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.