off the lefty. It looked a little like a ground ball to where you would expect the third baseman to be, but he’ll take it. Second time in three games that Asche got a hit into left field by hitting a ball where you would usually expect a third baseman.

Ruiz walked with one out in the third and took second on a wild pitch before Howard hit a 1-1 pitch out to center. 3-0. Byrd grounded to short for the third out.

Howard homers against the lefty. 2-for-9 (.222) against lefties so far with a double and a home run. Five strikeouts. OPSing .973 overall.

Mayberry walked with one out in the fourth and Nix reached on catcher’s interference with two outs. Revere grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Ruiz singled to start the fifth and took second on a two-out single by Byrd. Brown grounded to short to end the frame.

Second straight inning the Phils put their leadoff man aboard and do not score.

Nix singled to right off of righty Shawn Tolleson with two outs in the sixth. Tolleson got Revere on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Revere went 0-for-5 with three men left on base in the game.

Lefty Pedro Figueroa walked Utley with one out in the seventh. Howard lined to first with Utley doubled-off to set the Phils down.

It was 3-1 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Brown singled to right off of righty Seth Rosin with one out and took second on a passed ball before Mayberry grounded out to third. Asche flew to right to end the frame.

Rosin set Nix, Revere and Ruiz down in order in the ninth.

Revere 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-14 (.214) with three singles in the three-game set.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. 3-for-11 (.273) with a double and three walks in the series.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk last night and 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and a walk in the series.

Howard 1-for-4 with a two-run homer off the lefty Ross. Struck out twice. 4-for-13 (.308) with a double, a home run, one walk and seven strikeouts in the set. That’s a great series for Howard and he can strike out as much as he wants if he’s going to OPS .973.

Byrd 1-for-4 in the game and 5-for-13 (.385) with a walk and a home run in the series. Made a remarkable diving catch in game two to start a double-play.

Brown 1-for-4 with an error and two strikeouts. Is not yet the best defensive outfielder in the game. 2-for-10 (.200) with two singles in the set.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a double and two walks in the series. 500/600/750 in four plate appearances against lefties and 0-for-4 with a walk against righties. Hit against lefties. Don’t play center field. Repeat.

Asche 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 4-for-8 (.500) with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 500/556/1000. But can he maintain that pace over 162 games? Time will tell. Only lost one of three starts in the set to Jayson Nix.

Nix 1-for-3 with a single and an error. Has started 66.7% of the Phillie games this season. 2-for-7 (.286) with two singles.

The Phils are off today and face the Cubs in Chicago tomorrow afternoon.


Irreversible errors

Atlanta 8, Phillies 1. Cliff Lee got the start and pitched well, but the Braves scored five runs charged to Papelbon in the seventh inning, all of which were unearned thanks to another Maikel Franco error. That’s not to suggest that Papelbon pitched well.

Franco and Ryan Howard combined to make two errors in the game and have combined for five overall.

The Phillies scored one run on five singles and a double in the game.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Jason Heyward was the first batter of the game and homered on Lee’s second pitch. Lee struck out the side in the second and worked around a Ryan Howard error in the third. In the fourth he got the first two before allowing a single to Chris Johnson. Mario Hollands replaced him and allowed a home run to the first man he faced, Dan Uggla, with Johnson scoring a run charged to Lee.

4.15 ERA and a 1.04 ratio for Lee after three starts and 8 2/3 innings. He’s pitched better than that ERA — Hollands allowing a home run after he surrendered a two-out single is the kind of thing that will hurt your ERA when you’ve thrown 8 2/3 innings. Ten strikeouts.

Hollands allowed the home run to Uggla in the fourth, then allowed a double to Gerald Laird before getting the final out of the frame. He allowed a single and a walk in a scoreless fifth and a walk in a scoreless sixth.

Overall he went 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Not a good day for Hollands coming off of three good ones. He came into the day with a 0.00 ERA and an 0.50 ratio after three appearances and four innings. 1.42 ERA and a 1.11 ratio after today. Five strikeouts in 6 1/3. Again, gave up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced with one run charged to Lee.

Jonathan Papelbon started the seventh. Coming into the appearance he had allowed one hit in two scoreless innings over two outings. Tyler Greene was the first batter he faced and Greene reached on a throwing error by Franco at third base, Franco’s third in official spring action. After Franco’s error, Papelbon faced eight hitters before getting out of the inning. Three singled and he walked one before Tommy La Stella hit a three-run double.

Overall, Papelbon was charged with five runs in the inning on four hits and a walk. None of the runs were earned due to Franco’s error.

Papelbon keeps his zero ERA despite allowing five runs in the frame. He has a 2.00 ratio, having allowed five hits and a walk over three innings.

Ken Giles started the eighth with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 ratio over his two official outings. He allowed a single and a walk, but struck out the other three hitters he faced. Keeps his ratio at 2.00 and drops his ERA to 3.00. Three walks in his three innings.

Justin De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 ninth to drop his ERA to 2.25 and his ratio to 1.00. No walks and four hits in four innings.

One run on six hits for the Phillies. Reid Brignac singled Mayberry home in the eighth.

Brignac 1-for-1 with an RBI to up his average to .143.

Marlon Byrd had the only extra-base hit in the game for the Phillies. He was 1-for-2 with a walk and a double to up his line to 375/400/583.

Utley, Abreu, Franco and Mayberry had the other singles for the Phils. Utley upped his average to .158 with the 1-for-3 day. Mayberry has a 389/389/833 line after 18 at-bats. Franco is hitting 200/259/200 after going 1-for-3. Abreu is 3-for-20 (.150) after going 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s on-basing .370.

Revere 0-for-3, Rollins 0-for-3, Brown 0-for-3. Revere 240/269/240. Rollins is hitting .133 and Brown is 2-for-22 (.091) with two singles.

Howard 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average to .182.

Atlanta again tomorrow with David Buchanan expected to pitch.


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.


In with the old, in with the new

The old guard and new guard got together last night as the Phillies won for the seventh time in nine games, topping the Mets 2-1 behind strong pitching from Lee and a two-run triple by Asche.

Lee allowed a run over eight innings. New York scored in the bottom of the second with the help of a leadoff double by Marlon Byrd on a ball that should have been caught by Bernadina.

Lee threw 121 pitches in the game, including 30 in the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead.

Cody Asche led the Phillie offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk and driving in both of the team’s runs. He’s hitting 303/352/515 over his last 71 plate appearances after going 1-for-17 to start the season.

The Phillies are 60-71 on the year after beating the New York Mets 2-1 last night. They are 7-2 in their last nine games and have scored at least three runs in each of the other eight.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven.

That’s probably Lee’s best start since May. The only other that’s close in his last 14 times out is his June 18 outing against the Nats in which he held Washington to two runs over eight innings and struck out nine.

He allowed a single to Juan Legares to start the bottom of the first, but struck Daniel Murphy out behind Legares for the first out. Josh Satin was next and lined to Utley for the second out — Utley threw to first to double Legares off to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd led off the second and hit a fly ball into right center that Bernadina seemed to lose. It dropped for a double. Andrew Brown was next and singled up the middle, scoring Byrd to put the Mets up 1-0. Lee got the next three to set the Mets down.

Lee allows one run in the game, which goes as earned as Byrd’s ball is called a double.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 third and started the fourth with a 2-1 lead. Byrd singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Brown to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud out in a 1-2-3 fifth and set the Mets down in order again in the sixth and the seventh.

Mayberry made a nice catch to end the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Murphy hit a ball well to right, but Mayberry tracked it down, jumping on the run on the warning track to make the catch.

With one out in the eighth and the Phils still up a run, d’Arnaud singled to left. Lee struck the righty Justin Turner out looking 2-2 for the second out before lefty Lucas Duda hit for the pitcher Carlos Torres. Duda drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Legares, but Lee struck Legares out swinging 3-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Lee threw 30 pitches in the eighth inning, striking Legares out swinging on a full count with two men on and the Phils up a run on his 121st pitch of the game.

Papelbon set the Mets down in order in ninth to earn his 22nd save of the year. He hasn’t been charged with a run in six innings over his last six appearances.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zack Wheeler went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Bernadina leads off and plays center with Mayberry in right and Ruf in left. Brown sidelined. Ruiz hits cleanup for the first time this year, which doesn’t made me feel a whole lot better than Kratz hitting cleanup.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Young singled to left with one out in the second. Ruf struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out before Asche moved Young up to second with a single to center. Mayberry struck out looking 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

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

Young singled to center with two outs in the fourth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second with two down for Asche. Asche lined a triple into the gap in right-center, scoring both runners to put the Phillies on top 2-1. Mayberry struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Asche at third.

Asche delivers the big hit of the game. 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI through four innings.

Mayberry’s at least out of center, but not having any more luck against righties (at least early in the game). Strikes out to end the second with two men on and strikes out to end the fourth with Asche on third.

Wheeler set the Phillies down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Mayberry doubled to left. Lefty Pedro Felciano took over for Wheeler and struck Lee out to leave Mayberry stranded.

Mayberry lines a double to left against the righty Wheeler after two ugly at-bats early.

Lee hits for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and a runner on second. He had thrown 80 pitches in the game and would throw 41 more in the seventh and the eighth.

Bernadina singled off of lefty Scott Rice to start the eighth. Rollins followed with a walk that put men on first and second for Utley. Utley grounded to first with Satin fielding and throwing to short to force Rollins for the first out. It left the Phils with runners on the corners and one down for Ruiz and righty Carlos Torres came in to pitch to Ruiz. Utley was thrown out trying to steal second before Ruiz grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with nobody out. Would have been a good time not to get caught stealing. Utley has stolen seven bases and been caught three times on the year. Three is the most times he has been caught stealing in a season since 2006. From 2007 through 2012, he stole 84 bases and was caught six times.

Asche and Mayberry walked back-to-back off of righty Gonzalez Germen with two outs in the ninth. Brown hit for Lee. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown fouled out to third for the third out.

Asche on base for the third time in the game. Mayberry again reaches against the righty. Brown can apparently pinch-hit.

Bernadina 1-for-4 in the game. Didn’t catch Byrd’s ball, which led to the only New York run of the game. He’s 4-for-21 (.190) with the Phillies with a walk, two doubles and a home run.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-his-last-7.

Utley 0-for-4 with a caught stealing. 1-for-his-last-13 with four walks.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 347/373/556 in 77 plate appearances in August.

Young 2-for-4. 188/275/265 over his last 131 plate appearances. 245/308/369 over his last 380 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 215/282/508 over his last 71 plate appearances with six home runs and 25 strikeouts. Still just 7-for-40 (.175) against left-handed pitching on the year.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run triple.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and struck out twice. 7-for-his-last-25 with five walks, five extra-base hits and a 1.040 OPS over 30 plate appearances.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) faces lefty Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03) tonight. Kendrick has a 5.92 ERA over his last 14 starts and has allowed 108 hits in 79 innings in those outings. Opponents have hit .353 against him in his nine starts since the beginning of July. Every now and then you hear somebody suggest the way the Phils can turn things around is by trading Kendrick. That seems a little optimistic given the circumstances. Niese has made three starts since returning from the DL. After allowing four runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks in the first, he’s allowed two runs over 13 innings and struck out 19 in his last two times out.


Even a blind squirrel gets to play the Cubs once in a while

And if anyone knows where we can find a blind squirrel, I don’t think we should discount the possibility it might be able to give the outfield a defensive boost. At least not without careful consideration.

Kyle Kendrick struggled again last night, but the Phils managed nine runs and topped the Cubs 9-8. Domonic Brown returned to the lineup and made a huge error in the top of the ninth, dropping a fly ball that should have ended the game. Chicago scored three in the frame, but the Phils held on to win by a run despite another ugly outing from Papelbon.

Despite the struggles of Kendrick and Papelbon and the misplay by Brown, the Phils won thanks to massive production from an offense that has been struggling. Ruiz homered for the second time in 20 at-bats, Utley had three hits and drove in a pair and Asche had two hits, including a double. Michael Young had a walk and two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Darin Ruf wielded the biggest stick of them all for the Phils, driving in a pair of runs with a double and his fourth homer of the season. He’s slugging .596 for his career after 133 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 51-61 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 last night. They snap a five-game losing streak with the win and are 2-13 over their last 15 games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Kendrick has a 6.93 ERA over his last seven starts. Opponents have hit .330 against him in those outings and he’s allowed five or more runs in four of the seven.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and started the second up 1-0. He allowed four runs in the second. Donnie Murphy hit a three-run shot to left with one out to put the Cubs up 4-1. Kendrick got the next two hitters behind Murphy.

Second time in two starts that Kendrick got hammered early in the game. In his most recent start before last night, he allowed four runs in the top of the first to the Giants.

Kendrick did suffer a bit of misfortune in the frame. Darwin Barney reached on catcher’s interference right ahead of the home run by Murphy. The Cubs also got a little help from the Phils to score their first run of the frame ahead of the homer. With one out and Nate Schierholtz on third, Wellington Castillo grounded hard to third. Asche fielded and came home, but not in time to get Schierholtz as the runner slid in safe to put the Cubs up 1-0. Asche fielded the ball nicely, but was a little slow with the throw and the Phillies wound up not getting an out on the play.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when Kendrick pitched the third. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run to right with one out to extend the Chicago lead to 5-2.

The Phils were down 5-4 when Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

The Phillies led 7-5 when he started the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Wellington Castillo, but got the two hitters behind Castillo to turn the Cubs away.

Kendrick retires ten of 11 batters he faces from the last out of the third inning through the sixth.

Diekman pitched the seventh with the Phils up 8-5. He allowed a two-out single to Junior Lake, but got Rizzo behind Lake to end the frame.

Diekman was back to start the eighth and struck the lefty Schierholtz out looking for the first out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Starlin Castro. Castro reached on an infield single and Castillo followed with softly hit single to center, which put men on first and second with one out for the pitcher Hector Rondon. Switch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit for Rondon. De Fratus struck him out swinging for the second out and got Murphy swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Two huge strikeouts for De Fratus after the Cubs bring the tying runs to the plate. He faces four batters in the game, allowing two singles and striking the other two out. Drops his ERA for the year to 4.23 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in seven innings over his last seven appearances. Hasn’t walked any of the 19 batters he’s faced in his last five appearances. Has still walked about 11.1% of the hitters he’s faced for the year, which is too many. 10% of right-handed batters and 16.2% of left-handed batters.

Diekman faces five batters in the game, getting four outs and allowing a single to the other. He has a 1.77 ratio for the year in his 25 appearances. He’s been great against lefties, but righties are hitting 377/441/528 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 9-5 lead. Logan Watkins led off with a single and moved up to third when Castillo followed with a double to right. Papelbon struck out the next two hitters before Schierholtz singled into center, scoring both runners. 9-7 with two outs and Schiertholtz on first. Castro was next and hit a 3-2 pitch to left that should have ended the game, but Brown just dropped the ball for an error. Schierholtz scored (9-8) and Castro moved up to second. Castro took third on a wild pitch before Castillo walked, putting runners on the corners with two down for pitcher Michael Bowden. Righty Thomas Neal hit for Bowden and flew to left to end the game.

Bad time to drop a fly ball for Brown. He had to move to his left to get to it, but was there and just didn’t catch it.

Papelbon has to pitch around the error by Brown, but even without the error he would have allowed two runs on two singles and a double in the frame. After 19 appearances on the year he had thrown to an 0.92 ERA and an 0.61 ratio. Since then he’s made 20 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA with a 1.44 ratio.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Papelbon threw 30 pitches in the game (assist to Brown’s error on that front).

The Phillie lineup against righty Edwin Jackson went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Mayberry (7) Asche (8) Ruiz. Brown returns to the lineup and left field after missing time with concussion-related issues. Ruf plays right field for the first time ever in the majors or minors (played there one game in a winter league). Brown/Mayberry/Ruf is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield much in the same way Ruf/Mayberry/Young is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield. Asche at third with Michael Young at first.

The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Michael Young led off with a double to center and scored when Utley followed with a single to left. The Phils put runners on first and third with one down for Ruf later in the frame, but Ruf lined to short and Brown was doubled off of first to end the inning.

The Phils were down 4-1 when they hit in the second. Asche doubled to right with one out and scored on a two-out single by Kendrick. 4-2.

First career extra-base hit for Asche leads to a run for the Phils.

They were down 5-2 when they hit in the third. Utley and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting runners on the corners with nobody out for Brown. Rollins stole second before Brown grounded to short for the first out. Utley scored (5-3) and Rollins moved up to third. Ruf was next and doubled to right, scoring Rollins (5-4), but was out trying to stretch his double to the gap into a triple. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Asche walked to start the fourth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Kendrick struck out swinging for the third out.

Young walked to start the fifth and scored when Utley followed with a triple off the wall in center. 5-5. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Utley holding. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Utley scoring from third. 6-5. Ruf was next and smashed a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils on top 7-5. Mayberry grounded to first to end the inning.

Second huge hit for Ruf in three innings.

Asche singled to right off of righty Hector Rondon to start the sixth and scored when Michael Young lined a two-out double to right, putting the Phillies up 8-5.

Rondon set Rollins, Brown and Ruf down in order in the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Ruiz homered to left off of righty Michael Bowden. 9-5. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and flew to right for the third out.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-15.

Utley 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-36.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single. 214/252/296 over his last 104 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with two RBI and a huge error in the ninth in his first action since July 23.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Non-catastrophic in right. 6-for-his-last-15 with two walks, two home runs and a double. 339/438/548 against right-handed pitching in 73 plate appearances for the year. Still just 4-for-19 (.211) against lefties, but with two home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 217/275/383 over his last 131 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Didn’t get an out in the top of the first when he came home with Castillo’s grounder and Schierholtz scored. 3-for-20 on the year with a double.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run. 6-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. He had four extra-base hits, all doubles, in his last 165 plate appearances and has four over his last 24.

Hamels (4-13, 3.87) faces lefty Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) tonight. Hamels has allowed more than two runs in just one of his last six starts, throwing to a 2.09 ERA with a 1.07 ratio in those appearances. The Phils are 0-3 in his last three times out and has lost each of his last two starts by a 2-1 score. He’s allowed two home runs in 43 innings since the start of July. Wood has been outstanding this year, but struggled in three of his last four starts, throwing to a 4.98 ERA and a 1.98 ratio in those appearances. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him for the year and lefties just 180/265/246.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until around August 20.


Phils give Papelbon another chance to get some people out in the ninth, but apparently he didn’t come here for that, either

The Phillies lost for the tenth time in 11 games last night, falling 2-1 to the Giants. Hamels threw eight shutout innings and Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead, but allowed a pair of runs on four hits and a walk. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out and failed to score.

It was Papelbon’s sixth blown save in his last 17 appearances, but the first that came on a night that Brad Lidge, perfect in save chances in 2008 when the Phils won the World Series, was remembered and threw out the first pitch. It was ironic. Like rain on your wedding day or 10,000 spoons when all you need is someone to get out Brooks Kieschnick’s nephew.

The Phillies are 50-58 on the year after losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants last night. The Giants take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 1-10 since going a game above .500 with a 13-8 win over the Mets on July 19.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five.

Hamels has allowed more than two runs in a start in just one of his six outings since the beginning of July. He’s allowed two runs in 15 innings over his last two starts (1.20 ERA and a 1.13 ratio). The Phillies have lost both of his last two starts 2-1. Over his last eight starts he’s allowed three home runs in 55 innings. He allowed 12 home runs in 94 innings over his first 15 outings.

Marco Scutaro singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Hamels got Pablo Sandoval to fly to right for the second out before Buster Posey singled to right, putting runners on the corners with two down. Hunter Pence popped to Utley to leave them stranded.

He set the Giants down in order in the second and again in the third.

Posey doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Pence was next and reached on an infield single, putting men on the corners with one down for Brett Pill. Hamels struck Pill out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Pence stole second before Jeff Francoeur grounded to Utley to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels gets a huge second out, striking the righty Pill out with men on the corners.

He walked Andres Torres with two outs in the fifth, but got Scutaro on a fly ball to center to end the frame.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Sandoval led off with a single to left, but Pence grounded into a double-play behind him. Pence was next and doubled to left, but Hamels struck Pill out again to leave Pence at second.

Second time in three innings that Hamels strikes Pill out in a big spot.

Joaquin Arias singled to center with one out in the seventh. The pitcher Matt Cain bunted him to second with the second out. Torres flew to center to leave Arias stranded.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Pence led off and reached on an infield single to short. Pill was next and lined a single to right. First and third with nobody out for Francoeur. Lefty Roger Kieschnick hit for the righty Francoeur and singled past a diving Young at first and into right. First and third with nobody out and the game tied at 1-1. Arias singled to left. First and second, nobody out with the Giants up 2-1. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Cain and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to third to force Kieschnick for the first out. Lefty Brandon Belt hit for the switch-hitter Torres and walked, loading the bases for Scutaro. Scutaro grounded to third with Asche throwing home to force Arias for the second out. Sandoval grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Papelbon faces eight hitters in the inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Pence reaches on an infield single to start the inning. Young looked like he had a chance to field Kieschnick’s ball at first.

Papelbon has a 4.09 ERA and a 1.41 ratio over 22 innings in his last 22 appearances. Two of the 12 runs he has allowed have been unearned.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Asche (6) Mayberry (7) Nix (8) Ruiz. Nix in right against the righty with Delmon Young on the bench. Asche starts at third for the second straight day with Michael Young at first. Asche hits fifth for the Phils despite entering the game without a hit for his career.

Michael Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Ruf and Asche both struck out as they went in order in the second.

Hamels struck out as they went in order in the third.

Utley lined a single to center with two outs in the fourth. Ruf went down on a popup the first baseman Pill handled in foul territory to end the inning.

Nix and Ruiz singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Hamels. Hamels blooped a ball the opposite way down the left field line for a single. Nix scored (1-0) and Ruiz went to third. With Rollins at the plate, Hamels was caught off of first and eventually tagged out to end the frame.

Rollins struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Ruf walked to start the seventh and Martinez ran for him at first. Asche flew to center for the first out before Martinez stole second. Mayberry was next and singled to left. Martinez tried to score from second, but Francoeur made a nice throw to the plate and Martinez was tagged out for the second out. Mayberry took second on the throw. Nix was walked intentionally to put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to first to end the inning.

Francoeur made a really good throw to get Martinez.

Rollins tripled to right with one out in the eighth. Michael Young was next and hit a ground ball to short. Arias fielded and threw home in plenty of time to get Rollins, who didn’t slide. Utley lined to Scutaro for the third out.

Rollins was out by a lot trying to score from third on Young’s grounder with Arias in at short.

The Phils trailed 2-1 when they faced righty Sergio Romo in the ninth. Delmon Young hit for Martinez and reached on a fielding error by Arias at third. McDonald ran for Young at first. Asche was next and bunted, badly, back to the mound. Romo picked the ball up, looked at second, turned to throw to first and slipped. Runners were safe at first and second with nobody out. Mayberry was next and squared to bunt, but was hit by the pitch. Bases loaded with nobody out for Nix. Nix flew to shallow right 1-2 with the runners holding. Ruiz was next and flew to shallow left with the runners holding. Kratz hit for Papelbon and grounded to third to end the game.

No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth down a run. Nix and Ruiz both get chances with less than two outs to tie the game up, but can’t get their fly balls deep enough to give McDonald a chance to score from third.

I’m rooting for Cody Asche as much as anyone and he’s had kind of a rough start at the plate, but to call his miserable bunt back to the mound a hit is ridiculous.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a triple in the game. 3-for-12 with a walk and a triple in the three-game set. 256/316/354 on the season. On-basing .307 in 217 plate appearances hitting #1 in the order.

Michael Young 0-for-4 in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 279/343/408 for the season. 256/318/399 over his last 283 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-8 with two walks in the series and was twice hit by a pitch. 10-for-his-last-46 (.217), but with a .345 on-base percentage thanks to six walks and three HBP in those 55 PA.

Asche was 1-for-4 in the game with a non-hit on his ninth-inning bunt. 1-for-9 with a single in the series and on the year. Made a throwing error in game two of the set.

Mayberry 1-for-3 and would have had an RBI except for the great throw by Francoeur. 3-for-10 with a walk and a double in the series. 257/314/430 on the year. One of nine Phillies with at least 125 plate appearances on the year and an on-base percentage lower than .320.

Nix 1-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third in the ninth with nobody out and the bases loaded. 1-for-4 with walk in the series. 183/231/262 for the year. Two walks in his last 80 plate appearances, one of which is intentional.

Ruiz 1-for-4 in the game and left five men on base. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third with one out in the ninth and the bases loaded. 2-for-11 with a hit by pitch and a home run in the series. 248/297/292 for the year with five extra-base hits in 177 plate appearances. 212/248/237 against righties and 349/420/442 against lefties for the season.

Ethan Martin (NR) is expected to debut tonight against righty Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74) and the Braves. Martin has walked 67 in 115 2/3 innings this year at Triple-A while throwing to a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts. He has struck out 107. Medlen has walked 57 in 265 1/3 innings in the majors over the last three years. He had a 2.96 ERA for the year after 15 starts, but has thrown to a 5.88 ERA over his last six times out. Opponents have hit .343 against him in those appearances. The Phils hit him hard in his last start against them, which came on July 7.

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