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Phillie fever — catch it! And if you do, please let someone in the front office know, cause they could really use anyone who can catch anything

In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.

The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.

The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.

The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.

It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).

The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.

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 two.

Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.

Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.

Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.

Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.

Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.

Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.

Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.

Third error for Utley in four innings.

Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.

Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.

Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.

Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.

Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.

Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.

Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.

Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.

Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.

Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.

Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.

Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.

Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.

Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.

Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.


It takes a really motley village

It took seven Phillie pitchers, two Pirates errors and a bunch of misplays, but the Phils won ugly last night, topping Pittsburgh 3-1 to snap a nine-game winning streak for the Pirates.

Pettibone started the game for the Phillies and pitched well, holding the Pirates to a run over 5 2/3 innings on a solo homer by Garrett Jones. Pettibone’s departure gave way to an ugly performance by a slew of relievers as Diekman, Aumont, Ramirez and Bastardo somehow managed to throw two scoreless innings despite allowing three hits and three walks. Justin De Fratus bailed them out, striking Jordy Mercer out swinging with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth.

The Phillies were miserable on the bases, twice benefiting from misplays by Pirate outfielders that should have left them with a runner on second and nobody out. In the second, Brown was thrown out at third trying to turn his two-base gift into a three-base gift. In the ninth, Mayberry was picked off base after a misplay in left had given him a leadoff double. It’s probably not the way to go given that runs look likely to be scarce in the series. The Pirates have scored five runs in their last three games and the Phillies have scored seven.

The Phillies are 40-44 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 last night.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He came into the start with six strikeouts in 15 innings over his last three outings, but struck out six last night.

Starling Marte led off the bottom of the first with a single into left. Russell Martin was next and lined to short with Rollins throwing to first in plenty of time to double-off Marte. Pettibone walked Andrew McCutchen, but retired Garrett Jones on a ground ball to first to end the inning.

Pettibone came into the game having gotten into huge trouble in the first inning in two of his last three starts. He gets a lot of help from the line out double-play this time and keeps the Pirates off the board despite the leadoff single and two-out walk.

He struck out Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker in a 1-2-3 second.

He got Travis Snider looking to start the third. The pitcher Brandon Cumpton was next and hit a fly ball to right that Delmon Young dropped for an error. Marte was next and grounded to short with Cumpton forced at second for the second out. Marte stole second before Martin walked on five pitches, putting runners on first and second with two down for McCutchen. McCutchen reached on an infield single, loading the bases for Jones. Pettibone got Jones swinging 2-2 to leave the bases loaded.

Huge strikeout for Pettibone with the bases loaded keeps the Pirates off the board despite an error, a single, a walk and a stolen base in the frame.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

He started the sixth up 3-0. He walked Martin on five pitches to start the inning, but got McCutchen to ground into a double-play behind him. It cleared the bases for Jones, which was good because Jones hit a 2-1 pitch out to center, cutting the lead to 3-1. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Alvarez and walked him on five pitches. Walker struck out looking to leave Alvarez at first.

Walking the leadoff man is never good, but getting the double-play behind him is the way to go when you do. Phils were fortunate Jones picked the sixth and not the third to hit his homer.

Diekman faces two batters in the game, walking one and striking out the other. He’s walked 22 in 33 1/3 innings for his career.

Aumont started the seventh. Jordy Mercer led off and dumped a hit into left. Brown took the ball moving towards the line and Mercer went for two. Brown’s throw wasn’t especially strong, but it was on line and in time to get Mercer going for second for the first out. Snider was next and singled to right, but Aumont got the next two to leave him at first.

Aumont allows two hits in a scoreless frame, getting a lot of help as Brown throws Mercer out going for two on the leadoff single. Hasn’t walked anybody in either of his last two outings, though, which is a good sign. He’s allowed 13 walks 18 innings on the year.

JC Ramirez started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Martin on five pitches. McCutchen flew to center for the first out and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and Bastardo struck him out swinging for the second out. Bastardo walked Alvarez 3-2 and a single to left by Walker loaded the bases for the righty Mercer with two down. De Fratus came in to pitch to Mercer and struck him out swinging 1-2 to leave the bases loaded.

If I haven’t been clear about this before, I’m really against walking the leadoff hitter. You shouldn’t count on allowing two walks and a single in an inning without giving up a run. Martin walks to start both the sixth and the eighth, but doesn’t score in either frame.

Ramirez faces two batters, allowing a leadoff walk and retiring the other. Last night’s walk to Martin is the only hit or walk he’s allowed over four innings in four appearances.

Bastardo faces three hitters, allowing a hit and a walk and getting one out. He’s walked 15 in 28 innings on the year.

De Fratus faced one batter and struck Mercer out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. He’s walked ten in 16 1/3 innings for the year.

Papelbon set the Pirtes down in the ninth to earn his 16th save.

Second scoreless outing for Papelbon in a row, coming off a funk where he allowed five runs in five innings over five appearances.

Overall the pen went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks. They struck out three. Bastardo threw 16 pitches in the game. He was the only reliever above 12.

The Phillie lineup against righty Brandon Cumpton went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Revere (8) Ruiz.

Utley walked with one out in the top of the first, but Rollins and Hoaward went down behind him.

Brown led off the second and lined a ball to right that probably should have been caught, but wasn’t. Snider played it on a bounce and the ball got away from him. Then he struggled trying to pick it up. Brown took second and then tried for third, but Snider’s throw came in to Walker and Walker threw to third in time to get Brown for the second out. Delmon Young and Revere went down behind Brown.

Brown didn’t look to be running hard out of the box on the ball he hit to right. Whether he was or wasn’t, second base would have been a nice place to be with nobody out given the multiple gifts Snider offered up on the play.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with two outs in the third. Utley grounded to Walker to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz was hit by a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth. Pettibone grounded softly to first for the third out.

Young singled into center to start the sixth. Utley was next and grounded to second with Young forced at second for the first out. Rollins followed with a soft single to right that put men on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to left-center, scoring Utley (1-0) and moving Rollins up to third. It brought Brown to the plate with one down and men on the corners. He flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score. 2-0 with two down and Howard on first for Delmon Young. Young lined a 1-1 pitch to the gap in left-center for a double. Howard rolled around third and tried to score. McCutchen got to the ball quickly and threw to Mercer at short. Mercer’s throw home was on line, but Martin didn’t handle it cleanly. Howard scored (3-0) and Mercer was charged with a tough error. Lefty Justin Wilson came in and got Revere on a ground ball to second, leaving Young stranded.

Howard is really slow, but he probably would have slid in safe to home on the Young double even if Martin had handled Mercer’s throw.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Wilson set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Frandsen hit for Diekman and popped to third for the second out.

Righty Bryan Morris pitched the eighth for Pittsburgh. Howard chopped a single on the left side of the infield with two outs, but Brown struck out trying to check his swing 0-2 to leave him at first.

Mayberry led off the ninth and doubled to left off the glove of Marte. Revere tried to bunt him up to third, but missed an 0-1 pitch and Martin threw to second and picked Mayberry off for the first out. Revere grounded to second for the second out before Ruiz singled to left. Nix hit for De Fratus. Ruiz took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Nix struck out swinging.

Second huge base-running mistake of the game for the Phils were a runner on second base with nobody out was erased. Brown in the second and Mayberry in the ninth.

Marte should have caught Mayberry’s ball. In both the second and the ninth, the Phillies got a gift from a Pirates outfielder that should have left them with a runner on second and nobody out. In the second, Brown was out going for third. In the ninth, Mayberry was picked off of second. That’s terrible.

Michael Young was 2-for-4 in the game. He’s 8-for-his-last-19. 419/432/535 in his 44 PA batting #1 in the order this year. So I’d go with that for a while.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s slugging .292 with two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 120 plate appearances. Shouldn’t be hitting third. His isolated power for the year in .098, which is his worst mark in any year he’s gotten 100 PA.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI. Managed to score from first on a two-out double, but just barely. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-18.

Brown 1-for-3 with an RBI. Miserable base-running in the second. Threw Mercer out at second in the seventh. Sac fly with one out in the sixth. Walked in 9.9% of his 121 PA in June after not drawing a walk in 109 PA in May.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Dropped a fly ball for an error. 12-for-his-last-26 with two walks, three doubles and a home run. After 301 1/3 innings in right field, FanGraphs has his UZR/150 there at -36.5, which is the worst mark among the 40 players across both leagues who have played at least 200 innings in right this season.

Revere 0-for-4. Came into the game 9-for-his-last-16. 313/350/365 over his last 224 plate appearances with a .349 BABIP.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and a single that should have driven in Mayberry, but instead drove in nobody. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 102 PA for the year and an isolated power of .033.

Lannan (1-2, 4.83) faces lefty Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06) tonight. Righties are hitting 316/370/500 against lefties for the season and lefties 167/231/167. Opponents are hitting .199 against Locke for the year. He has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight starts. He’s been outstanding this year. If there’s a chink in his armor it’s that he’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters. He’s walked about 12% of the righties he’s faced this season.


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.


Minnesota series suggests the only hope for the Phils may be if Cliff Lee has a twin

Two twins would probably be better.

The Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak last night, outhitting the Twins 16-3 on their way to a 3-2 win.

The Phils got fantastic pitching in the game and Cliff Lee took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. The Twins scored a pair of runs in that frame, but did so with the help of two bad calls and a bloop double. The bullpen was atrocious for the Phillies in the series, but Adams set the Twins down in order in the eighth and Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils need to be just about perfect if they want to win these days. They have scored three runs or less in five games in a row and are 12th in the NL in runs scored per game.

It was the first one-run game the Phillies have won since May 29. They were 0-5 in their last five one-run games coming into last night.

The Phillies are 32-35 on the season after beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 last night. The Twins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and two games behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six.

The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight games that Lee has started. Opponents are hitting .197 against him in those outings.

Up 1-0, he set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the first, second and third.

Joe Mauer singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double-play behind Mauer to end the inning.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out the side in the sixth, getting Clete Thomas swinging and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar both looking.

With one out in the second, Lee thought he had struck Mauer out looking at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. It was called a ball and Mauer went on to walk. Doumit was next and hit a ball softly to third. Young handled it and threw to first. Doumit looked like he was out at first, but was called safe and the Twins had men on first and second with one out. Lee got Josh Wilingham on a fly ball to left for the second out before Justin Morneau blooped a ball into left-center. Revere made a long run and a valiant diving effort, but the ball just eluded him and went for a two-run double that put Minnesota on top 2-1. Oswaldo Arcia flew to right to leave Morneau at second.

Tough inning for Lee. He look like he had Mauer struck out for the second out and the call at first on Doumit’s ball was worse. Then Morneau delivers a two-run double on a bloop just out of the reach of Revere.

Adams started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and set the Twins down in order, striking Thomas out for the first out, getting Dozier on a fly ball to center for the second and Escobar on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Huge inning for Adams given the score and his recent struggles. He came into the game having been charged with a run in six of his last eight appearances.

Papelbon struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth while setting the Twins down in order.

Papelbon came into the game having been charged with a run in two of his last three times out. For the year he’s thrown to a 1.52 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Opponents are on-basing .188 against him for the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Revere (2) Micael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Nix (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Revere returns to the top of the order with Michael Young moved down to second. Nix plays right against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Delmon Young at DH. Galvis hits ahead of Quintero.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to right and stole second after Michael Young flew to center. Rollins was next and reached on a ball unhandled by the pitcher Correia for an error. It left the Phils with runners on the corners for Howard and Howard singled to right, scoring Revere (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Brown popped up to first for the second out and Delmon Young struck out to leave the runners stranded.

Revere starts the rally and winds up at third without the help of another hit or walk.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Revere. Michael Young flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

Brown and Delmon Young singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, putting runners on the corners for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies had left two men on in each of the first three innings.

Revere lined a triple to right-center with two outs in the fourth, but was left at third when Michael Young grounded out to the pitcher.

Sixth extra-base hit for Revere on the season and second in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a walk. Delmon Young struck out for the second out before Nix reached on an error by Escobar, loading the bases for Galvis. Galvis grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Michael Young and Rollins singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth off of righty Anthony Swarzak, putting runners on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to right, but Doumit fielded and made a strong and accurate throw home. Young was tagged out to set the Philies down.

It took a pretty great throw from Doumit to get Young at the plate. You have to try to score Young from second on the two-out single.

Nix singled with two outs in the seventh. Galvis was next and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Arcia made a fantastic catch while sliding into the wall to retire the Phils.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 when they hit in the eighth against righty Jared Burton. Frandsen hit for Quintero and doubled to right. Revere was next and bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young singled to right, scoring Frandsen (2-2) and moving Revere to third. With men on the corners and nobody out, Rollins hit a ball to first. Morneau fielded and came home with the ball, but Revere slid in safe and the Phils led 3-2 with men on first and second. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Brown was walked intentionally to load the bases for Delmon Young, but Young grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Revere again helps the Phils with his speed, bunting for a single and scoring on the ground out to first.

The Phillies can’t get more runs after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Howard strikes out for the first out and Delmon Young grounds into a double-play.

Nix singled off of righty Josh Roenicke to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Nix and first and Roenicke struck Galvis out for the first out. Lefty Caleb Thielbar struck Lerud out for the second out and got Revere on a ground ball to second to leave Mayberry stranded.

Revere was 4-for-6 with a triple in the game and 8-for-14 with a triple in the series. 266/306/304 for the year. 316/360/368 in 127 plate appearances since the start of May. He’s slugging .282 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 12-for-his-last-29 and hitting 278/353/361 for the year.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles and an RBI in the set. 262/326/381 on the year. 9-for-his-last-38 (.237) with nine singles. 290/364/419 over his last 141 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-5 with an RBI. Drove in one run and nearly drove in another, but Doumit made a good throw to nail Michael Young at the plate. Strike out with nobody and runners on second and third in the eighth. 5-for-12 with a walk and five singles in the series. 260/303/435 for the year. Ends the day on-basing .300 or better for the first time since May 9. One home run in his last 116 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional. 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/324/576 for the year. 1-for-his-last-13 but OPSing 1.098 in June. He has six walks in 50 plate appearances in June (12%) and walked in 9 of 206 plate appearances before the start of June (4.4%).

Delmon Young 1-for-5 and struck out twice. Left seven men on base. 2-for-13 with two singles in the set. 224/277/408 for the year.

Nix 2-for-5 in the game and in the series. 207/270/305 for the year. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-23.

Galvis 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 1-for-12 in the series with a walk. 1-for-his-last-20. 213/277/360 for the year.

Quintero 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-10. 216/256/378 for the season. 5-for-32 (.156) against righties for the year without a walk.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) faces righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) tonight in Colorado. The Phillies have won seven of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. He’s struggled against lefties in the past, but been fantastic against them in 2013. They’re hitting 240/297/395 against him for the year. Opponents have hit just .247 against Nicasio in 2013, but he’s walked 25 in 68 1/3 innings. His walk rate against lefties is especially high — he’s walked about 13.2% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced this season. He has allowed just one home run in his last five starts.


Solo acts

Cliff Lee keeps pitching great and Domonic Brown keeps homering. That’s not going to be enough to carry the Phillies this year, but it was enough to carry them last night as they topped the Red Sox 3-1.

Lee needed just 95 pitches to hold Boston to a run on four hits over eight innings. The Phillies have won five straight games he’s started. Over those five starts he’s averaged more than 7 1/2 innings a start, throwing to a 1.15 ERA with an 0.77 ratio while opponents hit 182/223/258 against him.

Brown homered for the Phils. He has nine home runs in his last 110 plate appearances and four in his last 31.

The Phillies are 25-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 3-1 last night. After splitting a pair in Boston, the teams play the first of two in Philadelphia tonight.

The Phils have scored three runs or less in eight of their last ten and gone 5-5 in those games. They are 14th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits. All four of the hits were singles. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, stole second with one out and scored when Dustin Pedroia singled past a diving Galvis. 1-1. Lee got David Ortiz on a popup to third and struck Mike Napoli out swinging to leave Pedroia at first.

Lee didn’t allow another base-running until the fifth, striking out two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

The game was still knotted at 1-1 when Daniel Nava singled to center to start the fifth. David Ross bunted him to second with the first out, but Lee got Stephen Drew to pop to third for the second out and Jose Iglesias swinging to leave Nava stranded.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Up 2-1, he set the Red Sox down in order in the seventh.

He started the eighth inning having thrown just 80 pitches in the game. Iglesias reached on an infield single with two outs, but Lee got Ellsbury swinging to leave Iglesias at first.

Up 3-1, Papelbon set the Red Sox down in order in the ninth.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed eight hits and two walks in 18 2/3 innings over 18 appearances. Opponents are hitting .152 against him for the year. Right-handed batters are hitting .138 without an extra-base hit.

One scoreless inning for the pen in the game. Papelbon threw 16 pitches.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Kratz. Delmon Young at DH with Galvis at second and Mayberry in right. Kratz catches.

With one out in the top of the first, Michael Young hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Rollins and Howard went down behind him.

Young came into the game 0-for-his-last-22. He’s 8-for-his-last-60, which has dropped his average from .322 to .258. He’s not crushing right-handed pitching anymore — his line against righties is down to 266/320/360. His isolated power for the year is at .096, which is just about the same as the .093 he posted last year. Coming into 2012, his isolated power for his career was .147 with a high of .196 in 2009.

The Red Sox tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Phils went in order in the second.

Galvis walked to start the third, but Kratz grounded into a double-play behind him. Revere followed with a single to right and stole second, but was left stranded when Michael Young grounded to third.

Every walk by Galvis should be appreciated. He’s walked six times in 96 plate appearances this year. That’s about 6.3%, which is way better than seven walks in 200 plate appearances (3.5%) in 2012 and better than his minor league mark of 5.6%.

Kratz has now hit into six double-plays in 116 plate appearances, which is pretty close to Michael Young’s rate. Young has hit into 12 in 202 PA, which is about 5.9% while Kratz is at about 5.2% in many fewer chances. Young is tied with Matt Holliday at the only players in either league who have hit into 12 or more double-plays this season.

Delmon Young reached on a softly hit infield single with two outs in the fourth, but Brown struck out behind him to leave him at first.

Rollins was robbed of a hit by Ellsbury for the first out in the frame. Rollins looped a ball into center field where it was caught by a sliding Ellsbury to set Rollins down.

Kratz walked with two outs in the fifth. Revere grounded to first for the third out.

Rollins walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Howard followed with a single. Delmon Young and Brown both swung at the first pitch of their at-bat and both flew to right, leaving the runners at first and second.

Mayberry singled to center to start the seventh and Galvis bunted him to second with the first out. Kratz was next and he singled into center, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 2-1. Revere and Michael Young both grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry and Kratz both single off of the righty Dempster to get the Phils a run with the help of the Galvis bunt. Mayberry ends the day hitting 234/306/351 against righties and Kratz 241/292/391.

Lefty Craig Breslow set Rollins, Howard and Delmon Young down in order in the eighth, striking out Rollins and Howard.

Howard is hitting .231 and on-basing .245 against left-handed pitching for the year with 23 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances (43.4%).

Junichi Tazawa started the ninth for Boston. Brown led off and lined his first pitch out to right-center, putting the Phils up 3-1. Mayberry and Galvis went down before Kratz singled to left. Revere followed with a single to left that put men on first and second for Michael Young. Young went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Revere was 2-for-5 to up his average for the year to .263. He’s hitting 348/394/394 in 72 plate appearances so far in May. One extra-base hit against right-handed pitching in 139 plate appearances for the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with his second home run of the year. 172/280/287 in May after hitting 341/412/418 in April.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Ellsbury took a hit away from him in the fourth and he hit the ball well in the first, but lined out. 259/315/381 against right-handed pitching for the year, so it’s not a great sign for the well-being of your team if he’s hitting third against a righty.

Howard 1-for-4 and struck out three times. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0 and FanGraphs -0.2.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a softly hit single. 3-for-his-last-19 with three singles. He’s on-basing .257 against right-handed pitching in 70 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. 278/278/588 in 97 May plate appearances — he’s hit eight home runs in May and hasn’t walked once. 12-for-his-last-36 with four home runs. He hasn’t walked against a left-handed pitcher this year and is on-basing .287 against righties. More home runs (11) than walks (9) for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 10-for-his-last-24 (.417) with a double.

Galvis 0-for-2 with a walk. Bunted Mayberry up to second in the seventh, which helped the Phillies score a run. He’s 1-for-his-last-15 and has a career .268 on-base percentage in the majors and a career .292 on-base percentage in the minors.

Kratz was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 288/386/492 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Kendrick (4-3, 3.29) faces righty John Lackey (3-4, 2.72) tonight. Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year and followed that with seven starts in a row in which he didn’t allow more than two runs in a start. He’s had two outings since that run of seven starts ended, allowing nine runs in 11 innings over his last two times out. Lackey has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.


New breed of Phillie starter apparently not yet up to speed on just how they do things around here these days

Jonathan Pettibone arrived on the Phillie scene last night and pitched well in his debut, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Phils topped the Pirates 3-2.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game. Rollins drove in two runs in the contest, getting one RBI on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth and singling home the run that put the Phils ahead to stay in the sixth.

They did get excellent work from their pen in the game. After Pettibone left in the sixth, Valdes, Bastardo, Adams and Papelbon combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Phillies are 9-11 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 last night. They have won two in a row and three of their last four.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

Starling Marte was the first batter Pettibone faced and Marte doubled to center on a 1-0 pitch and moved up to third when Travis Snider flew to center for the first out. Pettibone struck Andrew McCutchen out looking for the second out. Garrett Jones was next and lined a ball into right, but Mayberry made a fantastic diving play to take extra-bases away from him and end the frame.

Big strikeout of McCutchen helps Pettibone keep the Pirates off the board despite putting a runner on third with one out. Great catch by Mayberry.

Pettibone struck Neil Walker out looking for the first out in the second before Pedro Alvarez hit a 1-0 pitch out to right. Russell Martin was next and singled to left, but Brown threw him out going for two for the second out. Pettibone got Clint Barmes swinging to set the side down.

He threw a 1-2-3 third.

It was 1-1 when he started the fourth. Walker doubled to left with two outs, but Pettibone struck Alvarez out swinging to leave Walker stranded.

Better outcome against Alvarez in the fourth than he had in the second.

The Phils led 2-1 when Martin started the fifth with a solo homer to left. 2-2. Barmes followed with a single into center and the pitcher AJ Burnett bunted him to second with the first out. Marte and Snider went down on a pair of ground balls to leave Barmes stranded.

Pettibone got McCutchen on a ground ball to third to start the sixth. Valdes came in to pitch to the lefty Jones and struck him out swinging for the second out, then struck Walker out to set down the side.

Valdes looks great, striking out both men he faces coming off of allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched the seventh with the Phils up 3-2. He allowed a leadoff single to Alvarez, but got Martin to hit into a double-play behind him before striking out Barmes to end the frame.

Bastardo keeps his ERA at 0.00 after eight appearances and 7 1/3 innings. He’s been charged with one unearned run while walking three and allowing two hits. He’s pitched two days in a row.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA to 2.00. He was pitching for the second straight day. Fourteen strikeouts in nine innings.

Papelbon started the ninth with a one-run lead. Jones doubled to right with one and Alex Presley ran for him at second. Papelbon got Walker on a nice running play by Brown in left center for the second out and struck Alvarez out looking to end the game.

Papelbon was also pitching for the second day in a row. He’s thrown seven scoreless innings in seven appearances since allowing two runs in an inning his first time out.

The pen goes 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the game, allowing two hits and striking out five. Adams, Bastardo and Papelbon have both pitched two days in a row. Everyone who pitched last night threw 15 pitches or less.

The Phillie lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry continues to play against righties and again hits second.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Down 1-0, Howard started the second with a single and moved up to second when Young followed with a walk. Brown and Revere both flew to left and Revere flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Pettibone walked to start the third and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a walk. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the first out. With runners at the corners and Utley at the plate, a wild pitch from Burnett scored Pettibone (1-1) and moved Mayberry up to second. Utley and Howard both struck out to leave Mayberry stranded.

Walk by Pettibone to start the inning leads to a run for the Phils.

The Phils loaded the bases to start the fourth on singles by Young and Revere and a walk to Brown. Kratz struck out for the first out and Pettibone struck out behind him, bringing Rollins to the plate with two outs and the bases still full. Burnett hit him in the leg, forcing Young home to put the Phils up 2-1. Mayberry struck out to leave the bases loaded.

Just one run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out. The run they do score comes on a hit-by-pitch. Kratz strikes out with nobody out and the bases full for the first out.

It was 2-2 when Utley started the fifth with a single. Howard grounded out for the first out and Young hit into a double-play behind Howard.

Again with Young and the GDP. He has grounded into five over his last 33 plate appearances. That rate would have him hitting into 91 over 600 PA.

Righty Jared Hughes walked Kratz with two outs in the sixth. Carrera hit for the pitcher Valdes and dribbled a ball towards second, sliding into first head first just ahead of the throw to keep the inning alive. Rollins was next and singled into right, scoring Kratz from second to put the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry struck out to leave the runners at second and third.

First walk of the year for Kratz and the Phillies make the most of it. Super hustle by Carrera to beat out the throw and keep the inning alive.

Utley singled off of righty Vin Mazzaro to start the seventh. Howard grounded into a double-play behind him and Young grounded out to second on a nice play by Walker to end the inning.

Mazzaro got Brown, Revere and Kratz in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-3 in with two RBI and drove in the game-winner in the sixth. 5-for-his-last-8. He’s on-basing .317 for the season after on-basing .316 in 699 plate appearances in 2012.

Mayberry was 0-for-4, struck out three times and left seven men on base. Made a great catch to end the top of the first.

Utley 2-for-4.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 357/419/482 against righties for the year.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average to .217. 1-for-his-last-7 with five walks.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .215.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-his-last-14 with a walk and a home run.

Utley, Mayberry and Young are the three Phillies with more than ten plate appearances who are on-basing better than .323 for the season.

Hamels (0-2, 6.46) faces lefty Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17) tonight. Hamels threw to a 10.77 ERA in his first start, but was a lot better over his last two, allowing four runs over 13 innings (2.77 ERA with a 1.00 ratio). The 25-year-old Locke has a 5.67 career ERA over 15 appearances, 13 of which have been starts. Lefties have hit .389 against him in his three starts this season. Overall he’s walked nine of the 71 batters he faced, which is both too many and about 12.7%.


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